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Sports News Archives for 2020-08

Boycott alters schedule for professional teams

Wednesday's boycott sparked a number of changes for the state's three professional sports teams this week.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks got the ball rolling Wednesday evening when it refused to take the court for its game five matchup against the Orlando Magic in its best-of-five playoff series. Even after the Lakers and Clippers voted to end the season, the rest of the NBA players chose to continue the playoffs. The Bucks will play game five Friday against the Orlando Magic at 3 p.m. 

 

The Green Bay Packers were scheduled to practice Thursday, but coach Matt LeFleur instead canceled the practice. In interviews with reporters, he felt it was not right to have the practice following the state's two other teams electing to not play the night before. He added the players did not ask for the day off and that he came to the conclusion after meeting with the team's leadership council.  Several other NFL also did not practice Thursday.

 

The Brewers, along with other teams that boycotted Wednesday, played doubleheaders on Thursday. They dropped both of their games to the Cincinnati Reds and will stick around Milwaukee for the weekend to face the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rain avoids The 'Burg

Over 130 cars dodged each other after the rain missed The 'Burg Speedway Sunday night.

 

Sunday's shower also did not rain on the parade of Jerry Hynek, Steve Svoboda, Darrell Massart, and Tony Bouche, all of which were inducted into the Luxemburg Racing Hall of Fame.

 

Winners Sunday night included Todd Dart in the Village Kitchen IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature, Travis VanStraten in the IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature, Chris Budzban in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature, Adam Crapser in the Unified Dirt Street Stock 20 Lap Feature, and Scott Schlafke in the Quietwoods RV Murder Hornet 20 Lap Feature. The championship races will take place next week as The 'Burg hosts its final features of the season. You can read the full recap below.

 

 

Packers given testing scare

The Green Bay Packers were among the several teams Sunday affected by a rash of false-positive COVID-19 tests before their Sunday practice.

 

The Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers were among the other teams affected by the over 70 tests that came back positive over the weekend, only to learn that they were false. While other teams held out the players impacted by the results, local media outlets reported that the Packers were able to sort out the issues so no one was forced to miss practice on Sunday. 

 

As for the practice itself, there was some live tackling thrown into the mix since players will not have any preseason games leading up to their scheduled opener against the Minnesota Vikings on September 13th. 

Phoenix suspend season ticket sales, renewals

Until there is more certainty, you will not be able to get season tickets this season for either Green Bay Phoenix basketball team.

 

Ticket director Joey Daniels updated season tickets holders in a letter released on Thursday concerning the current status of the 2020/2021 season. Even though the fall season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, no such decision has been made for the winter sports seasons including basketball. Until more information is known, the Green Bay Phoenix will not be accepting applications for season tickets, both new and returning customers. Both the Resch Center and the Kress Center will likely see reduced capacities this season as well as other additional COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

 

You can read the full letter here. 

Booyah enter playoffs with loss

The Green Bay Booyah can make up for a rough stretch to end the season tonight as they battle the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in their Wisconsin-Illinois pod semifinals.

 

The Booyah dropped their final regular-season game and their Capital Credit Union Park finale Thursday night 3-1 to the Rockford Rivets. The capacity crowd saw all the scoring occur in the fifth inning. In the top half of the inning, the Rivets went station to station to score their three runs with a sacrifice fly from Simon Dembiec and RBI singles from Jackson Dvorak and Colton Klein. The Booyah got on the board for their sole tally in the bottom half of the inning because of a sacrifice fly from Colton Tilly. Jacob Pinc took the loss for the Booyah, giving up all three runs in his five innings of work, walking two and striking out three.

 

The Booyah hope to advance to the pod championship game on Saturday with a win tonight in Fond du Lac beginning at 6:35 p.m.

104.1 WRLU to air Gamblers hockey games

The sounds of hockey will come in loud and clear on the Door Peninsula this upcoming season.

 

NEW Radio, Inc. will partner with the Green Bay Gamblers to broadcast their home slate of 2020-21 regular season and playoff games on 104.1 WRLU. Tobin Meyer returns for his third season as the “Voice” of Gamblers hockey. Meyer got his broadcasting start with the Gamblers prior to the 2018-2019 campaign. The USHL announced earlier this week that the season will start November 6th. The Green Bay Gamblers will announce their full schedule at a later date.

 

The Green Bay Gamblers are entering their 42nd season in the United States Hockey League, which has acted as a training ground for the future stars of college and professional. Eight Gamblers alumni made NHL Stanley Cup rosters. A dozen players on the current roster have Division 1 college hockey commitments and a handful have already been drafted by NHL teams.

 

Full coverage of the Gamblers season will be found at DoorCountyDailyNews.com and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Packers release two players

It was another day of practice and another day of releases for the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday.

 

The Packers announced it has released T Travis Bruffy and WR Travis Fulgham. Bruffy signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech while Fulgham was picked up off waivers last week from the Detroit Lions. The moves were likely made after long snapper Hunter Bradley and Greg Roberts were removed from the COVID-19 list. 

Packerland Conference recommends fall play

Principals and athletic directors met Tuesday to decide the Packerland Conference's official stance on fall sports. They are unanimously recommending to member schools that fall sports being played in season rather than in the spring. The conference is also suggesting that schools should participate only where students can engage in activities that present a low to medium risk of COVID-19 transmission. Membership runs the gamut from Marinette County south to Shawano and Brown Counties and around to the Door Peninsula. Risk levels vary greatly over that territory. 


The conference cannot compel members to play so each individual school district is required to gather and decide whether fall sports are feasible or not. Sturgeon Bay will be deciding Wednesday night. Southern Door has scheduled a special meeting for next Monday. The WIAA has asked that all districts make their choice by September 1st.


Commissioner Mike Holtz says things are still subject to change. There is no set procedure for how to handle schools bowing out. The Fox River Classic Conference moved its fall season to the spring after Green Bay and Appleton Public Schools opted for that route. The Bay Conference, which is home to Green Bay West and Green Bay East High Schools, is continuing with a fall season without those schools. 


Holtz says the main factor that steered the conference away from an alternate schedule option is the fact that it would cause student-athletes to be forced to pick one sport over the other.

 


Follow NEWRadioSports.com and DoorCountyDailyNews.com for the latest.

 

Packerland principals to meet Tuesday

After Friday’s WIAA Board of Control decision, it is up to local officials to determine the fate of fall high school sports. The Packerland Conference will be meeting Tuesday to discuss a wide range of possibilities. Noncontact sports won’t have to wait until then, with practice beginning the day before. It appears almost certain that cross country, the only one offered by the Packerland, will happen as scheduled. Swimming and golf involve some Packerland schools, but they belong to different conferences to compete in those activities. For the rest, the future is murkier. Commissioner Mike Holtz expects a lengthy meeting with everything on the table.

 


One of the discussion points will be the differing COVID-19 activity levels among different counties. With additions like Clintonville and Bonduel for football, Packerland membership stretches across Marinette, Oconto, Brown, Kewaunee, and Door Counties. Some trial balloons have already been floated to have limited schedules where teams only play schools from their home county. While Door is relatively unaffected by such a proposition, many member schools could find themselves playing against teams from other conferences to meet such a stipulation. 


Another potential sticking point for Packerland schools, which tend to have smaller enrollments and rely on multisport athletes, is the overlap that happens under the approved WIAA alternate schedule should fall sports be moved to the spring. Football would conflict with baseball for at least one week of competition. Cross country would be at odds with track and field. 

 

BOARD DEFINES ALTERNATE FALL SEASON; WINTER & SPRING SEASONS SHORTENED

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association approved several details of a one-year alternative season in the spring for fall sports and reduced the number of weeks for sports during the 2020-21 winter and spring seasons at its August meeting today.

           

The Board established the parameters and context of the alternate fall season with seven weeks of competition in the spring. Football programs unable to start or complete 50 percent of the fall season, including games and practices, are eligible for a prorated alternate season. Other fall sports unable to start or complete 50 percent of the fall season, including games and practices, are eligible for a complete alternate season. Fall sports programs exceeding 50 percent of their seasons will be considered a completed season.

 

For planning and scheduling purposes, schools will be required to initially declare if they plan to participate in the traditional fall season or the alternate fall season in the spring by Sept. 1. Athletic directors at member schools will receive an email with a link to the online form to declare their intentions.

 

The revised sports calendar replaces the existing 2020-21 season calendars and identifies – in addition to an alternate fall season in the spring with seven weeks of competition – a period of no coaching contact prior to the start of the respective sport seasons; an acclimatization or practice period before the first allowed competition; and the designated number of weeks for the winter and spring seasons, including any culminating event. The Board acknowledges all schedules are subject to change if conditions warrant in accordance with local, state and national health guidelines.

 

2020-21 Fall Sports Season Start & End Dates (* End dates to be determined)

Cross Country-Boys & Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Oct. 26*)

Football (Monday, Sept. 7 - Week of Nov. 16*) - Earliest first game is Wednesday, Sept. 23

Golf-Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Oct. 12*)

Soccer-Boys (Monday, Sept. 7 - Week of Nov. 2*)

Swimming & Diving-Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Nov. 9*)

Tennis-Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Oct. 19*)

Volleyball - Boys & Girls (Monday, Sept. 7 - Week of Nov. 2*)

 

2020-21 Winter Sports Season Start & End Dates

Basketball-Boys (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of March 1*)

Basketball-Girls (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 22*)

Gymnastics (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 22*)

Hockey- Boys & Girls (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 15*)

Swimming & Diving-Boys (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of Feb. 1*)

Wrestling (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of Feb. 15*)

 

2020-21 Alternate Fall Sports Season Start & End Dates

Cross Country-Boys & Girls (Monday, March 15 - Week of May 3*)

Football (Monday, March 8 - Week of May 3*) - Earliest first game is Wednesday, March 24

Golf-Girls (Monday, March 29 - Week of May 17*)

Soccer-Boys (Monday, March 22 - Week of May 10*)

Swimming & Diving-Girls (Monday, Feb. 15 - Week of April 5*)

Tennis-Girls (Monday, March 8 - Week of April 26*)

Volleyball - Boys & Girls (Monday, Feb. 22 - Week of April 12*)

 

2020-21 Spring Sports Season Start & End Dates

Baseball (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

Golf-Boys (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 14*)

Softball (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

Soccer-Girls (Monday, April 26 - Week of June 28*)

Tennis-Boys (Monday, May 3 - Week of June 21*)

Track & Field - Boys & Girls (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

 

The revised calendar emphasizes the Board’s position to accommodate all the sport seasons in 2020-21 with the knowledge a number of member schools having already determined interscholastic activities are not able to be conducted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Board also addressed a number of other rules and regulations to be modified or suspended in 2020-21 to provide flexibility to members and licensed officials during the pandemic.

 

* If tournament series are conducted, regional groupings will be implemented (four teams in football).

* All minimum number of contests requirement for tournament eligibility will be suspended in 2020-21.

* All tournament series seeding will be conducted virtually in 2020-21.

* All nonborder out-of-state competitions or practices are strongly discouraged.

* All multiple-team events from outside a host’s region is strongly discouraged.

* Co-op programs that include schools that are unable to participate in activities during 2020-21 may seek other co-op partners to provide opportunities for participation.

* With conference approval, schools whose conference has canceled sports in 2020-21 may seek schedule relief with other conferences as an independent without sanctions or going through the prescribed conference realignment process.

* For 2020-21, programs may schedule contests after they are eliminated from the WIAA tournament or culminating event respective sport’s revised season.

* Schools that were unable to conduct their five unrestricted coaching contact days during the 2020 summer may schedule those days during the 2020-21 calendar provided there is one week of no contact prior to the start of the respective season. However, during the closed-session meeting, the Board directed staff to have discussions on coaching contact during 2020-21 placed on the agenda of the September meeting.

* Licensed officials will not drop in classification in 2021-22 if they choose not to renew licensure or are unable to fill a varsity schedule. in 2020-21. 

 

The Board also determined student-athletes may compete in no more than two nonschool events with school approval during each regular sports season in 2020-21 only, which adopts the middle-level regulation. An “event” will be defined as a game or tournament.

 

The “Return to Fall Sports Considerations” was approved for distribution to the membership and for placement on the COVID-19 page of the WIAA website. Also passed was a recommendation to add language to the Code of Conduct section of the Rules of Eligibility, clarifying how schools respond to allegations of sexual harassment at school or at school-sponsored events.

 

In other action, the Board voted to table a discussion of a request to form another ad-hoc committee to review competitive equity, and gave its approval of new appointments to the 2020-21 Coaches Advisory Committees and the Conference Realignment Task Force. In addition, the Board authorized the annual renewal of the Association’s membership in the National Federation of State High School Associations, the newly created Conference Realignment Task Force Handbook, as well as the editorial modifications to the 2020-21 Media Policies Guide and Administrative Staff Handbook.

 

Among the other topics discussed were the decision to conduct the 2020 Area Meetings in September virtually, the initial development of the 2020-21 operational budget, the launching of the COVID-19 Games Wanted webpage on the WIAA website and a review of the New AD Workshop.

 

The conference realignment request from Dodgeland/Hustisford for boys soccer only was approved via the fast track option implemented by the Conference Realignment Task Force. The co-op will move to the Flyway Conference from Capitol Conference in 2021-22.

 

The Board also received liaison reports from Mike Thompson of the Department of Public Instruction, John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and Nathan Delany of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, as well as a presentation on returning to high school sports by Dr. Tim McGuine.

          

The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 513 senior high schools and 49 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors State Championship Tournament Series for boys and girls. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.

WIAA paves the way for fall sports

Fall sports are on at the high school level after the WIAA Board of Control affirmed a decision from last month. Activities are at the discretion of local district, county, and conference officials. 


The meeting began with a sobering presentation from Dr. Tim McGuine, who pointed to an explosion of depression among teens and young adults. Typically, WIAA surveys show moderate to severe depression affecting fewer than 10% of student-athletes. McGuine says that it is now nearly 40% for more affluent districts and almost 50% for children in low-income families. McGuine noted a return to sports could help alleviate some of those numbers. He mentioned myocarditis, heart inflammation, which can be a lingering condition from respiratory viruses like COVID-19. McGuine concluded that because screening for myocarditis is up significantly in recent months, we have no way of knowing if COVID-19 is more problematic than a child’s reaction to the traditional flu. He said we aren’t as vigilant in monitoring symptoms of other viruses until they become health risks. McGuine also noted that high school student-athletes are younger and have lower body mass indexes than college players, meaning that they should prove significantly less susceptible to COVID-19. He gave an unqualified recommendation for fall sports to return.


The WIAA has set up a portal that would allow for athletic directors to schedule replacement games if their original opponent is unable to field a team due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Other recommendations were to limit competition out-of-state except for districts that are located near a state border. The Board of Control then discussed six potential alternate schedules if conferences decide to move fall sports to the spring. They adopted unanimously the recommendation from the executive committee, which would shorten both winter and spring seasons to accommodate fall sports in a new slot. Volleyball would be one of the first sports back along with swimming, football in early March, and soccer towards the back end of the new window. All seasons would be shortened, although the max number of games would not decline. Overlap will exist as well, which could complicate things for multisport athletes.

Former Phoenix basketball players ink pro deals

Two former members of the Green Bay women's basketball team will see their careers continue.

 

Madison Wolf will head to Germany to play for Towers Basketball Club based in Speyer. Wolf will bring her slash of 7.2 points and 6.8 rebounds with her as she competes in one of Germany's most competitive divisions.

 

A few days later, Frankie Wurtz announced her deal to play in Luxembourg. Months after hitting a game-winning shot to send the Phoenix to the conference tournament championship game, she will battle for Amicale Steinsel women's basketball team in Steinsel, Luxembourg.

Green Bay sees fall season hopes end

The Green Bay Phoenix will not get the taste of competition this fall.

 

The Horizon League officially called off the fall season on Thursday after saying conference-only schedules could take place after October 1st. This decision impacts all Horizon League sports that compete in the fall both for their championship season (men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, volleyball) and for their non-championship segment (men's and women's golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis). The conference's Board of Governors have not made a decision on whether or not a spring season may be allowed for the sports. 

Booyah lose fifth straight

The Green Bay Booyah managed just three hits in their 3-0 loss to the LaCrosse Loggers Thursday night.

 

A big reason for that was La Crosse starter Jayson Hibbard, who went seven innings while striking out eight and allowing single hits in the first, second, and fifth innings. The Loggers scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning with Ronald Sweeny at the plate. He delivered a two-run single after the game-winning run crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

 

Despite the five game skid, the Booyah are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, which continues Friday night at Capital Credit Union Park beginning at 6:35 p.m. against LaCrosse.

Decision day for WIAA

Will local athletes head to the practice fields as soon as Monday? That's what the WIAA Board of Control will decide when it meets this morning.

 

It was less than a month ago the governing body met and voted to delay the start of the fall sports season by as much as a month for high contact sports like volleyball, soccer, and football. Lower contact sports are either a week or two behind usual or if they're cross country runners, right on time. The WIAA Board of Control also opened the door for a spring season for schools not comfortable competing in the fall and will have to decide what the playoffs will look like. Not competing at all this fall is also an option with local college conferences canceling their seasons and states like Illinois and Minnesota pushing some of their fall sports like football to the spring. Michigan, Iowa and Indiana high schools are all planning on having fall seasons with some scheduling adjustments.

 

People can tune into the meeting by clicking this link.

Fall 50 adjusts post-race party

Runners will be able to take their celebration on the road thanks to the flexibility of the Fall 50 organizers and Sonny's Italian Kitchen.

 

With social distancing in mind, the traditional party under the big top will now be a party-to-go where runners and their families can enjoy Sonny's Pizza and Bridge Up Brewing products anywhere within the public alcohol consumption area in Sturgeon Bay or in their hotel rooms. The specific details are below. Organizers had previously announced they were moving the post-race party to the Michigan Street Bridge after flooding in Sunset Park foiled the event's original plans. The Fall 50, which features solo and team events, is still scheduled for October 24th.

 

Picture from Fall 50 Facebook page

 

 

Packer sign Turner, release Griffen

The Green Bay Packers continue to make roster moves as training camp continues.

 

The Packers announced Wednesday it has signed WR Malik Turner after a two year stint with the Seattle Seahawks. An undrafted free agent out of Illinois, Turner caught 17 receptions for 265 yards (15.6 avg.) and a touchdown as he split time on the practice squad and the active roster. The Packers also cut S Frankie Griffin, who signed with the Packers back in April as an undrafted free agent from Texas State.

Comeback comes up short in Booyah loss

The Green Bay Booyah put up a crooked number in the bottom of eighth but could not catch the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in their 5-3 loss.

 

The Rafters put up single tallies in the first and second innings before the Booyah got on the board thanks to an RBI groundout by Trent Brauer. The Rafters score single runs again in the fourth, sixth and eighth before the Booyah would strike again in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Noah Granet hit an RBI single and Stephen Hrustich drove in a run on a double to make the score. The Booyah would load the bases in the eighth inning before the Rafters got a key ground out to get out of the jam and sent the home team packing with a 1-2-3 ninth. The two teams square off again in Ashwaubenon beginning at 6:35 p.m.

WIAA Launches COVID-19 Mitigation Social Media Campaign

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is initiating a statewide social media campaign, #TeamUpToBeatCOVID, in efforts to enhance the likelihood of returning to school and school activities by following safe practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

The WIAA is encouraging all Wisconsinites to practice social distancing, wear a mask while in public, wash or disinfect your hands often, frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces, stay home if you feel sick and contact your physician if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19. All Wisconsin students, student-athletes, former student-athletes, schools, teachers, athletes, coaches, musicians, cheerleaders, dancers, officials, booster clubs, parents and all other community members are encouraged to follow safe practices and participate in the campaign.

 

There are two ways to participate in this campaign.

First, post on your own social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag, #TeamUpToBeatCOVID or sharing WIAA posts. The WIAA will also retweet/share Twitter and Instagram posts from the public that tag @wiaawi and use #TeamUpToBeatCOVID. Statements on what you/your staff or family are doing to help stop the spread, or images of mask wearing or social distancing during athletics or other activities are just two examples of content that will help promote this initiative. Creativity in messaging is encouraged.

 

Second, schools, current and former student-athletes voices can be represented by submitting content to be posted on the WIAA social media accounts. We invite any student to provide the following information and content to the WIAA office to be used in social media posts:

* Student name, school, grade and sports/activities they participate in

* Short statement, 1-3 sentences long, on “What does a return to school and to schools sports this year mean to you?”

* Photo of wearing a mask while wearing their jersey or practice outfit, while holding ball/equipment, or a  photo at practice/contact days while practicing social distancing/wearing a mask (OR a photo of them with jersey, equipment or photo from the previous season)

 

Schools can submit photos from contact days or practices with athletes social distancing, wearing masks or following other safe practices. Those wishing to participate should send the content to Megan Loken at mloken@wiaawi.org. Statements and/or images will be used to create graphics and share them from WIAA social media platforms.

We’re all in this together. Let’s team up to beat COVID-19!

Packers to open home slate without fans

The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday there would be no fans in their stands until at least November.

 

President and CEO Mark Murphy said Lambeau Field will not be the same this fall without the fans, but as they deal with the coronavirus the organization felt it was important to focus on making incremental steps in their gameday safety protocols. That means most of the efforts in the early going will focus on the players, coaches, and essential gameday personnel. The Packers will work with local health professionals to determine if fans will be able to attend the team's November 1st matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Booyah Pitching Dominates Against Rockford

The Green Bay Booyah snapped their three-game losing skid as they defeated Rockford 3-2 on Thursday night at Capital Credit Union Park.

 

Green Bay got a near perfect performance on the mound from right handed starter Logan Lee, who went six full innings and struck out eight. Lee’s outing improved him to 2-0 on the season, and his eight strikeouts were a career high for him in a Booyah uniform. Out of the bullpen, Eric Torres picked up his first save of the year, going an inning and two-thirds, and collecting three strikeouts. The Kansas State left hander has yet to allow an earned run in just over 14 innings pitched in 2020.

 

At the plate, Princeton freshman Noah Granet led the way by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Columbia freshman Andy Blake also had a run scored on Thursday night, reaching base on three separate occasions. Brady West finished the day 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Ethan Payne also had a run driven in during a 1-for-2 performance. Green Bay improved to 15-18 on the season.

 

The Booyah finish up the two-game homestand with Rockford tomorrow, and Middle Georgia State’s Garrett Martin will take the mound for Green Bay. Through five starts this year, Martin holds a 1-1 record with 4.34 ERA. Green Bay will try to inch closer to .500 with a win tomorrow, and could pull in front of the Rivets for second place in the East division with a victory.

Final regular season weekend kicks off in Baileys Harbor Friday

Playoff seeding for the Northern Door Baseball Tournament playoffs is on the line beginning Friday night in Baileys Harbor. 

 

Kolberg and West Jacksonport will battle for who gets to face Egg Harbor and Sister Bay when they meet in Baileys Harbor Friday night at 8 p.m. Egg Harbor and Sister Bay needs to figure out seeding themselves as both squads are undefeated six games in the tournament. They lead off a Sunday slate in Egg Harbor that also includes Maplewood traveling to Baileys Harbor and Washington Island hosting Institute. Kolberg, West Jacksonport, Sister Bay, and Egg Harbor will play next weekend in the opening round of the playoffs at sites to be determined by the weekend's results. 

Packers claim fullback Lovett

The Green Bay Packers have added a new fullback to its roster.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced Wednesday the team claimed fullback John Lovett from the Kansas City Chief. Lovett is a former Princeton product that spent the 2019 season on injured reserve after leading the Tigers as their quarterback. The news comes after the Packers dropped two fullbacks on its roster over the past week, Jordan Jones and Elijah Wellman.

Booyah resumes season tonight against Rockford

The Green Bay Booyah will get to restart their season again Thursday night when they return to Ashwaubenon to face the Rockford Rivets.

 

The Booyah was supposed to have played the Rivets the last two nights, but the combination of a positive test in the Rockford organization and a number of their players needing to quarantine before heading off to college forced the cancellation of the two games.

 

The two teams will have their first pitch at Capital Credit Union Park at 6:35 p.m.

Packers release two players

The Green Bay Packers have trimmed up their roster just a little bit in the opening days of camp.

 

The organization released QB Jalen Morton and FB Elijah Wellman. Morton was a likely fourth string option at quarterback out of Prairie View A&M while Wellman was hoping to make the team after being cut by the Washington Redskins after a career at West Virginia.

 

The Packers roster stands at 81 players not including the four members currently on the COVID-19 list. The roster could still be trimmed voluntarily by Thursday, which is the deadline for players opting out of the 2020 season for pandemic reasons.

Richards leads Run the Door standings

The Run the Door Series has looked different this year, but local runners are still working hard to earn the most points possible.

 

Most of the races have been held virtually this year, with runners getting participation points rather than having their place and times factored in to determine the standings. Bob Richards currently leads the Run the Door Series with 73 points while Michael Ahrens of Carlsville is close behind with 71 points. David Clowers and Gretchen Schmelzer of Sturgeon Bay have at least 60 points while six other have at least 50 points.

 

You can see the full standings here 

 

Upcoming series races include the virtual Run Wild! Quarter Marathon, the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K, and the Fall 50.

Other states following Wisconsin's lead for high school sports

More and more states are following Wisconsin's lead when it comes to balancing the coronavirus with getting fall sports seasons underway.

 

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Wisconsin is one of 24 states that will operate under a modified schedule this fall for its sports teams. It includes delaying the start of the season, playing conference-only schedules, and pushing some sports off into the spring if necessary. Six states and Washington D.C. have already called off their fall football season, with some groups like the Illinois High School Association slating it for the spring. 

 

In Wisconsin, low-contact sports like cross country and tennis are expected to start August 17th while high-contact sports like soccer, volleyball, and football are slated to start in September under current guidance from the WIAA.

Egg Harbor and Sister Bay stay undefeated

A first-place showdown is in the works for this coming weekend after Sister Bay and Egg Harbor scored victories on Sunday in Northern Door Athletics Baseball Tournament action.

 

Alex Laughlin hit two home runs including the game-winner in Sister Bay's 9-7 win over Washington Island. The win was needed to keep pace with Egg Harbor, which beat Baileys Harbor 19-4 on Friday. The third and fourth seeds remain relatively fluid with West Jacksonport falling to Maplewood 2-1 and Kolberg beating Baileys Harbor 11-6. There is one more weekend of action before the playoff field is set for the semifinals on August 16th.

Three games scheduled for Sunday tournament play

Three games are on tap for the Northern Door Athletics Baseball Tournament Sunday afternoon as the Door County League baseball teams enter their final month.

 

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., undefeated Sister Bay will face previously winless Washington Island, Kolberg and Institute will meet in Baileys Harbor, and Maplewood plays West Jacksonport in Egg Harbor. Currently, Sister Bay, Egg Harbor, West Jacksonport, and Kolberg hold the tournaments top four spots as they look to qualify for the playoffs on August 16th.

Booyah can't complete sweep against Rafters

It was a tough-luck loss for Green Bay Booyah starter Cam Bailey Friday against Wisconsin Rapids. He gave up a lone run over five innings but was abandoned by the offense in a 6-1 defeat.  Bailey struck out six bringing his season tally to a team-high 24. Green Bay managed a meager three hits on the night, two of those coming from Noah Granet, who scored the team’s only run.


The Booyah have now lost six straight at home. They challenge Fond du Lac Saturday night in Ashwaubenon.

 

Photo provided by Justin Nuoffer.

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