Wausau 0.1K stands out among charity racesSubmitted: 10/13/2019

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WAUSAU - There's no doubt you've heard of a charity 5K before, but how about a charity 0.1K?

That's a little more than 300 feet.

A bunch of kids and adults came to the Wausau Center Mall to run those 300-odd feet this weekend.

Wausau United Way director Jeff Sargent said the race is intentionally short to attract attention.

"There are so many 5Ks around town," Sargent said. "Wouldn't it be fun to do a 0.1K and turn it into a fun activity for people?"

The race attracted both money and donations for the United Way of Marathon County.

Their Bundles of Joy campaign buys emergency diapers for families in financial crisis.

They handed out 26,000 diapers last year.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander swim club made waves with an Olympian this weekend.

Five-time Olympic medalist and former Team USA Captain Josh Davis brought his breakout swim clinic to the Northwoods.

Davis spent three hours with the kids going over the essentials to being a fast and happy swimmer.

He concentrated on all four stokes and the importance of strong techniques. 

The Olympian says he wants these young swimmers to appreciate the value of dedication.

"My main goal for them is that they get the attitude of gratitude," Davis said. That your thankfulness for the things that you have and all the blessings in your life should reflect in the intensity of what you do. We've been given so much so you should go all out, every day."

Davis has taught clinics in the Northwoods before but never in Rhinelander.

Hodag swim club coach Megan Cihla said she wanted her swimmers to get a whole new perspective.

"I want them to take away kind of life lessons," Cihla. "They can take what they are using here about setting goals and applying themselves and apply it in the classroom, apply to other things outside of the pool and become bigger and better individuals are they grow up."

Davis brought his three gold medals from the 1996 Olympic games to show the kids that anything is possible.

Rhinelander's swim club season starts on Monday.

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NORTHWOODS - The GNC hosted the second half of its conference volleyball tournament in Minocqua on Saturday.

Mosinee needed one win to claim the conference crown, but Northland Pines didn't make it easy. 

The Eagles only sat two games back from Mosinee. 

The two met in round five of the tournament.

Pines won the first two sets pretty easily, but they knew not to count out the purple. 

Mosinee rallied back and won the fifth and final set 15-9 to win its third consecutive conference championship. 

Mosinee is the only three-peat champions in GNC history. 

"There's no better feeling than just knowing you did at as a team, not just one person. It was the whole team the entire journey that we put together for this one win," said Mosinee junior Sheridan Swiderski.

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Friday Night Blitz 10.11.19Submitted: 10/11/2019

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SCORES - Northland Pines 13 Highland 7
Ashland 6 Lakeland Union 32
Tomahawk 14 Marathon 47
Mosinee 14 Medford 35
Merrill 27 Rhinelander 21
Antigo 21 Wausau East 14
Crandon 14 Crivitz 54
Three Lakes 6 Laona/Wabeno 38
Stratford 6 Edgar 0
Assumption 8 Greenwood 42
Rib Lake/Prentice 8 Hurley 53
Auburndale 40 North Fond du Lac 6
Wausau West 14 SPASH 33
DC Everest 19 Marshfield 20
Logan 40 Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 20

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TOMAHAWK - Every time Kylee Theiler walks onto the pool deck, she sees her name beside five school records.

"It just kind of seems right to hit the peak of my performance right at senior year,"Theiler said. "So I was super excited how things were going to go."

Not only has Theiler made school history, this season she has recorded the fastest Great Northern Conference times in five different events.

"I've put the time and effort to become a more well-rounded swimmer so to see it pay off was really exciting," Theiler said.

Theiler found her success early as a distance swimmer but now she can do it all.

"Being an older swimmer and athlete she realizes the responsibility and she's realized it's a lot harder," said Tomahawk swim coach Theresa L'Esperance 

Theiler believes choosing to swim for her high school rather than a club team helped pushed her to work even harder.

"I think our community here does a really good job of just taking advantage of the athletes that we have and really giving them good recognition and everything and it's nice to be recognized," Theiler said.

"To choose to swim for high school, they can have just as much success swimming for club," L'Esperance said.

The senior captain is on her way to making the fourth state appearance in her career. If she medals in Madison, she would become only the second four-year state medalist in Hatchet history. 

"I'd really like to come home as a state champion. I just really think that would be a really good culmination of my high school experience," Theiler said.

Theiler says she most definitely plans on swimming at the collegiate level. But she's not quite sure where just yet.

Tomahawk hosts Antigo on Thursday for Senior Night. 

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DALLAS - The Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 34-24, to move to 4-1 on the season and retain their place atop the NFC North.

Green Bay led 24-0 at the half, but a 21-3 scoring run from Dallas left the Cowboys within striking distance late until Brett Maher's 33-yard field goal miss with 1:44 left sealed the game for the Packers.

Aaron Jones had his best game of the season, gaining 182 total yards and scoring four touchdowns.

The Detroit Lions await the Packers next Monday night at Lambeau Field.

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WASHINGTON D.C. - WASHINGTON (AP) " Washington's Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Nationals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

After Hader loaded the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, Soto took a 96 mph fastball to right, and the ball skipped under outfielder Trent Grisham's glove for an error. That allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate and Soto to get to second, then turn for third.

Eventually, Soto, a 20-year-old outfielder, was caught in a rundown to end the inning, but that didn't matter: He had turned a 3-1 deficit into a lead, and so he clapped his hands, then pounded his chest and high-fived third base coach Bob Henley, shouting "Let's go!"

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GREEN BAY - GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Craig James was on the practice squad at the beginning of the week.

The short-handed Philadelphia Eagles promoted the second-year undrafted cornerback to the active roster two days before the prime-time matchup in Green Bay. James responded by making the game-winning play in the 34-27 win over the Packers on Thursday night.

With 25 seconds left, James jumped a quick slant by Marquez Valdes-Scantling and tipped Aaron Rodgers' pass into the end zone where Nigel Bradham collected it and sealed the victory.

"I'm a no-name out there, so when somebody that doesn't get a lot of playing time gets in the game, that's the target," James said. "That's the game plan. Coaches tell you, 'Go at him. That's the weak link.' But as the weak link, I still have to be as prepared as the starters."

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GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers thought his jersey never looked so clean following a game.

The offensive line kept Rodgers upright, the two-time MVP threw for 235 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Jones tied a career high by running for two scores to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 27-16 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

''I took basically one shot,'' Rodgers said. ''I hit the ground one time. So I'm ecstatic. I've been at this for a long time. To go home with my body feeling this good is a credit to the offensive line, for sure.''

For the third straight game, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and the Denver defense failed to record a sack or force a turnover.

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