Bears reflect on winter sports seasons at banquet

Bonduel High School concluded its winter sports seasons with its annual banquet honoring the boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling teams.

While each team will be returning key players next season, the Bears had a talented senior class across the sports and each coach emphasized the need to fill those crucial roles that will be lost.

Here’s a look at highlights of the night:

Boys basketball

The Bears ended their season 9-15 overall and 4-8 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East. The team broke a 100-point game for the first time in head coach Duke Copp’s career in a 106-92 win over Menominee Indian during the first round of the regional tournament.

In that same game, senior guard Bryce Weier broke the school’s single-game scoring record with a 46-point performance. Weier, who was the Bears’ leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, was voted co-MVP by his teammates. Weier also earned a spot on the all-conference second team.


Athlete of the Week: Warren Wilber III

Contributed Photo Warren Wilber III, a senior at Menominee Indian High School, was named to the first team for the Central Wisconsin Conference-East after scoring an average of 18.2 points per game.

Athlete: Warren Wilber III

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Menominee Indian High School

Year: Senior

Warren Wilber III led the Central Wisconsin Conference-East in scoring this season with an average 18.2 points per game, landing him a spot on the all-conference first team. The senior also led the Eagles in rebounding at 5.7 per game (130 total) and assists (82 total). Wilber played varsity for the Eagles all four years and hopes to continue at a junior college next year.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A It started when I was a little kid. I wasn’t the type to stay inside. I was always outside playing some kind of sport, basketball was one of them.

Q What do you think contributed to you being the top scorer on the team and conference, and a leader on the team?

A All the hours in the weight room and in the gym. I stopped doing track and baseball so I could focus on basketball.


Wisconsin’s first elk season is this fall

A total of 10 licenses will be issued this fall for the state’s first elk season in the Clam Lake region in north-central Wisconsin.

The historic hunt represents the culmination of 22 years worth of herd reintroduction and management efforts.

“Our volunteers and members have been looking forward to this moment for a long time, and a hunt will show the success of the reintroduction effort to a lot of people,” said Kurt Flack, regional director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which has invested over $1.6 million on elk reintroduction and other conservation efforts in Wisconsin. “We are excited to play a role in the hunt and continue to raise money for Wisconsin elk management.”


Bay, CWC all-conference honorees announced

Leader file photo Gresham Community School senior Drew Haffner was selected as the Central Wisconsin Conference-North’s player of the year. Haffner led the Wildcats in scoring with an average 17.3 points per game and hit a team-high 79 3-pointers over the season.

Leader file photo Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski was selected as the Central Wisconsin Conference-North’s player of the year. Kietlinski led the Panthers with 25.6 points per game this season and broke 2,000 high school career points.

Here’s a look at the winter sports all-conference selections announced so far.


Bay Conference

Alex Sumnicht was the sole Shawano wrestler selected to the Bay Conference’s first team. The junior posted a 22-12 record on the season and placed fifth at WIAA Division 1 regionals at 152 pounds.

Sophomore Keith Tourtillott represented the Hawks on the second-team. Tourtillott ended the season with a 20-12 overall record.


Central Wisconsin Conference-East

Bonduel High School

Bryce Weier was selected to the all-conference second team. The senior guard tied for the third-leading scorer in the conference (16.8 point per game) and was the Bears’ leading scorer. Weier also broke Bonduel’s single-game scoring record this season after a 46-point game in the first round of WIAA Division 4 playoffs.

Parker Bohm earned honorable mention. The junior forward was the team’s second-leading scorer (14.8 ppg).


In position change, Brewers’ Braun puts team first

As baseball’s spring training was winding down to the final weeks, the serious business of competing for lucrative roster spots gave way to moments of managerial fancy.

In one instance, Los Angeles Angels skipper Mike Scioscia arranged to change the song playing over the PA system during one of his players’ walk-ups to the plate. The target of this mischief was the Angels’ prime catch over the off-season, pitcher Shohei Ohtani of Japan, who on top of being a top-flight pitcher is also an accomplished hitter.

Such cruelty. Hitting in the majors is hard enough, but walk into that batter’s box when the wrong song is playing, as any hitting coach or maestro can tell you, and you’re looking at a three-pitch whiff.

Over in the District of Columbia, members of the Washington Nationals finished a practice session by taking an imaginary swing at an imaginary pitch and completing an imaginary game-winning walk-off trip around the bases.


Shawano honors winter athletes at banquet

Shawano Community High School winter sports coaches had the opportunity to reflect on their team’s seasons and present awards to the varsity athletes at this year’s winter sports banquet. Here’s a look at the awards, as voted on by the coaches and players.

Girls basketball

The Most Valuable Player Award went to Tori DePerry. DePerry also represented the Hawks on the Bay Conference’s first team.

Hannah Wendorff received the Hustle Award and Brandi Gueths won the Hawk Leadership Award. Gueths also earned an all-conference honorable mention.


Sam Tourtillott won the Most Valuable Player Award after representing the Hawks as a WIAA Division 1 state qualifier. The Heart of the Hawk Award went to Keith Tourtillott, who also earned a spot on the all-conference second team. Andrew Christian was named most improved and Colten Herm took the award for most pins.

Boys basketball


Athlete of the Week: Jacob Giese

Contributed photo Bonduel High School junior Jacob Giese.

Athlete: Jacob Giese

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 195 pounds

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Junior

Jacob Giese capped his first state experience with a third-place finish in Division 3 on Feb. 24 at the Kohl Center in Madison. The junior, who has been wrestling since age 6, posted a 44-7 record this season and won the 195-pound Central Wisconsin Conference title.

Q: Where did your interest in wrestling begin?

A: My interest was sparked when I was in kindergarten, and my parents introduced me to the sport.

Q: What’s your favorite part about wrestling?

A: That it’s an individual sport with great team camaraderie.

Q: What was the best part of your first state experience?

A: How excited the crowd got with each match.

Q: What is your favorite memory so far of Bonduel wrestling?

A: My favorite memories so far were made at state with some of my best friends.


Conservation Congress looks at making some changes

If you are an overachiever and like to plan ahead, you can get a jump on next month’s combined Wisconsin DNR and Conservation Congress spring public hearing by reviewing the questionnaire now on the DNR website.

The 7 p.m. April 9 hearings in all 72 counties are an annual tradition for sportsmen and a hallmark of the nation’s only grassroots conservation-law advisory organization, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress.

The meetings allow the DNR to air suggested changes in fish and wildlife regulations to the public for a non-binding vote by sportsmen and others, with the results serving as an advisory tool for the Natural Resources Board. The meetings also give the Conservation Congress a similar opportunity to air their suggested changes on the same questionnaire, gauging support or opposition by similar non-binding votes.

County Conservation Congress chapters also elect delegates at the meetings.


Delforge, Sprague to play college football

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School seniors Keegan Delforge and Dylan Sprague will both get back on the football field after signing letters of intent Thursday to continue their careers in the fall.

Delforge is set to play at Michigan Technological University, and Sprague will continue at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

“I always wanted to play football in college,” Delforge said. “I told myself that I was always going to play, no matter what, and to have it all fall together is an amazing feeling.”

Delforge, a defensive lineman who was second in tackles last season with 60, overcame wrestling injuries throughout his high school career. Delforge had surgery on his left shoulder sophomore year and right shoulder at the end of his junior season.


3 Bears set to continue athletic careers

Bonduel High School seniors Colin Wussow, Jordan Boldt and Dalton Cairns signed letters of intent Monday to continue their athletic careers in college.

Wussow will be playing football at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; Boldt is set to wrestle at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Cairns will continue basketball at Marian University in Fond du Lac.

“It’s very special,” Wussow said. “It was a goal I set for myself when I was growing up, to play in college. So it’s kind of surreal that it’s actually happening.”

For Wussow, football started with his earliest memories.

“I can remember tossing the ball around as a toddler on the farm and watching the Packers as a kid, and I just absolutely loved the sport,” he said.

Wussow locked in on the mindset to play football in college in middle school and made sure his athletic involvement in high school served that purpose.


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