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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Chris Madden cruises to Sun Drop Shootout win

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Chris Madden holds up his $10,000 check after winning the 50-lap feature.

Chris Madden started in the pole position and led all 50 laps to claim first in Tuesday’s Sun Drop Shootout at Shawano Speedway.

The win moved Madden into a tie for first in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series point standings with Mike Marlar, who finished seventh.

Madden and Jonathan Davenport led the field to the starting line before Madden began his dominance. He had built a comfortable lead by the time the first caution of the race occurred on lap seven. Before the green flag could be waved, another caution flag was brought out.

After green flag racing finally resumed, Madden again built a sizable lead. This time, the race was not halted by any more cautions and the 43-year-old Madden eased to his first career win at Shawano Speedway, securing the $10,000 to win feature race.


Brewers’ new faces create powerful infield logjam

If it’s true that nothing succeeds like excess, then the Milwaukee Brewers hit the jackpot before the league’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Brewers, who began the season trying to find playing time for all of their big-hitting outfielders, now face the same pleasant dilemma with their infield.

After getting third baseman Mike Moustakas from Kansas City in a trade for a couple of minor leaguers, they scored another big bat at the deadline when they moved infielder Jonathan Villar and two prospects to Baltimore for second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

The trades have made the Brewers better, at least according to one of the computers spitting out those kinds of algorithms. Last week, they were given a 64 percent chance to make the playoffs and a 3 percent chance to win the World Series. On Wednesday morning, they were at 76 percent to make the postseason and 4 percent to win it all.


Anvelink’s late charge seals victory

On the track, Late Model ace Nick Anvelink used a last lap pass to win his fourth feature of the year on Saturday and Shawano Speedway.

Marcus Yarie went wire to wire for a $1,000 payday in the IMCA Modified feature, his second win of the year. Dan Michonski came from ninth to win his second IMCA Stock Car feature in a caution-free affair.

In IMCA Sport Mod action, 15-year-old Jayden Schmidt won his first feature of the year. Schmidt won his first-ever feature a year ago during Racing For a Reason. Mighty Four pilot Lucas Hacker secured his first feature win this season carrying Mitchell’s number 57 on the side of his car instead of his usual 17.

The eighth annual Racing for a Reason once again brought out a huge crowd to Shawano Speedway to raise money for childhood cancer charities. The night was also highlighted by a memorial to honor former track champion Mark Mitchell, who passed away this past winter after a battle with cancer.


Waukau plays in WFCA All-Star Game

Leader file photo Meshaen Waukau represented Menominee Indian High School one final time at the WFCA All-Star Game.

Menominee Indian standout Meshaen Waukau had an incredible high school career on the football field, racking up numerous awards and records.

In his senior season alone, Waukau was named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-State Team as an offensive back after rushing for 1,937 yards and 18 touchdowns. Waukau, who was named the co-player of the year in the MONLPC, left Menominee Indian as the program’s all-time leading rusher.

One of Waukau’s most memorable moments on the gridiron came a week ago, when he joined the 8-man South team in the WFCA All-Star Game at UW-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium.

Even though the North team picked up a 36-18 victory, Waukau had a blast donning his high school jersey one final time.

“It was really nice and a blessing to be selected for the All-Star Game,” he said. “It’s a beauty to see your work pay off for the things you love. It was nice to be able to rep that blue helmet and my tribe.”


BABA Roundup

July 22

East-West Division

Bowler 11

Shawano 5

Bowler took down Shawano to improve to 3-7 on the season. Shawano fell to 1-9.

Landon Kroening earned the win on the mound for Bowler while Walker Miller and Cody Montez each provided two hits. Paul Murphy legged out a triple.

Dan Buettner was dealt the loss for Shawano but finished with two hits. Josh Ebert doubled twice.

Little Falls 3

Clintonville 2

Little Falls earned a critical win over Clintonville in 10 innings.

Chris Dunn picked up the win after striking out 14 batters in 10 innings. Hunter Gruenwald posted three hits and scored two runs while Cam Gruenwald and Drew Radies each added two hits for the Loggers (9-2).

John Dunlavy suffered the loss after pitching the final 5⅔ innings. Jake Mattsen pitched the first 4⅓ for the A’s (7-2). Jeremy Schoenike drove in a run while Turner Doornink doubled.

Marion 13

Leopolis 1


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