Sports

Tue
26
Mar

Athlete of the Week: Ericka Havemeier

Athlete: Ericka Havemeier

Sport: Girls track and field

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Junior

Hoping to make it back to state for a third straight year, Oconto Falls junior Ericka Havemeier got her season off to a strong start while competing at an indoor home track meet on March 18. Havemeier placed first in the 45- and 200-meter dashes.

Havemeier posted a time of 5.9 seconds in the 45, while earning a mark of 29.1 in the 200. She won the 45 by about 0.2 seconds, while finishing about 2.0 seconds faster than any other 200 runner.

Q: When did your interest in track and field begin?

A: I’ve been trying to race everything and everyone for as long as I can remember. I used to race my dad’s truck just to see how fast I could go. So when I got to middle school, I had my heart set on being part of the team.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a track and field meet or the track and field season?

Tue
26
Mar

BASEBALL PREVIEW: Panthers looking for players to step up as season nears


Oconto Falls baseball players work on pitching off a mound while practicing indoors on March 20. The Panthers enter the season hoping several players can step up with varsity experience being low. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

As teams around the state are forced to practice indoors because of the weather, the Oconto Falls High School baseball team continues to get ready for the season, hoping players will rise to the challenge that awaits.

The Panthers, coached by Charlie Rochon, will need at least a couple different players to up their play after the team graduated four impactful seniors, three of which were all-conference selections in the North Eastern Conference, from last year’s team.

Seniors Dylan Nelson (center field, pitcher), Jake Foster (left field, pitcher) and Connor Peetz (infield, pitcher) all return with starting experience for the Panthers. Junior Mitchell Manns started at second and shortstop for the team a season ago but will transition behind the plate this year.

Tue
26
Mar

SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Panthers hoping experience can lead to success


Several Oconto Falls softball team members work on hitting drills during an indoor practice on March 20. The Panthers have big aspirations heading into the spring season with an experienced core back. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

With experience on its side, the Oconto Falls High School softball team has high expectations heading into the season.

Oconto Falls, coached by Cory Albrecht, finished 10-13 last year, including a 9-9 mark in the rugged North Eastern Conference.

While the Panthers graduated a few seniors, the team will bring back plenty of experienced starters and all four all-conference selections from a year ago.

Leading the way onto the diamond is senior Emma Huberty, a first team pick last spring. She will serve as the team’s catcher, helping guide a strong Panthers pitching staff through games.

Huberty also hopes to keep the team positive as it continues to have to practice indoors because of lingering snow piles.

“Right now, we already know it’s going to be hard (to stay focused) with a lot of weeks indoors,” Huberty said. “So we just want to stay excited about it (the season) and keep reminding ourselves of our goals, so we know what we are working for.”

Wed
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”

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