Sports

Tue
18
Jun

Six Oconto Falls softball players earn conference honors


Oconto Falls senior Emma Huberty takes a swing during a conference doubleheader against Clintonville on May 3. Huberty was one of six Panthers to make an all-conference team this spring. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

UPDATEDThe Oconto Falls High School softball team enjoyed a big spring on the diamond, eventually navigating its way to sectionals.

In conference play, the Panthers posted a 13-5 record to take third behind only Denmark and Luxemburg-Casco. Oconto Falls was rewarded with seven all-conference selections.

Leading the way were first-team players Kaelyn Allen, Emma Huberty and Josie Tolzman.

Over the course of her senior season, Huberty hit for a .368 average and got on base at a .456 clip. She drove in 23 runs, had 12 doubles and homered three times.

Huberty was the team’s primary catcher, helping guide the team’s pitching staff to a 1.60 earned run average.

“It means a lot to get all-conference this year because this season was my favorite so it’s nice to have something to show from it,” said Huberty. “It means extra being a senior, and it’s a great way to end my career.”

Allen also enjoyed a big senior season at the plate.

Tue
18
Jun

Legion baseball: Oconto Falls tops Clintonville for first win

The Oconto Falls Legion baseball team scored four runs across the first two innings and held on late for a 4-2 victory over Clintonville on June 10. It was the first win of the summer for Oconto Falls, which moved to 1-1.

Tucker Bouche scored a run for Oconto Falls in the first inning, but the team ending up stranding the bases loaded to end the frame.

Braden Uelmen, Dylan Nelson and Andrew Klein all scored for Oconto Falls in the second.

Oconto Falls used four pitchers to get through the contest. Sam Virtues pitched the first two innings, before Connor Peetz worked the third and fourth. Tyler Mielke tossed the fifth before Mason Sefcik earned the save after getting the final six outs.

Tue
11
Jun

Legion baseball: Oconto Falls drops first game of summer

The Oconto Falls Post 302 Legion baseball team came up on the wrong end of a 2-0 final against Denmark on June 6.

Oconto Falls was unable to string enough hits together in its season-opener.

After not putting a single runner on base in the first three innings, Post 302 had a runner reach base in each of the last four innings.

Mitchell Manns singled in the fourth, Braden Uelmen walked to open the fifth, Dylan Nelson singled to open the sixth and Jake Foster singled in the seventh for Oconto Falls.

Tyler Mielke took the tough loss on the mound, allowing a pair of fourth-inning runs. Sam Virtues tossed the fifth and sixth innings before Mason Sefcik worked the seventh.

Wed
05
Jun

Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman wins D3 boys pole vault title


Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman clears 14 feet to win the Division 3 boys pole vault title at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships on Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Gillett’s Aubrey DeBauch, right, clears a hurdle in the 300-meter hurdle finals during the 2019 State Track and Field Championships on Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Gillett’s Bo Krueger competes in the discus during the 2019 State Track and Field Championships on Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Oconto Falls’ Kari Albrecht, right, competes in the 100-meter hurdle prelims during the 2019 State Track and Field Championships on Friday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Gillett’s Derek Hanson, left, runs the 1,600-meter during the 2019 State Track and Field Championships on Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Gillett’s Sylvia Hansen runs the 1,600-meter during the 2019 State Track and Field Championships on Friday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Suring's Mitchell Stegeman came in fifth in the high jump after clearing 6-2. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Suring High School senior Mitchell Stegeman cleared 14 feet on his third and final attempt to win the Division 3 boys pole vault at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse on Saturday.

Not only did Stegeman win the state title, but also made history in the process, becoming the school’s first pole vaulter to win a state title.

“I am super excited to have placed first. It was a goal of mine ever since I started vaulting in sixth grade,” Stegeman said. “Freshman and sophomore year, I was the top Division 3 vaulter in my grade. Last year was a little disappointing because I didn’t go up any, but this year was just a dream come true.”

Stegeman became the ninth Suring boy to win a state title and first since 2002.

Stegeman also competed in the high jump and 300-meter hurdle competitions.

He came in fifth in the high jump on Saturday after clearing 6-2.

Wed
05
Jun

WIAA board approves first consideration of eight-man football alignment

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved a first consideration of a conference alignment plan for eight-player football beginning in 2020 at its May 17 meeting.

The plan places eight-player programs into eight, six-team conferences. Each conference will be paired with another six-team league in their region to provide crossover games.

Gillett and the Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy co-op will each compete in the Northeast Region-Conference B.

Suring is part of the Northeast Region-Conference A.

Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Algoma and Green Bay NEW Lutheran/Providence/Oneida Nation fill out Conference B. Florence, Elcho/White Lake, Three Lakes, Wausaukee and Wabeno/Laona round out Conference A.

Wed
05
Jun

Softball: Oconto Falls’ season comes to an end in sectional semi

The Oconto Falls High School softball team was unable to overcome a sloppy second inning in an eventual 5-1 Division 2 sectional semifinal loss on the road against Seymour on May 28.

The third-seeded Panthers committed all four of their errors in the frame, allowing the top-seeded Thunder to grab a 3-0 lead.

Seymour added another run in the third to go up 4-0 before Oconto Falls got on the scoreboard in the fourth.

Alyson Fabry opened the inning with a double. Emma Huberty followed by putting a ball in play that Seymour was unable to handle, allowing Fabry to score and Huberty to get to second on the play.

A strikeout, flyout and groundout ended the inning without any other runs scoring.

Oconto Falls ended up with five hits to Seymour’s four in the game.

Kaelyn Allen and Fabry each singled in the first inning, but were stranded on base. Allen was also stranded after doubling with two outs in the third.

Tue
28
May

Four Gillett athletes headed back to state track & field meet


Oconto Falls’ Kari Albrecht runs the 100-meter hurdles at the Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional on May 20. Albrecht will compete at the state meet in the event. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Gillett’s Derek Hanson competes in the 1,600-meter run at the Suring Invite on April 23. Hanson is one of four Gillett athletes that will compete at state. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The Gillett High School track and field team will be well-represented at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse this Friday and Saturday.

Junior Bo Krueger (discus) will join sophomores Derek Hanson (1,600-meter run), Aubrey DeBauch (300 hurdles) and Sylvia Hansen (1,600, 3,200) at state. Each athlete will be making their second straight appearances at state, qualifying in the same events as last year.

Oconto Falls and Suring will each have one athlete participating at state. Junior Kari Albrecht will represent the Panthers, running the 100 hurdles. Senior Mitchell Stegeman will compete in three events for the Eagles — the pole vault, 300 hurdles and high jump.

Stegeman will be making his third trip to state. He’s qualified for pole vault in each of those years.

As a sophomore, Stegeman took 12th in pole vault before tying for fifth last year. This year, he owns to top seed height of 14 feet, 6 inches.

Tue
28
May

Oconto Falls youth football to receive Packers grant

The Green Bay Packers and USA Football recently awarded grants for new equipment, uniforms and other resources to several youth and scholastic football programs throughout Wisconsin.

The Oconto Falls Panthers Youth Football program was among the recipients of a 2019 USA Football Grant.

Grants are valued up to $1,000 apiece and provide the following resources from USA Football partners: tackle football equipment from Riddell, flag football equipment, uniforms from Badger Sport, field and practice equipment from Tackle Tube, Shadowman Sports and Gilman Gear, background checks from Peopletrail and wearable technology from Catapult.

Tue
28
May

Athlete of the Week: Katelyn Albrecht


Oconto Falls senior Katelyn Albrecht has helped the Panthers put together a playoff run and played strong defense from her shortstop position. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Katelyn Albrecht

Sport: Softball

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

The Oconto Falls High School softball team enjoyed a strong regular season and was able to upset Denmark to win a regional title on Thursday. It’s been a total team effort during the team’s playoff run, with senior Katelyn Albrecht playing her part batting in the heart of the Panthers lineup and playing strong defense from her shortstop position.

In Oconto Falls’ 7-0 regional semifinal win over Freedom on May 21, Albrecht drove in a run on a hit and sacrifice fly. In the team’s 5-0 regional title win over Denmark, Albrecht walked, reached on an error and had a sacrifice bunt.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

A: When I started T-ball at 5 with my mom (Jennie) as the coach and my sister (Kari) playing in her one and only year of softball. It was fun having them both be a part of my my first experience in softball.

Tue
28
May

Several Oconto Falls individuals, relay team qualified for track & field sectionals

The Oconto Falls High School track and field teams had several individuals and a relay team all qualify for sectionals after strong showings at regionals.

Kari Albrecht took second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.05 seconds) at the Division 2 Freedom Sectional on Thursday to qualify for state. She finished third in the 100 hurdles (16.49) finals after taking fifth in the prelims at the Oconto Falls Regional on May 20.

Dakota Carriveau finished sixth in the shot put (49 feet, 6 inches) at sectionals after winning the regional title with a throw of 48-10.5. Colton Rohr was seventh at sectionals in the discus (142-0) after taking fourth at regionals.

Brianna Delzer finished 16th at sectionals in the shot put (30-4) after taking second at the regional.

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