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December 16, 2017

Cardiac kids
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Lakelandís Zoey Ziebart (31) battles for a ball with a host of Northland Pines players as teammate Melissa Bruckner (30) looks on during the first half of a 59-56 Great Northern Conference win on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Lakeland Union High School.
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Lakelandís Zoey Ziebart (31) battles for a ball with a host of Northland Pines players as teammate Melissa Bruckner (30) looks on during the first half of a 59-56 Great Northern Conference win on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Lakeland Union High School.
Good teams know how to weather a storm even when it appears the sun won't come out again. Championship teams are never out of it, regardless of the score.

On Tuesday night, the defending Great Northern Conference girls' basketball champions put that to the test as Lakeland Union High School hosted Northland Pines. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 15, 2017


Lakeland/Tomahawk registers first ever conference win over Pines
EAGLE RIVER - Lakeland/Tomahawk secured its first ever girls' hockey win at Northland Pines earlier in the season, but that was a non-conference game. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Big third period gives LUHS a third straight win
TOMAHAWK - One of the uncertainties surrounding the Lakeland Union High School boys' hockey team this season was whether or not it would be able to find a spark for an offense that finished last in the Great Northern Conference in scoring last season. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Lakeland gets good competition in win over Tomahawk
TOMAHAWK - There haven't been many close calls in Great Northern Conference dual meets for Lakeland Union High School, but on Tuesday, the Thunderbirds got some competition against Tomahawk. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Lakeland gymnasts nipped by Wisconsin Rapids
Lakeland Union High School competed in its first gymnastics invitational on Saturday, and on Tuesday, the Thunderbirds made a trip to Wisconsin Rapids for their first dual meet of the season. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

When it comes to head injuries, it's time for players to stop being hypocritical
One of the big topics in the world of sports last week was discipline and illegal hits in the NFL. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 15, 2017

Northwoods Gymnastics competes at Bear-A-Boo Invite
The Northwoods Gymnastics team competed in the Bear-A-Boo Invite on Oct. 20, with the Level 2 and Level 3 teams each taking second out of four teams.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Youthful T-Birds score a dozen goals in a pair of wins
Lakeland Union High School took one on the chin during the third period of last Tuesday's game at Northland Pines. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Lakeland swims to 20th straight GNC dual meet win
Lakeland Union High School has emerged as one of the top boys' swim teams in this part of the state. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LUHS continues hot start on the wrestling mat
The 2017-2018 wrestling season has gotten off to a hot start for Lakeland Union High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shooting stars
RHINELANDER - The Great Northern Conference girls' basketball schedule couldn't begin any sooner for Lakeland Union High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fultz records a hat trick for Lakeland/Tomahawk in win
Lakeland/Tomahawk has already put in a claim as the top girls' hockey team in the Great Northern Conference this season with wins over Northland Pines and Rhinelander/Antigo, but on Thursday night at Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena, the Thunderbirds hosted Medford in the official conference opener. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hodags too hot for Lakeland to handle
RHINELANDER - With the loss of two key players before the season, the Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball team knew depth and young players learning the game would be an issue during the early part of the schedule. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LUHS gymnasts begin their season at the Snowflake Invite
RHINELANDER - The Lakeland Union High School gymnastics team finally kicked off its season Saturday in the Snowflake Invitational at Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LUHS gymnasts begin their season at the Snowflake Invite
RHINELANDER - The Lakeland Union High School gymnastics team finally kicked off its season Saturday in the Snowflake Invitational at Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

'Short-handed' Northland Pines blasts Lakeland
EAGLE RIVER - Sometimes in sports, momentum takes control of a game and there's little a team can do to stop it. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

T-Bird gymnasts hope to maintain status quo
Coming off of a season in which Lakeland Union High School finished .500 in Great Northern Conference gymnastics dual meets and fourth in the Small Division at the conference meet, the Thunderbirds are looking to maintain their position in the conference. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

WIAA shoots an air ball on repeal of shot clock
With roughly one minute to play in a tie game last Friday, Lakeland Union High School guard Gunnar Weitz missed a 3-pointer and Wausau West grabbed the rebound. Lakeland would never get another possession as Wausau West held the ball for the remainder of the game before hitting the game-winning shot with 2.5 seconds to play. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lakeland youth teams go undefeated at D.C. Everest
The Lakeland girls' youth basketball teams had a big weekend at the D.C. Everest Great Northwest Basketball League Tournament.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday on Ice in Eagle River on Dec. 10
At 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Eagle River Ice Arena, the Eagle River Figure Skating Club will present "Holiday on Ice."
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lakeland grapplers place second at the John Roberts Duals to start the season
Lakeland Union High School had some uncertainties when it came to filling out a wrestling lineup during the preseason, but it got a good look at how that lineup may look on Saturday in the John Roberts Duals at Antigo. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

LUHS falls to Wausau West on last-second bomb
Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball coach Rich Fortier knew it would take some time to get his young team up to speed this season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

T-Birds earn a split on the ice
After a tough start to the boys' hockey season last Tuesday night, Lakeland Union High School had an opportunity to get back on track with games on Thursday and Saturday nights. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lakeland drops third straight to strong Wausau West team
Lakeland Union High School has played a brutal non-conference schedule to open the girls' basketball season and that continued Friday night as the Thunderbirds hosted Wausau West. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lakeland/Tomahawk wins at Pines for first time ever
Lakeland/Tomahawk had high aspirations entering the girls' hockey season.

With a wealth of returning players, this could be the season Northland Pines is finally knocked of its perch atop the Great Northern Conference standings. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

T-Bird swimmers surge past Shawano late
There is no rest for the weary in the early portion of the season for Lakeland Union High School's boys' swim team. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Rededication of Paul B. Leitch Gymnasium at Mercer Public School
Rededication of the Paul B. Leitch Gymnasium in the Mercer Public School took place between the girls' and boys' varsity basketball games on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The retirement of the old sign was given to Steve Leitch, grandson of Paul Leitch, by athletic director, Adam Miller.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Barnard drops 24 as Lakeland opens the season with a win
All of the chatter surrounding Lakeland Union High School's boys' basketball team in the preseason was how injuries would affect its odds on the court.

On Tuesday night, we all got to find out as the Thunderbirds opened the 2017-2018 season with a non-conference game on the road at Ashland. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 1, 2017

D.C. Everest overwhelms T-Birds in boys' hockey opener
The Lakeland Union High School boys' hockey team began its season Tuesday night by hosting a tough non-conference foe from the Wisconsin Valley. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 1, 2017

Lakeland wrestlers look to crack top three in GNC
Since the inaugural Great Northern Conference season in 2008-2009, Lakeland Union High School has never finished better than fourth in the dual meet standings or the conference tournament. Only once have the Thunderbirds finished with a winning record in GNC dual meet standings. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 1, 2017

LUHS swimmers start season off with a bang
Lakeland Union High School began its defense of the Great Northern Conference boys' swimming title Tuesday evening by hosting Antigo in the first dual meet of the season. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 1, 2017

Five years after bolting Bucky, Bielema gets the axe at Arkansas
The college football coaching carousel is well underway after a weekend where 13 coaches have already been fired. (Subscriber access)
Friday, December 1, 2017

T-Birds drop a pair at Tom Kislow Tournament
WAUSAU - It's important for good teams to play good competition during the non-conference schedule and that's exactly what Lakeland Union High School has done in the first two weeks of the girls' basketball season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lakeland hoopers learn at scrimmage
The Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball team enters the 2017-2018 season with some question marks after a pair of injuries depleted its depth. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Off to a good start
RHINELANDER - The Lakeland/Tomahawk girls' hockey team dropped the puck on the 2017-2018 season last Tuesday night in a non-conference game against Rhinelander/Antigo and were forced to do so without four of its top players. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

LUHS Nordic Ski wants to keep the winning tradition alive
The Lakeland Union High School Nordic Ski team has been dominant in recent years. Each of the past three seasons have ended with a Wisconsin Nordic Ski League state championship for the boys' team, while the girls' team has been just as competitive. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Injuries set Lakeland back to start the season
Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball was in the hunt for a Great Northern Conference championship late in the 2016-2017 season, but back-to-back losses to end conference play resulted in a third place finish. In total, the Thunderbirds went 14-9 overall and were upset by Hortonville in their first WIAA playoff game. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 24, 2017

T-Bird hockey looks toward the future
Lakeland Union High School hasn't produced a winning boys' hockey season since 2011-2012. The Thunderbirds are consistently competitive, but they haven't been able get over the hump recently. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 24, 2017

Mercer volleyball exceeds expectations in 2017
The Mercer Public School volleyball team produced one of its best seasons since the turn of the century in 2016. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 24, 2017

It's time fans and teams learned to be patient with young quarterbacks
The 2017 season has provided concrete evidence as to how important a starting quarterback can be to a team in the NFL. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 24, 2017

LUHS swimmers seek back-to-back GNC titles
Lakeland Union High School has set a high standard for itself in the pool during the last three years. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 24, 2017


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