Panthers unbeaten no longer

The Oconto Falls High School girls basketball team took its first loss of the season, 52-38 to New London, in a Bay Conference game Friday on the road.

Oconto Falls (7-1, 3-1 Bay) could not overcome the lead that New London built with a 16-2 run in the first quarter.

Each team had three players hit double figures in scoring. Bailey Wolf led Oconto Falls with 12 points. Elizabeth Manns had 11 points. McKenna Larsen, a senior who is averaging 16.9 points per game, was held to 10.

Amber Pethke and Mickey Roland led New London with 13 points each. Leah Porath had 10 points.

The loss not only knocked Oconto Falls from the ranks of the unbeaten, it also dropped the Panthers to third place in the Bay behind New London (7-2, 5-0 Bay) and Hortonville (9-2, 6-0 Bay).


Panthers take third at Brawl in the Falls

Times Herald Photo by Gerrard Diaz

Oconto Falls High School wrestler Jake Stoinski, left, and Bonduel’s Travis Wollenberg compete in the 126-pound semifinal match Saturday at the Brawl in the Falls wrestling tournament.

Bret Ash and Dewey Krueger won championships and Oconto Falls High School took third at the 15-team Brawl in the Falls wrestling tournament Saturday in Oconto Falls.

Kaukauna (200.5) won the tournament, followed by Reedsville (178) and Oconto Falls (172.5).

After winning the tournament four years in a row, Oconto Falls has not won the tournament the last two years. The Panthers finished second to Bay Port a year ago.

Krueger won his 145-pound championship match by pinning Gillett/Suring’s Alex Zeitler in 1 minute, 45 seconds. Krueger topped Winneconne’s Jeremiah Preutz in the quarterfinal and took down Bay Port’s Dylan Sundin in the semifinal.

Ash won the 132-pound title by beating Reedsville’s Isaac Roffers by a 12-0 major decision. He beat Kaukauna’s Jacob Canner in the quarterfinal and Wausau East’s Dylan Rivera in the semifinal.


Panthers beat Shawano 47-28

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Oconto Falls High School guard McKenna Larsen goes up for a shot over Shawano’s Teagan Monfils during a Bay Conference game Friday in Shawano. OFHS won 47-28.

McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke scored 18 points each and the Oconto Falls girls basketball team beat Shawano 47-28 in a Bay Conference game Friday in Shawano.

Lemke, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, tallied 14 first-half points, mostly under the basket, for Oconto Falls (6-0, 3-0 Bay).

“Offensively, we kind of felt she had the hot hand,” Oconto Falls coach Mike Kaczmarek Jr. said. “We ran a couple of special sets for her, to get her good looks.”

Larsen provided the juice in the second half, scoring 12 of her 18 points after the midpoint break, getting a couple of nice driving layups and a couple of breakaways.

Shawano, which was missing starting point guard Megan Klitzke because of illness, trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, but fell behind 22-12 by halftime. Oconto Falls opened the third quarter with a 11-2 run until Courtney Vomastic hit a 3-pointer to cut the Panthers’ edge to 33-17.


Panthers boys lose to Shawano

Riley Gruetzmacher’s double-double wasn’t enough to hold off Bay Conference-leading Shawano Thursday in Oconto Falls.

The Panthers (1-6, 1-3 Bay) lost 42-33.

Gruetzmacher scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds for Oconto Falls. Michael Fifield added nine points.

Eleven Shawano (7-2, 5-0 Bay) players scored in the game, led by Travis Geenen and Jack Lacy, who each had six points.

The Panthers made 41 percent of their shots from the field, while Shawano made 35 percent. The Hawks, though, had a slight edge on defense, forcing 23 turnovers while committing 19.

While both teams struggled to score throughout the game, Shawano took a 19-13 lead by halftime. A 15-9 advantage in the third quarter built the lead to 34-22. The Panthers rallied to cut the lead in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough catch Shawano.


Prep Roundup

Gillett girls top Lena by 18 points

The Gillett Secondary School girls basketball team beat Lena 42-24 in a Marinette and Oconto Conference game Friday in Lena.

Kara Brennan led Gillett (3-6, 3-2 M&O) with 12 points.

Melissa Bushmaker scored 11 points to lead Lena (4-4, 3-3 M&O).

Suring girls defeat STAA

The Suring High School girls basketball team got a 58-25 victory over Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday in Marinette.

Kelsey School led Suring (5-2, 4-1 Marinette & Oconto) with 15 points. Breanna Tienor added 12 and Erin Fisher scored 10.

Riley Schultz scored 11 to lead STAA (1-7, 0-6 M&O).

Gillett blown out by Oconto

The Gillett Secondary School boys basketball team lost to Oconto 73-22 in a nonconference game Friday in Gillett.

Dylan Roberts and Dan Torres led Gillett (3-7, 2-3 Marinette & Oconto) with nine points each in the loss to Oconto (8-3, 3-3 Packerland).


Suring falls to Bonduel’s fast start

The Suring High School boys basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to Bonduel in a 62-50 nonconference loss Friday in Bonduel.

The Eagles (3-5, 1-4 Marinette & Oconto Conference) fell behind 17-8 in the first quarter, despite facing a Bonduel team that had given up 63 and 71 points in two previous losses.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit lately,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “We wanted to be more intense and play harder on defense. I thought we did a really good job in the first half.”

Suring would slow the Bears’ scoring in the second half, outscoring Bonduel 28-25, but was unable to put a significant dent in the Bears’ lead.

Tyler Fisher, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, scored 18 points to lead Suring. John Horst, a 5-11 senior, had 10 points and Creo VanBellinger added nine for the Eagles.


Peshtigo holds Gillett girls to 14 points

The Gillett Secondary School girls basketball team lost to Peshtigo 42-14 in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Friday in Peshtigo.

Peshtigo (6-1, 5-0 M&O) built a 10-4 lead in the first quarter and was up 18-6 by halftime.

Nicole Rotter led Gillett (2-6, 2-2 M&O) with six points.

Amanda Majewski, Teja Tonn and Nicole Motkowski led Peshtigo with seven points each.

Gillett was set to face Southern Door (5-4, 3-2 Packerland) on Monday, but extremely cold weather led to the game being canceled.


Prep Roundup

Lena High girls fall to Gibraltar

The Lena High School girls basketball team lost to Gibraltar 50-23 in a nonconference game Saturday in Lena.

Kayla VanLanen scored 10 points to lead Lena (4-3, 3-2 Marinette & Oconto).

Lauren Kita’s 17 points led Gibraltar (6-3, 2-3 Packerland).

Suring takes early lead, tops Wausaukee

Kelsey School scored 14 points and Erin Fisher added 12 as the Suring High School girls basketball team beat Wausaukee 47-29 in a Marinette & Oconto Conference game Friday in Suring.

Suring (4-3, 3-1 M&O) used a 16-3 scoring advantage in the first quarter to take a lead it wouldn’t give up the rest of the way.

Crysta Clark led Wausaukee (0-7, 0-5 M&O) with eight points.


Packers season ends with 23-20 loss

Photo by Jim Leuenberger

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick gains some of his 98 rushing yards during the 49ers’ playoff game Sunday against the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers lost the game, 23-20.

For a Green Bay Packers team that had to overcome mountains of adversity just to make the playoffs, it was hard to accept that they came up just one play short in a 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in a wild card playoff game Sunday at a frigid Lambeau Field.

After tying the game at 20-20 on a 24-yard Mason Crosby field goal with 5:06 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Packers allowed the 49ers to drive 65 yards and eat up the rest of the clock. Phil Dawson, the 49ers kicker, then hit a 33-yard field goal as time ran out for the 23-20 win.

It was a bitter loss for the Packers, who battled through a bevy of injuries and setbacks this season to make the playoffs, and their fourth loss to the 49ers in the last two seasons.

“It hurts,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Yeah, it hurts.”


Gillett/Suring wrestling rebounds from tough start to 2013-14 season

After a tough beginning to the season, the Gillett/Suring wrestlers are starting to come into their own.

However, the Tigers are still looking for their first victory.

“With those first matches, we were down in the dumps. We can’t start much worse than that,” first-year head coach Mitch Szwet said. “But I was glad to see that they didn’t quit, they didn’t back down and showed up with a workman-like attitude every day at practice. They’re ready to get better. They’re ready to put the work in, so we’re building.

“We’re not where we want to be as a team, but we’re moving in the right direction. … But we’ve got a pretty young team.”

It’s a young team indeed.

Gillett/Suring has just three seniors and a couple of juniors, but a strong sophomore class has been a valuable asset.


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