Sports

Sat
09
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Tori DePerry


Photo by Jody Ward Tori DePerry scored a combined 81 points over four games this past week to lead Shawano on a 4-0 run. DePerry was also one of four Wisconsin girls players to be named American Family Insurance All-USA performer of the week for her team-high 29 points against Clintonville.

Athlete: Tori DePerry

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Junior

Tori DePerry tallied a combined 81 points over four games this past week to lead the Hawks on a 4-0 run. She posted 22 points against Xavier (58-56), 29 against Clintonville (47-38) the next day, 12 against Green Bay West (72-20) on Tuesday and 18 against Menasha (61-40) on Friday. DePerry’s performance at Clintonville landed her as one of four Wisconsin players to be named American Family Insurance All-USA performer of the week. A leader on the team, DePerry has played varsity all three years at Shawano.

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Sat
09
Dec

Sunday deadline for bear, spring turkey applications

The deadline for applying for bear and spring wild turkey permits is Sunday (Dec. 10).

If you purchased a patron license this year, you probably applied already when you bought your license. It’s easy to check, just go to gowild.wi.gov to check your status.

If you did buy a patron license but didn’t apply for bear or spring wild turkey permits at that time, you can still apply by the Sunday deadline at Go Wild or at any hunting license sales outlet.

The state’s black bear population is very healthy and Wisconsin hunters bagged more than 4,150 bears this year, according to preliminary Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources figures. It takes many years of application points to get a bear permit, so don’t forget that you must apply at least once during any period of three consecutive years to retain your points or you will lose them.

Fri
08
Dec

Shawano falls 86-80 to Tomahawk


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School freshman Carson Cummings prepares for the 200-yard freestyle race during the Hawks’ home meet against Tomahawk on Thursday.

The Shawano swim team came up short against Tomahawk on Thursday, but several Hawks still saw personal gains at the meet.

Shawano senior Connor Angeli shaved four seconds off his 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2 minutes, 26.61 seconds to take third place. Angeli is just four seconds from hitting his record last year.

“That feels good,” he said. “It’s good to know that I haven’t fallen off too much, and it makes me excited to see how much more I’ll cut off.”

Angeli also finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.07) behind Tomahawk’s Evan Ploeckelman.

Despite the individual accomplishments, Angeli had a different outcome in mind for the team.

“I really felt like we could win this one,” he said. “I think we had the swimmers to do it. There were a lot of close losses, so it’s not like it was a blowout or anything.”

Thu
07
Dec

Bears win 1, lose 1 at home dual

Bonduel had a split night at its double dual on Tuesday night, defeating Gillett/Suring and falling to Coleman.

In their match against Gillett/Suring, the Bears started with a pin from Colin Wussow at 285 pounds just 37 seconds into the match and never looked back in a dominating 57-15 over the Tigers.

The Bears benefited from three forfeits from the Tigers, at 106, 113 and 120 pounds. For a while it looked like the Tigers were going to get shut out by the Bears, until Chris Salereno suffered a pinfall loss to Sam Lemons at 145 pounds. Reid Winkler was able to pull off the pinfall victory at 170 pounds over Kaden Bergsbaken for another Gillett/Suring victory in an otherwise powerhouse performance from Bonduel.

In Match 2, the Bears put up a valiant fight, but came up just short in dropping a 44-31 decision to Marinette & Oconto Conference powerhouse Coleman.

Thu
07
Dec

Pack take slim playoff hopes to Cleveland

Nobody on the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff will be too upset with the defense at practice this week if the scout team moves the ball on them. They’ll be up against a pretty good quarterback.

Eight weeks after suffering a broken collarbone on his throwing side, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back, practicing with the group of teammates simulating the offense that the Cleveland Browns will run Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Rodgers’ return is consistent with the initial guess that it would only happen this year if the team still had a shot at making the playoffs. He’s gone from “likely out for the season” on the injury report to this week’s “his rehabilitation is progressing and he is eligible to return Dec. 17.”

Wed
06
Dec

High School Highlights

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Wittenberg-Birnamwood 43, Bonduel 23

Wittenberg-Birnamwood defeated Bonduel in a Central Wisconsin Conference-East matchup on Tuesday.

Emily Norrbom led the Chargers with 10 points and six rebounds, followed by Abi Fraaza with nine points. Jessie LaBerge scored nine points for Bonduel.

“We came out tough defensively tonight holding Bonduel to nine first-half points,” Witt-Birn head coach Nick Mechelke said. “We really worked on our defense the last couple days and it showed the whole game. We pressured the ball very well. I give Bonduel credit, they cut our lead to 7 points in the second half, but we regrouped and put it back together to finish it off.”

“We need to take better care of the basketball,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “We couldn’t rebound, and we couldn’t control the ball, so we’ve got things to work on.”

Shawano 47, Clintonville 38

Wed
06
Dec

Hawks can’t hang on in home opener


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Cole Nelson drives up the court during a 55-53 loss to Pulaski on Tuesday. Nelson led the Hawks with 16 points and shot 4 of 4 free throws.

Shawano couldn’t extend its 2-0 start to the season after losing a tight home-opener matchup against Pulaski on Tuesday.

Coach David Ambrosius isn’t too worried, though.

“It’s still early in the season,” he said, “so at this point it’s just some mental mistakes that we’ll be able to show the kids on film, and we’ll just learn and get better from it.”

Pulaski (2-0) secured the first bucket of the nonconference game and kept the lead for the remainder of the first half. Shawano cut a 6-point deficit with just under three minutes left and finished the half trailing 30-28.

Dakota Maltbey initiated the Hawks’ second-half fight with a layup to tie the game, and Shawano (2-1) found its first lead, 34-32, three shots later by Brad Bartz.

Sat
02
Dec

Hawks clinch conference opener in final seconds


Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Hailey Buschman passes the ball to senior Brandi Gueths during Friday’s Bay Conference victory over Xavier. Buschman scored the game-winning layup with 2 seconds remaining to seal the Hawks 58-56 win.

Hailey Buschman drove to the basket with 2 seconds remaining to seal a 58-56 victory in Shawano’s first Bay Conference game against Xavier on Friday.

Kennedy Klemens knocked in a 3-pointer for Shawano with 6 seconds on the clock to tie the game. Buschman secured the ball from a Xavier throw-in and drove to the basket for an easy layup at 2 seconds remaining and a botched half-court shot attempt by Xavier’s Sarah Dombrowski sealed the victory for Shawano (2-2, 1-0 Bay).

“I am so proud of the girls,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “They worked their butts off. We were a team tonight. The first three games I didn’t really feel like we had that team mentality, and tonight I really do.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit. We weren’t expecting to come out 1-2 on the season. We’ve had close games but just couldn’t get over the hump, and hopefully tonight gets us over that hump to get the ball rolling on the season.”

Sat
02
Dec

Athlete of the Week: Caleb Davids


Contributed photo Caleb Davids recorded 17 saves in Tuesday’s win over Fox Cities United. The victory was Davids’ first shutout (4-0) and coach Garrett Smith credits Davids’ performance for the win.

Athlete: Caleb Davids

Sport: Hockey

Position: Goalie

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Sophomore

Caleb Davids earned the first shutout of his high school career in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Fox Cities United. Coach Garrett Smith largely credits the sophomore’s performance for the shutout. Davids, who is in his second year playing for the Hawks, recorded 17 saves in the win. Davids said the win was for his grandfather, who passed away last weekend.

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Q Where did your interest in playing hockey begin?

A When my aunt invited me to an Appleton Ice Dogs game when I was about two years old.

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Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A The nonstop action and intensity.

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Q How did it feel getting your first shutout win and 17 saves during Tuesday’s game?

A It felt amazing! Especially being able to get one for my grandpa Jim.

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Sat
02
Dec

Get ‘one more chance’ at deer with muzzleloading rifle

Why do the words of a young child always seem wise beyond their years when applied to adult situations?

When I think of the many deer hunting opportunities we Wisconsin hunters enjoy, I recall my daughter’s sincere pleas when my wife and I would mete out punishment for one of her misdeeds:

“Give me one more chance! Just one more chance!”

It was tough to follow through when looking into those dark brown, pleading eyes, normally moist from fresh tears. She’d later admit she could cry on command, and once did it when I asked her to. Even though I knew I should stick to the punishment (back then, it was taking her iPod for a few days), I’d occasionally cave and give her another chance.

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