Friday Night Blitz: 12-14-18Submitted: 12/14/2018

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Mosinee 57 Medford 53
Tomahawk 45 Lakeland 84
Northland Pines 69 Rhinelander 48
Three Lakes 40 Crandon 55
Laona/Wabeno 72 Goodman/Pembine 40
Antigo 65 Wausau East 85

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RHINELANDER - Two days before the administration and activities director fired coach Chris Ferge the school sent a survey to the varsity players.

We put in an open records request to see the results.

33 of 42 players took the survey, their names being kept anonymous.

Twenty of them answered questions like, "what's the worst part of the program, " with negative comments like:

"Coaches not being supportive and calling them worthless."
"The bullying, the unfairness, and being mistreated."
"The coaches suck and I hated every day."

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Local Sports Report: 12/11/18Submitted: 12/11/2018

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CRANDON - Crandon girls basketball stifled Rhinelander, winning 61-40 and extending their winning streak to five games.

Northland Pines boys basketball used hot 3-point shooting to knock off Chequamegon, 68-36.

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TOMAHAWK - With his head up and hands active, Wyatt Wenninger gets ready to pin his opponent, just like he's done for more than a decade.

"I think my dad just signed me up one day, brought me up here and we started learning," Wenninger said.
Bob Garrou, Wenninger's coach, watched his development firsthand.

"Wyatt's an extremely good athlete, he's good at everything he does," Garrou said. "He just always struggled with confidence and I believe he's finally got control of his confidence. I think great things are in his future."

Wenninger made the state tournament last year in the 152-pound division, but is wrestling a class up in the 160-pound division this season.

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Friday Night Blitz 12.7.18Submitted: 12/07/2018

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Tomahawk 56 Antigo 77
Rhinelander 59 Lakeland 74
Wausau East 63 Medford 49
Northland Pines 73 Mosinee 78
White Lake 22 Phelps 85

Crandon 67 Three Lakes 41
Rhinelander 59 Lakeland 45

The Hodags broke the Lady Thunderbirds 29 game GNC winning streak.

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MILWAUKEE - National television, overtime thriller, century-old rivalry. This year's Marquette-Wisconsin game had it all; an electric atmosphere, a national TV audience and overtime. 

Sam and Joey Hauser, two kids from Stevens Point, were right in the middle of it.

"Just growing up in the state of Wisconsin, everybody's a Badger fan, so me and Sam were really happy to get this win," Joey Hauser said.

Sam and Joey played important roles in Marquette's 74-69 win over the Wisconsin Badgers.

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy after 13 seasons in the wake of the team's 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

"The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers," said team CEO Mark Murphy in a statement. "As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately."

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has been promoted to interim head coach.

McCarthy went 125-77-2 in his time as head coach of the Packers, including a Super Bowl championship in 2010.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Kirk Cousins bounced back from his worst game for Minnesota with 342 passing yards and three touchdowns without a turnover, and the Vikings overcame some early gaffes to outlast the depleted Green Bay Packers for a 24-17 victory on Sunday night.

Completing 29 of his 38 attempts, Cousins found Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for scores. Sheldon Richardson had two sacks to lead the defense's game-long stifling of Aaron Rodgers, and the Vikings (6-4-1) pushed the Packers (4-6-1) further back in the NFC wild card race.

Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones scored on a short run for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the Packers fell to 0-6 on the road and 1-5-1 against the Vikings in their last seven meetings.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Everyone in Wisconsin got to watch the Packers and Vikings play Sunday night and most of the state will get to watch Green Bay take on Arizona next Sunday.

But nearly 400,000 people in Wisconsin that are serviced by out-of-state television markets may not get that chance.

"We can sit around, wait for the game, plan for the game, and then it doesn't come in. We don't get it," Menomonie resident and Packers fan Justine Rider said.

Minneapolis or Duluth TV stations service 12 western Wisconsin counties.

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