Suring Shocks Peshtigo, Bulldogs Tied with Lena
Suring Hands Peshtigo
First Conference Loss
Entering any opponent's gym can be difficult with the target of an undefeated season of their back, but entering the Eagle's nest of Suring, in front of a raucous crowd made things very difficult for the Peshtigo Bulldogs Tuesday night. The big week for the Bulldogs just became even bigger as they faced the number three team in Suring, and will face the Lena Wildcats at home Friday to break the tie.
It seemed every time Peshtigo looked to pull away in the first half, Suring had an answer. Joey Bradley and Justin Thill connected on layups to begin the game, but John Christensen and Ryan Mahoney answered right back to knot the score. It was then Ryley Demmith's turn to score inside and Matt Larsen sank two free throws for the Bulldogs to open their biggest lead of the half at 14-9, but again Mahoney had an answer with three baskets that tied the game at 16-16. The squads battled back-and-forth for the entire first half, exchanging free throws until Max Neumann's shot at the charity stripe gave Peshtigo the 28-24 lead at the break.
In the second half, Mahoney got things going with a triple. Demmith scored on two layups, but Suring's attack was on full force. Christensen scored inside, before Chris Geniesse made a layup and a triple, tying the game at 34-34. Thill connected inside to give Peshtigo a lead, but it was short lived as Mahoney dialed up a three-ball. Mitchell Stegeman joined in for the Eagles with a layup before Geniesse drew contact and made a layup and free throw for an and-one. Another three from Mahoney gave Suring a 44-38 lead.
Peshtigo came back with a layup each from Larsen and Bradley. Stegeman scored again, but two baskets from Demmith brought the game within one, 48-47. Mahoney took advantage of Suring's bonus situation making three of four free throws to put the Eagles up 51-47. Bradley connected on a layup to shrink the lead, and fellow senior Thill tied the game at 51-51. With 11 seconds remaining, Peshtigo had a chance to take the lead but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 situation. The Bulldogs still had an opportunity at the lead as they secured the rebound, but missed on two chances to score underneath. Geniesse took the ball the other way, drove and drew the foul with 2.6 seconds remaining. At the line, Geniesse made the first shot for a 52-51 lead, and missed the second. Suring took the one point victory, 52-51.
Suring's Ryan Mahoney led all scorers with 23, Chris Geniesse finished with 13, Mitch Stegeman added seven and John Christensen scored six.
Peshtigo's Ryley Demmith paced the Bulldogs with 18 points, Joey Bradley scored 10, Justin Thill added nine, and Matt Larsen finished with eight.
Late Layups Lead
Lena Past Coleman
As they control their own destiny, the Lena Wildcats have found themselves in a couple of crucial games before their key rematch with the conference leader Peshtigo. Friday night was no different as they traveled to Coleman to take on a lengthy, physical Cougar team that proved to give them fits.
Early on, Connor Heise found his way to the hoop for a layup that gave the Wildcats a 14-4 lead. Coleman's Austin Marquardt didn't let the Cougars fall behind for long as he dialed up a triple and a deep two-pointer to bring the lead back to 14-9. Levi Potter scored on a layup and Heise connected on a three, pushing the lead to 22-13, but again it was a Marquardt shot behind the arc to shrink the margin. Cougar Aaron Fraser sank two free throws bringing the score to 22-18.
Dalton Anderson extended the lead to 29-22 on two free throws with 22.8 remaining in the half, but it was a hook shot from Austin Tachick with eight seconds left that made the halftime score 29-24, Lena.
"Give Coleman credit, they're very long. Big, long, athletic kids that cover the court very well, any time they can get in a 1-3-1 they cut down passing lanes and limits good looks for opposing teams," said Lena Coach Jeff Heimke of Coleman's 1-3-1 defense.
Anderson connected on a layup and-one out of halftime, followed by two free throws that quickly padded the lead to 34-26. Coleman answered with a 10-2 run, finished off by a Cody Van Hoff three pointer that tied the game at 36-36. Hunter Borchert sank a triple from the wing that took the lead back for Lena, 41-39.
With 11:32 remaining in the second half, Lena's Heise had to exit with his fourth foul of the game. Borchert got inside for a basket to extend the margin to 43-39, but Tachick and Cole Woulf each connected on mid-range jumpers tying the game once again. After a five-minute rest, Heise re-entered the game and took over. Almost immediately, Heise broke loose for two layups that gave them a four-point lead. Woulf answered with two baskets of his own, again tying the game at 47-47 with 2:15 remaining. But Heise would not be stopped as he found his way to the basket again for two more layups. With a 51-47 lead and just 59.4 on the clock, Heise was fouled and sank both free throws. A few free throws from Woulf gave Coleman a chance, but Anderson iced the game at the charity stripe as Lena held on a for a 55-49 victory.
"That's a senior and really good basketball player. If it gets to the end of the game, close game, he wants the ball in his hands and wants the shots. He's going to have that situation quite a bit, but those are some big points and gave us enough space to get out of here with a win," said Coach Heimke of Heise's determination at the end of games.
Heise led all scorers with 25 points, Anderson added 16, and Borchert pitched in with eight for the Wildcats. Coleman was led by Woulf with 19, Marquardt chipped in with 11 and Tachick finished with eight.
Coach Heimke talked about the importance of senior leadership on the Wildcat squad, "Any time we get in close games at the end with this senior group, I kind of trust them to do the right things at the end. So far so good this year, they've done that more often than not. It's nice to have a group of seniors that have this much experience, you get four years of varisty experience you just learn how to finish out games and we've done it fairly well, I think." Heimke added of the importance of every game, "We've been harping on our kids all week, one at a time, we have to get each one or that game against Peshtigo doesn't mean anything. So, it's good to get the win, but it's felt like forever since we've played. With the weather we haven't played since Suring, so definitely a little rusty and definitely some things we need to fix, but good to get out of here with a win."
Crivitz Blasts Wausaukee
in Cross Town Contest
The Wausaukee Rangers could do little to stop the aggressive Wolverines for Crivtiz last Tuesday night as the home court guys cruised their way to a 75-52.
With some great shooting and a tough as nails defense the Wolverines never gave up the lead that they took in the opening seconds.
That first score came off the hands of Travis Giese who easily slipped in the layup. Jakob Voss tacked on another score before the Rangers answered on a Delfosse free throw point.
Delfosse returned to the line moments later to make it 4-2.
Kershaw Stumbris helped pull momentum to his side with a successful "And 1" play to give the Wolverines a 7-2 lead.
Giese got a score off a putback while drawing a foul. but missed the subsequent free throw.
Cody Renikow made his first of two first half three pointers next to make it 11-7.
But just when it seemed Wausaukee was getting a little footing Stumbris broke loose slashing his way across the lane for a layup.
Jaden Werner got his chance to make a difference about half way through the first. Werner made an aggressive cut into the lane before going up for a two point bucket as well as drawing a foul. he made the free throw to make it a 20-12 game. He improved upon that tally moments later with another well placed layup.
Voss increased the lead with a free throw followed by a put back score to make it 33-14.
With two minutes left till intermission Wausaukee's Tony Rollo scored off a rebound before Charlie Johnsen took a trip to the free throw line which resulted in two successful shots.
With time expiring in the half Werner made one of the most exciting plays of the game thus far. As a Ranger shooter went up for a three point attempt Werner met him, blasting the ball loose. He quickly found it on the other side of the court, taking it to the house for a 41-23 lead.
Wausaukee's Delfosse ended the half's scoring with a layup to make it 43-25.
Over the second the Wolverines saw Giese step his game up as he scored 12 more for the Wolverines.
Voss also help raise the tempo with nine second half points.
Giese and Voss shared top scoring honors with 18 points each while Stumbris added 14 points.
Delfosse led the Rangers with 17 points while Cody Renikow got 13.
Rangers For Win
The Niagara Badgers played host to the Wausaukee Rangers Friday night for a boys M&O conference showdown that saw the Badgers victorious 63-44.
Desperately needing a win to help push themselves out of the cellar of the M&O, the Wausaukee boys fought hard but were unable to overcome the one-two punch of Niagara's Alex Hagerty and Jacob Bousley who combined for 31 points.
A big difference in the first was Niagara's defense which held the Rangers for 16. Though the Badgers kept the Rangers scoring to a minimum the Rangers were still quick off the jump pulling out multiple turnovers to help keep pace.
"We turned the ball over a lot tonight," said Niagara Head Coach James Hoogland. "Due to postponements we have not played in over a week. We looked rusty in the first and Wausaukee played tough all night."
The rust must've shaken off in the second because the Badgers went wild. By the end of regulation the badgers had posted 40 second half points while holding the Rangers to 28.
The Rangers would finish the night with three scorers in double digits.
Bousley led all scorers with 16 points. He made two triples, made four of his nine free throws and plugged out three in close shots. Hagerty finished the day with 15 while Ethan Blagec chipped in nine.
Wausaukee was led by sophomore Christian Shigouri and Cody Renikow who both plugged out 11 points each. Tony Rollo followed up with 10 points.
Crivitz Cruises to
Win Over Niagara
The Crivitz boys basketball squad, hovering near the top of the M&O rankings locked in a three way tie for third place, continued to fight for their position with a a commanding 71-39 win over the hosting Niagara Badgers Thursday night.
The Wolverines finished the evening with four scorers in double digits while holding the Badgers to just two scorers above that mark.
At the half out was all Crivitz 32-12, which continued into the second half where the Wolverines added 39 more while stopping the Badgers at 27 additional points.
Kershaw Stumbris led all scorers for the Wolverines with 15 points off three triples, a four for four performance at the line and one additional two pointer. Jakob Voss tagged on 14 more points, also sinking three long rangers while Charlie Johnson and Jaden Werner both added on 10 points each.
"After playing back to back we looked slow," said Niagara Head Coach James Hoogland. We shot poorly from the floor, hitting only 23%. Crivitz played some really solid half court defense."
Niagara was led by Ethan Blagec with 15 points and Jacob Bousley with 10.
Suring Employs Well
in Win over Gillett
The Suring Eagles who sit near the top of the M&O standings continue to look tough, taking down visiting Gillett Thursday night 70-35
The Eagles never skipped a beat in this one, adding up 25 points over the first and second halves.
The Suring defense kept the Tigers from any serious gains by stopping them at 17 during the first and holding them off in the second for only 18 more points.
Suring's John Christensen tool top scoring honors with 16 points and was followed by Ryan Mahoney with 14 and Chris Geniesse with 13.
Gillett was led by Logan Krause with 12 points and Grant Sexton with nine.
Oneida Nation Stays
Tough With Win
The Oneida Nation Thunderhawks, who are part of the three way tie for third with Crivitz and Suring, continued to keep themselves among the upper ranks of the M&O with a 71-51 win over the host Wausaukee Rangers Friday night.
After one half of play the game was still close enough to be either teams as the Thunderhawks held the edge 31-26.
The edge increased to a insurmountable canyon during the second where the Oneida Nation boys fired off another 40 points while stopping the Rangers at 25 additional tallies.
Oneida's Crimsen Powless led all scorers with 16 points on the evening while teammate Eli Metoxen added 13.
Tony Rollo led the Rangers with 12 points. Cody Renikow chipped in 11 while Mathew Delfosse posted 10.
Coleman for Win
The Oneida Nation Thunderhawks defeated the Coleman Cougars 55-48 Tuesday night.
After holding a 32-24 lead at the half the Thunderhawks were met by the Cougars over the second as they outscored the Thunderhawks 24-23.
Cole Woulf took top scoring honors with 20 points and was followed by Austin Tachick with 17.
Crimsen Powless led the Thunderhawks with 18 points while Richard Summers chipped in15. Jonathan Massey added 10.
The Lena Wildcats helped to set up a showdown of M&O leaders Friday night against Peshtigo with their win at home Tuesday night over the Gillett Tigers. The senior duo of Connor Heise and Hunter Borchert each scored over 20 points to help Lena to a 79-49 victory.
Heise finished with a game-high 28 points, Borchert piled in 22, and Riley Marquardt added nine for the Wildcats.
For Gillett, Logan Krause led the way with 12 points, Grant Sexton finished with 11, and Dylan Sexton and Adam Anderson each pitched in with nine.'
With a high-octane offense seemingly clicking on all cylinders, the Peshtigo Bulldogs welcome the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers to town Friday night. Just one game after scoring a season-high 84 points in a win over Wausaukee, the Bulldogs were back at it again as they put up 88 on STAA, en route to an 88-65 victory.
Peshtigo seemed to have everything working for them as they shot 52% from the field, outrebounded the Cavs 33-14 and defensively recorded eight steals. Joey Bradley led the Bulldogs with 21 points, Ryley Demmith added 20, and Matt Larsen chipped in with 10. For the Cavaliers, the duo of Tyler Stuart and Jack Farley did what they could to keep their team alive with 21 points each.
After trailing 33-29 at halftime, the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers fought hard in the second half to secure a 68-61 victory over the visiting Niagara Badgers Tuesday evening. STAA improved to 4-9 and Niagara fell to 6-7 overall.
Jack Farley led the Cavs with 21 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, Tyler Stuart added 17 points, and Christian Hornick pitched in with 12.
Ethan Blagec led all scorers with 32 points for the Badgers, Jacob Bousley and Spencer Maki each added eight and Alex Hagerty finished with six.
Recent stories, opinions and photos