Sports

Wed
25
Jul

Medford spoils Wittenberg’s state hopes


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg Legion’s Dalton Zeinert, right, rips the game-winning hit to left-center against Marathon on Saturday.

The Wittenberg Legion baseball team, after posting a 12-2 regular-season record, headed into the Class A Marathon Regional with aspirations of making the state tournament in Osseo.

Wittenberg earned wins over Marathon and Nekoosa at the regional but dropped a pair of tight contests in the double-elimination tourney to Medford, the eventual champs.

Despite falling short of state, Wittenberg’s players did not hang their heads.

“We did what we wanted to. We won the games we knew we could but lost some games that we thought we could win as well,” Kody Szews said. “That’s how baseball works. You’re not on every day, and sometimes you just get lucky.”

Wittenberg wrapped up the summer with a record of 14-4.

“I’m really proud of them,” Wittenberg coach Dan Kapitz said. “I know we lost this game, but these are games they won’t ever forget.”

Wed
25
Jul

Freedom tops Bonduel to win Clintonville Regional


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Isaac Boldt (3) and Brandon Olsen (17) crossed home plate at nearly the same time during Sunday’s game against Freedom.

Coming off strong regular seasons, the Bonduel and Clintonville Legion baseball teams each had high aspirations going into the Class A Clintonville Regional.

The teams got off to opposite starts when play started, however. Bonduel claimed a thrilling 1-0 victory over Oconto Falls while Clintonville dropped a 14-5 game to Freedom.

Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb dazzled on the mound in the team’s win over Oconto Falls, striking out 11 batters while allowing just five batters to reach base on Friday. The Grizzlies mounted a two-out rally in the sixth, with Cole Letter’s game-winning single plating the only run.

Clintonville and Freedom were deadlocked at two in the bottom of the sixth when rain postponed the remainder of the game to Saturday morning. After play resumed, Clintonville grabbed a one-run lead and appeared to be on its way to a win. Instead, an error with two outs in the seventh allowed Freedom to score 12 unearned runs in the frame and come away with a win.

Wed
25
Jul

World of Outlaws returns to Shawano Speedway

Rick Eckert is still searching for his first victory this season in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.

With Eckert’s recent success at the Shawano Speedway, the longtime driver could nab that elusive win on one of his favorite tracks at the end of this month.

Eckert, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion in 2011, won the feature event in Shawano last year, marking his sixth top-five finish at the speedway in the last seven years. Eckert has also placed in the top-five of the LMS in every season dating back to 2009.

He leads a star-studded field of drivers making their way back to the Shawano Speedway for the Sun Drop Shootout.

Sat
21
Jul

Bonduel wins thriller over Oconto Falls to open regional play


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wyatt Erb pitched a gem to help Bonduel to a 1-0 win over Oconto Falls in a Class A Clintonville Regional clash.

It didn’t take very long to realize the Class A Clintonville Regional matchup between Bonduel and Oconto Falls was going to be a pitcher’s duel. The only question was was which team was going to scratch across a run first.

The Bonduel Legion team scored the contest’s first and only run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Cole Letter bloop single to right. Pitcher Wyatt Erb worked 6 2/3 stellar innings before Riley Allen got the final out to preserve the Grizzlies 1-0 win on Friday night in Clintonville.

After two quick outs in the sixth frame, Bonduel put together a rally. Bryce Weier and Riddik Bohm each came through with singles before Letter delivered a clutch two-strike single, plating Weier to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead.

Sat
21
Jul

Legion Roundup

Regional games postponed

Weather has moved the start of the Class AA Rhinelander Regional to Saturday.

Shawano will battle Northwoods at 11:30 a.m. in the first game of the day before Antigo faces Rhinelander at 2 p.m. The rest of the regional games will be determined based on the results of those two games. The final is now scheduled to be played on Monday.

The Class A Marathon Regional was rained out on Friday evening.

The regional will now open on Saturday, with Nekoosa and Mosinee battling at 8 a.m., Tomahawk facing off at 10:30 a.m. and Wittenberg against Marathon at 1 p.m. After the first round of games, three more contest will take place Saturday.

Sat
21
Jul

Hartwigs donate scoreboards for Little League fields


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Nick Keszo, Diane Hartwig, Dan Hartwig, Jeremy Hodkiewicz and Dustin Beyer stand in front of of the new scoreboards.

Little League ballplayers and fans have new and improved scoreboards to look up at following a generous donation made by Twig’s Beverage’s Dan and Diane Hartwig.

The four new scoreboards were installed at the Little League diamonds at Memorial Park near the end of June, with the donation amount totaling about $14,000. The Shawano Park and Recreation Department installed the scoreboards with the help of Shawano Municipal Utilities.

Making the donation was an easy choice for the Hartwigs, who jumped at the opportunity to pitch in for their community.

“We just want to see the youth sports continue in this area,” Dan Hartwig said. “Just like when I was young, I played on this field, my kids played on this field and my dad played around the area too. It’s neat just to see it go on. Anything we can do to help out the youth sports, we are always there to help.”

Sat
21
Jul

BABA Roundup

July 13-15

East-West Division

Gresham 19

Shawano 2

Gresham powered its way to a seven-inning win over Shawano to improve to 10-0.

Joe Ejnik posted hits in each of his six at-bats for Gresham while Nate Ejnik tallied four hits, including a home run. Pete Carroll chipped in with two hits for the Gophers while Dan Buettner earned the win on the mound.

Derek Bowman was dealt the loss for Shawano (1-8) while Kurt Boldig launched a homer.

Tigerton 13

Leopolis 0

Tigerton tallied 21 hits during a rout of Leopolis.

Paul Sellner led Tigerton (8-2) with five hits while Brandon Sivertson, Jon Berg, Shawn Much and Haden Harris each had three hits. Sivertson belted a homer while Gunner Kopitzke doubled among his two hits. Much also earned the win for the Tigers.

Jason Kuehl suffered the loss for Leopolis (3-6). Tyler Dillenberg, Justin Reminger, Nate Laude and Brock Hoffman each had one hit.

Neopit 7

Sat
21
Jul

Deadline approaches to apply for variety of permits

This summer seems to be flying by. My daughter Kalispell’s been enjoying several Girl Scout camps so far (Camp Birch Trails in Irma and Camp Winnecomac in Kaukauna) while my wife’s been in overdrive cleaning mode. One of our two garages is the cleanest it’s been since we moved into our house 18 years ago! We’re still planning some short vacation trips, but the school-supplies sales remind us that summer’s slipping away.

I did witness a minor miracle of nature a few days ago while driving on Highway 45 near Oshkosh. A male goldfinch suddenly appeared behind the car in front of me, apparently struck by the car and going through its final roll and death throes. Not wanting to mangle the little guy, I bridged it with my Honda Accord. I looked in my rearview mirror, and could not believe it when I saw not one, but two male goldfinches separate and fly in two directions!

Fri
20
Jul

It’s a good time to be a Wisconsin sports fan

If you grew up in Wisconsin or have been a lifelong fan of sports teams in the state, the success of the Green Bay Packers is probably the source of most of your favorite sports memories.

Teams like the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles have enjoyed spurts of greatness in various sports, but failed to win championships consistently. Even the Packers have fallen short when it appeared the roster had the necessary pieces to win it all.

I’m not saying winning a title in any professional or collegiate sport is a walk in the park, but it would be nice to have a team from the state win the championship now and again.

The recent cool off in the temperature didn’t signal the end of the summer, but it did force me to think about fall and the various high school sports that will soon start up.

Fri
20
Jul

Bonduel earns third straight shutout win

For a third straight game, the Bonduel Legion baseball team shut out its opponent.

The Grizzlies eased to a 12-0 win in five innings over Menominee on Tuesday in Bonduel.

Jordan Boldt picked up the win on the mound, allowing just four hits and a walk. He struck out seven batters in five innings.

At the plate, Bonduel (8-5) used an 11-run fourth inning to take control of the game. Bryce Engel cleared the bases with a double while Bryce Weier drove in two runs for the Grizzlies.

Bonduel is scheduled to take on Oconto Falls at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Clintonville, the second matchup of the Class A Clintonville Regional.

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