Baseball: Patient Bears ease past Rebels

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Carson Robaidek, left, tries to influence the umpire’s call after sliding into home plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s nonconference win over Laona/Wabeno. Robaidek was called out on the play.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joey Wagester tries to lay down a bunt during Tuesday’s nonconference win over Laona/Wabeno.

The Bonduel High School baseball team used a patient approach at the plate and some timely hits to ease to a 12-2 win in five innings over Laona/Wabeno in nonconference play at Village Park in Bonduel on Tuesday.

The Bears drew 12 walks in the game to go along with their eight hits.

The strong night at the plate came a day after Bonduel pounded out 15 hits and scored 10 runs in a nonconference win over Brillion, hinting that the Bears’ recent hitting woes might be a thing of the past.


Softball: Bonduel bats silenced in season finale

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Taylor Luepke makes a throw to first base after fielding a grounder during Tuesday’s nonconference game against Laona/Wabeno at Cedar Park in Bonduel.

The Bonduel High School softball team couldn’t get its bats going and Laona/Wabeno took advantage of some sloppy Bears defense in the seventh inning to pull away for an 8-0 nonconference win at Cedar Park in Bonduel on Tuesday.

Bonduel was held to just three hits and seven baserunners in the game, leaving coach Chris Reinke searching for answers.

“I don’t know (why the bats couldn’t get going) because this seemed like a good speed for our hitters. We had been hitting really well and then were struggling with our defense,” said Reinke. “Our defense, up until the seventh inning, played pretty well today — and we played really well (Monday). So I don’t really have an answer. I’m not really sure what the issue was.”

Sophomore Joanie Wudtke was the first Bonduel batter to reach base, singling with two outs in the second inning. Wudtke also reached on an error in the fourth. Strikeouts ended both innings.


Track and field: Gresham/Bowler boys, Tigerton girls fourth at meet

The Gresham/Bowler boys and Tigerton girls track and field teams each placed fourth at the Wild Rose Last Chance Meet on Tuesday.

Bryce Bohl won the 200-meter dash (24.18 seconds) and Levi Schick was the top finisher in the 1,600 (5:18.7) to lead the Gresham/Bowler boys.

Monika Minniecheske came in first in the long jump (15 feet, 2.5 inches) and was third in the 100 hurdles (18.84) for the Tigerton girls.

Tigerton’s Elizabeth Robbins came in third in the 200 (29.17). Robbins, Jaycee Schmidt, Ladia Block and Minniecheske formed the third-place finishing 4x100 relay (57.81).

The Gresham/Bowler girls placed fifth as a team with 45 points. Karisa Nietzer placed second in the shot put (30-6), while Alyssa Strassburg was second in the discus (94-11) to lead the way.

Ireland Jensen took third in the 400 (1:10.24) and tied for third in the high jump (4-6), while Georgia Schultz came in third in the 800 (3:02.59).

The Tigerton boys placed sixth.


High School Highlights


Seymour 4

Shawano 2

The Hawks were doubled up by the Thunder in the first round of the Bay Conference Tournament on Tuesday.

Lindsey Roloff scored both of Shawano’s goals, tallying the first in the sixth minute and the other in the 50th. Kyra Klement recorded an assist.

Peyton Buerman made 14 saves while defending the net for Shawano. The Hawks will host New London at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the second round of the tournament.


Witt-Birn 7

Lakeland Union 6

The Chargers used a four-run seventh inning, capped by a walk-off single by Jack Stewart to stun the Thunderbirds on Tuesday. Wittenberg-Birnamwood scored six of their runs across the final two innings.

Jacob Groshek drove in two runs for the Chargers, while Kody Szews scored twice.


By the numbers, new Packer Gary a good pick

It may take many months but most likely several years before the jury is in on the Green Bay Packers’ draft class of 2019.

How their first pick will pan out is a pleasant mystery. The selection of Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, along with free agent signings Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, punctuated another offseason dedicated to upgrading the pass rush.

Gary had an injured shoulder during his senior year and still wears a brace to support it, which isn’t a terribly encouraging sign. Nor were his 3.5 sacks last season a source of great inspiration to his detractors, some of whom labeled him an underachiever.

The 6-4, 277-pound Gary ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash among defensive linemen at the combine, and has physical gifts that can’t be taught.


Track and field: Shawano girls tie for second at Bay Meet

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Parker Pues competes in the long jump at Monday’s Bay Conference Meet at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium in De Pere.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Grace Beyer, second from left, and Lydia Beyer, third from left, run side-by-side in the early stages of the 800-meter run at Monday’s Bay Conference Meet at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium in De Pere.

The Shawano Community High School girls track and field team placed second at the Bay Conference Meet at St. Norbert’s Donald J. Schneider Stadium in De Pere on Monday behind several strong finishes.

Odessa Arce picked up the girls top individual finish, winning the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 27.42 seconds behind a last lap surge.

The time not only landed Arce the conference title, but also broke a school record from 1986 — when Christie Burden posted a time of 5:30.84.

Arce was also the anchor on the first-place finishing 4x800 relay team. Grace Beyer, Carrie Young and Lydia Beyer rounded out the relay team, which posted a time of 10:21.43, over 20 seconds faster than the next best finish.


Boys golf: Witt-Birn places second at Bonduel Invite

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Kole Jashinsky follows through after hitting a tee shot during Monday’s Bonduel Invite at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys golf team placed second in the Bonduel Invite at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil on Monday behind strong rounds from Justin Keeney and Ian Resch.

Keeney fired an 18-hole round of 83 to tie for fourth as an individual. He shot a 42 on the front 9 before recording a 41 on the final nine holes.

Resch shot an 88 to tie for seventh individually.

Logan Balliett (92), Calvin Scheurer (93) and Maverick Beran (95) rounded out the Chargers five-golfer team, each placing in the top 15 as individuals.

Bonduel came in seventh as a team with a score of 439.

Colin Hanus shot a 47 on the back nine to finish with a team best round of 101. Aaron Schaal also excelled on the back nine, firing a 48 to finish with a round of 102.

Kole Jashinsky (117), Rhett Hertzfeldt (119) and Brooks Dehn (128) rounded out the Bears team.

Marion came in eighth, just eight shots behind Bonduel.


High School Highlights


Shawano 4

Fox Valley Lutheran 3

The Hawks knocked off the Foxes in their final Bay Conference dual of the season on Monday. Shawano finished with a 3-3 record in duals.

Camden Kroll (No. 2) earned Shawano’s lone win in singles play. All three of the Hawks doubles teams were victorious, with Wyatt Theis and Rhain Rodenbeck winning in three sets. Chris Black and Cesar Ramirez won their fourth straight dual at No. 1 doubles.

Singles: No. 1: Jared Petham, FVL def. Anton Piantek, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Camden Kroll S def. Adam Laabs, 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Justin Yang FVL def. Bryce Carlson, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: Alex Blob FVL def. J.J. Pyatskowit, 6-1, 6-3. Doubles: No. 1: Chris Black-Cesar Ramirez S def. Josh Aden-Dietrich Ragner, 6-1, 6-4; No. 2: Wyatt Theis-Rhain Rodenbeck S def. Riley Tiedt-Luke Hietpas, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1; No. 3: Nolan Buck-Rory Johnson S def. Nik Brown-Michael Hahn, 6-1, 6-3.


Shawano 9


High school track: Bonduel boys third, girls fourth at CWC Meet

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Canaan Szoszorek winds up to throw the discus during Saturday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division Meet at Rosholt High School.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Tego Warrington competes in the long jump during Saturday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division Meet at Rosholt High School.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Jenna Stone crosses the finish line of the 1,600-meter run during Saturday’s Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division Meet at Rosholt High School.

Behind strong individual performances and top finishes in relays, the Bonduel High School track and field teams each placed in the top four at the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division Meet at Rosholt High School on Saturday.

Canaan Szoszorek won both the shot put and discus, with throws of 47 feet, 10.25 inches and 135-3, respectively, to lead the boys team. His finish in the shot put set a new school record.

“To me, getting first in both of those events made me smile actually,” said Szoszorek. “I knew I had it in me to win, and to go out there and actually perform was what I needed. Although I didn’t do great in discus, I still won.”

The boys 4x800-meter relay team of Colin Ewing, William Beaumier, Carter Kurey and Jared Wondra started the running portion of the meet with a first-place finish in 8 minutes, 36.51 seconds. Wondra, Kurey, Isaac Garside and Isaac Banker capped the day with a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay (3:37.58).


Softball: Teams learn postseason fates

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano pitcher Gracyn Habeck delivers a pitch during a Bay Conference game against Green Bay East on April 10. Habeck and the Hawks were given a No. 7 seed in Division 2 and will host 10th-seeded Clintonville on Thursday.

Local softball teams recently learned what seeds and opponents they drew for the postseason when the WIAA announced the brackets.

Shawano earned a No. 7 seed in Division 2 and will host 10th-seeded Clintonville on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The winner of the regional quarterfinal will advance to take on second-seeded Denmark on May 21.

In Division 3, Bonduel was handed a No. 7 seed and will host 10th-seeded Menominee Indian at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The winner that emerges from the Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division rematch will earn the right to face second-seeded Oconto on May 21.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood earned a No. 6 seed and a bye into the regional semifinal, but will have to travel to take on third-seeded Amherst on May 21.

The winner of that game will either travel to take on Oconto or host Bonduel or Menominee Indian in the regional final.

The rest of the local teams reside in the Division 5 bracket.


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