Trio of local teams ready to make splash

High school girls swimming teams around the state dove into the pool for the first time on Aug. 7 for the first practice of the new season. Starting today, those teams could compete in their first meets and invites.

For Clintonville and Wittenberg-Birnamwood, winning those meets and invites might prove difficult with such low roster numbers, but that won’t stop individual swimmers on those two teams from giving it their all this season.

The Shawano/Bonduel co-op, on the other hand, returns plenty of experienced swimmers and is focused on improving its team standing.


Despite losing 10 seniors to graduation, the Shawano/Bonduel co-op returns a multitude of experienced swimmers from last year’s team.

The co-op roster for the upcoming season will be led by six seniors, Jenne Dreyer, Jordyn Pingel, Kelsey Kallies, Madi Hanson, Skye Bohm and Tatiana Kunschke. Coach Sharon Hanson said Bohm and Kunschke will serve as the team’s leaders.


Marion/Tigerton trying to build culture under new coach

Marion/Tigerton co-op football coach Lance Litchfield will face a unique challenge during the upcoming season.

Not only will the season mark the first year Litchfield will be the team’s head coach, but also the final year the co-op competes as an 11-man team. Next year, the team will make the transition to eight-man football.

Don’t expect the Thundercatz to be looking forward to next year though.

“With this being our last year of 11-man, we will attempt to prove we can still be competitive playing 11-man,” Jared Krueger said. “This will show us promise towards a successful eight-man season next year.”

Since the first day of practice on Aug. 1, Litchfield and the Marion/Tigerton coaching staff has been preaching a new culture.

“It does not matter if a player is from Marion or a player is from Tigerton. We all wear the same colored jersey and have to come together as a team,” Litchfield said.


High School Highlights


Shawano opens year at Battle on the Fox

Shawano sent 12 players into action over the two-day Battle on the Fox Invite at Bay Port High School.

The format of the invite was a team match tournament, with each team playing four matches within their division and one extra match against a team outside their division.

Shawano dropped tight matches to St. Mary Springs Academy (4-3) and Howard Grove (4-3) on Monday before topping Green Bay East (5-2) and falling to Marinette (4-3) and De Pere (7-0) on Tuesday.

Elise Pyatskowit did not drop any of her four matches while Anna Cuenca earned three wins. Lydia Dobberstein, Isabella Buettner, Rylie Anderson and Sarah Carlson were all part of two wins.


Shawano, Bonduel perform well in Bay opener

Shawano and Bonduel were both in action Tuesday, playing nine holes at Vernon Hills Golf Course in Peshtigo for the first stop on the Bay Conference Tour.


Naeyaert wins a doozy, Cornelius scores first at Shawano

Sometimes it all just comes together. Racing fans were treated to top-notch, on-track action Saturday at Shawano Speedway.

Dan Michonski brought home his third feature win to obtain the $1,000 payday before a stout field of IMCA Stock Car competitors. Tom Naeyaert outdueled Chris Engels for his first feature win in two seasons. Lance Arneson advanced 10 spots for his second win of the year.

In the IMCA Sport Mod feature, Lucas Lamberies scored his sixth win, holding off double duty driver Kyle Raddant, who also ran his first Late Model race. Jason Cornelius won his first career Shawano Speedway feature in Mighty Four action.

Naeyaert grabbed the lead on the opening lap of the Late Model feature as Derek Janke chased him. Engels made an outside pass on Janke for second on lap seven, while Nick Anvelink made an inside pass on Brett Swedberg for fourth on the same lap.


Shawano, Clintonville eager to hit courts

As the 2018 girls tennis season gets underway, both the Shawano and Clintonville teams will be striving for improvement.

Neither team had a player advance through subsectionals last year, but both teams return plenty of experience to the courts this year.

Among Shawano’s returning players are juniors Isabella Buettner and Lydia Dobberstein, who have plenty of varsity experience. Karelyn Malliet is the team’s lone senior with any varsity experience.

Juniors Alana Krolow, Chloe Krueger, Annalyse Wilber and Haley Williams along with sophomores Anna Cuenca and Grace Licausi will also be among the Shawano players filling out the roster.

While coach Matthew Zoll has yet to determine the flights the athletes will be placed in, he knows regardless of where they compete, each of the players will put in the time to improve.


Chargers seeking 2nd straight playoff berth

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg-Birnamwood is coming off a 6-4 season and fourth place finish in the CWC-Large.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood football team is coming off one of its best seasons in recent memory.

The Chargers posted a 6-4 record, including a fourth place finish in the tough Central Wisconsin Conference-Large Division. The 4-3 record within the division helped Wittenberg-Birnamwood snag its first postseason berth since 2006. The Chargers could not hang with top-seeded Stanley-Boyd in a 42-0 first level playoff loss.

Despite the team’s breakthrough season, the Chargers have plenty of questions to answer heading into the 2018 season as the team lost seven players to graduation that made an all-conference team last year. Witt-Birn has just four total starters back from last year’s team.


Packers get preseason underway with win over Titans

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not take a snap during the team’s 31-17 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, but a trio of other Packers quarterbacks shined in their time under the Lambeau Field lights.

Rodgers’ backups, a trio of Brett Hundley, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle combined to throw for 356 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with 11 different receivers.

Hundley started the game, and after Tennessee starter Marcus Mariota tossed a touchdown, led Green Bay on a 7-play, 75-yard opening drive to knot the score at seven. Hundley connected on 9-yard passes to Devante Adams and Geronimo Allison before hitting Adams on a perfectly placed 48-yard pass down the left sideline to the Titans’ 3-yard line.


BABA Roundup

August 1, 3 and 5

East-West Division

Clintonville 8

Shawano 0

Clintonville blanked Shawano in a makeup game.

Parker Mindell and Kenny Casper each had two hits for Clintonville while John Dunlavy earned the victory on the mound.

Branden Estep suffered the loss for Shawano while Josh Ebert and Kien Moorman each posted two hits.

Clintonville 10

Shawano 4

Clintonville (11-2) wrapped up the regular season with another convincing win over Shawano (1-12).

Hunter Vollmer earned the win for Clintonville and also tallied two hits. Dunlavy, Ebert, Jordan Keppen and Jaden Doornink each added two hits.

Estep also took the loss in game two for Shawano. Kregg Boldig had a big game at the plate, posting three hits and driving in two runs.

Bowler 5

Tilleda 1

Bowler secured a spot in the playoffs with a victory over Tilleda.


Snapshot Wisconsin uses trail cameras for study

It seems that everyone from elementary-school kids to seniors has a smartphone. Whether most of these people really need a phone 24/7/365 is one thing, but there’s no doubt that having a combination still camera and video camera handy is a good thing.

We sportsmen have discovered another way to take photos. Trail cameras are one of the greatest developments for deer, bear and predator hunting. When we leave the ground blind or tree stand and go home, those hard-working trail cams keep on clicking away, even in the dark of night.

Even non-hunters can use these electronic marvels to record images of wildlife (or even human trespassers) in their woods or even their back yards.


Bonduel ready for tough conference schedule

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel is coming off an 8-2 season and second place finish in the CWC-Large.

The Bonduel football team has been a model of consistency in recent years.

The Bears have won at least seven games in each of the past five seasons, finishing in the top four of a tough Central Wisconsin Conference each year.

In 2017, Bonduel finished with an 8-2 record overall, with a 6-1 mark in the CWC-Large Division.

Amherst, three-time Division 5 state champions, won the division with a 7-0 record, topping Bonduel 47-20 in week five. The Bears claimed a 47-20 win in week four over Iola-Scandinavia, which eventually played in the Division 6 state title game.

While the conference is headlined by Amherst and Iola-Scandinavia, the Bears know any team in the conference can prove to be a tough test on any given week.


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