Sports

Wed
12
Feb

L-C helps Panthers prep for tourney

It’s a match that could pay long-term dividends for the Oconto Falls High School wrestling program.

The Panthers had the daunting task of traveling to rival Luxemburg-Casco on Thursday night and were handed an overwhelming 43-15 defeat.

However, facing some of the best wrestlers in the state should make the young Oconto Falls grapplers get better, especially with regionals right around the corner.

“It’s really good to have this competition,” Oconto Falls tri-head coach Dave Brasier said. “I told Bob (Berceau, Luxemburg-Casco head coach) at the end, ‘You bring out the best in us.’ Luxemburg is who you shoot for all year, and this is at the end of our schedule. I think some of our kids wrestled their best here tonight.”

Wed
12
Feb

Panthers’ 22-5 run keys win

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team exploded in the second quarter to take a dominating lead in a 69-40 win over Gillett in a nonconference game Saturday in Oconto Falls.

The two teams were tied 12-12 after the first quarter when the Panthers (3-14, 2-11 Bay) exerted control, outscoring the Tigers 22-5 in the second quarter. In the third quarter it was more of the same as Oconto Falls outscored Gillett 21-9.

Riley Gruetzmacher scored 15 points, Bo Shroyer 13 and Michael Fifield 12 points to lead the Panthers.

Dylan Roberts scored 16 to lead Gillett (4-13, 3-8 Marinette & Oconto). Jake Kasten added 12.

Wed
12
Feb

Prep Roundup

Gillett edged by Niagara

The Gillett High School girls basketball team lost to Niagara 33-27 in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Thursday in Niagara.

Kara Brennan led Gillett (5-11, 5-5 M&O) with 11 points.

Casey Spigarelli scored 14 points to lead Niagara (6-8, 6-4 M&O).

Wildcats blown out at home

The Lena High School girls basketball team lost to Goodman/Pembine 59-33 in a nonconference game Saturday in Lena.

Melissa Bushmaker led Lena (5-10, 3-6 M&O) with 17 points. Kayla VanLanen added nine.

Rachel Stankevich had 19 points and Courtney Goyak had 18 to lead Goodman/Pembine (13-2, 8-2 Northern Lakes).

Borchert’s 24 not enough for Lena

Hunter Borchert scored 24 points, but the Lena High School boys basketball team lost to Crivitz 75-40 in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Friday in Lena.

Steven Rouer and Matt Marquardt added six points each for Lena (1-16, 0-11 M&O).

Wed
05
Feb

WIAA approves sweeping realignment plan

The WIAA Board of Control granted final approval Jan. 29 of a realignment plan that affects 76 schools and overhauls the Bay, Eastern Valley and Marinette & Oconto conferences for the 2015 season.

Oconto Falls High School, along with Denmark, Luxemburg-Casco and Marinette, will move from the Bay Conference to the Eastern Valley to join current members Clintonville, Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom, Little Chute and Waupaca, which will play football in the Bay. Wrightstown will move from the Olympian Conference to the Eastern Valley.

The new-look Bay Conference will include current members Shawano, New London, Seymour and West De Pere and add Appleton Xavier from the Eastern Valley, Menasha from the Fox Valley Association, and Green Bay East and Green Bay West from the Fox River Classic Conference.

The M&O will remain largely unchanged, but will welcome Oneida Nation High School, a move that conference officials objected to earlier in the process.

Wed
05
Feb

Krueger first at Pulaski Invitational


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls High School wrestler Dewey Krueger, top, holds Kaukauna’s Evan Hietpas during their 145-pound semifinal match Saturday at the Pulaski Invitational. Krueger went on to win a championship.

Dewey Krueger earned a championship, and the Oconto Falls High School wrestling team finished 10th Saturday at the Pulaski Invitational.

Oconto Falls scored 81 points. Kaukauna (244) won the invite, followed by Bay Port (193) and Merrill (173).

Krueger, a 145-pound junior who earned a 132-pound Division 2 state title a year ago, earned a championship at the Pulaski Invitational for the first time, beating Luxemburg-Casco’s Austin Worachek in overtime by pin at 6 minutes, 42 seconds.

“A lot of kids place better at state than they will at that tournament, depending on weight class,” Oconto Falls tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “Last year, Dewey ended up second there and ended up first at state.”

The 132 championship match was delayed by a clock issue, so the finals on the other mats were completed by the time Krueger and Worchek got to overtime, turning all eyes on them.

Wed
05
Feb

Panthers win big in Marinette

The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team swamped Bay Conference foe Marinette 76-44 Friday in Marinette.

The Panthers (10-1, 6-1 Bay) led 13-10 after the first quarter and rolled to a 34-20 halftime lead. They outscored the Marines 24-8 in the third quarter.

“Marinette played very well in the first quarter,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek said. “Marinette came out with some intensity we didn’t match. The second quarter, we matched their intensity.”

Oconto Falls also had to overcome 10 turnovers in the first half.

“The second half we played much better,” Kaczmarek said. “We shot the ball much better. We’ve been working on that.”

McKenna Larsen led Oconto Falls with 17 points. Carly Lemke added 14, and Elizabeth Watzka had 10. Madison Helmle and Elizabeth Manns each scored eight.

Abby Dufrane scored 12 to lead Marinette (1-11, 1-8 Bay).

Wed
05
Feb

Walleye club plans fishing derby

The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club will hold its annual fishing derby Saturday, Feb. 22. The club will register fish from area lakes at derby headquarters in the heated beer stand at Zippel Park in Gillett.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest northern, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fish registration ends at 3 p.m., and prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

A raffle will be held, with tickets available from club members and local businesses. Cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded for first through fifth place. Ten other winners will receive $100, and other prizes will be given away. Tickets cost $2 each or $5 for three. The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. at derby headquarters.

Bucket raffles will be available throughout the day. Walleye wheel impulse raffles and live auctions will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Burgers, brats and beverages will be served at Zippel Park.

Wed
05
Feb

Prep Roundup

Panthers defeat Marinette

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team won 59-49 over Marinette in a Bay Conference game Friday in Oconto Falls.

James Salscheider led Oconto Falls (2-12, 2-9 Bay) with 13 points. Alex Young added 10.

Garrett Waloway scored 20 to lead Marinette (1-13, 1-9 Bay).

Suring boys beat Gillett

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost 55-44 to Suring in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Thursday in Suring.

Dylan Roberts led Gillett (4-10, 3-6 M&O) with 17 points. Dan Torres and Jake Kasten each added 11 points.

Dillon Kempen had 17 to lead Suring (6-8, 4-7 M&O). Creo Van Bellinger had 16 and Tyler Fisher added 13.

Lena dismantled by Peshtigo

The Lena High School boys basketball team lost 72-19 to Peshtigo on Thursday in Lena.

Hunter Borchert had 10 points to lead Lena (1-14, 0-10 M&O).

Wed
29
Jan

Fast start propels Panthers past Denmark


Photo by Josh Thompson

Oconto Falls High School guard Bailey Wolf takes a shot Thursday against Denmark in Oconto Falls. The Panthers won, 46-28.

The lone Denmark fan who stood in the bleachers until his team scored its first point had to wait a long time.

Oconto Falls High School’s girls basketball team scored the opening 17 points of its game Friday night. Denmark didn’t get on the scoreboard until a free throw went down with just 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

That set the tone as Oconto Falls maintained at least a 14-point lead the rest of the game to secure a 46-28 victory at home.

“Last night we kind of had a rough practice, so we redeemed ourselves,” said Oconto Falls guard McKenna Larsen, who scored a game-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting. “We came out strong and took it to them right away, and I think that’s what you have to do.”

Oconto Falls (9-1, 5-1 Bay Conference) had plenty of opportunities to bury Denmark, but couldn’t land the decisive blow after going up by as many as 21 points.

Wed
29
Jan

Panthers blown out by Spartans


Photo by Josh Thompson

Oconto Falls High School forward Bo Shroyer drives to the basket against Luxemburg-Casco defenders Friday in Oconto Falls. The Panthers lost 78-43.

Before the Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team could even get its second shot off against Luxemburg-Casco on Friday, the Panthers were already down 15-0.

That’s what kind of night it was for OFHS.

Luxemburg-Casco hit over 50 percent of its shots, including 12 3-pointers, as Oconto Falls fell 78-43 at home in a Bay Conference game.

“I challenged them after the game about playing with heart and pride,” Oconto Falls coach Kirk Hirst said. “It seems like these guys when they get down far enough they feel like they can start playing and just relax instead of just playing that way from the beginning.”

The beginning was rough for Oconto Falls. The Spartans’ David Vlotho hit the first 10 points of the game, but the Panthers clawed back with three baskets.

“We were down 17-8 at the quarter, and you’re still right there after giving them a hot start,” Hirst said. “Then in the second quarter we came out flat.”

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