Hawks handle Menasha

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Alex Sumnicht, top, wraps up Menasha’s Kody Dorton at the 160-pound weight class during Thursday’s Bay Conference dual at Shawano Community High School. Sumnicht went on for a 10-3 decision win.

After placing fifth as a team at the Herb Tyler Invitational on Saturday, the Shawano wrestling team came into Thursday’s Bay Conference dual against Menasha a little short-handed because of some injuries.

Despite that fact, Shawano was still able to control most of the duals on the night and pick up a 57-18 victory during parent’s night at Shawano Community High School.

“I think our guys showed that they could come out and stick to a plan tonight,” Shawano coach Mike Homan said. “They stayed with their offense and worked on some things we’ve been harping on them about and really just continuing to get better. It was more about going out and doing what we could do and sticking to that.”

With the win, Shawano moved a step closer to claiming the Bay Conference title. The Hawks will take their 5-0 conference mark to Xavier next Thursday, and with a win, would capture the crown.


Athlete of the Week: Justice Paiser

Contributed Photo Senior Justice Paiser has been a reliable scorer for Gresham and has helped the team turn its season around after a slow start.

Athlete: Justice Paiser

Sport: Boys basketball

Position: Forward

School: Gresham Community High School

Year: Senior

It was a tough start to the season for the Gresham boys basketball team, which opened the year 2-8. Since then, the Wildcats are 3-2 and starting to play more competitive basketball, with senior Justice Paiser helping lead the way.

Paiser, who battled an injury during the fall sports season, helped Gresham to a win over Tigerton on Thursday, scoring 14 points. He tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in a battle with Crandon back on Jan. 15 and recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Northland Lutheran on Jan. 11.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My dad was the high school basketball coach when I was in elementary school. I was the waterboy so I was at all the practices and games. That’s where my love began.


Shawano eases past Antigo

Going into its Great Northern Conference dual meet against an undermanned Antigo squad, the Shawano boys swim team knew victory would be a given.

With conference and regionals right around the corner, head coach Jeff Easter and the rest of Shawano coaching staff stressed leaving it all in the pool and not letting up.

Shawano handled business on Thursday, earning 10 first-place finishes in a 107-39 win over Antigo at Shawano Community High School.

The Hawks 200-yard medley relay team of Collin Buerman, Karson Rades, Camden Kroll and Josh Bergmann got the night off to a strong start for the hosts, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 57.48 seconds to place first.

Peter Fuller then eased to a win in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.73, nearly 35 seconds faster than any other competitor.


Giant buck likely largest ever killed by a hunter

Luke Brewster’s deer makes the legendary turdy point buck of song fame look like a spike buck.

The Virginia hunter’s 2018 Illinois buck kill is believed to be the largest buck ever killed with a bow and the largest buck ever killed by a hunter.

With 38 scorable points, the nightmarish non-typical rack has an official net record book entry score of 320 5/8 inches, surpassing the current world record Boone and Crockett Club score of 312 inches and the Pope & Young Club record score of 294 inches. Pope & Young Club records archery kills only and Boone and Crockett Club records both gun and archery kills.

The Nov. 2 kill in Edgar County was measured after the mandated 60-day drying time. The jaw-dropping rack was revealed Jan. 10 at the first day of the Archery Trade Association (ATA) show in Kentucky.


Shawano topples Green Bay United

With the weather this week throwing a wrench in the schedule, the Shawano reserve boys hockey team was only able to practice once.

That lack of on-ice work was evident in the first period of Shawano’s game against Green Bay United on Thursday.

After a slow first 15 minutes, the Hawks kicked it into another gear. Shawano scored five goals in the final two periods en route to a 5-2 victory at the Crawford Center.

“It took a little time to get fired up after that snow break,” Shawano coach Garret Smith said. “We were working together as a team and making our passes connect and then we started having some success. The goalie for the other team is pretty fast in movement and I think a pretty skilled player, so it took either a really well-placed shot or some scramble in front to get a goal. We got a lot of opportunities.”


High School Highlights


Amherst 40

Witt-Birn 39

The Chargers lost a Central Wisconsin Conference dual to the Falcons on a tiebreaker on Thursday.

Austin Worzalla (113), Bryce Zoromski (138) and Jeremy Landowski (170) all earned wins by pin for Wittenberg-Birnamwood on the night.

Allen Uttecht (285) earned an 8-2 decision win for the Chargers while Will Urquhart (145), Pierson Potrykus (120) and Bedani Sierra (106) all picked up forfeit wins.

Menominee Indian 42

Tri-County 25

The Eagles won a forfeit-filled CWC dual over the Penguins on Thursday.

Morgun Fish (152) earned the lone win by pin for Menominee Indian, taking down his opponent in 1 minute, 26 seconds.

Alex Waukau (285), Joe Komanekin (138), Gregory Turney (160), Alex Peters (170), Leone Peters (182) and Darius Wayka (195) all won by forfeit for the Eagles.

Bonduel 45

Rosholt 21


Top 5 Performers

Here is a look at some of the top performances in the area over the past week:

Ben Carroll — Shawano wrestling

The junior finished off a strong week on the mat by taking first in the 145-pound weight class at the Herb Tyler Invitational on Saturday. Carroll posted a 4-0 mark, earning a 7-1 decision in his first matchup before pinning his second opponent. He then won in an ultimate tie breaker to reach the first place match, where he won by major decision. In Shawano’s dual loss to Tomahawk on Jan. 15, he pinned his opponent in the final period.

Isaac Banker — Bonduel wrestling


Taste of honey worse than none at all for Saints

It didn’t take the most empathetic person in the world to feel for the New Orleans Saints last Sunday.

Considered the strongest team in the NFL for most of their 13-3 season, the Saints suffered a gutting playoff loss for the second straight year.

Last season, they were denied a spot in the NFC championship game when their defensive back disappeared into another dimension and whiffed on an easy tackle.

In their overtime loss to the Rams last Sunday, the Saints were victims of a horrendous non-call of an obvious pass interference penalty.

There, a sense of déjà vu crept in for Green Bay Packers fans, all of who had seen enough game-turning bad calls this past season for one lifetime.


Bonduel grad up for spot in Packers Fan Hall of Fame

Contributed photo Scott Cagle says there is a story with each piece of memorabilia, which makes each item even more special.

For many fans of the Green Bay Packers, the final game of the season marks the last time they will take an interest in the team until training camp rolls around.

Not for Scott Cagle, a 1976 graduate of Bonduel High School. Cagle’s obsession for the green and gold is a year-round deal, as he also collects Packers memorabilia and attends as many team-related events as possible.

The 60-year-old’s passion for the Packers now has him on the verge of a truly special honor. Cagle, who resides in Green Bay, is one of this year’s 10 finalists for a spot in the Packers Fan Hall of Fame.

Cagle was nominated by his godson Tyler Buchholz, who is originally from Bonduel but now resides in Green Bay, in November. Since the time of the nomination, Cagle has enjoyed the support he has received from his family and friends and is eager to hear the results of which fan will be the next to join the hall of fame.


Chasing a dream, part of a nightmare — the reality of deer hunting

Leader file photo This screenshot from the trail camera video shows an eight-point buck watching Leader sports editor Morgan Rode and his brother, Sawyer, walk to their evening hunting spots on Nov. 3.

At the end of each hunting season, I always love to think back on all the hunts I had and new memories I’ve made.

With the deer hunting season, both gun and bow, having ended, I recently took a trip down memory lane in search of my favorite moments from the fall and winter season. Unfortunately, it took me all of about five minutes to recall the highlights of my season.

Living nearly three hours from the land I hunt on, trail cameras are a big resource for me in locating deer and staying in tune with how deer are moving about the property.

Just days after I had made a trip to the hunting property to lay down some clover seed, I received a phone call from my parents with news that was almost too good to be true.


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