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Nordic Skiing stays in Rhinelander; Crandon wins in boys hoopsSubmitted: 01/31/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


RHINELANDER, CRANDON - Some good news for the Rhinelander Nordic Ski Club. Wednesday's snowfall saved the upcoming Nordic Ski Championships.

Earlier this week, the Northwood Ski Trails had very little snow. In fact, race officials were considering moving the Championships out of Rhinelander.

But thanks to over 5 inches of snow - it's staying put. Race Director Ron Techlaw is releived Mother Nature was able to help. Now it's about getting ready for next weekend's event.

Meanwhile, the Crandon boys basketball team took a huge step closer to securing the Northern Lakes Conference Championship.


Crandon defeated Laona/Wabeno 57-51 Thursday night in Crandon. With the victory, Crandon remains undefeated in conference play. They currently hold a two game lead over Laona/Wabeno with four games remaining.

Adam Flannery led the Cardinals with a game-high 23 points. Kory Kincaid added 14 points.

Zach Reeves was the leading scorer for Laona/Wabeno with 15 points. Logan Chrisman added 14 points for the Rebels.



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