Bonduel boys basketball team advances to sectionals

Bears on 25-game winning streak after losing season opener
By: 
Kevin Passon
Editor-in-chief

Saturday, March 2

Bonduel

Three players scored in double digits and six others also scored as Bonduel pounded Crivitz 82-40 in the regional finals.

Noah Weier led the Bears with 26 points, with Race Anvelink adding 14 and Ryan Westrich getting another dozen. For Weier, 24 of his points came in the first half.

Bonduel held a comfortable 52-20 lead at the half and went on to win the second half 30-20 for the lopsided win.

After losing its first game of the season, Bonduel has won 25 straight.

Gillett

A close game and a second-half comeback fell short for Gillett in its 62-59 loss to Lourdes Academy in the regional finals.

Jesse DeBacuh led the Tigers with 20 points, and Thomas Carmody scored 13.

Lourdes led 33-29 at the break, with Gillett battling back with a 30-29 second half but still coming up short at the final buzzer.

Gillett (19-8) was led in 2023-24 by DeBauch with 22.1 points per game, followed by Franti with 17.1 and Ben Matczak with 14.

DeBauch also led with 8.8 rebounds per game, while Matczak averaged 3.8. Franti averaged 5.3 assists per game, and DeBauch averaged 3.5.

Pulaski

Pulaski (15-12) saw its season end with a 77-59 loss in the regional finals to Ashwaubenon.

This year, the Red Raiders were led by Colin Schultz with 18.5 points per game, Dylan Dorn with 11.1 and Joseph Mijal with 9.6.

Mijal led with an average of 4.8 rebounds per game, and Schultz had 4.6. Bryce Wotruba averaged 3.9 assists per game, and Ethan Schmidt had 2.4.

Tigerton

A 75-30 loss to Almond-Bancroft in the regional finals ended the season for Tigerton (22-5).

Almond-Bancroft controlled the game from the start with a commanding 39-16 first half and 36-14 second half.

Sam Anheuser led the Tigers with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.

Loghan Wanta and James Brady each had five rebounds, Brady had three assists, and Wanta and Anheuser each had two steals.

Throughout the 2023-24 season, Brady led his teammates with an average of 12.6 points per game, followed by Maverick Maas with 10.4 and Joey Zimdars with 9.9.

Wanta led with 7.6 rebounds per game, and Brady collected 7.2. Anheuser had 2.1 assists per game, while Maas averaged 1.9.

Friday, March 1

Bonduel

After getting a bye earlier in the week, No. 1 seed Bonduel pulled out a one-point win over No. 8 Valders, 65-64, in the WIAA Division 4 regional semifinals.

Ryan Westrich scored 22 points, with Noah Weier contributing another 12.

The Bears led 31-29 at halftime, but Valders hung in there, outscoring Bonduel 35-34 after the break.

Gillett

Jesse DeBauch scored 21 points and Aydin Franti added 20 as No. 3 Gillett downed No. 6 Oneida Nation 56-41 in the Division 5 sectional semifinals.

Gillett led 27-19 at the half and extended its lead with a 29-22 second half.

Marion

Marion’s season ended in the regional semifinals with a 63-48 loss to Three Lakes. The Mustangs were seeded No. 7 while their opponents were No. 2.

Three Lakes led 30-28 at the half but had a much better second half, 33-20.

Marion (16-10) was led this season by Ryan Malueg with 17.1 points per game, Parker Miller with 15.6 and Enea Turrini with 11.3.

Parker Miller led the team with 10.8 rebounds per game, and Malueg had 9.3. Miller also led with 2.9 assists per game, and Turrini had 2.5.

Pulaski

Pulaski (No. 5) defeated West Bend West (No. 4) 49-46 in the Division 2 regional semifinals.

The Red Raiders led 24-17 at the half, while West Bend West’s 29-25 second half comeback fell short.

Tigerton

James Brady scored 15 points to lead No. 4 Tigerton over No. 5 Wabeno/Laona 49-39 in the Division 5 regional semifinals.

Six other Tigers scored, including Sam Anheuser with nine and Cameron Carlson with seven.

Brady led the team with 10 rebounds, while Loghan Wanta pulled down eight and Carlson had seven. Anheuser had four assists, while Ethan Carlson and Anheuser each had a pair of steals.

Tigerton led 18-11 at the break and outscored the Rebels by three more points in the second half.

Witt-Birn

Wittenberg-Birnamwood couldn’t catch enough breaks as the team lost 75-57 to Waupaca in the regional semifinals.

The No. 5 seed Chargers (13-13) trailed No. 4 seed Waupaca 38-27 at the half and were outscored by another seven points in the second half.

For the season, Jett Rogowski led Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 18.6 points per game, nearly three times more than Oliver Fraaza’s 6.7. Marshall Fraaza averaged 4.7.

Oliver Fraaza pulled down an average of 5.2 rebounds per game, while Boone Schairer had 4.2. Rogowski also led with an average of two assists per game, while Oliver Fraaza recorded 1.3.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Bowler

In its first game of in the Division 5 regional, No. 15 seed Bowler lost 83-13 to No. 2 seed Three Lakes.

Bowler finished the season with a 1-22 record.

Derek Schreiber led the Panthers with an average 11.3 points per game. He was followed by Chase Stevens with 5.2 and Brandon Slater with 4.

Gillett

Aydin Franti scored 23 points and Jesse DeBauch scored 21 as No. 3 seed Gillett defeated No. 14 seed Sevastopol 79-49 in Division 5 regional action.

Ben Matczak scored 14 points, and another five players also scored for Gillett.

Gillett sat with a comfortable 48-21 lead at halftime, and won the second half as well 31-28.

DeBauch is averaging 22.2 points per game, with Franti scoring 17.3 and Matczak averaging 14.5.

Gresham

The Division 5 regional matchup between No. 14 seed Gresham and No. 3 seed Pacelli ended the season for the Wildcats as they lost 94-28.

Pacelli ran away the game, leading 53-15 at halftime and topping Gresham 41-13 in the second half.

On the season, Bryson Nelson led Gresham with an average of 8.5 points per game. Kevin Miller averaged 7.6, and Wanbli Spotted War Bonnet averaged 7.1.

Miller averaged 7.6 rebounds per game, and Nelson was at 5.8. As for assists, Wyatt Nietzer had 1.9, and Spotted War Bonnet had 1.8.

Lena

The season ended for No. 13 seed Lena (5-20) with a 59-39 regional loss to No. 4 seed Niagara.

The Wildcats were led by Mason Spice’s 17 points.

Spice also led the team with an average 12.9 points per game, followed by Caleb Schlosser with 7.4 and Tyler Shallow with 7.3.

Anthony Seefeldt averaged 7.7 rebounds per game, and Logan Graef had 6.9. Spice led Lena with 3.3 assists per game, while Shallow averaged 2.3.

Marion

The Mustangs advanced to the second game in its Division 5 regional bracket after defeating Elcho 55-50.

The No. 10 seed Hornets led 25-16 at halftime, but the No. 7 Mustangs poured it on in the second half. The 39-25 advantage after the break was enough as the Mustangs earned the victory.

Menominee Indian

Menominee Indian’s season ended with a 79-61 loss to Sturgeon Bay in the Division 2 opening regional game.

The Eagles, 3-21, were seeded No. 11, and Sturgeon Bay was No. 6.

With 11.1 points per game, Barron Waupoose led the Eagles in scoring. Kenew Awonohopay averaged 9, and Anikohsaeh Corn had 7.6.

Awonohopay led with 6.5 rebounds per game, and Corn had 5.6. As for assists, Awonohopay again led the way with 2.9, while Waupoose averaged 1.5.

Oconto Falls

The season ended for Oconto Falls after a 55-49 loss to Peshtigo in the first round of WIAA regional action.

Peshtigo (No. 7 seed) topped Oconto Falls (No. 10 seed) in both halves, 24-22 before the break and 31-27 after the break.

The Panthers were led by JJ Pytleski’s 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Jameson Beaman’s 11, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Beaman pulled down seven rebounds, and Alex Haines had six. Haines led with six assists, while Brady Bursa, Haines and Emerich Skarban each had two steals.

Team leaders in points per game were Beaman with 14.9, Haines with 11.8 and Pytleski with 6.6.

Haines averaged 6.6 rebounds per game, while Beaman had 5.4. Haines also led with 2.8 assists per game, while Bursa had 2.2.

Oconto Falls finished the season at 6-19.

Pulaski

Pulaski advanced in Division 2 playoff action with a 78-43 dominating win over Green Bay Southwest.

The Red Raiders were seeded No. 5, while Green Bay Southwest was No. 12.

Colin Schultz leads Pulaski, 14-11, with an average 18.5 points per game.

Shawano

The Hawks couldn’t maintain their nine-point lead at the half, losing at the end to La Crosse Logan 52-50 in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 regional.

Shawano, which ended the season with an 8-17 record, was seeded No. 8, while the Rangers were No. 9.

Logan Sipple led the Hawks with 17 points, while Will Verkuilen added 13. Crew Weisnicht added seven, Ryan Shanty scored five, Anderson Schmidt and Warner Beyer each had three, and Jerzy Brocker scored two.

Verkuilen connected on three 3-pointers, while Sipple and Weisnicht each had two. Getting one each were Beyer, Schmidt and Shanty.

Sipple also led Shawano with 10 rebounds. Shanty notched four assists, and Sipple, Brocker, Beyer and Weisnicht each had a steal.

Sipple led Shawano with an average of 20 points per game in the 2023-24 season, which was also the most among all Bay Conference players. Verkuilen averaged 11.2, while Weisnicht averaged 7.7.

Sipple also led the team with an average 5.1 rebounds per game, just a bit more than Weisnicht’s 4.9. Verkuilen and Sipple each averaged 2.7 assists per game.

Shawano ended the season with eight total wins, including five in the Bay Conference for a sixth-place finish.

The Hawks were never able to string together two consecutive wins in the season.

The team earned conference wins against Menasha and two wins each against Green Bay West and Green Bay East. Shawano also had wins against Antigo, Sturgeon Bay and Lakeland.

Sluggish starts hurt the Hawks all season. As a team, players shot 41% from the field and about 30% from behind the 3-point line.

Last year, Shawano made it to the regional finals before losing 77-65 to Mosinee. In 2022, Shawano lost 61-56 in overtime to Rhinelander in the semifinals.

In the 2021 postseason, the Hawks lost in the second round to Clintonville. The team lost to New London in the semifinals in 2020, and lost in the first round in 2019 to Rhinelander 78-65.

This year’s regional game against La Crosse Logan was the first meeting between the two teams since at least 2002.

Suring

The 85-27 loss to No. 2 seed Lourdes Academy in regional action ended the season for No. 15 seed Suring (4-20).

For the 2023-24 season, Suring was led by Trent VanDenElzen’s 8.6 points per game, Michael Bailey’s 7.1 and Taylor Booth Stoffregen’s 5.6.

Tigerton

Tigerton’s season continued after a 70-51 win over Tri-County in its Division 5 regional.

The No. 4 seed Tigerton controlled the game from the beginning with a 34-24 halftime lead over No. 13 Tri-County. They added to their margin of victory with a 36-27 second half.

Joey Zimdars led Tigerton with 24 points, including the team’s only 3-pointer. Loghan Wanta and James Brady each scored 14 points.

Wanta had a huge night on the boards, pulling down 16 rebounds. Brady grabbed seven, Sam Anheuser had five, and Zimdars had four.

Cameron Carlson led the team with four assists. Cameron Carlson, Ethan Carlson, Zimdars, Anheuser and Gavin Kielblock each had two steals.

Witt-Birn

Wittenberg-Birnamwood manhandled Tomahawk 75-33 in the first round of Division 3 regional action.

“Boys played well tonight,” coach Garrett Rogowski said. “We got a lot of deflections defensively that led to easy baskets early in the offense.”

Jett Rogowski set a blistering pace with 31 points, including five 3-point baskets. Zander Barke added 10 as the only other Witt-Birn player to hit double digits.

The Chargers led 40-17 at halftime and extended its margin of victory with a 35-16 second half.

kpasson@newmedia-wi.com