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Sat
02
Dec

Hawks clinch conference opener in final seconds


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Hailey Buschman passes the ball to senior Brandi Gueths during Friday’s Bay Conference victory over Xavier. Buschman scored the game-winning layup with 2 seconds remaining to seal the Hawks 58-56 win.

Hailey Buschman drove to the basket with 2 seconds remaining to seal a 58-56 victory in Shawano’s first Bay Conference game against Xavier on Friday.

Kennedy Klemens knocked in a 3-pointer for Shawano with 6 seconds on the clock to tie the game. Buschman secured the ball from a Xavier throw-in and drove to the basket for an easy layup at 2 seconds remaining and a botched half-court shot attempt by Xavier’s Sarah Dombrowski sealed the victory for Shawano (2-2, 1-0 Bay).

“I am so proud of the girls,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “They worked their butts off. We were a team tonight. The first three games I didn’t really feel like we had that team mentality, and tonight I really do.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit. We weren’t expecting to come out 1-2 on the season. We’ve had close games but just couldn’t get over the hump, and hopefully tonight gets us over that hump to get the ball rolling on the season.”

Sat
02
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Caleb Davids


Contributed photo Caleb Davids recorded 17 saves in Tuesday’s win over Fox Cities United. The victory was Davids’ first shutout (4-0) and coach Garrett Smith credits Davids’ performance for the win.

Athlete: Caleb Davids

Sport: Hockey

Position: Goalie

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Sophomore

Caleb Davids earned the first shutout of his high school career in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Fox Cities United. Coach Garrett Smith largely credits the sophomore’s performance for the shutout. Davids, who is in his second year playing for the Hawks, recorded 17 saves in the win. Davids said the win was for his grandfather, who passed away last weekend.

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Q Where did your interest in playing hockey begin?

A When my aunt invited me to an Appleton Ice Dogs game when I was about two years old.

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

A The nonstop action and intensity.

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Q How did it feel getting your first shutout win and 17 saves during Tuesday’s game?

A It felt amazing! Especially being able to get one for my grandpa Jim.

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Sat
02
Dec

Get ‘one more chance’ at deer with muzzleloading rifle

Why do the words of a young child always seem wise beyond their years when applied to adult situations?

When I think of the many deer hunting opportunities we Wisconsin hunters enjoy, I recall my daughter’s sincere pleas when my wife and I would mete out punishment for one of her misdeeds:

“Give me one more chance! Just one more chance!”

It was tough to follow through when looking into those dark brown, pleading eyes, normally moist from fresh tears. She’d later admit she could cry on command, and once did it when I asked her to. Even though I knew I should stick to the punishment (back then, it was taking her iPod for a few days), I’d occasionally cave and give her another chance.

Fri
01
Dec

Blackhawks’ pressure too much for Wildcats


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community High School freshman Raven Bennett passes the ball during a 78-51 loss to Port Edwards at home on Thursday.

A struggling Gresham defense couldn’t keep pace with Port Edwards and fell 78-51 in Thursday’s home game.

The Wildcats started the matchup strong, gaining a 5-0 lead from a Todd Otradovec 3-pointer and Jake Hoffman layup. The Blackhawks warmed up to tie 9-9 and secured 18 of the next 20 points to take over for the remainder of the game.

Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said his team is working out kinks in these first nonconference games, specifically on defense.

“We can’t guard anybody,” he said. “We can’t keep anybody in front of us. We played every zone known to man tonight, and that led to 3-pointers, so we’ve got to be able to guard, and even if we are playing more of a matchup style, which is what we like to do, we still need to be able to guard the ball.

“We kind of ran out of options tonight and decided we were going to go back to man-to-man, and that just allowed guys to dribble by us too easily.”

Thu
30
Nov

Packers raise level of game while playoff hopes plummet

If the NFL playoff tiebreaker system included moral victories and tough breaks, the Green Bay Packers might be in decent shape for January.

As it sits, they’re on the outside looking in, and barring an improbable combination of outcomes over the next five weeks, they’ll miss the postseason for the first time since 2008.

The season’s not over, as safety Morgan Burnett said after last Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh. There’s a lot left to see in these last five games.

He’s right. There’s quarterback Brett Hundley, for one. Hundley turned a corner in the 31-28 defeat, playing the best game of his career a week after he’d played his worst one. His three touchdown passes and 245 yards passing with no interceptions gave him a quarterback rating of 134.3, the third-highest in the league for Week 12.

Thu
30
Nov

King of the Cage returning to Keshena

The Menominee Casino Resort, N277 Highway 47-55, Keshena, is hosting the national mixed martial arts event, King of the Cage, on Saturday, including returning and up-and-coming MMA fighters.

This year’s theme is dubbed “Stone Cold” and includes mainly Wisconsin participants. It will be headlined by a Catchweight showdown between two of Wisconsin’s toughest MMA veterans, Isaiah Pitts, of Wausau, and Jay Ellis, of Milwaukee.

The co-main event will feature Oconto Falls’ Chad Johnson making his professional debut against T.J. Millsap.

A featured event includes Morgan Sickinger, of Manitowoc, against Frank Young.

Oconto Falls’ Christian Herbeck (3-1), of Oconto Falls, will also be featured, though his opponent is not yet determined. Herbeck is top-ranked and his victories have all been in the first-round.

Wed
29
Nov

Eagles dominate early to topple Wildcats


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School freshman Makayla Belongia is blocked by Menominee Indian’s Alyssa Corn during Tuesday’s 66-21 loss.

Gresham buckled under pressure and allowed Menominee Indian to maintain its early lead and win the nonconference matchup 66-21 on Tuesday.

Gresham head coach Vaughn Miller knew handling pressure would be his team’s problem after its loss to Tri-County on Nov. 16.

“I saw that pattern against Tri-County, so I knew it was going to be tough coming in, and we worked on it last week,” he said. “You could see tonight as soon as they pressed us, they’d panic and just throw the ball, so we have a lot of things to work on.”

The Lady Eagles (2-0) welcomed the Lady Wildcats to their court with an 11-0 drive. Gresham found the bucket after a four-minute drought from a jumper by Makayla Belongia. Mackenzie Hoffman added another basket for the Lady Wildcats and they wouldn’t find the basket for another 10 minutes.

Wed
29
Nov

Davids leads Hawks to dominating 4-0 victory


Photo by Dennis Wilson Shawano Community High School freshman Andrew Puissant takes the ice during Tuesday’s 4-0 shutout over Fox Cities United at the Crawford Center.

Caleb Davids had an angel on his shoulder Tuesday night.

Davids, the goalie for Shawano, lost his grandfather this past week, and it was apparent that Grandpa was looking down on Caleb as he helped lead the Hawks to a 4-0 shutout victory over Fox Cities United at the Crawford Center.

“This game was huge and to get the shutout was just as big,” Davids said. “With my grandfather dying this past weekend, he was up there going through it all with me. It was definitely rough trying to concentrate and come back to the ice after that.”

Davids had plenty of help offensively from Ryan Wegenke. The freshman winger netted two for the Hawks, including the one in the first period and the final goal of the game.

“I was getting a lot of garbage goals right by the net,” Wegenke said. “The team was working real hard, but kind of shut off in the second period. But we kept on going and got the win.”

Sat
25
Nov

Athlete of the Week: Colin Wussow

Athlete: Colin Wussow

Sport: Football

Position: Offensive lineman

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Colin Wussow committed to continue his athletic career playing football at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls next year after setting a goal his freshman season to play in college. The offensive lineman was named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large first team on offense and second team on defense. He was also voted lineman of the year by his coaches and teammates. Wussow started every game in his junior and senior seasons and was on varsity all four years at Bonduel. While at UW-River Falls, Wussow plans on studying agricultural business and dairy science.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing football?

Sat
25
Nov

Dreams of venison didn’t come true

I’d hoped to turn Black Friday into Brown Friday, but as happens so often in the deer woods, my dreams of venison didn’t come true.

As far as crowds go, there were no long lines of waiting hunters matching the lines at retail stores that morning, but we did have a total of six hunters in our little 40-acre muzzleloading club (much more than usual). The 40-degree morning was balmy from my ground blind — so warm, in fact, that I didn’t need to run my Mr. Heater propane heater as I had many times since opening day.

I heard exactly two distant shots Friday morning. Every time a deer hunter hears a shot, his spirits soar for a second, and he convinces himself that a small herd of deer with maybe an antlered buck or two is on its way toward him. Yes, that does happen, but it didn’t for me on Black Friday.

The week had been interesting, to say the least.

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