Packers take thrill-ride act to Washington

Part of the preparation for Week 3 in the ever-changing NFL is sorting out the difference between what is enough and what is too much.

Four days removed from a disappointing tie game – which also could easily have been one of their worst early-season losses ever – the Green Bay Packers can still point to positive aspects of their 1-0-1 start.

For the moment, leave aside the obvious weekly riddle of what constitutes a legal catch, tackle or quarterback hit.

Clay Matthews would like to leave it aside altogether. The late hit penalty in the opener was bad enough, but the roughing the passer call on him against the Vikings – on a seemingly textbook near-sack of the quarterback – stung worse than a line drive off the nose.


Athlete of the Week: Monika Minniecheske

Contributed photo Monika Minniecheske has served as Tigerton’s top offensive weapon this season.

Athlete: Monika Minniecheske

Sport: Volleyball

School: Tigerton High School

Year: Senior

The Tigerton volleyball team is eyeing a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division crown, and senior Monika Minniecheske is leading that charge. Minniecheske serves as the team’s most consistent weapon on offense and is a great blocker due to her height.

In a conference-opening win over Bowler on Tuesday, she tallied 20 kills, 16 service points and five serving aces. On Thursday, she recorded 12 attack kills in the team’s loss to Manawa. In a triangular last week, the senior totaled 23 attack kills. Minniecheske was a first team all-conference selection as a junior.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: I was a manager in fourth grade. I learned the basics in volleyball and fell in love right away. It was very eye opening because I got to help the varsity girls practice and see how volleyball works.


Athlete of the Week: Alice Hoffmann

Leader file photo Alice Hoffmann is enjoying a strong start to her senior cross-country season.

Athlete: Alice Hoffmann

Sport: Cross-country

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

Alice Hoffmann is making the most of her final high school cross-country season. To open the season, she placed 21st with a time of 21 minutes, 30.95 seconds in a loaded invitational in Appleton back on Aug. 24. Since then, she has only improved her place. On Aug. 30, Hoffmann took 10th overall at the De Pere Invitational, posting a time of 22:18.52. She most recently led the Shawano girls team at the Charger Invitational on Tuesday, posting a time of 22:36.06 to finish fifth. She and her teammates will next run at an invite hosted by Shawano on Saturday.

Q: When did your interest in cross-country begin?

A: I picked up running in middle school and have just continued it since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a cross-country meet or the cross-country season?


Shawano handles business against Green Bay West

Along with earning a victory, the Shawano volleyball team wanted to take away plenty of positives against Green Bay West on Thursday night.

Shawano took care of business with a 3-0 sweep, 25-5, 25-13, 25-12, and played a well-rounded match with every girl seeing time on the court.

“I think we played alright,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said. “Whoever was on the floor played together very well, so that was nice to see. We went out hoping to set the tempo and that’s what we did.”

Hawks senior Tori DePerry wanted to see an improvement in communication, among other things, from her teammates.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be as hard as a match and so we wanted to focus on the littler things which will lead up to our big things,” said DePerry, who had five attack kills and three block kills.

Shawano (16-5) had Green Bay West on the ropes early, jumping out to a 12-2 lead in the opening set. The Hawks kept the pressure on and eased to victory.


High School Highlights


New London 6

Shawano 1

The Hawks hosted their final match of the season on Thursday, falling to the Bulldogs. Shawano’s two seniors, Karelyn Malliett and MacKenzie Foster, were also recognized.

Anna Cuenca secured the lone Shawano win at No. 3 singles.

Singles: No. 1: Kate Chrisitan NL def. Isabella Buettner, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Alley Ramirez NL def. Peyton Buerman, 6-1, 6-1; No. 3: Anna Cuenca S def. Tricia Luedtke, 6-4, 6-0; No. 4: Grace Nelson NL def. Aubrey Zastrow, 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: No. 1: Megan Pankow-Mariah Harter NL def. Lydia Dobberstein-Grace Licausi, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Tess Ruckdashel-Lauren Winkler NL def. Sarah Carlson-Elise Pyatskowit, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Olivia Tews-Myah Henderson NL def. Karelyn Malliett-MacKenzie Foster, 6-0, 6-0.

Saint Mary Catholic 7

Clintonville 0

The Truckers were not able to earn a win while battling the Zephyrs on Thursday.


High School Football Roundup

Pacelli 20

Witt-Birn 14

The Chargers fell a score short of earning their first Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division win on Friday.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood is now 2-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Little Chute 42

Clintonville 13

The Truckers could not keep pace with the Mustangs in a North Eastern Conference clash on Friday. Little Chute scored all 42 points in the first half while Clintonville scored twice in the fourth quarter.

Bailey Tate scored a 9-yard rushing touchdown before Sean Finger connected with Gerald Wood on a 35-yard passing score for the Truckers. Finger finished with 55 passing yards while Dylan Arnold rushed for 54 yards.

Clintonville, which is now 0-5 overall and in the NEC, held Little Chute to just 270 total yards.

Tri-County 30

Marion/Tigerton 16

The Thundercatz fell a couple scores short of picking up their first win of the season on Friday.


Seymour pulls away from Shawano

Things looked good early for the Shawano Community High School football team.

The Hawks held a 13-7 lead and caused two turnovers against state-ranked Seymour. But it was only a matter of time before Seymour’s high-potent offense broke loose. The Thunder scored on three of its next five drives. Shawano was worn down defensively and suffered a 42-19 loss in Bay Conference action on Friday.

“We knew coming in Seymour was going to be a physical team and we saw some things on film that we thought we could use for our offense and that worked,” Shawano coach Alan Tomow said. “We did a good job in the first half executing on offense and moving the football and then we finished in the end zone. That’s big for the confidence of our kids to be able to move the ball down and finish at the goal line. Defensively, we got a turnover and things were going really well for us. But for us it was really hard to sustain that success.”


Bonduel falls flat against Iola-Scandinavia

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Garside breaks free from Iola-Scandinavia players on a 77-yard kickoff return on Friday in Bonduel.

Looking to avenge a lopsided loss to Bonduel from last year, Iola-Scandinavia’s offense dominated the first half and cruised to a 47-12 win over the Bears in this season’s matchup on Friday night in Bonduel.

Led by running back Bryce Huettner, Iola-Scandinavia scored on its first five possessions to build a 34-6 advantage. Bonduel sliced into the deficit on a highlight reel kickoff return by senior Isaac Garside, but could get no closer in what turned into the Bears’ first loss of Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division play.

“They got a really good team obviously,” Bonduel coach James Westrich said. “They are well coached, all their guys block well and they understand angles. We didn’t do a good job of forcing the issue, we took bad pursuit angles on defense and allowed ourselves to be blocked. When you’re going up against kids coached that well, you have to execute well and we didn’t do that on defense or offense.”


Local runners shine at Bonduel Invitational

The Clintonville boys cross-country team turned in one of its top performances of the year while competing at the Bonduel Invitational on Tuesday. Led by Jesse Wilson’s first place finish, the Truckers took second as a team with 76 points.

Wilson finished the course in 17 minutes, 28.04 seconds, just behind Gillett’s Derek Hanson (17:23.55).

Cameron Mauel (18:17.05) finished 10th for Clintonville while Austin Tosdale (18:22.41) came in 13th. Cody Carrico (19:44.81) and Klay Barkow (19:51.83) rounded out the team score.

The Bonduel boys placed fourth with 116 points while the girls scored 130 points to take fifth. Jared Wondra (17:50.37) took third to pace the boys while Kara Troxel (20:56.12) finished third and was the girls top runner.


Rogowski to lead Witt-Birn boys basketball team

Nine-year Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys varsity basketball head coach Lon Ebel resigned earlier this summer, meaning the team would have a new coach calling the shots this winter.

Although the Chargers will have a different coach, there will be a sense of familiarity on the sidelines.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District Superintendent Garrett Rogowski, the school’s junior varsity boys coach and Ebel’s assistant for the past nine years, has been named the team’s next head coach.

Rogowski believes the transition will go smoothly because of his experience with the team.

“I think it will help a lot, as I am very aware of our individual and team strengths,” Rogowski said. “I know the players. They know me, and so I think many of them have a good idea of what to expect from me after having me as their JV coach in the past.”


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