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Kewaunee girls survive second-round scare

Coming off a bye, the Kewaunee High School girls’ basketball team got a taste of postseason play Friday night. Kewaunee survived against Denmark, 50-46. It was close throughout, the Storm nursed a one-point halftime lead and never could pull away. Denmark plays in the North Eastern Conference, against larger schools. Sharpened by a tougher level of competition, the Vikings were able to give state-ranked Kewaunee everything they could handle.

Kewaunee’s leading scorer was Hailey Gaedtke (15 points), followed closely by Mackenzie Tlachac (14). Denmark’s Jessica Heraly had a game-high 21 points. Kewaunee returns to the court Saturday, another home game against Kewaskum. The Indians wrecked Brillion Friday, 55-28.


Sevastopol boys rallies in second half for win

At halftime, it looked like the Algoma High School boys’ basketball team might pick up its first conference win of the season. Sevastopol’s Robbie Pollman and Brent Haberli had something to say about that idea, fueling an explosive Pioneer rally. Sevastopol turned a deficit into a 75-64 victory. It was the Pioneers’ second win in as many nights, good momentum heading into the state tournament Tuesday night.

Sevastopol ends the regular season at 7-14. They visit Howards Grove, 11-11 overall from the Big East-North. Algoma is 2-20 overall and will be traveling to Cedar Grove-Belgium.


Six-run fourth inning fuels Brewers win

Friday’s Cactus League matchup between the Dodgers and the host Milwaukee Brewers was a tale of two games. Los Angeles put up a run in the fourth, two in the fifth inning, and two more in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to offset a huge Milwaukee fourth frame. 

With one out, Omar Narvaez had an infield single followed by a Ryon Healy double, and Corey Ray was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Keon Broxton struck out swinging before the flood gates opened. Mark Mathias singled to center, scoring three. Brock Holt doubled in Mathias, and Keston Hiura put the exclamation point on the inning with a home run to left center ahead in the count 1-0.

Milwaukee jumps to 4-2 in spring training. The Brewers are at the Cubs at 2:05 Saturday afternoon.


Three local wrestlers make finals

Three wrestlers from Kewaunee County will get to participate in the grand march inside of the Kohl Center ahead of their state final matches.


Kewaunee's Jack Severin advanced with a pair of decisions including a 5-4 win in the semis against Evan Wolfe (West Salem/Bangor).


Reece Worachek can potentially win his second straight state championship after earning the 4-0 decision over Alex Witt (Monroe). Lucas Joniaux kept his title hopes alive with a slim 1-0 decision against Matt Rogge (Prairie Du Chien).


The state final matches will take place following the March of Champions at 5:30 p.m. Luxemburg-Casco's Easton Worachek will wrestle earlier in the day as he tries to medal in his first state tournament at 106 pounds.

Gibraltar drops heartbreaker in regional semis on 105.1 WSBW

For the second year in a row, the Gibraltar girls' basketball season ended shy of the regional finals, this time with a loss to Gillett 59-56.


The Vikings led for much for the game thanks to a 16-0 run in the early stages of the first half. Maggie Moroney and Sage Krause each hit a pair of threes and Abbi Sitte used to speed to score 10 first-half points to give Gibraltar a 28-18 lead at the break. Halftime gave the Tigers the time needed to light a fire under its leading scorer Karissa Schaal. Held scoreless in the first half, Schaal scored all 17 points in the second frame to help give the Tigers a lead in the final two minutes. Trading free throws and lay-ups until the end, a last second heave from Krause was short, ending the season early for the Vikings. Sydney Young and Aubrey DeBauch also scored in double figures for the Tigers. The Vikings battled for the entire 36 minutes, led by 15 points from Sitte and 12 points from Krause. 


The Vikings will lose Abbi Sitte and Nina Sitte to graduation after finishing the season 14-10.

Gibraltar looks for regional final berth on 105.1 WSBW

The Gibraltar girls basketball team looks to extend their season at least one more night when it faces Gillett on 105.1 WSBW Friday night.


The Vikings clinched their trip to Gillett with a 58-38 victory over Suring Tuesday night. The Tigers earned their second straight home playoff game in Division 5 action with a 65-41 win over Wausaukee. The Vikings lost their previous matchup against the Tigers 63-43, thanks in part to the double scoring threat of Aubrey DeBauch and Karissa Schaal. That game was months ago and at the tail end of Abbi Sitte's time out of the line-up due to injury. Gibraltar head coach Devin Thomas says the Vikings team he saw on film from that night is not the same one sitting on his bench now.



Tim Kowols and Bryan Mazur will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening tip at 7 p.m. on 105.1 The Viking. The game is also available online at,, and the mobile app.





Wrestling round-up: L-C's Legrave advances

The Door Peninsula's contingent at the WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament in Madison has been cut in half after Thursday's opening round at the Kohl Center.


In Division 3, Southern Door's Grant Englebert and Griffin Slezewski overcame challenges just to make the state tournament. Englebert, who opened the season with an injured shoulder, lost his first-round matchup to Stratford's Jacob Heiden 8-7. Slezewski beat cancer to return to the mats in Madison for the first time since his freshman year. He saw his season end with a major decision defeat to Ashton Miess.


In Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco's Travis Legrave was the only local wrestler to win Thursday night with a pin of Columbus' James Roche. Hunter Joniaux, Issac Blohowiak, Kyle Kroll all saw their seasons end with losses in their respective brackets.


When the Division 2 wrestling action begins again Friday morning at 11:15, L-C's Easton Worachek will meet Northwestern's Tommy Brown at 106 pounds, Kewaunee's Jack Severin will face Somerset's Tommy Hantsbarger at 126 pounds, L-C's Lucas Joniaux will match up against Gus Donovan of Richland Center at 132 pounds, L-C's Reece Worachek will grapple with Aaron Heine of Jefferson at 182 pounds, and Travis Legrave will look for his second win for L-C at 220 pounds with Marcus Orlandoni of St. Mary's Springs/North Fond du Lac standing in his way.


Picture courtesy of Southern Door Wrestling Club Facebook page.

Boys basketball recap: Southern Door win clinches Packerland share

Southern Door was able to keep its Packerland Conference championship streak alive Thursday to lead local boys basketball action Thursday night.


The Eagles went on the road to beat Kewaunee 53-48 to continue its six-year streak of winning the conference.


Sevastopol erased a three-point halftime deficit to blow past NEW Lutheran on the road 65-58.


Sturgeon Bay spoiled parents' night festivities at Gibraltar, winning the game 76-42.


Algoma lost to Stockbridge in a non-conference road matchup 77-53. 



Luxemburg-Casco ended its season on a high note, topping Waupaca 84-49.



(Photo courtesy of Della Otradovec)



The Pioneers and the Wolves will play one more game in Institute Friday night as Sevastopol celebrates Parents Night with a 7:30 p.m. tip. 




Kewaunee girls prepare for first WIAA Playoff game

The road to Green Bay finally begins for the Kewaunee girls basketball team Friday night when they host Denmark Friday night.


The Storm enters the game 21-1 on the season and on a 16 game winning streak. The Vikings were the first matchup of the season for the Storm, beating them on the road 60-46. Denmark outscored Two Rivers by 15 in the first half in its 56-41 victory on Tuesday to advance to the second round. The winner of the game will advance to Friday's regional final against either Kewaskum or Brillion. A Storm win would ensure one more home game for the Storm. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


Photo courtesy of Kewaunee PR Committee Facebook page



College basketball round-up: Phoenix sweep, Badgers win

Division1 college basketball teams in Wisconsin almost swept their competition Thursday evening.


The Wisconsin Badgers scored another upset, defeating #19 Michigan 81-74. D'Mitrik Trice scored a team-leading 28 points with Micah Potter and Aleem Ford each pitching in 18 as well. The Badgers were able to hold off a Wolverine rally in the second half after entering the frame with a 10 point lead.


The Green Bay Phoenix women started off their weekend of action on a high note, beating Cleveland State 81-51 Thursday morning. Karly Murphy led the way with 29 points for the Phoenix while Frankie Wurtz chipped in another 22 points. The Phoenix closed the door on the Vikings in the fourth quarter, outscoring their visitors 27-10.


The Phoenix men got the same result in the evening at the Resch Center, dispatching Youngstown State 102-92. JayQuan McCloud scored his 1000th point for the Phoenix as a part of a 23 point evening. Six other Phoenix players finished in double figures with a chance to clinch a #3 seed in the Horizon League Tournament when the men and women host a Homecoming doubleheader on Saturday at the Kress Center. 

Wrestlers begin state tournament journey

Six of the area's 10 qualifiers at this weekend's individual state wrestling tournament will begin their quest for the podium in Madison Thursday night.


Kewaunee's Jack Severin and Luxemburg-Casco's Easton Worachek, Reece Worachek, and Lucas Joniaux will get the night off to scout their opponents after winning their respective weight classes at last weekend's Division 2 sectional tournament in Oconto Falls. At 120 pounds for Luxemburg-Casco, Hunter Joniaux will open up the weekend against Plymouth's Devin Gore with Lodi's Chandler Curtis waiting in the second round. Isaac Blohowiak will face Payton Kostka of Regis/Altoona with a chance to wrestle Tre'veon Bivens from Turner Friday morning. Travis LeGrave will face James Roche of Columbus before possibly facing North Fond du Lac/St. Mary's Springs' Marcus Orlandoni at 220 pounds. Heavyweight Kyle Kroll faces GET-MM's Trevor Daffinson before a possible date with Belmont/Platteville's Michael Douglas. 


In Division 3, Southern Door's Grant Englebert gets a crack at Stratford's Jacob Heiden for the right to face Logan Schneider of Lancaster. Griffin Slezewski wrestles a little bit earlier at 126 pounds against  Ashton Miess of Riverdale with a match against Kenosha Christian Life's Javis Pinter on the line.


Thursday's session begins at 7:15 p.m. with winners wrestling again Friday morning at 11:15.

Boys basketball preview: Season wraps up

Just one game will remain in the regular season for the area's seven boys basketball teams after Thursday night.


Luxemburg-Casco will close out its Northeastern Conference schedule with a 7:00 p.m. tip against Waupaca on the road.


In Packerland Conference action at 7:30 p.m., Algoma has senior night at home against Stockbridge, Gibraltar hosts Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door battles for a share of the championship at 1st place Kewaunee, and Sevastopol travels to NEW Lutheran in Green Bay.

WIAA makes football, soccer rule changes

A recent meeting of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) yielded some new changes for local coaches to be aware of for the upcoming season.


For football, playoff teams will be seeded electronically in 2020 with the WIAA not allowing coaches to appeal their placement. Teams will also be mandated to play at least seven conference games or six conference games and an approved crossover game to be eligible for the playoffs. 


For soccer, red cards will be counted as two yellow cards when it comes to a team's limit of 24 for the regular season. If a team accumulates more than 24 yellow cards in the season, they will not be eligible for tournament play. 


In total, the WIAA approved 23 different rule changes for fall sports at its recent meeting in Stevens Point, affecting football, soccer, cross country, and girls golf in 2020. 



College basketball round-up: Marquette snaps skid, Green Bay hosts crucial homestand

Marquette snapped a three-game skid against Georgetown while the state's other Division 1 college programs kick off a pivotal weekend slate.


Markus Howard scored 30 points as the Golden Eagles beat Georgetown 93-72 Wednesday night.


Wisconsin could go as high as second place and as low seventh place depending on its matchup against Michigan Thursday at 6 p.m.


Both Green Bay Phoenix teams are at home Thursday with the women playing at 11 a.m. against Cleveland State at the Kress Center and the men playing at the Resch Center against Youngstown State at 7 p.m.


UW-Milwaukee is also at home, facing Cleveland State at 7 p.m.

Brewers' rally forces tie

Three runs in the ninth inning prevented the Milwaukee Brewers from losing Wednesday, finishing its game against the San Francisco Giants tied.


Evan Longoria got the Giants on the board in the first inning with an RBI double before Brandon Crawford's solo shot in the third inning made it 2-0. The Giants capped off their scoring on the day with an RBI groundout by Abiatel Avelino in the seventh.  The Brewers' Marco Feliciano started the ninth-inning rally with a two-RBI double before Lucas Erceg singled in the tying run.  


Josh Hader struck out the side in his lone inning of work.

Seattle's two-run seventh inning too much for Brew Crew

Tuesday’s Cactus League contest between the Seattle Mariners and host Milwaukee Brewers was a pitcher’s duel until the 7th inning. Seattle pushed across two runs to break a scoreless tie and allowed the Brewers just one in the bottom half of the inning, which proved to be the deciding margin. Five Brewer pitchers combined to give up only four hits in the first six innings with reliever Freddy Peralta getting the start, going one inning. 

The Brewers’ lone run came courtesy of a one-out Payton Henry walk followed by a double to right field from Luis Castro. Neither player is a prominent prospect in the Brewers system.


Bucks win statement game at Toronto

The Milwaukee Bucks made a statement Tuesday night in Toronto with a convincing win, 108-97. Milwaukee trailed after two quarters but dominated coming out of halftime, outscoring Toronto, 34-19, in the third. It was the third game in four nights for the Bucks, including an overtime game Monday. Combine that with a hostile road atmosphere, and many felt Toronto had the advantage entering the game. 

Milwaukee was paced by a balanced offensive attack. Khris Middleton netted 22, followed closely by Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe, and Brook Lopez. Milwaukee has won 18 of 20.


Most area teams drop tournament opener

Except for two-seed Kewaunee, area teams took to the court Tuesday in the first round of the WIAA postseason tournament. Only Gibraltar came away with a win.


In Division 4, host Roncalli soared past Sevastopol, 61-42. Algoma was defeated by Kohler, 41-36. Southern Door was the victim of a mild upset, falling as an eight-seed against Manitowoc Lutheran, 74-62.


In Division 3, Sturgeon Bay was knocked out by Campbellsport, 61-53.



Kaukauna dominates Lady Spartans in Regional on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Lady Spartans season ended Tuesday night with a tough 82-42 road loss to the Kaukauna Galloping Ghosts in a Division II quarterfinal regional tournament game.  The 12th seeded Spartans (4-19) stayed in the game early as sophomore Lauren Adams scored all her 13 points in the first half but turnovers and Chloe Van Zeeland were too much for an overmatched Luxemburg-Casco team.   Kaukauna (11-12) took a big 48-28 lead into intermission as the 6’1” Van Zeeland scored 18 of her 22 game-high points in the first half.  Kaukauna will now travel to West DePere to take on the Phantoms in the regional final Friday night.  The next Luxemburg Casco basketball game broadcast will be the boys game next Tuesday night as they take on the Marinette Marines at home in a regional quarterfinal.  Pregame on WBDK 96.7 FM is set for 6:30 pm and tip-off at 7 pm from Luxemburg-Casco High School.  The game will also be streamed on  

Gibraltar cruises past Suring on 105.1 WSBW

The Gibraltar Vikings clamped down on the Suring Eagles Tuesday night, winning the first round game 58-38.


After a slow start for both teams, the Vikings offense caught fire thanks to Sage Krause knocking down a pair of three-pointers and Sophia Alexander keeping possessions alive with good offensive rebounding. Entering the second half up 27-13, the Vikings were able to increase their lead even more with Abbi Sitte scoring seven of her nine points in the final frame. Krause led the Vikings with 13 points, followed by Alexander's 12 and Maggie Moroney's 11. Kate Mahoney led the Eagles with 14 points.


The Vikings will play at Gillett on Friday night at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 105.1 WSBW beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame followed by the opening tip.

Gibraltar girls host playoff opener on 105.1 WSBW

The Gibraltar girls basketball team will begin their march towards Green Bay in front of a friendly Fish Creek crowd Tuesday when they host Suring in the first round of the WIAA Division 5 playoffs Tuesday night.


The Vikings come into the contest with a four-game winning streak and sweeping all six games against Door County schools this season. Abbi Sitte leads the team in scoring with just over 17 points per game, but it was in her absence early in the season that may set the tone for the Vikings' playoff run. Coach Devin Thomas says players needed to step up during that time and now he has been able to develop a deep bench in the process.



The Eagles come into the game having won just three of their 15 games in the New Year, led by Kylie Stelzer's 14 points game. Bryan Mazur and Tim Kowols will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening tip at 7 p.m.





Boys basketball recap: Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door secure victories

The Packerland Conference is still up for grabs in the final week of the regular season.


Southern Door took a halftime tie and turned it into a 73-52 victory over Gibraltar.


Sturgeon Bay had four players finish in double figures as they topped Algoma 73-52.


Kewaunee, which defeated Sevastopol on Monday, could clinch an outright Packerland Conference title when it plays Southern Door on February 27th. 



Tournament seeds announced for boys basketball

Before some area teams took the court on Monday for their last regular season week of the year, they already knew where, when, and who they would be playing next week when the WIAA Playoffs start.


In Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco will host Marinette on Tuesday, March 3rd before a possible matchup at Ashwaubenon on March 6th. 


In Division 3, Kewaunee will await the winner of Kiel and North Fond du Lac. Sturgeon Bay will open up their tournament play a few days before on March 3rd when they host New Holstein. 


A possible Packerland Conference could loom in Division 4 if Algoma can get past Cedar Grove-Belgium on March 3rd. The winner of that game would head to Southern Door for a Friday night matchup. Sevastopol could meet the winner of that game for the right to go to sectionals if they can beat Howards Grove on March 3rd and Kohler on March 6th.


Gibraltar could have a couple home games in the Division 5 playoffs, hosting Bowler on March 3rd before another possible home game against either Suring or St. Thomas Aquinas on March 6th. 

L-C girls travel to Kaukauna for Regional on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Lady Spartans open the WIAA girls' basketball tournament on Tuesday with a tough road game at Kaukauna.  The Division II matchup will have the 12th seeded Spartans (4-14, 4-18 overall) of the North Eastern Conference facing the # 5 seeded Galloping Ghosts (8-10, 10-12) from the Fox Valley Association.  Kaukauna is led by Chloe Van Zeeland who averages 12.7 points and nine rebounds a game.  Taylor Thiry leads the Spartans with 14.3 points and 9.9 rebounds.  Pregame on WBDK 96.7 FM is set for 6:30 pm and tip-off at 7 pm from Kaukauna High School.  The game will also be streamed on


(Photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Sturgeon Bay hoists state banner, receives rings

The final touches on the Sturgeon Bay Clippers boys soccer season were put on display Monday night during the boys' basketball game.


The Clippers received their championship rings and saw their second state banner get unveiled on the gymnasium's wall. A header by Carson Dvorak scored the game-winning tally in double overtime to give the Clippers the 2-1 victory over The Prairie School for the state championship.


Photo courtesy of Clipper Soccer Facebook page



Youth wrestling has big weekend

While the high school kids punched their tickets to the state tournament on Saturday, the area's youth wrestlers hit the mats on Sunday.



On a busy weekend for high school wrestling, there was still plenty of youth wrestling action on Sunday.  Twenty wrestlers represented Southern Door at the Oconto Falls/Abrams K-8 Tournament.  Three of them earned their way to the top step of the podium:  Payton Jeanquart, Flynn Jeanquart and Mason Motquin.   Other results were:
2nd Place - Jackson Bellin, Gavin Geisel, Colton Valley
3rd Place - Chance Dekeyser, Alex Buhr
4th Place - Ezra Stutting, Peter Bloniarz, Austin Ferron, Braden Baun, Lance Veeser, Jerek Valley, Wyatt Wilke
5th Place - Oliver Wilke, Brennan Baun, Eli Konrad, Hailey Veeser

At the Oshkosh North Spartan Youth Wrestling Tourney, 3 siblings competed.  Jonah Lefevre took 1st Place, brother Clark 2nd and sister Nora 4th.


Abi Tooley placed 3rd at Valders.



Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol's youth wrestlers headed to Oconto Falls for a day of tough competition and fun. The team had 11 top-five finishes.


First- Zak Wrobel
Second- Tiani LeMieux, Yazzie Levine
Third - Craven Lautenbach, Dom Tristani, Ashely Ruiz, Layla Stai
Fourth - Patrick Haese, Ethan DeNamur
Fifth - Gabe Hankins, Harlee Mendoza

Brewers drop Cactus opener

After being rained out on Saturday, the Milwaukee Brewers got to play under Arizona skies for the first time Sunday in a 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.


The Padres got out to a 3-0 lead against the Brewers' newly acquired pitchers Brett Anderson and Josh Lindblom thanks to a bases-loaded walk, a groundout, and a wild pitch. Two solo home runs made up the Brewers' offense on Sunday with Ronny Rodiguez (3rd inning) and Chad Spanberger (8th inning) doing the heavy lifting. Jason Vosler led the way with the Padres, scoring on a Webster Rivas double in the eighth inning and collecting an RBI double of his own in the ninth.


The Brewers play split-squad matchups Monday with half staying in Maryvale to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and half traveling to Mesa to play the Oakland A's.

College basketball wrap-up: Phoenix split, Badgers win

The state's college basketball teams had a busy afternoon Sunday with their respective conference tournaments right around the corner.


The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team nearly saw a double-digit lead slip away, but ended up holding off Horizon League Regular Season Champion IUPUI for a 61-58 win. Frankie Wurtz scored a team-leading 17 points in the game, which also included her reaching the 1,000 point threshold in her career.


The Phoenix men were not as lucky, seeing a ten-point lead entering the second half slip away and fought tooth and nail the rest of the way. They ended up falling to Oakland 92-88 in double overtime behind a 26 point afternoon from JayQuan McCloud.


The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team nearly saw their 13-point halftime lead slip away, but held off Rutgers for a 79-71 win. The Badgers had four players reach double figures including 18 from Micah Potter and two others with 17 points.



Former L-C wrestler earns nationals bid

Former Luxemburg-Casco state champion Phil Rasmussen is making another run at the  2020 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Wrestling Championships.


Rasmussen took second at the 2020 NAIA/GPAC Regionals meet held in Sioux City, Iowa last Friday and Saturday. After losing in the championship match, Rasmussen was able to recover and beat Doane University's Brandon Antesberger with a 3rd-period takedown to take second place with a 3-1 victory. A two-time national qualifier, Rasmussen will at wrestling at NAIA Championships March 6th and 7th.

Ten wrestlers qualify for state

There will be plenty of Door Peninsula flavor at next weekend's WIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament in  Madison.


In Oconto Falls, Luxemburg-Casco scored the second-most points in the field as it will send seven wrestlers to the state meet. Easton Worachek won his first sectional championship while Reece Worachek and Lucas Joniaux added more brackets to their collection with titles of their own. Hunter Joniaux, Issac Blohowiak, Travis LeGrave, and Kyle Kroll also secured their tickets to state.


Going up a division did not change the final destination for Kewaunee's Jack Severin's season. He won the 126 pound weight class to secure another top seed at the state meet.


In Shawano, Southern Door's Grant Englebert and Griffin Slezewski punched their trips to Madison with third-place finishes. 

Door County United takes 12th at state

The Door County United swim team brought home plenty of hardware its last meet of the season, competing at the state competition in Madison this weekend.


Brock Aune led the way for DCU, placing third in the 100 breaststroke, sixth in the 50 freestyle, and helping lead two relays to top-eight finishes.  Also in the 100 breastroke, Jacob Norton placed 11th and Drew Rass 13th.  Norton, Aune, Connor Thompson and Ethan Almstadt placed 8th in the 200 medley relay.  Luke Bousley, Norton, Almstadt and Aune matched their fellow state-qualifying relay squad, placing 8th in the 200 freestyle relay. The effort gave DCU a 12th place overall finish in the state meet.

Sturgeon Bay drops non-conference match-up

Seymour scored 52 points in the first half en route to a 93-56 win over the Sturgeon Bay Clippers Saturday.


Jake Schneider led the way for the Clippers, scoring 15 of his 24 points in the second half. Gunnar Tebon scored 18 points in the game, 14 of which came in the first. Neither team went to the free throw line much, but the game was decided at the arc. The Thunder connected on 19 three-point shots, compared to just eight for the Clippers. Riley Murphy led all scorers in the game with 27 points, all of which came via the three-pointer.

Bucks school 76ers

Giannis Antetokounmpo once again taught the Philadelphia 76ers a lesson Saturday, having another huge game in the Milwaukee Bucks 119-98 romp.  Antetokounmpo nearly missed out on another triple-double this season, scoring 31 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists. Khris Middleton added plenty of support, scoring 25 points of his own. Leading the whole game, the Bucks put the game away in the opening minutes of the third quarter thanks to an 11-0 run. The Bucks could clinch a playoff spot as soon as Monday, which would be the earliest the feat had been accomplished in 25 years.



Phoenix wrap up final road trips

The Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams will wrap up their road slates with Sunday matinees.


Missing out on a chance to claim a Horizon League crown for the second straight year, the Phoenix women will look to improve its seed against the conference's champion IUPUI. The Jaguars have only lost twice this entire season, losing by a combined five points. The Phoenix blew past UIC in its last matchup Friday. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.


The Phoenix men hope to hold onto the third slot in the Horizon League Tournament when it plays at Oakland. The Phoenix won big against Detroit Mercy on Friday night while the Golden  Grizzlies have won their last three games, including their last matchup against Milwaukee. Tip is set for 2 p.m.

Packerland boys roundup: Eagles, Storm cruise

There was plenty of Friday action on the hardwood featuring area Packerland teams.


Southern Door and Kewaunee are ready for their big game next week. The Eagles beat Algoma, 68-25. The Storm rolled past Peshtigo.


In other action, Sevastopol nipped Gibraltar, 75-74.

Sevastopol girls pick up late nonconference win

Friday was the last day of regular-season competition for girls' basketball, and Sevastopol found themselves playing a nonconference game. The Pioneers picked up a win against Stockbridge. Sevastopol's defense was stout and fueled a 43-31 victory.

Luxemburg-Casco boys can't tame Wrightstown

The Luxemburg-Casco High School boys' basketball team kept it close Friday night, but couldn't get over the hump against Wrightstown. The Spartans fell, 74-67, on the road against the Tigers. It harkens to the beginning of the campaign when L-C was on the wrong end of several close games. The Spartans took a tough, close loss to Denmark this week in addition to the last night's defeat. 


Wrightstown leads the NEC by a game over Freedom. The Spartans have played both teams tough which could bode well for them come tournament time. The upset-minded Spartans will know they can hang with the best competition.

UWGB men dominate in Motown

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball team throttled Detroit Mercy in Motown Friday night. The win evens the Phoenix’s overall record at 14-14. UWGB is tied for third in the Horizon League at 9-6 as the regular season begins to wind down in anticipation of the conference tournament. 

The Phoenix had a great shooting night, 50 percent from the field and almost 50 percent from behind the arc. Senior guard Jayquan McCloud led the way with 32 points. That is almost twice his season average and ties a career-high. UWGB remains in the metro Detroit area when they face Oakland University Sunday afternoon at two.


Brewers begin Cactus League play Saturday

The Brew Crew are back on the diamond at 2:05 PM against the Texas Rangers as Cactus League play debuts in 2020. Spring training is an exciting thing to follow as it lasts over a month and can be a grind for fans as they patiently wait for their team to round into form and head north for the regular season. Big league regulars will be few for road games the next couple weeks, and starting pitchers only get an inning. For those trying to find meaningful statistics that could predict what’s in store this year, look to two things. 

First, how do the starters do? If the Brewers are consistently ahead after two, three, maybe four innings early in spring training, that’s preferable to having prospects with limited chances of making a big league roster fueling comebacks. Secondly, pitching statistics mean more than offense. Look at the overall team ERA. Because of the elevation, Arizona is a more offensive spring training league than Florida. It is not uncommon for the Cactus League to average an extra run compared to the Grapefruit. When you take a peek at the team ERA statistics, make sure you are making an apples-to-apples comparison and only looking at Cactus League squads. The Dodgers had the second-best team ERA in spring training last year and led the National League in the regular season. It is one of the few, maybe the only stat that tends to translate to meaningful baseball.


Boys' basketball round-up: Southern Door cruises

Two make-up games highlighted Thursday's slate ahead of a busy Friday night for the area's boys' basketball slate.


Ryan Claflin led all scorers with 30 points in Southern Door's 70-53 victory over Sturgeon Bay.


Gibraltar could not catch up with Peshtigo in the second half, dropping their make-up matchup 73-57 on the road.


Friday's games include Luxemburg-Casco playing at Wrightstown (6:25 p.m.), Sevastopol meeting Gibraltar in Fish Creek (7:30 p.m.), Algoma hosting Southern Door (7:30 p.m.), and Kewaunee battling Peshtigo at home (7:30 p.m.) 

Girls' basketball round-up: Regular season wrapped up

With an exception to Sevastopol's game at Stockbridge Friday night, the rest of the area's girls' basketball teams are now in playoff mode after Thursday's action.


Luxemburg-Casco could not stop Oconto Falls from going to the free-throw line in its 62-46 loss.


Sage Krause drilled five three-pointers in Gibraltar's 49-43 win over Sturgeon Bay.


Kewaunee cruised to a 62-44 win over Southern Door.


Sevastopol squeaked past NEW Lutheran 39-36. 


Sevastopol's game at Stockbridge begins at 6 p.m.

Luxemburg-Casco releases 2020 football schedule

Luxemburg-Casco will welcome its first team from Upper Michigan in several years as a part of its 2020 schedule announced yesterday.


Its game against Kingsford on October 2nd is one of the five home games for the Spartans this upcoming season. In addition to hosting conference rivals like Freedom and Wrightstown, it will host non-conference games against Winneconne and Seymour. You can see the full schedule below. Packerland Conference teams have not yet released their 2020 football schedules according to their website. 



Phoenix teams play day-night doubleheader

You can have Green Bay basketball with your lunch and your dinner Friday as both teams hit the final stretch of their regular seasons.


The Phoenix women start things off at 11 a.m. with a daytime matchup against the UIC Flames. It starts a crucial stretch as hold on hope for a possible share of the conference crown, which includes one matchup against the Horizon League leading IUPUI Jaguars. The Phoenix swept their weekend games while the Flames enter the contest on a five game losing skid.


Several hours and over 280 miles east, the Phoenix men are also battling for a first-round bye when they play at Detroit-Mercy. The Phoenix are coming off a come from behind win over in-state rival Milwaukee while the Titans are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Tip set for 6 p.m.

Bucks drive past Pistons

It was another day and another win for the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, beating the Detroit Pistons 126-106.


Giannis Antetokounmpo earned a double-double before the first quarter was even done en route to a 33 point, 16 rebound night. The Bucks built up a 29 point halftime lead before the Pistons were able to close the gap marginally in the second half. Three other Bucks players joined Antetokounmpo with double-figure scoring performances, including Khris Middleton registering 28 points. He was 4-5 from behind the arc. The Pistons had six players in double figures, led by Christian Wood's 18 points off the bench.


The Bucks meet the 76ers in Milwaukee Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay boys' basketball battles Southern Door

It is the first of two games in three days for Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door as the pair prepares for battle Thursday night in Brussels. The game is a make-up from a contest originally scheduled for Tuesday before a winter storm wiped out much of the action across northeast Wisconsin. 


The game will feature two of the conference's top scorers with Gunnar Tebon leading the Packerland Conference with 22.6 points per game and Ryan Claflin just a fraction behind, averaging 22.4 points per game. The Clippers are also a half-game ahead of the Eagles in the Packerland Conference standings, but it is the Eagles coming in as the hotter squad. The Eagles are riding a four-game winning streak while the Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak last week with a win over Sevastopol.


Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. 

Girls' basketball: Teams finishing up regular season

With only one exception, the area's girls' basketball teams will finish up their regular season Thursday night with eyes then focusing on the upcoming tournament run towards Green Bay.


Luxemburg-Casco ends its regular season with a road contest at Oconto Falls beginning at 7:00 p.m. At 6 p.m., Southern Door will host its senior night against Kewaunee. Tip times slated for 7:30 p.m. include Sevastopol's parents' night festivities against NEW Lutheran and Gibraltar traveling to Sturgeon Bay. The Pioneers will be the only team after Thursday with a regular-season matchup still on the table. They play at Stockbridge Friday at 6 p.m.

Sectional fields set for sectional wrestling

The area's sectional wrestlers know who they will be facing in their first matches of sectionals this Saturday. 


For Kewaunee in Division 2, Jack Severin will open his day at 126 pounds wrestling Chase Kmosena of Mosinee. Mitchell Thompson will meet Wyatt Esker of Wittenberg-Birnamwood at 145 pounds. Mason Jeanquart will compete at 160 pounds, preparing for his match against Aidan Stary of Oconto Falls.


Also competing in Division 2 at Oconto Falls is Luxemburg-Casco, which will have Easton Worachek start things off at 106 pounds facing Lakeland Union/Mercer's Sawyer Duir. Tyler Derenne draws Caleb Meunier of Winneconne in his first match at 113 pounds while Hunter Joniaux wrestles Ryan Tomazevic of Seymour at 120 pounds. Lucas Joniaux looks for another state appearance, opening his campaign against Noah Kilgas of Little Chute at 132 pounds. Isaac Blohowiak meets Wrightstown's Ben Durocher at 152 pounds and state champion Reece Worachek looks to repeat last year's success beginning with Winneconne's Matt Crowley at 182 pounds. The Spartans wrap things up with Travis LeGrave facing Tomahawk's Austin Leinen at 220 pounds and Kyle Kroll sparring against Xavier's Jacob Earle at 285 pounds.


In Division 3 regional action in Shawano, Southern Door starts things with Griffin Slezewski looks to make his second trip to Madison in three years, wrestling Crandon's Brett Palubicki at 126 pounds. Grant Englebert hopes to make it two straight trips starting with Rosholt's Blade Niewiadomski. Brodie Overbeck makes his sectionals debut with 285 pound weight class match against Amherst's John Farkas.


First session matches at both the Division 2 sectional at Oconto Falls and Division 3 sectional at Shawano begin at 10:30 a.m.

Brewers add utility player

The Milwaukee Brewers have added a new face to their line-up just a few days before its first spring training game of the year.


The Brewers announced Wednesday it signed utility player Brock Holt to their line-up for 2020 with a club-option for 2021. Holt comes to the Brewers via the Boston Red Sox after seven seasons. A lifetime .271 hitter, Holt has experience playing every position in the field except for pitcher and catcher. The Brewers play their first game Saturday against the Texas Rangers and host their first matchup in Maryvale the following day against the San Diego Padres.

Bucks come back from All-Star Break

Fresh off the NBA's All-Star Break, the Milwaukee Bucks hope to continue to the momentum from the first half the season with a road game against the Detroit Pistons.


The Bucks blew out the Pistons in their two previous meetings and that with three of Detroit's best players still on the active roster. Thursday's game is also the first regular-season action Giannis Antetokounmpo has seen since becoming a father early last week. Last week's loss to the Pacers was the Bucks' only loss in the Central Division this season with a new winning streak hoping to begin at Little Caesar's Arena in downtown Detroit beginning at 6 p.m.



Kewaunee boys survive scare at Oconto

The Kewaunee High School boys’ basketball team maintained their slim one-game lead in the Packerland standings…barely. The Storm eked past Oconto on the road, 60-57, in a seesaw affair Tuesday. It was the only Packerland varsity contest that was played as scheduled due to the morning’s winter storm. Kewaunee Schools operated on a two-hour delay, and that may have affected the Storm. Earlier in the season, Kewaunee beat Oconto handily, 70-48, as a comparison.

Both teams had three players reach double figures. Ryan Carmichael netted 23 to lead Kewaunee while Oconto was paced by 16 from Josh Woller. Kewaunee is back on the court Friday against Peshtigo.


Badger men vault to third place in Big Ten standings

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team led from the start, but it wasn’t as easy as that would suggest. A feisty Purdue team kept it close by outshooting Wisconsin from the field (40 percent to 38 percent) and having a significant rebounding advantage. Wisconsin made up for that by knocking down 19 of 20 attempts from the charity stripe.

Forward Aleem Ford led the Badgers with 19 points. Starter Brad Davison and Brevin Pritzl, off the bench, chipped in 13 each. Wisconsin moves into a five-way tie for third place with second-place Penn State only a game ahead of the congestion. That logjam will begin to break up tonight. Rutgers is one of the other 9-6 Big Ten squads, and they host the Wolverines at 6 PM. For one night, at least, the Badgers will be rooting for the Wolverines.


Spartans come up "Short" against Denmark 64-61 on WBDK

Playing the latter game in an unscheduled doubleheader Tuesday night at Luxemburg-Casco gymnasium, the Spartan boys fell to the Denmark Vikings 64-61 in a North Eastern Conference game on Senior Night.  The Spartans saw Denmark take control early in the second half by building an eleven point lead 42-31 after holding a 30-27 lead at halftime.  The Spartans mounted a comeback with full-court pressure and forcing turnovers in the final six minutes.  They even had a couple of chances in the last minute to tie the game but three-point shots by Ryan Robillard and Logan Doell came up short.  Drake Locklear hit three key free throws for Denmark in the final seconds to seal the win.  The Vikings' 6'-9" sophomore Donovon Scott scored 16 points and was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line while Brennen Miller added a game-high 23 points with 6 three-pointers.  The Spartans were led by Logan Doell who scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the first half.  Robillard added 14 and Carter Sewell scored 11 but it was not enough as the Vikings pulled off the upset.  The Spartans will now hit the road to play Wrightstown on Friday before closing out the conference schedule with a trip to Waupaca next Thursday. The next Spartan boys basketball broadcast on WBDK 96.7 FM will be in the WIAA tournament when that begins in two weeks.  Stay tuned for the Division II seeding brackets that will be announced this weekend.


(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux) 

Lady Spartans comeback falls short 51-49 on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Lady Spartans rallied but came up short at home Tuesday on Senior Night against the Seymour Thunder 51-69 in a nonconference game broadcast on WBDK 96.7 FM.  Trailing by 17, 36-19, at halftime the Lady Spartans mounted a furious comeback with the help of second-half shooting by Lauren Adams and a double-double by Tayor Thiry.  Adams scored ten of her 12 points in the second half and Thiry connected for 19 points going 7-10 on her free throws to keep the Spartans close.  Seymour was led by Diahanna King who scored 21 points. Luxemburg-Casco (4-14, 4-17 overall) will now finish up the season on the road at Oconto Falls on Thursday in the North Eastern Conference finale.  The Lady Spartans seeded #12 in Division II will travel to Kaukauna to play the #5 seeded Galloping Ghosts next Tuesday at 7 pm in a regional quarterfinal.  That game will be broadcast on 96.7 FM and streamed on starting at 6:30 pm with the pre-game and tipoff at 7 pm. 


(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)   

Several Packerland Conference games rescheduled

The Packerland Conference game scheduled for Tuesday night between the Algoma Wolves and the Sevastopol Pioneers has been rescheduled for Friday, February 28 at Sevastopol.  Sevastopol did not have school on Tuesday due to the snowstorm Monday evening and Tuesday morning.  The JV and Varsity games will be played at 6 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively. Sevastopol will be saluting the seniors on the team prior to the varsity game.  


Two other boys' games featuring area teams were moved to Thursday night. Sturgeon Bay will travel to Southern Door and Gibraltar visits Peshtigo. Both games will tip at 7:30 PM.


The nonconference Sturgeon Bay girls contest against Two Rivers was canceled and will not be made up with the postseason tournament beginning next week.

WIAA release girls' basketball pairings

With a week left in the season, area girls' basketball teams already know where they will be playing when the playoffs open next week.


In Division 2, Luxemburg-Casco will play on February 25th at Kaukauna before a possible match-up at West De Pere in the regional semifinals on February 28th. 


In Division 3, Sturgeon Bay will open play on February 25th at Campbellsport before a possible matchup against top seeded Valders on February 28th. Ranked number #2 in the same part of the bracket, Kewaunee has a bye to the regional semifinals on February 28th where they will play the winner of Two Rivers and Denmark. 


In Division 4, Southern Door opens up play on February 25th with a home game against Manitowoc Lutheran before a matchup at top seeded Howards Grove on February 28th. Sevastopol will open up play on February 25th on the road against Roncalli. Further down in that same part of the bracket, Algoma will play at Kohler on February 25th before a possible date against second seeded Mishicot a few days later.


In Division 5, Gibraltar will host Suring on February 25th before a possible road trip to Gillett on February 28th.


You can click here for the full bracket

Boys' basketball preview: Schedule weather dependent

Tuesday's slate of boys' basketball games will depend a lot on what schools do as a reaction to the weather.


In addition to Luxemburg-Casco's game against Denmark that will air on 96.7 WBDK, scheduled games include Kewaunee traveling to Oconto, Gibraltar playing at Peshtigo, Sevastopol hosting Algoma, Southern Door battling Sturgeon Bay at home.  Peshtigo, Sevastopol, and Southern Door have all canceled classes for Tuesday, but Oconto will operate on a two-hour delay. That may open the door for Kewaunee to play the only local game of note for the evening. If held, Kewaunee would tip off at Oconto at 7:30 p.m.

Girls' basketball round-up: Gibraltar, Kewaunee, and Algoma win big

Fast starts were key in Monday's slate of girls' basketball games.


Abbi Sitte erupted for 25 points in Gibraltar's 71-31 win over Southern Door. 


Chloie Spitzer made six of Algoma's eight 3-pointers as they went onto beat Sturgeon Bay 58-39.


Kewaunee had four players hit the double-digit plateau in their 76-42 victory over Sevastopol.


Sturgeon Bay's previously scheduled game against Two Rivers has been canceled, making the rescheduled game featuring Luxemburg-Casco the only girls' basketball game in the area for Tuesday.

Spartan boys host Denmark on WBDK after girls' game Tuesday

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan boys will host the Denmark Vikings in a North Eastern Conference game on Senior night in Luxemburg Tuesday.  The Spartans (10-5, 13-6 overall) are coming off a 65-58 home victory last Friday against the Southern Door Eagles in a non-conference game.  L-C is tied for third in the NEC while  Denmark (7-8, 10-9 overall) lost to first-place Wrightstown 77-62 last Thursday and is in 4th place in the NEC.  Tuesday will be Senior Night in Luxemburg as the Spartans hope to get a win for the seniors on the squad who are playing in their last regular home game.  The game will be broadcast on WBDK 96.7 FM and streamed live on  Pregame will about 7:15 pm, immediately following the girls' game that starts at 6 pm with Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt on the call.


(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Youth wrestling round-up: Southern Door, SBS have successful weekends

The youth and middle school wrestlers at two area programs had strong weekends. Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol each had a number of tournaments their kids went to across northeast Wisconsin, bringing him lots of hardware along the way.



SBS Ladies @New London
A Team of 6 fierce gals made their mark at the First ever girls only Bulldog Wrestling Bash. Posting an overall 11-6 record, including 5 pins, each girl earned a spot on the podium today. Julia Gregory & Tiani LeMieux went undefeated.

Tiani LeMieux - First
Julia Gregory - First
Layla Stai - Second
Yazzie Levine - Second
Ashley Ruiz - Third
Sydney Turner - Third

SBS Boys @ Omro

4 SBS wrestling boys each made the podium today!! Zak Wrobel placed first going undefeated including one pin, one tech fall and a major. Dom Tristani, Gabe Hankins & Ethan DeNamur each placed second. Great job boys!!!




It was a busy Sunday for Southern Door youth and middle school wrestlers. At the Hortonville Youth Tournament, Wyatt Jeanquart, Clark LeFevre and Jonah LeFevre came away with 1st Place finishes. Payton Jeanquart and Lance Veeser finished 2nd, and 3rd Place was Eastin Micolichek, Elijah DuBois and Flynn Jeanquart.

It was girls only at the New London Bulldogs Lady Wrestling Bash. Nora LeFevre and Hailey Veeser brought home 2nd Place, Abi Tooley 3rd, and Evie Micolichek 4th. They also took part in a clinic led by one of the Lakeland University lady wrestlers.

Great job Eagles!



Picture courtesy of SBS Wrestling Facebook page

Packerland girls' basketball preview: Local matchups highlight Monday's schedule

All six of the area's Packerland teams will play each other Monday in girls' basketball action with 7:30 p.m tip-offs set.


Games include Algoma hosting Sturgeon Bay for senior night, Southern Door traveling to Gibraltar, and Kewaunee playing at home against Sevastopol. The Storm (14-0) has all but clinched the Packerland title, holding a five-game lead in conference play over Gibraltar and Peshtigo.

Algoma boys make up Reedsville game

It's been well over a month since it was originally scheduled, but Algoma will finally play Reedsville in Monday's only boys' basketball contest.


The Wolves hope to win their third game of the season with their only victories coming from the non-conference slate. Carter Zimmerman has been a focal point of the offense, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists (16.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.4 apg) this season. The Wolves lost their last game out, a 70-55 decision to Peshtigo. Reedsville is coming off a 20-point loss to St. Mary Catholic and are led by Brennen Dvoracheck. Similar to Zimmerman, Dvoracheck also leads his team in all offensive categories.


Tip is set for 7:15 p.m.


Phoenix avenge loss against Oakland

An early-season loss to Oakland seemed like a lifetime ago after the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball teams toppled the Golden Grizzlies in their rematch Sunday 76-51.


It looked like it was going to be another nailbiter after the Phoenix and the Golden Grizzlies went back and forth in the first quarter with the home team holding onto a slim one-point lead. The Phoenix outscored the Golden Grizzlies 20-1 in the second quarter, part of a 32-1 run that ultimately put the game out of reach. The Phoenix shot close to 50 percent from the floor while forcing the Golden Grizzlies to shoot less 33 percent and turn the ball over 24 times. Frankie Wurtz matched a career-high with 28 points. Three other Phoenix players scored in double digits.

Spartans-Seymour girls' game moved to 6pm Tuesday on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans girls basketball team will take on the Seymour Thunder in a non-conference game Tuesday night in Luxemburg on Senior Night in a rescheduled game from Monday night that was postponed due to the weather.  The game will be the first game of the night as part of a L-C girls-boys doubleheader for senior night.  The Spartan girls  (4-13, 4-16 overall) are coming off a 86-80 road loss to Marinette last Thursday.  Seymour from the Bay Conference lost to Xavier 79-70 and are 7-6 in conference and 7-13 overall.  Pregame is set for 5:45 pm and tip-off at 6 pm from Luxemburg-Casco High School on WBDK 96.7 FM.  The game will also be streamed live on with Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt on the call.


(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)


Fourteen wrestlers clinch sectional berth

No team titles were won but 14 wrestlers in Door and Kewaunee Counties saw their seasons extended Saturday.


In Brillion, Southern Door's Grant Englebert and Griffin Slezewski won regional titles and Brodie Overbeck took second at 220 pounds to clinch his first sectional berth in Division 3.


Denmark provided tough matchup for defending regional champions Luxemburg-Casco and Kewaunee in Division 2. The Storm had Jack Severin win his weight class along with Mason Jeanquart.  Mitchell Thompson clinched his sectional appearance with a second place finish. The Spartans qualified eight of its 14 wrestlers to the sectional meet. Reece Worachek, Easton Worachek, Lucas Joniaux, and Travis LeGrave while Kyle Kroll, Hunter Joniaux, Isaac Blohowiak, Ryan Routhieaux, and Tyler Derenne took second.  


Nick West led the way for Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol with a third place finish.


Click the links for full results at


Six swimmers qualify for state meet

The Door County United Swim Team will have plenty of representation at the 2020 State Boys Swimming & Diving Championships at the UW - Natatorium in Madison next week.


No sectional titles were won in Plymouth, but the team had several strong performances good enough to qualify based on times. The Boys 200 yard medley relay is seeded fourth in the state meet after finishing in second with a time of just above 1:42. Brock Aune just missed out on gold twice but will be among the top seeded in the 50 yard freestyle (22.26) and 100 yard breaststroke (58.32). Drew Rass and Jacob Norton will also join Aune in the breastroke competition. The 200 yard freestyle relay qualified for state with a time of 1:31.55.

Badgers, Phoenix get big road victories

The Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Phoenix both got important road conference victories Saturday in men's college basketball action.


In Lincoln, the Badgers blew out Nebraska in the second half to win 81-64. Brad Davison gave the Badgers a slim 39-38 at the half with a three point shot, one of eight he hit on the afternoon to lead the Badgers with 30 points. D'Mitrik Trice hit five three point shots of his own to help lead the Badgers on several runs in the second half to outscore the Cornhuskers 42-26 in the final frame.


In Milwaukee, Amari Davis may have clinched his ninth Horizon League freshman of the week honor with another great performance in Green Bay's 94-90 win over the Panthers. Davis scored 28 points in the contest, but it was a Kam Hankerson's floater in the key that helped give the Phoenix the lead for good after trailing for several seconds in the final frame. The win gave the Phoenix hope it can potentially still capture a top-three finish, which would give them a bye and a home game in the Horizon League Tournament.

Spring sports seasons await

As wrestlers, swimmers, and basketball players see their winter schedules open up, spring seasons are right around the corner.


Boys and girls track begins March 9th with its earliest meet March 17th. Baseball pitchers can begin a week ahead of their teammates, which can have their first practice March 23rd. Boys golfers will have to wait until April 6th before they can swing the clubs while tennis players could start a week earlier on March 30th. Girls softball can begin as early as March 16th while girls soccer can begin hitting the pitch on March 23rd.

Hader gets big pay raise

In the first of two arbitration hearings for the Milwaukee Brewers, reliever Josh Hader got a raise of close to 500 percent.


Hader got $4.1 million of $6.4 million he requested in his arbitration hearing, which is still a far cry from the just under $688,000 he was making as one of the best relievers in baseball. Pitcher Brent Suter is expected to find out his final 2020 salary figure this week according to Position players officially report on Monday ahead of their first spring training game on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

PACKERLAND GIRLS ROUNDUP: Kewaunee and Algoma have strong second halves

Algoma and Kewaunee High Schools came out on fire after halftime to win their respective games. Gibraltar is now in second place.


Kewaunee turned a slim 15-13 advantage into a runaway win at Peshtigo.


Algoma trailed by eight at halftime against Southern Door but put up 36 in the second frame in a win.


Gibraltar nipped Sevastopol by three points and is in second place now in the Packerland Conference.

PACKERLAND BOYS ROUNDUP: Southern Door falls in nonconference game

Southern Door and Gibraltar High School boys' teams were in action Friday in nonconference matchups.


Southern Door led Luxemburg-Casco for over three-quarters of the contest before letting their advantage slip away late. The Spartans defeated the Eagles, 65-58.


Gibraltar won their nonconference game, the first victory for the Vikings in a while. They cruised against St. Lawrence Seminary, 74-40.


(photo courtesy of Della Otradovec)

Wrestling regionals Saturday

Four area wrestling programs take to the mat in team regionals on Saturday. First whistle is at 10:30 AM across all locations. Southern Door will take on Reedsville, Mishicot, Oneida Nation, and host Brillion.

 Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol will both be at Denmark High School. Those squads match up with Luxemburg-Casco as well Two Rivers, Valders, and the host Vikings.  


Badger men visit Nebraska Saturday

Wisconsin and Nebraska have met on the court once already this season, a little under a month ago in Madison, with the Badgers winning 82-68. In that game, Wisconsin knocked down a school-record 18 three-pointers. Brevin Pritzl was lights out from behind the arc in the Badgers’ last game. It’s not a guarantee, but the conditions are right for Wisconsin to bombard the Cornhuskers from deep again.

Wisconsin enters the game at 7-6, in the middle of the pack of a Big Ten conference defined by parity. Michigan is 12th at 6-7 with Illinois fourth at 8-5. Win or lose, Wisconsin is almost guaranteed to move significantly in the standings. Nebraska is in 13th place in the conference, losers of nine straight games.


Team Giannis ready to step onto All-Star court Sunday

Don’t call it East versus West…although for all intents and purposes that is what you’ll see Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game. Instead, it is packaged as Team LeBron versus Team Giannis, named after the respective captains of each squad. Team Giannis will feature Antetokounmpo, the 76ers’ Joel Embiid, and Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors in the frontcourt. Rounding out the starting five are Boston’s Kemba Walker and Atlanta’s Trae Young. Even with the Bucks at 44-8, only two players made it into the mid-season showcase. Khris Middleton is a reserve player for Team Giannis.

Team LeBron is stout featuring the best in the west. Lebron is flanked by Anthony Davis and Luka Doncic with James Harden and Kawhi Leonard the other starters. The game is being played in Chicago this year with tip-off set for 7 PM Sunday.


*Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Bucks Facebook page.


All snowmobile trails open in Door, Kewaunee Counties

The long wait is over for snowmobile riders in Kewaunee County after it was announced on Thursday that the trails would open on Friday.


According to Kewaunee County officials, trails in all four snowmobile sections will open on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8AM, three of which include the use of the Ahnapee State Trail. The Moonriders of Kewaunee warn snowmobilers that the South trail off the pipeline is currently closed off with caution ribbon. The organization will work on that part of the trail and open it up as soon as the necessary work is completed.


All snowmobile sections in Door County have been open since Wednesday, but the condition of some parts of those trails have been listed as being poor.

Girls' basketball preview: Southern Door, Sevastopol host Parents' Night

Players will honor their parents at a pair of local girls' basketball games Friday night. 


The two celebrations will take place at Sevastopol ahead of its matchup against Gibraltar and Southern Door will do the same before it faces Algoma. Kewaunee travels to Peshtigo for the other Packerland Conference game of the evening with all three matchups beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Boys' basketball: Slow starts plague local teams

Local boys' basketball teams could not come back from first-half deficits in Thursday's games.


Luxemburg-Casco had three players score in double digits and outscored the Irish in the second half, but it was not enough to topple Freedom in a 73-69 defeat.


Algoma could not take advantage of a poor free-throw shooting night by the Bulldogs, losing to Peshtigo 70-55.


Gibraltar outscored Oconto 32-26 in the second half, but it was not enough to dig out of a first-half deficit in its 66-49 loss.


Gunnar Tebon made sure Sevastopol couldn't come back in its game against Sturgeon Bay, scoring 32 points in the Clippers 92-69 victory.


In the Valentine's Day slate of games, Gibraltar heads to St. Lawrence Seminary for a 7 p.m. tip and Luxemburg-Casco hosts Southern Door at 7:15 p.m., 

Sturgeon Bay's Stevenson returns to Torrent

A familiar face for Sturgeon Bay soccer fans is returning to the sidelines for the Milwaukee Torrent.


The Milwaukee Torrent announced earlier this week it would be resigning the former Sturgeon Bay and UW-Milwaukee product for another season. In its third season in the National Premier Soccer League, the Torrent went 1-0-2 with five points collected. Stevenson's brother Jaden got a taste of soccer outside of the college ranks last year, playing for the Green Bay Voyageurs.



Phoenix women welcome Motown teams this weekend

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team has some work to do if they want to have the best possible seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.


A two game losing streak has the Phoenix in fourth place in the Horizon League with an opportunity to pick up some wins against two teams below them in the standings, Detroit and Oakland. A matchup earlier in the season produced a much needed 65-48 victory over the Titans, two days removed from a tough loss to the Golden Grizzlies. A win against UIC last Saturday snapped a five game losing streaking for the Titans. 


The two teams play at 7 p.m. Friday.

Swimming prepares for sectionals

Area wrestlers are not the only ones preparing for a run towards Madison this weekend as the Door County United swim team makes its bid for the state meet as well.


DCU will head to Plymouth for its sectional meet on Saturday. According to the heat sheets posted online at WIAA.orgDCU has top three participants in five of the 12 events including two of the relays. 


First swim is at 11 a.m.

Luxemburg-Casco girls look to snap skid

The Luxemburg-Casco girls basketball hopes to find a W when it travels to Marinette Thursday night.


The Spartans have lost their four games, last winning on January 27th against Waupaca. It is a rematch from the two teams' January 13th showdown that saw the Spartans come away with the 84-71 victory. In that game, four Spartans players scored in double figures, including 25 from Lauren Adams. Controlling the Marines' Katelyn Kitzinger will be key in the game this time around as she scored 37 points in the first meeting. No other player registered more than 10 points for the Marines.


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

Boys' basketball preview: End of the season push for area teams

Six of the area's seven teams will all be in action Thursday night with playoff seeding just around the corner.


In Northeastern Conference play, Luxemburg-Casco travels to Freedom for a 7:00 p.m. contest.


Packerland Conference games this evening feature Kewaunee's senior night against NEW Lutheran, Sevastopol traveling to face Sturgeon Bay, Algoma hosting Peshtigo, and Gibraltar battling Oconto in Fish Creek. Those games all tip-off at 7:30 p.m.



Bucks drop one in Indiana

The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Indiana Pacers 118-111 on Wednesday night. It was their final game before the all-star weekend festivities kick off. Giannis Antetokounmpo was given the night off for the second game in a row. His son was born on Monday and the team has been giving him time this week to be with his family. 


It was Donte DiVincenzo leading the way with 19 points off the bench for the Bucks. Khris Middleton was right behind him with 17 of his own. He drew most of the defensive attention all night. Something that he has been used to this week. 


Most of the team will rest up over all-star weekend as their next game wont be until a week from today. Giannis is captain of the East and will be busy all weekend though. The all-star game will be in Chicago on Sunday. 

Howard sets Big East mark in Marquette loss

Markus Howard has a new record but could not help the Marquette Golden Eagles dig out of a big hole in its 72-71 loss to Villanova Wednesday night.


The game-ending three-point shot made by Howard gave him the all-time Big East scoring record at 1,408 points. He scored 24 points in the game as he tried to help the Golden Eagles climb all the way back from 18 down in the second half to the 15th ranked Wildcats. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl helped lead the Wildcats passed the Golden Eagles, scoring 17 points and collecting 11 rebounds.


The state's other Division 1 men's programs do not play until Saturday when Green Bay travels to face UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin visits Lincoln to play Nebraska.

Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay go to overtime

Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door High Schools clashed Tuesday in girls’ basketball. The contest took overtime to decide. Southern Door walked away with the hard-fought 50-45 victory, coming from as many as 14 points down. Nicole Norton had 20 points for Southern Door. Sturgeon Bay got 14 points from Morgan Reinhardt and Greta Meleen added 11 but it was not enough to pull past the Eagles. 

Southern Door improves to 8-5 in the Packerland Conference, keeping pace with Gibraltar for third place. Both teams are a game back of Peshtigo. The Bulldogs’ next game is against undefeated Kewaunee so a logjam for second place is possible by the weekend. The Eagles host Algoma Friday. Sturgeon Bay’s next game is also against Algoma but that doesn’t happen until Monday.


Photo courtesy of Southern Door School District.

Kewaunee girls heat up against Blue Devils

The Kewaunee High School girls’ basketball team rolled Tuesday in a complete effort against Oconto, topping the Blue Devils 72-41. Kewaunee yielded only 13 points to Oconto in the opening frame and still outscored the Blue Devils after the break while cycling in reserves. Mackenzie Tlachac had a game-high 23 points with Ashley Pawlitzky’s 17 offering strong support.


Kewaunee remains perfect in the Packerland Conference with three games remaining. Friday they travel to Peshtigo.


*Photo courtesy of Kewaunee PR Committee Facebook page.

Gibraltar girls notch impressive win against Peshtigo

The Peshtigo High School girls’ basketball team came into Tuesday’s contest at Gibraltar in second place. The Bulldogs leave in second place but it is much more tenuous now. Gibraltar has only been slowed down by Kewaunee in Packerland play the past month and the Vikings have now rallied to within a game of Peshtigo.

Gibraltar ran away from the Bulldogs, 56-39, behind Abbigael Sitte’s game-high 17 points. Maggie Moroney chipped in an additional 11. Gibraltar was able to empty the benches late and had nine players pick up at least one basket. Gibraltar’s run should continue through the weekend as their next game is a favorable matchup with Sevastopol.


Algoma girls find offense against Sevastopol

The Algoma High School girls’ basketball team has been making a late-season run the past week but it has consisted of hard-fought defensive victories. The offense finally found a rhythm Tuesday night against Sevastopol. Characteristically for the Wolves, their offense was generated off of defense early on. Algoma allowed the Pioneers just six points in the first half and was able to transition into a balanced scoring attack. 

Three players hit double figures including Chloe Spitzer (13), Emersyn Wallace (11), and Halle Panger (10). Wallace continues to transition to being a major cog in the Wolves offense. Algoma meets Southern Door on Friday.


Girls' basketball recap: Gibraltar, Algoma lose

Gibraltar and Algoma both suffered tough losses on the road Monday night.


No player scored in double figures for the Vikings as they lost to Crivitz 56-34.


Algoma fell to Bonduel 52-33.


Girls' basketball action Tuesday includes Sturgeon Bay hosting Southern Door, Kewaunee playing its second conference game in as many days with a date against Oconto at home, Gibraltar returning home to face Peshtigo, and Sevastopol traveling to Algoma. Those games begin at 7:30 p.m. Luxemburg-Casco plays at home against Freedom in a 7 p.m. match-up.

Boys' basketball recap: Kewaunee comes back

,Kewaunee was able to come back on the road to win its non-conference matchup Monday night.


Down by one at the break, the Storm outscored Shiocton 34-28 in the second half to win the contest 75-70. Ryan Carmichael scored 21 points in the game while Tyler Hensley added 17 points thanks in part to five three-pointers.


In Tuesday boys' basketball action, Sturgeon Bay visits Xavier for a 7 p.m. tilt and Sevastopol bounces back from its Tigerton game on Monday night to play at NEW Lutheran at 7:30 p.m.

Area wrestlers prepare for trip back to state

The road to Madison begins with regional tournaments across the state this Saturday for area wrestlers.  Kewaunee’s Jack Severin, Southern Door’s Grant Englebert, and Luxemburg-Casco’s Lucas Joniaux and Reece Worachek are all looking to return to the podium at the Kohl Center. Severin will likely face even stiffer competition than in previous years after Kewaunee was bumped up to Division 2, now sharing the regional with teams like Two Rivers and Luxemburg-Casco. Severin told last month that he is ready for the challenge.

Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee, and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol will wrestle at Denmark while Southern Door heads to Brillion for their respective regional tournaments. First session begins at 10:30 a.m.

Bucks topple Kings

It was no Giannis, no problem for the Milwaukee Bucks as they beat the Sacramento Kings 123-111 at the Fiserv Forum Monday night.


With Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the line-up due to the birth of his son, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe each scored 28 points to lead the Bucks to the victory. A fast start by the Bucks in the first quarter went away in the middle frames of the game, entering the fourth quarter down 90-88. A 13-0 run to start the quarter gave the Bucks the lead and the cushion needed to put the Kings away. Four other Bucks players scored in double figures, including 20 points from Brook Lopez.


The Bucks return to action Wednesday night for a road contest against the Indiana Pacers.

Spartans tame Mustangs 71-62 on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartan boys won their 7th consecutive game Monday night with an impressive 71-62 victory over the Little Chute Mustangs in Luxemburg.  The Spartans overcame foul trouble throughout the game and were spurred by the bench play of sophomore Owen Deprez who scored 12 points and added energy on the court with spirited play.  Junior Ryan Robillard scored a three-point basket at the halftime buzzer to tie the game at 27-27 going into intermission.  The Spartans then went on a 10-0 run to start the second half in the first four minutes and even extended the lead to 16 points.  Little Chute made a furious comeback to close within five points in the final minutes but the Spartans were able to hit key free throws at the end to seal the victory.  The Mustangs struggled at the free-throw line all night missing 18 of 36 while the Spartans converted on 16 of 25 from the charity stripe, unofficially.  Kade VanAsten led Little Chute with 22 points while Logan Doell paced the Spartans with 18 and freshman Peyton Mrotek added 11.  The Spartans (10-4, 12-5 overall) will now travel to Freedom to play the Irish Thursday night in the North Eastern Conference before returning home to face Southern Door in a non-conference game Friday,  The next L-C boys' basketball radio broadcast on WBDK 96.7FM will be next Tuesday, February 18  as the Spartans host Denmark on Senior Night.


(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)  

Middle school, youth wrestlers shine

With high school teams taking the weekend off ahead of regionals this Saturday, it was middle school and youth squads taking the spotlight.


From Kevin Slezewski, Southern Door Wrestling

It was a busy weekend of youth wrestling for the Southern Door Eagles.  On Saturday at West De Pere, Flynn Jeanquart and Jonah LeFevre earned their way to the top step of the podium with 1st Place finishes.  Other results were:
2nd Place - Payton Jeanquart, Delencey DuBois, Wyatt Jeanquart
3rd Place - Elijah DuBois, Jackson Bellin
4th Place - Chance Dekeyser, Eastin Micolichek, Luke Bellin, Jiohnni Oberleitner

At the Two Rivers Youth Tournament on Sunday, Wyatt Jeanquart brought home a 1st Place trophy, with Peter Bloniarz, and siblings Nora, Clark and Jonah LeFevre all finishing in 2nd Place, and Alex Buhr 3rd.  Great showing all weekend by our Eagles youth and middle school wrestlers!  Way to represent!  #UnitedInBattle


The Southern Door Eagles Middle School wrestling team continued their winning ways at Preble High School in Green Bay on Saturday, going 55-13 (W-L record) overall in contested matches during a 5 team duals event.  They ended up in 2hd Place as a team, coming up just short against Parkview (Ashwaubenon) by just 3 points.  Great job Eagles!
Dual results:
Southern Door 63 - Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol 37
Southern Door 91 - Edison/Red Smith 3
Parkview MS 48 - Southern Door 45
Southern Door 88 - GB Lombardi/Washington 33

You’ll have a chance to see the middle school team in action at the Eagle Gym on March 5, 2020, as they host the 4 team Talon Tussle!





At Brillion
SBS K - 6th Dual Team competed against some of the best division 1 schools in the state. Although the team took some lumps our athletes all battled hard and fiercely. It was great combining the youth and MS team to work on team building. Although the loses outnumbered the wins we still had many victories both on the Mat and personally. Coaches Rory Madsen, Trevor Hasenjager and Rob Vogel want to recognize the efforts of each member of this team and congratulate you all for your courage, perseverance & sportsmanship. Your performances today have earned their respect and your ENTIRE SBS wrestling family is VERY PROUD of you!!!

Nate Hasenjager, Deacon Haus, Atticus Haus, Gabe Hankins, Caleb Welch, Mason Haen Lauder, Layla Stai, Spencer Madsen, Yazzie Levine, Sydney Turner, and Tiani LeMieux.


At Two Rivers
SBS Middle Schoolers did a great job at Two Rivers today. All placed 3rd or better in their brackets. Coaches Leif Lautenbach and John Wrobel were pleased with everyone’s attitude and support for one another.

Ethan DeNamur, Ashley Ruiz, Patrick Haese, Julia Gregory, and Zak Wrobel.



Girls' basketball preview: Kewaunee stays local while others travel

Three local teams are back in action Monday night after a busy end to last week.


Kewaunee plays the lone conference game as they look to stay perfect in the Packerland with a matchup against NEW Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. The other two local games of note are road non-conference games with Gibraltar visiting Crivitz for a 7:15 p.m. tilt and Algoma paying Bonduel a visit for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

Boys' basketball preview: Non-conference play in Packerland

While Luxemburg-Casco plays a league contest on 96.7 WBDK Monday night, some members of the Packerland Conference will venture a little farther for match-ups.


At 7 p.m., Sevastopol will tip off its non-conference game in Tigerton while Kewaunee will meet Shiocton for a road contest at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers look to rebound from its Friday night loss to Southern Door and the Storm hope to build on last Tuesday's blow out win over Mishicot.

Wisconsin, Marquette get important wins

The state's major college basketball programs each got big wins Sunday afternoon to help improve their seeding in next month's conference tournaments.


Wisconsin honored the 20th anniversary of its 2000 Final Four team in Madison with a 70-57 win against Ohio State. The Badgers set the tone defensively in the first half, holding the Buckeyes to just 32 percent shooting from the field while going on their own 31-7 run to end the half with a lead they would not give up. Brevin Pritzl led the Badgers with 19 points.


Marquette blew past #19 Butler in Milwaukee with a 76-57 win. One of the better three-point shooting teams in the country, Butler hit only four on 20 attempts while the Golden Eagles hit 11. The Golden Eagles were also able to get to the line a lot, making 21 of 28 compared to seven of eight for the Bulldogs. Markus Howard led Marquette with 17 points while Koby McEwen and Brendan Bailey each pitched in 16 points.

Spartans battle Little Chute on WBDK Monday

Looking to keep the success of their "revenge tour" intact, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans will look to payback the Little Chute Mustangs on Monday night in a North Eastern Conference matchup in Luxemburg.  Playing their second game in the new gym,  the Spartans (9-4, 11-5 overall) are on a six-game winning streak thanks to an 80-62 victory over Oconto Falls last Thursday.  Little Chute (5-8, 5-11 overall), on the other hand, is looking to snap a five-game losing streak after a 58-48 loss to Freedom last Thursday.  The Mustangs beat Luxemburg-Casco earlier this season 59-51 in Little Chute.  Monday's pregame show on WBDK 96.7FM is set for 7 pm with tipoff at 7:15 pm.  Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt will bring you all the game action which will also be streamed on


(Photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)


Girls' basketball round-up: Algoma, Sturgeon Bay get close victories

The area's girls' basketball teams saved some of their most exciting games of the season for this Saturday with some upsets along the way.


Algoma took second place Peshtigo into overtime and prevailed on the road in a 35-31 win.


Sturgeon Bay was able to hold on for a slim 35-34 victory over Sevastopol.


Abbi Sitte scored 28 points and Sage Krause added another 24 in Gibraltar's 71-46 win over Oconto.


Southern Door could not upset Valders, falling 63-34.

JV wrestlers get reps at Preble

Matches for the area's JV wrestlers are hard to come by, making Saturday's tournament at Green Bay Preble very important members of teams at Kewaunee, Southern  Door, and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol.


Kewaunee's Ayden Stangel and Jack Paulsen took sixth on the day, improving in their five matches on the day.


Austin Farley was the top place winner for Southern Door with a 3rd place finish. Farley, Ben Slezewski, Katelyn LeCloux, and Cody Nellis each picked up a win on the day while Dylan Wessel was able to pick up a pair of victories.


The area's top-performing team was Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol, which saw Sam Abel win his bracket while Kellen Hacht, Wyatt Coburn and Ben Roman took second. Abel, Hacht, Coburn, and Austin Marquardt all had at least two wins on the day. It was Abel with the most impressive day, registering pins in all five of his matches.

Door County United wins conference title

The Door County United swim team left Chilton with some extra hardware after winning the Eastern Wisconsin Conference meet Saturday.


DCU scored 121 points in the meet, beating second place Plymouth by 17 points. Brock Aune won two individual titles in the 50 meter freestyle (22.67 seconds) and 100 meter breaststroke (1;02;02). Aune was also part of a 200 meter freestyle team that broke a pool record with a time of 1:32.77 and a 200 meter medley team that also won gold. Ethan Almstadt and Jacob Norton went 1-2 in the 200 meter individual medley while Luke Bousley took third in the 200 meter freestyle. Thompson took third in the 100 meter butterfly, Jesper Johnson won the 500 meter freestyle, and Norton took third in the backstroke. DCU also had a 400 meter relay team that took gold as well.


Picture courtesy of Southern Door County School District Facebook page


Phoenix basketball teams drop Saturday games

Both Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams dropped road contests Saturday afternoon, hurting their Horizon League Tournament positioning in the process.


In Milwaukee, the UWM Panthers hit  11 three-pointers and were a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line as the Phoenix women lost the contest 65-60. Frankie Wurtz scored 24 points in the game, but it was not enough to save the Phoenix from dropping to the fourth  position in the league.


In Chicago, the Phoenix men struggled to contain the high flying offense of the UIC Flames in its 71-58 loss. Instead it was the Flames that played the tough defense, limiting the Phoenix to their second lowest scoring total of the season and just a hair above 32 percent shooting from the field. Jayquan McCloud led the Phoenix with 15 points.

Brewers' pitchers and catchers report Wednesday

The quest for a third straight playoff appearance officially begins Wednesday when the Milwaukee Brewers welcome pitchers and catchers.


It will be a new look battery for the Brewers, which said good-bye to catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jeremy Jeffress, Jimmy Nelson and others in recent months. There will be some new faces to the pitching staff with the team welcoming David Phelps, Brett Anderson, Alex Claudio, and Josh Lindblom. The first workout will be February 13th with all position players reporting on February 17th.

PACKERLAND BOYS ROUNDUP: Southern Door flies past Sevastopol

There was plenty of hardwood action to choose from across the Packerland Conference Friday night. 


Southern Door picked up the lone win for local squads, besting Sevastopol 66-48.


Algoma fell on the road at Oconto 74-54.


Short-handed Sturgeon Bay lost a close one to Peshtigo, 53-49.


NEW Lutheran stymied the visiting Gibraltar Vikings, 72-60.

Area gyms filled with Saturday girls' basketball action

Five area teams will be featured in three Packerland Conference games and one nonconference matchup Saturday. The action begins at 3 PM when Algoma travels to second-place Peshtigo as the Wolves look to build momentum with the playoffs quickly approaching.

At 7:30, Gibraltar visits Oconto with the Vikings playing well. Take out two losses to league-leading Kewaunee and Gibraltar has put together their best stretch of basketball this season over the past three weeks. Sturgeon Bay travels to Sevastopol.

The Packerland looks for some revenge at 7:15 PM when Southern Door is at Valders. The Vikings handed Kewaunee their first loss of the season earlier this week. Valders is undefeated at home.


Little Chute nips Luxemburg-Casco girls

The Mustangs from Little Chute High School found just enough gallop to get past the Luxemburg-Casco girls’ basketball Friday night, 42-37. Aubrie Hermsen had a game-high 17 for Little Chute. Elisha Wilson joined Hermsen in double figures with 10. The Spartans kept it close behind a 14-point effort from Lauren Adams.

Luxemburg-Casco returns home to their new gym Tuesday against Freedom.


Minnesota and Chicago both look to make late playoff charge

The NHL’s Western Conference standings remain incredibly tight. A modest win streak is enough to vault a team into a playoff spot. By contrast, a losing streak of even two or three games can see a squad tumble out of contention. The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks are both well under .500, and yet, they are two points from having a Wild Card spot. Eleven teams are separated by eight points, or four wins. 

Minnesota has won three in a row with four straight at home beginning Sunday. Chicago has not been quite as successful recently in the win column but they’ve garnered at least a point in the eight of the past nine games. In hockey, a loss in overtime or a shootout still nets a team one point in the standings. Chicago is on the road for five straight including two in games in Winnipeg over the next week.


Spartans win first game in new gym

Playing in the new gymnasium, the Luxemburg-Casco boys basketball team cruised to an 80-62 win over the Oconto Falls Panthers Thursday night.  The Spartans jumped out to a 43-22 lead at halftime and never looked back.  Ryan Robillard and Logan Doell each scored 22 points to pace the Spartans while Carter Sewell chipped in 11 and Peyton Mrotek added 10 as four L-C players scored in double digits.  The Spartans (9-4, 11-5 overall) will now host Little Chute Monday night in a North Eastern Conference game that will be broadcast on 96.7FM WBDK.  Pregame is set for 7 pm with tipoff at 7:15 pm as Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt will bring you all the action.  The game will also be streamed on


Wrestling round-up: Kewaunee back in action

After cementing their place as Packerland Conference champions with a win over Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol, the Kewaunee Storm wrestling team is back in action Friday night.


Wrestling against an undermanned but competitive Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol squard, the Storm won the dual 62-6, The Storm will travel to Oconto Falls for their last matches of the regular season. In addition to facing the host school, the Storm is also expected to face Green Bay Preble and Sheboygan South. The tri-dual is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.



Boys' basketball round-up: Packerland slate full

A day after Luxemburg-Casco played Oconto Falls in its new gym, it is the Packerland Conference's turn to play on the hardwood for boys' basketball action.


Games scheduled for Friday night include Sevastopol hosting Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay traveling to Peshtigo, Algoma playing at Oconto, and Gibraltar visiting Green Bay to play NEW Lutheran. All the games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Girls' basketball round-up: Kewaunee bounces back

The Kewaunee girls' basketball team rebounded from their first loss of the season to beat Gibraltar to headline Thursday's local slate.


The Storm outscored Gibraltar 47-27 in the second half to stay undefeated in Packerland Conference play with a 74-46 victory.


Algoma played Gresham on the road.


Luxemburg-Casco will travel to Little Chute for a 7 p.m. tip for Friday's lone local girls' basketball matchup. Four Packerland Conference games are scheduled for Saturday.

Bucks hold off Sixers 112-101

Their Christmas Day matchup is a distant memory now after the Milwaukee Bucks defeating Philadelphia 76ers 112-101 at Fiserv Forum Thursday night.


Giannis Antetokounmpo clearly used his holiday struggles as motivation, getting 30 points, 20 rebounds, and six assists in the rematch to lead all players in the game. Khris Middleton came alive in the second half, scoring 16 of 20 points after the break. The Sixers only stayed alive in the game thanks to their ability to hit the three, knocking down 19 of their 45 attempts behind the arc. The two teams are heading into opposite directions a week away from the All-Star break with the Bucks boasting the NBA's best record at 44-7 while the Sixers dropped their fourth game in a row. 

Phoenix earn elusive IUPUI win

For the first time since they became Horizon League rivals, the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team beat the IUPUI Jaguars in a 91-85 Thursday morning win.


The Phoenix came out firing in the first half, entering the break with a 47-27 advantage thanks to a 25-1 run. The Phoenix nailed seven three-pointers in the half with Cody Schwartz accounting for three of them. The 20 point lead didn't deter the Jaguars from clawing back into the game by shooting over 50 percent from the field and knocking down 10 three-pointers in the process. Amari Davis and JayQuan McCloud broke the 20 point barrier while Schwartz and Kameron Hankerson also reached double figures.


Both the men and the women's teams will be on the road Saturday. The men play at UIC while the women battle in-state rival UW-Milwaukee.

Luxemburg-Casco makes its home court debut

The Luxemburg-Casco boys' basketball team rolls into its new gym Thursday night with an offensive punch looking to knock out Oconto Falls next.


The Spartans have scored over 80 points six times this season and 90 points in two of its last three games. It had the defense to match its last time out, beating Menasha 94-60. Logan Doell and Ryan Robillard have been leading the way offensively, averaging over 20 and 18 points respectively this season. Oconto Falls sits four spots behind the 3rd place Spartans in the North Eastern Conference standings, blowing out Suring 61-27 earlier this week. 


Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


Photo submitted

Girls' basketball preview: Light evening scheduled

If it wasn't for bad weather in December, Algoma would be the only local team with a game Thursday night in girls' basketball action.


Instead, Kewaunee, Gibraltar, and Algoma all have games tonight. In fact, Gibraltar and Kewaunee will make up their postponed December 12th matchup in Fish Creek at 7:30 p.m. The Storm is coming off their first loss of the season Tuesday night, but remain undefeated in Packerland play. The Vikings have won five of their last six games with their only blemish coming last week in a 61-49 defeat.


Algoma heads out of town to face Gresham. The Wolves have lost four out of their last six games, but are hoping to build off a 47-39 win against Oconto their last time out. Gresham lost their game earlier this week 68-37 to Laona/Wabeno. The two teams square off at 7:30 p.m.

Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol battle in final Packerland dual

The final dual of the Packerland Conference wrestling season is Thursday night as Kewaunee hosts Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol.


Both teams are coming off tournaments their last time out on the mat. At the Deerfield Scramble, the Storm finished 3rd as a team and saw two individual titles won by Jason Reinke and Jack Severin. Drew Barganz took third and Nick West took 5th as Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol competed hard as a team at its own Dirk Sorenson Door County Classic. Kewaunee clinched the conference title last week with a win over Southern Door. Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol enters the night 2-1 in conference action, topping Oconto and Peshtigo.


First whistle is set for 7 p.m.

Swim team prepares for conference meet

Door County United has one more tune-up before state series competition begins next weekend.


DCU travels to Chilton this Saturday for the conference meet featuring Chilton, Berlin, Kiel, Plymouth School District, Two Rivers/Roncalli. The team was successful its last time out at the Wisconsin Small School Invitational last Saturday. Brock Aune won the 50 meter freestyle and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Ethan Almstadt took fifth in 200 meter individual medley wh ile Jacob Norton took sixth in the same event. DCU also got top five performance out of its 200 meter medley relay and 200 meter freestyle relay.



College basketball round-up: Badgers fall to Minnesota

The Wisconsin Badgers could not use the positive momentum of an upset victory to start a winning streak, falling to Minnesota 70-52.


The Gophers had a 24-8 scoring advantage inside the paint in the first half and then virtually shut down the Badgers offense in the second half to secure the 18-point victory. The Badgers were led in scoring by Nate Reuvers with 14 points. Three other Badgers scored in double figures as they fell into a tie in the Big Ten Conference with Purdue and the Gophers as teams jockey for tournament positioning.


Fans of Wisconsin collegiate basketball will not have to wait long to cleanse their palate as the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team will play at IUPUI Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

Kewaunee boys chop down Mishicot

The Kewaunee High School boys’ basketball team took advantage of a nonconference game against winless Mishicot, prevailing easily by an 89-44 margin. The Storm shined in the second half, outscoring the Indians 46-14. 

The next game for Kewaunee is also of the nonconference variety but the difficulty level will greatly enhanced. Shiocton is 13-2 overall, 7-1 in the Central Wisconsin Conference. They played a familiar opponent Tuesday, taking out the Packerland’s NEW Lutheran, 89-40. Kewaunee travels to Shiocton Monday.


*Photo courtesy of Kewaunee PR Committee Facebook page.


Bucks handle Pelicans

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 120-108 on Tuesday night. It was a highly anticipated matchup between Giannis Antetokounmpo and the former first round pick, Zion Williamson. The Pelicans held their own for most of the game but it was the Bucks again being able to drag out a win. 


Giannis led the way with 34 points and 17 rebounds on the night. A monster game that will only help his chances at landing another MVP this year. Khris Middleton chipped in 20 points of his own as Milwaukee would pull away in the third and fourth quarters. 


The Milwaukee Bucks will now have a night off before traveling back home to take on the 76ers. They are 43-7 on the season and have a seven game lead over the next best team in the East. Thursday’s matchup will tip off at seven from the Fiserv Forum. 

Brewers give fans unprecedented spring training access

Milwaukee Brewer fans are in for a treat if they plan on attending any Cactus League spring training games this season. After having to dodge construction to the facility last year, fans get all of the benefits of a world class field without the hard hats. American Family Fields is built so fans walk past two practice areas on their way to the stands. They can see the field where the Brewers take batting practice and one dedicated to agility drills and bullpen sessions. 

Four additional practice fields are also open to the public which will allow fans to mingle with top prospects. Fans will have a chance to know the Timber Rattlers better in Arizona than in nearby Appleton.


Clintonville rolls past Spartans on WBDK

The Clintonville Truckers spoiled the Luxemburg-Casco Lady Spartans inaugural game in the new gymnasium with a 77-64 in Luxemburg Tuesday night in North Eastern Conference basketball.  The Spartans started fast by by taking a 32-13 lead with 4:39 left in the first half.  The Truckers then stormed back with a 15-3 run before intermission to close the game to 35-28.  Clintonville continued the run in the second half as center Erin Viergutz scored 20 of her game-high 35 points to lead the Truckers.  The Spartans were led by Taylor Thiry with 26 points while Lauren Adams added 13 and Heather Dart chipped in 12.  Luxemburg-Casco (4-10, 4-13 overall) will now travel to Little Chute to take on the Mustangs on Friday night.  The next broadcast on WBDK 96.7 FM will be on Monday, February 17 on "senior night" as the Lady Spartans host the Seymour Thunder.


(Photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)   

Girls' basketball round-up: Eagles clipped by Lions

The Southern Door girls' basketball team fell behind by nine in the first half and could not recover in its 57-44 defeat to the Brillion Lions.


In addition to tonight's broadcast of the Luxemburg-Casco game on 96.7 WBDK, other local girls' basketball action on Tuesday includes Sturgeon Bay hosting Peshtigo (7:30 p.m.), Gibraltar playing NEW Lutheran at home (7:30 p.m.), Algoma welcoming Oconto (7:30 p.m.), Kewaunee traveling to Valders (7:15 p.m.), and Sevastopol visiting Southern Door (7 p.m.). Shawano also had three players reach double figures with Carter Weisnicht leading the way with 19 points.

Boys' basketball: L-C triggers offensive explosion

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans nearly crossed the century mark in its win Monday night to highlight local boys' basketball action.


The Spartans cruised to a 94-60 victory against the Menasha Blue Jays.


Sturgeon Bay's Gunnar Tebon exploded for 35 points, but it was not enough as the Clippers fell on the road in Shawano 68-62.


Gibraltar came up short in its upset bid against Stockbridge, losing 65-58.


Tuesday's action includes Kewaunee playing host to Mishicot for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.


(photo courtesy of Della Otradovec)

Kewaunee wrestling prepares for tough stretch run

Wrestling is not an easy sport and Kewaunee knows that better than almost anyone. The Storm clinched their third straight Packerland Conference title last week against Southern Door with a hard-fought 51-24 victory. The team is a two-time defending regional champion, but an enrollment increase bumped them up to Division 2. That places them in the same bracket as another local, multi-year regional champion in Luxemburg-Casco and other tough squads in Denmark, Valders, Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol and Two Rivers. Head coach Dan Steinhorst says the competition level has certainly risen but says his wrestlers are ready for the challenge.

Before they get to next weekend's regional tournament, Kewaunee will wrap up its Packerland Conference slate with a 7 p.m. home meet against Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol.

Luxemburg-Casco volleyball sets off-season schedule

The road to another state title for the Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team starts well before the school year in August.


The Spartans will start their official offseason schedule with summer league play June 8th, June 22, July 6th, and July 20th. In between those dates, the team will host an afternoon defensive camp on June 10th and 11th and travel to the Wisconsin team camp on July 10th-12th. On July 27th-30th, the Spartans will host its Schopf camp before hosting tryouts on August 17th and 18th. Dates for its freshman summer league, open gyms, and contact days still need to be determined. 


Picture by Ron LeCloux

Lady Spartans open new gym against Truckers on WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Lady Spartans host the Clintonville Truckers in the very first game in the new gymnasium in Luxemburg Tuesday night.  The Spartans (4-9, 4-12 overall)  are coming off a 62-59 home loss to Fox Valley Lutheran last Thursday, while the Truckers (9-4, 12-5 overall) sit tied for third in the North Eastern Conference.  Pregame on WBDK 96.7 FM is set for 7 pm and tip-off at 7:15 pm with Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt on the call.  The game will also be streamed on


(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)




Southern Door girls' basketball visit Brillion

The Southern Door girls' basketball team hopes to secure their third non-conference win of the season when they travel to Brillion for a Monday night tilt.


The Eagles have split their previous four non-conference games this season and their last eight games overall. After winning their previous two games, the Eagles hope to rebound from Friday's loss to Peshtigo. Brillion has split their last six games, which includes a 41-24 loss to Sheboygan Falls. The Lions are led by Megan Schuman, who averages 16 points and seven rebounds a game.


The game tips off at 7:15 p.m.


Picture courtesy of the Southern Door County School District Facebook page

Boys' basketball preview: Non-conference games throughout the area

Boys' basketball teams throughout Door and Kewaunee counties will go outside their comfort zone Monday evening as they play non-conference games.


Gibraltar heads to Stockbridge for a 6:45 tip. At 7:15 p.m., Luxemburg-Casco travels south to play Menasha and Sturgeon Bay makes up its game from December at Shawano Community. 




Record does not tell the whole story for Gibraltar boys


Culver's Student-Athlete of the Week: Southern Door's Grant Englebert

Southern Door's Grant Englebert has not run away from a challenge this season, but rather has embraced them at every turn.


Englebert started his senior campaign nursing a shoulder injury, but a brace has allowed him to continue to compete at a high level without having to change his style. A state place winner last year, Englebert has followed it up by placing at every tournament this season including first place at Hustisford on Saturday. Competing at a high level means facing the best of the best all season long, like a close loss to defending state champion and nationally ranked Matty Bianchi of Two Rivers. Englebert says he would rather face the top-flight competition rather than cruise through the season unchallenged.



Englebert says he is undecided about what his next steps will be after high school, but added his current favorite subject is biology. The Culver's Student-Athlete of the Week will have two weeks off before his next action, the WIAA Regional Tournament at Brillion featuring Brillion, Mishicot, Oneida Nation, and Reedsville.


Phoenix knocks off Raiders

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team found its offensive groove Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center, knocking off league-leading Wright State 92-89.


The Phoenix struggled from the field on Friday night, but shot 54% from it Sunday afternoon in front of a team that had lost only one league game the entire season up until that point. Despite the hot hand, poor free-throw shooting and turnovers gave the Raiders as much as a nine-point l before going on a pair of game-turning streaks, including an 8-0 run that gave the Phoenix a 57-55 lead. That lead would be as much as seven in the closing minute before staving off a late run by the Raiders that ended with a potential game-tying three going off the rim. Four Phoenix players scored in double figures, led by Amari Davis' 24 points.

Bucks put out Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks rebounded from their seventh loss of the season with a 129-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns.


The Bucks scored at least 30 points in all four quarters with Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way with 30 points. Khris Middleton celebrated the announcement of his second All-Star appearance in fitting fashion, knocking down three three-pointers en route to a 25 point evening. Three other Bucks players scored in double figures. Devin Booker led all scorers in the game with 32 points in the loss for the Suns.


The Bucks have Monday off before they play the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. 

Door County United takes fourth in small school meet

Door County United had several strong performances Saturday at the Wisconsin Small School Meet Saturday.


Brock Aune won the 50 meter freestyle and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Ethan Almstadt took fifth in 200 meter individual medley wh ile Jacob Norton took sixth in the same event. DCU also got top five performance out of its 200 meter medley relay and 200 meter freestyle relay.

Wrestling Recap: L-C, Kewaunee take third

Local wrestling teams traveled to four separate wrestling tournaments Saturday, with two teams taking third and several wrestlers bringing home hardware.


Kewaunee took third at the Deerfield Scramble with Jason Reinke and Jack Severin each taking home titles. Six of its wrestlers got at least three wins.


Luxemburg-Casco also took third in its tournament action at Pulaski. Six Spartans made the podium with Reece Worachek taking the top spot at 182 pounds.


Drew Barganz took third and Nick West took 5th as Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol competed hard as a team at its own Dirk Sorenson Door County Classic.


Southern Door had three wrestlers with three wins including a perfect day for Grant Englebert as the Eagles finished in the top half of the Hustisford Scramble.


Boys' basketball round-up: Claflin gets 1000th point

Southern Door's Ryan Claflin made the record books Saturday to highlight the local slate of boys' basketball action.


Claflin scored his 1000th point as the Eagles soared past Peshtigo 61-37. Claflin registered the feat on the same night Nick Cochart and Kyle Thayse were inducted into the Southern Door Booster Club Athletics Hall of Fame, Picture courtesy of Southern Door County School District Facebook page.

Three Storm players reached double digits including 28 from Ryan Carmichael as Kewaunee stormed past Gibraltar 78-63.


Sevastopol was able to hold on for its fourth victory, tipping Living Word Lutheran 68-65.

L-C dances their heart out

No hardware was brought home but plenty of memories were made by the Luxemburg-Casco Dance Team at Saturday's Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Competition.


The Spartanettes competed against 12 other teams in the D3 Pom competition, with New Berlin Eisenhower taking the top prize. It was the 15th straight year the dance team represented Luxemburg-Casco at the state competition.


Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Dance Team's Facebook page



Wisconsin, Marquette close out victories

Nerves were high for fans of the state's two major college programs as Wisconsin and Marquette picked up big conference victories.


Marquette was down for much of its matchup against its rival DePaul, but a big run late and clutch free throw shooting secured the 76-72 victory. Markus Howard scored 31 points in the win.


Wisconsin put adversity aside for the afternoon at the Kohl Center as they upset #14 Michigan State 64-63. Nate Reuvers finished the game with 15 points.


The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team struggled in its matchup against Northern Kentucky, losing 63-43 behind a 28 percent field goal shooting performance. The Phoenix men host Wright State in a Sunday matinee.

Four area boys teams on the court Saturday

Kewaunee High School tries to catch Sturgeon Bay to knot back up the Packerland standings after a Clipper win Friday. Kewaunee is at Gibraltar at 3:30 PM.


Sevastopol tries to find their scoring touch again at Living Word Lutheran.


Southern Door has to recharge after a marquee nonconference matchup against Roncalli when they host Peshtigo.

Sturgeon Bay boys rally in second half

Facing a one point deficit at halftime in Oconto, the Sturgeon Bay High School boys’ basketball team had to find an offensive spark with a flu battered lineup. It was Gunnar Tebon who answered the call, netting 21 of his career-high 35 points in the second frame to give the Clippers a 69-53 victory. Since Kewaunee doesn’t tip off until 3:30 Saturday afternoon, Sturgeon sits alone in first place in the Packerland Conference.

The boys were the opening match of a Sturgeon Bay-Oconto doubleheader and the game had an unusual 6 PM tip off Friday night. Their next game is Monday in Shawano. That game is a non-conference matchup. Shawano currently sits at 3-5 in the Bay standings. 


*Photo courtesy of the Sturgeon Bay Schools Facebook page.


Luxemburg-Casco boys making late season charge

The Luxemburg-Casco boys’ basketball team is streaking up the North Eastern Conference standings like a scene out of a Will Ferrell movie. At 8-4 (9-5 overall), the Spartans are within striking distance of Freedom for second place. They’ve won four in a row and Clintonville, who L-C beat Friday night by 15, was the only challenge for a while. The Spartans next three games are against teams below .500.

Luxemburg-Casco is at Menasha on Monday night.


(Photo by Della Otradovec)

Is Greg Gard losing Badgers locker room?

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team lost its leading scorer last weekend when Kobe King left the team before a loss at Iowa. King said that frustration is building in the locker room towards head coach Greg Gard. The thing that should be worrisome for Badger fans is that the team was riding a stretch of excellent play for much of January and that couldn’t paper over the tension. 

Wisconsin will try to regroup and find a win against a Michigan State team that knocked off the Badgers a couple weeks ago in East Lansing. It won’t be easy. The Spartans were humbled in a road loss two weeks ago at Purdue and have refocused to try to live up to the preseason number one billing they enjoyed. The Badgers are obviously shorthanded and will be for the rest of the campaign.


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