WIAA grants concussion insurance to athletes

Beginning Aug. 1, every high school and junior high school student-athlete in Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association member schools will be covered by concussion insurance.

The WIAA board of control this week approved a policy for all of its student-athletes, approximately 80,000 annually, providing them with zero out-of-pocket costs should they suffer a concussion. Wisconsin is the fourth state to provide the coverage for all student-athletes.

“We don’t want a single student-athlete to not be evaluated or treated for a concussion because of the cost,” said Mike Beighley, former WIAA board of control president. “This coverage provides one more level of support for member schools and student-athletes in making school sports as safe an experience as they can be.”


Packers look to reload as draft gets underway

First impressions usually don’t amount to much in an NFL season.

Last year’s Green Bay Packers were projected by at least one computer as the favorite in all of the 16 games on their schedule.

That forecast held for exactly one week, as they were brought down to earth by Minnesota in Week 2. From there the Packers did a Jekyll and Hyde thing, winning three out of four before hitting a four-game losing streak during which they gave up an average of more than 38 points a game.

Then came the late-season rising, where they won their last six and then two more in the playoffs.

The NFC title game brought the show to a grinding halt, as the Atlanta Falcons broke on top and opened up a 24-point halftime lead.

It was widely understood that against an explosive team like Atlanta there was no coming back from 24 points down.


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CWC meet at Pine Hills

In the second Central Wisconsin Conference meet of the season, Bonduel will get a chance to work its way into third place Tuesday at Pine Hills Golf Course.

The Bears hope to jump ahead of third-place Manawa, which finished just two strokes better than Bonduel at Monday’s meet at Perry’s Landing Golf Course, at the meet, which starts at noon.

The Bears are led by Austin Acker, but Aaron Schaal has seen his scores drop, and Carter Siolka and Kody Jashinsky have been competing back and forth for the team’s third-lowest scores on the season.

Gresham/Menominee Indian, Marion and Wittenberg-Birnamwood will be at the meet as well.


Shawano vs. Green Bay East


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Contributed Photo Tigerton High School senior Lonna Minniecheske was named the MVP Girls Athlete after winning the 100 and 300 hurdles Monday at the T-Bird Invitational at Iola-Scandinavia. She was also on the winning 400 relay team. She is shown with head coach Holly Block.


Bears win Tigers Invitational

Emily Sorenson won the long jump (16 feet, 2 inches), 100-meter dash (13.12 seconds) and 200 (27.28) as Bonduel won the Tigers Girls Invitational on Monday in Gillett.

Christine Sell won the discus (100-5), and Ashlyn Schnell won the 800 (2:41.35), and Bonduel took first in the 800 (1:56) and 3,200 relays (11:27).

Bonduel posted 183 points, with Oconto Falls (128) following in second and Suring (127.5) in third.

Tigers 2nd at T-Bird invite

Senior Lonna Minniecheske was named the MVP Girls Athlete after leading Tigerton to a second-place finish Monday at at the T-Bird Invitational at Iola-Scandinavia.

Minniecheske won the 100-meter hurdles (18.16 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (52.71) and ran a leg on the winning 400 relay team.


2-run 9th inning caps Hawks’ comeback

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Kristina Wynos scores the winning run as Seymour’s Ashley Thomas cannot field a throw Saturday in the Hawks’ 11-10 win in nine innings.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Tatum DePerry tags out Seymour’s Dinah King while running to first base. Shawano needed a six-run comeback in the seventh inning to force extra innings en route to an 11-10 win Saturday.

Four walks and two singles in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Shawano past Seymour, 11-10, Saturday at Martzke Park.

Erin Cerveny’s single with the bases loaded and one out drove in Kristina Wynos for the winning run as Thunder catcher Ashley Thomas could not corral the throw to the plate.

“They are competitors, and that’s one of the things that I stressed at the beginning of the year was, I said, ‘I’m just not sure if you guys have that gut check,”’ Shawano head coach Brian Johnson said. “And they are proving me wrong, and I’ll take that all day long.”

Walks to Bayleigh Laabs, Wynos and Saige Henning loaded the bases with Shawano trailing 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth. The Hawks tied the game with another walk to Sarah Petry, bringing Cerveny to the plate and setting up the winning hit.

Cerveny was also the winning pitcher, and Johnson applauded the junior for going the full game.


Schmidt scores 1st Shawano Speedway feature win

Contributed Photo Justin Schmidt, from the pole position, needed to withstand a few cautions that drew the field together in Saturda’s Late Model feature victory.

Contributed Photo Lucas Lamberies quickly worked his way up to second place and then passed Kevin Bethke for the IMCA Sport Mods feature victory on Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

An impressive 159 cars ventured to the Shawano Speedway to take part in the opening night of the 2017 racing season. Justin Schmidt, from the Village of Cleveland, scored his first Shawano Speedway victory in the Late Model division over perennial front-runner Nick Anvelink. Johnny “The Hitman” Whitman, Lucas Lamberies and Travis Van Straten each made late-race passes for victory. Dallas Kralovetz returned to the Shawano Speedway after a few seasons off and was dominant in the Mighty Four feature.

Late Models

Schmidt may have had some luck on his side as he drew the pole position for the Late Model feature, but it was talent that took him to victory lane. Schmidt stepped out to comfortable advantage early on before a caution flew on lap four that tightened the field back up.


Phantoms push 5 goals past Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Morgan Meyers challenges West De Pere’s Janelle Forrest for the ball in the first half of Shawano’s 5-1 home loss Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Makayla Stoddart closes on West De Pere’s Jenna Rollin late in the first half of Shawano’s home loss Tuesday. The Hawks conceded three goals in the opening 45 minutes of the 5-1 contest.

Two goals in the final 10 minutes of the opening half gave visiting West De Pere all the cushion it needed in a 5-1 road victory over Shawano on Tuesday.

The Hawks had conceded just one goal in the opening 36 minutes, but then Jenna Rollin found herself open in the middle of the field at the 18-yard box and pushed her shot to the left of Shawano goalkeeper Carlie Hinnefeld. Just over three minutes later, Shannon Walsh added to the lead.

“Shawano is always tough and they are scrappy, and last year, we had a 3-0 lead and they almost came back and tied it on us, so we knew we needed to find the back of the net more than once if we were going to walk away tonight happy, so it was huge,” West De Pere head coach Matt Ganzen said. “If we didn’t get those two goals, it definitely would have been a different story.”


Eagles falter down stretch in 11-5 loss

Menominee Indian squandered a five-run fifth inning rally in an 11-5 home loss to Port Edwards in extra innings Monday.

The Eagles had chances to push more runs across the plate, but both the fifth and sixth innings ended with double plays with Menominee Indian runners on base.

Port Edwards finally put up six runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win against the improving Eagles.

“Their awareness has the come up, and I think that comes with experience,” Menominee Indian head coach Mike Waupoose said.

Menominee Indian (0-10, 0-8 CWC-10) trailed 5-0 before rallying in the fifth. Norman Kakwitch drove in a run on an infield single. With the bases loaded, Mequan Corn was hit by a pitch for the team’s second run. Leone Peters’ single down the left field line scored two to make it a one-run game, and Jerome Munson completed the comeback with a single to center field.


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West De Pere 12

Shawano 2

Shawano junior Cole Nelson allowed seven hits and six earned runs over five innings as the Hawks lost on the road Tuesday.

He walked four and struck out one for Shawano (3-7, 2-6 Bay Conference).

The Hawks were held to just two runs on three hits and one walk.

Bowler 8

Menominee Indian 5

Riley Mohawk tallied three hits, and Ezra Spencer and Jake Strassberg each recorded two, as Bowler won at home Tuesday.

Jerome Munson led Menominee Indian (0-11, 0-9 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) at the plate with two doubles.

The Eagles stranded 10 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.

Witt-Birn 2

Pacelli 1

Gavin Schuerer hit a two-RBI double down the right-field line with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Wittenberg-Birnamwood the win Tuesday at home.


Hoffman pitches gem, strikes out 9 in win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham freshman Karissa Nietzer slides into Marion catcher Abby Polzin in the fifth inning of Gresham’s 9-3 win. Nietzer was safe after Polzin was unable to hang onto the ball.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham junior Dani Huntington runs to first base after dropping down a bunt in the fifth inning of Friday’s 9-3 home victory. She beat out the throw from Marion pitcher Skylla Szczerbak for one of her two hits on the day.

Gresham junior Hailey Hoffman threw six consecutive scoreless innings, striking out nine batters and giving up two earned runs, in Friday’s 9-3 home victory over Marion.

Marion tallied four hits and capitalized on an error to score three runs in the first inning. From there, however, Hoffman scattered three hits over the final six innings, allowing just six base runners, none of whom advanced past second base.

Hoffman walked one over her seven innings of work. She gave up seven hits.

Abby Polzin singled to center field and then advanced to second on an error with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, but Hoffman bounced back and struck out Bridget Bazile to end the game.

“Hailey was pitching a heck of a game there,” Gresham head coach Amanda Reindl said.


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