By Gary Ridderbusch
There were many exciting local sports stories for high school teams and individual athletes during 2011. The following were some of the highlights of the past year.
1. The Northland Pines football team finished in second place in the WestPAC Conference with a 4-2 mark. The Eagles were 6-3 overall, but fell to Green Bay Notre Dame in the first round of the WIAA play-offs. It was the Eagles’ first home playoff game in five years. Eagles junior running back Austin Ramesh finished the season with 2,263 rushing yards on 222 carries and was named the league’s offensive player of the year. He had 19 rushing touchdowns in 10 games.
2. The Three Lakes Bluejays softball team finished the regular season with a 17-1 record and were co-champions of the Northern Lakes Conference with Laona-Wabeno. The Lady Jays defeated Florence 1-0 in the first round of the WIAA?playoffs before falling to Wausaukee 2-1. Junior pitcher Zana Lorbetske was named the Northern Lakes Conference player of the year.