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RHS Weekend Recap
By Hodagsports.com Staff | Published: 05/14/2018

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Baseball On Saturday, the Rhinelander High School baseball team couldn't bounce back from their doubleheader losses at Mosinee and fell in both games against Wisconsin Rapids at Stafford Field. The Raiders cruised to a 13-3 win in game one and were shutout in game two 6-0. The Hodags started the season with a perfect 9-0 record and have now dropped five straight. Things began to go down hill in the third inning, when Rapids plated six runs. Rhinelander would pull within four runs at 7-3 in the fourth frame. Bryce Schickert scored on a wild pitch and Eric Grulke scored on a throwing error. The Raiders answered right back and scored four more in the fifth and added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. Schickert took the loss on the mound and allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.In Game 2, the Raiders used momentum and would build an early 4-0 advantage. Hodag errors in the fourth also aided to Wisconsin Rapids to scoring two more runs. Rhinelander's offense struggled especially in Game 2. They left the bases loaded to end the second frame. Brad Quade and Jacob DeMeyer were the only two Hodags to chart hits in the second game. In the last five losses RHS only averaged two runs per contest opposed to 9.3 in their first nine games. Josh Randolph took the loss in the final game of the doubleheader. He allowed five runs (1 earned) on four hits. Owen White relieved Randolph in the sixth and added one unearned run. The Hodags will look to turn the tables and look to break their losing streak against Great Northern Conference rival Antigo on Tuesday. The doubleheader is set to start at 4:00PM at Stafford Field. SoftballThe RHS softball team was originally scheduled to compete in an eight-team tournament in Baraboo over the weekend but was cancelled due to weather and field conditions. But still were able to play a doubleheader on the road and went 2-0 at Pierce Park against the Thunderbirds. In Game 1 RHS cruised to a convincing 12-1 win and edged Baraboo 6-5 in Game 2. The Hodags would score in every inning except the second in the first contest and their offense was highlight by homeruns from twin sisters Makayla and Stephanie Kuester. Rhinelander didn't waste anytime in the first when Stephanie Kuester doubled and beat a throw home on a fielder's choice from Ella Mullikin. A few runs scored on wild pitches and Molly Wagler had an RBI grounder gave the Hodags a 4-0 lead in the third. Stephanie Kuester added a solo homer in the fourth frame.Baraboo scored their lone run of the first game in the bottom of the fourth. But the Hodags respond in the fifth when Sophia McGinnis charted an RBI double and eventually scored on an error. RHS added one more run in the sixth and another four in the seventh.Mikayla Evenstad led Rhinelander at the plate in Game 1 and went 5-for-5. Stephanie Kuester added 2 RBI's at 2-of-4 and Mullikin finished with three RBI's. Wagler earned the win in the circle in Game 1 after four innings of work. Makayla Kuester pitched in relief for two innings and Alex Oestreich pitched in the seventh in her varsity debut. The Hodags found themselves down in Game 2 before Makayla Kuester connected on a two-run shot to tie the game up in the bottom of the first. Her sister Stephanie Kuester connected on a three-run homer on two outs in the fourth frame which proved to be enough to hold on for the one-run victory. Wagler earned the win again after four innings of work and allowed five runs on nine hits. Makayla Kuester pitched the seventh and Stephanie Kuester came in and struckout the final two betters to earn the save. Wagler again pitched four innings and allowied five runs on nine hits. Makayla Kuester worked into the seventh before Stephanie Kuester came on to strike out the final two batters to get the save. RHS advanced to 9-8 on the season and will return to GNC action on Tuesday when they travel to Antigo for a doubleheader. GolfThe RHS golf team competed in the fourth leg of the Great Northern Conference tournament held at the Northwood Golf Club and finished fifth (366) on Friday. And would take sixth (356) on Saturday at the Bluejay Best Ball Invite at the Merrill Golf Club. Saturday's event format where members of the same team are paired together. Junior Nick Twite led the Hodags and shot an 81 on Friday and would record a 79 on Saturday. Twite had two birdies and six pars and shot 9-over at Northwood and tied for fifth place. And Saturday Twite finished fourth overall with his first score below 80 this spring.Following Twite, Zach Olds tied for 14th place on Friday after shooting an 89 and would card an 88 on Saturday. Devon Gaber was consistent and shot 93 on both days. Will Englad finished with a 103 and Nathan Lawrence rounded out RHS on Friday with a 111.On Saturday Jacob Mahner finished with a 96 as the fourth and final golfer for Rhinelander. Twite and Olds combined on to shoot a 77 while Gaber and Mahner shot an 82. Saturday’s invite the Hodags’ got to play several regional opponents as well as the venue of the Division 1 Regional tournament. Rhinelander will close out their Great Northern Conference action in the fifth leg of the conference tournament on Thursday at Timeber Ridge Golf Club in Minocqua. The GNC finale will be held at Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk on Friday.Girls' SoccerThe Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team competed in the two-day D.C. Everest Invite starting on Friday night. The Hodags fell 5-2 to Appleton North Friday and Saturday afternoon turned the tables and shutout Chippewa Falls 6-0.RHS was unable to produce enough offense and the Lightning outshot the Hodgas’ 44-5. Despite limited chances, Rhinelander was able to stay within striking distance a majority of the match. Appleton North tacked on three goals in the final 15 minutes of action to earn the three-goal win. It also snapped RHS's six-game winning streak.The Hodags did not have an answer for Brynn Deaens, who scored four goals for Appleton and added one assist on the night. The Lightning had several first half opportunities but only connected on one of their 20 shots in the 16th minute when Deaens struck just beyond the 18-yard box to the top right corner. Rhinelander scored 10 minutes into the second half when Kenedy Van Zile assisted Anna Sturzl to even the score at 1-1. But Deaens responded and connected from 25 yards back that was right under the crossbar three minutes later. And once again in the 78th minute Deaens headed in a cross and added another goal in the 86th minute. Alayna Franson added the Hodags' second goal in the 88th minute, but once again Appleton responded and score in the final minute as Abby Klolber finished a cross from Deaens. Saturday afternoon proved to be a completely different story for Rhinelander who held a 4-0 at halftime and would outshoot Chippewa Falls 26-4. Franson and Ella Schiek each scored two goals and Sturzl added one goal and three assists in the win. Rhinelander's first goal came on a perfect cross from Franson in the seventh minute that Schiek headed in just a few yards back. Franson added her own goal in the 27th minute on a shot just inside the 18 to the top left corner. With just over two minutes left in the first half, freshman Rachel Steffens charted her first varsity goal on a rebound and crash after Sturzl's initial shot deflected off the top of the cross bar. Schiek added her second goal of the match in the 60th minute on a cross from Franson. Schiek crashed the back post and finished to the bottom right corner. And Franson drilled a right footed shot at the top of the 18 that connected to the bottom left for Rhinelander's final goal.Jada Appling earned the win with two saves and freshman Houston Mathwig had her varsity debut in the net and added a save in the final 20 minutes of action.Rhinelander will host Ashland at the RHS soccer field on Tuesday at 6:00PM. The Great Northern Conference showdown will feature both teams that are now 4-0 in the GNC. The Hodags will then be on the road Thursday to face Newman Catholic which is slated for 5:00PM.
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RHS Boys' Track 3rd at Hatchet Invite
By Hodagsports.com Staff | Published: 05/11/2018

 
After a rigorous stretch for the Rhinelander High School track team where the Hodags competed in five meets in 15 days, RHS boys finished third and girls charted sixth Tuesday at the Hatchet Invitational. Although Rhinelander did not see many personal bests on the day, they finished well against a mix of teams from not only the Great Northern Conference but the Indianhead, Marawood, and Northern Lakes
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Hodag Netters defeat Pacelli and Antigo
By Hodagsports.com Staff | Published: 05/11/2018

 
The Rhinelander High School boys 'team appears to be on the right track to earn their fourth consecutive Great Northern Conference title after sweeping Pacelli in a doubleheader Wednesday and following it with a 7-0 win over Antigo at home on Thursday. RHS will enter Friday's GNC meet with a minimum of a 30-point lead and will have a cushion ahead of the conference, which may likely result in clenching th
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Hodag Fastpitch goes 1-1 against Lakeland
By Hodagsports.com Staff | Published: 05/10/2018

 
The Rhinelander High School softball team played Lakeland in a doubleheader on the road on Monday night, and each game couldn't be more opposite. The Hodags inconstancy led to suffering a 4-1 Game 1 loss and marking their first conference loss to the Thunderbirds since joining to the GNC. And then RHS bounced back in Game 1 and routed Lakeland 15-0 at Lenz Field to go 1-1 on the night.Game 1The Hodags s
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