Bohm’s 28 not enough for Bonduel

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School sophomore Parker Bohm drives baseline for a layup in the Bears’ 89-76 home loss Friday. Bohm posted a game-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School sophomore Parker Bohm looks to pass the ball during the Bears’ 89-76 home loss Friday. Bohm posted a game-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers.

Bonduel sophomore Parker Bohm’s fourth 3-pointer almost carried the Bears back into Friday’s home game against Iola-Scandinavia.

The Bears, who trailed by as many as 17 in the first half and 15 in the second, cut the deficit to seven on Bohm’s 3 with about 10 minutes remaining, but could not sustain the scoring in an 89-76 home loss.

Bonduel rallied from a 52-37 halftime deficit.

“We went to man-to-man in the second half and we played better defense and we hit some shots,” Bonduel head coach Duke Copp said. “Fouls helped us. We got to the free-throw line, drew some fouls, which we don’t always do.”

Bohm, who had struggled with his shot recently, knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points.

His left-handed floater in the lane and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions brought Bonduel back within 10 points with 1:57 left.


High School Highlights


Shawano 81

Green Bay West 53

Austin Kohl posted 16 points and was one of three Hawks to reach double figures in Shawano’s home victory Friday.

Kaden Richards tallied 13 points, and Jacob Lacy recorded 10 for Shawano (6-8, 5-3 Bay Conference).

Carter Weisnicht and Kohl each pulled down six rebounds for the hosts.

Gresham 69

Rosholt 51

Junior guard Drew Haffner scored 21 points to go with seven assists in Gresham’s home victory Friday.

Neal Cerveny added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Gresham (13-2, 12-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Senior Todd Otradovec had 12 points and five assists, and senior Derek Bowman posted 10 points and seven rebounds.

Pacelli 50

Witt-Birn 42

Trevor Groshek and Kody Szews posted a team-high nine points as Wittenberg-Birnamwood lost at home Friday.



Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Ron Frechette hugs coach James Oshkeshequoam after reaching 1,000 career points on Thursday. He is the first Eagles player to reach the milestone.

Leader File Photo Menominee Indian High School senior Ron Frechette, a four-year starter for the Eagles, is the first MIHS player to reach 1,000 career points. He scored 25 points in Thursday’s victory over Tri-County.

Menominee Indian High School senior Ron Frechette was nervous when those around the team expected him to reach 1,000 career points in the Eagles’ game against Tri-County on Thursday.

Frechette, who continued to play within the Eagles’ system as he closed in on the mark, sat at 982 points prior to the game, looking to become the first player to score 1,000 points in an MIHS uniform.

”I’m like, ‘Oh, crap, man. Eighteen is my average. I’ve got to get it.’ Everyone was putting a lot of pressure on me,” Frechette said. “I loved the attention tonight, and we had a big crowd.”

Menominee Indian likes to establish Frechette in the post to open up the rest of the offense. That’s exactly what the Eagles did in the 79-52 win Thursday.


Shields’ plight underscores NFL’s need to reconsider pot

Shoring up the pass rush and finding help for the walking-wounded defensive secondary are highest on the list of priorities for the Green Bay Packers next fall.

To that end, the Packers brass will spend much of the offseason perusing the landscape in hopes of tracking down the next Reggie White or Charles Woodson.

Among others in the injury-riddled defensive backfield, the fate of cornerback Sam Shields hangs in question.

Shields, signed by the Packers in 2010, missed almost all of this past season after suffering a concussion in the opening-day win at Jacksonville. It was the fourth concussion for Shields, who has 18 career interceptions and is scheduled to make $9 million next season, the final year of his current 4-year contract.

Should the Packers opt to cut him loose, they will free up considerable salary-cap space. Understandably, the 29-year-old Shields, who has started in 62 of the 80 games he has played, wants to stay on.


Defense lets Eagles soar to 27-point win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Sonny Nacotee attempts to get in position against Tri-County’s Dawson Knutson in the first half of Menominee Indian’s 79-52 victory Thursday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale MIHS junior Warren Wilber pulls up for a 3 in transition in the second half of the Eagles’ 27-point victory Thursday. Wilber posted 21 points for the Eagles.

Before Tri-County could score a basket nearly three minutes into Thursday’s road contest, it was already facing an uphill battle.

The Eagles’ defense suffocated Tri-County’s offense and put the game out of reach early, giving up just eight points in the first nine minutes in an easy 79-52 victory.

“I felt like we picked up our intensity on defense,” Menominee Indian head coach James Oshkeshequoam said. “We boxed out, secured the rebound and got out in transition. That really helped out and sparked our offense.”

Menominee Indian posted the first seven points and ballooned its lead to 18 points in just over seven minutes.

Tri-County, which came into the game on a three-game winning streak, having not allowed more than 48 points in nearly two weeks, gave up 46 points to the Eagles in the opening half.


High School Highlights


Freedom 52

Clintonville 45

Nathan Krueger led Clintonville with 13 points and eight rebounds in Thursday’s road loss.

Tyler Petermann and Sam Wittman each recorded 10 points for the Truckers (9-5, 6-5 North Eastern Conference).

Petermann added four assists and a steal for Clintonville, which shot 36 percent from the field.


Bonduel 54

Iola-Scandinavia 38

Senior point guard Danee Collier had 13 points and seven steals to lead Bonduel in Thursday’s road victory.

Senior Hayley Sorenson added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Emily Sorenson had 16 points for Bonduel (14-4, 7-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Senior Becca Carpenter posted seven rebounds and six steals in the win.

Witt-Birn 52

Pacelli 28

Senior forward Taylor Nier posted a game-high 14 points as Wittenberg-Birnamwood won on the road Thursday.


Sumnicht, Moorman commit to D2, D3 football programs

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Senior Dylan Sumnicht, front, smiles after putting on his Upper Iowa University hat at a signing day ceremony Wednesday at Shawano Community High School. He is flanked by, from left, his sister, Hillary, father, David, and mother, Rhonda.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Kien Moorman checks the time as he signs his official commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville during a ceremony Wednesday. His mother, Tina, sister, Bailey and grandmother, Linda VandeVoort look on.

Two of the most influential players in Shawano football’s recent turnaround committed Wednesday to continue playing football in college.

At a ceremony in the Shawano Community High School gymnasium, wide receiver Dylan Sumnicht signed a national letter of intent to play on scholarship at Upper Iowa University, a private college in Fayette, Iowa, and running back Kien Moorman committed to playing at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Sumnicht and Moorman helped the Hawks (5-5, 4-4 Bay Conference) reach the playoffs for just the third time in program history in 2016 before losing a Division 3 Level 1 game to Notre Dame Academy.

Head coach Alan Tomow, who helped his athletes through the college recruiting process, said he encouraged them to focus on the school and coaches rather than the competition they will face.

Knocked down

Tomow wanted to challenge Sumnicht early and often.


High School Digest


Gresham vs. Almond-Bancroft

Gresham, which is perfect in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 action this season at 11-0, will have its biggest game of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Almond-Bancroft (12-2, 9-1 CWC-10) sits just 1.5 games back in the conference standings and can make a big jump into the conference-title picture with a victory. When the two teams played back on Dec. 20, the Wildcats (12-2, 11-0 CWC-10) escaped with a 60-58 victory.

If Gresham is able to win, it would stand 2.5 games clear of second place with five games to play.


Shawano vs. Clintonville

Two of the hottest boys programs in the area will go head-to head at 2:15 p.m. Saturday as part of a doubleheader. The girls programs square off at 12:30 p.m.


Bears jump all over Hawks early in 68-46 win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson looks to pass while driving the lane in the first half of Bonduel’s 68-46 victory over Shawano on Saturday. Sorenson scored a game-high 17 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Kennedy Klemens runs a fastbreak against Bonduel’s Althea Berry late in the second half of Shawano’s 68-46 loss on the road. Klemens posted 12 points for the Hawks.

Bonduel senior Emily Sorenson scored eight points in the first eight minutes as the Bears jumped out to an early 11-point lead over Shawano on Saturday.

The Hawks cut the deficit to seven points a minute later, but a 22-11 run to close out the half allowed the Bears to coast to a 68-46 home victory over Shawano.

“It’s been back and forth, I mean, they beat us a couple of times, and we’ve beat them a couple of times,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “It’s great. I think it’s great energy in the building. I’m sure our kids were fired up to come out and play.”

Shawano, playing without starting point guard Hannah Wendorff, turned the ball over 27 times, which led to many fastbreak opportunities for the Bears.

Sorenson tallied five steals, and guard Danee Collier added four steals to go with her four assists and eight rebounds.


Shooting propels Tri-County past Wildcats

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School forward Sydney Jensen drives against Tri-County’s Alexis Rodriguez in the first half of Gresham’s 75-40 loss at home Tuesday. Jensen scored a team-high 17 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Kamille Davids closes out on Tri-County’s Katie Craig in the second half of Gresham’s 75-40 loss at home Tuesday. Davids posted 13 points for the Wildcats.

Gresham was successful in slowing down the scoring Tri-County’s Amber Baehman, but the Penguins’ high-powered offense got contributions elsewhere in a 75-40 victory on the road Tuesday.

Brooke Hopkins posted 21 points, Caitlin Eisner added 17 and Andrea Boyd tallied 12 for undefeated Tri-County. Baehman was held to a season-low eight points, but she was able to find open teammates to hit shots as the defense collapsed on her.

“Unfortunately, they are an extremely talented team, and other girls stepped up and killed us,” Gresham head coach Vaughn Miller said. “In the high post, she’s a playmaker. Our goal was definitely to keep the ball out of her hands as much as possible. She hit a lot of nice passes for layups, which is tough.”

Baehman, who came into the game averaging nearly 20 points per game, excelled both passing and on defense.


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