Turnovers help Gresham push tempo

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Neal Cerveny (21) gets fouled by Port Edwards junior Ian Gibbs in the second half of Gresham’s win at home Friday. Cerveny scored a game-high 23 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Drew Haffner looks for Justice Paiser as he cuts to the basket late in Gresham’s 55-38 victory over Port Edwards at home Friday. The Wildcats used a 17-2 run in the second half to pull away.

Port Edwards made the Gresham boys basketball team play at a slow pace for 22 minutes Friday night.

Then the Wildcats forced three consecutive turnovers in a matchup zone that broke open the game as the hosts remained perfect in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 play with a 55-38 victory.

“The matchup zone that we ended up settling into and playing the rest of the game really disturbed their tempo and got them sped up and out of what they wanted to do, and obviously busted the game open,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “Credit to the guys. That adjustment is not something we do a lot of, but it worked well for us tonight.”

Senior Neal Cerveny scored a game-high 23 points, including 13 in the second half, for Gresham.


High School Highlights

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School guard Kennedy Klemens defends Green Bay East’s Ja’Staria Brantley in the first half of Shawano’s 61-49 victory at home Friday.

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School junior Kristina Wynos dribbles past Green Bay East’s Katie McDonald during the second half of Shawano’s 61-49 home victory Friday.


Weyauwega-Fremont 78

Bonduel 67

Junior guard Wyatt Erb scored a team-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in Bonduel’s loss at home Friday night.

Guard Cole Letter pitched in 14 points for Bonduel (2-9, 0-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Parker Bohm and Dalton Cairns each reached double figures with 11 points for Bonduel.

Shiocton 68

Witt-Birn 55

Trevor Groshek led Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 18 points, but the Chargers could not pull off a comeback after falling behind 40-18 in the first half Friday night.

Marr Kapitz scored 15 points and Cory Fraaza 10 points for Wittenberg-Birnamwood (5-6, 1-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Marinette 69

Clintonville 57

Nathan Krueger scored a game-high 12 points to go with his 12 rebounds, but Clintonville lost at home Friday.


Early surge pushes Panthers to 51-28 victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bowler High School junior guard Reanne Kietlinski runs a fastbreak in the first half of the Panthers’ road victory over Menominee Indian. Kietlinski scored a game-high 27 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Autumn Chevalier passes the ball past the outstretched hand of Bowler’s Jodi Wolf in the second half of MIHS’s 51-28 loss at home Thursday.

A sluggish start for the Bowler girls basketball team finally ended as junior guard Reanne Kietlinski scored five points in the final 15 seconds of the first half to double up Menominee Indian at the break.

The run continued in the second half, as Kietlinski scored a game-high 27 points, allowing Bowler to coast to a 51-28 road victory in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 action Thursday.

“We lost focus completely, just didn’t know time. Crowd was yelling to shoot it, got a little flustered and threw the ball away and then didn’t hustle back on defense,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said of the end of the first half. “Just two lack of focused plays at the end of the half that came back to be huge.”

Leading 24-12, Bowler scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half before Kietlinski went back to work.


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Shawano 54

New London 38

Junior guard Kaden Richards scored a team-high 19 points as Shawano won on the road Thursday.

Senior forward Austin Kohl added 10 points for Shawano (4-7, 3-2 Bay Conference).

The Hawks made all five of their free-throw attempts in the contest.


Wild Rose 50

Marion 38

Tessa Brei posted eight points and three rebounds as Marion lost at home Thursday.

Abby Polzin pitched in six points and five assists for Marion (4-8, 3-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-10), which also got six points and four steals from Emily Sawall.


Green Bay United 36

Shawano 31

Shawano won six of the eight matches but gave up four forfeits that turned the match in favor of the visitors.

Ben Carroll (120 pounds) and Sam Tourtilott (170 pounds) each pinned their United opponents.


Boldt, Banker looking to break record

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt, right, reached 100 wins last week in a dual meet at home, and teammate Jacob Banker reached the same mark one night later. The two are aiming for Ben Tauchen’s school record of 168 wins.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt, left, reached 100 wins last week in a dual meet at home, and teammate Jacob Banker reached the same mark one night later. The two are aiming for Ben Tauchen’s school record of 168 wins.

One hundred sixty-eight wins.

It’s the Bonduel High School record held by Ben Tauchen for the most wrestling victories, but juniors Jordan Boldt and Jacob Banker have it in their sights.

The two juniors each reached 100 career victories last week.

Boldt, the 25th wrestler in Bonduel history to reach triple figures, reached the milestone on Jan. 12 in a home dual meet with Rosholt. Banker recorded his 100th the following night by winning all three of his matches at a multi-dual in Bonduel. Boldt, meanwhile, also posted three more wins to raise his total to 103.

“I knew from Day 1 when they walked into our wrestling room as freshmen that they were going to be impact wrestlers for us,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “I’m not surprised that they’ve got 100 wins midway through their junior year.”

Banker convinced Boldt to join the wrestling program in second grade, and the two have pushed each other to be the best ever since.


Win streak at 8, Packers steam into NFC title clash

While most employees of National Football League teams are headlong into their offseason pursuits, the three players in the running for the league’s most valuable player award are all, not coincidentally, still working.

New England quarterback Tom Brady is given an outside shot to win the MVP, while Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is the current favorite and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is somewhere in between.

Ryan and Rodgers as MVP hopefuls gives an added luster to Sunday’s NFC championship game in Atlanta, and the anticipated fireworks from two great offenses will be justly billed to the hilt.

Of course, the MVP vote is of little consequence next to the import of Sunday’s game. The Packers, a struggling 4-6 team on Nov. 20, are one game away from the Super Bowl.


High School Digest


Boys Basketball

Gresham vs. Port Edwards

The Wildcats, who are atop the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 at 7-0, will have to maintain their high level of play against a top-three conference opponent at home Friday.

A conference championship is just the beginning of the goals for Gresham (8-2, 7-0 CWC-10) this winter, and a victory on Friday would give the team some breathing room between it and the rest of the conference. Almond-Bancroft (8-2, 5-1 CWC-10) would be one of the few teams remaining with a shot to knock the Wildcats off the top spot.

Port Edwards (6-3, 4-2 CWC-10) is led by brothers Ian and Addison Gibbs, both guards, who combine to score nearly 39 points per game. The Wildcats have three players scoring more than 10 points per game each in Neal Cerveny, Drew Haffner and Todd Otradovec.

Girls Basketball

Bonduel vs. Wittenberg-Birnamwood


Zierden wins snowmobile world championship

Contributed Photo Shawano resident Jim Zierden finished first in the 340 Masters and third in the Seniors 340 class at last weekend’s AMS Oil World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River.

Jim Zierden, a lifelong Shawano resident, won the 340 Masters snowmobile race class of 40 competitors in Eagle River on Sunday.

The AMS Oil World Championship Snowmobile Derby included over 600 entries in the third-mile oval racing, including a racer from Norway in the 340 Masters snowmobile class.

Zierden, who races in seven competitions over the two-month season, also finished in third place in the Senior 340 class.

“It just seems like you have that racing in your blood and it’s almost kind of like a disease,” Zierden said.

Zierden, 64, started competitive snowmobile racing at the age of 18 but gave it up after seven seasons. He got into snowmobile drag racing about 15 years ago before returning to oval racing at the age of 57.

Zierden practices on a third-mile track he created on the north side of Shawano Lake.


High School Highlights


Eagles 4th at Clintonville invite

Leander Moon, who took first place at the 195-pound weight class, was Menominee Indian’s lone champion as the Eagles fourth place out of 13 teams at the Clintonville Trucker Invitational on Saturday.

The Eagles had three second-place finishers: heavyweight Alenex Warrington, 220-pounder Kyle Komanekin and 182-pounder Darius Wayka.

Senior Antonio Mahkimetas finished third at 160 pounds, and five other wrestlers each finished the day in the top six.


Last day of archery hunting a cold tradition

Were you sitting in a deer stand or blind on Sunday?

Like so many other archery season last-hurrahs, I found myself in my ground blind, holding my crossbow and hoping I wouldn’t lose my toes to frostbite.

I had the small Mr. Heater going, and ended up crossing my legs, one by one, so I could slow-roast the bottoms of my oversized Hodgman boots until I could again feel my toes. The rank stench of baking rubber filled my ground blind, but at that point, I didn’t care if my boots started to flame. It had been a long time since I was that cold.

I found out later that Sunday afternoon’s temperatures hovered around 11 or 12 degrees. As the minutes ticked away on my last chances for venison, I realized that even if a deer came in crossbow range, I’d have a horrible time trying to field-dress it in the bitter cold.

I quit a few minutes early, feeling warmer in my toes as I walked slowly to the minivan.


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