Sports

Wed
02
Oct

Panthers’ comeback falls short


Photo by Josh Thompson

Oconto Falls’ Samuel Konitzer runs from Shawano defenders during Friday’s Bay Conference game at Memorial Field in Oconto Falls. The Panthers lost 30-20.

There’s fight in these Panthers, but there wasn’t quite enough to pull off a victory.

The winless Oconto Falls football team nearly erased a 16-point first-half deficit to Shawano on Friday night. The Panthers pulled to within three points at 23-20, but a costly defensive lapse on third down gave the Hawks an insurance touchdown that helped Shawano hang on for a 30-20 victory.

“We came out after half and we thought we were going to do it, but it didn’t end up the way we wanted,” Oconto Falls fullback/linebacker Tyler Kowalczyk said. “We could feel the momentum shift and we really thought we were going somewhere.”

After dropping three of its first four games of the season by 40 or more points, the Oconto Falls players found themselves in a dogfight midway through the third quarter.

Wed
02
Oct

Panthers boys second at Mishicot

The Oconto Falls High School boys cross-country team finished second and Bailey Wolf took fourth Thursday at the 38th annual Jim Bremser Memorial Cross Country Invitational in Mishicot.

The Panthers boys had a team score of 91 to finish second at the 24-team meet. Freedom (27) took first and Two Rivers (98) finished third.

The OFHS girls team finished 12th with a team score of 299. Two Rivers won the girls title.

Wolf led the Panthers girls, coming in at 15:49. Liam Spillane finished 10th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds for the OFHS boys.

Results

Girls

Team (Large Schools): 1. Two Rivers (27), 2. East De Pere (61), 3. Kiel (119), 4. Southern Door (138), 5. Freedom (139), 6. Bay Port (167), 7. West De Pere (186), 8. Chilton (204), 9. Seymour (231), 10. Green Bay Notre Dame (238), 11. Denmark (283), 12. Oconto Falls (299), 13. Wrightstown (341).

Wed
02
Oct

Prep Roundup

Panthers sweep West De Pere

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team swept West De Pere 3-0 in a Bay Conference match Sept. 24 in De Pere.

The Panthers (3-0) beat West De Pere (1-2) 25-9, 25-18, 25-9.

McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke combined for 29 kills. Larsen had 18 assists and eight digs. Lemke also had three blocks. McKayla Johnson had three assists and 20 digs. Alyssa Nelson had six aces and 13 digs.

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Lena/STAA shuts out Elcho/White Lake

The Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas high school football team beat Elcho/White Lake 16-0 Friday in Elcho.

Kiefer Powers completed two of seven passes for 73 yards and rushed 15 times for 71 yards for Lena/STAA (1-5, 1-3 M&O). Roy O’Harrow caught one pass for 67 yards.

Wed
02
Oct

Panthers second at Showdown

It was a second-place finish for the Oconto Falls High School volleyball team Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Showdown volleyball tournament.

The Panthers lost to Union Grove 2-1 in the championship match.

Union Grove won the first game 25-18, Oconto Falls rallied to win the second game 25-23, but fell 15-13 in game 3.

Oconto Falls went 6-1 at the two-day, 32-team tournament. The Panthers beat Middleton, Omro and Owen-Withee on Friday. On Saturday, Oconto Falls beat Baraboo, Green Bay Notre Dame and Middleton again. Middleton took third in the tournament.

McKenna Larsen had nine aces, 60 kills, 46 assists and 41 digs during the tournament.

Carly Lemke had 39 kills and 12 blocks. Liz Watzka had 55 assists and 14 digs.

McKayla Johnson had 35 assists.

Wed
02
Oct

Oconto Falls’ golfers eighth in conference

The Oconto Falls High School girls golf team finished in eighth place at the Bay Conference tournament Tuesday at Wander Springs Golf Course in Greenleaf.

The finish was not enough for Oconto Falls (16) to catch Luxemburg-Casco (28) in the final conference standings. The Panthers finished eighth, while Luxemburg-Casco finished seventh.

Denmark (132) edged Marinette (125) for the conference championship.

Liz Coopman led Oconto Falls at the tournament, shooting 112. Julie Moore carded 116, Brittany Russell 122, Bridget Gorman 123 and Amanda Blazer 124.

The Panthers will compete in the WIAA Division 2 regional Wednesday at Mid Vallee Golf Course in Lawrence.

Wed
25
Sep

Panthers sweep Denmark in volleyball


Photo by Josh Thompson

Oconto Falls’ Carly Lemke hits a ball Thursday during a match against Denmark in Oconto Falls.

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team wasn’t at the top of its game against Denmark. However, it didn’t matter.

The Panthers showed they were the superior squad, winning three tight sets and sweeping the Vikings 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 in a Bay Conference match Thursday in Oconto Falls.

The Panthers (2-0 Bay Conference) built leads of at least six points in all three sets before Denmark clawed back to make it interesting.

“You’re going to have matches like this,” Oconto Falls coach Dawn Larsen said. “This is really our first home match with all the fans here, so maybe a little jitters. Overall, you have to be happy with the win.”

When the Panthers got into a bind, they turned to their two big hitters, McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke. The two seniors combined for 37 kills, with Larsen tallying 18 kills, 21 assists and 15 digs. Lemke added four blocks and sophomore Alyssa Nelson tallied 12 digs.

Wed
25
Sep

Dynamic duo

High school volleyball teams taking on Oconto Falls this season, consider this your warning.

The Panthers have a deadly duo in seniors McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke, and both know how to kill — spiking the volleyball, that is.

Larsen and Lemke have been playing together for years, and their hard work has culminated into a great start to the season. The pair has helped Oconto Falls jump out to a 13-1 record, and Larsen and Lemke are among the top players in the state in hitting percentage. Larsen ranks fourth at 44 percent and Lemke 12th at 37.4 percent (through games on Sept. 18).

Since they’ve been teammates for so long, Larsen and Lemke know one another’s tendencies and have a good feel to where they will be on each possession.

Wed
25
Sep

Tigers' rally falls short against Wausaukee

The Gillett Secondary School football team lost to visiting Wausaukee 36-28 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Friday in Gillett.

A pair of second-quarter touchdown runs by Gillett’s Alex Zeitler, a sophomore quarterback, tied the game at 14-14 before halftime.

“Zeitler once again played well, as the young signal caller put up another 100-yard performance, his fifth in as many games,” Gillett coach Rick Kamps said.

Zeitler finished six of 13 for 117 yards and the two rushing touchdowns for Gillett (1-4, 0-3 M&O).

Matt Peterson and Monte Noffke scored on fourth-quarter runs, but it wasn’t enough.

Wausaukee quarterback Beau DeLaet tallied three touchdowns, two passing and another on a 53-yard run, in the second half to put Wausaukee (1-3, 1-1 M&O) in control.

Wed
25
Sep

Oconto Falls boys finish second at Bonduel

Mike Friedman and Bailey Wolf had third-place finishes and the Oconto Falls High School boys cross-country team finished second Sept. 17 at the Bonduel Invitational.
Friedman finished third with a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds. Teammate Liam Spillane took sixth, finishing in 17:40.
Wolf’s time of 16:24 helped lift the Panthers girls to a sixth-place finish.
Freedom won both the boys and girls meets.
Local results
Boys
Team: 1. Freedom (32), 2. Oconto Falls (51), 3. Bonduel (79), 4. Peshtigo (90), 5. Omro (124), 6. Wolf River Lutheran (158), 7. Oconto (180)
Oconto Falls: 3. Mike Friedman, 16:38; 6. Liam Spillane, 17:40; 13. Michael Fifield, 17:58; 14. James Malcheski, 17:59; 15. Alex Young, 17:59
Girls

Wed
25
Sep

Prep Roundup

Panthers blown out, remain winless
The Oconto Falls High School football team lost 64-0 to Hortonville in a Bay Conference game Friday in Hortonville. Hortonville (5-0, 5-0 Bay) took a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and was up 36-0 by halftime. Tyler Kowalczyk had 120 yards on 21 carries for Oconto Falls (0-5, 0-4 Bay). Quarterback Samuel Konitzer was limited to one completion, on six attempts, for 30 yards. Hortonville’s Andrew Thompson went six of seven for 269 yards and three touchdowns.
Suring loses to Florence
The Suring High School football team lost 15-13 Friday in Florence. No other stats from this game were available by the Times Herald’s press time.
Lena/STAA falls to Crivitz

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