Sports

Wed
05
Jun

Down in one: LaFleur hobbled, Yelich, Bakhtiari shine

If one of the key figures on your favorite football organization suffers a torn Achilles tendon 3½ months before the opener, it might as well be the coach.

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur did precisely that, blowing out his wheel on a basketball court playing a game fittingly called “Knockout.”

His torn Achilles, far more limiting than the broken nose suffered by Clay Matthews last year in a benefit softball game, will relegate LaFleur to a golf cart to get around until the tendon heals.

These non-football injuries are borderline irritating. Hopefully the Packers workouts that LaFleur oversees will include more stretching than he apparently may have done.

As he’s a coach and not a player, his injury isn’t the worst thing that could happen to the Packers. If ever a key guy like Aaron Rodgers or Davante Adams gets knocked out of the picture in the offseason, then feel free to hit the panic button.

Tue
04
Jun

Packers getting acclimated to new schemes, teammates


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Packers rookie offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, center, works on a blocking drill with Billy Turner, left and Corey Linsley during Tuesday’s OTA in Green Bay.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Packers running back Jamaal Williams, left, works on a blocking drill with Malcolm Johnson during Tuesday’s OTA in Green Bay.

After an offseason of change, the Green Bay Packers’ organized team activities (OTAs) were a time for the offense to get familiar with the schemes of new head coach Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, while the defense became acquainted with several new additions to the unit.

Tuesday’s OTA at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay, the last open to the media and the public, came with a wrinkle.

After suffering a torn Achilles while playing basketball on May 29, LaFleur had to take in practice from the comfort of a golf cart instead of being able to walk around and be more hands-on like he had been.

The first-time head coach does not believe the injury will affect the team in any way.

Tue
04
Jun

Shawano honors athletes at spring banquet


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano seniors Crede Timm, left, and Tori DePerry were named the Athletes of the Year at the school’s spring athletic banquet at The Gathering on Monday.

Shawano Community High School held its final athletic banquet of the school year at The Gathering on Monday, honoring athletes from spring sports and handing out some annual awards.

Seniors Tori DePerry and Crede Timm were named the school’s athletes of the year.

Senior Alice Hoffmann was the recipient of several annual awards, being named the WIAA Scholar Athlete, Scholar Athlete of the Year and winner of the Martzke Award.

Senior Karson Rades was the male WIAA Scholar Athlete and Scholar Athlete of the Year, while senior Steven Hoffmann was other Martzke Award recipient.

The school also honored eight senior athletes that were involved in sports during each season of their high school careers. Steven Hoffmann, DePerry, Timm, Rades, Collin Buerman, Nick Grignon, Bryce Stomberg and Carrie Young earned that distinction.

Boys tennis

The boys tennis team, coached by Matt Zoll, handed out four awards on the night.

Mon
03
Jun

Racing: 2019 Hall of Fame Class inducted at Shawano Speedway


Contributed Photo Nick Anvelink hung on late and picked up a win in the Late Model feature at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

A day that started with uncertainty as to whether races would be held ended with a lot of definitive results on the track.

The dominating performance on the track were just a compliment to the dominating presence of the two new Hall of Fame inductees, Gary Roehrborn and Tom Naeyaert. Joined by fellow members, Roehrborn and Naeyaert were inducted into the Shawano Speedway Hall of Fame during a ceremony at intermission.

The IMCA Modifieds led the night off with Jerry Wilinski skating by Tim Rothe on the second lap to grab the lead. Wilinski then checked out from the field until a lap nine caution brought the pack back together.

The caution flag was the only thing that slowed Wilinski as he again jumped to a dominating lead on the restart. Wyatt Block, Rothe and Konnor Wilinski were left to sort things out for second at the line, with Block grabbing the spot followed by Rothe and Konnor Wilinski in the top four.

Mon
03
Jun

Girls soccer: Clintonville girls upset bid falls short

The Clintonville High School girls soccer team battled to the very end, but came up short in a 3-1 Division 3 regional semifinal loss against New London on Thursday.

The third-seeded Bulldogs scored twice in the second half to seal their win. New London went on to lose to second-seeded Medford in a regional final Saturday.

Medford will battle top-seeded Lakeland in a sectional semifinal Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Truckers scored their goal in the second half.

Sat
01
Jun

Clintonville’s Booth takes third in 100 hurdles

Clintonville High School senior Allysin Booth capped her high school career with a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdle finals at the 2019 State Track & Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse on Saturday.

Booth posted a time of 15.21 seconds, behind only Adams-Friendship’s Brooke Livingston (14.71) and Lodi’s Mackenzie Heyroth (14.36). Heyroth’s time broke the D2 state record of 14.64.

“My race felt amazing, it was a great way to end my track career. I was really happy and excited,” said Booth.

“It was really awesome to race against the girl who got the state record,” added Booth. “She’s worked so hard and it was amazing to compete with her.”

The finish marked the third straight year Booth finished third in the 100 hurdles.

Fri
31
May

Menominee Indian’s Wayka finishes third in shot put


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Darius Wayka competes in the Division 3 shot put competition at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse on Friday.

Menominee Indian senior Darius Wayka expected to finish in the top three of the Division 3 boys shot put at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships.

He turned the expectation into a reality on Friday, coming through with a throw of 51 feet, 2.5 inches on his last throw to take third place while competing at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“It was my last throw of high school, so I just put everything together and just had to throw that (distance) because I wanted to take third,” Wayka said.

Wayka’s best throw leading up to his final throw was 49-4. The winning throw came from Wayland Academy’s Gracien Jules at 56-9.25.

“It was a big goal of mine. I worked hard and it feels good to just to have everything come together,” said Wayka of his strong finish. “It just feels good that everything I’ve worked at put me up there on the podium.”

Thu
30
May

Bonduel cross-country teams achieve academic honors


Contributed Photo Forming the Bonduel cross-country teams that earned academic honors from the WCCCA were, from left, top row, Kim Smith, Katlin Thompson, Erin Timler, Breanna Schnell, Madison Kurey, Kara Troxel and Jessica Ewing; bottom row, Alex Jasch, Jack Johnson, Jared Wondra, Colin Ewing, William Beaumier, Carter Kurey and Cole Klosterman.

The Bonduel High School cross-country teams each had strong seasons this past fall, qualifying and competing at the state meet to cap the season.

On May 24, coach Diane Schnell was able to honor the team again, but this time for their work in the classroom.

Both the girls and boys teams were given Academic All-State awards by the Wisconsin Cross-Country Coaches Association (WCCCA) for posting grade-point averages of 3.4 or better as a team.

The girls team placed fifth in the state with a GPA of 3.93, while the boys took ninth with a GPA of 3.64.

“This is especially important to me as a coach because high school sports are really a means for assisting the students in getting a well-rounded education,” Schnell said. “I could not be more proud of this award for them. For me, it is the highest accolade for my teams. No sport is easy and school can also be very challenging. These students have mastered both.”

Thu
30
May

BABA Highlights

East-West Division

Leopolis 11

Bowler 8

Leopolis earned its first win with a high-scoring win over Bowler, which fell to 0-2.

Nate Laude earned the win for Leopolis, which is now 1-1.

Landan Kroening took the loss for Bowler, but led the team with four hits at the plate. Ezra Spencer added two hits.

Tigerton 13

Tilleda 4

Tigerton bumped its record to 2-0 with a convincing win over Tilleda.

Brandon Sivertson, Conner Harris and Shawn Much each tallied three hits for Tigerton, with one of Harris’ hits being a home run. Jaden Sivertson and Hayden Harris each chipped in two hits, while Patrick Bailey doubled. Paul Sellner earned the win on the mound.

Stephen Reinke, Joel Brei and Brad Brei all had two hits for Tilleda. Joel Brei also took the loss.

Clintonville 4

Marion 3

Clintonville squeaked out a win over Marion to move to 3-0 on the season.

Thu
30
May

A season of close calls and frustration

This past Tuesday marked the end of the 2019 Wisconsin turkey hunting spring season, which started the Wednesday before Easter.

I heard, saw and read about several hunters who were successful. My journey across the six-period season was incredibly frustrating, yet so much fun at the same time — from missing a golden opportunity on two big toms the day before Easter, to having farming equipment silence several gobbling birds on Sunday and everything in between.

I turkey hunted on public land for the first time in my life this spring. I bounced around several different Shawano County public pieces of land during Period D (May 8-14).

After a rainy day on May 9, I decided to sneak out for a quick hunt in the waning minutes of daylight.

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