Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




Legion: Bonduel surges past Menominee in regional play

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee’s Anthony Corn takes a swing at a pitch during a Class A Clintonville Regional game against Bonduel on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Marion/Tigerton’s Zach Fehrman delivers a pitch during a Class A Clintonville Regional game against Clintonville on Thursday.

The Bonduel and Clintonville Legion baseball teams each earned wins on the first day of the Class A Clintonville Regional on Thursday.

Bonduel overcame an early 2-0 deficit and knocked off Menominee 9-2. Clintonville held off Marion/Tigerton, claiming a 7-5 win in the final game of the first day. Oconto Falls eased to a 10-0 win in five innings over Northern Door in the third game played Thursday.

Menominee put the pressure on Bonduel in the opening innings of the playoff contest.

Menominee took advantage of a pair of Bonduel errors in the first inning, and Richard Wayka scored to put the team up 1-0. Connor Latender singled in Sequoia Schlicting in the second to give Menominee a 2-0 lead.

Bonduel cut into the deficit when Riddik Bohm singled in Parker Bohm in the bottom of the second.

Cole Letter relieved Bonduel starter Joey Wagester with two outs in the third inning and held Menominee in check the rest of the way.


Racing for a Reason back for ninth year

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Racing for a Reason donation items filled up the Shawano Speedway office area on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode A replica of Shawano Speedway, created by Olson Designs, is one of the items that will be available during the speedway’s Racing for a Reason event on Saturday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode A toy box, donated by Sawyer Haese, is one of the items that will be available during the speedway’s Racing for a Reason event on Saturday. Sawyer’s mother, Terri, once served as Reed Luepke’s nurse.

Shawano Speedway will hosts its ninth Racing for a Reason night on Saturday.

The event was started back in 2011 as the speedway’s marketing, promotions and operations manager Brad Luepke’s son, Reed, was battling leukemia.

Reed defeated cancer in 2012, but that didn’t stop Racing for a Reason. It has since grown into one of the speedway’s most anticipated events, with over $110,000 raised for cancer charities so far.

“To think that this event would have grown to what it is now I would have never guessed,” Brad Luepke said.

“This has probably passed the Outlaws show in terms of anticipation. I often will have people come up to me that say that they normally don’t come to the races but they have to come for this night,” he said. “Attendance-wise, it’s very good, but it’s unbelievable, it shows a lot about what the community is about because they all come together when something like this happens.”


Shawano teams turn in strong finishes at youth tournaments

Contributed Photo The Shawano Red 10U softball team took first in its 12-team bracket last weekend. Forming the team was, from left, back row, Frances Awonohopay, Gracee Johnson, Leah Nordin, Anna Dreier, Morgan Evans, Kadence Meyers; front row, Ayanna Okimosh, Lauren Harkey, Ava Wachtel, Natalie Bystol, Maci Beyer and Jacey Cowden. Head coach Grant Bystol is not pictured.

Contributed Photo The Shawano Black 8U baseball team came in third in its eight-team bracket last weekend. Pictured are, from left, front row, Jack Koenig, Drayson Escalante, LeAnthony Pecore, Gabe Tonn, Trey Hopfensperger, Liam Silk and Matthew Silk; middle row, Brody Smith, Kobe Bistoff, Collin Olson, Jason Holstrom, TJ Johnson and CJ Pyawasay; back row, Brian Silk, Scott Olson, Shawn Tonn and Gary Pyawasay.

From July 12-14, Memorial Park was the home to a trio a youth tournaments hosted by Shawano.

A total of 32 youth teams participated between the 8-and-under boys baseball machine pitch and 10U and 12U girls softball tournaments.

The Shawano Red 10U girls softball team took first place in the 12-team bracket, defeating the Wisconsin Rebels 8-6 in the title game.

The Shawano Black 8U boys baseball team claimed third in its eight-team competition. Shawano cruised to a 17-2 win over Greenville in the third place game.

In the 12U girls softball bracket of 12 teams, Shawano finished with a 1-2 record. Winneconne took first, while De Pere came in second.

In the 10U bracket, Shawano Black also competed. The team made it to bracket play before falling to Waupun, the eventual third-place finishers.


Survival tips from an epic tour of national parks

Photo by Ross Bielema This cow elk and her fawn approached a dozen or more visitors at Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado, then promptly laid down for a nap.

Redwoods. Sequoias. A Bighorn ram in Glacier National Park. Bison and elk in Yellowstone National Park. Stellar’s jays and magpies begging for our lunch in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hot sulphur springs at Lassen National Volcanic Park. Gorgeous rock formations at Arches National Park. The five-note “tune” from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” playing in my head while staring in awe at Devil’s Tower National Monument.

After spending more than three weeks in a mini-van with my lovely wife and daughter on a multi-state tour of western national parks and monuments, it’s hard to figure out the best of the best.

The ram shot was a no-brainer: He took our breath away when he appeared out of a rocky ravine, scrambled across the road in front of our van, then leaped into the pines in a flash. The mountain goat calmly walking along a rock wall at Glacier was a close second.


BABA Highlights

East-West Division

Tigerton 13

Leopolis 5

Tigerton knocked off Leopolis in a makeup game on July 12.

Tigerton pounded out 16 hits in the contest, with Shawn Much, Brandon Sivertson, Paul Sellner, Conner Harris and Jayden Sivertson all posting three hits. Jayden Sivertson and Gunner Kopitzke each homered, while Sellner earned the win on the hill.

Tyler Dillenberg tallied three of Leopolis’ six hits. Kasey Kristof suffered the loss.

Neopit 12

Marion 6

Neopit doubled up Marion in another makeup game on July 12. Neopit blew open a tight game with a six-run eighth inning.

Nick Grignon finished with four hits to lead Neopit, while Bob Peters, Anthony Leeman and Lowell Chevalier all added two hits. Leeman was also the winning pitcher.

Ricky Nettles finished with two hits for Marion. Ryan Mortensen took the loss.

Clintonville 1

Caroline 0


Dustin Beyer named new Shawano baseball coach

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Dustin Beyer was named the new varsity baseball coach at Shawano Community High School on Monday.

Dustin Beyer was hired as the next Shawano varsity baseball coach.

The hiring was announced in a press release sent out Monday.

“I’ve always wanted to be the head coach and I’m just glad I got the opportunity,” Beyer said. “It’s special for me being from here and having the opportunity to coach the young kids coming through the program.”

With an extensive background in the sport, Beyer has a clear vision of what he’d like the program to function on.

“It’s built on a lot of hard work. Nothing is given to you, it’s got to be earned,” Beyer said. “Just being disciplined, fundamentally sound and playing the game the right way. That’s what I want out of the kids and having a great coaching staff to help me do that.”

Beyer replaces Rob Wolff as the team’s coach. Wolff helped the Hawks to several successful seasons over his tenure with the program, including a third-place Bay Conference finish in 2017.


Legion: Shawano, Wittenberg set to make runs at regionals

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Nick Grignon, right, swings at a pitch during the team’s matchup with Seymour on Monday. Grignon has had a hot bat for the Patriots all summer and will be looking to help the team as it plays in the Antigo Regional over the next few days.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg’s Shane Herb delivers a pitch during the team’s road clash with Bonduel in the middle of June. Herb will be one of the pitchers counted on as the team tries to work its way through the Marathon Regional.

The Shawano and Wittenberg Legion baseball teams open regional tournament play on Friday.

Shawano is part of the four-team Class AA Antigo Regional, while Wittenberg will try and navigate its way through the six-team Class A Marathon Regional. Both tournaments follow double elimination format.

Shawano is scheduled to open up taking on Antigo at 8 p.m. Pulaski and Rhinelander will open the tournament at 5:30 p.m.

Despite failing to record a win to this point of the season, Shawano coach Kobey Pues has reason for optimism as the team has played its most competitive baseball over the past couple of weeks.

“Well, without a win, we are probably in the best place we can be,” Pues said. “I mean, we’ve played pretty good the last three games. We’ve had some good at-bats and are making some good plays defensively…”

The Patriots have a tough opening round clash with Antigo, who made it to state last summer.


Ski Sharks eager for another strong showing at championships

Contributed Photo Brad Keuschel, bottom, and Kylie Wallace will compete in the doubles competition at the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Shawano Ski Sharks will compete at the Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships in Wisconsin Rapids over the next several days in front of massive crowds.

It’s an annual event for the Ski Sharks but will have a much different feel this year after Shawano won a Division 3 title in 2017 and Division 2 title in 2018.

When a team wins a title, they move up a division the following year, meaning the Ski Sharks will be competing against Division 1 teams with roster sizes two to three times larger.

Shawano made history last year by becoming the first team to win back-to-back titles in separate divisions. Winning a third straight title would be an incredible feat to achieve, but that’s not what the team has been focused on this summer.


Legion: Four local teams hoping to emerge from Clintonville Regional

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Colton Kluth delivers a pitch during the Diamond Cat Tournament in Clintonville in late June. Kluth and the Diamond Cats will take on Marion/Tigerton on Thursday to open regional play.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Riddik Bohm scores a run during the Diamond Cat Tournament in Clintonville in late June. Bohm and the Grizzlies will face Menominee to open the Clintonville Regional on Thursday.

The Bonduel, Clintonville, Marion/Tigerton and Menominee Legion baseball teams are ready to battle in the Class A Region 3 Clintonville Regional this week after a summer of duking it out in the Central Wisconsin Legion Baseball Association.

The teams will be joined by CWLBA counterpart Oconto Falls along with Northern Door and Waupaca in the seven-team, double elimination tournament. All games will be played at Olen Park, 10 Memorial Circle, Clintonville.

Bonduel and Menominee are scheduled to open the regional on Thursday with a contest at 4 p.m. After Oconto Falls and Northern Door face off at 6:15 p.m, Marion/Tigerton will take on Clintonville at 8:30 p.m. for the day’s final game. Waupaca drew the bye and is scheduled to play its first game at 4 p.m. Friday.

As with any tournament that features several games in a short amount of time, pitching will be key.


Legion: Shawano falters late in loss to Seymour

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Karson Rades throws a pitch during the team’s loss to Seymour on Monday in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Parker Pues looks on after taking a swing during the team’s loss to Seymour on Monday in Shawano.

The Shawano Legion baseball team turned in one of its best games Monday. But much like the rest of the summer season, one big inning proved costly in a 15-6 setback to Seymour in nine innings at Veterans Memorial Park.

Seymour scored nine times in the top of the ninth inning to blow open what was a back-and-forth contest until that point. Seymour had 14 batters come to the plate.

The first batter singled before a hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases. Shawano pitcher Kaleb Lowney induced a grounder, but an error allowed each runner to move up a base.

Seymour finished with five hits in the inning, but a pair of walks, two errors and several wild pitches allowed the visitors to keep tacking on the runs.


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