Sports Archives for 2019-11

Both L-C basketball teams play Monday

The Luxemburg-Casco High School boys and girls basketball teams will be on the court Monday. The girls are at Notre Dame Academy. It is the second contest of the year for them. The opener was Tuesday, an 82-46 loss to Wrightstown. The L-C girls lost several seniors to graduation from last year's squad which made it to the sectional semifinal. The Spartans fell in that game to Notre Dame.


The L-C boys basketball team opens up at home against Green Bay East. The two teams met last season in February with the Spartans falling 96-87. East scored over a hundred points in a contest earlier in the season. An early season contest may be the best time to catch an offensive-minded squad. There's a good possibility that the Red Devils will take a while to get into a full offensive rhythm. They dropped their first six games in 2018-2019.

Southern Door wrestling tested early

Southern Door's wrestling team begins their season next Saturday at the Stratford Duals. Several teams are expected to compete including the Barron Area Schools, DC Everest, Wautoma, and Wild Rose. It is the host school that provides the biggest challenge though. Stratford is a powerhouse in Division III wrestling. They finished state runner-up last last year compiling a 25-2 record. They were team champions in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.


Wrestling begins at 9:00 with weigh-ins an hour prior. Stratford is located between Wausau and Marshfield so the bus will be leaving early. Expected departure time for Southern Door wrestling is 5:30 AM.

 

UWGB women lose in Greater Victoria semifinal

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay women's basketball team hung with undefeated, 10th-ranked Mississippi State for a half, but they couldn't maintain it for 40 minutes. The Bulldogs won the Greater Victoria Invitational semifinal 83-58. Mississippi State led by a basket at the break.


The Phoenix shot well from the field, over 41 percent, but turnovers came in bunches. In the first 5:09 of the third quarter, UWGB managed a mere four points. Green Bay didn't have the firepower to dig out of a double-digit hole. Guard Frankie Wurtz led the team with 12 points. Algoma's Anna Dier added 11. The Phoenix play in the third-place game today against (18) Syracuse.

 


High school basketball ends Thanksgiving vacation

Packerland conference teams take to the court Saturday ending a brief Thanksgiving holiday break from competition. Two girls games tip off in the 3 PM hour. Algoma High School is at home against Green Bay West. The Wolves are looking for their first win of the season after managing only 29 points on the road against Wausaukee last Friday. Green Bay West is 0-2 and has also played Wausaukee, falling 49-34 at home. 


The Southern Door High School girls team travels to Little Chute trying to remain unbeaten against a 1-1 Mustang team. The Eagles have to contend with an eight-day layoff while Little Chute was on the court Tuesday, picking up a victory. Avoiding rust could prove pivotal in Southern Door's chances.


The Algoma High School boys team is also playing Saturday, a night game against Two Rivers. The Purple Raiders beat Kewaunee by four earlier this week while the Wolves have yet to have a contest which should give an advantage to Two Rivers. Algoma will need to contain Cam Daffner who put up 25 points against the Storm in 35 minutes of play Tuesday.

UWGB women advance at Victoria Invitational

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay women's basketball team is participating in a holiday tournament in British Columbia, Canada. Victoria is south of Vancouver and west of Seattle at the mouth of the Puget Sound. Thursday was the first round and the Phoenix faced Bowling Green who entered the game 3-1 on the year. 


UWGB jumped out to an early lead, up 19-11 after one quarter. They treaded water for the next two quarters before pulling away late to secure a 73-54 victory. Green Bay played excellent defense with BGSU unable to reach 15 points in three separate quarters. The Falcons managed only 36 percent from the field. 


Guard Frankie Wurtz was a star for UWGB netting 24 points on 10-19 shooting to go with 12 rebounds and three steals. The Greater Victoria Invitational runs a double bracket. The first round had four games with eight teams on the court. The four losers still compete for 5th-8th place today and tomorrow while the four winners vie for 4th-1st. The winner's bracket has later start times the next two nights. UWGB plays at 7 PM against 10th-ranked Mississippi State. The Phoenix will look for another upset of an SEC opponent.

 

Can prep hockey work in Door Peninsula?

Before moving to Wisconsin to begin work at Door County Daily News.com I lived in a rural county in Michigan, surrounded on three sides by Lake Huron with a population of around 30,000 people. Sound familiar? Beginning in October at the horse show arena located at the county fairgrounds, the hockey association would flood the dirt floor every four hours for eight weeks, day and night, to turn it into a seasonal hockey rink. That group has just signed an agreement to build a permanent, regulation size arena nearby. High schools in the area are adopting club teams and the goal is within five years to have a high school hockey team that will represent the county as a whole.


There is no reason that model could not work in Door and Kewaunee Counties. Even having the rink in the old show barn provided it some protection from the elements that is not enjoyed by outdoor rinks in Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay, or the newly proposed one at Dana Farm in Kewaunee. It operated for at least three months, uninterrupted. In Michigan, high school hockey is not the pinnacle of competition at the amateur level. The owners of the Red Wings and the Carolina Hurricanes run premier club teams which feed elite organizations. The US National Team Development Program churns out the likes of Ryan Kessler, Dylan Larkin, and Auston Matthews. Canadian Juniors, the Ontario Hockey League, have two teams in the state. There's the USHL too and yet, high school hockey is thriving and expanding into areas with similar populations to that found in the Door Peninsula.


Wisconsin already has a strong high school hockey scene and Minnesota is renowned for it. When I was a student at Michigan Technological University in the Keweenaw in the Upper Peninsula, total population of about 45,000 people across three counties, each high school had a team. In fact, each high school had a rink including the oldest in the world as well as the eighth-oldest. Houghton hosts state champions at the Division 1 and Division 2 level, powerhouse programs like Birmingham Brother Rice and Brighton from the Detroit area. That's a ten hour drive. Michigan's Upper Peninsula is much closer to the Door Peninsula than that. In Wisconsin, the Northwoods Conference is filled by the likes of Antigo, Lakeland, and Tomahawk. There is no shortage of teams within reasonable distance to play that offer great competition. 


Arguably, given the money that flows into the area from tourism and the established high school scene here, prep hockey should be an easier sell than my old stomping grounds in Huron County, Michigan. With sports participation down, acutely with football in some cases, hockey could be an answer to halting that. It certainly has its fair share of injuries but it doesn't have the stigma football has developed. It can't happen, though, until there are the facilities for it. 

Phoenix women open Canadian tourney against Bowling Green

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team celebrates Thanksgiving north of the border this afternoon against Bowling Green in the Greater Victoria Invitational.

 

Both teams enter the contest coming off a loss, with the Phoenix dropping its matchup against Marquette and the Falcons losing to Valparaiso. The Victoria Invitational features eight teams covering the spectrum from undefeated Stanford and Mississippi State to mid majors San Francisco and California Baptist.

 

Tip off is at 1 p.m. local time with a date against Mississippi State or San Francisco on Friday afternoon on the line.

Bucks win 9th in a row with 111-102 victory over Hawks

C  It was Milwaukee's ninth consecutive victory in a row.  After the Bucks took a 17 point lead in the first half, Atlanta rallied within a single point on a three-pointer by Trae Young at the intermission buzzer.  

 

The Bucks outscored the Hawks 30-20 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.  Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team-high 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bucks.  Khris Middleton added 16 points returning after  two weeks from injury.  Former Buck Jabari Parker led the Hawks with 33 points and 14 rebounds.  

 

Milwaukee (15-3) will return to action Friday night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

Wisconsin women's basketball edges Eastern Illinois

The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team may have packed too early for the Bahamas Hoopfest as they struggled on Tuesday night against Eastern Illinois. The Badgers nipped the visiting Panthers by just eight points in a nip-and-tuck affair. The Badgers led by a scant four points at halftime, scoring nine points in the second quarter.


The Badgers offense sputtered to a 36 percent field goal percentage teamed with 14 turnovers. Sophomore forward Imani Lewis was one of the few bright spots. She had 15 points on 5/11 shooting and was over 80 percent from the free throw line. Wisconsin plays Ball State on Friday and (25) Arkansas on Saturday. It is not a tournament format.

 

Colgate runs and guns past UWGB men

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay's men's basketball team could not find a stop Tuesday night against Colgate, falling 99-81. The Raiders were on fire from behind the line, knocking down 19 three-pointers. Overall, Colgate shot a blistering 60 percent for the game. 


UWGB was able to outscore Colgate in the second half but they were never able to truly cut into the Raider's 22-point halftime lead. The Phoenix got the deficit down to 15 points twice. JayQuan McCloud and PJ Pipes led the team with 14 points apiece. Green Bay takes the court again Saturday at Montana State.

 

Wisconsin men's basketball loses consolation game

For the second time in two nights, the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team failed to find offense at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. After falling to Richmond Monday, the Badgers came up short against New Mexico, 59-50. Wisconsin lost a narrow lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half and trailed the rest of the contest. 


The offense was an ice cold 34 percent from the field, matching the poor performance from Monday night. The Badgers also had 14 turnovers. Forward Nate Reuvers led the team with 16 points and he added five rebounds.

 

Girls basketball: Kewaunee wins second straight

The Kewaunee girls' basketball team has two wins already on their season before some squads in the area got even a single game on their ledger.

 

The Storm cruised past Menasha 58-44 in its second game of the season, improving their mark to 2-0.

 

Tuesday night action includes Luxembug-Casco hosting Wrightstown at 7:00 p.m. and Sturgeon Bay hosting Lourdes Academy at 7:30 p.m. 

Boys basketball: Gibraltar, Kewaunee gets taste of first action

The Gibraltar Vikings and the Kewaunee Storm will get to kick off their regular season before the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday.

 

The Vikings hope to start their march towards a second straight regional championship when they host Chilton at 7:30 p.m. The Storm will hit the road for their first game as they travel to take on Two Rivers for a 7:15 p.m. tip. Algoma will play the next regular-season game in the Packerland Conference but will have to wait until Saturday for Two Rivers to visit them for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

 

 

Greek Freak drops 50 in Bucks win

It is safe to say Giannis Antetokounmpo took the Milwaukee Bucks on his back in its 122-118 win over the visiting Utah Jazz Monday night.

 

The "Greek Freak" scored 50 points on the night along with 14 rebounds and no turnovers. Antetokounmpo became only the third player to boast a similar stat line in their career.  Out scored in three of the four frames, the Bucks outscored the Jazz 42-26 in the third quarter to clinch the victory. Three other Bucks players scored in double figures in the win while Bogdan Bogdanovi? led the Jazz with 24 points. 

 

The Bucks are back in action Wednesday to face the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum.

 

 

College basketball: Green Bay wins thriller over CSUN

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team needed every one of its 14 three-pointers to dispatch California State University-Northridge Monday night 85-84.

 

Five players scored in double figures for the Phoenix, led by JayQuan McCloud's 20 points. It was a back and forth affair in the second half after the Phoenix entered the break up 44-38. CSUN took a 65-64 advantage after the eight-minute media timeout and even had a slim 76-72 lead with 3:27 remaining. Trading three-pointers during the final minutes, Kam Hankerson banged in the game-winner with 59 seconds remaining to help the Phoenix capture the victory. The final game of the Legends Classic sub-regional takes place tonight at the Kress Center beginning at 7 p.m, when the Phoenix battle Colgate. 

 

In other college action, Wisconsin struggled from behind the arc in its 62-52 loss to Richmond at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Nate Reuvers led the Badgers with 17 points while Kobe King pitched in another 10 points in the loss. The Badgers play New Mexico Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Girls basketball: Kewaunee hosts home game

The Kewaunee Storm once again find themselves as the only Packerland Conference team playing for keeps on Monday.

 

The Storm will play Menasha at home Monday night after defeating Denmark in their season opener 60-46. McKenzie Tlachac just missed out on a double-double against the Vikings, scoring 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the win. The Blue Jays are coming off a 47-41 loss last week to Winneconne. Alexa Yost leads the Blue Jays in points (12), rebounds (7), and assists (2) on the young season.

 

 

Boys basketball: Washington Island gets rare local action

It does not happen often, but Washington Island will get an opportunity to play against one of its fellow teams from the peninsula.

 

Down on the calendar as a scrimmage, the Bucks will help the Algoma Wolves get ready for their regular-season beginning at 6 p.m.  Luxemburg-Casco will travel for a series of scrimmages as well on Monday night, facing NEW Lutheran and host Kohler beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Packers can't keep up with Niners

The extra week of preparation did not mean much in the Green Bay Packers 37-8 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night.

 

The Packers were down from the very beginning after the Niners turned an Aaron Rodgers fumble into a two-yard touchdown for Tevin Coleman. The Niners would hit three field goals and score a touchdown on a slant pattern from Jimmy Garoppolo to Deebo Samuel before the Packers would find the scoreboard for the first time. That happened at the end of a lengthy drive where Davante Adams took a pitch from Rodgers for the score. The 49ers would score two more touchdowns, including one immediately after the Packers tally, to put the game away.

 

The Packers will hit the road against next weekend as they hit the East Coast to face the New York Giants in New Jersey on Sunday.

Green Bay plays first of two home tournament games

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team will not have to travel far for its next tournament games of the season.

 

After traveling to face New Mexico and Wisconsin in its first two matchups in the Legends Classic, the Phoenix host the subregional games at the Kress Events Center the next two nights. Colgate and California State University-Northridge played last night with the former winning 64-56. The Matatdors of CSUN will face the Phoenix tonight at 7 p.m. just a few days removed from its loss to the Badgers on Thursday. The Phoenix will take its crack at the Raiders at the same time on Tuesday.

 

Other college basketball action on Monday night includes the Badgers taking on the Richmond Spiders in New Jersey at 6 p.m. UW-Milwaukee loss to George Washington yesterday 66-63. 

Marquette men's basketball nearly upset

After splitting a pair of games against the Big Ten, Marquette men's basketball team expected to cruise against 1-6 Robert Morris University out of Pittsburgh. Saturday's game was anything but a cake walk. It was 20-19 at halftime in favor of the Colonials. The game featured 11 lead changes but Marquette was out front for most of the second half. At one point, they were up by 10. A three from Dante Treacy got Robert Morris within a basket with 30 seconds left but the Colonials couldn't complete the upset. 


The Golden Eagles were 24 point favorites according to the Vegas line. Their leading scorer was Sacar Anim with 14 points.

 

Wisconsin hockey rallies to salvage a tie

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team traveled to Minnesota this weekend where they lost Friday and tied on Saturday night. Coming into the series, Wisconsin was the significant favorite on paper and in the national rankings but rivalries don't tend to follow a script. 


Wisconsin was never in the first game of the series losing 4-1. Saturday saw three consecutive goals from Minnesota give the Golden Gophers a two-goal cushion after forty minutes of play. Tarek Baker's second goal of the year along with K'Andre Miller's 5th knotted it up with over 14 minutes to play in the third. That was the last scoring of the contest. Miller, a sophomore from Minnetonka and a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, had five goals in 26 games as a freshman.

 

UWGB womens basketball scores 100 again

For the second time in the young season, the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay women's basketball team has netted over 100 points. First, it was at Central Michigan where overtime had to decide a winner. Saturday was over early with a 102-46 victory against winless Chicago State. 

 

Green Bay had five players hit double figures, led by Caitlyn Hibner's 26. The Phoenix were on fire from the start. They shot 68 percent from the field in the first quarter.

 

The Phoenix improved to 3-2 overall and will be in Victoria, British Columbia for a Thanksgiving tournament. Their first round game is against Bowling Green Thursday at 1:00 PM. Thanksgiving in Canada was Monday, October 12th.

Badger football sets up showdown with Minnesota

The Wisconsin Badgers football team will play for a spot in the Big Ten Title Game next weekend when they end the regular season against rival Minnesota. The Badgers held Purdue to seven second half points Saturday in West Lafayette to pull away for a 45-24 victory. 


Quarterback Jack Coan completed over 75% of his passes with two touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Taylor was dynamic, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. In total, Taylor picked up 222 yards on the ground.


Minnesota is 7-1 in the conference and Wisconsin is 6-2. Whoever wins next weekend in Minneapolis gets Ohio State on Saturday, December 7th. While only the Buckeyes still have a shot at the College Football Playoff, the winner of the Big Ten West would be featured in a New Year's Six bowl game assuming they can spring an upset over Ohio State.

Xavier dominates Gibraltar girls basketball

The Gibraltar High School girls basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon against a resurgent Xavier squad out of Appleton. 


Xavier Athletic Director Kathy Bates received the State Award of Merit this past week for her efforts at the school and the girls basketball team has responded with two dominating performances. They beat Lourdes by 28 points before their 69-42 victory over Gibraltar.


The Vikings are 1-1 on the season. Their next game begins Packerland Conference play on Tuesday, December 3rd at Algoma.

 

Gibraltar girls basketball has Saturday matinee

Fresh off a thrilling season opener at home against Coleman, the Gibraltar High School girls basketball team returns to the court Saturday afternoon. The Vikings will host Xavier. In Gibraltar's opener, they were paced by Sage Krause who had 23 points in a 48-47 nailbiter. Krause averaged under six points per game a season ago. 


Xavier had a much easier time in their opener, defeating Lourdes Academy by 28 points. Xavier was under .500 last season but early returns are promising this campaign. Xavier had three players score in double figures Wednesday night, all of them from the junior and sophomore classes.

 

Southern Door girls basketball wins first game

The Southern Door High School girls basketball team picked up a win in the curtain jerker of the 2019-2020 season on Friday night. The final score saw Southern Door fly past Roncalli, 56-42.  The Jets are a proud program but finished in last place in the Eastern Wisconsin standings a year ago.  There were a couple of things that made the win stand out though. 


First, it was a road contest for a Southern Door team that has been practicing for roughly 10 days and has yet to get a chance to gel. Secondly, Roncalli has already had a regular season game, losing to Bonduel on Tuesday night. Practices and scrimmages can only prepare a team so much. Getting a game that counts under your belt before your opponent provides a distinct advantage. Southern Door's next game is Saturday at Little Chute before they get a game in Brussels.

 

Algoma girls basketball drops season opener

The Algoma High School girls basketball team lost their season opener at Wausaukee 40-29 on Friday night. It is an adage that is normally reserved for football about the defense being ahead of the offense early in the season but that played out in spades on the court Friday. Because of the 90-minute commute, the game began at 6 PM and there was no JV contest. Perhaps the deviations from what would be considered a normal schedule affected the offensive production for both teams. 


Algoma scored fewer than 29 points just once all of last season. Wausaukee's 40 points would have been tied for their third lowest total last season. The lack of offense was atypical for both squads. Practices began last Monday with Thanksgiving forcing a condensed schedule before the first game. Algoma does not take the court again until Saturday, November 30th.

 

Thanksgiving alters high school schedules

The Thanksgiving holiday will change the traditional high school sports schedule this week. You can expect to find a smattering of boys scrimmages through Monday with Washington Island versus Algoma on the court that night. As far as girls games go, Menasha is at Kewaunee on Monday at 7:30 PM. Tuesday has three area girls teams in action including Sturgeon Bay, Kewaunee, and Gibraltar. After that, no events of any kind are scheduled until Saturday.

UWGB women's basketball at Chicago State

Last Saturday will be remembered for a long time by the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay faithful as the team upset Missouri from the SEC Conference at home. A loss since, to Marquette, has refueled the fire for the Lady Phoenix and they look to get back on track this Saturday against a much lower-profile opponent. Green Bay tips off at 2 PM against the Chicago State Cougars. 


Chicago State is winless on the year and has been throttled by other mid-major programs. Oakland University, a fellow Horizon League member, beat the Cougars 98-70. Loyola topped them, 98-53.

 

Sturgeon Bay's Maas named state coach of the year

The Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association made sure the accomplishments of the Division 4 state champion Sturgeon Bay Clippers did not go unnoticed.

 

Despite not having any of his player named to the All-State squad, Clippers head coach Todd Maas earned his third state coach of the year award earlier this week. Maas also won the award in 2011 and 2017. The Clippers won the state championship earlier this month in a thrilling 2-1 victory over The Prairie School.

Girls basketball: Gibraltar wins, Southern Door and Algoma begins Friday night

The Gibraltar Vikings kicked off their season on a happy note while other area teams wait to get their first licks of the regular season.

 

On Thursday, Gibraltar earned a thrilling 48-47 win over Coleman while Sturgeon Bay lost at Shawano 49-40.

 

Friday night hoops features the season opener for Algoma and Southern Door. The Wolves make the long trip to Wausaukee to face the Rangers for a 6 p.m. tip while Southern Door heads out of town as well for a 7:15 p.m. matchup against Roncalli.

Local volleyball players sign NLI's

Two local volleyball players will continue to play the sport they love at the next level.

 

Sturgeon Bay volleyball standout Hailey DeGrave made it official Thursday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to play at Lakeland University. DeGrave is coming off a senior season where she earned second-team All-Packerland Conference honors as an all-around player. There is still plenty to go in DeGrave's high school career, who has competed in basketball and track in the past.

 

Heading a little further from home is Algoma senior setter Jacklyn Dean, who will play next year at Iowa Lakes Community College. Dean is coming off her third straight all-conference season and finished her high school career with over 1,400 assists.

 

 

 

 

Six Spartans nab all-NEC football honors

Six members of the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans were named to eight slots on the All-Northeastern Conference football teams this week.

 

Senior running back Reece Worachek and junior offensive lineman Blake Yagodinski earned first-team All-NEC honors. Junior lineman Kyle Kroll earned second-team recognition on the offensive side of the ball while being an honorable mention designee on defense. Junior linebacker Luke Brolin was named All-NEC honorable mention while Matt Cravillion earned the same distinction as a utility player and defensive back. 

L-C's Day leads NEC accolades

The accolades keep coming for the state champion Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team as the Northeastern Conference announced its end of season awards.

 

Senior setter Bekah Day earned NEC Player of the Year honors while also being placed on the first-team all-conference squad. Joining on the first team was senior middle blocker Holly Baierl. Second team all-conference honors went to junior opposite Hannah Derenne, and junior outside hitter Kenzie Hanson. Sophomore Grace Holschuh was given all-NEC honorable selection accolades.

 

 

Bucks knock off Blazers

The Milwaukee Bucks won their second game in as many nights Thursday, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 137-129.

 

Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points in the game with Giannis Antetokounmpo chipping in another 24 points as all five starters and a reserve once again reached the double-figure plateau. The Bucks were outscored in the second half by the Blazers, but were given enough to cushion to keep the lead thanks to a 37-27 opening frame.  

 

With a night off Friday, the Bucks are back in action Saturday night at the Fiserv Forum to host the Detroit Pistons.

Hot shooting leads to Badgers' rout of Phoenix

The Wisconsin Badgers hit 10 of its 15 three-pointers in the first half to cruise to an 88-70 victory over Green Bay.

 

Nathan Reuvers used his size advantage to lead the team in scoring with 19 points, while five other Badgers scored in double figures on the evening. The Phoenix was able to play a little looser in the second half with the game in hand for the Badgers, actually outscoring their hosts 41-27 in the frame. Freshman guard Amari Davis led all Phoenix players with 16 points while JayQuan McCloud chipped in another 13 in the loss.

 

The Badgers head to Brooklyn Monday to play Richmond while Green Bay hosts a subregional of a tournament Tuesday and Wednesday when they face California State-Northridge and Colgate on consecutive nights.

Girls basketball preview: Sturgeon Bay, Gibraltar get to work

Gibraltar and Sturgeon Bay girls basketball teams begin their regular seasons Thursday night.

 

The Vikings open their season at home against the Coleman Cougars. A regional finalist last season, the Vikings will have to replace two of its top three scorers after Payton Pluff graduated and as Karlee Kita recovers from an off-season injury. Abbi Sitte returns to build on last year's season when she averaged 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists a game. The Vikings host the Cougars at 7:30 p.m.

 

Sturgeon Bay will sail south to Shawano for a 7:15 p.m. tip. The Clippers all but three of its players from last year's 3-20 squad. Sarah Bridenhagen does return to the squad after leading the Clippers in scoring and rebounding last season.

Alumni spotlight: Former area football stars recognized

It is award season for some levels of college football and former players from the area are getting some well-deserved recognition.

 

St. Norbert College senior defensive lineman and former Southern Door football player Kordell Draves made his third straight All-Midwest Conference First Team, leading the Knights with 13 tackles for a loss along with collecting 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

 

Concordia St. Paul junior linebacker and former Luxemburg-Casco football player Dalton Smerchek earned All-Northern Sun Conference South Division Honorable Mention honors. Smerchek led the nation in Division II football with four fumble recoveries on the season along with 60 total tackles.

Bucks win shootout against Hawks

Defense was optional in the Milwaukee Bucks' 135-127 road win over the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night.

 

Both teams shot over 45 percent from the field with the Bucks shooting an even better 52 percent on the night. Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his hot scoring streak, once again eclipsing the 30 point plateau with 33 while collected 11 rebounds along the way. Eric Bledsoe added 28 points as all five starters scored in double figures. A close game at halftime, the Bucks once again had a big third quarter to provide some distance between them and the Hawks, outscoring the home team 38-22. De'Andre Hunter led the Hawks in scoring on the night, registering 27 points in the loss. The Bucks return home Thursday night to face Portland.

Phoenix, Badgers meet in Madison

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team will have a tough test Thursday night as they travel to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

The Phoenix is 1-23 against the flagship campus, including 0-20 in the state's capital. PJ Pipes has been impressive early this season, scoring 17 points in each of his last two games against UW-Stout and most recently against New Mexico. The Badgers are coming off a big win over fellow in-state rival Marquette on Sunday.

 

The game's tip-off is 8 p.m.

Gun season begins Saturday

Hunters are eagerly looking forward to Saturday morning when they can head to their deer stands with their gun for the first time in a year.

 

Youth gun, archery, crossbow hunters in Door and Kewaunee Counties have already harvested close to 2,000 deer this fall with the gun season running nine days from November 23rd to December 1st. Muzzleloader gun season runs December 2nd-11th before some zones have a four-day antlerless deer season beginning December 12th.

 

The radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com will host three Deer Hunter's Round-up shows next week, beginning next Wednesday at CJ's Bar and Grill in Idlewild. You can also send pictures of your deer to news@doorcountydailynews.com and we'll post them on our buck board at DoorCountyDailyNews.com and our Facebook page.

Kewaunee girls basketball opens season with win

Practices began last Monday for winter sports with a scrimmage this past Saturday and the first regular season game Tuesday night for Kewaunee High School's girls basketball team. That condensed schedule was not an issue for the Storm. They were the only area team in action, picking up a victory against Denmark on the road. The Storm won, 60-46.


Denmark was led by Abby Maricque who scored 21 points on 9-15 shooting. Maricque's performance helped the Denmark team overall to shoot 47 percent from the field. That made this year's game a lot closer than the opener to the 2018-19 season which saw Kewaunee dispatch the Vikings easily, 73-39. 


Kewaunee's next game is Monday night at home against Menasha.

 

Boys basketball scrimmages begin Friday

Like last week, a Gibraltar High School basketball team kicks off the 2019-2020 season. This time, it is the boys team traveling to Hilbert for a Friday matinee scrimmage in a three-way contest with Green Bay West High School added to the mix. 


On Saturday morning Kewaunee is at Sheboygan Lutheran along with Lourdes Academy. Sheboygan Lutheran won the Division 5 state title last season. Lourdes Academy was runner-up in Division 4. Southern Door is at Kaukauna along with Packerland foe Oconto and a host of other teams. Kaukauna was the 2018 state champion in Division 2. Area teams will know early on how they stack up with the best from across the state.

Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Wednesday

The Milwaukee Bucks road trip finally comes to an end on Wednesday night in Atlanta. If it seems like the Bucks have been on the road a lot...they have. Just one home game since November 2nd, a grueling stretch. Lots of positive signs though with the team faring well away from the Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee has lost only once this month and is 10-3 on the year, a game back of Boston for best record in the Eastern Conference.


Milwaukee boasts the 2nd-best offense in the NBA, scoring over 118 points per game. Atlanta scores 106 by comparison and is giving up 115 which is a quick summary of why the Hawks are 4-9 on the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo, fresh off a 33-point effort against Chicago, has to be licking his chops when evaluating Atlanta's porous defense. Milwaukee's D was shaky early on but they now rank 13th in the league in points allowed, vaulting into the top half of the NBA. Milwaukee has given up 83 and 101 points, respectively, in their past two games.

 

Marquette stifles UWGB women's basketball

Coming on the heels of a huge home upset this weekend, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's women's basketball team came out flat Tuesday night. The Phoenix managed only five first quarter points. The output was a marginally better 16 at halftime. For the game, Green Bay shot just 38 percent from the field while allowing Marquette to have eight steals. The Phoenix also shot a paltry 25 percent from the free throw line. It was a breakdown in all facets of the offensive game.


The Phoenix defense wasn't shabby, perhaps their most complete effort of the year, but they still fell, 60-47. guard Frankie Wurtz led the team with 13 points. Green Bay is now 2-2 on the year and take the court again on Saturday.

 

Kewaunee seniors prepare for season opener against Denmark

The Kewaunee girls basketball team brings back a lot of familiar faces as they open their 2019-2020 season on the road this evening in Denmark.

 

The Storm roster boasts six seniors from last year's squad that went 23-2 and won the Packerland Conference last year. Sara Dax, an All-Packerland Conference player last year, is the only missing player from that team that won 13 games in a row for head coach Lynn Geier before falling to Kiel in the sectional semi-final. In her place, Mackenzie Tlachac returns as the team's leading scorer, rebounder, and assist maker. 

 

The Storm plays the Vikings beginning at 7 p.m. for the only local action this evening.

Kewaunee trio named All-State

Two players from the Kewaunee Storm earned some extra recognition Monday as the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association named its All-State teams.

 

Offensive lineman and University of Wisconsin recruit  Tanor Bortolini earned first-team honors while teammates Owen Kudick (offensive back) and Max Hanrahan (punter) received honorable mention honors. Bortolini also received an All-State honorable mention nod for his work on the defensive line.  

Wrestling teams get underway

Wrestling teams across the peninsula got underway Monday with its first practice of the season.

 

Kewaunee, Southern Door, and Luxemburg-Casco sent plenty of wrestlers to Madison last year for the individual state tournament, with several earning podium finishes. The Storm and Spartans are also looking to get past the team sectional round after falling just shy of a date at the UW Fieldhouse last season.  Below are the first meets of each respective team.

 

Kewaunee: 12/3 vs. Green Bay United

Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol: 12/7 at Kimberly Invitational

Southern Door: 12/7 at Stratford Tournament

Luxemburg-Casco: 12/5 vs. Denmark

 

Bucks outlast Bulls in victory

A 17-2 game-ending run led to the Milwaukee Bucks to its second win over the Chicago Bulls in a week, winning 115-101.

 

Despite being foul trouble early, Giannis Antetokounmpo was still able to get his eighth game scoring 30 points or more, registering 33 along with 10 rebounds. Brook Lopez had a great game as well, scoring 11 of his 19 points in the pivotal fourth quarter that saw the host Bulls get within one point near the halfway point of the period. Bulls rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford both reached double figures in scoring in the loss.

 

The Bucks will play one more game on the road Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks before playing three straight at home at the friendly Fiserv Forum.

Phoenix women host Marquette Tuesday

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team look to make it two in a row against major-conference foes when in-state rival Marquette comes to Kress Events Center Tuesday night.

 

The Phoenix is coming off a 72-64 victory over SEC foe Missouri while the Golden Eagles lost its last game in overtime to a scrappy Northwestern 64-56.  Green Bay hopes its home court continues to be a factor in its matchup against Marquette, going 18-2 in games against their fellow Badger State foe in Titletown. 

 

Tuesday's game tips off at 7 p.m.

Boys basketball begin practice Monday, scrimmage this weekend

Area boys basketball teams will not waste any time getting in front of different colored jerseys as their practices begin Monday.

 

Gibraltar will be joined by Green Bay West as they scrimmage against Hilbert on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. At 9 a.m. Saturday Kewaunee will begin its slate of scrimmages against Oshkosh's Lourdes Academy and Sheboygan while Southern Door will do the same against Little Chute, Marshfield, Merrill, Oconto, and Kaukauna. Sturgeon Bay and Luxemburg-Casco will get its first work against each other on November 25th as well as NEW Lutheran and Kohler. 

 

The first varsity boys basketball games will be November 26th.

Girls basketball games begin this week

While wrestlers and boys basketball teams start to get their bearings Monday, the girls are all ready to hit the hardwood.

 

Kewaunee hits the ground running beginning on Tuesday when it faces Denmark on the road at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Sturgeon Bay travels to Shawano Community for a 7:15 p.m. tip while Gibraltar plays host to Coleman at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Algoma makes the long trip to Wausaukee for a 7 p.m. tip and Southern Door hits the road to face Roncalli for a 7:15 p.m. game. Gibraltar even sneaks in a non-conference game against Xavier Saturday at home before Luxemburg-Casco (11/26 vs. Wrightstown) and Sevastopol (11/30 at Two Rivers) open their regular seasons.

Southern Door's LeCaptain gets playing time

Kickoff returns for the Minnesota Golden Gophers held a little more excitement for Door County football fans on Saturday.

 

Joining the team as a preferred walk-on, LeCaptain earned playing time over the weekend as a special teams player during Minnesota's 23-19 loss. LeCaptain did not come up on the stat sheet, but made some important blocks in the kickoff return game. It was the first time LeCaptain played in a Big Ten road game this season and could have another opportunity this weekend when Minnesota travels to Evanston, Ill. to face Northwestern.

All-State football teams to be announced today

Nine local players could be added to All-State teams later today as the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association announces their picks.

 

Kewaunee's Tanor Bortolini, Owen Kudick, Ryan Carmichael and Max Hanrahan, Southern Door's Nick Baudhuin and Tyler Kroll, Gibraltar's Luke Steebs and Alex Laughlin, and Sevastopol's Spencer Evenson earned All-Region nods last week at their respective positions. The announcement comes ahead of this weekend's state championship games at Camp Randall Stadium for 11-man football and after Luck captured the eight-man crown over the weekend. 

Hunters ramping up for gun season

Before the gun season begins this weekend, hunters in Door and Kewaunee Counties continue to have success harvesting deer.

 

As of last week, 322 deer in Door County and 284 in Kewaunee County were harvested in the archery segment. Approximately the same number of bucks have been in killed in each county with 149 being harvested in Door County and 148 in Kewaunee County. 

 

With a crossbow, 532 have been harvested in Door County and 392 in Kewaunee County. Bucks harvests with a crossbow in Door County is exceeding Kewaunee County by a 275-202 margin. 

 

The gun season begins on Saturday and the radio stations of DoorCountyDailyNews.com will recap the action on 104.1 WRLU on select nights of the 2019 hunting season during our Deer Hunter's Round-Up show. A complete schedule will be posted later this week.

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

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

 

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

 

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

Practices begin Monday for other winter sports

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

 

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

 

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

Bucks outpace Pacers

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

 

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

Phoenix cruise past Mizzou

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

 

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

 

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

Badgers stay alive in division race

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

 

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

 

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

Girls basketball scrimmages Saturday

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


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

Luxemburg Speedway promoter exits

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


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

 

 

 

UWGB women's basketball hosts premier opponent

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


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


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

 

Wisconsin football at Nebraska

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


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


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

 

Milwaukee Bucks back on the road

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


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

 

Former Pioneer makes B1G List

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

 

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

 

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

L-C hosts final camp before season starts

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

 

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

 

 

Bucks' Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe key win against Bulls

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

 

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


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

Gibraltar opens winter sports season with basketball scrimmage

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

 

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

 

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

Brewers' Yelich second in MVP voting

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

 

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

L-C's Worachek to continue wrestling career

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

 

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

 

 

Southern Door's Aune follows path to Minnesota

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

 

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

 

Photo courtesy of Southern Door School District Facebook page

 

Nine make all-region football teams

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

 

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

 

Region 2 Small

OL/DL: Tanor Bortolini, Kewaunee

RB: Owen Kudick, Kewaunee

QB: Ryan Carmichael, Kewaunee

P: Max Hanrahan, Kewaunee

RB: Nick Baudhuin, Southern Door

DB: Tyler Kroll, Southern Door

 

Eight-player

QB: Luke Steebs, Gibraltar

WR: Alex Laughlin, Gibraltar

DB: Spencer Evenson, Sevastopol

 

Green Bay drops game against New Mexico

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

 

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

 

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

Badgers breeze past McNeese State

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

 

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

 

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

Early cold raises hopes for winter season

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

UWGB men at New Mexico

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

 

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

Wisconsin hosts McNeese State

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


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

 

All-State honors handed out in volleyball

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


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

 

Girls basketball begins this week

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


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

 

High school wrestling waits for season to start

It is almost time for local wrestling teams to get on the mats after the offseason tournament season concluded in Wisconsin. Practices can officially begin next Monday while meets and tournaments get underway in early September. 

 

Kewaunee cracks the season open the earliest, facing Green Bay United (East, West, and Southwest) for a dual on December 3rd before traveling to a tournament on December 6th at Kimberly, which also will feature Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol. Luxemburg-Casco will start a new streak of appearances at team state beginning with a busy opening weekend, facing Denmark on December 5th before hosting Bay Port, Green Bay Preble, Oshkosh West, Port Washington, and Sheboygan Falls on December 7th. Southern Door will face Barron Area Schools, DC Everest,
host Stratford, Wautoma, and Wild Rose on December 7th.

Luxemburg Speedway honors drivers Friday

Promoters of Luxemburg Speedway will focus on the accomplishments of its drivers Friday during its awards banquet.

 

The annual event this year will take place at Wally's Spot in Green Bay and will honor the following drivers:

 

MIGHTY 4’S
5S  CALVIN STUECK
21LM MISSY CLARK
133 DALLAS TOPEL
28D JASON DONDLINGER
17W BRAIN WATZKA

 

STREET STOCKS:
27F TONY FLETCHER
40D DAVE DEGRAVE
9 MARCUS MOEDE
46N CHAD NAZE
18Z TRAVIS ZERBIL
32T BECCA THIRY

 

SPORT MODS
9 MACKENZIE SIMONAR
6E VINCE ENEBREGTSEN
41D TROY DEGRAVE
X CHRIS BUDZBAN
14R CODY RASS
0K BRANDON KAYE

 

STOCK CARS
0F PATRICK FARLEY JR
88 MIKE COEL
10S ROD SNELLENBERGER
99KK DEREK MOEDE
40B TOM BRUMLIC
57H JOHN HEINZ

 

MODS
88L JOSH LONG
24G GREG GRETZ
20T BRAD THEYS
90K SHAWN KILGORE
95B JEFF BODENDORFER

 

Reservations are required for this event, so people interested in attending need to contact the promoters from Skyhigh Entertainment to grab an open spot if space is available.

 

 

Local schools celebrate successful seasons

With seasons in the rearview mirror, area schools are honoring their achievements in the coming days with fall sports banquets and award ceremonies.

 

One example is Gibraltar, which will hold a special recognition event on Wednesday morning. Under the direction of Adviser Ashley Knudson, members Varsity Letter Club sort out certificates and organize the pins, numerals, and letters ready for the deserving athletes. Similar events are held at each school at the conclusion of a given season. 

 

Photo credit by Denise Stillman

Girls basketball prepare for scrimmages

Practices may have just started on Monday, but the area's girls basketball teams will start working against other squads as soon as this weekend.

 

Gibraltar will take to the road Friday evening to scrimmage against Green Bay Southwest beginning at 5:45. Other teams will get their extra work in on Saturday with Luxemburg-Casco traveling to Algoma for an 11 a.m. tip and Southern Door traveling south to scrimmage host Two Rivers, Green Bay East, and North Fond du Lac beginning at 9 a.m. Kewaunee will host a 10 a.m. scrimmage against Manitowoc Lutheran.

 

Kewaunee will kick off the regular season for local teams with a game at Denmark on November 19th at 7 p.m.

 

Broomball signup in Sister Bay on Saturday

You can start practicing your broomball and ice skating skills for the upcoming season in Sister Bay.

 

The Sister Bay Ice Rink is hosting a kick off celebration on Saturday (11/16) ahead of the winter season. Running from 4-8 p.m., the event will feature live music, food, games and more with proceeds benefitting the Sister Bay Ice Rink. The kickoff also acts as one of the first chances for broomball sign-up as it looks for more players and teams.

Hunting season off to good start

With the start of the gun season just about two weeks away, hunters are already having some good success hunting in Door and Kewaunee Counties. 

 

In Door County, hunters have harvested 754 deer during the crossbow, archery, and youth gun hunt seasons. Over 320 of those deer harvested were registered as bucks.

 

Kewaunee County had smaller numbers to report, harvesting 601 deer across the three segments, including 278 harvested bucks.

 

Archery and crossbow hunting seasons continue into January. The gun deer season runs from November 23rd to December 1st.

 

Bucks edge Thunder

The Milwaukee Bucks' big third quarter was enough to hold off an Oklahoma City Thunder fourth-quarter rally to escape the capital city with a 121-119 victory.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start in the first half to put up 24 of his team-high 35 points in the final two quarters. Eric Bledsoe added valuable scoring support with 25 points of his own. Tied at halftime, the Bucks outscored their hosts 37-24, only to have the tables turned in the final stanza with the Thunder outgunning them 39-34. Dennis Schroder led Thunder off the bench with 25 points while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added another 22 points in the loss.

 

The Bucks will return home this Thursday night to face the Chicago Bulls.

 

 

Packers outlast Panthers

A goal-line stand in the final seconds secured the Green Bay Packers' 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday evening.

 

After the Panthers struck first on a Kyle Allen touchdown pass, Aaron Jones scored the first of his three touchdowns on the day from five yards out to give the Packers a 7-3 first-quarter lead.  With the Packers up 14-10 entering the second half, Aaron Jones scored his third touchdown in the opening minutes of the third quarter for what proved to be important points for the Packers. Christian McCaffrey scored a touchdown to open the fourth quarter but was stopped at the goal-line in the game's final moments to preserve the victory for the Packers.

 

Now at 8-2 and in first place in NFC North, the Packers will have the week off before playing again November 24th at San Francisco. 

Local high school sports get layoff

Local high school athletes will get a little bit of time to rest up before the winter season gets underway.

 

State tournament finals for Sturgeon Bay soccer and Luxemburg-Casco along with sectionals for the Door County United swim team this weekend ended what was a successful fall season for area sports teams. In football, Gibraltar and Kewaunee were able to post playoff victories while Sevastopol's Olivia Stenzel placed in the top 60 at the WIAA Division 3 State Cross Country meet. Sturgeon Bay won its second state soccer title while Luxemburg-Casco was crowned state champions in volleyball for a school first.

 

Practices will begin over the coming weeks with girls basketball starting Monday and boys swimming, boys basketball, wrestling,  beginning November 18th.

Phoenix men back in action Wednesday

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team hopes to build on its offensive outburst Saturday night when it plays New Mexico on Wednesday.

 

The Phoenix set a Division 1 program record on Saturday, scoring 115 points in its win over Division 3 UW-Stout. It will need all of that offense along with some stops to slow down a Lobos team averaging in over 90 points in its pair of wins early in the season. The Phoenix and the Lobos will battle in Albuquerque at 8 p.m.

 

The Phoenix women will not play until it hosts Missouri at the Kress Events Center. They are looking to rebound from their loss to South Dakota on Saturday. 

Milwaukee Bucks at OKC Sunday

The Milwaukee Bucks will try to bounce back on Sunday after a last-second loss ended the team's four-game winning streak last time out in Utah. Milwaukee will face the Oklahoma City Thunder who come into the game struggling. OKC is under .500 and 10th in the Western Conference. The Thunder played last night and will be on the second game of a back-to-back so there is no advantage for them facing a Bucks team that is winding down a west coast trip.


The Thunder have a new look this year with significant personnel changes in the offseason. Gone is Russell Westbrook and in is point guard Chris Paul. Paul is averaging a respectable 16 points and five assists per game. The Thunder's leading scoring is shooting guaard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Milwaukee should have a significant advantage in the front court.

UWGB basketball results from Saturday

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay women's basketball team dropped their home opener Saturday afternoon against South Dakota State. After the Lady Phoenix put up over 110 points to open the season, the offense was ice cold in the first half against the Coyotes. Amazingly enough, Green Bay led at halftime managing only 24 points in the first two quarters. The offensive sluggishness cropped up again in the fourth quarter though with GB scoreless in the first 5:22 of the frame. South Dakota State pulled away. Senior guard Frankie Wirtz led the Phoenix with 24 points.

 

For the second straight year, the UWGB men cruised past UW-Stout. This year's contest was closer but that isn't to say it was close. The Phoenix won 115-64. The bench got a lot of action in Saturday's game and the scoring was spread around. Seven players put up double figures for Green Bay. The team shot over 50 percent from the field.

Door County United races in Neenah

The WIAA held Division 1 girls swimming and diving sectionals in Neenah on Saturday featuring Door County United and 13 other teams. As a team, DCU finished in 13th place collecting 72 points across 12 events. The team's best individual performance was from senior Kailee Moe in the 50-yard freestyle. Moe raced through the water in 25.97 seconds, good for seventh place in a field of 38 swimmers.


The full results: https://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Results/Swim_Girls/2019/Neenah.htm?ver=2019-11-05-135605-240

Luxemburg-Casco captures state volleyball title on 96.7 WBDK

Luxemburg-Casco fought off a furious rally by McFarland in the third set to capture its first-ever state volleyball title at the Resch Center Saturday afternoon.

 

Finding themselves down early in the first set 8-2, Luxemburg-Casco was able to regroup and took control late to win 25-21, capturing seven of the final 10 points.

 

Luxemburg-Casco made McFarland dig out of 13-6  hole, but never let them get within striking distance in the second game, winning 25-17.

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Championships are not meant to be easy and Luxemburg-Casco found that out in the third game. McFarland got out to a 13-7 lead before head coach Jeff Frey called his first time-out to stem the tide. It worked as Luxemburg-Casco captured five of the next seven points before McFarland showed a burst of its own, forcing Frey to call another timeout. Luxemburg-Casco would score 11 of the final 15 points to clinch the title.

 

Hannah Derenne showed nice touch in many of her team-leading 14 kills while Grace Holschuh added another 11. Bekah Day registered 39 assists in her final match for Luxemburg-Casco while Alli Routhieaux led the team in digs with 13. A relatively even game statistically between the two teams, Luxemburg-Casco outpaced top-seeded McFarland in kills 45-27.

 

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(photos courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

 

 

 

Kings of the pitch

The Sturgeon Bay High School boys soccer team won the Division 4 State Championship Saturday afternoon at the Kohler Engines Stadium located within the Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The Clippers scored in the second overtime period to defeat The Prairie School, 2-1. Overtime in soccer is not sudden death so Sturgeon Bay had to hold on for another two minutes after the go-ahead goal to secure their second State Title in school history. 


The Prairie School took the lead in the 28th minute thanks to a goal from Max Yde, his 19th of the season. Nicholas Hawkins got the assist thanks to a superb near-side cross that Yde was able to head in past Clipper goalie Joe Wind.


Sturgeon Bay's Eli Dietzel answered in the 41st minute. Dietzel was kept in check by the Hawks for the most part. He had just one shot the entire game but he made it count to get his 32nd tally of the season. Dietzel's goal came off of a corner kick situation. 


Late in the second half Nicholas Hawkins was shown the gate after a red card. The Hawks were put in a tough situation playing one man down into overtime. Sturgeon Bay bided their time until Carson Dvorak finally put one home in the 108th minute to notch the Clippers the golden ball.

UWGB mens and womens basketball teams play

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay men's and women's basketball teams are both in action on Saturday. For the men, they have an easier matchup for their home opener than the trip they made to Purdue to open up the campaign. The Phoenix clash with UW - Stout, a team they defeated 112-46 a year ago.


The Phoenix women are also home for matinee play against the South Dakota Coyotes. The ladies opened up the year on the road at Central Michigan with a thrilling double-overtime affair, pulling out the win 111-105. South Dakota nipped Northeastern in Boston on Tuesday, 80-76.

 
Both games will happen at the Kress Center with the women tipping off at 1 PM followed by the guys at 6 PM.

Wisconsin mens basketball picks up first win

It was a workmanlike effort for the University of Wisconsin mens basketball team on Friday night in Madison. The Badgers were stingy again on defense, giving up less than 55 in regulation for the second straight game. This time, they were able to score enough to pick up a comfortable victory over Eastern Illinois, 65-52.

 

Wisconsin held a decisive rebounding edge as expected, 42-35. The team's leading scorer was Guard Kobe King with 18, but it was the front court who starred Friday. Forwards Nate Reuvers and Aleem Ford both netted double digits. The difference in the game was Wisconsin's ability to get to the charity stripe. The Badgers had 20 free throws in the contest compared to the Panthers 3. Wisconsin also shot 83% from the line.

Milwaukee Bucks win streak ends

The Milwaukee Bucks clawed back late in the second half on Friday night only to allow a Bojan Bogdonvic buzzer-beating three from the corner to snap their win streak. 


The Bucks got off to a sluggish start. They failed to score 20 points in the first or second quarter and trailed 55-35 at halftime. Grit brought the Bucks back but it never turned into a sterling offensive performance. Milwaukee shot 35.8 percent from the floor and just under 28 percent behind the arc. 


The bench was almost nonexistent, contributing only 14 points. Milwaukee and Utah have identical 6-3 records on the season.

 

Clippers face familiar opponent in State Final on 103.3 FM

Sturgeon Bay will face the Prairie School Hawks in Saturday's Division four State Final soccer match. The Clippers faced off against the Hawks in their second game of the season with the final score ending in a three-three tie. Both teams made easy work of their semi-final games on Thursday with Sturgeon Bay defeating Northland Pines, 5-1, and Prairie School easily handling Lake Mills, 8-0. Coach of the Clippers, Todd Maas notes that players have been hoping for a rematch since the beginning of the season and they knew that they would have to make it to the state tournament to make that happen. 

 

Coverage of the Division 4 State Championship between the Sturgeon Bay Clippers and the Prairie School Hawks starts tomorrow with the pregame at 10:30 a.m. and kick off at 11 a.m. on 103.3 The Clipper and can also be streamed from newradiosports.com. 

Spartans volleyball sweeps Wisconsin Lutheran, plays McFarland for title Saturday

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans girls volleyball team came out fast and beat the Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings 3 sets to none on Friday afternoon in a Division 2 State Semi-Final at the Resch Center in Green Bay.  The Spartans jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first set and cruised to a 25-15 win.  Set two saw the Spartans control most of the game and led from start to finish to win 25-22.  The final set was a see-saw affair which saw the Vikings take a three point lead only to have the Spartans come back and prevail 25-23.  The Spartans will now take on the McFarland Spartans Saturday at 2:30 pm in the state championship match.  Tyler Thrune and Tim Kowols will have the call on 96.7 FM WBDK with the pregame starting at 2 pm.  The broadcast will also be streamed on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.

 

(photos courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

 

 

 

 

 

Bucks in Utah Friday night

The Milwaukee Bucks have found early season momentum, much of it on the road, the past week. Milwaukee has won four straight dating back to Friday, November 1st and they are at Utah tonight. Three of those wins have been by double digits. The Bucks will need to utilize their bench due to Utah's elevation. The thin air in the middle of a west coast swing has gotten the better of a lot of teams. 


The Bucks have been balanced offensively during their winning streak. In Wednesday's win over the LA Clippers George Hill added 24 points off the bench with Kyle Korver chipping in 14. Giannis Antetokounmpo grabs the headlines but the role players could decide if the winning streak hits five.

 

Luxemburg-Casco set for huge following Friday

Luxemburg-Casco School District has committed to an early release for students Friday. Class schedules have been adjusted along with lunch so that all district schools can end by 12:30 PM. The High School office has been selling tickets since Tuesday with hours extended until 5 PM yesterday due to demand. At some points, they had run out of supply and were forced to request more. As of 24 hours ago, over 700 tickets had been purchased. 


The matchup is at the Resch Center in Green Bay, a multi-purpose arena with seating of approximately 9,900. The WIAA is running a contest called Rush to the Resch which gives $1,000 to the school in each division which sells the most presale tickets. Early returns give L-C a great chance at taking home the check for Division 2. For those looking to purchase tickets to the State Title matches on Saturday, that must be done separately.

Wisconsin basketball looks for first win

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team is trying for its first win of the season Friday night at home. On Tuesday, the Badgers dropped their season opener by two points in overtime against (20) Saint Mary's. The Badgers are a young team again on the hardwood, just one senior, which means a sluggish start would not be a surprise. 


Friday's game is against the Eastern Illinois Panthers though. The Panthers were 14-18 overall a year ago and are tabbed to finish sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference. Eastern Illinois enters the game 0-1 on the season falling Tuesday at Texas Tech 85-60. Eastern Illinois runs four guards on the court at a time giving Wisconsin a distinct size advantage. Wisconsin shot a respectable 42.3 percent in their opening contest. If the Badgers can shoot like that Friday and pick up a high-percentage bucket or two off of an offensive rebound, a high-scoring night might be in store.

 

Spartans volleyball faces Wisconsin Lutheran in state semis on WBDK Friday

The Luxemburg-Casco girls volleyball team will battle Wisconsin Lutheran Friday afternoon at the Resch Center in Green Bay at the WIAA Division 2 state semi-finals.  The Spartans (33-13) earned their second trip to state in three years with a victory over Xavier in the sectional finals last Saturday.  Wisconsin Lutheran (37-14) knocked off top-seeded Mosinee in five games to qualify for the state semi-finals.  The winner of Friday’s match will face the winner of McFarland and Bloomer on Saturday at 2:30 pm for the state championship.  Friday’s broadcast on WBDK 96.7 FM will begin at 1:30 with the pregame and first serve at 2 pm.   Tyler Thrune and Paul Schmitt will have the call in a match that will also be streamed on DoorKewauneeCountyHighSchoolSports.com.

 

(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Clippers defeat Northland Pines 5-1 on 103.3 FM

After falling behind early, the Sturgeon Bay Clippers rolled to a 5-1 victory over Northland Pines in Milwaukee in a Division 4 state soccer semi-final.   After an own goal, Clipper Addison Benzinger scored the first goal for the Clippers at the 29:10 mark of the first half.   Carson Dvorak then added a goal late in the first half to give the Clippers the lead for good.  Sturgeon Bay added a goal by DJ Lenius and two by Spencer Hubbard In the second half to put Northland Pines away.   The Clippers will now play #1 Prairie School in the state championship on Saturday at  11am.  Prematch will start at 10:30 am on 103.3 FM The Clipper with Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin on the call from Milwaukee’s KOHLER Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park.  

 

Heat sheets out for swimming sectional

It is advance or stay home time for the Door County United swim team.

 

In the Division 1 sectional hosted by Neenah, the cooperative squad will have 21 entries when they take to the pool this weekend. The team's relays are consistently in the top-10 times in the 14-squad sectional. Senior Kailee Moe is the highest-ranked swimmer on the team, placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle and ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

 

Swimming events take place on Saturday. Click here to see the heat sheets.

Gibraltar, Sevastopol combine for 17 All-Conference nods

There were plenty of local ties during the announcement of MONLPC-8 Football All-Conference teams earlier this week.

 

Players from Gibraltar and Sevastopol earned a combined 17 nods to the team's honoring the best of the best. Gibraltar's Alex Laughlin earned four such spots, earning first-team offense designation as an end, second-team offense honors as a kicker, and second-team defense recognition as a linebacker and punter. Arthur Horcevar led the way for Sevastopol with three spots, earning first-team defense honors as a punter and second-team recognition for his work on the offensive and defensive lines.

 

Below is the local listing of All-Conference honors in the MONLPC-8

 

1st Team Offense
Quarterback- Luke Steebs, Gibraltar
End- Alex Laughlin, Gibraltar
Offensive Linemen- Connor Duffy, Gibraltar
 

1st Team Defense
Defensive Backs- Spencer Evenson, Sevastopol
Punter- Arthur Hocevar, Sevastopol

 

2nd Team Offense
Gibraltar- Alex Laughlin (kicker)
Sevastopol- Spencer Evenson (RB) Logan Beyer (OL) Arthur Hocevar (OL)

 

2nd Team Defense
Gibraltar- Connor Duffy (LB) Alex Laughlin (LB/Punter) Brandon Stillman (LB)
Sevastopol- Arthur Hocevar (DL)

 

Honorable Mention
Gibraltar- Brandon Stillman (RB) Spencer Krause (DB) Luke Steebs (DL)
Sevastopol- Tristan Beauchamp (LB)

Bucks nip Clips

The Milwaukee Bucks won a big statement game Wednesday night, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers on the road 129-124.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his double-double streak, scoring a game-high 38 points while collecting 16 rebounds. His 13 points in the fourth quarter staved off a furious fourth-quarter rally for Kawai Leonard-less Clippers. The Bucks' George Hill was also huge, drilling six three-pointers on his way to scoring 24 points as Milwaukee's bench outscored Los Angeles' 47-20. Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams each scored 34 points for the Clippers in the losing effort.

 

The Bucks visit the Utah Jazz for their next game on their four-game Western Conference road trip on Friday night.

Phoenix men fall, women rise in season debut

Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams split their Wednesday night matchups during the opening week of the college basketball season.

 

The Phoenix men dropped their game at #23 Purdue 79-57. Three players scored in double figures for the Phoenix, led by Kameron Hankerson's 14 points. The Phoenix was able to get their deficit to under double figures in the second half, but were ultimately outgunned and undersized against the Boilermakers, a 2019 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight participant. Jahaad Proctor led the way for the Boilermakers. They return home this Saturday to face UW-Stout at 6 p.m. at the Kress Events Center.

 

The Phoenix women needed two overtimes to dispatch Central Michigan 111-105 on the road.  Down by as many as 14 points, the Phoenix clawed back to outscore the host Chippewas 22-13 in the third quarter. After playing an even first overtime, the Phoenix outscored the Chippewas to 11-5 in the final stanza to get the win. Karly Murphy scored 30 points in the season opener while Algoma's Anna Dier made several big baskets in the overtime periods on her way to a 10-point night. The Phoenix also return home to the Kress Events Center Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt against South Dakota.

Sturgeon Bay battles Northland Pines in state semis on 103.3 The Clipper

The Sturgeon Bay soccer team looks to clinch its third berth in the state final since 2015 when it meets Northland Pines Thursday afternoon on 103.3 The Clipper. Both teams come in to the state semifinal game with impressive offensive returns during the tournament with Northland Pines outscoring its opponents 18-4 and Sturgeon Bay doing the same by a 24-3 margin. Clippers head coach Todd Maas says the team needs to play more relaxed and stay focused if it wants to advance to Saturday's match against either The Prairie School or Lake Mills.

 

 

Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call from Milwaukee's KOHLER Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the prematch show followed by the opening kick at 1:30 p.m. on 103.3 The Clipper.

 

 

'It's All About the Athletes' for Algoma High School's Yaeger

For Algoma High School Athletic Trainer Kim Yaeger, there’s no such thing as a typical day – and that’s the way she likes it. 
For more than a decade now, Yaeger has made her work home (one of them, anyway) in the high school’s athletic training room. She’s there for everything from taping to addressing acute issues, coming up with practice plans and covering home athletic events. No two athletes and no two days are alike. 
“I never know what will walk into my athletic training room on a daily basis,” Yaeger said. “I love working with high school athletes because they are a very motivated group. And they’re a fun group to work with! You never know what they are going to do or say. It keeps me on my toes and I like to think it helps to keep me young.”
Yaeger initially considered physical therapy but ultimately discovered it wasn’t the right career path for her. She remained interested in the medical profession and she enjoyed watching sports, so athletic training seemed like a natural next step. 
She’s also a people person. Hands down, working with people is the best part of Yaeger’s job, she said.
“I get to work with a very diverse group of people,” she said. “Whether it’s working with the doctors, my coworkers, school administration or the athletes at school, everyone brings something different to my day. So definitely, my interaction with people is the best part.”
When she’s not at the high school, Yaeger coordinates pre-participation exams for athletes at various Bellin Health clinics. It keeps her plenty busy, but not so busy that she doesn’t find time to have fun traveling and, in the summer, watching her dad race stock cars. She’s also a music lover who attends as many concerts and live music events as she can, totaling about 50 each year.
Asked how it feels to make a difference in the lives of the students she works with, Yaeger pauses, then offers an unassuming answer.
“I guess it feels pretty good,” she says. “I don’t necessarily think in those terms – I’m just doing my job the best I can, whether that is helping an athlete with an injury or just listening to them on a good or bad day. It’s all about the athletes.” 

 

Mackey Arena tough place to play for UWGB

When the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men's basketball team tips off the season Wednesday, one of their toughest challenges will come from the stands. The Phoenix open in West Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue University at 6 PM. In 2018-19, Purdue was undefeated at home and the Boilermakers set an attendance record. Purdue averaged 14,467 fans, filling Mackey Arena to 98 percent of capacity on the season. 


Mackey Arena is 50 years old, no frills, and compact. It gets loud there. ESPN has ranked it as the fourth-best home court advantage in the country in recent years and the most hostile environment in the Big Ten Conference. Drawing those conditions for the season opener is understandably tough for UWGB. How the Phoenix react, whether they can keep their poise, may determine if they can spring the upset.

 

Championship action broadcast this week

Luxemburg-Casco girls volleyball and Sturgeon Bay boys soccer have made it to the state semifinals in their respective sports. You can hear their run for the title at doorcountydailynews.com and newradiosports.com as well as over the air. Sturgeon Bay matches up with Northland Pines in Division 4 Thursday, the pregame at 1 PM with the teams taking the pitch at 1:30 PM on 103.3 The Clipper. The game originates from KOHLER Engines Stadium in Milwaukee. If the Clippers are victorious, they'll play for a state title on Saturday at 11 AM. 


Friday afternoon at the Resch Center, Luxemburg-Casco volleyball hits the court and you can hear it on 96.7 WBDK. L-C matches up with Wisconsin Lutheran in the Division 2 state semifinals. The pregame is at 1:30 PM with first serve at 2. If the Spartans win, they will play in the Division 2 Championship Match on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM. 

 

*WIAA logo courtesy of the WIAA Facebook page.

 

Milwaukee Bucks on west coast

Fresh off a dominating performance in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee travels to the Pacific coast for an interconference showdown with the LA Clippers. Milwaukee has won three in a row improving to 5-2 on the young season. That is good for a third-place tie, one-half game back of Boston and Philadelphia in the East. 


The Clippers are also 5-2 with signature wins against the Spurs and the Lakers. The Clippers are led by Kawhi Leonard. After capturing a championship in Toronto, Leonard leads LA in points, rebounds, assists, and steals in 2019-20. Leonard matching up against Giannis Antetokounmpo is worth the price of admission alone. Tip off is set for 9 PM.

 

Brewers manager Craig Counsell award finalist

Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced the finalists for several postseason awards. Each award could be taken home by three potential candidates and the winner will be decided next week. Brewers manager Craig Counsell is up for National League Manager of the Year. Others on the ballot include the skipper for a divisional foe, Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals. The field is rounded out by Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker. 


Counsell has the longest tenure of the three candidates, having led the Brewers for five seasons now. Counsell was a finalist last year for the same award and he has been named the top NL manager two years running by The Sporting News.

 

Wisconsin basketball falls in overtime

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team dropped their season opener Tuesday night by the thinnest of margins to the Saint Mary's Gaels, 65-63 in overtime. Saint Mary's entered the contest ranked number 20 and led for most of the game at the Kohl Center. The Badgers found themselves in a 30-24 hole at halftime and did not manage to tie the game until 3:29 left in regulation with the score 50-50. 


Overtime was a nip-and-tuck affair but Badgers shooters went cold at the wrong time. Wisconsin could not score a point in the final 2:07 of the extra frame. Gaels forward Malik Fitts put Saint Mary's ahead 64-63 and Kyle Bowen added a free throw with four seconds left.


Wisconsin took nine fewer shots in the game and went just 5-19, 26.3 percent, from beyond the three-point line. Junior Nate Reuvers led the Badgers with 22 points.

 

Door County United prepares for sectional meet

The road to Madison begins in earnest on Friday when swimming teams around the state look to punch their tickets during the sectional meets.

 

The diving competition will take place on Friday while the swimming events will occur on Saturday. Door County United, which is a cooperative team of all four mainland schools, will be in the Division 1 sectional hosted by Neenah. Other schools in that sectional include Appleton East,  Appleton North, Appleton West/Kimberly, Bay Port, Chilton/Brillion/Kaukauna/Valders,  De Pere/West De Pere, Fond du Lac,  Green Bay Southwest/East/Preble/West, Manitowoc Lincoln,  Neenah,  Oshkosh North/Lourdes Academy,  Oshkosh West, and Pulaski.

Luxemburg-Casco cuts Friday short for state volleyball

Students and staff at Luxemburg-Casco School District will not have to worry about cutting class to make it to the Resch Center on Friday.

 

In a message written by superintendent Glenn Schlender, classes will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. so students and staff wishing to attend the state semifinal match against Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday, slated to begin at 2 p.m. Schlender cited the high number of staff members affiliated with the team as well as the school's proximity to the Resch Center, located about a half-hour away in Ashwaubenon, as reasons for the early dismissal.

 

Tickets will be available for purchase at the high school office Tuesday through Friday morning at 10 a.m. with the extra incentive of $1,000 going to the school that sells the most before the doors open at the Resch Center. The matches will also be broadcast on 96.7 WBDK beginning with the pregame show approximately a half-hour before the scheduled first serve.

 

 

Bucks dominate Timberwolves

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his seventh double-double in the Milwaukee Bucks' 134-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night.

 

The reigning MVP scored 34 points while grabbing 15 rebounds after both teams had to wait for close to an hour for the game to start due to crooked baskets. The Bucks were able to stretch their seven-point halftime lead after the break, outscoring the Timberwolves by 21 points in the final two quarters. Khris Middleton (26) and Eric Bledsoe also scored over 20 points in the contest. The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns after he got into a fight last week in Philadelphia. Andrew Wiggins scored a team-high 25 points for the Timberwolves in the loss.

 

The Bucks return to action on Wednesday when they face the Clippers in Los Angeles for a 9 p.m. start.

Brewers look to add more postseason hardware

The playoff run may have ended early but the Milwaukee Brewers are still raking in the hardware in the postseason with still more to be had.

 

Christian Yelich is a finalist for the Most Valuable Player award alongside the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and the Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon. The news comes less than a week after Lorenzo Cain captured a Gold Glove Award for his stellar play in centerfield and Josh Hader captured top National League reliever honors.

Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams begin Wednesday

The road to an NCAA Tournament bid begins Wednesday for both Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams.

 

The men's team will face Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana in a homecoming game of sorts for Phoenix head coach Linc Darner. The fifth-year head coach played at Purdue for four years and finished his time as a Boilermaker as a student assistant. The Phoenix are looking to build on last year's CIT runner-up performance.

 

The women's team hope to get back to the top of the Horizon League after missing out on its first title of any kind in 20 years. Its first contest of the year will be at Central Michigan University.

 

Both games begin at 6 p.m.

Gibraltar proud of season's accomplishments

Gibraltar head football coach Mike Peck is not quite ready to look ahead to 2020.

 

The Vikings saw their season end last Friday night almost the same way it did in 2018: a lopsided 61-25 loss to eight-man football powerhouse Newman Catholic. The loss does not take away what the team was able to accomplish in 2019, which included its first football conference championship in 45 years and the school's first playoff win. Peck says watch the film over again as he prepares for the team's annual football banquet with fond memories of being at least one game better than they were last year.

 

 

The team will graduate only four seniors from this year's team: Connor Duffy, Brandon Stillman, Paul Hartmann, and Dominic Krauel. 

 

 

Wrestlers get fall tune-up

The season does not officially start for another month, but some Door County wrestlers got some quality mat time Sunday in Two Rivers.

 

Grant Englebert, a 2019 state place winner for Southern Door, took first in the 160 lb high school weight class at the X-Elite Fall Kickoff tournament. Southern Door had three wrestlers in the 132-pound weight class, with Kyle Conard besting teammate Griffin Slezewski with a third period pin to take third place. Dylan Wessel took sixth in the weight class. Lance Veeser took third in the 92 lb elementary school bracket.

 

Photo courtesy of Southern Door Wrestling Club Facebook Page

 

 

Wrestling under the X-Factor Elite Banner, Julia Gregory took 2nd in the middle school 125-145 weight class. 

 

For Sturgeon Bay, Harlee Mendoza, Tiani Lemieux, and Gabriel Hankins all took third in their respective brackets.

 

X-ELITE FALL KICK-OFF Results for Sturgeon Bay

Elementary Div 2 (Gr 3-5) 70

Gabriel Hankins's place is 3rd and has scored 9.0 team points.

Round 1 - Gabriel Hankins (Sturgeon bay) won by decision over Riley Hanrahan (LAW) (Dec 5-1)

Round 2 - Aj Woerpel (X-Factor Elite) won by decision over Gabriel Hankins (Sturgeon bay) (Dec 7-0)

Round 3 - Gabriel Hankins (Sturgeon bay) received a bye () (Bye)

3rd Place Match - Gabriel Hankins (Sturgeon bay) won by decision over Broden Butzke (Neenah Rockets) (Dec 13-9)

MS (Gr 6-8) 97

Harlee Mendoza's place is 3rd and has scored 0.0 team points.

Round 2 - Max Butler (Toss Em Up) won by fall over Harlee Mendoza (Sturgeon bay) (Fall 0:33)

Round 3 - Connor Crawford (KWA BULLDOGS) won by fall over Harlee Mendoza (Sturgeon bay) (Fall 0:46)

Girls FS GR 6-8 125-145

Tiani Lemieux's place is 3rd and has scored 0.0 team points.

Round 1 - Koressa Allgeyer (X-Factor Elite) won by fall over Tiani Lemieux (Sturgeon bay) (Fall 1:52)

Round 2 - Julia Gregory (X-Factor Elite) won by fall over Tiani Lemieux (Sturgeon bay) (Fall 0:44)

 

X-ELITE FALL KICK-OFF Results for Southern Door

Elementary Div 2 (Gr 3-5) 92

Lance Veeser's place is 3rd and has scored 13.0 team points.

Round 1 - Lance Veeser (Southern Door) received a bye () (Bye)

Round 2 - Lance Veeser (Southern Door) won by fall over Jacob Lootans Jr. (Crass trained: weigh in club) (Fall 0:36)

Round 3 - Owen Schacht (X-Factor Elite) won by fall over Lance Veeser (Southern Door) (Fall 1:50)

3rd Place Match - Lance Veeser (Southern Door) won by fall over Gauge Schaus (X-Factor Elite/Two Rivers) (Fall 5:37)

HS (Gr 9-12) 132

Dylan Wessel's place is 6th and has scored 5.0 team points.

Round 1 - Dylan Wessel (Southern Door) won by fall over Zac Wotruba (Askren Wrestling Academy) (Fall 2:59)

Round 2 - Gabriel Ragsdale (Two Rivers High School Wrestli) won by decision over Dylan Wessel (Southern Door) (Dec 11-9)

Round 3 - Griffin Slezewski (Southern Door) won by tech fall over Dylan Wessel (Southern Door) (TF 17-1)

5th Place Match - Luke Trepanier (Menasha-Fox Valley Elite) won by fall over Dylan Wessel (Southern Door) (Fall 1:05)

HS (Gr 9-12) 132

Griffin Slezewski's place is 4th and has scored 10.5 team points.

Round 1 - Gabriel Ragsdale (Two Rivers High School Wrestli) won by fall over Griffin Slezewski (Southern Door) (Fall 2:34)

Round 2 - Griffin Slezewski (Southern Door) won by fall over Zac Wotruba (Askren Wrestling Academy) (Fall 1:37)

Round 3 - Griffin Slezewski (Southern Door) won by tech fall over Dylan Wessel (Southern Door) (TF 17-1)

3rd Place Match - Kyle Conard (Southern Door) won by fall over Griffin Slezewski (Southern Door) (Fall 5:40)

HS (Gr 9-12) 132

Kyle Conard's place is 3rd and has scored 12.5 team points.

Round 1 - Evan Brauer (Martinez Fox Valley Elite) won by tech fall over Kyle Conard (Southern Door) (TF 17-1)

Round 2 - Kyle Conard (Southern Door) won by tech fall over Luke Trepanier (Menasha-Fox Valley Elite) (TF 15-0)

Round 3 - Kyle Conard (Southern Door) received a bye () (Bye)

3rd Place Match - Kyle Conard (Southern Door) won by fall over Griffin Slezewski (Southern Door) (Fall 5:40)

HS (Gr 9-12) 160

Grant Englebert's place is 1st and has scored 7.0 team points.

Round 1 - Grant Englebert (Southern Door) won by decision over Hunter Mashl (X-Factor Elite) (Dec 7-4)

Round 3 - Grant Englebert (Southern Door) won by fall over Ronald Mason (Waupaca) (Fall 3:17)

Girls FS GR 6-8 125-145

 

 

Julia Gregory's place is 2nd and has scored 4.0 team points.

Round 2 - Julia Gregory (X-Factor Elite) won by fall over Tiani Lemieux (Sturgeon bay) (Fall 0:44)

Round 3 - Koressa Allgeyer (X-Factor Elite) won by tech fall over Julia Gregory (X-Factor Elite) (TF 12-2)

Packers streak snapped against Chargers

The Green Bay Packers' defense and offense never got rhythm despite playing in front of a virtual home crowd Sunday afternoon in its 26-11 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

 

The Packers' "bend but don't break" defense simply bent too much, giving up over 440 yards but was able to force the Chargers to kick field goals early. The Packers did not even get close enough to score until the closing moments of the third quarter when Mason Crosby drilled a 45-yard field goal. Former Badger Melvin Gordon scored a pair of touchdowns, including a one-yard score in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice. Aaron Rodgers was able to find Jamal Williams from 10 yards out in the fourth quarter for the Packers' only touchdown.

 

The Packers return home next Sunday to face the Carolina Panthers.

Luxemburg-Casco volleyball gets state pairing

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team knows its opponent when it opens the WIAA State Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay on Friday.

 

The WIAA announced Sunday the Division 2 state volleyball field, which places the Spartans playing against Wisconsin Lutheran in the semifinal round at 2 p.m. on Friday. The winner of that match would play the winner of McFarland and Bloomer at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

This is the second time Luxemburg-Casco has advanced to the state tournament in three years, defeating Merill before falling to Lakeside Lutheran in 2017.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco volleyball

 

 

 

 

Sturgeon Bay will play Northland Pines

The Sturgeon Bay soccer team now knows who they will play in the state tournament on Thursday. Northland Pines from Eagle River is the three-seed after the final four teams were reseeded on Sunday. The Clippers are the two-seed and those two teams will battle at 1:30 PM on Thursday in Milwaukee at Uihlein Soccer Park for a chance to play in the Division 4 State Championship Game on Saturday. Sturgeon Bay won a thrilling overtime game over Oostburg on Thursday while the Eagles of Northland Pines had a much easier time with Columbus Catholic winning 8-2. Whoever wins will take on the winner of 1-seed The Prairie School and 4-seed Lake Mills.

 

Sturgeon Bay v. Northland Pines will be broadcasted on 103.3 The Clipper and DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com with the pregame beginning at 1 PM.

Packers head to west coast

The Green Bay Packers will go for their fifth win in a row in the late afternoon on Sunday. They will make a trip to the west coast to take on the Los Angeles Chargers who is coming off a thrilling 17-16 over the Bears last week. Since losing at home to the Eagles on a Thursday night on September 26th, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense has gotten hot and has pulled off four straight victories including last week's 31-24 win on Sunday night against a Pat Mahomes-less Kansas City Chiefs team.

 

The Packers and Chargers will kick off at 3:25.

Bucks get a little revenge on Raptors

The Bucks got a little revenge on the Toronto Raptors Saturday night defeating them 115-105 behind a huge game from Giannis Antetokounmpo. In the last matchup between the two teams, the Raptors clinched a spot in the NBA Finals by beating the Bucks in Toronto 100-94.

 

This year's Raptors team does not have Kawai Leonard and the Bucks took advantage on Saturday night. The "Greek Freak" put on a show in front of the home fans. Giannis poured in 36 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out 8 assists and blocked four shots. Milwaukee got off to a great start as they led 36-17 after the first quarter. The Raptors' Kyle Lowry tied Giannis with a game-high 36 points in the loss.

 

Milwaukee will now start a four-game road trip and play seven of their next eight on the road. That trip will start in Minnesota on Monday for a 7 PM tip-off.

Stenzel competes at state cross country

Sevastopol's Olivia Stenzel was the only local runner participating in the state cross country meet on Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. Stenzel put up a very good showing placing 53rd out of 149 runners in Division 3 with a time of 21:07.1. The star Sevastopol runner will be back running next year and will hope to make a return trip to state as Stenzel is just a junior.

Luxemburg-Casco volleyball headed to state

Luxemburg-Casco rallied after losing the first set to beat Xavier in the sectional final at Little Chute on Saturday night. The Spartans then took the next 3 sets and will play in the state semi-finals on Friday. Bekah Day had 47 assists and 9 digs. Grace Holschuh led the team in kills with 18 and blocks with 4. Hannah Derenne added 16 Kills and 16 digs and Kenzie Hanson Kenzie contributed Hanson-11 Kills and 14 digs. Alli Routhieaux had a nice match with 15 digs. Luxemburg-Casco Head Coach said, "Xavier did a great job of putting pressure on us early in game 1, but I thought we started to settle in late in game 1 and carried it into the next 3 games.  Proud of the way our girls didn’t panic and went back to playing the way we wanted.  We did a great job of spreading the ball around.  So proud of our girls and excited for them."

 

Luxemburg-Casco will now have to wait until Friday to play in the state semi-final game. The Spartans will take on Wisconsin Lutheran at the Resch Center in Green Bay with the match starting at 2 PM.

 

Picture courtesy of Ron LeCloux.

Sturgeon Bay wins sectional in overtime thriller on 103.3 The Clipper

Sturgeon Bay soccer passed their most difficult test of the playoffs so far by beating Oostburg for the sectional championship in Kohler on Saturday afternoon. The Clippers needed overtime to take it 2-1. Owen Stevenson scored both of Sturgeon Bay's goals including the game-winner with just 1:25 left in the second overtime period.

 

Sturgeon Bay controlled play for most of the first half. Stevenson got the Clippers on the board in the 14th minute after a corner kick from CJ Fairchild.

 

It was a different story in the second half. Oostburg showed why they were the number-1 seed in the region and were undefeated until this game. Marco Gonzalez Moreno scored not even two minutes into the second half to tie the game at 1. The Flying Dutchmen kept the pressure on Sturgeon Bay for much of the rest of the half . They hit the post once and had other good opportunities for goals that they just couldn't put past Clipper keeper Joe Wind. Sturgeon Bay also missed some opportunites as well in the second half.

 

In overtime both teams squandered chances early and Ben DeNamur deflected a shot on the goalline to preserve the tie. Gonzalez Moreno hit the crossbar on another shot attempt. Spencer Hubbard's shot early in the first overtime period went just wide of the net for Sturgeon Bay. In the 109th minute Eli Dietzel set up Stevenson for the goal past Oostburg  keeper Braden Van Ginkel for the deciding goal.

 

Sturgeon Bay will advance to the state semi-final for the third year in a row and the 8th time in 10 years. The Clippers will play on Thursday in Milwaukee. They will play either at 11 AM or 1:30 PM depending on the seeding of the final four teams. The game will be broadcasted on 103.3 The Clipper and DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com with the pregame starting a half-hour before the game begins.

Olivia Stenzel races state meet

Sevastopol High School cross country member Olivia Stenzel is the only area runner competing at Saturday's state meet. The race will take place at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. The girls Division 3 race has a tentative start time of 1:20 PM. Stenzel is returning to the state meet after a 20th-place finish in 2018. She ran the course in 20:16 then.


Stenzel's been steadily improving this season. Her best run was last Saturday at sectionals, breaking the 20-minute barrier. To nab a top-10 finish, Stenzel will need to find a way to get from last week's 19:54 to around 19:30. The temperature is expected to be in the mid-30's with the possibility of snow flakes in the air.

 

 

Bucks thump Orlando Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks knew what to do with a big halftime lead on Friday night. Unlike Wednesday, Milwaukee continued to extend its advantage until the final whistle to run away from Orlando, 123-91. The Magic entered the game with the worst scoring offense in the NBA and that trend continued through last night's contest. On the flip side, Orlando boasted a lock down defense but the Bucks' offensive prowess got the best of that matchup.


Milwaukee had a balanced attack. Five players scored in double digits led by Giannis Antetokounmpo's 29 points and 14 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had 18 points. Khris Middleton chipped in 16, Donte DiVincenzo 14, and Esan Ilyasova 10. Milwaukee shot over 50% from the field.

Gibraltar can't catch Newman Catholic on 105.1 The Viking

Newman Catholic's firepower proved to be too much for Gibraltar as they fell 61-25 in the second round of the WIAA Eight-Man Playoffs Friday night on 105.1 The Viking. 

 

The Cardinals once again got off to a fast start, going up 21-0 in the first quarter thanks to two touchdown passes from Ben Bates and a rushing score by freshman Thomas Bates. Alex Laughlin would get the Vikings on the scoreboard in the second quarter from over 20 yards out to make it 21-6, but the freshman Bates would score three unanswered touchdowns to put the game even further out of reach. Laughlin would score again on the ground before Ben Bates capped off the final drive of the half with a nine-yard quarterback keeper. Laughlin would add two touchdowns in the third quarter including a 60-yard rushing score to open the second half, only to be matched by Newman Catholic each time.

 

Despite the final result, the Vikings still finished one game better than last year with an overall record of 8-3 while collecting its first-ever playoff win against Suring last week and its first conference championship in 45 years.

Kewaunee falls to Chilton 41-26 on WBDK

The Kewaunee Storm’s season came to end on a bitterly cold Friday evening as the Chilton Tigers pulled away late to come away with a 41-26 victory in Kewaunee. 

 

The Division 5 Level 2 playoff game started out very similar to last week for the Storm as they fell behind early 13-0.  Chilton’s star running back Gavin Lisowe scored on long runs of 80 and 97 yards as the Tigers took a 19-13 in the first half before the Storm scored on a Ryan Carmichael 1 yard run to recapture the lead 20-19 at the intermission.

 

The Storm suffered a setback when running back Owen Kudick left the game late in the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return. 

 

The third quarter is when the turning point occurred.  Kewaunee took over after a fumble at the Tiger 15 yard line but was stopped on a fourth and one at the five.  Chilton then went on a long 95-yard drive to score on the final play of the third quarter to take a 27-20 lead into the fourth quarter. 

 

The Tigers kept the momentum going by scoring twice more to take a commanding 41-20 lead with just 5:34 left in the game.  Kewaunee managed to score on a 1-yard pass from Carmichael to Max Hanrahan but it was not enough at Chilton (9-2) will now advance to take on #1 seed Amherst next Friday in a level 3 playoff in Amherst.  Kewaunee (9-2) finishes a successful season having claimed the MONLP Conference championship with a 5-0 record.  

Sturgeon Bay soccer plays for sectional championship on 103.3 The Clipper

Sturgeon Bay soccer is looking to make its third straight trip down to Milwaukee when they play Oostburg for a sectional championship on Saturday. The game features the top two teams in the region. Sturgeon Bay has been dominant in the playoffs so far outscoring Howards Grove, Omro and Lourdes/Valley Christian by a combined score of 22-2. The Clippers are coming off an 8-2 win at home over Lourdes/Valley Christian.

 

Oostburg has not lost a game this season and has one tie. The Flying Dutchmen beat Kohler in the sectional semi-final on Thursday 4-1. Oostburg had one close call in the playoffs. They needed overtime in the regional final to beat 9-seed Saint Lawrence Seminary 1-0. 

 

Whoever wins this game will earn a trip to Milwaukee for the state semi-final on Thursday. You can hear the broadcast on 103.3 The Clipper and DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com with the pregame show beginning at 12:30 PM.

Bucks east coast swing continues

Milwaukee's road trip takes them from New England down the Atlantic seaboard to Orlando. Both teams are 2-2 on the season with Milwaukee losing its last game at Boston in front of a national tv audience. Milwaukee had a 16-point lead at halftime in Beantown but could not hold it. The Celtics scored 74 points in the second half to win 116-105.


Milwaukee is fourth in the league in points scored early this season but they are also in the bottom ten in points allowed. Until the defense tightens up, the team will struggle to make a run at 60 wins again like last season. Orlando is a great opponent to fix defensive problems as they come into the contest last in the NBA in scoring offense.

Gibraltar battles Newman Catholic on 105.1 The Viking

The Gibraltar Vikings look to do something only the 2018 Sevastopol Pioneers have been able to do when they face Newman Catholic on Friday night in the second round of the eight-man football playoffs.

 

The Vikings are coming off their first playoff win in school history, dispatching Suring in a thrilling 30-28 victory while the Fighting Cardinals breezed past Marion/Tigerton 56-14 in its opening round matchup. The Fighting Cardinals are 31-1 in its eight-man football history, including last year's 61-46 win over the Vikings in the opening round of the inaugural eight-man playoffs. 

 

Both teams are proficient in their passing with the Fighting Cardinals and the Vikings both in the top 10 in passing yards, touchdowns, and yards per game. Unlike other pass-first teams in eight-man football, the Vikings will have to figure out how to stop a Fighting Cardinals rushing attack that is also ranked top 10 in the state.

 

Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The Viking from Stiehm Stadium in Weston, Wis. beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by kickoff at 7 p.m. The game can also be heard streaming at DoorCountyDailyNews.com, DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com, and the DoorCountyDailyNews.com mobile app.

Kewaunee Storm take on Chilton in Level 2 playoff on WBDK

The Kewaunee Storm will host the Chilton Tigers in a Division 5 Level 2 playoff game Friday night.  The # 2 seed Kewaunee (9-1) is coming off a thrilling 36-35 victory over  # 7 Omro last week while # 3 Chilton (8-2) defeated #6 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 27-14 at home.  Pregame is set for 6:30 pm and kick off at 7 pm on WBDK 96.7 FM.  The game will also be streamed live on DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.     

 

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