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Lakeland Cross Country is preparing for a successful seasonSubmitted: 08/29/2014
MINOCQUA - The Lakeland Thunderbirds hope to run all the way to the cross country state championship this year.

The teams fell short of qualifying for the state championship last year. But, coaches think they have what it takes to win it all this year.

The boys have held the conference title for the past 5 seasons and the girls won their first title last fall. But, this year, the team is looking to head to the state championship.

"We now have this tradition of kids who want to be conference champions. We haven't had a state qualifying team yet, so that's our next goal," said Lakeland Head Coach Kevin Fitzpatrick.

The junior boys in particular are hoping to go to states. They just missed it last year. The girls also think they have what it takes. They only lost one teammate from last year.

"Hopefully we'll have another opportunity to have a run at a conference title this year and the chance to go to state. Tomahawk has an outstanding program on the girls' side and they have everyone coming back. So, it should be a good battle between our two teams," said Fitzpatrick.

The Thunderbirds are defending conference champs but what will standout about this team this year is their sense of comradery.

"It's really about the comradery more than anything else. I think if you ask any one of these kids they will tell you this is the most fun sport they've been part of in their whole high school career," said Fitzpatrick.

At the Ted Voigt Invitational on Tuesday, Lakeland had the 5 fastest boys and three of the four fastest girls.

"Those kids really are a close knit group of people, both boys and girls. They really care about each other and will do whatever it takes to help their teammates," said Fitzpatrick.

The team hopes to stay competitive this season without losing sight of why they love to run.

"It's not so much about the wins. The wins come. But, it's really about having fun with your teammates," said Fitzpatrick.

Brother-sister duo Andrew Schilling and Lauren Schilling of Lakeland won the invitational for their division. The next meet is Saturday morning against Watertown.

Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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 LOCAL SPORTS
The fun of disc golfSubmitted: 08/27/2014

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- You can play disc golf at the Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch if you're looking for a good time.

Disc Golf is a growing and inexpensive way for some recreational or competitive fun.

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Mountain biking coming to Wisconsin high schoolsSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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WISCONSIN - High schoolers will get the chance to compete in a new sport this fall.

Starting this fall, students from schools like Wausau West and Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) will compete in mountain bike racing.

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Northern Wisconsin cross country teams start season in MinocquaSubmitted: 08/26/2014

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MINOCQUA - Seven high school cross country teams started their season in Minocqua Tuesday night at the eighth annual Ted Voigt Invitational.

Lakeland Union High School, the defending Great Northern Conference champs, hosted the first match of the season.

The event is named after a former coach at Lakeland Union High School.

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Hunting Season Approaching Submitted: 08/24/2014

RHINELANDER - Multiple hunting seasons will soon begin in the state of Wisconsin.
There are new changes in both regulations and ways of hunting this year.
Today I spoke with Roger Sabota, the vice chairman of the Oneida County conservation congress to learn more.

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1928 Dodge Victory 6 at Eagle River Car Show Submitted: 08/23/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - The 7th annual Classic Car Cruzins car show took place this weekend in the Northwoods.

A variety of beautiful cars could be seen down Wall Street in downtown Eagle River.

A car from 1928 stuck out amongst them all.

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Lakeland Union falls to ShawanoSubmitted: 08/22/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland Union Thunderbirds hosted the Shawano Hawks tonight in a non conference game.

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Northland Pines dominates Wittenberg-BirnamwoodSubmitted: 08/22/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines Eagles hosted Wittenberg-Birnamwood Friday.

It was all Eagles early on.

Down in the red zone, quarterback Jack Sarama was in control.

They blow out the Chargers 37-0.

Bailey Ramesh came up big in this one with almost 300 all purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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Aaron Rodgers Prepared to Get Corey Linsley Ready Submitted: 08/25/2014

GREEN BAY - The Packers will look to a rookie center to replace JC Tretter for the time being. Tretter is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

There's only one preseason game left to get Center Corey Linsley up to speed. Quarterback Aaron Rogers doesn't see any issues with the task.

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Packers win in the preseason home opener against the RaidersSubmitted: 08/23/2014

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field 31-21 in the preseason home opener last night.

There will be an empty spot in the Packers' defense heading into the season.

Nose tackle B.J. Raji tore his right bicep in last night's game against the Raiders and will be out for the season according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Green Bay will now look to Josh Boyd and undrafted rookie Mike Pennel.

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Brewers take down the Dodgers Submitted: 08/17/2014

MILWAUKEE - LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Lucroy put the finishing touches on Milwaukee's resounding three-game sweep of Los Angeles, giving the NL West leaders plenty to think about should they meet again in October.

Lucroy tied a season high with five RBIs, including his first home run in more than three weeks, and the Brewers beat the Dodgers 7-2 on Sunday to maintain their three-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.

Lucroy also had five RBIs on June 17 at Arizona, including a pair of homers -- one of which was a grand slam.

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Green Bay Packers Defeat St. Louis RamsSubmitted: 08/16/2014

ST. LOUIS - All of those months of injury rehab paid off for Sam Bradford, who showed no signs of a season-ending knee injury last November.

Aaron Rodgers looked pretty polished, too.

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Brewers Knock Off Dodgers Submitted: 08/16/2014

LOS ANGELES - Yovani Gallardo pitched eight innings, Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers ended Clayton Kershaw's streak of 11 straight victories with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

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Badgers football less than three weeks awaySubmitted: 08/13/2014

MADISON - Star tailback Melvin Gordon is still on the run at Wisconsin, but new leaders must emerge on defense in 2014.

Coach Gary Andersen's team lost eight defensive starters from a squad that finished 9-4 last year. The most notable loss was star linebacker Chris Borland, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers.

But what helps the returnees is that Andersen rotated a lot of younger players in and out of the lineup last year, so many of this year's replacements have at least some experience. The goal this year is to be faster and more athletic, in part to help keep up with trendy spread offenses.

The Badgers are also still sorting through a quarterback competition. Andersen needs to decide between incumbent Joel Stave and dual-threat challenger Tanner McEvoy by the Aug. 30 opener against LSU.

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Brewers silenced by Cubs 3-0Submitted: 08/13/2014

MILWAUKEE - Rookie Kyle Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 innings of six-hit ball in his third consecutive win, and the Chicago Cubs cooled off Wily Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night.

Hendricks (4-1) struck out five and walked one in his third consecutive win, continuing an impressive opening run for his major league career. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.01 ERA in five starts since he got a no-decision in his debut at Cincinnati on July 10.

Anthony Rizzo hit his 26th homer for Chicago, which had lost three of four. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits and drove in a run after going 1 for 14 through the first four games of the Cubs' seven-game homestand.

Trying for a major league-high 15th win, Peralta (14-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

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