Three Red Robin skaters receive all-state nods|
The Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association released their all-state team on Wednesday, and the Antigo Red Robins success continues to reflect in postseason honors, as three players were selected to the team, including two on the first team.
Senior goaltender Ben Bartletti is a first team selection for the second consecutive year. Bartletti posted a stingy goals against average of 1.47 this past season, including a .910 save percentage, making a grand total of 578 saves.
Senior Tyler Husnick also makes the first team. Husnick, a forward, finished the regular season with a total of 47 points, including 36 assists. It is the second honor for Husnick, who was honorable mention all state a season ago.
Junior Adam Schmidt was selected for the first time with an honorable mention nod. Schmidt finished second in scoring for the Robins totaling 42 regular season points, on a team high 22 goals to go along with 20 assists.
The all-state trio helped lead Antigo to a fourth consecutive Great Northern Conference championship, and an 18-6 regular season record.
Pee Wees take seventh at state tournament, finish strong
The Antigo Pee Wee hockey team didnít finish as high as they would have liked at last weekendís WAHA 3A state tournament in Amery, but a seventh place finish was tempered with a dominating 12-1 win over Stoughton in the seventh place game.
Antigo opened tournament play late Saturday morning, taking on a team they were certainly familiar with in the Lakeland Hawks. The contest ended in similar fashion to the prior meetings with the Hawks, as Lakeland emerged 8-2 winners.
The game was close until late in the second period, as Antigo trailed 3-1. Mason Berg had provided the lone offense for the Jr. Robins to that point, with an assist from Joe Volpentesta. Lakeland netted a score with just three minutes remaining in the frame, and added another with a minute and a half to go to break the game open. Trevin Walbeck would later add an unassisted goal for Antigoís final tally. Nolan Bunnell stopped 26 Lakeland shots in net.
The loss sent the Antigo Pee Wees to the consolation bracket, where they matched up with Amery in an exciting game.
Antigo started fast, scoring just nine seconds into the contest, as Walbeck put home a rebound off an Eli Kassler shot
End of season, end of an era for Wittenberg-Birnamwood
The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team saw its season come to a disappointing end on Saturday, dropping a WIAA division 4 sectional final to Central Wisconsin Eight Conference rival Shiocton 61-36.
The Lady Chargers had defeated Shiocton twice during the regular season, but lost their shooting touch, hitting just eight of 31 attempts, 25 percent in their third meeting. Wittenberg-Birnamwood also struggled from the charity stripe, making only half, 16 of 32 attempts.
The bad feeling I have from this is not that we lost, but its that we lost and we didnt put forth a very good showing, head coach Mike Balliett said. We just shot very poorly, our defense wasnt as good as it has been.
The game was Wittenberg-Birnamwoods first sectional final since a loss to Altoona in 2010.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood was within a point early at 6-5 before Shiocton began to take control. A 7-1 run by the Chiefs made it 13-6, and they would eventually take a 10 point margin, 22-12 to the halftime locker room.
We had opportunities to keep ourselves in the game, Balliett said. There was a couple possessions where we had better looks and
Red Robins shot down by Medford in regional action
Unable to clamp down on Medfords three-point shooters, and stalled by a failure to come up with loose balls or capitalize on turnovers, the Antigo High School boys basketball team fell to the Raiders Friday in WIAA division 2 regional play, 72-63.
Antigo finished its season at 15-8 while Medford climbed to 19-4 overall heading into its home game tonight against 9-14 Hortonville, which defeated Lakeland by 49-42 in overtime. The Raiders are the No. 2 seed in Division 2, Sectional 1 while the Polar Bears are the No. 6 seed.
Medford hit 11 of 25 three-point shots (44 percent) compared to just three of 15 (20 percent) by Antigo and that alone sufficed to earn the Raiders their win.
We simply failed to step out on and get a hand in the face of their three-point shooters, the Robin coaching staff noted.
And while Red Robins hit 21 of their 37 two-point shots, 57 percent accuracy, that just couldnt make up for the 24-point difference on three-pointers.
The Robins began the game well enough, a focus heading into the game, and darted out to a 13-3 lead at the 11:12 mark. Medford responded though with a 25-5 run over the next eight minutes
Witt-Birn Chargers do just enough to move on in boys D4 playoffs
The Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball team is moving on in the WIAA playoffs. The Chargers overcame a slightly lackluster effort on the defensive end of the floor with solid shooting, in a 70-62 division four regional win against Menominee Indian.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood shot 49 percent from the floor for the game, knocking down 16 of 29 from inside the arc, and 11 of 26 from three point range. Cory Fraaza led in scoring with 22 points. Fraaza was lights out in front of the home crowd, hitting nine of his 11 shot attempts, including a perfect three for three from long range. Trevor Groshek added 20 points to go along with eight rebounds.
We did enough to get the win, head coach Lon Ebel said. Cory and Trevor had nice nights on the offensive end of the floor.
The Chargers went out to a quick start, leading 8-2 before Menominee Indian went on a six nothing run to tie the game. Wittenberg-Birnamwood responded, pushing the lead to as many as nine with eight and a half minutes remaining in the half. Despite the lead, Ebel called a time out up seven, not happy with his teams performance.
We were not executing on either end of the floor like I thou
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