RHINELANDER - Some people have all the luck. A Rhinelander couple proved this week they're lucky both in love and on the lane.
All the excitement went down at Hodag Lane where the Larson's each bowled a perfect game in two days.
"You never know when it's going to happen. On Tuesday night I bowled well my first game. And then it just happened. If you start thinking about it too much then you're going to mess up," says Vicki Larson.
She was at Hodag Lanes for her Tuesday night bowling league when she achieved something bowlers dream of... a perfect game.
"Thirteen years ago I got my first 300 and so I've always been trying to get another one. So it took 17 years now to get another 300," says Vicki.
Her husband Rick has had a few more perfect games in his lifetime... somewhere around 20. But the bowling gods were looking down on him the very next day after Vicki's perfect game.
"I ended up on the same pair as Vicki. And the next game I ran them all and got a 300 in the same game that she got hers in the night before," says Rick.
Rick and Vicki started out decades ago, just bowling for fun.
"Saw all the good bowlers and I wanted to be like them, so I kept working at it. It's still hard. It's work," says Rick.
They both say it's the drive to keep competing with themselves that keeps them coming back.
And they insist there are a number of other bowlers in town who put their game to shame. They seem to give credit to everyone but themselves.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, the bowling gods were very nice to us," says Rick.
"Everything was falling the right way that night," says Vicki.
Divine intervention, luck or skill- or all of the above- either way it's a story they'll want to tell for a long time.
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."
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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