Level One playoffs begin Friday, Robins travel to La Crosse Logan|
Antigo’s 24-14 loss to Mondovi last Friday evening came as both a shock to fans and a head scratcher for the playoff seeding committee. As the No. 8 seed, the Robins will now have to travel to La Crosse to take on the No. 1 slotted Logan High School Rangers this Friday. For a team that had dominated the latter half of its 2014 schedule, Antigo will now have an uphill battle in its postseason after its loss to a Division 5 school.
“Our game (last) Friday affected our seeding, but we’ve had a chip on our shoulder all season so it’s nothing new for us. We are the underdogs with everything to gain. We need to play our best game Friday night and prove that (the Mondovi game) was a fluke,” Coach Matt Weberpal said.
The Robins (ending its regular season 4-5 overall, 4-2 in conference) entered last week having steamrolled through Great Northern Conference opponents Lakeland, Rhinelander, and Medford. In last Friday’s debacle, Antigo still managed to put up 345 yards of total offense (with 321 yards of that rushing) with only 14 points to show. Mental mistakes and turnovers bogged down the Robins’ offense, as four out of seven total fumbles found their way back into Mondovi’
Antigo spikers knock off Medford to keep season alive
The Antigo High School volleyball team got its revenge Tuesday — and it came with good timing.
In its second meeting with Medford in less than a week, the Lady Robins carded results opposite that of its sketchy performance in Saturday’s Great Northern Conference tournament. In that one, the Raiders won 3-0. In this one — the first round of the WIAA regional playoffs — Antigo got the edge and kept it, winning 3-1.
“The girls came out hard every game and played well together,” Coach Michelle Knetter said. “They really stepped up their game tonight and gave it their all.”
Played on the Sheldon Fieldhouse court, the match started out in Medford’s favor as the Raiders won 25-22.
Antigo won the second on a comfortable 25-12 margin, took the third 25-21 and slipped by in the fourth, 25-23, to take the match.
“The games we won we dominated early in the game,” Knetter said. “Once we got a big lead we got a little comfortable and let them back in some.
“In the first, third, and fourth game. we had a lead and then ended the game tighter than we would have liked,” she added. “However, we were able to pull out the win.”
Caroline Roller fi
Elcho advances to regional semi-finals
The Elcho High School volleyball team will soon be looking for truth in the old adage, “the third time’s a charm.”
With a first-round WIAA regional win under its belt, the Lady Hornets will compete against a familiar foe on Thursday — the Florence Bobcats.
It will be the third time the two teams have met this season. Florence won both contests, sneaking by on a 3-2 margin on Sept. 25 and then claiming a 3-0 sweep just last week.
“The girls are ready to avenge the pair of losses that we suffered in the regular season,” Elcho coach Kaylyn Figueroa said.
No. 2 seed Florence earned the spot, and home court advantage, after topping Phelps 25-21, 25-12, 25-21.
Elcho, given the No. 3 seed for tourney play, defeated No. 6 Wausaukee 3-1.
The winner of Thursday’s match will advance to Saturday’s regional championships versus either No. 1 seed Niagara or No. 4 Three Lakes. Should both Elcho and Three Lakes win, the Hornets will have home court advantage.
Starting time for all tourney matches is 7 p.m.
First step to advancement was a win over Wausaukee and Elcho did just that.
“The girls played wel
Koss receives third consecutive first team all-conference recognition
Landing five runners in the top 10 spots Saturday at the Great Northern Conference cross country meet secured a first place team trophy for the Lakeland boys team with 25 points. The Thunderbirds men were only edged out by Medford’s Jarod Rudolph in first at 17 minutes; Northland Pines’ Kody Radtke in fourth at 17:43; Antigo’s Colin Koss in seventh at 18:09; Medford’s Josh Kakes in eighth at 18:16 and Tomahawk’s Troy Van Strydonk in 10th at 18:32.
Koss received an All-Conference first team placement. His third of his high school career.
For the T-Birds, their top runners were, Andrew Schilling in second; Will Bodewes, third; Mack FitzPatrick, fifth; Caleb Anderson, sixth and Kav FitzPatrick in ninth.
“This was a very hilly course, something the Antigo team is not used to,” Robins coach Andrea Sadogierski explained. “We did not train enough on hills this year to really be prepared for this race.”
And unfortunately the times and placement showed it.
As a team, the Red Robin boys placed seventh at the meet with Dom Quartaro taking 17th at 19:13, Drew Hohensee was 44th at 23:02, Nick Marshall 45th at 24:04, Garrett Becerra 46th at 25:42 and Mark
Antigo spikers cap regular season, host Medford Tuesday
Tomahawk 12 0
Mosinee 8 4
Northland Pines 7 5
Medford 6 6
Antigo 5 7
Rhinelander 4 8
Lakeland 0 12
The Antigo High School varsity volleyball team capped its regular season with a less than desirable finish Saturday, losing all three of its matches in the second leg of the Great Northern Conference tournament. Still, coach Michelle Knetter remains focused on the future.
“Our volleyball season is over but now we start our new season, play-offs,” she said. “Starting today our past season means nothing and we are starting anew.”
Given the No. 4 seed for WIAA tournament play, Antigo will host No. 5 seed Medford beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in what could be a barnburner of match. In the teams’ first meeting on Sept. 16, the Robins won 3-2 with four of the sets decided by four points or less. Medford won the second outing this past Saturday in three straight sets to even up the score.
Tuesday’s winner will advance to Thursday’s regional semi-finals, most likely versus Tomahawk — the bracket’s No. 1 seed. The Hatche
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