Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




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.


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.


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