- Zak Kroscel of St. Germain reeled the biggest Northern of his life. He caught this 32 inch beauty on Little St. Germain Lake using a shiner for bait. As great as the fish looks, it should be even better at suppertime.
Jesse Peterson of Wabeno caught an even bigger prize. He pulled up this 38 1/2 inch, 16-pound monster. It was caught on a small Forest County lake using medium shiners for bait. He was fishing with his father-in-law and a family friend. I'm told Jesse will have this trophy mounted on his wall.
And 10-year old Paige Richie had to show plenty of girl-power recently. While fishing with her family on the Manitowish Chain, she caught this 25 inch walleye on 4.5 inches of ice.
RHINELANDER - In boys swimming Thursday night, Lakeland was in Rhinelander for a Great Northern Conference duel meet.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Lakeland's Nick Garcia finishes it for the T-Birds as they won the event. He was also a member of Lakeland's winning 200 yard freestyle relay. Garcia took the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard freestyle.
Rhinelander's Jake Zalewski won the 100-yard breaststroke for the Hodags.
Lakeland won the meet 106-58. The T-Birds are now (2-0) in conference duel meets.
DALLAS - Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge and the Green Bay Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history, rallying from 23 points down at halftime to beat the Dallas Cowboys 37-36 Sunday.
Tony Romo had two interceptions in the final 3 minutes, the first one giving Green Bay a chance for the go-ahead score with the Cowboys in position to run out the clock with a 36-31 lead. Lacy scored with just over 1 1-2 minutes left.
Playing on the same field where they won the 2011 Super Bowl, the Packers matched the 1982 team, which rallied past the Los Angeles Rams after trailing by 23.
The Packers (7-6-1) kept their playoff hopes alive with Aaron Rodgers possibly returning next week.
The Cowboys (7-7) stayed a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.
DALLAS - Brandan Wright led Dallas with 19 points in his season debut, Jose Calderon scored 18 and the Mavericks shrugged off the absence of Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-93 Saturday night.
Nowitzki and Carlisle missed the game with an undisclosed illness. Carlisle has been fighting an upper respiratory problem since before a four-game road trip that started last week.
Wright, who missed the first 23 games with a shoulder injury, scored seven straight points in a 19-5 run that put Dallas in control, 43-26, early in the second quarter.
John Henson led the Bucks with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
O.J. Mayo, who played despite the recent death of his grandmother, had four points on 1-of-6 shooting in his first game in Dallas since signing with the Bucks as a free agent last summer.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers will play another game without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers ruled out an injured Rodgers on Friday for the road matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Rodgers has been sidelined since he suffered a broken collarbone early in Green Bay's loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. Rodgers practiced on a limited basis this week and even took some reps with the first-string offense in team drills Wednesday and Thursday.
But coach Mike McCarthy said after practice Friday that the decision to hold Rodgers out for a sixth straight game was made in the best interest of the team's franchise quarterback. McCarthy said Rodgers had a good week of preparation but did very little in practice Friday.
The decision to declare him out for the game came as a disappointment to Rodgers, McCarthy added.
Matt Flynn will make his third straight start in place of Rodgers as the Packers (6-6-1) try to stay in contention for the NFC North title with three games left.
MILWAUKEE - Mike Dunleavy hit a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds left and Joakim Noah came up with a block on the other end, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 91-90 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Trailing by two in the final seconds, Chicago came up with a tie-up on the defensive end and won the jump ball, allowing Dunleavy to hit a high-arching 3 for the lead.
Noah then blocked O.J. Mayo's shot to preserve the lead _ and a victory that appeared unlikely just seconds before.
Noah scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bulls, who ended a three-game losing streak. Chicago scored fewer than 80 points in all three losses including one to Milwaukee in Chicago on Tuesday.
Green, Ruettgers to enshrined into Packers Hall of Fame
GREEN BAY - Two former Packer players are receiving quite an honor.
They have been selected for induction into the Packers Hall of Fame.
Running Back Ahman Green, and Offensive tackle Ken Ruettgers.
Green finished as the Packers all-time rushing leader with 8,322 yards in 8 seasons. He also holds the franchise records for most yards from scrimmage, 1,000-yard seasons, 100-yard games, and rushing attempts.
Joe joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in July 2011 as the Sports Director.
Before coming to the Northwoods, Joe was the Weekend Sports Anchor at KBJR in Duluth, MN. Joe's resume includes working at WFRV in Green Bay, WDIO in Duluth, and WTCH radio in Shawano.
Joe has always had a passion for sports, especially football, hockey, and golf. Joe is a 2005 graduate from UW-Oshkosh with a B.S. degree in Radio/TV/Film. During his college days, he was the Sports Director for the university's radio station twice.
A native of Frog Station, WI (near Green Bay), Joe grew up watching the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks. In fact he also lists listening to old Packer radio braodcasts among his hobbies. Recently, Joe married his fiancee Amy.
When he is not watching or playing sports, he's likely reading or watching something on the American Civil War, or World War II.
Joe says,"In just a short time, I have really been made to feel right at home, thanks to the great folks in the Northwoods."
If you see Joe out on a shoot, please feel free to say hi and email any story ideas you may have.
Marisa Silvas joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in October 2011 as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.
Prior to coming to WJFW, she was an editor/associate producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco, CA. She also was a freelance field producer for NBC's Football Night in America and spent 6 years as a sports producer and editor for KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate where she co-hosted a weekly Sports Sunday web show with Jerry Rice.
She graduated with a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University.
Marisa is new to the Northwoods and the cold weather but has lived in several different locations on her journey to Rhinelander. Coming from a family with military ties, she was born in Austin, TX, but also grew up in Mississippi, Lancaster, CA, San Antonio, TX before settling down in Campbell, CA for the past several years.
Marisa has always had a passion for sports and people and has followed her dreams to WJFW after pursuing a full time on-air job for several years.
Marisa likes all sports but is most passionate about the NFL, NBA and major league baseball. Since she has lived in many different locations her favorite teams are all over the country as well. You will see her following her favorites: the San Antonio Spurs, Oakland Athletics and yes, Packers fans, sorry, the Chicago Bears.
She is also an avid fantasy sports fan and has participated in fantasy football and hockey leagues the past 5 seasons. Feel free to ask her for the hot waiver wire pickup!
She and her husband of 4 years, Lyndon, have taken several vacations over the past few summers to visit all the MLB parks...she has now been to 14 and is excited to add Target Field to the list this summer! Her favorites so far are Wrigley, PNC and Miller Park. She and her husband also make an annual trek to Soldier Field to watch their beloved Bears and hang out in their favorite city, where they got engaged at the top of the Hancock Tower in 2007.
In her free time, she loves hanging out with her husband Lyndon and adorable puggle Walter. She also never misses her favorite TV show, Dancing With The Stars and with an extensive dancing background, someday dreams of being a future celebrity contestant and winner!
Marisa is very excited to be making the big move from sunny California to the winter wonderland of Rhinelander! If you see Marisa out in the field or around the town, feel free to say hi and buy her a hot chocolate, she's probably cold!
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