Sports

Thu
20
Sep

Players all in despite tough seasons on the field


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Isaac Garside (2) and the Bonduel Bears will look to bounce back against conference-leading Amherst this Friday.

For several local high school football teams, the regular season has not gone according to plan.

Shawano, Clintonville, Marion/Tigerton and Menominee Indian are all winless on the season while Wittenberg-Birnamwood is winless in conference play.

Despite what the records might show, that won’t stop players from giving it their all when they step on the gridiron.

For Shawano, which is 0-5 overall and in the Bay Conference, the mindset is still to do whatever it takes to win instead of playing younger players in an effort to get a taste of what the future may hold.

“We aren’t going away from our seniors; we emphasize the finish and how important it is to stay in the fight.” Shawano coach Alan Tomow said. “That’s a lesson they can take them with them when they leave our program. We might try to work some young guys in, but we’re still going to prepare for games with the lineup that gives us the best chance to have success.”

Thu
20
Sep

Shawano learns from Xavier in loss

The Xavier girls tennis program has been perennially strong. Shawano is trying to build its program up it to that stature.

It was definitely a learning experience for the Shawano players on Tuesday when the girls squared off against Xavier.

The Shawano players put a great deal of heart and effort into their match but could only pull off a lone victory, from Rylie Anderson at No. 4 singles, falling 6-1 in Bay Conference action.

“They’re not backing down. They’re not playing afraid,” Shawano coach Matt Zoll said. “Sometimes when you play against a team that’s really good, you get a little nervous. They came out ready to swing, and that’s all that I can expect from them.”

Despite falling 6-0, 6-0, Shawano’s No. 1 singles player Bella Buettner took a lot of positives away from playing against Xavier’s Erika Curtis.

Thu
20
Sep

Bonduel teams shine at invitational

Both the Bonduel girls and boys teams were in top form Tuesday, taking first at the Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational. The girls posted a perfect score of 15 while the boys tallied a 25.

Kara Troxel led the girls with a time of 20 minutes, 19.36 seconds while taking first. Madison Kurey (22:01.11) came in second while Breanna Schnell (23:42.78) took fourth. Jessica Ewing (24:07.08) finished fifth while Erin Timler (24:36.51) was eighth.

Colin Ewing (18:59.98) took second and led the boys while Carter Kurey (19:00.99) came in third. William Beaumier (19:52.48) placed sixth while Jack Johnson (20:02.88) and Colen Klosterman (20:57.2) took seventh and 14th, respectively.

Katlin Thompson (25:42.21), Kim Smith (27:03.57) and Alexia Folkman (27:33.82) also ran for the Bonduel girls while Alex Jasch (21:32.75), Cooper Uelmen (21:39.28) and Michael Smith (22:12.55) competed for the boys.

Thu
20
Sep

LaBerge lands on first team

Shawano and Bonduel each wrapped up Bay Conference play by playing 18 holes at Wander Springs Golf Course in Wayside on Tuesday. Bonduel’s Jessie LaBerge capped her strong fall by landing on the all-conference first team while Shawano placed third as a team.

LaBerge finished with a score of 245, third in the conference, across the course of the conference season. She shot a 99 on Tuesday to lead the Bears.

Sydney Luepke fired a 112, Ava Pleshek recorded a 116 and Jenna Godin scored 161 to round out Bonduel’s four-player team.

Shawano finished third at the conference tournament Tuesday with a score of 427 and finished third over the entire conference season with 64 points. Taylor Johnson led the Hawks on Tuesday with a round of 102. Georgia Eggert and Kendra White each shot 108s, Macie Herm shot a 109 and Kiley Rusch totaled a 113.

Thu
20
Sep

High School Highlights

VOLLEYBALL

Tigerton 3

Gresham 1

The Tigers secured a hard-fought Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday. Tigerton won by scores of 25-22, 28-26, 22-25, 25-21. The Tigers improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in conference while the Wildcats fell to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in conference.

Monika Minniecheske recorded 16 attack kills, 10 service points, 10 digs, four aces and five block kills while Kelsi Shumaker had nine attack kills and five digs for Tigerton. Savannah Swartz tallied 14 service points and three aces, Jaidan Miller totaled 12 assists and Ladia Block posted 10 service points.

Karisa Nietzer led Gresham with 17 kills while Kennedy Hoffman had 12 digs. Valarie Cerveny recorded 16 service points and 15 assists.

Manawa 3

Bowler 1

The Panthers could not rally from a two-set deficit in another CWC-North match on Tuesday. Manawa won by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 12-25, 27-25.

Thu
20
Sep

Packers take thrill-ride act to Washington

Part of the preparation for Week 3 in the ever-changing NFL is sorting out the difference between what is enough and what is too much.

Four days removed from a disappointing tie game – which also could easily have been one of their worst early-season losses ever – the Green Bay Packers can still point to positive aspects of their 1-0-1 start.

For the moment, leave aside the obvious weekly riddle of what constitutes a legal catch, tackle or quarterback hit.

Clay Matthews would like to leave it aside altogether. The late hit penalty in the opener was bad enough, but the roughing the passer call on him against the Vikings – on a seemingly textbook near-sack of the quarterback – stung worse than a line drive off the nose.

Sat
15
Sep

Athlete of the Week: Monika Minniecheske


Contributed photo Monika Minniecheske has served as Tigerton’s top offensive weapon this season.

Athlete: Monika Minniecheske

Sport: Volleyball

School: Tigerton High School

Year: Senior

The Tigerton volleyball team is eyeing a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division crown, and senior Monika Minniecheske is leading that charge. Minniecheske serves as the team’s most consistent weapon on offense and is a great blocker due to her height.

In a conference-opening win over Bowler on Tuesday, she tallied 20 kills, 16 service points and five serving aces. On Thursday, she recorded 12 attack kills in the team’s loss to Manawa. In a triangular last week, the senior totaled 23 attack kills. Minniecheske was a first team all-conference selection as a junior.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: I was a manager in fourth grade. I learned the basics in volleyball and fell in love right away. It was very eye opening because I got to help the varsity girls practice and see how volleyball works.

Sat
15
Sep

Athlete of the Week: Alice Hoffmann


Leader file photo Alice Hoffmann is enjoying a strong start to her senior cross-country season.

Athlete: Alice Hoffmann

Sport: Cross-country

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

Alice Hoffmann is making the most of her final high school cross-country season. To open the season, she placed 21st with a time of 21 minutes, 30.95 seconds in a loaded invitational in Appleton back on Aug. 24. Since then, she has only improved her place. On Aug. 30, Hoffmann took 10th overall at the De Pere Invitational, posting a time of 22:18.52. She most recently led the Shawano girls team at the Charger Invitational on Tuesday, posting a time of 22:36.06 to finish fifth. She and her teammates will next run at an invite hosted by Shawano on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: I picked up running in middle school and have just continued it since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet or the cross-country season?

Sat
15
Sep

Shawano handles business against Green Bay West

Along with earning a victory, the Shawano volleyball team wanted to take away plenty of positives against Green Bay West on Thursday night.

Shawano took care of business with a 3-0 sweep, 25-5, 25-13, 25-12, and played a well-rounded match with every girl seeing time on the court.

“I think we played alright,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said. “Whoever was on the floor played together very well, so that was nice to see. We went out hoping to set the tempo and that’s what we did.”

Hawks senior Tori DePerry wanted to see an improvement in communication, among other things, from her teammates.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be as hard as a match and so we wanted to focus on the littler things which will lead up to our big things,” said DePerry, who had five attack kills and three block kills.

Shawano (16-5) had Green Bay West on the ropes early, jumping out to a 12-2 lead in the opening set. The Hawks kept the pressure on and eased to victory.

Sat
15
Sep

High School Highlights

GIRLS TENNIS

New London 6

Shawano 1

The Hawks hosted their final match of the season on Thursday, falling to the Bulldogs. Shawano’s two seniors, Karelyn Malliett and MacKenzie Foster, were also recognized.

Anna Cuenca secured the lone Shawano win at No. 3 singles.

Singles: No. 1: Kate Chrisitan NL def. Isabella Buettner, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Alley Ramirez NL def. Peyton Buerman, 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Anna Cuenca S def. Tricia Luedtke, 6-4, 6-0; No. 4: Grace Nelson NL def. Aubrey Zastrow, 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 1: Megan Pankow-Mariah Harter NL def. Lydia Dobberstein-Grace Licausi, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Tess Ruckdashel-Lauren Winkler NL def. Sarah Carlson-Elise Pyatskowit, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Olivia Tews-Myah Henderson NL def. Karelyn Malliett-MacKenzie Foster, 6-0, 6-0.

Saint Mary Catholic 7

Clintonville 0

The Truckers were not able to earn a win while battling the Zephyrs on Thursday.

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