Area trap shooters heading to state Saturday

Athletes from three area high schools are heading to the state tournament at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association Shooting Complex in Rome on Saturday.

Bonduel (18), Shawano (10) and Wolf River Lutheran (four) will combine to have 32 shooters at the meet. Bonduel and Wolf River Lutheran will begin shooting at 9 a.m., while Shawano will shoot at 11:20 a.m.

The state competition is open to all 65 teams who compete throughout the five-week season. The state’s 10 conferences are based on the number of each school’s shooters, not geography.

The three local schools shoot at the Shawano Gun Club during the regular season.

Wolf River Lutheran

Jarred Shock finished second in Conference 2 with his average of 20.7 behind only Notre Dame Academy’s Cole Peters (21.8) to help the Wolf River Lutheran trap team win its conference.

The Eagles beat out Notre Dame Academy, Mondovi, Mishicot, Seneca and Randolph in the conference.


Former Badger’s basketball camp rolls through town

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Brian Butch, left, talks to camper Morgan Evans after the duo won a shooting competition during Butch’s camp at Shawano Community High School on Tuesday. The camp ran Monday through Wednesday for youngsters in fourth grade through 12th grade.

Former Wisconsin basketball player Brian Butch got to work with athletes of various ages during his traveling camp Monday through Wednesday at Shawano Community High School.

Roughly 45 campers participated in sessions for boys and girls in fourth grade through high school.

“The kids in the Shawano area, they work really hard,” Butch said. “They are committed to getting better, the ones we have here, at least.”

Butch runs 29 satellite camps across the state along with 13 other camps in the Appleton area during his downtime as a professional basketball player in the Japanese B League, which was created in September.

“As far as the basketball goes, our main focus is on skill development, because we only have a short time that we can work with the kids,” said Butch, who graduated from Appleton West High School in 2003.


Shawano honors seniors, athletes at spring banquet

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Soccer players honored Monday at the Shawano Community High School spring sports banquet were, from left, Sophia Holstrum (Most Improved), Savannah Johnson (MVP-Defense), Colleen McFarlane (Most Valuable Player) and Lindsey Roloff (MVP-Offense).

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Seven seniors participated in sports in all 12 seasons over the four years at Shawano Community High School. They were, from left, Colleen McFarlane, Braxten Surber, Tyler Buerman, Austin Kohl, Tyrell Hesse, Josh Mueller and Courtney Rouse.

Seniors took home most of the major awards as Shawano Community High School capped its spring sports seasons by recognizing the athletes across five sports Monday at The Gathering.

Seniors Dylan Sumnicht and Colleen McFarlane were named the Scholar Athletes of the Year for having maintained at least a 3.5 GPA while playing in varsity sports.

Sumnicht, for his work on the football field and baseball diamond, was named the male Athlete of the Year. Saige Henning, who played both volleyball and softball, was the female Athlete of the Year.

The Shawano Booster Club presented Don Martzke Dedicated Athlete awards to Jack Hanauer and Courtney Rouse.

The school also handed out awards to athletes who participated in 12 sports over their four-year careers: Tyler Buerman, Tyrell Hesse, Austin Kohl, McFarlane, Josh Mueller, Rouse and Braxten Surber.

Here is a run-down of each of the spring sports seasons:



Bears conclude spring seasons with annual banquet

Seniors Emily Sorenson, Kailee Pedersen and Brandon Olsen were named Bonduel High School’s Athletes of the Year at a banquet Sunday in the school commons.

The awards were determined by votes by all the school’s varsity coaches.

Here are some other highlights from the night:


Bonduel finished 9-11 overall and 7-7 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-8, placing fourth in the conference behind three teams that are competing at the state tournament, which begins Thursday in Madison.

Becca Carpenter, Brynn Reinke, Katlyn Bohr and Pedersen were the team’s captains.

Pedersen was named the Most Valuable Player. Reinke was honored as the team’s top hitter with an average of .377.

Coach Chris Reinke selected Jaden Bohm and Bohr as Most Improved. Carpenter took home the Coach’s Award.



Golden State looking to punctuate uncanny 3-year run

After the Golden State Warriors throttled the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Tyronn Lue made an interesting remark.

Lue, the Cavaliers coach, was asked about the Warriors’ having gone 13-0 in the playoffs, and whether that was an accurate reflection of the opponent that his team was up against.

“They’re the best I’ve ever seen,” Lue said.

Lue was playing for the University of Nebraska in 1996, so it’s likely he’d watched some professional basketball at that time, and seen the Chicago Bulls post their 72-win championship season.

Was he crowning the Warriors as the best team ever? He was asked to elaborate.

“I mean, no other team has done this, right?” he said. “They constantly break records every year. Last year they were 73-9. This year they start the playoffs 13-0. They’re playing good basketball.”


Chargers girls win state track title

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School girls track team poses with the state championship trophy after winning the WIAA Division 2 state track and field meet championship Saturday in La Crosse. It is first track title in program history and school’s second-ever state team championship. The team includes, front row, from left, Emily Norrbom, Kylie Linke, Maddy Pietz, Paige Norrbom and Erica Wendler; and back row, coach Nick Mechelke, coach Mike Balliett, Alyssa Meverden, Chloe King, Molly Gretzlock, Alexis Balliett, Taylor Nier and coach Cathy Easker.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Chargers junior Maddy Pietz crosses the finish line in first place of Saturday’s 400-meter final, her first individual state title in three seasons, while setting a new school record (56.51).

Junior Maddy Pietz finally got an elusive individual gold medal and the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School girls track team won the WIAA Division 2 team state championship Saturday in La Crosse.

The Chargers, who posted 40 team points on the second day of competition, beat out Catholic Memorial (34), Monroe (32), East Troy (29) and Jefferson (28) for the team title.

“It’s huge. It’s well-deserved,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood head coach Mike Balliett said. “The girls worked hard for it. Honestly, I didn’t think about it too much. I knew we’ve come down here and finished fairly high a couple of times. There’s so many schools, it’s so hard to know what’s going to happen or how things are going to shake out.”

Pietz, who qualified second in the 400-meter dash on Friday in a time of 57.11, which set a school record, showed her ability to run from behind in Saturday’s final.


DePerry ties for 16th in 1st state appearance

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Tori DePerry attempts to clear the high jump bar at 5 feet, 2 inches at the WIAA Division 1 state meet on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She tied for 16th place after clearing 5-0.

Shawano sophomore Tori DePerry got off to a good start at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Saturday by converting on two of her first three jumps, but after reaching 5 feet, 2 inches, DePerry couldn’t overcome the hurdle.

DePerry missed all three of her attempts at 5-2, finishing tied for 16th place in the high jump at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

DePerry was one of six athletes knocked out at the height, but coming back after each attempt, she got closer and closer.

“I thought she had 5-2,” Shawano head coach Dave Hanssen said. “Everything was going well, and it just didn’t have enough press on top.”

Kimberly’s Emily Scott won the competition after clearing 5-8 on her second attempt. Only seven competitors made it above 5-4, which is a mark DePerry could be shooting for as early as next season.

Her first trip to La Crosse was a learning experience for the sophomore, especially battling the heat to stay energized and ready to jump.


Booth climbs up to 3rd in D2 state 100 hurdles

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Clintonville sophomore Allysin Booth, center, beat out Freedom’s Jordan Mashlan, right, and Antigo’s Hannah Zenkovich, left, for third place in the 100-meter hurdles at Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 State Meet at the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse.

Clintonville sophomore Allysin Booth hoped to reach the podium in the 100-meter hurdles at the WIAA Division 2 state meet.

With a couple of runners slowed down by hitting hurdles, Booth not only reached the podium, she finished third in the finals Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

“I just saw a couple, like a little cluster of people fall behind,” Booth said, “and I was just like, ‘I’m going. I’m just going to finish it quick.’”

Black River Falls’ Stephanie Brauner, who was seeded second heading into the finals, was disqualified after knocking down a hurdle that interfered with another runner. Omro’s Sadie Huth, the race’s third seed, Milwaukee Lutheran’s Afrika Hamilton, who was seeded fourth, finished eighth and ninth, respectively, because of the hurdle troubles in the middle of the track.

Booth was in lane 9, with Jordan Mashlan, of Freedom, in lane 8, shielding Booth from the incident.


BABA Roundup



WP — Nick Desrochers; LP — Anthony Leaman

Caroline: Mike Weatherwax went 3 for 5. Neil Hoffman was 2 for 3 with a home run.

Neopit: Mike Freshette was 3 for 4, including a double. Bob Peters and Dustin Peters each had two hits. Dustin Peters, Mike Pecore and Anthony Leaman each had doubles.


Tigerton: Dylan Berg had two doubles. Eric Kroening, Brandon Sivertson and Jon Berg each went 2 for 5.

Marion: Jake Westphal went 3 for 5. Ryan Mortensen went 2 for 4. Alex Elandt was 2 for 2.


WP — Derek Bowman; LP — Paul Murphy

Gresham: Derek Bowman went 2 for 3 with a double. Josh Foreman added a home run.

Bowler: Walker Miller batted 2 for 4.


WP — Chris Dunn; LP — Lowell Chevalier


2 Hoffmans selected to CWC-10 1st team

After a program-best regular season with 11 victories, two contributors to the Gresham softball team were named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-10’s first-team.

Junior pitcher Hailey Hoffman and shortstop/catcher Mackenzie Hoffman were chosen as two of the 10 best players across the conference.

Bowler shortstop Reanne Kietlinski and first baseman Jodi Wolf also received first-team honors.

Marion’s Skylla Szczerbak, who pitched her team to a regional semifinal victory over Gresham in WIAA Division 5 tournament play, was also a selection to the first team.

Tri-County’s Erica Pronschinske was named the Player of the Year.

Gresham’s lone senior on the roster, Makena Arndt, was a second-team pick, as were Bowler’s Erica Wolf and Brooke Breitrick.


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