Northern Edge falls to Bay Area 4-1 in girls hockey playoffs|
One of the better seasons in recent memory for the Northern Edge girls hockey team came to a close on Thursday night, with a WIAA regional final loss in Green Bay against the Bay Area Ice Bears, 4-1.
The first season of the inclusion of Lakeland and Tomahawk into the Antigo-Rhinelander co-op has to be deemed a success, after a 13-10 overall record on the season.
Thursday night, the second-seeded Ice Bears were simply too much for the Edge in the three-goal win, although the visitors were not without opportunities in the game, played at the Cornerstone Ice Arena.
Bay Area outshot the Northern Edge only by a count of 29-24, which included 11 shots on goal in the first period by the Edge.
None of those first period looks found the back of the net however, with Bay Area scoring twice, coming at the 1:33 and 15:35 marks, courtesy of Jordan Brady and Makayla Spejcher.
Bay Area pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second courtesy of Aria Van De Hei, before Brady scored again late in the third to put the finishes touches on the win.
The Northern Edge did get on the board with just under two minutes to play, thanks to Isabella Boyer, assisted by Alic
Two division playoff hockey begins, Robins ousted 8-2 in Mosinee
A great start evaporated in the second period of play Thursday, as the Antigo Red Robins hockey season came to a crashing halt with an 8-2 regional playoff loss at Mosinee.
The first-ever Division Two playoff game for the Robins saw a frenetic pace to start the game by the visitors. Antigo played fast and physical early, scoring at the 13:28 mark on a goal from senior Isaac Wickersheim, with an assist from fellow senior Chris Krueger.
The Robins also had a slew of good lucks at the goal, including several break-away opportunities which they could not convert.
“Fighting through illness and injuries the boys battled hard through a gutty first period,” head coach Matt Borneman said. “But I think 17 minutes of playoff mentality hockey was all that was available in their tanks on this particular night.”
Mosinee scored the initial goal of the contest at the 10:35 mark, courtesy of Matej Rychtarik as the game went to the first intermission tied at one.
“We get a couple pucks to fall in the first and the entire game changes,” Borneman said. “We didn't get the puck luck tonight, give Mosinee credit, Tobias Holka is good and they have
Bantams are lone winners in Antigo youth hockey play
The recently-played youth hockey weekend saw a total of two games each between the Antigo Bantam, Squirt “A” and Squirt “B” squads.
The Antigo/Everest co-op Bantams team was in Wausau Saturday for a pair of games with the Warjacks' “B” squad, with the visitors coming away with a win and a tie.
Game one saw things pick up after a scoreless first period as Wausau struck twice, while Antigo/Everest found the back of the net at the 3:17 mark, courtesy of an unassisted goal from Kyle Welsh.
Antigo/Everest tied things up at the 6:29 mark of the third, courtesy of Thomas Passineau, assisted by Gavin Meaden.
Wausau went back in front 3-2 at the 7:54 mark, only to see Antigo/Everest take its first lead of the game, courtesy of two goals in a 25 second timespan, both from Shaeden Fogelberg. The first score was unassisted, with Bransyn Budnik and Owen Dickman assisting on the second.
The lead did not hold however, with Wausau scoring with only 20 seconds remaining in an eventual 4-4 final.
Nolan Bunnell made 33 saves in goal for Antigo/Everest.
Game two was a different story, after the first period ended
Win number 20 doesn't come easy for the Lady Chargers
The 20th win of the season for the Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team was definitely a challenge, as the Lady Chargers overcame a slow start for a 55-50 victory at Lakeland Tuesday.
“We came out flat in the first half which Lakeland took advantage of and got some easy baskets on us,” head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We made some adjustments and battled back in the second half to pull it out.”
The game went to the halftime break tied at 28, with Wittenberg-Birnamwood holding a five-point margin in the second half.
Again, it was the one-two punch of Abi Fraaza and Emma Herb who did the damage for the Lady Chargers.
Fraaza went for a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Herb totaled 18 points on nine-of-13 shooting and also pulled down seven rebounds.
Olivia Curley and Amara Schoepke both had six points for Wittenberg-Birnamwood, with Curley grabbing five rebounds and snagging four steals on an active night on the defensive end.
Overall it was a good shooting night for the Lady Chargers, hitting at a 41 percent clip, which included 52 percent from inside the arc. Wittenberg-Birnamwood did struggle from three-point rang
Furious Charger comeback falls short, Robins grind out road win
The Antigo and Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball teams renewed their annual rivalry Tuesday night and it was a doozy, with a double-digit Robin lead erased by a furious second half Charger push leading to a close finish.
In the end, the early Antigo advantage was just enough, as the Red Robins returned home on Highway 45 with a 79-75 victory.
If one measure of a good ballgame is that big-time players play big, this contest fit the bill. Antigo senior captains Tanner Resch, Nevin Cornelius and Alec Hotchkiss combined for 68 points, while Chargers Brendan Resch and Austin Gibson put together 51 points, 42 coming in that wild second half.
Antigo took control early, establishing a 45-23 lead by halftime. The Chargers came blazing out of the locker room, led by Resch, whose 24 second-half points included five splashes from three-point range. Wittenberg-Birnamwood erased the Robin lead, but down the stretch, the Antigo squad was able to maintain composure.
“We started out the game really well,” said Antigo coach Ivan Flannery. “We had a commanding lead, had a lot of guys giving us production. Then we came out in the second half and kinda had our