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Bulldogs End Eagles 40 Game Conference Win Streak

Issue Date: February 28, 2019

Saturday wasn't everything the Peshtigo Bulldogs had hoped for, but at the end of the day, you can't complain about a 15-point win over the Packerland Conference champion Southern Door Eagles.

A couple of weeks ago, Peshtigo would have been hoping to be fighting for a share of the conference title, but Southern Door locked that up with a win over Gibraltar on Thursday.

On Saturday, however, the Eagles' streak of 40 consecutive Packerland wins came to an end with a 60-45 Peshtigo win.

Peshtigo again showcased its usual stout defense in the first half, leading 31-19 at the break.

"It's something we talked about"having a good start and having a good first half," Peshtigo coach Nate Motkowski said. "The first time we played in Southern Door, I thought we played a really good first half and a bad second half and that caused us to lose the game. This time, we played a good first half and a good second half and it led us to a victory."

Peshtigo's offense was also strong. The Bulldogs built the lead up over 20 at a couple points due to unselfish offense that led to 48 percent shooting from the field and 20 assists as a team. Cameron Noffke had a team-high six assists.

"Everybody played an unselfish game. They were passing the ball to each other, they were passing up open shots I think we would have taken earlier in the year to get easier baskets inside," Motkowski said. "We were a little more patient on our offense and we let the ball move around until we got the best look we wanted and it turned out for the best."

Cade Tackmier shot 6-for-8 from the field to lead all scorers with 16. Mitchell VanVooren had 15 on 7-for-10 shooting. Damon Jones had nine, while Reid Marquardt and Trent Carriveau each had eight.

Peshtigo earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will host No. 5 Little Chute on Friday at 7 p.m. Little Chute beat Tomahawk 92-34 in the first round. Southern Door is the top seed in its sectional.

"This is huge," Motkowski said of Saturday's win. "It's not quite how we planned it. We wanted to be playing this game for conference, we slipped up a few weeks ago, so we didn't have that opportunity, but at the end of the day, Southern Door is a great team with a great streak. They're number one in their sectional for a reason and for us to get that win is going to give us momentum and energy for our postseason play, so I think we're playing well at the right time."

Crivitz Gets First Round Win Over Weyauwega Fremont

The Crivitz Wolverine boys were unstoppable in their WIAA first round regional victory over Weyauwega-Fremont Tuesday night. After a great first half the Wolverines put on the cruise control for the 85-45 win.

"Starting the game off with intensity was key for us," said Crivitz Head Coach Jeff Baumann. "Our man to man press in the beginning of the game put them on their heels and allowed us to establish our tempo. In fact, we forced 29 turnovers in the game which led to quite a few easy baskets. We have relied on our defense all year to score points and we were definitely able to do that in the first half."

Starting the games scoring was Dawson Andrist who struck twice from behind the arc for the early 6-0 lead.

Sure the three helped built the lead, but it was the Wolverines defense, with its many first half turnover that drove the Weyauwega Fremont boys crazy.

"Dawson and Jaden were key in the first half run," siad Baumann. "They put a great deal of pressure on W-F's guards and were able to get a number of steals on them. We also played with intensity in the half court game and did not allow many open looks. I was very proud of how hard they played."

Cougars Move on to Regional Semis, Down Blue Devils 75-56

The Coleman Cougars offense got red-hot in the first half and coasted to a 75-56 win over Oconto on Tuesday.

Tied 15-15, the Cougars pulled away a bit.

The Cougars scored 35 points in the first half, with Cayden Bintz hitting a trio of three-pointers in the half. That was a key to the 10-point lead at the half.

"In their scheme defensively, there's always that one guard, perimeter-wise, that's going to have that opportunity to step into that open gap just based on how they help," Coleman coach Tim Forner said. "It just so happened they helped off Cayden, and if he's hitting him, he could go for six or seven in a row."

He would hit one more and finish with 16 total points. 20 of Coleman's 40 points in the second half came from Dayton Nelson, who scored 28 total points in the game to lead all scorers.

The Cougars also came out on a 16-7 run to start the second half, stretching the lead to as much as 28 at one point.

Preston Gusick finished with 10 points for Coleman as well.

Coleman faces No. 2 Iola-Scandinavia on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

"I've only seen a little bit of game film on them. I don't know a heck of a lot about them other than I saw a lot of them play football this fall," Forner said. "I do know the names and I know the kind of athletes they have. They've got a very good team over there. They are a two seed for a reason, but this team won't back down no matter who we play."

Oconto's Zach Sherman scored 26 points in a losing effort as the Blue Devils' season came to a close. Josh Woller finished with 10 points as well.

Crivitz Ends Regular Season Play With Win

The Crvivitz Wolverines have earned a M&O conference crown with their exemplary 2018-19 court play, and last Friday the Wolverines finished that great season string with a 63-39 win over the Wausaukee Rangers.

Wausaukee started very strong in the contest as they kept pace with the Wolverines who led at the half 24-23.

The Ragners struck on four three pointers over the first half. But the Wolverines' Alex Grandaw was quick to strike back, sinking three treys of his own to ensure the Wolverine lead at the half.

Though Wausaukee found a way to keep with the Wolverines over the first, they were unable to adjust to the Wolverines changes as the Crivitz boys fired in 39 second half points to the Ranger's 16.

The Rangers were led by Tyler Gruszynski and Hayden Renikow who both merged an eight point effort on the night. Tristan Pollard posted six while Brandon Shigouri tacked on five.

The Wolverines were led by the games top performer Jaden Werner who led the way with 15 points. Alex Grandaw and Frazer both added 11 points.

Suring Defeats Niagara

in Regional Opener

The Suring Eagles advanced to the second round of the WIAA boys basketball playoffs by defeating the Niagara Badgers 63-43.

It was all about Suring's great start. The 32 point total that the Eagles amassed over the first half was a bit too much for the Badgers to recover from. The Badgers opened the game with a 19 point first half effort.

Suring continued to enjoy success shooting the ball, piling up another 31 points to end the game.

Niagara was able to muster 24 points over the closing minutes.

Suring's Caleb Lally led all scorers during the match up with 24 points to his name. Mitch Stegeman also had a great game as he short his way to 20 points. Reece Garrigan followed up with eight points.

Niagara was led by Landon Kaldor with 14 points while Tristan DeJardin scored 12.

Wausaukee Gets Past Bowler in Regional Match up

The Wausaukee Rangers faced off Tuesday night with the guys from Bowler, who they took down in Wausaukee 59-41 to advance it the regional final game.

Wausaukee's Brandon Shigouri fired off 15 first half points to help push the Rangers to a 27-19 first half lead.

A balanced attack over the second half gave the Rangers an additional 32 points to add to their tally, which the Bowler boys were unable to pace, scoring 22 points to close the game.

Shigouri led all scorers during the game with 20 points. Andrew Schroeder chipped in 11 while Tristan Pollard added on eight.

Coleman Pounds Niagara in Season Closer

The Coleman Cougars took a resounding win to end their regular season as they defeated the Niagara Badgers 67-27.

It was pretty much in the Cougars hands from the start, and the Cougars refused to relinquish their control of the score board as the Coleman boys enter the locker room ahead 34-15.

Payton Nelson led all scorers during the match up with 15 points to his name while Gusick chipped in 10 points. Nick Teteak got seven on the night.

Niagara was led by Landon Kaldor with 11 points and Athoney Hansen with five.

Poetzl Leads Marines Past Truckers 63-56

The Marinette Marines and Jake Poetzl got a tight 63-56 win over the Clintonville Truckers on Thursday.

Poetzl scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. Tyler Fayta finished with 13 points and seven rebounds to help out on what was an uncharacteristically quiet night from Matt Wagner, who often leads Marinette in scoring.

Wagner finished with eight points, also grabbing six rebounds and providing five assists. Rylie Nelson scored eight points as well. Jeremy Wendt had six.

Marinette led 28-26 at the halftime break.

Bulldogs Hold Off Blazers For 59-52 Conference Win

It's not often that the Peshtigo Bulldogs are outshot by an opponent. On Friday, NEW Lutheran outshot Peshtigo 60 to 47, but it wasn't enough to give the Blazers a win.

Peshtigo often outshoots opponents due to its work on the offensive boards. Peshtigo grabbed just two fewer rebounds than the Blazers and had five more overall, but NEW finished with 60 shots. Fortunately for Peshtigo, its defense was its normally stout self.

NEW shot 19-for-60 from the field (31 percent) and 5-for-26 overall (19 percent), while Peshtigo went 22-for-47 overall (46 percent).

NEW's Samuel Meerstein led all scorers with 23 points, going 9-for-20 from the field. Peshtigo got a 9-for-12 performance from Cade Tackmier, who finished with 22 points. The rest of the Peshtigo scoring attack was fairly balanced.

Cameron Noffke had nine, Damon Jones had six, Trent Carriveau finished with seven, Mitchell VanVooren scored six and Reid Marquardt added five.

Suring Slips By Oneida to End Regular Season

The Suring Eagles posted a very close call win over the Oneida Naqtion Thunderhawks Thursday afternoon 55-53.

The tight win saw the Eagles stage a comeback over the second half.

Oneida took the lead entering the intermission 27-21 but a tough Suring crew fired in all they needed to surpass that lead.

Oneida was led by Danforth with 15 points and Webster with 11.

Suring was led by the eveings top scorer Mitch Stegeman with 22 points. Caleb lally hit for 14 points while Hill posted 10 points.

Maroons Drop Non-Conference Tilt to Omro

The Menominee Maroons finished up the regular season with a 75-66 loss to Omro on Thursday.

The Maroons trailed just 29-22 at the half. Their offense improved in the second half, but you won't win many games allowing nearly 50 points on the other end in the second half.

Keagan Monroe had a game-high 21 points for Menominee. Aidan Bellisle's 18 points in the second half was a key to the improved offense. He finished with 20 for the night.

Lena Defense Slows STAA for 57-10 Conference Win

In many sports, the Lena and St. Thomas Aquinas Academy basketball players would have been teammates. In basketball, they squared off on Thursday, with Lena getting a 57-10 win.

The Wildcats started the game on a 16-0 run to take the driver's seat. By the end of the first half, Lena led 41-7, with six three-pointers from Colby Borchert leading the way.

The Wildcats called off the dogs in the second half, dropping into a zone to take a bit of the pressure off, but they held firm to allow just three points in the half.

"I challenged the guys because we gave up like 34 points to them our first matchup," Lena coach Fritz Weidner said. "I challenged them to really pick up the pressure this week on defense with them and they answered the call and played very well defensively."

Borchert finished with 21 points and Max Beyer finished with 10. Colt Carroll scored seven.

For STAA, Alex Powers scored six points and Griffin Knox scored four.

"They didn't give up. It's tough. We're still playing with that inexperience and stuff like that," STAA coach Ric Powers said. "Now and then, you see something good happen, but we talk about movement. Now they're starting to move and pass the ball, but they're forgetting to shoot the ball. It's like, guys, "that's fine, you're moving the ball and you're not turning it over, that's wonderful, but eventually you've got to turn to look to shoot the ball.' That's the problem we've had, trying to build on it."


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