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Thu
14
Mar

Returning talent gives Bonduel high hopes


Contributed photo Menominee Indian’s Guadalupe Cruz will be the girls top thrower this spring.

With a blend of experienced upperclassmen and fresh new faces, the Bonduel High School track and field team is eager to get the spring season started.

The boys will be anchored by seniors Colin Ewing, Isaac Garside, Canaan Szoszorek and Jared Wondra, while senior Jessie LaBerge will help guide the girls.

Szoszorek is the boys top thrower. He made it to sectionals in both the shot put and discus last year and has even bigger goals this spring.

“I think one of my main goals this year is to make it to state. It’s setting the bar high, but it’s also my last chance at making it there,” said Szoszorek, who also mentioned he needs to get his sprained ankle from basketball season back to full strength. “Lastly, I set a goal this year to break the school records. I want to set my own legacy before it’s over.”

Thu
14
Mar

Thumbs up for Packers in free agent addition by omission

Amid speculation of what a hoped-for Green Bay Packers roster might look like after free agent signing season, there was also a hope of what the roster might not include.

In the latter vein, hats off to general manager Brian Gutekunst and the rest of the Packers’ front office for steering clear of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

Brown and Bell, the former Pittsburgh Steelers now with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, respectively, were among the highest-profile free agents on the market.

The 30-year-old Brown has been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL throughout his nine-year career. A four-time first-team All-Pro, he’s led the league in receptions twice and been to seven Pro Bowls.

Thu
14
Mar

Clintonville, Wolf River Lutheran bring back talented core


Leader file photo Clintonville’s Allysin Booth, middle, jumps over a hurdle during the 100 hurdles at the state meet last year. Booth, a senior, will serve as a team leader for the Truckers this spring.

Despite having a limited amount of returning athletes, the Clintonville High School track and field team still has plenty of talent at its disposal as it enters the spring season.

Leading the way is senior Allysin Booth, a three-time state-qualifier.

Booth made it to state in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump last year, placing third and ninth, respectively.

The experienced athlete has big goals again this spring, but also wants to be sure to enjoy the experience.

“Goals I have set are to just have a fun season, and help the underclassmen get to that level as well,” Booth said. “Obviously I’m still going to try hard and work to make it to state again for one last round, but I want to enjoy the memories I make with my team this year as a senior.”

Wed
13
Mar

Bonduel’s Bohm, Garside sign letters of intent


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel senior Parker Bohm signs his letter of intent to play football at UW-Eau Claire on Wednesday at Bonduel High School. Also pictured is Parker’s mother, Sarah and father, Denny.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel senior Isaac Garside signs his letter of intent to play football at UW-Stout on Wednesday at Bonduel High School. Also pictured is Isaac’s father, Gary, and mother, Ava.

After years of hard work and standout play on the football field, Bonduel seniors Parker Bohm and Isaac Garside each took the next steps in their athletic careers, signing letters of intent to play collegiate football.

Bohm will attend UW-Eau Claire, while Garside will play for UW-Stout next fall. Both players signed their letters of intent in front of family and friends at Bonduel High School on Wednesday afternoon.

“It was a great feeling. Not many high school players get to go on to the next level and it’s just a huge accomplishment for me,” Bohm said of signing. “I’m proud of myself for that.”

“It made me feel like all my work did pay off,” Garside said. “For younger people, it means dreams are possible. I’ve always dreamed of playing college football and pursuing the game past high school. It felt good.”

Wed
13
Mar

Witt-Birn track and field team reloading after run of success


Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood junior Cole Schairer hopes to make it to state in the 1,600 this season while leading the team’s distance runners.

A year ago, the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School track and field team opened the year with big goals and aspirations in mind, eventually reaching many of those as the girls team won its second straight Division 2 state title and also a Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division title.

The story is different heading into this season, with many of last year’s state competitors having graduated.

“This year will be challenging for both the boys and girls teams due to low numbers,” said Witt-Birn track and field coach Mike Balliett. “The girls team lost five very talented seniors (Kylie Linke, Alyssa Meverden, Paige Norrbom, Emily Norrbom and Maddy Pietz).”

“Both teams are also pretty young,” Balliett added. “The boys team has some freshmen that will be able to help the team, but it is difficult on the boys side for freshmen to compete against juniors and seniors.”

Tue
12
Mar

Vosters places second at nationals


Photo by Anna Kinzel Wittenberg-Birnamwood graduate and UW-Stevens Point senior wrestler Ben Vosters finished with a 3-1 record at the NCAA Division III Championships in Roanoke, Virginia to take second place in the 133-pound weight class.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood graduate Ben Vosters capped his collegiate wrestling career in style, posting a 3-1 record to place second in the 133-pound weight class at the NCAA Division III Championships in Roanoke, Virginia on Saturday.

“Overall I’m happy how I went out,” Vosters said. “I put my heart on the line and I wrestled my match. I don’t regret my performance because I left everything I had out there.”

The UW-Stevens Point redshirt senior opened his tournament on Friday battling Central (Iowa) wrestler Chase Petty. Vosters controlled the match and earned an 11-1 major decision.

Vosters advanced to the quarterfinals, where second-seeded Sam Bennyhoff of Augsburg (Minnesota) awaited. After trailing 5-1 after the first period, and then 6-1 after Bennyhoff escaped from the bottom position, Vosters took over.

Tue
12
Mar

Hawks track team ready for competition


Leader file photo Shawano’s Parker Pues competes in the long jump at last year’s state meet in La Crosse. Pues and the Hawks are scheduled to open the season on Saturday in Wausau.

Leader file photo Shawano’s Carrie Young, right, sprints towards the finish line in the 400-meter dash at sectionals last year. Young is hoping to make her senior year her best one yet.

Leader file photo Shawano’s Michael Klement tries to clear the bar in the pole vault at sectionals last year. Klement hopes to end his junior season competing at state.

The Shawano Community High School track and field team is eager to get its season underway after turning in a strong season last spring.

While the temperature is still cold and there’s plenty of snow on the ground, track and field teams around the state have already been practicing for a week. Many teams, including Shawano, will compete in invitationals this week.

Shawano ended the 2018 season on a high note, with three individuals — Atty Wagner, Payden Buck and Parker Pues — competing at state.

Pues is the only one that is back this season. Shawano coach Dave Hanssen says the senior hopes to break school records in both the long jump and 100-meter dash.

After competing in the long jump at state and just missing state in the 100, Pues made sure to stay busy during the offseason.

“During the offseason, I decided to join soccer to keep myself active, and I’ve done offseason workouts to keep my running form from changing,” Pues said.

Fri
08
Mar

Kuhn retires as a Packer


Leader file photo John Kuhn, right, runs with the ball during a game against the Cowboys in 2015.

Former fullback John Kuhn, who played nine seasons (2007-15) in Green Bay, informed the club of his decision to retire with the Packers. The announcement was made Wednesday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

Kuhn originally started his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg (Pennsylvania) University, spending time on the Steelers’ practice squad (2005) and active roster (nine games played in 2006) before being claimed off waivers by the Packers in 2007.

During his nine seasons with Green Bay, he played in 139 regular-season games with 32 starts as well as 15 postseason contests with five starts. Kuhn played in the second most regular-season games in team history among running backs/fullbacks behind only FB William Henderson (188).

Fri
08
Mar

Free agency: Will Matthews be a Packer or a goner?

At a high school reunion last fall a woman told of a falling out she had with a longtime friend with whom, despite the lurid details of their split, she still kept in touch.

Her husband chimed in. “Yeah, you know, the Clay Matthews effect.”

The implication was made in half-jest, coming after the third straight game in which Matthews was flagged for a costly roughing-the-passer penalty: Memories of good times past were the only connection they had today.

Not a fair analogy, maybe, but a relevant one with the approach of free agent signing season that begins Wednesday. The Green Bay Packers will decide whether to slog forth with or without their all-time sack leader — or, maybe more accurately, Matthews will decide whether he wants to continue as a Green Bay Packer.

Fri
08
Mar

Packers’ 14th annual Tailgate Tour set for April 9-13

The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the 14th annual Packers Tailgate Tour, set for April 9-13, which will travel throughout central, western and northern Wisconsin to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

The tour will make stops in Marshfield (April 9), Sparta (April 10), New Richmond (April 11), Chippewa Falls (April 12) and Antigo (April 13), with tailgate parties held in each city to support a local nonprofit organization.

Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and Packers alumni Nick Barnett, Earl Dotson, Ryan Grant, Bernardo Harris, Aaron Kampman and Scott Wells. Due to the earlier start to this year’s offseason program, current players will be unable to attend the tour.

Tickets are now on sale.

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