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Phelps boys take second in basketball tournament
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps Knights boys basketball team went 1-1 at the recent Best with the Least holiday basketball tournament with a 61-26 win over Mercer and a 63-32 loss to South Shore.

Phelps got off to a quick start against Mercer, taking a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and building up to a 43-16 halftime lead.

Good defense and balanced scoring prevailed for the Knights in the second half,

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:10 PM
Broomball tournament slated Feb. 8

The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Hodag Broomball Tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, at Hodag Park.

This one-day tournament will again be a part of the Lions Fisheree and Winter Festival Feb. 8-9 at the park.

For two years running, Team Bucketheads has taken home the Golden Broom Trophy.

Teams may register for the tournament at

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:10 PM
Snowshoe Hare race set Saturday

Holiday Acres in Rhinelander will host the Snowshoe Hare snowshoe race Saturday, Jan. 11, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The race, which is part of the Braveheart Series, is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., and a free youth race will start at 11:30 a.m.

Registration costs will be $25 for forms received by Jan. 3 and $30 after that date.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:09 PM
Eagles defeat Medford; face Hodags this Friday
Members of the Northland Pines girls basketball team celebrated the team’s 38-36 victory over Medford at Medford last Friday night. The Eagles improved to 2-0 in conference play.
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

Playing in a tough atmosphere, the Northland Pines girls basketball team improved to 2-0 in the Great Northern Conference (GNC) with a 38-36 win at Medford Friday night.

“Traveling to Medford seems to be anything but dull when it comes to girls basketball,” said Pines coach Larry Bergum. “Medford is an extremely tough atmosphere to play in.  

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:07 PM
Lady Knights earn convincing 46-18 win over Wisconsin Valley
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps High School girls basketball team put another mark in the win column after defeating Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 46-18 last Friday.

The win put the Lady Knights at 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the Northern Lakes Conference (NLC).

“On average, we’ve played two to three more games than most of our NLC opponents coming into January,” said Phelps coach Jason Pertile. “We’re hoping that this experience will help us have a good January run to keep us in the conference contention.”

The Lady Knights were in complete control of the game

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:07 PM
Falcons split games with Pioneers
Derek Tijan, playing forward for the Eagle River Falcons, made a move inside to get a shot at  the goal during the first period against Portage Lakes Friday night. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
By Gene Adamovich
Special to the News-Review

The Eagle River Falcons hosted the Portage Lakes Pioneers in the friendly confines of the Dome last weekend. For the Falcons, the home crowd was a welcoming sight after four away games the last two weeks.

Friday night saw the home team’s offense out-shoot the Pioneers 55-24 and escape with a 7-6 win. Portage Lakes gained a split with a 5-4 win Saturday in a game that came right down to the wire.

Eagle River put heavy pressure on the Portage Lakes zone

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:29 AM
Three Lakes girls earn tournament title
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes Lady Jays basketball team took first place at a two-day tournament in Almond-Bancroft with a 36-23 win over Manawa Friday and a 55-21 win over Almond-Bancroft Saturday.

Three Lakes played well enough Friday after a long bus ride to win the first game against Manawa.

Peyton Radaj had nine points, followed by Erika Running with seven, Lauren Sowinski with six and Lindsay Schoff with five.

“We took on the host school Saturday, and were in complete control of the game right from the start,”

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:28 AM
Bluejays compete at Almond tourney
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes High School boys basketball team opened the Almond Bancroft Christmas Tournament Friday night with a opening game loss to the hosting Eagles 60-29.

Almond-Bancroft is one of the better teams in the Central Wisconsin 10 conference, according to Three Lakes coach Jack Wales. They have one of the best scorers in the state in Evan Pagel, who puts in nearly 27 points per game.

“We knew that for us to be competitive, we had to limit them to one shot attempt per possession, and we had to slow the game down and limit their possessions,” said Wales. “We did a good job of that in the first half, but as the game wore on, they were able to use the depth of their bench and wore us down.”

The Jays looked slow in the second half, and Almond-Bancroft took advantage.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:28 AM
Pines boys win Rochester tourney
The Northland Pines boys hockey team celebrated their championship at the Rochester boys hockey tournament last week. The Eagles won three games to clinch the title against Minnesota and Wisconsin schools.               —Contributed Photo

Six Wisconsin teams — including Northland Pines — went across the border last week hoping to show hockey fans in southeastern Minnesota that their neighbors to the east can play a little, too.

Mission accomplished.

The Northland Pines boys, the No. 7-ranked team in Wisconsin, left Rochester on Saturday with championship trophies for winning their divisions of the Kiwanis/Home Federal

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:27 AM
Eagles lose to Athens, beat Hatchets in Marathon Holiday Tournament
Northland Pines senior Ashley Mai attempted to shoot over a Tomahawk defender in the Marathon Holiday Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon.                      —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines girls basketball team played in a holiday tournament in Marathon last Friday and Saturday, losing to undefeated Athens 56-45 and beating Tomahawk 53-31.

In the first game Friday afternoon, it was a battle of two undefeated teams.

“Athens is the favorite to win the Marawood North Conference and entered the contest without a loss as did Northland Pines at 7-0,” said Pines coach Larry Bergum.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:25 AM