Nelson and Lamberies garner track titles

As the 2018 season winds down, perennial front-runner Jerry Wilinski claimed his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year. Point leader Brett Swedberg extended his lead with his fourth Late Model win while Dan Michonski won his fourth IMCA Stock Car feature.

Lucas Lamberies wrapped up his third IMCA Sport Mod title with his eighth feature win of the year. Lucas Hacker won his second Mighty Four feature of 2018, but Brad Nelson secured the Mighty Four track championship as the division does not race next week.

Troy Springborn snagged the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature. With Springborn showing the way, Swedberg moved to second on lap seven. Swedberg took to the inside of Springborn on lap 11 and made the pass for the lead.

Springborn fought back on lap 12 as the pair raced side by side for the lead. Swedberg would soon pull ahead. Springborn then had his hands full with Nick Anvelink, who took second on lap 17.


Joel Wondra named new AD at Shawano

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Joel Wondra’s first day as the Shawano Community High School’s activities/athletic director was Monday.

Joel Wondra was recently named the new Shawano Community High School activities/athletic directors, replacing Charmaine Schreiber.

Wondra, who attended Sun Prairie High School, worked at Mayville High School for the past 18 years.

He originally was hired at Mayville to be the school’s second agriculture teacher before making a switch to teaching biology after school enrollment dropped, eliminating the need for two agriculture teachers. After teaching biology for a handful of years, the school approached Wondra about moving into the athletic director position during the middle of the school year on an interim basis.

Wondra welcomed the opportunity and excelled in the position. He served as the Mayville athletic director for roughly the past four-and-a-half years.

After transitioning out of the classroom and working as the athletic director and facilities director, Wondra knew that the athletic director position was one he wanted to pursue.



Shawano opened the fall season by competing in the Terror Invitational at Winagamie Golf Course in Appleton on Friday.

Lydia Beyer placed 19th overall to help the girls team come in seventh while Ethan Chelberg finished 17th to lead the boys to eighth place.

Beyer finished the course in a time of 21 minutes, 21.95 seconds. Alice Hoffman (21:30.95) came in 21st while Dayna Besaw (22:43.36) took 41st. Claire Guenther (23:05.84) and Carrie Young (23:26.44) rounded out the varsity team.

Chelberg completed the race in 18:00.34. Johnny Dillenburg (18:37.18) placed 30th while Karsten Anderson (18:45.45) came in 39th. Joseph Mente (19:22.76) and Demetrius Kaquatosh (19:35.60) rounded out the team score while Elijah Etten (20:50.96) also competed at the invite.


BABA Roundup

BABA Division Finals

East Division

Clintonville 10

Gresham 7

Second-seeded Clintonville escaped with an upset win over top-seeded Gresham to win the East Division Final.

Jon Dunlavy earned the win on the mound while Parker Mindel homered among his four hits at the plate. Hunter Vollmer and Ken Casper each contributed three hits while Kolin Kubitz homered.

Josh Foreman took the loss while Adam Carroll led Gresham with four hits. Ryan James and TJ Arrowood each tallied three hits.

West Division

Little Falls 17

Caroline 2

Top-seeded Little Falls dominated second-seeded Caroline to win the West Division Final.

Chris Dunn secured the win on the mound, striking out 12 batters over six innings. Kasey Morgan and Drew Radies each contributed three hits, with Radies clubbing a homer. Kal Fischer, Hunter Gruenwald, Kyle Fischer and Conner Kurki all had two hits.


Pass heritage of hunting along to future generations

A cold snap Tuesday night left a chill in the air Wednesday morning as I jumped in my car for my morning commute. Cooler weather gets me dreaming about the coming archery season, and it becomes hard to concentrate on less important things like daily tasks, a job and family. OK, I really do love my family, but I spend 365 days a year with them, and deer season’s only a couple months.

I start thinking about which broadhead I’ll tip my crossbow bolts with and whether I can find a target that will stop those bolts but still allow me to remove them. It’s time to set up trail cameras (I know, those of you with your own land did that a long time ago), check the ground blind for wasp and mouse nests, trim shooting lanes, dig out the warm-weather camo gear and a dozen other tasks.


High School Football Roundup

Waupaca 14

Shawano 6

The Comets escaped with a low-scoring win over the Hawks in a Bay Conference clash in Shawano on Friday.

Shawano slipped to 0-2 overall and in the Bay.

Witt-Birn 43

Crandon 0

The Chargers had little trouble downing the Cardinals on the road.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood improved to 2-0 and will open conference play next week against defending state champion Amherst.

Freedom 35

Clintonville 0

The Truckers fell to 0-2 after falling to North Eastern Conference foe Freedom. Reeve Lambrecht threw for three TDs to lead the Irish.

Clintonville finished with just 92 yards of total offense.


Bonduel drops thriller to Peshtigo

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Cole Letter wraps up Peshtigo’s Jerod Jandt, right, during Friday’s game in Bonduel.

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Riddik Bohm (1) rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bonduel in a Friday night showdown with Peshtigo in Bonduel.

While Friday night’s showdown between Bonduel and Peshtigo was labeled as a week two matchup, the clash felt more like a playoff game.

In the end, it was the visiting Bulldogs that claimed a 28-26 victory as a last second Bonduel field goal fell short.

Bonduel received the opening kickoff and marched right down the field to grab an early lead. Riddik Bohm and Isaac Boldt shared carries to lead the rushing game while quarterback Parker Bohm connected with wide receiver Isaac Garside on a pair of passes.

After the Bears converted two third downs, Riddik Bohm capped the drive with a touchdown run.

Bonduel’s defense carried the early momentum onto the field, and on the Bulldogs’ first play from scrimmage, forced and recovered a fumble to get the ball right back.

Riddik Bohm busted through the line and sprinted 18 yards to give the Bears their second touchdown in under 30 seconds.


Krueger powers Gillett over Menominee Indian

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Menominee Indian’s Pasen Waupoose barrells over a Gillett defender during Thursday’s game in Keshena.

Stopping Gillett junior running back Bo Krueger is no easy feat for opposing defenses. Menominee Indian learned that lesson Thursday night.

Krueger recorded over 300 total yards and scored eight touchdowns to lift Gillett to a 70-12 win over Menominee Indian.

Gillett received the opening kickoff, and in just over a minute, scored its first touchdown. Anthony Carroll broke free for a 61-yard rushing score.

Menominee Indian’s first possession did not go as well, as the team fumbled on the first play of the game before a penalty left the Eagles with a third-and-long. After an incomplete pass, Menominee Indian punted the ball back to Gillett.

After stuffing Krueger on the first play of the drive, the Tigers called a passing play and quarterback Brock Herzog found Krueger open in the flat. Krueger turned upfield and rumbled 35 yards to the end zone.


High School Highlights


Shawano 0

Marinette 0

The Hawks settled for a tie with the Marines in their season opener on Thursday.

Will Bergner stopped 14 shots to keep Marinette off the scoreboard.


Gresham drops three at tournament

The Wildcats dropped games to Mercer (25-5, 25-18, 15-7), Prentice (25-15, 25-15, 15-8) and Three Lakes (25-17, 21-25, 15-11) while competing in the Three Lakes Tournament on Thursday.

Valarie Cerveny led Gresham with 10 assists in the loss to Mercer while Tiana Ferguson had eight digs and Karisa Nietzer tallied five kills. Nietzer had six kills while Cerveny was credited with 11 assists in the loss to Prentice while Nietzer recorded 11 kills and Cerveny totaled 11 assists in the loss to Three Lakes.


Area teams ready to hit gridiron again

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano players gather around coach Alan Tomow during the team’s week one loss to West De Pere.

The first week of the high school football season is now behind us.

Bonduel and Wittenberg-Birnamwood each claimed week one wins on the road while Shawano, Clintonville, Marion/Tigerton and Menominee Indian fell short.

Regardless of their week one outcomes, each team is eager to get back on the field.

Bonduel is coming off a 27-12 win over Coleman, which has the team’s confidence level riding high.

“Going into the game, we weren’t exactly sure what we were made of. We lost a lot of key guys from last year, and there were a lot of shoes to fill, especially on the line,” said Riddik Bohm, who rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. “We gave up a touchdown early, but we battled back and didn’t look back after that. Getting a big win week one with an unproven team has really lifted everyone’s confidence in one another.”


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