High School Digest

Reanne Kietlinski


Boys Swim

Shawano vs. Lakeland

The Hawks, who are looking for a conference championship, lost the first dual of the season to Lakeland 93-77 but are looking for a better showing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Shawano Community High School.

Senior Griffin Rades won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, James Kruger added two top-two finishes, and Jeffrey Green won the 100 free in the previous meet with Lakeland. The Hawks struggled in the relays, finishing second in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free.

Thursday’s dual meet is the last one before the Great Northern Conference meet Feb. 3 in Antigo.

Girls Basketball

Shawano at Bonduel

The young Shawano girls basketball team will be challenged on the road when it faces the senior-heavy Bonduel Bears at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.


Ups outweighed downs in memorable Packer season

The Associated Press Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, and Jordy Nelson sit on the bench Sunday during the second half of the team's NFC championship game loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta.

No dangerous palpitations this time around, no ulcers and no screaming at the TV set, either.

After doing almost everything wrong during a four-week stretch in the middle of the season, the Green Bay Packers did almost everything right over the final two months.

This included their manner of bowing out of the playoffs, a deed that, unlike the past two seasons, they performed with great thoroughness and certainty.

If you’re going to lose, better to do it the way they did Sunday – beaten into a hat from the start. There is no comparing the level of disappointment in the Atlanta loss next to the last two playoff defeats.

There was the colossal downer of last year’s overtime defeat in Arizona, where a magnificent comeback was stifled three plays into the overtime.

Before that was the overtime debacle in Seattle, a loss that set the standard in playoff bummers. The Packers outplayed the Seahawks for almost 58 minutes and then gave it away.


Rebounding, turnovers hurt Hawks in 74-62 loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry drives to the basket against the Northland Pines zone. DePerry scored a team-high 22 points in a 74-62 home loss Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Carrie Young attempts a baseline jumper over Northland Pines’ Cassie Gauthier (32) and Hadley Kruse (24).

Shawano could not find a way to slow down visiting Northland Pines in a nonconference meeting Tuesday.

The Eagles rebounded well and forced Shawano into difficult passes while tallying 38 points in the first half and another 36 in the second as Shawano lost at home, 74-62.

“Our second-chance points has been a crutch and a problem for us all year,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “We have to fix the rebounding and we have to fix the turnovers, and we’re going to be just fine and we’ll get back to the winning streaks, but right now, we’re just not doing that.”

Northland Pines senior Lexi Smith scored 11 points in the opening six minutes before Shawano went to double-teaming her for the remainder of the first half and to open the second half.

Junior forward Hadley Kruse then stepped up, scoring 11 points in the first half and 14 total. Cassie Gauthier added six points, and Shannon Clark posted five points.


Bears force OT against unbeaten Witt-Birn

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Danee Collier dribbles past Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Emily Norrbom in the first half of Bonduel’s 53-50 overtime loss at home Monday.

The Bonduel girls basketball team used a 23-8 run over the final 8 minutes and 30 seconds, capped by Brynn Reinke’s 3-pointer with 8 seconds left, to take undefeated Wittenberg-Birnamwood into overtime at home Monday.

However, the Chargers shot well enough from the free-throw line in the extra period to emerge with a 53-50 win in Central Wisconsin Conference-8 action.

“We just dug ourselves too deep,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “We dug a deep hole and it was tough to get out of it.”

Wittenberg-Birnamwood played without its starting point guard, Kirsten Clark, for the final 14 minutes after she injured her right knee while driving to the basket on a fast break with the Chargers leading by nine points.


High School Highlights


Shawano 59

Green Bay East 57

Junior guard Kaden Richards got a three-point play with 18 seconds left in the game to give Shawano a 59-57 victory on the road Tuesday.

Richards finished with a game-high 26 points, while Tyrell Hesse and Austin Kohl each scored 10 points for the Hawks (5-7, 4-2 Bay Conference).

Green Bay East used a 6-0 run late to take the lead with 44 seconds left.

Witt-Birn 70

Bonduel 61

Sophomore guard Parker Bohm scored a team-high 20 points, and Bryce Weier pitched in 19 as Bonduel lost on the road Tuesday night.

The Chargers (6-6, 2-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) got 30 points from Cory Fraaza and 19 from Trevor Groshek.

Bonduel (2-10, 0-5 CWC-8) led 41-35 at halftime.

Clintonville 55

Waupaca 47

Nathan Krueger posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Clintonville in Tuesday’s road victory.


Shawano Lake crowd hooked on ice fishing

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Paul Hintz, right, holds up a 26-inch northern pike that he was measuring for ice fishing competitor Larry Olson, center, during Saturday’s event on Shawano Lake.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams American Legion Post 117 vice commander Kevin Barkow, left, talks with ice fishing competitor Kevin Carlsen, of Green Bay, Saturday on Shawano Lake near the Bamboo Bar.

Savannah Micke has been ice fishing with her father, Scott, since she was old enough to hold a fishing pole.

This time, the father and daughter team was in it to win it.

They joined dozens of other fishing enthusiasts Saturday on Shawano Lake to compete for prizes — and bragging rights — in the annual ice fishing derby hosted by American Legion Post 117.

The prizes made it extra interesting, but Micke said she mostly enjoys bonding with her father and trying to to reel in a big one.

“It’s kind of just fun to have a big fish — and show it off,” she said.

American Legion members have been organizing the yearly fishing derby for many years as a popular community event to raise funds for student scholarships and other Post 117 activities.

The weather has not always cooperated.


Turnovers help Gresham push tempo

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Neal Cerveny (21) gets fouled by Port Edwards junior Ian Gibbs in the second half of Gresham’s win at home Friday. Cerveny scored a game-high 23 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Drew Haffner looks for Justice Paiser as he cuts to the basket late in Gresham’s 55-38 victory over Port Edwards at home Friday. The Wildcats used a 17-2 run in the second half to pull away.

Port Edwards made the Gresham boys basketball team play at a slow pace for 22 minutes Friday night.

Then the Wildcats forced three consecutive turnovers in a matchup zone that broke open the game as the hosts remained perfect in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 play with a 55-38 victory.

“The matchup zone that we ended up settling into and playing the rest of the game really disturbed their tempo and got them sped up and out of what they wanted to do, and obviously busted the game open,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “Credit to the guys. That adjustment is not something we do a lot of, but it worked well for us tonight.”

Senior Neal Cerveny scored a game-high 23 points, including 13 in the second half, for Gresham.


High School Highlights

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School guard Kennedy Klemens defends Green Bay East’s Ja’Staria Brantley in the first half of Shawano’s 61-49 victory at home Friday.

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School junior Kristina Wynos dribbles past Green Bay East’s Katie McDonald during the second half of Shawano’s 61-49 home victory Friday.


Weyauwega-Fremont 78

Bonduel 67

Guard Bryce Weier scored a team-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in Bonduel’s loss at home Friday night.

Guard Cole Letter pitched in 14 points for Bonduel (2-9, 0-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Parker Bohm and Dalton Cairns each reached double figures with 11 points for Bonduel.

Shiocton 68

Witt-Birn 55

Trevor Groshek led Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 18 points, but the Chargers could not pull off a comeback after falling behind 40-18 in the first half Friday night.

Marr Kapitz scored 15 points and Cory Fraaza 10 points for Wittenberg-Birnamwood (5-6, 1-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Marinette 69

Clintonville 57

Nathan Krueger scored a game-high 12 points to go with his 12 rebounds, but Clintonville lost at home Friday.


Early surge pushes Panthers to 51-28 victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bowler High School junior guard Reanne Kietlinski runs a fastbreak in the first half of the Panthers’ road victory over Menominee Indian. Kietlinski scored a game-high 27 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Autumn Chevalier passes the ball past the outstretched hand of Bowler’s Jodi Wolf in the second half of MIHS’s 51-28 loss at home Thursday.

A sluggish start for the Bowler girls basketball team finally ended as junior guard Reanne Kietlinski scored five points in the final 15 seconds of the first half to double up Menominee Indian at the break.

The run continued in the second half, as Kietlinski scored a game-high 27 points, allowing Bowler to coast to a 51-28 road victory in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 action Thursday.

“We lost focus completely, just didn’t know time. Crowd was yelling to shoot it, got a little flustered and threw the ball away and then didn’t hustle back on defense,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said of the end of the first half. “Just two lack of focused plays at the end of the half that came back to be huge.”

Leading 24-12, Bowler scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half before Kietlinski went back to work.


High School Highlights


Shawano 54

New London 38

Junior guard Kaden Richards scored a team-high 19 points as Shawano won on the road Thursday.

Senior forward Austin Kohl added 10 points for Shawano (4-7, 3-2 Bay Conference).

The Hawks made all five of their free-throw attempts in the contest.


Wild Rose 50

Marion 38

Tessa Brei posted eight points and three rebounds as Marion lost at home Thursday.

Abby Polzin pitched in six points and five assists for Marion (4-8, 3-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-10), which also got six points and four steals from Emily Sawall.


Green Bay United 36

Shawano 31

Shawano won six of the eight matches but gave up four forfeits that turned the match in favor of the visitors.

Ben Carroll (120 pounds) and Sam Tourtilott (170 pounds) each pinned their United opponents.


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