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Local young racer loves to go fast Submitted: 07/03/2015

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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.


Kanges's racing interest developed last summer when he started coming over to his neighbor's garage. His neighbor is Jerry Grasse. He's been racing in the Northwoods for 32 years.

"I would help him bleed the brakes, put new oil in, put the gas (in)," Kanges said. "I thought if I could do that to my own car that would be really fun. Then I could teach other people how to do it and then it just looks fun going out on the track and racing like that."

Grasse has been to victory lane many times at tracks in the Northwoods. He enjoys teaching Dustin.

"I think it's just as much fun for me as I think it is for him when he wins and when he runs good." Grasse said. "It's kind of fun to see him progress and learn the craft. There are a lot of things you've got to do right to do right to win these things."

Now Dustin enjoys turning left on the dirt.



Story By: Nolan Blair

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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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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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THREE LAKES - The TNT Motor Speedway reopened this year after being shut down for a year.

The track is doing well in its first season back.

They've only hosted a handful of races so far in 2015, but owners say they're more than happy with the amount of people who have been through the gates.

"Other than the rain that we got, everything's been going very well," says TNT Motor Speedway owner James Koga. "We had very good fan counts. The fans that come out are amazing. The sponsors that support us are amazing, and, once again, the drivers that show up on a nightly basis, anywhere from 50 to 70 of the, come out to put on a show. It's quite interesting to watch."

Lots of fans have come so far, but owners say they'll get a lot more once the tourism season begins.

"Since we reopened, I figured, we've just got locals right now," says Koga. "A lot of tourists haven't come up yet, and it's just amazing to see that that many people love racing and have the passion for racing like us and the drivers do. And to see them be such a big part of this is amazing."

Owners say they try to give as much support back to fans as they give.

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RHINELANDER - Many people play golf for their entire lives, and now more and more kids are getting involved in the sport.

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BOULDER JUNCTION -

Boulder Junction kicked off its summer of free fishing seminars tonight.


Each Sunday night the town will offer a class taught by a fishing guide.


On Sunday Bill Sherer, who owns We Tie It Fly Shop, taught a class on how to fly fish small mouth bass.


Currently the bass population is thriving in the Northwoods.


It is a popular fish for the anglers this season.


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MILWAUKEE - DC Everest finally finds a way to put the ball in the back of the net against Kettle Moraine. It took them all the way to the 104th minute, but the girls were composed throughout the game.

"We just wanted to keep playing our game, we had the momentum going into overtime and I thought we were playing well so it's being patient, it's a long game, it's not a golden goal type situation so we had 20 minutes," D.C. Everest Head Coach Lucas Kollross said. "I felt like we were the better team in overtime and we're just happy to get one in there."

"I couldn't of thought of a better way to end my season, I knew the goal was there, we've scored so many before, it had to come," said D.C. Everest Senior Elise Thuot.

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