- A couple of Northwoods girls basketball teams began Thursday night just two games away from a trip to state. Merrill and Goodman-Pembine.
In Division Two, Merrill was playing in the sectional semifinals for the second time in three years.
Bluejays faced the 3-time defending sectional champs New London.
The game was in Stevens Point. In a low-scoring battle, Merrill fell 29-24. Bluejays led 14-4 at the half. However they were outscored 25-10 in the second half. Renee Sladek led Merrill with 17 points. Bluejays end the season at (16-8).
In Division 5, Goodman-Pembine traveled to Oconto Falls. There the Patriots took on Green Bay NEW Lutheran.
Patriots won 41-29. Courtney Goyak had a double-double for Goodman-Pembine. 23 points and 20 rebounds.
Goodman-Pembine will Assumption. The Royals defeated Newman Catholic 52-40 in Antigo Thursday night. You can watch highlights of this game in the video above.
Saturday's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. start at D.C. Everest High School.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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