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Kewaunee gives peek at 2020 wrestling season

A peek at what the 2020-2021 season may look like for wrestling teams was given by the Kewaunee Storm on Sunday.

 

Notably absent from this year's schedule will be multi-team tournaments that dotted the schedule for most of the season beginning in early December. Teams will only be allowed one single-team dual a week and wrestlers will only be allowed one match a night unless it is for an exhibition. Wrestlers will also have to be masked while competing in front of spectatorless crowds. The post goes onto say that certain regulations could be lifted if conditions change and the plan is to still have a postseason tournament at the end of the year. 

 

More details can be found below:

 

Severin to join Wisconsin wrestling as a preferred walk-on

Kewaunee senior Jack Severin will see his wrestling career continue after high school.

 

Storm Athletic Director Brian Rabas announced Tuesday that Severin will commit to the Wisconsin Badgers wrestling team as a preferred walk-on. He will sign his letter of intent in a ceremony inside the Kewaunee High School gymnasium at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Severin is no stranger to Madison, securing the first state championship for Kewaunee in over a decade with a 6-3 victory over Wrightstown's Kaiden Koltz at 126 pounds in Division 2 last year. It was Severin's third time reaching the podium in Madison as a state finalist.

 

 

Season uncertainty keeps Kewaunee AD busy

The lack of sports this fall does not mean Kewaunee High School athletic school Brian Rabas has not kept busy.

 

The district pushed its final fall sport, football, to the alternative spring season last week. The Storm will likely play their games on the road due to worries about the field. With schools in the Green Bay and Appleton area combining to form a super conference this spring, Rabas says it could be a challenge finding opponents. 

 

 

As for winter sports, Rabas says it is a wait and see approach just like the fall.

 

 

Rabas says large wrestling tournaments are among the first winter sports events to be taken off their calendar this school year. You can listen to our entire interview with Rabas on the Konop Meats Kewaunee Sports Central podcast feed at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

 

Kewaunee football moves to the spring

After holding out hope, there will be no Kewaunee football this fall.

 

Kewaunee athletic director Brian Rabas confirmed the decision by the school board to move the football season to the alternative spring season. The school's cross country, tennis, soccer, and volleyball teams had already made the switch, but there was hope earlier this month that the team could still get some games in. Since then, Kewaunee High School has seen its virtual learning extended to at least November and one of their opponents, Clintonville, also shut down sports at the school due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

Visit NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com this afternoon for our latest interview with Rabas.

Kewaunee football on hold

The football team is the only sport at Kewaunee hanging on for hope this fall season. The school board approved its other fall sports like volleyball, soccer, and cross country to play in the alternative spring season, which is slated to begin near the beginning of March. Football was the lone holdout due to concerns about the weather, field conditions, and getting enough games. The Storm was hoping to get on the field next Friday against Southern Door, but an extension of their virtual learning last week ended those hopes. Earlier this year, school officials decided that if students were not 100 percent in the classroom that they would not be able to practice or compete. Athletic Director Brian Rabas notified Southern Door’s athletic director Korey Mallien that they would not be able to play on October 16th earlier this week. Rabas says there has been a lot of frustration, but also understanding.

The earliest the Storm could make it on the field would be October 23rd when they are scheduled to play Peshtigo. A game against Clintonville the following week is also in doubt because similarly, that school district has also opted not to hold practices or competitions until they are out of virtual instruction. You can hear our full interview with Rabas online at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Clintonville postpones seasons, affects local schedules

The postponement of the athletics schedule at Clintonville High School could have a ripple effect at two Kewaunee County high schools.

 

According to the WBAY, Clintonville School District switched to all-virtual learning on Monday and has suspended its athletic seasons for at least two weeks. Clintonville is a member of the Northeastern Conference for all sports except football where it faces Packerland opponents. One of Kewaunee's four football games this season was scheduled to be against Clintonville on October 30th, which is already a make-up from a missed matchup on September 11th. Luxemburg-Casco saw its soccer game against the Truckers called off for good when Clintonville opted to send soccer and volleyball to the alternative spring season. The district could opt to the do the same for the football team, which has only played in two games including a 44-7 loss to Southern Door in the season opener.

Running Returns

With the new set of metrics brought forth by the Packerland, the conference’s first cross country meet is set to take place. Sevastopol, Kewaunee, Southern Door, and Oconto will compete at Southern Door on Thursday. Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar are not competing this season. Kewaunee's girls are looking to defend their conference title while everyone is looking to overthrow the Peshtigo boys.

 

The conference invitational is set for Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at Southern Door High School. 

 

Kewaunee to continue fall season

There will be fall sports at Kewaunee once it is safe to do so.

 

The Kewaunee School Board made the decision to allow its teams to participate under Packerland Conference guidelines. This allows the non-contact sports like cross country and tennis to begin practices immediately. Contact sports like football, soccer, and volleyball still have until September 7th to start their work. Competitions can't begin until the COVID-19 activity in Kewaunee County is considered low to moderate.

 

The season would consist of only Packerland Conference members with maybe one exception. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has floated the idea that Green Bay Notre Dame could join the Packerland Conference after the Fox River Classic Conference postponed its fall season and two other conferences, the Northeastern (which features Luxemburg-Casco) and the Bay chose not to invite them. 

School boards discuss fall athletics season

With the start of practices for fall sports about a month away, area school boards are taking up the issue at their summer meetings.

 

Gibraltar started the discussion at its meeting on June 22nd and will take it further when it meets again this month. Luxemburg-Casco chatted about allowing athletes to participate in sports as a part of the summer contact period, but nothing specific about the fall. The Kewaunee School Board will discuss athletics at its special board meeting on July 7th. Sevastopol. Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Algoma's school boards have not taken up fall athletics in recent meetings.

 

The WIAA released Return to Play guidelines last month for all fall sports as principals of Packerland Conference meet to discuss a plan for move forward so athletics and in-person classes can both continue safely. 

Kewaunee boast four outstanding scholar athletes

No other school had more outstanding achievement award winners than Kewaunee when it came to the Packerland Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards.

 

Kewaunee's Tanor Bortolini, Max Hanrahan, Owen Kudick, and Hailey Gaedtke earned the distinction after being nominated by their principals. The Packerland Conference announced the 2019-20 scholar-athlete awards on Wednesday after league principals nominated a pair of boys and girls student-athletes, cheerleaders, pom/dance squad members, student trainers and managers for the honor from their schools. All the student-athletes recognized must be a second-semester senior, earn at least four varsity letters during their career. and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Five local athletes earned outstanding achievement awards, which go to students that were three-sport athletes while earning at least seven varsity letters and a 4.0 grade point average.

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 2013 Kewaunee Girls' Basketball

Twice was certainly nice for the Kewaunee girl's basketball team as they repeated their state championship streak.

 

The Storm changed venues for this championship after the WIAA moved its signature girls' state championship event to the Resch Center in Green Bay. It entered its semifinal match-up with just one loss to fellow Kewaunee County opponent and state champion Algoma. It made quick work of Lodi in the semifinal, winning 40-27 thanks to strong offensive outputs at the end of each half. Things were a lot tighter in the championship game against another one-loss team in East Troy. The Storm was down 17-6 after one quarter, but outscored their opponents the rest of the way squeak past with 60-58 thanks to a game-winner from Alex Richard. Kelsey Stangel led her team in scoring and rebounding the whole year and did not disappoint in the state tournament, finishing among the all-time bests in a single tournament in scoring (44) and steals (8).

 

The Storm had All-Conference players in Kelsey Stangel, Alex Richard, Jill Kleiman, Kiley Heim, Amanda Kudick, and Courtney Miller.

 

State Semifinal vs. Lodi

Box Score

 

State Final vs East Troy

Box Score

Video

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions Series: 2012 Kewaunee Girls' Basketball

The War on the Shore's southern rival had bragging rights in 2012 when the Kewaunee Girls' Basketball team won its first state title.

 

The Storm kicked off its Division 3 title run in stifling fashion as it beat Barron 38-18 before beating Oostburg in the championship game 50-41. The title win came off a bittersweet ending in 2011 when all three Kewaunee County teams made the state tournament only to lose in the championship game. In the title game against Oostburg, the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter before the Storm outscored their opponent 20-11 to give them their eventual winning margin. Nicole Geier (12 points) and Jill Kleiman (14 points) did their damage from deep as they combined to knocked down seven of their 14 shots from the three-point arc. Marissa Selner chipped in 11 points and Kelsey Stangel collected 14 rebounds in the win.

 

Game recap against Barron

Game recap against Oostburg 

 

Video from NFHS Network of Kewaunee/Barron

Video from NFHS Network of Kewaunee/Oostburg

DKHS.com's Champion of Champions: 2010 Kewaunee Football

After being the bridesmaid in four state title games, Kewaunee finally prevailed in 2010.

 

The Storm played at Camp Randall in 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2009 only to fall in the season's final game. In each one of those years, the Storm entered the game undefeated. They were able to hold onto their perfect season in 2010, beating Brodhead/Juda 42-13 under the leadership of Kurt Flaten. Kewaunee set title game records with four interceptions by the team, and three interceptions individually by Jordan Schmidt. The Storm had 11 players on the Packerland-Olympian All-Conference team, lead by Doug Delebreau (2332 yards passing), Craig Christman (1937 yards rushing), and Schmidt (831 yards receiving). Those three players led the conference in passing, rushing, and receiving respectively. The offense rolled all season, averaging almost 40 points a game, but their defense was not a slouch either, pitching five shut-outs during the course of the season. Beating their two peninsula rivals in Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door by a combined score of 105-10, the Storm beat Winneconne, Wautoma, Roncalli, Baldwin-Woodville, and Brodhead/Juda in the playoffs to claim their first only state title in football.

 

Fri Aug 27

W

50-13

Denmark

 

Fri Sep 3

W

19-7

@ Menominee (MI)

 

Fri Sep 10

W

50-0

Sturgeon Bay

 

Fri Sep 17

W

48-14

@ Oconto

Fri Sep 24

W

40-0

Wrightstown

 

Fri Oct 1

W

35-0

@ Mishicot

 

Fri Oct 8

W

35-0

Valders

 

Fri Oct 15

W

49-0

@ Chilton

 

Thu Oct 21

W

55-10

Southern Door

 

Tue Oct 26

W

28-16

Winneconne

Sat Oct 30

W

43-15

Wautoma

 

Sat Nov 6

W

40-20

@ Roncalli

Manitowoc Lincoln HS at Manitowoc

 

Sat Nov 13

W

21-13

@ Baldwin-Woodville

D.C. Everest H.S. at Weston

 

Thu Nov 18

W

41-21

@ Brodhead/Juda

WIAA State Championship at Camp Randall Stadium

WIAA's spring season hangs by thread

What was thought to be a death sentence for the WIAA's spring season is now clinging to life support.

 

Governor Tony Evers shut down school buildings until the end of the school year, canceling extracurricular activities in the process. That could have been enough for the WIAA to drop the hammer on its spring sports season. Instead, the WIAA left the door open just a crack, saying on its website that "will discuss the membership’s options for the remainder of the spring sports seasons and for summertime regulations at its scheduled meeting on April 21 via video conferencing." The WIAA will face an uphill battle moving forward to start the spring sports season since the order postpones all interscholastic practices, scrimmages, and events. It also lost UW-Madison as a state championship host site earlier this month when the campus announced it would be shuttering its campus until June 30th.

Kewaunee's Tlachac receives All-Star invite

The reigning Packerland Player of the Year will see her high school basketball career get a one-game extension in June.

 

Kewaunee's Mackenzie Tlachac will play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches All-Star game for the Division 3 North squad. The UW-Oshkosh recruit averaged 19.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3 steals per game during her senior season for the Storm. In addition to her conference accolades, the WBCA named Tlachac to its Division 3 All-State team.

 

You can visit her fundraising site here.

 

Photo courtesy of Kewaunee School District Facebook page

Kewaunee football prepares for 2020 season

With playoff victories coming in recent years, the Kewaunee football team is hoping to continue its success in 2020.

 

The Storm are coming off another Packerland Conference championship season, but will have to rely on its underclassman to step up after the graduation of seniors like Tanor Bortolini and Ryan Carmichael. 

 

Friday, Aug 21, 2020

  Football: Varsity Game7:00PM Away vs. Kiel Kiel High School     

Friday, Aug 28, 2020

  Football: Varsity Game7:00PM Manawa Kewaunee High School
Football Field     

Friday, Sep 4, 2020

  Football: Boys Varsity Game7:00PM Peshtigo Kewaunee High School
Football Field     

Friday, Sep 11, 2020

    Football: Boys Varsity Game7:00PM Away vs. Clintonville Clintonville High School     

Friday, Sep 18, 2020

  Football: Boys Varsity Game7:00PM Away vs. Oconto Oconto High School     

Friday, Sep 25, 2020

  Football: Varsity Game7:00PM Away vs. Bonduel Bonduel High School     

  Football: Boys Varsity Game7:00PM Away vs. Bonduel Bonduel High School     

Friday, Oct 2, 2020

  Football: Boys Varsity Game7:00PM Mishicot Kewaunee High School
Football Field     

Friday, Oct 9, 2020

  Football: Varsity Game7:00PM Escanaba Kewaunee High School
Football Field     

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

  Football: Boys Varsity Game7:00PM Away vs. Southern Door Southern Door High School     

Kewaunee's Tlachac earns Packerland girls' basketball honors

Kewaunee's Mackenzie Tlachac was one one of three Packerland players to earn unanimous honors for the All-Conference team announced over the weekend.

 

Tlachac averaged 19.1 points a game as the Storm went a perfect 16-0 in conference play. Four of her teammates also earned All-Conference nods. Gibraltar's Abbi Sitte and Southern Door's Nicole Norton also earned unanimous selections to the squad.

 

2019-20 GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

 

1ST TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Jenna Hornblad                      Oconto                                    Senior

Zoe Rose Kuehn                     Sevastopol                  Junior

Sydney Lund                           Peshtigo                      Sophomore

Nicole Norton                          Southern Door                        Junior              Unanimous

Abbigael Sitte                          Gibraltar                      Senior              Unanimous

Mackenzie Tlachac                Kewaunee                   Senior              Unanimous

 

2ND TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Sarah Bridenhagen                 Sturgeon Bay              Senior

Claire Kohnle                          Kewaunee                   Junior

Sage Krause                           Gibraltar                      Junior

Katie Metzler                           Kewaunee                   Senior

Lydia Nelson                           NEW Lutheran            Senior

Ashley Pawlitzky                     Kewaunee                   Senior

 

HONORABLE MENTION

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Jackie Atkins                          Southern Door                        Senior

Aubree Bucheger                    Oconto                                    Senior

Kendra Dantoin                       Southern Door                        Senior

Hailey Gaedtke                       Kewaunee                   Senior

Natalee Jandrin                       Southern Door                        Junior

Chloe LaCrosse                      Southern Door                        Sophomore

Greta Meleen                          Sturgeon Bay              Senior

Morgan Reinhardt                   Sturgeon Bay              Junior

Bailey Rikkola                         Sevastopol                  Freshman

Bailey Scholz                          NEW Lutheran            Junior

Chloie Spitzer                          Algoma                        Senior

Emersyn Wallace                   Algoma                        Senior

Grace Wickman                     Peshtigo                      Junior

Sydney Zimmerman               Algoma                        Senior

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR

Mackenzie Tlachac                Kewaunee                   Senior

Kewaunee's Severin leads Packerland Wrestling honors

Jack Severin was one of seven Kewaunee Storm wrestlers to earn All Packerland honors after it was announced over the weekend.

 

Severin swept the competition at Packerland duals this season before carrying that momentum all the way to a state title in Division 2 at 126 pounds. He was also named the Packerland Wrestler of the Year. Southern Door had four wrestlers and Peshtigo had three to round out the roster which celebrates the best at each weight class over the course of the dual season.

 

Picture courtesy of Kewaunee Storm Wrestling

 

2019-20 WRESTLING ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

 

1ST TEAM

106 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Brayden LaForce                    Peshtigo                                  Freshman

 

113 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Alec Guilette                           Southern Door                                    Freshman

 

120 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Max Severin                           Kewaunee                               Sophomore

 

126 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Jack Severin                           Kewaunee                               Junior

 

132 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Logan Steinhorst                     Kewaunee                               Sophomore

 

138 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Kyle Conard                            Southern Door                                    Junior

 

145 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Mitchell Thompson                 Kewaunee                               Freshman

 

 

152 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Mason Jeanquart                    Kewaunee                               Junior

 

160 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Grant Englebert                      Southern Door                        Junior

 

170 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Mitchell Peters                        Peshtigo                                  Senior

 

182 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Logan Kubetz                          Kewaunee                               Senior

 

195 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Riley Phillips                            Southern Door                        Sophomore

 

220 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Jason Reinke                          Kewaunee                               Junior

 

285 WEIGHT CLASS                        SCHOOL                                YEAR

Kody Klimek                           Peshtigo                                  Junior

 

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR              WEIGHT CLASS

Jack Severin                           Kewaunee                   Junior                          126

Severin captures state championship

After two years on the podium, Kewaunee's Jack Severin finally got his bracket at the state wrestling championships in Madison.

 

Severin secured the first state championship for Kewaunee in over a decade with a 6-3 victory over Wrightstown's Kaiden Koltz at 126 pounds in Division 2 . It was Severin's third time reaching the podium in Madison as a state finalist.

 

Jack Severin (47-3) placed 1st and scored 20.0 team points.

  • Quarterfinal - Jack Severin (Kewaunee) 47-3 won by decision over Tyler Hantsbarger (Somerset) 40-8 (Dec 5-0)
  • Semifinal - Jack Severin (Kewaunee) 47-3 won by decision over Evan Wolfe (West Salem/Bangor) 41-11 (Dec 5-4)
  • 1st Place Match - Jack Severin (Kewaunee) 47-3 won by decision over Kaiden Koltz (Wrightstown) 43-11 (Dec 6-3)

Picture from Kewaunee Storm Wrestling

 

 

 

Kewaunee drops regional final to Kewaskum

Another special Kewaunee girls' basketball season ended in heartbreak Saturday night in a 49-34 loss to Kewaskum.

 

Down by just one at the break, the Indians outpaced the Storm 27-13 in the second frame to give the home team just its second loss on the season. Averaging around 20 points a game for most of the season MacKenzie Tlachac was held to just 10 points in the loss. Madilyn Dogs led the way for the Indians, scoring 15 points to secure the sectional berth.

Kewaunee girls survive second-round scare

Coming off a bye, the Kewaunee High School girls’ basketball team got a taste of postseason play Friday night. Kewaunee survived against Denmark, 50-46. It was close throughout, the Storm nursed a one-point halftime lead and never could pull away. Denmark plays in the North Eastern Conference, against larger schools. Sharpened by a tougher level of competition, the Vikings were able to give state-ranked Kewaunee everything they could handle.


Kewaunee’s leading scorer was Hailey Gaedtke (15 points), followed closely by Mackenzie Tlachac (14). Denmark’s Jessica Heraly had a game-high 21 points. Kewaunee returns to the court Saturday, another home game against Kewaskum. The Indians wrecked Brillion Friday, 55-28.

 

Severin opens WIAA State Wrestling Tournament action

The road to another podium finish for Jack Severin begins today in Madison as the Kewaunee senior wrestles his first match at the state tournament.

 

Severin will face Somerset's Tommy Hantsbarger at 126 pounds in Division 2 when the session begins at 11:15 a.m.

Kewaunee girls prepare for first WIAA Playoff game

The road to Green Bay finally begins for the Kewaunee girls basketball team Friday night when they host Denmark Friday night.

 

The Storm enters the game 21-1 on the season and on a 16 game winning streak. The Vikings were the first matchup of the season for the Storm, beating them on the road 60-46. Denmark outscored Two Rivers by 15 in the first half in its 56-41 victory on Tuesday to advance to the second round. The winner of the game will advance to Friday's regional final against either Kewaskum or Brillion. A Storm win would ensure one more home game for the Storm. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

 

Photo courtesy of Kewaunee PR Committee Facebook page

 

 

Kewaunee boys ready for conference championship game

The Kewaunee High School boys’ basketball team did what it had to do Monday night against Sevastopol, easily defeating the Pioneers, 79-39. Kewaunee ends the regular season against Southern Door in a rematch of a 44-43 nail biter from earlier in the season. That lone point is the difference in the Packerland standings with Kewaunee in first and the Eagles trailing close behind in second. The game tips at 7:30 PM.

Severin punches ticket to state

Going up from Division 3 to Division 2 did not mean much to Kewaunee's Jack Severin.

 

Severin won the 126 pound weight class at the Oconto Falls sectional on Saturday, punching his ticket to the state tournament in Madison. He will await his opponent when his route to another state medal begins on Friday.

 

 

 

WIAA D2 Sect. @ Oconto Falls Results for Kewaunee

126

Jack Severin (44-3) placed 1st and scored 18.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Jack Severin (Kewaunee) 44-3 won by decision over Chase Kmosena (Mosinee) 32-7 (Dec 5-1)

Semifinal - Jack Severin (Kewaunee) 44-3 won by decision over Colby McHugh (Freedom) 30-12 (Dec 3-0)

1st Place Match - Jack Severin (Kewaunee) 44-3 won by decision over Chad Moegenburg (Wittenberg-Birn.) 41-5 (Dec 5-1)

145

Mitchell Thompson (28-12) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Wyatt Esker (Wittenberg-Birn.) 41-5 won by fall over Mitchell Thompson (Kewaunee) 28-12 (Fall 3:46)

Cons. Semi - Logan Heimbruch (New London) 37-10 won by decision over Mitchell Thompson (Kewaunee) 28-12 (Dec 5-2)

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Mason Jeanquart (20-20) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Aidan Stary (Oconto Falls) 28-18 won by major decision over Mason Jeanquart (Kewaunee) 20-20 (MD 9-1)