Sports

Thu
19
Jul

Ski Sharks ready to defend state championship


Contributed photo Shawano Ski Sharks athletes, from left, Julia Wainio, Lexi Skalitzky, Addie Erdmann, Hannah Strachan, Elizabeth Dillenburg, Madison Maloney, Emily Salerno, Leah Passehl, Riley VandenHouten and Faith Passehl form a ballet line.

The Shawano Ski Sharks will be looking to win a second straight state championship when the team heads to Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids over the next four days.

Shawano will send several individuals to the 52nd annual Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships on Thursday before team events begin Saturday.

The Ski Sharks claimed the Division 3 title last year after earning 1,129 points. Shawano earned first-place finishes for best comedy act, most creative act, high-scoring barefoot act, high-scoring jump act, best dock crew and best boat crew.

This season, Shawano has dealt with a number of obstacles while preparing for the championship.

“We were faced with some challenges early on this season with having to delay certain acts due to low water levels, we lost a few of our experienced skiers, and unfortunately one of our best skiers on the team was injured a couple weeks ago and is out for the season,” said Cody Siolka, the team’s show director.

Thu
19
Jul

A starry tale of dingers, K’s and bad tweets

A couple of revealing points emerged from the festivities at baseball’s All-Star Game.

The Home Run Derby competition showed that today’s hitters are stronger than ever, to a freakish degree, and that in even the most innocuous of competitions every molehill is a potential mountain.

Washington’s Bryce Harper hit 18 home runs — including a finishing stretch of nine in 10 cuts — en route to a close win over Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber that delighted fans at Nationals Park.

An ensuing mini-controversy bubbled over the rate at which Harper hit his winning taters. The derby was a timed event, with each hitter getting four minutes in which to smash as many over the fence as possible.

The pitchers for each hitter had to wait until each hit ball hit the ground or the seats before throwing the next pitch. Harper’s pitcher was his father, who appeared to have thrown a few too early.

Wed
18
Jul

Bonduel shuts down Marion/Tigerton


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jordan Boldt slides across home plate in the fourth inning in front of Marion/Tigerton catcher Cayden Schoen as Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb (21) directs Boldt where to slide.

The Bonduel Legion baseball team picked up its second consecutive shutout win on Monday, claiming a 6-0 victory over Marion/Tigerton in Tigerton.

After Wyatt Erb and Isaac Boldt combined to shutout Wittenberg on Saturday, Boldt teamed up with Riley Allen to hold Marion/Tigerton scoreless Monday.

Boldt pitched the first five innings, allowing just four hits and one walk. He struck out three batters and did not allow more than one baserunner in any inning or allow a runner to reach second.

“My curveball wasn’t really working tonight, so he (catcher Garrett Engel) was giving me more fastballs and making me hit my spots on the corner,” Boldt said. “Once I started to hit those spots, I was able to set them down.”

“They were struggling to hit the outside pitches,” Engel said. “They were all standing pretty far away from the plate, so we just kept trying to work the outside corner.”

Wed
18
Jul

Legion Roundup

Bonduel 3

Wittenberg 0

The Bonduel Legion baseball team shut out Wittenberg for the second time this summer behind a strong pitching outing from Wyatt Erb on Saturday afternoon.

The left-handed Erb pitched the first 6 2/3 innings before hitting the pitch count limit. Erb struck out 11 batters while walking just two. Isaac Boldt came on and struck out the next batter with the bases-loaded to seal the victory and pick up a save.

Noah Beilfuss drove in two of the Grizzlies runs while Garrett Engel drove in the other run.

Rhinelander 7

Clintonville 1,

Clintonville 8

Omro 5

The Clintonville Diamond Cats finished off a strong week on the diamond by splitting a doubleheader on Sunday.

Clintonville could not keep up with Rhinelander in its first game of the day but took care of Omro in the second matchup to salvage a split.

Wed
18
Jul

Springborn, Arneson, Wedde earn first wins of year

The Shawano Speedway was full of treats as the track celebrated Halloween at the Half Mile.

Troy Springborn survived a last lap charge from Brett Swedberg for his first win of the year. Lance Arneson secured his first IMCA Modified win of the year with a last lap pass on Wyatt Block. Trent Nolan raced to his fourth consecutive IMCA Stock Car feature win. Lucas Lamberies notched IMCA Sport Mod win number five after a late race pass of Kyle Raddant. Brad Wedde battled with Lucas Hacker for his first Mighty Four win of the season.

Springborn raced to the lead on lap one of the Late Model feature while Swedberg followed him in second. Lap after lap as Springborn led, Swedberg stayed right on the leader. Nick Anvelink battled past Chris Engels to move to third on lap seven.

Sat
14
Jul

Local teams learn postseason regional opponents

After a summer season filled with practices and games, American Legion baseball teams around the state are making their final preparations for the start of regionals, which open July 20 for most teams.

When regional play begins, there will be just four area teams putting on their uniforms and lacing up their cleats. Despite the limited amount of local teams to cheer on, all four teams believe they are capable of winning state titles.

Shawano is the lone local team in Class AA. The Patriots were placed into the Rhinelander Regional, which also features Antigo, Northwoods and Rhinelander.

After a slow start to the summer, Shawano (9-8) has found its groove over the past couple weeks, with strong pitching and timely hitting leading the team’s turnaround. Joey Tadych, Casey Baumann and Steve Hoffman have anchored the pitching staff while Parker Pues, Jacob Lacy, Brad Bartz and Alex Hoffman have constantly been getting on base and driving in runs.

Sat
14
Jul

Legion Roundup

Shawano 13

New London 0

The Shawano Legion baseball team used a balanced attack at the plate and strong pitching outing from Joey Tadych to ease past New London on the road in five innings.

The Patriots scored six runs in the second inning, a single run in the third, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take down the Clippers.

Tadych and Casey Baumann each provided three hits for Shawano while Tadych and Marcus Welander each drove in two runs. Parker Pues, Jacob Lacy, Mason Dingeldein and Tadych each scored two runs.

Tadych worked the first four innings to earn the win, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Isaac Buntrock pitched the final inning, working around a hit and a walk to post a scoreless frame.

Shawano is 8-3 in its last 11 contests.

Clintonville 9

Marion/Tigerton 2

Sat
14
Jul

Big-water perch fishing with co-worker fills freezer

“When are we going fishing? You want to go fishing after work?” Eric Shew, like so many kids in the Fox River Valley, is an addict. But unlike opiates or alcohol, his addiction is fishing.

The 17-year-old Oshkosh lad works with me at 4imprint in Oshkosh. He’s a “sanitation engineer apprentice,” which is another term for trash collector. With 920 employees, there’s always plenty of trash, and recyclables, too.

We struck a friendship one day when we got talking about fishing and duck hunting. Eric, his dad, Jon; and his grandfather, Dan Meisel, are all avid fishermen. Eric and his dad enjoy waterfowling, too.

I know fishermen like to brag, but it soon became apparent from Eric’s frequent fishing success stories on walleyes and perch that he was the real deal. He’d learned well from his dad and granddad.

Fri
13
Jul

Erb, Finger named to Legion All-Star Game


Leader file photo Kyle Finger has had a monster summer at the plate for the Clintonville Legion baseball team.

Leader file photo Wyatt Erb has been a strikeout machine from the mound for the Bonduel Legion baseball team this summer.

The Clintonville and Bonduel Legion baseball teams have each enjoyed strong summer seasons and each hold high aspirations for the postseason.

Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb and Clintonville’s Kyle Finger have played big roles in the success of their respective teams and were recently honored with roster spots for the 2018 Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game. Erb and Finger will represent the Stripes team in the contest, which will be played at Miller Park on Aug. 5, following the completion of the Milwaukee Brewers game against the Colorado Rockies.

Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt was also named to the All-Star Game and will serve as one of three coaches for the Stripes team.

While making the Legion All-Star Game is a honor most players hope to earn, the feat seemed unlikely for Bonduel’s Erb following a devastating injury just one summer ago. Erb tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while trying to gain exposure on the basketball court.

Fri
13
Jul

LEGION BASEBALL

The Clintonville Legion baseball team seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Diamond Cats picked up their third win since Sunday in a 7-3 victory over Wild Rose on Wednesday evening in Clintonville.

Clintonville got a strong start on the mound from Logan Liesenfelder, who did not allow a run across the first four innings. Matthew Morse worked the final three frames, surrendering just one earned run.

The Diamond Cats grabbed an early lead on a Colton Kluth RBI double in the bottom of the first inning before adding a run in the second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead.

After Wild Rose scored its first run in the fifth, Clintonville answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Nick Schoen tripled to open the frame before scoring on a Kyle Finger double. Keenan Doornink later drove in courtesy runner Chance Bork to give the Diamond Cats a 5-1 advantage.

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