PRENTICE - Prentice brothers Taylor and Trace Brayton love playing baseball together. They also love to joke with each other, but a few years ago, there wasn't much joking on the Prentice baseball team. The Bucs barely had enough players to field a team, but things have changed since then.
"Our numbers have gone up. I think we had nine [players] my freshman year, and now we're up to 15 and increasing," said Taylor Brayton.
This season the Bucs have won six conference games. That's four more than a year ago and six more than a winless 2015 season. The Brayton brothers are two big reasons for that steady increase.
"They're both just great kids, great leaders. They're quiet leaders. They just let their actions show," said Head Coach Joe Parisi.
Actions like an earned run average of less than two over the last two seasons for Taylor. As Taylor continues to impress on the mound during his senior year, Trace is showing his own value as a sophomore.
"Pitching, I try to give him a lot of advice, but he's definitely got me beat in the outfield. He's a good outfielder," said Taylor.
While there are some compliments, the competition between the two is intense.
"There's competition going back and forth. They kind of ask me 'hey coach was that a hit?'," said Parisi.
"Every time he's on the mound, he starts walking people, or starts struggling I'll go out and give him a hard time," said Taylor.
Taylor isn't the only one that gets to poke fun. Trace says it's something he'll miss next year.
"After he strikes out, I kind of bump into him a little bit. It'll be kind of weird not having him to do that anymore," said Trace.
Prentice activities director Jeremy Brayton has a unique perspective on the sibling rivalry, as both a coach, and as a father. As Taylor prepares to graduate this spring, Jeremy says he'll miss watching his sons play together.
"That's going to change, that's going to change her real soon, I don't know that I'm ready for that," said Jeremy Brayton.
He knows he can look back at all that Taylor has accomplished, and all that Trace continues to achieve, with a smile.
"It makes me really proud, I'm really proud of, I'm very proud of the strides that they've made," said Jeremy Brayton.
Taylor will graduate in a few weeks with 12 varsity letters, while Trace is on track to do just the same. Prentice will play its next game on Thursday against Newman Catholic.
MERRILL - Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with family. But the Merrill firefighters spend their Thanksgiving at the station with their second family, their coworkers. Community members stepped in to make sure the firefighters still had a special Thanksgiving while they were working.
It might be Thanksgiving, but for the Merrill Fire Department, it's just another day
But it is a day with more turkey, stuffing, and pies.
"We had a couple of community organizations that dropped off meals for us which we're definitely grateful for," said firefighter and paramedic Bryson Cruise.
The job doesn't stop for firefighters and Thanksgiving is no exception.
So Park City Credit Union and Hands of Hope wanted to thank the firefighters for their service with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal.
PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
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