Bowler/Gresham hosts Elcho/White Lake for successful 'Parents Night' gameSubmitted: 10/24/2016

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BOWLER - Two weeks ago the Bowler/Gresham 8-man football team was forced to cancel its "Parents Night" game.

That's when the Cats turned to another local co-op football program for help.

The Elcho/White Lake Wolverines typically play 11-man football in the Northern Lakes Conference.

But the decision to play one more game on Monday night in the eight-man format was a good one for both teams.

"Along with the parents that have put in their time, the season starts in late July and goes until mid-October and it's an every year thing, so giving them a chance to get recognized, but at the same time we are going to get our kids the chance to get some additional reps and hopefully get something to build on for next year," said White Lake Athletic Director Jake Adams.

The Cats' "Parents Night" game against Valley Christian of Oshkosh was canceled because Valley Christian had only seven players.

White Lake athletic director Jake Adams says another reason he wanted to help is because he knows the difficulties of a co-op program.

"Busing every day for practice, there's just a lot of extra stuff that goes into making sure a co-op works," said Adams. "There's just a lot of communication that really goes into a quality football program especially at a co-op.

The nine Cats players shared a moment with their parents during halftime and the Wolverines picked up their second victory of the season.

Story By: Mark Spillane

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WAUSAU - Here in Northern Wisconsin, a lot of people enjoy biking and hockey. But not too many people have discovered bike polo, a good mixture between the two. A co-ed group down in Wausau plays every Thursday and Sunday and has had a lot of help from the city.

Even with the temperatures starting to drop, bike polo is a great way to get outside.

"Once you get out there, it's pretty easy to get hooked," said bike polo player Tyler Wildman.
Bike polo might seem hard, but it has a simple breakdown.

"It's pretty similar to hockey the way plays are designed where you're basically passing it around trying to set up a good attempt to take a shot at a goal," said Wildman.

Safety is key with this group and they always remember their core setup.

"It's bike on bike, mallet on mallet and body on body," said Wildman.

When the group first started a few years ago, they were playing on tennis courts at Marathon Park. Not an ideal space for the sport.

"Just nets and fencing which is extremely dangerous if you're riding a bike. Catch a handle bar on the fence and you're going to fall," said Wildman.

That's when fellow teammate Seth Carlson decided to reach out to the city of Wausau for support. The court is now at Riverside Park and the city gave them new wooden walls.

"Once he got the ball rolling, they seemed really excited about it. I think mainly because it's a sport that attracts a lot of young people. It's growing in popularity and a lot of our surrounding cities have courts.

Green Bay has a nice court, Milwaukee, Madison both have courts, Minneapolis,' said Wildman.

With the new spot in Wausau, it has brought out players that had never thought of bike polo. Bryanne Bolenbaugh's husband was playing so she decided to join as well.

"I didn't think I'd ever end up playing but then the new court went up and they started trying to invite new people so I thought I'm here anyway, might as well set an example for people coming to watch," said Bolenbaugh.

Bolenbaugh enjoys the competitive, team atmosphere but she also enjoys what this time outside has turned into.

"I like that we can come down here and bring our kids and other people help out with them if we're both playing. It's a nice way to spend our afternoon and it turns into our family time, too," said Bolenbaugh.

The team is always accepting new members. If you would like to join, go to the contact tab on their website, http://leagueofbikepolo.com/contact

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WAUPACA - The Division Two Sectional cross country race was just a stepping stone for the Lakeland Union boys team before going to state next weekend. State isn't the only accomplishment they've had so far this year.

"Eight consecutive conference titles is a huge accomplishment for our team, we were all really excited about that," said Kav FitzPatrick.

For junior Kav FitzPatrick, the eighth consecutive title wasn't a big shock.

"The whole team has been running really well this whole season. We have our top four guys who are all really close together and we're trying to pull that fifth guy up with us," said Kav FitzPatrick.

Head Coach Kevin FitzPatrick, Kav's dad, has kept the team focused all year.

"Our goals were to win a conference championship, get a team to state and get a trophy at state. So we've accomplished two of those goals, we're still looking for the third," said Kevin FitzPatrick.

Those goals and Coach's FitzPatrick's style work well with the team.

"He's a really good guy and he knows what he's doing obviously, eight conference titles and three years in a row of going to state," said junior Jack Garcia.

Coach FitzPatrick has been with the team for almost 30 years, the last ten as head coach. Over that time, he's seen plenty of runners.

"I think what's nice is that we have had families buy into the program. The Bodavis', we've had three Bodavis', we've had three FitzPatrick's, we've had two Anderson's on the team. They understand the culture of the sport and the culture of the team and that makes my job a whole lot easier," said Kevin FitzPatrick.

Kav is one of them that's making his job a lot easier. The teams top runner knew the sectional meet was a big one for him and he wouldn't let a cold keep him down.

"I've been sick the last couple of days but I really wanted to hang with the Medford kid, Trey Ulrich," said Kav FitzPatrick.

He did more than just "hang with the Medford kid".

"Right at the finish I turned on the jets and I went for it. I was able to catch the guy from Oconto Falls that was leading it and I took the championship," said Kav FitzPatrick.

That championship was just a stepping stone. His eyes are more focused on state. 

"We're really focused on next weekend actually at state. This weekend is just doing what we need to get done and taking care of business. We all knew we could make it to state but we just had to run a smart race," said Kav FitzPatrick.

Lakeland Union's girls team finished in first place as well. This will be their first appearance at the state meet since 2006.

For other Northern Wisconsin teams, Rhinelander's Alayna Franson is going to state, along with Pines' Annalise Callaghan and Matt McGill, Trey Ulrich and Franny Siedel from Medford. The meet will be held in Wisconsin Rapids.

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NORTHWOODS - Abbotsford crushed Laona/Wabeno 56-8.

Antigo rolled over Fox Valley Lutheran 56-20.

Marathon defeated Auburndale 26-6.

Rice Lake ran away from Merrill 41-0.

Northern Elite edged out Rib Lake/Prentice 21-14.

Stratford beat Colby 27-7.

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RICE LAKE - On Friday night, Merrill hoped to break a six-game playoff losing streak in its Division 3 Level 1 game at Rice Lake.

Instead, the losing streak hit seven.

Rice Lake sprinted out to a 34-0 lead at the half and shut out the Bluejays 41-0 to end Merrill's season.

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NORTHWOODS - The girls high school volleyball regional playoffs got started Tuesday night.

Several local teams are slotted into the Division 2 Sectional I bracket and squared off on night one.

Merrill was the top seed coming in and hosted Lakeland Union.

Mosinee hosted Tomahawk, while Antigo traveled to Northland Pines.

Finally, Medford played host to Rhinelander.

Check out the highlights and results!

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- Rib Lake Prentice football is using a new playbook this year.

One that doesn't have slant routes or safety blitzes, or X's and O's.

Instead, this playbook has a different equation: E + R = O.

"E + R = O. And that's an equation event plus response equals outcome," said Ohio State Leadership Coach Tim Kight.

Kight is the founder and president of Focus 3, a company dedicated to helping businesses, groups, and even sports teams build positive mentalities.

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Since 1999 when Menominee Indian High School's football program began, they have never had a winning season. Going into their matchup today with Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah, they were 4-4 and tried to get one last win.

"We could be the first team to get a winning season and that would be pretty cool for the school," said senior Antonio Mahkimetas.

And pretty cool for Menominee Senior, Warren Kakwitch, who was looking forward to his last season.

"I was looking forward to my senior year knowing that we were going to be one of the top teams in the division," said Kakwitch.

The team was moved to 8-man football in 2015 because of low numbers. That switch brought out senior Terrell Waukau.

"When I heard it was faster, I felt more comfortable because that's in my zone of speed," Waukau.
Head coach Chris Clache is also a fan of the different division.

"They've actually enjoyed this almost more than the 11-man game. Just because it is more fast-paced and formations you can change and it's a lot more fun," said Clache.

The players have noticed a change in their coach which has helped them be more successful on the field.
"I think this year he's a little harder on us and he's pushed us a little more," said Mahkimetas.

That pushing has helped the team grow together and be more disciplined, leading to their 4-4 record going into week 9.

"We have a lot of charisma between each other. Even though we lost a few here and there and a lot last year, we never gave up on each other," said Waukau.

Clache started coaching in 2001 but took last year off. When he came back this fall, he brought with him a refreshed frame of mind.

"I came in the first day and I told them, I expect a lot out of you guys because I knew what type of guys we had and these are good guys and I've pushed them and they've responded well," said Clache.

Not only has the team responded well, but so has the Menominee community.

"We travel well and we've never done that before. We've had pretty large crowds following us to away games and sometimes we're traveling two hours to play a game," said Clache.

Regardless of the final record, Menominee football is headed in the right direction.

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THREE LAKES - Wisconsin Badger basketball fans know their team plays old-school, fundamental hoops.

It's something of a lost art, but high school coaches hope to bring it back.

So Monday former Badger basketball standout Brian Butch offered to help, teaching kids in Three Lakes the skills he focused on as a kid.

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GREEN BAY - The Packers completed their second week of organized team activities this past week.

Green Bay is using some new drills too.

That's because the wide receiving squad has a new coach.

Luke Getsy is using bricks, Nerf balls, and juggling as tools for drills.

The Packers wide receiving core struggled last year.

Randall Cobb thinks the new mentality will help.

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GREEN BAY - The 2016 NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday.

The Green Bay Packers added seven players to their team:

Round one: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Round two: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Round three: Kyler Fackrell, LB Utah St.
Round four: Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford; Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
Round five: Trevor Davis, WR, California
Round six: Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

The smallest player out of the group stands at 6'1"

Thompson says adding bulk was one of their goals.

"There are things you'd like to add to your team," says General Manager Ted Thompson. "Athletic ability, size, that sort of thing. We do think we were able to do that [Saturday]. You don't have to be big to play in the NFL, but it helps, and we were able to get some bigs on both sides of the ball."

It takes a lot of planning and focus to draft well, but Ted says the process is still far from over.

"It's easy to sit here and proclaim 'okay, everything's good,'" says Thompson. "Quite frankly, everything is just getting started. We've got an extraordinary amount of work and people to talk to and things to see over the course of the next 24-48 hours to get to the point where you start winding up the roster from the draft itself."

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MILWAUKEE - Adeiny Hechavarria had four hits, including one of four Miami solo home runs, to help the Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 on Saturday night.

Giancarlo Stanton, Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna also homered as Miami won its seventh consecutive game. It is the longest winning streak for Miami since it won seven consecutive games May 1-7, 2012. The Marlins are 12-11, the first time they have been over .500 since being 64-63 on Aug. 22, 2014.

Wei-Yin Chen (2-1) allowed three runs with two walks and four strikeouts one night after the team took a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning.

David Phelps pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson (1-3) had his third consecutive subpar outing, allowing six runs in just 4 1/3 innings.

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MILWAUKEE - Maikel Franco homered twice and Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.

The Phillies snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Brewers.

Franco hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give Philadelphia a 4-1 lead. He blasted a solo shot over the Brewers bullpen in left in the seventh to stake the Phillies to a four-run lead.

Nola (1-2) allowed four hits and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point and 16 of 17 to close out his outing.

Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (0-2) surrendered four runs and nine hits over six innings.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Chris Carter's run-scoring single. The Phillies tied the game in the fourth on Darin Ruf's RBI single.

The Brewers added a run in the ninth on consecutive doubles by Carter and Aaron Hill.

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - Jaime Garcia pitched a one-hitter, allowing only Domingo Santana's lined single into right field with two outs in the sixth inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-0 Thursday.

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MILWAUKEE - Jimmy Nelson struck out nine in six innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of early wildness by Houston ace Dallas Keuchel in a 3-2 win over the Astros on Sunday.

The AL Cy Young Award winner walked four in the first inning and gave up a two-run single to Aaron Hill. Keuchel (1-1) left with two outs in the sixth with a career high-tying six walks, including an intentional pass to Ryan Braun in the fourth.

Domingo Santana added an RBI double in the fourth for rebuilding Milwaukee, which took two of three in the interleague series against the AL West contenders.

Nelson (1-1) settled down after allowing a leadoff homer to deep left to Jose Altuve on the game's first pitch. Jeremy Jeffress pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

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