STEVENS POINT - The WIAA announced the 32 finalists for the annual Statewide Scholar Athlete Awards.
That list includes 6 area seniors.
In Division 2 Boys, Tomahawk's Austin Bellile has 8 varisty letters in football, wrestling and track. He's also the top student in his class.
In Division 3 Boys, Hayden Krueger of Crandon is also the top student in his class. Krueger has earned 11 varsity letters in wrestling, football, and track. He was also a state finalist for the Wisconsin Heisman award back in October.
A boy and a girl in each of the four divisions will win. The winners will be announced May 5 in Wausau.
Below are the bios of other area athletes who are finalists.
In Division 3 Girls, DITTMAN, KIRA; Edgar; Edgar High School—10 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. State champion in track 3 years. All conference first team honors in cross country 3 years. Team MVP in track 1 year. #1 in class of 47.
Division 2 Girls, SCHOOL, MEGAN; Wittenberg; Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School—11 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track. All conference first team honors in cross country 4 years. Team MVP honors in track 2 years and cross country 1 year. #1 in class of 95.
Finally, 2 of the 4 finalists for Division 4 Girls are from the area. GOERLITZ, ALEYNA; Withee; Owen-Withee High School—11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. First team all conference honors in volleyball 3 years and basketball 1 year. Two-time team MVP in volleyball, basketball and track. #1 in class of 41.
JANKOWSKI, BRIANNA; Wausau; Newman Catholic High School—10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. Member of state champion basketball team 2 years. All conference first team honors in softball 3 years. Team MVP honors in softball 3 years.
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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