ST. PAUL - The 19th-ranked UW-Stevens Point volleyball team saw its run in the NCAA Division III Championship tournament come to an unexpected end on Thursday evening as the favored Pointers fell 3-2 in a thrilling five set contest.
“I thought our players fought hard and played a good match,” said an emotional head coach Stacey White. “Things didn't go our way at the end, but overall we had some really great individual performances. I felt like the team came together and worked hard. It's definitely a disappointment, but that's sports.”
The Pointers looked shaky in the tournament's opening set, but used an 11-2 run midway through the opening set to take command. Northwestern mounted a comeback, using a 7-3 run late in the set to close to within three, 23-20, but the Pointers closed out the set, 25-20. Morgan Bartkowiak tallied five of the team's 11 kills in the first set.
“Morgan [Bartkowiak] has always been a very consistent player,” said White. “Things were clicking for her tonight. She brought it all together and you could really see her determination and wanting to help her team out. She executed our game plan really well. She ran the slide really well and we got a lot of points out of it tonight.”
The Pointers, who had been 6-1 in five-set matches heading into the tournament, managed to overcome an early deficit to take an 11-9 lead, but the Eagles rallied to score the final points of the match and score the upset victory, 15-12.
“We didn't want it to end this way,” said White. But we can't let this match reflect back on our entire season and what this team has done.”
The win marks the first-ever NCAA tournament victory for the Eagles in any sport. Led by Kendra Korporal's 19 kills and Krista Stoltz's 55 assists, the Eagles advance to face St. Benedict, 3-0 winners over Dominican University (Ill.) in the day's first match.
Bartkowiak and Alexis Hartman led the Pointers (29-8) with 15 kills each while Christina Brinkman and Kati Rau each tallied 10. Hartman added 46 assists and Sarah Wildish had a team-best 23 digs.
“This [senior class] did all they could to change our program around,” said White. “They stayed focused, worked hard, and didn't quit even when the chips were stacked against them. I can't say enough about their leadership, their abilities, talents, and determination. I told our returners that the best 'thank you' they could give to the seniors was to continue what they started; to keep working to make the program better.”
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the state’s biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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