Sports

Wed
20
Nov

Panthers return with more experience


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

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.

Wed
13
Nov

Bay, M&O conferences honor top players


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

McKenna Larsen watches for a serve during the WIAA Division 2 state semifinal against East Troy Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Larsen was named the Bay Conference volleyball player of the year.

Oconto Falls High School volleyball player McKenna Larsen was named the Bay Conference player of the year to lead the all-conference award winners this year in the Bay and Marinette & Oconto conferences.

Larsen, a senior at OFHS, was named first team all-Bay Conference along with fellow senior Carly Lemke.

Senior setter Elizabeth Watzka and junior libero McKayla Johnson were honorable mentions.

• In football, Oconto Falls had six players earn honorable mentions. Running back Tyler Kowalczyk, wide receiver Zach Brye and center Ross Pumplin all earned offensive honors.

On defense, lineman James Salscheider, linebacker Jacob Yatso and defensive back Alex Johnson were honorable mentions.

Marinette & Oconto

Wed
13
Nov

‘One dream’ ends in state semis


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls middle hitter Carly Lemke sends a ball over East Troy defenders during Friday's WIAA Division 2 state semifinal match at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The last match for the Oconto Falls High School volleyball team’s seniors and their coach rushed by as undefeated East Troy swept the Panthers 3-0 in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinal Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Dawn Larsen, who is giving up her OFHS coaching duties after the spring softball season, said she was not sad after falling to the eventual state champion.

“I’m not sad about it being my last season,” Larsen said. “I mean, where else would I want to end it than at state? I’m still proud of them.”

And as much as the loss hurt, the coach said her team accomplished its one goal this season — making it to state.

“We still said ‘One Team, One Dream’ because this was the dream and we were here,” Larsen said.

The game also wrapped up the high school volleyball careers of seniors McKenna Larsen, the coach’s daughter and Bay Conference player of the year, Carly Lemke, Elizabeth Watzka and Rachael Winter.

Wed
13
Nov

Hobbled Packers lose to Eagles


Photo by Jim Leuenberger

Packers receiver Jordy Nelson dives for the end zone during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers lost 27-13.

Another game, another injured Green Bay Packers quarterback.

Thrust into duty just a few days after being elevated from the practice squad, quarterback Scott Tolzien took over the Packers’ offense Sunday in a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

After losing Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone on the Packers’ first drive last week, the Packers lost his replacement, Seneca Wallace, to a groin injury after the team’s first drive Sunday.

“It’s two weeks in a row,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on the difficulty of losing a quarterback in each of the last two games. “You have a guy that goes through the week and takes all the reps. Unfortunately, he suffered the injury there in the first series.”

Wed
06
Nov

Wolf, Spillane lead Panthers’ runners at state


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

The Oconto Falls High School boys cross-country team starts the Division 2 race at the WIAA state meet Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Sophomore Bailey Wolf finished 55th and the Oconto Falls High School boys ran strong despite missing their top runner Saturday at the WIAA State Cross-Country Championships at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Michael Friedman, who led the team all season, broke his foot while placing fourth in last week’s Division 2 sectional and could not run at state.

Even without him, the team finished 11th at state. Wisconsin Lutheran took first, followed by Monroe.

“Obviously when you have a guy out who is your No. 1 guy and probably one of the top runners in the state, it’s going to affect it (the team),” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said. “But I thought our kids ran awesome.”

The team was led by Liam Spillane, who finished 65th overall with a time of 17:37.38.

Spillane, a junior, improved on his performance as a freshman on the 2011 state-qualifying team. That year he finished 104th with a time of 17:58.18.

Wed
06
Nov

Seniors lead Panthers’ charge


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The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team celebrates beating Waupun in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final Saturday in Seymour.

With standout performances from seniors McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke, the Oconto Falls High School volleyball team beat Waupun 3-1 in Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Seymour High School to advance to the state tournament.

“I’m ecstatic,” Lemke said. “All the seniors, we said it all year, we wanted to go out with a bang and definitely making it back to state is the way to do it.”

The team’s seniors — Larsen, Lemke, Elizabeth Watzka and Rachael Winter — were all a part of the 2011 team that made it to state.

“It feels awesome to do it with this team and these girls,” Larsen said. “We’ve grown more together as a family this year. I wouldn’t want to end my high school volleyball career any other way.”

Wed
30
Oct

Suring tops Gillett for regional championship

The Suring High School volleyball team swept Gillett 3-0 to win a WIAA Division 4 regional championship Saturday in Suring.

Suring, the No. 1 seed, beat second-seeded Gillett 25-11, 26-24, 25-8.

Suring will advance to face Pembine/Goodman in the opening round of the sectionals Thursday in Gillett. No. 2 Pembine/Goodman upset No. 1 Florence on Saturday in five sets.

Suring beat No. 4 Bowler Thursday in three sets, 25-17, 25-16, 25-10.

Gillett topped No. 3 Gresham on Thursday, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-18 to advance to the regional final.

Brianna Lemirande had 16 kills and two blocks in that game. Jessica Anderson had 20 assists, four digs and three kills.

Lisa Schmidt had seven digs and nine aces.

Wed
30
Oct

Gillett, Lena cross-country seasons end at sectional

The Lena/STAA high school boys cross-country team finished eighth Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 sectional at Standing Rock Park in Stevens Point.

Bonduel won the sectional crown, followed by Laconia and Brillion .

Lena was led by Evan Beranek, who finished 31st.

Gillett finished ninth, led by Max Zeitler, who finished 14th.

The Gillett girls were led by Rebecca Wolfe, who finished 29th. Lena/STAA’s girls were led by Marisa Slempkes, who finished 70th.

Results

Boys

Team: 1. Bonduel (82), 2. Laconia (90), 3. Brillion (91), 4. Saint Mary Central (101), 5. Green Lake/Princeton (141), 6. Lourdes Academy (152), 7. Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran (235), 8. Lena/STAA (266), 9. Gillett (267), 10. Hilbert (294), 11. Oconto (297), 12. Amherst (312), 13. Iola-Scandinavia (322), 14. Wolf River Lutheran (366), 15. Valley Christian (366), 16. Coleman (377), 17. Manawa (418)

Wed
30
Oct

Panther boys return to state

For the third time in five years, the Oconto Falls High School boys cross-country team will race at the WIAA state meet.

The Panthers placed second at a Division 2 sectional in Waupaca on Saturday with strong performances from their top five runners.

“This is huge. We’ve worked hard,” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said. “There’s a lot of kids that have gone through (the program) and set up these other kids. They want to do the same thing somebody else did. … I’m happy for them.”

Sophomore Bailey Wolf will represent the OFHS girls at state for a second time. She finished fifth at the sectional.

The state meet will be held Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Boys

The last time the Panthers’ boys team qualified for state was 2011. Four of this year’s top seven runners — seniors James Malcheski and Alex Young, and juniors Mike Friedman and Liam Spillane — were valuable parts of that team, which finished eighth.

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