Aaron Jones helps Packers run away with 31-12 win over Miami Submitted: 11/12/2018

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GREEN BAY - After the game, Packers fans found themselves asking which Aaron is more important for the second half of the season...Aaron Rodgers or Aaron Jones

The star of the show Sunday night was second year running back Aaron Jones.

He ran for a career high of 145 yards and two touchdowns to lead the offense.

Not only did Jones bust out his best moves to push the Packers back to .500, he played his heart out for his family.

"I ran to the sideline and said hey coach this is my first time scoring two touchdowns in the NFL haha," Jones said.

That's what Aaron Jones did right after his first two touchdown performance tonight. But those TD's meant much more than just points. Jones was nominated for the Salute to Service award in honor of his parents who have over five combined decades of service to this country.

"It means a lot. I didn't tell anyone this but I made this game for my parents so now I got two touchdown balls to give both of them so it works out, it's a blessing," Jones said.

Jones added a career long 67-yarder that gave him 96 yards on four carries aloneā€¦just in the first quarter.He said he couldn't have done that without the big men on the offensive line.

"It all starts up front. They did a good job of covering those guys up front and made it easy for me," Jones said.

QB Aaron Rodgers agreed.

"He got going, he really did. He is a really good back slasher, fast and tough to take down," Rodgers said.

The team proved tonight that this Packers offense can be dangerous on the ground too.

"I just think it opens up the pass game and play action, you can see safeties rolling down in the box and that leaves it open to go over the top," Jones said.

Getting another taste of victory made players excited to get back on the road.

"We wanted to get that momentum rolling and there's no better place to do it than Lambeau," Jones said.

But the offense didn't do it alone.The Packers defense got two takeaways and five sacks on Brock Osweiler.

The team gets Monday to rest before going to Seattle on Tuesday.

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MADISON - A dozen Northwoods swimmers competed for the last time this season.

Rhinelander, Medford, Merrill and Tomahawk all had swimmers at the state meet in Madison

The talent at the state meet was insane.

Tomahawk started the day a little rocky, their bus broke down on the way to the Natatorium, but that didn't 
keep them from reaching the podium multiple times Friday.

All three hatchet relays made it onto the podium, another one of its school record broken.

Tomahawk senior Kaylie Svacina and junior Kylie Thieler podiumed in all four of their events.

The Hatchets placed third overall, a moment they have been waiting for a long time.

"Considering we swam our absolute best, we are happy with that," said Tomahawk senior Katy Volz. "With it being my senior year I just wanted to enjoy every moment with teammates and get to be able to share that with them is super special."

Merrill added to their season's success too.

Freshman Grace Shultz reached the podium in the 100-yard backstroke.

The team had three other top 10 finishes too.

Head coach Kristie Winter said the best word to describe the Bluejay season is iconic.

"It's just been a great season. It's been a Cinderella story," Winters said. "We started off winning our first meet in 20 years back in August and since then we just kept going on and on and on and winning."

Medford's Erin Bergman also podiumed in the 100-yard backstroke.

Rhinelander's Makenna Winnicki placed 7th in the 500-yard freestyle.

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MINOCQUA - Lakeland's Nordic ski team shared their passion with the rest of Minocqua Saturday through an event that brought in thousands of dollars.

The team hosted its 32nd annual winter gear swap at the high school fieldhouse.

Vendors and neighbors sold skis, snowboarding gear and winter jackets, with 20 percent of all sales going toward Lakeland's nordic skiing team.

Since Nordic skiing isn't a WIAA sponsored sport, Lakeland has to raise money for travel and supplies themselves.

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MINOCQUA - People in Minocqua gathered at the Minocqua Brewing Company Thursday to support a local member of the U.S Ski team.

Lakeland grad Kevin Bolger had the best debut for an American at the Nordic Skiing World Cup in the spring.

He's back in town fundraising and preparing for the winter season.

The fundraiser included a dinner, a raffle and some live music.

The money raised will go directly towards travel and equipment.

Bolger wanted the chance to update his hometown on his plans for the upcoming season and thank them for all of the support.

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RHINELANDER - Northwoods schools will be represented in every single event at the state swim meet on Friday.

In the past few days we've mentioned the success from Tomahawk, Medford and Merrill.

Now Rhinelander wishes they were sending more than just one swimmer to Madison, but sophomore 
Makenna Winnicki will represent the Hodags on Friday.

"It's really rewarding seeing that all my hard work has had a good outcome," Winnicki said.

For Winnicki, a good outcome means qualifying for the state swim meet for the second year in a row.

"It's exciting knowing that I am going back and that I am qualified in two events also," Winnicki said.

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MERRILL - Claire and Grace Schultz shared a home in Merrill all throughout their childhood.

Now the sisters share a lane at the pool, something they didn't always think would happen.

"We were both a bit skeptical about joining," Grace Schultz said. "We weren't sure how that would play out with club going on at the same time."

The Schultz sisters will race in two individual events and two relays at the state meet in Madison this weekend.

And they enjoyed every minute of getting there.

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STEVENS POINT - The Northwoods will be well represented at the state swim meet next weekend.

11 of 12 events will have swimmers from Merrill, Tomahawk, Medford and Rhinelander.

Tons of girls broke school records at the sectional meet on Saturday.

The Medford Raiders broke four of them to qualify for state in all four events.

Head coach Betsy Berends says the fall months are usually the teams toughest time, but not this year.

"October is always hard on them and they just came out and set four school records," Berends said. We got some second place finishes. We got a lot of hopes coming in to state. It's amazing."

Raider Senior Aubrey Buskerud qualified in the 200 yard individual medley for the first time in her high school career.

She said she wanted nothing more than getting a chance to compete in Madison.

"It means so much. I've worked so hard over the past four years and the dedication and focusing. It all just pays off and it feels so good just to know that," Buskerud said. 

The Division Two meet will be this Friday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. 

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PEARSON - Jay Schaefer took a stray dog in at the Forest County Humane Society about a year ago.

The dog never wanted to stop running.

"If I don't run him three or four days a week around town in front of a scooter, he just gets obnoxious," Schaefer, the humane society's president said.

Schaefer named him Mowgli, after the character from "The Jungle Book" who was also abandoned by his parents.

This weekend, Jay brought Mowgli to the Dirty Dog Dryland Derby for the dog's first race.

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STEVENS POINT - Six Northwoods teams swam in the Division Two sectional swim meet Saturday.

Two of them took home the gold and silver but winning the sectional doesn't automatically qualify a team for state.

Instead, it was up to each swimmer to determine her own fate.

Even though Merrill won the meet with 267 points, the Hatchets didn't leave disappointed.

Tomahawk will be represented in 10 of 12 events at state, the most in the team's history.

"This was really unexpected," said Tomahawk head coach Theresa L'Esperance. "The girls worked so hard today. We set so many school records and to walk away with trophy is icing on the cake."

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GREEN BAY - Mosinee couldn't help but think of its season-ending 3-0 loss to East Troy as the one that got away.

"There were a couple times where we had some moments to really put some sets away," head coach Justin Jacobs said.

Mosinee started strong, finding gaps in East Troy's block and forcing the Trojans to call a timeout facing a 16-13 deficit in the first set.

That's when East Troy woke up, taking six of the next seven points and winning the set, 25-21.

"I'll tell you what, I liked their chances early on," Jacobs said. "We got some nice blocks on them early."

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THREE LAKES - High school seniors apply to colleges this time of year and anxiously wait to hear back.

But one Three Lakes athlete doesn't have to wait.

Jared Zwettler put pen to paper Friday to make his college commitment official.

Zwettler broke his ankle playing soccer when he was a sophomore. He turned that injury into something positive by finding his passion for running. And now two years later, he's getting the chance to run at the next level. 

"It was a pretty incredible ride," said La Crosse commit Jared Zwettler.

When Jared was a freshman he never imagined he would be a collegiate athlete. Today he signed his letter of intent to run on a bigger stage.

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