Rhinelander hosts Rebel invite, DeMeyer named 1st Team All-StateSubmitted: 06/16/2018

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The Rhinelander Rebels Legion team hosted the Rebel invite on Saturday.

Rhinelander defeated Clintonville 5-4.

Tomahawk defeated Chequamegon 7-5 in 10 innings.

Clintonville defeated Tomahawk 6-0 in five innings.

Rhinelander and Chequamegon began play at roughly 10:00 p.m.

Before his winning performance on the mound Saturday, Jacob DeMeyer's weekend got off to a pretty nice start.

On Friday, DeMeyer was named to the 1st Team All-State baseball team as an outfielder.

Those teams were selected by the Wisconsin baseball coaches association.

DeMeyer batted nearly .500 in the Great Northern Conference this year.

"It feels pretty good, knowing all the hard work paid off at the end. It's a good way to go out, and especially doing it with all my teammates. I had a blast this year. I wanted to thank my coaches for helping me, and my family and everybody else," said DeMeyer.

Antigo's Brady Tatro and Garrett Held were named to the state second and third teams respectively.

Tomahawk's Rachel Dallman was also named 1st Team All-State in softball.

Story By: Mark Spillane

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When Tomahawk's softball season ended on Saturday, the program closed an important chapter in its history.

The Hatchets' five seniors officially played for the last time in a Tomahawk uniform.

The five seniors (Rachel Dallman, Courtney Theiler, Danielle Kurth, Jordyn Kaminski and Sophie Wegner) helped Tomahawk win seven playoff games during their four years on the team, including five wins in this year's playoff run.

Hatchets head coach John Larson has coached at Tomahawk for more than 25 years. He said this weekend was the perfect ending for those players.

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The Tomahawk Hatchets captured the runner-up trophy in the Division 3 state softball tournament.

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"To be able to get here and be able to finally achieve what we've wanted [to], we've talked about it, and to be able to experience it with our friends, some of us are like sisters. I'm really proud of our team," said Hatchets senior Courtney Theiler.

Hatchets Head Coach John Larson said the entire weekend was something he thinks will stick with Tomahawk's players and community for a long time.

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"I knew the first pitch she gave me was probably going to be the best one so I was like 'I'm swinging no matter what. If I miss, I miss, I've got two left'," said Theiler.

Theiler did not miss and laced an infield single to the shortstop to score Jordyn Kaminsk, giving Tomahawk a 2-1 win.

"Unreal really, I don't know if I believe it yet," said Theiler.

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The last time the Tomahawk softball program reached the state tournament, Lynn Dickey was playing quarterback for the Packers.

In other words, it's been a while.

But this week, the 35-year drought will be broken when the Hatchets head to Madison.

"We've talked about this probably since we were 10 years old," said Tomahawk senior Courtney Theiler.

"We have talked about this since we were like 8 years old," added Tomahawk senior Rachel Dallman.

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