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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."


The Packers are tied for the most touchdowns scored this season.

Offensively players say it takes a team effort to score so often.

"We don't turn the ball over we'll be in a situation to win the game," said Packers wide receiver, Jordy Nelson. "I think that's the way it's done over the years and obviouisly this season. He takes care of the ball, he make sure he is reading the right thing. I think the line is giving him some time and hopefully we're doing our job of getting open too. Makes it easiest as possible."

The Packers look to continue the scoring in New Orleans Sunday night.

The game will be on Newswatch 12.


Story By: Nolan Blair

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 LOCAL SPORTS
Northland Pines finally hires boys basketball coachSubmitted: 10/20/2014

EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines boys basketball team waited a while.

But it finally has a new coach.

Less than one month before practice starts, the school selected Rick Mai to coach the Eagles.

He takes over a struggling program.

Mai will be the third coach in three years for Pines, following Ryan Clark and Brent Luebke.

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Alayna Franson is a strong freshman runnerSubmitted: 10/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - High school runners will take on sectionals this weekend.

Every school from the Great Northern Conference, except Medford, will compete in Tomahawk.

You might want to watch out for Rhinelander Freshman Alayna Franson.

She finished second at this past weekend's Great Northern Conference Cross Country Meet, and Franson doesn't want the season to end soon.

Franson doesn't consider her freshman title negative. Instead she looks at her class as a challenge.

"I wanted to push myself and see what I could do as a freshman and see how far I could go," said Franson.

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GNC volleyball tournament kicks offSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - Great Northern Conference volleyball teams made the trip to Rhinelander today for the conference tournament.

They were led by the undefeated Tomahawk Hatchets.

But it was the Hodags that had a strong showing.

They swept the Lakeland T-Birds in 3 sets in round 2 after sitting the first round out.

But there is one team that Rhinelander is concerned with more than the others.

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Great Northern Conference Holds Conference Cross Country ChampionshipSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Great Northern conference held their cross country championship meet Saturday.

It was the final competition for high school runners before sectionals next weekend.

Minocqua Winter Park was the site of Saturday's meet.

Lakeland's Andrew Schilling set the pace early on.

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Friday ScoresSubmitted: 10/17/2014

UNITED STATES - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Final: Mosinee 49, Rhinelander 14

Final: Merrill 35, Lakeland 6

Final: Northland Pines 35, L'Anse 34

Final: Iron Mountain 35, Hurley 34

Final: Athens 54, Abbotsford 8

Final: Antigo 24, Mondovi 14

Final: Appleton North 42, Wausau East 8

Final: Wausau West 13, Appleton East 3


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON

Final: Charlotte 96, Washington 86

Final: Orlando 99, Detroit 87

Final: Dallas 108, Cleveland 102

Final: Milwaukee 105, Minnesota 98

Final: Toronto 109, Oklahoma City 90

Final: Miami 115, Golden State 108


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final: Columbus 3, Calgary 2

Final: Florida 1, Buffalo 0

Final: Detroit 4, Toronto 1

Final: Nashville 2, Winnipeg 0

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Merrill defeats Lakeland 35-6Submitted: 10/17/2014

MERRILL - The Blue Jays hosted the Lakeland T-Birds.

Lakeland looked to clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight.

But it was a tough going away from home for the T-Birds.

They fell down 21-0 at halftime.

Then Merrill got the second half kickoff.

And they marched right down the field.

QB Chaz Mootz pitches to Mason Reinhardt who carried three times on the drive for a pair of first downs.

Then they took to the air.

Mootz hits Reinhardt again who picks up another 20 yards.

And they punch it in a few plays later.

Mootz finds Lucas Lee for a short TD pass.

And that squanders Lakeland's playoff hopes.

Merrill wins this one 35-6.

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Edgar Finishes Season Undefeated Submitted: 10/17/2014

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PRENTICE - The undefeated and #1 ranked Edgar Wildcats beat the Rib Lake/Prentice Hawks 41-0 on Friday.

Prentice moved the ball on their first drive. Tyler Engel took the handoff and he's off to the races.

But the Hawks couldn't capitalize.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS
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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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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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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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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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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LeBron sits, Love scores 25 as Cavs beat BucksSubmitted: 10/15/2014

CLEVELAND - Kevin Love, picking up the offensive slack with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving out, scored 25 points and Dion Waiters added 23, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-100 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Love made five 3-pointers and also shook off banging his right knee while making a basket in the lane during the third quarter. He and Waiters spent the fourth quarter on the bench.

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, scored 18 in 27 minutes. He and some of Milwaukee's other starters played into the fourth quarter as first-year coach Jason Kidd worked on some things with his young team.

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