Sports

Thu
29
Dec

Packers streak sets table for big finish

Clay Matthews is not quite back to 100 percent, and the Green Bay Packers haven’t fully completed their improbable run of the table.

In the case of Matthews and the streaking Packers, though, pretty close is looking awfully good right now.

It’s been 75 years since the Packers have finished a regular season by winning as many as six in a row.

It’s only been six weeks since they were cleaning the tire tracks off the backs of their jerseys after a fourth straight loss, when observers around the league wondered whether it was better time spent to consider next year’s draft picks than this season’s playoffs.

Now, after beating Minnesota last week by a 38-25 final score that was as lopsided a 13-point win as you are ever likely to see, the Packers have won five straight and set the stage for the big finish.

Their Sunday night game at Detroit’s Ford Field will determine the NFC North championship.

Thu
29
Dec

High School Digest

THE WEEK AHEAD

BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL

Gresham Holiday Tournament

The annual two-day Gresham Holiday Tournament includes boys and girls basketball teams from Gresham and Menominee Indian.

Gresham and Menominee Indian face off on Thursday in a doubleheader, with the girls programs playing at 5:45 p.m. and the boys teams playing at 7:30 p.m.

Oconto and Oneida Nation play at 2:15 p.m. Thursday in the other girls semifinal.

The Crandon and Oneida Nation boys will face off at 4 p.m. Thursday for the chance to advance to the championship game.

The girls championship game will be played at 5:45 p.m. Friday, with the third-place game taking place at 2:15 p.m. The boys’ third-place game will be played at 4 p.m. Friday and the championship game at 7 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Shawano vs. Seymour

Wed
28
Dec

Edgar zone flusters Gresham at tourney


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Drew Haffner drives to the basket late in Gresham’s 56-48 loss to Edgar in the Sun Drop Shootout on Tuesday. Haffner posted a game-high 18 points, including 11 of the team’s first 16.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Ray Creapeau jumps through the Edgar defense for a layup attempt during the second half of Gresham’s 56-48 loss Tuesday at the Kress Center in the Sun Drop Shootout.

Once the Edgar boys basketball team switched to a zone just over halfway through the first half, Gresham couldn’t figure it out.

With Gresham ahead by nine, the zone held the Wildcats to just five points over the final 8 minutes and 30 seconds of the half as Edgar pulled ahead and took the opening game at the Sun Drop Shootout, 56-48, Tuesday at the Kress Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

“They played it very well. We didn’t attack it very well,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “We have offensive schemes that work very good against it. I didn’t think we executed too well today.”

Edgar started slowly, but got rolling with two turnovers that led to four points, two 3s by senior Nick Koller and five points by senior Alec Hafferman as Edgar tied the game at 23 with 2 minutes left in the half.

Sat
24
Dec

Carroll leads Hawks with perfect record


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Austin Oreskovic wrestles against freshman Ben Carroll in practice earlier this week. The two have been going at it during practice, which has helped Carroll remain perfect so far this season.

Some of the hardest minutes Shawano Community High School freshman Ben Carroll has wrestled this season have come during practice.

Carroll, who has yet to lose in two tournaments and two Bay Conference duals at 120 pounds, wrestles against 138-pound senior Austin Oreskovic every day.

“Austin goes hard all the time. That’s the one thing that we’re trying to model Ben after is to get him to come up to his level,” Shawano head coach Mike Homan said. “If you’re wrestling with Austin all day in practice, it’s going to feel better walking out on the mat because there are not many who are going to have his motor.

“Austin is showing him how to practice, and Ben is getting one heck of a workout working with him.”

The two have gone at it since practice started on Nov. 14 and has a perfect 11-0 record in matches this year. Oreskovic is 6-5 in the first month of the season.

Sat
24
Dec

High School Highlights

WRESTLING

Eagles 2-0 at Florence Triangular

Menominee Indian defeated Florence, 54-18, and Menominee, Michigan, 63-18, Thursday in Florence.

Nine Eagles wrestlers went 2-0 on the night.

Antonio Mahkimetas (160 pounds), Elliot Miller (170 pounds) and Leander Moon (195 pounds) all had two pins.

Sat
24
Dec

Justin Jirschele named manager of Class A squad

Clintonville High School graduate Justin Jirschele has been named manager of the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Intimidators are a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Jirschele is the son of Mike and Sheri Jirschele, of Clintonville, and the grandson of Carl and Judy Bruggink and Don Jirschele, all of Clintonville. Mike Jirschele is the third-base coach for the Kansas City Royals.

Justin Jirschele played high school and American Legion baseball in Clintonville. He played for the White Sox for four years, batting .277 with 70 RBIs and 77 runs scored in 184 career games. He also played as an infielder in 15 games for Kannapolis in 2013.

His coaching career began in 2015 when he worked as the hitting coach for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’ advanced rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Montana. He moved to North Carolina to become the hitting coach for Kannapolis in 2016.

— Grace Kircher, correspondent

Fri
23
Dec

Bears survive Suring’s late surge


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Brynn Reinke pushes the ball up the court in the second half of the Bears’ 47-40 victory Thursday night in Suring. Reinke finished with 2 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kailee Pedersen attempts to work around the pressure set by Suring’s Wylee Van Bellinger in the second half of Bonduel’s road victory Thursday. Pedersen hit three jumpers and scored seven points for the Bears.

Without scoring in the final four minutes of the game, the Bonduel girls basketball team held onto a tight victory Thursday in Suring, 47-40.

The Bears, who led by as many as 18 points in the second half, sent the Eagles to the free-throw line five times in the final four minutes and missed all eight of their free-throw attempts as Suring closed the game on a 10-0 run.

“I think the pressure bothered us a little bit partly because we don’t want to go to the line,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said.

Bonduel was also without three starters down the stretch, as Danee Collier, Emily Sorenson and Becca Carpenter all fouled out.

It left some younger guards, including Kylie Guenther and Jessie LaBerge, to handle the ball against the pressure of the Suring defense and led to some quick, erratic shots.

“We were just doing a little half-court trap, and they were aggressive in it, and they were effective,” Suring head coach Shaun Wagner said.

Fri
23
Dec

High School Highlights

BOYS BASKETBALL

Peshtigo 61

Bonduel 38

Sophomore Parker Bohm posted a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in Bonduel’s loss on the road Thursday.

Wyatt Erb added six points on two 3-pointers for Bonduel (1-6, 0-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

The Bears managed just 15 points in the first half.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shawano 54

Antigo 41

Tori DePerry scored 15 points and pulled down five rebounds as Shawano won at home Thursday.

Brandi Gueths and Hailey Buschman each posted 13 points for the Hawks (6-2, 2-2 Bay Conference). Gueths also had six rebounds.

Kayla Ward recorded five rebounds for Shawano, which allowed just 12 first-half points.

Bowler 50

Tigerton 39

Reanne Kietlinski scored a game-high 28 points as Bowler won on the road Thursday.

Thu
22
Dec

Rodgers, Packers find a way; playoffs within sight

When you’re considered persona non grata, it’s almost never a good thing, although for the Green Bay Packers today it is a mark of the highest respect.

Four weeks ago, the Packers were regarded a welcomed guest by teams looking to score a manageable victory over a reeling foe. Now, riding a four-game winning streak and playing as well as anyone in the league, the

Packers have become the team of which no one wants any part.

After knocking off the improved Chicago Bears 30-27 in the final seconds Sunday, and in what seemed four weeks ago to be a long shot at best, the Packers are officially in control of their playoff destiny.

There are no ad hoc Dallas Cowboys fans in Green Bay this weekend, nor is there any cup-shaking or passing around the hat because the New York Giants provided all the help the Packers needed to complete their unlikely comeback and win the NFC North.

Wed
21
Dec

Shawano offense cuts through Panthers


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Carrie Young tries to find a teammate around the pressure set by Oconto Falls senior Jenny Krueger. Young scored 6 second-half points in Shawano’s 24-point victory.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Tori DePerry drives to the hoop in the second half of Shawano’s 63-39 victory over Oconto Falls on Tuesday. DePerry had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior forward Brandi Gueths, who came off the bench for the first time this season, made herself known as soon as she saw the court Tuesday.

The Hawks, who trailed by eight points after going scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game, went on a run after Gueths entered the game and never let up in a 63-39 nonconference victory at home.

Gueths was not in the starting lineup as head coach Ryan Koenig implemented a faster 1-3-1 zone.

“I can’t say enough about her and her leadership right now, and she’s developed a lot,” Koenig said. “The next games, we’ll be right back to normal, and she expects that.”

After entering the game, Gueths got into the post and drew a foul for Shawano’s first points of the night. The Hawks scored nine more points over the next 2 minutes, 15 seconds to take the lead.

The 5-foot-11 junior forward had eight points in the first half, including six from the free-throw line.

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