Surber’s 36 leads Hawks to Bay meet victory

The Shawano boys golf team used the top two scores to win a Bay Conference meet at Shawano Lake Golf Course on Monday.

Braxten Surber was the medalist with an even-par round of 36, followed by teammate Kobe Schreiber with a 37 as the Hawks tallied a 155.

Xavier, playing without two of its top three golfers, finished second with a 158, and New London took third six strokes behind Shawano.

Surber birdied the par-4 fifth and par-3 sixth holes before parring both the seventh and eighth holes and adding a birdie on the ninth for his 36.

Schreiber’s only birdie of the day came on No. 5.

Senior Josh Mueller added a 39 for the Hawks, and Austin Kohl chipped in a score of 43.


Buck vaulting toward school record

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior pole vaulter Payden Buck has a personal record of 13 feet and has won each of the three indoor meets so far on the season. The Hawks will participate in their first outdoor meet Tuesday.

Shawano Community High School graduate Dan Boivin talked Payden Buck into going out for the track team.

Now Buck, a junior, is chasing down Boivin’s school record in the pole vault.

“I had known him in middle school, and he talked me into doing track,” Buck said. “I was going to do golf, actually, and he inspired me to do pole vaulting too.”

Buck, who also plays soccer in the fall, has won each of the team’s three indoor meets to start the season. His personal record at 13 feet, 0 inches is just 18 inches shy of Boivin’s school record. Boivin graduated in 2015 and continued his track career at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Buck also runs sprints for the Hawks, which helps with the speed and strength components of becoming a better vaulter. He also said it takes a little bit of craziness to be good as a vaulter and launch yourself that high into the air.


Speedway regulars discuss 2017 expectations

I sat down with some workers and fans to get their thoughts on this upcoming season at the Shawano Speedway. We discussed numerous topics from on the track stuff to weekly events.

Q: Last season, Kyle Raddant and Brett Swedberg were a few breakout drivers. Who is your breakout driver for 2017?

Josh Effenberger: Breakout drivers in 2017 — Jordan Bartz in Sport Mods and Art Siefert in Late Models.

Scott Owen: After a bit of a down year a season ago, I think Trent Nolan breaks out this summer and becomes a consistent front runner in the ultra-tough IMCA Stock Car class. I also think Kevin Feck will get that first Shawano Speedway feature this year, and I’m also looking forward to watching Bryce Clements continuing to improve.

Morgan Vandenlangenberg: Karah Taycher and/or Konnor Wilinski

Mike Hammond: Stock Car driver Tom Riehl

Mike Thorne: Keep an eye on Trent Nolan in 2017


New events, familiar races coming to Shawano Speedway

Once again, 2017 at Shawano Speedway brings in a wide variety of events for kids of all age.

From the return of the World of Outlaws to the Dirt Kings Series to the Fury at the Fairgrounds, a $5,000-to-win show for the IMCA Modifieds, the on-the-track action should be top notch

The World of Outlaws Late Models once again return to the famed half-mile on Aug. 2 for the Sun Drop Shootout. Shane Clanton and Josh Richards, who battled for the win last year, put on a show for the lead, with Shane Clanton pulling off the repeat. The Outlaws have numerous new faces on tour this year, with former World 100 winner Chris Madden, Devin Moran, son of the Million Dollar Man, Donnie Moran, Brandon Sheppard and Brent Larsen to name a very few.


Exciting new season kicks off Saturday

Spring is a great time of year. Baseball diamonds come alive, somebody wins a green jacket in Augusta, eggs get hunted for by young children, and most importantly, racing begins again at the historic half-mile Shawano Speedway.

The 2017 racing season will mark my 14th year behind the microphone at the track that I practically grew up at. Probably the best part of my job is getting to see a racer score his or her first career Shawano Speedway feature win.

As the season approaches, there are a number of drivers on my watch list. First and foremost on my list is IMCA Modifieds pilot Kevin Feck. Feck did pick up a feature win late last year at the Oshkosh Speedzone but has yet to score one at Shawano despite the fact that he has come close many times. Feck is an exciting driver to watch and is not afraid to use the concrete wall to get around the track — sometimes to his detriment.


Phantoms use pace, energy to sweep Hawks

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Harrison Sturycz returns a forehand against West De Pere’s Quinn Norton in his 6-1, 6-1 loss Thursday. Sturycz and the Hawks were swept, 7-0, by the Phantoms.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Shawn Klemens hits a slice backhand in his match against West De Pere’s Harry Dykema. Dykema, a previous state qualifier, won the match 6-0, 6-1.

Shawano’s first Bay Conference meet of the season was always going to be an uphill battle.

No Hawks player won more than three games during the two-set match and the Phantoms dominated most flights in a 7-0 sweep Thursday.

“West De Pere, just solid all the way through,” Shawano head coach Tom Webster said. “A lot of energy, something we’re really lacking. I think the balls were coming so hard and fast that that just threw them off too. They weren’t used to that kind of pace.”

After picking up just one game in the first set, Shawano No. 3 singles player Donald Chen knew consistency would be important. Chen would lose 6-1, 6-2 to Kevin Kornouski.

“After the first set, we talk about what’s the goal for the second? What do we have to change? What do we need to do?” Webster said. “He said, ‘I need to get more balls in, be more consistent.’ He certainly did that. A lot of closer games in that second set.”


Trainer: Playing multiple sports is healthier for young athletes

I meet a lot of fantastic kids and supportive parents. I wish the best for them as they pursue their love of sports and the friendships and camaraderie that are naturally part of these school activities.

Success for these families often means specializing in just one sport which they hope will translate into additional playing time, more victories, or improved personal-bests.

For kids who play year-round club sports, these objectives may indeed be met at the high school level. However, it’s now widely recognized that early single sport specialization can dramatically increase the risk of overuse injuries that can plague a young person for the rest of his or her life and actually hurt collegiate and post-collegiate prospects.


Defense, bats let down Wildcats

Eleven errors and eight walks doomed the Gresham softball team in an 11-1, five-inning road loss to Tri-County on Thursday.

Junior Kamille Davids pitched a complete game for the Wildcats, allowing five hits and eight walks.

“We had a really young team out there,” Gresham head coach Amanda Reindl said. “They did have some pretty good hits.”

Between the walks and the errors, which accounted for 19 free base runners over four innings for the Penguins, Reindl said that the Wildcats “strung together runs for them.”

And it wasn’t just the defense that struggled.

Davids had the lone RBI for Gresham, and Mackenzie Hoffman added two hits. The two combined for the team’s three hits.

The one run was Gresham’s lowest output of the season; the Wildcats averaged over 14 runs per game over the first five games of the season. They had four runs in a 14-4, five-inning loss to Rosholt earlier this week.


High School Highlights


Gresham 8

Tri-County 0

Junior Drew Haffner pitched a one-hitter, striking out eight batters and walking none, as Gresham won on the road Thursday.

Neal Cerveny, Justy Paiser and Haffner each tallied two hits for the Wildcats (4-1, 4-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Tigerton 12

Menominee Indian 2

Tigerton’s Patrick Bailey scattered six hits and struck out eight batters as the Tigers won at home Thursday.

Conner Harris hit a home run, along with two more hits, to lead Tigerton (3-1, 2-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10). Bailey added three hits at the plate.

Witt-Birn 9

Amherst 0

A seven-run fifth inning gave Wittenberg-Birnamwood all the run support it would need in Thursday’s home victory.

MacLaen Alwes threw five innings for the Chargers (2-1, 1-0 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).


High School Digest



Shawano at Bay Conference meet

The Hawks, after finishing fourth at Tuesday’s first Bay Conference match of the year, will get a chance to close the gap on the top three teams in the conference at Monday’s home meet, which starts at 3 p.m.

Xavier won on Tuesday with a 156, followed by New London (159) and West De Pere (165). On the shorter Shawano Lake Golf Course, scores should be lower, especially for the Hawks, who are very familiar with the Shawano Lake course.

Shawano opened the conference season with a 183. The Hawks barely fended off Menasha (186) for the fourth spot but will look for a stronger showing on the home course.

Seniors Josh Mueller, Braxten Surber, Austin Kohl and Tyler Buerman solidify the lineup, along with sophomore Kobe Schreiber.


Shawano vs. D.C. Everest


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