Sports

Wed
25
Sep

Oconto Falls boys finish second at Bonduel

Mike Friedman and Bailey Wolf had third-place finishes and the Oconto Falls High School boys cross-country team finished second Sept. 17 at the Bonduel Invitational.
Friedman finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds. Teammate Liam Spillane took sixth, finishing in 17:40.
Wolf’s time of 16:24 helped lift the Panthers girls to a sixth-place finish.
Freedom won both the boys and girls meets.
Local results
Boys
Team: 1. Freedom (32), 2. Oconto Falls (51), 3. Bonduel (79), 4. Peshtigo (90), 5. Omro (124), 6. Wolf River Lutheran (158), 7. Oconto (180)
Oconto Falls: 3. Mike Friedman, 16:38; 6. Liam Spillane, 17:40; 13. Michael Fifield, 17:58; 14. James Malcheski, 17:59; 15. Alex Young, 17:59
Girls

Wed
25
Sep

Prep Roundup

Panthers blown out, remain winless
The Oconto Falls High School football team lost 64-0 to Hortonville in a Bay Conference game Friday in Hortonville. Hortonville (5-0, 5-0 Bay) took a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and was up 36-0 by halftime. Tyler Kowalczyk had 120 yards on 21 carries for Oconto Falls (0-5, 0-4 Bay). Quarterback Samuel Konitzer was limited to one completion, on six attempts, for 30 yards. Hortonville’s Andrew Thompson went six of seven for 269 yards and three touchdowns.
Suring loses to Florence
The Suring High School football team lost 15-13 Friday in Florence. No other stats from this game were available by the Times Herald’s press time.
Lena/STAA falls to Crivitz

Wed
18
Sep

Eight is enough

For many Oconto Falls area residents, high school football has been as much a part of fall as back-to-school shopping and the smell of burning leaves.

Football field lights have shined as beacons across the Friday night sky, as the Panthers, Tigers, Hawks, Bears, et al. battled on the gridiron, just as their fathers and grandfathers had done, for community pride, school spirit and individual glory.

But the sport beloved by so many for so long is in danger.

“Just with the experience and the trends that I have seen through the last 10 years, seeing the number of kids coming out and getting in sports and things, there are just not the numbers there used to be,” Bowler/Gresham high school football coach Ralph Smith said.

State athletic associations across the country are reporting fewer and fewer athletes are participating in high school football.

Wed
18
Sep

Panthers boys third at Hawk Invitational


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls runner Mike Friedman comes into the final stretch during the Shawano Hawks Invitational on Saturday in Shawano. Friedman finished second overall and the Oconto Falls boys took third.

Mike Friedman led the way with a second-place finish and the Oconto Falls High School cross-country team took third at the Shawano Hawk Invitational on Saturday in Shawano.

Friedman finished with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds in the race, finishing behind only Green Bay Preble’s Daniel LaLuzerne, who crossed the finish line in 16:11.

Oconto Falls had a team score of 159. Preble (40) won the event, followed by Green Bay East (139). Gillett (521) finished 20th.

Max Zeitler led Gillett with a time of 17:34.

On the girls side, Oconto Falls (483) finished 17th, followed by Gillett (485) at 18th. Green Bay East (70) won, followed by Preble (106) and Appleton West (129).

Bailey Wolf finished eighth overall, with a time of 15:46. Gillett’s Cassie Baranczyk led her team, finishing 80th at 17:48.

Winneconne’s Abi Salm had the top time, 15:23.

Local Results

Boys

Wed
18
Sep

Panthers dominate Shawano tournament


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls’ McKenna Larsen (9) hits a ball past Peshtigo defenders during the Shawano volleyball tournament Saturday in Shawano. The Panthers won the tournament.

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team was a perfect 6-0 at the Shawano volleyball tournament Saturday in Shawano.

The Panthers and host Shawano both were 5-0, having beaten Clintonville, Valders, Oconto, Kewaunee and Peshtigo, heading into the championship game.

Oconto Falls won the first game 25-16 and then took the second game 25-11.

Seniors McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke led most of the stats on the day. On the day, Larsen finished with 17 aces, 47 kills, 63 assists and 38 digs. Lemke racked up 52 kills and nine blocks. Liz Watzka had seven aces, 42 assists and 16 digs. Mikayla Johnson had 38 digs.

Oconto (4-2) finished third in the tournament, followed by Peshtigo (3-3), Clintonville (2-4), Valders (1-5) and Kewaunee (0-6).

Oconto Falls, which has only lost one match so far this season, opened up Bay Conference play against Seymour on the road Tuesday. Results from that match were not available by the Times Herald’s press time.

Wed
18
Sep

Prep Roundup

Lena/STAA shut out by Peshtigo

The Lena/STAA football team was shut out 59-0 by Peshtigo on Friday in Lena.

Lena/STAA fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter on a pair of Dakota Keller touchdown passes, a 52-yard Jake Venees punt return and a 8-yard Levi Samborn run. Peshtigo went on to score 19 points in the second and six in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Keifer Powere went 2 for 6 for 15 yards passing and had seven yards on two carries for Lena/STAA (0-4, 0-2 Marinette & Oconto). Roy O’Harrow was 1 for 5 for 19 yard passing and two interceptions. He also rushed nine times for minus 21 yards.

Keller led Peshtigo (2-0, 2-0 M&O) going four for four for 88 yards. Steve Strojny had 14 carries for 88 yards.

Suring loses to Crivitz

Suring lost to Crivitz 45-12 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Friday in Suring.

Wed
18
Sep

Panthers come up short

The Oconto Falls High School football team lost to Marinette 14-7 Friday in Marinette.

Marinette’s Caylubb Maske ran for 207 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught another touchdown from quarterback Marcus Maguire to put the Marines (2-2, 2-2 Bay) up 14-0 by the fourth quarter.

The Panthers (0-3, 0-3 Bay) got on the board on a 19-yard touchdown throw from Samuel Konitzer in the fourth, but couldn’t close the rest of the gap. Konitzer went one for seven for 19 yards a touchdown and three interceptions.

Connor Sefcik rushed 28 times for 159 yards.

It doesn’t get any easier for Oconto Falls, which travels Friday to Bay-leading Hortonville (4-0, 4-0 Bay).

Wed
18
Sep

Gillett loses to Coleman

Gillett’s Monte Noffke had a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Friday in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game against Coleman in Coleman.

That was the only good news for the Gillett Secondary School football team (1-3, 0-2 M&O), which went on to lose the game 62-6.

Noffke was held in check for the rest of the game, rushing 13 times for -4 yards. Alex Zeitler completed eight passes for 113 yards and an interception. Six of those throws connected with Dylan Roberts for 103 yards.

Coleman running back Dexter Karban had 10 carries for 153 yards including a 54-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Coleman (3-1, 2-0 M&O) scored 24 points in each of the first and third quarters.

Thu
12
Sep

Oconto Falls golfers finish 7th at Shawano Lake


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz
Oconto Falls' Amanda Blazer putts on the ninth hole at Shawano Lake Golf Course during Thursday's Bay Conference match.

The Oconto Falls High School girls golf team finished tied with Seymour for seventh place at Thursday’s Bay Conference match at Shawano Lake Golf Course.

Denmark (191) and Marinette tied for first at the meet. Oconto Falls finished with a season-best 220 points.

“We’re chopping strokes off every time we go out,” Oconto Falls coach Paul Luebke said, “which is nice.”

Oconto Falls was led by Liz Coopman, who shot a 53. Julie Moore shot a 54, Amanda Blazer 55, Bridget Gorman 58 and Brittany Russell 66.

“Each girl had two bad holes,” Luebke said. “If we can start to clean up our mistakes and our three- or four-putt here and there, they can easily, each of them, take about three or four strokes off their score.”

The bad holes were part of playing a course like Shawano Lake, according to the coach.

“A couple of the holes are fairly tricky,” he said. “If you don’t make a good shot, it’s going to make you pay. It’s going to penalize you.”

Thu
12
Sep

Wolf, Friedman place 4th at Freedom invite

Mike Friedman was halfway through his race and he was locked in. The Oconto Falls High School runner was virtually in a four-way tie with Little Chute’s Joe Van Grinsven and Freedom’s Matt Vosters and Sam Hinz. It wasn’t long after that the three other runners started to pull away, leaving Friedman in fourth.

That’s where the junior finished out of 142 athletes racing Friday in the Freedom Invitational at the Irish Waters Golf Club.

“I thought I ran good the first two miles, and the third mile I kind of fell off a little bit, but it’s early in the year and I think I’ll improve a lot throughout the year,” Friedman said. “I was hoping to come in and win it, but I just didn’t get it this time.”

After placing seventh in the same meet last season, Friedman was pleased to crack the top five.

“We had a long talk (Thursday) about what we wanted to do here, and it worked out for him,” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said.

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