VanStraten wins fifth straight title

The final night of racing for the 2018 season saw Travis VanStraten win his fifth consecutive track championship in the IMCA Stock Car class at Shawano Speedway. Former go-kart rivals Brett Swedberg and Marcus Yarie each secured track championships as well.

Joel Bennett won his first Late Model feature of the year. Jerry Wilinski won his second straight IMCA Modified feature, and Dan Michonski won his class-leading fifth IMCA Stock Car feature. Jordan Bartz scored her first IMCA Sport Mod feature win.

Bennett started on the pole position of the Late Model feature and never looked back. Late in the race, Nick Anvelink applied pressure for the lead, but Bennett would not be denied. Anvelink finished second, Ron Berna third, Swedberg fourth and Troy Springborn fifth in the caution-free race.

Swedberg won the track championship, his second in the Late Model division at Shawano. He also won the title in 2016.



The Shawano/Bonduel girls swimming co-op took fourth place while competing in the Bay Conference Sprints Invite in Shawano on Thursday.

Macy Monfils led the co-op with a third place finish in the 25-yard freestyle (13.26 seconds). Madi Hanson took third in the 50-breaststroke (35.91) while the 200 freestyle relay team of Monfils, Hanson, Elizabeth Dillenburg and Isabel Colon also took third in 1 minute, 58.64 seconds.

The co-op saw its 200 medley team of Colon, Hanson, Monfils and Dillenburg come in fourth in 2:11.97.

Clintonville took fifth as a team, led by Sami Smejkal’s second place finish in the 100 IM (1:06.75). Brianna Foth took fourth in the 100 freestyle (1:01.50) and 50 freestyle (28.76). The Truckers’ 100 freestyle team of Foth, Smejkal, Willow Skar and and Kelli Smith took fifth in 55.49 seconds.


Marion looks to Dave Roe as next boys coach

After spending last season coaching at the eighth-grade level at Marion, Dave Roe will step into the varsity boys position for the Mustangs.

He’s been an assistant coach at the varsity level eight years, including three most recently at Tomahawk. Roe is looking forward to making the everyday decisions for the varsity team.

“I’m really excited about doing it,” said Roe, who is a Merrill native. “It’s been my dream basically before I even started college. I always wanted to be a varsity coach at one time or another. I’m really excited for this opportunity even though Marion doesn’t have a rich tradition of basketball.”

Roe is hoping to change that.

“I’ve been part of some good programs in the past and just having those opportunities and seeing what other successful programs have done, I think I know what it’s going to take to run a successful program,” Roe said.



Bonduel’s Kara Troxel earned a second place finish at the T-Bird Invitational on Thursday, helping the Bonduel girls to a fourth place finish as a team.

Troxel completed the course in 21 minutes, 29.44 seconds. Iola-Scandinavia’s Jada Beacom won the race in 20:23.47.

Madison Kurey (22:55.65) came in 14th for the Bears while Breanna Schnell (24:42.98) took 28th. Jessica Ewing (25:13.84) and Katlin Thompson (27:50.86) placed 31st and 49th to complete the team’s top five runners.

Clintonville also competed, taking seventh as a team on the girls side. Jasmine Wilson (22:06.31) came in fifth overall while Kayla Klemp (23:58.46) took 23rd. Alli Smejkal (26:30.52), Katie Lamberies (27:16.26) and Esther Kahlan (28:49.67) rounded out the team score.

The Marion girls had two runners competing. Hannah Krueger finished in 31:53.44 while Ashley Fischer crossed the finish line in 32:19.55. Gresham/Bowler’s Maya Theix posted a time of 35:14.78.


Athlete of the Week: Riddik Bohm

Athlete: Riddik Bohm

Sport: Football

Position: Running back, linebacker

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

The Bonduel football team has been no stranger to success over the past few years despite competing in a loaded Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division. After an overtime win over Manawa on Thursday, Bonduel owns a 2-1 record overall and 1-0 mark in the conference. A big reason behind the team’s early success has been the play of senior running back Riddik Bohm, who has rushed for 387 yards and five touchdowns on just 38 carries so far. Bohm opened the year rushing for 110 yards and two scores against Coleman before tallying 249 yards and three touchdowns in a tight loss to Peshtigo. He toted the ball eight times for 28 yards against Manawa before leaving with an injury.

Q: When did your interest in football begin?

A: I got really into football after my first game of tackle football in fourth grade.


High School Highlights


Fox Valley Lutheran 6

Shawano 1

Shawano battled with Bay Conference for Fox Valley Lutheran on Thursday, but was only able to snag one win on the night.

The tandem of Grace Licausi and Aubree Zastrow picked up a hard-fought win at No. 3 doubles.

Singles: No. 1: Addy Segelstrom FVL def. Isabella Buettner, 6-1, 6-3; No. 2: Maggie Schauman FVL def. Anna Cuenca, 6-3, 6-2; No. 3: Tessa Wilson FVL def. Rylie Anderson, 6-2, 6-1; No. 4: Macey Schaetz FVL def. Peyton Buerman, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: No. 1: Erin Henze-Adeline Mielke FVL def. Alana Krolow-Annalyse Wilber, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Madison Toyne-Kylie Toyne FVL def. Chloe Krueger-Lydia Dobberstein, 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Grace Licausi-Aubree Zastrow S def. Paige Culbertson-Isabella Hanamann, 6-3, 7-6 (4).


Columbus Catholic 7

Gresham/Bowler 3


Packers to honor outstanding high school football coaches

The Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week program, presented by Jack Link’s Protein Snacks, is underway and the team is accepting nominations from high schools across the state.

The program recognizes one outstanding Wisconsin high school coach each week during the 2018 high school football season. Winners are awarded several items and privileges, including a $2,000 donation to the school’s football program from the Green Bay Packers, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks and the NFL.

In addition to the donation, the winning coach will receive recognition on, and and will be mentioned in the Packers Gameday program.

Winning coaches will also be recognized at Lambeau Field by taking part in the Jack Link’s High School Coach of the Week Game Ball Delivery. Coaches will hand the game ball over to a member of the Packers staff or referee prior to a regular season home game.


Second half charge lifts East over Shawano

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Gage Timm rifles a pass 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.


High School Football Roundup

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.

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.

Denmark 41

Clintonville 7

A big first half propelled the Vikings to a North Eastern Conference win over the Truckers on Friday in Clintonville.

Gerald Wood caught a 22-yard pass from Sean Finger for the lone Clintonville touchdown in the second quarter. Finger passed for 117 yards but the Truckers only rushed for 38 yards.


Bears falter in clash with Gillett

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther spikes the ball as Grace Petcka (10) looks on during Thursday’s nonconference clash in Bonduel.

Gillett’s relentless attack game proved too much for the Bonduel High School volleyball team to overcome during a nonconference match on Thursday in Bonduel.

Bonduel battled hard for all three sets, but Gillett was able to pull away for a 25-19, 26-24, 26-24 win.

“They (Gillett) were very consistent in their play. They let very few balls come over the net unattacked,” Bonduel coach Kimberly Strayer said. “They weren’t just going to send us free balls over, and that’s what helped them come out on top of us.”

Gillett pulled out to a slim lead in the first set, but Bonduel slowly whittled its way back until it tied the set at 14. The Tigers claimed the next three points before the Bears battled back to tie things at 18.

Gillett earned the next two points to force a Bonduel timeout and then took five of the next six points to take the first set.


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