Sports

Wed
15
Nov

High school girls basketball previews

GILLETT HIGH SCHOOL

Girls Basketball

Coach: Justin Daul

Last season: 14-10, 12-6 Marinette & Oconto Conference

Key players lost: Erin Balthazor, Victoria Loberger

Returning starters: Willow Pecha, Faith Sorlie, Taylor Yonker

Coach’s comment: “Our challenge is to manage our expectations, as we return a team that will make a run at the conference championship. Taking it game-by-game and getting better for the long haul and exceeding our expectations from years past! I look for the youth with two sophomores and two freshman to mix well with five seniors and a junior. I look for our team chemistry and leadership to be the best it has since I’ve been here!”

SURING HIGH SCHOOL

Girls Basketball

Coach: Shaun Wagner

Last season: 12-14, 7-10 Marinette & Oconto Conference

Wed
15
Nov

Girls basketball: Panthers look to step it up this season


Oconto Falls High School’s Sami Shallow looks to pass during a scrimmage against Laona/Wabeno on Monday at Oconto Falls. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

It may have been a rough 2016-17 season for the Oconto Falls girls basketball team, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The Panthers return 10 players from last year, many of them earning significant playing time. Those 10 girls will be relied on to log quite a bit of minutes this season.

“Optimistic to get better, but we’re still young,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek said. “All the girls are going to get plenty of playing time.”

Oconto Falls has just two seniors — Kennedy Kratz and Olivia Steffens — but they bring back experience and leadership. The two combined for 8.4 points per game. They will be looked upon for much more than their in-game play.

“The major thing is just stepping up and practicing as hard as I can to just set a great example,” Kratz said. “Talking as much as we can to bring the team together, I think that’s our most important job this year on and off the court.”

Wed
08
Nov

Gillett grad continues running at UW-Stevens Point


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point cross-country and track and field runner Max Zeitler, left, graduated from Gillett in 2015. (Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen)

After two solid seasons on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point cross-country team, Max Zeitler was expected to come in this year and be one of the team’s top performers.

However, his times weren’t as good as last season, and he didn’t qualify for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet.

“I didn’t train as much as I should have over the summer and all that,” Zeitler said.

Zeitler, who graduated from Gillett in 2015, got a job over the summer, and it didn’t give him time to work out and prepare for the fall sport.

Zeitler’s coach, Brett Witt, was hoping he would be one of the top upperclassmen on a young squad. He was a little disappointed Zeitler wasn’t one of his top runners.

Wed
08
Nov

Oconto Falls grad fulfills dream of running in college


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point cross-country and track and field runner Bailey Wolf was a 2016 graduate of Oconto Falls High School. She qualified for the WIAA Division 2 state meet with the Panthers all four years, and continues her success at UW-Stevens Point.

Bailey Wolf was always a confident runner while at Oconto Falls.

She made four trips to the WIAA Division 2 cross-country state meet, but when she got to the collegiate level, Wolf had to really step up her running.

Wolf, who graduated from Oconto Falls in 2016, had a great freshman season on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point squad and placed 39th in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.

Wolf was the Pointers’ No. 2 runner most of her first season. The shift from high school to college running happened very smoothly.

Wed
01
Nov

Sylvia Hansen finishes third at state meet


Gillett High School freshman Sylvia Hansen finished third with a time of 19 minutes, 35.21 seconds at the WIAA State Championships Division 3 race on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. (Photo by ATF Media)

One just finished her first year competing on varsity cross-country with a third-place finish in the state tournament. The other finished her high school career finishing 33rd on the same course.

At the end of the day, Sylvia Hansen and Lauren Herzog of Gillett High School both had days they will never forget at the 2017 WIAA State Championships on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Hansen, a freshman, finished the challenging Ridges Golf Course with a time of 19 minutes, 35.21 seconds, good for third place in a field of 151 runners. In her first year, Hansen became the first Gillett cross-country runner to take the podium.

“I am really surprised about how well I did,” Hansen said with a smile afterwards. “I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did and I am really happy. My coach told me to treat it like any other race and just be there in the moment.”

Wed
01
Nov

Oconto Falls runner competes at state


Oconto Falls High School junior Brody Schindel placed 109th with a time of 18 minutes, 17.01 seconds in the WIAA State Championships Division 2 race on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. (Photo by Lon Ludemann)

Brody Schindel represented Oconto Falls cross-country at the WIAA State Championships with a 109th-place finish in 18 minutes, 17.01 seconds on Saturday.

“It wasn’t my best race of the season,” he said. “We don’t get to choose the weather. We never really ran in that cold of weather before. Considering what we had to run in, I thought I did all right.”

Kavanaugh FitzPatrick (15:52.88), from Lakeland, took first place in the race out of 152 runners in Division 2.

Schindel isn’t new to the challenging Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The junior returned to the race as an individual qualifier in Division 2 after advancing with his team last year.

“I knew the course a lot better because of that,” Schindel said, “but running alone was more difficult because there was nobody I could run with. The experience was still great though, even though I didn’t run as I’d hoped. I liked being able to represent my team.”

Wed
01
Nov

NEC, M&O announce all-conference honorees

Here’s a look at the 2017 fall sports all-conference selections announced so far.

FOOTBALL

North Eastern Conference

Oconto Falls High School

Senior defensive lineman Dan Ausloos clinched a spot on the second-team defense.

Junior punter Keeshawn Katers received honorable mention.

MONLPC

Gillett High School

Sophomore running back Bo Krueger and sophomore offensive lineman Logan Block were selected to the second team on offense.

Senior defensive back Sam Davis and senior linebacker Willy Reynolds clinched spots on the second-team defense.

Honorable mentions include senior running back Nick Hertwig, junior defensive lineman Adam Anderson and junior defensive lineman Tyler Lockstein.

Lena/STAA

Wed
25
Oct

Volleyball: Hawks end Oconto Falls’ postseason run


Oconto Falls High School seniors Olivia Steffens (8) and Stephanie Peitersen (5) move up to block Julia Klement’s attack in a loss during a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday at Shawano. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

Shawano ended Oconto Falls’ postseason run in three sets Thursday in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal.

“It’s mixed emotions,” Oconto Falls head coach Rachel Otto said after the match. “It’s sad to see a season come to an end. I really enjoyed the group of girls we had this year.”

The Hawks topped the Panthers 25-6, 25-18 and 25-17 before a roaring gymnasium crowd in Shawano.

Shawano utilized its loud home court advantage to take the momentum from the start. Oconto Falls managed its points in the first set on three Sarah Sprout kills and three Hawks errors.

The Panthers improved their passing game in the final two sets to close the deficit, but it wasn’t enough to top the Hawks.

Wed
18
Oct

Oconto Falls honors its football greats


Contributed photo Players from the Oconto Falls High School 1997 state championship team were honored at Friday's game. Players include, from left, Chris Desterheft, Adam Zielinski, Nate Rogatzki, Scott Schroeder, Joe Porior, Nick Berg, Jason Radke, Adam Krause and Coach Jerry Moynihan.

As the teams were announced, the applause kept getting louder and louder.

The Oconto Falls community loves to honor its past successes on the gridiron.

Members of the 1967, 1982 and 1997 Oconto Falls High School football teams took part in an alumni weekend to honor the three championship teams. The teams were announced at halftime of the Oconto Falls and Luxemburg-Casco football game on Friday.

This season marks the 50-year anniversary of the 1967 team winning the North Eastern Wisconsin Conference title and finishing with an 8-1 record. They allowed just 13 points all season, but didn’t have a chance to win a state title since the WIAA didn’t introduce a playoff system until 1976.

The 1982 team went 9-3 and captured the Central Wisconsin Conference championship. The guys went on to finish state runner-up in Division 4, falling in the title game to DeForest 52-24.

Wed
11
Oct

Cross-country: Gillett freshman has dominating season


Gillett High School freshman Sylvia Hansen placed second overall with a time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds at the Wisconsin Rapids race on Saturday. Hansen has won three races and placed runner-up twice this season. (Photo courtesy of Emily Young)

Sylvia Hansen couldn’t have asked for a better start to her varsity cross-country career.

The Gillett freshman took first in her first race at Gibraltar on Aug. 24.

Was it a fluke? Beginner’s luck? No. Not even close.

Eight days later, Hansen hit the course at Freedom and placed second overall, first in her division.

Eight races into her career, Hansen is showing why she was such a dominant runner in middle school. She has won three races, placed second twice and finished third, fourth and seventh.

“I figured coming in she would do well,” Gillett cross-country coach Emily Young said. “You can never know what can happen and anybody can have a really good season. You can have sleepers that come in and you’re not expecting that. I expected Sylvia Hansen to have a good season. I just didn’t know if she’d be taking first at some of the meets.”

Hansen, 15, even surprised herself.

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