Sports

Sat
30
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Jake Hoffman


Contributed photo Jake Hoffman led Gresham to a 53-50 victory over NEW Lutheran during the Sundrop Shootout on Wednesday. The freshman scored a team-high 13 points during the game.

Athlete: Jake Hoffman

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Gresham Community School

Year: Freshman

Just a freshman, Jake Hoffman led the Wildcats to victory with a team-high 13 points to top NEW Lutheran 53-50 on Wednesday at the Sundrop Shootout at the Kress Center in Green Bay. Hoffman averages 6.3 points and nearly four rebounds per game.

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Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A It began with my brother, James. He got me into basketball. He never took it easy on me and always pushed me to my limits. Without my brother, I wouldn’t be playing basketball.

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Q What have you done in the offseason to establish yourself as a varsity player?

A I’ve been practicing with my brother, trying to go to every open gym, and to learn from my mistakes to get better as a player.

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Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

Sat
30
Dec

Improve your outdoors approach and abilities in 2018

A new year arrives Monday and it’s time to count our blessings and make improvements on our lives.

If you read my columns, you’ve probably figured out that I’m pretty conservative and happy with the last change in the White House. Of course, I don’t agree with President Trump on every issue and realize that he was not always conservative. In fact, there are times he is not very conservative at all.

I don’t see eye-to-eye with anyone on every issue, including my wife. Yet I live with her, deal with her and make the best of it. Most of the time, I enjoy her company and come to appreciate her unique point of view, which is formed by her upbringing, her personality (she’s an engineer; I’m a writer and creative thinker) and her femininity.

Fri
29
Dec

Hawks dominate Oconto Falls at Sundrop Shootout


Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School junior Hailey Buschman scored 11 points, including six of seven free throws, for the Hawks during a 64-27 victory over Oconto Falls at the Sundrop Shootout on Wednesday.

With three players in double figures, the Shawano girls basketball team cruised to a 64-27 victory over Oconto Falls in the Sundrop Shootout on Wednesday, the first girls game to ever be played in the annual tournament.

Shawano went on a 22-2 run to begin the game and never trailed throughout the game. The Hawks were particularly deadly from the free-throw line. They were 18 for 22 from the charity stripe, which accounted for a large part of the commanding lead.

“In the past we have been a second-half team, so we really wanted to focus this year in getting out to better starts in games,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “I really challenged them in here. I told them, ‘It’s our shootout, it’s the first girls game ever and we’re the hosts, so let’s go out and be ready to go right away,’ and the girls really responded to that.”

Thu
28
Dec

College football still peddling fractional “tournament”

The road to a college football championship makes for a busy December. Some are busy playing games; others are busy talking.

Officials from the NCAA’s Division I playoff selection committee spent a good part of this month on the latter, assuring the sports world that the right teams have advanced to the Final Four.

In Division I, “advancing” to the Final Four involves doing absolutely nothing, apart from celebrating when the invitation arrives. Under the present playoff system that Division I tries to pass off as legit, a group of people acting as ad hoc scoreboards makes all the decisions about who’s better than whom.

Those who questioned the flighty nature of this system surely had their fears quelled by playoff committee chair Kirby Hocutt.

“Our charge,’’ he said going in, “is very simple: to come in and select the four very best teams for selection into the semifinals for the playoff, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Thu
28
Dec

Gresham opens Sundrop Shootout with win


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School senior Todd Otradovec drives past Green Bay NEW Lutheran’s Luke Bukowski during a 53-50 win at the Sun Drop Shootout on Wednesday. Otradovec scored 11 points for the Wildcats.

Gresham had four shooters score double digits as it defeated Green Bay NEW Lutheran 53-50 at the Sundrop Shootout on Wednesday.

The Wildcats opened the three-day, ninth annual tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kress Events Center.

In Gresham’s second year participating in the shootout, head coach Jeff Zobeck said it gives the players experience in the case of a championship run.

“It’s an awesome experience,” he said. “Last year we decided to do it because we felt like we had a team that could advance and have to play in a facility like this, so we wanted to give them that opportunity. This year, we’re playing really well right now, so it’s kind of the same scenario.

“It’s a fun event for the kids and the families that come to support, and again this year, it’s good that we can play in an environment like this in case we end up having to again down the road this season.”

Sat
23
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Bryce Weier


Contributed photo Bryce Weier scored a team-high 26 points in Monday’s win over Clintonville. The senior was 4 for 4 at the free-throw line and drained four 3-pointers during the game. Weier leads Bonduel with an average of 16.7 points per game and is 81 percent at the line.

Athlete: Bryce Weier

Sport: Basketball

Position: Shooting guard

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Bryce Weier scored a team-high 26 points, including four 3-pointers and 4-for-4 free throws, in Monday’s 73-60 victory over Clintonville. Weier leads the Bears this season with an average of 16.7 points per game and is nearly 81 percent from the free-throw line. The senior has also drained a team-high 14 3-point shots this season.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A Sports in general is a popular thing in my family, so basketball runs in the family. Along with that, seeing my sister play throughout middle school and high school gave me more interest.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A Basketball has always given me adrenaline and it’s always been my outlet when I need to relieve stress.

Sat
23
Dec

SCHS grad gets to experience bowl game


Leader File Photo Northern Illinois University offensive lineman Zeke Gueths, a Shawano Community High School graduate who played left tackle for the Hawks for three years, will get to experience a bowl game as the Huskies play Duke on Dec. 26 in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Zeke Gueths got the call he’d been waiting for all season. He was going to get his first reps in a college football game.

As the redshirt freshman at Northern Illinois University ran out with his offensive teammates at Bowling Green’s Doyt L. Perry Stadium that Saturday afternoon in October, the moment hit Gueths.

“It was a crazy experience, just running out onto the field and with that many people in the stands,” he said. “It’s a totally different atmosphere than the high school football games or even the bigger basketball games I’ve played in.”

Gueths lined up at right guard for the Huskies in their final series of the game against Bowling Green. Aptly enough, Northern Illinois marched down the field and tallied a touchdown en route to a 48-17 stomping.

“I was pretty nervous,” Gueths said. “I was out there focusing just not to jump the snap. I didn’t want to get a penalty my first play out there. It was really exciting.”

Sat
23
Dec

This Christmas poem is just for you sportsmen

Inspired by the great Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, I just had to write this sportsmen’s version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” I hope you enjoy it!

Twas the Saturday Before Christmas

Twas the Saturday before Christmas, and the sportsmen were stoked,

The panfish were biting and there were coyotes to be smoked.

Wool stockings were hung so the dryer wouldn’t shrink,

And the rubber boots were out to keep toes out of the drink.

The children were out of their classes and meds,

While visions of iPhones danced in their heads.

And Mama in her baby doll and I in my Hanes

Had just nodded off in a pre-Christmas trance.

When on the flatscreen there arose such a popping,

Some tall bearded guys, the mallards were dropping.

I grabbed the remote, I clicked like a flash,

Just in time to see Jim Shockey do the Caribou Smash.

The moon glinted down on the snow in the back,

Fri
22
Dec

Shawano loss comes down to last match

The Shawano wrestling team came up short against West De Pere in a Bay Conference matchup on Thursday night.

The Phantoms defeated the Hawks 42-38 at Shawano Community High School in a dual that came down to the last match.

The Hawks had big pins from Gage Timm, who pinned Lucas Milheiser at 145 pounds, and Ben Carroll, who defeated Zach Soletski by fall at 138 pounds.

Shawano took the lead with a win by Crede Timm at 195 pounds over West De Pere’s Cody Cavil. Bryce Graef closed out the win for the Phantoms by pinning Shawano’s Keith Tourtillott in the 220-pound match.

“As a team, we have a lot of work to do, and as soon as we can start doing the little things right, we will be winning these close duals instead of coming up on the short end,” head coach Michael Homan said.

Fri
22
Dec

Suring tops Gresham in nonconference matchup


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School freshman Makayla Belongia secures a rebound during Thursday’s 41-30 loss to Suring.

The Gresham girls basketball team doubled its scoring in the second half but came up short against Suring in a nonconference matchup on Thursday at Suring.

The Wildcats scored 10 points in the first half and 21 in the second to solidify a 40-31 loss to the Eagles (4-6). Gresham head coach Vaughn Miller is trying to get his team to start with the same kind of energy they end with.

“There was just no energy in the first half,” Miller said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with the whole season. They just don’t come out to play in the first half. The exact same thing happened against Manawa on Tuesday.

“It takes being down for us to pick it up in the second half. We can’t continue to put ourselves in holes at halftime and then expect to win the game at the end.”

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