Reinke, Berry stepping forward for Bonduel

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Althea Berry, one of three returning starters, gets low to make a pass during practice Wednesday. Berry and Brynn Reinke have helped take over the leadership of the volleyball squad heading into 2017.

With a setter, hitter and libero as the only returning starters from a year ago, it’s going to be up to them to lead Bonduel into a new season.

Senior Brynn Reinke (setter), senior Althea Berry (libero) and junior Mckenzie Wollenberg (outside hitter), are paving the way for youth needing to contribute more this fall.

“These girls are a little concerned,” Bonduel head coach Kim Strayer said. “They know they don’t have the amount of experience we’ve had in the past. They aren’t just as confident as they used to be.”

Last year’s senior class, which included Kailee Pedersen, Emily Sorenson, Katlyn Bohr and Brittany Wudtke among others, created massive shoes to fill for the young Bonduel team.

Strayer will turn to junior Grace Petcka as a middle hitter, and Megan Zeitler and newcomer Kylie Guenther have impressed so far and could see valuable time on the court.


Players find baseball’s resistance to useful change off base

Baseball wasn’t supposed to be much fun this year for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The season was projected to be a train wreck of such planetary proportions that watching it was advised only with a refracting lens, through a pinhole in a shoebox.

But, with two-thirds of the season in the books, the Brewers – still in the thick of a pennant race – have been baseball’s best surprise of 2017.

Not so surprising in baseball this season are the calls for changes in the game, which increasingly are coming from the players and their advocates.

In the same week that Detroit’s Ian Kinsler decried the ball-strike calling of umpire Angel Hernandez and urged his speedy retirement from the game, Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs spoke of the need to let today’s Pitch Trak technology call the pitches.


Large senior class raises Wildcats’ expectations

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Dani Huntington works on her passing during a drill at practice Tuesday. Huntington is one of six seniors on the roster and will be the starting setter for the Wildcats this fall.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Hailey Hoffman bumps a ball during a control drill this week. Hoffman, an outside hitter for the Wildcats, is one of four returning starters from 2016.

A large senior class, having worked its way through the Gresham volleyball program, is looking to make its mark in 2017.

Led by Dani Huntington, Hailey Hoffman and Mackenzie Hoffman, the Wildcats will rely heavily on their six seniors this fall.

“That experience I think is huge because we’ve been in close matches in the past, and if we get into those situations again this year, which I expect because our conference is pretty competitive, that experience is going to get us over the top,” Gresham head coach Tim Wild said.

Huntington will run the offense as the setter, distributing the ball t0 outside hitters Hailey Hoffman and Kamille Davids.

“She’s a leader. She loves volleyball. She loves to play volleyball. She plays it in the offseason, and she knows what she’s doing,” Wild said of Huntington. “She’s excited to be here, and that rubs off on other people, that excitement for the game of volleyball.”


Keuschel, Wallace take 7th at nationals

Contributed Photo The Shawano Ski Sharks doubles strap team of Bradley Keuschel and Kylie Wallace placed seventh at nationals in Loves Park, Illinois, last weekend.

For the second time in as many seasons, the water-skiing duo of Bradley Keuschel and Kylie Wallace found themselves among the top 10 in the nation.

Competing in the 2017 Show Ski National Championships in Loves Park, Illinois, last weekend, the Ski Sharks’ strap doubles team placed seventh among the 15 teams.

“We wanted to finish in the top half of the crowd of 15 couples, and seventh place, we managed to do that,” Keuschel said. “We did everything we wanted to do this season.”

Cory Krivitz and Kimberly Stoner won the nationals competition with a 15.26. Keuschel and Wallace scored 11.84.

The top three teams from each of the five regions in the country received automatic bids to the national tournament. Keuschel and Wallace, who finished fourth at the Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on July 20-23, got in as the first alternate team.


High School Highlights


Hawks go 1-3 at opening tourney

Kaleigh Zoll, playing in the No. 1 singles position, went 3-1 Monday and Tuesday, including victories over Kewaunee, Marinette and Green Bay East, at the season-opening Battle on the Fox at Bay Port High School.

Shawano, which played in four dual matches over two days, defeated Kewaunee (6-1) but lost to Marinette (6-1), Ashwaubenon (7-0) and Green Bay East (4-3).

Lydia Williams, Shawano’s No. 2 singles player, went 2-1.

The Hawks were playing without top singles player Sydney Steinbach while working with new doubles teams in the competition.


Shawano ties for 2nd at Bay match

Senior Brianna Zook shot a 48, and Brinley Kowalkowski followed it up with a 53 to help Shawano tie for second place Tuesday at a Bay Conference match at Vernon Hills.


Doxtator breaks through for 1st feature victory

Photo by A&H Photos Ron Berna found his way to victory lane for the fourth time this summer, winning the Late Model feature at the Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Photo by A&H Photos Konnor Wilinski won for the fourth time in 2017 by picking up the IMCA Modified feature victory on Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

After nearly 20 years of trying, Asa Doxtator broke through with his first career feature win in the ultra-competitive IMCA Stock Car class.

IMCA Sport Mod racer Kyle Raddant also scored his first win of the year, while Ron Berna (Late Model), Konnor Wilinski (IMCA Modified) and rookie Max Oreskovich (Mighty Four) each picked up wins for the second week in a row. It was the fourth win of the year for both Berna and Wilinski, and the third win of the year for Oreskovich.

IMCA Stock Cars

Doxtator started the IMCA Stock Car feature outside row one and grabbed the lead on the opening lap. Through the first seven green-flag laps of the race, Doxtator had established a sizable lead before a caution came out and erased his advantage.


BABA Roundup



WP — Jeremy Bauer; LP — Paul Murphy

Little Falls: Kal Kischer went 3 for 4 with a double, four runs scored and four RBIs. Nate Korb was 4 for 7 with five runs and four RBIs. Drew Radies batted 4 for 6 with a home run, four runs and seven RBIs. Jenner Gulliforon was 2 for 4 with a homer and four runs. Connor Kurki went 4 for 5 with a triple.

Bowler: Paul Murphy had a double. Eli Bierman went 2 for 4. Walker Miller and Cody Theifor each went 2 for 4 with a double.


WP — Paul Sellner; LP — Nick Desrochers

Caroline: Cory Desrochers went 3 for 4. Phil Duffek was 2 for 3.

Tigerton: Cody Riemer was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Paul Sellner went 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Eric Kroening was 2 for 4. Pat Provoast went 2 for 4.



WP — Josh Foreman; LP — Al Peters


Hawks look for continued success, starting in trenches

For the first time in many years, its the offensive and defensive lines that are some of the most experienced units on the Shawano Community High School football field.

With replacing the majority of the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball, and a linebacking corps that adds athleticism, head coach Al Tomow is excited to see how the team can battle on the line of scrimmage.

“It’s been a while since Shawano has been able to say we’re going to be led by our units that are in the trenches,” Tomow said. “Those guys are really experienced. They understand the techniques and how it works behind them with linebackers and defensive backs.”

The team could return four offensive lineman this fall, with Dakota Maltbey securing Jarrett Laatsch’s blind side, and Nathan Krizan, Casey Baumann and Jacob Buettner adding continuity to the unit from a season ago.


Eagles rebuilding from loss of 11 seniors

The loss of 11 seniors would put many teams in a bind, but the Menominee Indian football team sees many new players than can compete among the top half of the MONLPC-8 this fall.

Top athletes like Antonio Mahkimetas, Kyle Komanekin and Warren Kakwitch, along with the size of Leander Moon and Alenex Warrington, have paved the way for new playmakers in Meshaen Waukau, Jonathon Rojas and Jared Beauprey.

Head coach Chris Clache is looking forward to the added size and depth on the offensive and defensive lines, which includes Darius Wayka, an all-conference selection from a year ago, along with Hunter Connahvichnah, Sinte Nickey and Alonzo Haack.

“I think we’re three deep at every position on the line, and we’re not even three deep at running back,” Clache said. “Our line play is going to be our biggest key right now.”

Mahkimetas, the team’s leading running back last season, will be replaced by Waukau, who played last season, but in a more limited role.


Hawks place 13th at season-opening invite

Brinley Kowalkowski, Kiley Rusch and Macie Herm all shot rounds of 116 to lead Shawano at the season-opening Thunder Invitational at Crystal Springs Golf Course on Friday.

Fox Valley Lutheran won the team competition with a 382, while Green Bay Preble (383), Pulaski (384) and Bay Port (385) were all within striking distance. Hortonville rounded out the top five with its score of 399.

Shawano’s score of 472 put the team in 13th place at the 16-team competition.

Erika Priebe, of Fox Valley Lutheran, set an invitational record with her round of 73.

Kowalkowski and Herm each had solid front-nines, with scores of 53 and 54, respectively. The back-nine turned out to be troublesome for both, with Herm posting a 63 and Kowalkowski shooting a 62.

Georgia Eggert posted the final scoring round for Shawano with her 124.

Shawano was competing without its top golfer, senior Brianna Zook.


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