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Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club to host camp

Sturgeon Bay soccer players will still be able to take to the pitch this fall.


With the fall season called off due to COVID-19, the Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club will host a camp on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 10th through mid-October. The camp is open to 5th through 8th graders and will feature coaches from the club and high school programs running players through a variety of drills and scrimmages in small groups. More information can be found below.


SBSC fall soccer camp In lieu of a normal season, SBSC will be sponsoring a fall soccer camp. Tuesdays and Thursdays,...

Posted by Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club on Monday, September 7, 2020


Sturgeon Bay joins fall 7 on 7 league

For a second straight season, Sturgeon Bay was able to shake off adversity to find a way to the football field this fall.


The Clippers will be featured in the National Youth Football Organization Friday Night Showcase held at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon beginning this Friday. Along with Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay is one of the only two eight-man football programs in the 11-team field and likely among the smallest of schools. The passing league was co-created by former Sturgeon Bay football standout Chris Griesen as a way to highlight local players who will not be playing this fall due to concerns around the coronavirus. The league is not sanctioned by the WIAA or its member schools but will feature WIAA referees who are not working other games around the state. Games will take place at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on two different fields inside the ballpark. Fans are allowed for $7 (adults) and $4 (students and kids).


Last year the Clippers made a late decision to switch from 11-man football to the eight-man league and had to travel far and wide to get a partial season in for the kids that came out for the team.


Below is the partial regular-season schedule. A tournament will follow.



9/11 vs Green Bay West 7 p.m.

9/18 vs Gibraltar 6 p.m.

9/25 vs Oshkosh North 6 p.m.

10/2 vs Bay Port 8 p.m.

10/9 vs De Pere 6 p.m.

10/16 vs Gibraltar 8 p.m.

10/23 vs Edgerton 7 p.m., Lomira 8 p.m.


Sturgeon Bay juggles participating in several conferences

A majority of Sturgeon Bay High School sports play in the Packerland Conference, but not all. As different leagues work to start up amid COVID-19, Clipper athletic teams are subject to different rules. The Packerland forbids squads from traveling into counties where COVID-19 activity is classified as high. You can play other schools within your county, but not across boundaries. For example, cross country teams in Door County, currently at a moderate level of disease, cannot participate in meets against Algoma or Kewaunee High Schools. With several county schools offering the sport, it is still possible to put on meets with multiple participants. 

But what about swimming, which has one team for the entire county? Or girls’ golf offered only by Sturgeon Bay? Athletic Director Todd Miekle says the school has settled on the solution of having all sports abide by Packerland rules, even when the conference they are in does not have the same restrictions. That means, for now, getting into the pool or on the links has been a lot trickier. Golf’s conference opponents are in Brown, Shawano, and Outagamie Counties, where COVID-19 is still high. Seven of the eight schools have participated in meets so far this year, with Sturgeon Bay abstaining. A tournament scheduled for August 24th in Sturgeon Bay was canceled. 


Former Sturgeon Bay star spearheads football league

You can thank former Sturgeon Bay football player Chris Greisen for saving the fall for several local football players.


According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Greisen was working on developing the The Friday Night Showcase, a 7-on-7 non-contact league that plans to begin next month. He has since turned the keys over to Steve Childers, who is part of the National Youth Football Organization. Greisen has been organizing 7 on 7 tournaments for a long time, even after he accepted a role to coach at West De Pere High School. The hope is 16 teams would participate in the league, which has a $2,500 registration fee and would play its games at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon.  

Sturgeon Bay pushes fall contact sports to spring

There will be no contact sports this fall at Sturgeon Bay. Athletic Director Todd Meikle shared the news with coaches Wednesday evening after the Sturgeon Bay School Board meeting voted to suspend the fall contact sports season. The decision affects football, volleyball, and boys soccer. Sports like swimming, cross country, and golf can have practices, but will not be able to participate in competitions until the COVID-19 activity level in Door County dips to the low or moderate level. 


It was one of four options presented to the school board Wednesday. The other options included:


-Letting all fall sports continue under the recommended guidelines of the WIAA and the Packerland Conference. This would have been in step with what approved by Kewaunee and Southern Door earlier this week.


-Cancel all fall sports regardless of contact level and push them to the alternative spring season. 


-Teams could have practiced this fall and have their games rescheduled if necessary to the spring if they could not play them this fall. This would not work for the swimming and golf teams, who have seen their Bay Conference members already start their seasons this week.


More communication from Sturgeon Bay School District is expected later on Thursday.

Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club still planning for fall

The Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club is still hopeful to get kids on the pitch this fall.


In a Facebook post on Thursday, the SBSC reminded parents that even though they used to accept registrations past its normal date, this year they'd like to see those forms come in before August 28th. The organization will also follow WIAA, WYSA, and Wisconsin Health Department recommendations for the development of a COVID-19 protocol, which will be released at a later time. If all goes well, the season will start along with the high school kids on September 7th.

Sturgeon Bay adds coaches

There will be new faces on the sidelines for some Sturgeon Bay athletics squads this coming school year.


Stephen Jacobson was reccommended to fill the open Assistant Football coaching position after Nick Kita resigned from the post at the end of the school year.  


Krista Moyer and Kelly Oram-Rankin to take the reins of the Varsity Girls Swim coaching position. According to the district, the pair will act as co-head coaches and split the appropriate
coaching stipend.

Sturgeon Bay plans ahead for overnight road trips

Sturgeon Bay athletes can count on at least a couple overnight trips before a trip to state is earned.


The school board was asked to approve four road-trips for the 2020-2021 school year that would require overnight stays. Those events include:

  • Varsity Boys Soccer: Tournament at the Prairie School in Racine September 4-5, 2020
  • Varsity Boys Soccer: Tournament at Cedarburg High School September 25-26, 2020
  • Varsity Wrestling: “War on the Shore” Holiday Wrestling Tournament at UW-Oshkosh December 28-29, 2020
  • Varsity Girls Soccer: Tournament at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee May 14-15, 2021

Fundraising will be a part of the equation to fund these trips since the school district does not use tax dollars to pay for accommodations or upgrades in transportation.


Sturgeon Bay football chomping at the bit

Sturgeon Bay football coach Jim Adams doesn’t know exactly what the schedule will look, but he says the staff and players in the program are eager and rearin’ to get back on the field. This week, Adams will be meeting with school and district officials to establish guidelines on returning to play. Adams says that gives everyone time to carefully study the WIAA’s recommendations for summer activities involving contact. A player meeting is set for Thursday night. While the WIAA has not yet made a ruling on fall sports, Adams says he is most concerned with the body getting things right. He insists that participation will be strong, regardless of when the final decision is made.


Adams says the staff has developed schedules for a host of contingencies and is confident that no matter how discussions play out this week, the program is on a firm footing for the 2020 season.'s Champion of Champions Series: 2004 Sturgeon Bay/Southern Door Swimming

Sturgeon Bay/Southern Door scored even more points in the WIAA Division 2 boys swim meet to capture their second straight title in 2004. 


The squad scored 309 points, beating second place Whitefish Bay by amlost 40 points and third place Whitnall by just over 90. Its relays dominated again, winning three state titles. Those teams were the 200 yard medley relay (1:38.70 40,  1) Dennis Knipfer 10 2) Luke Cummings 10 3) Shane Eliason 11 4) Chris Richard 10), 200 yard freestyle relay (1:27.59 40, 1) Kevin Campbell 11 2) Luke Cummings 10 3) Sam Parent 10 4) Chris Richard 10), and the 400 yard freestyle (3:14.17 40 1) Dennis Knipfer 10 2) Kevin Campbell 11 3) Sam Parent 10 4) Shane Eliason 11). 


Shane Eliason repeated as state champion in the 100 yard backstoke while the rest of the team added in several top 10 performances


Click here to see the full results from the 2004 state meet's Champion of Champions Series: 2003 Sturgeon Bay/Southern Door Swimming

All dynasties have a beginning, and one just happened to start in 2003 with the Sturgeon Bay/Southern Door swimming team.


It started a streak of four straight state championships for the program. In 2003, the squad captured the title with 266 points, beating second place McFarland by 40 points and third-place Whitefish Bay by 90 points. Winning state titles was the 200 medley relay team of Mitch Dyer, Colin Adelmeyer, Jake Mauermann, Jack Pomprowitz with a time of 1:40.61, 200 freestyle relay team of Kevin Campbell, Luke Cummings, Sam Parent, Chris Richard with a time of 1:29.79, and the 400 yard freestyle relay team of Adam Buhalog, Tim Kolk, Derrick O'Donnell, Patrick Croak with a time of 3:16.75.


Shane Eliason led the individuals participating in the state meet by winning the 100 yard back stroke in just over 54 seconds.


Click here to see the full results from the state meet in 2003 

Four Clippers win Athletic Achievement Award

Four Sturgeon Bay seniors earned some extra hardware before they graduated over the weekend.


In a virtual award ceremony, athletic director Todd Meikle presented the Senior Athletic Awards to Adison Benzinger (soccer, basketball, track), Jake Schneider (baseball), Katie Frank (volleyball, soccer), and Marina Jeanquart (athletic training). Sarah Bridenhagen earned special recognition for her own efforts, becoming the first Clipper to graduate as a three-sport letter winner in golf, basketball, and softball and graduate with a 4.0 GPA.
's Champion of Champions Series: Sturgeon Bay Boys Track

Two relay teams helped the Sturgeon Bay Clippers win a state championship in boys' track in 1959.


Sturgeon Bay took first place in the state meet with 21 points, outpacing Plymouth and Kimberly to capture the school's first and only title in the sport. Doug Reichard, Robert Peterson, Robert Schmidt, and Jim Anderson appeared on both of the title-winning relay teams, which combined to score 20 of the Clippers' 21 points. The 880 yds (today's modern 4 x 200m) relay ran a time 1:34.1 and completed the medley relay in 3:41.1. Roger Crass gave the Clippers the final point on the weekend, earning a fifth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 124 feet. Dan Austad also competed for the Clippers at the 1959 state track meet, participating in the broad jump event, and a couple of fouls away from earning his own individual title according to the Door County Advocate on June 2, 1959.

Sturgeon Bay Senior Day: The First Timers

Seth Anderson, Adison Benzinger, Dylan Burk, Eli Dietzel, and Kolin Hunsader were all first year track athletes. The potential for success that this group of athletes possesses was substantial and had the coaches excited across the board. The success these guys have had in the past in other sports would have spilled over to track and helped reclaim the boys conference title. The “what if” about this group is very representative of the whole state of high school athletics during this tough time. They will be greatly missed.

Sturgeon Bay Track Senior Day: David Condra

Although starting with sprints early in his track career, David’s true talents lay in the mid-distance races. David’s experience as a varsity wrestler brought a quiet toughness to his competition. He was an integral member of the distance relays and would rise to any challenge. His goals this year were to help lead the boys distance squad and raise the bar to the expectations of a conference championship. He was able to be counted on to do his best and expected the same from others. His quiet leadership will be greatly missed. 


2019 Season Highlights



5:42.87PR May 20 WIAA Division 2 Regional



5:42.87PR May 20 WIAA Division 2 Regional


High Jump

4' 4 Apr 9 Peshtigo Quad 4/9


Long Jump

11  14' 5.25PR Apr 9 Peshtigo Quad 4/9


4 x 400M Relay

  4:09.48 Apr 9 Peshtigo Quad 4/9
Kellen HachtCarson DvorakAmir HansenDavid Condra


4 x 800M

10:05.76 Apr 25 Oconto Falls Invitational
Ian BartzDavid CondraCarson DvorakHenry Pudlo



Full Statistics



Sturgeon Bay Track Senior Day: CJ Fairchild

This year would have CJ’s first returning year in boys track and field. He was a valuable point earner and teammate last year. CJ scored points throughout the year in the  long jump, 100, and 200 meter dash, but it was his contribution in the sprint relays that he took the most pride in. He earned 2nd place at the 2019 Packerland Conference meet in the 4 x 100 meter relay along with Storm Adams (jr), Ian Johanski (so), and  Amir Hansen. He also placed 4th in the 4 x 200 meter relay along with Storm Adams (jr), Caleb Mallette, and Andre Williams. CJ would have had an important leg in those relays again this season and his contributions will be greatly missed.


2019 Highlights



12.37PR Apr 9 Peshtigo Quad 4/9



25.81PR Apr 22 Door County Classic (Packerland Quad)


Long Jump

16' 6.5PR Apr 2 Door Kewaunee Challenge


4 x 100M

47.05 May 13 Packerland Conference Meet
Storm AdamsIan JohanskiCJ FairchildAmir Hansen


4 x 200M

1:41.60 May 3 Two Rivers Invitational
Storm AdamsCaleb MalletteCJ FairchildIan Johanski


Full statistics




Sturgeon Bay Girls Soccer Senior Day: Alexis Ruiz

This was going to be Alex’s breakout year as a forward.  As a senior she was looking to contribute and lead her team to a 3rd Conference Championship and even a Regional Title.  To younger players she reminds them to “be a family”.  She also encourages them to remember the  team “has you back” and most importantly, “think like champions”.  Alex plans to study at NWTC this fall to prepare for a career in the medical field.  She has her goal set high:  “I’d like to be a Doctor some day”.

Sturgeon Bay Track Senior Day: Evian Torres

As a four year member of the Sturgeon Bay boys track & field team, Evian entered the season as a leader in the boys distance races. Evian’s contributions in his career have helped secure the boys conference championships. He was always consistent and led more so with actions than words. He was always looking forward to track season and talked about it specifically year round. His presence as a teammate will be greatly missed.


2019 Highlights


1600M Run

5:25.78PR Apr 22 Door County Classic (Packerland Quad)



3200M Run

11:53.21PR May 13 Packerland Conference Meet


4 x 400M Relay

4:11.31 Apr 22 Door County Classic (Packerland Quad)
Kellen HachtDavid CondraEvian TorresGordon Hodges


4 x 800M Relay

  10:11.93 May 20 WIAA Division 2 Regional
Ian BartzEvian TorresFrank PudloSpencer Hubbard



Full Statistics from


's Champion of Champions Series: 2001 Sturgeon Bay Cross Country

Only one boys cross country team on the peninsula has ever won the state championship and that came  20 years ago next fall.


Sturgeon Bay came away with the title with a score of 82, outpacing Amery's 115 and Shorewood's 122. This came with only one runner placing in the top 10 of qualified teams. Adam Aufdermauer ran a 16:53 to lead the Clippers, placing ninth out of qualified team runners and 25th overall. Three other runners would place in the top 50 overall with Tyler Herlache (16:56), Mike Yaniz (17:04), Dylan Roloff (17:10), and Aaron Kolterjahn (17:28) breaking 17:30 on the 5K course in Wisconsin Rapids. 


The state title was sandwiched between two other state meet runs by the Clippers, coming in 12th in 2000 and 3rd in 2002.


Team Results 


Sturgeon Bay Girls Soccer Senior Day: Madison Starr

Madison is the definition of a punishing forward.  Her relentless power and determination over the ball enabled her to score and tire out defenders.  She led the Clippers in scoring  the past two years and was on track to make it three years as the scoring leader.  Madison saw this year’s team as the “breakout” team reaching sectional play and believed her class would lead the Girls’ Soccer Program to the next level.  She leaves this message for the younger players:  “Treat every game like it could be your last. Be there for each other.  You are not just a team, but a family and you may not be best friends outside of season: but when soccer season comes, those girls are not only your friends and teammates, but your sisters.  Be in the game physically and emotionally.  Never let someone tell you what you can and can’t do. Prove them all wrong.”   Madison plans to attend UW-Lacrosse studying physical therapy and athletic training.

Sturgeon Bay Track Senior Day: Fletcher Hubbard

Fletcher Hubbard’s role on the Sturgeon Bay boys Track and Field Team transformed each year as he learned how to master his skills as a hurdler and a long and triple jumper. Instrumental in helping the Clipper Boys Track team win 2 of 3 consecutive Conference Championships, Fletcher began his high school career earning the points for the team that often get overlooked because they are not the top two or three finishers in the Conference, but help the team amass points that other teams could not overcome. As a junior, Fletcher’s overall body strength and speed helped him become one of the top overall athletes in the conference in both the 110 High Hurdles and 300 Intermediate Hurdles, Long Jump and Triple Jump, placing in the top 4 in each of those events. As a senior, he was dedicated to earning a Conference Championship and eventually a run as a State Qualifier in the jumps and hurdles.


Fletcher’s energy and focus prior to competition served as an example to younger athletes to follow in preparation for competition. His lead by example demeanor as a student-athlete will truly be missed.



2019 Season Highlights (Full Stats here)


110m Hurdles

16.31PR May 20 WIAA Division 2 Regional


300m Hurdles

42.39PR May 13 Packerland Conference Meet


Long Jump

19' 4.75PR May 20 WIAA Division 2 Regional


Triple Jump

40' 9 May 20 WIAA Division 2 Regional

Sturgeon Bay Track Senior Day: D.J. Lenius

Entering High School as a freshman hurdler, expectations for D.J. to shine in the high school were high and he did not disappoint with outstanding performances in both the 110 High Hurdles and 300 Intermediate Hurdles. As a middle school athlete D.J. had dominated in the hurdles learning how to attack the hurdles with a sprinter's speed and mastering the “three step technique.” As a sophomore, D.J. shattered the Sturgeon Bay 110 High Hurdle record by posting a time of 15.15 at the Conference Meet and placing second, while also placing second in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles. Running behind the eventual State Champion Mitchell VanVooren last year, D.J. continued to work hard to master his skills as a hurdler and placed third in both hurdle races. In addition to his skills as a hurdler, D.J. gained points for the Clipper boys track team in helping them win two of three consecutive Conference Championships by scoring points in the high jump and being an integral part of the 4 X 400 M. Relay Team. Considered by many to be a state qualifier this year in the hurdles, his dedication to the team, leadership and energy will be greatly missed and his legacy will remain by the examples he set.


2019 Season Highlights


200-meter dash

23.97PR May 3 Two Rivers Invitational


110-meter hurdles

15.70SR May 13 Packerland Conference Meet


300-meter hurdles

39' 7.75PR Apr 25 Oconto Falls Invitational


4 x 400 meter relay

10  3:38.12 May 23 WIAA D2 Freedom Sectional
DJ LeniusAmir HansenCarson DvorakDJ Reichel



Full Career Stats from





Sturgeon Bay Girls Soccer Senior Day: Gracen Spritka

Gracen is SB’s second “Miss Door County” to play Clipper Soccer (her sister played for 4 years too and was a Miss Door County).  As a mid-fielder, her calmness over the ball and accurate passing helped control the midfield.  Gracen was proud of her Senior Class’s leadership and looked forward to a shot a 3rd Conference Championship and competing for a Regional Final.  Her advice to younger players, “Give it all you’ve got while you have the chance”.  She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin this fall majoring in Speech Pathology.

Sturgeon Bay Track Senior Day: McKenna Gibson

After transitioning from soccer to track this spring, McKenna was well on her way to continue her success as a Sturgeon Bay athlete. She showed dedication to practice and early on it was very evident that she would be a valuable member of the defending girls conference champs. She will be missed.



Sturgeon Bay Girls Soccer Senior Day: Claire Tellstrom

One of the teams most determined players, Claire’s intensity, drive and passion for the game was soccer in motion.  Claire’s selfless play and tremendous conditioning not only enable teammates to find success, but it also demonstrates her talent and leadership as a team Captain.  Her Team Goal for this season was to be Conference Champions for the 3rd year in a row and win a Regional Championship.  Claire’s advice to her younger teammates:  “Work hard, be a Family and, most importantly, play hard every minute and you will find success…” .  Claire will attend the Milwaukee School of Art and Design with painting as her primary focus and a minor Art History.  She plans to obtain a Masters of Art History and eventually become a college professor.