Sports

Wed
22
Feb

L-C takes down Panthers in sectional final

It was only appropriate that the Oconto Falls and Luxemburg-Casco wrestling teams squared off for the right to advance to the WIAA team state tournament.

The duo has combined for eight WIAA state championships in the last 16 years – seven by Luxemburg-Casco – and a win in a Division 2 sectional final Feb. 14 would give one of the teams a shot at another title.

The Panthers, with a lineup that included six seniors, knew this was the season they could advance.

Both schools won their sectional semifinal matches in overwhelming fashion to set up the showdown at Freedom. Luxemburg-Casco built a comfortable 30-5 lead before Oconto Falls won four of the last five matches. However, it was too little too late for Oconto Falls as Luxemburg-Casco hung on for a 36-29 victory.

“They’re the better team this year,” Oconto Falls head coach Marc Kinziger said. “Hopefully we get our shots back in individually and get a bunch of individuals through.”

Wed
22
Feb

Turnovers, youth allow Wolverines to run away


Photo by Josh Thompson Media

Gillett High School sophomore point guard Logan Krause attempts to drive into the Crivitz defense early in Gillett’s 35-point home loss Monday. The Tigers trailed by 10 points at the break before allowing 42 second-half points.

The Gillett boys basketball team had one of its best first halves of the season, but in the second the players were wore down by a strong opponent.

The Tigers trailed visiting Crivitz by just 10 points at the break, but the Wolverines took advantage inside and dominated the second half, pulling away for a 71-36 victory in Marinette & Oconto Conference action Monday.

“That team right there, they played really, really stiffening defense for 36 minutes, and that’s what I told my guys,” Gillett coach Kelly Willson said. “I think their game plan was to pick on our youth a little bit because we played them close the first time around. I think we actually played them better this time even though the final score doesn’t show that.”

In their first matchup of the season on Jan. 12, Crivitz downed Gillett 74-52.

Wed
22
Feb

Panthers send 6 to individual state meet

The Oconto Falls wrestling team rebounded from a sectional final team wrestling loss to Luxemburg-Casco and sent six individuals to this week’s state wrestling tournament in Madison.

The Panthers (126 points) finished behind only the Spartans (165.5), who sent nine wrestlers to the state meet, in the sectional team scoring. North Eastern Conference rivals Freedom and Wrightstown also finished in the top four. Two Rivers rounded out the top five with 67 points.

Bryce Ash (37-3), at 145 pounds, and Nate Trepanier (43-1), at 160 pounds, won their respective weight classes to earn automatic byes into the state quarterfinals.

Ash won his two matches, a 19-2 5 minutes and 35 seconds technical fall and a 15-5 major decision over Two Rivers’ Laken Duerschmidt.

Wed
15
Feb

L-C takes down Panthers in sectional final

It was only appropriate that the Oconto Falls and Luxemburg-Casco wrestling teams squared off for the right to advance to the WIAA team state tournament.

The duo has combined for eight WIAA state championships in the last 16 years – seven by Luxemburg-Casco – and a win in a Division 2 sectional final Tuesday would give one of the teams a shot at another title.

The Panthers, with a lineup that included six seniors, knew this was the season they could advance.

Both schools won their sectional semifinal matches in overwhelming fashion to set up the showdown at Freedom. Luxemburg-Casco built a comfortable 30-5 lead before Oconto Falls won four of the last five matches. However, it was too little too late for Oconto Falls as Luxemburg-Casco hung on for a 36-29 victory.

“They’re the better team this year,” Oconto Falls head coach Marc Kinziger said. “Hopefully we get our shots back in individually and get a bunch of individuals through.”

Wed
15
Feb

Fishing derby Feb. 25 in Gillett

The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club will hold its annual fishing derby Feb. 25 in the heated Oconto County Fair main pavilion at Zippel Park in Gillett.

The club will again be registering fish from area lakes, and there will be prizes given for the largest northern, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fish registration ends at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, general raffle tickets are being sold by club members and are available at many businesses in and around Gillett and the Oconto County area. This year’s general raffle will offer $5,000 in cash prizes, including $,1000 cash for first place, $750 cash for second place and $500 cash for third place.

There will be a number of other prizes, too. You need not be present to win the general raffle prizes. Drawing for the prizes will take place at 4 p.m.

Wed
08
Feb

Rough first half puts Panthers in hole


Photo by Josh Thompson Media

Oconto Falls High School senior Tyler Klimpke attempts to work in the paint during the Panthers’ 22-point loss to Denmark at home Monday.

Just 10 days earlier, the Oconto Falls and Denmark boys basketball teams squared off.

Denmark pulled away in the second half for a 71-43 victory.

In a rematch on Monday, Oconto Falls had a rough first half but played better in the final 18 minutes, falling 67-45 in a North Eastern Conference game.

“I thought in the first half they didn’t do the things we wanted them to do,” Oconto Falls Kirk Hirst said. “I thought in the second half they came out and played with a lot more aggressiveness.

“The kids are young and still don’t understand a lot of the things we’re trying to accomplish. But they’re getting there. They’re doing some good things even though we don’t see it all the time. I was proud of their effort.”

Hirst used all his players and took away some positives from the eight underclassmen who played.

Wed
08
Feb

Hot start fades fast for Gillett

Coming off a victory over White Lake two nights before, the Gillett boys basketball team was riding high.

The Tigers had a quick start at Oneida Nation, but the shorthanded Thunderhawks used their uptempo style to run past Gillett 80-43 in a Marinette & Oconto Conference matchup Thursday.

Despite the lopsided loss, Gillett coach Kelly Willson liked how his guys played.

“We stood together as a team,” Willson said. “Our offense was really in rhythm most of the time other than some breakdowns. I bet we missed, 12, 13, 14 easy buckets. And, of course, we made some awful passes once in a while that got us in trouble. But we were mostly in sync, I thought. Our defense was really good in the first half.

“My hat goes off to my guys. The score does not indicate what we did tonight as a program.”

Wed
08
Feb

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fox Valley Lutheran 52

Oconto Falls 24

Mason Sefcik scored a team-high seven points as Oconto Falls lost on the road Thursday.

Kade Brabant tallied four points, while Kamdan Bloom and Aaron Kurth each posted three for Oconto Falls (1-14, 0-11 North Eastern Conference).

Lena 61

Niagara 53

Senior Hunter Borchert topped 1,000 career points by tallying 17 in Lena’s road victory Thursday.

Dalton Anderson and Connor Heise tied for a team-high 18 points each for Lena (13-3, 10-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

Heise added six assists and six rebounds, team highs in both categories.

Suring 63

Wausaukee 27

Three players each tallied 15 points as Suring cruised to victory at home on Thursday.

John Christensen, Chris Geniesse and Ryan Mahoney were the high scorers for Suring (13-3, 10-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference).

Wed
01
Feb

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Waupaca 49

Oconto Falls 41

Dakota Carriveau tallied 11 points and eight rebounds as Oconto Falls lost on the road Monday.

Kamdan Bloom posted eight points and Mason Sefcik added seven for Oconto Falls (1-13, 0-10 North Eastern Conference).

The Panthers were outscored 21-19 in the final 18 minutes.

Denmark 71

Oconto Falls 43

Sam Virtues and Mason Sefcik each scored six points to lead Oconto Falls in Friday’s road loss.

Twelve players found the basket for the Panthers (1-12, 0-9 North Eastern Conference).

Freedon grabbed a 16-point lead in the first half before outscoring Oconto Falls by 12 in the second half.

Suring 51

Niagara 44

Chris Geniesse posted 18 points and Ryan Mahoney tallied 17 in Suring’s road victory Friday.

The Eagles (10-3, 8-2 Marinette & Oconto Conference) forced 17 turnovers in the first half with a pressure defense.

Wed
01
Feb

Gillett gives Rangers 1st conference victory


Times Herald Photo by Chris Caporale

Gillett High School sophomore Logan Krause crosses over Wausaukee’s Brandon Shigouri in the first half of Gillett’s 59-47 loss at home Monday. Krause scored 15 points.

Both Gillett and Wausaukee entered Monday night’s showdown winless in the Marinette & Oconto Conference boys basketball standings.

The positive in that: One team would remove the glaring goose egg from the win column.

Unfortunately for Gillett, it will have to wait to pick up that initial conference victory under first-year head coach Kelly Willson.

Wausaukee trailed 1-0 in the opening few minutes and then took the lead and never relinquished it in a 59-47 victory in Gillett.

“We did a lot of nice things tonight, we just turned the ball over at key situations, missed some rebounds, missed some early layups, free throws, things of that nature,” Willson said. “I thought it was definitely a winnable game.”

Gillett (1-13, 0-11 M&O) could never get over the hump after falling behind. Once Wausaukee (1-14, 1-11 M&O) built a double-digit lead with about 14 minutes left in the game, Gillett could not cut it under 10 points.

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