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NORTHERN EDGE HOCKEY
The Northern Edge girls hockey team traveled to Eagle River for the second time this season to play the Eagles. The Edge wanted to keep the Eagles’ winless streak going this season with a win.
Wyndi Saari scored the first goal of the game for the Edge early in the first. The goal would be the first of two for Saari as the Edge did not let up, scoring four in the first to take a 4-0 lead into the second period.
The girls would add three more in the second and give up a goal to make the score 7-1 late in the second and put the game into run clock mercy rule. In the third period the Edge would add on another three goals and give up another to make the final score 10-2.
Taylor Heleniak of Lakeland scored five goals for the Edge, Saari had two, Maddie Roeser also tallied two and Emalee Detienne would have one goal in the win.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD
Northern High School Ski and Snowboard Conference of Wisconsin competed at Granite Peak in Wausau last week. It was the fourth in the conference series.
On the girls side, skiers Tommie Jo Springer of Eagle River was the winner, placing second in the slalom, and first in both the giant slalom and super G. Springer is a member of the Rhinelander/Northland Pines co-op team. The top finisher for the boys was Brandon Bacon in fourth place.
The snowboarders were led by senior Max Durkee as he swept the four races, placing first in each of the runs. Owen Repenchek was in second for the Hodags. The Hodag girls took the top two places in snowboarding as Nicole Long swept the four runs.
The Great Northern Conference wrestling meet was held in Tomahawk on Saturday with eight of the 14 weight classes filled. Five Hodags, Aiden Ostermann, Kyle Wiese, Cyrus Leisure, Logan Schwinger and Dresden Klaver, earned honorable mention all conference. Owen Kurtz was the champion in the 285 lb. class in the three-man bracket defeating wrestlers from Lakeland and Medford.
The next meet for the Hodags is the regional tournament in Merrill Saturday.
The conference swim meet was held in Antigo this year and the Hodags were looking for their fifth straight title.
Rhinelander started the meet winning and taking second place in the 200 meter medley relay. The boys would repeat that result in the last event by winning and setting a new conference record in the 400 meter relay. The four swimmers in the record-breaking event were Daniel Gillingham, Mathias Fugle, Carter Gaber and Charlie Heck.
Gillingham was named swimmer of the year in the conference after winning his two individual events and was part of two winning relays. The Hodags would win 10 of the 11 events and place a swimmer in second place in all eight individual events. The Hodags outscored second place Tomahawk 422-177.
The Hodags defeated Northland Pines in two consecutive days last week. The first win was in Eagle River Monday and then at the RIA Tuesday in the first game of the GNC hockey tournament.
Thursday evening, parents’ night, the boys played Stevens Point Pacelli. The Hodags scored first on a Leo Losch goal on assists from Gavin Denis and Zach Edyvean. Pacelli would tie the score with 31 seconds left in the first period. The Hodags would score in the second on a shot from Layne Roeser with assists from Joey Belanger and Sam Schneider in the power play to put the Hodags up for good.
In the third, the Hodags score two more goals before Pacelli would score one to make the score 4-2. Rhinelander scored one more to make the final score 5-2. The Hodags outshot Pacelli 45-20 in the game.
Tuesday at the Hodag Dome Rhinelander gymnastics hosted Lakeland. Rhinelander only had three gymnasts competing; Lakeland had five.
The Hodags did not have much of a chance of winning the meet but were out to improve on their season scores. It was the last home meet for the Hodags and senior Leta Cole was honored before the meet began.
Wendy Fronk placed third in the all around with a score of 24.6 and Cole was fourth with a score of 23.95.