RHINELANDER - Rhinelander senior Owen White verbally committed to play basketball at Michigan Tech last December.
But on Thursday, he made it official by signing his letter of intent.
"They've been a solid program for multiple years. I went up there to one of their games when they competed against one of the best teams in D2. Regardless of athleticism on the team, just their coaching style and the way they play, they can compete with anybody. I know if I go there, I'll be going to a successful program," said White.
White also said he likes Michigan Tech in Hooughton because it's close to home.
Two of his older brothers played football there, as well, so being a Husky runs in the family.
The Rhinelander basketball season begins next week with practice and the first game will be at home on Tuesday the 28th against Wisconsin Rapids.
Rhinelander's Brad Comer also signed his letter of intent on Thursday. He will be attending Winona State University in Minnesota to play baseball.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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