Local track athletes prepared for state

Leader file photo Clintonville’s Allysin Booth, middle, will compete in the high jump and 100 hurdles at this year’s state meet.

The WIAA State Track and Field Championships offer athletes from across the state one final opportunity to showcase their talents in front of family, friends and plenty of other track enthusiasts.

Some athletes have their sights set on reaching the podium while others are just hoping to soak in the incredible experience that signals the end of the season.

A total of nine individuals and three relay teams from local high schools will be appearing at the 2018 championships on Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.


Shawano will send three athletes to the state meet. Payden Buck will compete in the pole vault, Parker Pues will take part in the long jump, and Atty Wagner will participate in the high jump.

Each of the three athletes will be making their state debuts and all three are determined to have strong finishes.


NFL drops the ball with star-spangled mandate

The National Football League offseason continues to be the season of putting a fine point on things.

The league, which has re-defined the legal body positions for players during a pass reception or a tackle, has also codified the legal position for players during the national anthem: upright.

In an effort to win back fans who tuned out in disgust last year over players’ sitting down during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the league has mandated that all players stand for the pre-game song, or stay in the locker room until the song is over.


Defense dooms Gresham in regional

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Gresham’s Drew Haffner fires a pitch during a regional playoff matchup against Green Bay NEW Lutheran.

Defense is a problem the Gresham baseball team has dealt with all season.

Defense proved to be the Wildcats’ downfall on Tuesday, when the team committed several errors during an 11-4 season-ending loss to Green Bay NEW Lutheran in a Division 4 regional matchup in Green Bay.

Third-seeded Gresham took an early lead by taking advantage of some poor defense by the hosts. The second-seeded Blazers responded by scoring the next eight runs to take control of the game. The Wildcats scored once in the sixth inning and two more times in the seventh but a three-run sixth helped Green Bay NEW Lutheran pull away for the victory.

“We had some mental mistakes,” Gresham coach Scott Cerveny said. “Sometimes we weren’t engaged in the game. We had a lot of young kids this year at a lot of new positions and it was hard to get everyone focused.”


High School Highlights


Keeney, Resch, Acker compete at sectional

Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Justin Keeney and Ian Resch and Bonduel’s Austin Acker all wrapped up their seasons competing in the Division 2 Ripon Sectional at Lawsonia Links in Green Lake on Tuesday.

Keeney led the trio with an 18-hole round of 87. The score helped the sophomore tie for 20th. Resch, a freshman, shot a 93, good enough to tie for 38th.

Acker turned in a round of 92, tying for 36th to wrap up his high school career.

Peshtigo and Winneconne earned trips to state by claiming the top two team scores of 339 and 347, respectively. Marinette’s Matt Wagner (79), Amherst’s Vince Omernik (79) and Waupaca’s Eli Bartel (82) earned individual spots at state after placing in the top-three golfers who were not a part of a state-qualifying team.


Bonduel 14

Brillion 12


Ebert graduates to victory lane

It was a day to remember for Jason Ebert. Saturday afternoon, Ebert walked across the stage as he graduated from Clintonville High School. At night, Ebert raced to victory lane in the IMCA Sport Mod feature, ending Lucas Lamberies’ three-race win streak.

Kevin Feck (IMCA Modified) and Jason Stueck (Mighty Four) each scored their first career Shawano Speedway feature wins, while Nick Anvelink (Late Model) and Travis VanStraten (IMCA Stock Car) returned to victory lane.

Fresh off a runner-up finish in last week’s Late Model feature, Anvelink was determined to return to victory lane. The Navarino veteran led every lap to obtain the win. Chris Engels finished second, while Derek Jahnke employed a late-race pass on Ron Berna to finish in third. Berna and Tom Naeyaert rounded out the top five.


Eggart shuts down Shawano

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Emilee Bastar delivers a pitch during the team’s Division 2 regional final against West De Pere. The Hawks lost 11-0.

For the third time this season, the Shawano softball team battled West De Pere, looking to avenge a pair of Bay Conference losses.

The third time did not prove to be the charm for Shawano, which suffered a season-ending 11-0 loss in five innings to West De Pere in a Division 2 regional title clash on Friday in De Pere.

Genesis Eggart pitched all five innings for the Phantoms, striking out seven batters along the way. The lefty worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning before facing just two batters over the minimum across the final four innings.

“Genesis is a great pitcher, and she shut us down,” Shawano coach Brian Johnson said. “I think she was in our head a little bit at the plate. It seemed like we were waiting for things to happen, and at this point of the season, you can’t do that.”


Athlete of the Week: Parker Pues

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Parker Pues will compete in the long jump at the 2018 State Track and Field Championships.

Athlete: Parker Pues

Sport: Track

Event: Long jump

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Junior

Parker Pues will end his junior track season at the 2018 State Track & Field Championships, competing in the long jump against Division 1 athletes from around the state. Pues earned his spot at the state meet after finishing second in the event at the Ashwaubenon Sectional, leaping to a distance of 22 feet, 7 inches. The mark gives Pues the fourth-best jump heading into state among all the Division 1 long jumpers.

Pues narrowly missed qualifying for state in the 100-meter dash, taking fourth at sectionals. His time of 11.14 tied the Shawano school record. The junior was also a part of the Hawks’ 4x200 relay team this season.

Q When did your interest in track begin?

A Seventh grade, when I found out I was decent at it.

Q What’s your favorite part about a track meet or the track season?


High School Highlights


Reiter qualifies for state meet

Menominee Indian’s Jarin Reiter has appeared in sectionals four different times but never qualified for state.

That all changed on Thursday night, when Reiter took fourth in the 400-meter dash at the Division 3 Marathon Sectional to punch his ticket to state.

Reiter finished the 400 in 52.69 seconds.


Bonduel 8

Shawano 6

The Bonduel baseball team outslugged Shawano in a nonconference clash on Thursday night.

Jordan Boldt, Wyatt Erb and Bryce Maule each tallied two hits to lead the Bears at the plate. Boldt also earned the win on the hill, striking out six batters while allowing three unearned runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Alex Hoffman led Shawano at the plate with a pair of hits, including one double. Brad Bartz suffered the loss, allowing five runs, three of which were earned, over three innings.

Thursday’s WIAA Regional scores


BABA Roundup

Northern Division

Eland 3

Wittenberg 2

Ryan Hubachek doubled and homered to lead Eland past Wittenberg in a low-scoring contest.

Jarod Richter picked up the win on the mound for Eland while Erik Steigerwald suffered the loss for Wittenberg.

Heinrich Walder and Eric Steigerwald each tallied two hits for Wittenberg.

Polar 3

Birnamwood 2

Polar edged Birnamwood in another tight contest.

Kyle Wagoner picked up the win on the mound for Polar. Birnamwood was held to just two hits in the game.

Austin Reed was dealt the tough loss. Polar only had five hits.

Elderon 2

Aniwa 0

Marvin Meronk and Justin Meronk each homered to provide the offense in Elderon’s shutout win over Aniwa.

Adam Janikowski earned the win on the mound while Aniwa’s Denton Mortenson took the loss.

South Central Division

Plover 13

Weymont 2


Hunting shotguns, shotgunners now in gun control debate

The term “fake news” has come to mean many different things. For some, it refers to false stories created by social media tricksters who mix a few facts with a lot of falsehoods and then get unsuspecting Facebook, Instagram or Twitter users to forward them again and again.

Facebook has been reporting on how they are taking steps to stop the spread of false stories. OK, who will decide what’s false? I frankly don’t have a lot of faith in Zuckerberg and his minions.

YouTube, in their effort to be politically correct, has hamstrung many video creators who provide good and factual information on firearms and shooting. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but as one post pointed out, they still allow crazy things like a guy telling people to take turpentine for health reasons.



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