Mirror, mirror on the wall, who will come up big next fall?

There are a number of ways to get an immediate gauge on the success of an NFL draft.

Tarot readings, fortune cookies and the Psychic Friends Network are all great sources of clairvoyant messaging, but the Ouija board is especially useful for football. The letters on the magic slat spell out the winners and the numbers on the bottom give the scores.

The truth is that until they get a time-travel program up and running, there is no telling this spring who’s going to do what next fall. Bench press, vertical jump and 40-yard dash times are reliable yardsticks if you’re putting together a track and field team, but they don’t always translate to pro football. Instincts, game intelligence and other intangibles dictate outcomes as often as not, and those things can’t be measured. At least, not yet.


High School Digest


Gresham vs. Rosholt

Gresham, which fell to Rosholt 10-0 when the teams met earlier this season, sits 1 1/2 games behind the Hornets in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 play heading into Thursday’s home game at 4:30 p.m.

The Wildcats (6-3, 6-3 CWC-10) also trail Almond-Bancroft, which sits atop the conference at 10-0.

Gresham last played on April 24 in a 7-3 road loss to Tigerton. The Wildcats will likely turn to ace Derek Bowman on the mound to try to quiet the Rosholt bats.

However, for Gresham to win, it needs to improve at the plate. The Wildcats failed to score in the first meeting with Rosholt (8-4, 8-2 CWC-10) and have yet to win by scoring fewer than five runs. Gresham has managed just three runs in two of the team’s three losses, while four of the team’s victories have included more than 10 runs scored.


Shawano Invitational


Power shines in Hawks’ 7-1 victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Brianna Zook gets a lead off second base early in Tuesday’s victory. Zook had three hits and one RBI as Shawano won 7-1.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Saige Henning fields a single in left field in the first inning of Tuesday’s 7-1 home victory. Henning had two runs and one RBI.

The Shawano softball team jumped all over Green Bay East in the opening four innings en route to a 7-1 victory at Memorial Park on Tuesday.

Three runs in both the first and second innings, along with another in the fourth, were more than enough as pitchers Emilee Bastar and Erin Cerveny combined to throw a one-hitter.

“That’s ideally what we want to do is be able to bring those two back and forth and do what we do, and tonight it worked very well,” Shawano head coach Brian Johnson said.

The two combined for 12 strikeouts. Cerveny, in the final three innings, struck out six and did not allow a base runner. Bastar struck out six batters and walked five over four innings.

“It was a big step tonight. (Bastar) stayed off the walks, still throwing a few too many pitches, but we’re moving in the right direction,” Johnson said. “I think she knows that.”


Bonduel 5th at Pine Hills CWC meet

With three scores in the 90s, the Bonduel boys golf team finished fifth at Tuesday’s Central Wisconsin Conference meet at Pine Hills Country Club in Gresham.

Austin Acker led the Bears with a 95, while Aaron Schaal and Carter Siolka added rounds of 96 and 99, respectively. Bonduel (405) trailed second-place Manawa by seven strokes. Pacelli won the meet with a 366.

“I really believe we have to potential to be in the 390s range,” Bonduel head coach Dave LaBerge said. “I feel like we’re right there with all of those schools.”

LaBerge was most surprised with Carter Siolka, whose consistency gives LaBerge the option of moving him up a position or two. The coach was able to walk several holes with Siolka on the wet course Tuesday and was impressed with how well the freshman is hitting the ball.

He still needs to work on some decision-making on the course, however.


High School Highlights


Shawano 2

Seymour 1

Shawano senior Alex Hoffman hit a walk-off single, scoring Dylan Sumnicht from second base, in the bottom of the ninth inning in Tuesday’s home victory.

Connor Klish went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead the Hawks (4-8, 3-7 Bay Conference).

Joey Tadych picked up the win in relief, throwing 2 2/3 innings for Shawano.

Tigerton 18

Marion 7

Tigerton posted 18 runs on 18 hits, and Conner Harris led the way with four hits, including a home run, as the Tigers won at home Tuesday.

Alan Parrott and Austin Hoffman each had three hits, while Patrick Bailey picked up the victory on the mound for Tigerton (5-5, 4-4 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Three other Tigers players each had two hits.


Hawks girls 3rd at Bay quad


Errors derail Hawks chances in 8-0 loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School shortstop Alex Hoffman fields a ground ball in Friday’s 8-0 home loss to West De Pere. The Hawks committed three defensive errors that led to five unearned runs.

Shawano senior pitcher Dylan Sumnicht had given up three hits and two walks, along with one hit batter, before back-to-back errors prevented Shawano from getting out of the fifth inning Friday in an 8-0 loss to West De Pere.

With runners on first and second, the consecutive errors led to one run and Sumnicht getting pulled because of his pitch count.

Casey Baumann entered to finish out the inning, walking across one run before a two-RBI single by West De Pere’s Caleb Buboltz made it 5-0. Baumann struck out Matt McNabb to end the threat, but the damage was done.

“You gave them an extra out, and look what happens,” Shawano head coach Rob Wolff said. “It goes from a 1-0 game to a 5-0 game just like that.”

Baumann walked the first batter of the sixth inning, Janne Rukamp, who advanced to second on a stolen base and third on a wild pitch. Senior Kyle Kosobucki drove him in on a sacrifice groundout.


Airgun fun in a barn is a low-cost adventure

Since I’ve been about 5 years old, I’ve owned and shot BB and pellet guns. They are pure joy to a youngster and pretty darned fun for everyone else, too.

The old Daisy Red Ryder I grew up with is still made, and my 11-year-old daughter Kalispell has a pink one. Hers is made of wood, metal and a little plastic, and it’s still just as much fun as my old one.

But pellet guns have advanced more than spacecraft and telephones. The break-barrel spring air gun allows a shooter to compress a mainspring with a single cock of the barrel or an underlever. In .177 caliber, and some of these guns can top 1,000 feet per second. In .22 caliber, which is much more effective for hunting birds and small game, some of these guns will top 900 fps.

The old-style pump-up Daisy and Crosman guns are still made, but the break-barrel guns are much more refined and accurate. Best of all, these easy-to-shoot guns are often under $125.


Visitors make their mark on opening night

I’ve mentioned before that opening night at the Shawano Speedway is always a thrill because of all the additional drivers on hand who do not regularly race at the historic half-mile. Saturday’s season opener was certainly no exception.

With the 141 Speedway postponed due to weather and the Plymouth Dirt Track season not underway yet, there was a large influx of visitors. The night started with an awesome display of race cars on the track for the opening ceremony as nearly all of the 159 cars in attendance circled the track during the national anthem.

As far as the visitors are concerned, second-generation racer Justin Schmidt, a regular competitor at the Plymouth Dirt Track, introduced himself to Shawano Speedway fans with a win in the Late Models feature. Schmidt led every lap of the race after starting on the pole, but the win was far from easy as Nick Anvelink provided heavy pressure over the last half of the race.


High School Highlights


Shawano 10

New London 0

Junior pitcher Erin Cerveny allowed just one hit in a complete-game shutout as the Hawks won at home Friday in five innings.

Senior Saige Henning posted three hits and four RBIs for the Hawks (8-3, 6-3 Bay Conference), while Brianna Zook tallied three hits and two RBIs.

Tatum DePerry, Bayleigh Laabs and Cerveny each recorded two hits.

Bonduel 9

Manawa 2

Senior Cameri Gehm had three hits, including a home run and a double for four RBIs, as Bonduel won the first game of a home doubleheader Friday.

Gehm also earned the win, giving up eight hits and three walks while striking out three. She gave up two runs for the Bears (5-2, 3-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Katlyn Bohr and Jaden Bohm each had two hits.

Bonduel 7

Manawa 1

Senior Kailee Pedersen picked up the victory in the circle Friday in the second game of Bonduel’s home doubleheader.


4 Ski Sharks help with records chase

Contributed Photo Four Shawano Ski Sharks members participate in the Chain of Records attempt to break the record for largest strap doubles line last week. The pending record set during the event is 22 couples.

Contributed Pphoto A trios line of 12 sets, which including four Shawano Ski Sharks members, is pending a National Show Ski Association record after last week’s Chain of Records in Florida.

Four Shawano Ski Sharks members participated in the second-ever Chain of Records event April 19-23 at the Chain of Lakes in central Florida.

Eric Gran, Brad Keuschel, Nick Spalding and Kylie Wallace participated mainly in the doubles and trios events.

As one of five event organizers who began planning for the event last April, Gran helped identify 45 records the group would attempt to break. He said the group believes it broke 36 records, which still need to be verified by Guinness World Records, National Show Ski Association and United States Hydrofoil Association.

Others on the planning committee were Geno Yauchler, of Florida, Jeremy Armstrong and Shauna Tafanen, both of whom work on the Tommy Bartlett Ski Show in Wisconsin Dells, and Wendy Petzold, of Milwaukee.

Yauchler, Armstrong and Tafanen organized the inaugural Chain of Records in 2015, which set 24 records.


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