Top 5 Performers

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

Madison Kurey — Bonduel cross-country

The Bonduel sophomore placed second at the Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational on Tuesday, posting a time of 22 minutes, 1.11 seconds. Kurey helped the Bonduel girls team take first with a perfect score of 15.

Seth Westphal — Shawano soccer

The senior tallied a trio of goals across Shawano’s last two contests. Westphal scored twice in the Hawks loss to Luxemburg-Casco last Friday and was one of six Shawano players to score in a tie with Menasha on Tuesday.

Savannah Swartz — Tigerton volleyball


High School Highlights


Herm’s 109 leads Hawks

Macie Herm fired a round of 109 to lead Shawano at the Notre Dame Triton Invite at Thornberry Creek Golf Course on Monday.

Kiley Rusch and Taylor Johnson each recorded 110s while Georgia Eggert (116) and Kendra White (120) capped the team’s score of 445.

Johnson leads Shawano at Terror Invite

Shawano competed in a loaded Terror Invite field on Saturday at Winagamie Golf Course. Taylor Johnson led the Hawks with a round of 96.

Kiley Rusch shot a 101 while Katelyn Laatsch fired a 110. Georgia Eggert (115) and Macie Herm (117) filled out a the team score.


Witt-Birn rallies over Menominee Indian, stays on top of conference

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Madison Schwalbach (8) spikes the ball as Menominee Indian’s Alyssa Corn jumps to block it during Tuesday’s CWC-East match in Keshena.

Before the fall volleyball season got underway, Menominee Indian coach Jackson Miller said his team would surprise several teams in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division.

The Eagles did just that in the first set of a home match against Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Tuesday, but the reigning conference champions responded by winning the final three sets to remain perfect in conference play.

Witt-Birn won by scores of 16-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13 and improved to 3-0 in the CWC-East and 7-19 overall. Menominee Indian dropped to 0-2 in the conference and 9-4 overall.

After the Chargers won the first point of the first set, the Eagles claimed the next six points and never looked back. Sophomores Kay-li Corn and Guadalupe Cruz provided strong serving during the set while junior Alyssa Corn racked up the team’s kills, both attacking and blocking.

“We came out with a lot of focus and that had us rolling in that first set,” Miller said.


Players all in despite tough seasons on the field

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Isaac Garside (2) and the Bonduel Bears will look to bounce back against conference-leading Amherst this Friday.

For several local high school football teams, the regular season has not gone according to plan.

Shawano, Clintonville, Marion/Tigerton and Menominee Indian are all winless on the season while Wittenberg-Birnamwood is winless in conference play.

Despite what the records might show, that won’t stop players from giving it their all when they step on the gridiron.

For Shawano, which is 0-5 overall and in the Bay Conference, the mindset is still to do whatever it takes to win instead of playing younger players in an effort to get a taste of what the future may hold.

“We aren’t going away from our seniors; we emphasize the finish and how important it is to stay in the fight.” Shawano coach Alan Tomow said. “That’s a lesson they can take them with them when they leave our program. We might try to work some young guys in, but we’re still going to prepare for games with the lineup that gives us the best chance to have success.”


Shawano learns from Xavier in loss

The Xavier girls tennis program has been perennially strong. Shawano is trying to build its program up it to that stature.

It was definitely a learning experience for the Shawano players on Tuesday when the girls squared off against Xavier.

The Shawano players put a great deal of heart and effort into their match but could only pull off a lone victory, from Rylie Anderson at No. 4 singles, falling 6-1 in Bay Conference action.

“They’re not backing down. They’re not playing afraid,” Shawano coach Matt Zoll said. “Sometimes when you play against a team that’s really good, you get a little nervous. They came out ready to swing, and that’s all that I can expect from them.”

Despite falling 6-0, 6-0, Shawano’s No. 1 singles player Bella Buettner took a lot of positives away from playing against Xavier’s Erika Curtis.


Bonduel teams shine at invitational

Both the Bonduel girls and boys teams were in top form Tuesday, taking first at the Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational. The girls posted a perfect score of 15 while the boys tallied a 25.

Kara Troxel led the girls with a time of 20 minutes, 19.36 seconds while taking first. Madison Kurey (22:01.11) came in second while Breanna Schnell (23:42.78) took fourth. Jessica Ewing (24:07.08) finished fifth while Erin Timler (24:36.51) was eighth.

Colin Ewing (18:59.98) took second and led the boys while Carter Kurey (19:00.99) came in third. William Beaumier (19:52.48) placed sixth while Jack Johnson (20:02.88) and Colen Klosterman (20:57.2) took seventh and 14th, respectively.

Katlin Thompson (25:42.21), Kim Smith (27:03.57) and Alexia Folkman (27:33.82) also ran for the Bonduel girls while Alex Jasch (21:32.75), Cooper Uelmen (21:39.28) and Michael Smith (22:12.55) competed for the boys.


LaBerge lands on first team

Shawano and Bonduel each wrapped up Bay Conference play by playing 18 holes at Wander Springs Golf Course in Wayside on Tuesday. Bonduel’s Jessie LaBerge capped her strong fall by landing on the all-conference first team while Shawano placed third as a team.

LaBerge finished with a score of 245, third in the conference, across the course of the conference season. She shot a 99 on Tuesday to lead the Bears.

Sydney Luepke fired a 112, Ava Pleshek recorded a 116 and Jenna Godin scored 161 to round out Bonduel’s four-player team.

Shawano finished third at the conference tournament Tuesday with a score of 427 and finished third over the entire conference season with 64 points. Taylor Johnson led the Hawks on Tuesday with a round of 102. Georgia Eggert and Kendra White each shot 108s, Macie Herm shot a 109 and Kiley Rusch totaled a 113.


High School Highlights


Tigerton 3

Gresham 1

The Tigers secured a hard-fought Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday. Tigerton won by scores of 25-22, 28-26, 22-25, 25-21. The Tigers improved to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in conference while the Wildcats fell to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in conference.

Monika Minniecheske recorded 16 attack kills, 10 service points, 10 digs, four aces and five block kills while Kelsi Shumaker had nine attack kills and five digs for Tigerton. Savannah Swartz tallied 14 service points and three aces, Jaidan Miller totaled 12 assists and Ladia Block posted 10 service points.

Karisa Nietzer led Gresham with 17 kills while Kennedy Hoffman had 12 digs. Valarie Cerveny recorded 16 service points and 15 assists.

Manawa 3

Bowler 1

The Panthers could not rally from a two-set deficit in another CWC-North match on Tuesday. Manawa won by scores of 25-21, 25-20, 12-25, 27-25.


Packers take thrill-ride act to Washington

Part of the preparation for Week 3 in the ever-changing NFL is sorting out the difference between what is enough and what is too much.

Four days removed from a disappointing tie game – which also could easily have been one of their worst early-season losses ever – the Green Bay Packers can still point to positive aspects of their 1-0-1 start.

For the moment, leave aside the obvious weekly riddle of what constitutes a legal catch, tackle or quarterback hit.

Clay Matthews would like to leave it aside altogether. The late hit penalty in the opener was bad enough, but the roughing the passer call on him against the Vikings – on a seemingly textbook near-sack of the quarterback – stung worse than a line drive off the nose.


Athlete of the Week: Monika Minniecheske

Contributed photo Monika Minniecheske has served as Tigerton’s top offensive weapon this season.

Athlete: Monika Minniecheske

Sport: Volleyball

School: Tigerton High School

Year: Senior

The Tigerton volleyball team is eyeing a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division crown, and senior Monika Minniecheske is leading that charge. Minniecheske serves as the team’s most consistent weapon on offense and is a great blocker due to her height.

In a conference-opening win over Bowler on Tuesday, she tallied 20 kills, 16 service points and five serving aces. On Thursday, she recorded 12 attack kills in the team’s loss to Manawa. In a triangular last week, the senior totaled 23 attack kills. Minniecheske was a first team all-conference selection as a junior.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: I was a manager in fourth grade. I learned the basics in volleyball and fell in love right away. It was very eye opening because I got to help the varsity girls practice and see how volleyball works.


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