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Booyah Win on Walk-Off from Andy Blake

The Green Bay Booyah battled with the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders on Monday night before Andy Blake propelled the Booyah to victory 5-4 on a walk-off single in the ninth.

 

The scoring for Green Bay started in the fourth inning when North Greenville senior Brady West homered over the right field wall to give the Booyah a 1-0 lead. In the sixth with the scored even at one, West Virginia’s Alec Burns connected for his first home run of the year, a three-run shot to give Green Bay a 4-1 advantage.

 

In the ninth, with the score tied at four, freshman Andy Blake delivered his first big hit of the season, singling into center field to bring home Stephen Hrustich and give Green Bay their first walk-off win of the year. Blake finished the day at a perfect 3-for-3.

 

On the mound, starter Jack Mahoney went four innings, giving up only two hits while striking out two Dock Spiders. Through seven innings this season, the UW-Milwaukee left hander is yet to give up an earned run. Out of the bullpen, Eric Torres punched out two batters, while throwing an inning and a third. Nicholls State junior Joe Taylor was on the hook for a blown save, but picked up the win after getting out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth.

 

Tomorrow, the Booyah hit the road and travel to La Crosse to take on the Loggers for the first time this season. Kentucky freshman Harrison Cook will make his first start of the season, as first pitch at Copeland Park is set for 6:35.

School boards discuss fall athletics season

With the start of practices for fall sports about a month away, area school boards are taking up the issue at their summer meetings.

 

Gibraltar started the discussion at its meeting on June 22nd and will take it further when it meets again this month. Luxemburg-Casco chatted about allowing athletes to participate in sports as a part of the summer contact period, but nothing specific about the fall. The Kewaunee School Board will discuss athletics at its special board meeting on July 7th. Sevastopol. Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Algoma's school boards have not taken up fall athletics in recent meetings.

 

The WIAA released Return to Play guidelines last month for all fall sports as principals of Packerland Conference meet to discuss a plan for move forward so athletics and in-person classes can both continue safely. 

Brewers announce regular season schedule

The 60-game sprint for the Milwaukee Brewers will officially begin in Chicago on July 24th after the team released its truncated schedule on Monday.

 

The Brewers get one last tune-up at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Chicago White Sox before traveling crosstown to face the Cubs to open the regular season. The first game at Miller Park will not be until game seven of the regular season to face the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31st. The Brewers will only play Central Division opponents with the majority being against their National League foes. The season ends in St. Louis on September 27th.

 

You can see the full schedule here by clicking this link


Two Brewers test positive for COVID-19

Two players on the Milwaukee Brewers roster will be out of action for a while after testing positive for COVID-19.

 

Manager Craig Counsell told reporters Monday that the newly acquired Luis Urias and left-handed farmhand Angel Perdomo will miss the onset of summer camp due to the diagnosis. Both had hopes of being contributors to the 2020 team. The news came after ESPN reported the Milwaukee Bucks closed the doors on its training center due to positive COVID-19 tests within its organization.

Luxemburg-Casco athletes "return to fitness"

The layoff is over for many Luxemburg-Casco athletes beginning Monday.

 

The school's Return to Fitness program starts with a number of precautions in place to protect students from possible COVID-19 exposure. Those precautions include students staying home if they exhibit symptoms, not entering the facility until 10 minutes before their session, and mandatory temperature checks. Ongoing construction means students will get an extra workout in as parking near the building is currently blocked.

 

 

Bays top A's

The hits came fast and furious in Sister Bay's 13-1 win over Baileys Harbor on Sunday.

 

Alex Laughlin led the way with three hits as the Bays had plenty of baserunners throughout the afternoon to help them earn their second straight win on the young season. They will play next at Baileys Harbor for a night game against West Jacksonport on Friday. Other weekend games included Washington Island hosting Maplewood and Kolberg traveling to Egg Harbor.

COVID-19 shuts down Bucks facility

Less than a month before the Milwaukee Bucks are expected to enter their Disney World bubble, the organization has been forced to close its facility due to COVID-19 concerns.

 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the closure on Sunday due to positive COVID-19 tests. The team is still expected to leave for Florida on Thursday, though members of the team's traveling party must test negative twice in order to head to the bubble. The Sacramento Kings also closed their facility over the weekend due to positive COVID-19 tests, joining the Bucks and four other organizations in doing so as a precaution. 

Late innings doom Booyah

The Green Bay Booyah gave up a late lead on a steamy Independence Day evening at Capital Credit Union Park to fall 5-3 to the Rockford Rivets.

 

After giving up two runs in the top half of the third inning, the Booyah pushed two across the plate on a single by Cameron Tilly.  It could have been just a single tally, but it was the heads up base running of Andy Blake that knotted things up. Nadir Lewis took advantage of a dropped third strike to score from third to make it a 3-2 game in the fifth inning. The Rivets tied the game in the ninth inning and pushed across a pair in the 10th inning to prevent the Booyah from winning their second game of the young season. 

Shortened season gives Brewers' Braun lifeline

For Ryan Braun fans, you might finally have a reason to thank COVID-19.

 

The Milwaukee Brewers staple for well over a decade told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel during the team's first workouts since March that the universal DH and shortened season may have extended his career out to 2021. Fewer games and less time out in the field could keep Braun fresh for what the Brewers hope will be a third straight season in the playoffs. The team has a $15 million option for 2021, but a lesser number may have to suffice if Braun wants to finish his career with the Brewers.  Braun and the Brewers are working through their summer camp schedule before the "regular" season begins at the end of the month.

Packers lay out fall plans

The Green Bay Packers are planning on people coming to games this fall, it just may look a little different than you are used to compared to years' past.

 

In a letter sent to season ticket holders last week, the organization let them know that they are hoping to have fans in the stands this season but gave them the option to either opt-in or opt-out without having to worry about losing their seats for future years. The Gold and Green season ticket designations will disappear for a year and Brown County residents will not get the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets this year. With 6,500 seats likely being blocked off and social distancing measures being enforced, season ticket holders will go to less games this year and be required to wear a face mask when they do so.

 

The first preseason game hosted by the Packers has already been canceled with the NFLPA already petitioning the league to call off the whole preseason.

Booyah notch first win of the season

The second time was the charm playing in front of the home fans for the Green Bay Booyah as they topped Rockford, 5-3. They improve their overall record to 1-2 after losing both ends of a home-and-home series with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters to open the season.


Grant Emme was the star, going 3-4 at the plate. His two-run single in the second set the tone early, and he finished with three runs batted in. Emme has seven RBIs in three games.


Avery Stephens was the winning pitcher, throwing two scoreless innings in relief of starter Garrett Martin. The Booyah are home this afternoon with first pitch at 4:35 PM. The game is sold out.

 

*Photo of closer Chandler Ingram provided by the Green Bay Booyah.

 

Professional teams reviewing mascots

Late Thursday, in a coordinated move by multiple corporate sponsors, the Washington Redskins team name came under fire again. FedEx, whose name is on the stadium where the ‘Skins play, announced that they no longer supported the mascot. Almost simultaneously, Nike dropped all Washington merchandise from its online store. Friday morning, the team announced it was conducting an internal review of the situation. Many media outlets are reporting that means a change is already in the works, but so far it remains unsourced. Last quarter Nike swung to a surprise loss, dramatically underperforming Wall Street expectations. The company’s worst region was North America, with a 46% drop in sales. It is unclear how long they can afford to keep one of football’s most recognizable logos away from customers.


Later Friday, the Cleveland Indians from Major League Baseball, said they too were undertaking a review of their name. These moves will put pressure on other franchises featuring American Indian mascots, including the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, and Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champions.

 

NASCAR's most recognizable drive tests positive for COVID-19

NASCAR’s biggest name, Jimmie Johnson, will be missing this weekend’s race from one of the sport’s most famous tracks after testing positive for COVID-19. Johnson has won the NASCAR Cup seven times in his career but will be forced to sit out the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is the first driver on the circuit to contract the virus. NASCAR is already dealing with a television ratings problem in the wake of the Bubba Wallace noose incident. Last Saturday’s race from Pocono averaged only 2.57 million viewers on the Fox Network. Losing Johnson won’t help that trend.

Sandlot league pops up in Algoma

Algoma Little League has been sidelined like so many other youth baseball groups this year. While Kewaunee County reopened with limited restrictions in April, many parks had activities limited, which led to a shortage of venues for the league to use. For the diehards though, a more informal slate of games has cropped up, says Parks Supervisor Madeline Prokash.

 


Prokash says she expects Algoma’s Perry Field to be opening soon. It has been subject to a curfew for the past couple of weeks due to litter and property damage.

 

PGA Tour modifies COVID-19 testing policy

In a move that could have significant impacts on other industries, the PGA is adopting a new policy to combat false positive tests for COVID-19. The controversy stems from last weekend’s Travelers Championship when golfer Cameron Champ was forced to withdraw due to an affirmative result. Since then, he has taken three separate tests, which all came back negative. It has called into question how often infections are identified when they don’t actually exist. The PGA Tour’s new policy allows a golfer to end the traditional 10-day quarantine early if he is asymptomatic and has multiple tests come back negative at least 24 hours apart. Champ is taking part in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit this weekend. Entering Friday’s action, he is four strokes off the lead.

NFL promises changes to pregame ceremony

The National Football League announced on Thursday that two anthems would be played during pregame ceremonies before all games during Week One. The official anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, will be sung as is customary, but it will happen after a tune named “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song dubbed the black national anthem. Assuming players revive protests of years prior, the ceremony could prove incredibly divisive. Green Bay is on the road for the first game of the year against Minnesota. They have not commented yet on whether they intend something similar for the Lambeau Field opener against the Detroit Lions the following week.

Sturgeon Bay football release camp dates

When the question "Are You Ready for Some Football?" is asked, the answer from Sturgeon Bay is a resounding yes.

 

The program released its summer football camp dates on Wednesday. They will have one practice July 13th and will meet again August 5th through 7th at the high school. The three-hour practices will begin each night at 6 p.m and are open to incoming freshman and returning high school players.

Booyah lose home opener

The Green Bay Booyah gave up seven unanswered runs in the final two frames to lose their home opener 10-5 to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Wednesday night.

 

In one of the first publicly attended games in the Green Bay area since the WIAA Girls' State Basketball Tournament in March, the Booyah came back from a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning and a single tally in the sixth inning. Three of those runs came off of home runs for Booyah thanks to Grant Emme and Brady West. Chandler Ingram was the hard luck pitcher in the eighth inning, giving up four runs. Jacob Paulishak gave up another three runs in the ninth as the Rafters put the game out of reach. Chris McElvain took the win for the Rafters while Joe Taylor took the loss for the Booyah despite not giving up a run.

Day of change for Packers

It was a day of addition and subtraction for the Green Bay Packers Wednesday.

 

Added officially to the team was first-round draft pick Jordan Love and second-round draft pick A.J. Dillon. The Utah State quarterback and Boston College running back did not have the terms of their deals released by the team, but NFL Media's Mike Garafolo says Love signed a fully guaranteed four-year contract for $12,383,470, which is the first time a draft pick in that slot has received such a deal. The Packers still have three more draft picks to sign.

 

Gone from the Packers' summer schedule is their annual stay at St. Norbert College and two preseason games. The Packers made the decision after the NFL issued guidelines recommending teams do most if not all of their team functions at their own facilities. It breaks a 60 year streak between the Packers and St. Norbert College in nearby. The Packers also saw their preseason schedule shrunk from four games to two games, losing their home matchup against the Cardinals and their finale at Kansas City. Both of the decisions were made out of respect to growing COVID-19 concerns.

Nor Door Baseball Tournament Week Two schedule

Sister Bay had the best performance of Week One in the Nor Door Baseball Tournament. The Bays locked down Institute, 8-0. Egg Harbor nipped Maplewood. 3-1, Kolberg belted several homers en route to a 9-7 win over Washington Island, and West Jacksonport tripled up Baileys Harbor. 9-3. The Week Two schedule features West Jacksonport at Institute Friday night. 


The Sunday slate is:

 

*Maplewood at Washington Island


*Kolberg at Egg Harbor


*Sister Bay at Baileys Harbor

 

Only two Badgers report positive for COVID-19

Football workouts are underway, and the University of Wisconsin Badgers program has been relatively unscathed from COVID-19. Only two players have been confirmed cases between the volleyball and football programs that were part of phase one of reopening. By comparison, Iowa reported 12 positive cases among returning student-athletes, a high for the Big Ten. Those infected, and the players and staff they had contact with, are self-isolating. Wisconsin reported that 100 of 123 players participated in the first day of workouts last week.

Timber Rattlers, MiLB cancel season

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will have to wait until 2021 to play ball.

 

Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that the season across all levels was canceled due to COVID-19. It marks the first year without professional baseball in the Appleton area since 1957, according to a release from the Timber Rattlers. The organization is working with Major League Baseball to see if socially distanced crowds can be spectators to check out workouts at the ballpark since Fox Cities Stadium will be an alternate training site for the Milwaukee Brewers. Members of the "taxi squad" will keep their skills sharp in Grand Chute just in case the Brewers need to call a player.

 

The Timber Rattlers are still planning on hosting some events at the stadium this summer, including fireworks this weekend.

WIAA raises ticket prices

If high schools in Door and Kewaunee Counties host state series events, expect to pay a little more.

 

During last week's WIAA meetings, the board approved a number of changes to what it charges spectators and reimburses school districts to help address its bottom line in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release from the WIAA, all regional, sectional and State Tournament ticket prices will be increased $1. Mileage reimbursements for team and individual travel will decrease 50 cents per mile for 2020-21, and the regional and sectional host revenue sharing percentage will be decreased by 5 percent. The latter two adjustments will only be in effect for next year.

 

These changes were just part of the discussions held last week that also added a girls state wrestling series and computerized seeding for basketball.

Luxemburg-Casco Track looks forward to "summer season"

The Luxemburg-Casco Track Team will try to bring closure to its 2020 season next week.

 

The squad will host a week of practice that is optional for athletes from July 6th-10th from 4 to 6 p.m. The team will follow WIAA reopening guidelines, including only parents being allowed when competing, no sharing of equipment or relays, and alternate lanes for races. 

 

The school will also host a lifting camp for all athletes beginning July 6th with a cap set at 28 students for the six sessions.

 

 

Brewers announce summer camp roster

The Milwaukee Brewers have left some flexibility in their roster after they announced who would be attending their summer camp on Monday.

 

The Brewers put 45 players on their summer camp roster, 15 people less than the 60-man limit the team is allowed. The Brewers will invited 23 pitchers, four catchers, 12 infielders, and six outfielders to work out at Miller Park. The team will have to trim that roster down to 30 before the first games at the end of July. 

 

The Brewers also announced Monday it had officially signed five of its draft picks, confirming a MLB.com report over the weekend.

 

You can see the full roster here

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