Home is where the buck is for Pulaski woman

Some of us travel 50, 100, 200 or more miles to get to our deer hunting spot.

Lisa Andre of rural Pulaski walked to her backwoods elevated stand and found there’s no place like home.

While her husband Lincoln and the rest of his deer camp were hunting hard in Marinette County, Lisa sat patiently the Sunday morning of opening weekend, waiting for a buck to show itself again. She’d first seen a doe around 6:30 a.m., and in the pre-dawn darkness, heard a crashing noise in the thicket that’s part of the family’s 8-1/4 acre property.

“And then I heard a grunt,” she related this week, recalling her most memorable hunt since she took hunter safety class with her daughter Morgan in 2012.

She then caught a glimpse of the buck. “It looks like a 6-pointer…maybe an 8,” she told herself.

The buck then slipped behind a tree and vanished.


Hawks open season with convincing win

The Shawano Community High School boys swim team got its winter season off to a strong start on Tuesday while taking on Medford in a Great Northern Conference dual. The visiting Hawks racked up several top-finishes and eased to a 106-59 victory.

Shawano excelled in the relay events, totaling three first-place finishes and a pair of seconds.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Josh Bergmann, Karson Rades, Camden Kroll and Collin Buerman placed first after posting a time of 1 minute, 59.14 seconds. The quartet of Michael Dickmann, Carson Cummings, Wylee Springborn and Peter Fuller came in second in 2:10.78.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Springborn, Kroll, Buerman and Bergmann earned a first-place finish with a time of 1:45.04. Dickmann, Cummings, Jack Reed and Rades formed the second-place finishing team in the relay with a time of 1:58.5.


Tigerton volleyball team honors top players

Contributed Photo The Tigerton High School volleyball team recently handed out awards to its top players after the Tigers won a regional championship this fall. Receiving awards are, from left, Molly Brehm, Jaidan Miller, Monika Minniecheske and Kelsi Shumaker. Not pictured is Olivia Anderson.

The Tigerton High School volleyball team had a memorable fall season, posting a 20-10 overall record that included tying for first in the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division and claiming a regional title after earning a top seed in the postseason.

The Tigers top players from the season were recently honored at the team’s end-of-season awards banquet at the Legion Hall in Tigerton.

Monika Minniecheske was the team’s most valuable player after leading Tigerton’s attack game. Minniecheske was also named the CWC-North player of the year and made the all-conference first team.

Minniecheske was also an honorable mention All-State selection in Division 4 and received the four-year senior award.

Kelsi Shumaker was also a first team all-conference selection and was tabbed the team’s most improved player along with Jaidan Miller, a second team all-conference pick. Shumaker and Miller also earned the four-year senior award.


Packers’ fading playoff hopes reduced to remote long shots

Almost as hard to grasp as the Green Bay Packers underachieving their way to four wins in 11 games is that in spite of all the third-down fails, the second-half disappearing acts and other abject frustrations, they actually still have a shot at the playoffs.

Their 10 percent chance of getting into the postseason — as computed by one such program — is a big dip from the 30 percent likelihood they were sitting on before Sunday night’s loss in Minnesota.

But with a 4-6-1 record and three-and-a-half games off the division lead, any number greater than zero at this stage is a surprise.

“We’re focuses on the next five,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s exactly the fact — we know we have to win all five.”

McCarthy is fully aware of the part about winning one before you can start talking about a streak, and that the Arizona Cardinals are today’s focal point in the Packers’ survival chances.


Shawano boys come up short in clash with Waupaca

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Carter Weisnicht, right, puts up a shot during the first half of Tuesday’s nonconference game against Waupaca. Weisnicht scored a game-high 25 points.

After the first half saw both the Shawano boys basketball team and Waupaca struggle to take full control, it became apparent that whichever team was able to string a few made baskets around some defensive stops would come out on top of the nonconference clash at Shawano Community High School on Tuesday.

Waupaca was the team that accomplished that feat, going on a 9-0 run late in the second half. Shawano knocked down some late 3-pointers and got a late field goal off a steal, but ran out of time in a 68-62 setback to the Comets.

“I thought they (Waupaca) did a great job of keeping up their level of aggression — they did a great job of crashing the offensive glass,” Shawano coach Dave Ambrosius said.

Tied at 34 heading into the second half, the teams traded momentum. Waupaca grabbed a three-point lead after a 5-0 run. Shawano responded by scoring nine of the next 13 points to pull back ahead.


High School Highlights


Menominee Indian 72

Gresham 45

The Eagles picked up their first win of the season in a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover clash against the Wildcats on Tuesday.

Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan poured in 25 points to lead Menominee Indian while Senihseah Wayka added 14.

“Our ball pressure created a lot of turnovers and we were able to score in transition quite a bit as a result,” Menominee Indian coach Michael Skenadore said.

Valarie Cerveny tallied 11 points to lead Gresham. Kaylee Bohm added eight points while Kristen Bowman and Hannah Cerveny each chipped in seven points.

Peshtigo 41

Witt-Birn 40

The Chargers battled back from a seven-point halftime deficit, only to have the Bulldogs hit a clutch shot in the final seconds to claim a thrilling nonconference game on Tuesday.


Donald Driver Charity Softball Game returns July 27

Donald Driver is bringing his Official Alumni Charity Softball Game back to Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in 2019.

The Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver, Super Bowl champion, Dancing with the Stars champion and New York Times best-selling author will host his game on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Fans attending the game will receive a complimentary, limited edition Donald Driver bobblehead.

“This year’s softball game will be my best one yet! Free bobbleheads, more Packers, more fan engagement and more fun,” said Driver. “Thank you to the loyal fans that come out and support this game, much love and see you all soon!”

The game will raise money for the Donald Driver Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to display strong hands, strong minds, and loving hearts to serve as a hand up, not a hand out.


Bonduel girls turn up pressure to remain unbeaten

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jessie LaBerge (24) drives to the hoop amongst Green Bay West defenders during Monday’s game at Bonduel High School.

After a slow start, the Bonduel High School girls basketball team turned up its defensive pressure to turn the tide before surging to a 71-43 win over Green Bay West on Monday night in Bonduel.

The Bears outscored the Wildcats 42-18 in the final 18 minutes of play to improve to 3-0 on the young season and earn praise from coach Jerry Reinke.

“We are young and it’s a growing process. We only got three seniors and the rest are freshmen and sophomores but I think we’ve played very unselfishly up to this point… Our seniors have done a great job of leading the younger kids,” Reinke said.

Sophomore Kara Troxel paced Bonduel with 21 points. She went on a personal 5-0 run in the first half to help the Bears stay within striking distance and finished the half with 13 points. Troxel also tallied six steals in the game.


Bonduel looking to reload in CWC

Leader file photo Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Chad Moegenburg, top, competes at the Amherst Regional last year. Moegenburg was the state runner-up in the 113-pound class.

The Bonduel High School wrestling team will have to replace standout wrestlers heading into the season as it looks to build off a memorable 2017-18 campaign.

Several Bonduel wrestlers enjoying strong seasons last year, helping the Bears take second at regionals and fourth at sectionals. Four wrestlers made it to state, with Jordan Boldt winning a state title at the 126-pound weight class and Jacob Giese coming in third at the 215 class.

Boldt and Jacob Banker — two of the most decorated Bears ever — were among the five starting members of last year’s team that graduated in the spring. That leaves Bonduel coach Chris Rank with some openings to fill as it prepares to do battle in the Central Wisconsin Conference.


Packers donate $250,000 to California wildfire relief effort

The Green Bay Packers have announced the organization is donating $250,000 to the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund to support the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California.

Rodgers, a native of Butte County, has partnered with the North Valley Community Foundation in California to establish this fund, which aims to raise money to help meet the community’s immediate needs and address its long-term recovery and eventual rebuild. The Camp Fire in Butte County has been declared the most devastating and deadliest wildfire in California history.


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