RHINELANDER - Thursday night, the Hodag boys basketball team earned a 23-point victory over Tomahawk.
The real story is a young man who is very special to the Hodag players and coaches got a rare opportunity.
David Pokrandt is a manager for the team. He normally gets water and towels for the players. He found out he was in the lineup and going to play. He was very excited. He was handed a uniform. He sufferes from some learning diabilities including cognitive disability and A-D-H-D.
Late in the game, David checked in. He is #32 in the video.
He missed the first two shots. But the last one he drained it. The crowd is standing cheering him on.
Even some of the Tomahawk players congratulated him.
It was a special night for David and the team.
"It was pretty cool," Pokrandt said. "When I got out there and made the shot, I went berserk."
"He has played basketball as a freshman and eighth grade," Hodags basketball coach David Lemmens explains. "He has been a manager for the last three years. We felt he deserved this and we wanted to give him the opportunity."
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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