Crivitz Cruises To M&O Conference Title

The Crivitz boys’ basketball victory tour continued Monday with a 74-58 Wolverine win against Gillett.
It wasn’t domination from the start for the Wolverines, as Gillett hung around early. But sitting at a 13-11 lead, Crivitz reeled off 10 straight points to take a 23-11 lead. At halftime, it was 36-23.
Gillett kept battling into the second half. Tyler Frank scored to cut the lead down to seven, 42-35, but it crept back up to 11 on baskets from Cashton Mertens and Jackson Flowers.
A little run just over halfway through the second saw Crivitz extend the lead to 18, 63-45. The largest it got was 22 before finishing at 16.
Sean Christiansen’s 21 points led all scorers, Brady Tadisch scored 20, and Flowers scored 17. Tegan Werner chipped in eight.
The Tigers’ leading scorer was Ben Matczak, who hit five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points. Jesse DeBauch added 11 and Austin VandeCorput scored 13.
Despite the loss, tournament preparation doesn’t get much better than seeing one of the area’s best teams just before the end of the season.
“The boys did great. They really did great,” coach Brad Herzog, who was filling in for coach Russ Young for the night, said. “Their heads are up, not as high as we’d like them to be, but to play this good of a game at the end of the season going into the tournament, that prepares them for what’s coming next.”
Gillett is a No. 3 seed in Division 5. The Tigers (14-9 overall, 10-5 M&O Conference) host No. 14 White Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but first they put a bow on the regular season with a home game against Suring (4-11 M&O) on Thursday night.
For Crivitz, getting to briefly take in Monday’s win from the action was senior Dillan Gehm, a three-year starter for the Wolverines who has missed this season.
“Just to have Dillan on the floor one more time, he’s put a lot of time into basketball over the years,” Crivitz coach Jeff Baumann said. “He was very hurt that he couldn’t play this year, so just to get him on the floor for one play, that was cool.”
It’s been a special season across the board. The senior-heavy Wolverines have beaten every team they’ve seen, with the exception of a six-point loss to Packerland Conference champions Southern Door. “We have a good group with lots of milestones this year individually and team wise,” said Baumann.
With 21 wins now, they have also set a school record for victories, although having a longer season now than in years past has contributed to that.
“It’s got to be a school record in a season, just because moving to a 24-game schedule and it always used to be 20,” Baumann said. “They’ve done a lot of good things, and hopefully we can get back to normalcy next week and get ready for the tournament.” “We are pretty deep and its been a big advantage for us to rotate so many guys,” said Baumann. This whole group of seniors, its been a terrific group, they put in so much gtime in basketball. They’ve been a joy to coach.”
With sole possession of the M&O Conference title already wrapped up, the Wolverines took care of business again on Monday. They’ll finish the regular season at Wausaukee (5-10) on Thursday with a chance to conclude a perfect 16-0 M&O schedule.
Crivitz is a No. 2 seed in Division 4, across the bracket from No. 1 Saint Mary Catholic. The Wolverines await the winner of No. 7 Coleman or No. 10 Algoma, which will be played on Tuesday.
“Personally I’d prefer Coleman because we’ve played them so many times that we know what we’re looking at but it doesn’t really matter to me,” Tadisch said. “We’re still going to play whoever we have to play.”
Whichever team it is when Crivitz plays its playoff opener on March 3, the boys will be ready.
“We’re just hoping to make a run,” Mertens said. “It will be cool to see Coleman in the playoffs, but we’re just hoping to make a run at the end of the day.”

Blue Devils Nip
Bulldogs 66-64

Peshtigo’s late-season Packerland Conference slide continued with a 66-64 loss to Oconto on Monday, as Peshtigo dropped to 11-5 to finish the season.
It was a tale of two halves, the first lacking defense with the second half higher in intensity.
Peshtigo led 44-35 early late in the first half before Oconto scored six straight, cutting the lead to 44-41 at the intermission.
“We got lackadaisical, took some bad shots on offense and didn’t get back on defense,” Peshtigo coach Jason Boucher said. “We gave them six straight points to end the half and they cut it to 44-41.”
In the second half, Peshtigo built up a bit of a lead, but once again, Oconto came back and gained the advantage.
Trailing by two for the final possession, the Bulldogs didn’t get a shot off and the Blue Devils got the win.
“I think we were lacking connection on defense and closing out on the shooters early. We were ball-watching and closing out late in the first half,” Oconto coach Antowan Epps said. “The second half we had to lock that up and not give up so many long runs. We just had to make an adjustment because guys were on fire, knocking on shots.”
The other big adjustment Oconto had to make was locking down Kaine Fort. The Peshtigo center scored 21 points in the first half, but he was held to seven in the second.
Mason Doberstein scored 13 and Kavin Kleikamp scored eight for Peshtigo.
On the other side, Kadin Baxter scored 22, Dominik Baxter scored 15, and Carter Koch finished with 10. Cooper Campshure and Jackson Martin scored eight and seven, respectively.
A big part of the Blue Devils’ success offensively was in transition..
“I don’t know how many free layups we gave them. Even when we scored, they would just throw the ball in, a couple passes up, and we’re just jogging back,” Boucher said. “We’ve got to get better at sprinting back on defense, even if we make a shot or we don’t.”
On the flip side, it was a point of emphasis for Epps as he prepared for this game. Last time the teams played, Oconto lost 72-61 while scoring just 12 points on the break, Epps said.
“I preached that for this game, to try and run the floor and get those easy buckets so we’re not trying to fight every possession,” he said. “Try to get as many easy buckets as we can so maybe toward the end of the game, we’re a little ahead based on those easy baskets.”
The loss was Peshtigo’s third straight to finish conference play after an 11-2 start.
The Bulldogs ended the regular season at 17-7 and will face Oconto Falls at home in regional action on Tuesday. First tip against the 3-20 Panthers is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Oconto has one more regular season game on Thursday, when the Blue Devils host Sevastopol for senior night and Suicide Awareness Night. First tip is at 7:30 p.m.
Then they host Mishicot on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the start of Division 4 regional action. Oconto is a No. 5 seed and Mishicot is a No. 12.

Maroons Outdistance
Braves in GNC Play

Menominee put the clamps on Gladstone in a 57-37 Great Northern Conference win on Friday.
The Braves were riding high after a 55-47 win over Negaunee, the UP’s second-ranked team in Divisions 1-3.
Trevor Theuerkauf scored eight of his game-leading 21 points in the first quarter to help his team out to a 17-14 lead after one. Connor Coduti and Theuerkauf scored five and six in the second to see Menominee to a 33-24 lead at the break.
In the second half, Gladstone scored just 13 points while Menominee kept things going. Coduti hit a trio of 3-pointers as the Maroons pushed their lead to 50-31.
Luke Bracket’s seven points led the Braves.
“To be able to hold a good team to 13 points in the second half is a testament to the growth these guys have shown on the defensive end,” Menominee coach Sam Larson said.
Of Theuerkauf’s 21 points, 19 came through three quarters. Coduti scored all of his 14 in the first three periods.
“Connor attacked the rim really well,” Larson said. “Trevor had a great night again for us. He is so multi-dimensional as a playmaker it is tough for teams to stop all parts of his game.”
After a tough stretch that saw the Maroons lose seven of eight, they’ve now won three straight going into Monday’s matchup with GNC leaders Kingsford.
“I think we’re getting to a place where our energy level is consistently high in practices and games,” Larson said. “That’s the expectation, but in reality that doesn’t happen with a lot of high school teams. I think we’re starting to understand the amount of effort you have to put on to win games.”

Badgers Beat Up
On Eagles 81-35

Niagara posted their largest margin of victory all season in an 81-35 win over Suring on Thursday night.
The Badgers saw five players score at least nine points and 10 get their name in the scoresheet in the game.
By halftime, they led 46-20. Tommy Martin scored 11 of his game-high 19 in the first half, and both Ed Swanson and Blake Holmes scored nine of their 13 before the break.
Cameron Schiefelbein and Dante Stachowicz each finished with nine points and Aiden Colenso scored seven.
Suring’s scoring leader was Cody Shrank with nine points. Donny Otradovec and Trent Thomason scored six each.

Cavaliers Fall to Patriots
in Non-Conference

Ryan Erickson scored 25 points as the Goodman-Pembine Patriots beat Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy in non-conference play on Thursday.
Erickson was joined by Lucas Barribeau (14) and Ryan Ehlert (10) in double figures. The Patriots trailed 26-19 at halftime but scored 40 points to double up the Cavaliers in the second half.
STAA’s leaders were Teagan Anderson with 14 points and Ethan Braley with 10. Caleb Duvall and Henry Piasecki scored six each.

High Scoring Vikings
Pull Away From

Denmark put on an offensive clinic in an 89-60 win over Oconto Falls on Friday night.
The Vikings got 21 points from Jack Dewar. Four players finished in double figures.
The Panthers’ Caden Birr scored a game-best 22 points. Alex Haines added 11 and Jameson Beaman added 10.

Rangers Rout
Wildcats 64-47

Wausaukee’s duo of Layne Rowley and Connor Schroeder combined for 40 points as the Rangers beat Lena 64-47 on Thursday.
Rowley scored 24 points and Schroeder finished with 16. Dustin Lang chipped in nine as well.
Lena’s Reed Hosking scored 28 points to pace the Wildcats. Anthony Seefeldt and Logan Graef each scored six.

Thunderhawks Rally
Past Tigers 56-46

Ethan Danforth’s 24 points helped Oneida Nation past Gillett on Thursday and guaranteed the Thunderhawks at least a .500 M&O Conference season.
Danforth scored 20 of his 24 in the second half after Gillett led 27-22 at the break.
The Tigers’ leading scorer was Jesse DeBauch. All 13 of his points were scored in the first half.
Austin VandeCorput scored 10 and Tyler Frank finished with 11.
Gillett fell to 10-4 in M&O play with the defeat, putting a dent in their hopes of finishing second in the conference.

Blazers Beat Bulldogs
in Packerland Matchup

For the second time this season, the NEW Lutheran Blazers got the better of Peshtigo on Friday, 65-52.
Things were tight in the first half, with NEW holding a slender 27-23 advantage at the halftime break.
In the second half, NEW would score 38 points to Peshtigo’s 29, led by Jack Henschel and Tristan Lynch.
Lynch scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. He made 12 of 14 free throw attempts in the game. Henschel scored 12 of his 18 in the second half.
Peshtigo got 15 points from Kaine Fort and 10 from Grant Bauman. Mason Doberstein, Kavin Kleikamp, and Will McMahon scored nine, eight, and seven, respectively.
NEW also beat Peshtigo on Jan. 13 by a 69-61 score.

Blue Devils Swept
Away by Storm

An impressive offensive display, especially in the first half, saw Kewaunee put away Oconto 81-58 on Thursday night and stay in the Packerland Conference title hunt.
The Storm brewed up a 49-point first half, with eight different players scoring. Thomas Stangel was tops among them with 14 in the first half. He finished with a game-best 24 points.
Kadin Baxter scored 18 points to lead the Oconto effort. Cooper Campshure scored 13 and Jackson Martin finished with 11.

Cavaliers Cage
Wildcats 62-42

Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy strolled into Lena and came away with a 62-42 win on Monday as the teams prepare for postseason play.
Just four players scored for the Cavaliers in the game, but they all put up significant numbers.
Ethan Braley scored 21 points, Teagan Anderson scored 17, and Caleb Duvall added 15. Calvin Peters chipped in nine, including seven in the second half.
Lena was led by Logan Graef’s 14 points. Reed Hosking and Anthony Seefeldt scored nine and eight, respectively.
STAA (4-11 M&O Conference) wraps up the regular season with a home game against Oneida Nation (9-6 M&O) on Thursday.
After that, the 11th-seeded Cavaliers are at Wabeno/Laona on Tuesday in regional action.
The Rebels are 10-13 overall. They finished 6-3 in Northern Lakes Conference play.
Lena is at Niagara Thursday before a regional visit to second-seeded Three Lakes. The Wildcats are a No. 15 seed, sitting at 1-22 overall this season.
Three Lakes went 15-6 overall and finished second in the Northern Lakes Conference.

Niagara Downs Carney
in Non-Conference

Tommy Martin’s 25 points paced the Niagara Badgers as they beat Carney-Nadeau 78-50 in a non-conference border battle on Monday.
Aiden Colenso and Blake Holmes each scored nine points and Ed Swanson got eight.
Niagara faces 12th-seeded Goodman-Pembine at home Tuesday in the first round of regionals for the 12-11 Badgers.
The two teams played twice this season, with Niagara winning both matchups, 57-45 on Nov. 28 and 76-67 on Jan. 12.

Truckers Pull Away
from Panthers 67-43

Clintonville got the better of Oconto Falls 67-43 on Monday as the Panther offense struggled to get rolling.
Oconto Falls’ leader was Carter Hill with nine points. Braden Vandermoss scored eight and Caden Birr finished with six.
Oconto Falls plays one more regular season game against Freedom at home on Thursday before starting regional play with Peshtigo on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs were 62-43 winners when the teams met on Dec. 17.
Peshtigo is a No. 4 seed while Oconto Falls is seeded 13th.
Badgers Double Up On Wildcats in Regular Season Finale
Niagara is ready for the postseason after beating Lena 63-31 in the teams’ regular season conclusion on Tuesday.
Aiden Colenso led all scorers with 20 points. The Badgers had 12 different players score in the game. Ed Swanson scored seven.
The Badgers (13-11 overall) open Division 5 play with Goodman/Pembine (6-15 overall) at home Tuesday. First tip is at 7 p.m.
They met twice this season, with the fifth seed Badgers winning both. On Nov. 28, they went on the road to beat the Patriots, seeded No. 12 in D5. They won 76-67 at home on Jan. 12.
Lena’s leading scorers were Logan Graef with nine points and Wyatt Dean with eight.
The Wildcats (1-23) are a 15 seed and visit No. 2 Three Lakes at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Blue Jays are 15-6 this season.


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