Sports Archives for 2022-08

Bays and Islanders clash in semis on 105.1 The GOAT

The Islanders and Bays will battle for a spot in the DCBL Championship on Sunday afternoon. 

 

Sister Bay won both games of the season series, taking the first game 6-1 back on May 22nd, and the second 10-4 on July 10th. It is always hard to beat a team three times, but the Bays are looking to do that exact thing this weekend. 

 

In the Bays 6-1 win in Week 3 of the season, Sam Forkert would go on to pitch a complete game on the Islanders, and Tom Sawyer put the game away with a stand up triple in the bottom of the seventh. Alex Johnson drove in the only run for Washington Island in the top of the first, as they were shut down after that. 

 

The Islanders are looking to reverse the tide and stay hot as a team as they knocked West Jacksonport from the 3 seed just last week winning 3-2 on a walk off walk. 

 

Quinn Struck and Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT from Sister Bay with coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. with first pitch set for 1:30. 

 

The other game this weekend has West Jacksonport traveling to Kolberg in a Semi-Final matchup on Sunday. 

Packers face 49ers in preseason opener

Questions will start getting answered Friday night when the Green Bay Packers visit the San Francisco 49ers for preseason football. 

 

With Aaron Rodgers sitting out, Jordan Love will get an extended look at quarterback for the second preseason in a row. He will be under center behind a line that still sees two of its Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen on the sideline nursing serious knee injuries from last year and had two important back-up leave the organization in the offseason. The Packers' young and inexperienced wide receiver corps will get their first real opportunity to show the progress they have made since the beginning of training camp. 

 

The Packers and the 49ers will face each other at 7:30 p.m.

Area football teams scrimmage Friday

The area's 11-man football teams will take advantage of the opportunity to hit somebody else in a different color jersey on Friday.

 

At 10 a.m., Luxemburg-Casco will make the trip south to scrimmage against Kaukauna and Pulaski.

 

At 11 a.m., Sturgeon Bay will get its first 11-man action in three years in Wautoma, where they will face Adams-Friendship, Fox Valley Lutheran, Lakeside Lutheran, Wautoma, and Sparta.

 

At 4 p.m., Kewaunee will pay Wrightstown a visit to scrimmage against the host school, New London, and Oconto Falls. 

 

At 4:30 p.m. Southern Door battles Kohler in its preseason tune-up..

 

The regular season opens up next week for 11-man football with NEW Radio Sports Network providing coverage for the Luxemburg-Casco/Waupaca and Sturgeon Bay/Green Bay West contests. Sevastopol, Gibraltar, and Algoma will have a similar schedule next week when the Vikings head to St. Mary Catholic on August 19th and the Pioneers and Wolves practice against each other the next day.


Rodríguez Shines in Rattlers Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers aren’t going anywhere yet.  The Rattlers beat the Western Division-leading South Bend Cubs 5-2 on Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to creep just a little bit closer in the playoff race with a month to go in the regular season.  Carlos Rodríguez picked up the win in his first home start for the Rattlers with six solid innings.

 

A lead-off walk came back to haunt Rodríguez in the top of the fourth inning.  The free pass was given to Luis Verdugo.  Pablo Aliendo found the gap in right-center with one out for a triple to send Verdugo home with the first run of the game.

Jeferson Quero singled to start the bottom of the fourth inning for Wisconsin’s first hit off South Bend starting pitcher Luis Devers.  Then, Devers hit Joe Gray Jr and gave up a single to Ben Metzinger to load the bases with no outs.  Jose Acosta sent a fly ball to foul territory in left that was caught for the first out of the inning, but Quero was able to tag and score the tying run.

The Timber Rattlers (56-48 overall, 20-19 second half) took the lead in the bottom of the sixth against Cubs reliever Jarrod Wright.  Gray singled with one out and Metzinger followed with a double to right to put runners on second and third.  Wright got the second out but threw a wild pitch to let Gray score before he could record the final out.

Wisconsin added to their lead in the seventh inning with two more runs on sacrifice flies.  Reidy Mercado started the rally with a bunt single and Miller followed with a double to put runners on second and third.  Jackson Chourio knocked in Mercado and moved Miller to third with a deep fly to center.  Then, Zavier Warren lined out to deep left to score Miller for a 4-1 lead.

In the eighth, Wisconsin tacked on a run with a two-out rally.  Acosta dropped in a bloop single to left.  Then, Piñero doubled to the wall in left-center to score Acosta for a 5-1 advantage.

Taylor Floyd, who relieved Rodríguez to start the seventh inning and had allowed one hit over his first two innings, went back out for the ninth and walked the first two batters he faced.  James Meeker was called into the game and allowed an infield single to load the bases.  Jonathan Sierra followed with a broken-bat single to score a run to make the score 5-2.  That put the tying run on base and brought the lead run to the plate for South Bend (58-47, 24-15).

Meeker got the first out on a force out at the plate.  However, that brought Pete Crow-Armstrong, the #4 prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, to the plate. 

Crow-Armstrong and Meeker battled to a full count before Meeker got a swing and miss for strike three on the ninth pitch of the at bat.  Meeker closed out the game for his tenth save by striking out Fabian Pertuz on a 3-2 pitch.

The Beloit Sky Carp won their game on Thursday night with a 4-2 comeback win against the West Michigan Whitecaps.  That allowed the second-place Sky Carp to pull to within three games of the Cubs.  The Rattlers are four games behind South Bend.  There are 27 games remaining in the regular season.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Girls' golf opens high school athletics season

The first local high school athletic event of the upcoming school year will take place on the golf course this morning in Oconto.

 

Luxemburg-Casco and Sturgeon Bay are slated to join Bonduel, NEW Lutheran, Oconto, and Oconto Falls at River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls for their first competition of the season. 

 

The Spartans took sixth in their own regional last year, shooting a 440. The top returner for the Spartans could be senior Jane Olson and junior Bowie Bredael, who both finished in the top 25 in the WIAA Regional hosted on their home course of Northbrook Country Club. The Clippers had no participants in the meet.

 

Tee time is set for 9 a.m. on Thursday. Bonduel, Oconto, Sturgeon Bay, Oconto Falls, and Luxemburg-Casco will compete against each other again Friday when they travel to Irish Greens Golf Course in Oconto beginning at 9 a.m.

Packers cut two, sign two

The Green Bay Packers made a flurry of moves on Wednesday ahead of their first preseason game on Friday.

 

The Packers signed S Micah Abernathy and RB Dexter Williams while also releasing WR Osirus Mitchell and LS Steven Wirtel on Wednesday. 

 

Both Abernathy and Williams played in the USFL this past offseason and provide depth at positions where there have been some injuries. Williams is on his second tour with the team after being originally drafted by the Packers out of Notre Dame.

 

Mitchell became expendable in a crowded wide receiver room while Wirtel has not progressed since being a major issue with the team's kicking woes last year.

 

The Packers play the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.

Brewers rally for walk-off victory

It took a little longer, but the Milwaukee Brewers were able to leave town on a happy note with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday afternoon. 

 

The Brewers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura driving in runs with RBI singles. The Rays would score the next three runs, two of which came off of homers by Yu Chang and Randy Arozarena to spoil another strong start by Brandon Woodruff. Rowdy Tellez would come through again for the Brewers, clubbing his 23rd homer of the year in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extra innings. Devin Williams kept the Rays off the scoreboard in the top half of the inning, and Willy Adames closed the game out with a single that drove home Tyrone Taylor to win the ballgame.

 

The Brewers will have Thursday off before beginning a big series in St. Louis Friday.

Chourio Homers in Wisconsin Victory Over Cubs

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers forgot all about a tough loss to the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday night as they defeated the Western Division Leaders 6-2 on Wednesday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Jackson Chourio, the #1 prospect of the Milwaukee Brewers, had a home run and three RBI to lead the offense.

 

Chourio put the Timber Rattlers (55-48 overall, 19-19 second half) in the lead with a lightning bolt off his bat in the bottom of the first inning.  Darrien Miller reached on an error to start the inning.  Chourio followed with a 107-mph line drive that cleared the wall in left for a home run and a 2-0 lead.  The blast was the second homer of the season for Chourio.

The Cubs (58-46, 24-14) came back to tie the game with unearned runs in the first and second inning to tie the game.  Owen Caissie scored from first on a dropped fly ball to right that would have been the final out of the first.  In the second, Yeison Santana singled and took third on an error on the play.  Pete Crow-Armstrong drove in Santana with a sacrifice fly to even the score.


Wisconsin went back in front in the bottom of the third.  Arbert Cipion was hit by a pitch and Miller walked to start the frame.  A wild pitch with Chourio at the plate moved both runners up a base.  A wild pitch with Zavier Warren at the plate let Cipion score and Miller to take third base for a 3-2 lead.

Then, Warren smacked a single through the drawn-in infield to score Miller and Wisconsin was back up by two runs.  Warren extended his hitting streak to eleven games with that RBI single.  This is Warren’s second eleven-game hitting streak of the season.

The Timber Rattlers added two more runs to their lead on just one hit in the bottom of the sixth.  Ben Metzinger started the inning with a single against reliever Riley Martin.  A hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases.  Miller drew a walk, his third of the game, with one out to force in a run.  Chourio got the final run home with a fielder’s choice.

Justin Jarvis was the starter for the Timber Rattlers, and he didn’t let the early runs for the Cubs rattle him.  Jarvis pitched six innings, allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out two before turning over the lead to Robbie Baker.

Baker closed out the game with three perfect innings for his second save of the season.

 

Game three of the series is set for Thursday night.  Carlos Rodríguez (0-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Cubs have named Luis Devers (2-0, 0.34) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Brewers top Rays to snap losing skid

The Milwaukee Brewers snapped their four-game losing steak with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at American Family Field.

 

Freddy Peralta (4-2) picked up his first win since returning from the injury list by going five innings and allowing only two hits and two runs.

 

Brewer Andrew McCutchen broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a single and Kolton Wong followed with a two-run double to help secure the Milwaukee win.

 

Matt Bush came on in the ninth inning to pick up his first save as a Brewer and struck out two batters without giving up a hit. 

 

Milwaukee and Tampa Bay (58-51) will play the second game of the short series Wednesday at 1:10 pm before the Brewers (59-50) head to St. Louis for a crucial series against the division-leading Cardinals.

Two Quarterbacks nominated for Senior Award

Two local quarterbacks have been named to a Preseason watch list for the Dave Krieg Award. The award is given annually to the state’s top senior quarterback as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. 

 

Mitchell Thompson of Kewaunee and Jack Peterson of Southern Door were the two selected from the area and are 2 out of the 60 senior quarterbacks put on the watch list. Peterson and Thompson squared off twice last year in back to back weeks, as Thompson got the best of the Eagles defense both weeks and Peterson and his offense could not put any points on the board in those 2 matchups. 

 

Peterson was the Packerland Conference All-Conference 2nd Team Quarterback this past season, behind only Mitchell Thompson, who joins him on the list. Peterson threw for 719 Yards last season with 7 touchdowns. Peterson excelled on the ground as well, rushing for 643 yards and 7 touchdowns. He will have his top three receiving targets back this season, with Jared Hawkey, Drew Daoust, and Alec Guilette having caught every single one of his touchdowns this past season. Jack will also have versatile threat Taylor Schaefer back on offense, as Peterson and Schaefer posed a 1-2 running punch that was difficult to stop at times. The offense of the Eagles may very well look different next season with new Head Coach Mark Jonas taking over, but expect Peterson to play a large part in the success of the team. 

 

Mitchell Thompson played a big role in leading the Storm to a conference championship clinching win over the eagles in Week 9 of last season. Thompson threw for two total touchdowns against the Eagle defense, en route to a 33-0 win. Kewaunee’s dominant run game of last season will be without Anthony Jerabek, but does return Jesse Morales-Hernandez, who toasted the Eagles for over 200 yards rushing in 2 weeks. The Storm do lose top receiving threat from last year Benjamin Heim, but saw others step up throughout the season last year down the stretch. Thompson threw for just over 1300 Yards and 13 touchdowns last season, good enough to earn him first team honors. Kewaunee will look to rely on the senior to lead them to another conference championship again this season.

 

The preseason list will be cut down to around 25 Semi Finalists at the halfway point of the year, and finalists will be announced after the regular season is over.

All-Shoreland League features local players

Players representing Algoma and Casco made the All-Shoreland League roster announced this week.

 

The Casco A's had pitcher Noah Lindsley and manager Nathan Yagodinski were named to the squad. The Algoma 'Guins had outfielder Jacob Kleeman and designated hitter Austen Dart make the team, while Tyler Neinas was selected as an honorable mention. You can see the full team below.

 

Last month, the Shoreland League played against the Door County Baseball League in a thrilling All-Star matchup at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon. The DCBL All-Stars took the game 3-2. While the Shoreland League wraps up its season this week, the DCBL will begin its playoffs on Sunday, with Sister Bay hosting Washington Island and top-seeded Kolberg playing at home against West Jacksonport.

 

 

Bucks go overseas for preseason

The Milwaukee Bucks will go on a long road trip for their NBA preseason slate this season.

 

After the Bucks host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Fiserv Forum on October 1st, they will travel to the United Arab Emirates for a pair of matchups. The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 will feature two games between the Bucks and Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. 

 

The Bucks will wrap up their preseason by traveling to Chicago to face the Bulls on October 11th before returning home to battle the Brooklyn Nets on October 12th.

Love to start preseason opener

It will not be Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

 

Head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Monday that Jordan Love would be the one behind center for the Packers when they face the San Francisco 49ers this Friday night. Love's stock has been rising during the early going of camp. During last Friday's Family Night, he was the only quarterback to get the ball into the hoop set up in the endzone corner and he also tossed a few touchdown passes as well.

 

LaFleur also told reporters that Darnell Savage is likely out this week after tweaking his hamstring during Family Night.

 

The Packers will have one more practice open to the public before Friday's game. According to the Packers training camp schedule posted online, they only have two practices open to the public after this week. Those, however, will be combined practices with the New Orleans Saints. 

Green Bay soccer teams open seasons this week

While area high school soccer teams are ramping up for their seasons beginning next week, college teams are preparing to hit the pitch beginning on Wednesday.

 

The women's team will play three times over the next 10 days starting Wednesday when they play South Dakota State in Blaine, Minn. They will host UW-Parkside on Sunday for a 1 p.m. first touch before traveling to St. Thomas on August 18th.

 

The men's squad will head to Rockford to face Northwestern in a Saturday afternoon tilt. 

Egg Harbor tops Maplewood in regular season finale on 105.1 The GOAT, playoff field set

The rain made the final Sunday of the Door County Baseball League regular season finale cloudy, while the playoff picture is now clear.

 

It was a close game for the first half of the afternoon, but then got crazy in the fourth inning and took off from there.  The first run was scored in the second inning by the Indians off a Fuller RBI to make it 1-0.  That score remained until the fourth when the Indians went on a runner and scored five.  A sacrifice fly by Braden Kita followed up by a two-RBI double by Eric DeJardin and a two-run RBI triple from Alex Byrn. Another large inning came in the fifth for the Indians as another four runs scored, making the score 9-0.  The Mets got on the board in the top of the 7th inning with two RBIs coming from Zach Marchant and Will Jandrin. The Mets would not be able to get closer as the game ended 9-2.

 

While the game between Baileys Harbor and Kolberg was canceled, Washington Island was able to beat West Jacksonport. The Islanders would go on to win the coin flip to earn the number three seed, sending them to Sister Bay next weekend for their DCBL playoff matchup. That sends the Ports to Kolberg to face the Braves. 

 

Both games will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Stay tuned to learn which game 105.1 The GOAT will broadcast. 

Four more WIAA sports begin this week

Slowly but surely, high school athletes across Door and Kewaunee counties are getting back to work with their respective athletic teams.

 

Monday marks the first day girls' golf teams can hit the links. Their first competition can take place as soon as Thursday. 

 

Tuesday is when eight-player football, girls' tennis, and girls' swimming can begin practice. While girls' tennis players will be able to have a meet as soon as Saturday, eight-player football teams will have to wait until the end of the month for their first game. Swimmers will only have to wait until next Wednesday. 

 

All other sports will begin practice next Monday. 

Glo fall in championship game

For the first time in franchise history, the Wisconsin Glo were not crowned the Global Women’s Basketball Association champions.

 

The Glo lost to the Flint Monarchs 72-70 in the championship game after nearly being upset in the semifinals 81-78 by the Detroit Queens. 

 

The back-and-forth affair went until the final seconds when the Monarchs were able to take the lead with just seconds left in the game. The Glo were leading 70-68 when the Monarchs hit a frantic three-point shot on a foul.

 

The loss ended a string of three straight GWBA championships for the Glo.

Bandits Big Inning Steals One from Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers took a 3-2 lead on the Quad Cities River Bandits with a run in the top of the sixth inning on Sunday at Modern Woodmen Park in the series finale between the teams.  Then, the River Bandits took advantage of four walks and scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-3 lead.  The Bandits held on for a 7-5 win.


Quad Cities (38-64 overall, 12-24 second half) put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning against Wisconsin starting pitcher Justin Bullock.  The first two batters were retired, and Bullock was up 0-2 on Luca Tresh before Tresh lined a single to left.  Then, Bullock got ahead of Herard Gonzalez 0-2.  Gonzalez fouled off the first 0-2 pitch and hit the second 0-2 pitch over the wall in right for his sixth home run of the season.

Wisconsin (54-47, 18-18) responded in the top of the second inning with a pair of two-out runs of their own.  Joe Gray Jr singled and Darrien Miller walked to start the inning.  A sacrifice bunt by Jose Acosta moved both runners into scoring position.  Quad Cities starter Beck Way got a strikeout for the second out.  Arbert Cipion didn’t let the opportunity go to waste though.  Cipion lined a single to right to knock in both runners to tie the game.

Way hit Jackson Chourio with one out in the top of the sixth.  Zavier Warren followed with a double to right and Wisconsin had runners on second and third.  Gray got Chourio home with a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-2 lead.

The River Bandits came right back in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Wisconsin reliever Christian Tripp, who had pitched a scoreless fourth and a scoreless fifth, walked the first two batters in the sixth inning on eight pitches.  Joey Matulovich took over and gave up an RBI single to Tresh.  Matulovich walked a batter with one out to load the bases.  River Town singled in the go-ahead run.

Matulovich got the second out but walked Garza to force in a run.  Rubendy Jacquez followed with a double to left to score two more runs and the River Bandits were up 7-3.

Cipion started a rally in the top of the seventh inning with a double.  Reidy Mercado punched a single to right to score Cipion.  Mercado also took second on the throw to the plate and that would pay off later in the inning.  Chourio was at the plate with two outs and hit a high popup to first.  Dillan Shrum dropped the ball and Mercado, who was running from second on contact with two outs, scored easily on the play.

Gray doubled and Miller walked to start the top of the eighth inning to start another rally for the Rattlers.  However, this one was stopped in its tracks as Acosta popped up a bunt behind the plate and Garza made a great diving catch for the out.  Antonio Piñero was next, and his liner ticketed for the corner in left was speared by Jacquez on a backhand catch at third and was turned into an inning-ending double play.

Cipion walked to start the top of the ninth inning against Kasey Kalich to bring the tying run to the plate.  However, Kalich struck out the next three batters to close out the inning for his ninth save of the season.

The Timber Rattlers went 4-2 in this six-game series with the River Bandits.  Wisconsin was 19-5 in the season series with Quad Cities.
 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday with the first game of a six-game series against the Western Division-leading South Bend Cubs at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Brewers fall late to Reds

Keston Hiura tried his hardest but the Milwaukee Brewers still fell to the Cincinnati Reds 7-5.

 

The Brewers found themselves down 4-0 before they would get on the scoreboard. Andrew McCutchen got things going with a solo shot before Keston Hiura got to within a run with a two-run homer. Jose Barrero, Joey Votto, and Donovan Solano pushed the lead back out to 7-3 with homers in subsequent innings. The Brewers would get it closer in the ninth with run-producing outs by McCutchen and Willy Adames, but they could only get it to within two runs.

 

The Brewers will try to get a series win as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its 1982 AL Championship team when they host the Reds for the rubber match at 1:10 p.m.

Baileys Harbor, Kolberg battle in regular season finale on 105.1 the GOAT

Kolberg and Baileys Harbor will wrap up the regular season against each other Sunday afternoon.

 

The Braves have had the regular season title wrapped up since its close victory against Sister Bay a few weeks ago. They put a crimp on Washington Island's hopes to clinch a home playoff game a week ago with the Braves winning the game 10-0.

 

The A's are still looking for their first win since before the pandemic. They have played better in recent weeks despite the results. They held a potent Sister Bay lineup to just four runs in a 4-0 loss where they got no-hit. Last week they out-hit the Ports in a 9-4 defeat.

 

Quinn Struck and Jacob Nate will have the call on 105.1 the GOAT beginning at 1 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30.

 

The Ports will travel to the island for a matchup that will go long way to deciding what the playoffs will look like. Maplewood will travel to Egg Harbor to wrap up their season.

Clippers football eager for season start

The first stop in official preseason coverage was out to Memorial Field where the talk of the Packerland Conference so far in the preseason held their first official practice. Sturgeon Bay Football is coming off of a 2-6 season full of games that flashed potential, but the record does not matter with the flip to 11-Player Football. That is what has headlined the team so far this offseason, the transfer from the brief stint in 8-Player, back into the Packerland. 

 

A big part of Sturgeon Bay’s offense is back from last season, and Mason Sacotte is set to have a huge part in the success that the Clippers will have. Sacotte, a junior, showed glimpses of what he has the opportunity to show this season, as he broke out in games against Thorp and Belmont last season as both a runner, and a receiving threat. With him appearing to be the Running Back for the Clippers this season after the graduation of senior Braeden Haines, he will have the opportunity to flash the skills that he has under new Head Coach Carl Waterstreet.

 

 

Mason seems confident that the team will transfer over well to the 11-Player season this year, and it felt that the whole team had a nice level of confidence in the type of team that they can put together. 

 

David Zuehlke was one of those players that felt that the team has potential that has been waiting to come out. David being a senior has seen it all from the perspective of Sturgeon Bay Football. From not knowing if Sturgeon Bay will have a season in 2020, to moving the season to the spring, and playing 8-Player to switching to 11-Man, but it doesn’t seem to affect him, as he chooses to keep working and knows that everything will work out if he puts the effort in. 

 

 

Rivalries after all, are what makes sports fun. The opportunity to bring back those rivalries for the players and even Coach Waterstreet is something that they might be the most excited about this season. The Sturgeon Bay players had the feel of confidence that might be what pushes them to have a season that might not be expected of a team that made a switch that most players have not experienced before.

Wisconsin Rallies Past River Bandits

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits on Saturday night at Modern Woodmen Park.  Antonio Piñero gave the Rattlers the lead with a two-out, two-run single.  Zach Mort, Robbie Baker, and James Meeker held the lead over the final four innings to finish the game.

 

The River Bandits (37-63 overall, 11-24 second half) got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Mort, the Wisconsin starting pitcher, hit Saul Garza with a 1-2 pitch to start the inning.  Rubendy Jacquez sent a grounder just fair inside the first base bag and into the Wisconsin bullpen for an RBI triple.  Diego Hernandez followed with another grounder that was just fair inside the first base line for and RBI double and a 2-0 lead.  The River Bandits had one hit for the rest of the game.

 

Quad Cities starting pitcher Rylan Kaufman kept the Timber Rattlers off the scoreboard over five innings.  He allowed three hits and struck out eight as he turned the two-run lead over to the bullpen for the sixth inning.

Wisconsin (54-46, 18-17) got their offense going with one out in the sixth against Patrick Halligan.  Zavier Warren walked with one out and that was followed by singles from Joe Gray Jr and Darrien Miller to load the bases.  Jose Acosta got Warren home with a grounder to first that also moved Gray and Miller into scoring position for Piñero.

Halligan was ahead in the count 1-2, but Piñero didn’t bite on a couple of pitches outside the strike zone to run the count full.  Piñero lined the payoff pitch to left-center to score both Gray and Miller to give the Rattlers a 3-2 lead.

Mort went back out for the bottom of the sixth inning and retired the side in order, including strikeouts of the last two batters he faced.  Mort allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts in his six innings.

Baker was the first reliever out of the Wisconsin bullpen.  He worked a 1-2-3 seventh but hit Garza to start the eighth.  A sacrifice bunt moved Garza to second.  Tyler Tolbert, who was 44-for-44 in stolen base attempts coming into the game, was called on to pinch-run for Garza.  Baker got the second out on a grounder to short.  Tolbert stole third with Peyton Wilson at the plate, but Baker stayed cool on the warm, humid evening and struck out Wilson to end the threat.

Meeker took over for the bottom of the ninth and walked the lead-off batter to put the tying run on base.  Meeker, who picked up saves on Wednesday and Friday night in this series, retired the next three batters, including the last two via the strikeout to close out the game and give him his ninth save of the season.

Piñero went 2-for-4 with a stolen base on Saturday night.  He is 10-for-18 in the series at Quad Cities.

Wisconsin is now 19-4 against the River Bandits in 2022.

 

The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon at Modern Woodmen Park and the pitching matchup is a rematch from game one on August 2.  Justin Bullock (1-2, 5.21) is set to start for Wisconsin with Beck Way (0-1, 9.64) of the River Bandits as his mound opponent.  Game time is 1:00pm. 

Packers stay healthy after Family Night scrimmage

A minor hamstring tweak for Darnell Savage is all the damage was done to the Green Bay Packers' roster Friday night as the team welcomed over 50,000 fans to Lambeau Field for its annual Family Night.

 

The practice went about two hours before giving way to the team's post-game promotions and fireworks show featuring LED lights. It went very much like many of the team's previous practices went with the defense's stars shining brighter than the offense's. While Romeo Doubs has drawn most of the praise during the practice sessions at the Packers' training camp facilities, it was Samori Toumre who had the best night of the young wide receiver corps. He made impressive touchdown grabs from all three quarterbacks, including a 60-yarder from Jordan Love and an over-the-shoulder catch from Aaron Rodgers. 

 

Door County Mayor A.J. Dillon also scored a touchdown in the red zone, an area he admitted postgame that the team had been struggling in camp.

 

The Packers will have their first off day this week on Saturday before hitting the practice field on Sunday. They play their first pre-season game in San Francisco next weekend.

Bays sail into the mystic, second place on 105.1 The GOAT

The Sister Bay Bays clinched at least a share of second place in the Door County Baseball League with a 5-1 victory over Institute Friday night. 

 

Institute was trying to play the role of spoiler and make the Bays have to play in a tie-breaking playoff game the following week if West Jacksonport comes away with a win this weekend. 

 

It was a real pitching duel for the first half of the game.  The Bays scored the game's first run in the second inning on a Stu Larson RBI.  The score remained 1-0 until the 4th inning when Sister Bay was able to get a couple more runs on RBI hits from Spencer Krause and Griffin Cole plus a sacrifice fly from Alex Laughlin.  Three runs in the top of the 5th gave the Bays a 4-0 lead until the 6th inning when the Cubs got their first run on an RBI hit by Kyle Ploor. 

 

Soon after that, the fog rolled in very heavy and the game was called in the 7th.  The fog was thick enough that we couldn't see any of the outfielders, and the second baseman was also starting to disappear.

 

105.1 The GOAT's final regular season broadcast will be at Kolberg as the Braves look to keep Baileys Harbor winless on the season. Pregame starts at 1 p.m. followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. Quinn Struck and Jacob Nate will be on the call. 

Timber Rattlers Top River Bandits

 Darrien Miller cracked a two-run home run and three Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitchers combined to hold the Quad Cities River Bandits to one run on Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park.  Wisconsin would defeat the River Bandits 4-1.

 

Carlos Rodríguez, who joined the Timber Rattlers (53-46 overall, 17-17 second half) on Tuesday, was the starting pitcher and his Midwest League debut started out a little shaky with two walks, a strikeout, and another walk to load the bases with one out.  However, Rodríguez rebounded to strikeout the next two batters and keep the game scoreless.

Wisconsin grabbed the lead in the top of the fourth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Alex Hall and Arbert Cipion.

Quad Cities (37-62, 11-23) had another threat going against Rodríguez in the bottom of the fourth on consecutive singles to start the frame.  Rodríguez escaped the jam with a double play and a popout.  Rodríguez allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out seven over four scoreless innings in his first appearance with the Rattlers.

Miller doubled Wisconsin’s lead with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.

Parker Bates got the River Bandits on the scoreboard with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fifth off reliever Ryan Middendorf.

That was if for the scoring.

Middendorf pitched four innings, allowed three hits, walked none, and struck out six.  James Meeker worked a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season.  Meeker is 6-for-6 in save opportunities against Quad Cities in 2022.

 

The Timber Rattlers reached double digits in hits for the fourth game in a row.  They have 48 hits in the series.  Cipion had three hits in the game.  Warren, who scored on the homer by Miller, has crossed home plate seven times in the first four games of the series.

Wisconsin is also 18-4 in 22 games against the River Bandits this season.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park.  Game time is 6:30pm.

Green Bay Women's Basketball Releases 2022-23 Non-Conference Schedule

After returning to full capacity crowds and notching a 19-win season in 2021-22, the Green Bay women's basketball team is ready to return to the hardwood this winter. Today, the program released its non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

The Phoenix will open up the season with a pair of exhibition games at the Kress Center when UW-Oshkosh (October 26) and Michigan Tech (November 2) visit Titletown.

Green Bay will start the season on the road, opening the season at Drake on November 7. The team's home opener comes shortly after, when the Phoenix host Marist on November 12.

Natalie McNeal, a junior transfer from St. Louis, and the Phoenix will make their way to The Lou to take on the St. Louis Billikens on November 18, leading up to the St. Pete's Showcase over Thanksgiving.

The event, taking place in St. Petersburg, Florida, features Green Bay, Florida, Houston, Northeastern, and Portland. GB will face the Gators on Thanksgiving Day and wrap up the trip on November 25 against Northeastern. Tickets for the 2022 St. Pete Showcase will be available on game days at the door of the McArthur Center on the campus of Eckerd College.

The Green & White will play three of the remaining four non-conference games at home, including North Dakota State (Dec. 10), in-state rival Wisconsin (Dec. 14), and Chicago State (Dec. 21). GB visits Illinois State on Dec. 18 for their last non-conference road game.

2022-23 Green Bay Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Oct. 26 – vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exh.)
Nov. 2 – vs. Michigan Tech (Exh.)
Nov. 7 – at Drake
Nov. 12 – vs. Marist
Nov. 18 – at St. Louis
Nov. 24 – vs. Florida (St. Pete's Showcase – St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Nov. 25 – vs. Northeastern (St. Pete's Showcase – St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Dec. 10 – vs. North Dakota State
Dec. 12 – vs. Wisconsin
Dec. 18 – at Illinois State
Dec. 21 – vs. Chicago State
 
Green Bay fared well in non-conference action last year, posting a 6-2 record. The Phoenix recorded three signature wins, first against North Dakota State on Nov. 13, then Oklahoma State on Nov. 26, and at Wisconsin on Dec. 12. GB was scheduled to play nine non-conference games last year, but a game against Chicago State on Dec. 16 was deemed no contest due to COVID-19 complications. Green Bay's average margin of victory in non-conference play last season was +7.5.

Sister Bay, Institute battle in final Friday night lights on 105.1 The GOAT

Sister Bay looks to make its case for a number two seed in the Door County Baseball League playoffs on Friday when it travels to Institute.

 

After being held to a single hit by Egg Harbor’s starting pitcher Alex Byrne over five innings, the Bay rallied for two runs and four hits in the sixth inning to take the lead they would not relinquish en route to a 7-0 victory over the Indians last week. The Bays erupted for five runs on four hits in the seventh inning, including a two-run single by Sam Forkert, to pull away. A Bays win and a West Jacksonport loss would clinch a home playoff game as the number two seed behind regular season champion

 

The Cubs toppled Maplewood last week 4-2, ending the playoff hopes for the Mets. It was the second time they beat the Mets this season and hope to play spoiler again this week. 

 

Quinn Struck and Jacob Nate will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

Packers host Family Night Friday

The Green Bay Packers will go under the lights Friday night at Lambeau Field for their annual Family Night festivities.

 

The event serves as a dress rehearsal for not just the stadium operations team but for the players themselves as they get thrust into a game-like atmosphere with none of the pressure of winning or losing. It also puts a cap on a busy week of practice which will have seen them hit the field five consecutive days. 

 

According to the Packers, $10 tickets remain for the event, which gets underway at 7 p.m. with warm-ups and introductions before practice activities begin at 7:30 p.m. The practice gives way to fireworks approximately two hours later. 

 

 

Brewers swept by Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers found themselves losing another game late on Thursday, this time by a 5-4 margin to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

The Pirates struck first with a bases-loaded walk, but home runs by Victor Caratini and Mike Brousseau made it 3-1 after five innings. Two RBI singles tied the game in the seventh inning at three runs apiece before the game eventually went to extra innings. Kolten Wong scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th on a base-loaded hit by pitch, but reliever Matt Bush could not hold the lead. He gave up a ground-rule double to Bryan Reynolds, who would later score on a wild pitch.

 

The game wasted another strong start by Brandon Woodruff, who pitched into the seventh inning, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out three.

 

The Brewers head home for the weekend as they host the Cincinnati Reds beginning at 7:10 p.m. Friday.

Bandits Beat Rattlers 9-6

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got out to a fast start against the Quad Cities River Bandits on Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park.  However, the Bandits rallied past Wisconsin and held on for a 9-6 win.  Luca Tresh led the way for the River Bandits with two home runs.

 

Joe Gray Jr hit the first pitch of the game for a home run to give Wisconsin (52-46 overall, 16-17 second half) the lead.  Gray has thirteen home runs on the season.

Zavier Warren continued his power surge with a two-out, solo home run in the first inning to put the Rattlers up 2-0.  Warren has three homers in his last two games.

The bottom of the first started with an infield single and stolen base by Tyler Tolbert.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Justin Jarvis struck out the next batter.  Then, Diego Hernandez sent a sharp grounder to short, and Tolbert tried to advance.  Antonio Piñero chose to throw to third but threw wildly and Tolbert scored on the play.  River Town tied the game with a two-out, RBI single and Jarvis left the game after walking Cam Williams to load the bases to give him 36 pitches in the frame.

Joey Matulovich entered the game and got the final out of the first inning.  He also retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the second.  However, a walk and a single extended the inning to Tresh, who cracked a three-run home run for the Bandits (37-61, 11-22).

In the bottom of the third, Matulovich walked the lead-off batter and Warren missed a popup that would have been the second out.  Tolbert followed with a three-run home run to right and the River Bandits were up 8-2.

Jackson Chourio started a Wisconsin rally with a double in the fifth inning.  Darrien Miller drew a walk to set the stage for Warren, who ripped a double to the corner in right to score Chourio.  Alex Hall singled home both Miller and Warren and the Rattlers were only down three.

Tresh added to the Quad Cities lead with a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the fifth.

 

Warren started the Wisconsin seventh with a walk and Jose Acosta dropped a bunt single to put two runners on base.  Piñero didn’t let the opportunity go to waste as he singled to right with two outs to score Warren and the Rattlers were within three runs again.

That was as close as the Timber Rattlers would get.  The River Bandits bullpen set down Wisconsin in order in the eighth and pitched around a two-out walk in the ninth.  The Timber Ratters are 17-4 in 21 games against Quad Cities this season.  Thursday’s loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Rattlers over the Bandits.

Warren continued his torrid pace in the series.  The Wisconsin third baseman was 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and three runs scored on Thursday night.  In the first three games of the series, Warren is 9-for-14 with three doubles, two triples, three homers, eight runs, and ten RBI.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park.  Carlos F. Rodriguez is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers and will make his Midwest debut in the game.  The River Bandits have named William Fleming (0-2, 6.38) as their starter.  Game time is 6:30pm.

Williams' streak ends in Brewers loss

When new Milwaukee Brewers closer Devin Williams slips up, chances are, so does the team.

 

Williams saw his 30-inning scoreless streak come to a close Wednesday night on a walk-off homer as the Brewers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8.

 

The Brewers jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to RBI hits by Kolten Wong in the first inning and Willy Adames and Rowdy Tellez in the second inning. The Pirates scored the next seven runs, capped off by a Oneil Cruz two-run homer to make 7-4 after seven innings. The Brewers would tie the game in the eighth inning with Adames and Tellez once again driving in the runs. 

 

Williams came in during the ninth inning to keep it a 7-7 ballgame, but Bryan Reynolds took him deep to end the game and the streak. It was the first run given up by Williams since May and his first homer given up since last September.

 

The Brewers and the Pirates will wrap up their four-game set Thursday afternoon at 12:35 p.m.

 

 

Eight is Enough for Wisconsin

Zavier Warren had another big night for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday night.  Warren had four hits, including two homers, and drove in five runs as Wisconsin built an 8-1 lead and held on for an 8-6 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits.  Warren is 7-for-10 with two doubles, two triples, two homers, and eight RBI in the first two games of the series with the Bandits.

 

The Timber Rattlers (52-45 overall, 16-16 second half) scored twice in the top of the first inning to grab the early lead.  Jackson Chourio singled with one out and Darrien Miller drew a walk.  Warren laced a double to right-center to score Chourio and send Miller to third.  Jose Acosta knocked in Miller with a sacrifice fly and a 2-0 advantage.

The River Bandits (36-62, 10-22) loaded the bases against Wisconsin starting pitcher Israel Puello with no outs in the bottom of the first inning.  Diego Hernandez singled, Peyton Wilson doubled, and Luca Tresh walked to set the table.  Puello got a strikeout for the first out, but an infield single by Kale Emshoff scored a run and kept the bases loaded.

Tyler Tolbert was next, and he sent a fly to shallow right.  Arbert Cipion made the catch and Wilson tagged from third to try to score.  The gamble didn’t pay off as Cipion’s throw was on target and Miller had plenty of time to get the tag on Wilson for the final out of the inning.

Warren, who had two triples, a double, and three RBI on Tuesday night, stayed hot when he came to the plate in the third inning and lined a two-run home run to right-center for a 4-1 lead.  The homer was Warren’s eighth of the season.  Wisconsin added a run later in the inning when Acosta, singled, stole second, took third on a grounder, and scored on a wild pitch.

 

Chourio collected his third hit of the night on an infield single in the top of the fourth.  Warren stepped to the again and lined another two-run home run, this one to the base of the Ferris Wheel beyond the wall in left.  Wisconsin was up 7-1.

Antonio Piñero added an RBI single in the fifth inning to push the Rattlers advantage to 8-1.

Quad Cities rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning against Puello.  Wilson and Tresh both singled with one out.  Both would advance a base on a deep fly to center.  Kale Emshoff singled to right to drive in both runners.  Puello would walk the next batter and be removed in favor of reliever Christian Tripp.

Tripp walked the first batter he faced in the fifth to load the bases but got a strikeout to end the threat.


In the bottom of the sixth, Tripp struck out the first batter he faced but walked the next three to load the bases.  Taylor Floyd was called into the game from the Wisconsin bullpen.

Floyd threw a wild pitch with Herard Gonzalez at the plate to let in the first run of the inning.  Then, Gonzalez drove in a run with a single.  Emshoff knocked in his fourth run of the night with a grounder and Wisconsin’s lead was down to two runs.

The inning became even more treacherous as Floyd reloaded the bases on a walk and a hit batsman.  Floyd ended the frame with a strikeout and the Rattlers were still up 8-6.

Gonzalez singled to start the eighth inning by Floyd, who bounced back to get a strikeout and an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to get the game to the ninth inning.

Wisconsin had a chance to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Hall walked, Piñero followed with a single for his fourth hit of the night, and Joe Gray Jr walked with one out to load the bases against Anderson Paulino.  However, Paulino escaped the inning with a flyout to shallow left and a strikeout.

James Meeker took over on the hill for the Rattlers for the bottom of the ninth and walked Cam Williams to bring the tying run to the plate for the River Bandits.  Meeker stopped the rally cold with a popup and a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.  The save was Meeker’s seventh of the season.  He is 5-for-5 in save opportunities against the River Bandits this season.

The Timber Rattlers, who are now 17-3 against Quad Cities in 2022, collected seventeen hits in the game to match their season-high.  Warren, Piñero, and Chourio also matched their single-game high for hits as a pro.  All three had the third four-hit game of their career on Wednesday night.

Chourio, the #1 prospect of the Milwaukee Brewers who is in his first pro season, had two four-hit games with the Carolina Mudcats earlier this season.

Warren, who had his first multi-homer game as professional with his dingers on Wednesday, also matched his single-game high for RBI in the contest.  He had a five-RBI game on September 5, 2021 at Great Lakes.

 

Game three of the series is set for Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park.  Justin Jarvis (8-6, 3.98) is set to start for the Timber Rattlers.  The River Bandits have named Adrian Alcantara (4-5, 5.15) as their starter.  Game time is 6:30pm. 

Sevastopol earns WIAA Award of Excellence Award

Sevastopol earned some hardware this week before any of their teams hit the road for competition.

 

The Pioneers were one of 39 schools to be awarded the WIAA Award of Excellence Award, which promotes and recognizes the efforts and achievements of schools in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership, and character. They joined Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Little Chute, Monona Grove, New Lisbon, and Port Washington as first-time recipients.

 

According the WIAA's release, they consider the following criteria when determining recipients:

  • Athletic Director maintains and updates all information in the WIAA School Directory annually.
  • Athletic Director does due diligence in striving to achieve staff compliance with all WIAA coaching requirements (i.e. rules video, exam, officials’ rankings)
  • Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with a Captain’s Club/Team Leadership Council/Etc. – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is on the agenda and is discussed
  • Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with coaches - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed
  • Athletic director conducted at least one informational meeting with student-athletes and their parents – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed
  • Athletic director attended conference meetings – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed
  • Coaches and student-athletes attended a sportsmanship summit/leadership conference/etc.
  • There was school representation at one of the seven WIAA Fall Area Meetings
  • There was school representation at WIAA Annual Meeting in April
  • Athletic Director made the student body aware of sportsmanship initiatives through school assemblies, announcements, posters, etc.
  • Three or more athletic teams gave back to their school or community through volunteerism
  • Athletic director has taken the Free NFHS Sportsmanship course
  • Three or more head coaches have taken the Free NFHS Sportsmanship course
  • Athletic program had no coach ejections at any level
  • Athletic program had no coach or player assault of an official at any level
  • Athletic director nominated/submitted a boy and/or a girl for WIAA Scholar Athlete recognition (either for local or state level recognition)

NRSN's Gary Barta will interview Sevastopol athletic director Brooke Tanck on Thursday.

 

 

Fiserv Forum to host NHL exhibition

NHL hockey is returning to the Cream City in October after an over 30-year absence. 

 

The Chicago Blackhawks announced it would host the Minnesota Wild for an exhibition game on October 2nd. It will be a part of their first "Home Away from Home" game. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

 

Even though Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin have longed for their own NHL franchise for decades, they certainly got used to hosting NHL games. The Bradley Center hosted an exhibition game and a regular season every year for five years, including the Blackhawks in 1992. Milwaukee last hosted an NHL game in 1993. 

Brewers fall to Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers could not hold on to a 3-0 lead and fell to the Pittsburg Pirates at PNC Park Tuesday evening 5-3.  

 

The Brewers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning on three solo home runs.  First, Willy Adames hit his 21st home run of the season and then Rowdy Telez went back-to-back with his 21st of the year.  After an out, Kolton Wong hit his eighth homer of the season to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

 

Pittsburg came roaring back with five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to capture the win.

 

All-Star pitcher Corbin Burnes (8-5) started for the Brewers but could not get out of the sixth inning and took the loss giving up four runs on just three hits.

 

The Brewers and Pirates will play Wednesday in game two of the series with first pitch slated for 6:05 pm.

Rattlers start road trip off with 8-0 win over River Bandits

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers started their six-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park with an impressive 8-0 win on Tuesday night. Justin Bullock and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout while Zavier Warren led the 11-hit attack with two triples, a double, and three RBI.

 

The Timber Rattlers (51-45 overall, 15-16 second half) took advantage of a lead-off walk in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead. Ashton McGee coaxed the free pass from Beck Way, the starting pitcher for the River Bandits. Ethan Murray lined a double to the wall in center with one out to score McGee with the first run of the game. Warren, who tripled with two outs in the second inning, tripled again in the fourth and this one scored Murray. Jose Acosta followed with an RBI single to left and the Rattlers were up 3-0.

 

Way, who was making his River Bandits debut after coming over to the Kansas City Royals system from the New York Yankees organization in the Andrew Benintendi trade last week, walked two batters in the top of the fifth and left with two outs. Rito Lugo entered the game from the Quad Cities bullpen and Murray welcomed him to the game with a double off the wall in right to drive in both runners for a 5-0 lead.

 

Warren stepped to the plate in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and smashed a double to the corner in left to drive in two runs. Acosta plated another run in the inning with a grounder.

 

The River Bandits (36-61, 10-21) were held in check by Bullock over six innings. Bullock allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four.

Registration still open for Shanty Days volleyball tournament, 5K

Time is running out if you want to compete in a pair of athletic events taking place at Algoma Shanty Days. 

 

Only two more spots are available in the Shanty Days "Battle on the Beach" Volleyball Tournament.  Every team is guaranteed at least seven matches consisting of two games per match based on a full bracket. Registration includes Shanty Days wristband vouchers and t-shirts for up to six participants. You can click this link to register.

 

The 5K includes a start and finish at the Robert Ray Gallery while running past several different highlights in the city. The Kids' Superhero Race features a big loop to participate with their favorite characters. You can click this link to register.

 

Both events take place on August 13th.

Rockers spat out in extras

The Traverse City Pit Spitters plated two in the 10th inning to scoot past the Green Bay Rockers Monday night 3-1.

 

The lone run for the Rockers came in the second inning when Matt Scannell drove in Keniel De Leon with a sacrifice fly. The Pit Spitters tied it in the eighth on a RBI double and won it on the tenth with a double and RBI sacrifice fly. Marcus Jaworski took the loss, giving up the game's final two runs while walking and striking out two batters.

 

The Rockers will take a quick pause to their schedule, so select players, including Tristin Garcia and Will Semb, can participate in the Major League Showcase games on Tuesday.

Contact days marks official beginning of football

Once august rolls around, the pads finally get put on and the football teams from around the state are finally able to go full practice. “Contact days” as they are called, starts today for 11-Player Football, and players from all over the county are ready to finally be able to go full contact and really start to get that football feeling back after a couple month summer break. The earliest scrimmage date that can be on the schedule is August 11th, and the first games start August 18th and 19th. 

 

Today is the day where coaches can issue the full equipment that will be needed for the football season ahead, and the first time that any team can do any sort of tackling or physical contact. The Packerland Conference has seen some changes this past year, and Luxemburg-Casco looks to build on the sectional semifinal trip they took last year. 

 

The Kewaunee Storm are coming off of a Packerland Conference championship, after claiming it over inter-conference rival Southern Door in the last week of the season by a score of 33-0. The Storm would finish the season at 10-3 and 7-0 in conference play. Kewaunee made it to Level 2 of the postseason after defeating Southern Door once again 39-0, but was narrowly beat by the #1 seed Amherst Falcons 28-21. Kewaunee looks to dominate the Packerland Conference once again after outscoring conference opponents 149-45 in the regular season. Kewaunee returns their starting quarterback Mitchell Thompson who was All-Conference First Team Quarterback last season. Kewaunee opens their season Thursday August 18th against the Kiel Raiders. 

 

The Eagles of Southern Door underwent a coaching change this past offseason, bringing in new Head Coach Mark Jonas. Coach Jonas has been a head coach at Oconomowoc, Kaukauna, and most recently Ashwaubenon. Those jobs led him to become a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2022. Jonas takes over for former Head Coach Ryan Zuehlke who stepped down from his position last season. Southern Door was one game short of winning conference last year with a 8-5 record overall, and a 6-1 record in conference, but had their title dreams ended by the Storm. Southern Door is returning most of their team from last year, only losing a handful of seniors, and most notably Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Packerland, Brodie Overbeck. The Eagles will be leaning on senior linebacker Taylor Schaefer, who was named Defensive Player of the Year in the conference last year, and has received multiple Division II offers over the summer. Southern Door opens their season on Friday August 19th, against the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen. 

 

Sturgeon Bay has been the talk of the conference so far this offseason, after rejoining 11-Player Football after a brief multi-year stint in 8-Player Football. Coach Jim Adams stepped down from his head coaching position in January, and Carl Waterstreet has officially taken over the job for the Clippers. Sturgeon Bay is coming off of a 2-6 season last year as an independent in 8-Player Football, but look to have a lot of potential back in the Packerland Conference this season. Sturgeon Bay’s offense showed glimpses of reaching their full potential in wins over Williams Bay, 62-6 and Bowler/Gresham, 48-12 and will look to add to that this coming up season. Jackson Starr and Mason Sacotte are two players that could take huge jumps for Sturgeon Bay this season, and the team as a whole has a chance to burst onto the scene in their first season back in the Packerland Conference. Sturgeon Bay opens up their season Friday, August 19th, at home against Green Bay West. 

 

Steering away from the Packerland Conference and into the North Eastern Conference, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans are looking to repeat success from last season where they went 11-1 on the year with their only loss coming in Level 2 of the postseason against Menasha 27-13. LC outscored opponents 274-79 behind their senior workhorse running back Isaac VandenBush. Every year the Spartans are a lock for contending in the NEC and usually a top 10 team in Division 3 in the Wissports rankings every week. Luxemburg Casco will look to replace their quarterback and running back duo that amounted over 52 total combined touchdowns on the season. They do return wide receiver and defensive back Ryan Routhieaux back to the team this season. Routhieaux was top 6 in the NEC in forced fumbles on defense and second in the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns. The Spartans every year will run out a contender onto the field every week of the season, and they could see themselves making another deep run into the playoffs again this year. 

Brewers continue to bolster bullpen ahead of trade deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers added plenty of pieces to their bullpen after one notable departure on Monday.

 

The dealing started with a shock as Josh Hader was traded to the San Diego Padres for four players, including closer Taylor Rogers and fellow pitcher Dinelson Lamet.

 

During the overnight hours, the Brewers made another deal, this time acquiring right-handed pitcher Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Antoine Kelly and utility man Mark Mathias. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bush can touch 97 miles per hour with his fastball and also features a tough curveball and cutter. 

 

The trade deadline is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, leaving plenty of more time for more deals to be made.

Hader dealt in shocking move

With the Milwaukee Brewers 3 games ahead of the Saint Louis Cardinals in the NL Central going into the beloved trade deadline, most fans expected the team to be ‘buyers’ at the deadline and ship away some top prospects. David Stearns had other plans, as he traded All Star Reliever Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres for a package of 4 players, with left handed pitching prospect Robert Gasser being the main prospect coming to Milwaukee. 

 

 

Hader was entering free agency after the 2023 season, and the Padres will be getting 1.5 seasons worth of all star closing pitching. The Brewers also got Taylor Rogers and Dinelson Lamet in return, two MLB quality pitchers, that will help add to the bullpen that has been scored on more than usual since the series against the Chicago Cubs starting back on July 4th. The Brewers have Devin Williams left in the bullpen, who has a 1.59 ERA in 43 appearances this year. 

 

Do not expect this to mean the Brewers are sellers at the deadline though, as reports have come out that Milwaukee is more ‘retooling’ their major league roster than selling it off for prospects. 

 

 

President of Baseball Operations David Stearns is known to work in silence, as nobody saw this Josh Hader trade coming, so be on the lookout for more moves coming out of Milwaukee before the trade deadline tomorrow at 5 P.M. 

Packers back to work on Monday

The Green Bay Packers begin their second week of practice on Monday ahead of their Family Night scrimmage on Friday.

 

Monday will be the first time the Packers wear shoulder pads this training camp. They will go one step further on Tuesday when they go full pads. Saturday's practice was highlighted by the continued hype around wid receiver Romeo Doubs and the defense making life chaotic for the Packers' quarterbacks.

 

All of the practices leading up to Friday's scrimmage will begin at 10:30 a.m. Family Night will start at 7 p.m. with warm-ups followed by practice at 7:30 p.m.

Sweep elusive at Fenway as Brewers enter off day, trade deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers will have a day to look back at Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox and look forward to what their team may look like when they return to action on Tuesday.

 

Former Red Sox and current Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe launched one over the Green Monster to make it 2-0 in the second inning. The Red Sox would storm ahead for good in the fifth when they hit four RBI doubles to make it 5-2. They would tack on more in the sixth with an RBI double from former Brewers outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and a RBI single from Jaylin Davis.

 

The Brewers will play at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m., which is five minutes after the MLB trade deadline.

Homestand Ends with Loss to Cedar Rapids

Aaron Sabato hit two homers and drove in five runs to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 9-2 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Both teams had seven hits in the game, but Cedar Rapids had six extra-base hits, including four home runs while Wisconsin had six singles.

 

Sabato and Yunior Severino put the Kernels (59-37 overall, 16-14 second half) up in the first inning with back-to-back home runs off Wisconsin starting pitcher Russell Smith.  Sabato hit a two-run home run with one out.  Severino followed with a solo homer. 

 

Cedar Rapids made the score 5-0 in the top of the third inning.  Sabato drove in the first run of the inning with a double.  Wander Javier sent Sabato across the plate with a two-out triple to center.

Sabato struck again in the fifth inning.  Jake Rucker drew a leadoff walk from reliever Christian Tripp.  Sabato drilled a 3-2 pitch to the Cedar Rapids bullpen for his second homer of the day to give himself five RBI on afternoon.

 

Wisconsin (50-45, 14-16) broke through in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Antonio Piñero walked and Terence Doston singled with one out.  Tristan Peters lined a double down the line in left to score both runners. 

Peters had two hits and a walk on Sunday to extend his streak of games with at least two hits to seven.  He is 15-for-28 during the streak.

Rucker, who scored four runs in the game, capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for Cedar Rapids.

The Kernels used five pitchers in the game on day for their bullpen.  None of their pitchers went longer than three innings.

Severino and Sabato each hit four homers in the six-game series at Wisconsin.  Sabato is 15-for-46 with six homers, four doubles, and nineteen RBI in twelve games against the Timber Rattlers this season.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday with the first game of a six-game series at Modern Woodmen Park against the Quad Cities River Bandits.  Justin Bullock (0-2, 7.62) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Game time is 6:30pm.

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