Sports

Wed
17
Oct

Shawano opens playoffs with convincing win

When the WIAA playoff seedings were determined, the Shawano volleyball players were disappointed to find out they had received a No. 4 seed.

The Hawks had a solid regular season with a second-place finish in the tough Bay Conference.

“They were expecting a higher seed, so a 4 seed just makes us want to win even more and prove to all the other coaches what we’re capable of,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said.

Shawano showed in its playoff opener on Tuesday night that it means all business. The Hawks never trailed as No. 13-seeded Marinette didn’t threaten in a three-set victory, 25-11, 25-7, 25-13.

“Get a quick win, and then we’ll move on,” Shawano junior Rachel Reed said.

That’s exactly what Shawano did.

Senior Bayleigh Laabs provided the pregame speech to her teammates and tried to fire up the girls for postseason play.

Wed
17
Oct

Bowler falls to Gillett in playoff opener


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bowler senior Jodi Wolf hits the ball back over the net during a Division 4 regional playoff tilt against Gillett on Tuesday in Bowler.

The Bowler High School volleyball team was hoping the start of the postseason would be the fresh start the team needed after an up-and-down regular season.

The fourth-seeded Panthers had home court advantage as they welcomed fifth-seeded Gillett to town on Tuesday for a Division 4 regional playoff opener, but it was the visiting Tigers that grabbed the advantage early and never let up.

Gillett used several long spurts of strong serving to overwhelm Bowler and earn a 25-15, 25-16, 25-7 win to advance to the regional semifinals against top-seeded Tigerton.

“They just wanted it more,” said Bowler coach Brad Brei after the match. “They were firing on all cylinders from the start.”

“They had a lot of top-spin on their serves and they are a very well-rounded team — they play as a team, not as individuals,” said Bowler senior Jada Waters.

The loss marked the final high school volleyball match for Waters and Jodi Wolf.

Wed
17
Oct

CROSS-COUNTRY

Clintonville freshman Jesse Wilson placed first at the North Eastern Conference Meet on Saturday at Irish Waters Golf Club in Freedom. Wilson completed the course in 16 minutes, 49.64 seconds to lead the boys to fourth place as a team with 122 points.

Austin Tosdale (17:36.82) also landed on the first team all-conference with an eighth-place finish while Cameron Mauel (18:08.89) was an honorable mention with his 21st-place finish.

Klay Barkow (18:58.56) and Brody Prill (19:44.21) helped form the team score while Cody Carrico (19:58.78) and Joshua Wilson (20:55.3) also competed.

The Clintonville girls team placed ninth with 207 points. Jasmine Wilson led the girls with a 15th-place finish in 21:46.87, which was good for a spot on the second team all-conference.

Kayla Klemp (23:26.05), Allison Smejkal (24:06.25), Katie Lamberies (25:54.27) and Esther Rahlan (28:01.69) filled out the five-runner Clintonville team.

Wed
17
Oct

High School Highlights

BOYS SOCCER

New London 5

West De Pere 2

The Hawks fell in a Bay Conference Tournament match against the Bulldogs in West De Pere on Saturday.

Michael Klement netted both of the Shawano goals, scoring in the 28th and 34th minutes. Collin Buerman stopped eight shots while defending the net.

Shawano, which was 1-7-1 in conference play to take sixth place, carried a 3-13-2 overall record into a postseason clash with Lakeland on Tuesday.

FOOTBALL

Bonduel 50

Pacelli 20

The Bears continued their impressive play on the gridiron by cruising past the Cardinals on Friday. Bonduel caps the regular season with a 6-3 record and 5-2 mark in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division.

Parker Bohm threw for 112 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bears’ offense. Isaac Garside caught four passes for 36 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Isaac Boldt rushed for 117 yards and two scores.

Wed
17
Oct

Packers edge 49ers with late game heroics

A week after the most forgettable game of his life, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby put together one of the most memorable outings of his career, capped by a 27-yard field goal to give the team a thrilling 33-30 win over the pesky San Francisco 49ers on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

The kick was set up by 10-play, 81-yard drive orchestrated by Aaron Rodgers. The drive started with a crucial 14-yard run from Ty Montgomery before Rodgers handled the rest. The QB scrambled for a 21-yard gain to get the Packers near midfield before finding Devante Adams twice and Equanimeous St. Brown for a combined 46 yards.

Green Bay took a shot into the end zone on a play from the San Francisco 9-yard line before Crosby came on to drill the game-winner as time expired. After missing four field goals and an extra point in the loss to the Detroit Lions, Crosby connected on four field goals and all three extra-point attempts Monday.

Sat
13
Oct

Shawano girls make history


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Lydia Beyer, left, and Alice Hoffmann helped the girls team capture its first ever Bay Conference Meet title on Saturday at Shamrock Heights Golf Course in New London.

As the girls varsity cross-country runners crossed the finish line at the Bay Conference Meet on Saturday at Shamrock Heights Golf Course in New London, it was apparent that Shawano was going to put up a solid team score.

When the final results were revealed, the Shawano girls team made history, posting a team score of 35 to win its first ever conference title. Xavier was a distant second with 81 points.

“Twenty-one years, we have fought to try and get the girls some recognition because the boys have always dominated cross-country in our school,” said Shawano coach Steve Stomberg, who was referencing his 21 years as the coach of the program. “I said we were going to some day get there. I told them I believe in them — we got the girls out there who wanted to do it — and they did it.”

Sat
13
Oct

High School Highlights

BOYS SOCCER

Shawano 7

Green Bay West 4

The Hawks opened the Bay Conference Tournament with a win over the Wildcats on Thursday.

Michael Klement led the way in the win, scoring goals in the 47th and 64th minutes while also assisting on three scores. Wyatt Theis, Mitchell Jung, Seth Westphal, Will Bergner and Keenan Raddant all added one goal.

Goalie Collin Buerman made 14 saves to preserve the victory and help the Hawks improve to 3-12-2 overall.

VOLLEYBALL

Tigerton 3

Almond-Bancroft 0

Fresh off learning it had earned a top seed in the postseason, the Tigers cruised to a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover win over the Eagles. Tigerton won by scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-8.

Sat
13
Oct

Kelly Logue returns as Pulaski soccer coach

Kelly Logue is taking over the head Pulaski High School girls soccer coaching position, a job she previously held from 2000-2004 but left to raise her family.

In the meantime, she’s taught soccer as part of her job as a physical education teacher at Pulaski Community Middle School and in local rec programs.

Logue takes over from Clete Gerhartz, who held the position five years and led the team to several trips to the WIAA state tournament.

“We are excited to have Kelly Logue take over as our head girls soccer coach at Pulaski,” said PHS athletic director Janel Batten. “She has been both a head coach and an assistant in the program in prior years and has great perspective and a clear direction to move the program forward.”

Logue, a Mayville native, was a student-athlete at Carroll University, where she played basketball one year and soccer four years while earning an education degree with an emphasis on physical education.

Sat
13
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Jared Wondra

Athlete: Jared Wondra

Sport: Cross-country

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

A season ago, the Bonduel boys cross-country team made a surprise run to state led by junior Jared Wondra. Now in his senior season, Wondra has the Bears eyeing the same finish to the season and is leading the team towards that lofty goal.

Bonduel runners most recently took part in the Central Wisconsin Conference Meet on Thursday. Wondra took fifth overall with a time of 17 minutes, 42.6 seconds, helping the boys team to a second-place finish. In the meet before that, he finished second at the Don Chase Relays in Weyauwega, posting a time of 17:40.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: I began to really enjoy running the summer before seventh grade.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet or the cross-country season?

A: The last mile of races and the bus rides.

Sat
13
Oct

Troxel, Wondra lead Bonduel at CWC Meet


Leader photo by Lee Pulaski Bonduel’s Jack Johnson, left, tries to hold off Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Evan Stanislawski during the Central Wisconsin Conference Meet on Thursday.

With cross-country sectionals closing in, Central Wisconsin Conference runners took part in the conference meet at the Navarino Nature Center on Thursday looking to build up confidence.

Both Bonduel teams enjoyed strong finishes, with the boys placing second with 67 points and the girls coming in third with 86 points.

“Our conference is packed with super teams that frequent the state meet. That strong competition only helps our runners,” said Bonduel coach Diane Schnell. “Our goal was met last night with every runner improving their time over the last time they ran the difficult hills in Navarino.”

True to season form, Kara Troxel again paced the girls team, finishing the course in 19 minutes, 59.59 seconds. Weyauwega-Fremont’s Abby Bartel won the race in 19:32.81 while Iola-Scandinavia’s Jada Beacom posted a time of 19:52.03.

Troxel was thrilled with her finish but remains determined to keep improving.

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