Local Sports Report: 5-21-19Submitted: 05/21/2019

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LAONA - Laona/Wabeno won in the second round of the WIAA softball playoffs, knocking off Crivitz 6-0.

Rhinelander baseball lost a barn-burner to Merrill, 13-10.

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MINOCQUA - After a team wins its first conference title in 52 seasons, what's next?

Well, if that team is Rhinelander boys track and field, the answer is apparently go win some more.

The Hodag boys took first place in Monday's Division Two regional track and field meet at Lakeland Union High School.

Rhinelander took first in the 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay triple jump events.

They'll send more than a dozen entries to the Thursday sectional round in Mosinee.

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MINOCQUA - Track and field shared the spotlight with tennis sub-sectionals Monday.

Rhinelander, Antigo and Lakeland had players entered in the sub-sectional, but only the Hodags were able to send any to the sectional round.

Hodag head coach Bob Hiedeman said the team's goal was to get five players through to the next stage.

They didn't quite get there, but one of their singles players and one of their doubles pairs are moving on to the next round.

Number one singles player Jacob Weddle has a plan of attack for sectionals already.

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PRENTICE - Future baseball players got the chance to work with a FORMER M-L-B pitcher who grew up in the Northwoods. 

Antigo native and former Chicago Cub Justin Berg hosted a baseball clinic in Prentice on Saturday. 

Young athletes from around the area came to the clinic. 

Berg focused on the proper fundamentals, arm care and throwing mechanics. 

He also expressed the meaning of hard work. 

Berg hopes his help could give athletes in the northern part of the state more exposure. 

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MILWAUKEE - MILWAUKEE (AP) " Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, another dunk.

The tone was set.

And it never changed.

The Eastern Conference doesn't belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks " yet. But they're two wins away, after Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Bucks never trailed on the way to a 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the East finals.

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RHINELANDER - If you watch Jacob Weddle play tennis, it might seem like it was always his favorite sport.

"I put some time into it and decided I really liked it," Weddle said.

But in his spare time, Weddle pursues a hobby centered around a different spring sport.

Weddle found his first love in baseball. In fact, he started buying and selling baseball cards before he was seven years old alongside his father, Jeff.

"My dad bought baseball cards for me when I was young, so when my son got to be of the age where he was into baseball, I'd buy him some packs here and there," Jeff Weddle said.

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MERRILL - Going on a run is a chore for most of us, but a gift for participants in the Special Olympics.

"It felt really good," participant Adam Domino said. "It felt awesome."

More than 200 athletes chased that feeling at the Special Olympics regional track and field meet in Merrill.

Cheryl Johnson-Domino and her son Adam have come to this event for the last 20 years.

"The first time that he did this, it was really overwhelming because he didn't really know what to expect," Johnson-Domino said. "I didn't know what to expect, but we made a lot of friends and everyone is like family to us.

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MINOCQUA - Rhinelander boys tennis wrote another chapter in the school history books Saturday afternoon at the Great Northern Conference meet.

The Hodags took their sixth straight conference title and it wasn't close.

Rhinelander won the GNC by scoring a conference-record 40 points, just two fewer than the highest total they possibly could have scored.

The Hodags also set a record for total points in a season.

For the players that have been on the team all four years, this season was the most special of all.

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MILWAUKEE - MILWAUKEE (AP) " Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks found another gear after their first loss of the playoffs.

Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics just couldn't keep up.

Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and the Bucks routed the Celtics 116-91 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

After sweeping Detroit in the first round, top-seeded Milwaukee struggled in Game 1 against Boston and lost 112-90 in one of its worst offensive performances of the season. But Antetokounmpo led the way as the Bucks responded with four straight wins by a combined 65 points.

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RHINELANDER - Most people don't want to spend their Saturday pinned to the ground, legs wrapped around an adversary's head, unless you happen to be Brazilian jiu jitsu master Wade Barden.

"I really enjoy sharing what I know and teaching jiu jitsu to new people," Barden said.

Barden grew up just north of Madison and earned his black belt in less than five years.

He shared some of his knowledge with students at Groundwork Grappling in Rhinelander this weekend.

"You're going to learn a lot when you wrestle because you have to apply those techniques every day," Barden said.

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