Hawks belt 4 homers, topple Thunder for regional title

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School seniors celebrate by raising the regional championship plaque after a 13-10 victory over Seymour in eight innings Friday. It’s the program’s first regional title since 2013.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Brandi Gueths, right, dives to tag out Seymour’s Riahanna King, with what would have been the game-winning run, in the bottom of the seventh inning on a throw from Saige Henning.

Erin Cerveny hit home runs in back-to-back innings and pushed across five runs as fourth-seeded Shawano outlasted top-seeded Seymour, 13-10, in eight innings Friday for the Hawks’ first WIAA regional softball title since 2013.

With the game tied 5-5, Cerveny homered in the seventh inning and, after a furious Thunder comeback, bombed a three-run shot to left field to put the Shawano up for good in the eighth inning off Seymour’s Paige Weyer.

“We’ve hit this kid all year long. She’s a good pitcher, don’t get me wrong,” Shawano head coach Brian Johnson said. “We’ve sort of had her number, like Leah Porath in New London had our number. So I wasn’t worried. I thought we were going to score runs.”

Cerveny’s home run in the seventh off Joeley Bluma put Shawano ahead 7-5. Three batters later Tatum DePerry went deep for another two-run blast over the 200-yard fence at Seymour High School, giving the Hawks a four-run advantage.


IMCA Stock Cars integral part of speedway

Another rainout last Saturday means another look at some Shawano Speedway history this week.
oday, we visit the year 2000. It was a season that has had far-reaching implications to this day.

It was the first year for the IMCA Stock Cars division at the historic half-mile. The class had been in competition in the area at the Seymour Tri-Oval Raceway as well as the Luxemburg Speedway for a number of years. The Shawano Speedway had been on an island of sorts with the Hobby Stock division. Chilton, which called it Grand Nationals, was the only other track in the area with the class.

The Hobby Stock division, which was founded in 1989, featured cars with similar-looking body styles but different engine and tire rules compared to the IMCA Stock Cars.


DePerry, Hesse qualify for state in high jump

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School senior Tyrell Hesse, left, and sophomore Tori DePerry each qualified for state in the high jump at Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at D.C. Everest.

Shawano senior Tyrell Hesse and sophomore Tori DePerry each qualified for WIAA Division 1 state track meet next week with first-place finishes Thursday at the sectional in Schofield.

Hesse, who had not previously competed at sectionals, won the title with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches.

DePerry placed second with a jump of 5-1.

“Lately, what’s been doing it for her, she’s been attacking her approach. She hasn’t been going slow to the bar, she’s been learning how to pick it up and get that momentum down and push it up,” Shawano head coach Dave Hanssen said. “And there’s always that certain speed that you have to have to get to the higher heights.

“And the last days, meets, she’s learning that, and that’s what’s doing it. That’s what got her the 5 feet, and what got her the 5-1.”


Erb, Bears shut down Chiefs

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Bryce Engel catches a ball to force Shiocton’s Cole Wilcox out at first base during Bonduel’s 6-2 home victory Thursday in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School shortstop Jacob Banker makes a sliding stop but could not come up with the throw to get an out in Thursday’s 6-2 victory over Shiocton. The Bears gave up just four hits.

A three-run second inning was more than enough support for Bonduel junior pitcher Wyatt Erb.

Erb allowed just four hits and two runs over seven innings as the Bears defeated Shiocton, 6-2, at home Thursday in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal.

Bonduel will travel to St. Mary Catholic for the regional semifinal Tuesday.

“He’s been pitching very well lately,” Bonduel head coach Donnie Gruenewald said of Erb. “He’ll probably get the start on Tuesday.”

Junior Jordan Boldt was 3 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored, and Erb recorded two more of Bonduel’s 11 hits off Shiocton pitcher Nate Schmidt.

“He’s a good pitcher, but he’s not going to blow it by us,” Gruenewald said. “He’s got a decent curveball, but those are the types of pitchers we usually hit pretty well. We stay back, wait for it, and just drive it.”

Boldt and Erb each singled in the first inning before Banker ripped one to left field for the first run of the game.


Stewart, Kietlinski punch tickets to state

Gresham/Bowler has two state qualifiers who will each compete in two events at next week’s state meet in La Crosse.

Senior Allison Stewart continued her strong season with fourth-place finishes in both the 100-meter dash (13.06 seconds) and the 200 (27.16) to advance to La Crosse, and junior Reanne Kietlinski moved on in both the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) and the triple jump (33-6 1/4).

The top four finishers from Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 sectional in Rosholt automatically qualified for the state competition.

Also from the Central Wisconsin Conference-10, Tigerton senior Lonna Minniecheske set a school record in the 300 hurdles (49.05) as she also finished fourth.

Marion’s 4x200 relay team (Melody Riemer, Harmony Riemer, Camille Radies,Desiree Tischauser) was the only other group to place Thursday.

WIAA Division 3 Sectional

May 25

Rosholt High School


Bonduel 4x200 relay qualifies for state

The Bonduel girls 4x200 relay team qualified for next week’s state meet with a second-place finish Thursday at a WIAA Division 2 sectional in Freedom.

The relay team of Emily Sorenson, Hayley Sorenson, Kailee Pedersen and Peyton Hrabik, which posted a time of 1 minute, 47.19 seconds, was nearly one second behind Little Chute, which also bested the Bears in the regional competition Monday.

Emily Sorenson also placed third in the long at Thursday’s sectional with a jump of 16 feet and 7 inches to qualify for her third state meet. She jumped 17-9 in the regional competition Monday.

Other local state qualifiers include two Clintonville athletes who are familiar with the high level of competition at the state meet in La Crosse.

Senior Kara Pyatskowit (5:18.89) placed first in the mile, and sophomore Allysin Booth won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.68. Booth added fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the high jump and 300 hurdles, respectively.


High School Highlights

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Lydia Colon attempts to settle the ball early in the second half of Thursday’s 6-3 home loss to Menasha. The Hawks gave up three second-half goals.


Peshtigo 3

Shawano 2

After Shawano scored in the top of the 10th, Peshtigo answered with a walk-off, two-run single in Thursday’s WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal.

Dylan Sumnicht threw 9 1/3 innings for Shawano (6-17, 4-14 Bay Conference). He allowed seven hits and one earned run.

Kien Moorman went 2 for 4 at the plate to lead the Hawks.

Reedsville 5

Menominee Indian 0

Dawson Grignon threw four innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, as Menominee Indian lost on the road Thursday in a WIAA Division 3 regional quarterfinal.

Norman Kakwitch pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit for the Eagles (2-22, 2-16 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Menominee Indian managed just one hit.

Tigerton 4

Tri-County 0


Hawks produce up and down lineup in 12-2 win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Brianna Zook attempts to catch Marinette’s Hannah Bearson stealing late in Shawano’s 12-2 home victory Wednesday. Zook had a home run at the plate and another run batted in.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sophomore Bayleigh Laabs fires a throw from second base. Laabs drove in two runs in the sixth inning as Shawano defeated Marinette 12-2 in six innings in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Wednesday.

Three Hawks each had at least two RBIs as Shawano powered its way up and down the lineup in a 12-2, six-inning home victory over Marinette on Wednesday.

Senior Saige Henning led the way with four RBIs, and Bayleigh Laabs and Brianna Zook each tallied two in the WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal.

With the win, Shawano advanced to Friday’s regional final against either Seymour or Notre Dame.

“I just liked the way we hit the ball up and down the lineup,” Shawano head coach Brian Johnson said. “The bottom of the order, that’s a huge thing, takes some of the pressure off the top, let’s them loosen up a little bit, so I was really pleased with the bottom of the order.”

Laabs, in the ninth spot, had three hits, and freshman Gracyn Habeck, who batted eighth, chipped in two hits.


Jury out on whether Brewers title run is in the Cards

Ask any Green Bay Packers fan about which team is their biggest rival, and the reply is almost automatic. It’s a pleasure to beat the Minnesota Vikings, but there’s nothing better than a win over the Chicago Bears.
In baseball it’s not as cut and dried. Working out the Milwaukee Brewers’ biggest rival calls for some review.
The tendency is to again assume Chicago, given the teams’ proximity along Interstate 94.

But their weren’t many fireworks with the White Sox when the Brewers were an American League team. Other than the record 8-hour, 6-minute game they played over two days in 1984, that rivalry was nondescript.

Since switching over to the National League in 1998, the Brewers’ encounters with the Cubs have been heavy with competition but light on pain – unless you count the Robin Yount-Dale Sveum episode.


High School Highlights


Marion vs. STAA/Lena

Fresh off an exciting upset, the seventh-seeded Marion Mustangs get to continue their playoff run Friday in the WIAA Division 5 regional title game in Marinette.
Marion, which hasn’t won a regional final in the past 15 years, will get a shot at third-seeded STAA/Lena (14-8, 7-7 Marinette & Oconto Conference at 4:30 p.m. The Mustangs scored the game-winning runs in the top of the seventh inning to topple second-seeded Gresham, 3-2, Wednesday.

Friday’s winner will get a date with either Wausaukee or Bowler in the sectional semifinal May 30.


Bonduel at WIAA Division 3 sectional

The Bonduel boys golf team placed second at its WIAA Division 3 regional on Tuesday at Parkway Golf Course in Pound, sending all five golfers on to the May 30 sectional competition at Glacier Woods Golf Course in Iola, starting at 9 a.m.


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