THE NORTHWOODS - High school athletes are busy gearing up for the end of the winter sports season. We received many nominees from you at home. Here are the finalists for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Nominee One -
In wrestling, Crandon's Hayden Krueger took the 145 pound title in a D3 regional on Saturday. Krueger had wins by pin and technical fall and also picked up his 150th high school victory for the Cardinals and is ranked third in the state.
Nominee Two -
Tomahawk's Jessie Harmon keeps raining 3's for the girls basketball team. She tied her own single game record with 5 three pointers against Wausau East. Harmon broke the single season record of 33 from beyond the arc, and now has 36 for her junior season.
Nominee Three -
Back to the mat. Merrill's Tyler Schmidt won the 220 pound title at a D1 regional Saturday. Schmidt had wins by pin and decision. Tyler is undefeated on the season and ranked 2nd in the state.
Nominee Four -
And the Nordic Ski Championships were held over the weekend. On Saturday, Lakeland's Delaney FitzPatrick finished 2nd in the classic race. Then after starting 47 seconds behind the leader in the skate race Sunday, she made a pass and won the State Championship by 10 seconds.
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 from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
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