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."
RHINELANDER - Our nervous system controls the whole show when it comes to our bodies, especially how they feel.
Chiropractic care is one method people use to keep that system moving.
Hometown Chiropractic is new to Rhinelander, but it's no stranger to the Northwoods; its main location is in Tomahawk. People might think traumas like slipping on ice or car accidents are the only reasons to see a chiropractor.
Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash says you don't need to be injured to come in.
"We want to get those misalignments checked. Sometimes they don't show up as a major pain symptom.
They show up as something smaller and less obvious," says Dr. Grace.
Dr. Grace says she sees babies as soon as one day old.
That's because nervous system issues should be treated sooner rather than later.
"We as adults know that they don't feel good. We want the best for our kids and we don't want to see them go through that," says Dr. Grace.
Hometown Chiropractic always accepts new patients.
EAGLE RIVER - Last year, Lakeland Union High School told us there should be more solar panel projects like Lakeland's across the country. Now, that school will soon have a neighboring district with a similar solar array.
Northland Pines plans to start installing a major solar project next month. Pines first started exploring a solar plan years ago.
MILWAUKEE - Relatives of man who died of dehydration at the Milwaukee County jail last year have filed another federal lawsuit for his death.
The lawsuit filed Monday on the behalf of the estate of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas says he lost 34 pounds during the week he was left in his cell without water in April 2016. It's the second lawsuit his family has filed against Sheriff David Clarke, members of his staff, and the county.
EAGLE RIVER - A 40,000 square-foot addition designed to last 100 years opens up in less than two weeks. A number of Vilas County offices are set to move into the courthouse expansion in Eagle River on August 24th and 25th.
Construction on the building started in August 2016. The $11 million project stayed on budget and had just one week's worth of delays. That was due to getting a proper air handling unit shipped and installed.
"There was a lot of common sense and practicality that went into the design, but we've also designed for the future," county clerk Dave Alleman said. "We all certainly hope that there needs to be no more additions like this for Vilas County government."
MERRILL - In July, 24-year-old Cody Jenson told his ex-fiancee he planned to slit another man's throat, according to text messages read by police.
Later on, prosecutors believe Jenson stabbed that man 11 times near Tomahawk, sending the victim to the hospital.
On Monday, we heard from one of the officers investigating the case. Lincoln County Sheriff's Lt. Chad Collinsworth said Jenson went to the victim's Tomahawk-area home in a dispute over a woman, Jenson's ex-fiancee. Jenson sent text messages to his ex-fiancee that gave clues about what he might do.
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