Crivitz Maintains One Game Lead In M&OIssue Date: January 10, 2018
Coleman Hosts Crivitz At Blue-Out Night
The Crivitz Wolverines defeated the Coleman Cougars 74-39 Thursday, but the night was about more than a game, with both teams coming together in support of one community member.
Jerry Zeitler was diagnosed with colon cancer in October of 2016. By the same time in 2017, he was cancer free. Just two months later, however, he was back in the hospital, where doctors discovered he has metastatic liver cancer.
He began chemotherapy treatments last week, and as he begins to battle cancer for the second time, both teams stood with him in his fight. Many in the audience wore blue shirts saying "No one stands alone, we're on your side."
All proceeds from a pre-game meal, concessions, bucket raffles, a 50-50 raffle and t-shirt sales were donated to Zeitler's family. Lee Meyer, who won the 50-50 raffle, even donated over $900 in winnings to the family.
Coleman Coach Glen Ziemer said the idea started with a few phone calls when he had the idea for the blue-out night.
"Those few phone calls turned into an army"an army of people willing to help out in Jerry's fight from the donations to community members asking how they could help out," Ziemer said after the game. "Being a basketball coach, I preach about teamwork daily, and tonight's turnout is the reason why. When you form a team, they are there to support each other no matter what."
"I would like to thank the Crivitz and Coleman School Districts along with the businesses and people who donated so many things and all of you who came out," he said. "It just shows how the small communities kind of come together for a good cause."
Crivitz Coach Brett Meyers, who lost his father and father-in-law to cancer in the past year, said he was happy to be a part of the night.
"It's pretty near and dear to me," he said. "Anything to help a community member"our community or another community"makes a big difference to us and we're just happy that we could be part of such a caring event. These people put together a lot in not a lot of time, so I was happy to be a part of that."
Meyers said that he had conversations with his team about what the game meant, and they immediately wanted to do something to help out.
"Our kids are compassionate kids," he said. "The game is more than just a game. It's about community. It's about compassion for other people and it's really about showing the members of our communities who come to watch us play all the time that we care that they're around and they're here to watch us play. We appreciate that."
Meyers said his team is trying to plan a similar event when Coleman travels to Crivitz on Feb. 13. As for his team's play on the floor, Meyers was pleased.
"We were really happy. We worked on a lot of stuff," he said. "We've got kids that want to play. We've got kids that are hungry to win and our goal is to continue to get better."
The Wolverines got 29 points from sophomore Chloe Gruszynski on 12-21 shooting, with four rebounds, three assists and four steals to boot.
"She's just a great kid, great teammate and great to be around. She leads by example and plays hard," Meyers said.
Every player scored for the Wolverines, with three in double figures. Senior guard Lexi Oyer had 11 points with nine rebounds and seven assists, while sophomore forward Sienna Guns had 11 points with seven boards and five steals.
On Gruszynski, Meyers said, "She's got some kids around her that like to play and are willing to do whatever to make us better and she's finally feeling confident more and more every night. Every coach would beg to have kids like that and I've got eight of them. I've got eight basketball players that all want to play basketball every day. I wouldn't trade my eight for anybody."
Coleman was led by freshman Cameron Compe, who scored the team's first five points and ended with 10. Sophomore Kyle Manning had eight and junior Kailey Klimek got seven for the Cougars, who don't have any seniors on the roster.
"I definitely think there were a lot of nerves that played a part. We're young," Ziemer said, complementing the Wolverines squad, which is now 10-2 on the season. "Crivitz is tough. They've got a great team, a very good program and some very good athletes."
Wolverines Wrangle Win Over Rangers
The Crivitz Wolverine girls are staying at the front of the pack and letting no one unseat them as they took on the home court Wausaukee Rangers Monday night defeating them 51-43.
With a little help from Chloe Gruszynski, who piled up 16 first half points, the Wolverines were able to build a nice lead going into the break 28-22.
The second half saw Crivitz's Diana Guns find her way to some success as she fired in eight points.
Madelyn Schliss did all she could to keep her rangers in the mix, scoring eight first half points and 10 second half points.
Gruszynski was the evenings top performer with 22 points, nine of which came by way of the three pointer. Guns bagged nine on the night while Emalee Johnsen rounded off the top three for the Wolverines with six.
Wausaukee was led by Madelyn Schlies with 18 points, Maddison Renikow with eight and Kaelyn Schlies with five.
Wildcats Slash Cavaliers For Win
The Lena Wildcats got a much needed win lMonday night when they traveled to the court of the St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers who they took down by way of a 56-45 final verdict.
Three Wildcats found their way to six point readouts over the first half. Brianna Sylvester and Ally Demmith worked the paint for six points each while Maddy Herald aired it out for six points off the three ball, helping to lift the Wildcats to a 22-15 halftime lead.
The Wildcats' Sylvester wled the way with 18 and was followed by Demmith with 14. MecKenna Portier posted 11.
STAA's Alexa Prsitelski was the games top perfromer with 24. Teammate Millie Benson followed up with 15 while Halle Beranek got four.
Badgers Cage Cougars
The Niagara Badgers girls basketball squad came away from the high school gym of Coleman with a 50-38 win Monday night.
The Badgers were quick to strike and never looked back as their quick hitting scores found a way to build a 22-14. That eight point lead was made possible due to the efforts of Maddie West and Ki' Eircidy Hannah who combined for 12 of those 223 first half points.
Coleman found a rythmn in the second half when Cameron Come started working the paint. She fired in five free throw shots along with a three to help add up 24 points for the Cougar's second half.
But a superlative effort by West and Cassie Gill over the second half which saw the two combine for 14 second half points, gave the Badgers enough breathing room to hit the cruise control for the 50-38 win.
Gill was the evenings top performer with 13 points. West was next on the list with 11 while Jasmine Racine and Eircidy Hannah both taacked on eight a piece to the total.
Come led the Cougar effort with 112 while Kailey Klimek got nine. Maria Now posted seven on the night.
Thunderhawks Rumble To Win Over Eagles
The Oneida Nation Thunderhawks soared higher than the String Eagles Monday night who then sent crashing to their own court 46-36 in an M&O conference showdown.
This game was a prime example of one team playing till the end while the other believed their lead was comfortable.
Suring took the initial lift towards the lead with a 26 point first half points. Paige Krueger piled up 12 points to help establish that lead while Wylee VanBelliger bolstered it with an additional eight.
Though the Thunderhawks trailed at the break, they wasted no time when they retook the court. After the second half concluded the Oneida Nation girls had fired in 26 points while grounding the Eagles with only t10.
Oneida Nation's M'Kenzey Ackley did a bulk of the leg work in this competition as she let loose a barrage that ended in 20 points, enough for the evenings top scoring honors. She was followed by teammate Sadie Barker with 12 and Malia jacobs with six.
Suring's Kruger though awesome off the block struggled to keep her Eagles aloft ending the second half with only four points. She did however led her team with 16 points. VanBellinger collected 11 on the night while Kylee Stelzer amassed six.
Florence Takes Down Laona/Wabeno
The Florence Bobcats secured a 53-40 victory over the Laona/Wabeno Rebels friday night.
Florence's Jenna Springer led the way with 17 points for the Bobcats while Jordyn Spinger followed up with 12 points.
Badgers Defeat Tough Tigers Crew
The Niagara Lady Badgers came away with a close 39-33 win over the visiting Gillett Tigers Thursday night.
Though the ending was close the badgers looked to establish the lead early and did so with a 19-9 edge going into the locker room. But a fiery attack from the Tigers almost amassed enough to over come that lead as the Tigers outscored the Badgers over the second half 24-20.
Gillett's Taylor Yonker and Willow Pecha shared top scoring honors for the night with 10 points each while teammate Kaitlyn School got six.
Niagara was led by Ki' Ercidy Hannah with nine points. Maddie West with seven dan Jessica Oratch with five.
The Oneida Nation Thunderhawks went wild on their home court when the Wusauskee rangers came to town. After all was said and done and the dust settled the thunder hawks were on top by a landslide 78-42 readout.
Talk about a good start, the Thunderhawks had the best start of the season, tallying up a 46-16 lead at the half. The Thunderhawks' S. Schuman fired in three first half three pointers to help bring her total to 19 points. She contiued the onslaught over the second half to pile up 26 total points on the evening, enough to take the games top scoring honors. Teammate M. Ackley posted 16 points while Tiara Barber got 10.
Though Wausaukee struggled to get things rolling Kaelyn Schlies did put up some good numbers. She ended the night with 17 points to her name while Madelyn Schlies added on eight. Natalie Schroeder got five.
Wildcats Scratch Up Win Over Eagles
The Lena Wildcats took a 42-38 victory over the hosting During Eagles Thursday night.
It was a slow start for During who only managed 10 points over the first half, which the Wildcats easily overcame with a 20 points first half.
During pickedjhp the pace over the second half with 28 points to Lena's 22 but it proved to little to late. That 28 point second half was keyed by Suring's Kylee Stelzer who fired in 16 points in the comeback attempt.
Top scoring honors were shared between Lena's Brianna Sylvester and Suring's Stelzer who both managed to post 16 points on the night.
Lena was also led by Maddy Herald with 10 points and Kaylee Huberty with six.
Following Stelzer on the stat sheets were Paige Krueger with nine points and Stephanie Huth with five.
Florence Powers Past St. Thomas Aquinas
The Florence Bobcats had no issue with taking down the St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers Tuesday night as they shellacked the home court Cavvies 69-46.
Were it not for a out of this world performance by Alexa Pristelski the Cavvies would have found themselves much deeper in the hole than they did. Pristelski would not be denied her game leading 29 point readout. Halle Beranek chipped in nine while Millie Benson got seven.
Florence was led by Cassie Larson with 22 points. Jenna Springer with 10 and Jordyn Springer with eight.
Goodman-Pembine No match for Niagara
The Goodman-Pembine Patriots traveled to Niagara Tuesday night for a showdown with the Badgers, who showed no mercy to the invading forces 49-34.
After one half the Badgers were ahead 26-16. Much of this lead had to do with the efforts of Ki' Ercidy Hannah and Jessica Ortach who combined on the evening to amass 28 points.
The Patriots' Morrison was the evenings top performer though as she added up 19 points while Nelson got six.
Niagara's Hannah led the way with 15. Oratch got 13 while Cassie Gill posted six.
Big First Half Helps Bulldogs Beat Blazers
Peshtigo jumped out to a 25-4 lead against NEW Lutheran Tuesday night, riding a 21-point first half from Emma Frederickson to a 58-46 win at home.
Frederickson had 17 of the team's first 25 points. Peshtigo Coach Bruce Parkovich was understandably pleased with her performance in the game.
"She's very good for us shooting outside right now," he said. "When she's hot, she's hot."
Frederickson hit the offensive backboards early and often and her teammates did a good job setting her up, beating the Blazers' zone with ease.
"They saw the floor very well. I just thought that even in our man, at times, we got the ball inside to Emma," Parkovich said. "It was just a matter of them setting good screens, making good passes and making good decisions."
The Blazers would cut the lead to 32-14 at the half, but they were never able to get back within 10 and make a run at the lead.
There were very few negatives in the Bulldogs' performance, with rebounding being another big positive for the hosts, who got a lot of points on second chance opportunities.
"I thought the kids played hard. Overall it was a good performance," Parkovich said. "We rebounded very well. I think that was a big key to the game, limiting them to only one shot, and at times we got our second and third shots too."
Beyond Frederickson's 24, Shae Tonn had 13 in the second half and 15 for the game and Hannah Swanson got nine.
Afton Wenger was the only Blazer to hit double figures, as she finished with 18. Grace Scholz had nine, including eight in the second half.
Menominee Runs Away From Stephenson
Menominee jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter against Stephenson and never let its foot off the gas in a 57-44 win over the Eagles.
The Maroons took a 31-18 lead into the half and finished the game off strong, led by Erin Barrette and Emma Anderson, who each had 13 points in the win. Emma Hofer gave the team 10 points as well.
Stephenson had the game's leading scorer in Emily Johnson, who had 21 points.
Marines Edge Truckers For First Conference Win
Marinette squeaked out a low-scoring affair against Clintonville on Friday, Jan. 5, winning a 38-37 ballgame.
Marinette needed a strong second half and they got it, trailing 25-22 at the break
Just one player from each team reached double figures, as Clintonville's Elizabeth Weathermax had 11 and Marinette's McKenzie Bebo topped the box score with 17 of her own.
Elly Arndt got nine for the Truckers, and Marinette's next leading scorer was Maddie Schultz with six.
Kewaunee Rallies Past Peshtigo for Two Point Win
The Peshtigo girls were defeated by Kewaunee on Friday, Jan. 5, 47-45, with the Storm getting 24 points from forward Sara Dax.
The six-foot junior had just six points at the half, as the Bulldogs led 28-21, but she exploded for 18 in the second half to help the Storm escape with a win.
6'1" Katie Metzler had eight points in the game, as the Storm's size was eventually enough to put away the Bulldogs, who don't have any player taller than 5'9" on the roster.
Senior guard Shae Tonn led the team in scoring with 13, while senior Hannah Swanson had 10 and senior Madi Martin finished with eight.
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