Shawano’s Jung, Klement earn conference nods

Leader file photo Clintonville junior Presley Rosenow handles the ball in a match against Shawano in September. Rosenow was selected as a first-team defender in the North Eastern Conference.

After turning in strong seasons on the soccer fields, a total of seven local players were recognized for their play with spots on all-conference teams.

Coaches within the Bay, North Eastern and Central Wisconsin conferences voted the players to first, second or honorable mention teams.

Bay Conference

While Shawano did not finish near the top of the Bay Conference, that didn’t stop conference coaches from recognizing a pair of Hawks players.

Junior forward Michael Klement and senior midfielder Mitchell Jung were each selected to the honorable mention team

“It means a lot that Mitch and I were selected to be on the honorable mention team of the year,” Klement said. “The team, as a whole, worked hard and improved throughout the season and it’s an honor that out of everyone, we were selected. Even though we might not have had the best record, I can guarantee that we had the most fun in conference and on and off the bus rides.”


Klement named co-player of year in Bay

Leader file photo Shawano junior Tori DePerry hits the ball in the regional title game against Notre Dame Academy in October. DePerry made the all-conference honorable mention team this fall.

For a second straight year, the Shawano Community High School girls volleyball produced a player of the year in the Bay Conference.

In 2017, Shawano’s Averi Vomastic shared the honor with Xavier’s Gabby Murray. This year, Shawano senior Julia Klement was tabbed as one of three players of the year in the conference along with Murray and West De Pere’s Emilie Everard.

“It’s a huge honor to be named co-player of the year, I think that’s something that any player would strive for in their career,” Klement said. “It has been a goal of mine ever since I reached high school and it makes all the hard work worth it. I definitely wouldn’t be here without the help and encouragement from my teammates. They have been awesome and playing with them is something I’ll cherish forever.”

Shawano had four other players — seniors Bayleigh Laabs and Tori DePerry and juniors Abi Vomastic and Katelyn Wilber — also make an all-conference team.


Dickelman earns spot on Bay first team

Leader file photo Shawano sophomore quarterback Gage Timm (2) reads a Xavier defender while senior Nick Grignon, middle, looks to throw a block and junior Brayden Dickelman (23) awaits a potential pitch in a game in late September. Dickelman made the all-conference first team while Grignon was selected to the second team and Timm was an honorable mention.

A position switch from wide receiver to running back for Shawano’s Brayden Dickelman was a way for coach Alan Tomow to get the playmaker the ball more often in his junior season.

Dickelman took advantage of his opportunities and produced a monster season on the ground to earn a spot on the Bay Conference first team.

“It’s a tremendous honor being on the first team and knowing all the coaches in our league think I’m one of the best players in our conference,” said Dickelman, who rushed for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns on the season while also returning two punts for scores and adding a touchdown reception.

Dickelman, an honorable mention selection at receiver as a sophomore, was one of seven different Hawks that earned spots on an all-conference team. Coaches within the conference voted the players to the respective teams recently.


No place like home for Pack to get back on track

Lambeau Field may have never been more of an oasis to the Green Bay Packers, who at the midpoint of their season have neither lost at home nor won on the road.

As the only one in a 14-player confidence pool to have picked the Pack to beat both the Rams and Patriots – and like Packer fans everywhere – it’s natural to wonder what the deal is with this year’s group.

Are the Packers an unlucky but strong team on the verge of a breakout, waiting to pounce once they learn how to get out of their own way? Or are they a middle-tier club that may have been a touch overrated coming in?

One thing is sure after having squandered a second straight opportunity to upend a powerhouse. The Packers are running out of wiggle room. Wide receiver Davante Adams hinted that Sunday’s home date with the Dolphins is as close to a must-win as it gets in Week 10.


Hawks athletes recognized at banquet

After giving it their all during the fall sports seasons, Shawano Community High School athletes were recognized for their efforts at the Shawano Athletics Fall Banquet at The Gathering on Monday.

Shawano coaches presented a number of awards to the deserving athletes while also providing short recaps of their seasons. The event was sponsored by the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.


The Shawano volleyball team had another season to remember this fall, finishing with a 32-9 record overall and second place finish in the Bay Conference under coach Breanna Young.

The Hawks were handed a No. 4 seed in the postseason and advanced to the regional title game.

Setter Bayleigh Laabs orchestrated the team’s strong attack game and was named the team’s most valuable player. Kyra Klement was deemed the most valuable defensive player.


No local swimmers advance past sectionals

Contributed photo The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls swim team at sectionals included, from left, back row, Isabella Hegewald, Olivia Curley, McKenna Metropulos, Adreonna Bessert, Alexa Chaney and Lauren Bahr; front row, Lainey Dahms, Jalynn Horacek and Christina Thrun.

The fall girls swimming season came to a close Saturday for three local teams after no individual swimmers or relay teams qualified for state while competing at sectionals.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood placed fifth at the Division 2 Ashwaubenon Sectional after scoring 151 points. Clintonville took 11th at the same sectional after scoring 103 points.

The Shawano/Bonduel co-op placed 14th at a tough Division 1 Neenah Sectional after scoring 14 points.

McKenna Metropulos took third in the 100-yard freestyle (56.59 seconds) and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:40.31) to lead Witt-Birn. She also helped form the fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:57.42) and 400 freestyle relay (3:58.45) teams with Lauren Bahr, Christina Thrun and Isabella Hegewald.

Bahr came in sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:06.28) and ninth in the 100 freestyle (58.29).

Hegewald took seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.23), while Thrun placed eighth in the 200 IM (2:34.06).


Wollenberg, Groshek land on CWC-East first team

Leader file photo Bonduel senior McKenzie Wollenberg goes up for a kill against Gillett early in the volleyball season. Wollenberg was named to the CWC-East first team for her play this season.

Seven combined volleyball players from Bonduel, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian high schools were recently named to Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division all-conference teams for their efforts on the court this fall while Menominee Indian’s Jackson Miller was tabbed the coach of the year.

Receiving recognition was no easy feat as the CWC-East featured talent from top to bottom this year. Coaches within the division voted the most deserving athletes between the first, second and honorable mention teams while Miller had opposing coaches deem him the top coach.

Bonduel knew the difficult challenge it faced entering the season with a young and inexperienced roster. While the Bears went through their ups-and-downs, senior McKenzie Wollenberg was the team’s constant.

Wollenberg, who was Bonduel’s most valuable player and also a captain, was rewarded for her hard work with a spot on the all-conference first team.


Athlete of the Week: Sami Smejkal

Contributed photo Clintonville senior Sami Smejkal recently broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly while competing at the Bay Conference Championship Meet on Oct. 25.

Athlete: Sami Smejkal

Sport: Swimming

Events: 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly

School: Clintonville High School

Year: Senior

With the fall season winding down, local girls swimmers are doing their best to keep their seasons alive. Posting personal records are what the athletes are striving for so anything else is just icing on the cake.

Clintonville senior Sami Smejkal seems to be peaking at just the right point after breaking the school record in the 100-yard butterfly at the Bay Conference Championship Meet on Oct. 25. She also placed second in the 200 IM. Smejkal will try to earn a trip to state when competing in the Division 2 Ashwaubenon Sectional on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in swimming begin?


Wisconsin elk hunter who won tag raffle faces charges

The winner of a raffle to award one of just 11 coveted elk hunting tags in Wisconsin’s first controlled elk hunt in modern history now faces charges that he shot across a road to kill his bull.

Joe Wiltzius, 73, won the tag in a raffle sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He was charged last month with discharging a firearm from across a roadway in Sawyer County court, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said he shot the 5-by-5 bull elk Oct. 15 as it stood on Forest Road 174 — a 25-foot-wide gravel road — in Round Lake Township.

He also was charged with shooting within 50 feet of the center line of a roadway. He also could face a civil penalty of $2,000, the value placed on the elk. The DNR has confiscated the antlers and hide, and likely will donate the meat, now at a processor, if Wiltzius is convicted.


Minniecheske named CWC-North player of year

Leader file photo Tigerton senior Monika Minniecheske goes up for a kill against Wisconsin Valley Lutheran in late September. Minniecheske was named the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division player of the year this fall.

It was no surprise to opponents that senior Monika Minniecheske was going to be the focal point of the Tigerton High School volleyball team’s attack game this past season.

That didn’t stop Minniecheske from having a monster season on the court and leading her team to a top seed in the postseason and to a sectional semifinal.

For her play, Minniecheske was tabbed the player of the year in the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division.

“To be named player of the year is such a great honor,” Minniecheske said. “I have worked very hard to get to where I am today and I thank my coaches and most definitely thank my team for making me the best that I can be. Without their help I couldn’t have done it.”

The senior helped the Tigers to a 4-2 record in CWC-North play, tying the team atop the conference standings with Gresham, Manawa and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran. Tigerton finished third at the conference tournament.


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