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Sugar Camp Walleye Classic carries on proud traditionSubmitted: 05/30/2020

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SUGAR CAMP - Roughly 35 anglers took to the lakes near Pitlik's Sand Beach Resort, just as they've been doing since the early seventies.

In those fifty years, there haven't been many tournaments with fewer fish caught than this one, which local guides attribute to the colder weather.

Still, the classic was able to raise money for local lake conservation.

"We make a little money to go into our fund," said tournament director Scott Hermanson. "Hopefully we can build some more fish cribs, help the environment for the fish and keep the stocking going on."


Anglers observed social distancing measures by limiting each team to two people, often sitting on opposite ends of the boat.

Hunting and fishing are allowed on all open properties as they would be normally.



Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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CRANDON -
"We could legally do it, but we couldn't feel like it was right to ethically do it," said track promoter Marty Fiolka.

Plans were in place to have the season-opening Brush Run races on time at Crandon International Speedway.

Those plans would not hold up.

"I think it's a fine line between wanting to move forward but protecting the public," Fiolka said. "It's a big change in business for all of us."

A COVID-19 outbreak at a Forest County nursing home forced the brush run to reschedule from mid-June to late September.

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CRANDON - The Crandon International Off-Road Raceway has postponed its annual brush run from June 19-21 to September 25-27.

The track released a statement on its Facebook page Thursday, which said in part: 

"In the end, it was not an easy decision for off-road racing's oldest and most renowned race tracks to make. Despite weeks of working with local and state officials on conducting June's 27th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run weekend, track and Championship Off-Road (COR) series officials today announced the rescheduling of the traditional Midwest off-road season kick-off from June 19th - 21st to September 25th - 27th. 

The current pandemic has forced the postponement and cancellation of motorsports events around the world. While Wisconsin has lifted most of its state restrictions on reopening businesses of all types, a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Forest County has raised concerns within the tight-knit community of Crandon." 

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GREEN BAY - Packers running back Aaron Jones says he wants to remain in Green Bay for his entire career and that he won't let speculation about his future distract him as he enters the final season of his contract. 

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RHINELANDER - "There's an old saying that you get good at what you spend time doing," said Rhinelander tennis coach Bob Heideman.

After more than three decades coaching on the high school's tennis courts, Heideman has seen that wisdom manifest, both in himself and his players.

"It's nothing more than, I think, the combination of hard work, which is hours and then being smart about those hours," Heideman said.

Heideman will spend the rest of his hours away from the Rhinelander program that he's coached for so long.

He informed the district that he will retire after the cancelled season officially ends June 13.

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The NBA is targeting July 31 as a date to return to the court, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

League commissioner Adam Silver proposed that date in a call with the NBA's Board of Governors.

The league also put forth four scenarios for resuming the season, with options ranging from starting the playoffs immediately with 16 teams to playing an abbreviated 30-team regular season, followed by the playoffs.

It is also possible that the league will conduct a play-in tournament in between the regular season and the playoffs.

Many team locales have allowed professional sports to resume practicing.


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- The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney, the league said Saturday. Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still "exploratory," and that the Disney site would be used for practices and housing as well.

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GREEN BAY -
Green Bay could always count on Za'Darius and Preston Smith to bring down the quarterback last season, but defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would like to see a few more snaps without them on the field this year.

"I do think at times that Preston and Z play maybe a little too much to where we want to take something off their plate," Pettine said.

Nose tackle Kenny Clark is also in the group of players that needs some more down time.

"I don't think it was any secret, I mean, we've talked about it and felt like Kenny played too many plays," Pettine said.

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GREEN BAY -
The Green Bay Packers will re-open their facilities to 75 employees on Tuesday, May 26, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Players and coaches are still not allowed to show up, except for those receiving medical treatment.

Areas of Lambeau Field that are normally open to the public remain closed. The team is in the planning stages of re-opening those areas.

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