Sports

Wed
07
Nov

Volleyball: Oconto Falls’ Brauer, Huberty land on all-conference teams


Oconto Falls junior (11) goes up for an attack kill after a set by senior Emma Huberty (13) against Denmark in late September. Brauer was named to the all-conference first team while Huberty was an honorable mention. (Times Herald file photo)

After months of hard work on the court, volleyball players from Oconto Falls, Gillett, Suring and Lena were recently honored with spots on all-conference teams.

The players were voted to the teams by coaches within their respective conferences following the completion of the season.

North Eastern Conference

Battling in a rugged North Eastern Conference, Oconto Falls played its way to a 4-5 record to take sixth place.

The Panthers relied more upon a finesse attack game than leaning on a powerful attacker or two. Junior Natalie Brauer led the team with 96 attack kills during the conference portion of the season and was selected to the all-conference first team for her efforts.

Wed
31
Oct

Cross-country: Hanson, Wagner relish first state runs


Gillett sophomore Derek Hanson (8) runs near the front of the pack at the start of the Division 3 state boys race at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

If you asked high school athletes to tell you the perfect way to end their season, most — if not all — would respond by saying competing at state.

The Gillett duo of Sylvia Hansen and Derek Hanson and Suring’s Ryann Wagner got to end their respective seasons at state Saturday, competing in the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Hansen placed 27th in the Division 3 girls race after posting a time of 20 minutes, 20.9 seconds. Wagner was not far behind, posting a time of 20:45.1 to take 41st.

In the Division 3 boys race, Hanson completed the state course in 17:28.1 to take 43rd.

“Exhausted, kind of satisfied. It wasn’t the best race of my life, but I certainly thought I did good for my first time here,” Hanson said.

Wed
31
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Sylvia Hansen


Gillett sophomore Sylvia Hansen runs during the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 27. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Athlete: Sylvia Hansen

Sport: Cross-Country

School: Gillett High School

Year: Sophomore

Gillett’s Sylvia Hansen has been a predominant figure since her first high school varsity cross-country race. She has racked up numerous top finishes and just capped her sophomore season by running at state.

Hansen claimed the first-ever Marinette & Oconto Conference girls championship Oct. 11. She followed that up by taking third in the Division 3 Westfield Sectional on Oct. 20. This Saturday, Hansen placed 27th at the state cross-country championships.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: My interest in cross-country began in about fourth grade when I was a part of a kids for running program that our school provided.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet?

Tue
23
Oct

Local trio advances to state cross-country meet


Oconto Falls junior Autumn Canavera (108) and the rest of the girl runners have to deal with snow during their run at Saturday’s sectional. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Gillett sophomores Sylvia Hansen and Derek Hanson will join Suring freshman Ryann Wagner at the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships after qualifying at this past Saturday’s Division 3 Westfield Sectional.

Hansen earned her second straight trip to state after earning a third-place finish at the sectional with a time of 20 minutes, 39.57 seconds. She will try to improve upon her third-place finish at state as a freshman.

“After last year’s strong finish, my expectations are definitely higher,” Hansen said. “Last year, I just wanted to make the podium, and now that I’ve done that, I’m really going to work as hard as I can to try and take the top spot.”

“To have my best race possible, I’m going to make sure I prepare properly throughout the week up to the big day,” she added. “I’m going to show up to the race on Saturday, confident in myself knowing that I deserve to be there — also knowing that I need to give it everything I’ve got to achieve my goals.”

Tue
23
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Ryann Wagner


Suring freshman Ryann Wagner will compete Saturday in the WIAA Division 3 State Cross-Country Championships in Wisconsin Rapids. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Ryann Wagner

Sport: Cross-Country

School: Suring High School

Year: Freshman

Making the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships is no easy feat for any runner. Making it to state as a freshman is also a pretty rare occurrence.

Suring freshman Ryann Wagner secured herself a spot at state by finishing sixth at the Division 3 Westfield Sectional on Saturday, completing the course in 21 minutes, 56.76 seconds. On Oct. 11, Wagner placed second at the first-ever Marinette & Oconto Conference Meet. Her time of 21:02.5 was only behind good friend Sylvia Hansen of Gillett.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: I started becoming interested in cross-country in the beginning of eighth grade after volleyball season.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet?

Tue
23
Oct

Gillett falls to top-ranked Tigerton in volleyball regional semifinal


Gillett sophomore Aubrey DeBauch goes up for an attack kill while junior Sophie Horsens (12) and sophomore Karissa Schaal (11) look on during a Division 4 regional opener against Bowler on Oct. 16. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

After a shaky regular season, the Gillett High School volleyball team was hoping the postseason would be like a fresh start.

Gillett got the postseason off on an upswing by upsetting Bowler 25-15, 25-16, 25-7 on the road Oct. 16 but saw its season come to a close in a stiff test against top-seeded Tigerton on Thursday. Tigerton won by scores of 25-19, 25-17, 28-26.

“The Gillett volleyball team went into the season optimistic and working hard,” Gillett coach Keri Hicks said. “Unfortunately, we fell short of our goals and struggled to finish off matches. The team worked very hard at practices and learned more than just volleyball skills. We enjoyed our team meals and the bonding time it allowed us.”

Karissa Schaal led Gillett against Tigerton with eight attack kills, while Emelie Horsens and Grace Wickman each added five. Sophie Horsens recorded a team-high nine assists, while Emily Umentum had five.

Wed
17
Oct

Local runners shine at M&O cross-country meet


Gillett’s Sylvia Hansen, left, and Derek Hanson each placed first at the first-ever Marinette & Oconto Conference meet Oct. 11 in Pembine. (Contributed photo)

Marinette & Oconto Conference runners made history Thursday, competing in the first-ever conference meet on the grounds of Lake Lundgren Bible Camp.

The Gillett sophomore duo of Derek Hanson and Sylvia Hansen became the first conference champions in dominating fashion. Hanson won the boys race in 16 minutes, 53.2 seconds, more than 40 seconds faster than the next finisher. Hansen posted a time of 19:11.4, almost two full minutes ahead of the second-place runner.

With sectionals looming, Hanson and Hansen were each pleased with their tune-up runs.

“Getting the gold at conference certainly put me in a good spot mentally,” said Hanson. “I think the mentality I had at conference is one I should keep for sectionals. I was focused and hungry for the gold medal, and that day I dug deep to get it.”

Wed
17
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Kaitlyn St. Louis


Kaitlyn St. Louis has been one of Oconto Falls’ top hitters in her senior season. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Athlete: Kaitlyn St. Louis

Sport: Volleyball

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

Down the stretch run of the season, each volleyball match seems to get more important. With the added pressure, some teams can succumb to the moment if they do not have enough experience on the roster. The Oconto Falls volleyball team had plenty of seniors to lean on over the past few weeks of the season, and Kaitlyn St. Louis is one of the seniors who is leading the way.

St. Louis has served as one of the Panthers’ top hitters this season, totaling 141 attack kills heading into postseason play. She also is third on the team with 36 serving aces while also contributing 119 digs.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

Wed
10
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Crystal Zempel


Gillett’s Crystal Zempel has battled through two ACL tears but has remained positive and hopes to help the team make a playoff run. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Crystal Zempel

Sport: Volleyball

School: Gillett High School

Year: Senior

In today’s sports world, a torn ACL seems to be about as frequent an injury as any. Gillett senior Crystal Zempel has endured the unfortunate luck of going through the injury twice but has persevered and now sees the court plenty for the Tigers.

As the postseason nears, Zempel can help provide a veteran voice for a team that will be looking to make a surprise playoff run. In the team’s last Marinette & Oconto Conference match, she helped the Tigers rally from a set down to top Lena on the road.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: My interest began when I was little. My aunt, Tricia, played, and she got me started passing.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a volleyball match or the volleyball season?

Wed
10
Oct

High school football: Teams hoping to cap seasons with wins


Bo Krueger (5) and the Gillett football team are hoping to end the year with a win over Oneida Nation. (Times Herald file photo)

Local football teams enjoyed the eighth week of the season and are now hoping to cap their seasons with another victory in the final week of the regular season.

Oconto Falls picked up its first win of the season last week in a convincing win over Clintonville. While the team cannot make the playoffs, one final win against Luxemburg-Casco this Friday could be extremely special for the Panthers.

“It would give the seniors one last gift and give our underclassmen the taste of victory going into the offseason,” Oconto Falls coach Nick Bohl said. “I hope that by winning Friday, our underclassmen use that as a building block for the offseason. If they want to cherish those moments, that they have to work harder in the offseason. You are only guaranteed nine games in a season so winning a football game is a precious memory.”

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