Hawks cruise in regional opener

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Junior Sydney Schreiber delivers a pitch in Shawano Community High School’s win over Clintonville in Wednesday’s WIAA regional opener.

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Shawano Community High School sophomore Saige Henning picks up the ball for a throw to first during Wednesday’s win over Clintonville.

After just a half inning, it seemed things might be different this time around.

The Shawano Community High School softball team crushed Clintonville in its previous meeting, winning in shutout fashion 15-0 on May 15. In the Truckers’ first at bat in Wednesday’s WIAA Division 2 regional at Shawano, they already were faring much better, taking a 1-0 lead.

However, a new day didn’t bring a different final result.

The Hawks responded with 14 unanswered runs and ended Clintonville’s season with a 14-1 win to advance and face Wittenberg-Birnamwood in a regional semifinal Thursday.

After allowing the game’s first run, Sydney Schreiber allowed only two hits for the remainder while the offense collected plenty of runs.


Bonduel girls advance in softball tourney

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Bonduel High School sophomore Kailee Pedersen slides into second base during Bonduel’s win Wednesday over Crandon in a WIAA regional game.

The Bonduel High School softball team needed to endure just one inning of runs by Crandon on its way to a 16-4 win in Wednesday’s WIAA Division 3 regional at Shawano.

Lexi Reinke and Jen Dowden scored four runs each for the Bears, who scored in each of their four at-bats.

Cameri Gehm allowed only two hits and no walks to earn the win.

Bonduel opened with a three-run first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Reinke and Dowden had one-out hits and Kaylee Rynish drew a walk before consecutive hits by Taylor Weier, Dea Zernicke and Brittany Wudtke.

Crandon had its one productive at-bat in the second, scoring four runs. A walk and four hits led to a temporary 4-3 Crandon advantage before the Bears took the lead for good.

Althea Berry, Kailee Pedersen, Reinke and Dowden each scored a second-inning run for Bonduel, which regained the lead at 7-4.


Hawks breeze by Denmark, 8-0

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Shawano Community High School junior midfielder Sarah Dickmann (12) advances the ball Thursday with Denmark’s Allie VanPay in pursuit.

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Shawano Community High School junior forward Megan Klitzke sends a shot toward the Denmark goal on Thursday.

Playing the late game had a significant perk Tuesday.

With a 6:30 p.m. start time, rainy afternoon weather had ample time to flee the field and allow the Shawano Community High School girls soccer team to play host to Denmark in Bay Conference tournament play.

“We were watching the weather and everything said (the storm) would be gone by 6 p.m.,” Shawano coach Bob Croschere said. “We were glad to get this one in.”

The Hawks showed their appreciation of the mediocre weather that replaced the rain by thrashing Denmark 8-0. Junior forward Morgan Klitzke scored four goals for Shawano, including the game’s first score.

Klitzke scored just three minutes into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead, then added a second goal at the 35-minute mark to push their lead to 2-0 before halftime. Megan Klitzke, who later scored a goal, finished with four assists for Shawano.


5 Hawks advance to sectional track meet

Both the Shawano Community High School boys and girls track and field teams had members advance from the WIAA Division 1 regional at Bay Port on Tuesday.

Daniel Boivin won the pole vault (14 feet, 6 inches) and finished second in the 300 hurdles (42.0 seconds) to advance in both events. Jake Klister (1:59.12) added a second-place finish in the 800, and Zeke Gueths (144-4) was second in the discus.

Shawano’s boys team finished seventh in the team standings with 44 points. Bay Port won the regional with 189.5 points, followed by Green Bay Preble (133.5) and Ashwaubenon (92).

The Hawks girls team finished eighth with 38 points. Preble finished first with 128 points, and Notre Dame Academy was second with 126.

Kristian Kurtz qualified for the sectional in both the 200 (27.30) and the 400 (1:00.93). She was fourth in the 200 and second in the 400.

Onalee Siegfried (9-3) also advanced by finishing fourth in the pole vault.


BABA Roundup


Shawano 9, Menominee 7

WP - Taylor Prey; LP - Waylon Penass

Shawano: Nick VanderHyden was 2 for 4; Braden Zueske was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

Menominee: Melvin Chevalier was 2 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Allen O’Kimosh was 2 for 4; Lowell Chevalier was 2 for 3; Jared Wilber was 2 for 5.

Clintonville 16, Neopit 3

WP - John Dunlavy; LP - Alex Peters

Clintonville: Garrick Morgan was 3 for 5; Turner Dornik was 2 for 4; Jeremy Schoenike was 2 for 4.

Neopit: Dustin Peters was 2 for 5.

Gresham at Marion

Rained out


Little Falls 15, Tilleda 0 (seven innings)

Little Falls scored eight runs in the second inning and coasted to victory over the White Sox.

WP - Jeremy Bauer; LP - Curt Brei


High School Highlights


Bonduel 9

Algoma 0

Trevor Pedersen pitched a no-hitter for Bonduel in Tuesday’s road win.

Pedersen struck out 14 and allowed two walks, while the Bears’ offense scored all nine runs with two outs.

Colton Dobratz and Jordan Richter had two hits each for Bonduel, which improved to 19-1 overall and is 13-1 in the Central Wisconsin Conference-8.

Algoma is 3-12 overall and 3-10 in the Packerland Conference.


Hawks eliminated from tourney play

Shawano earned two match wins Tuesday in the WIAA Division 1 sub-sectional at Ashwaubenon, but failed to advance in the tourney series.

Both of the Hawks’ wins were in doubles events. Sajen Knueppel and Dalton Parson earned a win over Jeffrey Ali and Caleb Paradies, of Green Bay Southwest, 6-0 and 6-3, in No. 2 doubles. They dropped their next match, 6-1 and 6-0, to Devin Wright and Andrew Gehring, of Ashwaubenon.


Anvelink wins another Late Model feature

Nick Anvelink passed Brett Swedberg on the final lap to win his second consecutive Late Model feature and third overall feature of the season.

Looking for his first feature finish of the season, Swedberg took the lead at the start of the feature. Rob Krull and Jeff Curtin chased Swedberg through the early stages of the race while Anvelink began working forward from his ninth-place starting position. Anvelink passed Curtin and Krull on lap nine to move to second behind Swedberg, who had put some distance between himself and Anvelink as the pair approached lapped traffic.

Anvelink showed the nose of his car to Swedberg on multiple occasions, but Swedberg was able to accelerate ahead of him.

Both drivers pushed their cars to the limit in the final turn with Swedberg actually brushing the wall as they entered the frontstretch. Anvelink found the room and was able to beat Swedberg to the line for the win. Ron Berna took third in the race.

IMCA Modified


Loss to Edgar could hurt Hawks’ postseason seeding

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Chase Henning pulls back from a bunt attempt Saturday during Shawano Community High School’s doubleheader against Edgar. He finished with six RBIs in the second game.

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Dylan Sumnicht delivers a pitch in Shawano Community High School’s 10-5 win over Edgar in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Rob Wolff and Dave Schuett pledged to meet up more often.

The two former teammates on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point baseball team tried for two years to arrange a matchup of the high school teams they now coach. Saturday, Wolff’s Shawano team hosted Schuett’s Edgar squad at Memorial Park. Though it was refreshing for Wolff to rejoin his former teammate on the diamond, he might have regretted not just meeting Schuett for lunch.

Edgar – a Division 3 team – defeated the Hawks in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 3-2. Shawano answered with a 10-5 win in the second game.

“This was fun to be able to make this game happen after trying for nearly two years,” Wolff said. “When (Schuett) told me he had the coaching job at Edgar, we said we had to schedule a game.

“Then, (Edgar) got us in the first game, which won’t help us in (postseason) seeding.”


Shawano shut out in regular season finale

Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Shawano Community High School pitcher Sydney Schreiber throws to first after a bunt attempt by Sturgeon Bay during Friday’s game, an 11-0 Shawano loss.

A second-inning error was the snowflake that began an avalanche.

An overthrow to first on what would have been the third out led to the first of many runs for the Sturgeon Bay High School softball team, which scored 11 unanswered runs in an 11-0 win at Shawano on Friday.

Abby Denesh got the win for the Clippers, who took advantage of three Hawks’ errors in the victory.

Shawano coach Kevin Isaacson said the Hawks were experimenting a bit in this final game of the regular season, in preparation for postseason play that begins Tuesday.

“Anytime you’re trying something new, it’s not 100 percent successful,” Isaacson said. “The kids learned some things tonight, and we need to go on from here to concentrate on the playoffs.”


High school softball postseason starts Tuesday


Clintonville @ Shawano

In a favorable postseason opener for the Hawks, they host Clintonville on Tuesday in a rematch of a 15-0 thrashing by Shawano on May 15.

Shawano’s win over the Truckers broke a losing streak that lasted nearly two weeks. Should the Hawks (10-14, 7-9 Bay Conference) get another win over Clintonville (2-18, 2-13 Eastern Valley), they will host the winner of the game between Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Peshtigo.

W-B @ Peshtigo

Wittenberg-Birnamwood was to have a final chance Friday to prepare for the postseason, but its game against Northland Pines was cancelled.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood finished the regular season with a 7-18 record and a 4-10 mark in the Central Wisconsin Conference-8. The Chargers’ most successful stretch of the season was in early May, when they won three of four games to start the month. However, they followed it with a seven-game losing streak.


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