Local track and field individuals shine in Antigo

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode From left, Tigerton’s Monika Minniecheske and Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Lauren Dombeck and Jalynn Horacek compete in the 45-meter high hurdles at the Alfonso Indoor Invitational at Antigo High School on Monday. Minniecheske won the event and finished with four first-place finishes on the night.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Gresham/Bowler’s Levi Schick, left, and Marion’s Justin Wuske run the 1,600 at the Alfonso Indoor Invitational at Antigo High School on Monday. Schick held off Wuske late to claim first place.

The six-team Alfonso Indoor Invitational at Antigo High School saw several local track and field athletes turn in top performances.

Tigerton’s Monika Minniecheske was the most dominant individual, earning four first-place finishes. The Gresham/Bowler co-op turned in strong team performances, with the girls finishing first and the boys taking second.

Minniecheske won the 45-meter low hurdles (9.00 seconds), 45 high hurdles (9.21), long jump, (15 feet, 0 inches) and triple jump (30-2.25).

“Although there wasn’t a lot of competition, it was nice to race other girls that are at my level,” Minniecheske said. “Being the only hurdler on the team, this doesn’t happen at practice. Getting four first places gave me a huge confidence boost and I will carry that on into the next meet. I am excited to get better and better at the hurdles as I finish each meet.”


Bonduel winter athletes honored at banquet

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel boys basketball players stand and listen to coach Duke Copp, left, at the Bonduel Winter Sports Banquet at Bonduel High School on Monday.

Bonduel sports athletes were honored for strong winter seasons on the court, mat and lane during the school’s 2019 Winter Sports Banquet on Monday at Bonduel High School. The event was presented by the Bonduel Booster Club.

The evening started with athletes and their families enjoying dinner before the five winter teams were recognized.


Senior Joey Wagester, who bowled for Seymour, was the first athlete honored.

Back on Jan. 18, Wagester bowled a perfect game to earn a spot at state. Wagester, who has been a part of structured bowling for 12 years, also earned an all-conference honorable mention honor.

Girls basketball

The Bonduel varsity and junior varsity teams enjoyed strong seasons on the court, combining for a 38-5 record.

The varsity team, coached by Jerry Reinke, enjoyed one of its top seasons in school history, losing just three games and enjoying a run to the Division 4 sectional semifinals.


Bowler’s Spencer named to first team in CWC-North

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Gresham’s Jake Hoffman, right, goes up for a layup in a nonconference game against Bonduel on Dec. 29. Hoffman landed on the all-conference honorable mention team in the CWC-North.

Bowler High School boys basketball senior Ezra Spencer was named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division all-conference first team after filling up the stat sheet.

Spencer finished the season averaging 16.3 points per game. He also grabbed about eight rebounds, dished out four assists and stole over five passes per contest.

“It means a lot to me,” Spencer said. “It means all the hard work in the offseason paid off, and my team trusted me to be (a) leader. To be picked as one of the top five players in the conference is awesome.”

Bowler junior Zach Fehrman was handed second-team honors.

Fehrman was the Panthers’ top threat from 3-point land and finished the season averaging 15.1 points per game. He also finished with about two steals per game.


Bonduel’s Guenther, Troxel make first team

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther, right, drives past Shiocton’s Skylor Bruns during a Division 4 regional final game at Bonduel High School on Feb. 25. Guenther was recently named to the CWC-East all-conference first team.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Channing O’Kimosh, right, drives past Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Erica Wendler during a CWC-East battle at Menominee Indian High School on Jan 25. O’Kimosh was placed on the all-conference honorable mention team.

Senior Kylie Guenther and sophomore Kara Troxel were each recently named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division first team after helping the Bonduel High School girls basketball team to a breakout season on the court. Senior Jessie LaBerge landed on the all-conference honorable mention team.

Guenther was a force on both sides of the court, finishing the season with averages of 11.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

“It’s a really great feeling knowing that all my work put into this sport was seen by someone,” Guenther said.

Troxel made the most 3-pointers for the Bears and finished the year with an average of 13.6 points per game.

The sophomore also totaled 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest.


Shawano track and field earns several top finishes to open season

The Shawano Community High School track and field teams opened the spring season competing at the Wausau West Early Bird Invite on Saturday. The girls team earned 126 points to finish second, while the boys came in third with 75.5 points.

Shawano’s girls team earned five first-place finishes. Odessa Arce (800-meter), Lydia Beyer (1,600), Alice Hoffmann (3,200) and Avery Dreier (shot put) each earned individual first-place finishes. The team of Grace Beyer, Lydia Beyer, Hoffmann and Arce joined forces in the 4x720 relay to also take first.

On the boys’ side, Michael Klement led the way by taking first in the 200 and pole vault.

Earning second-place finishes for the girls were Isabel Roloff (55), Grace Beyer (1,600), Claire Guenther (3,200), Aubree Zastrow (55 hurdles), Morgan Weinig (shot put) and Tori DePerry (high jump). Parker Pues (55) and Reef Anthony (pole vault) each placed second for the boys.


Witt-Birn track and field girls take 4th, boys 5th

Wittenberg Birnamwood got its season started on Thursday, competing in an invitational at Northland Pines High School. The girls team accumulated 86 points to place fourth, while the boys came in fifth with 56 points.

Chloe King (400-meter) and Jenna Stone (1,600) led the girls team with first-place finishes. Emma Herb (shot put), Lauren Dombeck (200 hurdles) and Stone (800) each placed second, while Dombeck also came in third in the 55 hurdles.

King placed fourth in the 200, while Jalynn Horacek took fourth in the 55 hurdles, 200 hurdles and triple jump.

On the boys side, Cole Schairer placed first in the 800 and 1,600. He was also on the second-place finishing 4x400 relay team, which was rounded out by Luke Muscha, Simon Schairer and Deakyn Suess.

Simon Schairer (800) and Luis Rodriguez (shot put) each placed third. Kyle Linke came in fourth in the 55 hurdles and 200 hurdles, while Simon Schairer was also fourth in the 400.


Bonduel grad Wollenberg claims All-American status

Bonduel graduate Travis Wollenberg helped the UW-Stevens Point distance medley relay (DMR) quartet to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Massachusetts on March 8.

Wollenberg, a Navarino native, teamed up with Alex Egbert, Nico LaBracke and Matt Stelmasek in the DMR. The quartet finished with a time of 10 minutes, 3.21 seconds, just 0.12 seconds behind the fourth-place finisher.

“It was definitely a team effort by all of us,” said Wollenberg, who ran the 400-meter leg of the relay. “Our mindset going into the race was we had nothing to lose being the last seed time in. This helped push us and keep us relaxed to run great and place fifth.”

By finishing fifth, UWSP’s DMR team earned All-American status.

Middlebury (Vermont) placed first in the DMR with a time of 9:56.54.

The UWSP men’s team placed 10th over the two-day championships.


Shawano girls golf team earns academic honor

The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) recently announced the the recipients of the 7th annual Team Academic All-State award.

The Shawano Community High School girls golf team earned honorable mention status after earning a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher. The team will earn a certificate for the honor.

Kiley Rusch, Taylor Johnson, Macy Herm, Georgia Eggert and Katelyn Laatsch made up the Hawks team this past fall.

The award was established to recognize high school golf teams with the highest ‘team’ grade point averages. A ‘team’ is defined as the five golfers on the roster for the girls’ fall 2018 WIAA regional tournament.

The three teams with the highest cumulative team GPA in divisions 1 and 2 are being recognized with gold, silver, and bronze medals for each student-athlete, and their schools will receive a certificate to note the accomplishment.


Crossbow season safe for now

Government never ceases to amaze me. The concept of living within a budget is often lost on governments because of the apparently limitless wealth supplied by us taxpayers. And common sense is a foreign term for some governments bent on trying to regulate human behavior or fix something that really isn’t broken.

In 2013 (for the 2014 season), the Wisconsin state legislature decided to legalize crossbows for all hunters, not just the physically handicapped or elderly. With an ever-swelling deer herd in many counties and a continually shrinking number of hunters, providing more opportunities for hunters seemed to make sense. Why not legalize a hunting tool that’s still a 50-yard weapon at best?


Bonduel’s Bohm named CWC-East player of year

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Norman Kakwitch, center, drives into the Bonduel defense during a game on Feb. 15. Kakwitch was named to the CWC-East first team after a big junior season.

Bonduel High School boys basketball senior Parker Bohm was recently tabbed the player of the year in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division.

It was Shiocton and Iola-Scandinavia that tied atop the conference with 11-1 records, but Bohm that walked away with the top individual honor after averaging a league-best 20.7 points per game. He also pulled down 6.6 rebounds a game.

“Being named player of the year in the CWC-East is an absolute dream come true,” Bohm said. “Looking back at the previous players to win this award really put things into perspective for me. It was a dream I had growing up and it is an unbelievable feeling to accomplish that.”


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