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Local Sports Report: 1/22/19Submitted: 01/22/2019

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MINOCQUA - Lakeland girls basketball defeated Northland Pines, 76-37.

Lakeland girls hockey topped Medford, 10-2.

Elcho's Mac Morrison and Merrill's Quinn Steckbauer both scored their 1,000th point.




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MERRILL - Every good basketball team needs someone to lean on when times are tough.

For the Merrill Bluejays, that's point guard Quinn Steckbauer.

"You have to be resilient and you have to keep working when times are tough," Steckbauer said.

Leading the team is nothing new for Steckbauer, who suited up as quarterback when the Jays needed one this year.

"He's so competitive that he'll do whatever it takes to help the team win," head coach Jake Schalow said. "The football coaches thought that that would be the best to move him over to the quarterback position."

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EAGLE RIVER - Bob Richardson used to sit behind the wheel of a snowmobile, but he isn't interested in winning championships anymore, at least not for himself.

"Now our goal is to get our racers who are owning our chassis to win a world championship," Richardson said.

Richardson owns Eagle Outlaw Chassis in St. Germain, which makes modified snow vehicles called outlaws.

He says he's the only one in America that makes outlaws ready to order every year.

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Friday Night Blitz 1.18.19Submitted: 01/18/2019

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NORTHWOODS - FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ SCORES
BOYS BASKETBALL
New London 86 Lakeland Union 67
Antigo 62 Northland Pines 69
Mosinee 70 Rhinelander 69
Three Lakes 57 Phelps 69
Stratford 75 Abbotsford 37
Newman Catholic 36 Phillips 69
Assumption 48 Rib Lake 69
Wausau East 74 Merrill 77
Wisconsin Rapids 58 Wausau West 40
Marshfield 54 Stevens Point 53


GIRLS BASKETBALL: 
FLORENCE 37 LAONA WABENO 33
CRANDON 95 GOODMAN/PEMBINE 24
STRATFORD 51 ABBOTSFORD 29

BOYS HOCKEY
WAUPACA 2 PINES 11




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CRANDON - Young wrestlers will get the chance to strap on some headgear and hit the mats.

Crandon is hosting their annual youth wrestling tournament on Sunday.

Organizers are hoping to have as many schools and other youth programs in the Northwoods to come and join in on the fun.

The age range is Pre-K through 8th grade.

As Crandon wrestling head coach Marc Seils says, the younger the kids hit the mats, the stronger they will be once they reach 9th grade.

"It gives them a chance to wrestle with the tough competition and start getting onto the high school program and make that transition," Seils said. "When they get here, they will be ready to rock as freshman."

Wrestling will start at 9AM sharp on Sunday morning. 

For more information and how to get involved, visit the link below. 

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MINOCQUA - The Great Northern Conference always sends strong talent to Madison.

Lakeland Union is the perfect example.

The former GNC champs have had to bounce back after losing some of their strongest swimmers in 2018.
 
"We are having more fun this year and having more competition with ourselves," said Lakeland boys swim team captain Alex Tucker. 

The team's roster dropped from 18 swimmers to only 10 and lost its undefeated conference record. 

"We've gotten through that and it's gotten easier and right now we are just trying to swim for times, we aren't trying to win, not trying to get the highest amount of points like last year," Tyler said.

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Local Sports Report: 1/15/19Submitted: 01/15/2019

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NORTHWOODS - Rhinelander boys basketball topped Medford, 54-53, with a defensive stand on the last possession.

Elcho girls basketball handled Goodman-Pembine, 40-22.

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ELCHO - The player they call Little can be heard clearly all over Elcho's gym.

Whenever people needs a word of encouragement or a high five, they know they can come to Katie Slowik.

"I consider [Katie] one of my best friends," senior Kaitlyn Paulsen said. "We can tell each other anything and she's always there for me."

To Slowik, her teammates are even closer than best friends.

"We are more than just a basketball team, we're a family," Slowik said.

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EAGLE RIVER - These are your grandfather's snowmobiles.

"This is what we grew up with and this is what I like," racer Sean Wood said. "This is what we want to race."

The vintage snowmobile derby in Eagle River serves as a tune-up to the world championship races next weekend, not that any of the drivers see it that way.

"Vintage sledding is more aggressive and it's more tough to drive," racer Sabrina Blanchet said.

Part of that is because of how the snowmobiles are made.

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PHILLIPS - Every five or ten years you might get the chance to see your former classmates or teammates at a school reunion.

But many people in Northern Wisconsin get the chance to keep rivalries alive by hitting the hardwood every 
year at the Northwoods Alumni Roundball Classic.

"It's the one opportunity they get per year to play basketball again competitively," said Phillips High School basketball player Austin Edwards.

More than 200 men strapped on their old basketball shoes. And walked on the court proudly wearing their school colors

"It's really fun to be able to play against the guys you played in high school, the rivalries might die down a little bit but it's always a competition," said 2016 Rib Lake Joe Scheithauer graduate.

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