- Approximately 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Rhinelander Athletic Director Charlie LaHam received a phone call from the WIAA. It was a decision on Rhinelander's appeal from a post-season ban. The WIAA granted what is termed "temporary relief" of the ban. It makes Rhinelander eligible to participate in the this season's playoffs.
Rhinelander was in the final year of a four-year suspension for leaving the Wisconsin Valley Conference voluntarily. Last week, Rhinelander earned their third victory in the Great Northern Conference with a win over Merrill. The win guarantees the Hodags a .500 conference record, the first criteria for qualifying in the playoffs.
Messmer-Shorewood, a team in the Milwaukee area, had the same situation last year. They unsuccessfully appealed to the WIAA for playoff entry. After taking the case to court, they were admitted to the playoffs.
Rhinelander closes out the regular season at Medford on Friday night. A Rhinelander victory, would guarantee a spot in the playoffs. Rhinelander has not appeared in the playoffs in 23 years.
Written By: Joe Dufek