Sports

Wed
28
Jun

Errors allow Peshtigo to stay in game, beat Oconto Falls

Four consecutive scoreless innings by the Oconto Falls and Peshtigo Legion baseball teams on June 21 finally ended in the top of the 10th inning.

Peshtigo’s Travis Plym reached on an error, stole second base and then advanced to third on a single. Oconto Falls pitcher Wes Brabant got the first out of the inning on a strikeout and then struck out the next batter, as well, but Plym scored when the third strike got past catcher Mike Manns to give Peshtigo the 4-3 lead.

Oconto Falls could not score in the bottom of the frame and suffered its third loss in five games.

“I think we kept battling well. We were put into positions, and Peshtigo put all the pressure on us,” Oconto Falls coach Alex Seidel said.

The hosts managed just four hits against Darren Dionne and Cameron Noffke but were aided by four Peshtigo errors.

Wed
28
Jun

Butch’s summer basketball camp returns in Year 2

Kirk Hirst and Mike Kaczmarek are trying to create a winning culture in their respective basketball programs.

The Oconto Falls High School girls team headed by Kaczmarek won three games in 2016-17. The boys squad that Hirst leads had just one victory.

Hirst and Kaczmarek, who are preaching an offseason filled with hard work and determination in the gym, received a little help last week from Brian Butch, a former University of Wisconsin player who plays professional basketball in Japan.

For the second year in a row, Oconto Falls athletes were able to take part in the Brian Butch Basketball Camp at Oconto Falls High School.

Wed
21
Jun

Heise, Borchert close out careers with all-star game

Two members of Lena’s senior class got the chance to play with some of the top talent in Division 5 as part of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game on Saturday.

Connor Heise and Hunter Borchert, along with coach Jeff Heimke, were selected to the North team, which fell to the South team, 102-96, Saturday at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

“There’s essentially five teams in the state that end their career with a win. If you don’t end your career on a win, you might as well end it on a positive note,” Heimke said. “This is a good chance to do that.”

The team also included Alex Ohde (McDonell Central), Cameron Brussow (Loyal), Neal Cerveny (Gresham), Davin Stricker (Mellen), Drew Rohde (Prentice), Dylan Bunders (Almond-Bancroft), Grayson Knowlton (McDonell Central) and Tyler Fuerlinger (Columbus Catholic).

Gresham coach Jeff Zobeck was the head coach, and Port Edwards’ Dave Gibbs was the other assistant.

Wed
21
Jun

Hischke a 2nd-team honoree in M&O

Gillett/Suring senior Lane Hischke earned a nod to the Marinette & Oconto Conference’s second team for his performance on the baseball diamond this spring.

Junior Cody Smith, a pitcher and infielder for the Hornets, earned an honorable mention selection.

Hischke and Dante Carlson were the only seniors on the roster for Gillett/Suring, which posted a 2-16 overall record and a 0-12 mark in conference play.

For St. Thomas Aquinas Academy/Lena, Riley Marquardt and Jack Farley received honorable mention.

Coleman’s Matt Osterberg was the Player of the Year.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

All-Conference Teams

First team: Matthew Delfosse, Wausaukee; Matt Osterberg, Coleman; Tommy Sawinski, Crivitz; Donovan Salewski, Coleman; Jordan Blanchard, Coleman; Dylan Neuens, Niagara; Cody Renikow, Wausaukee; Jake Steeno, Coleman; Jaden Werner, Crivitz; Landen Koldor, Niagara; Kershaw Stumbris, Crivitz; Austin Tachick, Coleman.

Wed
21
Jun

Demmith named to M&O 1st-team

After securing a fourth-place finish in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, Lena/St. Thomas placed one player, Ally Demmith, on the conference’s top team.

Demmith was voted as one of the top 11 players in the league by the conference’s coaches in an end-of-season meeting.

Amelia Benson and Marley Carviou were each second-team selections for Lena/St. Thomas, which posted a 15-9 overall mark and 7-7 conference record. Lily Lefebrve received honorable mention.

Gillett/Suring junior Faith Sorlie and senior outfielder Greta Sleeter were second-team honorees. Gillett/Suring finished the year at 6-14 overall and 3-11 in league play. Leadoff hitter Myranda Pratsch was an honorable mention pick.

Peshtigo’s Lexi Debriyn and Coleman’s Annabelle Kotecki shared the Player of the Year award.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

All-Conference Teams

Wed
14
Jun

Late innings boost Oconto Falls to 12-7 win over Shawano

Three walks, two errors and a double in the sixth inning allowed the Oconto Falls American Legion team to retake control and defeat Shawano, 12-7, Friday at Memorial Park in Shawano.

Just one half-inning after the Patriots’ posted a six-run fifth inning to pull ahead, 7-5, Oconto Falls regained control of the contest.

Oconto Falls pulled within one on an error, and then two batters later, with the bases loaded, Cliff Yuma drove a ball deep to center field to clear the bases and put the visitors ahead by two. Yuma tallied five RBIs on the night on three hits.

“Cliff was hitting it well tonight,” Oconto Falls head coach Alex Seidel said. “We had a couple other guys that, by the end of the night, were seeing the ball coming in on them.”

Oconto Falls tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh on Kamden Bloom’s triple, an error and a Mike Manns double to right field.

Wed
14
Jun

Bloom, Curl earn all-conference recognition

Catcher Kamdan Bloom and designated hitter Dalton Curl were each honorable mention all-conference selections in the North Eastern Conference this spring for their work on the baseball diamand.

Bloom, who took over behind the plate for Mike Manns, was one of the top players for Oconto Falls as a junior.

Bloom hit .367 in conference games, which included 16 singles and two doubles. He drove in four runs while scoring five times. Bloom was one of three hitters to end the season above a .350 average and score fewer than 10 runs.

Curl, a senior, had a .256 average at the plate during North Eastern Conference play. He recorded eight singles and three doubles in 43 at-bats, and scored eight runs.

Colten Schild, of Fox Valley Lutheran, was the Player of the Year.

North Eastern Conference

All-Conference Teams

Wed
14
Jun

Power-hitting Misco named to NEC’s 2nd team

Oconto Falls catcher Virginia Misco didn’t have the highest batting average during North Eastern Conference play, but she did make the most of her opportunities.

With 25 hits, she drove in 19 runs, including four homers, which earned her a second-team all-conference selection for the NEC this spring.

Joining her were seniors Bailey Magnin and Sadie Pankratz, who each earned honorable mention honors from the coaches across the conference.

Freedom’s Payton Dorn was named the Player of the Year.

North Eastern Conference

All-Conference Teams

First team: Abby Cardew, Freedom; Jayden Laurent, Denmark; Dana Deterville, Luxemburg-Casco; Madysen Thayse, Luxemburg-Casco; Leah Hansen, Denmark; Danielle Nennig, Wrightstown; Brooke Garrett, Freedom; Payton Dorn, Freedom; MaKayla Neinas, Wrightstown; Samantha Birling, Fox Valley Lutheran; Taylor Ullman, Denmark; Morgan Witt, Freedom; Abby Bergholz, Fox Valley Lutheran; Abby Chada, Denmark.

Wed
14
Jun

Graham leads Christian Dance Company’s awards at regional competition

The Christian Dance Company’s top two levels competed at the regional Celebration Talent Competition held at the Weidner Center in Green Bay on May 20-21. Morgan Graham received platinum honors, Hannah Weidner and Haylee Whiting both received high gold recognition, and Haley Fournier received gold honors.

The team routines “Hold the Rain” and “Oceans” also received a high gold, and “Oceans” also received an Outstanding Performance award.

The jazz routine “Down to The River” received third place overall with a Judges Choice award for synchronization as well as being named the Jazz Category winner. Also, the contemporary routine “Eye of the Storm” received second place overall with a Choreography award. Finally, the hip-hop routine “Don’t Let This Feeling Fade” received first place overall and a Superstar award for having the highest score of all 57 entries in the 13 years and older rising star division.

All three routines received platinum awards.

Wed
07
Jun

Christensen, Vollmar earn silvers at state

Suring seniors Will Vollmar and John Christensen each earned silver medals Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 state meet in La Crosse with second-place finishes.

Vollmar, who was 0.13 seconds out of second place in the 100-meter dash, answered with a stronger race in the 200 later in the afternoon.

“I was really going to be happy with second or third,” Vollmar said. “I mean, I left it all on the track, so I wasn’t disappointed with myself.”

Vollmar, who was seeded second heading into Saturday’s final in a time of 22.88, needed every last burst of speed down the straightaway to edge out Coleman’s Gunnar Patz for second place. Cuba City’s Kordell Stillmunke won in 22.63 seconds.

Vollmar and Patz tied in a time of 22.85, but Vollmar was awarded second on the photo finish.

“He’s able to turn on a switch the last 60 percent of his race,” Suring head coach Heidi Gerndt said.

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