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M&O Boys Basketball - Suring/Lena Keep Title Hopes Alive

Suring Slips Past Crivitz

The Suring Eagles came out of Crivitz with a hard earned win Tuesday night, defeating the Crivitz Wolverines 46-43.

This one was close from start to finish as the teams entered the half with Crivitz holding the slight edge 18-16.

For the Wolverines it was Travis Giese's night. Over the first half Giese piled up 10 points and continued to find his way inside over the second where he added 14 more to the total, earning top scorer honors for his efforts.

After a restrained first half the Eagle engines started firing as John Christensen pounded out 13 points. Teammate Chris Geniesse also found considerable success going to the hoop as he got eight points.

Giese was followed on the Wolverines charts by Shane Bauer with eight and Jakob Voss with six.

Suring was led by Christensen with 16 and Geniesse with 12. Ryan Mahoney added 10.



Crivitz Defeats Scrappy STAA Team

The Crivitz Wolverines hosted the St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers last Thursday for an M&O boys basketball showdown and it was the home court Wolverines who were victorious after 36 minutes of play 68-52.

At the half the Wolverines held the edge 68-52 thanks to part to a 13 point performance by Kershaw Stumbris. The Cavaliers turned to Jack Farley over the first and he did not disappoint, bagging 12 first half points.

Travis Giese helped push the Wolverines further ahead in during the second with a five for six free throw line showing along with four points off of close buckets.

Farley and Stumbris shared top scoring honors scoring 19 points each for their respective teams.

Farley was followed on the STAA charts by Tyler Stuart with 14 points and Christian Hornick with 12 points.

Giese added 17 points to the Wolverines total while Jakob Voss chipped in 13.



Crivitz takes Cross Town Win Over Coleman

The Crivtiz Wolverines took the short hop over to Coleman Thursday night for an M&O showdown with the home court Cougars. After 36 minutes of play the Wolverines had secured the 68-49 win.

Multiple Wolverines got on the board early in this one. Travis Giese bagged five free throw points along with a two point bucket. Kershaw Stumbris struck from behind the arc twice as well as once in close while Shane Bauer also struck from deep for a double helping of threes. Jakob Voss also did his part with eight first half points.

Cole Woulf did most of the leg work for the Cougars in the first as he struck for eight points. Austin Marquardt continued to show his long range prowess with two triples in the first.

Woulf went off for 11 second half points while Marquardt hit for another nine.

Crivitz's Jaden Werner chipped into the effort in the second half with nine points.

Woulf ended the evening the games top performer with 19 points while Marquardt chipped in 15.

The Wolverines were led by Bauer with 15 points and Stumbris with 14. Werner and Giese both added 12 to the total.



Peshtigo Obliterates Gillett

The Peshtigo Bulldogs set the cruise control early Tuesday night when they hosted an M&O Conference match up with the Tigers of Gillett, defeating the visitors 72-15.

One half was all Peshtigo needed, actually they needed less. At the first buzzer The Bulldogs had built a 55-5 lead.

Cole Tackmier led the way for the Bulldogs getting 12 points, enough to earn top scoring honors. Ryley Demmith got 11 along with Trent Carriveau who also posted 11.

Gillett was led by Cole Long and Grant Sexton who both posted four points.



Cougars Slash Badgers For Close Win

The Coleman Cougars took the long ride north to Niagara Tuesday night for an M&O conference match up with the home court Badger, who they defeated after a long battle 57-52.

Cole Woulf led the way over the opening minutes with eight points while Austin Marquardt struck twice from behind the arc to help propel Coleman to a 24-21 first half lead.

Ethan Blagec did his part for the Badgers over the second half with 12 points off three triples, a close bucket and a free throw. Blagec earned a great honor during the game, scoring his 1,000th point.

Woulf proved to be unstoppable over the second half where he piled up another 17 points to take top scoring honors with 25 points. Marquradt finished the night with 14 while Austin Tachick got eight.

Blagec led the way for the Badgers with 17 points while Alex Hagerty and Jacob Bousley both added eight each.



Wildcats Keep Pressure on Rangers

Tuesday evening the Lena Wildcats traveled up highway 141 to take on the Wausaukee Rangers in a matchup of M&O squads. The Wildcats opened a 30-19 lead at halftime, before cruising to a 64-39 win. Connor Heise's 20 second-half points helped Lena put Wausaukee away for good.

Heise finished the contest with 31 points, Dalton Anderson pitched in with nine, and Hunter Borchert ended the night with seven points.

Wausaukee's Cody Renikow paced the attack with 10 points, Matt Delfosse added nine, and Tony Rollo chipped in eight.



Borchert Scores 1,000, Wildcats Sneak Past Badgers

Lena took the trip up to Niagara Thursday night as the second-place Wildcats looked to keep pace in the M&O by taking on the Badgers.  In the first half, the two teams battled to a 36-31 halftime lead for Lena.  The Wildcats grinded out a win in the second half by a final score of 61-53. 

"We played much better defense in the second half.  Lena is one of the better teams in the conference and we played them toe to toe.  We just need to shoot better free throws and stop making crucial mistakes down the stretch," said Niagara Head Coach Jim Hoogland.

In the contest, Lena's Hunter Borchert became just the eighth player in Lena Wildcat history to score over 1,000 points.  Heading into the game, Borchert needed just seven points, which he easily surpassed and finished with 17.

Dalton Anderson and Connor Heise each paced the Wildcats with 18 points.  For Niagara, Ethan Blagec also finished with 18 points, Jacob Bousley added 13, and Austin Hagerty pitched in with eight.



Bulldogs Jump Out to Big Early Lead, Control Cougars

The conference leading Peshtigo Bulldogs played host to the Coleman Cougars Thursday night.  Peshtigo was red-hot from the field as they connected on more than half of their shots, 28 of 53, on their way to a 44-13 lead at halftime.  Cruise control was enabled in the second half as the final was 73-30.

Ryley Demmith led the Bulldogs with 19 points, Matt Larsen pitched in with 17 points, Joey Bradley added 16, and Nathan Goneau finished with six.

For the Cougars, Cole Woulf and Austin Tachick each paced the offense with 11 points, Cody Van Hoff added four and Austin Marquardt and Peyton Nelson each scored two.



Peshtigo Too Much for Niagara

The Niagara Badgers took to the road Friday night as they took on the Bulldogs of Peshtigo.  After battling toe to toe with the M&O-leading Bulldogs for the first nine minutes, Peshtigo used their tenacious defense to set them apart.  A 37-21 halftime lead for Peshtigo, turned into a 67-46 victory in the second half.

"We had a couple different lineups tonight, we had younger guys mixed in with our starters, and I thought they played well.  That's what we need, we had some guys in foul trouble, some guys were probably tired from the busy week, but we had young guys step up and play well.  Everyone played well," Peshtigo Head Coach Nate Motkowski said of the win.

Every time Peshtigo looked to pull away, Niagara had an answer.  Ethan Blagec connected on a layup to bring the lead down to 12-10.  Peshtigo's Cameron Noffke answered with a layup of his own, but Blagec came right back with a mid-range jumper, making the score 14-12 with 9:45 left.  The Bulldogs then ramped up the defense which helped lead to an 8-0 run.  Noffke, Max Neumann, Ryley Demmith and Trent Carriveau each sank baskets to push the advantage to 22-12.  Blagec drilled a three to end the run, but another 6-0 Peshtigo run saw the lead swell to 30-17.  Spencer Hagerty connected on a mid-range jumper for the Badgers trimming the lead to 32-21.  In the final 1:28 of the half, a free throw and layup from Joey Bradley along with a layup from Nathan Goneau extended the halftime lead to 37-21.

The second half saw more of the same, every time Niagara scored, Peshtigo answered with a run.  Niagara's Kalvin Jeffords sank one of two attempts at the charity stripe to open the half.  Demmith responded with a hook shot in the lane and Bradley added a layup.  Matt Larsen joined in on the action with a three-pointer that saw the Peshtigo lead extend to 46-26.  Blagec and Bousley gave the Badgers some life with back-to-back baskets, but again the Bulldogs responded with a 16-4 run that seemed to ice the game.  The run saw the lead extend to 65-36, Peshtigo went on to take a 67-46 victory.

No Bulldog scorer had double-digit points on the night.  Coach Motkowski spoke to how important that is for Peshtigo, "That's what you need to make a deep run in March. We're still extending our bench and learning which guys can step up and play.  For us to be able to go nine deep is really important because anything can happen, a guy can go out like Ryley [Demmith] tonight, or some guys get in foul trouble, so we have to be able to have a deep bench."

Peshtigo was led by Cameron Noffke and Joey Bradley with nine points, Ryley Demmith, Max Neumann and Justin Thill each scored eight, Nathan Goneau added seven and Cole Tackmier finished with six.

Ethan Blagec scored a game-high 20 points for the Badgers, Spencer Hagerty pitched in with 10 and Jacob Bousley finished with nine.



Suring Keeps Pace in M&O, Beats Wausaukee

Locked in a tie with the Lena Wildcats for second-place in the M&O conference, the Suring Eagles hosted the Wausaukee Rangers Thursday evening.  John Christensen, Chris Geniesse, and Ryan Mahoney soared to 15 points each for the Eagles, on their way to a 63-27 shellacking of the Rangers.

Along with the 15 points each from Christensen, Geniesse and Mahoney, Scout Gerndt added five, and Mitch Stegeman added three.  All ten Suring players to enter the game scored on the evening.

Brandon Shigouri paced the Rangers with 10 points, Matt Delfosse pitched in with nine, Cody Renikow finished with four and Tony Rollo and Sawyer Dunlap each scored two.


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