- Fall sports will wrap up soon.
That means playoff season is here.
And area cross country teams competed in sectionals Saturday.
Schools like Tomahawk, Northland Pines, and Antigo were joined by teams out of the area such as Oconto Falls, Fox Valley Lutheran, and Marinette.
But it was the Lakeland Union boys team that dominated them all.
They won the sectional by a wide margin.
Coaches say it was a long time coming for the T-Birds.
"For the boys we've been talking about this for 3 years," says Lakeland Union cross country head coach Kevin FitzPatrick. "We knew when this group was coming in that we'd have a shot to have this opportunity and to see it really happen is pretty cool."
The Thunderbirds boys also won the right to compete at state next week.
As well as they raced Saturday, they know they have their work cut out for them.
"We're going to stay healthy," says FitzPatrick."We're going to taper the way we need to, recover, put together a good race plan and be ready to run at Wisconsin Rapids Ridges, one of the toughest courses we'll run at."
The lady Thunderbirds placed 5th at Sectionals.
The Freedom Irish won first place in the girl's race.