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Snowshoe Park gets ready for Fourth of July snowshoe baseball gameSubmitted: 07/02/2015
LAKE TOMAHAWK - People from all over will come to the Northwoods for the 4th of July holiday, but in Lake Tomahawk, they'll come for another tradition besides fireworks: the annual Independence Day snowshoe baseball game.



People will start setting up seats at Snowshoe Park hours in advance to see the game, and this year, the competition will be bigger and better.

"Competition is really good," says Snowshoe Baseball Manager Jeff Smith. "We have a team coming up from Chicago. They're called the Chicago All-Stars. It's a team that's comprised of a lot of ballplayers that have played in that outseam league before."

People regularly come out for Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball games, but organizers expect the best crowd of the season on Saturday.

"This is by far the biggest attendance that we'll ever see," says Smith. "Upwards of 2,000 people will probably be there, or around the park. And barring the weather--if the weather is nice--the people will be here."

People come for the competitive games, and they stay for the good times.

"Everybody really enjoys watching this game, so it's really not about winning," says Smith. "It's really just [about] having a good time, and that's what we concentrate on. Just everyone having a good time."

Saturday's game will start at 7:30 p.m.


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"Really get our hands on our youth, and work with those young kids, and hopefully move us forward so that, when they get to high school, they have a really good grasp of what we're teaching," says Wilhelm.

The Lakeland baseball coach worked with the athletic director to set up the school's first-ever camp.

Coaches hope to mold the kids' raw talent into baseball smarts.

"There's always that raw ability out there," says Wilhelm. "More for us, it's just the fine-tuning and getting them going on what we want them to know. Kind of on the verbage and the sayings and the cues that we want them to use."

Wilhelm says it's also a perfect way to create bonds with the players.

"It's a great way for me to get to know kids, and then I can go to their games and see where they're at, and then really just kind of pop in and say 'how are you doing' and kind of keep in contact with those guys," says Wilhelm.

It's gone so well in its first year that Wilhelm says the camp will be back next year.

"I might plan on doing something a little more in the springtime with it, so they're a little more ready coming into their season versus, a lot of these little league guys are just finishing up with their season, so it's tough for them to kind of carry things over," says Wilhelm. "It's always a good thing for us to get our hands on them and teach them and get them ready for next year, too."

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They put on a show for the fans.

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That's because games will be played in halves, not quarters.

The WIAA made the decision to switch Thursday.

Schools experimented with playing in halves a couple years ago.

Most systems like the change in format.

The idea came in part from a neighboring state.

"Minnesota has used this type of a system for many years now," says WIAA Associate Director Deb Hauser. "Many of our schools on the western side of the state play in Minnesota and have expressed their liking of the half format."

The format change is on a one-year trial basis, but officials think it'll be around for a while.

"I think it's going to be kind of exciting to see how this all plays out, to see what impact it's going to have on the length of games," says Hauser. "I don't really think it's going to change that because I think there's going to be a better flow. So I'm very excited, looking forward to the coming year to see how we adjust to this."

The format switch will happen starting next season.

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"My family enjoys it and I enjoy it," said Ally Pease.

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They've only hosted a handful of races so far in 2015, but owners say they're more than happy with the amount of people who have been through the gates.

"Other than the rain that we got, everything's been going very well," says TNT Motor Speedway owner James Koga. "We had very good fan counts. The fans that come out are amazing. The sponsors that support us are amazing, and, once again, the drivers that show up on a nightly basis, anywhere from 50 to 70 of the, come out to put on a show. It's quite interesting to watch."

Lots of fans have come so far, but owners say they'll get a lot more once the tourism season begins.

"Since we reopened, I figured, we've just got locals right now," says Koga. "A lot of tourists haven't come up yet, and it's just amazing to see that that many people love racing and have the passion for racing like us and the drivers do. And to see them be such a big part of this is amazing."

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On Sunday Bill Sherer, who owns We Tie It Fly Shop, taught a class on how to fly fish small mouth bass.


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"We just wanted to keep playing our game, we had the momentum going into overtime and I thought we were playing well so it's being patient, it's a long game, it's not a golden goal type situation so we had 20 minutes," D.C. Everest Head Coach Lucas Kollross said. "I felt like we were the better team in overtime and we're just happy to get one in there."

"I couldn't of thought of a better way to end my season, I knew the goal was there, we've scored so many before, it had to come," said D.C. Everest Senior Elise Thuot.

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SUGAR CAMP - People from all over the Midwest come to Sugar Camp in the summer for softball, and they'll do it again this year.

The town will host its 41st annual softball tournament in August.

24 teams will compete in a double-elimination style bracket.

Teams from as far away as Michigan and Illinois come to compete.

The competition can get serious.

"It makes us feel good that we put on something that everybody comes out and tries their hardest for," says Tournament Coordinator Josh Kral. "I mean, it's diving for balls. We've seen sprained ankles, we've seen some broken limbs from people going all out."

Tournament winners take home a cash prize, but teams play for more than just that.

"All the proceeds from this tournament go back to the youth of Sugar Camp," says Kral. "Everything is for field improvements, uniforms, supplies. Everything goes back to the community."

The tournament runs from August 7th through August 9th. 

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