CRANDON - The Crandon High School football team held practice on Monday at Crandon High School. They will play only 4 seniors this season. That's a big difference from last season when the team played 12 seniors. Morgan Krueger was one of them, and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. The team is looking forward to the new senior group.
"I think a lot of leadership," said Jamie Conway, the head coach at Crandon. "They did some things on their own, working without coaches; they were active in the weight room all summer." The senior players are taking proactive steps to be good leaders. "Seniors always try to be out on the field," said Deion Dehart, a senior lineman for Crandon. "We try to motivate each player be at the best that they can do on and off the field." These seniors believe working hard will produce success, regardless of the age or class of their teammates. "I think working hard in practice translates to working hard in the game," said Isaiah Doane, a senior lineman for Crandon. "We do that, we are really going to do well and get another conference championship on the banner." Crandon like other schools in the northern part of the state is switching to a more balanced attack with a mix of running and passing. "We will throw the ball this year," Conway said. "We will throw the ball this year more than we did last year." "Passing as much as we run I think will level out the field," Dehart said. The team looks to put on a show to unite the community. They're hoping to improve off a 6-4 season last year. "The kids I mean I tell them this all the time, a lot of people play this game through them still and remember that feeling on Friday night," Conway said. "So that's what it is all about." The Cardinals play Wausaukee on Friday in Crandon.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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