Ward, DePerry carry Hawks through regional victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry gets fouled while driving into the Wausau East defense Tuesday night in Shawano. DePerry posted a game-high 22 points in her first game back from an ankle injury, and the Hawks posted a 79-73 win.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Carrie Young fights through contact for an attempted layup in the second half of the Hawks’ 79-73 victory at home Tuesday.

Shawano made five of its six free throws down the stretch and held Wausau East scoreless over the final minute, until a last-second 3-pointer, to outlast the Lumberjacks, 79-73, Tuesday night.

Shawano got 22 points each from sophomores Kayla Ward, including 15 in the first half, and Tori DePerry, including 14 in the second half, in its WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal home win.

“Lately, I would say in the last three, four weeks, this is the best we’ve played,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “We’ve got our whole team back.”

Shawano was without starters DePerry and Hannah Wendorff, who were both fighting injuries, over the closing weeks of the season. Both made it back to action just in time for the playoffs.

“It’s just a matter of getting the rust off,” Koenig said. “It’s good they got the rust off in the first half, and hopefully we’ve got a game under our belt.”


Banker, Mahkimetas punch tickets to state in wrestling

Photo by Rich Montour Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt wrestles against Weyauwega-Fremont’s Justin Kempf in the wrestlebacks at the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet at Shawano Community High School on Saturday. Kempf won a 3-0 decision, ending Boldt’s season one match short of state.

Junior Jacob Banker was the only Bonduel High School wrestler at Saturday’s sectional meet at Shawano Community High School to qualify for the WIAA Division 3 state tournament this week.

Banker, for the second time in as many weeks, lost a close match to Coleman’s Jordan Blanchard in the 170-pound title match. Blanchard (36-3) earned a 3-1 sudden victory over Banker (32-5).

Banker advanced as the second-place finisher by rule over Stratford’s Kade Ehrike.

Fellow junior Jordan Boldt, who was looking to advance to the state tournament for the third time, lost a 6-4 decision to Pittsville’s Matthew Grossman in the 120-pound semifinal.

In the wrestlebacks, Boldt defeated Florence/Niagara’s Tristen Mascarette in a major decision but dropped a 3-0 decision to Weyauwega-Fremont’s Justin Kempf to finish in fourth place.

The top three advance to state.


Hawks cheer qualifies for state

The Shawano Community High School cheer team qualified for state in the Coed Small team division and with its stunt group.

The state competition takes place Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The Hawks advanced based on their performance at Saturday’s Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Northern Regional in Waupaca.

Shawano finished third in its division behind Winneconne and Hudson.

The stunt group of Harrison Sturcyz, Taylor Hodkiewicz and Danny Braatz took third in the stunt group competition, trailing only the teams from Winneconne and Eau Claire Memorial.

The team is scheduled to perform at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, with the stunt group going at 6:40 p.m.


High School Highlights

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School junior Kaden Richards goes up for a layup during Saturday’s 59-45 victory over Mosinee. Richards was one of 11 Hawks to score in the game.


Bonduel 69

Wabeno/Laona 27

Senior forward Hayley Sorenson scored a game-high 20 points as Bonduel won at home Tuesday in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal.

Emily Sorenson added 13 points and five assists for the Bears (17-6, 9-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Senior Becca Carpenter grabbed nine rebounds, and point guard Danee Collier chipped in eight assists.

Edgar 65

Menominee Indian 40

Faith Munson tallied 11 points and teammate Alyssa Corn added seven, but Menominee Indian lost Tuesday on the road in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal.

The Eagles (8-15, 6-12 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) made just 5 of 14 free throws, while Edgar was 14 of 27 from the line.

Menominee Indian trailed 33-13 at the break before hanging with the Wildcats over the final 18 minutes.

Northland Pines 62

Clintonville 33


Hawks relay team sets school mark at state

Above the Fold Media Shawano Community High School senior Griffin Rades swims a leg in the 200-yard medley relay Friday at the WIAA Division 2 state meet in Madison. Rades competed in four events as the Hawks finished in 22nd place.

Above the Fold Media Shawano Community High School senior Nathan Kane swims a leg in the 200-yard medley relay Friday at the WIAA Division 2 state meet in Madison. The Hawks placed 14th, about two seconds from a top-10 finish.

The Shawano Community High School seniors had a proper sendoff Friday.

In their final meet for the Hawks swim team, Griffin Rades and Tyler Buerman re-entered their names into the school’s record book, joining Chase Lhotka and Jeffrey Green to improve on the 200-yard freestyle relay mark they set just weeks earlier.

The quartet finished the event at the WIAA Division 2 state finals Friday with a time of 1 minute, 34.56 seconds to place 13th. Their time was 0.13 seconds better than the one earlier this month that broke a school record that was in place for over a decade.

The event win went to Monona Grove (1:25.91), as did many others. The Silver Eagles won six swim events and had Division 2’s top diver to finish with 381 points and the state title. Ashwaubenon (232) was second. Grafton (208), Edgewood (174) and Cedarburg (169) completed the top five. The Hawks were 22nd in the team standings with 21 points.


Kietlinski continues to frustrate CWC-10 defenses

Leader File Photo Bowler High School junior guard Reanne Kietlinski continues to add to her school scoring record, which she broke back on Jan. 24. With a few games remaining this season and her entire senior season ahead of her, 2,000 career points is in her sights as one of the top-20 scorers in state history.

Since she started playing for Bowler High School, Reanne Kietlinski has been finding ways to score consistently.

Halfway through her junior campaign, Kietlinski broke Taylor Rosinski’s school career scoring record, set in 2010. Rosinski’s mark of 1,258 points fell on Jan. 24, and Kietlinski now sits at 1,430 career points with the playoffs and a senior season still ahead of her.

“Right now, as Reanne is facing a lot of triangle-and-twos and box-and-ones, it’s almost like tackle football out there trying to keep her away from the ball,” Bowler head coach AJ Miller said.

Kietlinski, who finished second in Player of the Year voting in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 last season to Tri-County’s Amber Baehman, leads the conference in scoring with 24.8 points per game.


Shawano makes final preparations for cheer regionals

Contributed Photo The Shawano Community High School cheer team is making its final preparations for Saturday’s Northern Regional at Waupaca High School. A top-three finish would advance the team to state the following weekend.

The Shawano cheer team started its season with back-to-back top-two performances in January but slipped to fourth in its latest competition last weekend at Kettle Moraine High School.

The team is still confident heading into Saturday’s Northern Regional at Waupaca High School.

“They did really well. It’s a new scoresheet that they’re learning,” Shawano coach Mary Kast said. “They hit their entire routine. We had very few stumbles in that routine. They came off very confident.”

The Hawks, which are down to 20 athletes, including two guys, will compete in the Small Coed division of the regional, a change from last season in which it had nine males and a roster of 24 to compete in the larger division.

The change in roster has also required the team to become more technically sound, especially in the lifts and stunts. Kast said the team began practicing the maneuvers last summer to be ready for the competition season.


Bears romp in regular season finale

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson passes to a teammate in the first half of Thursday’s 55-24 home victory over Manawa. Sorenson tallied a game-high 11 points to go with seven steals.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kailee Pedersen dribbles baseline to get behind the Manawa defense in the first half of Bonduel’s win Thursday. Pedersen posted seven first-half points as the Bears jumped ahead 28-9 at the break and won 55-24 at home.

Forcing turnovers and crashing the offensive rebounds allowed the Bonduel girls basketball team to dominate Manawa at home Thursday night, 55-24.

Bonduel finished the regular season in a tie with Shiocton for third place in the Central Wisconsin Conference-8. Amherst and Wittenberg-Birnamwood each went 13-1 in CWC-8 play and tied for the conference title.

The Bears (15-6, 8-5 CWC-8) used a 16-0 run, led by Kailee Pedersen’s seven points and Emily Sorenson’s five points over eight minutes in the first half, to pull ahead 17-2.

Becca Carpenter had an offensive rebound and putback, and Brynn Reinke added a fastbreak layup during the stretch.

“I told them it was very important to be fundamentally sound tonight,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said.


High School Highlights


Lux-Casco 74

Clintonville 49

Nathan Krueger and Tyler Petermann each tallied 19 points to lead Clintonville in Thursday’s home loss.

The Truckers (10-10, 7-9 North Eastern Conference) shot 39 percent from the field and allowed the Spartans to make half of their shots.

Clintonville gave up 44 first-half points before slowing Luxemburg-Casco down in the second half for 30 points.

Witt-Birn 74

Manawa 41

Cory Fraaza scored a game-high 20 points and Matt Kapitz chipped in 17 as Wittenberg-Birnamwood won at home on Thursday.

The Chargers (10-9, 5-6 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) used a 39-point first-half to take a commanding lead.

Fraaza added 16 rebounds, and Teagon Lehmen grabbed 11 boards in the win.


New London 55

Shawano 42

Sophomore forward Kayla Ward posted 11 points to lead Shawano in Thursday’s road loss.


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These days, perhaps owing to the lineup of underachievers they consistently run out at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks have added an element of circus to their entertainment product – minus the trapeze, the elephants and the guy with a shovel behind the elephants.

One of the league’s most disappointing franchises over the past several decades had already been keeping company with the bottom feeders of the Eastern Conference when it went off the deep end last week.


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