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Newswatch 12 POW nominees Sept 9Submitted: 09/09/2013
Story By Newswatch 12 Sports


- 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.

NOMINEE 1

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.


NOMINEE 2

In volleyball, Antigo's Caroline Roller had 15 kills against Northland Pines. The Red Robins swept Pines for the win.


NOMINEE 3

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.

NOMINEE 4

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.


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