- The girls basketball season concludes on Saturday. But on Friday, we wrap up announcing our Newswatch 12 Players of the Year for the Winter Sports Season.
For the second straight year, Lakeland sophomore Nick Garcia was one of the top swimmers in the Northwoods. Garcia finished 7th in the 100 yard free style at state. He was also 8th in the 200 yard free.
In girls basketball, Elcho junior Makayla Raith was the Player of the Year in the Northern Lakes Conference. She averaged just under 17 points and 7 rebounds per game for the Hornets. She has over 900 points in her career and is on the B-honor roll.
In boys basketball, Stevens Point freshman Trevor Anderson made quite a splash in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. He was the conference's player of the year, averaging 20 points per game. He received Honorable Mention for All-State honors. He's also on the B Honor Roll.
In Gymnastics, Antigo's Kirsten Tincher was the section champion in Division 2. She will compete at Nationals in May down in Fort Myers, Florida. She is also has 3.25 grade point average.
And in Wrestling, Merrill junior Tyler Schmidt pinned down his first state championship at 220 pounds. He went a perfect 45-0. He has a 3.74 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society.
All of the athletes will receive a plaque. Congratulations to everyone for a great season.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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