Gaber signs letter of intent to golf at Clarke UniversitySubmitted: 11/18/2015

Play Video
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander golfer will play college golf at Clarke University in Iowa.

Senior Alex Gaber signed his letter of intent Wednesday.

Friends and family came to Rhinelander High School to congratulate him.

Gaber says he had a couple schools on his wish list, but he says choosing Clarke University was an easy decision.

"The golf opportunity is fantastic," says Gaber. "There's, I think, five or six golf courses within 20 minutes. The campus, it's small. It's a small school. The student-to-teacher ratio was 11:1, so you know you're going to get a lot of teacher attention. It was a great atmosphere."

Gaber works closely with the staff at Northwood Golf Course in Rhinelander to get better.

He says their insight has been invaluable.

"I have worked with those guys since I was eight years old, so they've been there all the time," he says. "I'll be hitting balls on the range, and they'll just walk up and call me out. They'll see something wrong, and just have me fix it right there."

Gaber's family was excited when he finally made his decision.

"They were very happy," he says. "They'd been with me through several college visits, and they'd been on the road, travelling with me to visit them all, so they were happy when I finally committed."

Gaber gives his coaches all the credit for helping him get better.

"They've been very supportive. Bringing us to all the meets and working with us constantly. Putting up with us throughout all the seasons. And then the coach at Clarke, he's a great guy. He's a lot of fun, and he'll definitely be a great coach for the future."

Gaber still has his senior golf season left to play at Rhinelander High School.

Story By: Dan Marz

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

Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


Play Video

MINOCQUA - A well-known college basketball coach spent the last decade of his life helping young basketball players in the Northwoods.

Norm Ellenberger died of natural causes in his cabin in Watersmeet, Michigan, Saturday night.
He coached at New Mexico for seven years during the  1970s. He was also Bob Knight's assistant coach at Indiana during the '90s.

+ Read More

NORTHWOODS - Deer hunters will prepare this week for the opening of deer season. It kicks off Saturday.

If you haven't found a place to hunt, there's plenty of public land to hunt on in Wisconsin, especially in the North.

The DNR has a tool that can help you find the right spot to hunt in the Northwoods.

It's an online atlas.

+ Read More

ANTIGO - The weather might not seem nice, but for high school hockey players, it's one of the best times of the year.

The Antigo Red Robins hockey team won the GNC last year, but they fell short of a state appearance in the sectional finals.

But ask anyone on the team, and they'll tell you the same thing senior Zack Levis does: "This group of guys is awesome, and I really enjoy all the time we get to spend together."

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander girls swimming team sent a relay team to state for the first time in 12 years this season.

The team also sent an individual swimmer for the first time since 2007.

They'll compete in Friday's state swimming meet.

Head coach Lindsay Byrka won six state championships as a Hodag in the '90s. She wanted to bring that success back to Rhinelander.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - A great high school wrestling career keeps getting better for Merrill's Mason Reinhardt, even though he graduated almost six months ago.

Reinhardt was named Wisconsin's Wrestler of the Year by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association.

+ Read More

Play Video

MEDFORD - Two rounds into the high school football playoffs...and only a few teams from the area are still standing, but only one will get to play at home in level three: the Medford Raiders.

Medford beat two conference opponents to get this far.

Now, they're only two wins away from being a state qualifier.

Last week, they caught some good fortune.

#1 Rice Lake fell to New Richmond at home.

That means the Raiders get to stay in Medford for level three.

"It's always nice to play at home and not have to travel," says Head Coach Ted Wilson. "New Richmond's about a two hour ride, so while we're used to traveling like that, it's always better to be at home, and have your home crowd. It's nice. New Richmond's a very good team. It's not like playing Rice Lake makes it any…less hard."

The team never expected to tie for the Great Northern Conference title.

Players say it's rewarding to be playing so late in the season.

"It's amazing," says Senior Lineman Garett Storch. "We never expected it at all. We were predicted to be second last in the conference, so to be this far, it's something else."

If they win Friday, they'll be one of four teams left in the Division 3 playoff.

+ Read More

GREEN BAY - The Packers road trip this weekend looks similar to their last one. They'll face another undefeated team, the Carolina Panthers.

Green Bay looked dismal against the undefeated Broncos Sunday night. The Broncos looked like the faster team nearly the entire game.

Starting fast will be an emphasis for the Pack this week.

+ Read More

Play Video

MADISON - Sam Arneson completed his Badger football career in 2014.

The tight end from Merrill had a successful time in Madison blocking for running backs like Melvin Gordon and catching big passes from Joel Stave.

Now he is set on having a successful career off the playing field.

+ Read More

Play Video

MADISON - Sam Arneson finished his football career with the Badgers as an important member of the team.
The former tight end from Merrill also left his mark as a leader.

+ Read More

MEDFORD - Mosinee already beat one Great Northern Conference co-champion last week, and they tried to make it two in a row against Medford Friday.

The Indians started off with a bang.

On their second play from scrimmage, Landon Stepan drops back and unleashes.

He hits Bryce Graveen in stride, who takes it to the house for six.

They go for two, but are denied the promised land.

Medford ball...and the next couple drives look the same.

Mosinee's defense comes up with a couple huge plays early in the set, but Medford comes back with a big gainer on third down, and they capped it off with a nice touchdown to Garett Strebig.

Medford holds off an aggressive Mosinee team 21-12.

+ Read More
+ More Local Sports