Sports Archives for 2019-08

Four schools featured on the radio this Friday

Four out of the five radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com will feature football games on their airwaves this Friday night.

 

On 96.7 WBDK, Paul Schmitt and Matt Piesler are back for their seventh season broadcasting Luxemburg-Casco football as they call the Spartans game from New London.

 

Jon Bregman and Grant Dossetto will be on call when the Sevastopol Pioneers begin their state title defense at Suring on 104.1 WRLU.

 

For the second time this year, 105.1 The Viking will broadcast from Florence with Tim Kowols and Dylon Klubertanz calling the Gibraltar Vikings game.

 

On 102.1 WRKU, Brett Kinnard and Tyler Dantoin will have the call from Brussels when Southern Door hosts Winneconne.

 

All broadcasts will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by kickoff at 7 both on air and online at DoorCountyDailyNews.com, DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com, the DoorCountyDailyNews.com mobile app. Full game previews and recaps will be found at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

More athletes report to practice

Summer is officially over for all high school athletes as the final teams are expected to hit practice Monday.

 

Boys and girls cross country were the last hold outs on the fall sports season, with swimming, soccer, golf, and football all taking to their disciplines in previous weeks. 

 

This week does begin competition for all of the sports other than cross country with different events happening throughout the week.

DCL Recap: Maplewood upsets Egg Harbor for title game berth

The regular season and defending post-season champion Egg Harbor Indians will not have the chance to defend their crown in Door County League baseball action.

 

The Maplewood Mets scored twice in the top of ninth to stun the top-seeded Indians in Egg Harbor 5-4. They will face Sister Bay in the post-season championship next Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. after the Bays topped West Jacksonport 8-5 behind a three-hit day by Tom Sawyer and three RBI by Bubba Laughlin.

 




Nats slug past Crew

The Washington Nationals hit eight home runs in its 16-8 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday afternoon.

 

The host Nationals scored 13 runs in the first three innings thanks in part to homers by Matt Adams, Victor Robles, Brian Dozier, Juan Soto, and Anthony Rendon. Ben Gamel broke up the shut out with a home run in the fourth innning and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run bomb in the fifth to make it 13-4. Adam Eaton and Soto tacked on more runs in the bottom half of the fifth with home runs and Dozier added another blast in the eighth. Moustakas and Orlando Arcia added a pair of dingers to cut the lead in half for the final 16-8 score.

 

The Brewers head to St. Louis for pivotal NL Central matchup this week against the Cardinals.

Casco Lions Club crowns champion

The Casco Lions wrapped up a successful weekend event with a softball champion and money raised for a good cause. The weekend-long tournament produced Moxies Supper Club as its champion. Second place was Wiesner and Massart followed by Nicolet Restaurant and Zero Fox/Flanigan Distributing.

 

The family of Tessa Gilley, who is currently battling cancer, received much needed help as well this weekend during the softball tournament as they were the recipients of a raffle held by the Casco Lions.

 

Picture courtesy of the Casco Lions Club

 

 

Rass is boss in memorable night at The Hill

 In all probability, no one in the house at The Hill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay will forget Saturday night.

On the night honoring his late father, Troy, Cody Rass held off a hard-charging Chris Budzban to win his first Sport Modified feature race of the season, completing a clean sweep of the division on the night.

Close finishes were the order of the day as all division finals went down to the last lap. A late pass brought Brett Koehler back to victory lane in the Stock Cars for the second straight week, while Ed Anschutz in the Street Stocks and Scott Schlafke in the Baby Bombers also brought home close wins.

It was also Hall of Fame night for the raceway. Joining the Door County Motorsports Hall of Fame, the 2019 class included Racin' Jason Geyer, Lynne "The Fox" Wolfgram and the Schmelzer brothers; Bobby, George and Mike

Decked out in a Troy Rass throwback paint scheme, Duane Mertens took charge of the Sport Mod main at the drop of the green.

After a solid heat win, Mertens again ran well in the feature until he slipped high out of four on the sixth lap, opening the door for Pepe Vlies and Cody Rass to scoot by. Vlies held the point for four laps, until Rass picked up a head of steam and passed him from the outside lane.

Once up front, Rass pulled away to a seemingly comfortable lead, despite a rally from Budzban. The point leader edged past Vlies with five to go and began to close on Rass.

With laps winding down, it appeared time was on Rass’ side, but a caution with just three laps to go wiped out the advantage.

With Budzban on the outside of the second row, Rass moved high for the restart, not allowing his pursuer a chance to make a run. Rass popped out to a quick two car length advantage, holding it the final laps to the checker.

Despite not winning, Budzban took another big step toward the championship as he now holds a 17 point edge on defending champ Tom Stark, who fought back from a lap one melee on the initial start to place fifth. Finishing in fourth was Jarred VanLaanen who, like Mertens, was also sporting a Troy Rass #9 paint scheme.

Zach Spangenberg appeared to be headed toward his first Hill feature win as the Stock Cars pounded out 20 straight green flag laps in their feature.

He led from the drop of the green and looked to be uncatchable, but Koehler mounted a steady drive forward, claiming second with 8 laps to go.

With just two laps to go he was just about to Spangenberg’s rear bumper when the leader slipped high, allowing Koehler to seize the bottom lane and pull even.

The two raced side by side for the final two laps, with Koehler hanging on by half a car length at the stripe.

While he wasn’t able to challenge for the win, Brett Wenzel’s third place finish jumped him into a tie for the division point lead with Larry Karcz, Jr heading into the final point night. And with the two race win streak, Koehler is now just two back of the lead, with Scott Reinhardt just 6 back.

Multi-time champ Dave Bouche returned to the top ten in the standings after placing fourth.

Before returning to his track announcer duties, Anschutz took one more shot at a win after falling just short on Fair night.

He swung to the outside of 2-time winner Chase Solomon on the fourth lap, but even though he led the rest of the way, it was far from easy.

David Hoerning and Dave DeGrave also moved past Solomon into contention. Hoerning had runs on the outside and then the inside but couldn’t quite pull even. Then it was DeGrave’s turn, but he too, couldn’t quite get by.

A final caution with five to go gave each a last chance, but a perfect restart by Anschutz settled things as he raced away to his 28th career Sturgeon Bay win, tying him with Dave Bouche and Von Eytcheson for 10th all-time.

While Solomon didn’t get the win, he found himself back in the points lead as Dan VanPay, who entered the night on top, dropped from a probable top six finish to the pits on the final lap.

In the Baby Bombers, Schlafke took the lead on the 5th lap from Dallas Topel. Adam Broehm chased him the rest of the way, but was never quite able to pull even.

The win was Schlakfe’s second of the year, moving him into second in the standings, 9 points behind Tony Everard who placed third.

Next on the schedule is Championship night at The Hill, along with the return of former NASCAR star David Reutimann. Reutimann will do double duty this year, racing in both the Sport Mod and Stock Car classes. .

Action in the four divisions is slated for Saturday night, August 31t h with a 6:00PM start time.

The Hill Raceway is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. For updates, check The Hill Raceway’s page on Facebook.

The Hill Raceway results 8/17/2019

Stock Car Feature: Brett Koehler, Two Creeks – Zach Spangenberg, Manitowoc - Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc – Dave Bouche, Algoma – Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels – Tom Brumlic, Denmark

Heat 1: Aaron Karcz, Pulaski - Wenzel

Heat 2: Jeff Lautenbach, Sturgeon Bay - Koehler

Heat 3: Larry Karcz, Jr, Pulaski – Spangenberg

Sport Mod Feature: Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay – Chris Budzban, Luxemburg – Jeff “Pepe” Vlies, Kewaunee – Jarred VanLaanen, Luxemburg – Tom Stark, Egg Harbor – John Koessl, Gills Rock

Heat 1: Duane Mertens, Luxemburg - VanLaanen

Heat 2: Rass – Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

Heat 3: Vlies - Koessl

Street Stock Feature: Ed Anschutz, Two Rivers - Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg – David Hoerning, Grand Chute - Chase Solomon, Oshkosh – Marcus Moede, Algoma – Chad Naze, Green Bay –

B-Main LCQ: Amber Delsart, East Maplewood – Jeff Krauel, Carlsville – Roger LaViolette, Forestville – Jim Reinhardt, West Allis

Heat 1: Hoerning – Nick Wunrow, Denmark

Heat 2: Dan VanPay, Denmark - Naze

Heat 3: DeGrave – Anschutz

Heat 4: Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay - Moede

Baby Bomber Feature: Scott Schlafke, Cleveland – Adam Broehm, Newton - Tony Everard, Green Bay – Jordan Gracyalny - Nathan Lisowe, Luxemburg – Dallas Topel, Green Bay

Heat 1: Schlafke – Broehm

Heat 2: Everard - Lisowe




Rattlers Win 7-3 over Chiefs

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning and went on to a 7-3 win over the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Park on Sunday evening.  The win allowed the Rattlers to stay within three games of a second half playoff spot as the 2019 Midwest League season heads into its final two weeks.

 

Wisconsin (61-63 overall, 30-25 second half) took the lead with a two-out rally in the top of the second inning.  Pablo Abreu singled with two outs and stole second.  Chad McClanahan followed with a single to right and Abreu scored without a play for a 1-0 lead.

Abreu had a hand in keeping the Rattlers up in the bottom of the third inning.  Delvin Perez doubled with two outs.  Brendan Donovan was next and he singled sharply to center.  Perez tried to score, but Abreu’s throw to the plate was in plenty of time to get Perez for the final out and Wisconsin stayed up 1-0.

The Chiefs (46-78, 16-39) tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.  Carlos Soto hit a solo home run to right with one out against Wisconsin starting pitcher Nick Bennett.  

Bennett, the 6th round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2019 draft out of the University of Louisville, went five innings in his first Midwest League start.  He allowed one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Wisconsin went back in front in the top of the seventh inning.  Jesús Lujano started the inning with a single.  Abreu followed with a single to put runners on first and second.  McClanahan lined the next pitch from Peoria starter Parker Kelly to right for his third single of the game.  Lujano raced for the plate and beat the throw home to give the Rattlers a 2-1 lead.

McClanahan stole second to get into scoring position and Antonio Piñero cashed in both runners with a two-run single to put the Rattlers up 4-1.

Peoria got a run against Wisconsin reliever Jake Cousins in the bottom of the seventh.  Soto doubled to start the inning.  He took third on a groundout.  Wadye Ynfante knocked in Soto with another grounder to cut Wisconsin’s lead to two runs.

The Rattlers doubled their lead in the eighth as they scored two runs without the benefit of a hit.  David Fry walked to start the inning.  Lujano dropped a sacrifice bunt and the throw to first was wild to allow Fry to take third and Lujano to wind up at second.  Abreu hit a deep fly to center to score Fry and move Lujano to third.  Later in the inning, Lujano scored on a wild pitch for a 6-2 lead.

The Chiefs got a run in the eighth inning against Tyler Gillies.  Brandon Riley doubled with one out and went to third on a flyout.  Gillies committed a balk to let Riley score.

Wisconsin added one more insurance run in the top of the ninth.  Piñero doubled to lead off the inning.  Connor McVey hit a sharp grounder up the middle that deflected off the glove of Perez for an error and Piñero raced home for the final run.

Logan Gillaspie tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to close out the game

 

In the second-half playoff chase, the Rattlers picked up ground on the division leaders.  The Clinton LumberKings defeated the Kane County Cougars 9-7 at Kane County earlier in the day.  That win allowed Clinton to pull to within two games of the Cougars for the division lead.  Wisconsin stayed three games behind the LumberKings for the second half Wild Card.  The Rattlers are five games behind Kane County.  There are fifteen games remaining in the regular season.

The win allowed the Rattlers to claim the season series from the Chiefs.  Wisconsin is 10-7 versus Peoria with two games left between the two teams this season.

Rodgers expected back on Sunday

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to be back on the field for the Packers’ practice on Sunday. Speaking to the media on Friday, head coach Matt LaFleur said “Yeah, that’s the plan, but you know, a lot of it is going to be predicated on how he feels. I think he feels better, but we’ll see Sunday”. Rodgers was a game-time scratch for the Packers’ Thursday matchup against the Ravens as he dealt with some back tightness. The team said sitting Rodgers was a precautionary move. In his absence, DeShone Kizer got the start at quarterback for the Packers with Tim Boyle and Manny Wilkins seeing action as well. The Packers next preseason game will be on Thursday, August 22nd against the Oakland Raiders. The game will be played across the Canadian border at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, MB.

Brewers battle it out in extras

The Milwaukee Brewers pulled out a 15-14 victory in 14 innings against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The game was a back and forth slugfest that featured 11 total homeruns combined from both teams. Both Brewers outfielders Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich each had 2 homeruns and both homered in a 4-run 9th inning for the Brewers that helped them force extras. Brewers first baseman Eric Thames was 0-5 going into his at-bat in the top of the 14th inning but he still had ice in his veins as he hit the go-ahead 2-run homerun to give the Brewcrew the lead for good. Both teams used their entire bullpens to get through the 14 inning, 5 hours and 40-minute game. Junior Guerra was credited with the win for the Brewers, while Nationals pitcher Javy Guerra picked up his first loss on the season. The Brewers improved their record to 64-59 on the season and sit 1 game behind the Cubs and Cardinals for the NL Central lead and 2nd Wild Card spot. The Brewers and Nationals will conclude their series on Sunday; first pitch is scheduled for 12:35 P.M.




Brewers falter offensively for second time this week

First, it was getting shut out Sunday by Texas at home. Last night, the Brew Crew managed just a run on the road in Washington in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals. Squandering quality pitching efforts in a pennant race is never a good idea and you have to hope Milwaukee won’t be saying, “What if?” come the end of the regular season. Milwaukee got on the board first in the top of the third inning, only for Washington to even it later that inning. The Brewers’ lone run of the game came courtesy of a solo shot from shortstop Orlando Arcia, his 13th homer of the year.

 

The game remained knotted at one until the bottom of the eighth. Junior Guerra walked Trea Turner to lead off the inning. Turner came around to score on a double by third baseman Anthony Rendon. Milwaukee is two games back of St Louis in the NL Central and a game of the second Wild Card position with a record of 63-59. The middle game of this weekend’s series is 7:05 tonight in Washington.

Packerland Tour Stop One Girls Varsity Golf results

It was a three-way tie at the top of the team standings for Stop One of the Packerland Tour Thursday. Xavier, West DePere, and Shawano were kissing sisters with 196 points. Sturgeon Bay finished in fifth at 219. Team scores are calculated using the sum of the best four golfers’ scores. For teams that featured five golfers, the highest score was discarded. As a reminder, in golf lower is better.

 

The Clippers had only four golfers participating. Their tallies are listed below:

 

Sarah Bridenhagen – 46

Madeline Blahnik – 52

Katy Carter – 57

Alayna Corbisier – 64

 

Par at Vernon Hills Golf Course in Oconto is 36 for nine holes.  Lauren Haen of Xavier was first overall with a 4-over 40.

Sturgeon Bay football begins first 8-man season

The Sturgeon Bay High School football team took the field competitively in 8-man football for the first time. Due to a low turnout and concern for the safety of the players Athletic Director Todd Meikle made the tough decision to forfeit the team’s 11-man football schedule and apply to play 8-man football this season. The team participated in a 4 team scrimmage at Sevastopol on August 16th against Sevastopol, Gibraltar and Algoma. Head coach Jim Adams says the transition has gone well and the only big difference so far has been the flow of the game.
 



The team has rescheduled games for the following dates: September 6th at Oakfield, September 20th against Wisconsin Heights, and the Homecoming game on September 27th against Algoma. The full season schedule will be released at a later date. Sturgeon Bay games will be broadcast on 103.3 FM The Clipper this season.




Picking the Right Paddle: So Important --Kayak Series VII

I’ve touched on this in the past, but after the kayak itself, the next big question relates to your paddle.  For years I have recommended buying the lightest, most expensive paddle you can afford.  Lighter paddles are less fatiguing, meaning you can enjoy your time on the water longer and feel less sore at the end of a day. 

 

Based on my experience over the past 15 years, I use 30-ounces as a guide for paddle weight.  Personally, I use paddles in the 25-ounce range. For those of you using a sit-in kayak a traditional sized blade is fine, but, for the wider, heavier fishing sit-on-tops, look to getting a paddle with an oversized blade to push your kayak even better.  A paddle I’ve recommended over the years for kayak fishing is the Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon and for recreational kayaking, the Sting Ray Carbon, both are under 30 ounces and reasonably priced at $199.  Paddle length is also an important consideration. This is based on your height and the width of your kayak. Most outfitters can help.

 

It's prime time to catch and release those smallmouth bass.  As always, take a quick picture of your trophy and “Free the Fighter”.  Here are a couple lure tips I’ve mentioned in the past, but, are worth repeating for you smallie anglers.  One is the Ned Rig presentation with the Z-Man soft plastic lures. This finesse presentation is productive from a few feet deep up to 20 feet.  It’s just a very slow stop and go retrieve with a little twitching. The other is swimming a Kalin’s Lunker Grub or Keitech Swimbait on a jig very slow and steady.  I catch and release hundreds of smallies each season and this is all I use.  

 

Yes, unfortunately, the end of summer is in sight, but don’t put those kayaks or fishing gear away just yet.  From September through November can be great smallmouth bass fishing and with the colors changing later in fall, great for recreational kayaking.  As always, if you have any questions, please email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com

Fall sports season begins in Oconto with conference girls golf tournament

Sturgeon Bay and a host of other squads teed off the 2019 high school fall season Thursday at Oconto. Seven teams converged on Vernon Hills Golf Course yesterday, clubs in hand. Results have not been provided from the event. Door County Daily News is in the process of trying to obtain them. Expect an update to this story.

Sevastopol hosts four-way football scrimmage

Squeeze on in, there’s an extra guest at the lunch table. After Sturgeon Bay’s announcement a couple of weeks ago switching to eight-man football, they have been added to the scrimmage Friday in Sevastopol. The Pioneers host the Algoma Wolves, Gibraltar Vikings, and the aforementioned Clippers. Algoma and Sturgeon Bay are not eligible for the playoffs in eight-man football due to their enrollment size. Sevastopol is the defending champs at the eight-man level. A scrimmage featuring a couple of much larger schools should be a great measuring stick for the Pioneers as they begin their bid to repeat. Algoma defeated Sturgeon Bay in the final week of regular season play in 2018, 44-0, an 11-man contest. The scrimmage will begin at 11 AM.

Packers fall to Baltimore in Preseason Week Two action

It was the first road test of the 2019 season for Green Bay in week two of exhibition play and the defense never got off the plane. Baltimore scored at least once in every quarter en route to a 26-13 victory. Most worrisome was the Ravens rushing attack. Baltimore had 171 yards on the ground compared to just 55 for the Green and Gold. Baltimore’s run game allowed the Ravens to control the clock, possessing the ball for an extra six more minutes.

 

When Green Bay’s offense wasn’t on the sidelines they were paced by Quarterback Tim Boyle who was 12 of 21 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Darin Hall was the Pack’s leading rusher with seven carries for 31 yards. Darrius Shepherd was targeted six times, catching three including the TD. Allen Lazard led the team with 63 receiving yards. The Packers are back on the road next Thursday at Oakland at 7 PM.

Racing tonight at Luxemburg Speedway

A full slate of action is in store for race fans Friday night at the Luxemburg Speedway. Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Sport Compacts will all be featured when the green flag flies at 7 p.m. This week represents the second to last chance for points in the standings as the season hits its final stretch.

 

 

Late Rally Can't Save Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers waited until the last possible second to get their offense going against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, but it wasn’t enough for a much-needed victory.  The Kernels held on for a 2-1 win on Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

Gilberto Celestino put the Kernels (69-53 overall, 30-22 second half) up 1-0 in the first inning with a one-out, solo home run to left.

 

Wander Javier made it 2-0 in favor of Cedar Rapids with a lead-off home run in the fourth inning.

Wisconsin (59-62, 28-24) could not solve Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Luis Rijo.  The Kernels right-hander allowed a one-out single to Je’Von Ward in the bottom of the second.  Then, he retired fourteen in a row before giving up a lead-off single to Pablo Abreu in the seventh inning.  Rijo retired next three batters in the seventh to finish his night with no runs on two hits with no walks and nine strikeouts over seven innings.

Austin Schulfer took over for Rijo in the eighth inning and set down the side in order.  In the ninth, Schulfer retired the first two batters of the inning.  Then, the Rattlers made the game interesting.

Abreu doubled to left-center to keep the game alive.  Thomas Dillard followed with an RBI single to center to score Abreu and move his on-base streak to 29 games.  There was an error on the play that allowed Dillard to move into second with the tying run.  Schulfer followed that by throwing a wild pitch and Dillard was standing on third with the tying run.

David Fry drew a walk to put the winning run on base and bring Ward to the plate.

Ward hit a chopper up the middle that deflected off the glove of Schulfer, but the ball went right to second baseman Yunior Severino, who threw to first just in time to get Ward for the final out of the game.

In the second half Western Division Playoff chase, both teams the Timber Rattlers are chasing lost on Thursday night, too.  The division-leading Kane County Cougars lost 3-2 to the Peoria Chiefs at home.  The wild-card leading Clinton LumberKings lost 4-1 to the Burlington Bees at home.  Wisconsin trails Clinton for the Wild Card by three games and Kane County for the division lead by six games.  There are eighteen games left in the regular season.

 

The final game of the three-game series is Friday night at Neuroscience Group Field.  Ethan Small (0-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Matt Canterino (0-0, 1.80) is set to start for the Kernels.  First pitch is 7:05pm.

2019 season winding down at the Hill Raceway

2019 is shaping up to be an excellent year for the Hill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay according to Race Promoter John Sternard. The spring rain and summer storms have not affected the track condition. The one-third mile course is in great shape and hosting the busiest time of the season. The Fair show, Hall of Fame Night, and Championship Night are the premier dates on the calendar. Each race normally brings out around 80 drivers across four divisions with the Hall of Fame race highlighted because of its larger purse. The race is run in honor of Troy Rass. Sternard breaks down the 2019 Class:

 


The Hall of Fame race is Saturday with the Championships on August 31st. 

Golf invites start fall sports season

Two area girls' golf teams are the first ones to play for keeps this fall season.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans will head to Northbrook Country Club in Luxemburg to face Winneconne and conference foe Denmark in an 18-hole triangular meet beginning at 9 a.m.

 

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers will head to Vernon Hills Golf Course in Oconto where they will take on Bonduel, Green Bay West, Seymour, West De Pere, Xavier and Oconto.

Stocking meeting scheduled

You can make your voice heard for on the future of Lake Michigan fisheries, including those located near Door and Kewaunee Counties.

 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a pair of stocking meetings next month, including one September 3rd from 6-8 p.m. on NWTC's Green Bay campus. The DNR will share high-priority management actions for the waters of Lake Michigan on the advice of charter captains, recreational anglers and other interested parties. This session is a follow up to a meeting held earlier this year in May.

Brewers come back to split series against the Twins

You could feel the tension at Miller Park Thursday afternoon. The visiting Twins have let a big early-season cushion in the AL Central dwindle to a half game ahead of Cleveland. The hometown Brewers are fighting tooth and nail for a NL playoff spot. Both teams needed this game desperately and it looked like the Twins were on track for a two-game sweep. Milwaukee starter Gio Gonzalez couldn't get out of the fourth inning, giving up five earned runs. 

 

Heading to the bottom of the eighth, it was still 5-3 Minnesota before the Brew Crew made their comeback. Trent Grisham hit his second career homer, a three-run shot that put the Brewers up 6-5. Left-handed specialist Alex Claudio and Matt Albers combined for a clean ninth inning to secure the victory. Milwaukee is off Thursday before returning to the diamond Friday at the Washington Nationals.

Sturgeon Bay Boys' Soccer Preview

The start of the boys’ high school soccer season is almost upon us and the Sturgeon Bay Clippers are looking to improve on last season after falling just short of their goal. The Clippers are coming off a 17-8 (10-0) regular season record and state semi-finals appearance where they were knocked out by University School. During the offseason, upperclassmen held captains’ practices so players were able to stay in shape and keep their foot on the ball. Having their hardest non-conference schedule ever last year, the Clippers are looking to really improve in that category since they will be playing a lot of the same teams. Even though the team struggled in non-conference play last season Head Coach Todd Maas says it actually helped them in the long run.

 

 

Key players returning to the team include: Eli Dietzel, Addison Benzinger, Owen Stevenson, C.J. Fairchild and Dylan Burks. The Clippers regular season begins on August 29th in a matchup against Fox Valley Lutheran.

Brewers lose back and forth game against interleague rival

Marwin Gonzalez's three-run homer in the eighth inning off of Josh Hader prevented the Brewers from gaining a game in the division on Tuesday. Hader was brought in to get out of a jam in the eighth with the Brewers leading 5-4 over the Twins. Gonzalez took the first pitch he saw out of the park to give Minnesota a 7-5 lead. That's how the game would end.

 

In the previous half-inning, the Brewers got their first lead of the game after the Twins had been winning since the third. Christian Yelich knocked home Keston Hiura with a double. Ryan Braun then reached base on a catcher's interference and Yasmani Grandal knocked in everybody with a three-run home run to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead. The Brewers other run came in the fourth inning when Lorenzo Cain brought in Hernan Perez with a groundout.

 

Milwaukee did not lose any ground in the division as the Cubs fell to the Phillies. They did, however, lose a game to the Cardinals in the Wildcard race as St. Louis was able to win. These two teams will play a matinee starting at 1:10 PM at Miller Park. Gio Gonzalez will be on the mound for the Brewers against Kyle Gibson for the Twins.

Algoma football transitions to eight-man game

The Algoma Wolves are getting a trim on the gridiron. In 2019, they will be playing eight-man football for the first time in school history. Algoma Athletic Director Dave Robertson says he expects the team to be competitive physically and hopes that translates to the record book. Head Coach Wade Vandervest initially began thinking about the switch to eight-man five years ago. Robertson believes that will ease growing pains. From a logistical standpoint, Robertson says scheduling this year was the easiest it has ever been:

 

 

Algoma scrimmages Friday against Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay, and Sevastopol before opening the year next weekend. The Wolves do not qualify for the WIAA postseason but may still do some extra hunting. There is the potential for a Jamboree tournament after regular season play.

Luxemburg-Casco girls golf hosts triangular meet Thursday

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans girls golf team will not have to travel far Thursday for its first meet of the season.

 

The Spartans will head to Northbrook Country Club in Luxemburg to face Winneconne and conference foe Denmark in an 18-hole triangular meet beginning at 9 a.m. It is a tune-up for next week when the Spartans have three varsity matches scheduled on its calendar.

 

Sturgeon Bay girls golf kicks off season Thursday

The honor of participating in the first competitions of the 2019-2020 school year go to the Sturgeon Bay Clippers girls golf team.

 

The Clippers will head to Vernon Hills Golf Course in Oconto where they will take on Bonduel, Green Bay West, Seymour, West De Pere, Xavier and Oconto. They are also scheduled to take on Oconto Falls the following day.

 

 

Reinhardt pitches in American Legion All-Star Game

It took right until the end of summer, but Trevor Reinhardt has worn the Gibraltar blue and yellow for the final time.

 

Reinhardt represented Gibraltar in the Wisconsin American Legion All-Star Game after Sunday's Brewers game at Miller Park. The game featured the best senior baseball players across the state. Reinhardt came in to pitch for the Stripes squad.

 

It marked the second all-star game of the summer for Reinhardt, who along with his cousin Griffin participated in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game in July at UW-Oshkosh.

 

Picture courtesy of Gibraltar Area Schools Facebook page

 

 

Brewers set 2020 schedule

It was an off day for the 2019 squad, but the Milwaukee Brewers still caused plenty of buzz Monday with the release of the 2020 schedule.

 

The Brewers will kick off their 50th anniversary season at Miller Park on March 26th against the Chicago Cubs. They will also stay at home to face the Cardinals before kicking off their first road trip of the year at Philadelphia. Interleague opponents for the Brewers include home games against the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Rays. The Brewers will go on the road to face the Boston Red Sox, the Baltimore Orioles, and Tampa Bay Rays. The season will end on the road for the Brewers, playing at St. Louis and San Francisco.

 

As for the 2019 Brewers, they play tonight at 7:10 at Miller Park against the Minnesota Twins.

 

Final week of public practices for the Packers

The beginning of preseason games marks the end of cycling season for area kids at Green Bay Packers Training Camp. Tuesday marks the first of the final three opportunities the public has to see the Packers practice when they hit the field at 10:15. The practice start time will be 1:30 p.m. for the final two public practices on Sunday and Monday.

Football scrimmages set for Friday

Algoma and Sturgeon Bay will get their first tastes of eight-man football on Friday as teams prepare for their regular-season openers next week.

 

The county's newest eight-man team Sturgeon Bay will scrimmage against defending state champion Sevastopol.  Algoma will get its first cracks at the eight-man game when plays Gibraltar.

 

Southern Door is scheduled to scrimmage against Crandon and Oconto Falls while Luxemburg-Casco will wait until next week to face an opponent.

Girls kick off fall sports seasons this week

While the football practice season is already a week in, area girls athletic teams get to begin their pursuits for conference and state titles this week.

 

Monday marks the first day girls' golf teams can hit the links before their first meets can start on Thursday. Tuesday marks the first day girls tennis and girls swimming and diving can begin practicing. Tennis players can get their first competitive action beginning on Saturday while swimmers and divers have to wait until next Wednesday for their first meets of the season, according to the WIAA.

Playoff field set for Door County League

The final four is set for the Door County League baseball playoffs beginning next week after the final weekend slate of the regular season.

 

Maplewood captured the final slot in the four team tournament with an 11-9 victory over Washington Island thanks to a four hit, four RBI day by the Mets' Alex Ploor.

 

West Jacksonport cemented its place as the number three seed with a 14-8 win over league leader Egg Harbor. Riley Cordier knocked in three runs and Woody Schartner went yard in the Ports win.

 

Sister Bay ended its season strong with an 11-2 victory over Kolberg behind five hits by Bubba Laughlin.

 

The final playoff pairings are listed below:

 

Offense M.I.A. in Brewers defeat

A RBI sacrifice fly in the seventh inning was the only scoring either team could muster in the Texas Rangers' 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday afternoon.

 

Both starting pitchers sparkled with the Brewers' Jordan Lyles going seven innings of three-hit ball with nine strikeouts and Mike Minor going eight innings of four-hit ball and 11 strikeouts. A walk and a double set up the lone score of the game for either team when the Rangers' Isiah Kiner-Falefa skied a pop fly to Trent Grisham to drive in Willie Calhoun.

 

The loss ends a five game winning streak before the Brewers host the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins in a border battle beginning Tuesday night.

Goeser, Warner, and Lambert become big dogs for first time this season

The midweek storms in the area helped lay the foundation for a tacky, fast track for this week’s Friday Night Thunder Presented By Coors Light. The action was as hot and heavy as the track surface on what proved to be a beautiful night for racing.

The Village Kitchen IMCA Modifieds provided plenty of thunder on the track as Jeff Bodendorfer led the opening lap from the drop of the green. Josh Lambert quickly worked the high side to wrestle the lead away from Bodendorfer while R.M. Van Pay, Greg Gretz, and Brad Theys staged a three wide battle for fourth behind the third place car of James Tebon. Van Pay, the veteran of the class, emerged from the scrum to give chase to the leaders. Tebon managed to slip past Bodendorfer into second and by the halfway mark Van Pay made his move on the inside to grab third away from Bodendorfer. Lambert built a comfortable lead as laps wound down and the real battle was for second as Van Pay ran down Tebon and the two came across the line in a finish too close to call by the naked eye. Bodendorfer slipped to finish fifth, point leader, Josh Long, wound up fourth, Van Pay lost the battle for second to finish third, Tebon took second, and Lambert scored his first victory of the year at Luxemburg Speedway.

The IMCA Stock Cars have put on a show week in and week out this year and it came as no surprise that tonight was no exception. John Heinz wasted no time in putting his Scooby Snack powered #57 machine to the lead on the opening lap from his P2 starting spot. Hot Rod Snellenberger quickly jumped to third from his fourth row starting spot before caution flew for the 99KK machine of Derek Moede. The restart saw Heinz lead Mike Carter and Snellenberger back to green flag racing conditions. Hot Rod slid past Carter on the outside to claim second while point leader, Mike Coel, then worked inside of Carter to secure third. The Virlee Gunworks caution lights fired up for debris between one and two causing the field to slow. On the restart Snellenberger and Coel battled side by side while Shawn Havel worked his way into fourth. Coel’s machine put on a clinic on how to run on just three wheels as he moved past Snellenberger on the inside with his left front tire so high in the air it looked like a traction roll was imminent. Once clear of Snellenberger Coel started hounding the leader and it wasn’t long before his traction monster was able to best the Mystery Machine of Heinz on the inside as well. Snellenberger also worked the low side to grab second but would not have enough to challenge Coel before the checkers flew. At the line Coel found his way to the Cobbler Shop victory lane for the third time this season while Hot Rod kept his championship hopes alive by finishing second. Heinz held on for third with Havel settling for fourth with Carter rounding out the top five.

The IMCA Northern Sport Mod feature had plenty of contenders looking to find their way to victory lane. Evan Beetie powered past Bradon Kaye from the pole position to lead the opening lap, but before he could attempt to open a lead the caution would fly when Jarred VanLaanen and Dylan Lasee got tangled up together. On the restart Chris Budzban jumped from fifth to third behind Troy DeGrave in second and Beetie in the lead. Another quick caution bunched the field up behind the leader again. As the green flew again Budzo was able to work the high side into the lead. Sawyer Haese found grip on the low side to move into second with DeGrave right on his tail in third. The caution flew again on lap seven and the 21K of Kyle Odekirk suffered a mechanical failure and would see his night end on the hook of the Window Licker Towing and Recovery van. As the green came out DeGrave completed an inside pass of Haese to settle into second while point leader, Vince Engebregtsen, moved into fourth. As the laps wound down Budzo worked out to a comfortable lead while Haese, DeGrave, and Engebregtsen shuffled positions over the closing circuits. Coming out of four to take the checkers Engebregtsen and DeGrave made contact sending DeGrave past the infield tires. Budzo held on for his second win of the season. Engebregtsen came home second, Haese third, DeGrave gathered his machine back up to salvage fourth, and Jarred VanLaanen recovered from the early contact to finish fifth.

Prior to tonight’s race the Street Stock class could have been called the DeGrave and Moede show as the two points leaders had combined to win 9 of the 11 features so far this year. Matt Warner bested those two in the preliminary heat race and looked to do the same in the feature from his outside front row starting spot. Warner would set the early pace at the drop of the green as he led the opening lap. Dave “The Hammer” DeGrave wasted no time in picking off cars left and right as he worked the high side to move past Marcus Moede and Dan Van Pay before putting his car to the inside of Wes Lungwitz to secure second. Moede and Van Pay battled each other for fourth until Lungwitz drifted high and the battle for fourth became a battle for third. Van Pay eventually worked past Moede and locked up third. DeGrave, meanwhile, worked the track furiously trying to run down Warner in the race lead. There would not be enough laps for DeGrave to challenge for the lead as Warner played the show stopper tonight. DeGrave settled for a second place finish while Van Pay held on to third, Moede managed to hold on to a fourth place finish, and James Dahlstrom came home fifth in his first appearance at the track this season.

In the Sport Compact class you’d have to go back to the month of June to find a feature winner not named Calvin Stueck. The driver of the 5S was so successful that a bounty was placed this week for any driver that could knock him off the top of the mountain. Branden Goeser thought he was the man for the job after being able to secure a heat race win over Stueck. Goeser and Stueck jumped into the one and two spots on the opening lap with Goeser getting a slight advantage and Stueck finding himself in the unfamiliar spot of having to give chase. Missy Clark, Justin Finlan, and Arianna Beattie went three wide behind the leaders for third with Clark finding the horsepower to grab the spot. At the front Stueck dogged Goeser lap after lap trying to find a way around the race leader. It was not meant to be as Stueck could not find a way past and Goeser would hang on for the win and collect the bounty. Clark hung on for third, Finlan fourth, and Brian Watzka rounded out the top five.

Luxemburg Speedway will be back in action next week for the second to last points night of the season. All five regular divisions will be in action with green flag racing starting at 7:00.

VILLAGE KITCHEN IMCA MODIFIED 20 LAP FEATURE: Josh Lambert, Casco; James Tebon, Algoma; R.M. Van Pay, Green Bay; Josh Long, Little Suamico; Jeff Bodendorfer, Waterford

HEAT 1) Bodendorfer; Russ Reinwald, Beaver Dam; Long
HEAT 2) Tebon; Jeremy Jacobs, Luxemburg; Lambert

IMCA STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE: Mike Coel, Pulaski; Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; John Heinz, Green Bay; Shawn Havel, Algoma; Mike Carter, Greenleaf

HEAT 1) Heinz; Coel; Havel
HEAT 2) Snellenberger; Tom Brumlic, Denmark; Derek Moede, New Franken

IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD 20 LAP FEATURE: Chris Budzban, Luxemburg; Vince Engebregtsen, Algoma; Sawyer Haese, New Franken; Troy DeGrave, Unknown; Jarred VanLaanen, Luxemburg

HEAT 1) Haese; Evan Beattie, Little Chute; DeGrave
HEAT 2) Engebregtsen; Cody Rass; Doug Mauer, Green Bay

STREET STOCK 20 LAP FEATURE: Matt Warner, Appleton; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; Dan Van Pay, Denmark; Marcus Moede, Algoma; James Dahlstrom, Greenleaf

HEAT 1) Van Pay; Travis Zirbel, Green Bay; Dahlstrom
HEAT 2) Warner; DeGrave; Moede

SPORT COMPACT 15 LAP FEATURE: Branden Goeser, Chilton; Calvin Stueck, Clintonville; Missy Clark, Luxemburg; Justin Finlan, Unknown; Brian Watzka, Unknown

HEAT 1) Goeser; Stueck; Clark

Packers to be without defensive starter

Only one preseason game in and the Green Bay Packers have already lost a potential starter. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, LB Oren Burks is believed to have a torn pectoral muscle. Burks suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Packers preseason games against the Houston Texans on Thursday. The second-year linebacker was expected to start along Blake Martinez at the middle linebacker positions. Undrafted rookie Curtis Bolton and seventh-round pick Ty Summers are expected to battle for the starting position now. The timeline of how long Burks will be out is unknown until more tests are completed.

Shanty Days 5K Run/Walk results

Over 500 people participated in this year’s Algoma Shanty Days 5K Run/Walk on Saturday. There were 290 females and 253 males who took part in the event. Bryan Finnel was the first person to cross the finish line with a time of 15:07. Nicole Strutz was the first female to finish the event with a time of 17:56. The average finish time for the whole field was 32:55.

Brewers hold on for 5th straight win

The Milwaukee Brewers continued their trend of squeaking out victories after defeating the Texas Rangers last night 3-2. The Brewers have now won five straight games, with four out of the five being decided by two runs or fewer. Keston Hiura hit a solo homerun in the game and Mike Moustakas delivered an RBI as well. Adrian Houser started on the mound and was credited with the win, Matt Albers picked his third save on the season and Rangers pitcher Pedro Payano was credited with the loss. The Brewers and Rangers will wrap up their series on Sunday, first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 P.M.

Giannis shines for home country

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up where he left off this past NBA season while playing for the Greece national team. In a matchup against Hungary in the “Aegean International Tournament” the Greek Freak poured in a game-high 19 pts and added 8 REB in just over 21 minutes played to lead the Greek national team to an 83-59 victory. Giannis shot 5/8 from the floor, 0-1 from 3pt range and went 9/10 at the free-throw line. Giannis’ younger brother Kostas also got playing time and scored 2 pts while grabbing 4 REB in over 11 minutes played.

Brewers walk it off

The Milwaukee Brewers squeaked by in game one of their three-game home series against the Texas Rangers. First baseman Eric Thames hit a walk-off solo homerun in the 9th inning to give the Brewcrew a 6-5 victory. Josh Hader was credited with his 2nd win on the season and Rangers reliever Emmanuel Clase picked up his first loss on the season. The Brewers and Rangers will continue their series on Saturday, August 10th, Adrian Houser is scheduled to take the mound for the Brewers and he will go up against Rangers RHP Pedro Payano. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 P.M.

In a front-office move, the Brewers have option infielder Travis Shaw to Triple-A San Antonio and recalled utility man Hernan Perez. Shaw is batting .162 AVG with only 6 HRs on the season. To make room for Perez on the 40-man roster, Milwaukee DFA pitcher Burch Smith.

Door County League plays under the lights

One game is scheduled for tonight in Door County League Baseball action.

 

Institute will play under the lights at home against Baileys Harbor at 7:30 p.m. Sunday games this weekend include Maplewood hosting Washington Island, Kolberg traveling to Sister Bay, and regular season Egg Harbor playing at home against West Jacksonport.

Shanty Days volleyball tournament field set

Almost a full field is set for Saturday's Battle of the Beach Volleyball Tournament at Algoma's Shanty Days on Saturday.

 
Teams will have at least one bye during the tournament, which could serve as a welcome break during the multiple matches scheduled to take place.
 
Action begins at 10 a.m. after the Shanty Days 5K concludes. You can find the full schedule below.

Packers survive Texans comeback

The Green Bay Packers were able to escape Lambeau Field healthy and with a 28-26 victory Thursday night against the Houston Texans.

 

Equanimeous St. Brown scored the first touchdown on a fumble recovery in the endzone on a muffed punt. The Texans would return volley in the second quarter on a one yard TD run by Damarea Crockett. Deshone Kizer found Darrius Shepherd on a 14 yard pass to make it 14-7 a few moments later. Tim Boyle threw two third quarter touchdowns with J'Mon Moore and Allen Lazard on the receiving end. The Texans would go on a 16-0 run in the fourth quarter to make the game close, but it was not enough to grab the win.

 

Starters on both teams played sparingly if at all as getting players out healthy and building depth were the primary goals. The Packers head to Baltimore for its next matchup on August 15th to face the Ravens for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

 

 

Safety of players number one reason for switch to 8-man

The Sturgeon Bay High School football team will take the field this upcoming season but they will do it with a few less players. Due to the number of players who went out for the sport this year, the Sturgeon Bay High School football team will be switching from the traditional 11-man football to 8-man. Athletic Director Todd Meikle says the safety of the players comes first and that is the reason why the switch is happening so quickly. Meikle also says he hopes the school can switch back to 11-man in the future but he is also okay with staying at 8-man to build the program back up.

 

 

Meikle is currently working towards rescheduling the upcoming games. The full Sturgeon Bay High School football schedule will be announced at a later date.

Middle school teams get ready for football season

While the area's high school football teams are a couple days into their first week of practices, their middle school counterparts are getting ready to do the same.

 

At Gibraltar, coaches will be holding a parents meeting on Monday August 12th at 7 PM at the school's baseball field. Parents will be able to have their questions answered along with receiving additional information and sports packets.  Sturgeon Bay middle school football parents had their meeting back in July while Kewaunee's squad at their season-opening session Wednesday night.  For Southern Door, there will be a parents meeting and equipment handout for seventh- and eighth-grade students planning to play football this school year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. in the elementary gym/cafeteria. Luxemburg-Casco will have its parent meeting following the team's first practice on August 19th.

 

 

Brewers cap off sweep of Pirates

Rookie Keston Hiura had a career day to help the Milwaukee Brewers sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates thanks to an 8-3 victory Wednesday night.

 

Hiura's first and fifth inning home runs helped give the Brewers three of its eight runs on the evening. Ben Gamel had an RBI sac fly in the second inning while base hits by Eric Thames and Lorenzo Cain helped drive in the other runs. Drew Pomeranz made his first appearance as a Brewer, giving up just one run on one hit in three innings of work. Junior Guerra picked up the win in relief. 

 

Gio Gonzalez will take the hill for the Brewers when they return home to Miller Park Friday at 7:10 p.m. to begin a three-game set with the Texas Rangers.

Packers begin 2019 campaign

For the first time since December 30th, the Green Bay Packers will take the Lambeau Field turf for game action Thursday night.

 

The Packers will take on the Houston Texans, who have been in town all week after practicing with each other on Monday and Tuesday. It expects to be a short night for the starters, allowing new acquisitions and bubble players more opportunities to earn more playing time and spots on the roster.

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay football switches to 8-man

The Sturgeon Bay High School football team will look a little different when it takes the field this upcoming season and we are not talking about the new players. Starting this football season Sturgeon Bay High School will now be playing 8-man varsity football instead of the traditional 11-man. In a statement, Sturgeon Bay Athletic Director Todd Meikle says “The move will showcase the talents of our athletes on a leveled playing field to match the number of players out for football this fall”.  The school has already rescheduled games including the Homecoming matchup against Algoma on September 27th. The full 2019 Sturgeon Bay football schedule will be announced at a later date.

Algoma fishing competition teaches lessons to the next generation.

A local fishing competition provides children and their families the opportunity to win prizes while also learning life lessons. The Algoma Shanty Day’s Fishing Contest kicked off on August 7th and runs through August 11th. The competition is open to children and adults of all ages and has the opportunity to win more than $1,000 worth of cash and prizes. The money and prize items are not the only things participants will receive though, they will also have the opportunity to learn environmental and conservation lessons as well. Tournament organizer Kevin Naze says that he started this event over 30 years ago as a way to give back to the community where he grew up.

 

 

Tickets for the event range in price from $3 to $10 and all tickets are entered in the random drawing. The award ceremony will be at 9 A.M. on August 11th and Naze says that everyone who attends the ceremony will go home with some sort of prize. If you would like to find out more information on the Shanty Day’s Fishing Contest you can visit their website or Facebook page.

Luxemburg-Casco football brings back former players for one night

Before their game with Marinette on September 6th, the Luxemburg-Casco football team will bring back some former players for a Family Fun Night. From 5 PM up until kickoff at 7, you can join former players at the Sports Complex. They will also be honored at halftime of the game.

Sevastopol volleyball camp wraps up

Future Sevastopol volleyball players got a chance to improve their skills at camp. Current players and coaches ran the camp. Each day was devoted to a different volleyball skill like passing, serving, setting and hitting. The Sevastopol volleyball team will begin practices on August 19th and play their first matches on the 27th.

No Yelich, no problem for Brewers

Christian Yelich watched his teammates win their second straight game on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. He got a scheduled day off and the Brewers took care of the Pirates 4-3. Yasmani Grandal got the scoring going in the fifth with an RBI double and Milwaukee would add another run in the inning. The Pirates tied it in the sixth but the Brewers took the lead for good in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Orlando Arcia. They added a much-needed insurance run in the ninth on a stolen base play. Pittsburgh made it interesting in the bottom of ninth by scoring a run off Matt Albers but he was able to shut it down.

 

The Cubs lost Tuesday night so Milwaukee is now three games out of first place in the NL Central. The Brewers will be in Pittsburgh again on Wednesday night with a 6 PM first pitch.

Stenzel, Sevastopol cross country looks to make noise

The Sevastopol cross country team returns this fall with one of its best runners in tow.

 

Junior Olivia Stenzel ended her season last year with a top 20 finish in the WIAA Division 3 state meet, running a 5K time of 20:16 as the lone Pioneer in the race. If rosters stay the same from last year, the Pioneers could lose only one senior from last year's seventh place team in the 15 team Manitowoc Lutheran sectional. 

 

The boys team is in a similar position, only potentially losing top runner Kyle Carlson from its sectional team that placed 15th in the 19-team field.

 

With the first practice still a couple weeks away, the Pioneers first meet is scheduled for August 29th at the Chief K Invitational hosted by Gibraltar.

Football teams hit practice fields

For the first time since the Sevastopol Pioneers captured the inaugural WIAA eight-man football state championship on November 3rd, teams in Door and Kewaunee Counties are officially back on the field.

 

In eight-man football, Gibraltar and Sevastopol welcome Algoma to the eight-man football fold as the Pioneers look to recap their championship feat from a year ago.

 

Kewaunee looks to capture another Packerland Conference crown while Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay look to interrupt the Storm's winning streak.

 

Luxemburg-Casco hopes to extend its playoff qualification streak when it plays its first game, just like the other six teams, on August 23rd.

 

You will be able to get in-depth coverage of all seven teams in the coming weeks on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

Shanty Days athletic event registration closing up

You are running out of time if you want to save a few bucks on registering for a pair of athletic events held during Algoma's Shanty Days.

 

The Battle on the Beach volleyball tournament still has one more slot available to make it a full 16-team bracket. The Algoma Shanty Days 5K's online registration closes at the end of the night on August 6th. In person registration still will take place Friday afternoon during packet pick-up and right before the 8 a.m. race starts on Saturday.

 

Click the link to learn more about both events

Yelich slugs Brewers past Pirates

Christian Yelich's power numbers continue to climb after the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday 9-7. Yelich hit the first of his two home runs in the opening frame and was later matched by Mike Moustakas' 27th of the year in the fourth inning. In that same inning, Jordan Lyles had an RBI groundout and Trent Grisham continued the hit parade with a run-scoring knock of his own to make it 5-0. The Pirates had it to within two runs when Eric Thames, Orlando Arcia, and Grisham knocking in single tallies to stretch the lead to 8-3. Yelich's ninth-inning home run was important insurance for the Brewers as a bases-clearing double by Kevin Newman in the eighth inning and a triple by Starling Marte in the ninth added some drama, but Josh Hader was able to eventually nail down his 25th save of the season.

 

The Brewers and the Pirates play game two Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m.

 

 

Luxemburg-Casco dance team to host clinic

Your future of goal of becoming a Luxemburg-Casco Spartanette can come true with a little help from a clinic in September.

 

All students 4K-6th grade can join the Luxemburg-Casco High School Dance Team for the dance clinic prior to the football game on Friday, September 20th. Running from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., each dancer will be given a shirt to wear for the performance and some food and drinks before hitting the field. 

 

Flyers can be found at L-C Forms and Fees Day, L-C Open House, and L-C Family Folders.

 

Door County Baseball League: Egg Harbor wins second straight regular season title

When Egg Harbor beat Kolberg on Sunday in the Door County Baseball League, they won their second straight regular season title. The final score was 4-2. The other games in the Door County Baseball League on Sunday were all slugfests. Sister Bay knocked off Washington Island 16-6, West Jacksonport defeated Insititute 16-7 and Maplewood beat Baileys Harbor 13-6. 

Brewers get swept in Chicago, fall four games out of first

A pair of home runs was not enough for the Brewers to avoid a sweep against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Christian Yelich got the scoring started in the game with a solo opposite-field homer in the first inning. It was his Major League-leading 37th home run on the season. The Cubs answered in the bottom of the first as the first pitch thrown by Brewers starter Adrian Houser was deposited into the centerfield seats by Jason Heyward. Heyward would add an RBI triple in the second to give the Cubs a lead they would never relinquish as they went on to win 7-2. The only other bright spot for the Brewers was rookie Trent Grisham hitting his first Major League home run in the eighth inning. 

 

Milwaukee is now four games behind the Cubs for first place in the National League Central Division. The Brewers are also two games out of the second Wild Card spot behind the Nationals and Phillies.

 

Milwaukee will begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh Monday night, first pitch at 6:05 PM.

Kewaunee high school football preview

The Kewaunee high school football team will try to carry over the success they had last season. The Storm went undefeated during the regular season and were 11-0 before losing to Stratford in the third round of the Division 5 playoffs. This season the Storm will have their first game on August 23rd against Kiel. The following week the team will travel to Manawa for a matchup against the Wolves. On September 6th, the team will have a home game against Coleman before traveling to Crivitz on September 13th. The Storm will have two straight home games on September 20th and 27th against Sturgeon Bay and Omro. The following week the team will go to Southern Door for a road game and will conclude their regular season with another two straight home games on October 11th and 18th against Oconto and Peshtigo. All game times are scheduled to start at 7 P.M.

Sturgeon Bay high school football preview

The high school football season is now less than a month away and the Sturgeon Bay Clippers will look to improve after a tough last season. The Clippers went 0-8 on the year overall and 0-6 in conference play. For the third year in a row, the Clippers will start their season with a matchup against Valders on August 23rd. On August 29th the team will have a home game against Coleman before three straight away games at Marathon, Northern Elite and Kewaunee. The Clippers will then return home on September 27th in a matchup against Southern Door, with two straight road games versus Peshtigo and Markesan to follow. The team will conclude their regular season on October 18th with a home game against the Oconto Blue Devils. All game times are scheduled to start at 7 P.M.

Packers and Texans joint practices

On Monday and Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers and the Houston Texans will be holding joint practices. This is the first time the Packers have done a joint practice since the 2005 season when they had one with the Buffalo Bills. After the two teams practice together for the two days, they will have off on Wednesday before their first preseason game on Thursday at 7 P.M. The Texans have also said that they would like to participate in the bicycle tradition, so all children are encouraged to attend these practices and participate.   

Brewers drop 3rd straight, look to avoid sweep

The Milwaukee Brewers lost their third game in a row after being defeated by the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, 4-1. The Cubs got out to an early 1-0 lead after scoring in the bottom of the 2nd inning, but the Brewers then tied the game in the top of the 6th inning after a Ryan Braun RBI single. Unfortunately, the tie did not last long; in the bottom of the 7th inning Cubs’ centerfielder, Albert Almora Jr. hit a solo homerun to give the Cubs the lead for good. The Cubs also added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Junior Guerra picked up the loss for the Brewers; while Cubs pitcher Rowan Wick was credited with a win and Craig Kimbrel got his 9th save on the year. The Brewers and Cubs will complete their series on Sunday at Wrigley Field; first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 P.M.

Sevastopol volleyball gets college help

The Sevastopol volleyball team got a little help from the college ranks this past week as they get ready for the 2019 campaign.

 

The Lady Pioneers had the coaching staff from Lakeland College join them for their summer team camp. Lakeland is currently led by Sturgeon Bay native Ryan Schopf, who also coached Luxemburg-Casco from 2008-2011. 

 

The volleyball team starts their season on August 29th with a tournament in Wisconsin Dells.

Reinwald, Engebregtsen Dominate at Luxemburg Speedway

Friday Night Thunder Presented by Gnome Games had thrills, spills, and Pikachu! The world’s most famous Pokemon was on hand to see plenty of exciting racing at the clay by the bay and he did not leave disappointed!

The Street Stocks came out from the pits to be the first class to kick the tires and light the fires. Pat Day and Matt Kaye led the field to the green flag but it didn’t take long for Marcus Moede, Dave DeGrave, and Kaye to go three wide for the lead. Moede escaped on the low side with the lead while DeGrave moved to the outside and slipped to the number one spot on the next lap. DeGrave worked the middle line on the track while Marcus worked the low line trying to find a way around the 40D machine. The leaders had a pucker up moment when Becca Thiry spun in front of them. All three cars would continue with Moede now closed right up on the bumper of the Hammer. At the checkers DeGrave would hold on for the win, Moede second, Kaye third, and Day would finish fourth.

The IMCA Northern Sport Mods rolled out next and with extra cash on the line for this division from Gnome Games things were sure to be interesting. Troy “Snoot” DeGrave led the opening lap from his outside front row starting spot but faced immediate pressure from the 6E machine of Vince Engebregtsen. Engebregtsen wasted no time in moving past DeGrave and set sail away from the pack. Yesterday’s fair night winner at the Hill Raceway, Chris Budzban, moved into third while Ryan Plog settled into fourth. By the halfway mark Engebregtsen opened up a commanding lead while Budzo ran down DeGrave to apply pressure to the second place car. The 6E saw his lead disappear in the blink of an eye when the Virlee Gunworks caution lights turned on when the Professor, Eugene Gregorich, tangled with the lap car of Kevin Nuthals while working a pass on the outside of Plog for fourth. The restart would see Engebregtsen open a lead with Budzo moving to second and the Professor sliding to fourth. Budzo set to work trying to reel in the 6E machine but it was not to be as Engebregtsen would take home a solid win, Budzo settled for second, DeGrave third, and Gregorich fourth.

The IMCA Stock Cars, dubbed the class too tough to tame, were next to take to the legendary ? mile. Rod Dart, Hot Rod Snellenberger, and the Demon, Dave Budzban, made the first lap interesting as they came to the stripe to complete the opening lap side by side by side. Hot Rod emerged from that battle with the lead. Just past the halfway mark the caution flew for debris in turn 2. The debris ended up being the driveshaft from the 99KK machine of Derek Moede who ended his night on the hook of the Window Licker Towing and Recovery van. The restart saw Hot Rod lead Mike Carter, Shawn Havel, Tom Brumlic, and Mike Coel to the green. Havel moved to the inside of Carter to take command of second place and applied immediate pressure of Snellenberger. The two battled side by side until Hot Rod found the grip up top to regain sole possession of first place. Coel managed to get past Havel to claim second and set his sights on taking one more spot. Hot Rod and Coel would battle the closing laps until contact between the two sent Snellenberger sideways coming out of four on the last lap. The contact set up a drag race to the finish that Hot Rod won. Coel took second followed by Havel and Carter held on to come home fourth.

The Sport Compacts were anxious to provide their unique sound of thunder as they roared out of the lineup chute. Dallas Topel jumped out front at the drop of the green while the field went four wide behind him for second. Calvin Stueck emerged from the skirmish to take control of second. Topel would lead the opening lap but Stueck would wrestle the lead away on the second circuit. There would be no looking back for Stueck as he would not face any pressure the rest of the race on his way to his third consecutive feature win. Kasey Gross finished second, Scott Schlafke third, and Neil Watcka fourth.

The Village Kitchen IMCA Modifieds closed out the night’s events with style. Hunter Parsons would lead the opening lap but Russ Reinwald powered past Parsons on the low side to lead lap two. Reinwald opened up a lead while Josh Lambert, Parsons, Josh Long, Brad Theys, Shawn Kilgore, and Jay Matthais put on a side by side, nose to tail battle for second through seventh! By the time that battle settled down Reinwald had checked out to a half lap lead that would end up being insurmountable in a race that ran green to checkers with no cautions. Parsons would hang on for second, Lambert third, and Shawn Kilgore brought his 90K machine home fourth.

Thank you to all the fans, drivers, and crew members that came out to the speedway tonight. A very special thanks to Gnome Games for sponsoring this week’s races! We will be back in action on August 9th for more Friday Night Thunder!

STREET STOCK 20 LAP FEATURE: Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg, WI.; Marcus Moede, Algoma, WI.; Matt Kaye, Green Bay, WI.; Pat Day, Little Suamico, WI.

HEAT 1) DeGrave; Kaye; Moede

IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MOD 20 LAP FEATURE: Vince Engebregtsen, Algoma, WI.; Chris Budzban, Luxemburg, WI.; Troy DeGrave, Unknown, WI.; Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee, WI.

HEAT 1) Budzban; Lonnie Dalgord, Escanaba, MI.; Dylan Lasee, Green Bay, WI.
HEAT 2) DeGrave; Engebregtsen; Ryan Plog, Green Bay, WI.

IMCA STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE: Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, WI.; Mike Coel, Pulaski, WI.; Shawn Havel, Algoma, WI.; Mike Carter, Greenleaf, WI.

HEAT 1) Snellenberger; Tom Brumlic, Denmark, WI.; Dave Budzban, Luxemburg, WI.
HEAT 2) Coel; Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg, WI.; Derek Moede, New Franken, WI.

SPORT COMPACT 15 LAP FEATURE: Calvin Stueck, Clintonville, WI.; Kasey Gross, Gleason, WI.; Scott Schlafke, Cleveland, WI.; Neil Watchka, Luxemburg, WI.
HEAT 1) Stueck; Branden Goesser, Chilton, WI.; Missy Clark, Luxemburg, WI.
HEAT 2) Gross; Schlafke; Brian Watchka, Unknown, WI.

VILLAGE KITCHEN IMCA MODIFIED 20 LAP FEATURE: Russ Reinwald, Beaver Dam, WI.; Hunter Parsons, Green Bay, WI.; Josh Lambert, Casco, WI.; Shawn Kilgore, New Franken, WI.

HEAT 1) Parsons; Jeff Bodendorfer, Waterford, WI.; Josh Long, Little Suamico, WI.
HEAT 2) Reinwald; Kelsey Hayes, Hobart, WI.; Kilgore

Door County League Baseball Preview

Four games are scheduled to be played on Sunday for the Door County League. Egg Harbor (11-1) has the chance the lock up their second straight DCL title with a win at Kolberg (5-7) or if Sister Bay (9-3) loses at Washington Island (6-6). Maplewood (5-7) will travel to Baileys Harbor (2-10) and Institute will be at West Jacksonport (8-4). First pitch for all the games are scheduled for 1:30 P.M.

Brewers lose series opener to Cubs

Zach Davies' second half struggles continued Friday afternoon in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

 

The Brewers went down 1-0 after three pitches when Jason Heyward left the yard, but got it back when Ryan Braun hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning. A two-run home run by Javier Baez and RBI single by Jose Quintana gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead after four innings. Down 6-1 in the seventh inning, Manny Pina hit a groundout to drive in Ryan Braun to cap off the scoring for the Brewers.

 

The Brewers and Cubs battle again at Wrigley Field beginning at 1:20 p.m.

Budzban takes command at the hill

Chris Budzban took a big step toward a potential Sport Mod championship, scoring his second feature win of the season Thursday night at The Hill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay.

Joining Budzban in the winner’s circle on the night were Brett Koehler in the Stock Cars, Dave DeGrave in the Street Stocks and DJ Jorgenson in the Baby Bombers.

 

The Sport Mod feature evolved into a three-car match race between Budzban, Aaron Butterbrodt and longtime veteran Eugene Gregorich.

 

Butterbrodt had taken the lead from George Henkel on the 3rd lap, but two cautions wiped away sizeable advantages.  The latter caution on the 12th lap set the stage for the final dash with Budzban and Gregorich lined up in the second row.

 

The three pulled away from the field, with Budzban first taking the lead on the 16th lap only to lose it to Butterbrodt one lap later.  At the finish all three cars crossed the nearly together with Budzban hanging on for the win.  Butterbrodt was second, with the 4-time Modified champ Gregorich coming from his 5th row starting spot for 3rd.

 

Super Late Model veteran Cory Kemkes advanced from deep in the field to place 4th in his second ever visit to The Hill.

 

The win, coupled with issues for many of the frontrunners in the class, jumped Budzban to a 13 point cushion over Dennis Miesler in the title chase.

 

In the Stock Cars, Koehler worked inside of Tony Bouche on the 5th lap en route to his first win of the season.  Scott Boulanger, Brett Wenzel and Scott Reinhardt all logged strong runs from mid-pack to finish in the top four, with Bouche turning in his best finish of the season placing fifth.

 

A sour beginning to the season turned much better for DeGrave as he posted his second straight feature win in the Street Stocks.  With the low point average, DeGrave was able to parlay his second row staring spot to a commanding lead.

 

2-time winner Chase Solomon and regular track announcer, and now part time racer, Ed Anschutz gave chase, but neither could mount a serious challenge to the eventual winner.  The win was DeGrave’s 27th career at the track, leaving him one short of cracking the Raceway’s all-time top ten.

 

The broom was out in the Baby Bomber class as Jorgenson scored a clean sweep in the division, leading from green to checker in the finale.  TJ Everard passed Scott Schlafke in the closing laps to take second.

 

The Stock Cars were the featured class in the Busch Shootout, with Wenzel coming home the winner.

 

Next on the schedule will be Hall of Fame night at The Hill, along with the Troy Rass Memorial.  Action in the four divisions, along with the induction ceremony, is slated for Saturday night, August 17th with a 6:00PM start time.

 

The Hill Raceway results 8/2/2018

Stock Car Feature:  Brett Koehler, Two Creeks – Scott Boulanger, Luxemburg - Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc  – Scott Reinhardt, Bailey Harbor – Tony Bouche, Algoma – Larry Karcz, Jr, Pulaski

B-Main LCQ:  Zach Spangenberg, Manitowoc – Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay – Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels – Eric Malfroid, Luxemburg

Heat 1:  Boulanger - Bouche

Heat 2:  Jeremy Jauquet, Green Bay – Tom Brumlic, Denmark

Heat 3:  John Anschutz, Forestville – Aaron Karcz, Pulaski

Sport Mod Feature:  Chris Budzban, Luxemburg – Aaron Butterbrodt, Hubertus – Eugene Gregorich, Kewaunee – Cory Kemkes, Appleton – Rick LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay – Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg

Heat 1:  George Henkel, Sturgeon Bay - Budzban

Heat 2:  Randy Theys, Algoma - Butterbrodt

Street Stock Feature:  Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg – Chase Solomon, Oshkosh - Ed Anschutz, Two Rivers – Chad Naze, Green Bay – Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay – Dan VanPay, Denmark

B-Main LCQ:  Anschutz – Nathan Delsart, Sturgeon Bay – Nick Wunrow, Denmark – Geno Sternard, Brussels

Heat 1:  Corey Sampone, Sturgeon Bay - Solomon

Heat 2:  Malvitz – Roger LaViolette, Forestville

Heat 3:  DeGrave – Shannon Guelette, Brussels

Baby Bomber Feature:  DJ Jorgenson, Oneida – TJ Everard, Green Bay - Scott Schlafke, Cleveland – Tony Everard, Green Bay – Kasey Gross, Gleason – Kyle Jorgenson, Oneida

Heat 1: DJ Jorgenson - Schlafke

Gibraltar to celebrate retiring coaches

Gibraltar girls basketball players, alumni, and fans are celebrating the retirement of two of its coaches next weekend in Baileys Harbor.

 

After successful coaching careers, Josh Kropuenske and Kevin Bauldry are stepping away from the Gibraltar girls teams. Parents are honoring the pair with a party on August 11th in Baileys Harbor and are encourage past and current players to submit pictures of them coaching. You can find more details about the party below.

 

 

Brewers can't save series in Oakland

A late three-run home run cost the Milwaukee Brewers a series win in Oakland as they dropped the final game 5-3 to the Athletics.

 

Ryan Braun opened the scoring for the Brewers with RBI single in the first inning, only to be answered a couple of innings later on a solo shot by the Athletics' Chad Pinder to tie the score at one. Trent Grisham's sacrifice fly and Ryan Braun's dropped third strike led two more runs in the game to give the Brewers the 3-1 advantage by the seventh inning. With the lead standing at 3-2,  Josh Hader gave up a go-ahead three-run shot to Matt Chapman before yielding a RBI sac fly to give the Athletics the 5-3 advantage.

 

The Brewers headed back east after the game to face a struggling Chicago Cubs team at Wrigley Field beginning at 1:20 p.m. Friday.

Packers prepare for Family Night

It will be a night of firsts for some members of the Green Bay Packers when they take the Lambeau Field turf on Friday for the annual Family Night scrimmage.

 

Rookies, newly added veterans, and a retooled coaching staff will make their Lambeau Field debuts in front of a nearly full stadium as they run through a number of drills throughout the evening.

 

The practice portion of the evening is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Registration for Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club closes Saturday

If you've been thinking about signing your middle schooler up for the Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club, you have until Saturday to decide. The Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club is eligible for students in 5th through 8th grades at Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door or St. John Bosco school districts. Conditioning practice for the Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club begins on Monday.

Southern Door wrestling camp a success

A three-day wrestling camp just wrapped up at Southern Door High School on Wednesday. Over 30 middle and high schoolers from Southern Door, Luxemburg, Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay participated. Will Short, head coach Simley High School in Minnesota, and his son Jake, who wrestled at the University of Minnesota, were the instructors. Smiley High School has won 12 state titles under Short. 

Lyles' return brings win to Brewers

Jordan Lyles' return to the Milwaukee Brewers organization was a successful one as he earned the win in the team's 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

 

Lyles was acquired earlier this week before Wednesday' trade deadline, which yielded the Brewers three additional arms including starter Drew Pomeranz from the San Francisco Giants. 

 

Lorenzo Cain opened the game with a solo shot off pitcher Brett Anderson and Christian Yelich tacked on another tally on a 3rd inning double. The A's would respond in the bottom half of the third to cut the lead in half, but Mike Moustakas was able to push it out again to a two-run margin on a RBI ground out.  With the lead back to just one run, Ben Gamel scored on a wild pitch to give the Brewers a much-needed insurance run. Josh Hader nailed down his 24th save of the season in the ninth.

 

The rubber match for the three game series in Oakland begins at 2:37 p.m.

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