Collier to join WolfPack at Madison College

Contributed Photo Bonduel High School senior Danee Collier will continue to play basketball in college after signing April 21 to play at Madison College for coach Lois Heeren, left.

As Bonduel girls basketball coach Jerry Reinke paced the sidelines of games throughout the past four years, there were times he’d hold his breath while point guard Danee Collier ran the offense.

Collier, known for her passing, defense and tenacity in the lane, averaged nearly four assists per game in her final year with the Bears and was the team’s third-leading scorer.

“We’d be looking at each other like ‘How’d that get through there?’ She saw things way before they happen,” Reinke said.

Collier last month decided to continue her basketball career at Madison College, a junior college located on the east side of Madison in the North Central Community College Conference, which also includes Rock Valley College, which two of her Bonduel teammates, Emily and Hayley Sorenson, will attend.

Collier officially committed to the Madison program on April 21.


Packers look to rookies to fill holes in backfield

When your top running back was a wide receiver until last season and almost every other runner was either cut or left as a free agent, it makes sense to seek reinforcements.

To that end, the Green Bay Packers took three running backs in the draft: Jamaal Williams of Brigham Young, Aaron Jones of Texas-El Paso and Devante Mays of Utah State.

It’s doubtful you’ll come away with a Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers and Earl Campbell in the same draft, but that’s OK. Great as those players were, none of them ever led his team to a championship.

Some franchises are blessed with elite running backs. The Cowboys had Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett, the Bears had Sayers and Walter Payton, and the Rams had Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk.


High School Digest

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Clintonville High School senior Kara Pyatskowit opens up her lead in the two-mile race at Tuesday’s Shawano Invitational. She won by nearly 1 minute and 12 seconds.


Shawano vs. New London

Just one month ago, Shawano handed New London a 2-1 loss on the road to pick up its first conference victory of the season.

The two teams will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Shawano Community High School with the Hawks early in a stretch of eight games over 16 days.

In the first meeting, sophomore Lindsey Roloff scored both goals for the Hawks (5-5-0, 2-3-0 Bay Conference). Roloff leads the team with nine goals on the season.

New London (2-8-0, 2-5-0 Bay) allowed 24 goals in its first six conference games, while the Hawks have scored just five goals in five conference matches. Shawano, which sits three wins behind Seymour for third place in the conference, needs the victory to maintain fourth place.


Bonduel Invitational


High School Highlights


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Bonduel was held to four hits in its six-inning loss on the road Wednesday.

Kailee Pedersen was the losing pitcher for the Bears (7-6, 5-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8), striking out six batters while allowing eight hits and eight walks.

Pedersen led Bonduel at the plate with two hits, as Brittany Wudtke and Brynn Reinke each had one hit.


Hesse sets Shawano high jump record

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Hannah Wendorff attempts to clear 9 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault Tuesday at the Shawano Invitational at Shawano Community Middle School. Wendorff finished fourth.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Eli Mastey passes the baton to Jared Wondra during the 4x400 relay Tuesday at the Shawano Invitational. The Bears relay team took third in 3:39.90.

Senior Tyrell Hesse set the school record in the high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches, but he was Shawano’s only individual event winner Tuesday at the Shawano Invitational.

Shawano (101 points) took fourth at the eight-team meet at Shawano Community Middle School. Seymour (153) won the boys title. Bonduel (62) finished sixth, Clintonville (53) took seventh, and Menominee Indian (1) placed eighth.

Hesse, who had been stuck at 6-2 for nearly the entire season before breaking through on the cold Tuesday afternoon, was also on the Hawks’ 4x200 relay team (1 minute, 35.8 seconds) with Crede Timm, Atty Wagner and Parker Pues that finished 0.1 seconds faster than Seymour for the Hawks’ other first-place finish.

“From talking to the kids, they had a lot of personal bests tonight, and that’s the very encouraging thing because we’re coming toward the conference and the regionals, and we want them to start peaking,” Shawano head track coach Dave Hanssen said.


High School Highlights


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Bryce Maule went 3 for 3 at the plate for Bonduel, including a double in Monday’s road loss.

Wyatt Erb picked up the loss, allowing eight runs on four hits and six walks. He struck out six for the Bears (4-6, 3-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Wittenberg-Birnamwood pitcher Kody Szews allowed just three hits in a complete-game victory.

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Menominee Indian earned 13 walks and had two batters hit by pitches as it secured its first victory of the season Monday at home.

The Eagles (1-14, 1-12 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) used a walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win.

Norman Kakwitch threw six innings and gave up four hits and four walks while striking out four. Connor LaTender threw the seventh inning, allowing one hit and one earned run to pick up the victory.

Clintonville 4

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West ends Shawano’s win streak

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School No. 1 doubles player Carter Peplinski serves during the team’s loss at home Tuesday. Peplinski and Cesar Ramirez fell to Green Bay West’s top duo of Toungia Vang and Joe Lee, 6-4, 6-0.

Coming off three straight dual wins, the Shawano tennis team was put on the ropes Tuesday at home against Green Bay West.

Three matches went to three sets, and for the Hawks to continue their streak — and secure a third-place finish in the Bay Conference, they needed all three matches to fall their way.

The Wildcats won two of the final three matches, giving Shawano a 5-2 loss heading into the final conference dual on Thursday and the conference meet on Saturday.

The Hawks could still finish third, however.

“We have to take care of Fox Valley Lutheran on Thursday, and then finish ahead of Green Bay West, and we had three matches go to third sets, so I think the possibility is there,” Shawano head coach Tom Webster said.


Arneson’s late pass captures Late Model victory

Photo by A&H Photos Jordan Barkholtz won the IMCA Sport Mods feature after taking over the lead on lap 16. It’s his first victory of the season.

Photo by A&H Photos Lance Arneson’s last-lap pass gave him the edge over Konnor Wilinski in the IMCA Modifieds feature race on Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

Dancin Lance Arneson proved what mom always said — patience is a virtue. Like a lion a stalking his prey, Arneson waited for the optimal moment to pounce, with a turn-four pass for the lead on the final lap to win his first IMCA Modified feature of the year. Ron Berna (Late Model), Jordan Barkholtz (Sport Mod), and Grant Kastning (Mighty Four) each scored their first wins of the year also. Travis Van Straten (IMCA Stock Car) won his second in a row.

Late Models

Cole Spacek kicked off the Late Model feature grabbing the lead on lap one. Spacek, a rookie in the division, looked strong at the start of the race before a yellow flag flew on lap five. On the restart, Jared Siefert and Berna applied pressure for the lead. Berna got underneath Spacek on lap seven and took the lead away.


Bowler puts up 19 runs on Menominee Indian

The wins are not there this season for the Menominee Indian softball team, but the girls are trying to keep things in perspective.

They have a young squad and when someone makes a fine defensive play, there are plenty of smiles.

Menominee Indian faced a solid Bowler team on Monday and fell 19-0 in three innings in a Central Wisconsin Conference-10 game in Keshena.

“We improved way more than we did in the beginning of the season,” Menominee Indian coach Roberta Ponfil said. “It’s little improvements here and there. If they keep going it will be really good.”

The highlight of the day for the Eagles was an impressive running catching by right fielder Solana Morena with the bases loaded and nobody out in the first inning. At the time it saved a couple of runs, but those Bowlers players eventually ended up scoring.


Bonduel pitching struggles in 11-4 loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Josh Richter looks to make a play at home plate as Pacelli’s Zach Zimmerman slides to score one of the Cardinals’ 11 runs Friday in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School third baseman Bryce Maule waits for a ground ball in the fourth inning of Friday’s 11-4 home loss. The Bears gave up 14 hits to visiting Pacelli.

Pacelli pounded Bonduel pitching for 14 hits Friday in an 11-4 victory in Bonduel.

Bears starter Wyatt Erb threw 50 pitches in the second inning in which Pacelli scored three runs, all earned. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, and then three straight batters drove in runs.

Erb allowed three hits in two innings while striking out four.

“I think it might be that he was a little excited because he knew it was a big game and he wanted to pitch well,” Bonduel head coach Donnie Gruenewald said. “It just didn’t happen. You throw 50 pitches in one inning, that’s a lot for anybody.”

Gruenewald next turned to Riley Allen, who gave up eight hits and five earned runs over two innings.

The coach just wanted to see Allen throw strikes consistently, which he did.

“If they hit it, they hit it,” Gruenewald said. “Nothing you can do about it. At least you’re throwing strikes. You can’t defend a walk, because then they just walk around the bases.”


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