Boys’ soccer: Rhinelander 1, Northland Pines 0
Matthew King’s header goal in the 76th minute was enough as the Rhinelander High School boys’ soccer team snuck past Northland Pines 1-0 on the road Thursday in Eagle River.
The winning goal came off a Will Quinn free kick. King got to the back post for the header as Quinn crossed it into the box. Otherwise, it was another defensive struggle for the Hodags, who outshot Northland Pines 25-21, but limited the Eagles to only four shots on goal. Barak Rappley made four saves, including a diving stop at time expired, to record his fifth shutout of the season.
Rhinelander (5-1-3, 4-0-0-1 Great Northern) will begin the second half of conference play at Medford next Thursday.
Girls’ tennis: Rhinelander 6, Antigo 1
The Rhinelander High School girls’ tennis team downed Antigo 6-1 at home Thursday night in Great Northern Conference play.
Tori Riopel, Dawsyn Barkus and Shayla Coppenger were straigth-set winners in the top three singles flights. Kayla Tessmann/Karmen Lopez, Evelyn Sawyer/Brooke Sisel and Teagen Turcotte/Willow VanDenHeuvel swept doubles play for the Hodags.
A three-set loss for Maya Patrick at No. 4 singles prevented a clean sweep for the Hodags.
Rhinelander (14-13, 4-1 Great Northern) remained 16 points behind Lakeland in the GNC standings after the T-Birds defeated Medford 6-1 on Thursday. The Hodags travel to Marshfield Columbus on Monday.
Girls’ swimming: Rhinelander 136, Lakeland 29
The Rhinelander High School girls’ swim team set a pair of Heck Family Community Pool records on Thursday as it defeated Lakeland 136-29 in Great Northern Conference play.
The group of Celia Francis, Karis Francis, Ellyse Younker and Abi Winnicki took down the mark in the 200-yard medley relay by more than two seconds, finishing in 1 minute, 48.14 seconds. Winnicki later eclipsed the mark in the 100 freestyle by 0.01 seconds (53.03).
The Hodags won all 11 events for the third straight week in conference play. The Francis sisters and Winnicki were all four-event winners on the night while Younker won three events. Emma Houg added an individual win in the 500 freestyle and the the Hodags had eight different swimmers who were part of at least one win.
Rhinelander (3-0 Great Northern) travels to the Waukesha South Invite on Saturday.
Full reports will be published in Tuesday’s River News.