Sports

Wed
02
Aug

Oconto Falls wins 14U, 2nd in 10U at Diamond Days

The Oconto Falls 10U softball team lost the Gillett Diamond Days championship game on a coin flip Sunday.

Nearly 2 inches of rain over 30 minutes Sunday at Orby Jones Sports Complex prevented the bracket play from being completed for the 10U and 12U softball divisions.

The coin flip went in favor of Seymour, as it walked away with the 10U title.

Seymour also picked up first place in the 12U division.

In the 14U competition, which wrapped up play Saturday night, Oconto Falls defeated Gillett/Suring, 12-8, for first place.

It was the second weekend of Diamond Days in Gillett, giving the softball teams a chance to play in front of larger crowds.

“It’s always great to have home-field advantage and it’s always nicer to have a bigger crowd,” Gillett Diamond Club President Dawn Nelson said.

The Gillett 10U softball team finished the tournament 0-3, as did the 12U team.

Wed
02
Aug

Wisconsin junior rifle team takes home national trophy


Contributed Photo

Members of Team Cheddar, which won The Minuteman Match at the National Trophy Rifle Matches in Ohio, are, from left, captain James Melville, coach Kaleb Hall, Brad Schoenemann, Josh Hanrahan, Jadon Selsmeyer, Bryan Melville, Vince Norling and Riley Stewart.

Six years ago Wisconsin was unable to field a six-person junior team in the National Trophy Rifle Matches at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Now, Wisconsin is home to the national champion six-person junior team and two-person junior team, and placed two competitors on the Bill Deneke Trophy Team, an honor roll of the six best junior service rifle shooters in the nation.

Team Cheddar consisting of Josh Hanrahan, of Suamico, and Brad Schoenemann, of Lodi, and coach Kaleb Hall, of Oconto, took home first place in the Freedom Fire match. The duo narrowly defeated Illinois’ top team on “X” count (the bull’s-eye of the target). Team Cheddar is the first Wisconsin team to bring home the Freedom Fire trophy since it was introduced in 2009

Wed
02
Aug

Mountain Motor Madness coming on Sept. 9

Chute Pond Snowmobile Club will host a fundraiser for motor enthusiasts of all types from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Bill Lazansky Community Center in Mountain.

Mountain Motor Madness will include food and beverages, music and raffles. Proceeds will go toward local snowmobile trail maintenance, Oconto River Kids and Vets 4 Vets of Northeast Wisconsin.

Any vehicle with wheels is welcome to be displayed at no charge. There is also no admission charge for spectators.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Jake Rock Entertainment will provide music. There also will be bucket raffles and all-meat, no fillers spin wheel raffles (with four meat winners per round).

Oconto River Kids is a nonprofit group of dedicated volunteers whose mission is to assist kids with life-threatening illnesses attain their outdoor dreams through hands-on adventures. Learn more at www.ocontoriverkids.com.

Wed
02
Aug

Dogleg Open raises funds for MS

The seventh-annual Dogleg Open, a fundraiser for the Wisconsin chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be held Sept. 16 at Parkway Golf Club in Pound.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. The MS Wisconsin chapter serves more than 11,000 residents diagnosed with MS and those who love and care for them. Over the past six years, the Dogleg Open has raised over $42,000 for MS research and patient support.

The cost per person is $60; $55 if paid in full by Sept 6. The registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, prizes and a dinner. A dinner-only option is available for non-golfers.

The tournament is a scramble format.

Hole sponsorships, donations and raffle items are also being accepted. For information or registration, call Dylan Guendert at 414-627-9177 or Parkway Golf Club at 920-897-3950.

Wed
26
Jul

Hitting ends Oconto Falls’ chance at deep playoff run

Through the first three innings Saturday, Oconto Falls had 11 baserunners but just two hits in an American Legion Class A Regional elimination game against Clintonville in Bonduel.

Oconto Falls scored two runs, stranding six runners in scoring position, in those three frames en route to a 4-3 loss that ended its season three wins short of the state tournament.

“I told the guys, you let a team off the hook like that so many times, they’re going to burn you,” Oconto Falls head coach Alex Seidel said. “And we didn’t make the clutch hits today.”

Clintonville pitcher Logan Liesenfelder walked six batters and hit two in the opening three innings. But he also had five strikeouts to help him avoid serious trouble.

His erratic pitching led to Oconto Falls’ first two runs. Jacob Fosters drove in a run on a hit-by-pitch, and then Connor Peetz picked up the second RBI on a bases-loaded walk.

Wed
26
Jul

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

With Gillett’s move into the eight-man football game and the competitive imbalance around parts of northeastern Wisconsin, large conference realignment is set to take place for football only for teams in the Marinette & Oconto, Northern Lakes and Packerland conferences.

Gillett, which is transitioning this fall to the smaller game, will become part of the MONLPC-8, along with Wausaukee, which is also moving into the eight-man game this fall.

The two will join what used to be the Great-8 North Conference, with the likes of Lena/STAA, Menominee Indian, Gresham/Bowler, Sevastopol, NEW Lutheran, Gibraltar and Oneida Nation.

The bigger changes come for the schools still playing the 11-man game, where competition has been divided into small- and large-school conferences.

Suring will compete in the MONLPC-Small along with Crandon, Crivitz, Elcho/White Lake, Florence, Northern Elite (Niagara, Goodman, Pembine), Three Lakes/Phelps and Wabeno/Laona.

Wed
19
Jul

Sparks transitions into Gillett AD role

Mark Sparks had not even been at Gillett High School for a complete year before he was given the opportunity to become the school’s athletic director.

With Mike Kaczmarek stepping down in June, Sparks had already been shadowing him in the position for over a year.

“From what I’ve seen and what he’s shown me and what he’s explained to me, you can’t do this job well without being organized,” Sparks said. “Because all it takes is you miss one paper and now you don’t have an official for a JV game, so what do you do then?

“You forget to confirm with someone via email that they have to work an athletic event. Now you don’t have someone taking tickets, so now you’ve lost that revenue with the school or things like that. It’s really about organization and double-checking everything.”

Wed
19
Jul

Spring turkey harvest down slightly

It seems that I can’t travel our local Waupaca County roads at all lately without having to stop for a wild turkey or two. When I was hunting them this spring, they were everywhere, too — except within shotgun range to my ground blind.

Spring turkey hunters killed 43,341 birds, a slight decrease from last year’s harvest. That could be in part because there were fewer permits sold; 212,088 this year vs. 212,772 last year. The other reasons were a 27 percent decline in turkey production and heavy rains the second season, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The overall success rate was 20.4 percent, compared with last season’s 21.3 percent.

Wed
19
Jul

Diamond Club completes 1st weekend of Diamond Days

The first of two Gillett Diamond Days weekends is in the books after 10U and 12U baseball teams took to Orby Jones Sports Complex last week.

Oconto won the four-team 10U tournament, and Kimberly won the eight-team 12U tournament.

Oconto Falls, which took third in the pool, defeated Suring 8-1 Friday in the opening round and 9-1 in the 10U third-place game. Falls lost to Pulaski, 8-1, and Oconto, 8-6.

Dawn Nelson, Gillett Diamond Club president, had to verify the pitch count and available pitchers in the 10U tournament before crowning Oconto as the champions with its 8-5, seven-inning victory over Pulaski.

Games were delayed for roughly 30 minutes Saturday night after a brief storm that drenched the fields. One game was postponed with two innings remaining, while another whole game had to be moved to Sunday morning.

Club members were out at 5 a.m. Sunday working to make sure both fields were ready for the playoffs of the 12U division.

Wed
12
Jul

Pitching leads to doubleheader sweep of Valders

With the postseason just around the corner, the Oconto Falls Legion baseball team is hitting its stride at the perfect time.

Oconto Falls used back-to-back complete games from its starting pitchers, who received plenty of run support, in sweeping a doubleheader, 5-4 and 6-3, against Valders on Saturday at Memorial Field.

Oconto Falls (6-4) has won four games in a row after starting its summer schedule 2-4.

“We’re kind of collecting a nice head of steam before regionals are coming up,” Oconto Falls head coach Alex Seidel said. “We made it to state last year, so those are definitely big shoes to fill. We kind of just want to do the best that we can.”

A major reason for Oconto Falls’ surge late in the season is its offense is starting to click. Seidel’s hitters are taking a better approach at the plate with two strikes and are consistently putting the ball in play.

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