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Algoma boys drop heartbreaker to Weyauwega in regionals

In a Division 4 WIAA regional quarterfinal, the #10 Algoma Wolves came up just short on the road with a 44-42 loss to the #7 Weyauwega Warhawks on Tuesday night. 

 

After a tightly fought first half tied at 18-18 at intermission, the Wolves and Warhawks battled back and forth to the final buzzer. 

 

Brayden Arndt led Weyauwega as he was the only Warhawk scoring in double figures with 16 points.

 

The Wolves were paced by Parker Lischka, who scored 15 points, while Chase Romdenne added nine more for Algoma.

 

Weyauwega will now take on #2 St. Mary Catholic on Friday in the regional semi-final.

Algoma ends their season with an 11-12 record.  

Wolves girls fall to Lancers

The Algoma girls' basketball team fell behind early and never could catch up as they fell to Manitowoc Lutheran 52-28.

 

After she cracked 30 points in her previous game, the Lancers refused to let Ryley Zimmerman have another banner night. The senior had just five points for the Wolves as the they fell behind 24-12 after the first half. Sierra Slaby did her part to pick up the offense, leading the Wolves with 10 points. Ginevra Ermis scored 15 points to lead the Lancers.

Algoma girls continue tournament run at Manitowoc Lutheran

The Algoma Wolves will turn their attention to the road after an impressive home victory when they play Manitowoc Lutheran in the second round of the WIAA Girls Basketball Tournament.

 

The Wolves led from start to finish and defeated the Roncalli Jets 59-39 behind Ryley Zimmerman, who led the Wolves in scoring with 31 points while hitting five three-pointers in her final game at the Fulwiler Fieldhouse. Sierra Slaby added 10 more points and numerous rebounds while having an impressive floor game for Algoma.

 

The Lancers enter the matchup with a 20-4 record, nursing a 10-game winning streak. Ginevra Ermis leads the team with 14.4 ppg while Marissa Mehlhorn chips in with 12.9 ppg.

 

Tip-off in Manitowoc is set for 7 p.m.

Wolves ground Jets in Regional opener on 104.1 WRLU

The #6 Algoma Wolves led from start to finish and defeated the #11 Roncalli Jets 59-39 in a first-round regional at Fulwiler Fieldhouse Tuesday night in the WIAA girl's basketball state tournament.

 

The Wolves jumped to a 7-2 lead in the first five minutes and used a suffocating defense to contain the Jets throughout the first half.  Roncalli cut the lead to four points at one point in the first half, but Algoma responded by going on a run and taking a 33-18 lead into halftime.

 

The Wolves would keep the pressure up in the second half and the Jets would not get any closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

 

Ryley Zimmerman led the Wolves in scoring with 31 points while hitting five three-pointers. 

 

Sierra Slaby added 10 more points and numerous rebounds while having an impressive floor game for Algoma.

 

Lauren Stangel paced the Jets with 16 points, but no other player scored in double figures for Roncalli.

 

Algoma (14-11) will now advance to the regional semi-final on Friday night against #3 Manitowoc Lutheran (21-5).

 

 

Wolves boys take bite out of Vikings on 105.1 The GOAT

All four Algoma seniors got into the act on Monday during their special night as the Wolves beat the visiting Gibraltar Vikings 56-39.

 

Little-used reserve player Josh Paul got the good vibes going for the Wolves with one of his first baskets of the season, but the Vikings would take those away thanks to Braden Sitte taking the offense to the hoop as he scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the first half.

The Wolves stepped up their defensive pressure halfway through the first half, sparking the offense in the process as Parker Lischka scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and generated several fast break opportunities. The Vikings would find themselves down 28-18 at the break due to three other players combining for only six points as the Wolves denied them the arc in almost every possession.

The combination of their zone defense and an offensive explosion from Braeden Leist allowed the Wolves to extend their lead in the second half. The Vikings went almost nine minutes to start the frame without a field goal, while Leist scored nine of his 11 points after the break. Cody Kirchman also played a role in extending the lead for the Wolves as he scored seven of his nine points in the second half.

Kayin Jackson and Liam Lindenberg would eventually be able to knock down shots from beyond the arc, but it was not enough to turn the game in their favor. Jackson and Aaron Brey complemented Sitte with five points apiece, while Will Lecy added four points from the line.

Monday's game marked the final Packerland game for the Vikings, ending their season with games at Menominee (MI) on Thursday and at home against Hilbert on Saturday.

The Wolves wrap up their regular season with a game against Kewaunee on Thursday.

Lady Wolves look to down Jets in regional on 104.1 WRLU

The #6 Algoma Wolves will host the #11 Roncalli Jets in a first-round regional of the WIAA girls' basketball state tournament on Tuesday evening.

 

The Wolves (10-6, 13-11 overall) finished fourth in the Packerland Conference and fell to the co-champion Kewaunee Storm 67-38 at home last Thursday to finish the regular season.

 

The Jets (5-9, 7-16 overall) finished tied for fifth in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference and lost to Chilton 59-19 last Thursday.

 

Ryley Zimmerman leads a balanced Algoma attack with 10.5 points a game, while Sierra Slaby rebounds at a 5.8 clip for the season.

 

Click here for our entire interview with Wolves head coach Mark Zastrow.

 

Roncalli is led by Lauren Stangel who is averaging 15.2 points per game and Isabella Jacky who is pulling down 10.1 boards per contest.

 

The game will be broadcast on 104.1 WRLU and streamed on the New Radio Sports Network.  Pregame is set for 6:45 p.m. with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  Paul Schmitt and Reece Robillard will have the call from Algoma High School. 

Wolves' Zastrow still chasing success

Even after winning his 300th game as head coach of the Algoma girls' basketball team, Mark Zastrow turned the attention to his players.

 

Zastrow and Kewaunee's Lynn Geier serve as the dean of the coaching ranks for girls' basketball coaches in Door and Kewaunee counties, with all of the other schools changing their head coaches within the last five years. Zastrow has over a quarter-century in his role, leading the Wolves to a 13-10 mark overall and 10-5 in the Packerland Conference. When asked about whether posting over 300 wins as head coach was an accomplishment or just a number to him, Zastrow said it is an accomplishment for the players that he has had the pleasure to be involved with. 

Speaking before their win against Gibraltar on Monday, Zastrow said they were approaching their final week of the regular season like they were competing for a conference championship despite being on the outside looking in at Kewaunee, Sevastopol, and Oconto.

Zastrow and Geier will coach against each other in the Packerland Conference finale as Algoma hosts Kewaunee on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Wolves girls sink Vikings on the road on 105.1 the GOAT

In what head coach Mark Zastrow called their most complete game of the season, the Algoma Wolves girls' basketball team used timely shooting and a strong defensive effort to beat Gibraltar on the road 55-33 Monday night.

 

The Wolves' defense held the Vikings to a pair of long scoring droughts at the beginning of each half to build double-digit leads. Nora Krause paced the Wolves out of the game, scoring nine first-half points as she knocked down a pair of three-pointers. The Vikings didn't get on the scoreboard until 10:48 left in the first half on a right-handed baby hook. 

 

 

The Vikings' Mikala Gorham and the Wolves' Ryley Zimmerman matched each other in the latter stages of the first half before Algoma dribbled out the first half with a 21-12 lead.

 

 

 

The Wolves came out shooting in the second half while holding the Vikings without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the second half. They knocked down six threes in the period between Zimmerman, Brooke Mattson, Jaydn Nellis, and Sierra Slaby. Zimmerman scored a game-high 18 points in the contest.

 

 

Adding another dimension to the half was the Wolves' Therese Gerdman, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half all from five feet from the basket.

 

 

Andie Schar found her offense in the second half, scoring all 11 of her points after the break. Gorham ended her evening with nine points and three others scored at least three points.

 

 

The Vikings will play Stockbridge on Thursday night before preparing for its first-round matchup at Niagara on Tuesday.

 

 

The Wolves will wrap up Packerland Conference with a grudge match against county rival Kewaunee on Thursday night.

 

Athlete to Athletic Director: Algoma's Ebert goes full circle

How does it feel to be an athletic director? Algoma Athletic Director Whitney Ebert answered that question by going back to when she was an athlete at the school.

 

She says on her time growing up that she grew up liking sports. "I love being active and thrive off of movement. In my Elementary and Middle School years, I enjoyed having the opportunity to play just about every sport throughout the year. I played Soccer, Basketball, and Softball and I ran Cross Country and Track & Field.”

 

She adds she was a dedicated athlete who had success because she was willing to put in the work and miles in the off-season and focused on the little things like strength training, recovery, and nutrition.

 

Being an athlete helped her in her job, as she says, because she was a multisport athlete for her high school and college careers. "You learn the importance of athletics for personal development and the needs of student-athletes and coaches. Every sport has highs and lows, and every athlete has gone through high and low points in sports. I am here to relate, listen, and help them through the process. The ability to relate as an Algoma student-athlete and Algoma alumni is something that gave me pride to pursue this role and give back to the community.”

 

Ebert was brought back to Algoma after college, after she graduated in May 2020, during Covid. "I believe it was a blessing in disguise as I got to be a part of a few of my family” 's business adventures. I was able to be a part of my family’s start-up of Salmon’s Meat Products and Homestead Kitchen Tap."

 

In 2022, Ebert decided that she wanted to do something more related to her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health & Community Health Education that she earned at UW-LaCrosse. "I was drawn to the Algoma Community Wellness Center as I like the atmosphere and was familiar with it as it opened my senior year of high school in 2015."  Since March 2022, Ebert has managed the Algoma Community Wellness Center, valuing how it is making the Algoma community a happier and healthier place.

 

In July 2022, Ebert started her role as the Middle School and High School Athletic & Activities Director, which has often been challenging and rewarding. "An Athletic Director is responsible for managing all aspects of their school’s athletic programs. This can involve scheduling, hiring, finding officials and workers, ordering equipment, student grade checks, athletic director meetings, coaches meetings, facility and game management, etc."

 

According to Ebert, every day is different as an athletic director, as there are multiple sports that have different levels. The role revolves around problem-solving and working ahead. "Deep down, the AD role is rewarding as you get to watch the student-athletes grow together as a team and improve their skills as individuals. Yes, there may be late nights and long days, but what keeps you going is that you are helping the students and giving them opportunities." 

 

Ebert says the most fun part of being an athletic director is making connections with the students and helping them grow as not only an athlete but as a person. "I also enjoy how every day is different as an athletic director. Yes, sports seasons are seasonal, but you are always working on something for an upcoming season and problem-solving. In a nutshell, you get to be around and work with sports as your job."

Wolves double up Clippers

The Algoma Wolves took a 26-9 lead at halftime and came away with a convincing 42-21 win over the Sturgeon Bay Clippers at home. 

 

The Algoma girls were led by Ryley Zimmerman, who scored 14 points, and Jadyn Nellis added eight more points as the Wolves protected their home court.

 

Sturgeon Bay was paced by Cady Carlson, who tallied seven points.

Wolves boys fall to Bulldogs

It was a tale of two halves for the Algoma Wolves and the Peshtigo Bulldogs in Algoma on Friday, with the hometown team falling short in the 45-42 loss.

 

The Wolves outscored the Bulldogs 28-16 in the first half and had the favor returned to them when they were outscored 29-14 after the break. 

 

A big reason for the split was Parker Lischka, who scored 18 points in the first half thanks to four three-pointers. The Bulldogs' defense turned their focus to the Wolves star, who scored seven of his remaining nine points at the line to end his night with 27 points. The Wolves only made three shots from the field in the second half. Chase Romdenne scored seven points, and Grant Vandevest contributed five points.

 

Will McMahon (20 points) and Dominik Baxter (14 points) sparked the comeback as they combined to score 23 points in the second half for the Bulldogs.

 

The original story had the score in reverse. We apologize for the error.

 

 

Wolves fall to Falcons, host quick rebound vs. Sevastopol

There will be no rest between tough games after the Algoma Wolves girls' basketball team fell to Sheboygan Falls 43-30 on  Monday night.

 

The Wolves were within one point at the break, but they were doomed by a 23-11 second-half run by the Falcons. Jaydn Nellis and Sierra Slaby scored 16 points combined as they knocked down four three-pointers in the first half. They were held scoreless in the second half, and five players could only muster a field goal each to lead to their demise. Outside of Nellis' 10 points and Slaby's six points, nobody else scored more than Claire Gerdmann's four points. The Falcons only needed three players to score, with Makenzie Schroeder scoring 20 points, Mollie Schliewe pouring in 15 points, and Natalie Nickolai chipping in eight points.

 

The Wolves will not turn their focus to Sevastopol, who are in second place with a loss to Kewaunee, their lone blemish in the Packerland Conference. The Pioneers 

took their frustrations out on Sturgeon Bay in a 67-14 win last Friday night. Defensively, the Pioneers allowed just four field goals on the night, while their offense showed balance throughout the night. The Pioneers took a 43-10 lead into the break and outscored the Clippers 24-4 in the second half. Naomi Rikkola followed her 30-plus point night with 22 points, Kayla Ranly poured in 15 points, and Libby Ash scored 14 points with four three-pointers.

 

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Wolves boys cruise past Pioneers

The Algoma Wolves received a big night from Parker Lischka en route to a 78-42 win over Sevastopol on Monday.

 

Lischka scored 35 points on the night, including 15 points in the first half to pace the Wolves to a 34-18 halftime lead. Cody Kirchman pitched in 13 points and three others scored at least six points in the win. The Pioneers had their own strong performances in the defeat with Logan Schuh leading the way with 12 points and Lucas Delsart adding 11 points.

 

 

Algoma boys sneak past Oconto

The Algoma boys' basketball team came back from nine down in the first half to beat Oconto 60-57 on Saturday.

 

Carter Koch and Cooper Campsure put the Wolves on the ropes early, combining to score 22 points for the Blue Devils to put them ahead. While Koch continued his strong scoring day in the second half to end it with 24 points, Campsure would knock down just one more shot to end the day with 13 points. 

 

The second half was all Parker Lischka and Cody Kirchman. The pair each scored 13 points to lead the comeback for the Wolves. Lischka ended the day with 21 points and Kirchman added 13 points. Chase Romdenne added 15 points, hitting three three-pointers after the break.

Scoring's a premium in Algoma girls' win vs. Peshtigo

The Algoma Wolves girls' basketball scored just enough to bounce back from their loss earlier in the week with a 36-27 win over Peshtigo on Friday night.

 

The Wolves headed into the break with a 17-12 with Therese Gerdmann and Sierra Slaby providing the bulk of the offense. Jaydn Nellis provided the offensive relief in the second half, scoring 15 of her team-high 18 points after the break to help the Wolves seal the win. Gerdmann's evening ended with nine points and Slaby added six points. Four players scored at least five points for the Bulldogs, led by Rylie Ellie's eight points.

Wolves boys struck by Thunderhawks

The Algoma boys basketball team staged a comeback in the second half, but the damage was done in its 60-51 loss to Oneida Nation on Thursday.

 

The Wolves outscored the Thunderhawks 34-30 after halftime, but that only partially ate into the 13-point deficit they found themselves in entering the second half. Ethan Danforth and Evander Danforth-Alavez proved too much for the Wolves to overcome, scoring 17 and 14 points in the Thunderhawks' victory. Parker Lischka did his part to counter the Danforths, scoring 27 points in the loss. Chase Romdenne contributed 10 points. 

Wolves left chasing Storm, face Peshtigo Friday

The Algoma Wolves will be able to rinse the bad taste out of their mouth immediately after a 67-38 loss to cross-county rival Kewaunee on Thursday.

 

The Wolves found themselves down 22 points at the break as four different Storm players ended the evening in double figures. They played better in the second half, but they were still outscored 30-23 after halftime. 

 

Kewaunee's Jade Kroll led all scorers with 19 points while teammates Summer Walechka (17 pts), Gabby Stangel (12 pts), and Lexi Hanrahan (10 pts) added to the rout. Ryley Zimmerman led the Wolves with 14 points, while Sierra Slaby (9 pts) and Brooke Mattson (8 points) just missed out on double figures.

 

The Wolves hope to bounce back against Peshtigo on the road at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs are 0-10 in the Packerland Conference and have not won since a 41-36 victory against Gillett on December 29th.

Wolves trim Blazers

The Algoma boys basketball team bested the NEW Lutheran Blazers Tuesday night at home with a 69-49 victory.

 

The Wolves outscored the Blazers by ten in each half to get the convincing victory.

 

Parker Lischka tallied 23 points, and Cody Kirchman added 19 more as the Wolves improved their record to 5-4 (8-6 overall) in the Packerland Conference.

 

NEW Lutheran was paced by Sam Hillman’s 17 points.

 

The Wolves will now host Oneida Nation on Thursday night in a non-conference matchup.

Wolves girls fend off Blue Devils

The Algoma Wolves' girls' basketball team fended off a tough challenge from the Oconto Blue Devils to win 38-33

 

Points were tough to come by in the first half as they took a 16-12 lead into the locker room, aided by a pair of threes by Jadyn Nellis. The scoring started to open up more in the second half, but the Wolves were still able to outscore their visitors by a single point. 

 

Nellis and Sierra Slaby led the Wolves in scoring with 11 points, with Brooke Mattson adding eight points. The Blue Devils were led by Addi Viestenz's 11 points with three other players chipping in six points in the loss. 

Algoma girls douse Blazers

The Algoma girls' basketball team held off a stiff challenge from NEW Lutheran on Friday in a 55-51 win.

 

Five first-half three-pointers from the Wolves helped them secure a 29-23 advantage against the Blazers at the end of one period. Three of those made threes came from Jaydn Nellis, who would add one more in the second half to end her night with 14 points. Ryley Zimmerman led the Wolves with 16 points, while Therese Gerdmann also cracked double figures with 11 points. 

 

Ingrid Beaumont and Lexie Meerstein took turns pacing the Blazers on offense, with Beaumont dominating the first half and Meerstein doing the same in the second stanza. Both players finished the loss with 21 points.

Wolves battle Storm on 104.1 WRLU Saturday

The Algoma Wolves will renew the county high school rivalry against the Kewaunee Storm with a Packerland Conference boys basketball Saturday matinee.

 

The Wolves (4-3, 7-5 overall) are coming off a 46-39 win over the Gibraltar Vikings in Fish Creek on Tuesday.  The Storm (6-1, 8-4 overall) lost their first conference game of the season Thursday night in overtime to the Southern Door Eagles 79-67.  Thomas Stangel scored 23 points and Connor Kilgore added 21 in the game.

 

For the season, Parker Lischka leads Algoma in scoring with a 17.7-point average, while Kewaunee is led by Thomas Stangel with 24.5 points per contest.

 

Saturday’s game will tipoff at 2:00 p.m. from Algoma High School with pregame set on 104.1 WRLU at 1:45 p.m. with Paul Schmitt and Eric Fischer on the call. 

Algoma set to face NEW Lutheran

NEW Lutheran is set to host Algoma in girls' basketball on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Green Bay.

 

The Wolves are led by senior Ryley Zimmerman, averaging 11.2 PPG, and sophomore Jadyn Nellis, averaging 10.1 PPG on 40% shooting from deep. The Blazers are led by Ingrid Beaumont, averaging 13.8 PPG, and Lexi Meerstein, averaging 12.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 3.9 Stocks (Steals+Blocks). 

 

The Blazers suffered a nonconference loss to the Sheboygan Christian Eagles 59-49, while the Wolves are coming off their non-conference loss to the Brillion Lions 53-36. Both teams are looking for a conference win.

 

Wolves fall to Brillion girls 53-36

The Algoma Wolves took a break from the girls Packerland Conference basketball schedule to play the Brillion Lions in a tough non-conference matchup at home.  The Lions jumped to a 28-8 lead in the first half, but the Wolves would outscore Brillion 28-25 to make a run in the second half.

Brillion was led in scoring by Camden Hale with 15 points and Maya Brooks, who scored 11 of her 12 points in the decisive first half.  Emma Schuh also had 12 points for Brillion. 

Rylee Zimmerman led the way for Algoma with 12 points, while Brooke Mattson added 10 points. 

The Wolves will now play NEW Lutheran on Friday in Green Bay on Friday with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

 

(photo courtesy of Algoma Wolves Girls' Basketball)

Algoma girls top Gibraltar, face Brillion Tuesday

The Algoma Wolves will go for two wins in two days at home when they face Brillion after beating Gibraltar on Monday 48-37.

 

The Vikings and Wolves were closely contested throughout the game, with the home team grabbing a 27-21 lead before the break. Therese Gerdmann and Sierra Slaby each scored six points in the first half, with Slaby doing all of her damage from the free throw line. Slaby would score from the rest of the court in the second, ending her evening with 17 points. Gerdmann would end her night with 11 points, with Ryley Zimmeran contributing eight points. Mikala Gorham and Andie Schar each scored 10 points in the loss, with three others scoring at least four points. 

 

The Wolves will face the Lions at 7:30 p.m. as the visitors enter the Fulwiler Fieldhouse 3-9 and amid their second three-game losing streak of the season. Amaya Brooks scored 12 points in her last game which ended with the Lions falling to Oostburg 66-20.

Algoma bands roll out the barrel

How did a simple polka start as a time-honored tradition at an Algoma basketball game?

 

Algoma Band Director Jennifer Massey says the tradition dates back to when she was a student at UW-Milwaukee when she was in the school's pep band. "Between the years of 2001-2003 the Panthers were dominant in the Horizon League,' Massey said.  "At the end of each game our Chancellor would request that the band play the Beer Barrel Polka (her favorite song) as a 5th quarter.” she said on where she got the idea.

 

When she was hired at Algoma in 2004, she decided to bring the tradition with her, but move it to halftime instead of playing it after the game.  "If our team was winning at half-time, I would call out, #22 - The Beer Barrel Polka!”

 

It became a staple after two years of hearing it at half-time, Fran Bero came up to Massey in the middle of the song and pulled her on the court to polka. 

 

"It was hard-hitting news at the time as it made the front page of the Kewaunee County Star!," joked Massey.  "After the embarrassment of being pulled out on the court, I started asking the student section to join me.  As the years have passed, more and more students have joined the fun at half-time.”

 

The Algoma Pep Band is set to play during the next Algoma girls' basketball home game on January 15th against Gibraltar, which is a make-up from Tuesday's snow storm.