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20
Mar

Basketball: Oconto Falls’ Albrecht lands on NEC girls second team


Oconto Falls’ Kari Albrecht, left, dribbles towards the hoop in a North Eastern Conference matchup against Fox Valley Lutheran on Dec. 7. Albrecht was recently named to the all-conference second team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Oconto Falls’ Jo Schoen, right, spots up for a 3-pointer in a North Eastern Conference battle against Clintonville on Nov. 30. Schoen and teammate Mitchell Manns were both recently named to the all-conference honorable mention team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Using a balanced approach and strong defensive play, the Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team enjoyed a solid season in the North Eastern Conference. Recently, three players were recognized for their play on the court.

Panthers’ junior Kari Albrecht was placed on the all-conference second team, while senior Sammy Shallow and junior Natalie Brauer were each named honorable mentions.

Albrecht was the team’s top scorer, averaging 10.4 points across the 18-game conference portion of the season.

“It’s an honor to receive an individual award, especially in our conference that is filled with great athletes,” Albrecht said. “In the beginning of the season, we as a team set goals. But on top of that, I set my individual goals. And I’m happy to say that I met those goals, so it feels great.”

In conference play, Albrecht also accumulated 78 rebounds and 41 steals.

Wed
20
Mar

High school basketball: Suring’s Stegeman named M&O boys player of year


Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman, center, tries to evade Green Bay NEW Lutheran’s Jacob Champeau, left, and Suring teammate Caleb Lally, right, during a Division 5 regional title game at Green Bay East High School on March 2. Stegeman was recently named the conference player of the year in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, while Lally was placed on the second team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Gillett’s Aubrey DeBauch, left, dribbles the ball up the court during a nonconference game at Bonduel on Jan. 4. DeBauch was recently named to the all-conference first team. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Suring High School boys basketball standout Mitchell Stegeman was named the player of the year in the Marinette & Oconto Conference after a strong senior season on the court.

“I am extremely honored to have been named player of the year,” Stegeman said. “It reassures me that when you put in a lot of hard work, it really does pay off.”

Stegeman averaged 18.9 points per game to lead the M&O. He also grabbed about eight rebounds, dished out three assists and had over two steals per contest.

Stegeman helped the Eagles reach a Division 5 regional title game. The senior poured in a season-high 34 points against Oneida Nation on Jan. 15 and scored over 20 points in Suring’s last five games.

Gillett senior Cole Long was also a first team all-conference pick.

“Being named to first team means the world to me,” Long said. “I feel so proud that I was able to reach the goal that I had since freshman year.”

Wed
13
Mar

High School Track & Field: Oconto Falls ready to get season rolling


Oconto Falls’ Ericka Havemeier, right, sprints towards the finish line during the 200-yard Division 2 finals at the state meet last spring. Havemeier is hoping to make state again and improve her finish when she is there. (Times Herald file photo)

With several returning boys and girls athletes, the Oconto Falls High School track and field team is eager to get its season underway.

Despite the cold air and large amount of snow still on the ground, track and field teams around the state have already been practicing for a week. Many teams, including Oconto Falls, will take part in their first invitationals of the season this week.

A season ago, Ericka Havemeier represented the Panthers at state in the 200-meter dash — marking her second state appearance. Now a junior, Havemeier hopes to again make state, where she will try and improve on her ninth-place finish from last year.

“My start during the 200 finals at state really set me behind,” said Havemeier, who will also compete in the 100 and some relay teams. “I’ve been doing some offseason block work in order to make my starts faster and more consistent. During the season I plan to continue to work on my starts.”

Wed
13
Mar

High School Track & Field: Gillett hoping for another strong spring


Gillett’s Bo Krueger competes in the discus at the state track meet last spring. Krueger is one of four 2018 state-qualifiers back for the Tigers. (Times Herald file photo)

Despite rostering just one senior, the Gillett High School track and field team enters the 2019 season with big aspirations coming off a strong 2018 state meet.

The Tigers — coached by Bill DeJung — return each of their four state-qualifiers.

Sophomore Sylvia Hansen leads the girls team after a pair of top-five state finishes in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

“After having such a strong ending to my freshman track season, I have definitely set high goals for myself to match and to build off of — not just this year, but for the years to come,” Hansen said. “This includes trying to take a state title again and trying to better my times as much as possible.”

Sophomore Aubrey DeBauch will be looking to build upon her seventh-place state finish in the 300 hurdles. She will also compete in jumps.

Junior Bo Krueger and sophomore Derek Hanson were at state for the boys, competing in the discus and 1,600, respectively.

Wed
06
Mar

Girls basketball: Wausaukee ends Gillett girls run

The Gillett High School girls basketball team’s run to a regional title included facing two Marinette & Oconto Conference foes.

After opening the postseason with a victory over M&O opponent St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and a tight win over Laona-Wabeno, the Tigers upset top-seeded Oneida Nation, another conference team, to claim the regional title. That set up a date with M&O foe Wausaukee in a Division 5 sectional semifinal.

Having lost to Wausaukee twice during the conference season, Gillett was hoping for a little revenge. But it was the second-seeded Rangers that pulled away in the second half for a 44-35 victory at Crivitz High School on Feb. 28.

Wed
06
Mar

Wrestling: The making of a champion


Oconto Falls’ Clayton Whiting, left, prepares to make his next move against Barron’s Tristan Massie during a Division 2 152-pound weight class semifinal match at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament at the Kohl Center on Feb. 22. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Oconto Falls’ Clayton Whiting, right, tries to break free of the hold of Ellsworth’s Sawyer Hamilton during a Division 2 152-pound weight class quarterfinal match at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament at the Kohl Center on Feb. 22. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament crowned 42 individual champions Feb. 23. Of those champions, just four were freshmen.

Oconto Falls freshman Clayton Whiting was one of those four and the only freshman in Division 2 to win a title. What makes Whiting’s title even more impressive is that he won a 152-pound weight class full of upperclassmen. Whiting was the only freshman in the 12-wrestler bracket.

Despite what looked like long odds, a title was never out of the conversation with Whiting.

“I did come into high school expecting to win state,” said Whiting, who ended his freshman season with a 48-3 record. “I knew I was practicing harder and more often than any of my competition. I had faith in all my training.

Wed
06
Mar

High School basketball: Suring falls just short in regional final


Suring’s Josh Reed, center, goes up for a shot between two Green Bay NEW Lutheran defenders during the March 2 Division 5 regional title game at Green Bay East High School. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Suring’s Mitchell Stegeman, center, tries to evade Green Bay NEW Lutheran’s Jacob Champeau, left, and Suring teammate Caleb Lally, right, during a Division 5 regional title game at Green Bay East High School on March 2. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)


Suring’s Reece Garrigan, left, prepares to take a shot during a Division 5 regional title game against Green Bay NEW Lutheran on March 2 at Green Bay East High School. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The Suring and Green Bay NEW Lutheran boys basketball teams have had their share of playoff battles over the years. On Saturday, the two teams met again in a Division 5 regional title game at Green Bay East High School.

After a pair of free throws by Samuel Meerstein gave Green Bay NEW Lutheran a 50-48 lead with 1.4 seconds left, a three-quarter court heave at the buzzer by Suring senior Mitchell Stegeman was just off line, ending the Eagles season.

It’s a feeling Suring has endured all too often, as it was the third time in the past four seasons that the Blazers have gotten the better of the Eagles in the postseason.

“That was two basketball teams teams that just played their butts off. A basket here, a free throw here or a call here or a call there and things could go the other way,” Suring coach Jim Keeffe said. “I’m a little tired of being heartbroken by NEW”

Wed
27
Feb

High school sports highlights Feb. 17-23: Oconto Falls eases past Tomahawk in regional opener

The last time the Oconto Falls girls basketball program won a home playoff game, the school was in the Bay Conference and senior McKenna Larsen was the leading scorer. That was the 2013-14 season when the Panthers advanced all the way to the WIAA Division 3 state semifinals.

Oconto Falls might not get to within two wins of winning state this season, but the team pulled off its first playoff victory in five years.

Oconto Falls used a solid defensive game plan and got 23 points off the bench — including a team-high 14 points from Morgan Helmle — to cruise to a 59-34 victory over Tomahawk in a Division 3 regional playoff opener Feb. 19.

The victory moved Oconto Falls on to play at Wrightstown in the second round Friday.

Wed
27
Feb

Wrestling: Whiting caps freshman year with state title


Oconto Falls’ Clayton Whiting, top, tries to escape the hold of Amery’s Mike Smith during the Division 2 152-pound weight class title match Saturday at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. (Times Herald photo by Clayton Whiting)

From Thursday through Saturday, the Kohl Center in Madison served as the host for the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament, where 560 high school wrestlers competed. Only 42 of those wrestlers walked away with individual titles when all was said and done, with one winner from each of the 14 weight classes for Divisions 1, 2 and 3.

Looking more like a seasoned state wrestler than a freshman, Clayton Whiting of Oconto Falls worked his way through the Division 2 152-pound weight class to capture one of those individual titles.

“It’s kind of crazy; everyone is like, ‘Oh, he’s just a freshman. He shouldn’t be nothing.’ But I’m a whole different other person out on the mat — I can change people’s minds like that,” said Whiting, who became the school’s first-ever freshman title winner and 15th individual champion.

Oconto Falls junior Tyler Budz and Gillett/Suring senior Sam Lemens each dropped their first and only matches of the tournament.

Wed
27
Feb

High school basketball: Gillett girls claim regional title


The Gillett girls basketball team holds up its Division 5 regional title plaque after taking down top-seeded Oneida Nation on Feb. 23. (Photo by Danyell Franti)

For a second straight year, the Gillett girls basketball team has claimed a Division 5 regional title.

Last year, the Tigers accomplished the feat as a No. 5 seed, upsetting top-seeded Oneida Nation in the regional title game. This year, Gillett took a similar path, upsetting top-seeded Oneida Nation, but as a No. 4 seed.

Gillett will face second-seeded Wausaukee at Crivitz High School on Thursday in a sectional semifinal. The winner advances to play in the sectional final at Wausau East High School on Saturday.

The win might come as a surprise to some who thought Justin Daul’s young team was a year or two away from reaching its full potential, the Gillett head coach said. “But if you ask my coaches and my parents and fans in the community, this is wasn’t a surprise — the talent is there. Just the experience is what we were lacking,” Daul said. He fully expects them to rise up and execute in the next big game. “I wouldn’t put anything past these girls.”

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