SCHS grad gets to experience bowl game

Leader File Photo Northern Illinois University offensive lineman Zeke Gueths, a Shawano Community High School graduate who played left tackle for the Hawks for three years, will get to experience a bowl game as the Huskies play Duke on Dec. 26 in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Zeke Gueths got the call he’d been waiting for all season. He was going to get his first reps in a college football game.

As the redshirt freshman at Northern Illinois University ran out with his offensive teammates at Bowling Green’s Doyt L. Perry Stadium that Saturday afternoon in October, the moment hit Gueths.

“It was a crazy experience, just running out onto the field and with that many people in the stands,” he said. “It’s a totally different atmosphere than the high school football games or even the bigger basketball games I’ve played in.”

Gueths lined up at right guard for the Huskies in their final series of the game against Bowling Green. Aptly enough, Northern Illinois marched down the field and tallied a touchdown en route to a 48-17 stomping.

“I was pretty nervous,” Gueths said. “I was out there focusing just not to jump the snap. I didn’t want to get a penalty my first play out there. It was really exciting.”


This Christmas poem is just for you sportsmen

Inspired by the great Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, I just had to write this sportsmen’s version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” I hope you enjoy it!

Twas the Saturday Before Christmas

Twas the Saturday before Christmas, and the sportsmen were stoked,

The panfish were biting and there were coyotes to be smoked.

Wool stockings were hung so the dryer wouldn’t shrink,

And the rubber boots were out to keep toes out of the drink.

The children were out of their classes and meds,

While visions of iPhones danced in their heads.

And Mama in her baby doll and I in my Hanes

Had just nodded off in a pre-Christmas trance.

When on the flatscreen there arose such a popping,

Some tall bearded guys, the mallards were dropping.

I grabbed the remote, I clicked like a flash,

Just in time to see Jim Shockey do the Caribou Smash.

The moon glinted down on the snow in the back,


Shawano loss comes down to last match

The Shawano wrestling team came up short against West De Pere in a Bay Conference matchup on Thursday night.

The Phantoms defeated the Hawks 42-38 at Shawano Community High School in a dual that came down to the last match.

The Hawks had big pins from Gage Timm, who pinned Lucas Milheiser at 145 pounds, and Ben Carroll, who defeated Zach Soletski by fall at 138 pounds.

Shawano took the lead with a win by Crede Timm at 195 pounds over West De Pere’s Cody Cavil. Bryce Graef closed out the win for the Phantoms by pinning Shawano’s Keith Tourtillott in the 220-pound match.

“As a team, we have a lot of work to do, and as soon as we can start doing the little things right, we will be winning these close duals instead of coming up on the short end,” head coach Michael Homan said.


Suring tops Gresham in nonconference matchup

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School freshman Makayla Belongia secures a rebound during Thursday’s 41-30 loss to Suring.

The Gresham girls basketball team doubled its scoring in the second half but came up short against Suring in a nonconference matchup on Thursday at Suring.

The Wildcats scored 10 points in the first half and 21 in the second to solidify a 40-31 loss to the Eagles (4-6). Gresham head coach Vaughn Miller is trying to get his team to start with the same kind of energy they end with.

“There was just no energy in the first half,” Miller said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with the whole season. They just don’t come out to play in the first half. The exact same thing happened against Manawa on Tuesday.

“It takes being down for us to pick it up in the second half. We can’t continue to put ourselves in holes at halftime and then expect to win the game at the end.”


Clintonville’s Jung commits to wrestle after high school

Contributed Photo Clintonville High School senior Lacey Jung signed her letter of intent on Nov. 30 to continue her wrestling career at Adrian College in Michigan in the fall. With Jung are, from left, Adrian College head coach Cliff Custard, father Mike Michonski, mother Cat Michonski and Clintonville athletic director Bob Bothe.

Clintonville High School senior Lacey Jung’s lifelong commitment to wrestling will continue at Adrian College in the fall.

Jung, who began wrestling at age 4, signed her letter of intent to wrestle at the Michigan college on Nov. 30, just as she was starting her final high school wrestling season.

“This means so much to me,” Jung said. “Wrestling was a big part of my first memories as a kid, so I am so thankful that I get to keep pursuing it.”

Committing to a college was about more than just wrestling for Jung and her family.

“This is a big deal for me, personally, because my parents and older brother never went to college,” she said. “I get to represent our family as the first to attend college, and that’s a really special feeling.


With playoff bid foiled, Rodgers done for the year

The best-laid plans of mice, men and rehabbing quarterbacks often go astray, as a disappointed Aaron Rodgers learned last Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback reflected on the reality he endured, compared to the glory he’d envisioned while sitting in a hospital bed two months ago. Then he went back on injured reserve.

“It’s not the fairy tale that we were hoping for as I lay in that surgery bed eight weeks ago, thinking about this moment,” Rodgers said.

The glass slipper didn’t fit this time, the genie granted no wishes and Red Riding Hood got mauled by panthers – who threw in a blind-side head-butt for good measure. After losing to Carolina 31-24, the Packers are out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008, reduced to a spoiler role in their last two games against Minnesota and Detroit.


Shawano wrestling hosts Shawano Holiday Classic

Photo by Dennis Wilson Shawano Community High School’s Alex Sumnicht defeated Bonduel High School’s Kaden Bergsbaken by decision at 160 pounds during the Shawano Holiday Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Shawano, Bonduel and Clintonville were among 13 wrestling teams that competed at the Shawano Holiday Classic on Saturday.

Host Shawano placed fifth Bonduel finished third in the tournament. Marshfield took the team title, Spencer (second) and Antigo (fourth) rounded out the top five.

Shawano had eight wrestlers finish in the top-five in their respective weight classes. Ben Carroll, with a major decision over Dylan Dykstra, of Antigo, finished in third place at 138 pounds. Keith Tourtillott also placed third at 220 pounds with a decision over Jackson Linsmeier, of Valders.

Top finishers for the Hawks include Wyatt Brandt (106 pounds) in fourth place; Reef Anthony (128 pounds) fifth; Gage Timm (145 pounds) fourth; Alex Sumnicht (160 pounds) fourth; Sam Tourtillott (182 pounds) fourth; and Crede Timm (195 pounds) fourth.


Eagles clinch final minute free throws to secure win

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Menominee Indian High School sophomore Senihseah Wayka looks to pass during the second half of a 41-30 victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Menominee Indian High School. Wayka scored eight points for the Eagles.

Menominee Indian drained six of seven free throws in the final minute to secure a 41-30 Central Wisconsin Conference-East victory over Weyauwega-Fremont on Tuesday at Menominee Indian High Schoool.

Weyauwega-Fremont, which is searching for its first win, had a glimmer of hope after draining a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining to close the deficit to three points. The Eagles (5-2, 2-1 CWC) regrouped and Faith Munson answered with a layup. The Eagles went on to draw four fouls, resulting in six of seven at the line. The 8-0 run and two missed free throws by Weyauwega-Fremont (0-8, 0-4 CWC) sealed the Eagles’ victory.

“The free-throw shooting was phenomenal tonight,” Menominee Indian head coach Chris Rice said. “That free-throw percentage was a big reason we won tonight. The girls did better at the end of controlling the ball, so those elements combined really secured the win for us.”


Otradovec scores 29 points, leads Wildcats past Bowler

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham Community School freshman Raven Bennett makes a 3-point attempt during the second half of Friday’s 91-56 win over Bowler.

Gresham Community School had three shooters score over 20 points to lead the Wildcats past Bowler in a lopsided 91-56 victory on Friday at Gresham.

The Wildcats’ leading duo, Todd Otradovec and Drew Haffner, didn’t disappoint during the Central Wisconsin Conference-North rivalry matchup. Otradovec tallied a game-high 29 points and Haffner added 23 to account for over half of Gresham’s scoring.

“They’re exceptional players offensively, and experienced, so they know what they’re doing on the court,” head coach Jeff Zobeck said. “This is Drew’s fourth year starting on varsity and Todd’s third year starting, so they’ve seen a lot. As seniors, I’m hoping that they’ll really drive their knowledge into the freshmen and younger guys because I’d like to see that knowledge passed down.”

Junior Justice Paiser, who rounded out the Wildcats’ leading scorers at 22 points, was the star player for Zobeck.


Crossing paths with deer marks collision of two worlds

As I walked through the quiet, snow-carpeted woods Sunday on the last day of the antlerless deer season, I saw fresh deer tracks crossing the boot prints I’d left the day before.

I was on my way to my ground blind as the sky slowly brightened, and the crisp tracks gave me a glimmer of hope.

About 3½ hours later, I was walking back to my van, crossing the same tracks and carrying most of the gear from my blind. I stopped again, staring at the tracks frozen in time. At some point, two deer had crossed here, surviving as they and their kind have done for centuries. I had warm clothes, insulated boots, a heater, a backpack full of gear, snacks and water, and two muzzleloading rifles.

How could two naked animals with no tools other than their keen senses of smell and hearing outwit a human?


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