MINOCQUA - Every high school hockey player dreams about playing in the state tournament.
Tuesday night some area boys teams began their journey - which hopefully ends in Madison.
Among the regionals, Lakeland faced Wausau East.
Lakeland led 1-0 in the first period on a goal by Jack Dern.
In the second period, East tied it on a power play goal by Landon Dehnel.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until late in the third period. With under two minutes to play, Lakeland's Nik Boyer somehow was able to fire a shot despite having several East defenders surrounding him. He scored the game-winner.
T-Birds advance with 2-1 victory. Lakeland plays at #1 Wausau West on Thursday.
Among other scores from Tuesday night, #11 Rhinelander pulled off an upset. The Hodags nipped Mosinee 1-0. Rhinelander takes on #3 Northland Pines Thursday in Eagle River.
Also Pacelli rallied against Merrill with a 7-6 overtime victory. Merrill led 5-2 in the third period. Pacelli is in Antigo Thursday. We have more scores at wjfw.com.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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