Witt-Birn plays the spoiler as Chargers knock off Antigo volleyball team at home|
Coach Chris Nier and her Wittenberg-Birnamwood volleyball team left Antigo Thursday as the spoilers of a Red Robin win — and a pretty dominant one at that.
Making few mistakes and punishing its hosts with 39 kills at the net, the Lady Chargers snagged the non-conference tilt in three straight sets 25-21, 25-7, 25-20.
“Everything just seemed to work and everyone played well,” coach Nier said. “As a team we were successful with 73 out of 75 serves. Our hitting percentage was .297 which is very good for us and is a testament to our solid passing and setting.”
But while Witt-Birn was on fire, Antigo appeared a bit flummoxed by the intensity and showed some unusual struggles on the floor.
“The team came together in game three to really start putting some heat on the ball, but we ran out of time,” Robin coach Andi Gretzinger said. “Our passing was off all night, which was a domino effect for our offense. Defensively we were very off of our game as well. Our back row couldn’t put up a ball to set, or let the ball hit the floor altogether. It was a disappointing effort, especially knowing how well we can play in the back row.”
The Chargers played hug
Friday commemorates 80th anniversary of the Bell Game
Antigo Red Robins football looks to take the Bell Game rivalry against the Rhinelander Hodags to a new milestone this Friday, marking the historic contest’s 80th anniversary. Robins fans will need to take their “A” game on the road as the Hodags are hosting.
“I’m very excited for the game Friday,” Coach Tom Schofield said about coaching his first Bell Game. “Our players had a great week of preparation and are ready to keep the bell here in Antigo.”
In an excerpt from an Antigo Daily Journal article dating Friday, Nov. 1, 1935, “the game this evening will mark the presentation of a trophy, honoring the old grid feud between the Rhinelander and Antigo high schools. The trophy is in the form of a bell, taken from a steamboat built in 1903 by Gene Sheppard, Rhinelander pioneer. The bell will be the property of the two schools and will be presented formally between halves of the game.”
The rival, Northwoods schools have been competitively battling since 1919.
The Robins enter the 2015 Bell Game 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Great Northern Conference, following a costly victory over the Lakeland Thunderbirds 42-28 to round out Antigo’s homecoming week. Wit
Trevor McCarthy bowls his first-ever perfect 300 game
Trevor McCarthy can now officially add his name to the list of the area’s best bowlers.
Although finishing his Tuesday night campaign short of earning honor roll accolades, the Elks & Friends league bowler stole the spotlight from series leader Brian Mattmiller by producing a perfect 300 game.
The mark, McCarthy’s first ever faultless game, joins a 300 posted earlier this season by Jason Harris. McCarthy finished the night with a 647 series.
Mattmiller had the top triple — a whopping 778 — to retake the lead for the 2015-16 season. It featured games of 269, 258 and 251.
Rod Schedlbauer and Mike Perry also hurdled 700 — Schedlbauer at 740 and Perry at 710. His second honor count this year, Schedlbauer earned his mark by compiling scores of 234 and double 253s. Perry produced a 226, 241 and a 243.
Todd Hendrickson and Tom Kubeny guided the crowd of 600 series bowlers tied at 649. Top games were 268 and 257, respectively.
Tackett tied McCarthy at 647. His best game was a 237.
Others breaking 600, including top single, were Dick Kemmer, 644 (231); Josh Robrecht, 633 (215); Nick Rekowski, 626 (254); Trent Zellme
Antigo tennis season ends at WIAA subsectional tourney
The 2015 season came to an early end for the Antigo High School girls tennis team Monday. Making the trek to Green Bay to compete in WIAA subsectional tournament play, the Robins fell short of advancing anyone to the next level.
Despite the loss, Coach Aimee Hein marked satisfaction with her squad’s performance.
“We have a lot to be proud of this season; I'm incredibly proud of all we accomplished,” she said.
Singles action was held at the Western Racquet course while doubles play was at Four Seasons. Competition at both courses began with the bottom flights and moving up to the number ones.
At the No. 4 spot, Robin freshman Maya Gaedtke took the court with a positive attitude and gave Pulaski’s Erika Drake a fight before losing 3-6, 2-6 to end her campaign.
“Gaedtke controlled a lot of the points; she moved her opponent back and forth and served strong,” Hein said. “Because the girls were pretty evenly matched, it came down to who would make fewer mistakes. Sadly, that was Drake. The good news is that Gaedtke is young and has so much room to grow during the off season.”
Fighting a sore knee, sophomore Izzy Matuszewski won a play-in
Injuries decimate Robins roster despite a homecoming win over Thunderbirds
Antigo varsty football rounded out its homecoming celebrations with a 42-28 win over the Lakeland Thunderbirds on Friday – a victory that came with a high price tag.
“This is a bittersweet win for us,” Coach Tom Schofield said immediately after the game. “I just told these guys that moving forward, we have to pull together as a team. These injuries we suffered really hurt us, but we pulled together tonight and fought for a win.”
Schofield was referring to the Robins’ extremely unforgiving evening in regards to injuries. Quarterback Alex Nagel went down in the second quarter with what was x-rayed and determined to be a broken foot.
Matt Winter, Nagel’s most-likely backup, missed Friday night’s game with a bruised lung sustained in last week’s triumphant win over Merrill and is questionable at best for next week’s Bell Game matchup in Rhinelander.
Sophomore Wade Farmer came in as Antigo’s signal caller, managing the game and eventually rushing for a one-yard TD late in the third quarter.
“Farmer did well. He controlled the game and ran the more simple offense we employed in the second half to help make up for our injuries,” Schofield also sai
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