Screaming Eagles kick off seasonSubmitted: 08/26/2015

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PARK FALLS - The Chequamegon Screaming Eagles football team made the playoffs last year, but their team looks very different from last year's.

The team had 13 seniors graduate.

That means many of the returning players haven't gotten a lot of playing time, but coaches say their philosophy hasn't changed.

"Our program is founded on three words, and that's 'Expect to Win,'" says Head Coach Scott Herbst. "We have a sign that says it, we carry it everywhere we go, and our expectations are that and our number one goal will always be playoffs."

Chequamegon opened their schedule last week with a tough conference matchup against Edgar.

They lost 46-0, but coaches say that's just the way they like it.

"Some people say 'boy, it would be nice to open up against somebody else,' but for me, I'd rather open up against Edgar," says Herbst. "I really would. It gives you a really good gauge right away, and it gets it out of the way so you can focus on the rest of your schedule."

The Screaming Eagles will play Rib Lake/Prentice this Friday night.

Story By: Dan Marz

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RIB MOUNTAIN - The AMA Pro Flat Track Series visited Rib Mountain Sunday for 2nd Wisconsin Oh Fest.

The races were held at Wausau 525 but canceled due to rain. 

Pros in the AMA Pro Flat Track series started at a young age.

"When I was three years old my dad got me on a dirt bike before a bicycle," New York's Ryan Wells said. "I could ride that before I even got on a bicycle."

"I've been racing since 1991," Wisconsin's Jesse Janisch. "I started racing when I was four years old for my parents."

"My dad was always into motorcycles and so was my mom," Illinois's Rob Pearson said. "Flat track racing was pretty popular in central Illinois where I'm from and started going to local races and just never stopped."

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PHELPS - Some folks get the most out of nature by competing in it.

Phelps provides a great spot to explore nature.

That's why the Phelps Chamber of Commerce held the 1st Twin Triathlon today.

It stretched from the North Twin Lake and around the Vista Lake Trail.

"We wanted to get a triathlon going here again in town and really wanted to take advantage of the natural resources that we have and share that with the racers," said Phelps Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Celeste Hendrickson.

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RHINELANDER - Local athletes got to show off their skills on Saturday's third annual W.I.L.D. Hodag Mini-Triathlon.

More than 70 people participated. Many more came cheer on their athletes at Holiday Acres Resort, where the competition was held. 

Athletes had to swim 300 yards or kayak about half a mile, bike a 10K and run a 5K.

"The weather's perfect," said event organizer Mike Prom. "It's a beautiful day. And people are excited. It's fun when they come, you can just see the enthusiasm." 

Money raised will benefit W.I.L.D. or Wise International Leadership Development, which Prom founded. The organization promotes Christian-influenced leadership in Africa.  

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ANTIGO - Antigo knocks off Two Rivers 40-12 at Schofield Stadium Friday

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MERRILL - Superior beats Merrill 50-20 at Jay Stadium on Friday

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MOSINEE - Mosinee and Stratford met in the playoffs last year.

Mosinee came out on top then.

They looked in control off the bat.

Landon Stepan pump fakes.

He's got Ben Fochs streaking down the field.

A huge downfield gain, but the car stalled for the Indians.

4th down on the same drive.

Stepan's got nowhere to go.

The Tigers swarm him to force a turnover on downs.

Ensuing possession for Stratford started out the same as Mosinee.

A read option play and the QB keeps it, slipping through holes for a big gain.

Mosinee wouldn't let them get much after, but Stratford pulls out the win on the road.

They win 21-14 despite a last second Hail Mary attempt from Mosinee.

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MERRILL - Superior beats Merrill 50-20 at Jay Stadium Friday night.

Merrill will play at River Falls next Friday.

Superior will travel to Menomonee Falls next Friday.

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RHINELANDER - Hoday volleyball fans will see a new coach on the sidelines.

Amanda Rezny took over the program this year.

She replaces former coach Kathy Wawrzynowicz.

Rezny says there's a lot to take in as a first year head coach.

She says the most important thing it getting to know her new team.

"It's definitely been going fast," says Rezny. "We have a lot of girls, which is great, and a lot of getting to know the girls. We're trying to figure out what puzzle pieces they are in our big puzzle of all the different teams, and where they fit the best."

The team only started practice this week, but there are still goals that Rezny wants to hit right away.

"Right now, for the first week, we're working on mastering one or two quick offensive plays, trying to close up the seams in our defense, and just becoming a team, a family, together," says Rezny. "All the girls, all the teams."

The Hodags will play their first scrimmage of the season this weekend.

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MINOCQUA - The distance between Dubuque, Iowa and Kenosha totals 175 miles.

Bikers will travel the route for the first ever Ride Across Wisconsin.

A rider from Minocqua will be taking part in the inaugural bike ride on August 29th.

Brian Fried has led Sunday bike rides in the Lakeland area for a couple of years.

He is also an instructor at studio 715 in Mincoqua.

He is excited for the new challenge.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Fried said. "That was part of the wanting to sign up for it the second I got the registration. Didn't even look at the details, I went '175 in a day, let's do it."

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MOLE LAKE - The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association hosted the Great Northern Trail Ride on the Mole Lake reservation today. The ride allows off-roaders to be guided WOHVA instructors. Trail Guide Jerry Stephens has worked as an instructor for years.

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