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Eagle boys drop two to Hodags, Crandon
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines boys basketball team lost to Rhinelander 68-22 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) game in Rhinelander last Friday.

The Hodags, one of the powers in the GNC this season, led 11-2 after one quarter and 31-10 at the intermission against an inexperienced Eagles team.

“I feel we started off really well once again defensively, holding them to eight points until the final seconds when they hit a three in the first quarter,” said Pines coach Brent Luebke. “We missed some scoring opportunities early on and they ran the floor well.”

Rhinelander took a 51-20 lead into the fourth quarter.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:28 PM
Volunteers still needed for pond hockey tourney

With the 2014 Labatt Blue/USA Hockey National Pond Hockey tournament just around the corner Feb 7-9, coordinators are seeking volunteers for the event on Dollar Lake.

Volunteers are still needed as drivers for the shuttle vehicles from Chanticleer Inn to Dollar Lake for Friday and Saturday.

In addition, scorekeepers and general helpers are needed all three days.

To volunteer, call Jake Alward at (715) 479-4486 or the Eagle River Area Fire Department at (715) 479-8835.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:27 PM
Eagle girls lose first GNC game
Northland Pines senior guard Lauren Lenz drives to the basket against a Rhinelander defender in the Eagles’ 64-45 loss to the Hodags last Friday night.                    —STAFF PHOTOS
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

The Northland Pines girls basketball team lost its first Great Northern Conference (GNC) game of the season at the hands of the Rhinelander Hodags 64-45 last Friday night in Eagle River.

The Hodags jumped out to a 12-7 lead after the opening period. Lexi Smith had four points for Pines in the first frame. The Hodags took a commanding 30-17 lead into the break.

“Rhinelander’s pressure man-to-man defense was solid and after two periods we could only manage 13 points,” said Pines coach Larry Bergum. “Rhinelander also shot the ball very well all night long

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:25 PM
Jays boys drop game 68-52 to Laona-Wabeno
By Anthony Drew
News-Review Asst. Editor

The Three Lakes Bluejays boys basketball team lost 68-52 on the road to Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) rival Laona-Wabeno last Friday.

All week at practice, the Jays stressed the importance of fundamentals and doing one’s part on the court, according to Three Lakes coach Jack Wales.

“Although at times we did a nice job, we had too many inconsistencies to get the win,” he said.

The Jays played a slow first quarter defensively,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:25 PM
Knights fall 56-45 to Elcho
By News-Review Staff

Although the Phelps High School boys basketball team lost a physical game 56-45 to Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) rival Elcho, one Knights player’s performance served as a silver lining.

Phelps freshman Sawyer Rosner hit seven three-pointers during the course of the game against the Hornets.

“Sawyer is continuing to grow into a varsity basketball player and hit seven threes, which is a huge night for any player, let alone a freshman,” said Phelps coach Kregg Mueller.

Elcho took an early lead,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:24 PM