TOMAHAWK - The Great Northern Conference wrapped up its regular hockey season this weekend in Antigo.
That's when the eight teams also named the all-conference players as well as coach and player of the year.
Tomahawk senior Max Bembinster was chosen as GNC player of the year.
The defenseman has played in 19 games this season while scoring 10 goals and 22 assists.
Bembinster also played a few games with the Wausau Riverwolves before his senior season.
He says the award proves just how hard his entire team worked this year.
"I was very humbled by that but I would like to thank my teammates because without them, I couldn't do it by myself," Bembinster said. "So those guys being supportive really helped me out and really helped me excel as a player."
There are two Bembinster's on this Tomahawk team. Max has been coached by his father, the teams head coach the past four years.
Chris Bembinster says his son's leadership and heart won him the award.
"He comes out and he just plays the game, it doesn't matter who we are playing against who he is playing with," Chris Bembinster said. "It doesn't matter he always competes and I think that's part of the reason why the coaches voted him in."
After Max's season ends, he will join the Wausau Riverwolves for the conclusion of their season.
The senior isn't quite sure which sport he wants to pursue after graduation. He was also named first team all-conference in the Marawood during football season.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
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