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Eagles beat Hodags in thriller, host Mosinee in key game Friday
Northland Pines players celebrated a game-winning shot by Carly Ridderbusch against Rhinelander. They include, from left, Ashley Mai, Sydney Kamentz, Lauren Lenz, Ridderbusch, Savannah Graf, Kate Mendham and Courtney Heller.     —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines girls basketball team put two more Great Northern Conference (GNC) victories  in the win column last week, in­cluding a thrilling 45-44 victory over Rhinelander Friday.

The Eagles and Hodags each had two losses in the GNC and a win would keep each team in the hunt for a  title against league-leader Mosinee with just one loss.

Northland Pines came into the game with a nice four-game winning streak, including wins over Calumet, Mich., the fifth-rated team in the Upper Peninsula, a close win over Lakeland and a overtime victory against Medford.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:19 PM
Pines boys battle Hatchets in hoops
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

In two very competitive games, the Northland Pines boys basketball team lost to Tomahawk twice in the past week in Great Northern Conference (GNC) games.

The Eagles lost to Tomahawk 59-48 last Tuesday and then fell to the Hatchets 51-35 Saturday in a make-up game from Jan. 7.

In the Tuesday game, Northland Pines built a 21-10 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Hatchets out­scored the Eagles 14-2 in the second period to take a 24-23 halftime lead.

Tomahawk stretched the lead to 42-35 in the third quarter

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:18 PM
Bluejay boys drop two in NLC
Three Lakes varsity coach Jack Wales (kneeling) and assistant coach Ryan Bock talk to the Bluejays during a timeout against Laona-Wabeno last Thursday. The Rebels got off to a fast start and won 68-42.           —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes Bluejays boys basketball team lost a pair of Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) games last week, falling 56-37 to Elcho Monday before losing 68-42 to Laona-Wabeno Thursday.

Three Lakes played a good first half defensively against the Hornets, but could only muster 16 points for the half.

In the second half, the Jays gave up 35 points, contributing to the conference loss.

“The coaching staff keeps stressing the importance of playing a full

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:17 PM
Nineteen pond hockey teams return home with ‘national championship’ bragging rights
Playing on the I’m With Mugsy team, Mike DePuydt and Mark “Mugsy” DePuydt attempt to stop the puck fired toward the night by a Squigglies player in the championship of the Intermediate 30 division.                      —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships on Dollar Lake in Eagle River attracted 336 teams last Friday through Sunday, with teams taking home “national champion” bragging rights in 19 divisions.
The tournament, now in its ninth year, brought in more than 2,000 hockey players to 30 rinks built on the ice of Dollar Lake just east of Eagle River. The skaters came from more than 30 states.
During the three-day week­end, teams with players ranging from age 21 to more than 70 years of age played nearly 600 games, according to Scott Aldrich, manager of adult hockey for USA Hockey.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:54 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:06 PM )
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The Squigglies team of Chicago celebrated their 8-7 victory over the I’m With Mugsy team from Eagle River following the championship in the Intermediate 30 division.  --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:53 PM
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Willy Zimberoff of Chicago, who played for Z Baking Co., hoisted the trophy after winning the 40 and Over Gold division.  --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:51 PM
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A fan from Grand Rapids, Mich., cheered on the women’s BLB?team. Team BLB brought 22 players and fans to Eagle River.  --Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:51 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:53 PM )
Phelps Knights get big win in NLC over rival Bluejays
A dominant first quarter helped the Phelps High School boys basketball team to a win over their Northern Lakes Conference rival, the Three Lakes Bluejays. The Knights had a 12-point lead going into the second quarter.      —Staff Photo By ANTHONY?DREW

By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps High School boys basketball team picked up a 71-61 win over Three Lakes last Tuesday night before falling 61-30 to Crandon Friday.
The Knights took an early lead over the Jays in the first quarter, outscoring them 27-15. Three Lakes worked on getting some of those points back in the second, scoring 18 points to Phelps’ 12.
Phelps held a halftime lead of 39-33.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:44 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:48 PM )
Three Lakes defeats Crivitz, takes third at wrestling tourney
By News-Review Staff

The Three Lakes High School wrestling team was busy last week with two dual meets, as they defeated Crivitz 42-39 Tuesday, lost by a single match to Wabeno Thursday and traveled to Elcho Saturday for the Northern Lakes Conference tournament.
At the tourney, the Bluejays ended in third place behind Crandon and Wabeno.  Eric Hamilton of Three Lakes wrestled well and was the sole champion for the team.
Placing second were Devan Kliss at 106 pounds, Mike Logalbo at 152 pounds and Chase Kirby at 220 pounds.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:43 PM
Pines boys lose to Antigo 5-2 in GNC battle
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

In a showdown of the top teams in the Great Northern Conference, Antigo beat North­land Pines 5-2 on the Eagles’ home ice last Tuesday night.
Having lost a game to Mosinee in the Pines Classic,  the Eagles needed a win against Antigo to claim sole ownership of another Great Northern Conference (GNC) title.
“With the title and  a higher seed riding on the outcome of the game, we knew the importance of showing up and playing,” said Pines coach Charlie DePuydt.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:42 PM

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