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Tigers lose on last-second shot

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost 41-40 to Marinette and Oconto Conference foe Crivitz on a last-second, 3-point shot Thursday in Gillett.

Jake Kasten led Gillett (4-9, 3-5 M&O) with 15 points. Dan Torres added 10.

Colton Lange scored 13 points to lead Crivitz (10-3, 702 M&O). Blaine Bauer hit the game-winner.

Fisher scores 31 in Eagles’ win

The Suring High School boys basketball team beat Lena 61-46 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Saturday in Lena.

Tyler Fisher scored 31 points to lead the Eagles (5-8, 2-7 M&O). John Horst added 14 and Dillon Kempen had 12.

Nash Haney scored 20 points to lead Lena (1-13, 0-9 M&O). Hunter Borchert added 14.

Suring girls top Niagara

The Suring High School girls basketball team beat Niagara 48-38 in a M&O game Friday in Niagara.


Morrissey taking long view at next level

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Former Oconto Falls High School wrestler Jake Morrissey, top, wrestles Waupun’s Taylor Huenink last year at the WIAA state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Morrissey is a redshirt freshman at Purdue University.

Jake Morrissey has always been the ultimate competitor.

In four years wrestling at Oconto Falls High School, Morrissey was nearly unstoppable, winning three state titles and capping his senior season by going 44-0.

This year, he’s almost had to take a step back in order to take a step forward. Morrissey is a freshman at Purdue University and early on at practice, it was determined that he will redshirt this season. That will allow Morrissey to have five years to learn and grow in one of the premiere college wrestling programs in the country.

“I’m real happy with that,” Morrissey said. “I can use this year as a learning experience and pick up as much as I can and get into open tournaments and get some mat time in.”


Panthers fall to New London

After being handed a 72-35 loss at Hortonville on Jan. 13, Oconto Falls High School boys basketball coach Kirk Hirst was hoping his guys would play better in the team’s next game.

The first half looked promising Thursday night at home against New London, but the Bulldogs turned up the intensity in the third quarter and pulled away en route to a 68-43 victory.

“I don’t think we’re a 25-point deficit to those guys, no disrespect to them,” Hirst said. “I think we can hang with a lot of teams in the Bay and nonconference.”

Oconto Falls (1-8, 1-5 Bay Conference) trailed by just five points at halftime, but four 3-pointers by New London guards Samuel Porath and Jacob Pinch sparked a 12-4 run, and the Bulldogs suddenly had their biggest lead of the game at 13 points, 41-28.


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Oconto Falls wins Peshtigo Invitational

The Oconto Falls High School wrestling team won the 45th Peshtigo Wrestling Invitational Saturday in Peshtigo, scoring 264.5 points to top second-place Peshtigo (230).

Evan Konitzer (106), Bryce Ash (120), Nathaniel Trepanier (132), Brett Ash (138), Sam Konitzer (145) and Dewey Krueger (152) all won their brackets for Oconto Falls.

Gillett/Suring (154.5) took third place as a team and had one champion in Garret Kohls (113).

Gillett beat by Peshtigo

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team couldn’t slow Marinette & Oconto Conference-leading Peshtigo in a 64-25 loss Friday in Gillett.

No stats were available from this game by the Times Herald’s press time.

Lena boys lose to Coleman

The Lena High School boys basketball team lost to Coleman 51-29 in a M&O game Friday in Coleman.

Hunter Borchert led Lena (1-10, 0-6 M&O) with 14 points. Nash Haney had seven.


Panthers unbeaten no longer

The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team took its first loss of the season, 52-38 to New London, in a Bay Conference game Friday on the road.

Oconto Falls (7-1, 3-1 Bay) could not overcome the lead that New London built with a 16-2 run in the first quarter.

Each team had three players hit double figures in scoring. Bailey Wolf led Oconto Falls with 12 points. Elizabeth Manns had 11 points. McKenna Larsen, a senior who is averaging 16.9 points per game, was held to 10.

Amber Pethke and Mickey Roland led New London with 13 points each. Leah Porath had 10 points.

The loss not only knocked Oconto Falls from the ranks of the unbeaten, it also dropped the Panthers to third place in the Bay behind New London (7-2, 5-0 Bay) and Hortonville (9-2, 6-0 Bay).


Panthers take third at Brawl in the Falls

Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls High School wrestler Jake Stoinski, left, and Bonduel’s Travis Wollenberg compete in the 126-pound semifinal match Saturday at the Brawl in the Falls wrestling tournament.

Bret Ash and Dewey Krueger won championships and Oconto Falls High School took third at the 15-team Brawl in the Falls wrestling tournament Saturday in Oconto Falls.

Kaukauna (200.5) won the tournament, followed by Reedsville (178) and Oconto Falls (172.5).

After winning the tournament four years in a row, Oconto Falls has not won the tournament the last two years. The Panthers finished second to Bay Port a year ago.

Krueger won his 145-pound championship match by pinning Gillett/Suring’s Alex Zeitler in 1 minute, 45 seconds. Krueger topped Winneconne’s Jeremiah Preutz in the quarterfinal and took down Bay Port’s Dylan Sundin in the semifinal.

Ash won the 132-pound title by beating Reedsville’s Isaac Roffers by a 12-0 major decision. He beat Kaukauna’s Jacob Canner in the quarterfinal and Wausau East’s Dylan Rivera in the semifinal.


Panthers beat Shawano 47-28

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Oconto Falls High School guard McKenna Larsen goes up for a shot over Shawano’s Teagan Monfils during a Bay Conference game Friday in Shawano. OFHS won 47-28.

McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke scored 18 points each and the Oconto Falls girls basketball team beat Shawano 47-28 in a Bay Conference game Friday in Shawano.

Lemke, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, tallied 14 first-half points, mostly under the basket, for Oconto Falls (6-0, 3-0 Bay).

“Offensively, we kind of felt she had the hot hand,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek Jr. said. “We ran a couple of special sets for her, to get her good looks.”

Larsen provided the juice in the second half, scoring 12 of her 18 points after the midpoint break, getting a couple of nice driving layups and a couple of breakaways.

Shawano, which was missing starting point guard Megan Klitzke because of illness, trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, but fell behind 22-12 by halftime. Oconto Falls opened the third quarter with a 11-2 run until Courtney Vomastic hit a 3-pointer to cut the Panthers’ edge to 33-17.


Panthers boys lose to Shawano

Riley Gruetzmacher’s double-double wasn’t enough to hold off Bay Conference-leading Shawano Thursday in Oconto Falls.

The Panthers (1-6, 1-3 Bay) lost 42-33.

Gruetzmacher scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds for Oconto Falls. Michael Fifield added nine points.

Eleven Shawano (7-2, 5-0 Bay) players scored in the game, led by Travis Geenen and Jack Lacy, who each had six points.

The Panthers made 41 percent of their shots from the field, while Shawano made 35 percent. The Hawks, though, had a slight edge on defense, forcing 23 turnovers while committing 19.

While both teams struggled to score throughout the game, Shawano took a 19-13 lead by halftime. A 15-9 advantage in the third quarter built the lead to 34-22. The Panthers rallied to cut the lead in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough catch Shawano.


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Gillett girls top Lena by 18 points

The Gillett Secondary School girls basketball team beat Lena 42-24 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Friday in Lena.

Kara Brennan led Gillett (3-6, 3-2 M&O) with 12 points.

Melissa Bushmaker scored 11 points to lead Lena (4-4, 3-3 M&O).

Suring girls defeat STAA

The Suring High School girls basketball team got a 58-25 victory over Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday in Marinette.

Kelsey School led Suring (5-2, 4-1 Marinette & Oconto) with 15 points. Breanna Tienor added 12 and Erin Fisher scored 10.

Riley Schultz scored 11 to lead STAA (1-7, 0-6 M&O).

Gillett blown out by Oconto

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost to Oconto 73-22 in a nonconference game Friday in Gillett.

Dylan Roberts and Dan Torres led Gillett (3-7, 2-3 Marinette & Oconto) with nine points each in the loss to Oconto (8-3, 3-3 Packerland).


Suring falls to Bonduel’s fast start

The Suring High School boys basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to Bonduel in a 62-50 nonconference loss Friday in Bonduel.

The Eagles (3-5, 1-4 Marinette & Oconto Conference) fell behind 17-8 in the first quarter, despite facing a Bonduel team that had given up 63 and 71 points in two previous losses.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit lately,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “We wanted to be more intense and play harder on defense. I thought we did a really good job in the first half.”

Suring would slow the Bears’ scoring in the second half, outscoring Bonduel 28-25, but was unable to put a significant dent in the Bears’ lead.

Tyler Fisher, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, scored 18 points to lead Suring. John Horst, a 5-11 senior, had 10 points and Creo VanBellinger added nine for the Eagles.


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