- Action in high school sports continues to heat up. This week, we've got standout performances in boys and girls basketball, gymnastics, and boys hockey.
Let's take a look at our four nominees for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
In boys hockey, Tomahawk goalie Evan Russo made 44 saves against Northland Pines last week. Russo has saved 88% of the shots he's faced so far this season.
In gymnastics, Rhinelander's Elle Spiegelhoff won both the uneven bars and the floor exercise at last week's triangular against Lakeland and Chequamegon. Elle would go on to win the all-around competition as well as the Hodags won the meet.
On Friday in boys basketball, Antigo picked up a big conference road win against Lakeland. Cassius Noskowiak scored 11 points for the Red Robins.
And in girls basketball, Crandon remained undefeated in Northern Lakes Conference play with a win at Elcho Friday night. Celia Space chipped in 19 points and grabbed some key rebounds for the Cardinals.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque for their achievement.
If you would like to nominate someone for next week - e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include stats for a game this week.
EAGLE RIVER - Some schools give out movie tickets, pizza parties, or ice cream coupons for students with good grades and good behavior. We do things a little differently here in the Northwoods.
Twenty-two students from Northland Pines Middle School will enjoy a half-day of fishing with a local guide as a reward for their success in school. The "Guides for Grades" program rewarded students on Monday for setting a good example in the classroom.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
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