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White's game-winner pushes RHS past Lakeland
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 02/24/2017
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The Rhinelander High School boys' basketball team trailed the entire game, but rallied back with a game-winner from junior Owen White with 3.1 seconds left for the Great Northern Conference victory at Lakeland Union High School on Thursday night.

It also marked the Hodags' 10th straight win over former Rhinelander Coach, Rich Fortier. RHS took advantage of guard Brandt Beukema being fouled out and went on a 15-5 run in the final minutes to earn the 43-42 win over the Thunderbirds.

The Hodags struggled early on, only having 11 first-half points after shooting under 15% beyond the arc. But Rhinelander would stick within striking distance approaching midway through the second half, with Lakeland holding a 26-23 lead before they went for nine unanswered points.

Six of those points were from Beukema, who scored on three straight drives to start the rally. With the momentum swing, Gunnar Weitz would hit a triple on the next possession. But that wouldn't last long, after Beukema fouled out of the game.

Rhinelander would respond with their own 10-2 run which was capped off by a basket from senior Matthew Reinthaler, which would tie the game up with just over a minute left in regulation. RHS would put the pressure on the Thunderbirds, and took control. 

With only 33.4 seconds remaining, Weitz of Lakeland was fouled and connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts, which put Lakeland ahead by one with plenty of time left on the clock. 

As the time dwindled down, Coach Derek Lemmens would call a timeout with only 7.8 seconds left. On the inbound, Reinthaler set up the play with a screen for White who connected on the game-winning shot in the lane.

White not only capped off the Hodags' late rally, but finished the night with yet another double-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, despite being double-teamed a majority of the night.

Not only was it the 10th straight win over Fortier, but Rhinelander has now won 12 consecutive wins over Lakeland. With the win, Rhinelander finished in second in the GNC behind Medford with an 8-4 record.

The Hodags will have a week of practice to prepare for the WIAA Division 2 regionals, which will begin on Friday for RHS. Rhinelander will host fifth-seeded Merrill at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00PM.

Lady Hodags fend off Robins in playoffs
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 02/22/2017
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The Rhinelander High School girls' basketball team hosted Antigo in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs on Tuesday night. The Hodags were able to hold off a late Robin run to earn a 53-45 victory at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium to advance to the regional finals.

In playoff basketball, Rhinelander did what they had to get the job done, with the team who loses ending their season. On their last night on their home court, seniors Kaly Kostrova and Ali Schickert each finished with double digits to lead RHS.

The Hodags would rally early on and started strong with a 16-4 advantage in the first half. Kostrova connected on four- triples in the first, as Antigo closed on a 12-8 run. RHS would take 24-16 lead at halftime.

Rhinelander would push their lead to 13 in the beginning of the second half, after junior Maddie Meyer hit a three, followed by an elbow jumper from Kostrova.

But Antigo proved they weren't going to back down that easy with their season coming to an end on the line. The Robins would battle back and took advantage of several Hodag turnovers used offensive rebound opportunities and went on a 12-2 run. After back-to-back three-pointers from Morgan Hotchkiss, the Robins pulled within five at 35-30.

Antigo also switched up their 2-3 zone and went to a man-to-man midway through the second half. Meyer would foul out with 8:12 left, and senior Allison Kondzela would sink both bonus free throws.

And junior Hannah Zenkovich would score three-straight points, first a basket inside, and then went 1-of-2 from the free throw line after being fouled to tie the game 37-37 with just over six minutes left in the game.

Kostrova missed a three, but earned the offensive rebound, and was able to foul out junior Kendall Smith. Ally Seefeldt, Kenedy Van Zile, Alayna Franson, Schickert, and Kostrova all iced some free throw down the stretch.

Sydney Lenzner hit a three for Antigo with 28.3 seconds left, but the damage was already done. Antigo selected to continue to foul to gain back offensive possession, where Kostrova scored the final two free throws.

Kostrova finished the night with a game-high of 18 points to lead Rhinelander. With fellow senior, Schickert finishing the night with 12 points and several blocks down low. Seefeldt also finished in double-digits for the Hodags, finishing with 11.

With the victory, Rhinelander will face top-seeded Hortonville on Thursday night on the road. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00PM, where the Hodags are looking to pull out an upset and continue their 2016-2017 season.

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