High School Highlights


Hawks go 1-3 at opening tourney

Kaleigh Zoll, playing in the No. 1 singles position, went 3-1 Monday and Tuesday, including victories over Kewaunee, Marinette and Green Bay East, at the season-opening Battle on the Fox at Bay Port High School.

Shawano, which played in four dual matches over two days, defeated Kewaunee (6-1) but lost to Marinette (6-1), Ashwaubenon (7-0) and Green Bay East (4-3).

Lydia Williams, Shawano’s No. 2 singles player, went 2-1.

The Hawks were playing without top singles player Sydney Steinbach while working with new doubles teams in the competition.


Shawano ties for 2nd at Bay match

Senior Brianna Zook shot a 48, and Brinley Kowalkowski followed it up with a 53 to help Shawano tie for second place Tuesday at a Bay Conference match at Vernon Hills.


Doxtator breaks through for 1st feature victory

Photo by A&H Photos Ron Berna found his way to victory lane for the fourth time this summer, winning the Late Model feature at the Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Photo by A&H Photos Konnor Wilinski won for the fourth time in 2017 by picking up the IMCA Modified feature victory on Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

After nearly 20 years of trying, Asa Doxtator broke through with his first career feature win in the ultra-competitive IMCA Stock Car class.

IMCA Sport Mod racer Kyle Raddant also scored his first win of the year, while Ron Berna (Late Model), Konnor Wilinski (IMCA Modified) and rookie Max Oreskovich (Mighty Four) each picked up wins for the second week in a row. It was the fourth win of the year for both Berna and Wilinski, and the third win of the year for Oreskovich.

IMCA Stock Cars

Doxtator started the IMCA Stock Car feature outside row one and grabbed the lead on the opening lap. Through the first seven green-flag laps of the race, Doxtator had established a sizable lead before a caution came out and erased his advantage.


BABA Roundup



WP — Jeremy Bauer; LP — Paul Murphy

Little Falls: Kal Kischer went 3 for 4 with a double, four runs scored and four RBIs. Nate Korb was 4 for 7 with five runs and four RBIs. Drew Radies batted 4 for 6 with a home run, four runs and seven RBIs. Jenner Gulliforon was 2 for 4 with a homer and four runs. Connor Kurki went 4 for 5 with a triple.

Bowler: Paul Murphy had a double. Eli Bierman went 2 for 4. Walker Miller and Cody Theifor each went 2 for 4 with a double.


WP — Paul Sellner; LP — Nick Desrochers

Caroline: Cory Desrochers went 3 for 4. Phil Duffek was 2 for 3.

Tigerton: Cody Riemer was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Paul Sellner went 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Eric Kroening was 2 for 4. Pat Provoast went 2 for 4.



WP — Josh Foreman; LP — Al Peters


Hawks look for continued success, starting in trenches

For the first time in many years, its the offensive and defensive lines that are some of the most experienced units on the Shawano Community High School football field.

With replacing the majority of the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball, and a linebacking corps that adds athleticism, head coach Al Tomow is excited to see how the team can battle on the line of scrimmage.

“It’s been a while since Shawano has been able to say we’re going to be led by our units that are in the trenches,” Tomow said. “Those guys are really experienced. They understand the techniques and how it works behind them with linebackers and defensive backs.”

The team could return four offensive lineman this fall, with Dakota Maltbey securing Jarrett Laatsch’s blind side, and Nathan Krizan, Casey Baumann and Jacob Buettner adding continuity to the unit from a season ago.


Eagles rebuilding from loss of 11 seniors

The loss of 11 seniors would put many teams in a bind, but the Menominee Indian football team sees many new players than can compete among the top half of the MONLPC-8 this fall.

Top athletes like Antonio Mahkimetas, Kyle Komanekin and Warren Kakwitch, along with the size of Leander Moon and Alenex Warrington, have paved the way for new playmakers in Meshaen Waukau, Jonathon Rojas and Jared Beauprey.

Head coach Chris Clache is looking forward to the added size and depth on the offensive and defensive lines, which includes Darius Wayka, an all-conference selection from a year ago, along with Hunter Connahvichnah, Sinte Nickey and Alonzo Haack.

“I think we’re three deep at every position on the line, and we’re not even three deep at running back,” Clache said. “Our line play is going to be our biggest key right now.”

Mahkimetas, the team’s leading running back last season, will be replaced by Waukau, who played last season, but in a more limited role.


Hawks place 13th at season-opening invite

Brinley Kowalkowski, Kiley Rusch and Macie Herm all shot rounds of 116 to lead Shawano at the season-opening Thunder Invitational at Crystal Springs Golf Course on Friday.

Fox Valley Lutheran won the team competition with a 382, while Green Bay Preble (383), Pulaski (384) and Bay Port (385) were all within striking distance. Hortonville rounded out the top five with its score of 399.

Shawano’s score of 472 put the team in 13th place at the 16-team competition.

Erika Priebe, of Fox Valley Lutheran, set an invitational record with her round of 73.

Kowalkowski and Herm each had solid front-nines, with scores of 53 and 54, respectively. The back-nine turned out to be troublesome for both, with Herm posting a 63 and Kowalkowski shooting a 62.

Georgia Eggert posted the final scoring round for Shawano with her 124.

Shawano was competing without its top golfer, senior Brianna Zook.


Bowler/Gresham returns top threats for 2017 season

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Bowler/Gresham linebacker Landon Kroening chases down a tackle in a drill during practice earlier this week. Kroening is one of 11 members on the team this fall under second-year head coach Eric Peebles.

Coming off a winless season in head coach Eric Peebles’ first year at the helm, the Bowler/Gresham Cats are looking to turn around their fortunes.

The team’s top offensive weapon, Nathan Montez and top defensive player, Ezra Spencer, are looking to lead a young team that features six freshmen and sophomores on the 11-person team.

“Any time you can get two guys like that back for a second year, that helps the whole team because just the attitude and experience they bring every day at practice, that kind of pushes everybody,” Peebles said.

Montez is just one of two seniors on the roster, joined by lineman Preston Teuchert. Teuchert is the only returning offensive lineman for the Cats, and he is a leader in changing the dynamic of the offensive line, which was a weakness a season ago in an 0-8 year and 0-6 in the Great-8 North.

He will be joined by newcomers to the position Jaydon Boswell, Jacob Bratz and Isley Welch.


Building lines to key Bears’ success this fall

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel senior linebacker Eli Mastey tracks down a pass play at practice on Wednesday. Mastey, who is also the team’s leading rusher, is one of many seniors leading the Bears into the fall season.

Although there’s stability in the backfield at Bonduel High School, new offensive linemen are going to be the key to finding success on the ground this fall.

The Bears, with their top three running backs returning, lost Brent Pieper, Josh Richter, Adrien Keiler and Sam Griesbach, all on the offensive and defensive lines, which has head coach James Westrich looking for replacements.

“A lot of competition for those spots right now,” Westrich said. “So that’s definitely our No. 1 priority right now is getting that line secured.”

Eli Mastey and Jacob Banker combined for nearly 1,400 rushing yards last season, while flex player Jordan Boldt rushed for 457 yards and added over 100 receiving yards on the season. Wyatt Erb, who was the team’s fourth-leading rusher with 259 yards, suffered a leg injury and will miss the fall season.

Ball security, however, was an issue for the running back group, which prided itself on running through defenders.


Barkholtz, VanStraten return to victory lane

Photo by A&H Photos Ron Berna was the Lade Models feature race Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Photo by A&H Photos Max Orekovich won the Mighty Fours feature Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

While storms passed to the north and south of the Shawano Speedway on Saturday, the track once again showed how the racing community is one big family. Hunter Doughty, a teenager from the New London area who has fought back from some severe medical issues, was the first to visit Victory Lane. Along with his family, Hunter was presented with a trophy, feature winner hat, sticker and a photo of his favorite driver by the Shawano Speedway.

IMCA Modifieds

The IMCA Modifieds were the first to tackle the half-mile as their feature rolled trackside with Cody Hudson and Michael Bailey leading them to the green flag. Hudson jumped to the early advantage over Bailey until a lap 3 caution.

On the restart, Konnor Wilinski drove past Hudson to capture the top spot. Wilinski then drove away from the field, building a commanding lead. While a couple of cautions slowed Wilinski, the action behind him picked up.


BABA Roundup

Northern Division


WP - MacLaen Alwes; LP - Erik Steigerwald

Elderon: Justin Meronk was 2 for 4 with a double

Wittenberg: Keegan Miller was 2 for 4


WP - Ryan Richter; LP - Blake Below

Eland: Joe Buss was 3 for 6 with a double. Shane Larson was 2 for 4. Caleb Bembenek was 1 for 4 with a double. Ryan Richter was 2 for 4 with a home run. Tyler Betry was 2 for 3.

Aniwa: Scott Blado went 2 for 5 with a home run. Wade Farmer was 2 for 4.


WP - Jarod Richter; LP - Denton Mortenson

Eland: Joe Buss went 2 for 5 with a double. Ryan Richter was 2 for 5 with a home run. Alex Bembenek was 1 for 4 with a double. Vaughn Steebs went 2 for 5 with a double. Jarod Richter was 3 for 5.

Aniwa: Ryan Govek was 2 for 4 with a double. Wade Farmer went 2 for 4.


WP - Rick Boda; LP - Erik Steigerwald


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