Clintonville’s Wilson is state-bound

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano freshman Grace Beyer, left, and senior Alice Hoffmann near the end of a snow-covered girls race at the Division 2 Freedom Sectional on Saturday.

The end of the cross-country season is often run in less than ideal weather conditions.

Weather was certainly an issue during the Division 2 Freedom Sectional at Irish Waters Golf Club on Saturday, when runners not only had to deal with cold temperatures and high wind gusts but also spurts of sleet and plenty of snow.

Clintonville standout freshman Jesse Wilson did not let the adverse conditions affect him, navigating his way through the wet and slippery course in a time of 16 minutes 51.01 seconds to take first and secure a spot at the state meet next Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

“It’s just an amazing feeling, I can’t wait to get there. I’m hoping to do well,” said Wilson just minutes after his state-qualifying run.

“At the start (of the race) it was really slippery and there were a few other stretches that were really windy,” he said of the weather. “When the hail came, it really just knocked the wind right out of you.”


Colby holds off Bonduel, ends Bears’ season

Bonduel’s late comeback came up just short in a 26-20 loss to Colby in a Division 5 Level One playoff game in Colby Friday night.

Third-seeded Colby got on the scoreboard first with a passing score in the second quarter. Bonduel cut its deficit down to one on an Isaac Boldt rushing touchdown early in the third quarter before taking the lead on a Jacob Giese rushing score in the fourth quarter.

Trailing by five, the hosts scored 19 straight points to take a 26-12 lead with only 3 minutes, 49 seconds remaining. Bonduel quarterback Parker Bohm hit Isaac Garside on a touchdown pass with seven seconds left but the Bears could not score again.

Boldt rushed for a team-leading 81 yards while Riddik Bohm and Giese recorded 48 and 25 rushing yards, respectively. Parker Bohm finished with 181 passing yards, with Garside recording 136 of those receiving yards.


Athlete of the Week: Bayleigh Laabs

Athlete: Bayleigh Laabs

Sport: Volleyball

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

The Shawano Community High School volleyball team features a number of tall, powerful attackers that often strike fear into their opponents. Without a strong setter though, the Hawks’ offensive attack would not be all that effective.

Senior Bayleigh Laabs has been the one facilitating Shawano’s offense this season and has it clicking on all cylinders through two postseason matches. Laabs assisted on 16 kills during the Hawks dominating sweep of Marinette on Tuesday. She then totaled a whopping 34 assists on Thursday when Shawano made quick work of Denmark.

Q: When did your interest in volleyball begin?

A: I first played volleyball in middle school (seventh grade). I really started to get interested when I played club volleyball my eighth grade year.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a volleyball match or the volleyball season?


November is prime time for car-deer accidents

The doe was fresh, because I had not seen her lying on the roadway that morning, and the temperature was very cool. The last three miles of the road from a county highway to my house are always speckled with the remains of car-killed deer this time of year, and it’s such a waste of precious venison.

Since I had killed a small buck with my crossbow a few weeks earlier, and my freezers will soon be packed tight when fresh venison, I had no room for another deer right now. So I got on the phone, calling a fellow member of our muzzleloader club to see if he was interested. He was out of town on a special disabled deer hunt and wouldn’t be back for days.

I then tried another club member and another. Nobody had the time or desire to come and take this free meat.


High School Playoff Highlights


Tigerton 3

Gillett 0

Top-seeded Tigerton swept resilient fifth-seeded Gillett in a Division 4 regional semifinal match on Thursday. Tigerton won the battle of the Tigers by scores of 25-19, 25-17, 28-26.

Monika Minniecheske had another big game for Tigerton, posting 22 attack kills and three block kills. Jaidan Miller totaled 28 assists and 13 service points while Ladia Block had 11 service points, nine digs and two aces.

Kelsi Shumaker recorded 10 attack kills and two block kills while Savannah Swartz had five attack kills and two block kills. Adrienne Brady and Molly Brehm contributed 11 digs each.

Gresham 3

Suring 1

The second-seeded Wildcats battled past the third-seeded Eagles in the other Division 4 regional semifinal. Gresham won by scores of 25-15, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23 and will next travel to Tigerton on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the regional final.


Packers Hall of Famer visits Neopit

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Packers Hall of Fame inductee Mark Tauscher talks football with members of the Menominee high school and middle school football teams.

Mark Tauscher, a Green Bay Packers offensive tackle recently inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, was honored Tuesday by the Woodland Boys and Girls Club in Neopit.

Tauscher, who played football for the Wisconsin Badgers as well as the Green Bay Packers, visited Menominee Tribal Enterprises as well as the club.

“We wanted to do something for the kids, and it is an honor to have someone like him here in Neopit,” said Ronald Corn, Woodland Boys and Girls Club director.

He described Tauscher’s visit as a “cultural program.” The event included songs, dancing, autographs, and a chance for young people to meet with a successful athlete, he said.

The visit is about inspiration, Corn said.

“To me, this means the world,” he said. “It is the first time we’ve actually had a Packer here. It is inspiring to the kids. It can help them see the opportunities outside the reservation.”


Top 5 Performers

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

Alice Hoffmann — Shawano cross-country

The senior runner helped the Hawks make history last Saturday at the Bay Conference Meet at Shamrock Heights Golf Course in New London. Hoffmann completed the course in 21 minutes, 17.75 seconds, which was good enough for fifth place.

Isaac Boldt — Bonduel football

The junior running back has helped provide Bonduel with a reliable running game this fall. Boldt also was a factor down the stretch as the Bears won their final three games, most recently rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns against Pacelli last Friday.

Monika Minniecheske — Tigerton volleyball


Counsell’s steady leadership helped spur Brewers’ ascent

For too many years, any musings over the Milwaukee Brewers winning a World Series have included some sort of punch line.

Skeptical fans inured to an annual diet of disappointment had resigned themselves to the idea that they may not live to see the day when the Brewers win it all.

That’s changed over the past two seasons, and the long odds of their winning the whole bundle have narrowed. Unless the subject is Hell, Michigan – where temperatures dipped below freezing Wednesday – the old, that’ll-be-the-day metaphor no longer fits the Brewers.

Seeking its franchise first-ever title, the best team in baseball over the past month is battling the well-heeled Los Angeles Dodgers in National League Championship Series.


Shawano dismantles Denmark

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano junior Abi Vomastic delivers one of her attack kills against Denmark on Thursday.

The Shawano Community High School volleyball team has its sights set on making the WIAA State Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Hawks continued their strong start to the postseason with a dismantling of fifth-seeded Denmark on Thursday in Shawano for the regional semifinals.

Shawano’s attack game was on point, and its strong block game frustrated the visiting Vikings all night. In the end, the Hawks had themselves a 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 victory.

“They played lights out, they did what they were supposed to do,” Shawano coach Breanna Young said. “The most important part was I asked them if they were having fun and they all said yeah. You could tell by the way they were playing in their body manners.”


Bonduel ready for tough first playoff test

Leader file photo Bonduel senior Isaac Garside looks to make a move with the football in hand during a game against Shiocton this fall. The Bears’ balanced offense enters the playoffs with plenty of momentum.

After back-to-back losses to Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division front-runners Iola-Scandinavia and Amherst, the season could have gone one of two ways for the Bonduel High School football team.

With a 2-2 record in conference, the Bears could have sulked in their defeats and limped into the postseason — or missed the playoffs entirely.

Instead, Bonduel (6-3, 5-2 CWC-Large) used the two losses as learning points and motivation down the stretch and enter a Division 5 Level One playoff clash against Colby (7-2, 6-2 Cloverbelt) on a three-game winning streak and playing their best football of the season.

“Our team is really excited for the playoffs,” said Bonduel coach James Westrich. “We have had three really good weeks of football and feel we are getting better each week. Colby is a well-coached team and this should be a great game. We both play in very tough conferences.”


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