Hornets top Patriots in regular season finale 10-6|
The Elcho Hornets baseball team closed its regular season Friday with a solid win over a conference opponent, downing Goodman-Pembine in a game played on Crandon's home field, 10-6.
Cole Kupfer pitched a solid six innings, with Jacob Eighmy and Mason Rusch both delivering two hits and driving in two runs as Elcho closes with a 6-6 mark, all games coming in the Northern Lakes Conference.
Kupfer allowed five runs, but only three earned on eight hits. He walked one, struck out two and hit two batters.
Wyatt Wheeler pitched the seventh inning and gave up an unearned run on a lone Goodman-Pembine base hit.
Elcho struck first with three runs in the top of the first inning and all came with two outs. Rush delivered a two-out hit to score one and Walker Wissbroecker reached on error, which allowed two more Hornets' runs to score.
The Patriots tied the game in the bottom of the second, with a pair of Elcho errors, combined with three hits putting three runs across. Landon Kalkofen, Stanley Marusczak and Kevin Strietzel proved the base knocks.
The teams exchanged runs in the third, before the Hornets broke things open in the sixth with
Robins split home tennis meets, sit second in GNC
The Antigo boys' tennis team once again hosted two Great Northern Conference teams at the Elleson courts Monday in order to squeeze in all of its conference matches before the GNC championship meet this Saturday.
Teams from both Newman Catholic High School and Rhinelander High School traveled to Antigo to try to take down the Robins who are currently sitting at second-place in the conference standings.
Antigo began the afternoon by taking on Newman. Newman was unable to field a full roster, forfeiting the number three doubles match, but the Robins had no trouble beating out the rest of the opposing team, beating Newman with a final score of 7-0, and with each match lasting no longer than two sets.
First, at number three singles, Sam Bretl was the only Antigo player to shut out his opponent entirely, winning 6-0, 6-0 in two sets. Playing number four singles, Frank McKenna defeated Ashton Butts of Newman with consistency, winning 6-1 in both sets.
Toward the top of the roster, Brody Bunnell and Joe Bartletti were able to beat their opponents with scores of 6-0, 6-1, while Garrett Husnick at number one singles beat out Zongcha Lo 6-1, 6-2.
Red Robins easily sweep T-Birds in GNC boys tennis
The Antigo boys tennis team traveled to Minocqua Tuesday afternoon to take on Lakeland Union High School. The Robins swept the entire Great Northern Conference match, smashing the Thunderbirds 7-0.
Sunny weather conditions made for a long night of tennis, as the snow surrounding the facility melted, flooding half of the courts and leaving only four playable.
“It was a great match and I still believe we have a lot of room for improvement,” commented head coach Dave Zalewski.
On the singles side, the Robins were led by Jared McFarland at number one singles who downed his opponent, winning his match in two sets, both with scores of 6-1.
At the bottom of the singles lineup, playing number four singles, Simon McPhail beat Riley Littleton 6-0, 6-2. Lakeland's Josh Kakuska lost to Antigo's Garret Husnick at number two singles with scores of 6-0, 6-4 in two sets, while Calvin Jansen defeated Gavin Thompson at number three singles 7-5, 6-3 in the closest match of the night.
Doubles play saw Brody Bunnell and Joe Bartletti breeze past Lakeland's number one pairing with scores of 6-0 and 6-1, while the Robins' number three
Antigo's first varsity softball coach, Sandy Waltzer, now a Hall of Famer
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 h
Lady Chargers take state ranked Amherst to the wire
The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team came to play on Tuesday night, giving the state-ranked Amherst Falcons all they could handle in a tough 40-38 Central Wisconsin East Conference loss.
Amherst entered ranked third in division three with just one defeat on the season and a perfect 9-0 conference mark, but found itself in an 11-0 hole to start the game, and trailed the Lady Chargers at the half by a score of 17-12.
Amherst rallied to tie the game with just 11 seconds remaining, but a turnover by Wittenberg-Birnamwood gave the ball back to the Falcons who came down the floor and scored just before the horn for their 16th win in 17 tries.
“It was a playoff atmosphere game tonight,” head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We played well and the girls came to battle, we just didn't execute at the end.”
Wittenberg-Birnamwood held Amherst to just 23 percent shooting on the night, as it hit only 13 of 56 field goal attempts in a solid defensive effort. It was also a stark turnaround from a 22 point loss to the Falcons in December.
“Amherst is tough,” Mechelke added. “But I think we are getting there.”
Emma Herb led the