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Antigo and Mosinee boys' hockey fight for first in GNCSubmitted: 01/29/2015
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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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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THREE LAKES - The Three Lakes football team will look a little different starting in the fall.

That's because they will be playing with 11 players instead of eight.

The school board unanimously approved the decision last week.

The change will put Three Lakes back into the Northern Lakes Conference, which means the Bluejays won't have to travel out of the way just to play football.

They will get to play more local teams like Crandon and Wabeno-Laona.

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WAUSAU - On Thursday, a snowboarder from Neillsville will ride down the slopes in the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.

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MERRILL - A Northwoods program wants all kids to stay active.

Special Needs Athletic Playtime or SNAP gives special needs kids in Merrill a chance to run and play with their friends after school.

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EAGLE RIVER - Snowmobiles hit the short track today for the 52nd running of the AmsOil Eagle River World Championship.

The winner, well, he didn't even qualify until this afternoon.

The 2015 World Champion winner Cardell Potter, who from is Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, made the race field this afternoon in the Last Chance Qualifier. He started the championship all the way back in last place.

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EAGLE RIVER - The green flag of the 52nd AMSOIL Eagle River World Championship will drop at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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