Bloom set to continue baseball career in college

Oconto Falls High School senior Kamdan Bloom will continue his baseball career at Edgewood College, in Madison, as a catcher in the fall.

Oconto Falls senior Kamdan Bloom will get to continue his catching career at Edgewood College next year.

The Madison school recruited Bloom to the Division 3 baseball team, giving him the opportunity to keep playing the sport he started at just 4 years old.

“My mom signed me up for tee-ball around that age,” Bloom said, “and it just became the sport I stuck with since then.”

Bloom also credits his old coach, the late Cliff Yuma Sr., for his continued dedication to the sport.

“(Yuma) was a mentor to me throughout my whole little league career,” Bloom said. “He’s the reason I’m the player I am today. We’d play in little league tournaments and get our butts kicked and he always taught us to never give up, and it’s something I’ve held onto as I’ve grown in baseball.

“He sadly passed away from cancer my seventh-grade year, so since eighth grade I’ve been playing baseball to honor him. I know he’s been watching.”


M&O all-conference teams announced

Here’s a look at the winter sports Marinette & Oconto all-conference selections.

Boys basketball

Senior Ryan Mahoney, of Suring, was selected to the all-conference first team. Mahoney joins an all-senior team with Jack Farley, of STAA; Travis Geise, of Crivitz; Jakob Voss, of Crivitz; and Cole Woulf, of Coleman.

Suring junior Mitch Stegeman was selected to the conference’s second team.

Gillett junior Cole Long was also selected to the second team.

Also representing the second team are Oneida’s Seth Charles, Wausaukee’s Matt Delfosse and Coleman’s Austin Marquardt.

Lena sophomore Colby Borchert received honorable mention. Borchert joins Shane Bauer, of Crivitz; Alex Hagerty, of Niagara; and Christian Hornick and Tyler Stuart, both of STAA.

Girls basketball


Gillett falls in sectional championship

Gillett High School senior Willow Pecha drives up the court during a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal against Wausaukee on Thursday. (Photo by Danyell Franti)

The Gillett High School girls basketball team fell one game shy of a state tournament appearance Saturday after a 52-40 loss to Newman Catholic in the WIAA Division 5 sectional final.

The fifth-seeded Tigers defeated four teams to advance to the sectional championship. Gillett dominated No. 12 Goodman/Pembine (72-25) and No. 4 Niagara (forfeit) before taking the regional title with a 66-65 overtime upset against No. 1 Oneida Nation.

Gillett edged Wausaukee in another 66-65 win before taking on No. 2 Newman Catholic.

The Tigers finish third in the Marinette & Oconto Conference (12-4) and were 20-7 overall.


Eagles end season after regional final loss

Suring High School junior Mitchell Stegeman drives past a Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran defender during a WIAA Division 5 regional final on Saturday. (Photo by Sophie Lally)

The Suring High School boys basketball team’s season came to an end Saturday after falling 50-47 to Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran in the WIAA Division 5 regional final.

The Eagles were led by Mitchell Stegeman with 24 points and four assists. Ryan Mahoney scored 10 points, and Cody Smith and Caleb Lally grabbed a game-high seven rebounds apiece. Dequez Sepulveda, Lally and Reece Garrigan each scored four points, and Cody Smith added one to round out the Eagles’ scoring.

Samuel Meerstein scored 16 points and Jacob Champeau 15 to lead N.E.W. Lutheran.

The Eagles, who were seeded No. 2, dominated No. 15 Elcho 71-31 in the first regional game Feb. 27.

Suring had three double-digit contributors against Elcho. Mahoney led the Eagles with 28 points, Lally added 16 and Stegeman scored 11.

Suring went on to top No. 7 Three Lakes 68-54 in the regional semifinal Friday.


Offroaders turn Lake Winnebago ice into hot winter fun

Extreme Offroaders 4-Wheel-Drive Club member Nathan Kussmann of Greenville waves the red flag to finish a race for one of 49 competitors Feb. 10 during the club’s second ice race of the season at Payne’s Point south of Neenah on Lake Winnebago. Family cars and tricked-out vehicles alike enjoy the informal events every year. (Photo by Ross Bielema)

While many thousands of Lake Winnebago anglers were concerned with big sturgeon or potential prize-winning panfish and walleyes in recent weeks, one group of enthusiasts focused their attention on the lake’s surface.

The only holes they dug were made by their spinning tires on the snow-plowed icy course created by volunteers of the Extreme Offroaders 4-Wheel Drive Club Ltd.

Opening day of the sturgeon spearing season found the lake covered with shanties of hopeful anglers, dozens of parked cars and trucks and a huge beer tent at Payne’s Point on Neenah’s southeastern edge.

There, too, were young ice racers like Cole Cerull, 19, of Appleton, who was putting the hand-studded tires on his 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit in preparation for one of eight classes of racing. He previously spent about 30 hours putting in the metal studs on his tires, and also does all his own engine work, he explained.


Ellen Lappen

Ellen Mary Marguerite Kiley Lappen, 75, watercolor artist, believed flowers are like a beautiful ballet. Great-grandmother-to-be, devoted mother, grandmother and wife of 57 years, Ellen was called home by the Holy Spirit in the early morning hours of March 2, 2018. In Appleton, she was born on June 23, 1942, to Dorothy (Van Gorp) and George W. Kiley, parents of six children. Ellen was the third-born child and only girl. She attended Catholic grammar school and graduated from Appleton West High School at the age of 17 with the class of 1960. She went on to pursue a career in nursing and worked at St. Elizabeth in obstetrics directly following graduation, later going on to attend University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Suring boys share M&O basketball title

Suring honored its seniors during Friday’s game, including, from left, Connor Giese, Sean Krueger, Cody Smith and Ryan Mahoney. (Photo by Sophie Lally)

The Suring boys basketball team clinched a three-way tie for the Marinette & Oconto Conference title after a 64-27 victory over Lena on Friday.

The Eagles share the title with Crivitz and Coleman, who all have M&O records of 14-2.

The WIAA boys basketball regional playoffs began Tuesday night. Suring secured a No. 2 seed and opened the tournament with a convincing 71-31 decision over 15-seed Elcho.

The Eagles host No. 7 seed Three Lakes at 7 p.m. Friday. Three Lakes advanced by defeating 10th-seeded Gillett 70-51.


Panthers’ Ausloos D2 heavyweight runner-up

Oconto Falls High School senior Dan Ausloos, left, was pinned by Spencer/Columbus Catholic’s Logan Zschernitz in 1 minute, 3 seconds at 285 pounds to become the Division 2 runner-up at the WIAA state tournament in Madison Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

Dan Ausloos hoped to end his Oconto Falls High School wrestling career a state champion. The senior made it just shy of that goal with a second-place finish at 285 pounds at the WIAA state tournament last weekend in Madison.

“It hurts a little bit,” Ausloos said. “I know I put the work in, but you can’t always win. Winning the championship has been a lifetime goal, so I wish I could’ve gotten that my last year, but it felt good to be back. It’s an amazing experience.”

Ausloos competed at state last year, but was pinned in the second round of the Division 2 heavyweight tournament. This year, he landed on the podium.

“It was nice to improve from last year,” he said, “but I really wish I could’ve taken it all.”

Ausloos (36-4) was pinned in 1 minute, 3 seconds in the championship match by Logan Zschernitz, of Spencer/Columbus Catholic, who placed third last year at state.


Tigers are regional champs after OT victory

Gillett High School senior Willow Pecha drives to the basket during Monday’s WIAA Division 5 regional final overtime victory over Oneida Nation. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

Fifth-seeded Gillett overcame a first-half deficit to force overtime and upset No. 1 Oneida Nation 66-65 for the WIAA Division 5 regional title on Monday. Head coach Justin Daul had one phrase to sum up the victory: “What an answer.”

The Tigers, who trailed by nine points at halftime, battled back in the second half and forced back-and-forth lead changes. With under two minutes to play, Sydney Young secured the Tigers’ lead with back-to-back opportunities from the line and hit 4-of-4 free throws to lead 55-52.

Oneida Nation’s M’Kenzy Ackley converted a layup with 12 seconds, Willow Pecha added one point from the line for Gillett and an Ackley layup at the buzzer tied the score 56-56 at the end of regulation.


Dan Ausloos punches ticket to state tournament

Oconto Falls High School’s Dan Ausloos (285 pounds) defeated Omro’s Mitchell Potratz 8-3 in the quarterfinal at the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament at Oconto Falls on Saturday. (Photo by Josh Thompson)

Dan Ausloos had just been upset in the sectional semifinals.

One more loss and the Oconto Falls senior wrestler’s career was over.

Down in the dumps after the defeat, Ausloos received some words of encouragement from Panthers tri-head coach Marc Kinziger.

“I grabbed him, I said, ‘Your goal is a state championship. If that’s your goal yet, that loss might be good for you, because you’ve got to learn how to win close matches,’” Kinziger said. “I said, ‘You are a better wrestler than that boy, but that kid wrestled and dictated his match and you did not wrestle your match. You let him dictate the match. We can’t have that anymore.’”

Point taken. Lesson learned.

Ausloos won his next two matches in convincing style to place third at 285 pounds in a WIAA Division 2 sectional on Saturday at Oconto Falls to earn a trip to state.

“It kind of woke me up a little bit,” said Ausloos about his second-round loss to Two Rivers’ Damien Bullock.


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