Bonduel’s 9-run 5th inning downs Clintonville

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Bonduel Legion first baseman Bennett Gunderson, shown awaiting a pick-off throw, had three RBIs at the plate in a 13-4 victory over Clintonville at home Monday.

Sparked by two bases-clearing doubles in a nine-run fifth inning, Bonduel downed visiting Clintonville, 13-4, Monday.

Clintonville starting pitcher Jaden Doornink, who allowed three runs through the first four innings, was charged with seven runs in the fifth inning.

“When he was doing his warm-up pitches, we didn’t see any curveballs out of him. ‘He’s going to come with a straight one. Jump on it. Hit it hard,’” Bonduel coach Jason Boldt said. “That’s what they did. It was good to see.”

Bennett Gunderson and Brent Pieper each doubled with the bases loaded for three RBIs apiece, and Josh Richter drove in the final run of the frame on a single to center.

Trailing 4-0 in the third inning, Bonduel’s offense, which hadn’t gotten a hit yet, got rolling with Jack Thiel’s two-out double to right field. Jordan Boldt drove in Thiel, and after walks to Travis Wollenberg and Bailey Dingeldein, Pieper singled to right field to cut the deficit to 1.


Van Straten, Anvelink, Lamberies add to win totals

Contributed Photo Calvin Stueck picked up his first Mighty Fours feature win of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Contributed Photo Shawn Frelich led the first lap of the caution-filled IMCA Modifieds feature Saturday, which gave him his first win of the season at Shawano Speedway.

Big trophies, courtesy of the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy Tour, were on the line for racers on Charlie’s County Market and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College night at the races Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Travis Van Straten scored his fifth feature win of the year in the IMCA Stock Cars division, and Nick Anvelink (Late Models) and Lucas Lamberies (IMCA Sport Mods) each won his third feature of the season.

Shawn Frelich (IMCA Modifieds) and Calvin Stueck (Mighty Fours) secured win No. 1 on the year.

All of the winners left with some impressive hardware.

Late Models


Boldt, Pieper to get early pitching chances

Without its top two pitchers to start the American Legion season, Bonduel is going to need its bats to come alive.

Trevor Pedersen and Wyatt Erb, both starting pitchers for the Bonduel High School team this spring, have injuries that will hold them out of play until early July, head coach Jason Boldt said.

In the meantime, Jordan Boldt will be relied on as the starter, and Brent Pieper will pitch a few innings, but neither of them has much time on the mound.

Behind those two, Jason Boldt will have to count on a few inexperienced pitchers.

“It’s going to be by committee after that,” Jason Boldt said. “Whoever wants to step up and says, ‘Hey, I’ve got a couple of innings in me.’ Because nobody else is really a proven pitcher out there.”

The Grizzlies put up 13 runs on Clintonville in a season-opening victory at home Monday, with the offense improving on its three-run showing in Shawano on Thursday.


Raddant, Henning named to all-conference team

Shawano junior Saige Henning, who led the Bay Conference in batting average and home runs, and senior Alli Raddant were named this week to the all-conference first team.

Henning and Raddant were also among the 24 players selected to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association’s Northeast Wisconsin district team.

Batting 1-2 in the Hawks lineup when healthy, they helped Shawano to an 11-3 conference record and an 18-10 mark overall. Over the duration of the season, Raddant and Henning were tied atop the team in batting average.

Shawano sophomores catcher Brandi Gueths and and pitcher Erin Cerveny were named to the all-conference second team, and junior third baseman Sarah Petry was an honorable mention selection.

Cerveny and Gueths were honorable mention selections to the Northeast Wisconsin district team.

Raddant also was chosen to play in the WFSCA senior all-star game Tuesday at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells.


Big money on the line at speedway in June

Well, last week brought the dreaded rainout. Obviously, Mother Nature did not want us to race. So this week, I want to take some time to focus on two big events set to take place at Shawano toward the end of June.

Coming up on June 18, the IMCA Stock Car division will take center stage. The class that is too tough to tame will race for $1,000, a pretty substantial top prize in the world of IMCA Stock Cars. The race is once again sponsored by Hammond Farm and Greenhouse of Shawano.

Mike and Nancy Hammond are both big-time supporters of local racing. I can recall seeing Mike at the races each week as far back as I can remember. This race is certain to bring in some additional talent to the already impressive talent on display weekly.


Wendorff, Thunder ground Hawks, 5-0

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School junior Colleen McFarlane chases down a ball from Seymour’s Alyssa Wendorff. Wendorff recorded a hat trick as the Thunder defeated Shawano, 5-0, in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Thursday.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School senior Teagan Monfils tries to defend a pass late in the Hawks’ 5-0 loss to Seymour in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Thursday.

Seymour tallied three goals, all on breakaways, in a 17-minute stretch of the first half en route to a 5-0 victory over Shawano in a WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal Thursday.

“We were playing a better team,” Shawano head coach Bob Croschere said. “We made mistakes, and they took advantage of it. That’s just the way it works out some days.”

Trailing 3-0, the Hawks put together a strong comeback effort in the second half but couldn’t find the back of the net. An open Megan Klitzke could not finish a Sarah Dickmann cross in the box, for example, and Dickmann’s a long-range shot hit off the crossbar.

“Most of this year has been the same story,” Croschere said. “We could have done this. We should have done that. This is how our season ends, where again, we’re in a position, we could have done this.”


Laettner returns to Shawano for basketball camp

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Christian Laettner concludes his middle-school camp Thursday in Shawano by discussing the major points he wants the athletes to take away from his three-day camp.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Campers at the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy scrimmage to work on various skills taught at the camp. Thursday was the final day for the boys camp; the girls camp begins Friday.

Former Duke University standout Christian Laettner brought his basketball camp to Shawano for the second time in nine months this week.

From Tuesday through Thursday, the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy worked on basic skills with boys in various age groups. The girls camps will take place on Friday.

About 160 area athletes signed up to participate in the camps, which are open to parents and coaches who want to watch the various drills.

The camp for third- through fifth-grade girls will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday. The middle-school camp will run from 12-2 p.m. The high-school camp will run from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

All of the sessions are being held in the Shawano Community High School gymnasium.

Campers can register up to the beginning of each camp.

Discussions have already begun to bring the camp back to the area in October, organizers said.


Legion Highlights

Shawano 6

Bonduel 3

Shawano’s Nate Laude picked up the victory at home Thursday in the opening game of the Fox River Valley American Legion Baseball League season for both teams.

Tasa Grignon picked up the save for Shawano.

Bonduel starting pitcher Trevor Pedersen took the loss.


For real: NFL game-day player microphones extraneous

One of the perceptions of last year’s Green Bay Packers is that the team never got untracked after losing its best wide receiver.

How that perception translated to reality became clear as the season wore on. When Jordy Nelson went out with an ACL injury in a preseason game, a chain-reaction was triggered throughout the offense that resulted in the Packers’ falling from the NFL’s top-scoring team in 2014 to No. 15 last year. They also dropped from No. 6 in total yards gained per game to No. 23.

Equally grim was their plummet from the league’s third-best percentage in converting third downs, to fifth-worst.

A universal reality around the NFL is that the team that stays healthy will have the better shot come playoff time. Nelson, whose recovery from ACL surgery was considered excellent, says he feels good enough to play in a game next Sunday, were there one scheduled.


Paddle and Pedal event in 2nd year

Contributed Photo Participants prepare for last year’s inaugural Paddle and Pedal event on the Wolf River. This year’s event, put on by Shawano Pathways and Mountain Bay Outfitters, will take place June 25.

For the second consecutive year, Shawano Pathways and Mountain Bay Outfitters will bring a biking and kayaking event to the community.

The Wolf River Paddle and Pedal will take place on June 25.

Participants can paddle their canoe or kayak down the Wolf River, from Lieg Avenue in Shawano to County Road CCC, just north of the Navarino State Wildlife Area, a section that is all flat water, through natural areas, and usually takes about two hours to complete.

From there, the participants can pedal their bike on an 8-, 12- or 22-mile route back to Mountain Bay Outfitters, 620 S. Main St. The boats will be shuttled back to the store.

For those interested in adding a run/walk to the course, 1- and 4-mile routes are available.


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