Track and field: Tigerton girls seventh at indoor meet

The Tigerton High School girls track and field team took seventh place at the Northland Pines Indoor Invitational on Saturday behind a pair of third-place finishes from Monika Minniecheske.

Minniecheske posted a time of 10.77 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles and 34.62 in the 200 hurdles to take third in both races. Her time in the 200 hurdles was also a school record.

Ladia Block also came in third for the Tigers, posting a time of 1:14.03 in the 400. Block took fifth in the high jump (4 feet, 2 inches).

Elizabeth Robbins placed fifth in the 200 (30.91).

The Tigerton boys scored one point on an eighth-place finish from Gage Shumaker in the 3,200 (14:31.22).

Girls team scores: 1. Marquette 163; 2. Tomahawk 133.5; 3. West Iron County 65; 4. Crandon 56.5; 5. Ishpeming 54; 6. Laona/Wabeno 37; 7. Tigerton 35; 8. Northland Pines 28.5; 9. Lakeland 26.5.


Athlete of the Week: Kate Hoffman

Contributed Photo Shawano’s Kate Hoffman has been an on-base machine for the Hawks in the early part of the softball season.

Athlete: Kate Hoffman

Sport: Softball

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

The hitters in the middle of a softball lineup are often the ones receiving praise and honor for all the runs they drive in. But its table-setters like Shawano senior Kate Hoffman that make those opportunities possible.

Hoffman bats atop the Hawks lineup and has certainly played her role of getting on base and offering the team’s power hitter ample opportunities to drive in runs.

Hoffman has posted at least one hit in each game this year and already has four multi-hit games. She has scored eight runs over the first six games — she scored four times in a 16-0 rout of Xavier on April 4, a game she also had three hits and drew two walks in.

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Softball: Shawano secures key conference road win

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano third baseman Naomi Wynos, center, makes a throw to first base during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s Bay Conference win over Green Bay East. Hawks shortstop Bayleigh Laabs, right, and left fielder Abi Vomastic, left, are also pictured.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano pitcher Gracyn Habeck delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s Bay Conference win over Green Bay East. Habeck pitched the final three innings to earn the save.

The Shawano Community High School softball team was able to hang on late for an 8-6 Bay Conference victory over Green Bay East at Riverside Park in Green Bay on a cold Wednesday afternoon.

In what has become a trend over the past few games, Shawano (2-4) trailed early on. A pair of errors set for stage for a Green Bay East (1-3) two-run single in the opening inning off Hawks starting pitcher Emilee Bastar.

Instead of letting the early deficit fluster them, like it had in previous games, Shawano kept battling and was able to flip the momentum with a three-run third.

“I think we’ve learned some lessons because for three games in a row, we’ve let things spiral out of control and haven’t been able to pick ourselves back up. That’s actually what we talked about before the game,” Shawano coach Brian Johnson said. “I’m real happy about how they kept focused, kept working to fight back and answer the bell.”


Track and field: Bonduel girls first, boys second at relay invite

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Trevor Kraning competes in the sprint medley relay at Tuesday’s Wittenberg-Birnamwood Charger Relay Invitational.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Piper Stoehr competes in the 4x800 relay at Tuesday’s Wittenberg-Birnamwood Charger Relay Invitational.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Breanna Schnell competes in the long jump at Tuesday’s Wittenberg-Birnamwood Charger Relay Invitational.

The Tuesday night Wittenberg-Birnamwood Charger Relay Invitational at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School was a cold and windy one, but it did give local athletes a chance to compete outside before another spring snowstorm forced teams back indoors.

Competing for the first time this spring, Bonduel turned in a strong night. The girls team placed first after scoring 116 points, while the boys took second with 96.3 points.

Kara Troxel and Jessie LaBerge led the Bears with first-place finishes in the 1,600-meter run (5 minutes, 46.99 seconds) and 100 hurdles (18.19), respectively.

Troxel was also on the first-place finishing distance medley relay (1200-400-800, 1600). The team was rounded out by Jessica Ewing, Madison Kurey and Breanna Schnell and posted a time of 14:40.91.

Bonduel’s 4x800 relay team of Ewing, Alexia Folkman, Kim Smith and Ava Pleshek took first in 12:38.78.


College Highlights

Pietz enjoys strong day at invite

Wittenberg-Birnamwood graduate and current Winona State athlete Maddy Pietz has enjoyed a strong start to her collegiate track and field career. The success continued at the UW-La Crosse’s Ashton May Invitational on April 6.

As an individual, she took second in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 11.98 seconds. She qualified for the finals by placing second in the prelims with a time of 12.06.

The college freshman also helped the 4x100 relay team to a first-place finish in 47.06 seconds.

The Winona State women won the invitational by 77.5 points.

Wollenberg also places in La Crosse

Bonduel graduate and current athlete at UW-Stevens Point Travis Wollenberg also scored for his team at the Ashton May Invitational.

Wollenberg came in sixth in the 800, posting a time of 1:57.87.

The UW-Stevens Point men took second with 117.83 points.


Baseball: Shawano splits doubleheader with Green Bay East/West

The Shawano Community High School baseball team salvaged a split in a Bay Conference doubleheader against Green Bay East/West on Tuesday.

Green Bay took game one by a 10-2 final after scoring seven runs in the sixth inning. Shawano then held on late for a wild, 13-12 win in game two.

Steve Hoffmann was dealt the loss in game one after he tossed six innings. Of the eight runs he allowed, only one was earned.

Sam Tourtillott secured the win on the mound for the Hawks in game two. He allowed four earned runs over three innings of work.

Nick Grignon led Shawano at the plate with four hits, two of which were doubles. Hoffmann, Tourtillott, Kris Krause, Zach Erdmann and Kaleb Lowney all finished with two hits.

Shawano scored seven runs in the third inning to take control of the game.


Weather milder for youth turkey hunting season

What a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time, we were collectively digging out from an all-time record snowfall. A few of us were still trying to hunt turkeys.

The youth turkey season opens Saturday and continues through Sunday. Co-worker and president of the Winnebago Strutters chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Jennifer Schloss, said her son Caleb was planning another youth hunt this weekend.

Last year, fighting hand-numbing cold and knee-deep snow, 11-year-old Caleb managed to drop a 26.1-pound gobbler on public land near Wautoma — with 12 minutes to go on the last day — after missing a bird earlier in the day! He, Jennifer and Caleb’s dad, Trent, had hunted hard in the blizzard for two days.

Let’s hope Caleb and all the other young hunters out there age 15 and younger have much balmier weather than last year. The forecast calls for much warmer temperatures and maybe a little snow that hopefully won’t stick around.


Baseball: Witt-Birn drops first game in home clash with Wausau East

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Austin Worzalla fires a pitch during Tuesday’s nonconference game against Wausau East. Worzalla worked 3 2/3 innings in the contest.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Will Urquhart prepares to swing during Tuesday’s nonconference game against Wausau East. Urquhart reached on an error in four at-bats and also pitched one inning.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Michael Gibson looks up to see a popup he hit during Tuesday’s nonconference game against Wausau East. Gibson finished with two hits and drove in the team’s lone run.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School baseball team suffered its first loss of the season to Wausau East on a cold and breezy Tuesday. Failing to take advantage of scoring opportunities and having defensive errors proved too much to overcome in the team’s 12-1 nonconference home loss.

“I think getting behind early with a younger team, they haven’t met that block or wall that they hit tonight,” said Witt-Birn coach Dan Kapitz on the difference between the team’s first three games and Tuesday’s contest. “We just kind of checked out after getting down 3-, 4-, 5-0, and there was just no life. With a young team, that’s something we will be talking about and hopefully we can learn from that.”

Junior Simon Stewart earned the start on the mound for the Chargers (3-1) and looked to be on his way to a scoreless first inning before Wausau East (2-0) came to life with two outs.


Boys tennis: Hawks fall to Lumberjacks

Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano’s Leo Liu competes in No. 4 singles action during Tuesday’s nonconference match against Wausau East.

The Shawano Community High School boys tennis team opened its spring season Tuesday, falling to Wausau East 6-1 in nonconference action on the courts outside Shawano Community Middle School.

Chris Black and Cesar Ramirez teamed up at No. 1 doubles and earned Shawano’s lone victory on the night. Black and Ramirez earned a 6-1, 6-4 win over Wausau East’s Max Novak and David Bautsch.

The Hawks No. 3 doubles team of Rory Johnson and J.J. Pyatskowit won a set but ended up losing in three (4-6, 6-4, 6-3).

Shawano’s No. 2 doubles team of Wyatt Theis and Rowyn Rodenbeck also battled, but came up short (7-6 (5), 6-0).

In singles action, Shawano’s Bryce Carlson and Leo Liu also proved to be tough opponents. Carlson lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, while Liu dropped a 6-3, 6-2 match at No. 4 singles.

Anton Piantek and Camden Kroll were each defeated 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.


Track and field: Tigerton girls take third at invite

First-place finishes from Monika Minniecheske and Mary Kreklow helped the Tigerton High School girls track and field team come in third at the Wild Rose Six-Team Invite on Tuesday.

Minniecheske won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 4 inches. She also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (56.13 seconds) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (19.53) and triple jump (30-10).

Mary Kreklow won 3,200 with a time of 16:03.48. Teammate Bethany Kreklow was the only other competitor in the 2-mile, finishing with a time of 17:36.03.

Tigerton’s Elizabeth Robbins placed third in the 200 (30.46) and Ladia Block was fourth in the high jump (4-02).

The Tigerton boys scored eight points and took fifth. Nathaen Wanta came in fourth in the 300 hurdles (1:01.96) to lead the team.

The Marion girls also participated at the invite. The girls team scored 32 points and took fourth, while the boys scored 18 points and also came in fourth.


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