Sports

Fri
10
Aug

Shawano, Bonduel ready to hit links

High school girls golf teams opened the 2018 season on Monday. By Friday, teams could already be participating in meets.

The Shawano and Bonduel girls golf teams are each coming off successful 2017 seasons, with each team advancing to sectionals. Each fell short of qualifying for state, but Shawano’s Brianna Zook made it as an individual, tying for 54th.

Both teams again have high aspirations for the season but will each need to replace some talented golfers that left due to graduation.

Shawano will need to replace Zook and Brinley Kowalkowski, who served as the team’s top two golfers for much of the 2017 season. The Hawks will turn to a pair of juniors, Kiley Rusch and Macie Herm, and sophomore Taylor Johnson to lead the team.

While Shawano will not roster the number of seniors it typically does, the team still believes it has the pieces in place in order to have a successful season.

Fri
10
Aug

Several local players named to All-Star Game

Legion baseball players from local teams will have one final opportunity to hit the field this summer as the Central Wisconsin Legion Baseball Association holds its annual All-Star Game, which will be played on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Bonduel will have four players participating in the game after winning the conference’s North Division this summer. Noah Beilfuss, Isaac Boldt, Jordan Boldt and Bryce Weier will represent the Grizzlies on the diamond while the team’s coaching staff lead the North Division team. Wyatt Erb was not eligible for the game because of his inclusion in the Legion All-Star Game at Miller Park on Aug. 5.

Keenan Doornink, Colton Kluth, Nathan Krueger, Logan Liesenfelder and Nick Schoen were all named to the All-Star Game from the Clintonville Legion Team after strong seasons on the diamond. Like Erb, Kyle Finger was not eligible after playing at Miller Park this past Sunday.

Thu
09
Aug

Shawano holds high aspirations despite young roster


Leader file photo Brayden Dickelman (23) and the Shawano football team are coming off a 4-5 season in 2017.

Over the course the last couple of years, the Shawano football team has graduated many talented senior players.

After making the postseason for the third time in school history in 2016, Shawano ended the 2017 season with a 4-5 overall record and 3-5 mark in the Bay Conference. The Hawks suffered a 16-13 overtime road loss to New London to end the season, a game Shawano needed to win in order to become playoff-eligible.

As the Hawks enter the 2018 season, it has a handful of upperclassman to lean on for production, but several younger players will also need to step up if the team hopes to make the postseason for the fourth time in school history.

Senior defensive back Steven Hoffman, a second team all-conference selection last year, is the only returning Shawano player with defensive all-conference honors. Brayden Dickelman, a honorable mention pick at wide receiver last year as a sophomore, is the only returning offensive player with all-conference honors.

Thu
09
Aug

Baseball cards: Been there, done that, check it off the list

At first glance it looked like one of those happy-ending stories wherein some regular guy catches lightning in a bottle. The headline read, “Man finds 1955 Mickey Mantle card in pack, is offered $50,000.”

Ultimately, though, that wasn’t the deal. The guy was attending a national convention of card collectors, and had paid a $500 entry fee for a spot in the “draw order” of the opening of a pack of cards from 1955. In what was effectively a high-priced raffle, each entrant “won” the card that appeared in the order corresponding to the number issued to them when they entered.

Oh. Never mind, then.

The real surprise was that there’s still someone out there willing to drop 50 grand on a baseball card. I thought they milked that cow dry in the 1980s, after the Happy Days/American Graffiti nostalgia wave had become a feature of our society and souvenir trading card shops sprang up like pigweed.

Thu
09
Aug

Concealed carry class on Aug. 11

Wolf River Concealed Carry LLC in New London will host a Wisconsin concealed carry class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11, at New London Fish and Game Club, N5433 Old Highway 45, New London.

The classroom portion teaches the Wisconsin Department of Justice curriculum and covers laws regarding the use of lethal force, areas where firearms are prohibited, handgun and ammo selection, holster selection and why posting no-guns signs can increase a business’s liability.

Optional shooting instruction is held immediately after the classroom portion.

Cost of the class is $80, optional shooting instruction using a variety of small handguns is $30 and ammo is $20. You may bring your own handgun and ammo to class.

Food and drinks are available. To register, call 920-982-1719 or go to www.wolfriverccw.com for details.

Wed
08
Aug

Erb and Finger enjoy All-Star Game


Leader file photo Clintonville’s Kyle Finger caught the final three innings of the Legion All-Star Game.

Each year, the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball All-Star Game rewards some of the state’s top young talents with an unforgettable experience: playing a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

This year, Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb and Clintonville’s Kyle Finger each played in the All-Star Game, which took place Sunday afternoon following the Milwaukee Brewers’ extra-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies.

The duo helped form the Stripes team, which suffered a 6-3 loss to the Stars team.

Erb started the nine-inning game on the mound, striking out two batters and allowing an unearned run across two innings. He received three at-bats in the contest. Finger caught the final three innings and had two at-bats.

Even though the Stripes came up short, the local all-stars enjoyed the experience.

“It was a lot of fun to play in such a huge place like Miller Park, especially when you’re such a big fan of the Brewers like I am,” Finger said.

Wed
08
Aug

Yarie and Barkholtz win again as weather shortens night

Mother Nature shortened racing at Shawano Speedway on Saturday evening. But it didn’t dampen the spirits of Marcus Yarie and Jordan Barkholtz, who returned to victory lane with wins in the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sport Mod divisions, respectively. Each driver earned his fourth win of the season, with Yarie earning his third consecutive win while Barkholtz’s win was his second in a row.

Shawn Frelich took the lead on lap one of the IMCA Modified feature as Jerry Muenster chased him in second. On lap four, Muenster pulled even with Frelich and utilized the inside line to take the lead on lap five.

Lap six saw Frelich, Chucky Forstner and Eddie Muenster race three wide for second. Eddie Muenster moved to second on lap seven and began to pursue his father. Over the next few laps, Eddie Muenster made multiple challenges for the lead in the outside groove, but his 77-year-old dad continued to lead.

Sat
04
Aug

Packers training camp rolls on


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Aaron Rodgers, left, and Brett Hundley fire passes during a drill on Friday.

The Green Bay Packers enter in the 2018-19 season hoping to rebound from what was a forgettable 2017-18 season.

The team failed to make the postseason for the first time since 2008 and went through plenty of turnover during the offseason.

One of the franchise’s biggest moves since the team last stepped on the field was releasing longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson during the offseason. The news came as a shock to many and left them wondering who might help fill the void.

Devante Adams became the team’s clear No. 1 receiver, with Randall Cobb also figuring into the mix for a plenty of looks. Outside of those two, the team did not roster any proven pass-catchers.

Sat
04
Aug

Record your deer watching to help DNR biologists

I’m lucky to live in the middle of a woodland paradise. My little section of Waupaca County is teeming with wild turkeys, sandhill cranes, coyotes, frogs, turtles and of course white-tailed deer. It’s not an exaggeration that I see deer almost every day, and that’s not always a good thing. In 18 years of living on a Wolf River backwater, I’ve only had a few deer bounce lightly off the side of my car and never killed one with a vehicle.

Close calls? Don’t go there.

Fri
03
Aug

Local teams go through first practices


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano players work on drills during Wednesday’s practice.

A little rain couldn’t put a damper on high school football teams return to the gridiron.

Wednesday marked the first day teams could hit the practice fields, and whether coming off a state championship or winless season, the excitement to get the season underway was still present despite some overcast and rainy weather conditions in the area.

Players with at least one season under their belts know the drill, but many new players got their first taste of the high school football season.

While football equipment was also passed out Wednesday, many teams spent the first practice day working on the fundamentals of the game.

Many players could be seen attempting to properly carry the football, with others working on tackling and using the right techniques to do it safely. Several coaches and instructors could be spotted on the fields, working with different positions and on different skills.

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