3 Chargers advance to sectionals

Three Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School wrestlers posted first- and second-place finishes Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 regional in Weyauwega to advance to sectionals.

Behind a first-place finish from Will Urquhart and second-place finishes from Pierson Potrykus and Allen Uttecht, the Chargers earned 147 points to place fourth in the seven-team regional, won by host Weyauwega-Fremont, which also qualified for team sectionals.

“Pleased with how we wrestled as a whole,” Witt-Birn coach Troy Ostrowski said. “Very proud of our whole team this year. Win or lose, they wrestled their hearts out.”

After placing first at the Central Wisconsin Conference tournament a week earlier, Urquhart faced familiar CWC foes in the 145-pound weight class Saturday.

After receiving a bye as the top seed, Urquhart pinned Shiocton’s Parker Moder in 2 minutes, 44 seconds to reach the final. He won the title with a tight 3-2 decision over Weyauwega-Fremont’s Logan Kicherer.


8 Bears qualify for sectionals

Led by eight sectional-qualifying wrestlers, Bonduel turned in a second-place team finish in the Division 3 Coleman Regional at Coleman High School on Saturday.

Bonduel earned 203.5 points on the day, finishing only behind Coleman, which scored 337 points and qualified for team sectionals.

Isaac Banker (182) and Jacob Giese (195) each placed first for Bonduel, taking advantage of their double byes. In his lone match of the day, Banker pinned Coleman’s Cole Klimek in just 1 minute, 52 seconds. In his only match, Giese pinned Coleman’s Jonathon Bieber in just 39 seconds.

Gavin Bougie (106), Luis Lagunes (113), Jayson Toellner (120), Max Sokolski (126), Moises Lagunes (152) and Colin Ewing (160) all placed second for the Bears.

Wrestling against just one other wrestler at 106 pounds, Bougie was guaranteed a spot at sectionals before even taking the mat. He was pinned in his lone match of the day.


Six Hawks advance to sectionals

Coming off the high from winning its first-ever Bay Conference title, the Shawano wrestling team had a bit of a letdown Saturday while competing in the Division 1 Antigo Regional at Antigo High School.

While the team had six individual wrestlers place in the top four in their respective weight classes to earn spots at sectionals, Shawano finished the day with just 100.5 points to place seventh out of eight teams.

“We did not wrestle well today,” Shawano coach Mike Homan said. “The majority of the day was tough wrestling, and we did not perform well under the pressure. As a team, we need to get back to being aggressive — working for hand control, scoring out of the bottom position and finishing close matches. As a team, we finished well below the goal we set for ourselves (of placing in the top three). We have work to do.”


Regional wrestling, sectional swimming results

Here is a look at which local wrestlers advanced to sectionals:

Antigo Regional


First-place finishers: none

Second-place finishers: Wyatt Brandt (106); Ben Carroll (145).

Third-place finishers: Gage Timm (152); Keith Tourtillott (220).

Fourth-place finishers: Sam Tourtillott (195); Nick Kohn (285).

Team scores: 1. Ashwaubenon 195.5; 2. Pulaski 181.5; 3. Green Bay Preble 157; 4. Bay Port 156.5; 5. De Pere 134.5; 6. Antigo 133; 7. Shawano 100.5; 8. Green Bay United 62.

Coleman Regional


First-place finishers: Isaac Banker (182); Jacob Giese (195).

Second-place finishers: Gavin Bougie (106); Luis Lagunes (113); Jayson Toellner (120); Max Sokolski (126); Moises Lagunes (152); Colin Ewing (160).

Menominee Indian

First-place finishers: none

Second-place finishers: Morgun Fish (145); Hunter Connahvichnah (220).


Teams ready to hit mat for regionals

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Keith Tourtillott, top, wrestles Seymour’s Zach Gerhardt back on Jan. 6. Tourtillott is one of several Hawks wrestlers hoping to advance past regionals on Saturday.

After months of hard work at practice, tough matchups in duals and long afternoons at invitationals, wrestlers around the state are ready to prove their worth at regionals Saturday.

Five local teams will take part in four different regionals, trying to place near the top of their respective weight classes to earn a trip to sectionals and keep their dreams of a state appearance alive.

For teams across the state competing in Division 1 regionals, wrestlers must place within the top four in their respective weight class to advance to individual sectionals. In Division 2-3, the top two wrestlers in each weight class advance to sectionals. Individual sectionals will take place on Feb. 16.

The team that earns the highest team score at regionals will advance to team sectionals on Feb. 12.

Antigo Regional

The only local team competing at a Division 1 regional is Shawano, which is fresh off capturing its first-ever Bay Conference title.


Hawks hoping to enjoy sectional experience

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Peter Fuller swims during a dual against Antigo on Jan. 24. Fuller owns the fourth-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle and seventh-quickest time in the 200-yard freestyle heading into Saturday’s sectional.

After competing in the tough Great Northern Conference, the Shawano boys swim team will take on those same teams, plus a few others, Saturday during the Division 2 Rhinelander Sectional at the UW-Stevens Point Aquatic Center.

In order to qualify for state, an individual Shawano swimmer or relay must either place first in an event or be among the next 12-fastest individuals/relays from all the Division 2 sectionals.

GNC foes Antigo, Lakeland Union, Medford, Rhinelander and Tomahawk, along with Menomonie, Rice Lake, River Falls and Wausau East round out the 10-team sectional.

Shawano finished the conference portion of the season with a 5-5 record before placing fourth at the conference championship meet on Feb. 1. The team’s strong showing that day gives coach Jeff Easter plenty of confidence heading into the sectional.


Foul-ball jeopardy an issue still in play for MLB

With strikeouts on the rise, base hits on the wane and pitchers and catchers reporting next week, Major League Baseball girds for another battle with declining attendance and viewership.

The loss of one longtime fan exposed another millstone around the neck of today’s game.

It was revealed over this winter that a 79-year-old woman died last August after being hit in the head with a foul ball in the ninth inning of a game at Dodger Stadium.

She sat in the loge section, just above the area protected by netting, and after vomiting in the ambulance en route to the hospital, never regained consciousness.

The fatality was a cruel irony, occurring in the same season when all major league clubs had extended the netting behind home plate to cover the area to the far side of the dugout.


Shawano dominates Xavier to claim Bay title

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Reef Anthony, top, begins to flip Xavier’s Dylan Ballard during Tuesday’s Bay Conference dual at Xavier High School. Anthony worked hard to secure a pin at the 5 minute, 36 second mark.

After a dominant 70-10 dual win over Xavier at Xavier High School on Tuesday, Shawano improved to 6-0 in the Bay Conference, and took the school’s first-ever Bay championship.

Coming into the 2018-19 season, Shawano wrestling coach Mike Homan was hoping his team could build on some tough dual matches it endured last year and take the next step as a team. It’s safe to say the Hawks accomplished that and then some.

The Hawks had never before placed higher than fourth in the conference standings.

“It feels so special,” Homan said of the team’s first conference title. “This program has had such a rich tradition of good wrestlers and I think we’ve been close at certain times, so to have this group come up and put it all together is special. It’s special to me, it’s special for these kids, I’m really happy for these kids. They put the work in and we’ve asked a lot out of them and they have delivered.”


Shawano places fourth at conference

The Shawano boys swimming team earned 218 points to place fourth at the Great Northern Conference Championship Meet on Friday at Medford High School.

The Hawks’ 200-yard medley relay started the evening off strong, placing second with a time of 1 minute, 52.16 seconds. Collin Buerman, Karson Rades, Camden Kroll and Josh Bergmann formed the team.

Shawano had its second 200 medley relay team come in fourth with a mark of 2:07.3. Michael Dickmann, Carson Cummings, Wylee Springborn and Jack Reed formed that quartet.

Peter Fuller turned in Shawano’s top individual performance, claiming second place in the 500 freestyle (5:31.84). He finished sixth in the 200 freestyle (2:03.84).

Fuller also was part of the third-place 200 freestyle relay (1:40.27) and 400 freestyle relay (3:46.81) teams. Buerman, Kroll and Springborn filled out the 200 freestyle team, while Kroll, Buerman and Bergmann joined Fuller in the 400 freestyle.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 65

Crivitz 62 (4 OT)

The Bears outlasted the Wolverines in quadruple overtime on Tuesday to up their win streak to 13 games.

Kylie Guenther scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four steals for Bonduel. Kara Troxel recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, while Breanna Schnell posted a career-high 15 points.

“We certainly were happy to get the win but it is unfortunate a team had to lose,” Bonduel coach Jerry Reinke said. “Both teams battled incredibly hard. Breanna and Kylie gave us some great post play and Jessie LaBerge won’t show up in the stats but did a nice job defending Crivitz leading scorer Chloe Gruszynski.”

Shawano 71

Menasha 51

The Hawks pulled away from the Bluejays to claim a Bay Conference victory on Tuesday.

Tori DePerry poured in 25 points to pace Shawano. Rachel Reed and Avery Dreier each chipped in nine points, while Kayla Ward had eight.


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