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Algoma High School Archives for 2024-01

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.