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Bonduel 58

Iola-Scandinavia 30

The Bears cruised to a lopsided Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division win over the short-handed Thunderbirds on Tuesday.

Jessie LaBerge led Bonduel by scoring 16 points and also recording four steals. Kara Troxel totaled 10 points, five steals and three assists while Kylie Guenther had eight points and five rebounds.

The Bears committed just seven turnovers during the contest while winning their seventh straight game.

Witt-Birn 63

Wey-Fre 34

The Chargers had eight players score in a rout of Weyauwega-Fremont in a CWC-East clash on Tuesday.

Chloe King led the charge by scoring 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers on the night. Emma Herb scored 12 points while Megan Konkol and Abi Fraaza each scored nine points. Amara Schoepke contributed seven points.


3-point shooting helps Bonduel girls reach double-digit wins

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Breanna Schnell, center, looks to escape the double team of Gillett’s Aubrey DeBauch, left, and Grace Wickman, right, during Friday’s nonconference game at Bonduel High School.

The Bonduel girls basketball team has several strong options to turn to for scoring on any given night. That level of productivity showed up again in the team’s most recent win, a 61-48 nonconference victory over a tough Gillett team on Friday at Bonduel High School.

“It’s really nice to have that depth,” Bonduel coach Jerry Reinke said. “We’ve gone through some injuries and illnesses and somebody has always stepped up. We have probably at least seven or eight kids that could go off for 20 on any given night, which makes us tougher to defend. We are very unselfish, which also makes us hard to defend. And they are sure fun to coach.”

Sophomore Kara Troxel and freshman Allaina Robaidek led the charge for the Bears in Friday’s win, scoring 22 and 14 points, respectively. The duo also combined to hit eight of the team’s nine 3-pointers.

The duo had their fair share of open looks, but also knocked down some well-defended triples.


Sokolski, Banker and Giese lead Bears at Oconto Falls

Bonduel’s Max Sokolski, Isaac Banker and Jacob Giese all won their respective weight classes as Bonduel nabbed second place at the 10-team Brawl in the Falls Invitational at Oconto Falls High School on Saturday.

It had been a full year since Sokolski faced off on the mat against Florence’s Tristen Mascarette. In that match, Sokolski was defeated handily by technical fall.

“It motivated me a lot,” Sokolski said. “I knew I had to put in a lot of work in the offseason, so that’s what I did.”

The two wrestlers squared off again Saturday, and Sokolski had revenge on his mind. It wasn’t just any match — it was for the 126-pound title.

Sokolski trailed the entire match before tying it at 7-7. Then, with about 30 seconds remaining in the third period, Sokolski scored a takedown. He could sense that victory was within reach.


Shawano drops first-place battle to West De Pere

When the Bay Conference schedule was released, the Shawano girls basketball players had their first big game circled: at West De Pere on Jan. 4.

Both teams opened the season by winning their first five conference games, so the stage was set for a first-place showdown.

West De Pere worked out to a 20-point lead with just six minutes remaining in the game, but Shawano didn’t go away. The girls cut the deficit to eight but could never get over that hump. West De Pere went on to take Friday’s game, 53-44.

“I was happy with our effort tonight,” Shawano coach Ryan Koenig said. “Versus some of the other games we’ve had this year, I felt like we were a team for the first time this year. I think we’re building on stuff, and it’s really inspiring to feel that way finally in the locker room. Us going on that run at the end really ensured that we can play with anybody, but we’ve got to play as a team.”


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Shawano posts 1-4 mark at border battle

The Hawks finished sixth at the Wisconsin-Michigan Border Battle Duals at Marinette High School on Saturday.

Shawano posted a 1-4 record in the duals, topping Marinette (40-20) but falling to Wisconsin Rapids (52-18), Green Bay Preble (51-26), Mendon, Michigan (40-24) and Algonac, Michigan (34-27).

Gage Timm and Keith Tourtillott each posted 4-1 records on the day in the 152 and 220 weight classes, respectively. Each wrestler won three matches by pins.

Wyatt Brandt (106/113), Ben Carroll (145), Sam Tourtillott (195) and Nick Kohn (285) all finished the day with 3-2 records.

Landowski leads Chargers in Merrill

Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Jeremy Landowski posted a 4-1 record to take second place in the 170-pound weight class at the Bluejay Challenge in Merrill on Saturday. The Chargers compiled 278.5 points to finish seventh as a team.


First half 3-point barrage leads Eagles to win

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Tigerton’s Colleen Smith, left, goes up for a shot as Menominee Indian’s Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan (3) defends and Tigerton’s Monika Minniecheske (12) boxes out Menominee Indian’s Kay-Li Corn during Thursday’s matchup at Tigerton High School.

Led by sophomore Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan, a hot-shooting Menominee Indian girls basketball team picked up a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover victory over Tigerton on Thursday at Tigerton High School.

Menominee Indian hit 10 3-pointers in the game, including nine in the first half alone, before easing to a 69-53 win.

“We were really doing in-and-out ball — we get the ball into the high post, make a move and then we are trying to reverse it. Our post players were making just enough plays so the defense had to be honest and couldn’t cheat and then our shooters got open that way,” Menominee Indian coach Mike Skenadore said.

Beaulieu-Morgan had the hot hand from deep early on, connecting on a trio of triples to help the Eagles (5-6) out to an 11-8 lead.

Three-pointers from senior Channing O’Kimosh and junior Alyssa Corn and then two more from Beaulieu-Morgan helped the Eagles cap a 20-0 run to pull ahead for good.


Shawano drops road meet to Lakeland

The Shawano Community High School boys swimming team came up on the short end of an 88-76 meet against Lakeland on Thursday.

Shawano’s 400-yard freestyle relay team picked up the team’s lone first-place finish on the night, posting a time of 3 minutes, 53.67 seconds. Peter Fuller, Collin Buerman, Josh Bergmann and Camden Kroll formed the relay team.

Buerman, Kroll, Bergmann and Karson Rades formed the 200 medley relay team and came in second in 1:56.21. Jack Reed, Wylee Springborn, Michael Dickmann and Rades joined forces to come in second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:51.53).

Fuller came in second in a pair of individual events, the 200 freestyle (2:08.16) and 500 freestyle (5:54.58). Kroll came in second in the 200 IM (2:37.84) and third in the 100 backstroke (1:10.19).


Athlete of the Week: Tiana Ferguson

Contributed Photo Senior Tiana Ferguson is enjoying her final season on the basketball court and hoping to lead Gresham to success down the stretch of the season.

Athlete: Tiana Ferguson

Sport: Girls Basketball

Position: Forward

School: Gresham Community High School

Year: Senior

The Gresham girls basketball team has just two seniors on the roster. One of those seniors, Tiana Ferguson, has helped provide a veteran voice for the otherwise young Wildcats roster, which has steadily improved under new coach Tiffanie Ferguson, Tiana’s mother.

Along with serving as co-captain on the team, Tiana Ferguson has served as a solid scoring option while also playing her share of strong defense and lending a hand as a rebounder.

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I’ve been around the game all my life. My mom has been coaching since I was little.

Q: What is your favorite part about a basketball game or the basketball season?

A: One of my favorite parts is when there is team unity and we are all contributing.


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West De Pere 63

Shawano 61 (2 OT)

The Hawks fell just short in a double-overtime setback against the Phantoms in Bay Conference action on Thursday.

Nick Grignon tallied 24 points for Shawano, including a 6-for-7 clip at the free throw line. Joe Mente tallied 11 points, hitting three of the team’s nine 3-pointers. Carter Weisnicht pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds while also scoring 13 points

Neither team scored in the first overtime before West De Pere outscored the hosts 5-3 in the second OT session.


Abbotsford 32

Witt-Birn 31

The Chargers came up just a couple points short of pulling a nonconfernce road win over the Falcons on Thursday.

Emma Herb scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Wittenberg-Birnamwood on the court. Chloe King added seven points and six rebounds while Olivia Curley and Megan Konkol each scored six points.


Local wrestling teams hoping to finish off seasons strong

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jacob Giese, top, pins down a Gillett/Suring wrestler during a double-dual back on Dec. 4. Giese is 19-2 this season and is near the top of the Division 3 220-pound weight class rankings.

While most winter sports start regionals in mid-February, wrestling regionals take place Feb. 9. That gives wrestlers a little over a month to prepare and also build up confidence.

The area is not short on top wrestlers. Shawano, Bonduel, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian all have at least one wrestler that was ranked on in the latest rankings (Dec. 19).

Junior Keith Tourtillott (220-pound weight class) has been the top wrestler for Shawano this season, compiling a 14-0 record heading into the new year. Tourtillott was an honorable mention and on the verge of being ranked among the top-12 Division 1 wrestlers in the 220 class.

Tourtillott is not the only Hawk enjoying a strong season.

Junior Ben Carroll owns a 13-2 record at the 145 class while sophomore Wyatt Brandt is 12-2 at 113 pounds. Sophomore Nick Kohn also has double-digit wins, with a 10-3 mark at 285.


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