Bonduel's Sorenson shines in cold conditions

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Hayley Pues finished fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles Thursday at the Oconto Falls Invitational.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School sophomore Jacob Banker accelerates during the third leg of the 4x200 relay Thursday. The Bears finished the race in second place, six seconds behind Peshtigo.

Heading into Thursday’s cold and rainy Oconto Falls Invitational, the Bonduel track team was going to use the meet as a gauge for postseason competition.

Even more importantly, it hoped to remain healthy, but three jumpers, all on their first jumps of the day, suffered minor injuries in the dense sand pits, and head coach James Westrich did not want to take any chances.

Junior Emily Sorenson, who jumped 15 feet, 8 1/2 inches in her opening long jump, placed first without having to jump again.

“She’s confident with her long jump routine,” Westrich said. “She’s comfortable with her block routine. She’s just able to come out, have fun and compete, and that’s helping her a little bit.”

Sorenson also won the 100-meter dash, in 13.31 seconds, and ran a leg on the 4x200 relay team that placed third place as Bonduel placed sixth at the 15-team meet won by Seymour.

The Thunder also took the boys meet. Bonduel finished 10th.


High School Highlights


G.B. East/West 6

Shawano 0

Shawano senior Nate Laude took the loss, giving up five hits and three walks in five innings Thursday at home.

He allowed just one earned run for the Hawks (3-6, 3-3 Bay Conference).

Evan Ostertag struck out 10 batters while no-hitting the Hawks. He also had two RBIs for East/West (6-3, 5-2 Bay).



Bonduel 11

Manawa 6

Becca Carpenter and Kailee Pedersen each had three hits and two RBIs to lead Bonduel in Thursday’s home victory.

Junior pitcher Cameri Gehm allowed 10 hits and six earned runs while striking out five batters for the Bears (6-4, 3-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-8).

After Manawa (5-6, 2-6 CWC-8) pulled within one run, 7-6, the Bears closed the game by scoring two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Menominee Indian 15


Klemens wins final 3 games to seal Hawks victory

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano’s Joe Willkomm reaches for a ball during a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 loss to Fox Valley Lutheran at No. 2 doubles Wednesday. Shawano won the match, 4-3.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano’s Carter Peplinski gets around a ball to hit with his forehand in a three-set loss to Fox Valley Lutheran at No. 2 doubles Wednesday. Shawano won the match, 4-3.

Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Shawano’s top singles player, Shawn Klemens, won the next three games Wednesday to seal the Hawks’ 4-3 home win over Fox Valley Lutheran.

Klemens was able to use his left-handed delivery to hold serve twice in the final three games in a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win over Jared Petham.

“He hadn’t been hitting my serves, and I had been hitting them pretty well,” Klemens said. “I just knew I had to win his service game.”

The Bay Conference match started April 21 but was postponed, due to lightning, until Wednesday.

Klemens was winning his tiebreaker in the first set, 5-4, when play resumed Wednesday. He was thrown into a difficult situation, immediately needing to serve twice, but won both points to take a one-set lead.


Corn to play softball at Northland

Menominee Indian High School senior pitcher Kelsey Corn will have an opportunity to continue her softball career after deciding Monday to attend Northland College in Ashland.

Corn said landing a college offer took a lot of work.

“It shows that even though I came from a small school, an unknown school, it shows how much work I put into it,” Corn said. “I finally did something with it. I’m going somewhere.”

Corn was a first-team All-Central Wisconsin Conference selection as a junior. MIHS head coach Bob Smith said she could have been the player of the year had it not been for Eagles senior Joan Waukau, who claimed the honor a season ago.

Corn has lived up to the lofty expectations so far this season, batting over .700 in conference play.


Eyes on the prize, Packers seek to fill in missing pieces

All I want for draft day is a linebacker like Clay Matthews, with the same football instincts, only faster and immune to injury.

If it fits into the stocking, it would be nice to find a wide receiver in there, too. A burner, with 4.2 speed and good hands, preferably … no, make that great hands, and a 50-inch vertical leap.

Another item on the wish list is a tight end, one who can get more separation than Richard Rodgers but who can go up and get a jump ball in the end zone like Rodgers can if he has to.

The day of the NFL draft to a football fan can feel like Christmas to a kid. You know that you’re about to receive something that you didn’t have before. You just don’t know what it is yet, or how much you’re going to like it. Some of the stuff that looked great in the brochures turned out to be junk.


Yarie earns 2nd straight win at speedway

Contributed Photo Marcus Yarie won the IMCA Modifieds feature for the second straight week Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

Contributed Photo Mike Mullen won the Late Models feature Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

Another stellar car count of 124 cars signed in to do battle at the Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Marcus Yarie stayed consistent, winning his second race in a row in the IMCA Modifieds feature.

“Mighty” Mike Mullen (Late Models), Travis VanStraten (IMCA Stock Cars), Wyatt Block (IMCA Sport Mods) and Jason Hopinka (Mighty Fours) scored their first wins of the season at the track. For Hopinka, it was his first-ever win at Shawano Speedway.

Late Models

Mullen burst onto the Late Models racing scene last year with multiple feature wins. After having engine issues on opening night, Mullen started on the front row of the feature this week and lived up to the “Mighty” moniker.


Monfils’ late goal pushes Hawks to draw

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Colleen McFarlane attempts to settle a ball for the Hawks during Tuesday’s draw with Seymour at home.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Teagan Monfils fights for the ball in the first half of the Hawks’ 2-2 draw with Seymour on Tuesday. Monfils scored the game-tying goal with three minutes left in the match.

Shawano senior Teagan Monfils scored in the 87th minute Tuesday to give the Hawks a 2-2 tie with Seymour in Shawano.

Trailing 2-0 after Seymour’s Kyla Ryan scored in the 52nd minute, the Hawks started to find their groove, possessing the ball and putting pressure on the Thunder defense.

Megan Klitzke found the back of the net on a pass from Morgan Klitzke with 20 minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one.

“They started pushing harder. That one goal kind of pushed everything from there,” Shawano head coach Bob Croschere said. “We started playing tougher because we were back within the one goal. The first 70 minutes, we kind of just went through the motions and pushed the ball around and didn’t do a lot.”

Seymour, utilizing the speed of forwards Ryan and Anna Froehlich, was able to sprint past the Shawano defense but could not convert on several chances because of junior goalkeeper Carlie Hinnefeld, who posted 25 saves.


Hawks win 1 at Ashwaubenon tourney

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Alli Raddant tries to turn a double play during Shawano’s 9-3 loss to Appleton East on Saturday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School freshman shortstop Bayleigh Laabs fields a ground ball and looks to make a play at second base. The Hawks lost two of their three contests Saturday in Ashwaubenon.

A six-run third inning, aided by two Shawano errors, put Appleton East ahead for good as the Patriots posted a 9-3 win in the second of Shawano’s three games at the Ashwaubenon tournament on Saturday.

Shawano took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. An error on a fly ball hit to deep left field by freshman Bayleigh Laabs brought in the first two runs. Junior Saige Henning then doubled to center field to score Laabs.

In the top of the third, Appleton East’s Sydney Pfotenhauer hit a bases-clearing double off freshman Emilee Bastar to tie the game. Shaela Roskom added an RBI single and Hannah Werner doubled to center field to put the Patriots ahead, 6-3.

The Hawks were shut down for the remainder of the game by Pfotenhauer and relief pitcher Morgan Neubauer. Shawano got one runner into scoring position in the sixth inning on an error on Sarah Petry’s fly ball, which allowed Erin Cerveny to get to second base.


High School Highlights

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School freshman Tori DePerry runs in the 4x200 relay. The Hawks took third place in the four-team girls meet Tuesday in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School sprinter Logan Stefl runs the second leg of the 4x200 relay Tuesday at Shawano Community Middle School. The Hawks finished the relay behind West De Pere.


Bonduel 3

Weyauwega-Fremont 0

Bonduel senior Trevor Pedersen threw a no-hitter, striking out 15 batters without giving up a walk, in a road victory Monday afternoon.

Jordan Boldt had two of the eight hits for Bonduel (6-1, 3-1 CWC-8).

Logan Bosquez took the loss for the Indians (5-4, 3-2 CWC-8). He allowed seven hits and three runs.

Green Bay East/West 3

Shawano 0

Junior Dylan Sumnicht struck out six batters in six innings and allowed one earned run, but the Hawks still fell on the road Tuesday.

Sumnicht walked one batter and gave up four hits for the Hawks (3-5, 3-2 Bay Conference).

Max Vanboxtel earned the win for the hosts (5-3, 4-2 Bay), striking out eight and allowing one hit.

Tigerton 3

Menominee Indian 2

Tigerton was able to score two runs over the final two innings to secure a road victory Tuesday afternoon.


Yarie wins for 2nd straight week at speedway

Marcus Yarie won his second IMCA Modifieds race in a row at the Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Clint Fostner led the opening lap of the IMCA Modifieds feature. While Forstner led, Lance Arneson made a three-wide pass to move up to second on lap two. On lap four, Arneson went to the outside of Forstner to take the top spot away. By lap five, Yarie had worked his way up to second place and began to reel in Arneson. On lap 12, Yarie went to the outside of Arneson in turns three and four and took the lead by a bumper at the start-finish line. Yarie led the rest of the way for the win, with Arneson on his rear bumper. Jerry Wilinski made a late race pass on Jaimie Schmidt to finish in third. Benji LaCrosse crossed the line in fifth.

Mike Mullen (Late Models), Travis VanStraten (IMCA Stock Cars), Wyatt Block (IMCA Sport Mods) and Jason Hopinka (Mighty Fours) scored their first wins of the season at the track. For Hopinka, it was his first-ever win at Shawano Speedway.


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