Packers hope visiting Bengals are the Rx to get well

After knocking off the NFC preseason favorite Seattle Seahawks in the opener, the Green Bay Packers established themselves as one of the teams — if not the team — to beat in the conference.

In the wake of their Week 2 loss in Atlanta, it was clear that the Packers can’t stop anyone with a good offense, and prospects for a winning season are bleak.

Tucked somewhere between the preceding decrees is reality, which is that at 1-1 the Packers are a game behind Detroit in the NFC North heading into Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

The binary approach to assessing who’s good and who’s bad after one game is never reliable – but that stops neither the rose-colored-glass crowd nor the Chicken Littles from pronouncing the season a success or a bust.


New London tops Shawano/Bonduel

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano/Bonduel junior Jenne Dreyer swims in the 200 individual medley during Tuesday’s loss against New London.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano/Bonduel junior Tatiana Kunschke prepares for the 200 medley relay during Tuesday’s loss against New London.

Despite an injured knee, Shawano freshman Macy Monfils led the Shawano/Bonduel swim team in her two individual events against New London on Tuesday.

Monfils placed third in the meet’s longest event, the 500 freestyle, and fourth in the 200 individual medley.

New London topped Shawano/Bonduel, which is without its top two swimmers due to injury, 112-58, but the hosts managed to win three events.

Senior Nicole Thornock (1 minute, 19.10 seconds) edged New London’s Lindsey Standerfer (1:19.17) in the 100 backstroke. Madi Hanson finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.19, and Thornock, Madi Hanson, Peyton Hrabik and Wendorff took first in the 200 medley relay at 2:13.60.

Monfils took on the 500 for the first time Tuesday, finishing in 7:53.24 — 1:33 behind New London first-place finisher Ellie Ott.


Gresham wins in close match

It looked grim for Gresham, but then the seniors stepped up big.

Down 9-3 in the fifth set against Tigerton, Gresham coach Tim Wild called a timeout to get his girls regrouped.

“I just told them it’s up to them,” he said. “They’ve got to go out there and got to want it more and play to the end. It’s not over until that last point is scored.”

The girls responded by scoring 12 of the set’s final 15 points en route to a 15-12 victory. That gave Gresham a five-set win (18-25, 25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 15-12) in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North showdown Tuesday at Gresham.

“We knew it was going to be close,” Wild said. “We played them in the summer – very evenly matched teams. It just came down to wanting it in the end.”

It’s early in the conference schedule, but both teams came into the match with 2-0 records.

Tigerton (6-6, 2-1 CWC) led 9-3 in the fifth set, but after Wild’s timeout, the Gresham players settled in.


High School Highlights


Hawks win tourney in Clintonville

Shawano swept five teams to take first place at the Clintonville Invitational on Saturday.

The Hawks beat St. Mary’s Catholic 25-15, 25-22; Clintonville 25-16, 25-20; Valders 25-15, 25-13; Eastbrook Academy 25-11, 25-6; and Abbotsford 25-16, 25-20.

“The girls keep showing up day-in and day-out, working hard,” head coach Breanna Young said. “We are super proud of them. They set big goals at the beginning of their season and they continue accomplishing their goals and pushing their limits. This weekend was a great team effort all around.”


High School Scoreboard


Sept. 15

Lena/STAA 35, Bowler/Gresham 8

BG: Landan Kroening 10 carries for 22 yards, 3 of 11 passing for 34 yards, 1 interception; Lane Schultz, 11 carries for 65 yards; Logan Thiex, 6 carries for 22 yards; Noah Bestul, 10 carries for 36 yards; Ezra Spencer, 2 carries for 9 yards; Nathan Montez, 2 catches for 27 yards.

North Eastern Conference

Team NEC Overall

Wrightstown 4-0 5-0

Fox Valley Lutheran 4-1 4-1

Freedom 3-1 4-1

Luxemburg-Casco 3-1 3-2

Little Chute 3-2 3-2

Denmark 2-3 2-3

Marinette 1-3 1-4

Oconto Falls 0-4 0-5

Clintonville 0-5 0-5


Bonduel falls to Amherst in CWC showdown

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Jordan Boldt celebrates a touchdown during Friday’s 47-20 loss to Amherst.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Elijah Mastey runs the ball during Friday’s 47-20 loss to Amherst.

Amherst secured the lead in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large with a 47-20 road win over Bonduel on Friday.

The Bears’ defense couldn’t contain Amherst quarterback Marcus Glodowski, who ran for five touchdowns and 203 yards for the two-time defending state champions.

“Marcus (Glodowski) was special tonight,” Amherst head coach Mark Lusic said. “He bailed us out when we needed it. He was crucial in rushing and getting those touchdowns.”

Bonduel (4-1, 2-1 CWC) dominated defensively in the first half, forcing three turnovers — one of which led to an Elijah Mastey touchdown run.

Amherst’s offense was able to make up for the mistakes.

Amherst (4-1, 3-0 CWC) ran for 221 yards; Bonduel had 151. The Falcons also topped the Bears in passing yards, 195-165.


High School Highlights


Wausaukee 48

Menominee Indian 12

Four fumbles proved costly as Menominee Indian fell, 48-12, to Wausaukee at home Friday.

Menominee Indian fumbled inside the Wausaukee 20-yard line twice in the first half, and all four fumbles happened on the Rangers’ side of the field.

“We were able to move the ball very well on the ground,” Eagles coach Chris Clache said, “but we could not come back from the turnovers.”

Menominee Indian rushed for 335 yards. Meshaen Waukau gained 182 yards on 26 carries. Norman Kakwitch had 79 yards on 11 carries. Waukau and Kakwitch each scored TDs.

Darius Wayka led the Eagles in receptions with two for 27 yards.


High School Scoreboard


Little Chute 40, Clintonville 6

C: Kyle Finger, 15 of 30 passes for 159 yards and one TD; Bailey Tate, 5 receptions for 71 yards; Jason Bilek 3 receptions for 45 yards and one TD. Clintonville rushed for 2 yards on seven carries.


Seymour defeats Shawano 27-9

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School junior Crede Timm gets a reception during the Hawks’ 27-9 loss to Seymour on Friday.

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School junior Roman Purull runs the ball during Shawano’s 27-9 loss to Seymour on Friday.

Seymour rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Shawano 27-9 in Bay Conference play Friday at Shawano.

Shawano scored all of its points in the first quarter and led 9-0 at halftime.

“We played a really good first half and then Seymour stepped up and gained momentum,” Shawano head coach Alan Tomow said. “Seymour made some adjustments after half and we just weren’t able to stop them.”

The Hawks (2-4, 2-4 Bay) rushed for 160 yards in the first half but only 45 in the second.

Shawano quarterback Jarrett Laatsch rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries and was 3 of 6 passing for 19 yards.

“It seemed like we were playing a step slower and let our guard down,” Tomow said. “We made some mistakes to give them the lead and then didn’t bounce back.”

Tomow said the mistakes included being outplayed by the offensive line of Seymour (3-2, 3-1 Bay).


New London tops Shawano, 6-1

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School No. 1 doubles player Sydney Steinbach hits a volley against New London on Thursday. Steinbach and her partner, Lydia Williams, won 6-3, 6-2, for Shawano’s only win of the day.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School No. 1 singles player Kaleigh Zoll serves against New London on Thursday. Zoll lost, 1-6, 0-6, to Kate Christian.

New London topped Shawano 6-1 in a Bay Conference match Thursday in Shawano.

“They’re always tough,” Shawano coach Matt Zoll said. “They’ve got a a good program and we have a fairly inexperienced team, so despite the loss I’m proud of how hard our girls have worked this year to be able to come out and win some games on them.”

The No. 1 doubles pair, Sydney Steinbach and Lydia Williams, clinched the Hawks’ sole win, 6-3, 6-2.

“That’s the best we’ve ever played together,” Williams said. “We tried for every point there. We were ready to take them on again.”

Williams said a tough win over New London, 6-4, 6-4, earlier this season motivated the Shawano duo to be more competitive Thursday.

The seniors both played singles last year. They thought making the switch to doubles would improve their game. The move has paid off with seven victories in 10 matches.


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