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Officials: 1 dead, 4 police wounded in Illinois shooting
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AURORA, Ill. (AP) At least one person was killed and four police officers wounded when a shooter opened fire at an industrial park in Aurora, Illinois, officials said Friday.

Kane County Coroner Chris Nelson confirmed one person was killed. City spokesman Clayton Muhammad said four officers were wounded and in stable condition, but did not say if they were shot.

Muhammad also told ABC7 that the suspect had been “neutralized.” He did not elaborate.

The Kane County coroner was at the scene.

Live TV reports showed dozens of first responder vehicles outside a building housing the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, a city of about 200,000 people about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.

Several ATF teams responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency's Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also was responding.

John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company.

“What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,” Probst said.

He said the gunman had “a pistol with a laser.” Probst said he wasn't hurt but that another colleague was “bleeding pretty bad.”

The company makes valves for industrial purposes.

Police said the situation had been contained and that there was “no ongoing threat to the public,” according to a statement issued by the Kane County Sheriff's Department on behalf of the Aurora Police Department.

The statement said the Aurora Police Department was expected to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. CST.

The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on a shooting in Illinois and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

West Aurora School District 129 said on its website that it was keeping all students in their classrooms as police investigate, but that “teaching will continue with reduced movement.”

Spokespeople for Mercy Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora did not immediately return messages about whether either hospital was treating victims from the shooting. No victims had been sent to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in nearby Downers Grove as of Friday evening, spokeswoman Kate Eller told The Associated Press.
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Lady Chargers take state ranked Amherst to the wire
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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team came to play on Tuesday night, giving the state-ranked Amherst Falcons all they could handle in a tough 40-38 Central Wisconsin East Conference loss.

Amherst entered ranked third in division three with just one defeat on the season and a perfect 9-0 conference mark, but found itself in an 11-0 hole to start the game, and trailed the Lady Chargers at the half by a score of 17-12.

Amherst rallied to tie the game with just 11 seconds remaining, but a turnover by Wittenberg-Birnamwood gave the ball back to the Falcons who came down the floor and scored just before the horn for their 16th win in 17 tries.

“It was a playoff atmosphere game tonight,” head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We played well and the girls came to battle, we just didn't execute at the end.”

Wittenberg-Birnamwood held Amherst to just 23 percent shooting on the night, as it hit only 13 of 56 field goal attempts in a solid defensive effort. It was also a stark turnaround from a 22 point loss to the Falcons in December.

“Amherst is tough,” Mechelke added. “But I think we are getting there.”

Emma Herb led the
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Penguin swimmers take fourth in Divisional meet, Conference next
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The Antigo Penguins swim club is approaching the end of a banner season, as 36 young swimmers competed in the East Divisional meet in Tomahawk last weekend.

Diving in alongside Antigo and Tomahawk were clubs from Rhinelander, Lakeland, Phillips, Merrill and Medford. Swimmers age 10 and under competed on Saturday and those 11 and older competed on Sunday. As a team Antigo finished the meet in fourth place.

The top nine swimmers in each individual event and the top six teams in each relay race qualified for the Conference meet in Lakeland next weekend. The Penguins will be sending 25 individuals and seven relay teams to the conference meet.

Mya Burt enjoyed a superb day in the age 11-12 group, breaking the 100 yard individual medley Antigo club record with a state qualifying time of 1:10.49. She also qualified for state in the 50 yard freestyle with a second place time of 27.99. Burt capped her divisional meet with two more second place finishes, in the 50 yard backstroke and 100 yard freestyle. All four of her individual event times also qualified for Midwest Regionals.

Holland Tainter zoomed to a state time and qualified for Midwest Regionals in the
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Squirts second at home tourney during youth hockey weekend
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It was a busy weekend on the ice for both the Antigo Squirt and Bantam hockey teams.

The squirts hosted their annual home tournament and came away with a solid second place finish, while the Bantams played four contests, battling to a win, loss, and two ties.

SQUIRTS (10U)

The squirts opened play Saturday morning against Everest and came up on the short end of a 7-2 final.

Both Antigo goals came courtesy of Liam Burt, and each were unassisted. The first score came in the second period, but it came on the heels of a four goal first from the Flames. Burt tallied another score in the third.

Antigo was outshot 27-15 for the game, with Ved Patel making 20 saves in goal.

The Jr. Robins bounced back in their second contest later Saturday, edging the McDonalds squad from Michigan's Upper Peninsula 4-3.

McDonalds put up two of its three goals in the first period, with Cade Tiedemann answering for Antigo, as the Jr. Robins trailed 2-1 heading into the second.

The teams traded scores in the frame, with Burt notching Antigo's goal, making it a 3-2 contest after two.

Antigo completed its rallies with goals from Al
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Despite injuries, Antigo gymnastics scores are high
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The Antigo Red Robin gymnastics team fought their way through a 137.275-117.575 Great Northern Conference loss Thursday evening at Marshfield High School, falling to the Tigers.

Despite multiple injuries, the team was able to post a near season-high score of 117.575, just nine-tenths of a point off of their season-best of 118.475.  

The freshmen for Antigo competed very well Thursday, with Kaley Zarda placing fourth on floor with an 8.350 and fifth on beam with a 7.500, and Claire Musolff placing fourth on beam with a 7.600 and fifth on bars with a 7.175.

Maggie Winter was the team's only other podium finisher with a third-place finish on bars with a 7.750, and an 8.300 on vault for fifth.

Winter also finished third in the all-around with a score of 31.250, followed by Musolff in fourth with a 30.425, and Zarda in fifth with a 30.350.

The Robins began on their weakest event, uneven bars, with a combined score of 25.025.  After Winter and Musolff, Zarda finished eighth with a 6.900, and Chloe Decker finished ninth with a score of 3.200.

Floor exercise and vault were the team's strong suits, scoring a combined 31.95 on vault
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Antigo girls fall at West, a hectic January schedule awaits
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When you are gearing up for a rematch with one of the top teams in the area, nine days of preparation sounds like a good amount.

The flip side is, perhaps thats just too much time away from game action. In either case, the Antigo girls varsity basketball team found tough sledding at Wausau West Thursday, falling to the Warriors for the second time this season by a 84-40 score.

The Red Robins had few answers for West's strong inside game, as the Warriors shot 62 percent on field goals, 27 for 43, and earned 28 trips to the free throw line, making 22.

“They penetrated, and our second tier defense broke down,” coach Dale Lenzner said. “That puts a lot of pressure on the one remaining defender thats set, and you wind up with two on one situations underneath the basket.”

Antigo also ran into problems with the Warriors intense defensive pressure, coughing up 26 turnovers.

“Their press was outstanding,” Lenzner explained. “They are just a very good team, in a different league. They took us out of sync and we threw the ball away way too many times.”

There were bright spots to be found for Antigo, in particular the continue
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