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LUHS softball starts spring training
Ben Gauger/Lakeland TimesPlayers practice catching a rolling ball during the first day of softball practice on Monday, March 13 at Lakeland Union High School.
Ben Gauger/Lakeland Times


Players practice catching a rolling ball during the first day of softball practice on Monday, March 13 at Lakeland Union High School.
Another spring sport is up and on their way as Lakeland's softball team began their first week of practice Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017


Track looks to continue success
The spring sports season will officially begin tonight with the Lakeland track and field team having their first competition of the year.

Beginning their practice season two weeks ago, head coach FitzPatrick said the team had a good first week. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Boys' hockey finds positives in tough season
There were highs as well as lows. The roller coaster effect that can grasp onto many teams couldn't let go of Lakeland's boys' hockey team this season.

The team finished just short of double-digit wins - clocking in nine during the regular season, along with a postseason victory - short of where they were expecting to be. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The price of greatness
Walk into the football stadium at Rhinelander High School and you will see Mike Webster's name emblazoned on it. There's a trophy case with various mementos from his football career outside Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lakeland/Tomahawk completes successful first season as co-op
The Lakeland/Tomahawk girls' hockey co-op completed its first season and the result was the best season in Lakeland's history.

The Thunderbirds finished second in the Great Northern Conference, while earning wins against Chippewa Falls, Waupaca and Northland Pines - all teams they had never beaten before - and were the only team in the state to not give up more than four goals in a game. (subscriber access)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Pee Wee B hockey takes second at state tourney
It was a triumphant weekend for one youth hockey team, as the Lakeland Hawks Pee Wee B team took their best finish at the state tournament, taking second place. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

Reporters taking on local hoops coaches in NCAA bracket challenge
March Madness has become the biggest interactive sporting event in the country.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Pee Wee A hockey takes third at state
The Lakeland Hawks Pee Wee A team took third at the state tournament in Amery on Sunday, March 12.
Friday, March 17, 2017

Sparks earns GNC Player of the Year, All-State honors
When Lakeland Union High School and Tomahawk agreed to form a co-op for the girls' hockey season, only three players from the latter school joined the team. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 17, 2017

Lakeland girls' hoops record stellar season
It was a great season to remember for the Lakeland girls' basketball team for the 2016-2017 school year.

Despite the sudden end, head coach Melissa Ouimette felt it was a stellar season, with good reason. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lakeland Hawks Pee Wee B falls in State title game
Youth hockey teams are still running and gunning. Or should that be skating and gunning?

Both Lakeland Hawks teams traveled to state tournaments this weekend, with the Pee Wee A team playing in Amery, while the Pee Wee B team competed in Waupaca.

Both teams played twice throughout Saturday. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lakeland's Ouimette takes GNC Coach of the Year
While the Lakeland Thunderbirds were racking up wins left and right throughout the season, their play garnered the attention of fellow Great Northern Conference coaches, who recently awarded Lakeland head coach Melissa Ouimette with the GNC Coach of the Year honors. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Indianhead All-Conference list released
Four Tigers were upon the All-Conference players for the Indianhead Conference - Tarrin St. Germaine was the only boys' basketball player, while Caitlyn Hiller, Sydney Thompson and Gwen Allen were all honored for the girls' team.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LUHS track and field practice begins
The spring sports season has commenced. Track and field kicked things off for the season, having begun their practices Monday. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 10, 2017

Two Lakeland youth hockey teams to compete at State
The Lakeland Hawks Pee Wee A and Pee Wee B teams will both compete at state level tournaments this weekend. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 10, 2017

Gymnastics improved quickly throughout season
The Lakeland gymnastics team ended their season at the sectional meet on Feb. 23, but they still had a winning season, in which every member of the team improved throughout the year. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 10, 2017

Ed Schaub Jr. awarded for athletic service
Ed Schaub, Jr. receives a Wisconsin Athletic Service Award from Lakeland Union High School Dean of Students Justin Szews. Schaub was honored for his commitment to WIAA athletics and service in refereeing.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Youth soccer teams compete in Marshfield
Two area soccer teams competed in the 12th annual Marshfield Classic 3v3 Indoor Soccer Tournament on March 5.
Friday, March 10, 2017

Tigers can't crack Clayton code
SPOONER - Playing your first sectional final in school history has to be nervewracking enough.

But throw on the opponent - undefeated and the No. 1 team in the state. That can't help. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Solon Springs ends the season for Mercer boys
SOLON SPRINGS - It's March and that means it's playoff time, which can bring jubilation, but it also brings heartbreak.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Mercer Public School was ecstatic after a win over Hurley in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Indoor youth soccer places in Wisconsin Rapids
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hortonville hops past T-Birds in OT
While many were counting out the Thunderbirds before the opening jump ball on Friday night, the T-Birds thought otherwise.

Taking on one of the toughest teams they've seen all year, Lakeland came into the game feeling they had a chance to take down Hortonville, the team to beat in their half of the sectional. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

LUHS to hold spring pre-participation meeting March 7
Lakeland Union High School will hold its annual Parent/Athlete Spring Pre-Participation meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the LUHS Theatre.

All spring athletes and a parent should attend.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

T-Birds falter against Bulldogs
As stellar as their season has been all year, it came crashing down before everyone's eyes. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 3, 2017

Lakeland athletes honored with All-GNC
Many Lakeland Thunderbird athletes were recently honored with All-Great Northern Conference awards. Every sport received at least one member in Honorable Mention or higher. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 3, 2017

Mercer picks up ugly win to advance in playoffs
MERCER - When playoff time rolls around, sometimes it's necessary to have a little bit of luck. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 3, 2017

T-Bird boys look to push through tough playoffs
As the final team standing for Lakeland, the boys' basketball team prepares for their run in postseason play. As the three seed, the Thunderbirds received a bye. Head coach Rich Fortier said the seed they received wasn't entirely expected. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 3, 2017

Lake Minocqua Ice Golf Tournament marks 15th year
The 15th annual Minocqua Ice Golf Tournament, hosted by the Thirsty Whale and Albee's Yacht Club, is set to tee off at 1 p.m. on March 4, with a shotgun start. Since its conception 15 years ago, the fundraising tournament has brought in over $150,000 for local charities, last year alone brought in just under $15,000. This year monies raised will benefit Lakeland Food Pantry, Howard Young Foundation/Dr. Kate Hospice, Danielle Gorectke Scholarship and Wounded Warriors Project.
Friday, March 3, 2017

Defense helps LUHS advance in WIAA playoffs
It may have been delayed by a day due to inclement weather, but playoff basketball has arrived for the Lakeland Union High School girls' basketball team.

The Thunderbirds hosted Mosinee in a quarterfinal matchup Saturday night. It would be the third meeting between Great Northern Conference foes, and when the two teams squared off at Lakeland Union High School nearly a month prior, it was the home team that won in a rout. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fortier's first win against Rhinelander slips away
Sometimes wins can be as slippery as a wet bar of soap. When you think you have it firmly in your grasp, it squirts free.

Lakeland Union High School head coach Rich Fortier has never beaten his former school, but on Thursday night he was 3.1 seconds away from getting the monkey off his back. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

McClintock takes 6th at State
A successful wrestling season came to end for two Lakeland athletes. One progressed farther than the other, but it was a success all the same.

Jake McClintock and Dejay Nordrum, as sectional champions, advanced to the state meet at the Kohl Center in Madison. McClintock, despite having tough tests, ended the meet placing sixth in the state. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tigers send Trollers sailing
MERCER - The Tigers made school history Saturday night, taking the WIAA regional championship for the first time with a hard-fought 70-63 victory over the Bayfield Trollers on Saturday night at Mercer High School. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gymnastics takes 5th at sectionals
ANTIGO - In what ended up being their season finale, they gave it their all.

While they didn't come away with any hardware or state qualifiers, it could be considered a success for the Lakeland gymnastics team, who competed at sectionals at Antigo High School on Thursday night. One of eight teams, the Thunderbirds took fifth with 111.425 points, behind Medford with 113.65, yet ahead of Rhinelander at 108.05. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mercer boys drop final two games of regular season
While it looks to head into the postseason, Mercer boys' basketball couldn't give themselves proper preparation, dropping their final two games of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Tigers were beaten by Drummond 52-22 - a team they upset earlier in the season 62-60 - and couldn't take down Ironwood the following day, falling 63-50. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Birkebeiner and other ski races cancelled
After days of unseasonable weather, rain, and a predicted snow storm front missing the Hayward and Cable areas, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2017 American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon cross-country ski races.
Friday, February 24, 2017

Mercer girls top Mellen 67-41 to advance
MERCER - Coming back after a nearly two week layoff can be a difficult task, but the Mercer Tigers handled it well enough to be victorious in its opening regional girls' basketball game Tuesday night, taking out Mellen 67-41. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 24, 2017

T-Bird cagers bounce back against DC Everest
Lakeland Union High School needed a bounce back game after its hopes for a Great Northern Conference championship evaporated with a loss to Medford on Feb. 17.

A non-conference game at home against D.C. Everest on Monday was the perfect way to get back on track heading into Thursday's regular season finale against Rhinelander. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nordic skis well in Madison, Minnesota
After competing well at the State meet in Cable, the Lakeland Nordic Ski team was back at it, this time in Madison at the High School State Sprint Ski-Cross Championships. The event consisted of a relay competition, held on Saturday, Feb. 18, followed by the individual spring competition on Sunday, Feb. 19. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 24, 2017

LUHS girls head into tournament strong
The Lakeland girls' basketball team will take its 15 game winning streak into postseason play this week. As the second seed, the Thunderbirds received a bye into the second round. Head coach Melissa Ouimette was happy with where her team was seeded in the bracket. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 24, 2017

Mercer boys hit 10 win season for first time since '08
MERCER - It was a good night for the Mercer boys' basketball team, as they topped the Bayfield Trollers 56-50 to earn their 10th win of the season. This marked the first time since the 2007-2008 season that the Mercer Tigers boys' have won double digits games in a single season, having won nine last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 24, 2017

Nordrum, McClintock break LUHS wrestling's state drought
It has been 12 years since Lakeland Union High School has had a representative at the WIAA state wrestling tournament. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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