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Wed
05
Oct

Panthers’ season ends at regionals

After making it to sectionals last year, the Oconto Falls girls golf team was looking for a repeat performance this season.

But the Panthers had a difficult day in rainy and windy conditions and placed eighth at a WIAA Division 2 regional at Irish Waters Golf Club in Freedom on Sept. 29.

Senior Kalie Elkins’ 24th-place finish was the best for Oconto Falls, which had a team score of 507. Freedom (383) won on its home course, followed by Denmark (412), Luxemburg-Casco (424) and Marinette (448).

“To be honest with you, a 500 is high,” 15th-year Oconto Falls head coach Paul Luebke said. “We left a lot of shots out on the course. I will tell you every single girl had at least five bad holes. If you go back and take those away and make them your normal double, triple, then we’re OK.”

“I know a couple of other girls had their personal bests today, so especially with conditions that’s really good,” Elkins said.

Wed
21
Sep

Panthers overcome early deficits

The Oconto Falls volleyball team is having to battle through some early-season adversity.

What happened on Thursday, Sept. 15, showed the Panthers can excel with their top player, Jennifer Krueger, out with an injury.

Shelby Coron and Sarah Sprout combined for 42 kills as Oconto Falls overcame early deficits in three of four sets to down Wrightstown 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-12, in a North Eastern Conference match in Oconto Falls.

“That’s why we play them opposite,” Panthers coach Rochelle Otto said of Coron and Sprout. “Sometimes in this new rotation Shelby without Jen, she gets shoved middle and sometimes we’re not able to get her the ball as much as we’d like to. But that first game it was the Sarah Sprout show.”

The Panthers are 2-0 at home on the young season and beat a scrappy Wrightstown squad.

Wed
21
Sep

Eagles tie for 1st at home invitational


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Suring High School setter Courtney Heimerl posted 37 assists during the seven-team Suring Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles finished in a tie for first place with Bowler.

Suring tied for first at its home invitational with Bowler on Saturday.

Both teams finished 5-1 at the seven-team, round-robin Suring Invitational.

The Eagles dropped their only match of the day to Bowler, 25-19, 23-25, 9-15. Bowler lost earlier in the day to Elcho.

“We had trouble receiving the serve,” Suring head coach Tonia Kruschke said of the loss to the Panthers. “Communication was a huge issue, so those are things that we’ve talked about as a team, and now the girls have to take care of it on the court.”

Suring finished the day with back-to-back victories over White Lake and Manawa for the 5-1 record. They also defeated Manawa, Elcho and Stockbridge.

The Eagles’ only other three-set match was the victory over Manawa. Suring responded with strong serving from Greta Sleeter in the third set to secure the match, 19-25, 25-16, 15-5.

Wed
21
Sep

Yahnke wins senior golf tourney

An Oconto Falls man was named net champion in the Super Senior division of the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Amateur Tournament held at Pine Hills Country Club in Sheboygan.

Doug Yahnke, of River Island Golf Club in Oconto Falls, shot 80 and 75 in his two rounds on Aug. 29 and 30, placing him ninth in the gross score standings. In the net division, handicaps were figured into the scores, and Yahnke’s final net score was 7 under par, giving him the championship by four strokes.

The tournament is held annually for golfers 55 and older. Golfers 65 and older were eligible for the Super Senior division in which Yahnke competed.

Wed
14
Sep

Panthers post strong showing in Shawano


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls High School runner Evan Konitzer, right, tries to catch Green Bay Preble’s Parker Scheld while Green Bay East’s Simon Sweeney chases them both.

Oconto Falls loves coming to the Shawano Invitational every year as the flat cross-country course allows for some pretty fast times.

Even on a rainy day, which included some soggy areas on the 3.1-mile course, the Oconto Falls boys put together an impressive performance with six finishers in the top 45, for a team score of 151, trailing only Green Bay Preble’s score of 47.

Oconto Falls had the top score in Division 2.

Leading the way for Oconto Falls was Evan Konitzer in 19th place (17 minutes, 36 seconds). Teammates Noah Ludemann, Aaron Kurth and Brody Schindel all finished the race in 18:12 or less.

“We’ve had a new kind of focus this year on taking care of ourselves and running tight,” Oconto Falls head coach Lon Ludemann said. “Don’t look for anybody else. Just look for our teammate. It showed.”

Wed
14
Sep

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Oconto Falls High School libero Bailey Magnin passes a ball during the team’s straight-set victory over Oconto in Shawano on Saturday. Magnin finished with 26 digs at the tournament.

Oconto Falls dropped pool play matches Saturday to the eventual first- and second-place finishers before winning two matches in the afternoon to secure fifth place at an eight-team tournament in Shawano.

The Panthers went to 2-1 in pool play, falling to eventual champion Kewaunee and runner-up Wausau West, and defeating North Eastern Conference foe Clintonville.

In the afternoon session, Oconto Falls defeated Oconto, 25-18, 25-18, and then Peshtigo, 25-22, 25-18, to place fifth.

“We didn’t make unforced errors,” head coach Rochell Otto said of her team’s successes. “That’s what we struggle with too. You know, one bad hit in the net, and then we hit a ball out of bounds, we shank a serve. It snowballs.”

In the losses, the Panthers kept the games close, scoring at least 19 points in each of the sets.

“As soon as we can start passing more consistently, we will begin to win those games instead of coming up on the short end,” Otto said.

Wed
14
Sep

Tigers band together for sweep of Oneida

There wasn’t a better time for a confidence-building victory.

Gillett was coming off a three-set loss to Crivitz on Sept. 6 that coach Keri Hicks called “downright ugly.”

Two nights later, the Tigers welcomed Oneida Nation to town, and Gillett came to play. The Tigers only trailed once, 1-0, in the opening set as they scored a three-set victory in Marinette & Oconto Conference action, 25-14, 25-11, 25-18.

Even though it is only three matches into the season and the team’s first victory, it was an important win for Gillett.

“They needed this; they needed this,” Hicks said. “They needed to pull themselves together and play like they can, and it was nice to see. For them and their confidence, for them to know they can play that way outside of practice on the court when it counts.”

Wed
07
Sep

Panthers build confidence in sweep over Waupaca

When Shelby Coron and Sarah Sprout got a good set, they were certain to pound home a kill.

The Oconto Falls duo combined for 22 kills in their match Thursday against Waupaca as the Panthers scored a sweep in the North Eastern Conference opener for both schools, 25-15, 25-13, 25-17.

Prior to Thursday’s NEC match, the Panthers had played in two tournaments. Taking on some strong teams early on allowed the Oconto Falls players to pinpoint what they needed to work on.

“In the tournaments, we had some growing pains with our service receive,” Oconto Falls coach Rochell Otto said. “We’d go and give up four or five points where we don’t get the ball over. It’s getting better. Hopefully, we just keep progressing forward.”

Coron, a senior, and Sprout, a junior, each had 11 kills against Waupaca.

Wed
07
Sep

Freedom’s offense overpowers Panthers


Photo by Josh Thompson Media

Oconto Falls High School quarterback Connor Scray attempts to break free from Freedom’s Brody Bazile in Oconto Falls’ North Eastern Conference loss Friday.

Since Barry Derickson was named the Oconto Falls football coach, he knew the first three weeks of his team’s schedule were going to be brutal.

All three opponents – Luxemburg-Casco, Little Chute and Freedom – made deep playoff runs a season ago and returned solid players. In the first two weeks, the Panthers fell 47-6 and 41-6. Week 3 presented possibly the toughest challenge thus far in the season as visiting Freedom used a dynamic offense and shutdown defense to record a 53-6 victory Friday at Dan Rider Field.

Freedom was a good teaching tool for Oconto Falls.

“It’s a good measure for our team to see how they play and how they react to this,” Derickson said. “This week we were promoting all week: ‘Finish the game and go out there and give it everything you’ve got every single play.’ And they did that.”

The scoreboard might not reflect it, but Derickson is seeing improvement from all his players since the first game of the season.

Wed
07
Sep

County K-9 unit holding golf scramble

The Oconto County K-9 Unit will raise money for the care and maintenance of the county’s police dogs through a golf scramble at Red Maple Golf Course in Suring on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Four-person teams can register through Sept. 9. The $65-per-person registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, various events at holes and a dinner. Additional dinners can be purchased for $15.

At least one $65 registration is needed to hold a team’s spot in the event. Entry fees may be sent to Oconto County K-9 Unit, Todd Skarban, P.O. Box 31, Suring, WI 54174.

The unit is also seeking hole sponsors, which can consist of either a $25 or more donation or a raffle prize. For information, call Skarban at 920-373-7962.

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