Diamond Cats scratch out Menominee

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Menominee’s Isaac Graham, right, prepares to swing in front of Clintonville catcher Kyle Finger during Tuesday’s game.

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Nick Schoen, left, slides across home plate as Menominee catcher Sam Tourtillott jumps to catch the baseball during Tuesday’s contest.

The days are starting to heat up, and so is the Clintonville Legion baseball team.

Coming off a second-place finish in the Rhinelander Tournament after posting a 2-1 record, Clintonville posted two big innings to claim an 11-1 win in five over Menominee in Clintonville on Tuesday.

Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first couple innings, but Menominee’s Mequan Corn and Clintonville’s Trenton Vollmer each worked out of trouble.

The visitors got runners to second and third base after walks and stolen bases from Richard Wayka and Shane Dixon in the top of the first. After Vollmer induced a flyout and recorded a strikeout, Kyle Finger, the Diamond Cats catcher, picked off Dixon at second with a perfect throw.

Finger clubbed a double with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Corn struck out the next batter to end the threat. Vollmer then retired Menominee in order in the second.


Mission-impossible greens a major blunder at U.S. Open

Anyone who has played golf may have at one time or another encountered one of the game’s dispiriting aspects, wherein a shot that was carefully planned and visualized somehow ends up far from where it was intended.

The emotional recoil from those misplayed efforts can be entertaining – a 7-iron turned into a javelin, for example, or a string of creative, self-directed insults.

One of the game’s biggest names endured an unlikely implosion after a bad shot at last week’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Phil Mickelson pushed a putt to the left on the 13th green, and what he did as the ball rolled past the cup surprised the gallery, gave his playing partner a confused laugh and sent golf purists reeling to the fainting couch.

Rather than let his putt come to a full stop, Mickelson jogged over and tapped the ball back toward the hole while it was still rolling downhill.


Bonduel’s Erb twirls another gem

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel pitcher Wyatt Erb delivers a pitch during the team’s 6-0 win over Wittenberg on Monday.

For the second time in the young American Legion baseball season, Bonduel’s Wyatt Erb pitched a shutout.

The left-handed pitcher’s most recent gem came Monday in a 6-0 win over previously unbeaten Wittenberg.

After striking out 18 batters in a 4-0 win over Clintonville to open the summer, Erb struck out 15 batters Monday. He allowed just four baserunners, on two walks and two singles.

Bonduel pushed across a run in the top of the first inning as Jordan Boldt, who walked to open the game, scored on a Noah Beilfuss sacrifice flyout.

Erb walked Kody Szews to open the bottom of the first, but he struck out the next three batters to pitch out of trouble.

Bonduel put runners on second and third with one out in the second, but Szews worked out of danger by striking out a batter and inducing a flyout.

After that, Erb and Szews each settled into grooves and made quick work of the opposing lineup.


Clements notches first career victory at Shawano Speedway

Second-generation racer Bryce Clements scored his first career feature win Saturday night. The win was an early Father’s Day gift for his dad Scott, a former Sportsman division racer at the Shawano Speedway.

Four-time track champion Eddie Muenster scored his first IMCA Modified win of the year. Late Model pilot Nick Anvelink won his third feature of the season. Travis VanStraten brought home win number four in IMCA Stock Car action, and Calvin Stueck brought out a brand new ride for his second Mighty Four feature win on the year.

Sheboygan Falls racer Jim Schmidt grabbed the lead at the start of the Late Model feature as Troy Springborn gave chase. As Schmidt led, Anvelink worked his way through traffic after starting fifth.


Big inning powers Shawano past Bonduel

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Jacob Lacy (19) eludes the tag from Bonduel first baseman Bryce Engel as Isaac Boldt, back, and Parker Bohm, left, look on.

The Shawano and Bonduel legion baseball teams looked poised for a high-scoring contest in a Thursday night matchup at Memorial Park.

After Shawano took a 5-0 lead through three innings, Bonduel responded with a three-run fourth.

Shawano had a big answer of its own, scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the fourth to break open a tight game and ease to a 18-3 victory in five innings.

After a scoreless first inning, Shawano’s Marcus Welander scored the game’s first run on a Bonduel error in the second. The Grizzlies had three errors in the inning but escaped further damage when starting pitcher Parker Bohm struck out a batter for the third out.

After Shawano starter Joey Tadych worked another scoreless inning in the third, the Patriots got back to work with the bats. After Parker Pues singled and Cole Nelson was hit by a pitch, Brad Bartz drove in Pues on a single. Welander followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Nelson.


BABA Roundup

June 10

East-West Division

Little Falls 16

Tigerton 1

Little Falls cruised past Tigerton in seven innings behind the duo of Drew Radies and Hunter Gruenwald.

Radies clubbed two homers and drove in five runs while Hunter Gruenwald had one homer and five RBIs. Kasey Morgan finished with three hits and three RBIs. Cam Gruenwald added three hits while Kal Fischer had two. Chris Dunn earned the win on the mound, striking out 12 batters over a complete game.

Paul Sellner took the loss after allowing five runs over three innings. Brandon Sivertson led Tigerton at the plate with two hits.

Caroline 23

Bowler 3

Caroline scored 12 runs in the third inning and nine more in the sixth to ease past Bowler.


Wisconsin elk hunt ideal for out-of-shape hunters

Four lucky hunters have been drawn to participate in Wisconsin’s first-ever elk hunt this fall. A fifth hunter’s name will be awarded later through a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle.

There were 38,000 people who paid their $10 application fee and tried for one of four licenses. Although I’m very excited about this hunt and the success of establishing herds of wild elk in the state, I didn’t apply.

It’s the same reason I have no plans to go on any elk hunt. Fat, out-of-shape hunters can and do die on these mountain-climbing, carcass-hauling adventures. Clint Eastwood said it best: A man’s got to know his limitations. I can drag a 120-pound deer out of the woods, but I’d rather use my deer cart. I can’t backpack a quarter of an elk out from a mountain range in Colorado, then go back for the rest of it. Not gonna happen.


St. Norbert College offering track and field camps

St. Norbert College is offering a pair of track and field camps during the month of July for athletes in grades 7-12 looking to improve their skills.

The first camp will take place July 9-12, from 6-8 p.m. each night, and focus on sprints, hurdles, pole vault, throws, long jump, triple jump and high jump. The goal of the four-day camp is to help athletes develop their skills, prepare for the upcoming season and take their performances to the next level.

The camp will be held at Donald J. Schneider Stadium, 1600 Lost Dauphin Road, De Pere, and the cost is $90.

The second camp will run from July 25-28 and focus on distance running. The goal of this camp is to help athletes improve their running technique, boost their performance and learn ways to remain healthy.

Space is limited for the residential, overnight camp that provides personal attention to each athlete. The cost of the camp is $325.


Count me in as a believer of the Brewers

The Brewers baseball team has been based in Milwaukee since 1970. Over its existence, the team has made the postseason just four times, 1981, 1982, 2008 and 2011.

While Brewers’ fans might not be familiar with reaching the postseason, they are acquainted with the fact that the team has a knack for falling apart in the second half of seasons in recent years. Take last year for the most recent example, when the team saw its 5½-game lead at the All-Star break slip away.

Even though last year’s team was supposed to be a rebuilding one, fans were still disappointed to see Milwaukee miss the playoffs, as any fan base should be.

After just missing out on the postseason, Brewers general manager David Stearns upped the ante with a series of offseason moves that clearly stated the team was no longer looking to rebuild. Through 68 games this year, Milwaukee owns a 41-27 record, the best record in the National League.


The end of a dynasty

Leader file photo Maddy Pietz reacts after crossing the finish line in first for the record-breaking 4x400 relay team at the 2018 WIAA State Track & Field Championships.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School girls track and field team earned its second straight Division 2 title at the 2018 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse on June 2. Wittenberg-Birnamwood scored 50 points, 14 more than second-place Xavier.

While the championship completed a season goal, it also signaled the end of the high school careers for a talented groups of seniors. The 2018 state meet was the final high school track experience for Maddy Pietz, Paige Norrbom, Emily Norrbom, Kylie Linke and Alyssa Meverden.

The Chargers’ senior class improved every year. During the group’s freshman season, the team took sixth at state after scoring 24 points. Witt-Birn took sixth again the following year, but their point total increased to 26. As juniors, the Chargers’ team score ballooned to 40 points and a state title.


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