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Undefeated tennis players chase perfection for Rhinelander, AntigoSubmitted: 09/22/2018

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MINOCQUA - In sports, losing is a part of the game, but someone forgot to tell Antigo's Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood.

The Robins' number one doubles team hasn't lost a match in more than three years.

"We never expected any of this," Arrowood said. "Freshman year, the only team we lost to was Rhinelander. We really never expected any of this."

Rhinelander and Antigo combined have seven players that went at least 5-0 in the regular season of conference play.


Hodags' No. 2 singles player Emma Roberts didn't lose any conference matches last year, then got even better over the summer.

"I've just been, compared to last year, hitting it a lot harder," Roberts said. "I can have a lot better shot selection and positioning."

Even though the focus remains on the team, it's hard for undefeated players to keep the streak out of their minds.

"They're talking about it at practice," Antigo head coach Aimee Hein said. "They're snapping their friends about it. They know."

And the ones who have remained undefeated the longest handle it in completely different ways.

"I think I thought about it this morning for a little bit, but that's about it," Robrecht said. 

"I always think about it," Arrowood said.

All of them share one thing in common though: taking care of business on the court.

Rhinelander finished two points ahead of Antigo to win its seventh Great Northern Conference title in eight years.


Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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Friday Night Blitz 9.21.18 Submitted: 09/21/2018

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NORTHWOODS -
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ 9.21.18
ASHLAND: 46 NORTHLAND PINES: 6
MOSINEE 42 VS. RHINELANDER: 21
ANTIGO: 18 MEDFORD: 22
MERRILL: 18 LAKELAND UNION: 30
LAONOA/WABENO: 18 CRANDON: 6
ELCHO/WHITE LAKE: 0 HURLEY: 54
THREE LAKES/PHELPS: 22 NORTHERN ELITE: 61
CRIVITZ: 57 SURING: 14
CHEQUAMEGON: 6 TOMAHAWK: 42
RIB LAKE/PRENTICE: 0 STRATFORD: 41
MARATHON: 6 AUBURNDALE: 35




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EAGLE RIVER - The rainy weather led to many sporting event cancellations on Thursday.

Luckily, not all of them were rained out.

Northland Pines hosted a non-conference volleyball triangular against Phillips and Kingsford.

Many players told us that non-conference invites are great opportunities for teams to work on their player rotations.

Northland Pines specifically focused on keeping the energy high and the team motivated.

However, the Eagles aren't quite where they want to be.

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TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk Hatchets always send swimmers to the state meet in Madison.

It's a tradition that goes back over a decade.

Last year the Hatchets placed 4th. This season Tomahawk is hoping to exceed those outcomes.

When Theresa L'Esperance started the Tomhawk girls swimming program she knew it would be something special.

15 years after, her team won its first conference title.

Now in her 20th season with the Hatchets, Tomahawk hopes to win its 5th consecutive conference title.

"We're a family, we are just a big family," said Tomahawk head swim coach Theresa L'Esperance.

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NORTHWOODS - Medford swept Tomahawk in a crucial conference volleyball battle and Three Lakes/Phelps soccer improved to 6-1-1 with a victory over Ironwood.

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ASHLAND - Before lifting weights or running sprints, the Ashland Oredockers pick up their helmet stickers, rewards for meeting goals in the team's previous game.

This year, Ashland has been getting more helmet stickers and accomplishing more goals than anyone outside the locker room expected.

"I thought it was something we could do because we put a lot of work in in the offseason," said senior right tackle Hunter Powless.

The Oredockers are 3-0 in conference play after defeating the Merrill Bluejays last weekend, which puts them on the brink of their first playoff berth in nearly a decade.

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WAUSAU - More than 1700 Wisconsin athletes competed in the oldest cross country invitational in Northern Wisconsin Saturday.

61 teams from all around the state traveled to Wausau for the Smiley Invitational.

Lakeland Union dominated the course in the Division I Small race.

The Thunderbirds won with juniors Ashley Peterson and Aubrey Anderson leading the pack both finishing under 20 minutes.

The girls said the race was tough but they always enjoy coming to the Smiley Invitational to compete against larger schools.

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Friday Night Blitz 9.14.18Submitted: 09/14/2018

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NORTHWOODS -
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ SCORES
ASHLAND: 32 MERRILL: 20
LAKELAND UNION: 27 MOSINEE: 45
RHINELANDER: 13 ANTIGO: 24
PESHTIGO: 39 CRANDON: 6
CRVITZ: 35 LAONA/WABENO: 0
TOMAHAWK: 0 AUBURNDALE: 35
NORTHLAND PINES: 27 HURLEY: 49
MENOMINEE: 7 MEDFORD: 26
THREE LAKES/PHELPS: 68 WHITE LAKE/ELCHO: 30
SURING: 0 NORTHERN ELITE: 34
EDGAR: 64 CHEQUAMEGON: 0
CARNEY-NADEAU: 6 FLORENCE: 62

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Thursday Night Sports Report Submitted: 09/13/2018

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NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander tennis defeated Lakeland Union, 7-0. 

Hodag tennis dominated on the soccer field beating the Medford Raiders 9-2. Rhinelander scored 7 goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half. 



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NORTHWOODS - Antigo will host Rhinelander in the 84th playing of the historic bell game tomorrow.

Antigo leads the 83-year history of the game with 54 wins, 27 losses and two ties.

But this year, the odds are pretty equal for both teams.

Antigo is 1-3 on the season while only beating Lakeland.

The Reb Robins have also recorded less passing and rushing yards than the Hodags.

Antigo head coach Tom Schofield says the rivalry win is never an easy fight.

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Sports Report: 9/11/18Submitted: 09/11/2018

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NORTHWOODS - Northland Pines soccer defeated Rhinelander 3-1 after a hard-fought first half. 

Laona/Wabeno volleyball improved to 5-0 in conference after a sweep of Goodman/Pembine.

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