Minniecheske leads Tigerton past Bowler

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Tigerton’s Monika Minniecheske (13) delivers the match-sealing kill over Bowler’s Kayla Pecore on Tuesday.

Tigerton and Bowler were locked in a back-and-forth Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division battle, with neither team seizing the momentum. Behind a standout night from senior Monika Minniecheske, Tigerton was able to claim the final two sets and down Bowler on Tuesday.

Minniecheske tallied 20 kills to go along with 16 service points and five aces on the night, leading Tigerton to a tight 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-22 victory.

“Monika is one of the most consistent players I’ve ever coached,” Tigerton coach Holly Block said. “Monika’s power (on her spikes) is unbelievable, along with her timing.”

“When they get Monika in the front, she cannot be stopped most of the time,” Bowler coach Brad Brei said. “She is a great player, so the main thing I kept telling our girls was that when she was in the back, that’s when we needed to make our runs.”


Shawano, Bonduel teams fare well at Shawano Invitational

A cool Saturday morning that also had low humidity offered cross-country runners ideal running conditions at the Shawano Invitational. Local runners took advantage, turning in solid times that led some teams to strong finishes.

The Bonduel girls took first among the Division 3 schools competing, earning 36 points. The Bonduel boys came in second with 48 points.

Kara Troxel led the girls team with a second-place finish in the division, posting a time of 20 minutes, 11.31 seconds.

“I think I did pretty well today. It gets pretty narrow towards the front of it, so I had to get out fast and sprint a little more than I usually do,” Troxel said. “I thought I kept a good pace throughout the race. I had some kick in the end, which doesn’t happen much.”


High School Highlights


Shawano 3

Kewaunee 2

The Hawks locked up their first win of the season in a nonconference matchup with the Storm on Monday. Shawano is now 1-4-1 overall.

Michael Klement scored two goals for Shawano, one in the 21st minute and the other in the 25th minute. Parker Pues netted the Hawks other goal in the 35th minute.

Carson Cummings and Mitchell Jung each recorded an assist while goalie Will Bergner made four saves.

Pulaski 10

Shawano 0

The Red Raiders blanked the Hawks in a nonconference match on Friday.

Will Bergner stopped 10 shots while defending the net for Shawano. Collin Buerman made three saves during his time as goalie.


Shawano 5

Green Bay East 2

The Hawks won their second straight Bay Conference match, downing the Red Devils on Monday.


High School Football Roundup

Bonduel 35

Weyauwega-Fremont 7

A 21-point second quarter helped the Bears dominate Weyauwega-Fremont in a Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division clash on Friday.

Bonduel improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Iola-Scandinavia 49

Witt-Birn 6

The Chargers could not keep up with the Thunderbirds on Friday in another CWC-Large battle. The Chargers fell to .500 on the season and 0-2 in conference action.

Wrightstown 34

Clintonville 0

The Tigers scored at least once in each quarter on Friday to pull away from the Truckers in a North Eastern Conference tilt. Clintonville fell to 0-4 overall and in the NEC.

Sean Finger passed for 73 yards while the Truckers rushed for 47 yards as a team.

Rosholt 41

Marion/Tigerton 0

The Thundercatz could not slow down the Hornets in their first CWC-Small Division battle of the season on Friday.

Marion/Tigerton is now 0-4 overall.


Menasha controls first half to topple Shawano

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Brayden Dickelman (23) runs with the ball during the first half of Friday’s game against Menasha.

The Shawano football team knew it would have to bring its best game to the table in order to hang with Bay Conference foe Menasha.

Some tough luck dug the Hawks into a hole it could not work its way out of, with the visiting Bluejays pulling out to a 37-0 halftime lead.

After a stern halftime message, Shawano showed plenty of grit and fight in the second half, outscoring Menasha 22-15 the rest of the way. Despite suffering a 52-22 loss, Shawano coach Alan Tomow was pleased with how the team responded.

“We really challenged them (the players) at halftime,” Tomow said. “The defensive coaches did a good job of talking through assignments and just making sure that we were playing a little faster. Our message was to play faster, come out and play harder and to stop not being confident in what you’re doing and to stop worrying about making mistakes.”


Block kills help Shawano dismantle New London

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Julia Klement (12) and Rachel Reed (3) attempt to block a spike during a match against New London on Thursday.

The start of conference play can be a nerve-racking time for teams. Your opponent typically knows your strengths and weaknesses and always gives you their best shot.

The Shawano volleyball team welcomed New London to open Bay Conference play on Thursday at Shawano Community High School. The Hawks tall front line made a statement early, racking up several block kills to give the team momentum it would never relinquish.

Shawano went on for a convincing 25-18, 25-11, 25-14 sweep of New London to improve to 11-3 overall and start conference play 1-0.

Junior Abi Vomastic led the Hawks with seven block kills while senior Tori DePerry had six. Senior Julia Klement recorded four block kills while sophomores Rachel Reed and Avery Dreier had three and two, respectively.


Clintonville nabs a familiar coaching name

Ryan Mattson grew up on the court.

Watching his dad, Kerry, coach the Hortonville boys basketball team has prepared the younger Mattson for the varsity level.

“I learned so much from him,” Ryan Mattson said. “When I was young, I went to all the practices with him. I grew up in the gym. That’s where I learned most of what I know.”

Mattson is looking forward to the opportunity to coach the varsity squad, taking over for Shawn Howe, who retired.

Mattson was an all-state honorable mention player for his dad at Hortonville. He then went on to play at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley for two years and his final two season at UW-Oshkosh. He started coaching right out of college, but then he stepped away. After he got back into coaching, the 44-year-old was Clintonville’s junior varsity 2 coach the last two years.


Top 5 Performers

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

Zack Fehrman — Gresham/Bowler soccer

The junior was a goal-scoring machine for the Gresham/Bowler co-op over the last week. Fehrman netted two goals in a loss to Columbus Catholic on Aug. 30 before recording a hat trick in the team’s rout of Tri-County on Tuesday.

Kara Troxel — Bonduel cross-country

The sophomore turned in a pair of strong finishers over the last week. On Aug. 30, Troxel took second in the T-Bird Invitational, finishing the course in 21 minutes, 29.44 seconds. She followed that up with another second place finish in 22:14.90 at the Charger Invitational on Tuesday.

Brianna Foth — Clintonville swim


High School Highlights


Bonduel 3

Tigerton 1

The Bears picked up a Central Wisconsin Conference crossover win over the Tigers on Tuesday, winning by scores of 25-20, 14-25, 25-17, 25-19.

Tigerton was led by Monika Minniecheske, who totaled 17 attack kills and two block kills. Jaidan Miller had 10 assists while Adrienne Brady tallied nine.

Kelsi Schumaker recorded six attack kills, eight digs and served three aces while Savanna Swartz had 12 digs, 13 service points and three aces for the Tigers. Brady added 17 service points and four kills while Ladia Block finished with eight digs.

Gresham 3

Port Edwards 1

The Wildcats rallied from a set down to top the Blackhawks in a CWC crossover matchup on Tuesday. Gresham improved to 5-5 overall after winning by scores of 19-25, 25-13, 25-17, 28-26.


Bowler falls flat against Laona-Wabeno

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Alyssa Strassburg reaches for the ball during the team’s clash with Laona-Wabeno on Tuesday in Bowler.

A Tuesday night volleyball clash between Bowler and Laona-Wabeno had the makings of an intriguing nonconference match.

Instead, a more aggressive Laona-Wabeno squad cruised to a 25-6, 25-10, 25-16 victory that left Bowler scratching its head.

“We are a lot more aggressive team than we showed tonight,” Bowler coach Brad Brei said. “We were standing there flat-footed striking the ball over most times.”

The visitors took control of the first set early on and never looked back. The Rebels quickly grabbed an eight-point advantage and soon increased the lead to double digits.

Bowler had a difficult time getting its offense set up following Laona-Wabeno serves. When the Panthers were able to field the serves and send the ball back over the net, the Rebels’ aggressive approach often led to spikes that left the hosts scrambling.


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