Antigo baseball team wins state title|
Robins' morning win was worth the wait, move on to state final
|Thursday will go down as a historic day in Antigo sports history, as the Red Robins baseball team brought home a WIAA Division Two state championship, its first in school history.|
Making an appearance in the state tourney since 1995, the Robins began Thursday morning at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton with a 3-0 upset of the tournament favorite and top-ranked West De Pere 3-0 in the semifinals.
Brady Renfro pitched a shutout, going the distance and allowing only five hits, while Nevin Cornelius drove in two runs.
The afternoon saw the Robins make their first appearance in the state title game since 1970, taking on Union Grove and emerging 8-3 winners.
Sebastian Noskowiak pitched into the seventh inning to earn the win, Logan Doering sliced a two-run homer down the right field line to put his team ahead to stay in the fifth and the Robins tacked on another four runs in the sixth to complete the state title run.
And what a run it was. A final record of 21-5 and a postseason which included the Robins being only three outs away from losses twice, only to respond with thrilling comeback wins.
Players rode on fi
The 2019 WIAA Division Two state champion Antigo Red Robins players and coaches pose with the title trophy after their 8-3 win over Union Grove in the championship game.
Gains posted in maple prices, quality
|The wait was worth it.|
A weather system left Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton water-logged, and caused the postponement of the Antigo Red Robins first game at the state baseball tournament since 1995 to this morning.
But the Robins woke up ready to play, and are now just one win away from a state championship.
Brady Renfro pitched a complete game five-hit shutout and was backed up by a solid defense, while Nevin Cornelius went two-for-three and drove in two as the Robins ended West De Pere's 18 game winning streak with a 3-0 victory.
Antigo will now play Union Grove in the Division Two title game. The Broncos handled McFarland in the other D2 semifinal 6-1, in a game which was moved to the Neinhaus Baseball Complex in Appleton after it was also washed out Wednesday night. It also got underway at 8 a.m. today.
Antigo holds a season record of 20-5, while West De Pere ends an outstanding campaign with a 27-3 mark.
McFarland will bring a 20-10 season record into today's championship game.
The game will be broadcast on cable television on Fox Sports Wisconsin immediately following the Division Thr
The Antigo Red Robins are one win away from a state baseball championship, after beating West De Pere 3-0 in this morning's WIAA Division Two semifinal in Appleton. Top, players rush the field to celebrate the big win, Antigo's fifth-ever at state, while bottom, players gather in the dugout normally used by the Minor League Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Trees tumble during wind storm here Monday
|Wisconsin's maple syrup harvest is showing no signs of being tapped out.|
According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, the state's 2019 maple syrup production was 270,000 gallons, up 45,000 gallons from 2018. The number of taps increased by 50,000 in 2019 to 800,000.
Yield was 0.338 gallons per tap, above the 0.300 gallons per tap in 2018.
In 2018, the average price Wisconsin maple syrup producers received was $32.40 per gallon, up $1 from 2017.
This year, the state's maple syrup season began on March 1, 11 days later than last year. The season ended on April 30, compared with May 2 last year. This year's season averaged 24 days, 12 days shorter than last year.
As any producer knows, the sap and syrup season and harvest is very weather-dependent. The 2019 season, considered excellent by most producers, mimics the production numbers in 2013. Gallons produced fell to a low of 50,000 in 2012, considered a very subpar year by those in the woods.
Nationwide, 2019 maple syrup production totaled 4.24 million gallons, up 1 percent from the revised previous year. The number of taps totaled 13.3 million, down 4
Collecting maple sap at the Solin sugar bush north of Antigo. It produces a variety of maple products, including syrups infused with whiskey, ginger and other flavors, under the Tapped brand.
Complicated repairs to library move ahead, much of the work complete
|It was very likely that about the time Denise Hansen was singing the Star Spangled Banner with the Northernaires orchestra Monday evening trees were tumbling due to heavy winds throughout Langlade County.|
There were even big and leafy branches down in the park, not far from the bandstand where the Music in the Park program was underway.
The musicians and Hansen returned to the bandstand after a storm respite, but the crowd had scattered and missed the rest of what was an excellent and tune-filled evening.
The storm kept the city of Antigo employees busy during the overnight hours clearing trees and branches and there were areas of the county that suffered problems, too.
The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation said this morning that just under 500 people in the Antigo area were without power, joining similar pockets in Schofield, Merrill and Tomahawk.
The Langlade County Safety Building fielded numerous reports of storm damage, including:
- An extensive foliage mess near the intersection of Clermont Street and Badger Avenue, which required a morning effort from the Antigo Street Department to clear.
- A tree down on the 700 bl
A city employee feeds a branch into a grinder today.
|The Antigo Public Library's McGinley Room, a popular meeting place for everything from story hours to senior citizen meetings, will soon be back in action.|
The room has been mothballed since early this year, after it was badly damaged when a vehicle inadvertently struck the south side of the building.
Although the damage at first seemed minor, the repairs were complex due to the style and structure of the building.
But Library Director Dominic Frandrup said things are now moving at a quick pace.
The drywall has been installed and textured and Hearing Loop cabling has been laid.
The project has also been extended to the kitchen and break room, where the original flooring is being removed and replaced.
“The kitchen will be unavailable until late June,” Frandrup said. “The library staff will be contacting groups who have the kitchen booked to keep them apprised of updates if this takes longer than expected.”
Items still to be accomplished in the reconstruction process including painting, new flooring and the installation of the sound system in the McGinley Room.
While work continues, Frandrup said smaller grou
Dominic Frandrup, left, library director, and maintenance chief Brian Grabowsky in the project area this morning.