Sports

Fri
07
Sep

Block kills help Shawano dismantle New London


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Julia Klement (12) and Rachel Reed (3) attempt to block a spike during a match against New London on Thursday.

The start of conference play can be a nerve-racking time for teams. Your opponent typically knows your strengths and weaknesses and always gives you their best shot.

The Shawano volleyball team welcomed New London to open Bay Conference play on Thursday at Shawano Community High School. The Hawks tall front line made a statement early, racking up several block kills to give the team momentum it would never relinquish.

Shawano went on for a convincing 25-18, 25-11, 25-14 sweep of New London to improve to 11-3 overall and start conference play 1-0.

Junior Abi Vomastic led the Hawks with seven block kills while senior Tori DePerry had six. Senior Julia Klement recorded four block kills while sophomores Rachel Reed and Avery Dreier had three and two, respectively.

Fri
07
Sep

Clintonville nabs a familiar coaching name

Ryan Mattson grew up on the court.

Watching his dad, Kerry, coach the Hortonville boys basketball team has prepared the younger Mattson for the varsity level.

“I learned so much from him,” Ryan Mattson said. “When I was young, I went to all the practices with him. I grew up in the gym. That’s where I learned most of what I know.”

Mattson is looking forward to the opportunity to coach the varsity squad, taking over for Shawn Howe, who retired.

Mattson was an all-state honorable mention player for his dad at Hortonville. He then went on to play at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley for two years and his final two season at UW-Oshkosh. He started coaching right out of college, but then he stepped away. After he got back into coaching, the 44-year-old was Clintonville’s junior varsity 2 coach the last two years.

Fri
07
Sep

Top 5 Performers

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

Zack Fehrman — Gresham/Bowler soccer

The junior was a goal-scoring machine for the Gresham/Bowler co-op over the last week. Fehrman netted two goals in a loss to Columbus Catholic on Aug. 30 before recording a hat trick in the team’s rout of Tri-County on Tuesday.

Kara Troxel — Bonduel cross-country

The sophomore turned in a pair of strong finishers over the last week. On Aug. 30, Troxel took second in the T-Bird Invitational, finishing the course in 21 minutes, 29.44 seconds. She followed that up with another second place finish in 22:14.90 at the Charger Invitational on Tuesday.

Brianna Foth — Clintonville swim

Fri
07
Sep

High School Highlights

VOLLEYBALL

Bonduel 3

Tigerton 1

The Bears picked up a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover win over the Tigers on Tuesday, winning by scores of 25-20, 14-25, 25-17, 25-19.

Tigerton was led by Monika Minniecheske, who totaled 17 attack kills and two block kills. Jaidan Miller had 10 assists while Adrienne Brady tallied nine.

Kelsi Schumaker recorded six attack kills, eight digs and served three aces while Savanna Swartz had 12 digs, 13 service points and three aces for the Tigers. Brady added 17 service points and four kills while Ladia Block finished with eight digs.

Gresham 3

Port Edwards 1

The Wildcats rallied from a set down to top the Blackhawks in a CWC crossover matchup on Tuesday. Gresham improved to 5-5 overall after winning by scores of 19-25, 25-13, 25-17, 28-26.

Thu
06
Sep

Bowler falls flat against Laona-Wabeno


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Alyssa Strassburg reaches for the ball during the team’s clash with Laona-Wabeno on Tuesday in Bowler.

A Tuesday night volleyball clash between Bowler and Laona-Wabeno had the makings of an intriguing nonconference match.

Instead, a more aggressive Laona-Wabeno squad cruised to a 25-6, 25-10, 25-16 victory that left Bowler scratching its head.

“We are a lot more aggressive team than we showed tonight,” Bowler coach Brad Brei said. “We were standing there flat-footed striking the ball over most times.”

The visitors took control of the first set early on and never looked back. The Rebels quickly grabbed an eight-point advantage and soon increased the lead to double digits.

Bowler had a difficult time getting its offense set up following Laona-Wabeno serves. When the Panthers were able to field the serves and send the ball back over the net, the Rebels’ aggressive approach often led to spikes that left the hosts scrambling.

Thu
06
Sep

Area teams face tough conference tests in week 4


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel will face Weyauwega-Fremont this week, looking to improve to 2-0 in conference play.

Believe it or not, the high school football season is already one-third over.

At this point, teams are typically intertwined in conference clashes with their focus on earning enough wins to qualify for the postseason.

Of the six area teams, only Bonduel and Wittenberg-Birnamwood own winning records, while every team already has one loss.

Bonduel suffered its loss back in week two in nonconference play and most recently topped Manawa in overtime to open Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division play. Up next for the Bears is Weyauwega-Fremont.

Weyauwega-Fremont has had a rough start to its season, scoring just 15 points across three lopsided losses. Despite the winless record, Bonduel isn’t taking anything for granted.

“Our players know how competitive our conference is, and how important it is to come out and give it your all each week,” Bonduel coach James Westrich said.

Thu
06
Sep

Shawano teams second at Charger Invitational

Despite wet and rainy conditions, several local cross-country teams and individual runners turned in top performances while competing in the Charger Invitational in Wittenberg on Tuesday.

Both the Shawano girls and boys teams placed second, finishing just behind Rosholt. Alice Hoffman led the girls team with a fifth place finish after completing the course in 22 minutes, 36.06 seconds. Johnny Dillenburg earned a time of 19:13.87 to pace the boys.

Lydia Beyer (22:41.37) and Dayna Besaw (23:51.20) placed sixth and 10th, respectively, for the girls while Claire Guenther (24:08.39) took 14th and Carrie Young (24:21.87) came in 16th to complete the team score.

Ethan Chelberg (19:16.93) earned 10th while Karsten Anderson (19:36.10) took 12th for the Shawano boys. Joseph Mente (20:22.37) and Ben Carroll (20:29.70) rounded out the team score, placing 19th and 21st, respectively.

Thu
06
Sep

New faces, same old rivalry

As if any further drama was needed, the long-awaited opening day for the Green Bay Packers got an 11th-hour injection of hype.

There was plenty of excitement already, as with any NFL opener, and for the Packers at the outset of their 100 Seasons celebration, all the pieces were in place for a strong, momentum-building takeoff.

Sunday night’s nationally televised game pits the Packers against the Chicago Bears, the oldest rivalry in pro football but one that has taken a lopsided turn over the past few decades. Of their 50 games played since 1993 – the year the Packers acquired Reggie White, and Brett Favre’s first year as the opening-day starter – the Packers have won 37.

Wed
05
Sep

Second half charge lifts East over Shawano


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Crede Timm (20) carries the ball during Friday’s game in Green Bay.

The first half of the Bay Conference matchup between Shawano and Green Bay East was a defensive showcase. The second half was full of offensive fireworks.

Green Bay East scored 28 second-half points to down Shawano 34-20 on Friday night in Green Bay.

Shawano started the game with the ball and immediately started working down the field. A direct snap to junior Brayden Dickelman on the first play of the game helped the Hawks move the ball into Green Bay East territory before a pass from sophomore Gage Timm to freshman wide receiver Elliott Lowney picked up 14 yards and put the ball on the 28.

A few plays later, Dickelman broke another long run to move Shawano all the way to the 2. A false start penalty proved to be costly for the visitors though, as the Red Devils’ defense stuffed the next three rush attempts before blocking a low field goal attempt.

Wed
05
Sep

High School Highlights

FOOTBALL

Amherst 42

Witt-Birn 0

The three-time defending champion Falcons stifled the Chargers in a Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division clash in Wittenberg on Friday.

Michael Gibson led Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 42 rushing yards while Jack Stewart tallied 38. Stewart also led the team’s defense with six tackles and a sack while Shane Herb and Ethan Wesolowski each picked off a pass.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood fell to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Northland Pines 64

Marion/Tigerton 14

The Eagles rolled past the Thundercatz in a nonconference clash on Friday night in Tigerton.

Northland Pines rushed for 480 yards and eight touchdowns in the contest. The Marion/Tigerton co-op scored both of its touchdowns in the first half.

Austin Hoffmann scored on a 58-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the co-op before connecting with Dhonivan Haas on a 20-yard passing score in the second.

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