Shawano upsets Luxemburg-Casco

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Kendra Kristof connects on a swing during the team’s 5-4 regional win over Luxemburg-Casco.

A Kendall Prevost three-run homer capped a four-run first inning for Luxemburg-Casco in a Division 2 regional playoff matchup against Shawano on Wednesday afternoon.

From there, the Hawks’ pitching duo of Taylor Johnson and Gracyn Habeck held the hosts in check while the Shawano offense started to chip into the deficit.

With the score knotted at four, Shawano courtesy runner Elizabeth Esch scored the game-winning run on a clutch hit from pinch-hitter Abigail Vomastic in the fifth inning, giving the sixth-seeded Hawks a 5-4 upset win over the third-seeded Spartans.

“Before the game, I told her (Abigail) ‘You’re our first pinch-hitter, and you have a chance to make a difference,’” Shawano coach Brian Johnson said. “What a huge moment for the sophomore to come up and rip a shot down the third base line to put us ahead.”

Vomastic’s hit was just one of many clutch at-bats the balanced Hawks’ offense put together in the game.


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Shawano 1

Menasha 0,

Shawano 4

Menasha 3

The Shawano baseball team earned a pair of extra-inning wins over Menasha in a Bay Conference doubleheader on Tuesday. The Hawks claimed game one in nine innings before earning a victory in eight innings in the second game.

Brad Bartz delivered the game-winning RBI single for Shawano in the first game. Casey Baumann earned the win on the mound after allowing just four hits while striking out seven batters over eight strong innings. Issac Buntrock picked up the save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Bartz again provided the heroics for the Hawks in game two, coming through with a RBI single in the eighth inning to win it. Buntrock earned the win after tossing three scoreless relief innings. Jacob Lacy, Nick Grignon and Bartz each tallied two hits in the contest.

Shawano finished third in the conference with a 7-5 record.

Sturgeon Bay 7

Bonduel 6


Logjam at top could be long playing theme in NL Central

As the Milwaukee Brewers wend their way through the four-team scrum in the National League Central Division, it’s instructive to remember that riding high in May doesn’t amount to much in October.

The Brewers led their division for a surprising 69 days last year but in the end their 86-76 record left them in second place, six games out. An even more discouraging number was the one game they finished behind Colorado for the final wild card berth.

Wire-to-wire championships are rare; only five teams in Major League Baseball history have led their division or league from Opening Day and gone on to win the World Series.

Four-team pennant races – like the one percolating in the NL Central, where two games separate the first-place Brewers, Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh – are equally rare.


Shawano athletes enjoy strong night of regional competition

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Parker Pues competes in the long jump at the Bay Port regional on Monday.

A year ago, the Shawano track team sent a total of four athletes to sectionals.

This year, the Hawks saw nine individuals plus one relay team qualify for sectionals after placing in the top-four finishers at the Division 1 Bay Port regional on a cold and rainy Monday evening.

Both the boys and girls teams earned fifth-place finishes, scoring 62 and 56 points, respectively.

With less-than-ideal weather conditions, Shawano coach Dave Hanssen told his athletes to do whatever it takes to make it to sectionals. The team was less focused on earning first-place finishes and more determined to avoid injuries.

Despite the cautious approach, the Hawks still turned in a handful of standout performances, led by Payden Buck’s first-place finish in the pole vault.


Bowler rallies past Oneida Nation

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Jada Waters delivers a pitch during the team’s 7-6 win over Oneida Nation on Tuesday.

Despite a warm and sunny afternoon, the Bowler softball team could not seem to get its bats heated up through the first four innings of a Division 5 regional opener against Oneida Nation.

The seventh-seeded Panthers turned things around at just the right time, scoring all seven of its runs over the final three innings to earn a 7-6 walk-off win over the 10th-seeded Thunderhawks in Bowler on Tuesday.

The reason behind the Panthers slow start at the plate was Thunderhawks’ starting pitcher Tiara Barber, who did not allow a run over the first four innings.

Bowler was able to put a pair of runs on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, but still trailed 4-2. After the visitors tacked on two more runs in the sixth, the Panthers answered with two runs of their own to again cut the deficit to two.


No Shawano players advance at subsectional

The Shawano boys tennis team left it all out on the court at the Division 2 Rhinelander Subsectional on Monday.

The Hawks earned three wins on the day but failed to advance any singles players or doubles duos to sectionals.

Camden Kroll earned a win for Shawano at No. 4 singles, downing Antigo’s Jerome Jones in straight sets. The No. 2 doubles team of Chris Black and Levi Johnson earned a straight set win in their first match while the No. 3 doubles duo of Wyatt Theis and Rhain Rodenbeck picked up a three-set win.

The team will graduate Carter Peplinski, Harrison Sturycz and Johnson.


Three individuals qualify for sectionals

Bonduel’s Austin Acker and Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s Ian Resch and Justin Keeney all qualified for sectionals after competing in the Division 2 Bonduel Regional at Golden Sands Golf Course on Tuesday.

The trio finished among the top-four finishers who were not members of a qualifying team. The top-four teams advanced to sectionals as teams.

Acker fired an 18-hole round of 81 to finish seventh overall. Resch and Keeney each finished tied for 12th with rounds of 89.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood finished sixth as a team with an overall score of 388, one stroke ahead of Bonduel. Witt-Birn’s Maverick Beran shot a round of 104 while Brian Nelson finished with 106 shots. Logan Balliet rounded out the team score with a round of 110. Bonduel’s Carter Siolka shot a 93 while Colin Hanus fired a round of 107. Aaron Schaal and Jack Jiskra each shot rounds of 108.


Several local athletes qualify for sectionals


Maddy Pietz led the Wittenberg-Birnamwood track team at the Mosinee Regional on Monday, winning the long jump, 100 and 400.

Paige Norrbom took first in the 300 hurdles while Emily Norrbom won the triple jump. Emma Herb finished third in the discus and Chloe King took fourth in the 200. The 4x200 relay team of Paige Norrbom, King, Emily Norrbom and Kylie Linke and the 4x400 team of Paige Norrbom, Linke, Emily Norrbom and Pietz each took first.

On the boys side, Kobe Miller placed second in the long jump and 400 while Cole Schairer placed third in the 1,600. The 4x400 relay quartet of Deakyn Suess, Dylan Sprague, Schairer and Miller will also head to sectionals after placing third.

Girls team scores: 1. Medford 150; 2. Lakeland Union 127; 3. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 87; 4. Northland Pines 80; 5. Mosinee 67; 6. Neillsville/Granton 59; 7. Colby 58; 8. Stratford 49; 9. Tomahawk 19.


Lamberies still undefeated while Block, Nelson win first features

The action was hot and heavy as the Dirt Kings Late Model Tour visited the Shawano Speedway on May 19.

IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Sport Mods, as well as the Mighty Four division were all present and accounted for as per usual. Rookie Wyatt Block won his first career IMCA Modified feature. Jeremy Christians notched another IMCA Stock Car win, his first of the 2018 season. Lucas Lamberies remains unbeaten in the IMCA Sport Mod class as he won his third feature in a row. Brad Nelson scored his first career Mighty Four feature win while AJ Diemel won the Dirt Kings Late Model Tour event.

Trevor Spaulding pulled to the lead on lap one of the IMCA Modified feature with Eddie Muenster in tow. As those two paced the field, Wyatt Block began to work through the field after starting the race in tenth. By the time Block passed Muenster for second near the midpoint of the race, Spaulding had built up a sizeable advantage. Block continued to reel in Spaulding though.


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Tuesday WIAA Regional Scores

Clintonville 11, Colby/Abbotsford 1

Wautoma 9, Bonduel 6

Laona/Wabeno 16, Menominee Indian 1

Port Edwards 12, Marion 6

Wild Rose 8, Tigerton 7

Bonduel 17

Kiel 0,

Bonduel 10

Two Rivers 9,

Roncalli 4

Bonduel 1

The Bonduel softball team picked up a pair of wins in a tournament in Two Rivers on May 19.

Brynn Reinke tossed a no-hitter to lead the Bears to a lopsided win over Kiel in game one. Reinke struck out seven batters while walking three. Reinke also had three hits and five RBIs at the plate.

Bonduel rallied from a six-run deficit to top the hosts in the second game. Joanie Wudtke had the game-winning RBI for the Bears in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reinke earned the win after striking out five batters across five innings. Grace Thorne tallied two hits at the plate.


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