Shawano honors athletes at spring banquet

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano seniors Crede Timm, left, and Tori DePerry were named the Athletes of the Year at the school’s spring athletic banquet at The Gathering on Monday.

Shawano Community High School held its final athletic banquet of the school year at The Gathering on Monday, honoring athletes from spring sports and handing out some annual awards.

Seniors Tori DePerry and Crede Timm were named the school’s athletes of the year.

Senior Alice Hoffmann was the recipient of several annual awards, being named the WIAA Scholar Athlete, Scholar Athlete of the Year and winner of the Martzke Award.

Senior Karson Rades was the male WIAA Scholar Athlete and Scholar Athlete of the Year, while senior Steven Hoffmann was other Martzke Award recipient.

The school also honored eight senior athletes that were involved in sports during each season of their high school careers. Steven Hoffmann, DePerry, Timm, Rades, Collin Buerman, Nick Grignon, Bryce Stomberg and Carrie Young earned that distinction.

Boys tennis

The boys tennis team, coached by Matt Zoll, handed out four awards on the night.


Racing: 2019 Hall of Fame Class inducted at Shawano Speedway

Contributed Photo Nick Anvelink hung on late and picked up a win in the Late Model feature at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

A day that started with uncertainty as to whether races would be held ended with a lot of definitive results on the track.

The dominating performance on the track were just a compliment to the dominating presence of the two new Hall of Fame inductees, Gary Roehrborn and Tom Naeyaert. Joined by fellow members, Roehrborn and Naeyaert were inducted into the Shawano Speedway Hall of Fame during a ceremony at intermission.

The IMCA Modifieds led the night off with Jerry Wilinski skating by Tim Rothe on the second lap to grab the lead. Wilinski then checked out from the field until a lap nine caution brought the pack back together.

The caution flag was the only thing that slowed Wilinski as he again jumped to a dominating lead on the restart. Wyatt Block, Rothe and Konnor Wilinski were left to sort things out for second at the line, with Block grabbing the spot followed by Rothe and Konnor Wilinski in the top four.


Girls soccer: Clintonville girls upset bid falls short

The Clintonville High School girls soccer team battled to the very end, but came up short in a 3-1 Division 3 regional semifinal loss against New London on Thursday.

The third-seeded Bulldogs scored twice in the second half to seal their win. New London went on to lose to second-seeded Medford in a regional final Saturday.

Medford will battle top-seeded Lakeland in a sectional semifinal Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Truckers scored their goal in the second half.


Clintonville’s Booth takes third in 100 hurdles

Clintonville High School senior Allysin Booth capped her high school career with a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdle finals at the 2019 State Track & Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse on Saturday.

Booth posted a time of 15.21 seconds, behind only Adams-Friendship’s Brooke Livingston (14.71) and Lodi’s Mackenzie Heyroth (14.36). Heyroth’s time broke the D2 state record of 14.64.

“My race felt amazing, it was a great way to end my track career. I was really happy and excited,” said Booth.

“It was really awesome to race against the girl who got the state record,” added Booth. “She’s worked so hard and it was amazing to compete with her.”

The finish marked the third straight year Booth finished third in the 100 hurdles.


Menominee Indian’s Wayka finishes third in shot put

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Darius Wayka competes in the Division 3 shot put competition at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships in La Crosse on Friday.

Menominee Indian senior Darius Wayka expected to finish in the top three of the Division 3 boys shot put at the 2019 State Track and Field Championships.

He turned the expectation into a reality on Friday, coming through with a throw of 51 feet, 2.5 inches on his last throw to take third place while competing at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“It was my last throw of high school, so I just put everything together and just had to throw that (distance) because I wanted to take third,” Wayka said.

Wayka’s best throw leading up to his final throw was 49-4. The winning throw came from Wayland Academy’s Gracien Jules at 56-9.25.

“It was a big goal of mine. I worked hard and it feels good to just to have everything come together,” said Wayka of his strong finish. “It just feels good that everything I’ve worked at put me up there on the podium.”


Bonduel cross-country teams achieve academic honors

Contributed Photo Forming the Bonduel cross-country teams that earned academic honors from the WCCCA were, from left, top row, Kim Smith, Katlin Thompson, Erin Timler, Breanna Schnell, Madison Kurey, Kara Troxel and Jessica Ewing; bottom row, Alex Jasch, Jack Johnson, Jared Wondra, Colin Ewing, William Beaumier, Carter Kurey and Cole Klosterman.

The Bonduel High School cross-country teams each had strong seasons this past fall, qualifying and competing at the state meet to cap the season.

On May 24, coach Diane Schnell was able to honor the team again, but this time for their work in the classroom.

Both the girls and boys teams were given Academic All-State awards by the Wisconsin Cross-Country Coaches Association (WCCCA) for posting grade-point averages of 3.4 or better as a team.

The girls team placed fifth in the state with a GPA of 3.93, while the boys took ninth with a GPA of 3.64.

“This is especially important to me as a coach because high school sports are really a means for assisting the students in getting a well-rounded education,” Schnell said. “I could not be more proud of this award for them. For me, it is the highest accolade for my teams. No sport is easy and school can also be very challenging. These students have mastered both.”


BABA Highlights

East-West Division

Leopolis 11

Bowler 8

Leopolis earned its first win with a high-scoring win over Bowler, which fell to 0-2.

Nate Laude earned the win for Leopolis, which is now 1-1.

Landan Kroening took the loss for Bowler, but led the team with four hits at the plate. Ezra Spencer added two hits.

Tigerton 13

Tilleda 4

Tigerton bumped its record to 2-0 with a convincing win over Tilleda.

Brandon Sivertson, Conner Harris and Shawn Much each tallied three hits for Tigerton, with one of Harris’ hits being a home run. Jaden Sivertson and Hayden Harris each chipped in two hits, while Patrick Bailey doubled. Paul Sellner earned the win on the mound.

Stephen Reinke, Joel Brei and Brad Brei all had two hits for Tilleda. Joel Brei also took the loss.

Clintonville 4

Marion 3

Clintonville squeaked out a win over Marion to move to 3-0 on the season.


A season of close calls and frustration

This past Tuesday marked the end of the 2019 Wisconsin turkey hunting spring season, which started the Wednesday before Easter.

I heard, saw and read about several hunters who were successful. My journey across the six-period season was incredibly frustrating, yet so much fun at the same time — from missing a golden opportunity on two big toms the day before Easter, to having farming equipment silence several gobbling birds on Sunday and everything in between.

I turkey hunted on public land for the first time in my life this spring. I bounced around several different Shawano County public pieces of land during Period D (May 8-14).

After a rainy day on May 9, I decided to sneak out for a quick hunt in the waning minutes of daylight.


Fish, hike and ride ATV trails for free this weekend

Why is something free so much better than the same things for a small cost?

If you are having a yard sale, people might ignore your dime and quarter items, but they’ll flock to the free table or box. At my workplace, we have a large table near the employee entrance that is called the Free Table. Just drop anything there that you want to get rid of and by the end of the day, it’s gone.

A fishing license or state parks pass are only a few dollars each (an annual resident fishing license is $20 and a state parks pass is $28), but this weekend, you can fish and explore the parks for free.

Most states have a Free Fishing Weekend, but Wisconsin topped that with Free Fun Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. You can also hike and bike the state’s trails and ride the public ATV trails for free, too. It’s the ultimate low-budget weekend for those strapped for cash — or for those who appreciate that the best things in life are free.


Baseball: Bonduel cannot hold early lead in season-ending loss

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss, right, slides safely into home plate during Wednesday’s Division 3 regional final against Peshtigo.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Garrett Engel, left, fields a bunt attempt in front of Parker Bohm during Wednesday’s Division 3 regional final against Peshtigo.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Joey Wagester makes a short throw to first base during Wednesday’s Division 3 regional final against Peshtigo.

The Bonduel High School baseball team saw its season come to an end in a 5-3 Division 3 regional title loss to Peshtigo on Wednesday afternoon. The Bulldogs used a three-run fifth inning to pull ahead before fending off the Bears seventh inning rally.

Peshtigo had its first four runners reach base in the fifth before a two-run single put the hosts ahead for good. The Bulldogs added another run in the sixth to go up 5-3.

Needing to score at least twice in the seventh to extend their season, the Bears put together a two-out rally. Junior Cole Letter walked and senior Parker Bohm singled up the middle to bring up Noah Beilfuss. The junior put a good swing on a two-strike pitch, but the ball bounced right to the third baseman, who stepped on third base to end the game.

It was a game of tough breaks for Bonduel, which barrelled up several balls but always seemed to hit them right at Peshtigo defenders.


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