Athlete of the Week: Joey Wagester

Contributed Photo Bonduel senior Joey Wagester takes a swing in the team’s game against Amherst on May 7.

Athlete: Joey Wagester

Sport: Baseball

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

It’s rare for a baseball player to be able to throw a no-hitter and deliver a walk-off hit during their entire high school career. Bonduel senior Joey Wagester accomplished both feats in less than a week.

On May 16, Wagester tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Bonduel’s 14-0 win over Menominee Indian. The senior gave the Bears another win on Tuesday when he knocked in the game-winning run against Sturgeon Bay in a 8-7 nonconference win.

Q: When did your interest in baseball begin?

A: My interest in baseball began at a young age. I started playing in Navarino with their little league team because my dad (Mark) coached it. I then went to Bonduel to play in Pony League, Babe Ruth, and now Legion. My favorite baseball moment would be playing baseball in high school because I grew as a player and as a teammate.


High School Baseball Highlights

Bonduel 10

Crandon 0 (6 inn.)

The third-seeded Bears used a late inning surge to take down the sixth-seeded Cardinals in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal on Thursday.

Bonduel scored all 10 of its runs in the final three innings, including seven in the sixth.

Dylan Burch had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Bears at the plate. Noah Beilfuss and Cole Letter each drove in a pair.

Beilfuss earned the win on the mound, striking out six while surrendering just two hits and a walk over six innings.

Bonduel will travel to face second-seeded Coleman in a regional semifinal on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Notre Dame 9

Shawano 0

The sixth-seeded Hawks were unable to get their offense going after facing an early deficit in what turned into a season-ending loss to the third-seeded Tritons in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal on Thursday.


WIAA board approves first consideration of eight-man football alignment

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved a first consideration of a conference alignment plan for eight-player football beginning in 2020 at its May 17 meeting.

The plan places eight-player programs into eight, six-team conferences. Each conference will be paired with another six-team league in their region to provide crossover games.

The Bowler/Gresham and Marion/Tigerton co-ops will each play in the Central Region-Conference B.

Port Edwards, Newman Catholic, Greenwood and Tri-County round out the B conference.

Membership rules require a 40-day window for schools involved in conference alignment plans to appeal the first consideration of the Board before it takes final action. Thus, schools have until June 26 to file an appeal of the initial vote. The Board will give final consideration of the plan at its meeting on Aug. 9.


Trapshooting improves your wingshooting, listening skills

I’ve discovered a sport that combines wingshooting with the social aspect of golf. It’s at the same time physically easy enough for the oldest of gents (or ladies) and more frustrating than bowling. It looks deceptively easy when things go right and maddening when targets fail to fall from the sky.

They call it trapshooting.

Did I mention it’s very addicting?

A few years ago, I was a mediocre shotgun shooter. Any self-respecting pheasant, quail, grouse or chukar partridge had an even chance of surviving the encounter if he flushed at my feet. After a few years of this trapshooting game, I dare say the odds now are at least 80 percent that I’ll go home with some flying dinner.


College Highlights

Gueths rows for Badgers

Brandi Gueths, a Shawano Community High School graduate and current freshman at UW-Madison competed on the Badgers Novice Eight rowing team at the Big Ten Championships on Devil’s Lake in Baraboo on Sunday.

Gueths and her team placed fourth with a time of 6 minutes, 46.351 seconds. Michigan finished first in 6:37.253.

On the day, Wisconsin took third overall.

Wollenberg competes at qualifier

Bonduel graduate and UW-Stevens Point senior Travis Wollenberg ran the 800 as an individual, while also helping form the 4x400 relay team at the La Crosse Qualifier on May 16.

Wollenberg took 19th in the 800 with a time of 2:04.06. The first-place finisher posted a time of 1:50.05.

The 4x400 relay team came in seventh with a time of 3:23.27. The top relay had a time of 3:12.66.


Witt-Birn’s Gibson II to play football at UW-Stevens Point

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Michael Gibson II, left, will play football at UW-Stevens Point this fall. His decision to attend UWSP revolved around his family. Here, he stands next to his parents, Michael and Jill Gibson, and his younger brother, Austin.

Senior Michael Gibson II is about to graduate from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, but that does not mean his athletic career is coming to an end.

Gibson made the decision to play collegiate football for UW-Stevens Point in December, so he will suit up for the Pointers this fall.

Gibson, who also played basketball and baseball for the Chargers this school year, put together some of his game tapes before his dad, Michael Gibson, helped get the film out to colleges.

Several schools showed interest in Gibson, who wanted to attend a school in the area so that he could be close to family. He ended up visiting UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point before making his decision.

“I just fell in love with UWSP, the campus, people and the coaches,” said Gibson.

“It’s an amazing feeling and dream come true to know I can continue my athletic career another four years,” he added.


NBA hoists up an air ball with calls for quota hiring

When Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out in the second overtime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Milwaukee Bucks’ defensive intensity noticeably waned.

Without their big guy, the Bucks eventually succumbed to the Toronto Raptors, who cut their best-of-seven series deficit to 2-1 with the win.

It may have been an unlucky whistle for the Bucks, who were playing like a team on the verge of a sweep, but it wasn’t a bad call.

In fact, it was a well-officiated game. The refs missed some calls, as is inevitable in a 48-minute pro game, but never to a one-sided degree.

Due to the nature of basketball, every game can hinge on how the officiating staff calls the action. What the Bucks do from here on will be determined at least in part by the refs.

In the Game 3 loss, the officials let the players play, and the result was a great game, where each possession of the ball was big. Hard-nosed defense is the hallmark of playoff basketball.


High School Highlights


Shawano 5

Clintonville 1

The Hawks eased past the Truckers in a nonconference match on Tuesday.

Lindsey Roloff scored in the 68th and 81st minutes to lead Shawano. Abigail Rabideau tallied the game’s first goal in the third minute. Makayla Stoddart and Isabel Colon added goals in the 51st and 75th minutes, respectively.

Peyton Buerman made six saves while defending the net for the Hawks. Kyra Klement assisted on two goals.


Bonduel 8

Sturgeon Bay 7 (8 inn.)

Joey Wagester delivered a game-winning single that scored Riddik Bohm and gave the Bears a thrilling nonconference win over the Clippers.

Bohm had three hits and drove in two runs for Bonduel, which scored all eight of its runs in the final four innings.

Aaron Margelofsky earned the win after striking out three batters across the final three innings.

Bowler 7

Port Edwards 3


Boys golf: Witt-Birn team qualifies for sectionals

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Justin Keeney chips a shot on to the green during Tuesday’s Division 2 Bonduel Regional at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys golf team accomplished one of their season goals when they placed fourth as a team at the Division 2 Bonduel Regional at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil on Tuesday.

The fourth-place finish with a score of 367 qualified the Chargers for sectionals.

“We posted one of the highest totals of the season but were still able to move on to sectionals, which is all that mattered,” said Witt-Birn coach Chris Bartletti. “It was very gratifying to see that our four (Maverick Beran) and five (Logan Balliett) players were able to make up for Justin (Keeney) and Ian’s (Resch) off day. It is great to have teammates there to pick you up when things aren’t going as expected. I’m very proud of their accomplishment and we are excited to play next week at sectionals.”

Witt-Birn advances to the Mosinee Sectional, which will be played at Indianhead Golf Course on Tuesday.


Boys golf: Shawano’s Puissant, Marcell qualify for sectionals

The Shawano Community High School boys golf team advanced two individual golfers to sectionals after they placed in the top four at the Division 1 Green Bay Preble Regional at the Royal Scot Golf Course in New Franken on Tuesday.

Andrew Puissant led the Hawks with an 18-hole round of 90, posting a 44 on the back nine. That score left Puissant alone in 24th place as an individual, which qualified him for sectionals.

“I’m very excited to represent the school playing at sectionals,” Puissant said. “Also, I’m glad I improved my game this season to qualify for sectionals.”

Kaden Marcell and Owen Moesch each shot 92s — each player shot a 45 on the front nine before 47s on the back nine.

That left the two Hawks tied for the final individual sectional spot, forcing the teammates to play a tiebreaker.

Marcell and Moesch ended up playing two holes, tying the first before Marcell won by a stroke on the second hole.


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