High School Highlights


Shawano 3

New London 1

Julia Klement had 16 kills, three aces and a block to lead Shawano in Monday’s 23-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-19 home victory.

Averi Vomastic added nine kills, and Brandi Gueths posted six blocks for Shawano (22-13, 5-2 Bay Conference).

Setter Bayleigh Laabs had 27 assists.


Bulldogs score twice late to best Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Jacob Dickmann cuts through the New London defense early in Shawano’s 4-2 loss Tuesday. Dickmann had one assist.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Braxten Surber corrals a pass in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the New London Bulldogs.

The speed of New London’s Jason Sanderfoot gave Shawano trouble early on, and Cole Thompson’s two late scores made the difference in the Hawks’ 4-2 Bay Conference loss at home Tuesday.

Shawano freshman Michael Klement scored in the 59th minute on an assist from Aaron Lammers to tie the game at 2-2, but Thompson hit a free kick from an angle off the hands of goalkeeper Tyrell Hesse and into the net nine minutes later.

Thompson put the game away with a goal in the 85th minute, on an assist from Sanderfoot.

“That’s been my biggest thing, pressing them to play mentally tough, stay in the game, stay mentally in the game and play the full 90 minutes, and tonight, they did that,” New London head coach Joe Messina said.

Shawano (10-7-2, 4-4-1 Bay Conference) was able to convert on only two of its chances. Jacob Moesch, Jacob Dickmann and Michael Klement each had chances to add goals but could not convert against the Bulldogs (5-13-1, 3-5-1 Bay).


Wildcats can’t slow Storm’s front

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham/Bowler’s Waylon Welch takes the ball from Kewaunee’s Logan Pawlitzky during a nonconference match Tuesday. Kewaunee won, 12-2.

The combination of speed and passing between the Kewaunee midfielders and forwards continually opened holes in the Gresham/Bowler defense Tuesday as the Storm posted a 12-2 nonconference win in Gresham.

The Wildcats surrendered six first-half goals to Kewaunee’s Jonah Schneider and five overall to Charles Schultz.

“I just wanted to see us be competitive because it is a team in our playoff bracket, but I guess we come out flat, and we just didn’t get up, and they had some good strikers that we couldn’t stop,” Gresham/Bowler head coach Nate Boucher said.

Schneider first found the back of the net in the ninth minute, and Schultz scored three minutes later. Schneider was back at it in the 21st minute, then scored four more times in the next 18 minutes to build a 7-0 lead.

Kewaunee head coach Roberto Guillen praised the work of midfielder Alex Hershfield, who consistently was able to field the ball to the strikers in scoring situations.


MIHS senior runs away with meet title

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School runner Tyler Komanekin leads the field at the Wolf River Lutheran Invitation on Monday at Maple Hill Ski Trails. Komanekin (19 minutes, 34 seconds) finished more than a minute in front of Gresham/Bowler runner-up Neal Cerveny.

Menominee Indian senior Tyler Komanekin dominated the competition at the Wolf River Lutheran High School cross-country meet Monday at the Maple Hills Ski Trails in Shawano.

Komanekin (19 minutes, 34 seconds) finished a full minute in front of second-place finisher Neal Cerveny (20:38) of Gresham/Bowler. Cerveny outsprinted Lena/STAA’s Conner Heise (20:39) to the finish line.

Menominee Indian was the only complete team at the five-team invite on the hilly course around the RC Flying Club Field.

Menominee Indian’s Sonny Nacotee (21:03) finished fourth, ahead of teammate Jason Komanekin (21:10). Richard Wayka and Jerome Munson finished in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Gresham/Bowler added sixth- and seventh-place finishes by Drew Haffner (21:11) and Levi Schick (21:20).

Blaine Andrada and Ben Schmidt, Wolf River Lutheran’s two runners, were separated by just 10 seconds at 10th- and 11th-place, respectively.


High School Highlights


Gresham 3

Wisconsin Valley Christian 0

Senior middle hitter Sydney Jensen recorded 10 kills in Gresham’s nonconference sweep, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15, Tuesday.

Mackenzie Hoffman had 12 assists, and Makena Ardnt earned 10 digs for Gresham (13-11, 6-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

The Wildcats earned the third seed in their regional, receiving a home match against sixth-seeded Oneida Nation at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Wildcats take 5th at CWC-10 tourney

Gresham went winless at the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 tournament on Saturday.

Dani Huntington had 47 assists, and Sydney Jensen posted 27 kills for the Wildcats (12-11, 6-7 CWC-10).

Mackenzie Hoffman recorded 28 digs, and Makena Arndt added 19 digs over the four matches.


Gresham/Bowler 3

Green Bay NEW Lutheran 1


Xavier silences Shawano offense in 1st half

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School running back Kien Moorman finds a hole on a fourth-and-one carry in the first half of the Hawks’ 40-18 loss to Xavier. Moorman rushed 27 times for 155 yards and two second-half TDs.

Xavier took control in the running game and withstood a third-quarter surge from the Shawano Hawks for a 40-18 victory Friday in Shawano.

Shawano cut the Xavier lead to eight points with five minutes left in the third quarter after the second of Kien Moorman’s two touchdown runs. Xavier went on a six-minute drive, ending in an Adam Drees 11-yard TD run to extend the lead.

A bad snap on third down for the Hawks gave Xavier possession again in Shawano territory. Hunter Plamann’s touchdown put Xavier ahead 34-12.

“We needed to change the momentum in this game from their offense, and we had to make it about our offense because there was a window in there where they were going to do whatever they wanted to do,” Xavier head coach David Hinkens said.

The Hawks answered when Jack Hanauer found Dylan Sumnicht for a 48-yard score, but the Shawano defense couldn’t keep the visitors out of the end zone at the end.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 41

Pacelli 7

ELi Mastey rushed 17 times for 130 yards and two TDs, while Jacob Banker added 92 yards and two more scores as Bonduel won Friday’s road Central Wisconsin Conference-8 matchup.

Bonduel (6-2, 4-2 CWC-8) had 58 rushes for 447 yards.

Pacelli (2-6, 1-4 CWC-8) had 176 total yards, including 21 yards on the ground.


Seymour 2

Shawano 1

Two early goals were too much to overcome on the road Friday night for Shawano.

Shawano (10-6-2, 4-3-1 Bay Conference) gave up goals in the fifth and 11th minutes to fall behind early.

Jacob Moesch scored in the 78th minute to cut the deficit to 1.

Shawano goalkeeper Tyrell Hesse had seven saves on the night.


CWD case in Oconto Co. affects Menominee, too

A ban on baiting for hunting and feeding deer for recreational viewing or other purposes in Oconto and Menominee counties will take effect Nov. 1.

Chronic wasting disease was detected in a captive white-tailed deer on a private hunting preserve in Oconto County and reported by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in late September.

State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer in a county in which the county or a portion of the county is within a 10-mile radius of the animal that has been tested and confirmed to be positive for chronic wasting disease.

Menominee County is within a 10-mile radius of the Oconto County property on which a CWD-positive deer was found. The property is also within 10 miles of Shawano County (2.1 miles), but Shawano County was already designated as CWD-affected in 2014, which means a baiting and feeding ban is already in place.


Hawks’ late push stalled by Phantoms

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School libero Saige Henning passes a ball during the fourth set of Thursday’s five-set loss to West De Pere.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School outside hitter Averi Vomastic plays defense late in Shawano’s comeback effort Thursday, earning one of her team-high 17 digs. The Hawks won the third and fourth games before falling in the fifth, 15-9.

West De Pere’s Ella Perry had a kill and three aces to put the Phantoms ahead in Thursday’s decisive fifth game, and middle hitter Emilie Everard closed out the match with two kills Thursday in Shawano.

With the victory, West De Pere pulled even with Shawano and Seymour in second place in the Bay Conference, all at 4-2 behind Xavier (6-0). A Shawano victory would have given the Hawks, at worst, a second place finish in the conference.

Slow starts and hitting errors plagued Shawano all night in the 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 14-25, 15-9 loss.

“We fell apart mentally in that fifth game. We couldn’t serve receive,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said. “We couldn’t execute on offense, so they played tough, we just couldn’t finish.”

Shawano, in total, had 25 kills and 24 hitting errors, which prevented the team from going on any extended runs over the course of the match.


Rough start in Seymour challenges Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School freshman Haley Williams runs the final straightaway, chasing down Green Bay Preble’s Maria Laakso, at the Seymour Invitational. Williams finished in 24 minutes, 30 seconds and placed 112th.

Shawano struggled from the beginning of the Seymour Invitational on Thursday, falling off the pace from the start of the 22-team meet.

The boys team, which finished in 15th place, was paced by Chase Lhotka, who finished in 22nd place in a time of 18 minutes, 6 seconds.

“He is doing a fantastic job,” Shawano head coach Steve Stomberg said. “The way the course was, he had to get out there right away.”

Appleton North (55) ran away with the boys title. Second-place Appleton West was 113 points behind.

After Lhotka, Griffin Bohm (19:18) finished 76th, Brandon Pagel (19:19) 77th and Karsten Anderson (19:25) 81st for the Hawks.

Shawano’s girls team, which only ran two seniors, Sophia Holstrum and Hannah Williams, showed promise despite finishing 21st with a score of 567. Alice Hoffman (23:48) finished in 96th and freshman Haley Williams( 24:31) was 112th.

“We’ve got a very young, talented girls team,” Stomberg said.


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