Local athletes, coaches to participate in All-Star game|
Some of the area’s best female basketball players have been invited to compete among the state’s elite in Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All Star Tournament.
Brittney Wald of Antigo, Makayla Raith of Elcho and Mikayla Hartman of Wittenberg-Birnamwood, along with three area coaches, will make the trip to Wisconsin Dells for competition inside the Just A Game Fieldhouse on Friday, June 20.
Joining them on the tour are coaches Michelle Kincaid of Elcho and Mike Balliett and Nick Mechelke of Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
In its 32nd year, the event serves as a fund-raiser for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, a non-profit, charitable organization formed to support research into the effective treatment and cure of childhood cancer.
All participants are asked to raise money for the cause and are asking the community for their support. The deadline for sponsorship is May 1.
More information on how to contribute, including various sponsorship levels, can be found online at www.wisbca.org. Sponsorship includes free tickets to the event.
All three of the area’s players are worthy selections.
Antigo track team competes in relay meet at Eagle River
With Mother Nature playing havoc with the spring sports season, the Antigo High School boys track and field team made the trip north Tuesday to an impromptu indoor relay meet at Northland Pines.
The Robins finished fifth overall, beating out Mercer but following Ashland, Pines, Tomahawk and Hurley.
With an unrelenting winter looming over this spring, the hopes of outdoor activities in the Antigo spring athletic community seem daunting. Area coaches are more than eager to get outside and perform.
“This meet was put on last minute because of the snow this week,” Coach Darren Drewek said. “Hopefully, this will be the final splash of snow before our outdoor track meet on May 24.”
In the indoor relay meet, the final scores of sprint and distance events were combined in a communal team effort.
“This is the first relay meet Antigo has been to in possibly 20 years or more,” Drewek said. “It was something different and exciting because you can put distance and sprinting events in the same relay. The athletes enjoyed it.”
The Robins claimed victory in the boys’ distance medley with a final time of 12:01.19. The crew, Aeric Berner, Justin Hickm
Mother Nature spoils weekend of baseball for Red Robins
Red Robins baseball suffered its first loss of the season this past Friday to Racine-Horlick 9-7. Participating in the Woodside Sports Complex Spring High School Challenge in Mauston, the Robins were only able to play the first of its three scheduled games due to inclement weather.
Going down early in the game, the boys were able to rally in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at seven runs apiece. However, an unfortunate two-run ninth for the Rebels sealed Antigo’s fate.
“Tough loss given the fact we battled back from being down early,” said Coach Dan Bastle.
Randy Krebs started the day on the mound for the Robins, but was relieved after only 2/3 of the first inning by Arin VerHagen after giving up one hit, four walks and three earned runs. The early hole would not prove discouraging to the Antigo men, however.
VerHagen, getting his first mound time at the varsity level, got the Robins out of the three-run first and pitched a total of 1.2 innings, He finished his varsity debut with allowing two hits, one walk, and just one earned run.
Cameron Noskowiak played the 4.3 inning lion’s share of the game, helping Antigo stay tight with t
Accolades keep coming for hockey players and coach
The 2013-14 Antigo Red Robins hockey season was one of the most successful in recent years.
As the Great Northern Conference champions, the Robins demonstrated great teamwork, incredible resolve and tremendous coaching to complement their already natural talents.
On the cusp of the WIAA State Hockey Tournament, the Robin men fell short on paper but won the respect of sports fans everywhere in Wisconsin for their accomplishments this season. To their own credit as standouts amongst standouts, the following recipients have displayed exceptional human attributes both on and off the ice.
From the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association (WHCA), 2014 first team honors were awarded to forward Alex Nagel and defensemen Matt Wolter, a senior, and Jackson Charlesworth.
Also compiled by the WHCA, Ryan Schmidt was chosen as an honorable mention goaltender of the year.
For Antigo’s personal Tony Koszarek Award, presented to the Red Robin’s best example of camaraderie, resolve and overall team respect, senior Joe Kubacki was elected.
In addition, Kubacki was honored at the Antigo Area Youth Hockey Association recognition banquet with the Mel Anderso
Morale high as Antigo track, field team takes on GNC foes in indoor meet
Antigo's boys and girls track teams participated in the Great Northern Conference Meet Tuesday night in Eagle River. Their first real look at GNC rivals for the year, the two teams’ combined co-ed score placed them sixth out of the seven teams present.
“It was the first meet where we went against most of our conference schools," boys' coach Darren Drewek noted. "We will get to know them very well throughout the outdoor season. We weren't at full strength (today) but the athletes gave it their all.”
Medford took the boys title while Antigo placed fifth. In girls action, Tomahawk was was the winner with the the Robins coming in seventh.
On the Antigo boys side of the event, Colin Koss took home the Robins only first place honors of the day in the varsity 800 and 1600 meter runs. For the 800 meter variety, Koss finished with a final time of 2:10.12, ahead of Brett Ulrich (Medford, 2:12.20) and Gabe Hartwig (Northland Pines, 2:13.38).
With a time of 4:52.89 in the 1600, Koss finished just ahead of the second place participant, Kody Radtke of Northland Pines, at 4:59.62. Alex Wood of Medford took third at 5:11.32 and Mosinee-Schofield's Eric Jass was f
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