- The Olympics is not the only place to find top-notch performances. Several high school athletes are also putting in some memorable games.
Here are the nominees for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Rhinelander senior David Pokrandt had the chance to go from manager to varisty basktball player for one night. Dave played the final minute against Tomahawk and hit the three pointer. A great moment for the young man batteling cognitive disability and A-D-H-D.
Antigo boys' hockey team earned a huge road victory against Northland Pines. Matt Wolter had a hat-trick - or scored three goals against the Eagles.
In nordic skiing, Lakeland's Erin Bolger was the state champion in the pursuit race. She was more than one minute faster than all of the other competitors in Cable this weekend.
Chequamegon boys' basketball star Shane Wakefield scored a game-high 36 points against Rib Lake. He also had 9 steals, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in the victory.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner earns a plaque for the achievement.
Dan Baratka of the Phillips boys' basketball team was last week's winner.
ANTIGO - Messages of support have been pouring in throughout the state since the prom shooting tragedy in Antigo.
Two Antigo women are continuing to support the community by collecting donations not only for the family of the shooting victim, but for the family of the shooter as well.
You can find a box at the Thirsty Soul in Antigo where people are placing words of encouragement, cash, and gift cards for the Wagner and Cooper families.
Lisa Sennholz is a mother of two Antigo High School students. Her son was at prom the night of the shooting. After that night, Lisa knew that something had to be done.
"My first instinct was to do something, to actually reach out and help in some way," said Sennholz. "And I said, I just feel like we need to ask the community to rally around these families and give support."
Lisa and Diane Kondrath, the owner of the Thirsty Soul, originally just hoped to collect cards of encouragement for both the Cooper family and the Wagner family. Soon, they began to collect gift cards and other monetary donations.
"I am overwhelmed with how many people have come in, and cared for both families equally," said Kondrath.
RHINELANDER - For the last seven months, salesmen at Rhinelander's Slumberland Furniture worked in a dark, cramped warehouse. After crews tore down the old building on Stevens Street, crews were busy building a new building on the old one's footprint. That work took longer than expected, but the new Slumberland will open Saturday.
Newswatch 12 got a walk-through with the owner and store manager Friday. The new building is 19,000 square feet, offering about 2,000 sq.-ft. more than the old showroom. The new building features a more open layout with raised ceilings.
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