Sports

Sat
04
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Bonduel 6

Crivitz 5

Jordan Richter singled in what turned out to be the winning run as Bonduel opened its season Thursday with a road victory.

Hunter VanDerLinden was 2 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBIs for the Bears. Colton Dobratz also went 2 for 4, with two doubles and two runs scored.

Crivitz scored two runs in the first inning on a double by Colton Lange off starter Connor Rosin. Bonduel countered with two in the third on a hit by Hunter VanDerLinden, who followed that with a three-run home run in the fifth inning, giving the Bears a 5-2 lead. Crivitz tied the game with four consecutive hits. Bonduel got two runners on in the seventh and Richter singled with one out.

Fri
03
Apr

Senior nucleus returns for Bears

Repeating the fast start in last year’s Central Wisconsin Conference-8 race would be a great way to kick off the baseball season at Bonduel High School.

Bonduel went 4-1 to open the 2014 conference season before running into eventual league co-champs Pacelli and Shiocton, whose sweeps of their home-and-home series sent the Bears on a five-game losing streak and quashed their bid to defend the conference crown they won in 2013.

There is no waiting for the big games this time; Bonduel plays its second game of the season against Shiocton and travels to Pacelli for its fourth.

With four returning all-conference players, the Bears will be fielding an experienced group that coach Don Gruenewald called “a very talented team.”

Fri
03
Apr

Wisconsin poised to play giant-killer vs. Kentucky

In the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

So we are told, anyway. Obviously, the great Alfred, Lord Tennyson never filled out an NCAA bracket sheet.

Most often in this locale, the arrival of spring means that ice fishers have to wait til next year before cooling their bones again and waiting for that momentous nibble, and that the Green Bay Packers report to camp in a couple of months.

The summer and spring typically do not engender a lot of excitement in the pro sports realm, largely because the last time Milwaukee won an NBA title, Richard Nixon was president, and the last time Milwaukee won a World Series, Nixon was making coffee runs for President Eisenhower.

Fri
03
Apr

High School Highlights

BASEBALL

Shawano 6

Oconto 0

Grant Waino pitched Shawano to a season-opening win Thursday on the Hawks’ home field.

Waino gave up only two hits in five innings of work, striking out 10 and issuing two walks.

Chase Henning provided the offensive spark, with two hits — both doubles — and three RBIs in three trips to the plate. Nate Laude went 2 for 3.

Seth Reed took the loss for Oconto.

Gresham 14

Tigerton 4

Tigerton had seven hits in its season-opening loss in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 play Thursday.

Patrick Bailey and Alan Parrott both went 2 for 3 for the Tigers. Hayden Harris, Jasper Block and Robert Graham also hit safely.

No Gresham statistics were available.

SOFTBALL

Port Edwards 7

Menominee Indian 6

Wed
01
Apr

SCHS pole vaulters shine at Watertown meet

The Shawano Community High School boys track team finished sixth and the girls seventh Saturday at the Watertown Indoor Relays.

Watertown won the boys meet, and Slinger captured the girls title.

Daniel Boivin had the best individual performance for the Hawks boys, finishing first in the pole vault at 13 feet, 6 inches. He was also sixth in the high jump.

Two Hawks shared first place in the girls pole vault, with Onalee Siegfried and and Kristina Kurtz both clearing 9 feet.

Also finishing in the top 10 individually for the Shawano boys were Tyrell Hesse, second in the high jump at 5-8, eighth in the 200-meter hurdles and 10th in the pole vault; Kain Hill, sixth in the triple jump; Michael Mault, sixth in the long jump; Zeke Gueths, sixth in the shot put.

Wed
01
Apr

High School Highlights

SOFTBALL

Gresham 12

Marion 4

Gresham Community School notched its first victory in two years after defeating host Marion (0-1, 0-1 Central Wisconsin Conference-10) Monday.

Taylor Hoffman earned the victory for Gresham (1-0, 1-0 CWC-10).

The Wildcats were led by Kamille Davids and Mackenzie Hoffman, who both batted 3 for 5.

Sat
28
Mar

Klitzke and Klitzke give Shawano soccer reason for optimism

A good indicator of the resiliency of the Shawano Community High School girls soccer team last season was in evidence during a two-week stretch that began with the Hawks on the business end of a 10-0 pasting, compliments of Neenah in their April 17 season opener.

How does a team bounce back from a loss like that? How about with a 10-0 victory of its own, as was the case when Shawano regrouped and pounded Iron Mountain on May 2.

That the Hawks pulled it together in time to make a run at a Bay Conference championship is a matter of record. Shawano’s 13-7-1 mark of a year ago included 7-2-1 in the conference, where they finished third in the regular season, three points behind first-place West De Pere, and then second in the conference tournament.

With the prolific scoring duo of junior forwards Morgan Klitzke and Megan Klitzke back on the pitch, there are high hopes that this year could yield even more excitement than last.

Sat
28
Mar

Bonduel softball well-armed with Dowden on mound

The race for the Central Wisconsin Conference-8 softball title won’t be settled in the first two weeks of the season, but for Bonduel High School, those games could go a long way toward finding its place in the league food chain.

The Bears will play four of their first six games against Shiocton, Oconto and Pacelli. Shiocton and Pacelli shared the conference title last year and handed the Bears back-to-back defeats that began a five-game losing skein for the Bears after a 4-2 start.

The April 11 doubleheader against nonconference foe Oconto gives Bonduel a chance to avenge last year’s regional-final defeat. Oconto eliminated Bonduel from the postseason with a 4-2 win.

Strong pitching is the panacea to all ailments on a softball diamond, and with senior Jen Dowden back on the mound, the Bears are already ahead of the game. Dowden, who also plays infield, was a first-team all-conference pick from a year ago.

Sat
28
Mar

Gresham well-armed for run at CWC-10 crown

If you subscribe to the time-worn postulate about pitching being 90 percent of baseball, then you can appreciate the level of optimism at Gresham Community School this spring.

The Wildcats, who return seven starters from last year’s squad, have a glut of talented arms at the ready, and a serious run at a Central Wisconsin Conference-10 title is anticipated.

“We’re looking forward to a great season,” Gresham coach Scott Cerveny said. “We’re set in the pitching position.”

Gone from the 9-12 club of a year ago is Scott Cerveny Jr., who as a pitcher, catcher and shortstop was a unanimous all-conference pick.

Back for another go are senior second baseman Kevin Ile, senior pitcher-catcher Christian Haffner, senior left fielder and third baseman Riley Neitzer, junior infielder-outfielder Beau Hoffman, sophomore pitcher and shortstop Neal Cerveny, sophomore pitcher and center fielder Derek Bowman, and sophomore pitcher and first baseman Ray Creapeau.

Fri
27
Mar

Middle strength keys Hawks softball prospects

It will be one of the youngest softball teams that Shawano Community High School has ever fielded, and the Hawks will be looking to reverse the fortunes of a 2014 season that saw them start 5-4 and then go 3-10 the rest of the way.

It doesn’t take too long a look to find encouraging signs that this could be a breakthrough year.

For one thing, having an all-state catcher back in the fold is not a bad start.

Senior Courtney Ainsworth is back behind the plate for Shawano, and six other letter-winners return to coach Kevin Isaacson’s lineup. In addition to solid defense, Ainsworth provided clutch hitting last season. Her 25 RBIs gave her an average of better than one every game.

“It’s one of the youngest varsity teams in Shawano softball history,” Isaacson said, “but this group has significant varsity experience.”

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