With the monkey off their backs, Packers gird for another must-win

The Green Bay Packers have shown they can win a game with Brett Hundley at quarterback.

But now the Orange and Navy Blue Cross is out of the picture, unavailable to provide further assistance this season.

Faint hopes for a playoff run were revived Sunday when the Packers whacked their favorite piñata, the Chicago Bears, to win that season series, snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 5-4.

Fatalists predicting a free-fall plummet to the NFC North basement after quarterback Aaron Rodgers went out with an injury got it wrong. The Packers aren’t going to finish 4-12.

Where they might be sitting by the time a decision on Rodgers’ return is taken is relevant again.


Hawks clinch season opener over Clippers

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Brandi Gueths breaks past defenders in the first half of Tuesday’s season opening 60-26 win over Sturgeon Bay. Gueths recorded 10 points and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

Junior Tori DePerry posted 15 points to lead Shawano to a 60-26 victory against Sturgeon Bay in the Hawks’ nonconference season opener on Tuesday.

The Clippers struggled with shooting, and Shawano was able to press early to keep Sturgeon Bay to just five points until midway through the first half. The Hawks’ energy started to fade defensively as the half went on, but a weak Sturgeon Bay offense gave the Hawks some leeway.

“It’s the start of the year, it’s the first game, so of course we’re a little slow,” head coach Steve Koenig said. “You can tell we tired ourselves out quickly in the first half after pressing well in the beginning. We just aren’t in game shape yet, but I thought they fought hard.”

Brandi Gueths shot an easy layup to get the Hawks on the board early at Shawano Community High School, and a 3-pointer from Hailey Buschman brought the Hawks to a 5-0 lead before the Clippers found the basket.



Miranda Washinawatok, a graduate of Shawano Community High School, was named the American Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Freshman of the Year. She was also selected to the all-ACAA first team.

The freshman is an outside hitter for the University of Maine-Presque Isle. She also earned the ACAA’s player of the week award at the start of the season.

“These honors are the best surprise I’ve gotten to date in regards to my volleyball career,” Washinawatok said. “I’ll cherish the accomplishments I’ve made this season forever.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coach, the support system I have back in Wisconsin, and the friends I’ve gained here.”

Washinawatok played every set for the Owls this season and averaged 2.39 kills and 2.44 digs per set.


Witt-Birn senior to continue running at Winona

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School senior Maddy Pietz signed her letter of intent to run track and field at Winona State University next year. The photo includes, from left, father Brian Pietz, Maddy Pietz, mother Heidi Pietz and sister Halle Pietz.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School senior Maddy Pietz will continue her track and field career at Winona State University next year.

The reigning WIAA Division 2 state champion in the 400-meter dash signed a letter of intent with the Minnesota university Nov. 1.

“I got letters from a lot of schools,” Pietz said. “A lot of Big Ten colleges contacted me after freshman year, and I started to believe it was something I could do.

“My mom told me to keep my options open, and so I found Winona. I went and visited and everything was just amazing. The coach was great. The school, the atmosphere — it all just aligned with the type of person I am.”

Pietz has a history of success as a Charger.

“Freshman year, I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” she said. “I knew I was fast but didn’t know if I’d be fast enough to be good at the sport.”

She found out that she was fast enough — and then some.


“1,000-milers” to speak at Shawano Pathways

Dale and Penny Bernard Schaber will be guest speakers at the Shawano Pathways annual social Nov. 14 after completing a 1,000-mile trek across Wisconsin.

The Appleton couple hiked the Ice Age Trail, which follows the southernmost reach of the glacial ice that once covered Wisconsin before it retreated, carving and sculpting a distinctive look that separates the two parts of the state.

An only-in-Wisconsin experience, the Ice Age Trail is one of 11 trails in the United States to receive the National Scenic Designation from Congress because of its unique features and geological significance.

Although it’s not completed and some places are tricky to follow, more than a million people have have followed the yellow blazes that mark the the trail to hike, backpack, snowshoe and enjoy retreating to nature.


Shawano recognizes fall athletes

Shawano Community High School athletes, coaches and family packed The Gathering on Tuesday to honor members of the school’s fall sports.

Coaches reflected upon their seasons and presented awards to varsity athletes, voted on by the players and coaches.


The Hawks ended their season 4-5 and were one win short of making the WIAA playoffs. Seven players earned spots on the Bay Conference first and second teams, along with honorable mention.

Head coach Alan Tomow commended his players for reaching their defensive goal of improving the run defense. The team finished in the middle of the rankings after starting the season at the bottom of the conference.

Senior linebacker Seth Sousek aided in that achievement and earned the top defensive award, most valuable defensive player, along with the overall most valuable player. Sousek also clinched a spot on the all-conference first team.


Rodgers’ return a moot point for teetering Packers

Aaron Rodgers can’t stand watching the Green Bay Packers on television. Packer fans are beginning to relate.

Rodgers’ aversion to the Pack on the tube is more benign than that of his admirers, some of whom today are considering the merits of snow tubing or ice fishing as an alternative to watching their team get thrashed on a weekly basis.

The Packers’ quarterback was referring to his frustration as an injured player, and the difficulty of watching the offense sputter while he’s unable to do anything about it.

The question of Rodgers coming back this season from the broken collarbone he suffered in Minnesota may have been answered Monday night – indirectly, but assuredly – in the disappointing 30-17 loss to Detroit.

“If (I’m) healthy and it makes sense to come back,” Rodgers said of his possible return in Week 15, “I’m going to come back.”


Bay Conference girls swim and tennis honors

Editor’s note: Other Bay Conference awards were published in an earlier publication.

Bay Conference

Girls swim

Clintonville High School

Jordan Tellock, Allison Graper, Sami Smejkal and Taylor Davies received honorable mention in the 200-yard medley relay.

Briann Foth secured the all-conference first team spot for the 200-yard freestyle.

Allison Graper earned honorable mention in the 200-yard IM and made the second team in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Taylor Davies received honorable mention in the 50-yard freestyle and made the second team in the 100-yard freestyle.

Sami Smejkal landed on the second team for the 100-yard butterfly and received honorable mention in the 100-yard backstroke.

Taylor Davies, Briann Foth, Sami Smejkal and Allison Graper made the all-conference first team in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School


Rebuilding season put Shawano/Bonduel on road to sectionals

Photo by Sharon Hanson The Shawano/Bonduel High School girls swim team heads to WIAA Division 1 sectionals on Saturday. The sectionals team includes, from left, Rebeca Lewandowski, Ashauntee Smith, Emily Thornock, Brittney Angeli, Nicole Thornock, Lydia Colon, Isabel Colon, Macy Monfils, Elizabeth Dillenburg, Madi Hanson, Lily Herrmann, Hannah Wendorff and Peyton Hrabik.

The Shawano/Bonduel High School girls swim team heads to WIAA Division 1 sectionals on Saturday following a rebuilding season filled with personal bests.

“It’s amazing to see how much time everybody has dropped,” coach Sharon Hanson said. “Oftentimes, you see it in new swimmers, but all of the kids are dropping significant time. Between our final two meets, we had swimmers still shaving off 10 seconds. I kind of expected it with a newer team, but they exceeded my expectations by far.”

The team is losing seven senior varsity swimmers next year, so Hanson used this season to establish her younger team members.


Athlete of the Week: Kara Troxel

Photo by Kristine Stoll Bonduel High School freshman Kara Troxel finished fifth overall at the WIAA Division 3 state meet on Oct. 28 with a time of 19 minutes, 40.59 seconds.

Athlete: Kara Troxel

Sport: Cross-country

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Freshman

Kara Troxel led the Bears’ girls cross-country team at the WIAA Division 3 state meet with a fifth-place overall finish in 19 minutes, 40.59 seconds, and helped her team place seventh. She also finished second overall at the sectional meet. Just a freshman, Troxel was ranked 12th out of over 400 runners in the division this year.

Q Where did your interest in running begin?

A My interest in running began in elementary school around fourth grade when we had running club, and my gym teacher, Mrs. Naparella, told me that I would be go0d at it and I should sign up for cross-country when I’m older.

Q What’s your favorite part about cross-country?

A My favorite part is trying to beat people in a sprint-out in the final stretch of the race and getting the medals.


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