Sports

Wed
22
Mar

Hawks open season with 3 individual winners

The Shawano track team opened up its season Saturday at the Wausau West Early Bird Invitational with three individual winners.

Senior Tyrell Hesse won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches, while pole vaulters Payden Buck (12-0) and Hannah Wendorff (9-6) each took first in their respective events.

Shawano finished fourth in the boys competition with 74 points, and the girls took sixth.

Wausau West won the boys meet with 264 points. The Wausau West girls also won their meet with 285.5 points.

Shawano sophomore Parker Pues took third place in both the long jump (18-10.25) and triple jump (38-1), earning 12 team points for the Hawks.

Chase Lhotka (5:27.06) and Alice Hoffman (6:52.45) each took third place in the mile.

Sat
18
Mar

Swim club has been helping youngsters for 20 years

Shawano Community Swim Club, having grown to 43 members under the supervision of four coaches, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season.

Shawano Community Swim Club, also known as Shawano Stingrays, was created in 1997. Walberto Colon and a couple other parents decided to step up and coach the swimmers.

“The club becomes a seed bed for excellent athletes, and (they) use tools that they were taught to guide their life, rather than the world dictating their destiny,” Colon said.

Colon has had help along the way, including several coaches that he can depend on. CJ Kane became involved with the club when he swam in high school and has now been an assistant coach for five years and a head coach for one year.

Last year, two more coaches were added to the team. Liz Reed was brought on as another head coach, and Emme Quandt was added as an assistant coach for athletes 7 to 18 years old.

Sat
11
Mar

3 Hawks wrestlers named 2nd-team Bay Conference

Three Shawano wrestlers received honors from the Bay Conference for their performances during the 2016-2017 season.

Ben Carroll, Austin Oreskovic and Aaron Pyawasay were all second-team all-conference selections.

Carroll (18-13) and Oreskovic (20-12) lost in the opening round of competition at the WIAA Division 1 sectional in Kaukauna.

Pyawasay fell ill just before regionals, knocking him out of postseason competition.

New London’s Scott Cook was the conference’s Wrestler of the Year.

Bay Conference

First Team

Trent Francois, West De Pere; Noah Baehnman, Menasha; Zak Nelson, Green Bay United; Austin Vandenplas, Green Bay United; Garret Ruckdashel, New London; Scott Cook, New London; Keenan Graef, West De Pere; Thomas Peters, Seymour; Evan Frisque, West De Pere; Justin Kroll, Seymour; Michael Milquet, West De Pere; Connor Quick, Menasha; Coleman Curran, Green Bay United; Isaac Klarkowski, Green Bay United.

Sat
11
Mar

DePerry named 2nd-team all-Bay

An inexperienced Shawano girls basketball team started off the season well, playing with some of the top teams in the Bay Conference, including the program’s first victory at Xavier since the school joined the conference.

Leading the way for Shawano was a large sophomore class, paced by Tori DePerry, who this week was named to the all-conference second team. She was the only Shawano player named to the squad.

DePerry, the Hawks’ most consistent scoring threat, averaged 12.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She was hobbled by an ankle injury that caused her to miss two games late in the season.

West De Pere, which won the conference at 14-0, had two first-team selections: senior Player of the Year Liz Edinger and junior Brehna Evans.

Bay Conference

First Team

Liz Edinger, West De Pere; Leah Porath, New London; Brehna Evans, West De Pere; Hailey Oskey, Seymour; Jenna Krause, Seymour.

Second Team

Sat
11
Mar

Kietlinski repeats as all-conference selection

For the second consecutive year, Tri-County junior Amber Baehman has been named the Player of the Year in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10.

Bowler junior Reanne Kietlinski, who received her second first-team all-conference selection in the past two years, was unable to break through for the top honor.

Kietlinski was the conference’s leading scorer with 24.5 points per game. Baehman finished by scoring 21 points per contest, and conference-highs with 12.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game for the Penguins, who finished conference play at 18-0.

The Panthers ended the year at 14-9 overall and 12-6 in conference.

Gresham senior forward Sydney Jensen was her team’s lone selection to the all-conference team. Jensen scored 16.6 points per game and finished third in the conference with 9.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats (7-17, 4-14 CWC-10) to earn a spot on the CWC-10 first team.

Sat
11
Mar

Richards, Kohl earn Bay Conference honors

Shawano junior Kaden Richards, one of the top shooters in the Bay Conference and Division 2 statewide, was named a first-team all-conference selection this week.

Richards converted on 50 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Hawks, who finished one game above .500 at 12-11 overall and 9-5 in the Bay Conference.

Richards averaged 12.6 points per game.

Senior forward Austin Kohl, who can also knock down 3s, was a second-team selection.

“(Kohl) is a really good basketball player just given his size and that he can step inside and out,” Shawano head coach Dave Ambrosius said earlier this season. “When you combine him with the rest of the guys you have around him, he really can be an issue.”

Richards will be one of the key players returning for the Hawks next season, joined by guard Cole Nelson and center Dakota Maltbey.

Xavier’s Hunter Plamann was the conference’s Player of the Year.

Bay Conference

First Team

Fri
10
Mar

11-0 run caps comeback for Gresham in final minute


Leader photo by Chris Caporale After fouling out, Gresham senior Neal Cerveny nervously watches teammate Ray Creapeau shoot free throws in the closing seconds of overtime. Creapeau hit both attempts to give the Wildcats a 79-74 lead over Lena with 15 seconds left in Thursday’s WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham junior Drew Haffner defends Lena’s Connor Heise on a drive in the second half of Gresham’s WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal victory Thursday. Haffner posted 13 points.

Gresham overcame an 11-point deficit over the final 37 seconds to force overtime and went on to defeat Lena 79-74 in Thursday’s WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal at Green Bay Preble High School.

With Gresham trailing 68-57, senior Ray Creapeau knocked down a 3, and then a turnover and a layup for Neal Cerveny cut the lead to six. After the Gresham press forced another turnover, Cerveny was fouled draining a deep 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining. He made the free throw to trim the deficit to 68-66.

“Boy, when that all blew up, I just, like I said, I can’t even put it into words yet,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “The effort those guys laid out there. We hit shots when we needed to. We didn’t give up. We kept playing. I think that was just a great high school basketball game.”

Fri
10
Mar

Bohm is CWC-8 honorable mention selection

Bonduel sophomore point guard Parker Bohm was an honorable mention selection to the Central Wisconsin Conference-8 all-conference team announced this week.

Bohm finished second on his team in scoring with 13.7 points per game. He added 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 23 contests.

Junior Bryce Weier led the Bears (5-18, 3-11 CWC-8), whose season ended with a loss to Wabeno/Laona in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal on Feb. 28, with 15.4 points per game.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood, with just two seniors on the roster, earned two spots on the all-conference team: juniors Trevor Groshek (second team) and Cory Fraaza (honorable mention) .

Shiocton’s Nate Schmidt was named the Player of the Year.

Central Wisconsin Conference-8

First Team

Kenny Holz, Iola-Scandinavia; Nate Schmidt, Shiocton; Colton Groholski, Amherst; Mason Wideman, Amherst; Jake Hablewitz, Weyauwega-Fremont; Andrew Blanker, Pacelli.

Thu
09
Mar

High School Digest

THE WEEK AHEAD

BOYS BASKETBALL

Gresham vs. Lena

For the first time in over 30 years, the Gresham boys basketball team advanced out of its regional with a 57-45 victory on Saturday. The win secured a spot in a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal against Lena at 7 p.m. Thursday at Green Bay Preble High School.

The Wildcats (22-3, 17-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) average 71 points per game and give up only 48 points per game. Two of their three losses on the season were to Division 4 opponents, Algoma and Edgar.

Lena (20-5, 14-4 Marinette & Oconto Conference), meanwhile, scores 67 points per game and gives up nearly 56 points. Lena is led by a senior-heavy roster, with guard Connor Heise posting 22.9 points and forward Hunter Borchert adding 16.4 points per game.

Dalton Anderson, Lena’s record holder for 3-pointers made in a career, shot 37 percent from deep on the season.

Thu
09
Mar

The long run: Can Rodgers match Brady’s prolonged reign?

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked recently if he thought that Aaron Rodgers might be able to enjoy the same late-career success as Tom Brady.

Last month Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, became the oldest player (39) to compete in a Super Bowl, where he led the biggest comeback win in the game’s 51-year history. It was his record fifth Super Bowl title and the second time he’d won after the age of 37.

McCarthy said, correctly, that given some good fortune along the way it was entirely possible for Rodgers to continue at a peak level for the next six or seven years.

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