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Friday Night Blitz: 2/16/18Submitted: 02/17/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Friday Night Blitz: 2/16/18
NORTHWOODS - On this week's Friday Night Blitz we have updates from the state swim meet, playoff hockey and crucial basketball games around the area.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Rhinelander: 56 Antigo: 36
Tomahawk: 60 Crandon: 64
Northland Pines: 49 Medford: 76
Chequamegon: 43 Athens: 65
Stratford: 56 Marathon: 62
Rib Lake: 71 Phillips: 59
Abbotsford: 55 Prentice: 57
Wisconsin Rapids: 70 DC Everest: 51
SPASH: 72 Wausau East: 45
Marshfield: 62 Wausau West: 37


GIRLS BASKETBALL
Lakeland Union: 74 Mosinee: 48
Rhinelander: 59 Antigo: 27
Prentice: 55 Medford: 62
Athens: 48 Abbotsford: 61
Marathon: 69 Tri-County: 49

GIRLS HOCKEY
Northland Pines: 0 Lakeland/Union: 7

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