Sports

Sat
16
May

It’s already been season of firsts at Shawano Speedway

Two new drivers added their respective names to an already impressive list of feature winners Saturday night at Shawano Speedway.

Weekly racing has been held at the track since 1963, and I would venture to say that nearly every racer to smash the loud pedal at the historic half-mile has had a goal of winning at least one feature race. Saturday, Jordan Barkholtz and Brad Wedde secured their first career feature wins at the track, while Mitch Stankowski won his first career Modified feature.

For Stankowski, it was sweet redemption after leading the previous week’s feature on lap 14 before being overtaken by perennial front-runner Jerry Wilinski. Stankowski, an affable second-generation racer from Wausau, made the move to the IMCA Modified class a season ago after running in the IMCA Stock Car class.

Sat
16
May

Hopes higher with healthier Hawks

The clouds are starting to part for the Shawano Community High School softball team.

Due to injuries, the Hawks have yet to see the expected preseason lineup in action this season. After winning four of five to end April and open May, the Hawks’ struggles were exemplified in a winless streak that lasted nearly two weeks.

However, the roster is getting healthier and Shawano returned to the win column by defeating Clintonville 15-0 at home Friday. Saige Henning hit two home runs for the Hawks, while Courtney Ainsworth and Brianna Zook added one each.

Sydney Schreiber pitched the win, allowing only one hit and striking out four.

Shawano coach Kevin Isaacson said key players have returned and more are expected in coming weeks.

“We’ve had a season riddled with injuries, and we’re finally starting to get some of our kids back,” he said. “It’s just nice to be getting our lineup back together.”

Sat
16
May

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Wild Rose 13

Marion 0

Wild Rose (12-7, 11-3 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) scored in each of the first four innings to bring Thursday’s game at Marion to an early end.

Marion (2-14, 1-14 CWC-10) committed eight errors in the game, leading to five unearned runs for Wild Rose.

The Wildcats finished with eight hits in the game, starting with two in their five-run first inning. They took the 13-0 lead in the fourth and the game was ended after five.

Bonduel 15

Oconto 5

Bonduel had 20 hits in five innings to earn a nonconference home win Friday.

Bonduel improved to 16-1 overall and is 11-1 in Central Wisconsin Conference-8 play.

Fri
15
May

Shawano 4th at River Island meet


Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Shawano Community High School golfer Braxten Surber hits a tee shot Thursday during the Oconto Falls Invitational at River Island Golf Course.

Unsurprising to the rest of the field, Marinette couldn’t be caught at the Oconto Falls Invitational at River Island Golf Course on Thursday.

The Marines had the top two individual scores and another top-10 finisher, leading to a team score of 328. They finished five strokes ahead of second-place Bay Port (333), with Ashwaubenon (348) in third.

Braden Mueller led Shawano with an 81, placing him in a tie for third with Kyle Breitenfeldt of Bay Port and leading the Hawks (350) to a fourth-place finish. After nine holes, Mueller was one stroke behind a five-player tie for the lead with a 41. He had his lone birdie on the first nine, at the par-5 No. 7.

Mueller started the second nine with another birdie, at No. 1. However, a triple bogey at No. 5, followed by two consecutive bogeys, removed Mueller from the lead group. Marinette’s Garrett Waloway (79) and Dakota Langlois (80) earned the two best scores of the invitational.

Fri
15
May

Driving toward the postseason


Leader Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Gresham High School golfer Killian Eggert sinks a putt Thursday during the Shiocton Invitational at Eagle Creek.

Photo by Troy A. Bruzewski Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School golfer Devin Gruna hits a tee shot Thursday during the Shiocton Invitational at Eagle Creek.

The Gresham High School boys golf team again relied on Killian Eggert to put the Wildcats near the top of the leaderboard Thursday at Eagle Creek.

The Shiocton Invitational was the second consecutive event the Wildcats were unable to submit a team score due to not fielding a full team. However, it was also the second consecutive meet that Eggert has challenged for the overall individual win. He finished with an 82 to tie for fourth and follow his first-place tie Monday at Golden Sands.

Gresham coach Ben Dieck said he likes Eggert’s chances to extend his season further than last year.

“(Eggert) got to the sectional last year, but no further,” Dieck said. “I think he can go further this year and we’re hoping we’ll have more than one (advance).”

Fri
15
May

Jirschele award recipients recognized


Contributed Photo Award recipients at the Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet are, from left, Katie Ripley, Paul Halverson, Kean Kasper and Devante Adams of the Green Bay Packers, and guest speaker University of Wisconsin professor Michael Leckrone.

The 23rd annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Awards banquet drew a crowd of nearly 400 sports enthusiasts to Clintonville Lanes and Banquet Hall on Saturday night.

Three Doug Jirschele Sports Awards were presented:

Paul Halverson: A 1986 Clintonville High School graduate who played football, basketball and baseball. He was a captain on the basketball team his senior year and second team all-conference. In football he received the Mike Mahnke Award and was unanimous choice for first team all-conference on both offense and defense. In baseball he was first team all-conference two years.

He played baseball for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse after high school and was a member of the Clintonville Athletics for 21 years, as a player and player/manager. His 11-year BABA managerial record was 159-21.

Fri
15
May

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Bowler 15

Menominee Indian 12

A three-run eighth inning gave Bowler a road win over Menominee Indian on Thursday.

The Panthers took advantage of nine errors by the Eagles to win the game, despite being outhit 15-11. Bowler took a 4-1 lead in the top of the second, before Menominee Indian regained the lead with five runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Eagles held a 7-5 lead into the sixth inning, but the Panthers scored 10 runs in the final three innings, including the eighth. Bowler (7-7, 7-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) scored three in the eighth to clinch the win.

Nick Corn, Michael Pecore and Adam Isham had two RBIs each for Menominee Indian (6-10, 5-9 CWC-10).

SOFTBALL

Luxemburg-Casco 5

Shawano 1

The Spartans clinched a share of the Bay Conference title with the win at home Thursday over Shawano.

Wed
13
May

Streak snapped, Bonduel baseball team still riding high

The pursuit of perfection is different in baseball than other sports, for this reason: You can’t double-team a pitcher.

Unlike any other sport, baseball is unique in that a good pitcher on a bad team can take down a team of all-stars. It’s a team game, but within that team game is the essential, individual battle between hitter and pitcher, and if you can’t hit what he’s dealing, it doesn’t matter whether the eight behind him can catch it or not. It’s why the best teams in the major leagues lose 60 times a year, and it’s why a significant winning streak is a pretty big thing.

A pretty big thing came to an end Tuesday when the Bonduel High School baseball team dropped a 1-0 decision to perennial powerhouse Shiocton, closing out the Bears’ season-opening 13-game winning streak.

Wed
13
May

2 Michigan guys walk into Lambeau


Photo Courtesy of Green Bay Packers Fourth-round pick Jake Ryan impressed coach Mike McCarthy last week during the Green Bay Packers’ rookie orientation camp.

Photo Courtesy of Green Bay Packers Jake Ryan shows the hair he donated while still in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.

As more Packers fans discover Jake Ryan, some also discover their photo searches weren’t sorted by date.

When Ryan was selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft, the comparisons to linebacker Clay Matthews were instantaneous.

Ryan played linebacker at University of Michigan, starting on the outside and moving to middle linebacker for his senior year. He also was a pass-rushing threat off the edge for the Wolverines, adding another similarity to Matthews.

However, some based their comparison on outdated images.

Wed
13
May

Late-round struggles drop Bonduel to 3rd at golf invitational

The Bonduel High School boys golf team had its best nine-hole score for 2015 Monday, but Pacelli posted the best score of the season in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 competition to win the four-team meet at Golden Sands Golf Course.

Each of the four Pacelli golfers, along with their alternate, finished in the 40s to finish with a 169. Iola finished second with a 184 and Bonduel was third at 196. Gresham was a golfer shy of recording a team score; however, Killian Eggert tied Zach Mortenson, of Iola-Scandinavia, for the low score with a 40.

Eggert was very close to claiming sole possession of first place, holding a three-stroke lead over Mortenson with three holes remaining. The gap narrowed by a stroke at No. 7 and by two strokes at No. 8. Both golfers hit par at No. 9 to finish in a tie.

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