Bonduel picks up convincing win over Shiocton

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Boldt (23) tries to escape Shiocton defenders during Friday’s game in Bonduel.

In a battle of 2-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division teams fighting for their playoffs lives, the Bonduel football team rose to the challenge and took a big step towards securing a spot in the postseason.

Senior Colin Hanus caught two touchdown passes from senior Parker Bohm, junior Isaac Boldt rushed for two more scores and senior Isaac Garside returned an interception for a score as Bonduel eased to a 35-6 win over Shiocton in Bonduel on Friday.

After each team failed on fourth down attempts on their first drives, Bonduel’s defense forced the first of three first half turnovers to seize momentum. Garside intercepted a pass over the middle and then used his speed and agility to weave his way downfield for a 61-yard interception return.

“We came out and planned on being more physical than them,” Garside said. “Our defense was kind of slow at first but then when we got those turnovers, it fueled us to be more energetic on defense.”



The Shawano/Bonduel girls swimming co-op edged Marinette/Peshtigo 88-75 behind four first-place finishes on Tuesday.

Gabi Bukowski won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6 minutes, 22.8 seconds while Isabel Colon placed first in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 1:13.08.

Madi Hanson took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.97) while the Shawano/Bonduel 400 freestyle relay team of Bukowski, Emily Thornock, Tatiana Kunschke and Haley Quandt won with a time of 5:19.53.

Bukowski took second in the 200 freestyle (2:22.78) while Hanson and Colon also finished second in the 200 IM (2:46.98) and 50 freestyle (27:59), respectively. Olivia Lorbiecki took second in the 500 freestyle (8:10.93).


4 set to join SCHS Hall of Fame

Shawano Community High School will induct four athletes into its Athletic Hall of Fame at 12:45 p.m. Saturday on the football field prior to the team’s homecoming game against Xavier.

The inductees are Steve Buettner, Tera Burr, Kory Hyvonen and Roy Otto.

Buettner attended SCHS from 1976-80, participating in football, basketball and track.

Buettner was named the football team’s MVP in 1978 after rushing for 864 yards and being named to an all-conference team in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. He was also the MVP in 1979 after totaling 1,157 rushing yards and landing on the first team in the Bay Conference.

Burr graduated from SCHS in 2005. She was a three-sport athlete, playing tennis, basketball and softball, and earned 10 varsity letters by the time she graduated.


Top 5 Performers

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

Jessie LaBerge - Bonduel golf

The senior tied for fifth overall as an individual at the Division 2 Little Chute Regional at Mid Vallee Golf Course on Wednesday to secure her spot in sectionals. LaBerge shot a round of 94 and will next golf at the Xavier Sectional at Ridgeway Country Club in Neenah on Monday.

Taylor Johnson - Shawano golf

The sophomore golfer continued her strong season on the links by posting a round of 99 at the Division 1 Seymour Regional at Crystal Springs Golf Course on Wednesday to secure herself a spot at sectionals. Johnson will golf in the Green Bay Preble Sectional, which will be held at Royal Scot Golf Club in New Franken on Tuesday.

Collin Buerman - Shawano soccer


Packers seek bounce back W vs. Bills

Three games into the season, the Green Bay Packers have some of their fans wondering if it’s time to call an audible on their expectations, enjoy the show and stock up on the Glenfiddich.

Blown out at Washington in a game that exposed a lot of the old problems on defense, the Packers took the added hit of also losing defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson — the free agent brought in to energize the pass rush — for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

This loss is significant, as is the lingering injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ knee. The Packers’ best player and best hope for a playoff run was joyless and hurting throughout the presser that followed the 31-17 loss.

Rodgers was asked what he might say as a team leader to rally the troops after a washout of an afternoon like last Sunday.

“Just go home and have a scotch,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to do.”


Tigerton drops tough conference match

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Tigerton’s Kelsi Shumaker hits the ball over the net during a CWC-North battle with Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on Tuesday.

Serving played a major role in a key Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division showdown between Tigerton and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on Tuesday night.

Wisconsin Valley Lutheran racked up plenty of serving aces on its way to spoiling Tigerton’s homecoming match. The Wolves won by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 25-17.

“Their serving was a lot better than ours was tonight,” Tigerton senior Kelsi Shumaker said. “They hit it where we weren’t, where we couldn’t dig it. They definitely found our weak spots and that’s what brought us down.”

“Their serving got us, we got stuck in the service order quite a few times with two or three of their servers,” Tigerton coach Holly Meverden said.

The Tigers and Wolves traded momentum in an extremely tight first set. The two CWC-North foes were within two points for the entire set before WVL won the final two points to win by three.


Bonduel seeking key win as playoffs draw near

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Boldt, right, tries to wrap up Iola-Scandinavia’s Carter Kurki during a loss Sept. 14. The Bears need to win two of their final three games to guarantee a spot in the playoffs.

With a 2-2 record in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division, following back-to-back losses to Iola-Scandinavia and Amherst, a conference championship is likely out of the picture for the Bonduel High School football team. The most realistic way for the Bears to guarantee themselves a spot in the postseason is to win two of their final three games.

Bonduel will play home games the next two weeks, starting with a battle against Shiocton on Friday. Shiocton also is 2-2 in conference play, so Bonduel coach James Westrich knows doing the little things well will put the team in a great position to come out on top.

“We are excited to get back on the field this Friday,” Westrich said, after the Bears nearly rallied past Amherst a week ago. “This is a big game for us, and we will have to play good fundamental football and cut down on our mistakes.”

In last year’s matchup, Bonduel raced out to a 32-0 lead before coasting to a 32-14 victory.


Shawano’s Johnson qualifies for sectionals

Taylor Johnson was admittedly a little nervous.

She couldn’t wait to find out if she’d qualified for sectionals.

The Shawano golfer got word about 1½ hours after her round concluded that her 99 placed third among individuals who weren’t going to sectionals as a team. The sophomore was elated.

Having Johnson advance to sectionals was the bright spot of the day for the Shawano team as it placed eighth out of eight schools in the WIAA Division I Seymour Regional at Crystal Springs Golf Course on Wednesday.

Bay Port (366) was first, followed by Notre Dame (371). Shawano had a team score of 453.

“That means a lot to me especially since it’s individually and not as a team,” said Johnson about making it to sectionals. “It’s really a big thing for me because I worked really hard at this this summer.”

Shawano coach Dean Kugler was pleased to get at least one girl past regionals after making it to sectionals as a team a season ago.


Shawano tops Bonduel in pink charity match

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther (8) spikes the ball over the net as Shawano’s Bayleigh Laabs (4), Rachel Reed (3) and Julia Klement (12) jump to block it during Monday’s nonconference match in Bonduel.

In front of a packed gymnasium and energetic crowd, the Shawano volleyball team was able to come away with a nonconference victory over Bonduel on Monday evening in Bonduel. The Hawks won by scores of 25-14, 25-17, 25-19.

As has been the case for much of the season, Shawano’s statistics were spread pretty evenly. Juniors Abi Vomastic and Katelyn Wilber each finished with six attack kills while sophomore Rachel Reed and seniors Tori DePerry and Julia Klement each added five attack kills. Senior Bayleigh Laabs posted 16 assists and seven digs.

Senior Grace Petcka led Bonduel with five attack kills while fellow seniors McKenzie Wollenberg and Kylie Guenther each recorded four. Wollenberg and Guenther contributed nine and eight digs, respectively.

The nonconference match also served as a charity match to raise money for local families battling cancer.


Shawano’s Cuenca fourth at conference tournament

The Shawano girls tennis team took part in the Bay Conference Tournament at Xavier High School on Friday and Saturday. Anna Cuenca turned in the team’s top finish, placing fourth at No. 3 singles. Cuenca was the only Shawano player to advance to the championship bracket.

Singles players Bella Buettner (No. 1) and Rylie Anderson (No. 4) each placed fifth along with the doubles duos of Lydia Dobberstein and Grace Licausi (No. 1) and Alana Krolow and Annalyse Wilber (No. 2).

The No. 3 doubles team of Haley Williams and Chloe Krueger came in sixth while Peyton Buerman took seventh competing at No. 2 singles.

Singles: No. 1: Addy Segelstrom FVL def. Isabella Buettner, 6-3, 6-2; Buettner S def. Taylor Gillis GBE, 6-3, 1-6, 11-9; Buettner S def. Madeline Bergstrom Mar, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Gabrielle Medema FVL def. Peyton Buerman S, 6-0, 6-1; Elizabeth Neumeyer GBE def. Buerman S, 6-4, 7-6 (9); Buerman S def. Charley Muller Men, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Maggie


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