Sports Archives for 2020-05

Free fishing next weekend

No special public events are expected to be hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, but you can still give fishing a free try next weekend. The annual rite of summer is always celebrated the first full weekend of June. The free weekend allows anglers to try the sport without putting down the money to get a license. If you like it, the DNR reminds you that can get a first-time buyer license for $5 or get an annual pass for $20.

 

 

Packers restructure Taylor's deal

The Green Bay Packers gained a little more payroll flexibility thanks to new terms of a deal with offensive lineman Lane Taylor.

 

According to PackerNews.com, Taylor will make $1.5 million in the final year of his contract with an opportunity to double that if he achieves certain incentives. The Packers save about $3 million in cap space thanks to the move, which now sits at just shy of $13.9 million. The Packers also announced it signed safety Vernon Scott.

Settlement released for fired Green Bay coach

Fired Green Bay basketball coach Linc Darner will close to three-quarters of a million dollars without coaching another game for the Phoenix.

 

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Scott Venci, Darner will make guaranteed at least $720,000 through his settlement with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. That number could grow even more if Darner cannot find a job before 2023. Darner still had at least five years on his contract before he was fired earlier this month.


Big Ten football expected to be back in the fall

In mere days, the President of the University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, has reversed course on whether college football is likely this fall. Last weekend, he publicly doubted that students would be back on campus, which means no games. By Thursday, Schlissel had walked it back entirely. The SEC has already committed to play starting in September, but other conferences have been slower to embrace that course of action. Purdue University expects students in the fall, Iowa is reopening campus, but without the support of a high profile institution like Michigan, the season was very much in doubt. Each school is allowed to set its own timetable to return to campus. The big question that remains is whether there will be attendance limits for sporting events. The NFL has already said it is hoping to return with stadiums at full capacity.

NASCAR sees resurgence

Being one of the first sports back is paying huge dividends for NASCAR. On Memorial Day, Race Hub on Fox Sports One beat every edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter by at least 47,000 viewers. Television ratings for races are at multi-year highs wiping out a steep decline that the organization had pulled out the stops to fix, including multi-stage races, tweaked all-star race formats, and changing television partnerships. NASCAR is still racing without fans with the next Cup Series contest Sunday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway when Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500. The Xfinity Series waves the checkered flag on Monday evening.

NBA Commissioner presents plan to resume play

The Milwaukee Bucks will be back in about two months. Owners are expected to approve a plan being developed by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that would see play resume in Orlando at Disney World on July 31. The NHL announced its return earlier in the week, set for mid-July. Whereas the NHL plans to use hub cities and existing league facilities, the NBA is trying to set up a quarantine situation at a neutral site. Disney World proper is set to open between July 11 and July 15, depending on the park. There is no word yet how the league would isolate players from the general public, which has long been assumed to be part of the strategy.

Door County Triathlon, Peninsula Century Ride canceled

Outdoor enthusiasts have lost another pair of endurance events this month.

 

The Peninsula Century Spring Classic Ride canceled its June event in Baileys Harbor earlier this month and the Door County Triathlon canceled its July event on Tuesday. Both were canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Both races are offering deferrals for the 2021 editions of their events. The Door County Triathlon will have its course marked from June 1st to August 31st for those wanting to complete the distance on their own while the Peninsula Century Spring Classic will also let you defer your registration to their fall event.

 

Two of the county's other endurance events, the Door County Half Marathon and the Fall 50, are still slated to take place in October.

Brewers to release some minor leaguers, pay others through June

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers might need a few players if their season gets underway this year.

 

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirmed through a source Thursday that the team's parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers, are among the MLB teams releasing minor league players as their season sits idle due to COVID-19. Most of those players would have been on the chopping block after spring training if it had run its course and before next month's draft. Many other players will continue to be paid their weekly stipend of $400 through June. 

NCAA extends recruiting dead period

Area athletes in Door and Kewaunee Counties hoping to catch the eye of a college coach will have to wait a little longer for that phone call.

 

The NCAA announced earlier this week that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to extend their no-contact period until July 31st. That is a month later than originally planned. This means prospective student-athletes cannot come on campus for in-person visits and coaches cannot contact recruits. According to ESPN, NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee Chairperson M. Grace Calhoun said coaches can focus on the student-athletes already in their programs and may soon be coming back for workouts.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Algoma Girls' Track and Field

Behind the strength of its field events, the Algoma girl's track team won its first only state track title in 2017.

 

The Wolves edged Edgar High School 44-42 in the D3 scoring column thanks to several strong individual efforts. Elizabeth McClure won the high jump with a height of 5'06" while Morgan Davister and Katelyn Williams had top-five peformances in both shot put and discus. McClure also took sixth in pole vault.  The Wolves also took care of things on the track with Davister and Williams anchoring a 4 x 100M relay team that took fifth in the state with Khloe Williams and Courtney Guillette joining them on the squad. Alli Spitzer took ninth in the mile with a time of 5:24. 

 

You can find a breakdown of the Wolves' success in 2017 at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

Sitte, Stillman named Gibraltar student-athletes of the year

Abbi Sitte and Brandon Stillman were named Gibraltar's student-athletes of the year during the school's virtual senior awards night Wednesday.

 

Sitte was hoping to qualify for the state track meet again this spring after competing in the 100M, 200M, and 4 x 200M relay last year. Sitte was also an all-Packerland Conference performer in volleyball and basketball during her senior year. Gibraltar's volleyball team won two straight regional championships and the basketball team was a game away from qualifying for sectionals in 2020 with Sitte on the team. Sitte will attend UW-Milwaukee in the fall.

 

Stillman was aiming to help the baseball team breakthrough to the state baseball tournament after helping it win regionals two years in a row. He was also an All-MONLPC Eight-Man Honorable Mention running back for the football team that made two straight playoff appearances and played on the sectional-qualifying basketball team in 2019. Stillman will head to Arizona State this fall.

Booyah looks to July start

The drought of live sports in Green Bay could end in July.

 

It is the glimmer of hope the Green Bay Booyah and the Northwoods League offered on Wednesday to baseball-starved fans. In its joint release, the team and the league said it is working local and state officials on a reopening plan that would change the seating and capacity for its ballpark located in Ashwaubenon in addition to other procedures. It is also likely the Booyah would face only eight other teams this season as it looks to set up a pod with the state's other squads. 

NFL expects fans in stands for 2020 season

The Lambeau Leap looked like it might have to take a year off not that long ago, but several NFL officials and owners have reiterated that fans are expected to be in stadiums this fall once the season kicks off. Last Friday, the Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, said Friday that a lot could change between now and September, so all contingencies are being looked at by the league. The NFL is drawing up plans for half capacity, three-quarters, and full attendance, with the latter being the base scenario. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft appeared on Fox News Channel Tuesday night, saying he thinks the league can play safely with fans in the stands. 

MLB, union still far apart on a deal

Major League Baseball and the players’ association remain at loggerheads on getting the 2020 season onto the diamond. The two sides seem to agree on an 82-game season beginning in early July. All of the other details are up in the air. The players want to be paid on a pro-rata basis, receiving half their salary for playing half the regular number of games. The owners say that’s not possible, and would result in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars this season. They point to the lost television and ticket revenue, in addition to being able to charge less for in-stadium advertising. The owners want to institute a sliding pay scale that would reduce total player salaries from $4 billion to $1.2 billion. 

NHL Commissioner announces NHL postseason plan

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the adoption of a plan to bring hockey back in July. The measure is similar to one approved by the players’ union last week and sets up a 24-team playoff that will occur without fans in two hub cities that are yet to be determined. Some locations that have been floated include Chicago, Dallas, and Vancouver. Ice technology has improved dramatically in recent decades. Still, it would be hard to imagine having a marathon session of three games played in Dallas with the thermometer topping 100 degrees each day for over a month straight. The league has yet to announce protocols for testing or how to handle positive cases. 

Sevastopol Spring Sports Senior Day: Girls' Track

The Sevastopol track will see four of its girls graduate without having a senior season. Mya Ploor was going to be completing her fourth season on the team while Madison Duginski, Kailee Moe, and Lizzy Fiscus have spent at least a portion of their high school career on the squad. A highlight for the foursome took place just last year, when Ploor and Fiscus competed on the state runner-up 4 x 800M relay team with Zoe Kuehn and Olivia Stenzel. 

 

In a recent video released by the Sevastopol Athletic Department, coach Dennis Ploor saluted his two seniors. You can click on the links below for biographies on the student-athletes.

 

 

 

Mya Ploor
Madison Duginski
Kailee Moe
Lizzy Fiscus

 

DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com is presenting Senior Day profiles thanks to Nicolet National Bank, Door County Medical Center, Culver's, and Bellin Health.

 

 

NFL looks at on-side kick alternative

With a chance at a comeback on the line, would you rather trust Aaron Rodgers or Mason Crosby?

 

That is a question Green Bay Packers fans could be asking themselves ahead of Thursday's NFL meeting. Among the topics to be discussed according to Packers.com is nixing the onside kick in favor of putting the offense back on the field to convert a 4th and 15 from their own 25-yard line. Under the rule change, teams could opt for the option after any score but no more than twice a game. Onside kick conversions have gone down in recent years not just because they are to do but also because of safety changes. 

Booyah look to play ball

The Green Bay Booyah is asking fans about what they'd like to see if and when the team returns to the baseball diamond.

 

The Booyah, like other teams, has postponed the start of their season due to COVID-19 concerns. The team hopes to address those concerns if people feel comfortable attending events were 250 or more people may attend if a vaccine is not available. The survey also asks potential fans what their biggest concerns are once games are able to resume and if they would be masking our not. The survey is available here.

Rec Run still a go

Race-starved runners may have to board the ferry to get their fix.

 

One of the few races to not get canceled or go virtual this year is the Washington Island Rec Run. According to the race sign-up page, the course of the runs/walks start and end at the Rec Center and will take you past meadows, woods, a vineyard and one of the best vistas on the island. The race is part of the Run the Door Series, which has many of its events already canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is important to note because the Rec Run offers no refunds, including weather cancellations. This means that once you register you will not receive a refund for any reason.

 

You can learn more about this race and register online by clicking this link.

Bucks, NBA prepare for season reboot

The Milwaukee Bucks won't have to wait until after they win a championship to head to Disney World.

 

The NBA is in talks with the Walt Disney World Resort to restart the season in July with games taking place at its Wide World of Sports complex. Having the season take place at the resort would allow the season to have a place where it could have players live, practice, and play in the same place. Teams could ramp up for the rest of the season as soon as next month. There are still plenty of details to work out such as the availability of COVID-19 tests and from which point the NBA picks up its season which was halted in mid-March. 

Sevastopol Spring Sports Senior Day: Boys' Track

They are on the opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to their experience on the Sevastopol track team, but the two seniors hoped for one last lap.

 

Kelton Couperus was a newcomer to the squad after running at Mellen High School previously. Kiegen Sargent was hoping for another trip to LaCrosse as a state qualifier with a chance at another medal. In a recent video released by the Sevastopol Athletic Department, coach Dennis Ploor saluted his two seniors. You can click on the links below for biographies on both student-athletes.

 

 

Kiegen Sargent

Kelton Couperus

 

DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com is presenting Senior Day profiles thanks to Nicolet National Bank, Door County Medical Center, Culver's, and Bellin Health.

Algoma Spring Sports Senior Day: Baseball

The 2020 Spring Baseball season did not work out according to plan, it is important we recognize the student-athletes who were not able to get the proper recognition on the field or send off to finish their high school career.    

 

While it is with great sadness these athletes could not witness the fruits of their labor, it is important they know they will not be forgotten.  The coaching staff was fortunate to know these amazing young men and are excited for them to enter the next stage in their life.

  

This year Algoma is proud to honor 3 senior student-athletes; Bryce Duerst, Justin Dragosh, and Gavin Miller.

 

You can click on the individual names for bios on the players at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com. 

Let's Race Two! Road America to host Indy car doubleheader

Ernie Banks once said it and now Indy car drivers will be able to say a version of it later this year at Road America in Elkhart Lake.

 

In a release from RoadAmerica, the INDYCAR REV Group Grand Prix Presented by AMR will now host two races and two LIVE broadcasts on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 - networks and times are yet to be determined. The new weekend was unveiled on May 21st as part of INDYCAR's updated 2020 schedule announcement. With 640 acres to move around and no dedicated seats, fans will be able to attend  the weekend slate as well as its rescheduled vintage racing weekend Father's Day weekend.

Brewers camp shows signs of life

Those dreaming of Brewers baseball got a big dose of optimism on Saturday.

 

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy is reporting that the Brewers spring training complex in Maryvale is open to players and coaches again for individual workouts. Some MLB teams  are reopening their facilities for the first time since shutting them down in mid-March. They are doing so on a controlled basis in accordance with recommendations from several entities including the state of Arizona, Major League Baseball, and the Centers for Disease Control. No agreement is in place currently to get the season underway.

Luxemburg-Casco baseball remembers historic game

Friday marked 23 years since one of the most impressive offensive outbursts in Wisconsin sports history. On May 22, 1997, Luxemburg-Casco’s baseball team defeated Sevastopol 37-0 at Church Field in Institute, and the underlying stats are as impressive as the scoreline. L-C belted 11 home runs, a WIAA record. Sevastopol was in the middle of a three-games-in-two-days stretch and did have a regular from the rotation available. Several Pioneer pitchers were brought in as relief. Most had never taken the mound in a game before.

National Hockey League returning with 24-team tournament

It’s normally sixteen teams that make the NHL postseason, with one taking home the coveted Stanley Cup. Last night the players’ union agreed to a 24-team tournament framework, but there are still many details to hammer out. The general concept involves the teams playing at neutral sites without fans. The league halted play on March 12th, and the four top teams in the standings as of that date would face each other for overall seeding. Teams 9-24 would pair off for best-of-five series with the winners creating a standard postseason field that would have best-of-seven series throughout. 

Pennsylvania senator goes to bat for Little League

The Little League World Series has already been canceled this summer, the first time since 1927, but it won’t be gone forever. US Senator Pat Toomey hosted a Youtube townhall earlier this week, urging for the return of youth baseball and softball. Pennsylvania is particularly sensitive to the issue as the LLWS finals are played at Williamsport, but the organization stretches across the globe, including here in the Door Peninsula. Sports resumption is allowed in the early phases of most state reopening plans, including Wisconsin after the Supreme Court decision. Toomey spoke about the data from the Centers for Disease Control, highlighting the fact that, for kids, especially, seasonal flu is significantly more lethal than COVID-19. Appearing on Fox Sports Radio, Toomey said he would sign his ten-year-old son up for Little League tomorrow if he could.

 

Several Door County youth baseball leagues have been canceled this summer. In Algoma, the city’s tee-ball league is off the schedule, but youth baseball is handled by an outside organization that is still hoping to have a season.

Luxemburg-Casco Spring Sports Senior Day: Soccer

The Luxemburg-Casco girls soccer team is honoring its three senior players this week.

 

Natalie Haen, Madi VandenBush, and Ally Zimmerman were all slated to return to a team looking to improve after falling in the first round of the WIAA playoffs last season, a 2-1 defeat to conference rival Fox Valley Lutheran. You can click on the individual links below to read bios written by Spartans head coach Tracy Bins at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

Natalie Haen

Madi VandenBush

Ally Zimmerman

 

The Luxemburg-Casco Senior Day Series at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com is sponsored by Village Kitchen and Van's Lumber.

Run the Door Series hosts second virtual run

With many of its races canceled, the Run the Door Series is getting runners back into the racing spirit with another virtual run.

 

Registered runners for the Thumbs Up! Virtual Run will not just get 10 points for the Run the Door Series, but it will also help fund the organization's expenses for things like its annual end of the year party. Runners are invited to send in their pictures to commemorate the Thumbs Up! Virtual Run, which runs from May 22nd to May 31st.

 

Click here for more details and to register

WIAA makes basketball rule changes

Coaches will not have to be warned before they get a technical foul under new rule changes for basketball announced earlier this week by the WIAA.

 

The WIAA will fall in line with what was decided by the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 14-16. In its release, the WIAA announced the following rule changes:

 

  • Rule 5-4-1 was one of three rules updated by the committee. It now states that a game is declared a forfeit if a coach is removed from the contest for unsporting conduct and no authorized school personnel are present to assume responsibility of the team.
  • Rule 10-6-1 Penalty was also amended to clarify that an official is not required to provide a warning to a coach before a technical foul is given.
  • A timer’s responsibilities were addressed in Rule 2-12-5 when a player is disqualified or injured. A warning signal is sounded to begin a 15-second interval to replace a disqualified or injured player. A second warning signal was added when the 15 seconds expires to prepare teams for the resumption of play.

There was chatter about instituting a shot clock, but those attempts were denied.

The 'Burg lays out altered season

Promoters of The 'Burg Speedway hope to get their season underway by June 14th.

 

According to its Facebook post, the Kewaunee County Racing Association virtually met with other area promoters about being on the same page when it came to opening its facilities. The promoters hope to get a test date in before the season opener, but restrictions at the county level may not allow it to happen. Hosting their races on Sunday night, The 'Burg Speedway has also added July 12th to its calendar due to the canceled Kewaunee County Fair.

 

The promoters will announce social distancing guidelines for the track located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds as it gets closer to its season opener.

 

 

Sevastopol Spring Sports Senior Day: Golf

The golfer that caused Sevastopol head coach Dan Sanborn to take over the reins in 2020 will be the one he will get to coach the least.

 

One year removed from being the team's and the area's only All-Packerland Conference honoree, Tyler Kiehnau was the Pioneer's lone senior. He was hoping to build on last year's success to clinch a berth to the state golf tournament in Madison. He scored an 86 in last year's Crivitz sectional, which was good for ninth place. Sanborn hopes golf is something he is able to take with him through life.

 

After graduation, Kiehnau is attending St. Norbert College to study marketing.

 

Photo and audio from a spring sports tribute video posted by Sevastopol School District last week. DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com will highlight the seniors from all of the schools as a part of its Senior Night Series brought you by Culver's, Door County Medical Center, and Nicolet National Bank.

 

 

Darner firing leads to roster shuffle

What the roster for the Green Bay men's basketball team looks like this fall is anybody's guess after the school's athletics department fired Linc Darner on Sunday.

 

Players have taken to Twitter to announce their plans in the days since the surprise announcement after Darner and his coaching staff put the final touches on its 2020 recruiting class. The Horizon League's reigning freshman of the year Amari Davis announced he would be sticking around after Josh Jefferson said he would weigh out his options in the transfer portal. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Scott Venci, Jiovanni Miles also joined Trevian Bell, Hunter Crist, and Manny Patterson in the transfer portal in the postseason, though those players made those intentions known before Sunday's news.

 

Venci also reports the incoming class for the Phoenix, including Southern Door's Ryan Claflin, are taking a wait and see approach before they decide to stay put or move on. The NCAA is mulling a plan that would allow revenue sports like basketball and football to begin voluntary summer workouts on June 1st.

Summer baseball not happening for at least one Packerland squad

When the WIAA canceled the spring season, it left the door open for a 30-day season in July. The Packerland Conference agreed to suspend its season this year, but coaches were trying to make a summer schedule possible in a round-robin format. The games would be treated as non-conference matchups. Some area districts have allowed a summer schedule, notably Luxemburg-Casco, from the North Eastern Conference, but not all. Earlier this month, Sturgeon Bay decided against the option, which makes Packerland play unlikely, even as Door and Kewaunee Counties reopen.

Rain postpones NASCAR Xfinity event

NASCAR returned to the track Sunday afternoon to colossal television ratings. The Real Heroes 400 from Darlington raced to the circuit's largest non-Daytona audience in over three years. The Xfinity series was supposed to return Tuesday night, also at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, but it was postponed due to rain. The 147-lap race will now happen Thursday at 11 AM Central Time. NASCAR is running a condensed schedule with seven races across three tours. A NASCAR Series race is scheduled for tonight, and the marathon Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is Sunday evening.

Golf and NFL legends square off

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson won’t be donning football pads for a game on the gridiron, but Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have agreed to head to The Medalist golf course Sunday afternoon. It is being billed as The Match II with Woods and Manning against Mickelson and Brady in match play. The front nine is four-ball, where each player records their own number of strokes. The lower score between each of the two partners is the overall team score. The teams compare against each other with the lower tally winning the hole. 


The back nine will be a best ball format. Each player tees off with the best drive played for the remainder of the hole. Each team alternates shots following their drive.

 

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

Two relay teams helped the Sturgeon Bay Clippers win a state championship in boys' track in 1959.

 

Sturgeon Bay took first place in the state meet with 21 points, outpacing Plymouth and Kimberly to capture the school's first and only title in the sport. Doug Reichard, Robert Peterson, Robert Schmidt, and Jim Anderson appeared on both of the title-winning relay teams, which combined to score 20 of the Clippers' 21 points. The 880 yds (today's modern 4 x 200m) relay ran a time 1:34.1 and completed the medley relay in 3:41.1. Roger Crass gave the Clippers the final point on the weekend, earning a fifth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 124 feet. Dan Austad also competed for the Clippers at the 1959 state track meet, participating in the broad jump event, and a couple of fouls away from earning his own individual title according to the Door County Advocate on June 2, 1959.

Southern Door looks for coaches

Southern Door is hoping to fill some of its open coach vacancies before the next school year arrives.

 

The school's volleyball program is looking to place people in several roles, including varsity head coach, two junior varsity positions, and a middle school coach. Its boys' basketball and cross country teams are looking for assistant coaches while the dance team is looking for a varsity coach. If interested, you can apply for the jobs with the school. 

Spartans athletes workout online

Luxemburg-Casco athletes can have a familiar face to work out with online.

 

Coach Tyler Hammond has started a Facebook page to post workouts for athletes to get workouts done at home. The page will also include the accomplishments and achievements of other Spartans athletes. Hammond is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at the Bellin Hospital Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center in Green Bay.

 

 

 

 

Door County League cancels season

Baseball diamonds across the peninsula will fall silent this summer after the Door County League canceled its 2020 season due to the coronavirus.

 

In a letter from league president Rick Gigot, he says the risk of someone contracting the virus at a game was too much to take and the safety of its fans, players, umpires, and workers should be the first priority. The season was originally postponed until after Memorial Day weekend to coincide with Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home order. 

 

 

Phoenix, Darner part ways

Months after they were eliminated in the Horizon League Tournament, the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team has said good-bye to its head coach.

 

Stadium's Jeff Goodman reported Sunday afternoon that the Phoenix "parted ways" with head coach Linc Darner after almost five years at the helm. Darner was 92-80 during his tenure with the Phoenix, including leading the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 20 years back in 2016 and almost win a postseason tournament two seasons ago.  
 

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

Led by head coach Brent Claflin, Southern Door captured one of the two all-time state track championships in the history of the county. 

 

Four of the Eagles' 13 individual state titles came at that year's meet held on the campus of UW-La Crosse. Terry Gustafson ran a 40.38 300M Hurdles time to capture his state title while two relays (400M Relay, 43.83 and 1600M Relay, 3:25.35) also won gold. The Eagles didn't do all of their damage on the track that year. Joe Gilson cleared 14 feet to win the state championship in pole vault.

 

Other state championships won by Eagles athletes include Alex Tassoul (2010, Long Jump) Jim Flanigan (shot put and discus, 1988-1990), and Al Johnson (1997-1998, shot put). 

 

WIAA looks to future

The WIAA is looking into ways to keep afloat in a post-COVID-19 world.

 

According the USA Today Network- Wisconsin, the governing body for the state's high school sports received a $300,000 loan from the Paycheck Protection program from federal stimulus packages. Raising ticket prices for its events in addition to paying member schools less for tournament travel and hosting are other ways it is looking raising revenues after losing thousands due to not hosting state basketball tournaments and other events.

Hairpin 5K, Crossroads Trail Run go virtual

Two more races on the Run the Door circuit have gone virtual due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

The Crossroads Trail Run in June and the Hairpin 5K in July have been switched over to virtual races. Both races will be able to continue to raise money for their respective causes while allowing participants to do the events at a safe distance from other runners. Details for each virtual race can be found below.  As for the Run the Door Circuit, the next race still on the schedule is the rescheduled Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k on Halloween.

 

 

Road America to host fan-less race

The sounds of Road America will be there at the end of May, but without its fans.

 

The Elkhart Lake-based race track made the announcement recently to run the upcoming MotoAmerica Superbike races on May 29th through 31st without fans in the stand. The fans will not be left completely in the dark, however. Their tickets will be good for MotoAmerica's Superbike events June 26-28. Fox Sports also announced it would carry the races live for the first time with Saturday's races appearing on FS2 and Sunday's edition on FS1 before its broadcast of the NASCAR race in Martinsville.  

Algoma youth baseball still scheduled

In Algoma, the hope remains that area youth will be able to play ball this summer. Door County leagues in Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol made the decision this week to cancel the 2020 season, returning next spring. Those leagues were still in the process of registration, though. Algoma youth baseball is farther along; registration was due by March 9th and apparel orders having been delivered and ready for pickup by players on May 6th. Kewaunee County’s COVID-19 guidance allows for youth sports throughout the summer with gatherings restricted to 50 people or less. 

 

*Photo from Algoma Youth Baseball Facebook page.

NASCAR first American sport to return to action

The boys are racin’ again, starting Sunday at Darlington Raceway. NASCAR fans will be revved up all week long as a condensed schedule will see seven races between the Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the Gander RV and Outdoor Truck Series in just 11 days. The races will happen on only two tracks, Charlotte Motor Speedway being the second, with no spectators allowed on the grounds. Of the seven races, four are in the Cup Series, which means mechanical adjustments will have to be done on the fly as crews shuttle between the two tracks, separated by a little under 100 miles. The green flag waves Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Major League Baseball negotiations continue

Almost a week after owners finalized a proposal that would begin the 2020 Major League Baseball season in the beginning of July, there is still no contract. The players’ association has been firm in its refusal to agree to a 50-50 revenue split and a shortened season. Cracks are beginning to appear. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell said Wednesday that less pay wasn’t worth it, especially with the threat of contracting COVID-19. One of the most important players in the National League, MVP winner Matt Carpenter from the St. Louis Cardinals, tweeted about his love for the game that same day.


 


MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark says the 50-50 proposal is too close to a salary cap, something baseball does not have.

 

Sevastopol salutes spring sports athletes

The coaches at Sevastopol High School took to video to thank their athletes and give special shout-outs to their seniors.

 

In a video posted Friday morning and kicked off by athletic director Jennifer Wiesner, golf coach Dan Sanborn, baseball coach Kent Berkley, track coach Dennis Ploor, softball coach Brooke Bittorf,  and soccer coach Chad Andreae each gave special messages to their teams that had their season cut short or not even start in some cases due to COVID-19.

 

We will highlight the seniors with special Senior Day posts in the near future on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

 

Finances, future of season topics in Packers letter

Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy addressed its shareholders about 2020 and beyond in a letter emailed on Thursday.

 

In the letter, Murphy applauded the organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including making the decision to close some of its on-site businesses and donating to philanthropic causes. It mentions some of its plans for the upcoming season like allowing season tickets more time to pay for tickets and recent renovations made to the Lambeau Field concourse. Murphy states that it has a reserve of $385 million in its corporate reserve fund as well as other revenue sources to weather the unknown the pandemic has caused.

 

While the date of its annual shareholders meeting is up in the air, the Packers announced that is has postponed its annual hall of fame induction until 2021 and that they could host two preseason games at the beginning of August in rare afternoon matchups. The Packers will host the Arizona Cardinals on August 15th at noon and the Cleveland Browns on August 22nd at 3 p.m. It will hit the road for a pair of a 7 p.m. starts the final two weeks of the preseason to play the New York Giants on August 29th and September 3rd at Kansas City.

 

FULL LETTER

May 2020

Dear Shareholders:

 

I hope this update finds you healthy and well during this unprecedented time as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this unique circumstance, I thought it would be helpful to provide an update on how the organization is handling our business during this crisis.

I am very proud of how our employees have handled this situation. I believe that we are really making a difference in the community while continuing to run our football and business operations from our homes. Our first priority has been the health and safety of our employees, fans and customers. We closed all businesses and offices at Lambeau Field and Titletown on March 13. Only essential employees (in the security and facilities departments) are working in our buildings. Construction has continued, though, on projects at both Lambeau Field and Titletown, with work primarily performed by outside firms (as allowed under Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order).

 

We have also made it a priority to help those in our community impacted by COVID-19. The Packers Executive Committee established a $1.5 million Green Bay Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, with $1 million directed to Brown County and $500,000 to Milwaukee County. We established an internal committee to award grants to nonprofit organizations that are focusing on meeting our community’s basic needs. Recently, a $250,000 donation from the fund also was approved for the three health systems in Green Bay to purchase personal protective equipment so healthcare professionals can keep themselves safe while caring for others (a necessity in our area given the recent outbreak in local meat packing plants). We also donated $30,000 to the United Way’s Coronavirus Relief Fund and contributed $20,000 worth of in-kind support to a community-wide Keep On campaign. Additionally, Adam Korzun, our Director of Nutrition, has used our team dining kitchen to provide 1,500 meals a week to healthcare workers and the employees providing school meals in the local school systems. On May 1, we began holding weekly blood drives in our Johnsonville Tailgate Village.

 

We also extended the deadline for our season ticketholders to pay for their tickets to June 1 and will soon send out Packers facemasks to all of our season ticketholders.

 

We have worked closely with Bellin Health, the Packers’ official healthcare partner, on many matters during this pandemic, and helped Ripon Athletic, our uniform manufacturer, provide Bellin with needed protective equipment. We also have used our website and social media to inform people about the steps they can take to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our players, alumni and Head Coach Matt LaFleur have recorded messages and PSAs. We have put similar information on our videoboards and the new marquee signs. We also participated in the Light It Blue campaign to recognize the front-line healthcare workers.

 

We realize that our fans and people in the community need distractions from all of their worries during this challenging time. The NFL Draft was certainly a great diversion for our fans — with record-setting ratings. The Draft-a-Thon also raised millions of dollars to support six national organizations helping those impacted by the pandemic. Our portion of the funds will go to United Way and the Salvation Army in both Green Bay and Milwaukee. To date, the League and its clubs have donated over $100 million to provide immediate assistance to those in need as a result of the pandemic.

 

Another diversion our fans have enjoyed is “Legacy,” the 10-part documentary celebrating 100 years of Packers football, which we released on packers.com. We are showing an episode a week. The documentary is also available to stream in full on the Packers connected TV streaming app or for purchase on Blu-ray through the Packers Pro Shop. In addition to our normal content on our website, we have focused on content geared toward our younger fans to give them additional options while they are away from their normal school routine.

 

While we have obviously worked hard to provide support to those impacted by COVID-19, we are also continuing to run our football and business operations virtually. Free agency and the Draft both moved forward with very few glitches. We started our virtual offseason program in April. The nine-week program will remain virtual until players from all teams are allowed to enter their facilities. Additionally, our Board of Director committees have continued to meet, again by conference calls.

 

At Lambeau Field, we have a number of offseason projects that are continuing to improve the fan experience. These include concourse renovations that will feature more grab and go concession stands, as well as WiFi and cellular upgrades.

 

Finally, we are in a time of great uncertainty. We are hopeful that the League season will start on time with full stadiums, but we are also planning for a whole range of contingencies and examining the financial ramifications. Fortunately, we have ample resources available (including $385 million in our Corporate Reserve Fund) and will be able to weather these difficult times.

 

With regard to the Annual Meeting in July, we continue to monitor the available information from public health authorities and will keep you apprised of any decisions that are made. Under Badger Bounce Back, Wisconsin’s plan to safely reopen the state, we need to reach Phase Three of necessary criteria before we can have a gathering of more than 50 people. We know many of you plan trips to Green Bay for the meeting, so we will inform you as soon as we are able.

 

Thank you for your support of the Packers, and please stay healthy.

 

Sincerely,

GREEN BAY PACKERS, INC.

Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol youth baseball canceled

Two youth baseball leagues will not head to the diamond this summer due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

According to Sturgeon Bay Little League Baseball Secretary Heidi Kratcha, both its league and the Sevastopol Mighty Pioneers baseball league have canceled their youth baseball seasons. The cancellation affects the kids that play across five different levels in the two leagues. All registrations already submitted will be refunded for both Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay. 

 

You can read the press release from the Sevastopol Mighty Pioneers below

 

May 15, 2020

 

Dear Mighty Pioneers,

 

It is with great disappointment that the Mighty Pioneers Board of Directors would like to announce the cancellation of all our spring/summer baseball and softball associated leagues.

The decision comes only after careful consideration from the public health department, neighboring leagues, and the trend of similar local, state, and national events already being cancelled for summer.  We also worked closely with the Sturgeon Bay Boys Little League and support their decision to cancel the baseball season. No sport is worth putting anyone’s child, family, or community more at risk.

 

The following leagues are cancelled for 20’-21’:

  • Lil’ Rootie Toots T-Ball & Coach Pitch League
  • 8u & 10 Mighty Pioneer Baseball Tournament Teams
  • 10u, 12u, and 14u Mighty Pioneer Softball Tournament Teams
  • Girls Lakeshore League (previously Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League)

 

All registrations will be reimbursed.  This process could take up to three to four weeks according to or registration software, Team Snap and board availability.  If your child participates on a boys tournament team, you will be contacted separately regarding your reimbursement process. We ask for your patience in advance.

 

Just like you, we had lots of excitement and hopes for many of the new baseball and softball opportunities for our Pioneers this summer.  The good news is, we will be ready to roll next spring better than ever before! If you have questions, please e-mail at mightypioneers@sevastopolschool.com .

 

Sincerely,

 

Tom Ash

Mighty Pioneers Board President

Sturgeon Bay Senior Day: Boys' Track

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 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. 

 

In conclusion, 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.

 

Click on the links below for parting words from Coach LeRoy from DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com:

 

D.J. Lenius

Fletcher Hubbard

Evian Torres

CJ Fairchild

David Condra

Seth Anderson, Adison Benzinger, Dylan Burk, Eli Dietzel, and Kolin Hunsader

Shanty Days run canceled

Another day, another race canceled for area runners in Door and Kewaunee Counties.

 

As a part of other Algoma-related events canceled Wednesday including its annual Shanty Days Celebration, the Shanty Days 5K and Superhero Kids Run has been canceled. This marks the fifth race to be canceled in the Run the Door Series with two others (the Hairpin 5K and the Run Wild Quarter Marathon/5K) now listed as virtual only. The Shanty Days 5K is also a part of the Bellin Health Titletown Wellness Series, which now has two races canceled and no details announced for its July race hosted by the Green Bay Packers.

The 'Burg delays season

Much like other dirt racetracks in the area, the new race promoters at The 'Burg Speedway have postponed the start of its 2020 season. 

 

On its Facebook feed earlier this week, the Kewaunee County Racing Association pointed to COVID-19 and the since canceled Safer at Home Order for canceling its season debut on May 17th. It hopes to be hosting races on May 31st. Once the season gets going, The 'Burg Speedway will host Sunday night races through August 30th.

Salute to individual champions

A lack of a spring sports season in Door and Kewaunee Counties has turned many fans to nostalgia.

 

Following the conclusion of DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com's Champion of Champions series featuring the top teams, it will turn its focus to the individuals. Below is a list of the athletes who have brought home individual titles according to the WIAA. If you'd like to be contacted for this series, please email us at news@doorcountydailynews.com

 

WRESTLING

Bruce Walker, Sturgeon Bay (1940)

Brad Tanck, Sevastopol (1986)

Clayton Haen, Sevastopol (1956, 1957)

Leif Lautenbach, Sevastopol (1985)

John Spahr, Sevastopol (1986, 1987)

Trevor Hasenjager, Sevastopol (1992)

Gary Moeller, Sevastopol (1962)

Bill Berdeau, Sevastopol (1982)

Pete Franklin, Sevastopol (1982)

Mike Cole, Sevastopol (1992)

Joe Charles, Southern Door (1997)

Kevin Guillette, Southern Door (1991)

Colin Schubert, Southern Door (2013)

Jacob Englebert, Southern Door (2014)

Jack Severin, Kewaunee (2020)

Mark Steinhorst, Kewaunee (1980)

James Malechek, Kewaunee (2008)

Bob Berceau, Luxemburg-Casco (1983, 1985, 1986)

Scott Heim, Luxemburg-Casco (1991)

Brian Barbiaux, Luxemburg-Casco (2003, 2004, 2005)

Justin Mudlaff, Luxemburg-Casco (2008)

Dan Wery, Luxemburg-Casco (1984)

Bryce Bosman, Luxemburg-Casco (2016-2018)

Jim Rank, Luxemburg (1958)

Matt Pell, Luxemburg-Casco (1999, 2001, 2002)

Eric Metzler, Luxemburg-Casco (2004, 2005)

Lyle Zellner, Luxemburg (1963)

Zac Cibula, Luxemburg-Casco (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Lucas Joniaux, Luxemburg-Casco (2020)

Reece Worachek, Luxemburg-Casco (2019-2020)

Brad Shefchik, Luxemburg-Casco (1995)

Nick Pell, Luxemburg-Casco (1999)

Eric Enderby, Luxemburg-Casco (2005)

Mitch Berceau, Luxemburg-Casco (2010)

Adam Dorner, Luxemburg-Casco (2002)

Mike Selner, Luxemburg-Casco (1992)

Dennis Reckelberg, Luxemburg-Casco (2006)

Nick Lloyd, Luxemburg-Casco (2007, 2008)
Trever Spude, Luxemburg-Casco (2009)
Luke Destiche, Luxemburg-Casco (2013, 2014)

Lee Hoppe, Luxemburg (1942)

Newton Smerchek, Luxemburg-Casco (2012, 2013)

Phil Rasmussen, Luxemburg-Casco (2017)

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Ryan Jacobson, Gibraltar (1999)
Ian Bouche, Luxemburg-Casco (1981)

Sherri Defere, Sevastopol (1988)

Maria Otto, Sevastopol (1994)

Carrie Haen, Luxemburg-Casco (1985)

Mary Destiche, Luxemburg-Casco (1990)

 

SWIMMING (All involve Sturgeon Bay)

200 Freestyle Relay, 2009

200 Medley Relay, 2005, 2004

Sam Parent, 2005 (8 total)

Chris Richard, 2005 (9 total)

Shane Eliason, 2005 x 2, 2004, 2003 (8 total)

Kyle Trelka, 2008 x 2

200 Freestyle Relay, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

400 Freestyle Relay, 2006, 2005, 2004

Max McHugh, 2018 x2 

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Kennedy Blahnik, Algoma (2011-2014 in shot put and discus)

Ashley Vanness, Algoma (2006)

Elizabeth McClure (2017-2018)

Stephanie Zager, Luxemburg-Casco (2001)

Mary Destiche, Luxemburg-Casco (1991, 1994)

Abby Widmer, Luxemburg-Casco (2001)

Erin Kline Luxemburg-Casco (2009)

1600 M Relay, Luxemburg-Casco (1990)

Heather Klapatch, Southern Door (1991)

400 M Relay, Southern Door (1994-1996)

800 M Relay, Southern Door (1994-1996)

Mary LeRoy, Sturgeon Bay (1972)

Maria Otto, Sturgeon Bay (1992)

Barb Klapatch, Sturgeon Bay (1974 x 2)

Brenda Baudhuin, Sturgeon Bay (1988)

Ameilia Campbell, Sturgeon Bay (2010)

440 Relay, Sturgeon Bay (1973)

880 Relay, Sturgeon Bay (1972)

Pam Herbst, Sturgeon Bay (1972)

Jasmine Noel, Sturgeon Bay (2014)

Medley Relay, Sturgeon Bay (1972, 1973)

Sherri DeFere, Sevastopol (1988-1989)

Maria Otto, Sevastopol (1995)

Haley Moeller, Sevastopol (2008)

3200M Relay Girls, Sevastopol (2008)

Kelly Fehl, Sevastopol (1990)

Tami Zak, Gibraltar (1988, 1989)

Alissa Jacobson, Gibraltar (1998)

Girls 3200M Relay, Gibraltar (1994, 1995)

Wendy Zak, Gibraltar (1988, 1990-1991)

Scott Hafeman, Algoma (1976)

Jesse Kroll, Algoma (2011)

Bob Dettman, Algoma (1971)

Chad Gardner, Algoma (1990)

Zach Blahnik, Algoma (2010, 2012)

Jordan Schmidt, Kewaunee (2010-201)
Greg Rabas, Kewaunee (1976)

Mike Wallace, Kewaunee (1976)

Rudy Kohlne, Kewaunee (1958)

Tom Fameree, Luxemburg-Casco (1979)

Ian Bouche, Luxemburg-Casco (1982)

400M Relay Boys, Luxemburg-Casco (2012)

800M Relay Boys, Luxemburg-Casco (2012)

1600M Relay Boys, Southern Door (1993)

Alex Tassoul, Southern Door (2010)

Joe Gilson, Southern Door (1993)

Jim Flanigan, Southern Door (1988-1990 x 2)

Al Johnson, Southern Door (1997, 1998)

Terry Gustafson, Southern Door (1993)

400M Relay Boys, Southern Door (1993)

Jon Walker, Sturgeon Bay (1993)

Doug Glibert, Sturgeon Bay (1967, 1968)

Frank Graass, Sturgeon Bay (1904, 1905)

Richard Purington, Sturgeon Bay (1965)

Scott Propsom, Sturgeon Bay (1973)

Waggoner, Sturgeon Bay (1901)

Joe DeChesne, Sturgeon Bay (1905-1906)

Medley Relay Boys, Sturgeon Bay (1959)

Bill Taylor, Sturgeon Bay (1951, 1952)

Kirk Buschman, Sevastopol (1982 x 2)

Jeremy Ehlers, Sevastopol (2001)

Frank Jilot, Sevastopol (1982)

Brian Kohls, Sevastopol (1985)

3200M Relay Boys, Sevastopol (2010)

Brian Kuehn, Sevastopol (1995-1996 multiple)

Ryan Jacobson, Gibraltar (1999-2000 multiple)

Lars Johnson, Gibraltar (1977)

3200M Relay Boys, Gibraltar (1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antetokounmpo unites with stars to restart season

If the ball was in his court, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo would restart the season.

 

According to reports from Yahoo! Sports and ESPN, Antetokounmpo joined fellow stars Chris Paul. LeBron James, Kawai Leonard, and others to voice their support for giving the season a reboot to bring closure to the year. Last week, NBA commissioner met with players via a conference call outlining some options, including having games in one specific city in front of no friends. The report also says Silver will likely not make a final decision on the season until June.

The Hill cancels opening night races for May 16th

PKS3 Promotion group announced Tuesday that the opening night of The Hill races for 2020 scheduled for this Saturday has been canceled.  According to the news release, the promotional group is hoping to reschedule the event if possible.  The 1/3 mile clay oval track of racing at John Miles Park in Sturgeon Bay was to celebrate The Hill's birthday on Saturday.  The cancellation is due to the restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic.    

All-star game players still raising money

State all-star games for football and basketball have not been canceled yet, giving players a chance to continue their fundraising efforts.

 

Ten athletes across several games put on by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association have been named to the squads. Part of their efforts is to raise money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The football all-star games are scheduled for July 18th and the basketball all-star games are slated to take place on August 5th and 6th. Below are the athletes participating and their fundraising links.

 

Football

Connor Duffy, Gibraltar

Caden Kacmarynski, Sevastopol

Elijah Ritchie, Algoma

Arthur Hocevar, Sevastopol

Triston Beauchamp, Sevastopol

Owen Kudick, Kewaunee

Tanor Bortolini, Kewaunee

 

Basketball

Mackenzie Tlachac - Kewaunee High School

Ryan Claflin - Southern Door High

 

Play starts in July under MLB owners proposal

Baseball could look a lot different than it did when the Milwaukee Brewers walked off the field at Nationals Park last fall.

 

The new MLB owners proposal includes an 82-game proposal that will start in early July without fans in the stand. The games would take place in home ballparks featuring teams in the National League and the American League of the same regional division. This means more games against the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Indians, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Kansas City Royals. Other rule changes being explored include a universal designated hitter, extra roster spots and playoff seeds, and doubleheaders. A second spring training would take place as soon as next month.

 

The new plan is subject to MLB players approval.

NCAA football season unlikely to start at once

Wisconsin and its rivals in the Big Ten Conference and other leagues may not all start the college football season at the same time according to NCAA President Mark Emmert.

 

The Associated Press reported Emmert admitting Monday that although he would like all teams to have a uniform amount of time to prepare for the season, it may not be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Football Bowl Subdivision teams like Wisconsin to play at least nine games total including five at home. That means the Badgers could afford to miss a few games and still play a full season. While the timeline to start the season is a moving target, Emmert did make it clear that if college campuses are not open for students that their respective sports teams will not start their seasons.

 

 

MLB cuts down draft

Minor leagues like the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers could see less drafted prospects come to their team as a result of Major League Baseball making significant adjustments to its upcoming draft.

 

MLB has decided to cut its draft down from 40 rounds to just five when it takes place this June. It is one of many cost-cutting maneuvers the league is making as it adjusts to life in a COVID-19 world. According to ESPN, teams will be allowed teams to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players so they can fill out their rosters across their minor league affiliates. Playing into the decision is MLB's plan to cut nearly a quarter of its MiLB franchises, possibly including in-state teams like the Beloit Snappers. and Brewers affiliates like the Rocky Mountain Vibes.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 2001 Sturgeon Bay Cross Country

Only one boys cross country team on the peninsula has ever won the state championship and that came  20 years ago next fall.

 

Sturgeon Bay came away with the title with a score of 82, outpacing Amery's 115 and Shorewood's 122. This came with only one runner placing in the top 10 of qualified teams. Adam Aufdermauer ran a 16:53 to lead the Clippers, placing ninth out of qualified team runners and 25th overall. Three other runners would place in the top 50 overall with Tyler Herlache (16:56), Mike Yaniz (17:04), Dylan Roloff (17:10), and Aaron Kolterjahn (17:28) breaking 17:30 on the 5K course in Wisconsin Rapids. 

 

The state title was sandwiched between two other state meet runs by the Clippers, coming in 12th in 2000 and 3rd in 2002.

 

Team Results 

 

Green Bay to tip off home slate against Montana State

As the college sports landscape heads into the unknown, the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball has at least two of its dates lined-up.

 

The Phoenix recently added Montana State to its schedule as its home opener on November 14th. That honor has been reserved Division 2 or 3 teams in years past as the game against the Bobcats is the Phoenix's first against a Division 1 opponent since Chicago State helped Green Bay open its Resch Center slate in 2012. The non-conference home schedule also includes yet to be announced dates against Northern Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Mercer as part of the Gotham Classic.

Booyah season postponed indefinitely

The Green Bay Booyah will not be opening their season on May 26th as originally planned.

 

The Northwoods League, which features the Booyah, announced recently that it had to postpone the start of the season due to Safer at Home Orders in several states featuring its teams. According to a press release from the league, it will continue to monitor the specific situation in each of the communities where it operates to see where play might safely commence, consider the league-wide impacts of each location’s status, and will adjust various contingency plans accordingly.  Following this process, the League will continue to make frequent assessments, taking into consideration any local and state-wide updates, and will immediately communicate any further changes to the status of the League schedule.

American Legion Baseball cancels season

Area American Legion Baseball teams like Kewaunee County, Ahnapee, Gibraltar, and Northern Door will have to wait next year to play ball.

 

The Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association (WALBA) Board of Directors recommended canceling the season on May 6th before the executive committee officially axed it on Saturday. Twenty-four other states have already canceled the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision also cancels its postseason tournaments and its annual all-star game at Miller Park. This marks the first time since before the Great Depression that Wisconsin canceled its American Legion Baseball season. 

UW athletics cuts pays, hours

Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and head coaches Greg Gard and Paul Cryst will all be making less money over the next several months as the Wisconsin athletics department tries to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, top athletic department officials will see their pay cut by 15% over the next six months while 350 other employees could see their hours cut by as much as 50 percent as a part of a state workforce department program. Those employees would be able to apply for unemployment benefits as they have to stay in the program until at least late July. 

Senior feature: Trent Dart of Luxemburg-Casco Spartan Baseball

Today we would like to honor Trenton Dart! We honor Trenton who was looking to step on the field this year after taking off last season to recover from an ACL Surgery. He admits its one of the toughest things he’s accomplished in his life to date. Recovery was a year of hard work and determination which prepared him for the field this spring. Trenton loves baseball and started playing at the young age of 6 to be a part of a team and play with his friends. His fondest baseball memory he recalls is the first home run he smashed in little league and the cheering from family and friends as he rounded the bases. Growing up, Trenton credits his dad for teaching him the game and helping with throwing him batting practice in the cages, hitting him ground balls and playing catch. Trenton told us that his father is his role model and wants to mirror his work ethic as he moves on in life. Next Year Trenton will be enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at UW-Platteville. Trenton’s plans are to take his degree and get more involved in the field of satellites or rockets and one day work for NASA or SpaceX, and hopefully, that is someplace warm he would like to add. Trenton, on behalf of the Luxemburg-Casco Baseball community, we thank you for your time and energy put into this program and wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

 

(Photo courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Baseball Facebook account) 

Favre repaying money received from welfare funds

Former Green Bay Packer and Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre denies he took $1.1 million for speaking engagements that he never showed up for.  An Auditor’s report from Favre’s home state of Mississippi released Monday that Favre Enterprises received the money from the Mississippi Community Education Center.  Favre told ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tauch” show that he was paid for his role in public service announcements and advertisements that ran on the radio a few years ago.  Favre says he is paying the money back and he "never failed ever to show up for speaking engagements".  He said on the radio show that he was unaware that the money came from welfare funds. 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Luxemburg-Casco Girls Cross Country

Whether they were led by Russ Fameree or Mark Annoye, Luxemburg-Casco girls cross country has made its name known at Wisconsin Rapids quite well over the years.

 

Since its first title in 1982, the Spartans have won the WIAA State Championship for girls cross country five times, including a handful times as the runner-up. Even with that kind of success, Carrie Haen remains the school's only individual champion in the sport, and that was in a year when they did not win a title as a team.

 

Read about the individual teams of Luxemburg-Casco's state championship teams at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com

 

1982 Luxemburg-Casco Cross Country

1987 Luxemburg-Casco Cross Country

1989 Luxemburg-Casco Cross Country

1998 Luxemburg-Casco Cross Country

2000 Luxemburg-Casco Cross Country

Packers release schedule

Five primetime games highlight the Green Bay Packers' schedule in 2020.

 

Week 3 at Saints on Sunday Night Football, Week 4 vs. Falcons on Monday Night Football, Week 9 at 49ers on Thurday Night Football, Week 12 vs. Bears on Sunday Night Football, and Week 16 vs. Titans on Sunday Night Football will all be held under the lights. The Packers will open the 2020 campaign in Minnesota to play the Vikings on September 13th. Four of their last six games will be held at Lambeau Field when at the very least the weather could be on the Packers' side as they push for a potential playoff berth. Just over a month after hosting their Chicago rivals, the Packers end their season January 3rd against the Bears. The season could be altered depending on the impact of COVID-19 this fall.

 

1    Sept. 13    at Vikings    Noon    FOX

2    Sept. 20    vs. Lions     Noon     FOX

3    Sept. 27    at Saints    7:20 p.m. NBC

4    Oct. 5        vs. Falcons 7:15 p.m. ESPN

5    Oct. 11      BYE

6    Oct. 18      at Buccaneers    3:25 p.m.  FOX

7    Oct. 25      at Texans    Noon    FOX

8    Nov. 1       vs. Vikings    Noon    FOX

9    Nov. 5       at 49ers      7:20 p.m.    FOX/NFLN/Amazon

10  Nov. 16     vs. Jaguars  Noon    FOX

11  Nov. 22     at Colts     Noon     FOX

12  Nov. 29     vs. Bears   7:20 p.m.    NBC

13  Dec. 6        vs. Eagles   3:25 p.m.    CBS

14  Dec. 13      at Lions      Noon    FOX

15  Dec. 19-20vs. Panthers     TBDTD

16  Dec. 27      vs. Titans     7:20 p.m. NBC

17   Jan. 3         at Bears     Noon    FOX

Marquette adds transfer guards

The Marquette Golden Eagles could have an all-transfer backcourt when the team returns to play this winter. Jose Perez announced on Thursday that he will transfer from Gardner-Webb to the Golden Eagles weeks after D.J. Carton left Ohio State for the school. It is expected they will apply for transfer waivers if the NCAA approves a new rule not requiring players to sit out a season. The Golden Eagles lost two key pieces to last year's team in Markus Howard and Sacar Anim. The duo combined to score roughly 41 of the Golden Eagles' 78 points per game.

WIAA looks into the effect of school closures

High school athletes in Door and Kewaunee Counties that have seen their seasons cut short are encouraged to help the WIAA determine the effects of the school closures.

 

The governing body of Wisconsin high school athletics has endorsed a UW-Madison study with hopes of determining how school closures have affected the physical health and well-being of its athletes. Athletes between the ages of 13 and 19 that have participated in a WIAA sport in the past 12 months are encouraged to take the 10-minute survey. Student-athletes under the age of 18 are required to have the permission of their parents.

 

To access the survey, click on the link:  https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cVft70JKnEBOIMl

Sports leagues lay groundwork for return

NBA, NFL, and MLB officials all plan on addressing a return to normalcy in the coming months this week.

 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is hosting an all-player conference call on Friday according to ESPN to address possible concerns while at least three teams plan on reopening their facilities this week. Due to Governor Tony Evers' Safer at Home Order, the Milwaukee Bucks will not be one of those teams.

 

ESPN's Jeff Passan also reports that MLB leaders plan on introducing plans to reopen to the players' association this week. The plans include a second spring training beginning in the middle of June with games beginning in July. Multiple ideas have been floated in the last several weeks, ranging from quarantining teams in their spring training facilities to more recently holding games at MLB parks in front of no fans.

 

The NFL released a number of different protocol teams must follow before they can safely reopen their facilities for the players. More towards the fan's interest, the league also announced an NFL-wide ticket refund policy for games either not played or for games set for empty stadiums.

Packers charity softball game postponed

The Green Bay Packers will not be taking the diamond anytime soon for its annual charity softball game. 

 

The 20th Annual Green & Gold Charity Softball game, headlined in previous years by the likes of Brett Favre, Donald Driver, and Jordy Nelson. was scheduled to be played at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday, June 7. That game is postponed now due to COVID-19 concerns.  Complicating things even further are the schedules of the Packers players themselves, who are not allowed at the team's facilities until June.

 

The stadium's home team, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, are in their own holding pattern as closures related to the pandemic enter its second month. 

 

 

Sturgeon Bay Senior Day: Girls' Track

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.

 

The senior girls include four year track athletes Hailey DeGrave, Kasia Klotz, and Delaney Shortreed. Haley Reichers and Madelyn Jeanquart were set for their second year, and newcomer McKenna Gibson showed early promise to be an impact athlete.

 

Brought to you by Door County Medical Center, Nicolet National Bank, Culver's of Sturgeon Bay, and Bellin Health, the Senior Day Series can be found at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com and by clicking on the individual athlete names above.

Gamblers build roster through two-day draft

With the 2020 campaign canceled, the Green Bay Gamblers looked to 2021 over the last two days as a part of the USHL Draft.

 

On Monday, the Gamblers picked 10 players in the USHL Futures draft, which consists of players born in 2004. Two of the players, Camron VanSickle and Bowden Singleton, have already made college commitments. 

 

In Tuesday's portion of the draft which includes all age eligible players, the Gamblers picked over 17 players while passing on the last several picks they had in the draft.

 

You can see the full results of the draft by clicking this link.

 

 

Youth soccer season postponed

The Door County Soccer Association announced Tuesday morning that the 2020 SAY season was canceled. SAY stands for Soccer Association for Youth and runs recreational soccer leagues across the country. The group had been accepting early bird registrations through the first with a late fee applying to registrations filed until May 15th. Door County Soccer says refunds will be processed in the coming weeks. Parents can expect an email notification when the money is returned to them.

 

 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Gibraltar Girls' Cross Country

Familiar faces helped the Gibraltar Vikings' girls cross country team win a pair of state championships in the 1990s.

 

Alissa Jacobson and Felice Birmingham anchored the two teams, posting top-25 overall finishes both years. Gibraltar has participated in the state meet as a team ten times and was on the cusp of winning more titles on either side of their repeat years in 1994 and 1995. The Vikings posted top 3 finishes in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, and 1997.

 

Read more about the state title teams at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com

1994 Gibraltar Vikings

1995 Gibraltar Vikings

Packers to get first look of schedule Thursday

It is certainly subject to change, but fans will get a chance to see where and when the Green Bay Packers will play on Thursday.

 

The NFL has already said it will not play games overseas in 2020, which does not affect the Packers since they were not included in the matchups in the first place. The full 17-game schedule will be announced, but ultimately the pandemic will decide if all 17 games get played, when they get played, and who gets to see them in person. 

 

While the dates and times are the things in question, below are the opponents that will make up the 2020 slate.

 

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Chicago Bears (NFC North)
Detroit Lions (NFC North)
Minnesota Vikings (NFC North)
Atlanta Falcons (NFC South)
Carolina Panthers (NFC South)
Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South)
Tennessee Titans (AFC South)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East, first place)

 

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Chicago Bears (NFC North)
Detroit Lions (NFC North)
Minnesota Vikings (NFC North)
New Orleans Saints (NFC South)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South)
Houston Texans (AFC South)
Indianapolis Colts (AFC South)
San Francisco 49ers (NFC West, first place)

Brewers alums entice local KBO viewers

Milwaukee Brewers fans looking for live baseball action could wait until the home team suits up later this summer or see some of their former players play in the early morning hours this week.

 

ESPN will begin broadcasting Korean Baseball Organization games this week with live broadcasts beginning between 1 and 5 a.m. Eric Thames and Josh Lindblom are two recent Brewers players to make the jump from the KBO to Major League Baseball in recent seasons. Three players with Brewers connections will play for two different teams. Utility infielder Tyler Saladino played with the Brewers the last two seasons, but will play for the Samsung Lions this year. Former farmhands Aaron Brooks and Drew Gagnon will throw out of the bullpen for the Kia Tigers. 

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Sevastopol Cross Country

Sevastopol has always had a strong cross country team, but none stronger than their 2006 squad.

 

The Pioneers placed three of its top seven runners in the top 25 runners linked to teams, outscoring second-place Edgar 109-132.  Racheal Wilson, a freshman at the time, was the top runner for the Pioneers that day, taking 14th place overall with a time of 15:51 in the 4K race. Haley Moeller came in 18th place and Annie Bley came in 39th overall to help Sevastopol earn the title. The Pioneers earned their spot as a team by winning their own sectional, beating second-place Oshkosh Lourdes 42-63.

 

Sevastopol has participated in the state meet seven times, including top 3 finishes in 2005 and 2007.

 

You can read more about this squad at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

Sturgeon Bay Senior Day: Baseball

The following young men are senior athletes who are out for Sturgeon Bay baseball this spring, and the number of years they have played high school baseball:

Mason Propsom (4); Jake Schneider (4); Tanner Vanderleest (4); Austin Reeths (2); Gunnar Tebon (1).

All of these student-athletes are well prepared for the next step in their lives after graduating from high school. Although I have known these players to varying degrees, and for varying lengths of time, I can clearly state that all five of these guys are good examples of why I love coaching, and
hope to have coaching remain a part of my life going forward.

Only one of these young men has extensive varsity baseball experience. Jake Schneider was a 2nd team all-conference pitcher in 2018, and a 1st team all-conference pitcher in 2019. Jake was instrumental in Sturgeon Bay baseball winning Packerland Conference Co-Championships both of those years. One can only hope that the careers of these athletes do not end with their toes on the sidelines, but rather on a baseball diamond.

 

Senior Day Celebrations on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com are brought to you by Nicolet National Bank, Bellin Health, Culver's of Sturgeon Bay, and Door County Medical Center.

Algoma's Dier wins lip sync challenge

It was not the dance Algoma alum Anna Dier thought she would win when she committed to UW-Green Bay, but she will graduate a champion nonetheless.

 

Dier upended Hailey Oskey in the first-ever Phoenix Lip-Sync Championship, outdoing the sophomore with a version of “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam that once around took viewers in and around Algoma. 

 

 

Dier and Luxemburg-Casco alum Cassie Schlitz joined their teammates in a wrap-up version of “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical.

 

Screen Shot from Green Bay Phoenix

 

 

Run the Door looks for feedback

A second virtual run could be in the works from Run the Door.

 

It put out the query on its Facebook page less than a week after finishing up its first, a fundraiser to "flatten the curve" and to support the Door County Fire Chiefs Association. Four of its points races have been canceled and it is waiting to see if the Crossroads Trail Run takes place in June. The Door County Half Marathon was moved to October 31st.

Green Bay Glory cancels season

The professional women's soccer team in Green Bay followed the summer collegiate men's squad's lead this week by canceling their 2020 campaign.

 

The Green Bay Glory was looking to play its second season on the campus of UW-Green Bay beginning on May 29th before COVID-19 caused the Women's Professional Soccer League to cancel the summer slate. Teams can still try to organize friendly matches in parts of the country where it is deemed safe and the WPSL may try to organize a fall schedule for teams.

Dier competes in Phoenix Lip Sync Championships

For Algoma residents, the swan song for its former standout in the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball lip sync contest includes some familiar sights.

 

In the previous week's rendition of Lean On Me, forward Anna Dier highlighted front line workers at places like Door County Medical Center and the Algoma Fire Department. This week, Dier performed "Na Na Hey Hey Good Bye" in fron Algoma High School and local parks while also showing off pictures of yesteryear.

 

To vote for her one last time, you can head to the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball page to vote before noon Sunday.

 

Screenshot courtesy of Green Bay Phoenix

 

 

Packers sign defensive lineman

Treyvon Hester is the newest member of the Green Bay Packers, signing a contract on Friday afternoon. Hester was a seventh-round draft pick out of Toledo in the 2017 draft by the Oakland Raiders. He played for that organization for one season, before one year with the Eagles and then the Redskins. Hester has only started two games in his career, but he has been a regular in the defensive line rotation at all three previous stops in his career. Last season, Hester played in 15 games recording eight tackles and a fumble recovery for Washington. 

Summer high school baseball will be nonconference

Even if high school baseball makes it to the diamond this summer featuring some familiar matchups, all the games will be considered nonconference. Conversations began last week among coaches in the Packerland about taking advantage of the WIAA’s permitted 30-day window in the summer to host contact spring sports. It is a ground-up movement, starting with the coaches and involving administrators in a limited fashion to try and secure transportation and officials. Because the coaches are initiating it, the results of any game played will not be recognized by the league. Nor would it go on the record books with the WIAA. Preliminary plans are to have a round-robin format, each team getting one game against the other schools participating.

Little League World Series canceled

Sturgeon Bay Little League baseball extended registration to May 30th with the season delayed due to the coronavirus and the “Safer at Home” order. The league remains hopeful that it can get a season in for the summer of 2020. Another factor in allowing Sturgeon Bay to push back the start of its campaign is the cancellation of the Little League World Series for the first time in history. The regional events, as well as the championship held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, were scrapped by the sport’s parent organization. The championship tournament was slated for August 20-30.

 

*Photo courtesy of the Sturgeon Bay Little League Facebook page

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

The Sturgeon Bay soccer program has proven it belongs with the state's best over the last decade, win the Gold Ball in Milwaukee twice during that span.

 

The Clippers won over 40 matches during those two magical years, all without any players recognized by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association as being "all-state." Sturgeon Bay head coach Todd Maas got his due last year, capturing coach of the year honors for a third time since 2011. Click on the links below to relive those championship teams as we honor the state championship teams of the peninsula on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

2015 Sturgeon Bay Soccer

2019 Sturgeon Bay Soccer

Voyageurs season canceled

As of right now, there will be no summer collegiate soccer in Green Bay this year.

 

USL League 2, which includes the Green Bay Voyageurs, called off the season on Thursday due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The league and the Voyageurs are committed to returning to action in 2021, but are also working together to see if the 2020 season can be salvaged somewhat by organizing some exhibition contests later in the summer and fall.

 

 

Local teams weigh out ticket options

With no games in the near future, teams like the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers are left to deal with themselves what to do about ticket revenue.

 

The Packers are giving its season ticket holders more time to place their deposits and many entrants of the Brown County Ticket raffle have not received invoices for their possible games. The organization also assured ticket holders that they would be refunded for games either not played or in cases where fans are not allowed.

 

The Brewers are technically over a dozen games into their home slate entering the month of May and it is unknown if games will return to Miller Park this year. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, ticket holders have been given a number of different options including credit towards future games or full refunds. Season ticket holders, groups, and suite renters will get their money back plus an additional 10 percent in credit.

 

Both organizations are not responsible for refunds if the tickets were bought from a third party. 

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