March 19, 2019
Antigo's first varsity softball coach, Sandy Waltzer, now a Hall of Famer
The very first softball coach of the Antigo Red Robins, who took the helm the initial year Antigo fielded a WIAA team, has been inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, during ceremonies held Saturday in Wisconsin Dells.
Sandy Waltzer, who coached varsity softball in Antigo for 14 seasons and compiled a record of 168 wins and 66 losses, for a .718 winning percentage, joined four others in the WFSCA Hall of Fame class of 2018. The event was held at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
Waltzer was presented for induction by current AHS head coach and one of her former players, Sandi Robrecht.
“It was an honor to play for her,” Robrecht said as she presented Waltzer. “It's a bigger honor for her to be recognized by her peers and colleagues, she is absolutely thrilled.”
Waltzer initially came to Antigo to coach girls basketball in 1975, undenounced to her, a student had filed a petition with the WIAA to start a girls softball program at the same time.
After stepping into girls basketball and physical education roles, Waltzer was approached to coach softball as well.
She accepted, and h
Lady Chargers take state ranked Amherst to the wire
The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team came to play on Tuesday night, giving the state-ranked Amherst Falcons all they could handle in a tough 40-38 Central Wisconsin East Conference loss.
Amherst entered ranked third in division three with just one defeat on the season and a perfect 9-0 conference mark, but found itself in an 11-0 hole to start the game, and trailed the Lady Chargers at the half by a score of 17-12.
Amherst rallied to tie the game with just 11 seconds remaining, but a turnover by Wittenberg-Birnamwood gave the ball back to the Falcons who came down the floor and scored just before the horn for their 16th win in 17 tries.
“It was a playoff atmosphere game tonight,” head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We played well and the girls came to battle, we just didn't execute at the end.”
Wittenberg-Birnamwood held Amherst to just 23 percent shooting on the night, as it hit only 13 of 56 field goal attempts in a solid defensive effort. It was also a stark turnaround from a 22 point loss to the Falcons in December.
“Amherst is tough,” Mechelke added. “But I think we are getting there.”
Emma Herb led the
Penguin swimmers take fourth in Divisional meet, Conference next
The Antigo Penguins swim club is approaching the end of a banner season, as 36 young swimmers competed in the East Divisional meet in Tomahawk last weekend.
Diving in alongside Antigo and Tomahawk were clubs from Rhinelander, Lakeland, Phillips, Merrill and Medford. Swimmers age 10 and under competed on Saturday and those 11 and older competed on Sunday. As a team Antigo finished the meet in fourth place.
The top nine swimmers in each individual event and the top six teams in each relay race qualified for the Conference meet in Lakeland next weekend. The Penguins will be sending 25 individuals and seven relay teams to the conference meet.
Mya Burt enjoyed a superb day in the age 11-12 group, breaking the 100 yard individual medley Antigo club record with a state qualifying time of 1:10.49. She also qualified for state in the 50 yard freestyle with a second place time of 27.99. Burt capped her divisional meet with two more second place finishes, in the 50 yard backstroke and 100 yard freestyle. All four of her individual event times also qualified for Midwest Regionals.
Holland Tainter zoomed to a state time and qualified for Midwest Regionals in the
Squirts second at home tourney during youth hockey weekend
It was a busy weekend on the ice for both the Antigo Squirt and Bantam hockey teams.
The squirts hosted their annual home tournament and came away with a solid second place finish, while the Bantams played four contests, battling to a win, loss, and two ties.
The squirts opened play Saturday morning against Everest and came up on the short end of a 7-2 final.
Both Antigo goals came courtesy of Liam Burt, and each were unassisted. The first score came in the second period, but it came on the heels of a four goal first from the Flames. Burt tallied another score in the third.
Antigo was outshot 27-15 for the game, with Ved Patel making 20 saves in goal.
The Jr. Robins bounced back in their second contest later Saturday, edging the McDonalds squad from Michigan's Upper Peninsula 4-3.
McDonalds put up two of its three goals in the first period, with Cade Tiedemann answering for Antigo, as the Jr. Robins trailed 2-1 heading into the second.
The teams traded scores in the frame, with Burt notching Antigo's goal, making it a 3-2 contest after two.
Antigo completed its rallies with goals from Al
Despite injuries, Antigo gymnastics scores are high
The Antigo Red Robin gymnastics team fought their way through a 137.275-117.575 Great Northern Conference loss Thursday evening at Marshfield High School, falling to the Tigers.
Despite multiple injuries, the team was able to post a near season-high score of 117.575, just nine-tenths of a point off of their season-best of 118.475.
The freshmen for Antigo competed very well Thursday, with Kaley Zarda placing fourth on floor with an 8.350 and fifth on beam with a 7.500, and Claire Musolff placing fourth on beam with a 7.600 and fifth on bars with a 7.175.
Maggie Winter was the team's only other podium finisher with a third-place finish on bars with a 7.750, and an 8.300 on vault for fifth.
Winter also finished third in the all-around with a score of 31.250, followed by Musolff in fourth with a 30.425, and Zarda in fifth with a 30.350.
The Robins began on their weakest event, uneven bars, with a combined score of 25.025. After Winter and Musolff, Zarda finished eighth with a 6.900, and Chloe Decker finished ninth with a score of 3.200.
Floor exercise and vault were the team's strong suits, scoring a combined 31.95 on vault