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Girls' basketball round-up: L-C wins, Friday games on tap

Packerland Conference games will dot the girls' basketball landscape on Friday night after Luxemburg-Casco captured a victory on Thursday.

 

The Spartans defeated their rivals from Denmark on senior night 54-25.

 

Packerland Conference action tonight in girls' basketball includes Sevastopol hosting Peshtigo. Matchups between Kewaunee and Algoma, Sturgeon Bay and NEW Lutheran, and Southern Door and Oconto have been rescheduled for later dates. 

Wisconsin, Marquette renew rivalry

An empty Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee will provide a unique backdrop on Friday night as Wisconsin and Marquette renew an old rivalry.

 

The fourth-ranked Badgers come into the matchup undefeated with wins coming against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Eastern Illinois, and Green Bay. The Golden Eagles had similar success against UALR and Eastern Illinois, but lost to Oklahoma State their last time out. They play the Phoenix on Tuesday.

 

The two teams have been evenly matched since 2009, with the Badgers holding the slight one-game edge during that time. No team has had longer than a two-game winning streak against the other during that time and the home-road splits are even. The Badgers won the matchup last year 77-61, but the Golden Eagles won the last game in Milwaukee 74-69.

 

Tip is set for 6 p.m.


Run the Door 2020 coming to a close

Run the Door 2020 has continued its healthy promotion through safety in-person and virtually. The run has persevered through 2020 with promoting participation and enhancing silent sports in Door County. As 2020 is almost finished, Run the Door has finished the final results being that the ugly sweater run that was scheduled for December is now virtual and will require no registration. The 2020 top three finishers from overall and out-of-county (listed numerically through virtual Door County Turkey Trot.) were first place finisher Bob Richards, second place finisher Michael Ahrens, third place finisher Susan Reynolds Smith. All results are updated through November 7th, 2020.

Bucks come home for Christmas

The slow release of the NBA season is going to leave something in the stockings for Milwaukee Bucks fans for Christmas. 

 

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks will open the 2020-2021 season on the road against the Boston Celtics on December 23rd before heading home to face the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.  The announcement is a precursor to Friday's announcement of the first 36 games of the truncated season. 

Boys' high school action resumes with conference play 

Area high school boys’ hoops will progress this week for more conference showdowns. On Thursday night the Southern Door Eagles will take on the NEW Lutheran Blazers in Brussels for a 7 pm start time. Sevastopol will host the Oconto Blue Devils on Thursday for a 7 pm whistle. On Friday, the Spartans will welcome Fox Valley Lutheran for a 7 pm tip-off. Stay up to date with all the action on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Brewers make moves at non-tender deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers made their first roster addition for their 2020-21 campaign by signing Luke Maile among other moves made before Wednesday's non-tender deadline.

 

The 29 year-old catcher was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 and was selected in the eighth round of the draft. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal announced that the Brewers and Maile agreed to a major league deal that allows for a minor-league option. Maile was non-tendered by the Blue Jays during the 2019 offseason and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates immediately after but missed 2020 due to a finger injury. Maile’s best season came in 2018 when he hit .248 with three home runs over 231 plate appearances. Milwaukee currently has Omar Narvaez and Manny Pina sharing catching duties but both players are arbitration-eligible. 

 

Pina was among the four Brewers players signed to one-year deals on Wednesday. Dan Vogelbach, Orlando Arcia, and Omar Narvaez signed one-year deals for in some cases less than their 2020 pro-rated salaries. Pitchers Josh Hader and Brandon Woodruff were tendered contracts but could get big raises through the arbitration process. Ben Gamel, Jace Peterson, and Alex Claudio were not tendered contracts while Corey Knebel's time with the Brewers is also done after being sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later and cash.  

Boys' basketball round-up: Sevastopol wins, Southern Door falls

The peninsula's boys' basketball teams had mixed results on the opening night of the regular season.

 

Southern Door dropped its home opener to Denmark 69-56 ahead of its conference opener against NEW Lutheran on Thursday.

 

Sevastopol won its first game of the season against the Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers Athletic Associaton 62-30.

 

For more content from these games, click on the links above to visit NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Phoenix rollover to Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team were over matched by the Wisconsin Badgers on Tuesday night, Wisconsin took the victory by a large margin, 82-42. Sophomore Amari Davis scored the first points of the game to give the Phoenix an early lead before Wisconsin went on a 11-0 scoring run led by Micah Potter. The first half ended with a commanding Badger lead, 34-12. The Badgers hit nearly half of their shots from the field while Green Bay hit only 15.4% in the first half. Second half play consisted of the Badgers outsourcing the Phoenix 48-30. Micah Potter led the way for the Badgers with 14 points, shooting 75% from the three-point line while Josh Jefferson was the only Green Bay player who scored in double-digits. Green Bay remains winless and moves to 0-2 on the season while the fourth ranked Badgers move to 3-0 on the season.

Blizzard cap off November with roster additions

The Green Bay Blizzard added more players to their roster in preparation for the 2021 season.

 

The Blizzard added former Alabama A&M quarterback Damion May. May was named Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week before transferring to the University of Charleston where he finished his collegiate playing career and earned his undergraduate degree. May will be joined behind the offensive line by the Blizzard resignee in running back Rameses Owens. Owens joined the Blizzard in late 2018 and was ranked in the top 10 in the Indoor Football League for yards per game in 2019. Green Bay also signed former Northwestern State running back Jared West to compliment Owens.  

 

On the defensive side the Blizzard brought in former Wisconsin Badgers standout David Pfaff. Pfaff played as a lineman from 2017-2019 suiting up for 9 games his senior year. Pfaff will be joined on the defensive line by Cassius Peat, a former Michigan State player that was a part of the 2015 Big Ten Conference championship. The Blizzard re-signed defensive back Christopher Thompson for another season as well.

Brewers focus on league deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers organization will be focused on Wednesday, ahead of the deadline for MLB teams to tender offers to their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players for next season. Milwaukee outfielder Matt Gamel fell into this deadline after the Brewers declined his $2.5 million team option earlier this fall. Gamel batted only .237 and hit 2 home runs in 40 games last season. After giving time to outfielders Tyrone Taylor and Jace Peterson, Gamel could see his time in Milwaukee come to an end if a deal is not made by Wednesday.

Packers land veteran receiver

The Green Bay Packers have signed eight year NFL veteran receiver Tavon Austin. Austin comes into the Packers organization after spending time with the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. The 2013 draft pick was selected in the first round by the Rams and spent five seasons with Los Angeles before departing in the 2017 offseason. According to an NFL Network source the 29 year-old receiver officially signed on Monday evening with Green Bay and passed all of his required COVID-19 testing in the process. The Journal Sentinel reported late last week that Austin was in town for a tryout with the Packers. Green Bay felt as if Austin would contribute multiple ways, especially in the special teams return game. Head coach Matt LaFleur coached Austin in 2017 when he was the offensive coordinator for the Rams.

Girls' high school hoops is underway

Local high school girl’s hoops will be underway in full basketball mode this week. The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan girls' basketball team will face the Marinette Marines on Tuesday at 7pm while action across the bay will consist of the Algoma Wolves traveling to Gibraltar for a 7:30pm tip-off. The Southern Door Eagles girls' varsity team will face the NEW Blazers basketball team at 7:30pm. Stay up to date with all the action on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com. 

Phoenix look to flaw the Badgers' perfect record

The fourth ranked Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team on Tuesday for an in-state matchup. The Badgers come into this matchup undefeated after with a trouncing win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 92-58. The Phoenix are entering this matchup winless after a season opening loss to the Minnesota Gophers. The Phoenix last won against Wisconsin on December 9th, 2009 at the Resch Center, since then the Badgers have remained undefeated in the storied matchup. History dates back even further to when UWGB head coach Will Ryan was a part of the Badgers staff under his father Bo Ryan in 2002. This December 1st non-conference matchup will send the Phoenix traveling to the Kohl Center for a Badger home game that tips-off at 4pm.

Kewaunee girls' basketball season put on hold

The Kewaunee girls' basketball team will have to wait a little longer to get their regular season underway.

 

According to Kewaunee Athletic Director Brian Rabas, COVID-19 has sent the girls' basketball team into quarantine until at least December 9th before they could practice again. After they get their WIAA-mandated five practices in after quarantine, the Storm can play once again. That puts their first post-quarantine game on December 14th against Menasha. 

 

Its season opener against Sturgeon Bay on December 1st has already been rescheduled for January 28th. Other games against Algoma, Oconto, and Gibraltar have been postponed and not rescheduled as of Monday morning. 

 

Rabas says the quarantine does not affect the wrestling or boys' basketball seasons, which will be among the school's first competitions since March.

Packers bounce back against Bears

The Green Bay Packers scored early and often in its 41-25 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.

 

The Green Bay Packers scored touchdowns on each of its first three drives, taking a 27-10 advantage into halftime. Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams for his first of four touchdown passes on the evening. The score gave Adams 500 catches in Packers career, the fastest to hit that mark since Sterling Sharpe. After the Bears kicked a field goal to make it 6-3, Rodgers found Marcedes Lewis and Allen Lazard on consecutive drives to give them a 20-3 lead. Following the Lazard touchdown, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky fumbled the ball deep in Packers territory as Preston Smith reached the endzone on the scoop-and-score fumble recovery. Trubisky would find Allen Robinson for a one-yard score to help the Bears narrow the lead at the break. 

 

The Packers would tack onto their lead in the third quarter with Rodgers finding Robert Tonyan on a 39-yard passing route for his fourth touchdown and Jamaal Williams scoring from 13 yards out. The Bears would find the endzone twice in the fourth quarter on a touchdown throw and catch for Trubisky, but it was not enough to catch the Packers. The victory gave the Packers its 100th win in the rivalry as they now turn their attention to next week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Waiting game for Brewers affiliates

The Milwaukee Brewers' minor league affiliates like the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are waiting to see where their 2021 seasons may fall.

 

Minor League Baseball did not play last year due to COVID-19, though many of their facilities like Timber Rattlers' did get used for MLB's taxi squad. Even heading into the 2020 season, MLB was looking to make significant changes to MiLB, including cutting ties with nearly a quarter of its teams. In recent weeks, MLB has named some independent leagues as partners with them and some organizations have announced their affiliations for 2021. The Brewers have not gone that far quite yet. According to MLB.com writer Adam McCalvy, the only thing that is certain is that its AAA affiliate, the San Antonio Missions, is moving back to AA. President of Baseball Operations David Stearns recently expressed his appreciation for having the Appleton-based organization remain an affiliate for the Brewers, but the decision may lie with if their league, the Midwest League, remains in low A or high A. 

Sevastopol girls' basketball fall in Saturday opener

The Sevastopol Pioneers girl’s varsity basketball team suffered a season opening loss on Saturday against the Roncalli Jets, 48-56. Head coach Ben Rikkola entered this game in his second season as the governor of the program. Rikkola’s squad finished shooting 33% from the field to the Jets 35%. Sevastopol and Roncalli both finished with 34 rebounds on the night while the Pioneers topped the Jets in steals, 7/6. The Pioneers are scheduled to play Northeast Wisconsin Christian Home School on Monday, November 30th.

Phoenix win dogfight against Drake

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball season got off on a strong note on Saturday with a 69-61 over the Drake Bulldogs.

 

Caitlyn Hibner led the way with a game-high 24 points while freshman forward Jasmine Kondrakiewicz chipped in 15 points. She joined former Luxemburg-Casco star Cassie Schiltz as the only two freshmen in the starting lineup. Against a team that was likely heading to the NCAA Tournament before COVID-19, the Phoenix shot 50.9% overall (27-for-53), including 37.5% from behind the arc (6-for-16). 

 

The Phoenix will next head to North Dakota State for a weekend slate.

Packers look to get back on track against Bears

The Green Bay Packers hope to get back in the W column when they host their divisional rivals on Sunday Night Football.

 

The Packers look to rebound from their overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week despite posting impressive offensive numbers against the league's best defense. The Bears are coming off a bye week as they work to flip the script on their season. With Nick Foles out with an injury, the Bears plan on starting Mitch Trubisky after benching him earlier in the season. The Packers look to keep pace with the Seattle Seahawks as they look to earn the number one seed and a first round bye.

 

Kickoff is slated for 7:20 p.m.

 

 

Glory to hold tryouts in December

The Green Bay Glory will be conducting formal tryouts this winter in preparation for the upcoming season. The Glory, who offer the highest level of amateur competition in the Green Bay metropolitan area are entering their third season as a program. The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is an independent highly competitive national league whose main focus is on the evolution of highly ambitious premier women’s soccer teams. The Green Bay WPSL team were initially slated to play a full schedule in 2020 but were canceled due to COVID-19. The Glory will be hosting tryouts for the 2021 season on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th at the Sports Emporium.

 

UWGB women's basketball prepares for season tip-off

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team looks to tip-off their season against the Drake Bulldogs. Phoenix head coach Kevin Borseth is entering the 2020-21 season in his 18th year at the helm of the program. Borseth will undertake this season with a young squad that contains only three seniors in Meghan Pingel, Caitlyn Hibner and Lyndsey Robson. Hibner will lead the team as a preseason Horizon League Second Team selection after averaging 9.6 points per game last season as a redshirt junior. Saturday's matchup will be the eighth meeting between the two storied programs with the Phoenix owning a 5-2 record over the Bulldogs. The Phoenix women tip-off  at 1 p.m. at the Kress Center.

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