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Brewers fans happy to see team on hot streakSubmitted: 07/06/2015
RHINELANDER - The Brewers, who have been mired in the bottom of the standings for most of the season, are now the hottest team in baseball.

They've won eight games in a row and nine out of their last 10.


"I think that they are coming together and gelling as a team, but I know so little about baseball this could be blind luck. I don't know," said Big Daddy's Bar Owner Aaron Shultz.

The Brewers didn't lose a single time on their seven game road trip, as they scored 53 runs--an average of more than 7.5 runs a game.

"It's pretty good," said Rhinelander High School freshman Nathan Lawrence. "For a while there I was feeling that they weren't going to start winning and were going to lose a lot. All of the sudden they started winning game after game, and I was like 'This is going to be pretty exciting.'"

The Brew Crew hit .354 as a team on the road trip and averaged more than 14 hits a game.

"Yeah, anything can happen," said Illinois resident and Cubs fan Denny Hill. "Brewers have a good core, you know what I mean? They just need a little luck and everything can fall their way for a while--and, yeah, they have the talent."

Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson has won three in a row and Tyler Jungmann is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.43. But you don't know when the losing could start again.

"I don't think they lose a game until I go see them," Shultz said. "Every time I go to a Brewer's game, they lose. I was at the last loss, so as long as I stay away, they are going to be just fine."

In the end, the Cubs fan doesn't think much of the winning streak.

"Relevant? No I don't think they can be relevant, and I don't think the Reds can be relevant this year," Hill said. "No, but I wish them all the luck in the world."



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 LOCAL SPORTS

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PHELPS - NASCAR will return to Newswatch 12 on Sunday night.

They will race under the lights at Daytona for the Coke Zero 400.

There will also be plenty of local racers competing on Saturday under the lights at Eagle River Speedway.

Dustin Kanges, who is 10 years old and heading into 4th grade at Phelps Elementary School races in the junior sprints. His favorite thing about racing is going fast.

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LAKE TOMAHAWK - People from all over will come to the Northwoods for the 4th of July holiday, but in Lake Tomahawk, they'll come for another tradition besides fireworks: the annual Independence Day snowshoe baseball game.


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MINOCQUA - You don't see a lot of baseball this time of year in the Northwoods, but LUHS baseball Head Coach Mike Wilhelm hopes to change that.

"Really get our hands on our youth, and work with those young kids, and hopefully move us forward so that, when they get to high school, they have a really good grasp of what we're teaching," says Wilhelm.

The Lakeland baseball coach worked with the athletic director to set up the school's first-ever camp.

Coaches hope to mold the kids' raw talent into baseball smarts.

"There's always that raw ability out there," says Wilhelm. "More for us, it's just the fine-tuning and getting them going on what we want them to know. Kind of on the verbage and the sayings and the cues that we want them to use."

Wilhelm says it's also a perfect way to create bonds with the players.

"It's a great way for me to get to know kids, and then I can go to their games and see where they're at, and then really just kind of pop in and say 'how are you doing' and kind of keep in contact with those guys," says Wilhelm.

It's gone so well in its first year that Wilhelm says the camp will be back next year.

"I might plan on doing something a little more in the springtime with it, so they're a little more ready coming into their season versus, a lot of these little league guys are just finishing up with their season, so it's tough for them to kind of carry things over," says Wilhelm. "It's always a good thing for us to get our hands on them and teach them and get them ready for next year, too."

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CRANDON - Crandon International Off Road Raceway hosted the Torc Big House Brawl this past weekend.

They put on a show for the fans.

The main event was a great race.

It was the 22nd annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge.

The race turned into a battle between a father and a son between Johnny Greaves and CJ Greaves.

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WISCONSIN - High school basketball games won't look the same next year.

That's because games will be played in halves, not quarters.

The WIAA made the decision to switch Thursday.

Schools experimented with playing in halves a couple years ago.

Most systems like the change in format.

The idea came in part from a neighboring state.

"Minnesota has used this type of a system for many years now," says WIAA Associate Director Deb Hauser. "Many of our schools on the western side of the state play in Minnesota and have expressed their liking of the half format."

The format change is on a one-year trial basis, but officials think it'll be around for a while.

"I think it's going to be kind of exciting to see how this all plays out, to see what impact it's going to have on the length of games," says Hauser. "I don't really think it's going to change that because I think there's going to be a better flow. So I'm very excited, looking forward to the coming year to see how we adjust to this."

The format switch will happen starting next season.

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Taking up archerySubmitted: 06/25/2015

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CONOVER - People take up new hobbies all the time. For some, archery is a great way to stay active--and it can become a lifelong hobby.


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CRANDON - Abby and Ally Pease, who are juniors and twins, have been a part of the Crandon trap shooting team since it started two years ago.

"My family enjoys it and I enjoy it," said Ally Pease.

Abby won gold and Allie got Silver at the 2015 Badger State Games. They won the medals in the 16-18 ladies division of trap shooting.

"People were really surprised that we came from a small town in northern Wisconsin and there were people from big cities down there shooting against us," Abby said. "We came out on top."

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

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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STEVENS POINT - Wisconsin high school basketball games will run a little longer in the upcoming season.

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Bucks look ahead to the draftSubmitted: 06/23/2015

MILWAUKEE - The debate over a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks will continue on, but this week, the team is focused on who they will pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

The Bucks have the 17th overall pick.

They traded forward Ersan Ilyasova to Detroit earlier this offseason.

They could choose to replace him.

Milwaukee could also choose a big man to replace former center Larry Sanders.

Bucks officials say they're happy to have plenty of choices.

"Every year in the draft, we talk about his as a staff through our meetings, is that every year, one or two players will go higher in the draft that will push somebody down, but if that doesn't happen this year, we're comfortable with the players that are going to be there," says Director of Scouting Billy McKinney.

Getting a top draft pick will be important for the team, but that may not be the only way they make improvements this offseason.

"We're going to try to improve in free agency this summer, potentially, possibly," says General Manager John Hammond. "We're going to try to maybe improve through a trade. Maybe something could be there for us, and then the draft, I think, is still very important to us because of the type of team that we have. We're talking about still building here, trying to build towards a championship-contending team. You want your draft picks to be a part of that."

The NBA Draft starts Thursday, June 25th at 6 p.m.

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WISCONSIN - The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday in Brooklyn.

Two Badgers hope to be lottery picks.

Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker think they can hear their names called in the first 14 picks.

Of course the top 14 being lottery picks.

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