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Wisconsin is first team to beat Michigan

Wisconsin was able to hand Michigan their first loss of the season on Saturday with a 64-54 victory in Madison. The Badgers were able to overcome a two-point halftime deficit and ended the game on a 7-0 run. Ethan Happ had a monster game and was the only Badger to score in double figures with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. They’re now 12-6 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin travels to Illinois on Wednesday night. 

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Bucks get road victory

The Bucks are still holding on to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference after getting a road win in Orlando 118-108. They shot a blistering 55.3% from the floor with Eric Bledsoe leading the way with 30 points and shooting 12-14 from the field. Giannis Antetokounmpo added in 25. Milwaukee holds a half-game lead over Toronto for the top spot in the conference. The Bucks will host the Mavericks in an MLK Day matinee at 1:00 PM.

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UW-Green Bay men end losing streak

The UW-Green Bay men’s basketball team was able to end their three-game losing streak by knocking off UIC 90-85 at home. Sandy Cohen III led all scorers with 26 points and JayQuan McCloud added in 21. The Phoenix are now 10-10 overall and 4-3 in Horizon League play. They’re tied for fourth in the conference with Milwaukee and Wright State. The Phoenix will travel to Northern Kentucky on Thursday night.

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Saturday high school basketball results

Boys
 
Gibraltar secured a road win in a non-conference matchup with Montello. Senior guard Trevor Reinhardt led the Vikings to a 70-62 victory by scoring 16 points. This puts Gibraltar back at .500 with five wins and five losses. The Vikings go back to conference play Monday night when they travel to Sturgeon Bay.
 
Sturgeon Bay improved to 7-5 overall on the season by defeating Xavier by a final score of 68-59. This game was the first in a stretch of three games in four nights for the Clippers. They’ll host Gibraltar on Monday night and have another non-conference game at Seymour on Tuesday night. 
 
Southern Door is still undefeated in the Packerland but is now 3-3 playing outside the conference after a 71-46 loss at Freedom. The Irish went on a 16-0 run early in the game and never looked back. The Eagles will try to get back on track when they host Kewaunee on Monday night.
 
 
Girls
 
Sturgeon Bay came up just short in their non-conference game at Lourdes Academy. The final was 60-56 and almost pulled it out because of 24 points from Sarah Bridenhagen. The Clippers will travel to Green Bay NEW Lutheran on Tuesday night. 

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Sturgeon Bay boys looking to pick up season sweep against Gibraltar

The Sturgeon Bay boys basketball team returns to conference play on Monday as they will line up against the Gibraltar Vikings for the second time this season. Following a brief excursion outside of the Packerland Conference with Saturday’s home contest against Xavier, the Clippers (6-5, 4-4) will have a chance to sweep their Door County rivals and jump over the Vikings (4-5, 4-3) in the conference standings. Last time out, the team took home an 82-55 victory in what was Gibraltar’s first game of the season. Despite the early success, Sturgeon Bay coach Jim Benesh said the course of the season has made the Vikings a different basketball team than what the team saw the first time around.

 

 

Tonight’s game will be broadcasted live from Sturgeon Bay High School on 105.1 WSBW, with Connor Harbit and Jay Kita on the call. Pregame will start at 7:00 before tip-off at 7:30.

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Gibraltar establishes themselves with 52-34 win over Algoma

The Gibraltar Vikings (10-4, 8-2) girls basketball team made a statement on  Friday evening, handing the Algoma Wolves (10-5, 7-2) 52-34 to claim second place in the Packerland Conference. Head coach Josh Kropuenske said was extremely pleased with the way his team followed the game plan, which led to some great defensive stops and limited the number of open shooters that Algoma was able to create. He also said the defensive effort overall was one of the best he’s seen from the team this season.

 

 

Payton Pluff and Abby Sitte led the way for the Vikings with 19 and 13 points respectively. Makayla Guilette turned in another solid effort for the Wolves, putting up a 13-point performance. Gibraltar will take a week off coinciding with the school district’s finals week before coming back to the court Monday to face the Packerland Conference leader in Kewaunee.

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Boys basketball teams to play on Saturday

The week might be over, but some teams within the Packerland Conference are spending their Saturday competing outside the conference. You can view the full list of boys basketball games below.

 

Southern Door @ Freedom, 7:00 p.m.

Gibraltar @ Montello, 2:30 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay vs. Xavier, 4:30 p.m.

Oconto vs. Denmark, 7:30 p.m.

 

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Packerland Conference girls basketball results for Friday

Several girls basketball games took place last night throughout the Packerland Conference as teams start to position themselves for postseason play.

 

Kewaunee remains undefeated following a 69-25 victory over Sturgeon Bay. Sarah Bridenhagen and Kenzye Hasenjager led the Clippers in defeat with 8 and 7 points respectively.

 

Southern Door pushed past Green Bay NEW Lutheran 69-43 behind Grace LeGrave's 23 points. Nicole Norton (17), Tehya Bertrand (12), and Hailey Shimon (11) also contributed double-digit points.

 

In a game between two heavyweights of the Packerland Conference, the Gibraltar Vikings stood tall over the Algoma Wolves 52-34 to secure their place in second just behind Kewaunee.

 

Zoe Kuehn's 21 points were not able to lead the Sevastopol Pioneers over Oconto as the Blue Devils took home the 61-39 victory.

 

 

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Spartans run away from Little Chute 82-56 on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan girls dominated the Little Chute Mustangs 82-56 in a North Eastern Conference basketball game Friday night in Luxemburg on 96.7FM WBDK.

Luxemburg-Casco (10-1, 12-3 overall) was not able to shake the Mustangs early on.  Little Chute (6-5, 9-6 overall) was within three points in the last seconds of the half before Spartan’s Jenna Jorgenson was fouled at the buzzer on a half-court attempt.  Jorgenson made all three free throws and the Spartans took a 40-34 led into intermission. 

The Spartans pulled away in the second half behind Freshman Lauren Adams who scored 17 of her 23 points including three three-pointers.  Jorgenson led Luxemburg-Casco with 25 points while Cassie Schiltz added 19.   6’ 2” Hannah Vandenberg was the only Mustang player to score in double digits as she finished with 23 points.  

The evening included the 1988 team that won the Spartans' first girls basketball state championship being recognized at halftime.  Eight members of the team who was coached by the late Mike Schanofer were in attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

The next Spartan girls’ basketball game broadcast on WBDK 96.7FM will be next Thursday at Freedom.  Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt will have the call starting at 7:00 p.m. with the pregame show and tip-off at 7:15 p.m.  Game audio can also be streamed on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

 

 

(Photo compliments of Ron LeCloux)

 

The remaining schedule of games broadcast on WBDK 96.7FM are listed below.

 

                    LUXEMBURG-CASCO BASKETBALL ON 96.7 WBDK

                                                      BOYS

 Monday 2/11        LITTLE CHUTE (HOME)                           7pm

Thursday 2/21    OCONTO FALLS (HOME)                            7pm

 

                                                       GIRLS

Thursday 1/24      Freedom    (AWAY)                                 7pm

Monday 1/28      MARINETTE  (HOME)                                 7pm

Friday, 2/8           DENMARK  (HOME)                                    7pm

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Sevastopol girls looking to be more aggressive as year rolls on

Coming off of a 56-45 loss to Green Bay NEW Lutheran on Monday, the Sevastopol girls basketball team will attempt to be more aggressive in forcing turnovers on defense. The Pioneers forced just 8 turnovers against the Blazers, and head coach Dan Judas pointed to the difference between turnovers forced and turnovers surrendered as a major factor in Monday's game. Judas said to create more turnovers, his team would need to cut down on theirs first.
 


The Pioneers will have plenty of opportunities to improve at taking the ball away, with games scheduled against Oconto, Peshtigo, and Stockbridge in the coming weeks. Sevastopol is 2-10 on the season and 0-9 in the Packerland Conference this season.
 

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Spartan girls battle Little Chute on WBDK Friday

Luxemburg-Casco Spartan girls basketball looks for their eighth consecutive win as they host the Little Chute Mustangs in a Northeastern Conference game Friday night.  The Spartans (9-1, 11-3 overall) are coming off a 69-33 victory over Fox Valley Lutheran on Tuesday night while Little Chute (6-4, 9-5 overall) lost a heartbreaker to Wrightstown 39-38.  Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt will have the call starting at 7:00 p.m. with the pregame show and tip-off set for 7:15 p.m on 96.7FM WBDK.  The game audio can also be streamed on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

 

(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

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Gibraltar preparing for non-conference matchup

The Gibraltar boys basketball team will soon find themselves a long way for home. On Saturday, the Vikings will travel nearly 3-hours toward the lower-middle portion of Wisconsin for a meeting with the Montello Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers play in the Trailways - West Conference and currently sit at 2-8 on the season. Head coach Justin Burress said the long bus ride could pose a problem to the team, but would not hurt the team's mentality once the game begins.
 


Aside from the long bus ride, Gibraltar will certainly come into Saturday's contest with more rest. Montello will face Trailways - West Conference leader Randolph on Friday evening, before a very quick turnaround to meet the Vikings Saturday afternoon.
 

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Wessel picks up lone win in Southern Door's 54-22 victory

Southern Door used eight forfeits and a pin to secure its second straight Packerland Conference victory, beating Peshtigo 54-22 Thursday night. The Bulldogs won the first two contested matches of the evening by pins, first by Katelyn Lewis in the third period at 170 pounds over Bradley Skippon and then by 220 pounder Riley Plosczynski over Riley Phillips. That gave Peshtigo an 18-12 lead that would get flipped in a hurry as Southern Door collected two forfeits at 106 pounds and 113 pounds. Dylan Wessel wrestled in his first match since suffering a concussion and made it count with a second period pin over Omer Farghali at 120 pounds. The Bulldogs' Nick Parrette earned a major decision over Drew Price close out the contested match for the evening at 138 pounds.

 

The varsity wrestlers head to Sheboygan North on Saturday for a tournament while the JV squad head to Bay Port for an invite of their own.

 

 

Prior to the varsity match, the middle school won over 20 of its 34 matches to beat Peshtigo 112-47. Mason Motquin, Wyatt Wilke, Spencer Slezewski, Alex Whipple, Issac Boudhain, Thomas Jackson, Ethan Alexander, Kameron Robinson, Cruz Anchutz, Colton Krueger, and Brock Beyer all collected pins for the Eagles. 

 

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Henry a dual threat for Gibraltar boys basketball

The Gibraltar boys basketball team is right in the middle of the race for the top spots in the Packerland Conference, and a big part of the Vikings' success has come from guard-forward combo Evan Henry. Henry leads the team in both scoring and rebounding this season, something that can be attributed to both his tall frame and his quick, guard-like movement on the floor. Although listed as a forward on the roster, head coach Justin Burress said neither he nor any of the other forwards listed on this year's roster practice a traditional, back-to-the-basket style. Instead, Burress said Henry is most threatening when he plays outside the paint.

 


Henry is averaging 12 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game this season. The Vikings are 4-5 on the season and 4-3 in Packerland Conference play, and are scheduled for a non-conference matchup with Montello on Saturday.
 

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Experience brings confidence for Sturgeon Bay boys

The Sturgeon Bay boys basketball team does not have a whole lot of previous varsity experience, but head coach Jim Benesh believes that more playing time will result in a more confident and efficient squad moving forward. Sturgeon Bay returned just two players from the previous year, and for a brief time, it didn't seem the affect the team. The Clippers started out hot this season, picking up three straight wins, but have since gone 3-5 in their last eight games. Benesh said he attributes this brief slide to lapses of inconsistency brought about by growing pains associated with getting used to the varsity level.

 

 

Sturgeon Bay is 6-5 on the season, and 4-4 in Packerland Conference play. The Clippers will take a break from conference action this Saturday when they welcome Xavier from the Bay Conference to their home floor.

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Algoma hiring new soccer coaches

The Algoma School District is in need of all new soccer coaches. Algoma High School varsity and junior varsity, as well as the Algoma Middle School all had their coaches step down after last season. The Algoma soccer program has only been around since 2009. Brian Dawson was the previous varsity head coach and he helped start Algoma soccer from scratch and has been the varsity head coach every year. Algoma Athletic Director David Robertson says he would like to hire coaches who want to keep the kind of culture that Dawson had in his program.

 

 

All three head coaching positions will be paid positions and Algoma will be looking for volunteer assistant coaches. Algoma soccer only has a boys soccer team but girls are allowed to play on the team as well. Applications will be accepted until January 25th.

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Young post players ready to lead Gibraltar girls

Payton Pluff has carried the bulk of the scoring this year for the Gibraltar girls basketball team, but when the senior graduates this spring, a couple of younger post players will be ready to carry the load. Karlee Kita and Sophia Alexander, both currently sophomores, have been tagged by head coach Josh Kropuenske as the next girls up to take over Pluff's post duties. Kita has already climbed her way into the starting lineup, where she averages 8.3 points per game. Kropuenske said she possesses a lot of the same traits that made Pluff such a dominant player over the years.

 

 

Alexander, while not quite at the scoring pace set by Pluff and Kita, also earned a lot of praise from Kropuenske. He said her toughness under the basket sets her apart from other girls.

 

 

The Vikings are currently 9-4 on the season and 7-2 in Packerland Conference play. A couple of tough tests await Gibraltar, with games against conference leaders Algoma and Kewaunee lurking in the coming weeks.

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Packers name Hackett Offensive Coordinator

The Green Bay Packers have named Nathaniel Hackett offensive coordinator. Head Coach Matt LaFleur made the announcement Wednesday.

 

Hackett comes to the Packers after spending the majority of the last four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars as quarterbacks coach (2015-16) and then offensive coordinator (Week 9 of 2016 – Week 12 of 18). In 2017, he guided an offense that finished in the top 10 in the NFL in points per game (No. 5, 26.1), yards per game (No. 6, 365.9), rushing yards per game (No. 1, 141.4), rushing yards per carry (No. 9, 4.29), red-zone TD percentage (No. 2, 64.0 percent), goal-to-go TD percentage (No. 1, 85.7 percent), sacks allowed (T-No. 3, franchise-low 24), sacks per pass attempt (No. 6, 4.55 percent) and average time of possession (No. 5, 31:47). It was the first time in franchise history that the Jaguars led the league in rushing. Jacksonville averaged 25.0 points during the 2017 postseason, helping the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship Game.

 

Prior to Jacksonville, Hackett was the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14. In his second season with Buffalo, the offense finished with an 86.0 passer rating, the highest for the Bills since 2002. Buffalo also totaled 33 plays of 25-plus yards, No. 6 in the NFL in 2014 and the most for the Bills since 2000. In 2013, he led a Bills offense that ranked No. 1 in the NFL with a red-zone scoring mark of 95.5 percent and No. 2 in the NFL with an average of 144.2 rushing yards per game, the best rushing mark by Buffalo since 1992 (152.3 yards per game).

 

Hackett joined the Bills after three years at Syracuse, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/tight ends coach in 2011-12 after spending the 2010 season as quarterbacks/passing game/tight ends coach. Under his direction, the Orange set numerous school records in 2012, including total offense (6,188 yards), yards per game (476.0), passing yards (3,757), touchdown passes (26), completions (295) and first downs (328). The Orange featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in 2012 for the first time in school history while eclipsing 500-plus yards of offense in seven games.

 

Hackett’s first NFL experience came in 2006-07 as an offensive quality control coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From 2008-09, he would work in the same position for the Buffalo Bills. From 2003-04, Hackett worked as an assistant to the offensive and defensive coordinators at Stanford. He remained with the Cardinal in 2005 as a specialists coach and recruiting coordinator. Hackett’s coaching career began as an assistant linebackers coach at University of California-Davis, where he was a four-year letterman as a linebacker and long snapper from 1999-2002.

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Southern Door hosts Peshtigo tonight on 104.1 WRLU

Southern Door looks to improve to 2-0 in the Packerland Conference when it hosts Peshtigo Thursday night. The Eagles are coming off a 10th place finish at the Cutler Classic in New London over the weekend, collecting podium finishes for Grant Englebert, Kyle Conard, and Griffin Slezewski. The Bulldogs counter with Nick Parrette, who won the 138-pound weight class at Peshtigo’s own tournament over the weekend. Head coach Jerry Englebert says they are focusing on confidence entering matches.

The Eagles and Bulldogs will hit the mat at 7 p.m. Tim Kowols and Greg Letter will have the call on 104.1 WRLU beginning at 4:30 p.m. with middle school matches, followed by the pre-varsity match show at 6:30 p.m.

 

In other Packerland Conference action, Kewaunee hosts the Eagles' next opponent Oconto for a home dual. 

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Kewaunee boys' basketball heads to Oconto

Kewaunee looks to make it two in a row when they head to Oconto for a Packerland Conference boys' basketball match-up. The Storm won their last game 70-49 over Sevastopol, led by the team's leading scorer Ryan Carmichael's 16 points. Three other Storm players scored in the double figures in the victory. The Blue Devils are riding a two-game losing streak into the contest, falling to Bonduel its last time out 68-54. Tip-off for the rescheduled game is 7:30 p.m. 

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Bucks top Grizzlies 111-101

The Milwaukee Bucks used a big third quarter to earn a 111-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night in Tennessee. The Bucks outscored the Grizzlies 41-28 in the decisive third quarter, giving the visitors a little extra breathing room for when Memphis made a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 27 points while also collecting 11 rebounds. Three other Bucks players scored in double figures as the team won their 14th game out of their last 17 tries. The Bucks next play Saturday night in Orlando against the Magic. 

 

Photo by Jackie Jeanquart

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Roalkvan leading Sevastopol girls by example

Sevastopol's Amber Roalkvan is not the most outspoken player on the court, but to hear it from head coach Dan Judas, she is still one of the most respected leaders on her team this season. The 5'3" senior guard is one of the most dedicated Pioneers on and off the court and has found considerable success as a result. Roalkvan is at the top or near the top of the board in several statistical categories, including points per game, rebounds per game, and assists per game. She is also the leading shooter behind the 3-point line for Sevastopol, shooting around 30% from behind the arc. Judas said Roalkvan is a shining example of how much simple dedication can do to improve a player.

 

 

Roalkvan's dedication, Judas said, would also benefit the program in the long run.

 

 

The Pioneers are currently 2-10 on the season and 0-8 in conference play and are coming off a loss to NEW Lutheran on Monday. Sevastopol will next take to the floor Friday at home against Oconto.

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Algoma girls led by post player guard

The Algoma girls basketball team has turned a formula of playing great defense and relying on their leading scorer to great success. The Wolves are 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the Packerland Conference behind senior guard Makayla Guilette's offensive prowess. Guilette is the only player on the team averaging double figures in points (18.1 points per game). Head Coach Mark Zastrow says Guilette is an undersized player in the post and she's very crafty in the paint. 

 

 

 

Coach Zastrow would like to see others on the team be a little more aggressive offensively, but is very happy to have Guilette leading the Wolves on that end of the floor.

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Defense is there for Sturgeon Bay girls

Limiting opposing teams to under 50 points has been a major goal for the Sturgeon Bay girls basketball team. Although the Clippers were unable to meet that mark against Gibraltar on Monday, head coach Erik Tauschek is still happy with the result. Sturgeon Bay forced several turnovers throughout the night, showing quick hands and an ability to jump into passing lanes. Tauschek, who has previously said his team operates best when limiting teams to the 40-50 point range, said the game would have been a lot closer if not for his team's numerous turnovers.

 

 

The Clippers are 1-13 on the year and 1-8 in the Packerland Conference. The team has one more game this week, a home contest against conference powerhouse Kewaunee on Friday.

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Packerland Conference Wrestling standings

Kewaunee and Southern Door are the top two teams in Packerland Conference wrestling at a very early stage in the season. Each squad is still undefeated and are likely headed towards a crash course for a conference championship duel when the two schools meet later this season. Here is a look at current standings for the week of January 14th as provided by conference commissioner Mike Holtz:

 

 

SCHOOL                                           WON              LOST             

Kewaunee                                              2                      0                     

Southern Door                                       1                      0                     

Peshtigo                                                 1                      1                        

Oconto                                                    0                      1                      

Sturgeon Bay-Sevastopol                       0                      2                      

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