Player of the Week nominees Sept 30Submitted: 09/30/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

- The fall colors are starting to peak. So are the performances for several area athletes.

Let's take a look at this week's nominees for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.


In football, Lanona/Wabeno knocked off Menominee Indian last weekend. #2 for the Rebels is running back Ryan Brauer. He had 23 carries for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.


Eileen Emond of the Hodag girls tennis team won the GNC's #1 singles championship on Saturday. She was also voted the conference's Player of the Year.


Medford volleyball team upset Rhinelander in 5 games. Senior Jakki Farmer had 12 kills, 7 digs, and 3 blocks.


Back to football, Northland Pines quarterback Cooper Kerner had 233 yards passing and 4 touchdowns in the Eagles Homecoming win over Ironwood. He also ran for 155 yards and another score.

To vote on any of the nominees, go to the Sports Poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plague from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.

Levi Pruni of the Pines boys soccer team was last week's winner.

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