Sports

Wed
28
Aug

Tigers look for balance on volleyball court

The Gillett volleyball team had a difficult 2012 season, finishing 8-17-1 overall and 7-9 in the Marinette and Oconto Conference.

Things don’t get any easier this year after losing a solid group of seniors.

“When you lose nine girls, four of them being starters, it really puts you in a tough place,” Tigers head coach Dawn Nelson said. “You have to rely on the younger kids to pick up. There were a lot of losses last year that we know we could have pulled out, and I think those girls will work that much harder to come away with a win.”

Among the seniors gone are Kelsey Hischke (first team all-conference) and Melissa Meunier (all-conference honorable mention).

“They were in very important positions of libero and setter, so some big shoes to fill there,” Nelson said.

Wed
28
Aug

Sophomore runner focused on improving

Complacent isn’t a word associated with Bailey Wolf.

One year removed from making her mark as one of the top-10 girls’ cross-country runners in Oconto Falls High School history, Wolf is trying to get even better as she enters her sophomore season.

Wolf trained hard during the offseason. She dedicated herself to the sport.

“She went out last summer and just kind of ran and ran, but I think this year she had more of a purpose to her running,” Oconto Falls cross-country coach Lon Ludemann said.

That purpose is to constantly improve.

“I think I’ve known since I was little I’ve been a good athlete, but now it’s getting to the point where if I want to be better than everyone else I need to really work during the offseason and put in the time,” Wolf said.

Wed
28
Aug

Falls golfers finish 4th at home

The Oconto Falls High School girls golf team took fourth place at its home Bay Conference match Thursday at River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls.

The Panthers had a team score of 221. Denmark (194) won, followed by Marinette (200) and Hortonville (203).

While none of the Panthers golfers broke the top 10 at the match, Julie Moore led the team with a 53. Liz Coopman came in at 54, Bridget Gorman 55, Brittany Russell 59 and Amanda Blazer 73.

The match medalist was Denmark’s Meaghan Carney, who shot a 42.

Wed
28
Aug

Prep Roundup

Suring defeats Wabeno/Laona

The Suring High School football team jumped out to a 18-0 halftime score and held on to win 18-14 after Wabeno/Laona scored two touchdowns in the third quarter of a nonconference game Friday in Suring.

Suring quarterback Creo VanBellinger completed 5 of 10 attempts for 92 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 21 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The two teams were nearly even in total offense, Suring finishing with 189 yards to Wabeno/Laona’s 184.

Lena/STAA falls to Mosinee

Lena/STAA fell behind early and never recovered in a 54-6 nonconference loss to Mosinee on Friday in Marinette.

The Titans trailed 28-0 after the first quarter and wouldn’t break the shutout until a score in the fourth quarter.

Mosinee racked up 422 yards of total offense. Mosinee also had 256 yards rushing.

Wed
28
Aug

Prep Roundup

Suring defeats Wabeno/Laona

The Suring High School football team jumped out to a 18-0 halftime score and held on to win 18-14 after Wabeno/Laona scored two touchdowns in the third quarter of a nonconference game Friday in Suring.

Suring quarterback Creo VanBellinger completed 5 of 10 attempts for 92 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 21 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown.

The two teams were nearly even in total offense, Suring finishing with 189 yards to Wabeno/Laona’s 184.

Lena/STAA falls to Mosinee

Lena/STAA fell behind early and never recovered in a 54-6 nonconference loss to Mosinee on Friday in Marinette.

The Titans trailed 28-0 after the first quarter and wouldn’t break the shut out until a score in the fourth quarter.

Mosinee racked up 422 yards of total offense. Mosinee also had 256 yards rushing.

No other stats were available from this game.

Tue
20
Aug

Larsen going to Winona State

McKenna Larsen has one less thing to worry about as she begins her final year at Oconto Falls High School.

The OFHS senior has verbally committed to Winona State University, a Division II school in Winona, Minn., where she will play volleyball and softball.

“It’s a big relief,” Larsen said. “Going into senior year, it’s the last time to play with friends. I kind of wanted to, not get it out of the way, but it’s nice to have it off my shoulders.”

Larsen had scholarship offers from many schools, including Division I schools.

But the mix of academics and the ability to play two sports made Winona State a perfect option, she said.

“They’re giving me the opportunity to play both sports,” Larsen said. “I really took advantage of that. I really didn’t want to decide (on one sport), because I didn’t want to regret it. Now I get to go to a place and try both.”

Tue
20
Aug

Panthers golfers look for hot start

The Oconto Falls High School girls golf team will play three matches this week and three more next week.

After the Panthers played on a perfect day Friday for the Oconto Falls Scramble, temperatures are set to climb for the team’s marathon start to the golf season.

“It’s supposed to be in the 90s,” Oconto Falls coach Paul Luebke said. “That’s a whole different ball of wax. (The players) are going to have to go up against the elements. Mother Nature isn’t smiling on them.”

The start will be a key building block for a Panthers team that has a lot of young players and only one senior.

“We have a couple girls that came out from other sports or who didn’t do anything,” Luebke said. “They’re coming along. And I have seven freshmen. We have a good freshman group that came in. They just have to get used to golfing a lot. They have to get used to being out there with people from other schools.”

Tue
13
Aug

Gillett football aiming for rebound season

The Gillett Secondary School football team took a big hit last year.

After going 1-7, there generally are not many bright spots going into the following season. However, with 15 returning starters back, the majority of those who were underclassmen in 2012, Tigers coach Rick Kamps is optimistic his team will rebound nicely this season.

“We’ve got a nice nucleus of juniors and sophomores that were sophomores and freshmen last year, so that’s one positive that came out of it,” Kamps said. “I don’t like to do this, I never have played freshmen on the varsity because there’s a physicality between a freshman and a senior – you’re taking a boy vs. a young man. However, the one thing we found out last year is that times are changing. Some of those freshmen that are coming in, they can play.

Tue
13
Aug

Demo derby returns for second lap

A sell-out crowd of 1,200 watched the first-ever demolition derby at last year’s Oconto County Fair, and organizers are hoping for another crowd pleaser this year.

The track area was enlarged in 2012, providing room for the demolition derby for the first time in fair history.

“People go to races to see action, and they like to see cars crash,” said race organizer Dennis Piepkorn. “In a demolition race, that’s exactly what it is.”

Piepkorn, of Suring, has been involved with racing for 30 years, but it’s his first year organizing the fair derby. His No. 1 goal is to make the experience fun for the audience.

“I want to be there for the fans. I do it because I love it,” he said.

The Oconto County Fair derby is part of a points championship event, along with derbies at Gillett’s Fourth of July celebration and Suring’s Labor Day celebration.

Tue
13
Aug

Countywide dive team proposed

A countywide dive team may debut as early as 2014, at the request of the town of Brazeau, which is looking for support of the emergency team it solely operates now.

The Law Enforcement/Judiciary Committee on Aug. 7 considered contracting with the dive team for service or taking ownership. It invited Brazeau leaders to put together a proposal for a countywide team.

The town allocates $5,000 to run the dive team, which averages three emergency calls a year. Dive team members are volunteers.

Brazeau Town Chairman Ryan Wendt said it is difficult for the town to justify the cost, when all of Oconto County benefits.

“Right now, we’re basically a countywide service. If somebody calls … we’re coming,” Wendt said.

The nearest dive teams outside of Oconto County are Marinette and Brown counties. A county-based team would supply better equipment storage space and have the potential to add more members.

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