Track and field: Minniecheske, Kreklow power Tigerton girls at CWC meet

Behind another big day from Monika Minniecheske and Mary Kreklow, the Tigerton girls scored 59 points and took third in the Central Wisconsin Conference-Small meet at Tri-County High School on Friday.

Minniecheske placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (51.66 seconds) and third in the 100 hurdles (18.46) and long jump (15 feet, 2 inches). Kreklow took second in the 1,600 (6:27.28) and 3,200 (14:23.86).

Bryce Bohl took third in the triple jump (37-7.75) and fourth in the 100 (12.15) and 200 (24.44) for the Gresham/Bowler boys, who placed fourth. Levi Schick was fourth in the long jump (18-1.25).

The Gresham/Bowler girls took sixth with 51 points. Karisa Nietzer placed fourth in the shot put (30-4). All four of the girls co-op relay teams also placed fourth.

Elizabeth Radtke placed fourth in the 100 (14.04) and 200 (29.45) for the Marion girls, who placed eighth. The Marion boys took ninth.


Boys tennis: Shawano’s Liu, pair of doubles teams take third at conference

The Shawano Community High School boys tennis team competed in the Bay Conference Tournament at West De Pere on Saturday.

No. 3 singles player Leo Liu and the doubles teams of Rhain Rodenbeck and Wyatt Theis (No. 2) and Nolan Buck and Rory Johnson (No. 3) all came in third.

Camden Kroll took fourth place in No. 2 singles play, while Cesar Ramirez and Chris Black teamed up to take fourth in No. 1 doubles action.

Anton Piantek took seventh in No. 1 singles play. The Hawks did not have a No. 4 singles player compete.


High School Highlights


Hawks drop two at tournament

Playing in the Luxemburg-Casco tournament Saturday, Shawano came up just short in a 2-1 loss to Lux-Casco in its first game before falling 6-1 to Iron Mountain in its second game.

Lindsey Roloff scored Shawano’s goal against Lux-Casco off an assist from Kyra Klement. Goalie Peyton Buerman made seven saves.

Buerman made eight saves in game two and also scored the Hawks’ goal. Faith Lammers made six saves during her time defending the net.

West De Pere 10

Shawano 0

The Hawks could not slow the Phantoms in Bay Conference action Thursday.

Peyton Buerman made 20 saves while defending the net for Shawano.


Gresham goes 1-2 at tournament

Gresham earned a 13-8 win over Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, but dropped games to Wild Rose (8-2) and Hilbert/Stockbridge (8-1) at a tournament in Tri-County High School on Saturday.


Athlete of the Week: McKenzie Wollenberg

Contributed Photo Bonduel senior McKenzie Wollenberg has been a tough out in the middle of the Bears batting lineup this spring.

Athlete: McKenzie Wollenberg

Sport: Softball

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Despite struggling to score runs at times, the Bonduel High School softball team has still racked up the hits this spring. Senior McKenzie Wollenberg, who typically hits third or fourth in the lineup, has been a big contributor to the team’s offense, with several multi-hit games to her name.

She most recently tallied three hits in the team’s loss to Amherst on Tuesday. Wollenberg posted two hits in a win over Menominee Indian on April 30 and recorded three hits and scored three times in a nonconference win over Three Lakes on April 26.

Q: When did your interest in softball begin?

A: My interest in softball began around the age of 6. I would always watch my brothers (Ben and Travis) play t-ball and I’d also try to help my dad (Scott) coach as much as possible.

Q: What is your favorite part about the softball season?


Packer rookies create buzz at pre-camp

They come from the NFL draft. They were invited as free agents.

They come from big college football programs. They come from schools you’ve never heard of.

Some come with high expectations. Some come with high hopes.

Some are brash. Some are quieter.

But there’s one thing they share: They’re NFL rookies. More to the point, they’re Green Bay Packer rookies.

The press was invited to watch 49 rookies experience their first pro-level workouts at the Don Hutson Center on May 3. The rookies had two days of “pre-camp” and will return with the veterans next week.

After what the assembled reporters grumbled was a “McCarthy-esque wait” in the center’s press conference room, first year Coach Matt LaFleur said the camp gave the rookies a chance to showcase their talents. “We want to see how they compete, how they finish, how they do in drills.”


College Highlights

Wagner fourth at conference

Shawano graduate and current UW-Whitewater freshman Atty Wagner placed fourth in the high jump at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which was held May 3-4.

Wagner cleared a height of 6 feet, 5 inches — the finish earned the Warhawks five points. The winner cleared 6-9.

The UW-Whitewater men placed fourth as a team.

Zook continues to produce

Shawano graduate and current Bryant & Stratton College freshman Brianna Zook continued her strong softball season by getting on base several times over the team’s past few games.

Zook had two hits for Bryant & Stratton in a 6-5 win over Illinois Valley Community College on Sunday. She added a hit and drove in the team’s lone run in the second game of the doubleheader, an 8-1 loss.


BABA Highlights

Northern Division

Birnamwood 7

Elderon 2

Birnamwood opened its season with a win over Elderon.

Zach Bembenek earned the win for Birnamwood, striking out five batters in six innings. Brady Erickson doubled and hit a three-run homer, while Jacob Piotrowski also had two hits.

Adam Janikowski suffered the loss for Elderon after pitching three innings. Matt Meronk posted half of the team’s four hits.

Antigo/Polar 7

Aniwa 4

The Antigo/Polar co-op knocked off Aniwa in its season-opener.

Ben Sobczak doubled among his two hits for the co-op, while Jed Weix homered. Blake Below earned the win on the mound.

Jesse Jankowski was dealt the loss. Zach Weber homered, while Zach Jaje and Scott Farmer each added two hits.

Eland 8

Wittenberg 1

Eland eased past Wittenberg in the season-opener.


New DNR program provides free forestry advice to landowners

I never knew the joys of country living until my wife and I moved to a little slice of heaven in rural New London during the spring of 2000.

I’d taken a job as a books editor at Krause Publications in Iola (mostly books on guns and knives, my two favorite subjects), and the real estate agent took me to a newer house on 2 acres. I looked at the quad-level house, fairly impressed at the structure with its tall car-siding ceiling and open-concept living room and kitchen.

Then she took me to the backyard. The spring peepers and other frogs filled the evening air with a cacophony of sound. The tight grove of quaking aspens splashed the oaks and pines with a black and white hue. I didn’t need to see anything more. I’d found home.


Baseball: Bonduel comes up just short against Amherst

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Dylan Burch sprints toward home plate to the delight of his teammates during Tuesday’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss throws a pitch during Tuesday’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joey Wagester swings at a pitch during Tuesday’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel.

The Bonduel High School baseball team’s seventh-inning rally was stopped, leaving the Bears on the wrong end of a 2-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division battle with Amherst at Village Park in Bonduel on Tuesday.

Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, Bonduel junior Cole Letter walked with one out to represent the tying run. Letter was able to advance to second during the next at-bat, which ended in a strikeout.

Junior Noah Beilfuss delivered a single to right field, but with the outfielder playing shallow, Bonduel coach Donnie Gruenewald elected to hold Letter at third.

Amherst (8-7) was able to escape with the road win by striking out the next batter.

“We just have to make better contact. We are not squaring balls up — when we do, it’s right at them,” Gruenewald said after the team’s second straight conference loss.


Softball: Bears waste opportunities in loss to Falcons

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Claire Gehm, left, delivers a pitch while second baseman MacKenzie Moore gets in a defensive stance during Tuesday’s CWC-East game against Amherst in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joanie Wudtke connects on a swing during the team’s CWC-East loss to Amherst in Bonduel on Tuesday.

The problem for the Bonduel High School softball team in its 11-2 Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division loss to Amherst at Cedar Park wasn’t getting runners on base, it was delivering the big hit when they needed it most.

“We had 11 hits and I think we stranded 10 runners,” said Bonduel coach Chris Reinke. “Struggled with getting a clutch hit with baserunners on.”

Freshman Nicole Koeller and senior McKenzie Wollenberg each tallied three hits for the Bears at the plate. Senior MacKenzie Moore and freshman Julia Lorbiecki each chipped in with two hits.

All 11 of the team’s hits were singles. Nine strikeouts kept Bonduel from posting bigger innings.

Moore drove in Koeller for the Bears first run in the fourth inning before Koeller plated Wollenberg in the fifth.

Bonduel stranded runners in every inning but the seventh.


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