Sports

Wed
18
Dec

Panthers 11th at Battle of the Bay


Oconto Falls High School wrestler Brett Ash battles Escanaba’s Corey McInemey during a 138-pound match Saturday at the Battle of the Bay tournament at Bay Port.

Dewey Krueger won his bracket as the Oconto Falls High School wrestling team finished 11th at the Battle of the Bay wrestling tournament Saturday at Bay Port High School.

Bay Port (559) won the tournament. Two Rivers (421) took second and Pewaukee (404) took third. Oconto Falls scored 304 points.

Krueger, a junior, won the 145-pound weight bracket, beating Seth Vosters of Freedom 4-3 in the championship match.

“A lot of the coaches thought 145 might be one of the toughest weight classes there,” Oconto Falls tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “When you look top to bottom, at previous qualifiers, it probably was. Nice day for him to come out and win.”

Krueger opened the day with a technical fall 43 seconds into his match with Michael Letter of Southern Door. After a bye in round two, Krueger beat Casey Crangle of Menomonee Falls by a 6-4 decision. He beat Two Rivers’ Chris Yauch 10-0 in the semifinal.

Wed
11
Dec

Gillett girls defeated by Bonduel, 54-20


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Gillett High School senior Kara Brennan looks to inbound a ball during a game against Bonduel Friday in Gillett. The Tigers lost to Bonduel, 54-20.

A solid first quarter by the Gillett Secondary School girls basketball team was undone by a Bonduel sharp-shooting junior and a scoring drought in a 54-20 nonconference loss Friday in Gillett.

“They worked hard,” Gillett coach Justin Daul said of his team. “I can’t ask for anything more than that. We’re not deep enough. To compete with a team like that is going to take a lot of work.”

Gillett (0-2) took a small lead early in the game on a trio of baskets by Kara Brennan, a 5-foot-9 senior forward.

With about 4 minutes left in the first quarter, Gillett pulled ahead 8-4, but Bonduel’s Deanna Zernicke, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, hit a 3-pointer to pull the Bears within a point.

Gillett junior Maddy Wilbur, a 5-foot-6 guard, sunk a 3 late in the first to put the Tigers up 11-7, but once again Zernicke responded with a 3 of her own to keep the Bears within one.

Wed
11
Dec

Eagles fall short in fourth quarter against Bonduel


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Suring High School senior Kelsey School looks for an opening Dec. 3 during a game against Bonduel in Bonduel. Suring lost 58-41.

A fast start wasn’t enough for the Suring High School girls basketball team in a 58-41 loss to Bonduel on Dec. 3 in Bonduel.

The game was close for the first three quarters, but Bonduel (2-0) outscored Suring (1-2) 23-7 in the final period to take control.

Suring senior Calley VanBellinger, a 5-foot-9 forward, did a nice job handling Bonduel’s Jennifer Dowden, a 5-foot-11 junior forward, in the first half, holding her to just two free throws, but Dowden tallied 10 points in the third quarter on her way to 16.

“Jen hasn’t had to practice against anybody big that can push her around,” Bonduel coach Missy Dowden said. “Calley was able to move her out of place and did a nice job.”

VanBellinger had five points in the first half but only two in the second half.

Dowden and 5-foot-10 junior Alexa Reinke led an opportunistic Bears defense in the second half. Each ended up with six steals, with Suring committing 25 turnovers to Bonduel’s 12.

Wed
11
Dec

Panthers dominate in season opener

Life after Jake Morrissey and Mitch Friedman has officially begun.

And the Oconto Falls High School wrestling team passed its first test with flying colors.

The Panthers opened the season Thursday night at home and got solid production up and down the lineup, winning nine matches en route to a 49-20 victory over Seymour in the Bay Conference meet.

“We were very happy with how the guys came out,” Oconto Falls tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “At the beginning of the year you know what you have, but you don’t know until you see it in live action and compare it to what the other schools are doing.”

Morrissey won three state titles while at Oconto Falls and Friedman took home a state championship last season. Both are competing in college, Morrissey at Purdue and Friedman at North Dakota State. Replacing those two leaders is going to take some time.

“It’s definitely different, missing Mitch and Jake,” Kinziger said.

Wed
11
Dec

Prep Roundup

Panthers fall to West De Pere

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team opened Bay Conference play Friday with a 66-31 loss to West De Pere in De Pere.

Michael Fifield led Oconto Falls (0-3, 0-1 Bay) with nine points.

Cody Schwartz led West De Pere (2-0, 1-0 Bay) with 25 points.

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Gillett drops M&O battle to Crivitz

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost to Marinette & Oconto Conference foe Crivitz 56-41 Friday in Crivitz.

Jake Kasten led Gillett (1-3, 1-1 M&O) with 16 points.

Ben Fischer’s 21 points led Crivitz (3-0, 2-0 M&O).

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Suring boys top Coleman

The Suring High School boys basketball team got its first Marinette & Oconto Conference win Friday 38-34 against Coleman.

Tyler Fisher led Suring (3-1, 1-1 M&O) with 14 points. Dillon Kempen and Josh Vollmar each added six points.

Blaine Ermis led Coleman (0-5, 0-2 M&O) with 10 points.

Wed
11
Dec

Updated trail map available for county snowmobilers

The Oconto County Snowmobile Alliance’s trail map for 2014-15 is now available. The map is updated every two years.

To purchase a map, send a request to the Oconto County Tourism office, 1113 Main St., Oconto, WI 54153. Enclose $3 for postage and handling.

The alliance consists of the following clubs: Oconto Falls Snow Jokers, Bagley & Brazeau Joyriders of Klondike, Chase Sno-Chasers, Gillett Sno Riders, Lena Snow Drifters, Chute Pond Snowmobile Club, Paul Bunyan Riders of Lakewood, Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club of Townsend, and Iron Snowshoe Snowmobile Club of Marinette County.

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


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

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.

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