Friday Night Blitz - October 21, 2016Submitted: 10/21/2016

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NORTHWOODS - Abbotsford crushed Laona/Wabeno 56-8.

Antigo rolled over Fox Valley Lutheran 56-20.

Marathon defeated Auburndale 26-6.

Rice Lake ran away from Merrill 41-0.

Northern Elite edged out Rib Lake/Prentice 21-14.

Stratford beat Colby 27-7.

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RICE LAKE - On Friday night, Merrill hoped to break a six-game playoff losing streak in its Division 3 Level 1 game at Rice Lake.

Instead, the losing streak hit seven.

Rice Lake sprinted out to a 34-0 lead at the half and shut out the Bluejays 41-0 to end Merrill's season.

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NORTHWOODS - The girls high school volleyball regional playoffs got started Tuesday night.

Several local teams are slotted into the Division 2 Sectional I bracket and squared off on night one.

Merrill was the top seed coming in and hosted Lakeland Union.

Mosinee hosted Tomahawk, while Antigo traveled to Northland Pines.

Finally, Medford played host to Rhinelander.

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- Rib Lake Prentice football is using a new playbook this year.

One that doesn't have slant routes or safety blitzes, or X's and O's.

Instead, this playbook has a different equation: E + R = O.

"E + R = O. And that's an equation event plus response equals outcome," said Ohio State Leadership Coach Tim Kight.

Kight is the founder and president of Focus 3, a company dedicated to helping businesses, groups, and even sports teams build positive mentalities.

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Since 1999 when Menominee Indian High School's football program began, they have never had a winning season. Going into their matchup today with Elkhart Lake/Glenbeulah, they were 4-4 and tried to get one last win.

"We could be the first team to get a winning season and that would be pretty cool for the school," said senior Antonio Mahkimetas.

And pretty cool for Menominee Senior, Warren Kakwitch, who was looking forward to his last season.

"I was looking forward to my senior year knowing that we were going to be one of the top teams in the division," said Kakwitch.

The team was moved to 8-man football in 2015 because of low numbers. That switch brought out senior Terrell Waukau.

"When I heard it was faster, I felt more comfortable because that's in my zone of speed," Waukau.
Head coach Chris Clache is also a fan of the different division.

"They've actually enjoyed this almost more than the 11-man game. Just because it is more fast-paced and formations you can change and it's a lot more fun," said Clache.

The players have noticed a change in their coach which has helped them be more successful on the field.
"I think this year he's a little harder on us and he's pushed us a little more," said Mahkimetas.

That pushing has helped the team grow together and be more disciplined, leading to their 4-4 record going into week 9.

"We have a lot of charisma between each other. Even though we lost a few here and there and a lot last year, we never gave up on each other," said Waukau.

Clache started coaching in 2001 but took last year off. When he came back this fall, he brought with him a refreshed frame of mind.

"I came in the first day and I told them, I expect a lot out of you guys because I knew what type of guys we had and these are good guys and I've pushed them and they've responded well," said Clache.

Not only has the team responded well, but so has the Menominee community.

"We travel well and we've never done that before. We've had pretty large crowds following us to away games and sometimes we're traveling two hours to play a game," said Clache.

Regardless of the final record, Menominee football is headed in the right direction.

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NORTHWOODS - Ashland took down Rhinelander 48-23.

Auburndale topped Tomahawk 24-19 to advance to the playoffs.

Mosinee spoiled Lakeland's playoff hopes with a 28-21 win in overtime.

Crandon dominated Three Lakes/Phelps with a 51-0 victory.

Spencer/Columbus Catholic ran all over Rib Lake/Prentice 43-8.

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RHINELANDER - High school students sometimes struggle with juggling all their academics and extra-curriculars. For Rhinelander senior Gunnar Millot, he has decided to juggle even more. He is the kicker for the football team and also plays on the soccer team.

"I have games Tuesdays and Thursdays for soccer and a game Friday for football. On Monday's I will have soccer practice and leave soccer practice to go to about a half hour of football then go back to soccer practice. Tuesdays is a game and Wednesday is the same thing as Monday, Thursday is just a game and then Friday is football," said Gunnar Millot.

Even though he's still doing well in school, he sometimes struggles with everything that's on his plate.

"Obviously it's hard to keep up with everything and time-manage. It's more that I'm falling behind on sleep than I am on school," said Gunnar.

When he's dealt with injuries or being sore, the athletic trainer has some advice.

"'What can I do to fix this?' And he said, 'don't play two sports'," said Gunnar.

For his coach that knows him as an athlete and his son, he knows Gunnar can handle both sports.
"He's really goal-oriented and the kid knows what he wants and he really doesn't do anything to jeopardize his ultimate goals," said Dan Gunnar.

Coach Millot also knows how these dual-sport athletes can help smaller schools' athletic programs.

"Especially in Northern Wisconsin, there are teams within our own conference where that happens and I think that when you can transfer those skills and you can help another team and your school, go for it," said Dan.

Gunnar sure does go for it when kicking into the uprights. He always knows his personal bests.

"In practice is a 55, in game is a 46," said Gunnar. 
With it being his senior year, Gunnar has his eyes set on college.

"If possible at whatever school I choose, if I can play soccer or football I will try and pursue that," said Gunnar.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington, D.C. hosted the Big Ten Media day for 2016-2017 basketball today. The Wisconsin Badgers were the talk of the town all afternoon after receiving some big preseason honors. 

Senior Nigel Hayes was named the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. And just like in 2014 when Frank Kaminsky received the same award, Hayes isn't too excited about it.

"I really don't like it, it doesn't really mean much. It's not really a real award. It's almost worse than getting a participation ribbon," said Hayes.

"How so?" asked BTN's Dave Revsine. 

"It's saying 'you could be good but maybe you couldn't be good'. All it does is just add another ring to the target on my back being at Wisconsin. But I guess, thank you," said Hayes.

For fellow senior, Zak Showalter, he can't wait to get to practice and get better as a whole team.

"When we come to the court, it's going to be a battle every day. Each guy is going to push the other one to make them better. You know when someone is coming after you, that's a good thing for the team and it's going to make everyone better," said Showalter.

This season will be the first full season for Head Coach Greg Gard. The red and white start on November 30th in an exhibition game against UW-Platteville.

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EAGLE RIVER/THREE LAKES - This weekend runners lined up in Eagle River and ran all the way to Three Lakes for the Three Eagle Half Marathon.

Saturday was the third annual race, and this year brought out more runners than ever, which was a good sign for race director Jayme Wyss.

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RHINELANDER - The days of pretending to be an Old West cowboy don't have to stay in the past, at least not for the Hodag Country Cowboys.
They're a local single-action shooting group that shoots at the Hodag Sports Club rifle range.
"The gist of the thing is to kind of create some of the Old West stuff," said Hodag Country Cowboys organizer Virgil Davis.

That means dressing like a cowboy.

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NORTHWOODS - Laona/Wabeno hammered Three Lakes/Phelps 41-16.

West Iron (MI) defeated Northland Pines 18-6.

Antigo rushed for more than 300 yards in a 25-6 victory over Rhinelander.

Rib Lake/Prentice scored a late touchdown to top Edgar 24-18.

Tomahawk roared past Chequamegon 46-16.

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