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  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is initiating a statewide social media campaign, #TeamUpToBeatCOVID, in an effort to enhance the likelihood of returning to school and school activities by following safe practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    The WIAA is encouraging all Wisconsinites to
  • The 2020 Major League Baseball season is underway. It took awhile in coming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Milwaukee Brewers are back in action.

    The shortened 60-game schedule got underway last weekend, though the Brewers
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Board of Control acted on coaches committee recommendations impacting hockey and basketball, and several issues in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at its recent June virtual meeting.
    In hockey, the board approved
  • While the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled or postponed sporting events for much of the spring and summer, two nonprofit organizations are still planning golf tournaments as fundraisers this summer. 

    The YMCA of the Northwoods will host its
  • The Eagle River-Northland Pines High School ­Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced it is scheduled to induct two standout athletes, an athlete who returned to coach at Pines, and a student who went on to be a prominent coach, Friday, Aug. 21, though the induction ceremony could be postponed due to 
  • Despite the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the cancellation of many sporting events this summer, Trees For Tomorrow is hosting its annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Eagle River Golf Course in Eagle River.

    The tournament is
  • The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, located at the World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River, has announced its Class of 2020 inductees.

    For more than 30 years, this prestigious Hall of Fame honor is bestowed on annual recipients in recognition of their achievements for the sport of snowmobiling in several categories: inventors, designers and
  • Let the racing begin.

    Eagle River Speedway promoters Pat and Patti Zdroik said the track’s season-opening race will be Tuesday, June 23, at the D-shaped, third-mile clay oval located in
  • WIAA implements automated seeding for 2020 football
    The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) will be rolling out an innovative formula that will automate the seeding process for teams within the groupings for the 2020 football playoffs.

    The formula — and the computer application to process the data to determine the seeds — was developed with
  • There is a possibility for Major League Baseball (MLB) at some point this summer.
    The Major League Baseball Players Association delivered a return-to-play proposal to MLB over the weekend that includes a 114-game season.
    The plan, in response to 
  • While players and fans are waiting for the high school sports scene to return, people behind the scenes are busy adjusting rules.
    Measures to reduce the risk of injury for participants and to provide an additional scenario for instant replay usage comprise the prominent components of the 2020-’21 high school ice hockey rules changes approved by the
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has endorsed a University of Wisconsin (UW) research study to determine how school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the physical health and well-being of high school students.
    Approximately 2,500 male and female student-athletes aged
  • With the COVID-19 pandemic still influencing sports on a daily basis, there is hope there will be some resemblance of an NFL football season this fall — especially for Green Bay Packers fans. 
    The 2020 NFL schedule has the Packers opening the regular season at
  • There is outside chance for limited spring sports
    There still could be a chance of some high school sports this summer, including baseball and softball, track and field, and girls soccer.

    While the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) board of control voted to cancel 2020 spring sports regular-season competitions and the Tournament Series due to
  • Volk of Three Lakes named Scholar Athlete
    Sixteen senior girls — including Kortnie Volk of Three Lakes in Division 4 — and 16 senior boys have been selected as finalists to receive the prestigious 2020 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Statewide Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
    To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls were
  • It’s been a weird spring without high school or youth sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No indoor track and field meets at the impressive Northland Pines field house, no softball or baseball games at Don Burnside Park in Three Lakes and no soccer games at Oldenburg Sports Park on Highway G.

    It has resulted in
  • Decker also waits as racing put on hold
    The COVID-1 pandemic has really put a halt on sports at all levels. No NCAA Basketball Tournament, the NBA and NHL seasons postponed, and no start to Major League Baseball. It’s been a weird spring.

    For NASCAR and other race fans, the season also has been put in a turmoil as
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is always looking for more officials for high school sports.

    Since many individuals are at home for an indefinite period of time due to the current worldwide COVID-19 health crisis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has decided to make its
  • With the world of sports basically on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, including no high school sports, no March Madness basketball games and no professional sports, I turned to ESPN one night last week to see what might peak my interest.

    My wife said she was
  • With the acceleration of COVID-19 in the United States, organized sports at the professional and amateur levels have experienced unprecedented cancellations. 

    At the high school level, one state tournament after another got canceled. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of 
  • Nearly all American sporting events, from high school to professional, have been canceled for the foreseeable future. For sports fans, it will make for a pretty dull spring.

    The National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League suspended their games for the time being, given the
  • The 45th annual WIAA Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday through Saturday, March 12-14, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
    The single-elimination tournament features a five-division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions, including Crandon from the Northern Lakes Conference in
  • The 50th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Boys Hockey State Tournament and the 19th Girls Hockey State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. 
    The four-team boys field will include the
  • 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
  • Natalie Decker was all smiles following her historic run in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season-opener last Friday night at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

    Decker, 22, of
  • The Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) is once again asking area hockey backers to support a fundraising opportunity for the Dome through the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition.

    The ERRA, a nonprofit organization, is trying to raise
  • With the calendar flipping to February, now is the perfect time to start training for the 24th annual Journeys Marathon scheduled for Saturday, May 9, with one major change — no full marathon.

    Journeys will be taking place again this year except the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will not be hosting the
  • The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association periodically sends out press releases about native Wisconsinites who graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    As you’re watching the Super Bowl this year, take a moment to
  • It’s a new year, and for Eagle River native Natalie Decker, that means new goals, a new number, same mindset.

    Running multiple races in her rookie season, Decker has signed with Niece Motorsports after wrapping up her rookie year with DGR-CROSLEY.

    Decker will be in a
  • While all eyes are on the 57th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby this weekend, there’s another major sporting event set for Eagle River in February.
    The 15th annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship will be held on
  • There is excitement in Wisconsin’s air as the Green Bay Packers are back in the playoffs after winning the NFC North Division and earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.

    The Packers, 13-3, will host
  • Pines boys soccer, Three Lakes track lead sports stories
    There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2019. The following were some of the highlights of the past year:
    1. The Northland Pines boys soccer team won
  • 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
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2019 fall State Tournaments, including Northland Pines in boys soccer. 

    The WIAA/Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is
  • It was a rough weekend and a good weekend for Wisconsin Badger football fans. 
    First, the bad news.
    Wisconsin roared into the Big Ten Championship Game jumping out to a dominating first-half lead Saturday night, but
  • Pines Alumni Hockey sets holiday tourney
    In conjunction with the “Save the Dome” campaign, Northland Pines Alumni Hockey wants to start a new alumni tradition in December when people are coming back home to visit during the holiday season.
    Pines hockey has asked for help in raising the
  • With ice forming on most North Woods lakes, including secluded Dollar Lake just east of Eagle River, many people are thinking about ice fishing. 

    But several people have their minds on something else — hockey.

    That’s because USA Hockey will return to
  • A new, affordable late model division will be launched at Eagle River Speedway for the 2020 season.

    Promoter Pat Zdroik unveiled the new division recently at the season awards banquet. The new division will be geared toward affordability for
  • 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