Bay Conference girls swim and tennis honors

Editor’s note: Other Bay Conference awards were published in an earlier publication.

Bay Conference

Girls swim

Clintonville High School

Jordan Tellock, Allison Graper, Sami Smejkal and Taylor Davies received honorable mention in the 200-yard medley relay.

Briann Foth secured the all-conference first team spot for the 200-yard freestyle.

Allison Graper earned honorable mention in the 200-yard IM and made the second team in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Taylor Davies received honorable mention in the 50-yard freestyle and made the second team in the 100-yard freestyle.

Sami Smejkal landed on the second team for the 100-yard butterfly and received honorable mention in the 100-yard backstroke.

Taylor Davies, Briann Foth, Sami Smejkal and Allison Graper made the all-conference first team in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School


Rebuilding season put Shawano/Bonduel on road to sectionals

Photo by Sharon Hanson The Shawano/Bonduel High School girls swim team heads to WIAA Division 1 sectionals on Saturday. The sectionals team includes, from left, Rebeca Lewandowski, Ashauntee Smith, Emily Thornock, Brittney Angeli, Nicole Thornock, Lydia Colon, Isabel Colon, Macy Monfils, Elizabeth Dillenburg, Madi Hanson, Lily Herrmann, Hannah Wendorff and Peyton Hrabik.

The Shawano/Bonduel High School girls swim team heads to WIAA Division 1 sectionals on Saturday following a rebuilding season filled with personal bests.

“It’s amazing to see how much time everybody has dropped,” coach Sharon Hanson said. “Oftentimes, you see it in new swimmers, but all of the kids are dropping significant time. Between our final two meets, we had swimmers still shaving off 10 seconds. I kind of expected it with a newer team, but they exceeded my expectations by far.”

The team is losing seven senior varsity swimmers next year, so Hanson used this season to establish her younger team members.


Athlete of the Week: Kara Troxel

Photo by Kristine Stoll Bonduel High School freshman Kara Troxel finished fifth overall at the WIAA Division 3 state meet on Oct. 28 with a time of 19 minutes, 40.59 seconds.

Athlete: Kara Troxel

Sport: Cross-country

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Freshman

Kara Troxel led the Bears’ girls cross-country team at the WIAA Division 3 state meet with a fifth-place overall finish in 19 minutes, 40.59 seconds, and helped her team place seventh. She also finished second overall at the sectional meet. Just a freshman, Troxel was ranked 12th out of over 400 runners in the division this year.

Q Where did your interest in running begin?

A My interest in running began in elementary school around fourth grade when we had running club, and my gym teacher, Mrs. Naparella, told me that I would be go0d at it and I should sign up for cross-country when I’m older.

Q What’s your favorite part about cross-country?

A My favorite part is trying to beat people in a sprint-out in the final stretch of the race and getting the medals.


Bonduel grad continues running career at UWSP

Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen Bonduel High School graduate Travis Wollenberg continues his cross-country career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He graduated from Bonduel in 2015 and was a two-time state cross-country qualifier for the Bears.

When Travis Wollenberg enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in fall 2015, he planned on just running on the track and field team.

Wollenberg became such good friends with his teammates who were not just running in track, but also in cross-country, that he thought he’d go out for cross-country the next year.

“He had a little bit of success during the track season, which helped,” UWSP cross-country head coach Brett Witt said.

Wollenberg is glad he added cross-country to his college resume.

“It was a good decision, I’ll say that for sure,” said Wollenberg, who’s a 2015 graduate of Bonduel High School. “My freshman year I was just kind of like, ‘I don’t know.’ I wasn’t the fastest in high school, but once I made the team I fit in with everyone else.”

As a freshman in 2016, Wollenberg ran in four races and clocked his best time (27:36.8) and finish (15th) at the Oshkosh Open.


Packers look to break through behind Hundley

The halfway point of the season is too soon to call any game a must-win.

Isn’t it?

You would have been laughed out of the conversation last year if you suggested the Green Bay Packers were toast when they fell to 4-4.

The grim footnote is that when they were 4-4 last November, their quarterback was Aaron Rodgers. As it worked out, they were still in it at 4-6.

The years-old debate of whether Rodgers or New England’s Tom Brady is the NFL’s best quarterback has centered on one or the other being not only the best active QB, but the best ever.

Who’s better is a subjective argument, at their level, but Rodgers is unquestionably more valuable to his team. He won’t win the MVP award this year, of course, but with the exception of Lebron James, Rodgers is more valuable to his team than any other athlete in professional sports.


Menominee Indian’s Waukau co-player of year in MONLPC

Editor’s note: Bay and Central Wisconsin Conference awards were featured in Saturday’s publication.

Menominee Indian’s Meshaen Waukau was selected co-offensive player of the year as the MONLPC released its conference honorees.

The senior running back also clinched a spot on the all-conference first team.

“It was a great feeling being told I won the those awards,” Waukau said. “I put in so much time and effort in the offseason working out every day and going to camps. It wasn’t my goal to make first team; my goal coming into the season was to hit 2,000 rushing yards and it stung when I heard I came up 63 yards short, so getting the honor caught me by surprise.”

Waukau led the conference and state with 1,937 rushing yards and holds almost every rushing record in the school’s history. He scored 18 touchdowns and 12 two-point conversions on the season, and accounted for 348 passing yards with four touchdowns.


Bonduel honors fall athletes at banquet

Bonduel High School had the chance Monday to honor athletes who participated in fall sports.

The banquet included highlights from the season, with the cross-country, football, volleyball and girls golf teams all making the postseason.


The Bears football team ended second in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large, losing only to top teams Amherst and Stratford.

Bonduel (8-2, 8-1 CWC) clinched the No. 4 seed in the WIAA Division 5 playoffs, but fell to Stratford in the first round.

“When you play very talented and well-coached teams like Amherst and Stratford, you have to go play four quarters of solid football,” head coach James Westrich said. “In both games we gave up too many momentum plays and we couldn’t come back from them.”

The teams 11 seniors were a special group for Westrich.


Troxel finishes 5th at state meet

Photo by Diane Schnell Bonduel High School girls cross-country team placed seventh at the WIAA Division 3 state meet at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. Runners are, from left, Breanna Schnell, Kara Troxel, Ashlyn Schnell, Erin Timler, Katlin Thompson, Abby Owen and Madison Kurey.

Freshman Kara Troxel placed fifth overall out of 151 runners, the Bonduel High School girls cross-country team finished seventh and the boys placed 15th on Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 state meet at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Dodgeland won the girls title, followed by Lancaster and Marshall. Durand won the boys team title, with Darlington second and Rosholt third.

Troxel completed the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 40.59 seconds.

“It felt really good inside to do so well at state,” Troxel said. “I was just really happy about being a freshman and going to state and I was shocked that we were going as a team. It was really cold this year and very hilly, but we all pushed through it. I’m so proud of all of the runners for how hard they ran.”


Athlete of the Week: Dani Huntington

Contributed Photo Gresham High School senior Dani Huntington is Central Wisconsin Conference-North’s player of the year and landed a spot on all-conference first team.

Athlete: Dani Huntington

Sport: Volleyball

School: Gresham High School

Position: Setter

Year: Senior

Dani Huntington clinched the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Player of the Year award and landed a spot on the all-conference first team. The Wildcats made it to the WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinals, which the school hadn’t reached in 26 years. Huntington played all four years at Gresham.

Q Where did your interest in playing volleyball begin?

A I started playing volleyball in sixth grade. I always knew it was my favorite sport. I loved learning new skills and playing competitively.

Q How does it feel making the postseason your final year?

A Making it this far my senior year is amazing. It shows how much the seniors love the sport and how much we want to keep playing with each other.

Q What is your favorite memory of playing Gresham volleyball?


High School Scoreboard


Bay Conference championship

Team scores: 1. Sturgeon Bay, 380; 2. Seymour, 309; 3. Clintonville, 206; 4. New London, 180; 5. Shawano, 107; 6. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 90; 7. Marinette, 11.

W-B: Lauren Bahr, conference champion in 100 backstroke (1:07.3), 5th in 100 freestyle (1:00.1); Christina Thrun, 4th in 200 IM (2:31.16), 5th in 500 freestyle (6:05.13); Olivia Curley, 11th in 100 freestyle 1:06.26, 15th in 100 backstroke (1:18.90); Crysta Stennett, 12th in 100 breaststroke (1:28.12), 21st in 50 freestyle (32.7); team placed 4th in 200 freestyle relay (1:56.43) and 5th in 200 medley relay (2:09.70).


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