Robins enter homecoming game in GNC driver's seat versus Medford|
Homecoming week caps off at Antigo High School this Friday, when the Red Robins football team plays the traditional home game against Great Northern Conference rival, Medford.
The Raiders, a traditional GNC power on the gridiron have grabbed a share of the conference title the past two seasons, each time playing a nail biter of a game against the Robins as the teams traded wins on the opposing teams home turf.
Last season, Antigo pulled out a 27-25 win at Medford, while two years ago, it was the Raiders coming to Schofield Stadium and emerging 27-21 winners. This time around, Medford would like nothing better than to put a damper on Antigos homecoming festivities and jump back into the Great Northern Conference title chase.
Through three weeks of conference play, the Robins have emerged as the clear cut favorites to take home the GNC crown, after the team picked by most in the media to finish first, the Merrill Blue Jays, suffered a shocking road defeat at the hands of the Ashland Oredockers last Friday, 16-12.
Antigo rocked Ashland 33-0 in week three and followed that win up with a 47-8 rout of Lakeland and a 48-7 thrashing of Rhineland
Strong second half puts Robins over Bluejays 4-1 in boys soccer
Continuing a long stretch of home matches, the Red Robin boys soccer team kicked off its homecoming week, hosting Merrill for both junior varsity and varsity matches.
The JV team fell 3-1 with Zech Steber marking the lone Antigo goal. Varsity fared much better, defeating the Blue Jays 4-1.
This was a pivotal win for our boys tonight, and it was a genuine team effort with goals and assists distributed among a number of guys, Robins Coach Ben Wilhelm stated. It was awesome to see them play at a high level the entire match, and watch them actualize what they know they are capable of.
Antigo started the match confidently with an exceptionally early goal in the seventh minute from captain Will Brown, assisted by forward Noah Samolinski.
However, Merrill was able to answer 10 minutes later in the 17th minute with a shot from Merrill on a tight and unlikely angle, eluding Antigo keeper Ben Lewandowski. The first half played on, and Merrill almost scored a second time, but that goal was called off due to an offside forward.
First half play was fairly even with possession almost 50/50. Lewandowski had nine saves and Antigo recorded about eight shot
Seniors honored in season home finale versus Pacelli
Tonight we honored our seniors, Sydney Lenzner, Isabelle Matuszewski, Pia Spychalla, and French foreign exchange student, Emeline Palenciano Widart before hosting a non conference match against Pacelli, Antigo Coach Aimee Hein stated.
As the match got underway, Antigo could quickly see that it would be a tough night. Each match was going point-for-point, game-for-game, raising tensions high early on. Ultimately is was the visitors who took the night 4-3.
The first match to finish up was Avery Nicholson at No. 4 singles. Her quick and instinctive style was too much for her opponent to overcome giving Antigo its first win.
No. 2 doubles team of Spychalla and Lenzner didnt look like themselves in the first set; they allowed small mistakes to come at big moments. The girls fought back in the second set, taking the match to a super-set tie breaker. Unfortunately, the win slipped away.
A similar pattern happened with Ellie Kelly at No. 3 singles.
After losing the first set, Kelly pulled ahead on a mission in a blowout second set. For some reason, her momentum came to a halt in the super-set tie breaker.
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Robins ring Hodags bell 48-7, run game dominates
The Antigo Red Robins football team left no doubt on Friday night, steam rolling the Rhinelander Hodags throughout the first half, while running clock mercifully ticked away the second in a 48-7 win, the 11th straight Bell Game victory for Antigo.
Boys were ready to go tonight, Head Coach Tom Schofield said. It all started up front with the line, they came off the ball well and made nice blocks, but everyone played great.
The streak is the second longest in the history of the rivalry, with the Robins winning 13 straight from 1961-73. The 41 point margin of victory is also the fifth largest in a Bell Game.
Its always a special feeling to win the Bell, Schofield added. Especially up here, it was a great atmosphere, the stands were packed, we needed a fast start and got it.
Heading into the contest, most pundits felt if Rhinelander had any chance of keeping the game close, they would need to contain Antigos powerful ground game. That certainly did not happen, with the Robins rolling up 376 yards rushing, including 183 from Jericho Kelly, who got things rolling right from the start with a 64 yard touchdown run on the games second play.
Throw out the records, 83rd Bell game arrives Friday
The Antigo Red Robins football team has been on a roll the last several weeks, blowing out both Ashland and Lakeland for a 2-0 start in the Great Northern Conference.
Head Coach Tom Schofields crew will look to keep things going this Friday night, when they head to Rhinelander to take on the arch-rival Hodags in the 83rd playing of the Bell Game.
The battle for the Gene Shepard Bell Trophy has been dominated by the Robins, with Antigo holding a 53-27-2 lead in the all-time series. Wins in the Bell Game for Rhinelander in recent years have been as elusive as sightings of the legendary Hodag by Oneida County hunters and trappers. The Robins have won 10 straight in the series, with Rhinelanders last Bell win coming in 2006.
The Hodags did score a win over Antigo in the 2014 season opener, but the teams played twice that year, with only the second contest for the Bell, which the Robins won handily 28-7.
The 83rd edition again looks to be a mismatch at least on paper, with Antigo 3-1 overall, while Rhinelander stands at 1-3 and 0-1 in conference play. Rhinelanders lone win came against Wausau East in week three, 28-14. The Hodags were