STEVENS POINT - The WIAA announced the 32 finalists for the annual Statewide Scholar Athlete Awards.
That list includes 6 area seniors.
In Division 2 Boys, Tomahawk's Austin Bellile has 8 varisty letters in football, wrestling and track. He's also the top student in his class.
In Division 3 Boys, Hayden Krueger of Crandon is also the top student in his class. Krueger has earned 11 varsity letters in wrestling, football, and track. He was also a state finalist for the Wisconsin Heisman award back in October.
A boy and a girl in each of the four divisions will win. The winners will be announced May 5 in Wausau.
Below are the bios of other area athletes who are finalists.
In Division 3 Girls, DITTMAN, KIRA; Edgar; Edgar High School—10 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. State champion in track 3 years. All conference first team honors in cross country 3 years. Team MVP in track 1 year. #1 in class of 47.
Division 2 Girls, SCHOOL, MEGAN; Wittenberg; Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School—11 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. All conference first team honors in cross country 4 years. Team MVP honors in track 2 years and cross country 1 year. #1 in class of 95.
Finally, 2 of the 4 finalists for Division 4 Girls are from the area. GOERLITZ, ALEYNA; Withee; Owen-Withee High School—11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. First team all conference honors in volleyball 3 years and basketball 1 year. Two-time team MVP in volleyball, basketball and track. #1 in class of 41.
JANKOWSKI, BRIANNA; Wausau; Newman Catholic High School—10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. Member of state champion basketball team 2 years. All conference first team honors in softball 3 years. Team MVP honors in softball 3 years.
ST. GERMAIN - A school bus doesn't feature a lot of amenities. Seats, windows, and that's about it. But a company out of St. Germain thinks buses, and other big vehicles, make the perfect kitchens.
Caged Crow Fabrication is owned by Josh Romaker. HeÂ moved to the Northwoods about three years ago. Around the same time a woman in Madison approached him to help refurbish an old camper. He decided to make it into a food truck instead.
"We took on the challenge and that first build was featured on US Today and some magazines and our phone just started ringing. We've got them in Denver, Salt Lake City, New Jersey," said Romaker.
That was just the beginning for Romaker's company, Caged Crow Fabrication in St. Germain. They now specialize in food trucks of all kinds.
"If a customer wants a food truck that looks like a barn or a steam train or a school bus conversion, we really stick to the unique food truck builds," said Romaker.
The 1982 bus that Caged Crow Fabrication is working on now will be complete in a little over a month. The team made up of just a few workers has one rule- they never build the same thing twice. And they take their time.
"We have a sign on the wall here that says 'quality over quantity'. I think our reputation right now is really based on the attention to detail and I think we want to keep that up," said Romaker.
If you're interested in checking out more work from Caged Crow Fabrication, follow the link below.
WASHINGTON - UPDATE: 3-24-17, 4:00pm: Ryan bemoans collapse of health care bill:
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute.
MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.
A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.
WAUSAU AREA - Organizations in the greater Wausau area set up funds remembering and honoring the victims of Wednesday's shootings.
A Marathon Savings Bank fund will support the families of the two bank employees shot. Dianne Look had worked at Marathon Savings Bank for almost 19 years, and Karen Barclay had been there for more than six years.
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