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Rhinelander and Lakeland boys soccer met Friday night at Mike Webster Stadium with the regional title on the line. The game ended in regulation with neither team able to get a shot by the goalkeepers. After two ten-minute overtime sessions the score remained tied at zero, sending the teams to a shootout. Andrew Henrichs, Mason Shinners and Braden Mork each made their shots on goal. Cooper Radke, the Hodag keeper, was able to guess correctly on three of the four shots by Lakeland to give Rhinelander the 3-1 shootout win and earn a trip to the sectional semi-final at Medford.
The Great Northern Conference swim meet was held Friday, with the Hodag girls extending their conference title streak another year. Rhinelander placed a swimmer in the top three in 10 of 11 events. Abi Winnicki scored the maximum number of points by being part of two winning relays and winning the 50-yeard and 500-yard freestyle races. Winnicki broke the conference record in the 500 yard freestyle for the second consecutive year. The sectional meet takes place in Merrill Nov. 5.
The Rhinelander cross country teams traveled to Wisconsin Rapids for the sectional meet, which the Hodag boys won last year. This year they finished in sixth place as a team and Cody Ruetz took fifth to advance to the state race. Sophomore Grayson Gremban finished in eighth place, only 6.1 seconds away from qualifying for state. The girls placed ninth out of 13 teams. The top finishers for the girls were Julianna Smith in 25th place and Leah Jamison in 27th place.
Regional play began Tuesday for the Hodag volleyball team, a No.13 seed against No. 4 seed Waupaca. Four seniors, Ava Lamers, Morgan Boutelle, Maddi Roeser and Allie Dornfeld would see their high school volleyball playing come to an end as Waupaca won in straight sets 12-25, 12-25 and 15-25.
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