Sports

Wed
22
Mar

Albrecht takes over, focuses on fundamentals


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls High School senior outfielder Bailey Magnin throws a ball during practice Monday at OFHS. Magnin, a returning second-team all-conference outfielder, is one of the senior leaders for the Panthers this spring.

Oconto Falls first-year head coach Cory Albrecht, who was an assistant last year under Nick Tolzman, is off and running with his adjustments and practice plans after the first week of softball practice.

Albrecht, who spent the open gyms trying to get the girls into better physical shape to be ready for the first game of the season March 30 in West De Pere, is working with the girls on various skills and techniques during each practice.

“We started the offseason with some core work and really trying to get the girls a little more in shape and more athletic,” Albrecht said. “We’re putting more of an emphasis on our fundamentals here. We have a very experienced group, but it’s easier to break that mold that they were in over the years.”

The Panthers return the majority of the infield in Taylor Markiewicz, Sadie Pankratz and Steph Peitersen, along with outfielder Bailey Magnin and catcher Virginia Misco.

Wed
22
Mar

Hornets turning to Pecha, Young in circle


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Gillett/Suring senior Myranda Pratsch, the leadoff hitter and center fielder, will continue to use her speed as an asset for the Hornets this spring.

Despite losing its senior pitcher and catcher combination from last season, optimism is high for the Gillett/Suring softball team this spring.

The graduation of Jessica Anderson and Kayla DeBauch will leave its mark, but Willow Pecha is returning for her junior season and will be joined in the circle by freshman Sydney Young.

“They’re going to split more time,” Hornets head coach Mike Umentum said. “Jessica was more of a veteran where she could throw the whole game, so the younger pitchers, we’re going to have to regulate how many innings they go before they get too tired.”

Crystal Zemple, who pitched some last year, suffered a knee injury and will not be able to play this spring.

The two pitchers will be working with new catcher Angel Griffin this spring.

Also new to the infield is senior Victoria Loberger, who will take over first base for the Hornets, who finished 5-14 overall and 4-10 in the Marinette & Oconto Conference last year.

Wed
22
Feb

L-C takes down Panthers in sectional final

It was only appropriate that the Oconto Falls and Luxemburg-Casco wrestling teams squared off for the right to advance to the WIAA team state tournament.

The duo has combined for eight WIAA state championships in the last 16 years – seven by Luxemburg-Casco – and a win in a Division 2 sectional final Feb. 14 would give one of the teams a shot at another title.

The Panthers, with a lineup that included six seniors, knew this was the season they could advance.

Both schools won their sectional semifinal matches in overwhelming fashion to set up the showdown at Freedom. Luxemburg-Casco built a comfortable 30-5 lead before Oconto Falls won four of the last five matches. However, it was too little too late for Oconto Falls as Luxemburg-Casco hung on for a 36-29 victory.

“They’re the better team this year,” Oconto Falls head coach Marc Kinziger said. “Hopefully we get our shots back in individually and get a bunch of individuals through.”

Wed
22
Feb

Turnovers, youth allow Wolverines to run away


Photo by Josh Thompson Media

Gillett High School sophomore point guard Logan Krause attempts to drive into the Crivitz defense early in Gillett’s 35-point home loss Monday. The Tigers trailed by 10 points at the break before allowing 42 second-half points.

The Gillett boys basketball team had one of its best first halves of the season, but in the second the players were wore down by a strong opponent.

The Tigers trailed visiting Crivitz by just 10 points at the break, but the Wolverines took advantage inside and dominated the second half, pulling away for a 71-36 victory in Marinette & Oconto Conference action Monday.

“That team right there, they played really, really stiffening defense for 36 minutes, and that’s what I told my guys,” Gillett coach Kelly Willson said. “I think their game plan was to pick on our youth a little bit because we played them close the first time around. I think we actually played them better this time even though the final score doesn’t show that.”

In their first matchup of the season on Jan. 12, Crivitz downed Gillett 74-52.

Wed
22
Feb

Panthers send 6 to individual state meet

The Oconto Falls wrestling team rebounded from a sectional final team wrestling loss to Luxemburg-Casco and sent six individuals to this week’s state wrestling tournament in Madison.

The Panthers (126 points) finished behind only the Spartans (165.5), who sent nine wrestlers to the state meet, in the sectional team scoring. North Eastern Conference rivals Freedom and Wrightstown also finished in the top four. Two Rivers rounded out the top five with 67 points.

Bryce Ash (37-3), at 145 pounds, and Nate Trepanier (43-1), at 160 pounds, won their respective weight classes to earn automatic byes into the state quarterfinals.

Ash won his two matches, a 19-2 5 minutes and 35 seconds technical fall and a 15-5 major decision over Two Rivers’ Laken Duerschmidt.

Wed
15
Feb

L-C takes down Panthers in sectional final

It was only appropriate that the Oconto Falls and Luxemburg-Casco wrestling teams squared off for the right to advance to the WIAA team state tournament.

The duo has combined for eight WIAA state championships in the last 16 years – seven by Luxemburg-Casco – and a win in a Division 2 sectional final Tuesday would give one of the teams a shot at another title.

The Panthers, with a lineup that included six seniors, knew this was the season they could advance.

Both schools won their sectional semifinal matches in overwhelming fashion to set up the showdown at Freedom. Luxemburg-Casco built a comfortable 30-5 lead before Oconto Falls won four of the last five matches. However, it was too little too late for Oconto Falls as Luxemburg-Casco hung on for a 36-29 victory.

“They’re the better team this year,” Oconto Falls head coach Marc Kinziger said. “Hopefully we get our shots back in individually and get a bunch of individuals through.”

Wed
15
Feb

Fishing derby Feb. 25 in Gillett

The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club will hold its annual fishing derby Feb. 25 in the heated Oconto County Fair main pavilion at Zippel Park in Gillett.

The club will again be registering fish from area lakes, and there will be prizes given for the largest northern, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fish registration ends at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, general raffle tickets are being sold by club members and are available at many businesses in and around Gillett and the Oconto County area. This year’s general raffle will offer $5,000 in cash prizes, including $,1000 cash for first place, $750 cash for second place and $500 cash for third place.

There will be a number of other prizes, too. You need not be present to win the general raffle prizes. Drawing for the prizes will take place at 4 p.m.

Wed
08
Feb

Rough first half puts Panthers in hole


Photo by Josh Thompson Media

Oconto Falls High School senior Tyler Klimpke attempts to work in the paint during the Panthers’ 22-point loss to Denmark at home Monday.

Just 10 days earlier, the Oconto Falls and Denmark boys basketball teams squared off.

Denmark pulled away in the second half for a 71-43 victory.

In a rematch on Monday, Oconto Falls had a rough first half but played better in the final 18 minutes, falling 67-45 in a North Eastern Conference game.

“I thought in the first half they didn’t do the things we wanted them to do,” Oconto Falls Kirk Hirst said. “I thought in the second half they came out and played with a lot more aggressiveness.

“The kids are young and still don’t understand a lot of the things we’re trying to accomplish. But they’re getting there. They’re doing some good things even though we don’t see it all the time. I was proud of their effort.”

Hirst used all his players and took away some positives from the eight underclassmen who played.

Wed
08
Feb

Hot start fades fast for Gillett

Coming off a victory over White Lake two nights before, the Gillett boys basketball team was riding high.

The Tigers had a quick start at Oneida Nation, but the shorthanded Thunderhawks used their uptempo style to run past Gillett 80-43 in a Marinette & Oconto Conference matchup Thursday.

Despite the lopsided loss, Gillett coach Kelly Willson liked how his guys played.

“We stood together as a team,” Willson said. “Our offense was really in rhythm most of the time other than some breakdowns. I bet we missed, 12, 13, 14 easy buckets. And, of course, we made some awful passes once in a while that got us in trouble. But we were mostly in sync, I thought. Our defense was really good in the first half.

“My hat goes off to my guys. The score does not indicate what we did tonight as a program.”

Wed
08
Feb

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fox Valley Lutheran 52

Oconto Falls 24

Mason Sefcik scored a team-high seven points as Oconto Falls lost on the road Thursday.

Kade Brabant tallied four points, while Kamdan Bloom and Aaron Kurth each posted three for Oconto Falls (1-14, 0-11 North Eastern Conference).

Lena 61

Niagara 53

Senior Hunter Borchert topped 1,000 career points by tallying 17 in Lena’s road victory Thursday.

Dalton Anderson and Connor Heise tied for a team-high 18 points each for Lena (13-3, 10-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

Heise added six assists and six rebounds, team highs in both categories.

Suring 63

Wausaukee 27

Three players each tallied 15 points as Suring cruised to victory at home on Thursday.

John Christensen, Chris Geniesse and Ryan Mahoney were the high scorers for Suring (13-3, 10-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

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