Antigo and Mosinee clash for first place in GNC in an instant classic Submitted: 01/29/2015

ANTIGO - Both the Antigo and Mosinee boys' hockey teams played a game for the ages Thursday night.

Both were vying for first place in the Great Northern Conference.

This one did not disappoint.

Antigo's Arin VerHagen chases the puck into the corner.

The pass then goes to a cutting Gavin Bunnell.

He slips it right by the goalie for an early 1-0 lead.

Mosinee, however, also came to play.

They get the puck up top to Matthew Sprink.

It's turned away, but Landon Stepan cleans up the mess.

He ties the game back up at one.

Now it's Antigo's turn.

Red Robins trying to get past the road block by the goal.

Andrew Turunen takes a slap.

It's no good, but Adam Schmidt is right there with the sweet backhand.

Mosinee then takes the ensuing puck drop, and it's Stepan again sneaking one in right away.

2-2 game in the first period alone.

This one lives up to its billing and it ended in a fitting 5-5 tie in overtime.

That means Antigo still holds the edge in the GNC standings.

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Deaf Antigo football player to play at Gallaudet Submitted: 01/29/2015

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ANTIGO - An Antigo football player will be heading to a division three college to play quarterback.

The university is a perfect fit for him for more than just for football.

Tony Libit only has 20 percent of his hearing. Soon he will head to Gallaudet University in Washington DC to play football and to become an educator. Gallaudet is a liberal arts college but it is also a school that teaches the deaf and students who are hard of hearing.

"I think it's always kind of been destine, I just never knew it," said Libit.

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Antigo and Mosinee boys' hockey fight for first in GNC Submitted: 01/29/2015

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ANTIGO - First place in the Great Northern Conference could be decided Thursday night in Antigo.

That's where the first place Red Robins will take on the second place Mosinee Indians.

Antigo comes into the game undefeated at 10-0. Mosinee is right on their heels at 9-0-1.

Both teams need a win to maintain control of the conference.

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Fat Biking in the Northwoods Submitted: 01/28/2015

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WINCHESTER - People of the Northwoods find creative ways to enjoy the outdoors.

The beauty of the Northwoods in the winter can be enjoyed on two wheels. The two wheels are bit bigger on a fat bike than your regular bike wheels. They're big enough to handle the snow on the trails.

"It's awesome to be able to ride a bike in the winter in January on trails, not on the roads not dealing with salt in the woods," said WinMan Trails user Jimmy Vogel.

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Wrestling families get kids involved early Submitted: 01/28/2015

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THREE LAKES - The one-on-one nature of wrestling sets wrestlers apart from athletes in team sports, such as basketball and football. "There's no one else out on that mat but you--and that makes it all that much more fun when you win, 'cause if you lose, you got nobody to blame but yourself," said Three Lakes Jr. High Coach Joe Fitzpatrick.

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DNR seeks feedback on proposed hunting rules changes Submitted: 01/26/2015

WOODRUFF - Some of last year's hunting rules changes could become permanent.

Many of the new rules were just temporary, but some could stick around.

Last year, Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board allowed temporary rule changes for the season.

Those changes came out of the Deer Trustee Report, but they'll expire this year.

Now, the DNR wants to hear from the public before permanent rules go into effect.

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Daina Shilts wins silver medal at Winter X-Games Submitted: 01/23/2015

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ASPEN - The Neillsville snowboarder that Newswatch 12 featured this week raced Thursday in the Winter X-Games.
Daina Shilts finished second in first ever Unified Snowboarding dual slalom race at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
10 Special Olympic athletes teamed up with 10 winter-x game participants for the snowboard race.
Shilts was paired with 2006 Halfpipe Olympic Gold Medallist Hannah Teter.

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Lakeland Nordic skier headed to Sweden Submitted: 01/22/2015

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MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School Nordic skier will head to Sweden to compete in the Nations Cup.

Seventeen year-old Mack FitzPatrick will be a part of the United States under-18 team.

FitzPatrick treats Nordic skiing as not only a year-round sport but a lifetime sport.

"Pretty much been skiing my entire life," FitzPatrick said. "I've been on the Lakeland ski team all throughout high school and middle school teams. It's been a part of my life."

He trains hard outside of ski season.

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11-man football returns to Three Lakes Submitted: 01/21/2015

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THREE LAKES - The Three Lakes football team will look a little different starting in the fall.

That's because they will be playing with 11 players instead of eight.

The school board unanimously approved the decision last week.

The change will put Three Lakes back into the Northern Lakes Conference, which means the Bluejays won't have to travel out of the way just to play football.

They will get to play more local teams like Crandon and Wabeno-Laona.

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Special Needs Athletic Playtime in Merrill helps kids stay active Submitted: 01/21/2015

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MERRILL - A Northwoods program wants all kids to stay active.

Special Needs Athletic Playtime or SNAP gives special needs kids in Merrill a chance to run and play with their friends after school.

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