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Marines Hold on for Tight Win in Peshtigo

Issue Date: November 29, 2017

Tipping off the 2017-18 season, the Marinette Marines traveled to Peshtigo to battle the Bulldogs in a non-conference matchup. Last season, the squads fought to a 3-point victory by the Marines, and this season's contest would not disappoint either. Marinette held a 5-point advantage in the first half before Peshtigo cut the halftime lead to 25-23. The Marines then held a 7 to 9-point lead throughout much of the second half, but the Bulldogs made it close at the end.

Peshtigo broke a 2-2 tie with a 6-0 run as Cameron Noffke connected on two free throws and a long jumper and Mitchell VanVooren added a layup. Marinette answered back with a 9-0 to regain the lead. Tyler Fayta put in a rebound and layup, Matt Wagner hit home a three, Jordan Wendt added a rebound and put-back and two free throws from Jeremy Wendt added to the Marinette lead.

The Marines extended their lead to six points as Jake Poetzl absorbed contact and made the layup, drawing an and-1. After the free throw was made, the lead was 20-14. Marinette maintained the lead to 23-18, before Peshtigo narrowed the gap. VanVooren pulled down a rebound and cashed in underneath, but Poetzl answered with two free throws. With just over 10 seconds remaining in the half, Peshtigo's Trent Carriveau connected on their only three-pointer of the half, cutting the score to 25-23, Marinette, at halftime.

"If we make our free throws and we make a couple of those bunnies that we almost always make, we walk away with a "W' today. But, that's the way it goes sometimes and we'll just use that as a learning lesson and grow from it," said Peshtigo Coach Nate Motkowski of the halftime deficit.

Coming out of the halftime break, Wagner ignited his Marines with a three. Noffke answered with two baskets of his own for the Bulldogs, but two free throws from Poetzl and a rebound put-back by Wagner gave them a 34-27 lead. Marinette hung onto the 7-point lead throughout much of the half, extending it to 9 points from time to time. Peshtigo, however, would not go away. With under seven minutes to play, Peshtigo went on a 10-1 run, knotting the game at 52-52 with 3:15 remaining. A layup and a triple from Carriveau cut the lead to just two and Max Neumann's rebound put-back tied the game up. Wagner answered the run, regaining the lead for Marinette, with a short jumper. Peshtigo had a chance to tie it again with two shots at the line but came up empty. Senior forward Walker Stroming put in a layup for the Marines, extending the lead to 56-52.

"The layup that [Walker] Stroming made, I hate to say it, but we didn't want it. We wanted to hold onto that ball and go to the line with one of our shooters. But, it ended up working out for us," said Marinette coach Nick Semenas laughingly.

Noffke cut the lead in half with a layup, with just over a minute to play. The experience of the Marines shined through as they connected on 5 of 6 free throws to end the game, four of which were from Wagner. A VanVooren triple at the end made the game interesting, bringing it to a 59-57 Marinette lead, but Wagner put the game away with two more free throws. Marinette took the opener 61-57.

"We have all the confidence in the world that any one of our guys can step in there and knock down their free throws. Actually, yesterday we worked on these exact situations for most of practice," said coach Semenas.

Wagner led the Marines with 15 points, Poetzl and Jordan Wendt each added 11, while Jeremy Wendt finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds. VanVooren was the high-point man for Peshtigo with 15 to go along with 9 rebounds, Carriveau added 13 points and Noffke finished with 12. The free throw battled went in Marinette's favor as they finished 19 of 27, while Peshtigo finished just 5 of 13.

"We just talked about it as coaches, we learned a lot tonight. We learned a lot about our guys, we learned a lot about ourselves." Coach Motkowski added of his team, "The biggest thing I was proud of was that our guys never turned away, they never hung their heads. They battled the entire game, they showed a ton of heart and more importantly they showed a ton of class."



Farley Fuels STAA in Win Over Stockbridge

On November 21st, the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Cavaliers took to the road to take on the Stockbridge Panthers in a non-conference matchup. The Cavaliers are comprised of only seniors and freshman, and the senior leadership shined Tuesday. Jack Farley, Tyler Suart and Christian Hornick combined for 78 of the Cavs' 80 points. Farley finished with an remarkable stat line of 38 points, 17 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and three blocks. STAA went on to win 80-69.

Stuart finished with 22 points, while Hornick added 18 points and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. Stockbridge was led by Chris Langteau with 27 points, Noah Herman and Gage Giombetti each added 14.



STAA Stifles Twin City Home School

The Cavaliers from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy played host to the Twin City Eagles Tuesday evening. STAA grabbed a close 37-33 lead at halftime, but found their offensive stride in the second half. Behind 40 points in the final 18 minutes, the Cavs went on to win 77-58.

Jack Farley continued his impressive senior season with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for STAA. Christian Hornick pitched in with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Tyler Stuart added 16 points. The Eagles were led by Riley Zorn with 24 points, thanks to six triples.



Wausaukee Routs Wolf River

The Wausaukee Rangers went wild on Wolf River Lutheran Tuesday night when they shellacked the visitors 65-11.

The first half was led by Wausaukee's Brandon Shigouri after he bagged 14 opening frame points. Wausaukee's Chipps added 10 points to help bring the Rangers to a 45 point total at half.

Matthew Delfosse picked up the pace over the second half with an additional six points added to his first half total of six.

Brandon Shigouri led the way with 16 total points on the evening. Delfosse finished with 12 while Hayden Renikow pitched in seven.



Niagara Survives Florence

The Niagara Badgers played host to the Florence Bobcats Tuesday night on their home court where they slipped by with a win 58-53.

Niagara began building their lead during the first half where they led going into the intermission 28-24.

The Badgers first half was all about the inside play. Alex Hagerty posted the only three of the game for the Badgers over the first half as he led the way with 11 points. Austin Hagerty helped to keep the Badgers in front with nine points.

Florence's first half effort was keyed in by Kaden Schuls who sank two three pointers to get to 10 first half points.

The second half saw the Bobcats pick up the pace but fall short to Niagara 30-29.

Ben Oratch went off over the second half scoring 10 points.

The Bobcats' Evan Beaster bagged 11 of his teams 29 second half points.

"We worked extremely hard tonight," said Niagara head coach Jim Hoogland. "We did a really good job on the boards. For the first game of the year we played pretty well. We had some balanced scoring. We just need to make better decisions on the floor. It's just nice to start things off with a win."

Florence's Schuls was the evenings top performer with 22 points. Those points came off of six two's and two treys. He also bagged four of his seven free throws. He was followed by Beaster with 17 points.

For the Badgers Alex Hagerty finished the evening with 16 points while Austin Hagerty posted 14 along with Oratch who also posted 14 points.



Coleman Drops Bonduel In Season Opener

Coleman defeated Bonduel with a huge second half on Tuesday 59-51, with Cole Woulf giving the Cougars a huge 25 points.

Woulf went 7-8 at the free throw line and made nine shots from the field. Also in double figures for the Cougars were Cayden Bintz and Austin Marquardt, who scored 11 and 10, respectively. Peyton Nelson added nine, while Aaron Fraser and Cody VanHoff each scored a bucket.

Bonduel, which was outscored in the second half 37-24, got 16 from Parker Bohm and 13 from Bryce Weier. Dalton Carius scored eight, Canaan Szoszorek scored seven, Jared Wonda put in five and Riley Allen got himself two points.



Hornets Sting Eagles, Bowker Scores 43

Suring's second game did not go as planned with an 85-57 loss to Rosholt, getting 42 points from the duo of Ryan Mahoney and Mitch Stegeman.

Mahoney scored 23, including 15 in the second half, while Stegeman put 19 in, with 12 in the second half. Cody Smith scored six, Caleb Lally scored four, Reese Garrigan got three and Connor Giese put in a first half bucket.

Rosholt got 43 points from star Cade Bowker, who got to the line 11 times, making nine. Sawyer Fleming dumped in an additional 20 for Rosholt.



Panthers Ground Eagles In Season Opener

Tuesday November 21st, the Suring Eagles opened the 2017-18 season by hosting the Oconto Falls Panthers in a non-conference matchup. Oconto Falls jumped out to a 29-23 lead at the halftime break, before taking the contest by a score of 61-46.

Suring's Ryan Mahoney poured in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Cody Smith added six points and 17 rebounds, and Caleb Lally and Connor Giese each pitched in four. Oconto Falls was led by Mitchell Manns with a game-high 24 points, Josiah Schoen chipped in 15 and Zach Parson finished with 11.



Oconto Overpowers Crivitz

The Oconto Blue Devils gave the Crivitz Wolverines all they had Tuesday night on their home court and the Wolverines were hard pressed to muster up the firepower to catch up with the speedy Blue Devils who won 77-44.

The first half started even but the wildfire that was the Blue Devil scoring machine started to burn the Wolverines as they ended the half ahead 44-18.

That insurmountable lead was held onto by the Blue Devils who went on to win behind a 15 point performance from Connor Ebben. Parker James got 14 while Carson Moe gave the Devils 13 points. Zach Sherman and Evan Allan both chipped in 11.

Crivitz was led by Charlie Johnsen with nine points and Jakob Voss with eight.


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