Portage County Gazette 20th Anniversary: Sports Time Capsules
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 18, 2014
The top-ranked Plover Black Sox American Legion Baseball team won its fourth consecutive Central Wisconsin Classic Title. Eric Zelhofer went 5-for-5 with a double and six RBI in a 14-7 win over fourth-ranked Janesville, Alex Lee had a complete-game victory in a 7-4 win over Chippewa Falls, and Nick Lillienthal pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout in an 8-0 win over Marquette (Mich). Plover followed with a 12-0 victory in five innings over Janesville in the Tournament Semifinals, as manager Wayne Sankey recorded his 400th career Legion coaching victory, and Tyler Nalbach picked up a complete-game win in a 12-3 victory over Chippewa Falls in the Championship Game.
10 years ago:
July 17, 2009
With the lead in the Wisconsin Valley Legion League (WVLL) on the line, the Plover Black Sox rallied from a 9-7 deficit with seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the rival Stevens Point Sixers 14-9 at Veterans Memorial Park in Plover. The teams combined to score 23 runs on 29 hits, as Paul Buchkowski had a double among his three hits, Bobby Gregorich had a double among his two hits, and Matt Busse had two hits to lead Plover. Steve Pratt had a double to go along with two hits and three RBI, and Adam Bartlett and Kevin Malnory each had three hits for Point. The Black Sox went on to win what was their second WVLL Title in a string of eight in a row from 2008 through 2015.
20 years ago:
July 16, 1999
The Plover Nationals 10-year old travel baseball team went 5-1 to win the 13-team Wisconsin Rapids Youth Sports Association Tournament. Team members included Elliot Check, Adam Freeman, Eric Fritz, Kyle Heck, Jason Krueger, Mark Mahoney, Alex Molski, Andrew Pavelski, Scott Pavelski, Luke Riordan and Matt Stevenson.