Sports Archives for 2020-04

Seasons saved at Luxemburg-Casco

Luxemburg-Casco athletes of shuttered spring seasons may have new hope.

 

According to a letter posted on the Luxemburg-Casco Track and Field Facebook page, the district's school board voted in favor of letting their athletes take advantage of the WIAA's 30 day window this summer for contact with spring athletes. This could take place only if the Badger Bounce Back plan would allow the teams to meet and athletes would still have the option to not participate. If the stars align just right, Spartans seniors could don their colors for one more month beginning in July.

 

 

Brewers serve up classic baseball

Until the 2020 MLB season officially starts up, the Milwaukee Brewers will continue to serve up games from yesteryear.

 

Across its flagship radio and TV partners and its own website, the Brewers will play 15 classic games from its lore. Games include the Brewers winning the AL East on final day of regular season on Oct. 3, 1982 to Freddy Peralta setting a team record with 13 strikeouts in his debut in Colorado on May 13, 2018. You can find the full schedule here.

Packers sign rookie free agents

Fifteen undrafted rookies officially became Packers on Wednesday.  Green Bay Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst made the announcement after drafting nine players during last weekend's draft, none of which have signed as of yet. The Packers could have spent the weekend with their signees and draftees during previously scheduled rookie mini-camp beginning May 1st, but the COVID-19 pandemic has altered those plans. The next time the newest Packers could visit Lambeau Field could be late May when organized team activities are slated to take place, but even that could be in doubt.


Southern Door wrestling postpones Barn Brawl

A popular wrestling tradition in Southern Door is postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Southern Door Wrestling Club announced last week it has postponed its annual Barn Brawl event, originally slated to take place Father's Day weekend. The Barn Brawl was a weekend wrestling camp for kids aged 4K-8th grade with Eagles middle schoolers, high schoolers, and alums serving as instructors. According to Kevin Slezewski, the event could be rescheduled for later in the summer but it depends on what the schedule and social distancing requirements are at that time. You can read more about the decision below.

 

 

WIAA calls for officials

The WIAA is recruiting officials for the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

According to the WIAA, licensing will open May 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year. A WIAA official’s license is good from Aug. 1 to July 31 and must be renewed yearly. 

 

The application can be completed online and payment can be made with either a Visa or Mastercard. Under Officials on the WIAA website, please choose Online Licensing. Proceed from there and follow the prompts.

 

Those individuals that were licensed for the 2019-20 school year should renew their license by June 5, 2020.

 

For detailed information regarding WIAA licensed officials, review the Guide for Sport Officials found by selecting Forms and Publications under Officials on the WIAA website.

 

If you have an interest in officiating but are uncertain of how the process works, please contact Joan at jgralla@wiaawi.org.

MLB throws out another proposal

The Brewers sharing a division with two Chicago teams, its western border rival, and the team that called Milwaukee home in the first "Major League" movie? It could happen under the most recent proposal to get baseball back on track this summer.

 

The latest scenario reported by USA Today writer Bob Nightengale has the league season beginning in July with teams playing at their home stadiums playing in front of no fans. To make travel easier, MLB would shrink from six five-team divisions to three ten-team divisions. That would place the Brewers in the same division as their NL Central foes Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, and Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers would also play interdivisional games against former AL Division rivals Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, and Detroit Tigers. Filling out the division would be the Atlanta Braves, which stole baseball from Milwaukee in the late 50s. According to the report, this would possibly allow fans by later in the season as more testing is available and make the players happy about keeping more of their paycheck and not necessarily live in quarantine away from families. This has been one of the several proposals released in several weeks as MLB and other sports leagues figure out ways to get their seasons underway. 

DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com to celebrate Sturgeon Bay senior days

It may look a little different than in years' past, but Sturgeon Bay seniors will get the spotlight one last time this spring.

 

In cooperation with the coaches of Sturgeon Bay's baseball, softball, track and field, and girls soccer teams, DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com will highlight one senior athlete a day with short biographies co-written by their coaches. Thirty-three student-athletes will be featured leading up to their graduation at the end of May.  Beginning on Wednesday, we will begin highlighting the boys and girls track teams. Below is an introduction by track head coach Mike LeRoy.

 

 

 

With the global pandemic at hand, the 2020 Clipper track and field season got cut short after only a couple weeks of indoor practice and the hopes of better weather and upcoming indoor invitationals that were soon to be canceled. The Clipper girls looked to defend their 2019 Packerland Conference Championship - the first in a decade, while the boys team looked to regain the dominance they had on a three year run ending last season. With the season, school, and basically our lives on hold we can only hope that the sacrifices we are asked to make will lead to a return of normalcy and hopefully our 2020 track and field season. It’s very much like an eye exam, you look forward as hard as you can, and although some things are fuzzy and not very clear, you just keep on going.

 

High school seniors have been robbed of so many last memories of their high school careers, including being the influential leaders they have turned out to be.  I couldn’t be more proud as the Head Coach of Sturgeon Bay’s Boys & Girls Track & Field. I am also blessed to have great assistant coaches. Coaches John Rosenthal, Troy Hasenjager, Leanne Pinkert, and Nathan LeRoy all care not only for the athlete, but also for each and every one of the young men and women who they have had the honor to coach. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have led such an amazing group of hard-working, caring, and devoted athletes who celebrate each other’s accomplishments more than their own. They are a true team which was developed by the leadership and dedication of this year’s senior class of 2020. Although the certainty of their senior season is unclear and blurred, my thoughts of them are not. In fact, in my eyes, this team would have been like having perfect vision as they are of course 20/20.

 

Southern Door looks to fill out coaching staffs

Southern Door is hoping to have a pair of coaching staffs filled out by the time the teams reconvene next school year.

 

Last week the school announced the hiring of Josh Vandenbush as its varsity boys basketball coach. Despite Vandenbush being the program's third varsity coach in three years, the Eagles continued their streak of Packerland Conference championships. It is still in search for an assistant varsity coach.

 

The Southern Door volleyball is looking for a varsity head coach, a junior varsity coach, and a seventh-grade coach. Craig Kain led the Eagles to a regional final appearance last year.

 

The baseball team is also searching for an assistant coach.

Teams discuss potential summer season

Area high school teams are weighing their options for potential action this summer.

 

The WIAA canceled the spring season last week due to COVID-19 concerns, but it left the door for teams to start up July 1st for 30 days. It allows a couple of weeks in between the truncated summer and the fall season and would allow seniors to wear their alma mater's colors one more time before starting college. Last week, Sturgeon Bay baseball coach John Berns told players that athletic directors in the Packerland Conference were in talks about possibly starting "spring" sports seasons in July. Luxemburg-Casco track coaches met virtually with its team Monday about the possibility of possibly competing in July, even if it is just an intrasquad meet.

Packers fill out roster

The Green Bay Packers have kept busy since the NFL's first-ever virtual draft wrapped up on Saturday.

 

The Packers are signing undrafted free agents to help fill out their training camp roster. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the following players have been signed by the Packers as undrafted free agents:

 

Frankie Griffin, LB/S, Texas State

Delontae Scott, Edge, SMU

Henry Black, S, Baylor

Travis Bruffy, OG, Texas Tech

Tipa Galeai, DE, Utah State

Willington Previlon, DE, Rutgers

Stanford Samuels, CB, Florida State

Marc-Antoine Dequoy, DB, Canadian Football League

Zack Johnson, OT, North Dakota State

Patrick Taylor, RB, Memphis

Krys Barnes, LB, UCLA

Will Sunderland, CB, Troy

Darrell Stewart, WR, Michigan State

Jordan Jones, TE/FB, Prairie View A&M

Jalen Morton, QB, Prairie View A&M

 

Much like students across the country, the newest members of the Packers will have to put in plenty of the virtual classroom and workout time ahead of training camp since the typical minicamps and organized team activities have been canceled until further notice.

Algoma's Dier advances to Phoenix women's basketball lip sync finals

They say it takes a village to raise a child and that phrase can be used for the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball lip-sync championship as well.

 

Former Algoma standout Anna Dier performance of "Lean on Me" with teammates and places around the peninsula captured the win over Luxemburg-Casco alum Cassie Schiltz in the semifinal matchup. Schiltz performed “Old Town Road”  by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for her entry. Dier now heads to the championship round to face guard Hailey Oskey.

 

Screenshot from Green Bay women's basketball

 

 

No new rules for coming spring sports in 2021

The "if you don't use it, you'll lose it rule" will not apply to high schools across the state when it comes to rules for spring sports.

 

The National Federation of State High School Associations announced last week it will not be publishing new rules for 2021 in the WIAA-sponsored sports of baseball, softball, and track & field. That is because the rules it created to implement this year were not used due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the spring sports seasons. The WIAA has urged schools to keep their rules books handy for next year as the 2020 rules will be used for 2021.

Packers complete draft

The Green Bay Packers addressed some of their needs Saturday in the final day of the NFL Draft.

 

In the fifth round, the Packers addressed their departures at the linebacker position by drafting Kamal Martin of Minnesota. The Packers picked three times in the sixth round, selecting Michigan guard Jon Runyan was drafted to possibly move over to the tackle spot to replace Bryan Bulaga or have it filled by Indiana tackle Simon Stepaniak. In between those picks was Oregon center Jake Hanson. With their pair of picks in the seventh round, the Packers selected TCU safety Vernon Scott and Miami defensive end Jonathan Marvin.

 

According to PackerNews.com, the Packers have signed 13 of their allotted 15 undrafted free agent slots as of Saturday night.

Door County League season delayed

You will not see area diamonds bristling with activity until after the Safer at Home Order is concluded.

 

Door County League baseball announced last week it was postponing the first three weeks of its season. Games that were slated to take place May 10th, May 17th, and May 24th will be rescheduled to August 16th, 23rd, and 30th. The league is hoping to resume play on May 31st. You can see the full update below.

 

 

NBA to allow facilities to open May 1st

If any Milwaukee Bucks players get some early work in next month, it won't be in Wisconsin.

 

The NBA announced this weekend that teams in certain markets could host voluntary workouts for their players. "Certain" applies to teams that are not under restrictions from the local government. The league has said that it will work with franchises that are under stricter orders like Milwaukee. According to ESPN, some GMs have expressed concern about the decision. The same report also said that more time is needed before a timetable can be set for the season to resume for the first time since mid-March.

Sturgeon Bay Little League registration due this week

With word that Packerland Conference high school baseball could be happening in July, it’s important to remember little league too. The registration deadline for Sturgeon Bay Little League is April 30th, this Thursday. Sign-up costs are $55 per child, and that includes a jersey. Games are played at Sunset Park, typically beginning in May, but that could be delayed due to the “Safer at Home” order. No schedule is available on the organization’s website. Parents must also fill out a medical release form that can be turned in at the first practice. A link for registration can be found here.

Packers make two more draft picks

A day after raising eyebrows by taking a quarterback in the first round, the Green Bay Packers surprised again on Friday night. For their second-round pick, the green and gold took running back A.J. Dillon out of Boston College. The 6’0”, 250-pound running back racked up over 4,000 yards as an Eagle in three collegiate seasons. Of course, the Packers had a 1,000-yard rusher last season in Aaron Jones, so it will be interesting to see how the two backs are used to complement each other. Outside of an MCL sprain in Week 15, Jones was relatively healthy as he got over 100 additional carries compared to the previous season.


In the third round, the Packers addressed a need that has been a topic of conversation all offseason. They selected tight end Josiah Deguara from the University of Cincinnati.

 

The Masters keeping close eye on opening of Georgia's economy

Early in April, the Chairman of Augusta National Golf Course Fred Ridley announced a tentative date for The Masters golf tournament in late fall. It is usually played the second weekend of April, but it was postponed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia is one of the first states to reopen its economy, with bars, restaurants, gyms, and more getting back to business this weekend. Even President Trump has questioned whether Governor Brian Kemp’s policy is too much, too soon. If it goes well, without a severe spike in new cases in the state, that will help The Masters to solidify its plans for The Masters to move from golf’s first major to its last. Augusta National is aiming for a November 9-15 tournament.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Southern Door Football

"Second time's a charm" did not apply to the 1989 Southern Door football team after winning the state title in its first attempt.

 

By first attempt, that means in the playoffs period, not just in the state title game. Led by future Notre Dame and NFL player Jim Flanigan, the Eagles won the state championship 17-7 over Westby. Flanigan accounted for all the points scored by the Eagles with touchdowns on the ground and through the air along with a field goal.

 

You can read more about the 1989 Southern Door Eagles online at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com

Packers make Love their first choice

Fifteen years after they drafted a quarterback with a future Hall of Famer already behind center, the Green Bay Packers did it again.

 

The Packers traded their first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins to leapfrog a few teams to draft Utah State QB Jordan Love. He holds a Utah State record for total yards at just over 9,000. Love also ranks second all-time in school history in passing yards, completions and attempts, tied for second all-time in touchdown passes, He went 21-11 as a starter, including 7-6 with a bowl win to his credit in 2019.

 

The Packers will draft 30th in rounds two and three Friday night, which begins at 6 p.m.

 

Booyah add "Majik" and one more to roster

The Green Bay Booyah added two more players to their roster this week, one of which has a very familiar last name to Packers fans. 

 

Clemson outfielder Bo Majkowski and Louisville outfielder Chris Seng have officially joined the Booyah for the 2020 season. Majkowski is indeed the son of former Packers quarterback Don Majkowski, but earned his spot by hitting .294 during his sophomore year and making no errors in his 27 chances in the field. Seng was a perfect 3-3 stealing bases before the season was shortened after setting his high school record for steals with 174. 

Phoenix ink two players

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team was able to add to their roster on Wednesday, getting commitments from a high school senior and a transfer student.

 

After three years of wooing by the Phoenix, La Crosse Central senior power forward Terrance Thompson accepted his scholarship offer. A top-ten player in the state, Thompson averaged 12.8 points and 5.9 rebounds this past season on a roster with two with D1 recruits on it. His team had qualified for the sectional championship before COVID-19 spoiled the rest of the season.

 

The Phoenix also had former Toledo player Donovan Moore announce his transfer to the school. A former honorable all-state player out of Michigan's West Bloomfield High School, Moore only played in nine games for the Rockets. 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Sturgeon Bay Football

Before the school's "futbol" team took center stage, it was Sturgeon Bay's football team that had the community talking.

 

The Clippers won their state championship in 2004, approximately 11 years after the team came up just short of bringing the gold football back to Door County after a four-year drought. You can read more about the 2004 Sturgeon Bay Clippers squad by clicking this link for DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

Loophole offers spring athletes hope

There is a small chance area seniors can put on their school colors one last time thanks to an exception being made by the WIAA.

 

The WIAA canceled all spring sports seasons earlier this week, but did add in that coaches could have unlimited contact with their athletes this summer if they include seniors. The other if includes allowing the assembly of 10 or more people and open school buildings. Sturgeon Bay baseball coach John Berns messaged his team this week saying that this could open the door for a summer Packerland baseball season to begin on July 1st pending the approval of the athletic directors of member schools.

 

Coaches across all spring sports have been able to share with their athletes virtual workouts to do since schools closed on March 18th.

Packers close facilities through May 26th

Even though some members of the organization will be around preparing for Thursday's NFL Draft, the rest of the facilities run by the Green Bay Packers will sit dormant.

 

In accordance with Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home Order, the Packers will close all of its business operations at Lambeau Field and the adjacent Titletown Park until May 26th. The Packers are still asking fans to get involved on draft night by submitting videos, getting interactive on the team's social media feeds, and donating to COVID-19 relief efforts.

 

 

All Kewaunee County matchup in Green Bay basketball lip-sync competion

Luxemburg-Casco and Algoma don't always face each other in athletics, but two of their alums will be competing this weekend in the Green Bay women's basketball lip-sync competition.

 

Former Spartan star Cassie Schiltz knocked off head coach Kevin Borseth with her performance of Little Big Town's Pontoon in her elite matchup. Former Wolves standout Anna Dier used her take of Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock to defeat teammate Lyndsey Robson. Dier and Schiltz will battle for bragging rights in the competition's Final Four when their videos are posted on Saturday.

 

 

WIAA cancels spring sports

High school athletes across the Door Peninsula have been subjected to the sports equivalent of the sword of Damocles for six weeks. Monday, the blade came crashing down as the WIAA canceled all spring sports and their respective postseason tournaments. The closure of the University of Wisconsin system through June had stripped the organization of a site to host championship games. The extension of Governor Evers’ “Safer at Home” order robbed athletic directors of a chance to use their school’s facilities for games. Eventually, the restrictions proved too much. 


Each team is allowed 30 days of contact, which can include seniors. This will enable squads to practice and hold competitions during the summertime. Assuming there is overlap with club teams, most players would be restricted from participating in both.

 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions: Kewaunee Football

After being the bridesmaid in four state title games, Kewaunee finally prevailed in 2010.

 

The Storm played at Camp Randall in 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2009 only to fall in the season's final game. In each one of those years, the Storm entered the game undefeated. They were able to hold onto their perfect season in 2010, beating Brodhead/Juda 42-13 under the leadership of Kurt Flaten.

 

Read more about the 2010 state champion Kewaunee Storm's season online at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com

Luxemburg-Casco shines light for spring athletes

Luxemburg-Casco showed its support for its spring sports athletes Monday night by simply flipping the switch. 

 

The school district lit up its outdoor sports facilities in support of its spring sports athletes, which have had their seasons uprooted thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It follows a trend started earlier this month when Kewaunee and Southern Door participated in a similar light-up campaign. Spring sports athletes have a glimmer of hope that a truncated season could take place when the WIAA meets on Tuesday via teleconference.

 

Picture from Luxemburg-Casco Soccer Club

 

 

Green Bay loses Patterson, signs Illinois guard to NLI

Green Bay lost one player and gained one player to start off the week Monday.

 

Forward Manny Patterson announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he was entering the transfer portal after three seasons with the Phoenix. He averaged just under six points and five rebounds a game during his junior season. He follows Hunter Crist and Trevian Bell to the transfer portal, both of which have found new homes for the upcoming seasons.

 

The Phoenix announced Monday it signed guard Damontae Taylor to its 2020 recruiting class. A star player at Zion-Benton High School in Illinois, Taylor averaged 20,2 points and 9.1 rebounds a game during his senior year.

Sevastopol announces fall code meeting, homecoming dates

The fall sports season begins in August for Sevastopol athletes.

 

According to Sevastopol School District, For the 2020-2021 school year, the Pioneers will have one athletic code meeting on August 3rd for all athletes interested in participating in athletics for the school year. Attendance at this meeting is a requirement in order to compete in the first practice for any 20’-21’ sport. The guest speaker will be Kimberly head football coach Steve Jones, who has been a part of the Papermakers' run of six state title appearances the last seven years.

 

The homecoming date was also set for September 19th when the Pioneers are tentatively scheduled to play against NEW Lutheran/Oneida Nation.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions: Sevastopol Football

The peninsula's last football champion was the state's first in one aspect.

 

The WIAA was hosting its first-ever tournament to determine the top eight-man football team in the state when the Sevastopol Pioneers prevailed in 2018. Prior to defeating traditional eight-man power Luck 38-30 in the state championship, it dealt Newman Catholic its first-ever loss since switching from 11-man and shutting out Oakfield in the playoff opener.

 

Read more about the Pioneers' historic season at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com

 

We will have more from the peninsula's three other state championship teams this week at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

NBA mum about season restart

If the Milwaukee Bucks are going to have the opportunity to get its first NBA championships since the 1970s, it will have to wait a little longer.

 

According to the USA Today, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told league owners Friday that there was not enough information available to them to decide if the league will be able to restart this season. Much like the NHL, it is weighing out options that would possibly include playing neutral site games without fans. 

Packers head into final days before draft

The Green Bay Packers have only a few more days to discuss their options for this week's draft. 

 

Although it will be held virtually, the NFL Draft is slated to begin on Thursday night. Barring any trades, here is the draft order for the Packers.

 

Round 1 – 30
Round 2 – 62
Round 3 – 94
Round 4 – 136
Round 5 – 175
Round 6 – 192, 208, 209
Round 7 – 236, 242

Evers' order holds up Booyah season

The Green Bay Booyah could have started the season on time, but instead will have to wait a little longer to begin its sophomore season.

 

The Northwoods League cited the Governor Tony Evers' extension of the Safer at Home order for causing the delay. It needs all the state's emergency orders to line up so teams can travel from city to city and state to state. Eight Northwoods teams call Wisconsin home, so until the order is lifted it unlikely the season will get underway.

Luxemburg-Casco shines a light on spring sports

The prospects for the 2020 spring high school sports season have gotten dimmer over the past week, but Monday night look for some light to cut through the darkness. Luxemburg-Casco School District is planning a ceremony at 8:20 PM, which will turn on the stadium lights for each respective stadium where a spring sport plays at the complex next to County Highway AB. Students and supporters are encouraged to do a drive-by parade during that time, keeping inside their vehicles to comply with the “Safer at Home” order. The WIAA officially meets Tuesday to determine whether a spring season is possible but, with schools closed until summer and no championship site, the odds are long.

 

*Picture courtesy of the Luxemburg-Casco Volleyball Facebook page

Pickleball adapts to the coronavirus

The Door County Pickleball Club has been planning instructional clinics and tournaments featuring players from across the country for this summer. Those plans are now in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Jay Renstrom says he is less worried about the summer events, those can always be rescheduled, but figuring out how to have an indoor season for days with inclement weather and during the wintertime is a harder nut to crack.

 


Renstrom says he has been working closely with the Door County YMCA to come up with a solution.

 

Golf is first sport to come out of coronavirus hibernation

The closure of golf courses has been a consistent gripe among Wisconsinites, including 40 Republicans in the state legislature. When Governor Evers extended his “Safer at Home” order to May 26th, he carved out an exception for courses to reopen. They are free to do so this Friday at 8:00 AM. Golf at the professional level has also announced its return. The PGA Tour will be back on the links at The Colonial, near the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The pros tee off starting June 11th, the week before Father’s Day. The first four events will have no spectators. As far as the major tournaments go, the US Open has been pushed back to September, and there is no word yet on if The Masters will be played.

Sevastopol's Luedtke named to WIAA Advisory Councul

The WIAA's Advisory Council will have a familiar face to those in Door and Kewaunee Counties.

 

Superintendent Kyle Luedtke was recently elected to a three-year term on the WIAA Advisory Council. He replaces Royall's Mark Gruen as a small schools representatives. The state's 171 smallest high schools are represented by five administrators of the 18-member panel.

 

Picture courtesy of Sevastopol School District

 

 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Southern Door Softball

The softball state championship trophy called Brussels home two times during a three-year span during the early 90s.

 

Southern Door has made the state tournament for softball five times in its school's history, including last year's squad that lost to Campbellsport in the semifinal. It reached the pinnacle its first two trips, winning the title in 1992 and 1994. You can read about those teams below at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

1992 Southern Door Softball

1994 Southern Door Softball

 

DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com is highlighting the peninsula's 60-plus state championship teams week by week, sport by sport. If you would like to share your stories from your state championship run, email us at news@doorcountydailynews.com.

WIAA's spring season hangs by thread

What was thought to be a death sentence for the WIAA's spring season is now clinging to life support.

 

Governor Tony Evers shut down school buildings until the end of the school year, canceling extracurricular activities in the process. That could have been enough for the WIAA to drop the hammer on its spring sports season. Instead, the WIAA left the door open just a crack, saying on its website that "will discuss the membership’s options for the remainder of the spring sports seasons and for summertime regulations at its scheduled meeting on April 21 via video conferencing." The WIAA will face an uphill battle moving forward to start the spring sports season since the order postpones all interscholastic practices, scrimmages, and events. It also lost UW-Madison as a state championship host site earlier this month when the campus announced it would be shuttering its campus until June 30th.

Wisconsin golf courses to open

At least one other sport will be able to start up again April 24th.

 

While silent sports like running and cycling were minimally affected by Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order, Wisconsin's over 500 public golf courses finally got the ok after being shuttered for the last month. It still will not be business as usual for courses throughout Wisconsin. Rounds of golf will have to be paid for in advance and no carts will be allowed until the order is lifted. Rounds of golf will be spaced out throughout the day to ensure social distancing and clubhouses and pro shops will be closed. 

Packers legend Davis passes

Another member of the Green Bay Packers family has passed away.

 

Packers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis died this week at the age of 85 in California. The first African-American captain the Packers ever had, Davis was a part of five NFL championship and two Super Bowl teams during his career which included multiple Pro Bowl and Associated Press All-Pro selections. Sacks were not a statistic during his career, but he does have the most fumble recoveries in Packers history with 21.

 

 

Timber Rattlers looks for new owners...you!

Similar to the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are looking to add you to its current ownership member group.

 

The Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers is pushing the memberships as a way to help the organization weather the storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic. Just like the Packers ownership structure, membership certificates in the team through Appleton Baseball Club are non-stock and owners do not accrue dividends over time. Unlike owning Packers stock, members do get tickets to at least two games.

Dier, Schiltz lip sync as Phoenix women bring in Levy

While last year's roster takes part in a friendly competition, the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team brought an important piece for its future.

 

The Phoenix announced Wednesday that former Appleton North star Sydney Levy has transferred to the school. She averaged seven points a game in 31 games last year for in-state rival Milwaukee after leading Appleton North to two state titles. Per NCAA rules, she will have to sit out one season but will keep two seasons of eligibility.

 

Last year's roster can't be on the court, but two members with Kewaunee County ties are still competing against their teammates. Luxemburg-Casco alum Cassie Schiltz and former Algoma standout Anna Dier are both in the final four of their team's lip sync challenge currently taking place on the program's social media channels. Schiltz will go against her coach Kevin Borseth in the elite eight round while Dier faces Lyndsey Robson. If both Schiltz and Dier wins, it would set up an all Kewaunee County semifinal showdown.

 

 

 

 

Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball gives back

When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled their annual tournament trip to the Wisconsin Dells, members of the Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball team could only think of one place where the money should go.

 

The team donated $1,500 to the Door County Fire Chiefs Association and $500 to efforts on Washington Island as communities across the country address the needs of their residents. Gibraltar senior baseball player Brandon Stillman says the money they raised was a sign of support from the community for their team. He believes it was only right to donate it back.

 

 

The donations came a day after the Gibraltar Area School Board unanimously approved canceling in-person classroom and extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year. 

 

 

Picture courtesy of the Door County Fire Chiefs Association

 

You can read more and listen to the full interview with Brandon Stillman by clicking this link for DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Sevastopol Softball

Sevastopol made a little history on its way to winning two straight state softball championships in the late 00s.

 

The Pioneers won their first state championship with Heather Spetz as head coach in 2007, followed by Tim Newton leading them to a repeat in 2008. According to the WIAA, that made Sevastopol the first school to win consecutive years with different coaches.

 

You can read about both teams by clicking on the links below or visiting DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

2007 Sevastopol Softball

2008 Sevastopol Softball

Green Bay men to open basketball season at Oklahoma State

After an abrupt end to its 2019-2020 season, the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball are looking to start their next season big. 

 

The Green Bay Athletics Department recently announced that the Phoenix would travel to Stillwater for its season opener against Oklahoma State. It is the latest addition in already impressive non-conference road slate that will include matchups against Wisconsin, LSU, and Syracuse according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. 

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

The state championship softball teams at Luxemburg-Casco proved you do not need a bullpen to be successful.

 

In 2009 it was Danielle Deterville who went back to back complete games to win a title andKalli Schmelzer matched the feat and then some in 2010. Schmelzer shut out Rice Lake in the championship game to secure the repeat for Luxemburg-Casco.

 

You can read about those squads at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com by clicking the links below. We will also be featuring the state championship programs at Sevastopol and Southern Door later this week.

 

2009 Luxemburg-Casco Softball

2010 Luxemburg-Casco Softball

Seven football players continue All-Star prep

Seven players in Door and Kewaunee Counties are preparing for this summer's Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star game the only way they can: by fundraising.

 

Kewaunee's Tanor Bortolini and Owen Kudick are slated to join the Small School North squad while Sevastopol's Triston Beauchamp, Arthur Horcevar, Caden Kacmarynski, Algoma's Elijah Ritchie, and Gibraltar's Conor Duffy are on the Eight-man South roster.

 

Players have to raise a set amount of money for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to participate in the game, which will be held July 18th at UW-Oshkosh.

 

You can find the website to make your donations by clicking this link and following the instructions to find the player you would like to support.

Blizzard, IFL cancel season

Football fans in northeast Wisconsin will now have to wait until the summer to get their football fix.

 

The Indoor Football League, which features the Green Bay Blizzard, announced Monday it was canceling its entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the uncertainty of when front offices can return to work, players ramping up their activities to prepare for the season, and potential scheduling conflicts with the arenas, the decision to cancel rather than further postpone the season was made. The Blizzard had missed four games and were supposed to host the Iowa Barnstormers on Sunday before Monday's announcement was made.

L-C wrestling announce academic all-state nominees

The Luxemburg-Casco wrestling team believes it has three members that were among the best on the mat and in the classroom in the past year.

 

Easton Worachek, Hunter Joniaux, and Lucas Joniaux were nominated to earn the status of an academic all-state wrestler. The honor is open to those wrestlers who had at least a 3.5 GPA and were a sectional qualifier. 

 

The peninsula boasted 14 total sectional qualifiers, so Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol, and Kewaunee could add their own wrestlers to the total. Applications are due April 28 with results to follow in early May.

No word yet on Green Bay, Marquette spring sports athletes

While the University of Wisconsin-Madison is advising its senior spring sports athletes to seek additional options, Green Bay and Marquette have not shut the door yet.

 

The NCAA announced two weeks ago that it would grant spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility because the COVID-19 pandemic canceled their season. They left the scholarship part of the equation up to the individual schools though. Each school lost money they were expecting to get as a part of revenue sharing with the NCAA because of canceled events including the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament. According to Milwaukee's CBS affiliate, Marquette athletic director Bill Scholl said two weeks ago he agreed with the decision but it raised a lot of questions like what to do with squads with full rosters and an incoming recruiting class coming into the fold. Green Bay's FOX affiliate talked to Green Bay athletic director Charles Guthrie two weeks ago as well as he said the school will welcome any of the 10 affected seniors back, though some of the players may be moving on with their future on their own accord.

NBA discusses way to get back

If the NBA is able to come back, it will give teams like the Milwaukee Bucks just under a month to get ready.

 

According to ESPN, the NBA has developed a 25-day program for players to get ready for the season. It incorporates over a week of individual workouts to maintain social distancing measures before two weeks of full team practices would begin. The reason for the drawn out schedule is to make sure players do not get injured after the long lay-off, though Brian Windhorst from ESPN reports that some team executives would rather see the league take a full month to ramp up just to be sure.

 

Prior to the COVID-19 layoff, the Bucks had a stranglehold on the Eastern Conference lead and were NBA title contenders. 

WIAA forced to look for alternate championship sites

If Southern Door makes another run at a state title this year in softball, it will not be going back to Madison.

 

Assuming high school athletics are allowed to resume this spring, the WIAA confirmed last week that state championship events for softball, tennis, and golf will have to be held elsewhere. That's because UW-Madison extended its closure until June 30th, well past when spring sports championships would be held. The WIAA meets on April 21st to decide the fate of the 2020 spring sports season. If it decides to come back, that's when alternate sites for the state championships for those sports will likely come back.

Voyageurs' division slate gets altered

If the Green Bay Voyageurs get to hit the pitch at Capital Credit Union Park this season, they will do so without facing some of their divisional foes from last year.

 

The coronavirus is to blame for some of the changes to the Heartland Division, the USL League Two division the Voyageurs call home. The uncertainty has given Peoria City the reason it needs to wait another year to make its debut until 2021. The division's two Canadian teams, the Thunder Bay Chill and FC Manitoba, will not be playing in it this year due to likely travel restrictions. The Voyageurs are looking to fill those spots with other matches if possible.

Brewers split division foes in newest MLB scheme

After competing against the likes of the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds for over 20 years, the one and likely done Coronavirus scenario has the Milwaukee Brewers playing other divisional foes in 2020.

 

Reported by USA Today Sports last week, the latest idea to get the MLB season going sooner rather than later has the league's 30 teams retreat to their spring training homes. That eliminates to NL Central foes right away because the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals play in the Grapefruit League in Florida. The Cactus League and the Grapefruit League would be divided into three divisions based on geography.  Here's what that would look like potentially:

 

NORTHEAST: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics.

WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels.

NORTHWEST: Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals.

 

This is once again one of several different proposals out there as major sports leagues try to get back into action while weighing health with economics.

Local swimmer talks about challenges of Olympic qualifying

The Olympic games have been pushed back until 2021, and Sturgeon Bay’s Conner McHugh says that is the right call. McHugh is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Minnesota and has turned in a qualifying time to compete at the US Olympic trials as has his younger brother Max. McHugh says with pools closing across the country due to the coronavirus, the trials become a daunting task since training is impossible. Two swimmers are taken in each event to represent their country. It involves swimming the best race of your life three times in under 48 hours.

 


Olympic hopefuls remain unable to train due to the coronavirus.

 

Leagues embrace esports

Esports have come out of mom’s basement. Some leagues have capitalized on the coronavirus downtime more than others, though. Racing organizations from NASCAR to Indycar have been the biggest benefactors. According to the Associated Press, in the past month, over one million people have watched drivers from different circuits go head-to-head playing video games. ESPN has been airing a gaming tournament with brackets of NBA stars matching up on a virtual court. The network is already planning a tournament of H.O.R.S.E. Even March Madness has had a cyber twist. Many in Wisconsin are printing apparel celebrating the Badgers being named national champs in men’s basketball by an ESPN computer simulation.

Americans say they won't go back to the ballpark

A Seton Hall University sports poll released Thursday shows Americans do care if they ever get back from the ball game, by a decided margin. Seventy-two percent say they will be chowing down on their popcorn and Cracker Jack from home until there’s a vaccine developed for the coronavirus. The survey respondents didn’t discriminate among leagues or seasons. Seventy percent say the NFL should not start up in the fall to keep players safe. Another 20 percent say players must be allowed to opt out of participating over fears of illness.

 

Vaccines for viruses are inherently tricky. The flu vaccine must be modified yearly, and in recent years the experts have guessed wrong rendering it less useful than usual. Vaccines have been attempted for HIV since it broke onto the scene in the early 1980s without success.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 1985 Sevastopol Baseball

It is safe to say the late 80's were a great time to be a Sevastopol baseball player and fan.

 

Led by Dennis Remington, the Pioneers made three state championship game appearances from 1984 to 1987, capturing the title in 1985. You can read more about the havoc they caused pitchers by clicking this link. To further celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1985 state championship, we will have additional stories later this month with members of the team at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

This week we have celebrated the peninsula's state champion baseball teams from Gibraltar, Algoma, Sevastopol, and Sturgeon Bay. You can revisit those stories at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

Bucks look forward to draft

The Milwaukee Bucks can only dream about next year while it waits for the 2020 season to get off hiatus.

 

Making things a little bit more interesting for the Bucks is they do not where they will be drafting. Eric Bledsoe cost them their first-round pick when they traded for him from Phoenix. Last season, the Bucks gave New Orleans a second-round pick for rental player Nikola Mirotic. They have a draft pick coming from Indiana after Malcolm Brogdon left Milwaukee, but that pick depends on if the Pacers make the playoffs and at what seed. That is anybody's guess until the season gets going again. The NBA Draft is supposed to take place on June 25th.

Spring Badgers' careers officially over

Members of spring sports squads at the University of Wisconsin can come back as students, but not as athletes.

 

The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to spring sports athletes that had their seasons canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The catch was individual universities and colleges had to figure out how to pay for the students if they were to continue to be scholarship athletes. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced during his radio show on Thursday that the 35 seniors on the school's softball, track, and golf teams would not be granted the extension and encouraged them to move on. 

 

No word from the state's other Division 1 schools on their plans for senior spring athletes. Division 2 schools do have scholarships available to some of its athletes while Division 3 does not.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 1979 Gibraltar Baseball

The Gibraltar baseball program was already powerhouse before they had their breakthrough at state over 40 years ago.

 

Led by legendary coach and field namesake Rod Billerbeck, the 8-4 win over Spencer gave Gibraltar its first state championship in 1979 after winning 17 conference titles previously. You can read more about that 1979 team by clicking this link for DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

This week we are celebrating the peninsula's state championship teams from Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, and Sevastopol as a part of the DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com's Champion of Champions Series. As always feel free to share more stories from these teams with us by emailing news@doorcountydailynews.com.

Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament a go, no word on others

If you're an angler, no news may be good news for upcoming fishing tournaments. 

 

The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament and the Kewaunee International Carp Championships have announced no changes to their events slated for May 16th and 17th. That means unlike other events, you can still register and compete for prizes. Details can be found on their respective Facebook pages.

 

 

Booyah snag Wildcats for roster

The Green Bay Booyah could have an all-Northwestern battery on some summer nights in 2020.

 

The Northwoods League squad announced Wednesday they have signed catcher Stephen Hrustich and right-handed pitcher Jack Sauser for the upcoming season. In a truncated spring schedule, Hrustich had captured Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors while batting .417. Sauser was equally impressive in his four outings this spring, allowing no runs over the course of his five innings pitched while striking out nine batters against just one walk.

 

Games are scheduled to start in late May, but could be pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baseball still running through contingencies

The Milwaukee Brewers could call the Phoenix area home for the first few months of the season under a plan being discussed by Major League Baseball and its players' association.

 

Under the proposed plan being reported by ESPN, all 30 teams would head to Arizona for a second spring training before opening the regular season sometime in June or July. Teams would have host hotels where they would be quarantined when they weren't playing or training and there would be no fans in the stands. A number of issues still need to be worked out, including where all 30 teams would get there work in, how to schedule games to coincide with Arizona's heat, and the happiness of the players being away from family and friends during the time they were getting ready for the baseball season.

 

The plans come as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman admitted that completing the regular season may not be possible and the NBA commissioner Adam Silver said no decisions on its season will be made until May.

Former Sturgeon Bay star named West De Pere Football coach

Former Sturgeon Bay football star Chris Greisen will be on the sidelines for a new team this fall when he coaches West De Pere according to several Green Bay media outlets.

 

A former NFL and Arena Football League quarterback as well, Greisen comes to West De Pere after spending four years at Freedom High School. He also had stints at Green Bay Southwest and Notre Dame before landing the position with the Phantoms. He will inherit a good squad as well after the Phantoms won the Bay Conference in 2019 and losing to eventual state runner up Menasha in the WIAA Level 3 playoffs. 

Bellin Run goes virtual

A popular race in Green Bay is moving to Sturgeon Bay...or wherever you can lace up your shoes and run.

 

Organizers of the Bellin Run, sponsored by the hospital with clinics throughout northeast Wisconsin including Sturgeon Bay, officially canceled the in-person event slated for June 13th on Tuesday. Following a nationwide trend this year, the race will now be held virtually, allowing participants to submit their own times. Registration is still being taken for the race with a portion of the proceeds going towards Bellin's COVID-19 efforts. Other events surrounding the Bellin Run like the Children's Race have been canceled.

 

It has been a rough year for race directors, especially in Door County where four events have been canceled and the Door County Half Marathon was moved to Halloween. 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 1991 Sturgeon Bay Baseball

Long before Sturgeon Bay baseball's current string of dominance, they were state champions.

 

In its only championship game appearance, the Steve Ash-led Clippers won the state title in 1991 3-2 against Monona Grove at Wausau Athletic Park. You can read more about that state championship team by clicking this link.

 

Peninsula-based squads won four state championships in a 12-year span between 1979 and 1991. We will have brief write-ups for Gibraltar (1979), Sevastopol (1985) later this week after taking a look back at Algoma Monday. As always, if you were on any of these teams and would like to share stories, please email us at news@doorcountydailynews.com.

Packers' Rodgers named to All-Decade Team

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is in elite company after being named to the 2010-2019 All-Decade Team on Monday by the NFL. 

 

Rodgers kicked off the decade with a Super Bowl win and game MVP honors and finished with two league MVP years, seven Pro Bowl selections, eight postseason appearances, and a winning percentage above 63 percent. Tom Brady was the other quarterback named to the All-Decade team.

 

Julius Peppers and Jahri Evans, who both played briefly for the Packers, were also named to the squad.

Timber Rattlers call off April events

As far as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are concerned, April is officially canceled.

 

In a release from the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Timber Rattlers have called off all of its events this month, including its Fan Fest on April 7, the Welcome Home Banquet on April 8, and its series against the Burlington Bees, Peoria Chiefs,  and Cedar Rapids Kernels. Timber Rattlers officials assured fans in the release that a new promotional calendar will be announced once more information on the schedule for the 2020 season is known and all tickets to un-played games can be exchanged for any remaining game during the 2020 season, based on availability.

 

 

College football teams wait out COVID-19

Next Saturday was supposed to be Wisconsin's spring football game, until it wasn't.

 

The COVID-19 outbreak canceled not just all spring sports, but all prep work fall sports like college football do as well. Organized team activities are suspended until at least May 4th, which was extended from the original deadline of today (April 6th). Chris McIntosh, Wisconsin’s deputy athletic director, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that there is no timeline set for when things can go back to normal until after COVID-19 is controlled.

Bird hunting regulations get update

The season is still months away, but the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has already made some changes to the migratory bird hunting regulations.

 

From the Wisconsin DNR website, the new changes include:

  • North duck zone will open one week earlier than last season, resulting in two statewide openers, one for the North on Sept. 26 and one for the South and Mississippi zones on Oct. 3. The regular duck season will run for 60 days;
  • A 92-day regular goose season with a second split in the South Canada goose zone resulting in a goose season that is open during the Christmas and New Year's holidays;
  • An increase in the hen mallard daily bag limit (from one to two) based on US Fish and Wildlife Service season framework; and
  • A decrease in the scaup bag limit to one scaup for 15 days and two scaup for 45 days based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service season framework.
  • Shooting hours for all migratory bird seasons are open from one half hour before sunrise to sunset with the exception of the early teal season. Shooting hours for early teal open at sunrise and close at sunset.

The DNR also changed the boundaries of the state's hunting zones, but those will not go into effect in 2021.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 1983 Algoma Baseball

Algoma girls' sports teams have carried the torch in recent years, but in 1983 its was the boys' baseball team that gave the school its state championship.

 

Algoma's 1983 team is the second state championship peninsula-based squads won in a 12-year span between 1979 and 1991. We will have brief write-ups for Gibraltar (1979), Sevastopol (1985), and Sturgeon Bay (1991) later this week. As always, if you were on any of these teams and would like to share stories, please email us at news@doorcountydailynews.com.

 

Click here for story on the 1983 Algoma Baseball team

 

Booyah adds state talent

The Green Bay Booyah will have more of a Wisconsin-feel to it after announcing two signees last week.

 

The team signed outfielders Grant Emme from Eastern Illinois University and Ty Olejnik from UW-Milwaukee to play in Green Bay for the 2020 season. Emme played at Kaukauna High School before heading south to play collegiate baseball while Olejnik grew up playing in Sussex. 

 

The Booyah hope to have both players suited for their scheduled home opener on May 28th.

Sports leagues consider possibilities

The Maryvale Brewers? A Buck playing horse? Both are possible under racent reports of how to get professional athletes back into the fold.

 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting a plan on the table that would have Major League Baseball teams play inside empty stadiums against their spring training opponents. They could quarantine the players at their complexes, but the concern would be other employees, bus drivers, and hotel workers. A similar approach is being discussed in England as they look to restart the Premier League season.

 

No Bucks players have been announced, but the NBA is looking to follow up its video game battle. Remote games of HORSE would fill time before the rest of a truncated season can begin according to ESPN. 

 

 

Murphy compares 2019 COVID-19 layoff to 2011 lockout

Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy drew some comparisons to the current 2019 layoff to the 2011 work stoppage in his regular article appearing on Packers.com this week.

 

Answering questions from fans, Murphy says it is unlikely the normal offseason programs will not take place because of coronavirus concerns. Similar to when players were locked out of facilities in 2011, Murphy says players are in contact with their strength and conditioning coaches for remote workouts.

 

In the piece, Murphy also talks about how the draft will take place later this month, with the war room, presenters, draft picks and others all appearing remotely.

Baseball should lead the return to normal

With Wimbledon canceling its tournament this year scheduled for July, the odds that major American sports are unable to play their seasons are becoming greater. Tennis is a non-contact sport with two to four participants separated by 78 feet from baseline to baseline. The PGA has stopped holding tournaments. Golf is another non-contact sport played outdoors where social distancing is easily accomplished. Given those examples, how do you restart the NBA or NHL seasons? The financial consequences could prove extraordinary. The NBA and its players’ association have been in negotiations for the past two weeks as to how owners would claw back 25% of this year’s salary for every player in the league. 


Every sports organization seems petrified of being the first one to say that life needs to return to normal, or something like it at least. Baseball has said it wants to implement a schedule featuring a second spring training in May and Opening Day beginning in June, but the pressure to stay closed is immense. 


Sports have always been a way to escape from a dark news cycle. President Franklin Roosevelt green-lit baseball during World War II, saying, “If 300 teams use 5,000 or 6,000 players [major and minor leagues], these players are a definite recreational asset to at least 20,000,000 of their fellow citizens – and that in my judgment is totally worthwhile.” 


If baseball could navigate a period where every good and material was strictly rationed, where its most prominent stars were not on the diamond but instead enlisted in the war effort, then it can find a way to unite the country now. A country that has pitted people against each other for toilet paper, doctors against the elderly for protective masks, and neighbors against children down the street trying to play a game of soccer needs something to rally around. There is no better option than an institution whose image is Americana itself, like Mom’s apple pie, to provide that.

 

WIAA still holding onto hope

The WIAA issued one update on social media this week. In a Twitter post on April 1st, the organization reiterated that no decision has been made yet on the fate of this year’s spring sports season. School districts have gotten guidance to prepare for remote instruction for the rest of the year, which, unfortunately, paints a stark picture of the most likely outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wimbledon tennis championships canceled

For the first time since World War II, the All-England Club has canceled the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Wimbledon is one of the premier events on the tennis calendar; most would say that it enjoys the highest profile of the sport’s four Grand Slam championships. The Australian Open has already been played this year, and the French Open, typically scheduled in June, has been pushed back to September. Wimbledon would have taken place from June 29th to July 12th. The year’s final Grand Slam tournament is the US Open, which is played in August in New York.

 

*Picture from a sold out Arthur Ashe stadium during the US Open.

Green Bay's Bell enters transfer portal

Another Green Bay basketball player is leaving the school to pursue a possibly better situation.

 

Guard Trevian Bell announced Thursday he was going to leave the program and enter the transfer portal after three years at the school. He averaged just over six points and three rebounds a game for the Phoenix. His ascent kicked off during last year's CollegeInsider.com Tournament where he helped lead the Phoenix to a championship game appearance. He will have to sit out at least one year due to current NCAA transfer rules. He joins Hunter Crist on the boys' side and Karly Murphy and Anna Brecht on the girls' side in leaving Green Bay this offseason.

Coaches get nostalgic during hiatus

After state superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor announced Tuesday that school districts should prepare to stay at home for the rest of the school year, coaches and supporters from the area's high school teams took to social media this week to reach out to players and parents.

 

The WIAA has not officially canceled the spring sports season, but the Packerland Conference announced earlier this week there would be no practices and games until at least May.

 

Matthew Knapp shared this message with Sturgeon Bay soccer players:

 

Luxemburg-Casco track coach Neil Seering went back into the vault to commemorate track meets that should have been this year.

 

 

Funchess officially a Packer

First reported a couple of weeks ago by NFL Insiders, the Green Bay Packers officially announced their signing of wide receiver Devin Funchess Thursday afternoon.

 

Funchess comes to Green Bay from the Indianapolis Colts, where he suited up just once due to injuries. He spent his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, where he caught 164 passes for 2,265 yards (13.8 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Panthers out of the University of Michigan in 2015.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Sevastopol Volleyball

For about a 10 year stretch, Oshkosh could have been a home away from home for Sevastopol volleyball players.

 

From 1983 to 1991, the Pioneers participated in the state tournament five times. Four of those times, the Pioneers made it to the championship and drove home from Oshkosh with the Golden Ball twice.

 

Click on the links below for profiles of Sevastopol's two state championship teams featured at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com. You can also vote for your favorite state championship volleyball and leave your memories and stories of those teams at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

1984 Sevastopol Volleyball

1991 Sevastopol Volleyball

 

 

Packers release documentary to wider audiences

Green Bay Packers fans have the opportunity to whet their sports appetite this week with about 10 hours about their favorite team.

 

The Packers announced Wednesday that on Thursdays it will release each of its 10 episodes on packers.com/legacy and its social media channels over the next 10 weeks. Each episode will highlight a decade in the franchise's history. It had previously been available in its entirety on its app for smart TVs and devices as well as on Blu-Ray. 

Brewers celebrate 50 years

What left many people in Seattle 50 years ago thinking it was an April Fool's joke changed the course of Milwaukee sports forever.

 

It was 50 years ago Wednesday that a Milwaukee business group led by future MLB commissioner Bud Selig bought the bankrupt Seattle Pilots and brought baseball back to life in Wisconsin under the Brewers moniker. Six days later, baseball officially returned to Milwaukee in 12-0 loss to the California Angels. 

 

The team will be releasing a book later this year to commemorate the anniversary. The season will also feature a number of promotions around the milestone if and when the season gets underway.

NFL approves playoff expansion

The Green Bay Packers never would have not gotten a bye last season under a new playoff system approved by NFL owners Tuesday.

 

Each conference will have one extra team make the field, creating a 14 team playoff bracket. The number one seed will still receive an opening-round bye, setting the stage for six games in the playoffs' opening weekend. The change will be implemented for the 2020 season. If it had been in place last year, the Packers would have hosted the Los Angeles Rams in the first weekend of the playoffs, instead of having a bye before facing the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau.

Brewers, Bucks air classic games

Those starving for Milwaukee sports are being rewarded this month.

 

Following the lead of other sports-starved outlets across the country, the flagship stations for both the Bucks and the Brewers are reairing classic games. The Brewers are featuring games from their 1982 run towards an American League Pennant and the game that broke their 26 year drought from the playoffs. The Bucks are featuring games from their playoff runs dating back to 1983 among others. You can click the links below for the full schedules.

 

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