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Eagles top Comets in league opener; host Hodags next
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines boys hockey team opened the Great Northern Conference (GNC) with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory at Waupaca Saturday.

“Waupaca lost a couple of key players from last season, but had their leading scorer back and their first-team All-Conference goalie as well,” said Pines coach Charlie DePuydt. “We knew that we were going to have to play well and slow Jared Erickson down through the neutral zone. He has great lateral movement and a very accurate hard shot.” 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:27 PM
Pines girls improve to 3-0 with wins over Three Lakes and Chequamegon
Three Lakes girls basketball coach Michele Brown talks to her players during a timeout against Northland Pines last Friday night. The Eagles won 72-61.    —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines girls basketball team chalked up two nonconference wins over Three Lakes 72-61 and Che­qua­megon 65-23 last week.

The Eagles improved to 3-0 overall and were scheduled to host Watersmeet, Mich., on Tuesday of this week in a nonconference game on Military Night at the field house.

The Northland Pines boys were scheduled to play at 6 p.m. with a military salute following the game. The girls were then scheduled to play at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:26 PM
Bluejays defeat Lakers, fall to Goodman in OT
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes boys basketball team split a pair of Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) games last week, winning on the road against White Lake 46-29 Friday before losing an overtime thriller 57-54 to Goodman-Pembine.

The Jays traveled to White lake to take on the Lakers in the opening NLC game for both teams.

“Sometimes you get a win when you do not play well, and that was the case in this game,” said Jays coach Jack Wales.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:25 PM
Phelps Knights defeat White Lake in hoops
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps Knights basketball team split a pair of games last week, falling to Laona-Wabeno 45-36 last Tuesday before defeating White Lake 49-34 Friday.

Although there were a number of turnovers committed by Phelps during the White Lake game, the team did well enough otherwise to take the victory.

White Lake held a 9-4 lead after the first quarter, but a big second quarter for Phelps saw them head to the locker room with a healthy 21-13 halftime lead.

Phelps pulled away in the second half,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:24 PM
Lady Jays defeat White Lake 63-17
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

After a convincing 63-17 Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) win over White Lake last Thursday in their season opener, the Three Lakes Lady Jays basketball team lost a close game to Northland Pines 72-61 Friday.

Three Lakes led the Lakers 20-0 by the end of the first quarter, and had built a 35-8 lead by halftime.

“The girls played with lots of intensity and energy,” said Lady Jays coach Michele Brown.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:24 PM
Eagle boys lose to Lakeland
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines boys basketball team lost to Lakeland 68-25 last Friday in the first Great Northern Conference (GNC) game of the seasons for the Eagles.

The Pines boys also lost to Chequamegon 73-42 in a nonconference game last Tues­day in the field house.

Lakeland took a 12-4 lead after one quarter and built a 27-12 halftime advantage. Pines coach Brent Luebke

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:23 PM
Phelps girls 3-0 on season after two NLC?hoops wins
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Phelps Lady Knights are off to a 3-0 start overall in basketball after two Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) wins last week.

Phelps beat Laona-Wabeno 35-26 last Tuesday before defeating White Lake 51-15 Friday.

The game against Laona-Wabeno was the NLC?opener for the Lady Knights.

“This low-scoring game was a defensive battle on both ends of floor,” said Phelps coach Jason Pertile.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:22 PM
Jays wrestlers take fifth place
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes High School wrestling team took fifth place in a 10-team tournament in Antigo Saturday to open its season.

The Jays’ first dual of the day was against Ashland, and decided whether they’d be a part of the Championship bracket.

Three Lakes won the dual 39-36 and was assisted by wins from Eric Hamilton wrestling at 113 pounds, Jake Fath at 160, Justin Ertz at 182, and Chase Kirby at 195.

The Jays went on to take fifth place in the tourney with help from freshman

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:22 PM
Week 14 winner
 Roundy’s Pick ’n Save of Eagle River manager Linda Boyer (right) recently presented $150 to Shari Curtis of Eagle River, week 14 winner of the Vilas County News-Review’s Football Contest. Curtis correctly picked the victors of 15 NFL and college football games during the week. —Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:21 PM
Badgers to face strong SEC team
By Gary Ridderbusch

For the eighth time in the last 10 seasons, the Wisconsin Badgers football team will be playing in a Jan. 1 bowl game, earning an invitation to the 2014 Capital One Bowl last Sunday following the end of the regular season for college football teams.

The 19th-ranked Badgers will take on No. 8 South Carolina of the strong Southeastern Conference (SEC)  Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. Kickoff is set for noon Central Time.

It will be UW’s fifth trip to Orlando in the last nine seasons. The Badgers have found success recently in Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, going 3-1 there since 2006. In two of its three victories in Orlando, UW has defeated a higher-ranked team.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:02 PM