Super D racing comes to Shawano

Eighty drivers from the Midwest and around North America will battle it out in Super D’s unique head-to-head drifting competition. Skill and commitment will be tested on a technical course layout never before driven at US Air Motorsports Raceway.

Super D Cup - Midwest Trial takes place at US Air Motorsports Raceway, W5901 County Road BE, Shawano, on Saturday and Sunday. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Tickets prices are $15 per day or $25 for the weekend pass. Children 6 and under get in free.

Drifting is a motorsport that began in the countryside of Japan’s mountainous geography. Cars would scream up and down the mountains in a controlled slide at high speeds. Eventually, the popularity of this motorsport became an international phenomenon.

Club FR has been hosting drifting events in Shawano since 2006 at US Air Motorsports Raceway.


High School Football Roundup

Denmark 40

Shawano 8

The Hawks could not keep pace with the Vikings in a nonconference matchup on Friday.

Shawano slips to 0-6 on the season.

Amherst 21

Bonduel 13

The Bears' fourth quarter rally came up just short in a Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division showdown with the Falcons on Friday.

Bonduel scored all 13 of its points in the final quarter, but Amherst scored once in the final quarter to come out ahead. Parker Bohm threw for 154 yards and a touchdown for the Bears while also rushing for a score. Isaac Garside caught four passes for 83 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards.

Bonduel is now 3-3 on the season and 2-2 in the CWC-Large.

Shiocton 27

Witt-Birn 26

The Chargers suffered a tough one-point loss to Shiocton in a critical CWC-Large clash on Friday.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood dropped its fourth straight game, falling to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.


Shawano overpowers Seymour in Bay Conference battle

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Abi Vomastic (1) hits the ball over the net as her teammates look on during a match against Seymour Thursday.

Shawano volleyball players could be spotted dancing, laughing and having a good time on the court during Thursday’s Bay Conference home tilt against Seymour. The team was afforded that luxury after rallying late to win the first set.

From there, the Hawks never relinquished the momentum as the team went on for a 25-23, 25-14, 25-20 victory to improve to 21-6 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

“It was a good back-and-forth game but for us to come out on top and take charge really gave us the tempo and gave us confidence moving forward,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said.

Shawano held an advantage for the early portion of the first set, leading by as many as six points before Seymour rallied. The Thunder slowly worked their way back into the set before tying it at 18 and going ahead on a pair of serving aces.

Trailing 23-21, Shawano took the final four points of the set, with junior Abi Vomastic’s clutch block kill turning the momentum.


Athlete of the Week: Julia Klement

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Julia Klement is one of just three seniors on an otherwise young Shawano volleyball roster.

Athlete: Julia Klement

Sport: Volleyball

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

A young Shawano Community High School volleyball team has its sights set on a Bay Conference title. One of just three seniors on the roster, Julia Klement has helped the Hawks get off to a 3-0 start to conference play.

Klement helps form an intimidating front line for Shawano that produces powerful attack kills and a stout block game at the net. She most recently totaled 12 attack kills in a sweep of Seymour on Thursday, bringing her season total to 95. Klement and the Hawks return to conference next Thursday on the road against Menasha.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: In fifth grade when I finally got to begin playing at the C team level; my love for the game grew ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a volleyball match or the volleyball season?


Mosquito invasion all the buzz — or not

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a column idea. Other times, they almost write themselves.

This week, I pondered a timely column idea or two, then asked the question we used to ask in the sports department at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa: What’s the buzz? What are people talking about?

In this case, it’s the literal buzz of mosquitoes.

I’ve faced some biblical hordes of the blood-suckers over the years, mostly while bowhunting. The worst I’ve seen was my first year in Mukwa Wildlife Area on the edge of New London back in 2000 when I first moved to Wisconsin. On that first scouting trip, I experienced actual clouds of mosquitoes that not only bit in unison, but also hummed and whined so much that I gave up within 20 minutes. I returned with my first headnet, which only made them swarm 6 inches away.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 3

Shiocton 2

The Bears built a two-set lead before taking the fifth set to top Shiocton on Thursday. Bonduel won by scores of 25-20, 25-23, 25-27, 24-26, 15-11 to improve to 6-12 overall and 1-2 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division.

McKenzie Wollenberg finished the night with 22 digs and 15 kills for Bonduel while Halea Sporisky tallied 11 assists. Mandi McClone served three aces while Grace Petcka had three block kills.

“Our girls worked very hard tonight,” Bonduel coach Kimberly Strayer said. “They passed the ball extremely well and were good in coverage. Although we struggle with consistency at times, they were able to be mentally tough after a serious injury to one of our setters (Sporisky), and we were resilient in the last game, coming out on top with a big win over a conference rival.

Gresham 3

Bowler 0


Shawano scores early, often in win over Little Chute

There were plenty of smiles and joking around on the field.

It’s certainly fun when athletes are on the right side of a lopsided victory.

The Shawano boys soccer team took advantage of an undermanned Little Chute squad, scoring three goals in the first 7½ minutes en route to a 10-1 victory in nonconference action at Van Lieshout Park on Thursday.

Little Chute had just nine players dressed, so Shawano had two more players on the field for the entire game.

The Hawks players loved being a part of the blowout win.

“We’re usually on the short end of it,” Shawano junior Michael Klement said. “But it’s fun because we actually get to move the ball like we properly should. We’re passing to everyone, trying to get everyone involved in the game and realize everyone’s potential in it.”


Top 5 Performers

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

Madison Kurey — Bonduel cross-country

The Bonduel sophomore placed second at the Menominee Indian Eagle Invitational on Tuesday, posting a time of 22 minutes, 1.11 seconds. Kurey helped the Bonduel girls team take first with a perfect score of 15.

Seth Westphal — Shawano soccer

The senior tallied a trio of goals across Shawano’s last two contests. Westphal scored twice in the Hawks loss to Luxemburg-Casco last Friday and was one of six Shawano players to score in a tie with Menasha on Tuesday.

Savannah Swartz — Tigerton volleyball


High School Highlights


Herm’s 109 leads Hawks

Macie Herm fired a round of 109 to lead Shawano at the Notre Dame Triton Invite at Thornberry Creek Golf Course on Monday.

Kiley Rusch and Taylor Johnson each recorded 110s while Georgia Eggert (116) and Kendra White (120) capped the team’s score of 445.

Johnson leads Shawano at Terror Invite

Shawano competed in a loaded Terror Invite field on Saturday at Winagamie Golf Course. Taylor Johnson led the Hawks with a round of 96.

Kiley Rusch shot a 101 while Katelyn Laatsch fired a 110. Georgia Eggert (115) and Macie Herm (117) filled out a the team score.


Witt-Birn rallies over Menominee Indian, stays on top of conference

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Madison Schwalbach (8) spikes the ball as Menominee Indian’s Alyssa Corn jumps to block it during Tuesday’s CWC-East match in Keshena.

Before the fall volleyball season got underway, Menominee Indian coach Jackson Miller said his team would surprise several teams in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division.

The Eagles did just that in the first set of a home match against Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Tuesday, but the reigning conference champions responded by winning the final three sets to remain perfect in conference play.

Witt-Birn won by scores of 16-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13 and improved to 3-0 in the CWC-East and 7-19 overall. Menominee Indian dropped to 0-2 in the conference and 9-4 overall.

After the Chargers won the first point of the first set, the Eagles claimed the next six points and never looked back. Sophomores Kay-li Corn and Guadalupe Cruz provided strong serving during the set while junior Alyssa Corn racked up the team’s kills, both attacking and blocking.

“We came out with a lot of focus and that had us rolling in that first set,” Miller said.


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