Wyatt Wenninger Advances to State
Published on 02/19/2018 under Sports Tomahawk Hatchet Junior Wyatt Wenninger has advanced to the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament with his third place finish on Saturday at the sectional meet at Oconto Falls High School.  A total of 14 others wrestlers from the Great Northern Conference punched their tickets to the state tournament in Madison. Rhinelander lead the way with 5 qualifiers: Tyler Olson-1 @ 120 Jacob DeMeyer-1 @ 145 Alex Kurtz-1 @ 195 ReubenGuzik-2 @ 113 Colton Krueger-2 @ 220 Medford had 4 qualifiers: Zeke Sigmund-2 @ 132 Kolten Hanson-2 @ 160 Dane Higgins-3 @ 120 Jake Rau-3 @ 195 Lakeland had 3 qualifiers: Jack Scandin-2 @ 138 Dejay Nordrum-3 @ 120 Tate Olson-3 @ 132 Antigo had 2 qualifiers: Brandon Lucht-2 @ 145 Ben Stimac-3 @ 126 Both Antigo and Rhinelander will be wrestling on Thursday afternoon while Medford, Lakeland, & Tomahawk will hit the mats Thursday night.
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Travis Phillips Finishes Fourth at State
Published on 02/19/2018 under Sports On Friday night, February 16th, Travis Phillips of the THS Boys Swim Team represented Tomahawk really well down in Madison at the WIAA, Division II State Swim meet, held at the UW-Madison Natatorium. Travis had qualified for State in 2 individual events at sectionals in Hudson. In his first event, the 50 yard freestyle, Travis was seeded 5th with a :22.27 and he ended up in 4th place overall with personal best and repeat school record time of :21.98. Travis came in behind Max McHugh from Sturgeon Bay in 1st at :20.34, a new state record time, as well as Shane Sackett from Monona Grove in 2nd at :21.67 and Joe Stone of Ashwaubenon in 3rd, only .02 ahead of Travis in :21.96. The top eight finishers in the event were only 1.88 seconds apart, from the winning :20.34 to :22.22. In Travis' second event, the 100 yard butterfly he was seeded 7th with a :54.10, and he swam a 1.14 second personal best and new school record time of :52.96 again claiming 4th place honors. In this race, Travis came in behind Ben Hayes of Brown Deer with a winning time of :49.62, followed by Monona Grove's Eric Storms in :49.65 and Sam Ryf of Berlin/Green Lake in 3rd at :52.38. In overall team results, there were a total of 35 Division II teams represented at the state meet and Monona Grove took top team honors with 333 points, well ahead of Edgewood in 2nd with 191 points, followed by Ashwaubenon in 3rd with 174 and our own GNC rivals the Lakeland T-Birds in 4th at 143.5 points. GNC team, the Rhinelander Hodag's were in 15th place with 53 points and Travis's 2 events earned 30 points for a three-way tie between Tomahawk, Pulaski and Whitewater.
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Hatchet Boys Hockey Team Loses in Regional Final
Published on 02/16/2018 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Boys Hockey Team traveled to Marathon Park on Thursday night to face Wausau West in WIAA Regional Final action.  The Warriors advance to the sectionals, with an 8-0 win over Tomahawk. Wausau West led 3-0 after the first and 6-0 after the second period. Tomahawk ends their 2017-18 season with a 13-11-1 record.
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Hatchet Basketball Teams Pickup Victories
Published on 02/14/2018 under Sports On Tuesday night, the Tomahawk Hatchet Girls and Boys Basketball Teams won their games. On the road, the Lady Hatchets defeated Goodman-Pembine 45-41. The boys were also on the road, and the Hatchets get a GNC win 54-50 over the Northland Pines Eagles.  The Hatchets got off to a slow start and trailed 15-2 at one point in the first half, but cut that lead to two at half-time and outscored the Eagles in the second half. Connor Dichsen led the way with 14, Jackson List had 11, Matt Bartz 10 and Jared Leverance had nine. Tomahawk will travel to Crandon on Friday night, with the opening tip at 7:00 pm.  The Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show is at 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5 and wjjq.com.
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Hatchet Boys Hockey Team Advances with 7-3 Win
Published on 02/14/2018 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Boys Hockey Team advances to the WIAA Regional Final with a 7-3 win over Pacelli on Tuesday night.  With the win, Tomahawk will travel to Marathon Park to play top seeded Wausau West on Thursday night. The Hatchets scored first, and led 1-0 on a Cody Scholz goal, assisted by Jordan Tomaszewski. The Hatchets scored 00:15 into the second period, Patrick Walther an unassisted goal, and the Hatchets led 2-0.  Pacelli answered, and cut the Hatchet lead to 2-1.  Tomahawk would get a power play goal one minute later, as Scholz scored on an assist from Max Bembinster and the Hatchets led 3-1 after the second. Pacelli cut the lead to 3-2 early in the third, and Tomahawk responded with three unanswered goals to lead 6-2.  Hunter Jones, Max Bembinster and Jordan Tomaszewski scored the Tomahawk goals.  Jerett Flynn would add a late goal to seal the win for the Hatchets. Shawn Dirkx had 21 saves for the Hatchets. Tomahawk will travel to Wausau West on Thursday night, with the opening faceoff at 7:00 pm.  The Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show is at 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5 and on wjjq.com.
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Boys Hockey Playoffs Begin Tonight
Published on 02/13/2018 under Sports The 2018 WIAA Boys Hockey Playoffs begin tonight around the state of Wisconsin, and the Tomahawk Hatchets will be hosting Pacelli. Tomahawk is the #8 seed, while Pacelli is the #9 seed.  Tonight's WIAA Regional Semi-Final match-up is at the Sara Park Ice Arena, with the opening faceoff at 7:00 pm. Join Jesse Bolder and Zach Garner for the Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show at 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5 and wjjq.com.  The winner will advance to the WIAA Regional Final against Wausau West on Thursday at Marathon Park. Other match-ups tonight, include Lakeland hosting Merrill/Wausau East and Rhinelander entertaining Mosinee. WIAA Boys Hockey Bracket
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Hatchet Wrestling Team Sending Eight to Sectional Meet
Published on 02/12/2018 under Sports On Saturday, the Hatchet Wrestling Team finished second at the WIAA Regional Meet and Tomahawk will send eight to the WIAA Sectional Meet on Saturday at Oconto Falls High School. Tomahawk had three regional champs, including Erik Decker at 182, Tony Matti at 195 and Jacob Matti at 220. First round match ups for Tomahawk at wrestling sectionals: 113 Austin Snow (28-10) vs Matt Bianchi of Two Rivers grade 9 (37-6) 120 Lance Knight ( 30-13) vs Bryan Rodriquez of Little Chute grade 9 (23-9) 126 Luke Knight ( 29-13) vs Colton Kater of Freedom grade 10 (23-15) 145 Matt Turkiewicz (32-10) vs Max Rauch of Peshtigo grade 11 (39-9) 152 Wyatt Wenninger (33-8) vs Devan Vandenbush of Luxemburg-Casco grade 12 (39-5) 182 Erik Decker ( 25-17) vs Ryan Polomis of Denmark grade 12 (24-8) 195 Tony Matti (34-12) vs Bennett Krings of Winneconne grade 11 (26-15) 220 Jacob Matti (34-13) vs Grant Williamson of Freedom grade 11 (26-15)
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Travis Phillips Advances to State for the Hatchet Boys Swimming Team
Published on 02/12/2018 under Sports The Hatchet Boys Swimming Team finished in fourth place at the WIAA Sectional Meet on Saturday at Hudson. Final Scores: 1. Lakeland – 290.5 points, 7 individual events and 2 relay team qualify for WIAA State 2. River Falls – 272 points, 3 individual events and 1 relay team qualify for WIAA State 3. Rhinelander – 262 points, 5 individual events and 2 relay teams qualify for WIAA State 4. Tomahawk – 239 points, 2 individual events qualify for WIAA State 5. Pulaski – 199 points, 3 individual events qualify for WIAA State 6. Rice Lake – 183 points, 2 individual events qualify for WIAA State 7. Wausau East – 166 points 8. Antigo – 157.5 points, 2 individual events qualify for WIAA State 9. Shawano – 150 points 10. Menomonie – 114 points 11. Medford – 51 points On the Hatchet side of the equation, an amazing day was the overall experience for the Tomahawk Boys team. Travis Phillips had a double first place finish, and earning him lanes to compete at the WIAA State Meet.  Phillips won the 50 yard freestyle with a school record time of :22.72 and the 100 butterfly with a school record time of :54.10. Travis was seeded 2nd behind Lakeland's Grant Gibson in the 50 free, and was able to pull out a meet win in this very unforgiving race by just .08.  In Travis' 100 butterfly race he was a solid 1.54 seconds ahead of his closest competition, David King of Rhinelander who will also be swimming the event at State. Additionally for the Hatchets, the 4th place finish with 239 points is by far the highest finish they've ever recorded in both place and point total. In 2016 they had recorded their highest ever finish with a 7th and 155.5 points, and last year in 2017 they were 8th as a team despite scoring a record to date 169 points. With the exception of only 2 swims throughout the day, all of the Hatchets individual events placed in the top 16 to score points, with 9 of those making it onto the blocks for recognition in the top 8, and all 3 of their relays also placed in the top 8. Of the 18 individual event swims that the Hatchets competed in, 13 of them were personal best swim times for the boys for a total of 34.08 seconds of cumulative individual and relay team time-drop. Most notable were: -Sophomore, Keaton Jed who took 2.13 seconds off of his 200 yard Individual Medley for 3rd place overall and 16 points, plus another 1.39 seconds off of his 100 yard backstroke for 8th place and 11 team points Junior, Evan Ploeckelman who had a 1.47 second personal record in the 500 yard freestyle for 10th place and 7 points, followed shortly after with a 1.87 personal best swim in the 100 breaststroke at 1:11.63 for 6th place and 13 points Senior Kole Svacina had an amazing day to round out his swim career in style, taking 1.51 seconds off of his 200 freestyle time down to a 1:56.72 for 7th place and 12 points, and in his signature 500 freestyle event he went 10.53 seconds faster than his time from last week's new school record time at GNC conference of 5:24.05 down to a 5:13.52 (3rd place and 16 points), a time for which we had hopes of being fast enough to make it into the state meet, though unfortunately this was not to be as Lakeland's Liam Hogan who swam a 5:08.70 for 2nd place ends up to be the 16th seed at the upcoming state meet. A total of FIVE new school records were achieved at the meet on Saturday: The 200 yard Medley Relay team of Senior Kole Svacina at backstroke, Junior Evan Ploeckelman at breaststroke, Sophomore Travis Phillips at butterfly and Sophomore Keaton Jed at freestyle came away with a new record in the first event of the day! They broke the old record set at the same meet in 2017 at 1:51.38 by Svacina, Parker Knipfer, Nathan Goehe and Peyton Hamm. This team's new time is 1:50.49 and they took 6th overall for 26 team points. As was previously stated, Sophomore Travis Phillips re-broke both of his individual records in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly to take Sectional 1st places and earn his berth at Friday's WIAA State Swim Meet in Madison, and Senior Kole Svacina re-broke his record in the 500 yard freestyle again on Saturday to a new best time of 5:13.52. The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Svacina, Senior Tom Rieter, Sophomore Keaton Jed and Phillips went another school record time of 3:29.46 taking an additional 3.32 seconds off of their school record time from GNC Conference Meet last week of 3:32.78 to take 4th overall for 30 points. Again, like in Kole's 500 free we had visions of a state berth in the event, however the 16th seed and last team to make it into the meet was DeForest with a time of 3:28.66 and so both Pulaski in 3:29.08 who was 3rd at our meet and our Hatchet home team will not be able to swim the event again at the big meet. Tomahawk's Travis Phillips will swim at state, with the Division Two action beginning on Friday, February 16 at 6:30 pm.
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Hatchet Hockey Team Score Late Game Victory
Published on 02/09/2018 under Sports The Hatchet Boys Hockey Team defeated Mosinee on Thursday night, 3-2 in the regular season finale at Sara Park. Tomahawk skated to a 1-0 lead after the first period, as Aaron Evans scored unassisted just 00:44 into the game. The Hatchets added an early goal in the second period, Kole Woodall from Jordan Tomaszewski and Karson Bartz and led 2-0.  Mosinee would score their first goal of the night 00:37 later, to cut the Hatchet lead to 2-1 after two. The Indians added a third period goal with 1:27 left, to tie the game at 2-2. The Hatchets would be on the attack in the final minute and with 00:16 remaining in the game, Jordan Tomaszewski scored on an assit from Max Bembinster to win the game for the Hatchets. Shawn Dirkx had 21 saves for Tomahawk. Tomahawk will begin postseason play on Tuesday night, hosting Pacelli at Sara Park with the opening faceoff at 7:00 pm.  The Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show is set for 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5, WJJQ.
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Hatchet Girls Basketball Team Loses at Athens
Published on 02/09/2018 under Sports The Hatchet Girls Basketball Team lost to Athens on Thursday night, 47-30 in non-conference action. Athens led 21-14 at the half. Sierra Graeber led Tomahawk with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Jennifer DuPlayee added seven points and seven rebounds. Tomahawk will travel to Northland Pines on Friday night, with the opening tip at 7:15 pm.
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Tomahawk's Easton Phalin Signs National Letter of Intent
Published on 02/08/2018 under Sports On Tuesday, Tomahawk Hatchet Senior Easton Phalin signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Division Two Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Dragons compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference which is a 16 team conference of upper Midwest colleges and universities which forms arguably the strongest affiliation in NCAA Division II. Last season the Dragons finished 5-6 and their 2018 season opens on August 30, 2018 as they host Minnesota Crookston. Tomahawk Hatchet Alum Kevin Murphy is a member of the coaching staff, serving as Offensive Line Coach. MSUM Signing Day
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Hatchet Hockey Team Defeats Medford
Published on 02/07/2018 under Sports The Hatchet Boys Hockey Team skated to a 5-3 win over Medford on Tuesday night in Great Northern Conference action at Sara Park. Tomahawk scored three goals in the first period, and led 3-0.  All three goals came from Cody Scholz as he got the early hat trick.  Jordan Tomaszewski assisted on two, with additional assists from Kole Woodall, Max Bembinster and Aaron Evans. Medford would tie the Hatchets in the second period with three goals. Tomahawk had two third period goals from Anthony Ierulli and the second from Jerett Flynn.  Tomaszewski and Patrick Walther assited on the Ierulli goal and Dominic Zattera and Hunter Jones had assists on the Flynn goal. Shawn Dirkx had 18 saves for the Hatchets. Tomahawk will host Mosinee on Thursday night, with the opening faceoff at 7:00 pm at Sara Park.
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Hatchet Wrestling Team Finishes Fifth in GNC
Published on 02/05/2018 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Wrestling Team finished in fifth place at the Great Northern Conference Meet on Saturday at Lakeland Union High School.  Rhinelander won the meet and finished as Great Northern Conference Champions. Individual Tomahawk All-Conference finishers: Tony Matti – 220 pound Champion – 1st Team All Conference Wyatt Wenninger – 152 pounds 2nd place – 2nd Team All Conference Eric Decker – 182 pounds 2nd place – 2nd Team All Conference Luke Knight – 126 pounds 3rd place – Honorable Mention All Conference Alex Bishop – 132 pounds 3rd place – Honorable Mention All Conference Matt Turkewicz – 145 pounds 3rd place – Honorable Mention All Conference Jake Matti – 285 pounds 3rd place – Honorable Mention All Conference Tomahawk will compete in the WIAA Regional Wrestling Meet on Saturday at Almond-Bancroft.
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Hatchet Hockey Skates to 4-4 Tie
Published on 02/05/2018 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Boys Hockey Team tied L'Anse on Saturday at Michigan Tech, 4-4. The Hatchets trailed 2-0 after the first and then cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal from Zach Grigg, assisted by Cody Scholz and Jordan Tomaszewski. In the third, Tomahawk scored two quick goals from Aaron Evans and Jordan Tomaszewski and led 3-2.  The Hatchets would add another goal from Max Beminster and led 4-2.  L'Anse would then score twice to tie the game.  Neither team was able to score in the shootout and the game ends in a 4-4 tie. Tomahawk outshot L'Anse 41-14. On Friday night, Tomahawk skated against Jeffers and lost 6-4. Tomahawk will host Medford on Tuesday night with the opening faceoff at 7:00 pm.  The Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show is at 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5.
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Hatchet Boys Swimming Team Finishes Second at GNC Meet
Published on 02/05/2018 under Sports After a disappointing 4th place finish at the GNC Conference Meet last season after a scoring mistake that changed the finish order well after the meet had finished, the Hatchets are thrilled to have taken overall 2nd place as a team this year (and this is the highest GNC Conference finish that the Hatchet Boys Swim Team has ever been able to achieve). In addition to the team finish we had a really solid meet with regards to end-of-season times, some really exciting races as well as some new school records. The final scores from Friday night's meet are as follows: 1st, Lakeland – 322 points 2nd, Tomahawk – 274 points 3rd, Shawano – 244 points 4th, Rhinelander – 226 points 5th, Antigo – 137 points 6th, Medford – 62 points Top 6 finishers (recognized on the blocks) for the Hatchets: 200 Medley Relay – the team of Svacina, Ploeckelman, Phillips and Jed took 3rd place for 24 points at 1:52.51 (and GNC 3rd Team Honorable Mention in the event) 200 Medley Relay – the team of J. Miller, Alvey, D. Liebnitz and Larch took 4th place for 22 points at 1:59.41 200 Freestyle – Senior Kole Svacina – 4th place for 11 points at a personal best 1:58.23 50 Freestyle Sophomore Travis Phillips – 2nd place for 13 points (and GNC 2nd Team All Conference in the event), plus he breaks his old school record set back on January 18th with a new time of :22.72, down from :22.99 100 Butterfly – Sophomore Travis Phillips – 1st place for 16 points (and GNC 1st Team All Conference in the event) with a time of :55.27 500 Freestyle – Senior Kole Svacina – 3rd for 12 points (and GNC 3rd Team Honorable Mention in the event) at a new school record for him by a full 3 seconds faster than his previous record (5:27.52) down to a time of 5:24.05 500 Freestyle – Junior Evan Ploeckelman – 6th place for 9 points at a 7 second personal best swim to 5:45.73 200 Freestyle Relay – the team of Tjugum, Reiter, D. Liebnitz and Larch took 4th place for 22 points at 1:42.65 100 Backstroke – Senior Jacob Miller – 3rd place for 12 points (and GNC 3rd Team Honorable Mention in the event) at a personal best 1:03.37 100 Backstroke – Sophomore Keaton Jed – 5th place for 10 points in 1:05.18 100 Breaststroke – Junior Evan Ploeckelman – 4th place for 11 points at 1:13.52 100 Breaststroke – Senior Devon Liebnitz – 6th place for 9 points a personal best 1:16.35 400 Freestyle Relay – the team of Svacina, Jed, Reiter and Phillips took 2nd place for 26 points and literally SMASHED the old school record of 3:37.50, set WAY back in 2004 by Ed Theut, Dan Juedes, Karl Grodevant and Andrew Kleich with a new record time of 3:32.75(and also earned GNC 2nd Team All-Conference in the event) 400 Freestyle Relay – the team of Larch, J. Miller, Tjugum and Ploeckelman took 5th place for 20 points in 3:55.30 In addition to the top 6 finishes listed above, of the 15 Hatchet swimmers that competed on Friday night, 14 scored team points either individually or on relay teams or both, and 9 of those 11 scored points in all of the events that they competed in. Tomahawk will compete in the D-2 WIAA Sectionals at the Hudson Middle School Saturday, February 10th with the meet beginning at 1:00 pm.
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