Robins play under the lights at Merrill, lose shorthanded fight, 8-0|
Monday night the Antigo boys soccer teams started out its week by traveling to Merrill for a non-conference match-up.
Antigos junior varsity squad started the action with a 5 p.m. match and came away with a 12-2 loss, but featured scores from sophomore Jake Peloquin and junior Izaiah Schmidt. While the varsity team, being shorthanded fell 8-0.
Dealing with missing personnel due to injury. Coach Ben Wilhelm noted there were four players missing with injury or strain, and another two unavailable for other reasons. So with a skeleton crew, the Robins ended up using some JV players as subs, guys who had already played a full match just moments earlier.
Matches were played on Merrills new artificial turf surface at its newly remodeled football complex.
We planned to arrive early to try out the turf because most of our guys havent played on artificial turf before. We actually found the surface to be really consistent and enjoyable to play on, and I really thought Merrills new facility was excellent, Wilhelm stated.
At seven minutes in, Merrills initial swift attack proved too much and Antigo allowed two goals back-t
Robins give hometown crowd a cheer-worthy 80-8 win over Oconto
Getting a big boost from its defense, the Antigo High School football team rolled over Oconto in Fridays home opener, 30-8.
A win is a win, Robin coach Tom Schofield said, And our defense certainly stepped up to precipitate that.
A large home crowd witnessed that in an exciting way early.
The Robins struggled on their opening possession after a snap mix-up, a procedure penalty and another infraction nullified a 35-yard completion. A partially blocked punt rolled down to the Oconto 31 yard line and the Blue Devils took over there.
With 8:09 showing on the first quarter clock, defensive end Hunter Kirsch made like Houston Oiler J.J. Watt, intercepting a Jake Krueger flare pass and dashing 69 yards untouched into the end zone. The extra point kick failed but Antigo held a 6-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, the defense keyed another score.
Jesse Jankowski smothered an Oconto runner for a four yard loss at the Blue Devil 16-yard line on first down and after a penalty and two sort gains Oconto punted to Antigo. On the very next play, Robins Will Dixon took a well-designed inside hand-off from quarterback Matt Winter and zipped 52 y
Thomas Nelson, Jena Nonnenmacher lead Antigo's cross country teams
In a sport that many think is strictly an individual event, Cross Country truly is much more than that. And for Red Robin coach April Bembenek, having a roster nearing 20 allows for the team to fully compete this season at meets as a minimum of five runners are needed to qualify as a team. An option which has not been present on both sides in recent years.
Making their 2016 debut, the boys and girls teams headed to Rhinelander for the Hodag Invitational Thursday.
Finishing sixth on the boys side with 147 points, and seventh for the girls with 170, coach Bembenek was please with the overall results.
Northland Pines claimed the team title in the Senior Division with 48 points, D.C. Everest placed second with 57, Wausau East third with 61, Rhinelander fourth with 83, Merrill fifth with 142, Antigo followed by Wausau West with 153. In the Junior Division, Crandon placed first with 19 points followed by Laona-Wabeno with 44.
The runners ran strong today for their first meet, she stated. It was a perfect morning for running as the course was flat, very wet and soft.
Pacing the boys 5000 meter race was Axel Treinen of Wausau East at 16:44.1, follow
Chargers excel, score wins in tourney opener
A re-match came early for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood volleyball team Thursday — and this time it resulted in a Charger win.
In its first of a two-day tourney at Wisconsin Dells, Coach Chris Niers crew won four straight matches including a 2-0 victory over Stevens Point — a squad it had lost to in two sets earlier this week.
We took first place in our pool with the highlight of our day beating SPASH in two, she said.
That match came in the third competition of the day with the Chargers winning on an identical 25-22, 25-22 margin.
The squad also defeated Riverdale 25-18, 25-8; Green Bay Preble 25-11, 25-16; and Rhinelander 25-12, 25-20.
We played very well as a team, Nier said, citing blocking as a solid area of improvement.
Taylor Nier was again a menace at the nets, punishing the opponents with 44 kills. She also collected 27 digs, five aces and five blocks.
Lauren Bushman scored 10 kills as well as picking up 24 digs and nine aces. Corrissa Konkol also had 10 kills and five blocks to help lead the attack.
Madison Bushman accumulated 76 assists, 15 digs and seven aces while Helia Gagnon had 24 digs to round out
Red Robins open boys soccer season against Pacelli, Reineke has 22 saves
Tuesday night at Antigo High Schools Listle Field the Red Robin boys varsity soccer team started its season off with a match against visiting Pacelli.
Being the first match of the season for both teams, play started slow with teams getting acquainted to the pitch again. Antigo had the benefit of having a pre-season scrimmage Monday versus a visiting Merrill squad.
Both Antigos varsity and JV squads lost to Merrill in their respective scrimmages, but will face Merrill again next Monday night with JV at 5 p.m. and then varsity at 7 p.m. under the lights at Merrill High Schools new turf and stadium.
While we lost our scrimmage, the night previous, we learned a lot of lessons that translated into much better play in our first real match tonight versus Pacelli, Antigo head coach Ben Wilhelm noted.
With Antigo junior goalkeeper Ben Lewandowski sidelined with an injury, junior Zach Reineke got the start in net and did remarkably well, having only ever played about one half in his career, in the scrimmage the day prior.
Zach did really great tonight, Wilhelm continued his composure was excellent and his instincts were natural.
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