Sports

Wed
11
Dec

Panthers open season with win

The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team won its season opener 48-37 Friday against nonconference foe Rhinelander in Oconto Falls.

After falling behind 13-10 in the first quarter, the Panthers outscored Rhinelander 20-10 in the second period and 11-4 in the third.

McKenna Larsen, the team’s 5-foot-7 senior guard, scored 14 points to lead Oconto Falls. Senior forward Carly Lemke added 10.

Kylie Hunter led Rhinelander (1-3) with 15 points.

The Panthers open Bay Conference play Thursday at Denmark (2-0).

Wed
04
Dec

New coach, new system for Gillett girls basketball


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Gillett girls basketball coach Justin Daul talks to his players during the first team practice Nov. 18 at Gillett Secondary School.

If early-season practices are any indication, things look promising for the Gillett Secondary School girls basketball team.

First-year head coach Justin Daul has been impressed with his players’ attitudes, willingness to accept and adapt to a new offense and defense, and their desire to be an extremely well-conditioned team.

“They’ve actually asked for the conditioning,” Daul said.

The Tigers players will need to be in great shape since it is Daul’s plan to run a seven-player rotation, despite having only 13 girls in the program.

“We’re low on numbers this year, so we’ll have a lot of kids vying for a lot of playing time who don’t have necessarily varsity experience,” Daul said. “There are going to be girls that play multiple positions, and, with our offense, that’s exactly what we need.”

Wed
04
Dec

OFHS wrestlers have big shoes to fill


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Gunnar Leisner, top, spars with Nate Trepanier during wrestling practice Monday at Oconto Falls High School.

The Oconto Falls High School wrestling team is in unfamiliar territory.

After years of high expectations, the Panthers have lost multiple state qualifiers in the last two years — including the school’s only three-time state champion, Jacob Morrissey, and an undefeated state champion, Mitch Friedman, last year.

“What a difference the room is without a Mitch Friedman and a Jake Morrissey and a whole host of other seniors that have been around our program forever,” Oconto Falls tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “It’s virtually impossible to fill that kind of void, but it has happened every year in the past, where you miss that leadership. We’re in the process now of finding who fills in, who is going to step up.”

Leading the list to step up are junior Dewey Krueger and sophomore Gunnar Leisner, who both competed at state last season.

Wed
04
Dec

Suring tops Oconto Falls in OT

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team fell in overtime 56-54 to Suring in a nonconference game Nov. 26 in Suring.

The Panthers (0-2) rallied in the fourth quarter to a 50-50 tie with the Eagles (2-0) before giving way in the overtime period.

Suring’s Dillon Kempen exploded for 32 points in the game, getting eight from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and scoring four in overtime to seal the win.

Riley Gruetzmacher, who scored 15 points, led Oconto Falls.

Oconto Falls opens Bay Conference play with a game Friday against West De Pere.

Wed
27
Nov

Cold hits opening weekend of gun-deer season


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J.J. Slewinski, of Shawano, poses with the buck he shot opening day just outside of Hintz in Oconto County. The cold weather and winds were tough on hunters as the 2013 gun-deer season began Saturday.

Hunters were greeted with bitter cold and high winds Saturday for opening day of Wisconsin’s gun-deer season.

J.J. Slewinski, of Shawano, braved the weather near Hintz in Oconto County and got his buck Saturday morning.

“If you were out in a field, it was pretty cold,” Slewinski said. “If you were in the woods, it was OK.”

The cold weather may have had the deer hunkered down, lowering the number of deer taken opening weekend. More than 110,000 deer were killed opening weekend, down nearly 18 percent from a year ago.

Oconto County’s numbers were worse. There were 2,397 deer —1,460 bucks and 937 does — taken in the county, down from 3,158 a year ago — off 24 percent, the highest dropoff along with Sheboygan County in the state.

John Huff, DNR area wildlife supervisor, spent his morning aging and registering deer at Qualheim’s Hardware Store in Shawano.

Wed
27
Nov

Prep Roundup

Tigers lose to Chargers

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost to Wittenberg-Birnamwood 37-23 in a nonconference game Thursday in Wittenberg.

Dylan Roberts led Gillett (0-2) with eight points.

The Tigers shot 23 percent from the field. They had 18 steals on defense, but turned the ball over 16 times.

Eagles win opener

The Suring High School boys basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a win over Wabeno/Laona on Nov. 19 in Laona.

No statistics from the game were available.

Wed
27
Nov

Panthers lose first game


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Oconto Falls High School guard Alex Young takes a shot over a Bonduel defender during Thursday’s nonconference game in Bonduel. OFHS lost 68-52.

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team came up short, 68-52, in a nonconference game against Bonduel on Thursday in Bonduel.

The Panthers (0-1) fell behind early, trailing 15-2 halfway through the first quarter, as Bonduel (2-0) got 3-pointers from Zach Zernicke and Connor Rosin.

“I think they came out scared,” Oconto Falls High School coach Kirk Hirst said. “They played real scared; you could see it in their face. I think they took these guys for granted. We went and watched them at Gillett, and we thought we would walk all over them.”

Oconto Falls was limited in the first half after 6-foot-5 forward Riley Gruetzmacher went to the bench with two early fouls. The Panthers were held to just six points in the first quarter and 15 points in the first half.

“It hurts having Riley on the bench,” Hirst said. “You could tell that in the second half. He’s a big player for us.”

Wed
27
Nov

Panthers basketball team is all in


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls High School senior Carly Lemke takes a shot during basketball practice Nov.18 at OFHS.

If the upcoming girls basketball season were a poker game, Oconto Falls would be shoving in all its chips.

With two three-year starters back in McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke, now is the ideal time for the Panthers to win the Bay Conference and make a deep playoff run.

“The younger girls and even the seniors, they look to Carly and McKenna for leadership,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek Jr. said. “They’re just so competitive, they don’t like to lose. … That leadership and competitiveness that they bring, it’s irreplaceable. And experience, of course.”

The Panthers, who finished 16-8 last season and placed second in the conference with a 12-4 record, will have to replace starters Jenny Spang, Erin Gilligan and role player Anna Rabe. Also, Labecca Jones started last season but decided not to play this year.

Wed
20
Nov

Panthers return with more experience


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Oconto Falls High School forward Bo Shroyer takes a shot during a scrimmage against Lena on Monday at Oconto Falls High School.

If everything goes as planned, Oconto Falls High School boys basketball coach Kirk Hirst will shave his head at the end of this season.

That’s his promise to the team if it wins at least eight games.

That’s a lofty goal for the second-year coach after not winning a game last season. However, Hirst is optimistic since every player returns.

“I’m hoping for 10 wins,” Hirst said.

Last season was a transition year as Hirst stepped in with a new attitude and no seniors.

“When you bring everybody back, you don’t really have to start over with a new system and all that,” Hirst said. “They understand what we were looking for last year, so it’s just another year of experience. A lot of those kids never played at the varsity level, so last year was their very first year of varsity experience.”

Wed
20
Nov

Gillett rebuilds with new coach, 1 returning starter

With a new coach and just one returning starter, it could be a transition year for the Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team.

However, coach William Greenwood II is hoping it’s a smooth change for the Tigers, 5-18 a season ago, including 5-11 and seventh place in the Marinette & Oconto Conference Conference.

“We’re just moving forward from what was and I’m going to establish things the way I want the program run,” Greenwood said. “We’re changing our offense and our defense completely.”

Greenwood has never been a head coach before, but has had assistant jobs at Freedom and Sheboygan North. He most recently was an assistant and head coach in Shawano’s youth program. He replaces Matt Polomis.

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