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High School Football Practices Begin Aug. 1

Official practices for the 2023 high school football season in Wisconsin begin next week, with the WIAA allowing 11-player teams to hold their first practice Aug. 1. Two of Door County’s schools – Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay – will again compete in 11-player football as part of the eight-team Packerland Conference.

The defending conference champion Eagles will open their season at home Aug. 18 with a nonleague game against Oostburg, followed by another nonconference game Aug. 25 at Brillion and their first Packerland game Sept. 1 at Mishicot.

The Clippers, who are back for their second consecutive season as an 11-player program, will open the season at home Aug. 18 with a nonleague game against Waupun, followed by a nonconference road game Aug. 25 against Antigo and their Packerland opener at home Sept. 1 against Bonduel.

Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay will wrap up their nine-game regular-season schedule against each other Oct. 13 on the Eagles’ home field.

Gibraltar’s Brady Kita (24) is shown dropping back to pass while being rushed by Sevastopol’s Michael Wautlet (54) in the 2022 season opener Aug. 26 at Fish Creek. The two teams will face each other again this year in the regular-season finale Oct. 12. File photo by Kevin Boneske.

8-Player Football

Gibraltar and Sevastopol, which will again participate in eight-player football as part of the eight-team Peninsula Conference, won’t be allowed by the WIAA to begin their official practices until Aug. 8.

The defending conference champion Vikings will open the season at home with a Saturday-afternoon nonleague game Aug. 26 against Montello before their first Peninsula game on Thursday night, Aug. 31, at Suring.

The Pioneers will open the season with two Thursday-night games at home: a nonconference matchup Aug. 24 against Valley Christian, followed by their Peninsula opener Aug. 31 against Gillett.

Gibraltar and Sevastopol will wrap up their eight-game regular-season schedule against each other with a Thursday-night game Oct. 12 on the Vikings’ home field.