Bears overcome 6-turnover performance

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior defensive lineman Sam Griesbach pressures Wittenberg-Birnamwood quarterback Trevor Groshek in the second half of Bonduel’s 34-7 victory Friday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt, left, takes a handoff from quarterback Parker Bohm during Friday’s victory over Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Boldt had rushing and passing touchdowns, and intercepted two passes.

Strong defense, aided by four interceptions, helped Bonduel overcome a six-turnover performance Friday in a 34-7 victory over Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

The victory also made the Bears eligible for the WIAA playoffs for the fourth straight season. It was the team’s third Central Wisconsin Conference-8 victory, ensuring at least a .500 finish in the CWC-8.

In addition, Friday’s contest was the last conference game for the senior class on its home field, as the Bears travel in their final two regular season games.

“It was a little sloppy at first, but to get a win for them, I’m really happy, really excited,” Bonduel head coach James Westrich said. “Hopefully we can keep it going for a little while.”

Two Jordan Boldt interceptions, along with one apiece from Eli Mastey and Riddik Bohm, helped secure the win. Senior Sam Griesbach and Jacob Banker each eight tackles, while Griesbach added two tackles for loss.


Oconto County preserve deer tests positive for CWD

A white-tailed deer on an Oconto County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw announced Friday.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, reported the final test results back to the state. The animal was an 18-month-old female and was one of more than an estimated 1,450 deer in the 1,363-acre preserve.

The deer was born on the premises and killed on the preserve. Samples were taken in accordance with Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s rules, which require testing of farm-raised deer and elk when they die, go to slaughter or are killed. More than 1,000 deer from the preserve have been tested for CWD since 2010.


Hawks rally to roll Thunder

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School libero Saige Henning, center, celebrates the five-set victory over Seymour Thursday night at home with her teammates.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Niki Hoefs digs a ball, one of her team-high 21 digs on the night, during the second set of a five-set victory over Seymour on Thursday.

With Shawano trailing by six points early in the fourth set, already down 2-1 in games to Seymour, Julia Klement came up with five kills in six points to start a comeback that would lead the Hawks to a five-set victory at home Thursday.

The loss was Seymour’s first in Bay Conference action, allowing the Hawks to move into a tie for second place with the Thunder, one match behind Xavier.

“I think it just shows that when we play our game on our side that we can be unstoppable,” Shawano head coach Breanne Young said. “We have a great offense and a strong defense.”

Klement, who struggled to get kills early in the match, was able to get on top of the ball on her swings, along with getting better sets, in the final two games of the win (25-21, 18-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9).

“I was more pumped and I wanted to win,” Klement said. “I had more energy.”


High School Highlights

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School No. 2 singles player Cheyenne Knueppel serves in her match against Fox Valley Lutheran on Thursday. Knueppel won, 6-2, 6-3, and Shawano won by a score of 4-3.


Lhotka leads Hawks by taking 24th

The Shawano boys took 11th place and the girls 13th at the 13-team Red Raider Invitational on Thursday.

Bay Port won the boys meet with a score of 74. Luxemburg-Casco won the girls meet with an 83.

For the Shawano boys, Chase Lhotka took 24th in 17:26 and Griffin Bohm followed in 44th (18:04). Karsten Anderson (56th), Brandon Pagel (65th) and Ben Carroll (70th) rounded out the scoring for the team at 259 points.

The Hawks girls were led by Alice Hoffman (22:18) in 65th place. Sarah Mente took 80th, Haley Williams 81st, Caitlin Daniel 83rd and Sophia Holstrum 85th to finish the scoring at 394.


Shawano 4

Fox Valley Lutheran 3

Shawano freshman Isabella Buettner won her first varsity match to seal the Hawks’ home victory Thursday over the Foxes.

Buettner needed a second-set tiebreaker for the victory, 6-4, 7-6 (5).


Bonduel boys 3rd, girls 5th in Rosholt

The Bonduel boys cross-country team placed four runners in the top 25 to finish third in the team standings Thursday at the Rosholt Invitational.

Bonduel’s score of 88 would trail only Stevens Point (39) and Rosholt (44) in the 10-team meet. Wittenberg-Birnamwood (96) finished fourth.

In the eight-team girls meet, Rosholt (34) finished first and Wittenberg-Birnamwood (55) second. Clintonville (96) was fourth, followed by Bonduel (124) and Marion (149).

Jared Wondra finished in fifth place with a time of 17 minutes, 57 seconds to pace the Bonduel boys. Also scoring for the Bears were Colin Ewing (18:18) in 14th, Jacob Moede (18:26) in 20th and Austin Kurey (18:42) in 23rd. Alex Schill (19:39) finished in 33rd.

Two Wittenberg-Birnamwood runners finished in the top 20: Cole Schairer (18:14), who took 12th place, and Brendan Resch (18:26), who came in 19th.


2 Hawks qualify for golf sectionals

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Brianna Zook chips onto the 13th green at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Seymour during the WIAA Division 1 regional Wednesday. She shot a 95 and advanced to Monday’s sectional.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Kennedy Klemens watches a putt roll down the 17th green at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Seymour. Klemens shot a 105 at the WIAA Division 1 regional, giving her the final individual qualifying spot for next week’s sectional.

With a young team competing in wet and windy conditions Wednesday at the WIAA Division 1 regional, Shawano head coach Dean Kugler knew his Hawks could not keep up with the likes of Green Bay Notre Dame and Pulaski.

However, junior Brianna Zook (95) and sophomore Kennedy Klemens (105) advanced to Monday’s sectional as two of the top four individual qualifiers from the regional at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Seymour.

Zook, also a sectional qualifier last year, led the Hawks (450) to a fifth-place finish, behind Green Bay Notre Dame (373), Pulaski (408), Seymour (424) and Bay Port (428).

“I wanted to obviously shoot in the 90s,” Zook said. “I met my goal, and I wanted to make it again this year, so it’s a good feeling.”

Zook is in her third year of golfing. Kugler hopes playing with the top golfers in northeastern Wisconsin will inspire Zook to put in more work in the offseason.


High School Highlights


Witt-Birn 3

Pacelli 1

Wittenberg-Birnamwood got 33 assists and 16 digs from Madison Bushman in Tuesday’s 25-19, 16-25, 25-14, 25-13 road victory.

Taylor Nier added 18 kills and 21 digs for the Chargers (27-7, 6-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) and Lauren Bushman recorded 12 kills and 17 kills.


Bears send 2 to golf sectionals

The Bonduel girls golf team had a shot at doing something it hasn’t done since 2003.

However, the Bears came up two shots shy of advancing to sectionals as a team by placing fifth at a WIAA Division 2 regional at Irish Waters Golf Club in Freedom on Wednesday.

But Bonduel wasn’t denied being represented at sectionals as sophomore Kylie Guenther and junior Mariah Diemel advancing individually.

“It definitely means a lot,” second-year Bonduel coach Taylor McAdams said of sending two golfers on to sectionals. “It’s a confidence boost, especially to the two that made it. With having time left in high school, they know it’s possible. And, too, it means that somewhere between last season and this season I’ve made an impact, and that’s huge.”


Packers squeak into bye week on winning note

There are varying perspectives on whether it’s a boon or a hindrance for a National Football League team’s bye week to occur after having played just three games.

Many of the 78,000 fans at Lambeau Field last Sunday, though, were clear on how they felt about the bye week starting after 2 1/2 games.

The Green Bay Packers are guaranteed to come out of next Sunday’s action in second place in the NFC North, with the same 2-1 record they had after beating Detroit 34-27 in last week’s home opener.

Their Week 4 bye means extra healing time for injured Sam Shields, Jared Cook, Aaron Ripkowski, Clay Matthews, Datone Jones, Morgan Burnett, Letroy Guion and anyone else on the roster dinged up over the first three games.

The time off could also provide the coaching staff some introspection on how a blowout win almost got away from them.


Upperclassmen take over, win 11 events for Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Emily Thornock swims the backstroke leg of the 200-meter individual medley against Marinette on Tuesday. Shawano/Bonduel won 115-50.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano/Bonduel swimmer Megan Fischer took first in the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:24.78, beating teammate Britney Angeli by over two seconds, Thursday against Marinette.

Upperclassmen helped the Shawano/Bonduel swim team win all but two of the 13 varsity races Tuesday as the Hawks dominated Marinette, 115-50, at home.

Senior Emme Quandt and junior Lydia Colon each won two individual events, and relay teams comprised mostly of seniors won three races.

“They all looked really good. We’ve been practicing more on drills and technique, and it really showed tonight,” Shawano/Bonduel head coach Liz Teetzen said. “This is a time of year that the girls start to get burnt out, and today we all really kind of came together.”

Quandt thought the team performance was the culmination of recent work.

“We’ve been working really hard at practices lately and we’ve been putting in the work for the dry land,” Quandt said of the workouts the team has done outside of the pool. “So we were expecting it to show tonight, and I think it definitely did.”


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