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Three Eagle Track Club hosts first community track meet of the summerSubmitted: 06/26/2019

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THREE LAKES -
You are never too old or too young to get on the track.

Athletes at the Three Eagle Track Club meet proved that on Wednesday.

"It provides an opportunity for people locally to compete in a track meet for fun," Wyss said.

Club director Jayme Wyss started the community track meet three years ago.

"The biggest reason why I do this is because we are so far north that there are no track opportunities in the summer in the area," Wyss said.

Being able make the short drive down the road means a lot for Crandon native Sydney Gretzinger.

"The coaches are really open to helping me in the off season. I don't really have this at my school even during the regular season because we don't have a track," Gretzinger said. 

It also helps people stay in shape throughout the summer. Like Hunter Exferd who leaves for Air Force basic training next week.

"It is pretty important because you get exhausted after a while and it is hard to get back in shape," Exferd said. "It's just a good environment, everyone is friendly and its just good sportsmanship all the way around." 

Whether you miss the good ole days or just want to know what it's like to compete in a track meet - there's room for everyone.

"Definitely come out and try it," Gretzinger said. 

"If you come once, you will want to do it again," Wyss said.

It only costs five dollars to compete.

The next summer meet will be on July 31st.




Story By: Mazie Vincent

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 LOCAL SPORTS

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MINOCQUA - People in the Northwoods can run a mile while supporting a few local high school teams. 

A new fundraiser called the Island City Mile will be next Wednesday night at Lakeland Union High School.

Former Lakeland coach Kevin FitzPatrick headed up the event to raise money for the high school track and cross country programs.

FitzPatrick retired in 2018 but wanted to find a way to give back to the programs he coached for many years..

"You look at track and field and cross country and they aren't sports boosters really gravitate to, they are people who are very much passionate about the sport that gravitate to them. So fundraisers like this will help down the road," FitzPatrick said.

Local sponsors covered all of the costs for the race.

So all donations and registration fees go straight to the running programs.

Some of the money raised the first year will go towards getting state rings for the 2016 Lakeland Boys Cross Country State Championship team.

You can register for the race through the link below. 


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EAGLE RIVER - The efforts to save the Eagle River Ice Arena will take another step in the right direction. 

The fund raising goal has not been met but phase one of the project is expected to start in July. 

Board members tell us more than $150,000 has been raised. 

Those funds and borrowed money from the bank will jump start the renovations. 

Phase one includes removing the existing floor, all tubing and the boards and glass surrounding the surface. 

Plus new home and visitor benches, scorers' area and penalty boxes will be added. 

Contractors are evaluating the structural changes that will be needed to extend the size of floor. 

These renovations should be finished by November. 

Lots of money is still needed to keep the dome alive for years to come. 

For more information on how to donate or fund-raising efforts, visit the link below. 

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MINOCQUA - After years of fundraising and planning the Lakeland Area Mountain Bike Organization celebrated the opening of two miles of brand new trails. 

The Backcountry trail is a new section of the Zip Trails. 

BIkers can now ride six miles through the Zip. 

The riders said the trail is smooth, fast and absolutely stunning. 

The scenic route takes you by countless tree's, lakes and right under the zip line route. 

Trail coordinator Frank Coffen said all of the work and effort put into the project was worth every single penny. 

"We ere just really trying to make a trail system where beginners can come out and ride and we really want to support the idea of being healthy and active in silent sport," Coffen said.

$20,000 was raised for the Back Country Trail. 

LAMBO hopes to raise another $20,000 for more expansions. 

For more information on LAMBO, visit the link below. 


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THREE LAKES - Youth baseball didn't exist in Three Lakes a few years ago.

But the annual Northwoods Baseball Classic changed that stigma three years ago.

Now all sorts of teams travel to Three Lakes to play baseball during the first weekend of the summer.

"This is the biggest tournament in terms of teams we've had in the three-year history," said Northwoods Classic Director Jason Stebbeds.
 

Youth baseball in Three Lakes has almost tripled because of the Northwoods Baseball Classic.

"Events like this get the local boys and the coaches really fired up and enthusiastic about keeping things going," Stebbeds said.

And now the tournament attracts teams from all over the Great Lakes area.

"Part of the draw too is that we are in God's country up here and that certainly helps with the lure of coming up to the Northwoods and playing a little baseball over the weekend," Stebbeds said.

Putting together a tournament that expects thousands of people can be challenging.

Stebbeds says more than one hundred volunteers and sponsors are needed to make the classic possible.

"It is literally a twelve month project," Stebbeds said. "There's a ton of planning as you know that has to go into this."

All of that effort doesn't go unnoticed.

"To know that every cent we raise from this event goes back to help the kids and building baseball and softball in the Northwoods that does the heart pretty good," Stebbeds said.

Thirty-four teams will compete in four different age groups.

The tournament started Friday and will end on Sunday.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

GREEN BAY - Bart Starr, the gentlemanly quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s whose sneak won the famed "Ice Bowl" in 1967, died Sunday. He was 85.

The Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.

The Packers said Starr died in Birmingham, Alabama, where he lived. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.

"A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans," Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement. "A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits."

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- TORONTO (AP) Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors, who used a 26-3 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn the game in their favor.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA's top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.


Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Ibaka's dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.

Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn't matter to Toronto, with Siakam's basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.

Leonard's one-handed slam after Lowry's steal gave Toronto an 87-79 lead with 6:46 to go before the Bucks responded. George Hill answered with a layup, Brook Lopez converted a three-point play and Antetokounmpo scored to cut it to 87-86 with 5:19 to go.

Lowry and Lopez swapped baskets before Gasol's 3 put the Raptors up 92-88 with 3:50 left. After another basket by Lopez, Leonard made a 3 to push Toronto's lead to 95-90 with 3:04 to play. It was Leonard's first 3 after missing his first seven attempts of the game.

Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.

Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto's double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.

Brogdon and Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.

The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.


The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. ... The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. ... Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee's first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. ... Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.

Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. Green shot 0 for 4 in 14 minutes. ... Leonard's 17 rebounds were his most in any game this postseason. ... Lowry had eight assists.

DRAKE WATCH

Raptors fan and 'global ambassador' Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with 'KAWHI ME A RIVER' printed on the back.

UP NEXT

The NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season.

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MILWAUKEE - MILWAUKEE (AP) " Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Toronto's victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series. He made five 3-pointers and had seven rebounds and nine assists.

Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, hitting seven 3s. Kyle Lowry added 17 as the Raptors put themselves in position to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time. A victory at home Saturday would set up a matchup with two-time defending champion Golden State.

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TORONTO - TORONTO (AP) " Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 7-2 at home this postseason. Reserve Norm Powell scored 18 points, and Marc Gasol had 17 points and a team-high seven assists.

The home team has won all four games in the series so far. Game 5 is Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Bucks. Khris Middleton scored 30 points.


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