Loading

52°F

49°F

55°F

53°F

55°F

53°F

53°F

53°F

55°F
NEWS STORIES

Will Hodags be allowed to play in post season?Submitted: 10/08/2012

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Not one Rhinelander High School senior was even born the last time the Hodag football team made the playoffs.

It's been 23 long years.

So when the Hodags upset Merrill on Senior Night last Friday, long-suffering Rhinelander backers had reason to celebrate becoming playoff eligible with their third conference win.

Or did they?

The Hodags third Great Northern Conference win here Friday should have made Rhinelander playoff eligible.

After beating Merrill on homecoming, the pride was on full display.

"In my time here," said Athletic Director Charlie LaHam, "I have not experienced that wonderful feeling."

But Rhinelander is in the last season of a four-year postseason ban from the WIAA.

That's because they left the Wisconsin Valley Conference voluntarily.

However, Messmer-Shorewood, a team in the Milwaukee area, was allowed into the playoffs last year in an identical situation.

That might change things for the Hodags.

"We were taking our medicine until another team set the precedent. Therefore, we should be allowed in," LaHam said.

Messmer-Shorewood took its case to court last year to gain admission to the playoffs.

That's why LaHam is appealing to the WIAA for playoff entry.

Does he have any idea if the WIAA will give the Hodags approval?

"Absolutely none. I would love to say that they favor us. They have a tough decision. They have a tough decisions they make all the time," he said.

If the WIAA denies the appeal, LaHam told us he's unsure if the school district would go to court to secure its first playoff game since 1989.

Until then, the Hodags team, and community, waits, and hopes.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/22/2014

- Oneida and Lincoln are among 19 counties statewide that will ask voters if Wisconsin should accept federal money to expand BadgerCare. We'll look at the question tonight.

- Cooler temperatures helped the state use less water in 2013 than it did in 2012. The state DNR found Wisconsin's groundwater and surface withdrawals dropped by 6 percent from the year before.

- And practical shooting gives people the chance to practice in real-life situations. You can find a number of teams across Wisconsin. We'll take a look at one group in Rhinelander and how the sport helps them practice, and build friendships. That's tonight on Newswatch 12 at Six.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More
Northwoods Parish raising money for school, church upgradesSubmitted: 10/22/2014

RHINELANDER - A Northwoods Parish wants to raise at least two million dollars to renovate its schools and church.

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School needs technology and infrastructure upgrades. One of the school's buildings hasn't been updated since the 1950s.

School leaders think it's important to also upgrade the school's wireless ability. The school has SmartBoards, iPads, and laptops, but they want the equipment to work better.

+ Read More
Spending less on HalloweenSubmitted: 10/22/2014

RHINELANDER - The average person will spend $77 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy.

The Goodwill in Rhinelander hopes you'll look good for much less. Goodwill has Halloween items like hats, trick-or-treat baskets to full costumes.

+ Read More
Water weevils not effective option in fighting EWMSubmitted: 10/22/2014

NORTHWOODS - Earlier this summer, scientists thought they may have found a new way of fighting one Northwoods invasive species.

Water weevils are native to the Northwoods. Scientists hoped the weevils could kill invasive Eurasian water milfoil.

It turns out the weevils do kill milfoil, but the beetles are not very efficient.

+ Read More
Obama scheduled to campaign for Burke on TuesdaySubmitted: 10/22/2014

MADISON - A date has been set for President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Milwaukee next week with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Burke's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says that Obama will be with Burke on Tuesday. The president's stop comes as Burke is locked in a tight race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

+ Read More
20 flu-related hospitalizations in Wisconsin so far in OctoberSubmitted: 10/22/2014

MADISON - State health officials say the flu season is off to a strong start in Wisconsin.

State epidemiologist Thomas Haupt says influenza hospitalizations have been unexpectedly on the rise in October. 20 people have been hospitalized in the past three weeks. Haupt tells WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/1wo5JOD ) one or two hospitalizations are common this time of year, but not 20.

+ Read More
Asian carp DNA found in Green Bay's Fox RiverSubmitted: 10/22/2014

GREEN BAY - Wisconsin wildlife officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in the Fox River in downtown Green Bay.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a single positive sample for silver carp was identified from 200 samples taken this summer in the Fox, a tributary of Lake Michigan.

The discovery by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in the heart of the city, and was part of a survey that started at the mouth of the river and ended about five miles upstream.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here