Sports

Sat
10
Nov

Well-placed trail camera helped editor go viral


Contributed photo This screenshot from the trail camera video shows the eight-point buck watching Leader sports editor Morgan Rode and his brother walk to their evening hunting spots.

As the video file uploaded, I texted my brother, “You ready to go viral, lil’ bro?”

Little did I know how true those words would become in just a matter of hours.

When I am not covering a sporting event or writing up a story, one of my favorite things to do is be out in the hunting woods.

Living over two hours away from the grounds I hunt in western Wisconsin, I’ve come to appreciate trail cameras quite a bit. Trail cameras can be vital tools in learning the behaviors and patterns of a white-tailed deer, but a week ago, I learned how heartbreaking scrolling through some of the photos and videos can be.

After spending several hours in the woods with my brother Nov. 3-4, I returned back to Shawano on Monday morning for the work week. After seeing a fair share of deer activity — but no bucks to my knowledge — I again pondered where to sit in order to put myself in a better position to harvest a mature buck this year.

Fri
09
Nov

Hawks’ eyes set on conference crown


Leader file photo Shawano Hailey Buschman goes up for a layup against New London. Buschman is one of three returning starters for the Hawks.

The temperature is starting to drop and the snow is starting to fly, meaning the high school winter sports season is right around the corner.

Girls basketball teams hit the practice courts for the first time on Monday, with the first games already being played as early as Nov. 13.

After finishing third in the Bay Conference and posting a 15-9 overall record last year, Shawano is prepping for a memorable winter season.

Coach Ryan Koenig believes the Hawks can contend for a conference title.

“Every day the team needs to be focused in practice and players need to understand their roles on the team and accept them,” said Koenig on what it will take for the team to reach its lofty goal. “We need to push each other to get better and expect more from each other, with that comes accountability and then something special can happen this season.”

Fri
09
Nov

Shawano’s Jung, Klement earn conference nods


Leader file photo Clintonville junior Presley Rosenow handles the ball in a match against Shawano in September. Rosenow was selected as a first-team defender in the North Eastern Conference.

After turning in strong seasons on the soccer fields, a total of seven local players were recognized for their play with spots on all-conference teams.

Coaches within the Bay, North Eastern and Central Wisconsin conferences voted the players to first, second or honorable mention teams.

Bay Conference

While Shawano did not finish near the top of the Bay Conference, that didn’t stop conference coaches from recognizing a pair of Hawks players.

Junior forward Michael Klement and senior midfielder Mitchell Jung were each selected to the honorable mention team

“It means a lot that Mitch and I were selected to be on the honorable mention team of the year,” Klement said. “The team, as a whole, worked hard and improved throughout the season and it’s an honor that out of everyone, we were selected. Even though we might not have had the best record, I can guarantee that we had the most fun in conference and on and off the bus rides.”

Thu
08
Nov

Klement named co-player of year in Bay


Leader file photo Shawano junior Tori DePerry hits the ball in the regional title game against Notre Dame Academy in October. DePerry made the all-conference honorable mention team this fall.

For a second straight year, the Shawano Community High School girls volleyball produced a player of the year in the Bay Conference.

In 2017, Shawano’s Averi Vomastic shared the honor with Xavier’s Gabby Murray. This year, Shawano senior Julia Klement was tabbed as one of three players of the year in the conference along with Murray and West De Pere’s Emilie Everard.

“It’s a huge honor to be named co-player of the year, I think that’s something that any player would strive for in their career,” Klement said. “It has been a goal of mine ever since I reached high school and it makes all the hard work worth it. I definitely wouldn’t be here without the help and encouragement from my teammates. They have been awesome and playing with them is something I’ll cherish forever.”

Shawano had four other players — seniors Bayleigh Laabs and Tori DePerry and juniors Abi Vomastic and Katelyn Wilber — also make an all-conference team.

Thu
08
Nov

Dickelman earns spot on Bay first team


Leader file photo Shawano sophomore quarterback Gage Timm (2) reads a Xavier defender while senior Nick Grignon, middle, looks to throw a block and junior Brayden Dickelman (23) awaits a potential pitch in a game in late September. Dickelman made the all-conference first team while Grignon was selected to the second team and Timm was an honorable mention.

A position switch from wide receiver to running back for Shawano’s Brayden Dickelman was a way for coach Alan Tomow to get the playmaker the ball more often in his junior season.

Dickelman took advantage of his opportunities and produced a monster season on the ground to earn a spot on the Bay Conference first team.

“It’s a tremendous honor being on the first team and knowing all the coaches in our league think I’m one of the best players in our conference,” said Dickelman, who rushed for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns on the season while also returning two punts for scores and adding a touchdown reception.

Dickelman, an honorable mention selection at receiver as a sophomore, was one of seven different Hawks that earned spots on an all-conference team. Coaches within the conference voted the players to the respective teams recently.

Thu
08
Nov

No place like home for Pack to get back on track

Lambeau Field may have never been more of an oasis to the Green Bay Packers, who at the midpoint of their season have neither lost at home nor won on the road.

As the only one in a 14-player confidence pool to have picked the Pack to beat both the Rams and Patriots – and like Packer fans everywhere – it’s natural to wonder what the deal is with this year’s group.

Are the Packers an unlucky but strong team on the verge of a breakout, waiting to pounce once they learn how to get out of their own way? Or are they a middle-tier club that may have been a touch overrated coming in?

One thing is sure after having squandered a second straight opportunity to upend a powerhouse. The Packers are running out of wiggle room. Wide receiver Davante Adams hinted that Sunday’s home date with the Dolphins is as close to a must-win as it gets in Week 10.

Wed
07
Nov

Hawks athletes recognized at banquet

After giving it their all during the fall sports seasons, Shawano Community High School athletes were recognized for their efforts at the Shawano Athletics Fall Banquet at The Gathering on Monday.

Shawano coaches presented a number of awards to the deserving athletes while also providing short recaps of their seasons. The event was sponsored by the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.

Volleyball

The Shawano volleyball team had another season to remember this fall, finishing with a 32-9 record overall and second place finish in the Bay Conference under coach Breanna Young.

The Hawks were handed a No. 4 seed in the postseason and advanced to the regional title game.

Setter Bayleigh Laabs orchestrated the team’s strong attack game and was named the team’s most valuable player. Kyra Klement was deemed the most valuable defensive player.

Wed
07
Nov

No local swimmers advance past sectionals


Contributed photo The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls swim team at sectionals included, from left, back row, Isabella Hegewald, Olivia Curley, McKenna Metropulos, Adreonna Bessert, Alexa Chaney and Lauren Bahr; front row, Lainey Dahms, Jalynn Horacek and Christina Thrun.

The fall girls swimming season came to a close Saturday for three local teams after no individual swimmers or relay teams qualified for state while competing at sectionals.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood placed fifth at the Division 2 Ashwaubenon Sectional after scoring 151 points. Clintonville took 11th at the same sectional after scoring 103 points.

The Shawano/Bonduel co-op placed 14th at a tough Division 1 Neenah Sectional after scoring 14 points.

McKenna Metropulos took third in the 100-yard freestyle (56.59 seconds) and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:40.31) to lead Witt-Birn. She also helped form the fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:57.42) and 400 freestyle relay (3:58.45) teams with Lauren Bahr, Christina Thrun and Isabella Hegewald.

Bahr came in sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:06.28) and ninth in the 100 freestyle (58.29).

Hegewald took seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.23), while Thrun placed eighth in the 200 IM (2:34.06).

Sat
03
Nov

Wollenberg, Groshek land on CWC-East first team


Leader file photo Bonduel senior McKenzie Wollenberg goes up for a kill against Gillett early in the volleyball season. Wollenberg was named to the CWC-East first team for her play this season.

Seven combined volleyball players from Bonduel, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian high schools were recently named to Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division all-conference teams for their efforts on the court this fall while Menominee Indian’s Jackson Miller was tabbed the coach of the year.

Receiving recognition was no easy feat as the CWC-East featured talent from top to bottom this year. Coaches within the division voted the most deserving athletes between the first, second and honorable mention teams while Miller had opposing coaches deem him the top coach.

Bonduel knew the difficult challenge it faced entering the season with a young and inexperienced roster. While the Bears went through their ups-and-downs, senior McKenzie Wollenberg was the team’s constant.

Wollenberg, who was Bonduel’s most valuable player and also a captain, was rewarded for her hard work with a spot on the all-conference first team.

Sat
03
Nov

Athlete of the Week: Sami Smejkal


Contributed photo Clintonville senior Sami Smejkal recently broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly while competing at the Bay Conference Championship Meet on Oct. 25.

Athlete: Sami Smejkal

Sport: Swimming

Events: 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly

School: Clintonville High School

Year: Senior

With the fall season winding down, local girls swimmers are doing their best to keep their seasons alive. Posting personal records are what the athletes are striving for so anything else is just icing on the cake.

Clintonville senior Sami Smejkal seems to be peaking at just the right point after breaking the school record in the 100-yard butterfly at the Bay Conference Championship Meet on Oct. 25. She also placed second in the 200 IM. Smejkal will try to earn a trip to state when competing in the Division 2 Ashwaubenon Sectional on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in swimming begin?

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