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

Player of the Week nominees Sept 30
- 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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CRANDON - A Crandon parent group wants school board members removed in a recall election. That process started Wednesday.

Last Thursday, the board suspended superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder while he's under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

The group, Citizens United for Education, supported that move, but its concerns extend beyond Kryder. It says the board is unwilling to listen to its concerns.

Community member Jeff Albrecht plans to run in the recall election. Last Monday, he spoke before Kryder, the board, and about 200 people at a school board meeting.

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ASHLAND COUNTY - The Ashland County Board has rejected a $9.5 million wrongful death claim from the family of a 14-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy.

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CRANDON - An inmate in the Forest County Jail committed suicide Wednesday morning. 

According to a press release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, jail staff found the man shortly after 6:30 a.m.

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Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.

In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."

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Patricia Kirker was found guilty on all five felonies. 

The jury made its decision in less than an hour.

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"Normally, I make 30 to 40 gallons," said Jack.

This year, things are looking good for Jack and his syrup.

"This is going to be a good year," said Jack.

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