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Ivan Flannery steps down as Antigo boys varsity basketball head coach
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The Antigo Red Robins boys basketball program is in search of a new varsity head coach.

Ivan Flannery, who manned the Robins' bench for two seasons, resigned Wednesday in a public statement released to the “Red Robin Community.”

Flannery cited family and work responsibilities in his decision.

The statement read

“The past two years as the Varsity boys basketball coach has been an amazing experience and one that I will cherish and reflect on for many years to come. When accepting this position my number one goal was to help the program not take a step backwards in its transition from one tenure coach to hopefully another in the near future.”

“As a past graduate of Antigo High School, I wanted to do whatever I could to give back to the program that had given me so much in my own experience. With that being said, both my family and I have decided it is best for us if I step down as the head of the program. This decision hasn't been taken lightly, however, with the growing workload within my own career and the growing of my family I feel now is the best time to resign as the head coach.”

“Most importantly, I want t
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Musolff saves best performance for State Gymnastics Meet
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On Saturday, Antigo High School's Claire Musolff competed among the best gymnasts in the state at the 50th WIAA Gymnastics State Championship Meet at Wisconsin Rapids High School. 

Musolff punched her ticket to the state meet last weekend by finishing in the top five at sectionals in both the vault and floor exercise competitions.

Competing individually without any teammates by her side, the sophomore was able to perform two solid routines to end her season with the highest state finish thus far in her high school career.

“Claire has so much to be proud of,” commented coach Julie Langseth on her gymnast's performance.  “She performed her best vault of the season at the state meet, under the pressure and with the best competition in the state.”

Musolff began the day on vault, and despite a mix-up and late switch of equipment just before competing, she was able to compose herself and post one of her highest scores of the year.  Her handspring full-twisting vault earned her a score of 8.733, tying her for 16th place overall and topping her 19th place finish from a year ago.  

“Vault was pretty eventful during warmups, but
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Antigo girls bowling team takes second at State
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The Antigo Girls Bowling Team concluded an outstanding season Sunday, just missing out on a state championship with a second place finish in the Division Two field of the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships.

Dale's Weston Lanes served as the host for the event, which began on Friday evening.

The Robins finished Friday with the highest point total among the 16 teams in competition. Antigo bowled five games in each of Friday's three rounds, finishing with total scores of 962, 1,018 and 829 for a 15-game total of 2,809.

That mark was 85 pins better than second place West Bend East. Antigo's high games came in at 234, 234, 226, 209, 206 and 203.

Thanks to Friday's performance, the Robins did not have to bowl Saturday, with the number one and two seeds earning first round byes.

The stepladder finals saw Antigo and West Bend East end up in the championship match, with the winner determined by total pins after two games.

The Robins trailed 175-169 after the first game, before dropping the second 200-124, giving West Bend East the state title. Total pins ended at 375-293 in West Bend East's favor.
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Antigo man finds success in the lifetime sport of curling
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The sport of curling is an ever-popular pastime on many sheets of ice across North America, especially in the Midwest.

After receiving a boost from the United States' first-ever gold medal in the sport in the 2018 Winter Olympics, attendance at curling clubs throughout the nation has seen an upswing.

An individual not new to the sport is Antigo's own Harley Davison. The 68-year-old Davison, recently competed in the USSMCA National Senior Men's Curling Championships, hosted by Madison and Janesville Feb. 13-16.

Davison, who is approaching 60 years of curling experience, was part of Team Sirrianni, joining three others in the Super Senior Division for ages 63 and over. Davison's teammates on Team Sirrianni included Steve Sirrianni, Steve Wykle and Pat Meyer. All are members of the nearby Wausau Curling Club.

A total of 64 teams, divided into three age groups, were entered on a first-come, first-serve signup basis. In addition to the Super Senior Division, Seniors (55-63) and Masters (68 and over) competed.

Curling teams came from 11 states, as far away as California, Nevada and Arizona.

Despite some tough competition, Da
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Robins defeat Lakeland in WIAA regional, earn shot at Hortonville
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An old sports cliche claims that it's hard to beat the same team three times in one season.

The Antigo boys basketball team added a piece of evidence to that adage Tuesday night, exacting revenge on the Lakeland Thunderbirds in the WIAA regional quarterfinals with a thrilling 61-59 victory.

Lakeland had beaten the Red Robins twice during the regular season, earning the home court advantage for the eight versus nine seed playoff matchup. Beyond those two results, Tuesday's game looked like a straight coin flip contest, both teams coming in with identical 8-14 overall records, and having finished tied in the Great Northern Conference at 4-8.

The game quickly evolved into that evenly matched battle. Antigo came out strong in the hostile environment, jumping out to a brief early lead. The Lakeland defense turned the tide and forced the Robins into a tough stretch, with the Thunderbirds putting on a double-digit run midway through the first half.

Facing such a withering stretch on the road, a weak-minded team might have folded. Not so for coach Ivan Flannery's squad, and the Robins fought back to cut the Lakeland lead to 27-23 at half.
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