Sports

Sat
21
Oct

Bears season comes to close in playoff defeat

Bonduel couldn’t overcome mistakes or stop Stratford from capitalizing on them in a 42-19 loss on Friday in a WIAA Division 5 playoff game in Bonduel.

The loss closed an 8-2 season for the fourth-seeded Bears.

“They did a tremendous job in terms of effort,” Bonduel head coach James Westrich said. “It just came down to too many mistakes. Whether it was penalties, missed assignments or lack of tackling, Stratford was able to convert them every time, so that was kind of disappointing.”

Bonduel’s defense started the game strong, holding the Tigers to three and out on the opening drive.

The mistakes started on the offense’s first drive with a fumble on a third-and-5 that was returned for a 41-yard touchdown by Stratford’s Lucas Barten.

Sat
21
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Eli Mastey


Contributed Photo Bonduel High School running back Eli Mastey rushed for 1,168 rushing yards in the Bears’ regular season.

Athlete: Eli Mastey

Sport: Football

School: Bonduel High School

Position: Running back

Year: Senior

Eli Mastey tallied 1,168 rushing yards and scored a team-high 17 touchdowns for Bonduel in the regular season. The senior, who played all four years at Bonduel, averaged nearly 9 yards per carry and rushed for over 100 yards in five of seven conference games. Mastey also recorded 48 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble on the season.

Q Where did your interest in football begin?

A It began growing up playing football on the playground at school with my friends, and I eventually started to play tackle football in fifth grade.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A My relationship with my teammates and coaches. It makes playing it more special.

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

Sat
21
Oct

High School Scoreboard

FOOTBALL

Oct. 20

WIAA Division 5 playoffs

Stanley-Boyd 42, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 0

Fri
20
Oct

High School Volleyball: Hawks on to regional finals


Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Rachel Reed, left, and junior Tori DePerry double-block in Thursday’s sweep over Oconto Falls.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Julia Klement attacks the ball during Thursday’s sweep over Oconto Falls. The Hawks will play in the WIAA Division 2 regional final at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Shawano remained undefeated at home after sweeping Oconto Falls on Thursday to advance to the WIAA regional finals for the first time since 2010.

“It’s indescribable how we feel right now,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said.

The Hawks topped the Panthers 25-6, 25-18 and 25-17 before a roaring gymnasium crowd.

“It was crazy,” senior Brandi Gueths said. “Even from the beginning, we had such a high energy just coming out on the court for warmups. For the first five points, everyone in the gym was so hyper and it just continued through the whole game. It was one of those games where everything worked and everyone was just happy.”

Julia Klement took the Hawks to set point in a seemingly effortless first match, and Bayleigh Laabs’ attack secured the set 25-6.

The Panthers played better in the final two sets to close the deficit, but the Hawks answered every challenge.

Fri
20
Oct

High School Volleyball: Bonduel falls in regional match

With their high school careers on the line, Bonduel’s seniors weren’t ready to be done.

Down two sets against rival Wittenberg-Birnamwood, the Bears stole a third set and had momentum in the fourth. However, the Chargers scored 16 of 17 points at one point to cruise in the fourth set and win 3-1 (25-16, 25-13, 23-25, 25-11) in a WIAA Division 3 regional game on Thursday in Wittenberg.

“They know they put a lot of work in,” Bonduel coach Kim Strayer said, “and just to go down without a fight, it’s not in their makeup; not this group of seniors.”

“It just shows that we’re a strong team,” Bonduel senior Brynn Reinke said. “We lost a lot of seniors last year, so it was hard for us to do that. We didn’t have a lot of confidence, and once we started winning games and coming back we had a lot of confidence.”

Fri
20
Oct

High School Highlights

SOCCER

Kewaunee 4

Gresham-Bowler 1

Ninth-seeded Gresham-Bowler lost 4-1 in a WIAA Division 4 regional matchup at No. 8 Kewaunee on Thursday.

Bryce Bohls scored Gresham-Bowler’s only goal off an assist by Zack Fehrman. Goalkeeper Justice Paiser recorded 15 saves.

“We started slow,” Gresham-Bowler head coach Nate Boucher said. “They jumped out and scored within the first couple minutes. We had our shots at goal, we had 10 missed opportunities, and that’s kind of been our struggle all year.”

Boucher said this season was aimed at getting the younger players used to varsity.

“I have a fairly young team and only three seniors, so it’s a lot of just getting experience for these kids. The kids definitely got better over the year playing individually and as a team.”

VOLLEYBALL

Gresham 3

Niagara 0

Fri
20
Oct

High School Scoreboard

VOLLEYBALL

Oct. 19

WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

Florence def. Bowler, 25-12, 23-25, 25-17, 25-17

GIRLS SWIM

Oct. 19

Bay Conference relays

Wittenberg-Birnamwood: 3rd in 200 freestyle relay (2:00.49), 3rd in 100 freestyle relay (0:54.95)

Thu
19
Oct

The leaders behind Shawano’s conference-winning team


Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School junior Bayleigh Laabs sets up senior Brandi Gueths for an attack during a Hawks volleyball game this season. Laabs earned first team all-conference honors and Gueths earned honorable mention.

The Shawano volleyball team won a share of the Bay Conference championship this season for the first time since 2000.

The Hawks (27-9, 5-2 Bay) tied with Xavier and Seymour for the top spot.

The players and coach attribute much of the team’s success to its closeness and the leadership of its top four players.
Averi Vomastic, Brandi Gueths, Bayleigh Laabs and Julia Klement combined for 265 points across their seven conference matches and all earned all-conference awards.

“We knew they were going to be good players for us, but they’ve really changed the way the whole team works,” head coach Breanna Young said. “They just continue to excel and prove their true potential. They’re all our leaders, and the girls look up to them and play harder because of it.”

The four starters have helped bring the team together.

Thu
19
Oct

Former Hawks reunite after college matchup


Contributed Photo Former Shawano Community High School football teammates Zeke Gueths, left, and Jack Hanauer were on opposing sides Saturday in Amherst, New York. Gueths’ Northern Illinois Huskies defeated Hanauer’s Buffalo Bulls 14-13.

Jack Hanauer and Zeke Gueths, former Shawano Community High School teammates, found themselves on opposing Division 1 sidelines on Saturday as Gueths’ Northern Illinois

Huskies visited Hanauer and the Buffalo Bulls.

The Huskies defeated the Bulls 14-13. After the game, the former Hawks reunited before running off through separate tunnels to continue their football journeys.

“It was a little bit weird to see a guy I played football with in high school and am close with on the opposite sideline,” Hanauer said. “We had been keeping up by text and social media, but it was really nice to see him again in person and catch up a bit.”

As an offensive lineman, Gueths protected quarterback Hanauer from defenders for three seasons as Hawks.

Thu
19
Oct

Rodgers on the mend; uncertainty reigns for Packers

With doomsday shock slowly wearing off, the Green Bay Packers and their fans look for reasons to be positive about the remainder of a lost year.

When quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field Sunday in Minnesota, with him went most reasonable expectations of making the postseason for the ninth straight season, let alone winning the Super Bowl.

Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone after a hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in the first quarter of the Packers’ 23-10 loss in Minneapolis. He will have surgery, and in the absolute, very-best-case scenario the break will heal quickly and he’ll be available, game-sharp and rust-free, toward the end of the season.

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