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Lakeland Union finishes strong at Roy Griak InvitationalSubmitted: 09/24/2017

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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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MOSINEE - Team results for GNC Volleyball Tournament #1:

Mosinee 3-0
Antigo 2-1
Medford 2-1
Pines 1-1
Tomahawk 1-2
Rhinelander 0-2
Lakeland 0-2

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WAUSAU - Wausau East's annual Smiley Invitational cross country meet celebrated it's 61st anniversary today. Between the three divisions, there were nearly 60 teams and over 450 runners.

That included several Northwoods teams.

Some notable finishes were Northland Pines, Rib Lake/Prentice  and Tomahawk all having girls in the top 20 in D2 and D3.

Phillips, Tomahawk, Northland Pines and Mosinee all had great boys finishes in D2 and D3 as well.

Rhinelander's Alayna Franson finished in the top 20 for the D1 girls race.

But the best finish of the day was Lakeland Union's Kav FitzPatrick.

The team ran in Division 1 and FitzPatrick won the Smiley Invite for the first time.

He had a time of 15:42 which beat his personal best by 14 seconds. That was a D1 small school course record, as well as a Lakeland Union school record.

He says a big meet like that really pushes him against some tough competition.

"I think this is just a big stepping stone again towards state, and hopefully beyond that. I'm excited to run this well here, so early in the season because I think it's promising for later in the year," said FitzPatrick.

Lakeland finished 8th overall. Ashley Peterson finished 6th for the T-Birds as well.

Three Lakes' top runners, Jared Zwettler and Kortnie Volk finished in the top ten in the D2 and D3 races.


For a full list of the results, follow the link below.

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Friday Night Blitz - 9/15/17Submitted: 09/15/2017

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NORTHWOODS - Antigo tops Rhinelander 48-7 to win the Red Robins' 11th straight Bell Game.

Mosinee scores 50 on the road to defeat Lakeland 50-34.

Auburndale defeats Tomahawk 20-13 in Tomahawk.

Crandon topples Florence 51-6 at home.

Three Lakes/Phelps defeats Elcho/White Lake 38-22 in Three Lakes.

Hurley runs away from Northland Pines 46-32.

Check out all these highlights and more on Friday Night Blitz!

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