Sports

Sat
22
Apr

Unsung drivers deserve some recognition

Much to the chagrin of area racing fans, Mother Nature put a halt to the first scheduled week of the 2017 racing season. Though this is certainly not uncommon for this time of year, it is still disappointing to the fans and drivers who have longed for racing since last fall.

Being that there was no racing, I felt that this week presented an appropriate time to look back at some history from the Shawano Speedway. In particular, some of the unsung drivers in the last 25 or so years. One driver who for many years seemed to be in line for a feature win or two, whether it was in an IMCA Modified or a Late Model, was Appleton’s Cliff Ebben.

Sat
22
Apr

Wildcats ease to 12-2 victory over Marion

With a comfortable lead in the third inning Friday, Gresham baseball coach Scott Cerveny wanted more than a shortened-game victory. He wanted to get his young guys meaningful playing time.

Cerveny was able to do that, plus pull off a 12-2 victory in six innings over Marion at Riverside Park in Gresham.

“It’s trying to focus on the younger kids in games like this,” Cerveny said. “We knew Marion is a little down yet, and it’s a good way to get these younger kids at-bats.”

Gresham drew seven walks, and five of those runners came across to score. The Wildcats also took advantage of three Marion errors in the first three innings to plate seven runs.

Gresham (6-2, 6-2 Central Wisconsin Conference 10) put up four runs in the opening frame to force Marion (2-7, 2-7 CWC-10) to play catchup the entire game.

Sat
22
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Seymour 4

Shawano 1

Shawano junior Jacob Lacy went 2 for 3 in Friday’s road loss.

Senior pitcher Dylan Sumnicht threw six innings with three strikeouts and eight hits. He allowed four earned runs for the Hawks (3-4, 2-3 Bay Conference).

Seymour’s Austin Karckes picked up the victory in a complete game, giving up just three hits.

Port Edwards 12

Tigerton 7

Tigerton’s Travis Marquardt scattered four hits over five innings in Friday’s road loss.

The Tigers (3-3, 2-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) committed seven errors.

Conner Harris and Wyatt Matteson each had two hits for Tigerton.

SOFTBALL

Bonduel 13

Three Lakes 3

Senior third baseman Brittany Wudtke had four RBIs on two hits as Bonduel won at home Friday in five innings.

Junior Brynn Reinke chipped in two hits for the Bears (4-1, 2-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Fri
21
Apr

Surber shoots 41, Hawks place 4th

Senior Braxten Surber led Shawano yet again with a 41 as the Hawks finished fourth at Thursday’s Bay Conference meet in Winneconne.

New London won the meet by shooting a 162, West De Pere tallied a 163 and Xavier took third with a 167. Shawano posted a 174, and Menasha was fifth with a 182.

Surber parred both the first and second holes at Lake Breeze Golf Course before making a double bogey on the third. He got back on track with a par on No. 5. He didn’t record a birdie on the day, finishing with a five-over round of 41.

“When he controls his length is when he’s hitting it straight, he’s usually scoring it pretty well,” Shawano head coach Dean Kugler said.

Kobe Schreiber added a 43, the next-best score for Shawano, but recorded a seven on the par-4 first hole. He only had one other score higher than a bogey, a double on the fifth hole.

Fri
21
Apr

High School Highlights

TRACK

Shawano boys win Antigo invite

Junior Payden Buck (200-meter dash, pole vault), Tyrell Hesse (high jump), Michael Mault (300 hurdles) and Parker Pues (triple jump) each finished in first place in their respective events Thursday as Shawano won the boys meet at the Dale Peterson Invitational in Antigo.

Shawano posted 151 points. Newman Catholic came in second with 113.

The 800-relay team of Buck, Crede Timm, Michael Klement and Atty Wagner was nearly one second ahead of Medford’s relay team for first place.

Shawano sophomore Tori DePerry set a personal record in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) while taking first place. Another sophomore, Alice Hoffman, took first in the 2-mile (14 minutes, 40 seconds).

Antigo won the girls meet with 163.5 points, while Shawano finished fourth with 92.5.

Thu
20
Apr

High School Digest


Leader File Photo Shawano Community High School senior Saige Henning is one of three Hawks softball players to hit a home run this season after both Brianna Zook and Brandi Gueths hit homers on Tuesday. Shawano faces conference-leading Seymour at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Martzke Park.

A LOOK AHEAD

TRACK

Eagle Invitational

Five local programs will compete at the Eagle Invitational at 4 p.m. Thursday at Menominee Indian High School.

Led by Emily Sorenson and Hayley Sorenson in the sprints and jumping events, and an array of long-distance runners, the Bonduel girls track team has won the Charger Relays and the Central Wisconsin Conference-8 Pre-Conference meet. The Bears will face familiar foes Gresham/Bowler, Tigerton, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Menominee Indian at the meet.

Gresham/Bowler’s Allison Stewart has won the 100 and 200 at various events this season. Competing in a larger meet will give her a chance to face some faster runners in the area.

SOFTBALL

Shawano vs. Seymour

Having already lost twice in conference play this season, Shawano will get a chance at conference-leading Seymour at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Martzke Park.

Thu
20
Apr

Network drama series peddling love of the love of the game

A group of fans of England’s Millwall Football Club used to leave business cards in the pockets of the unconscious fans of opposing teams who they beat up after the game.

The card, which read, “Your beating came compliments of the Millwall Lions,” was often printed on premium stock with eight-color seams and rounded corners because many of those doing the punching and stomping were well-heeled professionals.

As demonstrated across the panorama of sports venues, a fan’s level of interest can range anywhere from casual observer to face-painted lunatic, and as the population continues to grow, so does the legion of dedicated sports fans. With each passing season the impact of athletics on society ratchets up another turn.

The emergence of sportscasters and pundits as “stars” is a done deal, and now the next layer of the Russian nesting doll has been lifted, this time to celebrate Joe 12-Pack watching from the stands.

Wed
19
Apr

Krueger, Bohm lead Bears to 11-1 win over Chargers


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Kailee Pedersen fires a throw from shortstop during Tuesday’s 11-1 home victory over Wittenberg-Birnamwood. The Bears allowed just one unearned run in six innings.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School center fielder Jaden Bohm fields a single by Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Alexis Schaupp in the first inning of Bonduel’s 11-1, six-inning victory Tuesday.

Junior left fielder Kelsey Krueger posted three hits and four RBIs while senior Jaden Bohm added three hits as Bonduel defeated Wittenberg-Birnamwood 11-1 in six innings at home Tuesday.

The bottom four batters in Bonduel’s order accounted for eight runs, including four by Bohm, as Bonduel scored nine runs in the final three innings.

“We can’t afford to wait a couple of innings to start hitting the ball,” Bonduel head coach Chris Reinke said.

The Chargers cut the Bears’ lead to one in the fourth inning when Abby Krueger scored on an error.

“We made solid contact and made Bonduel play defense,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood head coach Charity Fraaza said.

Bonduel came right back and posted five runs in the next frame to take a 7-1 lead.

Wed
19
Apr

Small ball, defense lead to Chargers victory


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Jacob Banker fields a throw from catcher Josh Richter as Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Cody Szews steals second base. The Chargers used two bunts in the eighth inning to defeat Bonduel 2-0.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Brandon Olsen dives into second base during Monday’s 2-0 home loss to Wittenberg-Birnamwood. Olsen led the Bears with two hits.

Back-to-back bunts and errors on Bonduel pitcher Jordan Boldt allowed Wittenberg-Birnamwood to finally push a run across the plate in the eighth inning.

A fielder’s choice in the next at-bat by Dalton Zeinert scored Kody Szews as the Chargers won 2-0 on the road Monday.

“In games like this, when both pitchers are pitching extremely well, it comes down to error-free defensively, and you’re trying to manufacture one run, and that’s what we did in that last inning,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood head coach Dan Kapitz said.

The inning started with Matt Kapitz reaching on an infield single, with Wyatt Erb reaching his 100th pitch during the at-bat, forcing the Bears to turn to its No. 2 pitcher Jordan Boldt.

Boldt came in with the Chargers bunting, and two misplays led to two unearned runs.

“You know that’s the situation where they’re going to bunt or something, and so, just got to make the plays, that’s all,” Bonduel head coach Donnie Gruenewald said.

Tue
18
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

St. Mary Catholic 12

Bonduel 2

Bonduel allowed four hits, walked 12 batters and hit another three in a five-inning road loss Tuesday.

Five players each recorded hits for the Bears (2-3, 1-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

Josh Richter picked up the loss for Bonduel, which committed two errors.

Gresham 9

Bowler 1

Senior Neal Cerveny struck out six batters while picking up the victory for Gresham at home Monday.

Cerveny added three RBIs at the plate, as did teammate Drew Haffner for the Wildcats (5-1, 5-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Ray Crepeau drove in two more runs in the win over Bowler (0-4, 0-4 CWC-10).

SOFTBALL

Shawano 10

West De Pere 5

Brianna Zook and Brandi Gueths each hit a double and home run as Shawano won on the road Tuesday.

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