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Big Weekend ahead for Hodag BMX
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 08/04/2016
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The Hodag BMX Club will host a three-day trilling weekend which will showcase hundreds of riders across the Midwest. First on Friday there will be the Badger State Games as well as Race For Life starting at 6:00PM at the track at West Side Park in Rhinelander under track operator Rob Deede.

Then on Saturday and Sunday Hodag BMX will host the Wisconsin State Championship Qualifier and Regional Gold Cup Qualifier. The races for spectators will be free and for competitors the prices for races range from $20-$30, depending on the event. There will also be concessions held throughout the weekend.

Along with the Badger State Games, it will also but the annual Race For Life event where racers raise money with pledges for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The club has had approximately 40-50 riders for local races this season, which is the highest it has been in the past eight years. Races are held most Monday and Friday nights throughout the summer.

The Hodag BMX Club members will defiantly have a home course advantage going into the weekend events. Not only have they practiced and raced there all season, but they also have the advantage of a longer course.

Saturday's state qualifiers will be the seventh of eight qualifying events with several riders out chasing not only state points but also national and district points within the USABMX. The Championships will be held in late August in Oshkosh and the final Gold Cup Central will be held next month in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For more information check out the Hodag BMX Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hodag.BMX/ or www.hodagbmx.com.


Rebels 3rd at Merrill Regionals
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 07/25/2016
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Although the Rhinelander Post 7 American Legion baseball team rallied back against Merrill in the second round of the four-team double elimination regional tournament on Thursday, they still came up short and fell 8-6 at Athletic Park.

In the first round of the tournament, Rhinelander had a tough draw and faced Antigo on Wednesday night and fell 11-1. Antigo went on to defeat Merrill on Friday and earned the regional win to advance to the state tournament in River Falls.

In Game 1, Rhinelander couldn't generate much offense and only had two hits in the loss. Antigo raced out to an early 3-0 advantage and capitalized on RBI singles from Nick Greening, A.J. Kirsch, and Jed Weix.

The Rebels would chart their only run of the game in the top of the fourth. Tyler Blomdahl led off and reached after being hit by a pitch and stole second to get into scoring position. Brad Quade drove in Blomdahl with a single, but that would be the most damage the offense would do.

But Antigo would quickly add to their two-run lead in the bottom of the fourth when they plated eight more runs. In the frame, 12 batters connected on five runs including 2-RBI's each for Matt Winter and Kirsch, and an RBI single from Ryan Brauer.

Alex Nagel pitched all five innings and earned the win for Antigo. He gave up one earned run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Jacob DeMeyer worked the first 3 1/3 innings and charted the loss for Rhinelander. He gave up six hits for seven earned runs as well as four walks, two hit batters, and three strikeouts. Nick Spencer came in for relief and allowed four earned runs on four hits.

With the first round loss, the Rebels dropped to the losers' bracket in the four-team tournament and then faced Northwoods on Thursday, earning a 12-2 victory in six innings of action. Eagle River was then defeated by Merrill 6-1 on Friday.

In Rhinelander's only win of the tournament, they jumped on an early lead and would stay there throughout.

The Rebels plated three runs right away in the first. Brad Comer singled to load the bases. Tyler Blomdahl connected on a double and Brad Quade drew a walk. Jacob DeMeyer was hit by a pitch, allowing Comer to score. And then Nick Spencer drove in two runs on a single to give Rhinelander a 3-0 lead.

Northwoods would battle back and scored their own two runs of the game in the bottom of the first. Pitcher Spencer Huettl was hit by a pitch and Brad Sowinski singled to drive him in. Zach Neddo also singled and later scored on a fielder's choice by Nick Edwards.

Then in the second, Rhinelander would add one more run to their lead when Josh Randolph singled and was batted in by Zuiker on another single.

In the third inning, the Rebels would chart four more runs on three hits, as well as bat around the order. Tait Spencer and Quade sparked the inning with doubles and Nick Spencer connected on another single.

Rhinelander continued to cushion their lead, and found themselves ahead 9-2 in the fourth. Blomdahl started with a walk and then was able to score on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, after the Eagles changed pitchers; Rhinelander would add their final three runs of the game. Zuiker started with a double, and Comer singled to set the stage for Blomdahl, who hit a three-run homer off Sowinksi.

Comer pitched all six innings for the Rebels to earn the win. He allowed two earned runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out four in the victory.

Despite a convincing second game victory, the Rebels were knocked out in their third game of the tournament. Rhinelander falling behind 8-4 at one point in the ball game, and then they made a late rally to battle back. Unfortunately that was cut short and the Rebels fell 8-6 and they would take 3rd place in the regional tournament.

Rhinelander started strong against Merrill, and Senoraske led off with a single. Comer connected on a RBI-double for the Rebel's first run. Merrill came back and tied the game in the bottom of the first.

But Rhinelander responded right back in the second and plated two more runs to regain the lead. Nick Spencer walked and would score on a sacrifice fly from Tait Spencer. DeMeyer reached on an error and was drove in on a single from Senoraske.

Zuiker started the third with a single and was able to score when Blomdahl reached on a Merrill error. Rhinelander took a 4-2 lead on the play. Quade hit into a fielder's choice before Nick Spencer walked and a single by DeMeyer loaded the bases with two outs. But a grounder from Brandon Hess would end the threat.

Three of the five Rebel errors came in the bottom of the third which help aid Merrill in their rally back and lead that they would maintain. Rhinelander trailed 7-4 to start the fourth.

In last attempt to tie the game up, DeMeyer had an RBI double to drive in Brad Quade. Josh Randolph scored Nick Spencer on a sacrifice fly. But that would be all the damage the Rebels would do, and fell two-runs short of tying the game.

Rhinelander's five errors were costly in the loss, and the Rebel’s offense also left several scoring threats stranded throughout the contest; including the bases loaded in both third and sixth frames. While Merrill would add an insurance run in the sixth when Drew Hoff singled and scored on a passed ball.

Senoraske took the loss for Rhinelander at the mound and allowed five earned runs in just over four innings of action. Nick Spencer came in for relief and finished the game.

In the loss, the Rebels had eight hits including three players with two hits each; DeMeer, Senoraske, and Zuiker. Merrill was then knocked off by Antigo on Friay in a 4-1 game. Antigo advanced to the state tournament and was undfeated in the Merrill Regional Tournament.

Rhinelander finished the summer league with a 15-7 record and the GNLC champions. They may have to share the title with Mosinee if their game with Eagle River is made up. With the Rebels rallying at the end of the season, the good news is they will return a majority of their players for the 2017 season.
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