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Friday Night Blitz - January 20, 2017Submitted: 01/20/2017

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NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander hosted Lakeland for a basketball double header as each team picked up a win. The T-Birds came out victorious on the girls side while the Hodags got the win on the boys side.

Mosinee picked up a boys win as well by topping Tomahawk.

Plus Florence defeated Crandon in the Northern Lakes conference.

We also take a look at how UW-Stevens Point men's hockey fared in its matchup against Eau Claire.

Check out all those highlights plus area scores and more tonight on Friday Night Blitz!




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MINOCQUA - In the Northwoods, high school sports teams occasionally  join together to make sure they can form a full team. This season, Tomahawk girls hockey has co-op'd with the Lakeland Union team.

The decision was made because of low numbers on the Tomahawk team.

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NORTHWOODS - Northland Pines boys hockey rolled to another victory while Medford topped Lakeland in a shootout.

Plus we take a look at the Great Northern Conference standings. Check it out!

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WABENO - A lot has changed since the last time the Laona/Wabeno boys basketball team lost a conference game.

Their last loss came in February 2014. That was before Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP trophy. Melvin Gordon was still a Wisconsin Badger. Rickie Weeks still played for the Brewers.

"They've all bought into the program, which has led to the success of our program," said head coach Mike Chrisman.

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EAGLE RIVER - More than 700 racers entered in this year's Vintage Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River.

Just 10 got the chance to ride in the Vintage World Championship race.

One of them was Rhinelander's own Justin Ernst.

"It's taken a lot of people to get me here, and I don't know, it's kind of a surreal moment.," said Ernst.

Ernst was the only Northwoods racer in the top ten, and he said he could feel the local support throughout the weekend.

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ST. GERMAIN - You won't find a Tough Mudder or a Spartan Race up here in the Northwoods, but you don't really need those when you have the Arctic Warrior.

That's exactly what Little St. Germain Lake offered Saturday.

"We thought 'there aren't many obstacle courses in the winter, so let's do that'," said St. Germain Chamber Event Coordinator Judy Jurries.

The first ever Arctic Warrior hosted nearly 100 competitors for an 8K snowshoe race and an 8K obstacle course race.


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NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander defeated Merrill in boys basketball.

Northland Pines ran all over Tomahawk on the girls side while Lakeland stayed undefeated and topped Medford.

Northland Pines girls hockey also won as the Eagles defeated Waupaca 6-3.

Check out all the highlights and more on Friday Night Blitz!


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ANTIGO - One of the walls at Antigo's "Remington Pool" displays a school record board, where Colin Koss's name is shown not once, not twice, but eight times.

Colin didn't come back to Antigo's meet against Lakeland on Thursday to celebrate his records.
Instead he was there to celebrate his mom.

"I was glad I was wearing goggles, I was a little teary-eyed just because it was a special moment," said Koss.

Colin's mom Michelle was killed in a bicycle accident last March.

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LAMBEAU FIELD - The Packers franchise has thousands of dedicated fans. And when the temperatures drop, you see just how loyal they really are.

"It is actually pretty warm compared to every other game I've been to," said dedicated fan, Ashley Dean.

Fans visiting from different parts of the country got a rude awakening when they saw how cold it would be on Sunday.

"Seeing the numbers versus actually being here, no, we had no idea," said Robert Alford from Las Vegas.

Going to a game in the frozen tundra means you have to be prepared with a few layers.

"I have some under armor leggings and then some Nike cold gear running pants, and then these. And then on top, i have 4 layers underneath the coat," said Alford.

But some opt to leave those layers at home.

"You have more shirtless people for colder games, obviously," said Dean.

Regardless of your wardrobe, it was flat out cold in Green Bay for the Giants game. You have to get creative to stay comfortable.

"You have to be really loud, you have to be interacting with the crowd. You can't just sit there and be cold, you have to do things to make you warmer," said Dean.

No matter what they do to stay warm, fans still knew just how lucky they were to be at historic Lambeau Field for the playoffs.

"It's going to be indescribable; I'm completely excited for it," said Alford.

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander boys basketball was back in action after having to take a break over the last few weeks due to the whooping cough school closure. The team hosted Medford Saturday afternoon.

The game was be a tight one and go into overtime. Medford won, 64-62.

Here's what Owen White had to say after the game on if that long break had anything to do with the loss.

"We don't want to use that as an excuse but I definitely think defensively we lost some of what we had with communication and we have to get that back. We can't really make the excuse of the break, I know it didn't help but we have to be ready to play defense better than that," said White.

The Hodags plays next Friday at Merrill at 7:15.


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RHINELANDER - More than a dozen ski teams with roughly 270 skiers are competing in the Hodag Challenge this weekend.

The Rhinelander event is hosted by the Northwoods Nordic Ski club.

On day one of the event, skiers competed by starting in 15-second intervals.

Kieran Mullen of Lakeland posted the fastest boys time of 11:35.

On the girls side, Isabel Saey of Peak Nordic had the top time of 13:19.

The teams will compete in pursuit-style races tomorrow in day two of the event.

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