Two doubles pairings to represent Antigo at WIAA sectional competition|
It was a banner day for Antigo varsity tennis Tuesday as the Red Robin boys qualified two doubles pairings for WIAA sectional competition.
With the team taking the trek to Appleton Xavier for subsectional play, the No. 1 duo of Drew Schwarz and Ben Bartletti as well as Cole Johnson and Jack McKenna at No. 3 each earned advancement to the next level.
“The boys put forth a solid effort,” coach Dave Zalewski said, noting that it has been quite a while since the Robins got more than one player through the opening round. “As has been the team’s strength all season long, the double's flights performed especially well.”
The Schwarz-Bartletti contingent cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory versus Newman’s Chris Nicklaus and Erick Klein — a team that took Antigo to three sets earlier in the season.
“These two are peaking at just the right time, playing the best tennis of their careers,” Zalewski said.
Needing two victories to progress, Johnson and McKenna started out slowly against Fox Valley Lutheran’s Jonah Hungerford and Noah Steinberg. Dropping the first set 3-6, the pair shook off sluggish play to win the next two 6-4, 6-2.
With a win in hand,
Maverick Bushman lone Charger to move on
Junior Maverick Bushman was able to continue onward in individual play for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chargers, shooting a decisive round at the WIAA Golf Division II Seymour Regional.
Held at Crystal Springs Golf Course, par 72 in Seymour, Maverick Bushman posted a round of 85 to take 13th place and move onward to the next round.
"It was nice to see Maverick make it as an individual qualifier. Maverick has the potential to play some great golf and we'll see if he can take another step next week," Chargers golf coach Chris Bartletti said.
With a team score of 377, Witt-Birn finished seventh overall. Marinette claimed first place at 321.
Gavin Czerwonka and Kyle Adamski finished near neck-and-neck with scores of 93 and 94, respectively.
"I know Kyle was disappointed after making sectionals last year, but he will have another opportunity next year and I know he will work hard on his game," Bartletti said.
Madison Bushman jotted down 105 on her scorecard while freshman Devin Gruna recorded a 109.
"Even though we didn't advance, we did post our lowest total of the season and that is all I can ask for," Bartletti said in closing. "W
Conference champion Antigo takes final leg, coach named league's best
It was an Antigo sweep at the Timber Ridge golf course in Lakeland Thursday.
Winning the daily title in the finale of a seven-leg tourney, the Red Robins were officially crowned champions of the Great Northern Conference with headman Steve Fermanich earning extra accolades in being named the league’s Coach of the Year.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this group of young men,” Fermanich said, noting that despite not having what some consider true “standouts” on the squad, the athletes pooled their talents and came out on top.
“We had a real team,” he said.
Carding a 349 on the day, the Antigo five defeated Northland Pines (354) by a five-stroke margin. Medford was third at 364 followed by Lakeland, 373; Rhinelander, 383; Tomahawk, 394; and Mosinee, 416.
In final point standings, the Robins finished with 45 thanks to wins in four of the seven legs. Medford finished with 36 points to edge out Northland Pines in third with 35.
“A couple of teams were trying to make a run at us so it was really satisfying to win the last leg of the year,” Fermanich said. “There were only eight players to break 90 today and we had four of them and we ended up wi
Middle School boys track, field team has successful season
The Antigo Middle School boys track team recently finished the season with a strong second place performance at Mosinee.
Coaches Lynn Czerneski and Chad Harger noted their pride in the team performance with several of the individuals setting new personal records.
“They are a good group of kids that work hard and are willing to do what we ask of them. They do things because it will help the team; they don’t just think about themselves,” coach Harger said. “It was a fun season and the coaches are happy to have worked with such a great group of kids.”
At Mosinee, Nevin Cornelius scored individual win with his toss in the discus while Dominic Smith earned a title in shot put. The 4x400 relay team of Kaden Steckbauer, Dominic Smith, Ben Stimac and Dane Tischendorf also scored a victory.
On this year’s team, as pictured, are front row from left, Dakota Matuszewski, Macayla Bessert (manager), Dane Cornelius, Anthony Converse and Jared McFarlane; middle row, Payton Pool, Grant Meeks, Alex Stank, Cordell Umland, Logan Edwards, Jaren Meinert, Brody Bunnell and Nevin Cornelius; and back row, Coach Lynn Czernski, Dane Tischendorf, Dominic Smith, Zack Blahnik, J
Marlins avenge earlier defeat, beat Brewers
Monday marked a big day in Little League ball, as the Absolute Realtors Marlins rebounded from a crushing defeat last week against the Neve’s Furniture Dodgers, claiming Monday’s victory over the CoVantage Brewers 14-2 on behalf of the city of Miami.
The Marlins’ Mason Burkhart went 3-3 with a triple, while Dane Cornelius and Elliot Orgeman each went 2-3 with seven combined runs. Cordell Umland and Carter Michalik both finished 1-3, including an Umland triple.
Austin Schedlbauer and Cornelius commanded the mound in each of their two innings pitched, giving up one hit and one run apiece. Schedlbauer completed his rotation with four strikeouts, while Cornelius struck out three Brewer batters. In one inning of work, Umland retired three without contact on the Brewer bats.
On the CoVantage side, Logan Thomae was 2-2 with two extra base hits, including a triple and a double.
In a battle of Los Angeles right here in Antigo, the Dodgers defeated the Angels 10-6 with an incredible six RBI performance from the Neve’s Dodger Kaden Steckbauer.
Steckbauer’s teammates, Thomas Versal, Isaak Hall, and Eli Fleischman all finished 2-3 on their way to victory.
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