- 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.
MARATHON COUNTY - Two important Wisconsin products won't benefit from a possible trade war. It will likely hurt them. Last month President Trump placed tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports. China came back and slapped tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products. The motives are political. But the effects trickle down to hurt local economies.
When it comes to growing ginseng, nobody does it quite like Marathon County.
"Wisconsin ginseng is sort of the cream of the crop when it comes to American ginseng," said Hsu's Ginseng Enterprises Director of Operations Mike Klemp-North.
Ninety percent of the U.S.'s ginseng crop is grown in Wisconsin. Ninety-five percent of that crop is grown in Marathon County.
EAGLE RIVER - Several Northwoods schools wanted to make it clear to their students Wednesday, there's always someone there to talk to. Anti-Bullying and suicide prevention speaker Bob Lenz spoke at Three Lakes and Northland Pines high schools Wednesday. Northland Pines Dean of Students Josh Tilley said he hopes students walk away from the talk knowing they can reach out to at least one person when they feel alone.
"Over the last few years, we've been bringing speakers in, national, local and state speakers so that we can really help our students understand that if they feel different they have the opportunity to be an individual, but if it's hurting them they can get help," said Tilley. Northland Pines staff members recently looked closely at their relationships with students by reviewing class rosters. They want to make sure all students have support.
ANTIGO - People around the country will see just how much a police officer killed in the line of duty meant to his family and community.
Karl's Transport in Antigo revealed its newest semi-trailer design Tuesday afternoon. The trailer features Everest Metro Detective Jason Weiland. Weiland, 40, was shot and killed in a shooting rampage around the Wausau area on March 22, 2017.
MADISON - The Legislature's finance committee is giving the Department of Corrections more money to cover prisoner health care.
The agency was budgeted $80.6 million in fiscal year 2017-18 to inmate health care but now expects to spend $90.7 million thanks to rising drug costs, more hospital visits for the prison system's aging inmate population and rising contract nurse costs.
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