Northwoods hockey players making the most of Chequamegon-Phillips co-opSubmitted: 12/10/2017

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PARK FALLS - The Chequamegon-Phillips boys hockey team earned its third win a row on Saturday. The victory pushed the SEaLs to 3-1 on the season.

For the SEaLs, those wins are an added bonus to even having a team. They're one of just 13 independent high school teams in the state. Not belonging to a conference means the Seals need to dig a little deeper to simply fill out a schedule.

"That's what we have to do to get games, without a conference, you don't just start out with 12-16 games already scheduled and a look for a couple fillers, you know we had to find our whole schedule," said Head Coach Tim Gehrke.

Chequamegon and Phillips also includes Butternut in the co-op team. It's the only high school hockey team in the area, which sometimes requires several hours of traveling for games. The Seals players say they know it all starts with the community.

"Just great community support, it wouldn't be possible without them. Fund raising, we need their help to do everything we do, and we just couldn't do it without them," said senior Seth Gehrke.

SEaLs stands for Screaming Eagles and Loggers - the two mascots from Chequamegon and Phillips. Their next game is scheduled for Tuesday.

Story By: Mark Spillane

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NORTHWOODS - BOYS BASKETBALL - Seymour: 63 Merrill: 61

BOYS HOCKEY - Kettle Moraine: 4 Antigo: 1
Pacelli: 2 Lakeland: 6
Chequamegon/Phillips: 8

GIRLS HOCKEY - West Wisconsin: 7 Northern Edge: 1

BOYS SWIM - Rhinelander, Lakeland tie for 1st at Hodag Relays

WRESTLING - Rhinelander 6th out of 25 at Battle On the Bay

GYMNASTICS - Antigo 4th, Rhinelander 5th at Snowflake Invite

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Friday Night Blitz: 12/8/17Submitted: 12/08/2017

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NORTHWOODS - Check out all of the scores and highlights from around the Northwoods on this week's version of Friday Night Blitz!


Lakeland: 43 Rhinelander: 80
Mosinee: 81 Northland Pines: 42
Antigo: 56 Tomahawk: 16
Chequamegon: 45 Rib Lake: 70
Edgar: 44 Stratford: 72

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NORTHWOODS - The Lakeland Union girls hockey co-op hosted Medford on Thursday night.

Then the boys team faced off after that in Minocqua.

Over in Eagle River, the Northland Pines Eagles took on Mosinee.

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WOODRUFF - A lack of snow in the winter can affect local businesses and tourists. But it can also affect the high school cross country ski season.

There's only a couple inches of soft snow on the ground in Woodruff.

"We really want to be on snow," said junior, Celesté Teichmiller.

And that forces the Lakeland Union cross country ski team to get creative.

"Skipping and hopping and resistance work," said head coach, Jim Mullen.

This season has been about average in terms of snow fall, but it's melted at a faster rate.

"Skiing in Wisconsin is always an adventure," said Mullen.

That's an adventure that the Lakeland Union boys team has overcome.

"Winning state has been a tradition at Lakeland after winning it the last three years," said senior, Kieran Mullen.

And they want to keep that tradition going, despite these unusual practices.

"We're looking to repeat that and it's not necessarily a hope, but more of an expectation," said Kieran Mullen.

The team is doing a lot of cardio and minimal ski workouts. But there's one movement that they're missing.

"You're trying to imitate glide which is very hard so obviously on snow activities are the best for training skiers, but we make it happen," said Jim Mullen.

They have not had to cancel any meets so far this season, but they're hoping it snows a lot by December 19th which is their first team meet.

"We try our hardest to do everything else and perfect everything else," said Teichmiller.

This weekend, some of the athletes said they will go practice in Michigan and areas in northwest Wisconsin, like Cable who have gotten a lot more snow than the Northwoods have.

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EAGLE RIVER - Three months ago, a water skiing accident nearly left Merrill firefighter Chris Marion paralyzed. The St. Germain native has shocked everyone around him with an amazing recovery that's far from over. Tuesday night, Marion stood side-by-side with the Northland Pines Eagles, as they honored him before their game against Lakeland.

"It's absolutely amazing, I can't even explain how it feels," said Marion.

For Marion, standing on the ice at the Eagle River Ice Arena took a lot more effort than he ever imagined it could.

"I do recall [lying] face down in the water, unable to move," said Marion.

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ANTIGO - Antigo boys hockey expected to be a good team again this year, but the Red Robins knew they needed to find a new goalie. Just three games into the season, it seems like they found one.

"I was a little nervous coming into the game," said Antigo sophomore Brody Bunnell.

Those nerves didn't show last week when Bunnell made 37 saves against SPASH. Even though the Red Robins lost that game, Bunnell showed his coaches what he could do.

"We knew coming in that we had a good goalie, but as much as he stepped up in those two games against SPASH and New Richmond, he really exceeded our expectations," said Antigo Head Coach Matt Borneman.

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NORTHWOODS - Merrill girls basketball easily topped Logan 76-36 at home while Antigo boys hockey struggled to a 4-1 loss against New Richmond.

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Friday Night Blitz: 12/1/17Submitted: 12/01/2017

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NORTHWOODS - Check out this week's episode of Friday Night Blitz for all your Northwoods highlights and updates!

Plus, we take a look at Saturday's Big Ten title game with a live report from Indianapolis.

Here are scores from around the area.

DC Everest: 66 Medford: 39
Antigo: 58 Merrill: 56 (OT)
Green Bay East: 57 Rhinelander: 59
Wausau West: 72 Lakeland: 69
Stratford: 56 Rib Lake: 28
Florence: 32 Phelps: 71
Crandon: 75 Three Lakes: 60
Goodman-Pembine: 76 Elcho: 62

Wausau West: 83 Lakeland: 52
Northland Pines: 48 Antigo: 38
Rhinelander: 76 Mosinee: 66
Marathon: 74 Phillips: 47
Phelps: 45 Florence: 64

Tomahawk: 7 Merrill: 3
Marshfield: 7 Medford: 1

Lakeland/Tomahawk: 4 Northland Pines: 2
Marquette (MI): 4 Northland Pines: 2

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ANTIGO - Broden Bunnell made 37 stops and CJ Levis scored for Antigo but it wasn't enough as Stevens Point topped the Red Robins 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night.

Here's a list of other scores from around the area Tuesday night.

Laona-Wabeno: 19 Antigo: 82
Lakeland: 62 Ashland: 57
Medford: 69 Wausau East: 40
Wisconsin Rapids: 44 Rhinelander 46
Northland Pines: 53 Crandon: 51
Phillips: 83 Chequamegon: 31
Athens: 33 Prentice: 58
Phelps: 74 Butternut: 58

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MERRILL - Earlier this month, NASCAR paired with NBC to announce the first ever pit crew all-star team. One of those choices found his love for racing right here in the Northwoods.

"I grew up racing cars at Tomahawk, I grew up racing at Wausau," said Ethan Marquette.

Marquette's journey to working in NASCAR began as a race fan in Wisconsin. He now works as a rear tire carrier for JTG-Dougherty racing in NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series.

"I wanted to be a driver, but that is way too expensive," said Marquette.

With that realization, Marquette came up with the plan to work in a pit crew.

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