Eagles clinch final minute free throws to secure win

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Menominee Indian High School sophomore Senihseah Wayka looks to pass during the second half of a 41-30 victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Menominee Indian High School. Wayka scored eight points for the Eagles.

Menominee Indian drained six of seven free throws in the final minute to secure a 41-30 Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Menominee Indian High Schoool.

Weyauwega-Fremont, which is searching for its first win, had a glimmer of hope after draining a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to close the deficit to three points. The Eagles (5-2, 2-1 CWC) regrouped and Faith Munson answered with a layup. The Eagles went on to draw four fouls, resulting in six of seven at the line. The 8-0 run and two missed free throws by Weyauwega-Fremont (0-8, 0-4 CWC) sealed the Eagles’ victory.

“The free-throw shooting was phenomenal tonight,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said. “That free-throw percentage was a big reason we won tonight. The girls did better at the end of controlling the ball, so those elements combined really secured the win for us.”


Otradovec scores 29 points, leads Wildcats past Bowler

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School freshman Raven Bennett makes a 3-point attempt during the second half of Friday’s 91-56 win over Bowler.

Gresham Community School had three shooters score over 20 points to lead the Wildcats past Bowler in a lopsided 91-56 victory on Friday at Gresham.

The Wildcats’ leading duo, Todd Otradovec and Drew Haffner, didn’t disappoint during the Central Wisconsin Conference-North rivalry matchup. Otradovec tallied a game-high 29 points and Haffner added 23 to account for over half of Gresham’s scoring.

“They’re exceptional players offensively, and experienced, so they know what they’re doing on the court,” head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “This is Drew’s fourth year starting on varsity and Todd’s third year starting, so they’ve seen a lot. As seniors, I’m hoping that they’ll really drive their knowledge into the freshmen and younger guys because I’d like to see that knowledge passed down.”

Junior Justice Paiser, who rounded out the Wildcats’ leading scorers at 22 points, was the star player for Zobeck.


Crossing paths with deer marks collision of two worlds

As I walked through the quiet, snow-carpeted woods Sunday on the last day of the antlerless deer season, I saw fresh deer tracks crossing the boot prints I’d left the day before.

I was on my way to my ground blind as the sky slowly brightened, and the crisp tracks gave me a glimmer of hope.

About 3½ hours later, I was walking back to my van, crossing the same tracks and carrying most of the gear from my blind. I stopped again, staring at the tracks frozen in time. At some point, two deer had crossed here, surviving as they and their kind have done for centuries. I had warm clothes, insulated boots, a heater, a backpack full of gear, snacks and water, and two muzzleloading rifles.

How could two naked animals with no tools other than their keen senses of smell and hearing outwit a human?


Athlete of the Week: Emily Norrbom

Contributed photo Emily Norrbom secured a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Chargers overtime victory over Peshtigo on Tuesday. The senior averages a team-high 11 points and five steals per game and is a key contributor to the team’s 5-0 start to the season.

Athlete: Emily Norrbom

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Year: Senior

Emily Norrbom secured a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chargers to a 43-38 victory in overtime over Peshtigo on Tuesday. The senior, who averages a team-high 11 points and 5 steals per game, is a key contributor to Witt-Birn’s 5-0 start to the season. Norrbom has tallied 21 steals, 13 assists and 14 forced turnovers over the five games. Norrbom was the youngest varsity starter on the team her sophomore year and has remained a starter since.

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High School Highlights


Shiocton 66

Bonduel 44

Bonduel trailed by six at halftime, but struggled in the second half as Shiocton secured a comfortable lead.

“We were really competitive for the first 30 minutes of the game,” head coach Jerry Reinke said. “They just got some breakaways. We knew it was going to be a challenge, they’ve got a pretty good team.

Shiocton’s leg up came in out-rebounding the Bears. Bonduel secured 26 rebounds to Shiocton’s 41.

“That’s what hurt us,” Reinke said. “Rebounds just got us bad tonight.”

The Bears were successful from the line, shooting 16 of 18 free throws. They also had a diverse 3-point game, with four players hitting from behind the arc.

Kylie Guenther led the Bears with 13 points and six rebounds and Brynn Reinke and Jessie LaBerge each scored eight points.

Bowler 61

Gresham 31


Seymour outpaces Shawano in Bay Conference face-off

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Hailey Buschman takes a shot during a 68-34 Bay Conference loss against Seymour on Thursday.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths drives past defenders during Thursday’s 68-34 loss at Seymour.

Seymour’s 10 3-pointers lifted them to a 68-34 victory and Bay Conference lead over the Shawano girls basketball team on Thursday.

The Hawks and Thunder came into the match as the top teams in the conference, both sitting at 3-0 in the Bay, but Seymour’s win pushed Shawano (5-3, 3-1 Bay) into the number two spot alongside West DePere.

Seymour (7-1, 4-0 Bay) came off its first loss of the season on Tuesday against Kimberly, and Hawks head coach Ryan Koenig knew the Thunder would be hungry for redemption.

“I knew they’d be fired up tonight,” Koenig said. “Usually a team like them, they bounce back harder after a loss, and so I knew we were in for a challenge.”


Bears building confidence with young roster

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School junior Jessie LaBerge looks to drive past Weyauwega-Fremont’s Taylor Folk during Tuesday’s 42-25 Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory.

Bonduel knew it would have some rebuilding to do this season after losing its starting lineup to graduation.

Despite growing pains, which have led the Bears on a 2-5 start to the season, the girls basketball team is starting to feel more comfortable on the court.

“Getting one more win definitely gives us more energy and confidence in ourselves,” senior Brynn Reinke said after a 42-25 win against Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday. “It helps us know that we’re capable of winning these games and that we’re improving each game.”

The Bears earned their first Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory over Weyauwega-Fremont (0-6, 0-2 CWC) after losing to two top teams in the conference, Wittenberg-Birnamwood (43-23) and Amherst (74-34).

“Those are obviously very tough teams,” head coach Jerry Reinke said. “So we knew it’d be tough, especially starting out with them.”


Packers seek big finish with Rodgers back in the saddle

Amid great anticipation and with more delay than their coach and a few million fans would have preferred, the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday announced — nothing.

It was the protagonist himself who took care of that.

With a post on his Instagram account, quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that after having spent almost two months on injured reserve with a broken collarbone, he’s been medically cleared to play in Sunday’s game at Carolina.

Coach Mike McCarthy, among others, was elated with the news. He and countless fans were getting antsy over the slow trickle of reports related to Rodgers, with McCarthy joking at a press conference Monday that if he didn’t hear a decision from the medical team by Tuesday, they would be putting the team doctor on injured reserve.

Ultimately, a dramatic stage has been set for the Packers, who look to extend the two-game winning streak forged with Brett Hundley under center.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 42

Weyauwega-Fremont 25

Bonduel won its first Central Wisconsin Conference-East matchup against Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Bonduel High School. The Bears’ (5-2, 2-1 CWC) strong defense held Weyauwega-Fremont to just 25 points.

Kylie Guenther and Grace Petcka led the Bears with eight points each. Jessie LaBerge added seven and Megan Zeitler and Brynn Reinke each added six. Ashleyn Schnell scored five and Mackenzie Moore rounded out the Bears’ scoring with two.

Reinke and Petcka each recorded four steals and Petcka had 13 rebounds. Guenther also secured 13 rebounds.

“Our defense drove us tonight,” head coach Jerry Reinke said. “They really stepped up on defense and made up for our not-so-great offense. We definitely need to work on offense and get some shooters to step up and score in the double digits.”


Wittenberg-Birnamwood 80

Menominee Indian 71


Shawano defeated by defending D3 state champs

Professional wrestler Ric Flair used to famously say, “To be the man you have to beat the man.” That can also be used to describe the Shawano High School boys basketball team in their Bay Conference opener against Xavier on Tuesday at Xavier.

Xavier, the defending Division 3 state champions, are the men to beat in the conference, and Shawano knew it would be a tough Bay opener.

Xavier (4-0, 1-0 Bay) had four players reach double figures in the game and cruised to a 109-60 victory, Xavier’s 50th straight home win. Hunter Plamann led the team with 24 points, followed by Nate DeYoung with 18 and Nick Otto with 16.

“They have won 50 straight games here at home, and they are the number one team in the state for a reason,” Shawano head coach David Ambrosius said. “I don’t care who they’re playing, that is the number one offense in the state by far.


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