Sports

Wed
18
Sep

Panthers dominate Shawano tournament


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls’ McKenna Larsen (9) hits a ball past Peshtigo defenders during the Shawano volleyball tournament Saturday in Shawano. The Panthers won the tournament.

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team was a perfect 6-0 at the Shawano volleyball tournament Saturday in Shawano.

The Panthers and host Shawano both were 5-0, having beaten Clintonville, Valders, Oconto, Kewaunee and Peshtigo, heading into the championship game.

Oconto Falls won the first game 25-16 and then took the second game 25-11.

Seniors McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke led most of the stats on the day. On the day, Larsen finished with 17 aces, 47 kills, 63 assists and 38 digs. Lemke racked up 52 kills and nine blocks. Liz Watzka had seven aces, 42 assists and 16 digs. Mikayla Johnson had 38 digs.

Oconto (4-2) finished third in the tournament, followed by Peshtigo (3-3), Clintonville (2-4), Valders (1-5) and Kewaunee (0-6).

Oconto Falls, which has only lost one match so far this season, opened up Bay Conference play against Seymour on the road Tuesday. Results from that match were not available by the Times Herald’s press time.

Wed
18
Sep

Prep Roundup

Lena/STAA shut out by Peshtigo

The Lena/STAA football team was shut out 59-0 by Peshtigo on Friday in Lena.

Lena/STAA fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter on a pair of Dakota Keller touchdown passes, a 52-yard Jake Venees punt return and a 8-yard Levi Samborn run. Peshtigo went on to score 19 points in the second and six in each of the third and fourth quarters.

Keifer Powere went 2 for 6 for 15 yards passing and had seven yards on two carries for Lena/STAA (0-4, 0-2 Marinette & Oconto). Roy O’Harrow was 1 for 5 for 19 yard passing and two interceptions. He also rushed nine times for minus 21 yards.

Keller led Peshtigo (2-0, 2-0 M&O) going four for four for 88 yards. Steve Strojny had 14 carries for 88 yards.

Suring loses to Crivitz

Suring lost to Crivitz 45-12 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Friday in Suring.

Wed
18
Sep

Panthers come up short

The Oconto Falls High School football team lost to Marinette 14-7 Friday in Marinette.

Marinette’s Caylubb Maske ran for 207 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught another touchdown from quarterback Marcus Maguire to put the Marines (2-2, 2-2 Bay) up 14-0 by the fourth quarter.

The Panthers (0-3, 0-3 Bay) got on the board on a 19-yard touchdown throw from Samuel Konitzer in the fourth, but couldn’t close the rest of the gap. Konitzer went one for seven for 19 yards a touchdown and three interceptions.

Connor Sefcik rushed 28 times for 159 yards.

It doesn’t get any easier for Oconto Falls, which travels Friday to Bay-leading Hortonville (4-0, 4-0 Bay).

Wed
18
Sep

Gillett loses to Coleman

Gillett’s Monte Noffke had a 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Friday in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game against Coleman in Coleman.

That was the only good news for the Gillett Secondary School football team (1-3, 0-2 M&O), which went on to lose the game 62-6.

Noffke was held in check for the rest of the game, rushing 13 times for -4 yards. Alex Zeitler completed eight passes for 113 yards and an interception. Six of those throws connected with Dylan Roberts for 103 yards.

Coleman running back Dexter Karban had 10 carries for 153 yards including a 54-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Coleman (3-1, 2-0 M&O) scored 24 points in each of the first and third quarters.

Thu
12
Sep

Oconto Falls golfers finish 7th at Shawano Lake


Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz
Oconto Falls' Amanda Blazer putts on the ninth hole at Shawano Lake Golf Course during Thursday's Bay Conference match.

The Oconto Falls High School girls golf team finished tied with Seymour for seventh place at Thursday’s Bay Conference match at Shawano Lake Golf Course.

Denmark (191) and Marinette tied for first at the meet. Oconto Falls finished with a season-best 220 points.

“We’re chopping strokes off every time we go out,” Oconto Falls coach Paul Luebke said, “which is nice.”

Oconto Falls was led by Liz Coopman, who shot a 53. Julie Moore shot a 54, Amanda Blazer 55, Bridget Gorman 58 and Brittany Russell 66.

“Each girl had two bad holes,” Luebke said. “If we can start to clean up our mistakes and our three- or four-putt here and there, they can easily, each of them, take about three or four strokes off their score.”

The bad holes were part of playing a course like Shawano Lake, according to the coach.

“A couple of the holes are fairly tricky,” he said. “If you don’t make a good shot, it’s going to make you pay. It’s going to penalize you.”

Thu
12
Sep

Wolf, Friedman place 4th at Freedom invite

Mike Friedman was halfway through his race and he was locked in. The Oconto Falls High School runner was virtually in a four-way tie with Little Chute’s Joe Van Grinsven and Freedom’s Matt Vosters and Sam Hinz. It wasn’t long after that the three other runners started to pull away, leaving Friedman in fourth.

That’s where the junior finished out of 142 athletes racing Friday in the Freedom Invitational at the Irish Waters Golf Club.

“I thought I ran good the first two miles, and the third mile I kind of fell off a little bit, but it’s early in the year and I think I’ll improve a lot throughout the year,” Friedman said. “I was hoping to come in and win it, but I just didn’t get it this time.”

After placing seventh in the same meet last season, Friedman was pleased to crack the top five.

“We had a long talk (Thursday) about what we wanted to do here, and it worked out for him,” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said.

Thu
12
Sep

Peshtigo dominates Gillett, 65-20

The Gillett Secondary School football team lost 65-20 to Peshtigo in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Friday in Gillett.

Alex Zeitler connected with Dylan Roberts on a 26-yard pass play for the Tiger’s only score of the first half, as Peshtigo pulled ahead 40-6. Zeitler and Roberts would connect again on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we battled well for about a quarter and a half,” Gillett coach Rick Kamps said. “Then their physical dominance began to take over.”

Monte Noffke scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter for Gillett (0-1 conference, 1-2 overall).

Zeitler, a sophomore, finished six of 10 passing for 117 yards, 100 of which was to Roberts on five throws.

“I thought Alex Zeitler showed his poise as he continued to make plays,” Kamps said.

Noffke had 17 carries for 83 yards and the score.

Thu
12
Sep

Lena boys 5th at De Pere

The Lena High School boys cross-country team was fifth at a meet Thursday in De Pere.

Lena had a team score of 166. Bay Port (20) won the meet, followed by Shawano (47), De Pere (63) and Green Bay Notre Dame Academy (109).

Evan Beranek led Lena, finishing 20th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds. Justin Heimke finished in 19:27 to finish 30th overall.

Area Results

Boys: 1. Bay Port (20), 2. Shawano (47), 3. De Pere (63), 4. Green Bay Notre Dame Academy (109), 5. Lena (166), 6. Kewaunee (177), 7. Wrightstown (218)

Lena: 20. Evan Beranek, 18:26; 30. Justin Heimke, 19:27; 35. Casey Boyle, 19:44; 39. Mitchell Harvey, 20:23; 42. Jake Jones, 20:59; 43. Mike Schmidt, 21:18; 48. Henry Benson, 24:49

Thu
12
Sep

Prep Roundup

Suring beat by Coleman

The Suring High School volleyball team lost 3-1 to Coleman in a Marinette & Oconto Conference match Thursday in Suring. Suring lost the first two games 25-12, 25-16, then won the third 25-22 before losing the fourth game 25-16. Calley VanBellinger had 13 kills and eight digs. Kelsey School had nine assists and eight digs.

Gillett falls to Niagara

The Gillett Secondary School volleyball team lost to Niagara in three games Thursday in Gillett. Gillett lost 25-7, 25-11, 25-17. Brianna Lemirande had seven aces, three blocks and five kills. Jessica Anderson had 10 assists and three kills. Kara Brennan had seven blocks, seven kills, two aces and 12 digs. Taylor Kohls had nine kills and two aces.

Thu
12
Sep

WIAA makes second conference realignment proposal

Oconto Falls High School would join a 10-team Eastern Valley Conference in a proposed conference realignment plan recently released by the WIAA.

Under the plan, which is a revision of a plan released in April, Oconto Falls would be joined by current Bay Conference teams Marinette, Denmark and Luxemburg-Casco in the Eastern Valley, expanding that conference to 10 teams, while the Bay shrinks to eight teams.

Under the plan, the Eastern Valley would lose Appleton Xavier to the Bay.

In the Bay, Shawano, West De Pere, New London and Seymour would remain and the conference would add Green Bay East and Green Bay West from the Fox River Classic Conference and Menasha from the Fox Valley Association.

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