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Area sports teams forced to prepare indoorsSubmitted: 03/24/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

Area sports teams forced to prepare indoors
RHINELANDER - Monday was the first day of practice for many area girls soccer teams. The same with baseball.

Virtually all of them however, are not able to practice outside.

Of course the soccer fields, as well as the baseball and softball diamonds look like this.

Frosty the Snowman is stuck just looking at all the snow.

So teams were forced to practice in the gym. The Hodag girls soccer team is looking to defend their Great Northern Conference championship.


Last year, the season was delayed by roughly one month because of snow on the fields.

Rhinelander is scheduled to open the year April 10th. However, it looks like a very similar scenario they faced last year.

"It's exciting to finally start the season," Hodag senior midfielder Molly Willging explains. "I wish we were outside. We're stuck inside, but we'll make the most of it."

"Last year was an interesting year because of the weather," Hodags assistant coach Richard Kotula admits. "We only played half of the games which counted for the WIAA. We've been through it before. We're hoping it's not going to happen this year, but we'll take whatever we can to practice inside. Whenever it starts to be sunny, and the snow melts, we'll certainly try to go out and enjoy the fresh air."


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