TOMAHAWK - Forty-four minutes after it started, it was over.
Host Tomahawk demolished the Rhinelander High School volleyball team Tuesday night, winning in consecutive games, 25-12, 25-5, and 25-11.
"I told my girls after the game, that's what good teams do to teams that don't play as well as they do. We didn't play well tonight, and they treated us the way they should have," Hodags coach Paul Mildebrandt said.
The Hatchets remained perfect in Great Northern Conference play at 7-0. Not only have they won every match, they've won every game in league play so far.
Rhinelander dropped to 3-4 in GNC action.
"This is probably the worst we've hit all year. That has a lot to do with their block," Mildebrandt said.
Tomahawk excelled on the block, but also on the attack and serving as well. In fact, the Hatchets landed 20 aces to Rhinelander's one.
A full partisan fieldhouse also aided the Hatchets.
"They have a very difficult environment to play in," Mildebrandt said. "That crowd did help them out tonight. They were loud. They were rowdy."
Team captain Katie Berrell led the Hodags with six kills. Despite that, she had a frustrating night, with multiple mis-hits and several times where she encountered a strong Tomahawk front line.
"She started to force a little bit. They put up a strong block," Mildebrandt.
After Rhinelander won the first point of the match, the Hatchets reeled off seven straight points to take control of Game One. A string of three points midway through the game couldn't rally the Hodags.
After a complete 25-5 domination in Game Two, Tomahawk won the first seven points of Game Three. A meek three consecutive points by the Hodags couldn't drag Rhinelander back into the match.
The Hodags have a chance to get back to .500 in GNC play right away.
They welcome Antigo to Rhinelander on Thursday night.
"When we lose, I'm going to be grumpy until we get on the floor the next time. We need to play like Tomahawk did," Mildebrandt said.
First serve will be at 7pm. Hear play-by-play action live on HodagSports.com.
"I feel it's a team that we really should take care of if we play like need to, like a good team should," Mildebrandt predicted. "We should be able to take care of business on our home floor."
WAUSAU - Enrollment for health coverage will end soon. That's why healthcare providers participated in "Super Saturday".
Bridge Clinic in Wausau welcomed people to sign up for health insurance options Saturday.
The Open Enrollment deadline is February 15th. If you don't sign up before then, it could cost you $325 or more depending on your income.
"We recommend just make an informed choice. Don't just let it lapse and get the penalty, be surprised with a penalty later on. Come in, make an informed choice. There are health care options," said Bridge Community Health Clinic Executive Director Laura Scudiere.
MILWAUKEE - A winter storm warning will go into effect in the Milwaukee area and far southern Wisconsin on Saturday night â€" and the National Weather Service says as much as 10 inches of snow could fall in Kenosha County by early Monday.
Snow is forecast to begin falling late Saturday and continue all day Sunday. Lake-effect snow is expected to combine with a low pressure system from the south to drive up snowfall totals in far southeast Wisconsin. Milwaukee could see up to 9 inches.
Blowing and drifting snow is expected and winds could gust to over 30 mph, making travel dangerous.
Other parts of the state, including Sheboygan, Dodge, and Waukesha counties, will be under a winter weather advisory starting Saturday night. Snow accumulations could reach 4 to 7 inches.
NEW YORK - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.
The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all the vehicles covered in Saturday's announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers' original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.
NORTHWOODS - The U.S. Forest Service will hire thousands of temporary workers this spring. Leaders at the Chequamegon Nicolet Forest Service want to hire more than 50 temporary employees to work during summer. They're looking for people with diverse backgrounds and plenty of experience.
MADISON - A team of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is conducting research on foxes and coyotes in hopes of learning how the animals and humans can peacefully coexist.
Forest and wildlife associate professor David Drake and his students are humanely trapping the animals, running tests, then fitting them with tracking devices. The goal is to learn about traveling patterns, diseases the animals might have, and how they interact with other animals and humans.
Drake says foxes and coyotes are moving into areas where people are living. And if that continues, and the animals lose their fear of humans, they could become aggressive in extreme cases.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says residents should stay a safe distance from foxes or coyotes, and shouldn't feed them.
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