Patience pushes Gresham to dominant victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Senior Neal Cerveny runs the fast break for 2 of his game-high 29 points in Gresham Community School’s 15-point home victory Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Drew Haffner gets around Wild Rose’s Jacob Lund in the post before dishing the ball to a teammate in the first half of Gresham’s 71-56 victory Tuesday.

Over the final 22 minutes of its game Tuesday, the Gresham boys basketball team used patience to wear down Wild Rose and its zone defense in a 71-56 home victory.

“They had great patience,” Wild Rose head coach Jim Komp said. “They were not going to take a bad shot in the second half, and I think that’s a credit to coach (Jeff) Zobeck and the discipline he’s got with his kids.”

Gresham posted 9 points in the final three minutes and 45 seconds of the first half, then used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to pull away.

Junior Todd Otradovec played a large role in breaking down the visitors’ 2-3 zone, scoring 12 points on five layups, and then Drew Haffner got going from the 3-point line in the second half to open up the game.

Haffner hit a 3-pointer less than two minutes into the second half, then drilled another as part of the 12-2 run.


Bears fall twice in Gillett/Suring double dual

Jacob Banker, at 182 pounds, and Adrien Keiler, at 195, were the only two Bonduel wrestlers to go 2-0 Tuesday at the Gillett/Suring double dual, which also included Coleman.

Bonduel fell to Gillett/Suring, 46-36, and WIAA Division 3 rival Coleman, 69-9.

Banker pinned Gillett/Suring’s Austin Perkins in 3 minutes flat and earned a 7-1 decision over Coleman’s Abraham Nowak.

Keiler secured two pins on the night, in 1:10 over Gillett/Suring’s Ben Burt and in 3:51 over Coleman’s Gunnar Patz.

Banker and Keiler were the only two Bears to win against Coleman.

Jordan Boldt (126 pounds) and Chris Salerno each pinned their opponents in the Bears’ dual with Gillett/Suring. Boldt lost his match to Coleman’s Billy Canter by sudden victory.

Banker is the lone Bears wrestler to remain undefeated. He sits at 8-0.

Gillett/Suring 46, Bonduel 36


High School Highlights


Pulaski 70

Shawano 60

Senior Austin Kohl scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Shawano fell on the road Tuesday night.

Jacob Lacy and Kaden Richards each had three assists for Shawano (0-4).

Alex Mueller added 12 points for the Hawks.

Bonduel 67

Oconto Falls 64

Bryce Weier scored a game-high 22 points as Bonduel won in overtime at home Tuesday night.

Parker Bohm posted 15 points, and Dalton Cairns added 10 for Bonduel (1-2).

Oconto Falls outscored the Bears 34-26 in the second half to tie the game at 61-61 after regulation.

Menominee Indian 80

Tigerton 55

Darwin King posted a career-high 22 points as Menominee Indian won on the road Tuesday night.

Ron Frechette added 19 points, and Warren Wilber posted 15 for Menominee Indian (1-1, 1-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Mosinee 58

Witt-Birn 52


Defensive intensity suffocates Red Devils

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry goes up for a layup in the first half of Friday’s 50-34 victory. She posted a game-high 22 points for the Hawks.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Kennedy Klemens reaches to steal the ball from Green Bay East’s Ariel Malvitz in the second half of Friday’s 16-point victory.

Shawano sophomore Tori DePerry took over offensively for the Hawks in Friday’s Bay Conference opener at Green Bay East.

DePerry tallied a game-high 22 points, including 10 from the free-throw line, as she got past the Red Devils’ top player, Ja’Staria Brantley, for easy layups or drew fouls in a 50-34 victory.

“She’s got to be able to read the defense, and she’s also a sophomore right now, and she’s just got to start understanding when people come out or stay back and what to do, and it’s got to be quicker,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said.

DePerry scored her first eight points from the free-throw line before adding two layups in the final five minutes of the first half as the Hawks built a 25-17 advantage.

“She’s pretty close on me before I even had my dribble, so I just went right around,” DePerry said.

Shawano made just five field goals in the first half, but got 13 points from the charity stripe in 19 attempts.


High School Highlights


Merrill 62

Shawano 50

Senior Austin Kohl had 17 points and eight rebounds, but Shawano lost on the road Friday night.

Alex Mueller added 16 points and two assists for the Hawks (0-3).

The Hawks were held to 17 first-half points.

Crivitz 63

Bonduel 46

Bryce Weier scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, but Bonduel lost at home Friday night.

Dalton Cairns added 9 points in the post for Bonduel (0-2).

After leading by 1 point at halftime, Crivitz outscored the Bears 31-15 in the second half.

Gresham 74

Tri-County 49

Neal Cerveny and Drew Haffner combined for 66 points as Gresham won on the road Friday night.

Gresham (1-1, 1-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) also got 16 points from Todd Otradovec.

The Wildcats led by 15 at the break before holding Tri-County to 21 second-half points.



Eagles overcome forfeits to beat Bears on criteria

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian senior Kyle Komanekin pins Bonduel’s Colin Wussow in the first match of Thursday’s dual in Keshena. The Eagles and Bears tied 39-39, but Menominee Indian won on criteria.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt takes down Menominee Indian’s Trevor Madosh en route to a pin in 1 minute and 7 seconds Thursday.

Coming into Thursday’s season-opening dual, Menominee Indian wrestling coach Kirk Bahr wasn’t excited to be giving Bonduel 18 points via forfeits.

However his team came out fighting, earning six pins on the night to tie the Bears 39-39, then taking the victory on Criteria H, the eighth tiebreaker — scoring more first points in the match.

“I was nervous about how my team was going to come out tonight,” Bahr said. “I knew they were excited all day. They were ready to wrestle, but I didn’t know. They matured as wrestlers since last year from what I saw.”

“I was hoping to see more that we would have gotten a few more wins and come out as a team in winning, but that didn’t happen. Menominee was more prepared than we were,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “They came out to wrestle and their home meet here, and they were excited about that, and there were a few matches I felt we could have done a little bit better of a job (in).


High School Highlights


Witt-Birn 57

Tomahawk 37

Cory Fraaza scored 19 points and Teagon Lehman added 13 as Wittenberg-Birnamwood picked up a home victory Thursday night.

Matt Kapitz grabbed five rebounds, and Casey Kerstner added five steals for the Chargers (2-0).

Lehman had three of the Chargers’ eight assists on the night.


Antigo 44

Clintonville 24

Clintonville senior Catherine Morse had a team-high 10 points on four field goals in the Truckers’ home loss Thursday.

Elly Arndt added 5 points for the Truckers (0-4).

Morse pitched in 10 rebounds, while Savannah Harbath dished out three assists.


Packers come through in 1st of must-wins

After putting away the surgical instruments and disconnecting the IV drip, and just before wheeling the gurney down to the morgue, the nurses called the doctor back into the operating room.

The would-be stiff appeared to still have a pulse.

With their playoff chances dangling on the faintest of life support, the Green Bay Packers summoned a wakening breath and sat up in the bed, not quite well but definitely not dead yet.

In what must be considered their best game of the year, the Packers handed Philadelphia its first defeat at Lincoln Financial Field last Monday, 27-13, and in doing so kept their slim postseason hopes alive for another week.

With four straight losses in the books and even the most hopeful of supporters looking to next year, quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a fanciful, bold prophesy. He looked at the Packers’ remaining games and saw them running the table.


Eagles seniors putting stamp on final season

The Menominee Indian High School senior class is leaving its mark on the wrestling program.

Head coach Kirk Bahr is eager to see what the four seniors can put on the mat in their final season.

Antonio Mahkimetas, Lenny Warrington, Kyle Komanekin and Leander Moon have been acting as role models for the rest of the team.

“Those four are the ones I’m expecting big things from, but we are going to have surprises from a couple of other kids,” Bahr said.

The seniors are not only leading on the mat, they also are making sure the rest of the team stays eligible through grade checks, which makes Bahr’s job a little easier.

“They are getting on our younger guys to get their grades up,” Bahr said. “I don’t have to watch these kids like a hawk in the hallways because my seniors are doing it.”

The Eagles, who hope to fill close to a full lineup for the majority of the season, have about a half dozen new wrestlers this season.


Bears suffer late road collapse in opener

A lot of uncertainty surrounded the Bonduel boys basketball team entering its first game.

Head coach Duke Copp feels he was able to learn a few things while watching his youngsters grow up.

Bonduel led host Suring three-quarters of the game, but a late 8-0 run by the Eagles helped them down Bonduel 47-45 in nonconference action on the road Monday.

“I told the kids I thought we played really hard, I just love that,” Bonduel head coach Duke Copp said. “They played with great effort, competing. We’re just young. Most of these kids haven’t even played varsity, so it’s going to be a little while. We had some mental breakdowns at the end and missed some easy bunnies.”

It’s the first time in four years Suring has knocked off Bonduel. The Bears had won the previous three matchups.


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