Overtime victory ensures playoff berth for Bears

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Sam Griesbach and the Bonduel High School defense swarms Shiocton’s Brandon Spencer to tackle him for a loss during Bonduel’s 33-30 victory Friday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Trevor Pedersen looks for an opening before scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Bears’ 33-30 victory over Shiocton on Friday.

Bonduel High School senior quarterback Trevor Pedersen rolled to his right and found a hole in the defense for a 3-yard rushing touchdown, the game-winning score in a 33-30 overtime victory at Shiocton on Friday.

Shiocton took a 30-27 lead on the first possession of overtime as junior Jake Godin kicked a 23-yard field goal. On Bonduel’s first offense play in OT, Preston Robaidek took a handoff for 22 yards, to the 3-yard line. Pedersen scored the game-ending touchdown on the next play.

“You just have to try to play your best for four quarters, sometimes five, and it was fun,” Bonduel head coach James Westrich said. “I’m happy for these seniors. It was a big win for them, and I am really proud of the way they finished the game.”

The win ensured a WIAA Division 5 playoff spot for the Bears (6-2, 4-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8). Teams with a .500 conference record or above make the playoffs.


High School Highlights


Sumnicht, Moorman score for Hawks

After being held scoreless for the first half, Shawano Community High School quarterback Jack Hanauer found Dyland Sumnicht on a deep ball for a 70-yard score in the third quarter during Friday’s 43-14 loss to Xavier.

Kien Moorman added a two-point conversion and another 1-yard score for Shawano (2-6, 2-5 Bay Conference) in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks, however, could not stop Xavier (8-0, 7-0 Bay), which scored 18 points in the third quarter.

Hanauer completed 14 of 16 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Sumnicht had seven catches for 161 yards.


Dunnam helps senior class go out in style

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore middle hitter Brandi Gueths serves during the second game of Shawano’s 3-0 victory over Menasha.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale SCHS senior Erika Dunnam hits through a double block during the third set of Thursday night’s sweep of Menasha. Dunnam finished the game with 23 kills and 20 digs.

On a night when the Shawano Community High School girls volleyball team’s senior class would be recognized, the seven seniors made sure their moment was not going to end in a loss.

From the opening game Thursday, senior middle hitter Erika Dunnam powered past the visiting Menasha Bluejays in a 25-13, 25-19, 25-18 sweep in Bay Conference play.

“They came out with determination and we knew we needed to step it up,” SCHS head coach Jessica Cumberland said. “We can’t back down now where we are in our season, so we have to keep pushing it and excelling.”

Senior setter Annelies Young continuously set Dunnam, leading to 23 kills. Junior Miranda Washinawatok was second in kills with five.


High School Highlights


Hawks fall to West De Pere

Jacob Moesch was the only Shawano player to find the goal on Thursday, on an assist from sophomore Jacob Dickmann in a 4-1 loss to West De Pere.

Manny Morel recorded eight saves for the Hawks (4-12-1, 1-7 Bay). Tyrell Hesse relieved him and added one save late in the game.


Trash talk evolves over years, but still just talk

Trash talking in athletic competition has been around so long it probably dates back to the first caveman fistfight.

It’s hard to imagine either of those early combatants getting off much in the way of an elegant zinger, what with the nonexistent language and zero vocabulary and all, but you never know. Some of those Paleolithic guttural sounds might have been clever.

Few have attained loftier heights in the realm of trash talk than former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who raised it to an art form. Among his gems was the boast that he was going to beat an opponent so badly that he would need a shoehorn to put on his hat.

Familiarity breeds contempt, and so does athletic competition. The list of verbal jabs and haymakers among sports professionals is a long one that includes:

Former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson, who during an off-day press conference at the 1998 NBA Finals referred to Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag as “Osterdog;”


Wildcats battle Rosholt for 4 sets

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School defenders Mackenzie Hoffman, left, and River Otradovec jump to block an attack by Rosholt during Gresham’s 3-1 loss at home Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Sydney Jensen attempts to block Rosholt’s Bre Richter during the second set of Tuesday night’s match. Gresham lost, 3-1.

The Gresham Community School girls volleyball team was able to hang with tough competition Tuesday night.

Fighting for second place in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10, the Wildcats lost a back-and-forth battle with Rosholt, 25-23, 21-25, 25-13, 25-9.

“We worked hard. We gave it all we had,” Gresham head coach Tim Wild said. “We were getting touches in the front row and slowing their hitters down. We played together as a team and that paid off.”

Neither team was able to lead by more than four points and the score was tied 16 times through the first two sets.

“They fought every point like each point is its own game,” Rosholt head coach Jessica Wennesberg said. “That’s how we look at it. We don’t let an opponent’s advantage get the best of us.”

The third game started the same, until Rosholt (11-3, 7-1 CWC-10) was able to string together two five-point runs for an 18-9 lead.


High School Highlights


SCHS places 3rd at Portage meet

Shawano defeated Madison West, Portage and Green Bay Preble at the Portage Invitational on Saturday en route to a third-place finish.

Shawano lost in the first match of the day to River Valley. After losing to River Falls, the Hawks rebounded to defeat Preble in straight sets in the round-robin tournament.

Erika Dunnam again led the way for the Hawks with 46 kills, eight solo blocks and 22 digs. Senior setter Annelies Young tallied 55 assists, along with 15 attack kills and 13 digs.

Miranda Washinawatok and Kate Senzig each added seven kills for Shawano. Saige Henning recorded 11 digs.

Hawks fall in straight sets

Shawano played Seymour close through the first two sets Tuesday night before falling 25-21, 25-21, 25-10.

Erika Dunnam led Shawano (2-10, 3-2 Bay Conference) with 17 kills and 34 digs on the night. Saige Henning added 24 digs for the Hawks.


SCHS sophomore’s golf season ends at sectional

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale SCHS sophomore Brianna Zook chips a ball onto the green on the 139-yard, par-3 17th hole at Thornberry Creek Country Club on Tuesday afternoon. Zook finished with a 103.

Shawano Community High School sophomore Brianna Zook was able to do something the rest of her teammates could not do last week.

Advance to sectionals.

At Thornberry Creek Country Club in Green Bay for the WIAA Division 1 sectionals on Tuesday, Zook shot a round of 103 in the first group of the day.

Megan Growt, of De Pere, and Hannah Braun, from Kimberly, shot 77s to advance to state, with Sydney Maule from Appleton North earning the final individual qualifying slot with a round of 85.

Notre Dame and Green Bay Preble advanced with the lowest team scores for the meet with team scores of 355 and 359, respectively.

Zook’s best round of the year was a 97. She fired a 103 to make it to sectional as the final qualifier, so there was not much pressure on her to advance Tuesday.

“Our expectations were to come in, have fun and play well to see what it feels like to compete a little bit more competitively,” SCHS head coach Dean Kugler said.


SCHS tennis season ends at subsectionals

The Shawano Community High School girls tennis team did not advance any players to the WIAA Division 1 sectionals Monday, marking the end of the 2015 season for the Hawks.

Many of the flights were ranked in the bottom two of the nine competing teams, meaning they needed to play an extra game to get into the eight-team subsectional bracket in a split meet in Green Bay and De Pere.

Hannah Newmann, at No. 1 singles, won her first match of the day 6-3, 6-4, but lost 6-0, 6-0 to top-seeded Mei Fredeen of Green Bay Southwest.

Meghan Hoffman and Sara Hokenstad, who played at the No. 1 doubles, won the play-in game against Green Bay West 6-3, 6-0, before falling to the top-ranked duo of Mary Zakowski and Claire Rotherham from Notre Dame.


Bonduel unstoppable in 46-21 victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Blake Stoss fights off a defender before diving toward the goal line during the first quarter of Bonduel’s victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Saturday in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School defenders Elijah Mastey and Jonathan Ballestad combine to tackle Weyauwega-Fremont back Brandon Scheer for a loss Saturday in Bonduel’s 46-21 win.

Whether it was Blake Stoss, Preston Robaidek or Jordan Boldt, the Bonduel Bears running game had its way with visiting Weyauwega-Fremont in their high school football game Saturday in Shawano.

Bonduel (5-2, 3-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) piled up 432 rushing yards en route to a 46-21 victory over the Indians (2-5, 2-3 CWC-8).

Sophomore reserve quarterback Jordan Boldt recorded 75 yards on five carries, including a 61-yard touchdown run.

Robaidek had a 70-yard touchdown in the first quarter and a 69-yard run in the third quarter, which extended the Bonduel lead to 33 points.

“I thought the guys played a little more down hill, a little more intensity,” Bonduel assistant coach Dave LaBerge said after the game, which head coach James Westrich was unable to attend. “We were a little worried with how the kids were going to come out, but they came out with the intensity we needed. We set the tone early and kind of got it rolling.”


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