Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




BABA Highlights

East/West Divisions

Shawano 15

Tilleda 1

Shawano cruised past Tilleda to jump to 2-1 on the season.

Branden Estep struck out 10 batters to earn the win for Shawano. Kregg Boldig had three hits, while Adam Compton and Conner Klisch each had two.

Zach Fehrman took the loss for Tilleda, which is now 0-3. The team had just two hits.

Gresham 12

Bowler 8

Gresham improved to 3-0 with a high-scoring win over upset-minded Bowler.

Nate Ejnik hit a three-run homer and a grand slam to go along with a triple to lead Gresham at the plate. Pete Carroll added three hits, while Mitch Pleshek picked up the win.

Landan Kroening, Austin Wolf and Cody Thiex all posted three hits for Bowler. Paul Murphy homered, but also took the loss.

Tigerton 9

Marion 2

Tigerton remained perfect on the young season with a strong win over Marion. Tigerton is now 3-0, while Marion fell to 0-3.


School’s out and now the science lesson begins for country kids

Tuesday was the last day of school for New London public school students, including my daughter, Kalispell. She spent a grueling day on a 7th grade field trip to Appleton’s Fox River Mall, where she dined on Panda Express Chinese cuisine, then went to a bowling alley for three games.

Then it was off to a good friend’s house for a last-day-of-school party with six other screaming, texting and sugar-eating girls.

Thankfully, I missed it all because I was at work. OK, I did give her a ride to school after a stop at her favorite breakfast spot, Kwik Trip.

Now that she’s home for the summer, I can tell you what will happen on our little Google Maps section of Wisconsin. Our little 2-acre homestead on a sand-covered, pine-ringed paradise surrounded by Wolf River backwaters is teeming with every manner of reptile and amphibian.


Holsey Football Camp dates set

Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School football coach Bernard Holsey is hosting his annual non-contact football skills camp from July 10-12 at the high school.

The free camp will be divided by skill level and age. Snacks will be provided and a cookout will be held on the last day of each session.

Upcoming first-through eighth-graders will participate on July 10 (12:30-2:30 p.m.) and July 11 (9-11 a.m.). The ninth- through 12th-graders camp will take place July 11 (1-4 p.m.) and July 12 (9 a.m.-noon).

Check-in and walk-up registration will begin 40 minutes before the start time of each camp session.

Email questions to Holsey at For registration forms, visit


Bonduel honors spring athletes

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Parker Bohm prepares to take a swing during the team’s regional final game against Peshtigo on May 29. Bohm was named the boys Athlete of the Year at Bonduel after a strong football, basketball and baseball career.

Bonduel High School recognized its top athletes from spring sports and also awarded yearly honors to several deserving athletes during a banquet on Sunday.

Senior Parker Bohm was named the boys Athlete of the Year, while senior Jessie LaBerge was the girls Athlete of the Year.

Bohm and LaBerge were also among the Bears seniors recognized for playing sports across each possible season of their high school careers. Brooks Dehn, Aaron Schaal, Nathan Kelly, Jared Wondra, Colin Ewing and Isaac Garside were the other seniors that earned that distinction.


The baseball team, coached by Donnie Gruenewald, enjoyed a strong regular season before overcoming some late season adversity to eventually play in a Division 3 regional final.

Noah Beilfuss was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after a big year at the plate and on the pitching mound.


Down in one: LaFleur hobbled, Yelich, Bakhtiari shine

If one of the key figures on your favorite football organization suffers a torn Achilles tendon 3½ months before the opener, it might as well be the coach.

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur did precisely that, blowing out his wheel on a basketball court playing a game fittingly called “Knockout.”

His torn Achilles, far more limiting than the broken nose suffered by Clay Matthews last year in a benefit softball game, will relegate LaFleur to a golf cart to get around until the tendon heals.

These non-football injuries are borderline irritating. Hopefully the Packers workouts that LaFleur oversees will include more stretching than he apparently may have done.

As he’s a coach and not a player, his injury isn’t the worst thing that could happen to the Packers. If ever a key guy like Aaron Rodgers or Davante Adams gets knocked out of the picture in the offseason, then feel free to hit the panic button.


Packers getting acclimated to new schemes, teammates

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Packers rookie offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, center, works on a blocking drill with Billy Turner, left and Corey Linsley during Tuesday’s OTA in Green Bay.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Packers running back Jamaal Williams, left, works on a blocking drill with Malcolm Johnson during Tuesday’s OTA in Green Bay.

After an offseason of change, the Green Bay Packers’ organized team activities (OTAs) were a time for the offense to get familiar with the schemes of new head coach Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, while the defense became acquainted with several new additions to the unit.

Tuesday’s OTA at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay, the last open to the media and the public, came with a wrinkle.

After suffering a torn Achilles while playing basketball on May 29, LaFleur had to take in practice from the comfort of a golf cart instead of being able to walk around and be more hands-on like he had been.

The first-time head coach does not believe the injury will affect the team in any way.


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.


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