Sports

Fri
31
Aug

Gresham hires Tiffanie Ferguson as new girls coach

After 17 years as the assistant coach of the Gresham Community High School girls basketball team, Tiffanie Ferguson is stepping into the head position.

She’s excited for her new opportunity.

“I am hoping that I can carry over the things I have learned as an assistant in to my new role as head coach,” said Ferguson, who has never been a head coach before. “I’ve learned many different offenses, defenses, presses, press breaks, out of bounds plays and drills. I will continue to use some of them and add some new ones, too.”

Ferguson, who takes over for Vaughn Miller, inherits a program that struggled last season with a 1-21 record. The Wildcats lost their final 16 games of the season after scoring their only win against Tigerton, 50-30, on Dec. 12.

Gresham averaged just 33.6 points per game and surrendered 57 points to its opponents.

Fri
31
Aug

Top 5 Performers

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

Bayleigh Laabs - Shawano volleyball

The senior setter has helped the Hawks to a 10-3 record early in the season. In eight matches at the Friendship Tournament last Friday and Saturday, Laabs totaled 129 assists. She posted 64 more assists as Shawano earned a 4-1 record in the Preble Invitational on Tuesday.

Matthew Morse - Clintonville soccer

The Truckers’ senior recorded three goals across three matches last Saturday to help the team win the Gresham Tournament. Morse scored twice against Green Bay West to help the team to a 2-0 win while scoring 45 seconds into the team’s 2-0 victory over Gresham/Bowler.

Karisa Nietzer - Gresham volleyball

Fri
31
Aug

High School Highlights

VOLLEYBALL

Bonduel goes 2-2 at own invite

The Bears experienced mixed results while competing at the Bonduel Invite on Tuesday, defeating Omro (25-16, 22-25, 15-13) and Suring (25-21, 25-23) while dropping matches to Crandon (25-14, 26-28, 15-11) and Laona-Wabeno (28-26, 22-25, 15-11). Laona-Wabeno went 4-0 to win the invite.

Grace Petcka led Bonduel with 21 kills on the day, while Grace Thorne served six aces. Halea Sporisky recorded 23 assists, Kylie Guenther had six blocks and McKenzie Wollenberg totaled 31 digs.

“We are lacking consistency in our net play with both attacking and blocking. We also need to work on being confident in playing as a team,” Bonduel coach Kimberly Strayer said. “As the season goes on, we need to work on fixing the little things that come with inexperience to get our team working better together.”

Bowler tops two teams at triangular

Thu
30
Aug

Gresham falls to Rosholt in back-and-forth match


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Makayla Belongia (4) spikes the ball during Gresham’s match with Rosholt in Gresham on Tuesday.

A Tuesday night Central Wisconsin Conference crossover match against Rosholt was a microcosm of the Gresham Community High School volleyball team’s start to the season.

The Wildcats flashed moments of strong play but also showed signs of inexperience in a five-set loss to the Hornets by scores of 25-14, 17-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-9.

The mixed results for Gresham should come as no surprise, as it is looking to replace a handful of all-conference players from last year’s team that made it all the way to a Division 4 sectional semifinal.

The Wildcats split a pair of matches at a triangular to open the season before dropping three games in a tournament. In the team’s next tournament, it went 3-0 to bring its record to 4-4 entering the clash with the Hornets.

The teams battled back and forth to open the first set. With the score tied at five, the visitors went on a run to take a five-point advantage.

Thu
30
Aug

Area teams ready to erase sting of week two losses


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel will host Manawa on Thursday in its Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division opener.

When the third week of the high school football season gets underway, several local teams will be hoping to get back on the winning side of things after suffering setbacks in week two.

Of the six local teams, only Wittenberg-Birnamwood claimed a victory last week in a 43-0 romp of Crandon. Through two weeks, the undefeated Chargers have outscored their two opponents 81-22.

Like the rest of the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division, Witt-Birn opens conference play this week. The Chargers will play their first of three home games, facing three-time defending state champion Amherst, which suffered a 34-0 loss to Saint Mary’s Springs last week.

Bonduel opens CWC-Large play on Thursday against Manawa after falling to Peshtigo at home last week.

Thu
30
Aug

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

The Shawano volleyball has had a busy start to the fall season, playing a total of 13 matches across two tournaments.

On Tuesday, the Hawks earned a 4-1 record in the Preble Invitational to finish second. Shawano downed Fall River (25-16, 25-18), Winneconne (25-10, 25-19), Southern Door (25-21, 14-25, 16-14) and Green Bay Preble (25-20, 25-27, 15-5) while dropping a 25-17, 25-17 match to Southern Door.

Bayleigh Laabs totaled 64 assists and 26 digs across the five matches while Julia Klement had 13 attack kills and 32 digs. Abi Vomastic recorded 18 attack kills and 21 digs while Rachel Reed had 12 digs and six attack kills.

Katelyn Wilber, Margo Gull and Kyra Klement were credited with 18, 16 and 14 digs, respectively. Tori DePerry filled the stat sheet with nine digs, seven attack kills and six block kills.

The Hawks opened the year at the Friendship Tournament in Wisconsin Dells on Aug. 24-25. Shawano placed fifth after posting a 6-2 record.

Thu
30
Aug

When in doubt, punt

With only tonight’s games left in the drawn-out dress rehearsal known as the NFL preseason, the countdown to kickoff of the real season begins.

Meanwhile, the countdown on the kickoff itself has already begun.

Of all the safety-minded rules changes that the NFL has entertained in the recent past, one of the most drastic involves the game’s starting point.

The kickoff, the most dangerous play in football, will go the way of the four-point touchdown if injuries continue at their present rate.

At last March’s owners meeting, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy – a member of the league’s competition committee – was unequivocal about the future of the kickoff: Make it safer, or else it’s going away.

There were 281 concussions reported in the NFL last year – an all-time high and a 15 percent bump up from the 2016 total.

Wed
29
Aug

Bonduel drops thriller to Peshtigo


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Riddik Bohm (1) rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bonduel in a Friday night showdown with Peshtigo in Bonduel.

While Friday night’s showdown between Bonduel and Peshtigo was labeled as a week two matchup, the clash felt more like a playoff game.

In the end, the visiting Bulldogs claimed a 28-26 victory as a last-second Bonduel field goal fell short.

Bonduel received the opening kickoff and marched right down the field to grab an early lead. Riddik Bohm and Isaac Boldt shared carries to lead the rushing game while quarterback Parker Bohm connected with wide receiver Isaac Garside on a pair of passes.

After the Bears converted two third downs, Riddik Bohm capped the drive with a touchdown run.

Bonduel’s defense carried the early momentum onto the field, and on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage, forced and recovered a fumble to get the ball right back.

Riddik Bohm busted through the line and sprinted 18 yards to give the Bears their second touchdown in under 30 seconds.

Wed
29
Aug

Hofa Park wins Dairyland title over Shawano


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Jimmy Lacy delivers a pitch during the Dairyland League Grand Championship Game in Hofa Park on Sunday.

The Shawano Lobos and Hofa Park Panthers were the cream of the crop in the Dairyland League this summer.

Despite facing an early deficit, Hofa Park was able to rally past Shawano with a three-run seventh inning to claim a 7-4 victory. The championship was the Panthers fourth straight and fifth in the past six years.

Shawano and Hofa Park posted identical 12-2 records in league play, earning 7-0 marks at their home parks and 5-2 records on the road. After earning the top two seeds for the postseason, it was only fitting for the two teams to work their way through the playoff bracket and into the Dairyland League Grand Championship Game, which was played this past Sunday at Hofa Park’s Krumrai Memorial Field.

Shawano took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run home run by Chase Henning.

Wed
29
Aug

Menominee Indian wins Marion Tournament

The Menominee Indian volleyball team continued its strong start to the fall season, posting a 5-0 record to win the Marion Tournament on Friday.

In its first match of the day, the Eagles claimed a hard fought 25-22, 25-22 sweep of Tigerton. Menominee Indian followed that win up with another sweep, this time of Marion (25-13, 25-10).

The Eagles then gave coach Jackson Miller his first ever win over Tri-County (25-16, 25-6) before a thrilling comeback win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran (16-25, 25-19, 15-13). Menominee Indian capped its day with a 25-15, 25-7 win over White Lake.

“It would be really hard to single out top performers today. Everyone played really well,” Jackson said. “Our back row was passing well all day and all of our hitters were contributing and giving us a very balanced attack which was a huge reason why we had the success we did today.”

Menominee Indian now owns a 7-0 record on the season.

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