Athlete of the Week: Chad Moegenburg

Contributed photo Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg helped lead the Chargers to an upset victory over Bonduel on Thursday. The sophomore has reigned champion of nearly all of the tournaments that Witt-Birn has competed in this season and holds a 32-6 overall record.

Athlete: Chad Moegenburg

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 113 pounds

School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Year: Sophomore

Chad Moegenburg pinned Bonduel’s Luis Lagunes on Thursday to help lead Wittenberg-Birnamwood to victory in a CWC upset. The sophomore, who has been wrestling for 11 years, holds a 32-6 record this season and leads the Chargers with several tournament titles. Moegenburg’s highlights this season include winning his first high school tournament at the Eau Claire North Invite, clinching first place at the Merrill Bluejay Challenge and Battle of the Fox tourneys and going undefeated at the CWC multi-dual at Pittsville.

Q Where did your interest in wrestling begin?

A In kindergarten, I had never heard of it and I remember my dad showing me a newspaper ad for wrestling signups. I agreed to join, and it took off from there.

Q How does it feel clinching several first-place titles your sophomore year?


Sturgeon spearers return to Lake Winnebago system

What’s 8 feet long, 100 years old and could put one of nearly 13,000 spearers in the record book?

It’s a lake sturgeon that tops the 212-pound mark and is right now most certainly swimming near the bottom of Lake Winnebago or its upriver lakes.

Biologists every year seem to find at least one adult female lake sturgeon that tops the state record fish during their spring tagging operations. Every one of the 12,979 spearers that will be on the ice come Feb. 10 (a week from today) knows there’s a big one down there.

Water clarity, which lake you are spearing and, of course, luck factor into the equation of whether the angler goes home with a keeper fish of at least 36 inches, a record-book fish in the top 10 of all time (or at least in the 100-pound category) or only stories.


Hawks defeat Bears in border battle

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel junior Grace Petcka looks to pass around Shawano junior Kayla Ward during Thursday’s 60-44 loss at Shawano.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Hannah Wendorff drives past Bonduel senior Ashlyn Schnell during the first half of a nonconference matchup on Thursday. The Hawks won 60-44.

Tori DePerry scored 22 points to lead Shawano over Bonduel 60-44 in a nonconference matchup on Thursday at Shawano.

The Hawks held the lead early, but a 3-pointer from Jessie LaBerge gave the Bears a momentary 10-8 lead. The next bucket by Shawano’s Carrie Young sparked a 22-8 run that gave the Hawks a 14-point lead at halftime.

Shawano continued to edge away from the Bears with a 24-point lead midway through second half. Bonduel went on a 16-4 run to narrow the deficit 56-43, but scored just one point in the final 2½ minutes to seal the loss.

For the Hawks, the win came at a good time as they were preparing for Bay Conference leader Seymour on Friday. Shawano (12-6, 6-4 Bay) dropped a close game to Menasha (57-53) on Tuesday and lost its starting point guard, Kennedy Klemens, to an ankle fracture on Wedesday.


Super question: Is Packers’ best-ever team around the corner?

Memories of some football seasons age like wine; others age like milk. In the NFL, there is an extra week to consider them all.

The idle week before Super Bowl Sunday gives both teams time to rest their aches and pains, while giving network staff more time to sell ad spots. The event, which in its infancy struggled for sponsors, is today’s reigning champion of advertising extravagance.

Players are required to appear at the Super Bowl press day, to better familiarize them to the viewing public and generate even more human-level interest in the game – although the outcomes there are so-so. The media appreciate the access, no doubt. But judging from the vapid replies given by some players during these interviews, you almost get the impression that they are only there so they won’t get fined.


Hawks win 1, drop 1 in double dual

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Alexander Sumnicht went 2-0 during the Tuesday’s double dual, pinning New London’s Brent Peterson at 160 pounds and defeating Sturgeon Bay’s Bruce Anschutz by major decision at 152 pounds.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Reef Anthony defeated New London’s Adam Armour in a 3-1 decision at 126 pounds during Tuesday’s Bay Conference dual at Shawano.

The Shawano wrestling team wrapped up its regular season duals with a loss to Bay Conference rival New London and nonconference victory over Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday at home.
The Hawks lost 49-21 to New London, but the long battles weren’t reflected in the final score. Still, Shawano head coach Mike Homan said it wasn’t the start to the double dual he was expecting.
“I was expecting a much closer battle,” he said. “We gave up some early pins along the way that really hurt us trying to come back.”
The Hawks dropped the first four matches to trail 19-0 before Reef Anthony picked up a 3-1 decision over Adam Armour at 126 pounds to get the Hawks on the board. Alex Sumnicht pinned New London’s Brent Peterson at 160 pounds (1 minute, 39 seconds) and Keith Tourtillott rounded out the Hawks victories with a pin over Montana Ernst at 220 pounds (4:40).


High School Highlights

Shawano 67, Green Bay West 61
Kaden Richards led with 24 points, including 6 3-pointers. Alex Mueller had 13 points with four 3s and 7 assists.
Bonduel 78, Weyauwega-Fremont 33
The Bears had four double-figure contributors: Bryce Weier led with 17 points, Parker Bohm 15, Cole Letter 11 and Dalton Cairns 10.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 91, Menominee Indian 74
Cory Fraaza scored a game-high 29 points and 9 for 11 at the free-throw line for Witt-Birn. Kody Szews added 19 points and Trevor Groshek 16.
Warran Wilber led the Eagles with 24 points, including 5 3-pointers, and Richard Wayka added 19 points.
Shawano 51, New London 48
Tori Deperry led with 14 points and Brandi Gueths had 8 rebounds. Tied in the conference before the game, the win pushes the Hawks to 3rd in the Bay while New London drops to 5th.
Bonduel 55, Weyauwega-Fremont 41


Athlete of the Week: Reanne Kietlinski

Contributed photo Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski is ranked 34th in state history with 1,850 career points so far. The senior leads the state this season in steals with 7.6 per game, and leads the Panthers with 28.2 points per game and 48 assists.

Athlete: Reanne Kietlinski

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Bowler High School

Year: Senior

Reanne Kietlinski currently sits as the 34th all-time scorer in state history with 1,850 career points after Tuesday’s 25-point game against Menominee Indian. The senior, who began her high school career on varsity, also has 453 career steals and leads the state this season with 7.6 steals per game. Kietlinski averages 28.2 points per game and leads the Panthers with 48 assists and 72 percent at the free-throw line.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A I’ve had an interest in the game from a very young age. I can remember dribbling my smiley face basketball in our kitchen at the age of 5. As I grew older, my dad and I found basketball was something we could bond over, and we’ve been working together ever since.

Q What do you think contributes to you being the top scorer and a leader on the team?


Gresham remains at top of CWC-North with win over Tigers

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community High School senior Drew Haffner drives past Tigerton’s Gaven Ferg in the first half of Thursday’s 80-47 victory. Haffner scored 14 points for the Wildcats.

Gresham turned a five-point halftime lead into a dominating 80-47 victory over Tigerton in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North matchup on Thursday at Gresham.

The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the game, but Tigerton went on a 11-2 run to take its only lead of the night. Gresham secured the lead on a Raven Bennett 3-pointer, but the Tigers kept pace to finish out the first half 35-30.

Gresham jumped out with a 6-0 run to start the second half and held the Tigers to just 17 points in the final 18 minutes.

“I felt like we were running in mud in the first half,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “We just kept getting in our own way, and I told them at halftime we need to start flying a little bit instead of running through all this mud.


Sitting on a lead seldom the ticket to win

Try though they did, neither Minnesota nor Jacksonville could squeeze into the glass cleats.

Both of those Cinderella hopefuls were shown the door in last Sunday’s NFL conference championship games — the Vikings getting drummed by Philadelphia 38-7 and Jacksonville blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in its 24-20 loss to New England.

For the vanquished, a playoff loss is all she wrote regardless of the final score. Vikings fans had a great time for about a quarter, but their coordinated, half-jumping jack enactments faded away faster than you could say, “Skol!” The Minneapolis Miracle, which was to foreshadow the Vikings’ first Super Bowl appearance in 41 years, was nice while it lasted.

As painful as that blowout loss was, though, the Jaguars’ defeat was more gutting because the AFC title was theirs for the taking.


Xavier pulls away in 2nd half to secure Bay win

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Nick Grignon drives past Xavier’s Ryan Schmitt during the second half of Tuesday’s home loss.

Shawano maintained a close deficit in the first half, but Xavier pulled away in the final 18 minutes on Tuesday to continue its undefeated record and win 82-60.

Shawano never trailed by more than nine points in the first half of the Bay Conference matchup. The teams scored just 11 combined points in the first seven minutes of the second half, but Xavier went on a 25-2 run to secure a 33-point advantage.

The Hawks were held to just nine points in the first 16 minutes of the second half after struggling to hit buckets on some open shots.

“(Xavier) made some defensive adjustments in the second half taking Carter (Weisnicht) away on the inside, which was kind of our focal point in the first half,” Shawano head coach David Ambrosius said. “We got some open looks, but we just couldn’t get a basket to fall. We missed some easy buckets that we needed in order to keep pace with them, and they were able to go on that long run and just jump pretty far ahead of us.”


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