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Local NFL star hopes to inspire others Submitted: 04/15/2014

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TOMAHAWK - Not many pro athletes come from Northern Wisconsin. Jim Leonhard was one of the few who made it all the way to the NFL. Today he was in Tomahawk to share his story.

Leonhard's from Tony, Wisconsin, a town of about 100 people. He was a walk on football player for the Badgers and went on to play for the last 9 seasons in the NFL.

His message to the Hatchet students was about dreaming big and working hard. Leonhard also talked a lot about being from a small town.

Leonhard is currently a free agent but wants to play one more season. He says he wants it to be with a Super Bowl contender. The Packers seem to be an ideal target.

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Vote on trolling taken at DNR meetings Submitted: 04/14/2014

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RHINELANDER - Another proposal on trolling in inland waters was up for vote at last night's DNR spring hearings and Conservation meetings.

It would allow anglers to troll with one line without having to look at the county rule book.

The Oneida County meeting was at James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. Meetings were held in each county state-wide.

Last year's three line/per angler proposal had mixed vote results. Ultimately it did not pass.

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Northwoods Spotlight - Joe Bucher shares fishing tips - April 9 Submitted: 04/09/2014

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TOMAHAWK - He hosts a fishing show, is a hall of fame angler and has his own line of lures. Joe Bucher is the ultimate outdoorsman. Last weekend he held a free fishing seminar in Tomahawk.

"This is one of the things I enjoy the most," Bucher explains. "If I'm not fishing, it's fun talking fishing."

More than 40 anglers came to hear Bucher's fishing tips. It seems all of them were there for different reasons.

"I watch his show all the time ("Fishing with Joe Bucher") and use a lot of his lures," Mike Biever of Tomahawk said. "I'm a big musky fisherman so I like to come hear what he says about muskies."

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Hodag makes "unofficial" visit with Badgers Submitted: 04/09/2014

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RHINELANDER - Right now Hodag sophomore Luke Roberts is part of Rhinelander's track and field team.

But recently he made a trip to Madison because of his play in another sport.

Roberts made a visit with the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
It was the second time he was in Madison. Neither one is considered an official visit.

Roberts is a tight end and linebacker with the Hodags.

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Medford boys, Tomahawk girls win Northland Pines track meet Submitted: 04/08/2014

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EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines hosted a GNC indoor track meet Tuesday night.

In the girls 1600 meter run, Tomahawk's Dani Whiting made a pass with 2 laps to go and finished in first with a time of 5minutes 46 seconds.

For the boys 55 meter hurdles, John Puffer of Northland Pines took the top spot in a speedy 8.68 seconds.

And in boys high jump, Rhinelander's Ryan Nehls tied a personal record with a winning jump of 6 feet 2 inches.

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Laona's Krawze wins state free throw title Submitted: 04/07/2014

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LAONA - A young Northwoods basketball star earned a state championship. And she is just 10-years old.

On Saturday, Elizabeth Krawze of Laona won the state-championship at the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest in Wisconsin Rapids. She won the 10-year old girls crown.

She qualified for state after competing in Laona, Crandon, and De Pere earlier this year.

She made 21 out of 30 - free throws - including a perfect 5-for-5 in an extra shootout round.

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Lakeland hosts 16th annual T-Bird Invitational Submitted: 04/05/2014

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MINOCQUA - Thank goodness for indoor gyms. There's still plenty of snow on the ground but track and field stars had the chance to show off today at the 16th annual T-Bird Invite.

Seven schools competed at the Lakeland Fieldhouse.

For the ladies, in the 600 meter run, Lakeland's Lauren Schilling took the top spot with a time of 1 minute 52 seconds.

In the 200 meter hurdles, Morgan Wirkus from Marathon came across first and Emily Kopecky of Phillips took second place overall.

For the 1,000 meter run Nicole Gilman from Lakeland finished first. Nicole was nearly 30 seconds faster than the rest of the field.

For the guys in the 1,000 meter, Chequamegon's Jordan Koski made a pass on the final lap and took the win just beating out Steven Studinski of Marathon.

For the 600 meter run. Keegan Bergman from Marathon was the winner with a time of 1 minute 36 seconds.

And in boys pole vault Chequamegon's Hunter Pritzl set a new personal best clearing 12 feet 6 inches. His previous high was 11 feet. Hunter took second place.

The top spot went to Marathon's Devan Gertschen. His best jump was 13 feet 6 inches.

In team scores, for the boys, Marathon finished first followed by Lakeland and Chequamegon.

And for the girls, Chequamegon was number one, Lakeland second and Marathon third.

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Brewers win 6-2 in Red Sox home opener Submitted: 04/04/2014

BOSTON - Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth inning off Edward Mujica, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Red Sox 6-2 Friday in Boston's first game at Fenway Park since winning the World Series last October.

During a nearly hour-long pregame ceremony, Red Sox players received their rings for winning Boston's third title in 10 years. But then the Brewers ended Boston's streak of wins in nine straight home openers.

Khris Davis doubled off Mujica (0-1), who made his Boston debut, and took third when Scooter Gennett reached on a sacrifice bunt. Overbay doubled to right for a 4-2 lead, advanced on the throw and scored on Carlos Gomez's fourth single of the game. Aramis Ramirez added an RBI single.

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Yuska steps down as Merrill girls hoops coach Submitted: 04/04/2014

MERRILL - Merrill girls basketball coach Melissa Yuska has decided to step down.

According to a statement from Athletic Director Rick Bonnell, Yuska decided to make quit for personal reasons.

In seven seasons, she led the Bluejays to an 84-75 record.


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Big Ol' Fish - April 4 Submitted: 04/04/2014

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- Crandon's Ryon Alloway took a fishing trip to Lake Gogebic with his dad. The 14-year old hooked not one, but two 15 inch yellow perch. Ryon used a VMC pug bug with a wiggler in 21 feet of water. He tells us these two are going on a stringer of four, and he hopes the other two are soon to come.

And Thomas Watzka of Mishicot went fishing in Sturgeon Bay back in January. It was a crisp 6 degrees out when he hauled in this monster sized northern pike. The fish was in about 30 feet of water and took 20 minutes to pull in. Thomas was using a tip-up with a shiner for bait. The pike measured 40 inches and weighed around 18 pounds. After documenting the moment, it was released.

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