Legion: Bonduel’s Beilfuss tosses no-hitter in lopsided win

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss fires a pitch during the first inning of Tuesday’s Legion road win over Wittenberg.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Dylan Burch, left, steps on home plate behind Wittenberg catcher Kody Szews during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s Legion game in Wittenberg.

Bonduel Legion baseball coach Jason Boldt admitted he was a bit nervous to start Noah Beilfuss on the mound for Tuesday’s road game against Wittenberg. The nerves were because Beilfuss had faced Wittenberg just five days before.

Beilfuss topped his strong six-inning start from June 13 by throwing a five-inning no-hitter in Bonduel’s 13-0 victory over Wittenberg Tuesday.

Beilfuss noted he didn’t change his approach going into the game. “But tonight, it felt really special. I threw a little bit before the game with some friends and played some pickle and got in the baseball mind right away. I’ve been thinking about the game since last week and I was just focused and feeling it out there tonight.”

After three-up, three-down innings in the first and second, Wittenberg got its first baserunner in the third on a two-out walk.


Legion: Shawano falls apart in late innings of loss to New London

Clinging to a tight lead through four innings, Shawano was unable to slow down New London in the later innings of an eventual 9-2 road loss Tuesday.

Shawano held a 2-1 lead after four innings, but New London took control of the game in the fifth. The hosts took a 5-2 lead into the sixth.

Zach Erdmann was dealt the loss on the mound, striking out five batters over 5⅔ innings.

Nick Grignon led Shawano at the plate. He singled, doubled and drove in a run.


Boys golf: Three Shawano golfers earn academic honors

The Shawano Community High School boys golf trio of Lucas tePlate, Nick Sherman and Andrew Puissant were all recently named 2019 Academic-All State honorees by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin.

A total of 401 athletes from 125 high schools in the state were honored this year. The average grade-point average for those students was 3.747.

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, participate in at least 75% of their team’s varsity matches and be a sophomore, junior or senior.


Bohm, DePerry, Oshkeshequoam enjoy WBCA experience

Contributed Photo Shawano graduate Tori DePerry, third from left, played for the Division 2 North girls team that was coached by, from left, River Falls’ Ian Sticht and Eric Liegel and Menomonie’s Storm Harmon.

Contributed Photo Forming the Division 4 Red boys team was, from left, top row, Oconto’s Zach Sherman, Iola-Scandinavia coach Mike Stockwell, Marathon’s Carter Hanke, Menominee Indian coach James Oshkeshequoam, Auburndale’s Colton Wright, Augusta’s Tanner Alix and Iola-Scandinavia coach Sam Bertsch; front row, Roncalli’s Chombi Lambert, Deerfield’s Carson Knapp, Lourdes Academy’s Henry Noone, Iola-Scandinavia’s Charlie Stockwell, Bonduel’s Parker Bohm and Aquinas’ Brandon Merfeld.

Coming up on the losing end on the scoreboard did not diminish the week of Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-star festivities for Shawano’s Tori DePerry, Bonduel’s Parker Bohm or Menominee Indian coach James Oshkeshequoam.

DePerry and Bohm enjoyed their final opportunities to play high school basketball, while Oshkeshequoam was thrilled to coach some of the state’s top seniors.

DePerry played for the Division 2 North All-Stars, which fell to the South All-Stars in an 88-69 final on Friday at JustAGameFieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

“I’m going to remember not the loss we took, but the friends and coaches who made the week one I won’t forget,” DePerry said. “It was cool getting one last chance to play a high school basketball game.”

DePerry finished the game with 12 points, connecting on five shots, including a 3-pointer. She also led her team with four steals.


An unfamiliar position for Packer nation

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Packers running backs work on a ball-carrying drill during a mandatory minicamp practice at the Don Hutson Center on June 12 in Green Bay.

The Green Bay Packers are entering a new era, as they are about to embark upon a season under a coach other than Mike McCarthy for the first time since 2006.

The Packers enjoyed several winning seasons under the 13-year coach, making the playoffs in all but four seasons and winning the NFC North six times — in one of the years Green Bay didn’t win the division, it ended up winning the Super Bowl.

Yet, instead of thinking back to some of those memorable seasons, fans only want to talk about what the team has done recently, which isn’t much to brag about.

Coming off back-to-back seasons in which the green and gold missed the postseason, the Packers decided it was time to make sweeping changes and try salvaging the finally years of quarterback Aaron Rodgers career.

Enter Matt LaFleur.


Legion: Bonduel stifled by Oconto Falls

The Bonduel Legion baseball team had just four runners reach base in a 2-0 road loss to Oconto Falls on Monday.

Bonduel’s best scoring chance came in the fifth inning when two runners reached base, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat. The Grizzlies struck out seven times in the game.

Isaac Boldt pitched the first three innings for the Grizzlies. Parker Bohm tossed the next 2 2/3 before Joey Wagester got the final out in the sixth.

Oconto Falls scored a run in the second and another in the fifth for all of the game’s scoring.


Legion: Boldt’s homer, Beilfuss’ outing lead Bonduel to win

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bonduel’s Jordan Boldt follows through after hitting a two-run home run in front of Wittenberg catcher Kody Szews during the fifth inning of Thursday’s Legion game in Bonduel.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Wittenberg’s Shane Herb, right, throws out Bonduel’s Noah Beilfuss during Thursday’s Legion game in Bonduel.

Jordan Boldt came through with a clutch hit, driving a two-run home run over the right field fence in the fifth inning to put the Bonduel Legion baseball team up 4-0 over Wittenberg.

Bonduel starting pitcher Noah Beilfuss limited Wittenberg to just one run in the sixth before Joey Wagester worked around a bit of trouble in the seventh to seal up the host’s 4-1 win in Bonduel on Thursday.

Boldt’s homer scored Aaron Margelofsky, who reached on an error to open the fifth.

“I was looking fastball and I was kinda feeling better after getting a hit earlier. I was seeing the ball really well tonight,” Boldt said. “I was just hoping I’d see a low and inside pitch and I ended up getting that and I was able to hammer it.”

“It felt really good off the bat, so I had a good feeling it was going (out).”

The first few innings of the game was a pitching duel between Beilfuss and Wittenberg’s Shane Herb. Each pitcher was able to work around several baserunners.


Legion: Marion/Tigerton tops Menominee

The Marion/Tigerton Legion baseball team secured its first win of the summer by taking down Menominee 7-5 on Thursday in Marion.

Conner Harris led the co-op at the plate with a pair of hits. Cayden Shoen, Koy Brei, Gaven Ferg and Braxton Michaelis all chipped in a hit.

Zach Fehrman earned the win on the mound. Three Marion/Tigerton pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts in the victory.

Marion/Tigerton will take on Clintonville twice this week — Wednesday and Thursday — for its third and fourth games of the summer.


Shawano track coach Dave Hanssen retires

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Coach Dave Hanssen, right, encourages Shawano’s Carrie Young during the 4x800-meter relay during the Division 1 D.C. Everest Sectional on May 23. Hanssen, who coached at Shawano for three seasons, is retiring from coaching.

Shawano Community High School track and field coach Dave Hanssen is calling it a career.

The long-time coach spent the final three years coaching the Hawks after previous stints in Watertown (1977-2013) and Oconomowoc (2014-2015).

When Hanssen first moved to Shawano, he had no intent of coaching. But when Shawano needed a new track coach after Scott Smurawa stepped down after the 2016 season, Charmaine Schreiber — the school’s athletic director at the time — talked with Jessie Hanssen, Dave’s daughter-in-law, which led to an interview.

Hanssen soon accepted the job, noting Schreiber’s personality and having an urge to give coaching another go.

In the three years under Hanssen, Shawano enjoyed plenty of success.

“The first thing I’m proud about is the development of the program,” said Hanssen. “In track, one person can’t do it by themselves. You have to have a good staff. That is the foundation of a good program…”


Baseball: Bowler lands 4 players on CWC-North first team

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Bowler’s Logan Thiex delivers a pitch during a conference doubleheader against Manawa on May 10 in Bowler. Thiex was one of four Bowler players named to the CWC-North first team.

Leader Photo by Morgan Rode Marion’s Carter Goke throws a pitch during a conference road clash against Gresham on May 10. Goke made the CWC-North second team after a strong year on the mound.

The Bowler High School baseball team had a conference-best four players named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-North Division first team after a strong spring season.

Bowler finished second in the conference with an 8-2 record and were rewarded by having a total of seven players earn all-conference recognition.

Five Tigerton, three Marion and two Gresham players also earned honors.


Leading the seven Bowler players on all-conference teams was the quartet of Landan Kroening, Logan Thiex, Zach Fehrman and Lane Schultz, who all made the first team.

Schultz, Fehrman and Thiex all finished with 12 hits in conference play, while Kroening had nine and reached base at a .429 clip.

Thiex led the team with 13 RBIs, while also stealing 11 bases and scoring 10 runs. On the mound, he earned two wins, posted a 0.93 ERA and struck out 16 batters over 15 innings.


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