RHINELANDER - Most baseball fans turned their attention to the Major League All-Star Game Tuesday night. However, those Major Leaguers weren't the only all-stars to be found. A group of slightly smaller all-stars squared off in Rhinelander.
"We have a lot of fun. My favorite part is when ground balls get hit to me or any action that I get," said Northwoods All Star player Matt Milanowski.
Milanowski plays for the Northwoods All Stars U10 team. The team is made up of kids from Eagle River and the surrounding towns. As you might expect, their coach Jim Beyer says it's not always easy coaching ten year-olds.
"When things are going well, they're in the game, but then they can really lose their focus easily and it's hard to bring them back some times," said Beyer.
But Beyer says the challenges of coaching such a young group also come with rewards.
"You're trying to be all serious and talk about what happened in the game, and they're asking you questions about are they getting icees and stuff like that, and you remember they're 10 year olds and how fun it is to coach this age and see them have some success," said Beyer.
One reward for the Northwoods All Stars was Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Rhinelander All Star team, which just so happened to fall on the same day as the Major League All-Star game.
"With it being all-star week and they can see the all-stars there and we had a talk last night that no matter what happens the rest of their life, they're always going to be an all-star," said Beyer.
Even with that win, Northwoods All Star player, AJ Muench says it wasn't good enough.
"We were kind of sloppy, I think we could do a little bit better on hitting," said Muench.
While they're hoping to do better at the plate, they're certainly not lacking in confidence for next time.
"We're going to win, and we're going to come out right away and get five runs in the first inning," said Milanowski.
When Muench was asked if he agreed, he didn't hesitate.
"Yes," said Muench.
The Northwoods All Stars will play the winner of Antigo and Wausau in the next round.
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.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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