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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.


"I take animals off the euthanasia list," Stef Scheider of Sugar Camp explains. "We reached the one-year mark at the beginning of May. In that time, we have saved 200 dogs."

Around $1000 was raised for her group - called It Matters to One Animal Rescue. Another athlete decided to take the opportunity to tie the knot once again.

"(We) have been together for so long - she has been through everything with me," Jeff Paradise of Necedah explains.

Jeff and his wife Nadia have been married for six years. She had her suspicions - but it didn't affect the impact of the moment.

"I was still shocked," Nadia adds. "It's been a long six years. But I'm looking for six more new ones."

The future of the competition seems bright. The Holzbauer brothers out of Eagle River say they have learned more than just about combat.

"I've been doing it for about four or five years," Sam Holzbauer said. "I've learned self control - not to take it too hard."

"It's fun and exciting," Sam's brother Jeff adds. "This is the only time I can do this."

"They're in a controlled environment," Jodi Holzbauer - Sam and Jeff's mother explains. "They know what they signed up for. I think it's (safe)."

This was the second Combat Challenge held in Eagle River this year. The next one is expected to be next year in March.


Story By: Joe Dufek

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 LOCAL SPORTS
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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MMA returns to Eagle River this weekendSubmitted: 07/03/2014

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SUGAR CAMP - On Saturday, Eagle River derby Track will be hosting the Northwoods Combat Challenge.

Several mixed Martial Artists from Sixel's Fight Club out of Sugar Camp will be competing.

It will feature a Border Battle Competition between fighters from Wisconsin and Michigan. 9 fights in the series.

In the main event, Stef Schneider of Sugar Camp will face Missy Pontbriand of Michigan.

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Northwoods Spotlight - Pavelski golf event - July 2Submitted: 07/02/2014

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STEVENS POINT - NHL star Joe Pavelski feels at home on the ice... but he also enjoys hitting the links. The combination of the two sports led to his annual charity event.

Marisa Silvas caught up with the former Badger in this week's Northwoods Spotlight.

Joe Pavelski returned home to many smiling faces. The Plover native reconnected with his roots for his 6th annual charity golf tournament.

"When I can come back to Plover and Stevens Point and see friends and everyone that traveled for the event it's always special," Pavelski explains.

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Local Drivers Finish Big at CrandonSubmitted: 06/29/2014

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CRANDON - The legendary Crandon International Raceway provided drivers and fans with another spectacular weekend. The annual Brush Run wrapped up Sunday.

There were 137 races over the past two days. The biggest one pitted the Pro 4x4 Trucks against the Pro 2's in the Forest County Potawatomi Cup. It was Chad Hord of Felch, Michigan taking home the second cup of his career.

Earlier in the day, in the Pro 4x4 Trucks Johnny Greaves of Abrams, Wisconsin pushed out to an early lead and coasted in for the win.

Then in the Pro 2 wheel drive, Johnny's son C.J. Greaves sped out to the front. C.J. led from wire-to-wire, taking the checkered with more than a 3 second advantage.

The Pro Light race had 22 trucks on the track. Nick Baumgartner crashed on the first lap. Then on the restart there was a ton of dust in turn one and a huge pileup. Bryan Osborn ended up on his side. He'd climb out and be ok.

So third try was the charm. After running a tight race, Crandon's own Keegan Kincaid in the number 7 won in front of the home crowd.

All the drivers enjoyed putting on a show.

"We had to get ready three times because of the restarts but that's racing I guess, that happens, Kincaid explains. "Being in front of my home crowd, home track means more than anything to me. I'm just happy to be up here again. Winning never gets old."

Other local drivers put on quite a show at the Big House as well.

Rhinelander's Mark Steinhardt swept the weekend's races in the 1600 Buggy. Steiny has been racing at Crandon since 1985 but he says the thrill is still the same now, as the first time he took the track.

"On the starting line my stomach still has butterflies. Once you lose that I think you're losing your edge," says Steinhardt. "You've gotta be nervous. But the land rush start here is unbelievable. The fans are unbelievable, the officials do a great job. Of course being my home track, I always look forward to coming here cause I know a lot of people in the stands."

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 REGIONAL SPORTS
Hernandez cruises, Phillies beat Brewers 4-1Submitted: 07/09/2014

MILWAUKEE - Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley homered to support Roberto Hernandez's solid start, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night for their third straight win over the NL Central leaders.

Hernandez (4-8) needed just 84 pitches in eight innings to dispatch the aggressive Brewers, who have lost four straight and eight of nine. Hernandez allowed three hits, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

Veterans Rollins and Utley homered off Kyle Lohse (9-4), who at one point retired 13 straight batters after Utley's first-inning solo shot.

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Utley, Hamels lead Phillies over Brewers 3-2Submitted: 07/07/2014

MILWAUKEE - Chase Utley hit a two-run homer, and Cole Hamels allowed one earned run over 6 2-3 innings for his first victory in a month as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Monday night.

Hamels (3-5) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out seven and walking two for his first victory since June 6 _ a span of six starts. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Utley, the starting National League All-Star second baseman, staked the Phillies to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his seventh homer. It was the 27th home run allowed by Marco Estrada (7-6), the most in the majors.

It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Brewers, who have had sole possession of first place in the NL Central since April 9.


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Four Brewers Selected to All-Star TeamSubmitted: 07/06/2014

MILWAUKEE - Every July, baseball's best players meet for the All-Star Game. This year, it's close by, Minnesota will play host at Target Field.

For the first time since 2007, the Brewers are sending 4 players.

Two of them were elected National League starters by fans...

Aramis Ramirez will be starting at third base for the first time in his 16-plus years in the majors.

Carlos Gomez will also make his first start in the outfield. Gomez ranks among the league leaders in slugging percentage, total bases, stolen bases and runs.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was named to his first all star game as a reserve and Francisco Rodriguez made the NL bullpen via the player ballot. K-Rod leads the Majors with 27 saves.

Also Auburndale native and Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman was selected to his second All-Star game.

The game will be played Tuesday, July 15th.

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Bruce HR breaks slump, sends Reds over Brewers 4-2Submitted: 07/06/2014

CINCINNATI - Jay Bruce emerged from the deepest slump of his career _ 0 for 26 _ with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Reds gained a game on the NL Central leaders by taking two of three in their series, moving to six back. Cincinnati has won 10 of 15 overall.

The Brewers have lost five of six but still have the NL's best record and a comfortable lead.

Bruce hit a two-run shot with one out in the eighth off left-hander Will Smith (1-2), who took over for Yovani Gallardo.

Mat Latos (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high eight innings. Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.



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Brewers beat Reds 1-0, end 4-game slideSubmitted: 07/05/2014

CINCINNATI - Matt Garza threw a two-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and the Milwaukee Brewers ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Saturday night.

Despite a slump that matched their longest of the season, the Brewers maintained the best record in the league and a comfortable lead in the NL Central.

Aramis Ramirez singled home a run in the first inning off Homer Bailey (8-5), who gave up seven hits through eight innings. Two Brewers were thrown out at the plate.

Garza (6-5) has been one of the Brewers' best starters lately, going 4-1 in his last seven games. He retired the first 12 batters in order before Brandon Phillips led off the fifth with a single for Cincinnati's first hit.


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Simon's pitching key as Reds snap slumpSubmitted: 07/04/2014

CINCINNATI - Alfredo Simon moved into a tie for the National League lead with his 11th win and Billy Hamilton homered as the Cincinnati Reds snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Skip Schumaker and Joey Votto had run-scoring doubles for the Reds, who were coming off being swept in a three-game series at San Diego.

Simon (11-3), making his career-high 17th start, overcame Jonathan Lucroy's home run to move into a tie with the Dodgers' Zack Greinke and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in wins.

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Former Badgers named to Bucks Summer League teamSubmitted: 07/03/2014

MILWAUKEE - Two former Wisconsin Badgers basketball stars are now with the Milwaukee Bucks - at least for now.

The Bucks announced their Summer League Team.

And the roster features former Badgers Ben Brust and Jordan Taylor.

Brust wrapped up his college career by helping the Badgers reach the Final Four this year.

Taylor played from 2008-2012. He was an All-Big Ten section and among Wisconsin's all-time scoring leaders.

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Joe Dufek
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Joe joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in July 2011 as the Sports Director.

Before coming to the Northwoods, Joe was the Weekend Sports Anchor at KBJR in Duluth, MN. Joe's resume includes working at WFRV in Green Bay, WDIO in Duluth, and WTCH radio in Shawano.

Joe has always had a passion for sports, especially football, hockey, and golf. Joe is a 2005 graduate from UW-Oshkosh with a B.S. degree in Radio/TV/Film. During his college days, he was the Sports Director for the university's radio station twice.

A native of Frog Station, WI (near Green Bay), Joe grew up watching the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks. In fact he also lists listening to old Packer radio braodcasts among his hobbies. Recently, Joe married his fiancee Amy.

When he is not watching or playing sports, he's likely reading or watching something on the American Civil War, or World War II.

Joe says,"In just a short time, I have really been made to feel right at home, thanks to the great folks in the Northwoods."

If you see Joe out on a shoot, please feel free to say hi and email any story ideas you may have.




Marisa Silvas
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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!