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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Hatchet Weekend Recap
Published on 02/16/2020 under Sports It was a full weekend for the Tomahawk Hatchets  on, the mat, in the pool and on the court. On Friday night, the Hatchet girl's basketball team welcomed in Florence in a non-conference match-up. Unfortunately for the Hatchets, they came up just short, falling 47-29. Jenna Springer lead the way for Florence offensively with 18 points and kathleen Selden with 10. For the Hatchets, it was another tremendous outing for Gracie Barnett, who once again finished in double figures with 16 points. The Hatchets are back in action in another non-conference game Monday night on the road at Chequamegon. On Saturday on the wrestling mat, the Hatchets took first place at the WIAA Regional from Waupaca High School with 262 total points to advanced to Tuesday night's team sectional event at Wautoma High School. Individually, the Hatchets did extremely well, sending nine wrestlers to next Saturday's sectional. Mason Evans, Alex Bishop, Logan Bishop, Tom Rigney, Marcus and Tony Matti, Kade Wenninger, Eric Decker and Austin Leinen all finished first or second at the Regional. Overall, six Tomahawk wrestlers took the top spot in their weight class. In the pool over the weekend, the Hatchets took place in the WIAA Division 2 Sectionals, coming in second place only to Rhinelander, who finished the regular season 10-0 in conference and also won the conference tournament. For the Hatchets, they ended Saturday afternoon with 278 points to the Hodags 336. This is the highest the Hatchet boys ever finished in sectionals, beating the previous record of 4th place in 2018. Individually, the Hatchets had personal best times in 16 of 18 events including two 1st place finishes. In the three relays, all were top times with two records being re-broken. The Hatchets are back in the pool next Friday at the UW-Madison Natatorium in the WIAA Division II State Swim Championship Meet.
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Hatchet Boy's Hoops Looking Forward to Antigo Rematch
Published on 02/11/2020 under Sports Back in December, the Antigo Red Robins got the better of the Tomahawk Hatchets on the hardwood, as Antigo escaped with a 63-47 win over the Hatchets. However, that was then and this is now. The Hatchets (6-12, 1-8) are a far more improved team, despite what the record says. For the Red Robins (5-11, 3-5)  they had been on a five game skid before their last game 76-44 victory over Ashland. Antigo is led by Senior Forward Tanner Resch, who is averaging 15 points a game, whereas Drew Bolder has averaged the same for the Hatchets. It is a big game for both teams who are working towards improving down the stretch in the hunt to switch up some seeding as the end of the season nears.
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Hatchets Host Double-Header Against Lakeland
Published on 02/07/2020 under Sports It's a Friday night jam packed of Hatchet hoops. Tonight, the Hatchets are hosting a double-header of basketball action tonight, welcoming in Lakeland. These teams faced off against one another in a double-dipper back in December at Lakeland. In the girl's game, Lakeland was victorious 85-10, where the Hatchet boys on the other hand picked up their first victory of the season, 43-40. The girls game will tip off at 6:15 with the Hatchets (1-15,0-9) looking to bounce back after their 48-33 loss to Butternut the other night. Lakeland (12-5,6-2) has been hot as of late, winning three straight games. On the boy's side, the game is expected to tip at 7:30 with Tomahawk (6-11, 1-7)  seeking their second victory in the GNC, where as Lakeland (5-10,3-4) have under performed a bit for how they may have expected, although they are coming off a 50-44 win over Antigo, their first win in three weeks.
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Hatchet Girl's Basketball Welcomes in Butternut
Published on 02/04/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet girl's hoops team has a non-conference match-up tonight as they welcome in the Butternut Midgets. Tomahawk (1-14,0-9) have hit a bit of a skid as of late, but the improvements on the court have been noticed. For Butternut (4-12, 2-10) have lost three of their last four games. Butternut are coming in with one of the youngest rosters the Hatchets have faced this season, as they, like Tomahawk, sport only one senior in their group. The Midgets are lead by Junior Gwen McCorison who leads the team in scoring with just over 14 points a game, as well as grabbing nearly eight rebounds per game, also a team-high. The game will be aired on WJJQ and is starting a bit earlier, with the Fehrman Orthodontists Pregame show beginning at 5:50 with opening tip scheduled for 6:15 for Parents Night tonight.
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