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Regional semi-final soccer and volleyball area scoresSubmitted: 10/19/2017
NORTHWOODS - WIAA SOCCER PLAYOFFS:
Antigo: 0 Green Bay Southwest: 8
Merrill: 0 Wausau East: 7
Medford: 0 Rhinelander: 4
Mosinee: 0 Clintonville: 1
Lakeland: 4 New London: 5
Three Lakes: 0 Cumberland: 2
Washburn Co-op: 1 Northland Pines: 5
Phelps: 0 Barron: 9

WIAA VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS:
Northland Pines: 0 Merrill: 3
Medford: 3 Antigo: 0
Marathon: 0 Athens: 3
New Richmond: 0 D.C. Everest: 3
Wausaukee: 3 Elcho: 2
Bowler: 1 Florence: 3
Chequamegon: 0 Grantsburg: 3
Butternut: 0 Mercer: 3
La Cross Logan: 0 Mosinee: 3
Clear Lake: 3 Phllips: 0
Prentice: 0 Rib Lake: 3
Gillett: 0 Three Lakes: 3
Bonduel: 1 Witt-Birn: 3




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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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.

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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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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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MOSINEE - Mosinee soccer hosted Northland Pines on Thursday.

For the Eagles, it was sophomore Liam Oas who got past the goalie to put Pines up 1-0 in the 60th minute.

"Coach called my name so I stepped up to take it. I saw the keeper leaning to the left so I just slowly walked up to it, looked him in the eye and played it to the right," said Oas.

And 1-0 would be the final score, Northland Pines with the victory.

The Eagles will host Washburn/Bayfield next Thursday to get their post-season started.

Now on the volleyball side, Mosinee came in to their senior night as Great Northern Conference champs.

The Indians locked in that title last weekend at the tournament at Northland Pines when they beat the Eagles in a five-set thriller.

"It feels awesome. It's what we've been working for since my freshman year. My dream finally came together and the whole team bonds so well, it really feels like the perfect dream season," said senior Sophie Kamke.

Mosinee took down Marathon tonight 3-1 to win their senior night and last home game of the regular season.

The Indians start their playoff run next week with a bye on Tuesday and then they play on Thursday at home against the winner of the Logan and Sparta match.

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BIRNAMWOOD - Bernard Holsey didn't always think he would make it to the NFL.

"If you would've asked me, even when I was a senior, if I was going to play professional football, I would've told you 'no'," said Holsey.

After playing at Duke University, he was picked up by the New York Giants in 1996.

But after seven years of playing for four different teams, Holsey left the NFL and later moved to Northern Wisconsin where his wife is from.

And that's when he became a football coach (now the head coach) at Wittenberg-Birnamwood high school.

"I love coaching here," said Holsey.

But one thing he doesn't do is talk much about his time in the league.

"I don't want the kids to feel inferior to me or what my accomplishments were or that they have to live up to my expectations," said Holsey.

But Holsey does have high expectations for his team.

"I'm a tough coach, but I'm definitely one that you can always depend on," said Holsey.

That humble side of him makes an important impact on his players.

"He's a very nice guy, I consider him like a second father, almost. He's been a mentor not only in football, but in life to all of us," said senior Keegan Delforge.

This year is the first time in Holsey's four years that the Chargers have made it to the playoffs, which means a lot to him.

"To see their faces and understand that hard work really does pay off," said Holsey.

The Chargers at Amherst on Friday at 7 P.M. for the last regular-season game.

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