Baseball: Middle inning surge helps Clintonville past Wittenberg

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Jared Cartwright delivers a pitch during the first inning of Friday’s Legion contest in Wittenberg.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg’s Michael Gibson II, left, slides safely into home behind Clintonville catcher Brock Smejkal during the fourth inning of Friday’s Legion contest in Wittenberg.

The Clintonville Legion baseball team came through with several clutch hits in the middle innings and got a strong start on the mound from Jared Cartwright to earn an 8-3 victory over Wittenberg on Friday in Wittenberg.

After allowing a first-inning run, Cartwright tossed a pair of scoreless innings before the Diamond Cats scored twice in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

Wittenberg responded with two runs in its half of the fourth to regain the lead, but Clintonville took the lead for good in the fifth with a four-run frame. The Diamond Cats added two insurance runs in the sixth to seal its win.

“Confidence, it’s something we’ve been lacking all year with the varsity team,” said Clintonville coach Randy Finger on what helped the team deliver at the plate in the middle innings. “We just needed that kick tonight to get that confidence going — in the first three innings, we didn’t get that timely hit. Hitting is contagious and we took off.”


Softball: Tigerton’s Dewhurst preparing for all-star games

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Tigerton High School senior Raven Dewhurst will play in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Star Games on Tuesday, June 18.

Tigerton High School senior Raven Dewhurst was named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Star Games.

Dewhurst is one of 13 players on the Division 4-5 White team and will play at 10:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday (June 18) at Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells.

“It is a huge honor to be selected to play for the senior all-star game. It is one of the greatest feelings ever,” Dewhurst said. “I had a fairly successful softball season this year, and I really worked my butt off and gave it 110% during every game and practice. Hard work really does pay off.”

Dewhurst’s all-star experience will begin Monday (June 17) with a players’ meeting at Chula Vista, practice, pizza party, banquet at Chula Vista and the Tommy Bartlett Show ski-sky-stage show. The all-stars also receive passes to a water park.


Racing: Jach scores first win of season

Contributed Photo Jason Jach picked up his first IMCA Sport Mod feature win of the season at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

It was a night full of familiar faces in victory lane at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Nick Anvelink scored his second consecutive Late Model feature win of the year and his third win overall. Jerry Wilinski secured his second straight IMCA Modified feature and continued to put his early season struggles behind him. Jeremy Christians outdueled Travis VanStraten for his second IMCA Stock Car feature win, while Jason Jach raced to his first IMCA Sport Mod feature win. Brad Nelson earned his second win in Mighty Four racing.

Joel Bennett and Joe Reuter raced side by side to start the Late Model feature, with Reuter holding the lead at the start finish line. Anvelink worked inside of Reuter to take the lead on lap three.

As Anvelink led, Reuter and Ron Berna battled for second. Justin Ritchie soon joined the battle. Just after the midpoint of the race, Ritchie got past Berna and began a side-by-side battle with Reuter for second.


Baseball: Bonduel outduels Clintonville in extras

The Bonduel Legion baseball team scored two runs in the ninth inning to escape with a 3-1 victory over Clintonville Post 63 on Sunday in Clintonville.

A wild pitch allowed Bonduel’s Cole Letter to score the go-ahead run in the ninth. An insurance run was added when Aaron Margelofsky scored on a Riddik Bohm sacrifice fly.

Noah Beilfuss sealed the season-opening win for the Grizzlies by tossing a scoreless frame in the bottom of the ninth. Beilfuss struck out four batters and did not allow a hit over three innings of work.

Isaac Boldt started the game for Bonduel and struck out nine batters over six innings.

Clintonville, which slipped to 1-1 overall, ended up with four hits in the game. Bonduel tallied just three.

Brock Smejkal took a no decision for Clintonville despite allowing just one run over seven innings.


Concealed carry class to be held Saturday

Wolf River Concealed Carry LLC in New London will hold a Wisconsin concealed carry class from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at New London Fish and Game Club, N5433 Old Highway 45, New London.

The course uses the Wisconsin Department of Justice curriculum, which includes the laws regarding the use of lethal force, where you can and can’t legally carry, holster and caliber selection, handgun safety and more.

Upon completion of the class, people will qualify to purchase a concealed carry permit from the DOJ.

Cost of the class is $80 and includes a booklet and all materials. An optional pistol instruction lesson will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Cost of the shooting is $30 plus ammo. No previous gun handling experience is required. You may bring your own handgun and ammo to avoid the ammo charge.

Food and drinks will be available at the club.


Hawks land on all-conference teams

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Bayleigh Laabs, left, throws to first base for the final out of a Bay Conference win over Green Bay East at Martzke Park on April 30.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Steven Hoffmann looks up and readies himself to catch a foul popup during a Bay Conference game against Xavier at Memorial Park on May 6.

With summer having arrived, conferences around the state started naming top athletes from the spring sports seasons.

Shawano had several athletes earn all-conference recognition after solid seasons on the diamonds and fields.


The Shawano softball team had six players named to one of three all-conference teams.

Senior Kate Hoffman (outfield), junior Gracyn Habeck (infield) and sophomore Taylor Johnson (utility) all earned first team honors. Junior Macie Herm (catcher) was a second-teamer, while senior Bayleigh Laabs (infield) and sophomore Naomi Wynos (infield) made the honorable mention squad.

Habeck and Johnson were each unanimous first team picks.


BABA Highlights

East/West Divisions

Shawano 15

Tilleda 1

Shawano cruised past Tilleda to jump to 2-1 on the season.

Branden Estep struck out 10 batters to earn the win for Shawano. Kregg Boldig had three hits, while Adam Compton and Conner Klisch each had two.

Zach Fehrman took the loss for Tilleda, which is now 0-3. The team had just two hits.

Gresham 12

Bowler 8

Gresham improved to 3-0 with a high-scoring win over upset-minded Bowler.

Nate Ejnik hit a three-run homer and a grand slam to go along with a triple to lead Gresham at the plate. Pete Carroll added three hits, while Mitch Pleshek picked up the win.

Landan Kroening, Austin Wolf and Cody Thiex all posted three hits for Bowler. Paul Murphy homered, but also took the loss.

Tigerton 9

Marion 2

Tigerton remained perfect on the young season with a strong win over Marion. Tigerton is now 3-0, while Marion fell to 0-3.


School’s out and now the science lesson begins for country kids

Tuesday was the last day of school for New London public school students, including my daughter, Kalispell. She spent a grueling day on a 7th grade field trip to Appleton’s Fox River Mall, where she dined on Panda Express Chinese cuisine, then went to a bowling alley for three games.

Then it was off to a good friend’s house for a last-day-of-school party with six other screaming, texting and sugar-eating girls.

Thankfully, I missed it all because I was at work. OK, I did give her a ride to school after a stop at her favorite breakfast spot, Kwik Trip.

Now that she’s home for the summer, I can tell you what will happen on our little Google Maps section of Wisconsin. Our little 2-acre homestead on a sand-covered, pine-ringed paradise surrounded by Wolf River backwaters is teeming with every manner of reptile and amphibian.


Holsey Football Camp dates set

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School football coach Bernard Holsey is hosting his annual non-contact football skills camp from July 10-12 at the high school.

The free camp will be divided by skill level and age. Snacks will be provided and a cookout will be held on the last day of each session.

Upcoming first-through eighth-graders will participate on July 10 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) and July 11 (9-11 a.m.). The ninth- through 12th-graders camp will take place July 11 (1-4 p.m.) and July 12 (9 a.m.-noon).

Check-in and walk-up registration will begin 40 minutes before the start time of each camp session.

Email questions to Holsey at For registration forms, visit


Bonduel honors spring athletes

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Parker Bohm prepares to take a swing during the team’s regional final game against Peshtigo on May 29. Bohm was named the boys Athlete of the Year at Bonduel after a strong football, basketball and baseball career.

Bonduel High School recognized its top athletes from spring sports and also awarded yearly honors to several deserving athletes during a banquet on Sunday.

Senior Parker Bohm was named the boys Athlete of the Year, while senior Jessie LaBerge was the girls Athlete of the Year.

Bohm and LaBerge were also among the Bears seniors recognized for playing sports across each possible season of their high school careers. Brooks Dehn, Aaron Schaal, Nathan Kelly, Jared Wondra, Colin Ewing and Isaac Garside were the other seniors that earned that distinction.


The baseball team, coached by Donnie Gruenewald, enjoyed a strong regular season before overcoming some late season adversity to eventually play in a Division 3 regional final.

Noah Beilfuss was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after a big year at the plate and on the pitching mound.


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