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 - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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