ATHLETIC PARK, MERRILL - In Legion Baseball Merrill is hosting a tournament this weekend at historic Athletic Park. The home team taking on Beloit.
Top of the 1st runner on second. Ty Grunenwald lays down the bunt, the throw to first gets away and Alex Cordova comes home to put Merrill on the board first.
Bottom of the frame some nice defense from Merrill. Brady Borrell swings and misses. After securing the out at first they also catch the runner at third and get the great double play.
Top of the second Alex Klug gets ahold of this one but it's not deep enough.
Beloit would go on to take today's game 4-2 the final.
The Rhinelander Rebels taking on the number 4 Legion team in the state Holmen.
And Holmen showed why they're ranked that high.
Top of the third Vic Berkley drives one down the line in left. Brett Kabat comes home to put Holmen up 8-zip and that would be part of a 7 run inning.. Bottom of the inning 2 on for Rhinelander. Trevor Young with the chopper, Brevin Persick charges home and beats the throw to put the Rebels on the board.
But it was all Holmen today they won 13-1 in 5 innings. The tourney wraps up tomorrow.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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