RHINELANDER, EAGLE RIVER - In boys basketball on Friday Night, Wausau West is in Rhinelander.
This is our Game of the Week on Friday Night Blitz.
It's a battle of brothers. Derek Lemmens, is the Hodags head coach. His brother Nate is in his first year at West. Nate and Derek are also former Hodag players.
In fact, Nate helped out at the Hodags summer camp back in July.
But even back then, both brothers were looking forward to this Friday's family hoops battle.
"I'm sure (Rhinelander) will be packed," Nate explains. "I'm looking forward to it, but at the same time I'm not looking forward to it."
"I'm excited to play against him," Derek adds. "It's a nice mix. (Rhinelander) is Division Two, (Wausau West) is Division One. It won't effect us necessarily for playoffs. It's just for pride. It's just to say, 'I got you this year.'"
Tuesday night, the Hodag boys handed Antigo their first loss of the season. Rhinelander won 48-44.
In boys basketball, Hayward defeated Northland Pines 51-42. To check out the highlights, click on the video above.
MILWAUKEE - A Wausau-based company that makes architectural metal finishing took home a big honor Thursday night. Linetec won the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Large Company category.
The annual awards program celebrates Wisconsin companies that are well respected, serve their communities, and make Wisconsin "a better place to live, work, and play", according to a press release from the WMC.
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.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
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."
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
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