High School Highlights


Eagles 2-0 at Florence Triangular

Menominee Indian defeated Florence, 54-18, and Menominee, Michigan, 63-18, Thursday in Florence.

Nine Eagles wrestlers went 2-0 on the night.

Antonio Mahkimetas (160 pounds), Elliot Miller (170 pounds) and Leander Moon (195 pounds) all had two pins.


Justin Jirschele named manager of Class A squad

Clintonville High School graduate Justin Jirschele has been named manager of the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Intimidators are a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Jirschele is the son of Mike and Sheri Jirschele, of Clintonville, and the grandson of Carl and Judy Bruggink and Don Jirschele, all of Clintonville. Mike Jirschele is the third-base coach for the Kansas City Royals.

Justin Jirschele played high school and American Legion baseball in Clintonville. He played for the White Sox for four years, batting .277 with 70 RBIs and 77 runs scored in 184 career games. He also played as an infielder in 15 games for Kannapolis in 2013.

His coaching career began in 2015 when he worked as the hitting coach for the Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox’ advanced rookie affiliate in Great Falls, Montana. He moved to North Carolina to become the hitting coach for Kannapolis in 2016.

— Grace Kircher, correspondent


Bears survive Suring’s late surge

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Brynn Reinke pushes the ball up the court in the second half of the Bears’ 47-40 victory Thursday night in Suring. Reinke finished with 2 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kailee Pedersen attempts to work around the pressure set by Suring’s Wylee Van Bellinger in the second half of Bonduel’s road victory Thursday. Pedersen hit three jumpers and scored seven points for the Bears.

Without scoring in the final four minutes of the game, the Bonduel girls basketball team held onto a tight victory Thursday in Suring, 47-40.

The Bears, who led by as many as 18 points in the second half, sent the Eagles to the free-throw line five times in the final four minutes and missed all eight of their free-throw attempts as Suring closed the game on a 10-0 run.

“I think the pressure bothered us a little bit partly because we don’t want to go to the line,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said.

Bonduel was also without three starters down the stretch, as Danee Collier, Emily Sorenson and Becca Carpenter all fouled out.

It left some younger guards, including Kylie Guenther and Jessie LaBerge, to handle the ball against the pressure of the Suring defense and led to some quick, erratic shots.

“We were just doing a little half-court trap, and they were aggressive in it, and they were effective,” Suring head coach Shaun Wagner said.


High School Highlights


Peshtigo 61

Bonduel 38

Sophomore Parker Bohm posted a game-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in Bonduel’s loss on the road Thursday.

Wyatt Erb added six points on two 3-pointers for Bonduel (1-6, 0-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

The Bears managed just 15 points in the first half.


Shawano 54

Antigo 41

Tori DePerry scored 15 points and pulled down five rebounds as Shawano won at home Thursday.

Brandi Gueths and Hailey Buschman each posted 13 points for the Hawks (6-2, 2-2 Bay Conference). Gueths also had six rebounds.

Kayla Ward recorded five rebounds for Shawano, which allowed just 12 first-half points.

Bowler 50

Tigerton 39

Reanne Kietlinski scored a game-high 28 points as Bowler won on the road Thursday.


Rodgers, Packers find a way; playoffs within sight

When you’re considered persona non grata, it’s almost never a good thing, although for the Green Bay Packers today it is a mark of the highest respect.

Four weeks ago, the Packers were regarded a welcomed guest by teams looking to score a manageable victory over a reeling foe. Now, riding a four-game winning streak and playing as well as anyone in the league, the

Packers have become the team of which no one wants any part.

After knocking off the improved Chicago Bears 30-27 in the final seconds Sunday, and in what seemed four weeks ago to be a long shot at best, the Packers are officially in control of their playoff destiny.

There are no ad hoc Dallas Cowboys fans in Green Bay this weekend, nor is there any cup-shaking or passing around the hat because the New York Giants provided all the help the Packers needed to complete their unlikely comeback and win the NFC North.


Shawano offense cuts through Panthers

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Carrie Young tries to find a teammate around the pressure set by Oconto Falls senior Jenny Krueger. Young scored 6 second-half points in Shawano’s 24-point victory.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Tori DePerry drives to the hoop in the second half of Shawano’s 63-39 victory over Oconto Falls on Tuesday. DePerry had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior forward Brandi Gueths, who came off the bench for the first time this season, made herself known as soon as she saw the court Tuesday.

The Hawks, who trailed by eight points after going scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game, went on a run after Gueths entered the game and never let up in a 63-39 nonconference victory at home.

Gueths was not in the starting lineup as head coach Ryan Koenig implemented a faster 1-3-1 zone.

“I can’t say enough about her and her leadership right now, and she’s developed a lot,” Koenig said. “The next games, we’ll be right back to normal, and she expects that.”

After entering the game, Gueths got into the post and drew a foul for Shawano’s first points of the night. The Hawks scored nine more points over the next 2 minutes, 15 seconds to take the lead.

The 5-foot-11 junior forward had eight points in the first half, including six from the free-throw line.


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Shawano 58

Green Bay West 38

Junior Dakota Maltbey had a team-high 13 points while Kaden Richards and Tyrell Hesse each added 12 as Shawano picked up its first win of the year on the road Tuesday.

Senior Austin Kohl pitched in 10 points and nine rebounds for Shawano (1-5, 1-1 Bay Conference).

Richards and Hesse each had five assists, while Maltbey recorded six rebounds.

Gresham 60

Almond-Bancroft 58

Senior Neal Cerveny scored 31 points and came up big as a passer late in Gresham’s road victory over Almond-Bancroft on Tuesday.

Cerveny found Derek Bowman and Legacy Skenandore for open shots as the Wildcats (5-1, 5-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit.

Gresham held Almond-Bancroft to 17 points in the second half, a feat Gresham coach Jeff Zobeck called the team’s best half of defense in the past few years.

Rosholt 73


Weather halts local sports throughout area

The snowstorm that started Friday morning and is expected to continue into Saturday night postponed the majority of area high school sports contests, including a girls basketball showdown Saturday between Shawano and Bonduel.

Charmaine Schreiber, Shawano Community High School activities director, said the school district canceled all its events from Friday afternoon through Sunday because of the 8-12 inches of snow expected in the area.

Luka Zischka, Bonduel High School athletic director, said the game will be played on Jan. 28 in Bonduel.

The Shawano Holiday Classic wrestling invitational, which included five area teams, was also among the Saturday events canceled. The tournament will not be rescheduled.


Bowler holds off Mustangs’ late rally

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Marion High School guard Kyle Goke completes a spin move in the post against Bowler’s Ezra Spencer in the second half of Marion’s 55-54 loss Thursday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bowler High School senior Nathan Montez goes up for a fast-break layup in the first half of the Panthers’ 55-54 win Thursday. Montez finished with a team-high 14 points.

Trailing by 10 points with two minutes remaining, Marion nearly completed the comeback, drawing even with Bowler with 11 seconds remaining before a foul put Panthers senior Riley Mohawk on the free-throw line.

Mohawk missed the first free throw but sank the second to give the Panthers a 55-54 victory Thursday in Bowler, their first of the season.

Bowler head coach Matt Brunner was pleased with the fight in his team down the stretch.

“They can do it,” Brunner said.

Marion had a chance to run down the clock with 21 seconds remaining, but Peqtahseh Dess forced a turnover on a sideline inbounds play.

“If we inbound that ball, we’re walking out here in a different (way),” Marion head coach Dave Nordeng said. “It’s a whole different story.”

Bowler did not capitalize on the turnover, though, and missed two free throws. With 11 seconds remaining, Marion’s Chris Buss was fouled. He sank both free throws to tie the game at 54.


High School Highlights


Seymour 73

Shawano 64

Tori DePerry scored 19 points to lead Shawano in its road loss Thursday.

Hailey Buschman added 14 points for Shawano (4-2, 2-2 Bay Conference).

Brandi Gueths pulled down six rebounds for the Hawks.

Roncalli 48

Bonduel 40

Becca Carpenter posted 10 points to lead Bonduel in its road loss Thursday.

Senior Emily Sorenson pitched in 8 points and five steals for Bonduel (6-2, 3-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Danee Collier added a team-high five assists.

Freedom 65

Clintonville 33

Senior Catherine Morse scored 10 points as Clintonville lost on the road Thursday.

Lizzy Weatherwax added 8 points, and Chelsey Birling posted 6 points on two 3-pointers for Clintonville (0-7, 0-5 North Eastern Conference).

The Truckers turned the ball over 27 times.


Lakeland 93

Shawano 77


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