Johnson will return as SCHS head coach

It took some convincing for Brian Johnson to return as head coach of the Shawano varsity softball team.

After originally declining the offer, Johnson said his wife, Kris, and former baseball coach Mike Wagner provided the support to ultimately change his mind.

“‘Listen, I think you have a lot to offer yet,’” Johnson remembers being told. “‘I think you’re going to regret if you don’t take this opportunity.’”

Johnson met with SCHS activities director Charmaine Schreiber on Tuesday to accept the position.

“Brian has a rich history in Shawano softball,” Schreiber said.

Johnson coached the program from 1991 until 2004, and led the Hawks to their only softball state championship in 2002. After two years off, he then came back to coach from 2007 through 2011. Johnson compiled over 200 wins in his tenure.

Johnson, who started 2015 as the JV coach, took over the varsity team mid-season after head coach Kevin Isaacson resigned.


Peebles selected to lead Gresham/Bowler program

For the second straight season, the Gresham/Bowler football team will have a new coach.

Eric Peebles, a 2002 graduate of Bonduel High School, will begin his first year of coaching with the eight-man, co-op team.

He hopes to set an example for the athletes and to establish the framework for a successful program.

“Right now, it’s just building a program,” Peebles said. “You’ve got to lay a solid foundation with them with hard work and being prepared to do that, which hopefully transitions onto the field.”

Peebles is expecting roughly 20 kids to come out for football this season and would like to see more Gresham athletes join the squad.

At the team’s May informational meeting, around eight Gresham Community School athletes were interested; two participated last year.

Peebles wants to pass on his enjoyment of football to the athletes.


Road to the modern era paved with Maroons, Speed Boys and Orphans

A great team in the National Basketball Association got a lot better when the Golden State Warriors signed free agent all-star Kevin Durant.

World-class glutton Joey Chestnut reclaimed his international hot dog-inhaling title, and en route raised the bar in eating like a pig, stuffing a record 70 down the chute in 10 minutes.

The countdown to the Green Bay Packers’ first practice is winding to a close, and with a full roster ready to roll, optimism is running high among Packers fans.

But a week after its Cavaliers won the NBA championship, Cleveland took center stage again, this time with the boys of summer.

In winning 14 consecutive baseball games, the Indians opened up a lead in the American League Central Division and sent researchers scrambling to the archives, comparing their run of excellence to great hot streaks of the past.


Leopolis Triathlon brings many to July 4 tradition

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Rolando Colon, left, and Casey Clark, of Shawano, ride a tandem bike during the 5-mile ride Monday in the Leopolis Triathlon. The two finished 10th and 11th in the 17-30 male age group of the beer belly division in 37:44.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Jameson Buday, 3, and Chris Buday, of Mequon, race to the finish of the Leopolis Triathlon on Monday. The two finished in 41 minutes and 34 seconds.

In his first competitive triathlon ever, Leopolis’ own Brandon Wudstrack just wanted to keep moving.

Wudstrack achieved the goal, working his way through the 50-yard swim, 15-mile bike and 5-mile run Monday at the Leopolis Triathlon, taking second place in the “jock” division for men ages 17 to 30.

His time of 1 hour, 26 minutes and 32 seconds trailed only Aaron Paisar, of Minneapolis, by seven minutes in the age group.

Mike Heidke defended his title in the jock division, finishing in 1:01:21. Mike Heling followed 2 minutes and 30 seconds later.

Meagan Gebler was the top female contestant, finishing the race in 1:07:46.

About halfway through the Leopolis Pond, a sandbar threw off Wudstrack, along with many other competitors. It was shallow enough for competitors to stand, but it wouldn’t help them move any faster.


Patriots manage 1 hit in 2-1 loss

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel’s Travis Wollenberg attempts to turn a double play at second base as Shawano’s Nate Laude slides into the base Monday. Bonduel had two errors in a 2-1 victory over the Patriots.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano shortstop Alex Hoffman backhands a ball before making his throw late in Shawano’s 2-1 loss Monday to Bonduel. Shawano committed one error in the game.

Center fielder Bailey Dingeldein made a game-saving catch in the gap with the bases loaded as Bonduel held on for a 2-1 victory over Shawano on Monday at Village Park.

The game-turning play was set up in the sixth inning after a wild pitch left Shawano’s Alex Hoffman on second base and Kien Moorman on third. Bonduel coach Jason Boldt intentionally walked Nate Laude, bringing up Jacob Lacy with the bases loaded and two outs.

Boldt wanted the lefty-on-lefty battle between his son, Jordan Boldt, on the mound and Lacy, Shawano’s left fielder. The two played on the same team for many years growing up.

Lacy drove the ball deep to center field, but Dingeldein covered enough ground to make the running catch to end the inning and prevent three runs from scoring.

“Just keep it on the outer half,” Jason Boldt told his pitcher. “And he got too much of the plate there. It scared me a little bit.”


Raddant races to first-ever feature victory

Even though he only lives a few blocks away from the track, Kyle Raddant, a third-generation racer with deep roots at the Shawano Speedway, was the last competitor to enter the fairgrounds Saturday.

In fact, he barely got the car unloaded in time to start his heat race. It didn’t matter though, as Raddant, who operated the scoreboard at the track for many years saving his money up to buy a race car, brought home his first career feature in the IMCA Sport Mods division in front a large contingent of family.

Brett Swedberg (Late Models) and Rod Snellenberger (IMCA Stock Cars) also each won their first features of the year. Marcus Yarie (IMCA Modifieds) scored win No. 5 and Josh Slewinski (Mighty Fours) won his second consecutive feature .

Late Models


BABA Roundup



WP — Nate Korb; LP — Aaron Hoffman

Little Falls: Cam Grunewald was 2 for 5 with a game-winning triple.

Leopolis: Kasey Kristof was 2 for 5. Brock Hoffman was 4 for 4.


WP — Erik Kroening; LP — Jake Madson

Tigerton: Brandon Sivertson was 2 for 3 with a home run. Patrick Provoast was 2 for 3. Jon Berg was 2 for 4.


WP — Mitch Ebben; LP — Ben Schiedermeyer










Legion Highlights

Shawano 5

Bay Port 4

Bryce Gagnow got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to preserve Shawano’s road victory Tuesday.

After a run scored on a ground ball, Gagnow recorded a strikeout and fly out to center field to preserve the win for the Patriots (4-7).

Kien Moorman and Alex Hoffman each had two hits to lead the Patriots.

Shawano got ahead early, posting four runs in the first two innings, and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 5-3.


Defensive letdowns hinder Patriots

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Jacob Lacy had one of the Shawano’s two hits, and pitched two strong innings, in the Patriots’ loss Friday at home.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Patriots second baseman Jacob Lacy, who had one of two Shawano hits on the day, cleanly tosses the ball to Nate Laude for an out Friday night.

The Shawano Patriots could not produce enough offense to offset five errors Friday in a 12-2 loss at home to Menasha.

After three innings, the Patriots had allowed just three earned runs but also had surrendered five unearned runs.

“It’s our defense. You can’t throw the ball around,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “You can’t give them free passes.”

Back-to-back walks in the opening inning led to Menasha’s first runs of the game, when Chris Van Handel singled in Tyler Nelson, and Brady Rasmussen sacrificed in Griffin Jack.

In the second inning, errors by Nate Laude and Jacob Lacy gave the Twins their first two runners of the inning. After Nelson reached on a strikeout that hit the dirt, Jack hit a bases-clearing double to center field. Another run scored when Van Handel hit his second RBI single.


First Fury a success in Shawano

Well, the Cheesehead Triple Crown 2016 has come and gone.

Green Bay’s Benji LaCrosse scored the win in the Clash at the Creek at 141 Speedway on Thursday night, while Hunter Marriott, of Missouri, picked up the win last Friday night at the Battle at the Zone held at the Oshkosh Speedzone. The Shawano Speedway played host to the final night of racing in the Cheesehead, the Fury at the Fairgrounds.

Thanks to great track preparation by Bobby Reiter Sr. and Bobby Reiter Jr., and some help from Mother Nature in holding off the rain, the race went off without a hitch. Many nights, the track is dry and slick, but last Saturday night, there was bite in the high groove of the race track all night long.

Freeport, Illinois, racer Jeff Larson tiptoed around the high line of the track like Nik Wallenda walking a tight rope. The race was highlighted by the fact that numerous drivers who started deep in the field were able to advance greatly.


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