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).


Bay, CWC announce all-conference honorees

Here’s a look at the 2017 fall sports all-conference selections announced so far.


Bay Conference

Shawano Community High School

Senior Dakota Maltbey was unanimously selected to the all-conference first team on offense and named the offensive lineman of the yea.

“Making first team was a goal that I set at the beginning of the season,” Maltbey said. “It’s nice to see all of my hard work in the offseason paid off and to know that what I did on the field didn’t go unnoticed, because it took a lot of work to get to where I am now.”

Senior outside linebacker Seth Sousek was selected to the first team on defense.

“It feels great getting recognized by other coaches in the conference for the hard work that I’ve put in the past four years,” Sousek said. “It was my goal this year to get first team so it feels great to achieve that.”

Junior running back Roman Purull was selected to the second team on offense.


Gresham falls to Florence in sectional semifinal

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham High School senior Kiersten Fischer attacks the ball during Thursday’s WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal in Lena. Florence defeated Gresham 25-17, 25-22 and 25-18.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar The Gresham High School volleyball team lost to Florence in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal on Thursday. The team includes Kennedy Hoffman, Meckenzie Roe, Tiana Ferguson, Savana Olsen, Makayla Belongia, Kiersten Fischer, Kamille Davids, Mackenzie Hoffman, Karisa Nietzer, Kaci Wendorff, Dani Huntington and Hailey Hoffman.

Top-seeded Florence defeated No. 3 Gresham in three sets Thursday in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal in Lena.

The lead changed hands several times in the match before the Wildcats fell 25-17, 25-22 and 25-18.

“We had a tough time finishing Sets 1 and 2,” head coach Tim Wild said. “We couldn’t get that rhythm going to play well enough to beat Florence, and they had a lot of weapons that were tough to slow down.”

Wild said the Wildcats struggled on offense.

“They served really hard, and that made our offense tough to get going,” he said. “When they’re hitting it that hard it’s tough for us to attack hard back. So our offense struggled and then we were stuck defensively at the end when they were slamming them at us.”


Ski Sharks help restore park shoreline

Contributed Photo Ski Sharks volunteers planted more than 2,200 plants in Smalley Park on Oct. 14 in an effort to give back to the community.

Contributed Photo Members of the Shawano Ski Sharks renovated this Smalley Park shoreline on Oct 13-14 with more than 2,200 plants.

The Ski Sharks restored Smalley Park’s shoreline as a part of the team’s initiative to complete waterfront projects in the community.

More than 25 volunteers from the Ski Sharks placed 50 yards of mulch and planted more than 2,200 plants along the park’s shoreline on Oct. 13-14. The crew also installed environmentally friendly photodegradable logs to help minimize erosion along the waterway.

“We are so blessed to be able to use Smalley Park as our home ski site,” Ski Shark President Dave Passehl said, “and that’s why our team keeps pouring our resources and time into this beautiful park. It is our goal to help make Smalley Park a true destination for our guests to enjoy.”

Ski Sharks member Todd Dobberstein communicated with LJ Reas Environmental Consulting Corporation on best practices to preserve the waterfront at Smalley Park. The firm recently completed a similar waterfront project at Glas Coffeehouse in Shawano.


Bonduel girls and boys teams state-bound

Photo by Diane Schnell Bonduel High School’s state-bound boys and girls cross-country teams finished as WIAA Division 3 sectional champions Saturday at the Westfield Sectional. Team members are, from back row, Colin Ewing, Will Beaumier, Craig Rusch, Jared Wondra, Charlie Mews, Elena Shest, Abby Owen, Madison Kurey, Breanna Schnell, Grace Tubutis, Chris Salerno, Alex Jasch; front row, Carter Kurey, Colen Klosterman, Ashlyn Schnell, Allyssa Moser, Jacob Moede, Derrick Folkman, Laney Richmond, Kara Troxel, Katlin Thompson and Erin Timler.

Photo by Kristine Stoll Bonduel High School freshman Kara Troxel, right, runs alongside first-place finisher Erika Kisting, of Iola-Scandinavia, at the WIAA Division 3 sectional in Westfield on Saturday. Troxel finished second overall in 20 minutes, 23.31 seconds. Bonduel won the girls and boys sectional titles.

The Bonduel girls and boys cross-country teams are making history as both head to the state championships after winning their respective WIAA Division 3 sectional races on Saturday in Westfield.

This is the first time both Bonduel teams advanced to state and clinched first place at sectionals. The girls team finished with 62 points, 29 ahead of second-place finisher Weyauwega-Fremont. The boys tallied 83, five ahead of Amherst.

“It really comes down to our depth, and they really peaked at the right time,” head coach Diane Schnell said. “They all consistently improved.”

With 36 runners across both teams, there’s constant competition for the top seven varsity spots on each team.

“We have such strong runners this season that they all want to compete for those spots,” Schnell said. “When you have so few spots and so many strong kids, they all push each other. The last two spots are usually up in the air, so there’s a fight to get those.”


Packers repose, re-tool and prepare for Detroit

Bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Green Bay Packers.

Most often, you can cut and paste that paragraph and use it every year. The mini-break is always great for resting those battered bones and preparing for the next opponent.

The bye week loses some of its appeal after a bad loss, though, because you have to deal with the taste of that defeat a little longer than usual – which is where the Packers find themselves today.

A disgusted Mike McCarthy made like Harry Truman at the press conference following the Packers’ 26-17 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, leaving full responsibility for the setback at his feet.

“A disappointing loss,” McCarthy said. “We didn’t stop them on defense, and we had poor production from our passing game. We can sit here and pick it apart all you want. Let’s blame it on the head coach today, OK?”


Hawks close strong year with regional final loss

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School sophomore Kyra Klement dives for the ball during a WIAA Division 2 regional final at Notre Dame on Saturday. The Hawks lost 25-7, 25-14 and 25-20.

Photo by Jody Ward Shawano Community High School junior Julia Klement attacks during Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 regional final at Notre Dame. The Tritons defeated Shawano 25-7, 25-14 and 25-20.

Shawano’s longest volleyball season since 2010 ended on Saturday with a loss to Notre Dame in a WIAA Division 2 regional final in Green Bay.

The top-seeded Tritons swept the No. 4 Hawks 25-7, 25-14 and 25-20 to advance to a sectional semifinal against No. 2 Luxemburg-Casco on Thursday.

“They gave it their all,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said. “It hurts, but we fell short.

“This team was a coach’s dream. They have nothing to hang their heads about and everything to be proud of.”

The match was Shawano’s first away game in the postseason, but Hawks fans still filled three-fourths of the gymnasium.

“It was crazy,” Notre Dame head coach Ben Wolf said. “I was here an hour before the match and the doors opened and the Shawano fans just kept streaming in. It really made for a great atmosphere. It was just packed and so loud.”

Wolf said he utilized the fans in the game plan.


Zephyrs sweep Witt-Birn in regional title match

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School volleyball players Lauren Bushman (4), Elizabeth Muscha (22), Brogan Lehman (6), Koreena Miller (8), Abi Fraaza (12) and Lindsey Schwalbach (10) celebrate a point against St. Mary Catholic in a WIAA Division 3 regional final on Saturday in Neenah. St. Mary’s swept the Chargers 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19.

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School libero Elizabeth Muscha makes a dig during a WIAA Division 3 regional final Saturday in Neenah. St. Mary Catholic swept the Chargers 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19.

Despite the effort of seniors Lauren Bushman, Brogan Lehman, Koreena Miller and the rest of the Wittenberg-Birnamwood volleyball team, the Chargers came up a bit short, dropping a 3-0 decision to St. Mary Central in a WIAA Division 3 regional final Saturday in Neenah.

St. Mary’s knocked off the Chargers by scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19 to claim the regional title. Superior defense and setting were the difference for the Zephyrs.

“They had good servers and they had runs, and we didn’t,” said head coach Becky Rew. “That was a difference. I was proud of the girls, though. No matter what came their way, they never quit.

“In the first game, they had a big lead, but we came back. We fought with them. I am very proud of the girls for fighting like that.”

St. Mary Central gave the Chargers problems from the outset. Especially in games one and three, the Zephyrs jumped out to big early leads, and the Chargers found themselves playing from behind.


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