Overdue but gratifying, Packers Jerry Kramer voted into Hall of Fame

Before their Super Bowl victory over New England, the last Philadelphia Eagles NFL championship had come before President Kennedy was inaugurated, when they topped the Green Bay Packers 17-13 in the title game.

One of the Packers playing that day in 1960 was Jerry Kramer, an offensive guard and future best-selling author, whose decades-long push to the Hall of Fame was finally realized last week.

For the 11th time since retiring, Kramer was eligible to be voted into the Hall, and this time he finally made it. Widely recognized for his literary efforts, Kramer was a stalwart on the Packers’ line who made first-team All-Pro five times.

His “Instant Replay” was one of a couple of books written by professional athletes that were required reading for a young sports fan in the 1960s and ’70s.


Witt-Birn finishes 4th in CWC

Sophomore Chad Moegenburg led Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School wrestlers to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Central Wisconsin Conference tournament in Manawa.

Moegenburg defeated Weyauwega-Fremont’s Easton Groskreutz 8-6 in the 113-pound championship to claim the Chargers’ only first-place finish of the meet.

Shiocton edged Weyauwega-Fremont by two points for the team title, with Bonduel placing third.

Moegenburg (35-6) pinned Peter Esser, of Pittsville, and Kevin Klemm, of Manawa, before facing Groskreutz.

Dylan Sprague (27-9) finished second for the Chargers at 160 pounds. He lost to undefeated Brandon Peckham of Tri County in the first-place match. In earlier matches, Sprague pinned Weyauwega-Fremont’s Adam Batten and Shiocton’s Kaden Piechocki and won by major decision over Riley Wayerski, of Pittsville.


3 Bears reign as Central Wisconsin Conference champs

Three Bonduel wrestlers took the Central Wisconsin Conference title to lead the Bears to a third place team finish at Saturday’s conference meet.

Seniors Jordan Boldt (126 pounds) and Jacob Banker (182) are three-time conference champions after their victories.

“It feels really great to be able to win it three times in my high school career,” said Boldt, who pinned his first two opponents in the finals in 19 and 50 seconds, respectively. “I actually wish I would’ve done better, because we had a bet to be on the mat for no more than four minutes total, and in the last match it took me all three periods.”

Boldt (34-4) dominated Shiocton’s Jared Jahnke in the championship match by a 15-6 major decision after struggling at the start.


High School Highlights

Gresham 69
Bowler 49

Gresham had five double-digit scorers to lead the Wildcats over Bowler. Todd Otradovec led with 17 points, Drew Haffner added 15, including four 3-pointers, Jake Hoffman 13, Raven Bennett 11 and Justice Paiser 10 for the Wildcats.

Ezra Spencer scored a game-high 18 points for Bowler and Zach Fehrmen added 14 with four 3s.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 59
Manawa 45

Senior Cory Fraaza led with a game-high 26 points and broke 1,000 career high school points in Witt-Birns win over Manawa. Fraaza joins senior Trevor Groshek in the 1,000 point club this season.

“Cory Fraaza had a monster night on the offensive end of the floor,” coach Lon Ebel said. “He’s meant a lot to our program and its been pretty amazing to have two seniors hit 1,000 in the same year. I’m not sure we will ever see that happen again in our program.”

Seymour 59
Shawano 45


Athlete of the Week: Chad Moegenburg

Contributed photo Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg helped lead the Chargers to an upset victory over Bonduel on Thursday. The sophomore has reigned champion of nearly all of the tournaments that Witt-Birn has competed in this season and holds a 32-6 overall record.

Athlete: Chad Moegenburg

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 113 pounds

School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Year: Sophomore

Chad Moegenburg pinned Bonduel’s Luis Lagunes on Thursday to help lead Wittenberg-Birnamwood to victory in a CWC upset. The sophomore, who has been wrestling for 11 years, holds a 32-6 record this season and leads the Chargers with several tournament titles. Moegenburg’s highlights this season include winning his first high school tournament at the Eau Claire North Invite, clinching first place at the Merrill Bluejay Challenge and Battle of the Fox tourneys and going undefeated at the CWC multi-dual at Pittsville.

Q Where did your interest in wrestling begin?

A In kindergarten, I had never heard of it and I remember my dad showing me a newspaper ad for wrestling signups. I agreed to join, and it took off from there.

Q How does it feel clinching several first-place titles your sophomore year?


Sturgeon spearers return to Lake Winnebago system

What’s 8 feet long, 100 years old and could put one of nearly 13,000 spearers in the record book?

It’s a lake sturgeon that tops the 212-pound mark and is right now most certainly swimming near the bottom of Lake Winnebago or its upriver lakes.

Biologists every year seem to find at least one adult female lake sturgeon that tops the state record fish during their spring tagging operations. Every one of the 12,979 spearers that will be on the ice come Feb. 10 (a week from today) knows there’s a big one down there.

Water clarity, which lake you are spearing and, of course, luck factor into the equation of whether the angler goes home with a keeper fish of at least 36 inches, a record-book fish in the top 10 of all time (or at least in the 100-pound category) or only stories.


Hawks defeat Bears in border battle

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel junior Grace Petcka looks to pass around Shawano junior Kayla Ward during Thursday’s 60-44 loss at Shawano.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Hannah Wendorff drives past Bonduel senior Ashlyn Schnell during the first half of a nonconference matchup on Thursday. The Hawks won 60-44.

Tori DePerry scored 22 points to lead Shawano over Bonduel 60-44 in a nonconference matchup on Thursday at Shawano.

The Hawks held the lead early, but a 3-pointer from Jessie LaBerge gave the Bears a momentary 10-8 lead. The next bucket by Shawano’s Carrie Young sparked a 22-8 run that gave the Hawks a 14-point lead at halftime.

Shawano continued to edge away from the Bears with a 24-point lead midway through second half. Bonduel went on a 16-4 run to narrow the deficit 56-43, but scored just one point in the final 2½ minutes to seal the loss.

For the Hawks, the win came at a good time as they were preparing for Bay Conference leader Seymour on Friday. Shawano (12-6, 6-4 Bay) dropped a close game to Menasha (57-53) on Tuesday and lost its starting point guard, Kennedy Klemens, to an ankle fracture on Wedesday.


Super question: Is Packers’ best-ever team around the corner?

Memories of some football seasons age like wine; others age like milk. In the NFL, there is an extra week to consider them all.

The idle week before Super Bowl Sunday gives both teams time to rest their aches and pains, while giving network staff more time to sell ad spots. The event, which in its infancy struggled for sponsors, is today’s reigning champion of advertising extravagance.

Players are required to appear at the Super Bowl press day, to better familiarize them to the viewing public and generate even more human-level interest in the game – although the outcomes there are so-so. The media appreciate the access, no doubt. But judging from the vapid replies given by some players during these interviews, you almost get the impression that they are only there so they won’t get fined.


Hawks win 1, drop 1 in double dual

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Alexander Sumnicht went 2-0 during the Tuesday’s double dual, pinning New London’s Brent Peterson at 160 pounds and defeating Sturgeon Bay’s Bruce Anschutz by major decision at 152 pounds.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Reef Anthony defeated New London’s Adam Armour in a 3-1 decision at 126 pounds during Tuesday’s Bay Conference dual at Shawano.

The Shawano wrestling team wrapped up its regular season duals with a loss to Bay Conference rival New London and nonconference victory over Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday at home.
The Hawks lost 49-21 to New London, but the long battles weren’t reflected in the final score. Still, Shawano head coach Mike Homan said it wasn’t the start to the double dual he was expecting.
“I was expecting a much closer battle,” he said. “We gave up some early pins along the way that really hurt us trying to come back.”
The Hawks dropped the first four matches to trail 19-0 before Reef Anthony picked up a 3-1 decision over Adam Armour at 126 pounds to get the Hawks on the board. Alex Sumnicht pinned New London’s Brent Peterson at 160 pounds (1 minute, 39 seconds) and Keith Tourtillott rounded out the Hawks victories with a pin over Montana Ernst at 220 pounds (4:40).


High School Highlights

Shawano 67, Green Bay West 61
Kaden Richards led with 24 points, including 6 3-pointers. Alex Mueller had 13 points with four 3s and 7 assists.
Bonduel 78, Weyauwega-Fremont 33
The Bears had four double-figure contributors: Bryce Weier led with 17 points, Parker Bohm 15, Cole Letter 11 and Dalton Cairns 10.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 91, Menominee Indian 74
Cory Fraaza scored a game-high 29 points and 9 for 11 at the free-throw line for Witt-Birn. Kody Szews added 19 points and Trevor Groshek 16.
Warran Wilber led the Eagles with 24 points, including 5 3-pointers, and Richard Wayka added 19 points.
Shawano 51, New London 48
Tori Deperry led with 14 points and Brandi Gueths had 8 rebounds. Tied in the conference before the game, the win pushes the Hawks to 3rd in the Bay while New London drops to 5th.
Bonduel 55, Weyauwega-Fremont 41


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