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Eagles soccer flys to sectionals; Hodag swimming wins home finaleSubmitted: 10/11/2012
Story By Joe Dufek


EAGLE RIVER - Regional Finals were on the line in boys soccer. Teams were just three games away from a trip to state.

Two area squads met in Eagle River - Northland Pines and Mosinee. In the end, Trevor Laszczkowski and Northland Pines was too much. Laszczkowski scored two goals in the first ten minutes of the game. Northland Pines advanced with a 5-1 victory in the regional final.

Northland Pines faces Xavier in Appleton in the D-2 Section Semifinals on Thursday.


In girls swimming, the Hodags had their final home meet of the season. Rhinelander ended it in style, as the hodags defeated Wittenberg-Birnamwood 101-68.

In the 400 yard free relay, Rhinelander won the event, finishing in 4 minutes, 16.8 seconds.

In the 100 yard breaststroke, Heidi Mortenson for the Chargers was the winner. winning by over 10 seconds. Her final time was 1:14:34.

In other local sports notes, Chequamegon boys cross country team captured their fourth straight Marawood Conference championship at Marathon High School. Edgar won the girls team title.

In volleyball, Merrill won their second straight Wisconsin Valley Conference crown. The Bluejays defeated Wausau East three games to one to secure it.

Also in volleyball, Wabeno won the Northern Lakes Conference title outright, with a win a Pembine. The Lady Logrollers finished a perfect (9-0) in NLC play.


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