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Friday Night Blitz - September 23, 2016Submitted: 09/23/2016

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NORTHWOODS - Rib Lake/Prentice traveled to Stratford. Stratford stays undefeated, winning this one 35-0.

Staying in the Marawood conference, Edgar took on Marathon and Marathon won 21-9.

Amherst went to Rhinelander and shut out the Hodags 64-0.

Crandon went to Wabeno to take on the Rebels for their big rivalry game. Crandon fell to Laona/Wabeno 24-20.




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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ONEIDA COUNTY - You can find silent sports trails all around the Northwoods, and the new Rhinelander Mountain Biking Team is putting them to good use.

The team welcomes riders from all over the Northwoods, giving them a local outlet they didn't have before. In the past, the closest team was down south in Wausau.

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PEARSON - Going out for a run or a bike ride by yourself sounds like fun for a lot of people. But some people want to add to the experience and take their dogs with them.

The Dog Powered Sports 101 training event was held in Pearson Sunday afternoon. With a lot of the dogs being husky breeds, the weather was a little too hot and the dogs' safety is always top priority.

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LONG LAKE - Many Wisconsin residents spend their September afternoons cheering on the Badgers football team, but for some trap shooters in Florence County, the best days are spent at the range.

The Big 4+ Sportsman's Club in Long Lake held its annual fall trap shoot Saturday afternoon, and club leaders say it's the perfect event for new shooters.

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GOODMAN - High school homecoming gives students a week to celebrate their school spirit. In Goodman, their alumni association works very hard to highlight the homecoming aspect. The alumni group celebrated their 75th year on Saturday.

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RHINELANDER - Watching hit after hit can make any football parent a little nervous. But in Rhinelander's youth football program, dozens of kids learn to tackle the right way.

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NORTHWOODS - Medford traveled to Merrill to take on the Blue Jays. Medford won 18-0.

Rhinelander went to Minocqua to take on Lakeland Union to try and get their third victory of the season. The Thunderbirds held off the Hodags 20-14.

Antigo went head to head with Mosinee. Great game going back and forth. Antigo won, 22-20.

Chequamegon welcomed Stratford to Park Falls. Stratford took this one 60-6.

Tomahawk went to Edgar for the Friday Night match-up but fell to Edgar 49-0.

Newswatch 12's Mark Spillane checked in with Rhinelander Youth Football and their new tackling equipment.

Local scores from around the area and more are listed in the sports section of WJFW.com.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Northland Pines runner Annalise Callaghan makes running look easy. She beat the school cross country record last weekend and isn't stopping.

Last weekend, Callaghan, a sophomore, smashed the school cross country record by 27 seconds.

"When she ran that time, she was very happy, she was very excited, but at the same time she knows she can do even better," said head coach Don Czarapata.

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VILAS COUNTY - Not many people around the Northwoods enjoyed Saturday's wind and rain, but some musky fishermen in Vilas County used the bad weather to their advantage.

"We went shallow. We went shallow water and we slowed down our bait presentation a lot," said Musky Classic competitor Tod Cwiklinski.

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NORTHWOODS - Saturday was a day to remember at Carow Park in Mercer.

The Mercer-Butternut Pioneers hosted the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks in their first ever homecoming football game.

"It's just fantastic, I mean it being homecoming and we're on a winning streak too. It's just a great time to be a Mercer-Butternut football player," said senior linebacker Charles Hirtreiter.

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STEVENS POINT -
The Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament shut down Crosby Street in Stevens Point for some outdoor competition this weekend.

"This is the first ever. This is the first annual Gus Macker in Stevens Point," said tournament organizer Keith Schwenn.

It may only be the first, but organizers are excited for the future.

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