Sports

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.

Tue
21
May

Oconto Falls’ Albrecht, Huberty named to WFSCA All-Star Softball Game


Oconto Falls’ Katelyn Albrecht throws to first base after fielding a grounder during a doubleheader in Clintonville on May 3. Albrecht was named to the WFSCA All-Star Game. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Oconto Falls’ Emma Huberty prepares to throw to first base after fielding a grounder during a doubleheader in Clintonville on May 3. Huberty was recently named to the WFSCA All-Star Game. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Oconto Falls High School seniors Katelyn Albrecht and Emma Huberty were each recently named to a Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) All-Star Game.

The games will be held at Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday, June 18.

“Having the chance to play in the WFSCA All-Star Game represents all my hard work paying off. It means the world to me to have this opportunity to play with some of the best in the state,” said Albrecht.

“This award is so satisfying to receive because a lot of the time, things in softball go unnoticed,” Huberty said. “Softball is my favorite sport, and I love to see the hard work that we put in get paid off.”

While both Huberty and Albrecht love playing the sport and trying to have as much fun as they can, the WFSCA all-star game will finally give the pair a game they can enjoy without too much added pressure behind it.

Tue
21
May

Local high school baseball teams learn playoff seeds, matchups

Local baseball teams recently discovered what teams they would first be facing in the postseason when the WIAA released playoff brackets.

Oconto Falls earned a No. 5 seed in Division 2. The Panthers will open the postseason against a familiar foe, taking on fourth-seeded Marinette, a North Eastern Conference opponent, on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in a regional quarterfinal.

Should Oconto Falls pull the road upset, it will earn a spot in a regional semifinal against top-seeded Seymour on Tuesday, May 28.

The Panthers split with Marinette this season, winning 7-1 in Marinette on May 6 but losing 3-1 to the Marines the following day in Oconto Falls.

The Gillett/Suring co-op snagged a No. 8 seed in the postseason. The co-op with travel to take on top-seeded Peshtigo on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal.

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