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Antigo holds annual Stallions TournamentSubmitted: 07/26/2015

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ANTIGO - You could find baseball in more spots than just Plover this weekend.

Antigo hosted its' annual Stallions baseball tournament.

Teams travel from all around Wisconsin to play in the tournament.

Some even come from as far away as the Upper Peninsula and Minnesota.

The amount of teams and players gets bigger every year.

"This is the biggest tournament we've held so far with 46 teams," says Vice President of Stallions Baseball Lon Ebel. "Usually it's between 36 and 40. A lot of the teams, once they come, they love it, they come back."

The teams come back consistently from year to year.

It takes hard work to keep the fields in top condition.

"I think they like our facilities," says Ebel. "Our organization has put in a lot of efforts and money, donations that we receive that really build up our facilities. We have great fields here. I think people know that we do a good job. We have good umpires, and a lot of good baseball teams come."

The tournament ran all weekend with the championships being played Sunday.


Story By: Dan Marz

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 LOCAL SPORTS

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PLOVER - You won't find a lot of opportunities to play or watch baseball around the Northwoods at this time of year. But diehard fans of the game got a chance indulge their passion Saturday when people flocked to Woyak Park in Plover for the Plover Baseball Tournament.

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MINOCQUA - Two Lakeland High School athletes represented the Northwoods in the USA Track and Field outdoor championship outside Chicago earlier this month.

After a successful freshman track season, Kav Fitzpartrick ran in the 1500 meter run and the steeple chase.
Emily Scott competed in the high jump.

They had to meet certain standards to qualify for the nationwide meet.

The two competed in the 15 to 16 division.

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EAGLE RIVER - The Eagle River Pickleball Association opened up its newly renovated courts at Riverview Park Thursday.

The association was first referred to a refinisher to help with the renovations.

But they couldn't afford it.

So they raised $17000 and did it by themselves.

"So let's do it, so we just went ahead," Eagle River Pickleball Association Secretary Melody West said. "The worst thing that it could be is that it turned out rotten. And fortunately, if you see the colors, they let me pick the color so I'm pretty happy."

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RHINELANDER - High school football won't start for another few weeks, but the Rhinelander Hodags are already getting themselves ready.

Coaches held a preseason camp this week.

The idea is to get players into shape before practice officially begins.

Head Coach Chris Ferge says things will be a little different in his second year.

"It definitely becomes more of a program your second year," says Ferge. "A lot of the things, they're very familiar with a lot of the things we are doing. We still are doing a lot of new things though so this does help us out a great deal to get them started early."

Fans will see many returning faces to the team, but that doesn't mean they will return to the same roles.

"We're looking for different people to be playing different positions right now," says Ferge. "The camp, it's a football camp. We try to have fun but we're looking for different kids playing different, multiple positions. So that's basically what we're looking at, and trying to figure out who fits where."

The Hodags officially begin practice in early August.

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RHINELANDER - The Northwoods Babe Ruth League finally won a state championship for the first time in 60 years. Now the team will travel to the Ohio Valley regional tournament in Eau Claire Thursday  to compete against teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

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RHINELANDER - Many basketball gyms don't look busy this time of year, but Rhinelander High School, which won the Great Northern Conference last year, is the exception to the rule.


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RHINELANDER - Some people in the Northwoods would probably love to make fishing a career.

But that isn't always realistic.
 
One young champion angler has found a way to do it, even if it doesn't include going pro.

Chris Burgan graduated from Rhinelander High School in 2011 and from the University of Minnesota this past spring.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

MILWAUKEE - Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez won't play another game for Milwaukee.

He was traded Thursday to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers will get minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios in return.

Barrios is a former infielder who can touch 100 MPH with his fastball.

Ramirez will join a Pirates team in the middle of a playoff hunt.

Ramirez began his career as a Pirate.

He will return exactly 12 years after he was traded from Pittsburgh to the Chicago Cubs.

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have selected UNLV shooting guard Rashad Vaughn with the No. 17 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

 The 6-foot-6, 210 pound Vaughn will be expected to provide additional outside scoring for the Bucks, who are coming off a surprising turnaround last season _ their first under head coach Jason Kidd.

 Vaughn is coming off a season-ending injury to his left knee but averaged 17.8 points per game in 23 games as a freshman, shooting 43.9 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from 3-point range.

 The Bucks expect to have last year's No. 2 pick, Jabari Parker, back next season to go with Giannis Antetokounmpo and point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks made a draft-night deal for a veteran point guard, trading UCLA shooting guard Norman Powell and a first-round pick in 2017 to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for backup guard Greivis Vasquez.

 The Bucks finalized the deal shortly after they made Powell the 46th overall pick in the second round Thursday night.

 General manager John Hammond says the Bucks have always liked Vasquez, who is 28 and has playoff experience.

 Vazquez will back up Michael Carter-Williams, and Hammond said there might be situations where both players will be on the floor.

 Hammond said he wasn't hesitant to part with the 2017 first-round, which was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in a previous trade.

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HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets have selected Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker with the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft.

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CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte Hornets have selected Wisconsin power forward Frank Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft.

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STEVENS POINT - Wisconsin high school basketball games will run a little longer in the upcoming season.

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Bucks look ahead to the draftSubmitted: 06/23/2015

MILWAUKEE - The debate over a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks will continue on, but this week, the team is focused on who they will pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Bucks have the 17th overall pick.

They traded forward Ersan Ilyasova to Detroit earlier this offseason.

They could choose to replace him.

Milwaukee could also choose a big man to replace former center Larry Sanders.

Bucks officials say they're happy to have plenty of choices.

"Every year in the draft, we talk about his as a staff through our meetings, is that every year, one or two players will go higher in the draft that will push somebody down, but if that doesn't happen this year, we're comfortable with the players that are going to be there," says Director of Scouting Billy McKinney.

Getting a top draft pick will be important for the team, but that may not be the only way they make improvements this offseason.

"We're going to try to improve in free agency this summer, potentially, possibly," says General Manager John Hammond. "We're going to try to maybe improve through a trade. Maybe something could be there for us, and then the draft, I think, is still very important to us because of the type of team that we have. We're talking about still building here, trying to build towards a championship-contending team. You want your draft picks to be a part of that."

The NBA Draft starts Thursday, June 25th at 6 p.m.

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