Sports

Wed
12
Jul

Diamond Days kick off Friday in Gillett

The first of two weekends of the Gillett Diamond Club’s Diamond Days will begin on Friday night.

Eight teams will compete in the 12U boys baseball tournament. The opening game starts at 5 p.m. on Field 2 of the Orby Jones Sports Complex. Teams are traveling from as far away as Kimberly, Kaukauna and Clintonville to participate.

Gillett will play its first game at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Field 2.

The 10U tournament has four teams — Oconto Falls, Suring, Oconto and Pulaski — competing for the tournament title. Two games will be played Friday night, with the rest of pool play finishing up Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Oconto Falls and Suring will open the tournament at 5 p.m. Friday. The 10U championship game is slated for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Softball tournaments for 10U and 12U teams will take place from July 27-30.

Wed
05
Jul

Larsen a 2-sport All-American at Winona State

McKenna Larsen has always been a phenomenal athlete.

At Oconto Falls, she was a three-sport star. She couldn’t be stopped on the volleyball court, was a scoring machine in basketball, and a dominant pitcher and hitter on the softball diamond.

When she decided to attend Winona State University in Minnesota and attempt to play two sports – volleyball and softball – it was a daunting task. But if anyone was going to succeed, it would be Larsen.

Larsen has not only flourished in college, she’s become one of the best all-around Division II athletes in the country. Remarkably, she capped off her junior year by being named an All-American in both volleyball and softball.

Wed
05
Jul

Saputo recognized for $10,000 donation

The Gillett Diamond Club on June 27 recognized Saputo, a cheese manufacturer with a facility in Lena, for its $10,000 donation to sponsor one of the three scoreboards at the Orby Jones Sports Complex.

The donation covered the cost of the scoreboard, installation and a 10-year deal for the sponsorship panel atop the board.

Club President Dawn Nelson described the difficulty in finding funds in a small town, and Saputo stepped up to cover the cost of one of the new boards across the three diamonds in the park.

With Orby Jones in attendance, Nelson thanked Saputo and its representatives at a ribbon-cutting at the scoreboard prior to a 10U softball game between Gillett and Wausaukee. Saputo representative Paul Wonless threw out the first pitch.

The complex is used by high school varsity baseball and softball teams, in addition to the various youth teams sponsored by the club.

Wed
28
Jun

Errors allow Peshtigo to stay in game, beat Oconto Falls

Four consecutive scoreless innings by the Oconto Falls and Peshtigo Legion baseball teams on June 21 finally ended in the top of the 10th inning.

Peshtigo’s Travis Plym reached on an error, stole second base and then advanced to third on a single. Oconto Falls pitcher Wes Brabant got the first out of the inning on a strikeout and then struck out the next batter, as well, but Plym scored when the third strike got past catcher Mike Manns to give Peshtigo the 4-3 lead.

Oconto Falls could not score in the bottom of the frame and suffered its third loss in five games.

“I think we kept battling well. We were put into positions, and Peshtigo put all the pressure on us,” Oconto Falls coach Alex Seidel said.

The hosts managed just four hits against Darren Dionne and Cameron Noffke but were aided by four Peshtigo errors.

Wed
28
Jun

Butch’s summer basketball camp returns in Year 2

Kirk Hirst and Mike Kaczmarek are trying to create a winning culture in their respective basketball programs.

The Oconto Falls High School girls team headed by Kaczmarek won three games in 2016-17. The boys squad that Hirst leads had just one victory.

Hirst and Kaczmarek, who are preaching an offseason filled with hard work and determination in the gym, received a little help last week from Brian Butch, a former University of Wisconsin player who plays professional basketball in Japan.

For the second year in a row, Oconto Falls athletes were able to take part in the Brian Butch Basketball Camp at Oconto Falls High School.

Wed
21
Jun

Heise, Borchert close out careers with all-star game

Two members of Lena’s senior class got the chance to play with some of the top talent in Division 5 as part of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game on Saturday.

Connor Heise and Hunter Borchert, along with coach Jeff Heimke, were selected to the North team, which fell to the South team, 102-96, Saturday at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

“There’s essentially five teams in the state that end their career with a win. If you don’t end your career on a win, you might as well end it on a positive note,” Heimke said. “This is a good chance to do that.”

The team also included Alex Ohde (McDonell Central), Cameron Brussow (Loyal), Neal Cerveny (Gresham), Davin Stricker (Mellen), Drew Rohde (Prentice), Dylan Bunders (Almond-Bancroft), Grayson Knowlton (McDonell Central) and Tyler Fuerlinger (Columbus Catholic).

Gresham coach Jeff Zobeck was the head coach, and Port Edwards’ Dave Gibbs was the other assistant.

Wed
21
Jun

Hischke a 2nd-team honoree in M&O

Gillett/Suring senior Lane Hischke earned a nod to the Marinette & Oconto Conference’s second team for his performance on the baseball diamond this spring.

Junior Cody Smith, a pitcher and infielder for the Hornets, earned an honorable mention selection.

Hischke and Dante Carlson were the only seniors on the roster for Gillett/Suring, which posted a 2-16 overall record and a 0-12 mark in conference play.

For St. Thomas Aquinas Academy/Lena, Riley Marquardt and Jack Farley received honorable mention.

Coleman’s Matt Osterberg was the Player of the Year.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

All-Conference Teams

First team: Matthew Delfosse, Wausaukee; Matt Osterberg, Coleman; Tommy Sawinski, Crivitz; Donovan Salewski, Coleman; Jordan Blanchard, Coleman; Dylan Neuens, Niagara; Cody Renikow, Wausaukee; Jake Steeno, Coleman; Jaden Werner, Crivitz; Landen Koldor, Niagara; Kershaw Stumbris, Crivitz; Austin Tachick, Coleman.

Wed
21
Jun

Demmith named to M&O 1st-team

After securing a fourth-place finish in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, Lena/St. Thomas placed one player, Ally Demmith, on the conference’s top team.

Demmith was voted as one of the top 11 players in the league by the conference’s coaches in an end-of-season meeting.

Amelia Benson and Marley Carviou were each second-team selections for Lena/St. Thomas, which posted a 15-9 overall mark and 7-7 conference record. Lily Lefebrve received honorable mention.

Gillett/Suring junior Faith Sorlie and senior outfielder Greta Sleeter were second-team honorees. Gillett/Suring finished the year at 6-14 overall and 3-11 in league play. Leadoff hitter Myranda Pratsch was an honorable mention pick.

Peshtigo’s Lexi Debriyn and Coleman’s Annabelle Kotecki shared the Player of the Year award.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

All-Conference Teams

Wed
14
Jun

Late innings boost Oconto Falls to 12-7 win over Shawano

Three walks, two errors and a double in the sixth inning allowed the Oconto Falls American Legion team to retake control and defeat Shawano, 12-7, Friday at Memorial Park in Shawano.

Just one half-inning after the Patriots’ posted a six-run fifth inning to pull ahead, 7-5, Oconto Falls regained control of the contest.

Oconto Falls pulled within one on an error, and then two batters later, with the bases loaded, Cliff Yuma drove a ball deep to center field to clear the bases and put the visitors ahead by two. Yuma tallied five RBIs on the night on three hits.

“Cliff was hitting it well tonight,” Oconto Falls head coach Alex Seidel said. “We had a couple other guys that, by the end of the night, were seeing the ball coming in on them.”

Oconto Falls tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh on Kamden Bloom’s triple, an error and a Mike Manns double to right field.

Wed
14
Jun

Bloom, Curl earn all-conference recognition

Catcher Kamdan Bloom and designated hitter Dalton Curl were each honorable mention all-conference selections in the North Eastern Conference this spring for their work on the baseball diamand.

Bloom, who took over behind the plate for Mike Manns, was one of the top players for Oconto Falls as a junior.

Bloom hit .367 in conference games, which included 16 singles and two doubles. He drove in four runs while scoring five times. Bloom was one of three hitters to end the season above a .350 average and score fewer than 10 runs.

Curl, a senior, had a .256 average at the plate during North Eastern Conference play. He recorded eight singles and three doubles in 43 at-bats, and scored eight runs.

Colten Schild, of Fox Valley Lutheran, was the Player of the Year.

North Eastern Conference

All-Conference Teams

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