Pow Wow Days Event Gets New Date
Published on 08/11/2020 under Sports One of the great 4th of July traditions in Tomahawk has a new date. The Lions Club Pow Wow 5K/10K Fun Run event is set to take place on September 5th at 8:30 a.m. For registration and other race information, head to Active.com. Races will be departing in waves from Memorial Park and social distancing will be followed. For those that want to make sure they secure a spot, "early bird" registration is running until Saturday, August 15th, with on-line registration open until September first and includes a t-shirt. You may register on the day of the race starting at 7 a.m., but that does not include a shirt.
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THS Cross Country Alumni Scrimmage Set Date
Published on 08/11/2020 under Sports Despite there still being some questions about fall sports this year, the Tomahawk Hatchets have one set date. The Cross Country team has set Saturday, August 22nd as their date for the 19th annual Alumni Scrimmage. It'll take place at Bradley Park, with the 5k race getting started at 10:00 am. Both Tomahawk Alumni, as well as TARA (Tomahawk Area Running Association) members  are welcome to attend and participate to meet the 2020 Hatchet runners. There is no cost to attend, but those that do plan to attend should call Coach Z ahead of time at 612-8975 and leave their name and graduating year. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, there will be no post-race social and social distancing will be practiced.
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Baseball Returns to the Northwoods This Week
Published on 06/29/2020 under Sports After months of no sports due to Covid-19, baseball is finally set to return this week here to the Northwoods with the Northwoods League starting up on July 1. The Wausau Woodchucks will play a modified season for 2020 and the setting will look a bit different than years past. The Woodchucks will play in a "pod" therefore ensuring the player's and staff's safety, as well as allowing fans in the community to still attend games as safely and comfortably as possible. The Woodchucks will be joined in this "pod" by the Fon Du Lac Dock Spiders, the Green Bay Booyah, Rockford Rivets, La Crosse Loggers and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. For those fans in the community that are looking to head out to the ball park, limited tickets will be available for purchase, but will not offer walk-up tickets.
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WIAA Board Approves Sports Changes for 2020-21 Season
Published on 06/25/2020 under Sports As the learning environment has changed due to the Coronavirus, so too has the landscape of high school sports, especially here in Wisconsin. On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control made some changes for the guidelines for student athletes for the upcoming sports seasons. In regards to student eligibility with their grades, a school is allowed the option to defer the determination of academic eligibility until the first grading period of the 2020-21 school year. They also extended the window by one week for coaches to use their five unrestricted coaching days for this summer only. This allows, for 11-player football teams to have their coaches unrestricted contact with their teams until August 1, as well as all other coaches through the eighth of August. In terms of winter sports, for boy's and girl's basketball, the W.I.A.A. Board decided to implement a computerized seeding system for the state tournaments, with development expected for the upcoming season, with the latest time frame being for the 2021-22 season. However, with this new implementation, it will require the home team in these games to enter the scores of all of their W.I.A.A. regular-season games into the database. On the hockey side the Board approved keeping just a two-division State Tournament indefinitely. They also approved that for the boy's State Tournament to have the head coaches of the qualifying teams for both divisions to decide team seeding's for this upcoming season. Finally, an agreement was reached to add an eight-minute sudden death overtime period, which would be followed by a five-minute three v. three period. If still there is no winner found after that, the game will end in a tie. In a tournament game, there would be another eight-minute sudden death overtime period instead of ending in a tie. One of the biggest changes that the board determined to add a girl's division to the wrestling State Tournament. The girl's only tournament is expected to begin in the 2021-22 school year, but girl will be allowed to wrestle boys during the regular season. Also in wrestling news, Trackwrestling.com will be used by the W.I.A.A. to randomly place sectional champions on the State Individual Tournament brackets in all of the divisions, with second and third-place finishers in the sectionals placed on the other side of the bracket. Finally, due to lost revenue, the Board agreed to increase all regional, Sectional and State Tournament by $1. Also, State Tournament reimbursements for all teams and individuals will decrease starting this season by 50 cents per mile. Moreover, regional and sectional host schools tat share revenue will decrease by 5 percent for this year only. Also, all Coaches Committee Meetings will be done virtually for the 2020-21 seasons.
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WIAA Cancels Spring Sports Competitions and Tournaments
Published on 04/22/2020 under Sports On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to cancel the 2020 regular season for all spring sports and their tournaments. With the cancellation, the Board chose to extend the unrestricted summertime coaching period to have contact with players for spring sports only. They may also hold practices for the next 30 days, based only on if restrictions on assembly numbers is lifted. All sports rules and regulations have remain unchanged. *Any updates to this story will be added below*
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WIAA Board of Control Votes to Pause Spring Sports
Published on 03/19/2020 under Sports The WIAA Board of Control met on Thursday afternoon and voted to pause WIAA Spring Sports until further notice.  The spring season is not cancelled, but the timeline is dependent on what the state says about school resuming. The board also voted to provide awards for the athletes and schools that were still alive in the various stages of winter tournament play.  The specifics are not known at this time.
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WIAA Cancels Remaining Boys and Girls HS Basketball Tournaments
Published on 03/13/2020 under Sports STEVENS POINT, Wis. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association determined all remaining games of the State Girls Basketball Tournament, and the boys basketball sectional finals and the State Tournament will be canceled in response to the evolving concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The WIAA regrets the lost opportunity for teams and players that have worked to achieve their goals and the communities that have supported them throughout the year. "I want the student-athletes and their coaches to know that your school leaders, the WIAA Executive Staff, all our committees and the Board of Control have done everything imaginable to try to provide and preserve these opportunities for you," Executive Director Dave Anderson said. "However, we want and need to be responsible in helping the global and state efforts to stem the tide and spread of this virus." Earlier today, the WIAA was informed the Kohl Center would not be available for the State Boys Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 19-21. Many professional, collegiate and high school associations have postponed or canceled scheduled events as a result of the pandemic. Tickets for the WIAA Girls and Boys State Basketball tournaments will be refunded in full. Please allow staff time to make these refunds and contact the WIAA office only if you do not see a refund to your account within two weeks of the tournament. Any tickets purchased at school will be refunded by your school and not the Resch Center or the WIAA.
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Rhinelander Bantams Finish Third at State
Published on 03/09/2020 under Sports The Rhinelander Bantam Hockey Team hosted the WAHA 3A State Championships at Rhinelander Ice Arena and the Hodags finish in third place. Rhinelander defeated Sauk Prairie 10-2 in the opening round on Saturday afternoon.  The Hodags then lost to Amery 8-5 in the semi-finals on Saturday night. On Sunday, Rhinelander defeated Lakeland 4-3 in overtime to claim third place. The Rhinelander team is comprised of skaters from Rhinelander and five skaters from Tomahawk.
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Hatchet Squirt B Hockey Team Finishes Third at State
Published on 03/09/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hockey Association Squirt B compete in the WAHA 3B State Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Marshfield. On Saturday, Tomahawk defeated Oshkosh 7-0.  In the semi-finals, the Hatchets lost to Manitowoc 6-2. On Sunday, Tomahawk beat Marshfield 9-1 to finish in third place.
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Hatchet Squirt A Hockey Team Wins State Championship
Published on 03/09/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Squirt A Hockey Team wins the 4A State Championship over the weekend. Tomahawk was at Manitowoc for the tournament, and the Hatchets defeated Burnett 8-0 in the first round. In the semi-finals, Tomahawk defeated Viroqua 7-2 and in the championship game Tomahawk defeated Manitowoc 4-1.
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Hatchet Boy's Basketball Opens Regionals Against Northland Pines
Published on 03/03/2020 under Sports The Hatchet Boy's basketball team will open regional tournament play against the same team that they ended their regular season with. Tomahawk (6-16,1-11) will hit the road Tuesday night in their opening round game against Northland Pines (12-9,6-6). The Eagles topped the Hatchets in both contests this season, with the most recent being a 78-63 victory last Thursday to end the regular season. The Hatchets were lead ins coring last time out by Matt Johnson and Connor Dichsen, who finished with 19 points each. However, Tomahawk struggled to slow down Senior Guard Ryan Peterson, who ended the game with 31 points for the Eagles. Tomahawk is looking for a different end to their season than last year, where they lost in their opening regional game to Little Chute, 92-34, whereas Northland Pines fell in their second round game to Wrightstown 66-52. The game will be aired on WJJQ at 6:35 for the Fehrman Orthodontists Coaches Pregame show with the opening tip set for 7 P.M. at Northland Pines High School.
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Hatchets Place Two at State
Published on 03/01/2020 under Sports A long season of Hatchet wrestling came to a conclusion Saturday night at the Kohl Center in Madison, as Tomahawk finished with two wrestlers taking the podium when all was said and done. Both Junior Eric Decker and Senior Matti took some of the top spots, with Decker finishing in 4th place in the 195 pound weight class, while Tony Matti came in second in the Heavyweight division. Kade Wenninger also participated, but had his run cut short after dropping his first match of the tournament to Spooner/Webster's Carter Melton, 10-7. For Decker, he was tasked with a very difficult road. After pinning overpowering and pinning Port Washington's Jacob Peacy in 2:59 in his opening match of the tournament, the Junior faced off against the eventual State Champion in Tyler Hannah, a match in which Decker would come up just short. After the loss, Decker won back-to-back matches over Abram Helsell of Lomira 15-5 and Amery's Kale Hopke 2-1 for a chance at 3rd place. Unfortunately, the Hatchet Junior would fall in 2:09 to Bryce Burns and come in 4th. In Matti's bracket, he got off to a fast start in his first and second round matches, winning his opener 7-0 over Stanley-Boyd's Tyler Krizan and then cruising past Plymouth's Evan Ladwig 5-1 to get to the semi-final. It was there that he would go face-to-face win the number one ranked wrestler in the state, Michael Douglas. The two heavyweights went back and forth, with Matti holding a 5-4 lead with just seconds left in match. However, a last second stalling call on the Tomahawk Senior tied things up and they were forced into overtime. However, there was no change after one OT, so they went to double overtime, where in the first 30-second period, Matti was able to gain a 6-5 lead by outlasting Douglas. A second 30-second bout was set and Matti held up just long enough to move onto the championship match. However, the road would end there, as Matti was tasked with Denmark's Gabe Wertel, with whom Tony had lost to in sectionals. Wertel out matched Matti and was crowned champion after an 11-5 decision. For the Hatchets as a whole, they may not have gotten as far up the mountain top as they may have liked, but with a young core returning next season and only losing a few seniors, the Hatchets should be right back in Madison this time next year.
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WIAA State Wrestling Meet - Tomahawk Sends Three
Published on 02/25/2020 under Sports The 2020 WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament begins on Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Three Tomahawk Hatchets have qualified and will be wrestling on Thursday night.  They include Kade Wenninger at 182, Eric Decker at 195 and Tony Matti at 285.  The Division Two session begins at 7:15 pm and Northwoods 92-5, WJJQ will have coverage of the Hatchets. Wenninger (36-9) will wrestle Carter Melton (34-9) from SpoonerDecker (35-9) will wrestle Jacob Peacy of Port WashingtonTony Matti (41-4) will wrestle Tyler Krizan from Stanley Boyd The winners will move on to the quarter finals on Friday morning.  Other Northwoods area wrestlers in action include:  Jake Rau of Medford at 220, with a bye on ThursdayZeke Sigmund of Medford wrestling Braeden Scoles on Thursday nightHunter Bruhn of Phillips wrestling Thursday night against Sam WilsonTim Fox from Rhinelander wrestling Quintin Wolbert on Thursday afternoonBen Sinclair of Rhinelander wrestling Keith Tourtillot on Thursday afternoonMerrill's Zach Iribarren takes on Jay Hanson on Thursday afternoon WJJQ will have live tournament coverage including all Tomahawk Hatchet matches live.
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Hatchet Sports Weekend Recap
Published on 02/24/2020 under Sports It was a weekend of ends for many Hatchet teams.  For some their overall season came to an end, for others high school careers came to a close. And for others, it was the final preparations for the next part of their seasons. Starting on Friday, the girl's and boy's basketball teams traveled to Rhinelander to face off against the Hodags. The girl's ended their regular season in a 70-15 loss. They now can look forward to their regional on the road against Clintonville Tuesday night. For the boys, they too fell to Rhinelander, going down 84-41. Payton Bunce topped the scoring for Tomahawk with 15 points and 50% shooting. Drew Bolder finished behind him with 13 points, though he got seven of his 13 points from the free throw line. The Hatchets will end their regular season next Thursday against Northland Pines. Also on Friday, the Hatchet Boy's swim team headed down to the state finals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium. Seniors Brady Tjugum, Trey Miller, Keaton Jed and Travis Phillips took the pool together and finished 13th in both the 200 and 400 yard Freestyle Relays. Individually, Phillips became a state champion in the 50 yard Freestyle with a time of :21.35. He also finished third  in the 100 yard Butterfly with a time of :50.81. On Saturday, the Hatchet wrestlers headed down to Oconto Falls to compete in the individual sectionals. Tomahawk sent nine wrestlers to the event, but only three moved on to State next week in Madison. Kade Wenninger in the 182 pound weight class, Eric Decker in 195s and Tony Matti in the heavyweight all finished second in their weight classes to advance to state. Decker was the only Hatchet wrestler to win his first two matches and go straight into the championship match. The Hatchets will begin their journey through State on Thursday.
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Tomahawk Girl's Basketball Picks Up Win on Senior Night
Published on 02/19/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet girl's basketball team hasn't had the season they may have hoped for, but Tuesday night for Senior night, they couldn't have dreamed for a better ending. The Hatchets hosted White Lake and their Senior, Natalie Zastrow, was able to end her final home game of her Hatchet basketball career on high spirits. Tomahawk was victorious over White Lake with a dominant 52-20 win, their largest margin of victory all season. Tiana Gerstenberger and Gracie Barnett were the top scorers for the Hatchets with 11 points each. Emily Maki was just behind them with eight, while Natalie Zatrow and Maddie Marino had five and Haley Liebelt with four. Addison Bartz finished with threee points, whereas Aubrey Fryar and Ella Genelin ended the game with two points each and Amber Florczak with one point. This was just the Hatchets second victory of the season, but will hopefully be a confidence booster into their match-up with Rhinelander Friday night to end the regular season as they look forward to the playoffs.
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