Witt-Birn girls first at own invite

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls track team dominated the competition to take home to top team score at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Lion’s Invite on Monday.

Maddy Pietz led the way for the Chargers with individual first-place finishes in the 100- and 400-meter dashes while also helping the 4x400 relay team to a first-place finish. Pietz took second in the long jump.

Emily Norrbom won the triple jump, took second in the 200 and helped the Chargers 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams to first. Alyssa Meverden placed first in the 800 and second in the 1,600 while Paige Norrbom won the high jump and 100 hurdles while joining the two winning relay teams. Emma Herb won the shot put and discus events while Lauren Dombeck was second in the 300 hurdles.



The Gresham/Bowler boys co-op earned 71 points to take third-place as a team at the Marion Invite on Thursday.

Tom Seidler, Noah Bestful and Levi Schick earned first-place finishes in the discus, 3,200-meter and 1,600 events, respectively, to lead the co-op. Seidler took second in the shot put while the 4x100 relay team of Dakotah Taylor, David Hahn, Ramsey Price and Bryce Bohl claimed the top time.

The Gresham/Bowler girls team scored 41 points to take fourth-place at the invite. Georgia Schultz, Jayden Jensen and Karisa Nietzer turned in second-place finishes in the 800, 100 hurdles and shot put, respectively. The 4x100 relay team of Jensen, Makayla Belongia, Kayla Vetter and Nietzer also came in second.


Athlete of the Week: Canaan Szoszorek

Contributed Photo Bonduel senior Canaan Szoszorek has turned in a handful of top finishes to open the track and field season.

Athlete: Canaan Szoszorek

Sport: Track and field

Events: Shot put, discus

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Junior

Canaan Szoszorek has enjoyed a strong start to the track and field season, earning three first-place finishes in discus and two first-place and a third-place finish in shot put across three meets. The junior posted season-best throws of 138-01 feet in discus and 44-05.75 in shot put at the Oconto Falls invite on April 26.

Q When did your interest in track and field begin?

A My interest in track and field began when I saw the high school track team throwing and just having fun, and ever since I wanted to do the same thing.

Q What’s your favorite part about a track meet or season?

A My favorite part of a track meet is the atmosphere and having all my friends around me. Everyone cheering each other on and the adrenaline of wanting to win is the best part.


High School Headlights


Bonduel 5

Weyauwega-Fremont 4

The Bonduel baseball team rallied from a pair of two-run deficits to stun Weyauwega-Fremont in eight innings during a Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division clash.

Trailing 2-0, Bryce Maule delivered a two-RBI single in the third inning to tie the game. After the visitors took another two-run lead, Bonduel got back-to-back RBI doubles from Wyatt Erb and Maule with two outs in the seventh to send the game to extras.

Cole Letter hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to score Parker Bohm, giving the Bears a walk-off win. Jordan Boldt earned the win after pitching three innings and striking out four batters. Isaac Boldt struck out six batters across five innings.

Shawano 6

Oconto Falls 1

Brad Bartz twirled a gem on the mound to lead Shawano past Oconto Falls in a Bay Conference clash on Thursday.


DNR board finalizes fall waterfowl season

Waterfowl hunters will see a few major changes in regulations this season, including a simultaneous regular season opener in all three zones on Sept. 29 and elimination of the Horicon Canada goose management zone, meaning there will now be a single statewide regular goose zone.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources board finalized the season dates and regulations in mid-April after listening to input from the public and various conservation and hunting groups, according to Taylor Finger, DNR migratory game bird ecologist. State biologists start with general season guidelines given to them by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, since that agency oversees management of migratory waterfowl.

Another big change is that hunters may now bag three Canada geese per day, one more than last year. The pintail daily bag limit has been increased from one to two.


High School Highlights


Waupaca 6

Clintonville 2

Waupaca 8

Clintonville 4

The Clintonville baseball team dropped a pair of games to Waupaca in a North Eastern Conference doubleheader on Tuesday. Only the first game counted towards the conference standings.

Waupaca used a four-run first inning to take control of game one and a six-run first to grab the lead in the second game.

Matthew Morse drove in a run for the Truckers in game one while Logan Liesenfelder had two hits. Colton Kluth suffered the loss on the mound, but did strike out eight batters across 5 2/3 innings.

Kyle Finger drove in two runs on two hits to lead Clintonville in game two. Morse also had two hits while Dylan Danforth scored twice. Morse was the dealt the loss on the mound.


High School Highlights


Shawano 7

Green Bay West 0

The Shawano girls soccer team made things look easy in a convincing 7-0 win over Green Bay West in a Bay Conference match Tuesday.

Lindsey Roloff and Isabella Burr each netted two goals to lead Shawano, while Sydney Steinbech, Niki Hoefs and Trinity Caldwell each scored one goal.

Morgan Meyers, Alexis Trinko, Lydia Colón and Roloff were each credited with an assist.


Tigerton 3

Marion 0

A dominant start from Austin Hoffman helped the Tigerton baseball team blank Marion in a Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division battle Tuesday.

Hoffman struck out eight batters and allowed just three hits to pick up the win. Hoffman, Conner Harris, Izaiah Hidde and Braxton Michaelis each singled to lead Tigerton at the plate.

Marion’s Conner Thoma was dealt the loss on the mound.

Gresham 10

Manawa 1


Likes, thumbs-up abound after Pack draft; roster revamp continues

The long-awaited NFL draft has come and gone, but it’s still a fair question to wonder how the Green Bay Packers made out.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy, for one, was pleased with the haul of new talent, saying afterward, “I really like all of our picks.”

This was encouraging.

On the other hand, would any coach ever veer far from the company line? “Nah, not a good draft – we didn’t get who we wanted; I doubt any of these new guys will make the team.”

That would be a post-draft story like no other.

Ask a group of fellow Pack fans and you may get a mixed reaction of optimism and surprise, perhaps questioning the utility of taking a punter and a long snapper. The punter from last year (Justin Vogel) was already pretty good – in fact, he had the best net average per punt in team history.


High School Highlights


Witt-Birn 4

Iola-Scandinavia 2

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood softball team doubled up Iola-Scandinavia in a CWC-East battle.

Vicki Dombeck posted three hits for the Chargers while Emma Herb had a three-RBI triple. Alexis Schaupp pitched all seven innings, striking out two batters along the way to earn the win in the circle.

Witt-Birn is now 2-0 overall and in conference play.

Amherst 2

Bonduel 1

Amherst 13

Bonduel 2

The Bonduel softball team dropped a pair of Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division matchups to Amherst on Monday, losing the first game 2-1 before falling 13-2 in the second game.

Brynn Reinke and Joanie Wudtke each posted a hit for the Bears in the first game while Halea Sporisky had two hits in game two.

Reinke and Sydney Luepke each were dealt a loss in the circle.

Manawa 4

Gresham 2


Bowler’s Maranda Brei selected to softball All-Star roster

Despite battling illness during her junior softball season, Bowler High School senior Maranda Brei posted an impressive high school career, so much so that she was selected among the best in the state to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Star Game this summer.

Brei will join other area elite players on the Division 4/5 Blue roster in the Wisconsin Dells June 11-13 for the all-star weekend.

“It feels really great to be selected,” Brei said. “I’m a big sports person and I put a lot of effort into softball and volleyball, so to be recognized for one of those sports is pretty great.”

Brei started on varsity at Bowler her freshman season. After playing as a utility player the first year, Brei moved to second base where she started her sophomore and junior years. This season, Brei’s taking on the pitcher role as well.


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