Sports Archives for 2020-08

Egg Harbor Public Safety Committee okays Fall 50

The Fall 50 is still on for October after organizer Sean Ryan presented to the Egg Harbor Public Safety Committee on Wednesday morning. Ryan pointed out that the run is different from a traditional marathon in that there isn’t a mass start. Five hundred teams start over a nearly four-hour time period and tend to be spread over at least 30 miles. The event asks Egg Harbor to keep the public restroom facilities at the marina available, particularly for female participants who are reluctant to use portable bathrooms. Ryan said the main concern from public health officials is the after-party in Sturgeon Bay, and that is being modified this year.

 


Approval by the committee was unanimous.

 

Photo courtesy of fall50.com.

 

Booyah dominate in win at home

The Green Bay Booyah had one of their most complete performances of the season on Friday night as they controlled the game from start to finish in a 4-0 win over Rockford.

 

Green Bay only needed two pitchers to complete the shutout, their second of the year, in a dominant performance on the rubber. Starter Garrett Martin improved to 2-1 on the year as he went five innings, and recorded five strikeouts. The Middle Georgia State right hander was joined by his college teammate Cam Bailey to complete the shutout, as Bailey racked up six strikeouts in just four innings of work. Bailey is the first Booyah pitcher to record 30 strikeouts this season.

 

At the plate, leadoff man Nadir Lewis led the way by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a single, as well as a walk. Lewis’ home run was his third of the season, and the Booyah never looked back after he put them up 1-0 in the third. Nick Kreutzer also hit his third home run of the year, a two-run blast in the 7th inning, to collect his 11th and 12th RBIs. 

 

Green Bay improved to 16-18 on the season, hopping to half a game in front of Rockford for second in the East division. The Booyah travel to La Crosse for a two-game set starting tomorrow. UW-Milwaukee’s Jack Mahoney toes the rubber for game one at Copeland Park, with first pitch set for 6:05pm. 

 

Photos provided by Justin Nuoffer.

Bucks look to corral Dallas Saturday night

Milwaukee’s restart hasn’t always looked pretty the last couple weeks, but they seem to have figured things out after a terrific second half against Miami Thursday. At 55-14, the Bucks are still 3.5 games better than any other team in the NBA. Saturday night, Milwaukee plays the late game against the Dallas Mavericks. They have been one of the league’s worst teams at the bubble in Orlando. The Mavs’ only victory has come against 28-win Sacramento in overtime. 


Dallas boasts the third-best offense in the game, averaging over 116 points per contest. European sensations Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis both net at least 20 points per game.

 


Brewers clobbered by Cincinnati in series opener

The Milwaukee Brewers fell behind big early and couldn’t find a way to rally against dominate Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer. Milwaukee’s Eric Lauer was tagged for six earned runs in the second inning, including allowing a three-run homer to Reds first baseman Matt Davidson. That was more than enough for Bauer, who struck out 12 Brewers. His ERA remains below 1.00 on the season.

 
There was perhaps one silver lining. Christian Yelich drove in two with a home run in the eighth inning. Last year’s MVP remains mired in an early-season slump that has weighed down a lineup, and franchise, now built around him as its centerpiece. Milwaukee is 5-6 on the season, in second place in the National League Central. They play again at 6:10 PM Saturday.

 

Final regular season weekend kicks off in Baileys Harbor Friday

Playoff seeding for the Northern Door Baseball Tournament playoffs is on the line beginning Friday night in Baileys Harbor. 

 

Kolberg and West Jacksonport will battle for who gets to face Egg Harbor and Sister Bay when they meet in Baileys Harbor Friday night at 8 p.m. Egg Harbor and Sister Bay needs to figure out seeding themselves as both squads are undefeated six games in the tournament. They lead off a Sunday slate in Egg Harbor that also includes Maplewood traveling to Baileys Harbor and Washington Island hosting Institute. Kolberg, West Jacksonport, Sister Bay, and Egg Harbor will play next weekend in the opening round of the playoffs at sites to be determined by the weekend's results. 

Packers to open home slate without fans

The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday there would be no fans in their stands until at least November.

 

President and CEO Mark Murphy said Lambeau Field will not be the same this fall without the fans, but as they deal with the coronavirus the organization felt it was important to focus on making incremental steps in their gameday safety protocols. That means most of the efforts in the early going will focus on the players, coaches, and essential gameday personnel. The Packers will work with local health professionals to determine if fans will be able to attend the team's November 1st matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Brewers earn season split against White Sox

Winless in Milwaukee, the Brewers were able to nab both games in Chicago including Thursday 8-3 win over the White Sox.

 

After the White Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Leurys Garcia home run, the Brewers' Jedd Gyorko cut the lead in half with the first of his three RBI on a single. Gyorko would strike again with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, but that was after Christian Yelich scored on a bizarre inside-the-home run tied the game a few batters before. Orlando Arcia concluded the four-run inning with a RBI single that drove in Justin Smoak.  The Brewers would add insurance runs in the eighth thanks to RBI sac fly by Smoak and a two-run single by Mark Mathias. The White Sox closed the game in the ninth with Gsrcia's third RBI of the game on a double. 

 

The Brewers will bounce back to Milwaukee on Friday for a weekend set against Cincinnati.

Bucks stomp out Heat

Down by 23 points did not send the Milwaukee Bucks into panic mode as they won their bubble matchup against the Miami Heat Thursday 130-116.

 

Sloppiness on the offensive end and lax defense allowed the Heat to storm ahead of the Bucks despite two of their best players sitting on the bench. The Heat knocked down just over 50 percent of their shots, include 13 three-pointers. The Bucks stampeded back after break, including outscoring the Heat 38-18 in the fourth quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each poured in 33 points in the contest while Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton also reached double digits.

 

The win broke a two-game losing streak in the bubble in Orlando as they prepare for their matchup against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. 

Booyah resumes season tonight against Rockford

The Green Bay Booyah will get to restart their season again Thursday night when they return to Ashwaubenon to face the Rockford Rivets.

 

The Booyah was supposed to have played the Rivets the last two nights, but the combination of a positive test in the Rockford organization and a number of their players needing to quarantine before heading off to college forced the cancellation of the two games.

 

The two teams will have their first pitch at Capital Credit Union Park at 6:35 p.m.

Packers claim fullback Lovett

The Green Bay Packers have added a new fullback to its roster.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced Wednesday the team claimed fullback John Lovett from the Kansas City Chief. Lovett is a former Princeton product that spent the 2019 season on injured reserve after leading the Tigers as their quarterback. The news comes after the Packers dropped two fullbacks on its roster over the past week, Jordan Jones and Elijah Wellman.

Brewers claim 1-0 victory over Sox

An RBI single by Eric Sogard was all the Milwaukee Brewers needed in its 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox south of the border Wednesday night. It was all starting pitcher Adrian Houser certainly needed, scattering five hits and striking out five over seven innings of play. David Phelps earned the hold while Josh Hader earned his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning through the heart of the White Sox lineup. Newly acquired Dallas Keuchel nearly matched Houser for the White Sox, striking out eight Brewers and only allowing the one run and five hits. The Brewers wrap up their four-game home-and-home stint with the White Sox Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

 

 

Big Ten releases new football schedule

Gone are the marquee nonconference matchups like Wisconsin and Notre Dame from Lambeau Field, but that isn’t to say there won’t be any Big Ten football this year. The new schedule begins Labor Day weekend and wraps up on November 21st. Every team will play ten games in 12 weeks with a bye near the end of the season. That provides a grace period to make up a matchup that is postponed due to COVID-19 early on. Wisconsin looks primed for another Big Ten Title game appearance because it misses several of the titans of the East Divison, including Ohio State and Penn State. The full schedule is below.

 

Giannis loses his temper, Bucks lose game

The Milwaukee Bucks dropped their second consecutive game in Orlando at the NBA’s restart facilities Tuesday. MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo gave a prime time effort for the early afternoon start, crashing to the floor and, notably, getting into a heated exchange with Dante Hall. He had only 16 points, still a team-high. A cadre of Bucks were in low double digits as well. Nets small forward Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot racked up 26 points with Garrett Temple providing 19.


It was not the only upset in the Association Tuesday. The Phoenix Suns knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston fell to Portland, and the Mavericks survived a scare, defeating Sacramento in overtime. 

 

Brewers cede lead late again

The Chicago White Sox came back in the late innings Tuesday for a second consecutive night to knock off the Milwaukee Brewers. The visitors got two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit. Brewers starter Brad Woodruff received a no-decision. He had six strikeouts in six innings with the only blemish being a two-run shot given up to White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez. The Brew Crew scored their runs on a two-run homer in the fifth off the bat of right fielder Ben Gamel.


Manager Craig Counsell says right now it’s just a waiting until last year’s National League MVP Christian Yelich can break out of his slump. He’s currently 3-34 on the year, a .088 average, with only one home run. At 3-5, the Brewers are in fourth place in the NL Central Division.

 

Luxemburg-Casco volleyball seniors walk for graduation

Luxemburg-Casco High School finally celebrated graduation for the 2020 senior class this past weekend. Parents and seniors wanted a ceremony as close to normal as possible compared to the drive-through variety held elsewhere in the area. For five girls, including captains Bekah Day, Holly Baierl and Alli Routhieaux, it also marked one last chance to celebrate their state championship from last season. 


This year’s squad has been busy preparing for a September start. Summer workouts gave way last week to camp run by Lakeland University staff. Volleyball is one of three contact sports that is delayed until September 7th, two weeks later than originally slated.

 

 

 

Golf's first major starts Thursday

There won’t be four majors in 2020, and they aren’t wrapping in August with the PGA Championship. Instead, Thursday’s first round from Harding Park in San Francisco marks the beginning of the game’s most prestigious tournaments. The US Open was pushed from Father’s Day to next month, and The Masters is tentatively scheduled for November after being postponed in the spring. While a major championship represents a step up as far as importance and the total purse, fans are still forbidden from being on the course to watch in person.


Harding Park is unique in that it is a municipal-owned course. It’s not unheard of for a public course to host a major, Bethpage Black in New York has done it multiple times, but it isn’t common. Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka are the current favorites. Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm are also considered likely contenders.

 

Packers release two players

The Green Bay Packers have trimmed up their roster just a little bit in the opening days of camp.

 

The organization released QB Jalen Morton and FB Elijah Wellman. Morton was a likely fourth string option at quarterback out of Prairie View A&M while Wellman was hoping to make the team after being cut by the Washington Redskins after a career at West Virginia.

 

The Packers roster stands at 81 players not including the four members currently on the COVID-19 list. The roster could still be trimmed voluntarily by Thursday, which is the deadline for players opting out of the 2020 season for pandemic reasons.

 

 

White Sox outlast Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers could not hold off a late rally by the Chicago White Sox, falling in their home opener 6-4 Monday night. 

 

After the White Sox scored twice on run-scoring outs in the first inning, Avisail Garcia led the Brewers attack with first-inning double that drove in Christian Yelich and a two-run single in the fifth inning. Ben Gamel capped the scoring for the Brewers in the sixth inning with an RBI single.  The White Sox would tie it in the seventh with a Jose Abreu two-run shot. Brewers reliever David Phelps walked in the game-winning run in the eighth inning while facing White Sox rookie Nick Madrigal while Yoan Moncada scored an insurance run with a homer off Corey Knebel. With the tying run on second base, Alex Colome shut the door on the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth to spoil the team's season debut at Miller Park. The two teams play each other again Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Mighty Pioneers gauging fall sports interest

With basketball possibly out of the question, the Mighty Pioneers are asking parents what sports their kids may be interested in this fall.

 

The group posted a survey for parents on its Facebook page on Monday with concerns that the usual fall basketball slate may be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Softball and football may be options for kids going into grades 4th through 6th. Basketball may still be an option in the future, but it will most likely have to wait until the spring. You can find the link for the survey below.

 

 

Budenholzer repeats as NBA coach of the year

Even if he has to share it this year, Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has another piece of hardware for his mantle.

 

Budenholzer was named the National Basketball Coaches Association Michael H. Goldberg Coach of the Year on Monday for the second year in a row. This year he shares the honor with Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan and almost had to share it with Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.  Budenholzer led the Bucks to a 53-12 record before the pandemic hit and is 1-1 in the restart. The Bucks return to the floor Tuesday afternoon against the Brooklyn Nets. 

Bucks fall short against Rockets

The Milwaukee Bucks came back from an early deficit to take an eight-point lead, but could not close it out in their 120-116 loss to the Houston Rockets.

 

Giannis Antentokounmpo overcame a slow start to the game to lead the Bucks with 36 points, 18 rebounds, and eight assists. Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez also chipped in 27 and 24 points respectively. Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 31 points. Despite outrebounding the Rockets 65-36, the Bucks had a problem with Houston's defense as they turned the ball over 22 times. The Rockets also stretched the Bucks out across the court, knocking down 21 three-pointers in the game. According to Bucks.com, it was the first time in NBA team lost a game in which they scored 110 points, held an opponent to less than 40% shooting (39.6) and out-rebounded an opponent by at least 25.

 

The Bucks are back in action Tuesday for matinee against the Brooklyn Nets.

Egg Harbor and Sister Bay stay undefeated

A first-place showdown is in the works for this coming weekend after Sister Bay and Egg Harbor scored victories on Sunday in Northern Door Athletics Baseball Tournament action.

 

Alex Laughlin hit two home runs including the game-winner in Sister Bay's 9-7 win over Washington Island. The win was needed to keep pace with Egg Harbor, which beat Baileys Harbor 19-4 on Friday. The third and fourth seeds remain relatively fluid with West Jacksonport falling to Maplewood 2-1 and Kolberg beating Baileys Harbor 11-6. There is one more weekend of action before the playoff field is set for the semifinals on August 16th.

 

 

Brewers to make fourth attempt at opening day

Fingers crossed, the Milwaukee Brewers will finally make their Miller Park debut Monday night against the Chicago White Sox.

 

The Brewers saw their entire slate against the St. Louis Cardinals get wiped out because of at least six positive COVID-19 tests according to CBSSports.com, with more likely coming before they can even leave Milwaukee city limits. Their next series against the Tigers could be in jeopardy because of the outbreak. The Brewers will face a White Sox team that has won their last four games, including a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. 

 

Monday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Booyah struggles continue against Dock Spiders

The Green Bay Booyah was down 4-0 before they were able to get a run of their own in its 9-1 loss to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders on Sunday.

 

Harrison Cook took the loss for the Booyah, giving up four runs in three innings of work to go with three walks. The Dock Spiders were able to string together a pair of three-hit innings to score those four runs with RBI going to Andrew Bullock in the second inning and Tim Elko and Taylor Jackson. The Booyah scored their lone run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Max Wagner. The Dock Spiders put the game away in the sixth inning with four runs on consecutive RBI hits by Elko, Victor Scott, Jackson, and Andrew McKenna. An RBI single by Marcos Sanchez added another run for the Dock Spiders in the eighth inning.

 

The Booyah will have their second to last off day Monday before heading to Rockford for a pair of games on Tuesday. 

Bucks await Rockets in NBA action

National television is billing it as "The Greek Freak" vs "The Beard" when the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rocket duel on Sunday.

 

The Bucks won their opening game in the bubble 119-112 over the Boston Celtics, thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo's 36 points and 15 rebounds. James  Harden provided similar support in the Rockets' 153-149 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 49 points, collected nine rebounds, and had eight assists. 

 

Sunday's game is on Fox Sports Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m.

Three games scheduled for Sunday tournament play

Three games are on tap for the Northern Door Athletics Baseball Tournament Sunday afternoon as the Door County League baseball teams enter their final month.

 

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., undefeated Sister Bay will face previously winless Washington Island, Kolberg and Institute will meet in Baileys Harbor, and Maplewood plays West Jacksonport in Egg Harbor. Currently, Sister Bay, Egg Harbor, West Jacksonport, and Kolberg hold the tournaments top four spots a they look to qualify for the playoffs on August 16th.

No baseball until Monday for Brewers

More positive tests for the St. Louis Cardinals means the Milwaukee Brewers will not be able to celebrate their home opener until Monday.

 

Major League Baseball made the decision on Saturday afternoon had three Cardinals staffers and one more player tested positive for COVID-19, raising their total to six total cases. The Cardinals will try to play again on Tuesday in Detroit while the Brewers will host the Chicago White Sox beginning on Monday. You can read MLB's official statement below:

 

Due to additional testing and monitoring of the St. Louis Cardinals’ players and staff members, the Sunday doubleheader between the host Milwaukee Brewers and the Cardinals at Miller Park has been postponed. The Cardinals will play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, including a Wednesday doubleheader. The Cardinals and Tigers will serve as the home Club for two games each at Comerica Park. The Brewers will play this week’s home-and-home series vs. the Chicago White Sox as scheduled. Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates regarding its schedule. 

Cain opts out of Brewers season

After having an entire series wiped out with the St. Louis Cardinals due to COVID-19, centerfielder Lorenzo Cain is saying "wait until next year."

 

The Gold Glove-caliber outfielder cited the unknown with COVID-19 and concerns with his family for the decision to call it a year just six games into the truncated season. The Brewers entered the series 3-3, but the Cardinals have had several players and staff members test positive for COVID-19 to cancel the series in essence before it ever got started. You can read his statement below.

 

“After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to opt out of the remainder of the 2020 season. With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids. The Brewers organization was very understanding and supportive of my decision, and I thank them for that. I wish all of my great teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe.”

- Lorenzo Cain

Booyah can't complete sweep against Rafters

It was a tough-luck loss for Green Bay Booyah starter Cam Bailey Friday against Wisconsin Rapids. He gave up a lone run over five innings but was abandoned by the offense in a 6-1 defeat.  Bailey struck out six bringing his season tally to a team-high 24. Green Bay managed a meager three hits on the night, two of those coming from Noah Granet, who scored the team’s only run.


The Booyah have now lost six straight at home. They challenge Fond du Lac Saturday night in Ashwaubenon.

 

Photo provided by Justin Nuoffer.

 

Controversy surrounds Milwaukee's return to hardwood

The Milwaukee Bucks stepped onto an NBA court for a regular-season game Friday night, their first in over four months, beating Boston, 119-112. The game wasn’t without controversy, though. Tied at 107 with less than 90 seconds in regulation, Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo drove into the lane with five fouls already to his name. He ran over Celtics guard Marcus Smart at the edge of the restricted area underneath the basket. Smart tried to shuffle his feet to be outside the zone but was too late in getting set. The play was initially called a charge on the floor, which would have caused Antetokounmpo to foul out, before being overturned on video review.


Antetokounmpo threatened for a triple-double. He had 36 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists. Small forward Khris Middleton chipped in 18 points and a team-high eight assists. Milwaukee plays the Houston Rockets from Orlando on Sunday night at 7:30.

 

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