Hodags advance to sectional final - Tomahawk fallsSubmitted: 03/06/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

- Two games away from a trip to the state boys basketball tournament. That's the goal any teams still playing faced Thursday night.

Sectional semifinals throughout the state.

Strike up the band, as in Division Three, Tomahawk upset regional #1 seed Peshtigo to get to this game.

On Thursday, the Hatchets faced another #1 seed - Little Chute. The game was played in Antigo.

In the third quarter, Tomahawk's Jordan Roessler hit a 3-pt field goal to pull the Hatchets to within six points. Jared Jarvensivu led Tomahawk with 21 points.

But Little Chute pulled away from there. They led by as many as 19 points.

Tomahawk's season ends with a 58-44 defeat.

In Division Two, Rhinelander defeated Shawano 45-32. The game was played in Stevens Point. Rhinelander faces Rice Lake Saturday in Marshfield for a trip to state.

Other scores include in Division 5, Newman Catholic defeats Columbus Catholic 39-34. It's Newman and Green Bay NEW Lutheran meeting in Pulaski Saturday.

More scores at wjfw.com.

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MERRILL - Merrill residents might have heard a lot of music in town today.

Merrill High School hosted the Merrill Marching Invitational. Three high school marching bands took over the football field at Merrill High School Sunday.

Antigo, D.C. Everest, and Merrill high schools all showcased their musical creativity.

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Uihlein is seeking to buy 1.75 acres along Rest Lake, where the footpath is located. But a tentative deal with the Department of Natural Resources was put on hold after critics raised questions.

A DNR spokesman says the agency inspected the site on Thursday and found an "established trail." He declined to say whether the department had talked to Uihlein or her representatives.

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Organizers say the weather this year brought in many more visitors.

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The event featured a hay maze, horse-drawn carriage rides, food, and live music all afternoon.

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Volunteers at Pointe Basse recreated a historical camp that portrayed the lives of people from the 1700s and early 1800s.

Volunteers from all across the U.S. had a piece of history to share.

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People can get trapped in tree stands, water, or a tight spot. 

Local fire departments respond to those emergencies.

Merrill's first Citizen's Fire Academy learned about these specialized rescues Thursday night.

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