New faces run the court in Shawano

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry averaged 7 points per game coming off the bench last season and will likely play a bigger role this year.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Junior Brandi Gueths is one of just three players returning for the Shawano Community High School girls basketball team. The Hawks will try to build on last year’s 14-win season.

The senior class, composed of eight athletes, accounted for 75 percent of the scoring for the Shawano girls basketball team last season.

Just three varsity players return this year, forcing the Hawks, who had the first winning record in over a decade, to undergo a major roster change.

“It’s like everybody competing for a job. A coaching staff looking at every player every play, whereas in years past, we kind of knew who was coming, and we’ve seen that, and that will be that way next year and the year after,”

Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “But this year, it’s about who can play well with each other, and that’s what the fun part is.”

This year’s team includes one senior, Tatum DePerry, five juniors and five sophomores.


7 seniors headline Bonduel’s roster

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Brynn Reinke will be one of few contributors on this year’s girls basketball team who is not a senior. The Bears have seven seniors on the roster.

Behind Hayley and Emily Sorenson, the Bonduel girls basketball returns varsity experience but not a lot of scoring.

Bonduel lost top scorer Taylor Weier (13 points per game) to graduation but returns its other four starters and seven of its top eight scorers.

The Sorensons averaged 20 points per game last winter, but senior Kailee Pedersen was the only other player to to average at least 5 points per contest.

“We’re definitely looking for scoring pretty much out of everybody,” Bonduel head coach Jerry Reinke said. “Sure, we’ll probably be more balanced, but hopefully we’ll be able to score enough.”

Hayley Sorenson tore an ACL in the spring during her AAU season, which forced her to miss both the track and volleyball seasons. She hopes to be playing early in December, according to Reinke.


Gresham brings back majority of roster

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior guard Mackenzie Hoffman works on her outside shot during practice Tuesday. She is one of three regular starters coming back for the Wildcats.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School senior Sydney Jensen, a second-team all-conference pick last season, will take a leading role for the Wildcats, who look to improve on a 7-15 season.

Consistency has brought some confidence and calmness to the Gresham girls basketball team this winter.

Now in their second year under head coach Vaughn Miller, and with just one new player on the varsity roster, the Wildcats are already further ahead in the season preparation than anticipated.

“This year has been a lot smoother. I’m familiar with the girls, and they definitely understand a lot of the stuff I like to do,” Miller said. “We’re making a few tweaks, looking to change a few things up.”
Gresham went 7-15 overall and 4-14 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10 last year, recording more victories than the previous three seasons combined.

“We did win more games last year than we intended to, so I think we’ll have more confidence this year,” senior forward Sydney Jensen said.


Packers must put pedal to floor in second half

Even the standard-bearer of knee-jerk cheer, Polyanna herself, would have be hard-put to encourage the Green Bay Packers after last week’s crash landing against the Indianapolis Colts. It was tough to find a silver lining after such a gutting loss.

Mike McCarthy gave it a shot, though. In the postgame press conference following the Packers’ 31-26 defeat at Lambeau Field, the Packers coach started to list some positive takeaways from the game.

After stammering through “I thought we hit some good punts there,“ he pretty much had nothing. You know it was a lousy game when the coach starts talking about punting.

McCarthy was disappointed and irritated that his guys got handled at home by an average team. It was the second straight loss and third in four games for the Packers, one of the preseason Super Bowl favorites.


Shawano concludes fall sports seasons

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Members of the Shawano Community High School football team honored at the fall athletic banquet Monday are, from left, Seth Sousek (most valuable defensive player), Casey Baumann (most improved), Jack Hanauer (most valuable player), Dylan Sumnicht (most valuable offensive player) and Brayden Dickelman (rookie of the year).

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Members of the Shawano Community High School volleyball team honored at the fall athletic banquet Monday are, from left, Averi Vomastic (most valuable offensive player), Saige Henning (most valuable defensive player), Julia Klement (most valuable player), Brandi Gueths (Heart of the Hawk) and Niki Hoefs (most improved).

Over nearly two hours Monday at The Gathering, Shawano Community High School took the time to honor the student athletes in nine fall sports.

The coaches took to the podium to recognize their varsity athletes and present the awards voted upon by either the coaches or athletes.

The Shawano offense, which kept pace with some of the best teams in the Bay Conference this fall, earned the most football honors. The Hawks finished 5-5 with a trip to the WIAA playoffs.

Quarterback Jack Hanauer, who holds the school career passing yards mark, was named the team’s most valuable player. Receiver Dylan Sumnicht took home the award as the most valuable offensive player.

Freshman Brayden Dickelman was named rookie of the year, and junior offensive guard Casey Baumann was the team’s most improved player.

Junior linebacker Seth Sousek was named the most valuable defensive player.


Shawano swim season ends at Neenah sectional

Emme Quandt knew that the competition was going to be steep.

The senior led the the Shawano/Bonduel swim team into the rough, competitive waters of the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Neenah High School on Saturday, and realized that she and her teammates needed to step up their game.

Quandt contributed two 17th-place finishes and helped the Hawks to a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Shawano/Bonduel finished last in the sectional with 24 points.

“Well, in conference, we go against a lot of Division 2 schools, but here at sectionals, there are a lot of Division 1 schools, so the competition is just so much better,” Quandt said. “The atmosphere is different, the schools are different, and the qualifying times are much better.”

Neenah won the sectional. Appleton North, Bay Port, De Pere and Fond du Lac rounded out the top five in the 13-team field.


Sumnicht named Bay’s receiver of the year

Leader File Photo Shawano Community High School senior Dylan Sumnicht was named the Bay Conference’s receiver of the year for his 891 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in eight conference games this season.

Leader File Photo Shawano Community High School senior running back Kien Moorman was the conference’s fifth-leading rusher and was named to the all-conference first team, along with Dylan Sumnicht, Jack Hanauer and Dakota Maltbey.

Shawano’s explosive offense racked up more honors when the all-Bay Conference football team was announced this week. The Hawks placed three seniors and a junior on the all-conference first team.

Senior wide receiver Dylan Sumnicht was named the receiver of the year in the conference. He was joined on the first team by senior running back Kien Moorman, senior quarterback Jack Hanauer and junior offensive lineman Dakota Maltbey.

Hanauer, who finished the season with a combined 2,235 yards, was named to the first team in the flex position because of his dual-threat ability as a quarterback, and Moorman ended the year just 17 rushing yards shy of reaching 1,000.

Senior wide receiver Connor Klish was named to the second team, and junior lineman Casey Baumann was an honorable mention pick.

Shawano head coach Al Tomow believed the senior class helped build the program to a competitive level, taking the team to its first WIAA playoff game since 2008.


DNR collecting deer heads in CWD surveillance effort

In cooperation with local businesses, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing in three area counties during the 2016 archery and gun hunting seasons.

The counties involved are Oconto, Menominee and Shawano.

If hunters harvest an adult deer within these counties please consider submitting a sample deer for CWD testing.

Head samples will be collected at the following locations: Gillett Shell, 6255 State Highway 32 N., Gillett, 920-855-2400; Lakeview Quik Mart, 417 S. Warrington St, Cecil, 715-745-4499; Kellogg Venison Processing, N7284 County Road BB, Gillett; Shawano DNR Office, 647

Lakeland Ave., Shawano, 715-526-4226); Underhill Town Hall, 5597 Cardinal Road, Gillett; and Menominee Conservation Department, N1035 State Highway 47, Keshena, 715-799-5116.


Klement cements place among best in Bay

Shawano sophomore Julia Klement has already proved herself to be one of the top players in the Bay Conference.

She was one of four unanimous selections to the all-conference first team announced this week and among four Hawks to be honored.

As an outside hitter, Klement posted 216 kills on the year. She will play club volleyball over the winter and spring to improve her game.

“I think, playing in the offseason, she’ll perfect some of her skills and become more of a leader on the court,” Shawano head coach Breanna Young said.

Opposite of Klement was another first-team all-conference selection, junior Averi Vomastic, who had a team-high 266 kills.

Junior Brandi Gueths was an honorable mention choice by the conference coaches. Gueths posted 139 blocks on the season. Vomastic was second on the team in blocks with 71.


Shawano’s Dickmann a 1st-team selection

Shawano junior midfielder Jacob Dickmann, who finished second in conference scoring with eight goals, was the Hawks’ only first-team all-conference selection in the Bay Conference.

Dickmann added two assists in conference matches this season for Shawano, which ended the season at 11-9-2 overall and 5-5-1in the Bay.

New London’s Jason Sanderfoot, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the conference, finished with three more goals than Dickmann.

The Shawano junior added four assists on the year.

Shawano senior center back Mike Teeter was named to the second team for his work in keeping opposing teams from scoring.

The conference’s coaches also chose freshman forward Michael Klement and senior goalkeeper Tyrell Hesse for honorable mention. Klement tied for second in scoring on the team with Braxten Surber, with eight goals each.

Hesse ended the season with 100 saves, including 52 in the team’s 11 conference games.


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