Softball: Shawano cruises past Clintonville in regional quarterfinal

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Mercede Lorge, right leaps to make the catch while Shawano’s Abi Vomastic slides into second base during Thursday’s Division 2 regional quarterfinal game at Martzke Park.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Emilee Bastar delivers a pitch during the team’s Division 2 regional quarterfinal win over Clintonville at Martzke Park on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Naomi Wynos follows through after delivering a hit during Thursday’s Division 2 regional quarterfinal game at Martzke Park.

An aggressive offensive approach helped the Shawano Community High School softball team overcome an early deficit and cruise to a 12-1 regional quarterfinal victory in five innings over Clintonville at Martzke Park in Shawano on Thursday.

After Clintonville manufactured a run in the first, Shawano responded with a three-run frame in the bottom half. The Hawks keep the pressure on from there, scoring at least once in every inning.

“I’ll be honest, when we saw the kid from Clintonville on the mound (junior Hannah Baird), I was a little nervous. She’s a very nice pitcher and she’s got nice pop on the ball,” said Shawano coach Brian Johnson. “We made a couple tweaks in the lineup and they paid off. (Junior) Jewel (Waupekenay) had a big night. The bottom of the order came through big for us tonight, especially some of our subs.”


High School Highlights

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s MacKenzie Moore scores a run in the first inning of Thursday’s Division 3 regional quarterfinal win over Menominee Indian.


Bonduel 12

Menominee Indian 2 (5 inn.)

The Bears scored 12 runs across the first two innings before cruising to a Division 3 regional quarterfinal playoff win over the Eagles at Cedar Park in Bonduel on Thursday.

Bonduel took advantage of eight walks while also posting eight hits. The Bears did not strikeout in the contest.

Olivia Lorbiecki and Graci Zuleger each tallied two hits for Bonduel. McKenzie Wollenberg scored three runs, while Nicole Koeller and MacKenzie Moore each crossed the plate twice.

Claire Gehm earned the win in the circle, striking out four batters while surrendering two unearned runs.

Marlee Waupoose and Lois Turney each scored for Menominee Indian. Alexis Wilber took the loss in the circle.

Gresham 15

NEW Lutheran 5 (5 inn.)

The seventh-seeded Wildcats eased past the 10th-seeded Green Bay NEW Lutheran/Providence co-op in a Division 5 regional quarterfinal on Thursday.


Seven Hawks make college decisions official

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Seven Shawano students made their college decisions official on Wednesday. From left, top row, Karson Rades, Parker Pues, Nathan Krizan and Crede Timm; bottom row, Bayleigh Laabs, Kate Hoffman and Julia Klement will all play collegiately.

Seven Shawano Community High School students took the next step in their athletic careers on Wednesday when they officially announced which colleges they would be attending.

Six of the seven athletes will stay in state. Nathan Krizan will play football for St. Norbert College, while Crede Timm will play football at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Kate Hoffman will join the Marian University softball team, while Bayleigh Laabs heads to Bryant & Stratton College to play softball.

Julia Klement will continue her volleyball career at Viterbo University, while Parker Pues heads to UW-Eau Claire to compete in track and field.

Karson Rades was the lone athlete that is headed to a school outside the state, as he will head to St. Mary’s University (Winona, Minnesota) to swim and compete in archery. He will join a familiar face on the swim team, as his brother, Griffin, already competes for the Cardinals.


Athlete of the Week: Nathanial Juga

Contributed Photo Gresham senior Nathanial Juga hit a grand slam to help his team defeat Marion on May 10.

Athlete: Nathanial Juga

Sport: Baseball

School: Gresham Community High School

Year: Senior

Gresham Community High School senior Nathanial Juga has enjoyed a strong senior season batting in the cleanup spot in the Wildcats batting lineup. Juga has delivered timely hits and drawn some walks as well, but his best game of the season came against Marion on May 10.

Trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, Gresham needed a spark. After the Wildcats trimmed their deficit down to just one, Juga delivered a clutch hit, hitting a grand slam home run to put Gresham up 7-4.

It was Juga’s first varsity homer and highlighted a two-hit game in which he also scored twice. Gresham went on to claim a 12-5 victory.

Q: When did your interest in baseball begin?

A: It all began when I watched it on TV with my grandpa (Guy Juga) when I was little.

Q: What is your favorite part about the baseball season?


Goody Triathlon helps athletes forge friendships

There is no doubt that training pays off for athletes.

The athletes at the Goody Triathlon, held in Pulaski last week, were no exception. The middle school athletes participating in the Goody were able to spend those training months with a coach and mentor. That partnership continued into the competition, with coaches and athletes swam, biked, and ran together.

Their training paid off physically, but it also provided an opportunity for friendships to form.

The Goody Triathlon brings together students with physical and cognitive challenges from 10 northeastern Wisconsin school districts, including Shawano, Menominee Indian, Bonduel and Pulaski.

Athletes started with a 150-yard swim at the Pulaski Community Middle School, biked a course around the school, returning to set out on a 5/10K walk/run that ended at Pulaski High School.


High School Baseball: Local teams handed playoff seeds

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Boldt throws a pitch during a CWC-East win over Wittenberg-Birnamwood in Wittenberg on April 25. Boldt and the Bears picked up a No. 3 seed in Division 3 for the postseason.

Local baseball teams learned their postseason fates when the WIAA announced brackets on Thursday.

At the Divsion 2 level, Shawano earned a No. 6 seed. The Hawks will need to upset third-seeded Green Bay Notre Dame to advance.

Clintonville, a No. 7 seed, will look to put together another postseason run this year. The Truckers will face second-seeded Ashwaubenon on the road to get things started.

If Shawano and Clintonville each were to win those games, the teams would meet in Shawano for a regional semifinal.

In Division 3, Bonduel was awarded a No. 3 seed. The Bears will host sixth-seeded Crandon.

Menominee Indian earned a No. 7 seed and will battle second-seeded Coleman in a regional quarterfinal clash.

If Bonduel and Menominee Indian each won, they would meet in a regional semifinal in Bonduel.


High School Tennis: Hawks fall to Zephyrs

The Shawano Community High School boys tennis team battled, but came up short in a 5-2 nonconference loss to St. Mary Catholic on Wednesday.

Shawano’s No. 3 doubles team of Nolan Buck and Rory Johnson earned a straight set victory, while Bryce Carlson won in straight sets in No. 3 singles action.

It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Singles: No. 1: Max Van Rossum SMC def. Anton Piantek, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2: Gavin Bergstrom SMC def. Camden Kroll, 7-6 (4), 6-4; No. 3: Bryce Carlson S def. Jack Bogner, 6-4, 6-4; No. 4: Joey Sturzl SMC def. Carson Cummings, 6-2, 6-4; Doubles: No. 1: Jaden Francis-Jack Hageman SMC def. Cesar Ramirez-Chris Black, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2: Jack Bogner-Charlie Staner SMC def. Wyatt Theis-Rhain Rodenbeck, 6-3, 7-6 (1), 11-9; No. 3: Nolan Buck-Rory Johnson S def. Ethan Campbell-Ryan Ortsiheid, 6-2, 6-2.


College Highlights

Stewart competes in two events

Allison Stewart, currently a sophomore at UW-River Falls competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open on May 10.

Stewart took ninth in the 100 finals with a time of 13.18 after qualifying with a time of 12.88.

In the 200, Stewart placed 12th, running to a time of 27.32.

Wollenberg runs 800

Current UW-Stevens Point senior and Bonduel graduate Travis Wollenberg competed in the 800 at the Dr. Keeler Meet in Naperville, Illinois, which took placed May 9 and 10.

Wollenberg took 36th overall with a time of 1:57.32.

The winner crossed the finish line in 1:51.25.

Zook has two-hit game in loss

Shawano graduate and current Bryant & Stratton College freshman Brianna Zook posted two hits in the team’s 14-3 playoff loss to Madison College on May 9.

Zook singled and doubled in the contest, while also driving in a run.


BABA Highlights

East Division

Shawano 16

Menominee 5

Shawano opened its season with a lopsided win over Menominee.

Carter Weisnicht tallied five hits for Shawano, while Kurt Boldig added four hits. Brandon Estep earned the win on the mound.

Ray Lamieux tallied four hits for Menominee, while Alan O’Kimosh drove in two runs. Pete Bruette suffered the loss.

Clintonville 3

Neopit 0

Clintonville blanked Neopit behind a strong start from Hunter Vollmer and a big night at the plate for Kyle Finger.

Finger tallied four hits and three RBIs, while also homering in the win. Vollmer earned the win on the mound. Travis Rohde added two hits and walked twice for Clintonville.

Anthony Leeman took the tough loss for Neopit. Mequon Frechette led the team at the plate with two hits.

Gresham 10

Marion 2

Gresham eased past Marion in the season opener for both teams.


Spring’s natural beauty key reason to try turkey hunting

Photo by Ross Bielema These five hens brought a little excitement to the May 11 hunt for Ross Bielema and his friend, Troy Staerkel, of Oshkosh. No toms appeared that day on their morning hunt near New London.

Spring is a beautiful time to be in the woods. Wisconsin’s stubborn winter fights mightily to retain control over the weather and landscape, but spring slowly and steadily wins the battle. The May apples and skunk cabbage are showing in the otherwise brown woods, and buds are slowly appearing on most trees.

Until I started turkey hunting in the mid-1980s, spring was simply a transition time until summer. I had bowfishing and morel mushroom hunting on the mind, but didn’t really worry about real hunting until fall.

If you have not yet tried spring turkey hunting, you are missing out not only on some recreational opportunity and exercise, but also on one of the most beautiful and invigorating times to be a part of the woods.


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