Merrill girls basketball holds off MedfordSubmitted: 11/21/2014

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MERRILL - The Merrill Blue Jays hosted the Medford Raiders in a GNC matchup tonight.

Defenses played well early in this one.

Medford's Abbie Bergman tries to get it down low.

But it's picked off by Starr Krenzke.

The Blue Jays were able to make the most of Medford's turnovers.

Good ball movement for Merrill creates good offense.

Hannah Marrier draws the D.

She then finds Krenzke underneath for the bucket on a nice play.

Medford does their best to keep up.

Bergman grabs the rebound off a Raider miss.

She is left alone in the paint and scores easily.

Merrill holds off a late game rally by the Raiders.

Blue Jays win 46-43.

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Badger families enjoy tradition Submitted: 11/21/2014

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MADISON - Going to a football game in Madison can be one of the best college football experiences in the country.

But being a family member of one of the players adds a much different element to the experience.

It can be exciting, but it can also be quite nerve racking.

Wisconsin connections are easy to find. Merrill's Sam Arneson's uncle, Mike Jirschele, is the third base coach for American Pennant winning Kansas City Royals.

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Lakeland's Don Scharbarth will be inducted to hall-of-fameSubmitted: 11/21/2014

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MINOCQUA - You can tell you've had a successful career when you become a Hall-of-Famer.
Former Lakeland Football Coach Don Scharbarth will be enshrined into the Wisconsin Football Association Hall of Fame in March.

"I was fortunate that I had great assistant coaches, I had players that absolutely bought into the system, I had parental support, I had community support, so this really was a group effort," said Scarbarth.

Scharbarth's coaching career started as an assistant coach at UW-LaCrosse, where he had played college football. From there, he was a high school coach assistant coach in Texas, and a head coach at Phillips. He landed at Lakeland and was a head coach for 18 years. In those seasons, his philosophy was to have a coaching staff and a team overly-prepared for each game.

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Rhinelander boys' basketball team gets ready for seasonSubmitted: 11/20/2014

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander boys' basketball players got used to winning last year.

The Hodags went 12-0 in the Great Northern Conference.

They lost only six games all season.

Rhinelander returned to the practice floor this week.

Coaches want to establish that winning attitude early.

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Northland Pines girls beat Crandon 53-45Submitted: 11/20/2014

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CRANDON - The Crandon Cardinals hosted the Northland Pines Eagles in a non-conference matchup.

This one was close early.

Northland Pines is able to strip away the rebound.

The pass goes ahead to Courtney Heller.

She tries to go up with it but has it blocked and taken away by Crandon senior Celia Space.

Crandon takes it back for the nice lay-in.

Northland Pines pulled away in the third quarter.

That's thanks in part to a big night from the Eagle's Lexi Smith.

However Crandon storms back in the fourth.

They get within five points in the final minutes, but the Eagles were able to hold off the late rally.

They go on to win this one 53-45 on the road.

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Learning Confidence through Kung FuSubmitted: 11/19/2014

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RHINELANDER - Northwoods Kung Fu instructors see the martial art as a way to build confidence in young kids.

Brian Sturtevant and Karen Marquardt teach at Fu Chen Kung Fu in Rhinelander. Kids learn to punch, breathe, and kick as part of the art of Kung Fu.

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Athens' Coker becomes first Bluejay to sign with a Division 1 collegeSubmitted: 11/19/2014

ATHENS - An Athens baseball player will play college ball in Ohio next year.

He'll become the first Athens High School athlete to sign with a D-1 school.

Shane Coker will play for the Akron Zips next year.

He signed his letter of intent today.

Coker says the support for his decision has been overwhelming.

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Northland Pines girls basketball looks for GNC titleSubmitted: 11/17/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - The Mosinee Indians were Great Northern Conference Champions in 2013.

They beat Northland Pines in the title game.

Northland Pines heads into the 2014 season with only two starters returning.

But, this year's seniors aren't going to let that hold them back from success.

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Mosinee girls' varsity basketball hosts preseason scrimmageSubmitted: 11/14/2014

MOSINEE - The cold weather outside means it's time for some basketball.

The Mosinee girls were back on the court Friday.

The Indians played their first and only scrimmage this preseason.

They played against several teams like Stratford and Medford.

The Indians will use tonight's games to see where they stand going into the regular season.

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Status of Phillips football in question Submitted: 11/14/2014

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PHILLIPS - The Phillips football team needs to find the best way to survive.

The team has struggled with success and participation numbers in recent years.

This year Phillips canceled its varsity schedule and became independent.

It also fielded the lowest number of players in the Marawood Conference, with 30.

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Minocqua Winter Park to open for trial sessionSubmitted: 11/13/2014

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MINOCQUA - Skiiers in the Northwoods will get a chance to use their equipment starting Friday.

We can thank our snow for the opportunity.

Minocqua Winter Park will open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as a sort of special session.

The park is opening a few weeks earlier than it normally does.

That's thanks in part to our recent snowstorm.

The park's opening is also based on the cold weather we expect this weekend.

But only a small portion of the park will be open.

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