Local residents weigh in on DNR questions

Shawano and Waupaca County residents followed the lead of the rest of the state on most conservation issues voted on Monday night, but broke ranks on a few others.

The non-binding ballot votes on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Conservation Congress proposed regulations changes serve to advise the DNR and Natural Resources Board on public opinion.

Results posted on the DNR website show that 6,893 sportsmen and other wildlife lovers attended the joint meetings held in the state’s 72 counties. That included 110 enthusiastic hunters and anglers at the Shawano Community Middle School meeting and 146 equally passionate sportsmen at Waupaca High School.

A total of 54 counties rejected a proposal by Natural Resources Board member Greg Kasmierski, who runs an archery shop in Pewaukee, to reduce the crossbow season. The overall vote was 3,164 opposed and 2,660 in favor.


8 Hawks clinch 1st at Waupaca

Contributed photo Shawano High School senior Atty Wagner placed first in the boys high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches at the Waupaca Quadrangular on Thursday.

Shawano fared well in its first outdoor meet of the season with eight athletes placing first in their respective events at the Waupaca Quadrangular on Thursday.

In boys action, senior Atty Wagner finished at the top in both of his events. Wagner clinched the 200-meter dash in 24.39 seconds and tied his personal best in the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches.

Junior Parker Pues sealed first in the long jump at 19-8.25, over a foot more than second place finisher Joey Coonen, of Seymour (18-5). Pues also took first in the 100 with a PR sprint of 11.72 seconds and third in the triple jump at 37-7.25.

Freshman Ethan Chelberg finished first in the 3200 at 11:21. Payden Buck placed first in the pole vault at 13-6.

Brandon Zoll finished second in both the 110 hurdles in 18.92 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 49.41 seconds.


Pop Warner expanding to Wolf River region

Duck Creek Pop Warner Football is expanding to the Wolf River Region to give youth players the opportunity to learn fundamentals of the game with an emphasis on safety.

The purpose of the program, which is offered to boys and girls who will be entering grades 3-6 in fall 2018, is to teach the concept of good sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork while providing a safe environment for the area youth to learn the fundamentals of football.

The Wolf River Region league will include Shawano, Bonduel, Bowler, Clintonville, Marion, Wittenberg, Gresham, Gillett and Keshena.

“This is a big thing for the area,” Wolf River Region board member and coach Jeremy Gretzinger said. “The safety component that’s implemented hasn’t been implemented in past youth football programs here. I see it opening a lot of opportunities for kids and their parents, knowing safety is a main focus.”


Bonduel runners make Academic All-State teams

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Bonduel High School cross-country runners that were selected to the Academic All-State boys and girls teams include, from left, back row, Will Beaumier, Charlie Mews, Colin Ewing, Craig Rusch, Coach Diane Schnell, Breanna Schnell, Erin Timler and Madison Kurey; front row, Carter Kurey, Jacob Moede, Jared Wondra, Kaitlin Thompson, Ashlyn Schnell and Kara Troxel. Not pictured is Abby Owen.

After both teams qualified for state for the first time in Bonduel High School program history, the boys and girls cross-country teams received another honor as Academic All-State selections.

All seven varsity runners on each of the two state teams earned the team awards, and 11 runners picked up additional individual awards for personal academic achievement.

The purpose of the award is to honor those who “represent excellence in both areas — on the course and in the classroom,” according to the Wisconsin Cross-Country Coaches Association.

“This is the real reason we have high school sports,” head coach Diane Schnell said. “I’m so proud of them and so proud they represent our community. They show what the school can do for them and what they can do for the community through school. This award is telling people it’s so much more than just the sport.


Masters champ Reed equal parts superhero, antihero

Captain America fought off some determined challengers last week and won the day, as a superhero does, but rather than a ticker-tape parade, he was feted only with scattered golf clapping.

Patrick Reed won the Masters golf tournament last Sunday, becoming the most villainous champion at Augusta National since Bubba Watson.

Wait … Captain America a villain? Antiheroes on the golf course are about as rare as nuns in a street gang, so the route taken by Reed in becoming a tour pariah became an interesting sidebar to his stellar play on the day’s final round.

In addition to being two of the PGA Tour’s brightest young stars, Watson and Reed are also reputed to be two of the least-liked, which made for a tepid reaction to Reed’s winning the green jacket.


Crossbows, chronic wasting disease hot topics at hearing

Photo by Ross Bielema Delegates of the Shawano County chapter of Conservation Congress, from left, Mark Conradt, of Waukechon, Duane Beyer, of Wescott, Brian Heins, of Bowler, and Kevin Marquette of Shawano, lead their portion of the combined Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spring hearing Monday night in Shawano Middle School. Also pictured are meeting moderator DNR conservation warden Clark Delzer, right, and conservation warden Mark Schraufnagel, at board.

Crossbows for deer hunting and chronic wasting disease prompted the most comments from the 110 sportsmen and other wildlife lovers attending Monday night’s combined Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Congress hearing at Shawano Community Middle School.

Similar meetings were taking place at the same time in the state’s 71 other counties during a spring ritual aimed at gauging the public’s opinions on a wide variety of proposed regulations changes and other suggestions, including some generated by citizens through Conservation Congress, the only grassroots advisory group for the DNR and its Natural Resources Board.

A total of eight citizen-generated resolutions were read and discussed, including two by Shawano County Conservation Congress delegate Duane Beyer, of Wescott, on the topic of CWD.


Shawano boys take 3rd, girls 7th at Wausau West

Photo by Dave Hanssen Shawano Community High School senior Hannah Wendorff led the Hawks with a second-place finish in the pole vault at 9 feet at Thursday’s Wausau West Warrior Invitational.

Photo by Dave Hanssen Shawano Community High School junior Tori DePerry finished third in the high jump at 4 feet, 10 inches at the Wausau West Warrior Invitational on Thursday.

The Shawano boys track team finished third overall out of nine teams at the Wausau West Warrior Invitational on Friday.

Host Wausau West won the meet, and Edgar finished as runner-up.

Parker Pues, Payden Buck and Atty Wagner all led the Hawks with first-place finishes in their respective events.

Pues clinched the title in both the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 7 inches, and the 55-meter dash in 6.98 seconds. Pues also finished second in the triple jump at 39-9.5 and fourth in the 200 in 25.93 seconds.

Buck finished first in the pole vault at 13-0 and Wager secured first in the high jump at 6-0. Chase Lhotka finished second in the 3200 in 11:44.54.

Other finishers include Logan Stefl, who took fourth in the 400 in 59.79 seconds; Brandon Zoll, fifth in the 55 hurdles in 9.8 seconds; and Ethan Chelberg, sixth in the 1600 in 5:23.50.


Athlete of the Week: Maddy Pietz

Contributed Photo Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School senior Maddy Pietz finished first in the 55-meter dash in 7.35 seconds at the Wausau West Warrior Invitational on Thursday. Pietz’s relay team also earned first place in the 4x400 and four-lap relays.

Athlete: Maddy Pietz

Sport: Track

Events: 100-meter dash, 200, 400, 4x400 relay and long jump

School: Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School

Year: Senior

Maddy Pietz is showcasing a dominating start to her final track season for the Chargers with six first-place individual and four first-place relay finishes over three meets. Most recently, Pietz earned first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.35 seconds and second in the long jump at 17 feet, 6 inches at the Wausau West Warrior Invitational on Thursday. Pietz’s relay team also finished first in both the 4x400 and four-lap relays. Pietz, a state champion and four-year track participant, will be continuing her track career at Winona State University in Minnesota next year.

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Here’s how to keep loose goose poo off your shoe—for good

We love wildlife until that wildlife gets too close to our homes or starts leaving heaps of droppings in our parks.

I’ve been enjoying the saga of Shawano’s loose goose poo at the parks. As a long-time newspaper reporter, I always felt a sense of accomplishment when someone read my articles (pro or con) and especially when people reacted to those stories. When you get 70 people to come to any meeting without legal threats or promises of free food, you’ve surpassed your journalistic duties.

As a long-time outdoors writer, hunter and wildlife lover, I’ve seen the Canada (please don’t call them Canadian) goose saga in many other cities in at least two other states.


Hawks expect to be competitive in Bay

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Hannah Milavitz returns as a defender for the Hawks this season. Milavitz is one of five senior starters for the team.

Leader photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Niki Hoefs is one of nine seniors leading the team this spring. Hoefs returns as a defender for the Hawks.

The return of eight seniors to lead Shawano girls soccer gives the team confidence, but a delayed start to the season leaves the Hawks with questions on the field.

“I think we have a lot of potential and a strong team, but it’s tough to really gauge that when we’re not able to practice outside to begin the season,” senior Hannah Milavitz said.

Due to the weather, the Hawks have had their first four games cancelled and have been confined to indoor practices for the most part. Without being able to get on a field, it’s tough to determine how they’ll mesh together as a unit come game time.

“Playing outside on the uneven ground and on a full soccer field is a whole different story than practicing in the gym,” senior Nicole Thornock said. “Luckily most of us have played together the past few years, so hopefully it’ll come easily once we get on the field, but it’s definitely going to be a lot of learning during the first couple games.”


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