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Sports Spotlight: Ashland football surprises GNCSubmitted: 09/18/2018

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ASHLAND - Before lifting weights or running sprints, the Ashland Oredockers pick up their helmet stickers, rewards for meeting goals in the team's previous game.

This year, Ashland has been getting more helmet stickers and accomplishing more goals than anyone outside the locker room expected.

"I thought it was something we could do because we put a lot of work in in the offseason," said senior right tackle Hunter Powless.

The Oredockers are 3-0 in conference play after defeating the Merrill Bluejays last weekend, which puts them on the brink of their first playoff berth in nearly a decade.



"I think its been building for a while," said senior quarterback Jordan Brennan. "In the last three or four seasons, we've been getting better."

Head coach Travis Larson defined his team's culture as "tough, physical [and] nasty" after the Oredockers shocked Antigo in the opening week of conference play.

That toughness has led directly to wins. The Oredockers' success has even taken Larson from Ashland to Lambeau Field, where the Packers honored him as their high school coach of the week.

"It was a great experience," Larson said. "It was a lot of fun; it was the first game I've ever been to."

With speedy quarterback Jordan Brennan at the helm and a roster full of senior leaders, the Oredockers feel they are ready to keep taking opponents by storm.

"Ashland's been known for being good at football in the '90s, '80s and '70s," Brennan said. "Getting back to that would be great for the community."

Ashland travels to Eagle River Friday to take on Northland Pines.


Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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WAUSAU - More than 1700 Wisconsin athletes competed in the oldest cross country invitational in Northern Wisconsin Saturday.

61 teams from all around the state traveled to Wausau for the Smiley Invitational.

Lakeland Union dominated the course in the Division I Small race.

The Thunderbirds won with juniors Ashley Peterson and Aubrey Anderson leading the pack both finishing under 20 minutes.

The girls said the race was tough but they always enjoy coming to the Smiley Invitational to compete against larger schools.

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Friday Night Blitz 9.14.18Submitted: 09/14/2018

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NORTHWOODS -
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ SCORES
ASHLAND: 32 MERRILL: 20
LAKELAND UNION: 27 MOSINEE: 45
RHINELANDER: 13 ANTIGO: 24
PESHTIGO: 39 CRANDON: 6
CRVITZ: 35 LAONA/WABENO: 0
TOMAHAWK: 0 AUBURNDALE: 35
NORTHLAND PINES: 27 HURLEY: 49
MENOMINEE: 7 MEDFORD: 26
THREE LAKES/PHELPS: 68 WHITE LAKE/ELCHO: 30
SURING: 0 NORTHERN ELITE: 34
EDGAR: 64 CHEQUAMEGON: 0
CARNEY-NADEAU: 6 FLORENCE: 62

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Thursday Night Sports Report Submitted: 09/13/2018

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NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander tennis defeated Lakeland Union, 7-0. 

Hodag tennis dominated on the soccer field beating the Medford Raiders 9-2. Rhinelander scored 7 goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half. 



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NORTHWOODS - Antigo will host Rhinelander in the 84th playing of the historic bell game tomorrow.

Antigo leads the 83-year history of the game with 54 wins, 27 losses and two ties.

But this year, the odds are pretty equal for both teams.

Antigo is 1-3 on the season while only beating Lakeland.

The Reb Robins have also recorded less passing and rushing yards than the Hodags.

Antigo head coach Tom Schofield says the rivalry win is never an easy fight.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

GREEN BAY (AP) - Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes in the second half after returning from a knee injury, and the Green Bay Packers overcame a 20-point deficit for a thrilling 24-23 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

Rodgers, who was carted off in the first half, connected with receiver Randall Cobb for a catch-and-run through the secondary for a 75-yard touchdown and the go-ahead score with 2:13 left in the game.

Nick Perry sacked the Bears' Mitchell Trubisky on fourth-and-10 with 58 seconds to complete the comeback.

A Chicago defense featuring newly acquired star linebacker Khalil Mack dominated until the third quarter. Mack had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown against backup quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second quarter.

A gimpy Rodgers returned in the second half and finally figured out the Bears. He also found Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison for touchdown passes.


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MILWAUKEE - A person familiar with the deal says that the Seattle Seahawks have acquired quarterback Brett Hundley from the Green Bay Packers.

The person spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn't been announced by the teams. ESPN.com first reported the deal.

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MERRILL - Every Sunday a group of people in Merrill play a round of 18 holes.

The twist is, they use discs instead of golf balls.

Kyle Gulke created a disk golf league this summer to try and promote disk golf in the Northwoods.

He encourages anyone to come out and try the game, even if you don't know how to play.

The warmer and rainy weather has really affected the turn out each week.

Gulke hopes interest will grow before winter hits.

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GREEN BAY - After a long offseason, Packers fans made their way to Lambeau field for the first time tonight.

Green Bay might be a small city, but filling the 80,000-seat stadium isn't very hard.

Finding tickets for any Packers game can be challenging even in the preseason.

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