Davids leads Hawks to dominating 4-0 victory

Photo by Dennis Wilson Shawano Community High School freshman Andrew Puissant takes the ice during Tuesday’s 4-0 shutout over Fox Cities United at the Crawford Center.

Caleb Davids had an angel on his shoulder Tuesday night.

Davids, the goalie for Shawano, lost his grandfather this past week, and it was apparent that Grandpa was looking down on Caleb as he helped lead the Hawks to a 4-0 shutout victory over Fox Cities United at the Crawford Center.

“This game was huge and to get the shutout was just as big,” Davids said. “With my grandfather dying this past weekend, he was up there going through it all with me. It was definitely rough trying to concentrate and come back to the ice after that.”

Davids had plenty of help offensively from Ryan Wegenke. The freshman winger netted two for the Hawks, including the one in the first period and the final goal of the game.

“I was getting a lot of garbage goals right by the net,” Wegenke said. “The team was working real hard, but kind of shut off in the second period. But we kept on going and got the win.”


Athlete of the Week: Colin Wussow

Athlete: Colin Wussow

Sport: Football

Position: Offensive lineman

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Colin Wussow committed to continue his athletic career playing football at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls next year after setting a goal his freshman season to play in college. The offensive lineman was named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large first team on offense and second team on defense. He was also voted lineman of the year by his coaches and teammates. Wussow started every game in his junior and senior seasons and was on varsity all four years at Bonduel. While at UW-River Falls, Wussow plans on studying agricultural business and dairy science.

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Dreams of venison didn’t come true

I’d hoped to turn Black Friday into Brown Friday, but as happens so often in the deer woods, my dreams of venison didn’t come true.

As far as crowds go, there were no long lines of waiting hunters matching the lines at retail stores that morning, but we did have a total of six hunters in our little 40-acre muzzleloading club (much more than usual). The 40-degree morning was balmy from my ground blind — so warm, in fact, that I didn’t need to run my Mr. Heater propane heater as I had many times since opening day.

I heard exactly two distant shots Friday morning. Every time a deer hunter hears a shot, his spirits soar for a second, and he convinces himself that a small herd of deer with maybe an antlered buck or two is on its way toward him. Yes, that does happen, but it didn’t for me on Black Friday.

The week had been interesting, to say the least.


Bonduel eyeing up the CWC this year

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Bryce Weier, left, will be a leader on the court this year for the Bears after shooting a team-high 15.4 points per game last season and 79 percent from the free-throw line.

Coach Duke Copp has been excited for this year’s boys basketball group for some time.

“We’ve been working for this year for quite a while, since I’ve taken over (five years ago),” Copp said. “This group has been one that we’ve been looking forward to. They’re just natural athletes.”

By natural athletes, Copp points to his players’ competitive, hard-working, love-for-the-game mentality.

“These kids have worked very hard in the offseason,” he said. “On top of that, they’re a talented group and just genuinely enjoy playing the game.”

With nine upperclassmen letter-winners, Copp set high standards for this year.

“Our expectations are pretty high,” he said. “So our biggest challenge is going to be living up to that high bar we’ve set for ourselves and being able to overcome adversity.”


Boldt, Banker looking for 3rd state run

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Jordan Boldt, left, is hungry for his third state run in his final year on the team. Boldt and senior Jacob Banker are leaders for the Bears with each having qualified for state twice.

With a strong senior group and talented freshmen, Bonduel’s wrestling program is expecting big results this year.

The team’s leaders, seniors Jacob Banker and Jordan Boldt, are both eyeing their third trip to Madison’s state tournament, and the rest of the group will be competing for a spot on the varsity roster.

“There’s going to some weight classes that I’m really excited to see wrestle-offs for,” head coach Chris Rank said. “It’s going to be week-to-week I think with the lineup. It’s going to be refreshing. We’ve had a couple of down years these past few years, and we’re hoping to get back on a winning track. I feel that this is the year for it.”

Last year, the Bears ended 13-10 overall and 5-4 in the CWC. Rank said the previous two years were the worst statistically under his 17 years coaching the team, but his team is vying for the top spot in the Central Wisconsin Conference this year.


Silver linings in short supply as Pack brace for Steelers

Eleven weeks into another season marred by injury, the throng of Green Bay Packers supporters can be found in one of a few different groups.

The optimistic fan, who laughs to forget, is thankful the Pack got their bad game out of the way last week.

The pessimist, who forgets to laugh, is told the Packers are two-touchdown underdogs this Sunday at Pittsburgh and says, “Is that all?”

Those of a rose-colored viewpoint see the Steelers game as winnable because the AFC is down this year; NFC teams are 26-16 in inter-conference games against the AFC. The Bears even handled these Steelers, for crying out loud.

Not only that, but the last time that the Packers were a two-touchdown underdog was in 2010, and we all remember how that season turned out.


Eagles clinch easy season-opener

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler High School junior Ezra Spencer drives up the court during Monday’s 99-48 season-opening loss to Menominee Indian. Spencer tallied 8 points for the Panthers.

Menominee Indian head coach James Oshkeshequoam knew this year’s team would be dominant on the court.

The Eagles proved him right with a 99-48 season-opening victory over Bowler on Tuesday at home.

“They came into this season ready to go,” Oshkeshequoam said. “They’re all very competitive and really team oriented, so that made me confident coming into the season and I think we saw that unfold tonight.”

Back-to-back Waren Wilber layups opened the nonconference match for the Eagles and Darwin King added a jumper to give them a 6-0 edge before Ezra Spencer made Bowler’s first bucket.

After a short back-and-forth, Menominee Indian went on a 8-0 run to put the Eagles ahead 32-14 midway through the half.

Spencer made a field goal for Bowler before the Eagles took the next nine points. Panthers’ Nathan Montez added a free throw and Menominee Indian’s Menom Powless drained a 3-pointer to start the Eagles on their next 7-0 run.


Bears lose back-and-forth battle 37-35

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Brynn Reinke drives towards the basket during Friday’s home opener loss against Manitowoc-Roncalli.

In a game that started with just 16 points scored at the half, Bonduel and Manitowoc-Roncalli turned up the heat with 3-pointers and the Jets escaped with a 37-35 win in the final minute on Friday.

The Bears kicked off their home opener with with an easy two points from a putback by Grace Petcka off a Brynn Reinke layup attempt in the first minute.

A weak starting offense for the Jets kept them off the board until eight minutes into the game when Abby Stelzer drained a 3-pointer. Another jumper gave the Jets a three point edge midway through the half.

Bonduel (0-2) found its last two points of the half after Petcka drew a foul and shot 2 of 2 at the line. Roncalli added seven points in the final three minutes to lead 12-4 at the half.

“It was an odd first half,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “The girls just weren’t able to make plays and really do anything with the ball.”


Last-minute changes may confuse deer hunters

Most gun-deer season openers are pretty straightforward when it comes to rules and regulations, but the 2017 opener today is probably going down in history as one of the most confusing.

A week ago today in a Waupaca church, I was helping teach 115 hunter safety students who wanted to get their certificates so they could get their deer licenses in time for the firearms season. Most of them passed.

While two instructors told students about deer tagging requirements, I politely told the same group that no, tagging deer (as well as turkeys and geese) was no longer legally required. Who could blame my fellow instructors? The regulations had just changed a few weeks ago by legislative action and not everyone had heard the news. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website was updated but all printed regulations booklets were wrong.


Hawks hungry for another shot

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Atty Wagner, left, is one of eight seniors for the Hawks this year. After losing in the first round of playoffs last year at home, the seniors are hungry for a chance to advance farther in their final season.

A seasoned Shawano boys basketball team is eager for redemption after feeling the pang of loss on their home court in the first round of Division 2 playoffs last year.

Not only is the team returning eight seniors and several more varsity players, they also have an edge in the Bay Conference in terms of size.

A 6-foot-5 Dakota Maltbey, 6-foot-7 Carter Weisnicht and 6-foot-4 Brad Bartz are among Shawano’s weapons on the court this season.

“Any time you have any kind of length like that, it’s a huge advantage,” Hawks head coach David Ambrosius said. “But on top of that, they’re not just big, they can move, too. So you take that size and make it mobile, and it really causes defenses a lot of problems.”

Maltbey averaged 6.8 points per game last season and is the team’s leading returning rebounder with 66.


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