MADISON - Teams across the Northwoods traveled to UW-Madison on Friday to compete in the 2017 state girls swim meet.Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander and Tomahawk all represented the area at the meet.
Tomahawk sophomore Kylee Theiler led the way as she earned two individual fourth place finishes. Tomahawk also earned a few other podium spots and finished fourth overall as a team.
"I don't even know what to say, and now I'm going to cry. Its unbelievable what these girls did and how they put together their goals and their practices, it's just phenomenal," said head coach Theresa L'Esperance.
The Hatchets entered Friday night's meet with a goal of finishing in the top ten. With their fourth place finish, they said a bittersweet goodbye to their seniors.
It's amazing my senior year to end it like that. We were watching our score, Tomahawk, change throughout the entire meet. When it got to fourth, the highest it was throughout the entire meet, we told Theresa and she couldn't believe it. It's just amazing, it's really an honor," said Rachel Dallman.
Tomahawk finished with a final score of 142.
Tune into Newswatch 12 at 10 on Saturday night to hear more from the Hatchets and other Northwoods teams at the state meet.
RHINELANDER - It's easy to slip on ice, skid on roads, or get stuck in the snow.
One thing that also happens is joint pain from common winter activities.
Shoveling heavy snow is one of the biggest problems Rhinelander Chiropractor Dr. Tony Lowenberg sees causing this pain.
He said shoveling is a physical activity that can cause excessive stress on the body; especially for people who don't lift heavy often.
"Lifting and the twisting creates wear and tear on their body. Then [people] feel it as pain and then their muscles get tight because they are not used to lifting stuff," said Dr. Lowenberg. "It's more people that are not used a physical job, shoveling can be [troublesome]."
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander student made it onto her school bus and to class unhurt last Tuesday, but she almost didn't. A recent close call left Bowen Bus Service employees wondering if Rhinelander will be the next to see a student killed while simply trying to get to and from school.
On Hwy 8 last week a student was nearly hit by a truck at her bus stop, leaving the bus driver in disbelief. In a surveillance video from the bus, you can hear the bus driver say "That car like just missed you. That truck just missed her."
TOMAHAWK - After a bitterly cold November, road crews in Tomahawk enjoyed a warm up on Monday. But temperatures shifting above and below freezing this week will create perfect conditions for a lot more work. John Cole is the Director of Public Works for the City of Tomahawk. He says that pothole issues are something that his crew fights all season long.
"It's job security, it's not a good job security, but it is job security for sure because you always have potholes to fill," said Cole. "When you get that expansion and contraction, we get water in those cracks, and when you get the traffic and people driving on them."
In Tomahawk, Cole sends crews out every week to look for potholes and fill them. He also sends out crews whenever they get a call about a bad pothole.
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