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Falcons defeated in two games by Portage Lakes
By Gene Adamovich
Special to the News-Review

The Eagle River Falcons traveled to Portage Lakes for a pair of Great Lakes Hockey League games Friday and Saturday, falling 8-3 the first game and getting edged 4-3 the next day.

The Falcons again were playing with a short-handed road roster, and the Pioneers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard Friday night, netting the game’s first goal a minute and one-half into the game.

The goal was followed up with two more within the next 10 minutes to post a 3-0 lead with 8:22 to go in the first period.

The Falcons got one back when Alex Hauswirth lit the lamp at the 7:59

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:38 PM
Pickleball tourney set in Three Lakes

The Three Lakes Drama Club will hold a pickleball tournament and fundraiser Sunday,?Feb. 16, at Three Lakes High School.

Check-in will take place at 11:30 a.m. followed by pickleball at noon.

The drama club requests registration by Feb. 12 to guarantee a spot, as there is a 26-team maximum. Walk-ins will be welcome, but limited to available space.

Registration for the double-elimination tourney will cost $10

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:38 PM
Playoff winner
Mike Schelk of Eagle River (left) receives $350 in gift cards from News-Review Editor Gary Ridderbusch for winning the playoffs in the News-Review Football Contest. Competing against 17 weekly winners, Schelk tied with six others at 6-0 and one other player in the first tiebreaker, but won the total yards tiebreaker in the AFC title game. He selected sponsors Trig’s and Three Lakes Shell for his certificates.                  —STAFF?PHOTO
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:37 PM
Phelps girls basketball team splits pair of NLC?games
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps Lady Knights basketball team split a pair of games in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) last week after beating White Lake 61-15 at home Tuesday night and falling 40-27 to Goodman-Pembine Friday.

The Lady Knights got off to an early start against the Lakers and took an early first-quarter lead of 17-4.  Phelps then went on a huge  25-4 run in the second quarter to open up a halftime lead of 42-8.

“We played excellent de­fense and had very few turnovers in the half,” said Phelps coach Jason Pertile.  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:36 PM
Falcons fall 5-2 in annual Derby game against Mosinee
Lucas Otto of the Eagle River Falcons drove toward the Mosinee net during the first period in the annual Derby game against the Papermakers Saturday night at the Dome. The Falcons lost the contest 5-2.                        —Staff Photos By ANTHONY?DREW
By Gene Adamovich
Special to the News-Review

An old rivalry was rekindled Saturday night as the Eagle River Falcons hosted the Mosinee Papermakers in the annual Derby game at the Dome.

The two teams have been competing against one another for more than 60 years, and the fast-paced, hard-hitting style of play was on display for the estimated 1,000 hockey fans in attendance.

In a game that saw Mosinee dominate the shots on net 44 to 21,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:38 PM
Eagles top Waupaca, Tomahawk in GNC; Pines Classic is next

With a tight Great Northern Conference (GNC) race between Northland Pines, Waupaca and Antigo, the Eagles got a big 2-1 victory over Waupaca Saturday in the Dome.

In the first game at Waupaca Dec. 7, Pines trailed by  two goals and came back with the tying goal with only six seconds left on the clock to force it to overtime.


“We outshot them by more than a 2-to-1 margin in the first game and we knew it would probably be similar,” said Pines coach Charlie DePuydt. “Waupaca’s goalie was first-team all-conference last year and we knew he was going to be tough to beat again. Senior forward Jared Erikson has also been playing excellent hockey for them this season as he is currently in the top 10 leading scorers in the state. With those two weapons on their team, we knew we were going to have to really earn the win.”


DePuydt said the coaches talked in the pregame about being aware of Erikson when he was on the ice.


“Even having talked about the threat he poses, Waupaca managed to get six quality shots on net against us in the first period and he had all six of them,” said DePuydt.


Pines goalie  Jacob Steph­an got the Eagles out of the period still tied 0-0. Pines had 10 shots on Comet goalie Walker Smith.

“Even though we outshot Waupaca in the period, they had more quality scoring opportunities, but Jacob was excellent like he has been for us all season,” said DePuydt.


At the break, DePuydt said the coaches talked about wearing Waupaca down and forcing them to make mistakes.

“We forced them to stay on the ice longer than they wanted by cycling the puck out of the corners and keeping the puck low in the offensive zone,” said DePuydt. “We had a lot of quality scoring chances in the second period because they struggled with our quick forecheck and physical play in the offensive zone.”


Brandon Hunt scored the Eagles’ first goal with only 34 seconds left in the second period after a dominating shift by Nick Dean, Joe Roach and Colton Raymond.  The three forwards kept cycling the puck low in the corner, forcing a Waupaca wing to come down and help.  With the wing sucked down in the zone, Dean moved the puck to Hunt at the point and he took a shot which was deflected up in the air and it found itself dropping right over the goalie’s head.


“It looked like a chip shot on the golf course,” said DePuydt. “That was the bounce we needed against a very good goalie. With us controlling most of the period, it took until the last 34 seconds


to finally get a goal.”

By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Right as the buzzer sounded, Waupaca took a penalty to give the Eagles a power play opportunity to start the third period.

Just 30 seconds into the power play, Zach Kennedy walked the blue line with the puck, firing a shot toward the net which was redirected high in the slot by Bailey Ramesh and beating the goalie on the five-hole to make it 2-0.

With a little more than three minutes left in the period, Pines took a neutral zone penalty which led to a power play goal by Waupaca.  The Eagles were then able to hold them off for the win.

“Waupaca played very well in the game and we wish them the best of luck as they will

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:38 PM
Jays beat White Lake 53-39 for home crowd in basketball
Bluejays sophomore Taylor Gensler made a quick pass to a teammate during the opening quarter of the Northern Lakes Conference game against White Lake last Thursday. The Jays won the match 53-39.    —Staff Photos By ANTHONY?DREW
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes Bluejays boys basketball team defeated White Lake 53-39 last Thursday in front of a loud home crowd to improve to 3-4 in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC).

“This was a much-needed win for us,” said Jays coach Jack Wales. “We came out hard, and at the end of the first period, we had a 17-5 lead. We continued to be aggressive and attack the basket,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:36 PM
Eagle girls lose 54-41 at undefeated Mosinee
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines girls basketball team traveled to Mosinee last Friday to take on the top team in the Great Northern Conference (GNC).

After a close first half, the Mosinee Indians pulled away in the second half for a 54-41 victory. The Indians are now 5-0 in the GNC, while Pines fell to 3-2.

“The first half saw both teams playing very evenly,” said Eagles coach Larry Bergum.

“The first quarter ended with Mosinee holding a three-point lead

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:35 PM
Girls basketball sets fundraiser

The Northland Pines girls basketball will host a fundraiser at the 19th Hole in St Germain this Sunday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The fundraiser was originally scheduled for Jan. 5 but was postponed due to cold weather.

The meal will feature chicken and pizza. The cost will be $15 for adults and $12 for youths.

Tickets will be available at the door. There will be raffles with prizes during the meal.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:35 PM
Scorers needed for pond hockey

Scorekeepers are needed for the ninth annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship on Dollar Lake in  Eagle River Friday through Sunday, Feb. 7, 8 and 9.

Tournament coordinators  said people are needed to stand on the bank of each of the 28 rinks to keep score in three- to four-hour shifts. Other people will serve as referees for the games.

For more information, call Marci McDonald at (715) 891-4496.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:35 PM