Sumnicht, Klish named among Bay’s best

Leader File Photo Shawano Community High School senior Dylan Sumnicht was one of two honorable mention all-conference selections for the Hawks baseball team this spring. He was joined by fellow senior Connor Klish.

Although the Shawano baseball team finished last in the Bay Conference, two of its seniors were named to the all-conference teams chosen by conference coaches.

Seniors Dylan Sumnicht, a pitcher and center fielder, and Connor Klish, an outfielder and designated hitter, were honorable mention picks for the spring season.

Sumnicht was the team’s top pitcher, keeping the Hawks in games against some of the conference’s best competition, including a 1-0 victory over New London early in the season. He also pitched 9 1/3 innings in a 10-inning road loss to Peshtigo in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal.

Sumnicht had a 3.58 ERA in conference competitions over 41 1/3 innings. He struck out 41 batters while walking 15.

Klish posted a .317 batting average over 15 conference games, tallying 10 singles, two doubles and a triple. He had the 15th-highest batting average in the conference.


Legion Highlights

Shawano 7

Kaukauna 3

Cole Nelson and Zack Alvarez each posted two RBIs as Shawano won on the road Tuesday night.

The Patriots used a six-run second inning to break open the game.

Dylan Sumnicht picked up the victory, throwing a complete game and allowing eight hits and three earned runs. He walked three and struck out four.


Theater of the absurd pits Mayweather vs. McGregor

A sputtering economy is never a stumbling block for the bread-and-circus industry when the pageant is suitably hyped and bloodshed is on the menu.

Roman gladiators hacked one another to pieces in front of standing-room-only crowds. Boxing, wrestling and pankration were big-ticket items at the Ancient Olympic Games, and throughout the Middle Ages folks gathered en masse to watch their favorite jouster shish-kebab his foe.

In line with the rich tradition of pummeling one another, the dotted lines were signed last week in what promoters are calling the biggest sports event of the year.

Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who won belts in four different weight classes, inked a deal to fight mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.


Witt-Birn Legion falls in extra innings

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel Legion first baseman Bryce Engel reaches for a ball as Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Gavin Scheurer runs through first base on a dropped third strike. Engel had two hits and three RBIs in Monday’s 5-4, 10-inning home victory.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Wittenberg-Birnamwood Legion second baseman Casey Kerstner awaits a throw from Dalton Zeinert as Bonduel’s Brandon Olsen attempts to steal second base. Kerstner entered to pitch the final two innings as his team fell 5-4 in 10 innings on the road Monday.

Two hits and two walks in the bottom of the 10th inning allowed the Bonduel American Legion baseball team to secure a 5-4 walk-off victory over Wittenberg-Birnamwood in 10 innings Monday night.

Bonduel’s Jordan Boldt doubled to start off the inning, and then Brandon Olsen singled to move him to third. An intentional walk to Bailey Dingeldein loaded the bases.

Brent Pieper grounded into a fielder’s choice as Wittenberg-Birnamwood got the force out at home, but then a walk to Bryce Engel on a full count scored the game-winning run.

The umpire ruled the pitch missed just below the knees, but pitcher Casey Kerstner and the Wittenberg defense believed he had struck out Engel.

“I felt pretty good once they put Bailey on because I had no doubt that Brent or Bryce were going to come through for us,” Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt said. “Just happened to be a tough pitch for Bryce to take, but yeah, it was down.”


Anvelink bests 30 of state’s top Late Model drivers

Photo by A&H Photos Nick Anvelink started on the pole and led all 25 laps of Saturday’s Dirk Kings Late Model feature at the Shawano Speedway.

Photo by A&H Photos Travis Van Straten won his fifth consecutive IMCA Stock Car feature race, using a restart on lap 10 to pass Justin Jacobsen on Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

Shawano regular Nick Anvelink proved his mettle against some of the top Late Model drivers in the state with a wire-to-wire victory in the Dirt Kings Late Model Tour’s stop at the half mile on Saturday.

A total of 111 cars checked in to do battle Saturday night, with the Late Models leading the way with 31 entries as the third round of the Dirt Kings Tour came to town. There were also 17 Modifieds, 21 Stock Cars, 20 Sport Mods and 22 Mighty Fours racers.

The numbers of racers also put pressure on the track crew, which had to deal with heavy rains throughout the week to make the track race ready.

Joining Anvelink in victory lane were Travis Van Straten (Stock Cars) Jordan Barkholtz (Sport Mods), Marcus Yarie (Modifieds) and Lucas Hacker (Mighty Fours).

Late Models


3 Hawks on Bay all-conference softball 1st team

A strong senior season for graduated senior Saige Henning wasn’t enough to earn the top award in the conference, but Henning was one of three Shawano softball players named to the Bay Conference’s first team this spring.

New London’s Leah Porath, who posted the conference’s lowest ERA for a pitcher along with a top-10 bat, was named Player of the Year.

Henning ended the season with a .738 batting average as the Hawks placed third in the Bay Conference and won a regional championship in a 13-10 thriller over Seymour.

Henning’s batting average was .160 higher than the next highest competitor, Green Bay East’s Dalia Grajeda. Henning also scored a conference-leading 26 runs and tied for the top mark in the conference with triples (4) and home runs (4).

Joining her on the first team was senior third baseman Sarah Petry, who will play college softball at Ripon College next spring, and junior Brandi Gueths, who was named one of the league’s top two catchers.


BABA Roundup



WP — Bobby Brunker; LP — Joe Weynberg

Shawano: Bobby Brunker went 3 for 5. Kurt Boldig had two doubles. Adam Mikle posted three hits, and Kenny Casper added two.

Marion: Ryan Mortensen batted 3 for 4, and Jake Westphal was 2 for 5.


WP — Anthony Leaman

Neopit: Dustin Peters and Levi Okimosh each went 2 for 4 with a double.

Menominee: Melvin Chevalier was 2 for 4.


WP — Jake Madsen; LP — Chase Quinney

Clintonville: Jansen VanDaalwyk went 3 for 4. Jared Westphal batted 2 for 4.

Gresham: Nate Ejnik was 3 for 4 with a double. Joe Ejnik and Chase Quinney each had two hits.



WP — Chris Dunn; LP — Paul Sellner


Pieper’s pitching puts down Patriots

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Players and coaches from both teams surround Shawano Legion pitcher Bryce Gagnow after he was hit in the face on a ground ball from Bonduel’s Brandon Olsen in the second inning. Gagnow stayed in the game and threw six innings for the Patriots in a 7-3 loss.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Legion shortstop Cole Nelson winds up to make a throw to complete a double play after catching a line drive with the bases loaded in the top of the second inning.

Bonduel American Legion pitcher Brent Pieper gave up 12 hits Friday, but, with clean defense behind him, allowed only three runs in a 7-3 road victory over Shawano.

Pieper, with his team holding a two-run lead, escaped with the bases loaded in the second inning and held the Patriots at bay before the Grizzlies piled on four insurance runs in the seventh inning.

“I asked him before the game, just throw strikes and we’ll play defense behind you, and he told me if he’s starting, he’s going all seven,” Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt said. “He pitched a heck of a game tonight.”

Shawano was on Pieper early, hitting the ball hard from the get-go. The first four Shawano batters all hit line drives to the outfield but right at the Grizzlies.

Brad Bartz’s infield single opened the scoring for Shawano in the second. After a Brett Ainsworth single loaded the bases, Pieper got Dylan Sumnicht to ground out to third base to end the threat.


Olympian’s wrestling camp comes to MIHS

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Leander Moon, top, works on his technique against Joe Perez during Dennis Hall’s wrestling camp at Menominee Indian High School. Roughly 20 kids showed up Thursday and Friday for the extra mat time.

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. Olympic medalist Dennis Hall has come to Menominee Indian High School for a two-day wrestling camp.

Hall worked with 20 wrestlers over Thursday and Friday, including roughly 10 high school team members. The professional not only teaches technique, but also possibly something even more important for those who go one-on-one on the mat.

“I think, for one thing, he gives the kids a lot of confidence, and there’s a lot of mental aspects to it, but he sticks with the basics because it’s the little things that can help the basics work better,” said Kirk Bahr, MIHS head wrestling coach. “I think that is what is helping our kids.”

The camp ran for two days, going for roughly six hours each day. Joining the MIHS athletes were some of the wrestlers from the Shawano Youth Wrestling program.


Taycher finds success in IMCA Modifieds

As I spoke to Joey Taycher following the races Saturday night he said, “I don’t want to win a race like that.”

He was referring to the fact that numerous racers were knocked from contention following an early-race incident. The fact of the matter, though, is that someone will win, so why not Taycher?

Though the Mackville resident has raced for a number of seasons, he is a rookie in the IMCA Modifieds class. The win Saturday was his first in the ultra-competitive division. Taycher led all 20 laps of the feature race and was relatively unchallenged for the win. This season has not been the easiest for the racer nicknamed “The Dirt Flirt.”


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