Sports

Wed
19
Apr

Heise to continue basketball at D3 school


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Lena senior Connor Heise commits to playing basketball at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota during a signing ceremony Thursday at Lena High School. He is joined by his mother, Susie Gee, and father, Wes Heise.

For those who know Lena High School senior Connor Heise, it is not surprising that he will continue playing the sport he loves at the collegiate level.

For Heise, who committed on Thursday to play basketball at Division III St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, basketball is more than just a game.

“He’s almost addicted to basketball where he’s in a gym almost every single day,” Lena head coach Jeff Heimke said. “That amount of time, that amount of work is what you have to put in if you’re going to play at that level. Even since our season ended, he’s still in the gym every single morning working on his game, and the time and dedication is what led to this.”

The Wildcats’ season ended in a 79-74 overtime loss to Gresham in the sectional semifinal. Heise fouled out with two minutes left in the extra period and Lena trailing by one.

Wed
19
Apr

Fundamentals fail in Falls’ 14-1 home loss

With only a handful of practices recently, the Oconto Falls baseball team hasn’t been able to work much on fundamentals.

That presented a problem Monday as the Panthers committed four errors in the first two innings, and Denmark took advantage in a 14-1 victory in five innings in North Eastern Conference action at Oconto Falls.

“Fundamentally, we did a lot of things wrong early on,” Oconto Falls coach Charlie Rochon said. “They hit the ball, put the ball in play, but we didn’t come up with some plays we should have. Balls got underneath us, balls got left and right where they shouldn’t have.”

Oconto Falls struggled making some routine plays. On two occasions, Denmark reached on sacrifice bunts when the Panthers were late covering first base on the throw.

“We’re better than that, and we just didn’t get it done,” Rochon said. “For whatever reason, we were not in it.”

Wed
19
Apr

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Taylor Yonker posted three hits and four RBIs while Faith Sorlie added three hits and four runs scored in Gillett/Suring’s 16-6, five-inning home victory over Tigerton on April 11.

First baseman Victoria Loberger recorded two hits, three RBIs and two runs, and Willow Pecha chipped in four hits, two RBIs and two runs for the Hornets (2-3, 0-1 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

After Tigerton (0-3, 0-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) tallied three runs in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 4-4, Gillett/Suring responded with 10 runs in the bottom of the inning .

Sydney Young struck out four batters, walked three and gave up three hits in three innings for Gillett/Suring. Willow Pecha entered in relief, striking out three and walking another three. She allowed an earned run on three hits.

The Hornets finished with 16 runs on 19 hits.

Wed
19
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Crivitz 19

Gillett/Suring 4

Senior first baseman Lane Hischke had two hits and drove in one run as Gillett/Suring lost at home Monday in five innings.

Ethan Hill, Sean Krueger, Josh Reed and Cody Smith all scored runs for the Hornets (0-7, 0-3 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

Ethan Hischke allowed seven earned runs in three innings while walking three and striking out four. Sean Krueger then allowed nine runs, none earned, over the next 1 2/3 innings.

Wausaukee 8

Gillett/Suring 3

Cody Smith had three hits, two RBIs and a run scored as Gillett/Suring lost at home Thursday.

Smith also pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs. He struck out seven and walked five for the Hornets (0-6, 0-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

Ethan Hischke came in and threw the final two innings, striking out three batters.

Freedom 3

Oconto Falls 1

Wed
12
Apr

Panthers hit throughout lineup, sweep Waupaca


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls HIgh School shortstop Haley Bell tags out Waupaca’s Caroline Ogden before looking to turn a double play during Oconto Falls’ doubleheader sweep of the Comets at home Saturday.

With 24 hits and 17 combined runs in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Waupaca at home, the Oconto Falls bats finally broke out.

Ten extra base hits, including a home run by Corrina Romandine, powered the Panthers to 10-5 and 7-5 victories.

“We started out the year, and we thought we were a little bit top-heavy with some of our power hitters, so we tried to spread out our lineup a little bit more so that we have a more balanced attack,” Oconto Falls head coach Cory Albrecht said.

After a seven-run outing in the team’s first North Eastern Conference game against Marinette, Albrecht was looking for ways to produce runs outside of the top of the order.

He moved senior Taylor Markiewicz down the lineup and move Haley Bell, a pinch hitter in the first game, into the leadoff spot and Corrina Romandine into the fifth spot.

Wed
12
Apr

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Suring senior Will Vollmar won the long jump, 100-meter dash and 200 as the Eagles finished second at the Luxemburg-Casco High School triangular April 4.

The host Spartans won the boys and girls meets.

Cody Johnson (discus), Johnathan Miller (shot put) and John Christensen (high jump) added individual victories for Suring, and the 3,200 relay team of Ryan Mahoney, Conner Giese, Scout Gerndt and Chris Geniesse defeated the host Spartans by just over a full second.

Johnson (118 feet, 5 inches) bested Luxemburg-Casco’s Bryce Christoph by 3 inches while Miller (43-10) cleared Luxemburg-Casco’s Trevor VandenBush by nearly 2 full feet.

Christensen dominated the high jump competition by reaching 6-3. Luxemburg-Casco’s Evan Tust finished second at 5-6.

In the girls meet, Suring’s Katie Stegeman (6:07) won the mile by three seconds,. Blake Seppel won the 400 (1:05.33) by roughly one second.

Wed
05
Apr

VerVelde, Peterson carry Panthers to opening victory

The last time the Oconto Falls and Seymour baseball teams squared off was with a regional title on the line.

Second-seeded Oconto Falls knocked off No. 1-seeded Seymour 7-6 as the Panthers advanced to sectionals last June. That game was 10 months ago, and a lot has changed on both sides.

The two teams met in the season opener on March 31 in Seymour. The young Oconto Falls team used a two-out, two-run rally to help down Seymour, 4-2, in a nonconference game.

Oconto Falls and Seymour nearly have entirely different teams from a season ago.

“We’ve got three seniors, that’s it,” Oconto Falls coach Charlie Rochon said. “Only two of them played regularly last year. It’s a fun group to be with. I still don’t know what to expect — this is our second day outside. Everything is new.”

Wed
05
Apr

Smith throws 1-hitter, loses 1-0 to Elcho


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Gillett/Suring junior pitcher Cody Smith struck out 16 batters and allowed one hit in a complete game, 1-0 loss to Elcho on Saturday. Smith also added two hits at the plate.

Gillett/Suring junior pitcher Cody Smith struck out 16 batters and allowed just one hit in a complete-game effort, but the Hornets lost to Elcho, 1-0, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Mac Morrison scored the game’s only run, in the sixth inning, on Jacob Eighmy’s double to center field after reaching base on Smith’s second walk of the game. Smith then got out of the jam by getting Hunter Novak to fly to right field.

After walking the first batter in the seventh inning, Smith recorded three consecutive strikeouts.

“First full outing, he looked good out there,” Gillett/Suring head coach Pat Nelson said.

Gillett/Suring threatened in the seventh inning when Tyler McDougal reached on a two-base error, but then Elcho switched pitchers, replacing Novak with Jack Lazers.

Lazers threw a wild pitch, moving McDougal to third base, but then struck out the next three batters to secure the shutout.

Wed
05
Apr

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Oconto Falls won 17 of the 28 events, taking first place in both the boys and girls meets at a home quadrangular on March 28.

The Oconto Falls girls finished with 102 points. Crivitz was second with 51, while Gillett (38) and Coleman (17) rounded out the scoring.

The OFHS boys team posted 98 points. Coleman was second with 60 points, Crivitz (25) third and Gillett (22) fourth.

The Panthers took first in all six of the relay events, while Diane Moore added wins in the long jump (14 feet, 4 1/4 inches) , triple jump (33-2 1/4) and 50-yard hurdles (7.8 seconds).

The girls 12-lap relay team posted a time of 4:28.9, besting Gillett for first place by nearly 15 seconds.

Breanna Sadowski, Ericka Havemeier, Vicky Kozlovsky and Maddie Kurzynske each finished first in one individual event for the Panthers.

Kathy Bierhals was the lone Gillett athlete to take first. She finished the 400-meter dash in 1:12.1.

Wed
29
Mar

Panthers reloading roster, counting on Sefcik as ace


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls High School senior Dalton Curl works at first base during practice this week. Curl is one of just a few players returning for the Panthers, who advanced to the sectional final last year.

Just one year removed from making the sectional final for the first time in 11 years, the Oconto Falls baseball team is back to being overlooked in the difficult North Eastern Conference.

The Panthers lost several athletes to graduation, including pitcher Evan Sigmund, shortstop Sam Shroyer, catcher Mike Manns, Wes Brabant, Tyler Hagemeier, second baseman Kamin Vandenlangenberg and Christian Metzler.

The team finished just above .500 in the conference, but will have many fresh faces this spring.

“They are going to have to transition from JV to varsity, and it’s a big jump,” Oconto Falls head coach Charlie Rochon said. “And this is a very good baseball conference. It’s well-coached and teams do things mechanically correct. Hopefully we do things mechanically correct and buy in, and right now, they are.”

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