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Eddie Lacy working on several skills at training campSubmitted: 08/01/2014
GREEN BAY - Running back Eddie Lacy is working on different parts of his game in training camp for the Green Bay Packers.

Last season's Offensive Rookie of the Year is trying to improve as a receiver. It's a task that backups James Starks and DuJuan Harris are working on as well.

The goal is to have all three backs available for three-down duty when the Packers are running a hurry-up offense.

Lacy is entrenched as the No. 1 back after rushing for a franchise rookie-record 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. But he's also proud of his abilities as a receiver, even if that's not his primary duty.

Last season Lacy would jokingly refer to himself as ``Moss'' after making a catch last season, after former NFL star receiver Randy Moss.



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 LOCAL SPORTS
7-on-7 passing league concludesSubmitted: 07/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - High school football doesn't kick off for another few weeks, but you wouldn't have known it Thursday in Rhinelander.

Football players from Rhinelander, Lakeland, and Northland Pines High Schools came together for a 7-on-7 scrimmage at Rhinelander High School. It was the last of several games played over the last few weeks.

The passing league gives players a less intense way to prepare for the upcoming season.

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Pickleball's popularity is soaring in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 07/17/2014

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THREE LAKES - "I said what the heck is pickleball, and he said come on, I'll show you," exclaimed Melody West of the Eagle River Pickleball Association.

The sound of pickleball's connecting with paddles can be heard every day of the week in Three Lakes.

Gillian Hough and Candy Lamb of Summerfield, Florida explain, "It's kind of a combination of ping pong, and badminton or tennis."

Three Lakes pickleball promoter Chuck Radtke added, "The court is smaller than a tennis court. It's easy on the knees, easy on the ankles."

The sport has a huge following in Florida and Arizona, but people in the Northwoods are catching on quickly.

"In Three Lakes we play more pickleball than anywhere else in the state. Our courts are open 24/7 and it's free for all," said Radtke.

Three Lakes hosted 120 players in their first national tournament last weekend.

John Kobach of Three Lakes was pleased with the event. Kobach said, "Two healthy days of healthy exercise and having fun and being competitive with each other."

The game is most popular in retirement communities, but local schools are starting to get the younger generation involved.

"They are teaching it in the high school system in both Eagle River and Three Lakes as part of the racquet sport curriculum," explains Kobach.

Most importantly, it helps get people off the couch.

"They say move it or lose it. So we'll keep moving as long as we can," exclaimed Gillian and Candy.

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Northwoods Spotlight - Eagle River MMA - July 9Submitted: 07/09/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Last Saturday, the Northwoods Combat Challenge showcased a dozen Mixed Martial Arts bouts.

Seven bouts were a Border Battle series between competitors from Wisconsin and Michigan. The winning state, would earn a trophy.

"It just went phenomenal," Dave Sixel of Sixel's Fight Club said. "I'm happy to see Wisconsin win the trophy. We'll probably hold two MMA cards in Wisconsin, and two in Michigan."

For some of the competitors, the even was about more than this. One Sugar Camp fighter is raising money for her animal rescue.

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Caitlin Riley ready to join the BadgersSubmitted: 07/07/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Many high school graduates can take their time preparing for college life this summer. But some athletes will be reporting to camp soon at their respective colleges, including Eagle River's Caitlin Riley.

Caitlin signed a national letter of intent to go to Wisconsin and play soccer for the Badgers starting this fall.

She attended Northland Pines her freshman and sophomore years and then moved to Minnesota to play for Shattuck-St. Mary's School. Riley played foward throughout her high school career.

Shattuck-St. Mary's is one of the top prep soccer programs in the country and helped Caitlin get ready for this next step.

"It's really a home away from home. Everyone there is there for your best interests, they want what's best for you. They want to help you get where you want to be," Caitlin explains. "Academically, athletically, just becoming a better person is what they want to help you become."

Caitlin was looking at many different colleges, but Wisconsin always had a special place in her heart.

"When I was in 8th grade I went to one of their soccer camps and I remember texting my mom after I'd just been in the stadium and saying I'm going to play here one day," says Caitlin.

Riley has high hopes for her time on the team and is confident they can go far if they keep a positive attitude.

"One of our big things at Madison is that it's all in your mindset. If you think you're going to win, you want to win and have the will, then there's nothing holding you back."

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Schneider falls in MMA boutSubmitted: 07/06/2014

EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River Derby Track held the Northwoods Combat Challenge Saturday night.

A dozen Mixed Martial Arts bouts were on the card.

Hundreds of fans enjoyed the action under the big tent.

In the Main Event - Stef Schneider of Sugar Camp faced Missy Pontbraind from Norway, MI.

The 3-round bout went to the scorecards.

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Former Hodags relive their glory days on the diamondSubmitted: 07/05/2014

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RHINELANDER - Ever wish you could relive your glory days from high school? Well, baseball players who went to Rhinelander had the chance to do just that.

Recent graduates and some from as far back as the Class of 1980 laced up their cleats Saturday. This was the second annual alumni get together.

The game was sponsored by the Hodag Diamond Club and gave the former Hodags a chance to reconnect and brush up on their skills.

"Everyone after high school kind of goes their own way, so it's nice we all have this in common," explains Tyler Henkel. "To all come back and get on the field one more time with all your friends from high school is really fun."

Many of the players had the chance to get on the field with relatives for the first time and of course that led to some healthy competition.

"Playing with the nephew is great. I watched him growing up and watched him play all the time," says Todd Henkel. "I think I've still got it, so I get to show him how to do it today."

The even numbered graduating classes took home the win, 9-4.

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Hedges Jr. earns holiday featureSubmitted: 07/04/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Friday was a huge night of racing at Eagle River Speedway. 82 cars were competing - the most at the track in recent years. Some lucky kids got the chance to ride on the track during the National Anthem.

In a makeup feature - in the Pure Stocks, C.J. Hedges Junior of Tomahawk made a pass late in the race on the outside.

C.J. would go on to take the feature.

In another makeup feature in the Street Stocks... it was Jordan Curdey of Moose Crossing taking the checkered flag.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS
Aaron Rodgers adjusting to new receiversSubmitted: 08/01/2014

GREEN BAY - Even star quarterback Aaron Rodgers had has a learning curve at the start of training camp.

Rodgers is adjusting to a revamped group of receivers.

He likes the depth and talent at the position, but is tempering his expectations for how things will shake out by the end of the preseason.

Several players are battling for possibly just three or four spots behind top wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb on the roster before the Packers kick off the season Sept. 4 at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.

One of those young hopefuls is Jared Abbrederis. Green Bay selected the former Wisconsin standout in the fifth round of the draft, but the rookie suffered a knee injury that kept him out of practice Friday.

Coach Mike McCarthy didn't know after practice the extent of the injury for Abbrederis.

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Packers' Abbrederis may have torn ACLSubmitted: 08/01/2014

GREEN BAY - A former Wisconsin Badger might not get the chance to even play a preseason game with the Green Bay Packers.

Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis may have torn his ACL today in practice.

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Bucks add another guard to the foldSubmitted: 08/01/2014

MILWAUKEE - Free agent guard Jerryd Bayless has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Bayless was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was traded to Portland prior to his rookie season.

General manager John Hammond announced the signing Thursday, and the team did not disclose terms.

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Scooter Gennett scratched from start Friday against CardinalsSubmitted: 08/01/2014

ST. LOUIS - Scooter Gennett has been scratched from the Milwaukee Brewers lineup with a finger injury on his left hand.

Elian Herrera replaces Gennett at second base and bats eighth against the Cardinals on Friday night.

Gennett had been batting fifth in the original lineup. The players batting behind him _ Khris Davis, Lyle Overbay and Jean Segura _ all move up one spot.

Gennett is hitting .302 with eight homers and 35 RBIs. Herrera is hitting .270 in 89 at-bats with two RBIs.

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Packers energy high as preseason opener approachesSubmitted: 07/31/2014

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GREEN BAY - It's time to mark those calendars because we are less than two weeks away from the first Packers preseason game.

Training camp is in full swing, and the energy around the team is ramping up as players fight for their jobs.

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Brewers lose second straight gameSubmitted: 07/28/2014

TAMPA BAY - Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night.

Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft.

Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Loney drove in two with a two-out, bases-loaded single off Kyle Lohse (11-5), who gave up two runs and four hits over six innings.

The Rays had won nine in a row before a 3-2 loss Sunday to Boston. The winning streak was the second longest in team history.

Mark Reynolds put the Brewers ahead 1-0 with his 18th homer of the season in the third.

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Brewers split series with New YorkSubmitted: 07/27/2014

MILWAUKEE - Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, rookie Jacob deGrom pitched well into the seventh, and the New York Mets split a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win Sunday.

Duda sent an 0-2 slider in the sixth from rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-2) into the second deck above right field to break a scoreless pitcher's duel. It was Duda's third homer in four days in Milwaukee.

The Brewers mounted a ninth-inning rally against Jenrry Mejia with two outs after Jean Segura's single put runners on first and second. Mejia got Lyle Overbay to ground out for his 15th save.

DeGrom (5-5) held the Brewers to four hits and two walks, exiting with one out in the seventh after allowing two singles. Vic Black got out of that jam.

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Marisa Silvas
Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter
msilvas@wjfw.com

Marisa Silvas joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in October 2011 as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.

Prior to coming to WJFW, she was an editor/associate producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco, CA. She also was a freelance field producer for NBC's Football Night in America and spent 6 years as a sports producer and editor for KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate where she co-hosted a weekly Sports Sunday web show with Jerry Rice.

She graduated with a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University.

Marisa is new to the Northwoods and the cold weather but has lived in several different locations on her journey to Rhinelander. Coming from a family with military ties, she was born in Austin, TX, but also grew up in Mississippi, Lancaster, CA, San Antonio, TX before settling down in Campbell, CA for the past several years.

Marisa has always had a passion for sports and people and has followed her dreams to WJFW after pursuing a full time on-air job for several years.

Marisa likes all sports but is most passionate about the NFL, NBA and major league baseball. Since she has lived in many different locations her favorite teams are all over the country as well. You will see her following her favorites: the San Antonio Spurs, Oakland Athletics and yes, Packers fans, sorry, the Chicago Bears.

She is also an avid fantasy sports fan and has participated in fantasy football and hockey leagues the past 5 seasons. Feel free to ask her for the hot waiver wire pickup!

She and her husband of 4 years, Lyndon, have taken several vacations over the past few summers to visit all the MLB parks...she has now been to 14 and is excited to add Target Field to the list this summer! Her favorites so far are Wrigley, PNC and Miller Park. She and her husband also make an annual trek to Soldier Field to watch their beloved Bears and hang out in their favorite city, where they got engaged at the top of the Hancock Tower in 2007.

In her free time, she loves hanging out with her husband Lyndon and adorable puggle Walter. She also never misses her favorite TV show, Dancing With The Stars and with an extensive dancing background, someday dreams of being a future celebrity contestant and winner!

Marisa is very excited to be making the big move from sunny California to the winter wonderland of Rhinelander! If you see Marisa out in the field or around the town, feel free to say hi and buy her a hot chocolate, she's probably cold!