Athens beats Greenwood/Granton Submitted: 10/24/2014

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ATHENS - Number three ranked Athens defeated Greenwood/Granton 56-12 Friday night in Athens.

The Blue Jays were stout on defense from the start. Aaron Wickman took down Walker Wuethrich.

The Blue Jays scored on their first offensive possession.

Mark Stange took the ball untouched into the end zone.

Athens will host Marathon next Friday.

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Mosinee moves on in high school football playoffsSubmitted: 10/24/2014

MOSINEE - The Mosinee Indians were one of the few Northwoods teams that hosted a playoff game Friday.

They played the Onalaska Hilltoppers.

And this one was a defensive struggle early.

But Mosinee was the first to break the scoring draught.

The handoff goes to Kelvin Lassa.

And he hammers it up the middle to give the Indians a 6 point lead.

But Mosinee was looking for more.

They go for two.

QB Landon Stepan keeps it on the draw.

But he is stopped well short.

Next possession for Onalaska, they drive it down the field.

And they tie it on the bootleg pass to receiver Tyler Hughes.

Tie game now.

But Mosinee comes out on top in the end.

They win a close one 28-26.

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Cross country sectionals kick offSubmitted: 10/24/2014

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ATHENS - Division three sectionals started for high school cross country on Friday in Athens.

Marathon was up front early.

But Josh Langteau of Athens would take the lead and he wouldn't look back.

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Tomahawk volleyball sweeps Antigo in playoffsSubmitted: 10/23/2014

TOMAHAWK - You'll find more than football playoffs in high school sports this time of year.

The GNC volleyball playoffs are also in full swing.

The Tomahawk Hatchets hosted Antigo Thursday.

Tomahawk had already won the Great Northern Conference in volleyball.

Despite their success, Tomahawk coaches say they have to stay aggressive.

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Practical shooting group offers practice, training for beginners & expertsSubmitted: 10/22/2014

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RHINELANDER - Practical shooting gives people the chance to practice in real-life situations. You can find a number of teams across Wisconsin. Shooters believe the sport helps experts and beginners trying to work on their skills.

"I've been shooting for more than a year and a half, for me this is more fun than any type of shooting I've done in my life," Northwoods Practical Shooters Range Officer Bruce Gary said. "And I have literally been shooting my whole life."

The sport starts quietly, but that changes quickly. Gary describes the sport in a few words.

"It's an addiction." Gary said. "The more you shoot the more you want to shoot."

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Hunters try wolf trapping for first timeSubmitted: 10/21/2014

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LITTLE RICE - Everyone doesn't agree with Wisconsin's wolf hunt. However the state is in the middle of its third wolf season.

It started Wednesday. Since then, trappers have found major success, quickly in the Northwoods.

Four of the six wolf zones are already closed. Zones 3 and 6 are still open.

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Area Regional Volleyball Scores Submitted: 10/21/2014

NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander 3 Northland Pines 1

Florence 3 Phelps 0

Phillips 3 Ladysmith 0

Mosinee 3 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 1

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Lakeland cross country sibling bond Submitted: 10/21/2014

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland cross country team hopes to run well at cross country sectionals this weekend.

The boys team is ranked 3rd in the state. The girls are 15th in Division Two standings.

Each team's best runners share a number of athletic qualities with the other.

You could credit their family connection.

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Alayna Franson is a strong freshman runnerSubmitted: 10/20/2014

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RHINELANDER - High school runners will take on sectionals this weekend.

Every school from the Great Northern Conference, except Rhinelander, will compete in Tomahawk. Rhinelander will run at Stevens Point.

You might want to watch out for Rhinelander Freshman Alayna Franson.

She finished second at this past weekend's Great Northern Conference Cross Country Meet, and Franson doesn't want the season to end soon.

Franson doesn't consider her freshman title negative. Instead she looks at her class as a challenge.

"I wanted to push myself and see what I could do as a freshman and see how far I could go," said Franson.

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Northland Pines finally hires boys basketball coachSubmitted: 10/20/2014

EAGLE RIVER - The Northland Pines boys basketball team waited a while.

But it finally has a new coach.

Less than one month before practice starts, the school selected Rick Mai to coach the Eagles.

He takes over a struggling program.

Mai will be the third coach in three years for Pines, following Ryan Clark and Brent Luebke.

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GNC volleyball tournament kicks offSubmitted: 10/18/2014

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RHINELANDER - Great Northern Conference volleyball teams made the trip to Rhinelander today for the conference tournament.

They were led by the undefeated Tomahawk Hatchets.

But it was the Hodags that had a strong showing.

They swept the Lakeland T-Birds in 3 sets in round 2 after sitting the first round out.

But there is one team that Rhinelander is concerned with more than the others.

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