Chargers survive late scare from Bears

That five in the win column for the Bonduel boys basketball team can look awfully deceiving.

The Bears trailed by 15 points to Wittenberg-Birnamwood early in the second half, but Bonduel made it a two-point game with under one minute remaining. But the visiting Chargers were 9 for 10 from the free-throw line in the final 45 seconds to pull out a 70-62 victory in Central Wisconsin Conference-8 action Thursday.

“A little disappointing, because we’ve been playing better,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “I think we did play pretty well, we just missed shots.”

Wittenberg-Birnamwood (12-10, 7-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) was 19 for 24 at the free-throw line, 16 for 20 in the second half.

“We got it done down the stretch,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood coach Lon Ebel said. “I think we lost our focus and execution at times. That was pretty physical game, and we expect that when we come here. But we fought through it.”


High School Highlights

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Community High School guard Nick Grignon maneuvers past a New London defender during the first half of Shawano’s 59-45 victory Thursday in Shawano.


Witt-Birn 61

Auburndale 23

Three Wittenberg-Birnamwood players reached double figures in Thursday’s WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal home victory.

The Chargers (22-1, 13-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) were led by Kirsten Clark’s 12 points, while Paige Norrbom added 11 points. Emily Norrbom recorded 10 points and four assists.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood shot 51 percent from the field. On Monday, the Chargers will host the winner of Saturday’s Bonduel/Stratford game.


Shawano 59

New London 45

Junior center Dakota Maltbey tallied a team-high 14 points on six made field goals as Shawano won Thursday at home.

Cole Nelson and Carter Weisnicht each added eight points for the Hawks (12-10, 9-5 Bay Conference).

Senior forward Tyrell Hesse posted seven assists and six rebounds while Maltbey pulled down seven rebounds.

Gresham 79


Wescott man spears massive sturgeon on 1st shot

Contributed Photo Wescott native Johnathan Schneider, left, poses with friends Nate Schweitzer, center, and Kevin Carstedt with the 115.2-pound sturgeon Schneider speared Feb. 15 on Lake Winnebago.

Contributed Photo John Schneider, left, of Wescott, poses with friend Rob Steffes and the 115.2-pound sturgeon Schneider speared Feb. 15 on Lake Winnebago.

For the past six years, Shawano native Johnathan Schneider had no success spearing sturgeon on Lake Winnebago.

On Feb. 15, his fortunes changed, as the 32-year-old town of Wescott resident tagged a 115.2-pound female sturgeon that measured 68.5 inches.

“It was kind of like surreal,” said Schneider, who had never thrown a spear before in his life. “Once we got it out, we couldn’t believe it could happen.”

Schneider was introduced to sturgeon spearing by his friend Ryan Milske and has been traveling to Lake Winnebago every year since. He has fished from his own shack for the past three seasons.

Schneider, one of 54 spearers to get a fish over 100 pounds so far this season, was joined on the ice Feb. 15 by friends Nate Schweitzer and Kevin Carstedt, who made the trek up from Milwaukee.


High School Digest

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry made her mark in the Hawks’ playoff victory Tuesday with 21 points and nine rebounds in her first game back from an ankle injury.


Gresham vs. Tigerton

The Gresham boys basketball team has a chance to lock up its first conference title in 15 years with a victory at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home.

The Wildcats, who sit at 18-3 overall, are 16-1 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 and tied for the conference lead with Almond-Bancroft, which faces Marion in its final game.

Gresham last won a conference title during the 2001-02 season.

The Wildcats also can continue their momentum heading into the playoffs as the top seed in their regional, an accomplishment matched by the team from two years ago. The 2015 Wildcats lost in the regional final to Green Bay NEW Lutheran, which advanced to state.


Bonduel vs. Wittenberg-Birnamwood


Matador defense rules the day at NBA All-Star game

The National Basketball Association’s layup drill disguised an all-star game last Sunday left in its wake so many disenchanted fans that there was hue and cry to flush the annual spectacle altogether.

But that action might not fly because it could entail some controversy about who’s doing the flushing and in which washroom.

For the record, the Western Conference stars beat the East at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans – the record being the 374 points scored in an all-star game.

The exhibition was held in New Orleans because the original host city – Charlotte, North Carolina – was removed from consideration due to the league’s objection to a Charlotte ordinance requiring transgendered individuals to use public washrooms corresponding to their assigned sex at birth.


Ward, DePerry carry Hawks through regional victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry gets fouled while driving into the Wausau East defense Tuesday night in Shawano. DePerry posted a game-high 22 points in her first game back from an ankle injury, and the Hawks posted a 79-73 win.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Carrie Young fights through contact for an attempted layup in the second half of the Hawks’ 79-73 victory at home Tuesday.

Shawano made five of its six free throws down the stretch and held Wausau East scoreless over the final minute, until a last-second 3-pointer, to outlast the Lumberjacks, 79-73, Tuesday night.

Shawano got 22 points each from sophomores Kayla Ward, including 15 in the first half, and Tori DePerry, including 14 in the second half, in its WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal home win.

“Lately, I would say in the last three, four weeks, this is the best we’ve played,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “We’ve got our whole team back.”

Shawano was without starters DePerry and Hannah Wendorff, who were both fighting injuries, over the closing weeks of the season. Both made it back to action just in time for the playoffs.

“It’s just a matter of getting the rust off,” Koenig said. “It’s good they got the rust off in the first half, and hopefully we’ve got a game under our belt.”


Banker, Mahkimetas punch tickets to state in wrestling

Photo by Rich Montour Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt wrestles against Weyauwega-Fremont’s Justin Kempf in the wrestlebacks at the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet at Shawano Community High School on Saturday. Kempf won a 3-0 decision, ending Boldt’s season one match short of state.

Junior Jacob Banker was the only Bonduel High School wrestler at Saturday’s sectional meet at Shawano Community High School to qualify for the WIAA Division 3 state tournament this week.

Banker, for the second time in as many weeks, lost a close match to Coleman’s Jordan Blanchard in the 170-pound title match. Blanchard (36-3) earned a 3-1 sudden victory over Banker (32-5).

Banker advanced as the second-place finisher by rule over Stratford’s Kade Ehrike.

Fellow junior Jordan Boldt, who was looking to advance to the state tournament for the third time, lost a 6-4 decision to Pittsville’s Matthew Grossman in the 120-pound semifinal.

In the wrestlebacks, Boldt defeated Florence/Niagara’s Tristen Mascarette in a major decision but dropped a 3-0 decision to Weyauwega-Fremont’s Justin Kempf to finish in fourth place.

The top three advance to state.


Hawks cheer qualifies for state

The Shawano Community High School cheer team qualified for state in the Coed Small team division and with its stunt group.

The state competition takes place Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The Hawks advanced based on their performance at Saturday’s Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches Northern Regional in Waupaca.

Shawano finished third in its division behind Winneconne and Hudson.

The stunt group of Harrison Sturcyz, Taylor Hodkiewicz and Danny Braatz took third in the stunt group competition, trailing only the teams from Winneconne and Eau Claire Memorial.

The team is scheduled to perform at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, with the stunt group going at 6:40 p.m.


High School Highlights

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School junior Kaden Richards goes up for a layup during Saturday’s 59-45 victory over Mosinee. Richards was one of 11 Hawks to score in the game.


Bonduel 69

Wabeno/Laona 27

Senior forward Hayley Sorenson scored a game-high 20 points as Bonduel won at home Tuesday in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal.

Emily Sorenson added 13 points and five assists for the Bears (17-6, 9-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Senior Becca Carpenter grabbed nine rebounds, and point guard Danee Collier chipped in eight assists.

Edgar 65

Menominee Indian 40

Faith Munson tallied 11 points and teammate Alyssa Corn added seven, but Menominee Indian lost Tuesday on the road in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal.

The Eagles (8-15, 6-12 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) made just 5 of 14 free throws, while Edgar was 14 of 27 from the line.

Menominee Indian trailed 33-13 at the break before hanging with the Wildcats over the final 18 minutes.

Northland Pines 62

Clintonville 33


Hawks relay team sets school mark at state

Above the Fold Media Shawano Community High School senior Griffin Rades swims a leg in the 200-yard medley relay Friday at the WIAA Division 2 state meet in Madison. Rades competed in four events as the Hawks finished in 22nd place.

Above the Fold Media Shawano Community High School senior Nathan Kane swims a leg in the 200-yard medley relay Friday at the WIAA Division 2 state meet in Madison. The Hawks placed 14th, about two seconds from a top-10 finish.

The Shawano Community High School seniors had a proper sendoff Friday.

In their final meet for the Hawks swim team, Griffin Rades and Tyler Buerman re-entered their names into the school’s record book, joining Chase Lhotka and Jeffrey Green to improve on the 200-yard freestyle relay mark they set just weeks earlier.

The quartet finished the event at the WIAA Division 2 state finals Friday with a time of 1 minute, 34.56 seconds to place 13th. Their time was 0.13 seconds better than the one earlier this month that broke a school record that was in place for over a decade.

The event win went to Monona Grove (1:25.91), as did many others. The Silver Eagles won six swim events and had Division 2’s top diver to finish with 381 points and the state title. Ashwaubenon (232) was second. Grafton (208), Edgewood (174) and Cedarburg (169) completed the top five. The Hawks were 22nd in the team standings with 21 points.


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