Coleman, Crivitz and Suring Share M&O Penthouse Issue Date: February 28, 2018
Three Way Tie for Title
A 67-65 road win by the Coleman Cougars on Saturday, Feb. 24 created a three-way tie atop the Marinette and Oconto Conference between the two teams and Suring.
The Cougars pounced on the Wolverines early in the game, stretching their first half-lead to nine with 8:42 in the half on a Cole Woulf and-one layup. The lead hit 10 with 2:31 in the half when Woulf connected from downtown, part of a 15-point first half for Woulf.
"I just looked for the gaps to cut at. To be honest, we thought they would take away the middle, but I tried to find the gaps and weave through everybody and hopefully create a basket," Woulf said.
Wolverines Coach Jeff Baumann said the game plan was to keep the ball out of Woulf and Austin Marquardts' hands. Woulf had 25 on the night, while Marquardt got 12.
"Obviously we didn't execute our game plan very well, but you've got to give them credit. They did a nice job," Baumann said.
Cayden Bintz also chipped in 10 for Coleman, with Aaron Fraser adding eight.
The Cougars led 40-27 at halftime, but the Wolverines almost mounted the comeback of the season. Still down nine with just over 10 minutes to go in the game, the Wolverines began to get some offense going, cutting the lead to as little as two with 3:57 to go.
Crivitz took the lead 65-64 on two free throws by Dawson Andrist, his only two points of the game, with 48 seconds remaining in the game, but those would be the last points Crivitz scored, with three of five free throws dropping down the stretch for Payton Nelson and Austin Marquardt to give Coleman the win.
"We didn't move the ball very well. It got caught on the sides fairly regularly with a lot of standing around," Baumann said. "We were frustrated, and it's our fault for not doing a better job of that."
Jakob Voss finished with 17 for Crivitz, while Charles Johnson got 16 the Wolverines got 10 each from Jaden Werner and Travis Giese. Shane Bauer was held to seven points.
Baumann said a three-way tie for the conference title was disappointing having been in the driver's seat for the home stretch of the season, but admitted all three teams were deserving. On the other side of the spectrum, the Cougars were excited about the first share of a conference title in 31 years.
"It feels great to bring this home to Coleman. It's great to finally get recognized," Woulf said.
Cougars Coach Tim Forner praised his players for coming together in the past year and finishing off what he called "a five or six-year project."
"They really came together this summer," he said. "I'm really proud of those guys. They did a heck of a job this year."
Forner was quick to recognize the magnitude of the win for Coleman basketball.
"It's obviously a huge win for the program, for the school, not being a conference champion for thirty-plus years, all that comes to a head," Forner said, saying his upperclassmen "worked their butts off from being freshman getting their heads kicked in to now."
While the win was big, Forner realizes there's still work to be done for the Cougars' senior class.
"There's no doubt we're playing the best we played all year right now," Forner said. "Now the tournament's here and you've got to start playing your A-game all the way through."
Shuts Down Blazers
The Peshtigo Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 68-42 victory over the NEW Lutheran Blazers on Thursday, Feb. 22, once again using defense to lead the way.
The Blazers shot 29 percent from the field and went 2-16 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs were able to limit Samuel Meerstein to eight points on 1-13 shooting, including just one point in the first half.
"Our big thing was to take care of Meerstein," Bulldogs Coach Nate Motkowski said. "We talked about getting in his head and bothering him early and really affecting him getting any open looks and I think we did a good job. Any time you can hold any player to one point in a half, that's impressive, but it's even more impressive for a player like him."
Lucas Bukowski had 10 for the Blazers, but he was the only player in double figures for the visitors.
As for the Bulldogs, four scorers reached double figures. Cameron Noffke had 11 and Nick Nielson, Cade Tackmeier and Trent Carriveau chipped in 10 apiece.
"They threw a lot of different looks at us. For the most part, I thought we did a good job picking apart their zones," Motkowski said. "We did a good job against all their different looks. A couple of times we looked a little bit stagnant and get a bit lazy, but we made some adjustments and that helped."
The Bulldogs' biggest advantage in the game was their ability to get scoring from a host of different players, with 10 different Bulldogs making their mark on the scoresheet.
Peshtigo shot 24-56 from the field, making 16-20 free throws.
"It's always hard to scout and guard us because any guy on any night. We had everybody score but two guys. Offensively, we scored by committee, which is great."
Coleman Defeats Niagara
to Keep Conference
The Coleman Cougars, needing a win to keep their chances at a three way tie for the conference title alive, did so with a 67-45 win over the Niagara Badgers in Niagara.
Coleman was able to managed a ten point lead a the half thanks to a strong showing by Cole Woulf who bagged 13 first half points.
Both teams were fairly constant in their scoring over the course of competition. The Badgers scored 22 over the first half while posting another 23 over the second while Coleman's 32 first half points was nearly replicated over the second with another 35 points.
Woulf and Austin Marquardt lead all scorers with 17 points each. Nick Teteak tacked on eight points.
Austin Hagerty led the Badgers with 16 points while Alex Hagerty posted seven points. Ben Oratch and Casey Antonissen both got five points each.
Marines Jump Out to
Big Lead, Coast to
Win at Oconto Falls
In what has been a theme for Marinette all season, the Marines came out of the gates firing before tapering off in the second half, though they soundly defeated Oconto Falls on Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 70-54.
The Marines led 39-16 at the halftime break, taking their foot off the gas and allowing the Panthers to score 38 points in the second frame.
Zach Parsons led the Panthers with 13 points and Mason Sefcik had 11. The Panthers attempted just 34 shots in the game, however, negating their 47 percent shooting total from the field.
Marinette's Jake Poetzl led all scorers with 20. Jordan Wendt got 17 and Matt Wagner added 15. Tyler Fayta chipped in nine.
Oconto Falls finished the season 3-15 in the North Eastern Conference and 4-18 overall. Marinette was 15-3 in conference play.
STAA Slams Lena
The St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers had not troubles defeating the home court Lena Wildcats Thursday night 91-58.
After getting ahead 41-27 at the half the Cavvies posted another 50 points over the second half.
Tyler Stuart took top scoring honors with 35 points while Jack Farley added on 24 points to the total. Christian Hornick also had a great game with 15 points to his name.
Lena was led by Levi Potter with 16 points and Chantz Rowell with 15 points. Colby Borchert added on 14 to the Wildcat total.
Oneida Takes Down Wausaukee
The Wausaukee Rangers and Oneida Nation Thunderhawks matched up Friday night with for a close game that saw the Thunderhawks victorious on Wausaukee's court 54-50.
Neither team allowed the other much breathing room in this contest as the Rangers kept pace with the Thunderhawks over the first 29-23.
During the second half Wausaukee managed to outscore Oneida Nation with a 27-25 readout.
The Thunderhawks were led by King with 21 points, enough for top scoring honors and Charles who posted 13 points. Hill added on 10.
Matthew Delfosse led the Rangers with 18 points while Brandon Shigouri finished the night with 11. Hayden Renikow got nine.
Wausaukee Ends Season
With Win Over Niagara
The Wausaukee Rangers finished their regular season on a winning note as they defeated the Niagara Badgers Tuesday night 58-49.
With a 24-18 lead going into the half the rangers looked to kept themselves far enough ahead that any chance of a Niagara comeback could be squashed. And they did just that, posting awn additional 34 points over the final 18 minutes while holding the Badgers to a 31 closing half readout.
It was Matthew Delfosses's night as he battled his way to 25 points and the top scoring spot. Hayden Renikow followed up with 13 points while Brandon Shigouri added on 12.
Niagara was led by Austin Hagerty with 15 points and Alex hagerty with 12 points.
The Goodman-Pembine Patriots fell 53-39 to Mercer on Thursday, Feb. 22, senior night for the Patriots.
After a JV game that Mercer won in three overtimes, the two teams were forced to regain their focus.
"We had a long wait to start our game with an exciting three overtime JV game and I think some of our focus was gone a bit," Goodman-Pembine Coach John Swick said. "Both teams struggled putting the ball in the basket."
The game went back and forth for most of the first half until Mercer established a six-point lead at the half, 25-19. The Patriots went down by as much as 10 in the second half, though they were never able to make a run at the lead.
"We battled back after being down 10 but in the end, we just couldn't hit shots or get stops in the last three minutes," Swick said.
Hagan Braaten had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Wyatt Marcy got 11 points and eight rebounds.
"On senior night the guys fought hard and this was really all about getting ready for regionals," Swick said. "There were a lot of positives to take away along with the things we need to get better at. This is a great group of seniors and they will be hard to replace."
Eagles Soar to
The Suring Eagles took a solid WIAA Regional win Tuesday night when they took down the visiting Elcho Hornets 71-31.
The gigantic lead was thanks to a superlative first half from Suring's Ryan Mahoney who fired in 19 first half points.
By the end of the first half the Eagles seemed to have the win already in the bag as they held a 37-19 lead.
Things didn't let up for the Hornets over the second half as the Eagles pounded in another 34 points to Elcho's 12.
Mahoney need the night as the games top performer with 28 points. Caleb Lally followed up with 16 points while Cody Smith got six.
Mac Morrison led the Hornets with 15 points while Hunter Novak got seven.
Florence Takes Down
The Florence Bobcat boys bagged an 80-73 win over the Goodman-Pembine Patriots Tuesday night to advance to the next round of the WIAA playoffs.
Riley Hixon took the lion's share of the points Tuesday night with 30 points to his name. Evan Beaster posted 26 while Kaden Schuls added 18.
"I think we absolutely saved our best game for our last," said Patriot Head Coach John Swick. "We got off to a good start and grabbed an early lead. Both teams were able to hang in as we took turns going on runs and then getting stops. We came out a little slow in the second half and got down by 10 pretty quickly but battled back to make it a one point game late. Then it came down to free throws and ball security and we just couldn't finish it off. Hats off to Florence, they made the shots they needed at all the right times. It's always hard to lose but this one is hard for the seniors that are moving on. They are an amazing bunch and did themselves proud tonight."
The Patriots were led by Hagan Braaten with 27 points and Elisha Heath with 13 points. Wyatt Marcy added 12 points while Caleb Nelson chipped in with 10 points.
Marines Advance With
Win Over Jaguars
A big first half propelled the Marinette Marines to a double-digit win over the Ashwaubenon Jaguars in the first round of playoff competition on Tuesday.
Marinette led 32-19 at the break, negating the effects of a 28-25 second half from the Jaguars.
Matt Wagner had 19 for Marinette, while Jake Poetzl had 14 and Jordan Wendt added 11. Wagner shot 5-14 from the field, but was an efficient 7-8 at the free throw line.
The team was 15-19 at the line. Wendt also made five of six and completed his double-double with 10 rebounds, though that was barely half as many as Ashwaubenon's leading rebounder.
Ashwaubenon's Anthony Guarascio led all scorers with 23 points on 10-25 shooting, with 19 rebounds to boot. Despite his 19, Marinette out-rebounded the Jaguars 33-32.
The Coleman Cougars will not be hanging up the shoes just yet. Tuesday night they took on Laona/Wabeno for a WIAA Regional playoff matchup and survived by the skin of their teeth 57-55.
The two point win had everything to do with the efforts a of Cole Woulf, Austin Marquardt and Cayden Bintz. The Three cougars wouldn't be denied and the score sheets are this out. But the end of the game Marquardt was the games top scorers with 20 points. Woulf had 17 while Bintz bagged 13.
Jacob Christiansen led the Rebels with 13 points while teammates Jesse Pakulski and Baylen Caley both got 11 each.
STAA Moves to Next
Round of Tournament
The St. Thomas Aquinas Cavalier's secured a WIAA Regional playoff victory over the visiting White Lake boys Tuesday night 43-39.
The closing battle was highlighted by a super effort from cavalier Jack Farley, who found a way to post 25 points, enough for the top scoring spot, helping to push hs Cavvies past White Lake.
Christian Hornick also did his part with 13 points while Tyler Stuart added five for all the points the Cavs obtained.
White Lake was led by Jamison Smith with 12 points. Chris Schewe posted nine.
Bulldogs Stall Trucker
Offense; Face Little
The Peshtigo Bulldogs defeated the Clintonville Truckers 58-42 on Tuesday in the first round of regionals, holding their opponent to just 30 percent shooting from the field.
The Truckers went 15-50 overall, launching 22 shots from three-point range and making nine, amassing only 14 points in the first half.
"I thought we played good team defense," Bulldogs Coach Nate Motkowski said. "It wasn't just one or two guys that played really tough defense. We went 10 guys deep early. All 10 came in and played tough defense and I think that made the difference.
Kyle Finger led the Truckers with 11. Presley Rosenow and Aiden Polzin got 10 each.
The Bulldogs won the rebounding battle 37-22, led by senior guard Max Neumann, who had nine. He also scored 10 points.
Trent Carriveau led the Bulldogs on the offensive end with 12 points on 6-9 shooting. Cameron Noffke got nine, while both Mitchell VanVooren and Nick Nielson added six.
The Bulldogs made 22-50 shots, attempting only four three-pointers. The team only shot 13-25 from the free throw line, however.
As for attempting only four shots from deep, Motkowski said "We talked about that in the last couple days, where we want to score inside and we want to score there early. I thought our guys got some wide-looks."
Motkowski credited the Truckers, who didn't allow the lead to balloon in the second half, for hanging around in the second half.
"I give them all the credit in the world," Motkowski said. "It doesn't matter if they're up 10 or down 30, they play hard until the whistle blows."
The Bulldogs face Little Chute in the next round of the playoffs.
"We know they've got some big guys and shooters. They mix it up on defense a little bit," Motkowski said. "We lost at their place last year in the regional final so we're kind of looking to get back at them. I know we're going to have to be a bit cleaner."
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