Sports

Sat
11
Aug

Chargers seeking 2nd straight playoff berth


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood is coming off a 6-4 season and fourth place finish in the CWC-Large.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood football team is coming off one of its best seasons in recent memory.

The Chargers posted a 6-4 record, including a fourth place finish in the tough Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division. The 4-3 record within the division helped Wittenberg-Birnamwood snag its first postseason berth since 2006. The Chargers could not hang with top-seeded Stanley-Boyd in a 42-0 first level playoff loss.

Despite the team’s breakthrough season, the Chargers have plenty of questions to answer heading into the 2018 season as the team lost seven players to graduation that made an all-conference team last year. Witt-Birn has just four total starters back from last year’s team.

Sat
11
Aug

Packers get preseason underway with win over Titans

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not take a snap during the team’s 31-17 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, but a trio of other Packers quarterbacks shined in their time under the Lambeau Field lights.

Rodgers’ backups, a trio of Brett Hundley, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle combined to throw for 356 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with 11 different receivers.

Hundley started the game, and after Tennessee starter Marcus Mariota tossed a touchdown, led Green Bay on a 7-play, 75-yard opening drive to knot the score at seven. Hundley connected on 9-yard passes to Devante Adams and Geronimo Allison before hitting Adams on a perfectly placed 48-yard pass down the left sideline to the Titans’ 3-yard line.

Sat
11
Aug

BABA Roundup

August 1, 3 and 5

East-West Division

Clintonville 8

Shawano 0

Clintonville blanked Shawano in a makeup game.

Parker Mindell and Kenny Casper each had two hits for Clintonville while John Dunlavy earned the victory on the mound.

Branden Estep suffered the loss for Shawano while Josh Ebert and Kien Moorman each posted two hits.

Clintonville 10

Shawano 4

Clintonville (11-2) wrapped up the regular season with another convincing win over Shawano (1-12).

Hunter Vollmer earned the win for Clintonville and also tallied two hits. Dunlavy, Ebert, Jordan Keppen and Jaden Doornink each added two hits.

Estep also took the loss in game two for Shawano. Kregg Boldig had a big game at the plate, posting three hits and driving in two runs.

Bowler 5

Tilleda 1

Bowler secured a spot in the playoffs with a victory over Tilleda.

Sat
11
Aug

Snapshot Wisconsin uses trail cameras for study

It seems that everyone from elementary-school kids to seniors has a smartphone. Whether most of these people really need a phone 24/7/365 is one thing, but there’s no doubt that having a combination still camera and video camera handy is a good thing.

We sportsmen have discovered another way to take photos. Trail cameras are one of the greatest developments for deer, bear and predator hunting. When we leave the ground blind or tree stand and go home, those hard-working trail cams keep on clicking away, even in the dark of night.

Even non-hunters can use these electronic marvels to record images of wildlife (or even human trespassers) in their woods or even their back yards.

Fri
10
Aug

Bonduel ready for tough conference schedule


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel is coming off an 8-2 season and second place finish in the CWC-Large.

The Bonduel football team has been a model of consistency in recent years.

The Bears have won at least seven games in each of the past five seasons, finishing in the top four of a tough Central Wisconsin Conference each year.

In 2017, Bonduel finished with an 8-2 record overall, with a 6-1 mark in the CWC-Large Division.

Amherst, three-time Division 5 state champions, won the division with a 7-0 record, topping Bonduel 47-20 in week five. The Bears claimed a 47-20 win in week four over Iola-Scandinavia, which eventually played in the Division 6 state title game.

While the conference is headlined by Amherst and Iola-Scandinavia, the Bears know any team in the conference can prove to be a tough test on any given week.

Fri
10
Aug

Shawano, Bonduel ready to hit links

High school girls golf teams opened the 2018 season on Monday. By Friday, teams could already be participating in meets.

The Shawano and Bonduel girls golf teams are each coming off successful 2017 seasons, with each team advancing to sectionals. Each fell short of qualifying for state, but Shawano’s Brianna Zook made it as an individual, tying for 54th.

Both teams again have high aspirations for the season but will each need to replace some talented golfers that left due to graduation.

Shawano will need to replace Zook and Brinley Kowalkowski, who served as the team’s top two golfers for much of the 2017 season. The Hawks will turn to a pair of juniors, Kiley Rusch and Macie Herm, and sophomore Taylor Johnson to lead the team.

While Shawano will not roster the number of seniors it typically does, the team still believes it has the pieces in place in order to have a successful season.

Fri
10
Aug

Several local players named to All-Star Game

Legion baseball players from local teams will have one final opportunity to hit the field this summer as the Central Wisconsin Legion Baseball Association holds its annual All-Star Game, which will be played on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Bonduel will have four players participating in the game after winning the conference’s North Division this summer. Noah Beilfuss, Isaac Boldt, Jordan Boldt and Bryce Weier will represent the Grizzlies on the diamond while the team’s coaching staff lead the North Division team. Wyatt Erb was not eligible for the game because of his inclusion in the Legion All-Star Game at Miller Park on Aug. 5.

Keenan Doornink, Colton Kluth, Nathan Krueger, Logan Liesenfelder and Nick Schoen were all named to the All-Star Game from the Clintonville Legion Team after strong seasons on the diamond. Like Erb, Kyle Finger was not eligible after playing at Miller Park this past Sunday.

Thu
09
Aug

Shawano holds high aspirations despite young roster


Leader file photo Brayden Dickelman (23) and the Shawano football team are coming off a 4-5 season in 2017.

Over the course the last couple of years, the Shawano football team has graduated many talented senior players.

After making the postseason for the third time in school history in 2016, Shawano ended the 2017 season with a 4-5 overall record and 3-5 mark in the Bay Conference. The Hawks suffered a 16-13 overtime road loss to New London to end the season, a game Shawano needed to win in order to become playoff-eligible.

As the Hawks enter the 2018 season, it has a handful of upperclassman to lean on for production, but several younger players will also need to step up if the team hopes to make the postseason for the fourth time in school history.

Senior defensive back Steven Hoffman, a second team all-conference selection last year, is the only returning Shawano player with defensive all-conference honors. Brayden Dickelman, a honorable mention pick at wide receiver last year as a sophomore, is the only returning offensive player with all-conference honors.

Thu
09
Aug

Baseball cards: Been there, done that, check it off the list

At first glance it looked like one of those happy-ending stories wherein some regular guy catches lightning in a bottle. The headline read, “Man finds 1955 Mickey Mantle card in pack, is offered $50,000.”

Ultimately, though, that wasn’t the deal. The guy was attending a national convention of card collectors, and had paid a $500 entry fee for a spot in the “draw order” of the opening of a pack of cards from 1955. In what was effectively a high-priced raffle, each entrant “won” the card that appeared in the order corresponding to the number issued to them when they entered.

Oh. Never mind, then.

The real surprise was that there’s still someone out there willing to drop 50 grand on a baseball card. I thought they milked that cow dry in the 1980s, after the Happy Days/American Graffiti nostalgia wave had become a feature of our society and souvenir trading card shops sprang up like pigweed.

Thu
09
Aug

Concealed carry class on Aug. 11

Wolf River Concealed Carry LLC in New London will host a Wisconsin concealed carry class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11, at New London Fish and Game Club, N5433 Old Highway 45, New London.

The classroom portion teaches the Wisconsin Department of Justice curriculum and covers laws regarding the use of lethal force, areas where firearms are prohibited, handgun and ammo selection, holster selection and why posting no-guns signs can increase a business’s liability.

Optional shooting instruction is held immediately after the classroom portion.

Cost of the class is $80, optional shooting instruction using a variety of small handguns is $30 and ammo is $20. You may bring your own handgun and ammo to class.

Food and drinks are available. To register, call 920-982-1719 or go to www.wolfriverccw.com for details.

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