Athlete of the Week: Hailey Buschman

Contributed photo Senior Hailey Buschman will try and help Shawano defend its home court when it opens the postseason hosting Antigo on Tuesday.

Athlete: Hailey Buschman

Sport: Girls basketball

Position: Forward

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

As the girls basketball season winds down, each playoff game could represent the final high school game for many senior players. Hailey Buschman, a Shawano senior, hopes to help the Hawks make a deep playoff run.

Buschman has scored over seven points in nine games this season, including a season-high 15 against Seymour on Dec. 14. She will hope to provide a helping hand as the Hawks open the postseason hosting Antigo on Tuesday.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I started basketball in second grade, playing with my friends as it continued throughout my life.

Q: What is your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?


Sturgeon spearers still in game on Wisconsin lakes

It looks as though sturgeon spearers on both Lake Winnebago and the upriver lakes will be able to continue their sport through the weekend.

A total of 31 fish were registered Friday, with Lake Winnebago contributing 17 fish and the upriver lakes 14 fish. Through the first seven days there has been a harvest of 224 fish from Lake Winnebago and 246 fish from the upriver lakes. Friday’s harvest on the upriver lakes included the harvest of five adult females, which means we are now 14 adult females away from the 90 percent trigger for the upriver lakes fishery.

Heavy snow Monday and Tuesday made tough going for the Frozen Chosen, but some gigantic fish surfaced this season, starting with a 171-pound beast on opening day (Feb. 9). Jon Eiden, 34, of Oshkosh jabbed the season’s biggest fish so far on opening morning in his Lake Winnebago shanty. It surpassed the biggest sturgeon jabbed in 2018, a 155.6-pounder.


3-point shooting helps Bears top Eagles

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Jalynn Martin, left, prepares to go up for a shot while being defended by Bonduel’s Breanna Schnell during Thursday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division clash at Menominee Indian High School.

With seedings being released this past Sunday, girls basketball teams knew the final week of the regular season would not be able to help or hurt them. Of course, heading into the postseason with some momentum is always a feat teams hope to accomplish though.

Thursday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division battle against Menominee Indian was especially important for Bonduel, which was coming off just its second loss of the season and won’t play again until Friday after earning a No. 1 seed and bye in Division 4.

Bonduel made the most of its final regular season game, knocking down 11 3-pointers to cruise to a 69-37 victory at Menominee Indian High School.

“I actually told the girls to treat this game like a tournament game. We’ve got a whole week off now,” said Bonduel coach Jerry Reinke. “I thought we came out and played pretty well. We were unselfish, and we shot the ball really well.”


High School Highlights


Menominee Indian 66

Marion 40

The Eagles overpowered the Mustangs in a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover matchup on Wednesday.

Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan paced Menominee Indian with 19 points. Ali King added 12 points, while Channing O’Kimosh scored 11.

“We played a really nice game with balanced scoring and contributions coming from all of our players,” said Menominee Indian coach Michael Skenadore. “We kept Marion off balance with defensive changes and we avoided the foul trouble that has followed us all season.”

Bridget Bazile scored 12 points to lead Marion.

Oconto Falls 54

Clintonville 48

A slow start doomed the Truckers in a North Eastern Conference battle with the Panthers on Wednesday.

Elly Arndt scored 14 points for Clintonville, while Abby King tallied 13. Lizzy Weatherwax tallied 10 points.


Antetokounmpo’s star power on national display

It may ignore things like traveling and palming the ball, but credit the National Basketball Association for knowing which buttons to push to save its All-Star Game.

Up until last year, the NBA All-Star Game had devolved into a spectacle of show and glitz so devoid of defense that it played like a cross between a dunk contest and a Harlem Globetrotters-Washington Generals game.

The 2017 showdown between the stars from the East and West Conferences ended with a final score of 192-182, leaving many of the paying fans with not only buyer’s remorse — the average ticket price was $2,000 — but also wondering exactly they had just watched.

With a slight twist in the selection process, though, a psychological element came into play among the competitors last year, and the All-Star Game became a game again.


Individual wrestlers prep for sectionals

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Max Sokolski, front, attempts to break out of the grasp of Weyauwega-Fremont’s Cian Fischer during the Central Wisconsin Conference Tournament on Feb. 2. Sokolski is one of eight Bonduel wrestlers that will be competing at sectionals this Saturday.

Less than a week from now, wrestlers from around the state will be under the spotlight at the 76th Annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison.

To earn that honor, wrestlers must qualify by turning in strong finishes at sectionals this Saturday. Six individual Shawano wrestlers will compete in the Division 1 Appleton North Sectional. Eight Bonduel, three Wittenberg-Birnamwood and two Menominee Indian wrestlers will all compete in the Division 3 Bonduel Sectional, which will be held at Shawano Community High School.

To qualify for state, Shawano wrestlers must place either first or second in their respective weight classes. Bonduel, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian wrestlers must finish in the top three to earn spots at state.

After second-place finishes at regional last Saturday, junior Ben Carroll (145) and sophomore Wyatt Brandt (106) lead Shawano into sectionals.


Local girls basketball teams earn postseason seeds

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kara Troxel, center, shoots a 3-pointer during a Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division matchup against Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Jan 8. Troxel and the Bears earned a No. 1 seed for the postseason.

Back on Nov. 5, girls basketball teams around the state stepped on to the court for their first day of practice. After months of hard work, teams learned their postseason fates when the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association released tournament brackets on Sunday afternoon.

Sitting with an 18-1 record at the time of the bracket release, the Bonduel girls were awarded a No. 1 seed in Division 4.

“To be honest, it wasn’t something that we talked about or set as a goal,” Bonduel coach Jerry Reinke said. “We really try to focus on the one game we are preparing for at the time. However, I think it is a reflection of the hard work in practice and the consistency that we played with over the course of the year that we were rewarded with the 1 seed. Getting the first game at home is very nice for the seniors, but we need to realize when playoffs start if you have one bad night you are going home.”


High School Highlights


Merrill 105

Shawano 79

The Hawks dropped a nonconference matchup to the Bluejays on Monday.

Carter Weisnicht scored 24 points to pace Shawano. Nick Sherman added 13 points, while Karsten Anderson and Kaleb Lowney each scored 11.

Weisnicht also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Sherman dished out four assists.

Wrightstown 64

Clintonville 58 (OT)

The Truckers dropped a North Eastern Conference overtime matchup to the Tigers on Monday.

Presley Rosenow and Nathan Morse each scored 12 points for Clintonville, while Aiden Polzin tallied 11.

Samuel Wittman tallied eight points, Alberto Dominguez chipped in seven and Sean Finger added six for the Truckers.

Manawa 107

Tigerton 58

The Tigers could not slow the Wolves in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division clash Monday.

Izaiah Hidde scored 16 points to lead Tigerton. Steven Parrott and Allen Jobe each contributed 10 points.


Shawano Pee Wee B team takes first

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano Pee Wee B team player Mason Murray, center, fires a shot during Friday’s 3-2 win over Ozaukee at the Crawford Center in Shawano. Murray and the Lightning finished the weekend 4-0 to place first.

The Crawford Center hosted its third and final youth tournament of the year over the weekend.

Five teams, including one from Shawano, took part in the Pee Wee B tournament, while nine teams, including one from Shawano, competed in the Pee Wee C Tournament. Rosters were made up of skaters ages 11-12.

The Shawano Pee Wee B team posted a perfect 4-0 mark to place first. The Lightning Pee Wee C team placed third after going 2-1.

The Shawano Pee Wee B team opened play against Ozaukee on Friday, claiming a 3-2 victory.

Noah Davids netted two goals for the Lightning, while Karson Stoss scored the other. Jacob Davids, Mitchell Specht and Stoss each recorded an assist, while goalie Dylan Prochaska made 22 saves defending the net.

The team continued play Saturday with a 3-2 win over Niles, Illinois.


High School Highlights


Mosinee 62

Witt-Birn 55

The Chargers came up short in a nonconference matchup against Mosinee on Monday.

Ethan Wesolowski paced Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 16 points, while Kody Szews scored 14.

Mike Gibson provided 10 points, and Trevor Linke chipped in seven.


Marion 57

The Mustangs could not hang with Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschool in nonconference action Saturday.

Cody Clegg scored 17 points to lead Marion, while Jared Krueger had 13 points and seven rebounds. Dhonivan Haas recorded 11 points.

West De Pere 76

Shawano 64

The Hawks could not keep pace with the Phantoms in the second half of a Bay Conference matchup Friday.

Nick Sherman erupted for 31 points for Shawano, which was outscored 45-35 in the second half. Carter Weisnicht added 16 points.

Ethan Schwitzer chipped in eight points for the Hawks, while Cody Nahwahquaw had seven.


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