Athlete of the Week: Reanne Kietlinski

Contributed photo Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski is ranked 34th in state history with 1,850 career points so far. The senior leads the state this season in steals with 7.6 per game, and leads the Panthers with 28.2 points per game and 48 assists.

Athlete: Reanne Kietlinski

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Bowler High School

Year: Senior

Reanne Kietlinski currently sits as the 34th all-time scorer in state history with 1,850 career points after Tuesday’s 25-point game against Menominee Indian. The senior, who began her high school career on varsity, also has 453 career steals and leads the state this season with 7.6 steals per game. Kietlinski averages 28.2 points per game and leads the Panthers with 48 assists and 72 percent at the free-throw line.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A I’ve had an interest in the game from a very young age. I can remember dribbling my smiley face basketball in our kitchen at the age of 5. As I grew older, my dad and I found basketball was something we could bond over, and we’ve been working together ever since.

Q What do you think contributes to you being the top scorer and a leader on the team?


Gresham remains at top of CWC-North with win over Tigers

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community High School senior Drew Haffner drives past Tigerton’s Gaven Ferg in the first half of Thursday’s 80-47 victory. Haffner scored 14 points for the Wildcats.

Gresham turned a five-point halftime lead into a dominating 80-47 victory over Tigerton in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North matchup on Thursday at Gresham.

The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the game, but Tigerton went on a 11-2 run to take its only lead of the night. Gresham secured the lead on a Raven Bennett 3-pointer, but the Tigers kept pace to finish out the first half 35-30.

Gresham jumped out with a 6-0 run to start the second half and held the Tigers to just 17 points in the final 18 minutes.

“I felt like we were running in mud in the first half,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “We just kept getting in our own way, and I told them at halftime we need to start flying a little bit instead of running through all this mud.


Sitting on a lead seldom the ticket to win

Try though they did, neither Minnesota nor Jacksonville could squeeze into the glass cleats.

Both of those Cinderella hopefuls were shown the door in last Sunday’s NFL conference championship games — the Vikings getting drummed by Philadelphia 38-7 and Jacksonville blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in its 24-20 loss to New England.

For the vanquished, a playoff loss is all she wrote regardless of the final score. Vikings fans had a great time for about a quarter, but their coordinated, half-jumping jack enactments faded away faster than you could say, “Skol!” The Minneapolis Miracle, which was to foreshadow the Vikings’ first Super Bowl appearance in 41 years, was nice while it lasted.

As painful as that blowout loss was, though, the Jaguars’ defeat was more gutting because the AFC title was theirs for the taking.


Xavier pulls away in 2nd half to secure Bay win

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Nick Grignon drives past Xavier’s Ryan Schmitt during the second half of Tuesday’s home loss.

Shawano maintained a close deficit in the first half, but Xavier pulled away in the final 18 minutes on Tuesday to continue its undefeated record and win 82-60.

Shawano never trailed by more than nine points in the first half of the Bay Conference matchup. The teams scored just 11 combined points in the first seven minutes of the second half, but Xavier went on a 25-2 run to secure a 33-point advantage.

The Hawks were held to just nine points in the first 16 minutes of the second half after struggling to hit buckets on some open shots.

“(Xavier) made some defensive adjustments in the second half taking Carter (Weisnicht) away on the inside, which was kind of our focal point in the first half,” Shawano head coach David Ambrosius said. “We got some open looks, but we just couldn’t get a basket to fall. We missed some easy buckets that we needed in order to keep pace with them, and they were able to go on that long run and just jump pretty far ahead of us.”


Truckers lose chance of comeback with late-game fouls

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Clintonville High School junior Samuel Wittman looks to pass during Friday’s loss at Oconto Falls on Friday. Wittman led the Truckers with 14 points.

Down three points with under a minute to play, Clintonville gave Oconto Falls three opportunities at the free-throw line to create a two-bucket game and prevent a chance at coming back in a 56-52 loss on Friday at Oconto Falls.

The teams battled back-and-forth to start the first half, but the Truckers broke out to a 23-15 lead after a 3-pointer by Aiden Polzin and layup by Kyle Finger.

Oconto Falls’ Josiah Schoen hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Panthers a one-point edge, but another layup by Finger gave the Truckers a 25-24 lead with 40 seconds left in the half.

Mason Sefcik secured a steal and layup at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 26-25 half-time lead.

Sean Finger opened the second half with layup, but the Panthers got hot and broke away to a 10-point lead with under five minutes to play. The Truckers went on a 11-2 run to level the score 53-50, but three fouls in the final 23 seconds allowed the Panthers to secure the victory.


Athlete of the Week: Drew Haffner

Photo by Curt Knoke Gresham Community High School senior Drew Haffner broke the school record with 10 3-pointers and led the Wildcats with 36 points in a Jan. 12 victory over Northland Lutheran. The previous record (9) was set by his brother, Christian Haffner, in 2015.

Athlete: Drew Haffner

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Gresham Community High School

Year: Senior

Drew Haffner broke Gresham’s 3-point record with 10 3s and a team-high 36 points against Northland Lutheran on Jan. 12. Haffner broke the record of nine 3s previously set by his brother, Christian, in 2015. Haffner leads the Wildcats, averaging 18.2 points per game and nearly 80 percent at the free-throw line. The senior, who started on varsity as a freshman, also has a team-high 83 assists and 42 steals this season.

Q Where did your interest in playing basketball begin?

A It started when I was a little kid. My dad was the varsity girls basketball coach and he would have my brother, Christian, and me come to the gym with him.

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


Surplus spring turkey permits go on sale March 19

Every business and every person can be improved. As companies grow larger, those workers “in the trenches” seem to get farther and farther from those supervisors and other leaders making the decisions that affect everyone.

Individuals by nature are protective of their own decisions. It’s just human nature to be defensive when family members (mostly spouses) or friends offer constructive criticism to someone who may not even see the initial flaw.

One reason we hunters, anglers, snowmobilers or other natural resources users grow a bit frustrated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is because we see the flaws, but they seem to fall on deaf ears.

Since I moved to Wisconsin in 2000, I’ve heard one common line from a few hunters every December or January: “I forgot to apply for my turkey permit.”

I heard the same line this winter.


Pittsville makes late comeback to defeat Bonduel

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Jordan Boldt defeated Pittsville senior Matthew Grossman 2-1 in the ultimate tiebreaker at 132 pounds in a home dual on Thursday.

Pittsville took control of the lead in the final three matches to defeat host Bonduel 43-29 Thursday in a Central Wisconsin Conference matchup.

The Bears had a 6-3 edge over the Panthers to lead 29-15, but dropped the final five matches to secure the loss.

“It was a tough one for us tonight,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “We were hopeful of winning this match, but they’re strong in the middle-weights, and we just couldn’t overcome them.”

The Bears endured a setback with the loss of a top wrestler, senior Jacob Banker (182), who suffered a hand injury on Thursday.

“That was unfortunate for him and us,” Rank said. “Hopefully he’ll be back in a couple weeks, but that certainly made a difference in tonight’s match.


Patriots-Vikings showdown super bleak prospect

After the crazy finish in the last of four NFL playoff games last week, a rhetorical question issued forth among fans of the Green Bay Packers.

Who would you rather see win the Super Bowl — Minnesota or New England?

To many fans, the answer is an obvious “neither.” Patriots and Vikings jerseys don’t fly off the shelves in this locale, with good reason, and all things considered, picking one over the other can be like choosing between a cluster headache and a migraine. It’s hard to muster up any support either way.

Why the aversion to those two? Easy. The Packers’ rivalry with Minnesota has played with an intra-divisional hostility ever since the Vikings came into the league, most recently illustrated by the season-killing injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

As for the Patriots — as it often happens with franchises that have been too good for too long — many football fans outside their base are just sick of them on general principle.


Kietlinski leads Bowler to blowout victory over Eagles

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler High School sophomore Brooke Theix drives up the court during Tuesday’s 51-25 win over Almond-Bancroft. Theix scored four points for the Panthers.

Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski scored 25 points to lead the Panthers to a 51-25 blowout over Almond-Bancroft on Tuesday.

After scoring 16 first-half points, Kietlinski opened the second-half with a 9-0 run before the Eagles found their first basket off a jumper from their leading scorer, Angela Rogers (12 points), with nine minutes to play.

Almond-Bancroft (4-11, 1-5 CWC-South) scored just nine second-half points, and Bowler head coach Ted Kietlinski points to the team’s faster pace for their ability to hold the Eagles.

“We worked really hard at practice the past couple days on what I call our ‘sprint mentality,’ especially defensively,” he said. “We struggled in previous games to get back fast enough to stop those easy baskets, and tonight we did much better. That made a big impact in the final score tonight.


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