Sports

Fri
16
Feb

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Shawano High School senior Dakota Maltbey was selected to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game as an offensive lineman.

The senior was one of 44 players in the state selected to the North Large All-Star roster.

Following his final season for the Hawks, Maltbey was named Bay Conference’s offensive lineman of the year and was unanimously selected to the all-conference first team on offense.

Menominee Indian High School senior Meshaen Waukau earned a spot on the Eight-Man All-Star roster as a running back and outside linebacker.

Waukau was named to the WFCA all-state first team in November and led the state with 1,937 rushing yards last season. Waukau is Menominee Indian’s all-time leading rusher and was named the conference’s co-offensive player of the year.

The All-Star games are held at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium on July 21. The Eight-Man game starts at 10 a.m. and the Large School game 5 p.m.

Fri
16
Feb

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Menominee Indian 94

Gresham 74

Warren Wilber III scored 27 points to lead Menominee Indian over Gresham on Tuesday. Nathan Frechette drained seven 3-pointers to add a total 26 points for the Eagles, and Richard Wayka chipped in 16. Raymond Fish had eight assists, and Wayka and Menom Powless each had six. Wayka also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and four steals.

For the Wildcats, Drew Haffner scored a team-high 23 points, Todd Otraovec added 19 and Waylon Welch 13. Justice Paiser had seven rebounds and Haffner tallied six assists. Paiser and Raven Bennett also each had four steals.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Fox Valley Lutheran 67

Clintonville 22

Elly Arndt led Clintonville with nine points in Tuesday’s loss. Abby King and Lizzy Weatherwax each added four points.

Thu
15
Feb

Olympic drama can arise on or off field

You don’t find many biathlon fantasy leagues sprouting up every four years, and there aren’t a lot of bobsled trading cards at memorabilia shops. That doesn’t mean the Winter Olympic Games don’t hold the potential for high entertainment.

The greatest upset victory in team sports was achieved at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y., where our college-aged hockey team beat the Soviet Union’s professionals en route to winning the gold medal.

Predicting the USSR to win the gold that year was like betting that midnight would be followed by 12:01. The Soviets had played on even terms in a series against our National Hockey League pros, and in an exhibition game played three days before the Olympics began, they hammered the US amateurs who they would later face, 10-3.

Wed
14
Feb

Shawano falls to Phantoms for 2nd time


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Kaden Richards goes up for a basket during the first half of of Tuesday’s game against West De Pere.

Shawano kept battling back and closed an 11-point gap in the final 33 seconds against West De Pere, but ultimately dropped the Bay Conference contest 70-65 on Tuesday at home.

The five-point loss was an improvement from the Jan. 9 contest between the two, in which the Hawks lost 71-50.

Trailing by 10 with under two minutes to play, Shawano junior Alex Mueller converted a 4-point play after being fouled while hitting a 3-pointer. The Phantoms (11-9, 8-4 Bay) had four opportunities at the line and knocked down 5-of-8 free throws to create an 11-point advantage.

Sophomore Nick Sherman answered with a putback and consecutive 3-pointer and Mueller made a basket under the hoop to level the score 69-65 with 7 seconds left. West De Pere’s Kody Eisch got to the line again and hit one more free throw to seal the Phantoms’ victory.

Wed
14
Feb

WIAA girls basketball tourney brackets released

The brackets have been released for the 2018 WIAA girls tournament playoffs. Play begins with regional quarterfinals on Tuesday.

In Division 2, Shawano is the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Antigo.

Divison 3, Wittenberg-Birnamwood is the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Tomahawk. Clintonville is No. 9 and will travel to No. 8 Xavier.

In Division 4, Bonduel is No. 7 and will host No. 10 Coleman. Menominee Indian is No. 5 and will host No. 12 Weyauwega-Fremont.

In Division 5, Bowler is No. 4 and will host No. 13 Tigerton. Gresham is No. 15 and will travel to No. 2 Newman Catholic.

The winner of Tuesday’s matchups will advance to the regional semifinals on Feb. 23.

Wed
14
Feb

3 Shawano swimmers take the podium at sectionals

The Shawano boys swim team had three individual swimmers and two relay teams take the podium at the WIAA Division 2 sectional tournament at Hudson on Saturday.

Connor Angeli earned his spot on the podium with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 25.19 seconds. Angeli also placed 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.53).

Karson Rades placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.03 for his spot at the podium.

Chase Lhotka earned his spot after an eighth-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 23.69.

In relay action, the 200 free team placed fifth (1:35.73), comprised of Lhotka, Collin Buerman, James Krueger and Jeffrey Green.

The 400 free team took seventh (3:39.21) with Lhotka, Krueger, Green and Peter Fuller.

Wed
14
Feb

Shawano sends 6 wrestlers to sectionals


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School sophomore Ben Carroll defeats Antigo’s Dylan Warax 9-6 in the quarterfinal. Carroll will return to sectionals after placing third at the WIAA Division 1 Regional at Green Bay West on Saturday.

Shawano will have six wrestlers competing at WIAA Division 1 sectionals after finishing in the top-four of their respective weight classes at Saturday’s regional tournament.

One returning sectional qualifier, sophomore Ben Carroll, advanced again this year. Five Hawks will have their first experience at the tournament.

Colten Herm (120 pounds) and Sam Tourtilott (170) advance as runners-up at the regional tourney at Green Bay West. Carroll placed third in the 138-pound class. Gage Timm, Crede Timm and Nick Kohn each placed fourth at 145, 195 and 285 pounds, respectively.

“Regionals was overall good to us,” head coach Mike Homan said. “We started the day where we expected to be, in the middle of the pack. We did okay in the first round but took on some really tough opponents in the second and took a beating. It was a really tough round for the kids, but they wrestled hard in the wrestlebacks, and I was very proud with how they finished the day.”

Wed
14
Feb

Bears have 5 regional champs, 9 advance to sectionals


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School wrestler Jacob Giese, right, defeated Menominee Indian’s Darius Wayka in the 195-pound championship match on Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 regional. Champion, Giese, and runner-up, Wayka, advanced to the sectional tournament this weekend at Shawano.

Bonduel had five individual champions and Menominee Indian had one Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 regional in Coleman.

Max Sokowski took the 106-pound title after receiving two byes and pinning Menominee Indian’s Darius Hawkins in the championship match in 2 minutes, 40 seconds.

The 120-pound Jordan Boldt (38-4) returns to sectionals after two pins on Saturday over Lena’s Noah Chang in 1:49 and Coleman’s Billy Ganter in the first-place match in 5:15. The victories also pushed the senior to tie for second-most wins in Bonduel school history at 156.

Isaac Banker (37-5) secured the 170-pound title with a pin over Menominee Indian’s Leone Peters (3:22) and 4-3 decision over Coleman’s Tyler Blanchard in the championship.

Jacob Banker (33-1) pinned Kiko Cajigas, of Lena, in 1:03 in the 182-pound semifinal, and received a win by injury default in the final match to take first.

Wed
14
Feb

3 Witt-Birn wrestlers advance to sectionals


Photo by Tina Bacon Three Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School wrestlers are heading to the WIAA Division 3 sectional after placing in the top two at the regional tournament in Amherst on Saturday. Shown are, from left, Duane Potrykus, assistant coach; Dylan Sprague, who finished second at 160 pounds; Chad Moegenburg, who finished first at 113 pounds; Jeremy Landowski, who finished second at 152 pounds; Phil Kersten, assistant coach; and Troy Ostrowski, head coach.

Three Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School wrestlers advanced to the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament with top-two finishes at the regional tourney in Amherst on Saturday.

Eleven Chargers placed in the top five in their weight classes at the regional.

The three wrestlers who advanced to the sectional tourney in Shawano on Saturday are regional champion Chad Moegenburg, who took the 113-pound title, and regional runners-up Jeremy Landowski (152 pounds) and Dylan Sprague (160).

Moegenburg (38-6) pinned Shiocton’s Sam Flannery in 59 seconds in the semifinal round before defeating Weyauwega-Fremont’s Easton Groskreutz 6-2 in the championship.

“Chad has made big strides this year,” head coach Troy Ostrowski said. “Last year, he took fourth at sectionals, and I’ve seen huge mental improvements from him since then. His mentality is much tougher, and I think that’s been a key difference for him this year.”

Sat
10
Feb

High School Highlights

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Shawano 56
New London 50
Shawano girls edged New London 56-50 in overtimeat home. The teams forced OT after a blocked Hawks shot and missed New London heave ended regulation 41-41. The game was ultimately decided at the free-throw line.

“The girls know wins in these kinds of situations come at the line, and they executed that,” coach Ryan Koenig said. “New London missed their free throws and our girls went out there and made them when they needed to most.”

Tori DePerry led the Hawks with 19 points, Brandi Gueths added 14 and Rachel Reed shot three 3-pointers for nine total points.

The win puts the Hawks at No. 3 in the Bay, with their regular season finale next Thursday at home against winless Green Bay East.

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