DNR nixes social dinners in wake of open meetings complaint

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources said it will no longer host social dinners for board members the night before regular meetings.

The move comes in the wake of a complaint filed over a possible violation of the state’s open meetings law, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Opponents of a snowmobile trail in Blue Mound State Park alleged the board broke state law when it met for dinner in January and discussed business before voting the next day to approve a new park master plan.

In the complaint placed by attorney Christa Westerberg, of Madison, on behalf of former superintendent Karl Heil, the attorney pointed out an email DNR sent noting the agency staff planned to not only attend the dinner but also discuss and answer questions about the snowmobile issue.


Bears dominated in road playoff loss

The Bonduel football team could not manage enough offense as Spencer/Columbus Catholic used a 16-point second quarter to take control of Friday’s WIAA Division 5 Level 1 road loss for the Bears.

Eli Mastey had 17 rushes for 56 yards, and Jordan Boldt added eight carries for 30 yards, but penalties were a major factor in preventing the Bears from advancing the ball throughout the game.

In total, Spencer/Columbus Catholic rushed the ball 44 times for 315 yards, including Hunter Luepke’s 17 rushes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Bonduel quarterback Parker Bohm completed just six of his 19 passes, including two interceptions on the night.

The loss ends the Bears’ season at 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the Central Wisconsin Conference.


Hawks’ season ends at hands of Tritons

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Shawano quarterback Jack Hanauer tries to escape from Notre Dame’s John Leonhard in the first quarter of Friday’s 45-13 loss to the Tritons in Level 1 of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs.

Shawano hung with the WIAA’s defending Division 3 champion Notre Dame for over almost three quarters on Friday, going part of the way without starting quarterback Jack Hanauer, who went down with an injury late in the second quarter.

The Hawks, trailing 24-13 at the time, used Jarrett Laatsch as the backup, and continued to march down the field, but could not wear down Notre Dame in Friday’s 45-13 Level 1 road playoff loss.

“I’m really proud of their effort tonight,” Shawano head coach Al Tomow said. “We stepped in against a defending state champion, and I thought we gave them a pretty good game.”

The Hawks allowed a score on Notre Dame’s first possession of the second half for the Tritons to go ahead 31-13. Shawano responded with a 16-play drive, including a Laatsch scramble for a first down, a diving catch from Crede Timm and a 25-yard run by Kien Moorman to get the ball inside the 10.



Leader photo by Chris Caporale Shawano/Bonduel swimmer Alexis Beschta swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard medley relay at the 16th annual Shawano Sprint Meet on Thursday.

Lydia Colon and Emme Quandt each had two individual top-six finishes in Thursday’s 16th annual Shawano Sprint Meet at Shawano Community High School.

Colon, in the 100-yard free and the 50 back, earned podium finishes, and Quandt, also in the 100 free and 50 fly, shined on the night as well.

Shawano, which competed against the majority of the Bay Conference, tallied 178 points., putting the Hawks in at a fifth-place finish. The Truckers took top honors with 372 points.

The Hawks’ 200 medley relay team of Colon, Megan Fischer, Quandt and Peyton Hrabik finished third in 2:09.56.

Fischer added a third-place finish of her own in the 50 breaststroke, and Hrabik swam strong in the 50 free.

Shawano’s 100 medley relay team of Anna Palmer, Britney Angeli, Skye Bohm and Danee Collier took sixth, as did the 200 free relay team of Colon, Hrabik, Samantha Leiser and Quandt.


Passing keys offense to POWERFUL performance

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel libero Althea Berry earns one of her 10 digs during Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal victory over Laona/Wabeno.

Playing just one match in the past 12 days gave Bonduel volleyball head coach Kim Strayer the chance to emphasize and work on defense in practice, and it paid off in Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal victory, over Laona/Wabeno, 25-14, 25-11, 20-25, 25-21.

In both serve receive and defense, the Bears were able to keep their offense in system behind setter Brynn Reinke.

Reinke got all of her hitters involved in the offense allowing for Kaitlyn Bohr (11), Kailee Pedersen (11) and Emily Sorenson (10) to all post double-digit kills as the Bears advanced to face Oconto in Saturday’s home regional final match.

“Pretty much this week, what we worked on was passing, passing, passing. I tried to emphasize that we can’t do any of the other things if we can’t pass the ball,” Strayer said. “I was so impressed with that. I was so impressed with their scrappiness and their quickness on defense.”


Hawks have no trouble sinking Marines

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Bayleigh Laabs attempts to tip around the block of Marinette’s Maddie Schultz during Shawano’s sweep at home Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Averi Vomastic passes a ball during the second set of Shawano’s sweep Tuesday. Vomastic had a team-high nine kills.

Behind the serving of Julia Klement and the front row play of Averi Vomastic, Shawano eased to a WIAA Division 2 regional victory over Marinette, sweeping the Marines, 25-11, 25-6, 25-12, at home Tuesday.

Marinette held a 3-0 lead in the first set before the Hawks started to take control.

“I think we always start slow and pick up the momentum later on, but I think that’s something we need to work on,” senior libero Saige Henning said.

Klement posted two kills and three aces to push Shawano ahead 16-7, and the Hawks would not look back.

The Marines could not keep up with the offensive firepower of Shawano.

“I knew they were a good team coming in, and we tried to slow them down with all the weapons they had,” Marinette head coach Scott Reis said. “They served well, and they made very few mistakes.”

Shawano used two more aces and three straight Marinette missed serves to take the first set 25-11.


High School Highlights


Green Bay East 4

Shawano 0

The Hawks were held scoreless in Saturday’s Bay Conference tournament game against the Red Devils at West De Pere.

Tyrell Hesse made 11 saves while giving up three goals for Shawano (11-8-2, 5-5-1 Bay Conference), which finished fourth in the Bay.

Will Bergner also got minutes in goal for the Hawks, recording three saves.

Seymour, with an 8-1-1 record in conference, won the Bay title.


Gresham 3

Oneida Nation 0

Dani Huntington dished out 24 assists to lead Gresham to a sweep of Oneida Nation at home Tuesday in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal, 25-18, 25-16, 26-24.

Sydney Jensen led the offense with 14 kills. Alyssa Roe posted nine kills for the Wildcats (14-11, 6-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Mackenzie Hoffman recorded 10 digs in the victory.

Tigerton 3

Almond-Bancroft 2


Lhotka paces Shawano with top-10 finish

Photo by Dennis Wilson Shawano Community High School sophomore Alice Hoffman (23 minutes, 32 seconds) crosses the finish line in 30th place at the Bay Conference meet at Winagamie Golf Course in Neenah on Saturday.

Shawano junior Chase Lhotka put pressure on the lead runners early and tried to stick around through the hilly course at the Bay Conference meet at Winagamie Golf Course in Neenah on Saturday.

Lhotka did enough to secure an eighth-place finish with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds as the Hawks took fifth at the seven-team meet.

Senior Brandon Pagel (18:45) finished 13th for Shawano, freshman Karsten Anderson (19:13) 19th and senior Griffin Bohm (19:29) 22nd.

“We were planning to go out there and get with the top guys and try to figure out a way to pass them. We wanted to show today that we are still a tough team,” a tired Lhotka said. “I was planning on going slower at the beginning, but I stayed with the top group so it would be easier when I hit those hills to get over them.”

Seymour, with the top two individual finishers, took the team title, with New London, Xavier and Green Bay East rounding out the top five.


Phantoms run rampant through Shawano defense

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School linebacker Richard Johnson attempts to make a play while West De Pere’s Hunter Folkman (88) finds the hole during the first half of Shawano’s 56-27 road loss Friday. The Phantoms rushed the ball 41 times for 451 yards.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior running back Kien Moorman finds space down the sideline on the Hawks’ first play from scrimmage in Friday’s 56-27 loss. Moorman ended the night with 12 carries for 87 yards.

The Shawano defense couldn’t come up with a stop in the first half, and the West De Pere offense ran rampant as the Hawks fell, 56-27, Friday in De Pere.

The offense wasn’t much better early on for Shawano, which had three first downs in the first half.

“We were a little timid at the point of attack, and it caused collisions to happen on our side of the line of scrimmage,” Shawano head coach Al Tomow said.

West De Pere quarterback Matthew McNabb rushed 70 yards on his team’s second play of the game, and running back Austin Beaumier punched in another score just over three minutes later. A recovered squib kick on the ensuing kickoff led to Beaumier’s second TD on a 29-yard run to put West De Pere ahead 21-0 less than 7 minutes into the game.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 63

Rosholt 0

Bonduel senior Becca Carpenter scored her first career touchdown on a 2-yard run, her first carry of her high school career, in Bonduel’s road victory Friday night.

Wyatt Erb had two first-quarter scores for the Bears (7-2, 4-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8). Riddik Bohm added a pick-six in the second quarter.

Bonduel rushed the ball 39 times for 277 yards, including one early score each from Eli Mastey and Jacob Banker.


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