Sports Archives for 2020-03

Sturgeon Bay's Tebon commits to Ripon for basketball

Sturgeon Bay Clipper Gunnar Tebon has committed to Ripon College.  The 6'1" senior guard led the Clippers in scoring this year with a 22.2 average.  He also dished out 4.6 assists and was second on the team with 6.3 rebound.  The Division 3 Ripon Redhawks play in the Midwest Conference.  Tebon led a Sturgeon Bay Clipper team that went 15-9 overall and finished in third place in the Packerland Conference with a 13-3 record. 

NCAA grants extra year of elgibility

Division 1 Spring athletes in the NCAA just saw their athletic careers extended a year after a Monday afternoon vote.

 

The NCAA canceled the spring sports season earlier this month due to coronavirus concerns. According to USA Today, the decision now allows schools to keep student-athletes on their roster, though it does not guarantee the players the scholarship money will be there for them.  That prospect was also made harder yesterday because in addition to losing gate receipts and sponsorship dollars, member schools can a share of a much smaller revenue pie: $225 million instead of the expected $600 million. 

 

Packerland Conference cancels first three weeks of its season

For the second time in three seasons, the Packerland Conference slate will be slashed for reason outside of their control.

 

According to Sturgeon Bay Athletic Director Todd  Meikle, the Packerland Conference will

postpone all high school scheduled games at the end of April and cancel the first 3 weeks of the conference season. The schedule change is because the coronavirus outbreak forced Governor Tony Evers to issue a Safer at Home order which closed schools until at least the end of April. It is likely the most competitions wiped out since an early spring blizzard postponed or canceled the bulk of the seasons for track, boys golf, girls soccer, baseball, and softball.


Packers re-sign Ervin

One month turned into an extra year for punt returner and running back Tyler Ervin after re-signing with the Green Bay Packers.

 

Ervin signed with the Packers in early December, paying huge dividends for a punt return game that was almost averaging negative yards before his arrival. He also became a weapon in the kick return game, averaging almost 27 yards a run back.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Luxemburg-Casco Volleyball

After coming just a shy in 2017, the Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team broke through in 2019.

 

The Spartans won their first-ever state championship on the floor of the Resch Center as the #3 seed, sweeping Wisconsin Lutheran 25-15, 25-22, 25-23 in the semis and beating McFarland in straight sets 25-21, 25-17, 25-23.

 

Read more about these matches here

 

Relive the magic with our story online at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com and vote for the best Door-Kewaunee volleyball team of all time. Later this week, we will profile Sevastopol's state championship teams from 1984 and 1991. 

Allison signs with Detroit

Another day, another Green Bay Packers player finds a new home.

 

The Packers reported Sunday that wide receiver Geronimo Allison signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Allison caught 89 passes and six touchdowns during his four seasons with the Green and Gold. That leaves veteran running back Ryan Grant as the only Packers unrestricted free agent and five wide receivers on the roster.

Seasons wait to begin

While some seasons await for their grand finale, some just want to start.

 

The Green Bay Blizzard have seen their first two home games of their season with their April slate  of four contests likely to be wiped out as well due to the COVID-19 outbreak. MLB teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and MiLB teams like the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are also waiting to see when they can report to a second spring training before their seasons can begin. The twin tenants of Capital Credit Union Park, the Green Bay Booyah and the Green Bay Voyageurs, still have several weeks before their games start being either postponed or canceled.

 

The Green Bay Gamblers are likely to not finish their season after it was postponed indefinitely earlier this month while the Milwaukee Bucks hope the NBA season gets rebooted this summer so they can make their championship push.

Door County Half Marathon gets new date

Door County Half Marathon registrants will get to see a new shade to Peninsula State Park when they finally get their chance to run. 

 

Organizers emailed registrants Saturday afternoon that the postponed Door County Half Marathon will now be held in Peninsula State Park on October 31st.  All currently registered athletes will be automatically placed in the fall field, but they will  also be given the opportunity to transfer their bib to someone new if they are not able to run on the fall date. More details will be announced in the future.

Davister, Spitzer earn All-CCIW Academic Honors

Two former Algoma track athletes earned All-Conference honors for the second time this month, but this time is for their work in the classroom.

 

Morgan Davister and Ali Spitzer earned Academic All-Conference Honors for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.  According to the CCIW website, Each member school in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) will select student-athletes from each of the three sport seasons (e.g., fall, winter, spring) to be honored as Academic All-Conference members. To be eligible, an individual must have an overall grade point average of 3.30 or above (freshmen and first year transfers are not eligible). Davister and Spitzer earned indoor track All-Conference honors at the beginning of March before college athletics across the country were shuttered due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Anglers see changes in new year

Anglers will have a host of new regulations to follow when they finally get out to the water to find their trophy fish.

 

The newest rule of some local interest could be related to those looking for bass. According to the new fishing regulations, anglers will be able to catch-and-release largemouth and smallmouth bass any time of year. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, this could lead to anglers being able to pre-fish the waters ahead of the usual game season.

 

You can find full list of regulations by clicking here.

StubHub changes ticket refund policy

Door and Kewaunee County sports fans may never be made whole for canceled sporting events and concerts that they have purchased tickets to attend. With the list of coronavirus cancellations continuing to jump in the world of sports, one of the largest companies in the ticket resale space is making a dramatic shift in policy. On Friday, StubHub announced that ticket buyers on the site would no longer get a full cash refund if an event were postponed or canceled in full. Instead, they will be gifted a coupon worth 120% of their original order. 


There is a discussion about whether the move is legal, but it hints at something more distressing for the overall economy. The reason why StubHub is refusing to refund the buyers is most likely related to a cash burn problem. The business model isn’t built to handle a wipeout of all live events for months on end. 

 

NBA players coronavirus free

The first professional sports players to contract the coronavirus have been cleared medically by the Utah Department of Health. Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive on March 11th, which led to extensive testing across the league. That testing has been criticized as showing privilege for the wealthy and celebrities, but it also provides a glimpse into the disease’s characteristics.


10 NBA players have been found to have the illness or two percent of the league. Epidemiologists from Stanford University are arguing that means the coronavirus is far more contagious than initially thought and significantly less deadly. In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya say that if two percent of the overall population has the disease, roughly 6.6 million people, then the mortality rate from the coronavirus is one-tenth that of influenza. This line of thinking is why the estimated death toll from the disease is cratering, something officially endorsed by Dr. Deborah Birx from the White House Coronavirus task force.

 

Brewers trim their spring training roster by five

A new agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ union set a roadmap for an adapted season this week that includes a limited second session of spring training. By the new Opening Day, the Brewers roster needs to be down to 25 players. Friday, they began that process by optioning five players to their minor league system. Catcher Jacob Nottingham, left-hander Angel Perdomo, and right-handers Bobby Wahl and Eric Yardley were moved to Milwaukee’s AAA affiliate in San Antonio. Spring training rosters are now frozen until exhibition games can be restarted.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Skiing

For as long as it has been without high school sports, the longer drought may belong to skiing. Skiing was added to the WIAA in the 1950s, but has since gone the way of curling, boys gymnastics, and summer baseball. Skiing in particular only lasted until 1975 with only eight different schools winning state titles since the sport was officially recognized in 1958. Wausau won the first four championships, but it was Sturgeon Bay winning titles in 1968 and 1971. 

 

Over the next several weeks, DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com will highlight the 64 teams that won WIAA state championships in Door and Kewaunee Counties. Whether they be pictures, videos, or written stories, we invite the former athletes of these teams to share their memories with us to be highlighted on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com. You can submit those entries to news@doorcountydailynews.com. We will also have sports poll questions every week where you can help name the DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com Champion of Champions. The tentative schedule is below and will be paused if and when the spring sports season presumes this year.

 

Week of:

3/23: Skiing

3/30: Boys soccer

4/6: Girls volleyball

4/13: Baseball

4/20: Softball

4/27: Football

5/4: Boys cross country

5/11:  Girls cross country

5/18: Boys track

5/25: Girls track

6/1: Girls basketball

6/8: Boys swimming

6/15: Girls swimming

6/22: Wrestling

Southern Door's Claflin named to AP All-State Team

There haven't been high school sports in weeks, but that is not stopping one Southern Door athlete from getting some well-deserved recognition. 

 

Ryan Claflin earned All-State Honorable Mention honors from the Associated Press this week, one of just 20 players in northeast Wisconsin to get the recognition.  Claflin has already earned All-State honors from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and was the Packerland Player of the Year. Before he suits up for the Green Bay Phoenix in the fall, Claflin will play in the WBCA All-Star game scheduled for Father's Day weekend.

 

Photo from Southern Door School District

Owners, MLBPA hope for June start

You could be watching the Milwaukee Brewers on TV by June if the MLB owners and players get their way.

 

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the two sides have agreed to a deal that could have them playing games in front of no fans to start after a second spring training occurs. Doubleheaders and neutral site playoff games in November could allow the league to play more games than originally thought. MLB players will still get a full year of service time, which is a big deal in terms of who goes to free agency and arbitration before next season.

Run the Door Series getting cut short

The fun but competitive Run the Door Series is getting shorter by the week.

 

The 16-race slate, which began back in November at the inaugural One Barrel Run, has been cut back in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Southern Door Eagles Trail Trot, Maifest 10K in Jacksonport, and the Hog Wild 10K/5K in Sturgeon Bay have all been canceled. According to the group's web site, there is still hope the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K at Peninsula State Park could be rescheduled down the road. Only two races so far have been completed with the next run in the series scheduled to take place on June 20th at Crossroads at Big Creek.

 

You can click here to see the current standings

Brewers celebrate opening day...sort of

If you have a knack for nostalgia, then the Milwaukee Brewers will still technically play on opening day.

 

It is a part of the MLB #OpeningDayAtHome initiative to still bring some excitement to the day despite the actual games not being played due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Brewers' television and flagship radio station homes will re-air last year's opening day win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers will have several other games replayed on TV this month as MLB tries to quench the country's thirst for baseball. The Brewers were slated to begin their chase for a third straight playoff appearance Thursday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. 

 

Get more details by clicking this link

Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament canceled

The brown trout near Baileys Harbor can breathe a sigh of relief after the tournament organizers canceled the annual tournament.

 

The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament Committee and the Baileys Harbor Civic Association canceled the annual event due to Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order released Tuesday. According to their post on Facebook, postponing the annual event was not an option because the trout's bite later in the season is not strong enough to warrant it. You can read the full post below.

 

 

WIAA seasons delayed

Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order pushed back the spring seasons for local high schools in Door and Kewaunee Counties.

 

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) announced Tuesday that the order means schools can not host practices or games until at least April 24th. Coaches can also not bring their athletes together or encourage them to meet, but they can still offer virtual workout plans. Spring games could have started for all sports by the beginning of the next week, but are now on hold. It could also set up a sprint to the playoffs if the hiatus lasts all the way to April 24th. Below are the dates are when WIAA Regional or Sectional action was slated to begin under normal conditions:

 

Baseball: May 28th

Boys Golf: June 2nd/3rd

Boys Tennis: May 26th

Track: May 26th

Softball: May 24th

Girls' soccer: June 2nd

Packers resign Lewis

After releasing one tight end earlier this year, the Green Bay Packers are bringing another one back for a third year.

 

The Packers announced Tuesday it has resigned Marcedes Lewis to another deal. He has played in all 32 regular-season games since he joined the Packers two seasons ago, catching 18 balls and reaching the end zone once.

 

ESPN is reporting the Packers have also signed free agent wide receiver Devin Funchess, but as of Wednesday morning, the team had yet to confirm it.

Baseball hopeful for summer start

Thursday would have been the Milwaukee Brewers home opener if it was not for the coronavirus.

 

Instead, Major League Baseball is trying to decide how it will proceed once the season can begin. In addition to a number of labor issues including how the unique situation will factor in service time and player salaries, there are the games themselves. According to ESPN, officials are looking at possibly the All-Star Game as a season kick-off as all the teams play an abbreviated regular season after preparing in a shortened spring training. Teams could play their home games in front of empty or mostly empty stadiums if at all since some cities could be avoided altogether if it is considered a hot spot for COVID-19. A transaction freeze, changes to the draft and international signing period. and adjustments to the arbitration system are also on the table. 

Packers make big donation; Murphy donates to Door County efforts

The Green Bay Packers are making a big donation in the name of COVID-19 relief in Green Bay and Milwaukee while its president sends money towards Door County.

 

Establishing COVID-19 Community Relief Funds through Packers Give Back, the organization will direct $1 million towards Brown County efforts and $500,000 to Milwaukee initiatives. These donations are on top of an initial $30,000 donation for COVID-19 relief in Brown County.

 

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and his wife Laurie made their own donation to the cause that could have a local impact. The Murphys donated $240,000 toward COVID-19 efforts in Brown and Door Counties.

Wisconsin's Gard wins Coach of the Year honors

Two months after fans called for his firing, Wisconsin's Greg Gard has another award for his mantle.

 

Gard was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 7 coach of the year on Monday after his team finished as Big Ten Co-Champions and was poised for another conference tournament championship and a run in the NCAA Tournament. With a record of 12-9, fans decorated campus buildings calling for Gard's ouster. They went 9-1 after that, securing the Big Ten Tournament's top seed.

Olympics likely postponed

The International Olympic Committee is already looking ahead to 2021 to host its signature summer event.

 

IOC member Dick Pound told the USA Today Monday that the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was the likely path the governing body would take as the world tries to get a firm grasp of the coronavirus outbreak. Canada, Australia, and Great Britain withdrew from the games before a decision could even be made official by the IOC while the U.S. Olympic Team poll shows athletes wishing the quadriennial event gets postponed so they can properly train.

WIAA leaves glimmer of hope

The spring sports season for local high school athletes is hanging by a string.

 

The WIAA postponed a decision to cancel the spring sports season the same day they decided to call off their annual meeting in April. The seasons, which include baseball, softball, track and field, girls' soccer, and boys' golf, have been postponed since early March to comply with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control regarding the coronavirus. 

List of departing Packers grows

The Green Bay Packers have seen a number of players leave via free agency in recent days.

 

The latest is B.J. Goodson, who signed with the Cleveland Browns just before the weekend. In his brief time with the Packers, Goodson started in nine games and collected 37 tackles. He is the second inside linebacker to depart this offseason, but the Packers do have recent free-agent signee Christian Kirksey and roster holdovers Oren Burks, Ty Summers, Curtis Bolton ready to battle for the two starting spots. 

Booyah, Northwoods League hopeful to start on time

Its late May start may allow summer collegiate baseball teams like the Green Bay Booyah to do what other leagues may not: host a full season.

 

The Northwoods League announced earlier this month that it is preparing to start the season as anticipated as long as the COVID-19 outbreak is under control. That means the first game at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon could occur on May 28th against the Kokomo Jackrabbits, two days after they open their second season at Rockford.

Voyageurs' season delayed

The Green Bay Voyageurs have fallen in line with the state's other teams when it comes to starting its season on time.

 

United Soccer League- League Two has suspended its season until after May 10th to go along with current guidelines set by the Centers of Disease Control. The Voyageurs, playing their second season at Ashwaubenon's Capital Credit Union Park, is scheduled to play its first game on May 16th.

Another Phoenix leaves program

A second member of the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team will fly away from the program in the offseason.

 

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Karly Murphy has entered the NCAA's transfer portal has she looks to use her two final years of eligibility. Murphy was a big contributor on last year's team, starting 19 games last year for the Phoenix. Despite being on the team for four years, Murphy only used two years of her eligibility since she redshirted her first year and lost another year to an injury.  Wherever she goes next, she will be doing so as she tries to earn her Masters' Degree in Business Administration. She joins Anna Brecht on the quest to find a new team. Brecht made her decision to leave the program earlier this month.

Marquette's Howard an All-American

Markus Howard is leaving Marquette with an accolade only four others at the school have collected.

 

Howard was recently named as an Associated Press All-American, joining Dayton's Obi Toppin, Iowa's Luka Garza, Seton Hall's Myles Powell and Oregon's Payton Pritchard on the squad. He is the first player since Dwayne Wade in 2003 to be named as a first-team All-American.

WBCA All-Star Game helps provide closure for athletes

With the abrupt cancellation of the WIAA postseason basketball tournament, those still on the court never got the chance to find out if they are champions. Sectional champion Wrightstown will have two players in the Division 3 All-Star Game. Bridget Froehlke and Ella Diny will be looking for closure that the season never provided. That could mean the game turns into more than just an exhibition. Also on the roster for the Division 3 North team is Kewaunee High School’s Mackenzie Tlachac. The game is tentatively scheduled for 12:30 PM on Friday, June 19th.


The boys’ tournament was a weekend behind the girls. No sectional champions were crowned, meaning even more teams and athletes were left knowing a state title was still a possibility. That includes Iola-Scandinavia and Justin Sivertson. He’ll suit up for the Division 4 White Squad on Saturday, June 20th, alongside Southern Door’s Ryan Claflin.


Tlachac will be playing for UW-Oshkosh in the fall. Claflin is committed to UWGB.

 

Packers lose their fullback

Danny Vitale is headed to New England, signing with the Patriots for the 2020-2021 season. According to media reports, Packers representatives were in talks with Vitale’s agent about having the fullback return next season. It was not considered a top priority though, as coach Matt LaFleur’s offense is similar to other modern schemes, there isn’t a lot of playing time for a fullback.


In a separate move on the offensive side of the ball, the Packers have resigned tight end Mercedes Lewis. He had 15 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown last season. Lewis is better known for his blocking abilities.

 

Brewer players split as to how to handle hiatus

The President of Baseball Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, David Stearns, said last weekend that he expected players to divide evenly among three different options for how to wait out the delay of the regular season. Stearns will be staying in Arizona, making sure the Brewers spring training complex runs as normally as possible, and he expects about a third of the players to remain there. Stearns said another third are in Milwaukee to work out at Miller Park. The other players are returning home. 


Major League Baseball has not announced a date yet for Opening Day. There is also no word as to whether there will be an additional spring training period before the start of the regular season.

 

Kewaunee's Tlachac receives All-Star invite

The reigning Packerland Player of the Year will see her high school basketball career get a one-game extension in June.

 

Kewaunee's Mackenzie Tlachac will play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches All-Star game for the Division 3 North squad. The UW-Oshkosh recruit averaged 19.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3 steals per game during her senior season for the Storm.

 

You can visit her fundraising site here.

 

Photo courtesy of Kewaunee School District Facebook page

Packers re-sign Redmond

The Green Bay Packers are bringing back safety Will Redmond for another season.

 

After bouncing around a little bit in the league since being drafted in 2016, Redmond has spent the last two seasons with the Packers. He has accumulated playing time in 18 games including four starts. 

 

It is the third signing of the week for the Packers, which started with the free-agent acquisitions of LB Christian Kirksey and T Rick Wagner. 

 

 

Door County Half Marathon canceled

An annual rite of spring in Door County has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The Door County Half Marathon alerted its registrants and social media followers Thursday that the event, which only has a 5K run, would not be held in 2020 in an effort to slow the virus' spread. The decision comes less than week after showing some hope that maybe the event's running could be saved. In its message to runners, organizers asked for patience as it weighs other options.

 

 

Claflin gets All-Star nod

Southern Door's Ryan Claflin will see his high school career extended by at least one more game this summer.

 

The UWGB recruit and Packerland Player of the Year was selected to the Division 4 All Star-Game, playing for the white team. Claflin averaged over 22 points a game during his senior campaign. The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association hosts the All-Star Game every year from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. You can find Claflin's All-Star game page by clicking here.

 

Photo Courtesy of Southern Door School District Facebook Page

 

 

Coaches make best out of situation

With spring sports seasons postponed until further notice, it might be hard for local high school coaches to get a chuckle under the current circumstances.

 

Enter Gibraltar boys' basketball coach Justin Burress. Like many local coaches, Burress teaches at the school, focusing his time with sixth graders. With students having to do remote learning for the foreseeable future, teachers are connecting with students through web-based programs and with video. While it is usually one way communication, Burress decides to have a little more fun with it. Check out the video below from Gibraltar's Facebook page.

 

 

 

Screenshot from Gibraltar's Facebook page

Packers puts Hall of Fame induction on hold

Former Green Bay Packers players Charles Woodson and Al Harris will have to wait a little bit longer for their moment in the spotlight.

 

Woodson and Harris are a part of the 2020 Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame class that was slated to be formally inducted on April 18th. The Packers announced Tuesday their plans to postpone the event due to COVID-19 concerns. A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

Prognosis for spring sports gets grimmer

Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association both announced this week that their seasons would not be returning for months. Tucked into Governor Tony Evers's emergency declaration is a subtle change to the school closures in the State of Wisconsin. Rather than setting an end date on April 6th, it has been adapted to last for an indefinite time. Recent federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control says gatherings over ten people should be curtailed until May 8th. While no announcement has been forthcoming from local school districts, those timelines are not conducive to getting in a spring sports season this year for any high school sport. DoorCountyDailyNews.com will continue to monitor for upcoming announcements.

Kentucky Derby off to the races in September

Churchill Downs announced earlier this week that the first leg of the famed Triple Crown in horse racing will not get out of the gates until September. The traditional race date is the first Saturday in May, with the Preakness Stakes in Maryland taking place two weeks later. That race has not announced a changed date yet, but their website says succinctly, “Details coming soon.” 


The Kentucky Derby has a strong Wisconsin connection with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a graduate of UW-Madison and native of Antigo. Lukas has trained four Derby winners but does not have any serious contenders in 2020.

 

NFL free agency officially begins Wednesday afternoon

The negotiating window for free agency started Monday, and the Packers announced they had agreed to terms with linebacker Christian Kirksey of the Cleveland Browns and right tackle Rick Wagner. Those contracts can officially be signed at 3 PM Wednesday. Rumors have floated hot and heavy for weeks that the Packers want another offensive weapon. Tight end Jimmy Graham is signing with the Bears (2 years, $16 million). Green Bay was interested in the Falcons’ Austin Hooper. Hooper announced Monday he is going to the Cleveland Browns. Green Bay also approached wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Cowboys. He re-signed in Dallas. 


If the Packers do not address those needs in free agency, expect them to be on the top of the priority list when the NFL Draft kicks off in Vegas next month. Green Bay has the 30th pick in the first round.

 

Packers sign two, lose two in free agency

Change at 1265 Lombardi Avenue was swift on the first day of the NFL's legal tampering period.

 

Though the deals technically do not go final until Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers reportedly signed two new players and lost two to free agency. According to PackersNews.com, tight end Jimmy Graham signed with the rival Chicago Bears after the Packers released him last week. Linebacker Blake Martinez found himself a new deal in New York, signing up for three years to play for the Giants.

 

The Packers were active in bringing in players as well, signing former Detroit Lions tackle Rick Wagner and former Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey to separate, multiyear deals.

Crist, Brecht to transfer from UWGB

The Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams are a little lighter after one player from each squad has chosen to enter the transfer portal.

 

The Green Bay Press-Gazette has reported in recent days that Hunter Crist from the men's team and Anna Brecht from the women's team have entered the NCAA transfer portal. Both players are likely looking for a little more playing time during their potentially last season. Both players averaged around 11 minutes last season. While Crist will be able to play right away once he graduates, Brecht may have to sit out a year to wait for her chance.

WIAC cancels spring seasons

Local athletes competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have seen their spring seasons end.

 

UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout and UW-Whitewater are all a part of the WIAC with track, softball, baseball, lacrosse, golf and tennis seasons affected. The decision not only affects practices and games, but in-person recruiting as well.

 

 

NFL ratifies new CBA

It just got easier for the Green Bay Packers to make the playoffs and host an extra game at Lambeau Field.

 

The National Football League Players Association ratified a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement on Sunday, paving the way for changes that could be implemented as soon as this season. A seventh playoff team, a 17 game regular season, an increased share of revenue, roster expansion, and fewer practices are just some of the new aspects of the CBA which expires in 2030. 

WIAA suspends spring sports seasons

Spring athletes will have to wait to begin their seasons after school was called off for the next few weeks due to the coronavirus.

 

In a release from the WIAA's Todd Clark, all school training, practices, scrimmages and contests are suspended. Schools and coaches are not allowed to bring students together or be involved with students during this time period for any extracurricular or athletic purposes, which includes practices and other instructional/organizational purposes. The release keeps the door open for coaches to contact  their players to conduct virtual workouts, but are not allowed to encourage the players to meet and practice.

NBA, MLB look at June return

Those hoping to Giannis leap and Yelich rake will have a few months to wait.

 

ESPN is reporting the owners of NBA teams are hoping to return to action by mid-June. Before a final determination is made, owners have to weigh out the costs of not playing now, restarting the season with empty arenas, and playing the playoffs in front of fans. The Milwaukee Bucks had the league's best record before the season was postponed last week.

 

MLB is hoping to have opening day festivities by Memorial Day weekend according to the USA Today. Hopes of starting earlier were dealt a blow over the weekend when a positive coronavirus test occurred in the locker room of the New York Yankees. That sent MLB teams at spring training complexes in Florida and Arizona home until further notice.

Packers ready towards free agency, draft may be postponed

The NFL free agency period begins this Wednesday and fans are wondering if the Green Bay Packers will be as active as they were last season.  Under General Manager Brian Gutekunst, the Packers uncharacteristically signed veterans to big contacts like edge rushers Z’adarius and Preston Smith along with safety Adrian Amos in 2019 to shore up the defense.  Gutekunst also has decisions to make regarding 21 unsigned veterans including starters offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, wide receiver  Geronimo Allison, and linebacker Blake Martinez.  The Packers may go after a tight end in free agency or the draft after releasing tight end Jimmy Graham last week and thus saving about eight million dollars in salary cap money.  The NFL draft is reportedly being postponed until May and will not be held in Las Vegas.  The three-day draft was scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 23.

Races holding on hope

While many events are being canceled due to the coronavirus, others are still holding onto hope.

 

The organizers of the Door County Half Marathon emailed participants and posted on social media that it has not yet canceled their event slated for the first weekend in May. Their full statement is below:

 

According to its Facebook page, no decision has been made about the Southern Door Eagle Trot, slated for April 25th. High school events will likely be canceled until classes are back in session at the earliest.

Bucks players cover stadium employee wages

Employees at the Fiserv Forum can thank the stadium's main tenant for being to get through the NBA's hiatus due to the coronavirus.

 

After Giannis Antetokounmpo got the ball rolling with a $100,000 donation to cover the salary of the Fiserv Forum's stadium staff during the hiatus, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the entire team is putting some of its own money in the pot as well. Employees could miss out on as many as 10 games while the NBA and other sports leagues wait out the impact of the coronavirus. 

Bonus turkey hunt permits in plentiful supply

Depending on when you want to go hunting for turkeys in Door and Kewaunee Counties, there are plenty of permits to go around.

 

Over 17,000 bonus permits are available for the spring turkey hunt in Zone 2, which covers eastern Wisconsin. On sale beginning March 27th, the bonus permits cover three hunting periods from May 6th to May 26th. The spring turkey season begins on April 11th for youth and April 15th for everyone else. You can contact the DNR for more information on the spring turkey hunt and how to purchase permits.

Golf's first major postponed

The Masters at Augusta National bills itself as a tradition unlike any other, but its response to the coronavirus outbreak across the country mirrors that of other professional sports leagues. The year’s first major has been postponed. It is conceivable that the tournament could be pushed back later into 2020 as there is a gap of roughly two months between The Masters and the US Open on the calendar. Augusta National tends to be the most forgiving of the majors, with the world’s most talented players able to work out of mistakes and play meaningful golf on Sunday afternoon. For players like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, Augusta represents their best chance at a major win.

NASCAR finally gives in, postpones races

It was the last sports organization standing, but even NASCAR has idled its season in the face of the coronavirus. The association announced Friday that races scheduled at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Miami-Homestead the next two weekends will be postponed. Initially, the plan was to run them with no spectators at the tracks. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano are neck and neck in the early season standings, separated by just one point. They are the only two drivers to finish in the top-5 more than once this year.

Campus closures cancel track meets

The closure of college campuses in Wisconsin will have a trickle-down effect for area track teams.

 

UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point and Ripon College are just three of the state's schools that have extended their spring break until the end of the month and have canceled many of their on-campus activities as a result of COVID-19. That means indoor track meets scheduled within the next few weeks have also been canceled. This includes a meet scheduled for next week at UW-Oshkosh involving Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay, and Southern Door and another invitational at Ripon that was slated to include Algoma and Kewaunee. A track meet at Oconto Falls High School scheduled for Monday involving Gibraltar and Algoma has not yet been canceled. The same goes for a track meet next Thursday at Manitowoc Lincoln that includes Luxemburg-Casco and Kewaunee.

Packers wait for free agency

The Green Bay Packers shutting down public operations for two weeks does not mean the franchise is taking any days off.

 

On Thursday, the team announced the hiring of Butch Barry as its senior analyst and the promotions of Luke Getsy to quarterbacks/passing game coordinator and Jason Vrable to wide receivers coach. Getsy and Vrable will have one less tight end to throw to as the team released tight end Jimmy Graham earlier in the day. 

 

The legal tampering period for free agency begins on Monday when teams can talk to prospective players about signing new deals. Those deals could be finalized as soon as Wednesday. 

 

While fans wait for that to materialize, they will not be able to visit Lambeau Field or the adjacent Titletown Park. Those options have been shut down as a precautionary measure to protect visitors from the coronavirus.

Rain cancels Brewers, virus postpones season

The Milwaukee Brewers will have to wait a little bit before they get back onto the field, whether that is in Wisconsin or Arizona.

 

Thursday's games against the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks were going to be on the chopping block regardless of Major League Baseball's decision to cancel the rest of spring training and postpone the start of the 2020 regular season. Rain washed out Cactus League games while the Grapefruit League was able to sneak in six contests. The MLB season will be postponed for at least two weeks.

Southern Door's Claflin, Kewaunee's Tlachac earn All-State nods

Two local athletes have earned All-State accolades as their high school basketball careers come to a close.

 

Chosen by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association, Southern Door senior Ryan Claflin was selected to the Division 4 All-State team. A UW-Green Bay recruit, Claflin was first team all-Packerland and the conference's player of the year as he averaged over 22 points a game, leading the Eagles to the regional final. Kewaunee's Ryan Carmichael was named an honorable mention selection for Division 3.

 

On the girls' side, Kewaunee's Mackenzie Tlachac earned All-State honors for Division 3. Averaging just over 19 points a game, Tlachac led the Storm to the regional final. 

Preliminary football schedules released

The spring sports season has not started for many student-athletes, but you can still look forward to fall if you're a football fan.

 

The Packerland Conference has posted preliminary schedules for the area's football teams, which splits into separate MONLPC conference for 11-man and 8-man football. The season starts for both leagues on August 21st.

 

You'll be able to click on the links below to see the full schedule for each school at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com. These schedules are subject to change.

Brewers lose rain-shortened game

Mother Nature denied the Milwaukee Brewers a chance to come back in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday. Freddy Peralta took the loss for the Brewers, giving up three runs on three hits in just over four innings of work. Corey Seager hit a solo home run in the second inning only to have Orlando Arcia tie the game up in the fourth inning with an RBI double in the fourth inning. The Dodgers went station to station in the deciding fifth inning with Edwin Rios, Tyler White, and Cody Thomas driving in runs on singles. The game was called in the seventh due to rain. 

 

The Brewers will host the Colorado Rockies at 3:05 p.m.

 

 

Badgers play waiting game

The Wisconsin Badgers are left to wonder who their opponent will be if there will be one at all.

 

Wednesday's Big Ten Tournament games had no bearing on the Badgers as their next game will be between either the eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines or the ninth-seeded Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Minnesota and Indiana won what were some of the last college basketball games this season to be played in front of fans after the NCAA, Big Ten Conference, and other organizations said the games would go on but behind mostly closed doors.

Bucks' season ends until further notice

A historic season for the Milwaukee Bucks may not ever know its full potential.

 

The NBA announced Wednesday night that it has suspended its season until further notice after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Jazz players are currently quarantined at the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder until testing is complete. At 53-12, the Bucks were bidding to become just the third team in NBA history to win 70 games in a season. The Bucks were supposed to play the Boston Celtics in their next game, but the Celtics were going to be in self-quarantine according to WHDH in Boston because they played the Jazz within the last 10 days.

 

L-C's Robillard, Doell garner All-NEC honors

A successful 2019-20 basketball campaign for the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans basketball team saw two players receive North Eastern Conference awards.  Junior Ryan Robillard and Sophomore Logan Doell were selected 1st team all-conference.  Robillard averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and three rebounds per game for the Spartans.  Doell led the Spartans, who finished 16-8) in scoring with a 18.3 record.  Luxemburg-Casco made it to the regional final in Division 2 before bowing out to Seymour 68-56 last Saturday. 

 

(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Area bowlers compete at states

The girls’ bowling team from Sevastopol High School and the boys’ team from Southern Door competed at the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Tournament this past weekend. They were rolling for strikes at Dale’s Weston Lanes near Wausau. Neither team had any individuals challenge for a state title. Both squads had bowlers average roughly 105 points per game. The final results are linked below.

 

 

Girls Division 2 bowling: http://www.bowlwi.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-girls-team-div-2.pdf

 

Boys/Coed Division 2 bowling: http://www.bowlwi.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-coed-team-div-2.pdf

 

Luxemburg-Casco girls' basketball has two athletes recognized

The North Eastern Conference announced regular season awards for girls’ basketball earlier this week. Two Luxemburg-Casco athletes were among those honored. Sophomore Lauren Adams earned a place on the NEC Honorable Mention team. Sophomore Taylor Thiry was named to the 2nd team All-NEC squad. Luxemburg-Casco finished 4-19 last season.

 

Photo of Taylor Thiry courtesy of the Luxemburg-Casco girls' basketball Facebook page.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's knee injury to be reevaluated

Giannis Antetokounmpo is suffering from a minor knee injury, officially diagnosed as a joint capsule sprain. The joint capsule is a dense pack of connective tissue that provides a protective sleeve over the meniscus. It is separate from the ACL or MCL. The team is back on the court tomorrow after a west coast trip, playing the Boston Celtics. It is another tough game for a Bucks squad that has lost four of five. While a joint capsule sprain is seen as a minor injury, the Bucks will most likely remain cautious. They have a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference, so there is little upside to rushing Antetokounmpo back. 

 

Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks Facebook page.

Brewers break open game late against Royals

The Milwaukee Brewers plated two runs in the seventh and two more in the top of the ninth to come from behind late against the Kansas City Royals for a 5-2 win. It was 1-1 into the bottom of the sixth when Ryan O’Hearn took advantage of a 2-0 count, smashing his fifth home run of the spring to right field. The two-out solo shot gave KC a 2-1 lead.


Milwaukee answered in the top of the seventh with a Ronny Rodriguez single scoring Korry Howell and Mark Mathias. In the ninth, it was a Weston Wilson triple knocking in Ryan Aguilar. Wilson scored on a fielder’s choice. The Brewers improved to 10-6 in Cactus League play.

 

Big Ten basketball tournament begins tonight

The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament returns to Indianapolis after two years on the east coast. There are 14 teams in the conference, and the lowest four seeds will be on the court tonight. Tomorrow the winners will join seeds 5-10 for four second-round games.


The Wisconsin Badgers cemented their place as a one-seed in the bracket on the season’s final weekend, which means they get a double-bye. They share that distinction with (2) Michigan State, (3) Maryland, and (4) Illinois. Unlike some other teams waiting until Friday, Wisconsin knows who they will be playing. The Badgers get the winner of (9) Michigan and (8) Rutgers at 11 AM Friday. Wisconsin is comfortably into the Big Dance. The Badgers most likely have a four or five seed, which could be improved with a good showing in the conference tournament.

 

Kewaunee's Tlachac earns Packerland girls' basketball honors

Kewaunee's Mackenzie Tlachac was one one of three Packerland players to earn unanimous honors for the All-Conference team announced over the weekend.

 

Tlachac averaged 19.1 points a game as the Storm went a perfect 16-0 in conference play. Four of her teammates also earned All-Conference nods. Gibraltar's Abbi Sitte and Southern Door's Nicole Norton also earned unanimous selections to the squad.

 

2019-20 GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

 

1ST TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Jenna Hornblad                      Oconto                                    Senior

Zoe Rose Kuehn                     Sevastopol                  Junior

Sydney Lund                           Peshtigo                      Sophomore

Nicole Norton                          Southern Door                        Junior              Unanimous

Abbigael Sitte                          Gibraltar                      Senior              Unanimous

Mackenzie Tlachac                Kewaunee                   Senior              Unanimous

 

2ND TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Sarah Bridenhagen                 Sturgeon Bay              Senior

Claire Kohnle                          Kewaunee                   Junior

Sage Krause                           Gibraltar                      Junior

Katie Metzler                           Kewaunee                   Senior

Lydia Nelson                           NEW Lutheran            Senior

Ashley Pawlitzky                     Kewaunee                   Senior

 

HONORABLE MENTION

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Jackie Atkins                          Southern Door                        Senior

Aubree Bucheger                    Oconto                                    Senior

Kendra Dantoin                       Southern Door                        Senior

Hailey Gaedtke                       Kewaunee                   Senior

Natalee Jandrin                       Southern Door                        Junior

Chloe LaCrosse                      Southern Door                        Sophomore

Greta Meleen                          Sturgeon Bay              Senior

Morgan Reinhardt                   Sturgeon Bay              Junior

Bailey Rikkola                         Sevastopol                  Freshman

Bailey Scholz                          NEW Lutheran            Junior

Chloie Spitzer                          Algoma                        Senior

Emersyn Wallace                   Algoma                        Senior

Grace Wickman                     Peshtigo                      Junior

Sydney Zimmerman               Algoma                        Senior

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR

Mackenzie Tlachac                Kewaunee                   Senior

Kewaunee's Severin leads Packerland Wrestling honors

Jack Severin was one of seven Kewaunee Storm wrestlers to earn All Packerland honors after it was announced over the weekend.

 

Severin swept the competition at Packerland duals this season before carrying that momentum all the way to a state title in Division 2 at 126 pounds. He was also named the Packerland Wrestler of the Year. Southern Door had four wrestlers and Peshtigo had three to round out the roster which celebrates the best at each weight class over the course of the dual season.

 

Picture courtesy of Kewaunee Storm Wrestling

 

2019-20 WRESTLING ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

 

1ST TEAM

106 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Brayden LaForce                    Peshtigo                                  Freshman

 

113 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Alec Guilette                           Southern Door                                    Freshman

 

120 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Max Severin                           Kewaunee                               Sophomore

 

126 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Jack Severin                           Kewaunee                               Junior

 

132 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Logan Steinhorst                     Kewaunee                               Sophomore

 

138 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Kyle Conard                            Southern Door                                    Junior

 

145 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Mitchell Thompson                 Kewaunee                               Freshman

 

 

152 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Mason Jeanquart                    Kewaunee                               Junior

 

160 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Grant Englebert                      Southern Door                        Junior

 

170 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Mitchell Peters                        Peshtigo                                  Senior

 

182 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Logan Kubetz                          Kewaunee                               Senior

 

195 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Riley Phillips                            Southern Door                        Sophomore

 

220 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Jason Reinke                          Kewaunee                               Junior

 

285 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Kody Klimek                           Peshtigo                                  Junior

 

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR              WEIGHT CLASS

Jack Severin                           Kewaunee                   Junior                          126

 

Phoenix split Horizon League semifinal games

The Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams came up one half away from deja vu at the Horizon League Tournament.

 

Both teams played Northern Kentucky at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in the Horizon League semifinals, but only the Phoenix women will move onto the championship game.

 

In Tuesday matinee, Frankie Wurtz was a big reason why the Phoenix held onto a 28-19 halftime lead for the 50-49 victory. Wurtz scored 17 points, including the game-winner with just over three seconds remaining to keep the season alive. They play IUPUI at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a chance at their fifth NCAA tournament appearance in six seasons.

 

The Phoenix men were not so lucky in their matchup, seeing a five-point lead disappear en route to an 80-69 loss to the Norse. Amari Davis reached a milestone for freshman scoring with 518 points, passing Phoenix legend Tony Bennett. It was not enough as an 11-4 run by the Norse and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch buried their hopes for their first championship game appearance in the tournament since 2015. The Phoenix men will wait to see if they are invited to a postseason tournament like last year when they reached the CIT Final.

Short-handed Bucks drop third straight

Without their top players, the Milwaukee Bucks were able to stick around for most of the game before eventually falling to the Denver Nuggets Monday night 109-95.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were among the regulars out of the lineup due to a number of issues as the team gets ready for the stretch run. For the second day in a row, the Bucks defense struggled to keep the team off the scoreboard as the Nuggets took a 15 point lead into the second quarter. The Nuggets also closed the game strong, outscoring the Bucks 33-24 to secure the season sweep of the Bucks. Kyle Korver ended up leading the Bucks in scoring with 23 points off the bench while Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 21 points. 

 

The Bucks will finally get a couple of days off at home before returning to the Fiserv Forum Thursday to host the Boston Celtics.

Brewers trade homers in win

The Milwaukee Brewers won their home run derby against the Seattle Mariners 2-1 Monday night in Cactus League action.

 

Brewers pitching only allowed four hits in the contest, but one of those was a Kyle Lewis home run in the fourth inning to tie the game at one. The Brewers bookended the game with dingers with Lorenzo Cain leading off the game with a home run and the game-winner coming off the bat of Luis Castro. Corbin Burnes made his case to be included in the starting rotation, pitching four innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

 

The Brewers play this afternoon at 3:05 against the Kansas City Royals. 

Wrestling round-up: L-C wins middle school team state

It was a busy weekend of wrestling for the area's middle school and youth teams, including one that brought home some extra hardware.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco Middle School team won the WWF Kids Div 2 Team State Championship over the weekend. They beat Prairie Du Chein 32-27, Chetek/Weyerhaeuser/Prairie Farm 49-10, Evansville 65-6, and Sugar River 48-21.

 

 

SOUTHERN DOOR (from Southern Door Wrestling Club Facebook Page)

Words from Coach Motquin about Saturday’s middle school wrestling:

Hi Everyone,
After a strong team performance Thursday night taking home 1st place in our Talon Tussle duals. We continued the success Saturday wrestling at a high level with 22 wrestlers competing at the Appleton North Middle School Invite. This was the first year competing in this individual tournament. With 20 teams competing most of which we do not see throughout our season, gave us the opportunity to see new competition. Leading the way in 1st place were: Trevor Englebert, Gavin Geisel, Lukas Kallin, Braden Baun, Lucas Conard, Wyatt Wilke and Jerek Valley.

Next up, we will start preparing for WWF Kids Folkstyle State Qualifiers held on Saturday March 21st. With 8 qualifier sites held across the state, the top 2 wrestlers in their respective age group and weight class qualify for the State Tournament held in Madison March 27-28.

It was a busy weekend on the mat for Southern Door youth wrestlers, beginning Saturday at Mishicot.
1st Place - Wyatt Jeanquart
2nd Place - Payton Jeanquart
3rd Place - Flynn Jeanquart
4th Place - Elijah DuBois
5th Place - Luke Bellin, Jackson Bellin, Delencey DuBois

Also on Saturday at Chilton, Peter Bloniarz brought home 1st Place.

On Sunday at Appleton North, brothers Clark & Jonah LeFevre earned 5th in their respective brackets, while Austin Ferron and Wyatt Jeanquart each finished in 7th place.

Great job Eagles!

 

STURGEON BAY/SEVASTOPOL (from SBS Wrestling Facebook page)

Fun Day at the “Red Bird Round Up” today. These kids never give up! Blessed to be a part of SBS Wrestling. Wrestlers, Parents, Fans & Coaches-great group to hang around with. For sure never a dull moment! Thanks for all the B-Day Wishes.

Today’s Results:

FIRST PLACE
Yazzie Levine
Caleb Welch
Tiani Lemieux

THIRD PLACE
Gabe Hankins
Caleb Write
Boaz Write
Dominic Tristani
Ethan DeNamur
Zak Wrobel

FOURTH PLACE
Leathem Vogel
Patrick Haese
Layla Stai

 

SBS Wrestling News

At Appleton North

Zak Wrobel earned 3 pins on his way to a first place finish today. Dominic Tristani scored 2 pins and placed second. Kenna Wrobel is back in action after being sidelined with a wrist injury and placed second. Welcome back Kenna! Keep up the good work!

At Stevens Point

Eighth grader Julia Gregory went 4-2 and placed 5th at the WWF Sponsored High School All Girls Tournament held in Stevens Point. A very noteworthy performance and a glimpse of great things to come!

Congratulations to All!!

 

 

 

 

 

Track back

The first sign of spring occurs Monday when area track teams report for their first practice. 

 

March 9th is the first day track teams across the state are allowed to practice according to the WIAA. Last year, the Kewaunee boys and Sturgeon Bay girls captured Packerland Conference titles.

 

Top state performers potentially coming back into the fold in 2020 include Gibraltar's Abbi Sitte (100M dash), Kewaunee's Tanor Bortolini (shot put), and Sevastopol's Zoe Kuehn (triple jump) and Olivia Stenzel (800M run). 

 

Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, Sevastopol, Southern Door, and Sturgeon Bay will get their first action of the season on March 19th at UW-Oshkosh. Kewaunee will compete alongside Algoma the next day at Ripon College while Gibraltar will take on its first competition on March 31st in Neenah.

Packerland Boys Basketball All-Conference Team Announced

With the basketball and wrestling seasons, now in the rearview mirror, Packerland Conference athletes can reflect on the season that was.

 

Listed below is the All-Conference team for boys basketball:

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

FIRST TEAM

Tanor Bortolini Kewaunee 12

Marshal BukowskiNEW Lutheran11

Ryan Carmichael Kewaunee 12 -- U

Ryan Claflin Southern Door 12 -- U

Robby Pollman Sevastopol 12

Cade TackmierPeshtigo12

Gunnar Tebon Sturgeon Bay 12 -- U

Josh WollerOconto11

SECOND TEAM

Alex Daoust Southern Door 11

Jake Schneider Sturgeon Bay 12

Luke Steebs Gibraltar 11

Carter Zimmerman Algoma 10

HONORABLE MENTION

Breyden DemmithPeshtigo12

Brent Haberli Sevastopol 12

Max Hanrahan Kewaunee 12

Ben Heim Kewaunee 10

Dominic Krauel Gibraltar 12

Landon LemkePeshtigo10

Caleb MoeOconto11

Chase Peronto Algoma 12

Alex Rohr Kewaunee 11

Jason Selner Kewaunee 12

Will ShermanOconto11

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Claflin Southern Door 12

 

Brewers fall to A's

The Milwaukee Brewers gave up three runs in the fifth inning to lead to its 11-3 Sunday afternoon loss to the Oakland A's.

 

Ben Gamel scored two on an RBI triple to open the game's scoring for the Brewers, but the A's went on to score six unanswered runs, including RBI doubles from Austin Allen and Franklin Barreto. The Brewers would cut the lead in half in the seventh inning on a Luke Erceg single, but would be shut out the rest of the way. Allen's second RBI double of the day provided the final run for the A's.

 

The Brewers are back in action Monday night at 9:05 when they host the Seattle Mariners.

Bucks drop second straight

In a season full of winning, the Milwaukee Bucks suffered its first back-to-back loss this season, losing to the Phoenix Suns 140-131.

 

The Suns jumped out to a 47-28 lead in the first quarter, thanks in part to Devin Booker scoring 20 of his team-high 36 points in the frame. The Bucks would go onto outscore the host Suns in the final three quarters, but it was not enough to close the gap to steal the victory. Ricky Rubio had the first Suns triple-double in 15 years, collecting 25 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. Without Giannis Antetokounmpo in the lineup, Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with 39 points. 

 

The Bucks will be without Antetokounmpo again Monday night when they travel to Denver to play the Nuggets.

Southern Door gives up late lead in regional final loss

A scoring drought bit the Southern Door High School boys’ basketball team at the worst possible time Saturday evening. With four minutes to go, the Eagles had a 59-53 lead at Kohler before the Blue Bombers rattled off the game’s last seven points to steal a victory on their home floor. In his final game at Southern Door, Ryan Claflin netted 24 points to pace the Eagles. Nate Everard added 12, but Southern Door needed just a touch of additional production from the supporting cast. Kohler was able to find that, and it proved the difference.

 

Photo provided by Della Otradovec.

Brewers sign Christian Yelich to monster extension

Brewers right fielder, and perennial MVP candidate, Christian Yelich will be staying in Milwaukee through the prime of his career. Yelich has signed a seven-year extension to his current contract worth an eye-popping $189 million. There is no opt-out clause or other provisions that would allow Yelich to find greener pastures elsewhere if his production continues on its sky-high trajectory. Yelich will be a member of the Crew through thick and thin as the team attempts to build a World Series contender around him. The deal is two years longer, and $90 million more than what Ryan Braun inked in 2011, easily the grandest contract in franchise history.


In Cactus League play Saturday, Milwaukee fell to San Francisco, 11-2.

 

Gibraltar loses regional final to Wausaukee on 105.1 WSBW

The Gibraltar Vikings came up short in its bid for a second straight regional title, losing to Wausaukee 79-70.

 

Both teams traded baskets in the opening minutes, but a 13-2 run by the Rangers gave the Vikings an uphill battle they would have to climb the rest of the game. The Rangers carried a 46-36 advantage into the break thanks to Tristian Pollard, Brandon Shigouri, and Hayden Renikow combining to score 29 points and causing several Viking players to be in foul trouble. Dominic Krauel scored 13 first-half points to lead the Vikings. The second half saw the Vikings get to within seven points late, but a three-point shot by Pollard followed by another two-point basket underneath put a stop to the comeback attempt. Renikow led all scorers with 23 points for the Rangers while Spencer Krause led the Vikings with 18. A tightly called the game, the Vikings had four of its five starters foul out and several others on both teams with at least three fouls.

 

The Vikings finish their season 7-18 and say good-bye to seniors Paul Hartmann, Brandon Stillman, Conor Duffy, and Dominic Krauel.

 

 

Spartans fall short in regional final to Seymour on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan boys stayed with the #1 seeded Seymour Thunder for nearly the entire game but came up short 68-56 in a WIAA Division II regional final Saturday night in Seymour on WBDK 96.7 FM.  The #5 Spartans withstood Seymour runs in the first half to be within three points 30-27 going into halftime.  The second half saw the Thunder open up a nine point lead in the second half only to see Luxemburg-Casco close within three points in the final three minutes.  Seymour reponded by hitting key free throws and shutting down the Spartans at the end to come away with the 12 point victory.  Seymour was led by Mason Dorn with 23 points and Brock Volkman who hit five key pointers for 15 points.  Ryan Robillard scored 15 for the Spartans and senior Carter Sewell added 13.  Senior Matt Cravillion scored seven of his nine points in the second half to keep the Spartans close.  Luxemburg-Casco (16-9) graduates four seniors Mason Renard and Matt Dorn along with Sewell and Cravillion.  Seymour (23-1) will now advance to the sectionals next Thursday to play the #3 seeded Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts.

Badgers claim Big Ten Championship share with comeback win

Trailing by as many as double digits in the second half, the Wisconsin Badgers rallied to beat Indiana  60-56 on Saturday and clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship.  The Badgers trailed most of the game but held the Hoosiers to a single basket in the last ten minutes to finish off a dramatic comeback.  Brad Davidson hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.  Nate Reuvers led the Badgers with 17 points and Micah Potter added 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Wisconsin (21-10, 14-6) has now won seven games in a row and will now get ready for the Big Ten Tournament and will play on Friday in Indianapolis in a quarterfinal matchup.

Packerland co-champs see different postseason results

Southern Door and Kewaunee High Schools ended up co-champions of the Packerland boys’ basketball conference after a hard-fought regular season finale last week. The Eagles took that game, and their good fortune continued into the postseason. Cedar Grove-Belgium was looking for an upset in Brussels Friday night, but Southern Door grounded the Rockets in the first half, holding them to 16 points. Southern Door’s defense was almost as good in the second stanza, as they cruised to a 55-36 win. It was Cedar Grove-Belgium’s lowest offensive output of the season. They had scored at least 70 points in six straight games entering Friday’s contest. If defense wins championships, the Eagles are on their way to a deep playoff run. 


Ryan Claflin led Southern Door with 20 points. Alex Daoust chipped in 11, and Nick Baudhuin added nine points for the Eagles. Southern Door plays at Kohler Saturday at 4:00 PM. Kohler struggled against Howards Grove, sliding by 58-56.


Kewaunee was not as lucky on Friday night. The Storm lost to Kiel, 75-59. It was the second loss of the year to the Raiders. In nonconference play early in the regular season, Kewaunee dropped a home contest against Kiel by two points. Kewaunee ends their season at 18-5. Kiel will advance to Saturday’s regional final against Sheboygan Falls.

 

(photo courtesy of Della Otradovec)

 

Sturgeon Bay boys can't tame Chilton

The Sturgeon Bay High School boys’ basketball team lost their regional semifinal matchup Friday night at Chilton, 76-54. Gunnar Tebon and Jake Schneider combined for 37 points, but that wasn’t enough to offset a monster night from Ryan Broeckel. The 6’5” senior forward was 13-19 from the field and perfect in six free throw attempts on his way to 33 points, easily a game-high.


The Tigers improve to 18-5 and will tip off against Oostburg Saturday at 7 PM. Sturgeon Bay ends the year at 15-9.

 

Bucks star struck in Hollywood

Friday night, the Lake Show was in full effect in what could potentially be an NBA Finals preview. Milwaukee downed the Lakers in the heartland earlier this season, but Los Angeles got revenge among the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown, 113-103. It was the second time in three games where the Bucks struggled offensively. Lebron James and Anthony Davis both put up at least 30 points, more than canceling out Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 32. Outside of Giannis, no Bucks starter netted more than 13 points. Milwaukee shot less than 28 percent from behind the arc.


Milwaukee is now 53-10 on the season. They are back on the court Sunday night at Phoenix.

 

Spartans stun Ashaubenon on WBDK, play for regional final against Seymour

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan boys played their best game of the season and upset the Ashwaubenon Jaguars 70-47 in a WIAA regional semi-final Friday night.  #4 seeded Ashwaubenon started fast taking a six-point lead early in the game thanks to three three-point shots by Matt Imig.  The # 5 seeded Spartans responded by changing defense to a man-to-man and went on a run to take a 30-24 lead at halftime.  Using a patient offense and relentless defense in the second half the Spartans forced numerous Jaguar turnovers and hit free throws to build a 24 point lead.  Ryan Robillard scored 19 points to lead the Spartans while Carter Sewell added 14 and Logan Doell and Peyton Mrotek chipped in 12.  The Spartans (16-8) will now face Seymour (22-1) Saturday evening in the regional final at Seymour High School.  # 1 seeded Seymour defeated  # 9 Green Bay Southwest 88-81Pregame will be at 6:30 with tip-off at 7 pm on WBDK 96.7 FM.  Paul Schmitt and Grant Dossetto will have the call and the game will be streamed on DoorCountyHighSchoolSports.com.  

 

(photos courtesy Ron LeCloux)

 

Gibraltar advances to regional final against Wausaukee on 105.1 WSBW

The Gibraltar Vikings used a 23-9 run to end the first half as a springboard to their second straight regional final as they beat the Suring Eagles 66-49 in Fish Creek.

 

The game was back and forth in the early going with the score tied 11-11 The Vikings clamped down on the Eagles defensively from there on out while Sam Lindenberg and Dominic Krauel carried the offense to a 34-20 halftime. Both coaches used timeouts to cut off runs by either team, but the Eagles were never able to get to within single digits. The Vikings had four players in double figures, led by Krauel's 16 points and Lindenberg's 14. Dequez Sepulveda led the Eagles with 14 points in the loss.

 

The Vikings will hit the road for the regional final as they head to Wausaukee for a 7 p.m. tilt. The top-seeded Rangers beat Goodman-Pembine 66-39. Tim Kowols and Bryan Mazur will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m. on 105.1 WSBW.

 

 

Gibraltar boys basketball looks to keep streak on 105.1 WSBW

Many of the members of the Gibraltar boys basketball team were in the same spot just a few months ago as they await their matchup with Suring on Friday night in Fish Creek.

 

Suring was also the opponent when the Gibraltar football team was looking to advance in the WIAA Eight-man Football Playoffs. That game eventually went to the Vikings, but not before the Eagles came back to almost spoil the celebration. The difference now is that it is the Eagles, led by Jayden Geniesse, that is the lower seed and making the trip east. The Eagles earned the semifinal berth by beating St. Thomas Aquinas 61-38 on Tuesday night while the Vikings got theirs by blowing past Bowler 97-67.

 

Tim Kowols and Bryan Mazur will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening tip at 7 p.m.

 

Southern Door middle schoolers sweep Talon Tussle

The Southern Door Middle School wrestling team had themselves quite the evening Thursday in Brussels at the Talon Tussle.

 

The Eagles swept their slate of matches against Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol, Red Smith/Edison, and Peshtigo. 

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door County School District

 

 

Brewers snap Cactus skid

The Milwaukee Brewers scored five unanswered runs to beat the Cincinnati Reds Thursday afternoon 6-4.

 

An RBI double by the newly acquired Omar Narvaez opened things up in the first inning for the Brewers, but that lead was short-lived. The Reds scored four times in the bottom of the third inning, led by former Brewer Mike Moustakas' own RBI double. The Brewers played small ball in the top half of the fourth inning to close the gap thanks to a throwing error by Moustakas on a ball hit by Orlando Arcia and an RBI single by Jace Peterson. RBI ground outs in the sixth and ninth innings and an RBI double by David Freitas put the game away for the Brewers to give them their seventh win of the spring.

 

It is a big day for Christian Yelich as he starts with the potential announcement of his nine-year, $215 million extension at Friday morning press conference and ends it with his spring debut against the San Francisco Giants.

Green Bay clinches Horizon League semis berth

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team now has a team to carpool with after the men's squad beat Oakland Thursday night 78-63 at the Resch Center.

 

The game still could have swung either way after the first half with both teams tied at 30, but that is when Cody Schwartz took over. The DePere native scored 10 of his 16 points in a crucial 16-4 run for the Phoenix that gave them the cushion needed to advance. Amari Davis led the Phoenix with 19 points on the evening as JayQuan McCloud and Kameron Hankerson also reached double figures. 

 

Both Phoenix teams will head to Indianapolis to play in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals and, oddly enough, both play Northern Kentucky.

Spartans face Jags in regional semis on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan boys will battle the Ashwaubenon Jaguars Friday night in a WIAA Division II Regional semi-final at Ashwaubenon High School.  The #5 Spartans (15-8) are coming off an 84-51 victory over #12 Marinette on Tuesday.  Ashwaubenon, seeded 4th in the regional, had a bye in the first round.  The Jaguars finished 2nd in the Fox River Classic standings with a 14-4 record, 15-7 overall).  Pregame is set for 6:30 pm on 96.7 FM WBDK with tip-off at 7pm.  The game will also be streamed on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com with Paul Schmitt and Grant Dossetto on the call.  The winner of the game will play in the regional final on Saturday night at 7pm.  

 

Photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux

Alumni spotlight: Two Algoma grads earn All-Conference honors

Just like in the high school ranks, area alumni are in postseason mode in their respective sports.

 

In track, Algoma Alumni Morgan Davister and Alli Spitzer earn All-Conference honors as members of the Carroll University track team. Davister finished sixth in shot put with a throw of 40 feet. 4.75 inches. Spitzer placed in two events at last weekend's College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin Indoor Championships, taking fifth in the mile with a time of 5:14.91 and eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:22.93.

 

 

After a two week layoff, former Luxemburg-Casco state champion wrestler Phil Rasmussen will have his second go-round at the NAIA National Tournament this weekend in Wichita, Kansas. Rasmussen was named last week to the 2020 all-Great Plains Athletic Conference first team.

 

 

Schools hosting spring sports meetings

The combination of snow melting and code meetings means spring is right around the corner for local high school athletes.

 

Spring sports teams at Sevastopol, Gibraltar, and Algoma all had their parent meetings earlier this week with the first practices coming up as soon as March 9th for track. A busy week at Sevastopol forced the school to move some of their meetings to different dates:

 

Monday, March 9th @ 6:00 pm for Soccer in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Monday, March 23rd @ 6:00 pm for Golf & MS Track in the Multi-Purpose Room.

 

Students can contact their coaches if they missed the meeting but would like to still join the team.

Green Bay looks to clinch Indy trip against Oakland

A trip to Indianapolis for the Horizon League semifinals is on the line when the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team hosts Oakland in quarterfinal action at the Resch Center Thursday night.

 

Both teams had to beat Cleveland State to get to this point, with the Phoenix topping the Vikings on Saturday to clinch the bye and the Golden Grizzlies beating them 80-59 to advance in the Horizon League Tournament. The Golden Grizzlies got the best of the Phoenix in their last matchup, winning a marathon, double-overtime game 92-88. The Phoenix won another thriller against the Golden Grizzlies earlier this season 73-69.

 

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with the winner heading to Indianapolis for Monday's semifinal games.

Bucks get back on track against Pacers

A rare hiccup in a season full of winning for the Milwaukee Bucks was quickly erased Wednesday night with a 119-100 win over the Indiana Pacers.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points in the win, which began with Bucks outscoring the Pacers 36-23 in the first quarter. The Pacers would cut that lead to just three entering halftime, but the Bucks' defense clamped down in the second half to secure the victory. Four other Bucks players scored in double figures, including 20 points from Khris Middleton and 19 from Donte DiVincenzo from the bench.  T.J. Warren led the Pacers with 18 points in the loss. The win improves the Bucks to 53-9 ahead of their showdown on the West Coast against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Late rally dooms Brewers

The Chicago White Sox scored four runs late to top the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Cactus League action Wednesday.

 

White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease and Brewers ace Brandon Woodruff pitched identical three-hit, one-run outings with Cease going one extra inning (4 innings to 3 innings) in the game to leave the game tied at one heading into the seventh inning. An RBI single by Andrew Vaughn and a two-run double by Luis Gonzalez gave the White Sox the lead for good. Keston Hiura provided the lone run in the game for the Brewers, homering off Cease in the fourth inning. 

 

The Brewers are back in action Thursday afternoon at 2:05 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Sturgeon Bay edges New Holstein to advance

The Sturgeon Bay High School boys’ basketball team won a tight contest Tuesday night against New Holstein, 69-61. Gunnar Tebon led the way with 24 points, scoring consistently in both halves. The Clippers led by a mere point at halftime, though, and Tebon needed help to secure the win. Jake Schneider netted 14 second half points to provide that support. Alex Baackes led New Holstein with 22 points. The difference in the game came at the free throw line. Sturgeon Bay got to the charity stripe 33 times, converting 25 of those attempts. New Holstein finished 12-15 in free throws.


The Clippers are the sixth seed and will face off against (3) Chilton in the second round Friday at 7 PM. 

 

Algoma and Sevastopol boys fail to advance in state tournament

The Algoma High School boys’ basketball team ended their campaign with a loss at Cedar Grove-Belgium Tuesday night in the opening round of the postseason tournament. The Wolves fell, 86-47, and had only one scorer reach double figures. Carter Zimmerman’s 13 points were not enough to offset the scoring depth of Cedar Grove-Belgium.


Algoma wraps up their season at 2-21 overall. They failed to win a contest in conference play.

 

Sevastopol lost a close road game against Howards Grove, 55-48.

 

Brewers shut out by Padres in Arizona

In a matchup between teams at the top of the Cactus League standings, it was San Diego getting the best of Milwaukee again on Tuesday afternoon. The Padres struck for seven runs in the bottom of the third while keeping the Brewers off the board entirely to cruise to a 9-0 victory. The Brewers defense did pitcher David Phelps no favors with two errors in the ill-fated third to help San Diego blow things open. The dagger was an Abraham Almonte grand slam to center field. Matt Hardy had replaced Phelps on the mound at that point. 


San Diego tacked on a run in both the fifth and eighth innings. Milwaukee first baseman Logan Morrison had the Brewers’ only hit of the day, a single.

 

Spartans cruise past Marinette 84-51 on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan boys crushed the Marinette Marines 84-51 in a WIAA Division II Regional quarterfinal play in Luxemburg Tuesday night.  The #5 seeded Spartans jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first few minutes and never looked back.  After building a 20 point lead in the first half the Spartans went into halftime holding a comfortable 39-23 lead.  Junior Jonas Otradovec led a spirited second-half blitz that saw L-C burn the # 12 Marines in transition scoring easy layups.  Otradovec scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and the Spartans cruised to the easy first-round victory.  Logan Doell led Luxemburg-Casco (15-8) with 23 points while Peyton Mrotek added 12 and Carter Sewell chipped in 10 more.  Marinette (0-23) was led by Matthew Maye with 17.  The Spartans will now travel to Ashwaubenon Friday night to take on the #4 seeded Jaguars from the Fox Valley Association conference.  Pregame on WBDK 96.7 FM is set for 6:30 pm and tip-off at 7 pm from Ashwaubenon High School.  The game will also be streamed on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

(photos courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

 

 

Gibraltar shoots past Bowler on 105.1 WSBW

Three players scored at least 20 points for the Gibraltar Vikings as they won their first-round matchup against the Bowler Panthers 97-67.

 

In the first half, Dominic Krauel and Luke Steebs were able to use their size and speed to eleven baskets from within five feet of the hoop. Sam Lindenberg came on late in the first half to stretch the Panthers' defense and the lead by sinking four of six three-pointers to give the Vikings a nine-point lead at the break. Krauel opened up the second half scoring the first nine points to take the rout to another level. Steebs led all scorers with 30 points while Krauel added 27 points and Lindenberg chipped in 24 points. The Panthers were led in scoring by Zach Fehrmann's 21 points.

 

The Vikings will return their home court on Friday night when they host Suring, which beat St. Thomas Aquinas 61-38. Tim Kowols and Bryan Mazur will have the call on 105.1 WSBW beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening tip at 7 p.m.

 

 

Gibraltar boys looks to make tournament run on 105.1 WSBW

The Gibraltar Vikings boys basketball team looks to win its second straight regional championship when it begins Division 5 tournament play Tuesday night against Bowler.

 

Both teams come into the match-up with similar records, just winning a handful of games during the regular season. Zachary Fehrman and Lane Schultz are the one-two punch for the Panthers, averaging a combined 30 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists a game. The Vikings are a little more balanced offensively with Luke Steebs averaging 15 points a game and teammate Sam Lindenberg contributing 10 points a night. Head coach Justin Burress sees a lot of similarities between this team and last year's squad that won only 10 regular-season games before winning three straight in the playoffs.

 

 

Tim Kowols and Bryan Mazur will have the call on 105.1 WSBW beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening tip at 7 p.m. You can also tune into the action at DoorCountyDailyNews.com, DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com, and the DoorCountyDailyNews.com mobile app.

 

FULL COACH INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN BURRESS

 

Clippers, Eagles await Special Olympics sectionals

Two Door County Special Olympics teams will head west this next weekend for sectionals after a successful run in Sheboygan on Saturday.

 

The Door County Clippers took first place in division five and the Door County Eagles took 1st place in division nine to clinch their sectional berth. The Door County Tigers took third in division 13 to finish just on the outside of sectional.

 

In the two games featuring the Eagles, they doubled up their opponents in both games, beating Sheboygan 35-17 and Fond du Lac 30-13. Scoring recaps are listed below. The Clippers and Eagles move on to sectionals in Stevens Point on March 15th. 

 

Eagles game 1

9-2 first quarter against Sheboygan 

12-7 at half

23-15 end of 3rd

35-17 final 

Brent Fonferek 8 points 

Zack Morgan 6

Alex Quinn 15

Brent Lacrosse 6

 

Eagles game 2 against Fondulac 

8-4 after 1st

17-6 half

23-9 after 3rd

30-13

 

Zach Morgan -12

Alex Quinn - 7

Brent Fonferek-  9

Brent LaCrosse - 2

 

 

Boys' basketball preview: The quest to Madison begins

In addition to the two games being broadcast on the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com, several other local basketball games of interest will take place Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

 

In Division 3, Sturgeon Bay hosts New Holstein before a possible date against Chilton in the regional semifinals on Friday. Kewaunee will await the result of tonight's game between Kiel and North Fond du Lac.

 

Division 4 matchups include Sevastopol traveling to Howards Grove and Algoma visiting Cedar Grove-Belgium. It is the latter game that has a little extra interest because the winner between Algoma and Cedar Grove-Belgium will head to Brussels Friday to play Southern Door.

Spartans host Marinette in regional on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans start on the road to Madison with a Division II regional quarterfinal boys basketball game on Tuesday against the Marinette Marines in Luxemburg.  The Spartans finished 14-8 overall and 11-7 in the North Eastern Conference while Marinette went winless in the season (0-18, 0-22 overall).  Luxemburg-Casco, who beat the Marines 85-59 and  95-53 this year, would advance and travel to Ashwaubenon on Friday night to face the #4 seeded Jaguars if they beat Marinette.  Pregame is set for 6:30 pm on WBDK 96.7FM from Luxemburg-Casco High School with tipoff set for 7 pm.  Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt will have the call for the game which will also be streamed on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.  

 

(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Spartans host Marinette in regional on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans start on the road to Madison with a Division II regional quarterfinal boys basketball game on Tuesday against the Marinette Marines in Luxemburg.  The Spartans finished 14-8 overall and 11-7 in the North Eastern Conference while Marinette went winless in the season (0-18, 0-22 overall).  Luxemburg-Casco, who beat the Marines 85-59 and  95-53 this year, would advance and travel to Ashwaubenon on Friday night to face the #4 seeded Jaguars if they beat Marinette.  Pregame is set for 6:30 pm on WBDK 96.7FM from Luxemburg-Casco High School with tipoff set for 7 pm.  Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt will have the call for the game which will also be streamed on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.  

 

(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Sturgeon Bay grad McHugh takes 100 breaststroke in Big Ten Men's Swimming

Sturgeon Bay High School graduate Max McHugh continued his success in the pool at the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships held at Indiana University this past weekend.  Competing in the 100 breaststroke for Minnesota, McHugh finished with the nation-leading time of 50.6 seconds and a pool record.  McHugh currently remains in the top position in the nation with the NCAA’s coming up at the end of March in Indianapolis. 

 

Click here to see the video of the race

Spring sports await

With just the boys' basketball season remaining for local schools, student-athletes in Door and Kewaunee counties are beginning to think spring.

 

Boys and girls track begins March 9th with its earliest meet March 17th. Baseball pitchers can begin a week ahead of their teammates, which can have their first practice March 23rd. Boys golfers will have to wait until April 6th before they can swing the clubs while tennis players could start a week earlier on March 30th. Girls softball can begin as early as March 16th while girls soccer can begin hitting the pitch on March 23rd.

Badgers hold off Gophers

With their visitors playing for their postseason lives, the Wisconsin Badgers were able to hold off the scrappy Minnesota Golden Gophers 71-69 in Madison Sunday evening.

 

Brad Davison led the way with 20 points for the Badgers with three of his other teammates also scoring in double figures. Daniel Otru led all scorers with 26 points for the Golden Gophers with teammate Marcus Carr chipping in another 21. The Badgers were down four points with two minutes left before Aleem Ford put the Badgers ahead for good with a dunk with 30 seconds left in the game.

 

The Badgers still have an outside chance to win the Big Ten with a little help, but they need to take care of business on their home court when they play their final game at Kohl Center this week against Northwestern.

Antetokounmpo drops 41 in Bucks win

Another day another impressive performance for the defending Most Valuable Player as the Milwaukee Bucks ran past the Charlotte Hornets on the road Sunday.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points while also collecting 20 rebounds and six assists in the contest in just 35 minutes. That was the first time a player had a 40-20-5 game in that few minutes in NBA history. Brook Lopez added 16 points and George Hill added another 11 in the win. The Bucks were able to have success despite losing the turnover battle 16-10. Regardless, the Bucks remain just a couple of games behind the pace of 70-win teams from the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors with another game tonight in Miami on the schedule.

Brewers' spring streak continues

Logan Morrison is showing the power early this year as he helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Sunday afternoon.

 

Morrison hit his second three-run homer in as many days at the bottom of the first inning to stake the Brewers to a 3-0 lead. Ryon Healy drove in a run via a double play to extend the lead to 4-0 before the Reds got on the board with a Mark Payton RBI double. The eventual game-winning hit came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Corey Ray went yard to make it 5-1. The Reds would score one in the top of seventh and two more in the top of the ninth to make it 5-4. With men in scoring position, Aaron Wilkerson struck out the final batter to end the threat and the game.

 

The Brewers are back in Cactus League action on Tuesday with a game against the San Diego Padres.

Culver's Student-Athlete of the Week: Gibraltar's Dominic Krauel

It is all about doing the hard work that precedes success for Gibraltar’s Dominic Krauel. That’s why Vikings head coach Justin Burress nominated the senior for the Culver’s Student-Athlete of the Week award, who is making the most of his opportunity after playing junior varsity in past years. A solid contributor for the team’s football and baseball teams as well, Krauel is also an accomplished percussionist. His ensemble recently received a top ranking at the Solo and Ensemble Contest held earlier this month at Southern Door, securing an appearance at the state festival this spring. Krauel is hopeful his basketball team will have similar success when the playoffs begin next week.

Krauel is averaging just over seven points a game for the Vikings, which begin their playoff quest in Division 5 next Tuesday in Fish Creek against Bowler.

 

GIBRALTAR'S STATE-QUALIFYING PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (KRAUEL ON DRUMSET)

 

Severin, Worachek, and Joniaux win state wrestling titles

Kewaunee County went three-for-three in the state wrestling finals Saturday night in Madison.

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Jack Severin secured the first state championship for Kewaunee in over a decade with a 6-3 victory over Wrightstown's Kaiden Koltz at 126 pounds in Division 2. It was Severin's third time reaching the podium in Madison as a state finalist.

 

Luxemburg-Casco had three earn medals, but it was Lucas Joniaux and Reece Worachek taking home the top prize in their respective brackets. Joniaux won his first title at 132 pounds with a 3-1 victory over Two Rivers' Bailey Thelen. Worachek captured title number two with a 7-2 win over Will Schaefer of Belmont/Platteville. Easton Worachek won his medal earlier in the day, winning fifth place at 106 pounds. 

 

 

Kewaunee drops regional final to Kewaskum

Another special Kewaunee girls' basketball season ended in heartbreak Saturday night in a 49-34 loss to Kewaskum.

 

Down by just one at the break, the Indians outpaced the Storm 27-13 in the second frame to give the home team just its second loss on the season. Averaging around 20 points a game for most of the season MacKenzie Tlachac was held to just 10 points in the loss. Madilyn Dogs led the way for the Indians, scoring 15 points to secure the sectional berth.

 

Photo from Kewaunee PR Committee

Phoenix teams clinch byes in homecoming sweep

The Kress Center stayed packed all day long Saturday as both Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams won their homecoming games.

 

In the afternoon it was the Phoenix women leading wire to wire in a 71-51 win over Youngstown State. A 17-5 run in the second quarter provided the breathing room needed to clinch the number two seed and a bye to the semifinals. On senior day it was sophomore Hailey Oskey that led the way for the Phoenix on the scoresheet with 18 points. With the game out of hand, Algoma alum Anna Dier got to play one last time after declaring her career over earlier in the year due to another injury to her surgically repaired knee.

In the nightcap, the Phoenix men held off a late rally by the Cleveland State Vikings to win 74-67 and get the 3rd seed in the Horizon League Tournament. The Phoenix had led by as much as 21 points, but saw that dip all the way to just three points before JayQuan McCloud put the game out of reach with four made free throws. Graduating seniors Kam Hankerson and McCloud made the most of their last home regular-season game, leading the Phoenix in scoring with 17 and 12 points respectively.

Brewers top Cubs in desert

The Milwaukee Brewers played long ball with the Chicago Cubs Saturday, winning the game 4-3.

 

Orlando Arcia started the game with a solo shot off Yu Darvish in the first inning and Logan Morrison polished it off with a three-run shot in the third inning off of Adbert Azolay. The Cubs would not get on the board until sixth inning when Ian Happ hit an RBI single and Kyle Schwarber drove in two on a double. Freddy Peralta impressed after his signing his contract extension earlier in the week, pitching three shutout innings while striking out three and walking one.

Badgers look to avenge early season loss

The Wisconsin Badgers hope to continue their five-game winning streak while avenging an early-season defeat when it hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday evening.

 

The Golden Gophers dominated that contest from start to finish on  February 5th, winning the game 70-52. The Badgers have not lost since, beating #23 Ohio State and #19 Michigan along the way. This begins a three-game stretch this week for the Badgers which includes matchups against Northwestern and Indiana as it looks to secure one of the top seeds in the Big Ten Tournament.

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