Sports

Thu
13
Jul

Shawano 8U baseball, 10U softball place 3rd in home tourney


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Braylyn Babino of the Shawano Black 12U softball team lays down a bunt during play this weekend. Shawano Black, Shawano Red and Bonduel all lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bertina Dodge, a second baseman on the Shawano 10U softball team, makes a throw to first base to get an out during the weekend tournament at Memorial Park. The Shawano 10U softball team, along with the 8U baseball team, each placed third in their respective tournaments.

The Shawano 10U softball team and Shawano 8U baseball team placed third at the first of three consecutive weekends of Shawano Youth League hosted tournaments.

Games, which began Friday night after a short rainstorm swept through the area, continued as scheduled into Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Park.

The Shawano 8U baseball team used an 8-6 victory over Little Chute to earn its spot among the top teams from the weekend, while the 10U softball team used victories over Waupaca and Oconto to advance into bracket play, where it defeated West De Pere in the opening round.

A loss to Plover sent the 10U team into the third-place contest, where Shawano bounced back with a 6-1 victory for third place. Winneconne defeated Plover for the 10U title.

Shawano Red, Shawano Black and Bonduel all lost in the quarterfinals of the 12U softball tournament.

Thu
13
Jul

Brewers became quite a story in the first half

The day after baseball’s All-Star Game is a black hole on the calendar, the slowest sports news day of the year.

Baseball is the only professional team sport playing in mid-July. When the All-Star Game ends, there comes a day off for every All-Star, non-All-Star, coach, manager and fan. Unless it’s a World Cup year, there’s very little shaking in pro sports on the day after the All-Star Game.

The mid-July sports lull has been a thing for a long time, as illustrated with a quick spin through the old newspaper archives. There, highlighting one sports section, was a huge photo of former heavyweight boxing champ Max Schmeling — who was opening up a bottling company in Germany.

Equally riveting was the shot of former slugger Rusty Staub, getting a shoeshine the same time as former manager Walter Alston was getting a haircut.

Wed
12
Jul

Grizzlies take out frustrations in 15-2 win


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel Legion’s Brent Pieper slides into home plate for a run as part of a six-run first inning in Bonduel’s 15-2 road victory over Marion/Tigerton on Tuesday.

Before Brent Pieper even got on the mound for the Bonduel Legion baseball team, he had a six-run lead.

With the help of three errors, the Grizzlies, who had lost six consecutive games over the past 12 days, dominated Marion/Tigerton in a 15-2, five-inning road victory Tuesday night.

“We needed an inning like that, the way we’ve been slumping lately. So, it was nice to see something go our way for the first time in a week,” Bonduel head coach Jason Boldt said.

Jordan Boldt and Brandon Olsen, the first two batters of the game, reached on errors, and then Pieper singled to left to drive in the first two runs of the game. After Josh Richter reached base on an error, Bryce Weier and Isaac Boldt hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it a 4-0 game. Parker Bohm hit a sac fly, and then a wild pitch brought across the final run of the frame.

“They were on the field, but they weren’t mentally on the field,” Marion/Tigerton head coach Tyler Marquardt said.

Wed
12
Jul

Oreskovich, Wilinski, Bethke win 1st features of season


Photo by A&H Photos Konnor Wilinski finally broke through for his first IMCA Modifieds win of the season on Saturday at the Shawano Speedway, using the high line to get past Marcus Yarie and Jerry Wilinski.

Photo by A&H Photos Max Oreskovich picked up his first career victory after Josh Slewinski was disqualified from the Mighty Fours feature on Saturday at the Shawano Speedway.

Konnor Wilinski ended a season of frustrations with his first feature win of 2017 in the IMCA Modified feature at the Shawano Speedway on Saturday. Kevin Bethke also broke through for his first IMCA Sport Mod win of the year, while Brett Swedberg won his second straight Late Model feature. Travis Van Straten scored his sixth IMCA Stock Car feature after having to come through the last chance qualifier just to make the show, and Clintonville teen Max Oreskovich secured the first feature win of his young career with a Mighty Four win.

Late Models

Swedberg, Mike Mullen and Chris Engels went three wide for the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature with Swedberg holding the lead at the start-finish line. He took to the high line and sped off.

Wed
12
Jul

Clintonville takes New London Tournament title

Clintonville went 3-1 over the weekend, falling to New London in the opening game but bouncing back for a 2-0 title game victory Sunday in the New London Tournament.

Pitcher Hunter Vollmer gave up just two hits in a complete-game victory, while Josh Schroeder and Nathan Krueger each drove in runs for the Diamondcats.

Schroeder gave the visitors the lead in the second inning on a single.

In the sixth inning, against New London’s Logan Locy, who allowed just four hits all game, Vollmer reached base on a passed ball strikeout, Jordan Koeppen bunted him over, and then Krueger drove him in on a single.

Locy pitched a complete game as well, but his team’s offense couldn’t muster any runs, a vast difference from the first meeting between the teams Friday night. In that contest, New London used a five-run sixth to pull away for a 9-4 victory.

The Diamondcats picked up two victories on Saturday, 12-4 over Waupaca and 5-1 against Bonduel.

Wed
12
Jul

Legion Baseball Highlights

Waupaca 5

Shawano 4

Alex Hoffman drove in three runs on a double in the third inning, but Shawano fell on the road in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.

Casey Baumann picked up the loss, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out two and walking three.

Five players each had one hit for Shawano (7-8).

Waupaca 4

Shawano 3

Noah Brodhagen was the only Shawano player with multiple hits, both singles, as the Patriots lost the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday on the road.

Brett Ainsworth, Brad Bartz and Casey Baumann each scored runs for the Patriots (7-9).

Cole Nelson threw a complete game, allowing 11 hits and four earned runs. He struck out three and walked four.

Ashwaubenon 3

Shawano 1

Dylan Sumnicht and Alex Hoffman each had two hits, while Brett Ainsworth drove in Shawano’s lone run in Saturday’s road loss.

Fri
07
Jul

Shawano championship teams gather for reunion


Contributed photo The 1956 Shawano boys basketball team won its first of two consecutive state championships with a 74-68 victory over Appleton. Team members included, from left, John Cantwell, Martin Gharrity, Dave Meyer, Loren Wolf, Fred Opperman, Robert Hammer, Mike Dodge, Larry Maltbey, Tom Koslowski, Guy Grignon and manager Fritz Kukuck. Not pictured is head coach John Kenney.

Contributed photo The 1957 Shawano High School state champion boys basketball team defeated Madison West, 66-61 ,in the title game. The team included, from left, front row, manager Fred Wittlinger, John Cantwell, Martin Gharrity, Mike Dodge, Bernard Prusik, Tom Spohn, Harley Lyons, manager Larry Reisner; and back row, assistant coach Walt Hein, manager Mike Mayerl, Jerry Klose, Fred Opperman, Loren Wolf, Dave Meyer and head coach John Kenney.

The 1956 and 1957 state champion Shawano High School boys basketball teams will hold a reunion July 22 at Brothers Pub.

Team members, families and friends will gather for an informal reunion from 12-4 p.m. at the pub along the west shore of the Shawano Lake.

Roughly 15 team members will be on hand, along with a number of loyal fans and family members, to share their memories of those glory years in the history of Shawano basketball.

Captains Larry Maltbey and Loren Wolf, on behalf of both teams, invite any interested fans or community members to join the celebration.

During the 1956 season, Shawano lost six games, including two to Clintonville, before winning the final eight games of the season. The Indians went 22-6 in 1956. They were 27-2 the following season.

“’56 was an interesting year because our record wasn’t that great,” Wolf said.

Fri
07
Jul

Majeski wows at Slinger Speedway

Well another rainout last week. This is really getting old.

In my quest to seek out racing activities last weekend, I and my family ventured south to the Slinger Speedway. The paved track located just northwest of Milwaukee bills itself as the world’s fastest quarter-mile race track.

Much like the Shawano Speedway, Slinger is steeped in tradition. It began hosting races in 1948 and has been the home of legendary racers Alan Kulwicki, Robby Reiser, Al Schill, Conrad Morgan, Rich Bickle and even 1981 Shawano Speedway track champion Lowell Bennett.

Last Sunday’s race was significant for the fact that young Seymour hotshoe Ty Majeski scored his first career feature victory at Slinger. Majeski, currently under contract with Jack Roush, is on the fast track to NASCAR.

Majeski came from humble beginnings, cutting his teeth at the local go-kart tracks Hi-Go Raceway in Cecil and GSR Kartway in Clintonville.

Fri
07
Jul

Kristof, Patriots hold off Kaukauna in 7th


Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Legion second baseman Alex Hoffman makes a throw to first baseman Jacob Lacy during Thursday’s 7-6 home victory. The Patriots committed three errors but held on for the win.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Legion shortstop Cole Nelson makes a backhanded snag before completing the throw to first base early in the Patriots’ 7-6 home victory Thursday.

Kaukauna put the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh inning, but Shawano’s Kasey Kristof earned the save by getting Tyler Froehlich to ground out for a 7-6 home victory Thursday.

The Angels used two hits, two walks and an error to score two runs on Patriots starter Isaac Buntrock in the top of the seventh before head coach Ryan Koenig made the switch to Kristof with the bases loaded and two outs.

Kristof got Froehlich swinging at the the first two strikes before getting the groundout to end the game.

“He had pitched really well, threw strikes,” Shawano assistant coach Will Gillis said. “That’s what you need, bases loaded, two outs, seventh inning, with the tying run on third base, you need someone that can throw strikes.”

Buntrock pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs and eight hits. He struck out four and walked four.

Fri
07
Jul

Legion Baseball Highlights

Ashwaubenon 3

Shawano 2

Brad Bartz and Kien Moorman each drove in runs in the sixth inning as Shawano fell at home Wednesday night.

Pitcher Casey Baumann allowed eight hits and three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings for the Patriots (6-7). He struck out two and walked four.

Noah Brodhagen and Kasey Kristof each scored runs, while Bartz and Moorman each had multiple hits.

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