Sports

Thu
18
Apr

SCHS wants to improve athletic culture

Shawano Community High School staff, parents and volunteers determined they wanted to improve the athletic culture at the school after a Wednesday presentation led by athletic director Joel Wondra.

That determination was made after Wondra led an exercise — which was designed by Jeff Janssen, a sports pyschologist that Wondra heard speak at the Wisconsin Athletic Director Association meeting in November — that analyzed the school’s productivity and results (winning) and relationships within a program.

Coaches and assistant coaches at the high school were invited to the meeting by Wondra, along with some parents, booster club members and board members that showed interest.

Thu
18
Apr

Athlete of the Week: Carrie Young


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano senior Carrie Young competes in the 4x800-meter relay at Tuesday’s Bay Conference Relays. Young helped the relay team to second in the event.

Athlete: Carrie Young

Sport: Track and field

School: Shawano Community High School

Year: Senior

Shawano Community High School senior Carrie Young is hoping to make her final track and field season her best one yet.

She has started the season with several strong finishes. She most recently helped the girls distance medley relay team to first and the 4x400- and 4x800-meter relay teams to second at the Bay Conference Relays on Tuesday.

Q: When did your interest in track and field begin?

A: My older brother, Alex, ran track all through high school and was extremely successful. He has always been my role model, therefore he was my inspiration to run track. I have been running since I was very little, so being a confident runner helped give me the extra push to join. It turned out in the end that I absolutely love the sport, so I continued to run through middle school and high school.

Thu
18
Apr

Baseball: Clintonville drops tight game to Freedom

The Clintonville High School baseball team fell just short in a North Eastern Conference clash against Freedom on Tuesday

Freedom scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and held Clintonville to a single run in the seventh to nab a 3-2 win. The second game of the doubleheader was suspended in the ninth tied at one because of darkness.

Clintonville tallied three hits in the game one setback. Presley Rosenow drove in a run and reached base twice. Chance Bork drove in the team’s other run.

Matt Morse took the loss after allowing an unearned run in an inning of work. Matt Seefeldt worked the first five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks. Seefeldt struck out three batters.

Morse drove in Klay Barkow for the Truckers lone run of game two. Jared Cartwright and Barkow combined to work the nine innings.

The second game may be completed at a later date if it will have an impact on the conference standings.

Thu
18
Apr

Boys golf: Resch leads Witt-Birn at invite

Led by Ian Resch’s 18-hole total of 88 shots, the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School boys golf team placed 15th at the Monona Grove Invite at the The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove on Wednesday.

Witt-Birn finished with a team total of 382 shots.

Justin Keeney finished just behind Resch with an 89, while Maverick Beran shot a 99. Logan Balliett (106) and Brian Nelson (113) rounded out the five-golfer team.

Team scores: 1. Sun Prairie 325; 2. Marquette 327; 3. Mt. Horeb 330; 4. Waunakee 334; 5. Edgerton 339; 6. Monona Grove 340; 7. McFarland 346; 8. Portage 359; 9. Sauk Prairie 360; 10. DeForest 369; 11. Madison West 372; 12. Baraboo 386; 13. Wausau East 387; 14. Monona Grove (2) 390; 15. Wittenberg-Birnamwood 396; 16. Monroe 441; 17. Fort Atkinson 451; 18. Jefferson 455.

Thu
18
Apr

College Highlights

Boivin takes second at Grizzly Invite

Shawano Community High School graduate and current Davenport University pole vaulter Dan Boivin turned in a strong finish at the Grizzly Invite, which was hosted by Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on April 12 and 13.

Boivin cleared a height of 4.25 meters to place second and earn Davenport eight points.

Andrew Mudd, who was competing unattached, won with a mark of 4.40 meters.

Gueths competes for Wisconsin rowing

Shawano graduate Brandi Gueths was a member of the Wisconsin rowing novice eight teams during a Big Ten Double Dual on April 13.

Both teams came in second, with Gueths sitting in seven seat. In the morning, Gueths and the rest of the novice eight team posted a time of 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds — Iowa finished first in 8:08.25.

In the afternoon, Gueths and her team rowed to a time of 8:39.5. Indiana took first in 8:16.25.

Thu
18
Apr

Packers announce 2019 schedule


Leader file photo Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers gets away from Chicago Bears’ Akiem Hicks during a game on Sept. 9, 2018. Rodgers and the Packers will open the 2019 season on the road against the Bears.

The Green Bay Packers’ 2019 NFL regular-season schedule — highlighted by five prime-time contests (subject to flexible scheduling) on the original schedule for the sixth straight year (2014-19) — was released Wednesday by the National Football League.

The Packers will open the season at the Chicago Bears in the NFL’s Thursday night regular-season opener. It marks the fourth time in team history that Green Bay has opened at Chicago (1979, 1981, 2015).

The Packers will open their home slate in week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings, marking just the fourth time (2003, 2008, 2018) since the NFC North was formed in 2002 that Green Bay has played division opponents in both of the first two games.

Green Bay stays at home the next two weeks — the first time the Packers have played three straight at home in September since 1990 (Weeks 1-3). They host the Denver Broncos in week 3 and the Philadelphia Eagles in a Thursday night matchup in week 4.

Thu
18
Apr

New bear proposal includes expanding hound usage

The next decade of black bear management in Wisconsin will be determined in part by public opinion, and many have strong feelings about bear hunting techniques.

The public has had a chance to weigh in on the 87-page Wisconsin Bear Management Plan, 2019-2029, which was created by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bear Advisory Committee. Four sections of the DNR and 11 other government and private groups created the plan, and a series of public meetings were held and online comments accepted through April 14.

Groups involved in the plan’s creation include the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association, Wisconsin Bowhunters Association, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Federation, U.S. Forest Service, USDA-APHIS- Wildlife Services, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin County Forest Association, Safari Club International and Wisconsin Hunters Rights Coalition.

Wed
17
Apr

Track and field: Shawano girls 5th, boys 7th at Bay relays


Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Gage Timm competes in the triple jump at the Bay Conference Relays at Xavier High School on Tuesday. Timm tied for fourth with a distance of 38 feet, 3.75 inches.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Shawano’s Alice Hoffmann competes in the 4x800 relay at the Bay Conference Relays at Xavier High School on Tuesday. The 4x800 relay came in second with a time of 10 minutes, 58.23 seconds.

Several Shawano Community High School track and field athletes turned in strong finishes while competing in the Bay Conference Relays at Xavier High School on Tuesday.

Behind a big night from Parker Pues, the boys team scored 63.3 points and took seventh. The girls team used strong efforts in the relays to tally 81 points and place fifth.

Pues won the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 1 inch and took second in the triple jump (39-09.75).

The senior was also on the second-place finishing 800-meter sprint medley relay (1 minute, 41.73 seconds) — with Brayden Dickelman, Crede Timm and Elliott Lowney — and the third-place finishing 4x100 relay (45.64) — with Max Hanauer, Dickelman and Timm.

“A night like tonight gives a lot of confidence for the rest of the season,” Pues said. “Being the first meet (outside), it really sets the tone for times and measurements for the rest of the season.”

Wed
17
Apr

Shawano Speedway ready for racing


Contributed Photo Rob Berna placed third in the Late Model Division last year and is hoping to compete for the title this year. Pictured is Berna’s paint scheme for the upcoming season.

Leader File Photo Chris Madden led from start to finish to win the 2018 Sun Drop Shootout. This year’s Sun Drop Shootout is scheduled for July 30.

With warmer temperatures and the snow from the latest storm almost melted, it’s time for local racers to start racing at the half-mile track the Shawano Speedway offers.

The snow postponed the start of the season to this Saturday, but that won’t diminish the excitement surrounding a new season of racing.

“The longer it goes (without racing), the more the itch gets in with the fans,” said Brad Luepke, the speedway’s marketing and promotions director. “There’s nothing like opening night. It’s sort of like opening day for baseball; it’s like a holiday for baseball fans. For race fans, (opening night) is like a holiday. They can’t wait to get to the track.”

The Dirt Kings Late Model Special that was planned for April 13 will happen this week instead. The speedway’s other five classes — IMCA Mods, IMCA Sport Mods, Shawano Late Models, IMCA Stock Cars and the Mighty Fours — will also be in action.

Wed
17
Apr

WIAA approves football conference realignment

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control passed a statewide football-only conference realignment proposal and supported a raise in ticket prices for sectional and state tournaments at its April meeting Tuesday.

The board unanimously approved its final consideration of the football-only conference proposal crafted by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association. First approval of the plan was granted by the board with a 9-2 vote at its meeting in March. Membership rules required a 40-day window for schools involved in realignment plans to appeal the first consideration before the board took final action. Fifteen schools filed concerns or appeals of the initial vote by the April 10 deadline and were presented to the board.

The plan, which will be implemented in the 2020 season, gives uniformity to the number of schools affiliated with a conference and makes sure certain programs have enough conference games for playoff qualification.

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