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Antigo's first varsity softball coach, Sandy Waltzer, now a Hall of Famer
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The very first softball coach of the Antigo Red Robins, who took the helm the initial year Antigo fielded a WIAA team, has been inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, during ceremonies held Saturday in Wisconsin Dells.

Sandy Waltzer, who coached varsity softball in Antigo for 14 seasons and compiled a record of 168 wins and 66 losses, for a .718 winning percentage, joined four others in the WFSCA Hall of Fame class of 2018. The event was held at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Waltzer was presented for induction by current AHS head coach and one of her former players, Sandi Robrecht.

“It was an honor to play for her,” Robrecht said as she presented Waltzer. “It's a bigger honor for her to be recognized by her peers and colleagues, she is absolutely thrilled.”

Waltzer initially came to Antigo to coach girls basketball in 1975, undenounced to her, a student had filed a petition with the WIAA to start a girls softball program at the same time.

After stepping into girls basketball and physical education roles, Waltzer was approached to coach softball as well.

She accepted, and her impact was immediate. Her teams won a total of three Wisconsin Valley Conference Championships, 10 regional titles and three sectional championships over her 14 years.

Waltzer took the Red Robins to the first-ever WIAA state stoftball tournament in 1976 and placed third. Her teams also advanced to state in 1979 and 1981 where they finished third and fifth respectively.

Waltzer and her late husband Bob, both graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where Bob was a standout in both football and wrestling.

Also able to attend the Saturday night induction ceremony were a number of former players and assistant coaches.

In addition to Robrecht, a trio of players from Antigo's inaugural season, along with several others from later years were on hand. Infielder Chris Young, first baseman Dr. Chris Hallisy and outfielder Mickey Reimer were freshman in 1976 and played integeral roles in the state title runs of 1976 and 1979.

Diane Preboski and Amy Jay Weix are both former players of Waltzer's and Weix spent time as an assistant coach, as did Cindy Fischer who also attended.

Today Sandy remains active as one of the softball program's biggest supporters, and can always be found at Lake Park on game days, even stepping in on occasion to keep book during junior varsity games.

“The girls think ‘the lady' is pretty funny as she always has a story to tell,” Robrecht added.

Joining Waltzer in the Hall of Fame induction was Jerry Cognetta of Elmwood High School; Ken Franke of Kewaskum, Mayville and Dodgeland High Schools; Dale Gray from Wisconsin Dells High and Jim Kivisto of Hurley High School.
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Antigo's first varsity softball coach, Sandy Waltzer, now a Hall of Famer
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The very first softball coach of the Antigo Red Robins, who took the helm the initial year Antigo fielded a WIAA team, has been inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, during ceremonies held Saturday in Wisconsin Dells.

Sandy Waltzer, who coached varsity softball in Antigo for 14 seasons and compiled a record of 168 wins and 66 losses, for a .718 winning percentage, joined four others in the WFSCA Hall of Fame class of 2018. The event was held at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Waltzer was presented for induction by current AHS head coach and one of her former players, Sandi Robrecht.

“It was an honor to play for her,” Robrecht said as she presented Waltzer. “It's a bigger honor for her to be recognized by her peers and colleagues, she is absolutely thrilled.”

Waltzer initially came to Antigo to coach girls basketball in 1975, undenounced to her, a student had filed a petition with the WIAA to start a girls softball program at the same time.

After stepping into girls basketball and physical education roles, Waltzer was approached to coach softball as well.

She accepted, and her impact was immediate. Her teams won a total of three Wisconsin Valley Conference Championships, 10 regional titles and three sectional championships over her 14 years.

Waltzer took the Red Robins to the first-ever WIAA state stoftball tournament in 1976 and placed third. Her teams also advanced to state in 1979 and 1981 where they finished third and fifth respectively.

Waltzer and her late husband Bob, both graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where Bob was a standout in both football and wrestling.

Also able to attend the Saturday night induction ceremony were a number of former players and assistant coaches.

In addition to Robrecht, a trio of players from Antigo's inaugural season, along with several others from later years were on hand. Infielder Chris Young, first baseman Dr. Chris Hallisy and outfielder Mickey Reimer were freshman in 1976 and played integeral roles in the state title runs of 1976 and 1979.

Diane Preboski and Amy Jay Weix are both former players of Waltzer's and Weix spent time as an assistant coach, as did Cindy Fischer who also attended.

Today Sandy remains active as one of the softball program's biggest supporters, and can always be found at Lake Park on game days, even stepping in on occasion to keep book during junior varsity games.

“The girls think ‘the lady' is pretty funny as she always has a story to tell,” Robrecht added.

Joining Waltzer in the Hall of Fame induction was Jerry Cognetta of Elmwood High School; Ken Franke of Kewaskum, Mayville and Dodgeland High Schools; Dale Gray from Wisconsin Dells High and Jim Kivisto of Hurley High School.
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