RHINELANDER, TOMAHAWK - For the third straight year, the Rhinelander girls soccer team received a police escort in town. That's because for the third straight year, the Hodags captured the Great Northern Conference championship yesterday.
Rhinelander knocked off Northland Pines 4-1. Hodags are (13-3-1 overall) and 11-0 in the GNC. Rhinelander also holds the #1 seed in their regional. The Hodags host Antigo in next week's opening round of regionals.
In high school baseball, Tomahawk was where the Hatchets faced Mosinee in a double header.
Game One... Hatchets starting pitcher Kevin Bolder started the first game strong. He kept Mosinee off the scoreboard in the first two innings.
But in the third, Mosinee finally got on the offense going. With the bases loaded, Trevor Grabow drove in a run on a fielder's choice. However a Hatchet throwing error allowed another run to score (2-0 Mosinee).
The game went extra innings. Mosinee took game one 4-3 in 8 innings. Tomahawk bounced back to split the double dip with a 9-7 victory.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
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