Bears jump all over Hawks early in 68-46 win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson looks to pass while driving the lane in the first half of Bonduel’s 68-46 victory over Shawano on Saturday. Sorenson scored a game-high 17 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Kennedy Klemens runs a fastbreak against Bonduel’s Althea Berry late in the second half of Shawano’s 68-46 loss on the road. Klemens posted 12 points for the Hawks.

Bonduel senior Emily Sorenson scored eight points in the first eight minutes as the Bears jumped out to an early 11-point lead over Shawano on Saturday.

The Hawks cut the deficit to seven points a minute later, but a 22-11 run to close out the half allowed the Bears to coast to a 68-46 home victory over Shawano.

“It’s been back and forth, I mean, they beat us a couple of times, and we’ve beat them a couple of times,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “It’s great. I think it’s great energy in the building. I’m sure our kids were fired up to come out and play.”

Shawano, playing without starting point guard Hannah Wendorff, turned the ball over 27 times, which led to many fastbreak opportunities for the Bears.

Sorenson tallied five steals, and guard Danee Collier added four steals to go with her four assists and eight rebounds.


Shooting propels Tri-County past Wildcats

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School forward Sydney Jensen drives against Tri-County’s Alexis Rodriguez in the first half of Gresham’s 75-40 loss at home Tuesday. Jensen scored a team-high 17 points.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Kamille Davids closes out on Tri-County’s Katie Craig in the second half of Gresham’s 75-40 loss at home Tuesday. Davids posted 13 points for the Wildcats.

Gresham was successful in slowing down the scoring Tri-County’s Amber Baehman, but the Penguins’ high-powered offense got contributions elsewhere in a 75-40 victory on the road Tuesday.

Brooke Hopkins posted 21 points, Caitlin Eisner added 17 and Andrea Boyd tallied 12 for undefeated Tri-County. Baehman was held to a season-low eight points, but she was able to find open teammates to hit shots as the defense collapsed on her.

“Unfortunately, they are an extremely talented team, and other girls stepped up and killed us,” Gresham head coach Vaughn Miller said. “In the high post, she’s a playmaker. Our goal was definitely to keep the ball out of her hands as much as possible. She hit a lot of nice passes for layups, which is tough.”

Baehman, who came into the game averaging nearly 20 points per game, excelled both passing and on defense.


High School Highlights


Pacelli 74

Bonduel 51

Bryce Weier tied for a game-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, as Bonduel lost on the road Tuesday night.

Canaan Szoszorek posted seven points, shooting a perfect 3 for 3 from the free-throw line for Bonduel (2-12, 0-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

The Bears trailed 48-18 at the half.

Gresham 85

Marion 35

Senior guard Neal Cerveny posted a game-high 27 points as Gresham won at home on Monday.

Drew Haffner tallied 14 points and seven assists, and Derek Bowman had 13 points and nine rebounds for Gresham (12-2, 11-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Marion (0-14, 0-10 CWC-10) was led by Carson Mauleg’s 11 points.


Green Bay West 59

Shawano 58

Green Bay West’s Jazzlynn Koeller sank two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining as Shawano fell on the road Tuesday.


Xavier thwarts Hawks’ second-half push

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School guard Kaden Richards attempts to dribble past Xavier’s Hunter Plamann in the second half of Shawano’s loss Friday. Richards scored 16 points for Shawano, which fell 83-67.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior guard Cole Nelson drives past Xavier’s Sam Ferris in the second half of Shawano’s 83-67 loss at home Friday.

Senior forward Austin Kohl scored 17 points as part of Shawano’s 42-point outburst in the final 18 minutes, but the Hawks fell to Xavier, 83-67, Friday at home.

Shawano cut Xavier’s lead to seven points on multiple occasions on the 3-point shooting of Kohl and Alex Mueller, who were a combined 6 for 13 from behind the arc.

“They had a couple of guys who really had it going tonight,” Xavier head coach Matt Klarner said. (Mueller) came off the bench and shot the ball well for them. Obviously, we know Kohl can shoot the ball, and I thought we did a pretty good job on (Kaden) Richards. I felt like we did OK, but give them credit, they shot the ball well.”

The Hawks combined to make 9-of-21 shots from deep.


High School Highlights


Gresham 79

Wild Rose 52

Senior guard Neal Cerveny scored 21 points as Gresham won on the road Friday.

Drew Haffner added 15 points, and Derek Bowman posted 13 points for Gresham (11-2, 9-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Todd Otradovec pitched in 12 points for the Wildcats, who scored 42 points in the first half.


Wild Rose 44

Gresham 29

Senior forward Sydney Jensen scored 15 points to lead Gresham in Friday’s home loss.

Meckenzie Roe and Mackenzie Hoffman each posted five points for Gresham (5-10, 2-8 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Menominee Indian 36

Tigerton 34

Freshman guard Senihseah Wayka tied for a game-high 12 points in Menominee Indian’s road victory Friday.

Tennille Lyons knocked down two 3-pointers for the Eagles (6-10, 4-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).


Mahkimetas eyes MIHS career wins record

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Antonio Mahkimetas, top, is just the third wrestler in program history to reach 100 career wins. He sits at 102 and is chasing 2014 graduate Kyle Winker’s record of 116.

As a freshman in the Menominee Indian High School wrestling program, Antonio Mahkimetas was learning what it takes to win.

Then-senior Kyle Winker, the school’s career wins record-holder with 116, pushed Mahkimetas to work harder, get better.

“I don’t think he really liked Kyle a whole lot because Kyle pushed him and pushed him and pushed him, and now that Antonio has gotten older and matured, he’s doing the same thing Kyle did,” Menominee Indian head coach Kirk Bahr said. “He learned a lot from the way Kyle pushed him back in those days.”

Now a senior, Mahkimetas has 102 career wins, just the third MIHS wrestler to reach the 100-win mark. Daryl Waupekenay, a 2010 graduate, has 106 wins.


Lakeland drowns Shawano’s shot at conference title

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School freshman Peter Fuller swims the 500-yard freestyle, which he won with a time of 5:54.71. It was one of two events won by the Hawks against Lakeland.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Griffin Rades swims the backstroke portion of the 200-yard medley relay. The Hawks finished second, six-tenths of a second behind Lakeland.

The times are starting to drop for the Shawano Community High School boys swim team, but visiting Lakeland showed its strength with a 96-74 win Thursday in Shawano.

Just over one month ago, Lakeland defeated Shawano, 93-77.

“I see our guys getting much better, but I see Lakeland getting much better too, so we just couldn’t catch them tonight,” Shawano head coach Jeff Easter said.

The Hawks’ best performance of the night came in the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Tyler Buerman, Chase Lhotka, Jeffrey Green and Griffin Rades set the best time of the year (3:41.74) in the Great Northern Conference.

Freshman Peter Fuller and Rades posted Shawano’s only individual wins; Fuller in the 500 free, by 7 seconds over Stanlee Kmiecik, and Rades the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.81, four seconds better than Tyler Teichmiller.


Reinkes learning from each other

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior varsity and varsity assistant coach Abby Reinke is in her first season as a coach, working under her father, Jerry Reinke, to keep the Bonduel girls basketball program strong.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School head coach Jerry Reinke is working with his daughter, Abby Reinke, as the junior varsity coach for the Bears.

It started off as a joke between a father and daughter.

As things started to fall into place over the summer, with recent college graduate Abby Reinke finding a job in Green Bay and the Bonduel High School girls basketball junior varsity coach Dan Stoltenow stepping down, it was the perfect opportunity for Reinke to step on the sideline alongside her father, Jerry Reinke.

The two, having been around the sport for the majority of their lives, see the game similarly.

“There’ll be times we kind of look at each other and I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got to switch to man or whatever it is,’ and he’ll nod his head,” Abby said. “We’re normally on the same page, but sometimes he’ll turn and look for confirmation or see if I see something different that the other team is doing on offense or defense.”


High School Highlights


Shiocton 78

Bonduel 60

Guard Cole Letter and forward Dalton Cairns each scored 12 points as Bonduel lost at home Thursday.

Letter hit four 3-pointers for Bonduel (2-11, 0-6 Central Wisconsin Conference-8), which also made 6 of 8 free throws.

The Bears gave up 46 points in the first half before playing the visitors evenly in the second half.

Clintonville 56

Oconto Falls 46

Nathan Krueger tallied 18 points and teammate Tyler Petermann added 15 points in Clintonville’s victory at home Thursday.

Petermann recorded seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for Clintonville (9-3, 6-3 North Eastern Conference).

The Truckers made just 4 of 20 3-pointers.


Shawano 73

Xavier 63

Sophomore Tori DePerry had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Shawano won on the road Thursday.


High School Digest

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Boys Swim

Shawano vs. Lakeland

The Hawks, who are looking for a conference championship, lost the first dual of the season to Lakeland 93-77 but are looking for a better showing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Shawano Community High School.

Senior Griffin Rades won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, James Kruger added two top-two finishes, and Jeffrey Green won the 100 free in the previous meet with Lakeland. The Hawks struggled in the relays, finishing second in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free.

Thursday’s dual meet is the last one before the Great Northern Conference meet Feb. 3 in Antigo.

Girls Basketball

Shawano at Bonduel

The young Shawano girls basketball team will be challenged on the road when it faces the senior-heavy Bonduel Bears at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.


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