Sports

Sat
17
Feb

Panthers clinch 1st conference title in program history


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski outpaces Marion’s Abby Polzin for a layup during Thursday’s 55-32 victory that sealed the Panthers’ Central Wisconsin Conference-North championship.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar The Bowler High School girls basketball team celebrates senior Reanne Kietlinski’s 2,000 points and the team’s Central Wisconsin Conference-North championship. The team includes, from left, back, Alyssa Strassburg, Tynea Johnson, Ireland DeRoos, Kayla Pecore, Jodi Wolf, Jada Waters, Brooke Thiex, Lilly Wisnefske; front, Jayla LeMieux, Reanne Kietlinski and Calista Miller.

The Bowler girls basketball team made history on Thursday as the first conference champion in the 44 years since the progam’s start.

The Panthers clinched sole possession of the Central Wisconsin Conference-North after a 55-32 home victory over Marion.

“I can’t put this moment into words,” said Calista Miller, who is one of three seniors on the team. “We’ve worked so hard for this. It’s just a fantastic thing to be able to do this for ourselves and our coaches and community. The amount of people that come out to support us is amazing, people will drive a couple hours to come watch us play and that just means the world to us, it makes this moment extra special.”

Sat
17
Feb

Athlete of the Week: Alonzo Haack


Contributed photo Menominee Indian High School senior Alonzo Haack is headed to WIAA Division 3 sectionals for the first time in his high school career after securing the heavyweight title at the regional tournament on Saturday.

Athlete: Alonzo Haack

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 285 pounds

School: Menominee Indian High School

Year: Senior

Alonzo Haack earned Menominee Indian’s sole title at the WIAA Division 3 regional tournement on Saturday. The senior pinned state-ranked Brock Martinson, of Coleman, in 1 minute, 44 seconds to become the heavyweight champion. Haack, who has a 35-7 record on the season, will be competing at sectionals for the first time since starting for the Eagles freshman year.

Q What’s your favorite part about wrestling?

A Getting your hand raised and showing hard work pays off.

Q How does it feel clinching the heavyweight title against a state-ranked wrestler?

A It made me feel that I am ready for that next step at sectionals.

Q Was there a victory this season that was the most satisfying for you?

A The regional title, because it was the first state-ranked opponent that I had ever beaten.

Sat
17
Feb

High School Highlights

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Bonduel 41

Menominee Indian 38

A tiebreaker to determine fourth place in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East came down to the wire between the Bears and Eagles on Thursday. After holding the lead for most of the matchup, Bonduel trailed by one point, 33-32, with just under four minutes remaining. The Eagles hit a cold streak and Brynn Reinke drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Bears a six point lead.

Bonduel had five double bonus opportunities at the line and went 0 for 10, while the Eagles battled back to a one-point deficit with 10.3 seconds to play. Ashlyn Schnell went 2 for 2 at the line to give the Bears a three point advantage and Menominee Indian’s Mimi Beaulieu missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the top of the key to seal Bonduel’s victory.

Sat
17
Feb

Spearers bring home monster sturgeon


Photo by Ross Bielema Lance Kohl, of Hortonville, speared this 73.9-pound, 69.2-inch lake sturgeon Feb. 10 near Payne’s Point in Neenah on Lake Winnebago as one of the few successful spearers during a tough season. This was his second fish in 10 years. Kohl was spearing in 15 feet of water and had his decoy at 6 feet, where the sturgeon floated when Kohl jabbed.

Sturgeon spearers on Lake Winnebago will have a full 16-day season, but the anglers on the upriver lakes were done in four days.

It didn’t take long on the clear, shallow waters of Lakes Poygan, Winneconne and Butte des Morts for anglers to spear 297 lake sturgeon. One of the harvest caps was reached, thus ending the action there.

Sturgeon biologist Ryan Koenigs noted that this year’s upriver lakes success rate was 61.4 percent, just 0.2 percent over the average success rate for the past dozen years.

The upriver lakes are known for big fish, and opening day saw angler Benjamin Berger with a 155.6- pound, 75.6-inch behemoth that he weighed at Critter’s in Winneconne. It was the largest fish of the day and season through Thursday. An aerial shanty count totaled 5,003, including 4,448 on Winnebago and 555 on the upriver lakes.

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.

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