Shawano’s Johnson qualifies for sectionals

Taylor Johnson was admittedly a little nervous.

She couldn’t wait to find out if she’d qualified for sectionals.

The Shawano golfer got word about 1½ hours after her round concluded that her 99 placed third among individuals who weren’t going to sectionals as a team. The sophomore was elated.

Having Johnson advance to sectionals was the bright spot of the day for the Shawano team as it placed eighth out of eight schools in the WIAA Division I Seymour Regional at Crystal Springs Golf Course on Wednesday.

Bay Port (366) was first, followed by Notre Dame (371). Shawano had a team score of 453.

“That means a lot to me especially since it’s individually and not as a team,” said Johnson about making it to sectionals. “It’s really a big thing for me because I worked really hard at this this summer.”

Shawano coach Dean Kugler was pleased to get at least one girl past regionals after making it to sectionals as a team a season ago.


Shawano tops Bonduel in pink charity match

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kylie Guenther (8) spikes the ball over the net as Shawano’s Bayleigh Laabs (4), Rachel Reed (3) and Julia Klement (12) jump to block it during Monday’s nonconference match in Bonduel.

In front of a packed gymnasium and energetic crowd, the Shawano volleyball team was able to come away with a nonconference victory over Bonduel on Monday evening in Bonduel. The Hawks won by scores of 25-14, 25-17, 25-19.

As has been the case for much of the season, Shawano’s statistics were spread pretty evenly. Juniors Abi Vomastic and Katelyn Wilber each finished with six attack kills while sophomore Rachel Reed and seniors Tori DePerry and Julia Klement each added five attack kills. Senior Bayleigh Laabs posted 16 assists and seven digs.

Senior Grace Petcka led Bonduel with five attack kills while fellow seniors McKenzie Wollenberg and Kylie Guenther each recorded four. Wollenberg and Guenther contributed nine and eight digs, respectively.

The nonconference match also served as a charity match to raise money for local families battling cancer.


Shawano’s Cuenca fourth at conference tournament

The Shawano girls tennis team took part in the Bay Conference Tournament at Xavier High School on Friday and Saturday. Anna Cuenca turned in the team’s top finish, placing fourth at No. 3 singles. Cuenca was the only Shawano player to advance to the championship bracket.

Singles players Bella Buettner (No. 1) and Rylie Anderson (No. 4) each placed fifth along with the doubles duos of Lydia Dobberstein and Grace Licausi (No. 1) and Alana Krolow and Annalyse Wilber (No. 2).

The No. 3 doubles team of Haley Williams and Chloe Krueger came in sixth while Peyton Buerman took seventh competing at No. 2 singles.

Singles: No. 1: Addy Segelstrom FVL def. Isabella Buettner, 6-3, 6-2; Buettner S def. Taylor Gillis GBE, 6-3, 1-6, 11-9; Buettner S def. Madeline Bergstrom Mar, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2: Gabrielle Medema FVL def. Peyton Buerman S, 6-0, 6-1; Elizabeth Neumeyer GBE def. Buerman S, 6-4, 7-6 (9); Buerman S def. Charley Muller Men, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Maggie


Witt-Birn drops heartbreaker to Shiocton

It went from elation to deflation pretty quickly for Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School football players Friday.

The Chargers were jubilant after scoring a touchdown with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining to pad their lead to seven points. But thoughts of their first Central Wisconsin Conference-Large win of the season faded when Shiocton scored 45 seconds later and got the 2-point conversion to take the lead, 27-26. An interception then sealed the victory.

“We were probably just too excited, to be honest,” Chargers senior Shane Herb said. “Then we just lost focus for a split second, and they just made plays when they needed to.”

Following the game, Witt-Birn coach Bernard Holsey had some positive words for his players.


High School Highlights


Seymour 9

Shawano 2

The Hawks could not keep pace with the Thunder in a Bay Conference match on Monday. Shawano saw its overall record slip to 2-7-2 and conference mark drop to 0-2-1.

Chris Etori scored in the 19th minute for the Hawks before Keenan Raddant tallied a goal in the 85th minute. Owen Moesch was credited with an assist while goalies Will Bergner and Collin Buerman finished with four and eight saves, respectively.


Assumption 6

Clintonville 1

The Clintonville duo of Emily Krause and Leigha Lundt earned the team’s lone win in No. 3 doubles play against Assumption on Monday.

Singles: No. 1: Maria Hartley A def. Kelsey Keller, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Kate Eithun A def. Emmalee Pockat, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Erin Dempze A def. Aubrey Malotky, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Carly Hintz A def. Sasha Carrillo, 6-7, 6-1, 10-4.


Super D racing comes to Shawano

Eighty drivers from the Midwest and around North America will battle it out in Super D’s unique head-to-head drifting competition. Skill and commitment will be tested on a technical course layout never before driven at US Air Motorsports Raceway.

Super D Cup - Midwest Trial takes place at US Air Motorsports Raceway, W5901 County Road BE, Shawano, on Saturday and Sunday. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Tickets prices are $15 per day or $25 for the weekend pass. Children 6 and under get in free.

Drifting is a motorsport that began in the countryside of Japan’s mountainous geography. Cars would scream up and down the mountains in a controlled slide at high speeds. Eventually, the popularity of this motorsport became an international phenomenon.

Club FR has been hosting drifting events in Shawano since 2006 at US Air Motorsports Raceway.


High School Football Roundup

Denmark 40

Shawano 8

The Hawks could not keep pace with the Vikings in a nonconference matchup on Friday.

Shawano slips to 0-6 on the season.

Amherst 21

Bonduel 13

The Bears' fourth quarter rally came up just short in a Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division showdown with the Falcons on Friday.

Bonduel scored all 13 of its points in the final quarter, but Amherst scored once in the final quarter to come out ahead. Parker Bohm threw for 154 yards and a touchdown for the Bears while also rushing for a score. Isaac Garside caught four passes for 83 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards.

Bonduel is now 3-3 on the season and 2-2 in the CWC-Large.

Shiocton 27

Witt-Birn 26

The Chargers suffered a tough one-point loss to Shiocton in a critical CWC-Large clash on Friday.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood dropped its fourth straight game, falling to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.


Shawano overpowers Seymour in Bay Conference battle

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Abi Vomastic (1) hits the ball over the net as her teammates look on during a match against Seymour Thursday.

Shawano volleyball players could be spotted dancing, laughing and having a good time on the court during Thursday’s Bay Conference home tilt against Seymour. The team was afforded that luxury after rallying late to win the first set.

From there, the Hawks never relinquished the momentum as the team went on for a 25-23, 25-14, 25-20 victory to improve to 21-6 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

“It was a good back-and-forth game but for us to come out on top and take charge really gave us the tempo and gave us confidence moving forward,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said.

Shawano held an advantage for the early portion of the first set, leading by as many as six points before Seymour rallied. The Thunder slowly worked their way back into the set before tying it at 18 and going ahead on a pair of serving aces.

Trailing 23-21, Shawano took the final four points of the set, with junior Abi Vomastic’s clutch block kill turning the momentum.


Athlete of the Week: Julia Klement

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Julia Klement is one of just three seniors on an otherwise young Shawano volleyball roster.

Athlete: Julia Klement

Sport: Volleyball

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

A young Shawano Community High School volleyball team has its sights set on a Bay Conference title. One of just three seniors on the roster, Julia Klement has helped the Hawks get off to a 3-0 start to conference play.

Klement helps form an intimidating front line for Shawano that produces powerful attack kills and a stout block game at the net. She most recently totaled 12 attack kills in a sweep of Seymour on Thursday, bringing her season total to 95. Klement and the Hawks return to conference next Thursday on the road against Menasha.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: In fifth grade when I finally got to begin playing at the C team level; my love for the game grew ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a volleyball match or the volleyball season?


Mosquito invasion all the buzz — or not

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with a column idea. Other times, they almost write themselves.

This week, I pondered a timely column idea or two, then asked the question we used to ask in the sports department at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa: What’s the buzz? What are people talking about?

In this case, it’s the literal buzz of mosquitoes.

I’ve faced some biblical hordes of the blood-suckers over the years, mostly while bowhunting. The worst I’ve seen was my first year in Mukwa Wildlife Area on the edge of New London back in 2000 when I first moved to Wisconsin. On that first scouting trip, I experienced actual clouds of mosquitoes that not only bit in unison, but also hummed and whined so much that I gave up within 20 minutes. I returned with my first headnet, which only made them swarm 6 inches away.


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