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Sports News Archives for 2020-07

Egg Harbor visits Baileys Harbor in weekend opener

Egg Harbor looks to keep the pressure on Sister Bay for the top spot in the Northern Door Athletics Baseball Tournament standings when it kicks off play this weekend against Baileys Harbor.

 

Egg Harbor comes into the game with a 5-0 record after beating West Jacksonport 8-5 last week. Baileys Harbor is still looking for its first win of the season after being shutout by Washington Island 10-0. The two teams play Friday night at 8 p.m. in Baileys Harbor.

 

The Sunday slate includes undefeated Sister Bay playing on Washington Island, Kolberg meeting Institute in Baileys Harbor, and Maplewood traveling to Egg Harbor to play West Jacksonport. Those games begin at 1:30 p.m.

Door County Century Ride canceled

The Door County Century Ride has been canceled for 2020, marking the third 100-mile cycling event this year to meet that decision due to COVID-19 concerns. 

 

In a press release from John Mory from Another Century LLC, the ride was canceled due to the Door County Public Health Department updating its health advisory requiring face coverings in all public areas as well as stating that in-person events and gatherings are considered high risk and should be avoided. “Taking action right now best protects the health and safety of our visiting riders, the wonderful Door County community which we ride through, while preserving this great event for better days ahead,” said Mory, in the release. Registered riders will get a full refund and will have to wait until September 12th, 2021 to participate. Approximately 3,000 riders participate in the event every year. Earlier this year, Peninsula Pacers were forced to cancel their century rides for COVID-19 concerns as well.

Booyah Split Series with La Crosse

La Crosse grabbed the lead in the early going, scoring within the first two batters of the game off a single from Kobe Kato. The night continued to trend in favor of the Loggers, as they scored four runs within the first four innings against the Booyah. Starting pitcher Garrett Martin fell to 1-1 on the year, and Green Bay now is 11-11 overall.

 

At the plate, the Booyah were led by Nick Kreutzer who went 3-for4 with two singles and a double. Offensively, Green Bay had their opportunities to score in both the 7th and 8th innings, but left the bases full both times. Ethan Payne was the lone runner to cross home, finishing the day 1-for-3 and scoring on a sac fly from Ty Olejnik.

 

The Booyah look to put this game behind them tomorrow and get back to their winning ways as they welcome first place Fond du Lac to town. First pitch is set for 6:35pm, with New Mexico State’s Chris Jefferson making his first start of 2020. Green Bay is currently one game back of the Dock Spiders for first place in the East division.

 

Picture from Green Bay Booyah

WIAA delays fall season start

If the Packerland Conference and Northeastern Conference want a fall sports season, they can if they are willing to wait.

 

The WIAA Board of Control voted 8-3 to delay the start of the fall season depending on the risk of the sport. For lower-risk sports like cross country, girls golf, girls swimming and girls tennis, the athletes can have official practices beginning on August 17th. Higher risk sports like football, boys soccer, and girls volleyball will have to wait until September 7th to officially begin their seasons. Since football players have a required number of practices they have to reach before they can play in the game, September 24th would be the earliest a game could take place.

 

If districts decide to not participate, a spring option may be offered. More details will be released by the WIAA at a later date.

Booyah begin Loggers set with win

The Green Bay Booyah picked up their third consecutive win as they toppled the Loggers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

 

The Booyah struck for two runs in the second inning when Akron’s Cameron Tilly singled into center field to bring Stephen Hrustitch and Chris Seng home. Tilly finished the day 1-for-1, and was replaced for a pinch runner in the fourth inning when he walked.

 

The only other run on the night came in the third after Columbia freshman Andy Blake popped his third home run of the season over the video board in right field. Blake’s home run ties him with Alec Burns for first place on the Booyah roster in home runs this season. He finished the day 1-for-4.

 

The real work came on the mound this evening for Green Bay, starting with right handed pitcher Logan Lee. In his fourth start, Lee worked five nearly perfect innings, allowing just one run to cross home while he was on the mound. Out of the bullpen, Avery Stephens and Eric Torres combined for two and a third innings pitched, with each pitcher striking out one batter. Freshman Ron Cole came in and worked an inning and two-thirds out of the bullpen, not allowing a single hit and picking up his first save of the season.

 

The Booyah, now 11-10 overall on the year, are above .500 for the first time. Green Bay currently sits in a dead lock for second place with Fond du Lac, and are just a game behind Rockford for first. The Booyah pick up things again tomorrow night at 6:35pm, with Middle Georgia State’s Garrett Martin taking the mound for his fourth start on the season.

Packers "host" shareholders meeting

The Green Bay Packers will conduct their business this morning as they prepare for their annual shareholder's meeting.

 

The meeting usually draws thousands of people to its bleachers every year prior to the kickoff of training camp, but the COVID-19 pandemic canceled those plans. Some of the business-related portions have already been released, such as the record $500 million in revenue, the canceled preseason, and seating capacity limits for the 2020-2021 season. 

 

Shareholders can tune into the proceedings at 11 a.m. at Packers.com. 

Packerland Conference stresses flexibility

Tuesday, the Big 8 Conference encompassing Madison area high schools canceled all fall sports competitions and that could lead to major changes for prep sports even here in the Door Peninsula. Packerland Conference Commissioner Mike Holtz says the key right now is to be flexible. The organization is currently in Phase Two of its return to normal play which governs the summer contact sessions for spring sports and the preseason practices for fall teams. The term goes until August 20, a day before Week One competition is set to begin.

 

Holtz says clarity from the WIAA will be necessary, but until that comes the group of principals who form the decision-making committee for the league have to look at everything. It is conceivable that no fall sports will happen across the entire state. Noncontact sports like golf or cross country may be allowed with football and volleyball ending up canceled. Holtz says it is almost guaranteed that losing a conference like the Big 8 will have scheduling consequences. High school could be forced to follow several college conferences and prohibit nonconference games. Holtz says the only thing he will safely rule out at this point is a delay. There is not enough of a buffer between the different seasons to accommodate a start in mid-September, or later, and allow for a full winter sports schedule. They were already affected last academic year when postseason tournaments were curtailed midway through.

Kewaunee fish take over K/D tournament leaderboard

Two new names moved into the Top 10 Wednesday, Day 6 in the 38th annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. (We’re missing one of the nightly reports, so can’t officially update our leaderboard until sometime Thursday). 

 

The biggest news Wednesday was a true fish tale out of Kewaunee: a 39-1/2-inch, 31.35-pound chinook caught by Jesse Picard of Little Suamico. He was out with his girlfriend, Maddie Jorgenson of Green Bay, when the monster smacked a spoon set about 25 feet down in 120 feet of water around 7 a.m.

 

About 13 hours later, Gloria Cloutier of Fairbould, Minn., won a battle with a 38-1/2-inch, 28.84-pounder that hit a flasher/fly set about halfway down in 104 feet of water at Algoma. With six others aboard, it was a wild ride back to port; the crew arrived at the weigh station with just minutes to spare. 

 

The top 100 salmon are now all larger than 23 pounds. 

 

Northeast winds Thursday could make it a bit sporty early, but a north breeze of 5-10 knots is expected by evening before switching to the south 5 to 10 Friday. South winds are expected again Saturday as heat and humidity builds away from the lake.

 

The tournament ends at 9 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are still available. All anglers aboard the boat (age 10 and up) must have tickets. They're available — $25 for the remainder of the tournament or $13 for a daily chance — at the K/D's five official weigh-in locations: Accurate Marine & Tackle in Kewaunee, Algoma BP, Howie's Tackle & Archery in Sturgeon Bay, Baileys 57 in Baileys Harbor and B&K Bait and Tackle @ Kap's Marina on Washington Island. Tickets are also available 24/7 at JP Express in Algoma and JP Express on Hwy. 42 just north of Carlsville. Greystone Castle in Sturgeon Bay and Center Court Convenience in Kewaunee are additional ticket-only outlets.

 

For daily updates and pictures of some of the trophy catches, visit https://www.facebook.com/kdsalmon2020.

 

Thursday’s Port Prize Winners:

Jesse Picard, Gloria Cloutier, Benji Zimmerman, Daniel Lewis

Teams await WIAA decision

As Packerland Conference schools move into Phase Two of its plans to restart action, the WIAA may register those efforts as moot.

 

The WIAA Board of Control could decide as soon as Thursday on whether to cancel the fall sports season, move it to the spring, or continue as scheduled. Wissports.net reported last week a plan brought forward by schools in the southern part of the state would move the fall sports season to March 2021 with the schedule continuing through May, forcing the spring sports to take place that and continue into the summer. The meeting comes after the School District of Menomonee Falls canceled its summer sports program due to an outbreak and members of the Big Eight Conference in the Madison-area announced Tuesday it would not be holding any of its events this fall.

Packers cut seating as preseason gets canceled

It will be a much more intimate crowd at Lambeau Field this season if and when the Green Bay Packers are allowed to take it.

 

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy estimates that 10,000-12,000 spectators would be allowed inside Lambeau Field for games if permitted. Season Ticket Holders have just under two weeks to let the organization know if they will be opting out of their seats this year without risk of losing their right to purchase next year.

 

The announcement was made during the team's annual financial announcement, which showed a record revenue of $506.9 million, which could allow the organization to go through the pandemic-stricken season without a preseason and with limited access to its properties while not tapping into its corporate reserve fund.

New leader emerges at K/D Salmon Tournament

Seven anglers brought in fish big enough to crack the top 10 Tuesday, Day 5 of the 38th annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament.

 

Kewaunee’s Angelo Bortolini and Harold Shaw (shown) teamed up to tackle a 41-1/2-inch, 32.78-pound chinook around sunrise off their home port, a new leader and a salmon big enough to win in all but a dozen of the previous 37 events. The beast of a fish hit a spoon set about 25 feet down in about 150 feet of water.

 

Last year’s third place finisher (with a 33.59 opening morning in 2019), Keith “Buck” Felhofer, had a 31.23-pounder smack a spoon set about 60 feet down in 140 feet of water early Tuesday evening while fishing on friend Dick Franke’s boat, “Amy Bee,” out of Baileys Harbor.

 

Moving into third was Shawn Krause of Hortonville with a 39-inch, 30.99-pounder that hit a spoon off leadcore around 7:30 a.m. in 100 feet of water near Rock Island.

 

Devin Buhr’s opening day 30.49 slid to the fourth spot, followed by three 29-plus-pounders weighed Tuesday, two at Algoma and one at the island. The top 80 salmon are all larger than 23 pounds, including 38 that are heavier than 25 pounds.

 

Strong currents continued to make trolling a challenge, but should settle overnight with a light southwest wind expected. Northwest winds early Wednesday are forecast to move north at 10-15 knots by midday, or early afternoon.

 

With four days of tournament fishing remaining, there's bound to be plenty of changes in the leaderboard. More than $50,000 in cash and prizes are on the line, including the top prize of $10,000 cash, a free mount of the fish and a custom-made salmon ring for the winner; $6,000 cash and a Howie’s Tackle bonus prize for second; and $4,000 cash for third. The payout always goes more than 100 places deep.

 

Tickets — $25 for the rest of the tournament, or $13 for a daily chance — are available at B&K Bait and Tackle at Kap’s Marina on Washington Island, Jungwirth Ace Hardware in Sister Bay, Baileys 57 in Baileys Harbor, JP Express north of Carlsville, Howie’s Tackle & Archery and Greystone Castle in Sturgeon Bay, Accurate Marine & Tackle and Center Court Convenience in Kewaunee, and Algoma BP and JP Express in Algoma. Tickets are available 24/7 at both JP Express locations.

 

For daily updates and pictures of many of the heavyweights, visit https://www.facebook.com/kdsalmon2020.

 

Angelo Bortolini, 32.78, K, 7/21

Keith “Buck” Felhofer, 31.23, BH, 7/21

Shawn Krause, 30.99, WI, 7/21

Devin Buhr, 30.49, A, 7/17

Craig Allen Dailey, 29.44, WI, 7/21

Cory Schneider, 29.44, A, 7/21

David Blaskowski, 29.32, A, 7/21

Jacob Junion, 28.35, BH, 7/20

Leonard Arsenault, 28.24, WI, 7/21

Gary Welch, 28.12, WI, 7/18

 

Lynn Bergan, 27.96, SB, 7/20

Carson Delaruelle, 27.95, K, 7/17

Gary Alberts, 27.94, SB, 7/17

Tom Ruechel, 27.75, A, 7/21

Brian Highlen, 27.12, WI, 7/18

Tom Winters, 27.05, WI, 7/17

Logan Wiesman, 26.83, SB, 7/20

Kelly Dequaine, 26.32, BH, 7/19

Kristopher Smith, 26.30, A, 7/19

Kirk Kontny, 26.16, BH, 7/20

 

Mike Lipsey, 26.08, SB, 7/21

Jim Jorgenson, 26.06, WI, 7/17

Caleb Cornell, 26.03, WI, 7/21

Daniel Duffenbach, 25.94, A, 7/17

Russell Sheets, 25.86, SB, 7/21

Kim McArdle, 25.78, K, 7/20

Jeff Schroeder, 25.77, SB, 7/17

Mark Hendricks, 25.73, SB, 7/17

Garrett Waloway, 25.72, BH, 7/17

Tyler Adams, 25.71, WI, 7/20

 

David Anderson, 25.62 A, 7/17

Zachary Biehl, 25.47, BH, 7/20

Steven Schulfer, 25.46, BH, 7/19

Phillip Hardy, 25.32, BH, 7/21

Tom Gorg, 25.16, K, 7/19

Nick Waranski, 25.05, K, 7/17

Andrew Roth, 24.97, K, 7/20

Josh Schmidt, 24.90, A, 7/20

Jacob Stoling, 24.85, SB, 7/17

Jim Guckenberg, 24.75, WI, 7/20

 

Chad Walker, 24.69, SB, 7/20

Andrea Evans, 24.68, A, 7/18

Melanie Hagerty, 24.59, SB, 7/17

Carson Delaruelle, 24.45, K, 7/21

Les Hillbery, 24.44, K, 7/20

Kevin Paplham, 24.42, K, 7/17

Andrew Jurczykowski, 24.42, WI, 7/19

Scout Gerndt, 24.38, BH, 7/21

Shannon Kapla, 24.32, A, 7/20

Austin Novak, 24.21, WI, 7/21

Packerland shifts to Phase Two

Beginning Monday, the Packerland Conference will be entering the second phase of its offseason plan. The guidelines follow closely those laid down by the WIAA and feature rules for individual sports as well as the overall COVID-19 activity level in each county. Door and Kewaunee Counties are both classified as high currently, along with most of the state, which could restrict early offseason plans. Moderate COVID activity is defined as active cases affecting less than 50 per 100,000 people. For Kewaunee County, that translates to roughly ten active cases, and Door would be around 13. Both counties are at nearly twice that level.

 

Twenty-pounders hit century mark in K/D Tournament

Three trophy fish moved into the top 10 Monday, including a new second-place giant for Jacob Junion at Baileys Harbor (28.35 pounds) and an amazingly-long chinook (45 inches) that weighed 27.96 pounds at Sturgeon Bay. While a "king" that long would normally be well over 30 pounds, it’s still an absolutely fantastic catch for Lynn Bergan! 

 

Interestingly, the top five fish currently represent all five of the weigh-in ports: Algoma, Baileys Harbor, Washington Island, Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee. There are already more than 100 20-pound-plus salmon on the leaderboard, and the top 60 are all heavier than 23 pounds. 

 

Ever-changing winds continue to challenge K/D anglers. Several days of powerful southeast and west winds upwelled cold water from the depths and had surface temperatures drop more than 20 degrees from Saturday, with strong currents. On Monday, the wind switched to the northwest, then settled nicely from the north/northeast in the afternoon. Light and variable winds tonight are expected to give way to moderate southeast tomorrow, then light to moderate from the north on Wednesday. There’s a chance of thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening.  

 

Devin Buhr, 30.49, A, 7/17

Jacob Junion, 28.35, BH, 7/20

Gary Welch, 28.12, WI, 7/18

Lynn Bergan, 27.96, SB, 7/20

Carson Delaruelle, 27.95, K, 7/17

 

Gary Alberts, 27.94, SB, 7/17

Brian Highlen, 27.12, WI, 7/18

Tom Winters, 27.05, WI, 7/17

Logan Wiesman, 26.83, SB, 7/20

Kelly Dequaine, 26.32, BH, 7/19

 

Kristopher Smith, 26.30, A, 7/19

Kirk Kontny, 26.16, BH, 7/20

Jim Jorgenson, 26.06, WI, 7/17

Daniel Duffenbach, 25.94, A, 7/17

Kim McArdle, 25.78, K, 7/20

 

Jeff Schroeder, 25.77, SB, 7/17

Mark Hendricks, 25.73, SB, 7/17

Garrett Waloway, 25.72, BH, 7/17

Tyler Adams, 25.71, WI, 7/20

David Anderson, 25.62 A, 7/17

 

Picture courtesy of K/D Salmon Tournament

Packers preseason schedule altered

Rookies across the NFL including the Green Bay Packers will get to camp later than originally planned.

 

The team's newest players will head to Green Bay on Thursday after the NFLPA and the league agreed to new safety protocols, which involves each organization developing its own COVID-19 plan of action. The two sides are still working on some of the financial details for the season, including canceling all the preseason games and making roster amendments. 

 

No other new changes to the training camp schedule were made Monday and the regular season is still slated to begin in Minnesota on September 12th.

Booyah back to .500 after series split

After dropping the first two games of its four-game set in Rockford, the Green Bay Booyah rallied back to take the final two matchups, including 3-2 win Monday night.

 

The pitching duel was highlighted by the Booyah's Harrison Cook, who went 5 2/3 innings of one-hit ball while striking out four. Joe Taylor earned the win in relief after the Booyah pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Andy Blake and alert base running by Chris Seng.

 

The Booyah come back to Ashwaubenon Wednesday night for a three game homestand against the LaCrosse Loggers and the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

 

Picture courtesy of the Green Bay Booyah

Booyah picks up first shutout of the season

After getting blown out on Saturday, the Green Bay Booyah returned the favor Sunday afternoon, beating the Rockford Rivets 12-0.

 

Nick Kreutzer, Bo Majkowski, Max Wagner made up the middle of the order and cashed in, combining to register nine runs, six hits, and four RBI for the Booyah. Ethan Payne hit his second home run of the year for the Booyah to tack onto their large lead. Jack Mahoney did not need much help from the offense as he pitched five innings of shut out ball while striking out five Rivets players. The series continues in Rockford at 6:05 p.m.

Buhr still leads K/D Salmon Tournament field after weekend

Despite some challenging weather events opening weekend of the 38th annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament, 75 chinooks in excess of 20 pounds were brought to official tournament scales.

 

A pair of 26-pounders were the heaviest weighed Sunday, a 26.32 for Kelly Dequaine (fishing with Door County charter captain Andy Stuth) at Baileys 57 and a 26.30 for Kristopher Smith of Stevens Point at Algoma BP. Dequaine said she wanted to show "girl power" so she caught the biggest fish on the boat. Way to go Kelly!


Light winds are in the forecast for Monday, and anglers will try to unlock the secrets of cold-water "kings" after a 1-2 punch of a strong southeast blow Saturday followed by powerful west winds Sunday rolled the lake and scattered fish. Salmon could be anywhere from near shore to very deep water, but one thing is for sure: the field is even for all, and those who put in their time and cover a lot of water may be rewarded with a savage strike from a mature chinook!

 

Devin Buhr, 30.49, A, 7/17

Gary Welch, 28.12, WI, 7/18

Carson Delaruelle, 27.95, K, 7/17

Gary Alberts, 27.94, SB, 7/17

Brian Highlen, 27.12, WI, 7/18

Tom Winters, 27.05, WI, 7/17

Kelly Dequaine, 26.32, BH, 7/19

Kristopher Smith, 26.30, A, 7/19

Jim Jorgenson, 26.06, WI, 7/17

Daniel Duffenbach, 25.94, A, 7/17

 

Jeff Schroeder, 25.77, SB, 7/17

Mark Hendricks, 25.73, SB, 7/17

Garrett Waloway, 25.72, BH, 7/17

David Anderson, 25.62 A, 7/17

Steven Schulfer, 25.46, BH, 7/19

Tom Gorg, 25.16, K, 7/19

Nick Waranski, 25.05, K, 7/17

Jacob Stoling, 24.85, SB, 7/17

Andrea Evans, 24.68, A, 7/18

Melanie Hagerty, 24.59, SB, 7/17

 

Kevin Paplham, 24.42, K, 7/17

Andrew Jurczykowski, 24.42, WI, 7/19

Scott Lindgren, 24.07, WI, 7/18

Michael Lambrecht, 23.88, WI, 7/18

Ryan Demmin, 23.84, K, 7/17

Arnold LeFevre, 23.79, BH, 7/19

Nathan Schultz, 23.66, K, 7/17

Kurt Osterkamp, 23.55, K, 7/18

Chris “Chico” Fernandez, 23.52, SB, 7/18

Mike Tess, 23.45, SB, 7/19

 

Picture courtesy of K/D Salmon Tournament

 

 

Sister Bay, Egg Harbor continue unbeaten starts

It was another week and another win for Egg Harbor and Sister Bay as the pair continue their unbeaten start to the Northern Door Athletics Baseball Tournament.

 

Egg Harbor shutout Institute 7-0, Sister Bay toppled Maplewood 9-5, and West Jacksonport came back to beat Washington Island 3-2. Kolberg collected a forfeit against Baileys Harbor. The week five slate is scheduled to begin Friday when Maplewood visits Institute. The Sunday afternoon schedule includes Sister Bay hosting Kolberg, West Jacksonport traveling to Egg Harbor, and Washington Island looking for its first victory of the tournament against winless Baileys Harbor. 

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