Menominee Indian headed back to 11-man

Leader file photo Menominee Indian’s Bryce Dixon carries the football in a game against Gillett earlier this fall. Menominee Indian is headed back to 11-man football after playing eight-man football from 2015-18.

Menominee Indian High School will return to the 11-man football level of play starting in the fall of 2019.

Menominee Indian athletic director Chuck Raasch said the school petitioned the Central Wisconsin Conference to join the Small Division in November and was granted entry.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Menominee Indian football coach Chris Clache, who will continue to coach the team moving forward. “I feel this was a decision that needed to happen as the landscape of Wisconsin football will change with the statewide realignment coming in 2020. Plus, with our enrollment climbing, we should have access to more athletes. We will also be trying to build bigger numbers in our middle school program to help keep our numbers high.”

Rounding out the CWC-Small are teams from Almond-Bancroft, Pacelli, Pittsville, Rosholt and Wild Rose.


High School Highlights


Antigo 45

Bonduel 27

The Bears won six weight classes while dropping a dual to the Red Robins on Friday.

Jacob Giese (285), Max Sokolski (138) and Jakob Froeming (145) all earned wins by pin for Bonduel.

Isaac Banker (220), Luis Lagunes (120) and Jayson Toellner (126) all earned decision wins for the Bears.


Marion 60

White Lake 14

The Mustangs dominated the short-handed Lakers in a nonconference clash on Friday.

Elizabeth Radtke scored 14 points to pace Marion on the offensive end while Kyla Zillmer and Eden Brennan added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Bridget Bazile added nine points while Tessa Brei had eight. Radtke also tallied 12 rebounds while Brennan had six steals.

Fox Valley Lutheran 53

Clintonville 46

The Truckers were outscored 30-14 in the second half of a North Eastern Conference loss to the Foxes on Friday.


DePerry hits milestone in Shawano’s win over Menasha

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Tori DePerry, left, goes up for a layup to score her 999th and 1,000th career points as Menasha’s Alyssa Roen defends during Thursday’s Bay Conference clash at Shawano Community High School.

In a game dominated by defense, Shawano senior Tori DePerry recorded a field goal she will never forget. DePerry converted a layup off a pick-and-roll late in the second half to record her 999th and 1,000th points of her varsity career.

The game was briefly halted to honor DePerry, who soaked in the accomplishment for a few moments before focusing back in and helping Shawano remain perfect in Bay Conference play by taking down Menasha 49-35 on Thursday at Shawano Community High School.

“It means a lot of work paid off — I’ve put a lot of work into this program from the start of freshman year. I didn’t really have a big role then, I scored a couple points but moving forward I grew as a player, definitely got stronger and found my role of scoring and helping our team be in the best position to win,” said DePerry, who finished with a team-high 16 points. “Getting it in front of the home crowd was just a good feeling, especially because we got the win.”


Hawks dominate Medford to cap first half of season

With winter break starting, the Shawano Community High School boys swimming team was looking for a strong meet to end the first half of its season.

The Hawks got just what they were looking for, taking first in all but one varsity event to earn a 104-64 win against Medford in a Great Northern Conference dual meet on Thursday.

“We we’ve been trying really hard in practice over the past couple of weeks and I’m really happy how everyone turned out,” junior captain Peter Fuller said. “We’ve been focusing on finishing strong and sprinting towards the end and I think we all accomplished and met that goal tonight.”


High School Highlights


Shawano 43

West De Pere 33

Despite forfeiting three weight classes, the Hawks still claimed a dual win over the Phantoms on Thursday.

Nick Kohn won by pin at the 285-pound weight class to open the night for Shawano. Wyatt Brandt (113), Alex Sumnicht (152) and Gage Timm (160) also earned pins before Keith Tourtillott (220) capped the team win with a pin.

Carter Schmidt (138) and Ben Carroll (145) each earned 15-0 technical fall victories while Crede Timm (182) scored some late points to earn a tough 4-3 decision win.

Wey-Fremont 52

Bonduel 28

The Bears claimed five of 14 weight classes in a tough dual against Weyauwega-Fremont on Thursday.

Isaac Banker (195), Jacob Giese (220) and Moises Lagunes (152) all earned wins by pin for Bonduel. Max Sokolski (138) picked up a 10-2 major decision win while Gavin Bougie (113) won by forfeit.

Witt-Birn 42

Manawa 34


Athlete of the Week: Kylie Guenther

Contributed Photo Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther defends during a nonconference win over Green Bay West on Nov. 26.

Athlete: Kylie Guenther

Sport: Girls Basketball

Position: Forward

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

The Bonduel High School girls basketball team is off to a fast start this season, with a 7-1 overall record and 3-1 mark in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division. Helping to the Bears to that fast start is Kylie Guenther, just one of three seniors on the team this winter.

Guenther has served as a consistent rebounder for Bonduel while providing her share of points during the team’s first month of play. She will hope to guide to the Bears to a perfect record at the Gresham Holiday Tournament next Friday and Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My interest in basketball began at around the age of 2 or 3, when I would go with my dad to his high school team’s practices that he coached.

Q: What is your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?


.22 long rifle ammo shortage is finally over

All the conspiracy theories about .22 long rifle ammo shortages died this week on a Walmart shelf.

Actually it’s been quite clear for at least a year that the long — and very real — shortage of world’s most popular ammunition was over, at least in our part of the United States. Once-bare shelves of this precious commodity, the caliber most of us grew up on as youngsters and eventually came to love as our plinking and small-game hunting favorite, suddenly were filled with every variation of .22.

The strange — if not mysterious — case of the disappearing .22 Ammo was absolutely over for me on Sunday when I noticed that Thunderbolt .22 ammo was reduced to $14.58 a brick. This is the shooters’ equivalent of 99-cent bacon and $1.50 a gallon gas.


Top 5 Performers

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

Josh Bergmann — Shawano boys swimming

The freshman swimmer seems to be transitioning to the varsity level of competition pretty smoothly. In the Hawks’ dual win over Antigo on Dec. 13, Bergmann took first in the 200-meter IM (2 minutes, 46.76) and 100 butterfly (1:17.14) as an individual. He also helped the 400 freestyle relay (4:39.21) and 200 freestyle relay (1:58.04) teams to first-place finishes.

Cole Letter — Bonduel boys basketball

The junior guard helped the Bears snap a two-game losing streak and claim a hard-fought triple-overtime matchup against Pittsville on Tuesday. Letter had the hot hand from 3-point land, connecting on four triples and finishing with 14 points.

Elly Arndt — Clintonville girls basketball


Playoffs missed, reeling Packers look to end road woes

As the Green Bay Packers’ 100th anniversary season fizzles to a dud finish, the best thing that can be said for 2018 as it pertains to football is that it’s almost over.

The Packers have endured enough missteps and bad breaks this year to make you wonder if the famous “Murphy’s Law” about everything going wrong was co-sponsored by the team president.

Any loss to Chicago tends to ruffle the feathers — there haven’t been that many this century to really notice — but when the Bears eliminate the Packers from playoff contention and clinch the NFC North while doing it, the floodgates open.

Kick-‘em-when-they’re-down being one of our cherished pastimes, everyone is fair game in a crisis like this. Not even the iconic quarterback is exempt from the wrath of the e-gallery. Aaron Rodgers has absorbed more pot shots in the past few weeks than most Packers fans could ever have imagined.


Shawano falls just short against Menasha in OT

Five games into the season, Shawano boys basketball coach Dave Ambrosius was hoping to see what his team was made of against the Bay Conference’s top team, Menasha. What Ambrosius got from his guys was a gutsy home performance and nearly a victory.

Shawano held a three-point lead with 4:55 remaining in the second half before Menasha sent the game into overtime. In the extra session, two Hawks starters fouled out and the Bluejays took advantage, pulling off a 71-68 win Tuesday.

“We really kind of came out of our shells a little bit,” Ambrosius said. “This was a really good test for us and I like where this team is at. … We’re trending in the right direction.”

After dropping the opening two games of the season, Shawano had won its past three games.


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