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.
MERRILL - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn't want to spend too much time at the Republican National Convention last week because he wanted to get back to campaigning in his home state.
The senator from Oshkosh stopped at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday.
He faces a tight races against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis).
Johnson gave a speech on Tuesday in Cleveland about national security, as he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
He seems pleased with the Republican presidential ticket.
"I think it's really complimentary to the skills Donald Trump brings to the table," Johnson said. "You got Donald Trump with the private sector experience. You got Mike Pence with a real record accomplishment both in the House and as the governor of Indiana. I think it's a pretty good pairing."
He said he wouldn't pay too much attention to the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week.
"They've got their ticket, we've got our ticket," Johnson said. "They'll make a bunch of promises they can't deliver on. And what we're going to focus on is economic growth, strengthen our economy so we can strengthen our military, so we can defeat ISIS and secure our borders."
SHAWANO COUNTY - UPDATE 5:13 p.m.--Police say six people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after two sport utility vehicles carrying Boy Scouts crashed in Shawano County.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 29 near Bonduel.
Police say one of the SUVs was towing a trailer with equipment. The driver of that vehicle went off the roadway then overcorrected and lost control. The second SUV hit the first, and both went off the road. The trailer flipped and the second SUV landed partially on top of the first.
Bonduel police Chief Todd Chaney tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that one of the injured, a troop leader, was airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with a head injury.
Chaney said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.
MADISON - State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification in November's election pending an appeal.
In Milwaukee this week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.
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