Portage County Gazette 20th Anniversary: Sports Time Capsules
Portage County Gazette
As we celebrate 20 years, we take a look at some of the stories that have graced the pages of our publication.
Five years ago:
July 11, 2014
Former University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was named to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the second year in a row as a member of the Washington Nationals, after he went 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 18 starts in the first half of the season.
The Central Wisconsin Impact 11U baseball team won the 11U Game Day USA Wisconsin State Championship in Wisconsin Dells. Impact team members included Trey Zagrzebski, Logan Schulfer, Tanner Schude, Jared Mountin and Jacob Conrad of Plover, Isaac Cychosz and Nathan Kropidlowski of Rosholt, Nathan Konkol of Stevens Point, Tristan Schelvan of Amherst, Marcus Jaworski of Iola, and Tyler Beyer and Carson Guck of Wisconsin Rapids.
10 years ago:
July 10, 2009
The Plover-16 Fastpitch Softball team won the Dick Mulray Tournament in Kimberly. Team members were Kaylee Mitch, Brittany Ziegel, Emily Miskoski, Sara Gross, Hallie Brock, Laura Raflik, Lindsey Makuski, Cassie Lepak, Morgan Oppor, Sam Bertz and Emily Mallek.
The 18U Fire Pro Fastpitch team placed ninth out of 214 teams at the “Triple Crown Sports Sparks” Tournament in Brighton, Colo. Team members were Patrice Suplicki, Kassie Krueger, Nicole Henke, Hillary Trebiatowski, Brooke Piotrowski, Kelly Franks, Brittany Bergquist, Emily Haluska, Lacey Probst, Katie Krueger and Jeanie Limberg.
20 years ago:
July 9, 1999
Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) graduate and 1996 Olympic racewalker Curt Clausen set the U.S. National Championship Meet record in the 20K with a time of 1:23.34. Earlier that spring, Claussen broke the 50K American record for the second time in 1999 with a time of 3:48.04.
Guided by then-manager Kraig Terpstra, the Plover Black Sox American Legion Baseball team won 25-4 over the Stevens Point Sixers in Plover. The Black Sox scored 15 runs in the fourth inning, including 12 unearned, as 12 straight batters scored and Plover sent 19 batters to the plate in the inning. Brandon Grabski had three at bats in the fourth inning, while Dan Weinkauf hit a three-run home run in the fourth, and struck out 12 over six innings for the win on the mound.