Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




Racing: Anvelink, VanStraten each win third in a row

Contributed Photo Konnor Wilinski wins his first IMCA Modified feature of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway. The first-place finish moved him into a tie atop the standings.

Halloween at the Half Mile had no tricks, just treats for Nick Anvelink, Konnor Wilinski, Travis VanStraten, Jordan Bartz and Kevin Bice.

Anvelink won his third Late Model feature in a row and sixth overall on the year. Wilinski scored his first feature of the season and moved into a tie atop the IMCA Modified standings. VanStraten outdueled Dan Michonski for his third straight IMCA Stock Car feature win. Bartz got IMCA Sport Mod win number three, while Bice won his second Mighty Four feature.

Joe Reuter led the early stages of the Late Model feature before Troy Springborn pulled to the outside of Reuter on lap three to take the lead. While Springborn led, Anvelink steadily worked his way through the field from his eighth-place starting position.

On lap 10, Reuter, Anvelink and Tom Naeyaert went three-wide for the second spot. On lap 11, Anvelink finally worked his way to second and set his sights on Springborn.


Legion: Bonduel hangs on late for thrilling win over Shawano

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Parker Bohm, left, slides safely into home as Shawano’s Zach Erdmann applies the tag during the fourth inning of the team’s annual Fourth of July contest in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Fans and coaches look on as Shawano’s Nick Grignon flies out to deep center field for the final out of a Fourth of July Legion contest in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Zach Erdmann delivers a pitch during a Fourth of July Legion contest at Bonduel.

A deep flyball by Shawano’s Nick Grignon nearly left the park for a grand slam home run. Instead, Bonduel center fielder Jordan Boldt made the catch up against the fence to preserve the team’s 1-0 Legion home win over Shawano in a Fourth of July thriller.

“When he first hit it, I was like, oh no. It just kept going and going. I knew Jordan was going to give it his best shot out there and luckily it went 349 (feet), not 350,” said Bonduel coach Jason Boldt.

“A little bit, but I wasn’t sure,” said Shawano coach Kobey Pues on if he thought the ball would leave the park. “I was watching (Jordan) Boldt and he was reading it and I just wasn’t sure. I was kind of hoping the wind would pick up a little bit.”

Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Bonduel brought on Aaron Margelofsky to try and shut the door in the seventh. But Shawano’s Elliott Lowney drew a walk before Kaleb Lowney was hit by a pitch.

Bonduel then turned the ball over to Parker Bohm.


Competitors enjoy 34th annual Leopolis Triathlon

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Competitors swam across the Leopolis Pond to kick off the Leopolis Triathlon on the Fourth of July.

Participants from around the state opened their Fourth of July by competing in the 34th annual Leopolis Triathlon.

All three classes, jock, beer belly and youth, started by swimming across the Leopolis Pond. The next portion of the triathlon saw the beer belly and youth classes each bike five miles, while the jock class biked 12 miles. The final leg saw the beer belly and youth classes run two miles, while the jock class ran five miles.

Most participants swam and biked under sunny conditions before light rain fell during the running portion of the day.

Some individuals came to compete on their own, while others were joined by several other family members.

“Including cousins, there were 16 of us (family members) in the running,” said Christine Schuessler of Green Bay, who was competing in the Leopolis Triathlon for the first time and enjoyed the running portion of the triathlon most.


BABA Highlights

East-West Division

Bowler 9

Little Falls 2

Bowler knocked off Little Falls in a make-up game June 29. Little Falls, which did not play its scheduled Sunday game, fell to 6-1 on the season.

Paul Murphy pitched all nine innings to earn the win, striking out seven batters to work around 12 walks. He allowed just one hit. Murphy and Ezra Spencer each doubled for Bowler, which took advantage of 11 walks.

Seth Korb suffered the loss for Little Falls, pitching 6⅓ innings. Brock Gullixon had the team’s lone hit.

Leopolis 10

Bowler 4

Leopolis took down Bowler in the division’s only Sunday game. Leopolis improved to 3-4, while Bowler fell to 1-7.

Kasey Kristof pitched all nine innings to earn the win for Leopolis. Wylee Springborn and Nick Schoen each finished with two hits.

Logan Thiex was dealt the loss for Bowler, which had six players record a hit in the contest.

Northern Division


Western states are ideal for do-it-yourself varmint hunts

Traveling with family is a mixed bag. Sharing adventures with wife and daughter while we explore the far corners of America or even the world is an experience not to be missed. But let’s be honest. Wives and daughters have their own agendas, and mine would rather explore a mall or thrift store than hike a wilderness trail or hunt for anything other than a clearance sale.

But my wife truly loves to travel, and she outdid herself this time. She elected to leave her well-paying job as a chemical engineer behind last June, growing tired of a clueless boss and endless on-call hours. She decided to cash in some long-held savings bonds, spend a few months as a stay-at-home mom to our 13-year-old daughter and find a new career.


Bucks retooling roster after near Finals miss

The Associated Press Bucks’ Khris Middleton, right, shoots against Pistons’ Ish Smith during Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series April 17. Middleton agreed to a new five-year deal with the Bucks at the start of the free agency period.

The Associated Press Bucks’ Brook Lopez makes a 3-point basket against the Pistons during a regular season game Jan. 1. Lopez will return to Milwaukee on a new four-year deal.

The Milwaukee Bucks recently embarked upon one of their most important offseasons in recent memory, trying to find the missing pieces to help the team reach the NBA Finals after just falling short this past season.

The team’s most important piece, MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, is under contract with the Bucks until 2021 and has said he enjoys playing in Milwaukee. But that doesn’t mean he couldn’t change his mind if the team isn’t making positive strides — which would be reaching, and hopefully winning, the Finals before his contract is up.

As one might expect, the Bucks decided to bring back most of their core players, doing so in the first few hours after the free agency period started Sunday.

All-Star Khris Middleton and the Bucks agreed to a five-year, $178 million deal, while Brook Lopez signed a four-year, $52 million deal. Both deals were reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


Legion: Bonduel knocks off Marion/Tigerton

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Parker Bohm delivers a pitch in the seventh inning of Monday’s Legion game against Marion/Tigerton in Bonduel. Bohm struck out all three batters he faced in the inning.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Marion/Tigerton’s Zach Fehrman throws a pitch in the later innings of Monday’s Legion game at Bonduel. Fehrman pitched all six innings for the visitors.

A pair of two-RBI hits and a strong start on the mound from Jordan Boldt led Bonduel to a 5-1 victory over Marion/Tigerton in Bonduel on Monday.

Marion/Tigerton jumped out to an early lead by scoring once in the first, but Bonduel took the lead for good with a four-run second.

Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss led off the inning with a single before moving to second when Isaac Boldt reached on an error.

Cole Letter reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out Isaac Boldt at second for the inning’s second out, but Dylan Burch followed with a walk to load the bases.

Aaron Margelofsky came through with the first of two big Bonduel hits in the inning, driving in Beilfuss and Letter with a single.


Legion: Bonduel wins tournament on tiebreaker

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Aaron Margelofsky, right, swings at a pitch against New London at the Diamond Cat Tournament on Saturday in Clintonville.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joey Wagester delivers a pitch against New London at the Diamond Cat Tournament on Saturday in Clintonville.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Logan Liesenfelder heads to first base against Freedom at the Diamond Cat Tournament on Saturday in Clintonville.

The Diamond Cat Tournament in Clintonville had it all, from pitching duels and clutch hits to three-hour marathons and everything in between.

But in the end of the eight team, double elimination tournament, it was a tiebreaker that was used to declare Bonduel the champions over New London.

Championship games were supposed to be played Saturday, but with Bonduel set to play its third game and New London its fourth on a day the temperature was around 90, the decision was made to put the winner-take-all game off to Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately, for a second time since the start of tournament, the weather had other plans. Early morning rain and thunderstorms cancelled the game, which led to the tiebreaker of head-to-head runs being used.

Bonduel outscored New London 10-7 between the two games the teams played to win the tiebreaker.


Stock Car Division puts on a show for the ages

Photos courtesy of Turn 2 Photos and Design Travis VanStraten won his first IMCA Stock Car feature of the season on Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Sometimes it all just comes together. That was the case on Saturday night at the Shawano Speedway as fans were treated to some unbelievable action.

Nick Anvelink came from seventh to win his fourth Late Model feature of the year. Former dirt and pavement Late Model feature winner, Tim Rothe, scored his first career IMCA Modified feature win. Travis VanStraten came from 10th to win a caution-free IMCA Stock Car feature that had more passing than an indoor football game. It was VanStraten’s first feature win of the year.

Teagan Wudstrack was on cloud nine after coming from 11th to win his first ever IMCA Sport Mod feature. Jason Cornelius put his early season woes behind him with his first Mighty Four win of the year.


Legion: Bonduel to face New London for tournament title

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Garrett Engel, left, makes a catch on a foul popup as Noah Beilfuss looks on during the team’s win over Clintonville at the Diamond Cat Tournament on Friday in Clintonville.

A pair of games between the Bonduel and New London Legion baseball teams was not enough to determine a winner at the Diamond Cat Tournament in Clintonville on Saturday.

Bonduel earned a 6-2 win over New London behind a strong pitching outing from Isaac Boldt, which advanced the Grizzlies to the championship game.

New London topped Clintonville in the final elimination game to earn a rematch with Bonduel. Needing to top Bonduel twice to win the tournament, New London hung on late for a 5-4 win to force a third game between the teams, with the winner taking the title.

Instead, after the coaching staffs met with the umpires, the winner-take-all game was postponed to Sunday at 3 p.m. Had the teams played again Saturday, it would have marked Bonduel’s third game of the day and New London’s fourth, and with warm temperatures, the call was made to move the game to Sunday.


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