Introducing newcomers to hunting worth the effort

It’s no secret that fewer people are hunting, both here in Wisconsin and nationwide. The future of our sport depends on hunter recruitment, but there are many factors working against us.

While small-game hunting is the ideal way to introduce youngsters and even adults (there are plenty of squirrels, rabbits and game birds that typically require less time and effort to bag than deer), it’s deer hunting that most Wisconsinites want to try. Deer hunting’s a billion-dollar industry to the state, and more than just the health of the deer herd depends on all of us getting more folks to join us. Bars, restaurants, motels, sporting goods stores, meat processors and others depend on that big income surge during deer season to pay the bills.


Top 5 Performers

Here is a look at some of the top performances in the area over the past week:

Kody Szews — Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball

The senior has guided the Chargers to a 3-0 start to the winter season. Szews most recently scored 19 points during Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s 62-39 over Tomahawk on Tuesday. Back on Nov. 27, he scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to help the team past Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

Kayla Pecore — Bowler girls basketball

The junior converted a layup with four seconds left to help Bowler stun Tigerton in an overtime thriller on Tuesday. In the contest, Pecore totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals. In a loss to Menominee Indian on Nov. 29, Pecore recorded a team-high 13 points.

Wyatt Brandt — Shawano wrestling


McCarthy the first casualty in Packers’ fade from playoff picture

The true extent of the alleged rift between Mike McCarthy and his quarterback may never be known.

A couple of things were clear, though, after McCarthy was cut loose in mid-season of his 13th year as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

One is that he was a victim of the franchise’s high-bar standards that were revitalized more than a quarter of a century ago. Another is that with each of his team’s fumbles, dropped balls, overthrows and bad penalties, he by association got worse as a coach.

The Packers’ season-long woes came to a head, and McCarthy’s days in Green Bay to a close, after last week’s home loss to two-touchdown underdog Arizona.


Bonduel, Witt-Birn each go 1-1 at double dual

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Banker, top, wrestles Coleman’s Jonathon Bieber on Tuesday at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School. Banker went on to claim an 8-4 decision win.

Early season tests are something teams are always looking for. The Bonduel and Wittenberg-Birnamwood high school wrestling teams got quite the early season test Tuesday — squaring off against Division 3 state powerhouse Coleman at a double dual at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.

Coleman sent seven individual wrestlers to state last season, none of which were seniors. This means the Cougars will likely be one of the best Division 3 teams again this winter.

While Coleman topped both the Bears (55-21) and Chargers (62-15), the coaches for Bonduel and Wittenberg-Birnamwood got a good idea of where their teams stand at the early juncture of the season.


Shawano’s defense clamps down to snag road win against Xavier

Tuesday’s Shawano Community High School girls basketball win might have been the result of a chemistry lesson.

Last Saturday, coach Ryan Koenig planned a trip for his players.

The team attended the Green Bay-Belmont men’s basketball game and then ate at Olive Garden. The outing was meant to bring players and coaches together to bond in a social atmosphere off the court.

It’s Koenig’s thought process that the better the players know one another off the court, they will create chemistry and click on the court.

If Tuesday night’s performance by Shawano was any indication, the Hawks players have a tight bond that will be key in helping them achieve their goals this season. Shawano had a slow start against host Xavier but then erupted for a 26-10 first-half run which helped Shawano cruise to a 54-31 victory in Bay Conference action.

“We’re all starting to mesh and we trust each other on the court,” Shawano sophomore Lydia Beyer said. “It pays off.”


High School Highlights


Bonduel 50

Witt-Birn 41

The Bears squeaked out a Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division victory over the Chargers on Tuesday. Bonduel led by just two at halftime but pulled away behind Kara Troxel’s 3-point shooting.

Troxel buried five of Bonduel’s eight 3s and led her team with 23 points on the night. She also had four steals.

Kylie Guenther totaled eight points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bears while also being tasked with defending Emma Herb, Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s leading scorer.

Olivia Curley led Witt-Birn with nine points while Chloe King had eight. Herb and Erica Wendler added seven and six points, respectively. Wendler also recorded six rebounds and five steals, while King grabbed seven boards.

Bowler 37

Tigerton 36 (OT)

Kayla Pecore hit the game-winning layup with four seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Panthers to a thrilling CWC-North win over the Tigers on Tuesday.


Packers cut ties with McCarthy

The Associated Press Coach Mike McCarthy, left, walks off Lambeau Field for the final time after Sunday’s game. The Green Bay Packers fired McCarthy hours after the team suffered a 20-17 loss to the Cardinals.

Following Sunday’s uninspiring 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Green Bay Packers decided to part ways with head coach Mike McCarthy.

“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers. As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately,” said Packers’ president and chief executive officer Mark Murphy in a press release just a couple hours after Sunday’s loss. “Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field. We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”



Photo by Jim Leuenberger Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs with the football during Sunday’s game against the Cardinals at Lambeau Field.

Coming into week 13 of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers knew the uphill climb they faced if they hoped to avoid missing the postseason for a second straight season. Along with winning their final five games, the Packers also needed some help from other teams in order to sneak into the postseason.

Many people believed Green Bay would get the help they needed from those other teams but questioned whether the inconsistent Packers could string together five straight wins.

Sunday’s clash against the 2-9 Arizona Cardinals looked like the perfect springboard for a late season run. Instead, the Packers suffered a inexcusable 20-17 loss, capped by a missed Mason Crosby field goal as time expired.


Truckers emerge victorious from conference road clash

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville senior Alberto Dominguez, left, drives against Oconto Falls’ Dakota Carriveau during Friday’s North Eastern Conference battle in Oconto Falls.

In a game that featured several lead changes and momentum swings, it was the Clintonville High School boys basketball that that went on a crucial 5-0 run in overtime to claim a 67-62 road win over North Eastern Conference foe Oconto Falls on Friday.

“It felt like a playoff game,” Clintonville coach Ryan Mattson said. “Everyone on our team stepped up today, too, we had a lot of guys stepping up making shots. It felt like a playoff game atmosphere and these guys wanted to win. You could see it in their eyes — we fell down a couple times, and we would battle right back. They’d get a steal, hit a three, it was just awesome to watch and a great game to be a part of.”

Clintonville led by five points with about five minutes to play in regulation before Oconto Falls went on a 9-0 run to seize control. The Truckers remained aggressive and converted two of four free throws before sophomore Cameron Mauel hit two clutch free throws to tie it at 62.




Witt-Birn 62

Tomahawk 39

The Chargers dominated from start to finish in a nonconference victory over Tomahawk on Tuesday.

Kody Szews led Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 19 points while Brandan Resch added 14 and Austin Gibson 10.

Michael Gibson pulled down a team-leading 12 rebounds while Resch and Trevor Linke each grabbed five. Michael Gibson also assisted on three field goals while Resch stole three passes.

Menominee Indian 98

Tigerton 53

The Eagles cruised past the Tigers in a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover clash on Monday.

Menom Powless led Menominee Indian with 26 points.

Kaeden Miller scored 17 points for Tigerton.

Shawano 48

Pulaski 47

The Hawks rallied from a five-point deficit with 35 seconds to play, stunning the Red Raiders on a Nick Grignon 3-pointer with just 2.1 seconds remaining on Friday. The 3-pointer was Grignon’s lone field goal of the game.


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