Northern Edge opens season on Rhinelander ice, skate to 4-all tie|
The 2015-16 Northern Edge girls hockey season began on Monday night in Rhinelander, where the Antigo-Rhinelander-Three Lakes ladies skated to a 4-4 tie with the Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids Red Panthers.
The Edge rebounded after trailing 3-1 in the first period. At the 5:01 mark of the opening segment, the Panthers Bryar Brooks netted the first goal of the season at even strength off of a Katrina Hassig assist.
Less than a minute later, senior Katie Detert, a Rhinelander native that finished fourth in the state last season in total points, tied the game at one apiece thanks to help from Desi French.
The Panthers finished the first period with two more scores from Kendra Robinson and Kaylee Bruneau, both coming at even strength.
It did not take long for Detert to earn her first hat trick of the year and help get the Edge back into game. Detert scored back-to-back goals at the 3:25 and 5:26 marks of the second period, closing the gap and tying the game at 3-3.
Antigos own Lindsey Steger and Marissa Hartman teamed up for the go-ahead goal with just under two minutes to play in the second period. Steger scored the Edges fourth
Lady Robins snag 43-37 win in season opener
Red Robin junior Laurissa Belott scored 15 points including two key free throws with under a 1:30 to go to assist the Antigo High School girls basketball team in grabbing a season-opening 43-37 victory over host Oconto Falls Thursday.
The win came despite Antigos less-than-stellar performance at the charity stripe which featured only six successes in 20 attempts which allowed for a closer-than-hoped for finish for Coach Jim Kondzelas crew.
We lost our lead with three minutes to go but the girls kept calm, executed and regained the lead on the next possession with a post feed to Belott who made the drop step post move to regain the lead, the head man said.
Subsequently sent to the stripe after eight-straight team misses on the line, Belott aced the two free shots to lift Antigos lead to three with time running out. Unwilling to again lose the advantage, the Robins extended the lead to six before the final buzzer rang.
We didnt lose our focus. That was good to see, Kondzela said.
Playing its first game under the WIAAs new two-half format, the Robins shot well in the opening 18 minutes, 50 percent in fact, to amas
WNBA player provides motivation for Elcho athletes
Anna DeForge, a Wisconsin native, recently retired from a 17-year career in women’s professional basketball and came to the Elcho High School gymnasium for a night of skills instruction motivation.
“It was an awesome season motivator and a privilege to have her in our gym working with our players,” said Hornet girls coach Michelle Kincaid.
The pair met at a skills camp in September and again at the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association tournament in October.
With the 2015-16 season about to kick off — the ladies at home Thursday versus Wausaukee and the boys with a Nov. 24 meeting at Wausau Newman — an opportunity arose to bring DeForge to Elcho.
“It was a night I will always remember and I hope our basketball players will as well,” Kincaid said.
Although retiring from the professional circuit, the Niagara native has spent many of her weeks sharing her love of the sport by providing instruction through clinics offered for various ages.
And along with a chance to take the court with a real WNBA player, her teenage athletes also received a few words of advice, particularly on the importance of working on fundamentals, challenging y
Four Red Robin players earn football accolades
Four Antigo High School seniors were recognized this past week as both standout football players and accomplished students at the same time. Max Nowinsky, Caleb Hunter, Alex Nagel, and Ben Jansen were selected by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as recipients of the Academic All-State Award.
The award qualifications for individual players included the recipient being a senior classman with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher while also earning a varsity letter in football.
Nowinsky, in addition to being a unanimous selection to the Great Northern Conference’s first-team offense and co-offensive player of the year in the league, compiled a 4.21 GPA in the classroom.
Running back and cornerback Caleb Hunter put together a GPA of 4.18 while also complimenting the Robins’ backfield presence and downfield threat.
Quarterback Alex Nagel managed a 4.17 GPA after beginning the season for Antigo in the staring position. An unfortunate broken foot sidelined Nagel for the last month of the season after the senior QB took command of the wing-T offense and ran with it.
Ben Jansen (4.15) demonstrated his abilities as a student-athlete on both s
Busy winter sports season will kick off soon
The crush of the winter high school sports season will begin later this week.
On Thursday, three area girls basketball teams will mark their debut with the boys following within a matter of days. Hockey, boys swimming, gymnastics and wrestling will also add to the mix.
The Antigo ladies will begin hoops play at Oconto Falls for a 7:15 p.m. start Thursday while the Elcho Lady Hornets will host a non-league matchup versus Wausaukee starting at 6:45 p.m. Wittenberg-Birnamwood will also be in action with an on-the-road meeting at Adams-Friendship starting at 7:30 p.m.
The combined Antigo-Rhinelander girls hockey team will mark its opener on Monday with a “home” meeting on the Hodag Ice and on Tuesday, the Red Robin boys hockey team will host Tomahawk.
The Elcho boys basketball team will also mark its season opener on Tuesday at Newman.
Following the Thanksgiving break, season openers include Dec. 1 for Antigo and Witt-Birn boys basketball, White Lake girls basketball and Antigo boys swimming; Dec. 3 for White Lake boys basketball and Witt-Birn wrestling; and Dec. 5 for Antigo wrestling and gymnastics.
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