Sports

Wed
14
Nov

Bonduel’s Garside, Hanus land on prestigious lists after strong seasons


Leader file photo Bonduel’s Isaac Garside runs with the football in a game against Iola-Scandinavia this fall. Garside was named to the All-Region and Small School All-State honorable mention teams for his play this season.

Bonduel seniors Isaac Garside and Colin Hanus played big roles in a powerful offensive attack this football season and were recently honored for their play.

Garside, Bonduel’s all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions, appeared on both the All-Region team and the Small School All-State honorable mention team released by the Wisconsin Football Coaches’ Association.

Hanus, another matchup nightmare for opposing defenses from his tight end position, also was placed on the All-Region team.

“It felt extremely good to be named on the All-Region football team,” Garside said. “It felt amazing to be named honorable mention All-State though. It made me really realize that all my work had paid off, and I am blessed to have played on a team that helped me be so successful this year.”

Wed
14
Nov

Safe deer hunt is most important success of all

Since this is my last column before opening day of firearms-deer season — arguably the most important day of the year for the state’s 650,000 hunters and the restaurants, motels, gas stations, sporting goods stores and the rest of the $1 billion economy that depends on them — I wanted to say something profound, witty and helpful before we all venture off into our tree stands, ground blinds and deer camps.

Coming back with a big buck or fat doe is important, sure. Sharing the fellowship of other hunters in your camp or group is vital, and even more memorable. Funny mistakes or minor goof-ups are going to make the adventure more fun. Along the way are thermoses of coffee in the rain, soaked boots from the deer drag across the marsh and trucks stuck in snowy ditches.

The most important thing of all is coming back home alive.

Sat
10
Nov

Young local teams ready to do battle in CWC-East


Leader file photo Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther looks to make a pass in a game against Weyauwega-Fremont. Guenther is one of just three seniors on the young Bears team.

It should come as no secret that the Amherst girls basketball team will be the one to beat in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division again this winter season.

Three local CWC-East teams — Bonduel, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian — that finished near the middle of the conference race last year will need to do their winning with young rosters this year as each team lost its fair share of senior talent from last year and will be turning to some newcomers this winter.

Bonduel finished fourth in the conference with a 5-7 record last year and graduated second team all-conference selection Brynn Reinke.

While the Bears return two starters — seniors Jessie LaBerge and Kylie Guenther — there are no juniors on the roster. Kara Troxel and Mackenzie Moore also return varsity experience at the guard position but coach Jerry Reinke will still have to rely on a handful of sophomores and possibly even some freshmen for big-time minutes.

Sat
10
Nov

Well-placed trail camera helped editor go viral


Contributed photo This screenshot from the trail camera video shows the eight-point buck watching Leader sports editor Morgan Rode and his brother walk to their evening hunting spots.

As the video file uploaded, I texted my brother, “You ready to go viral, lil’ bro?”

Little did I know how true those words would become in just a matter of hours.

When I am not covering a sporting event or writing up a story, one of my favorite things to do is be out in the hunting woods.

Living over two hours away from the grounds I hunt in western Wisconsin, I’ve come to appreciate trail cameras quite a bit. Trail cameras can be vital tools in learning the behaviors and patterns of a white-tailed deer, but a week ago, I learned how heartbreaking scrolling through some of the photos and videos can be.

After spending several hours in the woods with my brother Nov. 3-4, I returned back to Shawano on Monday morning for the work week. After seeing a fair share of deer activity — but no bucks to my knowledge — I again pondered where to sit in order to put myself in a better position to harvest a mature buck this year.

Fri
09
Nov

Hawks’ eyes set on conference crown


Leader file photo Shawano Hailey Buschman goes up for a layup against New London. Buschman is one of three returning starters for the Hawks.

The temperature is starting to drop and the snow is starting to fly, meaning the high school winter sports season is right around the corner.

Girls basketball teams hit the practice courts for the first time on Monday, with the first games already being played as early as Nov. 13.

After finishing third in the Bay Conference and posting a 15-9 overall record last year, Shawano is prepping for a memorable winter season.

Coach Ryan Koenig believes the Hawks can contend for a conference title.

“Every day the team needs to be focused in practice and players need to understand their roles on the team and accept them,” said Koenig on what it will take for the team to reach its lofty goal. “We need to push each other to get better and expect more from each other, with that comes accountability and then something special can happen this season.”

Fri
09
Nov

Shawano’s Jung, Klement earn conference nods


Leader file photo Clintonville junior Presley Rosenow handles the ball in a match against Shawano in September. Rosenow was selected as a first-team defender in the North Eastern Conference.

After turning in strong seasons on the soccer fields, a total of seven local players were recognized for their play with spots on all-conference teams.

Coaches within the Bay, North Eastern and Central Wisconsin conferences voted the players to first, second or honorable mention teams.

Bay Conference

While Shawano did not finish near the top of the Bay Conference, that didn’t stop conference coaches from recognizing a pair of Hawks players.

Junior forward Michael Klement and senior midfielder Mitchell Jung were each selected to the honorable mention team

“It means a lot that Mitch and I were selected to be on the honorable mention team of the year,” Klement said. “The team, as a whole, worked hard and improved throughout the season and it’s an honor that out of everyone, we were selected. Even though we might not have had the best record, I can guarantee that we had the most fun in conference and on and off the bus rides.”

Thu
08
Nov

Klement named co-player of year in Bay


Leader file photo Shawano junior Tori DePerry hits the ball in the regional title game against Notre Dame Academy in October. DePerry made the all-conference honorable mention team this fall.

For a second straight year, the Shawano Community High School girls volleyball produced a player of the year in the Bay Conference.

In 2017, Shawano’s Averi Vomastic shared the honor with Xavier’s Gabby Murray. This year, Shawano senior Julia Klement was tabbed as one of three players of the year in the conference along with Murray and West De Pere’s Emilie Everard.

“It’s a huge honor to be named co-player of the year, I think that’s something that any player would strive for in their career,” Klement said. “It has been a goal of mine ever since I reached high school and it makes all the hard work worth it. I definitely wouldn’t be here without the help and encouragement from my teammates. They have been awesome and playing with them is something I’ll cherish forever.”

Shawano had four other players — seniors Bayleigh Laabs and Tori DePerry and juniors Abi Vomastic and Katelyn Wilber — also make an all-conference team.

Thu
08
Nov

Dickelman earns spot on Bay first team


Leader file photo Shawano sophomore quarterback Gage Timm (2) reads a Xavier defender while senior Nick Grignon, middle, looks to throw a block and junior Brayden Dickelman (23) awaits a potential pitch in a game in late September. Dickelman made the all-conference first team while Grignon was selected to the second team and Timm was an honorable mention.

A position switch from wide receiver to running back for Shawano’s Brayden Dickelman was a way for coach Alan Tomow to get the playmaker the ball more often in his junior season.

Dickelman took advantage of his opportunities and produced a monster season on the ground to earn a spot on the Bay Conference first team.

“It’s a tremendous honor being on the first team and knowing all the coaches in our league think I’m one of the best players in our conference,” said Dickelman, who rushed for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns on the season while also returning two punts for scores and adding a touchdown reception.

Dickelman, an honorable mention selection at receiver as a sophomore, was one of seven different Hawks that earned spots on an all-conference team. Coaches within the conference voted the players to the respective teams recently.

Thu
08
Nov

No place like home for Pack to get back on track

Lambeau Field may have never been more of an oasis to the Green Bay Packers, who at the midpoint of their season have neither lost at home nor won on the road.

As the only one in a 14-player confidence pool to have picked the Pack to beat both the Rams and Patriots – and like Packer fans everywhere – it’s natural to wonder what the deal is with this year’s group.

Are the Packers an unlucky but strong team on the verge of a breakout, waiting to pounce once they learn how to get out of their own way? Or are they a middle-tier club that may have been a touch overrated coming in?

One thing is sure after having squandered a second straight opportunity to upend a powerhouse. The Packers are running out of wiggle room. Wide receiver Davante Adams hinted that Sunday’s home date with the Dolphins is as close to a must-win as it gets in Week 10.

Wed
07
Nov

Hawks athletes recognized at banquet

After giving it their all during the fall sports seasons, Shawano Community High School athletes were recognized for their efforts at the Shawano Athletics Fall Banquet at The Gathering on Monday.

Shawano coaches presented a number of awards to the deserving athletes while also providing short recaps of their seasons. The event was sponsored by the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.

Volleyball

The Shawano volleyball team had another season to remember this fall, finishing with a 32-9 record overall and second place finish in the Bay Conference under coach Breanna Young.

The Hawks were handed a No. 4 seed in the postseason and advanced to the regional title game.

Setter Bayleigh Laabs orchestrated the team’s strong attack game and was named the team’s most valuable player. Kyra Klement was deemed the most valuable defensive player.

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