Panthers win big in Marinette

The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team swamped Bay Conference foe Marinette 76-44 Friday in Marinette.

The Panthers (10-1, 6-1 Bay) led 13-10 after the first quarter and rolled to a 34-20 halftime lead. They outscored the Marines 24-8 in the third quarter.

“Marinette played very well in the first quarter,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek said. “Marinette came out with some intensity we didn’t match. The second quarter, we matched their intensity.”

Oconto Falls also had to overcome 10 turnovers in the first half.

“The second half we played much better,” Kaczmarek said. “We shot the ball much better. We’ve been working on that.”

McKenna Larsen led Oconto Falls with 17 points. Carly Lemke added 14, and Elizabeth Watzka had 10. Madison Helmle and Elizabeth Manns each scored eight.

Abby Dufrane scored 12 to lead Marinette (1-11, 1-8 Bay).


Walleye club plans fishing derby

The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club will hold its annual fishing derby Saturday, Feb. 22. The club will register fish from area lakes at derby headquarters in the heated beer stand at Zippel Park in Gillett.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest northern, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fish registration ends at 3 p.m., and prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

A raffle will be held, with tickets available from club members and local businesses. Cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be awarded for first through fifth place. Ten other winners will receive $100, and other prizes will be given away. Tickets cost $2 each or $5 for three. The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. at derby headquarters.

Bucket raffles will be available throughout the day. Walleye wheel impulse raffles and live auctions will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Burgers, brats and beverages will be served at Zippel Park.


Prep Roundup

Panthers defeat Marinette

The Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team won 59-49 over Marinette in a Bay Conference game Friday in Oconto Falls.

James Salscheider led Oconto Falls (2-12, 2-9 Bay) with 13 points. Alex Young added 10.

Garrett Waloway scored 20 to lead Marinette (1-13, 1-9 Bay).

Suring boys beat Gillett

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost 55-44 to Suring in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Thursday in Suring.

Dylan Roberts led Gillett (4-10, 3-6 M&O) with 17 points. Dan Torres and Jake Kasten each added 11 points.

Dillon Kempen had 17 to lead Suring (6-8, 4-7 M&O). Creo Van Bellinger had 16 and Tyler Fisher added 13.

Lena dismantled by Peshtigo

The Lena High School boys basketball team lost 72-19 to Peshtigo on Thursday in Lena.

Hunter Borchert had 10 points to lead Lena (1-14, 0-10 M&O).


Fast start propels Panthers past Denmark

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Oconto Falls High School guard Bailey Wolf takes a shot Thursday against Denmark in Oconto Falls. The Panthers won, 46-28.

The lone Denmark fan who stood in the bleachers until his team scored its first point had to wait a long time.

Oconto Falls High School’s girls basketball team scored the opening 17 points of its game Friday night. Denmark didn’t get on the scoreboard until a free throw went down with just 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

That set the tone as Oconto Falls maintained at least a 14-point lead the rest of the game to secure a 46-28 victory at home.

“Last night we kind of had a rough practice, so we redeemed ourselves,” said Oconto Falls guard McKenna Larsen, who scored a game-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting. “We came out strong and took it to them right away, and I think that’s what you have to do.”

Oconto Falls (9-1, 5-1 Bay Conference) had plenty of opportunities to bury Denmark, but couldn’t land the decisive blow after going up by as many as 21 points.


Panthers blown out by Spartans

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Oconto Falls High School forward Bo Shroyer drives to the basket against Luxemburg-Casco defenders Friday in Oconto Falls. The Panthers lost 78-43.

Before the Oconto Falls High School boys basketball team could even get its second shot off against Luxemburg-Casco on Friday, the Panthers were already down 15-0.

That’s what kind of night it was for OFHS.

Luxemburg-Casco hit over 50 percent of its shots, including 12 3-pointers, as Oconto Falls fell 78-43 at home in a Bay Conference game.

“I challenged them after the game about playing with heart and pride,” Oconto Falls coach Kirk Hirst said. “It seems like these guys when they get down far enough they feel like they can start playing and just relax instead of just playing that way from the beginning.”

The beginning was rough for Oconto Falls. The Spartans’ David Vlotho hit the first 10 points of the game, but the Panthers clawed back with three baskets.

“We were down 17-8 at the quarter, and you’re still right there after giving them a hot start,” Hirst said. “Then in the second quarter we came out flat.”


Panthers win big over West De Pere

The Oconto Falls High School wrestling team trailed 4-0 after the first match of Thursday’s meet against West De Pere in Oconto Falls.

That wouldn’t last.

Aided by five West De Pere forfeits, Oconto Falls went on to win 51-13.

Oconto Falls recorded two pins: Dewey Krueger (152) over Tad Taggart in 4 minutes, 50 seconds, and Kyle Wolf (195) over Giovanni Lindley in 1:08.

Also recording wins for the Panthers were Jacob Stoinski (126) 6-2 over Hunter Folkman, Nathaniel Trepanier (132) 5-4 over Michael Milquet, and Mackinley Winkler (182) 3-1 win over Alec Prochniak.

West De Pere got wins by Keenan Graef, 12-2, over Bryce Ash, at 120 pounds; Mitchel Kiernan (170), 4-3, over Nicholas Thomson; Nick Metoxen (220), 12-10, over Collin Wall; and Ben Morlan (285), 5-0, over Kaleb Westcott.


Prep Roundup

Tigers lose on last-second shot

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost 41-40 to Marinette and Oconto Conference foe Crivitz on a last-second, 3-point shot Thursday in Gillett.

Jake Kasten led Gillett (4-9, 3-5 M&O) with 15 points. Dan Torres added 10.

Colton Lange scored 13 points to lead Crivitz (10-3, 702 M&O). Blaine Bauer hit the game-winner.

Fisher scores 31 in Eagles’ win

The Suring High School boys basketball team beat Lena 61-46 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Saturday in Lena.

Tyler Fisher scored 31 points to lead the Eagles (5-8, 2-7 M&O). John Horst added 14 and Dillon Kempen had 12.

Nash Haney scored 20 points to lead Lena (1-13, 0-9 M&O). Hunter Borchert added 14.

Suring girls top Niagara

The Suring High School girls basketball team beat Niagara 48-38 in a M&O game Friday in Niagara.


Morrissey taking long view at next level

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Former Oconto Falls High School wrestler Jake Morrissey, top, wrestles Waupun’s Taylor Huenink last year at the WIAA state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Morrissey is a redshirt freshman at Purdue University.

Jake Morrissey has always been the ultimate competitor.

In four years wrestling at Oconto Falls High School, Morrissey was nearly unstoppable, winning three state titles and capping his senior season by going 44-0.

This year, he’s almost had to take a step back in order to take a step forward. Morrissey is a freshman at Purdue University and early on at practice, it was determined that he will redshirt this season. That will allow Morrissey to have five years to learn and grow in one of the premiere college wrestling programs in the country.

“I’m real happy with that,” Morrissey said. “I can use this year as a learning experience and pick up as much as I can and get into open tournaments and get some mat time in.”


Panthers fall to New London

After being handed a 72-35 loss at Hortonville on Jan. 13, Oconto Falls High School boys basketball coach Kirk Hirst was hoping his guys would play better in the team’s next game.

The first half looked promising Thursday night at home against New London, but the Bulldogs turned up the intensity in the third quarter and pulled away en route to a 68-43 victory.

“I don’t think we’re a 25-point deficit to those guys, no disrespect to them,” Hirst said. “I think we can hang with a lot of teams in the Bay and nonconference.”

Oconto Falls (1-8, 1-5 Bay Conference) trailed by just five points at halftime, but four 3-pointers by New London guards Samuel Porath and Jacob Pinch sparked a 12-4 run, and the Bulldogs suddenly had their biggest lead of the game at 13 points, 41-28.


Prep Roundup

Oconto Falls wins Peshtigo Invitational

The Oconto Falls High School wrestling team won the 45th Peshtigo Wrestling Invitational Saturday in Peshtigo, scoring 264.5 points to top second-place Peshtigo (230).

Evan Konitzer (106), Bryce Ash (120), Nathaniel Trepanier (132), Brett Ash (138), Sam Konitzer (145) and Dewey Krueger (152) all won their brackets for Oconto Falls.

Gillett/Suring (154.5) took third place as a team and had one champion in Garret Kohls (113).

Gillett beat by Peshtigo

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team couldn’t slow Marinette & Oconto Conference-leading Peshtigo in a 64-25 loss Friday in Gillett.

No stats were available from this game by the Times Herald’s press time.

Lena boys lose to Coleman

The Lena High School boys basketball team lost to Coleman 51-29 in a M&O game Friday in Coleman.

Hunter Borchert led Lena (1-10, 0-6 M&O) with 14 points. Nash Haney had seven.


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