Sports

Thu
23
Aug

AMATEUR BASEBALL

The Shawano Lobos punched their ticket to the Dairyland League Grand Championship Game after defeating the Pulaski Reds 5-3 at Martzke Park.

Shawano will take on Hofa Park at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Hofa Park in the title game.The Panthers topped the Navarino Rangers 4-0 in the other semifinal contest.

In the win over the Reds, Shawano’s Jack Lacy picked up the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run in a complete game effort. He struck out two batters and walked four batters while working around nine hits.

The Lobos posted 15 hits as a team, with Ryan Coffey’s three-hit game leading the way. Bryce Szymanski, Chase Henning, Ben Bystol and Riley Acra all chipped in with two hits.

Thu
23
Aug

High School Highlights

BOYS SOCCER

Ripon 1

Clintonville 0

The Truckers opened their season dropping a tight road clash to the Tigers.

Ripon scored the contest’s lone goal in the 64th minute. Alberto Dominguez made 15 saves to help Clintonville stay in the game.

“Presley Rosenow anchored our defense which played very well,” Clintonville coach Chadwick Dobbe said. “Our offense had plenty of chances, but just couldn’t find a way to score.”

VOLLEYBALL

Menominee Indian tops Phelps and Gresham

The Eagles got their season off to a strong start by taking down Phelps (25-14, 25-16) and Gresham (25-15, 25-23).

Thu
23
Aug

Explosive Packers avert serious injuries

In comedy, there is always a grain of truth, and sometimes the one-liners are so precise they become catchphrases.

During their preseason Week 2 game against Pittsburgh, a sideline reporter asked Green Bay Packers tackle David Bakhtiari how good this year’s offense can be.

“Very good,” he began, and then looked up at the scoreboard … “should’ve taken the Over.”

There won’t be a 51-34 win for the Packers every week, which would make betting the Over-Under line that Bakhtiari referenced a simple task, but there is reason to believe once again they will go as far as their offense takes them, and that the offense at full strength can outscore anyone.

Not to slight the defense, which produced two touchdowns on interception returns, including one on the first play from scrimmage. Ultimately, it was an exhibition game. The jury is still out on the pass rush.

Wed
22
Aug

Big plays help West De Pere pull away from Shawano


Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Brayden Dickelman stiff arms a West De Pere defender during Friday’s game in De Pere.

The Shawano Community High School football team knew the challenge that awaited in its week one road matchup against West De Pere.

A year ago, the same two teams met in Shawano to open the season, with the Phantoms claiming a 42-0 win over the Hawks.

Almost a year to the date, the teams faced off again, but this time at West De Pere High School. Despite having different teams, the result was the exact same, as West De Pere claimed a 42-0 Bay Conference win over Shawano on Friday to open the regular season.

Shawano had the ball first in the contest, and was moving the ball well before the drive stalled near midfield.

“We came out a lot faster and more aggressive than in previous years against West De Pere,” Brayden Dickelman said.

Wed
22
Aug

High School Highlights

Bonduel 27

Coleman 12

The Bears got their season off to a strong start by picking up a road win over the Cougars.

Coleman scored first in the contest before Bonduel rattled off the next three scores. The Bears racked up 406 yards of offense.

Riddik Bohm rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He scampered 39 yards on his first score and 15 on the game-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Parker Bohm threw for 234 yards and two scores. Isaac Garside caught a 69-yard touchdown pass while Colin Hanus hauled in a 35-yarder for Bonduel’s first score of the season. Garside finished with 87 receiving yards while Hanus had 119. Parker Bohm also picked off a pass.

Witt-Birn 38

Northland Pines 22

The Chargers also earned up a nonconference road win to open their season, outscoring Northland Pines 22-6 in the second half to pull away.

Wed
22
Aug

Area swimmers strong in Seymour Pentathlon

The Shawano/Bonduel co-op, Clintonville and Wittenberg-Birnamwood swim programs each sent swimmers to Seymour on Saturday to compete in a pentathlon.

Swimmers competed in the 50-yard butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 100 IM. Team scores were kept.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Lauren Bahr won the junior division after earning 72 points while Clintonville’s Sami Smejkal tallied 65 to top the senior division.

Bahr earned her first-place finish after taking first in the IM (1 minute, 6.61 seconds), backstroke (30.40) and freestyle (27.50), second in the 50 butterfly (29.89) and fourth in the breaststroke (40.08). Smejkal placed first in the backstroke (31.89), second in the butterfly (29.05) and IM (1:07.96), third in the freestyle (27.45) and fourth in the breaststroke (38.02).

Wed
22
Aug

Ritchie records first mod win at Shawano

Justin Ritchie has won a number of features at the Shawano Speedway, but the former Late Model track champion scored his first IMCA Modified feature win Saturday night.

Brett Swedberg cruised to his third Late Model feature win. Mitch Stankowski, who has been splitting his time between dirt and pavement racing, returned to victory lane after some time away from the IMCA Stock Car division. Lucas Lamberies won his seventh IMCA Sport Mod feature on the year while Brad Nelson celebrated his birthday with his fifth Mighty Four feature win.

The Late Model feature was led early on by Joel Bennett as Swedberg moved to second on lap three. Swedberg quickly applied the pressure to Bennett for the top spot. On lap seven, Swedberg moved underneath Bennett in turns three and four and made the pass for the lead.

Sat
18
Aug

Several area teams expecting deep postseason runs

With a full week of practice in the books, area volleyball teams are just about ready to hits the courts.

Some teams are coming off strong seasons while other programs are looking to build an identity. Games start Aug. 21.

Shawano

The Hawks are coming off one of their better seasons in recent memory after compiling a 32-11 record and 5-2 mark in the Bay Conference to claim a share of the title last year.

While the team will be without the services of co-player of the year Averi Vomastic and Brandi Gueths, an honorable mention all-conference selection, it still returns plenty of talent.

Senior outside hitter Julia Klement and senior setter Bayleigh Laabs were each first team all-conference picks last year while junior libero Kyra Klement was a second team all-conference pick.

Sat
18
Aug

Local teams turning to new leaders on the field

High school boys soccer teams opened their first practices of the fall on Monday, starting to work towards the regular season, which opens on Tuesday.

Like many teams around the state, Shawano, Clintonville and the Gresham/Bowler co-op will need to find a way to replace some key players from last year.

Shawano

As Shawano enters the season, it’s hoping to erase the memory of a disappointing 2017 season in which it posted a 2-18-2 record and finished seventh in the Bay Conference.

Coach Bob Croschere will need to replace a handful of key players from last year’s roster. He will turn to an experienced group of upperclassmen to try and turn things around.

Junior forward Michael Klement and senior goalie Will Bergner will lead the charge for the team after earning all-conference honors last year. Klement was selected to the second team while Bergner made the honorable mention team.

Sat
18
Aug

Local teams hoping to succeed with young rosters

The high school cross-country season opened on Aug. 13, with teams starting practice in preparation for the first meets of the season, which can take place Aug. 21.

Teams and individual runners will have about two months to get in the best shape they can, with sectionals being run on Oct. 19 and 20.

Bonduel

Both the Bonduel girls and boys team enjoyed strong seasons in 2017, with each team earning a trip to state. The girls took seventh while the boys came in 15th.

While Bonduel lost 17 seniors, the Bears return more than enough talent to make repeat trips down to Wisconsin Rapids for the state championships.

The girls team is led by sophomores Kara Troxel, Madison Kurey, Breanna Schnell, Erin Timler and Katlin Thompson. Senior Grace Tubutis will help provide a veteran voice for the girls, who expect to make it to state again.

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