Senior-heavy Bears have high hopes

Leader Photo by Gerrard Diaz Bonduel High School senior quarterback Colton Dobratz throws a pass during Tuesday’s practice session in Bonduel. The Bears will rely on an experienced group of seniors this year.

Leader Photo by Gerrard Diaz Bonduel High School senior running back Hunter VanderLinden does a footwork drill during Tuesday’s practice session at the school.

Last season, the Bonduel High School football team returned to the playoffs, upsetting Oostburg 13-7 in the WIAA Division 5 Level 1 playoffs.

Most of those players are back this season as the Bears hope to once again make some noise in the postseason.

With only two starters from last year’s team lost to graduation — linebacker and locker room leader Jacob Wudtke and defensive lineman John Carpenter, this year’s team has a good chance of being better than last year’s squad.

“I’m just excited to see how we gel as a group,” he said. “Can we fill those two spots that we lost? It was only two spots, but two great players. Can our juniors from last year, are they going to stay the same or are they going to be better? Are we going to be better than we were last year or are we going to be the same as last year? All those things will be interesting to see.”


Saunders wins first career feature at Speedway

Travis VanStraten stayed hot Saturday, winning his sixth, and second straight, IMCA Stock Car feature of the year at the 10th annual Bud Lynn Memorial Night at the Shawano Speedway.

Third-generation racer Brock Saunders led all but one lap and won his first ever IMCA Sport Mod feature.

Tim Rothe led throughout the Late Model feature for his second win of the season.

Marcus Yarie won his third IMCA Modified feature of the season. Grant Kastning led from start to finish to win his second Mighty Four feature of the season.

Late Models

Rothe led the duration of the Late Model feature holding off the likes of Troy Springborn, Tom Naeyaert and Kurt Moeller. The race went green from start to checkered.

IMCA Modifieds

Tony Wedelstadt took off from his pole position to grab the lead at the start of the IMCA Modified feature. Wedelstadt quickly began to receive pressure from Jerry Muenster and Cody Hudson.


BABA Roundup


Gresham 6, Shawano 0

Adam Carroll threw a two-hitter and struck out 13 to earn the win. Ben Scheidermayer took the loss.

Pete Carroll was 3 for 6 to lead Gresham at the plate. Joe Ejnik was 3 for 5. Chase Quinney was 2 for 3. Adam Carroll added a double.

Brett Verhein and Taylor Prey each had a hit for Shawano.

Neopit 12, Menominee 4

Alex Peters was 4 for 4 and held Menominee to three hits on the mound.

Alex Frechette was 4 for 6 and Wil Corn Jr. was 3 for 6 for Neopit.

Steve Awonopay, Lowell Chevalier and Melvin Chevalier each had a hit for Menominee.

Neopit 13, Shawano 1

Wil Corn Jr. pitched a two-hitter to earn the win for Neopit. Clint Dallas took the loss.

Roger Corn was 3 for 4 with a double for Neopit. Anthony Leeman was 3 for 6 with three doubles. Sasweon Waukechon was 2 for 4 with a home run.


Dairyland Baseball Roundup

Shawano 6, Navarino 1

Lucas Postl and Ryan Coffey had three hits apiece for the Lobos in the regular season finale.

Bryce Szymanski added two hits for the Lobos (22-7). Eric Stenson had a two-run home run.

Ben Bystol earned the win and Szymanski got the save, pitching the last four innings in relief.

Connor Rosin took the loss.

Hofa Park 4, Shawano 3

The Shawano Lobos had a 3-1 lead going into the eighth inning Friday.

Dylan Berg took the loss, Doug Coe earned the win.

The Lobos play an exhibition game against Cecil on Wednesday and open the playoffs at home against Pulaski at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.


Clintonville Legion eliminated from state tourney

The Clintonville American Legion baseball team had the tying run on third base in the seventh inning but couldn’t get him home and lost 5-4 to Wisconsin Dells at the American Legion Class A tournament Friday in Nekoosa.

Trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Diamond Cats (19-6) loaded the bases on Vinny Doberstein’s single, a base on balls by Zac Riemer and a single by Jake VanAllen. Parker Mindel then hit a bouncing ball up the middle that Wisconsin Dells turned into a double play.

Doberstein scored on the play and Riemer advanced to third. Jansen VanDaalwyk then flew out to right field to end the game and Clintonville’s tourney run.

Wisconsin Dells (16-2) took a lead in the second on Justin Hintz’s two-run homer.

The Diamond Cats pulled to within 2-1 on Aaron Morse’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.


No disabilities at camp, just kids having fun

Contributed Photo Isaiah Lanphear, 5, of Cecil, gets in a three-point stance as he learns football skills during the NubAbility Athletics Foundation’s All-Sport Summer Camp held from July 18-20 in Illinois. Isaiah has attended the camp the last two summers after losing his hand in an accident.

The only clue that Isaiah Lanphear was in a major accident two months earlier was the cast where his hand should have been.

Lanphear, a 5-year-old from Cecil who lost his hand in an accident last summer, was back to happily being a kid and playing football and other sports just two months after the incident thanks to a summer camp his grandparents, Joe and Lisa Lanphear, found.

Isaiah was back at the NubAbility Athletics Foundation All-Sport Summer Camp last month, joining 70 other kids from 24 states, all missing limbs, to learn athletic skills from the camp’s 30 coaches, all of whom are also missing limbs.

“There are no disabilities, just kids having fun and being just that, kids,” Lisa Lanphear said. “I don’t think any of us could ask for anything better.”

Lisa Lanphear said the skills Isaiah learned at the camp, from basics such as tying his shoes to playing football and fishing, were essential in his recovery.


Area players selected for all-star rosters

Shawano sluggers Chase Henning and Alex Frechette will be heading to Fox Cities Stadium on Aug. 9 for the Fox River Valley American Legion All-Star game.

The Fox River Valley stars are scheduled to play at noon. The game will be preceded by the Central Wisconsin American Legion All-Star game, set to begin at 9 a.m.

Henning, who batted third for Shawano all season, was sixth in the Fox River Valley American Legion with a .462 batting average.

“He hit the ball very consistently,” Shawano coach Will Gillis said. “He did very good in league, but also nonconference as well.”

Henning had 12 RBIs and 18 hits in league play, and finished the season with five home runs, including a pair against Bonduel and a grand slam against Waupaca.

Gillis said Henning evolved as a hitter this season, facing more curve balls as pitchers tried to limit his effectiveness.


Only 5 nights remain of Speedway season

As the 2014 racing season reaches its final third of the schedule, it is a great time to take a look at some of the intriguing story lines right.

One of the top point battles is in the IMCA Sport Mod class.

Second-year racers Lucas Lamberies and Jordan Bartz have both continued to grow as racers following stellar rookie seasons. Each driver has scored two feature wins in track- point racing action.

Lamberies holds a seven-point edge over Bartz. The two racers are beginning to form a great on-track rivalry with some fantastic individual battles.

Travis VanStraten has made a triumphant return to racing this season in the IMCA Stock Car class. Previous to this year VanStraten hadn’t raced since the 2011 season.

VanStraten has won five features and took the point lead Saturday night.


Diamond Cats lose at state

The Clintonville American Legion baseball team lost to Denmark 5-3 in the American Legion Class A state tournament Thursday in Nekoosa.

The Diamond Cats (18-6) took a 2-0 lead in the first. Denmark (10-7) answered with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Both teams tacked on a run the rest of the way.

The loss sets up a game at 4:30 p.m. Friday against Wisconsin Dells (15-2).

Clintonville’s Parker Mindel took the loss, pitching four innings and allowing five runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Jansen VanDaalwyk led at the plate with an RBI double.

Jake Reetz earned the win, going the distance and allowing three runs, one earned on three hits. He walked three and struck out six.

Alex Lobarger went 4 for 4 for Denmark, with a double and two RBIs. Reetz was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs.


Clintonville wins state tourney opener

The Clintonville American Legion baseball team had no trouble dealing with Nekoosa’s home-field advantage, handing the American Legion Class A state tournament hosts a 15-0 loss in five innings at Holland Field.

The Diamond Cats (18-5) took an early 6-0 lead and then dropped nine runs on seven hits in the bottom of the fourth inning.

No other stats were available Wednesday night.

Clintonville will face Denmark (9-7) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Denmark beat Osseo (14-13) 3-2 to advance. Nekoosa (17-11) and Osseo will play in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m.

Waupun (23-1) also had success on the tournament’s first day, beating Marathon (32-2) 11-0 in six innings. Waupun will play at 4:30 p.m. and face Viroqua (23-8), which beat Wisconsin Dells (14-2) 3-2.

Marathon and Wisconsin Dells will open tournament play Thursday with an elimination game at 9:30 a.m.


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