Packers’ 4th-straight loss was chock full of ugly

Not that the Green Bay Packers’ season is approaching a point of no return or anything like that, but if it ever does, there’s comfort in knowing that Joe Thomas Sr. is available.

On the other hand, he’s playing offense now.

A once-hopeful campaign is rapidly spiraling into a punch line for one of the preseason Super Bowl favorites, although in defense of the Packers … wait, that’s right, there is no defense. The nationally televised 42-24 walloping administered by Washington last week was as dispiriting a setback as they come.

In losing their fourth straight – a stretch during which the Packers have given up an average of more than 38 points a game – the unpleasant truth is that we can almost stick a fork in 2016. The little red button on this turkey is ready to pop up.


Foul trouble haunts Eagles in 88-73 loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School center Ron Frechette dribbles baseline on Oneida Nation’s Jonathan Massey early in the second half of Menominee Indian’s 88-73 loss Tuesday. Frechette scored 8 points to help the Eagles close the deficit to 1 point before the Thunderhawks finished out the game.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School junior Warren Wilber (1) and Meshaen Waukau attempt to block Oneida Nation point guard Crimsen Powless in the second half of Menominee Indian’s 88-73 loss Tuesday. Powless finished with a game-high 34 points.

Foul trouble for Menominee Indian’s top two scorers put a damper on the Eagles’ comeback effort against Oneida Nation in a season-opening loss Tuesday.

After senior Ron Frechette brought Menominee Indian back within 1 point by scoring the team’s first 8 points of the second half, Oneida senior center Jonathan Massey made a 3-pointer and drew the fourth foul on Frechette.

From there, the Thunderhawks pulled away for the 88-73 victory.

“He’s going to do a lot of work for us throughout the season,” Menominee Indian head coach James Oshkeshequoam said of Frechette. “For him to be as effective as he can be, we all have to play smarter and not allow to give up fouls on the defensive end.”


High School Highlights


Shawano 62

Mosinee 54

Tori DePerry recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in Shawano’s road victory Monday.

Brandi Gueths added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (2-0).

Hannah Wendorff posted 9 points, and Kennedy Klemens pitched in 8 points as Shawano overcame a 2-point halftime deficit.

Bonduel 57

Coleman 14

Senior forward Emily Sorenson had 16 points and five steals to lead the Bears in their home win Monday.

Senior Kailee Pedersen recorded 12 points, seven steals and five rebounds for Bonduel (3-0).

Becca Carpenter added 9 points and five steals, while Kaitlyn Bohr tallied seven rebounds.


Olsen, Bohm lead youthful Bears

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Brandon Olsen works against Dalton Cairns in the post during practice this week. Olsen is one of two returning players for the Bears.

A senior-heavy roster did the majority of the scoring in 2015-16, leaving the Bonduel boys basketball team searching for new scorers this winter.

Senior Brandon Olsen and sophomore Parker Bohm are the only returnees who played in each of the team’s 23 games last year. Olsen and Bryce Engel are the only seniors on the team

“We just need to find our scorers,” Olsen said. “We need to bring our younger kids up and have them comfortable with going to hoop as scorers, knocking down 3s when they can.”

Head coach Duke Copp said the competition is wide open for starting spots and supporting roles.

“They are going to have to perform in practice and games to play,” Copp said.

Copp understands the transition may take time for his new players, which will include Wyatt Erb, Canon Sozorek and Dalton Cairns, among others.


Hawks want to pick up the pace

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Shawano’s Cole Nelson (1) fights through a screen to defend Atty Wagner (11) at a practice this week. Head coach Dave Ambrosius likes the energy the team has shown in practice through the first week.

Bringing back three starters, along with various rotational players from a season ago, the Shawano boys basketball team is confident in what it can do on the court.

The loss of first-team all-conference selection Zeke Gueths, the conference’s leading scorer, will not make things easy, but the Hawks hope to use their speed on the outside to get up and down the court. Also graduating was guard Adam Bartz.

“It’ll be a complete team effort to try and replace that. Zeke and Adam were special basketball players, and they could do some special things on the floor, and I think everybody saw that last year,” Ambrosius said. “But we’ve got a lot of guys coming back that got some varsity experience last year, and I think that’s definitely going to be an asset for us moving forward.”


Frechette, Wilber taking reins for Eagles

Six seniors for the Menominee Indian boys basketball team played in at least 10 games, with Grant Gomeyosh and Nick Corn leading the way with 21 starts apiece last winter, leaving a massive void on the court.

Fortunately for the Eagles, leading scorer Ron Frechette, who posted 13.3 points per game on 53 percent shooting, will lead the way, with junior Warren Wilber following with nearly 10 points per game. Frechette and Wilber look to keep Menominee Indian heading in the right direction.

“The majority of our class for playing time last year was seniors, so it’s kind of hard to replace that, but our leaders this year have been stepping up really well,” Eagles head coach James Oshkeshequoam said. “They’ve taken a leadership role this past summer, and they hit the weight room hard, and they’ve really taken it upon themselves to get everybody else to the level we need to be at.”


Late free throws help Eagles fend off Oneida

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian freshman Senihseah Wayka passes to a teammate in the second half of Thursday’s 51-44 season-opening victory over Oneida Nation at home.

The Menominee Indian girls basketball team made 60 percent of its free throws in the final two minutes to keep Oneida Nation from mounting a comeback in Thursday’s 51-44 season-opening home victory.

Holding onto a 3-point lead with two minutes to go, senior Autumn Chevalier stepped in for a cramping Kendra Webster to make one of two free throws, before Illiana Sechrist, Chevalier and Taylor Olson each knocked down one of two free throws for the five point lead.

Chevalier stepped back up to the line with one second left to earn her final two points of the game from the charity stripe and give the Eagles (1-0) the 7-point victory.

“We need to convert on open opportunities like that where we’ve got the ball with the clock stopped. We’ve got to be able to get points there,” Rice said. “We’ve got to knock them down.”


Speed, perimeter play emphasis for Eagles

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian senior guard Autumn Chevalier works on ball handling in a practice last week. She will be one of many players looking to fill the void of scoring this winter.

Down 75 percent of its scoring from last winter, the Menominee Indian girls basketball team is looking for players to step up.

The loss of three seniors, Ania Smith, Taylor Mahkimetas and Kelsey Corn, leaves the Eagles with a massive gap in production. Head coach Chris Rice doesn’t yet know who will score for Menominee Indian, but it also means opponents, especially early in the season, won’t have an idea of how to develop a game plan against the Eagles.

“We don’t have that one player they can key on, but at the same time, who can step up?” Rice asked.

It also means that all five players on the court are going to have to work together to find ways to score.

“Losing Ania, we don’t have somebody we can really rely on, like a go-to person,” senior guard Autumn Chevalier said. “We’re going to have to work a lot harder this year.”


Depth carries Bears to dominant victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson drives past Gillett’s Willow Pecha in Bonduel’s 62-27 season-opening victory Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kaitlyn Bohr catches a ball in the post in the second half of the Bears’ win Tuesday. Bohr had a team-high eight rebounds off the bench.

The depth of the Bonduel girls basketball team worked wonders on a smaller Gillett team in a 62-27 season-opening, home victory Tuesday.

Gillett turned the ball over 24 times, giving the Bears easy chances to get out and run.

“I was very skeptical of what we were going to do offensively,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “I figure we’re going to have to get some points in transition and stuff like that, and I think it was real big to get a couple of steals, a couple of open layups to get the kids to get their feet wet.”
Emily Sorenson had a three-point play to start the scoring. Gillett hung close through the first eight minutes, but junior Brynn Reinke hit a 3 to start a 20-9 run to close the half and carry the Bears to a 33-19 halftime lead.


High School Highlights


Shawano 59
Sturgeon Bay 19

Sophomore Tori DePerry had 12 points and six assists to lead Shawano in Tuesday’s season-opening road victory.

Hailey Buschman posted 10 points, and Hannah Wendorff pitched in 7 for Shawano. Junior Brandi Gueths added 7 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks (1-0).

Gresham 48
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 25

Kamille Davids led the way with 16 points as Gresham won its season opener at home Tuesday.

Sydney Jensen scored 15 points for Gresham (1-0). Senior Makena Arndt followed with 7 points.


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