WAUSAU - Coaches teach their players teamwork can be an important part of playing sports.
But some kids want to challenge themselves in individual sports like archery.
Some kids don't want to rely on a team for success.
Some archery coaches in Wausau believe more kids are choosing archery because they're looking for an individual sport.
"Our growth every year just exceeds our imagination. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger," said Mike Hughes, an archery coach.
More than 1,200 students from across Wisconsin competed in the state archery competition at Wausau West High School on Saturday.
"A lot of them aren't into the tradition sports. So this is something for them to do and it builds self-esteem, it keeps them interested in school, they have success. They just really enjoy shooting," said Hughes.
Kids compete individually in the sport but they are a part of a bigger team.
"When you're shooting your individual, it just feels good to be by yourself. And when you're not, it feels good to cheer on your team," said Austyn Rauch, one of the competitors.
Some kids rely on their instincts when they compete.
"Once you let go of the arrow, I can feel if it's going to be a good arrow or not. It's just a natural feeling," said Jordan Wagner, one of the competitors.
But it takes a lot of practice to be able to hit the target.
"You're not shooting with a release. You're shooting with your fingers so it's kind of like old time archery. You have to really work on your form to be a good archer," said Hughes.
Some kids practice whenever they can throughout the week.
They enjoy watching themselves do well in a competition.
"To watch the arrow flying down and if it hits the target, it's a good feeling if it's a 10," said Wagner.
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
RHINELANDER - People deposited more than just money at a Rhinelander bank Friday morning. A blood drive at People's State Bank allowed donors to double down on what they gave.
Nurses from the Community Blood Center took donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the "Give a Pint, Give a Pound" blood drive. For every pint donated, the Blood Center will give a pound of food to the Lakeland Food Pantry.
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