Sports Archives for 2018-03

Former Phoenix players look to continue careers

By Eric Fischer



 

Seniors Allie LeClaire and Jessica Lindstrom are headed to Columbus, Ohio to take part in the WNBA and FIBA ProHoops Combine Sunday in attempt to continue their basketball careers.  2017 grad Mehryn Kraker was just the second Phoenix to be drafted to the WNBA and is currently professionally in Spain.  LeClaire and Lindstrom capped off successful college careers with 4 conference championships, 4 conference tournament championships, and 4 straight NCAA tournament births. Both players were 1,000 point scorers with Lindstrom also surpassing 1,000 rebounds and setting a program record for double-doubles.

Green Bay Blizzard searching for new head coach

By Eric Fischer



 

The Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team is searching for a new head coach after releasing coach Chris Williams from his duties earlier this week.  The Blizzard were 0-5 this season and 8-29 under Williams.  The Blizzard won't be in action until April 15th when it hosts the Cedar Rapids Titans at the Resch Center.  The Blizzard said in a release on Facebook "The Green Bay Blizzard would like to thank Chris for his dedication to the organization for the past 3 years. Chris was instrumental in restructuring our football program and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Bucks clinch .500 season with OT win in LA

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a .500 season with a 124-122 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.  Eric Bledsoe led the way with a game-high 39 points, with a 15-24 shooting performance.  Khris Middleton added 28 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo chipping in 27 in the win.   The Bucks moved into a tie with Miami for the 7 seed and only trail Washington by half a game for the 6 seed.  ESPN gives the Bucks a 99.4% chance to make the playoffs, with the Detroit Pistons as the only team outside the playoffs not officially eliminated.  The Bucks are back in action on Sunday traveling to Denver to play the Nuggets.

Braun's heroics give Brewers 8-6 win on Friday night

By Eric Fischer



 

Down to his last strike, while trailing 6-5 on Friday night, Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead three-run homerun to give the Brewers an 8-6 lead, which would end up being the final score.  The homerun was Braun's first hit of the 2018 campaign, but not the only impact the outfielder-turned- first basemen had, as Braun drove in 5 of the Brewers 8 runs on a groundout in the first, and a sacrifice fly in the 5th.  The Brewers offense rebounded from a slow start Thursday with an 11 hit performance, featuring 2 hits by Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw with Christian Yelich, Domingo Santana, Manny Pina, Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia, and Jonathan Villar each knocking in hits.  Also rebounding from a rough Opening Day was closer Corey Knebel who came in for the 9th, striking out all three batters he faced for the save.  Oliver Drake gets the win for the Brewers with Brad Hand taking the loss for the Padres.  Brent Suter takes the hill Saturday for Milwaukee, as the Brewers look for the sweep against San Diego.

Southern Door Softball Off To Strong Start

By Nick Freimuth   It's official, softball season is here! The Southern Door Eagles, under first year head coach Courtney Renard, won their opener 6-2 against Oconto yesterday. The Eagles scored two big runs in the 6th inning to provide enough insurance in the victory. Southern Door tallied 11 hits overall. Jessica Jacobson had three hits, Gabby Atkins added two hits and Kendra Dantoin also had three hits in the win.  Meghan LaCrosse added a little instant offense with a two-run home run. Lexi Wery was the winning pitcher. She struck out eight and allowed just two hits.

YMCA Volleyball League Championship Games Set

By Tyler Powell     The Door County YMCA Volleyball League has just one week of play remaining. The semi-final round was filled with upsets in the A League including the top two seeds falling. The B League had the top two teams advance. Here is a look at this weeks results and the schedule for the final week of play set for Monday, April 2.

A LEAGUE:

Semi-Finals:

(4)Door County Fire Co. defeated (1)Nicolet Beach Concessions 2-1 (15-9; 14-16; 17-7)

(3)Some Spike It Hot defeated (2)Music Masters DJ's 2-0 (15-11; 15-9)

 

5th Place Game:

(7)Olson Dental defeated (6)Boom Town

 

 

Next Week:

Championship:

(3)Some Spike It Hot vs. (4)Door County Fire Co. (Court A @ 6:20)

 

3rd Place Game:

(2)Music Masters DJ's vs. (1)Nicolet Beach Concessions (Court C @ 6:20)

 

B LEAGUE:

Semi Finals:

(1)Redroom defeated(4)Bull Pen 2-0 (15-5; 15-12)

(2)Hatco Serve-Rites defeated (6)Brick Lot 2 2-1 (13-15; 15-7; 15-3)

 

Consolation Bracket:

(8)Bay Ship Sharks defeated (5)Brick Lot 1 2-0 (13-15; 15-12; 15-3)

(3)Peninsula Podiatry 2-1 defeated (7)Try Hards 2 2-0 (15-4; 15-8)

 

Next Week:

Championship:

(1)Redroom vs. (2)Hatco Serve-Rites (Court A @ 7:20)

 

3rd Place Game:

(4)Bull Pen vs. (6)Brick Lot 2  (Court B @ 7:20)

 

Consolation Final:

(3)Peninsula Podiatry vs. (8)Bay Ship Sharks (Court C @ 7:20)

Luxemburg-Casco sweeps team honors at Seymour Track Invite

By Tim Kowols

Luxemburg-Casco each snagged team titles and a slew of individual honors in their track invitational at Seymour Thursday. During the four-team meet, the Spartans girls won 9 individual events while the boys had six top finishers in their event. In both cases, the Spartans were trailed by Seymour, New London, and Denmark squads.

Bucks top Warriors 116-107

By Tim Kowols       

The Milwaukee Bucks push for a playoff spot continued Thursday night with a win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors 116-107. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the visiting Bucks with 32 points with Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe each adding 20-plus points in a supporting role. The Warriors rested an ailing Steph Curry and saw Kevin Durant score only 10 points in 17 minutes due to an early ejection. Guard Quinn Cook led the way for the Warriors with 30 points.

Brewers snag opening day win in extras against Padres

By Tim Kowols   

A pitcher's duel ended in the 12 innings with Orlando Arcia hitting the go-ahead single to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to 2-1 opening day win against the San Diego. Chase Anderson cemented his team ace status with six inning of one-hit baseball. Newly acquired Christian Yelich made the most of his Brewers debut, driving in Anderson to give the team an early 1-0 before the Padres would strike in the bottom half of the 9th. In the top of 12, Ji-Man Choi slapped a double before being driven home on Arcia's single. The Brewers go from matinee to late night as they face the Padres again Friday at 9:10.

WBDK "L-C Spartan Spartan Spring Sports Preview" draws big crowd at Rendezvous

By Paul Schmitt

Coming off a very successful fall and winter sports season, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans were previewed for the upcoming spring sports at the Rendezvous Wednesdasy night with a live broadcast on 96.7FM WBDK. Paul Schmitt interviewed coaches and a large number of senior student-athletes from Boys Golf, Girls Soccer, Softball, Track & Field and Baseball. Coach Dwight Will opened the show visiting about the golf season which will tee off in two weeks.  Coach Tracy Bins shared the goals of the girls soccer program that has its first match tonight at Green Bay Southwest.   Coach Neil Seering visited about the recent indoor track meets and the upcoming outdoor meet scheduled at Denmark this afternoon. Softball coach Tom Giachino is looking for girls to compete for a conference championship and has a scrimmage planned with Preble on Friday. The evening concluded with Coach John Bray excited about the prospects of another strong baseball squad in the North Eastern Conference.  Spartan baseball will travel to Wisconsin Dells for a game against Denmark on Friday to start the season.

You can listen to the complete "L-C Spartan Spring Sports Preview" by clicking on this "on demand" link below.

http://streamdb3web.securenetsystems.net/cirrusencore/WBDK

Local baseball, softball teams celebrate their opening week of games

By Tim Kowols     

While Major League Baseball teams kick of their seasons today across the country, many baseball and softball squads will celebrate their opening day this afternoon.

On the baseball diamond, Kewaunee travels to Coleman and Luxemburg-Casco heads on the road to battle Two Rivers. The softball fields will feature Kewaunee holding court against Chilton and Southern Door hosting Oconto.

Conner McHugh Become First Ever Door County Two-Time All-American

By Nick Freimuth   Sevastopol graduate Conner McHugh became the first ever Door County resident to be named a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American. Last weekend at the NCAA Championships, McHugh clocked a personal record and school record for the University of Minnesota in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 51.48 was good enough for sixth in the nation and All-American status.

 

In the 200 breaststroke, the collegiate senior swam a 1:52.00 landing him in fourth place. Any top-eight finish at the NCAA Championships equate to an All-American award.

 

McHugh also swam in the 200 Medley relay for the Gophers where they finished 14th. That finish landed the team honorable mention All-American status.

 

While the athletic achievements are incredible, Conner was an All-Big 10 Academic Scholar every year of his collegiate career.

 

To listen to Conner McHugh's interview from the Nick Freimuth Morning Show on 96.7 FM WBDK and 104.1 FM WRLU click on the audio link below.

 

Part 1



Part 2

Packers Ty Montgomery In Sister Bay Next Week

By Paul Schmitt

The Sister Bay Lions Club Packer Night is next Wednesday with the plan to have Green Bay Packer Ty Montgomery be the special guest player to speak to Gibraltar high school sports students as well as Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  According to Mark Kuntsman of the Sister Bay Lions Club, this is the 39th annual event that has brought some famous Packer greats with powerful messages.



 

Kuntsman says speakers are subject to change but past special guests have included Packer greats like Hall of Famer Bart Starr.  The Sister Bay Lions Packer Night will be held on April 4 starting at 6:30 pm at the Sister Bay Bowl.

L-C Spartan Spring Sports Preview on 96.7FM WBDK tonight

By Paul Schmitt     

The Rendezvous of Luxemburg will host the annual Luxemburg-Casco Spartans Spring Sports Preview this evening starting at 5:30 pm on 96.7FM WBDK.  Coaches and players from all the spring sports including softball, baseball, track & field, girls soccer, and boys golf will be featured.  The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans Spring Sports Preview will also be streamed live on doorcountydailynews.com.

Bucks fall to Clippers 105-98

By Paul Schmitt     

The Milwaukee Bucks started their west coast road trip off Tuesday night with a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98.  The Clipper shot a red-hot 53.6% from the three-point line hitting 15 of 28 shots.  Milwaukee led 82-78 going into the fourth quarter, but the Clippers outscore the Bucks 27-16 the rest of the way come away with the victory.  Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 26 points while a balanced Clipper attack was spearheaded by former Buck Tobias Harris who scored 19 points.  Milwaukee (39-35) fell to the eighth playoff position in the NBA Eastern Conference and will now travel to Golden State to face the Warriors on Thursday night.

Brewers drop exhibition finale to Astros 8-1, head to San Diego for Thursday Opener

By Paul Schmitt    

The Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Houston Astros 8-1 in their final Cactus League game Tuesday.  Zach Davies (2-1) took the loss and gave up five earned runs in three innings.  The Brewers could only manage four hits off four Astro pitchers as Charlie Morton got the win going 5 1/3 strong innings by allowing only one hit.  The Brewers will now head to the west coast and face the San Diego Padres in the opening regular season game at 3:10 pm on Thursday.  Milwaukee is still finalizing their roster and announced the release of veteran pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

Local teams hit the track Tuesday

By Tim Kowols         

The indoor track season continues Tuesday with many of local teams hitting the road to participate in multi-team meets. UW-Oshkosh has been a popular site this spring for many invites and Tuesday will be no exception as Algoma, Southern Door, Sevastopol, and Luxemburg-Casco will join over 30 other teams beginning at 4 p.m.

Four-run seventh inning dooms Brewers in Houston in exhibition contest

By Tim Kowols       

A Kyle Tucker grand slam launched the host Houston Astros over the Milwaukee Brewers in a 5-2 exhibition win Monday night at Minute Maid Park. Starter Brent Suter was impressive in his final tune-up before the regular season, giving up just a RBI groundout to Carlos Correa in five innings of work. New addition Christian Yelich led the way offensively for the Brewers with a pair of runs driven in on his third-inning double. The Brewers will have more exhibition contest against the Astros before heading to San Diego to kick off the season against the Padres.

Carson Neubert Wins State Youth Wrestling Title

By Nick Freimuth

 

Very few families can say they have put the miles on for youth wrestling that the Neubert Family of the Luxemburg area does. This type of commitment is something rare to see from a young man weighing in at just 69 pounds. Carson Neubert, a third grader, earned a state championship Saturday at the WWF Youth Folkstyle State meet at the Alliant Energy Center in Milwaukee. After winning a regional championship at Bay Port on March 17th other coaches knew that Carson would be one of the favorites at 69 pounds.

 

He had an incredible weekend of wrestling at state and was able to stand on top of the podium for his outstanding efforts. Congratulations to Carson and his family.

 

Southern Door Youth Wrestling Excels At State

By Kevin Slezewski

 

Southern Door wrestlers had a successful run at the WWF Kids Folkstyle State Wrestling Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on March 23-24.  Three of the five wrestlers found themselves placing in the top six and on the champions podium.  

Hailey Veeser led the way with a second Place finish!  Katelyn LeCloux and Clark LeFevre both brought home sixth Place. Jade Wrenn and Nora LeFevre each made it to within one match of making it to the podium. 

For Southern Door, it was the second straight year that five youth and middle school wrestlers earned their way to the state championships.  It was also the first time since 2011 that siblings advanced to the state tournament.

Brinkman Finishes Third At National Power Lifting Meet

By John Vercauteren

 

Sturgeon Bay senior Luke Brinkman took third place at the High School Power Lifting Nationals last weekend. Lifting at 93 kg, Luke needed a perfect day to reach this placing and he did. Brinkman went 9x9 with personal records on every lift. Luke Squatted 468lbs, bench pressed 275lbs and deadlifted 562lbs. The Sturgeon Bay senior was the top placing lifter from Wisconsin in arguably the most competitive weight class.

 

Also competing in the 93kg class was Erik Escalara. Although he did not make the podium, he had a great day getting personal records on all three lifts. Escalara went 8x9 on the day. Erik is a Junior and returns next year. Luke was Sturgeon Bay's only senior at nationals and will be running track and power lifting at UW Eau Claire next year.

Brewers break camp following 16-1 loss to White Sox

By Tim Kowols      



The Milwaukee Brewers depart Maryvale this week after losing to the Chicago White Sox Sunday 16-1. Nick Franklin's sixth-inning solo home run was the lone highlight for the Cactus League champions, collecting just 3 other hits while the host White Sox banged out 19. The White Sox slugged three home runs while five players had multi-RBI games.

The Brewers will play a pair of exhibition contests Monday and Tuesday before opening their regular season in San Diego Thursday afternoon.

Bucks clip Spurs 106-103

By Tim Kowols      

Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from injury Sunday to score 25 points and grab 10 rebounds in a Milwaukee Bucks 106-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. In a game that featured 10 point swings from quarter to quarter, it was the Bucks that weathered a Spurs surge in the fourth frame to snap San Antonio's six-game winning streak. Eric Bledsoe registered 23 points while Kris Middleton and John Henson also scored in the double digits. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Spurs with 34 points. The win puts the Bucks as the 7th seed in the East with just nine games to go including a pair of contests out west this week against the Los Angeles Clippers (Tuesday) and Golden State Warriors (Thursday).

Bucks hoping Giannis Antetokounmpo returns Sunday vs. Spurs

By Eric Fischer



 

Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo could return to action Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs after sitting out with an ankle injury in Friday night's win.  Giannis did practice on Saturday but remains a game-time decision. The Bucks are looking to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, currently sitting in the 8th and last seed in the playoffs.  Milwaukee trails Miami for the 7 seed by half a game, and Washington in the 6 seed by two games.   The Bucks host the Spurs with tip-off at 2:30.

Pung's Double-Overtime Goal Crowns Green Knights as NCAA's Best for Fifth Time

By St.Norbert College Athletic Department



 

Finis coronat opus.

The end certainly crowned the work for the 2017-18 St. Norbert College hockey team when the Green Knights claimed their fifth NCAA Division III national championship with a hard-fought 3-2 double-overtime win over Salve Regina University at Herb Brooks Arena. St. Norbert junior Brad Pung scored at 9:42 of double overtime to lift the Green Knights to their fifth national title in 11 seasons.

St. Norbert (27-4-1) finished the season with an impressive 12-game winning streak to cap off a memorable run for the roses. The Green Knights - who also won national championships in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014 - are now 22-4 in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games. The 2008 and 2012 national championships also came in Lake Placid.

The Green Knights took home the gold when Pung's wrister cleanly beat Salve Regina goaltender Blake Wojtala. Senior captain Tanner Froese came up the far wall and dropped the puck to Pung, who was unimpeded coming down the right slot. Pung's shot rifled past the goal line to set off a wild on-ice celebration.

St. Norbert scored the game's first two goals, both coming on the power play. Froese found Dominick Sacco coming down the slot on a power-play opportunity for a 1-0 lead with 18:31 elapsed in the first period.

The Green Knights added to their lead when the Seahawks were assessed a major boarding penalty. St. Norbert took advantage when Luke Davison's shot from the point bounced Wojtala's water bottle off the top of the cage at the 12:25 mark. Salve Regina quickly got back in the game however when Cameron Russo scored shorthanded 65 seconds later. St. Norbert took a 2-1 lead into second intermission despite holding a 15-4 advantage in shot in the second period.

The Seahawks (22-6-2) tied the game midway through the third period, when Paul Boutoussov banged home a rebound at 10:35.

Salve Regina would outshoot St. Norbert 14-9 in the first overtime, but the Green Knights would have an 8-3 edge in the second extra session. St. Norbert held a 50-43 edge on shot on goal for the game.

Froese assisted on all three St. Norbert goals and was named the Most Outstanding layer of the tournament. Peter Bates also had a multi-point game with two assists.

In addition to Froese being named the Most Outstanding Player, Sacco and Davison were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Black turned away 41 saves for St. Norbert, including several difficult saves in the first period. Black stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced in the third period and two overtime sessions. Wojtala made 47 stops for the Seahawks.

Sturgeon Bay powerlifters take home National Championship medals

By Eric Fischer



 

The Sturgeon Bay Powerlifting Club has its first National Champion, freshman Yadira Ortiz, who took home the gold medal in the 43 kg class on Saturday morning in Appleton.  Yadira had finished second in the State meet in early March.  Junior Brenna Zuehlke also finished on the podium, finishing second in the 72kg class.  Luke Brinkman and Erik Escalera will compete Sunday morning in the boys 93kg class for their shot at national championships.  You can follow a live stream on their lifting at usapowerlifting.com beginning at 8 am.

(Photos courtesy of Sturgeon Bay Powerlifting Club Facebook).



Offseason acquistions pace Brewers for win over Oakland

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Brewers offense crushed Oakland pitching, with a dominating 10-5 Saturday afternoon win.  Newly acquired outfielder Christian Yelich went 2 for 3, with a solo homerun in the first, and a 3 RBI-double in the second.  Following the double, fellow newly acquired outfielder Lorenzo Cain drove in Yelich on an RBI single to increase the Brewers lead to 5-0.  Oakland would cut into the lead in the fourth to narrow the margin to 5-2.  That would be the closest the A's would ever get as Milwaukee went on to score 5 consecutive runs behind the reserves, with Christian Bethancourt and Troy Stokes Jr. each hitting solo homeruns as part of scoring.  Jhoulys Chacin, another offseason acquisition, earned the win pitching 4.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, and striking out 2.  The Brewers improved their Spring Training record to 19-9, clinching the best record in the Cactus League.  Milwaukee plays their final Spring Training game Sunday against the Chicago White Sox with the starting pitcher still to be determined.  The Brewers will travel to Houston for two final tune-up exhibition games against the defending World Series Champion, Houston Astros.

Fast Start Lifts St. Norbert to Ninth NCAA Title Game

By St. Norbert College Athletic Department



 

St. Norbert College scored two goals in the first three minutes of the game and used that as the impetus to a 4-3 win over Colby College in a NCAA Division III Frozen Four semifinal at Herb Brooks Arena.

The Green Knights (26-4-1) will face Salve Regina University (22-5-2) at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday for the national championship. St. Norbert will be playing in its ninth NCAA national championship game, tying Middlebury College for most in Division III history. The Green Knights are 4-4 in previous national title games, while the Seahawks are playing in the first championship game. Salve Regina beat UW-Stevens Point 3-0 in the other semifinal.

St. Norbert is 21-4 in its last 25 NCAA Tournament games, and its nine national title game appearances have all come in the last 15 seasons.

St. Norbert took control early, scoring just 1:28 into the game when Roman Uchyn scored from directly out front for his ninth goal of the season. The Green Knights added to their lead when Dominick Sacco's shot shorthopped and handcuffed Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence for a 2-0 edge just 2:35 into the game. St. Norbert would take a 3-0 lead at 11:33 of the first period on Tanner Froese's goal.

Colby (17-11-2) would push back in the second period, scoring at 15:04 on a rebound goal by J.P. Schuhlen. The Mules would make things tight moments later, when Cam MacDonald scored a power-play goal at the 17:56 mark to cut it to 3-2. The Green Knights found themselves in dire straits when Uchyn was fingered for an interference penalty at 18:38. St. Norbert would wrest momentum back its way when Froese got loose on a shorthanded attempt and beat Lawrence just inside the near post for a 4-2 lead with 35 seconds left in the period. It was Froese's team-high 14th goal of the season.

St. Norbert would keep the Mules at bay for most of the third period until Justin Grillo's scored a goal off a redirected puck off a Green Knights' defenseman to trim their deficit to 4-3 with 5:52 remaining. Colby would have an extra attacker on for the final 56 seconds of the game, and nearly tied the game on a shot with 40 seconds left but T.J. Black smothered the puck in time. St. Norbert's defense closed out the win the rest of the way.

St. Norbert outshot Colby 47-43 in a contest featuring end-to-end action for most of the game on an Olympic-sized ice sheet. Black made 40 saves for the Green Knights, and set a St. Norbert season record with his 26th win. Lawrence made 43 stops for the Mules.

Colby was 1-for-4 on the power play, while St. Norbert was 0-for-2.

Bucks beat Bulls 118-105, remain 8th seed in Eastern Conference

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to defeat the Chicago Bulls without star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo on Friday night, 118-105.  The Greek Freak missed the game due to an ankle injury sustained Wednesday night.  Without Giannis, the Bucks got off to a slow start, trailing the Bulls 34-24 after the first quarter.  Milwaukee got the offense going behind recently acquired guard Shabazz Muhammad, who came off the bench to lead all scorers with 21 points.  While the Bucks were outrebounded 51-36, Milwaukee dominated offensively shooting 49.4% from the floor and going 50% from behind the 3-point arc.  The Bucks defense also was dominant forcing 14 turnovers on 8 steals, while only giving up the ball 5 times.  Milwaukee remains in the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, half a game behind Miami.  The Bucks are back in action Sunday afternoon, hosting the Spurs.

Brewers lose Friday, remain atop Cactus League standings

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Brewers enter the final weekend of Spring Training with a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday.  Brandon Woodruff took the loss for the Brewers, pitching 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, all earned, and 6 strikeouts.  Keon Broxton led Milwaukee with two hits and drove in two runs, with an RBI double in the second, and an RBI single in the fourth.  The Cubs did most of its damage in the bottom of the fifth, taking the lead for good, scoring 3 runs off Woodruff.  The Brewers bullpen remained strong with Jeremy Jeffress, Matt Albers, and Yovani Gallardo each holding the Cubs scoreless, only allowing 1 hit.  The Brewers go into the weekend with a 1.5 game lead in the Cactus League, with an 18-9 record, the second-best record in the MLB.  Jhoulys Chacín takes the mound for Milwaukee as the Brewers square off against the Oakland A's on Saturday.

Luxemburg-Casco track team standouts eye one last trip to state in "6 in 60"

By Eric Fischer



 

Luxemburg-Casco track and field members Molly Wotruba and Autumn Nelson each recalled trips to State as their favorite memories in Friday's edition of DoorCountyDailyNews.com's Facebook video series "6 in 60."  Spartans head coach Neil Seering also spotlighted these two girls among several standouts on this year's team in his season preview video.  For the rest of their answers, click the videos below.

Packers Ink Tramon Williams To Reported Two-Year Deal

By Green Bay Packers

 

The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive back Tramon Williams. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Friday.



(truh-MON) Williams (5-11, 191) has played in 167 games with 130 starts during his 11 NFL seasons and has registered 602 tackles (488 solo), 32 interceptions (tied for No. 6 among active NFL players), 4.5 sacks, 166 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 28 special teams tackles. He also appeared in 13 postseason contests with 11 starts, registering four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, and 18 passes defensed. Williams joins Terence Newman as the only players in the NFL to have at least one interception in each of the last 11 seasons. The former Pro Bowler (2010) returns to the Packers after spending the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2015-16) and Arizona Cardinals (2017). Last season, he played in 13 games with nine starts for the Cardinals, recording a team-high 13 passes defensed and tying for No. 2 on the team with two interceptions. Williams was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech in 2006, but was released before the regular season. He joined Green Bay's practice squad later that season and went on to play for the Packers from 2007-14. Williams will wear No. 38 for the Packers.

Door County Summer Soccer Registration Open

By Matt Luders

 

The Door County Soccer Association invites kids age 5 to 18 to sign up for the upcoming summer soccer season!  Please visit www.doorsoccer.com and register by April 1st.  Games are played during June and July and the season culminates with a year-end soccer tournament.  The 6/7 and 8/9 age groups play Monday and Wednesday evenings and the 10/11 and 12/13/14 age groups play Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  New this year is a pick up league for 15 to 18 year olds that will play Wednesday evenings.  Financial assistance is available to those who need help.  Applications are available online.

Liebeck paces Luxemburg-Casco at Manitowoc Lincoln track invite

By Tim Kowols

Luxemburg-Casco middle distance runner Hunter Liebeck captured two crowns Thursday, leading the Spartans to a 7th place finish at the Manitowoc Invitational. Liebeck won the 800-meter (2:07.11) and 1600-meter (4.39) runs to help score some of the 49.5 points on the day for the Spartans.  Marshall Paider was also a top finisher for the Spartans, coming behind Liebeck in the 800-meter run in 2:11.32. De Pere won the invite with a score of 80 points.

Storm takes second in Wausau West Invite

By Tim Kowols

The Kewaunee Storm boys track team finished just behind a split squad of host Wausau West Thursday in the school's small team invite. The Storm finished with 128 points, just 7.5 points behind the Wausau West-Blue team. First place finishes included triple jumper Alex Hewett (38 feet 1 inch), pole vaulter Nick Baumgartner (13 feet), 1600 and 3200-meter runner Spencer Kirsteatter (5:06.19 and 10:58.59), and 800-meter runner Max Hanrahan (2:15.22). Baumgartner also collected a 2nd place finish in the 200 hurdles with a time of 29.78 seconds.

Brewers clip Royals 1-0

By Tim Kowols

Home opening day starter Zach Davies pitched five strong innings as the Milwaukee Brewers squeaked past the Kansas City Royals 1-0. A solo shot by Brett Phillips would be the only run scored by both teams on the day, despite opportunities for both teams to drive in a few more.  The Brewers will host the Chicago Cubs Friday afternoon at 3:05 in the final weekend of Cactus League action.

Southern Door sprinters reflect on 4 years in "6 in 60" series

By Eric Fischer



 

Southern Door's Track and Field members Jared Conard and Jennifer Vandertie are each eyeing trips to the State Championship meet, with Jared just missing out last year and Jennifer looking to return.  The two seniors took part in the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Facebook video series "6 in 60" and were reflected on their high school careers at Southern Door.  Eagles coach Andrew Lindsay previewed this year's team as well, in a separate video.  Click the videos below to see their answers.

Sevastopol baseball players answer "6 in 60", coach gives season preview

By Eric Fischer



Sevastopol's regional win vs. Gresham last season was just one of the answers given by Pioneers baseball players Zach Christiansen and Jaden Sawyer as they both took part in DoorCountyDailyNews.com's Facebook video series "6 in 60".  For the rest of their answers as well as Coach Jason Marggraf's preview of the season, click on the videos below.

Bucks lose fourth straight, fall to Clippers 127-120

By Tim Kowols

                 Giannis Antetokounmpo hurt his ankle early in the second quarter Wednesday en route to the Milwaukee Bucks' fourth straight loss, this time to the Los Angeles Clippers 127-120. Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with 23 points while Jabari Parker chipped in 20, but ultimately could not keep pace with the Clippers. Deandre Jordan and Austin Rivers each had 20-plus point night with four others scoring in double digits in the Clippers win.

The Bucks will enter tomorrow's contest with the Chicago Bulls hanging onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Brewers split Wednesday's slate of games

By Tim Kowols

                 The Milwaukee Brewers were able to add to their Cactus League-leading win total while losing another game as they beat the Oakland A's 4-3 in Maryvale but lost to the Seattle Mariners 7-4 in Peoria.

Against the A's, Josh Hader picked up the win with a scoreless 9th inning featuring a pair of strikeouts before Devin Hariston drove in Blake Allemand in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly. Christian Yelich collected two hits while Eric Thames drove in two runs thanks in part to a 6th inning homer.

Against the Mariners, pitcher Brent Suter was touched up for six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, including a pair of homers to Mike Zunino. Jonathan Villar led the way for the Brewers, collecting a pair of RBIs and two hits.

The Brewers host the Kansas City Royals at 3:05 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Sturgeon Bay Track Standout Luke Brinkman Commits To UW-Eau Claire

Sturgeon Bay senior Luke Brinkman signed his National Letter of Intent today declaring his intentions to run track at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. The newest member of the Blugolds has been asked to be a contributing member of short distance relay teams as well as short distance individual sprinting events.

 

Brinkman was a member of the 4x100 relay that finished sixth in the state last year. Coach Mike LeRoy has big expectations for that team again this year. He won the 200 dash in the season opening track meet in Oconto Falls Tuesday night. Brinkman also is a state qualifier in power lifting in each of the last two years.

 

The sprinter will run the 100 and 200 dashes and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays this season for the Clippers. Athletic Director Pat Blizel and Coach LeRoy said while he is a great student athlete, his personality and character set Brinkman apart.

 

To watch Luke Brinkman's signing click on the link below:

 

https://youtu.be/dOAzQx0B9b0

Sturgeon Bay Cal Ripken Baseball Registration Open

By Nick Freimuth

 

Boys age 7-12 are encouraged to sign up for Sturgeon Bay Cal Ripken Baseball. Registration opened this week and forms are available at all area schools, according to league organizer John Lodl. Players can get a head stat on the season with a special "open door baseball day" this Saturday, March 24 from 10 AM until noon. The informal play day will be held at the Junior Fair Building at John Miles County Park. The baseball drills will include pitching, catching and batting and all 7-12 year old boys are invited.

Two Door County Special Olympics Hoops Teams Make State

By Shannon Wautier

 



 

Door County Special Olympics Basketball got some great news this week. The Door County Clippers and Door County Eagles Special Olympics Basketball teams each participated in the sectional basketball tournament in Stevens Point last weekend and did extremely well. Both teams went (1-1), earning second place in their respective divisions. Any team that wins at least one game in their division may be entered into the state basketball tournament lottery system to advance to the next round. This year, both teams were selected to play in the 16-team State Tournament on April 7-8 in Oshkosh.

DCY Swim Team Ends Season With Eight State Champions

By Mike McHugh

 

It was an unbelievable finish to the season for the DCY Swim Team this past weekend at the state meet in Milwaukee. DCY placed fifth out of 23 teams. The local team finished ahead of many programs that are much larger in numbers. DCY sent 50 swimmers to the meet, ending up with EIGHT STATE CHAMPIONS individually and in relays, 16 State runner-ups (2nd Place), 12 -3rd places, and 13- 4th Places.

 

State Champions: 8-under girls Medley Relay, 1:14.43. Audrie Schley, Daylia Sund, Tara Maccaux, and Amelia Michalski (also placed 2nd in the 100 Free relay). 9-10 200 Medley relay, 2:16.72. Julia Michalski, Regan Kasten, Aria Nordahl, Molly Hall. Christiana Braun: 11-12 500 Free, 5:26.40 and 100 Breast,1:09.94. Stella Kersebet, 15-open 200 Breast, 2:24.45, Max McHugh, 15-open 50 free, 20.67, 100 Breast, 53.55, and 200 Breast, 1:56.89. 50 free and 200 Breast State records.

Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol Qualify Four For Youth State Wrestling

By Trevor Hassenjager with Leif Lautenbach

 

This past weekend the Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol Middle School Wrestling program qualified four wrestlers to the state wrestling tournament.  They will compete in the WWF folk style state championships this Friday and Saturday in Madison. State qualifiers for Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol include:
Spencer Madsen #72

Patrick Haese #81

Julia Gregory #125

Mackenzie West #120


Julia and McKenzie are the first ever female SBS wrestlers to participate at the state competition. This will be Patrick Haese first time wrestling at the state championship. This will be Spencer's third trip down to state. Spencer is wrestling in the fourth grade 72 pound division. Patrick will be wrestling in the fifth grade 81 pound division. McKenzie will be wrestling in the fifth grade girls 120 pound division. Julia will be wrestling in the sixth grade girls 125 pound division.


Five Southern Door Youth Wrestlers Advance To State

By Kevin Slezewski

 

Congratulations to this year's WWF Kids Folkstyle State Qualifiers!  Five Southern Door wrestlers are advancing to the State Championships at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison this Friday and Saturday, March 23-24!  Great effort by all 23 wrestlers that competed this weekend!  Way to represent!!  #EaglePride

Qualifiers with birth year division and weight class:

Clark LeFevre   09-10  51 lbs

Jade Wrenn   09-10  50 lbs

Nora LeFevre   06-08  65 lbs

Hailey Veeser  06-08  120 lbs

Katelyn LeCloux   03-05  138 lbs







L-C Grads Appear In National Championship Game

By Nick Freimuth

 

UW-Oshkosh Men's Basketball is on the national map for their incredible run to the National Championship game Saturday. Luxemburg-Casco graduates David Vlotho and Jake Zeitler each wore the black and gold of the Titans proudly this season. Vlotho played 21 minutes in the title game Saturday against Nebraska Wesleyan and hit three three-pointers in a 78-72 loss. Vlotho snared two rebounds in the game as well but UWO was unable to hoist the national championship trophy in Salem, Virginia.

 

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh had never appeared in the national championship game in men's basketball before this year. They capped a historic season (25-8) and just six points behind the Division 3 champs.

Sturgeon Bay Pony League Registration Open.

By Joe Jennerjohn

 

Any boys ages 13-15 as of April 15, 2018 are eligible for Pony League competition. Practice will start in May and games run through mid July. Forms will be available March 22 at: St. John Bosco, St. Peters, and TJ Walker school offices. Player fee is $50.00, deadline is April 23. For further information please contact Joe Jennerjohn:

jjennerjohn@outlook .com (please add Pony League in subject)

920.495.0047 (please leave brief message)

Marquette faces Oregon in the 2nd round of the NIT

By Eric Fischer



 

The Marquette Golden Eagles are the last Wisconsin college basketball team standing as it hosts the Oregon Ducks in the Second Round of the NIT.  Marquette defeated Harvard 67-60 on Wednesday night, led by 22 points from guard Markus Howard.  The Golden Eagles and the Ducks have only played once in franchise history, back in 1928 with Marquette winning 16-15.  The last time Oregon played in Milwaukee was in 2014 losing to the Badgers as Wisconsin made its first of two back to back Final Four runs.  ESPN2 will broadcast the game with tip-off set for 3:30.

Bucks outlast the Hawks

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with a much-needed win, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 122-117.  Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points and 12 rebounds.  The Bucks shot 48% from the floor and 44% behind the arc in the win while forcing 19 Hawks turnovers.  Milwaukee remains the 7 seed from Miami with just a half-game separating the two teams.  The Bucks trail the 76ers by 1.5 games for the 6 seed and travel to Cleveland to play LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Monday.

Brewers make two rare plays in 4-3 win over Colorado

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Brewers won its second straight game on Saturday, beating Colorado 4-3 with a strong 2nd inning and impressive defense.  The Rockies took an early lead in the first with a Ryan McMahon single.  The Brewers took control of momentum in the top of the second inning turning a 5-4-3 triple play.  The play seemed to spark the offense, as the Brewers scored all 4 of its runs in the bottom of the second, starting with shortstop Orlando Arcia singling to tie the game at 1.  With Jonathan Villar on third, Arcia on first, and Jett Bandy at the plate, a double steal ended with the speedy Villar stealing home to give the Brewers the lead 2-1.  After the steal, Bandy went deep crushing a 2-run homer to center to give Milwaukee a 4-1 lead that it would never lose.  Zach Davies, who the Brewers announced as the starter for the home opener, earned the win pitching 3.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run and striking out 3.  Josh Hader continued his impressive spring, striking out 4 in 1.2 IP and still not allowing a single run this spring.  Chase Anderson gets the start on Sunday as the Brewers square off against the Dodgers.

Wisconsin Boys' State Championship recap

By Eric Fischer



 

Wisconsin high school basketball came to an end on Saturday with the WIAA State Boys' Basketball State Championships.  Saturday started with the 3-point challenge which pits the top 3-point shooters in the state, with senior Ryan Steffes from New Holstein taking home the trophy.  The games started with a record-setting performance in Division 5.  Bangor trounced McDonell Central, scoring a Division 5 tournament record 91 points, for a 91-67 win.  In Division 4, the Roncalli Jets flew by Marathon for a 53-37 win.  Division 3 came down to the final seconds between Valders and Prescott.  Valders hit a 3 with 10 seconds left to take a 2 point lead, but it was Prescott stealing the show, hitting the game-winning 3 pointer at the buzzer to win 63-62.  Division 2 also came down to the final moments, as 2018 Wisconsin Mr. Basketball, Jordan McCabe, led Kaukauna over Milwaukee Washington 76-74.  McCabe hit a go-ahead lay-up with 4 seconds left in the game.  In the final game, the Division 1 gold ball went to Oshkosh North, easily defeating Brookfield East 61-44 with senior Tyrese Haliburton scoring 30 for the Spartans.

Brewers outlast the Reds in offensive shootout

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Brewers lit up the scoreboard on Friday, beating the Cincinnati Reds 16-13 in Cactus League play on Friday afternoon.  The Brewers trailed 6-0 after 2 innings before getting on the board in the 3rd when 3B Travis Shaw drove in Christian Yelich on a single.  The Brewers offense really got cooking in the 6th inning, scoring 7 runs when Ji-Man Choi homered to start the inning, followed by an Eric Sogard 2-run double.  A sacrifice fly and passed ball led to the Brewers tying the game when Jesus Aguilar gave Milwaukee its first lead in the game with a 2 RBI single.  The Reds would score 2 in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game again at 10.  In the 7th, Nick Franklin continued his red-hot spring with another homerun as he tries to make the 2018 squad.  Keston Hiura, one of the Brewers top-ranked prospects, would also drive in a run, to give Milwaukee a 13-10 advantage that it would never lose.  Radhames Liz got the win for the Crew, as Milwaukee improves to a 14-7 record in Spring Training.

Packers sign TE Jimmy Graham

By Green Bay Packers



 

The Green Bay Packers have signed TE Jimmy Graham. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Friday.


Graham (6-7, 265) has played in 121 regular season games with 89 starts during his eight NFL seasons and has registered 556 receptions for 6,800 yards (12.2 avg.) and 69 touchdowns (No. 4 in NFL history among tight ends). Over the last three seasons (2015-17) he played for the Seattle Seahawks. Graham entered the NFL with New Orleans in 2010 as a third round pick (No. 95 overall) and played five seasons (2010-14) for the Saints. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) and was named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2013. Graham is the only tight end in NFL history to have two seasons with 1,200-plus receiving yards and 10-plus receiving TDs (2011, 2013). Last season he led NFL tight ends with 10 receiving touchdowns, which marked his fourth season with 10-plus touchdown receptions to tie Antonio Gates for the second most 10-touchdown catch seasons among tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, five). Graham will wear No. 80 for the Packers.


GREEN BAY TAKES DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD BUT MINNESOTA COMES BACK TO WIN IN NCAA FIRST ROUND

By Green Bay Phoenix



 

After being outscored 57-35 in the second half, the 21st-ranked Green Bay women's basketball team came up short against Minnesota in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening, falling 89-77 at Matthew Knight Arena on the campus of the University of Oregon. The loss marks the final game for standout seniors Jessica Lindstrom and Allie LeClaire, who both rank in the top 10 on the program's all-time scoring list and captured eight combined Horizon League regular season and tournament championships.

 

No. 10 seed Minnesota (24-8) scored the final 11 points of the game, after No. 7 seed Green Bay (29-4) held the 78-77 lead with 3:22 remaining in the game. The 89 points scored by the Golden Gophers are the most points allowed by GB in any game this season, which entered the game as the No. 1 scoring defense in the country allowing only 65.2 PPG.

 

LeClaire led GB with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting in 38 minutes of action, battling an injured ankle for the majority of the game. Fellow-senior Lindstrom also finished in double figures with 11 points, but shot just 4-for-15 from the field.

 

The Phoenix did receive good production off its bench, outscoring Minnesota 28-12 in that category. Freshman Lyndsey Robson and Mackenzie Wolf each scored nine points, while Laken James finished with seven points.

Minnesota was able to come back in the game in large part to its success from 3-point range, as they finished 10-for-18 (56 percent) from deep. GB finished just 9-for-29 (31 percent) from beyond the arc, with Lindstrom and LeClaire combining for six made 3s.

 

GB took a 45-32 lead to start the second half after Lindstrom buried a 3-pointer, but Minnesota responded with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 45-39. GB was able to jump out to a 12-point lead with 2:23 left in the third quarter, taking a 62-50 lead. The Golden Gophers then cut their deficit to 64-59 entering the fourth quarter.

 

Minnesota took the lead for good at 74-72 with 5:58 left in the game, and led for the remainder of the contest. The Golden Gophers outscored GB 30-13 in the fourth quarter.

 

The loss wraps up another highly successful season for Green Bay, which captured its 20th-straight regular season title and 16th league tournament title. The program was making its 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and was seeking its first win in the tournament since 2012.

 

GB finishes the season 29-4, winning 27 games or more for the fourth-straight year.

NEW Lutheran blown out by Bangor in state tournament semi-final

By Eric Fischer



 

The Packerland Conference will not be represented on Championship Saturday at the WIAA Boys' Basketball State Tournament as the NEW Lutheran Blazers got blown out by Bangor on Friday, losing 73-31.  The Blazers were 0-15 from the 3-point arc in the loss, with junior Sam Meerstein leading the way with 19 points.

Bangor will play McDonnel Central for the Division 5 State Championship on Saturday morning.  Roncalli will square off against Marathon in Division 4.  The Valders Vikings, who beat Southern Door in the sectional semi-final game, battles Prescott for the Division 3 gold ball.  In Division 2, 2018 Mr. Basketball Jordan McCabe leads Kaukauna against Milwaukee Washington.  To cap the evening, Oshkosh North faces Brookfield East for the Division 1 title.

Area Boys Basketball Teams At State

By Nick Freimuth

 

The Packerland Conference has one lone representative at state again this year. In Division 5. N.E.W. Lutheran plays this morning at 9:05 AM against the top ranked team in the state Bangor.

 

Southern Door can take even more pride in their incredible tournament run. The team that ousted them in the sectionals will play for a state championship Saturday after winning their state semi-final 63-61 in overtime against Kettle Moraine Lutheran. The Vikings will Prescott at 2:30 PM Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Packers Make First Wave Of Free Agents Official

By Green Bay Packers

 

The Green Bay Packers have signed defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and coorner back Herb Waters and traded corner back Damarious Randall, a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 114 overall) and a 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 150 overall) to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback DeShone Kizer, a 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 101 overall) and a 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 138 overall). General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transactions Thursday.


 


Wilkerson (6-4, 315) was originally selected by the New York Jets in the first round (No. 30 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Temple. Over seven seasons in New York, he played in 105 regular-season games, starting 101, and recorded 498 tackles (324 solo), 44.5 sacks, two interceptions, 26 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. In 2015, he earned a spot in the Pro Bowl after posting a career-best 12 sacks, tied for the sixth most in the NFL that season and the most by a Jets player since DL Shaun Ellis recorded 12.5 in 2003. It was the second time in his career he reached 10-plus sacks after posting 10.5 in the 2013, the same season he set career highs in tackles (91) and solo tackles (66).


 


Waters (6-0, 188) was originally signed by Green Bay as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Miami (Fla.) on May 6, 2016. He spent the entire 2016 season on the practice squad, moving to cornerback from wide receiver early in the season. Waters was signed to the active roster on Jan. 5, 2017 and appeared in two postseason games, seeing action on special teams. He missed all of last season after being placed on injured reserve on Aug. 5, 2017. In college, he played in 47 games as a wide receiver with 20 starts, including 11 of 13 as a senior. He set career highs with 41 receptions for 624 yards (15.2 avg.) in 2015.


 


Kizer (6-4, 235) was originally selected by the Browns in the second round (No. 52 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. Last season, he started 15 games and recorded the second-most passing yards (2,894) and the third-most passing touchdowns (11) ever by a Browns rookie. Kizer also registered 77 carries for 419 yards (5.4 avg.) and five touchdowns, the most rushing TDs by a Cleveland quarterback since Mike Phipps recorded five in 1972. He finished fourth among NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards and tied for third in rushing TDs. Kizer started 23 of 25 games he played in over his final two seasons at Notre Dame, totaling 5,805 passing yards, 47 passing TDs, 997 rushing yards and 18 rushing TDs.


 


Randall (5-11, 196) was originally selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 30 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. In three seasons, he played in 39 regular-season games with 30 starts and registered 156 tackles (130 solo), 38 passes defensed and 10 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Randall also started five postseason contests, registering 24 tackles (18 solo), six passes defensed and two interceptions.

Packers Proving To Be Players In Free Agency

By Nick Freimuth

 

Thanks to first year general manager Brian Gutekunst, the Green Bay Packers are major players in free agency. Gone are the days where "cheese heads" would have to wait until the second or third week of free agency for the first addition to the team is announced. The team is expected to make the signings official today of six-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham and fellow Pro Bowl defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson. Many other top flight free agents have already found new homes as well, but the list of 525 players that are now free agents in the NFL is far from completely re-signed.

 

There are four types of players engaged in free agency: restricted free agents, unrestricted free agents, franchise players and transition players. Green Bay does not have any franchise or transition players. Here is a look at the Packers unrestricted free agents with four or more accrued seasons in the NFL. According to the NFL, in the event that a player in this category has not signed a player contract with a club by July 23, 2018 or the first scheduled day of the first 2018 NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a player contract from July 23 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., only with his prior club, provided that the prior club has extended such player a May 8 tender.

 

In the event the player has not signed a player contract with a club by May 8, 2018, and if his prior club has not extended the player a May 8 tender or has withdrawn the tender, the player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a player contract with any club without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, draft choice compensation between clubs or first rights of any kind, or any signing period.


 
























































Brooks, AhmadLBVirginia
 Burnett, MorganDBGeorgia Tech
 Dial, QuintonNTAlabama
 Evans, Jahri G Bloomsburg
 Goode, BrettLS Arkansas
  House, Davon DB New Mexico State
  Janis, JeffWRSaginaw Valley State
  John, Ulrick T Georgia State
  Rodgers, Richard TE California

 

Next, is the list of unrestricted free agents with fewer than four accrued seasons who received no qualifying offer or minimum tender from the Green Bay PackersThe players in the following category may sign a player contract with any club without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, draft choice compensation between clubs or first refusal rights of any kind, or any signing period.


























Pepper, TayborLSMichigan State
 Schum, JacobP Buffalo
 Thomas, JoeLB S. Carolina State
 Waters, HerbDB Miami

Crossroads Trail Run Registration Now Open

By Gretchen Schmelzer

 

Registration is now open for the 9th annual Crossroads Trail Run/Walk  2k, 5k, 10k on June 23, 2018, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Go to www.CrossroadsRun.com and register to put this trail event on your calendar!  Come as a solo participant or bring your whole family!  The trail run takes place on a 200-acre preserve at Crossroads at Big Creek Learning Preserve in Sturgeon Bay.  This chip-timed event is for all ages, all levels of runners and walkers, and a great family event. There is something for everyone.


 

Every participant will receive a high-performance T-shirt. As each participant crosses the finish line, they will receive a tree donated by Evergreen Nursery.  Enjoy post-run refreshments of Door County sundaes; ice cream from Schopf's Dairy topped with cherries from Lautenbach Orchards and locally baked granola. Paper goods are biodegradable and food waste is composted.


 

Local awards for the 5K and 10 k races include one of a kind handcrafted bowl by local ceramic artist, Liz Butler,  maple syrup from Henschel's Farms, golden honey from Max and Dees Honeybees,  Bea's homemade chopped cherry jam, and youth awards TBA.


 

Major Sponsors for our 2017 season include Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay Utilities, Marine Travel Lift and Evergreen Nursery. This event is part of the Run The Door series.

YMCA Volleyball Regular Season Champs Crowned

By Tyler Powell

 

The playoffs begin next Monday for the Door County YMCA Volleyball League. Regular season champions were crowned in each division and in the A League a head-to-head tie breaker was used to determine the regular season champ. Here is a look at Monday's results, final standings and the post season schedule.

 

A LEAGUE:

Nicolet Beach Concessions defeated Boom Town 3-0 (15-13; 15-11; 15-4)

Some Spike It Hot defeated Door County Fire Co. 3-0 (16-14; 15-10; 10-2)

Music Masters DJ's defeated  The Caffeinators 3-0 (15-6; 15-7; 15-11)

Olson Dental – Bye Week

 

Standings:

Nicolet Beach Concessions            30-9(Based off 6-3 head-to-head record)

Music Masters DJs                       30-9

Some Spike It Hot                               27-12

Door County Fire Co.                     26-13

Olson Dental                              10-26

Boom Town                                        8-31

The Caffeinators                         5-34

 

B LEAGUE:

Bullpen defeated Bay Ship Sharks 3-0 (15-6; 15-2; 15-10)

Redroom defeated The Try-Hards 3-0 (15-5; 15-8; 15-6)

Peninsula Podiatry defeated Brick Lot 2 2-1 (15-6; 14-16; 15-9)

Hatco Serve-Rites defeated Brick Lot 1 2-1 (4-15; 15-8; 16-14)

Peninsula Podiatry defeated Bull Pen 2-1 (13-15; 15-11; 15-9) (Make up)

 

Standings:

Redroom                             39-6

Hatco Serve-Rites                30-15

Peninsula Podiatry                27-18

Bull Pen                             25-20

Brick Lot 1                          22-23

Brick Lot 2                          14-31

Try-Hards                           12-30

Bay Ship Sharks                  8-34

 

March 19 Playoff Schedule

Bye Week:

  • Nicolet Beach Concessions


6:20:

Court A- (4) Door County Fire Co. vs. (5) Olson Dental

Court B- (3) Some Spike It Hot vs. (6) Boom Town

Court C- (2) Music Masters DJs vs. (7) The Caffeinators

 

7:20:

Court A- (1) Red Room vs. (8) Bay Ship Sharks

Court B- (4) Bull Pen  vs. (5) Brick Lot 1

Court C- (3) Peninsula Podiatry vs. (6) Brick Lot 2

 

8:20:

Court A/B/C- (2) Hatco Serve-Rites vs. (7) Try Hards

UW-Oshkosh Men's Basketball Final Four Team Features Two Luxemburg-Casco Grads

By Nick Freimuth

Photo By Jenny Zeitler

 

Wisconsin Basketball fans bummed that you do not have a team to follow in the NCAA men's basketball brackets; think again. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has reached the Final Four in Division 3. The best part is that two local graduates are on this record breaking Titans team. Luxemburg-Casco graduates Jake Zeitler and Dave Vlotho have each had an impact on this year's team. The Titans had huge tournament wins against Marietta and Wittenberg in the first round. They then beat Emory and Augustana in the second round where they claimed a sectional championship.

 

Next up, Oshkosh (24-7) will take on Ramapo College (New Jersey) (25-6) at 4 p.m Friday March 16. It will be the first of two semifinals at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va. The other Final Four game will feature Springfield (Mass.) (22-8) and Nebraska Wesleyan (28-3). They will tip-off at approx 6:30 p.m Friday. The Championship game is Saturday March 17, at 5 p.m.

DCY Swim Qualified 50 For State Swim Meet This Weekend

By Nick Freimuth

 

The DCY Swim Team comprised of 50 local swimmer aged seven to 18 will compete at the YMCA State meet this weekend in Milwaukee. The Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center will be the epicenter of swimming in the state of Wisconsin this weekend. The headliner of course is Sevastopol senior Max McHugh in his final state meet. If Max brings home a pair of golds he will pass his brother Conner as the most decorated swimmer in the history of Wisconsin YMCA Swimming.

 

Coaches, swimmers and their parents will make their way to Milwaukee Friday with a number of athletes competing Friday night already. Competition eds Sunday.

Packers Release Jordy Nelson

By Green Bay Packers

 

The Green Bay Packers have released wide receiver Jordy Nelson. General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced the transaction Tuesday.


 

 


Nelson, who was selected by the Packers in the second round (No. 36 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas State, played in 136 regular-season games with 88 starts during his 10 seasons with Green Bay (2008-17). He ranks No. 3 in franchise history in receptions (550), No. 5 in receiving yards (7,848), No. 2 in touchdown receptions (69) and No. 3 in 100-yard receiving games (25). Nelson is the only player in team annals to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions (2011, 2014, 2016). He and Sterling Sharpe (1992-94) are the only players in franchise history to register three straight seasons with 85-plus receptions (2013-14, 2016).


 

 


"We cannot thank Jordy enough for all that he has given the Green Bay Packers and our community for the past 10 years," Gutekunst said. "He has been an exemplary professional and teammate and greatly contributed to our success. Jordy will always be a member of the Packers family and we look forward to his eventual induction into the Packers Hall of Fame. We wish Jordy, his wife Emily, and the rest of their family all the best."


 

 


Nelson has posted 1,250-plus receiving yards and 13-plus touchdown catches in the same season three times in his career (2011, 2014, 2016), the fourth most in NFL history behind Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (six), Randy Moss (five) and Terrell Owens (four). Nelson was selected to the Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press for his performance during the 2014 season in which he set career highs in receptions (98) and receiving yards (franchise-record 1,519) while also hauling in 13 touchdowns. After he missed the entire 2015 season due to a knee injury, Nelson became the first Packer to be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by AP after registering 1,257 yards on 97 receptions (13.0 avg.) with a league-high 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016.


 

 


In his 10 years with the Packers, Nelson started eight of the 13 postseason games he appeared in. Nelson is the franchise postseason leader with 54 receptions, ranks No. 4 in receiving yards (668) and is tied with Randall Cobb for No. 3 in receiving touchdowns (five). He led the Packers with nine receptions for 140 yards (15.6 avg.) and a touchdown in the Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nelson was just the fourth receiver in Super Bowl history with nine-plus receptions for at least 140 yards and touchdown.

Sturgeon Bay Powerlifting Club Excels At State

By Nick Freimuth

 

Sturgeon Bay has a new state champion. Brenna Zuehlke powered to a state championship at 165 pounds at the state powerlifting meet last weekend. Zuehlke, a junior at Sturgeon Bay High School tied the state record with her squat total and broke the state record for her overall total with 771 pounds. The state meet was held Saturday and Sunday in Moston and Zuehlke stole the show for Sturgeon Bay.

 

Teammates Yadira Ortiz finished 2nd at 97 and Luke Brinkman finished fourth at 198 to join Brenna Zuehlke on the podium.

 

Nathan LeRoy finished eighth in the 275 weight class. Andrew Burkart finished 13th in SHW. Delaney Shortreed finished 10th in 198+. Nathaniel Greenlaw finished 12th in 148. Alayna Corbisier finished 12th in 198. Hayden Shefchik finished 21st 1n 165. Cabria Zuehlke Finished 15th in 165.

Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League Registration Now Open

By Ben Rikkola

 

Little League Softball registration is now underway for girls age 6-16 in the City of Sturgeon Bay. Games are played on Monday and Wednesday nights beginning on May 23 and running through the second week of July. Practices will be held for about one month prior to the start of games. Last year 193 girls competed on 17 teams across 4 divisions. Interested participants can register or find more information online at www.sturgeonbaylittleleague.org.

 

Divisions
Farm League - Ages 6-8, City Resident $30, Non-Res $40
Minor League - Ages 9-10, City Resident $40, Non-Res $50
Major League - Ages 11-12, City Resident $40, Non-Res $50
Senior League - Ages 13-16, City Resident $40, Non-Res $50
***Little Age Softball Age is based on player's age as of January 1, 2018.

 

Registration Deadline: March 31
**Register online at www.sturgeonbaylittleleague.org
***Late Fee of $10: April 1-14.

Green Bay a No. 7 seed, Facing No. 10 seed Minnesota in Oregon in NCAA First Round

By Green Bay Phoenix

           No. 22/21 Green Bay (29-3) will enter the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament as a No. 7 seed in the Spokane Region and will face No. 10 seed Minnesota (23-8) in the First Round in Eugene, Oregon, at 4 p.m. CT time (2 p.m. PT).

The First Round contest will take place on Friday, Mar. 16, at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon's campus, with the winner facing the winner of No. 2 Oregon (30-4) and No. 15 Seattle (18-14) on Sunday, Mar. 18 at a time to be announced. The Phoenix and Golden Gophers last met in 2014 in the WNIT, with Minnesota winning by a narrow 62-60 margin. Minnesota leads the all-time series by just one game, 7-6.

Minnesota will be making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and its first since 2015 when it lost in the First Round. The team went 23-8 this season and 11-5 in the Big Ten, before being eliminated in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals.

Green Bay clinched the automatic berth with its Horizon League Championship victory over Wright State on Tuesday, Mar. 6. The Phoenix will be making its 18th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

In last year's NCAA Tournament, the 8th-seeded Phoenix fell to No. 9 seed Purdue 74-62 in Notre Dame, Ind., in the First Round.

The Phoenix has won seven games in a row and is ranked No. 23 in the RPI, owning impressive wins over fellow 2018 NCAA Tournament teams Marquette, Arizona State, Dayton and South Dakota State.

Ticket information will become available soon.

Anderson named Brewers' opening day starter

By Tim Kowols

The Milwaukee Brewers have their man for their 2018 debut, naming pitcher Chase Anderson as their opening day starter. The recipient of a new multi-year contract in the off-season, Anderson was impressive in his second season with the Brewers with a 12-4 record and a 2.74 ERA. An oblique injury sidelined him for seven weeks, limiting him to only 141 1/3 innings last year. The Brewers have two other solid starters that could have also been named, but Zach Davies and Jimmy Nelson are both battling their way back to the roster due to injuries.

 

In Cactus League action Monday, Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam and top prospect Keston Hiura and Christian Betancourt each went yard and in a 7-6 Brewers win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers return to action today in Maryvale to face the Texas Rangers.

First Time In 20 Years Wisconsin Shutout Of NCAA Tournament

By Nick Freimuth

The NCAA Men's Basketball brackets are out and for the first time since 1998 not a single team from Wisconsin fills one of the lines. The Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles each had disappointing seasons and UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee were unable to sneak in as a Cinderella either. Wisconsin hoops fans will now need to look to another team for rooting interests for the most magical tournament in the United States.

 

Many are jumping on the Virginia bandwagon due to head coach Tony Bennett's local ties. The UVA head coach in a former UW-Green Bay standout and son of longtime Badgers Coach Dick Bennett. Virginia is a number one seed for the third time under Coach Tony Bennett.

 

If you are looking for a Cinderella story always look tot he 5 Vs. 12 match ups. For some reason every year it seems the fifth seed is the kiss of death for teams. South Dakota State over Ohio State seems like a great Cinderella story for those looking to root for an underdog.

 

Braketology steps into high gear this week but remember to have them filled out before 11:15 AM Thursday when the first game tips off.

Busy Weekend For Southern Door Youth Wrestling

By Kevin Slezewski

 

It was a busy weekend for Southern Door wrestlers of all ages!  Saturday, Menasha's annual Tournament of Champions played host to those that brought home 1st Place earlier in the season.  Oliver Wilke put an exclamation mark on the day by winning his bracket!   2nd Place finishes were registered by Mason Motquin, Keny Lynch, Brock Beyer, Lance Veeser and Chase Massart, and 3rd Place by Hailey Veeser and Zack Lynch.

 

Also on Saturday, Dominate in the Dells (in Wisconsin Dells), which is a USA Wrestling event, Grant Englebert went 2-2 and Trevor Englebert went 0-2, but got some good experience against wrestlers from all over the Midwest.

 

Sunday saw 19 youth and middle school wrestlers at the Seymour Youth Tournament.  Results were as follows:

1st Place - Gavin Geisel, Keny Lynch, Clark LeFevre 

2nd Place - Jaxson Rozmiarek-Kostichka, Mason Motquin, Jonah LeFevre, Josh Nachtwey

3rd Place - Zachary Beyer, Brock Beyer, Jade Wrenn, Nora LeFevre, Jiohnni Oberleitner, Ethan Alexander, Lance Veeser

4th Place - Zack Lynch, Trenton Krueger, Spencer Slezewski, Trenton Krueger, Logan Motquin, Hailey Veeser

Dylan Wessel also finished 2nd in Valders on Sunday.

Great job Eagles!  Next up for youth wrestlers is the Youth State Qualifiers on Saturday as they go for a chance to advance to the Youth State Championships in Madison.  

 

Brandon Jennings back with the Bucks

By Eric Fischer



 

Brandon Jennings is back with the Milwaukee Bucks, signing a 10-day contract with the team.  Jennings, the 10th overall pick by the Bucks in the 2009 NBA Draft, had been playing with the Bucks G-League affiliate, Wisconsin Herd, since February 13th.  The Bucks look to Jennings for depth at point guard as Matthew Dellavedova and Malcolm Brogdon are both sidelined due to injury.  The Bucks waived F Mirza Teletovic as the corresponding move.  Teletovic had been out since November following knee surgery and the discovery of blood clots in each of his lungs during his rehab.

WIAA girls' basketball state championship Saturday recap

By Eric Fischer



 

The WIAA high schools girls' season came to an end on Saturday after State Championship Saturday at the Resch Center.  In Division 5, Bangor outlasted a physical game against Blackhawk, taking home the gold ball with a 39-29 win.  Aquinas cruised past Melrose-Mindoro with a 68-52 to complete the perfect season in the Division 4 championship.  Amherst had their comeback attempt fall short, losing to Marshall 63-55 in Division 3.  In the evening session, Beaver Dam overcame a slow start to repeat as Division 2 champions, beating New Berlin Eisenhower 51-41.  Also repeating as state champions were Appleton North in Division 1, as the Lightning storm past Mukwonago 45-32, having led by as many as 20 points in the game.

Big first inning paces Brewers for 9-2 win in Spring Training

By Eric Fischer



 

The Milwaukee Brewers had the offense rolling on Saturday, beating the Rockies 9-2 in Cactus League play.  The Brewers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, as Ryan Braun started the scoring when he doubled in Lorenzo Cain, followed by Domingo Santana knocking Braun in after a throwing air.  Manny Pina then hit a sacrifice fly to score Santana with Hernan Perez advancing to third and later scoring on a Jonathan Villar double.  Santana would also later hit a home run.  Brent Suter gets the win for the Brewers, pitching 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, no runs, and 4 strikeouts.  Milwaukee is back in action on Sunday against Cleveland with Wade Miley getting the start.

Packerland Conference team clinches trip to state

By Eric Fischer



 

One Packerland Conference team will be making the trip to Madison, as NEW Lutheran beat Columbus  Catholic 57-56 on Saturday to punch its ticket into the Division 5 state semi-finals.  The Blazers entered the tournament this year with a 10-12 overall record, going 7-9 in Packerland Conference play, led by Samuel Meerstein's 21.5 points per game.  In Saturday's game, Meerstein scored 17 with teammate Lucas Bukowski adding 18 in the win.  This will be NEW Lutheran's fifth trip to state in the last six years.

Green Bay Women's Basketball to host Selection Show watch party at Green Bay Distillery

By GreenBayPhoenix.com



 

The Green Bay women's basketball team will learn its draw for the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Monday evening, and the Phoenix (29-3) welcomes fans to join in on the action at the Green Bay Distillery for a Selection Show Watch Party on Monday, March 12 with the show starting at 6 p.m.

The Green Bay Distillery, normally closed on Mondays this time of year, has elected to open its doors for the Selection Show and will be serving its game-day menu for fans interested in eating dinner during the show. Doors will open to the Green Bay Distillery at 4:30 p.m., with the event being free to the public.

Green Bay clinched an automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Tuesday afternoon, defeating No. 3 Wright State, 62-44, to solidify its appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons.

The 64-team NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship field will be exclusively unveiled on ESPN during the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Special on Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m.

Brewers fall to Oakland in Friday Spring Training action

By Eric Fischer



 

In Spring Training action on Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Oakland A's 2-0.  Yovani Gallardo gave up a 2-run homerun by former Brewer Khris Davis for the only runs in the game.  Gallardo falls to 0-1 in Spring Training after pitching 3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 HR, 2 runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.  The Brewers couldn't get the offense going, with only 4 hits, going 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position and leaving 7 runners on base.    Milwaukee is back in action Saturday, hosting the Colorado Rockies in Maryvale, with Brent Suter (1-0) on the mound.

Packers agree to trade with Cleveland Browns

By Eric Fischer



 

 

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to a trade with the Cleveland Browns as reported by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.  The Packers will send CB Damarious Randall to the Browns in return for QB DeShone Kizer.  The teams also agreed to swap draft picks for the 4th and 5th rounds, with the Packers moving up to the first pick in each round.  It's worth noting the Packers acquired Cleveland's fourth-round draft pick which was also the first pick of the round and drafted former Wisconsin Badger Vince Biegel with the same pick.  The trade will not officially be made until March 14th at 3 pm when the new league year starts.

WIAA girls' state basketball championship Saturday match-ups

By Eric Fischer



 

Saturday's WIAA girls' state tournament championship games are set following Thursday and Friday's semi-final games.  Starting the day will be the three-point shooting contest with the best two three-point shooters in each division.  The Division 5 State Championship is the first game, slated for 11:05 am with Black Hawk squaring off against Bangor.  Following this game, Division 4 takes the stage with two undefeated teams, Aquinas and Melrose-Mindoro, battling for the gold ball.  Division 3 will be Amherst vs. Marshall to round out the session.  At 6:30 Division 2 takes the floor, with New Berlin Eisenhower battling with Beaver Dam.  To round out the day Appleton North looks to defend the Division 1 title against Mukwonago.

Eagles Run Ends Against Valders Again

By Nick Freimuth

 

The Southern Door varsity boys basketball team saw an incredible season come to an end Thursday night 64-50 against Valders. Broadcast on 104.1 FM WRLU, the Eagles trailed 33-13 at half time and never were able to claw their way back into the game. The Vikings hit seven first half three-point shots and were firing on all cylinders most of the game. Kyle Tuma, who will be playing for UW-Platteville next year scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Teammate Treyner Sundsmo also notched 20 points in the win.

 

Packerland Conference Player of the Year Kyle Daoust scored 12 of his team leading 17 points in the second half. The junior ended the year with 9995 career points and is sure to break the 1,000 point mark in the first game next season. Ryan Claflin scored ten points and was the only other Eagle to hit double digit in the season finale.

 

It marked the third season in a row that Valders eliminated Southern Door from the post season. It had happened in the regional tournament the last two seasons. Thursday night's game was on a much bigger stage, however. The Eagles graduate three seniors but none bigger than Sam Gerend. His nine points tonight do not tell the whole story of the impact he had on the program. He will be sorely missed next year but the nucleus of this years undefeated conference champion squad will be back next year with even bigger expectations.

 

Check out DoorCountyDailyNews.com on Face Book to watch last night's very emotional post game show on 104.1 FM WRLU. A special thank you to all the sponsors for allowing WRLU to cover everyone of the Eagles post season games. Also, tank you to Ben Rikkola for providing incredibly astute and entertaining color commentary throughout the tournament. We look forward to following Coach Derik Hawkey and the team that has totally bought in to his system as they aim even higher during the 2018-2019 season.

6 in 60: Southern Door boys basketball Tyler Dean and Derik LeCaptain

By Eric Fischer



 

Ahead of Thursday night's sectional semi-final match-up against Valders, Senior Tyler Dean and Junior Derik LeCaptain joined DoorCountyDailyNews.com's Facebook segment, 6 in 60.  They talk about their best memories, future plans, and more.  Click below for the full video.

Resch Center Will Remain Home For State Volleyball & Girls Basketball Tournaments

By WIAA

 

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and PMI Entertainment agreed to a contract extension that grants the WIAA availability of the Resch Center for hosting high school State championships in girls volleyball, boys volleyball and girls basketball through the spring of 2025 in an announcement made at a media conference today.


The Resch Center, opened in 2002, has been the host venue for the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament since 2002 and the State Girls Basketball Tournament since 2013. In January, the Board of Control approved the move of the Boys Volleyball State Tournament to the Resch Center to coincide with the State Girls Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay for a four-year commitment beginning in 2019.


"Our experience since 2002, and again since 2013, has been captured in the little details," WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson said. "The little things that have allowed us to recognize what a great home, what great people, and what a great fit this venue and everyone here and around here has been for our tournaments."

 

Attendance has increased significantly at the State Girls Volleyball Tournament since the move to the Resch Center, and last year's Girls State Basketball Tournament experienced its largest attendance since the first year it moved to Green Bay.


The State Girls Basketball Tournament infuses approximately $2.5 million to the Green Bay community, and the State Girls Volleyball Tournament has a $700,000 economic impact on the area.

"I want to thank everyone at the WIAA. They have been fabulous partners of ours, and we appreciate all they have done for us," PMI President and CEO Ken Wachter said. "When you look what WIAA will mean in 2019 with girls volleyball, boys volleyball and girls basketball, about 60,000 people will be coming to the Resch Center for WIAA events, and they will be spending money in Brown County and enjoying our city and county."

Only Three Have Joined The 1,000 Point Club As A Junior

By Nick Freimuth

 

To score 1,000 points in a high school basketball career is a momentous occasion.  Whenever a player hits the milestone games are typically halted, commemorative basketballs awarded and grand announcements made. To accomplish this feat as a junior is something extra special. In the history of boys basketball in the Packerland Conference only three juniors have ever joined the 1,000 point club.

The first to do it was head coach of the Southern Door Eagles Derik Hawkey. In 2007, Hawkey was the first 11th grader to ever eclipse 1,000 points. It is a game Hawkey vividly remembers while playing for the Eagles.  It was a home game against Oconto and the pomp and circumstance surrounding the event was elevated to say the very least.

 

The second to hit 1,000 points as a junior was nearly ten years to the day. N.E.W. Lutheran's Samuel Meerstein scored his 1,000th point days before the third player ever did. Samuel is the son of the longest tenured head coach in the Packerland Conference. Coach Mark Meerstein is in his 27th year as head coach of the Blazers. He has one year of seniority in the conference over Sturgeon Bay boys basketball coach Jim Benesh.

 

The third high school junior to ever accomplish this feat was a player named after Derik Hawkey. Southern Door elementary School teacher Kris LeCaptain named her son Derik LeCaptain after one of her favorite, spunky first grade students at the time. It seems rather perfect that Derik Hawkey is coaching the young man named after him during the season he joined the rare air club. Derik LeCaptain hit 1,000 points earlier this season and hopes his classmate joins him Thursday night.

 

Packerland Conference Player of the Year Kyle Daoust is 22 points away from becoming the fourth player to ever hit 1,000 points as a junior. The school record books indicate he is 22 points away while WisSports.net says he needs 23 points against Valders to hit 1,000 points. Daoust is faced with a monumental challenge Thursday against Valders. He led the conference in scoring all season and would like nothing more than to elevate his team to a sectional final on Saturday. It could be the perfect storm Thursday night if Daoust can score 23 points in a win accomplishing two pretty incredible feats in one game.

 



 

You can listen to the broadcast of the game Thursday night with the Door County Medical Center Pre-Game Show at 6:30 PM. Coach Derik Hawkey will talk about this story in depth and preview their sectional semi-final matchup with the Vikings of Valders on 104.1 FM WRLU. Tip-off comes your way at 7:00 PM with Nick Freimuth and Ben Rikkola on the call. The game will also be streamed worldwide at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.

 

Derik Hawkey, Samuel Meerstein, Derik LeCaptain and Kyle Daoust will all be in action Thursday night as the Packlerland Conference's torch bearers in the sectional tournament. N.E.W. plays Phelps at Oconto Falls. Oconto is still alive in Division 4. The Blue Devils play Shiocton with a strong chance of advancing as well.

 

Packerland Conference Boys Basketball is definitely trending in the right direction. If all three schools make it to the sectional finals Saturday it would mark the first time in conference history that the Packerland could have three boys teams in a sectional final. Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee and Algoma girls basketball teams were each able to make it to the state tournament in 2011 representing the Packerland Conference.  That was something that has never been done before and has not happened again since. While the local girls teams carried the banner for the Packerland for the last decade-plus it appears the boys are ready to step up this year and for a number of years to come.

YMCA Volleyball League Standings & Results

By Tyler Powell

 

A LEAGUE:

Door County Fire Co. defeated The Caffeinators 3-0 (15-2; 15-6; 15-10)

Some Spike It Hot defeated Nicolet Beach Concessions 2-1 (15-13; 7-15; 15-13)

Music Masters DJ's defeated Boom Town 2-1 (15-11; 15-9; 13-15)

Olson Dental – Bye Week

 

Standings:

Nicolet Beach Concessions            27-9

Music Masters DJs                       27-9

Door County Fire Co.                     26-10

Some Spike It Hot                               24-12

Olson Dental                              10-26

Boom Town                                        8-28

The Caffeinators                         5-31

 

 

B LEAGUE:

Bull Pen defeated Bay Ship Sharks 3-0 (15-6; 15-3; 15-4)

Peninsula Podiatry defeated Brick Lot 2 3-0 (15-8; 15-13; 15-13)

Redroom defeated The Try-Hards 3-0 (15-5; 15-0; 15-6)

Hatco Serve-Rites defeated Brick Lot 1 2-1 (16-14; 6-15; 15-9)

 

Standings:

Redroom                             36-6

Hatco Serve-Rites                28-14

Peninsula Podiatry                23-16

Brick Lot 1                          20-22

Bull Pen                             21-18

Brick Lot 2                          13-29

Try-Hards                           12-27

Bay Ship Sharks                  8-31

Southern Door Boys Basketball Sectional-Semi Final On 104.1 FM WRLU

By Nick Freimuth

 

Southern Door Boys Basketball Coach Derik Hawkey is asking Eagles fans young and old to pack Ashwaubenon High School tomorrow night for their WIAA sectional semi-final. Thursday night at 7:00 PM the Eagles will take on longtime post season nemesis Valders. WRLU 104.1 FM will begin our broadcast at 6:30 PM with the Door County Medical Center Pre-Game Show. Coach Hawkey will break down the Vikings and talk about the incredible journey this year's team has been on. The game will also be streamed worldwide at DoorCountyDailyNews.com starting at 6:30 PM Thursday night.

 

Former Southern Door Varsity Coach Ben Rikkola will join Nick Freimuth for the call of the game from Ashwaubenon. If the Eagles advance past the sectional semi-final, the WIAA Division 3 sectional final will be broadcast Saturday at 2:00 PM from Appleton East High School. The likely opponent would be #1 seed Appleton Xavier.

 

Packers Foundation Seeking Grant Applicants

By Katie Hemsen

 

The Green Bay Packers Foundation is seeking applications for its annual grant program. The application period is open now until June 1, 2018.



This year, the Foundation will focus on awarding grants to organizations that will use the funds for programs or projects that address arts and culture, athletics and education causes.



Only organizations whose programs fit the established criteria may apply for and be considered for grants.



Different focus areas are emphasized through the application process each year, and this is the second year of the current three-year grant cycle. In 2019, the focus areas will be animal welfare, civic and community, environmental, health and wellness including drug/alcohol and domestic violence.



Organizations that are classified as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code with a valid IRS Tax ID for a minimum of two years and are located in the state of Wisconsin are eligible to apply for a grant. Organizations may only apply for a grant once during the three-year cycle.



Interested applicants can find out if they are eligible to apply for a grant and complete the application online at www.packers.com/community/packers-foundation.html.



All grant applications received will be reviewed by the Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees, who will finalize the list of grant recipients in November. A public announcement of the grant recipients and the awards luncheon will take place in December on a date to be determined after the football schedule has been released.



Last year, in its annual distribution of funds, the Foundation awarded a record $800,000 to 213 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. With these disbursements, the Foundation has distributed more than $8.5 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986.



The Green Bay Packers Foundation grant program is part of Green Bay Packers Give Back, the Packers' all-encompassing community outreach initiative, which include the Green Bay Packers Foundation's annual and impact grants, appearances by players, alumni, coaches and staff, cash and in-kind donations, community events, Make-A-Wish visits, youth football outreach and much more.  These efforts combined resulted in a comprehensive Green Bay Packers Give Back charity impact in excess of $8 million in the past year.

WIAA Votes To End Summer Baseball

By WIAA

 
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted to discontinue the State Summer Baseball Tournament Series following the 2018 season at its March meeting in Madison last Friday.


Given the steady decline schools offering baseball in the summer, the Board voted to end the summer baseball program. The projected number of schools sponsoring summer baseball by the 2019-20 season would decline to fewer than 30. There are 50 programs sponsoring the sport in 2018. In its peak, the number of summer baseball programs reached 110 in 1990. The WIAA?has conducted a State summer baseball tournament since 1965.

Spartan's Coisman makes first team All-North Eastern Conference

Luxemburg-Casco's Nathan Coisman was named All-North Eastern Conference for basketball over the weekend.  Coisman, a junior,  averaged 15.9 points per game for the Spartans.  His teammate Anthony Otradovec received honorable mention.

Luke Haese of Wrightstown and Noah Mueller of Little Chute were co-players of the year in the NEC.

Kyle Daoust Named Packerland Player of the Year

The scoring leader of the undefeated Southern Door Eagles boys basketball team earned Packerland Conference Player of the Year honors for the 2018-2018 season. Junior Kyle Daoust was also one of four unanimous players selected to first team all-conference. Here is a look at the rest of the conference awards as voted upon by the conference coaches.

 

2017-18 BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

 

1ST TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Kyle Daoust                              Southern Door               Junior                Unanimous

Connor Ebben                            Oconto                          Senior               Unanimous

Sam Gerend                              Southern Door               Senior

Derik LeCaptain                         Southern Door               Junior

Samuel Meerstein                      NEW Lutheran               Junior                Unanimous

Carson Moe                               Oconto                          Senior               Unanimous

Aidan Wallace                           Algoma                         Senior

 

2ND TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Mitchell Jackson                        Sturgeon Bay                Junior

Max Neumann                           Peshtigo                       Senior

Carson Talbert                           Sturgeon Bay                Junior

Jered Van Bramer                      Sturgeon Bay                Senior

Mitchell VanVooren                    Peshtigo                       Junior

Isaac Woller                              Oconto                          Senior

 

HONORABLE MENTION

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Evan Allan                                 Oconto                          Senior

Tanor Bortolini                           Kewaunee                     Sophomore

Cody Bultman                            Kewaunee                     Senior

Jacob Champeau                       NEW Lutheran               Junior

Ryan Claflin                               Southern Door               Sophomore

Michael Halada                          Kewaunee                     Senior

Casey Nelson                            Algoma                         Senior

Cameron Noffke             Peshtigo                       Junior

Max Pierre                                Southern Door               Junior

Trevor Reinhart                           Gibraltar                        Junior

Michael Rose                            Sturgeon Bay                Senior

Zach Sherman                           Oconto                          Junior

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR

 

Kyle Daoust                              Southern Door               Junior

Kewaunee's Sara Dax Named Packerland's Player of the Year

Player of the year Sara Dax and Southern Door's Gabby Atkins were the only unanimous first team all-conference selections. The Eagles were the only team to have teammates appear on the first team together with Meghan LaCrosse and Atkins. Here is the 2017-2018 first and second teams and honorable mention all-conference.

 

1ST TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Mara Allen                                 Oconto                          Junior

Gabby Atkins                            Southern Door               Senior               Unanimous

Sara Dax                                   Kewaunee                     Junior                Unanimous

Meghan LaCrosse                      Southern Door               Senior

Makayla Guilette                        Algoma                         Junior

Payton Pluff                               Gibraltar                        Junior

 

2ND TEAM

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Tehya Bertrand                          Southern Door               Junior

Emma Frederickson                   Peshtigo                       Senior

Raina Haleen                             Gibraltar                        Senior

Sydney Koch                             Oconto                          Senior

Mackenzie Tlachac                    Kewaunee                     Sophomore

Afton Wenger                            NEW Lutheran               Junior

 

HONORABLE MENTION

NAME                                    SCHOOL                    YEAR             

Kendra Dantoin                          Southern Door               Sophomore

Hailey DeGrave                          Sturgeon Bay                Sophomore

Mikayla Haack                           Algoma                         Senior

Jillie Jorns                                 Sevastopol                    Senior

Jordan Jossie                            Algoma                         Senior

Lexie LeClair                             Sevastopol                    Senior

Grace LeGrave                           Southern Door               Junior

Mikala Perino                            NEW Lutheran               Senior

Andie Rockendorf                       Sturgeon Bay                Senior

Abbigael Sitte                            Gibraltar                        Sophomore

Courtney Tebo                           Sevastopol                    Senior

Shae Tonn                                 Peshtigo                       Senior

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR             

 

Sara Dax                                   Kewaunee                     Junior

All-Conference Wrestling Team Announced

The 2017-18 Wrestling All-Conference Team featured seven Kewaunee first team all-conference wrestlers. Storm freshman Jack Severin was named the conference wrestler of the year. Here is a a look at the rest of the Packerland's individual awards:

 

1ST TEAM

106 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Kyle Conard                              Southern Door                           Freshman          Unanimous

113 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Zack Wauters                            Peshtigo                                   Senior               Unanimous

120 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Jack Severin                              Kewaunee                                 Freshman          Unanimous

126 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Peyton Hurth                             Sturgeon Bay -Sevastopol           Junior                Unanimous

132 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Cam Hanrahan                           Kewaunee                                 Senior               Unanimous

138 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR 

Ezra Haight                               Sturgeon Bay -Sevastopol           Senior               Unanimous

145 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Jesse Steinhorst                        Kewaunee                                 Senior               Unanimous

152 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Max Rausch                              Peshtigo                                   Junior                Unanimous

160 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Michael Barribeau                      Kewaunee                                 Senior               Unanimous

170 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Travis Reinke                             Kewaunee                                 Junior                Unanimous

182 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Jeremy Jorns                             Sturgeon Bay -Sevastopol           Junior                Unanimous

195 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Trevor Pribek                             Kewaunee                                 Senior               Unanimous

220 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Kyle Steinhorst                          Kewaunee                                 Senior               Unanimous

285 WEIGHT CLASS             SCHOOL                                YEAR

Gavin Brissette                          Peshtigo                                   Senior               Unanimous

 

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                     SCHOOL                    YEAR              WEIGHT CLASS

Jack Severin                              Kewaunee                     Freshman                      120

Spartans top Titans 44-21, get rematch against Ellsworth on 96.7 WBDK


By Tim Kowols


The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans will get the rematch they have waited a year for after defeating the Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau/Melrose-Mindoro Titans 44-21. Reece Worachek opened the match at 160 pounds collecting the 12-3 major decision. Jacob Zellner would follow up with a major decision of his own. Nate Lloyd turned the tide after two Titan victories with a first period pin at 220. Lucas Joniaux started a run of four straight victories at 106 pounds with a pin, followed by decision for Issac Blohowiak, Parker Coppens, and Bryce Bosman. The Titans would get a pin at 132 with Julian Purney wrestling up a weight class to face Nathan Ronsman, but the Spartans would end the dual with three straight wins, including decision by Cameron Lemmens and pins by Colton Worachek and Devan Vandenbush.

 

Ellsworth won their state semi-final against Chilton-Hilbert 53-6, losing only two match the entire dual. This marks a rematch from last year's state final with the Panthers squeaking past with a 27-26.

 

Tim Kowols and Bob Berceau will have the call on 96.7 WBDK beginning at 2:30 p.m. with the prematch show and the first whistle at 3:00 p.m.

 

Lux-Casco defeated GET/MM 44-21

  • 160 - Reece Worachek (Lux-Casco) over William Johnson (GET/MM) Maj 12-3

  • 170 - Jacob Zellner (Lux-Casco) over Nic Petersen (GET/MM) Maj 17-3

  • 182 - Landon Lockington (GET/MM) over Dakota Robinson (Lux-Casco) Dec 3-0

  • 195 - Bryce Burns (GET/MM) over Austin LeRoy (Lux-Casco) Fall 0:37

  • 220 - Nate Lloyd (Lux-Casco) over Sam Jansen (GET/MM) Fall 1:51

  • 285 - Josh Marciulionis (GET/MM) over Mason Ravet (Lux-Casco) Fall 4:52

  • 106 - Lucas Joniaux (Lux-Casco) over Kohl Linberg (GET/MM) Fall 1:14

  • 113 - Isaac Blohowiak (Lux-Casco) over Colton Sime (GET/MM) SV-1 6-4

  • 120 - Parker Coppens (Lux-Casco) over Bailey Fitzl (GET/MM) Dec 7-2

  • 126 - Bryce Bosman (Lux-Casco) over Jack Marley (GET/MM) Dec 10-4

  • 132 - Julian Purney (GET/MM) over Nathan Ronsman (Lux-Casco) Fall 5:35

  • 138 - Cameron Lemmens (Lux-Casco) over Bryce Blaken (GET/MM) Dec 7-3

  • 145 - Colton Worachek (Lux-Casco) over Hunter Andersen (GET/MM) Fall 4:43

  • 152 - Devan Vandenbush (Lux-Casco) over Jaden Anderson (GET/MM) Fall 1:15


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