Sports

Wed
06
Feb

Local high school wrestling teams hoping for success at regionals


Oconto Falls’ Clayton Whiting, left, holds down Elkhorn Area’s Colman Karl at the Pulaski Invitational on Jan. 26. Whiting and the Panthers will compete in the Division 2 Marinette Regional this coming Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

When the calendar turns to January every year, wrestlers around the state know it is crunch time.

The date signifies the postseason stretch is about five weeks away, and every wrestler needs to be at their peak on the mat. WIAA regionals take place this coming Saturday, with team sectionals on Feb. 12, individual sectionals on Feb. 16 and state the weekend after that (Feb. 21-23).

Three area teams will have their hands full competing in tough regionals. Oconto Falls will take part in the Division 2 Marinette Regional. Panthers that place in the top two in their weight class move on to sectionals at Wrightstown.

In Division 3, Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and Gillett/Suring will both wrestle in Coleman Regional. Individuals who advance will compete in sectionals in the Bonduel Sectional, which will be hosted by Shawano Community High School.

Oconto Falls

Wed
06
Feb

Chasing a dream, part of a nightmare — the reality of deer hunting


The screenshot from a trail camera video shows a giant buck walking towards freshly-planted clover on Aug. 3. Times Herald sports editor Morgan Rode went into the hunting season hoping to cross paths with the big buck, but instead endured the worst hunting season of his life. (Contributed photo)

At the end of each hunting season, I always love to think back on all the hunts I had and new memories I’ve made.

With the deer hunting season, both gun and bow, having ended, I recently took a trip down memory lane in search of my favorite moments from the fall and winter season. Unfortunately, it took me all of about five minutes to recall the highlights of my season.

Living nearly three hours from the land I hunt on, trail cameras are a big resource for me in locating deer and staying in tune with how deer are moving about the property.

Just days after I had made a trip to the hunting property to lay down some clover seed, I received a phone call from my parents with news that was almost too good to be true.

Wed
06
Feb

Athlete of the Week: Logan Krause


Senior Logan Krause has averaged 14.3 points per game during Gillett’s last six games. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Logan Krause

Sport: Boys basketball

School: Gillett High School

Year: Senior

For most athletes, senior year marks the final time many basketball players will step onto the court, making each second that much more memorable. For Gillett senior Logan Krause, who was born with a heart defect and has needed two open-heart surgeries, every moment of his high school basketball career has been a blessing.

With that thought in the back of his mind, Krause has left it all out on the court and helped Gillett find plenty of success over the years. This season, Krause is averaging just under 10 points a game and is among the Marinette & Oconto Conference leaders in assists per game. He’s scored in double figures in each of the team’s last six games, including a 28-point outburst against St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Jan. 26.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

Wed
06
Feb

High school sports highlights: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Gillett 67, Suring 49

Led by the duo of Aubrey DeBauch and Karissa Schaal, the Tigers knocked off the Eagles in Marinette & Oconto Conference action on Feb. 1.

DeBauch led Gillett with 19 points, while also tallying seven rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists. Schaal had 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Sydney Young contributed 10 points for Gillett while Brianna DeBauch had nine. Camryn Long blocked two shots and grabbed six rebounds.

Wylee Van Bellinger and Kylee Stelzer each scored 13 points for Suring. Ryann Wagner added eight points, while Paige Krueger had seven.

Oneida Nation 79, Lena 40

The Wildcats could not keep pace with the Thunderhawks in a M&O clash on Feb. 1. Lena trailed 39-23 at halftime before scoring just 17 second-half points.

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31
Jan

Athlete of the Week: Kylee Stelzer


Suring sophomore Kylee Stelzer is averaging 13.1 points per game this season, scoring in double figures in all but three games. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Kylee Stelzer

Sport: Girls basketball

School: Suring High School

Year: Sophomore

While it’s been an up-and-down season for the Suring High School girls basketball team, sophomore Kylee Stelzer has been about as consistent as it comes. Stelzer, who is averaging 13.1 points per game, has scored seven or more points in all but one game this season, scoring in double figures in 14 of the team’s 17 games.

Stelzer opened the week scoring 12 points to help Suring down Coleman on Jan. 21 before she tallied 13 points in a tight win over St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Friday. She most recently scored 11 points in a loss to Oneida Nation on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My love for basketball began when I was young. I loved going to Saturday morning basketball practice and playing at the halftime of the high school games.

Wed
30
Jan

Oconto Falls’ Clayton Whiting takes first at loaded Pulaski Invite


Oconto Falls’ Aidan Stary, left, tries to escape the hold of Elkhorn Area’s Aaron Taylor during a consolation round match at the 170-pound weight class at the Pulaski Invitational on Saturday. Stary rallied late for a 7-4 decision win and went on to place fourth. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The Oconto Falls wrestling team knew the stiff competition they would be going up against at the 50th annual Pulaski Wrestling Invite on Saturday.

So while only one Panther wrestler finished in the top three of his respective weight class, the team came away from the day with plenty of reasons for optimism.

“We were happy with the boys that did wrestle,” Oconto Falls tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “And yes, that tough competition is like putting money in the bank — and will be ready for withdrawal come regional time.”

Clayton Whiting continued his standout freshman season on the mat, emerging from the 152-pound weight class with a first-place finish to lead Oconto Falls, which scored 73 points to finish 11th as a team.

After a first round bye, Whiting claimed a 10-3 decision win to advance to the semifinals, where the freshman picked up an hard-fought 8-4 decision win.

Wed
30
Jan

High school sports highlights: Jan. 20-26

BOYS BASKETBALL

Gillett 94, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 30

The Tigers made things look easy in a Marinette & Oconto Conference rout of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Jan. 26. Gillett took a commanding lead behind a 57-point first half.

Cole Long led the outburst for Gillett by scoring 31 points. Logan Krause added 28 points, while Wyatt Herzog and Jack Baer each chipped in 10 points.

Long also recorded 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Krause dished out six assists. Anthony Carroll pulled down eight rebounds, had four steals and blocked three shots.

Lena 55, Niagara 38

The Wildcats scored 33 second half points to top the Badgers in M&O play on Jan. 25.

Colby Borchert led Lena, scoring 17 points. Max Beyer added 10 points, while Logan Shallow scored nine.

Coleman 46, Suring 45

The Eagles suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Cougars in a M&O thriller on Jan. 25.

Wed
23
Jan

Nielsen, Ash bring new life to Oconto Falls


Oconto Falls assistant coaches Brett Ash, left, and Cody Nielsen, center, give direction to senior wrestler Collin Schindel at the Bi-State Classic at the La Crosse Center on Dec. 29. (Contributed photo)


Oconto Falls assistant coaches Brett Ash, left, and Cody Nielsen demonstrate techniques during the team’s practice Jan. 14. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Cody Nielsen and Brett Ash both went through the ranks of Oconto Falls youth wrestling program.

Both went on to have successful high school careers on the mat — Nielsen winning a state title as a junior, and Ash being named second-team all-Bay Conference as a senior.

Wrestling and the Oconto Falls community have always been extremely important to Nielsen and Ash. So, when they had the chance to return home and coach the program that molded them as young men, both of them jumped at the opportunity.

Ash, a 2015 Oconto Falls graduate, is in his third season as a coach. Nielsen, a 2012 graduate, is in his first as a varsity assistant.

Wed
23
Jan

Athlete of the Week: Madysen Herald


Lena’s Madysen Herald is averaging over 10 points per game in her senior season on the basketball court. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Madysen Herald

Sport: Girls basketball

School: Lena High School

Year: Senior

Despite not earning many wins on the season, the Lena High School girls basketball team has kept a strong attitude on the court. One of the reasons behind the team’s positive thinking is because of the leadership shown by senior Madysen Herald.

Herald helped the Wildcats to their lone win of the season back on Jan. 10, recording 17 points, six rebounds and six steals. In the team’s most recent game Jan. 17, she tallied 11 points and had five steals.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I started playing basketball in fourth grade and I’ve loved the sport ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

Wed
23
Jan

High school sports highlights: Jan. 13-19

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Oconto Falls 81, New Holstein 43

The Panthers blew past the Huskies in nonconference action on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Kari Albrecht recorded 16 points, five rebounds and four steals for Oconto Falls. Alexis Euclide contributed 14 points while Sammy Shallow posted 10 points and nine assists.

Emma Huberty scored eight points while Morgan Helmle and McKayla Goebel each had seven points. Breanna Sadowski pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Denmark 50, Oconto Falls 36

The Panthers were outscored 32-19 in the second half of a North Eastern Conference loss to the Vikings on Friday, Jan. 18.

Sammy Shallow scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Oconto Falls.

Katelyn Albrecht stole three passes while Kari Albrecht had five rebounds and two steals for the Panthers.

Gillett 63, STAA 33

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