It’s a familiar feeling for hitters across the Big Rivers Conference. There stands Eau Claire Memorial pitcher Jack Brown, peering in from the mound, waiting for a sign from the catcher. He’d get one he liked, go through his windup, and moments later he’d get the result that left plenty of opponents shaking their heads all spring long. Swing and a miss. Strike three. The Memorial senior made hitter after hitter miss this season, compiling a 4-1 record to go along with a 0.
Big Rivers First team: Dane Weiland, jr., Chippewa Falls; Tristin Hable, sr., Chippewa Falls; Jack Brown, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Tanner Kohlhepp, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Carter Hesselman, jr., Eau Claire North; Ryan Venne, sr., Eau Claire North; Sam Stange, jr., Eau Claire North; Tyler Greenlund, sr., Eau Claire North; Jack Erickson, so., Hudson; David Miller, jr., Hudson; Adam Feyereisen, jr., River Falls. Player of the Year: Dane Weiland, Chippewa Falls. Pitcher of the Year: Jack
Dodgers ace Don Drysdale blanks the Pirates 5-0 on three hits and sets a major league record for six straight shutouts that extend his number of scoreless innings to a near-record 54. Later he gets his 200th win with a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. Meanwhile, Bob Gibson of the Cardinals takes aim at Drysdale’s record when he beats the Pirates 3-0 for his fifth straight shutout. Also 50 years ago this month, Eau Claire Memorial defeats New Richmond 3-1 for the sectional title and heads to
It’s going to be tough for Immanuel Lutheran to say goodbye to Levi Schaller. Just as tough to see Ryan Venne walk out the door at North. And Jack Brown at Memorial. The three city pitchers teamed up to post 63 wins in giving Eau Claire top-notch pitching over the past three and even four years. Schaller was the four-year workhorse and helped put Lancers baseball on the area — if not the state — baseball map. During that time, Immanuel posted a 76-25 record. Schaller was
North lost 12-8 after going into the bottom of the sixth inning tied with Waunakee in a state tournament quarterfinal. Waunakee went on to win the WIAA Division 1 state title. That’s how close the Big Rivers Conference champions came once again. The Huskies split with city rival Memorial during the regular season. That’s close too. Regis shared the Western Cloverbelt Conference championship with Altoona. Immanuel Lutheran placed second in the Dairyland Conference and played in
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Nobody was happier to learn the Chippewa Falls softball team would be switching from white to black pants this spring than Kaylee Frenette. The do-it-all leadoff hitter for the Cardinals may have been a reigning first-team all-state pick and Leader-Telegram player of the year, but that never excused her from doing her own laundry after the game. And the scrappy and aggressive way she plays requires a fair amount of time with the washer. But with black pants, the
Big Rivers First team: Kaylee Frenette, sr., Chippewa Falls; Autumn Olson, sr., Chippewa Falls; Brooke Rooney, sr., Chippewa Falls; Mallory Sterling, jr., Chippewa Falls; Kathryn Wirtanen, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Kaiya Sundeen, sr., Hudson; Colleen Halverson, sr., Hudson; Grace O’Brien, fr., Hudson; Emily Fell, sr., Rice Lake; Brooke Scheurer, sr., Rice Lake; Sam Soley, sr., Rice Lake. Second team: Kyra Peloquin, sr., Chippewa Falls; Hayley Chapman, sr., Eau Claire Memorial;
As a history teacher, Andy Jarzynski sees some interesting parallels between his new task at hand and one faced long ago in the Civil War. The new Eau Claire North football coach, whose hiring was announced last Saturday, feels the Huskies are experiencing things from a perspective General Ulysses S. Grant was familiar with during the war — albeit with much lower stakes. “I think back to this story that one of General Grant’s executive secretaries wrote about later in life,
Emma Staszkiewicz scored twice and Jenny Cape added a goal and two assists for Brookfield Central in a 5-0 win over River Falls on Thursday in a WIAA Division 2 girls soccer state semifinal at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Kiera LaCroix made eight saves for the Wildcats, who were outshot 29-2. The trip to state was just the second for River Falls, which also lost in the semifinals in 2011. Brookfield Central won the Division 1 state championship last year.
ATHENS 13, THORP 10 ATHENS (13) AB-R-H-RBI: Klay Ellenbecker, cf, 3-4-1-2; Marshall Westfall, p/1b, 4-2-4-2; Seth Coker, ss, 4-0-2-3; Dakota Willemssen, 1b/p, 4-0-1-1; Tanner Wagner-Durr, pr, 0-0-0-0; Connor Westfall, c, 4-0-2-0; Jake Denzine, pr, 0-0-0-0; Guyler Luther, lf, 4-1-0-0; Javon Penney, rf, 3-2-3-0; Dayne Diethelm, 2b, 4-2-2-0; Colten Weiler, dh, 3-2-0-0; Derek Czech, 3b, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 33-13-15-8. THORP (10) Reece Drost, 1b, 5-1-1-0; Ryan Stunkel, 2b, 5-2-1-2; Wyatt Denzine,