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Player of the Week nominees Dec 30Submitted: 12/30/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


- On Friday, we'll have our first winner of the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week for 2014.

Here are this week's nominees.

NOMINEE 1

In wrestling, Chequamegon's Hunter Schienebeck finished in 4th place at the River Falls tournament. He went (3-2) in the 126 pound weight class.

NOMINEE 2

Girls hockey, the Northern Edge hosted the Hodagland Holiday Tournament last weekend. Katie Detert scored 7 goals over the weekend - including 4 against Arrowhead on Thursday night. She broke the team's career scoring record in the game.


NOMINEE 3

Boys basketball, Lakeland won the Lakeland Classic thanks in large part to Tom Bruckner. He scored 24 points against the Milwaukee School of Languages in the semifinals. He finished with 44 for the tourney and made the All-Tournament team.

NOMINEE 4

And back on the mat, Tomahawk's Nate Flohr went (4-1) at the Eau Claire Holiday tournament. The Hatchets finished second in their preliminary round.

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

If you would like to nominate someone for next week's award, please e-mail your choice to sports@wjfw.com. Please include stats for a game this week. Next week's nominees will be announced on Monday.


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