WABENO - If you're looking for a team that's off to a great start this year, look no further than Laona/Wabeno. The Rebels got conference win number two on Friday with running back Tristian Immel leading the way.
"He's fast, he's a 4.6 type of runner, and when he comes the other way, he's quick," said Laona/Wabeno Head Coach Dan Moravec.
That speed helped Immel and the Rebels roll to a 52-0 win over Three Lakes/Phelps. That was thanks in large part to the senior's three touchdowns and 150 total yards, including one TD on a punt return.
"To win sometimes, if you get lucky to have a punt return, defense, interception here. All phases of the game have to win, and he does it all," said Moravec.
That play got the scoring started. And Immel says that's exactly what he was going for.
"I was thinking we've got to score here. It was 0-0 someone had to put points on the board. Nothing was going well on offense at first, and we had some good blocks on the left side," said Immel.
Then on offense Immel scampered for a slightly unconventional 33-yard touchdown run. First he tried the left side, but decided to turn back and head the other way for the score.
"That's not how we design it but if it works we'll take it once in a while," said Moravec. "That's a big momentum swing there."
Designed or not, those six points put the Rebels up by three scores. Immel, however, is quick to point out he's not the only one on the field.
"[My] offensive line, they're the best out there," said Immel. "[They are] the best in the conference."
That offensive line will get its biggest test yet on Friday when the Rebels face new conference foe Crivitz. Immel says he's looking forward to that challenge.
"It feels nice, new competition. It gets us ready for the playoffs," said Immel.
The playoffs are still a ways away but both Crivitz and Laona/Wabeno are undefeated in the new MONLPC Small division. Both schools look like contenders to be the league's inaugural champion.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
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