Track and field: Area athletes ready to put talents on display at state meet

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Canaan Szoszorek competes in the shot put during the Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional on May 20.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Tori DePerry competes in the high jump during the Bay Conference Meet in De Pere on May 13.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville’s Allysin Booth competes in the 100 hurdles during the Division 2 Oconto Falls Regional on May 20.

Athletes work the entire spring to get to the state track and field championships in La Crosse. With that time having arrived, the six local qualifiers are ready to give it their all and enjoy the experience as best they can.

Just two of the local qualifiers — Shawano’s Tori DePerry and Clintonville’s Allysin Booth — have competed at state before. Shawano’s Michael Klement, Bonduel’s Canaan Szoszorek and Jessie LaBerge and Menominee Indian’s Darius Wayka will all be taking part in their first state meets.

DePerry, a senior, heads into the high jump competition with a seed mark of 5 feet, 1 inch. DePerry qualified in the same event as a sophomore, clearing 5-0 to tie for 16th.

DePerry, who will miss Shawano’s graduation ceremony to compete, has a goal to set a new personal record by clearing 5-2, and hopefully 5-4. But most of all, she hopes to enjoy her final opportunity to compete in the event.


Bucks stopped here, but certify their lot among league’s elite

Members of the Milwaukee Bucks not named Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a sparkling 80 percent from the free throw line in the Eastern Conference finals series with Toronto.

Antetokounmpo, who led the team to a league-best 60-win season, made just 35 of the 60 foul shots he took as the Bucks — who only once during the regular season lost two games in a row — ended their season by dropping four straight to the Raptors.

Missed free throws weren’t the sole cause of the dramatic momentum shift throughout the best-of-seven series won by the Raptors 4-2 — although Antetokounmpo would be the first to tell you that there was room for improvement over his 2-for-7, 6-for-10, 4-for-9 and 5-for-10 efforts from the line over the last four games.

That is, if he felt like sticking around and talking about it. Asked at the postgame press conference what sort of learning experience he and the Bucks could distill from the lost series, Antetokounmpo got up and walked out.


Baseball: Bonduel rolls past Coleman in regional semi

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Riddik Bohm slides into home plate during Tuesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal win over Coleman.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal win over Coleman.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Carson Robaidek, right, holds the tag on Coleman’s Mason Risner during Tuesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal matchup in Coleman.

The Bonduel High School baseball team traveled to Coleman as the lower seed, hoping to score an upset win over the Cougars.

The Bears left with a convincing 13-1 victory in the Division 3 regional semifinal on Tuesday.

Third-seeded Bonduel grabbed the momentum early on with a three-run first inning before tacking on its final nine runs from the fourth through six innings. Junior Noah Beilfuss handled the rest on the mound, going the distance after a tough start.

“To tell you the truth, our guys just played really well today,” said Bonduel coach Donnie Gruenewald. “Noah threw strikes, he adjusted after the first inning. Our defense played well, I think we maybe had one error. We’ve been playing really good for about the last week-and-a-half, been scoring a lot of runs. I knew we had a chance to beat them, I just didn’t think it would be a 10-run rule game, but I’m kind of glad it was.”


Boys golf: Shawano’s Marcell, Puissant come up short of state

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Kaden Marcell follows through after taking a tee shot at the Division 1 Notre Dame Sectional at Thornberry Creek at Oneida on Tuesday.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Andrew Puissant watches his putt at the Division 1 Notre Dame Sectional at Thornberry Creek at Oneida on Tuesday.

Photo by Tina Bacon Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Maverick Beran putts during the Division 2 Mosinee Sectional at Indianhead Golf Course on Tuesday.

Shawano Community High School’s Kaden Marcell and Andrew Puissant gave it their all but fell short of state while competing in the Division 1 Notre Dame Sectional at Thornberry Creek at Oneida on Tuesday.

Course conditions were less than ideal, with standing water on some holes to go along with lingering raindrops and gusts of wind.

Teams that placed first or second advanced to state. Individuals from the non-state teams and then the golfers who qualified for sectionals as individuals needed to place in the top three to earn a state spot.

Marcell, a freshman, shot a 46 on the back nine to finish with an 18-hole total of 94. Puissant, a sophomore, shot a 103 on the day.

Marcell tied for 42nd among all the golfers competing, while Puissant came in 47th.

Both enjoyed the experience of playing against some of the area’s top golfers.


Girls soccer: Shawano’s season ends in loss to Wausau East

The sixth-seeded Shawano Community High School girls soccer team hung tough with third-seeded Wausau East, but eventually had its season ended in a 5-2 Division 2 regional semifinal loss Tuesday.

Tanessa Krysheski netted Shawano’s first goal of the game in the ninth minute of action. Kyra Klement scored the Hawks second goal in the 28th minute.

Goalie Peyton Buerman made nine saves while defending the net for Shawano, which ends the season with a 4-17-1 record.

Wausau East will travel to take on second-seeded Marshfield in a regional final on Saturday.

Sixth-seeded Clintonville opens postseason play on Saturday, traveling to third-seeded New London for a Division 3 regional final on Thursday.


Racing: Bartz survives melee to win her second of the year

Contributed Photo Jordan Bartz used a last lap pass to snag her second win in the IMCA Sport Mod feature at Shawano Speedway on Saturday.

Former track champions Troy Springborn (Late Model) and Brad Nelson (Mighty Four) each notched their first feature wins of the Shawano Speedway 2019 season, but it was Sport Mod ace Jordan Bartz who stole the show with a last lap pass for her second win of the year on Saturday.

Bartz, racing without a left-side door panel after surviving a multi-car pileup on lap one, came from the back of the pack after repairs were made to the car by her pit crew.

IMCA Modified rookie Lucas Lamberies continued to amaze with his second win in a row in only his third night in the division. Dan Michonski also made it two wins in a row in the IMCA Stock Car class.

Jared Siefert and Springborn battled side-by-side on the opening lap of the Late Model feature, with Siefert leading the lap. Springborn made the pass on Siefert though on lap two. Springborn led the duration of the race for the win.


Track and field: Shawano’s DePerry, Klement qualify for state

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Tori DePerry competes in the high jump at Thursday’s Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional in Weston. DePerry took second after clearing 5-1 to qualify for state.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Michael Klement competes in the pole vault at Thursday’s Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional in Weston. Klement finished third after clearing 13-0 to earn a spot at state.

From senior Tori DePerry and junior Michael Klement each qualifying for the state meet to several other individuals and relay teams posting record-breaking times, the Shawano Community High School track and field team had a memorable night competing in the Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional at D.C. Everest Junior High School on Thursday.

To solidify a spot at state, individuals and relay teams needed to place in the top three. Klement cleared 13 feet in the pole vault to take third, while DePerry cleared 5-1 in the high jump to come in second.

It felt like déjà vu for DePerry, who also qualified for state in the high jump as a sophomore after clearing 5-1 at the D.C. Everest Sectional. She narrowly missed out on qualifying last year, but that fueled her this season.

“Especially it being senior year, it feels really good,” DePerry said of qualifying for state. “It feels really cool because it’s my last year and I want to go all out.”


Track and field: Bonduel’s LaBerge, Szoszorek headed to state

Bonduel High School seniors Jessie LaBerge and Canaan Szoszorek will each end their high school careers competing on the biggest stage for track and field athletes.

LaBerge and Szoszorek placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (47.40 seconds) and shot put (50 feet, 3 inches), respectively, at the Division 2 Freedom Sectional on Thursday to sneak into the state meet.

The top-four finishes in each Division 2 and 3 event earned state spots.

Clintonville’s Allysin Booth is also headed back to state. She placed first in the 100 hurdles (15.77) to qualify.

Marathon Sectional

Gresham/Bowler, Menominee Indian, Tigerton and Wolf River Lutheran all competed in the Division 3 Marathon Sectional on Thursday.

Menominee Indian sophomore Guadalupe Cruz nabbed a spot at state after taking third in the girls shot put (37-10.25). Senior Darius Wayka is also state bound after taking second in the boys shot put (49-8).


Athlete of the Week: Joey Wagester

Contributed Photo Bonduel senior Joey Wagester takes a swing in the team’s game against Amherst on May 7.

Athlete: Joey Wagester

Sport: Baseball

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

It’s rare for a baseball player to be able to throw a no-hitter and deliver a walk-off hit during their entire high school career. Bonduel senior Joey Wagester accomplished both feats in less than a week.

On May 16, Wagester tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Bonduel’s 14-0 win over Menominee Indian. The senior gave the Bears another win on Tuesday when he knocked in the game-winning run against Sturgeon Bay in a 8-7 nonconference win.

Q: When did your interest in baseball begin?

A: My interest in baseball began at a young age. I started playing in Navarino with their little league team because my dad (Mark) coached it. I then went to Bonduel to play in Pony League, Babe Ruth, and now Legion. My favorite baseball moment would be playing baseball in high school because I grew as a player and as a teammate.


High School Baseball Highlights

Bonduel 10

Crandon 0 (6 inn.)

The third-seeded Bears used a late inning surge to take down the sixth-seeded Cardinals in a Division 3 regional quarterfinal on Thursday.

Bonduel scored all 10 of its runs in the final three innings, including seven in the sixth.

Dylan Burch had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Bears at the plate. Noah Beilfuss and Cole Letter each drove in a pair.

Beilfuss earned the win on the mound, striking out six while surrendering just two hits and a walk over six innings.

Bonduel will travel to face second-seeded Coleman in a regional semifinal on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Notre Dame 9

Shawano 0

The sixth-seeded Hawks were unable to get their offense going after facing an early deficit in what turned into a season-ending loss to the third-seeded Tritons in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal on Thursday.


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