Sports Archives for 2022-10

Badgers beat Blugolds in exhibition match

The Wisconsin Badgers basketball team has officially gotten into real game action, as they defeated the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds Sunday in an exhibition match by a score of 76-45. 

 

The Badgers will have to replace the production of their two leading scorers from last season, as Johnny Davis took his talents to the NBA and was drafted by the Washington Wizards, and Brad Davison graduated after a long tenure as a Badger. Wisconsin does have three returning starters from last year's Big Ten regular season championship year, in Chucky Hepburn, Steven Crowl, and senior Tyler Wahl. 

 

Those players were some of the leading scorers in the game against the Blugolds, as Crowl led the way with 14 points, and Wahl finished with 10 points. Freshman Connor Essegian is the breakout candidate for the season, as the sharpshooting guard put up 10 points as well in his first ever collegiate game action. 

 

Former Sturgeon Bay Clipper standout guard Gunnar Tebon found himself on the floor against the Badgers for Eau Claire, as he logged 09:31 of game action while finding the bottom of the net for a three. 

 

This game will not go on either team's record, as the Badgers season starts record wise with a home matchup against South Dakota on November 7th, before taking on Stanford in the Brew City Battle at American Family Field. For Eau Claire, they will also be at home to begin their season, as they will play host to Bethel University on November 9th.

Peters, Reynolds-Smith lead Run the Door standings

Runners only have a few races left to pad their numbers for the Run the Door standings.

 

Updated through October 24th, the current Run the Door standings have Green Bay's Greg Peters running away with the overall and male title with 179 points. Ephraim's Susan Reynolds-Smith is the points leader among women at 148. Thirteen runners have scored over 100 points, which are rewarded for participation and coming in first, second, or third place overall and within their age group. You can see the full point totals by clicking this link.

 

The One Barrel 2.62 Run in Egg Harbor (November 26th) and the Northern Door YMCA Ugly Sweater Run in Fish Creek (December 3rd) are the only points races remaining before the year-end celebration for Run the Door on December 10th. 


Packers find offense too late in Buffalo

The Green Bay Packers had more first downs and yards than their hosts, but it was the Buffalo Bills that came away with the 27-17 victory in Orchard Park, New York Sunday night.

 

Both teams were effective in the running game, with Aaron Jones rushing for 143 of the Packers' 208 yards, compared to 153 for the Bills.

 

The Bills struck first when Josh Allen flipped one pass for a touchdown on a scramble to make it 7-0 and found Stefon Diggs for the second touchdown to make it 14-0. Allen was held mainly in check after that, throwing for two interceptions and held under 150 yards passing the rest of the game. The Packers would finally get on the board midway through the second quarter when Romeo Doubs made a twisting catch to make it 14-7. The Bills would quickly answer with a rushing touchdown and a field goal to make it 24-7 at the break.

 

The Packers and the Bills would trade field goals in the third quarter before Rodgers found Samori Toure for a late touchdown.

 

The Packers dropped their fourth straight game ahead of their matchup next Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. 

Bucks look to give Pistons tricks instead of treats

The Milwaukee Bucks hope to give you good action to enjoy your Halloween candy by when they play the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

 

The Bucks are 5-0 so far this year, including their pair of wins against the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks last week. A big reason why is Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 34.4 points, 14 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 blocks on the year according to Yahoo Sports. Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez are each averaging double-digits on the season too.

 

The Pistons beat the Golden State Warriors on Sunday thanks to the efforts of their first-round pick Cade Cunningham, who just missed out on a triple double. 

 

The Pistons will get two cracks this week to break a disturbing trend against their rivals from across the lake. The Pistons have not beaten the Bucks twice in a season since the 2017-2018 season. They broke a four-season long streak against the Bucks when they beat them January 3rd, 2022.

 

Tip is set for 7 p.m.

Gamblers spooked by Steel

The Green Bay Gamblers held the Chicago Steel scoreless the final two periods of their game on Saturday, but the damage was done early as they lost 7-1.

 

Gamblers goaltender Kristoffer Eberly exited the game after just over 12 minutes because he allowed four goals on just ten shots. Peyton Grainer played the final 47 minutes, making 14 saves on 17 shots. 

 

Mack Celebrini had a hat trick in the first period for the Steel, while Nicholas Moldenhauer, Jack Harvey, and Cameron Johnson all had multi-point games. Ten Steel players registered at least one point.

 

The Gamblers' lone bright spot came in the second period when Eli Sebastian scored his fifth goal of the season with just over two minutes remaining in the period.

 

The Gamblers will return the favor to the Steel when they travel to Geneva, Ill. for their next game on Friday. 

Miller, Bousley run well in state debut

Southern Door's Emma Bousley and Kewaunee's Hannah Miller made strong efforts in the first-ever race at the WIAA State Meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

 

Miller was the top local finisher with a time of 21:06 on the 5K course at Ridges Golf Course, which was good for 49th place overall. Bousley was not far behind her Packerland rival, covering the route in 21:19 for a 54th-place finish. 

Second quarter the difference in Bucks win

The Milwaukee Bucks outscored the Atlanta Hawks by six important points in the second quarter to take the 123-115 win.

 

Giannis Anetokounmpo and Jrue Holidays each scored 34 points in the victory. Two other players registered double figures for the Bucks. Four players scored in double figures on the night for the visiting Atlanta Hawks including 42 points scored by Trae Young.

 

The game was tight throughout, but ultimately an offensive call by Atlanta's Young sealed their fate with a little controversy, Brook Lopez's five three-pointers in the first half proved to be the special recipe for the Bucks as a part of their Halloween weekend set at the Fiserv Forum. 

Packers face tall task in Buffalo

If the Green Bay Packers are going to stop their early season free fall, they will have to do it against the NFL's best team Sunday night when they play the Buffalo Bills.

 

The Packers have lost three in a row, including last week's slim 23-21 loss to the Washington Commanders. Aaron Rodgers made headlines earlier this week when he called out the mental mistakes of its young wide receiver corps. It has contributed to the Packers residing in the bottom-third of many offensive categories.

 

The Bills have won three straight games including a 24-20 over the Chiefs last week.

 

Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. Sunday  night.

Clippers fall short of State trip on U102.1

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers fell to the Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran Eagles in a hard fought battle Saturday afternoon on U102.1. 

 

The majority of the game was a battle to control the ball with Sheboygan Christan/Lutheran scoring the first point early in the second half. 

 

The Eagles offense was able to break the defense with Nate Alsum assisting Gabe Elias to make the score 0-1. The Clippers continued to try to out maneuver the Eagles and were unsuccessful leaving the score 0-1. 

 

Sheboygan Christan/Lutheran continues on into the State Tournament, while Sturgeon Bay prepares for next season.

Miller, Bousley prepare for state meet

Two local freshmen will take on the biggest stage yet on Saturday when they run in the WIAA State Cross Country meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

 

Kewaunee's Hannah Miller and Southern Door's Emma Bousley earned their spots as two of the top five runners not competing as a member of a qualified team. Miller finished in fifth place at the Manitowoc Lutheran sectional with a time of 20:42, her fifth time breaking 21 minutes this season. Bousley reached the leaderboard in 10th place with a time of 21:23. She has cracked the 21:30 barrier five times, including two times breaking 21 minutes. Both runners took advantage of a fast Panther Invite course to post their personal records in the 5K.

 

Miller and Bousley will both line-up in Corral 10 at the Division 3 Girls State Meet Race, which begins at noon on Saturday. 

 

Picture courtesy of Southern Door School District

Clippers soccer looks for revenge on U-1021

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers soccer looks to avenge last year's sectional final loss when they travel to face Sheboygan Christian/Sheboygan in the 2022 WIAA Division 4 Sectional Final.

 

Emmett Braschnewitz picked a good time for the biggest save of his career, leading Sturgeon Bay to the sectional final in a 1-1 (7-6 SO) victory over Kiel on Thursday. Following Laden Hintz's goal in overtime, the two teams were even through the first six rounds of the shoot-out until Isaac Marsh put the Clippers ahead 7-6, setting the stage for Braschnewitz's heroics.

 

Sheboygan Christian/Sheboygan Lutheran made it to the sectional semi-final with a 2-0 victory over Kohler. They have outscored their opponents 13-1 in the tournament so far, The Clippers lost to Sheboygan Christian/Sheboygan Lutheran 3-1 in last year's sectional final thanks to two overtime goals. 

 

Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call from Kiel on U-1021 and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 3:45 p.m. with the pre-match show followed by the kickoff at 4 p.m.

Storm, Eagles set for rematch

The Kewaunee football team stormed out to a 24-0 lead and did not look back in its 27-13 triumph over Kiel Friday night.

 

After Maddix Mueller got the Storm on the scoreboard with a mid-range field goal on their opening drive, the two teams traded scoreless possession until the opening minutes of the second quarter when Tyler VanGoethem scored the first touchdown to make it 10-0. After forcing the Raiders to punt, the Storm took advantage of a short field to make it 17-0 on a short rush by Jesse Morales-Hernandez.

 

 

The Storm evened things up in the interception department when Brayden Obry caught a tipped pass from Raiders quarterback Connor Faust. A few plays later, quarterback Mitchell Thompson was able to tack on another touchdown with a back-shoulder throw to Caleb Schaller to make it 24-0 at halftime.

 

The Raiders' defense stiffened up after the break and their offense was able to sustain drives. They still would not score points until their first drive of the fourth quarter when Faust connected with Charles Freis with their first of two long touchdown passes. A Mueller field goal midway through the fourth quarter was all the Storm was able to register in the second half.

 

The Storm improved to 10-1 on the season, earning their second win against Kiel on the season. They will now travel to get their first win in two tries in Brussels when they travel to face Southern Door next Friday night. The Eagles exploded for points in the second quarter en route to a 34-7 victory over Chilton. The Storm lost their first meeting against the Eagles in Brussels earlier this season 19-4. The rematch will be broadcast on U-1021 and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

 

Phoenix basketball teams win exhibition openers

They are short on the details, but the Green Bay Phoenix did in fact win their exhibition openers earlier this week.

 

The Phoenix men were slow out of the gate but eventually beat St. Norbert 50-45. The Green Knights led the Phoenix 22-20 at halftime and tied the game again at 42-42 with 3:54 left. A late three by the Phoenix gave them the momentum to prevail in the end. Individual statistics were not shared.

 

The Phoenix women had a little more success against their in-state, Division III opponent as they beat UW-Oshkosh 83-51. The game featured some local flavor as Luxemburg-Casco alums Cassie Schiltz (Green Bay) and Jenna Jorgenson (UWO) got the opportunity to play against each other. No stats from the game were shared.

 

Both teams will end their exhibition slate with home games against Michigan Tech on November 2nd (women's) and November 3rd (men's). 

DCU wins conference meet

The Door County United girls high school swim team are champions yet again following their win on Thursday, October 27th. DCU is the 2022 Bay Conference Champions with their 582 point win. The team had many first-team, second-team, and honorable mentions for the season. Christy Braun (SBHS)  and Julia Michalski (SBHS) both finished first-team all-conference in all of their events for the meet. Isabella Jimenez Seyfer (SBHS) finished second-team all-conference in the 100-yard fly with her best time of 1:07.96. Molly Hall (SDHS) finished 6th overall in that same event, dropping about 5 seconds from her best time. Senior Sayna Wienke finished second-team all-conference and honorable mention in her events for the evening. The remainder of the conference awards is listed below. The junior varsity team finished in second place at the conference meet. Ophelia Linnan (SEV) and Jordis Brilla (SBHS) both finished first in each of their individual events for the evening for the junior varsity team. The varsity team will go on to compete at sectionals on November 5th at Neenah High School. 

 

First Team All Conference

Christy Braun (SBHS): 200 Yard Medley Relay, 200 Yard Individual Medley, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 100 Yard Breaststroke  

Regan Kasten (SBHS): 200 Yard Medley Relay, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 

Julia Michalski (SBHS): 200 Yard Medley Relay, 100 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 100 Yard Backstroke 

Danica Neville (SDHS): 200 Yard Freestyle Relay  

Cassie Rankin (SEV): 200 Yard Medley Relay, 200 Yard Freestyle

 

Second Team All Conference 

Natalia Michalski (SBHS): 400 Yard Freestyle Relay 

Danica Neville (SDHS): 100 Yard Backstroke, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay 

Cassie Rankin (SEV): 500 Yard Freestyle, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay 

Isabella Jimenez Seyfer (SBHS): 100 Yard Fly 

Sanya Wienke (SBHS): 200 Yard Individual Medley, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay 

 

Honorable Mention 

Chloe Bissen (SBHS): 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 

Caitlyn Hasenjager (SEV): 200 Yard Individual Medley, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay  

Regan Kasten (SBHS): 100 Yard Breaststroke 

Natalia Michalski (SBHS): 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 

Sanya Wienke (SBHS): 100 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay  

Football preview: Kewaunee hosts Kiel on U-1021

Two wins tonight (Friday) for local teams could set up a Packerland Conference gridiron match-up next Friday.

 

Southern Door carries its perfect record into its match-up against Chilton at 7 p.m.

 

On U-1021, Kewaunee will try to follow up its impressive performance with a rematch against Kiel. Also available on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com, the broadcast begins at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by kickoff at 7 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay's Braschnewitz saves SO shot, season on U-1021

Emmett Braschnewitz picked a good time for the biggest save of his career, leading Sturgeon Bay to the sectional final in a 1-1 (7-6 SO) victory over Kiel on Thursday.

 

After the full time of 80 minutes, the score was 0-0. In the second overtime period, Sturgeon Bay was able to take the lead with a headed-in goal by Laden Hintz,  but that lasted for only a minute as the Kiel Raiders tied in with 2 minutes to go in the game.

 

 

Through the first 6 rounds of the shoot-out, both teams were perfect until Isaac Marsh put the Clippers ahead 7-6, and the Clippers’ keeper Braschnewitz stopped the PK, sending Sturgeon Bay to Sectional Finals in Kiel Saturday.

 

 

The sectional final match pitting the Clippers against top-seeded Sheboygan Christian/Sheboygan Lutheran will be on U-102.1 at 4 p.m. on Saturday. It is a rematch of last year's sectional semi-final that saw the Clippers lose 3-1. 

 

Videos from Clipper Soccer Facebook page

Local volleyball teams ousted in sectional semifinals

There will be no return to the Resch Center for volleyball fans of Door and Kewaunee county-based teams.

 

Luxemburg-Casco lost its first best-of-five match since October 19th, 2019 in Appleton, losing to Xavier 25-20, 25-23, 25-15.

 

Sevastopol fared a little better in its sectional semi-final, losing in four sets to NEW Lutheran 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22.

 

It marks the first time since 2018 that a local representative will not be at the WIAA State Tournament. 

 

Picture courtesy of Ron LeCloux

Bucks continue homestand against Knicks

The Milwaukee Bucks' Halloween weekend residency continues on Friday with a game against the New York Knicks. 

 

The Bucks came back from 10 down in the third quarter to secure their third straight victory of the season on Wednesday, this time a 110-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points and collected 14 rebounds for the Bucks with Bobby Portis (20) and Jrue Holiday (15) also reaching double figures in the win.

 

The Knicks' Jalen Brunson scored 27 points and RJ Barrett added 22 in a 134-131 overtime win against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

 

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Brewers' Stearns out as baseball ops president

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that David Stearns is stepping down as president of baseball operations and will remain in an advisory role to ownership and baseball operations. Matt Arnold, who has served as senior vice president and general manager of the Brewers since 2020, will move into the lead role overseeing baseball operations.

Stearns joined the organization in October of 2015 as general manager and was named president of baseball operations prior to the 2019 season. 

“This is not an easy decision for me and is something I have been wrestling with for a long time,” said Stearns. “Mark Attanasio and I have had an open dialogue and we both knew this day could eventually come. It has been a priority for both of us that any transition would take place while the organization is in a healthy position with solid leadership and a talented roster going forward. That is certainly the case today."

“I’m very grateful to Mark and all of our staff for their support and efforts throughout my tenure with the Brewers,” Stearns continued. “Matt and I both arrived in 2015 and he is more than ready for this next opportunity. I am committed to serving as a resource to Matt as he sees fit as the organization moves through this transition.”

Under Stearns and Arnold, the Brewers have qualified for the postseason in four of the last five seasons with the 2022 team finishing one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the final Wild Card spot. In addition, the Brewers have the third most wins in the National League (481) over the last six years, trailing only Los Angeles and Atlanta.

“Over the last seven years, David has not only led our baseball operations at a high level, but he has also become a good friend,” said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio. “Our discussions about his long-term plans have always been open and candid, and while I am disappointed that David is stepping down, I am grateful to David and know he has a very bright future.”

“David’s impact on the organization has been transformational,” Attanasio continued. “He has created a process that has yielded highly competitive teams consistently and raised expectations to a new level both internally and with our fans. While we will miss David, I am excited for the opportunity this provides Matt. Matt is one of the brightest executives in the game. He brings a diverse set of experiences and has been integral to everything we have done as an organization during his time here.” 

Arnold joined the Brewers in October of 2015 as assistant general manager before being promoted to his current position on November 19, 2020. 

“I want to thank Mark and David for their support throughout my seven years here. I am excited to be taking the reins in leading our baseball operations efforts,” said Arnold. “We have a dedicated staff that has identified and developed talent at both the amateur and professional levels. This has served us well over the years and will allow for a seamless transition. 

“Milwaukee and Wisconsin are home to our family and home to fans who consistently demonstrate their passion for the Brewers,” Arnold continued. “I embrace the opportunity to continue working toward our goal – winning a World Series.” 

Arnold has 22 seasons of professional baseball experience in a variety of roles, including time with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Texas Rangers (2002), Cincinnati Reds (2003-06) and Tampa Bay Rays (2007-15).

Sturgeon Bay Soccer set for sectional clash on U102.1

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers will play host to the Kiel Raiders in a WIAA sectional semifinal match at Clark Field Thursday night. 

 

Sturgeon Bay is coming off of a match against the Wrightstown Tigers were they narrowly escaped, winning that one 3-2 in a last second goal by Robert Alas to escape and clinch a regional championship. The Clippers will host Kiel, who they took on earlier in the season, as they were able to defeat the Raiders 3-2 in Kiel. The Clippers, with a win, would be one game away from state with a potential matchup against the team that knocked them out last year, Sheboygan Christian/Sheboygan Lutheran. 

 

Kiel is coming off of a 2-0 win over St. Mary's Catholic after a good season overall. If they were to upset Sturgeon Bay, they would have a sectional final home match as that is the scheduled sectional neutral field site. The Raiders will have a big test against the Clippers though however, who are hungry for a state trip. 

 

The broadcast will air on U102.1 and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com with pregame beginning at 6:45 and first touch scheduled for 7:00. 

Volleyball sectionals begin Thursday for L-C, Sevastopol

Luxemburg-Casco and Sevastopol are two matches away from a date at the Resch Center, with sectional play beginning on Thursday.

 

The Pioneers head to Green Bay to face Packerland Conference foe NEW Lutheran at 7 p.m. Both teams won their regional title games in four sets, and the victor will take on the winner of Monticello and Heritage Christian on Saturday.

 

The Spartans head to Appleton to face top-seeded Xavier at 7 p.m. Xavier swept Freedom in their regional final match while it took four sets for the Spartans to put Fox Valley Lutheran away. The winner will take on either Tomahawk or Oconto Falls on Saturday.

Bucks earn comeback win vs. Nets

The Milwaukee Bucks came back from 10 down in the third quarter to secure their third straight victory of the season on Wednesday, this time a 110-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

 

The Bucks entered the second half down 55-45, but they outscored their Eastern Conference rivals 35-21 in the third quarter and 32-23 in the fourth quarter to get the victory.

 

The Nets' stars came to shine with Kevin Durant scoring 33 points and Kyrie Irving adding 27. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points and collected 14 rebounds for the Bucks with Bobby Portis (20) and Jrue Holiday (15) also reaching double figures in the win.

 

The Bucks will play against the Knicks on Friday. 

When the Clock Strikes Twelve-- Iconic Y Swim Program Rings in another Unique Tradition

The DCY SWIM Team continues a new and special tradition as they host their 2nd Annual Midnight Swim Practice beginning Saturday, October 29th at 11pm at the Door County YMCA.

Swimmers, coaches, and parents are excited to see the return of the Midnight Swim which officially kicks off their 2022-2023 season. The team consists of approx. 130 young athletes ranging from 6-18 years old. Besides a full practice, the event includes music, glow sticks, high energy foods, and games for the swimmers including a greased pumpkin relay.

“The Midnight Swim Practice was inspired by some of the bigger programs on the East Coast, like New Jersey,” said DCY Head Coach Mike McHugh. “It’s a first of its kind in this area, something unique; another tradition that we have added to our program.”

The team has set an exceptionally high standard for competitive swimming for several years. Last season, DCY SWIM named six State Champions, placed 4th as a team at the State Championship Meet, and qualified 3 National swimmers! DCY has seen 32 swimmers receive Division 1 and 2 athletic scholarships over the years, adding several swimmers recently. Three recent DCY graduating seniors signed onto D1 universities, including two who received athletic scholarships.

Another DCY alum, Max McHugh, Coach McHugh's son, is the current NCAA D1 Champion for the 100 Breaststroke, 2nd in the nation in 200 yard breaststroke, and was a finalist in the 2021 Olympic Trials in the 100 meter breaststroke. This will be his last year competing for the Univ. of Minnesota swim program.

 

The 2nd Annual DCY Midnight Swim Practice will take place Sat. Oct. 29 - Sun. Oct. 30, beginning at 11pm, at the Carla and Ellsworth Peterson Aquatics Center at the Door County YMCA. The event will be closed to the general public, but open to registered DCY swimmers, their families, as well as the press.  The Door County YMCA - Sturgeon Bay Program Center is located at 1900 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. For more information, please visit www.teamunify.com/team/widcy/page/home or contact DCY Head Coach Mike McHugh at (920) 743-4949. 

 

Photo from 2021 season kick-off

Bucks tangle with Nets

The Milwaukee Bucks will look to stay undefeated on Wednesday as they travel to New York to take on the Brooklyn Nets.  The Bucks (2-0) are coming off back-to-back wins against Philadelphia and Houston.  On Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo became the first player in Buck’s history to score 44 points or more in 28 minutes or less.  Only five other NBA players have accomplished that feat in the past.  Brooklyn (1-2) are coming off a 134-124 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies where Kevin Durant scored 37 points for the Nets.  Gametime tipoff is set for 6:30 pm at Barclays Center.

Green Bay Packers players visit Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy cadets

Seven members of the Green Bay Packers football team — linebacker Kingsley Enagbare, running back Aaron Jones, wide receiver Romeo Doubs, tackle Sean Rhyan, wide receiver Samori Toure, tackle Rasheed Walker and defensive lineman Johnathan Ford — visited the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy campus at Fort McCoy, Wis., Oct. 18.

 

During their visit, players shared lunch with cadets, toured cadet living quarters and other buildings on campus, and answered questions from cadets.

 

The voluntary Challenge Academy program uses a structured military-style environment and state-certified teachers and counselors to reshape the lives of 16-to-18-year-olds at risk of not completing high school.

 

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be accepted into the Challenge Academy,” Joane Mathews, Challenge Academy director, told the visiting Packers players. “Not everybody can come — you can’t be court-ordered, you have to want to make a change, you have to want to get your high school education.”

 

Mathews explained that Challenge Academy uses a quasi-military setting to instill discipline and structure in the lives of cadets whose academic performance may have suffered from a lack of structure and discipline.

 

“They learn how to a leader, they learn how to be a follower,” Mathews said. “They learn all these other soft skills that maybe they learned earlier, but it’s a good reminder.”

 

Cadets attend the Challenge Academy for 22 weeks during the residential phase, and their daily routine is rigidly structured. They wake up at 5:20 a.m. and take part in some physical exercise before breakfast, and then their day is split between academic classes, community service and courses on character development and resilience. Cadets also work on their post-residential plan — goals they want to achieve in the 12 months immediately after graduating from the Challenge Academy residential phase.

 

Cadets do not have access to cell phones, music or social media during the residential phase, but they do have access to hundreds of books on campus.

 

“They come from backgrounds and experiences where they realize that they weren’t going down the right path, and they realize that they needed to change course,” Mathews said. “We tell them they have to have the courage to change — that’s our motto.”

 

Jones told cadets that he was raised in a military household and understood the discipline and structure they were experiencing. This likely helped develop his personal dedication to excellence.

 

“You only get one chance at this football team, so you have to make the most of it,” Jones said. “Take advantage of your opportunity and make the most of that.”

 

Answering a question about what set them apart from teammates, Doubs said he was a quiet guy.

 

“But there’s nothing wrong with that,” he added.

 

When asked about personal sacrifices, Ford spoke of being a highly recruited high school athlete, but his 1.4 grade point average in his junior year put his college eligibility at risk. Applying himself to studying and taking online classes to improve his grade point average came at the cost of spending time with friends.

 

“I can relate to all of you guys in here,” Ford said. “Just keep pushing and keep your head straight. This is the sacrifice for you guys right here, leaving your family, coming somewhere uncomfortable to succeed in your journey. Just keep pushing.”

 

Walker expressed his respect for what the cadets were doing to turn their lives around.

 

“Keep it up — you all will be blessed,” Walker said. “To be 17 years old and committed to change your lives, I know it’s hard. When I first got here I didn’t really know what I was expecting. I saw you marching in and I’m not gonna lie, I kinda chuckled a little bit. But once I started to understand what was going on — the discipline, the commitment — that’s real stuff. I really respect you all.”

 

The professional athletes compared the daily structure of the football season with the experience of cadets at the Academy.

 

“It’s important for you guys to know what inspires and motivates you,” Toure said. “When stuff gets hard, when it’s early and you have to get to your training, you have to get to your ‘why’ — why are you here, why are you doing this — what motivates you to do this.”

Rhyan recommended taking life one day at a time.

 

“You’re gonna have bad days, you’re gonna have bad thoughts,” Rhyan said. “That’s life — I’m not gonna tell you it’s rainbows and butterflies, because it’s not. But when you do have those bad days, you’ve got that schedule — take it little by little. Tomorrow is tomorrow — every day is new.” 

 

Ford encouraged cadets to retain what they were learning at Challenge Academy.

 

“You don’t want to go home and go straight back to the same bad habits you had before you got here,” Ford said. “You got to make sure you carry everything you learn here with you when you go home.” 

 

Doubs told cadets that at their age, he was not making the best choices.

 

“Things I was doing then, I shouldn’t be here today is what I’m saying,” Doubs said. Despite that, he overcame the challenge of coming from a small high school to play for a Division 1 college football team, and made it to the National Football League even though he played for a small Division 1 school.

 

““I beat the odds again,” Doubs said. “I set a higher standard for myself so that when the day is over I don’t live in regret. I can say I did everything I had to do for today.”

 

Jones spoke about how perseverance and resilience shape his career.

 

“I want to be the best, when it’s all said and done — I want them to say ‘you were the best running back to ever play the game,’” Jones said. “But also, it’s how I feed my family. You want to block the negative thoughts out, but if something negative happens you find the positive in the negative.”

 

Members of the Green Bay Packers have met with Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy cadets since 2004, Mathews said.

 

“[It provides] a motivational tool for our cadets,” she explained, “a rare opportunity to meet professional players. Our cadets have a unique opportunity to ask thought-provoking questions — listening to their answers helps [our cadets] learn and grow to be responsible citizens. Hearing from the Packers reinforces the role ‘character’ plays in our lives.”

 

As they were returning to Green Bay, Jones praised the Challenge Academy.

 

“It’s a beautiful thing you are doing,” he said. “Thank you for letting us be a part of it.”

Gamblers look ahead to Halloween game after weekend split

The Green Bay Gamblers will play a single game this weekend in front of ghouls, goblins, and the Chicago Steel after a weekend split against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

 

In Friday's game, the Gamblers fell 3-0 early before rebounding with two power-play goals in a 4-2 defeat. Eli Sebastian and Artyom Levshunov registered the goals for the Gamblers.

 

On Sunday,  the Gamblers and Rough Riders were in an offensive stalemate before Sebastian knocked in the game-winner in overtime for the 2-1 victory.

 

The Gamblers return to the Resch Center at 3:05 p.m. when they battle the Chicago Steel, the same day the organization hosts their Trick or Treat Trail.

Phoenix men open 2022 campaign against St. Norbert

Fans will get their first look at the Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team on Tuesday when they host the St. Norbert Green Knights at Resch Center.

 

As has been the case for much of Will Ryan's tenure at Green Bay, the Phoenix will bring an almost entirely new roster to the court, with 10 of the roster's 15 players coming from outside of the program. That includes Donovan Short, who hassled Luxemburg-Casco and Southern Door in matchups last year as a member of the Denmark basketball team. 

 

St. Norbert is coming into the year after a 16-10 season and a third-place finish in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in NCAA DIII. Gary Grzesk brings his program to the Resch Center after years of starring for the Phoenix at the now-demolished Brown County Arena.

 

The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.

Tickets on sale for select WIAA events

You can start buying your tickets now for select WIAA State Series events.

 

Clicking this link will allow you to buy your tickets for the state cross-country meet in Wisconsin Rapids featuring Kewaunee's Hannah Miller and Southern Door's Emma Bousley, the state soccer tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, the state swimming and diving meet at the Waukesha South High School Natatorium, and the state football championships at Wisconsin Rapids High School (Eight-Player) and Camp Randall Stadium (11-player).

 

You have to go through TicketStar in order to pre-purchase your tickets for the state volleyball tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Blizzard on a signing spree

The Green Bay Blizzard are busy forming their 2023 roster.

 

The Blizzard has re-signed seven players this month. You can read more about those players below. The Blizzard open their season on March 19th at the Resch Center when the Frisco Fighters come to Green Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five local athletes capture top Packerland honors

Gibraltar/Sevastopol's Theo Goode, Kewaunee's Mitchell Thompson, and Southern Door's Taylor Schaefer, Kody Marchant, and Lance LeGrave were named the Packerland Conference's top player in their respective sports.

 

Goode won the top spot for the All-Packerland Conference soccer team, one of four to be named to the first team, second team, or honorable mention. Sturgeon Bay placed seven, and Kewaunee and Algoma each had five. 

 

Schaefer was named the top defensive player, and Thompson captured top offensive player honors for the All-Packerland Conference football team. Marchant and LeGrave captured top lineman honors. Kewaunee took 17 spots across three teams, followed by Southern Door's 14. Sturgeon Bay placed 14 players on the teams as well.

 

The Peninsula Conference, made up of the area's Eight-Player teams, was not included in the press release sent by Commissioner Mike Holtz.

 

For volleyball, NEW Lutheran's Greta Wise was named the Player of the Year as a part of the All-Packerland Conference volleyball team. Regional champion Sevastopol placed five across the three teams, followed by four for regional finalist Southern Door, two for Gibraltar, three for Sturgeon Bay, and four for Algoma.

 

You can click on the links above for the full teams.

Packers' hopes of resurgence kicked in the Heinicke

For the third straight week, a first-half lead turned into a loss for the Green Bay Packers, this time at the hands of the Washington Commanders 23-21.

 

Things were looking for the Packers this week, with Aaron Jones getting plenty of touches in the first quarter en route to a 4-yard touchdown grab to put them ahead. Devondre Campbell scored his first NFL touchdown on a Pick-Six interception return to put the Packers up 14-3, which is sadly where the Packers would stay until the final moments of the game.

 

Both sides of the ball seemed to shut down after a scoop-and-score by Rasul Douglas was negated because of an illegal contact penalty against Eric Stokes. That served as a springboard for the Commanders, which would score the following 20 points, including a pair of touchdown passes from Taylor Heinicke. Jones and Rodgers would hook up again with just over three minutes to go in the game. They would get the ball back with 23 seconds left, but a series of laterals could not spring the Packers to the endzone, sending them to their third straight loss. 

 

It does not get easier for the Packers, who play in prime time at Buffalo next week.

Five teams, two athletes enter second week of tournament action

While the majority of the area's athletes are already looking ahead to the winter season, two runners and four teams still have plenty to play for this fall.

 

Southern Door and Kewaunee each won their football games in routs last Friday night, outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 120-6. Both teams will play at home, with the Storm hosting Kiel and the Eagles battling Chilton. If both teams win, they would play each other in Level 3 action. The Storm game will air on U-1021 beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by kickoff at 7 p.m.

 

Sturgeon Bay soccer captured its 13th straight regional championship scoring five goals in a 3-2 victory over Wrightstown on Saturday. The Clippers will host the Kiel Raiders this Thursday in a WIAA sectional semifinal game at 7:00 at Clark Field. The game will appear on U-1021.

 

Southern Door's Emma Bousley and Kewaunee's Hannah Miller are freshmen that ran like seniors as they qualified for the state cross-country meet. The two girls will run at noon on Saturday at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Luxemburg-Casco, Sevastopol claim regional volleyball titles

Two of the three local volleyball teams competing for regional titles emerged victorious in their respective matches.

 

The Spartans toppled Fox Valley Lutheran 25-23, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24 to win the title and to improve to 38-8 on the season.

 

Sevastopol defeated Central Wisconsin Christian 22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-14 and will now travel to Green Bay to take on Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran Providence Academy Thursday night for the sectional semi-final.

 

Southern Door could not break through defending state champion Howards Grove, losing in straight sets 25-9, 25-8, 25-10. 

 

 

Freshman duo qualify for state meet

Kewaunee's Hannah Miller and Southern Door's Emma Bousley ran in their first sectional meet on Saturday and now, will compete in their first state meet.

 

The pair each broke 21:30 to qualify for the state meet to be held in Wisconsin Rapids next weekend.

 

You can visit NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com and click on the school of your choice for additional coverage, including times from all of the competing runners. 

Clippers Soccer overcomes mistakes, wins Regional Championship on U102.1

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers were able to sneak by the Wrightstown Tigers 3-2 and win a regional championship thanks to some late game heroics. 

 

The Clippers opened the game fast, as Gavin Fernandez put the ball into the back of the net 29 seconds into the game. That made it 1-0 Clippers early. But that would not be all of early scoring. 

 

Isaac Schultz found the back of the net in the 6th minute off of a great set up from Ben Hooker, who was credited with an assist on the Schultz goal. 

 

Things then went south for the Clippers, as they let up two own goals to bring the game back to a 2-2 tie. One own goal in the 16th minute, and a costly one in the 70th minute as the game was tied, and appeared to be heading into overtime. 

 

With 16 seconds left in the match, Robert Alas decided to play hero and put a ball right in front of the net into the back of the net, and clinch the Regional Championship for Sturgeon Bay. 

 

The Clippers will host the Kiel Raiders next Thursday in a WIAA sectional semifinal game at 7:00 at Clark Field. 

Packers desperate for win Sunday vs. Commanders

The Green Bay Packers are hoping to snap a two-game losing streak and avoid going under .500 on Sunday when they play in our Nation's capital against the Washington Commanders.

 

The Packers were embarrassed on Sunday against their own fans as they offense sputtered for its second straight game in a 27-10 to the New York Jets. It marked the first losing streak of at least two games in the Matt LaFleur.

 

The Commanders have not been great either, despite winning their last game against the Chicago Bears 12-7. An injury to Carson Wentz will spring Taylor Heinicke into action, who rushed for almost 100 yards in a PFT loss to the Packers last season.

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Clippers thumped by Storm on U102.1

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers were unable to get anything going in a crushing loss to the Kewaunee Storm 71-6. 

 

The Storm’s running game scored early and often in this game, totaling over 400 yards on the ground throughout the game. A combination of Kavon Zokan, Owen Carlson, Jesse Morales Hernandez, and Mitchell Thompson all had huge games running the football. Carlson impacted the game on all levels, in the special teams, and in the receiving game. The Storm reached the 71 mark after going for two with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, and that was all for the rest of the game. 

 

For Sturgeon Bay, David Zuehlke was able to get into the endzone, but that was all for the offense. The defense was not able to stop the high powered Kewaunee offense for the second time this season, and it was a tough loss to end their season. A strong showing for a young Clippers team coming off of a trip from 8 Player football has nothing to hang their heads on and will be a conference contender come next season. 

 

The Kewaunee Storm will play host to the 6 seeded Kiel Raiders, a matchup from week one of the season. That game will be covered on U102.1 and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com. 

Eagles fly past Lions on 104.1 WRLU

The Southern Door Eagles avenged their 2020 playoff loss to Brillion in a big way on Friday night, beating them 49-0.

 

Zach Lynch tallied three touchdowns on the ground while Jonas Jandrin scored two of his own through the air and on the ground. Drew Daoust was the one that provided Jandrin the toss to put the game well out of reach for the Eagles. Christian Counard even got in on the act on defense, taking an interception return for the touchdown.

 

A feel-good moment of the game happened late when backup quarterback Lauden Berg found his brother Braylon for a touchdown pass. 

 

The Eagles will be back in action next week when they host Chilton in Brussels.

Luxemburg-Casco falls to Fox Valley Lutheran in playoffs on 96.7 WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans could not overcome a 21-0 deficit in the first half, falling 21-12 to the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes Friday night in WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff action in Luxemburg.

The Foxes started out the scoring with an opening drive of 68 yards that was culminated by a one-yard run by Jack Egan.  Fox Valley Lutheran then took control of the game with a three-yard run by Egan and an 18-yard pass from quarterback Liam Heiges to Benett Reader to make the score 21-0 in the second quarter.

The Spartans came up with a big play late in the first half to stay in the game with a 40-yard strike from Braydon Loritz to Braden Schley with only :04 seconds left in the half to make it 21-6 after the extra point attempt was unsuccessful.

The game stayed scoreless through the third quarter, but the Spartans had a first and goal-to-go from the two with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and could not score as a fourth down pass was intercepted.

The Spartans didn’t quit as they were able to rally with a 19-yard pass from Loritz to Sawyer Dorn with 1:23 left in the game to close the score to 21-12.  The two-point play failed and the Foxes recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory.

#4 Luxemburg-Casco finishes the season at 5-5, while #5 Fox Valley Lutheran (6-4) will now travel to West Salem next Friday to play the #1 seeded Titans who defeated Waupaca 49-0.

(photo courtesy of Ron LeCloux)

Vikings can't run past Titans, injuries on 105.1 The Vikings

In a heavyweight match-up between the Peninsula Conference's top two teams, it was Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas delivering the knockout blows in the third quarter of a 30-21 victory over the Gibraltar Vikings in the first round of the WIAA Eight-Player Playoffs.

 

The  Vikings stood firm in the game's first two quarters, forcing the Titans into a number of failed fourth-down conversions and a scoreless second frame. Braden Sitte opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown  only to be answered by the Titans' Sam Marquardt passing to Sidney  Sylvester to make it 8-6 at the end of one quarter.


Sitte would score the only touchdown of the second quarter on a one-yard keeper to send the Vikings to a 13-8 halftime lead. Hayden Reetz picked off a Marquardt pass that stemmed off one of the Titans' second quarter drives.

 

 

Paired with an injury to Sitte late in the second quarter, the Titans turned up the pressure in the third quarter which would change the tide for the rest of the game for the Vikings. Marquardt immediately turned a blocked punt into a 16-yard touchdown run, giving the Titans a lead they would not give up. He would also score on a 58-yard quarterback to keeper to make it 22-13.

 

The Titans would put the game on ice early in the fourth quarter with Marquardt's fourth total touchdown, this time on a 13-yard  rush. The Vikings gave their fans two lasting memories in the game's final minutes. With all the seniors on the field, an injured Sitte retook the field to kneel the ball, allowing a curtain call for the over 10 players that played their final home game. William Lecy would add one last bright spot, turning a Giovanni Mercier screen pass into a 64-yard touchdown for the final score of the game.

 

The Vikings ended their season 8-1 and the champions of the Peninsula Conference.

 

 

Volleyball teams hope for sectional berth with Saturday wins

Three local teams could clinch regional titles on Saturday with wins on Saturday night.

 

The Southern Door Eagles will travel to defending Division 3 state champion Howards Grove.

 

The reigning Division 2 champion Luxemburg-Casco Spartans will host Fox Valley Lutheran.

 

The Sevastopol Pioneers will visit Central Wisconsin Christian in Waupun. 

 

All matches begin at 7 p.m on Saturday, with sectionals happening next week.

Cross country teams look for state berth

The area's cross-country teams hope to extend their season at least another week with sectionals occurring on Saturday.

 

Sturgeon Bay and Luxemburg-Casco head to Deer Run Golf Course to race against Brillion, Chilton, Denmark, Kiel, Little Chute, North Fond du Lac, Notre Dame De La Baie Academy, Oostburg, Plymouth, Sheboygan Falls, Two Rivers, Wrightstown, and Xavier. First races begin at 10 a.m.

 

Algoma, Sevastopol, Gibraltar, Kewaunee, and Southern Door travel to Manitowoc's Meadow Links Golf Course for their sectional meet. They will also run against Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Hilbert, Howards Grove, Kohler, Lourdes Academy, Mishicot, New Holstein, Reedsville, Roncalli, Sheboygan Lutheran, St. Mary's Springs, Valders, Valley Christian, and Winnebago Lutheran Academy. The first races begin at 11 a.m.

 

The top teams plus individual qualifiers, will race again in the state meet next Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids. 

 

Four local teams featured on NRSN football broadcasts Friday

Rematches are the theme for the first week of the WIAA playoff games featuring local teams. 

 

On 96.7 WBDK, Luxemburg-Casco will try to beat Fox Valley Lutheran for the second time this season with a date against Waupaca or West Salem on the line.

 

Over on U-1021, Sturgeon Bay will try to avenge a loss earlier this season when they head south to face Kewaunee. Winner gets either Wittenberg-Birnamwood or Kiel.

 

Gibraltar and Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas will try to live up to their last matchup when the two teams face each other again on 105.1 The GOAT. The victor would draw either Wabeno/Laona or Florence for their second-round matchup.

 

Southern Door will stay at home to face Brillion. The Eagles would host either Chilton or Clintonville with a victory.

 

All games begin at 7 p.m. with NEW Radio Sports Network coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. with their respective pregame shows.

Volleyball round-up: L-C, Southern Door, and Sevastopol advances

Three local teams will play for a regional title on Saturday thanks to successful outings on the volleyball court on Thursday.

 

Luxemburg-Casco made quick work of Plymouth in three straight sets 25-10, 25-13, 25-17.

 

Sevastopol took care of Cambria-Friesland in four sets 23-25, 25-5, 25-14, 25-14.

 

Southern Door had to go the distance but pulled out the victory against Manitowoc Lutheran 17-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-13. 

 

Algoma lost to Southern Door's next opponent Howards Grove in straight sets 25-6, 25-10, 25-8.

 

The Eagles will travel to Howards Grove, the Spartans will host Fox Valley Lutheran, and the Pioneers will visit Central Wisconsin Christian for 7 p.m matches on Saturday with regional championships on the line.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco volleyball

Soccer round-up: Sturgeon Bay Soccer advances to Regional Finals on The Clipper

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers started their playoff run strong with a 5-0 victory over the St. Lawerence Seminary Hilltoppers on Thursday night. Leading the way with four goals was senior Ben Hooker. Starting the scoring in the match was Isaac Schulz within the first 3 minutes. The Clippers look to clinch another Regional Championship Saturday night when they host Wrightstown, which beat Algoma 2-0. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on 103.3/96.7 WBDK HD-2 The Clipper.

 

 

The final score of 2-0 was also the eliminating scores of Gibraltar/Sevastopol's match at Winnebago Lutheran and Luxemburg-Casco at Kewaskum, making the Clippers the only team to advance in the WIAA Soccer playoffs.

Bucks edge Sixers

The Milwaukee Bucks captured their first victory of the 2022-2023 campaign with 90-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo narrowly missed out on a triple-double as he led the Bucks in all offensive categories with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Brook Lopez added 17 points while Grayson Allen and Bobby Portis also cracked double digits. 

 

The 76ers made things interesting in the fourth quarter, down 73-63. James Harden's lay-up with under seven minutes to go tied the game, and the two teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with another Harden basket giving the 76ers a two-point lead with 1:43 remain. A Wesley Matthews three-pointer with 24.7 seconds proved to be the game-winner for the Bucks.

 

The Bucks are back in action on Saturday when they host the Houston Rockets at 7 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay, St. Lawrence Seminary on The Clipper highlights WIAA soccer tournament openers

Sturgeon Bay will begin their push towards another state title on Thursday when they take on St. Lawrence Seminary at Clark Field.

 

Take out a pair of losses at the Cedarburg Tournament, the Clippers have posted five straight clean sheets while scoring  26 goals. That includes a mercy-rule aided 8-0 win over Peshtigo and a 2-0 victory over Gibraltar Sevastopol.

 

While the Clippers had a first-round bye, St. Lawrence Seminary shut out Kewaunee 6-0. Eugenio Tinoco and Noah Reither registered hat tricks for St. Lawrence Seminary, while Kiet Pham collected two assists. 

 

The winner takes on the victor in the Wrightstown/Algoma match on Saturday at a time to be determined. Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call on 103.3/96.7 WBDK HD-2 beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame followed by the opening kick at 7 p.m.

 

Other matchups slated for Thursday include Gibraltar/Sevastopol visiting Winnebago Lutheran Academy at Marian University in Fond du Lac (4 p.m.), Algoma traveling to face Wrightstown (4:30 p.m.), and Luxemburg-Casco heading to Kewaskum (7 p.m.).

DCU swimmers continue season at Shawano

The Door County United Swim Team will take their talents west to Shawano High School for the Conference Sprints Invitational. 
 

The team finished strong at Small School State on Saturday, October 15th. The team finished 8th overall out of 16 teams scoring 165 total points. The invitational had both swimming and diving included in the scoring, however, DCU does not have a diving team. The competition consisted of teams from Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Danica Neville (SDHS) had a phenomenal meet, finishing 10th overall in the 100-yard backstroke and 5th overall in the 100-yard breaststroke, scoring 28 points. Cassie Rankin (SEV) finished 8th in the 100-yard butterfly and 9th in the 500-yard freestyle, scoring 20 points overall. Sanya Wienke (SBHS) was very successful with her 7th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley and 14th place in the 100-yard freestyle, scoring 15 points for the team. Caitlyn Hasenjager (SEV) and Chloe Bissen (SBHS) both had great meets as well, scoring 13 and 5 points, respectively. Despite not coming home with the win, the team swam exceptionally well and held their own against some teams from outside the conference.

 

Thursday's meet begins at 5:30 p.m.

Milwaukee to add professional soccer

Professional soccer will soon call Milwaukee with a new stadium to boot.

 

The United Soccer League (USL) and local investors Kacmarcik Enterprises and Milwaukee Pro Soccer announced on Wednesday that a new stadium anchoring the future Iron District will house a future USL Championship franchise. USL Championship is a level below Major League Soccer (MLS) and recently saw one of its franchises, the Sacramento Republic, beat three MLS sides on its way to a berth in the U.S. Open Cup Final. 

 

The proposed stadium will also be the home for Marquette soccer and lacrosse teams and anchor the Iron District development, including a hotel, an indoor concert venue, and more amenities.

 

The team could be the third USL franchise to call Wisconsin home once it starts up in 2025. Forward Madison FC was the top draw for the USL League 1 in 2022, while USL League Two could once again feature the Green Bay Voyageurs if it returns after the hiatus it took this year.

Packerland volleyball, other sports finish regular season

The Packerland Conference volleyball tournament this weekend shuffled some teams in the final conference standings. 

 

The NEW Lutheran/Providence Academy Blazers were able to win the conference tournament, and secure enough points to finish in first place in the conference. The Blazers beat the Southern Door Eagles in a best of three set series in the championship match to clinch the title. Southern Door would finish in third behind the Sevastopol Pioneers, who they beat to get to the title match. 

 

Other area teams results in the conference tournament saw Algoma finish in fourth place, Sturgeon Bay finish in sixth place, Gibraltar finish 7th, and Kewaunee round out the field in 9th. 

 

Full season conference standing results are listed below. 

 

School - Total Season Points 

 

NEW Lutheran-Providence - 20

Sevastopol - 17

Southern Door - 16

Peshtigo - 15

Sturgeon Bay - 12

Algoma - 12

Oconto  - 6

Gibraltar - 3

Kewaunee - 0

 

The football season finished with Southern Door as champions, the Soccer season had Sturgeon Bay come away as champions, and boys and girls cross country was won by Peshtigo. In Peninsula conference 8-Player football, Gibraltar was able to bring home the conference title. 

Luxemburg-Casco Volleyball starts state run with sweep of Green Bay West

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans started the road to repeating as the state champions with a convincing three set sweep of Green Bay West (25-5, 25-13, 25-4).  Alayna Deprez led the Spartans with 14 assists with Autumn Flynn dominating at the net with eight kills.  Josie Dorner and Brook Vandehei each added ten aces and six aces, respectively, to provide a boost from the service line.  The #2 Spartans (36-8) will now host #10 Plymouth on Thursday in regional semi-final play.  

 

 

Phoenix women picked second for Horizon League

Green Bay women's basketball is gearing up for the 2022-23 season, and today, the Horizon League office announced the 2022-23 #HLWBB preseason poll. The Phoenix was selected to finish second, only behind Youngstown State.

GB received 106 points from the league's coaches as well as two first-place votes. The Penguins just edged out the Phoenix with 118 points.

Hailey Oskey, a senior guard, was tabbed to the Preseason All-League First Team. Oskey headlines a Green Bay team that finished third in the HL a year ago. Oskey was named HL All-League First Team and #HLWBB Player of the Week once last year.

Bailey Butler, the reigning Horizon League Freshman of the Year, garnered a Preseason All-League Second Team accolade. In 2021-22, Butler garnered four Horizon League Freshman of the Week awards, including three in a row from February 7 to February 21. Maddy Schreiber won FOTW twice, first on December 13, and again on December 27.

 

Twelve of the 15 players from the 2021-22 roster will return for the Phoenix this year. Green Bay also welcomed transfers Tatum Koenig, Natalie McNeal, and Brehna Evans to the squad in the offseason. Koenig is a grad transfer from Bradley, while McNeal and Evans add to the montage of local talent head coach Kevin Borseth has brought to GB. McNeal played high school basketball at Germantown before playing two years collegiately at St. Louis and Evans played at West De Pere before her four years at St. Cloud State.

The 2022-23 campaign begins on Wednesday, October 26, when Green Bay hosts UW-Oshkosh for the first of two exhibition games. Green Bay's preseason action will conclude Wednesday, November 2 with a home showdown against Michigan Tech.

The Phoenix begins the regular season on Monday, November 7 when they visit Drake. Some games to highlight on the schedule include the St. Pete's Showcase in late November and a showdown against Wisconsin on Dec. 14 at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay. Horizon League play begins on December 1 at Milwaukee.

Kewaunee soccer looks to extend season

The Kewaunee soccer team hopes their season has not met its end on Tuesday when it travels to face St. Lawrence Seminary.

 

The Storm picked up its only win of the season on October 3rd when they beat Washington Island 3-0. They have otherwise gone 0-13, averaging less than a goal a game and have been shut out seven times. 

 

St. Lawrence Seminary is paying for the sins of a five-match losing streak in the middle of the season. They split their two matches the final week of the season, beating Lourdes/Valley Christian 4-2 and losing to Central Wisconsin Christian 1-0.

 

Match time is set for 4 p.m. with the winner being rewarded with a trip to Sturgeon Bay to battle the Clippers.

 

 

Regional volleyball play opens Tuesday

The first stop on the way to the Resch Center next month start on Tuesday for area volleyball teams.

 

Defending state champion Luxemburg-Casco will open play at home against Green Bay West.

 

Matchups featuring Packerland Conference opponents include Gibraltar visiting Southern Door, Sevastopol hosting Marion, Kewaunee traveling to Oostburg, Sturgeon Bay taking a road trip to Kiel, and Algoma battling Reedsville at home.

 

All matches begin at 7 p.m.

Kewaunee/Sturgeon Bay game to be broadcast on U-1021

You will be able to catch this Friday's Sturgeon Bay/Kewaunee game on a new station this week as a part of the NEW Radio Sports Network's coverage of the WIAA playoffs.

 

To accommodate the local audience of both fan bases, the game will switch from its season-long home of 103.3/96.7 WBDK HD-2 The Clipper to U-1021. The game will also be available at U1021.com, NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com, and the Door County Daily News mobile app. 

 

The game is a rematch of their week seven matchup that saw the Clippers' quarterback Danny Lodl get knocked out of the game with a season-ending injury and the Storm run away with a 55-14 victory.

 

NEW Radio Sports Network will follow the winner of the Sturgeon Bay/Kewaunee game throughout their playoff run, with all remaining playoff matchups airing on U-1021 and the appropriate online channels. 

Blizzard announce season schedule

Sunday's disappointment at Lambeau Field may get you thinking about the football played at the Resch Center.

 

The Green Bay Blizzard announced the schedule for the 2023 season as it celebrates 20 years of being an organization.

 

The season will open on March 19th with a home game against the Frisco Fighters. The Blizzard will play four straight home games from April 21st to May 20th, but will close out the year with three straight road games beginning on June 23rd.

 

You can find the schedule below:

 

DCU takes eighth at Small School State

The Door County United (DCU) girls' high school swim team finished strong at Small School State on Saturday, October 15th. The team finished 8th overall out of 16 teams scoring 165 total points. The invitational had both swimming and diving included in the scoring, however, DCU does not have a diving team. The competition consisted of teams from Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Danica Neville (SDHS) had a phenomenal meet finishing 10th overall in the 100-yard backstroke and 5th overall in the 100-yard breaststroke, scoring 28 points. Cassie Rankin (SEV) finished 8th in the 100-yard butterfly and 9th in the 500-yard freestyle, scoring 20 points overall. Sanya Wienke (SBHS) was very successful with her 7th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley and 14th place in the 100 yard freestyle, scoring 15 points for the team. Caitlyn Hasenjager (SEV) and Chloe Bissen (SBHS) both had great meets as well scoring 13 and 5 points respectively. Despite not coming home with the win the team swam exceptionally well and held their own against some teams from outside the conference. The team will compete on Thursday, October 20th at Shawano High School for the Conference Sprints Invitational. 

Jets embarrass Packers at home

 It is back to the drawing board for the Green Bay Packers' offense as the New York Jets thoroughly handled them 27-10 for their second straight loss.

 

The two teams could only muster field goals in the second quarter to make it 3-3 at  the break, but the Jets were able to take off from there. Braxton Berrios scored on a 20 yard end around and the Jets gave the Packers' special teams more questions to answer when they blocked a punt and took it to the endzone to make it 17-3. Aaron Rodgers would find Allen Lazard for his only touchdown pass of the game to cap of the third quarter. The excitement of a possible comeback was shortlived as the Breece Hall scored on a 34-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach before the Jets kicked another field goal in the final three minutes.

 

The Jets ran for 179 yards, including 116 from Hall. He had just as many carries as the entire Packers team, who only rushed for 60 yards.

 

It was the first time in the Matt LaFleur era that they lost two consecutive games and the first time in 16 tries that they lost at Lambeau Field. 

Gamblers earn weekend sweep

The Green Bay Gamblers gave the home fans something to cheer about with a pair of wins over the weekend, including a 6-3 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

 

The Gamblers found themselves in a 2-1 hole early, but Barrett Hall, Eli Sebastian, Michael DeAngelo, and Jayden Davis helped flip the script in the second period to give them a lead they would not give up. Artyom Levshunov and Jimmy Clark put more salt in the Lumberjacks' wound with goals in the third period. Goaltender Kristoffer Eberly stopped 15 of the 18 shots he faced in the victory. 

Badgers fall to Spartans Saturday afternoon

The Wisconsin Badgers fell short of a comeback against the Michigan State Spartans, falling by a score of 34-28. 

 

The Badgers jumped out to an early lead, after a Braelon Allen rushing touchdown made it 7-0. Former Wisconsin Badger running back Jalen Berger was able to score from 12 yards out for the Spartans, who tied it back up at 7. Braelon Allen was not done, as he took in his second touchdown of the day, both of which coming from one yard out. 

 

The two teams would head into the half at that score, with the Badgers leading 14-7. 

 

Elijah Collins of Michigan State would find the endzone to make it a tie game at 14 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Both offenses would sputter a bit, until Quarterback Peyton Thorne found Wide Receiver Keon Coleman from 27 yards out to give Sparty the 21-14 lead. 

 

Graham Mertz found Keontez Lewis from three yards out on a fourth down and goal to tie to the game. Michigan State would drive down the field, due to a Pass Interference call on Wisconsin's Ricardo Hallman. The Spartans would attempt a field goal as time expired, but the snap was low and the field goal was unable to be attempted. Off to overtime the two teams went. 

 

Both Quarterbacks found the endzone from 25 yards out, with Thorne connecting with Keon Coleman once again, and Mertz finding Chimere Dike to end the first overtime period. The Badgers would start with the ball in 2OT, but Braelon Allen would put the ball on the ground, and the Spartans would end the game with a 27 yard touchdown pass. 

 

Michigan State improved to 3-4 Overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten Conference. Wisconsin falls to 3-4 Overall, and 1-3 in the Big Ten. 

Spartans volleyball sweeps home invite before playoffs

The Luxemburg Casco Spartans girl volleyball team was able to come away from their home meet with a first place victory, going 6-0 on the day. 

 

Pool Play:

Beat GB Preble 25-6, 25-18

Beat Appleton East 25-16, 25-7

Beat Valders 25-16, 25-13

Beat Wisconsin Lutheran 26-24, 15-25, 15-8

 

Semi-Final- Beat Bay Port 25-11, 25-15

Championship-Beat Wisconsin Lutheran 25-17, 25-18

 

Coach Frey was thrilled with how his team played in the tournament, as it was a great way to finish the regular season, and to get ready for the postseason. 

 

LC Stats:

Alayna Deprez-109 assists, 33 digs

Autumn Flynn-43 kills

Campbell Onell-31 kills

Kylie Hanson-27 kills and 33 digs

Brooke VandeHei-58 digs and 10 aces

Packers look to bounce back against Jets

The Green Bay Packers will follow up their London disappointment with a rare home noon game against another New York football franchise, the Jets.

 

The Packers' only points in the second half of their 27-22 loss to the New York Giants came on a safety when the punter ran out of the endzone to kill time and to flip the field with just seconds left. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers did lead two touchdown drives as the Packers did have a 17-3 lead before the offense sputtered and the defense could not figure out how to stop the Daniel Jones-led offense.

 

The Jets exploded for 40 points in their 40-17 win over the surprising Miami Dolphins last week. Breece Hall nearly had 200 all-purpose yards along with a touchdown, while Michael Carter reached the endzone twice in the win. 

 

The game kicks off at noon from Lambeau Field.

Local teams find out seeds and matches for WIAA playoffs Saturday morning

Players, Coaches, and Fans from around the state of Wisconsin were up early with their eyes glued to the television as the WIAA playoff brackets were revealed at 10:00 this morning on Bally Sports Wisconsin. 

 

5 local teams made it into their respective division’s playoff bracket. 3 teams found themselves in Division 5, with those teams being Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, and Southern Door. Luxemburg Casco found themselves in Division 3, and Gibraltar made the 8 Man playoffs. 

 

Kewaunee found themselves with a second seed in the playoffs, as they will host a familiar foe, as they take on the seventh seed Sturgeon Bay Clippers. The two teams matched up against each other three weeks ago at Memorial Field, with the Storm winning that matchup 55-14. The Clippers will look to turn those tides, and play upset in the first round of the WIAA playoffs. 

 

Luxemburg Casco was the team that was in most danger of missing the playoffs, but landed on a 4 seed, and a home playoff game for the first round against the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes. Those two teams matched up two weeks ago, with the Spartans walking away with a 16-14 win in that game. 

 

Gibraltar finished their season undefeated, beating the Sevastopol Pioneers 47-0 last night. That win was enough to secure a one seed in the WIAA 8 Man playoffs. The Vikings however, will not have an easy test, as they drew the four seed Lena/St Thomas Aquinas for the first round. Those two teams matched up three weeks ago, with the Vikings walking away with a road victory, 54-50. This time the matchup will be in Gibraltar, and set for a good one. 

 

Southern Door was able to land the one seed they were looking for, after a 41-0 win over the Sturgeon Bay Clippers last night. The Eagles drew eight seeded Brillion, as the Lions are 3-6 on the year, but 3-4 in their respective conference. The Eagles will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, until the neutral field sites begin. 

 

You can view the 8-Player bracket here, the Division 5 bracket here, and the Division 3 bracket here

Clippers fall to conference champion Eagles on 103.3 The Clipper

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers ended their regular season in blowout fashion, losing to the Packerland Conference champion Southern Door Eagles 41-0. 

 

The Clippers were unable to get anything going all game, as Zack Lynch scored four touchdowns in a row, to make it a 28-0 game early. Touchdown runs of 2, 3, 4, and 5 yards for Lynch tallied him for four on the night. 

 

Derek Schinktgen played a huge role in all of those touchdowns, as he finished with 107 yards total rushing, as he reached that number with 9 minutes to play in the second quarter. The offense as a whole was functioning well throughout the whole night. 

 

Chirstian Counard ended the game with 2 interceptions on the night, building off of his interception last week against Kewaunee. 

 

The two teams ended up with similar passing numbers, as Caleb Plzak unofficially finished with 102 passing yards, and Drew Daoust finished with 101 yards. 

 

Southern Door clinched the Packerland conference, and will be looking to see tomorrow to see if they are in line for a one seed. Sturgeon Bay will look to see where they are traveling for week one. 

Luxemburg-Casco falls to Wrightstown on 96.7 WBDK, waits for WIAA decision

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans could not stop the Wrightstown Tigers’ dual offensive attack Friday night, losing 27-15 in Luxemburg on Senior Night. 

The Spartans struck first after a Chris Vanderwielen interception in the first quarter when freshman quarterback Brayden Loritz ran in from three yards out to give L-C an 8-0 lead with the two-point conversion by Braeden Schley.

Wrightstown would then score on three consecutive drives, including two touchdown passes from Trevor Vande Hey to Avery Lieck from 42 yards and tight end Logan Peters from 25 yards, respectively.

The Spartans trailed 21-8 when Loritz hit Trace Schoenebeck from 22 yards to close it within one score before halftime with 1:18 left in the second quarter.

The Tigers would score late in the third quarter with a big third down conversion near midfield, with Conlen Lasecki scampering 46 yards for the final score of the night to give Wrightstown the 27-15 margin.

Wrightstown (5-2, 7-2 overall) will now wait for the pairings in the WIAA tournament for Division 4, while Luxemburg-Casco (3-4, 5-4 overall) will have to wait for their playoff fate when the announcement comes at 10 am Saturday for Division 3.

Vikings sweep Pioneers, season on 105.1 The GOAT

The Gibraltar Vikings finished a perfect regular season Friday night with a 47-0 victory over the Sevastopol Pioneers in Institute. The first quarter was an offensive struggle as both teams could not sustain drives and the Pioneers were able to force a pair of turnovers on fumbles. The Pioneers would suffer a back-breaking turn of event when a perfectly executed screen pass from Frankie de Young to Alex Andreae scored a touchdown for the Pioneers, but it was called back due to a penalty. The Vikings would break through in the second quarter when Braden Sitte picked up where Brady Kita left off with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Giuseppe Mercier to make it 7-0. Sitte would rush for two more scores from one and 20 yards out to take the Vikings to the half up 21-0.

 

The Vikings would not let up from there as Sitte ran for a long touchdown and threw for another on two consecutive plays for the offense to put the Vikings up 35-0. Sitte would have cap off the quarter with another long touchdown run to make it 41-0 at the end of three quarters. William Lecy took one-yard into the endzone midway through the fourth quarter to make it the final score of 47-0. Marshall Maltby picked off a de Young pass for one of the many defensive highlights for the Vikings in the victory.

 

The Vikings finish the season 8-0 as the conference champions and will have to wait until 10 a.m. to learn the who, the where, and the when of their playoff matchup. The Pioneers fell to 3-5 on the season. 

 

In other eight-player football action, Algoma beat Suring 48-12 in their season finale, finishing with a 6-2 mark.

 

L-C cross country ready for NEC championships

The Luxemburg-Casco cross-country team will look to lay its claim to the North Eastern Conference crown on Saturday.

 

The Spartans will face its conference foes Clintonville, Denmark, Fox Valley Lutheran, Freedom, Little Chute, Marinette, Oconto Falls, Waupaca, and Wrightstown at Marinette High School. 

 

The Spartans boys took 3rd, and the girls took fourth when Luxemburg-Casco hosted the conference meet last year. Lydia Morozov posted a personal best, and Gabe Havel posted a top-10 finish in that year's edition.

 

The first race is expected to begin at 11 a.m.

L-C volleyball tunes up for playoffs with invite

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team will welcome several teams to its own gymnasiums as they host an invite on Saturday.

 

They will host an invitational on Saturday against Appleton East, Bay Port, Denmark, Green Bay Preble, Lakeside Lutheran, Pewaukee, Sheboygan Falls, Valders, and Wisconsin Lutheran.

 

Never allowing the Mustangs to crack 20 points, the Spartans won 25-19, 25-14, 25-11 in their Thursday match against Little Chute as they captured their third straight conference crown. 

 

First matches begin at 9 a.m.

Soccer round-up: Sturgeon Bay pounds Peshtigo on The Clipper

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers did not need a full 80 minutes on Thursday to highlight local soccer action.

 

The Clippers scored six second-half goals to leave Clark Field with an 8-0 mercy rule win over the Bulldogs. 

 

Gibraltar/Sevastopol lost to NEW Lutheran for the third time this season by the slimmest of margins, this time by a 1-0 score.

 

Luxemburg-Casco wraps up their regular season on Friday night with a non-conference match in Kaukauna. First kick is slated for 5 p.m.

Cross-county rivalries dominate regular season finale on NEW Radio Sports Network

Two of NEW Radio Sports Network's three games will have bragging rights on the line when they meet Friday night for the regular season finale.

 

On 103.3/96.7 WBDK HD-2, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay will meet for the first time since 2018 for the Clippers' homecoming festivities. Both teams are slated to play in the playoffs.

 

On 105.1 The GOAT, Gibraltar and Sevastopol will complete their home-and-home series in Institute. The Vikings will play again next week in the playoffs. 

 

On 96.7 WBDK, Luxemburg-Casco will host Wrightstown in an NEC matchup. A Spartans win would clinch a spot in the playoffs, while it would be up to the computers if they made it with a loss.

 

All NRSN broadcasts will also air at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by kickoff at 7 p.m.

 

In other games of local note, Kewaunee will try to improve its playoff seeding with a game against Peshtigo, while Algoma will wrap up its 2022 campaign with a trip to Suring. Both games also start at 7 p.m.

Volleyball round-up: L-C wins NEC crown

The area's teams wrapped up their dual match season on Thursday ahead of a tournament for Luxemburg-Casco and the start of next week's WIAA playoffs.

 

Speaking of the Spartans, they swept Little Chute 3-0 to win their third Northeastern Conference championship.

 

Algoma was swept on senior night 3-0 while no score was reported for the Brillion/Sturgeon Bay match.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Volleyball

Peshtigo sweeps Packerland Conference cross country titles

Southern Door's Ben Grota and Kewaunee's Hannah Miller had the best days for local runners, but neither could lead their team's to victories on a chilly afternoon at Gibraltar for the Packerland Conference Cross Country Championships.

 

Peshtigo won the boys' race with 36 points, topping Kewaunee (48), Oconto (76), and Southern Door (76 points). The Bulldogs' Andrew Nelson won with a time of 17:30. Grota came in second place with a time of 18:04.

 

The Bulldogs also won the girls' race with 38 points, edging out 2021 champion Sevastopol (48 Points), Sturgeon Bay (88), Kewaunee (110), Oconto (129), Southern Door (141), Providence Academy/NEW Lutheran (151), and Gibraltar (167). Rachel Nelson ran a personal best 20:31 on the 5K course, outkicking Miller (20:50) for the victory.

 

See the top times for each school below and click on the links below for full team results.

 

GIRLS (Overall Place, Grade, Name, Time, PR for personal record, SR for season record)

Algoma: 33.12Savanna Daul25:55.73 SR

Kewaunee: 2.9Hannah Miller20:50.07

Gibraltar: 6.12Betsy Lecy21:34.96PR

Sevastopol: 5.11Bea Dramm21:30.43Sevastopol

Southern Door: 4.9Emma Bousley20:55.99Southern Door

Sturgeon Bay: 10.11Julia Kurek22:18.76

 

BOYS (Overall Place, Grade, Name, Time, PR for personal record, SR for season record)

Algoma: None

Kewaunee: 4.11Christopher Cullen18:17.79

Gibraltar: 6.11Logan Mittermann18:44.44

Sevastopol: 11.10Jairus Dadam19:30.38

Southern Door: 2.10Ben Grota18:04.89

Sturgeon Bay: None

 

FULL RESULTS

 

Picture courtesy of Sevastopol School District

DCU swimming wraps up regular season at home

The Door County United swim team will take on Seymour High School on Thursday at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA at 6:00 pm for their last home meet of the season. 

 

team remains undefeated following their 134-31 win against Marinette High School on Tuesday 10/11/22. Marinette did not have any junior varsity swimmers, however the junior varsity team had a lot of success with great finishes. Kayleigh Erickson (SDHS) completed the junior varsity 200 yard individual medley for the first time in competition. Ophelia Linnan (SEV)  finished first in the junior varsity 200 yard individual medley, finishing just under 3 minutes. As for varsity swimmers, Christy Braun (SBHS) had yet another great night. She finished first in both of her individual events and assisted in two first place finishes for the relays she was a part of. Caitlyn Hasenjager (SEV) finished first in a good race against her own teammate in the 200 yard freestyle. Caitlyn finished 0.24 seconds faster than Kailyn Neville (SDHS), who finished second. Freshman swimmer Regan Kasten (SBHS) continues to be very  successful and an integral part of the team with her first place finishes in her individual events of the evening as well.

 

After Thursday's meet, the team will have three away meets before turning their focus on the state series, which will begin with sectionals at Neenah on November 5th. They will swim at Shorewood against the host school, Brookfield Academy, Brown Deer, Greendale, Kohler, McFarland, New Berlin West, Plymouth, Sheboygan South, Whitefish Bay, Whitnall, Grafton, Berlin/Green Lake, Edgewood, New Berlin Eisenhower, and Baraboo. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Gibraltar hosts Packerland Conference cross country championships

The kings and queens of Packerland Conference cross country will be decided in Fish Creek on Thursday.

 

Algoma, Gibraltar, Kewaunee, Oconto, Peshtigo, Providence Academy/NEW Lutheran, Sevastopol, Southern Door, and Sturgeon Bay will all toe the line and tackle Gibraltar's cross-country course with pride and a crown on the line.

 

The Kewaunee boys and the Sevastopol girls won last year's team titles, while graduated senior Cameron Cullen of Kewaunee and current sophomore Holly Pesch of Peshtigo won the individual title in 2021.

 

Things could be set up well for Southern Door's Ben Grota and Brooke Strege, who were the top conference finishers in the Chief Kahquados Invitational held earlier this year on the same course.

 

The first races begin at 3:45 p.m. 

Division 3 volleyball bracket released in time for season finale

The wait is over for Division 3 teams as they learned their playoff fate on Wednesday and play their regular-season finale on Thursday. 

 

In Thursday volleyball action, Sturgeon Bay travels to Brillion, Algoma hosts Bonduel, and Luxemburg-Casco battles at home against Little Chute. The Spartans are the exception to the rule as they will host an invitational on Saturday against Appleton East, Bay Port, Denmark, Green Bay Preble, Lakeside Lutheran, Pewaukee, Sheboygan Falls, Valders, and Wisconsin Lutheran.

 

The WIAA released the final pairings on Wednesday for the Division 3 tournament. First round matchups include Algoma hosting Reedsville, Gibraltar traveling to Southern Door, and Kewaunee visiting Oostburg. Those matches will take place on October 18th at 7 p.m. We reported the other matchups earlier this week.

Sturgeon Bay soccer hosts Peshtigo on The Clipper

The newly crowned Packerland Conference champion Sturgeon Bay Clippers will play another tune-up ahead of the start of the WIAA Playoffs with a match against Peshtigo Thursday night at Clark Field.

 

The Clippers posted their fifth straight clean sheet in conference play earlier this week when they topped Gibraltar/Sevastopol 2-0 in Fish Creek. Fernandez (11th minute) and Rangel (61st minute) led the way for the Clips in scoring.

 

The Bulldogs have struggled to score goals over the last month, which includes a 9-0 shutout loss to the Clippers on September 22nd. Since September 20th, the Bulldogs are 1-4-1 while being outscored 26-5.

 

Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call on 103.3/96.7 WBDK HD-2 The Clipper and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first touch at 6:30 p.m.

 

The other local soccer game of note includes Gibraltar/Sevastopol at home against NEW Lutheran. 

Door County United Girls Swim stays undefeated with Marinette win

Door County United Girls High School Swim team remains undefeated following their 134-31 win against Marinette High School on Tuesday. Marinette did not have any junior varsity swimmers, however, the junior varsity team had a lot of success with great finishes. Kayleigh Erickson (SDHS) completed the junior varsity 200-yard individual medley for the first time in the competition. Ophelia Linnan (SEV)  finished first in the junior varsity 200-yard individual medley, finishing just under 3 minutes. As for varsity swimmers, Christy Braun (SBHS) had yet another great night. She finished first in both of her individual events and assisted in two first-place finishes for the relays she was a part of. Caitlyn Hasenjager (SEV) finished first in a good race against her own teammate in the 200-yard freestyle. Caitlyn finished 0.24 seconds faster than Kailyn Neville (SDHS), who finished second. Freshman swimmer Regan Kasten (SBHS) continues to be very successful, and an integral part of the team, with her first-place finishes in her individual events of the evening as well. The team will take on Seymour High School Thursday, at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA at 6:00 pm for their last season home meet. We hope to see you there to congratulate the seniors on their highly successful season. 

Sturgeon Bay Soccer remains on top of Packerland Conference

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers avenged the only Packerland loss of their season when they traveled to Fish Creek on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory over the Vikoneers. Fernandez (11th minute) and Rangel (61st minute) led the way for the Clips in scoring. Sturgeon Bay hosts Peshtigo in their final game of the season on Thursday at Clark Field. That game will be broadcasted on 103.3 The Clipper, the first touch is 6:30 pm. The tournament preview put the Clippers in the #2 seed, where they will face the winner of the #15/#18 game on Thursday, October 20th. The #12 Gibraltar/Sevastopol Vikoneers face #5 Winnebago Lutheran on the same day to start their tournament run. 

Luxemburg-Casco soccer ties Fox Valley Lutheran

In North Eastern Conference soccer action Tuesday night, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans played to a 2-2 tie against the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes in Appleton. 

The Spartans scored first at the 49 minute mark with a goal by Ethan Vandenhouten who was assisted by Johan Amador.  Those two paired up again in the 56th minute with Amador scoring with the assist to Vandenhouten.

Fox Valley Lutheran scored at the 56-minute mark with a goal by Jin Lee and ultimately tied the game at 2-2 on a penalty kick by John Callaway with 69 minutes showing on the clock. 

Quentin Massart had six saves in the goal for L-C while Matthey Callaway had four saves for the Foxes in the net.

Bucks fall to Bulls in preseason ball

The Milwaukee Bucks dropped their fourth consecutive preseason game with a 127-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. 

Playing without any of their starters the Bucks trailed by seven after one quarter, but did cut the lead to 61-59 at halftime.  The Bulls then outscored the Bucks 66-45 in the second half to come away with the lopsided victory.

Jordan Nwora led the Bucks with 25 points, while Marques Bolden added 21 in the loss.  The Bulls were led by Patrick Williams with 22 points and Nikola Vucevic, who added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bucks will next host the Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum at 6:30 pm Tonight (Wednesday) as exhibition basketball continues.    

DCU opens busy week with Marinette

The Door County United will swim twice this week both at the Door County YMCA. Tuesday night (10/11/22) as they compete against Marinette High School and Thursday night (10/13/22) against Seymour High School.

 

They remain undefeated this season with their win over Pulaski High School on 10/6/22. DCU scored 118 points, and Pulaski scored 62 points. There was no junior varsity competition from Pulaski, however, the DCU junior varsity team was very successful. Kayleigh Erickson (SDHS) completed the junior varsity 100-yard fly for the first time ever in a high school competition. Rose Schommer (SBHS) had a best time in the 50-yard freestyle for the junior varsity as well. As for the varsity events, DCU finished first in each event. Cassie Rankin (SEV), Julia Michalski (SBHS) and Christy Braun (SBHS) all finished first in their individual events of the evening, scoring the most points for the team. Danica Neville (SDHS) assisted the varsity team with a best time this season in the 100-yard fly, resulting in a 3rd-place finish overall. Molly Hall (SDHS) and Paula Wienke (SBHS) completed the 500-yard freestyle for the varsity team, both finishing well under 8:00.  The girls are working extremely hard this season and their success continues.

 

Action begins on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Volleyball preview: Packerland action Tuesday after brackets announcement

The WIAA brackets are out, but the Packerland Conference has plenty of action on Tuesday to worry about first.

 

Tuesday's slate of Packerland volleyball includes Southern Door hosting Sturgeon Bay, Algoma visiting Sevastopol, Gibraltar visiting Oconto, and Kewaunee making its way to Peshtigo. All matches begin at 7 p.m.

 

The WIAA announced its pairings on Monday night. They are as follows by division beginning on October 18th:

 

DIVISION 2

(2) Luxemburg-Casco vs. (15) Green Bay West

(11) Sturgeon Bay at (6) Kiel

 

DIVISION 3

Algoma, Southern Door, and Gibraltar have not been seeded yet as of 6 a.m. Tuesday

 

DIVISION 4

(3) Sevastopol vs. (14) Marion

 

 

 

Soccer preview: Sturgeon Bay, Gibraltar/Sevastopol battle for Packerland on The Clipper

The Packerland Conference is on the line Tuesday night when Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar/Sevastopol meet in Fish Creek.

 

The Clippers can end the Vikineers' hopes with a victory or a draw after winning all of its matches against Packerland opponents since Gibraltar/Sevastopol stunned Sturgeon Bay at Clark Field on September 15th. The Clippers posted three clean sheets while scoring 25 goals in their last four matches. They did drop a pair over the weekend to Cedarburg and East Troy/Palmyra-Eagle by identical 2-1 scores.

 

The Vikineers have struggled since their win against the Clippers, going 2-4-2 since September 15th. They lost to NEW Lutheran for the second time in tournament action over the weekend just days after shutting out Kewaunee 3-0.

 

Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call on 103.3 The Clipper and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 615 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening kick at 6:30 p.m.

 

Other matches of note local include Luxemburg-Casco traveling to Fox Valley Lutheran (4 p.m.), Algoma hosting NEW Lutheran (4 p.m.), and Kewaunee battling Peshtigo at home. (4 p.m.). 

Phoenix basketball welcomes fans

You can get your first look at the Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams on Tuesday.

 

This event will take place at the Kress Center at 6 p.m. and allows students and fans to meet and interact with the Phoenix basketball teams ahead of the start of their seasons later this month. An assortment of games and giveaways will take place throughout the night at the free event.

 

The Phoenix men will open their season on October 25th with an exhibition against St. Norbert before opening their regular season battling Indiana State on the road. The Phoenix women open their season with an exhibition against UW-Oshkosh on October 26th before traveling to Drake for their regular season opener. 

Packers fade in London debut, lose to Giants

The Green Bay Packers held a 17-3 lead, only to see it disappear along with its running game in a 27-22 loss to the New York Giants at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London Sunday morning.

 

The Packers scored the first 10 points of the game on a Mason Crosby field goal and a touchdown pass to Allen Lazard from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers responded to a Giants field goal with Rodgers spinning into a throw to Marcedes Lewis to make it 17-3. The defense started to disappear after that, allowing the Giants to score on five consecutive drives while the Packers' offense could only muster a field goal and an unforced safety the rest of the way. 

 

The Giants, unlike the Packers, used their rushing attack to capture the lead, with Saquon Barkley scoring the winning touchdown after setting it up on a long pass play from the injured Daniel Jones. 

 

The Packers will have to recover from jet lag to see if they can muster a better effort against New York's other team in the Jets, which visit Lambeau Field on Sunday for a noon kick.

 

 

Soccer releases initial pairings

The bracket is not quite full yet, but the WIAA does know where the area's teams are heading for the boys' soccer tournament, which begins for most teams on October 20th.

 

In Division 3, #10 Luxemburg-Casco will travel to #7 Kewaskum.

 

In Division 4, #12 Gibraltar/Sevastopol will head to Marian University to meet Winnebago Lutheran Academy for a 4:30 p.m. kick. Algoma will hit the road as the 10-seed to play #7 Wrightstown. Kewaunee is the only team that will have to play into an October 20th date. They are the #18 seed and will battle #15 St. Lawrence Seminary on October 18th at 4 p.m. The winner of that match will play at Sturgeon Bay on October 20th. at 7 p.m.

 

 

Gamblers drop OT game to Madison

An overtime goal proved to be the difference in the Green Bay Gamblers' loss on Friday to the Madison Capitols.

 

It appeared to be the Gamblers' night early on, scoring the game's first three goals in the second period thanks to Barrett Hall, Aaron Oravetz, and Nicholas Vantassell. The Capitols would score the following four goals, including the game-winner just over four-and-a-half minutes into the extra frame off the stick of Quinn Finley to take the extra point. 

 

The Gamblers return home for a pair of games against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday and Saturday. 

Brewers' writers pass out awards

Despite the disappointment of not making the playoffs for the first time in five years, there was still plenty to celebrate this year for the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

The Brewers narrowly missed the playoffs, finishing behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who went on to sweep the division champion St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card round. The Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association announced their choices for Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Top Newcomer, Unsung Hero, and "Good Guy" awards. You can read about those winners below:

 

Shortstop Willy Adames earned Brewers Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight season as he led the team in RBI (98), doubles (31) total bases (258) and extra-base hits (62). His 31 HR as a shortstop tied the Rangers’ Corey Seager for the Major League lead and were the most in franchise history from the position in a single season, passing Robin Yount (29 in 1982).

Corbin Burnes was named Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher for the second season in a row as he went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 33 starts. He led the National League with a career-high 243 strikeouts (2nd in MLB), becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to lead his league (AL or NL) in that category. He also ranked among the Major League leaders in innings (4th, 202.0), K/9IP (5th, 10.83), H/9IP (5th, 6.42), opponent batting average (5th, .197), WHIP (8th, 0.97) and quality starts (T8th, 21).

Outfielder Hunter Renfroe was named Brewers Top Newcomer, batting .255 with 29 HR and 72 RBI in 125 games. He produced 25+ HR for the fifth time in his career. His 11 outfield assists ranked fourth in the Major Leagues. Renfroe was acquired from Boston on Dec. 1 in exchange for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and infielders David Hamilton and Alex Binelas.   

 

Left-handed reliever Hoby Milner was named Brewers Unsung Hero. Milner went 3-3 with a 3.76 ERA in a career-high 67 relief appearances (T8th in NL). He stranded 32 of 37 inherited runners (86.5%), the fifth-best percentage in the Major Leagues (minimum 20 inherited runners).

Pitcher Brandon Woodruff received the Good Guy Award for the second straight season, which is presented to the player who has the most outgoing, friendly presence in the clubhouse and interacts well with the media on a daily basis in a cooperative and pleasant manner.

Luxemburg-Casco volleyball wins De Pere Tournament

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team picked up a quintuplet of wins en route to a tournament championship in De Pere on Saturday.

 

In pool play, the Spartans beat DePere 25-15, 25-10, West DePere 25-13, 25-11, and Fond du Lac 28-26, 25-21. In the semifinal, the Spartans  beat Pulaski 25-17, 25-11 before capturing the championship match they beat DePere a second time 25-20, 25-16.

 

Standouts for the Spartans were Alayna Deprez (73 assists and 25 digs), Kylie Hanson (32 kills, 23 digs and 3 aces), Autumn Flynn (29 kills, 6 blocks, and 6 aces), Campbell Onell (20 kills and 8 blocks), and Brooke VandeHei-45 digs and 10 aces.

 

Afterwards, head coach Jeff Frey said, "It’s that time of the year where you are trying to stack success and keep building.  We played well today, and did a lot of really good things."

 

 

Packers prepare for Giants in London

The Green Bay Packers will feel right at home at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday when they face the New York Giants.

 

The Giants are coming off a 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears as they prepare to play their third overseas game since the NFL began the London Series in 2007. The team got a major boost earlier this week when they announced that the Giants would have Daniel Jones as their quarterback after getting injured against the Bears.

 

The Packers are preparing for their first London game, which the Green and Gold faithful have taken advantage of with thousands flocking to England for the British appearance. A pair of close wins against the Buccaneers and the Patriots have the Packers 3-1 heading into the game.

 

Sunday's game begins at 8:30 a.m.

 

Picture courtesy of Patrick Frank

Badgers clobber 'Cats

The Wisconsin Badgers preyed on a poor Northwestern Wildcats squad Saturday afternoon for a 42-7 victory in Evanston.

 

Quarterback Graham Mertz proved himself to be the lauded quarterback he was recruited to be, throwing for 299 yards in five touchdowns in the game. He became the first Badgers quarterback in school history to have multiple five-touchdown performances in his career.

 

The second quarter proved pivotal, with the Badgers scoring three touchdowns, stretching a 7-0 lead to a 28-0 lead at the break. Overall, the Badgers accumulated 515 yards while limiting to just over 320 yards, most of which came in garbage time during the fourth quarter.

 

The Badgers head to Michigan State next weekend.

Luxemburg-Casco, Schley pick-off Foxes on 96.7 WBDK

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans kept their playoff hopes alive by hanging on to a 16-14 home win over Fox Valley Lutheran in North Eastern Conference football action on 96.7 WBDK. 

 

The Spartans scored two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to take a 16-0 lead before a desperate comeback by the Foxes fell short in the final minute.

 

After a scoreless first half that saw L-C unable to take advantage of three red zone possessions, George Herlache connected on a 20-yard field goal with 2:40 left in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.

 

Linebacker Braden Schley came up huge in the fourth quarter with two interceptions within :15 seconds of each other.  First, Schley returned an interception 40 yards on a pick-six with 10:58 left in the game.  He then set up a six-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Brayden Loritz on a similar interception near midfield and returned it to the 40-yard line of Fox Valley Lutheran. 

 

The Spartans missed the extra point after the second score, leaving it a two-possession game with 6:29 left in the game.  Fox Valley Lutheran got back into the game quickly with a six-yard touchdown pass and a 39-yard strike from Lucas Papendorf to Zach Johnson with 1:41 left in the game. 

 

The Foxes converted on the first two-point conversion on a deflected pass to make it 16-8, but the second attempt failed after a pass into the end zone was battled around before falling incomplete. 

 

With the score 16-14, the Spartans would recover the ensuing onside kick and run the clock down to just :26 seconds before punting the ball back to the Foxes on their own 28-yard line.

 

Chris VanderWielen then sealed the game for L-C with a forced fumble when he sacked Papendorf, and Ezra Waege recovered the ball. 

 

Luxemburg-Casco (3-3, 5-3 overall) can secure a WIAA playoff berth with a win over Wrightstown next Friday on Senior Night in Luxemburg.  The game will be broadcast on 96.7 WBDK and streamed on NewRadioSportsNetwork.com. 

Sturgeon Bay looks to bounce back on 103.3 The Clipper

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers will look to bounce back from a tough loss to Kewaunee in a Saturday edition of Friday Night Lights as they take on Mishicot. 

 

Sturgeon Bay (4-3 Overall, 3-2 Packerland), wasn’t able to come away with a win against Kewaunee, as they fell 55-14. The game was never particularly close, as the Storm came out and scored 28 in the first quarter as the Clippers fell behind and were never able to get back in it. Sturgeon Bay has barely outscored their conference opponents by a score of 161-158, but have not been in any close conference games. There have been outliers of blowouts both ways which have kept it close. The Clippers will have to look to their backup QB options of Connor Waterstreet and Caleb Plzak for the rest of the season as they have lost Danny Lodl to a left ankle injury. Leaning on the likes of David Zuehlke and Mason Sacotte could be vital for the success of the offense. 

 

Mishicot (3-4 Overall, 2-3 Packerland), have had an up and down overall season so far. After starting the conference schedule 2-1, Mishicot has gone 0-2 their last two and will look to change that and get into a closer spot for the playoffs after Saturday. They will rely on Quarterback Logan Marquardt, who is able to run it and throw it, which could cause some trouble for the Clippers defense. 

 

Gary Barta and Tim Ash will be on the call Saturday from Memorial Field with the pregame show beginning at 12:45 with kickoff set for 1:00 on 103.3 The Clipper, 96-7 WBDK HD-2, and NewRadioSportsNetwork.com. 

King Mercier scores six in Vikings rout on 105.1 The GOAT

The Gibraltar Vikings paid a steep price for their 48-6 victory over the NEW Lutheran/Oneida Nation United Friday night in Fish Creek.

 

The United shocked the Vikings' defense with a long, clock-consuming drive that took almost half the quarter to complete before Reid Nelson found Griffen Steffel for the early touchdown.

 

The Vikings answered quickly with Brady Kita found Will Friedenfels for a 33-yard score to take a 7-6 lead into the second quarter. Giuseppe Mercier took over from there, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter from 16, 3, 25, and 20 yards out to make 28-6 at the half. Mercier's fourth touchdown came after a lengthy delay due to a season-ending injury to Kita.

 

After being crowned homecoming king, Mercier capped off his player of the game performance with touchdown runs in the third and fourth quarters to send the Vikings to their seventh victory.

 

The Vikings will try to clinch the Peninsula Conference with a perfect record next week when they travel to Insitute to play county rival Sevastopol. The Pioneers lost to Algoma 64-20 on the road in their Friday night matchup.

Local teams perform well at Fameree Invite

The area's local team held their own against top-flight competition at Friday's Russ Fameree Invitational hosted by Luxemburg-Casco.

 

Kiel dominated both the boys (60) and girls (31) division to win the team titles. Sevastopol had the highest ranking of any local team with its girls' team capturing second place in the small school division and coming just behind Luxemburg-Casco overall 

 

Two Rivers' Eli Gallagher ran a personal record to win the boys' 5K in 16:52 while Mikaela Helling won the girls' 5K in 18:40. Kewaunee's Hannah Miller (20:53, 10th) Luxemburg-Casco's Spencer Thiry (17:19, 7th) were the top local individuals.

 

RESULTS OF LOCAL RUNNERS

Boys

1.7.12Spencer Thiry 17:19.96Luxemburg-Casco

2.9.12Gabe Havel 17:29.31Luxemburg-Casco

3.12.10Ben Grota 17:33.81Southern Door

4.16.11Christopher Cullen 18:04.41Kewaunee

5.21.10Hudson Thiry 18:11.51 SRLuxemburg-Casco

6.22.10Kyan Lynts 18:13.49PRLuxemburg-Casco

7.29.10Lucas Conard 18:37.84Southern Door

8.37.9Derek Christoph 19:02.69PRLuxemburg-Casco

9.42.11James Joski 19:10.13PRKewaunee

10.52.10Reagan Doell 19:42.77Luxemburg-Casco

11.54.11Lance Cherovsky 19:45.11Luxemburg-Casco

12.59.10Lucas Martin 19:57.59Kewaunee

13.61.10Alejandro Martin 19:59.56Kewaunee

14.67.10Brayden Vogel 20:11.51Southern Door

15.70.10Jonathan Salentine 20:15.09Luxemburg-Casco

16.76.10Christian Hall 20:27.85Kewaunee

17.89.12Mitchell Swagel 21:20.31Kewaunee

18.91.11Isaac Benz 21:30.61Kewaunee

19.96.12Matt Wery 21:39.63Kewaunee

20.98.12Nic Kallin 22:03.10Southern Door

21.106.11Thomas Jackson 22:50.02Southern Door

22.107.11Cody Penovich 22:50.36Southern Door

23.108.10Lukas Kallin 23:02.26PRSouthern Door 

 

Girls

1.10.9Hannah Miller20:53.06Kewaunee

2.12.10McKenna Rank21:01.20PRLuxemburg-Casco

3.14.12Madilyn Bevins21:09.82Luxemburg-Casco

4.17.9Emma Bousley21:19.86Southern Door

5.29.11Sophie Mleziva22:02.33Luxemburg-Casco

6.35.10Lexi Polster22:16.71PRLuxemburg-Casco

7.40.11Grace Seering22:36.27Luxemburg-Casco

8.41.10Karley Beyer22:43.58PRLuxemburg-Casco

9.44.10Grace Havel22:50.38Luxemburg-Casco

10.49.10Cady Bevins23:13.05Luxemburg-Casco

11.65.10Maddie Finger24:23.98 SRSouthern Door

12.66.11Hannah Morton24:27.02Kewaunee

13.69.11Fany Pecout24:47.63Kewaunee

14.71.10Kelsey Johnson24:56.12Southern Door

15.90.9Anna Massart26:07.77Southern Door

16.92.9Chyanne Robinson26:19.89Kewaunee

17.111.10Lily Hudson27:46.24Kewaunee

18.116.11Alexis Massart28:32.00 SRSouthern Door

19.120.9Attyson Wilson29:13.02Southern Door

20.121.9Emily Vogeltanz29:18.65Kewaunee

 

Pictures courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Cross Country

 

Luxemburg-Casco, Gibraltar featured on NEW Radio Sports Network Friday

NEW Radio Sports Network will feature two games on Friday night with playoff seeding implications in play.

 

On 96.7 WBDK, Luxemburg-Casco needs a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive when they welcome Fox Valley Lutheran.

 

On 105.1 The GOAT, Gibraltar needs a win to secure a top seed when they are paid a visit by Oneida Nation/NEW Lutheran for a homecoming matchup.

 

Both games will also be streamed at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by kickoff at 7 p.m.

 

Other local games of note scheduled for Friday night include Southern Door and Kewaunee deciding the Packerland Conference title and Sevastopol traveling to Algoma.

 

Sturgeon Bay will play Mishicot on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Soccer round-up: Sturgeon Bay blows past NEW Lutheran on The Clipper

Thursday's 3-0 win over the NEW Lutheran Blazers was well worth the wait for the Sturgeon Bay Clippers soccer team.

 

The match was delayed for about 30 minutes due to a missing side judge, forcing the teams to warm up multiple times before action officially got underway. The Clippers took advantage of misplays by the Blazers' defenders,  with Robert Alas, Ben Hooker, and Gavin Fernandez all finding the back of the net in the match's first 20 minutes.

 

The wind acted as a 12th man for both teams after that, pushing balls further and faster as they traveled north and hanging others up in the air and knuckling when they traveled south. 

 

The backline for the Clippers, Carter Schulz, Johnny Hubbard,  earned players of the game honors for this one, limiting the chances for Emmett Braschnewitz. The Blazers' best chance came on a second-half corner kick by the Blazers' Thibaut Delattre nearly curled in, but was creatively deflected off Schulz's hip.

 

Braschnewitz and the Blazers' Jack Henschel both made at least five saves in the match. 

 

Other scores on Thursday included Algoma falling to Peshtigo 3-2, and no score was shared from the Gibraltar/Sevastopol vs. Kewaunee game. 

 

Luxemburg-Casco will host Ashwaubenon at 6:30 p.m. Friday. 

Luxemburg-Casco cross country hosts Russ Fameree Invite

After traveling the region for invitationals this spring, the Luxemburg-Casco cross country will take its turn hosting at Northbrook Country Club on Friday.

 

Algoma, Chilton, Coleman, Howards Grove, Kewaunee, Kiel, Manitowoc Lutheran, Mishicot, NEWCHAA, Oconto, Oconto Falls, Providence Academy/NEW Lutheran, Reedsville, Roncalli, Sevastopol, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Suring, Two Rivers, Valley Christian, and Wrightstown will make the trip. 

 

The Two Rivers boys (36 points) and the Kiel girls (42 points) won the team titles last year. Kiel's Pierce Arenz will try to repeat last year's winning performance while Valley Christian is the top return from the 2021 edition.

 

The first races begin at 3:45 p.m.

 

Click here to read about Gibraltar's performance at the Brillion Invitational on Thursday

Volleyball Preview: Gibraltar and Sevastopol square off in county rivalry match

Two teams coming off of two different results will face off Thursday night, as Gibraltar and Sevastopol will take the court up in Gibraltar. The Vikings lost in a sweep to Southern Door Tuesday night, as the Pioneers won in a sweep over the Kewaunee Storm. 

 

Southern Door goes south to Algoma after a win over Gibraltar. 

 

Kewaunee stays home and welcomes in Peshtigo. 

 

Luxemburg Casco travels to Clintonville in a North Eastern Conference matchup. 

Brewers drop season finale against Diamondbacks

Fans of the Milwaukee Brewers will have to wait until next February to cheer on their team after they dropped the season finale on Wednesday 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

Even with Corbin Burnes starting, the game ended up being like a bullpen game with five pitchers taking the mound with no one pitching more than five innings. Burnes' five strikeouts gave him 243 on the season, making him the 2022 National League strikeout king. 

 

Christian Walker opened the scoring for the Diamondbacks with an RBI single in the 4th inning, only to be matched by a Tyrone Taylor RBI groundout in the fifth. Rowdy Tellez gave the 18,765 fans in attendance a chance at a happy finale with a solo homer in the eighth, giving him 35 home runs on the season. Trevor Gott could not close the door for the Brewers, allowing homers to Josh Rojas and Corbin Carroll to let the Diamondbacks to take the lead. They had the tying run on in the bottom of the ninth, but Keston Hiura and Victor Caratini were unable to cash in, sending the Brewers to the 4-2 loss and a 86-76 record.

Gibraltar cross country heads to Brillion

The final race before next week's Packerland Championships will take Gibraltar to Brillion for an invitational on Thursday.

 

The Vikings will race against Brillion, Chilton, Hilbert, Hortonville, Kaukauna, Manitowoc Lincoln, Mishicot, Oostburg, St. Mary Catholic, Valders, and Winneconne at Deer Run Golf Course beginning at 4 p.m.

 

Logan Mittermann hit a personal-best 18:17 at the 5K distance at last week's Pioneer Classic in Sturgeon Bay. Betsy Lecy led the girls with a time of 22:26, but Abigail Demeuse followed Mittermann's personal record with one of her own. 

Clippers Soccer looks good for parents night and handles Algoma

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers Soccer team started strong with parents watching, and so did the Algoma Wolves in a battle that began from the opening whistle. The Clippers held most of the possession for the first half, but the Wolves applied the pressure needed to keep it close. Robert Alas started the scoring in the 12th minute with an unassisted goal followed by the "goal of the night," according to Peter Kerwin, from Ben Hooker in the 32nd, assisted by Jules Reynolds. The Clippers led 2-0 going into halftime, and the scoring would continue in the second half, despite the outstanding play from Algoma's Keeper, Younk. Alas found the net in the 44th minute (Gigstead assist). A PK was awarded when Klotz was fouled in the box, and Johnny Hubbard buried it in the back of the net in the 54th minute. Jules Reynolds capped the scoring, assisted by Porter Gigstead) in the 67th, and that's how the game would end, 5-0. 

 

The Clippers travel to the Green Bay on Thursday to take on GB NEW Lutheran. That game will start at 4 pm and be covered on 103.3 The Clipper.  

Volleyball Roundup:  Luxemburg-Casco sweeps Waupaca, Sevastopol tops Kewaunee

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans picked up a convincing win at home Tuesday night, taking all three sets against the Waupaca Comets.  The Spartans won easily in the first two sets, winning 25-17 and 25-16.  The third set was closer, with L-C narrowly winning 25-21.  The Spartans were led by Alayna Deprez with 22 kills and 7 digs, Kylie Hanson had nine kills and 11 digs, and Autumn Flynn contributed seven kills and two blocks in the victory. Brooke VandeHei added 13 digs and four aces for Luxemburg-Casco (22-8, 7-0), who remains undefeated in the North Eastern Conference.   L-C Coach Jeff Frey said after the game, "it was a nice win, Waupaca is a much-improved team, and they were on a roll coming in.  I was happy with a lot of things we did tonight, we just need to continue to focus on the little things"

 

In other action Tuesday, Sevastopol swept Kewaunee 3-0 at Institute.

 

Brewers one-hit Diamondbacks, season finale Wednesday

Even though the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs a day earlier, Starting pitcher Eric Lauer and two relievers pitched the best game of the season for Milwaukee with a one-hit performance on Tuesday night.  The Brewers shut out Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0, with Lauer going six no-hit innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.  Jake Cousins pitched a scoreless eighth inning allowing the only hit while striking out the side, and Peter Strzelecki finished with a perfect ninth to close out the win. 

 

Luis Urias led the Brewers with three hits and two RBIs, including a third-inning solo home run.

 

The Brewers (86-75) and Diamondbacks will close out the 2022 campaign with a 3:10 afternoon start at American Family Field.

Volleyball Preview: Spartans host Comets in NEC conference play

Seven local girls volleyball teams are in action tonight as the regular season comes rolling towards an end. 

 

The Luxemburg Casco Spartans are undefeated in their NEC schedule so far, and will look to keep the winning streak alive against the Waupaca Comets. 

 

Elsewhere in the Packerland, Sevastopol hosts winless Kewaunee. 

 

Southern Door has their pink out night against the Gibraltar Vikings. 

 

Algoma travels to Sturgeon Bay to take on the Clippers.

 

Brewers eliminated from postseason contention despite win

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks with a come-behind victory Monday, but it did not mean much in terms of the National League playoff picture.

 

You can thank Hunter Renfroe for the dramatics in the Brewers' 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks. He delivered a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Brewers their 85th victory. Christian Yelich homered, and Willy Adames also drove in runs, while Victor Caratini was the beneficiary of a Diamondbacks error that brought home two runners to tie the game at 4-4.

 

Sadly for the Brewers, Kyle Schwarber homered twice to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0. The victory gave the Phillies the final spot in the National League playoff picture, edging the Brewers out no matter how the final two games of the season go.

 

The Brewers are back in action against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m.

Soccer Preview: Algoma takes the trip to Sturgeon Bay on 103.3 The Clipper

A shakeup in the top of the conference has given the Clippers a slight conference lead, but the same team who knocked off the Vikineers of Gibraltar/Sevastopol will try to do it again as Algoma battles Sturgeon Bay at Clark Field. The Vikineers battled Peshtigo last night, but no score was reported.

 

Kewaunee takes a Green Bay trip to take on the NEW Lutheran/Providence Academy Blazers. The Storm was scheduled to play against Washington Island, but no score was given. 

 

In NEC play, Luxemburg-Casco takes on Winneconne. 

Kewaunee tennis season ends in straight sets

The Kewaunee tennis team saw their season end at the WIAA Subsectional hosted by St. Mary Catholic on Monday. 

 

Team members lost in every flight by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores, facing players primarily from either Xavier or Fox Valley Lutheran. 

 

FIRST SINGLES FLIGHT

1. Olivia Pethan, Fox Valley Lutheran def. 8. Bella Kentgen, Kewaunee 6-0, 6-0

 

SECOND SINGLES FLIGHT

1. Kate Jannette, Xavier def. 8. Faith Kustka, Kewaunee 6-0, 6-0

 

THIRD SINGLES FLIGHT

1. Dana Keesler, Xavier def. 8. Jania Mitler, Kewaunee 6-0, 6-0

 

FIRST DOUBLES FLIGHT

2. Grace Ogden/Sophia Bauman, Xavier def. 7. Shelby Pribek/Chloe Hallet, Kewaunee 6-0, 6-0

 

SECOND DOUBLES FLIGHT

2. Addison Hervey/Gabby Stammer, Xavier def. 7. Lilly Morton/Mia Ihlenfeldt, Kewaunee 6-0, 6-0

Packers survive again with walk-off OT field goal

For the second week in a row, the Green Bay Packers had to wait until the game's final moments to celebrate a victory, this time a 27-24 decision over the New England Patriots. 

 

The Patriots got on the board first with a field goal before Christian Watson took a handoff 15-yards to put the Packers up 7-3. An injury to the Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and replacing him with rookie fourth-rounder Bailey Zappe gave the 78,000-plus crowd of Packers false hope of a blowout. The second half instead ended with Aaron Rodgers throwing a rare pick-six touchdown to Patriots cornerback Jack Jones to put the visitors up 10-7 at the break.

 

The two teams traded touchdown passes in the third quarter, with Rodgers finding Robert Tonyan and Zappe hooking up with DeVante Parker to make it 17-14 Patriots. Mason Crosby was able to tie it up at 17-17 at the end of the third quarter.

 

The Packers would have to answer a Patriots midway through the fourth quarter on a 13-yard pass to Romeo Doubs to make it 24-24. Doubs almost hauled in the game-winner later in the quarter, but he could not complete the catch when he hit the ground, sending the game into overtime. After both teams stalled on their first drives of overtime, Crosby knocked in the 31-yard field goal to end the game and send the Packers to next Sunday's bout against the Giants in London on a three-game winning streak.

Kewaunee tennis heads to final stretch

The Kewaunee tennis team has hit its most important time of the season with the start of the WIAA sub-sectional on Monday.

 

The Storm will compete against the likes of Clintonville, Fox Valley Lutheran, Kiel, Lourdes Academy, Marinette, and Xavier when the action begins at 9 a.m.

 

MATCHUPS

FIRST SINGLES FLIGHT

1. Olivia Pethan, Fox Valley Lutheran vs. 8. Bella Kentgen, Kewaunee

 

SECOND SINGLES FLIGHT

1. Kate Jannette, Xavier vs. 8. Faith Kustka, Kewaunee

 

THIRD SINGLES FLIGHT

1. Dana Keesler, Xavier vs. 8. Jania Mitler, Kewaunee

 

FIRST DOUBLES FLIGHT

2. Grace Ogden/Sophia Bauman, Xavier vs. 7. Shelby Pribek/Chloe Hallet, Kewaunee

 

SECOND DOUBLES FLIGHT

2. Addison Hervey/Gabby Stammer, Xavier vs. 7. Lilly Morton/Mia Ihlenfeldt, Kewaunee

 

Chryst out as Wisconsin coach

The Wisconsin Badgers football coach will go from one alum with the reins to another after announcing the dismissal of head coach Paul Chryst Sunday afternoon.

 

Chryst was fired after back-to-back blowout losses to Ohio State and Illinois and a 2-3 start to the 2022 season. Despite his 2022 struggles, he departs a program he helped resurrect after the Gary Andersen tenure, finishing 67-26 in seven-plus seasons at Wisconsin while leading the Badgers to several Big Ten championship games and bowl victories.

 

Defensive coordinator and former Wisconsin All-American Jim Leonhard will take over as interim head coach as they prepare for their Saturday matchup against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Packers return home to face Pats

The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon to host the New England Patriots.

 

The season-opening debacle against the Minnesota Vikings seems like a lifetime ago to the Packers as they have gone undefeated since. That includes a nailbiting 14-12 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. 

 

The Patriots could be without their young quarterback Mac Jones after he injured his ankle in a 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week. Brian Hoyer is expected to make the start if Jones can't go.

 

Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m.

Brewers let Marlins off the hook

Milwaukee Brewers Devin Williams had a rare meltdown in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins walked out of American Family Field Saturday night with a 4-3 victory.

 

The Marlins took the early lead with a two-run homer by Peyton Burdick in the third inning, only to see the lead cut in half by a Christian Yelich bomb in the fourth inning.

 

The Brewers would take the lead in the sixth when Luis Urias took a hit by pitch with the bases loaded and Victor Caratini drove in a second run on an RBI groundout. 

 

A two-run single by Bryan De La Cruz made worse on an error by Yelich gave the Marlins the lead and the win, preventing the Brewers from taking advantage of a doubleheader split by the Phillies in their trip to Washington D.C. 

 

The Brewers enter their rubber match matinee against the Marlins still one game behind the Phillies.  

Badgers blown out by Illini

Bret Bielema's homecoming to Madison went well for his new squad as the Illinois Fighting Illini throttled the Wisconsin Badgers 34-10.

 

The first touchdown scored by Isaac Guerendo on a pass from Graham Mertz proved to be the lone highlight of the game. The Badgers would take a small 10-7 lead at the beginning of the second quarter, but it was all Illini after that as Tommy Devito scored touchdowns on three close quarterback keepers and Chase Brown scored from 49 yards out to put the game out of reach.

 

It was a rarity for the Badgers where the Illini outgained the Badgers on the ground 137-2. Mertz threw 206 yards and a touchdown, but two interceptions proved costly.

 

They will travel to Evanston next Saturday to face a struggling Northwestern squad at 2:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Announce Major Renovation Project

Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium will look a lot different when the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers take the field in 2023.  Third Base Ventures, the owners of the Rattlers, announced a major renovation project for the home of the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday afternoon.

The project will be undertaken by Appleton-based Boldt Construction with the design provided by Pendulum Studio, an architectural firm out of Kansas City, Missouri specializing in baseball/sports stadiums.  Boldt built the stadium, which opened in 1995.  Both Boldt and Pendulum worked together on the most recent renovation after the 2012 season.

This set of stadium renovations has been developed to meet the new standards for Minor League Baseball facilities as set forward in the Player Development License granted to the Third Base Ventures in 2020. 

There will be new seating areas, improved player amenities, an expanded concourse that will encircle the entire stadium, and an eye-catching three-story slide as part of this stadium upgrade.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to announce the stadium renovation plans for the 2023 season which will create one of the best home clubhouses in all Minor League Baseball while drastically increasing the quality of space for visiting teams,” said Rob Zerjav, President, CEO, and Managing Partner of Third Base Ventures/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  “We can’t wait for our fans to experience the new stadium renovations which will add new outdoor suites above the left field wall, widen the existing concourse, allow fans to walk around the entire field and – last but not least – take a ride on the three-story slide in the leftfield corner.”

The slide, a fixture of Milwaukee Brewers baseball for years, is an homage to the Timber Rattlers parent club.  There will be one difference between the slides.  The slide at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium will be available for all fans to use during games. 

The existing concourse will be widened by pushing handicapped seating towards the field while increasing the capacity for those fans in wheelchairs.  Fans will now be able to walk around the entire field as the existing boardwalk will be connected to a new walkway and seating area above the leftfield wall that will wrap around to the area near the Festival Grill and Brews on Third. 

The seating area above the left field wall will feature three covered, open-air suites as well as additional ticketed seating and general admission seating.   Each of the three outdoor suites above the outfield wall will seat twenty with food and beverage options.  The three suites may be combined into one 60-person suite for larger groups. 

Another new area for fans is the Home Plate Club, an all-inclusive picnic area directly behind the box seats in Sections 100, 101, and 102, to accommodate groups of 75 or more. This area will include a mixture of drink rail and high-top table seating with a 90-minute all-you-can-eat buffet that includes food and two beverages per person.

 

"Pendulum’s design collaboration with the Timber Rattlers on the successful 2013 renovation of Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium was transformational - it made a statement.  The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers under the leadership of Rob Zerjav have consistently proven themselves to be thought leaders in baseball operations, community advocacy, and family friendly entertainment,” said Pendulum’s lead architect and CEO, Jonathan O’Neil Cole.  “One of the things that makes the current phase of planned improvements so special is the fact that our organizations continue to grow together.  The latest round of amenities is a culmination of our experience in the marketplace, new ideas, proven successes, and innovative ways of creating unique and exciting experiences for attendees at games and events.  We sincerely believe visiting organizations, Timber Rattlers players, coaching staff, and fans will be blown away by how an already first-class facility will be taken to the next level.  The bar has just been raised for all comparable sports facilities across the nation.”

A major change for the players is that the home and visitor clubhouses will be switching sides for next season.  The visitors are moving to the current Timber Rattlers clubhouse and will be in the third base dugout starting in 2023.  The Rattlers will be in the first base dugout and the current visitor clubhouse will get an extreme makeover before the Timber Rattlers can call it their home.

“These impressive renovations will significantly enhance the facilities and serve as a tremendous asset to our players and staff as the next generation of Brewers make their way through the Fox Cities,” said Tom Flanagan, the Milwaukee Brewers Vice President, Minor League Operations.  “The Timber Rattlers have always provided a first-class operation and we couldn’t be prouder to be their partner.” 

The new home clubhouse will be twice the size of the existing home clubhouse and will feature a new circular locker room, two indoor batting cages, two player-focused areas for nutrition and relaxation, expanded offices for coaches and a dedicated female locker room, an expanded training area, and a large weightroom connected to an outdoor player agility field. 

“It is a true honor to have the opportunity to serve the Third Base Ventures team on this exciting project. Craig, Rob, Brad and the Timber Rattlers’ staff and team deliver great results,” said Ben Bruns, Executive Vice President & General Manager of BOLDT.  “This project will further build the Timber Rattlers position in the league and amplify their results for the Brewers. Pendulum’s design will create an even better game day environment for players and fans alike and we love to be part of it!”

Construction for the renovation has already begun and is scheduled to be concluded in time for the start of the 2023 season.  Parking at the stadium will be restricted to the West lot during the renovation project.

 

Drawings compliments of  Pendulum Studio/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 

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