Sports Archives for 2021-03

DC United girls swim team qualifies relays, and individual for state

The Door County United Girls swim team placed sixth at sections on Tuesday and advanced two relays and an individual to the April 6th state meet at the Waukesha South Natatorium. Christy Braun advanced in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. The 200 medley relay, which consisted of Maggie Ripp, Christy Braun, Abi Schauske and Cassie Rankin advanced. As did the 200 free relay which was won by Cassie Rankin, Sanya Winke, Phoebe Bissen and Christy Braun.

International game in Packers future

For years, the Green Bay Packers management brass has been adamant about their refusal to give up a home football game. Now, with the NFL moving to a 17-game schedule this season, it is a guarantee that the storied franchise will be playing an international home game at least once in the next eight seasons. Packers CEO Mark Murphy said in a press conference yesterday that all NFC North teams will play an international game in the same season, either 2022, 2024, 2026, or 2028. When Green Bay does play internationally, they will give up a home game but will still host eight games at Lambeau Field. In years without playing an international contest, nine games will be held at Lambeau Field. The NFL has initially brought up London and Mexico City as sites for international games. These are two places that have hosted regular season football in the past. The NFL has also mentioned expanding international games to Canada, Europe, South America, and China.

Bucks look to snap streak

The Milwaukee Bucks have been the definition of streaky since the All-Star break. After being victors in eight straight games, The Bucks have now lost three in a row. In order to end the losing skid, Milwaukee will have to take on the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. The Lakers will be without their dynamic duo of Lebron James and Anthony Davis. For Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Jeff Teague, and Donte DiVincenzo are all listed as game-time decisions. Milwaukee comes into the contest with a 29-17 record. Los Angeles comes in with a nearly identical 30-17 record. The game is set to begin at 9:00 PM CST in the Staples Center.


Brewers win Spring Training finale

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Texas Rangers 6-3 in their final Spring Training game on Tuesday. The Brewers opened up the game scoring a run in the top of the first inning when Avisail Garcia would hit an RBI single to bring Christian Yelich home. The Brewers would give up two runs in the bottom of the first and be down 2-1 until the top of the third. Milwaukee did their most damage in the top of the third when Kolten Wong would hit a two-run homerun, bringing around Orlando Arcia as well. Avisail Garcia would get his second RBI when he would send Lorenzo Cain home on a sacrifice fly. Brice Turang would score on a double from Daniel Vogelbach. Daniel Vogelbach would get a run off of a Manny Pina single. The Brewers would lead 6-2 until the bottom of the eighth. The Rangers would post the final run of the game, but the Brewers would end the game on top, 6-3. The win wraps up Spring Training for the Crew, as they finish the exhibition season with a 15-11 record. 


 

The next time the Brewers take the field, all nine innings will be impactful to their pursuit of a playoff spot. Opening day will be in Milwaukee, as they take on the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. First pitch for the opener is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

 

Sturgeon Bay falls in soccer opener

The much anticipated return to play for Sturgeon Bay soccer ended in a loss at the hands of Green Bay’s Notre Dame academy on Tuesday. In the road matchup, that was also the first game of Sturgeon Bay’s title defense, the Clippers lost 6-1. Sturgeon Bay is now 0-1 on the season and will have their next game on Thursday. This will also be a road game, as they’ll take on Green Bay East. First touch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay open cross country season

Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay will get their first taste of Green Bay's Colburn Park on Tuesday when they open the cross country season.

 

The Storm returns to action a year removed from a pair of conference titles while the Clippers return a host of their runners from the 2019 squads.

 

They will race against Green Bay East this afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Both squads will join Gibraltar for a meet against Green Bay West next month.

Second half issues give Bucks third straight loss

The Milwaukee Bucks dropped their third straight game on Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers by a 24-point margin. The road game’s start and finish had two opposite outcomes. After the first quarter, Milwaukee was ahead 38-26. The Clippers stormed back in the second quarter and at the halftime break it was 57-55 in favor of the Clippers. 

 

The night would get tougher for Milwaukee in the second half. The third quarter would end with Los Angeles on top, 96-86. The Clippers would dominate the fourth quarter and the final score would be 129-105. Giannis Antetokounmpo would lead Milwaukee in scoring with 32 points. Jrue Holiday would add 24. After suffering their third straight defeat, Milwaukee is now 29-17 this season and remains in third place in the East Conference. 

 

The Bucks will take the court against another LA team, when they return to the Staples Center and face the Lakers on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM.

 

Brewers blank Rangers

For the Milwaukee Brewers, the pitching staff had a successful day, giving up just three hits on their way to a 4-0 Spring Training victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday. The Brewers started the scoring in the top of the second inning when Avisail Garcia crossed the plate on a fielder's choice. The Brewers would follow that up in the top of the third when Keston Hiura hit an RBI single that scored Luis Urias. In the top of the sixth, Milwaukee would stretch their lead to 4-0 when Orlando Arcia would hit a ground-rule double that would score Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. 

 

For the crew, Adrian Houser would pick up the win on the mound. Milwaukee is now 14-11 in the exhibition season. The two teams will rematch on Tuesday at 1:05 PM.

 

Sturgeon Bay soccer opens season at Notre Dame

Their title defense may not look quite be the same, but the Sturgeon Bay soccer team will hit the pitch for the first time in over a year on Tuesday when they play at Green Bay's Notre Dame Academy.

 

The Clippers have not played a match since defeating The Prairie School in the state championship game 2-1 back in November. The Tritons missed out on their own state tournament run last year, falling to Seymour in the sectional final in 2019 2-1. 

 

The first touch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball: Sevastopol too much for Southern Door

It has been a season of streaks for the Sevastopol High School volleyball team, and Monday’s win over Southern Door continued their second significant winning streak. The Pioneers took set one in Brussels, 25-19. The Pioneers would carry the momentum into the second set, starting out up 6-0. The Pioneers would dominate the rest of the set and win 25-10. Sevastopol wouldn’t slow down in the third set, cruising to a 25-8 win. The match victory would be their fourth straight. In Monday’s win, Rebekah Andreae would have 5 blocks, Bailey Rikkola would have 18 digs, Sasha Laaksonen collected 19 assists and Sam Differt would get 10 kills. 

 

 

The sweep moved Sevastopol’s season record to 10-2. Sevastopol will have a rematch with Sturgeon Bay the next time they take the court on March 29. The first serve is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

 

Booyah add two including homegrown talent

A Northern Illinois pitcher-catcher duo will be playing their Summer baseball in Green Bay this year. On Monday, the Green Bay Booyah announced the signings of Pitcher Connor Langreder and Catcher Jacob Shroeder. Both are redshirt freshmen for NIU. 

 

Langreder will get to play a stone's throw away from his hometown of West De Pere, WI. The pitcher has started in five games on the hill, and is 2-2 so far this season, including 28 strikeouts. Langreder was a high school standout, winning three conference championships and having a .96 era his senior year, which earned him an honorable mention All-State nod. 

 

Behind the dish is Jacob Shroeder who is a Flossmor, IL native. This season, Shroeder has started in eight games and has five hits so far. In 2020, before the season was called off, he played in eight games and started five, and was hitting .389 on the season.

 

Door County League Baseball starts play May 9th

The Door County League baseball teams will play ball again in 2021 after technically taking the year off last year.

 

The season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, but Nor Door Athletics stepped up to the plate to host a summer-long tournament. West Jacksonport captured the tournament title with an exciting come-from-behind 7-6 win over Kolberg.  

 

The league's eight teams will all open their season on May 9th.  Sunday games all start at 1:30 p.m. The first of nine Friday night games is scheduled for May 21st when Egg Harbor visits Baileys Harbor. Friday night games begin at 7:30 p.m. 

 

You can find the full season schedule by clicking on this link. 

 

Southern Door youth have big weekend

Southern Door School District had a lot to be proud of this weekend with its youth in athletics.

 

On the hardwood, the Eagles' eighth-grade boys' basketball team won the small-school state championship. Held at Denmark, the Eagles beat Mineral Point 60-44 in the championship game after previously defeating Cedar Grove-Belgium 53-42, New Glarus 80-47, Cuba City 58-33, Cadott 62-29, and Valders 54-41.

 

In the pool, second-grader Aiden Schley earned four individual and a pair of relay state titles as part of the Door County YMCA Swim Team competition at state. Schley captured individual titles in the 25 yard and 50-yard breaststroke, 25-yard butterfly, and 50-yard backstroke. 

 

Picture courtesy of Korey Mallien

 

 

Gamblers shut out Black Hawks

The Green Bay Gamblers' offense suffocated the Waterloo Black Hawks on Sunday night, shutting out their opponents amidst an offensive barrage 5-0.

 

The Gamblers outshot the Black Hawks 42-24 in the game, including a 20-5 shot advantage in the second period. Jesse Tucker opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season in the first period for the Gamblers. Damien Carfagna and Jake Schmaltz registered single tallies in the second period to put the Gamblers up 3-0 before Ryan Kirwan and Matt DeBoer scored goals in the third period. Matt Davis collected 24 saves on the day.

 

The Gamblers will now play five straight games away from the Resch Center, beginning this weekend with a three-game set in Youngstown. 

Southern Door, Sevastopol volleyball battle Monday

The Southern Door Eagles volleyball is looking to celebrate its senior night on a high note when it hosts Sevastopol in the lone Packerland Conference match Monday night.

 

The Eagles have split their last four matches after starting the season 3-0. That includes a sweep of Green Bay East its last time out and a 26-18, 25-11, 25-11 loss to the Pioneers one week ago. The Pioneers have won seven of its nine matches this season, including the last three in a row. 

 

Opening serve is set for 7 p.m. in Brussels. 

Brewers end Arizona stint with win

The Milwaukee Brewers are leaving the desert on a happy note after beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1.

 

The Brewers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning when Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer and Orlando Arcia knocked in another with a RBI single. They added another pair in the second when Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled in one Brewers player and Christian Yelich drove him in on a triple. Tyler Naquin drove in the Reds' only tally of the game on a solo homer, but Jacob Nottingham got the Brewers the run back on a RBI double.

 

The Brewers leave Maryvale with a Cactus League record of 13-11. They now head to Globe Life Field to play a pair of exhibitions against the Texas Rangers before their home opener against the Minnesota Twins on April 1st.

 

 

Injury riddled as Bucks drop second straight

After having their eight game winning streak snapped on Friday, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to avoid building a streak in the opposite direction. The Bucks fell in their second straight game on Saturday, this time to the New York Knicks. The game was tied late, but the Knicks pulled away for a 102-96 win over Milwaukee. With reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo out, as well as three other starters, it was Giannis’ older brother who stepped up in the box score for Milwaukee. 

 

Thanasis Antetokounmpo scored a career high 23 points in the losing effort. Jordan Nwora also dropped 21, and Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton each grabbed twelve points. The Bucks are now 29-16 this season and in third place in the East Conference standings. The next contest for Milwaukee is on Monday at 9:00 PM against the Los Angeles Clippers. The game is set to be played at the Staples Center. 

 

Gamblers end skid

It was tough sledding for the Green Bay Gamblers the past couple weeks, who fell to third place in the USHL Eastern Conference standings, but a Saturday win could change that. In a 4-2 victory over Team USA started slowly when Green Bay would outshoot Team USA 15 to 5 in the first period, but the first intermission would happen with no team on the scoreboard yet. 

 

In the second period, it was Team USA drawing first blood. Green Bay would knot the game up with a goal by Damien Carfagna with just over four minutes to go in the period. The Gamblers would quickly explode for two more with an Alex Servagno goal and a goal by John Mittlestadt, both before the second period ended. Going into the second intermission, Winnipeg would lead 3-1. 

 

Cam Thiesing would put the game out of reach with a power play goal right around the halfway mark of the third period. Team USA would score once more in the third but it would not be enough. For Green Bay, Mason Lohrei recorded two assists and Matt Davis had 26 saves. The Gamblers would come away with a 4-2 victory, and end a four game slide. The Gamblers take the ice on Sunday against Waterloo at the Resch Center. Puck drop is at 5:05 PM. 

 

Sevastopol alum captures national titles

A 2018 Sevastopol High School alum has solidified his place as one of the country’s best swimmers. Max McHugh collected his second national championship on Saturday after setting the Gophers school record in the 200 breaststroke. McHugh finished with a time of 1:49:02. The Junior also won the 100 breaststroke on Friday. The national championship on Friday was the first in swimming for the Gophers since 1964. 

 

McHugh won the Big Ten Championships in the 100 breaststroke last season, but was unable to go for the gold nationally when the championships were called off. McHugh was an All-American in 2019 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, but now gets to be called a champion.

 

Streak snapped: Bucks lose to Celtics

A game that was even throughout the first half slid the Celtics way in the third quarter in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 122-114 loss to the Boston Celtics. The Bucks would trail by just five points at the half, 60-55. Winning the third quarter big for the Celtics would be the difference maker as they would lead by as much as twenty points. The fourth quarter would start with Boston ahead 103-89. The gap would get closed a bit in the fourth, but not enough for the Bucks. Milwaukee would fall by eight and lose their first game after an eight-game winning streak. This is Milwaukee’s first loss since the All-Star break. 

 

Khris Middleton was the Bucks leading scorer with 19. Giannis Antetokounmpo would score 16 and grab 8 rebounds. The Bucks record is now 29-15, and they are in third place in the East Conference. They will look to pick up steam in Saturday’s matchup with the New York Knicks. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

 

Brewers comeback cut short against White Sox

Milwaukee would get the scoreboard lit up first in the bottom the first, but that would be the last time they would score in Friday’s loss to the Chicago White Sox. Keston Hiura would get a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Milwaukee would take a 1-0 lead into the second inning. It would be Hiura’s fourth of Spring Training. The game would flip on a white Sox three-run home run from Zack Collins, off of Brewers Pitcher Freddy Peralta. The White Sox 3-1 lead would be trimmed when Freddy Peralta would help himself, scoring on a White Sox balk. Chicago reacted in the top of the sixth inning by posting four runs to make the game 7-2 in favor of Chicago. Garrett Mitchell would give the Brewers life with a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth. Jace Peterson would follow that up with an RBI double that would score Mitchell. 

 

That would be all the Brewers' scoring would do in the final frame, and the game would end 7-5. Milwaukee is now 12-11 in Spring Training and will take on the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at 3:05 PM. 

 

Rough second period too much for Gamblers

In the Green Bay Gamblers’ loss to the Chicago Steel, the Gamblers would give up five straight goals in the second period which would be the story of the game. The gamblers outplayed Chicago in the first period. After the intermission, Chicago came out firing for five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 victory. 

 

The Gamblers, in a cold stretch, now drop to third in the USHL Eastern Conference standings. They will be back in action again against Team USA on Saturday with a puck drop of 7:05 PM.

 

Football Round-Up: Kewaunee Football battles Black River Falls on 102.1 MORE FM

After a 17-month hiatus due to fall sports being moved to the spring, the Kewaunee Storm will travel to Amherst Saturday afternoon to take on the Black River Falls Tigers in high school football action.   You can find the complete preview at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.  

 

In Friday night action, Gibraltar fell to NEW Lutheran 52-22 and Sturgeon Bay captured their first-ever Eight-man football win with a 22-18 win over Chequamegon.

Kuehn earns spot on WBCA squad

When the WBCA All-Star Game selections came out this week, Sevastopol’s Zoe-Rose Kuehn was given a chance to compete in her preps career one more time. Kuehn left an impression in the stat book scoring more than 1000 career points. Kuehn wasn’t surprised when she heard the news, but she was excited to play another game. She also is looking forward to playing with the other All-Star teammates as well as against the All-Star level of competition. 

 

 

Kuehn’s credentials go further than just the 1000 points, as she has been All-Packerland in three straight seasons and first team in two of those.  While her individual accolades are impressive, she credits the program she is part of with teaching her life lessons. 

 

 

Zoe’s coach, Ben Rikkola, knew that Kuehn had the perseverance to get through this last season that was filled with adjustments. Rikkola made the notion that she had several strong qualities that translated to her basketball success. 

 

 

As Kuehn finishes up her volleyball season and looks ahead to graduation, she has her college path picked out. Next semester Kuehn will be studying Accounting at UW-Lacrosse, and be part of their 2025 graduating class. 

 

Gamblers begin three-game stretch in Chicago

The Green Bay Gamblers will begin another busy weekend on Friday night when they travel to Geneva to take on the Chicago Steel.

 

After starting last week with a win, the Gamblers struggled without star defensemen Mason Lohrei, whose elbowing call not only landed him in the penalty box that night but took him out of the line-up for three games. The Gamblers went 0-2-1 in the three games over the weekend. Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch says it is hard to play without one of your best players in the line-up.

The Gamblers remain 11 points behind in the standings against a high-powered Steel team which has scored 213 goals so far this year. Mikesch liked how they played last time out that saw them get the victory.

The puck drops Friday night in Geneva at 7:05 p.m. The Gamblers return home for a pair of games over the weekend. Both of those games will air on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com

 

Listen to our full interview with Mikesch online at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com

Football preview: Three games this weekend on NEW Radio Sports Network

For the first time in state history, there will be local high school football this spring.

 

Beginning at 5 p.m., Sturgeon Bay will look for its first victory in eight-man football history when it hosts Chequamegon at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon. Reece Robillard and Brady Tooley will have the call on 103.3 The Clipper beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the pregame show.

 

At 7 p.m., Gibraltar will kick off its spring campaign against NEW Lutheran in Institute. Tim Kowols and Bryan Mazur will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show on 105.1 The Goat.

 

Coming up Saturday afternoon, Kewaunee will play in a neutral site game in Amherst against Black River Falls. A preview of that game will be available Saturday morning and will be broadcast on 102.1 MORE FM beginning at 1 p.m. with Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt on the call starting with the pregame show at 12:30 p.m.

 

All games will also be available at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Daoust named All-Star

With last basketball season having been in doubt at times, programs are thankful to have got a season in at all. But at Southern Door they have extra to be thankful for. On top of being the class of the Packerland Conference for the last several years in boys hoops, the Eagles will have a representative in 2021’s WBCA All-Star game on July 15th. 

 

Alex Daoust, a senior who averaged 19.6 points per game last season and shot 55% from the field, will be taking the court one last time in his preps career for the game. When Daoust entered the high school’s program as a Freshman, he didn’t expect to be selected as an All-Star. Now heading to the Summer game, he notes that while the Packerland conference does have good competition, the level at the WBCA game will elevate. 

 

 

The senior knows it wasn’t easy to get to this point, and said it is awesome to see the off-season work pay off. Daoust had a special 20-21 season, but also takes pride in the special program he’s part of. He called being part of the Eagles program an awesome experience, and mentioned the rarity of their seven year run as Packerland Conference Champions. The all-star also shows gratitude for the family atmosphere that Southern Door Basketball has created. 

 

 

His coach, Josh VandenBush also recognized the hard work that comes with the selection. VandenBush also alluded to the grooming process at Southern Door, recognizing that Daoust had to wait his turn. Though the head coach knew Daoust prepared for when his name was called on. 

 

 

Soon transitioning to life after high school,  Daoust isn’t set on what path he will take. His top two options include extending his Basketball career at Lakeland University. He isn’t sure what he would study there yet, but if he chooses not to be a Muskie, his other option is to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to go into a trade such as gas utilities.

 

Volleyball preview: Rivalry matches dot schedule

Two regional rivalries will be renewed on the volleyball courts Thursday night as Packerland Conference play resumes.

 

First-place Sevastopol will host Gibraltar in a postponed match from March 2nd while Algoma will make the trip south to face Kewaunee. 

 

In non-conference action, Southern Door will host Green Bay East.

 

All Packerland Conference matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m.

Packers retain Lewis

The off-season moves stay mostly internal for the Green Bay Packers. On Wednesday, Green Bay inked 15 year NFL veteran Marcedes Lewis to a two-year deal. The deal is worth up to $8 million over the two years, with $2.1 million guaranteed. This coming season will be the fourth in green and gold for Lewis. Following his first twelve seasons in Jacksonville, Lewis, a former first round pick in 2006, signed with Green Bay before the 2018 season. Lewis found his niche for the Packers as their “run-blocking” tight end, but in 2020 also had his most productive season receiving for Green Bay with three touchdowns. Lewis is the only first round selection to have caught a TD pass from Aaron Rodgers in his career. 

 

Many were eager to see what the Packers would do this off-season, but the only splashes made have been keeping players home. Green Bay signed Long Snapper Joe Fortunato, who was with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

 

Brewers, Rockies exchange blows

On a day where both teams' bats were connecting, the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the Colorado Rockies, 9-8. Milwaukee would give up two runs in the bottom of the first but tighten the gap with a run in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Kolten Wong, who would hit for his third for the Spring session. In the bottom of the third inning and down 3-1, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich would hit a grand slam which would score Daniel Robertson, Kolten Wong, and Lorenzo Cain. Travis Shaw would follow that with a two run homer that would bring home Avisail Garcia. After leading 7-3 heading into the fourth, Milwaukee appeared to take control. However, Colorado stormed right back with a five run inning. Colorado would add a run in the sixth inning to go up 9-7. Milwaukee would put up a strong effort in the bottom of the ninth when Brice Turang would bring Tyrone Taylor across the plate on an RBI single. Colorado would be able to escape the final inning victorious. Both teams were explosive at the plate getting a combined 25 hits. Milwaukee would have 13 of them. 

 

Milwaukee is now 12-10 in Spring Training. Their next game will be a night one on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants at 9:05 P.M.

 

Bucks extend streak

The Milwaukee Bucks held on for their eighth straight win despite a fourth quarter run by the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening. The final score was 121-119, as the game came down to the wire. Milwaukee would score thirty-five points in the first two quarters and lead 70-59 at the half. The Bucks’ newly acquired P.J. Tucker had a three pointer in the first half. 

 

The Bucks lead would be extended to as many as twenty-five points in the third quarter, but by the end of the period the Bucks would be ahead by just fourteen. In the final minutes, Boston would give Milwaukee fits as they almost came back to force overtime. Brook Lopez got a block on a Marcus Smart attempt to drive the lane with two seconds left. Boston would miss the game-tying three pointer at the end of regulation and Milwaukee would cling to a two point victory. 

 

It was Giannis first night back on the hardwood since being out in the Bucks last game, and he would score 13 points as well as pitching in 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Khris Middleton would be the star of the night with a double scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 boards. In just 17 minutes, Bobby Portis would post 21 points. Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez would each score 17 points. 

 

Milwaukee moves to 29-14 this season and are yet to lose since All-Star break. Both teams will stay in Milwaukee and square off again on Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

 

Volleyball recap: Sevastopol, Gibraltar pick up W's

Sevastopol was able to get the victory in four sets in their non-conference matchup Tuesday over Tigerton. Sevastopol won set one before losing set two. The Pioneers would win set three and four and advance to 8-2 on the season. 

 

Gibraltar would get the three-set sweep over Algoma. Two of the sets would be close as the Vikings took set one 25-22. In set two they were able to win more comfortably, 25-17. In the third set, the Wolves hung close but Gibraltar would take set three, 25-22. 

 

Gibraltar and Sevastopol will play each other Thursday. The game is set to start at 7:15 PM at Sevastopol High School.

 

Packers keep King

With a free-agent market that started out rich with veteran cornerbacks, the Packers spinning wheel stopped on a familiar face, Kevin King. The 33rd overall selection of the 2017 NFL draft signed a 1 year, $6 million contract. The move came as a surprise to many, even after the market had significantly trimmed down. King, a four-year veteran, has had his share of battles with injuries, having missed 23 of a possible 64 career games. King will reunite with the rest of the starters in the secondary who also return. It is to be determined what sort of competition King will get for the starter role after the free-agency and draft periods. 

 

In General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s first three off-seasons on the job, he has been known to cash in more during the free-agency period than Green Bay had in recent memory. Though this off-season, he has spent money keeping Packers players in house. The departure was deemed likely after the NFC title game loss to Tampa Bay, but King will get his revenge shot along with the rest of the team. Fans will be hoping King can produce like he did in 2019, when he played in 15 games and secured five of his six career interceptions.

 

Bucks to host Celtics

In what may have looked like a playoff matchup at one point, the Milwaukee Bucks will be taking centercourt against the Boston Celtics at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday. Milwaukee comes into Wednesday’s game red hot, and on a seven game win streak. The Bucks good fortunes started the game before the All-Star break and have continued throughout the first six after. 

 

The Bucks are two games out of first place in the NBA East Conference, and are in third place. The Bucks carry a 28-14 record. For the visiting Celtics, they hold a 21-22 record after making the Easter Conference Finals last season. They’re currently in eighth place in the East Conference which would place them in the postseason. 

 

It is unclear if Giannis Antetokounmpo will be active, after being out for Monday’s win over Indiana. Tip off for Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. in Milwaukee. 

 

Brewers survive Dodgers run

In a game where the Milwaukee Brewers got scored on out of the gate, they were able to roll the Los Angeles Dodgers the rest of the way in a 9-6 win. The Dodgers would start the scoring with a two run slam from Justin Turner in the top of the first. That would be the last of their scoring until the final frame. The Brewers would have an active day at the plate, scoring nine runs on Dodgers’ Starting Pitcher Walker Buehler through 4 ? innings. Milwaukee would jump on top in the bottom of the first as after solo home runs by Keston Hiura, Christian Yelich, and Omar Narvaez to make it 3-2. After a Kolten Wong RBI single scored Luis Urias, Keston Hiura would go yard once again and bring home Wong. After just two complete innings the Brewers lead 6-2. 

 

In the fifth inning Milwaukee would pad their lead on an RBI double from Billy McKinney that scored Dylan Cozens. Jamie Westbrook would come in to pinch run for McKinney and score on a Luis Urias double that brought Omar Narvaez home as well. The Brewers would leave the fifth inning ahead 9-2. The Crew would outlast a Dodgers 4 run effort in the top of the ninth and hold on for the 9-6 victory. 

 

Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes earned the victory on the hill. Brewers’ All-Star Josh Hader pitched .2 innings, and gave up a walk but earned two strike-outs. The victory puts the Brewers record at 12-9 in Spring Training. Milwaukee will take on the Rockies on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 3:10 P.M.

 

Shorthanded Bucks dominate Pacers

Playing without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo could have been the MIlwaukee Bucks toughest task on their seven game victory stretch. On Tuesday night without their MVP, they routed the Indiana Pacers, 140-113. It was all Milwaukee from the start, as they would open up the game on a 19-3 run and eventually finish the first quarter ahead 48-26. 

 

Milwaukee would have plenty of points to go around. Leading the way scoring would be Jrue Holiday with 28 points. Khris Middleton would add 25, Pat Connaughton would get 20, Bobby Portis and Brook Lopez would each score 18. The twenty-seven point victory would be the Bucks’ sixth since coming out of the All-Star break. 

 

With the victory, Milwaukee now has a 28-14 record. The Bucks are also in third place in the East Conference standings and just a game and a half out of first. After Monday’s home win the Bucks will host again on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 P.M.

 

Three-inning stretch pushes Brewers past Cleveland

The Milwaukee Brewers hit three home runs in a three inning span in Monday’s 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. After a solo home run by Cleveland’s Franmil Reyes, they would hold a 1-0 lead into the top of the third inning. Milwaukee would get on the board when Tyrone Taylor would go yard for his second home run of Spring Training, which would also be a two-run blast. Cleveland would tie the game in the bottom of the third but that would be the last time Milwaukee wasn’t ahead.

 

In the top of the fourth inning, Daniel Vogelbach would hit the Brewers’ second two-run homer and would make the game 4-2. In the top of the fifth inning, Avisail Garcia would continue with a two-run shot of his own. This would mark his third home-run of the Spring. The game would then be 6-2 until the final frame where Cleveland would put up a run. Brandon Woodruff would be credited with the win on the mound. He pitched six innings, gave up two runs and struck out four batters.  

 

The game would end a 6-3 win for Milwaukee and their record moves to 11-9. The Brewers will take the field on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 P.M. 

 

Gamblers head coach to lead USHL All-Stars

Green Bay Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch will be on the bench when the best undrafted USHL players take on Team USA in the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game, April 7th at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

 

Although no Gamblers players made the team, Mikesch will lead a squad made up of the top American-born players competing in the USHL who are NHL Entry Draft eligible against the Team USA U-18 lineup. Of the 43 players competing, 41 already have commitments to Division 1 hockey teams.

 

We will have more on this when Pat Mikesch talks to Tim Kowols for their weekly podcast on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Volleyball round-up: Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay hold Packerland lead

Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay tightened their grip on the Packerland Conference volleyball standings with wins on Monday night.

 

Both teams earned match sweeps with the Pioneers taking out Southern Door 3-0 and Sturgeon Bay cruising past Algoma 3-0. Kewaunee fended off a two-set comeback by Gibraltar to win 3-2.

 

Volleyball action on Tuesday includes Gibraltar visiting Algoma, Kewaunee playing at Green Bay West, and Sevastopol hosting Tigerton. All matches begin at 7 p.m.

Volleyball preview: Three teams sit in first place

Three teams are jockeying for first place in the Packerland Conference for girls' volleyball.

 

Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door, and Sevastopol all enter the week with identical 3-1 records in Packerland play. 

 

The Eagles and the Pioneers will try to break up that gridlock when they battle each other in Institute on Monday night. The Clippers will travel to Algoma while Kewaunee hosts Gibraltar.

 

All Packerland Conference games start at 7 p.m.

Gamblers run out of gas against Fighting Saints

Playing three games in three days caught up to the Green Bay Gamblers on Sunday as they fell to the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

 

The Gamblers found themselves down 4-0 before Camden Thiesing got them on the board nine minutes into the third period. Just a minute after the Fighting Saints scored their fifth goal of the afternoon, Thiesing found the back of the net for his second tally. Aaron Randazzo saved 24 of the 29 shots he saw in the matinee.

 

The Gamblers only captured three of the possible eight points available the last seven days, going 1-2-1 in that stretch. They play at Chicago on Friday night before returning to the Resch Center to close out the month with games against Team USA and Waterloo. 

Badgers hoops season ends

The Wisconsin Badgers fell behind early and could not rebound in its 76-63 loss to Baylor Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament men's basketball tournament.

 

The Badgers turned the ball over nine times in the first half and watched the Bears convert those in 12 points on their way to a 42-29 halftime lead. The lead would be cut in half a few times in the game's second stanza, only to see the Bears capitalize on cold spells for the Badgers. D'Mitrik Trice led the Badgers with 12 points while Nathan Reuvers added 11 points. Two other Badgers reached double figures in the loss. The Bears had three players score at least 16 points, including 17 from Matthew Mayer.

 

The Badgers basketball team fell to 18-13 on the season. Badgers fans can now turn their attention to its hockey programs. One day after its women's program won its sixth national title, the men's team earned a top seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament and will play Bemidji State on Friday.

Brewers fall late to Mariners

The Milwaukee Brewers gave up two runs in the latter innings of its spring training game on Sunday to fall to the Seattle Mariners 3-1.

 

Christian Yelich opened the game's scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to drive in Kolten Wong. Brewers pitching would give up three solo homers on the day, including a game tying knock in the next half inning to Jarred Kelenic. Julio Rodriguez's homer in the seventh and Jantzen Witte's jack in the eighth gave the Mariners the winning runs. 

 

The Brewers travel to Goodyear on Monday to face the Cleveland Indians.

 

Bucks stay hot

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to inch closer to the top seed in the NBA Eastern conference with wins like Saturday. The Bucks took down the San Antonio Spurs, 120-113 for their sixth straight victory. The Spurs would hold a 33-26 lead after the first quarter and even have a double digit in the second quarter before the Bucks evened the game out. The Bucks would outscore San Antonio in the second quarter 33-17. While San Antonio kept the game competitive throughout, a breakout 31 point performance from Lonnie Walker would not be enough for the Spurs to clear the 26 point performance from the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.  The Greek Freak added 15 assists which ties his career high. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday each had over twenty points. Middleton had 23 and Holiday had 21. The win is the Bucks fifth since returning from All-Star Break. 

 

Milwaukee is now 27-14 on the season. They won’t get much time to rest as they’ll be back at the Fiserv Forum on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers. The game is scheduled for 8:00 P.M.

 

Badgers crowned champs

For the second season in a row, the Wisconsin Badgers Women’s Hockey team will stand alone as college hockey’s women’s national champion. Even though this is their second title in three seasons, the Badgers are still repeat champions. The Badgers had to wait an extra year after last year’s postseason tournament got cancelled. 

 

Saturday’s NCAA final against top seeded Northeastern University was a slow game offensively until the very end. The Badgers won 2-1 in overtime on a Daryl Watts goal where she banked in the shot off of a Huskies defenseman. The other Badgers goal was scored by Makenna Webster on a rebound. The Badgers came into the tournament a two seed, and will leave with their sixth national title. Which will tie University of Minnesota for most ever.

 

Brewers ride strong second inning

An electric second inning summed up the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. A second inning double by Travis Shaw brought home Daniel Vogelbach for the game’s lead-off run. Omar Narvaez would follow that with a two run homerun, scoring Travis Shaw. Milwaukee would extend the three run lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning with a Lorenzo Cain RBI single. The Reds would get their lone run in the bottom of the fifth. The Brewers would end the day on top 4-1. Milwaukee has now won back to back games. 

 

With the second straight victory the Brewers are now 10-8. Milwaukee will take the field at 3:10 P.M. on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.

 

Gamblers swept by Lumberjacks

With a three consecutive game stretch, the Gamblers are at risk of coming away empty-handed. In the middle of the three day window, the Gamblers were lit up by the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 6-2. It was the second straight loss at the hands of Muskegon, as the Gamblers also lost in overtime Friday. Green Bay would open up the scoring on a goal from John Mittelstadt in the first period. Muskegon would answer with a goal to tie. The Gamblers would go back ahead with a goal from Ryan Greene. Before the first intermission, The Lumberjacks would tie the game up at two. They would not look back. 

 

Muskegon would cap off the sweep, scoring five unanswered. The Gamblers fall to 24-12-3 this season. Green Bay and Muskegon are now tied for second place in the USHL Eastern Division. The Gamblers will have a make-up road game against the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Sunday at 3:05 P.M.

 

Bucks return Saturday

After two days off, the Milwaukee Bucks take center court on Saturday at the Fiserv Forum, hosting the San Antonio Spurs. This is the first time the Bucks will play since Wednesday when they won an overtime thriller against Philadelphia. Both teams come into the game hot, as the Bucks have won each of their last five. The Spurs have won their last three games. Milwaukee comes into Saturday’s matchup with a 26-14 record and in a sprint for first place in the Eastern Conference with the 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. The Spurs are in seventh in the NBA’s West Conference with a 22-16 record. 

 

Saturday’s night’s matchup in Milwaukee is set to tip-off at 8:00 P.M.

 

Gamblers fall short in overtime

In the first of a three-day stretch, the Green Bay Gamblers dropped their first game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks in overtime, 3-2. Muskegon got on the board first with a powerplay goal. Muskegon would score again in regulation. The Gamblers would get goals from Xan Gurney in the second period and Matt DeBoer in the third. At the end of regulation, the score was knotted at two. In the overtime period it was the Lumberjacks’ Danil Gushchin who scored the winning goal. 

 

With the loss, the Gamblers drop to 24-11-3, and are in second place in the USHL Eastern Division. Green Bay has little time to worry about standings, as they’ll be back in house to play the Lumberjacks again on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. 

 

Brewers find late inning surge

Friday’s game opened up appearing to be a blowout loss for the Brewers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs opened up the first inning with three runs, all coming on a Christian Walker home run. Milwaukee would answer with a run on a solo homer by Kolten Wong. Scoring would stall until the bottom of the sixth when the Brewers’ Billy McKinney would cut the lead to 3-2 on an empty base home run. 

 

The Brewers had an explosive eighth inning that would decide the game. Things would snowball for Arizona after Luis Urias would score on a wild pitch. Billy McKinney would drive his second home run of the day with two runners on base. The three run shot would be his fourth of Spring Training, and the Brewers would take a 6-3 lead. A pick-off error at third base by Arizona’s Taylor Guilbeau would bring in a run by Corey Ray. Dustin Brewers would add another run on a wild pitch by Guilbeau. Zach Green would put the final run into the seven-run inning. The Brewers would put out the Diamondbacks in the ninth and win the game 9-3. Milwaukee’s Brent Suter would be awarded the win on the mound. 

 

The Brewers move to 9-8 in the exhibition season as the Diamondbacks fall to 7-10. Milwaukee will face the Cincinnati Reds in an evening affair. The game is set for 8:05 P.M. 

 

Badgers bounce Tarheels

After backpedaling into the NCAA Tournament, the ninth-seeded Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team turned heads after a round one stomping of the eighth seeded North Carolina Tarheels. The Badgers would have a late first half run on their way to a 40-24 halftime lead. Wisconsin would only let their lead shrink to twelve points with over twelve minutes to go in the second half. They would then take back momentum and ride to an 85-62 win. This was UNC Head  Coach Roy Williams first ever first round loss as a head coach. Williams was 29-0 until Friday’s game in first round tournament games. 

 

The Badgers leaned on experience with seniors Brad Davison cashing in 29 points and D’Mitrik Trice pitching in 21 of his own. The Badgers’ record is 18-12 this season. As they survive and advance many eyes will be on the Badgers as they face a top seeded Baylor squad. The Bears come into Sunday’s matchup with a record of 23-2. Tip-off time is TBD.

 

Glory add two

The Green Bay Glory announced that Morgan Reinhard, a UW-Green Bay graduate will be playing WPSL Soccer in the same town. She is the newest addition for the Glory and plays Defense. She will be returning to the club after a previous stint. 

 

Also joining the squad will be a former Bemidji State University Beaver, Skylar Prentice. She will be playing Center mid/Holding mid. Both players mentioned that they were excited about getting to play the sport they love again after the long break. 

 

Gamblers start three-game stretch on 104.1 WRLU

Friday night at the Resch Center marks a three-game in three days stretch for the Green Bay Gamblers when they play the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

 

The Gamblers won their last time out with a 6-4 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Tuesday night. Matt Davis made 38 saves in the victory while Mason Lohrei became the Gamblers all-time leading scoring defenseman when he registered two assists to give him 49 points on the season. The Lumberjacks did not play last week after splitting a pair with division leading Chicago to kick off the month. Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch says they will focus on their positives rather than what the Fighting Saints and the Lumberjacks may try to prevent.

Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU Friday and Saturday night with the puck-drop at 7:05 p.m. The Gamblers will head to Dubuque following Saturday's for a make-up game on Sunday afternoon. 

 

You can listen to our weekly podcast with Mikesch at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com every Tuesday.

Volleyball round-up: Sturgeon Bay topples Sevastopol

Sturgeon Bay was pushed the final three sets but still able to win its match against Sevastopol in area volleyball action Thursday night.

 

The Clippers needed to go into extra points in the final set to capture the 3-1 match victory over the Pioneers.

 

No result was reported for Gibraltar's match at Menominee Indian.

 

The WIAA recently released the regional assignments for the alternative spring season state tournament. The highest seed will host the day-long tournament for regionals before heading to a predetermined site for the sectional and state levels. Kewaunee was placed in the Group D Regional in Sectional 1 and will compete against Oneida Nation and Menominee Indian. Door County's four teams will compete not just for bragging rights but for a Group C Regional title in Sectional 2. Regionals will take place April 10th at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. 

Brewers return to diamond

In their first game since Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers dropped their first game back on Thursday to the Los Angeles Angels, 3-2. It was a slow start for the Brewers at the plate which ended up costly, as they ended the day with four hits. The scoring began when the Angels’ Justin Upton crossed the plate in the bottom of the second inning. The scoring went silent until the top of the seventh inning when the Brewers’ Billy Mckinney Hit his second home run of the Spring season. The Angels would answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Garrett Mitchell scored the Brewers second run in the top of the eighth inning on a Daniel Vogelbach RBI double. The Crew headed into the top of the ninth inning down 3-2 but were unable to get on the board in the final frame.  

 

The loss drops the Brewers to 8-8 in Spring training. Brewers will play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday at 3:10 P.M. 

 

Bucks outlast Philly

As Wednesday night’s matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers was looking to slip away in the third quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks engineered a 19-point comeback. With 9:45 left in the third quarter, the Bucks were down 52-33. The Bucks would then lead 91-84 with under a minute to go, but Philadelphia would push the game to overtime after a three-point basket with 0.4 seconds on the clock by Furkan Korkmaz. 

 

In the overtime period, it was the Bucks who would separate as Giannis Antetokounpo would take over. Giannis would be big on the scoring and rebounding end, scoring 32 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and having 5 assists. Donte DiVincenzo contributed four 3-pointers on the way to a 20 point night. Jrue Holiday would follow both scorers with 19 of his own. The final score would be 109-104. The Bucks return to the Fiserv Forum this weekend when they host the San Antonio Spurs. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 P.M.  

 

Shimon set on St. Thomas

Southern Door High School senior Hailey Shimon put pen to paper on Wednesday as she signed to continue her Track and Field career at St. Thomas University in the twin cities. Shimon has had a decorated career for the Eagles after giving the sport a try as a freshman. Shimon has placed as high as second in the Packerland conference for discus. Shimon has mentioned that the Tommies have thought about trying her out at the hammer-throw and/or weight throw as well. Shimon relishes the opportunity to be a Division I athlete at UST, as they are in the transition from Division III’s MIAC Conference, but it was the institution that stood out to her. 

 

 

 

 

Shimon still has a Track and Field season to prepare her for the college ranks. She does have goals of defeating her own personal highs in throwing the shot and discus. Shimon also has goals of leaving a lasting impression on Southern Door’s record books. 

 

 

 

 

The Senior also is a member of the Southern Door’s basketball and volleyball programs, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, with a 3.87 GPA. Shimon has aspirations of becoming a dentist and will major in Biological Sciences with a Pre-Dental track. Shimon also considered post-secondary education at Marquette University and St. Norbert College but decided crossing borders and enrolling at the prestigious St. Paul university would be the best fit.

 

Shimon and her family take in the experience of signing to UST. 

 

 

DC United travels to Lodi

The Door County United Swim Team will hit the pool Thursday after making the long trip to Lodi.

 

The team is undefeated on the season, besting the likes of Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Manitowoc, and Pulaski. 

 

Thursday marks the last scheduled girls' swim meet of the year according to the Packerland Conference website before sectionals on March 30th in Ashwaubenon. Qualifiers would head Waukesha South for the alternate fall state swim meet on April 6th.

 

The first events begin at 4:30 p.m.

 

Area Volleyball roundup

Sevastopol stayed on fire with their sixth straight win on Tuesday. They defeated Bowler High school in three sets. 

 

The Southern Door Eagles and the Sturgeon Bay Clippers also took the court on Tuesday. Sturgeon Bay showed fight in the fourth set, but it was Southern Door who came out on top.

 

 

Sevastopol will host Sturgeon Bay in a cross-town matchup on Thursday night. 

 

Gibraltar has now won two straight, with their win on Tuesday over Oneida Nation. 

Booyah add two to roster

A duo of players who play their college baseball at Illinois-Springfield will be playing their Summer ball in Green Bay this year. The Green Bay Booyah announced that infielder Zion Pettigrew and left-handed Pitcher Mason Coon would be joining their 2021 roster. Pettigrew was a hot bat through the first ten games this Spring for the Prairie Stars, finishing .455 at the plate with two home runs and a .567 on-base percentage. Pettigrew was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week once this Spring. After his Freshman season at Kirkwood Community College, Pettigrew did play 18 games in a Summer with the La Crosse Loggers and hit .286. So he is coming with Northwoods experience. 

 

Mason Coon, a St. Joseph, IL native will be on the Booyah pitching staff. In three seasons at UI-Springfield, Coon has appeared in 23 games on the mound and has stuck out 14.6 batters per nine innings. Opening day is scheduled for June 1st when Green Bay hosts the Fon Du Lac Spiders.

 

Gamblers score in bulk verse Dubuque

The Gamblers pulled away in the third period in Tuesday’s home game over the Dubuque Fighting Saints that was close throughout, 6-4. Green Bay got a boost from Damien Carfagna and Camden Thiesing who each scored a pair of goals. Also chipping in a goal each was Alex Servagno and Ryan Kirwin. Green Bay also received two assists from Mason Lohrei, which set the record for single-season points by a Defenseman, with 49 thus far. On the other end, Goalkeeper Matt Davis collected 38 saves. 

 

Green Bay is currently in second place in the USHL Eastern Division with a 24-11-2 record and 50 points. The Gamblers will be kicking off a back-to-back weekend series on Friday when they face the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. on Friday.

 

Brewers power over Dodgers

The Milwaukee Brewers after having not won since Friday’s beating of Chicago, the Brewers used four home runs to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Tuesday. Milwaukee’s Kolten Wong started the scoring on a solo home-run off of Clayton Kershaw in the top of the first inning. Luis Urias followed that up with a solo homer of his own. The Brewers piled on three runs in the top of the third. The Brewers added insurance runs when Luke Maile would hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh and Zach Green would do the same in the top of the eighth inning. The Dodgers would score two runs in the bottom half of the eighth, but that would be all the scoring they would get. 

 

The Brewers record is now 8-7 and the Dodgers go to 8-5 with the loss. On Wednesday, the Brewers will have their first day off since March 7th. They will return Thursday when they face the other Los Angeles team, the Angels. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 P.M.

 

Gamblers host Fighting Saints on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers will host the Dubuque Fighting Saints in a rare Tuesday night home game.

 

The Gamblers are coming off a series split in Chicago as they lost 3-0 to the Steel on Friday before capturing a close 4-3 victory on Sunday. The Fighting Saints have won two of its three March contests, including a 5-4 win against Youngstown its last time out. 

 

Mason Lohrei remains one of the league's leaders in scoring with 47 points thanks to 32 assists.

 

Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com when the puck drops at the Resch Center at 7:05 p.m.

 

You can listen to our weekly podcast with Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch on our podcasts page at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Packers lose Linsley

All-Pro Center Corey Linsley will move from one of the NFL’s all-time greatest Quarterbacks to one of the NFL’s most promising young stars. After snapping for the Green Bay Packers the last seven season, the former Walton Payton Man of the Year Award nominee got paid a top-tier contract to join fellow former Packers Offensive Lineman Bryan Baluga and sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he will protect for last season’s Rookie of the Year, Justin Herbert. Linsley inked a five-year, $62.5 million dollar deal to join LA. It is unclear who will anchor the Packers offensive line for this coming season. 

 

The Packers do have two players on their roster who have started games at Center, with Elgton Jenkins and Lucas Patrick. That number could increase if they do retain Lane Taylor, who is set to be a free agent. Green Bay also drafted Center Jake Hansen from Oregon and versatile Offensive Lineman Jon Runyan out of Michigan in the sixth round of the 2020 draft. With free agency looming and the new league year starting Wednesday, it remains to be seen who will snap to Rodgers in 2021.

 

Bucks take sweep in Washington

The Milwaukee Bucks have been winners in four straight games after Giannis Antetokounmpo captured his third consecutive triple-double on Monday. Aside from scoring 31 points, Antetokounmpo recorded 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. After taking game one of the series on Saturday 125-119, the Bucks seized control in the third quarter where they separated by as much as 23 points. The Wizards cut the lead to as little as fifteen points in the fourth quarter but the Bucks never gave up the lead on their way to a 133-122 victory. The Bucks also received 23 points from Khris Middleton, 22 points from Brook Lopez, and 15 from Jrue Holiday. 

 

The win is the third straight for Milwaukee since the All-Star break, and their fourth straight overall. Milwaukee will have a bout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The 76ers are the East’s top seed at the moment with a 27-12 record. Milwaukee is two games out of first place and are at third in the East, and have a 25-14 record. Tip-off for Wednesday’s matchup is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. 

 

Volleyball round-up: Gibraltar snaps Southern Door's streak

Southern Door is perfect no more after Gibraltar won in five sets Monday night to highlight local volleyball action.

 

The two teams alternated match victories until the Vikings won the deciding fifth set 15-8. The Vikings will host Oneida Nation Tuesday at 6 p.m. while Southern Door will host Sturgeon Bay at 7 p.m. The Clippers will enter the match coming off a three-set sweep of Kewaunee.

 

Sevastopol swept Algoma in straight sets and will host Bowler at 7 p.m.

Brewers throttled by Padres

The Milwaukee Brewers have been downed in two consecutive games after Monday’s 13-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Milwaukee was in a hole early after giving up four runs in the top of the first inning. San Diego extended their 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning when Brian O’Grady hit a three-run homerun. In the bottom of inning six, Milwaukee would cut into the 7-0 lead when free agent acquisition Jackie Bradley had an RBI on a fielder's choice. Payton Henry also had an RBI single and the Brewers would end the sixth inning down 7-2. 

 

It was a rough top half of the seventh for the Crew as San Diego would score six runs. Milwaukee would make another push in the seventh inning with a Pablo Reyes solo shot over the left-field fence. The game would end after eight innings and the final score would be 13-3 in favor of the Padres. Milwaukee will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday at 3:05 P.M. 

 

Volleyball preview: Sevastopol looks to extend winning streak

Sevastopol looks to extend its winning streak to four as it heads into Monday's action of Packerland volleyball action.

 

The Pioneers have not lost since it opening match defeat against Green Bay Preble, which included a 3-2 road win against Gibraltar on Saturday. The play at home against Algoma on Monday night.

 

The Vikings will look to rebound from three straight Packerland defeats when it travels to face undefeated Southern Door. 

 

Sturgeon Bay will stay at home to face in Kewaunee as they look to win their second straight.

 

All Packerland Volleyball matches begin at 7 p.m.

Packers resign Jones

Aaron Jones is not leaving town after all thanks to a reported four-year deal agreed to on Sunday with the Green Bay Packers.

 

Jones signed a four-year, $48 million contract that included a $13 million signing bonus according to ESPN and PackersNews.com after the UTEP product tweeted that he was indeed coming back. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus told PackersNews.com that they had wanted bigger offers, but ultimately Jones wanted to return to the team that drafted him. 

 

The move comes on the heels of several cost-cutting moves over the weekend to not only make room for more potential free agent signings but also to get under the salary cap floor of $182.5 million.

Bad inning dooms Brewers

All it took was one bad inning to spoil the game for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners Sunday afternoon in the desert.

 

The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to a three-run RBI double by Zach Green that scored Daniel Robertson, Tyrone Taylor, and Derek Fisher. The Mariners scored all five of their runs the following inning with Jack Reinheimer leading the rally off with a solo shot. Kyle Lewis tied the game up on a two-RBI double and Luis Torrens hit an RBI sacrifice fly to take the lead. Evan White capped off the inning with the eventual game-winner on an RBI single.  Jacob Nottingham would get the Brewers one step closer with a solo homer in the seventh, but would get no closer in the eight inning contest. 

 

The Brewers are set to play at American Famly Fields of Phoenix Monday after at 3:10 p.m. against the San Diego Padres. 

Bucks finish off set against Wizards Monday

The Milwaukee Bucks look to finish off their capital city stint on a high note when they face the Washington Wizards Monday night. 

 

The Bucks beat the Wizards on Saturday 125-119 in a seesaw affair that saw Giannis Antetokounmpo score 33 points whiled Jrue Holiday added 18 points. The Wizards' Russell Westbrook registered a triple double in the contest with 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

 

Monday's game tips off at 6 p.m.

Packers restructure contracts

When the NFL’s new league year begins at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, signaling the start of free agency, the Packers will have re-allocated a lot of money to get below the adjusted $182.5 million salary cap. Due to reduced league revenue amidst the pandemic, teams have been shedding salaries and restructuring contracts to get below the reduced salary cap, which was revealed on Wednesday. On Friday, the Packers restructured Outside Linebacker Preston Smith’s contract, and General Manager Brian Gutekunst reworked the contracts of Offensive Lineman Billy Turner and Safety Adrian Amos, who were signed along with Smith in March 2019. The reduced salary cap has already taken its toll on the Packers, who released Linebacker Christian Kirksey and Tackle Rick Wagner on February 19. With the cap number very limited, a lot of signs point to Running Back Aaron Jones and All-Pro Center Corey Linsley entering the open market on Wednesday.

 

Brewers tie in seven-inning game

The Milwaukee Brewers traded blows with the Texas Rangers in Spring Training play on Friday. The Rangers got the scoring started in the top of the second inning. They would extend the lead to 3-0 after scoring two runs in the top of the third. In the bottom of the inning, the Brewers answered back with a two run inning, and then tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Neither team would score until the seventh inning, when each team scored once and the final score ended in a draw, 4-4 and the game was called after seven innings. 

 

Both Garrett Mitchell and Daniel Robertson hit solo homeruns for the Brewers. The Brewers are now 7-5-1 in Spring Training. Texas is now 5-5-1. On Sunday at 3:10 P.M., Milwaukee will face the Seattle Mariners.

 

Bucks go back and forth with Wizards

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points on Friday as the Milwaukee Bucks battled to victory over the Washington Wizards, 125-119. The game was close throughout and saw more than its fair share of lead changes. The Wizards went into halftime up 65-64. The game was tied with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and from there Milwaukee was able to regain the lead and hang on for the six point victory. Jrue Holiday put up 18 points and Khris Middleton dropped 16 points. This was enough to overcome a 42 point effort from the Wizards’ Russell Westbrook. 

 

The win marks three straight for the Bucks, and their second since All-Star Week. Milwaukee has a 24-14 record this season and is currently at third place in the East standings. The Wizards’ record is now 14-23, and they are currently tied for twelfth in the East standings. The Bucks won’t have to go far before their next game. The two teams will meet again in Washington on Monday at 6:00 P.M.

 

Gamblers split weekend series

After the Green Bay Gamblers were shut out on Friday by their rival to the south, the Chicago Steel, the Gamblers turned their play around on Saturday. The Gamblers opened the scoring in the first period, but gave up the next two goals. Chicago went into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead. The Gamblers would tie the game up in the second period and take back the lead in the third. Saturday’s final score from the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL was 3-2 Green Bay. The Gamblers had goals from Camden Thiesing, Owen Murray, and Ryan Kirwan. 

 

The upper-hand in this season series belongs to the Steel as their series record is 5-2-1 against Gamblers. Chicago and Green Bay are at the top of the east standings, with Chicago in the top slot. The Gamblers will return to the Resch Center on Tuesday where they will face off against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 P.M. 

 

Bucks going for second straight since the break

After dominating the New York Knicks on Thursday, the Milwaukee bucks look to continue their impressive play on Saturday against the Washington Wizards. The Bucks’ victory came with a 7-7 three-point shooting effort from Brynn Forbes and a final score of 134-101. On Saturday they will face a Washington Wizards team who is improving, having won seven of their final nine games to close out February. Still, Washington has a 14-22 record, which surprises many as they added Russell Westbrook shortly before the season started. This will be the second part of a back-to-back for Washington, as they dropped a game to Philadelphia on Friday,  127-101. 

 

The Bucks will try and get their second win since the All-Star break and their third consecutive win overall. The game is set to tip-off at 6:00 P.M. in Washington. There will be no in-person fan attendance. Both squads will get a day of rest before playing each other on Monday again in Washington.

 

Weekend Packerland matchup set

Gibraltar Volleyball will be in pursuit of their first Packerland win of the season on Saturday when they face a Sevastopol team on their own hot streak. The Vikings have lost competitive matchups to both Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay after their season-opening win against Green Bay West. Their record stands at 1-2, and if the Vikings are able to claim victory Saturday, it will snap a three-game winning streak for Sevastopol. The Pioneers look to build off their Packerland opener win Thursday night over Kewaunee. Since losing the first game of the alternative season to Green Bay Prebles, the 3-1 Pioneers also have wins over Clintonville and Winnebago Lutheran. Saturday’s encounter will be each team’s third game of the week and their first of two games against each other this season. Both teams are expected to face off again on March 25th. Saturday’s contest is scheduled to start at 2:30 P.M.

Five-run inning difference maker in Brewers win

In Friday’s seven-inning Spring Training game against the rival Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers pulled away when they scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning in the 8-3 win. The Brewers started the scoring when they got two runs in the top of the third inning. After heading into the fifth inning up 2-0, Dylan Cozens drove a solo homerun to put the Crew up 3-0. In the sixth inning, a three RBI triple from Jace Peterson followed by a two-run homerun by Billy McKinney was enough to put the game out of reach for the Cubs. The five run inning brought the game’s score to 8-0. Chicago would score a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and two in the bottom seventh, but it was not enough to cut into the eight run lead. 

 

With the win Milwaukee improves to 7-5 in the exhibition season. The Cubs are now 7-4 in Spring Training. The Brewers will face the Rangers on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 P.M. CST.

 

Badgers eliminated from conference tournament

The Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team came into Friday’s Big Ten Tournament conference matchup the underdog, and at halftime looked primed to knock off Iowa. Wisconsin was up 32-26 at the break. Now the Badgers have the suspenseful wait of finding out if they will make the NCAA tournament field after losing the tight battle, 62-57. In perhaps his final game in red and white, D’Mitrik Trice lead the team in scoring with 19 points. 

 

For Iowa, they advance to the tournament semifinals where they will take on the University of Illinois on Saturday. Wisconsin was never able to take down the Hawkeyes in three attempts this season. Wisconsin’s record falls to 17-12, and they will wait for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to decide their fate.

 

Badgers avoid scare, move on in conference tournament

The University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team needed every basket they got as they were able to hold on for the win in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament. Despite a furious Penn State comeback, the Badgers were able to force a turnover on the Nittany Lions' attempt at winning the game at the buzzer. For Penn State, this would put a damper on their 17-2 run in the final seven minutes. This run cut into a lead that was as many as 18 points with eight minutes left in the game, and 73-57 with five minutes to go. Penn State’s Sam Sessoms scored 13 points in the final seven minutes, as he ended the night with 18. 

 

The groundwork for the Badgers once comfortable lead was done when Wisconsin had their own 23-5 run to close the first half, including a three pointer at the buzzer by Aleem Ford. Wisconsin would then go into the halftime break up 41-31. Ford was the Badgers leading scorer on the night with 17 points and a 5-6 effort from three point range. Other top scorers for Wisconsin include Brad Davison with 15 and Jonathan Davis with 10. 

 

Thursday’s victory puts the Badgers at a 17-11 record on the season. Wisconsin advances to the tournament’s quarterfinal round to take on Luka Garza and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Wisconsin is yet to beat Iowa this season, losing on February 18th by a score of 77-62 and on Iowa’s March 7th Senior Night, when the Hawkeyes won 77-73. Iowa’s record is 20-7. Tip-off is scheduled for Friday at 8:00 P.M. CST.

 

Brewers fall to Royals

The Milwaukee Brewers scored once in the second and third innings on Thursday. The only issue with that is that in both innings, the Kansas City Royals crossed the plate twice. This was all the scoring done in the seven-inning long affair. The Royals ended the day on top by a final score of 4-2. 

 

The Brewers managed only three hits, one was a homerun. In the bottom off the second inning, Manny Pina took a solo home run over the centerfield fence. Garrett Mitchell accounted for the only other Brewers run. For Milwaukee, Josh Lindblom is credited with the loss and for the Royals Mike Minor was given the win. The Crew is now 6-5 in Spring Training. For the Royals, they advance to 9-3. The Brewers will return to the diamond on Friday at 2:05 P.M. to take on a familiar opponent, the Chicago Cubs.

 

Gamblers look to slow down Chicago in weekend set

The Green Bay Gamblers visit Geneva, Ill. this weekend for what has proven to be their toughest test of the season: playing the Chicago Steel.

 

The Gamblers are 1-4-1 so far against their southern rivals, getting outscored 37-23 in those contests. The Steel has been the top-scoring team in the USHL with 192 goals scored while boasting the league's top four scorers and the most points. Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch says despite the offensive prowess of the Steel, you can't abandon your game to play to theirs.

The Gamblers will play Friday and Saturday at the Fox Valley Ice Arena as they continue to chase the Steel in the standings. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. You can listen to our full interview with Mikesch in Green Bay Gamblers Central on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Volleyball round-up: Door County teams sweep Kewaunee County's

Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay's volleyball teams ended the second week of the season on high notes on Thursday night.

 

Southern Door went down to Algoma and captured its match 3-1.

 

Sevastopol toppled Kewaunee in straight sets 3-0.

 

Sturgeon Bay topped Gibraltar in straight sets 3-0.

 

The Pioneers and the Vikings will play against each other in a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door School District

 

 

Door County United Girls Swim Team off to great start

The Door County United Girls Swim Team has been off to an exceptional season so far. Since the swim season had been postponed until the spring, the team has been able to compete in three meets so far.

 

The first meet of the season was a home meet against Pulaski on February 18th. DCU won with 113 points against Pulaski with 63 points. Starting off the meet DCU placed 1st in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:58.92. The relay team consisted of Maggie Ripp who started the relay out, followed by Christy Braun and Phoebe Bissen and ending with Cassie Rankin. In the 50-yard freestyle DCU placed 1st and 2nd. In 2nd we had Phoebe Bissen with a time of 27.40 and in 1st Cassie Rankin with a time of 26.61. After, Phoebe Bissen went on to place 1st in the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:05.57. DCU swimmer Sanya Wienke placed 1st in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.78. In the 500-yard freestyle DCU placed 1st and 2nd. Cassie Rankin in first with a 5:54.07 and Brooke Strege in second with a 6:02.38. DCU continued with their great times by winning first and second in the 200 freestyle relay. The first place relay consisted of Christy Braun, Phoebe Bissen, Sanya Wienke, and Cassie Rankin. The 100-yard backstroke placed Maggie Ripp in first with a 1:06.55 and Ella Wienke in second. Ending the night strong, Christy Braun placed first in the 100-yard breast with a 1:10.54. Julia Kurek was not far behind and placed 2nd.

 

The second meet of the season was against DePere and Ashwaubenon at Ashwaubenon on February 27th.. Starting off the evening with the 200 Yard Medley Relay DCU placed first and second. The first-place team won with a time of 1:57.24 and consisted of Maggie Ripp, Christy Braun, Phoebe Bissen, and Cassie Rankin. Christy Braun went on to win second in the 200-yard freestyle and first place in the 100 Yard Breast with a 1:09.93. Sanya Wienke went under a minute in the 100 freestyle with a 59.85, placing her in 3rd. Abi Shauske placed second in the 200 yard IM. Next came the 50-yard Freestyle where Cassie Rankin placed first with a 26.61.  DCU placed second in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, made possible by Christy Braun, Katie Norton, Cassie Rankin, and Phoebe Bissen. Maggie Ripp placed second in the 100-yard backstroke and Phoebe Bissen placed second in the 100-yard Butterfly. All girls on the team made great contributions to the team allowing them to win first in the meet. With DePere taking 3rd with 534, Ashwaubenon taking 2nd with 651, and DCU taking first with 663 points!  

 

The most recent meet DCU competed in was at home against Manitowoc on March 5th. DCU took the win with 123 points and Manitowoc with 47. Starting out the meet with the 200-yard medley relay DCU placed first and second. The first-place team was composed of Maggie Ripp, Christy Braun, Phoebe Bissen, and Cassie Rankin with a time of 1:58.03. In the 200 yard freestyle, Ella Wienke placed second with a 2:19.01. Abi Shauske placed first in the 200 yard IM with a 2:27.08 followed by Sanya Wienke in second. Cassie Rankin placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a 26.41. In the 100 yard butterfly, Phoebe Bissen placed first with a 1:05.37, and Faith Blackley close behind in second. During the 500-yard freestyle Christi Braun was on fire and placed second with a 5:33.10. DCU placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:51.59 and was composed of Maggie Ripp, Abi Schauske, Ella Wienke, and Phoebe Bissen. Maggie Ripp placed first in the 100-yard backstroke with a 1:07.30 followed by Abi Schauske in second. During the 100-yard breaststroke Christi Brauns finished first with a 1:12.22 and Katie Norton in second. The evening ended off with the 400-yard Free Relay where DCU placed first and second. The first-place team swam a 4:00.52 and consisted of Katie Norton, Sanya Wienke, Phoebe Bissen, and Cassie Rankin. It was a great meet for DCU.

Marquette Men's Basketball trounced by Georgetown, Badgers play Thursday

The Marquette Golden Eagles men’s hoops season came to a close Wednesday unceremoniously. Marquette lost to Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament. The game was the Hoyas the whole way en route to a 68-49 victory. The Golden Eagles came into the game as the Big East Tournament’s ninth seed. As their season ends with a 13-15 record, the eighth-seeded Georgetown team will take on top-seeded Villanova in the quarterfinals on Thursday at noon. 

 

Wisconsin received the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament’s six seed and will be taking on Penn State in the opening round on Thursday. The Badgers split with the Nittany Lions in the regular season, dropping the first game 81-71 and winning the second matchup 72-56. The Badgers come into the contest with a record of 16-11. Penn State comes into the game with a record of 11-13 and are the tournament’s eleventh seed. Tip-off from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is scheduled for 8:00 P.M.

 

Bucks returning to play

After going into the All-Star Break hot with wins in six of their last seven games, the Milwaukee Bucks look to stay heated Thursday against the New York Knicks. While much can still happen, the Bucks are sitting at third place in the NBA East Conference standings. This doesn’t come as a shock to most, but what might be is that the New York Knicks are currently in fifth place in the East and on pace to make the playoffs. 

 

Milwaukee is currently 22-14 and two games out of first place in the East conference. New York has a record of 19-18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 P.M.

 

Brewers stall out after first inning

Josh Hader struggled in his Spring debut in Wednesday’s 9-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Though Hader recorded two strike-outs, he did give up two home runs, one to Austin Allen and another to Ramon Laureano. Hader also pitched a walk in the two-thirds of an inning he threw. This was to set off a four run third inning that broke a 1-1 tie. The A’s also mustered three runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth. The game lasted just six and a half innings. Milwaukee managed to get just four hits with the lone run on a first inning blast from Travis Shaw. 

 

With the loss Milwaukee’s record is now 6-4. Oakland improves to 4-5 with the victory. The Brewers will take on the Kansas City Royals on Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 2:10 P.M. CST.

 

Gibraltar Volleyball unable to get past Kewaunee

The game between Gibraltar and Kewaunee had all close sets, but the team to win three was Kewaunee. The Vikings won a set 30-28, but lost the others by scores of 25-22, 25-21, and 25-20. Leaders for Gibraltar include Agne Zukauskaite who had 18 kills and 29 digs, Sage Krause with 31 digs, Maggie Moroney with 20 assists, and Karlee Kita with 9 aces. The teams will get a rematch on March 22nd. Gibraltar, now 1-1, will make their way to Sturgeon Bay to face off with the Clippers on Thursday at 7:00 P.M.

Southern Door Volleyball advances to 2-0

It took four sets for the Southern Door Eagles to beat Ashwaubenon on Tuesday. With the win over the Jaguars, the Eagles are now 2-0 on the season. The next time that Southern Door takes the floor they will be facing off against Algoma. Stat leaders include Sam Differt with 14 kills, 5 aces, and 13 digs. Sasha Laaksonen added 13 assists and Rebekah Andreae collected 5 block kills. This will be a rematch of the season opener, where Southern Door swept Algoma. This game will take place on Thursday at 7:00 P.M. 

 

Brewers bats get rolling in win over Giants

The Milwaukee Brewers compiled seventeen hits and a four-run 8th inning in a Spring Training victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The Brewers won the game 13-7. Homeruns came from three different Brewers as Christian Yelich, Avisail Garcia, and Oscar Narvaez each hit a solo shot. Phil Bickford was credited with the win for the Crew. Milwaukee’s Spring Training record is now 6-3, and the Giants with the loss move to 2-4. The next matchup for the Brewers is Wednesday, against the Oakland Athletics. First pitch is scheduled for Wednesday at 2:05 P.M. CST. 

 

Pioneers Volleyball takes over Vikings

The Sevastopol High School Volleyball team now boasts a winning record after Tuesday’s win over Winnebago Lutheran in Fon Du Lac. The Pioneers won in four sets as the first was in back and forth fashion. The Pioneers held on to win 25-23. The second set was tied at nine before Sevastopol scored eight straight points and ended up winning the set 25-23. In the set to secure the sweep, it was Winnebago Lutheran who built a comfortable lead. The Vikings would hang on to win set three, 26-24. Sevastopol would dominate set four with a 25-7 victory.

 

 

Stat leaders include Sam Differt with 14 kills, 5 aces, and 13 digs. Sasha Laaksonen added 13 assists and Rebekah Andreae collected 5 block kills. The Pioneers get a day to prepare for taking the team from the town over, Kewaunee, on Thursday at 7:00 P.M. in Kewaunee. 

 

 

Packers don't use "Franchise tag," Jones remains unsigned

As the NFL is a week from free agency, it starts to look more like Aaron Jones could be playing football while sporting other colors in 2021. The deadline came on Tuesday to sign players to the franchise tag or the transition tag. These tags are placing a one-year deal often applied to players that are set to be free agents. Yesterday, no tag was applied to either of the Packers marquee free agents, Aaron Jones or All-Pro Center Corey Linsley. The Center and seven-year veteran has noted that it has looked like his playing future isn’t in Green Bay as no contact has been made. Both Linsley and Jones, who is going into his fifth season, would be expected to be near the top of free agent contracts at their respective positions. With Jamaal Williams not being under contract as well, A.J. Dillon and Dexter Williams, who went on injured reserve last season, would be the only returning running backs. 

 

While it is not entirely clear yet what the salary cap will be for the coming season, it is expected that the Packers will have to shed or restructure some player’s contracts to get below the number, which the NFL has made teams aware will be at least $180 million. On Tuesday, the Packers restructured the contract of Wide Receiver Devin Funchess and saved roughly $750,000 in cap space. Funchess, who spent five seasons in the NFL, opted out of the 2020 season but will have a chance to join the 2021 push.

 

Sevastopol Volleyball looks to get to winning record

The Pioneers Volleyball team is looking to get their second straight win Tuesday when they head to Fon Du Lac on Tuesday. After holding on to beat Clintonville in five sets on March 4th, the Pioneers will head back on the road to face Winnebago Lutheran Academy in their first of three straight road games this week, and their first of four in the span of seven days. After Tuesday’s game, Sevastapol will head to Kewaunee and Gibraltar before hosting Algoma in their next home game. 

 

Sevastapol’s opponent, Winnebago Lutheran has won sets in each of their first two matchups but has yet to be on the winning end of one. The Vikings have fallen to Mayville in four sets and fallen in five sets to Waupun. The game’s start is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. 

 

Southern Door's swimmers find success for DC United this weekend

The Door County United Girls High School Swim Team faced Manitowoc on March 5th and were victorious with a 123 to 45 victory.  Contributions from Southern Door High School’s swimmers included first-place finishes in nine of the eleven varsity events including the 200-medley relay and 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Sanya Wienke finished first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 200 IM. Ella Wienke had a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle and third-place finish in the 100 backstroke.  Faith Blackley took second in the 100 butterfly. Danica Neville placed third in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Katie Norton finished second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 50 free.

Sturgeon Bay Volleyball looking to get back on track

After coming out of the gates steaming in the first two games of the Spring Volleyball season, the Clippers will face Green Bay Preble in their continued run-ins with Green Bay area schools. After sweeping Green Bay East and Green Bay West at home, Sturgeon Bay lost their first road matchup in De Pere but will try to get to 3-1 on the season in this away matchup against the Preble Hornets, who are 1-2 in the early going this season. The Hornets win came against Sevastapol. To finish last week, Preble dropped games against De Pere in five sets and also lost to Fond du Lac. 

 

The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 P.M. This will be the last game against Green Bay area schools for a while for Sturgeon Bay, as they are set to face Gibraltar on Thursday. 

 

Southern Door to host Ashwaubenon

Coming off a season-opening win against Algoma, Southern Door’s 1-0 Volleyball team will play host to the Ashwaubenon Volleyball team looking for their first win. It is both team’s second game of the season. The Jaguars only game so far this season is a loss at Green Bay Southwest High School, where they fell in four sets. 

 

The Eagles on the other hand swept Algoma’s Volleyball team on March 4th. It will be the first game this week for Southern Door as they will have a rematch with Algoma on Thursday. 

 

Volleyball round-up: Kewaunee starts week with loss

Kewaunee kicked off the second week of the alternative spring volleyball season on Monday night.

 

The Storm went the distance but lost to Clintonville 3-2. They head to Fish Creek tonight to face Gibraltar for a 7 p.m. start.

 

Other Packerland action tonight includes Sevastopol traveling to Winnebago Lutheran, Southern Door hosting Ashwaubenon, and Sturgeon Bay visiting Green Bay Preble. All matches begin at 7 p.m.

 

 

Brewers go back and forth in win verse Angels

The Milwaukee Brewers have gone back and forth between winning and losing each day they’ve taken the diamond this month, and Monday they won in a back and forth contest. After a day off and a loss to the Cubs the last time they’ve taken the field, the Brewers got out to a fast start on the way to a 10-9 victory in a six and a half inning game against the Los Angeles Angels. 

 

Milwaukee was also backed by three-run innings in the bottom the fourth inning then again in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Crew headed into the frame down two runs. The scoring to come from behind was done when Mark Mathias hit an RBI single and Mario Feliciano hit a two-RBI triple in the bottom of inning six. Milwaukee’s Bryce Turang hit a solo homerun  in the fourth inning. The Angels were up 9-7 going into that inning. Los Angeles was not without offense though as they scored multiple runs in all but the first, third, and seventh innings. 

 

Justin Topa of the Brewers was credited with the win on the mound and Angel Perdomo came in for the save. The Brewers record in Spring Training improves to 5-3 and they will face the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled at 2:10 P.M.

 

Gamblers complete sweep over Phantoms

Two second-period goals kept the Green Bay Gamblers' sweep alive with a 4-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center.

 

After going down 1-0 in the first period, Ryan Greene found the back of the net near the halfway point to ensure the Gamblers went into the locker room tied at 1-1 apiece. The Phantoms would start the period strong again with another early goal in the second, only to see the Gamblers tally two goals off the sticks of Jackson Kunz and Xan Gurney. Jesse Tucker scored a short-handed goal in the third to put the game on ice for the Gamblers. 

 

The Gamblers will head to Geneva this coming weekend to face the Chicago Steel for a pair before returning to the Resch Center for a Tuesday night make-up against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. 

Kewaunee volleyball to face Clintonville

The Kewaunee volleyball team will play the only local game of note when they face the Clintonville Truckers at home Monday night.

 

Monday is the Storm's first match of the season and kicks off a busy stretch that will see them play three times, two of which take place in Kewaunee. The Truckers fell to Sevastopol its last time out in five sets.

 

The first serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Local youth wrestlers post successful weekend

Local youth wrestlers skipped the water slides and took to the mat this weekend for the WWF Kid Folkstyle State Championships in Wisconsin Dells.

 

For Southern Door, Jonah LeFevre took second in the Boys 2012-2013 / 57 lb division and Sydney Turner placed sixth in the Girls 2008-2009 / 125 lb division. Eighteen total wrestlers participated in the tournament with every Eagles wrestler getting at least one victory.

 

 

For Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol, Patrick Haese made the semis but had to injury default out of the tournament after starting out with 3 straight pins, he finished 6th. Ashley Ruiz and Yazzie Levine finished 4th and 5th. Layla Stai took 6th.

 

 

For Kewaunee, Mitchell Boeder took 1st place in the Boys Born 2008-09 235 lb division and Benjamin Vangoethem took 2nd in the Boys Born 2008-09 210 division. 

 

For Luxemburg-Casco, Aiden Kolstad took 4th in the Boys Born 2012-13 63 division, Zachary Delebreau finished in third in the Boys Born 2010-11 150 division, Carson Neubert finished atop the podium in the Boys Born 2008-09 S1 85 division. Luke Driedric finished in 5th in the Boys Born 2008-09 140 division, Aj Delebreau placed 3rd in the Boys Born 2008-09 165 division, and Javier Contreras placed 3rd in his Boys Born 2008-09 235 Exhibition division while also winning his actual bracket at the meet. Carson Blohowiak took 4th in the Boys Born 2006-2007 S1 90 division, and Kiley Georgel took 2nd in the Girls Born 2008-09 150 Exhibition while also winning her actual bracket during the weekend long tournament. 

 

Picture courtesy of Kevin Slezewski

Giannis wins All-Star MVP

Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was perfect as he took MVP honors in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.

 

He was 16-16 from the field in Team Lebron's 170-150 win over Team Durant en route to a 35 point evening. He scored in multiple different ways including strong dunks and bank three-pointers. Antetokounmpo gave Milwaukee a shout-out in the postgame presser, saying the Kobe Bryant NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy was for the city.

 

 

Fouls sink Badgers against Iowa

Officiating was a hot topic after Wisconsin fell to Iowa 77-73 Sunday afternoon in Iowa City.

 

Badgers head coach John Gard fumed about the Flagrant 1 called on Brad Davison in the final 30 seconds of a tight ball-game between the two teams with tournament seeding implications on the line for both squads. The officials went to the monitor several times during the game, including for that particular play where Davison and Iowa's Keegan Murray. 

 

The officiating overshadowed what was otherwise a marquee matchup in the Big Ten. Player of the Year candidate Luke Garza registered 21 points and 16 rebounds for the victorious Hawkeyes while the Badgers were led by Micah Potter's 23 points.

 

The Badgers head into the Big Ten Tournament as the sixth seed as they wait to face No. 11 Penn State or No. 14 Nebraska. The winner Thursday faces third-seeded Iowa on Friday. They have lost five of their last six.

 

The state's other major conference team, Marquette, is finishing strong heading into their Big East Conference Tournament. They have won four of their last five, including a 66-59 decision against Xavier on Saturday. The Golden Eagles will face eighth-seeded Georgetown in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Offense powers Gamblers past Phantoms

The Green Bay Gamblers scored three goals in two different periods to shoot past the Youngstown Phantoms Saturday night in front of over 2000 fans at the Resch Center.

 

The Gamblers scored twice in the game's opening five minutes with John Mittelstadt and Ryan Kirwan finding twine before the Phantoms found the back of the net. The Gamblers would answer the Phantoms first goal with Jesse Tucker's seventh of the season.

 

The Phantoms would narrow the lead early in the second period before Mason Lohrei scored  his 15th of the season.

 

The Phantoms would make it a 4-3 early in the third period before the Gamblers would close the game out with three tallies from Sawyer Scholl, Jackson Kunz, and Alex Nordstrom. Matt Davis had 29 saves and three Gamblers ended the night with two points.

 

The final game of the series will begin at 3:05 p.m. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

College round-up: McHugh wins second B1G Title

Sevastopol alum Max McHugh is bringing home plenty of gold from the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships.

 

Now a junior at Minnesota, McHugh won two B1G titles in the pool including the 200 breaststroke (1:50.93) on Saturday and the 100 breaststroke earlier in the week. It was his third B1G title in his career. His 50.19 in the 100 breaststroke set a program and conference record and is currently the fastest time in the NCAA this season.

 

In other local college notes, Southern Door Senior Grant Englebert made it official that he will continue his wrestling career at UW-La Crosse. Englebert medaled two of his three times at the state meet, including a second-place finish in 2021.

 

 

Dozen Spartans earn All-NEC honors

Twelve Luxemburg-Casco athletes earned All-Northeastern Conference accolades across three different sports over the weekend.

 

In girls' basketball, Taylor Thiry was one of four unanimous selections to the All-NEC First Team. Lauren Adams was selected to the Second Team. 

 

In boys' basketball, Reece Robillard was picked for the All-Northeastern Conference First Team. Peyton Mrotek was a Second Team selection while Logan Doell was listed as an Honorable Mention.

 

In wrestling, state medalists Easton Worachek, Max Ronsman, and Travis LeGrave were named to the All-NEC First Team. Isaac Jerabek, Luke Shefchik, Isaac Blohowiak, and Kyle Kroll were selected to the Second-Team while Caleb Delebreau and Ryan Routhieaux were named Honorable Mentions.

 

You can find the full listing here of the All-NEC teams,

Brewers clipped by Cubs

One swing of the bat sent the Milwaukee Brewers to their first off-day on a sour note thanks to a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

 

The Brewers opened up the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI single by Orlando Arcia in the second inning. A dropped ball by Arcia in the third inning led to a two-run home run by Joc Pederson that ultimately won the game for the Cubs. The Cubs would tack on insurance in the sixth inning on an Austine Romine RBI single. Brewers' pitching struck out eight Cubs Saturday, including three from Josh Lindblom over two innings of work.

 

The Brewers have off on Sunday before they play again on Monday afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

Bucks getting rest for all-star week

After narrowly beating the Grizzlies on March 4th, the Milwaukee Bucks go into All-Star break on a high note and have no games until Thursday against the New York Knicks, who have surprised many by being in playoff contention. The Bucks have six of their last seven and will get an extended rest that could come in handy down the stretch as they try and continue their late dominance. All players for the Bucks except Giannis Antetokounmpo have the week off, as he will participate in the All-Star-Game on “Team Lebron.” Antetokounmpo was selected by Lebron James in the player draft.

Explosive 5th inning propels Brewers past Rockies

The Milwaukee Brewers used the Scottsdale, AZ sun to heat up their bats as they advanced their record to 4-2 in Spring Training with a 12-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. Aside from a three-run home run from Colorado’s Trevor Story in the bottom of the third inning that started the game’s scoring, the Crew was able to hold the Rockies scoreless the rest of the way. 

 

The Brewers tied the game up in the top of the fourth inning with a three-run home run from Derek Fisher. A two-RBI double by Orlando Arcia and a three-run homer from Zach Green created a five-run 5th inning for Milwaukee. Garrett Mitchell hit a grounder that found the gap in centerfield and got on base with a single that scored one insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 9-3. Other runs for the Brewers came in the top of the ninth when Payton Henry homered on a solo shot and Nick Kahle wrapped up the scoring sending the ball over the fence. 

 

While Corbin Burnes took the bump to start at pitcher for the Brewers, it was Jordan Zimmerman who earned the win tonight, despite giving up a three-run home run. The Rockies Carlos Estevez was credited with today’s loss. The Brewers used a wide array of pitchers in today’s Spring Training contest. While the Brewers are two games above .500 in the practice season, the Rockies fall to 2-2. While it won’t have the same regular season intensity, the Brewers will face off against the rival Chicago Cubs, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 P.M. on Saturday.

 

Booyah make pair of roster additions

With opening day slotted for June 1st, the Green Bay Booyah baseball team has been busy filling out their roster. Joining the Booyah squad from the University of Richmond is Johnny Hipsman, who chases down fly balls in the outfield. The Northwoods Baseball League club also sought infield help, gaining Brendan Ryan, who is now set to play collegiately at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, after spending a year at Johnson County Community College. 

 

Neither are strangers to the Northwoods League. Hipsman appeared in 22 games for the Traverse City Pit Spitters last Summer, collecting a .230 batting average, crossing the plate 14 times and swinging for 12 RBIs. The speedster also stole second base 14 times out of the 16 times he took the chance. Hipsman was a 2019 Atlantic 10 All-Freshman team member and has a collegiate career batting average of .324. 

 

Also no stranger to bouncing around the map to play baseball, Ryan played in 15 games last season in the Northwoods League. Ryan has played for both the Great Lakes Resorters and two games for the Northern Michigan Dune Bears. Last season was shortened due to the pandemic, but Ryan still had 58 at-bats and posted a .224 batting average. Ryan committed to the Texas A&M Corpus Christi baseball team this Spring and in six games, Ryan was hot at the plate as he was hitting .375 and had an on-base percentage of .500. Ryan was originally a Saluki, beginning his college career at Southern Illinois University. 

 

Gamblers begin weekend set against Phantoms on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers will have another long weekend at home as they begin a three-game set at the Resch Center against the Youngstown Phantoms.

 

The team capped off six games in 10 days stretch last weekend with three contests at the Resch Center, splitting a pair against Team USA before falling to Des Moines on Sunday. Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch feels his squad were mentally exhausted towards the tail end of their game against the Buccanneers.

The Phantoms have gone 1-5-3-1 in their last 10 games as they sit in the bottom of the division. Mikesch says they are still a strong team.

The Gamblers will face off Friday and Saturday against the Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee at 3:05 p.m. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com all three days.

 

You can catch our entire interview with Pat Mikesch on our Green Bay Gamblers Central Podcast channel at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Bucks hits game winner in first half finale

The Milwaukee Bucks saved its best for last as they will enter the All-Star break coming off a 112-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo narrowly missed out on a triple-double, registering a team-high 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Khris Middleton was also a major contributor, adding 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was Jrue Holiday that stole the show however as the final points of his 15 point night were the most important. With seconds remaining, it was Holiday's jumper that put the Bucks ahead. It also spoiled a strong night from the Grizzlies' Ja Morant who scored a game-high 35 points.  

Volleyball round-up: Local teams sweep three of four matches

Only Sevastopol had to play past the minimum as the area's volleyball teams played Thursday night.

 

The Pioneers were able to grind out a 3-2 victory over Clintonville.

 

In sweeping fashion, Southern Door toppled Algoma, Sturgeon Bay sailed past Green Bay East, and Gibraltar cruised past Green Bay West

 

Sturgeon Bay will play its third match of the week when it travels south to face De Pere.

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door School District

Brewers get approval for 25 percent capacity in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Public Health Department has given the Brewers the thumbs up on a plan to allow for 25 percent capacity at American Family Field to start the season.

 

In a release from the Brewers, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson approved a plan to allow approximately 10,000 fans in the ballpark while banning tailgating for the time being. The plan can always be altered as the season goes on and conditions improve.

 

Opening Day is set for Thursday, April 1 at 1:10 p.m. against the Minnesota Twins which will be the first time in 18 months fans will be able to see their Brewers in-person in Milwaukee. Similar protocols are already being used at spring training ballparks in Arizona and Florida. 

 

Season seat holders and suite holders will be contacted about their options for attending games in the next week. Information on tickets to individual games will be announced at a later date. 

Brewers topple Padres

The Milwaukee Brewers took a 4-0 lead and did not look back in its 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres in the desert Wednesday afternoon.

 

The Brewers struck first in the second inning when Mark Mathias scored on a wild pitch. The big blow came in the fourth inning when Pablo Reyes hit a three-run homer to put the Brewers up 4-0. The Padres would score five of the next six runs in the game with an RBI double in the seventh the lone Brewers tally. The Brewers would take control in the eighth inning thanks to a Garrett Mitchell RBI single, a second run scored on a wild pitch, and an RBI sacrifice fly by Kahle for a three-run rally.

 

The Brewers will play Cleveland at American Family Fields of Phoenix at 2:10 p.m.

Green Bay Glory prepares for season

It had to wait a year, but the Green Bay Glory is getting ready for its sophomore campaign.

 

A member of the Women's Pro Soccer League, the Glory announced last week it would play teams within its own division in 2021. Those teams include the Milwaukee Torrent, the Bavarian Soccer Club, the Chicago City Soccer Club, Chicago Red Stars Reserves, and the Chicago Dutch Lions FC. A final schedule has not been released, though games usually run from the end of May to late July pending playoffs. 

 

Playing on the campus of UW-Green Bay, the Glory finished their inaugural campaign with an overall record of 4-5-1, good for 13 points and a fourth-place finish in the Midwest Conference. The team also won three of its four friendlies.

Volleyball preview: Local teams get into the swing

Several local Packerland Conference teams have gotten onto the volleyball court for match for the first time in several months.

 

On Tuesday, Sevastopol lost 3-0 to Green Bay Preble and Sturgeon Bay swept Green Bay West 3-0. A previously scheduled match between Notre Dame and Southern Door was canceled.

 

Many of the teams are back in action on Thursday while the others will hit the court for the first time this truncated alternative spring season. Those matches include Gibraltar playing at Green Bay West, Southern Door hosting Algoma, Sevastopol traveling to Clintonville, and Sturgeon Bay sticking around town to face Green Bay East. All matches begin at 7 p.m.  

Bucks visit Memphis ahead of All-Star Break

The Milwaukee Bucks will play one last time against the Memphis Grizzlies before the All-Star Break.

 

Both teams enter the game playing relatively good basketball despite recent blemishes. The Bucks had won five straight before a 128-97 loss to Denver on Tuesday. The Grizzlies have won three of their last four games. The only difference in the two streaks was how those games were won. While perennial All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the Bucks in scoring in most of their games their last six outings, the Grizzlies had four different players lead them in the points column during their stretch,

 

Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Badger basketball falls to Purdue

The Wisconsin Badgers continue to struggle to finish games as they battled but came up short on the road against the Purdue Boilermakers Tuesday night at Mackey Arena.  The #23 Boilermakers shut down the Badgers late and claimed a 73-69 Big Ten victory.  Purdue took advantage of 7’4” freshman Zach Edey’s presence inside to dominate the paint. 

 

The game was close from start to finish as Edey finished with a career-high 21 points and Jaden Ivey added 18 more.  Wisconsin lost for the fifth time in a row at Purdue as Brad Davison paced the Badgers with 15 points.

 

The #25 Badgers (16-10, 10-9 conference) will now try to regroup and finish the regular season with a win as they travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes on Sunday.

 

The Big Ten tournament starts up next week and the Badgers are looking to improve on a likely lower seed for the NCAA tournament when Selection Sunday happens on March 14. 

Bucks routed by Nuggets

The Milwaukee Bucks' five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Tuesday night at Fiserv Forum as the Denver Nuggets blew out the home team 128-97.  Denver took control of the game early by jumping off to a 37-23 first-quarter lead and never looked back. 

 

After playing even in the second quarter, the Bucks could not mount a serious comeback as the closest they could not cut the lead into single digits in the second half.

 

All-Star Nikola Jovic had a huge game for Denver (20-15) with a triple-double of 37 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.  Guard Jamal Murray added 24 for the Nuggets had six players score in double figures. 

 

The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 27 points and Khris Middleton’s 20, but Brook Lopez was the only other Milwaukee player to score in double figures with 12. 

 

Milwaukee (20-14) will now face the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday on the road at 7 pm.  

Phoenix women shocked in quarterfinals by Cleveland State

A furious comeback in the fourth quarter was not enough for the UWGB Phoenix women to overcome a huge first-half deficit in a 69-63 Horizon League quarterfinal at the Kress Center Tuesday night.  The Phoenix trailed by as much as 21 points and close within six points late, but the Vikings pulled off the upset by hitting free throws at the end. 

 

It was the first time in 26 years that UWGB failed to make the semifinal round of the Horizon League tournament.

 

UWGB (15-7) was led by senior Caitlyn Hibner who scored 15 points while red-shirt freshman and Luxemburg-Casco alumnus Cassie Schiltz added 12. 

 

Cleveland State (11-8) will now advance to the semifinals while the Phoenix will now wait to see if they are invited to the WNIT. 

Marquette tops DePaul

The Marquette Golden Eagles edged closer to the .500 mark on Tuesday with a 77-71 win at DePaul in Big East action.  Turning a 36-36 tie at the half into a six-point victory, the Golden Eagles held the Blue Demons to just over 40 percent from the field to revenge an earlier 68-61 loss to DePaul (4-13, 2-13) in Milwaukee.

 

D.J. Carton led Marquette (12-13, 7-11 conference) with 20 points with 17 of those coming in the second half.  Dawson Garcia and Koby McEwen added 12 more each for the Golden Eagles. 

 

Marquette will now return home for an 8 pm matchup against Xavier on Saturday to finish conference play. 

Packers make coaching staff changes

The lack of JJ Watt did not stop other changes from occurring at 1265 Lombardi Avenue on Monday.

 

According to Packers.com, Head Coach Matt LaFleur announced a number of promotions on his coaching staff. Jerry Gray to defensive backs/passing game coordinator, Adam Stenavich to offensive line/run game coordinator, Rayna Stewart to assistant special teams coach and Connor Lewis to special teams assistant/game management specialist while also hiring John Dunn as a senior analyst, Justin Hood as a defensive quality control coach, Ryan Mahaffey as an offensive quality control coach and Tim Zetts as an offensive quality control coach.

 

It was not the change many Packers fans were waiting for as JJ Watt announced on Twitter that he would not be coming home, instead signing a two-year, $31 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Phoenix women start tournament play, Badgers in action

There is still plenty of college basketball to be enjoyed before the NCAA Tournaments for men's and women's basketball begins later this month.

 

Locally, the Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team will look to climb to the Horizon League mountaintop for the first time in two years when it begins its tournament run on Tuesday night against Cleveland State. A win would put them in their 26th consecutive Horizon League semifinal. The Phoenix split their matchups against the Vikings on the road earlier this season. Caitlyn Hibner scored 22 points to kick off the weekend set in Cleveland with a 71-62 win before the Vikings came back in the Saturday matchup and won 60-48. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

 

In men's basketball, the Wisconsin Badgers look to rebound from their weekend loss to Illinois Tuesday night with a game in West Lafayette against the Purdue Boilermakers.  The Boilermakers enter the contest two spots ahead of the Badgers in the polls after winning four of their last six games including a 73-52 win over Penn State their last time out. The Badgers have lost four of their last six, including Saturday's 74-69 loss to Illinois. The tip is set for 8 p.m.

 

Entering their Tuesday night matchup on a similar skid are the Marquette Golden Eagles. The team could not build momentum from its 83-70 road win against North Carolina when it traveled to face Connecticut and lost 80-62. They face a DePaul team that beat the Golden Eagles 68-61 on January 23rd and one of just three wins in 2021 for the Blue Demons. The tip is set for 8 p.m.

Brewers' pitching sparkles again in D-Backs rout

Lost in the flurry of offense, the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff is showing to be just as effective in Cactus League play.

 

Newly acquired Jordan Zimmermann gave up the only run for the Brewers in its 7-1 victory on Monday over the Arizona Diamondbacks. That came in the third inning on an RBI single by Asdrubal Cabrera which temporarily cut the Brewers' lead in half. The Brewers led off the game with a two-run homer by Manny Pina in the first inning before they blew it open in the middle frames. Unlike its slugfest against the White Sox, the Brewers manufactured runs in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI singles by Mark Mathias and Billy McKinney. The Brewers scored Mathias on a wild pitch in the fourth inning while Mario Feliciano brought Brice Turang home on a fielder's choice in the fifth.

 

The Brewers will have their Cactus League home opener when the Oakland A's come to visit American Family Fields of Phoenix.

DC United swim team tops Ashwaubenon, De Pere

 It was another day and another win for the DC United Swim Team on Saturday as they beat Ashwaubenon and De Pere.

 

Even without a single first place, the team had several strong performances that led to the victory. The 200-yard freestyle and medley relays took second place. Sanya Wienke took 5th place in the 200-yard freestyle. Brooke Strege swam the 200-yard IM 4th, followed by Danica Neville taking 6th and Faith Blackley taking 9th. Katie Norton took 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle while Wienke broke the minute barrier in the 100-yard freestyle to take third place.  Neville also swam the 100-yard backstroke to a 4th place finish while followed by Ella Wienke placed 5th.  Norton swam the 100-yard breaststroke to a 4th place finish. The Wienke girls and Strege took 4th in the 400-yard freestyle relay followed by Beyounce Hernandez’s relay in 6th.

 

 

Gamblers let one slip against Des Moines

Playing in their third game of the weekend, the Green Bay Gamblers lost their Sunday matinee matchup against the Des Moines Buccanneers 3-2.

 

Camden Thiesing continued his strong weekend of play by scoring his 12th goal of the season in the final minute of the first period to give the Gamblers the 1-0 lead. The Bucs would knot things up at one when Scout Truman scored at the five-minute mark in the second period. The Gamblers came up on the wrong end of trading goals in the third period as a Jackson Kunz tally was in between a pair of Bucs scores in the first five minutes as the team fell for the second day in a row. 

 

The Gamblers will play another three straight days this weekend at the Resch Center when they host the Youngstown Phantoms. All three games will be on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Bucks slide past Clippers

The Milwaukee Bucks rallied from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday 105-100.

 

The Bucks outscored the Clippers 28-19 in the final quarter to earn their fifth straight victory. Part of the reason why was the Bucks' defense, which held the Clippers scoreless in the game's final four minutes while the Bucks ended the contest on a 9-0 run. 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and 14 points in the victory while Khris Middleton chipped in 19 points and eight assists. Kawai Leonard tallied 25 points and nine rebounds in the loss. 

 

The Bucks will play two games this week before its All-Star Break. The NBA released the second half schedule last week. The Bucks will next hit the court on Tuesday at the Fiserv Forum to play the Denver Nuggets. 

Brewers slug past White Sox in Cactus League opener

The Milwaukee Brewers played long ball in their 7-2 Cactus League win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Brewers hit four home runs on the afternoon which was kicked off in the first inning when Keston Hiura hit a three-run shot. The White Sox responded in the next half inning when Adam Engel hit his own home run to narrow the gap to 3-2. The Brewers took some of the drama out of the game in the fourth inning when Tyrone Taylor and Avisail Garcia hit a pair of solo home runs to make it 5-2. The Brewers capped off their scoring in the top of the sixth when Dylan Cozens went deep with a man on to make it 7-2.

 

The game ended in the sixth inning as a part of a mutual agreement between the two ballclubs. It is likely most teams are well over a week away from playing full nine-inning games.

 

The Brewers will hit the road again Monday afternoon when they play the Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 p.m.

Spartanettes double up on hardware

The Luxemburg-Casco Dance Team was able to take advantage of the pandemic by taking home hardware in a pair of competitions over the weekend.

 

The Spartanettes were already a part of a virtual competition in De Pere High School when spots opened up to be a part of a competition at Little Chute High School on Saturday. They made the most of the last-second change as the Spartanettes took first place in the Division 3 Pom competition. On Sunday, the Spartanettes learned they had taken 3rd place in the pom division at the Redbird Rumble in De Pere. Providing good practice for the state competition in the coming weeks, the Spartanettes finished behind Waupaca and New Berlin Eisenhower.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Dance Team

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