Packers seek big finish with Rodgers back in the saddle

Amid great anticipation and with more delay than their coach and a few million fans would have preferred, the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday announced — nothing.

It was the protagonist himself who took care of that.

With a post on his Instagram account, quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed that after having spent almost two months on injured reserve with a broken collarbone, he’s been medically cleared to play in Sunday’s game at Carolina.

Coach Mike McCarthy, among others, was elated with the news. He and countless fans were getting antsy over the slow trickle of reports related to Rodgers, with McCarthy joking at a press conference Monday that if he didn’t hear a decision from the medical team by Tuesday, they would be putting the team doctor on injured reserve.

Ultimately, a dramatic stage has been set for the Packers, who look to extend the two-game winning streak forged with Brett Hundley under center.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 42

Weyauwega-Fremont 25

Bonduel won its first Central Wisconsin Conference-East matchup against Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Bonduel High School. The Bears’ (5-2, 2-1 CWC) strong defense held Weyauwega-Fremont to just 25 points.

Kylie Guenther and Grace Petcka led the Bears with eight points each. Jessie LaBerge added seven and Megan Zeitler and Brynn Reinke each added six. Ashleyn Schnell scored five and Mackenzie Moore rounded out the Bears’ scoring with two.

Reinke and Petcka each recorded four steals and Petcka had 13 rebounds. Guenther also secured 13 rebounds.

“Our defense drove us tonight,” head coach Jerry Reinke said. “They really stepped up on defense and made up for our not-so-great offense. We definitely need to work on offense and get some shooters to step up and score in the double digits.”


Wittenberg-Birnamwood 80

Menominee Indian 71


Shawano defeated by defending D3 state champs

Professional wrestler Ric Flair used to famously say, “To be the man you have to beat the man.” That can also be used to describe the Shawano High School boys basketball team in their Bay Conference opener against Xavier on Tuesday at Xavier.

Xavier, the defending Division 3 state champions, are the men to beat in the conference, and Shawano knew it would be a tough Bay opener.

Xavier (4-0, 1-0 Bay) had four players reach double figures in the game and cruised to a 109-60 victory, Xavier’s 50th straight home win. Hunter Plamann led the team with 24 points, followed by Nate DeYoung with 18 and Nick Otto with 16.

“They have won 50 straight games here at home, and they are the number one team in the state for a reason,” Shawano head coach David Ambrosius said. “I don’t care who they’re playing, that is the number one offense in the state by far.


Shawano places 3rd at Brillion

Shawano placed third out of eight teams at the Brillion meet on Saturday with 212 points. Eleven of the Hawks’ 12 wrestlers competed for third-place or higher and two wrestlers made the finals. Shiocton won the invite with 302 points, followed by Brillion with 259 points.

Reef Anthony at 126 pounds and Ben Carroll at 138 pounds led the team with second-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Anthony fell to Sturgeon Bay’s Peyton Hurth by 2-0 decision and Carroll fell to Marathon’s Fernand Zavaleta at 59 seconds for the titles.

Gage Timm placed third at 145 pounds after defeating Seth Schnell of Winneconne by fall at 2:46. Crede Timm also placed third after defeating Cole Kilgas of Brillion (fall 1:59) at 195 pounds.

Keith Toutillott defeated Tyler Hess of Shiocton (Sudden victory, 3-1) at 220 pounds to place third for the Hawks.


Bears control 2nd half but come up short

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Dalton Cairns looks to pass during Friday’s 59-52 loss against Amherst. Cairns scored six points for the Bears and was 2-for-2 at the free-throw line.

Bonduel closed an 18-point first-half deficit, but couldn’t overcome Amherst and fell 59-52 in its Central Wisconsin Conference-East opener at Bonduel on Friday.

The Bears were off to a slow start with 19 first-half points, but a 3-pointer by Bryce Weier to open the second half initiated a dominating final 18 minutes.

“That’s how we should play from the get-go,” Bonduel head coach Duke Copp said. “That’s how we thought we’d be playing this year.”

The Bears scored just two points in the first six minutes of the game and continued to struggle against a fast-paced Falcon offense. Bonduel went into the half trailing 37-19.

“I don’t know what happened in the beginning,” Copp said. “They came out and hit shots and we weren’t ready. They’re (Amherst) one of the best in our conference, so it was tough matchup.”


High School Highlights


Dec. 8

Amherst 74

Bonduel 34

Amherst defeated Bonduel 74-34 in a Central Wisconsin Conference-East matchup on Friday.

Kylie Guenther led Bonduel with 10 points and Brynn Reinke had four assists and six rebounds.

Amherst was led by Heather Pearson with 24 points.

“Amherst has a very good inside-out game and has multiple scorers, which makes them difficult to defend,” head coach Jerry Reinke said.

Little Chute 49

Clintonville 30

Clintonville couldn’t keep up as it fell to Little Chute on Friday.

“We missed too many point-blank shots again,” head coach Nick Yaeger said. “Our defense also let us down at times. Change those two things and maybe it is different game. Little Chute does a good job of getting the ball inside and we didn’t do a good job of stopping it.”


Athlete of the Week: Tori DePerry

Photo by Jody Ward Tori DePerry scored a combined 81 points over four games this past week to lead Shawano on a 4-0 run. DePerry was also one of four Wisconsin girls players to be named American Family Insurance All-USA performer of the week for her team-high 29 points against Clintonville.

Athlete: Tori DePerry

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Junior

Tori DePerry tallied a combined 81 points over four games this past week to lead the Hawks on a 4-0 run. She posted 22 points against Xavier (58-56), 29 against Clintonville (47-38) the next day, 12 against Green Bay West (72-20) on Tuesday and 18 against Menasha (61-40) on Friday. DePerry’s performance at Clintonville landed her as one of four Wisconsin players to be named American Family Insurance All-USA performer of the week. A leader on the team, DePerry has played varsity all three years at Shawano.

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Sunday deadline for bear, spring turkey applications

The deadline for applying for bear and spring wild turkey permits is Sunday (Dec. 10).

If you purchased a patron license this year, you probably applied already when you bought your license. It’s easy to check, just go to to check your status.

If you did buy a patron license but didn’t apply for bear or spring wild turkey permits at that time, you can still apply by the Sunday deadline at Go Wild or at any hunting license sales outlet.

The state’s black bear population is very healthy and Wisconsin hunters bagged more than 4,150 bears this year, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources figures. It takes many years of application points to get a bear permit, so don’t forget that you must apply at least once during any period of three consecutive years to retain your points or you will lose them.


Shawano falls 86-80 to Tomahawk

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Carson Cummings prepares for the 200-yard freestyle race during the Hawks’ home meet against Tomahawk on Thursday.

The Shawano swim team came up short against Tomahawk on Thursday, but several Hawks still saw personal gains at the meet.

Shawano senior Connor Angeli shaved four seconds off his 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2 minutes, 26.61 seconds to take third place. Angeli is just four seconds from hitting his record last year.

“That feels good,” he said. “It’s good to know that I haven’t fallen off too much, and it makes me excited to see how much more I’ll cut off.”

Angeli also finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.07) behind Tomahawk’s Evan Ploeckelman.

Despite the individual accomplishments, Angeli had a different outcome in mind for the team.

“I really felt like we could win this one,” he said. “I think we had the swimmers to do it. There were a lot of close losses, so it’s not like it was a blowout or anything.”


Bears win 1, lose 1 at home dual

Bonduel had a split night at its double dual on Tuesday night, defeating Gillett/Suring and falling to Coleman.

In their match against Gillett/Suring, the Bears started with a pin from Colin Wussow at 285 pounds just 37 seconds into the match and never looked back in a dominating 57-15 over the Tigers.

The Bears benefited from three forfeits from the Tigers, at 106, 113 and 120 pounds. For a while it looked like the Tigers were going to get shut out by the Bears, until Chris Salereno suffered a pinfall loss to Sam Lemons at 145 pounds. Reid Winkler was able to pull off the pinfall victory at 170 pounds over Kaden Bergsbaken for another Gillett/Suring victory in an otherwise powerhouse performance from Bonduel.

In Match 2, the Bears put up a valiant fight, but came up just short in dropping a 44-31 decision to Marinette & Oconto Conference powerhouse Coleman.


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