Voelker, Walsh ignite Kiel past Panthers


KIEL – Carter Voelker and Nicholas Walsh combined for 41 points to spark Kiel past the Plymouth Panthers, 67-57, in Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball action here Friday night.

Voelker, who pumped in 34 points to lead the Raiders to a 74-66 win over PHS on Jan. 9, hit a gamehigh 23 Friday. Walsh chipped in with 18.

The Raiders upped their EWC record to 7-6 (12-9 overall). The Panthers dropped to 9-4 in the league (13-8 overall) and are in second place.

Kiel outscored PHS 43-33 in the second half after the game was tied 24-24 at halftime. The Panthers rallied from being down double-digits early in the game to pull even at halftime.

A last-second basket gave Kiel a 49-44 lead after three quarters.

“Give Kiel credit, they were able to create some scoring opportunities for themselves and shoot the ball well all night both inside and out,” said Panther head coach Butch Cain.

“They were able to score in transition at a higher rate than us and we take great pride in making this an area which is advantageous to us.”

Dominic Bocchini and Zac Cain led a well-balanced PHS offense with 12 points each. Nick Casper and Matt Olig added 11 apiece. Olig and Cain were the top rebounders with 11 and 10, respectively.

Cain led PHS in assists with three and Bocchini had two. TJ Moegenburg had a team-high two blocked shots.

Free-throw shooting was crucial to the outcome as Kiel outscored PHS 14-1.

“We shot the ball pretty well [46 percent from the field] and rebounded on the offensive end of the court but just didn’t get to the line or convert on as many of our second-chance opportunities as we have to nightly,” said coach Cain.

“We need to cut down on our turnovers and apply better ball pressure in order to be as efficient and consistent as we can be in dictating the tempo of games.”

PHS had 17 turnovers to only seven for Kiel.


Jake Willeford scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack as the Panthers breezed to a 59-39 junior varsity win. PHS upped its EWC record to 12-1 (16-5 overall).

Willeford buried four threepointers. All 11 Panthers scored. Cody Kuhn was second in scoring with nine and had a team-high five steals. Derek Schweiger led in rebounds with five.

“We passed the ball well again as a team. We had 16 assists [no Panther with more than two assists] on 22 made baskets,” said PHS coach Jason Jaeckels.

In freshman play, the Panthers cruised to a 64-41 victory. Cade Knaus led PHS scorers with 15 and Adam Smith netted 12. PHS improved to 11-2 in the EWC (16-4 overall).

Mason Guell paced PHS in rebounds with 11. Smith had a teambest four assists. Panther coach Scott Richards said Alex Kelly and Derek Novotny played well in reserve.


Score by Quarters
Plymouth…............11 13 20 13 – 57
Kiel.........................16 8 25 18 – 67

Plymouth scoring: Dominic Bocchini 12, Nick Casper 11, Zac Cain 12, Gage Nischke 7, TJ Moegenburg 4, Matt Olig 11.

Three-point goals: Bocchini 2, Cain 2, Casper 1, Nischke 1.

Kiel scoring: Nicholas Walsh 18, Carter Voelker 23, Jack Meunier 8, Trenton Nickel 9, Austin Goehring 8, Brandon Niemuth 1. Three-point goals: Walsh 3, Voelker 2, Meunier 1, Nickel 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 26-57, 46%; Kiel 23-45, 51%. Free throws: Plymouth 1-4, 25%; Kiel 14-17, 82%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 27, Kiel 24. Turnovers: Plymouth 17, Kiel 7.

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