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  • Big night from Gill, Franzen keeps Phelps boys undefeated
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:04 PM
    What has been a balanced offensive approach to the season thus far saw a couple of headlining efforts Friday as Phelps’ Andrew Gill poured in 20 points, and alongside 17 from Michael Franzen, helped keep the Knights perfect in a 76-43 win over Goodman-Pembine.
    Sitting a perfect 5-0 now on the season and 2-0 inside the Northern Lakes Conference, the schedule gets a bit tougher this week, beginning with a showdown Friday at Laona-Wabeno
    Blessed with one of their most dynamic offensive teams in recent years, coach Chris Rader said what’s kept Phelps on top to start the season has been a
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:03 PM
    For the first time in the existence of the Great Northern Conference, the Northland Pines girls hockey team is looking up at their rival Lakeland/Tomahawk in the league standings.
    Following a 4-0 loss to the Lady T-Birds Monday night inside the Eagle River Dome, coach Patrick Schmidt said that while his team has the offensive tools in their toolbox, they’ve struggled finding a way to use them.
    “Really it was just a frustrating game Monday night,” Schmidt said. “We just didn’t come out ready to play at all in the first two periods. Lakeland too is a good team, don’t take anything away from them. They have some
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:02 PM
    In what was an exciting and relatively clean pair of contests over the weekend, the Eagle River Falcons got Mosinee to bend, but couldn’t break the Papermakers as the southern stars kept possession of the Wisconsin River Cup in winning 6-5 Friday on their home ice, and again Saturday 6-3 in Eagle River.
    Both teams skated from the locker room Friday and wasted no time trying to get the edge, notching three goals apiece in the first 20 minutes.
    Mosinee went up 2-0 early before Derek Tijan lit the lamp for the first time this season to make it 2-1 with 18:26 still to play in the opening period.
    Charlie DePuydt then scored for the Falcons as he took assists from both
  • Eagles blast Lakeland, Waupaca; four tough games slated this week
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:01 PM
    The offense erupted in two straight games for the Northland Pines boys hockey team as the Eagles blasted Lakeland 10-1 and Waupaca 9-1 last week.
    Against Lakeland last Tuesday at the Dome, coach David Cox said the first period was one of the most consistent efforts the Eagles have shown this season.
    “I was extremely pleased with the discipline and patience the kids showed in the first half of the game,” said Cox. “Lakeland is a young team that played well, but could not skate with our three lines and three sets of defense as the game got deeper and deeper into the second period. Our depth really showed in
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 12:00 PM
    Following what had been a lackluster start to the 2017-’18 hoops season for the Three Lakes Lady Bluejays, coach Michele Brown’s team picked up a pair of vital conference wins this week, beating Phelps 67-32 on the road before finishing the week with a 69-48 win at home over Florence.
    “We have seen gradual improvement in each game from the first game we played at Pines, which is nice to see,” Brown said. “Still, we need to continue to work on our half-court offense, our rebounding and taking care of the ball. That and converting free throws. Those are easy points that can and will make a difference in a game.”
    Against Phelps Tuesday, following a few miscues to start the game, Three Lakes
  • Eagle girls top Hurley 53-34, but lose to Mosinee in GNC
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:59 AM
    The Northland Pines girls basketball team defeated Hurley 52-34 in a nonconference game last week, but lost to Mosinee 54-47 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) battle.
    In the Hurley victory, the Eagles built a 28-17 halftime lead and outscored the Midgets 24-17 in the second half to seal the 18-point victory.
    “This game was a nice building block for us as a team,” said Pines coach Josh Olivotti. “Hurley has an athletic group of kids and they made us work. We executed a lot of things quite well in this game and shot 45% from the field.”
    Jacqueline Smith led the Eagles with
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:58 AM
    Two former Northland Pines soccer players recently received recognition from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) following the 2017 fall season.
    Lauren Lenz, a senior at UW-Eau Claire, and Carly Ridderbusch, a senior at UW- Platteville, received post-season honors in women’s soccer, the WIAC announced.
    Lenz was selected as the recipient of the 2017 WIAC Judy Kruckman Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete Award. Lenz is majoring in kinesiology and sustains a 3.82 grade point average. A year ago, she was 
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:57 AM
    Phelps’ Jordyn Franzen tries to get a pass by Macy Sowinski during a game last week. —Staff Photo By DOUG ETTEN
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:56 AM
    Mosinee erupted for 54 points in the first half and cruised to an 81-42 victory over Northland Pines in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) boys basketball game in Eagle River last Friday.
    “It was a very humbling loss,” said Pines coach Troy Pieper. “I truly thought we were ready and had a good game plan for Mosinee. No way I would have thought the outcome would have been what it was.”
    Pieper said the Eagles didn’t handle Mosinee’s press defense very well early in the game. Pines had 15 turnĀ­overs in the game.
    “They didn’t show any press defense in their first three games so
  • Lady Knights fight Patriots to finish, fall in pair of conference matchups
    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:55 AM
    Phelps played one of their most hard-fought games of the young season Friday, and in doing so pushed Goodman-Pembine to the brink before falling 49-43 in a Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) matchup.
    “When it came down to it we just struggled to get shots to fall in the hoop,” head coach Lynn Kolling said. “Again we battled some foul trouble, but these girls worked hard to the end. We just ran out of gas.”
    Kolling was proud of how her team kept turnovers in check, and  felt they moved the ball well offensively.
    “We did a good job of breaking their press,” Kolling said. “It was a tough one though, going into half up seven. We just
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