Goodman-Pembine Netters Stopped Short Of State Meet; Oconto Falls Gals Move On
The greatest volleyball season in Goodman-Pembine history came up one game short of the WIAA state tournament following a sectional final sweep at the hands of Wausau Newman Saturday night. After wrapping up the regional title, the Patriots disposed of Suring four games before bowing out.
One area team did manage to punch its ticket to the state meet as the Oconto Falls Panthers earned a berth in the Division 2 net classic. Led by the performance of Bay Conference player of the year McKenna Larsen, Oconto Falls knocked off Notre Dame in the sectional semifinals and Waupun in the finals.
-Division 4 Results-
Suring In Sectional Semis-
The Patriots aren't surprised at their success.
In the first year of having a volleyball team comprised of athletes from Pembine as well as Goodman High, the bar was set high by head coach Ashley Kalkofen.
"From week one, we've been telling ourselves that we were going far in the playoffs. That's it," said coach Kalkofen. "We've been determined to make history for our school."
And make history they did. For the first time in 40 years, the Goodman girls have won regionals, following a 25-13, 23-25, 25-21, 25-13 over the Suring Eagles.
It was a hard fought contest from start to finish. After taking the opening game in convincing fashion, the Patriots looked to be in trouble after dropping a close second frame. But the Goodman-Pembine crew refocused and took the next two, thanks largely to the up-front play of Courtney Goyak and Rachel Stankevich, who time and time again put themselves in good defensive position and made it very difficult for Suring to get anything into the back row.
Suring was led by 15 kills, two blocks and six digs from Calley VanBellinger; Erin Fisher had three blocks, an assist and seven digs while Kelsey School finished with a kill, a block, five assists and four digs.
"I told the girls that there's nothing to hang their heads about," said Suring boss Tonya Kruschke. "They played their best ball and that's all I can ask of them. Someone's got to win and someone's got to lose. I wish (Goodman-Pembine) the best. The better team won tonight."
Patriots Bow Out Against
Wausau Newman In Finals
The historical playoff run is over for the Goodman-Pembine girls as they lost in sectional play last Saturday to Wausau Newman 18-25, 14-25, 11-25.
"We had a great season. My team accomplished so much and made our schools very proud. I'm so thankful to be apart of this program," said Goodman-Pembine head coach Ashley Kalkofen. "It was hard to end in sectional finals, we fought as hard as we could but we competed with a team at a whole other level. But once again I am so proud to be their Patriot coach. And look forward in seeing most of these athletes play Patriot basketball."
-Division 2 Results-
Oconto Falls Knocks
Off Notre Dame Netters-
The Panthers had a hiccup early on Thursday in sectional Division 2 play against Notre Dame but had little trouble regrouping and then running away with the match for a 20-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 victory.
McKenna Larsen was as destructive on the front row as ever, killing 31 shots, notching 29 assists, 23 digs and two aces. Carly Lemke turned in 24 kills; Elizabeth Manns tallied 23 assists while sophomore Alyssa Nelson had 21 digs and three aces.
To State Tourney-
Waupun simply had no answer for the overwhelming play of the Oconto Falls netters Saturday in Seymour for the Division 2 sectional final. The Panthers earned a spot in the state tournament with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-27, 25-23 victory.
McKenna Larsen continues her post season tear, notching 29 kills, 32 digs, 21 assists and four aces to lead the way for the victorious Oconto Falls crew. Teammate Carly Lemke a six-foot tall force to be reckoned with, had 22 kills and five blocks.
-Division 3 Results-Oconto Ousted By
The Oconto Blue Devils saw their season come to an end Thursday as the Oshkosh Lourdes gals got the best of them in five sets, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 16-25, 15-10 in Division 3 sectional semifinal play.
After dropping a pivotal and very close game two, the Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead in the third set but had to grind to get the close win. Same for the third game as the two teams were toe-to-toe before Oconto managed to close it out by two points. The two long-winded, early games left the Blue Devils a bit gassed for the later games, it seems, and they were not able to recover for the victory.
Oconto's Laken James finished the evening with 22 kills and 46 kills to lead the way for Oconto while Carlee Behnke had 14 kills and eight blocks. Emily Shallow chipped in with 354 assists and 24 digs in the loss.
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