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Brian Mattmiller bowls 300 game, his 22nd
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Brian Mattmiller continued his reign as one of Antigo’s all-time top bowlers Thursday when he fired a perfect 300 game — his 22nd of his career.

Unprecedented in at least local if not region-wide circles, the impressive feat easily earned the bowler the evening’s top prize for best single at North Star Lanes. It also put him in the running for the night’s top series — a title earned by Steve McFarlane.

McFarlane Tops 700

A fellow competitor in the Dirty Dozen league, McFarlane left few pins standing in all three games as he strung together marks of 255, 244 and 231 to chalk a solid 730 on the night and his first honor count of the 2014-15 campaign.

Mattmiller hit his 300 in game two, surrounding it with a 210 and a 209 to tally a 719 triple. He currently leads the men’s series race with a 781 posted earlier this week.

John VanOoyen earned the evening’s third place spot, pacing a list of 600-plus series bowlers with his 686. His games were 192, 228 and 246.

Rounding out the top were Kirk Elliott, 674 (278); Jeff Wright, 646 (267); Steve Burkhart, 639 (227); Mark Ringel, 637 (229); Chris Held, 635 (233); Bill McFarlane, 631 (256); Jac
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Robins looking for homecoming win Friday as Bluejays roll into town
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Antigo’s homecoming festivities conclude Friday evening with a matchup against a long-time, northern Wisconsin rival, the Merrill Bluejays (3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Great Northern Conference).

Coming off of a 34-0 loss to the Mosinee Indians last week, the Red Robins will definitely have their work cut out for themselves containing a quick and multi-faceted Bluejays’ running game.

“Our base defense will have them in position,” Coach Matt Weberpal said, “but we need to be better tacklers and play as a team on defense. We have to contain Merrill. They have speed.”

And different players capable of making big plays, too. The Bluejays have three rushers this season averaging over 75 yards per game, including 5’10”, 190 lb. halfback threat Mason Reinhardt.

Reinhardt enters Friday’s contest against Antigo leading Merrill with 334 yards on 59 carries this season. Only quarterback Drew Hoff (6.7 yards per attempt) is averaging more yards per carry than Reinhardt (5.7), but the halfback leads the Bluejays with six touchdowns on the year.

Merrill’s junior QB Hoff is a new face on the team, having never started a game before the 2014 season. Hoff has a 56
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Witt-Birn loses volleyball match to host Bonduel
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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match to host Bonduel on Tuesday, its second loss in Central Wisconsin Conference play.

Falling in the first two sets 14-25, 21-25, the Chargers won the third 25-14 before losing the fourth for the loss 23-25.

Taylor Nier finished in double digits with kills with 22. She also had 11 digs and six blocks. Madison Bushman had 38 assists and 12 digs while Lauren Bushman hadw 14 digs.

Witt-Birn will host Amherst on Thursday.
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Slow start, but Elcho trounces Phelps 3-0
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It came with a somewhat iffy start but the finish was solid as the Elcho High School volleyball team knocked off another league opponent in its 3-0 win over visiting Phelps on Tuesday.

“Overall the girls played well,” Coach Kaylyn Figueroa said on the 25-19, 25-13, 25-19 victory. “At the beginning we started out a little slow and had multiple serving errors which made it difficult to get into a groove. We found it nearing the end of the first which translated heading into our second and third games.

“The girls finished out the night strong and on a positive note,” she added.

Shelby Ruhland earned the nod as the evening’s kill leader, finishing with 11. She also had 14 digs. Brooke Janicki had nine kills while Theresa Guth had six.

Kyleigh Decorah earned 18 assists while Kenzie Novak had five aces.

Elcho will travel to Goodman-Pembine on Thursday.
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Rhinelander tennis courts were not kind to Lady Robins
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The Antigo girls tennis team faced tough competition in Rhinelander on Tuesday evening, especially with top singles’ star Maddie Matuszewski out with a hip injury for the event.

With multiple absences during the week, the girls doubles line-ups were shuffled around, forcing Antigo to take on Rhinelander in less than ideal conditions for the Great Northern Conference meeting.

Sami Smits and Alexa Samolinski kept their first set at the No. 1 doubles spot close with Rhinelander’s Tessa Bloch and Eva O’Melia 4-6, but let their second set slip away quickly, falling 2-6.

The No. 2 pairing of Abi Warren and Mandi Petts started with a slight edge up over the Hodags Erin Tenderholt and Maddie Barnes, but eventually lost 3-6, 3-6.

Tara Grall and Nikole Houdek at the No. 3 doubles spot were also taken down 2-6, 0-6 to Bri DeNamurs and Kiyanna Meyers.

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In singles competition, the Antigo girls did not fare much better despite shifting up one flight. Antigo senior Ashley Brown was faced with the conference’s best player in Eileen Emond. Playing well against Emond’s high skill level, Brown was defeated 4-6, 3-6.

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