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Packers Tailgate Tour rolls into MerrillSubmitted: 04/19/2014

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MERRILL - The Packers rolled into Merrill Saturday for the final stop of their Tailgate Tour. And let me tell you, they were welcomed with open arms!

Three current players were on hand. Mason Crosby, Jarrett Bush and Brad Jones all made the trip. Plus a few former players including Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

Merrill was the last of five locations the Packers traveled to- this year they even visited the UP.

Close to 600 fans were there to delight in giveaways, a question and answer session and get autographs. The players appreciated the great turnout.

All the money raised will go toward the Riverbend Trail.



Story By: Marisa Silvas

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 LOCAL SPORTS
Voters approve trolling in the stateSubmitted: 04/17/2014

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- On Monday, a state-wide votes was held among by the Wisconsin DNR. The biggest question was if anglers and others who enjoy the outdoors would allow trolling of one line regardless of where they are in the state.

The answer was yes.

7,053 people in 72 counties voted ont he measure. State-wide more than 3600 people supported the idea. 2250 were against it.

Monday's Oneida County meeting was held in Rhinelander. It also passed by a 92-77 count.

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Local NFL star hopes to inspire othersSubmitted: 04/15/2014

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TOMAHAWK - Not many pro athletes come from Northern Wisconsin. Jim Leonhard was one of the few who made it all the way to the NFL. Today he was in Tomahawk to share his story.

Leonhard's from Tony, Wisconsin, a town of about 100 people. He was a walk on football player for the Badgers and went on to play for the last 9 seasons in the NFL.

His message to the Hatchet students was about dreaming big and working hard. Leonhard also talked a lot about being from a small town.

Leonhard is currently a free agent but wants to play one more season. He says he wants it to be with a Super Bowl contender. The Packers seem to be an ideal target.

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Vote on trolling taken at DNR meetingsSubmitted: 04/14/2014

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RHINELANDER - Another proposal on trolling in inland waters was up for vote at last night's DNR spring hearings and Conservation meetings.

It would allow anglers to troll with one line without having to look at the county rule book.

The Oneida County meeting was at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. Meetings were held in each county state-wide.

Last year's three line/per angler proposal had mixed vote results. Ultimately it did not pass.

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Northwoods Spotlight - Joe Bucher shares fishing tips - April 9Submitted: 04/09/2014

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TOMAHAWK - He hosts a fishing show, is a hall of fame angler and has his own line of lures. Joe Bucher is the ultimate outdoorsman. Last weekend he held a free fishing seminar in Tomahawk.

"This is one of the things I enjoy the most," Bucher explains. "If I'm not fishing, it's fun talking fishing."

More than 40 anglers came to hear Bucher's fishing tips. It seems all of them were there for different reasons.

"I watch his show all the time ("Fishing with Joe Bucher") and use a lot of his lures," Mike Biever of Tomahawk said. "I'm a big musky fisherman so I like to come hear what he says about muskies."

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Hodag makes "unofficial" visit with BadgersSubmitted: 04/09/2014

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RHINELANDER - Right now Hodag sophomore Luke Roberts is part of Rhinelander's track and field team.

But recently he made a trip to Madison because of his play in another sport.

Roberts made a visit with the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
It was the second time he was in Madison. Neither one is considered an official visit.

Roberts is a tight end and linebacker with the Hodags.

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Medford boys, Tomahawk girls win Northland Pines track meetSubmitted: 04/08/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines hosted a GNC indoor track meet Tuesday night.

In the girls 1600 meter run, Tomahawk's Dani Whiting made a pass with 2 laps to go and finished in first with a time of 5minutes 46 seconds.

For the boys 55 meter hurdles, John Puffer of Northland Pines took the top spot in a speedy 8.68 seconds.

And in boys high jump, Rhinelander's Ryan Nehls tied a personal record with a winning jump of 6 feet 2 inches.

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Laona's Krawze wins state free throw titleSubmitted: 04/07/2014

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LAONA - A young Northwoods basketball star earned a state championship. And she is just 10-years old.

On Saturday, Elizabeth Krawze of Laona won the state-championship at the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest in Wisconsin Rapids. She won the 10-year old girls crown.

She qualified for state after competing in Laona, Crandon, and De Pere earlier this year.

She made 21 out of 30 - free throws - including a perfect 5-for-5 in an extra shootout round.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS
Braun homers twice, rallies Brewers over PiratesSubmitted: 04/19/2014

PITTSBURGH - Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.

Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the final 65 games last year in the Biogenesis drug scandal. The other three homers came in one game on April 8 at Philadelphia.

The go-ahead drive came off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-1), his second blown save in six opportunities. Jean Segura's two-out single kept the inning going for Braun, who had three hits and three RBIs.

Jonathan Lucroy hit three doubles and drove in two runs for the Brewers. Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer.

Ike Davis doubled, singled and walked a day after the Pirates got him in a trade with the Mets.

Jim Henderson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriguez got his sixth save.



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Brewers' Lohse beats Pirates again, 5-3Submitted: 04/18/2014

PITTSBURGH - Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.

Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

He fell one out shy of a complete game Sunday at Miller Park. This time, he was charged with three runs two unearned and four hits with three walks with five strikeouts.

Gomez homered deep to center to lead off the fifth and added an RBI single an inning later as the Brewers rallied from two runs down.

Charlie Morton (0-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings while losing to Lohse for the second time this week. Russell Martin had two hits and two RBIs for the Pirates, who have lost six of eight.

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McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over BrewersSubmitted: 04/17/2014

PITTSBURGH - Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.

Harrison's two-run drive down the left field line was the second of his career as a pinch hitter. It stared Pittsburgh's nine-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings that was capped by Alvarez's sixth of the year.

McCutchen, last year's NL MVP, hit a two-run homer in the first inning in his 57th at-bat.

Gaby Sanchez also connected while Alvarez, Starling Marte, Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer each had two of the Pirates' 12 hits.

Edinson Volquez (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for his first win with the Pirates, scattering eight hits.




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Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell teamSubmitted: 04/16/2014

MILWAUKEE - Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens.

Kohl announced the deal Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center hours before the team was to play its final game of a dismal season. With the worst record in the NBA, Milwaukee is in position for a high draft pick.

Kohl is a former U.S. senator who has owned the team since 1985. Efforts to find new investors ramped up this year.

Kohl has made it a priority to find owners or investors who will keep the franchise in Milwaukee. He's also spoken for years about the need to upgrade or replace the Bradley Center, the team's downtown home which opened in 1988.

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Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1Submitted: 04/15/2014

MILWAUKEE - Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth off reliever Jim Henderson for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.

Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh.

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Tickets available for Packers Tailgate Tour stopsSubmitted: 04/14/2014

- Tickets for the Packers’ ninth annual Tailgate Tour are still available for all of the tour’s tailgate parties, the team announced Monday. Tailgate parties are planned for Escanaba (April 15), Ironwood (April 16), Superior (April 17), Rice Lake (April 18) and Merrill (April 19).

Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach emblazoned with the logo “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour” and the phrase “Touching Down in Your Community.” In addition to the designated locations, tour celebrities will make surprise stops as the schedule allows.

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Lynn, Cardinals snap Brewers' 9-game win streakSubmitted: 04/14/2014

MILWAUKEE - Lance Lynn struck out 11 in seven innings, Jon Jay hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped the Milwaukee Brewers' nine-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory Monday night.

Lynn allowed three hits over seven innings before Carlos Martinez finished off the surprising Brewers, who still have the majors' best record at 10-3. Lynn (3-0) frustrated hitters by mixing a fastball that topped 95 mph with a slider.

Jhonny Peralta hit a solo shot in the second off Brewers starter Matt Garza (0-2) before Jay tagged a ball over the wall near the right field corner in the sixth.

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Joe Dufek
Sports Director
jdufek@wjfw.com

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
Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter
msilvas@wjfw.com

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!