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Antigo takes early lead against Chippewa FallsSubmitted: 01/24/2015
ANTIGO - Another pretty good hockey game in Antigo Saturday.

It was Chippewa Falls making the trek to play the Red Robins, and if you like offense, this was the game for you.

Antigo on the offensive in the first period.

A quick pass here to Jed Weix.

It goes right past the outstretched leg of the goalie.

Great accuracy there from the senior.

1-0 Antigo.

Red Robins come back again with it.

They're fighting for position.

Andrew Turunen with the shot.

It's no good, but two Robins are there to help.

It's Alex Nagel with the shovel shot for the point.

2-0 Birds.

It's Antigo again pushing for the goal later in the period.

Both teams starting to get a little chippy with one another.

Nothing comes of it, but tempers are flaring for good reason.

Red Robins dominated the early going.



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 LOCAL SPORTS
Pacelli takes down Merrill 4-1Submitted: 01/24/2015

MERRILL - The Merrill Blue Jays hosted the Pacelli Cardinals in a non-conference showdown.

There was nothing but defense early.

Pacelli circling the Merrill goal in the first period.

They penetrate and shoot, but Merrill goalie Bryce Broeking says thanks but no thanks.

Cardinals try it again, but the Blue Jay's Kyle Kleinschmidt puts the stick down to block it.

Great team defense there.

Pacelli here again on the offensive.
Davis Cowden knifing through the defense.

He'll try the shot, but Broeking again drops the hammer.

No goal for the Cardinals, and the Blue Jays come flying back.

Dylan Heller with a full head of steam.

He'll slam on the brakes and take a shot, but this time it's the Pacelli goalie stuffing the puck.

Still 0-0.

Here's Merrill again.

Bryce Swiechowski takes his turn.

It's no good but Michael Baumann has a chance with the rebound.

Still no score.

A great defensive battle in this one early, but Pacelli takes it 4-1 in the end.

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MOSINEE - You could see some GNC action down in Mosinee Friday night.

Northland Pines made the trip all the way down to play the Indians.

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ASPEN - The Neillsville snowboarder that Newswatch 12 featured this week raced Thursday in the Winter X-Games.
Daina Shilts finished second in first ever Unified Snowboarding dual slalom race at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
10 Special Olympic athletes teamed up with 10 winter-x game participants for the snowboard race.
Shilts was paired with 2006 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Teter.

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Lakeland beats AntigoSubmitted: 01/23/2015

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ANTIGO - Lakeland beats Antigo 66-64 in Antigo on Friday night.

Lakeland stays in second place in the Great NOr.


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Rhinelander holds off Ashland Submitted: 01/23/2015

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander defeats Ashland 60-52 in Rhinelander Friady.

Kent Matthews led the Hodags with 26.

Rhinelander will play at Medford next Friday.


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TOMAHAWK - There was yet another GNC battle in Tomahawk Friday night.

The Hatchets hosted the Medford Raiders.

Justin Jarvensivu comes up with the strip in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Roessler on the move with it.

He bodies up against a Raider defender and uses the left hand to finish at the rim to finish the great play.

Medford's next possession, Nikola Babic gives to Trent Klemm.

A perfect give-and-go gets Medford the bucket.

Medford comes back with it again.

This time it's Tomahawk's Jordan Shilts picking the pocket.

He's flying down, and he uses the pump fake to shake off the defender, and gets the pretty finish.

Unfortunately for the Hatchets, Medford was a couple steps ahead of them, and the Raiders peel away with a 47-36 win.

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MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School Nordic skier will head to Sweden to compete in the Nations Cup.

Seventeen year-old Mack FitzPatrick will be a part of the United States under-18 team.

FitzPatrick treats Nordic skiing as not only a year-round sport but a lifetime sport.

"Pretty much been skiing my entire life," FitzPatrick said. "I've been on the Lakeland ski team all throughout high school and middle school teams. It's been a part of my life."

He trains hard outside of ski season.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

SEATTLE - It seemed like the Packers had control the whole way. With 6:52 left in the game, they had the ball and a 12-point lead.

So what went wrong?

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GREEN BAY - The NFC Championship game will kickoff Sunday, but there are plenty of lingering questions heading into the game, with the biggest one being the health of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' calf.

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MILWAUKEE - A Green Bay Packers fan and entrepreneur says running back Eddie Lacy, whose dreadlocks can be seen flying as he racks up rushing yards, is the inspiration for his cheese-themed headgear.

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DALLAS - The Big Ten conference capped off its football season with a national championship Monday night, when Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20.

The championship finished a strong bowl season for the conference. The Big Ten went 5-2 against ranked teams--more wins over ranked teams than any other conference.

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GREEN BAY - The Packers will head to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champions this Sunday.

That game will determine who goes to this year's Super Bowl.

The NFC Championship will be a matchup between the top two seeds in the NFC.

Green Bay will play in a tough environment.

Seattle is known for having the loudest fans in the league, but the Packers are looking forward to the challenge.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - California authorities have been ordered to turn former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper over to U.S. Marshals in New Orleans, where he faces state and federal charges that he drugged women so he could sexually assault them.

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GREEN BAY - You may go to Lambeau Field to watch the Green Bay Packers, but what's a game without food?

The club level of Lambeau Field offers many dining options for the fans.

The Big Game Burger, which weighs 3.5 pounds, sold out in the first quarter. But there were plenty of other options for fans to eat.

"The venison chili is my favorite; it warms you inside and out," said Redondo Beach, California-based Packer fan Anne-Marie Fahren Krug-Ortiz

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