Featured Athlete(s) of the Week: Abby Parris and Melissa BrucknerSubmitted: 01/08/2018
Mark Spillane
Mark Spillane
Sports Reporter/Anchor

Featured Athlete(s) of the Week: Abby Parris and Melissa Bruckner
MINOCQUA - Lakeland girls basketball lights up the scoreboard better than almost anyone. The T-Birds fast paced style helped them tally 90 points in Friday's win over Medford. One pair of Thunderbirds combined to score 73 of them.

"That's incredible. In fact, I don't think I've seen that," said Head Coach Melissa Ouimette.

Sophomore Abby Parris tied a school record by scoring 43 points.

"I had no idea, I thought I had like 30 or something, and that was just really cool for me," said Parris.

Meanwhile, T-Birds junior Melissa Bruckner added 30 points of her own. But she says she was more focused on something else.

"So I'm just like Abby, you've got to break this record; you've got to break the record for most threes in a game. So I kept trying to fire her up, kept throwing her the ball, like 'Abby, you're at five, two more, keep on going,'" said Bruckner.

Parris finished with six three-pointers, which was good enough to tie that school record as well. Together, the duo was so dynamic that they outscored Medford's entire team 73 to 72.

"That night, I don't know what about it, I was just hitting like everything," said Parris.

"Everybody knew, get Abby the ball, she's on fire," said Ouimette.

The hot shooting helped the T-Birds stay undefeated in the Great Northern Conference, but Ouimette says the best part of being their coach goes beyond just that.

"They're great leaders and they're great teammates so I'm looking forward to having them back next year, and I get Abby for one more year after that," said Ouimette.

With Parris and Bruckner not going anywhere, there's a good chance more scoring records may be broken. The T-Birds are back on the court Tuesday night against Antigo.

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RHINELANDER - Some members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group have shared a stage together for more than 30 years.
However, they almost had to stop when one of their key members passed away.
"When it all works really well, nothing can top it," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Corky.
The 25 members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group are used to hitting the right rhythm together.

"We have a lot of fun," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Jim Priovolos.
However, when the group's director and founder of the group died, they thought they would have to put their beats on hold.
"We were wondering where we were going to end up with that," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Ken.
Just a few months before their talent showcase at Nicolet College Sunday, Priovolos stepped in.
"I feel very honored to be conducting them," said Priovolos.
Priovolos got the group to pick up exactly where they left off.
"He's kept us going," said Ken.

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TOMAHAWK - A popular Tomahawk event welcomed a sold out crowd over the weekend.
350 people attended the 15th annual Taste of Tomahawk.
Local restaurants, breweries and wineries displayed the best they had to offer at the Inshallah Country Club.
Organizer Jesica said the event successfully shows what Tomahawk has to offer.
"We want to feature the region and all the wonderful things we have to offer. So we hope we get a lot of folks to come to Taste of Tomahawk, that maybe don't visit us other times of year. We can really show them what Tomahawk's all about," said Jesica.

Some vendors used the event as an opportunity to show products and flavors people may not be familiar with.
The Silver Birch Supper Club has attended Taste of Tomahawk since the beginning.
"[It's great] seeing it grow, from just starting out to seeing what it is today. The costumes are great. Great costumes for St. Patty's Day," said Silver Birch Supper Club General Manager Chris Copiskey,

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MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin voters will decide April 3 whether to eliminate the office of state treasurer.

The little-known position dates to territorial days, but Republicans say it's outlived its usefulness. The office has already been stripped of most of its duties over the past decade.

But it has defenders, who say it's an essential check on executive power. They argue it should have powers restored so it can function as a strong independent watchdog.

Attempts to remove the office have been voted on in the Legislature for decades, but it's never gotten enough support to go to voters until now.

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MADISON (AP) - An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.

The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the Forest Service's budget has been stretched by efforts to fight wildfire that have become more frequent and more intense.

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WAUSAU - Seven of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates participated in a public forum this weekend. Citizen Action of Wisconsin held the event at the Wausau Labor Temple.

Citizen Action is a statewide grassroots organization. Dozens of people came out to hear the candidates' opinions on many topics including prison reform. health care, and rural broadband.

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CLARK COUNTY - David Farris has been found safe according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. 

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RHINELANDER - A New York based dance company brought their talent to Northern Wisconsin.
The Equus Projects performed at ArtStart in Rhinelander Sunday.
ArtStart Program Director Ashley McLaughlin was excited to bring art the community usually doesn't get to see
She also wanted to bring new talent to the area.

The group doesn't perform traditional choreography.
"[I's] improvisation of dance so they're reacting off of each other. [Their] acting off the spot. Very little is choreographed. So that goes to the whole emotion of the group," said McLaughlin.
ArtStart collaborated with the Ware House in Eagle River.
The Equus Projects will participate in dance classes at ArtStart all week.

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