Bears force OT against unbeaten Witt-Birn

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Danee Collier dribbles past Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Emily Norrbom in the first half of Bonduel’s 53-50 overtime loss at home Monday.

The Bonduel girls basketball team used a 23-8 run over the final 8 minutes and 30 seconds, capped by Brynn Reinke’s 3-pointer with 8 seconds left, to take undefeated Wittenberg-Birnamwood into overtime at home Monday.

However, the Chargers shot well enough from the free-throw line in the extra period to emerge with a 53-50 win in Central Wisconsin Conference-8 action.

“We just dug ourselves too deep,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “We dug a deep hole and it was tough to get out of it.”

Wittenberg-Birnamwood played without its starting point guard, Kirsten Clark, for the final 14 minutes after she injured her right knee while driving to the basket on a fast break with the Chargers leading by nine points.


High School Highlights


Shawano 59

Green Bay East 57

Junior guard Kaden Richards got a three-point play with 18 seconds left in the game to give Shawano a 59-57 victory on the road Tuesday.

Richards finished with a game-high 26 points, while Tyrell Hesse and Austin Kohl each scored 10 points for the Hawks (5-7, 4-2 Bay Conference).

Green Bay East used a 6-0 run late to take the lead with 44 seconds left.

Witt-Birn 70

Bonduel 61

Sophomore guard Parker Bohm scored a team-high 20 points, and Bryce Weier pitched in 19 as Bonduel lost on the road Tuesday night.

The Chargers (6-6, 2-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) got 30 points from Cory Fraaza and 19 from Trevor Groshek.

Bonduel (2-10, 0-5 CWC-8) led 41-35 at halftime.

Clintonville 55

Waupaca 47

Nathan Krueger posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Clintonville in Tuesday’s road victory.


Shawano Lake crowd hooked on ice fishing

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Paul Hintz, right, holds up a 26-inch northern pike that he was measuring for ice fishing competitor Larry Olson, center, during Saturday’s event on Shawano Lake.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams American Legion Post 117 vice commander Kevin Barkow, left, talks with ice fishing competitor Kevin Carlsen, of Green Bay, Saturday on Shawano Lake near the Bamboo Bar.

Savannah Micke has been ice fishing with her father, Scott, since she was old enough to hold a fishing pole.

This time, the father and daughter team was in it to win it.

They joined dozens of other fishing enthusiasts Saturday on Shawano Lake to compete for prizes — and bragging rights — in the annual ice fishing derby hosted by American Legion Post 117.

The prizes made it extra interesting, but Micke said she mostly enjoys bonding with her father and trying to to reel in a big one.

“It’s kind of just fun to have a big fish — and show it off,” she said.

American Legion members have been organizing the yearly fishing derby for many years as a popular community event to raise funds for student scholarships and other Post 117 activities.

The weather has not always cooperated.


Turnovers help Gresham push tempo

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Neal Cerveny (21) gets fouled by Port Edwards junior Ian Gibbs in the second half of Gresham’s win at home Friday. Cerveny scored a game-high 23 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Drew Haffner looks for Justice Paiser as he cuts to the basket late in Gresham’s 55-38 victory over Port Edwards at home Friday. The Wildcats used a 17-2 run in the second half to pull away.

Port Edwards made the Gresham boys basketball team play at a slow pace for 22 minutes Friday night.

Then the Wildcats forced three consecutive turnovers in a matchup zone that broke open the game as the hosts remained perfect in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 play with a 55-38 victory.

“The matchup zone that we ended up settling into and playing the rest of the game really disturbed their tempo and got them sped up and out of what they wanted to do, and obviously busted the game open,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “Credit to the guys. That adjustment is not something we do a lot of, but it worked well for us tonight.”

Senior Neal Cerveny scored a game-high 23 points, including 13 in the second half, for Gresham.


High School Highlights

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School guard Kennedy Klemens defends Green Bay East’s Ja’Staria Brantley in the first half of Shawano’s 61-49 victory at home Friday.

Photo by Rich Montour Shawano Community High School junior Kristina Wynos dribbles past Green Bay East’s Katie McDonald during the second half of Shawano’s 61-49 home victory Friday.


Weyauwega-Fremont 78

Bonduel 67

Guard Bryce Weier scored a team-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in Bonduel’s loss at home Friday night.

Guard Cole Letter pitched in 14 points for Bonduel (2-9, 0-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Parker Bohm and Dalton Cairns each reached double figures with 11 points for Bonduel.

Shiocton 68

Witt-Birn 55

Trevor Groshek led Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 18 points, but the Chargers could not pull off a comeback after falling behind 40-18 in the first half Friday night.

Marr Kapitz scored 15 points and Cory Fraaza 10 points for Wittenberg-Birnamwood (5-6, 1-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Marinette 69

Clintonville 57

Nathan Krueger scored a game-high 12 points to go with his 12 rebounds, but Clintonville lost at home Friday.


Early surge pushes Panthers to 51-28 victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bowler High School junior guard Reanne Kietlinski runs a fastbreak in the first half of the Panthers’ road victory over Menominee Indian. Kietlinski scored a game-high 27 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Autumn Chevalier passes the ball past the outstretched hand of Bowler’s Jodi Wolf in the second half of MIHS’s 51-28 loss at home Thursday.

A sluggish start for the Bowler girls basketball team finally ended as junior guard Reanne Kietlinski scored five points in the final 15 seconds of the first half to double up Menominee Indian at the break.

The run continued in the second half, as Kietlinski scored a game-high 27 points, allowing Bowler to coast to a 51-28 road victory in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 action Thursday.

“We lost focus completely, just didn’t know time. Crowd was yelling to shoot it, got a little flustered and threw the ball away and then didn’t hustle back on defense,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said of the end of the first half. “Just two lack of focused plays at the end of the half that came back to be huge.”

Leading 24-12, Bowler scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half before Kietlinski went back to work.


High School Highlights


Shawano 54

New London 38

Junior guard Kaden Richards scored a team-high 19 points as Shawano won on the road Thursday.

Senior forward Austin Kohl added 10 points for Shawano (4-7, 3-2 Bay Conference).

The Hawks made all five of their free-throw attempts in the contest.


Wild Rose 50

Marion 38

Tessa Brei posted eight points and three rebounds as Marion lost at home Thursday.

Abby Polzin pitched in six points and five assists for Marion (4-8, 3-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-10), which also got six points and four steals from Emily Sawall.


Green Bay United 36

Shawano 31

Shawano won six of the eight matches but gave up four forfeits that turned the match in favor of the visitors.

Ben Carroll (120 pounds) and Sam Tourtilott (170 pounds) each pinned their United opponents.


Boldt, Banker looking to break record

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt, right, reached 100 wins last week in a dual meet at home, and teammate Jacob Banker reached the same mark one night later. The two are aiming for Ben Tauchen’s school record of 168 wins.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jordan Boldt, left, reached 100 wins last week in a dual meet at home, and teammate Jacob Banker reached the same mark one night later. The two are aiming for Ben Tauchen’s school record of 168 wins.

One hundred sixty-eight wins.

It’s the Bonduel High School record held by Ben Tauchen for the most wrestling victories, but juniors Jordan Boldt and Jacob Banker have it in their sights.

The two juniors each reached 100 career victories last week.

Boldt, the 25th wrestler in Bonduel history to reach triple figures, reached the milestone on Jan. 12 in a home dual meet with Rosholt. Banker recorded his 100th the following night by winning all three of his matches at a multi-dual in Bonduel. Boldt, meanwhile, also posted three more wins to raise his total to 103.

“I knew from Day 1 when they walked into our wrestling room as freshmen that they were going to be impact wrestlers for us,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “I’m not surprised that they’ve got 100 wins midway through their junior year.”

Banker convinced Boldt to join the wrestling program in second grade, and the two have pushed each other to be the best ever since.


Win streak at 8, Packers steam into NFC title clash

While most employees of National Football League teams are headlong into their offseason pursuits, the three players in the running for the league’s most valuable player award are all, not coincidentally, still working.

New England quarterback Tom Brady is given an outside shot to win the MVP, while Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is the current favorite and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is somewhere in between.

Ryan and Rodgers as MVP hopefuls gives an added luster to Sunday’s NFC championship game in Atlanta, and the anticipated fireworks from two great offenses will be justly billed to the hilt.

Of course, the MVP vote is of little consequence next to the import of Sunday’s game. The Packers, a struggling 4-6 team on Nov. 20, are one game away from the Super Bowl.


High School Digest


Boys Basketball

Gresham vs. Port Edwards

The Wildcats, who are atop the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 at 7-0, will have to maintain their high level of play against a top-three conference opponent at home Friday.

A conference championship is just the beginning of the goals for Gresham (8-2, 7-0 CWC-10) this winter, and a victory on Friday would give the team some breathing room between it and the rest of the conference. Almond-Bancroft (8-2, 5-1 CWC-10) would be one of the few teams remaining with a shot to knock the Wildcats off the top spot.

Port Edwards (6-3, 4-2 CWC-10) is led by brothers Ian and Addison Gibbs, both guards, who combine to score nearly 39 points per game. The Wildcats have three players scoring more than 10 points per game each in Neal Cerveny, Drew Haffner and Todd Otradovec.

Girls Basketball

Bonduel vs. Wittenberg-Birnamwood


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