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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:19 AM
    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 other citizens of the Northland Pines School District who have contributed to the sports program.

    A 12-member committee developed the Hall of Fame, with John Wainwright, a former football coach and teacher at Pines, leading the group. Other committee members are Jerry Burkett, Tom Obrodovich, Brian Margelofsky, Chris Oatman, Ken Kluever, Colyn Carter, Tom Druschke, Larry Favorite, Larry Snedden, Tom Dunphy and
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:37 AM
    The Northland Pines High School football team will play an independent schedule in 2018, athletic director Brian Margelofsky announced last week.

    The Eagles have been members of the Western Peninsula Athletic Conference (WestPAC) since 2010, but that conference is expanding to 16 teams next fall with large and small divisions of eight teams in each.

    Margelofsky said the expanded conference will result in the elimination of both the Mid-Peninsula Conference and the Mid-Eastern Conference in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

    “Northland Pines would have been a medium-sized school in the large division and travel would have been
  • Badgers, Ramesh headed to title game
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017 10:39 AM
    The University of Wisconsin Badgers football team and former Northland Pines standout Austin Ramesh are headed to the Big Ten Championship game this Saturday, Dec. 2.

    The Badgers improved to 12-0 on the season with a solid 31-0 victory at Minnesota Saturday and remain in the hunt for a national College Football Playoff.

    Wisconsin will need to beat Ohio State in this Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis, Ind., starting at 7 p.m. on FOX. A victory over Ohio State would likely put the Badgers in
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:56 AM
    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 Northland Pines boys soccer team making the Regional final, the Three Lakes volleyball team reaching the Regional final and the Three Lakes cross-county team sending two runners to the State Meet.

    But now it’s time for a new chapter in the high school sports scene. On tap this winter are girls and boys hockey and basketball at Northland Pines, girls and boys basketball at
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:18 PM
    The 42nd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Football State Championship Finals will be held this Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

    High school football fans who want to avoid the lines the day of the game can buy State Football Finals tickets now online at wiaawi.org/tickets.aspx. Ticket prices for the event are $8 per game for adults, $20 for a Thursday all-day pass, $15 for a Friday all-day pass and $30 for a two-day pass. Admission for children 6 years old and younger is $1 per game. 

    There will be championship games in
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:22 PM
    It looks like the 13th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships on Dollar Lake next February will be as popular as ever.

    It took just minutes for the first division to sell out for the 2018 event slated for Feb. 9-11. The entire 19 divisions were filled in less than an hour.

    “We continue to be surprised every year by how quickly the event sells out,” said Katie Holmgren, the tournament director for the annual event on the scenic lake just east of Eagle River.

    Hundreds of teams were parked on the USA Hockey Adult Hockey website (adulthockey.usahockey.com) trying to land a spot at the immensely popular outdoor tournament that brings more than 300 men’s and women’s teams to Eagle River to
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:28 AM
    With the fall sports season winding down, the winter sports season for high school teams is just around the corner. 

    The state cross-country championships are in the books, with several local athletes running well and high school football teams are in the level 3 playoffs. 

    Meanwhile, the 36th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Soccer State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4, at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, and the 45th annual WIAA Girls Volleyball State Tournament also will take place Thursday through Saturday at
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 2:56 PM
    Two runners from Three Lakes will be competing in the 105th running of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Cross-Country Championships and the 44th annual Girls Cross-Country Championships this Saturday, Oct. 28, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
    Advancing to the Division 3 State Run from Three Lakes are Kortnie Volk, who placed second in the Athens Sectional girls run, and Jared Zwettler, who also placed second in the boys Sectional at Athens. Volk ran the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 1.4 seconds. Zwettler finished his 5,000-meter race in 17:01.3.
    The boys and girls will both run a
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:40 AM
    Eagle River native Natalie Decker will wrap up her whirlwind season when she takes the wheel in Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas 150 season finale at Kansas Speedway.

    Decker returns to the seat for the seventh time this season. Despite having raced Pocono’s superspeedway twice this season, Kansas marks just the second time the 20-year-old rookie driver will race on a mile and a half surface during her young career.

    Sporting a new look, Decker will unveil support from
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:37 PM
    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control voted to revisit the implementation of the basketball shot clock at its meeting in Stevens Point last week.

    The board’s decision to revisit the 35-second shot clock at its Dec. 1 meeting comes after discussion and input received at this fall’s area meetings of coaches and athletic directors. 

    Previously, the board voted to implement the use of the shot clock for varsity games beginning with the 2019-’20 season. That vote came at its June meeting. Then at the August board meeting, the board voted to
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:10 PM
    Just like the good old days, a group of Eagle River men and women are ready to lace up their skates and spend some time on the ice at the historic Eagle River Sports Arena.

    Men and women ice skaters of any age are welcome to participate in an Eagle River Recreation Association adult hockey program Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, between noon and 1 p.m. It’s called the Noontime Hockey League and starts this Friday, Oct. 7.

    According to
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:55 PM
    The University of Wisconsin Badgers, featuring Northland Pines graduate Austin Ramesh at fullback, will return to action this week after having a week off.

    The Badgers will host the Northwestern Wildcats at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 30, at Camp Randall Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.

    Wisconsin (3-0) comes out of the bye week undefeated after a dominant 40-6 win at BYU on Sept. 16. Northwestern (2-1) lost at Duke 41-17 in its second game of the season, but 
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:27 PM
    There is new excitement in Green Bay, especially in the Lambeau Field area. Titletown Park opened for activities last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public event introducing community members and visitors to the variety of activities available each day at Title­town.
    The multi-acre park features a plaza, activity area, playground and sports field, with year-round, diverse programming including fitness-related activities, cultural opportunities, festive game-day action and versatile space for a variety of uses.
    “We’re excited to open the park and see the project get to this point after years of working and envisioning it,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “We’re looking forward to
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:15 PM
    Two challenging runs are still planned in the North Woods this fall, offering running enthusiasts an opportunity to compete on scenic trails during the brilliant fall color change. 
    The Great Lakes En­dur­ance Trail Run 5K and Half-Marathon is set for Sunday, Sept. 17, on the campus of the Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, and the Three Eagle Half-Marathon and 5K Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, on the Three Eagle Trail between Eagle River and Three Lakes.
    The Great Lakes Endurance Trail Run travels along seven wilderness lakes and includes single-track as well as wide, grassy, cross-country ski trails.
    The half-marathon trail run will begin
  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 12:17 PM
    Tim Coghlin of Suamico and John Kennedy of Franklin will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Eagle River this Saturday, Sept. 9.
    In addition, and at the same ceremony, the Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches Association will induct Steve Kirley from Hayward into the Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
    The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame was
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:39 PM
    The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce announced last week that the Small Town Baseball World Series will take place July 20-22, 2018, at the Minocqua Park Complex.

    The tournament will likely boost interest in baseball in the area and could provide an economic boost across the region.

    Small Town Baseball organizes state tournaments in
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:00 AM
    Led by the largest one-year increase in girls participation in 16 years, the overall number of participants in high school sports increased for the 28th consecutive year in 2016-’17, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
    Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, Wisconsin ranks 14th in the nation in sports participation with 183,044 participants. 
    The top 10 states by
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:29 PM
    I already sense the excitement among University of Wisconsin Badgers football fans.
    The University of Notre Dame and University of Wisconsin have agreed to a two-year, neutral-site football series beginning in 2020.
    The Irish and Badgers will play Oct. 3, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Sept. 25, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago. The contests will mark the first meetings between 
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017 11:53 AM
    The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee reminds Eagle fans that the induction ceremony to the hall for two standout athletes, a coach and a football team will be Friday, Aug. 25.
    The athletes to be inducted are 1979 graduate Barry Mess and 1982 graduate Dennis Michael DeLoye, along with coach Tom Druschke. The three will be joined by the 1969-’70 football team at the 2017 induction ceremony.
    Mess grew up in 
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017 12:03 PM
    Allan “Bud” Selig — a lifelong supporter of the national pastime — was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday, an honor he truly deserved.
    Born July 30, 1934, in Milwaukee, Selig came of age as an ardent baseball fan. He attended games of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers and eventually the Braves when they moved to Milwaukee in 1953. By then, Selig was at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, majoring in American History and Political Science. He graduated in 1956 and — after a tour in the U.S. Army — joined his father at his Ford dealership in nearby West Allis.
    By 1963, Selig was 
  • Decker, a rising star, adds two ARCA races
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 2:20 PM
    After securing a four-race deal earlier in the year with Venturini Motorsports, 19-year-old Natalie Decker of Eagle River has announced the addition of this week’s event at Pocono Raceway along with the series’ season finale at Kansas Speedway to her remaining 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. 
    Decker, a popular Midwest late model driver, jumped onto the ARCA scene in 
  • Family Fun Day starts Badgers’ season
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:28 PM
    With August less than two weeks away, that means one thing. Football season is just around the corner.
    This summer high school football players are involved in 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, college players are going through summer training and weightlifting routines, and professional players are participating in minicamps.
    As we lead up to the Wisconsin Badgers’ football season and the celebration of 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium continues, fans are welcome to meet this year’s squad at the annual
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:05 AM
    The event might feature a special brand of music and great barbecued food, but it’s really a huge fundraiser for youth sports.
    What has become one of northern Wisconsin’s best summer music festivals, Joe Bucher’s Blue Fest will celebrate its 18th consecutive event Saturday, July 29, at the St. Germain Community Park Pavilion.
    Hosted and organized by
  • Fundraisers set for wellness centers
    Monday, July 3, 2017 1:27 PM
    Two fundraising events for area wellness centers are fast approaching.
    The fourth annual 5K Moonlight Run/Walk will be held in downtown Eagle River this Saturday, July 15, as a fundraiser for Pines Community Wellness Center at Northland Pines High School. 
    Meanwhile the YMCA of the Northwoods in Rhinelander
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:57 PM
    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control reviewed and approved a number of committee recommendations impacting winter sports, including basketball and hockey.
    Following a lengthy discussion, the board voted to implement the use of a 35-second shot clock in basketball, for varsity games only, to begin with the 2019-’20 season (see related story in this issue). 
    Meanwhile, the board also supported an
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017 2:34 PM
    The Eagle River/Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it will induct two standout athletes, a coach and a football team to the hall Friday, Aug. 25.
    The athletes to be inducted are 1979 graduate Barry Mess and 1982 graduate Dennis Michael DeLoye, along with coach Tom Druschke. The three will be joined by the 1969 football team at the 2017 induction ceremony.
    Mess grew up in 
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 3:05 PM
    For those football fans who don’t have season tickets for the Green Bay Packers, there is a way to see the “green and gold” at Lambeau field.
    The Green Bay Packers announced that “Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health,” will take place Saturday evening, Aug. 5. Now in its 17th year, ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2017 Green Bay Packers — in person to an anticipated capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a statewide audience.
    Family Night will benefit
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 11:56 AM
    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 2, with the 13th annual Freedom 5K Fun Run.
    The race begins at 8:30 a.m. with race day registration and check-in from 7:30 to 8:15 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
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:48 AM
    The Green Bay Packers have announced the dates for the start of training camp, allowing fans the opportunity to plan a summer trip to get a glimpse of the “Green and Gold” on the practice field prior to the season.
    Camp will begin Wednesday, July 26, with the 
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:47 AM
    Three area organizations will host charity golf events in June, raising funds for Trees For Tomorrow, Olson Memorial Library and for fighting pancreatic cancer. 
    Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) will host its 15th annual golf outing fundraiser Friday, June 2, at the scenic Eagle River Golf Course. It will include an 18-hole, two-person scramble, challenge and betting holes, raffle, luncheon, awards ceremony and a chance to win
  • Natalie Decker ready for first ARCA race
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:59 PM
    Natalie Decker is poised and ready to join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for her highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut during this weekend’s Menards 200, presented by Federated Car Care, at Toledo Speedway.
    Decker, 19, a popular 
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:56 AM
    Spectators are being urged to come out to Riverview Park in Eagle River to cheer on the runners in the 21st annual Journeys Marathon this Saturday, May 13.
    The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center expects about 
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:33 AM
    The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame held its 66th anniversary induction last Saturday night at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, with three sports greats joining the hall.
    The inductees included 
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:28 AM
    Fans returned to Camp Randall Stadium last Friday evening, giving the Wisconsin football team an energetic atmosphere as the Badgers put the wraps on spring practice.
    The Wisconsin Football Spring Game saw the White team (defense) edge the Cardinal squad (offense), 20-17, in an effort led by linebacker Griffin Grady’s nine tackles and an interception from cornerback Caesar Williams.
    Three different Badgers — Garret Rand, Isaiahh Loudermilk and David Pfaff — recorded 
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 3:19 PM
    With golf courses opening across the North Woods the next week or two, it’s time to think about playing in a golf scramble or two 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 soon.
    Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) will host its
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:52 AM
    The issue of whether high school student-athletes should specialize in one sport or play multiple sports continues to be debated across the country. 
    In an effort to find answers to some questions related to sport specialization, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Foundation funded a study conducted by
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:02 AM
    It’s hard to believe the 21st annual Journeys Mara­thon is just a little over a month away. The Saturday, May 13, event features a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk, 10-kilometer run and 5-kilometer run. 
    With the 
  • Pines hockey players to compete at nationals
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:30 AM
    Two Northland Pines hockey players are continuing their hockey seasons on Team Wisconsin and will be playing at the national level next week.
    Abbigale Ahlborn, a sophomore on the Northland Pines girls team, and Jack Rhode, a sophomore on the Eagles boys team, play for Team Wisconsin, a tier 1 hockey elite team comprised of
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:23 AM
    It was another great day for Wisconsin basketball, as the eighth-seeded Badgers upset top-seeded Villanova (32-4) from the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
    The Badgers (27-0) overcame foul trouble for 
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:12 AM
    Tickets are still available for the 12th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour set for April 4-8, which will travel throughout northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.
    The tour will make stops in 
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:45 PM
    It’s March Madness in Wisconsin, with boys and girls basketball tournaments continuing.
    The 42nd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:58 AM
    With the calendar flipping to March this week, the 21st annual Journeys Marathon is entering the final stretch to the starting line. 
    The Saturday, May 13 event features a marathon, half-marathon, 13.1-mile power walk, 10-kilometer run and 5-kilometer run. Registration brochures are now available.
    With the 
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:16 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, February 14, 2017 1:55 PM
    A spring triathlon is returning to Boulder Junction and it will be part of a summer-long series. Registration is open for the third annual White Deer Triathlon, Saturday, May 20.
    “We’ve had two great years of the White Deer Triathlon so far and we already have more than 200 registered as we head into 2017,” said Director of Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Theresa Smith. 
    “We are busy planning and looking forward
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:10 PM
    Get ready Eagle River! 
    About 2,000 hockey players from across the United States will converge on Eagle River this weekend 
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:06 PM
    With the calendar flipping to February this week, now is the perfect time to start training for the 21st annual Journeys Marathon scheduled for Saturday, May 13.
    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
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:40 PM
    The 12th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship is still a go, even with the recent thaw. That’s according to Pat Weber, who has the big job of getting Dollar Lake ready for the huge tournament.
    The tourney will be held on about two dozen


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