Hatchet Cross Country Teams Compete at Medford
Published on 09/18/2020 under Sports The Hatchet Cross-Country team traveled to Medford Area High School for a dual meet on their school grounds on Thursday. In the boys race Hatchet's Noah Buckwalter and Drew Bolder and Joe Sullivan from Medford took command early establishing a lead pack. In the woods, just before the 3000 meter mark Sullivan made a nice move, which neither Hatchet could cover as he blistered the 5K distance in a nice time of 16:50. Noah (2nd) and Drew (3rd) followed in times of 17:30 and 17:39, respectively. Alex Norman had his best race to date (4th-18:07), and along with teammates Owen Dickrell (5th-18:20),Arden Ziert (7th-18:42), Presley Gutbrod (8th-19:05), and Hunter VanRyen (9th-19:09) left little doubt which team was controlling their own destiny by the finish. The Hatchets placed all seven varsity runners in the top 9 spots as they cruised to a 21-40 dual meet title. Other finishers for Tomahawk were: Ethan Liebnitz 14th, Brett Borchardt 16th and Jacob Towle 17th. Eight out of ten boys that competed had either seasonal bests or career best 5K efforts! In the girl's race Medford showed they are the team to beat in the GNC as they took the top four spots and placed six in the top ten to best Tomahawk by a 17-41 tally. Tomahawk was led by freshman Rachael Reilly as she placed 5th in a personal best 5K time of 20:54. Other scorers for the lady Hatchets were: Greta Tjugum 6th (21:16), Emily Lacina 9th (21:44), Macey Mann 10th (21:50), Morgan Hansmann 11th (22:25-PR), and Geena Wanta 14th (23:06-PR). Rounding out the finishers for Tomahawk: Kate Reilly (15th), Tiana Gerstenberger (16th), Marie Gorell (17th), Ava Dragosh (18th), Kambyl Mattke (19th) and Autumn Peissig (21st). Eight out of thirteen girls that competed had either seasonal bests or career best 5K efforts! Next meet for Tomahawk is next Thursday as the Hatchets travel to Park Falls for a dual meet.
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Hatchet Volleyball Team Loses Home Opener
Published on 09/18/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Volleyball Teams hosted Lakeland on Thursday night at the Fieldhouse and in the Varsity contest, Lakeland defeated Tomahawk three games to two. The T-Birds won games one, two and five to improve to 1-1, while Tomahawk falls to 0-2. Game scores were:  20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 26-24, 8-15 Meghan Scholz led Tomahawk with 12 kills and Katie Pierce had nine.  Kallie Massa had five aces for Tomahawk. JV1 beat Lakeland two sets to one with scores of 25-21, 25-18, and 20-25. Top scorers for the night where Macy Jankiewicz with 5 kills and Bella Weber with 2 aces. The offense was led by Ashley Beck with 8 assists, and the defense was led by Emily Scholz with 9 digs and Kaylee Scholz with 1 block. The JV2 also defeated Lakeland, three games to none. Tomahawk will host Northland Pines on Tuesday night, with the JV and JV2 matches at 5:30 pm and the Varsity best of five at 7:00 pm.  WJJQ will have the Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show at 6:35 pm.
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Hatchet Volleyball Teams Open Season at Mosinee
Published on 09/16/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk High School volleyball program opened their season Tuesday night against Mosinee on the road at Mosinee High School. The Varsity team lost three sets to none, with scores of 18-25, 20-25, and 18-25. Top point scorers for the night were Katie Pierce with 6 kills, Meghan Scholz with 5 kills, and Kallie Massa with 3 aces. Mackenzie Scholz led the offense with 13 assists, and the defense was led by Lexy Millard with 7 digs and Katie Pierce with 2 blocks. The JV2 team lost two games to one with scores of 25-23, 20-25, and 13-15. The JV1 team also lost two games to one with Scores of 25-19, 16-25, and 20-25. Top Scorers of the night were Cayley Scholz with 5 kills, Macy Jankiewicz with 3 kills, and Emilie Scholz with 2 aces. Grace Beranek led the offense with 12 assists. The defense was led by Emilie Scholz and Sammy Gebauer with 8 digs and 7 digs, respectively. After their loss Tuesday night, the Tomahawk Lady Hatchets look forward to their home opener on Thursday night against Lakeland.  The Fehrman Orthodontics Coaches Show is at 6:35 pm on Northwoods 92-5, WJJQ.
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Hatchet Girls Swimming Team Loses to Mosinee
Published on 09/11/2020 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet Girls Swimming Team hosted Mosinee on Thursday in a Great Northern Conference Dual at the Tomahawk Swimming Pool. Mosinee wins the meet, 77-70 over Tomahawk. Tomahawk won all three relays, the 200 medley, 200 and 400 freestyles. Tomahawk also have a pair of firsts from Joanna Phillips in the 50 and 100 free.  Abby Jaecks won the 500 free. Tomahawk is now 0-2 on the season.
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Hatchet Cross Country Teams Host Triangular
Published on 09/11/2020 under Sports The Hatchet Cross-Country team hosted Gillett and Ashland for a triangular at Bradley Park on Thursday. In the first race of the evening Drew Bolder and Noah Buckwalter raced neck and neck with Hansen from Gillett throughout the event, with Bolder surging at the finish to claim the title over Hansen in a time of 17:12 to claim the gold medal. Derek Hansen from Gillett took the silver in 17:13 and Noah Buckwalter grabbed the bronze in a time of 17:23 over the 5000 meter course. The Hatchets were well represented in the top ten, with Alex Norman 5th (19:00), freshman Owen Dickrell 6th (19:02), Arden Ziert 8th (19:15) and freshman Presley Gutbrod 10th (19:26). Other Hatchet finishers: Ethan Liebnitz 12th, Jacob Towle 16th, Brett Borchardt 17th, John Mark Hawley 24th, and Taje Casey 26th. Team scores were: Tomahawk-23, Gillett-39, Ashland-69 In the final race of the event Gillett (Runner-Up State Champs in D3 last year) showed their strength as they placed three runners in the top 5 to upend the Hatchets by six points (34 pts to 40 pts). Tomahawk was led by freshman Rachael Reilly as she placed 4th in a time of 21:31. Other scorers for the lady Hatchets were: Greta Tjugum 6th (21:49), Macey Mann 8th (22:30), Morgan Hansmann 10th (22:46), and Kate Reilly 12th (23:11). Rounding out the finishers for Tomahawk: Geena Wanta (16th), Tiana Gerstenberger (21st), Marie Gorell (23rd), Ava Dragosh (24th), Autumn Peissig (25th), and Kambyl Mattke (26th). Team scores were: Gillett-34, Tomahawk-40, Ashland-48 Next meet for Tomahawk next Thursday as the Hatchets travel to Medford for a triangular.
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Postponed Pow Wow Days Race Held at Memorial Park
Published on 09/08/2020 under Sports The postponed Pow Wow Days 5k/10K and 1 mile Fun Run was contested this past Saturday morning at Memorial Park. Approximately 120 runners competed in the event. Several local athletes did well winning overall championships, as well as garnering medalists honors in their age groups.  Conner Ahrens, a member of the current Hatchet Cross-Country coaching staff and recent UW Stout CC/Track standout, topped the field in the 10K as he took home the trophy in a time of 36:41. The women were led by Hilary Eggen from Roberts, WI in a time of 43:00. Age group winners in the 10K were: Barret Eggen, Roberts, WI—14 & under Stephanie Welke, Tomahawk, WI—20-29 (also, you're runner-up champion) Corey, Minnameier, Glendale, WI—20-29 Joe Hettwer, Tomahawk, WI—30-39 Josh Jensen, Merrill, WI—30-39 Melissa Scheutt, Beaver Dam, WI—30-39 Brad Gast, Weston, WI—40-49 Dale Kufahl, Kewaskum, WI—50-59 Janine Lau, Milwaukee, WI—60-69 Frank Hinterleitner, Tomahawk, WI—60-69 The 5K race saw many local high school Hatchets pick up hardware. Drew Bolder, a senior on the Tomahawk Cross-Country team cruised to a fast time of 16:59 for 5K in topping the field and grabbing the trophy. Not to be out done the women were led by sophomore Greta Tjugum as she was the women's winner in a time of 20:53. Other age group champions were: Addison Eggen, Oshkosh, WI and Max Larsen, Weston, WI—10 & under Anita Ziert, Tomahawk, WI and Joseph Zastrow, Tomahawk, WI—11-12 Rachael Reilly, Tomahawk, WI and Owen Dickrell, Tomahawk—13-14 Emily Lacina, Tomahawk, WI and Arden Ziert, Tomahawk—15-16 Kate Reilly, Tomahawk, WI and Noah Buckwalter, Tomahawk, WI--17-19 Jorden Leggett, Tomahawk, WI—20-29 Amber Czech, Muskego, WI and Adam Knoll, Stratford, WI—30-39 Heidi Cade, Viroqua, WI and Nate Zastrow, Tomahawk, WI—40-49 Kim Hilgendorf, Tomahawk, WI and Chad Zimanek, Green Bay, WI—50-59 Barb Ament, Merrill, WI and Gary Buchanen, Tomahawk, WI—60-69 Jude Running, Appleton, WI and Roger Martens, Tomahawk, WI—70 & up The 1-mile Fun Run was won by Tyler Totsch of Westfield and Stella Eggen of Roberts, WI. Special thanks to the Lions Club, the City of Tomahawk and the many parent volunteers that helped make this event a success.
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Hatchet Cross Country Teams Win Ashland Invite
Published on 08/28/2020 under Sports The Hatchet Cross-Country team opened their season on Thursday with three other teams at the Ashland Invitational, held at the Chequamegon Bay Golf Course on the West side of Ashland. The Hatchets were impressive in their first official event sweeping both races in dominant fashion. Pack running by both squads propelled the locals to victories. Freshman Rachael Reilly led the way for the Tomahawk girls, finishing in the runner-up spot and covering the 5K course in a time of 22:32. Placing six in the top ten also earning medalist honors for Tomahawk were: Emily Lacina (3rd-21:47), Greta Tjugum (4th-22:49), Macey Mann (5th-22:59), Morgan Hansmann (9th-23:09), and Kate Reilly (10th-25:10). Other finishers for Tomahawk were: Serena Reinke (11th-25:18), Robin Schmidt (12th-25:40), Geena Wanta (19th- 27:55), Ava Dragosh (20th-'28:14), Marie Gorell (21st), Autumn Peissig (25th), Tiana Gerstenberger (26th), and Kambyl Mattke (30th) completed the Hatchet attack in the 37-runner event. Girls Team Scores: Tomahawk-23, Ashland-53, Solon Springs-76, Superior-81 Noah Buckwalter raced to his second individual invitational title of his career as he topped the 52 runner field with his time of 18:44 over 5K. Teammates also earning medalist honors for Tomahawk were: Drew Bolder (2nd-19:03), Arden Ziert (7th-20:44), Hunter VanRyen (8th-20:51), Ethan Liebnitz (9th-21:01) and Garron Albrent (10th-21:07). Others finishing for the boys included: Presley Gutbrod (13th-21:55), Alex Norman (17th-21:55), Owen Dickrell (20th-22:18), Jacob Towle (30th), Brett Borchardt (34th), John Mark Hawley (46th) and Taje Casey (47th). Boys Team Scores: Tomahawk-27, Superior-48, Solon Springs-68, and Ashland-109 Next week on Saturday the Hatchets will participate in the rescheduled Pow Wow Days 5K/10K event at Memorial Park starting at 8:30 am.
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Hatchet Cross Country Teams Host Alumni Scrimmage
Published on 08/24/2020 under Sports On Saturday the Tomahawk Hatchet Cross-Country team hosted their 19th annual Alumni Scrimmage at Bradley Park. The 2020 Hatchets "kicked off" the fall sports season against former alumni and local TARA (Tomahawk Area Runners Association) members at one of the Hatchets' first race sites in Bradley Park. The top alumni finisher in the 5000 meter men's event was Connor Ahrens class of 2012 in a time of 18:11 as he placed 2nd. Other alumni finishers were: Justin Lund (class of'00-4th), Trey Miller ('20-6th), Kurt Reinke (TARA-13th), Bill Turgeon ('86-14th), Guy Kiser ('94-18th), Sean Dirkx ('19-19th), Reed Zedler ('20-20th), Matt Johnson ('20-21st), Jerett Flynn ('19-22nd), Coach Z (23rd), Pastor Mark Gass (TARA-24th), and Roger Martens (TARA). Despite a heavy week of mileage, hard training, and a marathon relay on Wednesday the current Hatchets came ready to race and placed seven runners in the top ten, led by senior Drew Bolder's 18:07 championship effort. Placing in the top ten were: Noah Buckwalter (3rd), Alex Norman (5th), freshman newcomer Owen Dickrell (7th), Hunter Borchardt (8th), Hunter VanRyen (9th), and Arden Ziert (10th). The remaining Hatchet finishers for the boys were: Ethan Liebnitz (11th), Presley Gutbrod (12th), Jacob Towle (15th), Brett Borchardt (16th) and Taje Casey (17th). The top non-scoring Hatchet runners helped to inflate the "unofficial" alumni score to 39, while the locals finished "unofficially" with 24 points to claim their 5th straight victory over the alumni. The alumni women were led by former Hatchet standout (class of 2020) and Universityof Minnesota, Duluth recruit Haley Voermans-Dean as she distanced her competition by over a minute covering the 5K distance in 20:38. Other alumni finishers were: Stephanie Welke ('13-4th), Rachael Miller ('12-7th), Talyn Jones ('15-12th) and Paula Norman (TARA-18th) rounded out the alumni finishers. The 2020 lady Hatchets also placed seven finishers in the top ten and duplicated the tally of their counterparts winning "unofficially" 24-42. The high schoolers were led by two underclassmen, freshman newcomer Rachael Reilly and sophomore Greta Tjugum, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively in times of 21:41 and 21:47 for 5K. Teammates Emily Lacina (5th), Macey Mann (6th), Morgan Hansmann (8th), Serena Reinke (9th), and freshman newcomer Robin Schmidt (10th) rounded out the top 10. Helping keep the Hatchets streak of 14 straight victories intact were: Geena Wanta (11th), TianaGerstenberger (13th), Autumn Peissig (14th), Ava Dragosh (15th), and freshman newcomers Marie Gorell (16th) and Kambyl Mattke (17th). The Hatchets "open" the season on Thursday at Ashland. Superior will be joining Tomahawk for the triangular meet. Meet gets underway at 10:30 am from Chequamegon Bay Golf Course on the west side of Ashland.
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WIAA Defines Fall, Winter and Spring Sports Season
Published on 08/17/2020 under Sports Last week the WIAA approved several details of a one-year alternative season in the spring for fall sports and reduced the number of weeks for sports during the 2020-21 winter and spring seasons. The 2020 fall sports season is as follows:Cross country and girls swimming can begin practice on Monday, August 17.  The football and volleyball seasons will begin on Monday, September 7.  The first date available for football games to be played is Wednesday, September 23. The Hatchet fall sports teams are planning to play this fall and the schedules have been revised.  It will have the volleyball and girls swimming team mostly competing within the Great Northern Conference.  The Hatchet cross country team will have a schedule similar to years past, while the Hatchet football team will be playing in a new conference this year, with seven games scheduled. The WIAA also defined the winter season dates:Girls basketball and hockey will begin on Monday, November 16 and boys basketball, wrestling and boys swimming will begin on Monday, November 23. If teams choose not to play this fall, they will be allowed to play in the alternate fall season.  This season will consist of volleyball starting February 22, girls swimming on Febrary 15, cross country on March 15 and football on March 8. WIAA News Release on 2020-21 Seasons
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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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