Sports Archives for 2020-08

Brewers trade Phelps

The Milwaukee Brewers traded right-handed reliever David Phelps to the Philadelphia Phillies for three players to be named later.  Monday’s trade deadline deal by the Brewers will have Milwaukee looking for someone to step up as the setup man for Josh Hader.  Phelps was effective this year for the Brewers having a 2-3 record and a 2.77 ERA in 12 appearances.  The Brewers had signed Phelps this year after he pitched for Toronto and the Chicago Cubs last year.  

 

No high school sports until Wednesday

Schedule makers are letting the kids get used to the first days of school before making them get back to action.

 

Luxemburg-Casco girls golf have two meets scheduled for this week. They will travel to Irish Waters Golf Course in Freedom to face Freedom and Oconto Falls on Wednesday and Little River Golf Course in Marinette to face  Little Chute, Marinette, and Oconto Falls on Thursday. Tee times are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday. The Spartans cross country team will get its own look at Irish Waters Golf Couse when they run against Clintonville, Denmark, Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom and Marinette beginning at 4:30 p.m. Results from their last race are expected Monday.

 

Packerland Schools are still waiting for the COVID activity levels in Door and Kewaunee Counties to dip into the moderate to low level before they can participate in competitions.

Five crowned at The 'Burg's championships Sunday

There was plenty of excitement Sunday at The 'Burg Speedway for its final night of the season.

 

Close to 150 cars took to the clay oval with Greg Gretz (Village Kitchen IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature), Lance Arneson (IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature), Jayden Schmidt (IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature), Adam Crapser (Unified Dirt Street Stock 20 Lap Feature), and Al Cottrell (Quietwoods RV Murder Hornets 20 Lap Feature) taking the feature races. With tight standings up and down the lineup, the races decided several season-long champions. They included:

 

Village Kitchen IMCA Modifieds: Josh Long
IMCA Stock Cars: Eric "Chummy" Arneson
IMCA Northern Sport Mods: Jayden Schmidt
Unified Dirt Street Stocks: Adam Crapser
Quietwoods RV Murder Hornets: Calvin Stueck

 

You can the full recap below:

 


Brewers drop game before deadline

It is anybody's guess what the Milwaukee Brewers' line-up could look like when they take the field again for their final game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night at 6:40 p.m. at Miller Park.

 

Keston Hiura's RBI single in the third inning was all the Brewers could muster in its 5-1 loss Sunday afternoon. It briefly tied the game at 1-1 after the Pirates got on the board in the second inning on a Gregory Polanco home run. Josh Bell put the Pirates ahead for good in the fourth inning with a two-run homer while Kevin Newman (fifth inning) and Adam Frazier (seventh inning) added insurance runs with RBI singles.

 

The decision to buy or sell will come before the MLB trade deadline is 3 p.m. The Brewers are currently three games under .500 in a shortened, pandemic-threatened season. They are also just a game outside of a playoff spot with the top two teams in each division making the playoffs and the Brewers have been one of baseball's best September teams the last two seasons.

Times announced for Bucks/Heat playoff games

The Milwaukee Bucks will restart their quest for an NBA championship Monday night against the Miami Heat.

 

The NBA announced the schedule for the first few games of the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on Sunday after the Bucks put the Magic away on Saturday. The games will take place every other day beginning on Monday at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday's game will also take place at 5:30 p.m., but times have not been placed for game three on Friday or game 4 on Sunday. 

Sogard walks off Pirates

Eric Sogard gets credit for the save Saturday as his ninth-inning two-run shot gave the Milwaukee Brewers the 7-6 win.

 

The Pirates and the Brewers traded runs early, highlighted by a 460-foot homer by Christian Yelich. Josh Bell capped off a two-run fifth inning with his third home run of the season to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead. Orlando Arcia started a Brewers comeback with a home run in the seventh and Avisail Garcia gave them the lead with a two-run double in the eighth. Josh Hader's ninth was uncharacteristic, walking five Pirates including the game-tying and game-breaking runs. Sogard showed off the nerd power in the bottom of the ninth however, hitting the game-winning home run with Jace Peterson along for the ride. The Brewers go for another win Sunday afternoon against the Pirates.

Championship night concludes 'Burg season

The 'Burg will host one more Sunday night of racing this weekend. Drivers across all five divisions will be competing for top honors when racing starts at 5 p.m. It is certainly anybody's championship in the IMCA modified with Shawn Kilgore, Josh Long, Brad Theys, and Jeremy Jacobs all within six points of each other. 

 

You can find the full standings by clicking this link.

 

 

Packers host final camp practice

It was not like anything they were used to, but the Green Bay Packers completed the training camp with one last practice on Saturday.

 

The rookies got their taste of the bicycle ride tradition with rookies getting hopping on two wheelers to the practice field. Matt LaFleur told members of the media that their Sunday practice will be treated more like a scrimmage than a practice. That means starting things with a traditional noon game start, game uniforms, and coaches in their gameday spots in the press box.


The Packers are two weeks away from their regular season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. 

Bucks top Magic, prepare for Heat

It took some patience, but the Milwaukee Bucks finally got their chance to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs on Saturday.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks in their 118-104 win over the Magic, scoring 28 points while collecting 17 rebounds. Khris Middleton added 21 points and 10 rebounds, but it was Marvin Williams who helped extinguish a late run by the Magic. In the third quarter the Magic had shaved a 21-point Bucks lead to three, but Williams hit one of his four three-pointers to stem the tide. Nicola Vucevic had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic in the loss.

 

The game was delayed a few nights due to boycotts related to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. The Bucks will face the Heat in the second round beginning on Monday.

Luxemburg-Casco cross country kicks off fall season

Non-contact fall sports have been practicing since August 17th, and the teams are beginning competition. Luxemburg-Casco High School’s boys’ and girl’s cross country teams were in Marinette Friday. The program’s Facebook page features a post stating that results won’t be available until Monday. The runners are hosting a brat fry Saturday at Stodola’s IGA in Luxemburg.

 

 

Brewers' Corbin Burnes dominates the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers cruised to a 9-1 Friday night victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates, behind a sterling six-inning effort from starter Corbin Burnes. The 6’3” righty struck out ten in six shutout innings, allowing just three hits before handing the ball to a good bullpen effort from David Phelps and Drew Rasmussen. The Pirates’ lone run was a two-out homer in the seventh.


Milwaukee pushed across nine without Christian Yelich in the lineup. Right fielder Ryan Braun led the way with three RBIs, nearly doubling his total for the entire month of August. The Brewers improved to 14-17 on the season. First pitch Saturday is at 6:10 PM from Miller Park.

 

Big Ten pushes up start of football season

After a lawsuit filed by eight University of Nebraska football players was filed in court, the Big Ten softened its stance on fall sports. Both the Big Ten and Pac 12 are discussing a Thanksgiving start for their seasons. That’s a full six weeks earlier than what was being discussed previously.

 
Athletic directors last weekend leaked that they had voted unanimously to allow play starting in early September. Iowa announced it was cutting four varsity sports programs, and several other schools began disclosing expected losses of more than $50 million. Cardiologists with the University of Michigan Health System actively questioned the Big Ten’s medical justifications, specifically the threat of myocarditis in athletes who are recovering from a COVID-19 infection. Parents spoke out against the decision, and some even went so far as to protest at the conference’s headquarters in Chicago. It is hard to imagine that this concession will appease the Big Ten’s detractors. The stage is now set for a full walk-back of the cancellation. If that were to happen, play would most likely begin in late September.

 

Photo of Commissioner Kevin Warren courtesy of Big Ten's website

 

Milwaukee Bucks get back to basketball Saturday

After refusing to take the court earlier this week, the Milwaukee Bucks will finally tip off Game 5 on Saturday against the Orlando Magic from Walt Disney World. Orlando did not accept Milwaukee’s forfeit Wednesday, as the Bucks kept to the locker room in protest of a police-involved shooting in Kenosha that occurred last weekend. The protest spread to the rest of the NBA playoff schedule Wednesday and Thursday before an agreement was reached that night. The league and players will contribute additional money to various social justice initiatives.

 

Milwaukee lost Game 1 in the series but has taken the next three. A victory on Saturday would advance the Bucks to the second round.

Spartans cross country gets underway Friday

The long wait to compete in a race ends on Friday when the Luxemburg-Casco cross country team travels to Marinette for its first meet of the year.

 

It has been since last fall since many of the runners on the team have had a chance to compete since COVID-19 wiped out most if not the entire track season this spring. Head coach Katie Waege says the team was excited to hear that there would be in fact a season this fall.

 

With the season comes a lot of changes in order to keep people as safe as possible. For starters, many of the traditional invitationals have been canceled. The team will instead compete against a couple of teams each time out, starting with Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom, Marinette, and Oconto Falls on Friday. Waege says there are other changes in store for the season as well.

 

 

The race is scheduled for 4 p.m. You can listen to our full interview with Waege on our podcasts page at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com

Spartans volleyball wins tournament

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team squeezed out one last championship game appearance this summer on Thursday.The Spartans won the 1W Summer League #2 by beating Bay Port and Green Bay Notre Dame. The team will now focus on starting its regular season in 11 days. More coverage of these matches can be found at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

The Spartans volleyball also announced Thursday plans to connect with its youngest fans. In a post on Facebook, the team admits the fall will look much different because of COVID-19 concerns. There will be no weekend tournaments and only matches within the Northeastern Conference will occur. There will be no student section and fans, in general, will be limited. It's Jersey Girls program, which allowed girls sixth grade and below a chance to line up next to their favorite Spartans, will not be taking place. You can learn how you can still connect with the team by clicking on the link below.

 

 

Brewers swept in doubleheader

The Milwaukee Brewers offense could only muster one run across two games and 14 innings in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds.

 

The Brewers were shut out in game one 6-0 with one of its former pitchers, Wade Miley, pitching four innings of one-hit ball. The Reds put together a trio if two-run innings during the game. Jesse Winker led the way offensively with an RBI double in the fourth inning and was along for the ride for Eugenio Suarez home run in the seventh inning.

 

It took until the sixth inning of the second game before the Brewers would get on the board. In its 6-1 loss to the Reds in game two, Winker was again an offensive star for the visiting team. He hit homers in the third and fifth innings while teammate Nick Castellanos also drove in two runs on a third-inning blast and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly. Omar Narvaez answered the bell for the Brewers in the bottom half of the inning, hitting his second home run of the series.

 

The Brewers are back in action Friday at 7:10 p.m. to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.

Boycott alters schedule for professional teams

Wednesday's boycott sparked a number of changes for the state's three professional sports teams this week.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks got the ball rolling Wednesday evening when it refused to take the court for its game five matchup against the Orlando Magic in its best-of-five playoff series. Even after the Lakers and Clippers voted to end the season, the rest of the NBA players chose to continue the playoffs. The Bucks will play game five Friday against the Orlando Magic at 3 p.m. 

 

The Green Bay Packers were scheduled to practice Thursday, but coach Matt LeFleur instead canceled the practice. In interviews with reporters, he felt it was not right to have the practice following the state's two other teams electing to not play the night before. He added the players did not ask for the day off and that he came to the conclusion after meeting with the team's leadership council.  Several other NFL also did not practice Thursday.

 

The Brewers, along with other teams that boycotted Wednesday, played doubleheaders on Thursday. They dropped both of their games to the Cincinnati Reds and will stick around Milwaukee for the weekend to face the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sturgeon Bay pushes fall contact sports to spring

There will be no contact sports this fall at Sturgeon Bay. Athletic Director Todd Meikle shared the news with coaches Wednesday evening after the Sturgeon Bay School Board meeting voted to suspend the fall contact sports season. The decision affects football, volleyball, and boys soccer. Sports like swimming, cross country, and golf can have practices, but will not be able to participate in competitions until the COVID-19 activity level in Door County dips to the low or moderate level. More details to come at Newradiosportsnetwork.com. 

Brewers game postponed

The Milwaukee Brewers followed the lead of their city's basketball franchise let their stadium sit dark on Wednesday.

 

The game will not count as a loss for the Brewers as the Reds agreed with the postponement. The league was supportive of the decision according to Yahoo Sports and will work with both clubs to reschedule the game. Relief pitcher Josh Hader voiced his support for the Bucks' decision earlier in the day to sit out their game to Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt, saying he believed it was a tremendous stand. Similar to the Bucks decision, a ripple effect across MLB may be seen not just Wednesday but throughout the week. 

Gibraltar to reconsider season postponement

Hopes for a fall season for Gibraltar's football, volleyball, and boys soccer teams lay in the balance of Monday's special board meeting.

 

According to the meeting agenda posted on Wednesday, the Gibraltar School Board will reconsider a decision to delay the season for fall contact sports until the spring. This would mean non-contact sports like cross country and swimming have been given the ok once Packerland guidelines have been met. 

 

Kewaunee, Southern Door, and Luxemburg-Casco have all indicated their fall seasons will proceed with the proper precautions in place.

Bucks playoff matchup postponed

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of six teams not playing inside the bubble on Wednesday as part of a boycott.

 

All three games that were scheduled to take place in Orlando, including what the Bucks hoped was going to be the conclusion of their series against the Magic, was postponed due to a boycott in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. According to CBS Sports, it was the Bucks that started the trickle effect that cause the games to be postponed. Orlando guard Michael Carter-Williams told NBA reporter Jeff Goodman according to a tweet that the Magic were not notified of the Bucks decision not to play, but they were happy to stand in solidarity with them. Multiple reports say there will be a players' meeting to discuss how the rest of the playoffs will move forward after Wednesday's postponements. 

 

As of 5 p.m., MLB.com's Adam McCalvy is reporting the Milwaukee Brewers are also considering their own game tonight against the Cincinnati Reds.

Middle school sports canceled or delayed

The next class of high school sports stars is finding it difficult to get on the field in 2020. While Southern Door, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg-Casco Districts have all approved fall sports at the high school level, there has been significantly less enthusiasm for athletics in middle school. With so much effort and last-minute scheduling needed to make high school sports happen, there isn’t enough time to devote the same amount of energy elsewhere, according to administration officials.

Big Ten Commissioner's open letter fails to satisfy

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren wrote an open letter last week explaining his rationale for canceling the fall sports season.

 

 

It has failed to satisfy many. Parents of student-athletes protested in Chicago in front of the conference’s headquarters last Friday. Big Ten athletic directors leaked the results of their vote regarding playing in the fall this past weekend. They were unanimously in favor of the proposition. A plan by Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith that would feature a 10-game slate with six of the league’s members playing home-and-home series was also thwarted. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer personally stepped in to keep the University of Michigan from being involved.

 

Photo courtesy of Big Ten's website.

Bucks can end first-round series with Game Five win

The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic will tip off Game Five of their first-round playoff series at 3 PM Wednesday. Milwaukee has won three straight, meaning it can clinch the best-of-seven series with a win. To do so, the Bucks will have to continue to rely on defense. That intensity was missing in Game One when the Magic were able to put up 122 points. Since then, though, they have been held to an average of only 103 points. 


Every other Eastern Conference series was a sweep. Toronto, Miami, and Boston are all resting. With the long COVID-19 layoff, fatigue shouldn’t be an issue like it would be during a typical season schedule, but the Bucks still probably do not want to have this series stretch into six or seven games.

 

Brewers win second in a row

Milwaukee and the Cincinnati Reds played nine innings Tuesday, but they only scored in one of them. Luckily for the Brewers, they picked up three in the fourth to the Reds’ two. In the top half of the inning, Cincinnati plated both its runs thanks to a two-out single from former Brewer Mike Moustakas. 


Milwaukee got their three on a classic National League-style rally. Christian Yelich led off the inning with an infield single that he just beat out at first base. Another base knock by Keston Hiura put two men on. The first run scored on a throwing error from Reds first baseman Joey Votto. With one out, Ben Gamel doubled to right. Orlando Arcia singled in the final run of the fourth with two out.


The Chicago Cubs lost in Detroit Tuesday, helping the Brewers gain a game on the NL Central leaders. They are 4.5 back now. First pitch from Miller Field Wednesday is at 7:05 PM.

 

Southern Door approves fall sports season

An item on the Sturgeon Bay School Board meeting agenda for Wednesday may serve as a blow to high school sports on the peninsula this fall.

 

The third item on the operations agenda is a motion to approve the postponement of fall athletics. Southern Door voted 7-0 to follow the guidance of the Packerland Conference, which means the fall sports season is still a go but they need the COVID-19 activity level to drop to moderate or low in order to compete.

 

 Kewaunee and Gibraltar had discussions about their fall sports seasons during their board meetings on Monday. 

 

Luxemburg-Casco is continuing its fall sports seasons while following WIAA guidelines. The department has golf and cross country meets scheduled for this week. 

Brewers end skid

Two home runs were all the Milwaukee Brewers needed to get their first win in five games with a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Monday night at Miller Park.

 

Justin Smoak continued to be an RBI machine early for the Brewers, driving in Christian Yelich in the first inning on a single and brought Keston Hiura with him for a ride on his two-run home run in the third inning. Omar Narvaez capped off the scoring for the Brewers the next inning with his first home run of the season. Curt Casali and Eugenio Suarez would cut the lead in half with solo shots in the sixth and seventh innings respectively, but Josh Hader closed the door in the ninth inning to register his sixth save. The win came against Trevor Bauer, who was dealt his first loss but still holds a sparkling ERA of just 1.65, which is still among the best in the majors.

 

Game two is slated for 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. 

Middleton, Bucks pushes Magic to the brink

The Milwaukee Bucks are one game away from advancing to the next round of the NBA Playoffs after defeating the Orlando Magic Monday 121-106.

 

A big reason why is Khris Middleton, who scored 18 of his 21 points in the game's final stanza while also grabbing 10 rebounds in the game. It was done at the urging of his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 31 points and collected 15 points and eight assists during his game action. The Magic were able to get the game to within seven late thanks to the heroics of Nikola Vucevic and his 31 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists. Timely shooting and free throws led the Bucks to a game-clinching game against the Magic Wednesday inside the bubble beginning at 3 p.m.

Wisconsin pro teams weigh in on Kenosha shooting

As they did during other periods of social unrest this year, members of Wisconsin's professional sports teams weighed in on the shooting of a Black man in the city of Kenosha over the weekend.

 

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer addressed the shooting to start off their media briefings on Monday. Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur also addressed the incident during his media briefing in addition to hosting a post-practice meeting with the team's leadership council to address next steps. The three organizations each issued their own statement regarding the shooting, wishing the best for the victim and his famil and calling for more dialogue between stakeholders. You can see those statements below:

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS

"The Packers organization was shocked to see the video that showed police shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back. We are hopeful Jacob makes a full recovery, and our thoughts are with his family.

"While we understand a full investigation of this terrible incident will take place, we are deeply troubled at what again has become a painful example of the significant challenges we face with respect to police brutality, systemic racism and injustices against Black people. We continue to call for meaningful dialogue to affect the needed change we all desire."

 

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

“The video of the shooting of Jacob Blake is deeply disturbing and raises many of the same questions we have been asking related to social injustice and racism in our communities. Once again, we are faced with images of a horrific incident that show what appear to be inexplicable and excessive force inflicted upon a Black individual. It stirs emotions of anger, confusion and great sadness at a time when we need healing and lasting change. We pray for a full recovery for Jacob, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

 

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

 

Ports win championship on walk-off

It was drama until the very end for the West Jacksonport Ports Sunday afternoon as they captured the Nor Door Athletics Tournament title Sunday in Baileys Harbor with a 7-6 win over Kolberg.

 

Down 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Jaeger Broskey got the game-winning hit with the bases loaded to drive in two runs and the victory. 

Luxemburg-Casco Golf opens high school sports season

For the first time since March, a local high school will participate in a WIAA event.

 

Denmark, Oconto Falls will travel to Northbrook Country Club this afternoon for a girls golf event against Luxemburg-Casco. Tee time is set for 1 p.m. It is the first of three meets this week for the Spartans, which will also battle Little Chute and Oconto Falls Wednesday morning at Mid-Vallee Golf Course at 9 a.m. and Little Chute and Oconto Falls at 9 a.m. Thursday at Hilly Haven Golf Course.

 

 

Brewers swept by the Pirates

A week after taking three out of four from the first-place Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers dropped all three of its matchups against the Pittsburgh Pirates including Sunday's 5-4 loss. Down 2-0, the Brewers got RBI hits from Justin Smoak in the fourth inning and Omar Narvaez in the fifth inning to tie things up. Smoak would give the Brewers a brief lead in the sixth inning when he homered to drive in Keston Hiura to make it a 4-2 ballgame. The Pirates cut the deficit to 4-3 before Gregory Polanco gave the team the lead for good with a two-run shot against David Phelps in the bottom of the eighth. 

 

The Brewers return home to face the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m.

Packers given testing scare

The Green Bay Packers were among the several teams Sunday affected by a rash of false-positive COVID-19 tests before their Sunday practice.

 

The Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers were among the other teams affected by the over 70 tests that came back positive over the weekend, only to learn that they were false. While other teams held out the players impacted by the results, local media outlets reported that the Packers were able to sort out the issues so no one was forced to miss practice on Sunday. 

 

As for the practice itself, there was some live tackling thrown into the mix since players will not have any preseason games leading up to their scheduled opener against the Minnesota Vikings on September 13th. 

Rain avoids The 'Burg

Over 130 cars dodged each other after the rain missed The 'Burg Speedway Sunday night.

 

Sunday's shower also did not rain on the parade of Jerry Hynek, Steve Svoboda, Darrell Massart, and Tony Bouche, all of which were inducted into the Luxemburg Racing Hall of Fame.

 

Winners Sunday night included Todd Dart in the Village Kitchen IMCA Modified 20 Lap Feature, Travis VanStraten in the IMCA Stock Car 20 Lap Feature, Chris Budzban in the IMCA Northern Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature, Adam Crapser in the Unified Dirt Street Stock 20 Lap Feature, and Scott Schlafke in the Quietwoods RV Murder Hornet 20 Lap Feature. The championship races will take place next week as The 'Burg hosts its final features of the season. You can read the full recap below.

 

 

West Jacksonport, Kolberg battle for tournament championship

The Nor Door Athletics Tournament will meet its end in Baileys Harbor Sunday afternoon.

 

West Jacksonport and Kolberg each got upsets over favored Sister Bay and Egg Harbor their last time to earn the spot in the championship game. The first pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

One more night before championship races at The 'Burg

The penultimate night of racing in Kewaunee County takes place Sunday when The 'Burg hosts a full program.

 

As a thanks to the race track's first season under new promoters, The 'Burg will host its first annual 'Burg for a Buck night with one dollar grandstand admission for 14 and over and 13 and under are still free. The Sunday program includes the Village Kitchen IMCA Modifieds and the Quietwoods RV Murder Hornets. The grandstands open at 4 p.m. and the first flag is set for 5 p.m. The season wraps up on August 30th.

Pirates take game two from Brewers

A five-run seventh inning slammed the door on a Milwaukee Brewers comeback Saturday as they lost to the Pirates 12-5.

 

Jedd Gyorko tied the game briefly for the Crew at 1-1 in the fourth inning before the Pirates scored six unanswered runs. Keston Hiura's seventh homer drove in three runs to cut the deficit to 7-4 in the seventh inning, but the Pirates' five runs in the bottom half of the inning put hopes of a comeback to rest. Ryan Braun was able to get an RBI on a ground-rule double in the top of the ninth. The Brewers will try to salvage a game in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Bucks take series lead from Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks dealt their fatal blows in the first half as they won their second straight over the Orlando Magic 121-107. 

 

The Bucks outscored the Magic by 19  in the second quarter, giving them plenty of breathing room in the second half. It was during that fateful second quarter that Orlando forward James Ennis and Milwaukee forward Marvin Williams got involved in a skirmish that led to their ejections. Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 35 points and rebounders with 11. Three other Bucks players scored in double-figures, including Khris Middleton's best performance of the playoffs with 17. Game four is scheduled for Monday. 

Football cancellation rippling through Big Ten Conference

The cancellation of fall football means the loss of tens of millions of dollars in revenue for most Big Ten member schools. That is being felt in their athletic department budgets. The University of Iowa fired the first shot on Friday. Axed are Hawkeye men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s swimming. They will all fold after this school year. Iowa said it had to pull the trigger on the moves, with little warning, due to a looming $75 million loss. Iowa and Nebraska have been vocal detractors of the conference’s decision on football. It is possible that this could be a way to put pressure on the Big Ten to reverse itself.


In the spring, Minnesota’s athletic director said all options are on the table, including potentially killing sports programs. Michigan State University says it expects to see revenue from the athletic department fall by over 50%, from $140 million to $55 million. For sports that do not generate cash, they are no longer being subsidized by other teams. Having no football breaks the business model. There have been no similar announcements made by the University of Wisconsin-Madison yet.

 

Green Bay Booyah Season Ends in Fond Du Lac

The Green Bay Booyah, making their first playoff appearance in 5 years, fell to the Dock Spiders 9-4 at Herr-Baker Field in Fond Du Lac.

 

The Booyah scored first in the game as Nick Santoro came around to score on a wild pitch in the second inning. Fond du Lac answered right back scoring one of their own in the bottom of the second.

 

The Booyah held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the 7th inning thanks to a formidable performance by starting pitcher Jack Mahoney (UW-Milwaukee). After retiring the first batter of the 7th, Mahoney gave up a bunt single to the last man he faced. Mahoney wound up going 6.1 innings in his final appearance of the season. Coming on in relief, Jack Sauser (Northwestern) was unable to retire a batter he faced and the Dock Spiders took the lead for good as they plated 4 runs in the 7th.

 

Fond Du Lac scored two more in the bottom of the 8th to round out the scoring in the game. The Booyah finished the 2020 campaign with a  18 – 29  record.

Brewers give Pittsburgh just its fifth win of season

Sometimes it’s not who you play, but when you play them as the adage goes. That makes Friday's result so disappointing. The Milwaukee Brewers allowed Pittsburgh to pick up only their third win since July 28th. It has been a grueling stretch for the Pirates, off to the worst start in all of baseball. Milwaukee gave up seven runs to a team that is last in the National League in several offensive categories, including on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Pittsburgh does not walk or hit for power, which makes it challenging to string rallies together and put up runs.


Starter Adrian Houser kept the Crew in it, giving up four earned in seven innings. That includes a solo shot in the second and a three-run fourth that proved enough for the Pirates. They added three more against Alex Claudio in his only inning of work. Both of Milwaukee’s runs came by way of solo homers, including an eighth inning shot from Christian Yelich.

 

Bucks look for better matinee performance Saturday

After getting pasted in a matinee game earlier this week, the Milwaukee Bucks have a chance for a mulligan Saturday. Game 3 is an earlier start, noon central time, and with the series locked at one game apiece, it is an important one. Milwaukee clamped down on the defensive end in Game 2, allowing only 96 points. They were especially ferocious in the first half, yielding just 41 points through 24 minutes.

 

Not every question is answered for Milwaukee, which has been a very pedestrian 4-6 since the restart. Outside of Antetokounmpo, there has been very little help from the supporting cast. In Game 2, center Brook Lopez chipped in 20, but no other starter had more than 13. Orlando is beset by injuries, but that hasn’t stopped Nikola Vucevic. The Orlando center has led all players in scoring both games. Milwaukee will need to limit his production going forward.

 

Booyah enter playoffs with loss

The Green Bay Booyah can make up for a rough stretch to end the season tonight as they battle the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in their Wisconsin-Illinois pod semifinals.

 

The Booyah dropped their final regular-season game and their Capital Credit Union Park finale Thursday night 3-1 to the Rockford Rivets. The capacity crowd saw all the scoring occur in the fifth inning. In the top half of the inning, the Rivets went station to station to score their three runs with a sacrifice fly from Simon Dembiec and RBI singles from Jackson Dvorak and Colton Klein. The Booyah got on the board for their sole tally in the bottom half of the inning because of a sacrifice fly from Colton Tilly. Jacob Pinc took the loss for the Booyah, giving up all three runs in his five innings of work, walking two and striking out three.

 

The Booyah hope to advance to the pod championship game on Saturday with a win tonight in Fond du Lac beginning at 6:35 p.m.

Phoenix suspend season ticket sales, renewals

Until there is more certainty, you will not be able to get season tickets this season for either Green Bay Phoenix basketball team.

 

Ticket director Joey Daniels updated season tickets holders in a letter released on Thursday concerning the current status of the 2020/2021 season. Even though the fall season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, no such decision has been made for the winter sports seasons including basketball. Until more information is known, the Green Bay Phoenix will not be accepting applications for season tickets, both new and returning customers. Both the Resch Center and the Kress Center will likely see reduced capacities this season as well as other additional COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

 

You can read the full letter here. 

Bucks capture game two against Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks made up for its slow start in its opening-round series against the Orlando Magic, winning game two 111-96.

 

It was a payback game for the Bucks after dropping game one earlier this week. It showed in the first half as the Bucks built up a 23-point lead at one point thanks to good shooting and a stretch on defense when they held the Magic scoreless for eight minutes. The Magic would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks attack with 28 points and 20 rebounds. Four other Bucks players reached double figures including 20 points from Brook Lopez. Nikola Vucevic continues to be a thorn for the Bucks after he grabbed 10 rebounds and scored a game-high 32 points.

 

Game three is slated for noon Saturday.

Brewers drop series finale to Twins

A Justin Smoak homer in the seventh inning was all the Milwaukee Brewers could muster in its 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

 

By that point, the Twins had built up a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Ryan Jeffers in the third inning and a sacrifice fly by Illdemaro Vargas. Brandon Woodruff exited the game after five innings, giving up just the two runs on nine hits. The Twins would add on plenty of insurance runs after the Smoak home run, starting with a two-run dinger by Nelson Cruz in the bottom half of the seventh. Angel Perdomo struggled in his inning of work, walking in one run and giving up a two-run double to Jorge Polanco. 

 

The Brewers road trip continues as they head to Pittsburgh for a three-game set against the Pirates.

L-C takes second in volleyball tournament

The Luxemburg-Casco girls volleyball team went 2-1 in the Prep Dig Summer Sunset Tournament on Wednesday.

 

The Spartans dispatched Madison Edgewood and Waukesha West before falling to Howards Grove in three sets 26-24, 19-25, 12-15. 

 

You can watch a replay of the matches courtesy of the Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

104.1 WRLU to air Gamblers hockey games

The sounds of hockey will come in loud and clear on the Door Peninsula this upcoming season.

 

NEW Radio, Inc. will partner with the Green Bay Gamblers to broadcast their home slate of 2020-21 regular season and playoff games on 104.1 WRLU. Tobin Meyer returns for his third season as the “Voice” of Gamblers hockey. Meyer got his broadcasting start with the Gamblers prior to the 2018-2019 campaign. The USHL announced earlier this week that the season will start November 6th. The Green Bay Gamblers will announce their full schedule at a later date.

 

Full coverage of the Gamblers season will be found at DoorCountyDailyNews.com and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Packers release two players

It was another day of practice and another day of releases for the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday.

 

The Packers announced it has released T Travis Bruffy and WR Travis Fulgham. Bruffy signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech while Fulgham was picked up off waivers last week from the Detroit Lions. The moves were likely made after long snapper Hunter Bradley and Greg Roberts were removed from the COVID-19 list. 

Brewers pound Twins

A pair of four-run innings catapulted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-3 victory Wednesday evening over the Minnesota Twins.

 

Down 1-0 heading into the top of the third, Ryan Braun clobbered a two-run shot and Avisail Garcia knocked in two on a single to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead. They would repeat that feat again in the fifth inning when Christian Yelich and Garcia each hit two-run homers. Keston Hiura matched his teammates with a solo home run in the ninth. The Twins would eat into the deficit a little bit with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but it was not enough. The rubber match between the two teams is slated for 6:10 p.m. 

Milwaukee Brewers no-hit through eight innings

A 4-3 final suggests a closer contest than it was Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Milwaukee Brewers' late rally attempt was nullified in extras after flirting with being on the wrong side of a historical performance from Twins starter Kenta Maeda. After they were no-hit through eight innings, the Crew finally came to life for three in the last frame of regulation to tie the game helped by a throwing error from Twins second baseman Ildemaro Vargas.


Minnesota scored in the bottom of the 12th without the courtesy of a hit. New rules have a runner starting at second base with Byron Buxton scoring on a fielder's choice against five infielders, including Ryan Braun, who began the evening as designated hitter and moved to third base for Milwaukee.

 

Luxemburg-Casco athletes help school with COVID preparation

Classrooms inside Luxemburg-Casco High School are being prepped for the new school year with COVID-19 mitigation in mind, and student-athletes are helping. Tuesday morning, members of the football team helped install plexiglass dividers. With the start of the football season delayed until September, the team is still in summer conditioning mode. After workouts in the morning, the team lent a hand until around noon.

 

Last week, the team cleaned up stones and other debris around the entrances to make the grounds safe for returning students. With the construction this summer, there were more hazards to scoop up than usual.

Green Bay Swept by Dock Spiders

The Green Bay Booyah didn’t record their first hit of the game until the ninth inning as they fell 3-1 to Fond du Lac in the final road game of the year.

 

The lone hit for the Booyah came off the bat of Princeton sophomore Nadir Lewis. After Lewis reached base to put runners on second and third, Stephen Hrustich grounded out to third to score Andy Blake for the only run on Tuesday night. The left-handed hitting Lewis finished the night 1-for-4. Green Bay only scored one run during the course of the two-game set in Fond du Lac.

 

Starter Ben Hart threw six strong innings from the left side, giving up two runs, although neither of them were earned. However, Hart fell to 0-4 on the year, despite his ERA dropping from 4.50 to 3.54. Out of the bullpen, Brad Deboutte went two innings, giving up an earned run and striking out one Dock Spider batter. The Booyah committed five errors defensively on the evening, three of which came in the fifth inning.

 

Despite the loss, Green Bay still sits a half game in front of Rockford for the final playoff spot of the 2020 season. With a win either tomorrow or Thursday over the Rivets, the Booyah will clinch the last spot and head to Fond du Lac for the opening round of the playoffs on Friday. Rockford would need to win both games at Capital Credit Union Park to surpass the Booyah and head to the postseason.

 

First pitch on the home turf is scheduled for 6:35pm tomorrow night against the Rivets. Green Bay will look to one of the top pitchers of their staff all season long in Logan Lee to push them into the playoffs. The Northwood right hander has a 2-0 record with a 3.26 earned run average this year.

 

Photo provided by Justin Nuoffer.

Bucks sleepy in matinee

Milwaukee has the number one overall seed, and Orlando is hobbled by injuries, but none of that mattered Tuesday afternoon. It was an early tip-off, 12:30 central time, mid-week, and Milwaukee didn't show up early. The Bucks played a solid 90 seconds and led 8-2. By the end of the first quarter, they were down 33-23. The final score ended up being a comfortable 122-110 edge for Orlando.


Giannis Antetokounmpo had a nearly perfect stat line for the Bucks. He collected 31 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists with the only blemish being five turnovers. The supporting cast was quiet, especially from the starters. George Hill was the second-highest scorer off the bench, netting 16. 


Orlando had five players in double figures with center Nikola Vucevic contributing a game-high 35 points. Vucevic shot a scorching 63 percent from the field. If you are looking for a silver lining, the Bucks weren't the only high seed to lose Tuesday. Lebron James' Lakers fell to Portland 100-93 to fall behind 1-0 in a Western Conference first-round series.

 

Nearby school district pushes fall sports to spring

Green Bay and Appleton public schools will be playing fall sports in the spring, and that could have an impact on whether area schools lace up their cleats. It will become more difficult for conference schools like NEW Lutheran to justify forging ahead when its peers are shutting down. There are deep roots in the Packerland for several sports. Keeping competition local and limiting travel across county lines can work for football and volleyball. It will be much tougher to pull off for soccer. 


Some contact sports will struggle to transfer to the spring. Having two football seasons in six months has never been tried before, and it will take a toll physically on the boys who play it. If a student-athlete has a chance at playing in college, will they be willing to risk injury knowing they would not be recovered for their freshman year? The same holds true for volleyball. Could the Packerland Conference push just one contact sport back, or would it have to treat all of them equally? Lots of questions as members meet Tuesday for what Commissioner Mike Holtz expects to be a lengthy discussion.

 

Ohio State's Justin Fields starts online petition to play

Coaches and athletes across Division I college sports began using the social media tag #WeWantToPlay a week ago when it became clear that the Big Ten and Pac 12 were moving towards the cancellation of the upcoming sports season. Ohio State Buckeye Justin Fields has kept the pressure on the conference over the past weekend, starting an online petition that has garnered over a quarter million signatures as of Tuesday. 


The Big Ten has still not made it publicly known which presidents voted to end fall play. Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour says she wasn’t sure if a formal roll call even happened. No one wants to go on record for the position while players and coaches from several of the conference’s largest programs continue to speak out. The Big 12 and SEC have announced ten-game conference schedules since last Tuesday, and schools like Nebraska and Iowa are threatening to leave. The final story on the Big Ten’s fall season has most likely not been written yet. 

 

Bucks begin postseason

The Milwaukee Bucks begin their playoff push Tuesday afternoon with the day’s first game from Walt Disney World. They have a best-of-seven series against the hometown Orlando Magic in the opening round, a team they beat four times in the regular season. As of Tuesday morning, the Bucks are 11-point favorites for game one. Both sides have been less than stellar since the restart, going 3-5 in the regular season portion of the Disney schedule. The first day of postseason play featured four games with the favorite winning every one, so that may not be a useful metric when trying to make prognostications about the playoffs.


Orlando is nursing severe injury problems with four players confirmed as being out. Forward Aaron Gordon is a game-time decision. It is hard to imagine that the Magic can hang with Milwaukee while short-handed.

 

Green Bay Blanked at Fond du Lac

The Green Bay Booyah didn’t produce any runs on Monday evening as they fell 10-0 to the Dock Spiders.

 

Green Bay only collected two hits in the game, both of which came in the fourth inning. Nick Kreutzer and Andy Blake both had singles in that inning, but nobody else was able to reach base or bring home either runner. Blake and Kreutzer both finished the night 1-for-4 at the plate. The only Booyah player to reach base twice on the night was Trent Bauer, who had two walks.

 

Starter Jacob Paulishak went three and a third, letting in five total earned runs off of six hits and four walks. Paulishak was charged with the loss, his first this season. Out of the bullpen, Will Monroe completed two and two-thirds on the rubber, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned. Monroe walked four Dock Spider batters, and struck out one. Swarthmore College’s Zach Camp gave up an earned run in two full innings, striking out three and only walking one.

 

The Booyah return to play tomorrow night at Herr-Baker field as they take on the Dock Spiders for the final time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm in Fond du Lac, and Dixie State freshman Ben Hart will make the start. Hart has a 1.32 WHIP during the course of the 2020 season, and will be making his fourth start.

 

Photo provided by Justin Nuoffer.

Non-contact sports begin today

The season is still in doubt, but high schools opting for a fall season can have their non-contact athletes start today (Monday).

 

The WIAA's decision kept the door open a crack for teams to begin practice, though they will offer an alternative spring season for schools not comfortable with their athletes competing quite yet. Girls golf, girls tennis, girls swimming and diving and cross country can all begin practices, but whether they can continue to prepare for a fall season will come later this week as Packerland Conference principals are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

Upsets set up tournament championship

Those banking on another Egg Harbor/Sister Bay championship showdown walked away awfully disappointed Sunday afternoon. 

 

The Nor Door Athletics Baseball Tournament championship will instead feature the two lower seeds as Kolberg topped Egg Harbor and West Jacksonport beat Sister Bay. The Bays and the Ports played extra innings on Sunday with the game tied 2-2 entering the 12th inning. The Ports hit a grand slam in their half of the inning and the Bays were able to shave off two runs before eventually losing 6-4. 

 

Kolberg and West Jacksonport will play at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday at Baileys Harbor.

 

 

Green Bay splits Woodchucks series

The Green Bay Booyah simply could solve Wisconsin Woodchucks starter Brett Wicklund in their 5-1 loss Sunday.

 

Wicklund went the distance for the Woodchucks, scattering just six hits and allowing only one run on a fielder's choice by Weston Eberly. Jack Sauser went six innings for the Booyah allowing two runs while striking out two. The game was still close entering the bottom of the seventh inning with the Woodchucks scored three runs, including two on an RBI single by Alejandro Macario.

 

The Booyah continue their season-ending road trip at Fond du Lac on Monday night.

Brewers get series win from Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers rallied from deficits four straight games and won three of them as they beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 at Wrigley Field Sunday.

 

Keston Hiura erased an early 3-0 Cubs lead with a three-run home run in the third inning and Orlando Arcia drove in Luis Urias two innings later to give the Brewers a 5-3 advantage. Jason Kipnis would tie the game for the Cubs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Arcia was driven in by Ryan Braun for the Brewers final tally to give them their third straight victory and their fifth win in eight tries. 

 

The Brewers will get Monday off before their road trip continues in Minnesota on Tuesday.

Tournament finalists to be decided Sunday

It is down to four teams in the Nor-Door Athletics Baseball Tournament.

 

The two semifinal matchups feature Kolberg playing at Egg Harbor and West Jacksonport travelng to face Sister Bay at Baileys Harbor. Both games begin at 1:30 p.m. with the winners heading to the championship round on August 23rd. 

Booyah breaks skid in Wausau

The Green Bay Booyah got back into the win column Saturday with a 7-6 win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

 

Scoreless through four-inning, the Booyah scratched across their first run in the fifth on a Nadir Lewis groundout. The Booyah responded to a two-run rally by the Woodchucks with a three-run sixth inning, highlighted by a Stephen Hrustich home run and a two-run single by Noah Granet. The two teams would trade runs until the ninth inning. Down by one run, Colin Kleffman started a unique string of events that eventually drove in Cameron Tilly and Trent Bauer. 


The two teams meet again Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

 

Picture courtesy of Green Bay Booyah

Packers' Clark gets pay day

If you are going to get a wake-up call at midnight like the Green Bay Packers' Kenny Clark, you might as well get paid like him too.

 

It was the middle of the night when Clark learned he was signing a contract that would make him the richest nose tackle in NFL history. The deal is for $70 million over four years with a $25 million signing bonus, which ESPN reports would be the highest for a non-quarterback in franchise history.

 

The Packers also announced it was releasing CB Marc-Antoine Dequoy, TE James Looney and WR Darrell Stewart on the same day the team hosted its first practice of training camp.

Brewers top Cubs in extras

The Milwaukee Brewers got their second straight win in extras Saturday by topping the Chicago Cubs 6-5.

 

The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to have the Brewers piece together a three-run rally in the top of the fourth inning thanks to two-run double by Justin Smoak and a run-scoring hit by Luis Urias. A Jason Kipnis error helped give the Brewers a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning before the Cubs tied it up in the eighth inning on a home run. In the top of the 10th inning, Avisail Garcia jumped on a second-pitch splitter to drive in Christian Yelich before Urias knocked him home four batters later. The Cubs would sneak in one last run before Alex Claudio closed the door for his first save of the year. The Brewers go for the series win on Sunday at 1:20 p.m. at Wrigley Field. 

Packerland principals to meet Tuesday

After Friday’s WIAA Board of Control decision, it is up to local officials to determine the fate of fall high school sports. The Packerland Conference will be meeting Tuesday to discuss a wide range of possibilities. Noncontact sports won’t have to wait until then, with practice beginning the day before. It appears almost certain that cross country, the only one offered by the Packerland, will happen as scheduled. Swimming and golf involve some Packerland schools, but they belong to different conferences to compete in those activities. For the rest, the future is murkier. Commissioner Mike Holtz expects a lengthy meeting with everything on the table.

 


One of the discussion points will be the differing COVID-19 activity levels among different counties. With additions like Clintonville and Bonduel for football, Packerland membership stretches across Marinette, Oconto, Brown, Kewaunee, and Door Counties. Some trial balloons have already been floated to have limited schedules where teams only play schools from their home county. While Door is relatively unaffected by such a proposition, many member schools could find themselves playing against teams from other conferences to meet such a stipulation. 


Another potential sticking point for Packerland schools, which tend to have smaller enrollments and rely on multisport athletes, is the overlap that happens under the approved WIAA alternate schedule should fall sports be moved to the spring. Football would conflict with baseball for at least one week of competition. Cross country would be at odds with track and field. The full WIAA press release is below.

 

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BOARD DEFINES ALTERNATE FALL SEASON; WINTER & SPRING SEASONS SHORTENED

 

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association approved several details of a one-year alternative season in the spring for fall sports and reduced the number of weeks for sports during the 2020-21 winter and spring seasons at its August meeting today.

           

The Board established the parameters and context of the alternate fall season with seven weeks of competition in the spring. Football programs unable to start or complete 50 percent of the fall season, including games and practices, are eligible for a prorated alternate season. Other fall sports unable to start or complete 50 percent of the fall season, including games and practices, are eligible for a complete alternate season. Fall sports programs exceeding 50 percent of their seasons will be considered a completed season.

 

For planning and scheduling purposes, schools will be required to initially declare if they plan to participate in the traditional fall season or the alternate fall season in the spring by Sept. 1. Athletic directors at member schools will receive an email with a link to the online form to declare their intentions.

 

The revised sports calendar replaces the existing 2020-21 season calendars and identifies – in addition to an alternate fall season in the spring with seven weeks of competition – a period of no coaching contact prior to the start of the respective sport seasons; an acclimatization or practice period before the first allowed competition; and the designated number of weeks for the winter and spring seasons, including any culminating event. The Board acknowledges all schedules are subject to change if conditions warrant in accordance with local, state and national health guidelines.

 

2020-21 Fall Sports Season Start & End Dates (* End dates to be determined)

Cross Country-Boys & Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Oct. 26*)

Football (Monday, Sept. 7 - Week of Nov. 16*) - Earliest first game is Wednesday, Sept. 23

Golf-Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Oct. 12*)

Soccer-Boys (Monday, Sept. 7 - Week of Nov. 2*)

Swimming & Diving-Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Nov. 9*)

Tennis-Girls (Monday, Aug. 17 - Week of Oct. 19*)

Volleyball - Boys & Girls (Monday, Sept. 7 - Week of Nov. 2*)

 

2020-21 Winter Sports Season Start & End Dates

Basketball-Boys (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of March 1*)

Basketball-Girls (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 22*)

Gymnastics (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 22*)

Hockey- Boys & Girls (Monday, Nov. 16 - Week of Feb. 15*)

Swimming & Diving-Boys (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of Feb. 1*)

Wrestling (Monday, Nov. 23 - Week of Feb. 15*)

 

2020-21 Alternate Fall Sports Season Start & End Dates

Cross Country-Boys & Girls (Monday, March 15 - Week of May 3*)

Football (Monday, March 8 - Week of May 3*) - Earliest first game is Wednesday, March 24

Golf-Girls (Monday, March 29 - Week of May 17*)

Soccer-Boys (Monday, March 22 - Week of May 10*)

Swimming & Diving-Girls (Monday, Feb. 15 - Week of April 5*)

Tennis-Girls (Monday, March 8 - Week of April 26*)

Volleyball - Boys & Girls (Monday, Feb. 22 - Week of April 12*)

 

2020-21 Spring Sports Season Start & End Dates

Baseball (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

Golf-Boys (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 14*)

Softball (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

Soccer-Girls (Monday, April 26 - Week of June 28*)

Tennis-Boys (Monday, May 3 - Week of June 21*)

Track & Field - Boys & Girls (Monday, April 19 - Week of June 28*)

 

The revised calendar emphasizes the Board’s position to accommodate all the sport seasons in 2020-21 with the knowledge a number of member schools having already determined interscholastic activities are not able to be conducted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Board also addressed a number of other rules and regulations to be modified or suspended in 2020-21 to provide flexibility to members and licensed officials during the pandemic.

 

* If tournament series are conducted, regional groupings will be implemented (four teams in football).

* All minimum number of contests requirement for tournament eligibility will be suspended in 2020-21.

* All tournament series seeding will be conducted virtually in 2020-21.

* All nonborder out-of-state competitions or practices are strongly discouraged.

* All multiple-team events from outside a host’s region is strongly discouraged.

* Co-op programs that include schools that are unable to participate in activities during 2020-21 may seek other co-op partners to provide opportunities for participation.

* With conference approval, schools whose conference has canceled sports in 2020-21 may seek schedule relief with other conferences as an independent without sanctions or going through the prescribed conference realignment process.

* For 2020-21, programs may schedule contests after they are eliminated from the WIAA tournament or culminating event respective sport’s revised season.

* Schools that were unable to conduct their five unrestricted coaching contact days during the 2020 summer may schedule those days during the 2020-21 calendar provided there is one week of no contact prior to the start of the respective season. However, during the closed-session meeting, the Board directed staff to have discussions on coaching contact during 2020-21 placed on the agenda of the September meeting.

* Licensed officials will not drop in classification in 2021-22 if they choose not to renew licensure or are unable to fill a varsity schedule. in 2020-21. 

 

The Board also determined student-athletes may compete in no more than two nonschool events with school approval during each regular sports season in 2020-21 only, which adopts the middle-level regulation. An “event” will be defined as a game or tournament.

 

The “Return to Fall Sports Considerations” was approved for distribution to the membership and for placement on the COVID-19 page of the WIAA website. Also passed was a recommendation to add language to the Code of Conduct section of the Rules of Eligibility, clarifying how schools respond to allegations of sexual harassment at school or at school-sponsored events.

 

In other action, the Board voted to table a discussion of a request to form another ad-hoc committee to review competitive equity, and gave its approval of new appointments to the 2020-21 Coaches Advisory Committees and the Conference Realignment Task Force. In addition, the Board authorized the annual renewal of the Association’s membership in the National Federation of State High School Associations, the newly created Conference Realignment Task Force Handbook, as well as the editorial modifications to the 2020-21 Media Policies Guide and Administrative Staff Handbook.

 

Among the other topics discussed were the decision to conduct the 2020 Area Meetings in September virtually, the initial development of the 2020-21 operational budget, the launching of the COVID-19 Games Wanted webpage on the WIAA website and a review of the New AD Workshop.

 

The conference realignment request from Dodgeland/Hustisford for boys soccer only was approved via the fast track option implemented by the Conference Realignment Task Force. The co-op will move to the Flyway Conference from Capitol Conference in 2021-22.

 

The Board also received liaison reports from Mike Thompson of the Department of Public Instruction, John Ashley of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and Nathan Delany of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, as well as a presentation on returning to high school sports by Dr. Tim McGuine.

          

The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 513 senior high schools and 49 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors State Championship Tournament Series for boys and girls. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.

 

Yelich powers Brew Crew to win

The Milwaukee Brewers found themselves trailing the Chicago Cubs in the top of the sixth inning Friday night but erased the deficit with a mighty swing of the bat from designated hitter Christian Yelich. He jumped all over a first pitch changeup from  Cubs starter Alec Mills, booming it into the bleachers in right center. The homer scored Eric Sogard and Keston Hiura, all the damage done without an out recorded.


Milwaukee’s bullpen did the rest. Josh Hader picked up his fourth save of the season, pitching one and a third scoreless innings. The teams have split the first two of a four-game set, and play again Saturday at 2:20 PM. Colin Rea versus Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser is the pitching matchup.

 

Bucks one seed in the Eastern Conference

The Milwaukee Bucks have known they will be taking on the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference’s first round for a while. The schedule is now set, with Game One happening on Tuesday from Walt Disney World. Milwaukee swept the regular season series, with the closest game being a December contest where the Bucks won by nine. It doesn’t appear competitive on paper, and that is before considering the injury situation with the Magic. Power forward Jonathan Isaac is lost for the rest of the season after an ACL tear. Center Mo Bamba is out as well, and point guard Michael Carter-Williams was hobbling in a boot as of Thursday.


Milwaukee must contend with lackluster play since the restart, although that can be contributed to the fact the Bucks had sewn up the conference already. Their record is the best in basketball, and that was never really in doubt the past three weeks. 

 

Green Bay Swept by La Crosse

The Green Bay Booyah fell for the fourth straight time at home on Friday night as they lost 5-3 to La Crosse.

 

Green Bay lit up the scoreboard in the first inning, with both Nadir Lewis and Andy Blake hitting solo home runs. Lewis’s home run was his fifth of the season, putting him in first on the active roster for most long balls. Andy Blake homered for the fourth time this year, the third time against La Crosse, after he hit the ball over the right field wall on the pitch after Lewis homered. Green Bay’s only other run came in the sixth off an RBI single from Brady West to score Blake.

 

On the mound, starter Logan Lee struggled with command but worked four innings, giving up just one while walking six. Lee was handed a no decision, and Brad Deboutte threw two scoreless innings on Friday night, striking out just one. Chandler Ingram was handed the loss, his second of the year, after going two and two-thirds and allowing four runs, three of which were earned. Ingram fell to 2-2 on the season.

 

Green Bay tries to get back on the winning track tomorrow night as they travel to Wausau to take on the Woodchucks for a two-game series. So far this season, the Booyah are 2-0 at Athletic Park, and are 4-2 overall against the Woodchucks. Ace Jack Mahoney takes the mound for Green Bay, in search of his second victory in 2020. First pitch from Wausau is scheduled for 6:35pm, and pregame on WOCO 107.1 FM starts at 6:25pm.

WIAA paves the way for fall sports

Fall sports are on at the high school level after the WIAA Board of Control affirmed a decision from last month. Activities are at the discretion of local district, county, and conference officials. 


The meeting began with a sobering presentation from Dr. Tim McGuine, who pointed to an explosion of depression among teens and young adults. Typically, WIAA surveys show moderate to severe depression affecting fewer than 10% of student-athletes. McGuine says that it is now nearly 40% for more affluent districts and almost 50% for children in low-income families. McGuine noted a return to sports could help alleviate some of those numbers. He mentioned myocarditis, heart inflammation, which can be a lingering condition from respiratory viruses like COVID-19. McGuine concluded that because screening for myocarditis is up significantly in recent months, we have no way of knowing if COVID-19 is more problematic than a child’s reaction to the traditional flu. He said we aren’t as vigilant in monitoring symptoms of other viruses until they become health risks. McGuine also noted that high school student-athletes are younger and have lower body mass indexes than college players, meaning that they should prove significantly less susceptible to COVID-19. He gave an unqualified recommendation for fall sports to return.


The WIAA has set up a portal that would allow for athletic directors to schedule replacement games if their original opponent is unable to field a team due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Other recommendations were to limit competition out-of-state except for districts that are located near a state border. The Board of Control then discussed six potential alternate schedules if conferences decide to move fall sports to the spring. They adopted unanimously the recommendation from the executive committee, which would shorten both winter and spring seasons to accommodate fall sports in a new slot. Volleyball would be one of the first sports back along with swimming, football in early March, and soccer towards the back end of the new window. All seasons would be shortened, although the max number of games would not decline. Overlap will exist as well, which could complicate things for multisport athletes.

 

Decision day for WIAA

Will local athletes head to the practice fields as soon as Monday? That's what the WIAA Board of Control will decide when it meets this morning.

 

It was less than a month ago the governing body met and voted to delay the start of the fall sports season by as much as a month for high contact sports like volleyball, soccer, and football. Lower contact sports are either a week or two behind usual or if they're cross country runners, right on time. The WIAA Board of Control also opened the door for a spring season for schools not comfortable competing in the fall and will have to decide what the playoffs will look like. Not competing at all this fall is also an option with local college conferences canceling their seasons and states like Illinois and Minnesota pushing some of their fall sports like football to the spring. Michigan, Iowa and Indiana high schools are all planning on having fall seasons with some scheduling adjustments.

 

People can tune into the meeting by clicking this link.

Brewers fall to Cubs

Pitcher Yu Darvish went 6 1/3 without allowing a hit as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

 

The Cubs struck first in the opening frame on an RBI groundout off the bat of Javier Baez. After Kyle Schwarber went deep in the second inning to make it 2-0, the Cubs score two more times thanks to an RBI double by Ian Happ and a run-scoring single by David Bote. Justin Smoak took advantage of the long lay-off for Darvish, ending the no-hit and shutout bid on a home run to right field. Smoak drove in the other run for the Brewers with a ground-rule double that drove in Avisail Garcia. The four-game series in Chicago continues Friday night at 7:15 p.m.

Bucks lose final bubble tune-up against Grizzlies

Limited minutes against a team with everything to lose led to the Milwaukee Bucks' loss to the Memphis Grizzlies 119-106 Thursday afternoon.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo served his one-game suspension while none of the team's major contributors played more than 20 minutes in the contest that was "win and get in" for the Grizzlies. Led by Dillon Brooks' 31 points, the Grizzlies outscored the Bucks in every quarter but the final one. The Grizzlies also had two players post triple-doubles in the game in Jonas Valanciunas (26 points, 19 rebounds, and 12 assists) and Ja Morant (12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists). Brook Lopez led all Bucks scorers with 19 points with four other teammates reaching double figures.

 

The Bucks will now wait until Tuesday until their opening playoff matchup against the Orlando Magic. That game will start at 12:30 p.m.

Booyah lose fifth straight

The Green Bay Booyah managed just three hits in their 3-0 loss to the LaCrosse Loggers Thursday night.

 

A big reason for that was La Crosse starter Jayson Hibbard, who went seven innings while striking out eight and allowing single hits in the first, second, and fifth innings. The Loggers scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning with Ronald Sweeny at the plate. He delivered a two-run single after the game-winning run crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

 

Despite the five game skid, the Booyah are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, which continues Friday night at Capital Credit Union Park beginning at 6:35 p.m. against LaCrosse.

Brewers bombarded by Twins

Two big innings spoiled the rubber match for the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night 12-2.

 

The Twins moved station to station in the top of the second inning thanks to RBI hits by Jake Cave, Luis Arraez, Jorge Polanco, and Nelson Cruz, and a wild pitch staked the visitors to a 5-0 lead. Miguel Sano's home run in the third inning and Marwin Gonzalez's fourth-inning double gave the Twins a 7-0 lead before tacking on a four-spot in the fifth inning. Byron Buxton hit his first of two home runs to lead off the frame''s scoring as Cruz and Eddie Rosario drove in runs with bases-loaded walks and Gonzalez got one on a sacrifice fly. The Brewers finally go on the board in the sixth inning when Luis Urias drove in two runs on a single to left field. 

 

The Brewers will head south for a four-game set against the Chicago Cubs beginning Thursday night for a nationally-televised game on FOX beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Bucks to play matinee without Giannis

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without their best player when they take the court one last time before the NBA playoffs begin.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended one game for headbutting the Washington Wizards' Moe Wagner during the Bucks' 126-113 win on Tuesday. It is good news for the Bucks, who could have opted to let their star player rest before the team begins playoff play next week as the top seed. The Bucks are 3-4 in the bubble so far. Today's game against Memphis Grizzlies is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Packer sign Turner, release Griffen

The Green Bay Packers continue to make roster moves as training camp continues.

 

The Packers announced Wednesday it has signed WR Malik Turner after a two year stint with the Seattle Seahawks. An undrafted free agent out of Illinois, Turner caught 17 receptions for 265 yards (15.6 avg.) and a touchdown as he split time on the practice squad and the active roster. The Packers also cut S Frankie Griffin, who signed with the Packers back in April as an undrafted free agent from Texas State.

Comeback comes up short in Booyah loss

The Green Bay Booyah put up a crooked number in the bottom of eighth but could not catch the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in their 5-3 loss.

 

The Rafters put up single tallies in the first and second innings before the Booyah got on the board thanks to an RBI groundout by Trent Brauer. The Rafters score single runs again in the fourth, sixth and eighth before the Booyah would strike again in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Noah Granet hit an RBI single and Stephen Hrustich drove in a run on a double to make the score. The Booyah would load the bases in the eighth inning before the Rafters got a key ground out to get out of the jam and sent the home team packing with a 1-2-3 ninth. The two teams square off again in Ashwaubenon beginning at 6:35 p.m.

Brewers even series with Twins

Down 4-1 halfway through Tuesday’s game, the Milwaukee Brewers mounted a furious comeback capped off by a two-run eighth inning to knock off Minnesota. First baseman Jedd Gyorko launched a 1-0 fastball to center to put the Brewers up 6-4. The bullpen was sterling, pitching five scoreless innings. Reliever Devin Williams picked up his first win of the season with Josh Hader getting his third save. Hader has recorded six strikeouts against just two baserunners in four innings of work.


Milwaukee is 7-8 on the season, with the rubber match of the series scheduled for 6:10 Wednesday night.

 

Noncontact fall sports begin Monday

Barring a Big Ten-level surprise, noncontact sports are set to start Monday across the Door Peninsula. That includes practices for girls’ golf, tennis, and swimming as well as cross country. It won’t be long before competition begins. The first Packerland Conference event is tentatively slated for Thursday, August 20th, a golf tournament in Shawano. 


All of that could change, though. The WIAA’s Board of Control meets this Friday. Neighboring Minnesota has already moved football and volleyball to the spring. Door County is currently at eight active COVID-19 cases, representing a moderate level of disease activity.

 

Giannis ejected early, but Bucks get win

Mild-mannered Giannis Antetokounmpo has been anything but since the NBA restarted last month in Orlando. The Milwaukee Bucks star has scuffled and jawed with opposing players, and on Tuesday night, he was ejected before halftime. It was more than just a shove or a swear word this time. Antetokounmpo headbutted Washington Wizards forward Moritz Wagner. Milwaukee still went on to win, 126-113.


Center Brook Lopez led the team with 24 points, courtesy of an outstanding 9-11 performance from the field. Sterling Brown added 23 points, and Frank Mason chipped in 19, both off the bench. 


The Bucks improve to 3-4 since the restart and are 56-16 overall for the season.

 

Booyah can't recover from rough first inning

Green Bay Booyah starter Avery Stevens faced just five batters Tuesday and failed to record an out. The first six batters for Wisconsin Rapids all touched home plate as the Rafters cruised to a 15-1 victory. The Green Bay staff mixed hard contact with bouts of wildness, leading to four walks in the opening frame alone.


On offense, Green Bay was once again led by Nick Kreutzer out of Arkansas Pine-Bluff, who finished the day 2-for-3 with a double. Collin Kleffman and Nick Santoro each provided singles in the eighth, but nothing came of it. The Booyah only had four total hits off of the Rafters staff.


Wisconsin Rapids has already clinched a home playoff series. Green Bay falls to 16-21, which is still good enough for second place in the East.

 

No Badgers this fall

Hopes for games inside Camp Randall were dashed Wednesday when the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday it was postponing its fall sports season.

 

Confirmed by ESPN, CBS Sports, and the Big Ten Network, the conference will instead hope it is safe to hold those seasons in the spring. It would follow the lead of the Mountain West Conference, Ivy League, and Mid-American Conference. Soon after the Big Ten announced their decision, the Pac-12 also postponed its fall season. The decision affects sports like football, cross country, field hockey, volleyball, and soccer. 

WIAA Board of Control to hold meeting Friday

Just days before low contact sports are allowed to start practicing, the WIAA Board of Control is scheduled to meet to discuss among other things the fall sports season.

 

The WIAA announced last month a delay to the fall sports season, allowing low-contact sports like girls golf, girls tennis, girls swimming and diving, and boys and girls cross country to start as soon as Monday. High contact sports like football, boys soccer, and girls volleyball can start as soon as September 7th. Schools that decide against participating in the fall season can do so during a special spring season. More guidance from the WIAA is expected to be released after the WIAA Board of Control's meeting takes place.

Packers release LB Davis

The Green Bay Packers are a linebacker lighter as the team's training camp continues. 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced Monday the team released linebacker Jamal Davis. The Packers claimed Davis off waivers in April after being signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent from Akron last season. 

Antetokounmpo rests in Bucks loss

Giannis Antetokounmpo had the night off as the Milwaukee Bucks dropped their fourth game in the bubble, this time a 114-106 decision to the Toronto Raptors. 

 

Kyle Korver led all Bucks scorers with 19 points thanks to five three-pointers coming off the bench. He was one of six Bucks players registering double-digit point totals in the contest. The Raptors were led in scoring by Chris Boucher, who like Korver came off the bench to do his damage to the tune of 25 points. The Bucks were able to make it closer after the Raptors jumped out to a 67-53 lead at the half, outscoring their Canadian 53-47 in the final two frames.

 

The Bucks have two more games in the bubble before they begin the playoffs as the Eastern Conference's top seed. They play the Washington Wizards in Orlando at 8 p.m.

Grand slam dooms Brewers

Brewers starting pitcher Adrian Houser wishes he had one pitch back in the team's 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins Monday night in Milwaukee.

 

Houser struck out four over five innings of work, but a grand slam hit by Eddie Rosario in the third inning was a blemish the Brewers just could not erase. The Brewers did strike first on an Orlando Arcia double in the second inning that drove in newcomer Luis Urias. Keston Hiura hit his fourth homer of the truncated season in the bottom of the eighth inning, but could not get closer. 

 

The Brewers and Twins meet again Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m.

Egg Harbor earns top seed in tournament playoffs

The tournament playoff field is set after a pair of unbeatens matched up Sunday afternoon in Northern Door Athletics Baseball action.

 

Undefeated Egg Harbor won its back and forth affair with Sister Bay 5-4, earning them the number 1 seed and a date with Kolberg at home on Sunday. Sister Bay will host West Jacksonport in Baileys Harbor in the other semifinal. Washington Island and Maplewood will head into the offseason on happy notes, beating Institute and Baileys Harbor respectively in their finales.

Brewers' bats come alive in victory over Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers got their first home win in the truncated season on Sunday, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 9-3.

 

It was a coming-out party for Christian Yelich, who has struggled at the plate in the early part of the season. His RBI triple tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third and credited with another RBI when he earned a bases-loaded walk during a six-run, sixth inning for the Brewers. Logan Morrison also drove in a run in the same fashion while Manny Pina, Keston Hiura, and Justin Smoak collected their RBI on singles. Yelich struck again in the seventh inning, following Hiura's solo shot with a home run of his own to make it 9-2. The Reds would get one more run in the ninth, but Alex Claudio was able to shut the door in relief to help the Brewers get their sixth win on the season. Brent Suter got the win in relief for the Brewers, pitching two innings of scoreless relief after Brandon Woodruff struggled through four innings. 

 

The Brewers are back in action Monday night when their border battle with the Minnesota Twins takes place at Miller Park beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Big Ten fall sports season on the brink

In a matter of a week, the Wisconsin Badgers have gone from having a 10-game Big Ten-only season for football to likely nothing at all.

 

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Sunday night that an announcement to cancel all Big Ten fall sports and move their seasons to the spring is likely coming early this week. Member university presidents met on Saturday and again on Sunday to discuss the possible decision. The conference had just announced the revamped schedule and safety protocols just last week. It would not be unprecedented as Wisconsin colleges at lower levels have either canceled their fall sports season entirely or in the case of the Horizon League, postpone it until October 1st. 

Mistakes Plague Booyah in Loss

The Green Bay Booyah struggled again defensively and on the mound on Sunday evening as they fell 7-6 to La Crosse at Copeland Park.

 

Green Bay was once again led by the middle of their order as Nick Kreutzer blasted his fourth home run of the year over the left field wall in the fifth inning to put the Booyah ahead 5-4. The Arkansas Pine-Bluff first baseman finished the day 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Cleanup hitter Brady West also had a big night on Sunday, going 2-for-4, hitting a double, and scoring the first two runs of the game for Green Bay. Collin Kleffman and Noah Granet also had one run driven in, as did Nadir Lewis.

 

The pitching for Green Bay struggled with command, allowing 10 walks and striking out just four Loggers batters. Starter Jack Sauser had a good first four innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out three. Green Bay committed three more errors on Sunday, totaling 10 mistakes in the field during the two-game series in La Crosse. Zach Camp was the losing pitcher for the Booyah, going just a third of an inning and allowing two earned runs.

 

Green Bay has an off day tomorrow before they begin a four game homestand starting Tuesday night. The home series will consist of two games against Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday and Wednesday, and two against La Crosse on Thursday and Friday. First pitch for all games is set for 6:35pm, as the Booyah send St. Cloud State’s Avery Stevens to the mound to start on Tuesday. The Minnesota native will be making his first start of the 2020 year.

 

Photos provided by Justin Nuoffer.

Bucks lose to Mavs in OT

Luka Doncic forced overtime with two free throws at the end of the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks did the rest as the Milwaukee Bucks lost their third game in the bubble 136-132.

 

Doncic led all scorers with 36 points while adding 14 rebounds and 19 assists in the game. The Bucks countered with Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo each scoring 34 points in the game. The Bucks responded to a slow start to the game with 39-27 advantage in the second quarter. The Mavericks swung the momentum back in their direction with a similar 11-point advantage in the third quarter. The Bucks struggled from the line, shooting just 67 percent (23-34) while the Mavericks hit just over 90 percent (23-25).

 

Bubble play continues tomorrow for the Bucks when they face the Toronto Raptors.

Big Ten football season progress stalls

The Wisconsin Badgers may have to wait a while to get the season underway this fall if at all.

 

The Big Ten announced Saturday that the league's teams would not progress to the next stage of practices, which would have allowed players to wear more than just helmets for protective equipment. Big Ten presidents were also supposed to meet on Saturday where the start of the fall sports season was supposed to be a discussion topic. An additional blow to the possibility of college sports this fall also came on Saturday when the Mid-American Conference, which shares a similar geographic footprint to the Big Ten called off their fall sports season.

SIster Bay/Egg Harbor highlights final regular Sunday slate

The top two seeds will be confirmed on Sunday in the final regular-season weekend of the Northern Door Athletics baseball tournament.

 

Sister Bay and Egg Harbor will battle for the top seed in the playoffs. The winner will face Kolberg, which lost to West Jacksonport Friday night. The other two games being played Sunday at 1:30 p.m. include Institute making the trip on the ferry to Washington Island and Baileys Harbor hosting Maplewood.

First inning dooms Brewers

A first-inning three-run bomb by Eugenio Suarez was all the Cincinnati Reds needed to get past the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday evening at Miller Park.

 

The sequence was set up on an error by Keston Hiura before Brett Anderson gave up the fateful home run. Newcomer Shogo Akiyama added an insurance run in the seventh inning on an RBI triple for the Reds, driving in Kyle Farmer. A sacrifice fly by Brock Holt drove in the only run for the Brewers. Corbin Burnes was a bright spot for the Brewers, pitching 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with eight strikeouts.

 

The Reds and the Brewers meet again Sunday afternoon.

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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