Wildcats, Chargers take top regional seeds

Gresham and Wittenberg-Birnamwood earned top seeds in their respective WIAA baseball regionals, which open play Thursday.

The Wildcats (10-5, 10-5 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) will get the night off while STAA/Lena (1-12, 0-10 Marinette & Oconto Conference) faces Sevastopol (1-18, 0-15 Packerland Conference) Thursday. Gresham, which advanced to the sectional final a season ago, will have to win three games to get to the same level this season.

Shawano (5-15, 3-13 Bay Conference) earned the sixth seed in its Division 2 regional, earning a date with Peshtigo (10-5, 6-4 M&O) in the opening round Thursday.

The Hawks lost to top-seeded Seymour in nine innings twice this season, showing their potential to play at a high level.

Clintonville (7-10, 7-10 North Eastern Conference) is the fourth seed in the same regional and hosts Oconto Falls (6-14, 5-12 NEC) Thursday.


High School Highlights


Marion 15

Gresham 5

Hailey Hoffman and Karisa Nietzer each tallied two hits as Gresham lost in five innings on the road Thursday.

Kristen Bowman and Nietzer combined to allow 15 walks and six hits for the Wildcats (11-6, 11-6 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Bowman added one hit for Gresham.


Shawano 7

New London 3

Shawano scored two runs in each the first, third and seventh innings in Thursday’s road victory.

Cole Nelson picked up the victory on the mound, giving up eight hits, three runs and three walks over 6 1/3 innings for the Hawks (6-15, 4-13 Bay Conference).

Tigerton 6

Port Edwards 0

Conner Harris struck out 11 batters and gave up four hits in a home victory Thursday.

Four players each had two hits to lead the Tigers (9-9, 8-9 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).


West De Pere 9


Errors cost Hawks chance at toppling Bulldogs

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Shawano sophomore Bayleigh Laabs fields a grounder at second base and attempts to flip it to Brianna Zook to get an out. Shawano committed four errors on defense, accounting for six unearned runs for New London in an 8-2 home loss Tuesday.

Four unearned runs in the second inning for New London turned out to be more than enough support for pitcher Leah Porath as Shawano fell 8-2 at home on Tuesday.

The Hawks, who needed a victory for a chance to tie for first in the Bay Conference, let the game slip out early.

A throwing error on shortstop Brianna Zook on Kali Rohan’s hit allowed two runs to score, and then McCoy Mix hit a two-run double to left-center, doubling the lead.

The Hawks also had two errors in the third inning, which led to another run, and then the team’s fourth error came in the sixth inning, just before the Bulldogs scored their final two runs of the game.

Shawano head coach Brian Johnson said his team wasn’t phsyically ready to make those plays.

“That’s on me,” Johnson said.

New London tallied just one more hit than the Hawks in the game, but clean defense by the Bulldogs prevented Shawano from cutting into the deficit.


Bears place 4th at home invitational

Leader photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School golfer Austin Acker watches his putt slowly roll by the cup on the 18th green of Golden Sands Golf Course on Monday during the Bonduel Invitational. Acker shot the low round for the Bears, a 92, as Bonduel finished fourth.

The Bonduel boys golf team took fourth place at its home golf meet by shooting a 406, right around the mark the team has been all season.

The Bears, however, were without Kody Jashinsky, the No. 3 golfer, which gave way to Jack Jiskra and Tyler Thunder, who were unable to shoot in the low 100s.

“It’s like a broken record,” Bonduel head coach Dave LaBerge said. “We’re always right around there.”

No. 1 golfer Austin Acker entered the clubhouse with a 92, and teammate Carter Siolka posted a 96 for the Bears. Pacelli and Oconto tied for first place with rounds of 359, while Wittenberg-Birnamwood (399) placed third.

Manawa’s Ryan Schuelke (73) was the medalist.

Siolka, meanwhile, continues to be a pleasant surprise for LaBerge.


Hoffman throws no-hitter in victory over Eagles

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Hailey Hoffman attempts to grab a ground ball hit in the fourth inning of Friday’s 23-0 road victory over Menominee Indian. Hoffman threw a no-hitter for the Wildcats.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Gresham Community School junior Mackenzie Hoffman fields a grounder before throwing the ball to second base for a fielder’s choice in Friday’s victory in Keshena. Hoffman added three runs on one hit and three walks at the plate.

Gresham junior Hailey Hoffman threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 23-0 road victory over Menominee Indian.

Hoffman struck out two batters over four innings. The Eagles’ only base runner reached base on an error.

Hoffman is getting more mound time as junior Kamille Davids recovers from an injury.

“I think she’s stepping up,” Gresham head coach Amanda Reindl said. “She was really excited today. She said, ‘I want to pitch the whole game.’ And she just pitched the whole game yesterday, and that was seven innings. I think she really is loving it.”

At the plate, Gresham drew 19 walks and collected nine hits against three different Menominee Indian pitchers.

Karisa Nietzer and Kennedy Hoffman led the Wildcats with two hits apiece. Kiersten Fischer and Nietzer both scored four runs.


Erb gets back on track in 3-2 home win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School junior Wyatt Erb pitched four innings on Friday, striking out 10 and allowing one hit as the Bears defeated Oconto 3-2 at home. Erb added an RBI double at the plate in the third inning.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel High School senior Brent Pieper awaits a pickoff throw from Wyatt Erb early in Friday’s 3-2 home victory. Pieper scored one of the three runs as well for the Bears.

Bonduel junior Wyatt Erb and freshman Isaac Boldt combined to allow three hits and two runs in a 3-2 home victory over Oconto on Friday.

Erb struck out 10 batters and allowed just five base runners in four innings.

“He was pounding the strike zone,” Bonduel head coach Donnie Gruenewald said. “I think after the last couple of times, he’s been a little bit off, and today we wanted to leave with a good taste in his mouth that, ‘Hey, I can still pitch. I didn’t lose everything.’

“And now we have him eligible, depending on how we want to go on Monday (vs. Weyauwega-Fremont). That’s the main reason he came out.”

After giving up a single, wild pitch and a walk to put runners on first and third in the fifth, Erb gave way to Boldt. Oconto scored on a fielder’s choice and an error to cut its deficit to 3-2.


Hesse, jumpers clearing new heights

Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School senior Tyrell Hesse cleared 6 feet, 4 inches at the Shawano Invitational on Tuesday, setting the school record. He barely missed out on 6-6 and could have more opportunities at conference and regionals.

From the beginning of the season, Shawano head track coach Dave Hanssen knew senior Tyrell Hesse had the ability to break the school record in the high jump.

Hanssen wanted Hanssen to set his sights higher than Tim Rodrigues’ 6-foot-3 mark, set in 1984

“I told him at the beginning of the season he was a 6-6 jumper, believe it or not,” Hanssen said.

On a cold and cloudy Tuesday during the Shawano Invitational, Hesse broke through for a 6-4 jump and nearly cleared 6-6 before his ankles clipped the bar.

“Today, I was just like, ‘Oh, all my fans are here. I’ve got to show out,’” Hesse said. “And I did, so I’m really happy about it.”

Junior Atty Wagner has helped push Hesse to perform at a high level.

Wagner and Hesse have been back and forth in results throughout the season.


2nd position with 1 to go most interesting

The white flag waves.

This one eloquent motion by the flagman begins the lap that determines the size of the check. This moment begins the one singular lap that decides whether or not a racer parks in victory lane. This begins the lap in which a racer can go from hero to zero or vice versa in a scant few seconds. The lap is decided by split-second decisions.

Many times, racers are confronted by lapped traffic. In dirt racing, no one has a mirror, so the leader might have no idea if there are competitors looking to steal the leader’s thunder.

Being in the lead is not always the best place to be as the white flag waves.

You are the driver with the pressure. You are the only driver that has a race to lose. You don’t know who is on your bumper.


High School Highlights

Contributed Photo Bowler High School junior Reanne Kietlinski set three school records, including this triple jump of 35 feet, 3 inches, at Friday’s Central Wisconsin Conference meet at Tri-County High School.


Gresham 13

Menominee Indian 6

Dawson Grignon recorded three hits in four at-bats to go with one run scored and one driven in for Menominee Indian in Friday’s home loss to Gresham.

Dayton LaTender had a three-RBI double to help cut into the Wildcats’ advantage, but it wasn’t enough for the Eagles (1-16, 1-14 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Grignon picked up the loss for Menominee Indian, throwing 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking six. He allowed four runs.

Almond-Bancroft 12

Tigerton 4

Tigerton tallied just four hits, including a double from Patrick Bailey, in Friday’s home loss.

Conner Harris picked up the loss for the Tigers (7-7, 6-7 Central Wisconsin Conference-10).

Austin Hoffman, Alan Parrott and Wyatt Matteson each singled for Tigerton.

Clintonville 9

Luxemburg-Casco 5


McFarlane’s hat trick propels Hawks to 5-1 win

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Colleen McFarlane tallied a hat trick as the Hawks defeated New London, 5-1, at home Thursday.

Colleen McFarlane scored from outside the 18-yard box in the 57th minute to complete her hat trick as the Hawks routed New London, 5-1, at home Thursday.

Shawano, which only scored two goals in the first meeting of the teams earlier this season, topped that mark in the first half as it held a 3-1 advantage at the break.

The game was a similar style as the first meeting, but the Hawks this time finished their chances against New London goalkeeper Liz Tank.

“We just took advantage of our opportunities,” Shawano head coach Bob Croschere said.

Holding a two-goal advantage, Shawano needed just three minutes to find the back of the net in the second half. McFarlane dribbled the ball down the right side of the field before crossing it into the box, where Lindsey Roloff got her head on the ball and put it off the post and into the netting.


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