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Fri
16
Jun

Buntrock 2-hits Seymour in dominating affair


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Legion’s Noah Brodhagen is tagged out at home by Seymour’s Sam Blank in the third inning of Shawano’s 7-1 home victory Thursday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Second baseman Alex Hoffman flips the ball to first baseman Brad Bartz early in Shawano Legion’s 7-1 victory Thursday. Shawano committed two errors in the win over Seymour.

Isaac Buntrock struck out six batters and allowed just two hits in a complete-game victory for the Shawano American Legion baseball team Thursday at Memorial Park.

Buntrock allowed one run, which reached on an error, in the third inning, and Shawano collected 12 hits off Seymour’s two pitchers to pick up the 7-1 victory.

“It was a really well-played game tonight,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said.

Seymour had base runners in the first three innings and two in the seventh inning, but stranded four runners in scoring position.

With the bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Buntrock got Seymour’s No. 2 hitter, Peyton Dorn, to strike out.

In the third, after a run scored on a sacrifice fly and Sam Blank reached second base, Seymour had a flyout and a strikeout, which ended the momentum.

Fri
16
Jun

Legion Baseball Highlights

Clintonville 14

Amherst 1

Twelve first-inning runs allowed Clintonville to get out to a dominating start in Thursday’s road victory.

The Diamondcats (2-1) scored 12 of the first 15 batters in the first inning, with 13 reaching base.

Jordan Koeppen and Kyle Finger each went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, while Nick Shoen had a bases-clearing double in the first inning.

Thu
15
Jun

Zobeck prepping Cerveny, teammates for all-star game


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham senior Neal Cerveny hands the ball to a teammate during a scrimmage Wednesday with the WBCA Division 5 North Team. After spending the last two days in Gresham, the squad will go to Wisconsin Dells on Thursday and play in an all-star game Saturday at JustAGame Fieldhouse.

For 10 of the best basketball players in Division 5, spending two days together in Gresham showed head coach Jeff Zobeck one thing for sure.

“I wanted to try to incorporate some time off the court, fun stuff, so we went bowling,” Zobeck said. “No great bowlers out here, I’ll tell you that.”

The players came to Gresham to prepare for Saturday’s Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game in Wisconsin Dells. They held four practices, including a scrimmage Wednesday night.

The players, who have gotten to know each other through both the high school and AAU circuits, needed the time to jell as a team.

“It’s been really fun actually getting to know them,” Gresham all-star Neal Cerveny said. “I was a little skeptical. I mean, the egos would come together and people would be trying to compete to see who’s best, but we are coming together, playing like a team.”

Thu
15
Jun

Legion Baseball Highlights

Clintonville 2

Marion/Tigerton 0

Jordan Koeppen scored a run and drove in a run as Clintonville won at home Tuesday.

Hunter Vollmer picked up the victory, allowing five hits for the Diamondcats (1-1).

Hayden Harris picked up the loss for Marion/Tigerton (0-1). He gave up four hits.

Thu
15
Jun

Bonduel Legion eyes regional title, state trip


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bailey Dingeldein will return to the Bonduel Legion outfield this summer, adding depth and another big bat to the lineup.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Parker Bohm fields a grounder during a Bonduel Legion practice earlier this week. The team opens its season Friday in Shawano.

With the American Legion Class A State Tournament being held in Clintonville this summer, there’s no reason Bonduel can’t be there competing for a state title.

Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt is confident in his team despite a couple of relatively unproven pitchers seeing time on the mound.

“I’m expecting us to be playing in Clintonville for state. There’s no reason (not to),” Boldt said. “We’re just as good as anybody else.”

The team’s top pitcher, Wyatt Erb, will be around for only a couple of the team’s game because he is also playing with the Wisconsin All-Stars, a traveling baseball team that competes from Milwaukee to New York.

With Erb gone, Jordan Boldt will be the team’s top arm, with Brent Pieper, Riley Allen and Isaac Boldt also eating up innings over the course of the season.

Thu
15
Jun

It’s a safe bet the Warriors will be back for more

As the lights were turned out at Oracle Arena and the NBA season was put to bed, the Golden State Warriors completed one of the strongest postseason performances of all time. With a solid nucleus of young stars, it’s a team we’ll be hearing from a lot in the coming years.

In knocking off the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in the Finals, Golden State became just the third team ever to cruise through the postseason with just one defeat. The Warriors juggernaut team won 15 straight in the playoffs before losing Game 4 of the Finals.

They joined select company; the Los Angeles Lakers of 2001 also finished 16-1 in the playoffs, and the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers went 12-1 en route to the title.

The ’01 Lakers’ perfect postseason was spoiled by the ‘76ers, who won the first game of the Finals in overtime before getting rolled over in the next four.

Wed
14
Jun

Seniors carry Bears with top finishes at trap tournament


Contributed Photo Shawano eighth-grader Nathan Edwards placed second at the Clay Target League State Tournament on Saturday in Rome in the novice division with a score of 83.

Seven Bonduel shooters placed within the top 25 of their respective divisions to help the Bears take 21st place at last weekend’s Wisconsin Clay Target League State Tournament.

Senior Spencer Perry (94), in the varsity male competition, took eighth. In the girls varsity division, Abby Owen (86) and Trinity Brede (80) placed fifth and 13th, respectively.

“Almost everyone on the team shot their average for the season or higher,” head coach Greg Owen said.

Owen believes the confidence of the top group was able to carry over to the younger shooters. They had all shot at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association Complex in Rome previously, which helped ease the pressure.

The coach liked how it set the tone for the day, which consisted of four total rounds of 25 targets per shooter.

“They were like really unflappable,” Owen said.

Wed
14
Jun

Wreck, controversial finish highlight speedway action


Photo by A&H Photos Jason Ebert won his first IMCA Sport Mods feature of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Photo by A&H Photos Joey Taycher won his first career IMCA Modifieds feature Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

One night removed from a full moon, the Shawano Speedway had it all Saturday: A nasty wreck, a controversial finish, sweet redemption following a nasty wreck, a first-time winner, and drivers coming from deep in the field.

Joey Taycher got soaked in victory lane after his first career IMCA Modifieds victory. Troy Springborn got his first Late Models win of the year. Travis Van Straten won his fourth IMCA Stock Cars feature. Racin’ Jason Ebert obtained his first IMCA Sport Mods feature of the season, while Brian Johnson raced to Mighty Fours victory No. 2.

Late Models

In Late Models action Doug Blashe led early on before Troy Springborn took over the top spot with an outside pass on lap nine. As Springborn led the race, Jarod Siefert went to work on the high side of the track and moved to second. Brett Swedberg then caught Siefert.

Sat
10
Jun

Late errors doom Patriots in opener


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Legion first baseman Brad Bartz fields a grounder and runs to first base to force an out. The Patriots allowed 10 hits and committed four errors in Friday’s 12-7 home loss to Oconto Falls.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Legion third baseman Brett Ainsworth fires a throw from third base early in Friday’s 12-7 home loss to Oconto Falls. Pitcher Bryce Gagnow threw 5 2/3 innings for the Patriots.

Three walks, two errors and a double in the sixth inning allowed the Oconto Falls American Legion team to retake control and defeat Shawano, 12-7, Friday at Memorial Park.

Just one half-inning after the Patriots’ posted a six-run fifth inning to pull ahead, 7-5, things started to fall apart behind starting pitcher Bryce Gagnow in Shawano’s Legion season opener.

“I told the team, I liked the way they approached the game. I liked what I saw,” Shawano assistant coach Pat Carroll said. “Bryce battled. He threw a good game for us. I was happy with that. I said, ‘We just need to work a little more.’”

In the sixth, Oconto Falls pulled within one on an error, and then two batters later, with the bases loaded, Cliff Yuma drove a ball deep to center field to clear the bases and put the visitors ahead by two. Yuma tallied five RBIs on the night on three hits.

Sat
10
Jun

Julie McDermid’s return to speedway surprises all

Typically, when rain comes on a race night it is a big bummer, but even Mother Nature couldn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance Saturday night at the Shawano Speedway.

I have been lucky enough to be part of every Shawano Speedway Hall of Fame induction since its inception in 2007, but I must say that I don’t think the energy or excitement has ever been as electric as it was last week. Even though the rain came before intermission, causing the show to be rained out, the heat races that were run were incredibly competitive.

Oconto Falls racer Matt McDermid, who two weeks ago made his first appearance on the track since 2010, prevailed in his heat race after a competitive battle with Joey Taycher. Unfortunately for McDermid, though, all eyes were a battle toward the rear of the field. Matt’s sister, Julie, one of the Hall of Fame inductees, shocked nearly everyone in attendance by competing at the track in her familiar 1M IMCA Modified.

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