Carlson goes undefeated at Peshtigo Invitational

Gillett put six wrestlers in the top three at the 48th annual Peshtigo Wrestling Invitational to finish second, behind only Wittenberg-Birnamwood, on Saturday.

At 220 pounds, Dante Carlson secured Gillett’s only championship. He pinned his first three opponents before winning via technical fall Crivitz’s Joseph Tomaszewski in the title match. None of the matches in which he secured pins needed to go more than 92 seconds.

Gillett/Suring’s second-place finishers were Wyatt Herzog (106), Peston Fischer (126) and Sam Lemens (132).

Herzog was pinned in the semifinal by Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Chad Moegenburg but pinned Peshtigo’s Kyle Rivet in the wrestleback.

Fischer earned a third-period pin over Marinette’s Sam Gressel in the semifinals before being pinned by Laona/Wabeno’s Derek Moravec with 1 second remaining in the first period in the title match.


Second-half surge not enough for Panthers

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Oconto Falls High School senior Aaron Kurth posted 10 points on 42 percent shooting in a Jan. 13 home loss to Little Chute.

A slow start doomed the Oconto Falls boys basketball team Jan. 13 at home.

Oconto Falls fell behind by 12 points at halftime, nearly doubled its point total in the second half but fell 57-44 to Little Chute in North Eastern Conference play.

Oconto Falls (1-8, 0-5 North Eastern Conference) has lost seven consecutive games dating back to Dec. 2 and five straight NEC games.

Mason Sefcik, who hit 3 of 5 3-pointers, led the Panthers with 12 points and two steals. Aaron Kurth was the only other Oconto Falls player to reach double figures. He scored 10 points, including both of his 3-point attempts.

The Panthers knocked down 46 percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, but shot 38 percent as a team and just 37 percent from the free-throw line on 3-of-8 shooting.

Kamdan Bloom tallied five points, and three other players each scored four points for Oconto Falls.


Suring preps for 8th annual Military Night

The Suring boys basketball team will hold its eighth consecutive military night, honoring and raising money for veterans and those serving the country, on Jan. 20.

The night will include a spaghetti dinner in the Suring school cafeteria beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be a special ceremony between the junior varsity and varsity games between Marinette & Oconto Conference rivals Gillett and Suring.

The dinner costs $5, but all veterans can eat for free.

The event features guest speaker John Maino and honors Gillett World War II veteran G. Frank Meunier and Suring Korean War veteran Hubert Robenhorst, along with all other veterans in attendance. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Items up for raffle include a pair of tickets to a 2017-2018 Packers game at Lambeau Field, tickets to the Packers Hall of Fame, tickets to a guided tour of Lambeau Field and an autographed Green Bay Packers football, along with the usual jersey raffle.


Depth separates Panthers from pack

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Oconto Falls High School senior Brice Delzer, left, wrestles against Reedsville’s Deanile Kocourek in the semifinals of the Brawl in the Falls on Saturday. Delzer finished in third place at 170 pounds, and the Panthers won the invitational by 73.5 points over runner-up Reedsville.

Just two days after struggling against Wrightstown in a North Eastern Conference dual, which the Panthers won 29-28 on criteria, Oconto Falls wrestling tri-head coach Marc Kinziger was worried about how his team would respond at Saturday’s home Brawl in the Falls.

Oconto Falls ran away with the invitational’s team title with 254 points and nine wrestlers advanced to championship matches. Heavyweight Dan Ausloos, 132-pounder Kenton Peterson and 152-pounder Nate Trepanier emerged as champions.

“Wrightstown, that was as tough as I’ve seen any underdog team come into our gym and wrestle us in a couple of years,” Kinziger said. “They were ready to scrap, so our guys were down, and there was a little bit of soul checking.”

He could not have hoped for a much better performance on Saturday.


Basics from practice not translating to court yet

With a 2 1/2-week holiday break from games, the Oconto Falls boys basketball team had plenty of time to practice.

Coach Kirk Hirst kept things simple for his young team after the first seven games of the season produced just one victory.

“In practice it was going back to basics, trying to teach them help side, man, ball, opening up on a screen – little things like that,” Hirst said.

The Panthers’ first game out of the break didn’t reflect the effort his guys put in during the extended practice time, however. Oconto Falls trailed Wrightstown 29-0 before the hosts ran away with a 78-31 victory in North Eastern Conference action Thursday.

Hirst doesn’t think not having a game over the holiday break hampered his players. The practice time was important, he said, and Hirst saw some progress from his players in the first game back.


Patience pushes Valley Christian past Lena

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Lena High School guard Connor Heise looks to shoot around Ari Giannopoulos during Wednesday’s loss. Heise scored 20 points for the Wildcats.

When the Lena boys basketball team can create some steals, get in transition and convert some easy hoops, it is tough to stop.

The defense-turned-offense approach worked well in the first half of the Lena Holiday Tournament championship game against Valley Christian. However, the Warriors dialed up a zone defense and shut down the running Wildcats in the second half.

Valley Christian used a 22-7 run to start the second half and raced to a 73-63 victory on Wednesday afternoon. It was the second straight Lena Holiday Tournament title for Valley Christian, which is out of Oshkosh.

The Warriors rode the coattails of brothers Wesley and Abraham Schiek. The duo combined for 44 points, with the younger Wesley tallying a team-high 29 points and earning tournament MVP honors.


Ash, Trepanier win tourney titles

Oconto Falls had two wrestlers win titles at the two-day Lourdes on the Water Classic in Oshkosh.

Bryce Ash, at 145 pounds, toppled Hortonville’s Nathan Lichtfuss in 3:31 in the championship match, while Nate Trepanier, at 152 pounds, won a 4-2 decision over West Allis Nathan Hale’s Peyton Mocco.

The two champions, plus five other wrestlers finishing in the top 12, helped the Panthers finish in fourth place at the nearly 70-team tournament held Dec. 29-30.

Coleman, a Division 3 powerhouse, won the team title, with Lomira posting 267.5 points for second place. Hortonville (252) took third, just ahead of Oconto Falls (249.5). Random Lake (245) rounded out the top five.


Shawano offense cuts through Panthers

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Oconto Falls senior Kaitlyn Donart looks to pass around the defense set by Shawano’s Tori DePerry. Donart finished the Dec. 20 with 2 points.

Shawano junior forward Brandi Gueths, who came off the bench for the first time this season, made herself known as soon as she saw the court Tuesday.

The Hawks, who trailed by eight points after going scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game, went on a run after Gueths entered the game and never let the Panthers back into the game in a 63-39 nonconference loss on the road for Oconto Falls.

Gueths was not in the starting lineup as head coach Ryan Koenig implemented a faster 1-3-1 zone.

After entering the game, Gueths got into the post and drew a foul for Shawano’s first points of the night. The Hawks scored nine more points over the next 2 minutes, 15 seconds to take the lead.

The 5-foot-11 junior forward had eight points in the first half, including six from the free-throw line.


Suring’s late push falls short

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Suring High School’s Jenna Reed attempts a layup over multiple Bonduel defenders in the first half of Suring’s loss at home Thursday.

Without scoring in the final four minutes of the game, the Bonduel girls basketball team emerged with a 47-40 victory Thursday in Suring.

The Bears, who led by as many as 18 points in the second half, missed all eight of their free-throw attempts in the final four minutes as Suring closed the game on a 10-0 run.

“I think the pressure bothered us a little bit partly because we don’t want to go to the line,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said.

Bonduel was also without three starters down the stretch, as Danee Collier, Emily Sorenson and Becca Carpenter all fouled out.

It left some younger guards, including Kylie Guenther and Jessie LaBerge, to handle the ball against the pressure of the Suring defense and led to some quick, erratic shots.

“We were just doing a little half-court trap, and they were aggressive in it, and they were effective,” Suring head coach Shaun Wagner said.


High School Highlights


Oneida Nation 73

Gillett 41

Point guard Logan Krause scored 10 points as Gillett lost at home Thursday night.

Cole Long and Ben Frank each added 8 points for Gillett (1-4, 0-4 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

Adam Anderson and Long both pulled down six rebounds, while Krause posted four assists.


Fox Valley Lutheran 52

Oconto Falls 27

Emma Huberty posted a team-high 8 points for Oconto Falls in a Dec. 15 road loss.

Kari Albrecht added 6 points, and Kennedy Kratz recorded 5 for Oconto Falls (2-6, 1-4 North Eastern Conference).


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