Menominee Indian, Bonduel combine for 3 regional champions

Menominee Indian had two individual champions and Bonduel had one Saturday at the WIAA Division 3 regional in Coleman.

For the Eagles, Antonio Mahkimetas (160 pounds) pinned Gillett/Suring’s Trevor Kohls in the semifinal and earned a 13-8 decision over Shiocton’s Billy Reif for the title. Mahkimetas is 33-8 in his senior season.

Teammate Kyle Komanekin, a 220-pounder, also moved to 33-8 on the year as he put together back-to-back, second-period victories en route to his regional title.

Bonduel was paced by 120-pound wrestler Jordan Boldt (35-5), who pinned both of his opponents — Shiocton’s Levi Spencer in 1 minute and 19 seconds and Coleman’s Sam Kuchta, in the title match, in 2:50.

Bonduel junior Jacob Banker lost an overtime decision in the championship to Coleman’s Jordan Blanchard, but Banker finished in second to qualify for the sectional because of a 4-1 decision he had earlier in the day over Shiocton’s Trevor Young.


Hot shooting, defensive switch power Seymour past Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School freshman Gracyn Habeck dives on the floor and fights for a loose ball with Seymour’s McKendra Heinke late in Shawano’s loss Friday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Kennedy Klemens fights through contact and draws a foul in the second half of the Hawks’ home loss to Seymour on Friday.

A switch to a 1-3-1 zone was the difference for the Seymour Thunder in putting Shawano away early Friday.

After switching to the zone, Seymour ripped off a 29-5 run over nearly 11 minutes of the first half en route to dominating the Hawks, 77-33, Friday in Shawano.

“That gave us some energy and some turnovers,” Seymour head coach Bobby Kuchta said. “I think that turned the momentum in the first half because we weren’t getting stops.”

Seymour junior Hailey Oskey, who tallied a game-high 21 points, hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions against Shawano’s 1-2-2 zone to open things up.

The Hawks played without guards Hannah Wendorff and Tori DePerry, both of whom are battling injuries.

“With their experience, they knew what to do versus our youth, and our youth got out of position, and they took advantage of it,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said.


High School Highlights


Oconto 85

Bonduel 55

Sophomore guard Parker Bohm posted 20 points on eight made field goals, including two 3-pointers, in Bonduel’s road loss Friday.

Junior Bryce Weier added 13 points for Bonduel (3-14, 1-9 Central Wisconsin Conference).

The Bears struggled to slow the Blue Devils, allowing 46 points in the second half.

Gresham 80

Menominee Indian 55

Gresham senior guard Neal Cerveny tallied a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, while teammate Drew Haffner posted 22 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats won on the road Friday.

Menominee Indian (7-11, 6-8 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) was led by Ron Frechette’s 19 points, and Darwin King pitched in 18 points.

Legacy Skenandore (12 points) and Todd Otradovec (11 points) also reached double figures for Gresham (15-3, 14-1 CWC-10).


Eagles, Webster start fast, stifle Gresham

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Autumn Chevalier closes out on Gresham’s Mackenzie Hoffman early in Menominee Indian’s home victory Thursday. The Eagles used a 17-3 lead early to take control of the eventual 51-42 win.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Autumn Chevalier looks to pass the ball around Gresham’s Makena Arndt (10) in the second half of Menominee Indians’ 51-42 victory Thursday.

Menominee Indian senior Kendra Webster couldn’t be stopped early in possibly the final home game of her career.

Webster connected on her first three shots and drained a 3-pointer 4 minutes and 31 seconds into the game to help the Eagles jump ahead by 11 points before Gresham could get a bucket in a Central Wisconsin Conference-10 game Thursday.

Menominee Indian rode the momentum of the early run and held off the Wildcats, 51-42, behind 14 points and nine rebounds from Webster.

“She played very well for us and started out very hot for us as well,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said.

The Wildcats responded with a 12-3 run over the next five minutes behind five points from senior Sydney Jensen. Menominee Indian’s Tennille Lyons made a layup, Faith Munson added a free throw and Mercedes Waupoose stole the ball in the backcourt and hit a jump to push the Eagles back up by 11.


High School Highlights


Shawano 55

Seymour 51

Junior guard Kaden Richards posted 19 points, and senior Austin Kohl added 10 as Shawano won on the road Thursday night.

Tyrell Hesse grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for Shawano (9-8, 7-3 Bay Conference).

Forward Dakota Maltbey tallied five assists. The Hawks made just six second-half field goals but made 11 of 19 free throws.

Bonduel 79

Manawa 53

Bryce Weier, with 17 points, led Bonduel in scoring as five Bears reached double figures in Thursday’s home victory.

Guard Parker Bohm added 15 points, and forward Brandon Olsen posted 14 for the Bears (3-14, 1-9 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Cole Letter and Dalton Cairns each finished with 10 points for Bonduel, which outscored Manawa 45-22 in the second half.

Gresham 72

Bowler 27

Junior guard Drew Haffner posted a game-high 22 points as Gresham won at home Thursday.


High School Digest

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Austin Kohl goes up for a layup in the Hawks’ 85-77 victory over Clintonville on Saturday. He was the leading scorer in two games and leading rebounder in all three games for the Hawks in a week in which the team went 3-0.



Gresham vs. Menominee Indian

The Wildcats and Eagles will face off for the second time this season, this time at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Menominee Indian High School.

Gresham (5-13, 3-11 CWC-10) took the first meeting between the two squads, 50-27, back on Dec. 29 at the Gresham Holiday Tournament. The Wildcats have won just once since Dec. 30, a 55-49 victory over Sevastopol. The Eagles (7-12, 5-10 CWC-10) meanwhile have alternated wins and losses over the past three weeks, with a 60-53 loss to Rosholt on Monday. Freshman Senihseah Wayka was the leading scorer Monday, seemingly getting more comfortable as the season continues.

Gresham will try to use senior forward Sydney Jensen as a matchup problem in the paint and on the perimeter.


Bonduel vs. Shiocton


Brady, Patriots’ comeback was one for the ages

It didn’t take long after last Sunday’s Super Bowl for inquiring minds to begin wondering out loud whether Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time and Bill Belichick the best coach.

If there was ever an event to spur that kind of lofty speculation, a game like the New England Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over Atlanta was it. Overcoming a 25-point deficit late in the third quarter, the Patriots became the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10.

Brady, who went 14-1 as a starter this year, was one of three players considered in the running for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. The other two were also quarterbacks – Matt Ryan of Atlanta and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

Ryan put up great numbers in the Falcons’ high-powered offense and was voted most valuable. Brady, who came out on top again in the big game, demonstrated that experience is invaluable.


Wildcats struggle to execute down stretch

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior guard Drew Haffner looks for a driving lane against Almond-Bancroft’s Noah Kollock in the second half of Gresham’s loss Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Neal Cerveny crosses over Almond-Bancroft’s Carter Newby in the second half of Gresham’s 62-54 home loss Tuesday. Cerveny had a team-high 23 points.

Gresham, which trailed by as many as 14, had just cut the deficit to one when Almond-Bancroft coach Curt Lamb called a timeout to calm his team.

Noah Kollock hit a layup to put the Eagles back up by three, and Gresham struggled to find offense in the closing minutes, falling 62-54 at home in a key Central Wisconsin Conference-10 matchup Tuesday.

With the victory, Almond-Bancroft (14-2, 11-1 CWC-10) is 1/2 game behind the Wildcats (13-3, 12-1 CWC-10) in the conference standings. If both teams win their remaining games, they will share the conference title.

“We took some timeouts, we set up some stuff, and we didn’t run it,” Gresham head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “That was our biggest problem. We had the ball in the wrong guy’s hands. We had the wrong guy in the wrong places, and we didn’t execute that.”

Lamb considered Tuesday’s contest a must-win game for the Eagles, who got 22 points from Kollock.


Hawks hit 15 3s to derail Truckers

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Clintonville High School senior Trent Marheine attempts to block Shawano senior Tyrell Hesse’s late fast-break dunk in Clintonville’s 85-77 loss in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School forward Dakota Maltbey catches an entry pass before going up for an easy layup in the Hawks’ 85-77 home victory over Clintonville on Saturday.

Shawano shot 61 percent from the field, including 60 percent from the 3-point line, in an 85-77 victory over Clintonville at home Saturday.

Austin Kohl and Alex Mueller each drained five 3-pointers, Kaden Richards added three and Cole Nelson had two as 45 of the Hawks’ points came from beyond the arc.

Kohl and Nelson led Shawano with 19 points each, while Mueller (17) and Richards (14) also reached double figures.

“We were really moving the basketball. We were sharing it really well,” Shawano head coach Dave Ambrosius said. “We were very patient in getting the shot that we wanted. I thought that was very evident in both the percentage we shot and the amount of shots that we hit.”

Shawano made 15 of 24 3-pointers in the game.

The Truckers got 30 points from Tyler Petermann and another 25 from Nathan Krueger to keep the visitors within striking distance.


Seefeldt’s late 3 pushes Truckers to 1st win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Clintonville High School senior Catherine Morse goes up for a layup surrounded by three Shawano defenders. Morse posted a game-high 33 points for the Truckers, who won their first game of the season on Saturday in Shawano, 55-53.

Clintonville senior Nicole Seefeldt checked back into the game with 2 minutes and 51 seconds left as Shawano’s Carrie Young hit a free throw to put the Hawks up by four points.

On the next possession, Seefeldt drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to swing the momentum to the Truckers, who escaped Shawano with their first win of the season Saturday, 55-53.

“She doesn’t hit that 3, I don’t know if we win the game,” Clintonville head coach Nick Yaeger said before thinking it over.

“We don’t win the game,” he clarified.

Clintonville senior Catherine Morse, who tallied a game-high 33 points, posted six of her team’s final seven points to hold off the Hawks, who were playing without four of the top six players.

Yaeger could not have been happier for Morse, who willed the team to the victory.

“She deserves this win more than anybody,” Yaeger said.


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