Eagles Battle Storm for Three Packerland Titles
Southern Door battled Kewaunee for the league titles in boys basketball, baseball and football. Southern Door took the basketball title behind phenom Drew Daoust, finishing 15-1. Kewaunee won the matchups in both football and baseball.
Daoust reached the 1,000-point mark in his sophomore season, and then stayed hot to start his junior campaign by scoring a county-record 53 points against Sevastopol Dec. 5.
Pioneer Girls Go Undefeated in Conference
Two titles made 2023 one for the record books for the Sevastopol girls basketball team. The Pioneers went undefeated in the Packerland Conference at 16-0 to win the league title, and won a regional championship for the first time since the 1980s, behind Packerland Player of the Year Bailey Rikkola.
Viking Fall One Win Short of State
The Gibraltar boys basketball team nearly returned to the WIAA state tournament for the second straight season.
The Vikings fell 66-54 to eventual Division 5 champion Wausau Newman Catholic in the sectional final.
Bays Complete County League Sweep
The Sister Bay Bays completed a Door County League championship sweep this summer to win their sixth title in 9 seasons.
In the championship game against Washington Island a league-record 820 fans filled the stands to watch Pitcher of the Year Sam Forkert lead the Bays back to the top.
Clippers Win 15th Straight Regional Title
Seasons change, the sun comes up, and Sturgeon Bay soccer wins regional titles. The Clippers won their 15th straight regional title in 2023 and another conference championship as midfielder Ben Stephens was named Packerland Player of the Year.
Pioneer Girls Win Packerland CC Title
Sevastopol’s girls cross country team edged past Peshtigo to take home the Packerland Conference championship. The Pioneers’ top-five runners all placed in the top 14 to receive All-Conference honors.
DCU Girls Swimmers Place 10th at State
The Door County United girls swimming team placed 10th at the WIAA Division 2 state meet. DCU’s top individual finish at state was recorded by Cassie Rankin, who placed sixth in the 500-yard freestyle.
McHugh Threepeats as 100 Breaststroke National Champion
Max McHugh, a 2018 Sevastopol High School graduate, won the NCAA Division I national title in the 100-yard breaststroke for the third year in a row.
McHugh, who was in his fifth and final season on the University of Minnesota men’s swimming team, won the event in 50 seconds – the third-fastest time of his career and six-tenths of a second ahead of the rest of the field.
McHugh, who won the 2021 national title in the 200 breaststroke, closed out his collegiate career March 25 by placing third in that event. McHugh also won his third straight Big Ten titles in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Tebon Goes on Scoring Tear at UW-Eau Claire
Gunnar Tebon, a 2020 Sturgeon Bay High School graduate, scored more than 30 points twice this year as a guard for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire men’s basketball team. Tebon’s 37 points on Nov. 25 were the most scored by a Blugold player since 2018.
Walker Third, Reisen Fourth at State Track Meet
Two Door County track-and-field athletes earned medals during this year’s WIAA state meet in La Crosse.
In Division 2, Sturgeon Bay’s Espen Walker tied for third in the boys high jump after clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.
In Division 3, Gibraltar’s McKailey Reisen finished fourth in the girls 100-meter hurdles in 15.72 seconds. Reisen also competed in the girls high jump, finishing 12th. Sevastopol’s Bea Dramm placed 13th in the girls 3200 run (12:22.7) and 14th in the 1600 run (5:42.45).
Veeser Fourth, Roman Fifth at State Wrestling Tourney
Two Door County wrestlers medaled at the WIAA wrestling tournament.
In the girls division, Southern Door’s Hailey Veeser placed fourth at 138 pounds.
In the boys competition, Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol’s Ben Roman placed fifth in Division 2 at 285 pounds.