Sports

Fri
04
May

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

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.

Thu
03
May

High School Highlights

GIRLS SOCCER

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.

BASEBALL

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

Thu
03
May

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.

Wed
02
May

High School Highlights

SOFTBALL

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

Sat
28
Apr

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.

Sat
28
Apr

Athlete of the Week: Maranda Brei


Contributed Photo Bowler High School senior Maranda Brei will cap her high school softball career in the All-Star Game this summer after being selected as a top player in the state.

Athlete: Maranda Brei

Sport: Softball

Position: Second baseman, pitcher

School: Bowler High School

Year: Senior

Maranda Brei was selected as a top player in the state to play in the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Star Game this summer. The senior has started on varsity all four years at Bowler.

Q Where did your interest in playing softball begin?

A It began my freshman year since I had never played before, I wanted to play one last season besides volleyball with my sister, Cassandra, who was a senior.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing the game?

A The adrenaline rush and just the team working as one to make the game happen.

Q How does it feel being selected to the All-Star Game?

A It’s exciting and just a great feeling to be selected to be part of the best of the best.

Q What are you most looking forward to about that game?

Sat
28
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Shawano clinches doubleheader

Shawano opened its season Thursday with two Bay Conference wins against Seymour. The Hawks won 9-6 in Game 1, led by Cole Nelson who was 2-for-2 with a double and Steve Hoffman 2-for-2. Jody Tadych pitched 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts, six walks, two hits and three runs.

In Game 2, Shawano dominated Seymour 12-2 in five innings. Leading hitters for Shawano were Alex Hoffman, 2-for-3 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs and Sam Tourtillot, 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Casey Baumann pitched five innings for four strikeouts, two walks and six hits.

SOFTBALL

Shawano 13

Xavier 4

Shawano advances to 2-1 on the season after defeating Xavier on the road Friday. The Hawks’ big hitter was Brianna Zook, who was 2-for-4 with a 3-run homer.

Shawano’s three pitchers, Emilee Bastar, Taylor Johnson and Caitlyn Daniels, battled the rain to combine for a one-hitter.

Sat
28
Apr

Blizzard delays wild turkey mating activity

Some of the biggest snow piles are still there, but the farm fields and woods in my section of Waupaca County are now snow-free and looking like normal late-April terrain should look.

The late snow and cold have affected many species, including our beloved lake sturgeon, which bring visitors and tourist dollars to New London, Shiocton and Shawano. Biologists say there’s still no sign that the sturgeon are interested in spawning because the water’s still too cold (that could change by the time this article is printed, however).

The species really bumming me out, however, is the wild turkey. During most springs, the gobblers and hens would be going at it hot and heavy by now, and a few hens would already be nesting. Not so this year. The turkeys not only are mostly silent, but they don’t even seem to be showing up in the fields.

Fri
27
Apr

Buck paces Shawano with 1st at Pulaski invite

Payden Buck clinched the sole first place for Shawano at the Pulaski invite Thursday.

Buck won the pole vault at 13 feet, 3 inches — almost three feet higher than second-place finisher Dylan Grosskreutz, of Bay Port (10-6). Shawano’s Gage Timm followed in third at 8 feet.

Atty Wagner and Tori DePerry secured second-place finishes in the boys and girls high jump, respectively. Wagner jumped 6-2 and DePerry 4-10.

The Hawks had several third-place finishers, including Parker Pues in the 100-meter dash in 11.57 seconds, Carrie Young in the 400 in 1:03.67, Lydia Beyer in the 3,200 in 12:46.03 and Christa Cummings in the triple jump at 32-5.

The boys 4x200 relay team of Pues, Wagner, Buck and Crede Timm also finished third with a time of 1:39.82.

Fri
27
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Witt-Birn 2

Bonduel 1

Bonduel and Wittenberg-Birnamwood got into a pitching dual on Thursday with the Chargers coming out on top 2-1.

Wyatt Erb started for the Bears and threw six innings, giving up one run on three hits, walking three and striking out 10. Casey Kerstner started for the Chargers and matched Erb throwing 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Neither pitcher figured in the decision as Witt-Birn scored a run in the 5th and the Bears countered with one in the 7th to tie the game.

The Chargers plated their final run on a ground ball and a wide throw past first to score a runner from second.

Kody Szews earned the win and Isaac Boldt took the loss for Bonduel.

Bonduel had five players with one hit each and Kody Szews and Dalton King had two hits each for the Chargers.

Gresham 10

Manawa 0

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