space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* 11 Area Wrestlers Head To State
* Buccaneer Men Win WCC State Tourney
* Niagara Finishes Season With Win In Wausaukee
* Rangers Capture Conference Crown
* 9 Cougar Wrestlers Qualify For Saturday Sectional

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Coleman Standout Gets Statewide Notice In 3 Sports; Delzer Is Second

One of the most decorated athletes in Coleman history, Mitch Champagne, has been selected as the Peshtigo Times top performer.

Champagne might be small in size at 5’8 and 165 pounds, but he made a big impact on the playing fields. You name the sport and Champagne was good at it. Really good!

A 3-sport athlete for four years in high school, Champagne stood out among the state’s finest players year to year. Champagne was a key member of a talented senior class at Coleman that won four state championships....3 straight in wrestling along with the 2012 baseball title.

“I think what sums up Mitch the best was the quote he had after Coleman won the state baseball title, ‘we won it as a team’. It didn’t matter the sport, Mitch never put himself in front of the team. Special kid who was part of a special class,” said Coleman football coach/athletic director Jeff Bronson.

On the gridiron in the fall of the year, Champagne helped spark Coleman to an 11-1 overall finish, a second straight undefeated campaign in the M-O Conference and to Level 3 in the WIAA football playoffs.

He was also named the league’s most valuable back for an unprecedented third straight year along with being a first-team all-state selection.

With the ball in his hands this past fall, Champagne burned opposing defenses for 1952 yards, 29 touchdowns while averaging over 13 yards per rush. Champagne uncorked some of his best performances in the post-season...rushing for 434 yards in the opening two playoff games.

In his final prep football game, Champagne was a marked man and “held” to 73 yards on 26 carries in a frustrating 13-8 Level 3 loss to Shiocton.

“In terms of Mitch, the simplest thing to say is that he is special. He is humble, a hard worker, and always puts the team first. Throughout his career, he knew that he would have success if the team had success,” Bronson added.

“He is a complete back. Besides his ability to run, he can catch and block. On film, there is always two plays per game where Mitch comes in late in the play to help a teammate gain more yards by blocking a defender. Mitch simply plays bigger than his size. This showed on defense too where in a few games, his tackles took the aggressiveness and confidence away from the opponent.”

Cutting weight in order to wrestle at 145, Champagne again displayed his talents on the mats with a 44-2 readout and runner-up finish in the WIAA Division 3 individual tournament. Add in a third straight team state title and you can see why Champagne was voted the M-O Conference’s most valuable wrestler.

Champagne ended his wrestling career with 159 wins, the most for any four year Coleman wrestler.

“Mitch is an outstanding athlete, and on the wrestling mats he has proved that throughout his career. He has all the tools you love to see in a wrestler...quick, explosive, strong and a great technician. Not to mention he handles all his successes with great pride and dignity,” Coleman wrestling coach Kevin Casper said.

“This year Mitch was 44-2 and runner-up in state. State qualifier as a freshman, 4th as a sophomore and 3rd in his junior year. Just an all around great person and young man, one that we all are very proud of.”

When it was time to roll up the wrestling mats, Champagne capped his high school career as a key member of a state baseball championship.

He batted over .460 during a 4-year varsity career and the last two seasons owned a better than .500 average. He is a two-time all-state selection through the WBCA and was named to the first team in the M-O Conference for 3 straight years.

“Mitch is one of the best athletes to come through Coleman. He is outstanding in everything he does and as an individual, every coach would love to have a team of Mitch Champagnes. He does everything you ask,” Coleman baseball coach Kent Casper said.

Whether it was manning his leftfield position or batting leadoff for Coleman, Champagne was a force during an impressive 28-1 season. The season began with a 4-3 loss to Freedom, but ended with 28 straight wins and the state title.

“He was the sparkplug of our team and every coach feared him. On offense his speed and bat were big weapons, because once he got on first base, you knew he would be on second and third shortly. The last two years he has become one heck of a baseball player, confident and comfortable,” Kent Casper concluded.

While Champagne was the overwhelming choice as the top athlete, Oconto Falls senior Riley Delzer was runner-up. The muscular Delzer stood out in a pair of sports...football and wrestling.

On the football fields, Delzer did the “dirty work” upfront as a blocker for coach Duane Rogatzki’s Panthers.

The effort by the 6’2, 230 pound Delzer didn’t go unnoticed as he was a two-way first team selection in the trenches on the all-Bay Conference team. Delzer was also awarded the lineman of the year honor in the circuit.

Delzer continued to flex his muscles during the winter months, capturing the 220 pound state championship for the second straight year and finishing with an impressive 42-1 readout.

Number three on the list was another Coleman Cougar in junior Isaac Nowak. Not a household name, but just like Delzer, a hardworker in football and wrestling.

The 6’2, 200 pound Nowak opened the holes for Champagne and the rest of the Coleman backfield during a record-setting 11-1 football campaign. Stepping onto the wrestling mats, Nowak brought home a Division 3 state title in the 195 pound bracket to become the 28th individual champion for Coleman. He put together a plush 43-2 mat mark.

Quite possibly the most dominating wrestler in the state, Oconto Falls junior Jacob Morrissey, was voted the fourth spot.

Ranked the number one wrestler at 170 pounds all season, Morrissey didn’t disappoint the voters, repeating as the Division 2 state champion with a 43-1 mark. The talented grappler owns a 132-3 career record and includes a runner-up finish as a freshman and back-to-back state titles.

Rounding out the top five athletes was Lena’s Craig Huberty, who might be the most talented of the group. The biggest problem Huberty dealt with was a lack of a supporting cast. That lead to most teams focusing on stopping Huberty and when they did, his teams struggled.

This kid pretty much had it all...size, speed and strength.

Standing at 6-feet and weighing 205 pounds, Huberty was a rare three-way M-O football selection...first team linebacker and punter along with a second team running back.

Displaying unbelievable jumping ability, Huberty was a second team pick in basketball while making his way to the state track meet in the shot, discus and anchoring the state-qualifying 800 relay team.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-25-2015Sports
11 Area Wrestlers Head To State

02-25-2015Sports
Buccaneer Men Win WCC State Tourney

02-25-2015Sports
Niagara Finishes Season With Win In Wausaukee

02-25-2015Sports
Rangers Capture Conference Crown

02-25-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-25-2015Perspectives
From our readers

02-25-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

02-25-2015Obituaries
Betty J. Zabel

02-25-2015
Lawrence F. Seefeldt

02-25-2015Obituaries
Dr. Fred J. Schuette

02-25-2015Obituaries
Anne E. Martin        

02-25-2015Obituaries
Mary Ellen Herrild

02-25-2015Obituaries
John E. Hansen

02-25-2015Obituaries
John W. Golla

02-25-2015Obituaries
Michael L. Franklin

02-25-2015Obituaries
Melvin H. Dettman

02-25-2015Obituaries
Raymond L. Berg

02-25-2015Obituaries
Donald Bell

02-25-2015Obituaries
Robert L. Ward

02-25-2015Obituaries
Emil Steier

02-25-2015Obituaries
Glenn K. Smoot

02-25-2015Obituaries
Helen M. Shevy

02-25-2015Obituaries
John E. Schroeder

02-25-2015Obituaries
Walter Schaal

02-25-2015Obituaries
James L. Perry

02-25-2015Obituaries
Darleen J. Neuens

02-25-2015Obituaries
Mary Lerich

02-25-2015Obituaries
Olga Kopatz

02-25-2015Obituaries
Violet D. Hinkfus

02-25-2015Obituaries
Sally A. Frank

02-25-2015Obituaries
Marge E. Frank

02-25-2015Obituaries
Tammy L. Finendale

02-25-2015Obituaries
Donald W. Edlebeck

02-25-2015Obituaries
Violet I. Dodd

02-25-2015Obituaries
Robert Bizjak

02-25-2015Obituaries
Frances Kwiatkowski

02-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Blood Drive Gets 51 Units

02-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Bowling Tourney Dates

02-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Order Roses from Wausaukee Lions

02-25-2015Community - Wausaukee
Luncheon Speaker at Presbyterian Church

02-25-2015Community - Crivitz
Hunter Education Class Starts Mar. 31

02-25-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Water Rate Phone Hearing Mar. 25

02-25-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Blood Drive March 5

02-25-2015Community - Crivitz
Orientation for Badger Staters

02-25-2015Community - Coleman
Senior Club To Meet March 2

02-25-2015Community - Coleman
Middle School Students of Month

02-25-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board March 2

02-25-2015News
Oconto Church Fish Fry Feb. 27

02-25-2015News
Hunter Education Class Starts Mar. 31

02-25-2015News
Men’s Wild Game Dinner March 7

02-25-2015News
MCC Athletic Club Fish Fries

02-25-2015Front Page
PRESENT CHECK

02-25-2015Front Page
County Board Favors First Step To Ending Airport Partnership

02-25-2015Front Page
Oconto Co. Board Salutes Retiring Finance Director

02-25-2015Front Page
Sheriff: Prisons Full, State Will Ask Counties to Help

02-25-2015Front Page
City Still Seeks Sponsors For Ball Field Name Rights

02-19-2015Sports
9 Cougar Wrestlers Qualify For Saturday Sectional

02-19-2015Sports
Rangers Remain On Top Of M&O

02-19-2015Sports
Peshtigo Flawless in M&O

02-19-2015Sports
Deadlines to Remove Ice Fishing Shelters

02-19-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-19-2015Perspectives
From our readers

02-19-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

02-19-2015Obituaries
Charles M. Zinther 

02-19-2015Obituaries
Lawrence L. Walli, Jr.

02-19-2015Obituaries
Jeffrey D. Teske

02-19-2015Obituaries
Donna M. Sopkowicz

02-19-2015Obituaries
Gerhardt Rusch

02-19-2015Obituaries
Lois Rehn

02-19-2015Obituaries
Carol Prestin

02-19-2015Obituaries
Harris J. Hubert

02-19-2015Obituaries
Mary J. Grandaw

02-19-2015Obituaries
Larry J. Goral, Sr.

02-19-2015Obituaries
Norita A. Gifford

02-19-2015Obituaries
Melvin L. Brunette

02-19-2015Obituaries
Deborah L. Wilde

02-19-2015Obituaries
Rosemary A. Sutek

02-19-2015Obituaries
Gary E. Limberg

02-19-2015Obituaries
Laurie A. Kinziger

02-19-2015Obituaries
Rosemary Johnston

02-19-2015Obituaries
Charles H. Jessel Sr.

02-19-2015Obituaries
Robert Heckel

02-19-2015Obituaries
Helena Hanysz

02-19-2015Obituaries
June R. Gering

02-19-2015Obituaries
Roger O. Durocher

02-19-2015Obituaries
Doris M. Durocher

02-19-2015Obituaries
Brooke Kay Benoit

02-19-2015Obituaries
Ronald R. Bajczyk

02-19-2015News
Moose Lodge Sets Feb. 21 Fundraiser

02-19-2015News
Lions Members Selling Roses

02-19-2015News
Goodman Fire Dept. Dinner is Feb. 21

02-19-2015News
Antique Show at Moose Lodge Apr. 11

02-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Bowling Tourney Dates

02-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Auxiliary To Offer Scholarships

02-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Buys Tender Truck, Seek Recycling Center Help

02-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Town Buys Tractor, Action on Road Bans

02-19-2015Community - Crivitz
Hunter Education Class To Start

02-19-2015Community - Crivitz
Candlelight Ski, Hike at State Park

02-19-2015Community - Crivitz
UTV For Middle Inlet Fire Department Expected Soon

02-19-2015Community - Crivitz
T/Stephenson Approves Hirings, Wage Increases

02-19-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Competes at Regional FBLA Meet

02-19-2015Community - Coleman
Kickers Winter Dance Feb. 21

02-19-2015Community - Coleman
Neil Diamond Show at Equity Feb. 27, 28

02-19-2015Front Page
Preliminary Hearings In Child Neglect Case

02-19-2015Front Page
Twin County Airport Partnership May End

02-19-2015Front Page
County Board To Vote On $5.95 Million Bond Issue

02-19-2015Front Page
Judge Finds For DWD, Advises City To Appeal

02-19-2015Front Page
Primary Vote Election Results

02-11-2015Sports
Peshtigo High School Bowlers Qualify for State

02-11-2015Sports
Northland Pioneer Men Win First Game 60-42

02-11-2015Sports
Cougars Wrap Up 12th Straight Title

02-11-2015Sports
Wausaukee Routs Wildcats By 43 Points In Lena

02-11-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-11-2015Perspectives
From our readers

02-11-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

02-11-2015Obituaries
Wayne Strahl

02-11-2015Obituaries
Jeffrey D. Schuette

02-11-2015Obituaries
Jeffrey W. Novak

02-11-2015Obituaries
John J. Veriha

02-11-2015Obituaries
Jeanine J. Smith

02-11-2015Obituaries
Evelyn G. Nault

02-11-2015Obituaries
Helen A. Cole

02-11-2015Obituaries
Loren R. Anderson

02-11-2015Obituaries
Edward Turensky

02-11-2015Obituaries
William H. Powell

02-11-2015Obituaries
Frances V. Nowakowski

02-11-2015Obituaries
Walter F. Meyer, Jr.

02-11-2015Obituaries
Josephine Marnocha

02-11-2015Obituaries
Michele M. Macha

02-11-2015Obituaries
Francis Leon Cornell

02-11-2015Obituaries
Geraldine A. Bingenheimer

02-11-2015Obituaries
Michael J. Beaudo

02-11-2015Obituaries
Dale A. Sieloff

02-11-2015Obituaries
Gladys M. Schlak

02-11-2015Obituaries
Michael Pawlak

02-11-2015Obituaries
Mary T. Luczak

02-11-2015Obituaries
Fred Kuhnle

02-11-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Honor 5 Teams at State for WIAA 100 Years

02-11-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Taps Mayou For WWTP Certifications

02-11-2015Community - Wausaukee
Dog, Cat Clinic at Wagner Feb. 14

02-11-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lions Bowling Tourney Dates

02-11-2015Community - Crivitz
CAWC Girls Night Out at The Woods Apr. 20

02-11-2015Community - Crivitz
Hunter Education Class Starts Mar. 31

02-11-2015Community - Crivitz
Rural Life Day Mass, Blessing of Animals, Soil

02-11-2015Community - Crivitz
Plan Valentine Candlelight Ski

02-11-2015Community - Coleman
Kickers Winter Dance Feb. 21

02-11-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Feb. 16

02-11-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman PTO Plans Book Fair

02-11-2015Community - Coleman
CLC Pantry Hours

02-11-2015News
Lena Blood Drive Feb. 19


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should Wisconsin become a right-to-work state?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2015
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites