Lena girls basketball team dispenses of opponents with ease

Wittenberg-Birnamwood keeps record perfect with overtime win
NEW Media Staff

Dec. 1

Bonduel defeats Menominee Indian

Bonduel and Menominee Indian’s girls basketball teams kicked off Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division play Dec. 1, with the Bears finishing on top 72-57.

The Eagles were led by Urijah Reevis with 25 points and Ayanna Smith with 17.

Natalie Peters had 13 rebounds for Menominee Indian, and Reevis had 12. Smith and Lena Wausau each had two assists, while Reevis, Wausau, Peters and Aaliyah Corn each had one steal.

Bonduel is 2-2 overall, and Menominee Indian is 1-4.

Bowler trounces Marion

Bowler and Marion also opened conference play Dec. 1, as the two Central Wisconsin North teams squared off at Bowler. The hosts won handily, 53-14.

The Panthers routed the Mustangs 31-3 in the first half and 22-11 in the second half.

Isabella Stevens led Bowler with 21 points. Also scoring in double digits was Natalie Rickert with 12.

Stevens led the Panthers with 12 rebounds, and Weengeetah Mohawk had 10. Stevens also led her team with four assists and four steals.

Bowler improved to 3-2 overall, and Marion fell to 0-4.


Gillett lost 37-30 to Crivitz as both teams are going opposite ways in the Marinette & Oconto Conference. Gillett is 0-2, while Crivitz is 2-0. Gillett is also 1-3 overall.

Crivitz led 20-14 at the half and added another point to its overall victory with a 17-16 second half.

Cilena Guns scored 13 points to lead Gillett.


Gresham kicked off its Central Wisconsin North contests with a 70-38 defeat of visiting Northland Lutheran. Gresham is 1-0 in league play and 4-1 overall.

The Wildcats led 32-28 at the half and turned up the heat for a 38-10 second half.


Lena poured it on at home Dec. 1 with another huge win, this time with a 76-3 dismantling of Stockbridge. Lena is 5-0 overall.

Like a few days earlier, every player scored. Eva Brooks led the way with 23 points, followed by Madilyn Thomson with 15 (including three 3-pointers) and Kali Fischer with 10. Whitney Potter scored nine, and Maddy Kushner scored six. Contributing four points was Alabama Lambert, and Hannah Thomson added three. Two points each were scored by Karli Fischer, Haley Van Ark and Kaelyn Cook.

Brooks led with nine rebounds, and Karli Fisher grabbed eight. Kali Fischer led with five assists, and Brooks, Van Ark and Potter each had four steals.

In the Wildcats’ first five games, they have outscored their opponents 386-98.


The Red Raiders opened Fox River Classic Conference action with a 57-50 win over Sheboygan South.

Tied at 30 at the half, Pulaski pulled ahead to outscore their guests 27-20 in the second half. Pulaski is 2-3 overall and 1-0 in FRCC play.


Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Shiocton took their game to overtime, but Witt-Birn outscored their hosts 5-3 to earn the 64-62 victory. It was both teams’ opening action in the Central Wisconsin East.

“This was a tale of halves,” Chargers coach Nick Mechelke said. “We came out really well tonight and took a 14-point halftime lead. I have to give Shiocton a ton of credit battling back, and they really kind of punched us right in the face. They knocked down seven 3s in the second half, which mounted a comeback and took us into overtime.

“All I can say is we found a way to get the win in overtime.”

The Chargers were led by Melaina Granquist with 24 points. Rory Salvesen knocked down another 17, and Faith Resch added nine.

Granquist set the pace with nine rebounds, with Salvesen grabbing eight and Resch another seven. Resch led the team with six assists and six steals.


Bunny Cramer scored 14 points and Emma Kristof added 10, but it wasn’t enough as Suring lost 49-38 to Oneida Nation in Marinette & Oconto Conference action.

Surfing is 0-2 in league play and 1-4 overall.

The teams were tied at 16-16 at the half, but Oneida Nation won the second half 33-22 to give them the win.

Nov. 30

Oconto Falls dropped its first North Eastern Conference game of the season, losing 43-33 to Luxemburg-Casco on Nov. 30.

The Panthers are 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NEC.

Nov. 28


Wittenberg-Birnamwood kept their record perfect at 4-0 with a 54-22 blowout at Marathon (0-4) on Nov. 28.

“Again, we got great play from Melaina (Granquist) and Rory (Salvesen). They scored 33 out of our 38 first-half points,” Chargers coach Nick Mechelke said. “Those two may get a lot of the glory on the offensive side, but as a team, we played very well on the defensive side of the ball. Our pressure and our team defense leads to them getting some easy baskets.”

Witt-Birn led 38-15 at the break. They would go on to outscore Marathon 16-7 in the second half.

“At halftime, I gave the girls a goal, and they responded well,” Mechelke said. “My shoutout of the game goes to Kit Stewart and her defensive play tonight. If there was a loose ball, she was on the floor all over it.”

Granquist ended the game with 23 points, an assist, seven rebounds and six steals. Salvesen scored 22 points and notched six assists, four rebounds and five steals.

Faith Resch also grabbed four steals.


Every member of the Lena Wildcats scored as the team improved to 4-0 with a 72-6 trouncing of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy.

Lena outscored their hosts 31-4 in the first half and 41-2 in the second half.

Three Wildcats scored in double digits. They were Eva Brooks with 16, Kali Fischer with 15 and Madilyn Thomson with 11.

Also scoring were: Haley Van Ark with eight; Hannah Thomson with six; Alabama Lambert, Abby Kostreva and Whitney Potter, each with four; and Karlie Fischer and Maddy Kushner, each with two.

Madilyn Thomson led with five rebounds and six steals, and Brooks led with five assists.


Shawano improved to 4-1 with a 72-45 win at Merrill.

Ella Stuber led Shawano with 24 points, including six from the 3-point line. Trinity Popelka added 14.

“Defensive pressure led to scoring for us tonight,” coach Ryan Koenig said.

The Hawks cruised to the victory, leading 39-25 at the break and padding their lead by 13 with a 33-20 second half.


Bowler triumphed 65-40 over Stockbridge to even its record to 2-2. Stockbridge fell to 0-2.


Marion’s girls are still searching for the first win after the Mustangs lost 31-29 to Tri-County. Marion trailed 11-8 at the half, and while they outscored their hosts 21-20 in the second half, it wasn’t enough for a victory.

Menominee Indian

The Eagles fell to 1-3 with a 67-52 loss at Pacelli, which improved to 2-0.


Hailey Zernicke scored 11 points, and Audrey Weier added nine, but Bonduel came up short at Xavier, losing 44-37.

The Bears were in it all the way but just couldn’t get past their hosts. Bonduel trailed 21-19 at the half and was outscored 23-18 in the second half.

Also scoring for Bonduel were Juliana Jacobs with six points, Ella Hischke with five, and Ashlyn Kurey, Hailee Thompson and Cierra Schnell each with two.

Bonduel dropped to 1-2, and Xavier improved to 3-2.


Gillett dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Marinette & Oconto Conference on the young season with its 39-34 loss to Niagara (1-2 overall, 1-0 conference), which captured its first win of the season.

The game was also the conference opener for both schools.


Suring and Crivitz also played their conference opener in the Marinette & Oconto Conference, with Crivitz finishing on top 74-51.

Suring dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference, while Crivitz improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in conference action.

Nov. 27

Pulaski’s girls basketball team earned its first victory of the season when it knocked off Luxemburg-Casco on Nov. 27.

The 53-39 win improved the Red Raiders to 1-3 on the season.