RHINELANDER - Approximately 3:30 p.m. this 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 allows Rhinelander to be 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.
Massive tornado flattens homes, neighborhoods in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roars through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
NBC News reports at least 37 people are confirmed dead as of 7:30 p.m.
The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, south of the city.
The National Weather Service says it had winds up to 200 mph.
People wearing neon-green vests were joined by residents in the search through rubble. Neighborhoods are flattened and homes blown apart.
Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says an elementary school took a direct hit from the mile-wide tornado.
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