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WIAA Adds Shot Clock to Basketball, Second Division to Boys Hockey
Published on 06/23/2017 under News STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin high school basketball teams will soon be on the clock. According to the Associated Press report, the WIAA's Board of Control has voted to implement a 35-second shot clock for varsity basketball games only beginning with the 2019-20 season. The WIAA says the board reached the decision following a lengthy discussion at a meeting on Thursday. The shot clock vote was among a number of issues ruled on by the board. They included support for an amended recommendation for a two-year experiment to create two divisions in boys hockey starting with the 2020 state tournament. The tourney format would feature four teams in Division 1 and four in Division 2. The smallest 32 programs by enrollment would be assigned to Division 2.
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Tomahawk Police Report
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Officers are reviewing security camera footage regarding a shoplifting complaint from a gas station and continue to investigate. On Tuesday, officers were called to Bradley Park for a driving complaint. As a result of that complaint, a 22 year old male was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle. An officer conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation. The driver, a 17 year old male, was cited for operating without a license. The 18 year old passenger and owner was cited for permitting an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle. On Wednesday, an officer observed a 37 year old male, known to have a suspended license, operating a vehicle. That violation was confirmed and the driver was cited. A 30 year old man was taken into custody following an apprehension request from Oneida County. The man was the transferred to a deputy at the county line. A 25 year old male was found to have violated his no drink order while at a local establishment. He was then brought to the Lincoln County Jail as a result of that violation.
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Local Residents Recognized at Tomahawk Community Awards Banquet
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Several individuals from the Tomahawk area were honored this past weekend for their commitment to the community. The Tomahawk Leader once again partnered with Inshalla Country Club to host the Community Awards Banquet... honors that date back 62 years now. It was a special night for the Hein family, overall. As we've previously covered, they are transitioning ownership of Inshalla. It was John, Peggy and Andy who received this year's Distinguished Service Award. Among the numerous groups highlighting the Heins at the event were the Tomahawk Chamber, the Hatchet golf team, Ties that Bind Us, and the Lion's Club. A pair of Tomahawk High School staff shared this year's LEADERship Award, Dan Reiter and Olivia Dachel. Reiter serves as guidance counselor, was called 'an unsung hero-who has worked behind the scenes to help young people, families and the community as a whole. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Dachel was recognized for her efforts in the FBLA program, school to work apprenticeships other student/community programs. The former Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipient even received accolades from Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett for the award. Other winners include: Alan Van Strydonk and Nancy Swan of Erv's, nominated for Employer of the year, while the staff of Tomahawk Ben Franklin were surprised with the Employees of the Year award. The Tomahawk Area Historical Society received the Community Appreciation Award and Margaret Harry the Mentor of the year. Finally, Andrew Cook added another honor to his growing list of accomplishments. The graduating senior was named the Youth LEADER of the year. A perfect example of his success occurred earlier this month, when the co-valedictorian addressed his classmates at the THS graduation on a Sunday. The following day, he was competing in the WIAA golf state tournament. He's also participated in FBLA and was a Youth Apprentice. Cook is heading to UW-Madison this fall, majoring in electrical engineering.
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Update: Victim Identified in Forest County Shooting
Published on 06/23/2017 under News Officials have released the name of the victim in a shooting that occurred in Forest County earlier this week. The Sheriff's Office says they were called to a residence in Crandon Wednesday morning at around 4am. The initial call was for a disturbance that involved a gunshot. The victim has now been identified as 25 year old Savanna Larson of Lac du Flambeau. The Sheriff's Office initially indicated that three people were taken into custody following the incident. No further details on the case have been provide. The incident remains under investigation.
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WIAA Board Approves Basketball Shot Clock, Two Divisions in Boys Hockey
Published on 06/23/2017 under Sports STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control reviewed and approved a number of committee recommendations impacting winter sports, gave initial review and consideration of a newly conceived divisional placement plan for basketball, and engaged in robust membership-related discussions at its June meeting today. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board voted to implement the use of a 35-second shot clock in basketball for varsity games only to begin with the 2019-20 season. In other basketball-related action, coaches qualifying for the Sate Tournament will determine the seeds for the four qualifying teams in each of the five divisions with a Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association representative breaking any ties that may occur beginning in 2017-18. Three other basketball recommendations received approval from the Board. If schools choose to play only one half of a junior varsity game and a full varsity game, players will be allowed to play in only two halves. Also approved was extending the coaching box to 28 feet from 14 feet for all levels. In addition, the number of players per team allowed to dress during the Tournament Series will increase to 18 while maintaining the maximum party limit of 22. The Board also voted to convene the basketball coaches advisory committee following the 2017 Area Meetings to discuss the merits of a newly created basketball tournament placement model. Details of the plan will be shared and discussed at the Area Meetings and at each level of the committee process to be presented to the Board at its Jan. 31, 2018 meeting. General details of the plan is provided below. The Board supported an amended recommendation for a two-year experiment on sponsoring two divisions in boys hockey beginning with the 2020 State Tournament. The tournament format will feature four teams in Division 1 and four in Division 2 with the smallest 32 programs by enrollment assigned to Division 2. Another action item in hockey was the approval of the procedure for seeding the State Tournament. The WIAA will conduct a conference call with coaches of qualifying teams to determine the top four seeds, and the remaining four teams will be randomly drawn as opponents of the seeded teams in the brackets. The guidelines for seeding will replicate those for the regional and sectional levels. Beginning next season, the State Tournament in team wrestling will also be seeded by coaches of qualifying teams. The process will replicate the procedure approved in boys hockey. Another wrestling recommendation approved for 2017-18 increases the total number of medals awarded to 28 at the State Team Tournament, which equals the number of eligible athletes. In other wrestling-related discussions, the Board was informed of a change in the Feb. 1, one-pound growth allowance to take effect on the date of the first regional competition. The lone gymnastics coaches' recommendation received approval. It requires the final average score of a routine to be posted during meets throughout the season. The Board also ratified spring cooperative programs for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, general fund financial statements and payments and a spending resolution during development of the 2017-18 operational budget. Among the additional discussions were a review of the 2017 spring State Tournaments, updates on Assembly Bill 260/Senate Bill 232, the 2017 New Athletic Director Workshop, possible 2017 Area Meeting topics, and potential Constitution items for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Board also received liaison reports from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Peggy Seegers-Braun of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association. The WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 511 senior high schools and 41 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors 27 championship tournament series. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.
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Tomahawk Cubs Split Double Header with Medford
Published on 06/22/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Cubs hosted Medford in American Legion baseball on Wednesday night at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field. In game one of the doubleheader, Tomahawk rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 11-10 walk off win. Medford jumped to a 7-1 lead in the third inning before the Cubs began the comeback. Tomahawk closed the gap to 7-5 only to see the Raiders score three runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-5 lead. From that point on it was all Cubs, as they scored the final six runs to secure the conference victory. Jakob Kahle started on the mound for Tomahawk and pitched three innings allowing 7 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits and 3 walks. Isaac Weber pitched the final four innings and got the win for the Cubs giving up 3 runs, all earned, on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. The Cubs pounded out 15 hits in the victory and were led by: Shawn Dirkx, 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored, Justin Jarvensivu, 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, Eli Wurl, Isaac Weber, and Garrett Schulz each added two hits to the Tomahawk attack. In game two, Medford scored a run in the first inning and made it stand up as they held on for the 1-0 victory in the five inning game. Wyatt Kupper was the tough luck losing pitcher for Tomahawk giving up one run on four hits while walking two and striking out two in his complete game effort. Unfortunately, the Cubs could only muster three hits of their own in the loss. Tomahawk returns to action on Friday night as the Cubs host Chequamagon for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.
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Tomahawk Cubs Compete in Rhinealnder Rebel Tourney
Published on 06/19/2017 under Sports The Tomahawk Cubs traveled to Rhinelander for the Rebel Invitational this past weekend with the following results: Game one: Friday night: Minocqua 3, Tomahawk 1 , Jakob Kahle went the distance on the mound allowing three runs on seven hits. William Russell was 2 for 2 to lead the Cubs hitters. Game two: Saturday morning: Tomahawk 6, Chequamagon 3, Eli Wurl tossed a complete game three hitter while striking out five and the Cubs used a six run third inning rally to come away with the victory. Jake Ruid led Tomahawk with two hits in the win. Game three: Saturday afternoon: Rhinelander 12, Tomahawk 1, Rhinelander broke open a 2-1 game with 5 runs in the sixth and 5 runs in the seventh to defeat the Cubs. William Russell pitched 5 strong innings for the Cubs. Eli Wurl, Shawn Dirkx, and Justin Jarvensivu had the only hits for Tomahawk. Game four: Sunday afternoon: Mosinee 10, Tomahawk 7, Mosinee plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a one run game and held on for the victory. Tomahawk's bats came to life as they pounded out 12 hits in the loss. Shawn Dirkx and Eli Wurl each had three hits and Justin Jarvensivu added two hits and three RBI's. Sam VonSchrader and Wyatt Kupper shared the pitching duties against the hard-hitting Mosinee team. The Cubs return to action with a doubleheader at home against Medford on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 5:30 PM. Tomahawk also hosts Chequamagon for a doubleheader on Friday night also set for a 5:30 start.
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