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Antigo and Mosinee boys' hockey fight for first in GNCSubmitted: 01/29/2015

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ANTIGO - First place in the Great Northern Conference could be decided Thursday night in Antigo.

That's where the first place Red Robins will take on the second place Mosinee Indians.

Antigo comes into the game undefeated at 10-0. Mosinee is right on their heels at 9-0-1.

Both teams need a win to maintain control of the conference.

"It's going to be a big matchup for us," says Mosinee senior forward Matthew Sprink. "Obviously we have to win it to stay in the competition for the GNC, so it's going to be a big game."

Antigo is the defending champion of the GNC, but Mosinee welcomes the challenge.

"It's really good to have the good competition and play tough teams like that," says Mosinee senior defenseman William Sprink. "It really shows and makes our team play to our potential."

The winner Thursday will decide first place, but both Northland Pines and Waupaca are only a couple of games back.

Story By: Dan Marz

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 LOCAL SPORTS

ANTIGO - Both the Antigo and Mosinee boys' hockey teams played a game for the ages Thursday night.

Both were vying for first place in the Great Northern Conference.

This one did not disappoint.

Antigo's Arin VerHagen chases the puck into the corner.

The pass then goes to a cutting Gavin Bunnell.

He slips it right by the goalie for an early 1-0 lead.

Mosinee, however, also came to play.

They get the puck up top to Matthew Sprink.

It's turned away, but Landon Stepan cleans up the mess.

He ties the game back up at one.

Now it's Antigo's turn.

Red Robins trying to get past the road block by the goal.

Andrew Turunen takes a slap.

It's no good, but Adam Schmidt is right there with the sweet backhand.

Mosinee then takes the ensuing puck drop, and it's Stepan again sneaking one in right away.

2-2 game in the first period alone.

This one lives up to its billing and it ended in a fitting 5-5 tie in overtime.

That means Antigo still holds the edge in the GNC standings.

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ANTIGO - An Antigo football player will be heading to a division three college to play quarterback.

The university is a perfect fit for him for more than just for football.

Tony Libit only has 20 percent of his hearing. Soon he will head to Gallaudet University in Washington DC to play football and to become an educator. Gallaudet is a liberal arts college but it is also a school that teaches the deaf and students who are hard of hearing.

"I think it's always kind of been destine, I just never knew it," said Libit.

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Fat Biking in the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 01/28/2015

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WINCHESTER - People of the Northwoods find creative ways to enjoy the outdoors.

The beauty of the Northwoods in the winter can be enjoyed on two wheels. The two wheels are bit bigger on a fat bike than your regular bike wheels. They're big enough to handle the snow on the trails.

"It's awesome to be able to ride a bike in the winter in January on trails, not on the roads not dealing with salt in the woods," said WinMan Trails user Jimmy Vogel.

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THREE LAKES - The one-on-one nature of wrestling sets wrestlers apart from athletes in team sports, such as basketball and football. "There's no one else out on that mat but you--and that makes it all that much more fun when you win, 'cause if you lose, you got nobody to blame but yourself," said Three Lakes Jr. High Coach Joe Fitzpatrick.

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WOODRUFF - Some of last year's hunting rules changes could become permanent.

Many of the new rules were just temporary, but some could stick around.

Last year, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board allowed temporary rule changes for the season.

Those changes came out of the Deer Trustee Report, but they'll expire this year.

Now, the DNR wants to hear from the public before permanent rules go into effect.

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ASPEN - The Neillsville snowboarder that Newswatch 12 featured this week raced Thursday in the Winter X-Games.
Daina Shilts finished second in first ever Unified Snowboarding dual slalom race at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
10 Special Olympic athletes teamed up with 10 winter-x game participants for the snowboard race.
Shilts was paired with 2006 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Teter.

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MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School Nordic skier will head to Sweden to compete in the Nations Cup.

Seventeen year-old Mack FitzPatrick will be a part of the United States under-18 team.

FitzPatrick treats Nordic skiing as not only a year-round sport but a lifetime sport.

"Pretty much been skiing my entire life," FitzPatrick said. "I've been on the Lakeland ski team all throughout high school and middle school teams. It's been a part of my life."

He trains hard outside of ski season.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy finally held his long-delayed season-ending press conference Wednesday, a full 10 days after the team's heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. McCarthy was originally scheduled to meet with the media at this time last week, but he had to postpone the event following the sudden death of his brother.

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the state will help the Milwaukee Bucks pay for a new basketball arena with $220 million in bonds that would be paid for by projected growth in income taxes from NBA players.

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SEATTLE - It seemed like the Packers had control the whole way. With 6:52 left in the game, they had the ball and a 12-point lead.

So what went wrong?

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GREEN BAY - The NFC Championship game will kickoff Sunday, but there are plenty of lingering questions heading into the game, with the biggest one being the health of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' calf.

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MILWAUKEE - A Green Bay Packers fan and entrepreneur says running back Eddie Lacy, whose dreadlocks can be seen flying as he racks up rushing yards, is the inspiration for his cheese-themed headgear.

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GREEN BAY - The Packers will head to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champions this Sunday.

That game will determine who goes to this year's Super Bowl.

The NFC Championship will be a matchup between the top two seeds in the NFC.

Green Bay will play in a tough environment.

Seattle is known for having the loudest fans in the league, but the Packers are looking forward to the challenge.

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DALLAS - The Big Ten conference capped off its football season with a national championship Monday night, when Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20.

The championship finished a strong bowl season for the conference. The Big Ten went 5-2 against ranked teams--more wins over ranked teams than any other conference.

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