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RHS Dance team competes at DX AmeriCup Nationals
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 03/15/2018
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Front row: Ella Tapanainen (foreign exchange student from Finland), Makayla Koser, Tina Kansariwala, Makenzie Pence, Maria Kipper Middle row: Finlee Saari - Helper, Beth Theilman, Abbi Koch, Amaya Adler, Lexi Heise, Head Coach Kirsten Lotz Top row: Assistant Coach Kari Britton, Morgan Johnson, Haylee Campbell, Alexis Alderton, Haylee Fernandes, Emma Squires, Raquel Siewert, Head Coach Tricia Winter

The Rhinelander High School Dance team finished their 2017-2018 competing at the DX AmericCup Nationals March 2nd-4th held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Hodags competed in the Hip Hop and Pom High School Division battling against other Division 1 and Division 2 teams.

Rhinelander's strongest routine of Nationals proved to be in Hip Hop, where they tied for fourth place with Edina, MN out of seven total teams. RHS placed fifth in Pom out of six total teams. The top three teams came from Iowa, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. Another huge honor, Rhinelander earned the Academic Excellence Award for having a team cumulative GPA higher then a 3.0.

"The team is very appreciative of the support of the community which enabled them to compete in this event," said head coaches Tricia Winter and Kirsten Lotz in a press release. "Special thanks to the School Administration, especially Brian Paulson; Heather Lundt, and Carol Purcell for all of their help over the season."

The coaches and team also wanted to thank the following families and business for their support; Metro Screenprinting & Embroidery, U.S.W. Union Local #2-15 Rhinelander Mill, Mike Winter Construction, LLC, Amerigas, Cellcom, Gremban & Gremban Dental, Hedberg Well Drilling, CoVantage Credit Union, Susan DeGrant, Jeff Lund, Stacie Stuempges, Printpack, Swearingen's Al-Gen Dinner Club, Todd Johnson, Northwoods Auto Techs, LLC, T.J. DeWitt and Co., Inc., David & Julie Holperin - Stifel, Cross Country Bar and Grill, RIPCO Credit Union, Ponsse North America, Inc., Northern Insurance Agency, X-Rooter, Northern Title, Boyd Financial Services, LLC, Drews Dental, Wal-Mart, Poulsen Family, Rhinelander Toyota, O-Reilly Auto Parts, Randall Natrop D.D.S., Theilman Home Improvements, STP Plumbing LLC, Britton Photography, Penca Photography, Park City Credit Union, Affinity Anesthesia LLC, Microblading by Christina Boostrom RN, The Koch Family, Jim & Sheila Stilin, The Kansariwala Family, Northern Shores Resource Management, Rhinelander Honda, AMPI - Paul & Shirley Toft, Skagen Inc., CT's Deli, Denim & Leather Exchange, Hodag Gun & Pawn, Tricia's Treasures, Aramark, Friendship House, Pawz n Clawz, Nicolet National Bank, Heck Capital, Randy Siewert, Raymond Traynor, and Big Daddy's.

Kuester and Sturtevant compete at WIAA State
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 03/06/2018
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Although the Rhinelander High School gymnastic team did not qualify as a team to compete in the 2018 WIAA Division 2 State Tournament, they had two individuals qualify and compete over the weekend. Senior Stephanie Kuester and junior Raven Sturtevant of the Hodags both competed on Saturday at state held in Wisconsin Rapids. 

Both Rhinelander gymnasts finished at the back of the pack, but was success that the two were the only members of the team to qualify for a position. Kuester finished 24th out of 25 competitors on the floor exercise with a score of an 8.1 in the three-judge panel. While Sturtevant finished last out 26 gymnasts on the uneven bars with a score of 6.7.

It also marked Sturevant and Kuesters' first trip to state. Both scores of Kuester and Sturtevant in their events were off from their sectional scores at Antigo. In the GNC meet Kuester scored an 8.4 on the floor for first in the GNC Small division and Sturtevant scored a 7.650 for second in the GNC small. 

Senior Samantha Krueger of River Falls earned the WIAA Division 2 all-around title with a score of 36.950. She was also the lone all-around gymnasts to score about a 36. Freshman runner-up Addie Gallun of Whitefish Bay charted a 35.867. Two GNC Large division schools also had gymnasts compete for the all-round; Isabelle Seeger of Ashland (18th) and Emma Jansen of Antigo (19th). Kuester actually beat both Seeger's and Jansen's state all-around scores in the GNC meet earlier this season.

Rhinelander will lose three seniors next season due to graduation; Stephanie Kuester, Makayla Kuester, and Alyssa Mitchell. Sturtevant will return to the lineup, and will look to lead the 2018-2018 RHS gymnastic team that returns several talented underclassmen along with a balance of experienced gymnasts that will push to make another appearance at the WIAA State Meet. 
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