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Ahnapee eliminated, four make All-Star teams

The Ahnapee Trailblazers saw their season come to a close on Sunday in Antigo at the Class AA American Legion Baseball Tournament.

 

After falling to Onalaska 13-4 on Saturday, the Trailblazers could not muster a run against River Falls, falling 4-0. The Trailblazers went 1-2 in state tournament play.

 

Four players will still have an opportunity to play baseball this summer before going in their different directions.  Devin Schinktgen was selected to The American Legion Baseball All-Star Day at American Family Field on Sunday, August 8th in early July. Southern Door alum Schinktgen will suit up for Team Stars. Anthony Jennerjohn (Sturgeon Bay), Luke Steebs (Gibraltar), and Alex Laughlin (Gibraltar) will participate in a pair of All-Star games to be held at Neuroscience Group Field in Grand Chute. Jennerjohn will play for Team Cardinal in the first game at the home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at noon. Laughlin will play on Team White and play against his former teammate Steebs on Team Gray with the first pitch at 2:30 p.m.

Baseball notes: T-Rats, "Goats" fall, Brewers capture win

The Milwaukee Brewers continued their stranglehold on the NL Central with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon while two other local teams lost their games.

 

Jackie Bradley's RBI ground-out and almost six innings of one-run ball were all the Brewers needed to escape Atlanta with a 2-1 win over the Braves. The team has won 42 of its last 62 games.

 

The Booyah playing under their Sunday moniker of "the Goats" scored twice in the bottom of eighth but could do no more against the Madison Mallards in a 3-2 loss at Capital Credit Union Park.

 

The Timber Rattlers only hit four singles in its 3-0 loss against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

 

 

Boellaard unofficially wins K/D title

Warm water and strong storms cooled off what had been a hot start to the 2021 Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament, but anglers from more than a dozen states were still able to tackle some high-quality Chinooks throughout the event.

 

Baileys Harbor and Sturgeon Bay were the hot spots for heavyweights this year, claiming 8 of the top 10 places in the unofficial standings, which will go under committee review Monday night. Six of the top 10 fish were taken the first two days of the nine-day event.

 

The 50 heaviest salmon ranged between 25-1/2 and 35-1/2 pounds. It was the ninth time in the past 11 years that the winning fish was larger than 30 pounds.

 

UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 FISH

1. Cory Boellaard, 35.65, 7/24 @ BH

2. Austin Vance, 32.79, 7/28 @ SB

3. Bonnie Maggle, 32.15, 7/27 @ SB

4. Derek Christoph, 30.90, 7/31 @ BH

5. Kevin Kopatz, 29.98, 7/24 @ A

6. Jason McKee, 29.88, 7/23 @ SB

7. Kevin Cookle, 29.66, 7/24 @ SB

8. Krista Thuer, 29.11, 7/24 @ W.I.

9. Josh Przybylski, 29.07, 7/24 @ BH

10. Robert Keto, 28.92, 7/31 @ BH


Packers back to work Monday

After the day off, the Green Bay Packers will return back to Ray Nitschke Field for the second week of training camp.

 

The Packers will have three public practices this week ahead of their annual Family Night scrimmage on Saturday. The practices on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday begin at 10:10 a.m. with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

 

Tickets are also still available for the Family Night scrimmage, which starts just after 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Rattlers, Booyah dominate at plate; Brewers fall

Both Green Bay area teams had explosive nights hitting the ball which led to victories by a comfortable margin. The Green Bay Booyah drilled the Madison Mallards 15-7 and will face them again at home at 6:35 PM on Sunday. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored runs in five of their first six innings to down the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 12-2. They’ll face Cedar Rapids again on Sunday at 1:00 PM to finish the series. The Milwaukee Brewers had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but would get crushed 8-1 by the Atlanta Braves and will face them at 12:20 PM on Sunday

 

Ahnapee headed to elimination game

The Ahnapee Trail Blazers American Legion Baseball team couldn’t quite get their second straight win at the state tournament on Saturday. After downing Medford 6-1 in the first game, the Trailblazers fell to Onalaska by a 13-4 final score. With the loss, the Blazers move to a loser-out game against River Falls on Sunday at noon. You can keep up with tournament results at this link

 

Storms wrap up fishing tournament for many

As the final day of the Kewaunee/Door Salmon Fishing Tournament was overhauled at times due to strong rains and storms, a few still went until the final buzzer sounded. The storm tore through several ports but as the weather was safe some fishing boats headed back out onto the water. One highlight of Saturday was 14-year-old Derek Christoph catching the salmon of a lifetime. According to the Kewaunee Door Salmon Tournament Facebook page, the reel fell from the rod twice in a 45-minute battle. Christoph’s salmon was 40-inches long and weighed 30.9 lbs. It was caught at Baileys Harbor.

 

Final results from the tournament will be updated as soon as they are available to NEW Radio Sports and Door County Daily News. 

 

(Pictured is Derek Christoph)

 

Blizzard fall to Bucks for fourth time

In the fourth meeting between the Green Bay Blizzard and the Bismarck Bucks, the teams traded leads but Bismarck took over in the final quarter to win 41-30. The Blizzard led in Bismarck 14-0 in the second quarter and 14-10 at the halftime break. In the first half, Brook Bolles threw a touchdown pass to Kezlow Smith and Keyondre Craig. Keyondre Craig caught his second touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter, to make it 24-24. The Bucks broke the tie in the fourth quarter and went up 38-24. The Blizzard scored a touchdown on a throw to Keshaun Taylor near the end of the fourth, but it was not enough in the 11-point loss. After the game, the Blizzard are now 5-6 this season. On Saturday August 7th, the Blizzard will try to get back to .500 in Worcester, Massachusetts when they face the Massachusetts Pirates. 

 

Brewers dominate Atlanta, Timber Rattlers fall close

In Friday’s action, the Milwaukee Brewers exploded in the third and fourth innings to beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-5. The Timber-Rattlers fell in extras to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6-5. The Green Bay Booyah lost to the Wisconsin Woodchucks 8-3, despite getting nearly as many hits. The Rattlers and Brewers will continue their series against the Kernels and Braves on Saturday. Green Bay will host the Madison Mallards.

 

Ahnapee takes game one at state

In their first game of Wisconsin’s AA American Legion Baseball Tournament, the Ahnapee Trailblazers got the start they wanted, beating Medford 6-1. The win sets Ahnapee up for a Saturday tilt with Onalaska. If they win, they’ll play on Sunday at 7:00 PM. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The full schedule can be found here

 

Blizzard head to Bismarck Saturday

The Green Bay Blizzard will make the trek to the Peace Garden State on Saturday to take on the Bismarck Bucks. It will be the fourth time the two teams have played each other. In the previous three meetings, the Blizzard are 0-3. The losses have come in order by scores of 41-35, 58-45, 50-29. For the Blizzard, it is also the second of five straight road contests to close out the regular season. The Blizzard are coming into the matchup with a record of 5-5. The Bucks are 6-6 on the season. Kickoff at the Bismarck Civic Center is at 7:10 PM. 

 

Rough seas remain on Friday

Rough seas from Thursday's north blow carried into Friday, with Lake Michigan's vast waters only settling to rollers late in the day. With strong currents and warm water, most anglers reported slow-going. 

 

The top port Thursday was B&K Bait and Tackle on Washington Island. They weighed a trio of 26-pound-plus salmon, including Troy Wettstein's 26.77-pounder, a 24-plus and a 20-plus, among others. 

 

We're down to the final day of the 2021 contest. The last weigh-in is 9 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, dates for the 40th anniversary K/D have been set: June 15-24, 2022. The tournament will run 10 days for the first time, with a noon cut-off on the final day.

Two wins in six days for Lemmens at The Hill

A quick turnaround for the Door County Fair was no problem for Luke Lemmens Thursday night as he scored his second straight feature win in the Stock Cars at The Hill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay. 

 

While it was back to back wins for Lemmens, amazingly the other three divisions featured drivers winning at Sturgeon Bay for the first time in their careers;  Cole Czarneski in the Sport Mods, Chad Naze in the Street Stocks and Thomas Schulte in the 4 cylinder Bombers. 

 

For the second straight night, Lemmens, son of former Street Stock champ Rick Lemmens, proved to be the dominating force in the Stock Cars.  While he didn’t quite lead all the laps like he did last Saturday, he did lead the bulk of them, taking the point in dramatic fashion. 

 

On the 4th lap, he pulled off a 4-wide pass through turn three to take second, then dove to the bottom to instantly challenge Tom Stark for the lead.  In less than a lap he completed the deal by passing Stark to take the lead for good. 

 

On the way to the checker, he had to fend off pressure from Billy LeMieux until he dropped from the contest, as well as withstand a challenge from Brett Wenzel after a late restart. 

 

While he had to settle for second, Wenzel’s sixth straight top five finish allowed him to strengthen his division lead, which now stands at 25 points over Brett Koehler. Koehler snapped a bit of a sour stretch with a strong third place finish, in front of Dan Sell, Jr and Charlie Kroll. 

 

The last time Hall of Famer George Henkel saw victory lane in a Modified was May 12, 2001.  The start of the Sport Mod feature looked like 2001 all over again as Henkel took the lead at the drop of the green and built up a solid advantage on the rest of the field. 

 

Henkel fans were left to wonder “what if” caution wouldn’t have flown near the midway point that erased that lead. 

 

Czarneski, son of former Street Stock and Modified regular Tim Czarneski, in only his second ever visit to The Hill, was able to slip past after the restart.   

He, too, built a comfortable lead that was erased by a caution late.  Craig Dorner worked into second with four laps to go and closed to the back bumper of the leader but couldn’t quite pull even. 

 

While short of the win, the second place showing allowed Dorner to jump into second in the season standings, just 7 markers behind leader Randy LeMieux, Jr who finished fifth. 

 

Henkel had the local fans buzzing as he carded his best finish of the year, a strong third, ahead of fellow longtime veteran Mike Plate. 

 

Like Lemmens and fellow first-timer Czarneski, Naze is the son of a former Sturgeon Bay regular; two-time Bomber champ Jay Naze.  And ironically, his first career win came at the expense of a racer that competed in the old Bomber class against his dad; Scott Iverson. 

 

After taking a spin in the Justin Hartel machine Saturday night, bitten by the racing bug again, Iverson rolled out his own car Thursday. 

 

Blasting away from the field, and with no cautions to bunch things up, it appeared like Iverson was headed to victory lane for the first time since a Street Stock win in 2004. 

 

But as he worked his way through lapped traffic, Naze was able to chew up chunks of real estate in a short amount of time, closing in on the last lap. 

 

They were dead even heading out of four toward the line on the last lap with Naze edging ahead by inches to claim the victory. 

 

Shannon Guelette placed third, picking up a point in the title chase on Troy Muench who was just behind him in fourth. 

 

It was a career highlight night for Cody Patten who recorded his first top five, running up front solidly for the complete 20 laps. 

 

Four-time feature winner Dave DeGrave had his string of three straight wins snapped as he dropped from the contest early.  He retained third in the standings, but now sits 25 points behind Muench. 

 

The final first-time winner was Schulte, who took the lead on lap two from Kyle Walters. 

 

In order to win his first, Schulte had to beat the guy who has more wins in the class at Sturgeon Bay than anyone else.  Tony Everard, the current division point leader with 16 career wins in the class, grabbed second but couldn’t chase down Schulte. 

 

With the win, he became the sixth different winner in the class in six nights of racing. 

 

The Hill’s next event is slated for Saturday night, August 7th with a 6:00PM start time.  The Raceway’s four regular divisions will be in action, along with a special coin drop at intermission for the kids. 

 

The Hill Raceway results 7/29/2021 

Stock Car 20 Lap Feature:  Luke Lemmens, DePere - Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc – Brett Koehler, Two Creeks – Dan Sell, Jr, Suring- Charlie Kroll, Forestville – John Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 1:  Lemmens – Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 2:  Tony Bouche, Algoma - Koehler 

Heat 3:  Tom Stark, Egg Harbor - Sell 

Sport Mod Feature:  Cole Czarneski, Denmark – Craig Dorner, Luxemburg – George Henkel, Sturgeon Bay – Mike Plate, Valders - Randy LeMieux, Jr, Brussels – Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay  

Heat 1:  Czarneski – Logan Theys, Luxemburg 

Heat 2:  Plate - Dorner 

Heat 3:  Aaron Butterbrodt, Hubertis – Henkel 

Shootout:  Plate – Randy LeMieux, Jr – Rass – Chuck Carmen, Seymour 

Unified Dirt Street Stock Feature:  Chad Naze, Green Bay – Scott Iverson, Sturgeon Bay – Shannon Guelette, Luxemburg – Troy Muench, Brussels –Cody Patten, Friendship – Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay 

LCQ:  TJ Everard, Green Bay – Malvitz – Tyler Fox, Brussels - Amber Delsart, East Maplewood 

Heat 1:  Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg – Geno Sternard, Brussels 

Heat 2:  Naze – Mark Spittelmeister, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 3:  Iverson - Muench 

Baby Bomber Feature:  Thomas Schulte, Kaukauna - Tony Everard, Green Bay – Kyle Walters, Green Bay – Kyle Jorgenson, Oneida - TJ Everard, Green Bay – Scott Schlafke, Cleveland 

Heat 1: Schulte - Walters 

Slow day for K/D weigh-ins

Fewer than a dozen fish were brought to tournament scales on Thursday, Day 7 of the 9-day Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. Many anglers reported catching smaller to medium-size fish, but the heavyweights were off the feed. Chances are that'll change for the final hurrah Friday and Saturday.

 

The forecast is favorable, with NE to SE winds 5-10 knots, switching to the SW 10-15 knots Friday night before swinging W 10-15 Saturday. The wild card is another chance of showers and storms Saturday. That's something to keep a close eye on.

 

There were only four additions to the top 50 Thursday, all good salmon between 25 and 26 pounds. We’re due for another 30! Who’s feeling lucky?

 

Thursday's Port Prize Winners: Ross Wagner, 25.86 @ BH; Eric Blom, 25.52 @ W.I.; Mark Sondreal, 25.30 @ A; Dillion Roe, 25.04 @ SB; Kyle Jensen, 21.99 @ K.

Ahnapee opens Legion State Tournament play Friday

Door County has another opportunity to add a state champion to its 2020-2021 resume before the fall high school sports season begins.

 

The Ahnapee Trailblazers begin the American Legion Class AA State Championships Friday afternoon against Medford at 4 p.m. The Trailblazers showed the fight they had in the regional tournament, losing their first game to Ashwaubenon before rallying to win four straight. They were down 8-1 in the regional final before rebounding to win 10-8 over Pulaski. Medford's run was not easy. They cruised into Sunday winning all of their games before Rhinelander topped them 10-1. Medford won the rematch later that day 11-6.

 

Waupaca or Onalaska will be the Trailblazers next opponent, though a loss would force them to play at 10 a.m. Saturday while a win would delay their next contest until 4 p.m.

Packers sign tackle Kelly

While it was Randall Cobb that got the headlines, the Green Bay Packers did sign a new offensive tackle on Thursday.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced on Thursday that the organization signed 10-year veteran tackle Dennis Kelly. The Purdue alum has played the last five years with the Tennessee Titans after beginning his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly played all 16 games last season while blocking for running back Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in rushing with over 2,200 yards. 

 

The Packers will host day three of the training camp in front of fans on Friday beginning at 10:10 a.m.

Bucks draft Seton Hall forward

The Milwaukee Bucks waited a while to select their man Thursday night in the NBA Draft.

 

The Bucks did not have a first round pick and traded their 31st overall pick to the Indiana Pacers for the 54th and 60th selections, along with two future second-round selections. The team then selected Alexander "Sandro" Mamukelashvili from Seton Hall with the 54th pick. The forward is a former Big East Player of the Year, averaging 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds per game last season while recording seven double-doubles. The Bucks also selected international player Georgios Kalaitzakis with the 60th pick. It is unknown if the Greek player will come to the United States and contribute after averaging less than five minutes a contest in the most recent Euroleague season. 

Brewers finish sweep of Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers ended their three-day stay in Pittsburgh with a 12-0 rout of the Pirates to sweep the series.

 

Freddy Peralta fanned five Pirates across six innings of scoreless work to capture his eighth win of the season while letting the offense do the rest of the heavy lifting. Lorenzo Cain's fielder choice was the only run allowed through five innings before the flood gates opened for the Brewers in the sixth. Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor each hit RBI doubles before Manny Pina busted the game open with his first of two homers on the day, this one being a three-run blast. Tellez joined the long ball game in the seventh with a solo shot before Pina added two more runs on his second homer in the eighth. With the game well out of reach, Cain drove in two runs on a single before Pablo Reyes ended the Brewers scoring for the night with an RBI double that drove in Cain.

 

The Brewers will next face the Atlanta Braves on the road with Corbin Burnes on the hill for a 6:20 p.m. start. 

Door County League reschedules game

A game with potential playoff implications in Door County League baseball will be played on an unfamiliar night for local fans. Baileys Harbor and Kolberg will make up their June 27th rainout on Wednesday, August 4th at Baileys Harbor Recreation Park. The game will be played under the lights at 7:30 p.m. The Braves and the Washington Island Islanders each have three losses on the season, but the Islanders have the one-game advantage in the win column. Both are chasing Sister Bay, which the Braves split their matchups with earlier this season.

 

This article previously referred to the team incorrectly as the Kolberg Indians when they are the Braves. Egg Harbor's team is the Indians. We regret this error.

 

 

Packers open camp

With Aaron Rodgers taking snaps, the Green Bay Packers opened the 2021 Training Camp under sunny skies on Wednesday. 

 

Rodgers' post-practice press conference where he aired his frustrations with the team and the acquisition of wide receiver Randall Cobb stole the headlines, Packers.com digital reporter Wes Hodkiewicz highlighted several positives from the first day of training camp. He commented on how the extra year of work benefited backup quarterback Jordan Love and complimented plays made by ?Equanimeous St. Brown? and ?Amari Rodgers? during the practice. ?David Bakhtiari?, Kevin King and Za'Darius Smith all missed practice, giving some other players important reps.

 

Wednesday marked the first of four straight days of training camp practices, all of which carrying the starting time of 10:10 a.m.

Brewers win game, make deal for Escobar

The Milwaukee Brewers won on and off the diamond on Wednesday.

 

In Pittsburgh, the Brewers never trailed in its 7-3 victory over the Pirates. Avisail Garcia drove in the game's first run with an RBI single in the first inning before  Lorenzo Cain's two RBI double in the fourth inning made it a 3-0 advantage.  The Brewers doubled up the Pirates in the sixth inning Luis Urias drove in two on a double and Kolten Wong tallied another run with an RBI sacrifice fly. Tyrone Taylor ended the Brewers scoring with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning. Rodolfo Castro provided the offense for the Pirates, hitting homers in the seventh and ninth innings to cut the deficit.

 

During the game, the Brewers announced it traded for infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Cooper Hummel and infielder Alberto Ciprian. Escobar, 32, who was selected to his first All-Star Game, batted .246 with 22 HR and 65 RBI in 98 games with Arizona this season. He made 92 starts (61g at 3B, 31g at 2B). The switch-hitter entered the day among the National League leaders in HR (T5th) and RBI (T6th) according to the Brewers Media Relations Department. 

 

The Brewers are back in action Thursday at 6:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

Three 30-pounders highlight K/D Board

The evening bite has produced some of the biggest fish of the tournament, but another round of storms late Wednesday kept many anglers off the water.

 

Some who did head out from Kewaunee to Sturgeon Bay before the weather moved in (Northern Door was already wet by early evening) might just have a whopper on ice, ready for the morning weigh-in. That’s exactly what happened today, when Austin Vance pulled up to Howie's Tackle with a 32.79-pounder that hit a plug about 65 feet down in 110 feet of water the night prior off Sturgeon Bay. It was the second straight 32-plus the port produced on back-to-back evenings.

 

The top 50 Chinooks in the 39th annual K/D are 25 pounds and over, and the top 100 all 22 pounds or more.

 

Three more days of competition remain, with the last fish to be weighed Saturday night at 9 p.m.It’s not over ‘til it’s over, and there’s a very good chance we’ll see more movement in the top 10 in the coming days.

 

More than $50,000 is on the line, including $10,000 cash, a free mount of the winning fish and a custom-made silver salmon ring for the lucky angler who ends up in first place. Second place is $6,000 cash and a Howie’s Tackle shopping spree, and third place is $4,000 cash.

 

See the photos and stay in the loop each tournament day at https://www.facebook.com/kdsalmon2021.

 

Picture courtesy of K/D Salmon Tournament. Mike Beardsley and Marcel Fraser pictured at Baileys 57.

 

TOP FISH

1. Cory Boellaard, 35.65, 7/24 @ BH

2. Austin Vance, 32.79, 7/28 @ SB

3. Bonnie Maggle, 32.15, 7/27 @ SB

4. Kevin Kopatz, 29.98, 7/24 @ A

5. Jason McKee, 29.88, 7/23 @ SB

6. Kevin Cookle, 29.66, 7/24 @ SB

7. Krista Thuer, 29.11, 7/24 @ W.I.

8. Josh Przybyski, 29.07, 7/24 @ BH

9. Jacob Gage, 28.59, 7/26 @ SB

10. Bruce Albrecht, 28.57, 7/23 @ W.I.

 

Cobb coming home

In what’s widely perceived as a surprising reconciliation effort with MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers are in the midst of finalizing a trade for Wide Receiver Randall Cobb. The veteran receiver was one of Rodgers favorite targets in the eight seasons he was a Packer, from 2011-2018. After departing Green Bay, Cobb spent two years in the lonestar state, playing one season for Dallas and another with Houston. Cobb’s has 41 career TD receptions with the Packers, and his most prolific season came in 2014 when he had over 1200 yards. 

 

The details of the trade have not been released quite yet as of Wednesday morning, but a tweet from Cobb’s page indicated the return is all but finalized.

 

Booyah, Timber Rattlers can't overcome early deficits

Milwaukee was the area’s winner on Tuesday, while the Rattlers and Booyah both fell in their games. 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 and are a win away from sixty so far this season. 

 

A third-inning rally by the Cedar Rapids Kernels was responsible for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-2 loss. 

 

The Green Bay Booyah couldn’t close the 6-0 gap and lost 6-2 against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. 

 

Fish catching slows down Tuesday

It is undetermined if tourney participants at the Door Kewaunee Salmon Fishing Tournament felt the need to take Tuesday off or if the salmon were spooked by overnight storms. However, on Tuesday just eleven fish were brought to the scales, reporting from four of the five ports. As of Wednesday morning, Bonnie Magle of Sturgeon Bay is in second place. The tournament goes until July 31st. 

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