Bonduel grad continues running career at UWSP

Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen Bonduel High School graduate Travis Wollenberg continues his cross-country career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He graduated from Bonduel in 2015 and was a two-time state cross-country qualifier for the Bears.

When Travis Wollenberg enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in fall 2015, he planned on just running on the track and field team.

Wollenberg became such good friends with his teammates who were not just running in track, but also in cross-country, that he thought he’d go out for cross-country the next year.

“He had a little bit of success during the track season, which helped,” UWSP cross-country head coach Brett Witt said.

Wollenberg is glad he added cross-country to his college resume.

“It was a good decision, I’ll say that for sure,” said Wollenberg, who’s a 2015 graduate of Bonduel High School. “My freshman year I was just kind of like, ‘I don’t know.’ I wasn’t the fastest in high school, but once I made the team I fit in with everyone else.”

As a freshman in 2016, Wollenberg ran in four races and clocked his best time (27:36.8) and finish (15th) at the Oshkosh Open.


Packers look to break through behind Hundley

The halfway point of the season is too soon to call any game a must-win.

Isn’t it?

You would have been laughed out of the conversation last year if you suggested the Green Bay Packers were toast when they fell to 4-4.

The grim footnote is that when they were 4-4 last November, their quarterback was Aaron Rodgers. As it worked out, they were still in it at 4-6.

The years-old debate of whether Rodgers or New England’s Tom Brady is the NFL’s best quarterback has centered on one or the other being not only the best active QB, but the best ever.

Who’s better is a subjective argument, at their level, but Rodgers is unquestionably more valuable to his team. He won’t win the MVP award this year, of course, but with the exception of Lebron James, Rodgers is more valuable to his team than any other athlete in professional sports.


Menominee Indian’s Waukau co-player of year in MONLPC

Editor’s note: Bay and Central Wisconsin Conference awards were featured in Saturday’s publication.

Menominee Indian’s Meshaen Waukau was selected co-offensive player of the year as the MONLPC released its conference honorees.

The senior running back also clinched a spot on the all-conference first team.

“It was a great feeling being told I won the those awards,” Waukau said. “I put in so much time and effort in the offseason working out every day and going to camps. It wasn’t my goal to make first team; my goal coming into the season was to hit 2,000 rushing yards and it stung when I heard I came up 63 yards short, so getting the honor caught me by surprise.”

Waukau led the conference and state with 1,937 rushing yards and holds almost every rushing record in the school’s history. He scored 18 touchdowns and 12 two-point conversions on the season, and accounted for 348 passing yards with four touchdowns.


Bonduel honors fall athletes at banquet

Bonduel High School had the chance Monday to honor athletes who participated in fall sports.

The banquet included highlights from the season, with the cross-country, football, volleyball and girls golf teams all making the postseason.


The Bears football team ended second in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large, losing only to top teams Amherst and Stratford.

Bonduel (8-2, 8-1 CWC) clinched the No. 4 seed in the WIAA Division 5 playoffs, but fell to Stratford in the first round.

“When you play very talented and well-coached teams like Amherst and Stratford, you have to go play four quarters of solid football,” head coach James Westrich said. “In both games we gave up too many momentum plays and we couldn’t come back from them.”

The teams 11 seniors were a special group for Westrich.


Troxel finishes 5th at state meet

Photo by Diane Schnell Bonduel High School girls cross-country team placed seventh at the WIAA Division 3 state meet at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Runners are, from left, Breanna Schnell, Kara Troxel, Ashlyn Schnell, Erin Timler, Katlin Thompson, Abby Owen and Madison Kurey.

Freshman Kara Troxel placed fifth overall out of 151 runners, the Bonduel High School girls cross-country team finished seventh and the boys placed 15th on Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 state meet at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Dodgeland won the girls title, followed by Lancaster and Marshall. Durand won the boys team title, with Darlington second and Rosholt third.

Troxel completed the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 40.59 seconds.

“It felt really good inside to do so well at state,” Troxel said. “I was just really happy about being a freshman and going to state and I was shocked that we were going as a team. It was really cold this year and very hilly, but we all pushed through it. I’m so proud of all of the runners for how hard they ran.”


Athlete of the Week: Dani Huntington

Contributed Photo Gresham High School senior Dani Huntington is Central Wisconsin Conference-North’s player of the year and landed a spot on all-conference first team.

Athlete: Dani Huntington

Sport: Volleyball

School: Gresham High School

Position: Setter

Year: Senior

Dani Huntington clinched the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Player of the Year award and landed a spot on the all-conference first team. The Wildcats made it to the WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinals, which the school hadn’t reached in 26 years. Huntington played all four years at Gresham.

Q Where did your interest in playing volleyball begin?

A I started playing volleyball in sixth grade. I always knew it was my favorite sport. I loved learning new skills and playing competitively.

Q How does it feel making the postseason your final year?

A Making it this far my senior year is amazing. It shows how much the seniors love the sport and how much we want to keep playing with each other.

Q What is your favorite memory of playing Gresham volleyball?


High School Scoreboard


Bay Conference championship

Team scores: 1. Sturgeon Bay, 380; 2. Seymour, 309; 3. Clintonville, 206; 4. New London, 180; 5. Shawano, 107; 6. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 90; 7. Marinette, 11.

W-B: Lauren Bahr, conference champion in 100 backstroke (1:07.3), 5th in 100 freestyle (1:00.1); Christina Thrun, 4th in 200 IM (2:31.16), 5th in 500 freestyle (6:05.13); Olivia Curley, 11th in 100 freestyle 1:06.26, 15th in 100 backstroke (1:18.90); Crysta Stennett, 12th in 100 breaststroke (1:28.12), 21st in 50 freestyle (32.7); team placed 4th in 200 freestyle relay (1:56.43) and 5th in 200 medley relay (2:09.70).


Bay, CWC announce all-conference honorees

Here’s a look at the 2017 fall sports all-conference selections announced so far.


Bay Conference

Shawano Community High School

Senior Dakota Maltbey was unanimously selected to the all-conference first team on offense and named the offensive lineman of the yea.

“Making first team was a goal that I set at the beginning of the season,” Maltbey said. “It’s nice to see all of my hard work in the offseason paid off and to know that what I did on the field didn’t go unnoticed, because it took a lot of work to get to where I am now.”

Senior outside linebacker Seth Sousek was selected to the first team on defense.

“It feels great getting recognized by other coaches in the conference for the hard work that I’ve put in the past four years,” Sousek said. “It was my goal this year to get first team so it feels great to achieve that.”

Junior running back Roman Purull was selected to the second team on offense.


Gresham falls to Florence in sectional semifinal

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham High School senior Kiersten Fischer attacks the ball during Thursday’s WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal in Lena. Florence defeated Gresham 25-17, 25-22 and 25-18.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar The Gresham High School volleyball team lost to Florence in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal on Thursday. The team includes Kennedy Hoffman, Meckenzie Roe, Tiana Ferguson, Savana Olsen, Makayla Belongia, Kiersten Fischer, Kamille Davids, Mackenzie Hoffman, Karisa Nietzer, Kaci Wendorff, Dani Huntington and Hailey Hoffman.

Top-seeded Florence defeated No. 3 Gresham in three sets Thursday in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal in Lena.

The lead changed hands several times in the match before the Wildcats fell 25-17, 25-22 and 25-18.

“We had a tough time finishing Sets 1 and 2,” head coach Tim Wild said. “We couldn’t get that rhythm going to play well enough to beat Florence, and they had a lot of weapons that were tough to slow down.”

Wild said the Wildcats struggled on offense.

“They served really hard, and that made our offense tough to get going,” he said. “When they’re hitting it that hard it’s tough for us to attack hard back. So our offense struggled and then we were stuck defensively at the end when they were slamming them at us.”


Ski Sharks help restore park shoreline

Contributed Photo Ski Sharks volunteers planted more than 2,200 plants in Smalley Park on Oct. 14 in an effort to give back to the community.

Contributed Photo Members of the Shawano Ski Sharks renovated this Smalley Park shoreline on Oct 13-14 with more than 2,200 plants.

The Ski Sharks restored Smalley Park’s shoreline as a part of the team’s initiative to complete waterfront projects in the community.

More than 25 volunteers from the Ski Sharks placed 50 yards of mulch and planted more than 2,200 plants along the park’s shoreline on Oct. 13-14. The crew also installed environmentally friendly photodegradable logs to help minimize erosion along the waterway.

“We are so blessed to be able to use Smalley Park as our home ski site,” Ski Shark President Dave Passehl said, “and that’s why our team keeps pouring our resources and time into this beautiful park. It is our goal to help make Smalley Park a true destination for our guests to enjoy.”

Ski Sharks member Todd Dobberstein communicated with LJ Reas Environmental Consulting Corporation on best practices to preserve the waterfront at Smalley Park. The firm recently completed a similar waterfront project at Glas Coffeehouse in Shawano.


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