SCHS grad receives national volleyball award

Miranda Washinawatok, a graduate of Shawano Community High School, was last week’s American Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week.

Washinawatok is a freshman outside hitter for the University of Maine-Presque Isle.

“I told my teammates right away that it wouldn’t have been possible without them,” Washinawatok said. “It takes six players to either win or lose a game, so it all came with the help of them and to past coaches and people I’ve been able to work with in volleyball, because I’m only as good as my coaches.”

Washinawatok received the award after averaging three kills per game and hitting .236 to help the Owls to a 3-1 start to its season. Washinawatok led the team in kills in two of the four matches, contributing to the team’s three sweeps.

Washinawatok played varsity all four years at SCHS.


Mission accomplished with Seattle, Packers gird for another showdown

It could be said that the Green Bay Packers’ opening day win over Seattle was a case of the home team having the better guy behind center.

Not surprisingly, Aaron Rodgers outplayed the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson in the 17-9 victory, but when you hold the NFC preseason favorite to nine points and 225 yards, it is your defense taking the bows.

With the win, the Packers kept pace with Detroit and Minnesota and own the home-field playoff tiebreaker edge over Seattle, which is no small deal in the rivalry. The home team has won in each of the last six meetings.

The Packers next opponent, Atlanta, which torched the Packers for 77 points in two wins last year, were sluggish in their 23-17 opening-day squeaker over Chicago.
Atlanta beat the Packers at the Georgia Dome last October in the sort of shootout also expected to unfold this Sunday night, scoring in the final half-minute for a 33-32 victory.


Shawano reigns at home invitational

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School junior Bayleigh Laabs sets the ball for senior Brandi Gueths at the Shawano Invitational on Saturday. Shawano went 5-0 to win the tournament.

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School senior Averi Vomastic jumps to attack at the Shawano Invitational on Saturday. The Hawks won the six-team tournament.

Shawano started its season with a goal to win its home invitational, which the Hawks accomplished Saturday by defeating five other teams.

“This win is special for us,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said. “We put in a lot of practice going into this tournament so we could get the victory at home. That was one of our biggest aims this year.”

Shawano started the day with a 25-19 and 25-22 sweep over Rhinelander, then beat Oconto, 21-25, 25-22; 15-11; Peshtigo, 25-20, 25-16; Oconto Falls, 22-25, 25-19, 15-9; and Wausau West, 25-18, 26-28, 15-11.

“It was a tough competition all around, but that final match was our toughest,” Young said. “They fought back just as hard as us, so we had to keep our energy up and fight through the very last set.”

Shawano entered the invite coming off a victory in its home-opener the previous week, which Young said was critical in the team’s success Saturday.


Chargers sweep Bonduel

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School junior Grace Petcka attempts to attack the ball over Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s block in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss in Wittenberg.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School sophomore Megan Zeitler serves during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss in Wittenberg.

Bonduel fought hard but could not win a set against Wittenberg-Birnamwood in a Central Wisconsin Conference-East match Tuesday in Wittenberg.

The match was tight from the start, with several lead changes, before the Chargers (3-14, 1-0 CWC) emerged with the sweep, 25-18, 25-17, 25-18.

“Historically, Wittenberg’s been at the top of the conference,” Bonduel head coach Kim Strayer said, “so we knew coming in here that we were going to have to fight.”

Fight, they did. Bonduel kept all of the sets close, and the teams played long rallies throughout the match.

“We felt prepared for it. They practice hard, there’s no down time,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood head coach Becky Rew said. “It’s one drill to the next and just constant. If there’s a dead ball, I’m throwing in the next one right away so they don’t have a chance to break. That makes them trained for the long rallies.”


Shawano boys place 14th at home meet

The Shawano Invitational on Saturday attracted a field of 26 teams, with runners from all divisions competing against each other.

“It was a fun and competitive meet,” Shawano head coach Steve Stomberg. “We had a lot of schools come in, and all divisions raced together, so it was really a chance for every runner to show what they were capable of. You had Division 3 runners beating Division 1 runners, so that made for an entertaining meet.”

Kaukauna won the girls meet, and Green Bay Preble took the boys title.

Shawano’s boys placed 14th. Senior Chase Lhotka finished 50th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds. Sophomore Karsten Anderson came in 61st place at 18:40, with freshman Ethan Chelberg just behind at 18:41.

Freshman Joseph Mente crossed at 19:21 for an 86th-place finish, with sophomore Johnny Dillenburg following at 19:49 for 89th.

Oshkosh North senior Wesley Schiek won the boys race with a time of 16:08.


Bonduel, Shawano in top 5 at invite

Now that Kara Troxel has a few varsity races under her belt, the Bonduel freshman is ready to show what she’s capable of.

Troxel placed third overall Tuesday at the Bonduel Invitational, helping the Bears come in third as a team.

“What’s nice about this race is we’ve got some D-1 and D-2 schools to compete against,” Bonduel coach Diane Schnell said. “Right now, we’re sitting really in a good spot in Division 3, and we’ve got a really strong and deep team on both the girls and boys.”

Troxel finished with a time of 20 minutes, 36.44 seconds, just five seconds off her personal record.

“I feel good and I’m just glad that I didn’t pass out or anything, because it’s really hot out today,” Troxel said.

“She’s a terrific runner,” Schnell said. “She’s been working hard for the last multiple years getting ready for high school races.”

Ashlyn Schnell placed 10th overall (21:58.70) and second for Bonduel. Madison Kurey was 25th (23:04.01).


High School Scoreboard


North Eastern Conference

Team NEC Overall

Fox Valley Lutheran 4-0 4-0

Wrightstown 3-0 4-0

Freedom 3-1 3-1

Luxemburg-Casco 2-1 2-2

Little Chute 2-2 2-2

Marinette 1-2 1-3

Denmark 1-3 1-3

Oconto Falls 0-3 0-4

Clintonville 0-4 0-4

Leading passers: Andrew Reader, Fox Valley Lutheran, 816 yards; Jack Satori, Denmark, 476 yards; Matt Verhasselt, Freedom, 475 yards; Connor Mara, Little Chute, 475 yards; James Hansen, Wrightstown, 434 yards; Garrit Aissen, Luxemburg-Casco, 430 yards; Dakora Carriveau, Oconto Falls, 311 yards; Kyle Finger, Clintonville, 263 yards; Matt Wagner, Marinette, 160 yards; Trey Bretl, Marinette, 154 yards.


High School Scoreboard


Sept. 8

Menasha 27, Shawano 7

S: 144 total yards; Jarrett Laatsch, 22 carries for 62 yards, 1 TD.

Bonduel 47, Iola 20

B: 51 rushes for 421 yards; Elijah Mastey, 22 carries for 233 yards, 4 TDs; Jordan Boldt, 7 carries for 101 yards, 2 of 5 passing; Jacob Banker 11 carries for 39 yards, 2 TDs; Parker Bohm, 4 of 6 for 29 yards, 1 TD.


Bowler/Gresham still searching for win

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler/Gresham freshman Lane Schultz gets stopped by Menominee Indian senior Warren Wilber during Bowler/Gresham’s 44-6 loss on Friday.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler/Gresham junior Landan Kroening drops back to pass during Friday’s 44-6 loss to Menominee Indian.

In a face-off to clinch the first win of the season, Menominee Indian ran its way to victory Friday.

The Eagles capitalized on Bowler/Gresham’s mistakes to defeat the Cats, 44-6, in Bowler.

Penalties plagued both teams in the MONLPC match, but Menominee Indian turned the Cats’ fouls into points.

Two Bowler/Gresham 15-yard face mask penalties led to Menominee Indian touchdowns, and a Cats’ fumble led to another. The Eagles topped off their scoring after an unsportsmanlike conduct call moved them inside Bowler/Gresham’s 6-yard line.

“(Penalties) are not usually us,” Bowler/Gresham head coach Eric Peebles said. “I think we played a little more out of our shell on that tonight, because usually we’re a lot better on that. We had a lot of mistakes tonight. I think the short week, first week of school, all that factored into their play.”


Hawks own their house, sweep Red Devils in home opener

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths makes the first serve of the 3-0 sweep against Green Bay East on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths and junior Tori DePerry make a double block during Thursday’s 3-0 sweep against Green Bay East.

Shawano radiated energy from the first serve of the game through Averi Vomastic’s match-winning attack to sweep Green Bay East in its Bay Conference home opener Thursday.

“They definitely brought the energy tonight,” head coach Breanna Young said. “We’ve been practicing really hard, so they came out with a lot of energy from that mentality, so I think that helped, and then they fed off of our crowd and just carried it through the whole game.”

Shawano breezed through the first set with a 25-12 win, never losing its lead. The Red Devils (2-7, 0-1) picked up the momentum in set two and were able to hang on, consistently tying the Hawks until point 12 when a string of service errors knocked them back. Shawano utilized the setback to take the set 25-19.

The Hawks (5-4, 1-0) opened game three with a block by Tori DePerry. After trailing briefly for the first time in the match, they took back control 10 points in and carried their momentum to a 25-17 victory.


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