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  • The second Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) eight-player football State championship final will be this Saturday, Nov. 16, with Luck facing Wausau Newman Catholic at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls at 1 p.m. 

    It’s an important option for 
  • The 38th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Soccer State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at KOHLER Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee and will include the Northland Pines Eagles in the Division 4 field.
    The single-elimination tournament features
  • The 107th running of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Cross-Country Championships and the 46th annual Girls Cross-Country Championships will take place this Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
    The Division 3 girls field will include
  • Decker to support Arthritis Foundation in season finale
    Natalie Decker, of Eagle River, who has had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) since birth, has chosen the Arthritis Foundation as her charity of choice, announcing it on her social media channels and will again — in person to her fans — at the Homestead race on Nov. 15.

    Arthritis is the No. 1 cause of
  • Hockey supporters in the Eagle River area have drummed up numerous ways to raise money for the Save the Dome campaign, ranging from the sale of historic photos to fundraising events at local supper clubs.
    The Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) is trying to raise
  • The annual celebration of National High School Activities Month is underway for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and the 50 other state high school associations that are members of the National Federation of State High School (NHFS) Associations.
    The month-long celebration in October offers
  • Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and Dave Anderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), recently wrote a piece on the biggest challenge facing high school sports teams today.

    The two sports promoters said
  • Pines youth football celebrates 25 years
    The Northland Pines Youth Football and Cheerleading organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, including a Youth Night at halftime of the Northland Pines football game last Friday night.

    The program came to life in June of
  • For Wisconsin sports fans, the fall is off to a great start with the Badgers football team off to a 2-0 start, the Green Bay Packers had an exciting win Thursday night over the rival Chicago Bears and the Milwaukee Brewers are in the chase for a wild card spot in the postseason playoffs.

    For the Badgers, Jonathan Taylor ran for
  • Bob Normand from Chippewa Falls, Al Deming of Waupun, Terry Klay from Wausau, and Brianna Decker of Dousman, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony this Saturday, Sept. 7, in Eagle River.
    The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) saluted 27 schools — including Northland Pines — that met the criteria to be named recipients of the Award of Excellence in 2018-’19.
    The award recognizes member schools for their
  • After setting her eyes on the course at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wis., at the age of 10, Natalie Decker of Eagle River fell in love. 

    She had just recently moved up in classes in her young go-kart racing career and found herself taking laps on the “little” course. However, Decker had her eyes and heart set on something more — the
  • With the 2019-’20 high school sports season kicking off next week with football, soccer and volleyball games across the state, it’s a good time to think about maintaining sportsmanship on the field and in the stands.
    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in partnership with
  • The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame has selected the 2019 class for induction into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in September. 
    Bob Normand from
  • With the calendar turning from July to August this week, it means football is just around the corner.

    Training camp has started for the Green Bay Packers and will peak this Saturday, Aug. 3, with Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, at
  • The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony is just five weeks away, set for Friday, Aug. 30.

    The athletes to be inducted are Woody Ahlborn, who graduated from Pines in 1983 and earned 10 letters in football, basketball and track; and 1983 graduate
  • Now that we are past the Fourth of July, many sports enthusiasts are looking ahead to the fall football season. 

    And as the Green Bay Packers’ 100 Seasons draws to a close, fans are invited to join the team for the biggest milestone of all — the team’s 100th birthday on
  • High school basketball fans in Wisconsin can expect to watch more boys and girls basketball beginning in a couple years.

    That’s because the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted at its June meeting to increase the maximum number of basketball games permitted in a season from 22 to
  • The 19th annual Pines OAM Alumni Hockey Tournament will be this Saturday, July 6, at the Eagle River Sports Arena starting at 9 a.m.

    The one-day event benefits local youth skaters and helps maintain the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) and Northland Pines boys and girls hockey teams — continuing the
  • The Little League Baseball World Series atmosphere will be returning to Minocqua in 2019.

    The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Lakeland Area Baseball Association (LABA), will host the Small Town Baseball World Series for the second consecutive year July 18-21 at the
  • With the Milwaukee Brewers playing well so far this season, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the Green Bay Packers and their upcoming season.

    But the Green Bay Packers announced recently that the popular Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will take place Friday evening, Aug. 2. Now in its 19th year, Family Night will serve as the introduction of the
  • The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct two standout athletes, a supporter of Northland Pines athletic programs and two State Champion relay teams Friday, Aug. 30.

    The athletes to be inducted are
  • Teams can still register for the 2019 B. Bruce Krier Angel Golf Spectacular, a fundraising event for the Angel On My Shoulder program, set for this Friday, June 7, at St. Germain Golf Club with three special guests. 
    The golf tournament will be
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control approved a first consideration of a conference alignment plan for eight-player football — which will include Three Lakes — beginning in 2020 at its May meeting.

    The plan places eight-player programs into
  • Two fast-approaching golf outings will benefit Trees For Tomorrow and Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, both in Eagle River, and both fundraising events will be held at the Eagle River Golf Course.

    Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) will host its 17th annual
  • Journeys inspirational to many runners, walkers
    The 23rd annual Journeys Marathon, sponsored by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center last Saturday, featured many inspirational stories of runners of all ages.
    Some runners completed their first marathon while others
  • Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 23rd annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 11.
    The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center expects about
  • With the snow finally melting across the North Woods, it’s time to think about the fast-approaching 23rd annual Journeys Marathon. 

    The event, set for Saturday, May 11, features a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk and 10K and 5K runs. Now is the perfect time to register for the event with the
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control passed a statewide football-only conference realignment proposal — including Northland Pines — at its April meeting.

    The goal was to
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and school officials often stress the importance of sportsmanship at athletic events.
    To that end, the WIAA, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team sportsmanship awards for the
  • Tickets are still available for the 14th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour set for this week in northern, central and western Wisconsin to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    The tour will make stops in
  • When you sit down to watch an NFL game on a Sunday afternoon next fall, be prepared to sit a little longer.

    The NFL owners voted last week to approve a rule proposal that allows for offensive and defensive pass interference, including non-calls, to be subject to
  • Journeys Marathon just six weeks away
    While there is still snow across the North Woods, the 23rd annual Journeys Marathon is entering the final stretch to the starting line. 

    The event, set for Saturday, May 11, features a marathon, half marathon, 13.1-mile power walk and 10K and 5K runs. Now is the perfect time to be training and signing up to participate. Registration brochures are now available at
  • The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) released a revised football-only conference alignment proposal for the 2020 season, including a move that should be good for the Northland Pines Eagles football team.

    The WFCA and WIAA released the first consideration of a football-only conference plan for membership review back in 
  • The 104th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place this Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
    The single-elimination tournament features a
  • The 44th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

    The single-elimination tournament features a 
  • The 49th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Hockey State Tournament and the 18th Girls Hockey State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
    While the field won’t include the
  • It’s still the winter sports season, but football fans can get geared up for the 14th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour set for April 9-13.
    The tour will travel throughout central, western and northern Wisconsin — including Antigo — to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.
    The tour will make stops in
  • Supporters of Eagle River hockey and the historic Dome have launched a project to bring attention to the fundraising campaign to raise about $1.5 million for a new cooling system at the Eagle River Sports Arena. 
    Organizers launched “Save the Dome” and are selling apparel and decals at events held at the Sports Arena, according to
  • With the calendar flipping to February, now is the perfect time to start training for the 23rd annual Journeys Marathon scheduled for Saturday, May 11.
    The Journeys Marathon events include a 26.2-mile full marathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon and power walk, and a 10- and 5-kilometer run/walk. 
    The Journeys Marathon and half-marathon are USA Track & Field-certified courses, and the full marathon is
  • Decker advances in W Series program
    Twenty-eight drivers, including Eagle River native Natalie Decker, were given the very good news last weekend that they had been chosen to go through to the next stage of the selection process of W Series, the all-new single-seater racing series for female drivers only.

    Decker, 21, was one of just three United States women selected to move on. W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said that
  • There was an op-ed piece on the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) website this week concerning sportsmanship at high school sporting events.. It was written by Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and
  • Derby, pond hockey put Eagle River on map
    While all eyes are on the 56th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby this weekend, there's another major sporting event set for Eagle River in February.

    The 14th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship will be held on
  • Six individuals representing Northland Pines High School and the community attended the 2018 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA)/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Summit in Stevens Point in December.
    More than 725 participants on 122 teams representing 106 member high schools attended the summit. Each school was represented by a team of
  • Phelps basketball, Pines boys soccer lead sports stories
    There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2018. The following were some of the highlights of the past year:
    1. For the first time since 1986, the Phelps boys basketball team rode into the WIAA postseason with the momentum of a
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Co., has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2018 fall State tournaments. The recipients of the sportsmanship awards are River Ridge in girls volleyball, Stratford in football and McFarland in
  • The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for future inductees, the committee has announced.

    The Hall of Fame, established in 2003, recognizes persons who have contributed or excelled in high school, college and/or professional sports and includes athletes, coaches and
  • Kresl, UW-Stout set to play at Dome
    Area hockey fans, get ready for a entertaining night of hockey at the Eagle River Sports Arena.

    Fast-paced NCAA Division III college hockey is coming to the historic Dome as UW-Stout will face Finlandia University of Hancock, Mich., this Saturday, Dec. 15, at
  • There was plenty of football news from the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers over the weekend.
    Concerning Green Bay, the Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, ending his 13-season tenure in charge of the storied
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control approved a number of coaches’ recommendations impacting spring season sports regulations, including softball, track and field, and baseball, and passed the 2018-’19 operational budget at its recent meeting.

    Two recommendations in softball were approved by the board. The first implements seeding for all divisions once the State tournament field has been
  • The changing of the season from fall to winter also means a new season for high school sports, with hockey, basketball and wrestling getting underway for players and coaches.

    There were some exciting sports stories during the fall, including
  • The 43rd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Football State Championship Finals will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16, at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

    Ticket prices for the event are
  • The first Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA)-sponsored eight-player State championship is in the books — and a good game it was.
    The game featured
  • The first Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) eight-player football State championship final will be this Saturday, Nov. 3, in Stanley at 1 p.m. 

    Luck and Sevastopol are the
  • A runner from Three Lakes will be competing in the 106th running of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Cross-Country Championships and the 45th annual Girls Cross-Country Championships that will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, at
  • Conference realignment is always a big issue when it comes to high school sports and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).

    Northland Pines and Three Lakes high schools have both been involved in conference realignment discussions over the past several years, especially when it comes to
  • It’s time to lace them up at the Eagle River Sports Arena as the 15th annual Noontime Hockey League is ready to begin today, Wednesday, Oct. 10. 
    While there were a few issues with leaking liquid under the floor when the compressors were turned on this fall, Michael Eder, the coordinator of Noontime Hockey, said
  • The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday, earning them the 2018 National League (NL) Central division crown. The Brewers had previously won the Central just once — that back in 2011. 

    By virtue of having the best record in the NL, the Brewers will now host
  • Drones are a pretty cool gadget for some hobbyists and professional photographers/videographers, but they also could be dangerous.

    The NFL’s top security official last week backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize the federal government to track, seize and
  • Fifteen female race car drivers in a variety of categories — including Eagle River native Natalie Decker — took part in the first Women Drivers Assessment Program at Circuito de Navarra in northern Spain, on Aug. 28-29.
    Decker currently competes full-time in
  • For Wisconsin sports fans, the fall is off to a great start with the Badgers football team off to a 2-0 start, the Green Bay Packers had an exciting win Sunday night over the rival Chicago Bears and the Milwaukee Brewers are in a pennant race chasing the Chicago Cubs.

    For the Badgers Saturday, it was a tale of two
  • Dan Schachte of Verona and Jerry Swenson from McFarland will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Eagle River this Saturday, Sept. 8.

    Schachte was born in 
  • With the high school sports season underway as another school year starts, it’s not surprising to learn that participation in high school sports continues to rise.

    Led by an additional 15,009 participants in girls sports programs, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased
  • Two competitive sporting events for athletes are coming to the North Woods. 

    The fourth annual Twin Triathlon will be held on and around North Twin Lake in Phelps this Saturday, Aug. 25, and the fifth annual Three Eagle Half-Marathon and 5K run will be held
  • With the 2018-’19 high school sports season kicking off this week with football games across the state, it’s a good time to think about maintaining sportsmanship on the field and 
  • Dan Schachte from Verona and Jerry Swenson from McFarland will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 8.

    The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 and is housed in the Eagle River Sports Arena. The hall was established to honor outstanding individuals responsible for the development, growth and success of amateur ice hockey in Wisconsin.

    Schachte was born in Madison and played his youth hockey with the Monona Hockey Association. He began his officiating career at the age of 13 with the Dane County Hockey
  • With the calendar turning from July to August this week, it means football is just around the corner.

    Training camp has started for the Green Bay Packers and will peak this Saturday, Aug. 4, with Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, at Lambeau Field.

    Day activities get underway at 1:30 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium and parking lot. Evening activities get underway in the stadium at 5:30 p.m., followed by on-field football warm-ups at 6:30 and the practice beginning at approximately 7:30.

    Tickets are available through
  • It’s less than a month until the Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will induct two standout athletes, a coach and several longtime hockey managers to the hall Friday, Aug. 17.
    The athletes to be inducted are Kent Gray, who played football at Pines from 1979 through 1981, and 1970 graduate Veryl Krosschell, along with baseball coach Jerry Adamovich. The three will be joined by eight members of the Zyhowski family who were hockey managers at Pines since the 1970s.
    Kent William Gray played football at Northland Pines High School his freshman through junior years before transferring to Ashwaubenon High School his senior year. At Northland Pines, he
  • The first few days of training camp are always a festive atmosphere, with excitement in the air as the Green Bay Packers return to the field for another season. 

    This year, however, fans will have many more opportunities for fun with the Packers Experience, a four-day, free festival in honor of the Packers’ 100 Seasons.

    Preparations are now underway for the Packers Experience, presented by American Family Insurance, Bellin Health, Fleet Farm and Old El Paso. The festivities kick off at 9 a.m. on
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control reviewed and acted on coaches’ committee recommendations impacting winter sports, including hockey and wrestling, at its last meeting.

    Four hockey recommendations received approval from the board. In an ongoing trend to seed State tournaments, boys hockey coaches of teams advancing to the tournament quarterfinals will determine the seeds for the eight qualifying boys teams, and the four coaches of the teams advancing to the girls State tournament semifinals will seed the four qualifying girls teams beginning in 2018-’19.

    In 2020 when the boys tournament transitions to four teams in two divisions, the boys coaches in each division will
  • The 18th annual Pines OAM Alumni Hockey Tournament will be this Saturday, July 7, at the Eagle River Sports Arena starting at 9 a.m.
    The one-day event benefits local youth skaters and helps maintain the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) and Northland Pines boys and girls hockey teams — continuing the “Tradition on Ice.” 
    The tournament is named in memory of Orin A. Mangseth, a former Pines boys hockey coach and longtime supporter of the program. Mangseth led the Eagles to their first boys State Hockey Championship in 1984.
    The tournament is played in
  • Decker to hit track at Chicagoland race
    Natalie Decker of Eagle River will be back on the track this week.

    Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has unveiled its version of girl power when the longtime ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team returns to Chicagoland Speedway this Thursday, June 28, with a trio of female drivers competing in the series’ Scott 150 event. 

    VMS has entered Decker in the team’s flagship No. 25 N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Toyota; Leilani Münter in the No. 20 Vegan Strong Toyota; and Toni Breidinger in the No. 55 VMS Toyota. It is the first time in the modern era of stock car racing that one team has entered three female drivers in a single
  • With the Milwaukee Brewers playing well so far this season, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the Green Bay Packers and their upcoming season.

    But the Green Bay Packers are making plans for 2018 Packers training camp, presented by Bellin Health. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field.

    With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with an 11:30 a.m. practice on Thursday, July 26. Green Bay finishes the opening week with an 11:30 a.m. practice on Friday, July 27 and an 11:15 a.m. practice on Saturday, July 28.

    The Packers will hold four practices (July 30-31 and Aug. 2-3), all beginning at 
  • The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct two standout athletes, a coach and several longtime hockey managers to the hall Friday, Aug. 17.

    The athletes to be inducted are Kent Gray, who played football at Pines from 1979 through 1981, and 1970 graduate Veryl Krosschell, along with baseball coach Jerry Adamovich. The three will be joined by eight members of the Zyhowski family who were hockey managers at Pines since the 1970s.

    Kent William Gray played football at Northland Pines High School his freshman through junior years before transferring to Ashwaubenon High School his senior year. At Northland Pines, he
  • Now that schools are winding down and summer officially kicks off in two weeks, it’s time for runners and walkers to make plans for a couple upcoming 5-kilometer runs — one in St. Germain and the second in Eagle River.
    St. Germain will kick off its Independence Day celebration Sunday, July 1, with the 14th annual Freedom 5K Fun Run.
    The race begins at 8:30 a.m. with race day registration and check-in from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Proceeds from the race will be used for maintenance and development of St. Germain’s nonmotorized trails, including the paved bike-and-hike trail and the Awassa Trails.
    In the first 13 years, the event has raised
  • The Three Lakes Coaches Association has announced that the inaugural Three Lakes Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be held Friday, July 6.

    The Three Lakes Hall of Fame is a new effort to honor Three Lakes athletes who have made an impact in the school district as a student athlete, coach or fan, according to school district Athletic Director Charlie Volk.

    “We created the Three Lakes Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize excellence in Bluejay athletics,” said Volk. 

    The 2018 Three Lakes Hall of Fame inductees include: Ken Bigley, Michele (Gensler) Brown, Nick Boehlke, Jerry Koslowski, Gene Step, George Rychlock, Bob Wojtusik and
  • Two fast-approaching golf outings will benefit Trees For Tomorrow and Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, both in Eagle River, and both fundraising events will be held at the Eagle River Golf Course.

    Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) will host its 16th annual golf-outing fundraiser on Friday, June 1. This event raises funds to support its environmental science educational programs and provide access to these programs for all K-12 students through scholarship funds.

    The event will be held at the Eagle River Golf Course and will include an 18-hole two-person scramble, challenge and betting holes, raffle, luncheon, awards ceremony and a chance to win
  • Ribbe one of 17 boys named Scholar Athlete
    Sixteen senior girls and 17 senior boys, including Elijah Ribbe of Three Lakes, received the prestigious 2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Clinic. 

    To determine the 33 award recipients, four boys and four girls were selected — based on both athletic and academic achievement — from each of four WIAA divisions. Ribbe was selected in Division 4. There have been 1,052 individuals that have been recognized as WIAA Scholar Athletes since the program began in 1984.

    “These extraordinary student athletes excel in
  • Fans urged to cheer runners, attend party
    Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 22nd annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 12.

    The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center expects about 800 runners from more than a dozen states to register for the Journeys Marathon to be held on the back roads of Vilas County.

    Chamber events coordinator Natalie Spiess said a new feature this year will be a postrace party in the park with live music and fun yard-sized games at the finish line for runners, spectators, volunteers and
  • While Austin Ramesh didn’t get selected in last weekend’s NFL draft, the former Northland Pines standout and Wisconsin Badger fullback signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

    Several other teams had discussions with Ramesh over the last few weeks, including the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons, but over the weekend he signed with the Cardinals.

    “Just happy to get an opportunity with a great franchise and I’m just ready to get to work,” Ramesh told WJFW TV-12 in an interview.

    Ramesh, 6-foot-1, 255 pounds, reportedly signed 
  • Chamber preparing for 22nd Journeys
    With Journeys Marathon in Eagle River less than three weeks away, there is still time to register for one of the five events or sign up to be a volunteer.

    The Saturday, May 12, event features a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk, and 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs. Registration brochures are available at the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center or online at journeysmarathon.org.

    Chamber events coordinator Natalie Spiess said volunteers are needed for a variety of activities, including setup and cleanup at Riverview Park, manning water stations, and assisting chamber staff at the park during the event.

    With spring finally arriving in the North Woods this week, runners will
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:18 PM
    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance, has chosen the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Awards for the 2018 winter State Tournaments.
    The winners of the prestigious sportsmanship recognition are Valders in boys basketball, Marshall in girls basketball, D.C. Everest co-op in girls hockey, Hudson in gymnastics and Ellsworth in team wrestling.
    Valders displayed outstanding sportsmanship in finishing runner-up in Division 3 at the State Boys Basketball Tournament. After a 63-61 overtime victory over Kettle Moraine Lutheran in the semifinals, the
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:23 AM
    While golf courses are a long way from opening across the North Woods due to the prolonged winter weather, it still might be time to think about playing in a golf scramble later this spring.

    Golf scrambles generally are a day of fun, yet competitive golf. Anyone can participate and there are a lot of prizes handed out during the day. Most scrambles are for a good cause, and one of those is coming up in early June.

    Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) will host its 16th annual golf outing fundraiser on Friday, June 1. This event raises funds to support its environmental science educational programs and
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 11:24 AM
    With the calendar flipping to April over the weekend, it’s time to train and get registered for any of the five Journeys Marathon events in Eagle River.
    The Saturday, May 12, event features a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk, and 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs. Registration brochures are now available and registrations are being accepted.
    While the weather remains nasty outside, runners can still train indoors. The Northland Pines High School field house offers a great venue for running in the mornings as well as certain times during the day. People can check with the school office for hours when the field house is open to the public for running and
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:56 AM
    The competitive equity issue continues to be a tough topic for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), especially when it involves small private schools in urban areas that can attract some of the top athletes from larger cities.

    The WIAA Board of Control recently declined to forward a rural/urban proposal that would have forced some small schools in urban and suburban areas to play up a division in boys and girls basketball. They deemed it as discriminatory and having “a lot of holes” and did not advance the plan for a membership vote. 

    Some say those private schools have a better chance to build powerhouse teams because
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:52 AM
    While the NCAA Basketball Tournament is in full swing, the Green Bay Packers, of course, are thinking about football. 

    The Packers have announced several free agent moves, including the release of fan favorite wide receiver Jordan Nelson. He has since signed a deal with the Oakland Raiders.

    The team also has announced plans for the 13th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour set for April 10-14, which will travel throughout southern Wisconsin, eastern Iowa and the Milwaukee area to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Last year’s tour made stops in Rhinelander, Medford, Ashland, Houghton, Mich., and
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 11:01 AM
    There’s another big week of high school sports ahead as the 103rd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 15-17, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
    Ticket prices for the tourney are $10 per session (two games in a session) for all seating purchased at the Kohl Center. Ticket windows are available one hour prior to the start of any session. Tickets are available online for $12. 
    The single-elimination tournament features a five- division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions. This is the first year the State tournament is seeded. The coaches of the qualifying teams in each division determined
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 12:05 PM
    It’s March Madness in Wisconsin, with boys and girls basketball tournaments continuing across the state.

    While the boys are in Sectional play, the 43rd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 8-10, at the Resch Center in Green Bay. 

    Ticket price for the tourney is $10 per session when purchased at the Resch Center. Tickets for the tournament also will be available for purchase online at the Ticket Star website at ticketstaronline.com. 

    The single-elimination tournament features a
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:48 AM
    With the calendar flipping to March this week and temperatures in the 40s, it’s time to start training for the 22nd annual Journeys Marathon in Eagle River.

    The Saturday, May 12 event features a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk, and 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs. Registration brochures are now available and registrations are being accepted.

    With the mild weather this week, runners can start getting out and training for their run of choice. For those inclement days for running outdoors, the Northland Pines High School field house offers a
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 11:53 AM
    When it comes to high school sports, late February and early March is the best time of the year. Area high school sports teams are in postseason playoffs and emotions are high as trips to the State Tournament are on the line. 

    Boys and girls hockey tournaments continue this week with Sectional action, girls basketball teams began play on Tuesday of this week and boys basketball teams start Regional play next Tuesday, Feb. 27.

    The Northland Pines boys hockey team got off to a good start in postseason play last Thursday as the second-seeded Eagles beat sixth-seeded Rhinelander 10-0. The Eagles were scheduled to host
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:47 PM
    The 13th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships are in the books, with winning teams receiving huge silver cups for first place in 19 divisions.
    While some of the nearly 300 teams come to Dollar Lake to skate with old friends and teammates, party and be a part of the great hockey atmosphere, other teams arrive in Eagle River with a goal of winning a championship. Some even have a strategy for playing on the pond.
    Team Labatt Blue of Chicago won the 40 plus tier 1 division under the direction of Edgar Cepuripis.
    “It’s our 10th year in the tournament and
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 10:48 AM
    Excitement is building for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games starting Feb. 9 in South Korea. And this year’s Winter Olympics will have two area connections participating.
    Nick Baumgartner of Iron River, Mich., will be competing in the snowboard cross event and Florence native Nita Englund will be participating in the ski jumping.
    Baumgartner was selected to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team on Jan. 23 as one of four male snowboard cross competitors who will head to the Olympics. It will be
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:27 AM
    With the calendar flipping to February this week, now is the perfect time to start training for the 22nd annual Journeys Marathon scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

    The Journeys Marathon events include a 26.2-mile full marathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon and power walk, a 10- and 5-kilometer run/walk and a fun run for children 7 years old and younger. 

    The Journeys Marathon and half-marathon are USA Track & Field-certified courses, and the full marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center sponsors the
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 11:30 AM
    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2017 fall State Championships. 

    The recipients of the sportsmanship awards are Lodi in football, Benton in girls volleyball and Madison West in boys soccer.

    The WIAA/Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school program and community — or communities in the case of cooperative programs — in each of the State team tournaments that demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship. Award winners are determined by the conduct and sportsmanship displayed by
  • Derby, pond hockey put Eagle River on map
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:05 PM
    While all eyes are on the 55th annual Country Cat World Championship Snowmobile Derby this weekend, there’s another major sporting event set for Eagle River in February.

    The 13th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship will be held on 30 ice rinks located on Dollar Lake just east of Eagle River Feb. 9-11. With the recent cold temperatures, it’s anticipated there will be plenty of ice for the event.

    Last year, about 290 teams from 23 states and Canada participated in the event. This year’s tournament will consist of 19 no-check divisions, including several women’s divisions. Nearly 300 teams are
  • Sixel and Simac headed to Australia for tourney
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018 11:47 AM
    Dave Sixel of Sugar Camp is taking more local athletes around the world for a competition.

    The United States of America Federation of Pan­k­ra­tion Athlima (USAFPA) will be sending Team USA to Sydney, Australia, for the upcoming Les Scar Cup Feb. 23-25.

    Team USA coach Dave Sixel has selected 10 athletes from around the United States, including several from this area, to compete in this upcoming championship which has been sanctioned by the world governing body known as WPAF. 

    One of these athletes is