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Lady Hodag tennis team chasing fifth straight GNC championshipSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Girls Tennis team could win their fifth straight Great Northern Conference championship this year.

No other Hodag team has ever had that level of success.

"We really don't talk about it very much, other than what's currently going on in the conference race," says Girls Varsity Coach Bob Heideman. "We try to focus on that."

The first-place lady Hodags tennis team is on the verge of finishing a historic run to greatness.

They have won four conference championships in a row.

And thanks to their 7-1 victory over second-place Antigo Tuesday, they may just take home title number five this season.

It's something that hasn't been done very often.

"I did a little research when we went to our fourth in a row, and I thought there were some swimming teams that got five in a row, but other than that, I couldn't find any," says Heideman. "There really haven't been any Rhinelander teams that have been able to put a streak like that together."

Seniors on the team have only lost one match in the Great Northern Conference in their entire high school careers.

But players don't feel pressured by their success.

"There's always pressure once you have wins behind you, but at the same time it motivates you to go forward and it kind of makes you work harder at practice," says senior Erin Tenderholt.

Players give credit for their achievements to their deep roster.

"I feel like it was a lot harder when we first started," says senior Tessa Bloch. "The competition was harder, but as we've been going, I think the team's gotten a lot deeper, so the lead I think is a little farther."

"I came into the team starting at 4 singles, and then there were some people that were consistent players, but I think this year, we have consistent players at every level of the lineup," says senior Eileen Emond.

But everyone agrees that the team's coaching has helped them get to where they are.

"We've had the same coaches that have helped out, Bob Messerly and Jerry Beyer, for the years that we've won, and they've actually been here a little longer than that, but that stability in coaching has really helped," says Heideman.

"I think it definitely comes down to the coaching, and the work we all put in, because I don't we would be where we are right now if it wasn't for the coaches and the time they put in in the summers," says Bloch. "[They're] working hard to, you know, win."

The girls will take their commanding lead in the GNC to Marshfield-Columbus for a match Thursday.

The conference championship, as well as a chance at history for the Hodags, will be decided at the conference tournament at Antigo on Saturday, September 27th.

Story By: Dan Marz

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 LOCAL SPORTS
Pick-up basketball available at the YMCA of the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 09/17/2014

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RHINELANDER - If you're looking for a great way to be active indoors, then pick-up basketball may be perfect for you.

Friendly and competitive pick-up basketball games can be found at the YMCA of the Northwoods.

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Elcho/White Lake Stays Focused on Winning Submitted: 09/13/2014

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ELCHO - A high school football team plays in the area that you have probably don't hear a lot about.

Elcho/White Lake Elcho/White Lake is a team combined of two high schools with about 100 students so they can have enough players for a football team.

The team hasn't won a game since 2012 and scored their first touchdown of the season on Saturday but they fight as hard as anyone.

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Northland Pines beats HancockSubmitted: 09/12/2014

EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines beats Hancock 62-12.

Northland Pines taking on Hancock from the Upper Peninsula.

It was all Eagles early on.

They were up 41-6 at halftime.

Northland Pines ran the ball quite a bit, just like many other teams playing in the rain.

The birds get the ball to start the second half.

Joe Roach fields the kickoff.

He gets a seam down the left side and takes off.

He gives Pines great field position on Hancock's side of the field.

It didn't take them long to score after that.

The handoff here goes to Lance Bahn-trae-ger.

He brakes a few tackles and stretches for the goal line.

The Eagles wouldn't look back.

They go on to win 62-12.

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Rhinelander falls to Lakeland Union Submitted: 09/12/2014

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MINOCQUA - Lakeland played host to the Rhinelander Hodags tonight.

Lots of rain meant lots of running the football.

Opening drive of the game for the Thunderbirds, quarterback Nick Peterson tosses to running back Sam Killian.

He rumbles through several Hodag defenders for a 30 yard gain.

Lakeland ends up in the red zone a couple of plays later.

The hand-off goes to Sam Jaeger.

He runs off tackle to the right side and barrels into the endzone for a T-bids touchdown.

The aggressive Lakeland offense then goes for two on the QB keeper.

Peterson walks in to make it 8-0.

The rain continues to fall.

That makes the ball nice and slippery.

The ensuing Hodags possession, QB Brandon Reinthaler hands it to Cole Oettinger.

He drops the ball.

T-birds recover, and take control of this one.

Killian and Jaeger scored three touchdowns each.

T-birds win 44 to 13 with more than 300 yards on the ground.

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Great Competition in the Great Northern Submitted: 09/11/2014

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RHINELANDER - The Great Northern soccer teams can be a threat when it comes to playoff time.

Currently there is a competitive race between three teams for the conference championship.

The three teams at the top of the league include Rhinelander, Northland Pines, and Lakeland.

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Yoga's popularity growing as weather worsensSubmitted: 09/10/2014

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RHINELANDER - With summer over and the weather starting to turn colder, there aren't as many things to do outside.

But one indoor activity that will help take your mind off the gloomy weather is yoga.

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Calvary Baptist Church sponsors archery program Submitted: 09/07/2014

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RHINELANDER - Archery can be a tough sport. It's one that takes place in the Olympics, but it can also be a fun sport to try.

Calvary Baptist Church took the opportunity to sponsor a Centershot archery program for students in third through sixth grades. The church thinks the program can teach the community new skills.

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 REGIONAL SPORTS
The Green Bay Packers Show ResilienceySubmitted: 09/15/2014

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GREEN BAY - The Packers found themselves trailing 21-3 midway through the second quarter in their home opener against the Jets on Sunday.

"You never want to come out that flat," said Tramon Williams, Packers cornerback. "You never expect to come out that flat."

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Packers Defense Comes Together Against Jets Submitted: 09/15/2014

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GREEN BAY - The Packers didn't look good for most of the first half Sunday in their home opener against the Jets.

The offense stalled and the defense gave up three touchdowns.

But small adjustments can make the difference in the end.The Packer defense made the right moves before it was too late.

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Packers Win Through the Air Against Jets Submitted: 09/15/2014

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GREEN BAT - The Packers knew they'd need to bounce back Sunday after their season opening loss.

Things didn't look good when Green Bay went down 21-3 in the second quarter. The Packers had to make adjustments

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Green Bay Packers lose season opener 36-16.Submitted: 09/04/2014

SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 36-16 on Thursday in Seattle.

The game was tied 10-10 late in the second quarter when Marshawn Lynch ran it in from the 9 yard line.

That touchdown would prove to be the turning point of the game.


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Green Bay Packers lose season opener 36-16.Submitted: 09/04/2014

SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 36-16 on Thursday in Seattle.

The game was tied 10-10 late in the second quarter when Marshawn Lynch ran it in from the 9 yard line.

That touchdown would prove to be the turning point of the game.


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Aaron Rodgers Prepared to Get Corey Linsley Ready Submitted: 08/25/2014

GREEN BAY - The Packers will look to a rookie center to replace JC Tretter for the time being. Tretter is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

There's only one preseason game left to get Center Corey Linsley up to speed. Quarterback Aaron Rogers doesn't see any issues with the task.

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Packers win in the preseason home opener against the RaidersSubmitted: 08/23/2014

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field 31-21 in the preseason home opener last night.

There will be an empty spot in the Packers' defense heading into the season.

Nose tackle B.J. Raji tore his right bicep in last night's game against the Raiders and will be out for the season according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Green Bay will now look to Josh Boyd and undrafted rookie Mike Pennel.

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