Keeping the game in the family

Gillett High School senior Kaitlyn Schaal is one of four Schaals that are part of the Gillett girls basketball team this year. Schaal is the second-leading scorer at 10.7 points per game, and her younger sister, freshman Karissa Schaal, chips in 7.5 points per game as the fourth-leading scorer. The two are joined by their cousins, Sharon and Sammy Schaal, who serve as assistant coaches on Gillett’s varsity team. (Times Herald file photo)

Aptly enough, it would all go down on Schaal Road in Gillett.

The Schaal relatives all lived within five miles of one another and would frequently gather in the summer at their grandma’s house. The kids always ventured outside to shoot hoops on a small slab of concrete. Teams would get mixed up, some of the elementary and middle school cousins would take on some of the high schoolers. The games were intense.

“The rule at Grandma’s was always ‘no foul unless there was blood,’” Kaitlyn Schaal said.

It’s apparent, these girls didn’t mess around.

“If you went in and talked to Grandma, you were a baby,” Shannon Schaal said. “There was no point in whining to grandma.”

Games at Grandma’s provided plenty of entertainment, and was the start to something special. It’s where the Schaal kids got their first taste of sport they now love. It’s also where the cousins formed a tight bond.


Suring stays perfect in M&O

Gillett High School junior Logan Krause scored nine points in Friday’s 86-47 loss to Suring. (Times Herald file photo)

There were a lot of smiles on faces of the Suring boys basketball players and their coaches.

There’s been plenty to be happy about early in the season.

The Eagles stayed perfect in the Marinette & Oconto Conference by using a 28-5 run and smothering zone defense against host Gillett as Suring raced to an 86-47 victory on Friday.

“We’re having a blast right now,” Suring senior Ryan Mahoney said. “It’s a good feeling, everything’s clicking.”

“This group has a lot of fun,” Suring coach Jim Keeffe said. “They enjoy playing the game, you can see.”

Suring won its eighth game in a row to move to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in conference to take a 1½ game lead in the standings.

The players just keep plugging away and pulling out victories.

“We have tons of energy all the time – we’re getting passes, we’re moving real well,” Mahoney said. “Shots are falling for us also.”


Basketball: Panthers fall to Shawano in Sundrop Shootout

Oconto Falls High School junior Katelyn Albrecht attempts a jumper during a 64-27 loss to Shawano on Wednesday at the Sundrop Shootout at the Kress Center in Green Bay. (Photo by Jody Ward)

With only five field goals in the first half, the Oconto Falls girls basketball team found themselves in a deep hole early.

Falling behind 22-0 to start the game, the Panthers never recovered and dropped a 64-27 decision to Shawano during the Sundrop Shootout at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kress Center on Dec. 27.

The Panthers struggled all night, only hitting 11 field goals during the game and getting to the free-throw line just eight times.

By contrast, Shawano made 22 trips to the line in the first half. The Hawks made the most of their trips to the charity stripe, hitting 18 of 22 attempts in the first half and 22 of 30 for the game. Oconto Falls made just two of their eight attempts.

On top of the free-throw difference, the Hawks out-rebounded the Panthers nearly 2-to-1.


Oconto Falls posts football coaching position

The Oconto Falls School District hopes to attract a teacher-coach to rebuild its football program starting next year.

Coach Barry Derickson submitted his resignation shortly after the Panthers’ 0-9 season ended with a 69-0 loss to Luxemburg-Casco.

Jerry Moynihan, athletic and activities director, told the school board he’s grateful that Derickson made his intentions known right away rather than wait until the busy hiring season at the end of the school year.

“This will be the third opportunity that I’ve had in my tenure to hire a football coach, and it’s the first time I think it’s the right time and situation,” Moynihan said.

He prefaced his remarks saying, “I’m not here to say anything bad about anybody; this is just information for us to talk about.”


Suring looks to build on winning week

Suring High School sophomore Jaden Bulbolz looks to pass over Gresham defenders Meckenzie Roe (10) and Kristen Bowman (20) during a 40-31 victory on Thursday at Suring. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

The Suring girls basketball team had consecutive wins last week, and head coach Shaun Wagner hopes to keep the momentum rolling.

The Eagles hadn’t seen a win since their season opener against Tigerton, but they now sit at 3-6 (0-5 M&O Conference) and are aiming to level the record.

“We want to use this little roll that we’re on to keep growing,” Wagner said. “We don’t have a senior on the team, and we’re playing three freshmen a lot, so if we can continue to grow at a nice pace, we’ll be where we want to by the end of the year.”

The Eagles, who have just three juniors and the rest underclassmen, topped Gresham 40-31 on Thursday after defeating Goodman-Pembine 54-40 on Dec. 19.

Suring was down early in Thursday’s game, but an easy steal and layup by Kylee Stelzer gave Suring a 9-8 lead over Gresham with six minutes left in the first half and they controlled the rest of the game.


Crivitz outlasts Gillett by 2 points in M&O matchup

A one-sided game turned into battle as Crivitz outlasted the Gillett girls basketball team 61-59 in a M&O Conference matchup on Thursday.

Crivitz jumped out to an early 12-point lead, but the Tigers slowly caught up. Hindering the comeback for the Tigers was missing 21 free throws.

“Twenty for 41 (free throws). I told the girls in the locker room that undoubtedly cost us the game,” Gillett head coach Justin Daul said. “They were the better team all the way through the night, but our girls fought. Our game plan was specific, and I thought it was great. They executed the game plan, but when you go 20 for 41 from the free-throw line, you aren’t going to win many games.”

The Tigers were led by Aubrey DeBauch, who scored 15 points and played stellar defense as the Tigers fought back in the game. DeBauch was one of three Tigers to score in double figures.


Oconto Falls wrestling slowly filling its gaps

Oconto Falls High School’s Tyler Budz was pinned in 3 minutes, 22 seconds by Denmark’s Matt Degreef-Taicher in the 113-pound match on Thursday at Oconto Falls High School. (Photo by Dennis Wilson)

The Oconto Falls wrestling program is trying to rebuild its young team after losing eight seniors to graduation.

“We graduated all of our wrestlers from 145 (pounds) on, so we have a pretty big gap to try to replace,” tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “We have got some seniors that wrestled with some of the graduated wrestlers, some of whom were state qualifiers, so we’re hoping they picked up some of their better habits and are able to help move this team forward.”

They took a big step towards that return on Thursday while facing three tough schools in the North Eastern Conference Triple Dual Meet. The Panthers dropped a 52-12 decision to a strong Denmark team, rebounded with 54-18 victory over Waupaca and finished strong with a victory over Fox Valley Lutheran.

Clintonville, Freedom, Little Chute, Luxemburg-Casco, Marinette and Wrightstown also participated in the meet at Oconto Falls High School.


Gillett boys program ‘growing up’

Gillett Secondary School’s Elijah Framnes drives toward the paint during Monday’s Marinette & Oconto Conference matchup at Oneida Nation. The Tigers lost the contest 66-23. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

The culture of the Gillett boys basketball program is starting to change.

It seems to be moving in a positive direction, the way Kelly Willson intended when he became the head coach two years ago.

After going 0-18 last season in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, the Tigers improved to 2-0 in the conference (2-1 overall) after holding on to beat St. Thomas Aquinas 54-49 in Gillett on Friday.

“This was an emotional win for us,” Willson said. “We’re coming together from last year to this year; we’re growing up. We just grew up. We’re ready to play varsity basketball.”

“It really brings us out to where we can do whatever we want in this conference,” Gillett junior point guard Logan Krause said. “It builds confidence.”

Gillett won just two nonconference games last season. After nabbing their first two conference wins for the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Tigers are riding high.


Gillett girls hoops off to 4-0 run

Gillett High School’s Kaitlyn Schaal drives toward the basket during Monday’s game at Oneida Nation. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

The last time the Gillett girls basketball team started the season 4-0 was 2010-11. The Tigers reached a regional final.

This year’s squad is off to another fast start at 4-0 and the players’ goals stretch behind playing for a regional title. The Marinette & Oconto Conference title is the first thing they are eyeing.

Gillett kept its record unscathed after getting up and down the floor quickly in downing visiting St. Thomas Aquinas 62-29 on Friday.

Gillett coach Justin Daul has been impressed with what he’s seen from his girls early in the season. The passion from his players has been evident.


Girls basketball: Panthers start season victorious

After two years of starting on the Oconto Falls girls basketball team, Kennedy Kratz has a different role this season.

The senior is coming off the bench as a spark plug.

In the Panthers’ first game of the season, Kratz made her presence felt and did exactly what she needed to do. Oconto Falls held a 33-30 lead early in the second half against Antigo when it used a 10-0 run to take control. The host Panthers never looked back, pulling off a 47-39 victory in nonconference action Thursday.

“The girls played very hard, great effort — played with a lot of energy and were on the floor,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek said. “We have a long way to go with our pressure (defense). There are times we’re trapping when we shouldn’t be. It’s going to be a work in progress, and we might not have that down until next year.”


Subscribe to RSS - Sports