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Hodag tennis stays undefeated with conference meet on the horizon Submitted: 09/19/2019

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RHINELANDER -

Hodag tennis knocked off Lakeland Thursday evening to move to 6-0 in G-N-C duals, just a head of the conference meet next week. 

Rhinelander won all seven matches against the T-Birds. 

The Hodags have now won 40 total conference matches. 

Head coach Bob Heidemen said this is the exact spot he wants his team to be in as the regular season wraps up.

"We really emphasize that every night we go out everyone has to play well," Heidemen said. It's not just that you know if we win enough matches to win the match is good enough, if you're shooting for a conference crown you need every flight playing well."

Rhinelander will squeeze one more dual against Newman Catholic on Friday.

The Hodags are eyeing their ninth GNC title in 10 years.




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- MINOCQUA--Bart Starr and 24 other Green Bay Packers hold places in the NFL Hall of Fame.

But Starr's quarterbacking skills didn't totally define him as a man.

He built his legacy as a beloved sports hero, a good Samaritan and family man.

Starr remains the only quarterback ever to lead his team to five NFL titles in a single decade.

But for Randy Gilson, Starr is the one Green Bay Packer who took advice from a seven-year-old statistician in 1963.

"Life was simpler but it was fun being a Green Bay Packer fan," Gilson said.
Randy grew up in Algoma, Wisconsin just outside of Green Bay. His dad worked for the Packers during a few training camps. That's when the love of the green and gold grew in young Randy.

"I studied everything I could, if there was a book or a magazine, I would pick it up," Gilson said.

On a Sunday afternoon in the 1963 season, Randy asked his parents to take him to the airport to welcome home a winning Green Bay Packer team.

It was another chance for him to share the latest stats, starting with Bart Starr.

"I said well congratulations with the 17 passes you threw without an interception you now hold the all-time Packer record," Gilson said.

Randy said Starr acknowledged the stat and then asked him who is favorite player was.

"I said mister Starr can you remind how many offensive starters we have. He said eleven so I said eleven offensive starters, defensive starters, a kicker and a punter. So I said you are somewhere around my 20th or 21st favorite player and he said how can that possibly be," Gilson said.

Randy's response takes us all back to the 1962 Thanksgiving Day Massacre between the unbeaten Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.

"That was our only loss and I said and back in the old days you called them quarterback tackles not sacks so I said you got tackled ten times in that game and you also threw two interceptions. If you are going to be in this league, you got to get rid of the ball quicker," Gilson said.

Randy is convinced the small but strong piece advice stuck with Bart Starr his entire career.

"After I gave him the advice he went on to throw 113 more touchdown passes, over 17,000 yards in passing yards, he won four more NFL championships, including four Super Bowl titles and was MVP the Super Bowl twice," Gilson said.

Looking back on the conversation, Randy realized he might have been too harsh but his seven-year-old self just wanted the Packers to win.

"It was a person that I saw on television, he was a celebrity and so I'm going tell the truth. I'm going tell him how I feel and if I could help him if I could help you somehow help the Packers I wanted to help them," Gilson said.

Now one of Randy's most prized possessions' is a signed photograph of Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr and Zeke Bratkowski from the Ice Bowl in 1967.

"I'm to the point to where if I don't care about the Packers anymore, I won't be alive," Gilson said.

Bart Starr passed away on May 26 at the age of 85. The Packers dedicated the 2019 season to honor Bart Starr and his legacy.

"He was a great teammate, just an all pro. He did it the right way and he was a winner, he was a winner in life. He was a leader without trying to be a leader and so I think that's a cool thing," Gilson said.

Randy Gilman is a Packers season ticket holder and has been to more than 150 games in his lifetime.

Next Sunday look real close at the Packers uniforms. You will see a No. 15 decal on their helmets to honor his life and legacy. 

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- GREEN BAY--Aaron Kraemer has been named the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week.


Kraemer is in his first year as head coach of the Hodags. 


He's led the team to four straight wins to start the season.


The Hodag football program will receive a two thousand dollar donation from the green and gold..


It's the first time they've started 4 and 0 since 1974.

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RHINELANDER - Schools often encourage kids to show up and support their sports teams.

That can sometimes be a financial burden on students.

Rhinelander High School introduced a new initiative to make that less of a problem.

The next time Rhinelander's crowd storms the field, you should expect a lot more people, thanks to the school board's decision to eliminate all student admission fees for Hodag games.

"Our teams are having really good success this year and I think this just adds to the excitement of our community a little bit," basketball coach Ryan Clark said.

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MEDFORD - Ted Wilson does what one might expect a dad to do: help his son Ean study for a big test.

"It's very difficult to turn off the coaching when you're at home watching film," Ted said.

Of course, the Medford football team is joining the study session.

"What he expects out of me, he also expects out of everybody else," Ean said of his father.

Ean has been one of Medford's varsity running backs for the last three seasons, which means he's been coached by his father Ted for just as long.

"I'm pretty sure I am like him," Ean said. "I'm pretty loud myself and I get excited when we do well."

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GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers held on for a 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

On a day when the Packers honored late Hall of Famer Bart Starr at halftime, Rodgers put on quite a show - particularly early. Rodgers completed nine of his first 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns and had a perfect 158.3 rating through the first quarter. He finished 22 of 34 for 209 yards.

The Packers improved to 2-0 under new coach Matt LaFleur after opening the NFL's 100th season with a victory at rival Chicago. They also beat the Vikings (1-1) for the fifth time in the past seven games at Lambeau Field.

Kevin King intercepted Cousins late in the end zone to preserve the win.

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MADISON - MADISON, Wis. (AP) " Quintez Cephus has been through a lot.

The junior wide receiver missed the final five games of Wisconsin's 2017 campaign because of a broken right leg and did not play at all last year after being expelled from school following sexual assault charges.

Cephus was acquitted by a jury last month, reinstated by school officials and was ruled academically eligible for last week's opener at South Florida.

After hauling in only three catches for 39 yards in the Badgers' 49-0 victory last week, the Georgia native finally had his breakout game at Wisconsin.

Cephus scored his first two touchdowns of the season, Jonathan Taylor rushed for three touchdowns and caught another, and No. 17 Wisconsin cruised past Central Michigan 61-0 in its home opener Saturday.

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GREEN BAY - CHICAGO (AP) " Aaron Rodgers doesn't have to lay waste to a defense to enjoy Packers football.

He sure had a good time seeing what his guys on the other side of the ball did Thursday night to the archrival Bears.

"Yeah, it was fun to watch," Rodgers said after Green Bay opened the NFL's 100th season with a 10-3 victory over Chicago. "It's been a long time since I've seen a performance like that. Obviously, a lot of credit to Mike Pettine and his staff, but to those players, just incredible.

"We didn't do them a whole lot of favors with our performance on offense. I mean every time we needed something a stop, they came up with some really big plays."

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GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers released safety Josh Jones Sunday morning, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jones made 12 starts for the Green and Gold in 29 total games on the team. He was Green Bay's second round pick in 2017.

Jones' snap count was projected to drop this year with the signing of free agent safety Adrian Amos and rookie Darnell Savage.

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