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Witt-Birn 57

Tomahawk 37

Cory Fraaza scored 19 points and Teagon Lehman added 13 as Wittenberg-Birnamwood picked up a home victory Thursday night.

Matt Kapitz grabbed five rebounds, and Casey Kerstner added five steals for the Chargers (2-0).

Lehman had three of the Chargers’ eight assists on the night.


Antigo 44

Clintonville 24

Clintonville senior Catherine Morse had a team-high 10 points on four field goals in the Truckers’ home loss Thursday.

Elly Arndt added 5 points for the Truckers (0-4).

Morse pitched in 10 rebounds, while Savannah Harbath dished out three assists.


Packers come through in 1st of must-wins

After putting away the surgical instruments and disconnecting the IV drip, and just before wheeling the gurney down to the morgue, the nurses called the doctor back into the operating room.

The would-be stiff appeared to still have a pulse.

With their playoff chances dangling on the faintest of life support, the Green Bay Packers summoned a wakening breath and sat up in the bed, not quite well but definitely not dead yet.

In what must be considered their best game of the year, the Packers handed Philadelphia its first defeat at Lincoln Financial Field last Monday, 27-13, and in doing so kept their slim postseason hopes alive for another week.

With four straight losses in the books and even the most hopeful of supporters looking to next year, quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a fanciful, bold prophesy. He looked at the Packers’ remaining games and saw them running the table.


Eagles seniors putting stamp on final season

The Menominee Indian High School senior class is leaving its mark on the wrestling program.

Head coach Kirk Bahr is eager to see what the four seniors can put on the mat in their final season.

Antonio Mahkimetas, Lenny Warrington, Kyle Komanekin and Leander Moon have been acting as role models for the rest of the team.

“Those four are the ones I’m expecting big things from, but we are going to have surprises from a couple of other kids,” Bahr said.

The seniors are not only leading on the mat, they also are making sure the rest of the team stays eligible through grade checks, which makes Bahr’s job a little easier.

“They are getting on our younger guys to get their grades up,” Bahr said. “I don’t have to watch these kids like a hawk in the hallways because my seniors are doing it.”

The Eagles, who hope to fill close to a full lineup for the majority of the season, have about a half dozen new wrestlers this season.


Bears suffer late road collapse in opener

A lot of uncertainty surrounded the Bonduel boys basketball team entering its first game.

Head coach Duke Copp feels he was able to learn a few things while watching his youngsters grow up.

Bonduel led host Suring three-quarters of the game, but a late 8-0 run by the Eagles helped them down Bonduel 47-45 in nonconference action on the road Monday.

“I told the kids I thought we played really hard, I just love that,” Bonduel head coach Duke Copp said. “They played with great effort, competing. We’re just young. Most of these kids haven’t even played varsity, so it’s going to be a little while. We had some mental breakdowns at the end and missed some easy bunnies.”

It’s the first time in four years Suring has knocked off Bonduel. The Bears had won the previous three matchups.


Pressure allows Panthers to run away from Wildcats

The combination of Reanne Kietlinski and Jodi Wolf at the top of Bowler’s 2-3 zone put pressure on the Gresham guards, creating fastbreak opportunities throughout the night.

Kietlinski took advantage of the easy chances to the tune of 43 points in Tuesday’s 63-24 Central Wisconsin Conference-10 opening road victory for the Panthers.

“I think they did a real good job up front,” Bowler head coach AJ Miller said. “They got their hands on a lot of basketballs. They pushed the ball good in transition.”

The Wildcats struggled offensively, not scoring until over six minutes into the game when Tiana Ferguson hit a short jump shot. Gresham added 5 more points to pull within 8-7 before Bowler rattled off 10 straight points.

The Wildcats couldn’t find a way to consistently attack the zone.


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Witt-Birn 71

White Lake 13

Four players reached double figures for the Chargers in Tuesday’s road victory.

Cory Fraaza posted 16 points, followed by Teagon Lehman’s 14 for Wittenberg-Birnamwood (1-0).

Trevor Groshek led the team with five assists, while Lehman pulled down six rebouts to go with his three steals.

Clintonville 67

Weyauwega-Fremont 49

The Truckers got 23 points for Tyler Petermann and 18 from Nathan Krueger in Tuesday’s season-opening home victory.

Krueger added nine rebounds, six assists and five steals, all team-highs for Clintonville (1-0).

Sean Finger was the only other Clintonville player to reach double figures with his 10 points.

Algoma 60

Gresham 52

Neal Cerveny had a game-high 21 points, but the Wildcats fell in Monday’s season-opening road game.


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Wausau West 63

Shawano 59

It was a tale of two halves Friday as Shawano dropped its season opener, 63-59, to Wausau West on the road.

Shawano started cold and fell behind 36-15 in the opening half.

The Hawks rallied in the second half, however, as Kaden Richards and Alex Mueller sparked the offense. Richards finished with 22 points and Mueller with 9 — all in the second half. Austin Kohl contributed 8 points.

Tyrell Hesse led Shawano in rebounding with five.

The Hawks continue play in the Wausau East tourney at 5 p.m. Saturday.


Hawks bringing back the basics

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Jarrett Laatsch wrestles with assistant coach Jordan Kust during a practice earlier this week. Laatsch and Austin Oreskovic are stepping into leadership roles for the Hawks this winter.

The Shawano wrestling team is focusing on one thing — the basics.

With many new wrestlers, head coach Mike Homan is hoping by simplifying the tactics, the young Hawks will learn quickly.

“Dedication has been there. Everybody has been at practice,” Homan said. “They are working hard. They’re doing what we ask when they’re here.

“They just show up every day, and that’s something that’s really been a difference from years past. … They are coming here and they’re working, and that’s all I can ask.”

Homan is keeping the practices up-tempo to help the team get in shape and to keep the new wrestlers from over-thinking the sport.

“We really have a lot of newcomers, a lot of new starters, and we’re trying to keep it fun and make it energetic,” senior Austin Oreskovic said. “We’ve got a lot of energy right now, and it will help us throughout the season.”


Boldt, Banker eyeing return to Madison

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jacob Banker, right, one of two state qualifiers returning from a season ago, is one of the Bears’ leaders this winter.

Just one year removed from having four athletes on the podium at the WIAA Division 3 Individual State Meet, the Bonduel wrestling team returns two vital contributors.

Juniors Jacob Banker, who finished third at state, and Jordan Boldt, who finished fourth, are back in the wrestling room and ready to lead the Bears on the mat.

Gone, however, are heavyweight Bennett Gunderson, who made a run to the state championship match before falling to Stratford’s Tyson Kauffman, and Garrett Siolka, who took sixth in the 132-pound weight class.

“Losing two good wrestlers like Bennett and Garrett, it’s impossible to replace those guys, but we do have Jacob and Jordan that do have the experience of what it takes to be successful and get to Madison and place,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “Those are going to be our leaders this year. There’s no doubt about that.”


High-powered Wildcats locking in defensively

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Neal Cerveny was the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 27 points per game last season for a team that averaged 74 points per game.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Ray Creapeau drives and kicks the ball out to a teammate during a drill last week. Creapeau is one of three returning Wildcats players who averaged more than 10 points per game last season.

Three consecutive losses in the WIAA Division 5 regional championship game have kept the Gresham boys basketball team from experiencing sectional competition.

The past two seasons each ended with 2-point losses for the regional’s top seed, to NEW Lutheran in 2015 and Suring in 2016.

Head coach Jeff Zobeck doesn’t want the team to dwell on the past, but is trying to use it as motivation.

“(I) just briefly mentioned it the other night when we were kicking off the season, that you know, ‘Remember that feeling.’ The work we put in now, starting practice this season is going to determine a lot about that, even if it seems far away,” Zobeck said. “If we’re not going to put the time in at practice and hard work and all the games leading up to that, that game (isn’t) going to matter either.”


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