Sports

Wed
05
Sep

Football: Big matchups loom for area teams in week 4


Oconto Falls will be seeking its first win of the season when hosting Freedom on Friday. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

After strong showings in week three, the Gillett, Suring and Oconto Falls football teams are hoping to keep up that effort during critical week four matchups.

Gillett will play host to Newman Catholic at the eight-man level. Both teams are ranked and carry undefeated records into the showdown.

Gillett will be led by standout running back Bo Krueger, who has scored at least four rushing touchdowns in each of the first three games. Newman Catholic features a lethal passing attack, led by quarterback Ben Bates.

In such a big matchup, it’s easy for teams to get away from what they do best. Coach Jesse Witcraft and the coaching staff is keeping things the same at practice and hopes the team can build upon its strong start to the year.

Wed
05
Sep

Cross-country: Oconto Falls, Gillett go through early season test


Gillett’s Sylvia Hansen took second overall in the girls varsity race at the Irish Cross Country Invitational on Friday, Aug. 31. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The early portion of the cross-country season is a time when coaches learn about their teams and when runners try different things in an effort to trim down their times.

Oconto Falls and Gillett each got an early idea of what they could expect this season after taking part in the 11th annual Irish Cross Country Invitational at Irish Water Golf Club in Freedom on Friday. A total of 36 teams participated at the invitational, with varsity runners competing against each other and then being placed amongst a division based on enrollment size.

Gillett sophomore Sylvia Hansen finished second overall in the girls varsity race and earned the top time of the small school runners. Hansen finished the course in 19 minutes, 39.58 seconds, just behind Kaukauna’s Anna Fauske (19:36.80).

Most runners would be thrilled with a second place finish, but the finish left Hansen desiring more.

Tue
28
Aug

Krueger’s monster game powers Gillett to win


Bo Krueger, right, waits for Tyler Lockstein (18) to execute a block during Gillett’s rout of Menominee Indian on Aug. 23 in Keshena. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

Stopping Gillett junior running back Bo Krueger is no easy feat for opposing defenses. Menominee Indian was the latest team to learn that lesson.
Krueger recorded over 300 total yards and scored eight touchdowns to lift Gillett to a 70-12 win over Menominee Indian on Thursday.
Gillett received the opening kickoff, and in just over a minute, scored its first touchdown when Anthony Carroll broke free for a 61-yard rushing score.
Following a thrilling week one overtime win, the Tigers knew getting on the scoreboard first was key to keeping the momentum rolling.
“We came into that game ready to win, we had our game plan set and knew just what to do.” Carroll said. “Our offensive line did an amazing job creating holes and sealing the edges of the Menominee defensive line and really played like a team.”

Tue
28
Aug

Cross-country: Several Panthers turn in strong performances

The Oconto Falls boys cross country runners kept coming in one after another in a rapid pace.
When it was all said and done, seven of the top 10 boys finishers were from Oconto Falls. The Panthers tallied a team score of just 21 points – 15 is perfect score – en route to beating Green Bay Southwest (53) and Green Bay East (64) at the annual East Triangular at Colburn Park on Thursday, Aug. 23.
“That’s pretty good for the first meet,” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said. “I didn’t know what to expect, honestly. We got two freshmen in the top five, that’s good.”
Joe Adams, in his first cross country meet ever, finished fourth overall (19 minutes, 52 seconds). Fellow freshman Isaac Raddatz was eighth (20:19).
It was the Panthers’ Brody Schindel and Evan Roberts who paced the field. Schindel placed first (18:47), beating second-place finisher Roberts by 26 seconds.

Tue
28
Aug

Football: 3 local teams look to bounce back

The Gillett High School football team is off to a fast start in its eight-man season.
The Tigers claimed a thrilling week one win in overtime before trouncing their week two opponent. Along the way, Gillett has outscored its two opponents 106-46.
The team returns home to face the Lena/STAA co-op Thursday. In last year’s clash, the Tigers eased to a 38-6 victory.
Gillett coach Jesse Witcraft is pleased with the team’s strong start on both sides of the ball, but he doesn’t want anyone getting content.
“Our defense is playing solid, tenacious defense,” Witcraft said, “but we are only two games into the season, so we need to continue to get better week in and week out. Then at the end of the day, we’ll see what happens. But right now, focus on one play, one game at a time.”

Wed
22
Aug

Week 2: Area football teams eager to get back on field

With a week of high school football now in the books, teams are eager to either carry over the momentum and earn a second straight win or try and clean up some of the mistakes it made in a week one loss to try and get back to .500 this week.
Teams will spend the week in the film room and then on the practice field, trying to break down various plays and schemes from week one and perfect them before week two.
Of the four area teams, Gillett may have enjoyed its week one outcome the most after claiming a thrilling overtime win over Green Bay NEW Lutheran.
“We played well as a team,” Gillett coach Jesse Witcraft said. “(We) overcame some adversity, such as the heat, being tired, trailing late in the fourth quarter. The guys never quit, no matter how tired they felt. We had to play some younger guys at times who played extremely well, considering most were playing different positions than what they were used to. So that night was a true team effort.”

Wed
22
Aug

Oconto Falls hangs tough in football season opener


Jake Foster (8) looks for an opening to run during Oconto Falls 42-15 loss to New London. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

The start of a season can bring new life to any team.
The Oconto Falls football team was eager to get the 2018 season underway after failing to record a win during the 2017 season. The Panthers were even more excited for their season-opening game because of the new sense of optimism and hope new coach Nick Bohl brought to the table.
While New London was able to earn a 42-15 win over Oconto Falls on Thursday, don’t think the Panthers left the fields with their heads hung. The team was disappointed it lost the game but also knew that the score only told one side of the story.
The Panthers went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs for much of the first half, but a pair of fumbles deep inside its own territory left Oconto Falls trailing 21-7 at halftime.
Bohl was pleased with the way the team was able to compete.

Wed
15
Aug

Area football teams eager to get regular season started


Adam Anderson will serve as one of the top targets in the Gillett passing game this year. (Times Herald file photo)

The cooler temperatures that are often associated with football season have yet to arrive, but the high school games are just a few days away.

Most teams open the 2018 season on Friday while some play on Thursday and others Saturday. Oconto Falls and Suring are ready to do battle while Gillett and the Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy co-op are eager to open up play at the eight-man level.

Oconto Falls

After going winless last season, Oconto Falls has a new coach and attitude this year.

“I’m just excited about the team atmosphere we’ve been building,” said coach Nick Bohl. “We need everybody from sophomores to seniors to get ourselves better, whether they’re playing on Friday nights or they’re just a scout team guy.”

The offense will feature running backs Dakota Carriveau — who started at quarterback a year ago — and Kade Brabant. Mitch Manns and Jake Foster will also get carries.

Wed
15
Aug

Fall Preview: Cross-country, volleyball teams ready for competition


Kaitlyn St. Louis (14) and the Oconto Falls volleyball team are hoping for a deep postseason run this season. (Times Herald file photo)

Cross-country and volleyball teams across the state went through their first practices of the year on Monday. Athletes in both sports have just over a week to prepare for the upcoming seasons, which could start Tuesday.

Four local high school volleyball teams will look to improve on up-and-down seasons a year ago while some individual cross-country runners from those schools eye state titles.

VOLLEYBALL

Oconto Falls

Despite losing its lone all-conference selection to graduation, Oconto Falls still has high hopes.

Senior Emma Huberty, the team’s setter and captain, will lead the way. The Panthers also return seniors Josie Tolzman (back row specialist), Kaitlyn St. Louis (outside hitter) and Sam Shallow (back row specialist) along with juniors Natalie Brauer (middle hitter) and Samantha Coron (setter, back row specialist) from last year’s starting group.

Wed
08
Aug

New football coach brings Oconto Falls optimism


With bad weather forcing the team to stay indoors, Oconto Falls players watched tape during Monday’s practice. (Times Herald photo by Morgan Rode)

From the very first contact day new Oconto Falls football coach Nick Bohl worked with his players in the summer, he was preaching a team atmosphere.
He wants to make his players feel like one unit. A family.
Just two days into fall practice, Bohl’s philosophy is rubbing off on his players in a positive way.
“I think it kind of got lost in the past year or two,” said Bohl, who was a first-year assistant coach on last year’s team. “Just to come together as a team because we have about 30 individuals, sophomore to seniors, and if everybody’s going their own direction, we’re not going to get anything accomplished. If we can get all 30 going in the same direction, that when you truly start seeing that accomplishment and us reaching our goals that we set.”
It’s the seniors who have led the charge in the opening practices. They are motivated this year to make their final high school season a memorable one.

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