High School Highlights


Clintonville 73

Freedom 34

The sixth-seeded Truckers dominated the 11th-seeded Falcons in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.

Aiden Polzin paced Clintonville with 19 points, while Presley Rosenow and Samuel Wittman each contributed 13 points in the win. Clintonville had 11 players scored in the contest.

The Truckers will travel to take on third-seeded Freedom in a regional semifinal matchup on Friday.

Northland Pines 75

Witt-Birn 55

The ninth-seeded Chargers came up on the wrong end of a Division 3 regional quarterfinal matchup against the eighth-seeded Eagles on Tuesday.

Ethan Wesolowski scored 15 points to lead Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Mike Gibson added 13 points, while Trevor Linke chipped in 10.

Witt-Birn was outscored 39-25 in the opening half of play.

Edgar 72

Gresham 33


Hawks fall short despite big 2nd half

The 11th-seeded Shawano boys basketball team scored 47 second half points, but it wasn’t enough as the team lost 78-65 in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal against sixth-seeded Rhinelander on Tuesday.

After scoring six first half points, Shawano junior Carter Weisnicht erupted for 19 second half points. Junior Nick Sherman buried four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, while senior Nick Grignon hit three triples and finished with 13 points.

Shawano finished the season with a 4-19 record after going 1-13 in Bay Conference play. After a 4-4 start to the season, the Hawks dropped their final 15 games.

The win advances Rhinelander to a regional semifinal on Friday, where it will travel to take on third-seeded Wausau East.


Bonduel edges Laona-Wabeno

Leader photo by Lee Pulaski Isaac Garside, left, makes his way down the court Tuesday during the first half of Bonduel’s basketball game against Laona-Wabeno. Bonduel won the regional quarterfinal 65-59 to advance to the regional semifinals.

Isaac Garside picked off a pass and had a clear lane to the basket. He knew quickly what his plan was.

With his team up by 11 points toward the middle of the second half, the Bonduel senior went up for a one-handed dunk. But he missed the slam.

“My intent with the dunk was to finally get my first one and to pump a little momentum,” Garside said.

Instead of sparking his teammates, Garside put a little life in Laona-Wabeno. The Rebels responded with a 17-1 run to take the lead. But a pair of 3-pointers by Garside late gave Bonduel the lead back.

Garside redeemed himself by scoring a career-high 19 points as No. 6-seeded Bonduel beat 11th-seeded Laona-Wabeno 65-59 in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal boys basketball game Tuesday in Bonduel.

Bears coach Duke Copp, happy about his team’s win, joked about Garside’s attempted dunk after the game.


High School Highlights


New London 39

Shawano 21

The seventh-seeded Hawks offense went cold in the second half of a Division 2 regional semifinal matchup against the second-seeded Bulldogs on Friday.

After Shawano jumped out to an early lead, New London ended the half on a run to take an 18-13 lead into the break. The Bulldogs pulled away after holding the Hawks to just eight second half points.

Avery Dreier was Shawano’s top scorer with seven points. Kayla Ward and Hailey Buschman each tallied five points, while Tori DePerry scored the other four.

Bonduel 69

Iola-Scandinavia 37

The top-seeded Bears pulled away from the eighth-seeded Thunderbirds in the second half of a Division 4 regional semifinal Friday. Bonduel connected on seven second-half 3-pointers and hit 12 in the contest.

Allaina Robaidek tallied 19 points and four steals for Bonduel, while Kara Troxel had 16 points and eight assists.


Boys basketball regional scores


Rhinelander 78, Shawano 65

Bonduel 65, Wabeno/Laona 59

Clintonville 73, Freedom 34

Northland Pines 75, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 55

Edgar 72, Gresham 33

Wausaukee 59, Bowler 41

Almond-Bancroft 84, Tigerton 26

Pittsville 82, Marion 46


Late run helps Bears claim regional title

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther, right, drives past Shiocton’s Skylor Bruns early in Monday’s Division 4 regional final at Bonduel High School.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Allaina Robaidek, center, prepares to pass the ball to teammate Kylie Guenther, left, during the second half of Monday’s Division 4 regional final against Shiocton at Bonduel High School.

With 4 minutes, 36 seconds to play and the game tied at 38, the game could have gone either way.

Instead of folding under the pressure, top-seeded Bonduel remained confident in its style of basketball and came away with a 49-38 victory over fifth-seeded Shiocton in a Division 4 regional title game at Bonduel High School on Monday.

The Bears 11-0 run started on the defensive end. After Shiocton’s timeout with 4:38 left, Bonduel’s defense kept Shiocton off the scoreboard.

On the other end of the floor, freshman Allaina Robaidek knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to give the Bears the lead.

After another defensive stop, Bears senior Kylie Guenther converted a tough basket from the paint to put Bonduel up 43-38.

With Shiocton trying to run an inbounds play under its own basket, Bonduel’s defense forced a Shiocton offensive foul. On the other end, a bucket from sophomore Kara Troxel put the hosts up seven.


Giese caps career with state title

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jacob Giese, top, hangs onto Lancaster’s Caden Straka during the Division 3 195-pound weight class title match at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament on Saturday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Banker, left, spins in a reversal attempt against Cadott’s Ethan Tegels during the Division 3 182-pound weight class at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament on Saturday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jacob Giese, right, embraces Bonduel coach Chris Rank moments after capturing the Division 3 182-pound weight class title at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament on Saturday.

Bonduel senior Jacob Giese and sophomore Isaac Banker saved their best days of wrestling for the final day of competition Saturday at the 76th annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament.

Giese earned a dramatic 4-3 decision win to claim the Division 3 195-pound weight class title.

”It feels amazing. It’s awesome. It’s easily one of the best feeling in my life,” Giese said.

Banker finished his run through the consolation bracket with a third-place finish in the 182 class.

Giese and Lancaster’s Caden Straka battled to a scoreless first period before Straka took a 1-0 lead into the final period after escaping from the bottom position.

Starting the third period in the bottom position, Giese was able to pull off a reversal to take the lead. Straka was able to escape to tie it up, but Giese scored two more points on another takedown with just over 20 seconds left.


Shawano falls short against Green Bay East

For the third time in the last six games, the Shawano boys basketball team had a legitimate shot at pulling out a victory. However, the guys couldn’t get it done down the stretch.

Shawano and Green Bay East were tied 34-34 with 7 minutes, 45 seconds remaining the game, but the Red Devils used a 14-2 run to help them score a 52-46 win in Shawano on Thursday.

The loss is the Hawks’ 14th in a row after starting the season out 4-4.

“It’s tough because we keep putting ourselves in some good positions,” Shawano coach Dave Ambrosius said. “The kids keep battling and playing hard. We just can’t seem to get over that hump.

“Our execution for stretches isn’t what it needs to be and then at other times it’s spectacular when we’re coming back. I think it’s just the normal growing pains of a younger team and I think we still show some of that here late in the season.”

Shawano senior Nick Grignon said the team just needs to learn how to finish.


Athlete of the Week: Richard Wayka

Athlete: Richard Wayka

Sport: Boys Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Menominee Indian High School

Year: Senior

Senior boys basketball players around the state could be playing in their final high school games next week. Senior Richard Wayka is hoping to help Menominee Indian put together a playoff run, starting with a regional matchup against St. Mary Catholic on Tuesday.

Wayka has been a steady contributor for the Eagles this season, averaging around six points, five rebounds, and two steals per contest. He scored a season-high 16 points in an early-season victory over Crandon.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My basketball interest really began in about second or third grade, but I just played back then because my friends did. I didn’t start to take it serious until sophomore year.

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


High School Highlights


Bonduel 61

Witt-Birn 59

Parker Bohm hit a shot with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Bears a thrilling win over the Chargers in a Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division battle on Thursday.

Bohm scored a game-high 28 points for Bonduel. Cole Letter added 19 points, hitting five of the Bears’ 10 3-pointers.

Kody Szews scored 17 points to lead Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Ethan Wesolowski and Shane Herb each chipped in nine points, while Brendan Resch had eight. The Chargers hit 12 3-pointers.

Gresham 43

WVL 38

The Wildcats held off Wisconsin Valley Lutheran in a CWC-North matchup on Thursday.

Raven Bennett scored 15 points to lead the Gresham offensive attack. Waylon Welch tallied eight points, while Nathanial Juga had seven.

Jake Hoffman grabbed six rebounds and Justice Paiser dished out four assists.

Bowler 58

Tigerton 47


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