Sports

Wed
12
Apr

Panthers hit throughout lineup, sweep Waupaca


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls HIgh School shortstop Haley Bell tags out Waupaca’s Caroline Ogden before looking to turn a double play during Oconto Falls’ doubleheader sweep of the Comets at home Saturday.

With 24 hits and 17 combined runs in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Waupaca at home, the Oconto Falls bats finally broke out.

Ten extra base hits, including a home run by Corrina Romandine, powered the Panthers to 10-5 and 7-5 victories.

“We started out the year, and we thought we were a little bit top-heavy with some of our power hitters, so we tried to spread out our lineup a little bit more so that we have a more balanced attack,” Oconto Falls head coach Cory Albrecht said.

After a seven-run outing in the team’s first North Eastern Conference game against Marinette, Albrecht was looking for ways to produce runs outside of the top of the order.

He moved senior Taylor Markiewicz down the lineup and move Haley Bell, a pinch hitter in the first game, into the leadoff spot and Corrina Romandine into the fifth spot.

Wed
12
Apr

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Suring senior Will Vollmar won the long jump, 100-meter dash and 200 as the Eagles finished second at the Luxemburg-Casco High School triangular April 4.

The host Spartans won the boys and girls meets.

Cody Johnson (discus), Johnathan Miller (shot put) and John Christensen (high jump) added individual victories for Suring, and the 3,200 relay team of Ryan Mahoney, Conner Giese, Scout Gerndt and Chris Geniesse defeated the host Spartans by just over a full second.

Johnson (118 feet, 5 inches) bested Luxemburg-Casco’s Bryce Christoph by 3 inches while Miller (43-10) cleared Luxemburg-Casco’s Trevor VandenBush by nearly 2 full feet.

Christensen dominated the high jump competition by reaching 6-3. Luxemburg-Casco’s Evan Tust finished second at 5-6.

In the girls meet, Suring’s Katie Stegeman (6:07) won the mile by three seconds,. Blake Seppel won the 400 (1:05.33) by roughly one second.

Wed
05
Apr

VerVelde, Peterson carry Panthers to opening victory

The last time the Oconto Falls and Seymour baseball teams squared off was with a regional title on the line.

Second-seeded Oconto Falls knocked off No. 1-seeded Seymour 7-6 as the Panthers advanced to sectionals last June. That game was 10 months ago, and a lot has changed on both sides.

The two teams met in the season opener on March 31 in Seymour. The young Oconto Falls team used a two-out, two-run rally to help down Seymour, 4-2, in a nonconference game.

Oconto Falls and Seymour nearly have entirely different teams from a season ago.

“We’ve got three seniors, that’s it,” Oconto Falls coach Charlie Rochon said. “Only two of them played regularly last year. It’s a fun group to be with. I still don’t know what to expect — this is our second day outside. Everything is new.”

Wed
05
Apr

Smith throws 1-hitter, loses 1-0 to Elcho


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Gillett/Suring junior pitcher Cody Smith struck out 16 batters and allowed one hit in a complete game, 1-0 loss to Elcho on Saturday. Smith also added two hits at the plate.

Gillett/Suring junior pitcher Cody Smith struck out 16 batters and allowed just one hit in a complete-game effort, but the Hornets lost to Elcho, 1-0, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Mac Morrison scored the game’s only run, in the sixth inning, on Jacob Eighmy’s double to center field after reaching base on Smith’s second walk of the game. Smith then got out of the jam by getting Hunter Novak to fly to right field.

After walking the first batter in the seventh inning, Smith recorded three consecutive strikeouts.

“First full outing, he looked good out there,” Gillett/Suring head coach Pat Nelson said.

Gillett/Suring threatened in the seventh inning when Tyler McDougal reached on a two-base error, but then Elcho switched pitchers, replacing Novak with Jack Lazers.

Lazers threw a wild pitch, moving McDougal to third base, but then struck out the next three batters to secure the shutout.

Wed
05
Apr

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

Oconto Falls won 17 of the 28 events, taking first place in both the boys and girls meets at a home quadrangular on March 28.

The Oconto Falls girls finished with 102 points. Crivitz was second with 51, while Gillett (38) and Coleman (17) rounded out the scoring.

The OFHS boys team posted 98 points. Coleman was second with 60 points, Crivitz (25) third and Gillett (22) fourth.

The Panthers took first in all six of the relay events, while Diane Moore added wins in the long jump (14 feet, 4 1/4 inches) , triple jump (33-2 1/4) and 50-yard hurdles (7.8 seconds).

The girls 12-lap relay team posted a time of 4:28.9, besting Gillett for first place by nearly 15 seconds.

Breanna Sadowski, Ericka Havemeier, Vicky Kozlovsky and Maddie Kurzynske each finished first in one individual event for the Panthers.

Kathy Bierhals was the lone Gillett athlete to take first. She finished the 400-meter dash in 1:12.1.

Wed
29
Mar

Panthers reloading roster, counting on Sefcik as ace


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Oconto Falls High School senior Dalton Curl works at first base during practice this week. Curl is one of just a few players returning for the Panthers, who advanced to the sectional final last year.

Just one year removed from making the sectional final for the first time in 11 years, the Oconto Falls baseball team is back to being overlooked in the difficult North Eastern Conference.

The Panthers lost several athletes to graduation, including pitcher Evan Sigmund, shortstop Sam Shroyer, catcher Mike Manns, Wes Brabant, Tyler Hagemeier, second baseman Kamin Vandenlangenberg and Christian Metzler.

The team finished just above .500 in the conference, but will have many fresh faces this spring.

“They are going to have to transition from JV to varsity, and it’s a big jump,” Oconto Falls head coach Charlie Rochon said. “And this is a very good baseball conference. It’s well-coached and teams do things mechanically correct. Hopefully we do things mechanically correct and buy in, and right now, they are.”

Wed
29
Mar

Falls boys compete at Titan Indoor

The Oconto Falls boys track team competed in its first meet of the season at the 45th annual Titan Indoor Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on March 16.

The Panthers scored 14 points and finished in 11th place. Omro won the meet with 80 points.

Junior Noah Kokko-Ludemann started the scoring for the Panthers, placing sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes and 53.37 seconds. Senior Aaron Kurth placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 53.60. Evan Konitzer rounded out the scoring for Oconto Falls with a third-place finish in the 3,200with a time of 10:23.70.

The 4x200 relay team that consisted of Jared Van Haren, Noah Stary, Dylan St. Arnold and Aaron Kurth experienced some exchange zone difficulties and ran a time of 1:42.05 and placed 14th.

Kurth and Van Haren also ran in the 60, and Kokko-Ludemann in the 800. Justan Konitzer competed in the mile.

Wed
29
Mar

Infield getting stronger for young Hornets


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Gillett/Suring junior Sean Krueger makes a throw from shortstop at practice Monday. He is part of an infield that returns the majority of its players for the 2017 season.

With just two wins in 2016, the Gillett/Suring baseball team is looking for ways to improve this year.

The Hornets, who rarely were able to knock balls out of the infield or consistently pitch through the games on the schedule, have more depth this season.

It starts with an infield that lost Mickey Shauger at third base but returns Sean Krueger (shortstop), Lane Hischke (first base) and Tyler McDougal (second base). In all, the Hornets return six players from last year’s squad.

“We’ve got an almost entirely veteran, I would say, infield,” Hischke said. “Josh (Reed) might only be a sophomore behind the plate there when Cody (Smith) is pitching, but he’s played as much as all of us.”

Smith will be the ace for Gillett/Suring, which finished 2-16 overall and 0-12 in the Marinette & Oconto Conference last year.

The junior pitcher, who has been focusing on improving his offspeed pitches, has confidence in those behind him to make plays

Wed
22
Mar

Albrecht takes over, focuses on fundamentals


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Oconto Falls High School senior outfielder Bailey Magnin throws a ball during practice Monday at OFHS. Magnin, a returning second-team all-conference outfielder, is one of the senior leaders for the Panthers this spring.

Oconto Falls first-year head coach Cory Albrecht, who was an assistant last year under Nick Tolzman, is off and running with his adjustments and practice plans after the first week of softball practice.

Albrecht, who spent the open gyms trying to get the girls into better physical shape to be ready for the first game of the season March 30 in West De Pere, is working with the girls on various skills and techniques during each practice.

“We started the offseason with some core work and really trying to get the girls a little more in shape and more athletic,” Albrecht said. “We’re putting more of an emphasis on our fundamentals here. We have a very experienced group, but it’s easier to break that mold that they were in over the years.”

The Panthers return the majority of the infield in Taylor Markiewicz, Sadie Pankratz and Steph Peitersen, along with outfielder Bailey Magnin and catcher Virginia Misco.

Wed
22
Mar

Hornets turning to Pecha, Young in circle


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Gillett/Suring senior Myranda Pratsch, the leadoff hitter and center fielder, will continue to use her speed as an asset for the Hornets this spring.

Despite losing its senior pitcher and catcher combination from last season, optimism is high for the Gillett/Suring softball team this spring.

The graduation of Jessica Anderson and Kayla DeBauch will leave its mark, but Willow Pecha is returning for her junior season and will be joined in the circle by freshman Sydney Young.

“They’re going to split more time,” Hornets head coach Mike Umentum said. “Jessica was more of a veteran where she could throw the whole game, so the younger pitchers, we’re going to have to regulate how many innings they go before they get too tired.”

Crystal Zemple, who pitched some last year, suffered a knee injury and will not be able to play this spring.

The two pitchers will be working with new catcher Angel Griffin this spring.

Also new to the infield is senior Victoria Loberger, who will take over first base for the Hornets, who finished 5-14 overall and 4-10 in the Marinette & Oconto Conference last year.

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