CRANDON - For 38 years, Crandon's golf team has been coached by one man - David Ferk.
This week will be the final time Ferk will coach the Cardinals.
He told the team earlier this year, he was stepping down. It was simply time.
How did the Cardinals respond? Last week, they captured their first sectional title. It earned the team's first trip to the state meet. Before then, only one player from Crandon has ever qualified for state. In 2010, Tyler Sekel earned the trip.
Ferk's 45-year coaching career includes a stint as the volleyball coach. He also coached JV baseball at one time.
But now, his 38-year run as the golf coach ends with a trip to state.
"I had already talked to the team before," Ferk explains. "Other things are going on. I'm a little older now."
To see his last team playing at the state meet in Madison is a wonderful way to cap off a career.
"This is fantastic," Ferk points out. "This was a dream come true. It's what everyone seems to want to do. I didn't think happen to me and there it is."
"He's such an awesome guy," Crandon junior Thomas VanZile adds. "He adds a lot of humor. He's a mentor - our hero. We're glad we were the team to do it (make it to state). Here we are."
Monday was the opening round of the state golf meet at University Ridge - just outside of Madison.
Crandon finished the first round in eightth place in the D3 team standings. The Cardinals finished with a 387. Lancaster leads with a 317. Brady Weber went +18 to lead Crandon's efforts.
Two area players also competing in the D1 individual event.
Wausau East's Matt Tuman finished at +7 (79), 11 strokes off the lead after the first day.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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