D.C. Everest hosts playoff matchups Submitted: 10/27/2016

WESTON AND STEVENS POINT - The WIAA playoffs continue. This evening, D.C. Everest played against Marshield at SPASH in Stevens Point. Going into the game, D.C. Everest was undefeated so let's see how they did.

Total score in all three matches: 25-11, 25-19, and 25-18, the Evergreens with the win.

Here's what senior Regan Stefan said after the match.

"We're always super excited to play Marshfield. It's always a great game, they're great competition. We knew we had to give it our all tonight so we came in with a lot of adrenaline and a lot of enthusiasm," said Stefan.

D.C. Everest advances to play River Falls on Saturday night at Chippewa Falls.

Keeping with the Everest theme, the boys soccer team hosted SPASH at the Everest Middle School.

Final score tonight, Evergreens take down SPASH 3-0.

The boys will play Green Bay Preble Saturday at 1pm at Wausau West.

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Bowler/Gresham hosts Elcho/White Lake for successful 'Parents Night' game Submitted: 10/24/2016

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BOWLER - Two weeks ago the Bowler/Gresham 8-man football team was forced to cancel its "Parents Night" game.

That's when the Cats turned to another local co-op football program for help.

The Elcho/White Lake Wolverines typically play 11-man football in the Northern Lakes Conference.

But the decision to play one more game on Monday night in the eight-man format was a good one for both teams.

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The Wausau Bike Polo team enjoys their new, safe court Submitted: 10/23/2016

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WAUSAU - Here in Northern Wisconsin, a lot of people enjoy biking and hockey. But not too many people have discovered bike polo, a good mixture between the two. A co-ed group down in Wausau plays every Thursday and Sunday and has had a lot of help from the city.

Even with the temperatures starting to drop, bike polo is a great way to get outside.

"Once you get out there, it's pretty easy to get hooked," said bike polo player Tyler Wildman.
Bike polo might seem hard, but it has a simple breakdown.

"It's pretty similar to hockey the way plays are designed where you're basically passing it around trying to set up a good attempt to take a shot at a goal," said Wildman.

Safety is key with this group and they always remember their core setup.

"It's bike on bike, mallet on mallet and body on body," said Wildman.

When the group first started a few years ago, they were playing on tennis courts at Marathon Park. Not an ideal space for the sport.

"Just nets and fencing which is extremely dangerous if you're riding a bike. Catch a handle bar on the fence and you're going to fall," said Wildman.

That's when fellow teammate Seth Carlson decided to reach out to the city of Wausau for support. The court is now at Riverside Park and the city gave them new wooden walls.

"Once he got the ball rolling, they seemed really excited about it. I think mainly because it's a sport that attracts a lot of young people. It's growing in popularity and a lot of our surrounding cities have courts.

Green Bay has a nice court, Milwaukee, Madison both have courts, Minneapolis,' said Wildman.

With the new spot in Wausau, it has brought out players that had never thought of bike polo. Bryanne Bolenbaugh's husband was playing so she decided to join as well.

"I didn't think I'd ever end up playing but then the new court went up and they started trying to invite new people so I thought I'm here anyway, might as well set an example for people coming to watch," said Bolenbaugh.

Bolenbaugh enjoys the competitive, team atmosphere but she also enjoys what this time outside has turned into.

"I like that we can come down here and bring our kids and other people help out with them if we're both playing. It's a nice way to spend our afternoon and it turns into our family time, too," said Bolenbaugh.

The team is always accepting new members. If you would like to join, go to the contact tab on their website, http://leagueofbikepolo.com/contact

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D-2 Sectional Cross Country Meet Submitted: 10/22/2016

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WAUPACA - The Division Two Sectional cross country race was just a stepping stone for the Lakeland Union boys team before going to state next weekend. State isn't the only accomplishment they've had so far this year.

"Eight consecutive conference titles is a huge accomplishment for our team, we were all really excited about that," said Kav FitzPatrick.

For junior Kav FitzPatrick, the eighth consecutive title wasn't a big shock.

"The whole team has been running really well this whole season. We have our top four guys who are all really close together and we're trying to pull that fifth guy up with us," said Kav FitzPatrick.

Head Coach Kevin FitzPatrick, Kav's dad, has kept the team focused all year.

"Our goals were to win a conference championship, get a team to state and get a trophy at state. So we've accomplished two of those goals, we're still looking for the third," said Kevin FitzPatrick.

Those goals and Coach's FitzPatrick's style work well with the team.

"He's a really good guy and he knows what he's doing obviously, eight conference titles and three years in a row of going to state," said junior Jack Garcia.

Coach FitzPatrick has been with the team for almost 30 years, the last ten as head coach. Over that time, he's seen plenty of runners.

"I think what's nice is that we have had families buy into the program. The Bodavis', we've had three Bodavis', we've had three FitzPatrick's, we've had two Anderson's on the team. They understand the culture of the sport and the culture of the team and that makes my job a whole lot easier," said Kevin FitzPatrick.

Kav is one of them that's making his job a lot easier. The teams top runner knew the sectional meet was a big one for him and he wouldn't let a cold keep him down.

"I've been sick the last couple of days but I really wanted to hang with the Medford kid, Trey Ulrich," said Kav FitzPatrick.

He did more than just "hang with the Medford kid".

"Right at the finish I turned on the jets and I went for it. I was able to catch the guy from Oconto Falls that was leading it and I took the championship," said Kav FitzPatrick.

That championship was just a stepping stone. His eyes are more focused on state. 

"We're really focused on next weekend actually at state. This weekend is just doing what we need to get done and taking care of business. We all knew we could make it to state but we just had to run a smart race," said Kav FitzPatrick.

Lakeland Union's girls team finished in first place as well. This will be their first appearance at the state meet since 2006.

For other Northern Wisconsin teams, Rhinelander's Alayna Franson is going to state, along with Pines' Annalise Callaghan and Matt McGill, Trey Ulrich and Franny Siedel from Medford. The meet will be held in Wisconsin Rapids.

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Rice Lake dominates Merrill, sends Bluejays to seventh straight playoff loss Submitted: 10/21/2016

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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Friday Night Blitz - October 21, 2016 Submitted: 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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2016 WIAA girls high school volleyball playoffs begin Submitted: 10/18/2016

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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.

Check out the highlights and results!

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New mental approach has RLP Hawks football heading for the playoffs Submitted: 10/17/2016

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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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Menominee Indian High School's football program looked to make history on Saturday Submitted: 10/15/2016

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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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Friday Night Blitz - October 14, 2016 Submitted: 10/14/2016

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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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