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Lakeland Union finishes strong at Roy Griak InvitationalSubmitted: 09/24/2017
MINNESOTA - A few Northwoods cross country teams ran at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota this weekend. 

Rhinelander and Antigo made the trip, but the Lakeland Union Thunderbirds made quite a name for themselves.

In their respective divisions and groups, Kav FitzPatrick finished fourth out of 433 runners. He had the best finish and best time of any T-bird in the past.

On the girls side, Ashley Peterson finished fifth. The girls team finished 12th out of 48 teams in their race.

FULL LIST OF RESULTS:

BOYS: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/minn/sports/m-xc/auto_pdf/2017-18/misc_non_event/2017BGResults.pdf

GIRLS: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/minn/sports/m-xc/auto_pdf/2017-18/misc_non_event/2017GMResults.pdf




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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EAGLE RIVER - The Eagle River Snowmobile Hall of Fame has members from all over the world. But just a few of those members are local.

On Saturday, they inducted four new members and one of them was from the Northwoods.

Don Schulpius is from St. Germain and he helped snowmobiling here in the Northwoods become what it is today.

Schulpius started the Bo Boen Snowmobile Club in St. Germain. He also started Arrowhead Groomers, the equipment many snowmobile clubs use to groom their trails.

"When we first started in '69, you'd never dream of what it is today. I did it, not for what I'm getting tonight. I did it because I love the sport," said Schulpius.

Schulpius was also named the US Snowmobiler of the Year back in 1981.

To read more on his accomplishments, here is his biography from the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

Starting in 1965 Don's long snowmobiling career has followed many trails. But foremost has been his desire and dedication to promoting the sport through aggressive trail development and grooming programs. He is a true visionary who immediately realized the promise that snowmobiling has as a recreational sport and industry. 

By 1969, he helped found the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club in St. Germain, Wisconsin and served as its first president. Today it is the largest club in the state with 993 members. Recognizing the need for groomed trails, Don formed Arrowhead Groomers, designing and building the first true trail groomer and introducing Tucker Sno-Cats to the sport. Trail development, grooming knowledge and its technology soon made him the forerunner of high tech grooming. 

He designed the club's first snowmobile trail map and continued to make improvements in the grooming operations throughout the Midwest. Don became a long time Director in the state association and, in 1981, was named US Snowmobiler of the Year. 

He was an original member of Team Oasis and later the Ambassadors of Snowmobiling that traveled North America's snowbelt for many years promoting the sport. Known also as "Mr. Snowmobiling," Don Schulpius is one of the most passionate and hard working snowmobilers to be found. 

For this, and for his many years of service to the sport, Don Schulpius is now being inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

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- Merrill's senior QB Zach Mootz threw for four TDs and ran for two more in the Blue Jays 44-6 win over Lakeland Union.

Merrill moves to 2-1 in the Great Northern Conference.

The Blue Jays will face Rhinelander at Mike Webster Stadium next Friday while the Thunderbirds will face Ashland at home.

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ANTIGO - The Antigo Red Robins girls tennis team won its first ever Great Northern Conference title this afternoon. That means they snapped the Hodag's seven-year streak.

But the Hodags didn't go down easily. Antigo won the conference tournament by only three points.

Maya Gaedtke was named the conferences singles Player of the Year.

And Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood won doubles players of the year after winning the doubles title.

Next up for Antigo and Rhinelander will be sub-sectionals on October 2nd.

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Friday Night Blitz 9-22-17Submitted: 09/22/2017

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NORTHWOODS - The Antigo Red Robins hosted Medford and Antigo won, 7-0.

Rhinelander went to Mosinee and the Indians took the W, 35-0.

Gogebic came down to Wisconsin to face Northland Pines. The Eagles won 20-14.

Crandon traveled to Wabeno to take on the Rebels. Crandon won 36-8.

Three Lakes/Phelps hosted Northern Elite and the Predators won, 34-8.



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WAUSAU - Northcentral Wisconsin reached nearly 80 degrees this week, but a group of hockey players enjoyed a cool, 32-degree day on the ice. 

The Wausau Riverwolves have started camp ahead of their inaugural season.

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RHINELANDER - Lindsay Byrka set records as a swimmer at Rhinelander High School.

Over the past few years, she's taken that success and spread it to her athletes as the head girls' and boys' swim coach at Rhinelander.

But this week, Byrka resigned from her position.

A school district press release says she refused the salary set by the school board and wouldn't sign her contract.

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WAUSAU - On Saturday, we told you about the success that Northwoods teams had at the annual Smiley Invitational in Wausau. At that meet, Three Lakes' Jared Zwettler and Kortnie Volk both finished in the top 10 in the Division 2 & 3 race.

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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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GREEN BAY - Receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the Green Bay Packers' divisional round playoff game on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys because of injured ribs.

Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that Nelson would not be medically cleared to take part in the team's final practice on Saturday, and that the medical staff determined that Nelson would not be ready for the game.

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