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.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
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