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Sat
12
Jan

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

The Shawano boys varsity reserve hockey team bounced back from a loss on Tuesday by doubling up Medford 4-2 on Thursday at the Simek Recreation Center.

Johnathan Dillenburg gave Shawano the lead with a power play goal in the first period. Jack Rusch assisted on the goal.

Dillenburg added another goal, this time unassisted, in the second period. Medford added the next goal to cut its deficit in half.

Kobe Schreiber and Erik Johnson each netted a goal in the first three minutes of the final period to put the Hawks up three. Mason Dingeldein and Caleb Davids assisted on Schreiber’s short-handed goal while Schreiber and Dingeldein assisted Johnson’s power play goal.

The Raiders added their final goal 13 seconds after Johnson’s goal, but couldn’t get another shot past Davids, Shawano’s goalie. He made 29 saves on the night.

Shawano outshot Medford 36-31 on the night.

Sat
12
Jan

Clintonville cannot find rhythm in loss to Falls


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Jordan Lehman, center, looks to put up a shot after weaving her way through the Oconto Falls defense during Thursday’s North Eastern Conference clash in Oconto Falls.

Earning a conference win on the road is no easy feat, regardless of what conference you’re talking about. The Clintonville girls basketball team was never able to get into any kind of rhythm in its North Eastern Conference road test against Oconto Falls on Thursday, suffering a 50-34 loss.

“Give Oconto Falls credit, they played really good defensively and they took a couple of actions away that maybe we were accustomed to. But we did not go to the next level, look, hunt or take our time to find that next look (on offense),” Clintonville coach Nick Yaeger said. “The turnovers, we just cannot have them — we had too many of them. Oconto Falls just came out with more energy and hustle and we didn’t and it obviously wasn’t good for us.”

Sat
12
Jan

Bonduel takes down depleted Witt-Birn

After the Bonduel wrestling team placed second at the Brawl in the Falls on Jan. 5, coach Chris Rank wanted to use that strong performance as building block for upcoming duals.

The Bears did just that on Thursday night.

Using seven pins and two forfeits, Bonduel raced out to a big lead on Wittenberg-Birnamwood and earned a convincing 54-26 victory in Central Wisconsin Conference action.

“It was a great victory for Bonduel,” Rank said. “It’s been a number of years since we beat Wittenberg. It’s a big rival, a big rival that we look forward to every year and to finally knock them off was pretty gratifying. We felt we had these young men ready to wrestle, and they were.”

After thinking about the match all day leading up to it, Rank had a message for his kids prior to the dual.

Sat
12
Jan

Athlete of the Week: Jessie LaBerge

Athlete: Jessie LaBerge

Sport: Girls basketball

Position: Point guard

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Heading into a Friday night clash with Menominee Indian, the Bonduel girls basketball owned a strong 11-1 record. Jessie LaBerge is one of just three seniors on the team and has served as the team’s starting point guard.

LaBerge has scored in double figures four times this season and added two nine-point efforts for a 7.9 average per game. She most recently scored 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers to help Bonduel down Iola-Scandinavia on Tuesday. She also tallied five steals.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: My interest in basketball began around the age of 6 when I started the little dribblers program at our high school.

Q: What is your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

Fri
11
Jan

Crawford Center to host three youth tournaments


Contributed Photo The Shawano Squirt B team took on Mosinee last Saturday, earning a 4-1 victory. Pictured on the ice for Shawano (white jerseys) are, from left, Wyatt Schroeder, Max Huntington, Quinten Harkey and Kielian Armbruster.

The Crawford Center will be the home to a trio of youth hockey tournaments over the next month.

Along with providing local teams the opportunity to face off against teams from around the state or even ones from Michigan and Illinois, the tournaments will help bring plenty of money into the city.

“For these hockey tournaments, you are talking about some of the slowest times of the year for hotels and restaurants. It’s that January and February kind of lull,” said Shawano Hockey League President Jeff Huntington. “The tournament this weekend is going to bring in 180 kids, so that’s 180 families if you think about it. They’ll be staying at some of the hotels, they’ll be eating at the restaurants, spending money at gas stations, shopping at the stores.”

Fri
11
Jan

Top 5 Performers

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

Gage Timm — Shawano wrestling

Despite Shawano posting a 1-4 dual record at the Wisconsin-Michigan Border Battle at Marinette High School last Saturday, Hawks sophomore Gage Timm had a strong day on the mat. Timm posted a 4-1 mark while wrestling at 152 pounds. He earned one decision win before pinning three opponents. He saved his best for last, pinning Alex Rios of Mendon (Michigan) in just 1 minute, 4 seconds.

Kara Troxel — Bonduel girls basketball

The Bonduel girls basketball has lost just once all season, using a balanced scoring attack to get the job done. Troxel, a sophomore helped the team to its most recent wins, totaling 10 points, five steals and three assists against Iola-Scandinavia on Tuesday and scoring 22 points in a nonconference win over Gillett last Friday. She hit four 3-pointers against Gillett.

Fri
11
Jan

Four-team playoff in Division I football still a joke

Although the opponent was the same as last year, the stakes were lower, supposedly, for the University of Wisconsin in this year’s bowl game.

The Badgers had knocked off the University of Miami on the Hurricanes’ home turf last year, winning the Orange Bowl 34-24 to finish with an impressive 13-1 record.

This time around the venue was the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York, where the Badgers again met Miami and this time demolished the Hurricanes 35-3. Wisconsin’s win in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl was just as meaningful — and, as it pertained to a national title, meaningless — as last year’s win at the Orange Bowl.

In the national championship hunt, Wisconsin wasn’t going anywhere this year, not with a 7-5 record in the regular season. There were 12-1 teams that weren’t going anywhere in the national-title hunt, either, thanks to the NCAA’s four-team, micro-playoff charade.

Thu
10
Jan

Shawano girls cannot quite solve New London


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Kayla Ward, center, goes up for a shot among several New London defenders during Tuesday’s Bay Conference clash at Shawano Community High School.

At multiple times during Tuesday’s Bay Conference girls basketball clash, Shawano looked as if it would overtake New London and pull away for the victory.

Instead, the Hawks were never quite able to seize the momentum and eventually suffered a 52-42 home loss.

“That’s the game of basketball — we’re playing good teams and they are going to hit shots and there’s going to be calls made,” Shawano coach Ryan Koenig said. “You just got to fight through it and I think that’s where we are mentally. We have to decide if nothing is going to bother us or if it’s going to bother us and then we are out of the game.

“That’s kind of where we are,” Koenig continued. “It’s a mental check, it’s a gut check time at this point of the year for us….”

The game was an intriguing one coming in as both teams held 5-1 conference records, so the game was essentially a battle for sole possession of second place.

Thu
10
Jan

Shawano falls to Waupaca after allowing last four goals


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano goalie Caleb Davids deflects an attempt to score by Waupaca’s Evan Saunders in Tuesday night’s loss to Waupaca at the Crawford Center in Shawano.

After winning the Waupaca tournament on Dec. 29, the Shawano varsity reserve hockey team was riding high.

Following a 10-day layoff from game action, though, the Hawks were out of sync in their first game back against Waupaca at the Crawford Center on Tuesday.

After tying the game at 2-2 in the first period, Shawano managed just six shots in the final two periods as Waupaca tallied a 6-2 victory.

The long stretch off caught up to the Shawano skaters.

“I think that’s our biggest thing, it especially showed in the first half of the first period,” said Shawano coach Garrett Smith, whose team didn’t get off its first shot until over eight minutes into the game. “We just weren’t connecting. When you’ve only got 13 guys showing up at practice, it’s hard to get a good game flow for any length of time.”

The second and third periods were tough for the Hawks.

Thu
10
Jan

Packers introduce LaFleur as next head coach

For the first time since early in the most recent NFL season, there was a positive vibe at Lambeau Field.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers introduced Matt LaFleur as the 15th coach in team history.

“This is a little surreal for me right now, but I just want to start off by thanking Mark (Murphy), and Brian (Gutekunst) and Russ Ball for the opportunity,” LaFleur said in his opening statement. “I cannot tell you how honored I am for this situation. It’s always been a dream of mine to be an NFL head coach, but to be the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, it is surreal. I am extremely humbled. To follow in the footsteps of Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren, Mike McCarthy, it is truly an honor….”

The 39-year-old LaFleur sat between Gutekunst, the team’s general manager, and Murphy, the team’s president and chief executive officer while his family sat off to the side of a crowded media auditorium on Wednesday.

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