Hawks hang on to defeat Antigo in 1st round of tourney

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Tori DePerry drives past Antigo’s Laynie Weix for a basket during the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday. The Hawks defeated the Red Robins 60-52.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Rachel Reed hits a 3-pointer during Tuesday’s WIAA Division 2 regional victory over Antigo.

Shawano broke away from a one-point lead in the final eight minutes to clinch the WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal 60-52 against Antigo on Tuesday.

The No. 6-seeded Hawks held a close lead for the majority of the match, but struggled turning the ball over early in the second half to allow No. 11 Antigo to close the deficit 40-39 with under 8 minutes to play.

Shawano answered with a 9-0 run, capped by five points by senior Brandi Gueths, to create a 10-point lead. Antigo came back to trail by four, but Shawano was able to maintain its lead and a steal and layup by Hannah Wendorff with 10 seconds left sealed the Hawks’ victory.


WIAA girls tourney regional results

WIAA girls basketball regional quarterfinal:

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 54, Tomahawk 21

No. 5 Wittenberg-Birnamwood defeated No. 12 Tomahawk to advance to the Division 3 regional semifinal at No. 4 Fox Valley Lutheran on Friday.

Vicki Dombeck led the Chargers with 13 points and Emily Norrbom added 11. Emma Herb grabbed 12 rebounds, Abi Fraaza added eight and Dombeck six. Emily Norrbom secured six steals.

“We did what we needed to do,” Witt-Birn coach Nick Mechelke said. “Vicki Dombeck stepped up tonight coming in as the sixth man. At this point in the year everyone needs to make plays, and tonight it was her night.”

Xavier 67, Clintonville 30

No. 9 Clintonville ended its season with a loss to No. 8 Xavier on Tuesday.

The Truckers held a 9-3 lead to start but was outpaced by Xavier for the remainder of the game.


Tourtilott to represent Hawks at state tourney

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Colten Herm was defeated by Appleton North’s Omar Zaidan in the quarterfinal match at the WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament on Saturday.

Sam Tourtilott is having a season of firsts on Shawano’s wrestling team. The junior qualified for his first sectional tournament, won the 170-pound sectional championship and is headed to Madison for his first WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

“The feeling is overwhelming,” he said. “I still can’t believe it’s happening, but it’s starting to become more real to me as I continue practicing this week.

“Being at sectionals for my first time was really fun. It was awesome having all my teammates there cheering me on to go to state, and when you put your opponent to his back and you hear your home crowd cheering, it just makes you want to pin the guy even more.”

Tourtilott had a dominating day on Saturday at Green Bay Preble for the sectional tournament. He posted two quick pins in the first rounds — over Kaukauna’s Kayden Verboomen (1 minute, 18 seconds) and Appleton North’s Ihab Khatib (1:13) — to advance to the championship match.


Bears send 4 to Madison

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School senior Jordan Boldt defeated Stratford’s A.J. Schoenfuss 3-1 to take the 126-pound title at the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament in Shawano on Saturday.

Bonduel head coach Chris Rank had the number four in the back of his mind from the start of the WIAA Division 3 wrestling tournament.

His goal came to pass at Saturday’s sectional as four Bears advanced to the state tournament in Madison.

Senior Jordan Boldt clinched the 126-pound championship at the sectional hosted by Bonduel in Shawano. Isaac Banker (170 pounds), Jacob Banker (182 pounds) and Jacob Giese (195 pounds) punched their tickets to state with wins in consecutive third-place matches.

“That was exciting,” Rank said. “I was a little nervous after the second round, because we only had Jordan (Boldt) guaranteed. But to have Jordan win the championship and then the other three qualify back-to-back-to-back was just exciting and a great way to finish.”


Moegenburg punches ticket to state

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg was pinned by Florence’s Tristen Mascarette in the 113-pound wrestleback to secure his third-place finish at the WIAA Division 3 sectional tournament Saturday.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School sophomore Chad Moegenburg is headed to Madison for the WIAA Division 3 state tournament after placing third at sectionals Saturday.

Moegenburg (41-8) defeated Weyauwega-Fremont’s Easton Groskreutz in the third-place match at 113 pounds at the Bonduel sectional held in Shawano.

Moegenburg pinned Lucas Bean, of Three Lakes, in 2 minutes, 15 seconds in the quarterfinal before suffering his first loss, a 12-4 major decision to eventual champion Koltin Grzybowski, of Coleman, in the semifinal.

Moegenburg then won by technical fall over Pittsville’s Camron Dammann and posted a 12-5 decision over Groskreutz. Runner-up Tristen Mascarette (38-3), of Florence-Niagara, pinned Moegenburg in 1:09 in the wrestleback.

Moegenburg, who was ranked third in the state in his weight class, wrestles No. 8 Brannon Humphrey (29-4), of Durand, in the first round at the state tournament Thursday.


Boys basketball playoff brackets released

The brackets have been released for the 2018 WIAA boys basketball tournament. Play begins with regional quarterfinals Tuesday.

Shawano is the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Medford in Division 2.

In Division 3, Wittenberg-Birnamwood is the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Northland Pines.

Clintonville is No. 11 and will travel to No. 6 Peshtigo.

Bonduel is the No. 7 seed in Division 4 and will host No. 10 Menominee Indian.

In Division 5, Gresham is No. 7 and will host No. 10 Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

Bowler is No. 15 and will travel to No. 2 Assumption.

Marion is No. 14 and will travel to No. 3 Almond-Bancroft.

Tigerton is No. 16 and will travel to No. 1 Columbus Catholic.

The winner of Tuesday’s matchups will advance to the regional semifinals March 2.


Panthers clinch 1st conference title in program history

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bowler High School senior Reanne Kietlinski outpaces Marion’s Abby Polzin for a layup during Thursday’s 55-32 victory that sealed the Panthers’ Central Wisconsin Conference-North championship.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar The Bowler High School girls basketball team celebrates senior Reanne Kietlinski’s 2,000 points and the team’s Central Wisconsin Conference-North championship. The team includes, from left, back, Alyssa Strassburg, Tynea Johnson, Ireland DeRoos, Kayla Pecore, Jodi Wolf, Jada Waters, Brooke Thiex, Lilly Wisnefske; front, Jayla LeMieux, Reanne Kietlinski and Calista Miller.

The Bowler girls basketball team made history on Thursday as the first conference champion in the 44 years since the progam’s start.

The Panthers clinched sole possession of the Central Wisconsin Conference-North after a 55-32 home victory over Marion.

“I can’t put this moment into words,” said Calista Miller, who is one of three seniors on the team. “We’ve worked so hard for this. It’s just a fantastic thing to be able to do this for ourselves and our coaches and community. The amount of people that come out to support us is amazing, people will drive a couple hours to come watch us play and that just means the world to us, it makes this moment extra special.”


Athlete of the Week: Alonzo Haack

Contributed photo Menominee Indian High School senior Alonzo Haack is headed to WIAA Division 3 sectionals for the first time in his high school career after securing the heavyweight title at the regional tournament on Saturday.

Athlete: Alonzo Haack

Sport: Wrestling

Weight class: 285 pounds

School: Menominee Indian High School

Year: Senior

Alonzo Haack earned Menominee Indian’s sole title at the WIAA Division 3 regional tournement on Saturday. The senior pinned state-ranked Brock Martinson, of Coleman, in 1 minute, 44 seconds to become the heavyweight champion. Haack, who has a 35-7 record on the season, will be competing at sectionals for the first time since starting for the Eagles freshman year.

Q What’s your favorite part about wrestling?

A Getting your hand raised and showing hard work pays off.

Q How does it feel clinching the heavyweight title against a state-ranked wrestler?

A It made me feel that I am ready for that next step at sectionals.

Q Was there a victory this season that was the most satisfying for you?

A The regional title, because it was the first state-ranked opponent that I had ever beaten.


High School Highlights


Bonduel 41

Menominee Indian 38

A tiebreaker to determine fourth place in the Central Wisconsin Conference-East came down to the wire between the Bears and Eagles on Thursday. After holding the lead for most of the matchup, Bonduel trailed by one point, 33-32, with just under four minutes remaining. The Eagles hit a cold streak and Brynn Reinke drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Bears a six point lead.

Bonduel had five double bonus opportunities at the line and went 0 for 10, while the Eagles battled back to a one-point deficit with 10.3 seconds to play. Ashlyn Schnell went 2 for 2 at the line to give the Bears a three point advantage and Menominee Indian’s Mimi Beaulieu missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the top of the key to seal Bonduel’s victory.


Spearers bring home monster sturgeon

Photo by Ross Bielema Lance Kohl, of Hortonville, speared this 73.9-pound, 69.2-inch lake sturgeon Feb. 10 near Payne’s Point in Neenah on Lake Winnebago as one of the few successful spearers during a tough season. This was his second fish in 10 years. Kohl was spearing in 15 feet of water and had his decoy at 6 feet, where the sturgeon floated when Kohl jabbed.

Sturgeon spearers on Lake Winnebago will have a full 16-day season, but the anglers on the upriver lakes were done in four days.

It didn’t take long on the clear, shallow waters of Lakes Poygan, Winneconne and Butte des Morts for anglers to spear 297 lake sturgeon. One of the harvest caps was reached, thus ending the action there.

Sturgeon biologist Ryan Koenigs noted that this year’s upriver lakes success rate was 61.4 percent, just 0.2 percent over the average success rate for the past dozen years.

The upriver lakes are known for big fish, and opening day saw angler Benjamin Berger with a 155.6- pound, 75.6-inch behemoth that he weighed at Critter’s in Winneconne. It was the largest fish of the day and season through Thursday. An aerial shanty count totaled 5,003, including 4,448 on Winnebago and 555 on the upriver lakes.


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