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Wed
30
Aug

Oconto Falls girls place third at Southwest Invitational

After losing five of their top seven runners from last season, the Oconto Falls girls cross-country team heads into this year without a lot of experience.

Of the nine girls on the team, four or five of them are new, coach Lon Ludemann said. The Southwest Invitational at Colburn Park on Aug. 23 gave the young athletes some experience in a varsity race.

The Panthers finished third as a team with 64 points. Green Bay Southwest (20) won the invite, and Green Bay East was runner-up (46).

Oconto Falls’ top two runners, Breanna Sadowski and Autumn Canavera, ran well. Sadowski finished in fifth (22:06), and Canavera was seventh (22:35).

“I’m relying on those two girls to get the others to get the picture,” Ludemann said.

Sadowski, a junior, was trying to chase down four Green Bay Southwest runners, who took the top four spots.

Wed
30
Aug

Panthers run away with Southwest title

Noah Kokko-Ludemann has put in his due over the years.

As a freshman on the Oconto Falls cross-country team, he was the No. 7 runner. The next year, he moved up to No. 3, and last year he was second. Now a senior, Kokko-Ludemann has his shot to be the team’s top runner.

On Aug. 23, he showed he’s ready.

Kokko-Ludemann won the Southwest Invitational as Oconto Falls’ first seven runners placed in the top 12 in the season-opening, three-team meet at Colburn Park in Green Bay.

The Oconto Falls boys ran away with the meet title with 18 points, followed by Green Bay Southwest (39) and Green Bay East (incomplete).

Kokko-Ludemann had a time of 18:21 to lead the way.

“I thought it was pretty good, just to see the training from the summer coming together,” Kokko-Ludemann said. “I know there wasn’t a lot of people here; just a good warmup race and get into the groove of the season.”

Wed
23
Aug

Panthers shut out in opener


Photo by Josh Thompson

Oconto Falls High School junior quarterback Dakota Carriveau attempts a pass against the New London defense during Oconto Falls’ 48-0 nonconference loss at home Thursday.

As the Oconto Falls football players cheered as Cliff Yuma went streaking down the sideline 84 yards into the end zone, Panthers coach Barry Derickson stood motionless.

Not far from him was a flag. He knew the play was coming back. Oconto Falls’ first touchdown of the season was negated due to an illegal procedure penalty.

On the very next play, New London corralled an interception. Three plays after that, the Bulldogs were in the end zone.

That 14-point swing cost Oconto Falls plenty of momentum. New London, on the other hand, used the short field to get its offense started. The Bulldogs then scored on seven straight drives in the rain to run away with a 48-0 nonconference victory in the season opener Thursday in Oconto Falls.

It certainly wasn’t the ideal start to the game for Oconto Falls.

Wed
23
Aug

Lena/STAA overcomes turnovers, wins opener 26-22


Times Herald photo by Chris Caporale

Lena/STAA running back Tyler Stuart gets by Menominee Indian lineman Darius Wayka (45) during Lena/STAA’s 26-22 road victory Thursday.

Lena/STAA allowed just eight points off three second-half turnovers Thursday in a 26-22 season-opening road victory over Menominee Indian.

The Eagles drove 65 yards for Meshaen Waukau’s third touchdown of the game after forcing a fumble on the Titans’ second play of the second half but could not turn another fumble and interception into points.

“I think it’s a killer instinct thing that happens sometimes with younger teams. You don’t finish the job,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Clache said. “They’ll think they got the interception, that’s it. They think they got the one touchdown, that’s it. It’s not that way. They’ve got to finish the job. I think they learned a hard lesson today.”

After Waukau’s touchdown gave the Eagles the 22-20 lead in the third quarter, the Titans fumbled again on the first offensive play of the next possession, and Menominee Indian’s Mariano Lyons jumped on the loose ball. The Eagles, however, could not move the ball and punted.

Wed
16
Aug

Tigers integrating more youth into starting lineup


Times Herald photo by Chris Caporale

Gillett High School senior Faith Sorlie gets low to make a pass during practice Monday. Sorlie is one of three seniors returning to the starting lineup this all and one of five seniors on the team’s roster.

Losing two of the quickest players from last year’s team will make it more difficult for the Gillett volleyball team to find success this fall.

With five returning starters, however, head coach Keri Hicks hopes the team can plug in some talented sophomores and get back on track.

“Our theme this year is one step at a time, not that we can’t set goals and or look at expectations,” Hicks said. “I always want to be in the top three; that’s not going to change.”

The Tigers were expected to much better last season than their final 9-15 record (7-8 in the Marinette & Oconto Conference).

The disappointment is fueling the five seniors who are playing their final year with the Gillett name on the jersey.

“We had really big dreams last year, and we didn’t reach them obviously,” senior Faith Sorlie said. “I hope that this year, we can at least … build a plate for them to build off of.”

Wed
16
Aug

Sprout, Peitersen to carry Panthers into 2017


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls High School sophomore Samantha Coron works on setting a ball during practice on Monday. Coron was the team’s No. 2 setter a season ago and will look to be more consistent this year.

Last season, the Oconto Falls volleyball team relied on a solid front row attack as Shelby Coron and Sarah Sprout combined for 737 kills.

Coron graduated, but Sprout is back for her senior year. Sprout, an outside hitter, is one of three returning players who played in every set in 2016. Middle hitter Stephanie Peitersen and setter Emma Huberty are also coming off strong seasons.

“Losing Shelby, she’s going to be tough to replace,” fourth-year head coach Rochell Otto said. “We don’t have really anybody coming in to replace her for my other middle.”

Sprout, who was first-team all-North Eastern Conference last year, was second on the team in kills with 254 and had a kill percentage of 35.2. She was also second in digs (297) and third in aces (35).

“We’ll definitely be riding with her,” Otto said. “She hits well off the right side, so I’m looking at possibly moving her so teams don’t aim up on her being on the outside.”

Wed
09
Aug

Panthers building toward stronger program


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls wide receiver Sam Virtues (34) works through a tackling drill with the linebackers during a practice last week. Virtues will be one of many Panthers taking on bigger roles in 2017 after the departure of a talented class of playmakers.

After two wins in Barry Derickson’s first year as the head coach of the Oconto Falls football program, his hopes are higher this season for a team that had not won multiple games since 2011.

“Everyone knows what they’re doing from last year,” Derickson said. “It will be a lot easier transition.”

The Panthers lost some of their top playmakers from a season ago, including quarterback Connor Scray, running back Mac Winkler and wide receiver Brice Delzer.

This season, Oconto Falls is looking for big things from Cliff Yuma (running back), Sam Virtues (wide receiver) and Dan Ausloos (defensive line).

Derickson also expects junior Keeshawn Katers to see some more playing time. First-year starter Camden Jackson will join the offensive line.

“Last year, I thought there was a little bit of disconnect and uncertainty because there was a new coach,” Derickson said. “But I think this year, they know what’s expected, they know how to get it done.”

Wed
09
Aug

Changes abound for Gillett this fall

The Gillett football program, coming off a winless season and transitioning to the eight-man game this fall with a new coach, has seen its fair share of change in one year.

With new head coach Jesse Witcraft, the Tigers are excited to get back on the field.

“It’s going to be better than last year,” said senior Sam Davis, who can play running back and safety. “I know that.”

Gillett went 0-9 last year in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, averaging 5.2 points per game and allowing 39. This season, Witcraft hopes to change the plan of attack offensively on a week-to-week basis to keep the athletes learning and put more pressure on opposing defenses.

“I’ll vary it week to week,” Witcraft said. “It just depends on who we’re playing and what I see in practice that week. I’ll draw up new plays week to week, so I’ll go into every game with different plays, which helps keep the competition on their toes.”

Wed
09
Aug

OFHS won state football title 20 years ago

It’s a game the Oconto Falls football players won’t soon forget.

A Thursday night in late November 1997 at Camp Randall Stadium, the WIAA Division 3 state title on the line.

Oconto Falls’ defense didn’t allow any second-half points as the Panthers broke a 14-all tie in the third quarter en route to a 28-14 victory over Slinger. It was Oconto Falls’ first and only state football title.

“Being a coach’s kid and going down to the state finals a few times, I guess playing football as a kid in Wisconsin that’s something you dream about,” star running back Nate Rogatzki said. “We always grew up as big Badgers fans, so that was pretty cool to be able to play on that field.”

The former players can’t believe it has been 20 years since the magical season.

Wed
02
Aug

Witcraft takes over as Gillett goes to 8-man

For the second time in as many years, the Gillett High School football team will have a new varsity head coach.

Jesse Witcraft, who worked his way up from the junior high program to a varsity assistant coach last year, will take over for Steve Andrastek, who resigned after accepting a new job that would interfere with the team’s practice schedule.

“I think the transition for us will be fairly easy because a lot of the kids I had in the junior high program are familiar with the offensive style that I’m going to run,” Witcraft said.

The Tigers, who went winless in 2016 with an 0-9 record, are also making the transition into the eight-man football game, joining the MONLPC-8.

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