Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Clintonville’s Lindsy Carpenter stops the delivery by Fox Valley Lutheran’s Katherine Martin as Cassandra Patchett, center, and Jenna Charron stand by at the net.

Clintonville hung tough with Fox Valley Lutheran, but the visiting Foxes pulled out a 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 North Eastern Conference victory on Thursday.

Both teams sported pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness, with the proceeds going to Clintonville librarian, Peggy Stueck. Clintonville’s players helped paint pumpkins pink, with those donating to the cause receiving the pumpkins.

Allysin Booth led Clintonville with five attack kills while Lindsy Carpenter and Elena Mendez each added three. Mendez also served three aces while Booth had two.

Lizzy Weatherwax posted a team-leading 26 digs while Carpenter had 11 digs and Chelsey Birling tallied six digs and a team-high 15 assists.


Bonduel tops Witt-Birn to clinch playoff spot

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Garside (2) looks to evade Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Larken Betry (11) during Friday’s game in Bonduel.

With a chance to clinch a spot in the postseason on the line, Bonduel was not about to let the opportunity slip away.

Senior Parker Bohm had a hand in four touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 48-12 homecoming victory over Wittenberg-Birnamwood on a cold and misty Friday night to improve to 4-2 in Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division play and clinch a spot in the postseason.

“It feels great,” Bohm said. “We had a rough week of practice with the rain and the weather, it just kind of affected everything we did. But I’m proud of the way we came out and executed tonight. We knew they were going to be a pretty decent team, I’m just proud of the way we battled all night.”

Senior Isaac Garside caught a pair of touchdown passes while senior Colin Hanus hauled in one. Junior Isaac Boldt and seniors Riddik Bohm and Jacob Giese all added rushing scores.


High School Football Roundup

Shawano 58

Green Bay West 14

The Hawks cruised to a lopsided Bay Conference victory over the Wildcats on Friday in Green Bay.

The win was the first of the season for Shawano, which now owns a 1-7 record overall and 1-6 mark in the conference.

Oconto Falls 35

Clintonville 6

The Truckers could not turn their yards gained into points on Friday in a loss to the Panthers in a North Eastern Conference clash. Clintonville is now 0-8 overall and in the NEC.

Clintonville finished the game with 223 yards of offense. The Truckers rushed for 155 yards, with Sean Finger’s 57 yards leading the way and Bailey Tate’s 55 just behind. Hunter Allender recorded 43 rushing yards.

Finger completed six passes for 68 yards, with Brady Kasson hauling in a 27-yard pass and Brock Smejkal catching two passes for 26 yards.

Wild Rose 46

Marion/Tigerton 6


Hawks trend in right direction as their season winds down

Leader file photo Shawano’s Abi Vomastic spikes the ball during a Bay Conference match against Seymour earlier this fall. Shawano is eyeing a conference title.

With just three seniors on its roster, it was no secret that the Shawano Community High School volleyball team was going to be counting on underclassmen to be successful.

The team was still returning plenty of talent from last year’s team that finished third in the Bay Conference and made a run to the regional final, but coach Breanna Young also knew she would need to replace a handful of graduates, including two all-conference hitters.

The team has gelled about as well as one could have hoped and held a 27-6 record overall and 5-0 mark in conference play as they headed into a critical conference clash with Green Bay East on Thursday.

Young credits the upperclassmen for helping the younger players come in and excel.

“From the first day of practice this year we as coaches knew we had to set the expectations and standards high, especially of our seniors,” Young said.


Top 5 Performers

Here is a look at some of the top performances in the area over the past week:

Kayla Pecore — Bowler volleyball

The sophomore led the Panthers twice in kills over the past week. Pecore recorded eight attack kills in the team’s win over Marion on Tuesday while also tallying a team-high 12 digs. She had seven kills and 20 digs in a loss to Wisconsin Valley Lutheran last Friday.

Darius Wayka — Menominee Indian football

The senior had a game to remember as the Eagles earned their first win in over a year last Friday against Oneida Nation. Wayka rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries while also totaling 10 tackles on defense. He finished with three tackles for loss and forced a fumble.

Mckenna Metropulos — Wittenberg-Birnamwood volleyball


Packers hit the road seeking to extend streak, tighten up offense

Go ahead, question the play-calling of Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy all you want. You wouldn’t exactly be alone in that exercise. His best player even threw in a little between-the-lines sideswipe after the Packers’ win over Buffalo last Sunday.

Keep in mind throughout the second guesses, though, that McCarthy has a well-considered handle on the Packers’ position one-fourth of the way through the season.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was unhappy about a lot of things after the game, including what he regarded as a wasted opportunities to bury the visiting Bills. There were too few plays involving wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Jimmy Graham, Rodgers said.

When asked to address those remarks, McCarthy quickly stiff-armed any talk of internal discord, taking a subtle, metaphysical tack instead.

“I’d rather focus on good news than the stress points,” he said.


Bonduel can clinch with win over Witt-Birn

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s swarming defense will look shut down Wittenberg-Birnamwood and help the team clinch a playoff spot.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Bonduel football team is on the brink of the postseason again.

After knocking off Shiocton last week, the Bears need to win once across the final two weeks to clinch a spot in the playoffs. In what will be the team’s final regular season home matchup, Bonduel is looking to earn the win this week in its homecoming clash against Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division foe Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

“This is a big week and there is a lot of distractions to deal with, but our team knows they have to win to get in the playoffs and that is our top priority,” Bonduel coach James Westrich said.

Despite the Chargers 1-4 conference mark, the Bears know Friday’s game won’t be one it can take lightly.



The Shawano/Bonduel co-op picked up a 95-70 dual win over Clintonville on Tuesday behind strong performances of Macy Monfils, Isabel Colon and Madi Hanson.

Monfils took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 10.74 seconds. Colon claimed first in the 100 backstroke (1:13.18) while Hanson earned the top time in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.25).

Shawano/Bonduel’s 200-yard medley relay team of Gabi Bukowski, Hanson, Colon and Monfils placed first in 2:14.94 while the 200 freestyle relay quartet of Colon, Elizabeth Dillenburg, Hanson and Monfils took first in 2:00.67.

Clintonville’s Brianna Foth nabbed first in the 200 freestyle (2:13.25) and 500 freestyle (5:47.9) while Sami Smejkal placed first in the 200 IM (2:27.33) and 100 butterfly (1:06.98). Bella Koeppen posted the top time in the 50 freestyle (29.57). The Truckers 400 freestyle relay team of Foth, Koeppen, Kelli Smith and Smejkal also swam to first in 4:22.39.


Gresham scores key victory over Northland Lutheran

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Gresham sophomore Makayla Belongia hits the ball back to Northland Lutheran during Tuesday’s match in Gresham.

A Tuesday night showdown with Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division-leading Northland Lutheran figured to be a tough test for Gresham.

The challenge grew when the Gresham players found out coach Tim Wild would miss the game due to illness. Throw that on top of the fact that the team was also hoping to earn the victory on senior night, and Gresham had plenty of reasons to win — but also plenty of pressure to do so.

That pressure seemed to factor into the first set as Northland Lutheran grabbed the lead, but Gresham responded in a big way to earn a key victory. The hosts claimed the battle of the Wildcats, winning by scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-14.

Junior Karisa Nietzer said it was definitely a win for coach Wild. “We knew he was sick, but he really wanted us to win this one. This was a really big match.”


High School Highlights


Shawano 3

West De Pere 0

The Hawks stayed hot on the court, sweeping the Phantoms 25-16, 25-18, 26-24 in Bay Conference action on Tuesday. Shawano improved to 27-6 overall and 5-0 in conference.

Katelyn Wilber led Shawano with nine attack kills while Tori DePerry and and Julia Klement each had eight. Abi Vomastic tallied six attack kills and Bayleigh Laabs had four. Laabs had 19 of the Hawks’ 24 assists.

Laabs also led the team with four digs while Wilber, Kyra Klement and Margo Gull all had three.

Bowler 3

Marion 0

The Panthers battled to a tough 25-22, 25-23, 25-12 sweep of the Mustangs in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division clash on Tuesday.


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