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West Jacksonport rolls to 20-7 win over Maplewood on 105.1 The GOAT

The West Jacksonport Ports exploded for 13 runs in the seventh inning to overwhelm the Maplewood Mets 20-7 Sunday afternoon in Door County Baseball League action.

After a scoreless first two innings, The Ports (3-1) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, capped by a solo home run by Derek Niedzwiecki.  Maplewood responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Things started to go south for the Mets in the sixth inning when the Ports scored four runs on just three hits.  The seventh inning saw the Ports bat around the order twice coming up with 13 runs, including a three-run home run by Alex Scharter who finished the game with a team—high four RBIs.

Drew Tanck was the winning pitcher for the Ports, going six innings and allowing five runs on six hits while striking out seven.  Met’s starting pitcher Jayden Diller took the loss going six innings plus allowing eight runs.

Maplewood falls to 1-3 in the league while the Ports remain in a tie for first place at 3-1.

In other action Sunday in Door County Baseball League play, Kolberg beat Institute 12-2, Washington Island topped Egg Harbor 7-5, and Sister Bay blew out Baileys Harbor 16-1.

Willy Adames to Rehab with Timber Rattlers on Sunday

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced Willy Adames will act as the designated hitter for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Sunday, June 4 as part of a rehabilitation assignment.  The Rattlers host the Peoria Chiefs at 12:10pm at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Adames was injured when a foul ball hit him in his head as he was leaning on the railing of the Milwaukee dugout during a game at American Family Field against the San Francisco Giants on May 26.  Adames has been working out with the Timber Rattlers prior to their games for the last few days.  He was cleared for the rehabilitation assignment earlier today.

The Milwaukee shortstop played for two different Midwest League teams in 2014 – the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Bowling Green Hot Rods – but he never played against the Timber Rattlers during that season.

State Track Round-Up: Algoma's Borths wins state title

There were plenty of great performances by local athletes at this year's WIAA State Track Meet in LaCrosse, but the best came from the wheelchair heats.


Algoma's Logan Borths came home with plenty of hardware on Saturday, but one of those pieces is the grandest of all. Borths won the state title in the wheelchair 100m, cruising to a time of 17.61. It was among his personal records set during the state meet, where he also medaled in the 1600m, 400m, and shotput. They will all pair well with the collection of medals he won at last year's state meet.


Sturgeon Bay's Espen Walker was the top finisher of any local athlete on the day, taking third place in the high jump with a leap of 6-02. Nida Zukauskaite did not advance to the Division 2 100m hurdles finals, coming in 16th place with a time of 17.48.


Gibraltar hurdler McKailey Reisen wanted another try at personal records this weekend and took advantage of the opportunity at the WIAA State Track Meet. Reisen ran a time of 15.72 in the 100m hurdles, which was good for breaking her school record and a fourth-place medal. She took 12th in the high jump, earning a height of 5-00. 


Kewaunee's Hannah Miller finished just outside of the finals for the 400m, running a time of 1:01.89, which was good for 14th. She did reach the podium in the triple jump with a leap of 36-00. Maddix Mueller cleared 6-00 to finish in 14th. Jordan Lamack recorded no height. Kemper Robinson finished his season with a 14th place finish in discus, throwing a distance of 140-07. 


George Herlache vaulted his way to a podium finish at the WIAA State Track Meet, finishing the weekend as Luxemburg-Casco's top performer. Herlache ended his weekend with a final height of 13-06, good for sixth place overall and just over 1.5 feet under the leader Preston Buroker of Viroqua, who set a state record in the process. The 4x400m relay ream featuring Lydia Morozov, Grace Seering, Elaina Holschuh, Madyson VanArk, and Eva Junion finished outside of the qualification window, coming in 15th with a time of 4:11.55.


Sevastopol's Danica Werkheiser ended her junior season with a 14th-place finish with a final height of 5-0. Kylie Duessler came in 16th place in the 200m preliminaries, finishing in a time of 27.95. Bea Dramm came in 14th place in the 1600m run with a time of 5:42.45.


Photo courtesy of Algoma Track and Field

Lemens named DPOY in NEC

The Luxemburg-Casco soccer team placed four on the All-NEC teams last week with the top honors going to its goalkeeper.


Tabi Lemens was named to the NEC first-team as a goalkeeper while also earning the conference's top honor for defensive players. The Spartans' promise is evident with its second-team selections with freshmen Alana Mrotek and Emi Kuhn earning spots. The league's coaches also did not forget the contributions of one of the Spartans' seniors, Sami Treml, earning an honorable mention. 

Packerland Conference announces scholar athlete awards

With the school year around Door and Kewaunee county slowly winding down, the Packerland Conference has announced their annual Packerland Scholar Athlete Awards for the 2022-2023 season. The two different awards that were presented were the Packerland Outstanding Achievement award and the Scholar Athlete Award. 


The Packerland Outstanding Achievement award is given to a three-sport athlete for their junior and senior years. The outstanding scholar must have earned a total of seven (7) athletic letters throughout their high school career. The outstanding scholar athlete must have maintained a minimum 3.9 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) compiled in accordance with the WIAA Scholar Athlete formula.


SCHOOL                                BOYS                                          GIRLS

ALGOMA                                                                             Emily Kirchman

                                                                                            Amelia Robinson


GIBRALTAR                                                                            Betsy Lecy


KEWAUNEE                    Payton Kohnle                              Emily Todd

                                     Mitchell Thompson


NEW LUTHERAN          Elijah Meerstein


PESHTIGO                     Grant Bauman


SEVASTOPOL                                                                     Bailey Rikkola


STURGEON BAY                                                                 Sanya Wienke


Packerland Conference principals may select four (4) students, two (2) boys and two (2) girls, as Packerland Conference Scholar Athletes. Student athletes, cheerleaders, pom/dance squad members, student trainers, and managers may be selected. The Scholar Athlete award is given to a second semester senior who must have earned at least four varsity letters through athletic participation in WIAA sanctioned sports during the complete freshman, sophomore, and junior years as well as the fall and winter seasons of the senior year. The scholar athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 


SCHOOL                               BOYS                                         GIRLS

ALGOMA                     Owen Robertson                         Halle Panger

                                      Ryley Robinson                        Amelia Robinson


GIBRALTAR                  Will Friedenfels                        Colleen Carlisle

                                        Garrett Voight                            Betsy Lecy


KEWAUNEE                 Sawyer Pribek                             Emily Todd

                                 Mitchell Thompson


NEW LUTHERAN          Brady Paul                               Natalie Lange

                                          Kian Rai                                    Greta Wise


OCONTO                        Davon Caylor                             Kate Bahrke

                                         Bryton Fuller                           Alyse Viestenz


PESHTIGO                    Grant Bauman                            Allison Peters

                                      Andrew Nelson                          Brooklyn Phillips


SEVASTOPOL               Logan Retzlaff                         Johanna Andreae

                                                                                            Reese Schauske


SOUTHERN DOOR      Alec Guilette                                Allianna Dufek

                                     Jack Peterson                                Brooke Strege


STURGEON BAY   Benjamin Lawrey-Hooker                Christiana Braun

                                                                                              Madelyn Wind


Not Pictured: Sanya Wienke and Emily Todd 

Kohnle picture courtesy of Kewaunee Baseball Instagram 

West Jacksonport takes on Maplewood Sunday on 105.1 The GOAT

The West Jacksonport Ports look to stay in at least a first place tie when they travel south to tangle with the Maplewood Mets Sunday afternoon in Door County Baseball League action.


The Ports (2-1) are coming off a thrilling 5-4 win over Egg Harbor, keyed by a game-inning home run by Derek Niedzwiecki.  The Mets (1-2) look to bounce back after being trounced by the Washington Island Islanders 20-6 last Sunday.


Paul Schmitt and Reece Robillard will have the call from Maplewood beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. on 105.1 The GOAT, and 


In other Door County Baseball League games Sunday Kolberg travels to Institute, Washington Island plays at Egg Harbor, and Baileys Harbor is at Sister Bay.

Several athletes medal already at state track meet

A day in and there is already plenty of hardware coming back from the WIAA State Track Meet in LaCrosse.



Logan Borths has already added to his medal collection, finishing in sixth place with a throw of 15-6.75, which was his second-best in his high school career. He will take to the track on day two of the state track meet.



Hannah Miller finished just outside of the finals for the 400m, running a time of 1:01.89, which was good for 14th. She did reach the podium in the triple jump with a leap of 36-00. Maddix Mueller cleared 6-00 to finish in 14th. 



Espen Walker was the top finisher of any local athlete on the day, taking third place in the high jump with a leap of 6-02. Nida Zukauskaite did not advance to the Division 2 100m hurdles finals, coming in 16th place with a time of 17.48.



The 4x400m relay ream featuring Lydia Morozov, Grace Seering, Elaina Holschuh, Madyson VanArk, and Eva Junion finished outside of the qualification window, coming in 15th with a time of 4:11.55.



Kylie Duessler came in 16th place in the 200m preliminaries, finishing in a time of 27.95. Bea Dramm came in 14th place in the 1600m run with a time of 5:42.45



McKailey Reisen punched her ticket to the 100m hurdles during her heat, coming in fifth place with a time of 16.22. 


Picture courtesy of Algoma Track and Field

Local athletes prepare for state meet

Several local track athletes will compete in their last meet of the year when the WIAA hosts its State Track Meet on the campus of UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday.


The action begins Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. with Division 2 and 3 schools primarily competing during the morning session. Preliminary rounds will be run on Friday with the finals taking place on Saturday for many of the events.


The full heat sheets are here, but you can see where and when they compete below. Live results can be found here once the meet begins.



Heat 2 of 2 (Girls 4x400 Meter Relay Division 2) Lane 8

George Herlache Pole Vault Spot 15 (tied for second highest height)



Girls 400 Meter Dash Division 2: Hannah Miller Heat Two Lane 7

Girls Triple Jump Division 2: Hanna Miller Flight One, Jumper #7

Boys High Jump Division 2: Jordan Lamack, Jumper #9; Maddix Mueller, Jumper #13

Boys Discus Throw Division 2: Kemper Robinson, Flight One, Thrower #4


Sturgeon Bay

Heat 2 of 2 (Girls 100 Meter Hurdles Division 2): Nida Zukauskaite, Lane 1

Girls Shot Put Division 2: Madelyn Wind, Flight One, Thrower #7

Boys High Jump Division 2 : Espen Walker, Jumper #21 (tied for second-highest height) 



Girls 100 Meter Hurdles Division 3: McKailey Reisen, Heat One, Lane 4

Girls High Jump Division 3: McKailey Reisen, Jumper #9 



Girls 200 Meter Dash Division 3: Kylee Duessler, Heat One Lane 9

Girls 1600 Meter Run Division 3: Bea Dramm #16

Girls 3200 Meter Run Division 3: Bea Dramm #16

Girls High Jump Division 3: Danica Werkheiser Jumper #7 



Mixed 100 Meter Dash Wheelchair: Logan Borths, Section 3 of 4, Lane Six

Mixed 400 Meter Dash Wheelchair: Logan Borths, Section 3, Lane Seven

Mixed 1600 Meter Run Wheelchair: Logan Borths, #2

Mixed Shot Put Wheelchair: Logan Borths , Flight One, Thrower #5 

Soccer teams go winless in regional round

All three local teams were shut out in their WIAA Tournament games on Thursday, ending their respective seasons in abrupt fashion.


Sturgeon Bay narrowly lost to New Holstein on its home turf 1-0.


Sevastopol/Gibraltar returned from Neenah with a 3-0 loss to St. Mary Catholic.


Luxemburg-Casco could not even the score against its NEC rivals in Marinette, dropping the decision 4-0.


Picture courtesy of Sevastopol School District

Packers to practice against two opponents during preseason

You will likely see less of the Green Bay Packers this summer for training camp because of a recent quirk added to the schedule.


Head Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed this week that the Packers will head out to Cincinnati a few days ahead of their August 11th game against the Bengals. It is the first time in recent years that the Packers have traveled ahead of a preseason game to participate in another team's training camp. They will continue the tradition of hosting a team in Green Bay before a preseason contest when the New England Patriots come to town before their exhibition tilt on August 19th. 


The Packers have not confirmed the dates for their 2023 Training Camp, including the days when the practices will be open for public viewing. Titletown did list its traditional Family Fest on Saturday, August 5th, an indicator of when the Family Night Scrimmage will take place.

Wolves fall in heartbreaker against Thunderbirds on 104.1 WRLU

After getting Iola-Scandinavia down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Thunderbirds scored 3 unanswered to defeat the Wolves and  clinch a spot in Madison 3-2 on 104.1 WRLU. 


The game started off with many opportunities for both teams, as in the first inning alone the Thunderbirds had a runner on third, and the Wolves had the bases loaded, but neither could result in a run. Macie Zimmerman had her top stuff Thursday afternoon on the mound, as she struck out eight Iola-Scandinavian batters throughout her seven innings pitched.


The Wolves would have another opportunity in the third inning, as Ryley and Macie Zimmerman were the runners on second and third base with just one out for the Wolves. A fly out to the third baseman and to the center fielder would end that threat for Algoma with the game tied 0-0.


The game would remain tied into the bottom of the sixth inning, where pitcher Macie Zimmerman for Algoma would hit a solo home run into left center field to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead headed into the final innings with the Wolves needing  just three outs to clinch a spot at Goodman Diamond.


After Zimmerman retired the first two pinch batters, the Wolves were one out away. The Thunderbirds would not let the Wolves record the 21st out without a say however, as back to back home runs from Jaeyln Sivertson and Maddie Much, who saw her home run be of the inside the park variety. Another run would give Iola-Scandinavia a 3-1 lead.


Algoma would add a run in the bottom half of the seventh, but the final out was recorded at second base and the Thunderbirds would become Sectional Champions and find themselves in the state tournament with a 3-2 over Algoma.

Algoma softball set for sectional final on 104.1 WRLU

After paving their road to the Sectional Final, the Algoma Wolves will look to finish what they started and punch their ticket to Madison when they face Iola-Scandinavia on Thursday. 


Whether it was the blowout win over Stockbridge/Hilbert 11-0 that featured a no hitter from freshman Macie Zimmerman, or the walk off of St. Mary's Springs 8-7 that won them a regional title, the Algoma Wolves have survived and advanced in many different ways. It will only take one more win however to find themselves in Madison for the state tournament. Algoma has outscored their opponents 24-9 in their three games played in the playoffs, and will need more perfect play to beat Iola-Scandinavia. Deep in the postseason, pitching is what wins teams games, and the Wolves have rode on the shoulders of Macie Zimmerman. 


Iola-Scandinavia has been a high scoring offense throughout the postseason as they have wins of 12-10, 8-2, and most recently 9-6 over top seeded Bonduel. The Thunderbirds are 20-9 overall and have won 10 games in the past 11 they have played. The Wolves of Algoma will not be placed with an easy task, but neither will the Thunderbirds as both teams battle it out for a spot in the final four competing at Goodman Diamond in Madison next week. 


Gary Barta and Paul Schmitt will have the coverage from Crivitz High School on 104.1 WRLU and beginning at 4:15 p.m. with the pregame show and 4:30 p.m. first pitch for the Division 4 Softball Sectional Final between the Algoma Wolves and the Iola-Scandinavia Thunderbirds. 


Picture courtesy of Algoma Booster Club and Renee Zimmerman

Southern Door, Gibraltar falter in WIAA baseball regional finals on NRSN

Both Gibraltar and Southern Door were shut out in their attempts to qualify for Tuesday's sectional round as heard on the NEW Radio Sports Network on Wednesday afternoon.


As heard on 105.1 The GOAT, Gibraltar's Noah Greene was good, but Pacelli's Brock Birrenkott was better in the Cardinals' 2-0 regional title clincher over the Vikings Wednesday afternoon in Stevens Point.


The Southern Door offense went completely cold after Tuesday night's offensive eruption over Howards Grove, as the Eagles fell 3-0 to Kiel in the Regional Title game on U-102.1. 

Spartans dominate all-NEC conference honors in softball, Hanson Player of Year

Although the Luxemburg-Casco softball season ended earlier than expected, the Spartans can take pride in placing six players on the first team North Eastern Conference. and one player on the second team. Kylie Hanson took the top award of Player of the Year in the NEC.  Below is the list of players achieving all-conference honors.


Joslyn Dorner - 1st Team Catcher

Savannah Jandrin - 1st Team Pitcher

Jillian Jorgensen - 1st Team DP

Grace Kahr - 1st Team Outfield

Anna Vandermause - 2nd Team Outfield

Kylie Hanson - 1st Team Infielder

Payton Kaminski - 1st Team Infielder


2023 NEC Player Of The Year = Kylie Hanson

Baseball Regional Round Up: Gibraltar, Southern Door advance, L-C, Kewaunee, Algoma fall

The area saw two teams advance in the WIAA regional playoffs and three other local teams saw their seasons come to an end.


In Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco lost a heartbreaker 6-5 to the defending State Champions, Denmark Vikings on 104.1 WRLU.


The Southern Door Eagles routed the Howards Grove Tigers 15-5 on U-102.1 in Division 3 regional play. 


#1 seeded Kewaunee was upset by #8 New Holstein 7-5 in 11 innings at home in Division 3 action. 


Algoma lost to Iola-Scandinavia 4-1 in nine innings in a  Division 4 semi-final.


On 105.1 The Goat Gibraltar edged Rosholt 3-2 in Fish Creek and will play at Stevens Point Pacelli on Wednesday in a Division 4 regional final.  





Wolves softball one game away after Tuesday win

The Algoma Wolves softball team is just one game away from the state tournament in Madison as they took down the St. Mary Catholic Zephyrs 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon. 


It was the strong pitching from freshman Macie Zimmerman that set the tone for Algoma, as she started the game shutting down the Zephyr offense in order. She would single to load the bases in the bottom half of the first inning, then Nora Krause would single home a run to make it 1-0 Algoma. Hannah Nell would then drive in the second run of the inning and the Wolves would shock St. Mary Catholic early 2-0. 


After Zimmerman got through the first two innings in just 27 pitches the Zephyrs would respond with a run of their own in the top of the third inning on a passed ball scoring Rhiannon Reichenbacher making the game 2-1. 


The Wolves would get that run back in the bottom of the fourth after a single and a steal from Brooke Mattson would set up Ryley Zimmerman to sacrifice Mattson over to third. Macie Zimmerman would then double in Mattson to give Algoma the 3-1 lead. 


Adding on one in the fifth and sixth were the Wolves after St. Mary Catholic scored one in the top of the sixth to make the final 5-2. The Wolves will now travel to Crivitz on Thursday to face Iola-Scandinavia in the sectional final matchup with a trip to Goodman Diamond in Madison in sight.

Fernández Finishes Wisconsin Rally with Walkoff Single in Tenth Rattlers come back from 6-0 deficit to beat Peoria 8-7

On a night where the Capital Credit Union Slide opened at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers sent their fans on a roller coaster ride.  Wisconsin rallied from deficits of 6-0 and 7-3 to eventually beat the Peoria Chiefs 8-7 in ten innings.  Eduarqui Fernández ended the evening with an RBI single in the bottom of the tenth to send Eduardo García home from second with the winning run.


The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning.

Peoria (21-25) loaded the bases against Wisconsin starting pitcher Alexander Cornielle on a single, a hit batsman, and another single.  Jeremy Rivas drew a four-pitch walk to force in the first run of the game.  Osvaldo Tovalin followed with an RBI single.  Then, Thomas Francisco had a sacrifice fly that moved up all three runners for a 3-0 lead.

Victor Scott II capped the inning with a two-run triple off the wall in center and the Chiefs were up 5-0.

In the sixth inning, Ramon Mendoza singled home a run and the Rattlers were down by six.  Wisconsin had four comeback wins this season prior to Tuesday night and the biggest deficit they had erased was a single run.

There were two outs with none on in the bottom of the seventh when García gave the team a spark with a single to right.  Je’Von Ward followed with a walk.  Then, Fernández singled to score García.  The Chiefs went to the bullpen and Roy Garcia walked Eric Brown Jr to load the bases.  Robert Moore singled in a run and Matt Wood walked to force in the third run of the inning.

The Chiefs scored a run on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Nathan Church in the top of the eighth to take a 7-3 lead.

Joe Gray Jr and Darrien Miller started the Wisconsin eighth with singles to put runners on the corners.  Ward drove in Gray and moved Miller to second with a ground out.  Fernández drew a walk and that was the end of the line for Roy Garcia.

Matt Hickey, the fourth Peoria pitcher of the night, walked Brown to load the bases again.  Moore fell behind 0-2 before he singled to drive in two runs to get the Rattlers to within a run.

Wood was next, and he also fell behind 0-2 before driving home Brown with another single to tie the game 7-7.


Wisconsin needed some outstanding defense to preserve the tie and set the stage for Fernández in the bottom of the tenth.

In the top of the ninth, Rivas walked with one out.  Tovalin chopped a double over the head of Ben Metzinger at first base.  Rivas tried to score on the play, but a strong throw from Gray cut him down at the plate for the second out.

In the top of the tenth, Francisco started the inning at second with Brannon Jordan on the mound.  Mendoza tried to bunt Francisco over to third.  Metzinger was charging hard from first, fielded the ball, spun, and fired a strike to García at third.  García dropped the tag on Francisco for the first out.

The drama was just starting as Jordan walked the next two batter to load the bases and bring Church back to the plate.  Church sent a grounder to Metzinger, who fired home to Wood for the force out.  Metzinger rushed back to first and took the return throw from Wood for the inning-ending 3-2-3 double play.

Fernández stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom of the tenth and ended the game with a clean single to center to score García.


Game two of the series is Wednesday afternoon.  Game time is 12:10pm with Edwin Jimenez (1-1, 1.47) as the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  The Chiefs have named Dionys Rodriguez (1-3, 3.62) as their starter.

Could Milwaukee lose baseball for a second time?

Major League Baseball seems poised to take a Milwaukee franchise hostage for a second time if they don't get their way.


MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to Milwaukee media members over the holiday weekend, telling them that the state will need to assist the team with over $400 million in renovations across 20 years to American Family Field. Otherwise, the league will look into potentially relocating the franchise. The upgrades would primarily improve the stadium's seats and concourses. 


The discussions come before the Brewers' lease is up at American Family Field in 2030 and after Governor Tony Evers' plan to put $290 million in funding was nixed by the state legislature. In 1995, then-Gov. Tommy Thompson approved a plan to fund the $300 million construction of then-Miller Park with a 0.1 percent sale tax in five counties including and near Milwaukee. The state pushed Lambeau Field's construction costs solely on Brown County taxpayers a few years later but gladly signed a public financing deal for Fiserv Forum where the Milwaukee Bucks play.


This would not be the first time a Milwaukee baseball franchise has threatened to leave either. The Braves would make good on the threat in 1966 when their Chicago-based owners moved the franchise to Atlanta where they felt they could make more money from ticket sales and broadcast revenues. In both cases, the Brewers and the Braves have been able to draw high attendance figures despite being located between two bigger markets (Chicago and Minneapolis) and three other MLB franchises.

Regional baseball continues with three games on NEW Radio Sports Network

Five local teams are still trying to work their way to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament next month with three of those games being featured on the NEW Radio Sports Network.


The Southern Door Eagles baseball team will begin their postseason action on Tuesday afternoon when they play host to the Howards Grove Tigers in WIAA Regional Semifinal baseball. Gary Barta and Jacob Nate will be on the call from Brussels on U-102.1 and beginning at 4:15 with the pregame show and 4:30 first pitch between the Eagles and Tigers.


The #8 seeded Luxemburg-Casco Spartans look to avenge two regular season losses to #1 Denmark Vikings on Tuesday when they face the NEC champs in a Division II WIAA Regional semi-final baseball game. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on 104.1 WRLU beginning at 4:45 p.m. the pregame. with the first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from Denmark High School.  The game will also be streamed on New Radio Sports Network with Paul Schmitt and Reece Robillard on the call.   


The Gibraltar/Washington Island Vikings will end their nearly weeklong layoff Tuesday afternoon when they host the Rosholt Hornets in the second round of the WIAA Baseball Tournament. Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and beginning at 4:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 4:30 p.m. If the Vikings win, 105.1 The GOAT will carry Wednesday's regional final when they host Lena or play at Pacelli.


The Algoma baseball team will stay at home Tuesday afternoon when they welcome Iola-Scandinavia.


Another trip to Fox Cities Stadium this season is the goal for the Kewaunee Storm baseball team that opens WIAA Tournament play on Tuesday against New Holstein as a top seed in the Division 3 field.


Local golfers take to sectional courses

A trip to Madison is on the line Tuesday as the sectional tournament gets underway.


Much of the local attention will be on the Wrightstown Sectional at Hilly Haven Golf Course where WIAA Regional Champion Sturgeon Bay will be paired with Wittenberg-Birnamwood and Waupun in the fifth group. Individually, you will find Landen Delebreau (10), Luxemburg-Casco in the first group,  Finley LaVine (10), Southern Door in the second group, and  James Glampe (10), Luxemburg-Casco in the fourth group. 


At the Crivitz Sectional at Hunter’s Glen Golf Course, it will be Teddy Roth (11), Gibraltar in the second group and Finn Salm (10), Gibraltar in the fourth group. 


The opening tee time for both sectionals is 9 a.m.

Algoma softball battles St. Mary Catholic in sectional-semifinals

The Algoma softball team can get one step closer to Madison on Tuesday when they host St. Mary Catholic in the WIAA Sectional Semifinals.


The drama was well worth it for the Algoma softball team as they beat St. Mary's Springs 8-7 in walk-off fashion to earn their spot in the semifinal. The Wolves would not score until Jaydyn Nellis cleared the bases on a triple to drive in Hannah Nell and Teagen Luedke to deliver the regional championship Macie Zimmerman picked up the win in the circle as she went the distance, allowing seven runs (4 ER) and 11 hits while striking out four.


St. Mary Catholic come riding into Algoma on a seven-game winning streak, including their own slim 4-2 regional championship win over Reedsville. The team provides plenty of offense, scoring more than 10 runs nine times in the year.

Kewaunee's Ihlenfeldt leads All-Packerland Conference teams

Several local athletes received honors over the weekend as the Packerland Conference named their All-Conference teams.


For baseball, Kewaunee Cal Ihlenfeldt took top honors as the player of the year and was also named unanimously to the first team as a pitcher. The conference champion Kewaunee Storm boast 10 overall selection to the All-Packerland squad, three of which were first-team selections. Southern Door's Tyler Neinas, Jack Peterson, Jaden Diller, and Christian Counard Gibraltar's Brady Kita and Rylan Caldecott,  Kewaunee's Payton Kohnle and Owen Carlson, and Sturgeon Bay's Bryce Plzak were all local players named first-team performers.


In softball, Peshtigo's Allison Peters was named the player of the year. Of local note, Algoma's Macie Zimmerman, Southern Door's Colbi Jauquet, Chloe Lustila, Sophia Counard, and Ashlyn Delfosse, Kewaunee's Breanna Riha, Sevastopol's Naomi Rikkola, Jolene Luedtke and Libby Ash were all named First Team All-Packerland Conference.


For golf, Peshtigo's Grant Bauman took the top prize while the First Team was also made up of Sturgeon Bay Isaak Aune and Tre Wienke, Gibraltar's Finn Salm, Kewaunee's Evan Maccaux, and Southern Door's Finley LaVine.


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Bucks close to naming Griffin as new coach

The Milwaukee Bucks could announce the hiring of Adrian Griffin as its new head  basketball coach in the coming days.


ESPN broke the news on Saturday that Bucks had begun negotiating with Griffin on a multiyear contact.


Griffin had been one Nick Nurse's top assistants on his Toronto Raptors staff before Nurse was show the door during the season. He is no stranger to the NBA's Central division, having served on staffs with Scott Skiles and Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls, current Bulls coach Billy Donovan during his stint with Oklahoma City, and Nurse. Griffin also started his coaching career with the Bucks in 2008 after his nine-year playing career was over. 

Lead Slips Away in Cedar Rapids

Joe Gray Jr had a heck of a day for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sunday afternoon at PG Cares Field against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Gray homered twice, doubled once, and drove in six runs for the Rattlers.  However, Wisconsin couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead and dropped a 9-6 to the first-place Kernels.


Wisconsin (14-30) jumped in front when Joe Gray Jr jumped on a 3-2 pitch from Kernels starting pitcher Christian MacLeod for a three-run home run in the top of the first inning.

Cedar Rapids (25-20) got an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning against Wisconsin starter Tyler Woessner.  Tanner Schobel reached on an error to start the inning.  Schobel stole second and went to third on a wild pitch by Woessner.  Noah Miller singled with two outs to drive in Schobel.


Gray got that run back plus one more when he lined a 2-2 pitch from Malik Barrington just over the wall in left for his second home run of the game.

The Kernels scored more two-out runs in the third and fourth innings.  In the third, Emmanuel Rodriguez walked with one out, but was still at first with two outs.  Then, Noah Cardenas and Miller had back-to-back RBI doubles.  In the fourth, Jose Salas started the inning with a double, but was at third with two outs.   Schobel singled to knock in Salas to pull the Kernels to within 5-4.

Gray gave the Rattlers a little more breathing room in the top of the fifth.  Metzinger walked with two outs and Gray hit a high pop up to right.  Kyler Fedko, who was playing deep, ran a long way and got a glover on the ball.  However, he could not hold on for the out.  Metzinger scored as Gray slid into second with a double.  An error on the throw to second let Gray take third, but he was left there when the inning ended.  Wisconsin would only get one more baserunner in the game and never got another into scoring position.

Things got very weird in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Cardenas walked and Miller singled with one out against Ryan Brady.  The Rattler reliever had Misael Urbina on a 1-2 count and thought he had a strikeout on a check swing, but the pitch was ruled a ball and no swing on an appeal.  Brady missed with the next pitch for ball three.  However, Urbina thought it was ball four and started jogging to first.  The two runners on base also started walking to the next base as they had lost track of the count, too.  By the time Wisconsin realized that the play should have been live both Cardenas and Miller had “stolen” a base to get into scoring position.

Urbina, who had to walk back to the plate for the payoff pitch, smacked the next pitch to left for an RBI single.  Salas tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Karlos Morales entered the game for the bottom of the sixth.  He walked two of the first three batters he faced and threw a wild pitch with Cardenas at the plate to put runners in scoring position.  Cardenas singled to left to drive in two runs to give the Kernels the lead.  Urbina had a two-out RBI single later in the inning and the Kernels were up 9-6.

Not only did Gray drive in all six of Wisconsin’s runs, but he also had three of the Rattlers four hits.

Cedar Rapids went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the game.

The teams split the six-game series with Wisconsin winning the first three games and the Kernels winning the final three.  The teams do not meet again in the first half of the season.

The Timber Rattlers are off for Memorial Day.  They return home to start a six-game series with the Peoria Chiefs on Tuesday night with a 6:40pm first pitch.  Alexander Cornielle (0-1, 5.63) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.

Tuesday’s game may start at 6:40pm, but the festivities begin when the gates to Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium open at 5:00pm.

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