Oconto Sole Survivor as Area Teams Fall in Regional PlayIssue Date: March 7, 2018
Blue Devils Hold
Off Zephyrs For
For the Oconto Blue Devils, securing a regional title was all about holding off two Saint Mary Catholic runs to get the 56-51 win on Saturday.
The Blue Devils had the Zephyrs on the ropes twice, going up by 11 at one point before allowing them back in the game. After the Blue Devils stretched the lead to nine, the Zephyrs again crawled back.
Blue Devils Coach Jon Bostedt called a timeout after the first Zephyr run, but he let the team sort itself out the second time around.
Bostedt has seven seniors on the team, which gave him the confidence to let them work it out.
"With the older group, as long as I don't see panic or loss of composure by the kids, I usually won't take a timeout," he said.
Despite the two runs by Saint Mary, the Blue Devils were able to hold them to just 51 points, with their defense holding them in the game when their offense struggled.
"I thought defensively we did a very good job whether we were in a man or zone. The only thing that was a little bit panicky was the two droughts," Bostedt said. "During those two droughts, instead of moving, we were settling for threes and jumpers basically off of one or two passes. We weren't moving players around as well."
Defensively, The Blue Devils contested shots and did a good job of holding the Zephyrs to just one shot, as they grabbed just five offensive rebounds in the game.
"We did a very good job of closing out on their good shooters and limiting them to one contested shot," Bostedt said.
Blue Devils Carson Moe and Isaac Woller finished with 14 points each. Connor Ebben had 12. All three are seniors.
"I think with all the time and hard work those boys put in, not just during the season, but the stuff that we do as a program in the summer, plus what they do on their own, it's a nice reward and a nice way to cap off their senior year to let them know that hard work does pay off," Bostedt said.
For Saint Mary Catholic, Caden Uhlenbrauck had a game-high 21. Isaac Griffith and Kennan DeShambo had 10 apiece.
Oconto's first regional game on Friday, March 2 ended in a 78-59 win over Manawa. The Blue Devils got out to a 42-20 lead at the half and never looked back. Moe had 23 points, Ebben got 18 and Parker James finished with 11. Isaac Woller, Jake Krueger and Evan Allen got eight apiece.
Oconto faces Shiocton on Thursday, March 7 in the next round of the playoffs. The Chiefs are coming off an 83-47 win over Crivitz in the regional final last weekend.
Crivitz Falls to Shiocton
in Regional Final
The Crivitz Wolverines' season came to an end with an 83-47 loss to Shiocton in the regional final Saturday.
The Chiefs were just too hot for the Wolverines to handle, going 32-63 from the field and 9-22 from downtown. Five players finished in double figures for the team, led by Austin van Den Bosch and his 20 points.
The Chiefs scored 46 points in the first half and didn't cool down much in the second, adding another 37 to seal off the Wolverines.
"They were the better team tonight. I'm not going to make any excuses," Wolverines Coach Jeff Bauman said. "They were just better than us. We've got a lot to be proud of. I thought we had a nice season, we battled, and we just lost to a better team."
Bauman said the Wolverines didn't play their best game, saying, "I think we're better than we showed. I'm nowhere close to saying we should have beaten them, but we're better than what we showed."
Charles Johnson finished with 21 points for the Wolverines, while Travis Giese got 11 and Jakob Voss had six.
"We played hard. We didn't play with a lot of good fundamentals," Bauman said. "The biggest thing about Shiocton is that they're going to get after you and they're athletic and we just didn't handle the pressure. They're a heck of a team."
Though the season came to an end in a disappointing fashion, Bauman said the team had a good season, saying that for a 10 to 12-game stretch, the team played as well as any he has ever coached.
"I think honestly the thing I liked most about this season was how hard these guys worked, and I don't say that every single year," Bauman said. "This was a really, really hard-working group. I think honestly, when I remember the class of 2018, I'll remember how hard they worked."
With Defeat of Cougars
The Crivitz Wolverine's took down the Coleman Cougars Friday night in Crivitz 56-51 in a close WIAA Regional Semi win.
This contest was a rematch pf the two teams final season game that saw the Cougars win to force a three way tie amongst the top three powers of the M&O, them being Crivitz, Coleman and Suring.
Probably looking for a bit of payback the Wolverines battled hard and earned a berth to the WIAA Regional Finals.
At the half the Wolverines held a slight edge with their 33-29 readout. A scoring space that the Wolverines would have trot bel painting over the second half.
With less than a minute left to play the Wolverines' Shane bauer hit a free throw followed by Giese who sunk a cutback and drew a foul for two more Crivitz points, giving the Wolverines the lead 54-48.
Taking the Lion's share of the points for the Wolverines was Giese with 17 points. Charlie Johnsen added 12 while Jayden Werner chipped in nine.
Mustangs Rally Past
Bulldogs With Big
Second Half Start
Things started off strong for the Peshtigo Bulldogs in their regional matchup with Little Chute on Friday, but a rough start to the second half was enough to allow the Mustangs to pull away for a 61-48 win.
Peshtigo held a 25-23 lead at halftime, but the first eight minutes out of the break cost the team, as they couldn't find the bottom of the net.
"Offensively, we didn't get the looks we wanted," Bulldogs Coach Nate Motkowski said. "I don't know if it was the moment for the guys or anything they did defensively to take away from us, but we just couldn't get the shots we wanted and struggled to score there for the first eight minutes of the second half. In the long run, that's what kind of cost us the game."
That eight minutes allowed the Mustangs to increase their lead to 50-33, a hole the Bulldogs couldn't quite crawl out of, though they were able to cut the lead to nine with an 8-0 run.
"We played three-fourths of a game. We played really tough for 75 percent of it," Motkowski said. "We just struggled for that first eight minutes of the second half."
Despite the 13-point loss, Motkowski said he was proud of his team for their fight in the second half after going down by almost 20.
"Little Chute had a moment in the game where they probably could have blown the doors off of it, but our guys never hung their heads and they never got down on themselves or each other," Motkowski said. "We brought ourselves right back into the game. That's a credit to our guys for never giving up. They showed a ton of heart and that just shows you how much they've grown and matured in the last two or three months."
The game was the polar opposite of Peshtigo's season as a whole. The Bulldogs started the season 1-5, going 14-3 down the stretch once they gained some experience.
"We knew we were going to take our lumps early in the season, coming in with only one senior and not a whole lot of juniors with varsity experience," Motkowski said. "Give our guys credit. They never caved, and we went on a run, going 14-3 to close out the season. It wasn't easy. Our guys came to work every day and they never got down on themselves or each other and they just kept it rolling and that shows how much they care and how much time and effort they put into the season."
The Bulldogs took 17 more shots than Little Chute, going 20-56 from the field, though they took only six free throws to the Mustangs' 23.
For Little Chute, Noah Mueller had 17 points on 4-8 shooting from the field, going 8-11 at the free throw line.
"We wanted to take Mueller out of the game, and for the most part we did. He only had nine points from the field," Motkowski said. "Defensively, I thought we held them in check overall. To keep that team to 60 points is impressive. We just couldn't find the bottom of the bucket and that's what cost us."
Cameron Noffke went 7-16 from the field to finish with 16 points and lead the Bulldogs, while Max Neumann, the team's only senior, dropped 12 points on 5-9 shooting. Reid Marquardt had 11 on a 4-6 night.
On Neumann, who finished his career with more than 75 wins, two M&O Conference titles and two regional titles, Motkowski had only good things to say.
"I thought Max really had a heck of a game. He left it all on the court, which is great to see your senior leader do," Motkowski said. "I'm so impressed with what he's done over the last four years. He was our heart and soul this entire season, and like I told him after the game, there's not a player in the state that wouldn't be proud of the four years he had at Peshtigo."
Suring Comes Up
Short In Sectional
The Suring Eagles found themselves on the short end of a close match up against their post season bane the Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers. The Blazers have met a few times in the past years on the tournament trail with During taking the loss. Last Saturday in Suring it happened again. But it was certianly close as the Blazers took the win 50-47.
The two team battled hard over the opening frame with the Blazers holding the edge 28-23 at the half. For the Blazers the first half was all about getting the ball to Samuel Meerstein who fired in 14 points. Teammate Jacob Champeau chipped in eight to the opening effort.
Suring's first half was highlighted by Mitch Stegeman's 12 points.
Over the second half Stegeman continued to enjoy success, getting 12 points while Ryan Mahoney chipped in with nine points.
By the end of the night Stegeman was the games top performer with 24 points while Mahoney followed up with 10.
The Blazers' Meerstien finished with 16 points while Champeau got 15.
Suring Advances With
Win Over Three lakes
The Suring Eagles advanced down the tournament trail Friday night when they bagged a 68-54 win over the visiting Three Lakes boys.
The Eagles wanted the win and it showed over the first half as Ryan Mahoney and Mitch Stegeman went wild on their way to a team 35 points. Stegeman fired in 19 first half points while Mahoney followed up with 13 points.
Three Lakes' Brad Sourinski picked up the slack over the second half with 11 points but a strong second half push by Stegeman proved to be more than enough for the Eagles to get things out of reach as he fired in an additional 12 points.
By the end of the evening Stegeman had amassed 31 points, enough for top scoring honors. Mahoney gave the Eagles another 20 points while Caleb Lally did his part with six points.
Sourinski got 18 on the night for Three Lakes while Nate Cogar posted 14. Corwin Schroeder chipped in seven.
Maroons Come Away
With Win Over Eagles
The Menominee Maroons bagged a solid 46-32 win over the visiting Stephenson Eagles Thursday night.
Menominee started the game with a strong scoring push to go up 18-11 in the first quarter but were met by the Eagles over the second 11-9.
The second half saw the Eagles crumble as they were only able to muster 6 points in the third and a final four over the fourth. Menominee on the other hand shot their way to 14 points over the third while capping the night with five in the final frame.
Menominee's Kyle Anderson topped the Menominee scorers with 19 points while Harris chipped in seven. Monroe ended with eight.
Stephenson was led by Hanson with seven and Starzynski with five.
Oneida Beats Back
STAA by One
in Regional Semi
The St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers have had their hands full all season long, with a short bench and not much in the way of breath catching the Cavvies never looked back and found themselves fighting for ground in the WIAA tournament.
Last Thursday they faced the tough Oneida Nation bays who were ready to raise to the challenge of taking down the small but mighty green and gold team.
The Thunderhawks got ahead early with a nice 15-2 jump early on bu the veracious Cave scorers would not be denied their ration of scores.
Over the second half Christian Hornick narrowed the lead to ten with a basket for the 46-36 readout. But a last minutes push by the Thunderhawks which result in a 10-0 run pushed the Thunderhawks ahead by one giving them the win.
The Cavvies Jack Farley led all scorers with 28 points while Powers added on nine. Honrick and Stuart both chipped in eight to the effort.
Seth Charles led the Thunderhawks with 27 points while Hill pitched in 11.
Notre Dame Sinks
Marinette For Win
It was close but Friday night in Green Bay on the court of the Notre Dame Tritons but the Marinette Marines were unable to keep the lead within sight as the Tridents pulled ahead of the Marines for the 73-63 WIAA playoff win.
Early in the game Matt Wagner hit a three point play for the Marine marking his 1,000 career point and a 22-17 lead with roughly seven minutes left in the half.
The Tritons answered with a helping of buckets that helped them take the lead into the locker room 31-29.
One of the biggest difference makers was Jake Poetzl's foul troubles early in the second. With less than a minute off the clock in that second frame Poetzl found himself registering his fourth foul. Coach Nick Semenas had to sit him and things began to change.
The Marines began having shooting trouble while the Tritons picked up the slack with with a handful of possessions.
The closest the Marines would get to the lead in the second half was off a Tyler Fayta rebound scorer with three minutes left for the 42-39 deficit.
Marinette's Wagner was the games top scorer with 25 points while Poetzl chipped in 16. Fayta added six to the total.
Notre Dame was led by Lyons with 24 points and Zak with 14. Johnson also chipped in 14.
Bobcat's Season Ends
at the Hands of
the Green Knights
The Florence Bobcat boys saw their season come to halt at the hands of the Phelps Green Knights Friday night as the Phelps boys blasted their way to a 61-34 victory.
The number one seeded Phelps was no easy task for the Bobcats. By the end of the first half Phelps held a huge lead 35-11.
Kaden Schuls added up 18 for the Bobcats whileEvan Beaster chipped in nine. Cody Reubens got four.
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