Sports

Wed
14
Nov

Girls basketball: Panthers hoping experience translates to success


Suring’s Kylee Stelzer drives to the basket against Gresham last year. Stelzer made the Marinette & Oconto Conference second team last season. (Times Herald file photo)

Having an experienced team at any level of play can be recipe for success. The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team is hoping their immense amount of varsity experience can propel them to a strong season in the North Eastern Conference.

A year after finishing 7-16 overall and 5-13 in conference play, the Panthers will return nine players who gained varsity experience last season.

Seniors Emma Huberty and Sammie Shallow will fill out the guard positions in the starting lineup, while juniors Kari Albrecht, Morgan Helmle and Natalie Brauer are the starting forwards.

While the lineup will be experienced, without much height, it could have trouble defending other teams’ bigs.

“We are an experienced team but have to overcome our lack of size and quickness with effort,” coach Mike Kaczmarek said.

Seniors Katelyn Albrecht and Kaelyn Albrecht and sophomores Mikaela Goebl and Amelia Rice all have experience off the bench for Oconto Falls.

Wed
14
Nov

Russ Long hired as Gillett boys hoops coach


Russ Long was hired as the new Gillett boys basketball coach. (Contributed photo)

The Gillett boys basketball varsity head coaching position has been a revolving door.

The Tigers will have their sixth person at the helm in the last seven seasons. Russ Long is looking to bring stability to the program.

“We’ve had quite a few coaches who have come through and done one season coaching and left,” Long said. “I know the kids. I’ve been coaching a lot of these kids since they were in youth, and I have a pretty good rapport with them. I thought I’d come on in and see what I can do.”

Long, who was the junior varsity coach for the past three years, takes over for Kelly Willson who went 10-36 during his two seasons.

Wed
14
Nov

Well-placed trail camera helps sports editor go viral


This screenshot from the trail camera video shows the eight-point buck watching sports editor Morgan Rode and his brother walk to their evening hunting spots. (Contributed photo)

As the video file uploaded, I texted my brother, Sawyer, “You ready to go viral, lil’ bro?”

Little did I know how true those words would become in just a matter of hours.

When I am not covering a sporting event or writing up a story, one of my favorite things to do is be out in the hunting woods.

Living over two hours away from the grounds I hunt in western Wisconsin, I’ve come to appreciate trail cameras quite a bit. Trail cameras can be vital tools in learning the behaviors and patterns of a white-tailed deer, but a week ago, I learned how heartbreaking scrolling through some of the photos and videos can be.

After spending several hours in the woods with my brother Nov. 3-4, I returned back to Shawano on the morning of Nov. 5 for the work week. After seeing a fair share of deer activity — but no bucks to my knowledge — I again pondered where to sit in order to put myself in a better position to harvest a mature buck this year.

Wed
07
Nov

Football: Bo Krueger earns player of year honors in MONLPC


Gillett junior Bo Krueger runs for a touchdown against Menominee Indian early in the season. Krueger made the MONLPC-8 first team as a running back and was one of four offensive players of the year. (Times Herald file photo)

While no local football teams made deep postseason runs, that didn’t mean there was a shortage of local standout players on the gridiron. Several players from the Gillett, Oconto Falls, Suring and Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy co-op football teams were recently honored for their strong play this fall with spots on all-conference teams.

Players were voted to all-conference teams by opposing conference coaches following the season.

MONLPC-8

The eight-man division of the MONLPC had plenty of strong teams in it, with Gillett battling to fourth place with a 5-3 record.

A big reason behind the Tigers’ success was the play of Bo Krueger. The junior was an all-conference first team selection as a running back and was one of four offensive players of the year in the conference. Krueger also landed on the honorable mention defense team as a linebacker.

Wed
07
Nov

Volleyball: Oconto Falls’ Brauer, Huberty land on all-conference teams


Oconto Falls junior (11) goes up for an attack kill after a set by senior Emma Huberty (13) against Denmark in late September. Brauer was named to the all-conference first team while Huberty was an honorable mention. (Times Herald file photo)

After months of hard work on the court, volleyball players from Oconto Falls, Gillett, Suring and Lena were recently honored with spots on all-conference teams.

The players were voted to the teams by coaches within their respective conferences following the completion of the season.

North Eastern Conference

Battling in a rugged North Eastern Conference, Oconto Falls played its way to a 4-5 record to take sixth place.

The Panthers relied more upon a finesse attack game than leaning on a powerful attacker or two. Junior Natalie Brauer led the team with 96 attack kills during the conference portion of the season and was selected to the all-conference first team for her efforts.

Wed
31
Oct

Cross-country: Hanson, Wagner relish first state runs


Gillett sophomore Derek Hanson (8) runs near the front of the pack at the start of the Division 3 state boys race at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

If you asked high school athletes to tell you the perfect way to end their season, most — if not all — would respond by saying competing at state.

The Gillett duo of Sylvia Hansen and Derek Hanson and Suring’s Ryann Wagner got to end their respective seasons at state Saturday, competing in the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Hansen placed 27th in the Division 3 girls race after posting a time of 20 minutes, 20.9 seconds. Wagner was not far behind, posting a time of 20:45.1 to take 41st.

In the Division 3 boys race, Hanson completed the state course in 17:28.1 to take 43rd.

“Exhausted, kind of satisfied. It wasn’t the best race of my life, but I certainly thought I did good for my first time here,” Hanson said.

Wed
31
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Sylvia Hansen


Gillett sophomore Sylvia Hansen runs during the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 27. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Athlete: Sylvia Hansen

Sport: Cross-Country

School: Gillett High School

Year: Sophomore

Gillett’s Sylvia Hansen has been a predominant figure since her first high school varsity cross-country race. She has racked up numerous top finishes and just capped her sophomore season by running at state.

Hansen claimed the first-ever Marinette & Oconto Conference girls championship Oct. 11. She followed that up by taking third in the Division 3 Westfield Sectional on Oct. 20. This Saturday, Hansen placed 27th at the state cross-country championships.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: My interest in cross-country began in about fourth grade when I was a part of a kids for running program that our school provided.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet?

Tue
23
Oct

Local trio advances to state cross-country meet


Oconto Falls junior Autumn Canavera (108) and the rest of the girl runners have to deal with snow during their run at Saturday’s sectional. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Gillett sophomores Sylvia Hansen and Derek Hanson will join Suring freshman Ryann Wagner at the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships after qualifying at this past Saturday’s Division 3 Westfield Sectional.

Hansen earned her second straight trip to state after earning a third-place finish at the sectional with a time of 20 minutes, 39.57 seconds. She will try to improve upon her third-place finish at state as a freshman.

“After last year’s strong finish, my expectations are definitely higher,” Hansen said. “Last year, I just wanted to make the podium, and now that I’ve done that, I’m really going to work as hard as I can to try and take the top spot.”

“To have my best race possible, I’m going to make sure I prepare properly throughout the week up to the big day,” she added. “I’m going to show up to the race on Saturday, confident in myself knowing that I deserve to be there — also knowing that I need to give it everything I’ve got to achieve my goals.”

Tue
23
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Ryann Wagner


Suring freshman Ryann Wagner will compete Saturday in the WIAA Division 3 State Cross-Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Ryann Wagner

Sport: Cross-Country

School: Suring High School

Year: Freshman

Making the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships is no easy feat for any runner. Making it to state as a freshman is also a pretty rare occurrence.

Suring freshman Ryann Wagner secured herself a spot at state by finishing sixth at the Division 3 Westfield Sectional on Saturday, completing the course in 21 minutes, 56.76 seconds. On Oct. 11, Wagner placed second at the first-ever Marinette & Oconto Conference Meet. Her time of 21:02.5 was only behind good friend Sylvia Hansen of Gillett.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: I started becoming interested in cross-country in the beginning of eighth grade after volleyball season.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet?

Tue
23
Oct

Gillett falls to top-ranked Tigerton in volleyball regional semifinal


Gillett sophomore Aubrey DeBauch goes up for an attack kill while junior Sophie Horsens (12) and sophomore Karissa Schaal (11) look on during a Division 4 regional opener against Bowler on Oct. 16. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

After a shaky regular season, the Gillett High School volleyball team was hoping the postseason would be like a fresh start.

Gillett got the postseason off on an upswing by upsetting Bowler 25-15, 25-16, 25-7 on the road Oct. 16 but saw its season come to a close in a stiff test against top-seeded Tigerton on Thursday. Tigerton won by scores of 25-19, 25-17, 28-26.

“The Gillett volleyball team went into the season optimistic and working hard,” Gillett coach Keri Hicks said. “Unfortunately, we fell short of our goals and struggled to finish off matches. The team worked very hard at practices and learned more than just volleyball skills. We enjoyed our team meals and the bonding time it allowed us.”

Karissa Schaal led Gillett against Tigerton with eight attack kills, while Emelie Horsens and Grace Wickman each added five. Sophie Horsens recorded a team-high nine assists, while Emily Umentum had five.

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