Bulldogs Stay Hot, Stop Truckers in Straight Sets

Peshtigo took straight sets over Clintonville on Tuesday heading into an undefeated Packerland Conference showdown with Sevastopol on Thursday.
Peshtigo took the sets 25-21, 25-19, and 25-18. The Truckers hung around, but it seemed that every time they’d cut the lead to four or five points, Peshtigo stood firm.
Peshtigo coach Jenny Martin said her team was in control for most of the game, but she’d like to see them remain aggressive in moments where they can blow a game open.
“I think some of that is just some small mental errors where we need to not lose concentration in the games and just keep pushing forward,” Martin said. “Keep your foot on the gas and keep pushing ahead so we have more dominant wins. That’s what we would like to start to see.”
Allison Peters led the team with 15 kills. Bethany Ahrens had nine and Akira Smalls added six. It seemed that the Bulldogs had an easy time finding their spots on the attack on Tuesday.
“We spend a lot of time place-hitting. We have locations that we’re intentionally trying to hit every single time,” Martin said. “When we come into timeouts, we talk about what’s open, what’s available. We’ll get an idea of what the other team is going to do based on previous experiences with them, and we’ll start to pick apart those things.”
Peshtigo was without its starting setter in the game. Bethany Ahrens and Avery Kehoe stepped in to provide the assists, getting 20 and 16, respectively,
“I think that we had a good opportunity to show what we have,” Martin said. “We’ve had to make adjustments on the fly in games, and we’ve won the games, because the girls have proven that they can play multiple positions, they’re very versatile, and they have each other’s backs. When it comes down to it, they have to be a team and they have to be good sports, and that’s what they’ve been doing. They work hard for each other.”
Rylie Ellie contributed 21 digs. Akira Smalls and Peters had 18 and 17 digs, respectively. Smalls also led the team in aces, with five.
Camryn Brissette had two blocks and Maysen Brissette had 2.5.
Peshtigo is undefeated in Packerland play, with fellow undefeated Sevastopol coming to Peshtigo on Thursday night. The match starts at 7 p.m. at the high school.
Freedom Overcomes
Marinette in Four Set

A scrappy Marinette volleyball team took one hard-fought set from Freedom on Thursday but fell in four sets.
After a set one win, Freedom was dominant in the second set, winning 25-12. Marinette responded well in set three, however.
Marinette came out swinging to take an 8-5 lead. They led by three until it was 12-9, when the Irish went on a run to cut the lead to 13-12.
Freedom tied the game at 17-17 before Marinette took over for good. They took the next point to lead 18-17, then pushed to a 23-19 lead on a Peyton Berman ace that hit the tape but dropped in.
Marinette finished the set off 25-22, but Freedom won the fourth set 25-14.
Marinette coach Tayah Hampton was happy with her team’s attitude and the way the team culture has progressed this season.
“It was really awesome to see, even from game one,” she said. “We never come out with a losing mentality, but it’s always ‘what are the small goals?’ And today’s small goals were going into defense right away because they’re fast hitters.”
Hampton said that in talking to the Freedom coaches, they even noted the Marines’ improvement over the last year.
“It’s awesome to hear them say ‘This isn’t the same Marinette team we saw last year.’ That’s huge, huge, huge for the girls to hear, and even the parents and supporters to hear because the progress is there, but it may not be in ways that the naked eye can see,” Hampton said. “We’ve just worked really, really hard at the culture the past two years. It’s just been a really big blessing to see these girls grow, and sometimes I don’t think they see it or notice it all the time.”
Maroons Beaten by
Eagles in Fight
5 Set Match

After two hard-fought set wins to start its match against Stephenson on Tuesday, the Menominee Maroons found themselves a bit out of gas, losing in five sets.
Menominee narrowly won the first set. With the score at a 22-22 tie, Menominee’s Faith Herbert got an ace to give her team the lead. Two points later, Piper Monroe put the final point on the board with a kill.
Stephenson came out hot in set two, taking the first six points before a Menominee timeout to cool the Maroons’ nerves.
Menominee got on the board with the next point, then started to make a bit of a comeback. They cut the score to 8-10 on a missed serve by Stephenson, but the Eagles would retain that narrow lead until the score was 22-23, when a Maroon block tied the game.
Stephenson moved within a point of the win, but a service error again tied it, and Menominee scored the next two points to win, 26-24.
Menominee looked like it was going to put the match to bed in three sets, coming out with seven straight points to start the third set. Stephenson, however, would take 11 of the next 14 points and lead 11-10. Just 12 points later, they led 20-13, and eventually won the set 25-16.
The fourth set was all Stephenson, 25-13, setting up a race to 15 in the final set.
The Maroons’ losses in the third and fourth sets were disappointing after how good they were in sets one and two.
“Off that comeback, I thought they were going to be riding high into game three and just the opposite happened. It took a lot out of them,” Menominee coach Sarah Betzinger said.
After a couple of sluggish sets, the Maroons looked up for a battle in the fifth set. The two teams traded points. Stephenson led 6-4, but a couple of sideouts and a kill by Jade Jasenovsky made it 7-6 Maroons.
Stephenson tied it at seven, but again Menominee led after a kill by Hanna Drifka.
Menominee led 13-12 after an ace by Haley Bouty, but Stephenson got the next two points for match point. A set into the net tied the game at 14, but the Eagles won the next two points to take the match, 16-14.
“I’m proud of them for regrouping in that fifth game and coming back and fighting as hard as they did, but it shouldn’t have gotten to a fifth game,” Betzinger said.
The Maroons may have lost in heart-breaking fashion, but Betzinger was happy with some of the things she saw from her team.
“The majority of it was some of the best they’ve played yet this season,” she said. Stephenson is a good team. You’ve absolutely got to give them credit where credit is due as well. It was a battle where anybody could have come out on top tonight.”
Gillett Wins in
Three Over STAA

Gillett was a three-set winner over Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy on Thursday.
The Tigers won 25-7, 25-9, and 25-12.
STAA’s Kate Peters led the team with seven digs and two kills.
Oconto Falls Drops
Match to Freedom

The Oconto Falls Panthers Battled the Freedom Irish over five sets but fell 15-9 in the final set.
Freedom took a first set win 25-14 before Oconto Falls clawed back in the second with an extended 29-27 fight. The Irish survived the Panthers 26-24 in the third before Oconto Falls took their second win 25-23 in the fourth.
Faith Christian
Defeats STAA

The St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers  were taken down by the Faith Christian Crusaders 25-11, 25-9, 25-17 behind some deep hard serves.
Kate Peters had 4 kills, Emily Peters had 3 kills for St. Thomas.  Kate Peters also had 8 digs for us.  
Survives Elcho Over
Four Sets

The Goodman- Pembine Patriots took a win over Elcho Tuesday evening winning two straight sets 25-20 and 25-20 before falling in the third set 25-22. The final set saw the Patriots victorious 25-21.
“The girls really played well tonight,” said Goodman-Pembine head coach John Swick. “Both teams produced several very long rallies that made for some exciting volleyball. Ou ball handling was much improved and that allowed for five different players to record multiple kills. Rebecca Strietzel had a very strong all around night with several key plays at the net. Minna Yang led the way with 8 kills followed by Lauryn Dwight with 7 kills and four aces. Jolie Seidel added another 5 kills and some great defense.”
Bulldogs Battle
Back for Win Over
Southern Door

After a loss in the first set against Southern Door, the Peshtigo Bulldogs responded to win the next three sets and get an important conference win.
The Eagles took set one 25-18, but Peshtigo won 25-20 in set three and 25-22 in both the third and fourth sets.
Allison Peters had 12 kills, 16 digs, three blocks, and two assists. Akira Smalls had nine kills and 15 digs. Maysen Brissette and Bethany Ahrens had 3.5 and three kills, respectively. Ahrens had six kills.
Jaci Tonn’s 19 assists led the team. She had five kills and 10 digs. Rylie Ellie had a team-high 27 digs.
Panthers Finish Fourth
at Pulaskii Invite

Oconto Falls took fourth place in the Pulaski Invite over the weekend.
Oconto Falls went 2-1 in pool play with their only loss being to the eventual tournament champions from Kewaskum.   
Oconto Falls lost to Seymour in three sets in the semifinal round of the gold bracket. After the Panthers won the first set 25-19, Seymour won 27-25 in set two. Seymour jumped out with a lead in the third set. Oconto Falls battled back but fell short, 15-10.
Grace Molitor and Morgan Moynihan had five and four aces, respectively. Amber Otto had nine kills and Tess Maggio had five.
Hanna Krejcarek got 12 assists. Kyndra Staidl and Krejcarek each got nine digs.
In pool play, Kewaskum beat the Panthers 25-21 and 25-17. Brailyn St. Louis had seven kills to lead the team. Krejcarek got eight assists, Madison Uelman had eight digs, and both Morgan Kluth and Molitor had two total blocks.
The Panthers beat West De Pere 25-14 and 25-19. Keira Cole and Otto each had four kills. Moynihan had nine assists. Otto got 11 digs and Molitor had two total blocks.
Oconto Falls was a 25-14, 25-21 winner against NEW Lutheran. Cole, St. Louis, and Otto each had four kills. Moynihan and Staidl had 10 digs apiece. Krejcarek got seven assists.
Seymour ended up losing in three to Kewaskum in the championship game.
Oconto Falls then lost to Kiel the next match to finish fourth.  Oconto Falls and Kiel was another great match, with OF losing 25-23 and 25-22.  
“The Oconto Falls volleyball team either wins or learns each match,” OF coach Rochell Otto said. “Today we won a couple matches and also took away some lessons that will make us better in the future.”
Wolverines Knock
Down Rangers

The Crivitz Varsity Volleyball Team picked up an M&O Conference victory on Tuesday night as they defeated Wausaukee in straight sets (25-23, 25-14, 25-14) on parents’ night to improve to 5-2 in the conference.
Coleman Takes
Win Over Oneida

Katie Knox had 16 kills to lead Coleman past Oneida in three sets on Thursday.
Coleman won the sets 25-19, 25-18, and 25-18. Knox also had a team-high three aces.
Aliyah Breuninger had a team-high 12 assists. Cameron Zeitler and Sylvia Fochesato had six attack kills each.
Wolverines Battle
Wildcats for Win

The Crivitz volleyball team continued its winning ways on Thursday with a conference win over Lena 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-22, 25-16).
The Wolverines are 6-2 in conference play and 8-3 overall.
Eagles Cruise
Past Rangers for
Conference Win

Suring defeated Wausaukee in four sets on Thursday behind 16 kills from Christine Sleeter.
Sleeter led all players with 16 attack kills, also adding two block kills, seven assists, three service aces, and three digs.
The Rangers won the first set 25-22, but Suring then took the next three sets, 25-20, 25-13, and 25-23.
MaShya Seefeldt had a Suring-best 12 assists. MaKenzie Chesterfield had nine attack kills, and Bailey Stuart had seven digs. Trinity Remic had five aces. Suring had 17 service aces in the game.
For Wausaukee, Melody Schaal had a team-high 13 digs, Rachel Schlies had 13 kills, and Nellie Dunlap got 22 assists. Lydia Schaal contributed eight kills as well.
The Rangers had 12 service aces, including three from each Lydia Schaal and Melody Schaal.
Blue Devils Suffer
Loss To Sturgeon Bay

Oconto fell to Sturgeon Bay in four sets on Thursday night. The Blue Devils were dominant in the second set, but couldn’t snag a win in any of the other three sets.
They were beaten 25-21 in the first set before a 25-13 win in the second. They lost a close one, 25-22, in the third before Sturgeon Bay ran away with a 25-12 win in the fourth set.
Kate Bahrke had 25 assists, 10 digs, and three aces, Kyanne Wusterbarth had seven kills, 13 digs, and three aces, and Rylie Shallow had 18 digs.
The trio of Lauren McDowell, Anna VandenLangenberg, and Lexi Anderson combined for 17 kills and eight total blocks.
Takes Loss to
Three Lakes

Three Lakes beat Goodman-Pembine in three sets on a difficult night for the Patriot offense.
The Blue Jays beat the Patriots 25-9 in the first set, then 25-12 in set two and 25-18 in the final set.
“We came out with a lot of nerves and never could recover,” G-P coach John Swick said. “Ball-handling was an issue for us all night and we struggled to generate any offense. Three Lakes controlled the ball much better and kept our defense off balance with a strong hitting performance.”
Jolie Seidel had four digs, Sammi Swick had four assists, and both Hailey Moore and Sammi Swick had three aces.
“Jolie Seidel turned in a gutsy performance, going to the floor several times to dig balls on the court and chasing down balls off the court as well,” coach Swick said.
Panthers Pounce on
Vikings for Win

Oconto Falls held off a resilient Denmark team in volleyball action on Thursday evening.
The Panthers won the match in three sets, but none of them were a cakewalk. The first set finished 25-23. The Panthers won 25-22 in set two and 25-22 in set three.
The Panthers had 10 aces, with three from Kyndra Staidl. She and Hanna Krejcarek, who had two aces, each got 10 points off serves.
Amber Otto led Oconto Falls with 11 kills. Brailyn St. Louis had nine kills, Grace Molitor had six, and Morgan Kluth came in fifth.
Krejcarek and Morgan Moynihan had 20 and 12 assists, respectively. Madison Uelman got 17 digs.
Tess Maggio and Morgan Kluth had two total blocks each.
Crivitz Sweeps
Oneida in Three Sets

Crivitz allowed Oneida Nation to take just 32 points over the course of three volleyball sets on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines won the first set 25-16, and then the next two sets 25-8.
Senya Caine led the way with eight kills. Kylie Chilcote had seven.
Crivitz had 19 aces as a team, with six by Taryn Tracy and five by Hailee Gyger.
Gyger’s 22 assists were a Wolverine-best.
Badgers Rout Rangers
in Straight Sets

Niagara continues to dominate M&O Conference competition, beating Wausaukee in three sets on Tuesday night.
The Badgers won 25-16 in set one, then 25-11 in each of the next two.
“We played a young Wausaukee team, but they always give us their best effort. My team did some great things tonight, capitalizing on the overpasses and working to keep the ball alive,” Niagara coach Carol St. Arnauld said. “Our team has a strong frontline, we need to consistently get the pass to our setter and good things will happen. We will take this conference win and continue to build our program.”
Niagara’s Mallory Sanicki and Emma Brasure each had eight kills, and Erin Lukowski had seven. Lukowski’s five digs and three aces were both team-highs.
Morgan Borchardt had a block and 20 assists.
Wausaukee’s Nellie Dunlap led the team with seven aces and five kills. Rachel Schlies, Lydia Schaal, and Melody Schaal each had seven digs.
Lydia Schaal had two aces.



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