- We had some great performances last week in the Northwoods.
But only four can be in the running for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Here are the nominees.
In girls cross country, Three Lakes senior Natalie Miller ran past the competition at the Marathon Invite. She finished in 15 minutes, 51 seconds. It was more than 22 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
In volleyball, Antigo's Caroline Roller had 15 kills against Northland Pines. The Red Robins swept Pines for the win.
In football, Laona-Wabeno earned their first win of the season. The Rebels shutout Florence. #65 Hunter Babich had led the defense. He had 22 tackles, including 3 quarterback sacks for the Rebels.
And in girls swimming, Lakeland's Emily Kubisiak won four events at last weekend's Hodag Invite. She was first in the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard individual medley. She was also a member of the T-Birds 200 and 400 yard relay teams. Lakeland would go on to win the meet.
You can vote on any of the nominees. Please go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque for R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
Trevor Tupper of the Crandon football team was last week's winner.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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