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Athens beats Greenwood/Granton Submitted: 10/24/2014

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ATHENS - Number three ranked Athens defeated Greenwood/Granton 56-12 Friday night in Athens.

The Blue Jays were stout on defense from the start. Aaron Wickman took down Walker Wuethrich.

The Blue Jays scored on their first offensive possession.


Mark Stange took the ball untouched into the end zone.

Athens will host Marathon next Friday.


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Cross country sectionals kick offSubmitted: 10/24/2014

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ATHENS - Division three sectionals started for high school cross country on Friday in Athens.

Marathon was up front early.

But Josh Langteau of Athens would take the lead and he wouldn't look back.

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Mosinee moves on in high school football playoffsSubmitted: 10/24/2014

MOSINEE - The Mosinee Indians were one of the few Northwoods teams that hosted a playoff game Friday.

They played the Onalaska Hilltoppers.

And this one was a defensive struggle early.

But Mosinee was the first to break the scoring draught.

The handoff goes to Kelvin Lassa.

And he hammers it up the middle to give the Indians a 6 point lead.

But Mosinee was looking for more.

They go for two.

QB Landon Stepan keeps it on the draw.

But he is stopped well short.

Next possession for Onalaska, they drive it down the field.

And they tie it on the bootleg pass to receiver Tyler Hughes.

Tie game now.

But Mosinee comes out on top in the end.

They win a close one 28-26.

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Tomahawk volleyball sweeps Antigo in playoffsSubmitted: 10/23/2014

TOMAHAWK - You'll find more than football playoffs in high school sports this time of year.

The GNC volleyball playoffs are also in full swing.

The Tomahawk Hatchets hosted Antigo Thursday.

Tomahawk had already won the Great Northern Conference in volleyball.

Despite their success, Tomahawk coaches say they have to stay aggressive.

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Practical shooting group offers practice, training for beginners & expertsSubmitted: 10/22/2014

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RHINELANDER - Practical shooting gives people the chance to practice in real-life situations. You can find a number of teams across Wisconsin. Shooters believe the sport helps experts and beginners trying to work on their skills.

"I've been shooting for more than a year and a half, for me this is more fun than any type of shooting I've done in my life," Northwoods Practical Shooters Range Officer Bruce Gary said. "And I have literally been shooting my whole life."

The sport starts quietly, but that changes quickly. Gary describes the sport in a few words.

"It's an addiction." Gary said. "The more you shoot the more you want to shoot."

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Hunters try wolf trapping for first timeSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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LITTLE RICE - Everyone doesn't agree with Wisconsin's wolf hunt. However the state is in the middle of its third wolf season.

It started Wednesday. Since then, trappers have found major success, quickly in the Northwoods.

Four of the six wolf zones are already closed. Zones 3 and 6 are still open.

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Area Regional Volleyball Scores Submitted: 10/21/2014

NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander 3 Northland Pines 1

Florence 3 Phelps 0

Phillips 3 Ladysmith 0

Mosinee 3 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 1

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Lakeland cross country sibling bond Submitted: 10/21/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland cross country team hopes to run well at cross country sectionals this weekend.

The boys team is ranked 3rd in the state. The girls are 15th in Division Two standings.

Each team's best runners share a number of athletic qualities with the other.

You could credit their family connection.

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Packers defense steps up Submitted: 10/20/2014

GREEN BAY - Cam Newton didn't run all over the Packers Sunday.

The Panthers quarterback had 240 yards of offense against Green Bay.

The defense also sacked Newton three times.

Coach Mike McCarthy believes they executed their defensive plan well.

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Packers look to continue growthSubmitted: 10/20/2014

GREEN BAY - The Packers didn't let Cam Newton and the zone read dominate their defense Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers only scored three points in the first half.

The Packers coaching staff thinks the team showed what can happen when they win on the line of scrimmage

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Green Bay offense finding its stride Submitted: 10/20/2014

GREEN BAY - The Packers can score pretty quickly.

They were up 21-0 after their first three possessions to start the game Sunday.

Green Bay averages more than 28 points a game.

That ranks second behind the Indianapolis Colts.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks the offensive success start after changes a few weeks ago.

"Being very efficient, that started in the Chicago game," Rodgers said. "Seven plays with 38 points. I would guess the plays weren't extremely high, we had a lot of point production."

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The Green Bay Defense Has a Goal Submitted: 10/19/2014

GREEN BAY - Green Bay looked unstoppable in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Carolina.

They put up 21 points quickly and the defense did its job. When both sides of the ball are clicking, the Packers soar.

"The defense is playing I would say kind of more like the 2010 season," said Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. "They are really shutting teams down, we're starting fast. We had 21 first quarter points. We are making them pretty one dimensional which we wanted to do especially the way Cam ran the ball last week."

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Badgers unanimous Big Ten basketball favoriteSubmitted: 10/16/2014

CHICAGO - The Wisconsin Badgers will head into this basketball season as the unanimous Big Ten favorite.

Every voting member of the conference media picked the Badgers to win the Big Ten at conference media days in Chicago.

The media selected Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky as its preseason player of the year.

The Badgers return four starters to a team that went 30-8 and reached its first Final Four since 2000.

Michigan State and Ohio State completed the top three preseason favorites.

Kaminsky is joined by fellow Badger Sam Dekker on the preseason All-Big Ten first team.

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Green Bay named Horizon League preseason favoriteSubmitted: 10/16/2014

GREEN BAY - Green Bay is the preseason favorite to repeat as champion in Horizon League men's basketball.

The league's defending player of the year, Keifer Sykes of the Phoenix, was named Preseason Player of the Year in voting by the league's coaches, media and sports information directors announced Wednesday.

Green Bay captured 32 of the 41 first-place votes cast, finishing with 357 total points and claiming first place in the poll. The Phoenix are led by Sykes, who has a chance to become the first back-to-back Horizon League Player of the Year since Rashad Phillips of Detroit in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

Cleveland State placed second in the poll. The Vikings were the only other team besides Green Bay to receive first-place votes, finishing with nine.

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Rodgers on roll for Packers, but seeks improvementSubmitted: 10/16/2014

GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson couldn't resist taking a good-natured dig at his prolific quarterback.

Yeah, he's seen better from Aaron Rodgers, who has 15 touchdowns and just one interception going into this weekend's game against Carolina.

The one pick came in the season opener. Since then, near-perfection.

"The year we went 15-1, I don't know, our offense was pretty ridiculous right there," Nelson said about the 2011 season. "So I don't know, but I think I've seen better." Nelson hesitated for a second and smiled, "I'll just give it to him that way."

Green Bay is on a three-game winning streak, tied atop the NFC North at 4-2 with Detroit. In that span, Rodgers is 58 of 87 for 722 yards passing, with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.

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