THREE LAKES - Saturday is the state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids. It's the 100th year of the meet meet, and the 40th for the girls.
Three Lakes junior Natalie Miller is making history too. She is the first sectional champion from Three Lakes High School.
Miller has won 8 of the 9 races she's competed in. She has battled back from an Avulsion Fracture suffered last year. Her tendon basically pulled off from her left hip.
On Friday, she was given a hero's send-off at the high school. Miller competes in the D-3 girls race. She's competing at state for the second time in three seasons. She is also winning in the classroom. She has a 4.0 and is considering several options including work in either biology or outdoor education.
The state meet is Saturday at the Rdiges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Races begin with the D-3 boys event at 11 a.m. That's followed by the D-2 (11:40 a.m.) and D-1 boys (12:20 p.m.).
The D-3 girls get underway at (1 p.m.). D-2 girls compete at (1:40 p.m.) and D-1 events at (2:20 p.m.).
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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