Anschutz Wins at The Hill

There were four first time winners as Rob Waechter, Jr (Stock Cars) Nathan Lisowe (4 cylinder bombers) Jeff Vlies (Sport Mods) and Ed Anschutz (Unified Dirt Street Stocks) won their feature race at The Hill Raceway on Saturday Night in Sturgeon Bay.

The night also featured the induction of the class of 2022 into the track’s Hall of Fame. The inductees were Door County’s first racing star, Roger “Red” Isaacson (posthumously), Ray LeMieux, an early track champ and the eldest son of HOFer Clyde LeMieux, Sr, champion and multi-division feature winner Kevin Sternard, who joined his father Les in the Hall, and three time Stock Champ Craig Paque. 

The Hill’s next event is slated for Saturday night, July 9th.  The Raceway’s four regular divisions will be in action, along with the Street Stocks turn in the Busch Shootout spotlight. 

The Hill Raceway results 6/25/2022 

Stock Car 20 Lap Feature:  Rob Waechter, Jr, DePere – Caden LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay – Dan Sell, Jr, Suring – Tony Bouche, Algoma – Duane Mertens, Luxemburg – Charlie Kroll, Forestville 

Last Chance Qualifier:  Dan Sell, Suring – Justin Jacobson, Black Creek – Brett Koehler, Two Creeks – Bill LeMieux Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 1:  Bouche – Caden LeMieux 

Heat 2:  Waechter – Kroll 

Heat 3:  Sell, JR – Mertens 

Sport Mod Feature:  Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee – Tim Warner, Malone – Craig Dorner, Luxemburg – Jarred VanLaanen, Luxemburg – Sean Falk, Bonduel – Randy LeMieux, Jr, Brussels  

LCQ:  Jerry Duggan, Reifs Mills – Chuck Carmin, Seymour – Jimmy Berkevich, Watertown – Alec Wery, Algoma 

Heat 1:  Vlies – LeMieux 

Heat 2:  VanLaanen – Dorner 

Heat 3:  Falk – Will Garceau, Francis Creek 

Unified Dirt Street Stock Feature:  Ed Anschutz, Two Rivers – Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg – Dan VanPay, Denmark – Jason Geyer, Brussels – Paul Diefenthaler, Manitowoc – Scott Iverson, Sturgeon Bay 

LCQ:  Tony Everard, Green Bay – Nathan Delsart, Sturgeon Bay – Cody Patten, Friendship – Jimmy Anderson, Forestville 

Heat 1:  Anschutz – Iverson 

Heat 2:  Geyer – DeGrave 

Heat 3:  Geno Sternard, Brussels – Tim McCormick, Sturgeon Bay 

4 Cyl Bomber Feature:  Nathan Lisowe, Luxemburg – Calvin Stueck, Clintonville – Scott Schlafke, Cleveland – Brian Watzka, Jr, Luxemburg – Mike Plate, Jr, DePere – Landon Kaye, Luxemburg 

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Three Win Gold at YMCA Nationals

Three Door County YMCA gymnasts won National Titles at the 2022 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships held in Toledo, Ohio June 21-26. 

Shaylyn Asher, Silver Excel gymnast in the child division captured her title on the vault with a score of 9.25. Amelia Zoschke, Excel Gold gymnast in the Junior A division captured the Floor title with a score 9.5. Teammate Anna Gallardo-Ibarra in the Junior B division earned her title on floor with a score of 9.4. 

Zoschke grabbed silver on the vault with an 8.9, bronze on the balance beam with a 9.3 and silver in the All Around. Asher also won silver in the All-Around.

Ten Striver Gymnasts made the journey to Toledo after qualifying throughout the competition season. The Striver Team came home with a total of 25 top ten performances.

Placing in the Top Ten for the Door County YMCA Striver Team

Shaylyn Asher(Child Excel Silver- 1st vault, 2nd AA, 4th bars, 8th floor and beam (tie)
Evelynn Kelsey (Jr. A) Excel Silver-  4th vault(tie)
Keira Wesley (Senior) Excel Silver-  10th vault(tie)
Shylee Asher (Jr. B) Excel Gold- 6th bars, 10th floor
Portia Hah (Jr. B) Excel Gold-  3rd floor, 8th bars
Anna Gallardo-Ibarra (Jr. B) Excel Gold- 1st floor, 5th bars and vault (tie), 6th AA
Amelia Zoschke (Jr. A) Excel Gold- 1st floor, 2nd AA and vault, 3rd beam, 5th bars
Estelle Duerst (Child) Level 6- 7th floor (tie), 8th beam (tie)
Amira Anschutz (Jr. A) Level 6- 4th floor, 7th vault (tie), 8th bars (tie) 

The Striver Gymnastics Team is coached by Nikki Pollman, Gerritt DeJonge and Heather Haese.      

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Large House Fire In Carlsville Sunday

There was a large house fire near Carlsville Sunday morning. Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald reports that the fire call came in just before 10:00AM for a grass fire on Windsong Bluff Road, just off of Reynolds Road. The grass fire quickly spread to the side of a nearby house and lit the siding on fire. The Egg Harbor Fire Department first arrived at 10:10 to see flames coming from the second story of the 2,400 square-foot 2-story home. A “MABAS” call went out to all mainland Door County fire deparments, and a 3rd level “MABAS” alarm went out for assistance from the deparments of Algoma, Kewaunee, New Franken, and Denmark. Also on scene were door county E.M.S., The sheriff’s department, and the highway department.
The home was at the end of a long narrow driveway, and the first truck up the driveway had a ladder apparatus so they could attack the fire from above. The response utilized 2 fill-sites, the first at the Carlsville station and the second at Tractor Supply Company. Fire Chief MacDonald reports they used approximately 100,000 gallons of water and 100 gallons of foam to extinguish the blaze. The fire was under control by 12:10 when they then began extensive overhaul, making sure there were no hot-spots left.
Reynolds Road was blocked off from Townline Road to W. Carlsville Road during the response. There were no injuries, but in the end the home was a total loss. The fire originated with a burn barrel. The flames spread to some dry nearby grass, and then to the house. This fire call also involved the first action call the Door County “MABAS” incident response team. The home belonged to an Illinois family who were preparing to return to Illinois when the fire broke out. Again, there were no injuries, and all units cleared the scene by 3:25 Sunday afternoon.

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Trailblazers beat Lakers

Ahnapee beat Kewaunee County, 6-2, in an American Legion baseball game at Perry Field in Algoma on Thursday Night. The Lakers took an early lead on an RBI single from Owen Carlson, but the Trailblazers answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning as Jack Peterson and Spencer Krause doubled and Luke Steebs and Charlie Neinas singled. Jared Hawkey, Will Jandrin and Steebs all pitched for Ahnapee, Peterson finished with 3 hits (2 doubles) and Steebs singled twice. Garrett Simonar had 2 hits and an RBI for Kewaunee County.

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Mid-Season DCL Leaders

Kolberg leads the Door County Baseball League followed by West Jacksonport and Sister Bay as teams prepare to start the second half of their schedule. The following is a list of the top performers in the league…

Top Hitters as of June 23
Trevor Hawkey, Kolberg .440 11X25
Spencer Krause, Sister Bay .435 10X23
Nick Posh, Egg Harbor .409 9X22
Corey Fuller, Egg Harbor .400 14X35
Caleb Cornell, Washington Island .394 13X33
Austen Dart, Kolberg .385 10X26
Kyle Routhieaux, Kolberg .381 8X21
Woody Schartner, West Jacksonport .379 11X29
Tom Sawyer, Sister Bay .370 10X27
Tory Jandrin, Maplewood .368 7X19
Kordell Draves, Maplewood .367 11X30
Johnny Jorns, Institute .364 8X22
Nick Kita, Egg Harbor .333 9X27
Kody Kissinger, Maplewood .333 8X24
Sawyer Johnson, Sister Bay .333 8X24
Sam Forkert, Sister Bay .321 9X28
Nick LeCaptain, Kolberg .320 8X25
Jake Schneider, Kolberg .320 8X25
Griffin Cole, Sister Bay .313 10X32
Eric DeJardine, Egg Harbor .308 8X26

Home Runs
Kordell Draves (2) Tom Sawyer, Adam Gutschow, Trevor Hawkey, Kyle Routheiaux,
Trevor Reinhardt, Cody Geisseman, Nick Kita, Troy Jorgenson, Luke Geiger, Joe Burlo (1)

Nick Kita, Kordell Draves, Griffin Cole (10)
Joe Sawyer, Trevor Hawkey, Nick LeCaptain (9)

Ben Geiger, Alex Laughlin, Tom Sawyer (12) Kody Kissinger (11)
Troy Jorgenson, Austen Dart, Trevor Hawkey (10)

Top Pitchers as of June 23
Trevor Reinhardt, Kolberg 37 IP 4 runs 51K 9BB
Luke Steebs, West Jacksonport 34 IP 8 runs 34K 7BB
Sam Forkert, Sister Bay 41 IP 15 runs 35K 19BB
Tyler Seibert, Egg Harbor 33 IP 18 runs 12K 7BB
Drew Price, Maplewood 35 IP 26 runs 24K 22BB
Jonathon Buchta, Washington Island 28 IP 19 runs 21K 22BB
Drew Tanck, West Jacksonport 23 IP 14 runs 17K 15BB
Alex Johnson, Washington Island 22 IP 10 runs 8K 6BB
Kyle Ploor, Institute 25 IP 28 runs 17K 7BB
Jon Kordon, Baileys Harbor 13 IP 9 runs 11K 2BB

Kolberg (6-1)
West Jacksonport (5-2)
Sister Bay (5-2)
Washington Island (4-3)
Maplewood (4-3)
Egg Harbor (2-5)
Institute (2-5)
Baileys Harbor (0-7)

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Counard, Fenendael Honored by WFSCA

Sophia Counard of Southern Door and Rylee Fenendael of Algoma received All-District honorable mention awards from the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. Kylie Hanson (Luxemburg-Casco) Maggie Sohrwiede (Oconto) and Bethany Ahrens and Allison Peters (Peshtigo) made the Division 2 all district first team.

Roger Van Lanen was named the 2022 WFSCA Umpire of the Year.

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Peninsula Players’ Act II Housing Campaign

Earlier this week, the Peninsula Players Theater company announced their Act II Housing Campaign, a fundraising effort to help them provide more adequate housing for some of the personnel essential to the theater’s work. Managing Director Brian Kelsey explains here some of the on-site housing that is in much need of upgrading……….

They were very honored to receive a $500,000 lead gift from the Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Foundation, which was a great start towards their final goal of $3.5 million. This campaign actually started shortly before the pandemic, but Kelsey says they had to press pause and concentrate on other issues until recently…….

The theater has contracted with the Boldt company for the work, and they are currently planning to break ground this September. Once the new housing is in place, they will be better suited to attract and retain staff and interns. For more information on how to support the Act II Housing Campaign, you can go to their website at “”.

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Cement Truck Overturns Near Baileys Harbor

A cement truck overturned on the highway north of Baileys Harbor Tuesday morning. Shortly after 11:30, a 21 year-old Sturgeon Bay man was northbound on Highway 57 driving a cement mixer truck from a local cement contractor, carrying a load of cement in the mixer. As he crested a small hill just north of Meadow Road he suddenly noticed a line of cars backed up ahead of him. He braked heavily and had to take evasive action. He turned the heavy truck to the right to avoid hitting the stopped vehicles ahead of him and it skidded into the east ditch. The cement mixer truck landed in the ditch at a sharp angle and then slowly tipped over due to the load of cement in the mixer. The driver said he was traveling at approximately 55 MPH and if he did not turn into the ditch he would have certainly struck the vehicles ahead of him. The driver sustained no apparent injury. Local authorities blocked off the highway from Meadow Road up to Grove Road while a detour sent drivers on a short alternate route. The closure lasted about 3 ½ hours while responders tended to the scene and the cement truck was pulled from the ditch and towed from the scene.

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WBCA All-District Teams Announced

Christian Counard of Southern Door has been named to the 1st Team North East All-District team and Owen Deprez* of Luxemburg-Casco is the Division 2 All-District player of the year.

2nd Team
Jack Peterson, Southern Door
Payton Kohnle, Kewaunee (*Academic All District)

Honorable Mention
Sam Lindenberg, Gibraltar/Washington Island
Mitch Thompson, Kewaunee
Cal Ihlenfeldt, Kewaunee

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Sturgeon Bay’s “Wooly” Sculpture Dedication Ceremony

Over 100 spectators gathered in Sturgeon Bay’s Bay View Park Saturday morning to observe the dedication ceremony for “Wooly”, the wooly mammoth sculpture, which now stands next to the Ice Age Trail where it passes through the park. This piece of public art was brought to the city by the local arts board, and board Chair Helen Bacon shared a story about the how the idea for this project began and how it was funded………..

City Administrator Josh VanLieshout spoke about the city’s plentiful waterfront property, the role of the city park’s department on that property, and the cooperation between different city groups to help bring “Wooly” to the park……

The sculpture’s creator, artist Carl Vanderheyden, could not attend, but JR Jarosh of Edgewood Orchard Gallery spoke on his behalf. Jarosh shared some information on the artist and on the artwork’s design, and then he spoke of the importance of public art and how it creates memories of the city………

The ceremony concluded with a ribbon-cutting where Mayor Dave Ward yielded the big scissors, and beverages and snacks were served while the attendees mingled alongside “Wooly” celebrating this new addition to the city’s west waterfront.

Mayor Dave Ward cuts the ribbon for Wooly’s dedication ceremony

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