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Screaming Eagles kick off seasonSubmitted: 08/26/2015

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PARK FALLS - The Chequamegon Screaming Eagles football team made the playoffs last year, but their team looks very different from last year's.

The team had 13 seniors graduate.

That means many of the returning players haven't gotten a lot of playing time, but coaches say their philosophy hasn't changed.

"Our program is founded on three words, and that's 'Expect to Win,'" says Head Coach Scott Herbst. "We have a sign that says it, we carry it everywhere we go, and our expectations are that and our number one goal will always be playoffs."

Chequamegon opened their schedule last week with a tough conference matchup against Edgar.

They lost 46-0, but coaches say that's just the way they like it.

"Some people say 'boy, it would be nice to open up against somebody else,' but for me, I'd rather open up against Edgar," says Herbst. "I really would. It gives you a really good gauge right away, and it gets it out of the way so you can focus on the rest of your schedule."

The Screaming Eagles will play Rib Lake/Prentice this Friday night.




Story By: Dan Marz

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 LOCAL SPORTS

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RIB MOUNTAIN - The AMA Pro Flat Track Series visited Rib Mountain Sunday for 2nd Wisconsin Oh Fest.

The races were held at Wausau 525 but canceled due to rain. 

Pros in the AMA Pro Flat Track series started at a young age.

"When I was three years old my dad got me on a dirt bike before a bicycle," New York's Ryan Wells said. "I could ride that before I even got on a bicycle."

"I've been racing since 1991," Wisconsin's Jesse Janisch. "I started racing when I was four years old for my parents."

"My dad was always into motorcycles and so was my mom," Illinois's Rob Pearson said. "Flat track racing was pretty popular in central Illinois where I'm from and started going to local races and just never stopped."

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PHELPS - Some folks get the most out of nature by competing in it.

Phelps provides a great spot to explore nature.

That's why the Phelps Chamber of Commerce held the 1st Twin Triathlon today.

It stretched from the North Twin Lake and around the Vista Lake Trail.

"We wanted to get a triathlon going here again in town and really wanted to take advantage of the natural resources that we have and share that with the racers," said Phelps Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Celeste Hendrickson.

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RHINELANDER - Local athletes got to show off their skills on Saturday's third annual W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon.

More than 70 people participated. Many more came cheer on their athletes at Holiday Acres Resort, where the competition was held. 

Athletes had to swim 300 yards or kayak about half a mile, bike a 10K and run a 5K.

"The weather's perfect," said event organizer Mike Prom. "It's a beautiful day. And people are excited. It's fun when they come, you can just see the enthusiasm." 

Money raised will benefit W.I.L.D. or Wise International Leadership Development, which Prom founded. The organization promotes Christian-influenced leadership in Africa.  

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ANTIGO - Antigo knocks off Two Rivers 40-12 at Schofield Stadium Friday

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MERRILL - Superior beats Merrill 50-20 at Jay Stadium on Friday

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MOSINEE - Mosinee and Stratford met in the playoffs last year.

Mosinee came out on top then.

They looked in control off the bat.

Landon Stepan pump fakes.

He's got Ben Fochs streaking down the field.

A huge downfield gain, but the car stalled for the Indians.

4th down on the same drive.

Stepan's got nowhere to go.

The Tigers swarm him to force a turnover on downs.

Ensuing possession for Stratford started out the same as Mosinee.

A read option play and the QB keeps it, slipping through holes for a big gain.

Mosinee wouldn't let them get much after, but Stratford pulls out the win on the road.

They win 21-14 despite a last second Hail Mary attempt from Mosinee.

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MERRILL - Superior beats Merrill 50-20 at Jay Stadium Friday night.

Merrill will play at River Falls next Friday.

Superior will travel to Menomonee Falls next Friday.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

- The Packers announced late this afternoon that Nelson won't be able to play this season after significantly injuring his knee yesterday against Pittsburgh.

The injury happened just six plays into the preseason game.

It was a simple pass to the right but Nelson fell to the ground after planting.

The Packers did not say exactly what happened to Nelson's knee, but it is a bad injury.

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GREEN BAY - Receiver Jordy Nelson is taking part in the first practice of Green Bay Packers training camp after being limited during the offseason following minor hip surgery.

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MILWAUKEE - Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez won't play another game for Milwaukee.

He was traded Thursday to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers will get minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios in return.

Barrios is a former infielder who can touch 100 MPH with his fastball.

Ramirez will join a Pirates team in the middle of a playoff hunt.

Ramirez began his career as a Pirate.

He will return exactly 12 years after he was traded from Pittsburgh to the Chicago Cubs.

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks have selected UNLV shooting guard Rashad Vaughn with the No. 17 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

 The 6-foot-6, 210 pound Vaughn will be expected to provide additional outside scoring for the Bucks, who are coming off a surprising turnaround last season _ their first under head coach Jason Kidd.

 Vaughn is coming off a season-ending injury to his left knee but averaged 17.8 points per game in 23 games as a freshman, shooting 43.9 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from 3-point range.

 The Bucks expect to have last year's No. 2 pick, Jabari Parker, back next season to go with Giannis Antetokounmpo and point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks made a draft-night deal for a veteran point guard, trading UCLA shooting guard Norman Powell and a first-round pick in 2017 to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for backup guard Greivis Vasquez.

 The Bucks finalized the deal shortly after they made Powell the 46th overall pick in the second round Thursday night.

 General manager John Hammond says the Bucks have always liked Vasquez, who is 28 and has playoff experience.

 Vazquez will back up Michael Carter-Williams, and Hammond said there might be situations where both players will be on the floor.

 Hammond said he wasn't hesitant to part with the 2017 first-round, which was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in a previous trade.

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HOUSTON - The Houston Rockets have selected Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker with the 18th overall pick in the NBA draft.

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CHARLOTTE - The Charlotte Hornets have selected Wisconsin power forward Frank Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick in the NBA draft.

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