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Washington Island soccer ferries to Gibraltar

The Washington Island soccer will hop off the ferry this afternoon for a match against the Gibraltar JV team. 


The Bucks have left the island once already this season to play the Algoma JV squad. 


The match is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Washington Island looks to resurrect soccer program

A new team might be forming at Washington Island School following a recent school board meeting.


The school board approved Kirsten Purinton as a volunteer coach for a co-ed soccer program this fall. Purinton currently sits on the school board as its clerk. In a post on Facebook, Purinton's hope is to resurrect a program that has been dormant since at least 2012. In that year, the Bucks played a pair of contests against Algoma on the road. They lost both games according to, falling 3-2 and 1-0.


The district is investigating if enough middle and high school students are interested in participating in soccer this fall with the first practice slated for August 16th. Students enrolled in Washington Island School District and home-school students in 7-12 grades are eligible to participate. 


Interested students are encouraged to email Zuzka Krueger before Friday, July 30 or call Purinton. 

Rose wins WAAD honor

Despite the school not being able to compete in many WIAA events, Washington Island's Jim Rose was honored last month


Rose is the recipient of the 2020 Wisconsin Association of Athletic Directors Distinguished Service Award. He is a former teacher at Washington Island School and in the past has served as an assistant boys basketball coach in addition to other roles promoting athletics on the island. Washington Island Principal Michelle Kanipes says it was an honor well deserved.


Washington Island boasts basketball, trap shooting, cross country, and equestrian teams. They also join forces with Gibraltar in the spring.

Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball gives back

When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled their annual tournament trip to the Wisconsin Dells, members of the Gibraltar/Washington Island baseball team could only think of one place where the money should go.


The team donated $1,500 to the Door County Fire Chiefs Association and $500 to efforts on Washington Island as communities across the country address the needs of their residents. Gibraltar senior baseball player Brandon Stillman says the money they raised was a sign of support from the community for their team. He believes it was only right to donate it back.



The donations came a day after the Gibraltar Area School Board unanimously approved canceling in-person classroom and extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year. 



Picture courtesy of the Door County Fire Chiefs Association


You can read more and listen to the full interview with Brandon Stillman by clicking this link for

Washington Island gets rare mainland action

It does not happen often, but Washington Island will get an opportunity to play against one of its fellow teams from the peninsula.


Down on the calendar as a scrimmage, the Bucks will help the Algoma Wolves get ready for their regular-season beginning at 6 p.m.  Luxemburg-Casco will travel for a series of scrimmages as well on Monday night, facing NEW Lutheran and host Kohler beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Washington Island cross country running strong

The smallest school in the state has a cross country team similar in stature, but it did not stop them from running hard and having success on the trails.


The team competed in three different meets this year, though it did not have enough runners to qualify for the final team scores. Ryan Jorgenson consistently was the Bucks' top runner for the boys, finishing in 87th at the Jim Bremser Invite, 32nd at Algoma, and 25th at Sturgeon Bay. He was able to break the 24-minute mark in all three races for the five-kilometer (3.1 mile) race. Max Johnson and Evan Lux also registered times for the Bucks this season.


On the girls side, Julia Valentincic and Tara DeJardin traded positions throughout the season, finishing in the 28-minute to 31-minute range during the three meets for the five-kilometer distance.