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Area Teams Bow Out in Regional Action

Issue Date: March 11, 2022

Area Boys Basketball

Bulldogs Knocked Out

of Tourney by Wrightstown


Peshtigo suffered a 53-48 loss to 11th-seeded Wrightstown on Friday in the second round of Division 3 regionals.

The Bulldogs had a first-round bye, while Wrightstown pulled off an upset over No. 6 Menominee Indian by a 31-point margin in the first round. The Tigers doubled down with another upset of No. 3 Peshtigo, led by tough interior defense.

Wrightstown came into the game with an 8-17 record, including a 5-13 record in North Eastern Conference play, though the NEC is a tough conference with some really good basketball teams.

The Tigers showed off their defensive prowess early. Ten minutes into the game, the two teams had combined for just five points.

"Early on, Wrightstown did a good job of clogging the paint and making us shoot outside shots," Peshtigo coach Jason Boucher said. "Most of the first half, our guards weren't ready to shoot, and when they were, they were taking off-balance shots." The Bulldog's shooting struggles played a big factor in the loss.

Peshtigo ended the game 17-51 (33 percent) from the field and 5-26 (19 percent) from 3-point range.

Wrightstown took a 23-18 lead on a bucket seconds before halftime.

With about eight minutes to play, the Bulldogs would take a lead, 37-36, but the Tigers answered the call with two huge possessions immediately following that momentum swing.

The next time down the floor, Wrightstown drained a 3-pointer and drew a foul, converting the four-point play. Peshtigo turned the ball over, then got caught through the back door for another and-one bucket. Those seven points gave the Tigers a six-point lead.

Peshtigo came back to tie the game under four minutes to play, and trailed by two with about 45 seconds to go, but Wrightstown made their free throws and found a deep inbounds pass for a basket to help secure the win.

"It's been our motto all year, our kids play so hard. Wrightstown just made some more plays at the end," Boucher said.

Wrightstown went 19-46 from the field (41 percent) and 5-18 (27 percent) from 3 point in the game, led by 16 from Jack Hermann on 6-8 shooting.

Peshtigo's top scorer was Landon Lemke, who scored 12. Kaine Fort, Christian Boyle, and Mauz Salem each scored eight.

Collin Engman led the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds and scored four points. Jacob Berth scored five and Will McMahon scored three.

Eight seniors will graduate from the Bulldog program this year: Boyle, Salem, Adam Reiswitz, Berth, Darius Sechen, Will Boettcher, Lemke, and Engman.

"Not the way we wanted to go out after a great year, but that's basketball," Boucher said. "We had a heck of a year. We won the conference and went 19-5. Not the way you wanted to go out, but I'm so proud of those eight seniors, not only what they did this year, but what they did for the program. They left it in pretty good hands."



Cougars Suffer Upset

Loss to Shiocton 75-60


Coleman's M&O Conference title-winning season ended with a 75-60 upset loss to Shiocton in the second round of regionals on Friday.

Coleman came into the game 19-4 overall, having tied Crivitz for the M&O title with a 15-1 conference record.

That earned Coleman a No. 2 seed in Division 4, while Shiocton was a No. 7 seed.

When they met Shiocton on Dec. 4, the Cougars won 63-58, holding the Chiefs to 22-54 shooting, despite Dawson Schmidt going 14-25 from the field and scoring 35 points.

On Friday, the Cougars had a gameplan in place for Schmidt, especially early. He scored just five points in the first half, and Coleman came out hot.

The Cougars took a 17-9 lead early, with Noah Nosgovitz hitting a triple to extend the lead to eight. Coleman led until there was just 2:34 left in the first half, when Jacob Klitzke hit a 3-pointer, his third of the half, to give the Chiefs a 26-24 advantage. That lead would remain until halftime.

Coleman held Schmidt to just 7-23 shooting and 22 points, but the rest of the Shiocton team picked up the slack, especially Kiltzke.

He scored 21 points, making seven 3-pointers.

In the second half, Dawson Schmidt also came alive, scoring 17 of his 22.

Bennett Schmidt scored eight of his 12 in the second half, and Bennett Wilcox had nine of his 12.

"We lost it on the defensive side," Coleman coach Jeff Bronson said. "We talked all week about the danger of over-helping, and how well as a team they shoot, regardless of if it's [Dawson Schmidt], [Wilcox], and then we pointed out [Klitzke]. Every time we over-helped, the ball found the open guy, and they hit a three on us. It's my job to get us ready, and I didn't do a good job tonight in terms of closing out ?? back to the drawing board on that."

Coleman initially took a 29-28 lead on a 3-pointer early in the second half, and the Cougars played Shiocton tough for almost the entire 18 minutes. The 15-point gap in the final score isn't really indicative of how the game went.

The Cougars took a 49-47 lead with an and-one bucket by Nosgovitz late. That would be the Cougars' final lead, as Shiocton went on a 7-0 run following that and-one. Leading 60-57, the Chiefs went on a 18-3 run to end the game.

Nosgovitz scored 18 points to lead the Cougars, going 6-15 from the field. He also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Logan Kurth was 4-10 for 13 points, and Tieg Sadowski added eight. Sadowski and Joe Olsen had three assists apiece to lead the Cougars.

"You could tell we got frustrated again. It started in the first half, where we did very well basically up until the last three minutes of the first. We played really good basketball, then all of the sudden we started forcing, we stopped running the offense, and they took the lead because of that. It kind of snowballed out of there," Bronson said. "But kudos to them. They played very well, and their lineup gave us fits because we couldn't play our bigs. We're going to have to find a way to adjust going forward. Shiocton had a good gameplan, and they definitely shot the lights out tonight."

With the end of its season, Coleman bids farewell to Nosgovitz, Sadowski, Eli Zablocki, Liam Zeitler, and Alex Rennie.

That's a lot of production to replace, as the Cougars will need to replace three of their four top scorers in Nosgovitz (14.3 PPG), Sadowski (8.4 PPG), and Zablocki (8.2 PPG), and 40.1 PPG among the five seniors.



Wolverines Get Set Down

by St. Mary Catholic


Crivitz couldn't pull off an upset over Saint Mary Catholic on Friday, bringing the Wolverines' season to an end at 18-7.

The sixth-seeded Wolverines stood up to No. 3 Saint Mary Catholic in the first half, trailing just 30-25 at the break. The pace picked up in the second half, and the Zephyrs scored 44 points to come away with a 74-60 win.

Cole Uhlenbrauck went 9-15 from the field and finished with a game-high 26 for the Zephyrs, which went on to win the regional with a 95-69 demolition of No. 7 Shiocton in the final.

Tegan Werner put in 14 for Crivitz, Seth Sellen scored 12, and Sean Christiansen scored 11. Jackson Flowers added nine.

The good news for Wolverines fans is they don't have a single senior on this year's roster. They're very junior-heavy, with eight currently on the roster.

They're primed for another M&O Conference title run again next year after going 15-1 this season, tying Coleman for the title. The Cougars will lose six players to graduation.



Tigers Take Down

Top Seeded Rebels


Gillett pulled off one of the upsets of regionals on Friday, beating top-seeded Wabeno/Laona by a 58-51 score in the second round.

The Tigers were one of two nine seeds to beat top seeds in Division 5, as No. 9 Barneveld also beat Faith Christian. Eight seed McDonell Catholic beat No. 1 Clear Lake as well.

Wabeno/Laona came into the game on a two-game losing streak after winning 19 of their first 23. Gillett extended that streak to three games with a great defensive performance.

The Rebels' Connor Taylor averaged 26 points per game this season, but the Tigers held him to 16 on Friday, going 6-13 from the field. Carter Janesch scored 11, Adam Seeber had nine, Reed Christianson scored eight, and Hunter Cronauer got seven. Those five players were the only five to score any points for the Rebels.

Gillett also had only five players score, but four of them reached double figures. Jesse DeBauch went 4-10 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line and scored a team-high 15, Ben Matczak and Austin VandeCorput scored 12 apiece, Jack Baer had 10, and Aydin Frani scored nine.

The 3-point line was the Tigers' friend, as they went 10-20 from behind the arc. VandeCorput scored all 12 of his points from deep, while Franti, Matczak, and DeBauch made two deep balls each.

The Rebels were 2-11 from downtown.

Franti led Gillett with four assists and two steals. Matczak's six rebounds were a team-high.



Florence Advances to

Regional Final Over Lena


Florence advanced to the Division 5 regional final with a 62-25 win over Lena on Friday.

Evan Johnson's 17 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists all led the Bobcats.

Patrick Milan, Dominic DeMuri, and Logan Schuls scored eight points each. Tyler Novak and William Kelley scored seven apiece.

The loss will see the departure of four Lena seniors, including leading scorer Max Beyer, who averaged better than 20 points per game this season.

He scored 30 points or more on six occasions, including a 40-point game against Oneida Nation on Jan. 7 and a 39-point outburst to beat Niagara in the regular season finale.

Before the loss to Florence, he had averaged 31 points per game in the previous six games.

Logan Shallow, Bladyn Anderson, and Lane Whiting all graduate this spring as well.

Shallow averaged 12 points per game this season and Anderson was the team's third-leading scorer with just over four per night.

Whiting's best nights came against Niagara on Feb. 24 and Bowler on March 1, as he scored eight points in each game. He had a season-best 13 rebounds against Bowler.



Patriots Fall to

Vikings in Regional


Goodman/Pembine's season ended with a 14-7 overall record after the Patriots fell to Gibraltar in the second round of regionals on Friday.

The Patriots were a four seed in Division 5, while Gibraltar was a five seed, and both teams came into the game after wins of 41 or more in the first round.

Boone Larison scored 15 points to lead the Patriots, and Sam Lindenberg had 15 to pace the Vikings.

G/P also got nine points each from Landon Kalkofen, Ryan Erickson, and Ryan Ehlert.

Gibraltar led 33-20 at halftime. Will Friedenfels scored 12, Trevor Ash had 11, and Victor Jauregui got nine.

The Patriots will have to replace a lot of production next year, as Jacob Kessel, Kevin Strietzel, Ethan Roff, Kalkofen, Larison, Owen Wysocki, Nathan Balcerzak, and Erik Kalkofen are all seniors.



Vikings Sink Tigers in

Regional Final 81-51


The Gibraltar Vikings knocked down over 50 percent of their field goals in an 81-51 regional win over Gillett on Saturday.

Gillett, a nine seed in the Division 5 bracket, was coming off an upset win over No. 1 Wabeno/Laona the night before, 58-51.

The fifth-seeded Vikings proved to be a much bigger offensive threat than the top-seeded rebels. They were 32-60 from the field (53.3 percent) and 12-13 (92.3 percent) on free throws, compared to Gillett's 19-51 (37.3 percent) from the field.

The Vikings also out-rebounded the Tigers 40-16, led by Trevor Ash and his 15 boards. He had 18 points on 9-16 shooting as well. SAm Lindenberg's 26 points paced Gibraltar.

Aydin Franti scored 16 points on 6-11 shooting, along with 3-4 from the free throw line, to lead Gillett. Jack Baer scored nine and Austin VandeCorput had eight. Ben Matczak scored seven.

Baer, Devin Waranaka, and Thayne Bjelland graduate from the ranks this year for Gillett, but the Tigers will be looking forward to the future. Their top four scorers consist of two sophomores (Matczak and Franti), one junior (VandeCorput) and one freshman (DeBauch).



Bobcats Bounced from

Tourney By Three Lakes


Florence fell to Three Lakes in the Division 5 regional final on Monday night, bringing an end to the basketball season for every team in the Marinette, Oconto, and Florence county area.

The Bobcats were the last time standing, with their regional final pushed back to Monday from its original date on Saturday.

The second-seeded Bobcats were tasked with a matchup against Three Lakes, seeded third. The two teams split their regular season matchups, with the home game winning each time.

Evan Johnson scored 16 points to lead Florence. William Kelley and Logan Schuls each scored 10, and Patrick Milan got eight.

Florence finished the season with a 19-6 record.

Milan, Cole Sweig, and Tyler Novak all graduate this season. Milan was the team's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season, but the Bobcats will return four players next season that averaged nine or more points per night in 2021-22.


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