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RHS Girls' Tennis: Packard, O’Melia, and Barnes are Heading to State
By Cassie Krueger | Published: 10/09/2015

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The Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team finished third place at the WIAA sectionals in Chippewa Falls on Thursday. For the first time since 2010, the Hodags will be sending three athletes to the 2015 WIAA State Tournament. Ivy Packard earned her spot at No. 1 singles, while Eva O'Melia and Maddie Barnes at No. 1 doubles secured their spot as well.It was a prolonged start due to weather and co
RHS Boys’ Soccer: GNC Champs
By Cassie Krueger | Published: 10/09/2015

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The Rhinelander High School boys' soccer team clenched the Great Northern Conference title on Thursday night, with their second to last conference match of the year. The Hodags travelled to Stetsonville and took on the Raiders and earned the 2-1 victory and the GNC title outright.  "We played with intensity tonight, in which we lacked on Tuesday night against Northland Pines," said Coach Dan Millot. "I think the boys just wanted to finish this. They wanted to just get this championship and be done; they didn't want to share it with anybody. And I think they came ready to play today. I think the guys played really well as a team tonight. We played some really unselfish soccer. "With the help of center-mid fielder Gunnar Millot's two goals, Rhinelander was able meet their goal and call themselves number in the conference. This was the Hodags' fourth title in the past six years. "Now addressing the fact that we are now GNC champions-I could not be prouder of my team and what we've accomplished this year," said Gunnar Millot. "Our coach (my dad) maneuvered our team tactically and extremely well considering we had more athletes than soccer players. Our defense has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the year, with first year goalie Adam Mueller as its anchor. Captains Cody and Mitchel gave us structure in our defense, while Devin gave us a lethal offensive threat every single game. We had a lot of players step up this year-earning us this title."It was a physical matchup, as RHS expected but the defense was up to the challenge, and they were able to hold Medford to one goal in 90 minutes of action. Jonas Sabani was fouled 35 yards back from Medford's goal and resulted in a free kick. Millot took the kick, and with the hard-shot went right to sophomore goalie Noah Sackman, but the balls slipped through his legs. And just like that Rhinelander took an early 1-0 lead.A few minutes later, there was another foul on Medford 15 yards from the 18-yard box. Millot took the kick, and Sackman bobbled the ball, and Devin Oleinik was almost there on the rebound. Medford had their fair share of scoring opportunities as well. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the first half, the Raiders took a shot from 25 yards back but missed to the top right of the goal. In a deja vu moment, Millot scored again off a free kick in the first 10 minutes of the second half. In the 52nd minute Millot had the same opportunity and Sackman let the ball slip through his legs for the second time in the match, resulting in a goal."It was an unbelievable feeling," said Gunnar Millot. "After I tore most of my MCL and was out for majority of the first half of the season; coming out and pulling through for my team tonight really meant a lot to me. The face that they were both free kicks from beyond 20 yards, both traveling through the goalie's legs and hands only makes it better."Medford didn't give up that easily, even after being down 2-0. With seven minutes remaining in the game Adrian Felix had a deep shot at senior keeper Adam Mueller. It was a well placed ball high on the goal, but Mueller was able to jump and make a great stop and secured the ball."The biggest thing about tonight was the way we played defense," said Millot. "We really shut Medford down, especially their two leading scorers. We made them work for every touch of the ball, and that was our game plan. We marked them up individual and not let them beat us. Osy was part of the assist of their goal late in the second half for Medford, but other than that I thought we did an outstanding job."But not letting down, Medford continued to battle for opportunities at the net. Preston Carlson of the Raiders found the back of the net in the 84th minute. Osy Ekwueme had a well-placed threw ball to Carlson, who was able to connect within the goalie box."I don't think that there were very many adjustments during the game, but we made adjustments to our formations before," noted Mueller. "We had Matthew (VonOepen) man mark Osy for the whole game and Cody had Felix too. They did a great job of keeping them contained and slowing their explosive offense down."From that point, Rhinelander was able to maintain possession for a majority of the final minutes, and walked off the field with a 2-1 victory and the title of the GNC champions."Our defense as a whole did a great job," acknowledged Mueller. "Mitch had some great plays down the stretch along with Cody and Matthew. It feels great to win a big one especially after a tough loss two nights before."It was a testament to how well the Hodags' defense played, and Coach Millot had three individuals stand out in the match against Medford."When we look at standout players tonight, three people come to mind," said Millot. "Our three primary defends; Mitchel Modic in the back, Cody Vinger and Matthew VonOepen marking their two best players the entire game. And they did a great job shutting them down. But in order for us to take Cody and Matthew out of the mix just to mark them, everybody else to adjust the way they play. It was just a complete team effort and I couldn't be happier for the kids."The Hodags outshot the Raiders 18-16 in total goals, and Mueller picked up the win and six quality saves. Rhinelander is 7-1-1 in the GNC and 10-2-1 overall and has one match remaining in conference play. "We are going to look at Antigo first and we are going to celebrate two things next week with the Antigo game," said Millot. "We are going to have our 'Breast Cancer Go Pink' awareness game, encouraging our fans to wear pink. The players from both teams are going to take part in it. And it is Senior Night. So we are going to recognize our seniors."The Hodags will host Antigo on Thursday on Senior Night as well as a "Pink" game to support breast cancer awareness month. Kick-off will be at 7:00PM at Mike Webster Stadium.
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