Outdoors: Surplus spring turkey permits go on sale March 19

Every business and every person can be improved. As companies grow larger, those workers “in the trenches” seem to get farther and farther from those supervisors and other leaders making the decisions that affect everyone.

Individuals by nature are protective of their own decisions. It’s just human nature to be defensive when family members (mostly spouses) or friends offer constructive criticism to someone who may not even see the initial flaw.

One reason we hunters, anglers, snowmobilers or other natural resources users grow a bit frustrated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is because we see the flaws, but they seem to fall on deaf ears.

Since I moved to Wisconsin in 2000, I’ve heard one common line from a few hunters every December or January: “I forgot to apply for my turkey permit.”

I heard the same line this winter.


Suring will start cross-country as a club sport

The Suring School Board unanimously voted to make cross-country a club sport for the 2018-19 school year during a special meeting on Jan. 17.

Fundraising will cover the costs of the program. The district will allow the use of track uniforms and a school van to be used for transportation to meets.

No co-op or contracts will be involved, and there is no WIAA penalty should the club be dropped after one year.


Cold weather inaction threatens outdoor enthusiasts

There’s always plenty of hard news in the outdoors world to report on, like season dates, the approach of the sturgeon spearing season, buzz on wolf regulations (there’s still no open season) and predator hunting.

Ice fishermen are slaughtering the walleyes and white bass right now, especially down Oshkosh way on Lakes Winnebago, Butte des Morts and Poygan. Swedish pimples, with or without minnows, seem to be the bait of choice.

The fishing is so hot that I’m almost tempted to get out my hand-cranked Mora drill and those cute little tackle boxes of jigs for a shot at the action, but then I remember I don’t have an ice tent and I never catch much anyway (unless I go with a real ice pro).


Keeping the game in the family

Gillett High School senior Kaitlyn Schaal is one of four Schaals that are part of the Gillett girls basketball team this year. Schaal is the second-leading scorer at 10.7 points per game, and her younger sister, freshman Karissa Schaal, chips in 7.5 points per game as the fourth-leading scorer. The two are joined by their cousins, Sharon and Sammy Schaal, who serve as assistant coaches on Gillett’s varsity team. (Times Herald file photo)

Aptly enough, it would all go down on Schaal Road in Gillett.

The Schaal relatives all lived within five miles of one another and would frequently gather in the summer at their grandma’s house. The kids always ventured outside to shoot hoops on a small slab of concrete. Teams would get mixed up, some of the elementary and middle school cousins would take on some of the high schoolers. The games were intense.

“The rule at Grandma’s was always ‘no foul unless there was blood,’” Kaitlyn Schaal said.

It’s apparent, these girls didn’t mess around.

“If you went in and talked to Grandma, you were a baby,” Shannon Schaal said. “There was no point in whining to grandma.”

Games at Grandma’s provided plenty of entertainment, and was the start to something special. It’s where the Schaal kids got their first taste of sport they now love. It’s also where the cousins formed a tight bond.


Suring stays perfect in M&O

Gillett High School junior Logan Krause scored nine points in Friday’s 86-47 loss to Suring. (Times Herald file photo)

There were a lot of smiles on faces of the Suring boys basketball players and their coaches.

There’s been plenty to be happy about early in the season.

The Eagles stayed perfect in the Marinette & Oconto Conference by using a 28-5 run and smothering zone defense against host Gillett as Suring raced to an 86-47 victory on Friday.

“We’re having a blast right now,” Suring senior Ryan Mahoney said. “It’s a good feeling, everything’s clicking.”

“This group has a lot of fun,” Suring coach Jim Keeffe said. “They enjoy playing the game, you can see.”

Suring won its eighth game in a row to move to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in conference to take a 1½ game lead in the standings.

The players just keep plugging away and pulling out victories.

“We have tons of energy all the time – we’re getting passes, we’re moving real well,” Mahoney said. “Shots are falling for us also.”


Basketball: Panthers fall to Shawano in Sundrop Shootout

Oconto Falls High School junior Katelyn Albrecht attempts a jumper during a 64-27 loss to Shawano on Wednesday at the Sundrop Shootout at the Kress Center in Green Bay. (Photo by Jody Ward)

With only five field goals in the first half, the Oconto Falls girls basketball team found themselves in a deep hole early.

Falling behind 22-0 to start the game, the Panthers never recovered and dropped a 64-27 decision to Shawano during the Sundrop Shootout at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kress Center on Dec. 27.

The Panthers struggled all night, only hitting 11 field goals during the game and getting to the free-throw line just eight times.

By contrast, Shawano made 22 trips to the line in the first half. The Hawks made the most of their trips to the charity stripe, hitting 18 of 22 attempts in the first half and 22 of 30 for the game. Oconto Falls made just two of their eight attempts.

On top of the free-throw difference, the Hawks out-rebounded the Panthers nearly 2-to-1.


Oconto Falls posts football coaching position

The Oconto Falls School District hopes to attract a teacher-coach to rebuild its football program starting next year.

Coach Barry Derickson submitted his resignation shortly after the Panthers’ 0-9 season ended with a 69-0 loss to Luxemburg-Casco.

Jerry Moynihan, athletic and activities director, told the school board he’s grateful that Derickson made his intentions known right away rather than wait until the busy hiring season at the end of the school year.

“This will be the third opportunity that I’ve had in my tenure to hire a football coach, and it’s the first time I think it’s the right time and situation,” Moynihan said.

He prefaced his remarks saying, “I’m not here to say anything bad about anybody; this is just information for us to talk about.”


Suring looks to build on winning week

Suring High School sophomore Jaden Bulbolz looks to pass over Gresham defenders Meckenzie Roe (10) and Kristen Bowman (20) during a 40-31 victory on Thursday at Suring. (Times Herald photo by Jacy Zollar)

The Suring girls basketball team had consecutive wins last week, and head coach Shaun Wagner hopes to keep the momentum rolling.

The Eagles hadn’t seen a win since their season opener against Tigerton, but they now sit at 3-6 (0-5 M&O Conference) and are aiming to level the record.

“We want to use this little roll that we’re on to keep growing,” Wagner said. “We don’t have a senior on the team, and we’re playing three freshmen a lot, so if we can continue to grow at a nice pace, we’ll be where we want to by the end of the year.”

The Eagles, who have just three juniors and the rest underclassmen, topped Gresham 40-31 on Thursday after defeating Goodman-Pembine 54-40 on Dec. 19.

Suring was down early in Thursday’s game, but an easy steal and layup by Kylee Stelzer gave Suring a 9-8 lead over Gresham with six minutes left in the first half and they controlled the rest of the game.


Crivitz outlasts Gillett by 2 points in M&O matchup

A one-sided game turned into battle as Crivitz outlasted the Gillett girls basketball team 61-59 in a M&O Conference matchup on Thursday.

Crivitz jumped out to an early 12-point lead, but the Tigers slowly caught up. Hindering the comeback for the Tigers was missing 21 free throws.

“Twenty for 41 (free throws). I told the girls in the locker room that undoubtedly cost us the game,” Gillett head coach Justin Daul said. “They were the better team all the way through the night, but our girls fought. Our game plan was specific, and I thought it was great. They executed the game plan, but when you go 20 for 41 from the free-throw line, you aren’t going to win many games.”

The Tigers were led by Aubrey DeBauch, who scored 15 points and played stellar defense as the Tigers fought back in the game. DeBauch was one of three Tigers to score in double figures.


Oconto Falls wrestling slowly filling its gaps

Oconto Falls High School’s Tyler Budz was pinned in 3 minutes, 22 seconds by Denmark’s Matt Degreef-Taicher in the 113-pound match on Thursday at Oconto Falls High School. (Photo by Dennis Wilson)

The Oconto Falls wrestling program is trying to rebuild its young team after losing eight seniors to graduation.

“We graduated all of our wrestlers from 145 (pounds) on, so we have a pretty big gap to try to replace,” tri-head coach Marc Kinziger said. “We have got some seniors that wrestled with some of the graduated wrestlers, some of whom were state qualifiers, so we’re hoping they picked up some of their better habits and are able to help move this team forward.”

They took a big step towards that return on Thursday while facing three tough schools in the North Eastern Conference Triple Dual Meet. The Panthers dropped a 52-12 decision to a strong Denmark team, rebounded with 54-18 victory over Waupaca and finished strong with a victory over Fox Valley Lutheran.

Clintonville, Freedom, Little Chute, Luxemburg-Casco, Marinette and Wrightstown also participated in the meet at Oconto Falls High School.


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