(For week of 3/4/2019)
This week's Nicolet National Bank Athlete of the Week award goes to senior Junior Howard of the Rhinelander High School boys' basketball team. Howard would lead the Hodags in their final two games of the 2018-2019 season and recorded back-to-back 30 point-plus games. Despite Rhinelander having a stellar night shooting beyond the arc, their defense was unable to hold off Wausau East and they fell 71-65 in the WIAA Regional Semifinals on Friday. Howard connected on eight of the teams’ 17 triples in the contest and finished with a career-high 32 points that included RHS's final 18 of the night. In the previous contest on Tuesday the Hodags faced Shawano and won 78-65 in the Division 2 Regional Quarterfinals. Howard went nearly perfect offensively on the night recording 30 points in his final home high school game. He was perfect from the field shooting 9-9 that included four triples and he went 8-9 from the free throw line to lead the Hodags to a 13-point victory.