Oconto Falls boy runners take 2nd at Waupaca

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Runners take off from the starting line Thursday at the Waupaca Invitational in Waupaca.

The Oconto Falls High School cross-country teams traveled to Waupaca for a 13-team invitational and a chance to run the course that will host the WIAA Division 2 Sectional later this month.

The Panthers boys finished with a team score 63, beaten by invitational champion Little Chute (57) and finishing ahead of third-place team Colby/Abbotsford (98).

“The Panthers’ boys team continues to run in a solid pack as a large group and continue to run together,” Oconto Falls coach Lon Ludemann said. “Ten runners from Oconto Falls finished in the top fifty in a field that was 165 runners strong.”

Oconto Falls’ Mike Friedman placed second with a time of 17 minutes, 4 seconds and teammate Liam Spillane was 10th, putting both in the top-10.

James Malcheski (15th), Michael Fifield (16th) and Alex Young (20th) all crossed the finish line in the top 20.


Prep Roundup

Panthers defeated in New London

The Oconto Falls High School football team lost to New London 28-14 Friday in New London.

Tyler Kowalcyzyk scored a 12-yard touchdown to in the second quarter for Oconto Falls (0-6, 0-6 Bay) to tie the game at 7-7.

New London (1-6, 1-5 Bay) then scored 21 straight points before quarterback Alex Johnson found Zachary Brye for a 29-yard touchdown to cut New London’s lead to 28-14 in the fourth quarter.

Suring blown out by Coleman

The Suring High School football team lost to Marinette & Oconto Conference foe Coleman 58-0 Friday in Coleman.

Quarterback Creo VanBellinger was held to one completion on seven passing attempts for 10 yards and two interceptions for Suring (2-5, 1-4 M&O). Bob Mahoney had 63 yards on three carries.

Trevor Seewald had 190 yards rushing on 11 carries for Coleman (5-2, 4-1 M&O).

Gillett splits in Coleman


Coopman just misses sectionals

Elizabeth Coopman was one stroke away from qualifying for sectionals at the WIAA Division 2 regional last Wednesday at Mid Vallee Golf Course in Lawrence.

Coopman shot a round of 100 on the day, a stroke behind Little Chute’s Kaitlyn Plutz, who was the fourth and final individual sectional qualifier at the regional.

Little Chute’s Cora Wittmann (88) and Wrightstown’s Victoria Draxler (89) and Sarah La Freniere (98) were the other qualifiers, along with regional champions Marinette (339) and second-place Fox Valley Lutheran (340).

Oconto Falls took seventh as a team, finishing with a score of 422.

Brittany Russell shot 102, Julie Moore 108, Bridgett Gorman 112 and Amanda Blazer 113 to round out the scores for Oconto Falls.

Fox Valley Lutheran’s Kayla Priebe shot a 71 to medal.


Panthers' volleyball team tops Spartans in five

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team won a battle of Bay Conference undefeated teams Thursday in Luxemburg-Casco.

The Panthers held off a stiff challenge from the Spartans, winning in five sets to improve to 5-0 in the Bay.

After dropping the first game 25-22, Oconto Falls rebounded to win the next two 25-21, 25-14.

In the third game, Oconto Falls (5-0) looked to be on its way to putting Luxemburg-Casco (5-1) away, leading at one point 17-9.

“We just couldn’t put it away,” Oconto Falls coach Dawn Larsen said. “We made some mistakes.”

Luxemburg-Casco rallied to win the game 25-23 and force a fifth game. Oconto Falls won the tie-breaker 15-10.

“It’s a big win for us,” coach Larsen said.

Oconto Falls’ McKenna Larsen had 31 kills, 20 assists and 14 digs. Carly Lemke added 21 kills. Liz Watzka had 28 assists.

Luxemburg-Casco’s Maggie Liebeck led with 23 kills. Alecia Cherney added 21 assists. Lexi Kinnard had 16 digs.


Gillett swept by Bonduel in volleyball

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Kara Brennan goes up for a hit during Thursday’s match against Bonduel in Gillett. The Tigers lost 3-0, but raised $2,227.65 for cancer awareness.

The Gillett Secondary and Bonduel High school volleyball teams dressed in pink Thursday for the third annual “Digging for a Cure” nonconference match in Gillett

After losing the first two games 25-20 and 25-16, the Tigers (0-2 Marinette and Oconto Conference) found themselves up 20-10 after a 15-5 run in the third game.

That lead didn’t last, as Bonduel went on an unlikely rally to win the game 27-25 for a 3-0 sweep.

“Our team has struggled with mental toughness some this season,” Gillett coach Dawn Nelson said. “Most of the time when we get beat, we beat ourselves. It’s not something the other team is doing to us.”

The Tigers got to game point at 24-16, but Bonduel broke Brianna Lemirande’s serve to get the ball back. Bonduel’s Deanna Zernicke then took the serve and the Bears put together an eight-point run to take a 25-24 lead.


Panthers’ comeback falls short

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Oconto Falls’ Samuel Konitzer runs from Shawano defenders during Friday’s Bay Conference game at Memorial Field in Oconto Falls. The Panthers lost 30-20.

There’s fight in these Panthers, but there wasn’t quite enough to pull off a victory.

The winless Oconto Falls football team nearly erased a 16-point first-half deficit to Shawano on Friday night. The Panthers pulled to within three points at 23-20, but a costly defensive lapse on third down gave the Hawks an insurance touchdown that helped Shawano hang on for a 30-20 victory.

“We came out after half and we thought we were going to do it, but it didn’t end up the way we wanted,” Oconto Falls fullback/linebacker Tyler Kowalczyk said. “We could feel the momentum shift and we really thought we were going somewhere.”

After dropping three of its first four games of the season by 40 or more points, the Oconto Falls players found themselves in a dogfight midway through the third quarter.


Panthers boys second at Mishicot

The Oconto Falls High School boys cross-country team finished second and Bailey Wolf took fourth Thursday at the 38th annual Jim Bremser Memorial Cross Country Invitational in Mishicot.

The Panthers boys had a team score of 91 to finish second at the 24-team meet. Freedom (27) took first and Two Rivers (98) finished third.

The OFHS girls team finished 12th with a team score of 299. Two Rivers won the girls title.

Wolf led the Panthers girls, coming in at 15:49. Liam Spillane finished 10th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds for the OFHS boys.



Team (Large Schools): 1. Two Rivers (27), 2. East De Pere (61), 3. Kiel (119), 4. Southern Door (138), 5. Freedom (139), 6. Bay Port (167), 7. West De Pere (186), 8. Chilton (204), 9. Seymour (231), 10. Green Bay Notre Dame (238), 11. Denmark (283), 12. Oconto Falls (299), 13. Wrightstown (341).


Prep Roundup

Panthers sweep West De Pere

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team swept West De Pere 3-0 in a Bay Conference match Sept. 24 in De Pere.

The Panthers (3-0) beat West De Pere (1-2) 25-9, 25-18, 25-9.

McKenna Larsen and Carly Lemke combined for 29 kills. Larsen had 18 assists and eight digs. Lemke also had three blocks. McKayla Johnson had three assists and 20 digs. Alyssa Nelson had six aces and 13 digs.


Lena/STAA shuts out Elcho/White Lake

The Lena/Saint Thomas Aquinas high school football team beat Elcho/White Lake 16-0 Friday in Elcho.

Kiefer Powers completed two of seven passes for 73 yards and rushed 15 times for 71 yards for Lena/STAA (1-5, 1-3 M&O). Roy O’Harrow caught one pass for 67 yards.


Panthers second at Showdown

It was a second-place finish for the Oconto Falls High School volleyball team Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Showdown volleyball tournament.

The Panthers lost to Union Grove 2-1 in the championship match.

Union Grove won the first game 25-18, Oconto Falls rallied to win the second game 25-23, but fell 15-13 in game 3.

Oconto Falls went 6-1 at the two-day, 32-team tournament. The Panthers beat Middleton, Omro and Owen-Withee on Friday. On Saturday, Oconto Falls beat Baraboo, Green Bay Notre Dame and Middleton again. Middleton took third in the tournament.

McKenna Larsen had nine aces, 60 kills, 46 assists and 41 digs during the tournament.

Carly Lemke had 39 kills and 12 blocks. Liz Watzka had 55 assists and 14 digs.

McKayla Johnson had 35 assists.


Oconto Falls’ golfers eighth in conference

The Oconto Falls High School girls golf team finished in eighth place at the Bay Conference tournament Tuesday at Wander Springs Golf Course in Greenleaf.

The finish was not enough for Oconto Falls (16) to catch Luxemburg-Casco (28) in the final conference standings. The Panthers finished eighth, while Luxemburg-Casco finished seventh.

Denmark (132) edged Marinette (125) for the conference championship.

Liz Coopman led Oconto Falls at the tournament, shooting 112. Julie Moore carded 116, Brittany Russell 122, Bridget Gorman 123 and Amanda Blazer 124.

The Panthers will compete in the WIAA Division 2 regional Wednesday at Mid Vallee Golf Course in Lawrence.


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