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.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser - The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the 'Help!' release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
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