Sports

Wed
19
Dec

High school sports highlights

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Oconto Falls places sixth at invitational

The Panthers turned in a number of strong finishes while earning 123 points to place sixth at the E.H. Stech Invitational over Friday and Saturday (Dec. 14-15).
Jager Eisch scored 24 of those points after taking second in the 113-pound weight class.
Collin Schindel (120), Clayton Whiting (152) and Trevor Pankratz (170) all came in third for Oconto Falls. Wyatt Borkovec (160) placed fourth.
Lemens leads co-op at invitational
Gillett/Suring’s Sam Lemens continued his strong start to the winter season by winning each of his matches to place first in the 145 weight class at the Kewaunee Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 15).
Jake Burt (285) placed third for Gillett/Suring.
Lena/STAA competes in Shawano Holiday Classic

Wed
19
Dec

Girls basketball: Big runs fuel Gillett past Suring


Suring’s Wylee Van Bellinger (23) goes up for a shot while being defended by Gillett’s Grace Wickman, right and Emily Umentum (14) during Friday’s Marinette & Oconto Conference clash at Gillett High School. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

It was apparent early on that the pressure defense played by Gillett would be a problem for Suring in a Marinette & Oconto Conference girls basketball clash at Gillett High School on Friday.
The defense forced numerous Suring turnovers and rushed shots, leading to easy baskets for Gillett on its end of the court. Behind a couple of extended runs, Gillett pulled away for a 73-34 victory.
“That’s the best the press has looked all year,” Gillett coach Justin Daul said. “They’re (Suring) a good young basketball team that’s well-coached also, so to do what we did tonight was a good feeling to kind of break out of our shell with the press. It’s been a struggle over the start of the season, but to have it go the way it did tonight, it felt good.”
Gillett set the tone early, and opened the game on a 17-0 run. Tigers’ sophomore Aubrey DeBauch tallied eight points during the run.

Wed
12
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Sammy Shallow


Oconto Falls senior Sammy Shallow dribbles the ball up the court in a game against Fox Valley Lutheran on Dec. 7. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Athlete: Sammy Shallow

Sport: Girls Basketball

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

After finishing the 2017-18 season with just a 7-16 mark, the Oconto Falls girls basketball team seems to be playing with more confidence early in this winter season. Senior Sammy Shallow has helped the Panthers out to a 3-1 start.

Shallow serves as the team’s primary ball handler but can also score her share of points. Oconto Falls prides itself on defense and Shallow plays a big role in the pressure defense the team plays.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My interest in basketball began when I was 4 years old. My dad was a basketball coach for the Oconto Falls Hoops Club and I was the team mascot.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: My favorite part about a basketball game is the intensity and adrenaline rush I get when facing a skilled opponent.

Wed
12
Dec

Girls basketball: Panthers scratch out win over FVL


Oconto Falls’ Alexis Euclide, left, looks to get past Fox Valley Lutheran’s Bailey Jacobsen, middle, and Sara Mears during Friday’s game. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Thanks to a pair of clutch free throws from freshman Alexis Euclide, a key bucket from junior Kari Albrecht and another free throw from senior Sammy Shallow, the Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team came away with a 39-33 home victory over North Eastern Conference foe Fox Valley Lutheran on Friday.

Oconto Falls coach Michael Kaczmarek was proud of the team’s strong defensive effort but still sees room for improvement.

“We played well defensively for 28 to 30 minutes but then quit rebounding — we have to finish the possessions by boxing out and going and getting the ball. That disappointed me, but their overall effort and how we rotated on defense, their doing nice things,” he said.

While the final score was separated by just six points, the game looked to be going in a completely different direction just a little earlier.

Wed
05
Dec

Boys basketball: Oconto Falls runs out of steam in OT


Oconto Falls senior Dakota Carriveau, right, looks to make a pass as Clintonville’s Sam Wittman defends during the Nov. 30 game in Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

In an electric and energetic atmosphere at Oconto Falls High School on Friday, the Oconto Falls boys basketball team fell just short in an overtime thriller against North Eastern Conference foe Clintonville.

After the teams battled back-and-forth for the entire game, it was Clintonville that went on a 5-0 run in overtime before connecting on enough free throws down the stretch to claim the 72-67 final.

“Our guys will never quit. They will battle all night long so I don’t ever worry about that,” Oconto Falls coach Kirk Hirst said. “Clintonville is a different team than they were last year — give all the credit to them, they played well.

“We took some bad shots when we shouldn’t have and turned the ball over way too much in the second half,” Hirst continued. “But our guys are never going to quit — they are still going to fight, they are always going to battle.”

Wed
05
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Mitchell Stegeman


Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman dunks the ball against Wabeno/Laona in a game on Friday, Nov. 30. Stegeman is hoping to lead the Eagles to a strong season this winter. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Mitchell Stegeman

Sport: Boys Basketball

School: Suring High School

Year: Senior

Despite losing the school’s all-time leading scorer, the Suring High School boys basketball team still believes it can compete for a Marinette & Oconto Conference outright title after sharing the crown with Coleman and Crivitz last year. A big part of the team’s plan to reach that goal is the play of senior Mitchell Stegeman.

Stegeman made the all-conference second team a season ago and is hoping to have an even bigger season this winter to help lead the Eagles to all of their team goals.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My interest I basketball began when I wad about four and my parents got me a Fisher Price mini basketball hoop that we put in our living room.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

Wed
05
Dec

Oconto Falls wrestlers hang tough in loss to Freedom

With some young wrestlers hitting the mat for their first varsity experience, Oconto Falls tri-head coach Marc Kinziger didn’t know exactly what to expect.

That’s especially true since the Panthers were taking on perennial state power Freedom.

“The coaching staff kind of looking at each other like, hey, we did a little bit better than we thought we would,” Kinziger said. “We thought the guys wrestled really good. In a way, inexcusable not to fill all the weight classes.”

Oconto Falls left three open weight classes — surrendering 18 free points — as Freedom went on the road to pull off a 41-23 victory in a Northeastern Conference dual on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The Panthers won five of the 11 contested matches and got bonus points in three of those matches.

Tue
27
Nov

High school wrestling: Low roster numbers won’t slow down local teams


Oconto Falls’ Tyler Budz, right, wrestles in a triple dual match against Denmark last season. Budz is hoping to make it back to state after qualifying two seasons ago. (Times Herald file photo)

Numbers are a little down for wrestling programs in northeastern Wisconsin.

However, that’s not going to stop the Oconto Falls, Gillett/Suring and Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas teams from mixing it up on the mat this season.

Oconto Falls

Annually, Oconto Falls generally qualifies three to four individuals for the state meet. Last season was an anomaly with just senior Dan Ausloos making it to Madison.

Panthers tri-head coach Marc Kinziger hopes to get a few more of his wrestlers to state in 2018-19.

With the loss of four valuable seniors, Oconto Falls is young and small. He has a number of guys who project in weight classes 106 through 120 but not many guys 195 pounds or heavier. Kinziger might have three 106-pounders vying for time.

Tue
27
Nov

Gillett’s Bo Krueger makes All-Region Team


Gillett’s Bo Krueger runs during the team’s game against Menominee Indian early in the football season. Krueger was recently named to the WFCA All-Region Team. (Times Herald file photo)

Add another honor for Gillett High School standout football player Bo Krueger.

The Tigers’ running back was recently named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region Team after finishing his junior season with 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.

“Being named the All-Region Team is a great honor and, yeah, it keeps me motivated because that means I still need improvement,” Krueger said. “Next year, my goal is to reach the All-State Team.”

Krueger was a force whenever he touched the ball, also hauling in two receiving touchdowns and adding three scores on kickoff returns.

Earlier in the offseason, Krueger was tabbed as one of four offensive players in the MONLPC-8.

Tue
20
Nov

High school basketball: Experienced Oconto Falls ready for tough NEC slate


Suring’s Mitch Stegeman, right, attempts to drive past Gillett’s Anthony Carroll in a game last season. Suring hopes to compete for the Marinette & Oconto Conference crown again, while Gillett hopes to surprise teams with their experienced roster under new head coach Russ Long. (Times Herald file photo)

While some high school boys basketball conferences graduated several all-conference players from a season ago, the same cannot be said about the North Eastern Conference. Of the 24 all-conference selections, only six were seniors.

Like much of the conference, Oconto Falls High School will return much of its starting lineup to the court this winter and believes it can be competitive with some of the conference’s best.

“We are experienced and have added some depth,” Oconto Falls coach Kirk Hirst said. “We should compete again in our conference, which is very good top to bottom. We will battle and compete with every team in our conference.”

A year ago, the Panthers turned in a 5-19 record on the season and 3-15 mark in the NEC to finish second to last.

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