Stueck pulls off last lap pass to reach victory lane

Jason Stueck saved the best for last as he utilized a daring high side pass to go from third to first in the final turn of the final lap for his second Mighty Four win of the season.

Trent Nolan made it three first-place finishes in a row in the IMCA Stock Car class. Lucas Lamberies won his fourth IMCA Sport Mod feature while Brett Swedberg (Late Model) and Kevin Feck (IMCA Modified) each notched their second wins of the season. Kyle Raddant won the IMCA Sport Mod Dual on the Dirt.

Luke Postl took the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature as Swedberg followed him in second. Swedberg got underneath Postl on lap five and did not relinquish the lead as he went on to lead the final 15 laps for the win. Postl went on to finish second. Derek Janke, Joe Reuter and Joel Bennett completed the top-five.


Several BABA races still left to be determined as season winds down

Contributed photo John Dunlavy and the Clintonville A’s are chasing Gresham in the East Division.

Through nine weeks of the Badger Amateur Baseball Association (BABA) season, a number of teams have enjoyed strong seasons. Yet with just a few weeks remaining in the season, the league’s division races are still up for grabs.

The final games of the regular season will be played on Aug. 5, with the divisional semifinals taking place on Aug. 12. The top four teams in each division will take part in the division semifinals.

The division semifinal winners will square off in the division finals on Aug. 19, with the winning team from each division reaching the BABA semifinals. The two semifinals will be played on Aug. 26, with the winners advancing to the BABA Grand Championship on Sept. 2.

The Gresham Gophers lead the East Division with a 7-0 record, one of just two undefeated BABA teams remaining. Despite its perfect mark, Gresham holds just a one-game lead over the Clintonville A’s (6-1).


Shawano splits doubleheader with Waupaca

The Shawano Legion baseball team settled for a split with Waupaca on Thursday night at Memorial Park.

In game one, the Patriots used a four-run fifth inning to rally from an early 2-0 deficit. Waupaca tied the game in the top of the seventh before Shawano’s Alex Hoffman came through with a clutch single, scoring Mason Dingeldein for the walk-off victory.

In the Patriots four-run frame, Brad Bartz delivered a two-run single while Jacob Lacy and Hoffman drew bases-loaded walks. Bartz finished with three of the Patriots seven hits while five different players scored. Casey Baumann pitched all seven innings, allowing just one earned run, to pick up the win.


8th annual BABA Alumni game scheduled for July 21

The eighth and final BABA East-West alumni game will be played at 1:30 p.m. July 21 in Shawano.

The East team will be looking to tie up the series at four after falling 4-1 last year. The East’s most recent win was in 2015.

The alumni game is the last of an eight-game series because Shawano is the last destination that wanted to host the game. There is a possibility of restarting the series in the future if there is enough interest, or if there are sites that wish to host the event again.

For information, contact Craig Brei at 715-853-1769 or


BABA Roundup

June 29, July 1 and 4

East-West Division

Clintonville 17

Marion 1

Clintonville eased to a win over Marion in seven innings to improve to 6-1 overall. Marion fell to 3-5.

Park Mindel, Hunter Vollmer and Jeremy Schoeinike each posted two hits for Clintonville in the win. Jake Madson was the winning pitcher for the A’s.

Maverick Gehrman suffered the loss for Marion. Jake Westphal and Ryan Mortensen each had one hit for the Meisters.

Little Falls 4

Caroline 1

Little Falls remained atop the division with a tight win over Caroline. Little Falls improved to 6-2 while Caroline fell to 4-3.

Chris Dunn struck out 13 batters in a complete game effort on the hill for Little Falls. Drew Radies posted three hits for the Loggers while Kal Fischer had two hits and and Nate Korb doubled.


Raiders of the turtle nests remain a mystery

My daughter, Kalispell, was overjoyed Thursday night because she had helped solve the puzzles that ultimately allowed us to escape a room at Escape Oshkosh.

If you aren’t familiar with the latest entertainment craze, escape rooms give families or groups a set time limit (ours was an hour and we made it with 2 minutes to spare) to figure out a series of puzzles, unlock several boxes and gather enough clues to get out of the room.

My wife and I had tried unsuccessfully to escape the Mafia Room during a previous Escape Oshkosh adventure, but this time, the three of us tackled the Carnival Room. The entire room resembled a carnival with a variety of games like ring toss, balloon popping and magnetic fishing, some concessions and so on. A staffer watches progress through a camera and relays occasional clues through a TV monitor.


Brei, Hoffman enjoy final high school softball experience

Contributed photo Gresham’s Mackenzie Hoffman swings during a WFSCA All-Star Game.

Bowler’s Maranda Brei and Gresham’s Mackenzie Hoffman were both four-year starters for their respective schools softball teams.

Hoffman made an all-conference team during each year of her high school career. In the Central Wisconsin Conference-10, she was named to the honorable mention team as a freshman, the second team as a sophomore and the first team as a junior. In the new CWC-North Division this year, Hoffman also made the first team.

This spring, Hoffman helped Gresham to a 7-3 conference record, good enough for second place. The Wildcats were a No. 4 seed in Division 5 for the playoffs.

Brei was an honorable mention selection in the CWC-10 as a sophomore and junior. Competing in the CWC-North as a senior, Brei made the first team.

This spring, Bowler earned two conference wins and rallied to a playoff win over Oneida Nation.


Holsey football camp another success

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School football coach Bernard Holsey conducted a camp from June 14-16 to help athletes ages 8-18 improve their skills on the gridiron.

The non-contact skills camp was free. Some of Holsey’s former teammates and close friends served as coaches.

Forty-seven youngsters participated in the camp for first- through eighth-graders on June 14-15. The camp for grades 9-12 on June 15-16 drew 32 participants.

Holsey said he was thrilled with the effort of the athletes and was honored to work with them. He said the athletes left the camp with a greater appreciation for the basics of the game.

“The effort and concentration of the kids was outstanding,” Holsey said. “I really enjoy teaching them some of the basic fundamentals of professional football that is many times overshadowed by fame and glamour of the professional football game.”

Holsey had plenty of help to make the camp run smoothly.


Clintonville finishes second at own tournament after loss to New London

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Logan Liesenfelder, left, scores on a two-RBI single by Colton Kluth (17) in the sixth inning of a 11-5 win over Waupaca on Saturday.

After playing in four straight elimination games, New London finally proved to be too much for the Clintonville Legion baseball team, claiming a 7-3 victory in the championship game of the Clintonville Tournament on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon.

Clintonville, which was playing its sixth game in four days and fourth game in less than 24 hours, scored two runs in the top of the first inning and held a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. New London took control of the game with a five-run fourth, taking advantage of a depleted Clintonville pitching staff.

Trenton Vollmer started the game for the Diamond Cats and worked the first 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one run. Nathan Krueger, who had pitched a seven-inning gem earlier in the day, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third to preserve the lead.


Bonduel tops Shawano in Fourth of July exhibition

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Nick Grignon prepares to deliver a pitch during a Fourth of July matchup against Bonduel.

The Bonduel and Shawano Legion baseball teams always meet on the Fourth of July. It’s a game players, coaches and fans have circled each summer.

The teams again played on the Fourth of July on Wednesday, but the game was counted only as an exhibition due to the extreme heat and humidity. The game lasted five innings.

Bonduel, which had dropped the first two matchups between the rivals this summer, scored twice in the bottom of the third to claim a 3-1 win.

Shawano jumped out to an early lead after leadoff hitter Parker Pues reached on a bunt single. Brett Ainsworth moved Pues to second with a sacrifice bunt before Pues reached third on a passed ball. Another passed ball, on ball four to Brad Bartz, allowed Pues to score.

Bonduel answered right back in the bottom half of the frame. Riddik Bohm walked to open the inning before moving to second on a groundout. Wyatt Erb then singled down the left field line and Bohm came around to score on the same play.


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