Tomahawk's Kaminski, Vecchio to play Division III college football in WisconsinSubmitted: 02/10/2016

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TOMAHAWK - Seniors on the Tomahawk football team made an impression on the field last fall. The Hatchets made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and advanced further than any other Northwoods team.

Now, two Tomahawk seniors will look to continue that success on the college level.

Wide receiver Brandon Vecchio and safety Kaleb Kaminski signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Vecchio is headed to UW-Stout, and Kaminski will play at national powerhouse UW-Whitewater. Whitewater has won six national championships in Division III since 2007.

"It's nice to stay closer to home, and also the success at Whitewater is second to none," Kaminski said. "They have six national championships. It really felt like it was a good fit for me."

He expects pressure, but is excited about it.

"With every good program, they're going to have expectations, with people, the media, that kind of thing," Kaminski said. "But the slogan that they go by is 'Pound the Rock,' that you get one percent better every day."

Vecchio feels Stout is a good fit for him.

"I love the players. I love the coaches. The coaches were a little younger. You could connect with them a lot, and I really liked that," he said. "To be able to go on to the next level, I have four, four-and-a-half, five years of hopefully high-level competition, and making another run, having that community behind you."

Tomahawk coach John Larson is looking forward to watching the two play at the next level. He's also excited about the message it sends for his program.

"For us, tiny Tomahawk and our football program, that is a big deal because…that just adds motivation for those kids and helps our program in a lot of different ways," Larson said.

Tomahawk has never had two players from the same class play football in college. Larson says two or three more from this senior class might end up playing by next year.

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They hosted Merrill Blue Jays.

Both teams showing some pretty good defense early.

Merrill goalie Bryce Broeking stops the onetimer and the rebound shot with a great stretch.

Then the whole Blue Jay team gets in on the shot blocking a few minutes later.

Kade Kennedy is blocked, as are both of Henry Kipper's shots with a pretty good effort by the Blue Jays.

Their team defense may have been the difference tonight.

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The Antigo Red Robins are on top of the standings.

Their battle with Northland Pines was rescheduled to Saturday from earlier in the week.

They're tied at ones late in the first period.

Pines has trouble clearing the puck with a flock of Red Robins swarming their offensive ice.

Andrew Turunen corrals it, and Ben Jansen comes free.

Textbook hockey there.

Very little you can do to defend that if you're Eagles goalie Ethan Polich.

Still before the second period when Alex Nagel is met by three Pines defenders.

He finds TJ Ebert in the middle of the zone.

The shot is a laser beam past Polich.

Antigo up now 3-1 before the first intermission.

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Red Robins win 8-1.

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Mosinee outlasts Antigo 60-59Submitted: 02/05/2016

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Mosinee is on top of the standings by a game.

Antigo hoped to knock them off that ledge.

Red Robins are on the run.

Zach Falk deals from long range for a huge three pointer.

Mosinee didn't waste any possessions.

Jared Novitzke gets big in the post, and the six-two senior nearly caps it with a dunk.

He's loving it, but he won't love this.

Antigo misses the longball, but Falk corrals the miss.

That time it'll go.

Red Robins give Mosinee a serious scare, but the Indians escape with the 60-59 win.

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They hosted the Marshfield Tigers.

Merrill's Scott Wallace had a nice day.

He strips the fast break, slows up his own, and pulls up for the Ray Allen three-pointer

No messing around there.

Marshfield matched the Blue Jays bucket for bucket.

They put up the triple on the very next possession.

Merrill doing there best to hang around, feeding the hot hand in Wallace who knocks down some tough shots.

But Marshfield holds off a Blue Jay comeback.

Tigers win 64-50.

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The sweet pullup jumpshot falls, but West played better team basketball.

Steven Lewendowski backs down into the paint, but he's not looking to shoot.

He's looking for Tommy Borta on the baseline.

They move the ball pretty well too.

Jakob Tordsen finally gets it up top and puts in the triple.

West trying to make up ground on SPASH.

This win will help.

Warriors win 61-50.

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