Media predicts Antigo will repeat as GNC champs, Robins earn seven first-place votes|
By Jeremy Mayo
Northwoods River News
Tom Schofield is quickly following in his family's footsteps at Antigo High School. In three short years at the helm, the grandson of state-championship winning head coach Gordy Schofield has won three straight Great Northern Conference titles.
All indications are that the Red Robins will make it a four-peat this year.
Antigo is the near consensus choice to this year's Great Northern Conference championship in the sixth annual GNC football media poll conducted by The Northwoods River News and The Lakeland Times.
Antigo took home seven of the eight first-place votes, and was second in the other ballot, a year after the Robins went 10-2 overall and advanced to Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs. Though Antigo replaces several seniors off of last year's squad, the Robins bring back reigning GNC defensive player of the year C.J. Levis, along with second-team all-conference running back Dominic Smith to lead Antigo's traditionally strong ground attack.
Mosinee, back in the playoffs last year after a string of 14 straight postseason trips was snapped in 2016, finished second in the ballotin
Robins have eyes on GNC repeat, season kicks off Friday
A number of the names may be different, but the goal is the same for the Antigo Red Robins football team in 2018, an outright Great Northern Conference championship.
After losing a whopping 25 seniors to graduation, the Red Robins are ready to re-load behind a handful of outstanding returnees and talented newcomers for Head Coach Tom Schofield, who enters his fourth season at the helm.
Schofield has left his mark on Antigo football already, with shares of the GNC crown in 2015 and ‘16, and last season's outright title, the first for the Robins since 2010. His team finished the 2017 campaign 10-2 overall after a deep playoff run, which ended with a level three loss to perennial powerhouse Rice Lake.
Now it's a matter of sustaining that success.
“We lost a lot of seniors, but this team set its goals at the beginning and it's to win another outright title,” Schofield said. “They've been busting their butts in the off-season, two-a-days, had a good scrimmage Friday, but like every year it's one game at a time.”
That first game will come Friday, as the season begins with a non-conference trip to Berlin. Small-school p
Polar Bears knocked off by Birnamwood in BABA playoffs
The Badger Amateur Baseball Association playoffs are down to division finals after playoff action on Sunday.
The Polar Bears, calling Antigo's Kretz Park home, fell to Birnamwood in a mild upset in the North Division semifinal, 6-3.
Polar led an early 3-0 lead slip away. After the third-seeded Bears plated three runs in the second, number two seed Birnamwood answered back with a single run in the third, a pair in the fourth, and three runs in the sixth as it went on for the win.
Zach Bembenek settled in on the mound for Birnamwood after the rough second inning and went on to secure the win, striking out seven and allowing three runs on seven hits through seven innings of work.
Austin Reed pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Kyle Wagoner took the loss for Polar. Wagoner worked two innings following starter Cole Kuenzli, who went four frames. Kuenzli allowed six hits and struck out one.
Cory Urban relieved Wagoner and pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen. Urban allowed a lone hit, walked two and struck out five.
Jed Weix and Phil Seis led the Bears with two hits each, Seis doubled. Urban, Blake Below, Hunter
Antigo 12U Stallions blast way into title game, but fall to Altoona
The Antigo 12U Stallions traveling baseball team was in Altoona this past weekend, coming away with a strong second place tournament showing.
Antigo opened play against Bloomer, and pounded out 19 runs on 16 hits in a 19-3, four inning final.
Leading hitters included Riley Guenthner, who went four-for-four with a double, Jake Hanus ended the game three-for-four, including a triple.
Devin Breitenfeldt, Michael Preboski, and Jake Verhasselt added two hits each. Breitenfeldt tripled, while Preboski had a double.
Ben Robrecht and Jon Schmidt combined for the win on the mound, holding Bloomer to just three hits.
Game two was another blowout win for Antigo, as the Stallions took down Hayward 14-2, again in four innings.
Mason Gray led the Antigo attack with three hits, including a double and home run. Ty Kohler also had three hits, with Hanus going two-for-three with a double. Preboski contributed a pair of base knocks as well.
On the mound, the Stallions combination of Guenthner and Verhasselt got the job done. The pair struck 11 and allowed just two Hayward hits.
The win set up a championship showdown with the host
Antigo 10U Stallions compete at Three Lakes
The Antigo 10U Stallions traveling baseball team had a bit of a rough go of it this past weekend, winning one of four games played at the Northwoods Baseball Classic in Three Lakes.
The Stallions opened play against Wittenberg-Birnamwood and fell by a score of 10-3. The contest started off well, with starting pitcher David Voytovich giving up a pair of runs through two innings, before the wheels fell off and Wittenberg-Birnamwood pulled away for the win.
Antigos second contest was an exciting 8-7 win over Norway, Mich. A total of seven Stallions players recorded hits and 10 of 11 reached base.
Declan Adams had the game tying RBI single in the final frame and scored the winning run on Tucker McCanns single.
Voytovich, Diego Flores-Martinez, and Jacob Waldner formed the Antigo pitching staff in the win.
Game three for the 10U squad was a tough 15-2 loss to D.C. Everest. Keagan Buettner led Antigo with a two-for-two game, including a triple. Voytovich doubled, while Ethan Rantala and Jacob Waldner both singled.
The Stallions finished the weekend with a 15-3 loss to Verona. Antigo allowed nine first inning runs which p