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Rhinelander running back Drake Martin to attend UW-WhitewaterSubmitted: 01/22/2020
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander Hodag running back Drake Martin announced his intention to play football at UW-Whitewater on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

Martin led the Hodags with 1,253 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in his senior season. Rhinelander leaned heavily on Martin during its historic 2019 campaign, which resulted in the third playoff berth in school history.

Per his Twitter account, Martin also had offers from Northern Michigan University and Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Martin is also a member of the boys basketball team and does both long jump and triple jump during the track and field season.




Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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GREEN BAY -

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) " Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns, Green Bay's spruced-up defense fended off a spirited Seattle rally, and the Packers held on for a 28-23 victory Sunday night to reach the NFC championship game for the third time in six years.

Aaron Jones rushed for 62 yards and two first-half scores for the Packers (14-3), who will travel next weekend to take on top-seeded San Francisco.

"This is where it really gets fun. There's only four teams left, and we're one of them, and we've got a legitimate chance," said Rodgers, who went 16 for 27 for 243 yards in his 17th career postseason start. He has 38 touchdown passes in the playoffs, good for fifth in league history


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WAUSAU - Treu's Tic Toc in Wausau looks like your average Packer bar.

But one bartender stands out as a little dot of blue amidst the Green and Gold.

Jessica Rainville will be behind the counter at Treu's during the game Sunday and yes, she's a Seahawks fan.

She said that she loved watching quarterback Russell Wilson when he was at Wisconsin and started supporting the green and blue when he went to Seattle.

Even though nearly everyone she serves is a Packer fan, Rainville says things generally stay civil.

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THREE LAKES -
Countless early mornings in the weight room, dozens of after school runs and more than a few school records all led up to Friday for Three Lakes track athlete Kortnie Volk.

Volk will be taking her talents to UW Milwaukee to compete in track and field.

She'll have the opportunity to be a heptathlete there, running sprints, distance and doing some field events.

Volk had offers on the table from Minnesota, Wisconsin and the U.S. Naval Academy.

But she says the chance to make an immediate impact with the Panthers won her over.

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Friday Night Blitz 1.10.20Submitted: 01/10/2020

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BOYS SCORES:

Northland Pines 61 Lakeland Union 69
Rhinelander 47 Antigo 53
Medford 68 Mosinee 53
Crandon 56 Phelps 40
Phillips 65 Newman Catholic 54
Rib Lake 53 Assumption 33
Prentice 61 Marathon 67
Abbotsford 45 Stratford 83
Wausau West 41 Chippewa Falls 69
Wausau East 42 Marshfield 64
DC Everest 63 SPASH 71
Merrill 76 Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 72

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers home ballpark will have a new name next year after a 20-year deal with Miller comes to an end.

American Family Insurance announced Tuesday evening that Miller Park will become American Family Field next Jan. 1. A new logo and other branding elements will be revealed later.

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SANTA CLARA, CA - The Packers appeared in their first NFC championship game in three years, but they were beaten by the San Francisco 49ers 37-20.

This loss not only marks the end of Green Bay's season it also takes them out of the running for the Super Bowl, while the Niners move on to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2.

Niners running back Raheem Mostert started the commanding lead for San Francisco with a 36-yard touchdown during the first quarter.

Mostert continued to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter with a combined total of 160 yards by halftime with San Francisco running away with the lead at 27-0. 




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SAN JOSE -
Tyler Ervin's journey to Green Bay is a little like a kick return: full speed ahead, obstacles flying in your face, and no one path to success.

"I think every guy has his unique individual path and mine was one where you just had to work hard," Ervin said.

Ervin played his college ball with the San Jose State Spartans, where he fought injuries all throughout the early part of his career.

"He didn't have a lot of muscle mass on him at that time and he's developed that since then," special teams coach Fred Guidici said. "So that's where he struggled early on and that's why he had some nagging injuries early on."

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MADISON -
The Wisconsin Badgers will be losing another staple of their offense to the NFL Draft a year early.

Junior center Tyler Biadasz announced via his Twitter account that he will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and join this spring's rookie class.

"Thank you Wisconsin for all the great memories and letting me fulfill my lifelong dream of being a Badger," Biadasz said. "I look forward to competing at the highest level. The NFL has always been my biggest dream and I can't thank enough (sic) all the people that helped me along the way."

Biadasz, a native of Amherst, Wisconsin, is the third member of the Badger offense to leave after his junior season for the draft. Starting running back Jonathan Taylor and top wide receiver Quintez Cephus both announced their intentions to leave Madison last week.

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