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#1 Merrill volleyball takes down #4 Northland Pines 3-0Submitted: 10/19/2017
MERRILL - The Merrill Bluejays got the top seed after winning the Wisconsin Valley Conference. They kept those winning ways going on Thursday night as they took down #4 Northland Pines 3-0.

Next up for Merrill is #3 Medford at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday night.




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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 LOCAL SPORTS

RHINELANDER - #1 Rhinelander hosted #8 Medford Thursday night for a regional semi-final matchup.

Rhinelander's Jonus Sabani scored twice and Matthew VonOepen and Richie Triplett both scored once in the first 20 minutes to make it 4-0, Hodags.

That would be the final score on Thursday night.

Rhinelander will host #4 Clitonville on Saturday at 3:30 P.M.

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MOSINEE - Sometimes sports can mean more than just a touchdown or a three pointer. Sometimes, it can mean a memory that will last a lifetime. 

For the Mosinee football manager, he experienced one of those moments last Friday night.

"When I became football manager I thought, hey, I can practice that and sure enough, I was able to nail a couple of kicks," said senior, Dylan Hill.

In Friday nights game against Wausau East, Dylan was able to nail a kick outside of practice.

"I felt happy and anxious," said Hill.

Hill is a senior student manager who's been with the team all season.

"He makes us better, honestly," said senior Jose Mohr.

Hill has done more than make the team better on the field. He's shown them how to give back to a good friend.

"That's one of the moments that we're looking to create and that's a memory our guys will never forget," said head coach, Craig Martens.

Letting Dylan go into the game to make the kick was the team's idea. They had been telling Dylan to get ready for weeks.

"We told him we would get him in one of these times in a game and he said 'yeah, right' and we ended up getting him," said Mohr.

Mosinee beat Wausau East 42-17 last Friday and will play Onalaska on Friday, October 20th for the first round of playoffs.

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NORTHWOODS - Antigo swept Lakeland 3-0 to move on to the next round of the Division Two volleyball playoffs.

Here's a full listing of scores from Tuesday night.

WIAA VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFF SCORES
DIVISION 2
Rhinelander: 0 Northland Pines: 3
Tomahawk: 0 Medford: 3
Lakeland Union: 0 Antigo: 3
DIVISION 3
Chequamegon: 3 Cumberland: 0

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MINOCQUA - Last December, Tyler Carroll thought his high school football career might be over. But he refused to let that happen and recently capped off a fantastic senior season.

"He's just an incredible athlete, it doesn't matter where you put him, he's going to attempt to make plays and he makes a lot of plays," said Lakeland Union's Head Coach Dan Barutha.

All season long, that's exactly what Carroll did, no matter what position he had to play.

"I just tried to do whatever was best for the team, whether that's put me at receiver, quarterback or running back for the rest of the year, I just did whatever I could for the team," said Carroll.

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EAGLE RIVER - Lakeland Union Cross Country captured a pair of first place finishes at Saturday's conference championship meet. Kav FitzPatrick won the individual boys title while Ashley Peterson took home the top spot on the girls side.

The T-Birds also won the team championship on the boys side. FitzPatrick crossed the finish line in just under 16 minutes to win the individual title for the second year in a row.

"I'm definitely happy to be back this year and defending my title from last year, so I'm excited about that. I've always wanted to be conference champ and I've been able to do that the last two years so it's always exciting," said FitzPatrick.

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MINOCQUA - A few weeks back, the race for the Northern Lakes conference title looked like it was going to come down to the wire.

But in the end, the Florence Bobcats took home the championship.

Not only did they win the title, they also went undefeated in conference.

"Super exciting! Everyone was so pumped up. We knew we could do it, it was our number one goal to win, but to go 14-0, we haven't done that since 2012, so it was really exciting," said senior Shayla McLain.

Florence played in the tournament hosted by Lakeland Union on Saturday.

Lakeland won the tournament going 8-2 and Florence came in fourth, right at 5-5.

The Bobcats said they liked the bigger competition to help get them ready for the post-season which starts on Tuesday, at Florence against Marion at 6 P.M.

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Friday Night Blitz 10-13-17Submitted: 10/13/2017

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NORTHWOODS - The Antigo Red Robins took down Merrill to finish undefeated in the GNC.

Lakeland Union took on the Hodags at Mike Webster Stadium. Rhinelander beat the T-birds for another conference win to end their season.

Elcho/White Lake lost to Crandon, which means the Cardinals went undefeated in the MONLPC.

Northland Pines hosted L'Anse and beat their Michigan opponents.

Check out all the highlights and other scores from around the area!

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 REGIONAL SPORTS

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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MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) Senior guard Bronson Koenig scored 17 points in his final home game, combining with D'Mitrik Trice to give No. 22 Wisconsin's offense a second-half boost in a 66-49 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.

The Badgers (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten) secured the second seed in the conference tournament and got a sorely needed confidence boost to end the regular season after having lost five of their previous six games.

Nate Mason had 17 points for Minnesota (23-8, 11-7). The Golden Gophers had won eight straight.

Koenig hit five 3s in the second half, including baskets on three straight possessions with less than 3 minutes left. Trice had a four-point play after getting fouled on a 3-pointer with 12:24 left, before hitting a layup about 20 seconds later.

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MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) " Nigel Hayes scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, Ethan Happ had 20 points and No. 11 Wisconsin beat No. 23 Maryland 71-60 in a choppy, foul-filled game on Sunday.

The Badgers (22-5, 11-3) overcame 27 points from Terrapins guard Melo Trimble to snap a two-game losing streak and stay in a tie atop the Big Ten with Purdue.

Bronson Koenig scored all nine of his points in the second half, giving the Badgers a lift with his jump shot after the senior missed a game with a left calf injury. Wisconsin shot 51 percent in the second half.

Wisconsin pulled away slowly, turning a six-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge with 3 minutes to go in a game that lacked flow because of frequent whistles.

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MADISON - Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points, and defensive-minded Northwestern beat No. 7 Wisconsin 66-59 on Sunday, securing an important win for the school's bid to make its first-ever NCAA Tournament.

Dererk Pardon added 11 for the Wildcats (19-6, 8-4), who confounded the Big Ten-leading Badgers by doubling dominant big man Ethan Happ.

Nigel Hayes scored nine of his 13 points in the second half for the Badgers (21-4, 10-2), who had their eight-game winning streak snapped.

The Badgers didn't let up despite falling behind by 10 with 1 minute left, closing to 60-55 with less than 15 seconds after Zak Showalter hit two foul shots.

But McIntosh followed with two free throws with 42 seconds left, and Wisconsin ran out of time.


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ATLANTA, GA - The Atlanta Falcons are headed to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history after routing the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game.

Matt Ryan threw for four touchdowns, including a 73-yard catch and run for a highlight-reel score by star receiver Julio Jones. The defense played just as crucial a role in containing quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense.

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