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 - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
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