Sports

Tue
16
Apr

Gary Regal named new Oconto Falls boys basketball coach


Gary Regal, center, was recently hired as the Oconto Falls varsity boys basketball coach. Regal brings plenty of coaching experience with him, having coached at Suring for 27 years, including 14 as the varsity coach. Regal will replace Kirk Hirst, who resigned after the end of the most recent season. (Contributed photo)

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team will be under the direction of a new head coach starting in the 2019-20 season after the recent hire of Gary Regal.

Regal will replace Kirk Hirst, who coached the Panthers for seven seasons.

When Hirst resigned following the end of the most recent season, one of the first people he told was Regal, trying to gauge his interest in the program.

Regal, 56, brings plenty of experience into the job. He coached at Suring for 27 years, including 14 as the varsity head coach.

Regal stepped away from coaching in March 2013, but was eager to get back into it a couple years later. Everything fell into place for Regal when the Oconto Falls position was opened.

Tue
16
Apr

Athlete of the Week: Angel Griffin


Suring senior Angel Griffin has been a productive bat at the top of the Gillett/Suring lineup through the team’s first two games. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Angel Griffin

Sport: Softball

School: Suring High School

Year: Senior

The Gillett/Suring softball co-op is off to a 2-0 start to its season. Leadoff batter Angel Griffin, a senior at Suring, has helped the team out to its fast start.

In the team’s most recent game, a 5-2 victory over Crivitz on April 8, Griffin singled and tripled, drove in a run and scored once. She also stole a base.

In a 9-0 season-opening win over Tigerton on April 6, Griffin walked and scored a run.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

Wed
10
Apr

High school basketball: Mitchell Stegeman named to WBCA all-star game


Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman (23) rises up for a shot in a Division 5 regional final clash against Green Bay NEW Lutheran on March 2. Stegeman was recently named to one of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s all-star games. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Suring High School senior Mitchell Stegeman was recently named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s all-star game after his outstanding basketball season and career.

“I am extremely honored,” Stegeman said. “I think it’s really cool that I get to play with the best players in the state. Since I was little, I’ve always dreamed of playing in the infamous JustAgame Fieldhouse, so this truly is a dream come true for me.”

Stegeman enjoyed a standout season on the court to cap a strong high school career.

The Suring player averaged 18.9 points per game, leading the Marinette & Oconto Conference. Following the season, Stegeman was tabbed the M&O player of the year.

He helped the Eagles reach a Division 5 regional final game.

Stegeman will play on the Division 5 White team, which faces the D5 Red team June 15 at 9 a.m.

Wed
10
Apr

Athlete of the Week: Kaelyn Allen

Athlete: Kaelyn Allen

Sport: Softball

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

With an experienced core back this spring, the Oconto Falls High School softball team believes it can produce a memorable season. Senior Kaelyn Allen hopes to among those contributing to the team’s success and she has gotten her season off to a solid start.

In the Panthers’ season-opening win over Little Chute on March 28, Allen singled twice, drove in two runs and also scored twice. She walked twice in the team’s victory over Denmark on Thursday.

Allen then singled and scored the team’s lone run in a loss to Waupaca on Friday. She also scored in the team’s lopsided, five-inning win over Coleman on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

A: As soon as I was able to, I would play catch and hit off a tee with my dad (Dan) in our front yard. Then, when I was about four, I started T-ball and have loved the sport ever since.

Wed
10
Apr

High school softball: Panthers go .500 during busy week

The Oconto Falls High School softball team somehow managed to sneak four games into a week of action despite lingering snow on some fields and rain postponing other contests around the state. The Panthers went 2-2 in those games, but finished the week with a lopsided 20-5 win over Coleman on Saturday, April 6.

In the four-inning win over the Cougars Saturday, Oconto Falls totaled 18 hits and drew seven walks.

Emma Huberty hit a home run and finished with three runs batted in for the Panthers. Aly Fabry posted three hits, four RBIs and scored three times.

Katelyn Albrecht and Morgan Helmle each had four hits for Oconto Falls, while Taylor Ash joined Fabry with three knocks. Albrecht also drove in three runs and scored three runs. Ash and Haley Bell each drove in two runs while scoring twice.

Wed
03
Apr

Athlete of the Week: Brent Wolf


Oconto Falls senior Brent Wolf got his season off to a strong start with several top finishes at an indoor home meet on March 26. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Brent Wolf

Sport: Boys track and field

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

After narrowly missing qualifying for state last season, Oconto Falls senior Brent Wolf has made it a priority to make it to state this year.

Wolf made his presence felt at the team’s indoor meet on March 26. Wolf placed first in the 400-meter dash, finishing with a time of 57.2 seconds. He also won the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 8.25 inches. Wolf also took second in the 50 hurdles (7.3 seconds).

Q: When did your interest in track and field begin?

A: My older sister (Bailey) has been competing in races as long as I can remember. I did all the same sports as she did.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a track and field meet or the track and field season?

Wed
03
Apr

Season preview: Oconto Falls looking for new golfers to step up


Oconto Falls’ Clayton Rathsack prepares to take a swing during an early season practice. Rathsack made the North Eastern Conference honorable mention team last year. (Contributed photo)

Heading into the spring season, the Oconto Falls High School boys golf team is hoping to have some new golfers rise to the challenge.

Just two of the Panthers golfers, senior Chase Pecha and junior Clayton Rathsack, are back from last year’s starting five. That means Oconto Falls must replace three starters going into the tough North Eastern Conference.

Still, the Panthers are confident they can have a memorable season.

“The season expectations will be to compete for the top half of the conference,” Oconto Falls coach Scott Schroeder said. “We will be young with little varsity experience from three of our five spots, so it is important to have a nice spring to help develop and enhance their skills.”

Oconto Falls placed eighth in the NEC a season ago before taking eighth at regionals. The team’s lone sectional qualifier, Ryan Morris, has since graduated, meaning Rathsack is the team’s top returning golfer.

Tue
26
Mar

Athlete of the Week: Ericka Havemeier

Athlete: Ericka Havemeier

Sport: Girls track and field

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Junior

Hoping to make it back to state for a third straight year, Oconto Falls junior Ericka Havemeier got her season off to a strong start while competing at an indoor home track meet on March 18. Havemeier placed first in the 45- and 200-meter dashes.

Havemeier posted a time of 5.9 seconds in the 45, while earning a mark of 29.1 in the 200. She won the 45 by about 0.2 seconds, while finishing about 2.0 seconds faster than any other 200 runner.

Q: When did your interest in track and field begin?

A: I’ve been trying to race everything and everyone for as long as I can remember. I used to race my dad’s truck just to see how fast I could go. So when I got to middle school, I had my heart set on being part of the team.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a track and field meet or the track and field season?

Tue
26
Mar

BASEBALL PREVIEW: Panthers looking for players to step up as season nears


Oconto Falls baseball players work on pitching off a mound while practicing indoors on March 20. The Panthers enter the season hoping several players can step up with varsity experience being low. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

As teams around the state are forced to practice indoors because of the weather, the Oconto Falls High School baseball team continues to get ready for the season, hoping players will rise to the challenge that awaits.

The Panthers, coached by Charlie Rochon, will need at least a couple different players to up their play after the team graduated four impactful seniors, three of which were all-conference selections in the North Eastern Conference, from last year’s team.

Seniors Dylan Nelson (center field, pitcher), Jake Foster (left field, pitcher) and Connor Peetz (infield, pitcher) all return with starting experience for the Panthers. Junior Mitchell Manns started at second and shortstop for the team a season ago but will transition behind the plate this year.

Tue
26
Mar

SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Panthers hoping experience can lead to success


Several Oconto Falls softball team members work on hitting drills during an indoor practice on March 20. The Panthers have big aspirations heading into the spring season with an experienced core back. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

With experience on its side, the Oconto Falls High School softball team has high expectations heading into the season.

Oconto Falls, coached by Cory Albrecht, finished 10-13 last year, including a 9-9 mark in the rugged North Eastern Conference.

While the Panthers graduated a few seniors, the team will bring back plenty of experienced starters and all four all-conference selections from a year ago.

Leading the way onto the diamond is senior Emma Huberty, a first team pick last spring. She will serve as the team’s catcher, helping guide a strong Panthers pitching staff through games.

Huberty also hopes to keep the team positive as it continues to have to practice indoors because of lingering snow piles.

“Right now, we already know it’s going to be hard (to stay focused) with a lot of weeks indoors,” Huberty said. “So we just want to stay excited about it (the season) and keep reminding ourselves of our goals, so we know what we are working for.”

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