Steinbach, Hawks finish sweep of Red Devils

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Cheyenne Knueppel connects on a forehand in a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Maria Parolini on Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Colleen McFarlane backhands a volley at the net in a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Green Bay East. The Hawks swept the Red Devils at home on Tuesday, 7-0.

Shawano Community High School junior Sydney Steinbach was pushed all the way to the end of her match Tuesday against Green Bay East’s Kee Xiong.

Steinbach, holding a 5-2 lead in the second set, lost back-to-back games, and then while having a triple match point, was forced into playing a deuce before taking the match 6-2, 6-4 as the Hawks swept the Red Devils at home, 7-0.

“She really stepped up her game and played a great No. 1 singles match,” Shawano head coach Matt Zoll said. “The match she put together was a total match and had a little bit of adversity and had to fight back, and it was well fought back by her.”

Steinbach and Xiong had some long rallies, and Steinbach was working hard early to hit her spots on the court.

“I was trying to play angles on her. I’ve been working a lot on top spin,” Steinbach said. “I was just trying to get her to move and tire her out early on.”


Shawano places 3rd in invitational

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Averi Vomastic passes a ball in serve receive during Saturday’s Shawano Invitational. Vomastic led the Hawks in kills (30), aces (7) and digs (39).

In the Shawano Invitational semifinals Saturday, the host Hawks almost came back from a 10-5 deficit in the third set to Kewaunee, which would have sent them to the championship game.

Instead, after taking a 12-10 lead behind the serving of Averi Vomastic, Shawano allowed the Storm to win five of the next six points and fell in the decisive third set, 15-13.

Shawano (10-5, 0-1 Bay Conference) rebounded from the loss to Kewaunee for a straight-set victory, 25-18, 25-19, over Rhinelander, which had defeated the Hawks earlier in pool play, to secure third place in the eight-team tourney.

Shawano head coach Breanna Young said she saw improvement since the Hawks’ straight-set loss to Xavier in the Bay Conference opener Thursday at home.

“They were definitely playing as one team instead of six individuals, which we played like on Thursday,” Young said. “I expected to see better mental toughness today, which I did.”


High School Highlights


Weyauwega-Fremont 3

Bonduel 0

McKenzie Wollenberg tallied 14 digs to lead the way in Bonduel’s road loss Tuesday.

Emily Sorenson and Kailee Pedersen each recorded six kills for the Bears (4-12, 1-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Setter Brynn Reinke had 17 assists.

Tri-County 3

Gresham 2

Senior middle hitter Sydney Jensen had 16 kills to lead Gresham in Tuesday’s home loss.

Mackenzie Hoffman recorded 24 digs for the Wildcats (6-4, 2-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Setter Dani Huntington posted 30 assists.

Witt-Birn 3

Shiocton 0

Madison Bushman tallied 29 assists to lead the way in Tuesday’s road victory.

Senior Taylor Nier had 13 kills and 17 digs for the Chargers (18-4, 3-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Lauren Bushman recorded six kills and 12 digs, and Marissa Groshek pitched in six kills.

Witt-Birn wins 3 at Merrill Invite


Bears struggle to finish drives

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel linebacker Riddik Bohm a brings down Iola-Scandinavia running back Bryce Huettner for a loss early in Friday’s 27-14 loss to the Thunderbirds at home.

With both Bonduel and Iola-Scandinavia relying heavily on the run, it was three explosive plays by the Thunderbirds that made up the difference in a 27-14 loss for the Bears at home.

Bonduel had a fumbled exchange on its second play of the game, which led to a Jayden Sivertson 55-yard fumble recovery for a score, his first of TDs on the night. Sivertson would rush for a 41-yard score later in the first quarter, and then a 41-yard halfback pass to Jonathan Block in the third quarter gave the Thunderbirds its final score of the game against the stingy Bonduel defense.

“We battled tooth and nail to get yards here today, and we were able to get some big plays,” Iola-Scandinavia head coach Scott Erickson said. “And that was the difference in this game — the big plays.”

The Bears fumbled on their first two possessions of the game and again in the fourth quarter, leading to 14 points off turnovers for the Thunderbirds.


High School Highlights


Shawano 42

New London 28

Kien Moorman rushed 18 times for 165 yard and four touchdowns in Friday’s Bay Conference victory at home.

Quarterback Jack Hanauer had 105 rushing yards and two TDs to go with his 116 passing yards on the night for the Hawks (3-1, 2-1 Bay Conference).

Wide receiver Dylan Sumnicht added seven receptions for 110 yards.

Sevastopol 42

Menominee Indian 6

Antonio Mahkimetas returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown on Friday in a home Great-8 North loss.

Mahkimetas also had an interception on defense for the Eagles (1-3, 0-3 Great-8 North).

Menominee Indian threw four interceptions on the night.

Pacelli 21

Witt-Birn 7

MacLaen Alwes had a 3-yard rush in the fourth quarter to cut Pacelli’s lead to 7 points, but the Chargers could not come any closer in Friday’s home Central Wisconsin Conference-8 loss.


Wildcats get defensive

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior setter Dani Huntington passes a ball over the net during the final set of the Wildcats’ sweep Thursday at Menominee Indian.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Hailey Hoffman hits around the block of Faith Munson for a kill in the first set of the Wildcats’ win over Menominee Indian on Thursday. Hoffman tallied seven aces on the night.

Gresham Community School junior outside hitter Hailey Hoffman sparked the Wildcats’ offense in Thursday’s sweep of Menominee Indian on the road.

After a sluggish start for both squads, Hoffman had two kills to push the Gresham lead to four points, and then an 11-point serving streak, including three aces, to finish off a 25-11 victory in the first set.

The Wildcats eased to 25-12 and 15-15 wins in the second and third sets, respectively.

“(Hoffman) really got us going. She had a few big kills there in the first (set),” Gresham head coach Tim Wild said. “It seemed like they were all pretty close, one after another. And then she got to serving and pretty much ran the game out for us. That was huge.”

Gresham would continue the momentum, jumping out to a 12-1 lead in the second set, then pushing it to a 13-point lead at 16-3.


Menominee Indian beginning athletic hall of fame

Menominee Indian High School is planning a permanent way to honor its standout athletes.

Athletic Director Chuck Raasch has begun the process of creating an athletic hall of fame.

“It will be a source of pride for them, their families, the school and the community,” Raasch said.

The school is accepting nominees through Nov. 4. A nine-person selection committee will make the final decision on the hall’s first inductees before the end of the year.

The committee is composed of Duane Waukau, Al Pyatskowit, Mary Arnold, Jeff Waukau, Chris Clache, Kirk Bahr, Paul Wilke, Teri Wynos and Raasch.

Raasch said the committee members were chosen because of their knowledge of the MIHS athletic history.

Some committee members at some point might be inducted into the hall of fame for their contributions as athletes or coaches, Raasch noted.


High School Highlights


Ashwaubenon 4

Shawano 0

Shawano was held scoreless in Thursday’s home nonconference meeting with the Jaguars.

Hawks goalkeeper Will Bergner saved 15 shots.

The Hawks are 3-2-1 overall, 1-0 in the Bay Conference.

Gresham/Bowler 3

Amherst 2

Gresham senior Neal Cerveny tallied a hat trick in Thursday’s road victory.

Goalkeeper Justice Paiser saved 12 shots for the Wildcats.

Gresham moved to 4-4 with the victory.


Seymour 113

Shawano 57

Emme Quandt won the 200-yard individual medley as the Hawks fell to Seymour at home Thursday.

Lydia Colon added a second-place finish for the Hawks in the 200 free.

Shawano’s 200 medley and 400 free relays each finished in second place.


Xavier 3

Shawano 0


Packers escape preseason unscathed, gird for title push

They say you can’t win ‘em all, nor in the National Football League preseason do you really even care to.

The irrelevance of preseason games was never more clearly demonstrated than by the 2008 Detroit Lions, who breezed through the exhibitions games with a 4-0 mark but failed to outscore any of their opponents in the regular season.

Their 0-16 mark surpassed the previous standard bearer of bad, the ’76 Tampa Bay Bucs, whose 0-14 finish produced not only inept football but some self-deprecating zingers from their coach John McKay, who when asked after another loss about his team’s execution said, “I’m in favor of it.”

For the deluded among Lions fans encouraged by the perfect ’08 preseason, the toppling of high hopes was never louder.

In falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 last Saturday, the Green Bay Packers finished with a 3-1 record in a preseason that, despite the setback at Arrowhead Stadium, was arguably as close to perfect as it gets.


Amherst dominates net play in sweep

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kailee Pedersen is blocked by the Amherst duo of Heather Pearson and Grace Moe in the first set of Bonduel’s 3-0 loss to the Falcons at home Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School sophomore McKenzie Wollenberg passes a ball during the Bears’ final set, a 27-25 loss, Tuesday at home against Amherst.

Amherst middle hitters Heather Pearson and Geena Jensen controlled the net play, combining for 26 blocks in the Falcons’ sweep of Bonduel in Central Wisconsin Conference-8 action Tuesday.

In addition to 14 blocks, Pearson posted 21 kills, and outside hitter Kendra Dombrowski added 19 kills in a 25-17, 25-14, 27-25 road victory.

“Amherst just kind of came out gangbusters hitting real well right away, and we struggled with that,” Bonduel head coach Kim Bodoh said. “We struggled with their blocking.”

Amherst, which finished sixth in the CWC-8 last season, knew it would have enough height at the net, but wasn’t sure what to expect from the Bears.

“We knew heightwise, we had a little bit of an advantage, but overall, we don’t really know what to expect when we come in,” Amherst head coach Beth Cegielski said.

Bodoh would have liked to see her hitters make more adjustments during the game.


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