Bonduel girls and boys teams state-bound

Photo by Diane Schnell Bonduel High School’s state-bound boys and girls cross-country teams finished as WIAA Division 3 sectional champions Saturday at the Westfield Sectional. Team members are, from back row, Colin Ewing, Will Beaumier, Craig Rusch, Jared Wondra, Charlie Mews, Elena Shest, Abby Owen, Madison Kurey, Breanna Schnell, Grace Tubutis, Chris Salerno, Alex Jasch; front row, Carter Kurey, Colen Klosterman, Ashlyn Schnell, Allyssa Moser, Jacob Moede, Derrick Folkman, Laney Richmond, Kara Troxel, Katlin Thompson and Erin Timler.

Photo by Kristine Stoll Bonduel High School freshman Kara Troxel, right, runs alongside first-place finisher Erika Kisting, of Iola-Scandinavia, at the WIAA Division 3 sectional in Westfield on Saturday. Troxel finished second overall in 20 minutes, 23.31 seconds. Bonduel won the girls and boys sectional titles.

The Bonduel girls and boys cross-country teams are making history as both head to the state championships after winning their respective WIAA Division 3 sectional races on Saturday in Westfield.

This is the first time both Bonduel teams advanced to state and clinched first place at sectionals. The girls team finished with 62 points, 29 ahead of second-place finisher Weyauwega-Fremont. The boys tallied 83, five ahead of Amherst.

“It really comes down to our depth, and they really peaked at the right time,” head coach Diane Schnell said. “They all consistently improved.”

With 36 runners across both teams, there’s constant competition for the top seven varsity spots on each team.

“We have such strong runners this season that they all want to compete for those spots,” Schnell said. “When you have so few spots and so many strong kids, they all push each other. The last two spots are usually up in the air, so there’s a fight to get those.”


Packers repose, re-tool and prepare for Detroit

Bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Green Bay Packers.

Most often, you can cut and paste that paragraph and use it every year. The mini-break is always great for resting those battered bones and preparing for the next opponent.

The bye week loses some of its appeal after a bad loss, though, because you have to deal with the taste of that defeat a little longer than usual – which is where the Packers find themselves today.

A disgusted Mike McCarthy made like Harry Truman at the press conference following the Packers’ 26-17 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, leaving full responsibility for the setback at his feet.

“A disappointing loss,” McCarthy said. “We didn’t stop them on defense, and we had poor production from our passing game. We can sit here and pick it apart all you want. Let’s blame it on the head coach today, OK?”


Hawks close strong year with regional final loss

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School sophomore Kyra Klement dives for the ball during a WIAA Division 2 regional final at Notre Dame on Saturday. The Hawks lost 25-7, 25-14 and 25-20.

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School junior Julia Klement attacks during Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 regional final at Notre Dame. The Tritons defeated Shawano 25-7, 25-14 and 25-20.

Shawano’s longest volleyball season since 2010 ended on Saturday with a loss to Notre Dame in a WIAA Division 2 regional final in Green Bay.

The top-seeded Tritons swept the No. 4 Hawks 25-7, 25-14 and 25-20 to advance to a sectional semifinal against No. 2 Luxemburg-Casco on Thursday.

“They gave it their all,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said. “It hurts, but we fell short.

“This team was a coach’s dream. They have nothing to hang their heads about and everything to be proud of.”

The match was Shawano’s first away game in the postseason, but Hawks fans still filled three-fourths of the gymnasium.

“It was crazy,” Notre Dame head coach Ben Wolf said. “I was here an hour before the match and the doors opened and the Shawano fans just kept streaming in. It really made for a great atmosphere. It was just packed and so loud.”

Wolf said he utilized the fans in the game plan.


Zephyrs sweep Witt-Birn in regional title match

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School volleyball players Lauren Bushman (4), Elizabeth Muscha (22), Brogan Lehman (6), Koreena Miller (8), Abi Fraaza (12) and Lindsey Schwalbach (10) celebrate a point against St. Mary Catholic in a WIAA Division 3 regional final on Saturday in Neenah. St. Mary’s swept the Chargers 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19.

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School libero Elizabeth Muscha makes a dig during a WIAA Division 3 regional final Saturday in Neenah. St. Mary Catholic swept the Chargers 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19.

Despite the effort of seniors Lauren Bushman, Brogan Lehman, Koreena Miller and the rest of the Wittenberg-Birnamwood volleyball team, the Chargers came up a bit short, dropping a 3-0 decision to St. Mary Central in a WIAA Division 3 regional final Saturday in Neenah.

St. Mary’s knocked off the Chargers by scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19 to claim the regional title. Superior defense and setting were the difference for the Zephyrs.

“They had good servers and they had runs, and we didn’t,” said head coach Becky Rew. “That was a difference. I was proud of the girls, though. No matter what came their way, they never quit.

“In the first game, they had a big lead, but we came back. We fought with them. I am very proud of the girls for fighting like that.”

St. Mary Central gave the Chargers problems from the outset. Especially in games one and three, the Zephyrs jumped out to big early leads, and the Chargers found themselves playing from behind.


Bears season comes to close in playoff defeat

Bonduel couldn’t overcome mistakes or stop Stratford from capitalizing on them in a 42-19 loss on Friday in a WIAA Division 5 playoff game in Bonduel.

The loss closed an 8-2 season for the fourth-seeded Bears.

“They did a tremendous job in terms of effort,” Bonduel head coach James Westrich said. “It just came down to too many mistakes. Whether it was penalties, missed assignments or lack of tackling, Stratford was able to convert them every time, so that was kind of disappointing.”

Bonduel’s defense started the game strong, holding the Tigers to three and out on the opening drive.

The mistakes started on the offense’s first drive with a fumble on a third-and-5 that was returned for a 41-yard touchdown by Stratford’s Lucas Barten.


Athlete of the Week: Eli Mastey

Contributed Photo Bonduel High School running back Eli Mastey rushed for 1,168 rushing yards in the Bears’ regular season.

Athlete: Eli Mastey

Sport: Football

School: Bonduel High School

Position: Running back

Year: Senior

Eli Mastey tallied 1,168 rushing yards and scored a team-high 17 touchdowns for Bonduel in the regular season. The senior, who played all four years at Bonduel, averaged nearly 9 yards per carry and rushed for over 100 yards in five of seven conference games. Mastey also recorded 48 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble on the season.

Q Where did your interest in football begin?

A It began growing up playing football on the playground at school with my friends, and I eventually started to play tackle football in fifth grade.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A My relationship with my teammates and coaches. It makes playing it more special.

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


High School Scoreboard


Oct. 20

WIAA Division 5 playoffs

Stanley-Boyd 42, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 0


High School Volleyball: Hawks on to regional finals

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Rachel Reed, left, and junior Tori DePerry double-block in Thursday’s sweep over Oconto Falls.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Julia Klement attacks the ball during Thursday’s sweep over Oconto Falls. The Hawks will play in the WIAA Division 2 regional final at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Shawano remained undefeated at home after sweeping Oconto Falls on Thursday to advance to the WIAA regional finals for the first time since 2010.

“It’s indescribable how we feel right now,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said.

The Hawks topped the Panthers 25-6, 25-18 and 25-17 before a roaring gymnasium crowd.

“It was crazy,” senior Brandi Gueths said. “Even from the beginning, we had such a high energy just coming out on the court for warmups. For the first five points, everyone in the gym was so hyper and it just continued through the whole game. It was one of those games where everything worked and everyone was just happy.”

Julia Klement took the Hawks to set point in a seemingly effortless first match, and Bayleigh Laabs’ attack secured the set 25-6.

The Panthers played better in the final two sets to close the deficit, but the Hawks answered every challenge.


High School Volleyball: Bonduel falls in regional match

With their high school careers on the line, Bonduel’s seniors weren’t ready to be done.

Down two sets against rival Wittenberg-Birnamwood, the Bears stole a third set and had momentum in the fourth. However, the Chargers scored 16 of 17 points at one point to cruise in the fourth set and win 3-1 (25-16, 25-13, 23-25, 25-11) in a WIAA Division 3 regional game on Thursday in Wittenberg.

“They know they put a lot of work in,” Bonduel coach Kim Strayer said, “and just to go down without a fight, it’s not in their makeup; not this group of seniors.”

“It just shows that we’re a strong team,” Bonduel senior Brynn Reinke said. “We lost a lot of seniors last year, so it was hard for us to do that. We didn’t have a lot of confidence, and once we started winning games and coming back we had a lot of confidence.”


High School Highlights


Kewaunee 4

Gresham-Bowler 1

Ninth-seeded Gresham-Bowler lost 4-1 in a WIAA Division 4 regional matchup at No. 8 Kewaunee on Thursday.

Bryce Bohls scored Gresham-Bowler’s only goal off an assist by Zack Fehrman. Goalkeeper Justice Paiser recorded 15 saves.

“We started slow,” Gresham-Bowler head coach Nate Boucher said. “They jumped out and scored within the first couple minutes. We had our shots at goal, we had 10 missed opportunities, and that’s kind of been our struggle all year.”

Boucher said this season was aimed at getting the younger players used to varsity.

“I have a fairly young team and only three seniors, so it’s a lot of just getting experience for these kids. The kids definitely got better over the year playing individually and as a team.”


Gresham 3

Niagara 0


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