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Three Lakes track and field athletes continue to break school records Submitted: 04/24/2019

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THREE LAKES - If you can get really good at one or two track and field events, you can go far. 

A member of the Three Lakes Bluejay program is really good at a whole lot of them.

Junior Kortnie Volk is having the best season of her career.

She's a sprinter, jumper, hurdler and a long distance runner. 

Kortnie has placed at every single meet in at least one event. 

She most recently broke her own triple jump school record and is on her way to breaking a few more. 

"It just lets me know that I am doing something right and that the work I am putting in in the off season works and is helping me with everything I do," Volk said.

Volk has competed in almost every single event possible. 

Head track coach Andy Wyss says Volk is one of the most well rounded athlete's he's ever seen. 

"She picks it up pretty well so we keep throwing new stuff at her and she keeps picking up on it well. I think that will broaden her horizons and make her a well rounded athlete," Wyss said. "So I think it will pay off in the long run."

Volk has also been recognized off the track. 

Along with three of her teammates, she received a Teen Character award from the Y-M-C-A of the Northwoods. 

The award recognizes teens who display honesty, respect, and responsibility while making a difference in someone's life.



Story By: Mazie Vincent

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RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's track and field team values leadership above all else.

For two Hodag runners, those leadership qualities paid off with new track shoes, of all things.

The scholarship was established in the name of Ira Rebella, a track and field referee from Merrill who passed away in November.

The scholarship had enough money for two Rhinelander kids to buy running spikes.

Hodag head coach Aaron Kraemer said Rebella was a decent man who had a profound influence on his program.

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NORTHWOODS - The Great Northern Conference will no longer exist for high school girls hockey.

The W-I-A-A approved the merger between Rhinelander, Lakeland, Antigo, Tomahawk and Three Lakes.

The team will keep the name Northern Edge which formerly included just Rhinelander and Antigo.

Rhinelander will be the host town but practices will be in all four towns.

Tom Roeser will remain the head coach. 

He says the merger has been a long time coming and is excited for roster numbers to be strong again.

"I enjoy the completion in practices. The girls will compete for spots and I think this will make them step up and play at a different level," Roeser said.

Northern Edge will have to travel farther to play now.

Roeser hopes they can find some J-V games and stay overnight to play games on both Fridays and Saturdays.

Northland Pines considered joining the Edge but will try and increase their numbers next season. 

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PHILLIPS - Baseball season will finally start in the Northwoods with all the snow melted off the fields.

But in order to play baseball at any level, teams need money.

The youth softball and baseball teams in Phillips want peoples' old shoes to raise money for renovations to their baseball complex. 

They're hoping to collect 100 bags of shoes.

Those shoes go to a company called Funds2Orgs in Florida, which pays 40 cents per pound.

If they get to their goal, it will raise roughly $1,000.

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MINOCQUA - The Lakeland Union baseball team traveled south for most of its games.

Because of that, it has managed to avoid a lot of the cancellations that have hit the rest of the Northwoods.

The T-Birds have played seven games, which is more than most of the other area schools.

All of those games have been played over an hour and a half away from Minocqua.

They were all the way down in Mauston Thursday for a doubleheader with Northland Pines.

Coping with that travel has been a fact of life for teams in the Northwoods.

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WESTON - One of the fastest growing sports in the United States can be hard to find in Northern Wisconsin.

Until last year, Stevens Point was the northern-most rugby club for GIRLS in Wisconsin.

The Wausau Area Rugby club decided to change that and now the high school girls' team just started their second season.

"There is a rush of energy that you get from putting another girl in the ground that you don't get from anything else," said Wausau girls rugby captain Erica Rupple.

The best way to describe rugby is a mixture between soccer and football. Only catch is you have to throw the ball backwards.

"It's all about working together for the common goal," said Wausau girls rugby coach Nalik Trupp.

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MILWAUKEE - Sam and Joey Hauser have decided to transfer from the Marquette University basketball team, per statements posted on both of their Twitter accounts.

Both Hausers committed to Marquette after playing at Stevens Point Area Senior High School. Sam averaged 14.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. Joey averaged 9.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Sam has used three years of eligibility while Joey has used one.

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AUGUSTA, GA: (AP) - The comeback is complete. Tiger Woods has his fifth Masters title.

The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday and his 15th major championship. But it was his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.

Woods showed he still had the game to compete with the world's best when he triumphed in last year's Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013.

Now, he's back on top with his first green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

In a final round that was played in threesomes off both tees to stay ahead of approaching thunderstorms, Woods grabbed the outright lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie at No. 15.

Then, with Olympic champion Michael Phelps standing behind him on the tee at the par-3 16th, Woods wrapped things up by sticking an 8-iron within 2 feet of the cup for another birdie and a two-stroke lead.

Francesco Molinari began the day with a two-shot advantage over Woods and Tony Finau. But the Italian self-destructed on the back side, dunking two balls in the water on the way to double-bogeys at the 12th and 15th holes.

This is the first time Woods has ever come from behind on the final day to win a major championship, leaving him three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles.

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- The Pro Football Hall of Fame says Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg has died at 85.

The Hall did not disclose details in its statement Friday.

Gregg starred at tackle and guard for the mighty Packers teams of the 1960s. Green Bay coach Vince Lombardi called him the "best player I ever coached."

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