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Conference play highlights boys' basketball slate

Packerland Conference match-ups highlight a busy night of boys' basketball hoops on Thursday night.

 

Those games include Gibraltar visiting Kewaunee, Southern Door heading to Peshtigo, Sturgeon Bay playing at Oconto, and Algoma battling NEW Lutheran in Green Bay. The lone non-conference game is Sevastopol making its way to Mishicot. 

 

While the Pioneers play at 7:15 p.m., all other games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tips.

Southern Door, Kewaunee open wrestling seasons with quad

Packerland Conference rivals Southern Door and Kewaunee will face off in a quadrangular meet featuring Denmark and Two Rivers on Thursday night.

 

The Storm graduated its three state qualifiers from a year ago but welcome back all-conference wrestlers Mitchell Boeder. The Eagles return inaugural girls' state qualifiers Norah Lefevre, Hailey Veeser, and all-conference wrestlers Wyatt Wilke, Mason Motquin, and Hayden Jeanquart.

 

The Purple Raiders will likely have its state qualifiers Chase Matthias,  Justin Klinkner, and Max Matthias return to action this season after all three placed in the top four in the state. The Vikings also had three wrestlers make it to Madison last season.

 

The first matches are expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.


Luxemburg-Casco gets back to work in conference play

The Luxemburg-Casco girls' basketball team will look for better results in conference play on Thursday at Oconto Falls.

 

The Spartans have lost games to conference rival Marinette and non-conference foe Pulaski to start their season. In Tuesday's loss to the Red Raiders, the Spartans' Alana Mrotek and Alayna Deprez scored eight points each.

 

The Panthers' campaign has gone in the other direction with a 2-0 mark, including a 40-point blowout of Little Chute in their last game. The Panthers have three players scoring in double figures: Maddy Maloney (15.0 ppg), Amber Otto (12.5 ppg), and Rylie Shallow (10.0 ppg).

 

Tip-off is at 7 p.m., with the game serving as the Panthers' FBLA March of Dimes Event.

Phoenix kick off UWM week with men's close loss to PFW

The Green Bay Phoenix have games against their in-state rival this week, but the men opened Horizon League play on Wednesday with a 75-71 loss to Purdue-Fort Wayne.

 

The Mastodons entered the game as one of the league's hottest teams from the field, scoring over 100 points twice in their seven games this season. The Phoenix defense did what it could, limiting the Mastodons to 45 percent from the field. The two teams rarely exchanged leads in the first half with the Mastodons as the Phoenix trailed at the half 36-32. The Phoenix offense started to click more in the second half, allowing them to take the lead from the Mastodons several times. They could never extend their advantage by just a few buckets, allowing the Mastodons to slip past them in the final minutes. 

 

Noah Reynolds led the Phoenix with 16 points, while Clarence Cummings III scored 12 points in his season debut. Junior Elijah Moore added 11 points in the loss. The Phoenix men return home to the Resch Center for their tilt against UW-Milwaukee on Saturday at 6 p.m.

 

The Phoenix women only have to wait until tonight (Thursday) for their matchup against the Panthers. They are coming off a 2-1 visit south of the border at the Cancun Challenge, picking up their second win against a ranked opponent this season when they toppled Washington State on getaway day. The Panthers have rebounded after a 0-3 start, winning four straight games. Thursday's Horizon League opener marks the 100th meeting between the two squads. The Phoenix and Panthers will play each other at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee at 7 p.m.


Girls Basketball Roundup:  Algoma, Kewaunee, Southern Door claims victories

Six local teams were in action Tuesday night as the Packerland Conference season picks up speed after the holiday weekend.

In Algoma, the Lady Wolves pounded the NEW Lutheran/Providence Blazers 64-36 as Jaydn Nellis scored 21 points for Algoma. 

The Kewaunee Storm upended the Gibraltar Vikings in Fish Creek 63-29 with Jadelyn Kroll leading the way with 18 points for the Storm. 

In Brussels, the Southern Door Eagles improved to 2-1 with a 51-44 win over the Peshtigo Bulldogs.

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers fell 59-25 to the Oconto Blue Devils at home Tuesday in their Packerland Conference opener. 

 

In Pulaski, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans dropped a non-conference matchup with the Pulaski Red Raiders 53-39. 

 

Boys Basketball Recap:  Luxemburg-Casco tops Marinette, Kewaunee falls to Manitowoc Lutheran

The action on the hardwoods for the local high school boys' basketball teams was light on Tuesday night, with mixed results.

 

The Kewaunee Storm lost to Manitowoc Lutheran 60-56 on the road in a non-conference game to open their season.

 

In Luxemburg, the L-C Spartans got new head coach Logan Vandervelden his first win in their opener, 69-52, over the Marinette Marines in North Eastern Conference play. 

 

(Photo by Ron LeCloux)


Bucks scorch Heat, claim spot In-Season Tournament Vegas

The Milwaukee Bucks stayed hot Tuesday night, by downing the Miami Heat on the road 131-124 at the Kaseya Center.

The Bucks jumped out to a 15-2 lead right of the bat, but the Heat would rally to close out the half with a 62-59 lead.

The game see-sawed in the third quarter, with the Bucks eventually pulling away at the end, outscoring the Heat 38-27 in the final period.

Milwaukee (13-5) was led by the “Big Two”, as Giannis Antetokounmo scored 33 points with 10 rebounds, and Damien Lillard added 32 points and nine assists.

With the win, the Bucks secured a spot in the NBA In-Season Tournament that will be held in Las Vegas on December 5.  They will face the New York Knicks (10-7) in the quarterfinals. 

The next regular season game for Milwaukee will be Thursday night in Chicago as the Bucks face the Bulls at the United Center.  

Boys basketball round-up: Winless Monday for local teams

Local teams went winless across four games on Monday night, with two more in boys' basketball action scheduled for Tuesday.

 

Gibraltar opened their season with a 60-36 loss to Gillett.

 

Southern Door came up empty against Sheboygan Falls in a 63-47 defeat.

 

Sevastopol dropped their game against Wausaukee 52-39.

 

Algoma lost their opener to Two Rivers 69-38.

 

Tuesday's slate of games includes Luxemburg-Casco hosting Marinette (7 p.m.) and Kewaunee visiting Manitowoc Lutheran (7:30 p.m.).

Girls basketball round-up: Kewaunee County schools fall, four games scheduled for Tuesday

Two local teams lost on Monday, with another four games on the docket for Tuesday in area girls basketball action.

 

Algoma dropped to 0-3 on the season after its loss to Mishicot 48-40.

 

Luxemburg-Casco is also searching for its first win after losing to Pulaski 53-39.

 

In Tuesday's action, the Wolves are back at it against NEW Lutheran, Kewaunee travels to Gibraltar, Southern Door hosts Peshtigo, and Sturgeon Bay plays at home against Oconto. All of the games start at 7:30 p.m.

Luxemburg-Casco wrestling begins title defense at Marinette

Pick a title, and the Luxemburg-Casco wrestling team will begin defending it Tuesday night when they travel to Marinette to battle the Marines.

 

The Spartans ended the 2022-2023 season with a conference, regional, and team state title, in addition to winning other smaller tournaments along the way. The last we saw of the Spartans beat Evansville 63-9 in the state semifinal before winning the state championship with a 37-20 victory against Prairie du Chien. The Spartans also return several of their state qualifiers from a year ago, including second-place finishers Max Ronsman and Trace Schoenebeck. Even with an extended run for many of his wrestlers due to the football team's success, head coach Chas Treml was confident that his team would be ready for the grind of another season with expectations being held over them.

 

 

The Marines sent one wrestler to the state meet, with Kaylee Mcfadden taking third in the girls' competition. The team sent three wrestlers to last year's sectional, with Isaac Hermanson (23-16) taking fourth at 106 pounds as their top finisher. Jaxson Smith (182) and Logan Paris (195) also qualified.

 

The first match is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Packers cut two players

With several players returning to practice on Monday, two players were cut from the Green Bay Packers' roster.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst kicked off the week with the announcement that the organization had cut WR Bo Melton and RB James Robinson. There is a chance they could stick with the team on the practice squad. ESPN LaCrosse's Paul Bretl says the Packers have two practice squad openings and worked out six players on Monday, including three tight ends and two running backs. The Athletic's Matt Schneidman reported several Packers players returning to the practice field after missing last Thursday's game against the Lions:

 

Present but not practicing today:
A. Jones
Dillon
Deguara

Released:
Melton
J. Robinson

Practicing after missing game:
Alexander
Campbell
Wicks
R. Ford

Stokes back practicing and designated to return off IR. Savage still practicing.

PT and Merriweather are the healthy RBs: pic.twitter.com/5xKcEBdypq

— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 27, 2023

 

The Packers are getting ready for their Sunday night tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Spartans girls look for first win vs. Red Raiders

The Luxemburg-Casco girls' basketball team will go for their first win in two tries on Monday night when they travel to Pulaski to take on the Red Raiders.

 

The Beth Budnik era began with Luxemburg-Casco falling to Marinette 43-35. The two teams kept things close in the first half, with the visiting Marines only holding an 18-16 at the break. Bryana Torkko was a thorn for the Spartans, scoring all eight of her points in the first half and joining Riley Kieffer and Chloe Seymour with the team lead. Brianna Bray and Erin Cherovsky carried the load for the Spartans in the first half, scoring seven points. The Marines would outscore the Spartans 25-19 in the second half thanks to six points from Madison Kuoazk, all of which came after the break. Cherovsky would end her night with 14 points as Bray added 13 in the loss for the Spartans. 

 

The Red Raiders are starting their campaign slowly, losing three games in the season's opening two weeks. After losing by double figures to West De Pere, they dropped matchups to Seymour and New London by a combined seven points. Olivia Spranger is leading the Red Raiders attack with 11.5 points per game.

 

Tip-off is set for 7:15 p.m.

 

In other girls' basketball action, Algoma continues its murderer's row of season-opening games when it visits Mishicot for a 7:15 p.m.

Bucks make huge comeback vs. Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard had the last laugh against his old team on Sunday as the Milwaukee Bucks returned from 26 points down to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-102.

 

The comeback was spurred by a massive fourth-quarter rally that saw the Bucks outscore their visitors 33-14. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 33 points, but Lillard also did his part to down his former squad, scoring 31 points. Three other scored in double figures for the Bucks while the Trail Blazers were led by Jerami Grant's 22 points.

 

The Bucks are back in action tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. when they take on the Miami Heat in the NBA In-Season Tournament.

 

Pro Bowl Games voting opens

You can start sending Green Bay Packers players to Orlando for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games.

 

The reimagined event now puts players from the two conferences against each other in various skill competitions before playing a flag football game. According to the NFL, the Pro Bowl Games will occur on February 4th, with Peyton and Eli Manning returning as head coaches of the AFC and NFC.

 

You can look at the Packers players you can vote for by clicking this link.

Eagles girls take down Two Rivers

The Southern Door Eagles' girls basketball team jumped out to a 10-point lead and never looked back in its 49-41 win over Two Rivers on Saturday.

 

No Southern Door statistics were reported, but their defense was challenged by Kaylee Jensen, who scored 17 points for the Raiders. Katelyn Klein chipped in eight points, but no other Raiders players scored more than five as the Eagles won their first game of the season. 

Phoenix men and women score victories Saturdays

Entering their respective matchups as underdogs, both Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams emerged victorious Saturday afternoon.

 

In Cancun, the Phoenix women took down their second ranked opponent in as many weeks, beating Washington State 59-48. Entering the second quarter down by four points, the Phoenix outscored the Cougars 20-11 to take a lead they would not give up. Maddy Schreiberled the Phoenix with 12 points while Jenna Guyer added 11 points, and Bailey Butler chipped in 10 more. The Cougars were led by Charlisse Leger-Walker's 17 points and Tara Wallack's 16 points. Following the conclusion of the Cancun Challenge, Luxemburg-Casco alumna Cassie Schiltz was named to the All-Tournament Team. According to GreenBayPhoenix.com, the last time Green Bay won two games against an AP-Top 25 team was during the 2017-18 season when they took down #24 Arizona State (at the Cancun Challenge) and #23 Marquette at the Kress Center. The Phoenix are back home on November 30th when they battle Milwaukee in their Horizon League opener.

 

In Green Bay, the Phoenix men beat St. Thomas 64-51. They took a 10-point lead into the break and never allowed the Tommies to get within eight points. A big reason for the upset according to Vegas oddsmakers was because of the Phoenix's defense, limiting the Tommies to just 31 percent shooting from the field. Elijah Jones was the leading scorer for the Phoenix with 12 points followed by Marcus Hall with 10 points. Noah Reynolds did a little bit of everything for the Phoenix, contributing seven points, six rebounds, and six assists. This upcoming week, the Phoenix will head to Fort Wayne to take on the Mastodons before returning home to face UW-Milwaukee on Saturday.

Badgers take back the axe

The Wisconsin Badgers will have Paul Bunyan's Axe with them when they return to Madison after beating Minnesota 28-14.

 

The Badgers returned to their old usual self in Minnesota's capitol city, rushing for 267 yards on 44 carries. Leading the way was Braelon Allen, who rushed for over 160 yards and two touchdowns. He helped lead the Badgers from an early 7-0 deficit to outscoring the host Golden Gophers over the next two quarters. Tanner Mordecai threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Badgers win. Athan Kaliakmanis threw for one touchdown and an interception in the loss for the Gophers. 

 

The Badgers will now wait for their bowl game opponent.

Striver Gymnasts Thrive at Turkey Invitational

The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastic Team competed in the 35th Annual Turkey Invitational. The tournament was hosted at the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly, Wisconsin. Ten gymnastic teams from Wisconsin competed in the tournament. They were Door County, Fond Du Lac, Green Bay, Green County, HOTV, Kettle Moraine, Marinette-Menominee, Sheboygan, St. Point, and Wausau.

 

The Striver Excel Silver Squad led the team with a first-place team trophy. The Silver Squad scored 111.60, earning them first place on the podium. Brinley Newton (11 and under) captured gold in the All Around and bars. Newton earned bronze on the floor. Lauren Gaida (12 and up) won gold in the All Around and beam. Gaida grabbed silver on the floor and vault and earned bronze on bars. Sawyer Soukup (11 and under) won gold on the beam and silver on the bars and all Around. Evenlynn Kelsey (12 and up) won gold on the vault and fourth on the floor. In the eleven and under, Ellie Kelsay earned silver on bars and vault, bronze in the All Around, and fourth on beam. Teammate Greta Virgin earned bronze on the beam and fourth on the floor, vault, and All Around. Keira Clark earned silver on the beam, bronze in the All Around, and fourth on the bars.

 

Level seven gymnasts earned a fifth-place team finish, scoring 101.35 with three competitors for the Team. In the 14 and under bracket, Estell Duerst won fourth on the beam and fifth in the All Around. Amira Anschutz grabbed bronze on the floor. Portia Hah competed in the 15 and over bracket. She earned bronze on bars.

 

In the Platinum level, Anna Glalardo-Ibarra grabbed gold on the floor, vault, beam, bars, and All Around. No team awards were given at the Platinum level. 

 

The Strivers are off to a great start for the 2023-2024 season. Their next tournament will be December 2-3, 2024, in Menominee, Michigan.  The Striver Team will host their first home meet in three years on January 27-28, 2024, at the Door County YMCA. The Striver Team is coached by Nikki Pollman, Gerrit DeJonge, Heather Haese, and Stacey Berghuis.

 

Photo Attached - Silver Team

Left to right are: Greta Virgin, Keira Clark, Ellie Kelsey, Brinly Newton, Sawyer Soukup, Evelyn Kelsey and Lauren Gaida (back row).

Southern Door girls play in Denmark

The Southern Door girls basketball team will end their Thanksgiving holiday early with a tournament in Denmark on Saturday.

 

The Eagles went 14-11 last season, running into a tough Algoma team that ousted them from the WIAA Tournament. Ashlyn Delfosse (10.7 ppg) and Payton Gilbertson (10.2 ppg) will anchor the offense that lost Alianna Dufek to graduation during the offseason. 

 

Cedar Grove-Belgium, Two Rivers, and Denmark are also scheduled to compete. Denmark lost to Sheboygan South 39-32 in its opener last week. Two Rivers were handled by Sevastopol 58-24 in their season opener on Tuesday. Cedar Grove-Belgium lost both of their games last week to Sheboygan Falls (53-35) and Plymouth (51-48).

 

The first games begin at noon.

Phoenix women fall to Terps, both teams in action Saturday

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team saw one game slip away ahead of their final day in the Cancun Challenge.

 

On Friday, the Maryland Terrapins outscored the Phoenix 23-15 in the final quarter to win the game 68-59. Both teams struggled to shoot in the game as they both shot below 35 percent. The Phoenix found it hard to hit a shot from behind the arc, shooting nine percent. They did start out strong, starting the game on a 10-2 run, but the Terps would not go away quietly. They outrebounded the Phoenix 57-33, showing off their size and strength to the undersized Green Bay squad. Maddy Schreiber scored 12 points while Callie Genke added 11 points. Two other Phoenix players scored nine points. The Terps were led by Shyanne Summers and her 23 points. 

 

The Phoenix women will play their final game of the Cancun Challenge against nationally ranked Washington State. After throttling Maryland in their first game, the Cougars nearly doubled up UMass, winning 90-48. The two teams play each other at 12:30 p.m.

 

The Phoenix men are also in action on Saturday, hosting St. Thomas at 2 p.m. They are coming off a 1-1 trip to Bozeman where they beat Montana State and lost to UC-Riverside. The Tommies are 3-3 after beating Portland State 76-70 in their last game.

Glory sets tryout dates

The Green Bay Glory is setting the stage for its 2024 campaign by setting the dates for its tryouts.

 

The tryouts will take place the final week of December and the opening week of January. Players can attend one or all of them. You can find out more information about the tryouts below.

 

 

Packers feast on Lions' mistakes in Thanksgiving victory

The Green Bay Packers surprised a national audience on Thursday, beating the division-leading Detroit Lions 29-22.

 

The Packers started fast when a 50-plus yard pass play set up a 10-yard touchdown throw from Jordan Love to Jayden Reed on the game's opening drive. After the Lions scored a touchdown on the first drive, the Packers would find the endzone again when Love hooked up with Tucker Kraft from nine yards out. Jonathan Owens made a game-changing play when he picked up a Jared Goff fumble and took it 27 yards to make it 20-6 after one-quarter of play. The Packers' Anders Carlson would make it 23-6 to cap off the scoring in the first half.

 

The two teams would trade scores in the second half as the Lions' offense started to make it progress. A 16-yard passing touchdown from Love to Christian Watson would loom large as the Lions would eventually get the game to within a score. After a late touchdown by the Lions, Reed recovered an onside kick to allow Love to kneel the ball out to end the threat.

 

The Packers will now have time to recover and trim down its injury list before the Kansas City Chiefs come to town to kick off December. 

Phoenix women thrash UMass, face Maryland next

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team passed the first test of its Cancun Challenge with ease on Thursday, getting past UMass 85-52.

 

The Phoenix scored over 20 points in three of the four quarters, shooting over 51 percent from the field on the day including 41 percent from behind the arc. A 9-0 run to begin the game made the rest of the game academic as they were able to easily stretch the game from there.

 

Luxemburg-Casco product Cassie Schiltz led all Phoenix players with 16 points while Natalie McNeal (14 points) and Maren Westin (13 points) also cracked double figures. 

 

The Phoenix will likely face a tougher task on Friday when they face Big 10 opponent Maryland. The Terrapins had been in the Top 25 as recently as last week, but losses to top-ranked South Carolina and sixth-ranked Connecticut knocked them out. They lost to #22 Washington State 87-67 in their Cancun Challenge opener. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m.

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