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Northland Pines finally hires boys basketball coachSubmitted: 10/20/2014
EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines boys basketball team waited a while.

But it finally has a new coach.

Less than one month before practice starts, the school selected Rick Mai to coach the Eagles.

He takes over a struggling program.

Mai will be the third coach in three years for Pines, following Ryan Clark and Brent Luebke.

The Eagles also haven't won a conference game in three years.

Mai was the girls basketball coach at Pines in the late 2000's.

The team opens their season at home against Crandon in late November.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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Alayna Franson is a strong freshman runnerSubmitted: 10/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - High school runners will take on sectionals this weekend.

Every school from the Great Northern Conference, except Medford, will compete in Tomahawk.

You might want to watch out for Rhinelander Freshman Alayna Franson.

She finished second at this past weekend's Great Northern Conference Cross Country Meet, and Franson doesn't want the season to end soon.

Franson doesn't consider her freshman title negative. Instead she looks at her class as a challenge.

"I wanted to push myself and see what I could do as a freshman and see how far I could go," said Franson.

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GNC volleyball tournament kicks offSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - Great Northern Conference volleyball teams made the trip to Rhinelander today for the conference tournament.

They were led by the undefeated Tomahawk Hatchets.

But it was the Hodags that had a strong showing.

They swept the Lakeland T-Birds in 3 sets in round 2 after sitting the first round out.

But there is one team that Rhinelander is concerned with more than the others.

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Great Northern Conference Holds Conference Cross Country ChampionshipSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Great Northern conference held their cross country championship meet Saturday.

It was the final competition for high school runners before sectionals next weekend.

Minocqua Winter Park was the site of Saturday's meet.

Lakeland's Andrew Schilling set the pace early on.

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Friday ScoresSubmitted: 10/17/2014

UNITED STATES - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Final: Mosinee 49, Rhinelander 14

Final: Merrill 35, Lakeland 6

Final: Northland Pines 35, L'Anse 34

Final: Iron Mountain 35, Hurley 34

Final: Athens 54, Abbotsford 8

Final: Antigo 24, Mondovi 14

Final: Appleton North 42, Wausau East 8

Final: Wausau West 13, Appleton East 3


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON

Final: Charlotte 96, Washington 86

Final: Orlando 99, Detroit 87

Final: Dallas 108, Cleveland 102

Final: Milwaukee 105, Minnesota 98

Final: Toronto 109, Oklahoma City 90

Final: Miami 115, Golden State 108


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final: Columbus 3, Calgary 2

Final: Florida 1, Buffalo 0

Final: Detroit 4, Toronto 1

Final: Nashville 2, Winnipeg 0

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Merrill defeats Lakeland 35-6Submitted: 10/17/2014

MERRILL - The Blue Jays hosted the Lakeland T-Birds.

Lakeland looked to clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight.

But it was a tough going away from home for the T-Birds.

They fell down 21-0 at halftime.

Then Merrill got the second half kickoff.

And they marched right down the field.

QB Chaz Mootz pitches to Mason Reinhardt who carried three times on the drive for a pair of first downs.

Then they took to the air.

Mootz hits Reinhardt again who picks up another 20 yards.

And they punch it in a few plays later.

Mootz finds Lucas Lee for a short TD pass.

And that squanders Lakeland's playoff hopes.

Merrill wins this one 35-6.

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Edgar Finishes Season Undefeated Submitted: 10/17/2014

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PRENTICE - The undefeated and #1 ranked Edgar Wildcats beat the Rib Lake/Prentice Hawks 41-0 on Friday.

Prentice moved the ball on their first drive. Tyler Engel took the handoff and he's off to the races.

But the Hawks couldn't capitalize.

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Area Football Scores Submitted: 10/17/2014

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ACROSS THE NORTHWODS - Northland Pines won close one over L'Anse 35-34 Friday night.

The Eagles are headed to the playoffs.


Another close one in Iron Mountain, they win over Hurley 35-34.


A big matchup for #3 ranked division 6 team Athens.

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Rhinelander falls to Mosinee 49-14Submitted: 10/17/2014

MOSINEE - Mosinee played host to Rhinelander.

The Hodags traveled down on a windy night looking for one more win for their seniors.

Rhinelander's defense had a couple of good plays to open the game.

The very first play the Indians try the swing pass to Ben Fochs.

But he's taken down instantly by Kody Blacyki.

A few plays later.

QB Landon Stepan looks over the middle.

But Ryan Frahm does his JJ Watt impression and bats the ball down at the line.

Hodags hold the Indians until 4th and 3.

Mosinee will go for the first down.

The handoff goes to Chris Tomski up the middle.

And he take it all the way in almost untouched.

And that would break the game wide open for Mosinee.

They had only one drive that didn't end in a touchdown.

And they win this one 49-14.

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Rhinelander Hodags look to the futureSubmitted: 10/16/2014

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander varsity football team won't make the playoffs this year.

They only have two wins.

However the coaching staff feels optimistic about the team going forward.
The team will graduate some players, but the majority will be coming back to take the field.

Those Hodags will have a busy offseason getting ready for the 2015 season.

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Mosinee Squirts lace up their skatesSubmitted: 10/15/2014

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MOSINEE - Local hockey players need to hit the ice to get ready for the upcoming winter sports season.

In Mosinee, the youth hockey league players are already training to become future Mosinee Indians and Papermakers.

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