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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.

LC steals the show with fall honors

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans stole the show with fall honors as the North Eastern Conference announced the 2020 first, second and honorable mention team rosters. 

 

Lindsey Wingender found herself as the lone Spartan on the 2020 North Eastern All-Conference Conference Girls’ second team roster. LC cross country placed some runners from both the girls’ and boys’ teams. Spencer Thiry landed a First Team ALL-NEC roster spot after a plausible state run, while his teammates followed with second and honorable team mentions. Megan Vandermause, Madilyn Bevins and Sophie Mleziva stuck together for Second Team ALL-NEC rosters spots. The Honorable Mention Team ALL-NEC listed a few more LC runners in Ella Wessel, Alyssa Delebreau and Gabe Havel. 

 

The Spartan boys’ soccer team landed a unanimous selection in Griffin Saldana for the 2020 First Team North Eastern Conference boys team. Saldana’s teammates Rigoberto Caseres and Garrett Zuleger joined him on the first team honors. Second Team ALL-NEC rosters spots for LC included Nathan Johnson and Hayden Koss. 

 

LC boys’ football had a long list of an array of players named to the 2020 North Eastern All-Conference Conference teams. First team players that were offensive unanimous selections consisted of Isaac Vandenbush and Blake Yagodinski, Yagodinski also earned a share of Offensive Player of the Year. Teammate Kyle Kroll scratched himself on the board for a First Team ALL-NEC Defense roster spot and a Second Team ALL-NEC Offense spot. Ryan Routhieaux stamped himself a Second Team ALL-NEC Offense spot along with an Honorable Mention ALL-NEC Defense selection. Luke Brolin, Joey Chervenka, Isaac Vandenbush, Logan Doell all earned Second Team ALL-NEC Defense. Owen Deprez, Evan Dorner, Logan Doell, Joey Chervenka and Jon Larson propelled themselves onto the Honorable Mention ALL-NEC Offense team. The full list can be seen below.

 

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Badgers, Marquette basketball trade opponents

The seventh ranked Wisconsin Badgers basketball team will face the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at the Kohl Center at 8 p.m. The Badgers look to improve to 2-0 on the season after a season-opening double-digit win over Eastern Illinois, 77-67. The Marquette Golden Eagles will find themselves in a border battle matchup against Eastern Illinois tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles are 1-0 after a Fiserv Forum home win over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, Marquette did not miss a stride after completing a blowout win, 99-57.

Southern Door wrestling prepares for unique season

A newly expanded wrestling room came at the right time for the Southern Door wrestling team.


The program expanded its room to include an extra 42 feet of space to practice, something important as Southern Door and wrestling teams across the state try to make it through the pandemic with their season intact. Gone are the large weekend tournaments and multi-team duals that get wrestlers between 30 and 40 matches a year. WIAA rules allow teams to have single team duals once every seven days with the opportunity to get extra matches if the numbers allow. Southern Door head coach Jerry Englebert says practices, which started on November 23rd, also look a lot different.

For matches and practices, he says masks will be the biggest adjustment.

Despite all the changes, he is optimistic they will be able to get through the season,

Southern Door will have their first match next Saturday against state powerhouse Coleman on the road. You can listen to our full conversation with coach Jerry Englebert on our podcast page at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door Wrestling Club

Gamblers' homestand prematurely ends with victory

The Green Bay Gamblers stuffed the net full of goals for a 7-4 win over the Chicago Steel Wednesday at the Resch Center. 

 

Newcomer Jackson Hallum scored three goals for a hat trick in his USHL debut for Green Bay. Hallum joined the Gamblers earlier this week after signing with the University of Michigan for next season, the Minnesota native scored a pair of goals in the first period at 1:55 & 4:46. Jake Schmaltz tallied the third goal of the first period to give the Gamblers a 3-0 lead entering the second period. However, the Gamblers would be threatened by Chicago in the second period after a three goal-scoring streak to tie the game at 3-3. Third period play consisted of another goal from Schmaltz at 13:31 and Mason Lohrei marked his first goal of the game at 18:00 for a two-score lead over the Steel. Hallum filed the completion of his hat trick at 5:11 to give Green Bay a comfortable lead while Alex Servagno extended the lead further after scoring on a power-play goal at 10:40. Chicago scored one more goal in the third period but fell short to Green Bay, 7-4. Goaltender Matt Davis picked up his fourth win of the season and Green Bay sits in first place of the USHL Eastern Division standings at 4-1-1.

 

Green Bay was scheduled to play Friday, November 27th but was postponed and will be rescheduled later this season. Green Bay will next find themselves slated to play a four-game away stretch in December before returning home on the 15th.

Gophers trounce Phoenix in opener

The Green Bay Phoenix gave up a pair of big runs in their opening contest of the season, losing to the Minnesota Gophers 99-69.

 

The Phoenix found themselves in a hole early with the Gophers opening the game with a 12-0 run. The Gophers would put even more distance between the two squads with a 24-11 before entering the break with a 53-22 lead. The Phoenix would come back in the second half, getting the deficit down to just 10 points about halfway through the second half. A 25-9 run by the Gophers eventually buried the Phoenix, climbing back to an earlier held 30 point lead. Amari Phoenix led all Phoenix players with 17 points and four rebounds followed by Josh Jefferson's 14 points and 4 rebounds. 

 

It does not get easier for the Phoenix their next time out as they travel to Madison on Tuesday to take on the #7 Wisconsin Badgers at 4 p.m.

Catching up with Sturgeon Bay AD Todd Meikle

 Sturgeon Bay High School athletic director Todd Meikle is excited to move into the winter sports season. Meikle says that the season will be full of optimizing safety for all athletes and sports fans. The winter season showcases more indoor activity in the athletic programs so Meilke plans to adjust accordingly:

 

 

 

Meikle will set up precautionary measures while still engaging the sports community outside of the student-athletes. Sturgeon Bay High School will have boys’ and girls’ basketball start conference games at the beginning of December, while the dance team will have the opportunity to shine during play stoppage as usual. Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol (SBS) wrestling will start the first week of December against Kewaunee, SBS will look to take back the Packerland Conference crown this year. After some initial cancelations, swimming will dive into their season on Tuesday, December 8th. All in all Meikle looks forward to Sturgeon Bay athletics being in action for the winter.

Brewers add prospects to roster

The Milwaukee Brewers have protected multiple prospects by placing them on the 40-man roster. The additions come with urgency as MLB teams had to add prospects to their roster due to the Rule 5 Draft policy. Every December the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to choose other players around the league that are currently not on any other 40-man roster teams. According to jsonline the Brewers capitalized by selecting top catching prospect Mario Feliciano and two right-hand pitchers in Alec Bettinger and Dylan File. 

 

Feliciano is a right-handed batter that was selected by Milwaukee in the 2016 MLB Draft as the 75th overall pick. The Puerto Rican native pieced 19 home runs and compiled 81 runs batted in with a .273 batting average (BA) all while being named the most valuable player in the Carolina League in 2019. His career on base percentage comes in at .315 while his slugging percentage totaled at .477 which led the league. 

 

Adding Bettinger and File was a move that showed turn-key performance. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns likes what both pitchers bring to the mound:  “These are two pitchers who are ready to pitch in the big leagues. They both have poise; they both command the baseball. They both can change speeds. To varying degrees, they can change eye level (of hitters). As we look forward to 2021, we think both pitchers have the potential to help us on the major-league level.” Bettinger attended The University of Virginia and earned the Brewers attention his senior with a 2.43 earned run average (ERA) along with a perfect 8-0 record. The right-hander has accumulated over 300 innings of work for Milwaukee's minor league system. As for File, he came out of a NCAA Division II program that propelled him into being a 21st rounder in the 2017 Draft. The 24 year-old racked up over 147 innings of work last season while accumulating a 3.29 ERA. The Brewers believe each prospect will see their time in majors soon.

Wisconsin, Marquette both tip-off seasons this week

The University of Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette University men’s basketball teams will tip-off their season on Wednesday night. 

 

The Badgers are preseason-ranked at #7 in the Nation and look to be a force especially for the season opener against Eastern Illinois. Wisconsin is entering the 2020-21 season after a hot 8-game win streak to finish last year before it was cut short due to COVID-19. The Badgers finished the 2019-20 season in a three-way-tie for first place and were named the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin will be bringing back key players like D’Mitrik Trice, Micah Potter and preseason All-Big Ten team nominee Nate Reuvers. Eastern Illinois comes into this matchup after finishing their 2019-20 season in the middle of the pack among other schools in the Ohio Valley Conference. Wisconsin will host the game at the Kohl Center for a 9:00 p.m. tip-off  on Wednesday. 

 

The Golden Eagles are coming into the 2020-21 season projected to finish sixth in the Big East Conference according to espn.com. Marquette will have a different look this season without former two-time All-American Markus Howard who led the nation in scoring last year and finished as the program's leading scorer. Marquette will bring in Ohio State transfer DJ Carton who will assume Howard’s former role. Marquette will also introduce McDonald’s All-American Dawson Garcia, who is a 6’11” power forward that is tabbed as the preseason Freshman of the Year in the Big East. Head coach Steve Wojciechowski is entering his seventh season at the helm of the basketball program. His Golden Eagles’ will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff University for the first game of the season. Pine Bluff finished at the bottom of the Southwestern Athletic Conference last season and only won four games total. Marquette tips-off their season at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

Brew Crew play-by-play man wins Emmy

The Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play man Brian Anderson added to his historic resume this week. According to mlb.com, Anderson took home the Emmy for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent from the Chicago/Midwest chapter. This award comes after the voting took place this past weekend. Anderson’s award is just one of many throughout his career, such as the National Sports Media Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (three-time winner and is nominated for this year as well). Anderson has been calling Brewers games since 2007 and working for Turner Sports since 2008. In his Turner Sports tenure, he has covered: MLB postseason games, NBA Playoffs, NCAA Men’s March Madness college basketball, college football games for the Big Ten Network and is the new voice of the NBA 2K video game. The Brewers and Anderson look forward to the announcement for the National Sports Media Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year award.

 

Packers strive for health

The Green Bay Packers are in the heat of a playoff bid and continue to re-introduce key players onto the active roster. 

 

The health of the Packers has been imperative for success and longevity this season. Green Bay welcomed back defensive backs Kevin King, Jaire Alexander and receiver Allen Lazard for the Indianapolis Colts game. Green Bay center lineman Corey Linsley left Sunday’s game with a minor back injury according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, but he is not expected to miss notable time. Linsley departed Sunday’s loss to the Colts after 10 offensive snaps in which Green Bay inserted rookie offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. into the mix. Packers’ utility offensive tool Tyler Ervin is listed as questionable according to ESPN earlier this week for the Sunday night home football matchup versus the Chicago Bears. Ervin was forced to exit during the week 11 game with rib and wrist injuries. Teammate Montravius Adams has been battling a toe injury through the 2020-21 season and the defensive tackle didn’t play in the Colts game. However, earlier this week Adams was moved up from being listed as doubtful to questionable for the Bears game. The Packers will play against the Bears on Sunday Night Football at 7:20.

Axe battle canceled

Another notch on Paul Bunyan's Axe will likely not be made this year after the University of Minnesota canceled its annual trophy game against Wisconsin. 

 

The rising number of COVID-positive tests on the Gophers squad forced the hands of the University of Minnesota and its athletic department. The Badgers were in a similar situation just a few weeks ago when it had two of its games canceled due to its own issues with positive COVID-19 tests. It could be the first time the annual game has not been played since 1906 when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports UW faculty protested the matchup because of new league rules. The rivalry game dates back to 1890 and had played uninterrupted since 1907. 

 

Unless another Big Ten team is forced to cancel their game due to COVID-19 to open up a different opponent for the Badgers, their hopes for the Big Ten championship game will be dashed. The Big Ten said you must play at least six games to be eligible, something the Badgers will be unable to do if nothing else changes.

Spartans girls drop season opener

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans girls' basketball team struggled to keep Leah Lemke and Samantha Kiel in check in its 62-44 loss to Wrightstown Tuesday night.

 

The pair combined for 39 points on the night, including 27 in the first half that staked the Tigers to a 34-18 lead at halftime. The Spartans played the Tigers tighter in the second half, nearly outscoring them 28-26. Taylor Thiry scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. Lauren Adams chipped in another eight points on the night.

 

The Spartans will next play at home on December 1st against the Marinette Marines. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Gamblers look to gobble up a win

The Green Bay Gamblers look to bounce back with a win in the upcoming border battle game. Green Bay will be squaring off against the Chicago Steel this Wednesday for the last game of their three-game set. The Gamblers fell to the Steel in back-to-back games after a road loss at Chicago and an overtime shootout loss at home during game two on Saturday. Chicago puts the puck on the net at a heavy rate but Green Bay looks to slow that down this game. Head coach Pat Mikesch has faith in his team, especially in goaltender Matt Davis as he is preparing for the matchup before the Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

 

 

The Gamblers host the Steel at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and streaming worldwide at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

LC Volleyball takes All-NEC by storm

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans womens’ volleyball team keeps piling on honors. 

 

The team was recognized again for their stellar play throughout the 2020 season. Senior right side Hannah Derenne earned North Eastern Conference Player of the Year along with First Team All Northeastern Conference honors. Junior outside Grace Holschuh earned a First Team North Eastern Conference honor while fellow junior class teammate Emma Johnson joined her in earning First Team North Eastern Conference as well. Senior outside Kenzie Hanson put in the work to earn Second Team North Eastern Conference honors and sophomore middle Autumn Flynn followed suit for Second Team North Eastern Conference honors as well. Senior libero Jillian Lynts capped off the list by earning Honorable Mention North Eastern Conference honors. The Spartans concluded their season after winning the 2020 North Eastern Conference and Division II State Championship.

Brewers go down under

The Milwaukee Brewers are down under with their latest development agreement.

 

The Brewers have partnered with the Brisbane Bandits to send a few players to develop in Australia as part of their winter league training. The connection between the two teams is Bandits Director of Baseball Operations David Nilsson. who played for the Brewers for eight years as a catcher. 

 

A timeline for players joining the Australian League likely will not begin until 2021 and with COVID-19, a 14-day quarantine will be necessary. 

 

UWGB men's basketball prepares for season tip-off

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team is nearing tip-off against the University of Minnesota Gophers. The highly anticipated wait is over for first year head coach Will Ryan, Ryan’s squad will be taking on Richard Pitino’s Gophers who finished 12th in the Big Ten Conference last season before it was cut short due to COVID-19. Meanwhile UWGB finished third in the Horizon League Conference for the 2019-2020 season under former coach Linc Darner. The Phoenix will return Horizon League Freshman of the Year Amari Davis, Davis is entering his second year as a true sophomore and was voted a spot on the preseason first-team all-league by the Horizon League Basketball committee. Other notable returners include senior PJ Pipes and redshirt senior Josh Jefferson, both will vouch for time at the guard position. Minnesota is led by standout point guard Marcus Carr, Carr averaged 15.4 points per game last season earning himself a nominee spot for the Jersey Mikes Naismith Trophy Watch List according to gophersports.com. UWGB travels to Minnesota for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday.  

Sevastopol's Brooke Tanck prepares for winter

Sevastopol high school athletic director and talent coordinator Brooke Tanck has dealt with unprecedented times in her short tenure. After being named head of the athletic department back in May of 2020, Tanck has dealt with the pandemic right from day one with her new role. Tanck is preparing for winter sports seasons to the best of her capability. 

 

 

Winter sports will find themselves starting up as the WIAA released schedules for high schools across the state earlier this fall. Sevastopol combines their swimming program with Southern Door High School, Gibraltar High School and Sturgeon Bay High School to make up the Door County United swim team. Sevastopol also combines their wrestling program with Sturgeon Bay High School. Sevastopol boys' and girls' basketball have started their seasons as well.

Booyah announce schedule for 2021 season

The Green Bay Booyah baseball team has announced their complete schedule for the 2021 season. The Northwoods League gave the official release today for teams around the league. The Booyah will return to a 72 game regular season schedule, with 36 qualifying for home games after a 2020 schedule that saw only 24 home games. The schedule will display five opponents from the Great Lakes West division and three opponents from the Great Lakes East. The first half of the season will be played until July 5th while the second half of the season will start on July 6th before being interrupted shortly after by the all-star break on July 19th. Green Bay will play their first game on Tuesday, May 31st, 2021 and finish regular season play on August 14th as playoffs will start the following day on August 15th. The full schedule is available below.

 

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Boys basketball, wrestling take off

Now it is the boys' turn to get the season started.

 

Monday marks the first day of practice for the area's seven boys' basketball teams and four wrestling squads.

 

In wrestling, Kewaunee looks to defend its Packerland Conference crown by fending off squads like Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol. Southern Door will kick off their season on December 5th against Coleman while Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol will meet on December 8th. Luxemburg-Casco will wrestle Coleman on December 22nd.

 

Game action begins a little quicker for boys' basketball. On December 1st, Southern Door and Denmark will play each other while Sevastopol battles the Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers Athletic Associaton at home. Luxemburg-Casco opens its season at home against Fox Valley Lutheran on December 4th. Kewaunee and Algoma will play each other for their first game of the season on December 8th and Gibraltar will wait until December 11th for its game against Kewaunee. 

Preliminary deer hunt numbers coming Tuesday

Area deer hunters will get a taste of what the harvest was like across the state when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources releases the preliminary numbers on Tuesday. 

 

They will release a second round of data from this year's gun season on Tuesday, December 1st as well. According to the DNR, a more detailed registration data summary for all deer hunting seasons will be available after all 2020 deer hunting seasons close.

 

As of November 17th, Door County hunters have harvested 1,237 deer including 609 bucks. Kewaunee County hunters have harvested 981 deer including 493 bucks.

 

You can email news@doorcountydailynews.com to show off your trophy deer on our buck board at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com 

Bucks add two more

The 2020-2021 Milwaukee Bucks roster is becoming clearer after a pair of signings on Sunday.

 

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the Bucks agreed to terms with former San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Bryn Forbes. A four year starter for the Spurs, he shot over 40 percent from behind the arc. 

 

The Bucks also reportedly snagged Torrey Craig after the Denver Nuggets decided to not tender him a qualifying offer. Craig is known more for his defense than his offense, often being paired up against the other team's best player.

 

The Bucks signed four free agents over the week after learning its deal for Sacramento Kings player Bogdan Bogdanovic had fallen through.

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