Clintonville’s Jung commits to wrestle after high school

Contributed Photo Clintonville High School senior Lacey Jung signed her letter of intent on Nov. 30 to continue her wrestling career at Adrian College in Michigan in the fall. With Jung are, from left, Adrian College head coach Cliff Custard, father Mike Michonski, mother Cat Michonski and Clintonville athletic director Bob Bothe.

Clintonville High School senior Lacey Jung’s lifelong commitment to wrestling will continue at Adrian College in the fall.

Jung, who began wrestling at age 4, signed her letter of intent to wrestle at the Michigan college on Nov. 30, just as she was starting her final high school wrestling season.

“This means so much to me,” Jung said. “Wrestling was a big part of my first memories as a kid, so I am so thankful that I get to keep pursuing it.”

Committing to a college was about more than just wrestling for Jung and her family.

“This is a big deal for me, personally, because my parents and older brother never went to college,” she said. “I get to represent our family as the first to attend college, and that’s a really special feeling.


With playoff bid foiled, Rodgers done for the year

The best-laid plans of mice, men and rehabbing quarterbacks often go astray, as a disappointed Aaron Rodgers learned last Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback reflected on the reality he endured, compared to the glory he’d envisioned while sitting in a hospital bed two months ago. Then he went back on injured reserve.

“It’s not the fairy tale that we were hoping for as I lay in that surgery bed eight weeks ago, thinking about this moment,” Rodgers said.

The glass slipper didn’t fit this time, the genie granted no wishes and Red Riding Hood got mauled by panthers – who threw in a blind-side head-butt for good measure. After losing to Carolina 31-24, the Packers are out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008, reduced to a spoiler role in their last two games against Minnesota and Detroit.


Shawano wrestling hosts Shawano Holiday Classic

Photo by Dennis Wilson Shawano Community High School’s Alex Sumnicht defeated Bonduel High School’s Kaden Bergsbaken by decision at 160 pounds during the Shawano Holiday Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Shawano, Bonduel and Clintonville were among 13 wrestling teams that competed at the Shawano Holiday Classic on Saturday.

Host Shawano placed fifth Bonduel finished third in the tournament. Marshfield took the team title, Spencer (second) and Antigo (fourth) rounded out the top five.

Shawano had eight wrestlers finish in the top-five in their respective weight classes. Ben Carroll, with a major decision over Dylan Dykstra, of Antigo, finished in third place at 138 pounds. Keith Tourtillott also placed third at 220 pounds with a decision over Jackson Linsmeier, of Valders.

Top finishers for the Hawks include Wyatt Brandt (106 pounds) in fourth place; Reef Anthony (128 pounds) fifth; Gage Timm (145 pounds) fourth; Alex Sumnicht (160 pounds) fourth; Sam Tourtillott (182 pounds) fourth; and Crede Timm (195 pounds) fourth.


Eagles clinch final minute free throws to secure win

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Menominee Indian High School sophomore Senihseah Wayka looks to pass during the second half of a 41-30 victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Menominee Indian High School. Wayka scored eight points for the Eagles.

Menominee Indian drained six of seven free throws in the final minute to secure a 41-30 Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Menominee Indian High Schoool.

Weyauwega-Fremont, which is searching for its first win, had a glimmer of hope after draining a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to close the deficit to three points. The Eagles (5-2, 2-1 CWC) regrouped and Faith Munson answered with a layup. The Eagles went on to draw four fouls, resulting in six of seven at the line. The 8-0 run and two missed free throws by Weyauwega-Fremont (0-8, 0-4 CWC) sealed the Eagles’ victory.

“The free-throw shooting was phenomenal tonight,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said. “That free-throw percentage was a big reason we won tonight. The girls did better at the end of controlling the ball, so those elements combined really secured the win for us.”


Otradovec scores 29 points, leads Wildcats past Bowler

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School freshman Raven Bennett makes a 3-point attempt during the second half of Friday’s 91-56 win over Bowler.

Gresham Community School had three shooters score over 20 points to lead the Wildcats past Bowler in a lopsided 91-56 victory on Friday at Gresham.

The Wildcats’ leading duo, Todd Otradovec and Drew Haffner, didn’t disappoint during the Central Wisconsin Conference-North rivalry matchup. Otradovec tallied a game-high 29 points and Haffner added 23 to account for over half of Gresham’s scoring.

“They’re exceptional players offensively, and experienced, so they know what they’re doing on the court,” head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “This is Drew’s fourth year starting on varsity and Todd’s third year starting, so they’ve seen a lot. As seniors, I’m hoping that they’ll really drive their knowledge into the freshmen and younger guys because I’d like to see that knowledge passed down.”

Junior Justice Paiser, who rounded out the Wildcats’ leading scorers at 22 points, was the star player for Zobeck.


Crossing paths with deer marks collision of two worlds

As I walked through the quiet, snow-carpeted woods Sunday on the last day of the antlerless deer season, I saw fresh deer tracks crossing the boot prints I’d left the day before.

I was on my way to my ground blind as the sky slowly brightened, and the crisp tracks gave me a glimmer of hope.

About 3½ hours later, I was walking back to my van, crossing the same tracks and carrying most of the gear from my blind. I stopped again, staring at the tracks frozen in time. At some point, two deer had crossed here, surviving as they and their kind have done for centuries. I had warm clothes, insulated boots, a heater, a backpack full of gear, snacks and water, and two muzzleloading rifles.

How could two naked animals with no tools other than their keen senses of smell and hearing outwit a human?


Athlete of the Week: Emily Norrbom

Contributed photo Emily Norrbom secured a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Chargers overtime victory over Peshtigo on Tuesday. The senior averages a team-high 11 points and five steals per game and is a key contributor to the team’s 5-0 start to the season.

Athlete: Emily Norrbom

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Year: Senior

Emily Norrbom secured a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chargers to a 43-38 victory in overtime over Peshtigo on Tuesday. The senior, who averages a team-high 11 points and 5 steals per game, is a key contributor to Witt-Birn’s 5-0 start to the season. Norrbom has tallied 21 steals, 13 assists and 14 forced turnovers over the five games. Norrbom was the youngest varsity starter on the team her sophomore year and has remained a starter since.

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High School Highlights


Shiocton 66

Bonduel 44

Bonduel trailed by six at halftime, but struggled in the second half as Shiocton secured a comfortable lead.

“We were really competitive for the first 30 minutes of the game,” head coach Jerry Reinke said. “They just got some breakaways. We knew it was going to be a challenge, they’ve got a pretty good team.

Shiocton’s leg up came in out-rebounding the Bears. Bonduel secured 26 rebounds to Shiocton’s 41.

“That’s what hurt us,” Reinke said. “Rebounds just got us bad tonight.”

The Bears were successful from the line, shooting 16 of 18 free throws. They also had a diverse 3-point game, with four players hitting from behind the arc.

Kylie Guenther led the Bears with 13 points and six rebounds and Brynn Reinke and Jessie LaBerge each scored eight points.

Bowler 61

Gresham 31


Seymour outpaces Shawano in Bay Conference face-off

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Hailey Buschman takes a shot during a 68-34 Bay Conference loss against Seymour on Thursday.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths drives past defenders during Thursday’s 68-34 loss at Seymour.

Seymour’s 10 3-pointers lifted them to a 68-34 victory and Bay Conference lead over the Shawano girls basketball team on Thursday.

The Hawks and Thunder came into the match as the top teams in the conference, both sitting at 3-0 in the Bay, but Seymour’s win pushed Shawano (5-3, 3-1 Bay) into the number two spot alongside West DePere.

Seymour (7-1, 4-0 Bay) came off its first loss of the season on Tuesday against Kimberly, and Hawks head coach Ryan Koenig knew the Thunder would be hungry for redemption.

“I knew they’d be fired up tonight,” Koenig said. “Usually a team like them, they bounce back harder after a loss, and so I knew we were in for a challenge.”


Bears building confidence with young roster

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School junior Jessie LaBerge looks to drive past Weyauwega-Fremont’s Taylor Folk during Tuesday’s 42-25 Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory.

Bonduel knew it would have some rebuilding to do this season after losing its starting lineup to graduation.

Despite growing pains, which have led the Bears on a 2-5 start to the season, the girls basketball team is starting to feel more comfortable on the court.

“Getting one more win definitely gives us more energy and confidence in ourselves,” senior Brynn Reinke said after a 42-25 win against Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday. “It helps us know that we’re capable of winning these games and that we’re improving each game.”

The Bears earned their first Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory over Weyauwega-Fremont (0-6, 0-2 CWC) after losing to two top teams in the conference, Wittenberg-Birnamwood (43-23) and Amherst (74-34).

“Those are obviously very tough teams,” head coach Jerry Reinke said. “So we knew it’d be tough, especially starting out with them.”


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