Sports

Sat
27
Oct

Athlete of the Week: Colin Ewing

Athlete: Colin Ewing

Sport: Cross-country

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

The Bonduel boys cross-country team will be making its second straight trip to state today (Saturday). Colin Ewing helped the Bears reach state in both years and will get to cap his high school running career in the state’s biggest meet.

Ewing placed seventh at the Division 3 Westfield Sectional last Saturday, posting a time of 18 minutes, 17.5 seconds to help the boys team take first and punch its ticket to state. At the Central Wisconsin Conference Meet back on Oct. 12, the senior earned a time of 18:18.51 to take 11th.

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

A: My interests in running began when I was 7 years old at my dad’s work during one of his runs.

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

Sat
27
Oct

Wausaukee ends Tigerton’s postseason run

Top-seeded Tigerton had its season come to a close after dropping a 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 match to second-seeded Wausaukee in a Division 4 sectional semifinal match from Three Lakes High School on Thursday.

Monika Minniecheske led Tigerton with 10 attack kills, four block kills and a pair of aces while Jaidan Miller tallied 11 assists and three block kills.

Kelsi Shumaker totaled nine service points and seven digs while Savannah Swartz also finished the night with seven digs. Molly Brehm recorded a team-high 15 digs.

The Tigers capped the season with a 20-10 record after tying for the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division title and taking third place at the conference tournament.

Tigerton topped eighth-seeded Marion before sweeping fifth-seeded Gillett and second-seeded Gresham on its way to sectionals.

Sat
27
Oct

The deer hunters’ Christmas has arrived

I’m hearing Christmas carols playing in my head, but the lyrics are all wrong…

“Jing-a-ling, are you listenin’, there’s a buck in the distance, he’s comin’ toward me, sniffin’ Mrs. Doe’s Pee, walkin’ in a ruttin’ wonderland….”

Right now, many of my deer hunting buddies are reporting much pre-rut activity. Bucks are in the mood for love and beginning to chase does, or even more. Don’t get too wrapped up in predicting the exact day the rut will hit (as some magazines do) because there are several periods of rut activity and I think it varies from county to county. As you near that first week of November, the odds are better and better that a nice buck will find your arrow or crossbow bolt in his boiler house.

Fri
26
Oct

Bonduel teams make true on early season goal


Contributed photo The Bonduel boys and girls cross-country teams will each make their second straight state trips. Forming the team’s roster is, back row, from left, Jared Erb, Michael Smith, Colen Klosterman, Colin Ewing, Carter Kurey, Jared Wondra, William Beaumier, Alex Jasch, Jack Johnson, Cooper Uelman and Jake Lecheler; front row, Alexia Folkman, Erin Timler, Madison Kurey, Breanna Schnell, Jessica Ewing, Kim Smith, Katlin Thompson, Kara Troxel and Grace Tubutis.

The road to state is always a fun journey to look back on for teams and individual athletes.

For the Bonduel girls and boys cross-country teams and Clintonville’s Jesse Wilson, the path to the State Cross-Country Championships — which will be run this Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids — was not an easy one, but through hard work, the athletes have reached the sport’s biggest stage.

In the fall of 2017, the Bonduel girls and boys teams qualified for state in the same year for the first time ever. A year later, both teams earned spots at state again after placing first at the Division 3 Westfield Sectional on Saturday.

While Bonduel made the feat look rather easy, it was anything but that. Coming into the year, coach Diane Schnell wasn’t sure the teams could repeat their success, but the runners never had a doubt.

Fri
26
Oct

Top 5 Performers

Here is a look at some of the top performances in the area over the past week:

Abi Vomastic — Shawano volleyball

The junior put up big numbers for the Hawks in the postseason, helping the team reach the regional title game. Vomastic led the team in attack kills in each of the last two playoff games, tallying 14 against Denmark and 17 against Notre Dame Academy. She also recorded six blocks over those two matches.

Jaidan Miller — Tigerton volleyball

The senior setter has distributed the ball well for the Tigers this season, and has stepped up her game another level in the postseason. Miller totaled 28 assists and also had 13 service points in the team’s sweep of Gillett last Thursday. She then had 16 assists, eight digs and seven service points in the regional final win over Gresham on Saturday.

Jesse Wilson — Clintonville cross-country

Thu
25
Oct

Balliett named state coach of year

Mike Balliett, who coached the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School girls track team to back-to-back state championships the last two seasons, has been named the girls coach of the year by the Wisconsin Track & Field Coaches Association.

Balliett, who has coached the girls team the past 17 years and the boys team for the last 11, said it was difficult to explain his reaction to the award. But he credited the athletes who worked hard and accepted the coaches’ guidance.

“It’s hard to kind of sum up in words,” Balliett said. “It represents the body of work and a group of athletes that went through our program that really took us to another level.”

Award winners are selected based on several factors, including coaching record, background, coaching honors and involvement in the community and school organizations, according to information from the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association.

Thu
25
Oct

Role of giant-killer within reach for rested Pack

To everything there is a season, and in every season there is a bye week – a time to heal, reflect and prepare.

But mostly heal.

Barring the rare instance when your team is injury-free and on fire, anytime is a good time for bye week. Ask the guys who clobber each other every week. For the Green Bay Packers, the 13 days of rest couldn’t have come at a better time for their best player.

Of the highest importance to the Green Bay Packers over their remaining 10 regular-season games is the health of quarterback Aaron Rodgers — specifically, healing the left knee injury he suffered on opening day. Rodgers had been operating at less than full strength through the first six weeks but has shown flashes of the greatness that makes him the team’s single best hope to make any sort of serious run.

Sun
21
Oct

Tigerton sweeps Gresham to take regional title

The Tigerton volleyball team defended its home court and secured a Division 4 regional title by sweeping Gresham on Saturday night.

The top-seeded Tigers swept the second-seeded Wildcats by scores of 25-8, 25-22, 25-12.

Monika Minniecheske had another big game to lead Tigerton, totaling 15 attack kills, 11 digs, 11 service points and six aces. Jaidan Miller assisted on 16 of the Tigers’ kills while adding eight digs and seven service points.

Molly Brehm tallied 11 digs while Savannah Swartz had 10 and Kelsi Shumaker eight. Shumaker also recorded eight service points and three aces while Ladia Block had seven service points and two aces.

Adrienne Brady recorded eight service points while Swartz chipped in with seven.

The win was Tigerton’s 20th of the season, advancing the team to the sectional semifinal on Thursday against Wausaukee at Three Lakes High School.

Sun
21
Oct

Bonduel teams take first to make it back to state

For the second consecutive year, the Bonduel girls and boys cross-country team each qualified for the WIAA State Meet.

The girls team secured their trip to state by placing first at the Division 3 Westfield Sectional on Saturday with just 47 points. The boys team earned its spot at state by scoring 63 points to take first place.

Kara Troxel (20 minutes, 21.45 seconds), Madison Kurey (22:08.92) and Breanna Schnell (22:33.41) all placed in the top 10 to lead the girls team, finishing second, seventh and 10th respectively. Jessica Ewing (22:55.36) and Erin Timler (24:13.16) rounded out the team score, placing 14th and 26th overall, respectively.

Jared Wondra (18:08.61) placed fourth while Colin Ewing (18:17.5) and Carter Kurey (18:21.71) took seventh and ninth, respectively. Jack Johnson (19:30.03) came in 20th while William Beaumier (19:56) placed 32nd to round out the boys team score.

Sun
21
Oct

Shawano’s season ends in five-set thriller


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano senior Bayleigh Laabs (4) and junior Abi Vomastic (1) attempt to block a Notre Dame attack attempt on Saturday as seniors Tori DePerry (11), Julia Klement (12) junior Katelyn Wilber (6) and freshman Margo Gull (10) look on.

Almost exactly a year after getting swept by top-seeded Notre Dame Academy in a Division 2 regional title game, fourth-seeded Shawano was looking to get its revenge in a rematch on Saturday evening.

Behind a loud and fired up Shawano crowd that made the trip to Green Bay, the Hawks looked to be on their way to getting that revenge on a couple of occasions, but the top-seeded Tritons showed resiliency and were able to battle their way to a thrilling 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-19, 19-17 victory to claim the regional title.

“They never gave up, whether they were up 10 points or down 10 points — they always did what they could,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said. “They believed in themselves but we just fell a little short.”

The two teams split the first four sets, with Shawano claiming the first and third sets before Notre Dame rallied to take the second and fourth sets. The fifth set was about as entertaining a set can be.

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