Sports

Sat
19
Jan

Athlete of the Week: Darius Wayka

Athlete: Darius Wayka

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 195

School: Menominee Indian High School

Year: Senior

Darius Wayka has enjoyed a strong start to the wrestling season, compiling a 18-3 record heading into a multidual at Bonduel on Saturday. Wayka has been amongst the top wrestlers at the 195-pound weight class in Division 3 all season and is currently an honorable mention.

In his most recent dual, Wayka defeated Shiocton’s Tyler Hess, also an honorable mention at 195 pounds, by a 2-1 decision. Back on Jan. 5, he placed second at the Brawl in the Falls Invite at Oconto Falls High School. He pinned three opponents on the day before being defeated by technical fall in the first place match against Bonduel’s Isaac Banker.

Wayka hopes to end his season competing at the state tournament. Last year, Wayka finished second in the 195 weight class at the Coleman Regional before dropping his first match at the Bonduel Sectional.

Sat
19
Jan

New tech brings ice fishing into the 21st century

Some of us ice fishermen just want to hook a few panfish for the frying pan, but Ryan Wilson sometimes brings home thousands of dollars with his ice jigs.

He’s traveled to many Midwestern states and even Kazakhstan (Asia) in pursuit of fish below the ice.

Wilson, 36, of Waupaca, part of Team Aqua-Vu professional ice fishing team with buddy Brandon Newby, of Wisconsin Rapids, shared many of his fishing secrets Monday during his seminar at New London Public Library.

Wilson and Newby have captured two North American Ice Fishing circuit national championships, one in 2012 and the second last month in Minnesota, the latter earning them $13,000 in prize money. He’s also fished on ice as part of a team representing the United States in Kazakhstan.

Fri
18
Jan

Local female athletes proving they belong in boys sports


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Sara Podavini, right, works on technique with Gage Timm at the team’s Wednesday practice.

Jetlyn Michonski has witnessed the reactions and heard the whispers plenty of times.

When the Clintonville/Marion wrestler hits the mat, it’s not uncommon for her to get a perplexed look — and sometimes a smile — from her male opponent. It’s always a different range of emotions from the guys who take the mat against the female.

“Most of the time the guys think that, because I’m a girl, I’ll be an easy opponent,” Michonski said. “Sometimes that is the case, and sometimes it’s not.”

Michonski isn’t the only girl competing in a mostly boys sport in the area. She’s not even the only one on her team, sharing the spotlight with Tabitha Breitrick.

In Shawano, foreign exchange student Sara Podavini is competing on the wrestling team, and Faith Lammers is skating on the boys’ hockey squad.

Fri
18
Jan

Top 5 Performers

Here is a look at some of the top performances in the area over the past week:

Collin Buerman — Shawano boys swimming

The senior swimmer turned in several strong individual finishes and helped relay teams to some top finishes over the past week. Buerman was a part of the Hawks’ 200-yard medley relay, 100 freestyle relay and 200 freestyle relay teams that all placed in the top 10. Buerman helped the 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams to first place in a dual loss to Tomahawk on Jan. 10 while finishing second in the 100 and 50 freestyles.

Parker Bohm — Bonduel boys basketball

The senior broke the 1,000-point milestone in the first half of a 77-66 victory over Menominee Indian last Friday. He scored 33 points in the game, setting a new career-high. Despite the team dropping a nonconference game to Oconto on Tuesday, Bohm poured in 21 points. He is averaging just under 20 points per game this season.

Fri
18
Jan

Packers bank on LaFleur to blossom as new head coach

The search for the new coach of the Green Bay Packers ultimately ended with the guy oozing positive energy and a certain je ne sais quoi.

Matt LaFleur’s hiring evoked a wide range of reaction from fans and talking heads — from those who hailed it as a great catch to those undecided, and still others who called it the worst move the team ever made.

The disparity is owed to the fact that you can’t find a proper working crystal ball these days.

In any case, LaFleur, the 39-year-old former offensive coordinator for Tennessee, has been walking on clouds since taking the phone call that changed his life.

The team had interviewed numerous candidates for the job, including interim Packers coach and former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. But the big call ultimately came to the dynamic newcomer with the French-sounding name, heralding a new direction and ushering in the Matt LaFleur era. Then LaFleur thanked Aaron Rodgers and hung up the phone.

Thu
17
Jan

Shawano cannot overcome slow stretches in loss to D.C. Everest


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Nick Sherman, center, drives to the basket during Tuesday’s nonconference matchup against D.C. Everest at Shawano Community High School.

The Shawano boys basketball team knew the challenge that awaited as D.C. Everest, a Division 1 school coming out of the battle-tested Wisconsin Valley Conference, came to town for a nonconference clash on Tuesday.

Despite missing a pair of upperclassmen, the Hawks hung with the Evergreens for much of the game. After overcoming several tough stretches on the floor, a late 8-0 run by D.C. Everest proved to be the final nail in an eventual 69-57 loss for Shawano.

With senior Nick Grignon out with an injury and junior Cody Nahwahquaw out with an illness, the Hawks (4-9) were without two valuable pieces to their regular rotation. With those two out, coach Dave Ambrosius leaned more on freshmen Elliott Lowney and Ethan Schwitzer.

Each freshmen scored a basket early on, and combined with a 3-pointer from junior Karsten Anderson, Shawano had an early 7-3 lead.

Thu
17
Jan

High School Highlights

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shawano 50

Green Bay East 21

The Hawks cruised to a Bay Conference victory over the Red Devils on Tuesday. Shawano had 11 different players score and allowed just six second half points to pull away for the win.

Tori DePerry led a balanced Shawano attack with 11 points. Hailey Buschman and Carrie Young each tallied eight points for the Hawks.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for Shawano and improved the team’s conference record to 6-2.

Bonduel 76

Coleman 42

The Bears ran their winning streak to nine after routing the Cougars in nonconference action Tuesday.

Kara Troxel led the way, tallying 27 points and six steals for Bonduel. Kylie Guenther posted a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Allaina Robaidek contributed 11 points and four assists while Jessie LaBerge had seven points and six assists. The Bears had 23 offensive rebounds in the contest.

Wed
16
Jan

Bohm records 1,000th point, has career-high game


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Parker Bohm, right, fights for a loose ball with Menominee Indian’s Kyle Lyons during the first half of Friday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division clash at Menominee Indian High School.

On a night that Bonduel senior Parker Bohm will never forget, it was the Menominee Indian boys basketball team that nearly pulled off a memorable comeback.

Bohm hit the 1,000-point milestone in the first half and finished with a career-high 33 points and Bonduel was able to hold off Menominee Indian’s furious second-half rally to claim an entertaining 77-66 Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division battle at Menominee Indian High School on Friday.

“This is a huge win for us,” Bonduel coach Duke Copp said. “We had a really, really tough loss Tuesday night (to Iola-Scandinavia in overtime). Our kids are playing really good basketball right now — we’re getting better every day and to come on the road and get a good conference win, it’s huge.”

Needing 16 points to reach 1,000 in his high school career, Bohm guided Bonduel (7-5, 3-2 CWC-East) out to an early lead, scoring 11 points and helping the team to a 16-8 advantage.

Wed
16
Jan

Shawano Squirt B team places first at home tournament


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Cameron Schroeder, center, faces off against SHAW Timberwolves’ Josh Lawrence late in the third period of Friday’s Squirt B matchup at the Crawford Center. The Timberwolves won 2-1 on Friday but Shawano topped SHAW 3-2 on Sunday to take first place.

The Shawano Squirt B and C teams comprised of 9- and 10-year-olds got plenty of time on the ice over the weekend, competing in tournaments at the Crawford Center.

The B team posted a 2-1-1 record to take first place. The C team went 0-3 and finished eighth.

After a 2-1 Friday night loss to the SHAW Timberwolves (Milwaukee), the Shawano Lightning Squirt B team bounced back by downing the Kenosha Komets 4-2 on Saturday morning. The Lightning then battled to a 3-3 tie with the Niles Rangers (Niles, Illinois) later that afternoon.

The B team capped the weekend by avenging Friday night’s loss, taking down the Timberwolves in a 3-2 thriller on Sunday.

Weston Beyer, Blake Swedberg and Kielian Armbruster each scored in the championship game for the Lightning while Gavin Hundt, Wyatt Schroeder and Cameron Schroeder all recorded an assist. Shawano held a 13-6 advantage in shots on goal, with Lightning goalie Tyson Lyons making four saves.

Wed
16
Jan

High School Highlights

BOYS SWIM

Shawano comes in eighth at invite

The Shawano boys swim team earned 94 points to come in eighth at the eight-team Rocket Sprint Invite at Neenah High School.

The 200-yard medley relay of Collin Buerman, Karson Rades, Camden Kroll and Josh Bergmann turned in the Hawks best finish on the day, posting a time of 1 minute, 54.14 seconds.

The team of Buerman, Bergmann, Peter Fuller and Wylee Springborn raced to a time of 48.14 in the 100 freestyle relay. The 200 freestyle relay team of Buerman, Fuller, Springborn and Kroll came in eighth with a time of 1:41.36.

Buerman had the Hawks best individual finish on the day, with a time of 12.66 in the 25 freestyle.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

New London 60

Clintonville 34

The Bulldogs proved too much to handle for the Truckers in a nonconference clash on Saturday.

Erin Viergutz scored eight points for Clintonville while Lindsy Carpenter had seven.

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