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Soccer preview: Sturgeon Bay battles Algoma on U-102.1

The Packerland Conference will lead the soccer action on Thursday.

 

Algoma makes the trip north to visit Sturgeon Bay for a 6:30 p.m. first kick. Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call on U-102.1 and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

 

Gibraltar/Sevastopol stays at home to welcome Peshtigo to Fish Creek for a 6:30 start.

 

Kewaunee makes the trip to Green Bay to face NEW Lutheran for a 4:30 p.m. first touch.

Packers form practice squad amid other roster moves

The Green Bay Packers were busy finalizing their 53 man roster on Tuesday, but they may have been even busier on Wednesday forming their practice squad and making other moves.

 

The Packers first released The Green Bay Packers have released LB Tariq Carpenter and DL Jonathan Ford to make room for their two waiver claim acquisitions in TE Ben Sims from Minnesota and S Zayne Anderson from Buffalo according to Packers Wire's Zach Kruse.  

 

The team then signed TE Austin Allen, CB Corey Ballentine, LB Keshawn Banks, WR Grant DuBose, C James Empey, S Innis Gaines, QB Alex McGough, WR Bo Melton, LB Arron Mosby, LB Kenneth Odumegwu, FB Henry Pearson, S Benny Sapp III, DL Chris Slayton, RB Patrick Taylor, T Kadeem Telfort and CB Kiondre Thomas to their practice squad according to Packers.com.

 

It is likely the Packers will still have more moves coming before they head to Chicago next weekend for their season opener. The team still needs a long snapper to go with their rookie punter and kicker.


Eight-player football preview: Gibraltar makes way to Suring on 105.1 The GOAT

The area's eight-player football teams will get to start their Labor Day weekend plans a day early with a slate of games on Thursday.

 

Gibraltar will hit the road after winning their season opener last Saturday with a contest at Suring. Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening kick at 7 p.m.

 

Sevastopol will look to even their record when they welcome Gillett to Institute for a 7 p.m. game.

 

After last weekend's forfeit, Algoma will finally hit the field on the road when they take on Wausaukee at 7 p.m.

Area teams spread out at cross country meets

The area's cross country teams had their choice of several meets on Thursday to run in as they hit the second week of their season.

 

Luxemburg-Casco, Sevastopol, and Kewaunee will join Appleton East, Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, De Pere, Freedom, Gillett, Green Bay East, Green Bay Southwest, Gresham, Hartford Union High School, Kewaskum, Kimberly, Kohler, Laconia, Laona-Wabeno, Lena, Manitowoc Lincoln, Manitowoc Lutheran, Mukwonago, New London, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo, Plymouth, Pulaski, Seymour, Shawano Community, Waterford, Wausau West, West De Pere, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Winneconne for the De Pere Invitational hosted on the campus of  UW-Green Bay.  JV races will take place before the varsity races, which begin at 4:30 p.m. for the girls and 5:15 p.m. for the boys.

 

Sturgeon Bay runs against Bonduel, Manitowoc Lutheran, Omro, Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan North, Green Bay Preble, NEWCHAA (Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers Athletic Associaton), and Providence Academy (Green Bay) at Green Bay's Josten Park beginning at 3:30 p.m.

 

Gibraltar finds itself with Kewaskum, Valders, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Hilbert, Howards Grove. Kohler, Little Chute, Mishicot, New Holstein, North Fond du Lac, Oostburg, Random Lake, Roncalli, St. Lawrence Seminary, Two Rivers, Washington County Home School Association, NEWCHAA (Northeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschoolers Athletic Associaton), Reedsville, Denmark, and Waupun in Kiel for an invitational that starts at 4 p.m.

 

 


Timber Rattlers Win Fourth Straight Game Behind a Strong Start from Wagoner

Wisconsin starting pitcher Cameron Wagoner was 1-11 with an ERA of 7.21 after a loss at home to the Beloit Sky Carp on July 8.  Since that start in early July, Wagoner has gone 5-0 in seven games – six starts – and lowered his ERA to 5.83.  In his latest outing, Wagoner allowed one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts over 6-2/3 innings at ABC Supply Stadium to defeat the Sky Carp and lead the Rattlers to a 7-2 victory.

Wagoner retired the first nine batters he faced in the game.  He walked the first batter in the fourth before erasing him on a double play and getting a strikeout to send the game to the fifth inning scoreless.

Wisconsin (54-66 overall, 28-28 second half) loaded the bases on a couple of singles and a walk with one out against Beloit starter Ike Buxton.  Luis Lara sent a hard grounder through the legs of third baseman Ynmanol Marinez to get the first run of the game across the plate.  The Rattlers couldn’t add on in the inning as Buxton struck out the next two batters.

The Sky Carp (51-70, 34-32) got their first hit off Wagoner with two outs in the fifth inning on a hard grounder off the glove of Ben Metzinger at first base.

Metzinger, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Jheremy Vargas in the fifth inning, added to Wisconsin’s lead in the top of the sixth.  He lined a 3-2 pitch down the line in right with two outs.  Hendry Mendez, who had started the inning with a single, was running on the pitch and scored easily on the double.  Eduarqui Fernández followed with a single to center to score Metzinger for a 3-0 lead.

Fernández has driven in seven runs in his last three games.

The Rattlers added another run in the seventh inning as Lara reached on a catcher’s interference and Brock Wilken singled on a hit-and-run to put runners at the corners.  Mendez beat out a potential inning-ending double play to let Lara score for a 4-0 advantage.

Beloit got a rally going against Wagoner in the bottom on a one-out hit batsman.  Yiddi Cappe blooped a broken-bat single to shallow right and a wild throw to second allowed the runners to move up to second and third.  Wagoner got the first out on a grounder to short off the bat of Zach Zubia.  Wagoner was 3-2 on Marinez but walked him and left the game on his 93rd pitch of the night.

Sam Gardner was called to the game from the Wisconsin bullpen with the tying run at the plate and recorded a strikeout to keep the Rattlers up by three runs.

The Timber Rattlers added three runs in the top of the ninth inning.  Lara singled, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error.  Mike Boeve sent a grounder to first with the infield in and the throw went to the plate, but it was wild to allow Lara to score and Boeve to take second.

Beloit decided to walk Mendez trailing by four runs and Eduardo García didn’t mind.  García, playing his first game since August 8, lined the first pitch of his at bat to the gap in left-center to score both runners on his fifth triple of the season.

The Sky Carp got one more unearned run on a two-out error in the bottom of the ninth before Gardner closed out the game with a strikeout for his third save of the season.

 

Unfortunately, the Timber Rattlers received no assistance from the Quad Cities River Bandits in the playoff race.  The Bandits lost 3-2 at home to the Peoria Chiefs on Wednesday night.  The Rattlers remain four games behind Peoria, but now there are just ten games left in the regular season.

Wisconsin’s win on Wednesday allowed them to match their longest winning streak of the season.  The Rattlers had also won four in a row from June 24 through June 29.
 

Game three of the series at ABC Supply Stadium is Thursday night.  Joseph Hernandez (2-3, 4.31) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Beloit has named Gabe Bierman (4-3, 3.46) as their starter.  Game time is 6:35pm.


L-C golf heads to Denmark

The Luxemburg-Casco golf team heads to Denmark for its next NEC triangular meet.

 

The Spartans will face Denmark and Fox Valley Lutheran at Twin Oaks Golf Course in Denmark with a tee time of 11:30 a.m. set for golfers. 

 

On Monday, an NEC conference meet at Northbrook Golf Course was hosted by Luxemburg-Casco against the Little Chute Mustangs and the Waupaca Comets. Little Chute defeated Luxemburg-Casco 225 to 245 and Luxemburg-Casco defeated Waupaca by default due to Waupaca only having one varsity golfer.  The Spartans were led by Bowie Bredael with a 55 which was the third-best score in the meet.  Bredael finished behind the Mustangs’ Amelia Elting and Gracie Hank who each shot a 53.

DCU visits New London for swim meet

The Door County United Swim Team looks to continue their positive start to the season when they swim against New London.

 

In their last meet, the team finished first overall scoring a total of 136 points at their home relays meet. The team finished 30 points higher than the second place team, New London High School. DCU finished 1st overall in 3 out of the 11 events of the night. In the remaining 8 events, the team never finished below 3th place. One of the first place relays consisted of Cassie Rankin (SEV), Kailyn Neville (SDHS), Julia Michalski (SBHS), and Anna Massart (SDHS). They earned the top finish for the 750 Yard Freestyle Relay, finishing about 18 seconds faster than the second place team. The relay of Emma Moyer (SDHS), Paula Weinke (SBHS), Shambo Wienke (SBHS), and Anika Steinbach (SBHS) finished third in the 200 Yard Reverse Medley Relay. Anika Steinbach helped the group secure that spot on the podium by surpassing at least two teams in the final 50 yards of the relay.

Volleyball Recap: Sevastopol takes volleyball Triangular

Sevastopol volleyball won a home triangular match against Kohler and Manitowoc Roncalli on Tuesday evening.  In the first match, the Pioneers upended Kohler two games to one, winning 25-13, then losing game two 21-25 and winning the match with a 25-23 decision in game three. 

Sevastopol will hit the road and take on the Reedsville Panthers next Tuesday with the match starting at 7:00 p.m. from Reedsville Elementary School.

 

No other local volleyball results have been received from Tuesday night.

Brewers' nine-game winning streak snapped by Cubs

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele won for the 15th time and a lone run in the bottom of the first inning was the difference in the Cub’s 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night.

The loss snapped the Brewer's nine-game winning streak and pulled the Cubs within four games of Milwaukee in the National League Central. 

An RBI ground out by Cody Bellinger in the bottom of the first inning was all the Cubs needed as Steel pitched six scoreless innings to improve his record to 15-3. 

Brewer starter Corbin Burnes (9-7) took the hard-luck loss going seven innings and allowing only one run on eight hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Milwaukee had early chances against Steel in the first three innings but could not deliver with runners in scoring position going 0-5 in the game.

The Cubs and Brewers will play for a series win Wednesday at Wrigley Field with the first pitch scheduled for 1:20 p.m.  Brandon Woodruff (3-1)and Kyle Hendricks (5-7) will take the mound for their respective teams. 

Rattlers wins with 5-0 shutout over Beloit

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers held the Beloit Sky Carp to 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position while delivering some key hits of their own to earn a 5-0 win over their in-state rivals Tuesday night at ABC Supply Stadium.  Nate Peterson won his second straight start with five scoreless frames to lead the Rattlers to their third win in a row.

 

Beloit (51-69 overall, 25-30 second half) had a great chance to score in the bottom of the first inning as they had runners at second and third with no outs after a single, a fielder’s choice, and a wild pitch.  Peterson bounced back to keep the game scoreless with a popup, a strikeout, and a flyout.

Hendry Mendez jumped on the first pitch in the top of the second inning and lined a home run over the wall in right to put Wisconsin up 1-0.  The homer was the third of the year for Mendez.

The Timber Rattlers (53-66, 27-28) added to their lead with a three-run rally in the fourth inning.  Mendez and Robert Moore singled with one out.  Beloit starting pitcher Jared Poland got the second out and go ahead of Ben Metzinger, his college teammate at the University of Louisville, with two quick strikes.  Metzinger worked the count to 2-2 before sending a single to right to allow Mendez to score.  Eduarqui Fernández followed with a triple to right-center and the Rattlers had a 4-0 lead.


Peterson worked through five scoreless innings with one walk and two strikeouts.  He would allow four hits and set himself up for his second straight win, but it wasn’t easy.  Zach Zubia doubled to start the fourth inning before Peterson retired the next three batters to leave Zubia at second.  In the fifth, Peterson got the first two outs but gave up singles to Javier Sanoja and Joe Mack before getting the final out on a grounder to third.  Peterson tossed 89 pitches in Tuesday’s start.

Nick Merkel was up next to the mound for Wisconsin, and he pitched three scoreless innings.  After an uneventful sixth inning, the first two Beloit hitters reached in the bottom of the seventh.  Merkel retired the next three batters to strand both runners.  In the eighth, Merkel hit the lead-off batter but got a double play and knocked down a hard liner back to the mound to send the game with the ninth with the Rattlers up 4-0.

 

Robert Moore manufactured a run in the top of the ninth with a walk and two stolen bases to get to third.  A wild pitch allowed Moore to score.

Shane Smith, Wisconsin’s third pitcher of the night, closed out the game with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning.

The win allowed them to gain ground on the Peoria Chiefs in the second half West Division playoff race.  The Chiefs lost 7-5 in ten innings at Quad Cities after they rallied from a 5-3 deficit with two runs in the top of the ninth.  Juan Carlos Negret won the game for Quad Cities with a two-run, walkoff homer in the bottom of the tenth.  Wisconsin now trails Peoria by four games with eleven games left in the regular season.
 

Game two of the series with the Sky Carp is Wednesday night at ABC Supply Stadium.  Cameron Wagoner (5-11, 6.27) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  Beloit has named Ike Buxton (2-0, 3.70) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:35pm. 

Packers trim roster to 53, other moves coming

The Green Bay Packers took the first step in establishing their 2023 53-man roster for the season on Tuesday by making 36 player cuts.

The list of players released included two draft picks in wide receiver Grant DuBose and running back Lew Nichols (with an injury settlement).

The other players cut who may end up on the 16-player practice squad include:  quarterback Alex McGough;  running backs Patrick Taylor and Nate McCray, linebackers Marvin Pierre, Keshawn Banks, Jimmy Phillips, Jr., Kenneth, Odumegwu and Arron Mosby; wide receivers Dre Miller, Duece Watts, Jadakis Bonds, Cody Chrest, and Bo Melton;  tight end Austin Allen, cornerbacks Shemar Jean-Charles, Kiondre Thomas, Corey Ballentine, William Hooper, Tyrell Ford, and Elijah Hamilton; defensive linemen Antonio Moultrie, Chris Slayton and Jason Lewan; tight end Henry Pearson; safeties Innis Gaines, Benny Sapp III and Tarvarius Moore; offensive linemen Cole Schneider, Jean Delance, James Empey and Kadeem Telfort, long snappers Matt Orzech and Broughton Hatcher.

The Packers placed tight end Tyler Davis on the injured list.

Soccer round-up: Sturgeon Bay, Kiel play to draw on U-102.1

Sturgeon Bay played to their second straight draw to highlight Monday's games as we also look ahead to Tuesday's matches.

 

The Clippers and Kiel Raiders went back and forth in the first half en route to a 2-2 draw that was heard on U-102.1 Monday night. The Clippers will be at home against Algoma on Thursday. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and coverage will be on U-102.1.

 

No score was shared from Monday's match between Ashwaubenon and Gibraltar/Sevastopol. 

 

The Kewaunee Storm will go to the site of their last WIAA win on Tuesday when they play at Green Bay West on Tuesday evening. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco soccer team hopes to start a winning streak Tuesday night when they host the Clintonville Truckers under the lights. The first touch is set for 6:30 p.m.

Golf round-up: Luxemburg-Casco splits, Sturgeon Bay takes on Bay on the road

One team golfed Monday and the other will get out on the course on Tuesday.

 

Little Chute defeated Luxemburg-Casco 225 to 245 and Luxemburg-Casco defeated Waupaca by default due to Waupaca only having one varsity golfer. The Spartans’ next meet with be against Denmark on Thursday.  

 

The Sturgeon Bay golf team hits the links on Tuesday to face its Bay Conference opponents. Bonduel, Green Bay/New Lutheran/Providence Academy, Oconto, Shawano Community, West De Pere, Winneconne, and Xavier will join the Clippers at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Seymour at 10 a.m.

 

 

Volleyball preview: Multi-team events dominate the day

Baseball doubleheaders have nothing on what local volleyball teams will be doing on Tuesday evening.

 

The Sevastopol Pioneers volleyball team hit their own court on Tuesday for a triangular meet. Kohler and Roncalli are on the docket for when action begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

The Sturgeon Bay volleyball team visits Seymour on Tuesday for a quadrangular meet against the host school, Little Chute, and Pulaski. The first matches begin at 5 p.m.

Packers hit cut down day

The Green Bay Packers will have to make sure their roster looks dramatically different by the end of Tuesday.

 

Rosters have to be cut down to 53 players by 3 p.m. on Tuesday with approximately 16 players returning as practice squad members. The Packers made their first announcement on Monday, releasing P Pat O'Donnell. It puts Irish national Daniel Whalen in the spotlight not just for his punting abilities but also as the main holder for fellow rookie placekicker Anders Carlson. 

 

We will update this feed with additional cuts as they become available. 

Soccer preview: Sturgeon Bay battles Kiel on U-102.1

Two area soccer teams will hit the pitch to kickoff the week with both coming off a busy stretch to start their seasons.

 

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers hit the pitch again to battle Kiel after a scoreless draw with Bay Port last Friday. Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call on U-102.1 beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the pre-game show followed by the opening touch at 6:30 p.m.

 

After a weekend tournament, the Gibraltar/Sevastopol soccer team finds themselves back in Fish Creek for a home fixture against Ashwaubenon. The first touch is set for 6:30 p.m.

Spartans golfers host home meet vs. Little Chute, Waupaca

The Luxemburg-Casco golf team will make the short drive to Northbrook Country Club for its NEC action on Monday.

 

The Spartans will welcome rivals Little Chute and Waupaca to Luxemburg for 10 a.m. tee time.

 

The last time the Spartans were out on the golf course, the team had plenty of success in a scramble format. Bowie Bredael and Reese Bandow made quite the team Friday morning as the captured the top spot of the Oconto Scramble. The pair shot a 41 on nine holes, three strokes better than the team from Bonduel. The Spartans' other teams did not shoot poorly either with Morgan DeJardin/Lorelai Salentine shooting a 54, Katie Ledvina/Marissa Annoye scoring a 52, and Ashley Fameree/Averi Buresh also registering a 52. 

Wisconsin's Two-Out Bingo Beats Bandits

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers trailed the Quad Cities River Bandits 4-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Rattlers responded by taking the lead with five runs in the inning to take the lead and added four more two-out runs later in the game for a 9-4 victory over the River Bandits.  Wisconsin took four of six games in the series.

 

Quad Cities (52-68 overall, 20-34, second half) took the lead in the first inning on a two-out, RBI double by Juan Carlos Negret.

 

Carter Jensen made it 2-0 with a lead-off home run in the top of the fourth inning against Wisconsin starter Edwin Jimenez.

The River Bandits loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth on a walk and two singles.  Negret drove in a run with a single.  Then, Jensen knocked in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0.

Hendry Mendez singled to start the Wisconsin fifth inning, but he was still at first base with two outs.  Then, the Rattlers offense found the range on Bandits starting pitcher Luinder Avila.  The next five hitters reached base to give Wisconsin a 5-4 lead.

Ben Metzinger started the surge with an RBI double off the wall in left to score Mendez.  Fernández followed with a single to right to get Metzinger home and the Rattlers (52-66, 26-28) were within two runs.

Fernández stole second to get into scoring position and Eric Brown Jr knocked him in with another single. 

Brown tied the game on his own.  He was running on a pitch that got back to the backstop and kept going for third.  Brown would score the tying run when the throw to third wound up in left field.

Robert Moore extended the rally when he drew a walk and stole second to get into scoring position..  Brock Wilken put the Rattlers in front with a single to right that scored Moore for a 5-4 lead.
 

The Rattlers gave Jimenez some breathing room in the sixth inning when Fernández hit a two-out, three-run home run.  Fernández ended the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Meanwhile, Jimenez found his footing to put himself in line for his fifth win of the season.  He allowed nine hits and four runs, but retired the last eight batters he faced in order.  Jimenez walked one and struck out five in the game.

Moore added an insurance run in the eighth with one more two-out, RBI single.

The bullpen closed out the game as Nick Merkel worked a scoreless eighth and Tanner Shears pitched a scoreless ninth.

Unfortunately, the Timber Rattlers were unable to pick up ground on the Peoria Chiefs in the second half West Division playoff race.  The Chiefs trailed the West Michigan Whitecaps 3-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth before tying the game.  The Whitecaps took a 4-3 lead with a run in the top of the tenth only to see the Chiefs score twice in the bottom of the tenth for a 5-4 win.

Peoria is 31-23 in the second half and has the tie-breaker on Wisconsin.  They lead the Timber Rattlers by five games with twelve games remaining.  The Chiefs start a six-game series at Quad Cities on Tuesday.
 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They will return to action on Tuesday with game one of a series against the Beloit Sky Carp at ABC Supply Stadium.  Game time is 6:35pm. 

Bay Day! Sister Bay captures playoff championship on 105.1 The GOAT

For the second year in a row, a Door County League team won both traveling trophies as Sister Bay topped Washington Island  5-2 on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon.

 

The Islanders opened the game up with two straight hits against the Bays' Sam Forkert, but he would show why he was the DCL Pitcher of the Year as sat down the next 11 batters to end any threats. Meanwhile, the Bays opened up 3-0 by the third inning lead thanks to an RBI single by Tom Sawyer, a run-scoring fielder's choice by Griffen Cole, and a fielding error by the Islanders.

 

After giving up a single to Matt Foss in the fourth inning, Forkert would go on another long string without allowing a hit, sitting down 14 of the next 15 batters including a pair of strikeouts. The Bays would tack on two more runs in the fifth inning thanks to an RBI single by Sawyer Johnson and a sacrifice fly by Forkert.

 

The Islanders have not been one to give up without a fight in the playoffs the last two years, and the top of the ninth was no exception. After Luke Geiger scored on a Ben Geiger fielder's choice, the stage was set for Troy Jorgenson. He would single up the middle past a diving Spencer Krause, but Cole backed up the play and threw a perfect strike to Sawyer at home to get the streaking Ben Geiger trying to score from second base.

 

 

Forkert went the distance, giving up the two runs on five hits while striking out three. Sawyer and Alex Laughlin each had multi-hit games for the Bays.

 

 

For the Islanders, Ryan Jorgenson took the loss as he gave up three runs in three-plus innings, giving up five hits and striking out. Foss picked him up, pitching the final six innings in relief allowing two runs and striking out one. Ben Johnson served both pitchers well in right field, making a number of sliding catches to keep even more Bays players off the basepaths.  

 

Spartans' Lemens verbally commits to UW-Parkside

Luxemburg-Casco's Tabi Lemens will take her soccer career south after graduation after she verbally committed to UW-Parkside this month.

 

The senior goalkeeper took to Instagram on Wednesday to make the announcement, thanking her family, friends, and coaches for the support they have given her along the way. As a junior, Lemens posted four clean sheets en route to an All-NEC First Team selection and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was also a member of the conference's first team her freshman and sophomore seasons.

 

The Rangers are coming off a 7-11-1 record in 2022, including a 4-9-1 conference mark against the likes of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The program has reached the NCAA Tournament eight times since adding women's soccer in 1994.

Sister Bay, Washington Island battle for DCBL crown on 105.1 The GOAT

A battle between two Northern Door County teams will decide who wins the Door County League Playoff Championship Sunday afternoon when Sister Bay faces Washington Island at home.

 

The Bays punched their ticket with a convincing 10-2 win over Egg Harbor last Sunday as heard on 105.1 The GOAT. Sam Forkert went eight strong innings while Stewart Larsen was 3 for 3 with three RBIs including two doubles while Cole finished 2 for 4 and two RBIs and the only home run of the game. The Bays last played in the DCL Playoff Championship in 2021 when they lost to Kolberg. They hope to match the Braves by becoming the second straight team to win both the regular season and the playoff titles.

 

The Islanders earned their spot in their second straight DCL Playoff Championship game in a similar fashion to last year's run: drama. They avenged last year's championship game loss to the Braves by rallying from two down twice to win 7-6 this year. Ben Geiger delivered what proved to be the game-winning three-run homer to send the Islanders back to the championship game. 

 

Since the Islanders beat the Bays in last year's semifinal, Sister Bay has won two straight matchups against Washington Island. That includes a walk-off balk on May 21st in Sister Bay and a dominant victory on Washington Island on July 9th.

 

Tim Kowols and Reece Robillard will have the call from the Sister Bay Sports Complex on Sunday beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m.

Spartans volleyball take sixth at Beast of the Northeast

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball opened up their 2023 campaign with a sixth place finish in the Beast of the Northeast Volleyball Tournament hosted by Notre Dame Academy at the Champions Center in Appleton.

 

The team did not drop a set in their pool play matches that formed their bracket play matches. They went 2-2 on Saturday, beating Green Bay Southwest and Edgewood and losing to Hortonville and Fox Valley Lutheran. 

 

"It was a good start to the season.  We have some growing pains that we are going through with some injuries and girls being in new spots, but the effort was there and I thought the girls battled all weekend. There were a lot of good things to build off of and things to learn from, all things you are looking for from opening weekend of the season," said head coach Jeff Frey after the weekend.

 

Stats:

Alayna Deprez-67 assists, 30 digs

Erin Cherovsky-44 assists, 29 digs

Aubrey Frey-51 kills, 39 digs, 10 aces

Miranda Schmidt-21 kills, 9 blocks

Ella VanderVelden-19 kills, 10 blocks

Brooke VandeHei-64 digs

Vikings climb over Hilltoppers on 105.1 The GOAT

Braden Sitte's big day on both sides of the ball helped the Gibraltar Vikings football team earn a 27-14 victory over Montello Saturday afternoon,

 

The Vikings opened the game with a scoring drive that concluded with Brady Kita finding Sitte from inside 10 yards out to make it 7-0. The two teams traded miscues that saw the Vikings recover two fumbles thanks to the efforts of Marshall Maltby, Wyatt Bultman, and Giovanni Mercier. The offense could not turn those opportunities into points, ending the first half with a missed field goal and a 7-0 lead.

 

Kita would find Sitte halfway through the third quarter from inside the five yard line to make it 14-0. Gibraltar would start the fourth quarter by fumbling the ball into the hands of Montello's Ayden Drew, but the Vikings would get the ball right back in a big way. Noah Boelter's pass on the ensuing drive fell right into the hands of Sitte, who took it 60-plus yards to the end zone to make it 21-0 early in the fourth quarter. Kita would find Sitte one last time in the fourth quarter on a 10 yard pass to cap off the scoring for the Vikings.

 

The Hilltoppers would score their first touchdowns as a standalone team in eight years to cap off the contest thanks to the feet of running back Seth Mehling. He scored his first touchdown on a 24-yard screen pass from Boelter to make it 27-6. Mehling would then escape a bottleneck by the far sideline to find the endzone on an 85-yard touchdown rush. 

 

The Vikings are back in action on Thursday when they face Suring.

 

 

 

 

 

DCU win Bay Conference Relays meet

The Door County United girls swim team had another successful night during the Bay Conference Relays meet held at the Door County YMCA. The team finished first overall scoring a total of 136 points. The team finished 30 points higher than the second place team, New London High School. DCU finished 1st overall in 3 out of the 11 events of the night. In the remaining 8 events, the team never finished below 3th place. One of the first place relays consisted of Cassie Rankin (SEV), Kailyn Neville (SDHS), Julia Michalski (SBHS), and Anna Massart (SDHS). They earned the top finish for the 750 Yard Freestyle Relay, finishing about 18 seconds faster than the second place team. The relay of Emma Moyer (SDHS), Paula Weinke (SBHS), Shambo Wienke (SBHS), and Anika Steinbach (SBHS) finished third in the 200 Yard Reverse Medley Relay. Anika Steinbach helped the group secure that spot on the podium by surpassing at least two teams in the final 50 yards of the relay. The team will take on New London High School on Thursday August 31st  in their next conference matchup. 

Packers conclude preseason vs. Seahawks

The Green Bay Packers will look to settle their final 53-man roster after Saturday's preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks.

 

The Packers coaching staff made news earlier this week announcing that draft pick Sean Clifford will be the backup quarterback to Jordan Love, ending one of the depth battles during training camp. The Packers are 1-1 on the preseason, beating the Bengals before falling in an injury-induced shortened game last Saturday. The Seahawks are 2-0 in the preseason, beating the Vikings and Cowboys in their previous matchups. Teams have to be down from 90 players to 53 players by Tuesday.

 

Kickoff is set for noon Saturday from Lambeau Field.

Friday night scoreboard; Gibraltar battles Montello on 105.1 The GOAT

The second week of the football season involved a little bit of rain but a lot of action across Northeast Wisconsin.

 

In Kewaunee, the Storm overwhelmed the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans 31-22 on 104.1 WRLU in a game that was delayed for nearly an hour due to thunderstorms and lightening.

 

Southern Door dominated the Brillion Lions on the road 26-7 on U-102.1.

 

Sturgeon Bay was driving late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell to Antigo 20-15.

 

The Gibraltar Vikings hope the extra day was worth the wait when they welcome Montello to Fish Creek Saturday afternoon. Tim Kowols will have the call from Fish Creek beginning at 3:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening kick at 4 p.m. The game will air on 105.1 The GOAT and stream on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Pioneers girls take 3rd at Freedom meet

The Sevastopol girls cross country team got off to a fast start in their first race of the year in Freedom, coming in third place overall in the small school division.

 

Senior Bea Dramm led the way with a ninth-place finish and a time of 21:37. Junior Naomi Rikkola and Freshman Shylee Asher also broke 23 minutes on the 5K course. The girls scored 77 points, 42 points off of champion Freedom, which placed four runners in the top 10. Head coach Annie Kapolnek was proud of the performance, pointing out that their top five runners all finished within two minutes of each other. 

 

91#655 Bea Dramm1221:37.49 

112#657 Naomi Rikkola1122:00.15 

153#659 Shylee Asher922:55.45 

194#656 Jolene Luedtke1223:22.01 

235#654 Libby Ash1223:41.93 

(27)6#658 Katie Spude1223:51.64 

(42)7#660 Sienna Cain1026:43.33

Luxemburg-Casco, Sturgeon Bay head to Irish Greens

Sturgeon Bay and Luxemburg-Casco will tee off together for a meet on Friday at Irish Greens Golf Course in Oconto.

 

Bonduel, Oconto, Oconto Falls will also be teeing off with the Clippers and the Spartans when they begin at 9 a.m.

 

At Chaska, L-C’s Bowie Bredael shot a 54 to tie for third overall, while Reese Bandow came in with a 59 followed by Morgan DeJardin’s 60 and Katie Ledvina’s 62. 

 

Sturgeon Bay's two girls' golfers welcomed the Bay Conference to Cherry Hills Golf Course on Tuesday. Junior Merrill Kelsey led the way for the Clippers, shooting a team-best 68 on the course to finish in 30th place. Junior Sayde Jeanquart came in 34th place as she shot a 77.

Sturgeon Bay shuts down Kewaunee, battles Bay Port on The Pirate

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers soccer team will return to non-conference play after beating Kewaunee 3-0 in a Thursday night match.

 

It was the rebound match the Clippers needed after falling hard to state-power Notre Dame Academy 6-1 earlier in the week. No scoring summary was provided.

 

The Clippers now turn their attention to Bay Port, No scores were posted from the Pirates' scheduled matches against Appleton West and Green Bay East. The Pirates finished on top of the Fox River Classic Conference table last season but ended up losing to Arrowhead 1-0 in the regional final. 

 

Bryan Mazur and Peter Kerwin will have the call on The Pirate (96.7 WBDK HD-2 and 103.3 FM) beginning at 6:15 p.m. with the pregame show, followed by the opening kick at 6:30 p.m.

 

Other Thursday results saw no results posted from Luxemburg-Casco's match against Waupaca or Algoma's game against Gibraltar/Sevastopol. The Wolves and Spartans are scheduled to face each other Friday at Luxemburg-Casco High School at 6:30 p.m.

Luxemburg-Casco piles up runner-up trophies at Chief K Invite

The 2023 cross country season opened on Thursday with plenty of hardware won by local runners.

 

In Fish Creek, both the Luxemburg-Casco boys and girls teams took 2nd place out of close to a dozen teams in the Chief Kahquados Invitational. Southern Door's Ben Grota was the top local finisher in the boys' race with a time close to 18:10 on the 5K course. You can find the full results here or click on your favorite school's recap below.

 

Algoma

Sturgeon Bay

Southern Door

Luxemburg-Casco

Gibraltar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sevastopol will join Kaukauna, Little Chute, Seymour, Assumption, Brillion, Chilton, De Pere, Fox Valley Lutheran, Gillett, Green Bay East, Green Bay Preble, Northland Pines, Oconto Falls, Peshtigo, Winneconne, New London, St. Mary's Springs Academy, Weyauwega Fremont, Marinette, and Coleman for a cross country meet hosted by Freedom at Irish Waters Golf Course. The first race begins at 8:30 a.m.

Football Round-up: Sevastopol falls; Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee, Southern Door all on NRSN

A local rivalry will be renewed on Friday as 11-player football enters its second week of the season and Eight-Player football opens its season.

 

The return to the gridiron proved to be fruitful for Valley Christian as they left Institute with a 28-14 victory over Sevastopol Thursday night.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans travel to Kewaunee to take on the Storm in a renewal of an old rivalry Friday night in a non-conference football matchup. The pregame is set for 6:45 p.m. on 104.1 WRLU and the kick-off set for 7 p.m. from Kewaunee High School.  Paul Schmitt and Henry Annen will have the play-by-play of the game which will also be streamed on New Radio Sports Network.

 

Southern Door will look to improve on its shutout victory last week when they play at Brillion Friday night. The pregame is set for 6:45 p.m. on U 102.1 and the kick-off set for 7 p.m. from Brillion. Jacob Nate and Reece Robillard will have the play-by-play of the game which will also be streamed on New Radio Sports Network.

 

You will have to wait an extra day for Eight-Player football action after Algoma's game was canceled for Friday night. Gibraltar will host Montello on Saturday afternoon. Tim Kowols will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT beginning at 3:45 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the opening kick at 4 p.m.

L-C volleyball opens 2023 campaign

The wait for another volleyball season ends for a number of teams on Friday, including the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans.

 

The Spartans will compete in the Beast of the Northeast Tournament at the Champions Center in Appleton. They are scheduled to play Ripon at noon, Kingsford (MI) at 2 p.m., and West Salem at 5 p.m. The Spartans saw their streak of state tournament runs end last season as they fell to eventual champion Xavier in the sectional round.

 

Gibraltar looks for their first victory of the season at Central Wisconsin Christian when they play in a tournament featuring Crandon, Deerfield, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Hustisford, Laona-Wabeno, Living Word Lutheran, North Fond du Lac, Parkview, Sheboygan Christian, and Sheboygan Lutheran. Action begins at 1 p.m.

 

Sevastopol looks to continue its successful start of the season with a tournament in Wisconsin Dells at the Just a Game Fieldhouse beginning at 9 a.m. Rhinelander, Oshkosh North, Antigo, Cedarburg, Wisconsin Dells, Bruce, Clintonville, Dodgeland, Fall River, Peshtigo, Riverdale, Royall, Shawano Community, Sheboygan North, Rio Community, and Lake Mills will also compete. 

 

Algoma heads to Reedsville for some of its first matches of the season, facing Kiel, Mishicot, Roncalli, Sheboygan South, Two Rivers, and Winnebago Lutheran Academy beginning at 8:30 a.m.

 

Kewaunee will build on its win on Wednesday with a Friday tournament at Hilbert at 8 a.m. with the host school, Brillion, Cambria-Friesland, Kohler, and Valders joining in on the action.

Area soccer teams hit pitch

All of the area's soccer teams will be in action on Thursday night, one of which features a Packerland Conference matchup.

 

The Algoma soccer team will open their season on Thursday with a familiar foe in Gibraltar/Sevastopol. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.

 

Sturgeon Bay will play two more times at home this week, including Thursday's match against conference foe Kewaunee. Kickoff from Clark Field is set for 6:30 p.m.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco soccer looks to string victories together when they head to Waupaca Thursday night for an NEC fixture. They will play under the lights at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Sevastopol football opens season vs. Valley Christian

The long wait for Eight-Player football teams across the state ends on Thursday with several games on the slate, including Sevastopol's home contest against Valley Christian.

 

The Pioneers are coming off a 3-5 season that ended with them losing consecutive games to local foes Algoma and Gibraltar. Returning to the Pioneers is All-Conference selections Alex Andreae (1st team DL, Honorable Mention RB) and Michael Wautlet (2nd team LB).

 

Thursday marks a return to football for Valley Christian. WGBA-TV reported earlier this year that the Oshkosh-based school has gone seven years without its own team, opting to join forces with St. Mary's Catholic the last seven years. It came with success as they went 8-0.

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Kewaunee tennis travels to Ripon

The Kewaunee tennis team continues to look for their first win of the season on Thursday when their travels take them to Ripon.

 

It is the second meet of the week for the Storm, which played Kewaskum on Tuesday. No results were shared from that meeting with local media outlets.

 

The first action begins at 4 p.m.

DCU Swim welcomes several teams

The Door County United swim team hits the Door County YMCA pool on Thursday when it welcomes several teams to the area.

 

Clintonville, Marinette, New London, Seymour, Shawano Community, and Wittenberg-Birnamwood will hit the pool as well. 

 

The team had a successful start to the year at the Marinette Pentathlon. The team made big waves in this season's opener. Each swimmer competed in the same 5 events and scoring was completed by grade level. For freshmen, Shaeffer Rass (SEV) finished second overall and Emily Miller (SBHS) finished fourth. Kailyn Neville (SDHS)  and Chloe Bissen (SBHS) finished fourth and fifth overall for sophomores. Julia Michalski (SBHS) finished first overall for the juniors, followed closely behind by Caitlyn Hasenjager (SBHS) who finished third.  Danica Neville (SDHS) finished first overall for the seniors followed by Cassie Rankin (SEV) in second and Natialia Michalski (SBHS) in fifth.

 

The first events begin at 5 p.m.

Gibraltar hosts season opening Chief K Invite Thursday

The cross country race synonymous with the beginning of the school year will take place once again on Thursday on the grounds of Gibraltar Area Schools and Peninsula State Park.

 

Gibraltar, Algoma, Crivitz, Denmark, Hilbert, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Mauston, Oconto, Providence Academy/NEW Lutheran, Reedsville, Roncalli, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and
Wausaukee will all tackle the Chief Kahquados Invitational's 5K course beginning at 2 p.m. 

 

Luxemburg-Casco boasted the top local teams from last year's edition, winning the boys' race and coming in second narrowly for the girls. Southern Door's Ben Grota and Sturgeon Bay's Julia Kurek are the top local runners from last year's race.

Boys Soccer Recap: L-C shuts out Winneconne, Sturgeon Bay falls to Notre Dame

The Boy's high school soccer season started in the area this week.  At Luxemburg-Casco, the Spartans dominated play and shut out the Winneconne Wolves 3-0.  

 

In Sturgeon Bay, the Clippers fell to the Notre Dame Tritons 6-1 as Ben Stephens scored on a place kick for the only goal for the home team.  Sturgeon Bay will host Bay Port on Friday at 6:30 p.m.  That match will be broadcast on 103.3 The Pirate with Bryan Mazur on the call.

Golf Recap:  Luxemburg-Casco shoots 235 at Chaska

In area high school girls’ golf action Tuesday, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans finished third shooting a 213 at Chaska Golf Course in Greenville.  Fox Valley Lutheran finished first with a 206 and Freedom shot a 213 for second place. 

L-C’s Bowie Bredael shot a 54 to tie for third overall, while Reese Bandow came in with a 59 followed by Morgan DeJardin’s 60 and Katie Ledvina’s 62.

Lauren Movrich of Fox Valley Lutheran shot a 47 to take overall honors at Tuesday’s match. 

Volleyball:  Sevastopol sweeps Gillett Quadrangular, Luxemburg-Casco at Denmark Quad

The Sevastopol Pioneers volleyball team had a successful opening to the 2023 season by winning a quad against Manawa, Gillet, and White Lake at the host school Gillet on Tuesday.  The Pioneers beat Manawa in the first contest 2-1, before defeating Gillet and White Lake three sets to one in the following matches. 

 

In area volleyball action Wednesday, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans will start their season tonight with a quad at Denmark that features the Seymour Thunder, the Pulaski Red Raiders, and the host Vikings.  

Brewers top Twins for fourth-straight win

Propelled by a five-run sixth inning, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Tuesday evening. 

Milwaukee jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Willy Adames’ 20th home run of the season.  After the Twins managed to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, the Brewers rallied with the five-run fifth inning capped off by Brian Anderson’s two-out, two-run single to center field.

Brewer starter Wade Miley struggled but was able to finish five innings allowing three runs on five hits.  Reliever Bryce Wilson (5-0) picked up the win pitching two perfect innings and Milwaukee was able to win for the fourth-straight game.

Dylan Floro (4-6) took the loss for the twins giving up all five runs in the fifth.

The two division leaders will face off again Wednesday again as Corbin Burnes (9-6) will take the mound for the Brewers and Kenta Maeda (3-7) will get the ball for the Twins.  The first pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. from American Family Field. 

DCU Swim team have impressive showing at Marinette Pentathlon

The Door County United Girls Swim Team consisting of swimmers from Sevastopol High School, Sturgeon Bay High School, and Southern Door High School competed in the Marinette Pentathlon for their first conference matchup of the 2023 season.

The DCU Swim team made big waves in this season opener. Each swimmer competed in the same 5 events and scoring was completed by grade level. For freshmen, Shaeffer Rass (SEV) finished second overall and Emily Miller (SBHS) finished fourth. Kailyn Neville (SDHS)  and Chloe Bissen (SBHS) finished fourth and fifth overall for sophomores. Julia Michalski (SBHS) finished first overall for the juniors, followed closely behind by Caitlyn Hasenjager (SBHS) who finished third.  Danica Neville (SDHS) finished first overall for the seniors followed by Cassie Rankin (SEV) in second and Natialia Michalski (SBHS) in fifth. The team demonstrated great potential for a very successful season in their first conference competition.

The DCU swim team will next compete in the Conference Relays Meet at the Door County YMCA on Thursday August 24th at 5:00 p.m. 

Volleyball teams open season with multi-team events

Two Door County teams will open their 2023 campaigns with a full slate of opportunities when it comes to opponents.

 

The Gibraltar volleyball team hits the road for their first action of the season with a multi-team invitational in Crivitz Tuesday morning. Coleman, Florence, Pembine, Laona-Wabeno, Marinette, Mercer, Crivitz, and Niagara are all possible opponents for the Vikings when the first serves take place at 9 a.m.

 

The regional champion Sevastopol Pioneers volleyball team will begin their 2023 title defense with a quadrangular meet in Gillett on Tuesday. The Pioneers will face a combination of the host school, Elcho, Stockbridge, and White Lake when the action begins at 4 p.m. 

Sturgeon Bay and Luxemburg-Casco golf in action

Both local golf teams will be in action on Tuesday as they open their second week of competition.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco golf team travels to Chaska Golf Course to face Fox Valley Lutheran on Tuesday. Tee time is set for noon. 

 

The Clippers will welcome Bonduel, Green Bay/New Lutheran/Providence Academy, Oconto, Seymour, Shawano Community, West De Pere, Winneconne, and Xavier to Cherry Hills Golf Course in Sturgeon Bay for a 10 a.m. tee time. 

Kewaunee tennis visits Kewaskum

The Kewaunee tennis team begins its competition week with a road trip to Kewaskum Tuesday afternoon.

 

No results were shared from the Storm's home meet against Waupun last Thursday, though their first meet of the season showed the squad's lack of depth as they were unable to fill their roster's singles matchups.

 

The Storm face the Indians at 4 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay girls golf at Bonduel for a nine-team match

The girls’ golf team from Sturgeon Bay High School will hit the links on Monday for a multiple-team competition at Bonduel. 

The Clippers will play against the host school Bonduel and seven other teams including NEW Lutheran, Oconto, Seymour, Shawano, West De Pere, Winneconne, and Xavier. 

Brewers sweep Rangers to end road trip

The Milwaukee Brewers ended a successful roller coaster of a road trip with a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers Sunday. 

After sweeping the Chicago White Sox and being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers are coming home after a 6-3 road trip with their three-game sweep of the Rangers.

Sunday’s game saw Brewer starter Adrian Howser pitch five innings of effective ball by only allowing only one run on seven hits while striking out seven.

The offense was led by Christian Yelich and Tyrone Taylor who had two hits each.  Taylor had a double and triple while scoring three runs and knocking in two. 

Milwaukee scored three runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-1 lead, but needed to bring in closer Devon Williams to get the last out for his 30th save of the season after the Rangers put the potential tying run on the on-deck circle in the ninth.

The Brewers (68-57), who hold a three game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central, will get Monday off before welcoming the Minnesota Twins in for a short two-game series on Tuesday.   

Packers prepare for Seahawks after loss to Patriots

A shortened game Saturday evening because of a scary injury, saw the Green Bay Packers fall to the New England Patriots 21-17 at Lambeau Field.

 

Patriot rookie cornerback Isaiah Bolden suffered a head injury early in the fourth quarter after he collided with a teammate.  After a long delay, Coaches Bill Belichick and Matt LeFleur agreed to end the game with just over 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Bolden was carted off the field and went to the hospital but was reportedly released as of Sunday and returned to New England with the team.

 

Packer quarterback Jordan Love played one quarter and threw a 19-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Jayden Reed before exiting after another impressive outing.

 

The Packers will have the last two open training camp practices for the public this week on Tuesday and Wednesday before squaring off at home with the Seattle Seahawks at noon on Saturday.  

Bays power past Indians on 105.1 The Goat, face Islanders for DCBL Title

The regular season league champion Sister Bay Bays powered past the Egg Harbor Indians 10-2 Sunday afternoon at home to advance to the Door County Baseball League championship game next week. 

Pitcher-of-the-Year Sam Forkert went eight strong innings to pick up the win allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out seven.

Egg Harbor scored first with an RBI single by Nick Posh in the top of the first inning, but the Bays would score the next eight runs starting with a crushing home run by Griffin Cole in the second inning.

Sister Bay scored three runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Stew Larsen, an RBI single by Spencer Krause, and a RBI single by Cole.  Then scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings helped the Bays take a commanding lead the Indians could not overcome.

Larsen was 3 for 3 with three RBIs including two doubles while Cole finished 2 for 4 and two RBIs and the only home run of the game.

Indian starting pitcher Joe Sawyer took the loss going 4.1 innings and allowing seven runs. 

The Bays will now face the Washington Island Islanders next Sunday in Sister Bay for the Door County Baseball League Championship as the Islanders came back to beat the Kohlberg Braves on the road 7-6 in the other playoff game.

That game can be heard on 105.1 The Goat or streamed on the New Radio Sports Network next Sunday with the pregame starting at 1:15 p.m. and first pitch at 1:30 p.m. 

Sun Protection and Where to Launch Your Kayak -- Series VII

Part of being on the water in Door County is being out in the sun. Most of us have had far too much sun exposure over the years and do not need any more. I am on the beautiful waters of Door County many days a year and see the barely dressed and those like me who take protection from the sun to an extreme.   

 

Whether I am out in my fishing boat or one of my kayaks chasing smallmouth bass, or just enjoying a pleasant paddle on the lake, I am protected from the sun. Starting from top to bottom, I always wear a hat with brim, polarized sunglasses, a gaiter to protect my ears, neck and part of my face.  I wear a good sunscreen of at least 50 SPF on any exposed areas, including areas of my face not covered by the gaiter. I wear sun gloves, long sleeve fishing shirts and pants that have UPF protection built in. Even with the pants and water shoes, do not forget to put sunscreen on your ankles and tops of your feet if they are not covered. Most of you understand about sun protection and this is just a reminder to be careful!

 

I am asked often about places to launch kayaks. One of the best, and there are many of these up and down the peninsula, are roads that dead-end at the water. The key to any of these launch points is making sure your vehicle is off the road when you park. Using Google Maps is an easy way to research this option.  Peninsula and Potawatomi State Parks both have kayak specific launches and with some scouting you will find beaches where you can launch your kayaks. Most of the boat launches do not want the kayak business unless you are using a kayak trailer, however there are several self-pay launches on the peninsula where kayaks are welcome. 

 

Amazingly we are past the middle of August, but fortunately there are a few more months of great weather for getting out on the waters of Door County to enjoy the beauty from your kayak!  If you have any questions, please email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com.

 

 

Area volleyball teams take advantage of Saturday for scrimmages

The area's volleyball teams will be getting their first taste of competition on Saturday with a series of scrimmages.

 

Below is a schedule of where and when many local teams will be participating in exhibitions before real matches begin next week.

 

  • Luxemburg-Casco at Appleton North vs. Appleton North, Howards Grove, and River Falls at noon
  • Algoma and Sevastopol face Shawano and Kohler at Shawano at 9 a.m.
  • Southern Door at Pulaski against Pulaski, Oconto, and Oconto Falls at 9 a.m.
  • Kewaunee at Denmark against Denmark and Chilton at 9 a.m.

Door County United competes for first time in Marinette

The Door County United swim team hits the pool for the first time this season in competition when they head to Marinette on Saturday.

 

The United will swim against the host school. Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Shawano, Community, Seymour, New London, and Clintonville in the pentathlon meet.

 

The first events begin at 9 a.m.

Packers face Patriots in Lambeau exhibition

The Green Bay Packers will open the Lambeau Field portion of the 2023 campaign with an exhibition game against the New England Patriots.

 

This will be the third time in four days the Packers have taken the field against the Patriots this week as the two teams had combined practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The Jordan Love era got off to a good start as they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 36-19 on the road a week ago. Love led the Packers on its opening drive to a touchdown, going 7-10 before finding Romeo Doubs in the endzone for the score. The Packers traded touchdowns for field goals as Tyler Goodson rushed in from short distance to make it 14-3 before the Bengals made it 14-6. A pick-six off of Sean Clifford and a couple of field goals actually gave the Bengals a small lead before Clifford led a touchdown drive to end the half and give the Packers a 21-16 lead. Undrafted rookie running back Emanuel Wilson stole the show in the second half, scoring twice including an 80-yard rush to cap off the scoring on his 111-yard rushing day. The Packers' offense outscored the Bengals 15-3 in the second half.

 

The Patriots opened their preseason with a 20-9 loss to the Houston Texans, although they did welcome rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud rudely in his first NFL action.

 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Sister Bay hosts Egg Harbor in DCBL semi-final Sunday on 105.1 The Goat

The Sister Bay Bays battle the Egg Harbor Indians in the DCL semifinals this Sunday in Sister Bay. The Bays earned their DCL's top spot with a 13-2 win against Maplewood last Sunday. Stew Larsen had three hits and three RBI to lead the Bays offensively with Tom Sawyer, Sam Forkert, and Casey Wedding all having multi-RBI games as well. The Indians held off a motivated Institute team last Friday night before the rains came, beating the Cubs 8-6. 

 

Egg Harbor Indian's Matt Ash was named Manager of the Year and Sister Bay's Sam Forkert was chosen as the Pitcher of the Year in an announcement earlier this week by DCBL.   

 

In the other semi-final matchup, Kolberg will host the Washington Island Islanders.  

 

Paul Schmitt and Reece Robillard will be in Sister Bay for the game between the Bays and the Indians with the broadcast on 105.1 The GOAT.  The game will also be streamed on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. NEW Radio Sports Network will follow the action for the championship game at the top remaining seed with the broadcast beginning at the same times.

Football Recap: L-C rolls 34-20 on WRLU, Sturgeon Bay wallops Waupun on U102.1, Kewaunee and Southern Door wins

All four local high school teams were successful on the gridiron Friday night as Luxemburg-Casco, Sturgeon Bay, Kewaunee and Southern Door all came away with convincing victories.

In Sturgeon Bay, the Clippers dismantled the Waupun Warriors 55-22 and scored about everyway imaginable.  You can read the recap of the game that was broadcast on U102.1 with this link.

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans took a commanding 26-7 lead into halftime and never looked back as senior Max Ronsman accounted for four touchdowns in his return from a leg injury he suffered last season.  You can read the full story on New Radio Sports Network here.

In other action, the Kewaunee Storm rolled to a 35-21 road win over the Kiel Raiders and the Southern Door Eagles shutout the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen 19-0 in Brussels.  

Spartans golf looks to make up for lost time Friday

After being rained out earlier this week, the Luxemburg-Casco golf team has their pick on Thursday for playing.

 

The team is scheduled for two different places with both beginning at 10 a.m.

 

They could be at Hilly Haven Golf Course in De Pere to battle the likes of Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, De Pere, Green Bay Preble, Notre Dame De La Baie Academy, Pulaski, Seymour, Shawano Community, Sheboygan North, and West De Pere. The team might also be involved in an NEC triangular at Little River Golf Course in Marinette to face Denmark and Marinette. 

Football Preview: Sturgeon Bay, Luxemburg-Casco open season on New Radio Sports Network stations

The high school football regular season kicks off this Friday night with four area teams hitting the gridiron in Northeastern Wisconsin.  The stations of New Radio Sports Network are broadcasting two games with the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans hosting the Xavier Hawks in Luxemburg on 104.1 WRLU and the Sturgeon Bay Clippers opening at home against the Waupun Warriors on U102.1.  The pregame show begins at 6:45 p.m. with kick-off set for 7 p.m. for both games that can be streamed on New Radio Sports Network as well.   

 

In other local action, the Kewaunee Storm will visit the Kiel Raiders to begin their season and the Southern Door Eagles play host to the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen.

Rockers go for Northwoods championship Friday

The Green Bay Rockers could make franchise history on Friday when they face the St. Cloud Rox Friday night for the Northwoods League Championship.

 

A flair for the dramatic has been a key part of the Green Bay Rockers' playoff run and it proved itself again Wednesday night as they beat the Traverse City Pit Spitters 15-14 to advance to the Northwoods League Championship. The Rockers scored two runs in each of the first three innings, but the Pit Spitters scored five runs in each of the first two innings to carry a 10-6 advantage after the first third of the game and an 11-9 advantage at the halfway point. The Rockers would explode for six runs in the sixth inning, anchored by two bases-loaded walks and a bases-clearing double by Kendal Ewell to give them their first lead of the game. The hero from Monday's walk-off win, Ewell led the way offensively for the Rockers going 2-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.

 

The Rox clinched their spot with a walk-off win of their own, beating the LaCrosse Loggers 9-8.

 

First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. on ESPN+

Forkert, Ash, Kita honored in postseason DCBL awards

With the regular season complete and stats tallied, the Door County Baseball League has announced its 2023 Awards.  Using statistics by the DCBL Statistician, Chad Michaels, the top batter has been identified.  With a batting average of .500, Nick Kita, Egg Harbor Indian, captures the award. Kita crossed the plate 20 times and had 17 RBIs. It was a close year for batters this year.  Stealing 2nd is teammate, Cory Fuller (.480), and sliding in at 3rd is Sister Bay Bay’s Griffin Cole (.478)

 

In addition, the DCBL Managers voted Sam Forkert in as Pitcher of the Year.  Forkert threw for 89.2 innings and had 67 strikeouts.  And congratulations to Matt Ash, Egg Harbor Indians, who is the Manager of the Year.  Ash juggled a lot of players and had some interesting challenges this year.  He successfully got his team into the playoffs for a run for the postseason championship.

 

Sunday’s first post-season playoff games will include first-place Sister Bay hosting the Egg Harbor Indian.  Second place Kolberg will host Washington Island.  Awards will be presented at the Sunday, August 27 Post-season Championship Game.

Door County Baseball League Batter, Pitcher, and Manager of the Year

With the regular season complete and stats tallied, the Door County Baseball League has announced its 2023 Awards.  Using statistics by the DCBL Statistician, Chad Michaels, the top batter has been identified.  With a batting average of .500, Nick Kita, Egg Harbor Brave captures the award. Kita crossed the plate 20 times and had 17 RBIs. It was a close year for batters this year.  Stealing 2nd is teammate, Cory Fuller (.480), and sliding in at 3rd is Sister Bay Bay’s Griffin Cole (.478)

In addition, the DCBL Managers voted Sam Forkert in as Pitcher of the Year.  Forkert threw for 89.2 innings and had 67 strikeouts.  And congratulations to Matt Ash, Egg Harbor Indians, who is the Manager of the Year.  Ash juggled a lot of players and had some interesting challenges this year.  He successfully got his team into the playoffs for a run for the postseason championship.

Sunday’s first post-season playoff games will include first-place Sister Bay hosting the Egg Harbor Indians.  Second place Kolberg will host Washington Island.  Awards will be presented at the Sunday, August 27 Post-season Championship Game.

 

Kewaunee tennis hosts first tennis meet of the year

The Kewaunee Storm tennis team will welcome Waupun for its first home meet of the year on Thursday.

 

The Storm was swept 7-0 by Plymouth on Tuesday. According to the Plymouth Review, Faith Kustka lost her singles match to Hailey Batzner 6-0, 6-0 as the team forfeited their other three singles spots. All three doubles teams also lost their matches.

 

The first matches begin at 4 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay golf hits the links in Shawano

The Sturgeon Bay golf team will hit the links for the second time this week when they had to Shawano on Thursday.

 

No results were shared from their meet in Oconto on Tuesday.

 

The Clippers are set to face some familiar opponents at Shawano Lake Golf Course in Bonduel, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, Oconto, Seymour, West De Pere, Winneconne, and Xavier. Tee time is set for 10 a.m. weather permitting. 

Rockers complete comeback to capture Great Lakes Division

A flair for the dramatic has been a key part of the Green Bay Rockers' playoff run and it proved itself again Wednesday night as they beat the Traverse City Pit Spitters 15-14 to advance to the Northwoods League Championship game on Friday.

 

The Rockers scored two runs in each of the first three innings, but the Pit Spitters scored five runs in each of the first two innings to carry a 10-6 advantage after the first third of the game and an 11-9 advantage at the halfway point.


The Rockers would explode for six runs in the sixth inning, anchored by two bases-loaded walks and a bases-clearing double by Kendal Ewell to give them their first lead of the game. The Pit Spitters would score three runs in their half of the inning, but they would get no closer the rest of the way, nor would the Rockers be able to build onto their lead.

 

The hero from Monday's walk-off win, Ewell led the way offensively for the Rockers going 2-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBI. Cooper Kelly, Zane Zielinski, and Sam Polk also drove in two runs in the victory. Tyler Horvath picked up the win, pitching 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, registering seven strikeouts along the way. 

 

The Rockers will travel to St. Cloud to face the Rox for the Northwoods League Championship. First pitch on ESPN+ is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday.

Timber Rattlers Win to Pick Up Ground in Playoff Race with 9-2 Win at Cedar Rapids

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers cracked thirteen hits and drew ten walks to cruise to a 9-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels Wednesday night at Rise 2 Greatness Field.  Wisconsin’s win allowed them to pick up ground in the second-half West Division playoff race in the Midwest League.

 

The Timber Rattlers (22-22 second half, 48-60 overall) took the lead in the top of the second inning.  Mike Boeve and Robert Moore both singled to open the inning, but they were still at first and second with two outs.  Darrien Miller delivered Boeve across the plate with a two-out single for a 1-0 lead.  Ben Metzinger followed with an RBI single to score Moore for a 2-0 advantage.

 

Nick Cossetti cut Wisconsin’s lead in half with a one-out, solo home run in the bottom the fourth inning.  That homer was the 110th of the season for the Kernels (27-17, 67-43).

 

Wisconsin responded with three runs in the top of the fifth inning.  Miller started the inning with a double and Metzinger walked.  Luis Lara singled to left to score Miller and knock Christian MacLeod, the Kernels starting pitcher, out of the game. 

Niklas Rimmel took over for MacLeod and walked Jesse Winker to load the bases.  Rimmel walked Brock Wilken to force in a run.  Boeve followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 in favor of Wisconsin.

The Rattlers poured on the offense in the sixth inning as they sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs.  Metzinger and Winker had RBI doubles with Boeve adding a two-run single for a 9-1 lead.

Wagoner turned that lead over to Stiven Cruz for the bottom of the sixth inning.  Wagoner continued his hot August.  In three games – two starts, Wagoner has allowed three runs, walked four, and struck out seventeen over 14-2/32 innings.  Wagoner has also won his last four decisions.

Cruz worked into and out of trouble a few times in his first three innings of relief.  He retired the first two batters in the ninth on strikeouts before giving up a solo homer to Jeferson Morales.  Cruz got the final out on a grounder to short.  He struck out five, walked two, and earned his first professional save by working the final four innings.

Metzinger and Moore both reached base five times in the game to lead the offense.  Moore walked three times, had two singles, and scored a run.  Metzinger also walked three times, doubled, singled, scored two runs, and knocked in two runs.  Lara added his first multi-hit game with the Rattlers, scored twice, drove in a run, and made a highlight reel catch in center in the bottom of the seventh.

 

Winker, in his second rehabilitation start for the Milwaukee Brewers, was the designated hitter for the Rattlers on Wednesday.  He was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Winker was 2-for-6 with the Rattlers in the series.

In the playoff chase, the Peoria Chiefs were swept in a doubleheader at Lake County and the Beloit Sky Carp shutout Quad Cities.  The Timber Rattlers and Sky Carp both picked up 1-1/2 games on the Chiefs in the pennant chase and trail Peoria by three games with 22 games left in the season.

 

Game three of the series between Wisconsin and Cedar Rapids is Thursday night at Rise 2 Greatness Field.  Alexander Cornielle (0-2, 5.18) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Kernels have named Andrew Morris (2-1, 2.81) as their starter.  Game time is 6:35pm.

Brewers drop opener to Dodgers

A five-run sixth inning was the difference Tuesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 and snapped the Brew Crew’s four-game winning streak. 

The Brewers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice groundout by Sal Frelick.  After the Dodgers tied the game in the fifth inning off starting pitcher Adrian Howser, Los Angeles exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to blow the game open.

Carlos Santana hit a 465-foot home run in the top of the seventh, but that ended the scoring in the game as Milwaukee (65-55) still holds a 3.5-game lead in the National League Central after the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds both loss on Tuesday.

Hauser (4-4) took the loss giving up three earned runs and five hits in 5.1 innings while striking out six and not walking a batter.  Bobby Miller (7-2) picked up the win for L.A. and retired the last 18 Milwaukee batters he faced.  

The Dodgers (72-46) and Brewers will play game two at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday with  Wade Miley (6-2)and Clayton Kershaw (10-4) taking the mound. 

NRSN to broadcast Sister Bay/Egg Harbor semifinal matchup

With the playoff field set for the Door County League playoffs, so is the NEW Radio Sports Network schedule covering it.

 

Paul Schmitt and Reece Robillard will be in Sister Bay when the Bays battle Egg Harbor in the DCL semifinals with a matchup between Kolberg and Washington Island lurking in the background. The Bays earned their DCL's top spot with a 13-2 win against Maplewood on Sunday. Stew Larsen had three hits and three RBI to lead the Bays offensively with Tom Sawyer, Sam Forkert, and Casey Wedding all having multi-RBI games as well. The Indians held off a motivated Institute team on Friday night before the rains came, beating the Cubs 8-6. The Indians attacked the Cubs early and often as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. Eric DeJardine delivered the team's biggest blow early on with a one-out, two-run double in the gap in the first inning. With the rain coming down and lightning in the sky, the Indians would deal the Cubs what would be two fatal blows in the sixth inning with DeJardine and Nick Posh recording run-scoring outs. 

 

The game will be broadcast on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 1:30 p.m. NEW Radio Sports Network will follow the action for the championship game at the top remaining seed with the broadcast beginning at the same times.

Rattlers Suffer 4-1 Loss in Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids Kernels hit a pair of solo homers and held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to one run for a 4-1 victory in game one of the series between the teams at Rise 2 Greatness Field.

 

Wisconsin (21-22 second half, 47-60 overall) had chances to score early in the game against Kernels starting pitcher Kyle Jones.  Luis Lara, in his Timber Rattlers debut, drew a lead-off walk and stole second in the first inning.  Jones struck out the next two batters and ended the inning on a grounder to second.

In the third, the Rattlers had a runner at first after a lead-off walk to Hendry Mendez.  However, he was still at first with two outs.  Jesse Winker, in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment from the Milwaukee Brewers, singled and Brock Wilken walked to load the bases.  Mike Boeve hit a hard grounder that shortstop Owen Miller grabbed with diving, backhanded stab.  Instead of a two-run single and a Wisconsin lead, Miller turned the sharply hit ball into a 6-3 grounder to end the inning.

 

Jorel Ortega gave the Kernels (27-16, 67-42) a 1-0 lead with a long, solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the top of the fifth, Luis Lara singled, stole second, and took third on an error with one out.  However, the Rattlers couldn’t cash in the opportunity.  Winker popped out to left for the second out and it wasn’t deep enough to score Lara.  Wilken was next and his line drive to deep left-center was run down by left fielder Misael Urbina for the final out.

Cedar Rapids added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth.  Carson McCusker hit a lead-off homer to left-center.  The Kernels had runners at first and third after back-to-back, one-out singles.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Nate Peterson got Ben Ross to hit a slow grounder to short.

Nick Merkel kept the Kernels off the board with two scoreless innings and four strikeouts out of the Timber Rattlers bullpen to keep the game close.

However, Cedar Rapids added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Justin King walked in a run before stranding the bases loaded.

The Rattlers had one more chance in the top of the ninth and made it interesting.  Boeve singled against Malik Barrington to start the frame. Joe Gray Jr singled with Boeve at second with two outs to put runners at the corners.  Then, Mendez ripped a hit to right to score Boeve and send Gray to third base.  The hit should have brought the potential tying run to the plate.  However, Mendez tried to stretch the single into a double.   Kala’i Rosario fired a strike to second and Mendez was out by a lot for the final out of the game.

The Kernels have hit 109 homers this season.  They have thirteen homers in thirteen games against the Timber Rattlers in 2023.

 

Winker made the start at first base.  He was 1-for-3 at the plate and made a nice diving catch of a line drive to take a hit away from Jose Salas in the fifth inning before leaving the game after seven innings.  He is scheduled to be in the lineup for the Timber Rattlers again on Wednesday.

 

Game two of the series is Wednesday night at Rise 2 Greatness Field.  Cameron Wagoner (4-11, 6.84) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Christian MacLeod (4-0, 3.86) is set to start for the Kernels.  Game time is 6:35pm. 

Kewaunee tennis for its first meet Tuesday

The Kewaunee tennis team hits the road for its first matches of the season on Tuesday, finding themselves in Plymouth for a 4 p.m. start time.

 

Potentially returning to the squad this year is senior Faith Kustka, junior Chloe Hallet, and sophomores Jania Miller and Mia Ihlenfelt. All four failed to win a set in last year's subsectional hosted by St. Mary Catholic but gained valuable experience along the way. 

 

The Storm tennis team is also scheduled to host Waupun on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Clippers golf looks to get season going Tuesday

The Sturgeon Bay Clippers girls' golf team hopes the weather holds off for them to get their match in Tuesday as they play their fellow conference opponents.

 

The Bay Conference meet featuring the Clippers, Bonduel, Green Bay/New Lutheran/Providence Academy, Seymour, Shawano Community, West De Pere, Winneconne, and Xavier is slated to take place at Vernon Hills Golf Course in Oconto. Tee time is set for 10 a.m. Sturgeon Bay did not log any scores in last week's scheduled meet.

 

In yesterday's golf action, Luxemburg-Casco saw its conference meet get postponed due to the rainstorm that came through the area. It has been rescheduled for September 5th.

Ewell walks off Rockers for series win over Mallards

Green Bay Rockers All-Star Kendal Ewell delivered not once but twice with clutch home runs in a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Madison Mallards Monday night to sweep the organization's first playoff series in nearly a decade.

 

Sam Polk's RBI double in the third inning helped the Rockers take a 1-0 lead, but it was the Mallards' Keenan Taylor that set up a night full of theatrics with his three-run homer that made it look like a third and decisive game would be needed to settle the series. Ewell tied the game up with a two-run homer in the seventh inning before the Mallards pushed across another run in the ninth with a single up the middle to make it 4-3. With two outs and one man, Ewell deposited a first pitch to the right of the scoreboard in right field to win the game for the Rockers.

 

A suspended result and a likely third game will decide where and when the Rockers play next. The Kalamazoo Growlers will likely force a third game as they held a 14-5 advantage in the bottom of the fourth innings as they look to even their series against the Traverse City Pit Spitters. They will play again later that evening if the Growlers hang on. The division championship game is set up for Wednesday with a possible Northwoods League title matchup slated for Thursday. 

Packers welcome commissioner ahead of Patriots visit

The Green Bay Packers football team focused on 2023 inside the Don Hutson Center on Monday, the rest of the organization took some time to turn some attention to 2025.

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand to discuss the Packers' NFL Draft aspirations for 2025. He was slated to participate in the team's bike riding tradition along with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and take in the outdoor practice before rain showers hit the area earlier in the day, forcing the practice inside. Goodell lauded the Packers CEO Mark Murphy and the organization, saying there was no better place to host the NFL Draft than in Green Bay and that "there's no one who's been a greater of support of this community and all it can do" than Murphy according to quote posted on Packers.com.

 

The Packers also announced its practice times with the New England Patriots on Wednesday and Thursday as 10:30 a.m. starts. All but one of the public practices started at that time. They will announce the starting times for the last two public practices on August 22nd and 23rd at a later date.

Soccer, cross country, volleyball join fall sports spray

After Monday, all of the fall sports teams in Door and Kewaunee counties will be on the clock as their season officially get underway.

 

Girls' volleyball, boys' soccer, and cross country were the last sports to have their first practice, although camps and unofficial training sessions have occurred all summer long. The teams will have eight days to prepare for their upcoming seasons with next Tuesday (8/22) the first day they are eligible for a game.

 

Meanwhile, girls' swimming (8/16) and 11-player football (8/17) are eligible for their first games this week. 

 

In Monday's action, Luxemburg-Casco will host their first golf meet on the season when they welcome Freedom and Wrightstown to Northbrook Country Club. Tee time is set for 3 p.m.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Volleyball

Rockers go for subdivision championship vs. Mallards after Sunday win

The Green Bay Rockers are a game away from clinching a spot in the division championship after beating the Madison Mallards at The Duck Pond Sunday evening 8-4.

 

The Mallards put pressure on the Rockers early with two runs in the first inning, but the Rockers responded with eight unanswered runs. A wild pitch and a double by JoJo Jackson tied the game at two while the Rockers took the lead in a three-run sixth inning that featured RBI singles by Sam Polk and Kendal Ewell. In the eighth inning, Ewell would extend the lead with another RBI single before a passed ball scored another run to put the game out of reach. The Mallards would score twice after the Rockers added their eighth run in the top of the ninth, but the damage was done as the Rockers secured their first playoff win in eight years.

 

The venue changes to Capital Credit Union Park Monday night as the Rockers host the Mallards at 6:35 p.m.

Jimenez Pitches Rattlers Past Dayton

Edwin Jimenez performed an encore on Sunday in Wisconsin’s 3-1 win over the Dayton Dragons at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Jimenez allowed one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 7-1/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season.

 

Wisconsin (21-21 second half, 47-59 overall) grabbed the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Alex Hall drove in the first run with a double.  Joe Gray Jr. made it 2-0 with an RBI grounder.  Hendry Mendez had a two-out, RBI single to account for the final run of the inning and to knock Dayton starting pitcher Carson Rudd out of the game.

The Timber Rattlers scored in the first inning in five of the six games of the series with Dayton.  Sunday also marked the second time in the series that Wisconsin knocked the Dayton starting pitcher out of the game in the first inning.  Kevin Abel was sent to the showers in the first inning in game one of the series on August 8.

 

Jimenez tossed another Sunday gem at home as the Wisconsin starting pitcher.  Two weeks ago, Jimenez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as he pitched 7-1/3 shutout innings with ten strikeouts and one walk against the Cedar Rapid Kernels for a victory.  On this Sunday, he had a shutout and allowed three hits through seven innings before going back for the eighth inning.
 

Jimenez got the first out of the eighth on a grounder back to the mound before allowing a double to Mat Nelson, who had three of the four hits off Jimenez, to end his day.  The crowd of 5,372 showed their appreciation for Jimenez’s efforts with another nice ovation as he walked the first base dugout.

Dayton (23-19, 56-62) got on the scoreboard on an RBI single by Carlos Jorge against reliever Shane Smith, who had stranded the first six runners he had inherited since joining the Rattlers.  Smith got the second out of the eighth with a strikeout.  Then, with the tying run at the plate, Jorge tried to steal second only to be thrown out by catcher Darrien Miller to end the frame.


Smith went back out for the top of the ninth and got the first two outs before hitting Ruben Ibarra to bring Austin Hendrick to the plate.  Hendrick, who had homered off Smith earlier in the series, sent a line drive down the first base line that was speared by Hall for the final out to get Smith his third save of the season and a split in the series with the Dragons.

Brock Wilken led the Wisconsin offense with two hits and a walk

In the playoff chase, the Peoria Chiefs beat the Beloit Sky Carp 4-3 on Sunday afternoon to stay four games ahead of the Timber Rattlers for the second half playoff spot in the West division.  The deficit is really five games because Peoria holds the tiebreaker on the Rattlers.  The way the race stands at this point Wisconsin will need to finish ahead of Peoria to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.  There are 24 games remaining in the 2023 regular season.

Kolberg stays hot, rolls West Jacksonport on 105.1 The GOAT

Heading into the playoffs, there may not be a team more on fire than the Kolberg Braves, as they defeated the West Jacksonport Ports 7-2 on 105.1 The GOAT. 

 

There was no scoring in the first inning, and the second inning was started off strong by Christian Counard lacing a single into left field, and coming around to score on a Sam Koss RBI Double. Kolberg would continue to tack on more runs as Jack Peterson lifted a double into the gap, and Trevor Reinhardt smacked a two-run home run to give Kolberg a 3-0 lead. 

 

West Jacksonport would not register a hit in the game until Drew Tanck hit a single to start the bottom of the fourth inning. Their first runner to reach second base was not until the sixth inning, when Woody Schartner hit a double, which would start the scoring for the Ports. Three straight walks from Jake Schneider gave West Jacksonport their only two runs. 

 

Schneider finished off his day after six innings, giving up two hits and two runs with 10 strikeouts and was named the winning pitcher. Marcus Reinhardt gave the Braves 3 clean innings of relief as well. 

 

Christian Counard and Jack Peterson had the best days for Kolberg, as Peterson finished 3 for 5, and Counard finished 2 for 4. Nick LeCaptain would be responsible for scoring two runs, along with one from Peterson and Koss in the final innings to give Kolberg their 7-2 win. 

 

Kolberg received the second seed in the postseason and will host the Washington Island Islanders in the semifinals. Sister Bay became the regular season champions and will host Egg Harbor in the other semifinal matchup. The NEW Radio Sports Network will confirm their broadcast schedule this week. 

 

Other DCBL Scores Sunday: 

Sister Bay 13-2 Maplewood 

Washington Island 10-0 Baileys Harbor 

Egg Harbor 8-6 Institute (Friday in 6 Innings) 

 

Gamblers highlight college commitments

The Green Bay Gamblers have gotten to the ice yet, but they have several players who are already committed to playing at the college level.

 

Eight players have announced their commitments to a college program since the calendar turned to August. Four of the players are heading to Harvard as more commitments are possible before the Gamblers open their 2023-2024 campaign facing the Lincoln Stars September 21st at 2:30 PM and the Sioux City Musketeers September 22nd at 12:30 PM as a part of the USHL Fall Classic in Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gibraltar offers alumni/community race ahead of Chief K Invite

If you wanted a crack at the Chief Kahquados Invitational course this month, you might have a chance to do so without being a high school student.

 

Gibraltar Area Schools announced last week that it would host its first 2.1M Open for community members and alumni at 1 p.m. ahead of its traditional cross-country race. The race sends runners onto the course which crosses into Peninsula State Park. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. and it is limited to the first 100 participants.

 

Braves and Ports battle for playoffs spots on 105.1 The GOAT

In the final week of the season, there is more on the line than ever, and a matchup between Kolberg and West Jacksonport will have all the playoff implications. 

 

West Jacksonport fell to Washington Island last week 8-4 to force this week to matter for their playoff lives. With Egg Harbor winning and finishing their season 9-5, the Ports will need a win or a Washington Island loss to keep them in the playoff picture. Alec Schartner swung a hot bat against the Islanders however, finishing the game with two home runs. Kolberg was able to take care of the Ports handedly in the first matchup, but West Jacksonport needs the win. 

 

Kolberg throttled Baileys Harbor last week, and did it all by producing runs. No home runs were hit, but strong contact and pitching from Jake Schneider gave Kolberg the easy win. The Braves all but have the second seed locked up, but don't think they aren't looking to win this game and potentially play spoiler to the playoff hopes for West Jacksonport. 

 

Gary Barta and Reece Robillard will have the call from West Jacksonport on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:15 pm with the pregame show and 1:30 pm for first pitch in the final week of the Door County Baseball League regular season. 

 

Other matchups on Sunday include Sister Bay traveling to Maplewood and Baileys Harbor ferrying up to the Island to take on the Islanders. 

Rockers to host playoff game Monday

The Green Bay Rockers become the latest team to put a title back into Titletown.

 

The Rockers will travel to Madison to face the Mallards on Sunday for Game 1 of the Playoffs. Game time is 4:05 p.m. The Rockers will return home for Game 2 on Monday, August 14th for a 6:35 p.m.start. 

 

The Rockers clinched their spot in the playoffs by winning the first half title.

Rattlers Rally After Rain Delay Falls Short

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers stormed back from a 6-1 deficit after a nearly two-hour rain delay stopped play against the Dayton Dragons in the eighth inning at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Friday night.  The Rattlers scored three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to send the game to extra-innings only to see Dayton recover their composure for an 8-6 win in ten innings.

 

Wisconsin (20-20 second half, 46-58 overall) took the lead in the first inning.  Robert Moore started the frame with a double, his 29th of the season.  Brock Wilken knocked in Moore when his chopper up the third base line hit the base and bounded over the head of third baseman Sal Stewart for an RBI double.

Dayton (22-18, 55-51) tied the game in the fourth.  Jack Rogers started the inning with a double and a single by Austin Hendrick put runners on the corners.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Tyler Woessner struck out the next two batters and almost escaped.  However, Mat Nelson lined a single to center to score Rogers with the tying run.

 

The Dragons took the lead in the fifth and got the first two batters on base the same as they did in the fourth.  Edwin Arroyo doubled, and Sal Stewart singled to put runners at the corners.  Cade Hunter sent a grounder to first and Wisconsin tried to turn two.  The play at second was in time, but the return throw to first was late.  Arroyo scored on the play for a 1-0 lead.

 

Jose Acuña, the Dayton starter, got the first two outs of the bottom of the fifth inning before walking Mike Boeve.  Dragons’ manager Bryan LaHair walked out to the mound and a Dayton reliever started to jog out of the bullpen.  However, LaHair elected to stay with Acuña, who got Wilken to ground into an inning-ending force out.

Dayton added to their lead in the seventh inning.  Arroyo started the rally with a single against reliever Nick Merkel.  The first out was recorded on a little grounder in front of the plate to move Arroyo to second.  Then, Merkel walked Hunter.  Rogers singled to score Arroyo.  Austing Hendrick was next, and he drove a pitch to the wall in center for a two-run double.  An error on the play allowed Hendrick to take third base.  He would score on a sacrifice fly by Ruben Ibarra and the Dragons were up 6-1.

In the bottom of the eighth, Wilken was hit by a pitch and Matt Wood drew a walk with one out.  Then, the skies above the ballpark opened to drop a heavy downpour that halted play starting at 8:55pm. 

The game would restart at 10:44pm and Alex Hall sent the first pitch from Brooks Crawford over the wall in center for a three-run homer to get the Rattlers to within two runs.


Darrien Miller singled, Je’Von Ward walked, and Moore reached on bunt single to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth.  Boeve sent a grounder up the middle.  Arroyo grabbed it and stepped on second for an out as pinch-runner Terence Doston scored from third.  Wilken was next.  He hit a ball that hit in foul territory, but it spun back fair near the first base bag.  Ruben Ibarra’s only play was to smother the ball to keep it from getting by him and to touch first for the out as Ward crossed home plate with the tying run.  The Rattlers left the winning run stranded at second base and the game went to extra innings.

Justin King, who tossed a scoreless top of the ninth inning, went back out for the top of the tenth.  The Dragons played for a run as a sacrifice bunt moved the runner placed at second on to third base.  King walked the next batter.  Then, Justice Thompson pulled a double to left to drive in the go-ahead run.

Wisconsin manager Joe Ayrault called Tanner Shears in from the bullpen at that point and the Rattlers intentionally walked Arroyo.  However, Shears hit Stewart to force in an insurance run before striking out the next two batters.


Crawford retired the Rattlers on three routine flyouts in the bottom of the tenth to strand Wisconsin’s placed runner at second and close out the game for Dayton.

 

Game five of the series is Saturday night.  Bradley Blalock (0-0, 4.50) is the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Chase Petty (0-1, 1.86) is set to start for the Dragons.  Game time is 6:40pm CDT.

Egg Harbor holds out against Institute, rain on 105.1 The GOAT

A two-run rally and an assist from Mother Nature may have sent Egg Harbor to no worse than a tie for third place after beating Institute 8-6 in a rain-shortened game Friday night.

 

With rain in the forecast, the Indians attacked the Cubs early and often as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. Eric DeJardine delivered the team's biggest blow early on with a one-out, two-run double in the gap in the first inning. The Cubs would whittle away at the Indians' lead, first on a run-scoring single by Jake Pflieger in the second inning and a three-run rally in the third inning highlighted by a Pflieger double. With the score 6-4, the Cubs made a one-run game in the fourth with an RBI single by Robby Pollman and another RBI single by Jared Pflieger in the fifth inning. 

 

With the rain coming down and lightning in the sky, the Indians would deal the Cubs what would be two fatal blows in the sixth inning with DeJardine and Nick Posh recording run-scoring outs. 

 

After forcing a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh, the Cubs staged a rally in the middle of a downpour that placed Frankie Ash and Tommy Junion in scoring position with just one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. The skies just opened up just enough more to send the game into a rain delay the two teams would not come out of. 

 

 

The Cubs would actually outhit the Indians 12-10 with Robby Pollman registering three hits and Ash, Junion, and Pflieger all collecting two hits. Nick Kita, Cody Giesseman, and Alex Byrne all had multi-hit games for the Indians. 

 

The win gives the Indians breathing room heading into Sunday with half-game leads over Washington Island and West Jacksonport for the third playoff spot. The Islanders welcome Baileys Harbor and the Ports host Kolberg on 105.1 The GOAT Sunday afternoon to help sort out who makes the playoffs. A Sister Bay win over Maplewood would give the Bays the regular season title.

 

 

Packers' offense shines in win over Bengals

The Jordan Love era got off to a good start on Thursday as the Green Bay Packers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 36-19 on the road Friday night.

 

Love led the Packers on its opening drive to a touchdown, going 7-10 before finding Romeo Doubs in the endzone for the score. The Packers traded touchdowns for field goals as Tyler Goodson rushed in from short distance to make it 14-3 before the Bengals made it 14-6. A pick-six off of Sean Clifford and a couple of field goals actually gave the Bengals a small lead before Clifford led a touchdown drive to end the half and give the Packers a 21-16 lead. 

 

Undrafted rookie running back Emanuel Wilson stole the show in the second half, scoring twice including an 80-yard rush to cap off the scoring on his 111-yard rushing day. The Packers' offense outscored the Bengals 15-3 in the second half.


The Packers now return home before they welcome the New England Patriots for a pair of practices and their second preseason game.

Egg Harbor makes playoff push vs. Institute on 105.1 The GOAT

Traveling to either Sister Bay or Kolberg has already been decided, but a clearer picture as to who will be making those trips comes into focus on Friday night when Egg Harbor travels to Institute for a Friday finale.

 

The Indians currently sit in a three-way tie for third place after topping Maplewood 19-11 on Sunday. West Jacksonport plays a tough Braves team to end their campaign while Washington Island battles Baileys Harbor as they make their possible bid for the playoffs with the tiebreakers ultimately deciding who are the third and fourth seeds respectively and whether they will head to Sister Bay or Kolberg for the DCBL playoff semifinals. 

 

The Cubs would love to play a spoiler and enter the offseason on a happy note after going 1-14 up until this point. They fell hard to the Bays on Sunday 13-2 and hope to break a month-long losing streak since their walk-off victory against Baileys Harbor on July 14th.

 

Tim Kowols and Jacob Nate will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 7:15 p.m. with the pregame show followed by the first pitch at 7:30 p.m.

Packers, Bengals face each other in preseason opener

The Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals will try to do a better job of keeping their emotions under control Friday night when the two teams play their preseason matchup in Ohio.

 

The two teams squared off for their joint practice on Wednesday with two fights involving offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins stealing much of the headlines. The practice was likely where both teams got the bulk of the work completed with first-team offense and defense. Head Coach Matt LaFleur said during his media availability that everyone will play a little bit but did not get into details about how much the first-team players would play.

 

Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

Dragons Ambush Rattlers in Sixth Inning

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a 2-1 lead over the Dayton Dragons after five innings on Thursday Night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium thanks to a solid start from Alexander Cornielle and a couple of early runs.  That small lead evaporated as the Dragons sent thirteen men to the plate and scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning.  Dayton would cruise over the final few innings and add one more run to record a 9-2 win.

 

The Dragons (21-18 second half, 54-51 overall) took their first lead of the series on a two-out, RBI single by Jack Rogers in the top of the first inning.

Cornielle gave up a lead-off double in the top of the second but stranded that runner to keep the Rattlers deficit at one run.

 

Wisconsin (20-19, 46-57) responded in their half of the second inning.  Joe Gray Jr singled and Ben Metzinger doubled to start the rally.  Terence Doston was at the plate with one out and the infield in on the grass.  He sent a grounder that shortstop Edwin Arroyo picked, but his throw home was offline to allow Gray to score.  However, catcher Mat Nelson caught the ball and threw to first in time to get Doston for the second out.  Robert Moore smacked the next pitch to right for a two-out single to score Metzinger for a 2-1 lead.

Those were the only runs allowed by Dayton starter Hunter Parks over his five innings of work.

 

Cornielle pitched five innings and retired twelve of the last thirteen batters he faced after the double in the second.  He turned the 2-1 lead over to the bullpen for the top of the sixth inning.

The lead did not last very deep into the sixth inning as the first seven Dayton hitters in the inning reached base and all seven scored to take an 8-2 lead.  Wisconsin reliever Miguel Guerrero issued a lead-off walk to Sal Stewart and Cade Hunter followed with a ground rule double.  Rogers tied the game with a single that put runners at the corners.

Then, Guerrero threw a wild pitch that hit the corner of the rotating sign display behind home plate.  The ball caromed to in front of the Dayton dugout on the third base side.  Hunter scored the go-ahead run easily and Rogers raced all the way around to third base.  The Wisconsin infield came in on the grass and Austin Hendrick dropped a broken-bat blooper into shallow center that just went off the glove of Moore as he raced back after a long run.  That hit gave the Dragons a 4-2 lead.  Ruben Ibarra followed with a single to put two runners on base.  Then, Tyler Callihan ripped a triple to the corner in right to score two runs and chase Guerrero from the game.

 

Mat Nelson kept the string of hits going with a single against reliever Michele Vassalotti to score Callihan for a 7-2 lead.  The final run of the inning scored on an RBI single by Stewart with one out.  It could have been worse as the Dragons had the bases loaded with still only one out.  Vassalotti ended the inning with a popup and a strikeout.

The Timber Rattlers offense put two runners on in the seventh and eighth innings but could not score against the Dragons bullpen.

Hendrick homered against Shane Smith in the top of the ninth.  The homer was Hendrick’s eleventh of the season.  He has hit four home runs in nine games against the Timber Rattlers.

Smith, who came on in the eighth inning, saw his scoreless streak end at 12-1/3 innings.  The only other run Smith has allowed in his 16-2/3 innings with Wisconsin this season was a one-out, solo homer in the ninth inning against Beloit on July 4.

Moore had two hits for the Rattlers to lead the offense.

The loss ended Wisconsin’s brief two-game winning streak and dropped them three games behind the Peoria Chiefs, who currently hold the second half playoff spot in the West Division of the Midwest League.

 

Game four of the series is scheduled for Friday night.  Tyler Woessner (5-6, 3.75) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Dayton has named Jose Acuna (7-2, 3.57) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Girls golf opens fall sports season

For the first time since June, local high school teams will get their competitive juices flowing again for regular season action, this time with two local squads hitting the links.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans open their season in Oconto Falls on Thursday when they battle Bonduel, Marinette, NEW Lutheran, Oconto Falls, and Sturgeon Bay at River Island Golf Course. Tee time is set for 9 a.m.

 

The Clippers are also on the schedule to travel to Winneconne's Lakebreeze Golf Course to face the host school, Bonduel, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, Oconto, Seymour, Shawano Community, West De Pere, and Xavier. Tee time is set for 12:30 p.m.

Rockers smash Dock Spiders

A six-run seventh inning took the drama out of the Green Bay Rockers' matchup against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, winning the game 9-3.

 

The Rockers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings thanks to a run-score double by JoJo Jackson in the first inning and a two-RBI Max Mims single in the second. The Dock Spiders made it a one-run game in the fourth inning, but the Rockers blew the game open by batting around in the seventh with Jackson and Sam Polk clubbing two-run doubles. The Dock Spiders would claw back one run in the bottom half of the frame, but it was nearly enough for the visitors.

 

The two teams will face off in the final regular season home game for the Rockers at 6:35 p.m. at Capital Credit Union Park. 

Boeve Impresses in Timber Rattlers Debut

Mike Boeve arrived at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Wednesday afternoon just in time to take batting practice at 4:15 in the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last group of pre-game.  The Milwaukee Brewers second-round pick of the 2023 draft wasted no time to introduce himself to his teammates.  About 2-1/2 hours later, Boeve let the home fans know he was on the team as he homered in his first at bat of the game against the Dayton Dragons.  He ended the night with three RBI to help the Rattlers to a 9-3 victory.

 

Boeve and Brock Wilken, the first-round pick of the Brewers in the 2023 draft, combined to give the Timber Rattlers (20-18 second half, 46-56 overall) the early lead.  Boeve drove a home run over the wall in center for a 417’ homer on a 2-2 pitch from Dayton starting pitcher Chris McElvain.  Wilken, the first-round pick of the Brewers, followed three pitches later with a 410’ blast to the Dayton bullpen in left-center for his first homer as a Rattler.  Both balls got out in a hurry with matching 105-mph exit velocities.

The Dragons (20-18, 53-51) cut into the lead in the top of the second when Austin Hendrick hit a lead-off homer to right.
 

Dayton loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single against Wisconsin starting pitcher Stiven Cruz in the third inning.  Hendrick stepped to the plate and Cruz struck him out for the second out.  However, Cruz did not escape the inning unscathed as he hit Ruben Ibarra on a 3-0 pitch to force in the tying run.

The tarp went on the field after the end of the third inning with a heavy downpour hitting the area about eight o’clock.  The game restarted with Cameron Wagoner on the mound in relief of Cruz to start the top of the fourth inning a little after nine o’clock.

Wagoner pitched a scoreless top of the fourth and the Rattlers offense went to work in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead again.  Terence Doston drew a walk and stole second with one out against Dayton reliever Owen Holt.  Robert Moore blooped a double to right to score Doston.  Later in the inning, Joe Gray Jr singled home a run for a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth, Wisconsin loaded the bases against Holt on a double by Alex Hall, his third hit of the game, and a pair of walks.  The Dragons called Brooks Crawford out of the bullpen with two outs, and he proceeded to walk both Boeve and Wilken to force in runs to put the Rattlers up 6-2.

The Dragons kept the pressure on the Timber Rattlers as they had two on with one out in the sixth against Wagoner, but the right-hander escaped.  In the seventh, the Dragons again had two runners on with one out.  Wagoner got the second out by striking out Hendrick.  However, Wagoner would not escape this inning, but he was still very fortunate.
 

Ruben Ibarra lined the next pitch deep to left field.  If Ibarra had hit the ball about a foot to the right or two feet higher, it would have been a three-run home run and Wisconsin’s lead would have been down to one run.  Instead, the ball hit solidly off the new ribbon board and came back to the field of play for an RBI double to make it a 6-3 score.

Karlos Morales was called in from the Wisconsin bullpen to get the final out of the seventh, but that was not without drama as he walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases.  Morales rebounded to strike out Mat Nelson for the final out and keep the Rattlers in front by three runs.

Wisconsin added some insurance in their half of the seventh as Moore walked with two outs and stole second.  Boeve continued his hot start as a Rattler with a single to center to score Moore and a 7-3 lead.

Hall collected his fourth hit of the evening with an RBI double in the eighth inning.  Doston capped the scoring for the Rattlers with an RBI double of his own later in the frame for the 9-3 lead.

Justin King, Wisconsin’s fourth pitcher of the game, tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to finish the game, Wisconsin’s second win in a row.

Wagoner picked up his third win in his last four decisions as he scattered five hits and two walks with five strikeouts while allowing one run over 3-2/3 innings.

The Dragons stranded fourteen runners in the game and went just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Wisconsin was 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday night.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday evening.  Alexander Cornielle (0-2, 5.46) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Dayton has named Hunter Parks (2-5, 3.90) as their starter.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Brewers come back to beat Rockies in 10th inning on error

The Milwaukee Brewers battled back and prevailed over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday afternoon 7-6 in extra innings.  Thanks to a throwing error that allowed Mark Canhu to score from third base with two outs in the 10th inning the Brewers were able to win the series over the Rockies.

 

Milwaukee fell behind early when Pittsburg scored four runs in the fourth inning off Brewer starter Adrian Howser.  The Brewers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the frame with Tyrone Taylor delivering a key two-run double to left field.

 

Back-to-back home runs by Willy Adames and Andruw Monasterio catapulted the Brewers to a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning. 

 

The Rockies managed to tie the game in the seventh inning before the dramatic walk-of win in the tenth.

 

After Colorado scored a run off reliever Bryce Wilson (4-0) in the top half of the inning, Milwaukee scored on an RBI double by Mark Canhu and then won it on Monasterio's gounder to short that was thrown away at first base allowing Canhu to score the winning run.

 

Milwaukee (62-54) will now take Thursday off before traveling to Chicago to start a nine-game road trip against the White Sox on Friday. 

Rattlers Hang On to Beat Dayton

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got out to a big early lead thanks to a six-run first inning, and it was enough to pick up a win over the Dayton Dragons Tuesday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Dragons hit a pair of homers and had the tying or lead run at the plate several times in the final three innings, but they could not overcome the advantage and the Rattlers held on for a 6-4 win.

 

Wisconsin (19-18 second half, 45-56 overall) knocked Dayton starting pitcher Kevin Abel out of the game in the first inning.  Abel got the first out of the frame on a strikeout before the next seven Rattlers reached with six scoring.  Hendry Mendez drew a walk with the bases loaded for the first run.  Alex Hall followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

Darrien Miller doubled the Wisconsin advantage with a two-run single to right.  Eduardo García made it 6-0 with a double to the corner in left.  Abel got the second out of the inning before leaving the game.
 

Dayton (20-17, 53-50) had three walks and three hits in four innings against Wisconsin starting pitcher Nathan Peterson.  However, Peterson struck out five and kept the Dragons off the scoreboard.

That changed in the top of the sixth inning.  The first two batters reached on singles against reliever Nick Merkel.  Jack Rogers was next, and he lined a home run to the Dayton bullpen to bring Dayton within three runs.

Cade Hunter hit a lead-off homer in the top of the seventh off Sam Gardner to cut into Wisconsin’s lead again.  Gardner struck out the next two batters before walking the next two batters to bring the lead run to the plate.  Gardner struck out Mat Nelson, who entered the game with fifteen homers on the season, to end the inning and protect the lead.

In the eighth, Gardner retired the first two batters before walking Edwin Arroyo and Hunter.  Tanner Shears was called in from the bullpen to face Ruben Ibarra, who was at the plate as the go-ahead run.  Shears blew a fastball by Ibarra on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat.

Shears went back out for the ninth inning and struck out Austin Hendrick, but a wild pitch on strike three allowed Hendrick to reach.  Shears struck out the next batter for the fifteenth strikeout by Wisconsin pitching in the game.  He was 2-2 to the next batter when Hendrick tried to steal second base.  Catcher Matt Wood fired a strike of his own to second and Hendrick was out for the second out of the inning.

However, the next pitch went for a ball to bring Nelson back to the plate as the tying run.  Shears got to 1-2 on Nelson before the slugger sent a routine grounder to Brock Wilken at third base.  Wilken fielded the ball calmly and the throw to first was in plenty of time for the final out of the game.

Wilken, the #1 pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2023 draft, was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his home debut.

 

Game two of the series is Wednesday night at Neuroscience Group Field.  Stiven Cruz (4-6, 7.43) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Dragons have named Chris McElvain (1-1, 5.40) as their starter.  Game time is 6:40pm.

Rockers drop close one to Madison

The Green Bay Rockers fell to the Madison Mallards 8-7 at home on Tuesday night.

Rockers’ starting pitcher Ty Thurman (Colorado State-Pueblo)  allowed only two earned runs in four innings in his first start with Green Bay.

The Rockers struck first in the opening inning on center fielder Jojo Jackson’s (Georgia State) RBI groundout..

Mateo Matthews (Wagner) hit his eighth home run of the season later in the game to give the Rockers the lead back after Madison tied it. 

The Rockers would extend the lead in the fourth inning as Jackson crushed his third home run of the season giving Green Bay a 6-2 lead.

The Mallards Liam Moreno (State College of Florida) would then hit a grand slam to highlight a five-run sixth inning to reclaim the lead for Madison. 

The Rockers are 17-15 in the second half and 38-30 overall for the season in the Great Lakes West standings.

Green Bay will first travel to Wausau Wednesday before hosting the Dock Spiders on Thursday. The first pitch for Wednesday night’s game is set for 6:35 p.m.

Brewers fall to Rockies in extra innings

The Milwaukee Brewers wasted a strong pitching performance by Wade Miley Tuesday evening as they lost to the Colorado Rockies 7-3 in ten innings. 

Miley pitched six innings and allowed only two hits and one earned run, but the Milwaukee bullpen could not hold the 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning.  Reliever Elvis Peguero gave up back-to-back home runs to Elias Diaz and Nolan Jones, as the Rockies took a two run lead in the top of the inning. 

The Brewers tied it up at three with an RBI double by Mark Canhu in the bottom of the seventh and the game would eventually go into extra innings.

In the tenth inning, new Brewer reliever Andrew Chafin took the loss failing to record an out, giving up four runs on two walks and a hit.

Andruw Monasterio led the Milwaukee attack with three hits including his second home run of the season, while William Contreras hit his 12th home run of the season.

Milwaukee and Colorado will face off in the rubber game of the series at American Family Field Wednesday with first pitch set for 1:10 p.m.  

Packers make roster moves ahead of Cincinnati trip

Several Green Bay Packers were let go before the team took their training camp activities to Cincinnati for the rest of the week.

 

Shortly after wrapping up Family Night, the Packers released QB Danny Etling, making the race for the backup job behind Jordan Love smaller with draft pick Sean Clifford and USFL MVP Alex McGough competing for the spot. 

 

The Packers announced Monday it had signed RB Nate McCrary after he originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2021 from Saginaw Valley State. He has also spent time on the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and Cleveland Browns in various roles.

 

In maybe Monday's biggest news, LB Rashan Gary was removed from the physically unable to perform list. He still won't see 11 on 11 reps, but you will be able to catch him in individual work, which he started in earnest on Monday.

 

The Packers will practice against the Bengals in Cincinnati this week before they face each other in an exhibition game on Friday.

Swimming, Tennis, Eight-Player Football begin Tuesday

The biggest wave of athletes to start their fall seasons thus far begin their journey on Tuesday.

 

The wait is over for the area's three Eight-Player football teams as Tuesday marks the first day of practice. Algoma, Gibraltar, and Sevastopol will all lace up for the first time on Tuesday with their first games coming up in just under three weeks. The three teams will come together in Institute for a day of scrimmages on August 18th before opening the season the following week. Sevastopol will open the year on August 24th at home against Valley Christian with Gibraltar following suit two days later in Fish Creek against Montello. Algoma will start their campaign on August 31st at Wausaukee.

 

The Kewaunee tennis team is a week away from their first meet of the season, but begin their work on Tuesday with their opening practice. The Kewaunee girls' tennis team hosted a pair of tennis clinics for new and returning players on July 26th and August 3rd to get them primed for the season. The Storm begins their campaign next Tuesday at Plymouth before hosting Waupun on August 17th.

 

The Door County United swim team hit the pool for the first time on Tuesday. The team will once again feature swimmers from Door County's four high schools as they look to duplicate last season's success. The season features five home meets, which will take place at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay. The team will have its first meet on August 19th at Marinette against Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Shawano Community, Seymour, New London, and Clintonville with the first events beginning at 9 a.m.

Blizzard named franchise of the year

The Green Bay Blizzard did all the right things off the field and they were recognized by the Indoor Football League for their efforts on Monday.

 

The IFL named the Blizzard the franchise of the year for the 2023 season, recognizing the team's success in areas such as attendance, sales, public relations, marketing, efforts to improve the IFL as a whole, performance on the field, community involvement, participation on league matters, and overall representation of the IFL.

 

The Blizzard also won postseason awards for Community Relations of the Year and its owner, Kathy Treankler, captured honors for the John Pettit Person of the Year.

 

 

Rockers rocked by Mallards

The Green Bay Rockers could not push any runs across the plate while the Madison Mallards were able to do it at will in a 13-0 win.

 

The Mallards outhit the host Rockers 14-7 as the visitors also took advantage of nine walks. Catcher David Melfi did most of the damage for the Mallards, slugging two home runs while driving in five. The Mallards' Davis Hamilton and Alex Harrell also homered in the game while also joining Cal Fisher with multi-RBI games. 

 

Max Mims was the only Rockers players to have more than one hit on the night and on a night where the Mallards had seven extra-base hits, they could not muster one. Grayson Walker took the loss for the Rockers, failing to go two innings while giving up five runs on three homers in addition to four other hits.

 

The Rockers will try to make up for Monday when they face the Mallards again Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Capital Credit Union Park. 

Girls golf opens on Monday

The Luxemburg-Casco and Sturgeon Bay golf teams open their campaigns with practice on Monday before getting their seasons underway on Thursday.

 

The Spartans open their season in Oconto Falls on Thursday when they battle Bonduel, Marinette, NEW Lutheran, Oconto Falls, and Sturgeon Bay at River Island Golf Course. Tee time is set for 9 a.m.

 

The Clippers are also on the schedule to travel to Winneconne's Lakebreeze Golf Course to face the host school, Bonduel, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, Oconto, Seymour, Shawano Community, West De Pere, and Xavier. Tee time is set for 12:30 p.m.

GLO captures GWBA crown

When it mattered the most, the Wisconsin GLO beat the Flint Monarchs in Sunday's GWBA Final to win the league's championship.

 

The GLO trailed for much of the game before turning it into a see-saw affair in the final minutes to force overtime. They would go on to outscore their Michigan rivals 16-11 in the extra frame to capture their third championship. The Monarchs swept the season series from the GLO this year and defeated them in the championship game last year.

 

The GLO clinched the spot in the championship game that they hosted by beating the St. Louis Surge 78-51 on Saturday. 

 

No statistics were available of the game, though you can rewatch the game here.

 

Picture courtesy of Wisconsin GLO

Rockers hook Chinooks

The Green Bay Rockers scored early and often in their 14-1 victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks Sunday afternoon at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon.

 

The Rockers scored one run in the first, three runs in the second, four in the third, and five in the fourth inning to get the rout going.  The two teams would each trade a run in the last two frames. Kendal Ewell led the way for the Rockers as the leadoff hitter, going 2-3 with three runs scored and five batted in. Mateo Matthews hit a three-run homer run and Cooper Kelly slugged two solo shots as they both had multi-RBI games. Jayson Jones, Sam Polk, Max Mims, and Andrew Harris also drove runs for the Rockers. On the mound, Brett Sanchez (5 IP), and Micah Berns (4.0 IP) split duties, combining to strike out six Chinooks while giving up six hits including two doubles in the ninth inning.

 

The Rockers are back in action at home Monday night at 6:35 p.m. when they host the Madison Mallards.

Timber Rattlers, Cubs split doubleheader

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the top of the fifth inning and received three scoreless innings from the bullpen to beat the South Bend Cubs 5-2 in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Four Winds Field.

 

Bradley Blalock, the Rattlers starting pitcher who was making his Timber Rattlers debut, walked the first two batters in the bottom of the first inning.  He got a strikeout for the first out, but the Cubs pulled a double steal on the pitch and Ezequiel Pagan was called safe at third on a close play.  Moises Ballesteros sent the next pitch deep enough to center to score Pagan on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead for the Cubs (16-19 second half, 46-54 overall).

 

Wisconsin (18-17, 44-55) responded with a run in the top of the second.  Joe Gray Jr singled, stole second, and went to third on an error with one out.  Hendry Mendez drove in Gray with a grounder to second to tie the game.

Blalock, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a deadline deal for Luis Urias, had to work around an error and a walk in the second inning but did it with a caught stealing on a strong throw to third by catcher Matt Wood and a strikeout.

Felix Stevens put the Cubs back in front in the bottom of the fourth.  Blalock struck out the first two batters he faced in the inning to give him six strikeouts for the game.  However, Blalock fell behind Stevens 2-1 and Stevens cracked the next pitch over the wall in center for the go-ahead homer.  Stevens is on a fifteen-game hitting streak and has hit three homers in the first five games of the series with Wisconsin.

The Timber Rattlers eight and nine hitters were not impressed with Stevens hot steak.  Alex Hall tied the game in the top of the fifth with a lead-off homer.  Jose Acosta followed with a homer and the back-to-back blasts gave the Rattlers a 3-2 lead. 

Later in the inning, Brock Wilken drew a two-out walk.  Ernesto Martinez cashed in Wilken with a double to right-center and the Rattlers were up 4-2.

Blalock was done after four innings.  He allowed two runs on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Shane Smith relieved Blalock to start the bottom of the fifth and walked the lead-off batter before retiring the next three batters.

The Cubs went to Adam Laskey for the top of the sixth and he retired the first two Rattlers before walking Hall on four pitched.  Acosta followed by sending a ball down the line in left for a double.  Hall raced around third and just beat the tag at the plate with a headfirst dive for an insurance run and a 5-2 lead.

Smith gave up a one-out walk and a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth but managed to work a scoreless inning to extend his scoreless streak to 11-1/3 innings.  In sixteen appearances with the Timber Rattlers since his promotion from Carolina, Smith has allowed one run and struck out sixteen over 14-2/3 innings.

The bottom of the seventh belonged to Tanner Shears and he pitched around a walk and a single to close out the game for his sixth save of the season.

 

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were held to three hits and struck out ten times against the South Bend Cubs in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Four Winds Field.  The Cubs beat the Rattlers 3-0 to split the twinbill and take four of the six games played in the series.

 

South Bend (17-19 second half, 47-54 overall) grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Edwin Jimenez got the first out, but walked Liam Spence, the number nine hitter in the Cubs order, on four pitches and hit Ezequiel Pagan on a 1-2 pitch.  Christian Franklin followed with a single to left to score Spence for a 1-0 lead.

Luis Devers, who retired fifteen of sixteen Rattlers he faced on Tuesday in game one of the series, set down the first eleven Rattlers he faced in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader.  He walked Brock Wilken with two outs in the fourth and Alex Hall singled to right before getting the final out of the inning.  The only other hit Devers allowed was a two-out single to Ben Metzinger in the fifth inning.

Spence started a rally for the Cubs in the bottom of the fifth with a double.  Jimenez walked Pagan and hit Franklin to load the bases.  Matt Shaw singled up the middle on the next pitch to drive in two more runs and the Cubs were up 3-0.

Justin King took over for Jimenez and – despite a walk to reload the bases – kept the Cubs off the scoreboard with four strikeouts in two hitless innings.

The Timber Rattlers (18-18, 44-56) had five base runners in the game, but all reached after there were two outs in an inning.  No Rattler reached third base in the nightcap.  Wilken, who walked three times in game one, walked twice in the second game to draw five walks in the doubleheader.

The Cubs also claimed the season series from the Timber Rattlers with the win in game two on Sunday.  The Rattlers went 5-7 in twelve games against South Bend this season.

 

Wisconsin is off on Monday.  They return home to face the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Nate Peterson (0-1, 9.45) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  Kevin Abel (0-0, 7.07) is set to start for the Dragons.  Game time is 6:40pm.

A's blown out by Kolberg on 105.1 The GOAT

The Kolberg Braves showed why they have one of, if not the best offense in the Door County Baseball League, as they defeated the Baileys Harbor A’s 13-3 in eight innings. 

 

Kolberg raced out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Austin Rohe doubled to begin action for the Braves, he would then be scored on an Austin Dart single. Dart and Jake Schneider would come on on a Sam Koss 2 RBI single, and the Braves took advantage of the A’s early. 

 

Baileys Harbor would answer in the bottom of the inning, as Randy Martinez singled home Matt Francesconi, and it was 3-1. The A’s would then be quieted by an outstanding pitching performance from Jake Schneider, going five innings and striking out eight batters. Kolberg would score a run in every inning but the third inning until the eighth, as Devin Schinktgen and Jake Schneider were responsible for scoring six combined runs of the 13 Kolberg put on the board. 

 

Marcus Reinhardt, Kyle Daoust, and Carson Leist came in with relief for the Braves, as only Daoust had a blip on the radar, walking three batters and giving up a single for the final two runs for Baileys Harbor. 

 

Jace Johnson, Aaron Brey, and Collin Strege were the relief pitchers for Baileys Harbor, who had Jon Kordon as their starting pitcher, who was the losing pitcher on the day. Kolberg moves to 10-3 and is still fighting for the top seed with Sister Bay, while Baileys Harbor falls to 1-12. 

 

Other DCBL Scores: 

Egg Harbor 19 Maplewood 11 

Washington Island 8 West Jacksonport 4 

Sister Bay 13 and Institute 2

Kayak Fishing Potpourri

I have been chasing smallmouth bass in the waters of Door County since 1995, with many days out in one of my fishing kayaks.  Summer can be a tough time to find the big smallies, but it is still a fun time to be on the water! In general Door County is a beautiful place to fish for smallmouth bass, even though the numbers have been on a decline over the past seven or eight years. This can be due to a variety of factors including a great deal of fishing pressure and even though it hurts the fishery, many anglers still try to catch males while they are doing their natural thing in shallower water, guarding nests in the spring!

 

Even with the overall numbers down there are still big smallmouth bass to be found. Summer and into early fall I would suggest fishing shallow 15 feet and under throwing small swimbaits on lighter mushroom head jigs. Also, in that deeper range fishing a tube jig or Ned Rig very slowly on the bottom can be productive. As I have found out the past few weeks there are still smaller bass, especially around permanent piers protected by boulders. Smallies love to hang around structures like this. For the presentations I mentioned I am using medium-light rods in that 6’10” to 7’3” range and a spinning reel spooled with an eight or ten-pound superline with a fluorocarbon three to four-foot leader.  For tubes and the Ned Rig where I know there are bigger fish, I will jump to medium-action rods.

 

As I have mentioned before I keep it very simple with my fishing kayaks, whether paddle or pedal.  I have two flush-mount rod holders, two external rod holders a box in the tank well behind my seat for gear and lures. I am usually out with four or five rods and a small net. The one item I could use but have never added to my fishing kayaks is a fish finder. This would be helpful for water temperature, water depth, and bottom structure.

 

If you have any general kayak or kayak fishing questions, please email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Timber Rattlers Rained Out in South Bend

Saturday’s game between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field has been rained out.  The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday to close out their season series.

The doubleheader is scheduled for two seven-inning games with a thirty-minute break between the end of game one and the start of game two.  The first game is set for an 12:05pm CDT start. 

Baileys Harbor hosts Kolberg on 105.1 The GOAT

The Kolberg Braves will look to keep their top seed chances alive and avoid a stunning upset as they visit the Baileys Harbor A's on Sunday. 

 

The Braves are coming off what might be their best win of the season, coming back from five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Washington Island Islanders 11-10. Kolberg still has a chance at the top seed in the playoffs and another regular season title, but will need help with Sister Bay losses. Nick LeCaptain was a big part of the win last week, hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth, after he hit a home run earlier in the game. 

 

Baileys Harbor has a young roster with some bright pieces throughout the season, such as Caleb and Bryce Plzak, along with Chris Lodl. The A's fell to the Braves 11-1 in eight innings on Father's Day in the first half of the season, and will look to keep this one closer with the home field advantage of Baileys Harbor. 

 

Gary Barta and Jacob Nate will have the call on 105.1 The GOAT and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com beginning at 1:15 with the pregame show and 1:30 pm for first pitch between the A's and the Braves. 

Rattlers Come Up Short in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had several near-misses against the South Bend Cubs on Friday night at Four Winds Field.  In turn, they saw the Cubs take advantage of almost every opportunity they had in the game.  At the end of the night, the Rattlers fell 5-3 to the Cubs.

 

Wisconsin (17-17 second half, 43-55 overall) took the lead in the first inning on Brock Wilken’s first Midwest League hit.  Robert Moore walked to start the game and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Wilken, the Milwaukee Brewers #1 pick in the 2023 Draft, stepped in with one out and was down 0-2 to Cubs starter Michael Arias before lining a single to left-center to knock in Moore for a 1-0 lead.

South Bend (16-18, 46-53) went in front in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run by Ezequiel Pagan.  The inning started with Ethan Hearn fouling off four two-strike pitches from Wisconsin starting pitcher Tyler Woessner before lining the ninth pitch of the at bat to left for a single.  Pagan got all of a 2-0 pitch from Woessner and hit his fifth homer of the season for a 2-1 lead.

Je’Von Ward got the Timber Rattlers back to even with an RBI single to score Hendry Mendez in the top of the fifth inning.  The Rattlers had runners on first and second with one out after the single by Ward.  Robert Moore looked like he had put the Rattlers in front with a single to right, but second baseman, James Triantos made a diving stop in short right and threw out Moore at first for the second out while allowing the other runners to only advance a base.  Arias got the final out of the inning with a strikeout to keep the game tied.

In the top of the sixth, Wilken sent a towering flyball to left field that plopped into the glove of Yohendrick Pinango a few steps shy of the wall.

In the bottom of the sixth, Felix Stevens gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead with a one-out, solo homer over the wall in left-center.  Stevens extended his hitting streak to fourteen games with the go-ahead blast off Woessner.  Stevens has hit two of South Bend’s five homers in the series with Wisconsin.

The Cubs added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth with key two-out hits.  In the seventh, Stiven Cruz walked Luis Verdugo, the lead-off batter.  Verdugo was at second with two outs as Josh Rivera worked the count to 3-2.  Rivera lined a double to the corner in left for his third hit of the game and an RBI as Verdugo trotted home. 

In the eighth, Cruz retired the first two batters of the inning.  Pinango hit a routine-looking fly to center that was lost in the twilight and the ball dropped in for a double.  Christian Franklin followed with an RBI double to send Pinango home for a 5-2 lead.

The Timber Rattlers didn’t pack it in for the top of the ninth inning against Cubs reliever Sheldon Reed.  Ernesto Martinez Jr and Joe Gray Jr had consecutive singles with one out to bring the tying run to the plate.  Darrien Miller singled to right with two outs to score Martinez, get Gray to third, and bring the go-ahead run to the plate.  However, Reed quashed the Wisconsin rally with a strikeout to end the game and pick up his fourth save.

The Cubs have won three of the first four games of the series and now hold a 6-4 lead in the season series with two games remaining between the clubs this season.

 

Game five of the series is Saturday night at Four Winds Field.  Edwin Jimenez (3-3, 4.52) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Cubs have named Connor Noland (1-5, 3.67) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT. 

Southern Door wrestling hosts girls camp

With Door County boasting some of the top female wrestlers in the state, hosting a camp featuring an All-American was a natural fit.

 

Southern Door recently wrapped up two-day wrestling camp for girls featuring wrestlers from around the region. With help from longtime wrestling assistant Dave Walker to coordinate the camp, two-time NCAA All-American Mateah Roehl led the girls through a number of drills and techniques to prepare them for the upcoming season. The Watertown, Wis. native earned her stripes as a member of the North Central wrestling team between 2020-2022.

 

The Eagles' Nora LeFevre (100) and Hailey Veeser (138) made history earlier this year when they won their first matches at the inaugural WIAA Girls State Wrestling Tournament with the latter eventually taking fourth place. Another local wrestler, Tiani Lemieux of Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol represented Wisconsin in the North American Indigenous Games held in Halifax, Canada with a silver medal-winning performance.

 

Photos by Southern Door Wrestling Club

 

 

Packers look for first Lambeau Leap at Family Night

The young Green Bay Packers will get their first taste of the Lambeau Field experience of the 2023 campaign Saturday night as a part of the organization's Family Night scrimmage.

 

The majority of the roster has less than three years of experience in the NFL, adding extra intrigue to the glorified practice. The day's activities get underway at 3:30 p.m. in the Lambeau Field parking lot as well as the neighboring Titletown. On-field football warm-ups are set to begin at 7:00 with the practice starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will end the festivities, which will be televised statewide. Limited tickets are also still available.

 

The Packers also announced that their first game-week practice will take place at 12:30 p.m. on August 7th. They will then travel to Cincinnati to practice with the Bengals ahead of their exhibition tilt on August 11th. August 7th will be the only public practice in Green Bay next week.

DCBL playoff picture looms large down final stretch

Just as Sister Bay had the opportunity to nearly wrap up the Door County Baseball League regular season title and the top seed for the playoffs, they fell to the Institute Cubs and gave the Kolberg Braves a glimmer of hope heading into the final two weeks of the season. 

 

All the Bays had to do was grab a win over a tough Egg Harbor team, and they had a chance to clinch the top spot at home against Institute. The Bays offense was held in check, and fell to the Indians 2-1. Kolberg on the other hand, used a five run bottom of the ninth to keep their top seed chances alive. The Braves and Sister Bay are just a game apart record wise, but Sister Bay has beaten Kolberg twice this season. 

 

The race for the final spot in the playoffs has gotten even wilder with the Egg Harbor win over Sister Bay and the Washington Island loss to Kolberg. West Jacksonport has themselves in good positioning at 8-4 in third place, but a matchup with the Island this week looms large. Egg Harbor and the Island is tied at 7-5 for the final spot, as the Indians have a matchup with Maplewood this week, who will still need some help to find themselves in the postseason. 

 

Week 13 Schedule - 

Institute (1-11) @ Sister Bay (10-2)

Kolberg (9-3) @ Baileys Harbor (1-11)

Washington Island (7-5) @ West Jacksonport (8-4)

Egg Harbor (7-5) @ Maplewood (5-7)

Packers' Murphy enters Northwestern scandal discussion

It was only a matter of time before the name of Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy was named in a lawsuit related to the ongoing hazing scandal at Northwestern University.

 

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reported on Thursday that Murphy's name was included in the latest lawsuit stemming from the scandal that also listed former coach Pat Fitzgerald, former university president Henry Bienen and the school's board of trustees as defendants. The unidentified plaintiffs allege similar things discussed in other lawsuits that have already been filed: hazing, sexual abuse, and racial discrimination ran rampant throughout the department, let alone the football team. Members of the administration are charged with knowing about the toxic culture within the department and the program itself and doing nothing about it. Fitzgerald has maintained his lack of knowledge about the hazing and evaluating his options against Northwestern after his initial two-week suspension turned into his dismissal. Players and coaches have stood up for the former head coach while more than a dozen players have collaborated on the hazing and discrimination accusations.

 

Murphy was the athletic director at Northwestern from 2003 to 2007 before he was hired away by the Packers in 2008. It was his decision to hire Fitzgerald in 2006 in the wake of the sudden death of Randy Walker. The most recent lawsuit features players that would have played for the program from 2004 to 2008, coinciding with Murphy's tenure. Murphy declined to comment on the matter to Rittenberg and members of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Rockers and Chinooks to play 1.5 games Friday

The Green Bay Rockers and the Lakeshore Chinooks will have to finish what they started Friday after going home Thursday tied 1-1 when Mother Nature put a halt to the game.

 

The Chinooks held a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth inning when AJ Anzai drove in Kendal Ewell on a fielder's choice to tie the game. Thursday's storms forced the game to be called in the sixth inning and it will be resumed before the team's regularly scheduled 6:35 p.m. game.

Six-Run First Sinks Wisconsin in South Bend

The South Bend Cubs scored six runs in the first inning on Thursday night and cruised to a 13-4 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Four Winds Field.  Felix Stevens extended his hitting streak to thirteen games with a homer, a double, and four RBI to lead the Cubs' 14-hit attack.

 

Wisconsin (17-16 second half, 43-54 overall) was robbed of a run in the top of the first inning.  Matt Wood singled with one out and was still at first with two outs.  Ernesto Martínez Jr sent a towering flyball to the gap in right-center only to be denied an RBI double by a diving catch by right fielder Jacob Wetzel.

South Bend (15-18, 45-53) jumped on Rattlers starting pitcher Alexander Cornielle right away.  The first three batters of the Cubs' first inning reached on a double, a walk, and a single to load the bases.  Moises Ballesteros followed with a two-run single.  Stevens followed that with a three-run homer and South Bend was up 5-0 five batters into the bottom of the first.

Cornielle got the first out of the inning with a strikeout, but walked the next three batters and left the game with the bases loaded.

Karlos Morales got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts but threw a wild pitch between strikeouts to allow a runner to score and the Rattlers were down 6-0 as the Cubs sent twelve men to the plate in the first inning.

Cubs starting pitcher Brandon Birdsell allowed one more hit as he worked five scoreless innings and struck out five.

The Cubs added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-out, two-run single by Ezequiel Pagan.

The game got out of hand in the seventh and eighth innings.  The Cubs scored three times in the seventh against Nick Merkel on an RBI single by Ballesteros, an RBI double by Stevens, and a sacrifice fly by Yohendrick Pinango.  In the eighth, Wisconsin asked Alex Hall to move from left field to the mound.  He nearly got out of the inning without allowing a run, but Liam Spence hit a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left for a 13-0 lead.

The Timber Rattlers got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth inning to avoid being shut out as Cubs reliever Jarod Wright walked the first three batters in the inning.  Martínez Jr ripped a triple to the corner in right to score all three runners.  Hall followed with a sacrifice fly to score Martínez.


Wisconsin pitchers combined to walk twelve hitters, a new season-high.  The only Rattler hurler who didn’t walk a batter in the game was Hall.

Brock Wilken, the #1 pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2023 draft, made his Timber Rattlers debut as the starting third baseman and the number three hitter in the lineup.  He was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the game.
 

The Cubs lead this series 2-1 and hold the season series edge over the Rattlers 5-4.  South Bend also owns the series lead in run differential at a +20.  To claim the season series from South Bend, the Rattlers will need to win the final three games of the series or win two of the three games in the series by a total of 21 runs to claim the tiebreaker from the Cubs.

Thursday’s game marked the halfway point of the second half of the season. There are 33 games down and 33 games remaining in the half.  The loss on Thursday dropped Wisconsin a game behind the Peoria Chiefs, who won 6-2 over Quad Cities at home.  The Chiefs own the tiebreaker over the Rattlers so that lead is two games for Peoria.  The Cedar Rapids Kernels are already in the playoffs as the first-half champions and if they would win the second half of the season, too, the playoff spot in this half goes to the team that finishes second in the West Division.

 

Game four of the series is Friday night.  Tyler Woessner (5-6, 3.69) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Cubs have named Michael Arias (0-2, 5.79) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05 pm CDT.

Brewers retake first after clobbering Bucs

The Milwaukee Brewers' 14-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates was made even sweeter Thursday night thanks to a little help from their neighbors to the south.

 

Sal Frelick and Bryce Turang hit three-run homers in back-to-back innings to lead the offensive onslaught that actually started with the Pirates scoring in the game's opening frame. Frelick helped the Brewers start the rout with a two-run double in the bottom of the first en route to his five-RBI day. Christian Yelich and William Contreas each drove in two runs and Joey Wiemer drove in another in the victory. Adrian House earned the victory, striking out five while allowing one run on four hits across six innings of work.

 

The Brewers received good news on two fronts later in the day. The Chicago Cubs finished off their series win against the Cincinnati Reds later in the evening to give the Brewers a slim lead in the NL Central. They also learned that Brandon Woodruff would make his return to the mound for the Brewers in Sunday's finale against the Pirates.

Packers sign center, release linebacker

There may have been no practice on Wednesday, the offices were still busy at 1265 Lombardi Avenue on Wednesday.

 

The Green Bay Packers announced they signed C Cole Schneider after he participated in Green Bay's training camp in 2022. The Central Florida alum spent the spring with the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League, appearing in nine games with one start and helping his team win the USFL title. The Packers are looking to give Josh Myers competition this training camp, going as far as giving Zach Tom first-team reps this week.

 

In a corresponding move, the Packers released LB La'Darius Hamilton after he appeared in nine games over the two previous seasons in the Green and Gold.

 

The Packers return to the practice field on Thursday.

Sturgeon Bay basketball to host camp

New Sturgeon Bay head basketball coach Zach Goblisch is wasting no time getting acquainted with local youth on the hardwood. 

 

Late last month, Goblisch announced the 2023 Boys Basketball Fast Break Camp, which welcomes students from grades 3rd-8th to participate in the inaugural camp on August 19th and 20th. Players will have the opportunity to learn the essential dribbling, passing, and shooting fundamentals from the players and coaches of the Sturgeon Bay Boys Basketball Team. Registration is due back on Friday. You can register for the camp by clicking on this link and learn more about it by clicking this link.

 

Goblisch was named the new Clippers varsity coach in May, following in the footsteps of Rodney Owens and the late Jim Benesh. 

Rockers dig deep hole vs. Dock Spiders

The Green Bay Rockers found themselves down 9-0 quickly in its 10-3 loss Wednesday night to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

 

The Dock Spiders scored five times in the second inning thanks in part to a three-run home run by Drew Barragan and the wildness of Quinn Falish when he entered the ball game for Logan Lee. Another four runs would be added for the Dock Spiders in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single by Parker Knoll, an RBI ground-out, and a two-run double by Seth Sweet-Chick.

 

The Rockers would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Carlos Hernandez went yard with a man aboard to make it 9-2. The Dock Spiders added a run in the sixth and the Rockers added one more in the eighth to reach the 10-3 conclusion.

 

The Rockers head south to Kapco Park to face the Lakeshore Chinooks for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch Thursday.

Wagoner Shows His Quality to Beat the Cubs

Wisconsin Timber Ratters starting pitcher Cameron Wagoner didn’t get out of the first inning last Wednesday against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at home.  On this Wednesday at Four Winds Field, Wagoner was facing a South Bend Cubs lineup that scored nine runs and collected fourteen hits in a victory over the Rattlers on Tuesday night.  Wagoner found his footing after a shaky second inning and pitched a professional career high six innings to pick up the win as the Rattlers beat the Cubs 4-2.

 

Wisconsin (17-15 second half, 43-53 overall) took the lead in the second inning on an unearned run.  Darrien Miller reached second on a throwing error by shortstop Jeff Shaw.  Alex Hall knocked in Miller with a two-out single to right and the Rattlers were up 1-0.

The lead didn’t last long as South Bend (14-18, 44-53) came right back in the bottom of the second against Wagoner.  Yohendrick Pinango singled and stole second with one out.  Then, Felix Stevens drove in Pinango with a double to tie the game.  Wagoner gave up a two-out walk before getting the final out of the inning to keep the game tied 1-1.

Miller started Wisconsin’s rally to go back in front in the top of the fourth when he singled to start the frame.  Eduardo García followed by lining a pitch to the gap in left-center.  The ball rolled all the way to the way for an RBI triple and a 2-1 lead.  Jose Acosta padded the advantage with a sacrifice fly to right to send García across the plate.

Wagoner didn’t allow a hit by the Cubs after the RBI double by Stevens in the second inning.  The only base runner he let reach base after the second was when Ezequiel Pagan struck out but reached on a wild pitch with two outs in the fifth inning.  Wagoner wasn’t fazed as he got the final out of the frame on a routine fly to left and worked a perfect sixth before turning the lead over to the bullpen.

Tuesday night was the first time Wagoner pitched six innings in a game as a professional.  He allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out seven.

The Wisconsin offense added an insurance run in the top of the ninth.  García and Hall had back-to-back singles to start the inning.  Ben Metzinger sent a pop foul behind first towards the Cubs bullpen.  García made a hard bluff to the plate and Moises Ballesteros bought it.  Ballesteros fired a throw to the plate that bounced to the Wisconsin bullpen to allow García to score and give Wisconsin a 4-1 lead.

Sam Gardner, who pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning out of the Wisconsin bullpen without allowing a hit, went back out for the ninth.  James Triantos started the inning with a single and Ballesteros walked to end Gardner’s night.  Tanner Shears entered the game from the bullpen with the tying run at the plate.

 

Shears needed one pitch to get the first out on a flyout to center, but a wild pitch and a walk to Pinango loaded the bases to bring Stevens to the plate as the potential winning run.

Stevens struck out at three straight 96-mph fastballs from Shears for the second out.  The right-handed closer needed one more out, but ramped up the degree of difficulty as he threw another wild pitch with Christian Franklin at the plate to let Triantos score and put the tying runs in scoring position.

With the Wisconsin dugout holding its breath, Shears got Franklin to swing and miss for strike three to end the game for his fifth save of the season.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night at Four Winds Field.  Alexander Cornielle (0-1, 4.60) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rattlers.  The Cubs have named Brandon Birdsell (2-5, 2.52) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT. 

Packers add wide receiver to roster

The Green Bay Packers made three roster moves on Tuesday as training camp continues this week.

 

Andre Miller a wide receiver who spent time with the New York Giants last year was signed and will wear number 16.  Miller, 6-2 and 224 pounds played collegiately at the University of Maine.  At Maine, he caught 104 receptions in this career for 1,848 yards and a 17.8 average with 14 touchdowns.   

 

In other moves, the Packers cut tight end Camren McDonald and guard Chuck Filiaga as announced by General Manager Brian Gutekunst on Tuesday.  The Packers will be entertaining fans with the annual Family Night festivities at Lambeau Field on Saturday before playing their first exhibition game on Friday, August 11 at Cincinnati against the Bengals. 

Brewers break four-game skid

The Milwaukee Brewers rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to beat the Washington Nationals Tuesday evening 6-4.

Breaking a four-game losing streak, the Brewers used a big fourth inning scoring four runs to give starter Freddy Peralta a lead they would never relinquish.

Peralta (7-8) got the win despite struggling early.  He produced a quality start by going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven.  Devin Williams came on in the ninth to get his 27th save of the season.

Brice Turang led the Brew Crew attack with two hits, two runs and two RBIs.  Joey Wiemer added a two RBI single in the decisive fourth inning to pace the Brewers.

Milwaukee, who now trails the Cincinnati Reds by one-half game, will try to win the series against the Nats on Wednesday when they play in Washington at 12:05 p.m. 

T-Rattlers fall hard to South Bend

A pair of high draft picks of the Chicago Cubs from the 2023 draft made good impressions in their Midwest League debut as the South Bend Cubs beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9-2 Tuesday night at Four Winds Field.  Luis Devers was almost perfect over five innings to pick up the win for South Bend.

 

Jeff Shaw, the Chicago Cubs #1 pick in the 2023 draft, made an immediate impact for South Bend.  Shaw, who had been called up from the Arizona Complex League earlier in the day, drove a triple to center on his first swing as a South Bend Cub.  James Triantos was next.  He drove the first pitch he saw over the wall in left for a two-run homer and a 2-0 lead.

 

Wisconsin starting pitcher Nate Peterson got the first two outs in the bottom of the second inning before giving up a single to Ed Howard on an 0-2 pitch.  Christian Franklin followed with a long home run to left and South Bend had a 4-0 lead.

The Cubs (14-17 second half, 44-52 overall)  added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out, two-run double by Felix Stevens. 

Rattlers reliever Miguel Guerrero got the final out of the third inning and retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth.  However, he issued a four-pitch walk to Triantos and Moises Ballesteros cashed in the opportunity with a double to the wall in center for a 7-0 score.

Meanwhile, the Rattlers (16-15, 42-53) struggled against Devers.  Joe Gray Jr doubled to start the second inning.  Devers would retire the next twelve batters in a row before turning the 7-0 lead over to the bullpen.  Devers walked none and struck out six over his five scoreless innings.

 

The Timber Rattlers got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning against the Cubs bullpen.  Je’Von Ward singled to start the inning on the first pitch from Max Bain.  Then, Jose Acosta homered to right field.  Acosta has homered in two straight games.  He also hit a three-run homer on Sunday in Wisconsin’s 4-0 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at home.

South Bend added two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against Justin King.  Shaw singled.  Triantos drove him in with a triple.  Josh Rivera, Chicago’s third round pick in 2023 who was also making his Midwest League debut, picked up his first Midwest League RBI with a sacrifice fly for a 9-2 advantage.

In the ninth, Wisconsin got a runner aboard with an error and another with a walk, but never threatened to rally.

The Timber Rattlers were held to three hits in the game and had just four at bats with runners in scoring position during the game.  South Bend cracked fourteen hits and six of those went for extra bases with two homers, two triples, and two doubles.  Ballesteros led the hit parade with three hits and an RBI.  Triantos knocked in three runs and scored three runs for the Cubs.

Gray had a double and a walk to be the only Rattler to reach base twice in Tuesday’s game.
 

Game two of the series is Wednesday night at Four Winds Field.  Cameron Wagoner (2-11, 7.53) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Cubs have named Brody McCullough (0-1, 5.40) as their starter.  Game time is 6:05pm CDT.  

Practices begin for 11-man football teams

For football players at Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg-Casco, summer is officially over.

 

August 1st marks the first day of practice for 11-man football teams in the state ahead of their first games on August 1st. All four local teams made the playoffs with Kewaunee eliminating Sturgeon Bay (71-6 Level 1) and Southern Door (15-12 Level 3) before the Storm fell one game short of heading to Madison. The Eagles were a perfect 11-0 heading into the matchup with the Storm, capturing the Packerland Conference title by one game over their Kewaunee County rivals. The Clippers went 5-5 in their return to 11-man after a three-year journey in 8-man. The Spartans went 5-5, falling to conference foe Fox Valley Lutheran in a Level 1 playoff game. 

 

Their first games of the season are as follows (all take place at 7 p.m. on August 18th):

L-C vs. Xavier

Kewaunee at Kiel

Sturgeon Bay vs. Waupun

Southern Door vs. Oostburg

 

Girls golf is the next in line with their first practice scheduled for August 7th. Girls swimming and 8-man football start on August 8th.

Rockers shut out Dock Spiders

The Green Bay Rockers' pitching staff rebounded from a rough Sunday to throw a shutout against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Monday night, winning the game 3-0.

 

The crowd of just over 1,000 people had to wait until the ninth inning as the Rockers' Grayson Walker and the Dock Spiders' Amar Tsengeg pitched into the seventh inning without giving up a run. The Rockers finally struck in the ninth, registering three of their four hits in the final frame with Jayson Jones and AJ Anzai driving in runs and Andrew Harris coming home on a balk. The Dock Spiders were able to get one guy aboard in the ninth, but could not bring him around against Michael Riley the closer.

 

The Rockers are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Dock Spiders at 6:35 p.m. 

GLO to host GWBA Finals

Some of the best women's basketball outside of the WNBA can be found in Oshkosh this weekend.

 

Frequent championship contender Wisconsin GLO will host this weekends GWBA Semifinals and Finals on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets purchased on Saturday will be good for both playoff games being played. The GLO will start their tournament run with a 5:30 p.m. Saturday matchup against the St. Louis Surge with a chance to play either the Flint Monarchs or the Kansas City Crossover. The GLO just swept the Surge last weekend, winning by 10-plus points in each contest. They went 4-0 against them on the season. The GLO won all three matchups against Kansas City by 40-plus points while they lost both of their matchups to Flint.

Brewers add outfielder, lose late to Nats

The Milwaukee Brewers lost ground on the Cincinnati Reds but gained a new bat ahead of the trade deadline on August 1st.

 

An RBI double by William Contreas, an RBI single from Andruw Monasterio, and a Joey Wiemer homer gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Nationals would reverse the Brewers' fortunes with a three-run seventh inning, capped off by Joey Meneses' two-run single. Elvis Peguero took the loss for the Brewers, giving up the three late runs across two-thirds of an inning.

 

The Brewers made a move ahead of Tuesday's 5 p.m. trade deadline, dealing farmhand RHP Justin Jarvis for the New York Mets'  switch-hitting OF Mark Canha plus cash considerations. He joins 1B Carlos Santana, previously of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the team's two newest players. 

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