Sports Spotlight: Wyatt Wenninger tries for state wrestling againSubmitted: 12/10/2018

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TOMAHAWK - With his head up and hands active, Wyatt Wenninger gets ready to pin his opponent, just like he's done for more than a decade.

"I think my dad just signed me up one day, brought me up here and we started learning," Wenninger said.
Bob Garrou, Wenninger's coach, watched his development firsthand.

"Wyatt's an extremely good athlete, he's good at everything he does," Garrou said. "He just always struggled with confidence and I believe he's finally got control of his confidence. I think great things are in his future."

Wenninger made the state tournament last year in the 152-pound division, but is wrestling a class up in the 160-pound division this season.

"The kids are a little heavier, but so am I," Wenninger said.

He'll be taking on these new wrestlers with some familiar faces in his corner.

"He's kind of the type of kid that you can laugh at and laugh with," fellow wrestler Alex Bishop said. "He pushes the rest of the team to work harder."

While the team is improving, Wenninger knows he'll have to fight alone.

"I like depending on myself, I guess, because I know if I work hard, good things will happen from there," Wenninger said.

With one final season to put his name in the record books, Wenninger is using last season's defeat as motivation.

"That kid's in my weight class again," Wenninger said. "Hopefully I get to see him again and set things straight."

Wisconsin Wrestling ranked Wenninger as the eighth-best wrestler in his weight class in all of Division Two.

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Friday Night Blitz 12.7.18Submitted: 12/07/2018

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Tomahawk 56 Antigo 77
Rhinelander 59 Lakeland 74
Wausau East 63 Medford 49
Northland Pines 73 Mosinee 78
White Lake 22 Phelps 85

Crandon 67 Three Lakes 41
Rhinelander 59 Lakeland 45

The Hodags broke the Lady Thunderbirds 29 game GNC winning streak.

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RHINELANDER - The Heisman Trophy is the award that makes a player an instant legend; sought after by gridiron giants from Oregon to Florida.

"The Heisman Trophy is still America's greatest individual award," College Football Hall of Fame curator Kent Stephens said.

And while the country celebrates legendary football coach John Heisman in New York every year, what's left of the man himself stays buried in Rhinelander, where he's been for more than 80 years.

"If we're mowing or weed-whacking in here, someone's bound to stop us and ask where the grave is," said Forest Home Cemetery sexton Jeremy Biolo.

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Thursday Night Sports Report Submitted: 12/06/2018

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Local Sports Report: 12/4/18Submitted: 12/04/2018

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EAGLE RIVER - Marshfield boys basketball defeated Rhinelander at home, 72-39, behind 24 points from Brant Bohman.

Northland Pines hockey beat Tomahawk, 15-1. 

Three Lakes girls basketball topped Tomahawk, 52-41, at home.

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GNC gymnastics back on the matsSubmitted: 12/01/2018

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MEDFORD - Many Northwoods athletes started their weekend tumbling, flipping and balancing.

Five teams competed in Medford's first ever Hot Cocoa Invitational Saturday.

Rhinelander, Mosinee, Medford, Chequamegon and Escanaba hit the mats.

The Raiders took the gold with 119 points, even without their top two gymnasts.

Medford's Brooklyn Bilz and Makala Ulrich took first and second in the all-around.

Head coach Steve Cain says he's proud of the individual performances but hopes the girls have the bigger picture in mind.

"I want them to see team spirit. I want them to have team comradery," Cain said. "It's an individual sport but if you do not have individuals come together as a team, it's hard for each of them to really excel. That's my goal for them, is to do their best as a team."

Rhinelander placed second with 114 points.

Senior Raven Sturtevant led the way placing third in the all-around.

She says the Hodags are working towards an even better postseason-run than last year.

"We are already starting about how we ended last year so we are just building on things," Sturtevant said. "I think we are going to be in a good running for conference and even see if more of us can make it to state this year."

Rhinelander hosts its invitational next Saturday.All but two of the GNC teams will compete.

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Friday Night Blitz: 11/30/18Submitted: 11/30/2018

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Elcho: 38 Goodman/Pembine: 36
Florence: 62 Phelps: 64
Suring: 62 Laona/Wabeno: 52
Crandon: 95 White Lake: 27
Medford: 65 DC Everest: 82
Abbotsford: 38 Assumption: 44
Athens: 42 Auburndale: 67
La Crosse Central: 82 Marshfield: 68
Merrill: 76 Antigo: 66
Prentice: 85 Newman Catholic: 69
Rib Lake: 48 Stratford: 53

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RHINELANDER - High school football players look to their head coach for leadership, strategy, and guidance on and off the field.

Rhinelander Hodags will need to look to someone new for that next year.

After five seasons with the Hodags, head coach Chris Ferge was let go yesterday.

Ferge's record with Rhinelander isn't the prettiest.

He went 9-35 and was only 2-28 in conference play.

According to Rhinelander Activities Director Brian Paulson the decision to let him go didn't just come down to wins and losses.

"Chris is a great guy. He put all of his heart, soul and energy into the program," Paulson said.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander football team will be under new leadership next season. 

Rhinelander Activities Director Brian Paulson told us that current head football coach Chris Ferge was let go Wednesday morning.  

According to RiverNewsSports, Paulson said it didn't come down to wins and losses but the school wasn't happy with where the program was headed. 

Ferge was hired in 2014 and only went 9-35 in five seasons and was only 2-28 in Great Northern Conference play.

We will have more information in the next few days. 

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MINOCQUA - The Thunderbirds girls hockey team knows what it takes to win.

The Lakeland/Tomahawk/Mercer co-op went eight and one in conference last season, but the team has different challenge this year.

The team is young but the girls have taken on a new slogan…..the smaller the mightier.

"This team, this mentality. We haven't always had the best program but we always have the best attitude," said senior captain Asucena Boyer.

The 2018-19 Lakeland girls hockey team will look quite a bit different this year.

Half of the reigning GNC champion team graduated or moved to play for another team.

"It's a smaller team. Smaller teams usually bond together better," said Lakeland head coach Steve Bucklew.

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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk boys basketball defeated Ladysmith, 69-67, in its opening game.

Tomahawk hockey beat Wausau East/Merrill, 8-1, after only being up by two at the end of the second period.

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