High school sports highlights: Jan. 20-26


Gillett 94, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 30

The Tigers made things look easy in a Marinette & Oconto Conference rout of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Jan. 26. Gillett took a commanding lead behind a 57-point first half.

Cole Long led the outburst for Gillett by scoring 31 points. Logan Krause added 28 points, while Wyatt Herzog and Jack Baer each chipped in 10 points.

Long also recorded 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Krause dished out six assists. Anthony Carroll pulled down eight rebounds, had four steals and blocked three shots.

Lena 55, Niagara 38

The Wildcats scored 33 second half points to top the Badgers in M&O play on Jan. 25.

Colby Borchert led Lena, scoring 17 points. Max Beyer added 10 points, while Logan Shallow scored nine.

Coleman 46, Suring 45

The Eagles suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Cougars in a M&O thriller on Jan. 25.


Nielsen, Ash bring new life to Oconto Falls

Oconto Falls assistant coaches Brett Ash, left, and Cody Nielsen, center, give direction to senior wrestler Collin Schindel at the Bi-State Classic at the La Crosse Center on Dec. 29. (Contributed photo)

Oconto Falls assistant coaches Brett Ash, left, and Cody Nielsen demonstrate techniques during the team’s practice Jan. 14. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Cody Nielsen and Brett Ash both went through the ranks of Oconto Falls youth wrestling program.

Both went on to have successful high school careers on the mat — Nielsen winning a state title as a junior, and Ash being named second-team all-Bay Conference as a senior.

Wrestling and the Oconto Falls community have always been extremely important to Nielsen and Ash. So, when they had the chance to return home and coach the program that molded them as young men, both of them jumped at the opportunity.

Ash, a 2015 Oconto Falls graduate, is in his third season as a coach. Nielsen, a 2012 graduate, is in his first as a varsity assistant.


Athlete of the Week: Madysen Herald

Lena’s Madysen Herald is averaging over 10 points per game in her senior season on the basketball court. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Madysen Herald

Sport: Girls basketball

School: Lena High School

Year: Senior

Despite not earning many wins on the season, the Lena High School girls basketball team has kept a strong attitude on the court. One of the reasons behind the team’s positive thinking is because of the leadership shown by senior Madysen Herald.

Herald helped the Wildcats to their lone win of the season back on Jan. 10, recording 17 points, six rebounds and six steals. In the team’s most recent game Jan. 17, she tallied 11 points and had five steals.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I started playing basketball in fourth grade and I’ve loved the sport ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?


High school sports highlights: Jan. 13-19


Oconto Falls 81, New Holstein 43

The Panthers blew past the Huskies in nonconference action on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Kari Albrecht recorded 16 points, five rebounds and four steals for Oconto Falls. Alexis Euclide contributed 14 points while Sammy Shallow posted 10 points and nine assists.

Emma Huberty scored eight points while Morgan Helmle and McKayla Goebel each had seven points. Breanna Sadowski pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Denmark 50, Oconto Falls 36

The Panthers were outscored 32-19 in the second half of a North Eastern Conference loss to the Vikings on Friday, Jan. 18.

Sammy Shallow scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Oconto Falls.

Katelyn Albrecht stole three passes while Kari Albrecht had five rebounds and two steals for the Panthers.

Gillett 63, STAA 33


Athlete of the Week: Bodee Woods

Oconto Falls senior Bodee Woods has earned a 22-13 record in dual matches this season. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Bodee Woods

Sport: Wrestling

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

The Oconto Falls wrestling team is enjoying plenty of success this season, both as a team and on an individual level for several wrestlers. Senior Bodee Woods is among that group of wrestlers leading the team this season, compiling a 22-13 record so far.

In a dual win over Waupaca on Thursday, Woods pinned his opponent. He also won a hard-fought match against Coleman’s Karson Casper on Jan. 8, earning a 6-5 decision win.

Q: When did your interest in wrestling begin?

A: My interest in wrestling started in first grade, but it wasn’t until seventh grade when my passion and competitiveness for the sport began.

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


High school sports highlights: Jan. 6-12


Lemens wins invite in Peshtigo

Gillett/Suring’s Sam Lemens claimed first place in the 145-pound weight class to help the co-op to a sixth place finish at the 50th Peshtigo Wrestling Invitational on Saturday.

Lemens went 5-0 on the day, winning his first four matches by pins — with three coming in under 1 minute, 15 seconds. He finished the day with a 6-4 decision win in the first place match.

Brody Zahn (220) finished second for the co-op with a 4-1 record. The co-op’s other two wrestlers, Jake Burt (285) and Mike VanDenElzen (170), each took fourth.

Falls post 3-2 mark in Stevens Point

Oconto Falls posted a 3-2 mark while competing in the Stevens Point duals on Saturday.

Jager Eisch and Clayton Whiting each went 5-0 on the day for Oconto Falls.

Jaden Ganter, Collin Schindel, Trevor Pankratz, Tyler Budz and Jacob Kaminski all finished 4-1 for the Panthers.


Girls basketball: Oconto Falls stifles Clintonville for conference win

Oconto Falls’ Alexis Euclide, left, drives past Clintonville’s Erin Viergutz during the second half of Thursday’s North Eastern Conference clash at Oconto Falls High School. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team has leaned on its defense to find success on the court this winter season. The team’s defensive prowess was on full display again on Thursday, as the Panthers stifled Clintonville and eased to a 50-34 North Eastern Conference home win.

“Defensively, we really worked on jumping to the ball and making them cut behind us. That was an emphasis the last two days,” said Oconto Falls coach Michael Kaczmarek Jr. after the win. “And we did that. I thought we took them out of their game, not allowing them to cut in front of us and then we also had backside help…”

Oconto Falls (7-4, 5-4 NEC) took control of the game early on. The hosts scored the first eight points of the contest, with four different players getting to the basket and converting field goal opportunities.

A pair of buckets from junior Morgan Helmle extended the Panthers’ lead to double digits, 14-4, for the first time and forced a Clintonville timeout.


High school boys basketball: Stegeman-led Suring boys fend off Gillett

The first half of the Friday night (Jan. 4) game between Marinette & Oconto Conference rivals Suring and Gillett looked to have the makings of a lopsided rout. The Eagles started out the game dominating both ends of the court, finishing the half with a commanding 37-14 lead.

The second half was another story.

Gillett coach Russ Long settled his team down and made the necessary halftime adjustments as the Tigers stormed back, opening the second half with a furious 16-3 run. In the end, a combination of clutch shooting and tight defense — along with some spectacular plays by Eagles senior Mitchell Stegeman — was too much for the Tigers to overcome, as Suring (7-3, 4-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference) held on for a hard-fought 66-53 victory.

With their shots finally starting to drop, most notably three timely 3-pointers by Tigers sharpshooter Logan Krause, Gillett (4-6, 2-4 M&O) narrowed the gap to six points.


High school girls basketball: Gillett falls to 3-point happy Bonduel

Gillett’s Macy Franti, left, drives past Bonduel’s MacKenzie Moore during Friday’s nonconference game at Bonduel High School. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Following a tough Marinette & Oconto Conference loss to Niagara on Thursday, things did not get any easier for the Gillett High School girls basketball team as it traveled to Bonduel for a tough nonconference clash Friday.

Bonduel, which came into the clash with just one loss, was able to pull away for a 61-48 victory behind a strong night from 3-point land.

The Bears (10-1) hit nine 3-pointers in the contest and used a couple of strong runs to fend off the pesky Tigers (7-6).

“We were not on our toes a lot,” Gillett junior Sydney Young said. “I feel like they got in the gaps (of our defense) because we weren’t playing any weak side defense. I feel like we need to talk more on defense. We need to come together to be able to stop teams like that that can shoot a lot of 3s.”


Athlete of the Week: Jo Schoen

Jo Schoen is hoping to help the Oconto Falls boys basketball team finish off the season strong. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Jo Schoen

Sport: Boys Basketball

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

For some athletes, high school will represent the last time in their life they will get to play a sport they love. Oconto Falls senior Jo Schoen is hoping to make his final basketball season his best one yet and help his team find success along the way.

Along with providing leadership for the Panthers, Schoen also offers strong shooting from the perimeter and isn’t afraid to turn up the defensive pressure. In the team’s last game, a 68-62 loss to Oconto on Dec. 21, he scored 13 points despite battling an ankle injury.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?


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