TOMAHAWK - If you're a racing fan... you'll be busy this weekend... all three area tracks are in action.
Dirt was flying tonight for the season opener at Tomahawk Speedway.
The first heat of the evening went to the pure stock class. Joe Johnson Sr. from Lac du Flambeau jumped out in front and kept the lead after a caution on the 7th lap to win the heat. Michael Brown of Tomahawk won the feature.
In the street stock class the 711 car took a quick lead and never looked back. Jason Jensen from Eagle River took first and was a half lap in front of the rest of the field and Tomahawks Keith Troutman took the feature.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Musky season kicks off tomorrow. In the meantime, there are plenty of other fish to be caught. We even have one from an old familiar face. Here's the latest edition of Big Ol' Fish.
Rhinelander's Emilie Coron went out fishing for the first time this summer with her husband Ryan. She brought in this 14 inch crappie and tons of other fish on Hanson Lake. Emilie was using minnows for bait and tells us she was thrilled because she caught twice as many as her husband.
Little Reese Frisque of Rhinelander nabbed this nice size black crappie. The 7 year old was using a leach on his secret fishing spot in the UP. Reese decided to toss the fish back, so it could grow some more and he was very proud of himself.
And remember this guy? Former Newswatch 12'er Matt Doyle was on vacation with his dad and brother in Baldwin, Michigan. He caught this huge steelhead fly fishing on the Pere Marquette river. Matt released it because they were in a national park. The seasoned fisherman caught about 15 fish in 2 days... not bad for a tv guy!
THE NORTHWOODS - The Rhinelander Girls Soccer team made history last night. They capped off a perfect season in the Great Northern Conference and became the first team to not allow a single goal in GNC play.
Regional playoffs begin next Thursday, the 30th.
In D1 Rhinelander was given a 5 seed and will host Wausau East at 2:30. Also, Antigo will play at D.C. Everest and Merrill will play in Stevens Point.
For D2, Northland Pines will host Lakeland, and in D3, Phillips will travel to Newman Catholic and Three Lakes will welcome Bayfield/Washburn. For a complete list of pairings click on the WIAA link.
RHINELANDER - The Hodag Girls Soccer Team were singing "We are the Champions," Thursday night in Rhinelander. And why not. They finished the regular season by claiming the Great Northern Conference championship. Rhinelander defeated Medford 4-0.
The Hodags went undefeated in the conference. In fact, they didn't even allow a goal in conference play.
Thursday night, the Hodags were treated to a parade through downtown Rhinelander. It's a great way to end the regular season.
"We had two goals," said Hodags coach Dan Millot. "One was to win the Great Northern Conference Championship. Two was to make sure no one scored on us in conference play. We accomplished both goals tonight."
BOULDER JUNCTION - The Northland Pines trap shooting team formed in March. On Thursday Pines faced Antigo in their first face to face meet. The competition was at the Boulder Junction Shooting Range. That is home for Pines.
The sport is considered club status. That means it's not recognized by the WIAA.
That doesn't stop the discs from flying.
Northland Pines won the varsity meet 110-101, and Antigo took JV 100-94.
TOMAHAWK - On Tuesday, Tomahawk hosted a Division 2 Boys Golf Regional at Inshalla Country Club. The Top four teams and top four individuals advance to next week's sectional in Barron.
Hayward won the team title. Lakeland was second. Tomahawk and Northland Pines were tied for fourth. However, Tomahawk won the tie breaker and moved on.
Jacob Stephan of Northland Pines, and Medford's Jon Phillips were individual qualifiers.
In Division 1, Stevens Point won the Wausau West regional team title. Marshfield was second, Wausau West Third, and D.C. Everest was fourth. All four teams advance to next week's sectional in Stevens Point.
Joe joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in July 2011 as the Sports Director.
Before coming to the Northwoods, Joe was the Weekend Sports Anchor at KBJR in Duluth, MN. Joe's resume includes working at WFRV in Green Bay, WDIO in Duluth, and WTCH radio in Shawano.
Joe has always had a passion for sports, especially football, hockey, and golf. Joe is a 2005 graduate from UW-Oshkosh with a B.S. degree in Radio/TV/Film. During his college days, he was the Sports Director for the university's radio station twice.
A native of Frog Station, WI (near Green Bay), Joe grew up watching the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks. In fact he also lists listening to old Packer radio braodcasts among his hobbies. Recently, Joe married his fiancee Amy.
When he is not watching or playing sports, he's likely reading or watching something on the American Civil War, or World War II.
Joe says,"In just a short time, I have really been made to feel right at home, thanks to the great folks in the Northwoods."
If you see Joe out on a shoot, please feel free to say hi and email any story ideas you may have.
Marisa Silvas joined the Newswatch 12 sports team in October 2011 as the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter.
Prior to coming to WJFW, she was an editor/associate producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco, CA. She also was a freelance field producer for NBC's Football Night in America and spent 6 years as a sports producer and editor for KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate where she co-hosted a weekly Sports Sunday web show with Jerry Rice.
She graduated with a degree in Communications from Santa Clara University.
Marisa is new to the Northwoods and the cold weather but has lived in several different locations on her journey to Rhinelander. Coming from a family with military ties, she was born in Austin, TX, but also grew up in Mississippi, Lancaster, CA, San Antonio, TX before settling down in Campbell, CA for the past several years.
Marisa has always had a passion for sports and people and has followed her dreams to WJFW after pursuing a full time on-air job for several years.
Marisa likes all sports but is most passionate about the NFL, NBA and major league baseball. Since she has lived in many different locations her favorite teams are all over the country as well. You will see her following her favorites: the San Antonio Spurs, Oakland Athletics and yes, Packers fans, sorry, the Chicago Bears.
She is also an avid fantasy sports fan and has participated in fantasy football and hockey leagues the past 5 seasons. Feel free to ask her for the hot waiver wire pickup!
She and her husband of 4 years, Lyndon, have taken several vacations over the past few summers to visit all the MLB parks...she has now been to 14 and is excited to add Target Field to the list this summer! Her favorites so far are Wrigley, PNC and Miller Park. She and her husband also make an annual trek to Soldier Field to watch their beloved Bears and hang out in their favorite city, where they got engaged at the top of the Hancock Tower in 2007.
In her free time, she loves hanging out with her husband Lyndon and adorable puggle Walter. She also never misses her favorite TV show, Dancing With The Stars and with an extensive dancing background, someday dreams of being a future celebrity contestant and winner!
Marisa is very excited to be making the big move from sunny California to the winter wonderland of Rhinelander! If you see Marisa out in the field or around the town, feel free to say hi and buy her a hot chocolate, she's probably cold!
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