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Sevastopol High School

Sevastopol Drops Opener

The Sevastopol football team lost its season opener 76-22 at home against Auburndale on Saturday. This was the first meeting between the two as it’s Auburndale’s first season playing 8-man. The Pioneers got off to a rough start as the Apaches jumped out to a quick 24-0 lead. Sevastopol was able to methodically go down the field and cut the lead to 24-8. The Apaches would answer back instantly and took that momentum to a 48-16 lead at the half. The run continued in the second half as Auburndale scored on their first three possessions with each drive only taking two plays. Sevastopol had a few explosive plays of their own including a Spencer Evenson 72-yard touchdown run and a Logan Beyer 20-yard touchdown reception on 4th and 11. In the end, Auburndale’s ground attack was too much for Sevastopol as they gave up 400+ rushing yards in the 76-22 defeat. The two will meet again on October 10.


Sevastopol will travel to Algoma to take on the Wolves on Friday at 7:00 pm.


Sevastopol Football Kicks Off


Not many thought we would be here but we are. It’s officially football season. After much doubt, Sevastopol will be playing football this fall as they start their season by hosting Auburndale on Saturday. Sevastopol has zero experience against the Apaches as it’s Auburndale’s first season playing 8-man football. There is a lot of speculation on what their game plan will be. The good news though is that this year’s Pioneers squad differs from last year. They have 26 players on the roster and plenty of kids with a lot of experience. Coach Ron Frank says their front line should be a strength this season. 

Even though there will be football played this fall, it’s hard to imagine what could’ve been in any other regular season. Coach Frank thinks that this year’s team was good enough to win a title. 

Sevastopol will play host to Auburndale on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The entire conversation can be found in podcasts.   


Stenzel wins first cross country meet of the year

Another meet, another win for Sevastopol's Olivia Stenzel as she won the first meet of the year at Southern Door.


Stenzel's 20:30 on the 5K course helped lead the Pioneer girls to the 24-31-NS win over Oconto and Southern Door respectively. The Pioneers had all five scoring runners finish in the top 10.


Olivia Stenzel 20:30

Jolene Luedtke 21:48

Rachel Wilke 24:42

Cassie Rankin 24:50

Libby Ash 25:34

Natalie Zajowski 35:01


The Pioneer boys did not have enough runners to field a full team, but all three of their runners finished in under 22 minutes.


Noah Tomaszewski 19:12

Scott Andreae 19:27

Ezra Linnan 21:10




Pioneers volleyball hosts Oconto Thursday

Sevastopol's volleyball team will play its first match of the season at home when it hosts Oconto Thursday night.


The Pioneers are coming off a 10-18 campaign where they went winless in the Packerland Conference regular season before beating Algoma in the tournament. They also were able to advance in the WIAA Tournament last year, winning a nailbiter against Manitowoc Lutheran 3-2 before falling to Oostburg in straight sets. While the team will have to replace All First-Team Conference performer Mya Ploor, it still has honorable mention performer Rebekah Andreae waiting in the wings for her senior season. The Blue Devils have played five matches so far this season, splitting its matches in Howards Grove against NEW Lutheran and Howards Grove before sweeping its own quad last weekend against Valders, NEW Lutheran, and Peshtigo. 


First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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.


Sevastopol adding onto fall schedules

Now that Packerland teams can play if they fall under certain metrics, Sevastopol is working to finalize their fall schedules.


Because of cooperative agreements with Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar, the school's swimming and soccer teams respectively will not be competing this fall. Volleyball could open play as soon as Thursday at home against Oconto at 7 p.m. It also has matchups at Peshtigo (9/29), against Stockbridge (10/3 at 10 a.m.), and at NEW Lutheran (10/6). Regionals would start on 10/22, but there are three open dates that could be filled, two of which against Algoma and Southern Door. Kewaunee's move to virtual classes last week puts the Pioneers' October 8th matchup in question as of right now. Cross country will compete at Southern Door on Thursday against the Eagles and Oconto before hosting NEW Lutheran and Southern Door on October 1st and Peshtigo October 8th. The boys conference meet will be at Gibraltar on October 13th while Sevastopol will host the girls' meet at their home route of Cherry Hills Golf Course on October 15th.


The football team has at least six teams and a playoff game penciled in on their schedule with an open date on October 23rd. The Pioneers will have home-and-homes against Auburndale (9/26 at home, 10/10 on the road, 1 p.m. kickoffs) and Algoma (10/2 on the road, 10/16 at home with 7 p.m. kickoffs). The Pioneers will end the season with two home games starting with Halloween homecoming celebration against Greenwood at 1 p.m. and St. Mary's on November 6th. A playoff game could occur the following the week.


Athletic Director Brooke Tanck says the schedule can change at any point due to the pandemic. That includes if the team falls inside certain metrics that could limit fans and cancel games outright.

Sevastopol Preparing to Play

As schools are still hesitant on whether to play sports this fall, Sevastopol has decided to move forward as they prepare to play. Sevastopol’s middle school and high school football, volleyball, and cross country teams will be practicing by next week. Brooke Tanck says that each coach and athlete goes through regular screening. 

Along with regular screenings, athletes must be masked at all times unless they are performing a high intensity workout. During these high intensity portions of practice, athletes are required to practice social distancing. Coaches are also responsible for cleaning equipment before, during, and after practice. Sevastopol kicked off their fall sports as the football team traveled to Menasha on Saturday for a scrimmage.


Sevastopol honors Pioneer Running Challenge finishers

Sevastopol School District recognized 13 athletes Tuesday afternoon for completing the Pioneer Running Challenge. Finishers had to cover at least 10 miles for seven consecutive weeks. The three students with the most miles got a second recognition.


Activity level downgrade could lead to sports

Athletic teams at Sevastopol and other Door County schools got good news from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services this week.


The COVID-19 activity level in Door County has been lowered to moderate, which makes it one of just eight counties that can make that claim. It allows schools in the Packerland Conference, which includes the Pioneers and county rivals Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Gibraltar, to compete.


They would likely have to compete among themselves in Door County however since they are only allowed to participate against other Packerland Conference opponents. The counties of Brown, Kewaunee, Oconto, and Marinette remain in the high category. It means the Pioneers do not have an eight-man football opponent to play and Southern Door is in the same boat on the 11-man side. All four Door County schools are allowing their cross country teams to compete this fall while Sevastopol and Southern Door are allowing their volleyball teams to participate. 

Mighty Pioneers gauging fall sports interest

With basketball possibly out of the question, the Mighty Pioneers are asking parents what sports their kids may be interested in this fall.


The group posted a survey for parents on its Facebook page on Monday with concerns that the usual fall basketball slate may be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Softball and football may be options for kids going into grades 4th through 6th. Basketball may still be an option in the future, but it will most likely have to wait until the spring. You can find the link for the survey below.



Local schools host code meetings

The seasons may be delayed, but local schools are still hosting their athletic code meetings over the coming weeks.


Sevastopol will host their athletic code meetings over the course of four weeks. That schedule is as follows:

Monday, August 3rd: High School Girls Swimming & Diving 5:30-6:30 PM

Monday, August 3rd: Middle School & High School Cross Country 6:45-7:45 PM

Monday, August 17th: Middle School & High School Football 5:30-6:30 PM

Monday, August 17th: Middle School & High School Volleyball 7:00-8:00 PM

Monday, August 17th: High School Boys Soccer 8:15-9:15 PM


Algoma recently hosted their fall sports meeting. You can find the link for that below:



Sevastopol introduces new cross country coach

The Sevastopol Pioneers will have a new high school cross country coach when the team starts cranking out the miles this fall.


Annie Kapolnek introduced herself as the new coach as a part of a video posted on the school district's Facebook page earlier this week. In the almost two-minute video, Kapolnek encouraged runners to put in the miles over the summer before practices in August. She also announced that Dennis Ploor will be an assistant coach for the team. You can view the video below:


 In other Sevastopol-related running news, the district's PTO announced it was canceling the 2020 edition of its Door County Turkey Trot due to COVID-19 concerns.'s Champion of Champions Series: 2009 Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol Girls Swimming

Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol join forces on many things, but maybe none more successful than the 2009 swim team that won state.


Scoring 201 points, the Clippineers out scored DeForest and Whitefish Bay to take the title. Savanna Townsend won the state title as a freshman in the 50 yard freestyle with a 23.86. She would join Sierra Townsend, Michaela Rabas, and McKenzie Trelka to set a state record in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.02. The team would post seven other top 10 performances in the state meet held at the UW Natatorium in Madison.


See the full results here

Pioneers announce scholar-athlete awards

Caden Kacmarynski, Evan Lardinois, Kailee Moe, and Mya Ploor all received extra recognition for their hard work in athletics and in the classroom this week.


Nominated by Sevastopol principal Adam Baier, Kacmarynski, Lardinois, Moe, and Ploor were all named Packerland Conference Scholar-Athletes. In order to be recognized, they had to be a second-semester senior, have earned at least four varsity letters, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 during their time in high school.

Sevastopol Spring Sports Senior Day: Baseball

Sevastopol head baseball coach Kent Berkley will have to wait another year to manage.

Berkley left Sturgeon Bay at the end of last year for the opportunity to manage the Pioneers after the team went 3-14 in 2019. Robby Pollman and Josh Pflieger were returning all-conference performers for the team with  Jacob Pflieger, Caleb Malvitz, Arthur Hocevar and Johnny Jorns all slated to return as well. Even though his time with his seniors were short, Berkley left them with some thoughts about baseball during a recently posted spring sports tribute.


After graduation, Pollman will be attending St. Norbert and studying Business. Josh Pflieger will attend UW-Platteville to study Computer Science. Jacob Pflieger will be attending UW-Stevens Point and studying Natural Resources. Malvitz will be attending NWTC and studying Electrical Power Distribution Program. Hocevar will be attending NWTC and studying Electrical Engineering Technology. Jorns will be attending NWTC and studying Fire Medic and Fire Science.


Screenshot from Sevastopol Spring Sports Salute, which you can find below



Sevastopol Spring Sports Senior Day: Softball

For Allison Daubner, Karoline Jordan, Lauren Junion, and Melissa Lopez, the 2020 Sevastopol softball will always be what might've been.


The Pioneers went 4-14 last year but won two of their final three games to advance to the second round of the WIAA playoffs. Junion was a second-team All-Packerland Conference performer last year as an infielder. In a spring sports tribute video, Pioneers head coach Brooke Bittorf offered these words.


After graduation, Junion will be attending US Army National Guard then Marquette and studying Nursing. Daubner will be attending Carroll University and studying Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Jordan will be attending UW-River Falls and studying Equine Science. Lopez will be 

will be attending UW-Stout and studying Graphic Communications.


Screen shot from spring sports video posted by Sevastopol School District, which is available below:


Sevastopol Track Senior Day: Mya Ploor

Sevastopol's Mya Ploor could have been on the doorstep for three different events at the state track meet if she had a senior season this year.


In addition to being on the state runner-up 4 x 800M relay team with Zoe Kuehn, Lizzy Fiscus, and Olivia Stenzel, she was also a sectional qualifier in the 4 x 400M relay and the 800M. She was also improving in many of her events, running two personal records and within shout distance of another in pole vault. Sevastopol track coach Dennis Ploor says her career is not done yet.

After this year, she will be attending Luther College and studying Music Education.




Sevastopol Track Senior Day: Kiegen Sargent

Sevastopol's Kiegen Sargent was hoping to improve on his state placement in one event and qualify in another before his senior season was cut short just six days in.


Sargent placed sixth at the WIAA State Track Meet held LaCrosse last year in long jump, setting a one foot personal record in the process. Reaching the 20 foot barrier seven times in 2019, he leapt 21' 5" at state to capture a medal. Sargent missed out on state in the 100M dash, but improved from his 2018 sectional time. Sevastopol track coach Dennis Ploor said in the school's spring sports video salute video that even though his four-year senior year was cut short, Sargent has big things on the horizon.


After this year, he will be joining the National Guard Infantry and UW-Stevens Point and studying Forestry.


2019 Season Highlights (full stats at



11.90PR May 20 WIAA D3 Regional-Algoma



24.10SR May 13 Packerland Conference Meet


Long Jump

21' 5PR Jun 1 WIAA D3 State Track & Field Championships


4 x 400M

4:07.11 May 7 Algoma Invitational
Scott AndreaeLogan BeyerKiegen SargentNoah Tomaszewski



Sevastopol Track Senior Day: Lizzy Fiscus

Sevastopol's Lizzy Fiscus will sadly not have a chance a gold medal after COVID-19 concerns canceled the 2020 spring sports season.


Fiscus, along with Zoe Kuehn, Mya Ploor, Lizzy Fiscus, Olivia Stenzel, ran on the 4x800 team that took second in the state last year with a time of just over 10 minutes flat. As an individual, Fiscus ran four personal record times during her junior year including the 400 meter, 800 meter, 3200 meter, and 2000 meter steeplechase. She was also a part of a sectional qualifying 4 x 400M relay team. Sevastopol Track Coach Dennis Ploor was optimistic for Fiscus in Sevastopol's spring sports video tribute.



During her years in the district, Fiscus was also a member of the school's Destination Imagination team and FFA chapter. She also won the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary's choral music award in 2018. 


2019 Season Highlights



1:09.44PR May 7 Algoma Invitational



2:37.82PR May 20 WIAA D3 Regional-Algoma



13:59.50PR Apr 22 Door County Classic (Packerland Quad)



2000M Steeplechase

9:01.75PR Apr 26 St. Norbert Elite Meet



4x400M Relay

5 4:20.65May 23WIAA D3 Princeton Sectional
Lizzy Fiscus, Kylie Newton, Mya Ploor, Rylee Krishka


4x800 M Relay

10:00.91 May 31 WIAA D3 State Track & Field Championships
Zoe KuehnMya PloorLizzy FiscusOlivia Stenzel


Sevastopol Track Senior Day: Kailee Moe

Sevastopol's Kailee Moe tried a little bit of everything during her two full season on the track team.


Joining the team in 2018, Moe has competed in the 100M, 200M, Discus, Pole Vault, Long Jump, and two different relays.  She set personal records last year in the 100M, discus, and long jump. In the spring sports salute video, Sevastopol head coach Dennis Ploor had some fun with the senior.


After this year, Moe will be attending Milwaukee School of Engineering and studying Biomedical Engineering. 


2019 Season Highlights (full profile at



20  15.48PR May 7 Algoma Invitational



15  54' 1PR May 13 Packerland Conference Meet


Pole Vault

5' 6 May 13 Packerland Conference Meet


Long Jump

11' 10PR Apr 25 18th Annual Luxemburg-Casco Spartan Invitational


Sevastopol Track Senior Day: Kelton Couperus

Kelton Couperus' career as a Sevastopol track athlete might be as short as his time at the school itself.


Coperus started the year at Mellen High School, located near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. According to, he had a personal record of 20:28 in the 5K event at the Indianhead Conference Copperud Open in Solon Springs. Sevastopol Track Coach Dennis Ploor said in the school's spring sports video that Coperus was an inspiration.


After this year, Coperus will be attending Brigham Young University and studying Biophysics.



Sevastopol Track Senior Day: Madison Duginski

Madison Duginksi's track career was only six days old when COVID-19 canceled the rest of the season, but she can still look back at the cross country season with high regard.


According to, Duginski tried her hand at distance running last fall, running a 34:24 in her first 5K race. She improved the whole season, cutting off two minutes on her time her next two meets before running sub-30 minute races the rest of the year. Her personal record was at the Packerland Conference meet with a time of 28:13. That was a six-minute personal record on Gibraltar's home course. Head coach Dennis Ploor said in the school spring sports video that it was fun six days with Duginski.


After this year, Duginski will be joining the United States Navy and doing Nuclear Mechanics.



Sevastopol Golf Senior Day: Tyler Kiehnau

The golfer that caused Sevastopol head coach Dan Sanborn to take over the reins in 2020 will be the one he will get to coach the least.


One year removed from being the team's and the area's only All-Packerland Conference honoree, Tyler Kiehnau was the Pioneer's lone senior. He was hoping to build on last year's success to clinch a berth to the state golf tournament in Madison. He scored an 86 in last year's Crivitz sectional, which was good for ninth place. Sanborn hopes golf is something he is able to take with him through life.


After graduation, Kiehnau is attending St. Norbert College to study marketing.


Photo and audio from a spring sports tribute video posted by Sevastopol School District last week. will highlight the seniors from all of the schools as a part of its Senior Night Series brought you by Culver's, Door County Medical Center, and Nicolet National Bank.



Sevastopol salutes spring sports athletes

The coaches at Sevastopol High School took to video to thank their athletes and give special shout-outs to their seniors.


In a video posted Friday morning and kicked off by athletic director Jennifer Wiesner, golf coach Dan Sanborn, baseball coach Kent Berkley, track coach Dennis Ploor, softball coach Brooke Bittorf,  and soccer coach Chad Andreae each gave special messages to their teams that had their season cut short or not even start in some cases due to COVID-19.


We will highlight the seniors with special Senior Day posts in the near future on's Champion of Champions Series: 2006 Sevastopol Cross Country

Sevastopol has always had a strong cross country team, but none stronger than their 2006 squad.


The Pioneers placed three of its top seven runners in the top 25 runners linked to teams, outscoring second-place Edgar 109-132.  Racheal Wilson, a freshman at the time, was the top runner for the Pioneers that day, taking 14th place overall with a time of 15:51 in the 4K race. Haley Moeller came in 18th place and Annie Bley came in 39th overall to help Sevastopol earn the title. The Pioneers earned their spot as a team by winning their own sectional, beating second place Oshkosh Lourdes 42-63.


Click here to see the Sevastopol Sectional results


Click here to see the state meet results