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Rhinelander hosts Rebel invite, DeMeyer named 1st Team All-StateSubmitted: 06/16/2018

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RHINELANDER -
The Rhinelander Rebels Legion team hosted the Rebel invite on Saturday.

Rhinelander defeated Clintonville 5-4.

Tomahawk defeated Chequamegon 7-5 in 10 innings.

Clintonville defeated Tomahawk 6-0 in five innings.

Rhinelander and Chequamegon began play at roughly 10:00 p.m.


Before his winning performance on the mound Saturday, Jacob DeMeyer's weekend got off to a pretty nice start.

On Friday, DeMeyer was named to the 1st Team All-State baseball team as an outfielder.

Those teams were selected by the Wisconsin baseball coaches association.

DeMeyer batted nearly .500 in the Great Northern Conference this year.

"It feels pretty good, knowing all the hard work paid off at the end. It's a good way to go out, and especially doing it with all my teammates. I had a blast this year. I wanted to thank my coaches for helping me, and my family and everybody else," said DeMeyer.

Antigo's Brady Tatro and Garrett Held were named to the state second and third teams respectively.

Tomahawk's Rachel Dallman was also named 1st Team All-State in softball.

Story By: Mark Spillane

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RHINELANDER - From your grip, to your shoes, to your ball, bowling is all about comfort, which is why Darin Bloomquist knew one school in particular just felt right.

"It felt like home to me," Bloomquist said.

Tuesday, the Rhinelander High School graduate signed on to bowl with Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Bloomquist signed the paperwork at Hodag Lanes on Stevens Street in front of family and friends.

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MADISON -
When Tomahawk's softball season ended on Saturday, the program closed an important chapter in its history.

The Hatchets' five seniors officially played for the last time in a Tomahawk uniform.

The five seniors (Rachel Dallman, Courtney Theiler, Danielle Kurth, Jordyn Kaminski and Sophie Wegner) helped Tomahawk win seven playoff games during their four years on the team, including five wins in this year's playoff run.

Hatchets head coach John Larson has coached at Tomahawk for more than 25 years. He said this weekend was the perfect ending for those players.

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MADISON - One of the most impressive seasons in all of the Northwoods this school year wrapped up Saturday.

The Tomahawk Hatchets captured the runner-up trophy in the Division 3 state softball tournament.

The Hatchets came up just short of the state title with their 2-0 loss, but were nothing but proud after the game of their incredible and historic season.

"To be able to get here and be able to finally achieve what we've wanted [to], we've talked about it, and to be able to experience it with our friends, some of us are like sisters. I'm really proud of our team," said Hatchets senior Courtney Theiler.

Hatchets Head Coach John Larson said the entire weekend was something he thinks will stick with Tomahawk's players and community for a long time.


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MADISON - It took every last out for Tomahawk, but with a tied score and two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hatchets senior Courtney Theiler stepped to the plate with a runner on third.

"I knew the first pitch she gave me was probably going to be the best one so I was like 'I'm swinging no matter what. If I miss, I miss, I've got two left'," said Theiler.

Theiler did not miss and laced an infield single to the shortstop to score Jordyn Kaminsk, giving Tomahawk a 2-1 win.

"Unreal really, I don't know if I believe it yet," said Theiler.

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Additionally, the Packers will hold three public practices (weather permitting) for organized team activities on Tuesday, May 22; Thursday, May 31; and Monday, June 4. All practices are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT. at Ray Nitschke Field.

Green Bay will conclude its offseason program with a three-day mandatory minicamp at Nitschke Field June 12-14. Those practices also will be open to the public (weather permitting), though times have not been finalized.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nick Foles went back-and-forth with Tom Brady and the defense came through with a turnover when they needed a stop.

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history thanks to a backup quarterback who had another spectacular game and a strip-sack by Brandon Graham after the defense let Brady have his way for most of Sunday night.

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