Hawks breeze through 1st round of regionals

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School volleyball players, from left, senior Nicole Hoefs, sophomore Kyra Klement and senior Averi Vomastic set up on defense during Tuesday’s sweep of Two Rivers in a WIAA Division 2 regional match. The Hawks play Oconto Falls next.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Averi Vomastic and freshman Rachel Reed block during a WIAA Division 2 regional match on Tuesday. The Hawks swept Two Rivers to advance to the next round against Oconto Falls.

Shawano repeatedly attacked Two Rivers’ open court to clinch a sweep in the first round of a WIAA Division 2 regional on Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Hawks trampled the 13-seeded Purple Raiders 25-9, 25-8 and 25-14 to advance to the second round.

“They played awesome,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said. “They played how I expected them to play.”

A Two Rivers service error gave Shawano its first point to start the night, and the Hawks breezed to an 11-2 lead before the Purple Raiders took a timeout. An Averi Vomastic kill took the Hawks to set point, and a block by Rachel Reed and Vomastic ended the set 25-9.

Two Rivers (3-17, 0-7 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) scored the first point of Set 2 on a Shawano hitting error. Tori DePerry and Brandi Gueths put up a double-block to get the Hawks on the board and they rolled to a 10-1 lead. A Vomastic attack clinched the set 25-8.


Bonduel fights for Round 1 victory

With a set on the line, Bonduel came through late to pull out a victory – twice.

Bonduel combined to score seven out of the final nine points in the first two sets against Laona/Wabeno, pulling out wins in both sets. The Bears went on to earn a sweep, 25-23, 25-23, 25-12, in the first round of a WIAA Division 3 regional in Bonduel on Tuesday.

It’s the second time Bonduel downed Laona/Wabeno this season. The teams played on Aug. 29 with the Bears winning 2-0.

Bonduel’s ability to close out the first two sets on Tuesday showed the players’ resiliency, according to coach Kim Strayer.

“We just talked about having a little bit more energy on the court, communicating a little bit better,” Strayer said. “We had a couple of times where we were running into each other, which really isn’t like our team. We just need to play our tempo and our game in order to close out those games, and they stepped up and did that.”


High School Scoreboard


Oct. 17

WIAA Regionals, Round 1

Bowler def. Tigerton, 22-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-15

T: Kelsi Shumaker, 16 assists; Jaidan Miller, 11 assists; Molly Brehm, 25 digs; Monika Minniecheske, 17 digs, 12 kills; Raven Dewhurst, 15 digs, 6 kills.

B: Maranda Brei, 10 kills, 22 assists, 14 digs, 5 service aces; Reanne Kietlinski, 12 kills, 12 digs, 3 service aces; Jada Waters, 8 kills, 16 assists, 17 digs.

Gresham def. Phelps, 25-13, 25-22, 25-14

G: Hailey Hoffman, 19 service points, 8 aces, 19 kills; Dani Huntington, 22 assists; Karisa Nietzer, 9 kills.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood def. Crandon, 25-13, 25-21, 25-15

W-B: Koreena Miller, 43 assists; Lauren Bushman, 14 kills, 14 digs; Elizabeth Muscha, 14 digs; Lindsey Schwalbach, 14 digs.

Bay Conference

Team W L

Xavier 7 0

Seymour 6 1

Shawano 5 2

West De Pere 4 3

New London 3 4

Green Bay East 2 5


Wausaukee ends Cats’ winless season

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler/Gresham senior Nathan Montez runs the ball during Friday’s 54-12 loss to Wausaukee.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler/Gresham junior Noah Bestul gets tackled during the Cats’ 54-12 loss to Wausaukee on Friday.

Bowler/Gresham was held to just four first downs against Wausaukee on Friday, leading to a 54-12 loss in the Cats’ final MONLPC game of the season at Bowler.

Two fumbles in the first three drives set the Cats (0-8) up to a slow start. Wausaukee turned both turnovers into touchdowns.

Bowler/Gresham gave up significant yardage on three other drives in the half due to penalties, two of which led to Ranger touchdowns.

“We definitely made some simple errors, but that’s normal when you have a young team like us,” Bowler/Gresham head coach Eric Peebles said. “But I thought we overall played pretty well tonight for our last game. I was very proud of everybody. They worked hard out there.”

The Cats found energy in the second half and put points on the board in back-to-back drives.

The Rangers started the second half with a 22-yard touchdown run by Hayden Renikow to go up 46-0, but the Cats answered with their first touchdown of the game.


Hawks close out season with overtime loss

Photo by Jenny Kadonsky Shawano Community High School junior Roman Purull runs the ball during the Hawks’ 16-13 overtime loss at New London on Friday.

Photo by Jenny Kadonsky Shawano Community High School sophomore Brayden Dickelman runs the ball during the Hawks’ 16-13 overtime loss at New London on Friday.

New London defeated Shawano 16-13 in overtime in Bay Conference play on Friday, ending the Hawks’ hopes for a spot in the WIAA playoffs.

The loss ended the Hawks’ season, but head coach Alan Tomow said he is proud of the improvement his team brought to Shawano football.

“I’m very proud of how hard we played,” Tomow said. “We had chances to win the game. We have made huge strides in our program, and our seniors were a big part of how far we’ve come. We’ve put in a lot of hard work to be competitive in our conference and hopefully our young kids see what they can accomplish when we work hard.”

Jarrett Laatsch completed 9 for 13 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown for the Hawks (4-5, 3-5 Bay). He threw two interceptions. He led the team in rushing with 96 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.

Roman Purull rushed for 39 yards on 18 carries, and Brayden Dickelman gained 27 yards on five carries.


6 Bonduel runners make all-conference

Photo by Diane Schnell Bonduel High School junior Jared Wondra runs in the Central Wisconsin Conference meet at Iola on Thursday. Wondra made all-conference after placing fifth in 17 minutes, 5 seconds.

Photo by Diane Schnell Bonduel High School freshman Kara Troxel placed second with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds at the Central Wisconsin Conference cross-country meet Thursday at Iola. She and five teammates received all-conference honors.

Six Bonduel High School cross-country runners made all-conference at the Central Wisconsin Conference meet at Iola on Thursday.

The Bears girls team took third place out of eight teams; the boys took fourth out of seven.

The all-conference honorees are freshman Kara Troxel, freshman Madison Kurey, senior Ashlyn Schnell, junior Jared Wondra, junior Colin Ewing and senior Jacob Moede.

Troxel placed second out of 58 runners in the girls race with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds. Kurey (21:19) finished 10th, followed by Ashlyn Schnell (21:30) in 12th, Breanna Schnell (22:41) in 28th and Katlin Thompson (22:49) in 30th. Other Bonduel finishers were Abby Owen (22:55) in 33rd and Laney Richmond (24:24) in 44th.


High School Scoreboard


Oct. 13

Bonduel 48, Manawa 18

B: Eli Mastey, 16 carries for 165 yards, 3 TDs; Jordan Boldt, 13 carries for 54 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches for 11 yards; Isaac Garside, 4 catches for 139 yards and 1 TD; Parker Bohm, 9-for-20 passing, 1 TD, 1 INT.

Clintonville 20, Green Bay West 12

C: Kyle Finger, 13-for-32 passing for 188 yards, 2 TDs, 1 interception, 18 carries for 33 yards; Ben Tessmer, 4 catches for 30 yards; Bailey Tate, 4 catches for 57 yards; Riley Jaensch, 3 catches for 55 yards; Dylan Danforth, 1 catch for 35 yards; Jason Bilek, 1 catch for 11 yards.


Oct. 12

Fox Valley Lutheran def. Clintonville, 25-21, 25-12, 25-12


Wolves outplay Gresham-Bowler 6-0

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham-Bowler freshman Raven Bennett steals the ball during Thursday’s 6-0 loss to Wisconsin Valley Lutheran at Gresham.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham-Bowler senior Todd Otradovec outruns Wisconsin Valley Lutheran players during Gresham-Bowler’s 6-0 loss at Gresham on Thursday.

After defeating Wisconsin Valley Lutheran twice earlier this year, Gresham-Bowler fell 6-0 to the Wolves in its regular season finale at home Thursday.

The Wildcats went into halftime of the nonconference match trailing by two, but WVL kept the ball near goalkeeper Justice Paiser for the majority of the second half.

“Justice (Paiser) was the main part of our defense tonight,” Gresham-Bowler head coach Nate Boucher said. “He shouldn’t have had to see the ball as much as he did, but he was key to not letting them get more points than they did. He’s saved us a lot this season. Game scores, tonight included, would be much different without him protecting our net.”

The Wolves’ defenders, on the other hand, kept the ball from finding goalkeeper Rhein Zuelsdorff, who only had to make four saves in the second half compared to Paiser’s 10.

“I thought we should have matched up way better,” Boucher said. “Tonight, they came ready to play, and we just didn’t.”


High School Scoreboard


Oct. 12

Bowler def. Weyauwega-Fremont, 25-22, 25-12, 25-14

B: Maranda Brei, 12 kills, 6 digs, 14 assists; Reanne Kietlinski, 7 kills, 8 digs, 5 service aces; Calista Miller, 10 digs; Jada Waters, 11 assists, 5 kills, 5 digs.

Tri-County def. Gresham, 28-26, 20-25, 15-25, 26-24, 8-15

G: Hailey Hoffman, 14 service points, 21 digs, 13 kills; Kamille Davids, 14 kills; Dani Huntington, 39 assists; Mackenzie Hoffman, 20 digs.

Port Edwards def. Tigerton, 25-15, 25-18, 20-25, 25-19

T: Jaidan Miller, 12 assists; Kelsi Shumaker, 12 assists; Monika Minniecheske, 13 kills, 9 digs, 6 service aces;
Molly Brehm, 10 digs; Raven Dewhurst, 9 digs.

Antigo def. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, 25-23, 25-14, 24-26, 25-20

W-B: Koreena Miller, 33 assists; Lauren Bushman, 10 kills; Marissa Groshek, 10 kills; Elizabeth Muscha, 23 digs.


Oct. 12

Seymour 6, Shawano 2


Teammate fondly recalls Fred Opperman

Contributed Photo The 1957 Shawano High School boys basketball team defeated Madison West, 66-61, in the state championship game. The team included, from left, front row, manager Fred Wittlinger, John Cantwell, Martin Gharrity, Mike Dodge, Bernard Prusik, Tom Spohn, Harley Lyons, manager Larry Reisner; back row, assistant coach Walt Hein, manager Mike Mayerl, Jerry Klose, Fred Opperman, Loren Wolf, Dave Meyer and head coach John Kenney.

Contributed Photo Shawano High School teammates Fred Opperman and John Cantwell were part of the two-time state champion basketball team in 1956-57.

Editor’s note: John Cantwell, a 1958 graduate of Shawano High School, wrote this essay about Fred Opperman, 78, who passed away on Oct. 5. They were members of the SHS state championship basketball teams in 1956 and 1957. Shawano went 22-6 during the 1956 season and beat Appleton 74-68 in the championship game. The Indians were 27-2 during the 1957 season and defeated Madison West 66-61 for the title.

My friend and basketball teammate, Fred, was a gentle giant and a man of deep faith, which no doubt sustained him during his own severe health problems and the devastating illness that claimed his wife and star athlete daughter in close succession.


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