Ski Sharks host largest adaptive ski event yet

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Brad Keuschel, left, and Eric Gran, right, help stabilize adaptive skier Ben Kosbob on the Wolf River as part of the Shawano Ski Sharks adaptive learn-to-ski event Friday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Jacob Unger, center, coasts to the shore at Smalley Park with the help of Mick Siolka, left, and Nick Spalding, after completing a circle on the Wolf River during a learn-to-ski event Friday.

Dave Passehl and the Shawano Ski Sharks held their biggest, and final, adaptive ski class of the season Friday at the Wolf River Beach at Smalley Park on Friday afternoon.

With 21 adaptive skiers signed up, Passehl was hoping the Ski Sharks could give them all multiple chances to ski on the Wolf River.

“It’s a lot of people coming at one time, and we just want to make sure they have a good experience so they want to come back and do it again,” Passehl said.

Ski Sharks members, one on each side of the adaptive skiers, took turns guiding the skiers, pulling them up at the beginning of the ride, stabilizing the weight on the ski during the ride and helping them slowly fall into the water as the skiers approach the beach.

A rotation of eight support riders helped the adaptive skiers.


Buss making most of trip to Olympic trials

Contributed Photo Mackenzie Buss, who just finished her junior year at the University of Louisville, first swam at the Olympic trials at the age of 17. She believes she will still be nervous Monday morning for the 100 backstroke prelims at the 2016 trials.

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School graduate Mackenzie Buss will compete in her second U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100-meter backstroke Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.

It has been a long road for Mackenzie Buss, a 2013 graduate of Shawano Community High School who will compete in her second U.S. Olympic trials Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Buss, who holds three SCHS swim records — the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 100 individual medley — was determined to win all her races, even from a young age, according to her Shawano Community Swim Club coach Paul Villez.

“She was always extremely determined and wanted to win all the time, no matter what the race was,” Villez said. “She wanted to beat everybody and because of that, she always worked very, very hard.”

Following a breakout season as a freshman at the University of Louisville, which included setting a school record in the 100-meter backstroke and finishing fourth on a relay team in the consolation bracket of the NCAA championships, Buss a year later considered giving up swimming.


Shawano anglers take 4th in Minocqua

Contributed Photo Jacob Bigelow, left, and Karson Rades hold up fish they caught Sunday while taking fourth place at the Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship in Minocqua.

Two Shawano students, Karson Rades and Jacob Bigelow, took fourth place at the Wisconsin State High School Fishing Championship on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes on Sunday.

Rades, who just completed his freshman year at SCHS, and Bigelow, who will be a freshman this fall at SCHS, teamed up to catch the five-bass limit with a combined weight of 9 pounds and 2 ounces.

The two anglers went out on the Minocqua Chain of Lakes on Saturday for a practice run and to decide where they wanted to fish.

They woke up around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and headed out to the lake.

“We launched on Minocqua Lake, and we tried fishing that the day before, and that didn’t really work for us,” Bigelow said.

The two then traveled to Tomahawk Lake, where things went a little bit better. The team finished out its eight hours of fishing there, with its biggest catch of the day coming in at 2.15 pounds.


Big money time for the Mods at the track

This Saturday night the biggest IMCA Modifieds show in the history of the Shawano Speedway will hit the historic half-mile. The third leg of the Cheesehead Triple crown, the Fury at the Fairgrounds, will pay the IMCA Modifieds feature winner $5,000.

The first leg, held at 141 Speedway, went to Benji LaCrosse and paid him a cool $10,000. The second leg, Friday night at the Oshkosh Speedzone, paid $5,000 to the winner.

The race in Shawano, the third and final leg of the triple crown, will pit the local frontrunners against some of the top pilots in the nation. Multi-time USMTS champion Kelly Shryock of Fertile, Iowa, former IMCA Supernationals winner Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Arkansas, and former Supernationals winner Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, North Carolina, are among the headlining invaders slated to be on hand.


Early errors hurt Shawano in loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano American Legion catcher Kasey Kristof keeps New London from crossing the plate after an error in the first inning.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano American Legion pitcher Nate Laude fields a ground ball after getting hit with a line drive in the first inning of a 7-1 loss to New London at home Thursday. Laude pitched a complete game and allowed three earned runs.

Early defensive errors by Shawano and an aggressive mindset at the plate for visiting New London resulted in a 7-1 Shawano loss Thursday in Fox River Valley Legion West Division play.

The Patriots committed four errors in the game, accounting for four unearned runs for New London, which scored all of its runs in the first four innings.

Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said simple things can help reduce the number of errors.

“The focus, being mentally ready and expecting the ball to come to you,” Koenig said. “Right now, there’s not much of that, and we need to start getting that way.”

Logan Lacy’s RBI single to left field opened the scoring in the first inning, driving in Austin Hansen after a two-base error. The Clippers added another run in the second, on a Kyle Wolfe double to left field, three in the third and two in the fourth.


Legion Highlights

Menasha 13

Shawano 2

A fast four-run start from host Menasha proved to be to much for the Shawano Patriots to overcome in a five-inning road loss Sunday.

The Patriots (2-3) recorded more walks in the game than hits.

Dylan Sumnicht took the loss for Shawano.

Nate Mentzel picked up the victory.

New London 7

Shawano 2

New London’s five-run sixth inning was the difference in Shawano’s road loss Tuesday.

The Patriots (2-4), who posted just two hits, scored a run in each of the first two innings but went scoreless from then on.

Cole Nelson took the loss. Tasa Grignon came in to record the final three outs.


LeBron shows he too can make a splash

Among the takeaways from Cleveland’s amazing 4-3 series win over Golden State in the NBA Finals was the reminder never to crown any team as the greatest of all time until the season is over.

Golden State’s record of 73 wins and just nine losses was a phenomenal achievement that might never be matched. But in failing to close the deal in the postseason, the Warriors join ranks with an elite but forlorn group that includes the 2007 New England Patriots and the 2005 University of Southern California football Trojans. Those teams were also rhapsodized over throughout a glorious regular season before it all came crashing down in the money game.

Or, in the Warriors’ case, games. In a most far-flung statistical anomaly, the Warriors managed to lose as many times in the playoffs as they did throughout the entire 82-game season. That will be a tough one to top.


Party with the Packers

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Attending the VIP meet and greet Tuesday at the Sun Drop Museum, Sam Carroll looks on as former Packers player Sean Jones poses for photos and Irene Luenberger captures the moment.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale LeRoy Butler walks up to hug a fan during a question-and-answer session Tuesday at the Packers Tailgate Tour at the Crawford Center.

Standing on a temporary stage with the Packers Tailgate Tour bus sitting behind them, Packers President Mark Murphy and six current and former players stood in front of a crowd of nearly 800 fans Tuesday at the Crawford Center.

Murphy took the time to talk about each of the men, including former greats Sean Jones, LeRoy Butler and Robert Brooks, and current Packers Jared Abbrederis, Sam Barrington and Jayrone Elliott.

Fans from around the state came to see the Packers during the stop, the final tour event before the bus headed back to Lambeau Field to conclude a five-day trip around the state.

The event was a fundraiser for the Red River Riders, a nonprofit group that provides therapeutic horseback riding to address physical and emotional needs of disabled people.


Abbrederis ready to finish offseason

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Exuberant fans cheer the arrival of Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy along with current and former players during the team’s Tailgate Tour stop in Shawano on Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Packers players Sam Barrington (58), Jared Abbrederis (84) and Jayrone Elliott (91) step onto the stage at the Crawford Center during the Packers Tailgate Tour on Tuesday.

The three Green Bay players who spent the past five days traveling around Wisconsin with the Packers Tailgate Tour are ready to take a break and then get back to business.

Jared Abbrederis, Jayrone Elliott and Sam Barrington met fans all over the state during the tour, which concluded Tuesday in Shawano.

With about one month until the team needs to report for training camp on July 25, Abbrederis plans to take the next few weeks off to prepare himself.

“It’s been great, it’s been awesome, it’s been a blessing to be on (the Tailgate Tour), but I’m excited to have this full month basically until we get back,” Abbrederis said. “So it will be nice to have that month to relax and train.”

Abbrederis did not let the stress of training camp affect his interactions with fans during tour, but he wants some time to himself to get in the right mindset before the grind of the season begins.


BABA Roundup


Bowler: Zack Olson, Thomas Kazik

Caroline: Connor Senzig, Tyler Marquardt

Leopolis: Aaron Hoffman, Austin Hoffman

Little Falls: Kal Fischer, Drew Radies, Hunter Gruenwald

Tigerton: Eric Kroening, Paul Sellner, Pat Provoast, Gunner Kopitzke, Dylan Berg

Tilleda: Brad Brei, Matt Rueb

Manager: Dylan Berg


Clintonville: Jansen Van Daalwyk, Garrick Morgan, Mitch Ebben, Jared Westphal

Gresham: Mitch Plesek, Brent Berkholtz, Jordan Stitchman

Marion: Dave Jueds

Menominee: Cody Vigue, Melvin Chavalier III

Neopit: Bob Peters, Dallas Madosh

Shawano: Taylor Prey, Kregg Boldig, Bobby Brunker

Manager: John Fietsch



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