- We had some great performances last week in the Northwoods.
But only four can be in the running for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Here are the nominees.
In girls cross country, Three Lakes senior Natalie Miller ran past the competition at the Marathon Invite. She finished in 15 minutes, 51 seconds. It was more than 22 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
In volleyball, Antigo's Caroline Roller had 15 kills against Northland Pines. The Red Robins swept Pines for the win.
In football, Laona-Wabeno earned their first win of the season. The Rebels shutout Florence. #65 Hunter Babich had led the defense. He had 22 tackles, including 3 quarterback sacks for the Rebels.
And in girls swimming, Lakeland's Emily Kubisiak won four events at last weekend's Hodag Invite. She was first in the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard individual medley. She was also a member of the T-Birds 200 and 400 yard relay teams. Lakeland would go on to win the meet.
You can vote on any of the nominees. Please go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque for R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
Trevor Tupper of the Crandon football team was last week's winner.
RHINELANDER - If you did a double take driving down county highways this week, it was for good reason. Oneida County posted its weight limit restriction signs Monday. That's the earliest those signs have gone up in more than 15 years.
Usually weight limits go into effect in mid-March. Counties put them on to protect roads as frost comes out of the ground. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Bruce Stefonek tried to wait as long as possible.
MCALLEN, TX - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.
It's the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday.
ONEIDA COUNTY - If your truck cracks through the ice, your first thought might be, "get off ASAP."
There are workers who head the opposite way--onto the ice to help.
That describes one local team who carefully went to work on the Willow Flowage in Oneida County in Little Rice on Tuesday.
"This ain't no joke out here," said Tom Quandt, Jr., the owner of Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service. "I do get nervous, and today's a day I'm nervous because of the ice conditions."
That nervous energy is what likely helps Quandt and his crew carefully cross the ice and get sunken vehicles back above water level.
It's not easy. Quandt and his crew set nerves aside, driving in a bombardier about two miles off the shore on Willow Dam Road to get to the truck, which was near an island.
"I was looking at the ice," Quandt says as he describes the drive out to the car. "I was looking for holes in the ice, I was looking for the color of the ice...There was water coming up out of spots as we were driving out here."
The crew tried a few times to get the truck back on safer ice, but the car fell through again. The crew then decided to drill a trench to a nearby island and pull the car out that way.
"We can sit and play that game all day and it's not going to get us anywhere without a lot of time and labor into this," Quandt said.
The team got the car out and onto the island around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Quandt said the owner of the car may try to tow his truck back to shore later this week.
The DNR is aware of the situation. By state statute, you have 30 days to remove your car from the ice or get a fine.
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