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Lakeland football drops close encounter
Hoping to improve upon last week's loss and to impress the hometown fans, the Lakeland Thunderbirds did just that, despite not being able to pull out a late fourth-quarter win over Bloomer, falling 16-12. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

T-Bird cross country performs well in Watertown
Both cross country teams for Lakeland headed down to Watertown for the annual Glenn Herold Invitational.

"We get a chance to run against some of the top programs in the state," head coach Kevin FitzPatrick explained. "Since we stay overnight it's also become a key to strengthening the bond our team members have for each other."

FitzPatrick said the event wasn't always so popular. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

T-Bird tennis takes first at Everest Invite
SCHOFIELD - Making up an event postponed due to rain the prior weekend, the Lakeland Union High School girls' tennis team traveled to Schofield and defeated the field in a four-team meet. The T-Birds knocked off two Division 1 schools in Shawano and D.C. Everest along with D2 foe Ashland. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Soccer splits invite
Traveling down to Rhinelander for a two day tournament, the Lakeland boys's soccer team split their games, falling to Iron Mountain 0-3 but defeating Tomah 1-0. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Volleyball competes in Menominee Sprawl
The Lakeland volleyball team headed to Menominee over the weekend to compete in the Menominee Sprawl, where a total of 28 teams competed.

Lakeland went up against seven of them, winning only once.

On Friday, Lakeland played four opponents: Cameron, River Falls, Great Northern Conference rival Mosinee and Somerset. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lakeland swimming competes in pentathlon
After opening their season with two home meets, the Lakeland girls' swimming team headed down to Wausau Thursday night for a pentathlon at D.C. Everest High School.

Lakeland competed against six other schools: Chippewa Falls, Wausau West, Neenah, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Portage and D.C. Everest. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lakeland cross country dominates Ted Voigt Invite
In its only home run of the entire season, the Lakeland Union High School cross country team put on a strong display Tuesday, taking home first place in both boys and girls divisions in the Ted Voigt Invitational at the Minocqua Winter Park. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

T-Bird soccer falls to Ashland 3-1 in opener
The Lakeland Union High School boys' soccer team didn't open its season the way it might have hoped. Traveling to Ashland Tuesday, the T-Birds dropped their first match 3-1.

Orion Pergolski gave Ashland the lead on a 10th-minute penalty kick and the Oredockers never looked back. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lakeland swimmers go 1-2 in opening meets
Taking to the pool for the first time this season, the LUHS girls' swim team competed on back-to-back nights in their home pool earlier this week.

On Monday, the T-Birds split a double dual at the LUHS pool, defeating Wausau West 81-78 and falling to Rhinelander 110-59. Tuesday night, Lakeland fell to Wisconsin Rapids 121-49. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016

T-Bird gridders set to take home field
After dropping its season opener at Hayward last week, the Lakeland Union High School football team is looking to bounce back this Friday, taking its home field for the first time this year against Bloomer.

LUHS head coach Dan Barutha didn't feel like the loss from last week will dampen the team's spirits. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lakeland netters remain undefeated
Taking on two teams Tuesday night in Minocqua, Lakeland remained undefeated on the year by beating Columbus Catholic 7-0 and Pacelli 4-3. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Snowhawks fall to Coaching All-Stars
The Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks battled the Coaching All-Stars, a team compiled of various area coaches, on Monday at Snowshoe Park in Lake Tomahawk and suffered just their third loss of the 2016 season, falling 14-10. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Lakeland volleyball goes 0-3 at West quad
The Lakeland Union High School volleyball team saw its first action of the season Tuesday, dropping all three matches in a quadrangular meet at Wausau West High School. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 26, 2016

Rainout creates busy program this Friday at ERS
With rain cancelling last Friday night's races at Eagle River Speedway, tonight will be a busy night at the popular Northern Wisconsin Tri-Oval.

The fan autograph night will be rescheduled for the second time. Fans will have the chance to go on the track and get autographs and pictures of the stock cars and the racers at tonight's races.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mercer hike/bike trail ribbon cutting
It has taken 13 years of planning, grant writing, meetings, plan revamping, setbacks, and more meetings and now, after all this angst and hard work, the Dedication/Ribbon Cutting for the 7-mile Northern-most segment of the Northern Highlands Regional Nonmotorized Trail will finally take place in front of Mercer's Great Northern Motel at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Football drops season opener
HAYWARD - The Thunderbirds did not open their football season the way they would have hoped for.

Dropping the opener to Hayward, Lakeland was down as many as 40 points before putting up the games final score to end the game with a 40-7 loss.

"We found out a lot about our team tonight," head coach Dan Barutha said. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tennis continues great form
Thursday was another good day at the office for the Lakeland girls' tennis team. Traveling to Phillips, the T-Birds claimed their second 7-0 victory of the young season.

As a team, Lakeland dominated, collectively only dropping five games over five official matches. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Volleyball prepares for season
In preparation for the upcoming season, Lakeland's volleyball team competed in a scrimmage Saturday at Lakeland Union High School. Lakeland played 30-minute sessions against Mercer, Phillips, Northland Pines and Florence for a full two hours on court. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

T-Bird soccer looks to rebuild
Returning to the field after a successful 2015 season, the Lakeland boys' soccer team looks to return to that level of success.

"This is truly a rebuilding this season, but as we rebuild we are still going to be very competitive," head coach Rhonda Maulson said. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cross Country looks to continue dominance
Lakeland Union High School has dominated cross country in the short history of the Great Northern Conference.

The T-Bird boys have won seven straight conference titles while the Lakeland girls have taken two of the last three. Head coach Kevin FitzPatrick said there's a secret to the team's success. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

McEnroe takes GNLC Player of the Year
The Great Northern Legion Conference issued its list of All-conference players Sunday, with two members of the Minocqua Post 89 squad making the cut.

Pitcher Ryan McEnroe took overall top honors with the Player of the Year award in addition to his All-conference selection. Brett Slavinsky also made the All-conference team as an outfielder. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Trounces Medford 7-0
The Lakeland girls' tennis team started out their season the best way possible: every slot taking a win to begin Great Northern Conference play.

The T-Birds travelled to Medford Monday. The Raiders' tennis facility has only six courts, meaning one match had to sit. Typically, that would be the No. 4 singles spot. Instead, the top singles position was held. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

T-Birds look forward to football opener
Football season has officially arrived.

Lakeland will begin theirs by taking on Hayward after having a success scrimmage in Wausau last week.

Head coach Dan Barutha said his team has been working on specific things getting ready for Friday's opener. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Media tabs Medford, Merrill as GNC football co-favorites
Editor's Note: This piece will be featured in Fall Sports Preview, a joint publication of The Lakeland Times and The Northwoods River News, which will be inserted into the Aug. 28 edition of both papers.

The Great Northern Conference football title was shared among two teams for the third time in its eight years of existence in 2015. If those who cover the GNC are correct, the title will be split again this year. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Snowhawks run away with 23-11 victory
The Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks had no trouble downing the squad from Smiley's Pub Monday at Snowshoe Park.

After racing out an 8-0 lead after two, innings the 'Hawks did not look back as they turned in a 23-11 win on a beautiful evening in Lake Tomahawk. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Team preview: LUHS girls' swimming: T-Birds hope for solid season in the pool
As the Lakeland Union High School swim team prepares for its first meet of the year, its brings in new talent in hopes of replacing the quality the team lost from last year.

To get started, head coach Sandy Bolger wanted to get her swimmers back into shape. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Final LUHS teams begin practices
The final half of the fall sports for Lakeland Union High School began their official practices this week. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 19, 2016

Northwoods Bad Dash Mud Run in Manitowish Waters Sept. 3
Labor Day weekend marks the 5th annual Northwoods Bad Dash Mud Run on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.

This 4-mile adventure run is hosted and sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and the North Lakeland Discovery Center.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters Lions Clubs host annual golf tournament
Join the Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters Lions Clubs for their 16th annual golf tournament at the Trout Lake Golf Club in Woodruff on Aug. 25, 2016.

Four person team scramble 3 flights with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A donation of $75 per golfer includes golf, cart, food and prizes.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bronze medals in Special Olympics
Two Lakeland Area Special Olympic athletes traveled to Waukesha to compete in tennis in the Outdoor Sports Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 6. Beau Jorgensen, left, and Lisa Gilson both received bronze medals in their divisions. Hundreds of athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators attended the tournament. Anyone interested in learning more about Lakeland Area Special Olympics can call Rhonda Baldwin at 715-356-6636.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Joe Manzanares Fundraiser Scramble results
The 3rd annual Lions Club Joe Manzanares Fundraiser Scramble was held at Tahoe Lynx Golf Coursewith a 3 p.m. shotgun start on Friday, Aug. 12. Sixteen teams gathered to recognize Mercer Lion Joe Manzanares who was an avid sportsman and long time dedicated Lion.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Racers beat the rain at Eagle River Speedway
While Mother Nature threatened to shorten Friday night's festivities at Eagle River Speedway, another female threatened to put her name in the track's record book.

16-year-old Isabelle Valeria of Eagle River was one lap away from becoming one of the first women to win a feature race at the track, but was edged in a last-lap pass by class points leader David Blackberg.

Friday, August 19, 2016

T-Birds perform well at football scrimmage
WAUSAU - In preparation for its season opener Friday, the Lakeland Union High School football team partook in a day of scrimmages Aug. 12 at Wausau West High School. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Girls' swimming begins fall practice
Starting early every morning, the Lakeland Union High School girls' swimming team doesn't even begin its practices in a pool. Instead, they're outside.

"We mix it up," head coach Sandy Bolger said. "We as a coaching staff, believes in multiple things. Callisthenics, running, weight room, yoga, I mix it all up. I have very few kids that are in the training room because I mix it up." (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LUHS girls' tennis looks for successful season
With several key returning players from last season, the Lakeland girls' tennis team is hoping to give themselves a great run in 2016.

State qualifier Ali Bognar returns to the courts, as well as many other experienced players. Head coach Ted Dasler said he believes he'll have the team to beat this season. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dr. Kate Hospice Pro-Am on Aug. 29
Golfers are invited to play in the annual Dr. Kate Hospice Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 29 at Minocqua Country Club.

The cost per team is $1,000 which includes lunch, dinner and entrance into the putting contest. Registration begins at 9 a.m. the day of the event with the putting contest commencing at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a shotgun start to the tournament at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bacon Dash winners announced
A great time was had by all last weekend in St. Germain at Pig in the Pines: Bacon, BBQ and Bands. Thousands of BBQ and rib lovers enjoyed award winning BBQ and ribs from vendors from around the country including Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Despite late rally, Snowhawks fall 28-19
Handing the Lake Tomahawk Snowhawks just their second loss of the 2016 snowshoe baseball season, the D&R Bombers racked up 37 hits and ran away with a 28-19. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2016

LUHS girls' tennis begins fall practice
Taking advantage of a clear and warm day, the Lakeland Union High School girls tennis team began practice for the fall season on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The entire first week of practice has been split into two sections, each lasting two hours. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lakeland golfers compete at MINER League event
Tuesday, Aug. 9 brought the MINER League to Northwood Golf Course in Rhinelander. The league is comprised of teams from Minocqua, Merrill, Rhinelander and Eagle River and gives opportunity to young players to play in a competitive setting during the summer. (subscriber access)
Friday, August 12, 2016


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