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Sevastopol High School

Pioneers boys travel to face NEW Lutheran

The Sevastopol Pioneers boys' basketball team hope the road is kinder to them this week as they travel to Green Bay to face NEW Lutheran.


The Pioneers rolled by the Kewaunee Storm for the second week in a row, losing earlier this week 84-49. Eight of the Pioneers' ten players did get point in the contest, including 10 from Cole Dvorak.


The Blazers are just one game ahead of the Pioneers in the conference standings after sneaking away from Peshtigo with a 48-44 victory. Marshal Bukowski scored 20 points and Elijah Meerstein added 10 in the win.


Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Pioneers girls fall late to Oconto

In a game that was as even as it looked, the Sevastopol Pioneers came up just short against Oconto Thursday night, losing 60-58. 


Both teams scored 29 points in the first half and both teams were led by All-Packerland Conference team candidates. The Blue Devils got 18 points apiece from Hannah Moe and Lianna Baxter, only to be matched by the Pioneers' Bailey Rikkola (19 points) and Zoe Kuehn (17 points). The game came down to the final eight seconds when Lauryn Hendzel was fouled and followed it up with a pair of made free throws. The Blue Devils would steal the ball in the final four seconds to secure the victory, snapping a Pioneers winning streak.

Pioneers girls look to extend winning streak against Oconto

The Sevastopol Pioneers girls' basketball team looks to extend their winning streak to three when they host Oconto on Thursday night.


The Pioneers won their second in a row earlier this week when they beat Algoma 50-37. Zoe Kuehn, who scored her 1,000th point on Saturday in a 50-42 win over NEW Lutheran, scored 18 points in the win for the Pioneers.


The Blue Devils visit Institute having lost four of their last five including a 52-44 loss to Peshtigo earlier this week. Lianna Baxter scored a team-high 17 points in the loss, but did so while shooting only 5-21 from the field.


The opening tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Pioneers girls keep rolling against Algoma

The Sevastopol Pioneers' girls basketball saw their winning ways continue on Monday, beating Algoma 50-37.


The Pioneers had at least four players score seven points, led by Zoe Kuehn's 18 points. Grace Brauer also reached double figures, scoring 10 points in the win. The Pioneers clamped down on defense, allowing no Wolves players to reach double-figures in scoring. Halle Panger was the only one close as she scored nine points in the loss. 

Pioneers girls look to keep streak against Algoma

The Sevastopol girls' basketball team hopes to make it two-in-a-row when they host the Algoma Wolves Monday night.


The Pioneers topped NEW Lutheran 50-42 to improve to 5-3 on the Packerland Conference season. Zoe Kuehn had another sensational game as she scored 20 points to eclipse 1,000 points for her career. Bailey Rikkola scored 23 points in the victory.


The Wolves are in the middle of a two-game winning streak, beating Sturgeon Bay 41-29 in their last game on Thursday. Emily Kirchman leads the Wolves with 12 points per game followed by 10 points per game by Hannah Wiese.


The two teams tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Pioneers look for first Packerland win against Gibraltar

The Sevastopol Pioneers boys' basketball team is in search of their first Packerland win this season when they visit Fish Creek Friday night to play Gibraltar.


The Pioneers are 1-2 since they returned from almost a month off due to quarantine issues and holiday break. Head coach Ron Frank says the hardest thing so far has been shaking off the rust from the time off.

Despite the number of seniors on the team, Frank says many of the players did not get varsity minutes last year. It is also their third coach in three years. Despite the challenges, Frank believes his team is acclimating well. 

Gibraltar also comes into the game on a losing streak, losing their last three against Peshtigo, Oconto, and undefeated Southern Door.


Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Pioneers girls look to keep winning vibe going at Kewaunee

The Sevastopol Pioneers girls' basketball team will have a tall task ahead of them to keep their winning streak going as they head to Kewaunee for a Packerland Conference affair.


The Pioneers have won four straight games in Packerland Conference play after starting the season 0-2 overall. They have shown an amazing ability to close out games as they held onto beat Peshtigo 43-41 and Gibraltar 47-46 on consecutive nights. A big reason why has been Zoe Kuehn, who leads the team with 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.


The Storm is a perfect 5-0 in Packerland play, including a 37-30 slugfest against Peshtigo on Friday night. Mykenzi Uhlers scored 18 points in the win. The only two losses for the Storm have been to a pair of non-conference opponents by a total of three combined points.


Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Pioneers girls continue winning streak against Peshtigo

The wins keep piling up for the Sevastopol girls' basketball team as they won another nailbiter Saturday afternoon against Peshtigo 43-41.


Zoe Kuehn was key to the  win, scoring the first  14 points of the game for the Pioneers en route to a 23 point day. While it was a fourth straight win for the Pioneers, it was the second straight loss for the Bulldogs, which lost to Kewaunee earlier this week. Peshtigo's Sydney Lund scored 15 points while Grace Wickman pitched in 11 points.


The win puts the Pioneers all alone in third place in the Packerland Conference as they trail Kewaunee and Southern Door in the standings.

Pioneers girls edge Vikings

The Sevastopol girls' basketball team got the best of their northern rivals, edging the Gibraltar Vikings 47-46.


The game went back and forth in the first half with neither team being able to extend their lead much more than five points. The Pioneers entered halftime with a 26-23 lead but the Vikings were able to get it within one point at the eight-minute mark and the four-minute mark.  Both times the Pioneers answered with a run to extend their lead back out to four or more. The Vikings would end the game on an 8-3 run in the final two minutes, but a free throw made by Bailey Rikkola proved to be the game-winner for the Pioneers.

Clippineers get good experience at Bonduel quad

No team wins, but the wrestlers under the Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol banner got plenty of good matches in Thursday night.


The Clippineers lost their conference dual to Southern Door 75-6 before falling to Bonduel 48-30. Ben DeNamur was a perfect 3-0 on the evening, pinning all three opponents he faced. Head coach Trevor Hasenjager said he spent much of the evening moving his line-up around getting the most matches possible for his wrestlers.


Southern Door/SBS Match recap courtesy of Jerry Englebert


Southern Door 75 Sturgeon Bay 6

160 Hayden Jeanquart SD won by FFT
170  Grant Englebert SD won by fall over Austin Marquardt 1:25
182 Brad Skippon SD over Mason Sacotte 1:02
195 Drew Defere SD by fall over Drew Barganz 1:22
220 Riley Phillips SD by fall over Brody Kollath 1:19
285 Brodie Overbeck SD by decision over Ben Roman 7-2
106 Spencer Slezewski SD by FFT
113 Mason Motquin SD by fall over Connor Waterstreet 1:05
120 Trevor Englebert SD by FFT
126 Alex Buhr SD by fall over Taylor Laughlin 0:58
132 Ben DeNamur SB by fall over Austin Falish SD1:09
138 Griffin Slezewski SD by FFT
145 Kyle Conard SD by FFT
152 Thomas Grosbeier SD by fall over Hayden Ahlswede 1:00


Pioneers girls topple Clippers

The Sevastopol Pioneers sailed into Sturgeon Bay on Thursday and toppled the Clippers 59-42.


The final margin was earned in the opening minutes of the game as the Pioneers jumped out to a 19-2 advantage in the first nine minutes. The Pioneers would slip from their high watermark in the first half, but still entered the break with a 30-17 lead. The Clippers were better offensively in the second half, but the Pioneers were still able to hold the upper hand after the break by a 29-25 margin.


The Pioneers stay at home Friday night as they look to keep climbing up the Packerland Conference standings with a game against Gibraltar. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.



Clippineers set for Bonduel quad

Matches have been hard to come by for the Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol wrestling team.


Thursday's quad meet against Southern Door, Amherst, and Bonduel will be only the second time the team has competed against another school all season. The Clippineers lost to Kewaunee 42-30 earlier this season, but had the advantage in contested matches 3-2. Nick West, Ben DeNamur, and Drew Barganz all picked up pins in the loss.


The first dual will be a conference match-up against Southern Door, which has wins against undermanned Bay Port and Oconto teams this season. The Eagles feature eighth-ranked Griffin Slezewski at 145 and fifth-ranked Grant Englebert at 160 pounds. Kyle Conard (145) and Brodie Overbeck (285) are listed as honorable mentions. 


Amherst also has a pair of ranked wrestlers in 11th ranked Taylor Armatoski at 113 pounds and fourth-ranked Mason Haas at 170 pounds. They are also coming off a season where they won their regional before falling to Coleman in the team sectional semis.


Bonduel boasts four ranked wrestlers and one honorable mention. Luis Lagunes is an honorable mention at 132 pounds. Jayson Toellner is ranked eighth at 138 pounds, Max Sokolski is ranked sixth at 160 pounds, Donovan Vigueis 10th at 170 pounds, and 

Kaden Bergsbaken is ranked ninth at 195 pounds. 


The first match begins at 5:30 p.m. with subsequent matches taking place on the hour after that.

Pioneer boys pound Tigers

A 47-point offensive outburst by the Sevastopol Pioneers helped lead its boys' basketball team to a 73-53 win over visiting Tigerton on Monday night in Institute.


The two teams kept it close early, but the Tigers scored five unanswered points in the final three minutes to give them the 32-26 advantage at the break. It was all Pioneers after that as they outscored the Tigers 47-21 after halftime. The Pioneers opened the frame on an 11-3 run and closed it out on a 12-0 run. Cole Dvorak led the Pioneers with 21 points while Logan Beyer (15), Jack DeYoung (13) and Hunter Bemmann (11) also reached double figures. Kaeden Miller led the Tigers with 23 points in the loss.


The Pioneers will have to bounce back quickly as they play at Sturgeon Bay Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Pioneers look to start streak against Tigerton

The Sevastopol Pioneers are looking to finally get into the groove of the season when they play at home against Tigerton on Monday night.


The Pioneers have only played a pair of games this season including a 75-30 loss to Oconto on December 3rd. COVID-19 protocols have kept the team off the court in the time since then. Hunter Bemmann scored 11 points in the loss. The Pioneers could have gotten back onto the court on Saturday, but that game was postponed against Algoma. 


Tigerton enters the matchup have already played seven games, including a 60-50 win over Northland Lutheran on December 22nd. Kaeden Miller leads the team in scoring with just over 11 points a game while Asher Michaelis leads it in rebounds (8.7 rpg) and assists (1.7 apg).


Tip is set for 7:30 p.m.

Sevastopol earns first win

The Sevastopol Pioneers girls’ basketball team found their first victory of the season over the Sturgeon Bay Clippers on New Years Eve, 41-24. 


The Pioneers (1-2) saw their first victory over Sturgeon Bay (0-4) in five years. Sevastopol’s Bailey Rikkola led her team on an offensive mission in the first half of play by dropping 12 points. Sturgeon Bay’s offense was stunned early when Sevastopol head coach Ben Rikkola applied a defensive press to limit the Clippers to a 6-point first half. Second half play saw the Pioneers generate 21 points to solidify a 17-point road victory over the Clippers. Ashley Alberts featured as Sturgeon Bay’s leading scorer while Emma Reinhardt added a pair of baskets as well. Sevastopol’s Rikkola finished with 16 points and Zoe Kuehn reached double-digit figures as well with 10 points. 


Sevastopol head girls basketball coach Ben Rikkola said after the game he was happy to get a win under his belt: 



Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay will continue their classic Packerland Conference rivalry with another game on January 7th.

Pioneers, Clippers both search for first win

The Sevastopol Pioneers girls’ basketball team will visit the Sturgeon Bay Clippers on New Years Eve for a Packerland Conference showdown. 


The two programs will be seeking their first win of the season as they have seen slow starts in both non-conference and conference play. The Clippers have found themselves struggling in their two games, most recently coming off a 60-44 loss to Gibraltar. The Pioneers are in a winless boat as well after losing a non-conference matchup to Menahsa and having their season placed on COVID-19 hold for a month until playing Kewaunee on Tuesday night. The last time these two squads faced off was February of 2020, that game favored the Clippers by one point, 35-34. The conference implication matchup will tip-off at 10am.

Sevastopol, Kewaunee dual for conference implications

The Sevastopol Pioneers girls’ basketball team will host the Kewaunee Storm for a Tuesday night Packerland Conference tip-off. 


Sevastopol is coming off a three week athletic department pause after dealing with COVID-19 protocols. The Pioneers have not seen any conference game action so they will truly be tested with an undefeated conference team in Kewaunee. Sevastopol has one game under their belt that dates back to the end of November when they fell short to the Roncalli Jets, 59-48. Kewaunee has three games played in the last month but has not seen a victory since December 18th. The two programs last met in February of 2020 in which the Storm blew the Pioneers out, 76-42. The first whistle sounds at 7:30pm.

Sevastopol looks to bounce back

The Sevastopol Pioneers travel to the Peshtigo Bulldogs for a conference matchup. The Pioneers fell to the Bulldogs twice last season but have had some early success this season with a 2-1 record. Peshtigo is coming off a season opening conference win over Marinette and looks to repeat history from last year against the Pioneers. Both squads will be participating in their second conference game of the year while Sevastopol is looking to gain their first conference win. Tip-off is at 7:30pm. 

Sevastopol drops to Oconto

The Sevastopol Pioneers boys’ basketball team dropped a conference game to the Oconto Blue Devils on Thursday night, 75-30.


Sevastopol head coach Ron Frank’s team entered the game 1-0 after a non-conference win on Tuesday. The Pioneers couldn't keep up with the Blue Devils offensive play in the first half. Oconto increased their lead significantly to end the first half, 44-11. The Blue Devils started the second half with a 12-0 scoring run and showed no mercy towards the Pioneers throughout the rest of the game. Hunter Bemmann led Sevastopol with 11 points in the loss.


Sevastopol falls to 0-1 in conference play and takes on Peshtigo next Tuesday, December 8th.

Pioneers boys' basketball opens conference play

The Sevastopol Pioneers will get their first Packerland Conference test of the season when it hosts the Oconto Blue Devils Thursday night.


The Pioneers opened their season with a 60-32 win over NEWCHAA earlier this week. Cole Dvorak led the way with 14 points and Hunter Bemmann chipped in another 11 points in the victory. The Blue Devils are also coming off their first victory of the season, downing Wabeno/Laona 63-52 in a road matchup. Caleb Moe led the way for the Blue Devils in the victory, collecting 24 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.


Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Sevastopol boys' basketball makes season debut

The Sevastopol boys' basketball team gets their season underway Tuesday night when they face the Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers Athletic Associaton.


The Pioneers are coming off an 8-15 season last year and are looking to improve on that under new head basketball coach Ron Frank. They will have to do so without their top scorers from last season in Robby Pollman, Brent Haberli, and Josh Pflieger. The trio of seniors averaged 38 of the team's 62.5 points last season. 


The game begins at 7:30 p.m. in Institute.

Sevastopol girls' basketball fall in season opener

The Sevastopol Pioneers girl’s varsity basketball team suffered a season opening loss on Saturday against the Roncalli Jets, 48-56. Head coach Ben Rikkola entered this game in his second season as the governor of the program. Rikkola’s squad finished shooting 33% from the field to the Jets 35%. Sevastopol and Roncalli both finished with 34 rebounds on the night while the Pioneers topped the Jets in steals, 7/6. The Pioneers are scheduled to play Northeast Wisconsin Christian Home School on Monday, November 30th.

Sevastopol's Brooke Tanck prepares for winter

Sevastopol high school athletic director and talent coordinator Brooke Tanck has dealt with unprecedented times in her short tenure. After being named head of the athletic department back in May of 2020, Tanck has dealt with the pandemic right from day one with her new role. Tanck is preparing for winter sports seasons to the best of her capability. 



Winter sports will find themselves starting up as the WIAA released schedules for high schools across the state earlier this fall. Sevastopol combines their swimming program with Southern Door High School, Gibraltar High School and Sturgeon Bay High School to make up the Door County United swim team. Sevastopol also combines their wrestling program with Sturgeon Bay High School. Sevastopol boys' and girls' basketball have started their seasons as well.

Sevastopol finishes fifth in state

The Sevastopol Pioneers girls cross country team closed out their 2020 campaign with a fifth-place finish in the WIAA Division 3 State Meet on Saturday.


The team scored 160 points, finishing behind state champion Lancaster (93), Ozaukee, Kickapoo/LaFarge, and Gillett.


Leading the Pioneers was senior Olivia Stenzel, who saved her best for last as she ran a personal record of 19:36 overall to take seventh overall and second out of scoring runners. Jolene Luedtke finished her freshman campaign with a personal record of her own, running a time of 21:04, shaving approximately 44 seconds off her time. Kylie Newton ran a time of 21:25 to shave off nearly 30 seconds off her best time this season. Bea Dramm followed suit with a time 22:08, which was good for a 60+ second personal record on the season. Rachel Wilke ran 24:00, which was a 57 improvement from sectionals and 21 seconds better then her previous best. LIbby Ash finished her freshman campaign with a time of 24:41 and McKenzie Wiesner's final race was a time of 25:17.


Full Results can be found here




State meet offers an interesting wrinkle

When the Sevastopol girls cross country team takes the course in West Salem on Saturday afternoon, many of the teams they will be competing against will have already run.


COVID-19 has forced the state meet to divide up by division. Those divisions are then divided into three different sessions for the girls and boys to compete in during the course of the day. The Pioneers will hit the course at 3:30 p.m., by which time eight other teams and three other flights of individual qualifiers would have already ran. Senior Olivia Stenzel is not a stranger to the state meet, but even this is a little unique for her.

Joining Stenzel on the course at Maple Grove Venues in West Salem are Jolene Luedtke, Kylie Newton, Bea Dramm, Libby Ash, McKenzie Wiesner, and Rachel Wilke. They will be joined by Gillett, Ozaukee, and Catholic Memorial.