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Tomahawk's Kaminski, Vecchio to play Division III college football in WisconsinSubmitted: 02/10/2016

TOMAHAWK - Seniors on the Tomahawk football team made an impression on the field last fall. The Hatchets made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and advanced further than any other Northwoods team.

Now, two Tomahawk seniors will look to continue that success on the college level.


Wide receiver Brandon Vecchio and safety Kaleb Kaminski signed letters of intent on Wednesday. Vecchio is headed to UW-Stout, and Kaminski will play at national powerhouse UW-Whitewater. Whitewater has won six national championships in Division III since 2007.

"It's nice to stay closer to home, and also the success at Whitewater is second to none," Kaminski said. "They have six national championships. It really felt like it was a good fit for me."

He expects pressure, but is excited about it.

"With every good program, they're going to have expectations, with people, the media, that kind of thing," Kaminski said. "But the slogan that they go by is 'Pound the Rock,' that you get one percent better every day."

Vecchio feels Stout is a good fit for him.

"I love the players. I love the coaches. The coaches were a little younger. You could connect with them a lot, and I really liked that," he said. "To be able to go on to the next level, I have four, four-and-a-half, five years of hopefully high-level competition, and making another run, having that community behind you."

Tomahawk coach John Larson is looking forward to watching the two play at the next level. He's also excited about the message it sends for his program.

"For us, tiny Tomahawk and our football program, that is a big deal because…that just adds motivation for those kids and helps our program in a lot of different ways," Larson said.

Tomahawk has never had two players from the same class play football in college. Larson says two or three more from this senior class might end up playing by next year.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander boys played at home Saturday.

They hosted Merrill Blue Jays.

Both teams showing some pretty good defense early.

Merrill goalie Bryce Broeking stops the onetimer and the rebound shot with a great stretch.

Then the whole Blue Jay team gets in on the shot blocking a few minutes later.

Kade Kennedy is blocked, as are both of Henry Kipper's shots with a pretty good effort by the Blue Jays.

Their team defense may have been the difference tonight.

Merrill wins 4-2.

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EAGLE RIVER - You could see a lot of Great Northern Conference action in hockey Saturday.

The Antigo Red Robins are on top of the standings.

Their battle with Northland Pines was rescheduled to Saturday from earlier in the week.

They're tied at ones late in the first period.

Pines has trouble clearing the puck with a flock of Red Robins swarming their offensive ice.

Andrew Turunen corrals it, and Ben Jansen comes free.

Textbook hockey there.

Very little you can do to defend that if you're Eagles goalie Ethan Polich.

Still before the second period when Alex Nagel is met by three Pines defenders.

He finds TJ Ebert in the middle of the zone.

The shot is a laser beam past Polich.

Antigo up now 3-1 before the first intermission.

Sprinkle in some great defense by the conference leader in save percentage, Ben Bartletti, and you can add another win in the column for Antigo.

Red Robins win 8-1.

That's 19 wins now for Antigo on the season.

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Mosinee outlasts Antigo 60-59Submitted: 02/05/2016

MOSINEE - It was an important night for Great Northern Conference standings in boys basketball Friday.

Mosinee is on top of the standings by a game.

Antigo hoped to knock them off that ledge.

Red Robins are on the run.

Zach Falk deals from long range for a huge three pointer.

Mosinee didn't waste any possessions.

Jared Novitzke gets big in the post, and the six-two senior nearly caps it with a dunk.

He's loving it, but he won't love this.

Antigo misses the longball, but Falk corrals the miss.

That time it'll go.

Red Robins give Mosinee a serious scare, but the Indians escape with the 60-59 win.

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MERRILL - The Merrill boys basketball team took back to their home court Friday.

They hosted the Marshfield Tigers.

Merrill's Scott Wallace had a nice day.

He strips the fast break, slows up his own, and pulls up for the Ray Allen three-pointer

No messing around there.

Marshfield matched the Blue Jays bucket for bucket.

They put up the triple on the very next possession.

Merrill doing there best to hang around, feeding the hot hand in Wallace who knocks down some tough shots.

But Marshfield holds off a Blue Jay comeback.

Tigers win 64-50.

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WAUSAU - Last time we saw DC Everest, they were in second place in the Valley Conference.

Now, Wausau West is sitting in that spot.

Everest's Jacob Gebert doing his best to reverse the standings.

The sweet pullup jumpshot falls, but West played better team basketball.

Steven Lewendowski backs down into the paint, but he's not looking to shoot.

He's looking for Tommy Borta on the baseline.

They move the ball pretty well too.

Jakob Tordsen finally gets it up top and puts in the triple.

West trying to make up ground on SPASH.

This win will help.

Warriors win 61-50.

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THREE LAKES - Gavin Maney of Three Lakes signed his letter of intent Thursday to play football at St. Norbert College in Green Bay.

He will play fullback.

According to Wissports.net, Maney finished second in the Northern Lakes conference in rushing yards in 2015.

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MOSINEE - Teams from the same high school don't usually win conference titles in the same year, but the Mosinee girls and boys basketball teams have a shot to do just that this season.

"We've just become such a family, and I think that's showing on the court just because we are so close, both on and off the court, and I think that's been a factor in our success," says senior forward Natasha Stubbe.

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Northern Edge beats up M&M 8-0Submitted: 01/30/2016

RHINELANDER - The Northern Edge were back in Rhinelander Saturday.

I hope you like a lot goals, because that's all there was.

Katie Detert hit 150 career goals earlier in the week, but she was hungry for more.

She takes the pass all alone, and catches the goalie out of the net.

The wrister hits the top bar and bounces in.

That's her first of the day.

The next one came a few minutes later.

She fakes out the goalie with some great puck control, and scoops it into the net.

The goalie never had a chance.

She's just one away from the hat trick, and the third might look the easiest.

Detert takes just the simple slapper.

I'm not sure M&M's goalie ever even saw that puck.

Hats on the ice for number 13.

Detert adds a couple of assists here, and Northern Edge dominates the Thunder offensively.

Goalie Shea Peterson preserves the shutout.

Detert tallies 5 of the Edge's 8 points.

8-0 is your final.

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EAGLE RIVER - Waupaca went up to the Dome Friday to take on Northland Pines.

First period, Waupaca doing a good job of keeping opportunities in their favor.

Pines looks like they can clear it, but the puck is stolen.

Cannon Hermanson gets it into the middle of the ice.

Jack Menzies finishes it off.

Waupaca draws first blood.

The Eagles don't wait long at all to give their answer.

Two puck drops later, Colton Raymond driving quick.

He has no alley for the shot, so he passes to Nick Dean in a scrum of players.

Good luck is on the Eagles' side.

Dean stays with it, and it's a Pines goal.

That's why you don't give up.

Pines takes this one 5-2.

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MINOCQUA - The Tomahawk Hatchets went up to Lakeland Friday.

The Thunderbirds were rolling.

Taryn Williams puts up the triple.

It clangs away, but Olivia Killian with the great vision.

She gets the hoop and the harm on a terrific play.

A couple possessions later, Williams passes low for a nice, strong bucket.

Thunderbirds win big.

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