Rhinelander volleyball to start season with new coachSubmitted: 08/18/2018

Play Video
MERRILL - Hodag volleyball will begin a new era this season.

Saturday at a scrimmage in Merrill, Hodag players and coaches put the new leadership and teams to test.

"It feels really good to be back on the quart," said sophomore varsity returner Hannah Worachek.

Rhinelander volleyball challenged Antigo, Merrill and Rib Lake.

"It helps us know how they are going to be playing during the season and what we expect," Worachek said.

The young Hodag team also took the court for the first time with their new coach.

Brianna Scheuermann is a 2015 graduate of RHS and its volleyball program.

"How to coach the girls at a varsity level has kind of just been something new for me," Scheuermann said. "I've been a varsity player, but it's totally different coaching it."

Scheuermann coached the JV squad last season so she's not a complete rookie.

"You're looking at not only just your team, you are looking at all the teams and who could possibly be moving up or moving down and who needs to learn what," Scheuermann said.

Scheuermann was pleased with how the girls played today and now she knows exactly what the team needs to work on.

"We definitely need to focus on serving, getting our spots and more passing to get good sets up for the hitters and hitting down on the ball," Scheuermann said.

Worachek says the coaching transition has been easy and she has high hopes for the season.

"I really hope we can win some games and challenge each other and take it serious," Worachek said.

Scheuermann plans to push her players to their highest potential.

"I really want them to understand and kind of get volleyball at a higher level," Scheuermann said.

The former RHS coach, Kathy Wawrzynowicz retired after 18 years.

The Hodags will host a four-team invitational on August 21 with Ashland, Chequamegon and Three Lakes for their home opener.

Story By: Mazie Vincent

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story

Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


Play Video

RHINELANDER - Getting picked last and pegging base runners with the ball are usually memories left in childhood, much like everything else about kickball.

But it's the perfect way to honor Ryan Stradley, who grew up playing the sport.

"We probably had 15 kids in the neighborhood, so we'd gather them and play kickball," Stradley's childhood friend Jesse Shepard said.

Most of those kids came back to Pine Lake Park two decades later. They came because Stradley impacted each of them before dying in 2015 with an undetected heart disease.

"Obviously at our age, we don't expect our friends to be dying," Shepard said. "He was only 28 years old."

+ Read More
Friday Night Blitz 8-17-18Submitted: 08/17/2018

Play Video

Prescott: 6 Rhinelander: 28
Amherst: 34 Merrill: 3
Marathon: 9 Mosinee: 44
Medford: 32 Rice Lake: 46
Antigo: 14 Berlin: 25
Lakeland: 43 Hayward: 13
Ashland: 28 Northwestern: 53
Crandon: 0 Abbotsford: 78
Belleville: 69 WhiteLake-Elcho: 0
Chequamegon: 14 Boyceville: 0
Deerfield: 6 Three Lakes-Phelps: 12
Tomhawk: 20 Shiocton: 14
Wittenberg-Birnamwood: 33 Northland Pines: 22

+ Read More

Play Video

PARK FALLS - A medical mystery turned into a scary diagnosis for a Chequmaegon football player earlier this year.

Thomas Harris ended last season with a concussion, so he thought.

Thomas spent his off-season beating cancer instead of in the weight room. He knew he had a hard battle ahead.

But not only did he conquer the disease, he's also getting to spend his senior year playing his favorite sport.

"Hopefully what I've been through can be motivation for some of teammates," Harris said.

From long hospital stays and chemotherapy, to first downs and putting on that green Screaming Eagles uniform again. Chequamegon quarterback Thomas Harris is back on the gridiron.

+ Read More

Play Video


On Friday, high school football teams across the state will play their first games.

One Northwoods school almost lost its program last season and is now putting in extra effort to prove themselves.

"It's kind of been a struggle the past few seasons fielding enough players," said Chequamegon head football coach Dan Pearsall.

After low roster numbers and safety issues, the Chequamegon school board nearly cut its football program last season.

However, the Screaming Eagles are getting another chance at 11-man football.

+ Read More
+ More Local Sports


Play Video

MERRILL - Every Sunday a group of people in Merrill play a round of 18 holes.

The twist is, they use discs instead of golf balls.

Kyle Gulke created a disk golf league this summer to try and promote disk golf in the Northwoods.

He encourages anyone to come out and try the game, even if you don't know how to play.

The warmer and rainy weather has really affected the turn out each week.

Gulke hopes interest will grow before winter hits.

+ Read More

Play Video

GREEN BAY - After a long offseason, Packers fans made their way to Lambeau field for the first time tonight.

Green Bay might be a small city, but filling the 80,000-seat stadium isn't very hard.

Finding tickets for any Packers game can be challenging even in the preseason.

+ Read More

GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment with the effort from some of the Green Bay Packers' younger players during a frustrating period at practice.

It appears that some of the rookie wideouts were the focus of his displeasure.

+ Read More

Play Video

CANTON, OHIO - Since 1987, only 13 players have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame listed exclusively as an offensive guard.

As of Saturday night, former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer, who wore number 13, is one of them.

The Hall officially inducted Kramer in Canton, Ohio.

Kramer played for the Packers from 1958 to 1968.

During his speech, Kramer talked about his former coach, the legendary Vince Lombardi, who told him what comes after winning a Super Bowl Championship.

+ Read More
+ More Regional Sports