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.