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RHS Alumni Baseball Game
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 06/24/2016
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The Rhinelander High School Baseball alumni game is charted for Saturday, July 2 and will be held at Stafford Field. The Hodag Diamond Club will be sponsoring the event and is open for any former members of the RHS baseball team.

Admission for spectators is free, and will be a great time for everyone. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:00PM and the game will be followed with a cookout. The cost will be $10 for players.

For any additional information please contact Steve Michlig at 715-362-7648 or at st.michlig@gmail.com.
2016 RHS Track Review
By Cassie Krueger - Posted on 06/20/2016
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The Rhinelander High School track team proved they are heading in the right direction in the 2016 season with second year Coach Chris Ferge. The Hodags are still looking for numbers to strengthen their program, but there were still several athletes that had impressive finishes to the year, and four advanced to sectionals in their journey.

A tough sectional lineup would not allow any Rhinelander athletes to advance to the WIAA state meet, and would mark the first time in seven years RHS would not being sending at least one member to state.

Both the girls' and guys' teams finished strong for the 2016 season, and were highlighted by some of their best performances of the year as they closed out their spring season.

The RHS girls' track team proved throughout the season to be the rock of the 2016 team, especially the distance crews. The girls' had their best Great Northern Conference finish since 2012 and finished fifth in the outdoor meet held in Rhinelander.

It also marked the first time in over 10 years that the RHS track team hosted a meet, in a huge help to be the track being resurfaced in 2015.

For the conference meet, the Hodag girls' won the 800-meter run, the 1,600, the 3,200, as well as the 4x800 meter relay.

Sophomore Alayna Franson, who also participates in soccer had a hand in three of the wins on the day and earned the GNC female runner of the year with her performance. She won the 1,600 and 3,200 distance runs for Rhinelander and also was part of the 4x800 relay.

Senior Eva O'Melia also had impressive runs as she earned the win in the 800, and anchored the 4x800 relay. Gracie Quinn and Payton Hartman also were part of the winning 4x800 relay team as well.

O'Melia, Franson, Quinn, and Hartman advanced to sectionals after charting a third place finish at the Wausau West regionals at the end of May. O'Melia qualified for sectionals in the 800 and Franson also individually qualified in the 1,600.

Despite any of the four advancing to state, there were notable finishes in the tough D.C. Everest sectionals. O'Melia was the closest to advancing, finishing fourth in the 800 and set a personal record time, and missed state by 1.13 seconds.

Senior Susanna Robert also had impressive showings for the 2016 season, and finished third in the 100 at the GNC meet. Senior Haley Klaver also had some notable runs and helped the Hodags out by running several events throughout the year.

Sophomore Ellen Padgett also remained consistent in both the 100 and 200 and showed great improvements throughout the season. And in the field events, sophomore Lexie Rick continued to improve and charted a third place finish in the GNC meet in the shot put.

Several underclassman on the girls' side earned all-conference honors for the 2016 season including Franson, Quinn, Hartman, and Rick. While sophomore Danielle Doughty and Padgett also earned top eight individual finishes at conference.

On the boys' side of action, senior Eric Tracy highlighted the team, and was the only athlete to return from last seasons' conference champion boys' 4x400 meter relay team.

Although for the 2016 season, Tracy predominately took part in the hurdles. He earned third place in the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles at the GNC meet. Tracy was also the lone Hodag on the boys' side to earn all-conference recognition.

Josh Francisco and Alec Bess scored conference points in the 100-meter dash. And Colton Krueger (110 hurdles) and Reuben Guzik (300 hurdles) also charted individual points for the team. Max Brown also placed in the high jump and Anthony Kowalaski added points in the 400.

Both the girls' and guys' for the Hodags have young squads that will be returning several athletes. The boys' side was filled with a majority of underclassman including freshman Kowalski n Francisco. Sophomores Alex Monk, Krueger, and Guzik were also part of the hurdle crew for 2016 season.

On the girls' side, the Hodags will lose O'Melia, Roberts, and Klaver to graduation but have bright futures as the return a majority of their distance crew who advanced to sectionals. Tracy will be the biggest loss to graduation on the guys' side.

The 2016 RHS track team has take strides in the right direction this season, and although they lose some seniors to graduation the 2017 season had a lot to look forward to.

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