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Merrill holds off Wausau West 48-32.Submitted: 12/19/2014

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MERRILL - Merrill holds off Wausau West 48-32.

Merrill will play Waupaca next on December 20th.


Wausau will face Hudsun on December 29th.

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Rhinelander defeats AntigoSubmitted: 12/19/2014

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander defeats Antigo 36-32.

Rhinelander's Brandon Reinthaler scored 14 points.

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Lakeland takes down Medford 48-39.Submitted: 12/19/2014

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MEDFOD - Lakeland takes down Medford 48-39.

Meford will play Ashland on December 23rd.

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Barry Alvarez happy with coaching staffSubmitted: 12/18/2014

MADISION - The Wisconsin Badgers will keep their defensive coordinator under the new head coach.

The Dave Aranda lead defense ranked 4th in total defense in 2014.

Barry Alvarez seems happy with how the staff is forming.

That's after Gary Anderson left for Oregon State.

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Chequamegon's Isaac Weik wins wrestling matchSubmitted: 12/18/2014

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EDGAR - Fans in Central Wisconsin could catch a top ten wrestling showdown between two wrestlers in Edgar Thursday night.

Chequamegon's #10 ranked Isaac Weik faced Edgar's #8 ranked Alex Lemanski.

Neither wrestler could get the pin, but Weik ended up with the five to three victory.

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Kindness for Kids Toy Drive will be Friday in RhinelanderSubmitted: 12/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Kindness for Kids Toy Drive trys to give every child in Oneida County a Christmas toy.

The toy drive this year will help nearly 400 children.

That would not have been possible without the help of young student athletes.

Friday night could turn into a fun one in Rhinelander. Rivals Antigo and Rhinelander, will play each other in basketball and give toys to kids. Just a mile away, the Rhinelander Hockey team will skate with kids.

"It's just fun bringing the toys in the middle of the court," said Rhinelander Boys Basketball Player Cole Oettinger. "We don't get to meet the kids but it's fun to know that we are doing something together to help the community and the kids bringing new unwrapped toys to them."

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Mestelle steps down as Lakeland's head football coachSubmitted: 12/17/2014

MINOCQUA - Lakeland Union will need to look for a new head football coach.

Former Head Coach Mike Mestelle resigned from the position Monday.

Mestelle says the head coaching job wasn't for him.

He prefers to stay on as an assistant coach instead.

Mestelle feels that job suits him better.

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Sleigh Rides can be another fun way to get outdoors in the winterSubmitted: 12/17/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - For some people, a sleigh ride seems like the perfect activity to get into the Christmas spirit.

When the snow starts to fall, these draft horses begin to pull sleighs through the woods behind Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. Sleigh driver Karrie Dollar says the woods are magical.

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Jabari Parker tears ACL Submitted: 12/17/2014

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker tore his ACL Monday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Parker led all NBA rookies in minutes, points, and rebounds at the time of the injury.

The Bucks currently sit with a 13-12 record.

They're 6th in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Spirit of the North: family and friends catch 600 crappies during summer 14'Submitted: 12/15/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Summertime in the Northwoods seems like a distant memory now.

But that won't stop Newswatch 12 from reflecting on the fun success stories of the 2014 summer.

Like one retired sheriff's deputy and his wife hosting 54 friends and family throughout the summer.

They caught nearly 600 crappies on the Eagle Chain.

It's the kind of outdoor fun that truly shows the spirit of the North.

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Marshfield takes down Mosinee 57-43Submitted: 12/13/2014

MOSINEE - The Mosinee Indians hosted Marshfield in a non-conference showdown Friday.

It was a clash of the titans between these two.

Both teams made spectacular plays all game long.

Mosinee's Aaron Maas drives hard right side.

A little pick down low from Matt Bolanda lets Maas get the easy lay in, but Marshfield is prepared to strike back.

Tanner Boson takes the three.

It bounces off the front iron, but Caleb Alexander is right there to clean it up.

Great awareness there.

The Indians came right back with it.

Maas has it up top.

He drives again.

This time he finds a cutting Jared Novitzke underneath.

A really nice play there.

Mosinee does it almost the same way on their next possession.

Maas goes deep to Jordan Budnik.

He gives it up to Novitzke on the great no-look pass.

The two teams kept trading body blows for nearly the whole game, but Marshfield pulls away at the end.

They win on the road 57-43.

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