Sports

Fri
06
Jan

Hawks sweep 2 events, easily beat Hatchets


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale SCHS senior James Krueger won the 100-yard butterfly at Thursday’s home dual against Tomahawk. Krueger won the race by two seconds over Chase Lhotka, and Collin Buerman finished in third for the sweep.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Connor Angeli swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley race Thursday at home. Angeli finished in third place, behind teammates Griffin Rades and Nathan Kane as the Hawks defeated Tomahawk 99-71.

Even without one of its top swimmers, the Shawano Community High School boys swim team managed to earn 99 points in Thursday’s home dual meet.

The Hawks, without Tommy Rankin, defeated Tomahawk 99-71, the same score from when the teams faced each other in December.

“What’s encouraging to me, all of our better guys are getting a little bit faster and a little bit faster,” Shawano head coach Jeff Easter said.

Shawano swept the top three spots in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, earning a combined 26 points from those two events.

Senior Griffin Rades led the way in the medley sweep with a time of 2 minutes and 21 seconds, followed by senior Nathan Kane (2:26.22) and Connor Angeli (2:29.49).

As for the butterfly sweep, junior James Krueger posted the top time of 1:02.04. Chase Lhotka added a 1:04.72, and Collin Buerman trailed with a 1:09.19, still six seconds ahead of the first Tomahawk swimmer.

Fri
06
Jan

Shawano survives with shutout intact


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano sophomore Kobe Schreiber fends off Waupaca’s Cody Rasmussen for the puck late in Shawano’s 2-0 victory over the Comets.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano junior Trevor Krueger stands tall as Waupaca attempts a shot in the third period of Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Waupaca. Krueger scored an empty-net goal with 56 seconds remaining to double the lead.

Shawano’s penalty kill unit got plenty of time on the ice Thursday night.

With 14 penalties, accounting for 31 minutes in the penalty box, including three separate five-on-three situations, the Hawks still managed a shutout in a 2-0 home victory over Waupaca on Thursday.

“Penalty kill unit did a hell of a job,” Shawano head coach Garrett Smith said. “They definitely were doing a fairly good job of holding their positions, and when we got a chance, got it out of the zone and we were able to get some time.”

Shawano managed to get called for six penalties in the final period, putting extra pressure on the defense and Brendan Chapman, who posted 23 saves on the night, scoring his first shutout of the season.

Chapman had six saves in the final period with the help of defensemen Bryce Gagnow and Mason Dingeldein, along with wings Trevor Krueger and Wyatt Block.

Fri
06
Jan

High School Highlights

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Bonduel 45

Algoma 33

Bonduel senior Danee Collier recorded 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals as the Bears won on the road Thursday night.

Guard Kylie Guenther added seven points and six rebounds for Bonduel (8-3, 3-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Emily Sorenson also tied Collier with a team-high 11 points.

Gresham 55

Sevastopol 49

Senior forward Sydney Jensen posted a team-high 24 points in the Wildcats’ road victory Thursday night.

Makena Arndt hit four 3s for 12 points for Gresham (4-5, 1-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Center Kamille Davids added another 12 points for the Wildcats.

Manawa 54

Menominee Indian 38

Kendra Webster and Autumn Chevalier each scored a team-high seven points in Thursday’s home loss.

The Eagles (4-6, 2-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) made just three of 13 free-throw attempts in the game.

Thu
05
Jan

Packers steel themselves for playoff push

With the proverbial table duly cleared by the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, the stakes are raised as the hour draws near for a few racks of playoff nine-ball.

The Packers completed their sharpest season-ending finish since 1941, winning their last six games to claim their fifth NFC North crown in the last 6 years.

As coach Mike McCarthy noted throughout the Packers’ 6-0 stretch run, it’s a pointless undertaking to talk playoffs until you reach the 10-win mark. Now, after knocking off Detroit 31-24 to finish 10-6, playoff confabs are officially in bounds – even if their eighth straight postseason appearance was assured earlier in the day when the New York Giants eliminated Washington.

Thu
05
Jan

Packers steel themselves for playoff push

With the proverbial table duly cleared by the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, the stakes are raised as the hour draws near for a few racks of playoff nine-ball.

The Packers completed their sharpest season-ending finish since 1941, winning their last six games to claim their fifth NFC North crown in the last 6 years.

As coach Mike McCarthy noted throughout the Packers’ 6-0 stretch run, it’s a pointless undertaking to talk playoffs until you reach the 10-win mark. Now, after knocking off Detroit 31-24 to finish 10-6, playoff confabs are officially in bounds – even if their eighth straight postseason appearance was assured earlier in the day when the New York Giants eliminated Washington.

Thu
05
Jan

High School Digest

THE WEEK AHEAD

BOYS SWIM

Shawano vs. Tomahawk

Wed
04
Jan

Experience pays off down stretch for Shawano


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Tyrell Hesse gathers the ball in the paint for a layup in overtime that would put the Hawks ahead for good in Tuesday’s 68-61 home victory over Seymour.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School juniors Dakota Maltbey (50) and Kaden Richards (1) close in on Seymour’s Nik Yaeger early in Shawano’s 68-61 victory Tuesday.

Just minutes after turning the ball over in the closing seconds of regulation, Shawano senior Josh Mueller got his redemption.

Mueller slid down to the weak-side corner and drilled an open 3-pointer, his only field goal of the game, to score the first points of Shawano’s 68-61 overtime victory over Seymour at home Tuesday.

The Hawks outscored Seymour 19-12 in the extra period.

“That was a very big shot for him, especially coming off the turnover that he had to end the regulation period there, so it was nice to see him shoot with confidence,” Shawano head coach Dave Ambrosius said.
“But he’s a senior. He’s been through this before. He knows what this environment is like. He stepped up and hit an open shot, which is everything we ask him to do.”

Wed
04
Jan

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

NEW Lutheran 76

Bonduel 66

Bryce Weier posted a game-high 20 points and Parker Bohm followed with 19 as Bonduel lost at home Tuesday night.

Isaac Garside added 10 points for Bonduel (1-8, 0-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Clintonville 56

Witt-Birn 46

Tyler Petermann scored 21 points, and Nathan Krueger added 18 for Clintonville in Monday’s road victory.

Petermann grabbed 11 rebounds, and Krueger added 13 for Clintonville (7-0, 4-0 North Eastern Conference).

The Chargers (4-4, 1-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) got 18 points from Trevor Groshek and 15 from Matt Kapitz.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Little Chute 48

Clintonville 25

Lizzy Weatherwax and Elly Arndt each scored seven points as Clintonville lost on the road Tuesday night.

Clintonville (0-9, 0-5 North Eastern Conference) made 2 of 9 free throws.

Sat
31
Dec

Weier’s big night not enough for Bonduel


Photo by JLW Photography Bonduel High School guard Bryce Weier (3) shoots over the Reedsville defense Friday in Bonduel. Weier scored 32 points, but Bonduel fell to Reedsville, 78-69.

Photo by JLW Photography Bonduel High School guard Parker Bohm works his way upcourt against the Reedsville defense in Bonduel’s 78-69 loss at home Friday. Bohm scored nine points for the Bears.

The offense is coming around for the Bonduel boys basketball team, but it was one-dimensional on Friday night.

The Bears got 32 points from junior Bryce Weier but had just one other player in double figures, Cole Letter with 15 points, as Reedsville used a balance effort to beat host Bonduel, 78-69, in nonconference action.

Weier, who went into the game averaging 14.8 points per night, went off for 19 points in the first half. He hit 12 of his team’s 24 field goals for the game.

“We need other guys to step up,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “We need more guys than him to make shots.”

The Bears got great minutes off the bench from Letter, who is a freshman. He had scored 35 points in his first seven varsity games but chipped in a career-high 15 against Reedsville.

“He’s a good basketball player,” Copp said. “He’s got a lot of good basketball ahead of him. He puts in more time probably than anyone and loves the game and competes.”

Fri
30
Dec

Gresham girls advance to tourney final


Photo by JLW Photography Menominee Indian High School senior Kendra Webster (10) drives against Gresham’s Sydney Jensen in a semifinal game of the Gresham Holiday Tournament on Thursday. Gresham advanced to the title game with a 50-27 win.

Photo by JLW Photography Menominee Indian High School freshman Seniseah Wayka (24) goes up for a shot over Gresham center Kamille Davids in a semifinal game of the Gresham Holiday Tournament on Thursday. Gresham advanced to the title game with a 50-27 win. Davids scored a game-high 19 points.

After a four-game losing streak, things weren’t looking too bright for the Gresham girls basketball team.

However, the Wildcats went into their own holiday tournament by winning back-to-back games for the first time since Vaughn Miller took over as head coach at the beginning of last season.

Looking to up their winning streak to three games, Gresham had a nine-point halftime lead against Menominee Indian and started the second half on an 18-4 run to pull away. The lead ballooned to 25 points before Gresham finished off a 50-27 victory in a holiday tournament semifinal Thursday.

Three weeks earlier, Gresham blew an 11-point lead with seven minutes remaining against Rosholt. Miller wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again.

“That’s something we weretalking about, learning how to win and closing games out and not taking your foot off the gas,” Miller said.

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