Sports

Thu
03
Jan

Bonduel grad Reinke named NACC athlete of week


Photo courtesy of Jeff Wilson Bonduel graduate Lexi Reinke was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week after a pair of strong games.

Wisconsin Lutheran College and Bonduel High School graduate Lexi Reinke was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 17-23, as selected by the league’s sports information directors.

This is the first conference weekly award for the Warriors’ senior guard.

Reinke averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 58.8 percent (10-of-13) from the floor as the Warriors remained unbeaten (9-0) with wins over a pair of recent NCAA Tournament qualifiers.

She scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a 58-47 win over Montclair St. Dec. 19, then backed it up with 11 points and seven boards in WLC’s 58-49 win over FDU-Florham Dec. 20.

It was the first time in Reinke’s career that she reached double figure scoring in consecutive games.

Thu
03
Jan

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Wabeno/Laona 84

Bowler 45

The Panthers trailed by 26 points at halftime of an eventual loss to the Wabeno/Laona co-op in the Gresham Holiday Tournament consolation game on Saturday.

Bowler’s Landan Kroening was named to the all-tournament team. The loss dropped the Panthers’ record to 3-7 overall.

Bonduel 65

Wabeno/Laona 53

The Bears outscored the Wabeno/Laona co-op 37-23 in the first half to claim a Gresham Holiday Tournament clash on Friday.

Bonduel hit nine 3-pointers in the contest, five of which came from Isaac Boldt, who led the team with 15 points. Parker Bohm added 14 points, including a 6-of-7 mark from the free throw line.

Canaan Szoszorek made 7-of-12 free throws to finish with nine points while Isaac Garside and Cole Letter chipped in eight and seven points, respectively.

Gresham 77

Bowler 63

Thu
03
Jan

Fired-up Bears win Gresham Holiday Tournament


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Gresham’s Justice Paiser, middle, looks to pass the ball as Bonduel’s Canaan Szoszorek, left, Jared Wondra, back, and Isaac Boldt, right, defend during Saturday’s Gresham Holiday Tournament boys title game at Gresham Community High School.

In front of a packed Gresham Community High School gym, the Bonduel boys basketball flexed their muscles and turned in their most impressive performance of the season.

Bonduel turned up its defensive pressure and used fast starts in each half to pick up a convincing 80-35 victory over Gresham in the title game of the Gresham Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

“We just played really hard. We ran, we were making shots — this is how we want to play,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “We haven’t played like this until today and it was really fun, fun for the kids.”

Bonduel (6-4) was fired up from the opening tip, quickly working out to a double-digit lead behind seniors Parker Bohm and Canaan Szoszorek and junior Cole Letter.

Even when Copp turned to his bench, the production continued, with juniors Dylan Springborn, Isaac Boldt and Justin Bahr providing the team lockdown defense and strong shooting.

Thu
03
Jan

Bonduel fends off Gresham in tournament title game


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Gresham’s Valarie Cerveny, top, goes up for a shot as Bonduel’s Kylie Hoffman, left, Allaina Robaidek (2) and Erin Timler, right, defend during Saturday’s Gresham Holiday Tournament girls title game at Gresham Community High School.

Through the first eight minutes of Saturday’s Gresham Holiday Tournament girls championship game, it looked as if the hosts were going to be able to hang with Bonduel, especially after senior Jessie LaBerge went down with an injury for the Bears.

Bonduel started up its full-court pressure, however, to pull away from a feisty Gresham squad and claim a 62-35 victory at Gresham Community High School.

“We haven’t really had to press a lot but I just thought we weren’t giving that much energy on defense. We were giving up the baseline. So I thought if we went to a little more full-court (pressure) we could get some easier looks at the hoop, which we really weren’t getting either,” Bonduel coach Jerry Reinke said.

Gresham did not trail for the first eight-plus minutes of the half, with senior Tiana Ferguson and freshman Valarie Cerveny leading the charge for the Wildcats.

Thu
03
Jan

Firearms, the ultimate American Christmas gift

I was pondering a holiday column topic when an item on Facebook caught my eye. It was an item by dailymail.com, shared by an Iowa Gun Owners group that showed a collection of happy Americans with their guns at Christmas.

Some were Christmas gifts, which to me and millions of other shooters symbolize the ultimate holiday gift. As Ted Nugent often says, “You can’t do that in France!” BB guns, pellet guns, .22 rifles, shotguns, handguns — all will delight new or avid shooters with the promise of plinking adventures on a Saturday afternoon or hunting with a parent or grandparent.

I eagerly clicked on the article after sharing it and realized that the article from the British tabloid was anything but a complimentary and flattering article about gun owners.

Sat
29
Dec

Hawks slow down to top Tritons


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Nick Sherman, left, goes up for a shot while being defended by Green Bay Notre Dame’s Josh Cribben, right, during Friday’s Sun Drop Shootout matchup at the Kress Center in Green Bay.

After the press sped the Shawano boys basketball team up in the first half, coach Dave Ambrosius urged his team to slow things down in the second half.

The Hawks did just that, and with some strong defensive play of its own, Shawano outscored Green Bay Notre Dame 39-25 in the second half to claim a 55-49 win at the Sun Drop Shootout at the Kress Center in Green Bay on Friday afternoon.

“The biggest thing we told them was just to slow down. We were trying to play too fast,” Ambrosius said of his team’s first half. “We knew where we had some advantages and we were just trying to force it in there right away instead of being patient and playing our style of basketball… .”

Trailing 24-16 at halftime, the Hawks came flying out of the half, scoring the first eight points to tie it up. The teams then battled back-and-forth before senior Nick Grignon converted a field goal and junior Cody Nahwahquaw knocked down two free throws to give Shawano a 35-31 lead.

Sat
29
Dec

Shawano girls stifled by ranked Slinger


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Tori DePerry, left, prepares to go up for a layup as Slinger’s Kacie O’Hearn defends during Friday’s Sun Drop Shootout matchup at the Kress Center in Green Bay.

The Slinger girls basketball team is amongst the best Division 2 teams in the state. On Friday afternoon, Shawano learned firsthand why the Owls are regarded so highly.

Slinger did not allow Shawano to score a single point in the first half and went on for a 52-29 win in a Sun Drop Shootout matchup on Friday at the Kress Center in Green Bay.

“They do a great job, that’s why they are a ranked team in state. They’ve been doing it for years, you can tell they all work very well on it,” Shawano coach Ryan Koenig said of Slinger’s pressure defense. “They are strong and we let them push us around a little bit. And when we did that, then there’s turnovers and off-balance stuff and they do a good job of keeping you off-balance… .”

Slinger’s full-court pressure had Shawano (7-4) all out of sorts in the first half. If the Owls (10-1) were not forcing turnovers, they were making Shawano rush shots.

Sat
29
Dec

3-point shooting, pressure defense leads Clintonville to win


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Austin Gibson drives to the rim as Clintonville’s Presley Rosenow, left, Sean Finger (10) and Sam Wittman, right, defend during Thursday’s nonconference game at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.

The duo of junior Aiden Polzin and senior Sam Wittman helped the Clintonville boys basketball team claim its third-straight win, taking down Wittenberg-Birnamwood 69-54 in nonconference action from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School on Thursday.

Polzin had the hot hand in the first half and helped the Truckers out to a quick, double-digit lead. He connected on six first half 3-pointers while tallying 20 points.

“I practice those shots everyday,” Polzin said. “It’s just being in the right spot at the right time and being patient in the offense. We all worked together moving the ball well and I was just feeling it tonight, so I pulled the trigger and made them.”

Witt-Birn (6-2) was overwhelmed in the opening minutes by the full-court pressure Clintonville (5-4) played.

Sat
29
Dec

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tigerton 50

Niagara 33

The Tigers picked up their second win of the season in a nonconference win over the Badgers on Thursday. Tigerton had just two wins during the 2017-18 season.

Steven Parrott had a monster game for the Tigers, totaling 20 points and 16 rebounds. Austin Hoffmann added 10 points while Kaeden Miller tallied eight. Izaiah Hidde recorded nine rebounds and four assists.

Fall River 71

Marion 38

The Mustangs fell to the Pirates in a Almond-Bancroft Tournament matchup on Thursday.

Marion trailed by just 12 at halftime before being outscored 41-20 in the second half.

Branden Beechy led Marion with 12 points. Ethan Scheef added nine points while Jared Krueger had seven.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Menominee (Mich) 64

Marion 26

The Mustangs could not keep pace with Menominee (Michigan) in a Gillett Holiday Tournament matchup on Thursday. Menominee led 52-13 at halftime.

Fri
28
Dec

Packers, Rodgers’ efforts result in $141,669 donation

Thanks to the efforts and support of Packers players, fans and employees throughout the holiday season, $141,669 was donated to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

The amount is the result of donations received during Packers Give Back Day on Dec. 18, and the Packers players autograph signings at the Lambeau Field Atrium throughout the holiday season. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers matched the donations made during the autograph signings up to $50,000, and also donated $100 in the name of each child at his surprise pizza party on Monday, Dec. 17.

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