Lady Robins battle Raiders for 6-1 GNC tennis victory|
Antigo's girls tennis team traveled to Medford Thursday for a Great Northern Conference match, with the Lady Robins securing the 6-1 victory.
“We went in knowing that we had to bring our best game because every conference point counts right now,” Robins coach Aimee Hein noted.
As the season quickly winds down, coaches are keeping a watchful eye on conference scores as the GNC title is up for grabs at Rhinelander sits at 6-1 in the conference, 42-7 overall with 84 points. Antigo follows at 6-0, 37-5 and 74 points while Newman is 5-1, 30-12 and 60 points.
Senior, Maya Gaedtke's No. 1 singles match went quickly to give her a quick and painless 6-2, 6-1 win.
Ellie Kelly started slow at No. 2 singles, but she quickly gathered her bearings and pushed through for a win. Avery Nicholson had an opposite experience at No. 3 singles.
“She started out strong, but after the first set she faltered a bit,” Hein said. “Despite her opponents push to catch up, Avery managed to take the win.”
Margo Kelly had some really beautiful plays at No. 4 singles but couldn't quite get the big points at the right times, making her fight
Robins look to extend recent Bell Game dominance
The 84th playing of the Gene Shepard Bell Game is set for this Friday night at Antigo's venerable facility, Schofield Stadium.
Nearly as important as the Bell however, is the midseason hopes of two high school football teams, one with big expectations trying to rebound from an unexpected slow start, the other with hopes it can salvage a season dented by two tight losses.
The Antigo Red Robins and Rhinelander Hodags are both 1-3 on the year, but have reached that mark in starkly different routes.
Antigo, nearly everyone's preseason favorite in the Great Northern Conference was blown out in its first two contests against quality opponents in Berlin and Stratford, before heading into conference play and dropping a surprising 26-20 game to Ashland, a team who now appears to be a legitimate title contender after a win against Mosinee last week.
Taking on the Lakeland Thunderbirds this past Friday, an ugly start was erased by a second half rally, with the Robins taking advantage of several crucial Lakeland mistakes in its first win of the season, 28-13.
Rhinelander, picked by most to finish at the bottom of the standings, opened with a 28-6
Lady Robins honor seniors with 7-0 win
Hosting Lakeland in a Great Northern Conference girls tennis meet Tuesday, the Lady Robins took time prior to the first serve to honor their senior members.
Taking center court were Maya Gaedtke, Taylor Arrowood, Abby Robrecht, Samantha Belling, and Erika Heinzen as the team now moves beyond the season's halfway mark.
“There's no better way to celebrate than with a big win,” Antigo coach Aimee Hein noted as the Robins downed the T-birds 7-0. “And that's what we earned tonight.”
Making things look rather effortless, many of the girls got off to a smooth start.
Maya Gaedtke and Ellie Kelly pushed ahead quickly at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Both girls played aggressively and confidently in their positions for solid wins.
Gaedtke handily defeated Reilly Coon 6-1, 6-0 while Kelly topped Linnea Turner 6-2, 6-1.
Avery Nicholson and Margo Kelly both started a little slowly at No. 3 and No. 4 singles respectively, the first few games not indicating how the matches would end.
When the moment was right, however, both girls propelled forward as Nicholson won with straight sets of 6-1. Margo Kelly tossed Lorraine Ham
Red Robin swimmers switch events, stay diversified in pool
The Antigo Red Robin girls swim team refused to be discouraged by their small numbers, and struggle to compete with larger teams as they traveled to Medford Thursday evening to take on the Red Raiders.
Despite a 129-39 loss for the Robins, coach Mary Ponasik is staying optimistic by focusing on the positives and looking ahead to what the girls should focus on to improve as the season continues.
“The girls have definitely stepped it up in practice, but we just need to focus on the fundamentals like finishing the race hard no matter what place we're in,” said coach Ponasik.
The lineup for the squad was switched up in many ways for the girls, giving most of the swimmers an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and try new events.
The versatility in Antigo's freshman, Alyssa Tincher, showed in Medford as she competed in the 200-yard individual medley, after competing in the distance and breaststroke events last week. Tincher swam her race in 2:45.19, finishing in fourth place, ahead of fellow Robin, Sydney Meidl who finished fifth in the IM.
Senior Madison Gabriel also stood out with an impressive showing in the 100-yard
Luck was on Avery Nicholson's side, Robins upset Hodags 4-3
Thursday was Antigo's highly anticipated girls tennis match against Rhinelander with the Lady Robins hosting. It was the first time the two have met up since last year's Great Northern Confeence meet on Sept. 23 where the Lady Robins edged out the Hodag's 35-32 for the league title, a first in Antigo girls tennis history.
“Before getting the match underway, however, we took a moment to honor the players parents for all of their help and support throughout the season and beyond,” Robins coach Aimee Hein recanted.
“Rhinelander came fierce, ready to settle the score after losing the conference title to us last year,” she continued. “We knew it was going to be a close match with a lot of tense moments.”
Maya Gaedtke (senior) started her match at No. 1 singles looking pretty good. Her opponent caught up a bit and gave Gaedtke a brief scare before she regrouped and sailed through two sets for the 6-4, 6-0 win.
Antigo's No. 1 doubles duo was playing on the next court with a similar situation. The first set was a little close at times, but Abby Robrecht and Taylor Arrowood (seniors) pushed ahead with hustle and aggressive move