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The Milwaukee Brewers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning but could make it hold up as the Chicago Cubs came back to claim an 8-3 victory at American Family Field.

 

Starting Cub Pitcher Kyle Hendricks had to leave the game after three innings with a shoulder injury, but three Chicago relievers gave up only one run and three hits the rest of the way.

 

Rowdy Tellez hit his 17th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the first inning for a promising start for the Brewers, but Milwaukee’s bats fell quite after that.

 

Seiya Suzuki led the Cubs attack with two hits and three RBIs including his sixth home run of the year.

 

Starting pitcher Jason Alexander (2-1) gave up eight hits and six earned runs in 5.1 innings and took the loss, while Matt Swarmer (2-3) picked up the win in relief for the Cubs.

 

The Brewers and Cubs will face off this afternoon in the rubber game of the three-game series with first pitch at 1:10 pm. 

Bucks announce summer league roster

The Milwaukee Bucks disclosed their roster for the NBA Summer League on Tuesday.  MarJon Beauchamp, the Bucks first round pick in the 2022 draft will be featured as well as  players who got playing time with the Bucks last season like, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Rayjon Tucker, Luxa Vildoza, and Lindell Wigginton.  Other players on the roster include second round pick Hugo Besson, Zylan Cheatham, Sylvain Francisco, Evans Ganapamo, Marcus Graves, AJ Green, Dusty Hannahs, and Dewan Hernandez.  The Bucks kickoff the schedule with a game Friday night versus the Brooklyn Nets in Las Vegas.  Bucks Assistant Coach Vin Baker will be the head coach for Milwaukee’s summer league team.  

Local athletes, coaches prepare for All-Star games

Local alums are preparing to represent their schools one final time this month.

 

In Football, Gibraltar head coach Mike Peck will be a part of the South 8-Player All-Star coaching staff. He will get the opportunity to coach Sam Lindenberg one final time in the game that takes place on July 15th. 

 

Southern Door alum Charlie Neinas will play in the American Legion All-Star game at American Family Field on August 7th as he represents the Ahnapee Trailblazers. According to their Facebook page:

Charlie, who is playing in his fifth season for Ahnapee, will suit up for Team Stripes.

Neinas is the fifth Trailblazer to be selected to participate in the annual All-Star game.

Past Ahnapee players to participate are: Mitchel Neubauer '15, Austen Dart '16, Max Bordeau'19, and Devin Schinktgen '21.

 

Neinas and his Southern Door teammate Logan Jeanquart along with Luxemburg-Casco's Blake Robillard and Sevastopol's Frankie Ash were named to the Fox Valley All-Star Game at Fox Cities Stadium on July 10th. A full roster for that game has not been released yet.


Rafters float past Rockers

The weather showed mercy but the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters did not as they beat the Green Bay Rockers 10-2 in seven innings Monday afternoon.

 

The Rafters outhit the Rockers 14-4 and received help with three errors as well. Two of those errors came from catchers Shane Gipson and Nainoa Cardinez on errant throws to third base that brought home additional runs. Starting pitcher Kyle Stoddard failed to go two innings, giving up four runs and three walks.

 

The score was 9-0 when Griffin Stevens went yard on the third pitch he saw in the sixth inning. Brendan Ryan's RBI single made it 9-2.

 

After the Rafters made it 10-2 in the seventh inning, the Rockers were only able to send two batters to the plate before the rains came, washing out the rest of the game. 

 

The Rockers play again on Wednesday when they travel to Madison to play the Mallards.

Jarvis Strikes Out Eleven, Offense Scores Nine, Rattlers win Sixth Straight

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and South Bend Cubs entered Monday night’s game on a roll.  Wisconsin had won ten of their last twelve games while the Cubs had a ten-game winning streak ended on Sunday in Beloit. Both teams were 8-1 to open the second half of the Midwest League season tied for the early lead in the Western Division of the Midwest League.  The Timber Rattlers offense provided the pop and starting pitcher Justin Jarvis cooled down the Cubs in a 9-1 Wisconsin victory at Four Winds Field.

 

Drew Smyly, who was making a rehab appearance for the Chicago Cubs, was the starting pitcher for South Bend and he allowed one hit with five strikeouts through the first 3-1/3 innings.  Then, Joe Gray Jr crushed the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning over the wall in left-center for his tenth home run of the season and a 1-0 lead for the Rattlers (45-30 overall, 9-1 second half).

Zavier Warren singled with two outs in the fourth to move his hitting streak to eleven games.  Ashton McGee was next, and he launched a long home run to right-center for a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs (42-34, 8-2) had a rally going in the bottom of the fourth against Jarvis.  Yohendrick Pinango singled and went to third on a hit-and-run single by Jake Washer.  Jarvis escaped the inning with two strikeouts and a grounder to Warren at third for a force play at second.

Daniel Palencia, a hard-throwing right-hander, took over for Smyly in the fifth and retired the first two Rattlers he faced.  Tyler Black kept the inning alive with a single.  Jose Acosta followed with a line drive home run down the line in right for a 5-0 lead.

Wisconsin poured on the offense against Palencia in the sixth inning as they took advantage of three walks to score four runs.  Ethan Murray entered the game as a pinch-hitter and drove in a run with a double.  Arbert Cipion followed with a two-run single.  Acosta capped the inning with an RBI single for a 9-0 advantage.

That was more than enough for Jarvis.  The only run he allowed over seven innings was a two-out, solo home run by Luis Verdugo in the bottom of the seventh.  Jarvis bounced back to strike out Pete Crow-Armstrong for his eleventh strikeout of the game to end the seventh inning.  Jarvis walked one and allowed six hits as he matched his single-game high for innings pitched and strikeouts to put himself in line for his seventh win of the season.

Jarvis has 99 strikeouts in 82 innings pitched this season.  He is one strikeout behind teammate Antoine Kelly, who is the Midwest League leader with 100.

 

The Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth against Christian Tripp, but the Rattlers reliever worked his way out of the inning with a strikeout.

 

Robbie Baker pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to close out the game.

 

The Timber Rattlers are 9-1 to start the second half for the first time since the team came into existence in 1995.  Two other Wisconsin teams – the 2001 and 2019 squads – started the second half 8-2.  The Timber Rattlers are on a six-game winning streak and have won ten of their last eleven games.

 

The Timber Rattlers and Cubs will be off on Tuesday before resuming their series on Wednesday night at Four Winds Field.  Israel Puello (1-0, 1.80) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  South Bend has named Jordan Wicks (2-3, 4.29) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.

Caratini walks off Cubs

Things got crazy late at American Family Field but the Milwaukee Brewers were able to defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Monday afternoon.

 

It was a pitching clinic early with the Cubs' Justin Steele and Eric Lauer matching each other with nearly identical stat lines (6+ IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 9 SO). Nelson Velazquez hit his first MLB homer early to get the Cubs on the board while Pedro Severino doubled home Keston Hiura to knot the game at 1-1. 

 

The Cubs would take a short-lived lead in the ninth when a misplayed ball off the wall sent Seiya Suzuki around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. David Robertson would have one of his worst outings of the season, allowing a pair of hits before giving the Brewers the tying run with a hit-by-pitch and a bases-loaded walk. After the Cubs blew a bases-loaded one-out scenario in their half of the 10th inning, it was their former catcher Victor Caratini that delivered the dagger in the bottom half.

 

The two teams meet again Tuesday night.

Bays sneak past Ports on 105.1 The GOAT

A pitcher's duel had to be settled in the ninth inning as the Sister Bay Bays beat West Jacksonport 4-2 Sunday afternoon.

 

The Bays' Sam Forkert and the Ports' Luke Steebs were the two dueling All-Stars that would not factor into the decision, but played a large role with how the game would turn out. Steebs got off to a fast start, but an RBI groundout from Tom Sawyer and a run-scoring double from Forkert gave the Bays a 2-0 lead.

 

The Ports would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jaeger Brusky and Riley Cordier hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game at two apiece.

 

That's where the game would stay thanks to Matt Hecht, who came in to relieve Forkert in the fifth inning. He would close out the game from there, striking out nine along the way, matching Steebs' effort across eight innings.  

 

With Drew Tanck on the mound, Griffin Cole scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch while Hecht would score an insurance run later in the inning. Hecht closed the game out with a 1-2-3 inning to win it. 

 

In other Door County Baseball League action, Trevor Reinhardt hit for the cycle and earned the win in Kolberg's 19-4 victory.

Narvaez supplies the offense in Brewers win

A two-run shot by Omar Narvaez was all the Brewers needed to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 Sunday afternoon.

 

The homer came in the fifth inning after Kolten Wong earned a walk. Three of the Brewers' five hits came in the inning, but yielded no additional runs.

 

Brandon Woodruff pitched well as he gets reacclimated to the starting rotation. He allowed no runs on six hits while striking out eight Pirates batters. 

 

The Brewers' road trip continues on July 4th when they face the Chicago Cubs. 

Timber Rattlers Wrap a 10-2 Homestand with a 5-4 Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers concluded one of the most successful homestands in team history with a 5-4 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Wisconsin went 10-2 in the twelve game homestand as they went 5-1 against the Quad Cities River Bandits to start the stretch and 5-1 against the Kernels with five straight wins to finish the two-weeks at home.

 

The Timber Rattlers (44-30 overall, 8-1 second half) scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.  Darrien Miller reached on an error with one out and Joe Gray Jr walked.  Tristan Peters followed with a single to center to score Miller for the 1-0 lead.

Cedar Rapids (45-30, 2-7) evened the score in the top of the second inning with a two-out, RBI single by Seth Gray.

Wisconsin went back into the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Ashton McGee and Antonio Piñero hit back-to-back home runs to start the inning.  McGee hit a towering home run to the Home Run Porch in right.  Two pitches later, Piñero lined a home run off the video board and the Rattlers were up 3-1.

Will Holland gave the Kernels the lead in the top of the third on a three-run home run with two outs.

Zavier Warren tied the game in the bottom of the third.  Tristan Peters drew a walk to start the frame.  Warren lined a double to right to score Peters.  The hit also moved Warren’s current hitting streak to ten games.  The Timber Rattlers would load the bases later in the inning but were unable to take the lead.

The bullpens took over the middle of the game and settled down the offenses.  Brady Schanuel worked three scoreless frames with four strikeouts and no walks for the Timber Rattlers.  Tyler Palm got out of the jam left to him in the bottom of the third without allowing a run and worked a scoreless fourth and fifth.  Matthew Swain tossed a perfect sixth and seventh for the Kernels with Rattlers reliever Tyler Gillies pitching around a one-out single in the top of the seventh in between.

Cam Robinson, the Wisconsin closer, entered the game in the top of the eighth.  He allowed a lead-off single to Wander Javier, but nothing else.

Swain retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth.  Arbert Cipion kept the inning alive with a ground rule double to right and that brought Tyler Black to the plate.

Black dropped a single to center on a 1-2 pitch and Cipion raced home with the go-ahead run.

Robinson went back out for the top of the ninth and got the first two outs.  Alerick Soularie kept the Kernels alive with a bloop single to right for his fourth hit of the game.  The bloop didn’t bother Robinson.  He came back to strike out Yunior Severino looking to give the Timber Rattlers their fifth win in a row.

The Rattlers are 28-11 at home this season and they have reached a season-high fourteen games over .500 in their overall record.

 

The Timber Rattlers are in action on Independence Day when they face the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana on Monday night.  Justin Jarvis (6-3, 3.96) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.  The Cubs have named Daniel Palencia (1-2, 3.80) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05 pm CDT. 

Ports, Bays jockey for positioning on 105.1 The GOAT

A log jam for second place will get partially resolved on Sunday when Sister Bay visits West Jacksonport on Sunday afternoon.

 

Maplewood, Sister Bay, Washington Island, and West Jacksonport are all 5-3 after a bag of mixed results last weekend. The Bays lost to Maplewood last week 12-9 after Sam Forkert had a rare off-day on the mound. The Ports lost their rematch against Kolberg on the road, this time by a 14-3 margin. Derek Niedzwiecki (WJ), Luke Steebs (WJ), Griffen Cole (SB), Sam Forkert (SB), Matt Hecht (SB), Sawyer Johnson (SB), Spencer Krause(SB), Stewart Larson(SB), and Tom Sawyer (SB) were all named to the DCBL All-Star Game roster last week.

 

Quinn Struck and Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m.

 

Other games scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. include Institute traveling to Washington Island and Maplewood welcoming Kolberg.

Rockers doubled up again by Mallards

The Green Bay Rockers were left chasing again after the Madison Mallards put up five runs in the fourth inning to take the game 10-5.

 

The Rockers took an early 1-0 lead on an Owen Jackson RBI single. They would not score again until they found themselves in a 8-1 deficit. Griffin Stevens and Tristin Garcia registered the lone RBI for the Rockers in the fifth and sixth innings before Brendan Ryan and Keniel De Leon provided the offense in the seventh. The runs in the seventh came after the Mallards added two insurance runs in the top half to make it 10-3.

 

The Rockers will make a quick trip to Wisconsin Rapids before hosting the Rafters for a July 4th matinee.

Glory earns draw against Chicago City

The Green Bay Glory and Chicago City traded goals all night long en route to a 3-3 draw in Chicago Saturday night.

 

Carolina Gomes drew first blood for the Glory with a goal in the 25th to put them up 1-0. Christine Kitaru broke the 1-1 tie just five minutes later to take the lead 2-1. Chicago City would score before halftime to make it 2-2 at the break. Ellie Behnke banged one in off the goal posts to make 3-2 in the 60th minute, but Chicago City would tie it up to split the points with the Glory.

Races filling up runners' calendars

There are plenty of opportunities for runners to lace up and compete in the coming weeks.

 

The Run the Door Series has hit its stride with four races in the books. Carol Moellenberndt, Sturgeon Bay (62) and Scott Thompson, Green Bay (67) are leading the way earlier in the points standings. Upcoming series races including Monday's Hairpin 5K in Fish Creek, the Belgian Days 4M/2M in Brussels on July 9th, and the Washington Island Rec Run 10K/5K/2K on July 23rd.

 

In Kewaunee County, the Kewaunee County Fair will once again host its Crown and Sash Dash and Superhero Dash Kids Run on July 9th. Speaking of superheroes, Algoma Shanty Days will reprise theirs to pair with their own 5K on August 13th. The Algoma Shanty Days 5K is part of the Bellin Health Titletown Wellness Series.

USC and UCLA make B1G move to join Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Badgers will have new opponents to face beginning in 2024 after the Big Ten Conference's big news leaked on Thursday.

 

Beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, UCLA and USC will join the Big Ten to compete in all sports. It will be the first time the conference added members since Rutgers and Maryland helped the Big Ten reach the Atlantic Ocean a few years ago. Nebraska and Penn State have also been added to the Big Ten since 1993.

 

A big reason why for the move is likely money and not geography. The Big Ten is trying to nail down a new media rights deal which is being reported as being north of $1 billion.

Rockers doubled up by Mallards

The Green Bay Rockers were already in a deep hole Friday night when they finally scored, losing their matchup against the Madison Mallards 6-3.

 

The  Rockers registered single tallies in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to get back into the game, but they were already down 5-0 when they started the rally. Owen Jackson two of the three RBI in the game on a fielder's choice and a home run. Shane Gipson's homer was the only other run in the game for the Rockers.

 

The two teams meet again at Capital Credit Union Park Saturday evening at 6:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Brewers slug past Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers hit five homers and Corbin Burnes took care of the rest in a 19-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night.

 

Homers in the second inning by Luis Urias, Keston Hiura, and Rowdy Tellez helped put the Brewers up 7-0. A Rowdy Tellez double in the fourth inning drove in a pair to make it 9-0 before the Pirates scored a run on a wild pitch. The Brewers would pile on in the eighth inning with eight runs, capitalized by a Urias grand slam. Victor Caratini homered in the ninth to end the aerial attack against the Pirates that needed a close play in the bottom of the eighth to push across their second run already down 17-2.

 

Burnes allowed just a run and a hit on the evening while walking four and striking out five in the Brewers' victory. 

 

The two teams match up again tomorrow at 3:05 p.m.

Harbor battle heads to Baileys

Egg Harbor will make the return trip to Baileys Harbor Friday night to kick off another weekend of Door County Baseball action.

 

The A's continue to look for their first win of the season after suffering another double-digit loss to Washington Island on Sunday 20-4. The Indians snapped their own losing streak last Friday night when they beat Institute 14-1. Corey Fuller (EH), Nick Posh (EH), and Issac Berkley (BH) were all named to the All-Star Team earlier this week. 

 

Other games this weekend include Sister Bay visiting West Jacksonport on 105.1 The GOAT, Washington Island hosting Institute, and Maplewood welcoming DCBL-leading Kolberg. All of those games are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Former Gamblers coach gets NHL job

Another former Green Bay Gamblers coach will be behind the bench as an NHL coach this fall.

 

Derek Lalonde was named the 28th head coach in Detroit Red Wings after several years assisting another former Green Bay Gamblers head coach and Stanley Cup winner Derek Lalonde. His resume may be just as impressive including his stay in Tampa Bay where the team captured the Stanley Cup and made the final two other times. In addition to head coaching stints at Toledo and Iowa, Lalonde also won a league title with the Green Bay Gamblers the year after Cooper left for the AHL ranks.

 

Don Granato (Buffalo) is the other head coach in the NHL with Gamblers ties. Lalonde takes over a Red Wings team that went 32-40-10 last year.

Rattlers Edge Kernels 2-1

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got a two-run home run from Darrien Miller, an impressive Midwest League debut from Israel Puello, and four innings of scoreless relief from three relievers for a 2-1 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

Miller gave Wisconsin (41-30 overall, 5-1 second half) the lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.

The Kernels (45-27, 2-4) cut Wisconsin’s lead in half when Wander Javier hit a home run on the first pitch of the top of the fifth inning.

The home run by Javier was the only run allowed by Puello, who was making his Timber Rattler debut on Thursday.  Puello allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out seven over five innings before turning the game over to the Wisconsin bullpen.

Christian Tripp was up first.  He allowed two hits and a walk over two innings.  Tripp had runners at first and second with one out in the top of the seventh but escaped the jam by getting Kyler Fedko to ground into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

James Meeker was next.  He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning with one strikeout.

Cam Robinson, the Minor League Baseball leader in saves, took over in the top of the ninth.  Robinson, who needed ten pitches to close out the Wednesday’s game against Cedar Rapids, only needed nine pitches for a perfect top of the ninth on Thursday to finish the game and pick up his nineteenth save of the season.

Robinson is now tied for second for most saves in a season by a Wisconsin pitcher.  He is tied with John Thompson (1995) and Greg Holle (2011).  The Timber Rattlers record holder is Nate Griep, who had 23 saves in 2016.

The Timber Rattlers have won seven of their last eight games.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night.  Antoine Kelly (2-3, 3.27) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Kernels have not named a starter for Friday at this time.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

 

Rockers can't catch 'Chucks

The Green Bay Rockers kept pace early with the Wausau Woodchucks, but eventually lost 11-6 in Ashwaubenon on Thursday.

 

The Rockers answered the Woodchucks two-run opening frame with three runs of their own in the bottom half thanks in part to a two-run homer by Matt Scannell. After the Rockers answered a two-run fourth inning by the Rockers with two runs of their own when Owen Jackson hit his own two-run homer. The Woodchucks would go on to outscore the Rockers 7-1 in the game's final three innings with Tristin Garcia's homer the lone bright spot.

 

The Rockers are back in action on Friday with a 6:35 p.m. home matchup against the Madison Mallards. 

 

 

DCBL announces All-Star Team

Twenty-four players from all eight Door County Baseball League teams will travel to Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon next month for their All-Star Game matchup against the Shoreland League.

 

Sister Bay led the way with seven players named to the squad while league-leading Kolberg had five players named. 

 

The Shoreland League is comprised of teams from Algoma, Ashwaubenon, Branch, Casco, Denmark, Kewaunee and Manitowoc and are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.  

 

Families and fans will see quality baseball for just $5.00 a ticket.  Children 12 and under get in free.  The Capital Credit Union Park, home of the Green Bay Rockers, is at 2231 Holmgren Way.

 

105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com will carry the game live  that evening.

 

BAILEYS HARBOR

Isaac Berkley

 

SISTER BAY

Griffen Cole (SB)

Sam Forkert (SB)

Matt Hecht (SB)

Sawyer Johnson (SB)

Spencer Krause(SB)

Stewart Larson(SB)

Tom Sawyer (SB)

 

WASHINGTON ISLAND

Caleb Cornell (WI)

Ben Geiger (WI)

Luke Geiger (WI)

 

MAPLEWOOD

Kordel Draves (MAP)

Kody Kissinger (MAP)

Drew Price (MAP)

 

EGG HARBOR

Corey Fuller (EH)

Nick Posh (EH)

 

KOLBERG

Trevor Hawkey (KOL)

Nick LeCaptain (KOL)

Trevor Reinhardt (KOL)

Austen Rohe (KOL)

Kyle Routhieux (KOL)

 

WEST JACKSONPORT

Derek Niedzwiecki (WJ)

Luke Steebs (WJ)

 

INSTITUTE

Kyle Ploor (INT)

 

 

 

 

Brewers hit the catwalk in win against Rays

The Milwaukee Brewers teed off on a Tropicana Field oddity to finish their two-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3.

 

Rowdy Tellez and Luis Urias each hit the catwalk, which counts as a ground-rule home run in the aging ballpark. The Tellez shot was his second of the game and broke a 3-3 tie. Jace Peterson added an insurance run in the ninth inning with a home run of his own. 

 

Brad Boxberger picked up the win as the fourth pitcher used in the game with Devin Williams earning the hold and Josh Hader adding to his save total. 

 

The Brewers head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series that begins Thursday at 6:05 p.m.

Board of Control Approves Winter Sports Changes at June Meeting

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control reviewed and acted on coaches’ committee recommendations impacting winter sports, including significant Tournament Series changes in Wrestling at its June meeting today.

 

Six wrestling coaches’ recommendations received approval, effective in 2022-23, including the addition of a 16-competitor bracket to qualify for the girls State Individual Tournament to be held in conjunction with the boys Individual Wrestling State Tournament at the Kohl Center.

 

A number of the changes impact the structure of the boys wrestling Tournament Series. One implements a super-regional format for the Divisions 2 and 3 tournaments. The format combines two regionals into one in both divisions. Similar to the format in Division 1, the top four individuals advance to sectionals and the top two teams move on to the team sectionals.

 

Another recommendation approved in wrestling alters the Tournament Series team format in Division 1. Beginning next season, the top two teams from each regional in Division 1 will advance to the team sectionals similar to the existing Divisions 2 and 3 team format.

 

Two other wrestling changes to the Tournament Series adds an assistant referee at the team sectional final matches, and the other eliminates the coaches’ seed meeting for the State Team Wrestling Tournament to exclusively utilize electronic seeding.

 

The sixth recommendation receiving approval by the Board eliminates a WIAA adaptation to an NFHS rule that allowed competitors to lower shoulder straps on uniforms. The NFHS rule prohibits lowering shoulder straps on uniforms, which will be enforced in 2022-23.

 

In basketball, two coaches’ proposals were enacted. The first simply defines a tournament as any event that is bracketed and plays to a winner. The clarification is intended to assist member schools in scheduling multi-team events in relation to seasonal game maximums. The other eliminates the appeal process and creates only one deadline for submitting statistics for the 3-Point Challenge.

It is noteworthy that the coaches’ recommendation to allow the use of a shot clock in nonconference games if mutually agreed to by both head coaches was not reviewed and voted on by the Board. In 2021, the membership passed a regulation stating all proposed recommendations must be approved by majority vote of the Advisory Council before advancing to the Board of Control. If the recommendation is not supported by the Advisory Council, the Board of Control does not have the opportunity to review and vote on the proposal. The Advisory Council opposed the recommendation by a 13-1 vote on Tuesday.

 

The State Tournament in gymnastics will return to the modified Capital Cup format beginning in 2023. The team competition in both Division 1 and Division 2 will be conducted Friday and individual competition in both divisions will be conducted Saturday.

 

In addition, the Board voted in support of a Sport Medical Advisory Committee proposal to communicate emergency action plan recommendations to host schools in pre-event information and in tournament planning materials.

 

The Board also received a report on updates to the conference realignment process by Jeremy Schlitz and Lance Bagstad of the Conference Realignment Task Force and approved one task force recommendation. Conferences will not be created with less than seven schools unless they are paired with another conference except through the fast-track process, which requires unanimous support from all schools directly impacted by the realignment.

 

The Board approved spring cooperative programs for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons, a spending resolution to continue spending until the 2022-23 budget is approved, winter season sports financial statements, and the general fund financial statements and payments for May. 

 

Results of a special election were shared with the Board. Dan Retzki, associate principal and athletic director at Green Bay Preble, was elected for a one-year term representing District 4 to complete the term of Dave Steavpack, who is retiring. On the Advisory Council, Andrea Sheridan, district administrator at Athens, was elected to a three-year term representing small schools. Kent Kindschy, district administrator at Turtle Lake, was elected to a two-year stint to complete the term of Cory Hinkel of Luck, who was elected to the Board of Control.

 

Among the meeting’s discussions and reports were a review of the recently completed spring sports tournaments; development of the agenda for the 2022 Area Meetings in September; an update on the progress of the lacrosse ad hoc committee, a staffing update that included the retirement announcement of Julie Kage effective in August as well as the progress of the search for an additional assistant director position; the continued efforts to recruit and retain licensed officials; an overview of the online Eligibility Verification of Transfer Student (EVTS) form, comments concerning member cooperation in completing and submitting Coaches Not Licensed to Teach and Sanctioned Event Request forms; and a reminder of the New AD?Workshop scheduled for July 18.

 

The Board also received liaison reports from John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Shawn Groshek of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association.

 

The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 516 senior high schools and 45 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.

Woodchucks take bite out of Rockers

The Wausau Woodchucks batted around in the second inning as they went on to beat the Green Bay Rockers Wednesday 8-3.

 

Carson Yates briefly tied the game for the Rockers with an RBI single, but two bases-loaded walks, an RBI single, and a wild pitch put the game away early for the Woodchucks. They would tack on runs in the third and fourth innings to put the game well out of reach before the Rockers would find the plate again.

 

The Rockers scored twice in the eighth inning on a Collier Cranford double and a Matt Scannell RBI single, but the Woodchucks shut the door from there. 

Warren Homers & Jarvis Strikes Out Ten in Wisconsin Win After Dropping Postponed Game

Kernels Beat Wisconsin 6-2 in Conclusion of Tuesday’s game

 

The Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon in the conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The loss ended Wisconsin’s five-game winning streak

 

Cedar Rapids (45-25 overall, 2-2 second half) had a 5-0 lead when the game was halted on Tuesday night.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit a two-run home run in the top of the first.  The Kernels padded their lead with three consecutive RBI doubles with two outs in the top of the third.  Kyler Fedko, Yunior Severino, and Pat Winkel contributed with the run-scoring hits for the five-run lead.

 

The Kernels added to their advantage in the sixth inning.  Dylan Neuse walked, stole second, and stole third with one out.  Then, Alerick Soularie singled to left to knock in Neuse for the 6-0 lead.

Wisconsin (39-30, 3-1) was held scoreless through two innings by Kernels starting pitcher Brent Headrick on Tuesday night.  David Festa picked up right where Headrick left off last night.  Festa worked five scoreless innings and pitched around two hits, two walks, and a hit batsman. 

The Timber Rattlers got to Festa in the eighth.  Tyler Black and Ethan Murray started the inning with singles.  Tristan Peters knocked in Black with a single for Wisconsin’s first run.  Festa got his seventh strikeout of the game for the second out of the inning and turned the game over to Derek Molina.

Zavier Warren fell behind Molina 0-2 but delivered a single to score Murray to get the Rattlers to within four.  That was a close as Wisconsin would get.  Molina got the final out of the eighth inning and worked around an error in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game.

Miguel Guerrero and Tyler Gillies combined to work the final six innings of the game out of the Wisconsin bullpen and only allowed one run.  Guerrero allowed a run on two hits with four strikeouts over three innings.  Gillies pitched three scoreless, hitless innings with a walk and three strikeouts.

 

Warren Homers & Jarvis Strikes Out Ten in Wisconsin Win

Justin Jarvis and two Wisconsin Timber Rattlers relievers held the Cedar Rapids Kernels to one hit and Zavier Warren cracked a two-run home run to send the Rattlers to a 3-1 win in the regularly scheduled game on Wednesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Rattlers earned a split on the day after dropping the conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game 6-2 earlier in the day on Wednesday.

 

Wisconsin (40-30 overall, 4-1 second half) opened their half of the first inning with three straight singles from Tyler Black, Ethan Murray, and Joe Gray Jr.  Tristan Peters drove in Black when he grounded into a force out at second to give the Rattlers a 1-0 lead.

Seth Gray got the Kernels (45-26, 2-3) back to even in the top of the third inning with a two-out, solo home run.  That was the only hit for Cedar Rapids.

The Timber Rattlers went back in front in the bottom of the fourth.  Peters started the inning with a single.  Zavier Warren followed with a home run that went over 400 feet to right field.  Warren’s fourth home run of the season gave the Rattlers a 3-1 lead.

Jarvis wrapped his day with a perfect top of the fifth inning, including strikeouts of the final two batters he faced.  Jarvis recorded ten strikeouts and pitched around three walks and a hit batsman.  Jarvis has 88 strikeouts in 75 innings this season and is 3-1 with 42 strikeouts over 29-1/3 innings pitched in five starts in June.  Wednesday was the third time he has reached double digits in strikeouts for a game this season.

The Wisconsin bullpen took care of the rest.  Robbie Baker pitched a perfect sixth and turned the game over to Cam Robinson for the seventh.

Robinson worked a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts for his eighteenth save of the season.  Robinson leads all Minor League Baseball in saves this season.  He also is in fourth place by himself on the Wisconsin single season saves list.  The only former Rattlers in front of Robinson are Nate Griep (23 saves in 2016), Greg Holle (19 saves in 2011), and John Thompson (19 saves in 1995).
 

Game three of the series is scheduled for Thursday night.  Israel Puello will make his Timber Rattlers debut as the starting pitcher in the game.  The Kernels will counter with Cade Povich (5-4, 3.93) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:40pm.

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