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Crandon Playing With Only Four SeniorsSubmitted: 08/18/2014

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CRANDON - The Crandon High School football team held practice on Monday at Crandon High School.
They will play only 4 seniors this season.
That's a big difference from last season when the team played 12 seniors. Morgan Krueger was one of them, and rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
The team is looking forward to the new senior group.


"I think a lot of leadership," said Jamie Conway, the head coach at Crandon. "They did some things on their own, working without coaches; they were active in the weight room all summer."
The senior players are taking proactive steps to be good leaders.
"Seniors always try to be out on the field," said Deion Dehart, a senior lineman for Crandon. "We try to motivate each player be at the best that they can do on and off the field."
These seniors believe working hard will produce success, regardless of the age or class of their teammates.
"I think working hard in practice translates to working hard in the game," said Isaiah Doane, a senior lineman for Crandon. "We do that, we are really going to do well and get another conference championship on the banner."
Crandon like other schools in the northern part of the state is switching to a more balanced attack with a mix of running and passing.
"We will throw the ball this year," Conway said. "We will throw the ball this year more than we did last year."
"Passing as much as we run I think will level out the field," Dehart said.
The team looks to put on a show to unite the community. They're hoping to improve off a 6-4 season last year.
"The kids I mean I tell them this all the time, a lot of people play this game through them still and remember that feeling on Friday night," Conway said. "So that's what it is all about."
The Cardinals play Wausaukee on Friday in Crandon.


Story By: Nolan Blair

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Pinewood Golf Course Finds Creative Ways to Attract Customers Submitted: 08/17/2014

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HARSHAW - The economy is not where it used to be and people's time is more valuable than ever. Golf courses have found new ways to attract customers.
Pinewood Golf Course in Harshaw has created a fun twist to their holes on Sundays.

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Lakeland Returns a Skilled QuarterbackSubmitted: 08/17/2014

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- Great Northern's Lakeland Thunderbirds look to turn their 2-7 season from last year around in 2014.
They will have Nick Peterson returning at quarterback, which head coach Mike Mestelle says adds another element to their offense.

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Wausau West Looking to Keep the Improvement UpSubmitted: 08/16/2014

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WAUSAU - Wausau West finished 2-7 in 2012 and improved to 6-4 in 2013. The Warriors look to keep the improvement going into the 2014 season.

On Friday Wausau West hosted a five game scrimmage and head coach Kevin Grundy liked how the team performed.

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Fishermen Compete in Musky Tournament Submitted: 08/16/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Over 1200 fishermen will compete in the 2014 Musky Tournament National Championship Open in Eagle River this weekend.

The fishermen enjoy their time out on the lake.

"I think it's just being on the water and fishing," said Warren Erdman, a competitor in the open. "Keeping your fingers crossed to get that next big strike."

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Local teams take part in preseason scrimmageSubmitted: 08/15/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - A handful of Northwoods football teams could use a scrimmage in Eagle River Friday to gauge their preseason progress.

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5 Teams Scrimmage in WausauSubmitted: 08/15/2014

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WAUSAU - Wausau West, Eau Claire North, Lakeland, Merrill, and Antigo scrimmaged in Wausau on Friday.
High school football teams are cramming as much as they can during their last days of practice.
The coaches agreed that it was a great opportunity for their players to get a taste of game speed.
"We have a lot of young guys and that had to see how fast varsity football is," said Nick Sturm, the head coach at Merrill. "They got a taste of it today and I think it was an eye opening experience early on and I think they started catching up to the speed."

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Northland Pines Roster May Be Small, but It's Also ExperiencedSubmitted: 08/14/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines football team practiced this week as they continue to try to build upon last year's 6-4 record.

They will have to make due with only 18 players on their varsity squad this year. The Eagles are looking to take advantage of their maturity, especially in the backfield

"Of the 13 seniors we have, eight of them are running backs and quarterbacks," said Eric Swanson, the Eagles' head coach. "That right there allows us to utilize them."

The Eagles have moved to a more balanced attack on offense to become more of a challenge to defend.

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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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Brewers and Packers TodaySubmitted: 08/11/2014

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MILWAUKEE/GREEN BAY - The Packers hope to get through the preseason as healthy as possible.

But Saturday's game gave fans a look at some of the preseason competition.

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Brewers drop series finale to DodgersSubmitted: 08/10/2014

MILWAUKEE - Clayton Kershaw won his 14th game to tie for the National League lead, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of divisional leaders.

Kershaw (14-2) allowed a run and six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in eight innings. He allowed leadoff hitters to reach base in four of the first five innings of an outing that might qualify as a subpar effort for the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Nevertheless, the left-handed ace lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.78. Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth off Jimmy Nelson (2-3).

Kershaw also reached base three times and had an RBI single in the eighth.

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