Phantoms run rampant on Hawks, 42-0

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School defensive back Brett Ainsworth, bottom, and Seth Sousek, left, combine for a tackle of West De Pere’s Alex Wagner in the second quarter of Shawano’s season-opening 42-0 loss at home Friday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School quarterback Jarrett Laatsch, left, hands the ball off to running back Roman Purull in the first quarter of Shawano’s season-opening 42-0 loss at home Friday. Purull led Shawano with 12 rushes for 38 yards.

West De Pere quarterback Josh Blount rushed the ball just six times in the first half but amassed 120 yards and four touchdowns as the Phantoms blew out Shawano, 42-0, in both teams’ season opener Friday in Shawano.

Blount found the end zone more times in the first half than Shawano found the red zone all game. The Hawks reached the 20-yard line just twice, once in each of the first two quarters.

“As good of a program as they’ve been over the last 15 years, it was important for us to come out and answer the intensity that they set, and I thought we did,” Shawano head coach Al Tomow said. “We did push back. I thought we fought all the way through.”

The Hawks (0-1, 0-1 Bay Conference) finished with 175 total yards; West De Pere (0-1, 0-1 Bay) compiled 315.


New players, new conference for Eagles this fall

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian sophomore Jalen Corn sets the ball during a practice earlier this week. Corn is one of two returning starters for the Eagles this fall.

Transitions are aplenty for the Menominee Indian volleyball team this fall.

In addition to trying to make up for the loss of five starters, the Eagles are joining the larger Central Wisconsin Conference-East, which includes last year’s WIAA Division 3 sectional finalist Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Bonduel, Shiocton, Amherst and others.

“We’re really focusing on our fundamentals right now,” Menominee Indian head coach Jackson Miller said. “Really trying to get the fundamentals down, and build them up.”

Autumn Chevalier (setter), Kendra Webster (hitter), Celine Martin (hitter), Monae Waukau (hitter), Aaliyah Pecore (hitter) and Vivica Connahvichnah (libero) all graduated, with only sophomore Jalen Corn and junior Kaylee Helms left to create continuity in the starting lineup.

Miller will turn to Sharae Beauprey, Faith Munson and Cierra Maulson to take over starting roles.


Racing finds another gear come August

Exciting, thrilling, dramatic and impressive are just some of the many superlatives that could be used to describe last week’s night of racing at the Shawano Speedway.

The night was filled with numerous highlights. The first was the first career feature win for Bowler’s Asa Doxtator. Doxtator, who has raced for nearly 20 years, had to take the lead back from Kyle Frederick on two occasions to score the victory.

In the pits after the races, he mentioned to me that he was so excited he had tears in his eyes exiting the track and accidentally shut the car off while coming down pit lane. He was not quite sure how to get to victory lane.

Doxtator had been building momentum in recent weeks, though. Aside from his win last week, he had finished fifth on Aug. 5 and seventh after starting 22nd on July 29.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 42

Coleman 14

Junior quarterback Parker Bohm went 7-for-7 passing for 207 yards and three touchdowns as Bonduel won at home Friday night. Bohm rushed for an 8-yard score as well.

Jordan Boldt added 94 rushing yards on six carries, and Isaac Garside caught five passes for 167 yards and two scores for the Bears (1-0).

Jacob Banker and Eli Mastey each added touchdowns for Bonduel.


Eagles don’t capitalize on mistakes, fall 26-22 in opener

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School running back Meshaen Waukau breaks a tackle during Thursday’s 26-22 season-opening loss to Lena/STAA. Waukau rushed 36 times for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School lineman Darius Wayka, right, chases down Lena/STAA’s Tyler Stuart early in Menominee Indian’s 26-22 home loss Thursday.

Menominee Indian scored just eight points off three second-half turnovers Thursday in a 26-22 season-opening home loss to Lena/STAA.

The Eagles drove 65 yards for Meshaen Waukau’s third touchdown of the game after forcing a fumble on the Titans’ second play of the second half but could not turn another fumble and interception into points.

“I think it’s a killer instinct thing that happens sometimes with younger teams. You don’t finish the job,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Clache said. “They’ll think they got the interception, that’s it. They think they got the one touchdown, that’s it. It’s not that way. They’ve got to finish the job. I think they learned a hard lesson today.”

After Waukau’s touchdown gave the Eagles the 22-20 lead in the third quarter, the Titans fumbled again on the first offensive play of the next possession, and Menominee Indian’s Mariano Lyons jumped on the loose ball. The Eagles, however, could not move the ball and punted.


Offensive prowess growing for Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School seniors Brandi Gueths, left, and Averi Vomastic, center, jump to block an attack during practice this week. Gueths and Vomastic are two of five seniors and four returning starters for the Hawks.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Julia Klement, a unanimous first-team all-conference selection last year, highlights a strong group of hitters for the Hawks this fall.

The Shawano volleyball team, with two of the top six returning players in the Bay Conference, looks to have a high-powered offense this season.

The Hawks will be led by unanimous first-team all-conference player Julia Klement, fellow first-team selection Averi Vomastic and honorable-mention setter Bayleigh Laabs.

“We definitely need to be running a faster offense this year than we ran last year and be able to get more of our hitters involved,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said.

Also returning are Brandi Gueths and Tori DePerry, who will compete for time on the court with junior Taylor Wilber and freshman Rachel Reed.

After the first four days of practice, it remains to be seen if Reed will be a starter, but she’s off to a strong start.

“Skill-wise, she definitely has potential, so we’re excited to get her going fast,” Young said.


Reinke, Berry stepping forward for Bonduel

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Althea Berry, one of three returning starters, gets low to make a pass during practice Wednesday. Berry and Brynn Reinke have helped take over the leadership of the volleyball squad heading into 2017.

With a setter, hitter and libero as the only returning starters from a year ago, it’s going to be up to them to lead Bonduel into a new season.

Senior Brynn Reinke (setter), senior Althea Berry (libero) and junior Mckenzie Wollenberg (outside hitter), are paving the way for youth needing to contribute more this fall.

“These girls are a little concerned,” Bonduel head coach Kim Strayer said. “They know they don’t have the amount of experience we’ve had in the past. They aren’t just as confident as they used to be.”

Last year’s senior class, which included Kailee Pedersen, Emily Sorenson, Katlyn Bohr and Brittany Wudtke among others, created massive shoes to fill for the young Bonduel team.

Strayer will turn to junior Grace Petcka as a middle hitter, and Megan Zeitler and newcomer Kylie Guenther have impressed so far and could see valuable time on the court.


Players find baseball’s resistance to useful change off base

Baseball wasn’t supposed to be much fun this year for fans of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The season was projected to be a train wreck of such planetary proportions that watching it was advised only with a refracting lens, through a pinhole in a shoebox.

But, with two-thirds of the season in the books, the Brewers – still in the thick of a pennant race – have been baseball’s best surprise of 2017.

Not so surprising in baseball this season are the calls for changes in the game, which increasingly are coming from the players and their advocates.

In the same week that Detroit’s Ian Kinsler decried the ball-strike calling of umpire Angel Hernandez and urged his speedy retirement from the game, Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs spoke of the need to let today’s Pitch Trak technology call the pitches.


Large senior class raises Wildcats’ expectations

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Dani Huntington works on her passing during a drill at practice Tuesday. Huntington is one of six seniors on the roster and will be the starting setter for the Wildcats this fall.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Hailey Hoffman bumps a ball during a control drill this week. Hoffman, an outside hitter for the Wildcats, is one of four returning starters from 2016.

A large senior class, having worked its way through the Gresham volleyball program, is looking to make its mark in 2017.

Led by Dani Huntington, Hailey Hoffman and Mackenzie Hoffman, the Wildcats will rely heavily on their six seniors this fall.

“That experience I think is huge because we’ve been in close matches in the past, and if we get into those situations again this year, which I expect because our conference is pretty competitive, that experience is going to get us over the top,” Gresham head coach Tim Wild said.

Huntington will run the offense as the setter, distributing the ball t0 outside hitters Hailey Hoffman and Kamille Davids.

“She’s a leader. She loves volleyball. She loves to play volleyball. She plays it in the offseason, and she knows what she’s doing,” Wild said of Huntington. “She’s excited to be here, and that rubs off on other people, that excitement for the game of volleyball.”


Keuschel, Wallace take 7th at nationals

Contributed Photo The Shawano Ski Sharks doubles strap team of Bradley Keuschel and Kylie Wallace placed seventh at nationals in Loves Park, Illinois, last weekend.

For the second time in as many seasons, the water-skiing duo of Bradley Keuschel and Kylie Wallace found themselves among the top 10 in the nation.

Competing in the 2017 Show Ski National Championships in Loves Park, Illinois, last weekend, the Ski Sharks’ strap doubles team placed seventh among the 15 teams.

“We wanted to finish in the top half of the crowd of 15 couples, and seventh place, we managed to do that,” Keuschel said. “We did everything we wanted to do this season.”

Cory Krivitz and Kimberly Stoner won the nationals competition with a 15.26. Keuschel and Wallace scored 11.84.

The top three teams from each of the five regions in the country received automatic bids to the national tournament. Keuschel and Wallace, who finished fourth at the Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on July 20-23, got in as the first alternate team.


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