Witt-Birn’s Gibson II to play football at UW-Stevens Point

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Michael Gibson II, left, will play football at UW-Stevens Point this fall. His decision to attend UWSP revolved around his family. Here, he stands next to his parents, Michael and Jill Gibson, and his younger brother, Austin.

Senior Michael Gibson II is about to graduate from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, but that does not mean his athletic career is coming to an end.

Gibson made the decision to play collegiate football for UW-Stevens Point in December, so he will suit up for the Pointers this fall.

Gibson, who also played basketball and baseball for the Chargers this school year, put together some of his game tapes before his dad, Michael Gibson, helped get the film out to colleges.

Several schools showed interest in Gibson, who wanted to attend a school in the area so that he could be close to family. He ended up visiting UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point before making his decision.

“I just fell in love with UWSP, the campus, people and the coaches,” said Gibson.

“It’s an amazing feeling and dream come true to know I can continue my athletic career another four years,” he added.


NBA hoists up an air ball with calls for quota hiring

When Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out in the second overtime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Milwaukee Bucks’ defensive intensity noticeably waned.

Without their big guy, the Bucks eventually succumbed to the Toronto Raptors, who cut their best-of-seven series deficit to 2-1 with the win.

It may have been an unlucky whistle for the Bucks, who were playing like a team on the verge of a sweep, but it wasn’t a bad call.

In fact, it was a well-officiated game. The refs missed some calls, as is inevitable in a 48-minute pro game, but never to a one-sided degree.

Due to the nature of basketball, every game can hinge on how the officiating staff calls the action. What the Bucks do from here on will be determined at least in part by the refs.

In the Game 3 loss, the officials let the players play, and the result was a great game, where each possession of the ball was big. Hard-nosed defense is the hallmark of playoff basketball.


High School Highlights


Shawano 5

Clintonville 1

The Hawks eased past the Truckers in a nonconference match on Tuesday.

Lindsey Roloff scored in the 68th and 81st minutes to lead Shawano. Abigail Rabideau tallied the game’s first goal in the third minute. Makayla Stoddart and Isabel Colon added goals in the 51st and 75th minutes, respectively.

Peyton Buerman made six saves while defending the net for the Hawks. Kyra Klement assisted on two goals.


Bonduel 8

Sturgeon Bay 7 (8 inn.)

Joey Wagester delivered a game-winning single that scored Riddik Bohm and gave the Bears a thrilling nonconference win over the Clippers.

Bohm had three hits and drove in two runs for Bonduel, which scored all eight of its runs in the final four innings.

Aaron Margelofsky earned the win after striking out three batters across the final three innings.

Bowler 7

Port Edwards 3


Boys golf: Witt-Birn team qualifies for sectionals

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Justin Keeney chips a shot on to the green during Tuesday’s Division 2 Bonduel Regional at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys golf team accomplished one of their season goals when they placed fourth as a team at the Division 2 Bonduel Regional at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil on Tuesday.

The fourth-place finish with a score of 367 qualified the Chargers for sectionals.

“We posted one of the highest totals of the season but were still able to move on to sectionals, which is all that mattered,” said Witt-Birn coach Chris Bartletti. “It was very gratifying to see that our four (Maverick Beran) and five (Logan Balliett) players were able to make up for Justin (Keeney) and Ian’s (Resch) off day. It is great to have teammates there to pick you up when things aren’t going as expected. I’m very proud of their accomplishment and we are excited to play next week at sectionals.”

Witt-Birn advances to the Mosinee Sectional, which will be played at Indianhead Golf Course on Tuesday.


Boys golf: Shawano’s Puissant, Marcell qualify for sectionals

The Shawano Community High School boys golf team advanced two individual golfers to sectionals after they placed in the top four at the Division 1 Green Bay Preble Regional at the Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken on Tuesday.

Andrew Puissant led the Hawks with an 18-hole round of 90, posting a 44 on the back nine. That score left Puissant alone in 24th place as an individual, which qualified him for sectionals.

“I’m very excited to represent the school playing at sectionals,” Puissant said. “Also, I’m glad I improved my game this season to qualify for sectionals.”

Kaden Marcell and Owen Moesch each shot 92s — each player shot a 45 on the front nine before 47s on the back nine.

That left the two Hawks tied for the final individual sectional spot, forcing the teammates to play a tiebreaker.

Marcell and Moesch ended up playing two holes, tying the first before Marcell won by a stroke on the second hole.


High School Softball Highlights

Photo by Charles Collier Shawano’s Abi Vomastic takes a lead off third base during the team’s Division 2 regional semifinal loss to Denmark on Tuesday.

Denmark 5

Shawano 1

The seventh-seeded Hawks stranded nine runners in scoring position in a Division 2 regional semifinal loss to the second-seeded Vikings on Tuesday.

Gracyn Habeck finished with two hits for Shawano.

Shawano held a 1-0 lead going into the fourth inning before Denmark scored the game’s final five runs.

Denmark will host third-seeded Oconto Falls on Thursday in a regional final.

Oconto 10

Bonduel 0 (6 inn.)

The seventh-seeded Bears were only able to post four hits in a Division 3 regional semifinal loss to the second-seeded Blue Devils on Tuesday.

MacKenzie Moore, Julia Lorbiecki, McKenzie Wollenberg and Nicole Koeller all singled for Bonduel.

Claire Gehm took the loss in the circle. She struck out three batters.

Oconto scored five times in the first inning to gain the advantage.

Amherst 11

Witt-Birn 1 (5 inn.)


Softball: Bowler’s bats go silent in season-ending loss

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Brooke Thiex swings during Tuesday’s Division 5 regional semifinal loss to Pembine/Goodman in Bowler.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Jada Waters delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s Division 5 regional semifinal loss to Pembine/Goodman in Bowler.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Tynea Johnson makes a throw to first base during Tuesday’s Division 5 regional semifinal loss to Pembine/Goodman in Bowler.

Tuesday’s Division 5 regional semifinal playoff game between Bowler High School and the Pembine/Goodman co-op had the looks of a wild back-and-forth game in the early stages of the contest.

The Panthers’ bats cooled off after a two-run first inning and the visiting Patriots went on for an 8-2 victory in Bowler.

“We just couldn’t hit the ball. We had 10 strikeouts as a team, so that didn’t help us at all,” said Bowler coach Alison Van Grinsven.

After Pembine/Goodman put up a two-spot in the first inning, the Panthers came roaring back in their half of the frame.

Senior leadoff hitter Jodi Wolf reached on a single to get the inning started before Bowler turned to bunting to put the pressure on the visitors. Wolf came around to score the hosts first run later in the inning.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 9

Shawano 1

The Bears used a six-run first inning to take down the Hawks in a nonconference matchup Monday. Bonduel used four walks and three hits to do the damage in the first.

Riddik Bohm led the Bears with three hits, while Parker Bohm had two. Noah Beilfuss earned the win after striking out six batters over five innings. Parker Bohm struck out four over the final two innings.

Nick Grignon tallied two hits to lead Shawano at the plate. Zach Erdmann suffered the loss.

Tigerton 7


The Tigers used aggressive baserunning and solid pitching to blank the Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran co-op in Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division play Monday.

Isaac Schoen worked the first four innings for Tigerton, striking out three batters. Zeke Griepentrog pitched the final three frames, recording seven strikeouts.


Track and field: Bears, Truckers earn spots at sectionals

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jessie LaBerge competes in the 300-meter hurdles during Monday’s Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional. LaBerge placed third in the event to qualify for sectionals.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Elly Arndt, left, runs a leg of the 4x200-meter relay as teammate Allysin Booth looks on during Monday’s Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional. Arndt and Booth helped the relay team take third to qualify for sectionals.

Several individual track and field athletes and relay teams from Bonduel and Clintonville delivered with their season on the line, placing in the top four at the Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional on Monday to qualify for sectionals.

Bonduel’s Madison Kurey and Clintonville’s Allysin Booth each won regional titles while leading their respective teams.

Kurey won the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 11.25 inches. She will also compete at sectionals as a member of the girls 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.

“Placing first in an individual event just shows that hard work really does pay off,” said Kurey. “It makes me happy knowing that I can be successful when I try my best. Taking first at regionals makes my confidence level go up because I know that I can practice and get better to be able to do my best at sectionals.”


Track and field: Several Shawano individuals, two relays qualify for sectionals

The Shawano Community High School track and field team had six individuals and two relay teams qualify for sectionals after placing in the top four at the Division 1 Wisconsin Rapids Regional on Monday.

The highlight of the night for the Hawks came when the girls 4x800-meter relay team of Grace Beyer, Carrie Young, Lydia Beyer and Odessa Arce placed second with a time of 9 minutes, 55.13 seconds.

The time not only qualified the quartet for sectionals, but broke the previous school record of 10:10.23 — which was set back in 2013.

Arce also qualified for sectionals in the 1,600 after placing second in 5:34.12.

Isabel Roloff qualified for sectionals in the 100 and 200. She was second in the 100 (12.96) fourth in the 200 (27.06).

Tori DePerry finished first in the high jump after clearing 5 feet.

Parker Pues also qualified for sectionals in the 100 with a time of 11.26.


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