Eagles adding speed on outside this season

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Menominee Indian High School senior Antonio Mahkimetas works on returning kicks at practice on Monday. The Eagles will try to utilize good team speed to improve on a 2-7 season last year.

Chris Clache’s return as head coach at Menominee Indian after one year away has already paid off with increased confidence and an expanded playbook.

Clache, who coached from 2002-2014, missed the sport too much to stay in the bleachers after the Eagles struggled through a 2-7, 2-5 Great-8 North Conference season last year.

The squad will rely on its speed, experience and depth to hopefully change its fortunes from 2015.

“He wants to spread us out just to open up our passing game,” senior quarterback Warren Kakwitch said. “We do have good receivers, good hands, and if we get an accurate throw, I’m pretty sure we can get good passing yards.”

The Eagles will have Alenex Warrington, Leander Moon and Alonzo Haack on the offensive line protecting Kakwitch and opening holes for running backs Kyle Komanekin and Antonio Mahkimetas.


Good riddance to HOF game; don’t stop there

No one can predict the future, which is the problem when running down a National Football League schedule and picking the most interesting games of a new season. You never know who’s going to be good, or even pretty good.

Green Bay Packers fans were looking at the Week 2 game in Minnesota, and home games against the Colts, Cowboys and Seahawks as ones to watch.

Very few would have circled the Hall of Fame game – or non-game, as it turned out – although with that debacle the NFL season jumped out to a banging start straight out of Benny Hill.


Hawks hope to be more explosive in 2016

Leader Photo by Brady VanDeurzen Shawano Community High School quarterback Jack Hanauer throws under pressure from linebacker Noah Brodhagen during practice last Thursday at the school.

Leader Photo by Chris Caporale Shawano Community High School running back Kien Moorman, left, will be asked to relieve some pressure from the Shawano passing attack this fall.

Led by quarterback Jack Hanauer, one of the Bay Conference’s top passers, and wide receiver Dylan Sumnicht, who holds the school’s single-season receiving record, the explosive Shawano offense is preparing to put up even bigger numbers in 2016.

Running back Kien Moorman returns as well, and Connor Klish is showing flashes during camp that could help make up for the loss of graduated senior Adam Bartz, who posted 658 yards in 2015, out wide.

“I think this offense can really carry us,” Shawano head coach Alan Tomow said. “We have the potential to be one of the better offenses we’ve had in a long time in terms of big play ability.”

The Hawks, who will continue to implement a no-huddle offense to give Hanauer, who threw for over 1,500 yards in 2015, time at the line of scrimmage to read opposing defenses, could count on Moorman to help take pressure off the quarterback.


Berna brothers take speedway features

Though they have raced together for over 20 years, Ron and John Berna had never won features on the same night, until now. Ron Berna won his second Late Models feature of the year Saturday at Shawano Speedway, while brother John won his first IMCA Modifieds feature of the year.

In other racing, Travis Van Straten won his eighth IMCA Stock Cars feature, Jordan Bartz won her first IMCA Sport Mods feature of the year and Josh Slewinski scored his third Mighty Fours victory this season.

All of the winners were presented with trophies by the family of former racer Bud Lynn, who passed away during the 2004 race season.

Late Models

After starting on the pole of the Late Models feature, Joe Reuter grabbed the lead on the opening lap. Ron Berna got past Troy Springborn on lap two to move to second. Reuter continued to lead the race, working the outside of the track as Berna began to chip away at the lead.


Ski Sharks 40 and going strong

Contributed Photo The Shawano Ski Sharks called upon former members, dating back to the original team in 1976, for a 40-year reunion show at Smalley Park on July 30.

Forty years ago, the concept of bringing a water ski show team to Shawano became a reality, making this summer a milestone for the Shawano Ski Sharks.

In 1976, Jerry Olson brought the Crandon Ski Serpents to town to perform at the annual festival at the county park on Shawano Lake. After the event, Olson and a few others decided Shawano should have its own performance team.

Olson assembled a team, used his own boat, announced from a CB radio in his truck and started the Shawano Ski Sharks at the Bamboo Bar on Shawano Lake.

Over the past winter, the Ski Sharks put together an alumni committee to find and invite past members to an alumni week celebration and special alumni show on July 30. Close to 100 present of former Ski Sharks were a part of the weekend.

The week consisted of several additional practice days to give the alumni a chance to get their skiing legs back. Then, the team performed a show for hundreds of spectators.


Lobos induct 7 to hall of fame

Contributed Photo The Shawano Lobos inducted five people into the team’s hall of fame during a ceremony Saturday at Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil. Those inducted include, from left, Jerry King, Jim Bartz, Jim Krenger, Bill Krenger and Phil Nelson. Frank Schutt and Mike Bartelt were posthumous inductees.

The Shawano Lobos inducted seven new members into the team’s hall of fame during a ceremony on Saturday at Golden Sands Golf Course.

The inductees included four former players , two board members and a fan:

- Jim Krenger played 11 years for the Lobos and helped win the 1992 and 1993 Dairyland League championships. He still holds the team single-season records for highest batting average (.494), most home runs (13), most RBIs (47), longest hit streak (19 games) and highest on-base percentage (.570).

- Mike Bartelt was a member of the Lobos for 11 seasons, also taking part in the championship seasons in 1992 and 1993. He compiled a career batting average of .324 with 30 home runs and 133 RBIs. He helped promote the team in the years after his playing days.


Aiming for success

Contributed Photo Bertina and Wylee Dodge shoot side by side at the Wisconsin State Shoot of the National Archery in the Schools Program in April in Wisconsin Dells.

Contributed Photo Wylee and Bertina Dodge receive Badger State Games medals from Mohican Tribal President Shannon Hosley and Joe Miller, Mohican Tribal Council member. The siblings finishing in the top two of their divisions to qualify for the 2017 State Games of America.

Two young archers from Bowler have their sights set on the 2017 State Games of America.

Wylee and Bertina Dodge qualified for the 10th annual national competition by finishing atop their respective categories at the Badger State Games in Wausau in June.

John Miller, the siblings coach and the National Archery in the Schools Program instructor at Bowler Elementary School, said that although the State Games of America are a year away, he plans to keep the Dodges prepared for the big event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“They are going to be in a lot of tournaments in the state of Wisconsin over the next months so that they can keep in their groove,” Miller said.

The National Archery in the Schools Program is an introductory level program that teaches youth from fourth grade through high school about the lifetime sport of target archery during physical education classes.


Behind-the-scenes heroes groom track

Well, the 2016 version of the Sun Drop Shootout went off without a hitch. Mother Nature played nice and kept the rain away.

A good number of fans turned out to watch the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series as well as our local IMCA Modified and IMCA Sport Mods drivers tackle the historic half-mile. The night featured great racing throughout.

Georgia racer Shane Clanton won the top prize in the 50-lap Late Models feature, but it was no Sunday drive, as he had to deal with traffic all around the track while trying to stay ahead of series point leader Josh Richards.

Lance Arneson prevailed in the IMCA Modifieds feature after a multi-lap duel with Jerry Wilinski. Jordan Barkholtz pulled off the IMCA Sport Mods win after a spirited battle with Kevin Bethke.


Clintonville business hosting strength competition

Participants and spectators are invited to the third annual Strong Man/Tough Chick competition Aug. 13 in Clintonville.

Organized by Hard-Core Fitness, the event will be held behind the gym at 143 S. Main St.

Competitors ages 4 to 81 have preregistered for the contest, which will include farmer’s carry, Atlas stones, tire flip, muscle medley and truck pull.

Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in men’s, women’s and children’s categories based on age and weight.

Last-minute registrations and weigh-ins will begin at 8 a.m.; competition starts at 9 a.m.

According to Dana Tennie, owner and trainer at Hard-Core fitness, the event is a family oriented competition.

“Families come from around the state to participate in this fun but challenging competition,” she said. “Both parents and children join in the fun.”


Hawks shine in Lambeau spotlight

Contributed Photo The Shawano Community High School cheer team got the opportunity to perform for the second consecutive year at Family Night at Lambeau Field. The team got to show off what it has learned over the past two months of practices prior to the first home football game on Aug. 26.

Thirteen Shawano Community High School cheerleaders calmed their nerves and performed flawlessly at the Green Bay Packers’ annual Family Night practice on Sunday.

The Hawks performed a 3½-minute sideline cheer and stunt routine in front of the 66,000 fans at Lambeau Field for the second consecutive season.

“I think they actually get more nervous for Shawano High School games than they do this one,” coach Mary Kast said.

Shawano was only high school cheer team to perform at the practice. About 180 cheerleaders from Green Bay Elite also performed during the 10-minute cheer show on the field.

“It’s just a really fun kickoff to football season. Everybody likes Friday night lights, and to be able to go in Lambeau and perform part of your material you have been practicing all summer to perform for Shawano High, is very exciting for them,” Kast said.


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