EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines boys hockey last won the Great Northern Conference five years ago. Since then, the Eagles have watched the Antigo Red Robins capture four titles in a row.
But so far this year, Pines is undefeated in conference and 11 and three overall. That success has been anchored by goaltender Ethan Polich, who is currently tied for the state lead in wins.
"After the last championshup game in the holiday tournament, I really realized what speed I need to be playing at to be successful and the intensity I need to have. I think it's just really clicked to me so far this year," said Polich.
Polich has allowed just 18 goals during his 14 games. And just last week the Eagles lost by just one to yearly powerhouse Wausau West.
"It was really nice to see because the past couple of years I've been playing we've lost 8-0, 8-2 or whatever. The fact that we were able to play with one of the top teams in the state really gives us a lot of confidence," said Polich.
Polich and the Eagles earned a shutout yesterday with a seven to nothing win over Wisconsin Rapids.
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.
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