Sports

Wed
02
May

OFHS hires new head football coach

Nick Bohl is excited for his first varsity head coaching job, but the new Oconto Falls football coach will have his work cut out for himself.

The Panthers are coming off an 0-9 season, have dropped their last 12 games in a row and sport a 3-51 record in the last six seasons.

Bohl — who replaces Barry Derickson who spent two seasons at Oconto Falls before leaving for an assistant coaching job at Eastern Kentucky University — is up for the challenge of turning around the program.

“It’s a big responsibility,” Bohl said. “The school and community are entrusting me to develop these kids not only on the field but off the field as well. Football’s just more than a game; there’s a lot of life lessons from the game of football.”

Wed
02
May

Sefcik’s sharp mound skills not enough

Mason Sefcik was sharp on the mound, but the senior pitcher for Oconto Falls couldn’t do it alone.

Sefcik gave up just four hits in six innings of work against Waupaca, but the Panthers could only scratch out two hits in a 3-1 loss at home Monday afternoon.

“Both teams didn’t hit the best; it came down to small ball, and we finally executed that,” Waupaca coach Rocky Mondello said.

Oconto Falls coach Charlie Rochon knows it was tough for his team to waste a great outing from his ace pitcher. Sefcik was certainly on his game, striking out four while surrendering just one earned run.

“He mixes stuff up. He’s in, out, up, down. He mixes in a breaking ball,” Rochon said. “He does a lot of little things well.”

The defeat didn’t come without plenty of opportunities for Oconto Falls’ offense. The Panthers left six runners on base, three in scoring position.

Wed
25
Apr

Former OFHS wrestlers succeed in college careers


University of Wyoming wrestler Dewey Krueger, right, helps his team to a 28-9 victory over CSU Bakersfield in a dual this season. Krueger, an Oconto Falls graduate, just wrapped up his redshirt sophomore season at the Division 1 college. (Contributed photo)

Dewey Krueger and Nate Trepanier were exceptional high school wrestlers.

The duo combined for a 324-31 record, capturing three state titles and two runners-up finishes during their four-year careers at Oconto Falls High School.

Both guys have continued on with wrestling at the next level and are doing well. In March, Krueger wrapped up his redshirt sophomore season in Division I at the University of Wyoming by going 4-2. Trepanier closed out his true freshman campaign at Division II Lindenwood University with a 22-17 record and a trip to nationals.

Krueger proving himself at Wyoming

Krueger has started making a name for himself on the Wyoming campus as a versatile wrestler.

Krueger, who usually competes at 157 pounds, scored four victories on the season — all four coming at different weight classes.

This year was a learning experience for Krueger competing for the top-20 nationally-ranked Cowboys program.

Wed
25
Apr

Spring sports season cut short from winter weather

The WIAA softball playoffs start May 22.

That’s creeping up awfully quickly and poses many problems for area teams. The Oconto Falls and Gillett/Suring softball teams haven’t even played a game yet this season. Not one game.

Mother Nature destroyed the first half of the spring sports schedules.

When upwards of 30 inches of snow was dumped on northeastern Wisconsin on April 13-15, that spelled doom for teams. Softball, baseball, golf and track and field athletes are all feeling the effects of not being able to compete in events.

“We’ve never seen it like this,” Oconto Falls activities director Jerry Moynihan said. “We’ve had it where it’s wet, but not with 20 inches of snow on the ground on the 18th of April.”

Wed
18
Apr

Oconto County sportsmen oppose shortened crossbow season

Sportsmen in Oconto County and around the state soundly rejected a plan to shorten the crossbow season for deer, but Oconto County Conservation Congress alternate chairman Ralph Fritsch thinks the plan’s author will continue to pursue it at the state level.

“I think Greg (Kasmierski) will follow through with it and push for it and the board (Natural Resources Board) will support him,” Fritsch said after the April 9 Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spring hearings, which included non-binding votes on a variety of proposed hunting, fishing and trapping rules changes.

Wed
18
Apr

Jake Morrissey wraps up Purdue wrestling career


Purdue University wrestler Jake Morrissey, an Oconto Falls graduate, takes on a Michigan State opponent during his final season. Morrissey clinched three state titles during his time at Oconto Falls and advanced to the NCAA Division 1 Championships two times while at Purdue. (Photo by Purdue Athletics Communications)

Jake Morrissey left Oconto Falls with three state titles under his belt. He was one of the most dominant wrestlers in his era in Wisconsin.

When Morrissey went off to Purdue University, he had one goal in mind: win a national championship.

During his four-year career competing for the Boilermakers, Morrissey qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships twice but came up shy of his main objective. However, he had a strong career that ended in mid-March.

“After the match is over, it hits you and you kind of realize, that’s it,” said Morrissey, a 2013 Oconto Falls graduate. “I’ve been wrestling for 18 years and it’s time to move on. It’s almost bittersweet a little bit because, on one hand, I’m disappointed that I’m done wrestling, and I didn’t quite accomplish what I set out to do, but at the same I’m excited to start a career and a family and move on to other things.”

Wed
11
Apr

High school track: Oconto Falls girls hopeful with old and new talent

Following a season with five sectional and two state qualifiers, plus the addition of new talent, the Oconto Falls girls track team is hopeful this season.

The team brings back one state qualifier, sophomore Ericka Havemeier, and three other sectional qualifiers, senior Kennedy Kratz, junior Breanna Sadowski and senior Ricki Ludwig.

The four contributed to the team finishing first or second in half of its meets last season. The team is on pace for a similar year after placing first in five of nine events during its indoor meet on March 27, good for first place overall. The team also secured first at its first meet March 20.

Wed
11
Apr

Taylor Yonker, Ryan Mahoney selected to WBCA All-Star Game


Suring High School senior Ryan Mahoney was selected to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on the Division 5 North team. (Times Herald file photo)

Area athletes will be represented in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game June 15-16 in Wisconsin Dells.

Suring senior Ryan Mahoney was selected to the Division 5 North boys roster, and Gillett senior Taylor Yonker will play with the girls Division 5 North team.

Mahoney led Suring last season with 23.2 points per game and well surpassed the 1,000-point milestone with 1,539 high school career points over four seasons.

Others on the D5 North boys team are: Alec VandeCastle, Wild Rose; Alex VanCrete, Green Lake High School; Connor Sorenson, South Shore High School; Drew Severson, Eleva Strum Central; Drew Haffner, Gresham Community High School; Hayden Baughman, McDonell Central; Ian Gibbs, Port Edwards; Joe Grundhoffer, Assumption; Jonah Kahl, Turtle Lake; and Nicholas Malovrh, Columbus Catholic.

Yonker scored a team-high 14.8 points per game for the Tigers and helped lead the team to the WIAA Division 5 sectional final.

Wed
04
Apr

Oconto Falls baseball has deep pitching staff


Oconto Falls High School senior Mason Sefcik, who is in his third season on the mound, will serve as the team’s ace again this spring. (Times Herald file photo)

With just three seniors on last year’s Oconto Falls baseball team, coach Charlie Rochon was forced to play younger players.

By the end of the season, he had a freshman, Mitchell Manns, and a sophomore, Dylan Nelson, in his everyday lineup.

The Panthers took their lumps, finishing 7-16, but the young players gained plenty of time on the diamond. This year, the players and the team will reap the benefits.

Oconto Falls — which lost Michael Vervelde, Michael Leveille and Dalton Curl to graduation — returns the majority of its starting lineup and all its pitchers. That formula could translate into the program’s third winning season in the last four years.

“We will be stronger than we were last year,” Rochon said. “Last year, we were young and we didn’t have a lot of seniors.”

The heart of the team could be pitching. It’s an all-senior staff that will work by committee to get the job done.

Wed
04
Apr

Outdoors column: ‘Deer wars’ won’t be averted by shorter crossbow season

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board member who authored a spring hearing questionnaire question suggesting a shortened crossbow archery deer season said he’s trying to be proactive to prevent “a further breakdown of Wisconsin’s deer hunting traditions.”

Greg Kasmierski, a Natural Resources Board member and owner of Buck Rub Outfitters archery shop in Pewaukee, said crossbow deer hunters now have an unfair advantage in technology that is giving their users a nearly 50 percent greater chance of harvesting a buck over compound bow or even gun hunters.

“The crossbow bill was never vetted by the public,” he said. He has fielded complaints, although I’ve personally never heard anyone complain about crossbow use until reading his question on the non-binding ballot. Kasmierski claims he is trying to head off “deer wars” between the various hunting factions by being proactive.

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