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Lakeland/Tomahawk skates past Medford
Lakeland/Tomahawk had high expectations heading into the season and so far the team has lived up to them. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

T-Birds put four in double figures in season opening win
In the Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball season preview in The Lakeland Times, head coach Rich Fortier said the team was going to get scoring from a variety of sources this season. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

T-Bird boys down Ashland 3-1 in hockey opener
Stepping onto the ice for its first game of the season, the Lakeland boys' hockey squad had a tougher match against Ashland than it would have liked, but pulled ahead in the third period to defeat the Oredockers 3-1 Tuesday at the Lakeland Ice Arena. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Inexperience shows in Mercer's opener
The Mercer high school boys' basketball team opened its season Tuesday night with a young team looking to find its way on the high school varsity basketball landscape. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

T-Bird swim streams through opener
The Lakeland Union High School boys' swim dominated Tuesday in its season opener, winning all 11 events in a 122-41 victory at Medford.

Head coach Chris Garcia said it was a good start to for the T-Birds. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 2, 2016

Comeback win over Gophers sends Badgers to Big Ten Championship
The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Gophers 31-17 this past Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The Gophers controlled the game through the first half but the Badgers pulled out a win with three touchdowns and four interceptions by the defense during the second half.
Friday, December 2, 2016

LUHS wins both Kislow tourney games
RHINELANDER - Lakeland Union High School girls' basketball team took part in the Tom Kislow Memorial Basketball Tournament over the holiday weekend, playing two games at Rhinelander High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

T-Bird swimmers set the bar high for 2016-17
The Lakeland Union High School boys' swim team has set some very high goals for itself for the 2016-2017 swim season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

T-Birds eye GNC wrestling crown
Optimism usually surrounds the start of every sports season. No games or meets have occurred and everybody has a shot. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

T-Bird gymnasts set to rebuild with new coach
Youth could be the word most associated with the Lakeland gymnastics team this season, as the majority of their team graduated last season, leaving many spots to fill for underclassmen. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SISU Ski Fest on Jan. 6-8 in Ironwood
It takes some "sisu" to make it through Ironwood winters. Sisu is a Finnish word that means "special strength and stubborn determination to continue and overcome in a moment of adversity; a combination of stamina, courage and obstinacy held in reserve for hard times."
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

T-Birds knock off defending state champs in Kislow tourney
Lakeland Union remained unbeaten on the season after knocking off Hayward, the defending WIAA Division 3 champions on Saturday (Nov. 26) in the Tom Kislow Memorial Basketball Tournament at Rhinelander High School.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

LUHS presses its way past Crandon in first Kislow tourney game
While many were out shopping on Black Friday, Lakeland Union took part in the Tom Kislow Memorial Basketball Tournament, squaring off against Crandon at Rhinelander High School.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Basketball and beyond
When 10 high school basketball teams - including a pair of defending WIAA state champions - come to Rhinelander this weekend not only will they be feeling out their rosters early in the 2016-17 season, they'll be helping to raise money for a couple of worthy charities. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Boys basketball has first action in scrimmage
MARATHON - The Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball team held a dress rehearsal for the upcoming season on Monday, scrimmaging Marathon and Loyal in a three-team event Monday night in Marathon. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lakeland/Tomahawk impresses in first game as co-op
The first game of the season is always highly anticipated, but perhaps more so as Tuesday night's girls' hockey game against Northern Edge (Rhinelander and Antigo co-op) marked the first ever game for the Lakeland/Tomahawk co-op at Lakeland Ice Arena. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

LUHS cagers reloading, not rebuilding
In high school athletics, teams always have to contend with the departures of players due to graduation. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Register for the Arctic Warrior Race in St. Germain
Gather your friends for the inaugural Arctic Warrior Snowshoe and Winter Obstacle Course Race in St. Germain on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Girls' basketball dominates opener
Starting its season at home in a non-conference battle with Phillips, the Lakeland girls' basketball team showed their strengths in a 77-41 victory over Phillips Thursday night at the LUHS field house (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

LUHS looks to continue improvement on the ice
Steady improvement. That's what the Lakeland Union High School boys' hockey program is looking for these days. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mercer boys basketball looks to compete
Coming into the season with its largest group of players in several years, the Mercer boys' basketball team looks to stay competitive in Indianhead Conference play. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cross runners compete in Cross National Regionals
The running season did not end for several Northwoods runners last month at the WIAA state cross country meet. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mercer girls look to improve from previous years
Hoping to pick up where it left of last season, the Mercer girls' basketball team hopes to make some noise in the Indianhead Conference. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Flexible deal
Abby Andridge looks on as Ken Schoville shows Riley Andridge how much flex a pair of skis has during the Lakeland Nordic Ski Team's 30th annual Ski Swap and Sale on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lakeland Union High School.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Four Lakeland Area Special Olympians compete in state bowling games
The Special Olympic Wisconsin state bowling tournament was held Saturday, Nov. 12 at Dales Weston Lanes in Wausau. Four area athletes qualified for state by finishing first, second, or third in their respective divisions in regional competition held in October.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Former Olympian Davis gives golden advice at swim clinic
It's not often you get to see an Olympian, in any sport, arrive for a clinic at your school, let alone show up.

But that's just what happened last weekend.(subscriber access)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Lakeland/Tomahawk set sights on GNC crown in first year as co-op
The talk surrounding the start of the girls' hockey season was the merging of Lakeland Union and Tomahawk. Yet, just three girls from Tomahawk were added to the squad. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2016

Lakeland Nordic ski looks to repeat success as season nears
Coming in as Lakeland's only non-WIAA sport, the Nordic ski teams will look to continue their dominance this year. Both boys' and girls' teams began practice last week, despite the unusually warm weather and there being no snow. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2016

T-Bird cagers begin practice for 2016-2017 campaign
Heading into the season Lakeland Union High School boys' basketball must replace its leading scorer, leading rebounder and leader in assists after finishing 16-8 last year. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2016

Lakeland boys' swim gets in the pool
The Lakeland Union High School boys' swim team has set some very high goals for itself as it began practice this week for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

Head coach Chris Garcia said she and her team have already discussed what they want to achieve this year in the pool. (subscriber access)

Friday, November 18, 2016

LUHS grapplers have lofty goals for upcoming season
The Lakeland Union High School wrestling program had an optimistic outlook as practice for the 2016-2017 season began this week. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 18, 2016

Badgers score big on Illini
Photos by Jessica Leighty/Lakeland Times
Friday, November 18, 2016

Optimism surrounds start of LUHS boys' hockey season
The hockey season is now underway and the Lakeland Union High School boys' team is looking to build upon a season that saw it make major strides last year.

A season after winning just one game, the Thunderbirds went 13-13 and this year the team has its sights set on besting that record. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

T-Bird swimmers rebuild in 2016
The Lakeland Union High School girls' swim team had big shoes to fill entering 2016, graduating four state-qualifying swimmers who helped propel the team to a third-place finish in the Great Northern Conference the previous season. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gymnastics heads into season with new coach
One week of practice is in the books for the Lakeland Union High School gymnastics team as it prepares for the new season with a mostly new cast - including new head coach Laura Hayes. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lady T-Birds looks to repeat success
In preparation for its season opener, the Lakeland girls' basketball team started things off Friday by participating in several scrimmages at Merrill High School, facing off against three other teams: Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Wausau West and Merrill. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The importance of multi-sport athletes
Travel sports now dominate youth athletics. House leagues are becoming obsolete and on the verge of extinction as kids are urged to specialize in one sport.

Not too long ago, kids were criticized for not playing enough sports, but now some are discouraged from playing too many. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Frozen Rundra road race in Bessemer, Mich. on Dec. 3
The 4th annual Frozen Rundra road race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in Bessemer, Mich.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Golden company
It's not often you get to see an Olympian, in any sport, arrive for a clinic at your school, but that's just what happened Sunday at the Lakeland Union High School pool. Three-time Olympic gold-medalist Josh Davis gave a three hour-clinic to not only several Lakeland swimmers, but kids from all around the area. Davis taught all the swimmers different drills to help improve their form and speed. Afterwards, Davis took photographs with each and every swimmer, let them hold one (or all three) of his gold medals and gave them autographs. Read more about Davis' visit in Friday's Lakeland Times.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LUHS girls basketball practice begins
The opening days of Lakeland girls' basketball practice are primed for lots of running, according to head coach Melissa Ouimette. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 10, 2016


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