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.


Witt-Birn holds off hot shooting Amherst

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Ethan Wesolowski, front, drives to the basket in front of Amherst’s Lincoln Cullen, back and Carson Sneller, left, during Tuesday’s conference clash at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.

Making more free throws than the opposing team attempts is a trend that Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball coach Garrett Rogowski hopes to see his team continue as the season wears on.

The Chargers got to the free throw line 40 times and converted 29 of those attempts, helping the team fend off a 3-point happy Amherst team in a 70-62 final in Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division play on Tuesday at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.

“The last two games, we’ve really done a good job of getting to the free throw line. And for the most part, we are starting to finish there. Early in the season, I think we were a little more inconsistent from the charity stripe, but now we are starting to knock that shot down more consistently, which is really good to see,” said Rogowski.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 68

Pittsville 63 (3 OT)

The Bears snapped their two-game losing streak with a thrilling triple-overtime victory over the Panthers in a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover clash on Tuesday.

After the teams scored just three and two points in the first and second overtime sessions, respectively, Bonduel erupted for 13 points in the final overtime to come away with the big win.

Parker Bohm scored 26 points to lead the Bears on the offensive end while Cole Letter and Isaac Boldt provided 14 and 13 points, respectively. Letter and Boldt each hit four 3-pointers.

Port Edwards 75

Tigerton 22

The Tigers could not slow the Blackhawks in a CWC crossover matchup on Tuesday.

Tigerton, which was down three starters for the contest, was led by Steven Parrott’s eight points.


Clintonville 60

Waupaca 37


Shawano, Bonduel place in top 5 at Holiday Classic

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Gage Timm, left, and Bonduel’s Colin Ewing wrestle at the 160-pound weight class Saturday at the Shawano Holiday Classic at Shawano Community High School. Timm pinned Ewing to win the match and went on to place third.

Loaded with some of the state’s top teams and wrestlers, the Shawano Holiday Classic offered the Shawano and Bonduel wrestling teams a chance to face some elite competition at Shawano Community High School on Saturday

Led by a first-place finish from junior Keith Tourtillott, Shawano placed third as a team with 380 points. Bonduel sophomore Isaac Banker and senior Jacob Giese each wrestled their way to second place to help the Bears earn 315.5 points and place fifth.

Tourtillott pinned his first opponent before earning a major decision win in his second match to earn a spot in the 220-pound weight class’s first-place match. Taking on Giese, Tourtillott came out with a thrilling 7-6 victory in double overtime.


Clintonville grinds out victory over Bonduel

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Samuel Wittman, left, shoots a 3-pointer while being defended by Bonduel’s Jared Wondra during Monday’s nonconference game at Clintonville High School.

After losing its last four games, the Clintonville boys basketball team was searching for a much-needed victory.

Behind a pair of clutch 3-pointers from junior Presley Rosenow and some tough defense down the stretch, the Truckers got just what they wanted, earning a 50-40 nonconference win over Bonduel on Monday at Clintonville High School.

“We played much better defensively today,” Clintonville coach Ryan Mattson said. “We gave up 40 points to a team that likes to run and throw it up and get it moving. I was really happy how we played defensively.”

“It’s been the same story for us — we just are not making shots,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “It’s frustrating for the kids because some of them spent a lot of time in the offseason shooting, working on it and we thought we were going to be really good shooters and it’s just not happening yet.


High School Highlights


Menominee Indian’s Wayka continue strong season

The Eagles earned 183 points to place 11th at the Willard Schmidt Scramble at Green Bay Preble High School on Saturday.

Darius Wayka earned 52 of those points for Menominee Indian after placing first in the 195-pound weight class. Wayka pinned each of the four wrestlers he went up against, including Waupaca’s Brock Sanger in the first-place match in 4 minutes, 51 seconds.

Leone Peters (182) lost just once on the day while claiming third place. Chad Reiter-Wilber (113), Alfred Hernandez (132) and Hunter Connahvichnah (285) each took seventh.

Witt-Birn’s Moegenburg first at invitational

Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s 15 wrestlers amassed 107 points, placing seventh at the 16-team Battle on the Fox Invitational at Appleton West High School on Saturday.


Shawano handles Green Bay United

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano junior Andrew Christian, top, looks to pin down Green Bay United’s Dylan Mourea during Thursday’s dual in Shawano. Mourea went on to claim an 11-6 decision win.

The Shawano Community High School wrestling team continued its strong start to the season by taking care of business in a 56-21 victory over Green Bay United on Thursday night.

The Hawks dropped just two weight classes they had wrestlers competing in on the night while racking up four wins by pin, one technical fall victory and one decision win to end the night.

The Hawks got their first pin of the evening when sophomore Wyatt Brandt pinned GBU’s Blake McCurrie in just 24 seconds at the 113 class.

“I had a really good start to the match — I was setting up my shots and I got to the nice deep shot I liked. Then I just kept moving through my shot and worked all the way to my pinning combination,” Brandt said. “I got the six points I wanted for the team — ending just the way I hoped.”

Brandt’s impressive win set the tone for his teammates, who would also enjoy similar success.


Third period surge propels Shawano to win

Behind great teamwork, the Shawano Community High School varsity reserve boys hockey team netted four third-period goals to pull away for a 6-2 victory over Green Bay United at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center on Thursday.

After two periods, the shots on goal were disproportionate at 25-12, Shawano was dominating Green Bay United. However, the score was 2-2.

Frustration started to mount as the Hawks players peppered the Gryphons’ goaltender. Then the Shawano individuals started playing as a team, passing the puck more to create opportunities, and bang, the goals followed.

The shots on goal were disproportionate at 25-12. The Shawano reserve boys hockey team was dominating Green Bay United.

However, the score was 2-2 after two periods. Frustration started to mount as the Hawks players peppered the Gryphons goaltender. Then the Shawano individuals started playing as a team, passing the puck more to create opportunities. And bang, the goals followed.


Athlete of the Week: Parker Bohm

Athlete: Parker Bohm

Sport: Boys Basketball

Position: Forward

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

The Bonduel High School boys basketball team has high hopes this season, hoping to not only win the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division title but also make a deep postseason run. Forward Parker Bohm is leading that charge and has gotten his senior season off to a fast start.

Bohm has scored in double figures in each game, leading the Bears in points in each of their first five contests. He helped Bonduel to a 2-0 start in conference play, scoring 17 points in a lopsided win over Amherst on Dec. 7 and totaled 16 points in a win over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My interest in basketball began when I was about five or six years old. I participated in wresting and basketball when I was younger but later decided I liked basketball more.


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