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Rhinelander tops Newman Catholic 10-0Submitted: 04/24/2018

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander toppled Newman Catholic on Tuesday 10-0 behind two goals each from Kenedy Van Zile, Anna Sturzl, Izzy Haverkampf and Alayna Franson.

Rhinelander baseball and softball both swept doubleheaders at the Wood Side Sports Complex in Mauston.

Rhinelander boys tennis defeated Lakeland Union 6-1.



Story By: Mark Spillane

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 LOCAL SPORTS

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander softball program knows how much it would benefit from a softball complex.

Last week, the Hodags moved closer to potentially getting one.

"The benefits of having two fields together [are] huge," said Rhinelander High School Softball Coach D.J. DeMeyer.

If DeMeyer gets his way, the Hodags will have two fields side-by-side.

"Both varsity and JV can practice and then we can try things and not have to go across town to get some other players to be able to work things out," said DeMeyer.

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STEVENS POINT - The indoor golf area at SentryWorld in Stevens Point is usually busy between November and March. But this year, it's been a little different.

"The month of April especially has been incredibly busy here in our indoor practice facility," said Director of Golf, Danny Rainbow.

SentryWorld doesn't just have a driving range and putting green. They also added a golf simulator about a year ago.

"It picks up my slice really well so I think it's pretty accurate actually," said golfer Ben Long. "I've got a long way to go before it actually helps my game, but any time you can get out and get some extra swings in before you hit the course, it's very helpful."

The simulator has about 20 courses to pick from. One of those picks is SentryWorld's actual course.

This year, a different group started coming in.

"We've had several area high school teams and university teams as well coming to practice on the indoor facilities," said Rainbow.

Luckily for some, it is just practice before the real deal out on the greens in a few weeks.

"Just to get out and hang out with family and friends, to spend time, whether it's indoor or outdoor, just to have that option is really nice," said Long.

SentryWorld is open to the public, there is no membership fee to use the facility.

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MINOCQUA - A group of wanna-be Brewers players sharpened their skills at a baseball camp.

Lakeland Union is doing its annual baseball camp each Sunday in the spring.

The camp today was just about hitting technique.

Some kids like 10-year-old Ethan Seeliger come to the camp every year.

"[The camp is] very good, very educational for kids. If you want to play baseball, you come here every Sunday and you learn baseball, it's really good for you," said Seeliger.

One of the things he's learning is his 'knocking knuckles'.

Lakeland junior Bryce Gilbertson is one of the high school players that helps teach the younger kids.

"It's good giving back to the community. I remember coming out and doing this when I was little and we got snowed in all the time and we'd come in and do this. It's cool being on the other side of it now," said Gilbertson.

The camp has been going on for over 10 years now. The money raised goes back to the high school baseball program.

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ROSHOLT - The warm weather and sunshine helped make it a perfect weekend for a group of lumber 'jacks' and 'jills' in Rosholt.

The UWSP Woodland Sports team, also known as lumberjacks, held the 66th annual competition with eight other teams from around the Midwest.

"It's a really good time because it's more about connecting with people than having a feud with them. So it's a lot of fun meeting new people," said freshman Brody Fischer.

One of the lumberjills says she thought you had to be a forestry major to join the team. But she was glad that wasn't the case.

"You don't have to know anything about trees. You don't have to have held an axe before and you can come and they'll coach you up. So most people here are in forestry or natural resources, but not all of us!

Some of the events this weekend were the underhand chop, the cross cut and the bolt throw.

UWSP took second last year, which is uncommon for them. But they were back to their winning ways this year and took first place.


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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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The person requested anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement. Gutekunst would replace Ted Thompson, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role in the front office.

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GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers is done for the season.

The Green Bay Packers put their star quarterback on injured reserve Tuesday, a day after they were eliminated from playoff contention.

Rodgers missed seven games after breaking his right collarbone Oct. 15 against Minnesota. He returned on Sunday, but the Packers lost 31-24 at Carolina. Atlanta's win against Tampa Bay on Monday night ended Green Bay's eight-year run of consecutive postseason berths.

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Rodgers was medically cleared to return from a collarbone injury on Tuesday night.

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