THE NORTHWOODS - We're getting to the point in the fall sports season where conference standings are starting to shape up.
Last week there were some amazing performances from local athletes to help their teams to the top. It's time to check out our nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Northern Elite quarterback Joey Swanson helped lead his team to an important win over Crandon on Saturday. Swanson ran the ball 31 times for 191 yards and a touchdown in the conference victory and the Predators remain undefeated.
In the GNC, the Northland Pines soccer team topped Rhinelander on Thursday 1-0 and Levi Pruni scored the game winning goal. Pruni also scored a goal Saturday in a win over Iron Mountain.
The GNC had their first conference volleyball meet on Saturday. Tomahawk went 3-0 and took first place. Becca Doughty played a big role with 89 assists, 10 digs and 9 aces in the Hatchets victory.
And in girls swimming, Rhinelander had a convincing win over Merrill on Monday by a score of 109-60. Marie Sandstrom took first place in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke helping lead the Hodags.
You can vote on any of the nominees on the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
Austin Salzgeber from the Medford football team was last week's winner.
People hoping to keep a violent child sex offender from moving into their Forest County community needed to go to Shawano County to make their case today. Newswatch 12's Dakota Sherek is there and will bring you updates on what happens at the hearing and the judge's ruling which we expect tonight.
We talk to two local resource officers about how their jobs have changed over the years. Some of that change has happened because of school violence across the country and right here in the Northwoods.
And we talk to the executive director of the Birkebeiner race in Hayward about the enthusiasm people in the area have with the big event coming up this weekend.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
MERRILL - Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill doesn't have room for any more kindergarten students next year.
Its class is already full, partly because some families can send their kids to Trinity for free.
For the third straight year, Trinity will participate in Wisconsin's private school choice program.
This year, the state pays tuition for about 30 of Trinity's 120 total students.
"Parents like the Christian base, obviously. That's the main reason people send [their kids] here," said School Administrator Kathy Yahr. "They're keeping them here more now because of the opportunities that we offer."
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
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