Hodkiewicz to be inducted into hall of fame

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School assistant coach Dale Hodkiewicz, right, watches a match at the Brawl in the Falls on Saturday. Hodkiewicz will be honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Wisconsin Chapter in April with a Lifetime Service Award.

Menominee Indian head wrestling coach Kirk Bahr has known Dale Hodkiewicz for nearly 35 years.

Bahr, who was 10 when Hodkiewicz was his Little League baseball coach, now has the longtime wrestling coach as an assistant on his staff, and the results are
showing with the athletes.

“Dale is a good motivator. Dale can get old-school, and that’s what I kind of like about our wrestling room,” Bahr said. “He brings some of the fundamentals back into it. You don’t need to do funk to win. I think the kids, even if he can be a little bit harsh sometimes, the kids really respect him.”

Hodkiewicz, who coached in Shawano, Bonduel and Menominee Indian, will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Wisconsin Chapter on April 9 at the Rock Garen Comfort Suites in Green Bay. He will receive the Lifetime Service Award from the hall of fame.


Packers exorcise giant playoff demon, on to Dallas

Only recently had Odell Beckham Jr. made up with the kicking net after their public spat; now he may be looking into drywall-sensitivity counseling.

It was a disappointing last day of the season for the New York Giants, who late in the first half of last Sunday’s 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers got a dose of what they dished out five years ago.

In the first round of the 2011 playoffs, the Giants led the Green Bay Packers by 3 with the ball on the Packers’ 37-yard line in the final seconds of the first half.

Forgoing the field goal attempt, Giants quarterback Eli Manning lofted a Hail Mary heave that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks pulled down for a touchdown that set the Giants off on a 37-20 rout.

Last week it was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb hooking up in the same end zone, on the final play of the half, to build on a lead that turned into a blowout.


Bonduel’s Banker takes Brawl in the Falls title

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jacob Banker controls Oconto Falls senior Mac Winkler in the championship match of the 182-pound division at Saturday’s Brawl in the Falls in Oconto Falls. Banker defeated Winkler by an 8-4 decision.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School junior Elliott Miller attempts to escape from Oconto Falls’ Brice Delzer during the third-place match at 170 pounds Saturday at the Brawl in the Falls. Miller took fourth in what head coach Kirk Bahr called the tourney’s most difficult weight class.

For the second time in as many weeks, Bonduel’s Jacob Banker and Oconto Falls’ Mac Winkler locked horns in the 182-pound division of a major tournament.

After sneaking out of the Lourdes On the Water Classic in Oshkosh on Dec. 28-29 with a one-point victory, Banker faced Winkler again Saturday at the Brawl in the Falls in Oconto Falls.

Despite giving up points in the final period, Banker emerged with an 8-4 victory.

“That was probably Jacob’s best match of the year. He wrestled very sound,” Bonduel head coach Chris Rank said. “He was in control. He gave up a reversal at the end, but that was a very good match Jacob wrestled there. Very proud of what he did there.”

Banker was the only local athlete to win an invitational title, but both Bonduel (five) and Menominee Indian (six) were well-represented on the final podium. Bonduel finished in seventh at the 14-team tournament with 80 points, and the Eagles followed in eighth with 75.5 points.


High School Highlights


Sturgeon Bay 57

Shawano 55

Tyrell Hesse led Shawano with a team-high 14 points as the Hawks lost on the road Saturday night in overtime.

Austin Kohl and Alex Mueller each reached double figures with 10 points for Shawano (3-6, 2-1 Bay Conference), which had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.

Junior Dakota Maltbey pulled down seven rebounds, and Cole Nelson posted five assists.


Bonduel 63

Shiocton 38

Senior Becca Carpenter had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Bears won on the road Monday night.

Hayley Sorenson posted 13 points, and Emily Sorenson had 12 points to go with four steals for Bonduel (10-3, 4-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Danee Collier recorded nine points and five steals while Kailee Pedersen pitched in 12 points.

Witt-Birn 61

Adams-Friendship 20


Bears strong in closing out Menominee Indian

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School sophomore Jared Wondra looks to pass to a teammate while trapped along the baseline in the first half of Friday’s 69-54 victory over Menominee Indian.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Charles Lasley attempts to drive past Bonduel’s Canaan Szoszorek in the second half of Menominee Indian’s 69-54 loss Friday in Bonduel. Lasley finish with 14 points.

With two of Menominee Indian’s best players on the bench with four fouls, the Bonduel boys basketball team made its run.

Trailing by six points, the Bears settled things down and got back to their game plan, finishing the game on a 31-8 run for a 69-54 victory at home Friday night.

“I thought we battled and played tough basketball, and then followed our game plan,” Bonduel head coach Duke Copp said.

With the game tied, Menominee Indian’s Ron Frechette and Warren Wilber were called for fouls, sending them to the bench in a span of 10 seconds. But the Eagles jumped ahead by six points, anyway, via their fast-break offense.

Sophomore Parker Bohm scored seven of his team’s next nine points to pull Bonduel within one before Bryce Engel hit a corner 3 to give the hosts the lead for good.

“He hit that huge 3, and you could tell all the kids loved that,” Copp said. “That’s exciting.”


High School Highlights


Gresham 68

Tri-County 33

Senior Ray Creapeau scored 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists as Gresham won at home Friday.

Todd Otradovec added 19 points for Gresham (8-2, 7-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Legacy Skenandore finished with nine points and three steals for the hosts.


Shawano 61

Menasha 52

Kennedy Klemens scored a team-high 15 points, and Tori DePerry followed with 14 as Shawano won at home Friday night.

Carrie Young reached double figures with 10 points for Shawano (7-2, 3-2 Bay Conference).

DePerry was the team’s leading rebounder with eight, and junior Brandi Gueths pitched in seven.

Witt-Birn 60

Wisconsin Rapids 55

Four Chargers reached double figures in Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s home victory Friday.


Hawks sweep 2 events, easily beat Hatchets

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale SCHS senior James Krueger won the 100-yard butterfly at Thursday’s home dual against Tomahawk. Krueger won the race by two seconds over Chase Lhotka, and Collin Buerman finished in third for the sweep.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Connor Angeli swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley race Thursday at home. Angeli finished in third place, behind teammates Griffin Rades and Nathan Kane as the Hawks defeated Tomahawk 99-71.

Even without one of its top swimmers, the Shawano Community High School boys swim team managed to earn 99 points in Thursday’s home dual meet.

The Hawks, without Tommy Rankin, defeated Tomahawk 99-71, the same score from when the teams faced each other in December.

“What’s encouraging to me, all of our better guys are getting a little bit faster and a little bit faster,” Shawano head coach Jeff Easter said.

Shawano swept the top three spots in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly, earning a combined 26 points from those two events.

Senior Griffin Rades led the way in the medley sweep with a time of 2 minutes and 21 seconds, followed by senior Nathan Kane (2:26.22) and Connor Angeli (2:29.49).

As for the butterfly sweep, junior James Krueger posted the top time of 1:02.04. Chase Lhotka added a 1:04.72, and Collin Buerman trailed with a 1:09.19, still six seconds ahead of the first Tomahawk swimmer.


Shawano survives with shutout intact

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano sophomore Kobe Schreiber fends off Waupaca’s Cody Rasmussen for the puck late in Shawano’s 2-0 victory over the Comets.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano junior Trevor Krueger stands tall as Waupaca attempts a shot in the third period of Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Waupaca. Krueger scored an empty-net goal with 56 seconds remaining to double the lead.

Shawano’s penalty kill unit got plenty of time on the ice Thursday night.

With 14 penalties, accounting for 31 minutes in the penalty box, including three separate five-on-three situations, the Hawks still managed a shutout in a 2-0 home victory over Waupaca on Thursday.

“Penalty kill unit did a hell of a job,” Shawano head coach Garrett Smith said. “They definitely were doing a fairly good job of holding their positions, and when we got a chance, got it out of the zone and we were able to get some time.”

Shawano managed to get called for six penalties in the final period, putting extra pressure on the defense and Brendan Chapman, who posted 23 saves on the night, scoring his first shutout of the season.

Chapman had six saves in the final period with the help of defensemen Bryce Gagnow and Mason Dingeldein, along with wings Trevor Krueger and Wyatt Block.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 45

Algoma 33

Bonduel senior Danee Collier recorded 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals as the Bears won on the road Thursday night.

Guard Kylie Guenther added seven points and six rebounds for Bonduel (8-3, 3-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Emily Sorenson also tied Collier with a team-high 11 points.

Gresham 55

Sevastopol 49

Senior forward Sydney Jensen posted a team-high 24 points in the Wildcats’ road victory Thursday night.

Makena Arndt hit four 3s for 12 points for Gresham (4-5, 1-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Center Kamille Davids added another 12 points for the Wildcats.

Manawa 54

Menominee Indian 38

Kendra Webster and Autumn Chevalier each scored a team-high seven points in Thursday’s home loss.

The Eagles (4-6, 2-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) made just three of 13 free-throw attempts in the game.


Packers steel themselves for playoff push

With the proverbial table duly cleared by the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, the stakes are raised as the hour draws near for a few racks of playoff nine-ball.

The Packers completed their sharpest season-ending finish since 1941, winning their last six games to claim their fifth NFC North crown in the last 6 years.

As coach Mike McCarthy noted throughout the Packers’ 6-0 stretch run, it’s a pointless undertaking to talk playoffs until you reach the 10-win mark. Now, after knocking off Detroit 31-24 to finish 10-6, playoff confabs are officially in bounds – even if their eighth straight postseason appearance was assured earlier in the day when the New York Giants eliminated Washington.


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