Kietlinski continues to frustrate CWC-10 defenses

Leader File Photo Bowler High School junior guard Reanne Kietlinski continues to add to her school scoring record, which she broke back on Jan. 24. With a few games remaining this season and her entire senior season ahead of her, 2,000 career points is in her sights as one of the top-20 scorers in state history.

Since she started playing for Bowler High School, Reanne Kietlinski has been finding ways to score consistently.

Halfway through her junior campaign, Kietlinski broke Taylor Rosinski’s school career scoring record, set in 2010. Rosinski’s mark of 1,258 points fell on Jan. 24, and Kietlinski now sits at 1,430 career points with the playoffs and a senior season still ahead of her.

“Right now, as Reanne is facing a lot of triangle-and-twos and box-and-ones, it’s almost like tackle football out there trying to keep her away from the ball,” Bowler head coach AJ Miller said.

Kietlinski, who finished second in Player of the Year voting in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 last season to Tri-County’s Amber Baehman, leads the conference in scoring with 24.8 points per game.


Shawano makes final preparations for cheer regionals

Contributed Photo The Shawano Community High School cheer team is making its final preparations for Saturday’s Northern Regional at Waupaca High School. A top-three finish would advance the team to state the following weekend.

The Shawano cheer team started its season with back-to-back top-two performances in January but slipped to fourth in its latest competition last weekend at Kettle Moraine High School.

The team is still confident heading into Saturday’s Northern Regional at Waupaca High School.

“They did really well. It’s a new scoresheet that they’re learning,” Shawano coach Mary Kast said. “They hit their entire routine. We had very few stumbles in that routine. They came off very confident.”

The Hawks, which are down to 20 athletes, including two guys, will compete in the Small Coed division of the regional, a change from last season in which it had nine males and a roster of 24 to compete in the larger division.

The change in roster has also required the team to become more technically sound, especially in the lifts and stunts. Kast said the team began practicing the maneuvers last summer to be ready for the competition season.


Bears romp in regular season finale

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson passes to a teammate in the first half of Thursday’s 55-24 home victory over Manawa. Sorenson tallied a game-high 11 points to go with seven steals.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kailee Pedersen dribbles baseline to get behind the Manawa defense in the first half of Bonduel’s win Thursday. Pedersen posted seven first-half points as the Bears jumped ahead 28-9 at the break and won 55-24 at home.

Forcing turnovers and crashing the offensive rebounds allowed the Bonduel girls basketball team to dominate Manawa at home Thursday night, 55-24.

Bonduel finished the regular season in a tie with Shiocton for third place in the Central Wisconsin Conference-8. Amherst and Wittenberg-Birnamwood each went 13-1 in CWC-8 play and tied for the conference title.

The Bears (15-6, 8-5 CWC-8) used a 16-0 run, led by Kailee Pedersen’s seven points and Emily Sorenson’s five points over eight minutes in the first half, to pull ahead 17-2.

Becca Carpenter had an offensive rebound and putback, and Brynn Reinke added a fastbreak layup during the stretch.

“I told them it was very important to be fundamentally sound tonight,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said.


High School Highlights


Lux-Casco 74

Clintonville 49

Nathan Krueger and Tyler Petermann each tallied 19 points to lead Clintonville in Thursday’s home loss.

The Truckers (10-10, 7-9 North Eastern Conference) shot 39 percent from the field and allowed the Spartans to make half of their shots.

Clintonville gave up 44 first-half points before slowing Luxemburg-Casco down in the second half for 30 points.

Witt-Birn 74

Manawa 41

Cory Fraaza scored a game-high 20 points and Matt Kapitz chipped in 17 as Wittenberg-Birnamwood won at home on Thursday.

The Chargers (10-9, 5-6 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) used a 39-point first-half to take a commanding lead.

Fraaza added 16 rebounds, and Teagon Lehmen grabbed 11 boards in the win.


New London 55

Shawano 42

Sophomore forward Kayla Ward posted 11 points to lead Shawano in Thursday’s road loss.


Rotting away: Infighting, bad news carry day in the Big Apple

The average price of a ticket to a New York Knicks game is about $130, or nearly $30 more than the next most expensive ticket in the National Basketball Association.

These days, perhaps owing to the lineup of underachievers they consistently run out at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks have added an element of circus to their entertainment product – minus the trapeze, the elephants and the guy with a shovel behind the elephants.

One of the league’s most disappointing franchises over the past several decades had already been keeping company with the bottom feeders of the Eastern Conference when it went off the deep end last week.


High School Digest


WIAA Division 3 Sectional

Bonduel juniors Jordan Boldt (120 pounds), who is 35-5 on the season, and Jacob Banker (170 pounds), who moved to 30-4 this winter, will look to make return trips to state with a top-two finish at the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Shawano Community High School.

Boldt and Banker each finished on the podium last season, and Boldt is looking for his third trip to Madison in three years.

Menominee Indian senior Antonio Mahkimetas (33-8), at 160 pounds, is up to 109 career victories. He would need to win at least three matches to advance to state, and then another four at the state meet to topple the MIHS record. The Eagles could send other wrestlers on, too, possibly 220-pounder Kyle Komanekin (33-8) or heavyweight Alenex Warrington (34-4).


Gresham vs. Gibraltar


Patience, depth on display for Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Jacob Lacy spins in the paint for a layup in the second half of Shawano’s 11-point home victory over Menasha.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Cole Nelson drives baseline on Menasha’s Jacob Everson in the second half of the Hawks’ 66-55 win at home Tuesday.

Menasha cut its deficit to nine points just under three minutes into the second half Tuesday, but a barrage of 3s from Shawano over the next few minutes kept the Bluejays at bay in a 66-55 home victory.

Shawano, which knocked down 10 of 15 3s and nearly 58 percent of its shots from the field, got started with back-to-back 3s. Alex Mueller, Kaden Richards and Nick Grignon each hit 3s over the next two minutes to balloon the lead to 19 points.

“I was really proud of the kids being patient, and when we got our shot opportunities, they took them with confidence and hit them,” Shawano head coach Dave Ambrosius said.

The Bluejays, who switched up both zone and man-to-man defenses, got within 12 points on two occasions, before Shawano responded with long balls. Jacob Lacy knocked down a corner 3, and Mueller hit another with 5:53 remaining to stay in control.


High School Highlights


Shiocton 95

Bonduel 53

Sophomore guard Parker Bohm posted 11 points to lead Bonduel in Tuesday’s road loss.

The Bears (3-16, 1-10 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) allowed 51 first-half points and trailed by 32 at the break.

Cole Letter added nine points, and Brooks Dehn recorded seven points.

Witt-Birn 91

Manawa 42

Cory Fraaza posted 25 points, and Matt Kapitz added 17 as Wittenberg-Birnamwood won Tuesday’s home game.

Trevor Groshek chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds for the Chargers (9-9, 4-6 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Wittenberg-Birnamwood scored 53 first-half points and then held Manawa to 19 second-half points.

Wrightstown 63

Clintonville 56

Senior forward Nathan Krueger tallied 19 points as Clintonville lost on the road Monday.

Tyler Petermann pitched in 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Truckers (10-9, 7-8 North Eastern Conference).


Hawks qualify for state in 4 events

Two more Shawano Community High School swim records were broken last weekend as the Hawks advanced senior Griffin Rades and two relay teams to the WIAA state meet.

Rades, who competed at state last season in the 200-yard individual medley, won the 100 breast at the Division 1 sectional in Stevens Point in the time of 1 minute and 2.63 seconds, nearly one second faster than Zach Soper’s previous record time. He added a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley.

Shawano head coach Jeff Easter attributed the faster swims to two factors.

“Certainly the competition level was up, so our guys were really trying harder still, and the adrenaline flowing and channeling that would help them out,” Easter said.


Carroll, Oreskovic punch tickets to sectionals

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Austin Oreskovic fights to keep De Pere’s Trevor Van Oss on his back in a wrestleback for second place a WIAA Division 1 regional Saturday in Green Bay. Oreskovic lost the match, 5-2, but was one of two Shawano wrestlers to advance to sectionals.

Shawano senior Austin Oreskovic had a chance at a regional championship Saturday at Green Bay Preble.

The 138-pounder used a pin over Green Bay Preble’s Ethan VandenPlas in the semifinals to advance to the regional title match against Ashwaubenon’s Dawson Dembroski.

Tied heading into the final two minutes, Dembroski (27-15) got Oreskovic (20-11) to his back and scored a nearfall to take the 5-2 victory. Oreskovic finished in third place and advanced to Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional in Kaukauna.

“If we can go down, we’re going to score. That’s a scoring position for us,” Shawano head coach Mike Homan said. “Third period, tied 2-2, we’ll take down 100 percent of the time. It’s just unfortunate. We wrestled real well there but just came up on the short end of it.”

Oreskovic will be joined at state by freshman teammate Ben Carroll, who needed a third-period comeback to secure his spot at 126 pounds.


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