WAUSAU - The UWMC Huskies announced their recruiting class for next year. Two players from the Great Northern Conference have committed to joining the men's basketball program: Jonathan Nyberg, a 6'5" forward from Tomahawk and Brandon Piotrowski, a 6'5" forward from Mosinee.
The Central Wisconsin -10 conference is providing three student–athletes for the Huskies. Rosholt's Max Yenter (6'1" shooting guard) and Josh Studinski (6'1" guard) have indicated their intent to attend UW-Marathon. Gresham's Brady Hoffman (6'2" forward) is the third CW-10 player to commit. . Additionally, Weyawega-Fremont's Bryce Behn (6'4" shooting guard) has signed. Wega-Fremont is a CW-8 conference school.
UW-Marathon is coming off an unfamiliar 2nd place finish in Western division of the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) with an 8-2 conference and 11-9 overall record. The addition of this new group should help bring the Huskies back to prominence in WCC play.
"These guys are all good students with great basketball skills" remarked Huskies' head coach Bill Gibbs. The Huskies will return 8 members of the 2012-13 campaign, 4 with starting experience. "This group coming in will have plenty of opportunity to contribute. I look forward to the elevated level of competition we can create" remarked Gibbs.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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