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Lakeland/Tomahawk girls hockey co-op leading the Great Northern ConferenceSubmitted: 12/17/2017

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland Union/Tomahawk girls hockey co-op started this year as underdogs once again to Northland Pines.

But since the start of the season, things have changed.

The T-Birds have beaten Northland Pines twice and are on top of the Great Northern Conference so far.

Over the summer, they all played club hockey together to help prepare them for this season.

"We're really excited. We've never won conference. Last year was our first time beating Pines, so it is a big year for us and we're hoping to do good things and finish strong," said Lakeland Union senior, Kailey Godfrey.

On Saturday afternoon, they beat Medford 9-0.

Lakeland still uses those blowout games as a way to get better and work on skills needed in the bigger games.

"This last game wasn't the most competitive, but it was important to keep our feet moving because we have a tournament in Christmas break. We're playing some pretty competitive teams, so we can't go into those games with slow feet," said Godfrey.

Both the boys and girls teams will travel down to Madison for that tournament on December 27th.

The opponents in that tournament have yet to be determined.




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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 LOCAL SPORTS

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NORTHWOODS - Lakeland Union/Tomahawk girls hockey hosted Medford and the T-birds won, 9-0.

Northland Pines girls hockey took on Appleton United in Eagle River. The Eagle won 6-3.

Antigo boys hockey played Superior and the Red Robins lost 5-1.

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Friday Night Blitz: 12/15/17Submitted: 12/15/2017

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NORTHWOODS - FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ SCORES
BOYS BASKETBALL
Tomahawk: 37 Lakeland: 72
Rhinelander: 79 Northland Pines: 39
Chequamegon: 28 Marathon: 86
Phillips: 49 Assumption: 59
Elcho: 29 Crandon: 89
Phelps: 56 Laona/Wabeno: 64
Lacrosse Central: 58 SPASH: 44
Wausau West: 52 Merrill: 79

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RHINELANDER - Northern Edge's Alicia Turunen had 44 saves on Thursday night, but the Wisconsin Valley Union would take the victory, 3-0.

On the boys side, the Hodags took down the Hatchets 6-0. Conor Piquet had two of those goals for Rhinelander.

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RHINELANDER - Each year Rhinelander wrestling proves to be a contender in the Great Northern Conference. That should be no different this year as the Hodags are led by two standout seniors.

"They respect everyone, but they don't fear anyone," said Rhinelander Head Coach Paul Ellenbecker.

That fearless approach has brought Rhinelander's Jacob DeMeyer and Alec Kurtz plenty of success on the mat.

"You know when people around the state talk about them, I'm like 'yeah my guys are just as good as yours,'" said Ellenbecker.

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PARK FALLS - The Chequamegon-Phillips boys hockey team earned its third win a row on Saturday. The victory pushed the SEaLs to 3-1 on the season.

For the SEaLs, those wins are an added bonus to even having a team. They're one of just 13 independent high school teams in the state. Not belonging to a conference means the Seals need to dig a little deeper to simply fill out a schedule.

"That's what we have to do to get games, without a conference, you don't just start out with 12-16 games already scheduled and a look for a couple fillers, you know we had to find our whole schedule," said Head Coach Tim Gehrke.

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NORTHWOODS - BOYS BASKETBALL - Seymour: 63 Merrill: 61

BOYS HOCKEY - Kettle Moraine: 4 Antigo: 1
Pacelli: 2 Lakeland: 6
Chequamegon/Phillips: 8

GIRLS HOCKEY - West Wisconsin: 7 Northern Edge: 1

BOYS SWIM - Rhinelander, Lakeland tie for 1st at Hodag Relays

WRESTLING - Rhinelander 6th out of 25 at Battle On the Bay

GYMNASTICS - Antigo 4th, Rhinelander 5th at Snowflake Invite


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Friday Night Blitz: 12/8/17Submitted: 12/08/2017

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NORTHWOODS - Check out all of the scores and highlights from around the Northwoods on this week's version of Friday Night Blitz!

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lakeland: 43 Rhinelander: 80
Mosinee: 81 Northland Pines: 42
Antigo: 56 Tomahawk: 16
Chequamegon: 45 Rib Lake: 70
Edgar: 44 Stratford: 72

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting ready to play against the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

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

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GREEN BAY (AP) - Aaron Jones' 20-yard touchdown run on his only carry, with 5:59 left in overtime, gave the Green Bay Packers a 26-20 win Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With the passing game struggling, Green Bay (6-6) wore down the Buccaneers on the ground. Brett Hundley had runs of 18 and 7 yards on the drive to start overtime.

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NEW YORK - Alabama and Clemson are back on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, the ninth time over the last three seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some order.

Alabama was the selection committee's new No. 1 on Tuesday night, with Clemson up two spots to No. 2. Miami and Oklahoma followed, joining the top four for the first time this season. Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth.

Alabama and Clemson have met in the last two national championship games, with each winning one. If they win out, there is good chance they could enter the postseason positioned to make it three straight title game matchups.

The Crimson Tide had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs and previously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.

Unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third and along with Clemson gave the Atlantic Coast Conference two top-four teams for the first time in the four-year College Football Playoff era.

Oklahoma moved up one spot.

Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the highest-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 after an impressive victory against Michigan State, and Penn State is 10th. Southern California at 11th is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, making the undefeated Knights the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year's Six bowls.

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NEW YORK - Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.

Oklahoma and Ohio State were the next two in the selection committee's initial top 25. The final rankings that will determine the participants in the College Football Playoff semifinals come out Dec. 3.

Over the first three seasons of the playoff, a total of five teams have been ranked in the top four of the initial ranking and gone on to reach the semifinals: Florida State (which was second) in 2014; Clemson (first) and Alabama (fourth) in 2015; and Alabama (first) and Clemson (second) in 2016.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- - Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers could miss the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone.

Rodgers left the game against Minnesota in the first quarter on Sunday, and the Packers announced at halftime that his season is in jeopardy after the injury was diagnosed.

"There is a chance he could miss the remainder of the season," the Packers tweeted.

It's a crushing blow to a team that entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, optimism based primarily on the right arm of Rodgers.

Despite several key injuries to the secondary, the Packers entered the game Sunday against their NFC North rivals at 4-1 after Rodgers engineered a game-winning touchdown drive to beat the Dallas Cowboys last week.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's defense has always gotten after Rodgers in these tense matchups, and it happened again in the first quarter when linebacker Anthony Barr drove him into the turf after he got rid of a roll-out pass.

The impact did not appear to be that violent at first glance as Rodgers rolled through the hit. But it became apparent quickly that he was in considerable pain. He writhed on the turf as Packers coach Mike McCarthy argued for a roughing the passer penalty.

As Rodgers walked gingerly to the sideline, he turned to jaw at Barr before entering a tent on the sideline for examination.

Eventually he rode a cart to the locker room for further tests and remained there throughout the first half. He was initially deemed questionable, but the Packers announced after halftime that he would not return to the game.

He was 2 of 4 for 18 yards before leaving, casting a pall over the rivalry that always includes thousands of Packers fans in Minnesota's stadium.

Brett Hundley, the only other quarterback on the Packers roster, stepped in for Rodgers.

A Packers offense without Rodgers under center is not something Green Bay has seen very often. Hundley entered the game having thrown 11 career passes, all coming in the fourth quarters of mop-up duty.

Since becoming the full-time starter in 2008, Rodgers has been remarkably durable. He missed seven games in 2013 with a fractured collarbone, but he has started 132 of the other 134 games during that time period.

Of course, being able to count on a quarterback to take the snaps is nothing new for Green Bay. Since Brett Favre took over for the injured Don Majkowski in the third game of the 1992 season, the Packers have had Favre and Rodgers for all but nine games.


Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace were forced to fill in while Rodgers was out in 2013. Flynn started once in 2010 when Rodgers sat out with a concussion and again in 2011 when he rested during the regular-season finale with the Packers having clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

Favre never sat at all.

"I hope @AaronRodgers12 is OK!" Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted. "The league is better when he's healthy. Praying for you."

Hundley's first pass of the game was intercepted by Xavier Rhodes, but he recovered later in the second quarter and was able to step up in the pocket and hit a wide open Davante Adams for a touchdown that tied the game at 7.

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GREEN BAY - The Packers 2017 preseason opponents were announced Monday.

The Pack will face the Eagles, Redskins, Broncos, and Rams.

Green Bay will host the Eagles to start the preseason before traveling to play Washington and Denver on the road.

Then the Pack will conclude the preaseason with another home game against the Rams.

Exact dates and times will be announced in the near future.

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BUFFALO, NY - Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region.

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