ST. GERMAIN - For the first time ever, the Northland Pines Basketball Association will have a team at the State Tournament.
The players are from St. Germain and Eagle River. These are kids ranging from 3rd to 5th grade.
Nearly 200 kids play youth basketball in the St. Germain, Eagle River area. The number of teams to reach the state championships in the past - zero. But that's no longer the case. The Northland Pines 5th Grade traveling team is state-bound.
"Definately excited to be the first team," says 11-year old Nicklaus Greenberg, a forward and guard on the team. "It's a great feeling to be the first youth team from Northland Pines ever to go to state."
Northland Pines has worked hard to get to the state tournament. Their unofficial nickname is "The Wolfpack" for their tenacious 'D'. The bottom line, these little hoops stars have big dreams.
On Wednesday, Northland Pines were honored at a rally at St. Germain Elementary. They are one of 65 teams competing. The State Invitational Tournament is April 5 and 6th in Kimberly and Appleton. Other area teams participating include Merrill, Stevens Point, D-C Everest, and Marathon.
Assistant coach Greg Gremban says, "We had alot of close games. Some go your way, some don't. We hope we do well. But the bottom line is making that first trip down to state."
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
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