Sports Archives for 2021-07

Brewers dominate Atlanta, Timber Rattlers fall close

In Friday’s action, the Milwaukee Brewers exploded in the third and fourth innings to beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-5. The Timber-Rattlers fell in extras to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6-5. The Green Bay Booyah lost to the Wisconsin Woodchucks 8-3, despite getting nearly as many hits. The Rattlers and Brewers will continue their series against the Kernels and Braves on Saturday. Green Bay will host the Madison Mallards.

 

Ahnapee takes game one at state

In their first game of Wisconsin’s AA American Legion Baseball Tournament, the Ahnapee Trailblazers got the start they wanted, beating Medford 6-1. The win sets Ahnapee up for a Saturday tilt with Onalaska. If they win, they’ll play on Sunday at 7:00 PM. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The full schedule can be found here

 

Blizzard head to Bismarck Saturday

The Green Bay Blizzard will make the trek to the Peace Garden State on Saturday to take on the Bismarck Bucks. It will be the fourth time the two teams have played each other. In the previous three meetings, the Blizzard are 0-3. The losses have come in order by scores of 41-35, 58-45, 50-29. For the Blizzard, it is also the second of five straight road contests to close out the regular season. The Blizzard are coming into the matchup with a record of 5-5. The Bucks are 6-6 on the season. Kickoff at the Bismarck Civic Center is at 7:10 PM. 

 


Rough seas remain on Friday

Rough seas from Thursday's north blow carried into Friday, with Lake Michigan's vast waters only settling to rollers late in the day. With strong currents and warm water, most anglers reported slow-going. 

 

The top port Thursday was B&K Bait and Tackle on Washington Island. They weighed a trio of 26-pound-plus salmon, including Troy Wettstein's 26.77-pounder, a 24-plus and a 20-plus, among others. 

 

We're down to the final day of the 2021 contest. The last weigh-in is 9 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, dates for the 40th anniversary K/D have been set: June 15-24, 2022. The tournament will run 10 days for the first time, with a noon cut-off on the final day.

Two wins in six days for Lemmens at The Hill

A quick turnaround for the Door County Fair was no problem for Luke Lemmens Thursday night as he scored his second straight feature win in the Stock Cars at The Hill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay. 

 

While it was back to back wins for Lemmens, amazingly the other three divisions featured drivers winning at Sturgeon Bay for the first time in their careers;  Cole Czarneski in the Sport Mods, Chad Naze in the Street Stocks and Thomas Schulte in the 4 cylinder Bombers. 

 

For the second straight night, Lemmens, son of former Street Stock champ Rick Lemmens, proved to be the dominating force in the Stock Cars.  While he didn’t quite lead all the laps like he did last Saturday, he did lead the bulk of them, taking the point in dramatic fashion. 

 

On the 4th lap, he pulled off a 4-wide pass through turn three to take second, then dove to the bottom to instantly challenge Tom Stark for the lead.  In less than a lap he completed the deal by passing Stark to take the lead for good. 

 

On the way to the checker, he had to fend off pressure from Billy LeMieux until he dropped from the contest, as well as withstand a challenge from Brett Wenzel after a late restart. 

 

While he had to settle for second, Wenzel’s sixth straight top five finish allowed him to strengthen his division lead, which now stands at 25 points over Brett Koehler. Koehler snapped a bit of a sour stretch with a strong third place finish, in front of Dan Sell, Jr and Charlie Kroll. 

 

The last time Hall of Famer George Henkel saw victory lane in a Modified was May 12, 2001.  The start of the Sport Mod feature looked like 2001 all over again as Henkel took the lead at the drop of the green and built up a solid advantage on the rest of the field. 

 

Henkel fans were left to wonder “what if” caution wouldn’t have flown near the midway point that erased that lead. 

 

Czarneski, son of former Street Stock and Modified regular Tim Czarneski, in only his second ever visit to The Hill, was able to slip past after the restart.   

He, too, built a comfortable lead that was erased by a caution late.  Craig Dorner worked into second with four laps to go and closed to the back bumper of the leader but couldn’t quite pull even. 

 

While short of the win, the second place showing allowed Dorner to jump into second in the season standings, just 7 markers behind leader Randy LeMieux, Jr who finished fifth. 

 

Henkel had the local fans buzzing as he carded his best finish of the year, a strong third, ahead of fellow longtime veteran Mike Plate. 

 

Like Lemmens and fellow first-timer Czarneski, Naze is the son of a former Sturgeon Bay regular; two-time Bomber champ Jay Naze.  And ironically, his first career win came at the expense of a racer that competed in the old Bomber class against his dad; Scott Iverson. 

 

After taking a spin in the Justin Hartel machine Saturday night, bitten by the racing bug again, Iverson rolled out his own car Thursday. 

 

Blasting away from the field, and with no cautions to bunch things up, it appeared like Iverson was headed to victory lane for the first time since a Street Stock win in 2004. 

 

But as he worked his way through lapped traffic, Naze was able to chew up chunks of real estate in a short amount of time, closing in on the last lap. 

 

They were dead even heading out of four toward the line on the last lap with Naze edging ahead by inches to claim the victory. 

 

Shannon Guelette placed third, picking up a point in the title chase on Troy Muench who was just behind him in fourth. 

 

It was a career highlight night for Cody Patten who recorded his first top five, running up front solidly for the complete 20 laps. 

 

Four-time feature winner Dave DeGrave had his string of three straight wins snapped as he dropped from the contest early.  He retained third in the standings, but now sits 25 points behind Muench. 

 

The final first-time winner was Schulte, who took the lead on lap two from Kyle Walters. 

 

In order to win his first, Schulte had to beat the guy who has more wins in the class at Sturgeon Bay than anyone else.  Tony Everard, the current division point leader with 16 career wins in the class, grabbed second but couldn’t chase down Schulte. 

 

With the win, he became the sixth different winner in the class in six nights of racing. 

 

The Hill’s next event is slated for Saturday night, August 7th with a 6:00PM start time.  The Raceway’s four regular divisions will be in action, along with a special coin drop at intermission for the kids. 

 

The Hill Raceway results 7/29/2021 

Stock Car 20 Lap Feature:  Luke Lemmens, DePere - Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc – Brett Koehler, Two Creeks – Dan Sell, Jr, Suring- Charlie Kroll, Forestville – John Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 1:  Lemmens – Billy LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 2:  Tony Bouche, Algoma - Koehler 

Heat 3:  Tom Stark, Egg Harbor - Sell 

Sport Mod Feature:  Cole Czarneski, Denmark – Craig Dorner, Luxemburg – George Henkel, Sturgeon Bay – Mike Plate, Valders - Randy LeMieux, Jr, Brussels – Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay  

Heat 1:  Czarneski – Logan Theys, Luxemburg 

Heat 2:  Plate - Dorner 

Heat 3:  Aaron Butterbrodt, Hubertis – Henkel 

Shootout:  Plate – Randy LeMieux, Jr – Rass – Chuck Carmen, Seymour 

Unified Dirt Street Stock Feature:  Chad Naze, Green Bay – Scott Iverson, Sturgeon Bay – Shannon Guelette, Luxemburg – Troy Muench, Brussels –Cody Patten, Friendship – Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay 

LCQ:  TJ Everard, Green Bay – Malvitz – Tyler Fox, Brussels - Amber Delsart, East Maplewood 

Heat 1:  Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg – Geno Sternard, Brussels 

Heat 2:  Naze – Mark Spittelmeister, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 3:  Iverson - Muench 

Baby Bomber Feature:  Thomas Schulte, Kaukauna - Tony Everard, Green Bay – Kyle Walters, Green Bay – Kyle Jorgenson, Oneida - TJ Everard, Green Bay – Scott Schlafke, Cleveland 

Heat 1: Schulte - Walters 

Slow day for K/D weigh-ins

Fewer than a dozen fish were brought to tournament scales on Thursday, Day 7 of the 9-day Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. Many anglers reported catching smaller to medium-size fish, but the heavyweights were off the feed. Chances are that'll change for the final hurrah Friday and Saturday.

 

The forecast is favorable, with NE to SE winds 5-10 knots, switching to the SW 10-15 knots Friday night before swinging W 10-15 Saturday. The wild card is another chance of showers and storms Saturday. That's something to keep a close eye on.

 

There were only four additions to the top 50 Thursday, all good salmon between 25 and 26 pounds. We’re due for another 30! Who’s feeling lucky?

 

Thursday's Port Prize Winners: Ross Wagner, 25.86 @ BH; Eric Blom, 25.52 @ W.I.; Mark Sondreal, 25.30 @ A; Dillion Roe, 25.04 @ SB; Kyle Jensen, 21.99 @ K.

Ahnapee opens Legion State Tournament play Friday

Door County has another opportunity to add a state champion to its 2020-2021 resume before the fall high school sports season begins.

 

The Ahnapee Trailblazers begin the American Legion Class AA State Championships Friday afternoon against Medford at 4 p.m. The Trailblazers showed the fight they had in the regional tournament, losing their first game to Ashwaubenon before rallying to win four straight. They were down 8-1 in the regional final before rebounding to win 10-8 over Pulaski. Medford's run was not easy. They cruised into Sunday winning all of their games before Rhinelander topped them 10-1. Medford won the rematch later that day 11-6.

 

Waupaca or Onalaska will be the Trailblazers next opponent, though a loss would force them to play at 10 a.m. Saturday while a win would delay their next contest until 4 p.m.

Packers sign tackle Kelly

While it was Randall Cobb that got the headlines, the Green Bay Packers did sign a new offensive tackle on Thursday.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced on Thursday that the organization signed 10-year veteran tackle Dennis Kelly. The Purdue alum has played the last five years with the Tennessee Titans after beginning his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly played all 16 games last season while blocking for running back Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in rushing with over 2,200 yards. 

 

The Packers will host day three of the training camp in front of fans on Friday beginning at 10:10 a.m.

Bucks draft Seton Hall forward

The Milwaukee Bucks waited a while to select their man Thursday night in the NBA Draft.

 

The Bucks did not have a first round pick and traded their 31st overall pick to the Indiana Pacers for the 54th and 60th selections, along with two future second-round selections. The team then selected Alexander "Sandro" Mamukelashvili from Seton Hall with the 54th pick. The forward is a former Big East Player of the Year, averaging 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds per game last season while recording seven double-doubles. The Bucks also selected international player Georgios Kalaitzakis with the 60th pick. It is unknown if the Greek player will come to the United States and contribute after averaging less than five minutes a contest in the most recent Euroleague season. 

Brewers finish sweep of Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers ended their three-day stay in Pittsburgh with a 12-0 rout of the Pirates to sweep the series.

 

Freddy Peralta fanned five Pirates across six innings of scoreless work to capture his eighth win of the season while letting the offense do the rest of the heavy lifting. Lorenzo Cain's fielder choice was the only run allowed through five innings before the flood gates opened for the Brewers in the sixth. Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor each hit RBI doubles before Manny Pina busted the game open with his first of two homers on the day, this one being a three-run blast. Tellez joined the long ball game in the seventh with a solo shot before Pina added two more runs on his second homer in the eighth. With the game well out of reach, Cain drove in two runs on a single before Pablo Reyes ended the Brewers scoring for the night with an RBI double that drove in Cain.

 

The Brewers will next face the Atlanta Braves on the road with Corbin Burnes on the hill for a 6:20 p.m. start. 

Door County League reschedules game

A game with potential playoff implications in Door County League baseball will be played on an unfamiliar night for local fans. Baileys Harbor and Kolberg will make up their June 27th rainout on Wednesday, August 4th at Baileys Harbor Recreation Park. The game will be played under the lights at 7:30 p.m. The Braves and the Washington Island Islanders each have three losses on the season, but the Islanders have the one-game advantage in the win column. Both are chasing Sister Bay, which the Braves split their matchups with earlier this season.

 

This article previously referred to the team incorrectly as the Kolberg Indians when they are the Braves. Egg Harbor's team is the Indians. We regret this error.

 

 

Packers open camp

With Aaron Rodgers taking snaps, the Green Bay Packers opened the 2021 Training Camp under sunny skies on Wednesday. 

 

Rodgers' post-practice press conference where he aired his frustrations with the team and the acquisition of wide receiver Randall Cobb stole the headlines, Packers.com digital reporter Wes Hodkiewicz highlighted several positives from the first day of training camp. He commented on how the extra year of work benefited backup quarterback Jordan Love and complimented plays made by ?Equanimeous St. Brown? and ?Amari Rodgers? during the practice. ?David Bakhtiari?, Kevin King and Za'Darius Smith all missed practice, giving some other players important reps.

 

Wednesday marked the first of four straight days of training camp practices, all of which carrying the starting time of 10:10 a.m.

Brewers win game, make deal for Escobar

The Milwaukee Brewers won on and off the diamond on Wednesday.

 

In Pittsburgh, the Brewers never trailed in its 7-3 victory over the Pirates. Avisail Garcia drove in the game's first run with an RBI single in the first inning before  Lorenzo Cain's two RBI double in the fourth inning made it a 3-0 advantage.  The Brewers doubled up the Pirates in the sixth inning Luis Urias drove in two on a double and Kolten Wong tallied another run with an RBI sacrifice fly. Tyrone Taylor ended the Brewers scoring with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning. Rodolfo Castro provided the offense for the Pirates, hitting homers in the seventh and ninth innings to cut the deficit.

 

During the game, the Brewers announced it traded for infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Cooper Hummel and infielder Alberto Ciprian. Escobar, 32, who was selected to his first All-Star Game, batted .246 with 22 HR and 65 RBI in 98 games with Arizona this season. He made 92 starts (61g at 3B, 31g at 2B). The switch-hitter entered the day among the National League leaders in HR (T5th) and RBI (T6th) according to the Brewers Media Relations Department. 

 

The Brewers are back in action Thursday at 6:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

Three 30-pounders highlight K/D Board

The evening bite has produced some of the biggest fish of the tournament, but another round of storms late Wednesday kept many anglers off the water.

 

Some who did head out from Kewaunee to Sturgeon Bay before the weather moved in (Northern Door was already wet by early evening) might just have a whopper on ice, ready for the morning weigh-in. That’s exactly what happened today, when Austin Vance pulled up to Howie's Tackle with a 32.79-pounder that hit a plug about 65 feet down in 110 feet of water the night prior off Sturgeon Bay. It was the second straight 32-plus the port produced on back-to-back evenings.

 

The top 50 Chinooks in the 39th annual K/D are 25 pounds and over, and the top 100 all 22 pounds or more.

 

Three more days of competition remain, with the last fish to be weighed Saturday night at 9 p.m.It’s not over ‘til it’s over, and there’s a very good chance we’ll see more movement in the top 10 in the coming days.

 

More than $50,000 is on the line, including $10,000 cash, a free mount of the winning fish and a custom-made silver salmon ring for the lucky angler who ends up in first place. Second place is $6,000 cash and a Howie’s Tackle shopping spree, and third place is $4,000 cash.

 

See the photos and stay in the loop each tournament day at https://www.facebook.com/kdsalmon2021.

 

Picture courtesy of K/D Salmon Tournament. Mike Beardsley and Marcel Fraser pictured at Baileys 57.

 

TOP FISH

1. Cory Boellaard, 35.65, 7/24 @ BH

2. Austin Vance, 32.79, 7/28 @ SB

3. Bonnie Maggle, 32.15, 7/27 @ SB

4. Kevin Kopatz, 29.98, 7/24 @ A

5. Jason McKee, 29.88, 7/23 @ SB

6. Kevin Cookle, 29.66, 7/24 @ SB

7. Krista Thuer, 29.11, 7/24 @ W.I.

8. Josh Przybyski, 29.07, 7/24 @ BH

9. Jacob Gage, 28.59, 7/26 @ SB

10. Bruce Albrecht, 28.57, 7/23 @ W.I.

 

Cobb coming home

In what’s widely perceived as a surprising reconciliation effort with MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers are in the midst of finalizing a trade for Wide Receiver Randall Cobb. The veteran receiver was one of Rodgers favorite targets in the eight seasons he was a Packer, from 2011-2018. After departing Green Bay, Cobb spent two years in the lonestar state, playing one season for Dallas and another with Houston. Cobb’s has 41 career TD receptions with the Packers, and his most prolific season came in 2014 when he had over 1200 yards. 

 

The details of the trade have not been released quite yet as of Wednesday morning, but a tweet from Cobb’s page indicated the return is all but finalized.

 

Booyah, Timber Rattlers can't overcome early deficits

Milwaukee was the area’s winner on Tuesday, while the Rattlers and Booyah both fell in their games. 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 and are a win away from sixty so far this season. 

 

A third-inning rally by the Cedar Rapids Kernels was responsible for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-2 loss. 

 

The Green Bay Booyah couldn’t close the 6-0 gap and lost 6-2 against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. 

 

Fish catching slows down Tuesday

It is undetermined if tourney participants at the Door Kewaunee Salmon Fishing Tournament felt the need to take Tuesday off or if the salmon were spooked by overnight storms. However, on Tuesday just eleven fish were brought to the scales, reporting from four of the five ports. As of Wednesday morning, Bonnie Magle of Sturgeon Bay is in second place. The tournament goes until July 31st. 

UWGB releases non-conference basketball schedules

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay now knows at least who they will be playing in men’s and women’s basketball before opening Horizon League play for the 2021-2022 season. On October 29th men’s basketball will host an exhibition with St. Norbert’s College and then begin their regular season with a home game against Indiana State on November 9th. Just three days later the Phoenix travel to Wisconsin and they also participate in the Jersey Mike’s Classic from July 18th to July 21st. The non-conference schedule for UWGB ends with a December 22nd road game at Minnesota. 

 

The women’s basketball team begins their season with exhibition matchups at home on October 27th and November 3rd against UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville. Their regular season begins on November 9th in Brookings, SD against the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. On December 12th, UWGB will visit the University of Wisconsin. The Phoenix will close out non-conference play against Central Michigan at home on December 20th. The full non-conference schedule for both teams can be found on the UWGB athletics website

Packers to begin training camp

With Tuesday having been the Green Bay Packers report date for training camp, Wednesday will kick off practices for the green and gold. The big storyline will be Aaron Rodgers’ return to Green Bay after a summer where his Packers future was in doubt at times. Another player who could be returning after a two-year departure is Randall Cobb. Since Monday, reports have begun to surface that a trade to bring back the NFL veteran before his eleventh season is nearly finalized. Practice in Green Bay on Wednesday begins at 10:10 AM. 

 

Big innings boil Booyah

The Wisconsin Woodchucks nearly batted around in three different innings to rout the host Green Bay Booyah 19-5 on Monday night. 

 

The Woodchucks scored six runs in the second inning, five more in the third, and added another five in the sixth to put the game well out of reach. It was 13-0 before the Booyah scratched across its first run in the fifth inning with an RBI double by Brendan Ryan. The Booyah would add single tallies in each of the next two innings thanks to a Jakob Runnels double in the sixth and a Kaden Hollow groundout. With the score standing at 15-3, the Booyah ended their night with a two-run error on the right fielder.

 

The two teams play each other again Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. at Capital Credit Union Park. 

Shareholders meeting in the middle of a wild Green Bay day

Though it may have been quickly upstaged by the news that Aaron Rodgers will come back to the Green Bay Packers this season, the Packers organization held its annual shareholders meeting on Monday. Both General Manager Brian Gutekunst and Team President Mark Murphy addressed the Aaron Rodgers potential holdout situation shortly before news broke that he’d be returning to Green Bay this season, confirming their commitment to him. 

 

Both commended the Packers players for the 2020 accomplishments and Gutekunst also acknowledged their off-season moves and pro-bowl players. Mark Murphy announced the Packers will honor their former General Manager Ted Thompson, who passed away in January. During the home opener against the Detroit Lions on September 20th, the Packers will install his name on the Lambeau Field facade. Murphy also announced that Lambeau Field is one of three finalists to host the 2024 NFL Draft and that Lambeau Field has put in bids to host multiple Big Ten Football conference championship games in the 2020’s. It was the first time since 2019 the Packers shareholders meeting was open to fans. 

 

State matchups announced for Ahnapee Trailblazers

The Ahnapee Trailblazers know who they will be playing when the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Tournament kicks off in Antigo on Friday.

 

The Trailblazers will play Medford in its first matchup at 4 p.m. against Medford. A win puts them against either Waupaca or Onalaska at the same time on Saturday. A loss puts them in do-or-die mode at 10 a.m. against the loser of the same matchup.

 

You can find the full schedule here.

 

Picture courtesy of Ahnapee Trailblazers Facebook page

Aaron Rodgers reportedly coming back for 2021

Aaron Rodgers is apparently close to agreeing to a reworked contract.  According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers would agree to review Rodgers’ situation at the end of the season with a potential trade leading into 2022.  Rodger’s 2023 contract year would be voided and the Packers would not be able to place the “franchise" tag on Rodgers.  The Packer veterans report on Tuesday. 

Lautenbach leaps to All-State Honors

Sevastopol's Laci Lautenbach added another accolade to her high school career a month after the WIAA state meet took place.

 

Lautenbach posted the 4th best high jump height out of all the divisions where she finished in 3rd place with a jump of 5’2”  at the Division 3 State meet. To become All-State, it has to be one of the top 6 marks among all the divisions.

 

Picture provided by Dennis Ploor

Trailblazers capture Legion regional title

The Ahnapee Trailblazers American Legion baseball team is heading to state after a big come-from-behind victory against Pulaski Sunday afternoon in Ashwaubenon.

 

The Trailblazers were down 8-1 before clawing back to get the 10-8 victory. The team won four straight games after falling to Ashwaubenon 2-1 on Thursday. On Friday they dealt the fatal blow to Kewaunee County in a do-or-die 6-5 victory. On Saturday, they toppled Pulaski 8-4 to set up Sunday's Legion title winner.

 

The Trailblazers will head to Antigo on July 30th for the American Legion AA State Tournament. Matchups are yet to be announced. 

Boellaard holds onto K/D Salmon Tournament lead

Anglers dealt with occasional storms and warm water the first three days of the 39th annual Kewaunee/Door County K/D Salmon Tournament, but still managed some impressive catches.

 

Even without today's report from Kewaunee, the top 40 fish were already 23.80 pounds and larger.

 

Still just one 30-pounder, but it's a dandy!

 

Favorable winds have started to upwell some cooler water, and the forecast the next two mornings, at least, looks ideal.

 

FRIDAY PORT-PRIZE WINNERS: Jason McKee, 29.88 @ Sturgeon Bay; Bruce Albrecht, 28.57 @ Washington Island; Angelo Bortolini, 26.91 @ Kewaunee; Brock Iverson, 25.12 @ Algoma; Brian Tomes, 22.93 @ Baileys Harbor.

 

SATURDAY'S PORT PRIZE WINNERS: Cory Boellaard, 35.65@ BH; Kevin Kopatz, 29.98 @Algoma; Kevin Cookle, 29.66 @ SB; Krista Thuer, 29.11 @ W.Island; Kathleen F., 27.23 @ Kewaunee.

 

SUNDAY'S PORT PRIZE WINNERS: Cody Krueger, 28.57 @ W.I.; James Mascio, 26.55 @ BH; John Donovan, 26.29 @ SB; Kevin Dahlke, 25.78 @ A; _________ @ K.

 

TOP FISH

Cory Boellaard, 35.65, 7/24 @ BH

Kevin Kopatz, 29.98, 7/24 @ A

Jason McKee, 29.88, 7/23 @ SB

Kevin Cookle, 29.66, 7/24 @ SB

Krista Thuer, 29.11, 7/24 @ W.I.

Josh Przybyski, 29.07, 7/24 @ BH

Bruce Albrecht, 28.57, 7/23 @ W.I.

Cody Krueger, 28.42, 7/25 @ W.I.

Todd Delaurelle, 28.02 7/23 @ W.I.

David Certis, 28.11, 7/24 @ SB

David Certis, 27.35, 7/23 @ SB

Kathleen F. 27.23 7/24 @ K

Travis Bruening, 26.93, 7/24 @ K

Angelo Bortolini, 26.91, 7/23 @ K

Mason Witsman, 26.68, 7/24 @ SB

Tina Jordan-Beilke, 26.57, 7/24 @ SB

James Mascio, 26.55, 7/25 @ BH

John Donovan, 26.29, 7/25 @ SB

Wallace Krueger, 26.06, 7/23 @ W.I.

Wallace Krueger, 25.9, 7/23 @ W.I.

Kevin Dahlke, 25.78, 7/25 @ A

Davis DeWolfe, 25.73, 7/25 @ SB

Jason Kakuk, 25.71, 7/25 @ BH

Eric Bates, 25.49, 7/25 @ BH

Pat Trinkner, 25.39, 7/25 @ SB

Teal Rosinsky, 25.15, 7/24 @ K

Kerry Anderson, 25.06, 7/25 @ A

Brian Niklason, 24.94, 7/24 @ K

Rich Berken, 24.94, 7/24 @ BH

Rita Bachman, 24.80, 7/25 @ SB

Ryan Dahlke, 24.68, 7/25 @ A

Mike Patza, 24.54, 7/23 @ A

Alan Schmidt, 24.28, 7/23 @ SB

Ben Geiger, 24.26, 7/24 @ W.I.

Eric Schroeder, 24.10, 7/25 @ A

Jeff Haze, 24.02, 7/25 @ A

Duane Furmanski, 23.94, 7/25 @ W.I.

Mike Bibbs, 23.92, 7/24 @ K

Bill Trochil, 23.80, 7/23 @ A

Matt Swoboda, 23.80, 7/25 @ A

 

Picture courtesy of K/D Salmon Tournament

GLO hang on against Surge

The Wisconsin GLO had to fight off a furious rally from the St. Louis Surge to capture a 86-82 victory Sunday.

 

The GLO led by 12 points with just over a minute to go after having a 50-31 lead at halftime. 

 

The GLO will have this coming weekend off before hosting their final home games of the season August 7th against the Flint Monarchs and August 8th against the Detroit Queens. 

Blizzard beat Barnstormers

The Green Bay Blizzard headed to Des Moines in preparation for a Saturday battle with the Iowa Barnstormers and came away from Iowa’s capital with a win. The Blizzard beat the Barnstormers 34-26. With the win, the Blizzard are now 5-5 this season, including a sweep over Iowa. Green Bay’s next game is against the Bismarck Bucks on the road on Friday, July 30th. Kickoff is at 6:05 PM. 

 

Rattlers Rally Past South Bend for 8-4 Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers erased a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the fifth, four runs in the sixth, and a run in the seventh to rally past the South Bend Cubs to an 8-4 win on Saturday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Rattler have a 3-2 lead in the series with one game remaining between the teams.

South Bend (32-38) put two runners on base in each of the first three innings. However, Wisconsin starting pitcher Victor Castañeda escaped each jam to keep the game scoreless. He had a strikeout and a groundout to end the first, a flyout to center to wrap the second, and a 6-3 double play to end the threat in the third.

The Rattlers offense put two runners on base with one out in the third inning, but they also could not score.

The Cubs broke through in the top of the fifth inning as they scored two runs on three hits. Yonathan Perlaza and DJ Artis set up the inning with a pair of singles. Tyler Durna drove in Perlaza with a single to right. Artis scored on a wild pitch and South Bend had a 2-0 lead.

Wisconsin (34-36) answered in the bottom of the third. Nick Kahle hit a home run to left to start the inning. Cubs starting pitcher Max Bain retired the next two batters, but walked Hayden Cantrelle and Korry Howell to extend the inning. Thomas Dillard ripped the next pitch to right and Cantrelle scored on the single. The throw to the plate missed the cutoff man and Dillard kept running for second. The throw to second was bobbled and Howell, who also kept running scored the go-ahead run.

The Timber Rattlers poured on the offense in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joe Gray Jr., who had three hits in the game to extend his current hitting streak to six games, started the inning with a triple. Carlos Rodríguez followed with a single to score Gray for the 4-2 lead. Kahle reached on an error with one out and Jesús Lujano doubled to put two runners on base and chase South Bend starter Max Bain out of the game.

David Hamilton jumped on the first pitch from reliever Blake Whitney and drove a triple to the corner in right to score two runs. A wild pitch later in the inning let Hamilton score for a 7-2 lead.

Je’Von Ward provided a treat for the fans with a titanic home run to start the Wisconsin seventh inning. The blast cleared the home run porch in right and left the stadium for Ward’s third home run of the season.

Evan Reifert, who had relieved Castañeda to start the top of the sixth inning, allowed one hit, and struck out three with no walks over three shutout innings.

The Cubs got two runs in the ninth inning on a two-run home run by Yonathan Perlaza, but it was all they could manage off John LaRossa as the next two batters grounded out to end the game.

The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon. Reese Olson (4-4, 4.64) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Chris Clarke is scheduled to make his High-A Central debut as the starting pitcher for South Bend. Game time is 1:05pm.

Glo win streak ended

The Wisconsin Glo had their multiple game win streak ended on Saturday. The Glo could not get past the St. Louis Surge, falling 87-78. With the loss, the Glo are now 3-2 in league play and 5-2 overall. The next game for the Glo comes on Sunday at home against St. Louis again. Tip-off is at 3:00 PM. 

 

The King of the Hill returns

Todd Dart’s first win at the Thunderhill Speedway in Sturgeon Bay came way back on May 15, 1993; the third night ever at the recently reopened track. 

While the track is now known as The Hill Raceway, some things never change.   

Dart, the winningest driver in Sturgeon Bay history and seven-time division champ, notched his 59th career victory at the track as the Modifieds returned for their second visit of the season to The Hill on Saturday night. 

Other winners in the spotlight were Luke Lemmens in the Stock Cars, Randy LeMieux, Jr in the Sport Mods, Dave DeGrave in the Unified Dirt Street Stocks and TJ Everard in the 4 cyliders. 

In the Modified feature, Josh Lambert appeared to be headed to his second straight Hill win, with Greg Gretz, Jay Matthias and Dart in pursuit; close but not close enough for a pass attempt. 

But with just seven laps to go, Lambert clipped an infield tire ending his night. 

Gretz assume the lead, but held it for only two laps, as Dart sped past, pulling away to a convincing win. 

Gretz, Matthias, Vince Engebretsen and Kelsy Hayes completed the top five. 

The Stock Car feature proved to be the Luke Lemmens show, as he grabbed the lead at the drop of the green and was never challenged in the non-stop 20 lap affair. 

Dan Sell, Jr made a steady climb forward, advancing from his 5th row starting spot to take over second on the 12th lap, but by that time, Lemmens lead was insurmountable. 

Dave Bouche, Jeremy Anschutz and Brett Wenzel were next across the stripe.  For Wenzel, his fifth top five run of the season increased his division point lead over Brett Koehler to 24. 

After his second win of the year, LeMieux bumped his lead over Jeff Vlies to 8 points in the Sport Mods. 

Josh Massart and Mike Plate shared point duties until Cody Rass took over with just four laps to go.  LeMieux mounted a late charge, pulling even with Rass on the final lap. 

LeMieux edged ahead through three and four and won the drag race to the line.  Plate and Massart were next in line with Jerry Duggan making the most of his first Hill visit of the season, placing fifth. 

DeGrave continued his trek to get back to the top of the point standings in the Street Stocks with his fourth win in five nights.  The only blemish was a DNF in week two. 

DeGrave took advantage of a caution with 7 laps to go to close in on leader Austin Steinke who was on point from the drop of the green.  On the 17th circuit, he gained the inside line, made the pass, and pulled away for the win. 

The feature proved to be a bit of a coming out party for third-generation racer Garrett Geyer, who raced in the top three for the bulk of the affair.  He placed a career best second, two spots better than his Hall of Fame father, Jason, with Steinke between them in third. 

Points leader Troy Muench salvaged a fifth place finish after falling back to 17th in the early going.  DeGrave closed to within 10 points of the lead, but it could have been much worse for Muench. 

Everard became the fifth different winner in five nights in the four cylinder bombers, passing Thomas Schulte on the 4th lap for the lead and eventual victory. 

A second place finish for Schulte, combined with off night for the leaders, allowed him to close within 10 of Tony Everard in the standings. 

Mike Meier, Dallas Topel and Adam Broehm rounded out the top five. 

The Hill’s next event is this Thursday night, July 29th; the annual Door County Fair race. 

Admission to the grounds does include grandstand admission to the races.  Admission cost is $7 prior to 5:00PM, $9 after.  Booster buttons, good for admission through the fairs entire run, are $18.  

The Raceway’s regular four divisions will be in action, along with the Sport Mod Busch Shootout. 

The Hill Raceway is located at The John Miles Fair Park, 812 North 14tht Ave in Sturgeon Bay, WI. All track information can be found on our Facebook @hillraceway or contact 920-495-6631. 

The Hill Raceway results 7/24/2021 

Modified 20 Lap Feature:  Todd Dart, Algoma – Greg Gretz, Kewaunee – Jay Matthias, Green Bay – Vince Engebretsen, Algoma – Kelsy Hayes, Hobart – Kyle Kudick, Mishicot 

Heat 1:  Gretz – Engebretsen 

Heat 2:  Kudick – Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont 

Stock Car 20 Lap Feature:  Luke Lemmens, DePere – Dan Sell, Jr, Suring – Dave Bouche, Algoma – Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels - Brett Wenzel, Manitowoc – Rick Mahlberg, Denmark 

LCQ 1:  Caden LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay – Gavin Techmeier, Green Bay – John Anschutz, Sturgeon Bay – Tom Stark, Egg Harbor 

Heat 1:  Kyle Domalick, DePere – Dan Sell 

Heat 2:  Lemmens – Jeremy Anschutz 

Heat 3:  John Adams, Denmark - Bouche 

Sport Mod 20 Lap Feature:  Randy LeMieux, Jr, Brussels – Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay – Mike Plate, Valders – Josh Massart, Brussels – Jerry Duggan, Reifs Mills – Craig Dorner, Luxemburg  

Heat 1:  LeMieux- Massart 

Heat 2:  Roger LaViolette, Forestville - Rass 

Heat 3:  Plate – Dennis Miesler, Luxemburg 

Unified Dirt Street Stock 20 Lap Feature:  Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg – Garrett Geyer, Brussels – Austin Steinke, St. Nazianz – Jason Geyer, Brussels - Troy Muench, Brussels – Chad Naze, Green Bay 

LCQ 1:  Presley Harrington, Oshkosh – Kody LaViolette, Appleton – Amber Delsart, East Maplewood – Matt Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay 

LCQ 2:  Jimmy Anderson, Forestville – Dillon Ploor, Luxemburg – Scott Iverson, Sturgeon Bay – Nathan Delsart, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 1:  Shannon Guelette, Luxemburg – Naze 

Heat 2:  Bailey LaViolette, Sturgeon Bay – Ford Malvitz, Sturgeon Bay 

Heat 3:  Muench – Jason Geyer 

Heat 4:  DeGrave – Cody Patten, Friendship 

Shootout:  Muench – DeGrave – TJ Everard, Green Bay – Ford Malvitz 

Baby Bomber Feature:  TJ Everard, Green Bay – Thomas Schulte, Kaukauna –Mike Meier, Chilton – Dallas Topel, Green Bay – Kyle Jorgenson, Oneida - Adam Broehm, Newton  

Heat 1: Broehm – David Cox, Seymour 

Heat 2: Everard - Schulte 

UWGB Women's Golf places among nation's best in academics

The UW-Green Bay women’s golf program was recognized among the top 25 programs in the nation for academics. The UWGB team came in fourth on the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s academic top 25 list. The golfers turned in a combined grade-point-average of 3.951. The Phoenix trailed only New Mexico, Stanford, and Arkansas State. The Phoenix also placed six student-athletes on the WGCA All-American Scholar Team.

Gamblers Carfagna earns academic recognition

The Green Bay Gamblers Damien Carfagna is more than just a defenseman and potential NHL draft selection. The Wood Ridge, New Jersey native and University of New Hampshire commit is also a star student. Carfagna was named to the 2021 USHL All-Academic team for achieving a 3.91 GPA. Carfagna played 50 games in 2020, scoring 18 points on 12 goals and 6 assists. Carfagna is in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft pool and could be selected by an NHL organization on Saturday. 

 

Futures still unclear as training camp nears

A couple of the Green Bay Packers biggest weapons are starting to heat up the NFL rumor mill. Training Camp starts on Wednesday at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, and there isn’t a firm answer as of Saturday morning on who will be under center for the Packers first practice. Many have tried to wade through social sentiments from interviews or social media posts, but there is still no clear word from reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers as to if he’ll make his way to titletown next week. 

 

The Packers will have to work out that situation while people are now showing concern about the future of star wide receiver Davante Adams. On Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that contract extension negotiations between Green Bay and Adams had stalled. Rapoport elaborated, stating that the two sides were working on a deal but on Monday discussions took a turn for the worse when Green Bay did not make a proposal that would have Adams as the league’s highest paid receiver. He went on to say that it is unclear if negotiations will pick back up. 

 

In the search for any insight, both Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams shared a photo to their Instagram accounts early Saturday morning of basketball stars Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen doing a fist bump. Many find it to be a reference to the Chicago Bulls “Last Dance” documentary, which chronicles the last of a legendary six title seasons between the two.

 

Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament is a "go!"

Salmon fever is especially high this year, with multiple 30-pound-plus giants being caught the past two months. The Sturgeon Bay to Kewaunee stretch has produced a handful of 30-pound-plus giants this week alone, just prior to the tournament. The two largest included a 35-pound, 10-ounce Chinook on a charter out of Algoma Monday night (reeled in by 71-year-old Susann Jacques of DePere with help from her daughter and granddaughter — an hour-long battle that ended well after dark!) and an incredible 38.58-pounder reeled in this morning (Thursday) from a trailered 18-foot charter, launching out of Algoma. (Pics of both available on the K/D Facebook page). 

 

While Algoma, Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay have been especially hot of late, multiple trophies have also been hooked off of Baileys Harbor and Washington Island. First place is $10,000 cash, a free mount of the catch and a custom-made, sterling silver salmon ring. Close to 200 prizes are awarded, including 45 daily port prizes for the heaviest catch of the day at Algoma, Baileys Harbor, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island. 

 

Fishing is allowed anywhere in the Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay off of Kewaunee and Door counties. Fish are typically weighed between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. 

 

One of the allures of the contest is that even a beginner can get in on the $50,000 in cash and prizes. There’s a lot of luck involved in catching a mature Chinook that is suspended over the vast depths of Lake Michigan. The event has produced salmon in excess of 30 pounds 23 times since its beginning in 1983, including 8 of the last 10 years. The 38.58-pound fish caught just 18 hours prior the start of this year's event is thought to be the heaviest Wisconsin salmon on a certified scale since a 39-pounder won the K/D in 1999.

 

In addition to an entry ticket ($25 for the full event, or $13 for a one-day shot), anyone age 16 and up needs a fishing license and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp. No licenses or stamps are required for youths age 15 and under, but tickets are required for those ages 10 to 15.

 

Tickets are available throughout the event at B&K Bait and Tackle on Washington Island, Baileys 57 in Baileys Harbor, JP Express on Hwy. 42 north of Carlsville, Howie’s Tackle and Greystone Castle in Sturgeon Bay, Algoma BP and Jandu Petro BP 24/7 in Algoma, and Accurate Marine & Tackle and Center Court Convenience in Kewaunee. 

 

Packers incentivized to get vaccinated

In news that brought a mixed bag of reactions, the NFL sent out a memo to league participants indicating that there will be losses to consider beyond just a game if COVID19 gets in the way of a scheduled contest this season. This could affect the Packers, if a COVID outbreak came among unvaccinated players. The league announced that it won’t make the same accommodations as it did in the 2020 season when teams occasionally rescheduled games, sometimes on Tuesday’s or even a Wednesday. In 2020’s 17-week schedule, the league made sure to play all 272 scheduled games. This year, the league is planning an 18-week schedule, but without the hiccups that came last season. The Packers made it through the season with very few COVID positives, and zero rescheduled games. 

 

While most restrictions are no longer in place for vaccinated players, those that haven’t taken the vaccine will be subject to 2020’s NFL COVID19 protocols. As a result of a potential COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak may have to forfeit the game and take a loss. Other penalties include players not receiving game checks and the losing team having to pay for financial losses from the lost game. As of Thursday, 78% of the league’s players are either fully vaccinated or in the process of getting vaccinated. All teams are above a 50% vaccination rate, and 14 organizations are above the 85% mark. It was reported in June that while they are waiting on the players roster to catch up, Packers staff is nearly all vaccinated. 

 

WIAA names Associate Director

Starting August 2nd, The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association made their hire of Mel Dow for the Associate Director official. Dow will replace Wade Labecki, who officially retires on September 1st. Dow will take on a variety of tasks, including administration, coordination, and rounament planning for baseball, wrestling, and tennis. Dow will also play an essential role in eligibility, camps, out-of-season participation, foreign students, and coaching contact. 

 

Dow has had a plethora of stops in several capacities. Dow has been the Athletic Director in the Stoughton School District since 2010. Dow also spent just over a decade at Prairie du Chien High School teaching physical education and coaching wrestling, football, and track and field. Dow also was an assistant coach for UW-La Crosse wrestling from 1999t to 2000 and taught and coached in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1997 to 1999. In 1996, Dow founded Wisconsin’s first visually impaired wrestling team.  

 

Dow has been affiliated for some time with the WIAA, having served on its Sports Advisory Council since 2018. Experience on other committees include the WIAA’s Sportsmanship Committee and the Strategic Plan Committee of the Wisconsin Athletic Director’s Association. Dow was even the tournament director for the USA Wrestling World Team Trials in 2014 to 2015. Dow is a UW-La Crosse alum and a 1992 graduate of Prairie du Chien High School. 

Mitchell wins Executive of the Year

The Green Bay Gamblers head man will have some new hardware to place on his mantle. Gamblers president Jeff Mitchell was named the 2021 Dave Tyler USHL Executive of the Year. Mitchell won the award in his first season after being promoted to the President position. Prior to his tenure as president, Mitchell served as the Director of Business and Promotions since the 2008-2009 season. In his time with the Gamblers organization, Mitchell has been a part of two Clark Cup victories and three Anderson Cup titles. Mitchell also served on search committees that found head championship head coaches and general managers in Jon Cooper and Derek Lalonde, both of which have won Stanley Cups. He was also on the committees that found Eric Rud and current leader Pat Mikesch. Business accomplishments include consistently being near the top of the league in attendance and growing corporate sponsorships. 

Jeff MItchell is the second manager to win the award after Brendan Bruss won it in 2018. The award honors Dave Tylers’s commitment to USHL and juniors hockey in the USA. Tyler served as the USHL President from 1982 to 1994, and worked with USA Hockey from 1975 to 2007. In a release from the Gamblers organization, Mitchell thanked Brendan Bruss, Pat Mikesch, Greg Lynch, Heidi Lou Radish, and other Gamblers staff and volunteers.

 

SNC alum headed to NHL

A former Green Knight will be on the NHL bench after St. Norbert College alum Spencer Carbery was hired as an Assistant Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carbery graduated from SNC in 2006 after playing 87 career hockey games for the Green Knights and scored exactly 100 points. Carbery knows about what it takes to reach a title, having been on 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division III runner-up teams. Carbery started coaching in 2010 and his most recent stop was in the AHL as the head coach of the Hershey Bears and was the league’s Coach of the Year this past season. In a statement, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe complimented Carbery, saying he has a great mind for the game as well as the necessary work ethic, energy, and communication skills the Leafs are looking for. 

(Photo from the NHL) 

Bucks, city to host celebration Thursday

The City of Milwaukee will salute its newly crowned NBA champion Bucks with a parade and celebration on Thursday.

 

The parade will begin at the intersection of E. Wisconsin Ave. and N. Prospect Ave. The parade will then proceed west on E. Wisconsin Ave. before turning north onto N. Water St. From there, the route will continue on N. Water St. to E. Knapp St. before ending on E. Knapp St. at the Milwaukee River. Members of the Bucks organization from the past and present will participate. 

 

The festivities will continue in the Deer District with a championship rally featuring members of the Bucks organization past and present, Governor Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The stage will be set up in Block 6 of Deer District, which is located directly north of Fiserv Forum between Vel R. Phillips Ave. and Fifth St. Screens will be set up throughout the Deer District for those wishing to participate but can not get near the stage.

Packers alumni hitting the road Thursday

The Green Bay Packers surprised many when they announced on Tuesday that the “Packers Road Trip” was making a comeback after two years off. If you’re lucky enough to be at a surprise stop, you will get to see members of the Super Bowl XLV championship roster. The bus trip through the state begins on Thursday and will finish on Sunday. Former players expected to be part of the surprise crew include Morgan Burnett, Nick Collins, Ryan Grant, and James Jones. The bus will be Packer-themed and make stops at places like hospitals, camps, community centers, and other places to surprise fans. 

 

"Bucks in Six" for championship

The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship for the first time in 50 years behind Giannis Antetokounmpo historic play on Tuesday night.  Antetokounmpo scored 50 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Bucks held on for a 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

 

With the crowd at Fiserv Forum chanting “Bucks in Six” in the waning seconds, Antetokounmpo sealed the game with a free throw capping a 17 for 19 night at the charity stripe.

 

The victory gave the Bucks their first championship since 1971 when Milwaukee defeated the Baltimore Bullets on the road to sweep the series. 

 

The game started out sluggish with both teams struggling from the field before the Bucks took a comfortable 29-16 lead after one period.  The Suns responded by outscoring the Bucks 31-13 in the second quarter to take a 47-42 lead into intermission. 

 

The Bucks rallied to tie the game after three quarters 77-77, before seizing control in the fourth quarter and taking as much as an eight point lead down the stretch.  Phoenix was able to cut the lead to four, but Khris Middleton hit a clutch jumper with just under a minute to give the Bucks a 102-96 lead.

 

Antetokounmpo became only the second player in NBA history to win MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP.

Brewers fall to Royals 5-2

The Milwaukee Brewers had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.  After sweeping the Cincinnati Reds following the All-Star break, the Brewers returned home to struggle to find offense against the Royals.

Manny Pina drove in both Brewer runs in the second inning, but that was all Milwaukee could muster against Kansas City. 

Hunter Strickland (0-1) took the loss for the Brewers and Mike Minor (7-6) got the win for the Royals.  Both teams will face off Wednesday in the finale of the two-game set at American Family Field. 

  

Timber Rattlers fall to South Bend

Timber Rattlers fall to South BendThe Wisconsin Timber Rattlers lost to the South Bend Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday at home.  Korry Howell and Hayden Cantrelle both hit solo home runs for the T-Rats, but that is all Wisconsin could manage to score all evening long.  South Bend (30-35) and Wisconsin (31-34) will continue their series today as the T-Rats will continue their six-game homestand.  Both teams are currently battling it out for third place in the High A Central standings.  

Washington Island looks to resurrect soccer program

A new team might be forming at Washington Island School following a recent school board meeting.

 

The school board approved Kirsten Purinton as a volunteer coach for a co-ed soccer program this fall. Purinton currently sits on the school board as its clerk. In a post on Facebook, Purinton's hope is to resurrect a program that has been dormant since at least 2012. In that year, the Bucks played a pair of contests against Algoma on the road. They lost both games according to Wissports.net, falling 3-2 and 1-0.

 

The district is investigating if enough middle and high school students are interested in participating in soccer this fall with the first practice slated for August 16th. Students enrolled in Washington Island School District and home-school students in 7-12 grades are eligible to participate. 

 

Interested students are encouraged to email Zuzka Krueger before Friday, July 30 or call Purinton. 

Wagner slugs eight homers in NWL derby

Max Wagner hit eight homers but it was not enough in the Northwoods League Home Run Derby Monday night in Mankato.

 

Wagner is representing the Green Bay Booyah in this week's All-Star Festivities which conclude with the game itself on Tuesday night. His Great Lakes team could not get the win as the Great Plains squad captured the title with their last batter. Lakeshore's Griffin Doersching led the entire field with 13 dingers.

 

Tuesday's All-Star Game starts at 7:05 p.m. and will also feature Booyah pitcher Logan Lee. 

Southern Door debuts new wrestling room

The Southern Door wrestling team is nearing the completion of its new practice room ahead of the 2021 season. 

 

Kevin Slezewski from the Southern Door Wrestling Club showed off the new facility in a video posted on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday. The new room features a seating area for parents watching practice, new mats on a foam system featuring 18 practice circles, workout equipment, storage area, and more. Spurred on by the recent facilities referendum at the district, the new 5,000 square foot wrestling room cost approximately $70,000 raised by private funds and so far has had the help of over 600 volunteer hours. Future improvements also include a scoreboard.  

 

You can watch the full tour below

 

Bucks seek first title since 1971 vs. Suns

A lot has changed since the Milwaukee Bucks last won an NBA Championship, but the feelings from lost opportunities could disappear Tuesday night at the Fiserv Forum with a game six win over the Phoenix Suns.

 

The Bucks have not won a title since 1971 when they toppled the now renamed San Francisco (now Golden State) Warriors and Baltimore Bullets (now Washington Wizards) to become the fastest expansion team in professional sports to win a league championship. 

 

The Bucks put themselves in a position to clinch the championship in front of their own fans with a 123-119 win against the Suns in Phoenix on Saturday. The Bucks had four players score in double figures with Giannis Antetokounmpo (32), Khris Middleton (29), and Jrue Holiday (27) all scoring at least 25 points. The Bucks defense also had to weather the hot shooting Devin Booker, who scored 40 points in the Suns loss. 

 

With a win, the Bucks could become the fifth team in NBA history to win the Finals after falling in a 2-0 series hole. They will do so in front of a capacity crowd inside the Fiserv Forum and potentially 65,000 people outside in the Deer District. The organization announced plans to expand the district's capacity from 25,000 on Monday.

 

Tuesday's game begins at 8 p.m.

 

 

Brewers open series against Royals

The Milwaukee Brewers will take a backseat to the Bucks for at least one night as the division leaders take on the Kansas City Royals. 

 

The Brewers picked up right where they left off after the break with a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds to open up the second half of the season. The Royals were on the opposite end of a three-game sweep, losing to the Baltimore Orioles on consecutive nights at home.

 

The Brewers and the Royals in a pair of matinees beginning Tuesday at 3:10 p.m. Eric Lauer will pitch for the Brewers and face the Royals' Mike Minor. The switch in the start time was predicated by the Bucks' home NBA Finals game that could potentially be a title clincher. The two teams will play each other again on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. 

 

In other Brewers organization news, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers open their six-game set against the South Bend Cubs Tuesday night at home.

Blizzard fall in weather war

The Green Bay Blizzard could not get the offense going quick enough in its 31-21 loss to the Sioux Falls Storm on Sunday at the Resch Center.

 

The Blizzard found themselves in a 21-3 halftime deficit before Jeff Budzein's second field goal of the day was followed up by a touchdown pass from Brook Bolles to Kezlow Smith. Bolles would muster one more touchdown pass in the final minute to Keshaun Taylor to get a little closer after the Blizzard defense gave up a touchdown of their own just ten seconds before.

 

Sunday's game marked the final game at the Resch Center this season before the Blizzard finish the year on a five-game road trip. The Blizzard finished with a 4-4 home record. They start the trip on Saturday in Des Moines when they face the Iowa Barnstormers at 7:05 p.m. 

Local athletes highlight All-Star games

A number of local graduated senior athletes dotted area All-Star games this weekend.

 

Alex Daoust capped off his final game as a Southern Door Eagle with an appearance in the WBCA All-Star Game. The Packerland Conference Player of the Year scored 16 points in his Division 4-White Team's loss.

 

On Friday, Gibraltar Luke Steebs and Sevastopol's Logan Beyer and Spencer Evenson were a part of the Eight-Man South Division team that beat the North squad 35-16. Beyer had one rush for -6 yards and Evenson had a 28-yard kick return to represent the Pioneers. Evenson also had eight tackles. Steebs had five tackles, but highlighted the day with a 32-yard interception return.

 

Blake Yagodinski represented Luxemburg-Casco in the 11-man Large School game. Playing on the offensive line, his North team won 7-0. 

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door School District

 

 

 

 

GLO settle for intrasquad game

The Wisconsin GLO did not let the lack of an opponent stop them from having a game on Sunday.

 

A regularly scheduled exhibition against the Chicago Breeze did not go as planned due to unknown reasons. Instead it was the Green team beating the Blue team 115-109. According to reporter Steve Clark, former UWGB product and WNBA draft pick Julie Wojta led the way with 38 pts, 11 rebounds and former Badger player Jolene Anderson adding 32 pts and 12 rebounds. Jessica Kelliher registered 27 pts and Angela Rodriguez collected 26 to lead the Blue team.

 

Their next games are this coming weekend against the St. Louis Surge, who dealt the GLO's first loss in franchise history earlier this season. The two teams will play at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Oshkosh.

Baseball notes: Brewers, Booyah pick up victories

The Brewers' Corbin Burnes and the Booyah's Mykel Page each went at least seven innings of shutout ball in Sunday's baseball games.

 

In MLB action, Burnes nearly went the distance in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. He collected 25 of the game's 27 outs, striking out 12 in the process. Angel Perdomo finished things off with a pair of strikeouts. The Brewers got things going in the first inning when Rowdy Tellez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. They broke the game open in the fifth inning when Tyrone Taylor hit a two-run double and Jackie Bradley Jr. clubbed a two-run triple to make it 5-0. Christian Yelich (7th inning) and Wily Adames (9th inning) slugged homers to cap off the scoring for the Brewers. The team will head home for a series against the Kansas City Royals. Its game on Tuesday has been moved to 3:10 p.m. so people can tune into the Milwaukee Bucks and its potential Finals-clinching game later in the evening.

 

In Northwoods League action, the Green Bay Booyah got back to their winning ways with a 4-1 win against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. Page did not allow a run in seven innings while striking out three. Dalton Pearson's fourth-inning single drove in a pair of unearned runs. He would get that elusive RBI in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly. Dayson Croes added an insurance run with a RBI single. The Dock Spiders would get on the board in the bottom of the ninth with a Ryan Lasko fielder's choice off of Mikade Johnson, but would get no closer. The Booyah are now off for the next three days for All-Star action. Max Wagner and Logan Lee will represent the Booyah in the league's Midsummer's Classic. 

 

In the Midwest League, The Peoria Chiefs used four pitchers to shutout the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park for a 2-0 victory.  Wisconsin outhit the Chiefs 5-4, but couldn’t push a run across the plate in the series finale.  The six-game set ended with both teams winning three games. Tyler Reichenborn doubled to start the fifth for Peoria (25-41).  He was still at second with two outs.  Imeldo Diaz sent a grounder towards left, but David Hamilton cut the ball off deep in the hole to hold Reichenborn to third base.  However, Matt Chamberlain followed with an RBI single to right to score Reichenborn and the Chiefs were up 1-0. Moises Castillo made it 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when he greeted Wisconsin reliever with a lead-off homer.  The Chiefs hit at least one home run in each of the last eleven games between the two teams this season. 

Wisconsin (31-34) only got two more hits in the game off three Peoria relievers.  David Hamilton had a one-out single in the sixth and Hayden Cantrelle, who had doubled to start the game, singled with two outs in the eighth. Cantrelle has at least one hit in five straight games.  He is 7-for-17 during the streak.  Freddy Pacheco closed out the game by striking out the side in the top of the ninth for his sixth save of the season. Sunday marked just the third time Wisconsin has been shutout this season.  The Timber Rattlers had not been held scoreless in a game since June 18 when they lost 9-0 in a no-hitter at Quad Cities. Sunday was also the end of the season series between Wisconsin and Peoria.  The teams split the 24-game schedule as each team won twelve times. 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday at home against the South Bend Cubs for the first game of a six-game homestand.  First pitch on Tuesday night is 7:05pm.

 

In Door County League play, Institute beat West Jacksonport 6-4 while Sister Bay toppled Washington Island 3-0. Solo homers by Sam Forkert, Griffin Cole and Tom Sawyer were the only offense on the day in the Bays' victory.

Glory hold on in season finale

The Green Bay Glory won its season finale in front of friendly fans and under sunny skies Sunday afternoon at Capital Credit Union Park 3-2 over North Shore United.

 

North Shore United was a late add to the calendar after Chicago City was forced to cancel due to injuries. The Glory took advantage by scoring three times in the first half, including the eventual game-winner in the closing minutes of the opening stanza off a rebound. Scoring goals for the Glory included Nicole Friis, Brianna Messner, and MacKenzie August. United would make a strong push after the break, adding two tallies in the 60th and 90th minutes.

 

Screenshot courtesy of Green Bay Glory

Tight contests make up Saturday baseball games

Green Bay and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers each lost 3-2 on Saturday, and the Brewers won in eleven innings. Each team takes on the same opponent on Sunday.

 

The MIlwaukee Brewers won their game with the Cincinnati Reds but it went well beyond the nine scheduled innings. The Brewers won 7-4 in extras. 

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will continue their quest to get to .500 after their setback against the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday. 

 

The Green Bay Booyah tried to come back late against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders but it was to no avail. 

 

Pictured below is Sunday’s Door County Baseball League schedule for Sunday. 

 

Glory to wrap up season on Sunday

Heating up after their first win on Tuesday, the Green Bay Glory women’s soccer team will finish up their season on Sunday afternoon. The Glory play Chicago City Club at home. The two teams met just under a month ago, on June 19th. That game ended in a 2-2 draw. First touch in Green Bay on Sunday is scheduled for 3:00 PM. 

Rough start doesn't stop Bucks in game five win

The NBA final series lead hung in the balance as the Milwaukee Bucks met up with the Phoenix Suns in Arizona for game five of the series on Saturday evening. The Bucks took game five, 123-119, and a 3-2 series lead. The Suns looked poised to run away with the game from the start, leading 37-21 after one quarter. The Bucks wouldn’t go away, erasing the gap by halftime. The game headed into the break with the Bucks up 64-61 after scoring 43 second quarter points, including 14 from Jrue Holiday. 

 

The Bucks grabbed their first double-digit lead midway through the third quarter, going up 85-75. The Bucks led by as much as thirteen in the quarter and  at the end of it, Milwaukee led 100-90. In the fourth quarter, the Bucks saw their double-digit lead nearly overcome by the Suns, but a steal with under thirty seconds left by Jrue Holiday sealed the Bucks fate, and put them a game from being finals champions. 

 

The Bucks big three led the way, as Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, Khris Middleton had 29, and Jrue Holiday had 27 points and 13 assists. Pat Connaughton shot 4-6 from three-point range and had 14 points. The Suns got a valiant effort out of Devin Booker, who had 40 points. 

 

The Bucks have a chance to hoist the Larry O’Brien with a game six win on Tuesday. The game will be held at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee at 8:00 PM. It would be the first time since 1971 that the Bucks won a finals. 

 

Blizzard hosting Sunday game after extended break

Sunday will be the first time in twenty-three days that the Green Bay Blizzard take the gridiron for what could be known as the “Inclement Weather Matchup” with the Sioux Falls Storm. Sunday’s game will be at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The extended break for the Blizzard is largely because of the cancellation to their scheduled July 10th game in Louisville against the Xtreme. It’ll be the first time the two teams meet this season, as Green Bay heads to Sioux Falls for their regular season finale on August 21st. 

 

The Blizzard will come into the Sunday contest with a 4-4 record this season. The Storm are also 4-4. The last time the Blizzard played was on June 25th when they beat the Iowa Barnstormers in a 48-44 thriller. Sunday’s game with the Blizzard and Storm starts at 3:05 PM. 

 

Glo shine in third straight win

The Wisconsin Glo hosted the Detroit Queens and were down 35-19 at one point and trailed 44-33 at halftime, but the Glo had control when the final whistle sounded, winning 88-78. The win marked the third straight for the Glo, who now have a 4-1 regular season record. Wisconsin gets to prepare for later games with a Sunday exhibition matchup with the Chicago Breeze. The two teams played an earlier exhibition where the Glo won big, 115-35. The start time for Sunday’s game is 3:00 PM at the Menominee Nation Arena. 

Badgers receive hamstring injury research grant

The University of Wisconsin Madison was selected to do extra research on hamstring injuries for NFL football players. The NFL awarded the University of Wisconsin a grant through the league’s effort to learn more and combat injuries to lower extremities. Several researchers will use word-class quantitative imaging, analytics determining risk factors, and on-field bio-mechanics. The goal for the study is to pave the way for future research that involves orthobiologics as a treatment for muscle strain type of injuries. 

 

Glo look to light up court in weekend play

The Wisconsin Glo women’s basketball team will look to get their third win in a row and so forth with their pair of games this weekend. The Glo are sporting a 3-1 regular season record and are 5-1 overall. On Saturday, Wisconsin plays the Detroit Queens for the first time on their home court. The following day, the Glo have an exhibition game with the Chicago Breeze, who they beat in an exhibition once this season, 115-35. Tip-off for Saturday’s game with the Queens is at 7:00 PM at the Menominee Nation Arena.

 

Finals lead up for grabs in game five

On Saturday, with the chance to put the Phoenix Suns’ backs against the wall in the NBA finals, the Milwaukee Bucks will take center-court for a game five road showdown. The Bucks have yet to win a game in Phoenix this season and dropped the first two games of the series there. The Bucks seized momentum in their homestand, winning game three handily and prevailing in game four. 

 

Through the finals this far, Milwaukee averages 110.5 points per game in the series compared to Phoenix’s 109.8. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 32.3 points per game this series, leading all finals participants. Khris Middleton averages 24.5 for the Bucks in the finals, and Devin Booker is averaging 27.5 so far. 

 

With the series tied at 2-2, tip-off in Phoenix on Saturday is at 8:00 PM CST. 

 

Brewers, Rattlers, Booyah all victorious on Friday

Green Bay area teams and the Milwaukee Brewers had success and excitement on Friday. 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers returned from the All-Star break and came back to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 11-6. 

 

The Green Bay Booyah had yet another exciting finish in their 5-4 victory over the Madison Mallards. 

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers took care of business, beating the Peoria Chiefs, 4-1. 

 

Green Bay will host Fond du Lac on Saturday, and the Brewers and Rattlers will take on the same opponents they did on Friday. 

UWGB releases men's soccer schedule

The University of Wisconsin Green Bay men’s soccer program finalized their schedule for the 2021 season on Thursday. To kickoff the seventh season for Phoenix men’s soccer, they will have a non-conference road game with Marquette on August 26th. They will also face the Wisconsin Badgers on August 29th in Madison. The schedule features six non-conference games and sixteen regular season games overall. The non-conference schedule ends when the Phoenix host Northern Illinois on September 25th. UWGB opens up conference play against Cleveland State on Saturday, September 11th, which is also their first home game. The schedule in its entirety can be found on the UWGB men’s soccer official webpage

(Photo from University of Wisconsin Green Bay) 

Green Knights leave academic mark on Midwest Conference

The St. Norbert College Green Knights left the Midwest Conference with a bang. The Green Knights were recognized as the conference leader in Academic All-Midwest Conference selections for the 2020-2021 school year, with 99 overall. Because of fall and winter sports being cancelled due to the pandemic, just spring 2021 sports were awarded. The minimum GPA needed to qualify for the Academic All-Conference honors was a 3.33 in the academic year. Athletes can only be counted toward the total once if they earned honors in multiple sports. It was the last time the Green Knights will be on the list, as they have officially entered the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference this summer. A list of the athletes who earned honors per the SNC athletics website can be found below. 

 

Booyah win in exciting finish; Rattlers lose close

Regional baseball teams found themselves on the opposite ends of one-run ball games on Thursday. The Green Bay Booyah came from behind in the last two innings to win an exciting game over the Madison Mallards, 4-3. The Timber Rattlers found themselves on the wrong side of a 4-3 ballgame against the Peoria Chiefs. 

 

Both teams will rematch against their Thursday opponents on Friday at 6:35 PM. The Booyah will be at home and the Timber Rattlers will remain on the road. 

Packers announce pre-game festivities for home opener

You’ll get a chance to not only see football in the Green Bay Packers regular season home opener on September 20th, but you can also celebrate with some live music the day before. Preceding the game will be a free concert outside of Lambeau Field on September 19th. The festivities lead up to the 7:15 PM Monday night matchup against the Detroit Lions, where fans will get a “Kickoff Weekend” rally towel. More activities on Kickoff Weekend and the concert will be released in early August. 

 

Four Gamblers named to USA Select Teams

Four Green Bay Gamblers will represent the United States in a pair of upcoming tournaments the organization announced on Wednesday.

 

Forward Jayson Shaugabay and defenseman Danny Nelson were named to the 2021 United States Under-17 Men’s Select Team.  Both players were recently selected by the Gamblers in the 2021 USHL Futures Draft. 

 

Forward Cameron Lund and goaltender Austin McNicholas were named to the 2021 U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team that will compete August 2-7 at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. Lund was able to sneak in a couple games with the Gamblers last season, playing in two games and registering one goal. McNichols was a draft pick in the USHL Futures Draft.

 

Picture courtesy of Green Bay Gamblers

Phoenix release women's soccer schedule

You can now know when to see the Phoenix hit the pitch. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay announced their 2021 women’s soccer regular season schedule on Wednesday evening. Their schedule is made up of 18 regular season games and five non-conference two exhibition games. After opening the season against the University of St. Thomas August 19th, UWGB also hosts neighboring state schools in Northern Michigan and Northern Illinois in non-conference play. In road non-conference matchups, the Phoenix take on Marquette in their second game of the season and Chicago State on September 5th. 

 

The Phoenix start their conference schedule at home against Robert Morris on September 16th. The schedule in its entirety can be found with this link.

 

Timber Rattlers continue rolling; Booyah finish after long delay

With the Milwaukee Brewers off for All-Star week, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Green Bay Booyah have remained busy. On Wednesday, the Timber Rattlers dominated for their third straight win, beating Peoria 10-3. In Wausau, the Green Bay Booyah fell 4-3 after a rain delay lasting over four hours

 

The Timber Rattlers play Peoria again on Thursday with a 6:35 PM start time. Also at 6:35 PM, Green Bay will host the Madison Mallards. 

 

Glorious day for first win

The Green Bay Glory soccer club got their first win of the 2021 campaign on Tuesday, defeating Milwaukee Bavarian Soccer Club on the road. The Glory got their revenge after losing to Bavarians 1-0 at home on Saturday. The Glory got a goal from Hanna Lech at the 9’ mark and  another from Nicole Friis at the 30’ point.

 

After getting their first win of the season, Green Bay’s overall record is now 1-7-1 this season. Their regular season ends at home on Sunday against Chicago City Soccer Club. First touch on Sunday is scheduled for 3:00 PM.

 

Bucks win thriller; even finals series

Wednesday’s NBA Finals matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns was a fight with the opponents exchanging punches throughout the contest. The Bucks got the last strike behind a 40-point performance from Khris Middleton and tied the series at two games apiece with a 109-103 win. 

 

The Bucks and Suns went back and forth in the first half, which showed as the game went into halftime tied at 52. The Bucks trailed by six after the third quarter and were down for much of the fourth. In the last three minutes, the Bucks started to take over the game on their way to the six-point win. 

 

Aside from Middleton’s big night, the Bucks also got a 26-point night from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez had 14. Milwaukee held off the Suns despite a 42-point night from Devin Booker, including scoring 18 in the third quarter. 

 

The series returns to Phoenix for game five, which will begin at 8:00 PM on Saturday.

 

Bucks look to carry momentum, tie series

In the pursuit of getting their first NBA title in fifty years, the Milwaukee Bucks will get another opportunity to host the Phoenix Suns and build off their stellar performance on Sunday. Milwaukee won game three of the series 120-100. The Bucks came back home down 2-0 in the series and are now down just 2-1. Milwaukee will head back to Phoenix after game four is played, and will be hoping it goes back west as an even series. 

 

For Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo is coming off of back-to-back 40-point performances. Neither team has been held under 100 points in any of the three finals games. Tip-off at the Fiserv Forum is at 8:00 PM.

 

UWGB announces volleyball schedule

The University of Green Bay Wisconsin Phoenix released their 2021 volleyball schedule, which will be the school’s 38th season in history. They start the season with their home invite on August 27th in which they’ll play four matches in two days. They’ll start the invite by opening their season against Ball State then playing North Dakota State University later that same day. On August 28th the Phoenix will play University of St. Thomas who is in their Division I transition and also go against Northern Iowa. To end their non-conference schedule, UWGB will play two matches in Dekalb, IL, including one against the University of Wisconsin on September 17th. 

 

The Phoenix open Horizon League at Purdue Fort Wayne on September 23rd. The home conference opener is against Northern Kentucky on October 1st, which is two days before UWGB hosts defending conference champion Wright State. The Horizon League Championships are held from November 19th to November 21st and will be hosted by the regular season champion. The entire schedule can be found using this link

 

(Photo from UWGB)

 

Brewers ASG representatives play; draft picks selected

A handful of Milwaukee Brewers got to represent the MLB National League on Tuesday in the MLB All-Star game, which was won 5-2 by the American League. Four of the Brewers five representatives were there as pitchers. Those players were Josh Hader, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, and Brandon Woodruff. The one representing Milwaukee in the field was the catcher, Omar Narvaez. He went 1 for 2 with a single. 

 

Corbin Burnes got the start for the NL on the mound, and went two innings and gave up four hits and two runs, and also got two strikeouts. Freddy Peralta also got an appearance and shined, striking out the side in his one inning. 

 

Milwaukee also completed their First Year Player Draft, making their round 11-20 selections. The twenty-one Brewers selections include 14 college players and seven from high school. The Brewers also drafted nine pitchers with a balance of righties and lefties. Four of the pitchers are left handed and five are right-handed. A full list of the draft picks from the Brewers organization is pictured below.


Packers Family Night tickets on sale Wednesday

Your chance to get a sneak peek at the 2021 Green Bay Packers and a near-capacity Lambeau Field begins tomorrow.

 

Tickets to the annual Packers Family Night officially go on sale Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster. Fans can buy up to 10 tickets, which will only be available in mobile form.  Gates for the Family Night practice will open at 5:30 p.m., and the team will be introduced on the field at 7:20 p.m. The event will still end with its traditional fireworks display.

 

Packers Family Night was cancelled last year due to the pandemic and Lambeau Field has not hosted a capacity crowd since it beat the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round in January 2020.

Moon introduced as Green Bay athletics director

On Monday, newly hired University of Wisconsin Green Bay Athletic Director Josh Moon took the podium in front of family, faculty, student-athletes, and local media for his introductory press conference. Moon started off the presser celebrating his family who was in attendance, highlighting his 94-year-old grandmother who made the trip. Moon also made it known how special it was for him to be back in his home state. 

 

 

Moon has experience in multiple capacities in NCAA Division I & II athletics including his most recent nine-year run as the athletic director at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Moon was an assistant coach at North Dakota State University and Ohio University. In that time, Moon built his connection to the current UWGB Men’s Basketball head coach, Will Ryan. Moon complimented athletics in the Dakotas and spoke about trying to emulate parts of what both NDSU and South Dakota State University have done. He said he wants to transfer some of that to UWGB. 

 

Moon’s time as UWGB AD will officially start on August 1st, and until then he’ll try to make his last couple of weeks at NSU count. 

 

 

Moon ended his press conference saying, “go Phoenix,” and wishing the Milwaukee Bucks luck in the NBA finals. 

 

Booyah handle Dock Spiders

The Green Bay Booyah were able to fend off late inning runs by the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders on Monday in their 4-2 win. Green Bay put up a run in the first, third and fourth innings. Fond du Lac got within a run, scoring one in the tops of inning six and eight. Green Bay scored one in the bottom of the eighth to go up two runs, and that would seal the scoring for Monday. In the game Nadir Lewis and Elias Flowers each hit a solo home run. Green Bay also got two hits from Flowers, Brendan Ryan and Nathan Blasick. 

 

The win gives the Dock Spiders their first loss in the second half of the season. The win also moves the Booyah record in the second half of the season to 5-2. The two teams meet again on Tuesday at Fond du Lac. First pitch will be thrown at 6:35 PM. 

 

In other area action, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will open a six-game road series with the Peoria Chiefs on Tuesday, beginning at 6:35 PM. All of Tuesday-Saturday's games with Peoria will have the same start time. 

 

Brewers make day two picks

The Milwaukee Brewers have players prepping for All-Star break activities but in the meantime the front office was hard at work on Tuesday. After drafting an outfielder and infielder on day one of the First Year Player Draft, the Brewers added arms and then some to the organization.

One of the players highlighted in Milwaukee’s draft was the third round choice of Alex Binelas. The third baseman out of Louisville is also a graduate of Milwaukee’s Oak Creek High School.  Along with Binelas, the Brewers took two players from the South Carolina Gamecocks program and crossed the border to take players out of Minnesota and Southern Illinois Carbondale. The following nine players were selected by the Brew Crew on Monday. 

  • Round 2, 51st overall: Russell Smith, LHP, TCU
  • Round 3, 86th overall: Alex Binelas, 3B, Louisville
  • Round 4, 116th overall: Logan Henderson, RHP, McLennan Community College (Waco, Texas)
  • Round 5, 147th overall: Ethan Murray, SS, Duke
  • Round 6, 177th overall: Carlos Rodriguez, RHP, Florida Southwestern State College (Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • Round 7, 207th overall: Tristan Peters, OF, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Round 8, 237th overall: Zack Raabe, 2B, Minnesota
  • Round 9, 267th overall: Brannon Jordan, RHP, South Carolina
  • Round 10, 297th overall: Wes Clarke, C, South Carolina

The First-Year Player Draft will end with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday. The final day will begin at 11:00 AM. More information on each pick from the Brewers can be found following this link

 

Spartans trap team takes sixth at Nationals

The Luxemburg-Casco Trap Shooting team shot all the way up the leaderboard at Nationals this past weekend, finishing sixth overall.

 

Aiding their success was Garrett Simonar, Jacob DeGrave, and Kody Simonar, who were three of the 406 athletes that scored 93 with a reverse run of 6 or better to make it into Sunday’s Championship round. Garrett Simonar led the way for the Spartans, finishing in 122th place with a total score of 192 and a reverse score of eight. He was one of eight shooters with a perfect Saturday score of 100 and reverse run of 100. Below are the individual results of each team member.

 

DAY ONE: 473

DAY TWO: 478

TOTAL: 951

SQUAD SCORES: 98 - 97 - 97 - 97 - 97 - 96 - 95 - 94 - 90 - 90

 

122) Garrett Simonar:100-92-192-8
172 ) Jacob DeGrave: 96-94-190-15
384) Kody Simonar: 93-86-179-10
530) Charlie Simonar: 91-0-91
534) Philip Simonar: 91-0-91
879) Trey Vincent: 87-0-87
1109) Derek Kratz: 84-0-84
1113) Ethan Buresh: 84-0-84
1296) Jensen Beyer: 81-0-81

 

Picture courtesy of L-C Trap Team
 

Bays maintain lead in DCL

Sawyer Johnson knocked in six runs and Sam Forkert took care of the rest in an 11-2 Sister Bay win over West Jacksonport Sunday.

 

Johnson did his damage with three hits and also provided a nice diving catch according to the Bays' Facebook page to help Forkert. The hurler threw seven shutout innings in the win. The victory keeps the Bays a full game ahead of Kolberg and Washington Island, who they will play next week. 

 

Picture courtesy of Sister Bay Bays Facebook page

 

 

Brewers skid into break

The Milwaukee Brewers ran into a hot Cincinnati Reds team over the weekend, dropping its third straight against their NL Central rival by a 3-1 margin. 

 

The Reds got on the board first in the opening frame when Joey Votto drove in Jesse Winker only to be matched in the sixth inning by the Brewers with a RBI hit by Jackie Bradley, Jr. In the top of the ninth, Nick Castellanos caught up to a 97 m.p.h. fastball from Josh Hader to drive in two runs. The Brewers were retired in order to end the game.

 

The Brewers still enter the All-Star Break with an over four-game lead in the NL Central over the Reds.  

 

Omar Narvaez was added to the National League All-Star team over the weekend,  joining Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, and Josh Hader to the roster in Colorado. Prospect Ethan Small already kicked off the All-Star Game festivities by participating in the MLB Futures game Sunday. Small gave up a pair of runs in two-thirds of an inning in an 8-3 win for the National League.

 

The Brewers also made two picks on the first day of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, selecting Boston College outfielder Sal Frelick with the 15th overall pick in the first round and second baseman Tyler Black of Wright State University with the 33rd overall pick. More information on both players from the Brewers is below:

Frelick, 21, hit .359 with 6 HR and 27 RBI in 48 games as a junior at Boston College in 2021, earning All-ACC First Team and ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was named to the Baseball America All-America Third Team and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

 

Black, 20, batted .383 with 13 HR and 59 RBI in 48 games during his sophomore season at Wright State in 2021. He was named All-Horizon League First Team and a Third-Team All-American by Perfect Game, ABCA/Rawlings and D1Baseball.com after leading the Raiders to the NCAA tournament.

Bucks click in game three

For the first time in 17,230 days, the Milwaukee Bucks are winners in an NBA finals game. Down 2-0 against the Phoenix Suns in the series, the Bucks responded well to having their backs against the wall, and won their first home game of the finals, 120-100. Milwaukee was down three after the first quarter, but outscored Phoenix 35-17 in the second quarter and went into the halftime break up 60-45. Milwaukee went into the final quarter with a 22 point. 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo went over forty points for the second game in a row, getting 41 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 21 and Khris Middleton contributed 18. Milwaukee also answered defensively as no Suns players got over twenty points. The Bucks also held Devin Booker to just 10 points. 

 

With Phoenix up in the series, Milwaukee’s chance to tie will come on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 8:00 PM. 

 

Glory fall in first game with Milwaukee

The Green Bay Glory went into the halfway point of Saturday’s game with Milwaukee Bavarian Soccer Club down 1-0 and looking to roar back, but were unsuccessful in their attempt. The Glory couldn’t get a ball netted and fell 1-0. The loss moves the Glory record to 0-7-1 this season and Bavarian SC is 4-1-2 now. The teams face off again on July 14th with first touch scheduled for 6:00 PM. 

 

Voyageurs end season with tight loss

The Green Bay Voyageurs put up as tough an effort as you could ask for, trying to knock off a hot Chicago team on Saturday. Green Bay FC ultimately fell 2-1 and fell to 1-8-2 on the season. Green Bay gave up the first goal but tied the game up with a goal from Erich Legut at the 12’ mark. Chicago scored at the 66’ minute mark which ended up the difference maker. Green Bay also competed well given the circumstances, as the scheduled game was finalized just a day before the teams squared off. 

Bucks look to gain ground in championship series

The Milwaukee Bucks are having the biggest spotlight on them that they’ve had in forty-seven years, and will look to shine on Sunday and get their first finals game win since 1974. The Bucks are coming off two straight losses to the Phoenix Suns, despite a 42-point performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo in their most recent outing. The Bucks are down 2-0 in the series but get a finals game at home for the first time on Sunday. The next two games will be played at the Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee has yet to beat the Suns in the four times they’ve played each other. The Bucks will look to change that starting at 7:00 PM on Sunday. 

 

Gamblers release upcoming season schedule

You can start making official arrangements to go watch hockey in Green Bay starting this fall. Though season tickets have been on sale and an exhibition match was already scheduled, the Green Bay Gamblers released their official schedule for the 2021-2022 season. The Gamblers will start the season against the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Resch Center on October 2nd. The entire schedule can be found on the Gamblers website

 

Booyah's Wagner heading to All-Star game

The Green Bay Booyah announced that one of their players will represent the Booyah at the Northwoods League All-Star game on July 20th in Mankato. Max Wagner, the third baseman, got the call to take the hot corner in Minnesota. Wagner is coming off his freshman season at Clemson and is currently batting .298 with four home runs for the Booyah. Wagner is a graduate of Green Bay Preble High School

(Photo from the Green Bay Booyah) 

Glory looking for first win Saturday

The Green Bay Glory hit the pitch on Saturday for the first time in thirteen days. Saturday is the first of two games against Milwaukee Bavarian Soccer Club in the coming week. Bavarians SC will host on Sunday. Green Bay is looking to get in the win column, as their record is 0-6-1. Bavarians SC has a 3-1-2 record. First touch is scheduled for 1:00 PM at Capital Credit Union Park. 

 

New opponent for Voyageurs on Saturday

A change of plans is the reason that Green Bay Voyageurs FC will have a different opponent than originally scheduled on Saturday evening. The Voyageurs were originally set to play Kaw Valley FC at home, but they will now host Chicago FC United on Saturday instead. There is no official word on why the change happened on Green Bay’s end. Chicago’s team twitter account tweeted that they were supposed to play Wichita FC but that game was forfeited by Wichita, and Chicago gets an automatic 3-0 win. Saturday’s game in Green Bay will start at 7:00 PM. The Voyageurs come into the game with an overall record of 1-7-2 and will try to knock off 8-1-2 Chicago.

 

Barn brawl returns for Eagles wrestlers

Southern Door wrestlers will head back to the farm this summer.

 

Held at the Wilke Estate, the annual Barn Brawl returns on August 14th after a year off due to COVID-19. The day-long camp is for kids 4K-8th grade and offers them a chance to wrestle and have some fun at the same time. The event is run by Southern Door high school wrestlers, coaches, and alumni.

 

More details are below:

Picture courtesy of Southern Door Wrestling

Alvarez earns hefty exit check

After three decades with University of Wisconsin Badgers athletics, former football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez retired at the end of June and is getting well compensated on his way out. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Alvarez was paid over $1.18 million in part because of 1,272 hours of unused vacation time. The unused time would put Alvarez on the 2022 payroll, leading to the up front payment. Since july, Chris McIntosh has been the Badgers athletic director. 

Baseball wins across the board on Thursday

Area teams got out to fast starts on Thursday and were all able to hold on for victory. 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

 

The Brewers got their second straight win and remain in control of the NL Central after their win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. 

 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 

 

The Timber Rattlers inched closer to .500 on the season on Thursday with another win over Quad Cities.

 

Green Bay Booyah 

 

The Booyah extended their winning streak to six games over the Kenosha Kingfish on Thursday. 

 

Door County

 

The Door County Baseball League has games on Friday and Sunday. 

Monster game from Giannis not enough in game two

The Milwaukee Bucks gave up an explosive second quarter to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night which proved to be the difference in their game two loss. After being defeated 118-108, the Bucks trail 2-0 in the series. Milwaukee will hope for the same fortunes as their Eastern Conference semi-final, when they rallied from being down two games to beat the Brooklyn Nets. 

 

Milwaukee held a 29-26 lead after the first quarter, but then trailed 56-45 at halftime. Milwaukee would cut the lead to as low as 5 or 6 at times in the second half, but couldn’t come any closer. 

 

Though not enough to lead the Bucks to victory, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a big night with 42 points and 12 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and Pat Connaughton pitched in 14. 

 

The Suns backcourt continues to be a problem for Milwaukee as Devin Booker had 31 points and seven 3-pointers. Mikal Bridges scored 27 and Chris Paul had 23. 

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The Bucks will look forward to getting the series back to Milwaukee, as game three begins in the Fiserv Forum on Sunday night at 7:00 PM. 

 

Area collegiate golfers get national academic honors

UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College women’s golf combined to get ten of their golfers on the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team. UWGB got six to the list and SNC got four. The minimum gpa to accomplish to earn the honor is a 3.5 cumulative gpa. 

 

For UWGB, it was Katie Warpinski, Lori Meyer, Leah Hansen, Courtney Matschke, Ashley Kulka, and Isabelle Maleki who made the list. Kulka, Hansen, Matschke, Meyer, and Maleki have earned the honor three years running. 

 

For the Green Knights, it was Bree Borgen, Cameron Kaehler, Lucca Kenyon, and Ella O’Connell who were named to the All-American Scholar team. 

 

Former Gamblers coaches capture second Stanley Cup

It was deja vu all over again for former Green Bay Gamblers head coach Jon Cooper and host of others formerly involved with the organization.

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their second straight Stanley Cup on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Cooper and assistant coach Derek Lalonde both took turns leading the Green Bay Gamblers and both won championships for the organization. John Burkhart (scout) and Brian Garlock (video coach) are also on the Lightning staff.

 

Former Wisconsin Badger Ryan McDonagh will also see his name etched on the Stanley Cup, picking up three points in the five-game series for the Lightning. One of those points was the assist on the eventual game-winning goal in the cup-clinching fifth game. Another former Badger, Cole Caulfield, came up on the losing end of the series as a member of the Canadiens. Joining the team after the Badgers bowed out in the NCAA Tournament, Caulfield also registered three points in the series with a trio of assists.

Doubleheaders highlight Wednesday's baseball schedule

Both the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Milwaukee Brewers made up for a lost game on Wednesday. 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 

 

The Brew Crew went to extras and had a shutout win in their doubleheader in New York to finish their series with the Mets. 

 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers went 1-1 in their Wednesday doubleheader. The T-Rats took game one but fell in game two


 

Green Bay Booyah

 

The Booyah’s late game burst on Wednesday helped them get their fifth straight win and their sweep over the Lakeshore Chinooks. 

 

Bucks looking for first finals game win

Milwaukee will take center court for game two of the NBA finals on Thursday in Phoenix trying to avoid falling in a two-game hole. The Bucks have lost the first game in their last three series, including being behind Brooklyn 2-0 in the conference semifinals. The Bucks will try to better contain the Suns top three scorers from game one, as Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton combined for 81 points. In game one of the finals, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each had 20+ points. The Bucks have yet to win a game over the Suns this season, and Thursday will be the fourth time the teams square off. Tip-off in Phoenix is at 8:00 PM CST on Thursday. 

 

Milwaukee and Rattlers rained out; Booyah rolling

The Green Bay Booyah were in the minority of area baseball teams who got to complete their Tuesday games. The Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will both play doubleheaders on Wednesday after their Tuesday contests got called off due to downpours. Milwaukee’s game was halted in New York before battling game two of their series with the Mets. They’ll play games two and three on Wednesday starting at 2:10 PM. The Timber Rattlers were set to host their series opener against the Quad Cities River Bandits on Tuesday. The first two games will now be played in a doubleheader on Wednesday, with the first game beginning at 5:05 PM. 

 

The Booyah have reversed the tide after their June struggles, and are now winners in three straight after Tuesday’s win over Lakeshore. 

 

Bucks unable to gain momentum in game one

The Milwaukee Bucks took part in their first NBA finals game in 47 years on Tuesday out west to face the Phoenix Suns. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo gutted out a knee injury in game one after being out the previous two games with a knee hyperextension, but it wouldn’t be enough in the 118-105 loss. 

 

The teams exchanged jabs in the first quarter but it would be the Suns’ Devin Booker stealing the show, scoring 16 points and getting 4 assists in the opening frame. The first quarter ended with the Suns up 30-26 over the Bucks. The Suns were up eight at halftime 57-49 and threatening to give Milwaukee their third straight series-opening loss. 

 

Phoenix picked their momentum back up at the beginning of the second half with a fast start. In the third quarter, the Bucks fell behind by twenty points at one point, and ended the quarter down 16. Milwaukee’s comeback efforts in the fourth quarter were unsuccessful as they would fall by 13 points. 

 

Khris Middleton led the way for Bucks scorers with 29 points. Antetokounmpo shot 7 for 12 at the free throw line in a 20-point effort along with 17 rebounds. Brook Lopez had a 17-point night. For the Suns, Booker ended the night with 27. Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton also proved too much for the Bucks as Paul scored 32 and Ayton scored 22 in the game one victory. 

 

The Bucks trail the Suns 1-0 in the series but get another shot on Thursday in Phoenix. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM. 

 

Gamblers schedule special exhibition

The Green Bay Gamblers will be skating for the youth on Saturday, September 18th. The Gamblers will head to Marinette that day for an exhibition game with the Madison Capitals in the Marinette Community Rec Center. The proceeds for the game go to the Marinette & Menominee Area Youth Hockey Association. The game is two weeks before Green Bay’s home opener on October 2nd. Tickets for the game which include complimentary beer can be purchased through this link

 

Packers announce training camp schedule

You can look forward to catching a glimpse of the green and gold in the pre-season this summer, and can even circle dates now that they’re official. The Green Bay Packers released their 2021 Training Camp Schedule, which will be their 76th official training camp. The Packers official website states that practices will take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Family Night will be at Lambeau Field. The Packers open with a “Back to Football” theme on July 28th. They’ll have four straight days of practice until July 31st, before getting a day off.

 

The Packers return for the second week with three open practices on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th of August. Family night will be on August 7th. There will be another run on open practices from August 10th to August 12th, prior to hosting the Houston Texans for the pre-season opener. Green Bay will have two joint practices open to the public with the New York Jets, and face the Jets on August 21st. 

 

Green Bay will have their third and final preseason game on August 28th. If weather moves the team to its indoor practice field in the Don Hutson Center, those practices will be closed off to the public due to spacing concerns. The Packers will not use their long-time arrangements with St. Norbert College this summer because of COVID19 protocols that were put in place by the NFL that makes clubs maximize their own facilities. According to the Packers website, certain elements of the traditional Training Camp experience are still being determined. 

 

New leader of UWGB athletics named

University of Wisconsin Green Bay named Josh Moon their tenth Athletic Director in school history on Tuesday. Moon has been in athletics administration for over 18 years and has spent the last nine as Athletic Director at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. UWGB Chancellor Michael Alexander said of the move in a press release that the UW-Green Bay athletic department has tremendous potential to expand and deepen its connection to the region and that Moon is the person to help get them there. Moon will take over Phoenix athletics on August 1st. 

 

While at Northern State, Moon oversaw a department that sponsored 15 athletic programs with approximately 400 student-athletes. In Moon’s tenure, Wolves athletics found particular success in men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. The men’s basketball program won four NSIC Conference titles and were the national runner-up in 2018. Women’s basketball earned five straight trips to the NCAA tournament and volleyball has won back-to-back NSIC titles. Moon said in the press release he’s excited to return to his home state of Wisconsin and to engage with the Green Bay and Fox Valley regions. Moon attended UW-La Crosse and is from Wautoma, Wisconsin. 

 

Road America remains INDYCAR mainstay

On Tuesday INDYCAR and Road America near Elkhart Lake inked a multiyear extension that will make sure the NTT INDYCAR SERIES continues coming to the four-mile track. The series has raced at Road America since 1982 with a brief break before coming back in 2016. Last weekend marked the sixth consecutive year of the NTT series at the track. President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. stated in a press release that Road America was a central figure in the series’ return to racing during the pandemic. 

 

Road America President and General Manager Mike Kertscher added to the excitement saying, “The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is clearly one of the greatest forms of open-wheel acing ever to grace our beautiful 4-mile road course.” The most INDYCAR winner at the track is Alex Palou. 

 

Milwaukee and Green Bay going opposite directions

The Green Bay Booyah won their second straight game on Monday while the Brewers dropped their second straight. 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

 

The Milwaukee Brewers tough seventh inning was the major cause of their 4-2 fall to the New York Mets on Monday. 

 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers take on the Quad Cities River Bandits in a home game on Tuesday starting at 7:05 PM. The Rattlers' Garrett Mitchell was also promoted by the organization.

 

Green Bay Booyah

 

The Green Bay Booyah grabbed their second straight win over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, 10-8 on Monday. They take on the Lakeshore Chinooks on the road Tuesday with first pitch at 6:35 PM. 

 

First week for Badgers under McIntosh underway

At the beginning of the month Chris McIntosh became the University of Wisconsin Badgers Athletic Director, and this week is his first full week for the new leader of the Badgers. McIntosh is replacing Barry Alvarez who held the role for eighteen years after being the football team’s head coach for fifteen. McIntosh was a football player under Alvarez, and years after his professional career took a role with the university in 2014. Though McIntosh has been handed the keys to Badgers athletics, his predecessor will be celebrated in October with “Barry Alvarez Day” on October 2nd, when Wisconsin football hosts Michigan. 

 

Local athletes making a difference

A handful of football players from Door and Kewaunee counties are preparing for next week's Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games by raising money for a great cause.

 

So far, members of the six All-Star teams have raised over $238,000 for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Each player has to raise a minimum amount of money as a participant.

 

On the Eight-Man South Team, Sevastopol's Logan Beyer has raised $1,070 and Spencer Evenson has collected $750. Gibraltar's Luke Steebs has collected $370. You can donate to your favorite player here. Luxemburg-Casco's Blake Yagodinski has raised $790. You can donate to his profile here.

 

The WFCA Eight-Man All-Star Game featuring Beyer, Evenson, and Steebs is July 16th at 6 p.m. while the WFCA Large School All-Star Game featuring Yagodinski is July 17th at 6 p.m. 

National spotlight to be back on Rodgers for the match

With many sports fans' ears glued to the floor this offseason waiting for any news on the Aaron Rodgers holdout saga, they’ll get their chance to watch a live, on-camera close-up on Tuesday. The last time Aaron Rodgers was put up against a Tom Brady team, it ended in a heartbreaking loss, and on Tuesday Rodgers gets a chance at vengeance, but on the golf course. In Capital One’s The Match, it will be Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau teeing off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in Big Sky, Montana. The match will be on national television, aired on TNT at 4:00 PM. In a conference call to promote the match, Rodgers was mum on the subject of his future with the Packers organization. Rodgers did however note that this off-season he has prioritized making sure his mental health is in optimal condition.

Bucks to open finals in the desert

A long awaited matchup will meet the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday when they play the Phoenix Suns in game one of the NBA finals on the road. The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t been back to the finals since 1974 when they fell to the Celtics in seven games. The last time they won the finals was just a few years earlier in 1971 against the Washington Bullets. 

 

This year's finals series does not feature a number one seed as the Phoenix Suns were a two seed, and Milwaukee is a three seed. If the finals series is anything like the teams two regular season matchups, you may be in for a thrilling championship round. The first game was a 125-124 Suns win and the second game was also a one-point victory for the Suns, 128-127. Game one begins in Phoenix at 8:00 PM. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as doubtful for game one with a left knee hyperextension.

 

Islanders keep pace in DCL action

Two games capped off a three-day weekend of Door County League Baseball.

 

In Sunday's action, Washington Island toppled Baileys Harbor 11-1 and Kolberg snuck past West Jacksonport  5-2. The win was important for the Islanders after Sister Bay beat Maplewood 17-5. On Friday, Institute beat Egg Harbor 10-2.

 

In other non MLB action, the  Wisconsin Timber Rattlers closed out Beloit with a 16-6 win while the Green Bay Booyah left Wisconsin Rapids with a 6-2 victory over the Rafters.

Elliott wins Road America race

Chase Elliot proved you do not have to start first to finish first in Sunday's NASCAR race at Road America Sunday.

 

Elliott started the race in 34th position, but was able to capture a playoff spot with a checkered flag. It was his seventh win on a road course, which at age 25 puts him at 3rd all-time according to Fox News. Kyle Busch tried for his second win of the weekend at the Elkhart Lake track on Sunday but was overtaken two-thirds of the way through the race and eventually finished in third place overall. Christopher Bell (2nd), Kurt Busch (4th), and Denny Hamlin (5th) rounded out the top five. 

Brewers' streak ends at 11

For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Milwaukee Brewers lost a game as they fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

 

Freddy Peralta was the hard-luck pitcher for the Brewers, giving up the single tallies in the first and sixth innings and allowing just three hits. Kevin Newman's solo shot in the first inning and Wilmer DIfo's RBI double provided the only offense needed by the Pirates to snap their own six-game losing streak. Tyler Anderson picked up the win with seven innings of shutout baseball and Richard Rodriguez finished the game for his 11th save of the season. 

 

The Brewers will head to Queens next to take on the New York Mets. Brandon Woodruff will make the start for the Brewers after being named to the MLB All-Star Game on Sunday. He will join Josh Hader and Corbin Burnes for the Midsummer's Classic being held in Denver next Tuesday.

Hairpin 5K results due Monday

Runners participating in this year's Hairpin 5K still have time to log their miles this Independence Day weekend.

 

Approximately 500 runners are estimated to have participated in the Fish Creek holiday tradition benefiting the Friends of Gibraltar. Other runners still had the opportunity to participate virtually. No preliminary results have been posted, but runners have until 11:59 p.m. to submit their times. Race organizers will then look over the final results before mailing out awards in lieu of a ceremony.

Wins across the board for area baseball

Baseball in Wisconsin had a field day on Saturday. 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers were up 5-1 after two innings complete against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but wouldn’t stop there. Milwaukee packed on two runs in the 6th, 8th, and 9th inning en route to an 11-2 win. The Brewers play the Pirates on Sunday beginning at 12:05 PM.


 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers snapped their losing streak on Saturday, beating the Beloit Snappers by a 12-9 final score. The Booyah play in Beloit again on Sunday, beginning at 2:05 PM. 

 

Green Bay Booyah

 

The Green Bay Booyah ended their six-game losing streak when they took down the Lakeshore Chinooks on Sunday, getting off to a fast start. The Booyah won the high scoring affair by a 15-8 final score. The Booyah have a road matchup with Wisconsin Rapids on Sunday starting at 3:05 PM. 

 

Murphy addresses offseason dates, other looming questions

In the MT5 series where Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy fields questions from fans, he took the time to address a few about how training camp will be handled and the switch to mobile-only ticketing that has been a dilemma for some. Murphy confirmed reports of joint practices being held with the New York Jets in mid-August and also touched on the shareholders meeting set for July 26th being a big off-season night for many fans. 

 

Mark Murphy stated in his letter that training camp will look mostly normal this year, but there still may be some kinks. Murphy brought up one of the traditions people hold dear. Packers riding kids bicycles to training camp practices. Though he didn’t give a final answer, he did say current NFL protocols require players not to be within twenty feet of fans. The letter in which he spoke about subjects around the organization and league can be found here.

 

Rubber meets the track in Wisconsin on Sunday

It’s only fitting that on Sunday the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Wisconsin’s Road America racetrack near Elkhart Lake on Sunday for the fourth of July. It’s the first time that NASCAR has been at the track in 65 years, and thousands were in attendance for Saturday’s practice laps. Also on Saturday was a NASCAR XFinity Cup race that was won by Kyle Busch. The headliner, Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, begins on Sunday at 1:30 PM. 

 

(Photo from roadamerica.com)

Bucks heading to NBA finals

For the first time in almost a half-century, the Milwaukee Bucks will be in the NBA Championship series. After beating the Atlanta Hawks 118-107 in game six of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Milwaukee will face the Phoenix Suns in the NBA title series. The last time the Bucks were in the finals was 1974, and they lost to Boston in seven games. For the Suns, it’s their first trip to the finals series since the 1992-1993 season. 

 

The Bucks were able to accomplish the feat without having to rush superstar Giannis Anteotkounmpo back from his knee injury before the series was over. Though there’s no set timetable for his return, there is still hope that he will get to suit up for at least some finals action. The Bucks also avoided a late scare, as their twenty-point second half lead diminished to just six at one point. 

 

In Antetokounmpo’s absence, Milwaukee was led by Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton. Holiday wasn’t far from a triple double, going for 27 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Khris Middleton put 32 points through the basket. Milwaukee plays Phoenix on Tuesday on the road with tip-off beginning at 8:00 PM.

 

Bucks look to clinch finals berth

With Giannis Antetokounmpo likely out for game six of the Eastern Conference Finals, Milwaukee will look to get an early jump again. The Bucks have a 3-2 series lead as the series heads back to Atlanta. If the Bucks do win on Saturday it will be their first time in the finals since 1974. Tip-off for Saturday's game is at 7:30 PM.

Brewers highlight Wisconsin baseball on Friday

Milwaukee got their tenth straight win, but other area baseball teams are on an opposite streak. 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers have beat the Pirates by a final score of 7-2 on two consecutive nights, and also secured their tenth straight win on Friday. 

 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers fell by one run again, losing to the Beloit Snappers 5 to 4 on Friday. They play Beloit again on Saturday at 6:35 PM.

 

Green Bay Booyah

 

The losing skid continued for the Green Bay Booyah when they fell to the Lakeshore Chinooks 13-3. 

 

Packers to joint practice with Jets

Though Matt Lafleur’s good friend and on-field rival Robert Saleh moved to the AFC this season to be a head coach, they’ll still find a way to compete in practice next month. The New York Post reported on Friday that the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets will joint practice in Green Bay on August 18th and 19th. The practices will prelude the August 21st pre-season matchup between the two teams at Lambeau Field. 

 

It will be just the second time Green Bay has participated in such practices in 16 years. In 2019, the Packers did the same routine with the Houston Texans. The Packers were set to host Cleveland for joint practices and a game last year for training camp but those were never held amidst joint practices being cancelled. Previous to 2019, the Packers last did a joint training camp practice when they hosted the Bills in 2005, prior to Mike Sherman’s last season as the Packers head coach. 

 

Voyageurs hold scrimmage in light of cancellation

The Green Bay Voyageurs were primed to go for their second straight win, but travel complications called Friday’s game against Wichita FC off. That wouldn’t stop Green Bay from competing, however. The Voyageurs split into two teams, one being “Other Team” and the other being “Green Machine.” Other Team won 3-0 thanks to a big night from the Markanich’s. Adam Markanich scored two minutes in, and Nick Markanich scored at the 39’ and 63’ marks. Their last regular season game is at home on July 10th against Kaw Valley FC. In their previous matchup together, Kaw Valley won by a 3-1 final score. 

 

St. Norbert officially part of new conference

The St. Norbert College Green Knights were officially welcomed into the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on Thursday after being a Midwest Conference member for thirty-eight years. Their new home, the NACC, consists of thirteen schools in Wisconsin and Illinois. Member institutions in Wisconsin are Alverno College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Concordia University in Mequon, Edgewood College, Lakeland University, and Marian University. Schools from Illinois are Concordia University Chicago, Dominican University, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Rockford University. The Green Knights already had affiliation with the NACC in three of their thirteen sports. Those sports are men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s golf. 

 

Per the SNC athletics official website, dating back to 1983 when the Green Knights became a Midwest Conference school full-time, they amassed 125 Midwest Conference titles in fourteen different sports. They also made it to sixty-nine NCAA Division III tournaments. Athletics Director Cam Fuller said in a statement, “The NACC offers a condensed geographic footprint that allows our student-athletes a more integrated college experience.” The Green Knights are the fourteenth member of their new conference.

 

(Photo courtesy of @sncathletics) 

 

Voyageurs go for back-to-back wins

On Friday the Green Bay Voyageurs FC will look to build off of their first win of the season against the same team they got that victory against. The Voyageurs take on FC Wichita, who they beat on the road 1-0 on June 25th. A week later, the Voyageurs host the matchup. Coming into Friday, Green Bay is 1-7-2 on the season. First touch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:00 PM. It will be the Voyageurs’ first home battle since June 4th. 

 

Brewers stay hot; area teams lose close

After the Wisconsin Timber-Rattlers fell in extra innings, the Milwaukee Brewers maintaining their winning streak was the bright light among area baseball teams. 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 

 

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates for their ninth straight win on Thursday, by a final score of 7-2. The Brewers drew first blood when Jace Peterson hit a three-bagger in the top of the second inning that scored Tyrone Taylor. Peterson was brought around on a Jackie Bradley Jr double. Pittsburgh came within a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 2-1, which is as close as they got the rest of the way.

 

In the sixth inning, Taylor and Peterson scored their second runs of the game in the sixth inning. Keston Hiura hit an RBI line drive single that scored Taylor and Daniel Robertson’s RBI sac fly brought Peterson across the plate. After heading into the ninth with a 4-1 lead, Milwaukee put the game out of reach with three runs. In the explosive inning, Omar Narvaez doubled and brought around Robertson for his first run of the day. Also in the ninth, Taylor hit a two-RBI single that scored Christian Yelich and Narvaez. 

 

Pittsburgh’s ninth-inning comeback attempt scored just a run in the bottom of the ninth. The win moves Milwaukee’s record to 49-33 and they are now 6.5 ahead of the Cubs for first place in the NL Central division. Milwaukee plays in Pittsburgh on Friday for game two of the four-game series with the first pitch being thrown at 6:05 PM. 

 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

The Wisconsin Timber-Rattlers gave up a comeback win to the Beloit Snappers in eleven innings on Thursday. The Timber-Rattlers lost 5-4, but led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. Beloit scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth and down 4-2, Wisconsin got two RBI-singles to send the game to extra innings. Beloit scored a walk-off single in the bottom of the eleventh inning. For the Timber-Rattlers, Korry Howell hit a walk-off home run in the first inning. 

 

The Rattlers are 23-27 this season. Their next game is at Friday in Beloit at 6:35 PM.

 

Green Bay Booyah

 

A Tristin Garcia three-run homerun would be the only scoring the Green Bay Booyah could get in their fifth straight loss on Thursday. The Booyah fell to the Madison Mallards, 5-3. The Booyah were behind 3-0 after the Mallards scored a trio of runs in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth is when Garcia tied the game back up. The final scoring of the game took place in the top of the fifth inning when Madison put up the deciding two runs. Each team ended the game with six hits. 

 

With the loss the Booyah are now 10-21 this season and are at the bottom of the Northern League’s Great Lake West Division. Their next game is on Friday when Green Bay takes the road to play the Lakeshore Chinooks beginning at 6:35 PM. 

 

Bucks handle business; one game from finals

Down their superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo due to a knee hyperextension, the Milwaukee Bucks still delivered in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. The Bucks are closing in on an NBA Finals berth, up in the series 3-2 after the 123-112 win. With Trae Young out for Atlanta, both teams had to strategize without their top performer. 

 

The Bucks started strong and went up as much as 18 points in the first quarter. Milwaukee was up 65-56 at the end of the first half. Milwaukee was ahead by a double-digit margin for much of the third quarter, and was up 13 at the end of it. The Bucks didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, and were able to get starters off the court before the last minute of the game. 

 

Four of the starters for Milwaukee went over 20 points, including Bobby Portis who started in place of the injured Antetokounmpo. Brook Lopez dominated in the paint grabbing multiple alley-oops en route to a 33-point night. Khris Middleton had 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday was responsible for getting Lopez the ball down low several times, collecting 13 assists and 25 points. Bobby Portis took advantage of his 36 minutes to play, scoring 22 points. 

 

The Bucks go back on the road to the Peach State with the series lead to face the Hawks on Saturday at 7:30 PM.

 

Another competition for Packers players

Another event added to the list of ones coming back is the Packers welcoming back fans for competition, but not for football. It was announced this week that the Green and Gold Charity Softball Challenge will return on August 16th at 7:05 PM. The event that was canceled in June of 2020 will take place at Fox Cities Stadium. The game will be hosted by running back Aaron Jones and linebacker Za’Darius Smith. The night kicks off with a home run derby.

 

Booyah's Berg named Northwoods player of the night

Though the Green Bay Booyah fell in an 11-9 game to the Madison Mallards in Ashwaubenon on Wednesday night, Jake Berg had a successful individual night. The Jacksonville University product was named the Northwoods League Player of the Night. The catcher had two home runs in Wednesday’s effort. Berg also collected three RBIs. The Booyah take the field on Thursday against Madison at home, beginning at 6:35 PM.

 

Bucks back home trying to regain series lead

With Giannis Antetokounmpo listed as doubtful to play in Thursday’s game five of the Eastern Conference Finals for the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta’s Trae Young’s status unclear, Thursday’s game will be intriguing in its own way. Milwaukee had a chance to put optimal pressure on the Hawks and take a 3-1 lead, but were thumped by the Hawks 110-88 on Tuesday. Even though Antetokounmpo’s status is unclear for the playoffs, many Bucks fans breathed a sigh of relief when an MRI confirmed there was no structural damage in his hyperextended left knee after a scary fall in game four. 

 

It is uncertain who will step up for the Bucks on Thursday, but Milwaukee was led in scoring by Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday in game four. With the series tied at 2-2, game five is at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, and will start at 7:30 PM.

 

Brewers come back from seven down, stun Cubs

Down seven runs in the first inning didn't deter the Milwaukee Brewers from playing it out, eventually winning the game 15-7 over the Chicago Cubs.

 

Starting pitcher Aaron Ashby did not make it out of the first inning after surrendering three RBI hits and scores on a fielder's choice and a wild pitch. The Brewers took advantage of an erratic Jake Arrieta, putting up a single tally in the first inning and forcing him out of the game in the second inning. It was 7-5 after two innings thanks to Luis Urias homer and an Arrieta throwing error that brought home a pair of runs. 

 

An eight-run fourth inning turned things around for the Brewers with Jace Peterson and Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting RBI singles and Luis Urias scoring on a hit by pitch. Willy Adames dealt the big blow with a grand slam to make it 14-7. It was the first time two different teams led by as many as seven runs in the first four innings. Urias finished things off with a solo shot in the sixth inning. Wednesday marked the second time the Brewers dealt a large loss to a team after falling behind by seven runs. It eventually beat the Los Angeles Angels 20-7 in a game held in 1990.

 

The Brewers have now won eight games in a row and are firmly in the driver's seat in the NL Central with a six-game lead over the Cubs. The Brewers now head to Pittsburgh for a series against the last place Pirates. 

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