Loading
Search
TOP STORY

Rhinelander wins GNC tennis titleSubmitted: 05/18/2018

Play Video
ANTIGO -

The Rhinelander Hodags boys tennis team clinched the Great Northern Conference on Friday before the meet even started.

The seedings and points tallied during the season made it so Rhinelander won the tournament before they even hit a ball. 

"Some years we've done it easier than others. Freshman year was not easy at all, but every time we've done it, I think the time and effort put in definitely pays off. It's proof to the testament of Coach Heideman and our program, how much work we put in," said senior Markus Johnson.

The Hodags have now won the title seven out of the last eight years.

That means the senior class has won conference all four years.

This season was Head Coach Bob Heideman's 31st year with the team.

Heideman says the countless titles during his time are all because of the commitment of his team.

"The first thing is that I try to scare them as far as how good the competition is going to be; that if they don't work hard, it's not going to come," said Heideman.





Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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

Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com






 LOCAL SPORTS

Play Video

NORTHWOODS - Three Lakes/Phelps topped Laona-Wabeno 6-3 to win the Northern Lakes Conference softball title.

Crandon split a doubleheader with Elcho in baseball, giving the Cardinals their second NLC loss of the season.

Rhinelander upset Tomahawk in Game 1 of a softball doubleheader, but the Hatchets won Game 2 12-2.

Check below for other area scores from Thursday night.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF -
In some ways, Lakeland Union's trip to the state golf tournament last year came as a surprise.

"Last year, the team came out of nowhere and went to state. Nobody was really watching us as much," said Lakeland sophomore Ansen Nomm.

It was a team with no seniors that didn't even win its own conference.

But in 2018, the T-Birds are the center of attention.

"This year, everyone is looking at us, they're gunning for us, they want to beat us," said Nomm.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - Wausau East sophomore Cinneidi Comfort feels at home in the net for the Wausau Wolfpack lacrosse team.

"My lowest save percentage was 60%. I think that's a little bit above the average save percentage in the state for girls goalie," said Comfort.

Comfort had up to a 90% save percentage this season. Comfort is the top goalie in the state with 89 saves in only eight games.

"It feels really good because I've worked so hard for it, but it's any other day," said Comfort.

She isn't the only player on the Wolfpack that's playing with a top spot in mind.

Junior Natalia Robinson is second in the state for goals, with 36 goals in eight games. The top scorer has 40 goals in 12 games, so Robinson's on track to become number one.

Robinson started playing lacrosse in sixth grade when she lived in Rhode Island.

"It's so popular down on the east coast, I just fell in love with it. My coaches there were really great and they're great now too," said Robinson.

She moved to Tomahawk a few years later and was happy to see that there was a team for her, even if that meant a 45 minute drive to play.

"It's 100% worth it. Lacrosse is my sport, it's my passion," said Robinson.

Just like Comfort saying it's a regular day, Robinson also wants to downplay the spotlight and get the focus back to her teammates.

"This year, I've been trying to at least keep my goals per game average up to four to five goals per game. Usually after I score four goals in a game, then I try to settle down and get other girls with an assist," said Robinson.

That team-oriented mindset is paying off. The Wolfpack is 7-1 so far and the girls now play their home games at Thom Field for the first time ever.

"We're playing in the stadium, we're getting announced, we're being recognized by the schools, so that feels really good," said Comfort.

The sport of lacrosse is growing fast in Wausau and both Comfort and Robinson hope to see that continue.

+ Read More

Play Video

NORTHWOODS -
Three Lakes/Phelps overcame a four run deficit in the 7th inning in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader to defeat Elcho. The Blue Jays won Game 2 and are now tied with Crandon for first place in the Northern Lakes Conference.

Antigo swept Rhinelander in a baseball doubleheader to stay unbeaten in the Great Northern Conference at 11-0.

Rhinelander soccer lost just it's second GNC game in six years with a 1-0 home loss to Ashland.

Check out those highlights and our area scores below.

+ Read More

Play Video

IRONWOOD, MI - The Copper Peak Sky Flying Hill in Ironwood transformed into a different kind of hill this weekend. Copper Peak hosted its first ever Red Bull 400 on Saturday. 

The rules were simple, all you had to do was run to the top.

"I don't know, it just sounded like fun," said Tanner Hermes from Duluth, Minnesota.

Fun wasn't the word anyone used after the race.

"Hard. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be," said Hermes.

450 runners took the challenge, all based off the description they found online.

"We got here and we saw the size of the hill and we said, 'oh wow, that's a lot bigger than the pictures'," said Stephanie Knutson from Ontario, Canada.

Knutson and her partner Roger Boyer Jr. made a drastic life change within the last year. 

"I was 396 pounds and I woke up that morning and looked at the sun and thought, 'today's the day I'm going to change or I'm going to die'," said Boyer Jr.

He's lost 150 pounds in 11 months and they wanted a big way to celebrate that accomplishment.

"Here we are! We did it," said Knutson.

The Red Bull event was the big challenge the runners were hoping for. The steepest 400 meter race in the world tested more than their quads and lungs, it tested gravity.

"If you leaned back too far, you felt like you were going to fall over backwards," said Hermes.

This was the first event that's been on the hill since 1994. Copper Peak is trying to change that and get ski jumping back in Ironwood. They're hoping that with the help of the Red Bull 400, it can happen in the next few years.

"I hope that more people are aware of this and it brings more tourism to the area," said Hermes.

Just like the runners, Copper Peak is hoping to take that challenge one step at a time.

"This is a good metaphor for life. You're sitting at the bottom looking at something that seems so impossible to accomplish. But if you take one step at a time and keep moving forward and listen to all the positive things around you, you're going to make it," said Knutson.

22-year-old Ian Torchia from Marquette, MI won the men's race with a time of 4:47.5.

25-year-old Anna Mooi from Ironwood, MI won the women's race with a time of 7:15.3.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Check in with the T-Bird Invite results, as well as other scores from around the Northwoods.

+ Read More

Play Video

THREE LAKES -
The saying goes that baseball is a thinking man's game, and secret signs are a big part of a team's strategy.

But for Three Lakes/Phelps, those secret signs are more like secret codes.

"It's one through about 600 and there are colors and different variations," Co-Head Coach Tyler Lorenz.

Blue Jays coaches call out a color or number using wristbands similar to a quarterback's play sheet.

"All they have to do is look down and say 'okay that's my job for this upcoming pitch'," said Lorenz.

It's something Lorenz brought to the program three years ago.

+ Read More

Play Video

NORTHWOODS - Check out the highlights from around the area on Thursday night.

BASEBALL
Medford: 0
Antigo: 10
Medford: 0 Antigo: 12
Rhinelander: 1 Mosinee: 3
Rhinelander: 2 Mosinee: 6
Northland Pines: 5 Tomahawk: 1
Northland Pines: 5 Tomahawk: 1
Amherst: 7 Witt-Birn: 5
Amherst: 7 Witt-Birn: 6

SOFTBALL
Mosinee: 8 Rhinelander: 1
Mosinee: 10 Rhinelander: 2
Lakeland: 4 Crandon: 7
Chequamegon: 11 Prentice: 0
Athens: 13 Rib Lake: 7
Auburndale: 8 Stratford: 14

GIRLS SOCCER
Mosinee: 0 Rhinelander: 9
Lakeland: 0 Ashland: 3

BOYS TENNIS
Lakeland: 3 Medford: 4
Antigo: 0 Rhinelander: 7


+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER -
If there's one word that comes to mind when you walk through the Eagle River Ice Arena, it's history.

"I look up at all the banners that show the decades of hockey teams that have gone to state at all levels," said Lynne Nimmer.

Nimmer's family has been a part of those decades of history. More than 25 years ago, Lynne and her husband Ken helped her parents start a trust fund that gave the Eagle River Recreation Association $90,000.

"My mother grew up here, and my mother was a teacher here," said Nimmer.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Four more Lakeland Union students signed to continue their athletic careers in college Wednesday.

Seniors Olivia Killian, Carley Hintz, Darius Diver, and Kieran Mullen were part of the signing.

The signings came two weeks after Kav FitzPatrick, Jack Garcia, Grant Gibson and Kailey Godfrey signed letters of intent.

Killian and Mullen will both play soccer in college, while Hintz and Diver will run track. Killian said she's relieved the long process of choosing a school is over.

+ Read More
+ More Local Sports
Search: 

WJFW Sports Webpoll