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L-C's Sewell leads All-State Soccer team

Only one player from the area made the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association 2019 All-State team this fall and it is probably not from the team you thought it would be.

 

Despite winning the state championship this fall, Sturgeon Bay landed no players on the team. The lone area representative is senior midfielder Carter Sewell, who figured into the equation for many goals for Luxemburg-Casco whether it was scoring the goal or assisting on it. 

 

The WSCA Best Eleven was made up primarily of Division 1 players, including player of the year Erich Legut of Waukesha West. 

Practices begin Monday for other winter sports

A week after area girls' basketball teams got their seasons underway with practices, the boys (and some girls too) will get back to work beginning on Monday.

 

Wrestling, boy's basketball, and boy's swimming and diving begin their season with many of their first competitions not happening until after the Thanksgiving break. Schools have been having their respective informational meetings over the last few weeks to get teams ready for the season. 

 

As those teams begin practicing, some girls' basketball teams have their first games beginning on Tuesday.

Bucks outpace Pacers

The Milwaukee Bucks continued their hot start to the season with a 102-83 rout of the host Indiana Pacers Saturday night.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo once again led the way for the Bucks with 26 points on the evening, collecting 13 rebounds and adding six assists along the way. Five other Bucks players scored in double figures on a night where they shot 44 percent from the field and hit 11 three-pointers. Four Pacers reached double figures, led by Myles Turner with 16 points. Played relatively close the first three quarters, the Bucks outscored the Pacers 31-20 in the final frame to put the game well out of reach. Next up for the Bucks is a Monday night matchup against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. It is the second time the two teams have met in a week. 


Phoenix cruise past Mizzou

The Green Bay Phoenix responded from home opener loss a week ago with a 72-64 win over visiting Missouri Saturday afternoon.

 

It was a wire to wire win for the Phoenix, despite giving up 30 of the Tigers' 64 points in the final frame. Caitlyn Hibner scored a career-high 20 points in the game, one year removed from having Tommy John surgery cancel her 2018-2019 season.  Frankie Wurtz, Madison Wolf, and Lyndsey Robson all added point-totals in the double figures in the contest that featured on the second SEC team in Kress Events Center to step on the court the face the Phoenix. 

 

The Phoenix are back in action Tuesday night at home against Marquette.

Badgers stay alive in division race

The Wisconsin Badgers not only beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but also received some much-needed help from the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon.

 

Behind a big second quarter and 204 yards from Jordan Taylor, the Badgers topped the host Cornhuskers 37-21. Taylor scored a pair of touchdowns en route to a day that gave him more yards gained on the ground than any other junior running back in NCAA history. Quarterback Jack Coan added a touchdown through the air and  Aron Cruickshank responded to an early Cornhusker touchdown with a kickoff returned for a score.

 

Iowa beat division leader Minnesota in Iowa City later on Saturday, getting Wisconsin within striking distance with a matchup against the Golden Gophers looming in the final weekend of the regular season.

Girls basketball scrimmages Saturday

Southern Door High School girls basketball scrimmages in a four-way Saturday at Two Rivers. Also on the court will be North Fond du Lac and Green Bay East. Kewaunee and Algoma High Schools are hosting their scrimmages. Kewaunee matches up with Manitowoc Lutheran and Algoma takes on Luxemburg-Casco from the North Eastern Conference. 


Kewaunee, Algoma, and Southern Door all finished in the top four in the Packerland Standings in 2018-2019. L-C was 20-5 overall and a force in the North Eastern Conference. Regular season play will begin on Tuesday with everyone playing by Thursday.


Luxemburg Speedway promoter exits

Skyhigh Entertainment will not be returning as promoter for the Luxemburg Speedway in 2020. The organization is bowing out after one year that it describes as being financially unsuccessful. Skyhigh says they were proud of the product on the track but it did not generate revenue commensurate with that quality.


Attendance and revenue have been declining at the track in recent years. Several promoters have come and gone over that period. The track will be looking for a promoter in it for the long haul going forward with the hopes that stability and consistent direction can reinvigorate support for the speedway.

 

 

 

UWGB women's basketball hosts premier opponent

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay's women's basketball program hosts a member of the Southeastern Conference Saturday afternoon at the Kress Center. The Missouri Tigers were 24-11 last year, results to go with the pedigree that comes from being an SEC member. The Tigers are the most impressive road opponent Wisconsin- Green Bay will see this season. 


Missouri is off to a slow start at 1-2. They were upset by Northern Iowa in their last game. The first three Mizzou contests all went to overtime. This will be the Tigers first road game of the season, something UWGB can exploit possibly.


Green Bay is known for their defensive prowess most years but that has not been the case in 2019-2020. Central dropped 105 points on the Phoenix in the first game. South Dakota State scored 66. In Saturday's matchup, Green Bay will need to ratchet up the intensity in front of their hoop. If they can keep Missouri around 52 points, last year's scoring average, an upset is likely.

 

Wisconsin football at Nebraska

Wisconsin football fans feel a lot better now than they did 10 days ago. Illinois continues to win and is already bowl eligible this year which takes a little bit of the sting out of that upset. Ohio State has bounced to a second place ranking in the national polls, looking like a contender in the College Football Playoff. The Badgers beat ranked Iowa last week, controlling three quarters of the contest. Perhaps the ship has been righted. 


Nebraska enters the game 4-5, still in a rebuilding process under second-year coach Scott Frost. The Cornhuskers feature a balanced offensive attack, averaging 188 yards on the ground and 223 yards passing. Quarterback Adrian Martinez presents a dual threat. Martinez has run the ball 97 times this year, most on the team. Wisconsin's defense will have to contain his production. 


Nebraska is not good defensively, giving up 400 yards of offense per game. Nebraska has lost three consecutive games. A fast start from the Badger offense could be demoralizing for the Cornhuskers. If Nebraska can hang around in front of a sold-out crowd and a highly touted visiting recruiting class things get a lot murkier.

 


Milwaukee Bucks back on the road

The Milwaukee Bucks are in the middle of a challenging stretch where they play seven of eight contests on the road. A west coast swing followed by a home win against the Bulls and now back to hotel rooms and visitors' locker rooms. Saturday night they're at Indianapolis. Milwaukee enters the game at 8-3, good for second in the Eastern Conference. Indiana is 7-5. 


The game is another showcase for opposing philosophies. Milwaukee is the league leader in offensive scoring, averaging over 120 points per game. That mark is two points per game better than New Orleans in second place. Indiana is fifth in the league in defense, giving up 104 points per game. The Bucks won this kind of matchup once already this season. Orlando has the best scoring defense in the league and Milwaukee routed them on the road.

 

Former Pioneer makes B1G List

A day after being joined by another Door County swimmer on the team, University of Minnesota swimmer and Sevastopol alum Max McHugh made the honor roll again for the Big Ten Conference.

 

It is the second time McHugh has garnered the recognition this season thanks to some impressive performances in a recent dual meet in Wisconsin. In that meet, he swam the fasted 100-yard breaststroke time in the nation with a 52.59 while also swimming the third fastest 200-yard breaststroke in the country with a 1:56.41 and helping the 200-yard medley team take second place.

 

McHugh is trying to improve on his freshman campaign where he was an All-American and the Big Ten Freshman Swimmer of the Year.

L-C hosts final camp before season starts

The season may officially get underway on Monday with the first official practice, but Luxemburg-Casco is hosting one final camp for area wrestlers.

 

Beginning tonight at the high school, former Ohio State All-American wrestler Micah Jordan will bring his expertise for a three-day camp. Jordan will cover skills mostly related to takedowns for wrestlers in fifth through twelfth grade. Limited space is available, so check out the information below on the camp below to learn more and to register.

 

 


Bucks' Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe key win against Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe had big nights for the Milwaukee Bucks in their 124-115 win over the Chicago Bulls Thursday night in Milwaukee.

 

Playing without All-Star Khris Middleton, Antetokounmpo scored 38 points and Bledsoe added another 31 in the back and forth game. Down by a point at halftime, the Bucks outscored the Bulls 32-20 in the third quarter to put the game on cruise control. The Bulls would get no closer than four points in the fourth quarter before the Bucks were able to close things out in front of the home crowd. Coby White scored 26 points in the loss for the Bulls.


The Bucks are back in action Saturday night in Indianapolis as they travel to take on the Indiana Pacers.

Gibraltar opens winter sports season with basketball scrimmage

Gibraltar is kicking off the winter sports season Friday night as they travel to take on Green Bay Southwest in a scrimmage ahead of next week's first regular-season game.

 

The Vikings came up just shy of reaching sectionals, losing to Hilbert in the regional final 48-42. The Trojans enter the season with new coach Berri West, who takes over for a team that lost to Luxemburg-Casco in overtime in the regional final.

 

The two teams scrimmage beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Brewers' Yelich second in MVP voting

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich came close to making history on Thursday, but ultimately was not chosen for his second straight Most Valuable Player award.

 

Yelich came in 50 points behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger in MVP voting, an impressive accomplishment figuring a broken kneecap kept him out of the final 18 regular season games and their wild card matchup against the eventual World Series champion Washington Nationals. That does not mean Yelich was not deserving of the award, improving his number from his MVP season just a year ago. Yelich was vying to be the 15th player in MLB history to win MVP honors in back to back seasons.

L-C's Worachek to continue wrestling career

Luxemburg-Casco's Reece Worachek will get a chance to continue his wrestling career after high school. 

 

UW-Parkside announced on its social media channels Wednesday it had inked the reigning state champion at 170 pounds to wrestle for its team as a member of its class of 2020 recruiting class. Worachek went 43-5 last year as a member of the Spartans' three regional champion teams that produced team state title in 2018.

 

 

Southern Door's Aune follows path to Minnesota

The University of Minnesota swim team will get another dose of Door County magic after Southern Door's Brock Aune announced on Wednesday his intentions to compete there next year.

 

According to a Southern Door School District Facebook post, Aune has competed in the WIAA State Swimming Championships and YMCA Short and Long-Course Nationals during his 10-year career. He joins Sevastopol alum Max McHugh on the team that once also had McHugh's brother Conner. The Golden Gophers men's swim team finished fifth in last year's Big Ten Championships.

 

Photo courtesy of Southern Door School District Facebook page

 

Nine make all-region football teams

Nine local players were recognized by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as they named the All-Region Teams earlier this week.

 

Kewaunee led the pack with five entries spread out among four players. Gibraltar and Southern Door each had two players named to their respective teams while Sevastopol had one. All-State teams will be announced on Monday.

 

Region 2 Small

OL/DL: Tanor Bortolini, Kewaunee

RB: Owen Kudick, Kewaunee

QB: Ryan Carmichael, Kewaunee

P: Max Hanrahan, Kewaunee

RB: Nick Baudhuin, Southern Door

DB: Tyler Kroll, Southern Door

 

Eight-player

QB: Luke Steebs, Gibraltar

WR: Alex Laughlin, Gibraltar

DB: Spencer Evenson, Sevastopol

 

Green Bay drops game against New Mexico

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team kept it close early but ultimately dropped its matchup with New Mexico Wednesday night 93-78.

 

The game went back and forth between the two teams in the first half before the Lobos went on a late run to make it 49-43 at the break. An early run in the second half thanks to three-pointers made by the likes of Cody Schwartz made it a 56-52 game, but the Lobos went on another tear to open up a lead they would not relinquish. Three Phoenix players scored in double-figures, including a team-high 20 points from JayQuan McCloud in the loss.

 

The road will not get easier for the Phoenix as they next face Wisconsin at the Kohl Center next Thursday.

Badgers breeze past McNeese State

The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team was able to overcome a tough first half to blow past McNeese State 83-63 at the Kohl Center Wednesday.

 

The visiting Cowboys actually held a small lead over the Badgers for much of the first half, only to see their host take a three-point advantage into the break. The Badgers would make their move midway in the second half, going on a 15-3 run the Cowboys could not answer. Four Badgers players scored in double figures, led by 24 points by Brad Davison.

 

In other state Division 1 basketball, Marquette outscored Purdue 40-17 in the second half to earn a 65-55 victory in Milwaukee.

Early cold raises hopes for winter season

With several measurable snowfalls already and cold temps the hopes for a long winter sports season are on the rise. Sister Bay is hosting a kick-off event for its rink this Saturday but preparations are already underway as far south as Kewaunee for venues like the Winter Park. Sturgeon Bay also has a heavily-trafficked community outdoor rink. It has been after Christmas the past several years before those venues could open to the public. Community feedback has been steadfast in its desire for improvements that can get the facilities open sooner. The biggest help though might just be Mother Nature.

UWGB men at New Mexico

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay men's basketball team makes its first long-distance trip of the year Wednesday night against New Mexico. The Lobos are 2-0 in 2019 but they have played nobody. The Phoenix have to be comfortable knowing they've already been tested on the road at the tough Mackey Arena on the campus of Purdue University. 

 

GB should be further along in regards to maturing as a team than the Lobos. New Mexico had a down year in 2018-2019 with just 14 wins on the season so catching them early in their rebuilding effort is a favorable position for the Phoenix. Visitors tend to struggle there with the elevation but an early-season trip with fresh legs should alleviate that potential problem. Green Bay has featured a balanced offense this year with four players averaging in double figures while shooting an impressive 46% from the field. They will need to rely on that team play if they start to feel the altitude.

Wisconsin hosts McNeese State

Wisconsin men's basketball is 1-1 on the season but there has been no doubt about the defensive intensity the Badgers have brought to the floor in either contest. They hope to continue that trend against McNeese State. The Cowboys enter Wednesday's game 1-2 on the year with losses to Western Michigan and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Cowboys can score though. They're averaging over 80 points a game and feature a dynamic back court that is comfortable with the three-point shot. It should be an interesting matchup for a Badgers defense stout in the middle. Nate Reuvers tied a school record with nine blocks last Friday.


Offensively, look for the Badgers to pound the paint again against an undersized McNeese State team. There is a danger in that though. Trading twos for threes can work against a team if the opponent is seeing a particularly good shooting night. That is the recipe for an early March national tournament exit and it applies just as easily in mid-November.

 

All-State honors handed out in volleyball

As you would expect, the Luxemburg-Casco High School volleyball team is well represented on postseason awards lists. In Division 2, senior Bekah Day made All-State first team with senior Holly Baierl securing a spot on the second team. Hannah Derenne, only a junior, received honorable mention.


In Division 3, the Packerland co-champs, Southern Door, were shut out of postseason awards. Algoma senior Jacklyn Dean was the only area player to make the cut receiving honorable mention. 

 

Girls basketball begins this week

The winter sports season kicks off for the WIAA this week with girls basketball scrimmages. Several teams in the Packerland Conference will be participating. Gibraltar tips off on Friday with Southern Door, Kewaunee, the NEC's Luxemburg-Casco, and Algoma on the court Saturday. 


What is notable are the teams without any scrimmages listed including Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol. Practices just started on Monday with games next week. Given that condensed schedule it will definitely make the early season matchups unpredictable. Volleyball had a similar format this year.

 

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