ANTIGO - Antigo boys hockey expected to be a good team again this year, but the Red Robins knew they needed to find a new goalie. Just three games into the season, it seems like they found one.
"I was a little nervous coming into the game," said Antigo sophomore Brody Bunnell.
Those nerves didn't show last week when Bunnell made 37 saves against SPASH. Even though the Red Robins lost that game, Bunnell showed his coaches what he could do.
"We knew coming in that we had a good goalie, but as much as he stepped up in those two games against SPASH and New Richmond, he really exceeded our expectations," said Antigo Head Coach Matt Borneman.
The sophomore goaltender made 39 more saves in a loss to New Richmond, and added 12 in a shutout win over Medford, and some of them were not exactly textbook.
"When it comes down to it, and I have to make an aggressive play, I'm willing to make that play any time," said Bunnell.
The willingness to make those plays is something that Borneman is embracing.
"To have a sophomore with that confidence is huge, he's fun to watch and he's really good at that stuff," said Borneman.
Bunnell says his passion for the sport comes from another guy who played goalie, his dad.
"He always, before every game would ask me what my job was, and I'd always tell him my job was to stop the puck," said Bunnell.
So far Bunnell has done that job and drawn impressive comparisons from his team
"We always talk about Brody being like Dominik Hasek or Marty Brodeur, making the unorthodox type of saves that he could make. Scramble around the net, kick up a leg when he needs to or flash his glove when he's lying on the ice," said Borneman.
That drive to stop the puck has the young net-minder thinking of big dreams one save at a time.
"I had an uncle that went to the state tournament and won it, and my brother played and went to the state tournament," said Bunnell. "So I feel like it's my turn to help this team out, and help this team get to the state tournament again this year would be my ultimate goal."
PELICAN LAKE - Tribal members from across Wisconsin held a Deep Winter Camp to pass on parts of their cultures. Members from several different tribes wanted to give kids the chance to experience a piece of their culture. They hope the camp encourages younger members to keep traditions going and never forget where they came from. "They're going to be the next teachers they're good kids and we all love every kid that came here and spent time with us. They all learned something and they'll take it back and teach others," said Lac du Flambeau Band Vice Chairman John Johnson Sr.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
RHINELANDER - Police think an Oneida County man downloaded hundreds of pornographic pictures of young girls using a private chatroom.
During Danial Smith's preliminary hearing Friday, Smith's attorney asked if police had any way of knowing it was his client who downloaded the more than 700 photos.
The state Department of Justice learned a computer near Rhinelander downloaded the pictures in late 2016 thanks to a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The internet protocol (IP) addresses from the downloads were linked to Smith's home on County C in the town of Stella.
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