Lakeland/Tomahawk girls hockey co-op leading the Great Northern ConferenceSubmitted: 12/17/2017

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland Union/Tomahawk girls hockey co-op started this year as underdogs once again to Northland Pines.

But since the start of the season, things have changed.

The T-Birds have beaten Northland Pines twice and are on top of the Great Northern Conference so far.

Over the summer, they all played club hockey together to help prepare them for this season.

"We're really excited. We've never won conference. Last year was our first time beating Pines, so it is a big year for us and we're hoping to do good things and finish strong," said Lakeland Union senior, Kailey Godfrey.

On Saturday afternoon, they beat Medford 9-0.

Lakeland still uses those blowout games as a way to get better and work on skills needed in the bigger games.

"This last game wasn't the most competitive, but it was important to keep our feet moving because we have a tournament in Christmas break. We're playing some pretty competitive teams, so we can't go into those games with slow feet," said Godfrey.

Both the boys and girls teams will travel down to Madison for that tournament on December 27th.

The opponents in that tournament have yet to be determined.

Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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NORTHWOODS - Lakeland Union/Tomahawk girls hockey hosted Medford and the T-birds won, 9-0.

Northland Pines girls hockey took on Appleton United in Eagle River. The Eagle won 6-3.

Antigo boys hockey played Superior and the Red Robins lost 5-1.

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Friday Night Blitz: 12/15/17Submitted: 12/15/2017

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Tomahawk: 37 Lakeland: 72
Rhinelander: 79 Northland Pines: 39
Chequamegon: 28 Marathon: 86
Phillips: 49 Assumption: 59
Elcho: 29 Crandon: 89
Phelps: 56 Laona/Wabeno: 64
Lacrosse Central: 58 SPASH: 44
Wausau West: 52 Merrill: 79

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RHINELANDER - Northern Edge's Alicia Turunen had 44 saves on Thursday night, but the Wisconsin Valley Union would take the victory, 3-0.

On the boys side, the Hodags took down the Hatchets 6-0. Conor Piquet had two of those goals for Rhinelander.

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RHINELANDER - Each year Rhinelander wrestling proves to be a contender in the Great Northern Conference. That should be no different this year as the Hodags are led by two standout seniors.

"They respect everyone, but they don't fear anyone," said Rhinelander Head Coach Paul Ellenbecker.

That fearless approach has brought Rhinelander's Jacob DeMeyer and Alec Kurtz plenty of success on the mat.

"You know when people around the state talk about them, I'm like 'yeah my guys are just as good as yours,'" said Ellenbecker.

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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.

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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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