Mechelke era begins with 15 point win for Lady Chargers|
The coach may have been different, but the style of play and result was the same Tuesday night, as the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team opened its season with a 45-30 win over Medford.
Former assistant coach Nick Mechelke officially took the reigns for long-time head man Mike Balliett, and his team forced 20 turnovers and out rebounded the Raiders 33-20 on their way to victory.
We came out a little rough around the edges on offense, Mechelke said. But our defense brought the intensity in the first half to get us the lead.
The defensive effort continued in the second half as the Lady Chargers never allowed Medford to seriously challenge them, pulling away for the 15 point win.
I was really impressed with our defense tonight, Mechelke added. One of the keys to victory was pressure and pursuing the rebound and thats what we did, very proud of our girls starting this season on a high note.
Medford was held to just 21 percent shooting on the night, making just 10 of 46 attempts. Wittenberg-Birnamwood was a solid 48 percent from two point range for the game, but struggled from the outside, making just one of 15 three point attempt
Season off to rough start for Antigo girl basketball, fall to Truckers
The Dale Lenzner era began for Antigo girls basketball on Tuesday night, but the Lady Robins ran into a tough Clintonville squad who knocked down 11 three point shots in a 56-31 win for the Truckers on Antigos home floor.
The girls were extremely nervous before the game, Coach Lenzner explained. Whole new offense, defense, no one knew what to expect. But they were ready to play.
Antigos first year head coach employed a defensive strategy to control the paint, forcing its opponent to beat them from the outside, and that is what Clintonville did, hoisting 32 three point shots. Abby King made four of those shots, while Elizabeth Weatherwax and Elly Arndt hit two each. Arndt led the Truckers in scoring with 18 points, while King added 17.
Clintonville also made it to the free throw line for 44 attempts, hitting 18 of those.
All of Kings three point makes came in the first half as Clintonville took a 35-19 lead to the halftime break.
Clintonville is a good team, he added. Theyre a well coached team—a good shooting team and are not afraid to take those outside shots.
Shooting struggles continued through most of the
Penguins turn in very good performance in first meet
The Antigo Penguins swim team competed in its first conference meet of the season, hosted by Lakeland, this past Saturday.
The Lakeland Sprints features 25 yard sprints for swimmers ages 12 and under, and 50 yard sprints for ages 13 and over.
Antigo sent five swimmers to the meet, including Mya Burt, Maggie Neufeld, Molly Neufeld, Morgan Rank and Zander Reetz.
The Penguins received ribbons in a number of events. Burt, competing in the age nine and 10 group, snagged three first place finishes, coming in the 25 yard freestyle, 25 yard backstroke and 25 yard breaststroke. Burt also took third in the 25 yard butterfly.
Reetz, also competing in the nine and 10-year-old bracket, received ribbons in three 25 yard events. Reetz took third in the backstroke, fourth in the breaststroke and sixth in the freestyle. He was also a fifth place finisher in the 100 yard individual medley.
Rank was a participant in the 13 and 14-year-old group, and took fourth place in the 50 yard breaststroke, fifth place in the 50 yard butterfly and was sixth in the 50 yard freestyle.
Molly Neufeld grabbed a sixth place finish in the 25 yard backstroke, 11 and 12-y
Run ends, memorable season over for Antigo with 42-7 level three loss
An outstanding season came to a crushing end on Friday night, as Rice Lake used a ball control offense and took advantage of uncharacteristic Antigo mistakes to bury the Red Robins 42-7 in a WIAA level three football playoff contest at Schofield Stadium.
The loss ended a memorable year in which the Robins won the Great Northern Conference title outright, finished with 10 victories, including nine straight, and advanced to level three of the postseason for the first time since 1987.
It was an amazing season, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. We put so much time in the offseason, I told the boys we started in late July and now its snowing on me, we accomplished things that havent been done here in a long time.
Rice Lake showed the Robins what the next level looks like, outgaining them in total yards 346 to 176 and doing something few opponents could do this season, outgaining them on the ground, with 203 rush yards to Antigos 154.
Hats off to Rice Lake they are a well coached team, Schofield added. We had some missed assignments we didnt have earlier in the year, but Im proud of our boys for never quitting, they continued to fight.
Red Robin runners' season ends at sectional race
Lake Breeze Golf Course in Neenah played host to Fridays WIAA division 1 sectional cross country 5K race, one the Red Robin harriers attended.
It was a beautiful day for the runners, Antigo Coach April Bembenek noted. Although the competion was tough, the Robins still pushed themselves and performed to their best ability which was a great ending to the season. We were missing both a male and female runner from our top five crew to injury today so that hurt our overall team score. However, overall this year all the runners continually improved their times and became better runners all around.
Matt Meinke of Neenah led the pack with a time of 15:57.25 and advanced to the state meet as an individual. Other top five runners advancing are, Ryan Hartman, Wausau West, 16:25.36; Isaiah Winowiski, D.C. Everest, 16:26.69; Joseph McKee, Marshfield, 16:29.73; and Jordan Dzikowich, Marshfield at 16:30.02.
Stevens Point qualified as a team with 45 points, as did Appleton North with 81.
On a whole, Antigo finished 12th overall with 362 points. Running for the Robins were, Zach Morris who finished 65th with a time of 18:29.43; Logan Edwards, 67th at 18:56.7