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Season over for Wolves

Manawa falls to Oconto

By Mike Frazier

After advancing to the second round of the WIAA state boys’ basketball tournament for the first time in 26 years, the season is over for the Manawa Wolves.

The Wolves opened tournament play Feb. 27 with a 56-55 win in a Division 4 regional game in Crandon, but fell to Oconto 78-59 March 2 in a semifinal.

Oconto 78, Manawa 59
Manawa had an early 8-5 that included three-pointers from Seth Forbes and Josh Griesbach, but the Blue Devils answered with a 13-0 run.

That run gave Oconto an 18-8 lead and the Wolves never got any closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Oconto also turned seven Manawa turnovers into points to take a 33-13 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.

The Blue Devils led 42-20 at halftime.

Griesbach connected on four three-pointers and led the Wolves with 14 points. Jeven Sachtjen added 12 points, while Forbes and Mason Wiesner scored 11 points each and Ethan Wiesner finished with 10.

Carson Moe and Connor Ebben led the Blue Devils with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Oconto won a regional championship with a 56-51 win over St. Mary Catholic Feb. 3 and will now face Shiocton Thursday, March 8, in a sectional semifinal.

Manawa 56, Crandon 55
Manawa took a 29-20 lead into the locker room at halftime and had to withstand the Cardinals’ comeback attempt down the stretch.

Sachtjen led all scorers with 22 points and Mason Wiesner added 12. Blake Weber led Crandon with 20.

Manawa finished the season with a 14-10 record.


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