Sports

Sat
03
Jun

Sorenson returns to state podium in long jump


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson jumped 17 feet, 11 3/4 inches in the long jump at Friday’s WIAA Division 2 state meet. She finished in third place.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Emily Sorenson stands on the podium after receiving her third-place medal for the long jump at Friday’s WIAA Division 2 state meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Two years removed from her first podium finish, Bonduel senior Emily Sorenson made it back into the top six Friday at the WIAA Division 2 state meet in La Crosse.

Sorenson, who finished third in the long jump at state as a sophomore, found herself in the same spot Friday with a leap of 17 feet, 11 3/4 inches, to just about put a bow on her high school career.

“She’s a little disappointed in the way she jumped last year, and I think she put a lot of pressure on herself knowing she did podium the year before,” Bonduel head coach James Westrich said. “So this year, I just told her, ‘You’re a senior. Relax. Have fun, enjoy the moment.’ And she did. I’m really proud of her.”

Sorenson led her flight by jumping 17-7 to qualify for the finals before putting down a mark four inches better. Hayward’s Gabby Snider jumped 18-6½ to take the top spot, and Edgerton junior Ashlyn Oren finished second, just one inch farther than Sorenson.

Sat
03
Jun

Bowler junior takes 2nd in state high jump


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bowler High School junior Reanne Kietlinski clears 5 feet, 3 inches in the high jump Friday at the WIAA Division 3 state track meet in La Crosse. Kietlinski took second behind Algoma’s Elizbeth McClure.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham/Bowler sprinter Allison Stewart runs in the 200-meter dash at state on Friday. Stewart (26.86 seconds) qualified for Saturday’s finals.

Bowler junior Reanne Kietlinski set a personal best and jumped three inches higher than anticipated on her way to a second-place finish in the high jump Friday at the WIAA Division 3 state meet in La Crosse.

Kietlinski, who was hoping to clear 5 feet in her first appearance at the state level in the event, was joined by nine other competitors in trying to clear 5-2.

“We really wanted to see her do the 5 feet at state, and then the bar went to 5-2 with that many competitors, she went clean at 5-2, and that was perfect,” Gresham/Bowler head coach Todd Ferguson said. “5-3 was just a dream.”

Kietlinski’s ability to clear the bar at 5-2 gave her a boost of confidence.

“When I jumped at 5-4 on the first jump, I felt so good,” Kietlinski said. “I thought to myself, like ‘I can do this.’”

Kietlinski could not quite clear bar, however. Algoma’s Elizabeth McClure cleared 5-4 to win the state title.

Sat
03
Jun

Hesse places 12th in state high jump


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Tyrell Hesse clears the bar at 6 feet at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Friday afternoon. Hesse placed 12th after failing to jump 6-4.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Tyrell Hesse clears the bar at 6 feet at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Friday afternoon. Hesse placed 12th after failing to jump 6-4.

For having never competed in a sectional meet prior to this season, Shawano senior Tyrell Hesse showed no signs of nerves coming out at Friday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet.

Hesse hit his first jumps at both 6 feet and 6-2 in front of thousands of fans at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He missed his next three attempts at 6-4 and finished 12th.

“This meet is incredible. There is a lot of people here. I’ve never been in anything like it. It’s an amazing meet,” Hesse said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking.”

Hesse, who was used to being one of the top jumpers at meets throughout the season, found himself in the company of 23 other skilled athletes.

It meant the waits between jumps were longer, and with the energy inside the stadium focused on the running events, it was easy to get distracted by the noise.

Sat
03
Jun

Hall of Fame Night honors 2 worthy racers

This Saturday is one of my favorite nights during the racing season at the Shawano Speedway — Hall of Fame Night.

In my 14 years of announcing at the track, I have had the honor of being involved in every Hall of Fame induction at the historic half-mile. I have been able to help honor racers who ran before my time and only knew of through stories. This year, though, I have the opportunity of honoring two racers whom I had the pleasure of watching on numerous occasions.

Pella pilot Kevin Tober and Oconto Falls hot shoe Julie McDermid will be enshrined into the Shawano Speedway Hall of Fame.

Fri
02
Jun

Hawks run rampant over Comets


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Lindsey Roloff challenges Waupaca’s Jocybeth Barraza for possession in the first half of Shawano’s 11-1 home victory Thursday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Colleen McFarlane settles a ball in the first half of Thursday’s 11-1 home victory over Waupaca in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal. McFarlane posted a hat trick in the first half and four goals overall, including two on free kicks.

Shawano scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes, two from senior Colleen McFarlane and another on an own goal, as the Hawks dominated Waupaca, 11-1, Thursday in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal.
McFarlane dribbled through the defense and used her left foot to curl a shot into the top-right corner of the goal in the 11th minute, and then four minutes later, shot a ball over the outstretched hands of Waupaca goalkeeper Kylie Hiddeman for a 3-0 lead.

“We knew we had to stay on her, but she had a knack of getting around our players even though we were trying to mark her,” Waupaca head coach Mark Polebitski said. “She’s a good player. One of the better ones we’ve seen.”

McFarlane finished her hat trick in the first half on a free kick from about 35 yards out for a 7-0 lead. She added another free kick goal in the 81st minute from a similar distance for the Hawks’ 10th goal.

Fri
02
Jun

Olsen, Erb picked for CWC-8’s 1st team

Bonduel senior Brandon Olsen, the team’s top hitter this spring, and starting pitcher Wyatt Erb each earned first-team all-Central Wisconsin Conference-8 honors.

Erb, a junior southpaw, struggled through the middle of the season but came on strong as the Bears advanced to Tuesday’s WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal.

Bonduel (11-9, 8-6 Central Wisconsin Conference-8) dropped the contest 4-3 on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh to top-seeded St. Mary’s Catholic.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood, which secured its first outright conference title in 18 seasons, placed Kody Szews and Dalton Zeinert on the first team. Trevor Groshek, Gavin Sheurer and Casey Kerstner were all second-team selections for the Chargers.

Bonduel’s Jordan Boldt, who was the No. 2 pitcher and an outfielder for the Bears, was also named to the second team.

Weyauwega-Fremont’s Logan Bosquez was the conference’s Player of the Year.

Fri
02
Jun

Pedersen named to all-CWC 1st team

Senior shortstop and pitcher Kailee Pedersen was the Bonduel’s lone selection to the Central Wisconsin Conference-8 first team in softball.

Joining Pedersen with all-conference honors were teammates Brynn Reinke (second team) and Brittany Wudtke (honorable mention). Reinke was the team’s second baseman, and Wudtke, a senior, was the third baseman.

Reinke will be the only returning infielder for the Bears next season.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood, which lost just one game all season, had Vicki Dombeck named to the second team.

Shiocton’s Sydney Wilcox was picked as the Player of the Year

Central Wisconsin Conference-8

All-Conference Teams

First Team

Sydney Wilcox, Shiocton; Tina Ubl, Shiocton; Kiley Akey, Weyauwega-Fremont; Cadyn Ehrenberg, Weyauwega-Fremont; Hailey Krause, Weyauwega-Fremont; Grace Moe, Amherst; Kailee Pedersen, Bonduel; Paige Hintz, Pacelli; Christonna Shafranski, Pacelli; Skye Amador, Manawa.

Thu
01
Jun

Gresham puts 2 on CWC-10’s top team


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham High School senior Neal Cerveny was a first-team all-conference selection for his work as a shortstop, pitcher and catcher. He was joined by teammate Derek Bowman.

Gresham’s Neal Cerveny and Derek Bowman were two of four seniors selected as first-team all-conference performers in the Central Wisconsin Conference-10.

Bowman, the team’s ace, and Cerveny, the starting shortstop and No. 2 pitcher, helped Gresham to a 12-7 overall record and 12-6 mark in the CWC-10.

Tigerton junior Conner Harris, a pitcher and infielder, was also chosen for the top team. The Tigers competed in a WIAA Division 4 regional final Wednesday but lost to Rosholt, 15-8.

The other seniors picked for the conference’s top team are Almond-Bancroft’s Carter Newby and Rosholt’s Kyle Groshek.

Gresham junior Drew Haffner was chosen for the second team.

Alan Parrott (Tigerton) and Mitch Elandt (Marion) joined Haffner on the second team.

Central Wisconsin Conference-10

All-Conference Selections

First Team

Thu
01
Jun

High School Digest


Leader File Photo Junior Morgan Meyers (2) and the Shawano girls soccer team open WIAA Division 3 regional competition Thursday against Waupaca. A victory would allow the Hawks to host the regional final on Saturday.

THE WEEK AHEAD

GIRLS SOCCER

Shawano vs. Waupaca

Shawano is looking to start another run at a regional championship Thursday when it plays Waupaca in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. at Shawano Community High School.

The Hawks (8-11-0, 5-7-0 Bay Conference) have lost six of their past seven games entering tournament play but secured the second seed in their half of the bracket.

Waupaca (1-13-1, 0-7-1 North Eastern Conference), which took the seventh seed, hosted Shawano in an early-season contest, with the Hawks winning 4-0 in their second game of the year.

The winner of Thursday’s game will play either third-seeded Mosinee or No. 6 Medford on Saturday.

TRACK

State track meet

Thu
01
Jun

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Rosholt 15

Tigerton 8

Tigerton led 8-7 after four innings but conceded eight runs over the final three innings in Wednesday’s WIAA Division 4 regional final loss at Rosholt.

Conner Harris and Patrick Bailey each tallied two of the eight hits for the Tigers (12-10, 9-9 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Harris picked up the loss. The Tigerton pitching staff combined to allow nine hits and nine walks.

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