Category: High School Sports

  • Englebert Returns to State Wrestling Meet

    After 132 matches in his wrestling career at Southern Door High School, senior Grant Englebert is banking on wrestling three more this weekend to reach his final goal. Englebert, who placed second at 160 pounds in last week’s Valders Sectional, is competing in this third consecutive Division 3 state meet Saturday at Wausau East High […]

  • Packerland Conference Sports Standings

    Girls Basketball Kewaunee, 5-0Southern Door, 6-1Sevatopol, 4-2Peshtigo, 3-2Gibraltar, 3-4NEW Lutheran, 2-4Oconto, 2-5Algoma, 1-3Sturgeon Bay, 0-5 Boys Basketball Southern Door, 6-0Oconto, 6-1Kewaunee, 5-1Gibraltar, 5-3Sturgeon Bay, 3-3Peshtigo, 1-4Sevastopol, 0-4Algoma, 0-5NEW Lutheran, 0-5 Wrestling Kewaunee, 3-0Southern Door, 3-0Peshtigo, 1-2Sturgeon Bay/ Sevastopol, 0-2Oconto, 0-3      

  • John Berns’ Life On and Off the Diamond

    by Mike Shaw The famously talkative John Berns is no stranger to being the center of a conversation, especially if the topic is his beloved baseball. But in a memoir about his life in the sport, the 71-year-old Door County Baseball Hall of Famer steps back and tips his ball cap deferentially to the people […]

  • Cautious Optimism for Prep Sports

    Cautiously optimistic, hopeful and grateful. This summarizes the feelings of local athletic directors, coaches and athletes as the Packerland Conference embarks on the winter seasons despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. “I’m happy but nervous at the same time,” said Southern Door Athletic Director Korey Mallien. Southern Door was the only school […]

  • Eagles Season Ends at Brillion

    The Southern Door football team’s season came to an end with a 14-6 loss to Brillion in the opening round of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 4 playoffs Friday. Brillion took a 14-6 lead on a 10-yard run by Garnett Stebane with 1 minute, 49 seconds to play.  Southern Door drove down to the […]

  • Stenzel Medals, Sevastopol Finishes 5th at State

    Olivia Stenzel finally got her medal.  Three times the Sevastopol senior had run her way to the state girls cross-country meet, and three times she had gone home disappointed. On Oct. 31, she wrote a new chapter in a stellar high school career.  Stenzel finished in 19:36.11, just a hair behind Jenna Anders of Fall […]

  • Pioneer Girls Make Stunning Run to State

    Heading into the WIAA Sectional meet last Saturday, Sevastopol cross-country coach Annie Kopelnek was confident that star senior Olivia Stenzel was going to earn her fourth straight trip to the state meet. What she wasn’t ready for was that the rest of Stenzel’s teammates would join her. “We didn’t expect this to happen,” Kapolnek said […]

  • Stenzel Wins 4th Straight Conference Championship

    Sevastopol’s Olivia Stenzel earned her fourth straight Packerland cross-country title Oct. 15, outpacing the field by nearly a full minute. She finished in 19:33; Sydney Lund of Peshtigo took second in 20:26; and Stenzel’s teammates Jolene Luedke (21:08) and Kylie Newton (22:07) followed.  Those performances lead the Pioneers to the team title over second-place Southern […]

  • High School Athletic Competitions Closed to Public

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Packerland Conference rules, all athletic competitions will be closed to the general public, and these guidelines will be in place: Each high school or middle school athlete will receive a specified number of passes to distribute to her or his fans; masks or face coverings will be required at […]

  • Door County School Districts Split on Sports

    by Mike Shaw The Packerland Conference did not get an all-for-one answer to its recommendation to carry on with fall prep sports as normal, with some safety precautions attached. Wisconsin’s 513 high schools had until Sept. 1 to declare whether they were in or out for fall sports. In Door County, Sevastopol and Southern Door […]

  • Fall Sports Receive Green Light

    But only if public-health ratings are in the low-to-medium range by Mike Shaw Nicole Norton had seen her spring 2020 softball season shelved and wasn’t looking forward to the depressing prospect of a possible sequel this fall. So Norton was understandably thrilled to hear that her final year of volleyball for the Southern Door Eagles […]

  • Packerland Conference Recommends Fall Sports Go Forward

    The Packerland Conference announced Wednesday that it is recommending to its member school districts – which includes Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door, and Sturgeon Bay – proceed with fall high school sports as scheduled.  The conference also unanimously recommended that the only acceptable risk levels for competition are low and medium, as determined by the Wisconsin […]

  • Packerland Conference Announces Scholar Athletes

    The Packerland Conference announced its 2019-20 Scholar Athlete Awards. Each honoree must be a second-semester senior, hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, and have earned at least four varsity letters through athletic participation. Principals at each school are allowed to nominate two boys and two girls for the awards.  Algoma Boys: […]

  • Duffy Named to All-Star Charity Football Game

    Gibraltar senior Connor Duffy has been chosen to play on the Wisconsin Football Association’s South All-Star Team this year. “The honor of being chosen to play in this game is twofold,” he said. “I will have the opportunity to play football with some of the best high school players in the state. Second, and most […]

  • A Lost Season: High School Seniors Lament Missed Opportunities

    A legitimate chance at a state title. A chance at redemption. An opportunity to break a school record. A return trip to state competition. An appreciation for great experiences. For many local senior athletes, the cancellation of spring sports means lost opportunities to end careers at the highest levels. “Of course as a coach, to […]

  • Chris Greisen, Former Clippers Star, to Coach West De Pere

    No one needs to remind Chris Griesen that timing is everything. Especially when it comes to his football coaching and teaching careers. The former Sturgeon Bay High School football standout was named football head coach at West De Pere High School on Monday. This will be Griesen’s first opportunity to be a head coach after […]

  • For McHugh, Crisis Ends Shot at National Title

    Stories of the COVID-19 virus ending promising sports seasons prematurely have become regular topics of conversation during the last few weeks. The National Collegiate Athletic Association – taking a lead from the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League – decided on March 11 to cancel all of its winter and spring championships. Many […]

  • Vikings, Eagles Fall in Regional Finals

    Eagles Fade Late A lost lead late in the game and an insurmountable early deficit ended the seasons of the two remaining Door County boys basketball teams in regional final action Saturday. Southern Door led 59-53 with four minutes, five seconds remaining, only to go scoreless the rest of the way as Kohler rallied to […]

  • 4 Eagles Earn All-Conference Honors

    Judging by the All-Packerland Conference wrestling team, Southern Door looks as though it could have a successful season next year. The conference coaches honored four wrestlers, including state-tournament entrant Grant Englebert at 160 pounds. Alec Guilette (113), Kyle Conard (138) and Riley Phillips (195) also earned All-Conference honors.  Griffin Slezewski, who qualified for the state […]

  • Sitte, Norton Unanimous All-Conference Selections

    Gibraltar needed Abbi Sitte to step into big shoes this season, but even her coaches couldn’t have foreseen how quickly she’d grow into – and out of – them.  Gibraltar lost all-time leading scorer Payton Pluff to graduation and returning starter Karlee Kita to a torn anterior cruciate ligament that she suffered in softball last spring. All […]