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Sturgeon Bay's Tebon commits to Ripon for basketball

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

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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NCAA grants extra year of elgibility

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

 

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

 

Packerland Conference cancels first three weeks of its season

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

 

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

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

Packers re-sign Ervin

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Read more about these matches here

 

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

Allison signs with Detroit

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

 

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

Seasons wait to begin

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

 

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

 

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

Door County Half Marathon gets new date

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

 

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

Davister, Spitzer earn All-CCIW Academic Honors

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

 

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

Anglers see changes in new year

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

 

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

 

You can find full list of regulations by clicking here.

StubHub changes ticket refund policy

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


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

 

NBA players coronavirus free

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


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

 

Brewers trim their spring training roster by five

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

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: Skiing

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

 

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

 

Week of:

3/23: Skiing

3/30: Boys soccer

4/6: Girls volleyball

4/13: Baseball

4/20: Softball

4/27: Football

5/4: Boys cross country

5/11:  Girls cross country

5/18: Boys track

5/25: Girls track

6/1: Girls basketball

6/8: Boys swimming

6/15: Girls swimming

6/22: Wrestling

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

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

 

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

 

Photo from Southern Door School District

Owners, MLBPA hope for June start

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

 

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

Run the Door Series getting cut short

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

 

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

 

You can click here to see the current standings

Brewers celebrate opening day...sort of

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

 

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

 

Get more details by clicking this link

Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament canceled

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

 

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

 

 

WIAA seasons delayed

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

 

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

 

Baseball: May 28th

Boys Golf: June 2nd/3rd

Boys Tennis: May 26th

Track: May 26th

Softball: May 24th

Girls' soccer: June 2nd

Packers resign Lewis

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

 

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

 

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

Baseball hopeful for summer start

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

 

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

Packers make big donation; Murphy donates to Door County efforts

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

 

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

 

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

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