MEDFORD - Many Northwoods athletes started their weekend tumbling, flipping and balancing.
Five teams competed in Medford's first ever Hot Cocoa Invitational Saturday.
Rhinelander, Mosinee, Medford, Chequamegon and Escanaba hit the mats.
The Raiders took the gold with 119 points, even without their top two gymnasts.
Medford's Brooklyn Bilz and Makala Ulrich took first and second in the all-around.
Head coach Steve Cain says he's proud of the individual performances but hopes the girls have the bigger picture in mind.
"I want them to see team spirit. I want them to have team comradery," Cain said. "It's an individual sport but if you do not have individuals come together as a team, it's hard for each of them to really excel. That's my goal for them, is to do their best as a team."
Rhinelander placed second with 114 points.
Senior Raven Sturtevant led the way placing third in the all-around.
She says the Hodags are working towards an even better postseason-run than last year.
"We are already starting about how we ended last year so we are just building on things," Sturtevant said. "I think we are going to be in a good running for conference and even see if more of us can make it to state this year."
Rhinelander hosts its invitational next Saturday.All but two of the GNC teams will compete.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man could face prison time after police arrested him in an online underage sex sting. Oneida County prosecutors charged Adam Van Roy with three felonies on Monday.
A Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent working with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office posed as a 19-year-old woman named 'Julia G' on several social media applications March 13-15. Van Roy, 36, started talking with 'Julia' during that time.
'Julia' soon told Van Roy she was actually only 15 years old.
The agent's notes show Van Roy asked 'Julia' for pictures, including nude images, and asked her "what do you like in the bedroom?"
(Suspects identified clockwise, beginning with upper-left: Robert Daniels, Andrew Phillips, Richard Harris, Geraldine Dubray, Allyssa Wamego, Tammy Mann)
A report of a noisy house party and fight near Crandon led to six drug-related arrests earlier this month. Officers eventually found heroin, cocaine, and guns along with other drug items inside, but getting there took some extra work.
According to a release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, police responded to a home at 7840 Love Knot Lane in the Town of Lincoln, which is east of Crandon, on March 7 around 7:15 p.m.
GLEASON - A snowplow driver in Lincoln Co. couldn't believe what he was seeing last month.
The Town of Russell driver, Jesse Mattson, said he had just knocked over a mailbox by accident while plowing snow on a gravel road near Gleason.
Then, according to Mattson, the mailbox's owner, Peter Wegner, wheeled his SUV in front of the snowplow, forcing it to stop. Wegner got out with a baseball bat, threatened to kill Mattson, and tried to force his way into the cab.
"Normal people just don't act like some kind of cowboy vigilante," Mattson said Tuesday. "It's scary. I'm not that big. When a guy like that has a bat, all you can think of is protecting yourself."
CRANDON - Recently, flooding closed roads and frustrated communities from Rhinelander to Plover. A bad combination of rain and melting snow led to days of flood warnings. As those warnings go away, a related risk could do a lot more than frustrate you - it could make you sick. Flooding can cause contamination in wells, but the Northwoods is lucky to have a world-class water testing facility.
RT Krueger's Northern Lake Service in Crandon has about 50 specialized machines that test drinking water for half of the municipalities in Wisconsin. Krueger tests Rhinelander's water three times a week. Every year 65,000 water samples flow in and out of this lab.
"The safe drinking water testing for the city of Madison is being performed up in little tiny Crandon," said Krueger.
MILWAUKEE - Officials say a man shot by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police on campus is hospitalized in stable condition.
University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference Tuesday two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench in the Fine Arts Complex building around 7 a.m., an altercation occurred and he was shot. The police officers were treated for minor injuries.
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