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Lady Hodags back in the gymSubmitted: 11/18/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas


RHINELANDER - High school winter sports teams continue to roll out their new seasons. Today was the first day of practice for wrestling and girls basketball.

Ryan Clark took over the Rhinelander girls program after coaching the Northland Pines boys for the last seven years.

The Lady Hodags went 5-18 last season, but won four of their last seven games, including a first round playoff victory at Lakeland.

Clark hopes to bring stability to a program that is on its fourth different head coach in six seasons.




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