Kiel knocks Falls out of WIAA playoffs

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


ALEX ANTONIE (51) of Sheboygan Falls works past a Kiel defender, during a WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional playoff game at Kiel Tuesday, March 3. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman ALEX ANTONIE (51) of Sheboygan Falls works past a Kiel defender, during a WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional playoff game at Kiel Tuesday, March 3. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman KIEL - No. 3 seeded Kiel got hot in the second half to topple No. 6 seeded Sheboygan Falls 70-57, in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball regional playoffs Tuesday, March 3.

With the loss, Falls finished its season at 6-17 overall.

Kiel (15-10 overall) won its regional semifinal over New Holstein and advanced to the regional final game, where it lost to Valders.

The Falcons trailed by just six points at halftime, 28-22. However, the Raiders thwarted every Falcons’ comeback attempt led by Carter Voelker with 24 points and Trenton Nickel with 21.

“We ran into a good offensive team tonight,” said Falcons’ head coach Jake Frohling. “We executed our offense well at times, but we didn’t make the shots we needed to stay in the game.”


AUSTIN MADDEN (3) launches a shot, during a WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional playoff game Tuesday, March 3, at Kiel. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman AUSTIN MADDEN (3) launches a shot, during a WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional playoff game Tuesday, March 3, at Kiel. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman Kiel finished the game shooting 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field and connected on eight 3-pointers.

Nickel drained a 3-pointer right

Score by Quarters Sheboygan Falls......14 8 18 17-57 Kiel………………….19 9 22 20-70

Sheboygan Falls scorers: Joe Van Engen 2, Austin Madden 3, Caleb Nysse 1, Tyler Hass 2, Ryan Schmitt 14, Trey Hake 2, Ross Krist 13, Jared Petrie 9, Alex Antonie 9.

Kiel scorers: Nicholas Walsh 7, Carter Voelker 24, Jack Meunier 2, Trenton Nickel 21, Austin Goehring 14, Brandon Niemuth 2.

Three-point goals: Sheboygan Falls - Antonie 3, Krist 2, Schmitt 4, Petrie. Kiel - Walsh, Nickel 6, Voelker.

Statistics: Sheboygan Falls - field goals 28-59 (47 percent), free throws 9-15 (60 percent), rebounds 18, turnovers 4. Kiel - field goals 26-52 (50 percent), free throws 10-12 (83 percent), rebounds 22, turnovers 3. at the end of the second quarter to extend the Raiders lead to 28-22.

Kiel came out in the second half and put pressure on the Falcons’ offense, causing several turnovers and scoring the first six points of the third quarter for a 34-22 lead.

Falls junior Ryan Schmitt hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to 34-28.

Voelker added five more points with two free throws and a 3-point shot for a 39-29.

Falls junior Alex Antonie dialed up a 3-point shot to make the score 39-32.

Once again, the Raiders continued their hot shooting as Voelker and Austin Goehring hit baskets to give Kiel a 43-34 lead.

Falls relied heavily on its outside shooting to keep its hopes alive, as junior Ross Krist and Schmitt both hit 3-point shots near end of the third to cut Kiel’s lead back down to 45-40.

Nickel sank the Falcons with another 3-point shot to put the Raiders ahead 50-40 at the end of the third quarter. It was the third time that Kiel ended the quarter with a 3-point shot.

Antonie and freshman J.T. Petrie continued to try to keep pace with Kiel’s offense as they both hit 3-points to keep Falls within 54-46.

Nickel would strike for two more 3-points and the Raiders took a 64-53 lead with 2:56 left in the game.

Falls junior Austin Madden scored his first points of the game with three free throws near of the fourth quarter.

Voelker’s three-point play provided the final scoring in a wild quarter of offense from both sides.

“We played hard, but their shooting was hot,” said Falcons’ senior Joe Van Engen. “I will miss being with my teammates and wish them well next season.”

“I felt we gave them all we could,” said Falcons senior Tyler Hass. “They were just too hot. It will be tough not suiting up anymore. It was a good season.”

In the first quarter, both offenses went back and forth before Kiel ended the quarter with a 3-point shot from Voelker to take a 19-14 lead.

Antonie had a 3-pointer and sophomore Ross Krist scored five points and also hit a 3-pointer.

The Falcons went on an 8-4 run to cut the lead to 23-22 with baskets from Krist, Petrie, sophomore Trey Jake and senior Jacob Brading.

Schmitt led Falls with 14 points and Krist added 13 points with five assists.

After Van Engen, Hass, Brading and Caleb Nysse played their final game for the Falcons, Frohling noted that he will miss what the seniors did for this team.

“The seniors did what we asked them to do,” remarked Frohling. “They worked hard to and gave us what they had.”


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