Sports

Thu
05
Jul

Competitors battle through hot weather in Leopolis Triathlon


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Youth competitors opened the triathlon with a 50-yard swim.

Despite featuring hot and muggy weather conditions, a total of 151 athletes gave their best efforts in the 33rd annual Leopolis Triathlon on Wednesday.

Across the three divisions — jocks, youth and beer belly — Shawano residents turned in a number of top finishes. Ben Carroll led the area with a first-place finish in the youth division, his fourth straight top-finish at the event. He was one of six Shawano youth competitors to place inside the top 10. The jocks and beer belly classes each had two Shawano athletes earn top-10 finishes.

Carroll claimed his fourth straight title with a time of 27 minutes, 9 seconds in a triathlon that featured a 50-yard swim, five-mile bike ride and two-mile run. Wyatt Brandt, of Shawano, came in second with a time of 18:15. Seymour resident Trinity Inman came in third with a time of 30:10.

Thu
05
Jul

Brewers success, Packers hopes portend alluring fall

For the better part of this decade, July was a notable month for pro sports fans here because it signaled the beginning of football training camp.

There was little done by the Milwaukee Brewers to change that perspective. Continually lacking the various components required to be competitive, they looked like every other struggling franchise mired in small-market purgatory.

The exception was 2011, a rare year of success for multiple Wisconsin pro teams. The Central Division-winning Brewers advanced to the National League championship series, and the Green Bay Packers went 15-1 in one of the most dominant regular-season performance in NFL history.

Apart from 2011, though, the Brewers had been reliable only from the standpoint that by July 4 they were out of the picture.

Sat
30
Jun

Shawano holds off Clintonville’s comeback bid


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Casey Baumann delivers a pitch during the team’s 3-2 win over Clintonville on Thursday.

For a second straight day, the Shawano Legion baseball team got a gem from its starting pitcher.

Casey Baumann assumed the role on Thursday, allowing just four hits over seven innings to lead Shawano to a 3-2 win over Clintonville in a Clintonville Tournament winner’s bracket matchup.

Pitching to contact, Baumann quickly worked his way through the Clintonville lineup. He finished the night with one strikeout and one walk allowed.

Shawano entered the game on a three-game winning streak, thanks to strong starting pitching and an offense that put together big innings. While the pitching was present again Thursday, the big inning for the offense was not.

The Patriots scored a single run in the first, second and fourth innings. The team had opportunities for even bigger innings, but Clintonville starter Colton Kluth was able to limit the damage, stranding two runners each time.

Sat
30
Jun

After strong season, Shawano trap team readies for national event

After a strong conference season and state tournament, the Shawano Community High School Trap Shooting team is now preparing for the first-ever USA High School Clay Target League (USAHSCTL) National Championship.

The championship will take place July 12-15 at the MTA Homegrounds in Mason, Michigan, and feature the top individual shooters and teams from across the country.

Shawano was one of 78 Wisconsin high schools that rostered a trap shooting team this spring. Those 78 schools were divided into 11 conferences based on a similar amount of team members. Shawano competed against teams from Aquinas, Howards Grove, Mineral Point, Green Bay Preble, Royall, Siren and St. Croix Central.

Shawano finished seventh in the conference after earning 5,060 points over five weeks of competition. Siren (5,858), St. Croix Central (5,558.5) and Howards Grove (5,313.5) finished in the top three.

Sat
30
Jun

BABA Roundup

Northern Division

Birnamwood 10

Elderon 2

Birnamwood improved to 3-4 on the year after taking down Elderon (4-3).

Birnamwood outhit Elderon 15-4, led by a four-hit game from Corey Krull. Timmy Rew, Jacob Piotrowski, Nathan Olds, Gus Turner-Zick and Brandon Resch all added two hits, with Rew doubling and Turner-Zick belting a home run. Zach Bembenek struck out 10 batters over seven innings to claim the victory on the mound.

Elderon’s Adam Janikowski suffered the loss after pitching the first 5⅓ innings. Brandon Groshek, Justin Meronk, MacLaen Alwes and Mike Lehman all had one hit.

Wittenberg 7

Hatley 6

Wittenberg earned a 13-inning win over Hatley to improve to 4-3. Hatley slipped to 2-5.

Sat
30
Jun

Girls basketball camps being offered by Lawrence University

The Lawrence University women’s basketball program is offering several girls basketball camps this summer.

The Shooting Academy Camp is set for July 16-17. The shooting camp is for grades 5-12 and will be held from 8-11 a.m.

A pair of fundamentals camps are set for July 30 and Aug. 1. The camp for students entering grades 3-5 is from 8-10 a.m., and the camp for players entering grades 6-8 is from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Leadership Academy Camp is for students entering grades 6-12 and also takes place July 30 and Aug. 1. It runs from 1-3:30 p.m. each day.

All camps cost $65 and will take place at Alexander Gymnasium, 1100 E. South River St., on the Lawrence University campus in Appleton. Instruction for the camps is led by Lawrence head women’s coach Riley Woldt and his coaching staff.

Sat
30
Jun

Air rifles deserve second look for deer hunting

Last Saturday, I was in charge of a little BB gun contest at our Fox Valley Muzzleloaders Club picnic in New London. Five tween girls signed up and had a great time trying to break Daisy’s new miniature clay pigeons called Shatter Blasts (actually some sort of biodegradable material).

I was especially proud of my 12-year-old daughter, Kalispell, who took second-place, hitting four targets out of 10 shots. A few years ago, she could not make many accurate shots with the classic spring-air Daisy BB guns, including her pink stocked Red Ryder. But the shooting process has now clicked for her and she can sometimes outshoot me!

I always make sure the kids are wearing sunglasses, shooting glasses, safety goggles or some sort of eye protection because BBs tend to bounce back when they hit something hard. Ralphie’s teacher (from my holiday favorite, “A Christmas Story”) was right: “You’ll shoot your eye out” without safety glasses.

Fri
29
Jun

Haffner, Kietlinski enjoy WBCA All-Star Game


Leader file photo Drew Haffner represented Gresham in the WBCA All-Star Game on June 16.

Gresham’s Drew Haffner and Bowler’s Reanne Kietlinski were two of the top basketball players in the area during their high school careers.

Each player recently graduated from high school following a standout senior season on the court. Haffner led the Wildcats in scoring (17.3 points per game) while helping the team to a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division title with a 12-0 record. Kietlinski averaged 25.6 points while leading the Panthers to a CWC-North title with an 11-1 record.

Both players were recognized for their efforts with spots in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game earlier in the month. The event is centered around raising money for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. Each athlete contributed to the MACC organization through fundraisers prior to the games.

Fri
29
Jun

LEGION BASEBALL

Playing in an elimination game did not phase Jordan Boldt and the Bonduel Legion baseball team. Boldt struck out seven batters and pitched all seven innings in a 9-3 win over Omro on Thursday in New London.

Boldt was working ahead of hitters all game and did not walk a batter.

Bonduel jumped out to an early lead with a three-run first inning. After Omro answered with two runs in the second, Bonduel tacked on another run in the third. Bonduel added two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to seal up the win.

Brandon Olsen scored two of the Grizzlies runs while seven different Bonduel batters each scored once. Six different batters reached base twice in the contest.

Clintonville 5

Omro 2

Clintonville earned a spot in the winner’s bracket after taking down Omro late Wednesday night in Clintonville.

Thu
28
Jun

Shawano topples Bonduel to open Clintonville Tournament


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jordan Boldt, right, swings in front of Shawano catcher Brad Bartz during Wednesday’s game.

A Legion baseball contest between Shawano and Bonduel kicked off the first Clintonville Tournament on Wednesday.

For the second time this summer, Shawano earned a win over Bonduel, overcoming an early deficit before claiming a 7-3 win in Clintonville.

Bonduel, which was acting as the away team, put up a crooked number in the first inning thanks to a pair of extra-base hits. Jordan Boldt opened the game with a triple to left before Brandon Olsen followed with a double down the left field line to score Boldt.

After moving to third on a groundout, Olsen crossed home on a Noah Beilfuss groundout. Beilfuss chopped a ball back to Shawano starter Joey Tadych, forcing Olsen to freeze. As Tadych threw to first, Olsen broke for home and beat the throw by first baseman Jacob Lacy and tag by Patriots’ catcher Brad Bartz.

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