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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







Story By: Mazie Vincent

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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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CRANDON - It wasn't too long ago that Crandon volleyball only won a single game all season.

This year, they're contending for a conference title. That's partly because some of their players have won at that level before.

Crandon's volleyball team has several players that were on the girls' basketball team that made it to last year's state playoffs.

Head coach Karen Lehman thinks that having players who learned the work ethic from a different sport is part of the reason her team started 7-3.

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