BABA Roundup

East Division

Gresham 6

Marion 1

Top-seeded Gresham fended off Marion to advance to the East Divisions Finals.

Tom Neitzer led Gresham at the plate with three hits while Chase Quinney and Pete Carroll each had two hits. Josh Foreman picked up the win on the mound.

Maverick Gehrman tallied three hits for Marion while Jared Sonnenberg was dealt the loss on the mound. Ryan Mortenson and Dave Jueds each had two hits.

Clintonville 13

Neopit 0

Second-seeded Clintonville routed Neopit to advance to the division final.

Jon Dunlavy picked up the win on the mound and helped hold Neopit to one hit. Turner Doornink posted three hits, including a grand slam homer. Parker Mindel also homered while Ryan Ebert had two hits.

Alex Peters took the loss for Neopit.

West Division

Little Falls 11

Bowler 0


Doves, teal and geese challenge best of wingshooters

I’ve recently been enjoying some friendly trapshooting competition every Wednesday night at Springbrook Gun Club near Omro, as well as a traveling tournament every Sunday. Although I’ve shot trap a few times in the past, I never got serious about it until this year. My good friend, Dave Gawarosky, talked me into joining the league (as he talks me into most other semi-crazy things), and then I took the plunge by buying my first trap gun, a red, white and blue Browning BT99.

Last Sunday, I shot my first 23. As a teammate told me, “You’re starting to figure it out.” Then on Wednesday night, our last night of leagues, I shot two 23s and a 19. The simplicity and long sight radius (34-inch barrel and 1 more inch with an extended choke tube) of the trap gun does make a difference.


High School Football Roundup

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 the 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 39-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.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood faces another nonconference road test in week two before opening conference play in week three.

Northern Elite 55


Big plays help West De Pere pull away from Shawano

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.

“At the beginning of the game, we were obviously the underdogs,” Kobe Schreiber said. “We could have took the lead on our opening drive, but when we got in the red zone we fell apart and didn’t finish.”


Clintonville falls to Fox Valley Lutheran in opener

It was night-and-day performance from last season’s game.

A year ago, the Clintonville football team was embarrassed 75-0 at Fox Valley Lutheran, with the Foxes offense doing whatever it wanted to against the Truckers.

This year, it was a different story in the season opener for both squads.

Fox Valley scored on its first four drives, but Clintonville’s defense stepped up in the second half and forced two turnovers. Fox Valley, which played its home game at Kaukauna High School because its field was ripped up, went on to defeat Clintonville 41-7. But it was a great showing by the players in Tom Burkhalter’s first game as the Truckers coach Thursday.

“It was a heck of a lot closer than that score said,” Burkhalter said. “I’m very proud of my guys. They worked their tails. They made what I feel is the best quarterback in the conference work his tail off.”


Teams open regular season tonight

Leader file photo Several local teams open the 2018 season on the road.

After a long wait, high school football is finally here.

While a few games were played Thursday, many high school football teams in Wisconsin kick off their regular seasons tonight.

While none of the area teams will square off this week, most of them will be tasked with earning a win on the road to open the fall.

Shawano may face the stiffest test of any local team, as it will travel to take on West De Pere, the defending co-champions of the Bay Conference. The Hawks battled the Phantoms to open the 2017 season and suffered a 42-0 loss.

With a young roster, Shawano coach Alan Tomow knows the road test will be a difficult one for his team but also knows it could be a big confidence booster for the rest of the season.

“Well, we are more focused on competing for four quarters with West De Pere,” he said. “It’s important we have a strong showing with a young team and just continue to get better every week.”


Clintonville looking to improve under new coach

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Clintonville players go through drills during Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s season opener.

When any team brings in a new coach, most people expect ups and downs in the first year as the coach often needs time to implement their scheme.

Tom Burkhalter, who enters his first season as the Clintonville football head coach, has the luxury of having a bevy of experienced players at his disposal. The Truckers return 11 starters from last year’s team that should make Burkhalter’s transition into his coaching role a little bit easier.

“It means everything (having so many experienced players back),” Burkhalter said. “We don’t have to start from scratch. We got guys that understand the game of football which is invaluable.”

While the defense will return less starters than the offense, Burkhalter has a pair of returning all-conference players to work with.

Seniors Hunter Lohrengel made the second team as an inside linebacker while Riley Jaensch was an honorable mention pick as a defensive back.


Bowler/Gresham eight-man varsity season canceled

While most football teams were gearing up for the start of the regular season, the Bowler/Gresham co-op was scrambling to find enough players to roster an eight-man team.

The team’s recruiting efforts came up short, forcing the co-op to cancel its varsity season.

“One of the biggest factors besides the low numbers was that about half of the players on the team either were freshman or hadn’t played football last season. So there was a lot of youth and inexperience,” coach Eric Peebles said.

The Bowler/Gresham co-op made the switch from 11-man to eight-man football back in 2013. After winning five games that season and four in 2014, the Cats have earned just one win since.

While this year’s varsity season was canceled, Peebles is still hopeful to find a couple of junior varsity games for the players to take part in.


Menominee Indian hoping for bounce back season

Last season was a one-man show for the Menominee Indian football team.

Meshaen Waukau, who was named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State Team and was co-offensive player of the year in the MONLPC, rushed for 1,963 yards and 18 touchdowns. However, the Eagles finished with a 1-8 record.

Waukau graduated, and the rest of the young Menominee Indian players from a season ago matured on the field. Coach Chris Clache, entering his 17th year, is expecting a better season.

“We were better than that last year, and we underachieved in a lot of games we played,” Clache said. “I don’t think that will be a problem this year.”

Menominee Indian, which plays eight-man football, returns four starters on offense. The entire line is back with center Hunter Connavichnah and guards James Peters and Cole Pecore.


R-E-L-A-X? Not at practice, not this year

Already full of mid-season pith and vinegar, Aaron Rodgers served notice that he will not suffer lightly the indifference of unmotivated teammates this time around.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback held nothing back in his view of the effort put forth by some of the practice squad wide receivers last week.

“One of the worst carded sessions we’ve had,” he said of the offending scout team slough-offs.

Rodgers would clarify those admonitions a bit later on, but his early calling-out was a rousing start to a Packers journey that they hope will culminate on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

The bells and whistles of this 2018 season include new rules on how not to tackle, new rules on how not to be tackled, and new rules on where to stand and where to sit.

In the first exhibition game, there were mostly whistles.


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