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Boys tennis: Shawano’s Liu, pair of doubles teams take third at conference

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 7:44pm

The Shawano Community High School boys tennis team competed in the Bay Conference Tournament at West De Pere on Saturday.

No. 3 singles player Leo Liu and the doubles teams of Rhain Rodenbeck and Wyatt Theis (No. 2) and Nolan Buck and Rory Johnson (No. 3) all came in third.

Camden Kroll took fourth place in No. 2 singles play, while Cesar Ramirez and Chris Black teamed up to take fourth in No. 1 doubles action.

Anton Piantek took seventh in No. 1 singles play. The Hawks did not have a No. 4 singles player compete.

Singles: No. 1: Johnny Horak XAVIER, def. Anton Piantek, SHAWANO, 6-0, 6-1; Troy Wypishinski, GB EAST, def. Piantek, 6-3, 7-5; No. 2: Camden Kroll, SHAWANO, def. Adam Laabs, FVL, 6-2, 7-6 (5); Augustine Lamaire-Maringer, XAVIER, def. Kroll, 6-0, 6-0; Luke Johnson, MENASHA, def. Kroll, 6-4, 6-2; No. 3: Leo Liu, SHAWANO, def. Thai Yang, GB WEST, 6-4, 7-5; Bailey Peterson, WEST DE PERE, def. Liu, 6-0, 6-1; Liu def. Justin Yang, FVL, 4-6, 6-0, 10-8.

Doubles: No. 1: Chris Black-Cesar Ramirez, SHAWANO, def. Josh Aden-Dietrich Ragner, FVL, 6-1, 6-1; Jared Johnson-Jared Colucci, WEST DE PERE, def. Black-Ramirez, 6-1, 6-0; Daniel Bomier-George Cole, XAVIER, def. Black-Ramirez, 6-1, 6-4; No. 2: Rhain Rodenbeck-Wyatt Theis, SHAWANO, def. Song Yang-Jacob Toliver-Marx, GREEN BAY EAST, 6-0, 6-2; Brady Darrow-Aaron Wagner, WEST DE PERE, def. Rodenbeck-Theis, 6-1, 6-0; Theis-Rodenbeck def. Isaiah Deno-Koua Vue, GREEN BAY WEST, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3: Hayden Simpson-Will Perry, WEST DE PERE, def. Nolan Buck-Rory Johnson, SHAWANO, 6-2, 6-4; Buck-Johnson def. Nik Brown-Michael Hahn, FVL, 6-3, 6-4.

High School Highlights

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 7:40pm


Hawks drop two at tournament

Playing in the Luxemburg-Casco tournament Saturday, Shawano came up just short in a 2-1 loss to Lux-Casco in its first game before falling 6-1 to Iron Mountain in its second game.

Lindsey Roloff scored Shawano’s goal against Lux-Casco off an assist from Kyra Klement. Goalie Peyton Buerman made seven saves.

Buerman made eight saves in game two and also scored the Hawks’ goal. Faith Lammers made six saves during her time defending the net.

West De Pere 10

Shawano 0

The Hawks could not slow the Phantoms in Bay Conference action Thursday.

Peyton Buerman made 20 saves while defending the net for Shawano.


Gresham goes 1-2 at tournament

Gresham earned a 13-8 win over Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, but dropped games to Wild Rose (8-2) and Hilbert/Stockbridge (8-1) at a tournament in Tri-County High School on Saturday.

Destiny Reindl tallied three hits and seven RBIs to lead Gresham to its win. Jada James added three RBIs, while Kennedy Hoffman and Makayla Belongia scored four times each. Valarie Cerveny earned the win in the circle.

In the loss to Wild Rose, Reindl drove in one run and scored the other. She also took the loss on the mound, despite not allowing an earned run.

Hoffman drove in Kalayla Tucker for the Wildcats’ lone run against Hilbert/Stockbridge. Cerveny was dealt the loss in the circle.

Hawks split pair

Shawano rebounded from a 9-3 loss to Denmark with a 4-3 win over Ashwaubenon on Saturday in Ashwaubenon.

Macie Herm, Taylor Johnson and Naomi Wynos each drove in a run for Shawano against Denmark. Jewel Waupekenay scored twice. Emilee Bastar, Gracyn Habeck and Caitlin Daniel all pitched.

Habeck hit two homers while Abi Vomastic also homered for the Hawks in their win. Johnson earned the win, working around four walks and six hits in seven innings.

Manawa 6

Bowler 1

The Panthers were outhit 12-5 in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North loss to the Wolves on Saturday.

Tia Kroening had the lone RBI for Bowler, scoring Morgan Paiser. Jada Water suffered the loss in the circle.

Tigerton 15

Gresham 14

An error allowed the Tigers to walk off with a wild CWC-North win over Gresham on Friday.

Raven Dewhurst had three hits for Tigerton. Bethany Jobe, Colleen Smith and Autumn Fredenberg each added two hits. Adrienne Brady earned the win in the circle.

Destiny Reindl drove in five runs and scored three more, while Tiana Ferguson had four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored for Gresham, Kaylee Bohm had three RBIs, while Kennedy Hoffman scored three times. Reindl took the loss in the circle.

Witt-Birn 8

Shiocton 3

A four-run sixth inning helped the Chargers pull away for a CWC-East victory over Shiocton on Friday.

Abi Fraaza tallied two hits and drove in four runs to lead Witt-Birn. McKenna Metropulos also had two hits, while driving in a run and scoring once. Emma Herb scored three runs.

Destiny Bagley picked up the win, allowing three unearned runs over seven innings.

Gresham 5

Marion 3 (5 inn.)

The Wildcats held off the Mustangs late to bounce back with a CWC-North win Friday.

Destiny Reindl drove in two runs to lead Gresham at the plate. Jada James earned the win, striking out seven batters over five innings.

Truckers split pair

Clintonville dropped game one 4-2 but bounced back with an 11-1 win in game two of a North Eastern Conference doubleheader with Wrightstown on Friday.

Carolyn Sasse earned the win in the circle for Clintonville in game one. Tessa Doornink drove in four runs to lead the Truckers, while Sasse doubled.

Hannah Baird took the loss in game one. Doornink finished with three hits, while Bailey Mares had two.

Seymour 5

Shawano 0

The Hawks were held to just three hits in a Bay loss to the Thunder on Friday.

Taylor Johnson, Caitlin Daniel and Emilee Bastar all spent time in the circle for Shawano. Johnson took the loss, allowing three runs — only one of which was earned — over four innings.

Denmark 17

Clintonville 2

The Truckers could not slow the Vikings in NEC play Thursday.

Abby King had two hits for Clintonville, while Tessa Doornink and Marissa Ader each tripled. Haley Fields took the loss in the circle.


Witt-Birn splits pair

After opening the day with a 12-4 win over Northland Pines, Wittenberg-Birnamwood came up on the wrong end of a 6-5 final with Auburndale in Wittenberg on Saturday.

Kody Szews and Jacob Groshek each drove in three runs for Witt-Birn in the win. Shane Herb, Michael Gibson, Austin Worzalla, Larken Betry and Groshek each scored twice. Herb, Worzalla, Szews and Simon Stewart all pitched in the contest.

Bryce Zoromski had three hits for the Chargers in game two, while Gibson and Groshek each drove in two runs. Austin Rekow, Will Urquhart, Ben Wesolowski and Groshek all spent time on the hill.

Bears drop pair

Bonduel came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 game with Iola-Scandinavia and a 7-2 final with Pacelli in Iola on Saturday.

Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss took the loss on the mound in relief of Isaac Boldt, who struck out 12 batters over six innings. Garrett Engel and Joey Wagester each had two hits for the Bears.

Wagester took the loss on the mound against Pacelli, which used a four-run seventh to pull away. Parker Bohm had two hits for the Bears, while Dylan Burch doubled.

New London 17

Shawano 2

The Hawks fell to the Bulldogs in Bay action Saturday.

New London scored 16 runs across the first two innings.

Carson Popp drove in a pair for Shawano on a second inning single. Zach Erdmann took the loss.

Marion 4

Gillett/Suring 2

The Mustangs doubled up the Gillett/Suring co-op in nonconference play Saturday.

Koy Brei had three hits to lead Marion at the plate, while Charles Schweitzer added two hits.

Alex Zimmerman earned the win, striking out nine batters and allowing two unearned runs over six innings. Cayden Schoen pitched the final inning to seal the win.

Gresham 12

Marion 5

The Wildcats scored 12 runs across the fifth and sixth innings to take down Marion in a CWC-North matchup Friday.

Nathanial Juga homered and drove in fours runs for Gresham. Luke Pecore earned the win after striking out nine batters in the first five innings. Juga and Austin Sperberg covered the final two innings.

Koy Brei and Carter Goke each drove in a run for Marion. Goke, Brei, Alex Zimmerman and Cayden Schoen all pitched for the Mustangs.

Menasha 11

Shawano 0 (5 inn.)

The Hawks dropped a Bay clash with the Bluejays on Friday.

Menasha scored six runs in the first inning before tacking on five runs over the final two innings.

Andrew Popp took the loss after pitching 1⅓ innings.

Bowler swept by Manawa

Bowler surrendered six unearned runs over a pair of CWC-North losses to Manawa on Friday. Manawa took game one 2-1 and game two 10-4.

Logan Thiex drove in Adin Brei for Bowler’s lone run in game one. Thiex took the loss on the mound, striking out five and allowing just one earned run in the five-inning game.

Five errors left Bowler in a 10-2 hole after two innings in game two. Zach Fehrman had two hits but was also dealt the loss.


Shawano sixth at invite

Behind Kaden Marcell’s 18-hole round of 89, Shawano placed sixth as a team at the Town and Country Invite in Sheboygan on Saturday.

Nick Sherman was second on the Hawks team with a score of 92. Owen Moesch and Andrew Puissant each fired 94s, while Lucas tePlate scored a 96.

Team scores: 1. Howards Grove 314; 2. Union Grove 319; 3. Plymouth 321; 4. Appleton West 332; 5. Palmrya-Eagle 364; 6. Shawano 368; 7. Sheboygan North 369; 8. Sheboygan South 370; 9. Chilton 375; 10. New Holstein 398; 11. Valders 442.

Athlete of the Week: McKenzie Wollenberg

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:02pm
Bonduel senior ready to help team make playoff push
Contributed Photo Bonduel senior McKenzie Wollenberg has been a tough out in the middle of the Bears batting lineup this spring.

Athlete: McKenzie Wollenberg

Sport: Softball

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Despite struggling to score runs at times, the Bonduel High School softball team has still racked up the hits this spring. Senior McKenzie Wollenberg, who typically hits third or fourth in the lineup, has been a big contributor to the team’s offense, with several multi-hit games to her name.

She most recently tallied three hits in the team’s loss to Amherst on Tuesday. Wollenberg posted two hits in a win over Menominee Indian on April 30 and recorded three hits and scored three times in a nonconference win over Three Lakes on April 26.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

A: My interest in softball began around the age of 6. I would always watch my brothers (Ben and Travis) play t-ball and I’d also try to help my dad (Scott) coach as much as possible.

Q: What is your favorite part about the softball season?

A: My favorite part about the softball season would be getting to play with all my teammates and cherishing the memories we make at the game and on the bus rides.

Q: As the season wraps up, what does the team need to be doing to put together a playoff run?

A: I believe that in order to make a big run in playoffs we need to clean up some of our mental errors, while also keeping up with the amount of hits that we have been having.

Q: As a senior, what do you do to help some of your younger teammates?

A: To help some of underclassmen on the team, I try to welcome them in and talk to them so that they aren’t so shy. I believe that it helps to get everyone to enjoy the sport and not to be scared. Also, for the physical part of playing I try to help them out in their position, by telling them to move up or back, or when they make a good play.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Bonduel softball team?

A: My favorite memory from Bonduel softball is when we took a trip up to Marquette, Michigan, to play in the dome (Superior Dome in mid-April). It was an unbelievable experience and such a great environment to play in.

Q: What are you going to miss most when your softball career is over at Bonduel?

A: I’m going to miss not playing on the field with my teammates anymore. As the season begins to come to an end its really starting to kick in that soon I’ll never be able to put on my jersey and cleats anymore.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: My favorite thing to do when I am not in school or sports is hanging out with friends and going somewhere new on an adventure.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: My favorite movie is “The Longest Ride.” I also like to watch thriller movies and comedies.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know.

A: Something that a lot of people may not know about me is that I love the outdoors, but I also like to be girly at times.

Q: What’s the greatest piece of advice you have ever been told?

A: The greatest piece of advice that I have ever been told is that “you will never make it anywhere if you never put in the effort to get there.”

Packer rookies create buzz at pre-camp

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:00pm

By David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent

They come from the NFL draft. They were invited as free agents.

They come from big college football programs. They come from schools you’ve never heard of.

Some come with high expectations. Some come with high hopes.

Some are brash. Some are quieter.

But there’s one thing they share: They’re NFL rookies. More to the point, they’re Green Bay Packer rookies.

The press was invited to watch 49 rookies experience their first pro-level workouts at the Don Hutson Center on May 3. The rookies had two days of “pre-camp” and will return with the veterans next week.

After what the assembled reporters grumbled was a “McCarthy-esque wait” in the center’s press conference room, first year Coach Matt LaFleur said the camp gave the rookies a chance to showcase their talents. “We want to see how they compete, how they finish, how they do in drills.”

The aim is to orient the rookies to the Packer way of doing things, but the team is also keeping things simple, LaFleur said. “We want to integrate them right away. We don’t want them to hold the veterans back,” he said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the coaches to introduce their drills.”

Summing up his impressions, LaFleur underscored the Packers’ direction to go with players who exhibit athleticism and versatility. He said there were a couple of guys who really stood out but declined to name them, adding that it was the beginning of a long process to create this year’s 53-man roster.

LaFleur and the media are going through a transition period; something not unexpected after Mike McCarthy’s 13-season tenure. The former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator addressed concerns about access to the team. “We are limiting media contact right now. We think it’s best to keep it as tight as possible.” LaFleur assured the media, “You’ll see a lot of what we’re doing.”

LaFleur revealed some of the qualities that a rookie needs to exemplify to become a full-time Packer.

“They need to be able to line up anywhere on the field,” he said.

Although the buzz among the reporters focused on first-round pick safety Darnell Savage, Maryland, Manny Wilkins, a free agent quarterback, garnered some interest. Wilkins had 8,624 passing yards over four seasons with 52 touchdowns and 23 interceptions at Arizona State University.

Acknowledging that Wilkins had a great career, LaFleur said, “Right now, he’s at the bottom and he’ll have to learn the system.”

LaFleur also outlined what he wants in a quarterback. “No. 1, he has to be a natural thrower. When the pocket collapses, when the pocket closes, he has to make those phone booth throws,” he said. “No. 2, he has to be fearless in the pocket and deliver the ball. I call it ‘no flinch.’”

Later, when the drafted rookies were made available in the locker room, Mississippi State’s Elgton Jenkins, a highly-touted offensive line prospect, echoed many rookie observations that the NFL is far faster and demands a lot to be learned over the college game. But the lineman anticipated to strongly compete with current left guard Lane Taylor, wistfully noted, “I’d love to be able to block for Aaron Rodgers.”

Dexter Williams, a drafted running back expected to share time with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones, was asked about his dancing to the music throbbing through the Hutson Center and generally drawing attention to himself.

“It’s cool with the team. That’s my style,” Williams said. “I like to have fun. That’s the juice I bring to my game.”

Asked about his green hair dye, Williams admitted it was Notre Dame green but promised to switch it to Green Bay green. Speaking about his school, Williams said the Green Bay offensive scheme seemed similar. “I feel excited but I also know I have a lot to take in. I need to elevate my game and I’ll listen to anyone who can help.”

College Highlights

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 9:58pm

Wagner fourth at conference

Shawano graduate and current UW-Whitewater freshman Atty Wagner placed fourth in the high jump at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which was held May 3-4.

Wagner cleared a height of 6 feet, 5 inches — the finish earned the Warhawks five points. The winner cleared 6-9.

The UW-Whitewater men placed fourth as a team.

Zook continues to produce

Shawano graduate and current Bryant & Stratton College freshman Brianna Zook continued her strong softball season by getting on base several times over the team’s past few games.

Zook had two hits for Bryant & Stratton in a 6-5 win over Illinois Valley Community College on Sunday. She added a hit and drove in the team’s lone run in the second game of the doubleheader, an 8-1 loss.

During a doubleheader with Highland Community College on May 4, Zook delivered one of the team’s three hits in a 5-1 setback in game two.

Boivin ties for sixth

Shawano graduate and Davenport University senior Dan Boivin tied for sixth in the pole vault at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship, which was held May 1-3.

Boivin cleared a height of 4.12 meters to tie for sixth and earn his team 2.5 points. The top finisher in the pole vault cleared 4.67 meters.

The Davenport men placed sixth as a team.

Pedersen helps team in conference tournament

Bonduel graduate and current St. Scholastica (college in Duluth, Minnesota) freshman Kailee Pedersen played a role in all three of the team’s Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament games.

She served as a pinch-runner in each of the three tournament games, scoring once in a 3-1 loss to Northwestern (Minnesota) and again in an 11-0 win over UW-Superior.

In limited playing time this season, Pedersen collected two hits, scored six runs and had an on-base percentage of .286. She attempted and successfully stole three bases.

BABA Highlights

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 9:55pm

Northern Division

Birnamwood 7

Elderon 2

Birnamwood opened its season with a win over Elderon.

Zach Bembenek earned the win for Birnamwood, striking out five batters in six innings. Brady Erickson doubled and hit a three-run homer, while Jacob Piotrowski also had two hits.

Adam Janikowski suffered the loss for Elderon after pitching three innings. Matt Meronk posted half of the team’s four hits.

Antigo/Polar 7

Aniwa 4

The Antigo/Polar co-op knocked off Aniwa in its season-opener.

Ben Sobczak doubled among his two hits for the co-op, while Jed Weix homered. Blake Below earned the win on the mound.

Jesse Jankowski was dealt the loss. Zach Weber homered, while Zach Jaje and Scott Farmer each added two hits.

Eland 8

Wittenberg 1

Eland eased past Wittenberg in the season-opener.

Jarod Richter picked up the win on the mound. Ryan Hubaceck led Eland’s offense with three hits, while Joe Buss had two hits.

Heinrich Walker took the loss. Seth Steliga posted two hits for Wittenberg.

South Central Division

Scandinavia 13

Green Lake 0 (7 inn.)

Scandinavia earned its first win in convincing fashion, blanking Green Lake in seven innings.

RJ Rosenthal tallied three hits for Scandinavia, while Willie Rosenthal and Jesse Dickert each added two hits. Dickert drove in three runs and Willie Rosenthal had two RBIs.

Jordan Buckholtz had a hit for Green Lake.

Plover 5

Weymont 2

Plover held off Weymont to start the year with a victory.

Zach Hintz earned the win on the mound for Plover. Jason Jones had two hits, drove in a run and also picked up the save. Kevin Jastromski doubled and had two RBIs.

Travis Precourt and Adam Krause each had two hits for Weymont. Brice Akey suffered the loss.

Waupaca 12

New London 0

Waupaca rolled to a season-opening win over New London.

Cam Seidl worked four hitless innings for Waupaca, striking out nine batters along the way. Jim Nighbor picked up the win.

Wes Austin, Ethan Dayton and Luke Behm all had two hits for Waupaca. Dayton drove in two runs, while Behm drove in three runs on his double and triple.

Trevor Bryan took the loss for New London, which was held to two singles in the contest.

New DNR program provides free forestry advice to landowners

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 9:53pm

I never knew the joys of country living until my wife and I moved to a little slice of heaven in rural New London during the spring of 2000.

I’d taken a job as a books editor at Krause Publications in Iola (mostly books on guns and knives, my two favorite subjects), and the real estate agent took me to a newer house on 2 acres. I looked at the quad-level house, fairly impressed at the structure with its tall car-siding ceiling and open-concept living room and kitchen.

Then she took me to the backyard. The spring peepers and other frogs filled the evening air with a cacophony of sound. The tight grove of quaking aspens splashed the oaks and pines with a black and white hue. I didn’t need to see anything more. I’d found home.

During the past 19 years, I’ve watched windstorms take out a number of trees. Aspens (called poplars or “popples” by the locals) are short-lived trees, and many of mine have crumpled and died, leaving large open areas in my tiny woods (these open areas are perfect habitat for grouse, by the way).

I’d like to think I know a great deal about animals, from hunting and reading, as well as having an older brother with a master’s degree in zoology. I used to help him catch various species of mice and snakes when he was in school, and still enjoy his stories about the timber rattlesnakes he continues to study in northern Illinois (he actually persuaded the state to buy a rattlesnake den site to protect the state endangered species). But I know very little about most plants, including trees.

What’s killing all my aspens? Is there anything I can do to save the rest? Should I plant something else? Can I do something to save my giant oak that was split by lightning?

My Wisconsin Woods is a public-private partnership aimed at helping thousands of private woodlands owners with expertise on managing their acreages for both wildlife and future generations. The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a major partner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in this joint venture.

Anyone with an acreage can now get expert advice, thanks to a series of videos funded by the Ruffed Grouse Society. The series of seven videos produced by the DNR includes topics like, “Is My Property Healthy?” “Befriend a Forester” (how to contact a state forester and what he or she can do to enhance your property), “Space Invaders” (dealing with invasive species), “Go Wild in Your Woods” (enhancing your property to attract wildlife) and ”Land as a Legacy” (passing your land to future generations and enrolling it in programs to improve its natural beauty).

More than half of the state’s 17 million acres of forest lands are privately owned, and these lands are key to future of all Wisconsin forests, according to James Warren, chief of DNR’s public and private forestry section.

Warren hopes to make contact with 20,000 woodlands owners who have not worked with a professional forester during the next five years.

Visit to learn more about the program and get a free informational walk-through of your land by a professional forester. There’s a state map that makes it easy to find the DNR forester that services your county, and you can book a visit online.

You can also sign up for free monthly e-newsletters and obtain a free copy of a land management handbook called “My Healthy Woods.”

You can also contact Diane Gunderson of the DNR at 715-401-4384 or [email protected] for more information.

I’m not sure if I’ll bother a forester to look over my tiny acreage, but the booklet and newsletter sound like the perfect solution to my crumbling aspens and ailing oak.

Ross Bielema is a freelance writer from New London and owner of Wolf River Concealed Carry LLC. Contact him at [email protected]

Baseball: Bonduel comes up just short against Amherst

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:43pm
Beilfuss has strong game at plate, on moundBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Dylan Burch sprints toward home plate to the delight of his teammates during Tuesday’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel.
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss throws a pitch during Tuesday’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel.
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joey Wagester swings at a pitch during Tuesday’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel.

The Bonduel High School baseball team’s seventh-inning rally was stopped, leaving the Bears on the wrong end of a 2-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division battle with Amherst at Village Park in Bonduel on Tuesday.

Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, Bonduel junior Cole Letter walked with one out to represent the tying run. Letter was able to advance to second during the next at-bat, which ended in a strikeout.

Junior Noah Beilfuss delivered a single to right field, but with the outfielder playing shallow, Bonduel coach Donnie Gruenewald elected to hold Letter at third.

Amherst (8-7) was able to escape with the road win by striking out the next batter.

“We just have to make better contact. We are not squaring balls up — when we do, it’s right at them,” Gruenewald said after the team’s second straight conference loss.

Bonduel (9-4) had several strong chances to put runs on the scoreboard, but was only able to tally one in the fourth inning.

Junior Dylan Burch singled with one out before a throwing error on a chopper from freshman Kyle Hanus allowed Burch to score all the way from first base.

The Bears had at least one runner on base in every inning but the sixth.

“We’re not hitting the ball like we should be and we definitely have the talent to,” Letter said. “We have to work on squaring up the ball consistently and stringing together hit after hit after hit.”

Beilfuss proved to be a tough batter to retire, as he reached base in his final three at-bats.

Beilfuss also pitched for the Bears, going all seven innings.

“They (Amherst) have great hitters so I was really just focused on moving the ball around the plate, kind of changing my pitches up a little bit,” Beilfuss said on his outing. “Really just focusing on what my catcher (sophomore Garrett Engel) called and then just went out there and do what I do.”

The junior pitched to contact and limited the Falcons to single runs in the third and fifth innings but was dealt a second tough loss on the season — he also took the loss in a 1-0 setback to Iola-Scandinavia on April 18.

“We’ve been getting really good pitching all year,” said Gruenewald. “We just have to hit the ball better. One run isn’t going to win too many games.”

The loss was the team’s third in CWC-East play, meaning that a second straight conference title is unlikely — unless Iola-Scandinavia, which is undefeated in conference play, loses several games down the stretch.

Instead of focusing too much on the conference title or the postseason, the Bears are instead hoping to take a new approach.

“As of right now, our goal should just be to win, then to move on to the next game. Win, then move to the next game. Just work on wins instead of any long-term goals — start with short-term goals as of now,” Beilfuss said.

“We’re taking things day-by-day and making sure we win every single game that we can,” Letter said. “I don’t want to say we are not necessarily focused on our long-term goals, but right now we just need to win every single day.”

Softball: Bears waste opportunities in loss to Falcons

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:39pm
Errors also hurt BonduelBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Claire Gehm, left, delivers a pitch while second baseman MacKenzie Moore gets in a defensive stance during Tuesday’s CWC-East game against Amherst in Bonduel.
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joanie Wudtke connects on a swing during the team’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel on Tuesday.

The problem for the Bonduel High School softball team in its 11-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division loss to Amherst at Cedar Park wasn’t getting runners on base, it was delivering the big hit when they needed it most.

“We had 11 hits and I think we stranded 10 runners,” said Bonduel coach Chris Reinke. “Struggled with getting a clutch hit with baserunners on.”

Freshman Nicole Koeller and senior McKenzie Wollenberg each tallied three hits for the Bears at the plate. Senior MacKenzie Moore and freshman Julia Lorbiecki each chipped in with two hits.

All 11 of the team’s hits were singles. Nine strikeouts kept Bonduel from posting bigger innings.

Moore drove in Koeller for the Bears first run in the fourth inning before Koeller plated Wollenberg in the fifth.

Bonduel stranded runners in every inning but the seventh.

“During practice, we try to fit in a lot of live batting as well as cage practice,” Moore said. “Some areas for improvement would definitely be learning the value of each swing and taking better swings during practice which will lead to better execution during games. Also, when we get base runners I think we need more aggressive baserunning.”

“We practice very hard but I don’t think it always shows in the games,” Koeller said. “Sometimes, I think we just get nervous.”

Freshman Claire Gehm and sophomore Taylor Luepke each pitched for the Bears in the loss.

The duo was not helped by the defense, which allowed a four-run first inning and five-run fourth after errors and some mental mistakes.

“Errors have been plaguing us all season,” Reinke said.

“Most of our defensive struggles this year have come on mental errors that are easily fixable,” Moore said. “We need to limit our mental errors and practice as if every practice is a game.”

With not much time remaining in the regular season, as the postseason gets started May 16, the Bears are hoping to assess some of the weaknesses that showed against Amherst (9-4) but not dwell on it too long.

Despite less than a week until postseason play, Bonduel (4-11) still has plenty of games left to try and build up some positive momentum. The Bears have a game scheduled for each day, except Sunday and Wednesday, before the playoffs get rolling.

“With a game like this, we try not to think so hard about it — we try to forget about it and just start fresh,” Koeller said. “We just need to play how we practice.”

Track and field: Gresham/Bowler teams first at Eagle Invite

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:36pm
Menominee Indian teams place third

The Gresham/Bowler boys and girls team each turned in strong nights to finish first at the Eagle Invite at Menominee Indian High School on Tuesday.

Bryce Bohl won the 100-meter dash (12.16 seconds), 200 (24.24) and triple jump (35-3.5) to lead the boys co-op. He was also on the 4x100 relay that took first in 49.14 — Ezra Spencer, Will Jensen and Alex Burr rounded out the team.

Levi Schick won the 800 (2:22.52) and 1,600 (5:26.83) and finished second in the long jump (17-8). Spencer won the long jump (18-4) and high jump (5-8) and took second in the 200 (25.3).

Noah Bestul claimed the top time in the 3,200 (13:00) and was third in the triple jump (32-4.5). Austin Slater was second in the 3,200 (13:07.07). Jensen placed second in the high jump (5-2), and Burr took third in the 100 (13.11).

The Gresham/Bowler girls 4x100 relay (59.28) of Hannah Cerveny, Jayden Jensen, Karisa Nietzer and Tynea Johnson took first. Jayden Jensen, Nietzer, Valarie Cerveny and Kennedy Hoffman teamed up in the 4x200 relay to take first in 2:03.49.

Alyssa Strassburg claimed the top spot in discus (96-5), while Ireland Jensen won the high jump (4-6). Makayla Belongia won the 100 (13.98).

Placing second for the girls was Hoffman in the 200 (30.87) and high jump (4-6), Ireland Jensen in the 400 (1:10.15) and Valarie Cerveny in the shot put (29-11.25), triple jump (30-2.25) and long jump (14-9).

The Menominee Indian boys and girls each took third place.

Darius Wayka and Pasen Waupoose placed first and second in the shot put with throws of 45-8.25 and 39-7, respectively. Waupoose was also second in the discus (116-2), while Hunter Connahvichnah took third with a throw of 105-5.

Tego Warrington claimed second in the triple jump (33-7.5). Thomas Menore was second in the 800 (2:26.32) and third in the 1,600 (5:39.2).

Guadalupe Cruz won the shot put (35-10.25) and took third in the discus (83-6) to lead the girls team. Atlalex Menchanca took third in the shot put (28-8.25).

The 4x400 relay team of Tehya Pyawasay, Aaliyah Webster, Piper Stoehr and Mimi Beaulieu-Morgan claimed first in 4:50.2. Beaulieu-Morgan also won the 800 (2:39.26), while Pyawasay was first in the 400 (1:09.6). Stoehr finished third in the 100 (14.56).

The Marion boys took fourth, while the girls tied for fifth.

The boys 4x200 relay team of Gavin Buss, Hunter Gretzinger, Ethan Pockat and Justin Wuske took first in 1:48.43. Wuske was second in the 1,600 (5:27.93), while Buss claimed second in the 100 (12.87).

Elizabeth Radtke took second in the 100 (14.06), while Andi Elandt was second in the discus (88-11).

The Tigerton girls tied for fourth, while the boys came in fifth.

Monika Minniecheske led the girls with first-place finishes in the 300 hurdles (52.8), long jump (14-9) and triple jump (30-9). Minniecheske was also second in the 100 hurdles (18.99). Mary Kreklow won the 1,600 (6:38.01).

Jared Berg took fifth in the shot put (29-9) and discus (91-5) for the Tigerton boys.

Wolf River Lutheran also competed, with the girls tying for fifth and the boys placing sixth.

Madison Roberts won the 200 (30.65) and was third in the long jump (13-9), while Elizabeth Schmidt claimed first in the 100 hurdles (17.88).

Dan Schmidt won the boys discus (126-6) and was third in the shot put (36-8.5).

Boys team scores: 1. Gresham/Bowler 185; 2. Crandon 81; 3. Menominee Indian 56; 4. Marion 45; 5. Tigerton 31; 6. Wolf River Lutheran 28; 7. Oneida Nation 5.

Girls team scores: 1. Gresham/Bowler 145; 2. Crandon 90; 3. Menominee Indian 87; 4. Tigerton 71; T5. Marion 38; T5. Wolf River Lutheran 38; 7. Oneida Nation 6.

Bonduel teams fifth in Algoma

Bonduel had both its girls and boys teams place fifth at the Algoma Invitational on Tuesday, scoring 69 and 55.3 points, respectively.

The girls team was led by Madison Kurey’s first-place finish in the triple jump (32-8). The girls 4x800 relay team placed second in 10:35.39 — Kurey, Kara Troxel, Kalleigh Schroeder and Brenna Schnell formed the team.

Jessie LaBerge placed second in the 300 hurdles (50.13). Placing third for the girls was Troxel in the 1,600 (5:41.66) and 3,200 (12:32.59) and LaBerge in the 100 hurdles (18.07).

The boys 4x800 relay (8:57) came in third —William Beaumier, Colin Ewing, Jared Wondra and Carter Kurey formed the team.

Taking third individually for the boys was Isaac Garside in the 200 (24.34) and Isaac Banker in the 400 (55.14).

Girls team scores: 1. De Pere 197; 2. Little Chute 93; 3. Kewaunee 73; 4. Sturgeon Bay 70.5; 5. Bonduel 69; 6. Algoma 64; 7. Sevastopol 62.5; 8. Denmark 35; 9. Gibraltar 20; 10. Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers 6; 11. Green Bay NEW Lutheran 2.

Boys team scores: 1. De Pere 184; 2. Kewaunee 132; 3. Little Chute 93.3; 4. Denmark 73; 5. Bonduel 55.3; 6. Sturgeon Bay 47; 7. Algoma 45; 8. Sevastopol 27; 9. Gibraltar 24.3; 10. Green Bay NEW Lutheran 13; 11. Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers 2.

Boys golf: Witt-Birn second, Bonduel fifth at invite

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:34pm

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys golf team claimed second place at an invite at Thornberry Creek at Oneida in Hobart on Tuesday.

Justin Keeney and Ian Resch each tallied 18-hole rounds of 90 to tie for seventh as individuals and lead Witt-Birn on the course.

Calvin Scheurer (97), Maverick Beran (98) and Logan Balliett (106) rounded out the Chargers five-golfer team.

Rhett Hertzfeldt tallied a 101 to lead Bonduel to fifth place as a team.

Aaron Schaal shot a 104, while Carter Siolka (107) and Colin Hanus (108) were just behind. Caleb Dunst (142) filled out the team.

Marion placed seventh and was led by Mollie Schoen’s 108.

Ellen Radies fired a 111, while Myles Peterson and Cody Clegg each shot 112s. McGregor Matz (121) was the fifth Marion golfer.

The Menominee Indian/Gresham co-op finish ninth and was led by Josh Hoffman’s 96 — which helped him place 11th as an individual.

Tyson Webster (118), Saswaen Shawanokasic (134), Johnny Kerry (143) and Nathaniel Juga (174) filled out the team.

Team scores: 1. Pacelli 328; 2. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 375; 3. Amherst 398; 4. Laona/Wabeno 404; 5. Bonduel 420; 6. Manawa 431; 7. Marion 443; 8. Crandon 447; 9. Menominee Indian/Gresham 491.

High School Highlights

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:33pm


West De Pere 2

Shawano 1

The Hawks came up just short against the Phantoms in Bay Conference action on Tuesday.

Taylor Johnson drove in Kate Hoffman on a single in the first inning. West De Pere scored its two runs in the fifth.

Johnson suffered the tough loss, allowing two runs on five hits. She struck out one batter. Caitlin Daniel did not allow a run over two innings.

Chargers split with T-Birds

Wittenberg-Birnamwood bounced back from a 7-0 loss in game one with a 5-4 victory over Iola-Scandinavia in the second game of a CWC-East doubleheader on Tuesday. Both games were five innings long.

Amara Schoepke and Destiny Bagley had the only Chargers hits in game one. Bagley took the loss, but allowed just two earned runs and struck out seven over four innings.

Megan Konkol had two hits for Witt-Birn in game two, while Olivia Zoromski drove in two runs. Bagley earned the win, allowing two earned runs over five innings while striking out three batters.

Freedom 12

Clintonville 1

The Truckers could not slow the Irish in a North Eastern Conference contest on Tuesday.

Abby King and Abby Schreiber singled for Clintonville. Haley Fields suffered the loss in the circle.


Iola-Scandinavia 4

Witt-Birn 1

The Chargers could not put together enough offense to take down the Thunderbirds in CWC-East play on Tuesday.

Jacob Groshek had two hits and drove in a run for Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Kody Szews scored the run.

Szews took the loss after allowing four runs — only one of which was earned — on nine hits and two walks. He struck out four batters in five innings of work. Simon Stewart tossed a scoreless inning.

Denmark 7

Clintonville 4

The Truckers could not hold an early 3-0 lead in a NEC loss to the Vikings on Tuesday.

Matthew Morse drove in two runs for Clintonville, while Trent Vollmer and Presley Rosenow each had two hits.

Matt Seefeldt, Brock Smejkal and Sean Finger all pitched for Clintonville, which had seven errors and allowed five unearned runs.


Green Bay East 4

Shawano 3

The Hawks won each doubles match, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Red Devils in Bay action Tuesday.

Cesar Ramirez and Chris Black (No. 1) and Wyatt Theis and Rhain Rodenbeck (No. 2) earned their doubles wins in straight sets.

Singles: No. 1: Lucas Mullen GBE def. Anton Piantek, 6-0, 6-2; No. 2: Sam Noll GBE def. Bryce Carlson, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3: Robert Cantrall GBE def. Camden Kroll, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-2; No. 4: Will Adams GBE def. Leo Liu, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1; Doubles: No. 1: Cesar Ramirez-Chris Black S def. Isaiah Deno-Keenan Lee, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Wyatt Theis-Rhain Rodenbeck S def. Marcus Cantrall-Skyler Krouth, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Rory Johnson-Nolan Buck S by forfeit.

Softball: Big inning propels Shawano over Xavier

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:41pm
Shawano scores nine runs in secondBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Caitlin Daniel delivers a pitch during a Bay Conference win over Xavier on Monday at Martzke Park.
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Gracyn Habeck follows through after driving in the team’s final run in the sixth inning of Monday’s Bay Conference victory over Xavier at Martzke Park.

A nine-run second inning helped the Shawano Community High School softball team ease to an 11-1 victory in six innings over Xavier at Martzke Park on Monday.

The big inning got started with a double from junior Jewel Waupekenay. Junior Macie Herm singled and junior Sarah Mente was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Waupekenay to score and tie the game at one.

With one out, sophomore Naomi Wynos doubled to score courtesy runner Isabella Buettner, a junior, and Mente.

“Last game against Menasha, I struggled kind of bad at the plate. I was really frustrated with myself but with the help of my teammates and coach, they really brought me up and got me out of my head saying this game was different, and every at-bat is different,” Wynos said. “I came up to the plate expecting to hit the ball good.”

After Wynos got to third on a passed ball, senior Kate Hoffmann delivered a single to score her and make it 4-1. After Hoffman advanced to second on another passed ball, junior Gracyn Habeck came through with a triple to score Hoffman.

Senior Bayleigh Laabs then singled to score Habeck before advancing to second on a passed ball and then reaching third when sophomore Taylor Johnson singled.

Laabs then scored on a passed ball before an error allowed Johnson to move to third and Waupekenay to reach first.

Herm grounded out but drove in Johnson in the process. Waupekenay crossed home plate on a passed ball for the final run of the big inning.

Shawano (6-7) tacked on a run in the third when Laabs tripled to score Habeck.

The hosts had a tough time getting another run to reach the 10-run rule. Shawano finally reached the mark in the bottom of the sixth when junior Abi Vomastic scored on a Habeck fielder’s choice.

Shawano used a trio of pitchers in the convincing win.

Senior Emilee Bastar started the game and worked the first two innings. She allowed a run on a hit and two walks while striking out two batters.

Junior Caitlin Daniel worked the next three innings, striking out six batters and not allowing a hit or walk.

Johnson pitched the sixth, needed just five pitches to get the final three Xavier (0-7) batters out.

“Em was sick for pretty much the last week but came in and ate up a couple innings for us,” said Shawano coach Brian Johnson. “Then we brought in Caitlin for a couple innings before we gave Taylor a chance to come in and get some work. It was a good job by all three pitchers pounding strikes. I was really pleased with all three pitchers tonight.”

Shawano recognized its four seniors — Bastar, Hoffman, Laabs and Elizabeth Esch — before the contest.

“I don’t know where I would be without this program,” said Laabs. “I love the coaching, the family bond we have as a team. Throughout all four years, we’ve had a friend and family bond. Just the chemistry between us all, I’m really going to miss them.”

Baseball: Shawano rallies late, but falls short against Xavier

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:37pm
Grignon, Erdmann, Dingeldein combine for seven hitsBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Steven Hoffmann looks up and readies himself to catch a foul popup during Monday’s Bay Conference loss to Xavier at Memorial Park.
Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Nick Grignon runs toward first base during the early innings of Monday’s Bay Conference loss to Xavier at Memorial Park.

A four-run seventh inning was a sign of resiliency, but it did not help the Shawano Community High School baseball team rally past Xavier in a Bay Conference clash on Monday at Memorial Park.

Xavier won by a 13-6 final.

“Although we have been struggling this season, the kids never game up which is evident by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning,” said Shawano coach Rob Wolff.

A groundout started Shawano’s seventh before the next four batters reached.

Senior Steven Hoffmann was hit by a pitch before freshman Andrew Popp walked. Senior Nick Grignon capped a three-hit night with his second double before senior Kris Krause reached on an error.

Hoffmann, Popp, Grignon and Krause all ended up scoring.

“It was great to see the guys keep playing even though we were down by (11),” Hoffmann said. “We knew we had three outs left and I think we made the most of it”

“The team has been showing some fight in the past few games,” Grignon said. “We always battle until the end and it was nice to show we won’t give up no matter the score.”

Grignon put Shawano (1-14) on the scoreboard with a double to right field in the third inning. Hoffmann scored on the play.

Grignon singled to lead off the sixth and ended up scoring in the inning.

Xavier (6-8) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings before tacking on two in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Sophomore Zach Erdmann and senior Mason Dingeldein each finished the night with two hits for Shawano. Dingeldein reached in all four of his plate appearances, also walking twice.

Hoffmann earned the start on the mound and worked the first four innings. He struck out three batters while surrendering seven runs on 10 hits and a walk.

Popp pitched the final three innings, striking out five batters along the way. He allowed six runs, three of which were earned, on six hits.

Shawano celebrated its eight seniors — Karson Rades, Nick Grignon, Seth Westphal, Jake Grignon, Dingeldein, Hoffmann, Collin Buerman and Krause — before the start of the game.

“It’s just kind of surreal to think that this year is it,” Hoffmann said. “I remember watching high schoolers when I was young and wanting to play here. I used to work hard in practice as a freshman to make it to this field as a member of varsity.

“All that work and dreaming to get here and after a couple of years it’s gone already. I’m trying to make the most of it one game at a time and I was hoping to have pitched better and earned a better result.”

“It’s been an amazing ride with the Shawano baseball program. It allowed me a chance to play the game I love and bond with the players on my team and create so many memories,” Nick Grignon said. “I’d like to thank the coaches for everything they have done for me in the past four years.”

Wolff knows the season hasn’t been easy on the seniors, but praised their willingness to keep battling.

“This year’s senior class continues to fight through adversity and continue to try to get us back on the winning side of things,” Wolff said.

Track and field: Witt-Birn girls take first, boys second at home invite

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:27pm
Tigerton girls second, Gresham/Bowler boys third

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School girls track and field team placed first at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Lions Invite on Monday behind big nights from Chloe King, Jenna Stone and Emma Herb.

King won the 100-meter dash (14.0), 200 (28.73), 300 hurdles (53.2) and long jump (15 feet, 0.5 inches). Stone won the 1,600 (5:52.73) and 3,200 (12:54.21), while Herb was first in the shot put (30-0.25) and discus (104-0).

Ruby Nowinski also came in first for the girls, claiming the top time in the 800 (2:42.7). She also came in second in the 1,600 (6:03.96).

Jalynn Horacek placed second in the 100 hurdles (18.6) and triple jump (29-4) and was third in the long jump (14-3).

The Witt-Birn boys placed second behind Cole Schairer and Luis Rodriguez. Schairer won the 800 (2:10.17) and 1,600 (4:50.45), while Rodriguez was the top finisher in the shot put (39-8.5) and discus (105-1).

The boys 4x400 relay team of Jaydon Landowski, Luke Muscha, Simon Schairer and Cole Schairer took first in 3:52.53.

Simon Schairer came in second in the 800 (2:20.87) and triple jump (37-10). He was third in the 400 (56.78), while Kyle Linke placed third in the 300 hurdles (50.27).

The Gresham/Bowler boys claimed third, while the girls were fourth.

The girls 4x100 relay of Karisa Neitzer, Hannah Cerveny, Jayden Jensen and Ireland Jensen was first in 59.45. Ireland Jensen also took first in the 400 (1:11.22) and third in the high jump (4-6).

Nietzer was second in the shot put (28-7.25), while Georgia Schultz came in second in the 800 (3:00.42). Jayden Jensen placed third in the 100 hurdles (19.92).

Placing second individually for the boys was Bryce Bohl in the 100 (12.35) and Daquan Gregory in the discus (102-11).

Bohl was third in the 200 (24.53) and triple jump (35-8), while Levi Schick was third in the 800 (2:28.49) and 1,600 (5:21.71). Will Jensen was third in the high jump (5-0).

The Tigerton girls placed second, while the boys took seventh.

Monika Minniecheske led the girls with first-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (18.57) and triple jump (30-8) and a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (54.44).

Tigerton’s Ladia Block came in third in the girls 800 (3:00.5), while Mary Kreklow was second in the 3,200 (14:59.5) and third in the 1,600 (6:37.46).

Jared Berg took fifth in the discus (85-7) and shot put (30-10.75) for the boys.

The Marion boys took sixth, while the girls came in seventh.

The boys 4x100 relay team of Gavin Buss, Hunter Gretzinger, Ethan Pockat and Justin Wuske came in first in 50.27. Andi Elandt was second in the girls discus (83-1), while Elizabeth Radtke claimed third in the 200 (29.53) and 100 (14.4).

Girls team scores: 1. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 126; 2. Tigerton 84; 3. Shiocton 78; 4. Gresham/Bowler 76; 5. Wabeno 66; 6. Port Edwards 55; 7. Marion 39.

Boys team scores: 1. Shiocton 187; 2. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 110; 3. Gresham/Bowler 104; 4. Wabeno 88; 5. Port Edwards 31; 6. Marion 23; 7. Tigerton 15.


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Boys golf: Witt-Birn just behind Pacelli at CWC meet

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:23pm
Keeney, Resch lead Chargers

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys golf team finished second at the third Central Wisconsin Conference Meet at Glen Cairn Golf Course in Ogdensburg on Monday.

The Chargers tallied a team score of 354, finishing behind only Pacelli Catholic High School (350).

Justin Keeney and Ian Resch each shot 18-hole rounds of 86 to lead the team and tie for third as individuals.

Maverick Beran tallied a round of 90, while Logan Balliett shot a 92. Calvin Scheurer (94) rounded out the five-golfer team.

Bonduel placed sixth and was led by Carter Siolka’s 91.

Colin Hanus shot a 106, while Aaron Schaal recorded a 109. Kole Jashinsky (121) and Brooks Dehn (130) filled out the team.

Marion placed eighth, with a team score of 435.

Myles Peterson led the team with a 101, while Cody Clegg (105) and Mollie Schoen (107) were just behind. McGregor Matz (122) and Ellen Radies (123) also golfed for the Mustangs.

The Menominee Indian/Gresham co-op came in 10th. Josh Hoffman fired a 92 to lead the way.

Desmond Nimhan (130), Johnny Kerry and Saswaen Shawanokasic (137 each) and Gregory Turney (158) rounded out the co-op.

Through three conference meets, Witt-Birn sits in second place as a team. Keeney sits in third as an individual, while Resch is fifth and Beran ninth.

Bonduel is in fifth. Siolka is third overall as an individual.

Marion sits in eighth, while Menominee Indian/Gresham is ninth.

Team scores: 1. Pacelli 350; 2. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 354; 3. Amherst 404; 4. Manawa 407; 5. Shiocton 417; 6. Bonduel 427; 7. Weyauwega-Fremont 431; 8. Marion 435; 9. Iola-Scandinavia 439; 10. Menominee Indian/Gresham 496.

High School Highlights

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:16pm

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Kaylee Rindt, right, tries to fend off an Ashwaubenon player during Monday’s nonconference home loss.


Ashwaubenon 3

Shawano 1

The Hawks came up short in a nonconference match against the Jaguars on Monday.

Lindsey Roloff netted Shawano’s only goal in the 49th minute after outworking several members of Ashwaubenon’s last line of defense.

Peyton Buerman kept the Hawks in the game by stopping 14 shots.


Bonduel splits with Shiocton

The Bears picked up a 2-0 win over Shiocton in the first game of a Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division doubleheader, but fell 4-3 in the second game on Monday.

Isaac Boldt one-hit Shiocton to help Bonduel win game one — he struck out four batters while walking one. Parker Bohm doubled in a run in the first inning before Dylan Burch added a RBI single.

Boldt took the loss on the hill in game two, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over three innings. It was the Bears second CWC-East loss of the year.

Bowler 6

Tigerton 3

The Panthers doubled up the Tigers in CWC-North play on Monday.

Anthony Creapeau and Lane Schultz each drove in two runs for Bowler, while Brock Strassburg scored twice. Zach Fehrman earned the win after pitching six innings and striking out four batters. Schultz got the final three outs.

Dawson Block drove in all three runs for the Tigers. Isaac Schoen pitched three innings, Kaeden Miller tossed two and Block got the other three outs.

Manawa 12

Marion 5

The Mustangs couldn’t keep up with the Wolves in CWC-North action on Monday.

Evan Fischer drove in two runs and reached base four times for Marion. Koy Brei scored twice.

Carter Goke pitched four innings before Cayden Schoen tossed two innings.

Clintonville drops two to Wrightstown

The Truckers totaled just five hits in a pair of North Eastern Conference losses to the Tigers on Saturday. Wrightstown won game one 7-0 and game two 16-1 in five innings.

Trent Vollmer, Matt Seefeldt and Dylan Danforth posted Clintonville’s hits in game one. Jared Cartwright threw five innings, while Matthew Morse got two out and Seefeldt one out.

Brock Smejkal walked twice in game two, while Klay Barkow had three walks. Presley Rosenow drove in Smejkal for the only run. The Truckers used six pitchers in the contest.



Gresham 1

The Wildcats dropped a CWC-North battle to the Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran co-op on Monday.

Destiny Reindl tallied two hits for Gresham, while Tiana Ferguson scored and Kaylee Bohm drove in a run.

Reindl suffered the loss in the circle, striking out five batters over six innings.

Bowler 10

Tigerton 4

The Panthers scored nine runs between the third and fourth innings to pick up a CWC-North win over the Tigers on Monday.

Mckayla Putnam drove in three runs for Bowler, while Tia Kroening had two RBIs. Alyssa Strassburg had two hits and three runs scored.

Jada Waters picked up the win, striking out eight batters over a complete game effort. Only one of the runs she allowed was earned.

Adrienne Brady took the loss for Tigerton. Savannah Swartz had two of the team’s three hits.

Clintonville drops two to Lux-Casco

The Truckers could not slow Luxemburg-Casco’s offense in a NEC doubleheader on Monday. Lux-Casco took game one 11-3 before claiming game two 16-3.

Abigail King, Mercede Lorge and Bailey Mares all had two hits for the Truckers in game one. Hannah Baird took the loss in the circle.

Mares also had two hits in the second game. Carolyn Sasse suffered the loss.

Baseball: Seventh inning surge helps Chargers rally past Eagles

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 3:43pm
Herb picks up win on moundBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Jamison Besaw delivers a pitch during Thursday’s CWC-East loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood at Menominee Indian High School.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School baseball team turned things around just in time, scoring five runs in the seventh inning to claim a 5-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-East road win over Menominee Indian on Thursday.

After posting just two hits across the first six innings, the Chargers (6-6) tallied seven hits in the seventh.

Sophomore Bryce Zoromski and senior Kody Szews each delivered singles before senior Michael Gibson doubled to score Zoromski.

Sophomore Larken Betry followed with a single to score Szews. Junior Jacob Groshek doubled to score Gibson, the go-ahead run.

A strikeout and a failed suicide squeeze bunt attempt gave Menominee Indian (1-7) two quick outs, but Witt-Birn wasn’t done.

Junior Simon Stewart singled to move Groshek to third. Groshek then scored on a wild pitch, and senior Shane Herb tripled to score Stewart.

“Up until the last inning, we hadn’t had many people on base,” said Groshek. “But after the first couple of guys got hits, I think everybody got a little more confident, and that’s what helped us start the rally and keep it going.”

“I don’t know if hitting is contagious, but, boy, once one of us got a hit, it was like one after another,” said Witt-Birn coach Dan Kapitz said. “It showed that this group won’t give up. It was really good to see because they work hard, and they know they were capable of hitting better than they did the first six innings. It was frustrating, but I like the way they persevered.”

Herb’s stellar start on the mound helped Witt-Birn keep the game close. He allowed a pair of third-inning runs but was able to keep the Eagles in check until allowing a harmless run in the seventh.

Herb struck out five batters to work around three walks, six hits and a pair of hit batters.

“To be honest, I’m just throwing to contact and trying to throw strikes because I know that I have my team behind me,” Herb said. “I’m just trying not to walk people and give them free bases.”

Herb stranded two runners in both the first and third innings. He also worked around a one-out triple in the fifth.

Base-running mistakes kept the Chargers off the scoreboard in the early innings.

Jamison Besaw, Menominee Indian’s sophomore lefty, picked off W-B runners at first base in the first and third innings. Besaw, who struck out four batters and walked two, also induced a double play in the second.

The Eagles grabbed the lead in the third on the strength of four singles.

Senior Richard Wayka led off the inning with a single before advancing two bases on an error. Senior Mequan Corn delivered a single to score Wayka.

Freshman Wendell Waukau followed with a single to move Corn to third. Junior Riley Uttecht drove in Corn later in the inning to make it 2-0.

After surrendering the lead in the top half of the seventh, the Eagles continued to fight until the final out.

Corn doubled with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a passed ball. The rally ended there, as Herb struck out the final batter of the game.

“I was proud of the team’s performance tonight,” said Corn. “We are getting better day in and day out. We are starting to realize our true potential from this loss. We learned how good we can be, and we learned that we need to close out games. It’s valuable experience for the younger guys, because we have a lot of them.”

Softball: Offensive outburst leads Witt-Birn past Menominee Indian

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 3:41pm
Teams combine for 33 hitsBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Alexis Wilber, right, makes a throw to first base as Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Destiny Bagley sprints toward home plate during Thursday’s CWC-East clash at Menominee Indian High School.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School softball team emerged with a 26-8 Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division road victory over Menominee Indian on Thursday in a game that featured 33 hits.

Witt-Birn (6-4) tallied 26 of those hits, scoring three runs in the first inning, four in the second, five in the third, 13 in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Several Witt-Birn hitters posted monster games, but none were bigger than junior Megan Konkol’s night. The junior had five hits, including a triple and double, and eight RBIs. She also scored four runs.

“I was able to stay patient at the plate and confident,” Konkol said. “I was seeing the ball very well tonight and was able to connect. Our team as a whole has been working very hard at our hitting, and at tonight’s game, we were all able to build off of each other’s hits. People would get on and everyone was finding a way to advance the runners and get them home.”

Senior Destiny Bagley also had five hits, including a double, while driving in four runs.

Sophomore Abi Fraaza finished with three hits, four RBIs and four runs scored, while senior Rayna Beaman had two hits and three RBIs. Sophomore Emma Herb tallied four hits.

Herb and senior Olivia Zoromski each scored three times.

Bagley picked up the win in the circle, pitching all five innings and striking out five batters. Three of Menominee Indian’s runs were earned.

Menominee Indian (2-6) scored at least once in every inning, but Bagley limited the big innings.

“When I am pitching, my main focus is to do my part by hitting my spots and pitching strikes by staying tough and letting my team back me up,” Bagley said. “They are always cheering me and each other on up to the last out, which I feel played a big role on eliminating any big innings.”

Eagles senior Jalen Corn hit a homer and drove in three runs, while sophomore Selena O’Kimosh had four of the team’s seven hits and drove in two runs.

“The score will never define who we are as a team,” said Corn. “You win some, and you lose some. Unfortunately, tonight we lost. But now we’ll use this for motivation for the next (game) and so forth.”

Junior Joli Shawanokasic scored two runs.

O’Kimosh took the loss in the circle, but was hurt by 10 errors — of the 26 runs, 12 were earned. O’Kimosh struck out four batters.

“We are starting to develop and understand what passion and commitment to a sport is, as well as what it means to be a good teammate,” said Menominee Indian coach Miranda Hagberg. “Tonight we admitted we didn’t play our best ball, but tomorrow we are going to go into practice with a stronger work ethic so this hopefully doesn’t happen again. We need to move on from this game, but we need to use it as motivation to get better and see the level of ball we need to be at.”

Softball: Truckers bats silenced in losses to Panthers

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 3:39pm
Clintonville tallies just six hits across two gamesBy: 

By Morgan Rode [email protected]

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Mercede Lorge makes a throw to first base after fielding a groundball during a home doubleheader against Oconto Falls on Friday.

The Clintonville High School softball team was unable to get its offense going in a pair of North Eastern Conference home losses to Oconto Falls on Friday.

The Truckers tallied just two hits in a 7-0 loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Clintonville scored an unearned run and had four hits in a 9-1 loss in game two.

“The first game, we were making good contact, but unfortunately, every time we did, the ball seemed to just die or we would hit it right to one of their players. We needed some more power there and we just weren’t getting it,” said Clintonville coach Danalore Chaney. “But we’re getting better. We still have a lot to improve upon and batting is definitely one of those.”

“We’re still having a lot of watched strikes. I don’t know if we’re just thinking, ‘Oh, there will be another good pitch just like that one coming.’ But we just have to learn to take advantage and be aggressive as batters.”

Clintonville (1-10) had five baserunners reach in game one. Junior Mercede Lorge singled in the second inning, junior Tessa Doornink walked in the fourth, junior Bailey Mares reached on an error in the fifth and Doornink singled before junior Hannah Baird walked in the seventh.

“Last night (Thursday against Fox Valley Lutheran) we faced a pretty fast pitcher and so tonight was just that hard adjustment period, which I feel is a weakness for us,” said Doornink on why the team struggled to produce runs.

Baird pitched all seven innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Baird struck out four batters.

Acting as the visitors in game two, Clintonville had a few opportunities to score, but could never seem to string enough hits together.

Baird reached on an error before freshman Allyson Schwietzer singled in the second, but a groundout ended the threat.

The Truckers loaded the bases in the fourth after senior Sasha Carrillo walked and Doornink and Lorge reached on errors, but three straight strikeouts ended the inning. Oconto Falls (10-3) broke the game open the next half inning, scoring seven runs to go up 8-0.

Clintonville finally broke through in the fifth. Senior Tarah Malotky singled to open the inning before freshman Abigail Schreiber singled with one out. After each player moved up a base, Carrillo reached on an error that scored Malotky.

A flyout and groundout ended the inning.

Junior Abigail King singled in the seventh, but the Truckers couldn’t move her around.

Baird took the loss after working the first 3 2/3 innings — she struck out two batters. Junior Mia Peterson finished the game, allowing a run in the sixth.

“I would say we need to work on our hitting a little bit more, making sure we are getting the right amount of contact and hitting the ball right in the middle,” said King on what the team needs to improve on as the season winds down. “I also think we could really work on our team bonding, just coming out together as a strong team instead of individually since softball is a team game. Once we get that down pat, we are going to be good to go.”