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Brewers Rally after Rough Start

Going down 4-0 in the first three innings is never a key ingredient to winning but the Milwaukee Brewers were able to overcome that and beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Friday night. The Royals stormed out of the gate and were able to score three runs in the first off a Salvador Perez double and a throwing error that saw Perez score later in the inning. Perez would go on to drive in another run for the Royals in the third off a single. Then the Brewers decided enough was enough. Christian Yelich would start the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth. After a pair of hits and a walk, Orlando Arcia would go on to draw a walk that would bring Ben Gamel home. Two batters later Jacob Nottingham topped off the fourth with a grand slam. The Brewers weren’t finished as Arcia brought Gamel and Gyorko home with a 3-run home run in the fifth. Jacob Nottingham finished 1-4 with four RBIs while Orlando Arcia finished 2-3 with four RBIs. Corbin Burnes(3-0) will take the mound for the Brewers as they look to win the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for Saturday at 6:10 p.m.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes History

The Greek Freak made history on Friday as he took home his second MVP. The back-to-back MVP had a regular season for the record books. Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the NBA(56-17) for the second consecutive season. He averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists as he surpassed Wilt Chamberlain and broke the NBA’s Player Efficiency Rating(PER) record for a single season. He also took home the Defensive Player of the Year award. By winning both awards in the same season, he joined Michael Jordan(1987-1988) and Hakeem Olajuwon(1993-1994) as the only players to accomplish the feat and became just the fifth player to win both awards during their career.

Algoma Playing Sports this Fall

The Packerland Conference has put in place a new alternate competition metric to give schools the opportunity to participate in sports. This new metric rates a school’s ability to compete and host fans based on the quarantine rate of the athletic program and the population of the high school. According to Nick Cochart, Algoma is planning on participating in volleyball, cross country, and soccer. The football team is practicing as well but has yet to practice in pads. Along with not having any padded practices, the only opponent Algoma has at the moment is Sevastopol. Algoma is looking into what options are available. 

 


Gamblers Going All In

The question of allowing fans or not allowing fans to attend games has been widely discussed throughout the world of sports for months now.  With the United States Hockey League slated to start in early November, the Green Bay Gamblers have decided that fans will be in attendance. The Resch Center will be at about 25-30% capacity and there will be literature available to remind fans of social distancing. They will also ask fans to wear masks and will provide sanitation stations throughout the arena. Every other row is set to be off-limits. Jeff Mitchell with the Green Bay Gamblers says that safety is the goal.  

The Gamblers plan on following the guidelines of the CDC, the State of Wisconsin, and Brown County. 

 

Spartans volleyball sweeps Wrightstown

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team got off to a strong start on Thursday, sweeping Wrightstown in three straight sets.

 

The Spartans did not allow the Tigers to reach the 20-point plateau in any set, topping them 25-11, 25-15, 25-19. Emma Johnson controlled the offense as she tries to replace the production of former All-State standout Bekah Day, She was able to register 24 assists, four digs and two aces. Grace Holschuh led the Spartans with nine kills while Autumn Flynn and Kenzie Hanson each added six kills. Hannah Derenne helped the Spartans defensively with eight digs.

 

The Spartans are back in action on Saturday when they play in Denmark at 10:30 a.m.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Facebook page

Luxemburg-Casco Soccer looks to build on first game

After Luxemburg-Casco High School’s 6-3 victory over Wrightstown on Tuesday, head coach Cory Romdenne saw moments that the team can build on. Coach Romdenne also went on to say that his team wasn’t satisfied with their performance but felt happy to get their first win of the season. L-C’s next scheduled matchup is at Waupaca on Friday. Waupaca is the only team in the conference with a turf field and coach Romdenne wants his team to be prepared. He has had his team practice on the pavement to prepare for the hard surface. The first touch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. To listen to the Coach’s Spotlight, visit newradiosportsnetwork.com.

Brewers continue homestand against Royals

The Milwaukee Brewers will try their luck against Missouri's other baseball team beginning on Friday when the Kansas City Royals come to Miller Park.

 

The Brewers are currently 4-4 in their last homestand of the regular season, which included taking three of five games from the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week. The Royals are coming off a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. The Brewers send Adrian Houser to the mound after he gave up seven runs on the other end of the team's no-hit loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Royals counter with Danny Duffy, who walked four and struck out four in his last outing against the Cleveland Indians.

 

The two teams start their three-game set Friday at 7:10 p.m.

Members of the Wisconsin Badgers Test Positive for COVID-19

While the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors just voted unanimously to bring the college football season back on the weekend of October 23-24, the Wisconsin Badgers Football team has been struck by COVID-19. Public Health officials of Madison and Dane County have stated that 42 members of the team and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since June. Even more concerning, 29 of the 42 positive tests have come between September 1 and September 15. The Badgers first scheduled opponent for the weekend of October 23-24 has yet to be announced.

L-C volleyball starts season on the road

After weeks of summer tournaments, the Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team officially begins their regular season Thursday night in Wrightstown.

 

The Tigers played their first match on Tuesday against Freedom, failing to score at least 20 points in two of the three sets as they lost 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21). 

 

Thursday marks the first WIAA match the Spartans have played since they won the state title last year against McFarland. They made the finals in most of their summer league tournaments, winning at least two of them. Emma Johnson and Grace Holschuh are just some of the players highly ranked in the state and head coach Jeff Frey told the NEW Radio Sports Network about some of the other girls that could make noise this season.

 

 

The Spartans travel to Wrightstown for their NEC matchup with the opening serve taking place at 7 p.m. You can listen to the full podcast with Coach Frey online at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Braun hits milestone as Brewers split

The Milwaukee Brewers went 1-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, dropping game one 4-2 and winning game two 6-0.

 

In game one, Brandon Woodruff went the distance in the 4-2 loss to the Cardinals. He gave up single tallies in the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings which were bookended with solo homers by Tyler O'Neil and Brad Miller. Keston Hiura provided the only offense of the game for the Brewers, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the first inning with his 13th home run of the truncated season.

 

Woodruff's outing helped the Brewers bullpen stay fresh for their collective effort in game two. Four pitchers combined for the seven-inning shutout with Brent Suter giving up the only two hits of the game. Freddy Peralta picked up the win with two innings of work in relief of Suter, striking out three Cardinals batters in the process. The Brewers scored four of their six runs in the first inning, including Ryan Braun's 350th career home run that drove in three. Jacob Nottingham's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth provided the Brewers insurance they would not need.

 

 

College basketball returns November 25th

Collegiate programs like the Green Bay men's and women's basketball teams now have a date to shoot for when it comes to starting their season.

 

The NCAA Division 1 Council announced Wednesday that November 25th could be the first day teams could play games, whether they are exhibition or not. Teams could start full practices as soon as October 14th. According to ESPN, the conclusion of the fall semester played into the decision with 76 percent of college campuses being closed at that time. Teams could play up to 25 games, including for non-conference contests.

 

For the Phoenix men, that means its games against Oklahoma State and Montana State will likely not be played this season. The Green Bay Athletic Department had not released a preliminary women's schedule prior to Wednesday's announcement. 

Big Ten announces return of football in October

Wisconsin Badger football will be back in 2020.  The Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced Wednesday that there will be a fall football season.  Beginning on the weekend of October 24, the Big Ten will open the season with teams playing eight games along with a Big Ten Championship Game.   The Championship Game is scheduled for December 19, which will allow the Big Ten to be eligible for the College Football Playoff.  Teams that do not play in the Big Ten Championship Game will play consolation games on December 19 as well.  Fans will not be allowed to attend games.  The rapid testing for athletes and coaches for COVID-19 was a key element in the return of Big Ten football.  That testing will begin on September 30.  The Big Ten had originally decided to cancel fall football until the spring back on August 11.  

Luxemburg-Casco soccer pulls away from Wrightstown

Luxemburg-Casco High School boys’ soccer played their first game of the season Tuesday evening at Wrightstown, winning 6-3. The Spartans pounced on the Tigers early, going into halftime with a 2-1 lead. Griffin Saldana and Matthew Conway each scored two goals in the second half, the last being on a penalty kick, to help L-C pull away for a comfortable victory. The Spartans travel to Waupaca on Friday.


The match was the school’s first contact sports contest of the fall. Girls’ volleyball begins their state title defense Thursday with another game on Saturday. The football team scrimmages Friday before their season opener on the 25th.

 

*Photo courtesy of the L-C Soccer Facebook page.

 

Still no Big Ten football vote

Reporter Jeff Potrykus from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal posted on Twitter yesterday that Big Ten football will happen starting October 17th. University of Nebraska President Walter Carter was caught on a hot mic at a Lincoln television station earlier in the day saying the season was a done deal and an announcement would happen Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, there is still no word from the conference. The thought is that the season would consist of eight games played over nine weeks with the Big Ten Championship held the week before Christmas. That would allow the conference winner to play enough games to be eligible for the College Football Playoff. The deadline to complete that schedule is December 20th.

 

Photo courtesy of the Big Ten Conference website.

Brewers bash Cards

The runs kept coming Tuesday night for the Milwaukee Brewers against St. Louis. Two in the first, two in the third, seven in the fourth, another six in the fifth, that adds up. The Crew notched an 18-3 victory. Christian Yelich went 3-4, and he scored three times. Designated Daniel Vogelbach and second baseman Keston Hiura each had four RBIs.


Milwaukee continues to hover just below .500, currently at 22-25. In a weaker National League, that puts the Brewers firmly in playoff contention. They’re only one back in the wild card standings. The two teams meet for a doubleheader tonight starting at 4:10 PM. A reminder that for this season, each game is only seven innings in a twin bill, making it imperative to score first.

 

Luxemburg-Casco cross country runs at Denmark Tuesday

The Luxemburg-Casco High School girls’ and boys’ cross country teams ran Tuesday night at Denmark High School against the host Vikings and Fox Valley Lutheran. Results are slow to come in this year as COVID-19 restrictions have changed how reporting is done. Who won the meet will most likely not be known until the end of the week, but L-C is already touting several season-best times from the meet. 

 

Brewers narrowly split doubleheader

The Milwaukee Brewers won one game in extra innings and lost one in the same fashion Monday, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in the first game and 3-2 in the second.

 

In game one of what was supposed to be two seven-inning contests, the two teams didn't even score until the eighth inning when a man was put on second base per MLB rules. After the Cardinals went up 1-0 in the top half, Ryan Braun tied the game on a double before Keston Hiura drove in Avisail Garcia on a sacrifice fly to take the first contest.

 

In game two, Jedd Gyorko homered to give the Brewers a short-lived lead in game two. The Cardinals would tie up the game with an RBI single by Tyler O'Neil in the fifth inning and a Brad Miller RBI single in the seventh. The Cardinals would once again take the lead in extras on a Paul DeJong RBI hit, but this time they held on to beat the Brewers and prevent the sweep.

 

The two teams still have three games remaining in this three-day series. The two teams will play a single matchup on Tuesday beginning at 6:40 p.m. before playing a twin-bill on Wednesday.

Luxemburg-Casco soccer opens season at Wrightstown

The Luxemburg-Casco Spartans soccer team hits the pitch for the first time in 2020 when the face Wrightstown on the road.

 

The Spartans are coming off an 8-6-5 record in 2019, seeing their season cut short in the WIAA Regional Final against Sheboygan Falls. 5-0-2 conference mark gave them the Northeastern crown. The last time these two teams met was in the WIAA Regional. The Spartans won 4-1 against a Tiger squad that went 5-13 in the regular season.

 

First touch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Packers lose Taylor for the season

The comeback season for Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Lane Taylor has been cut short. 

 

Head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed during his Monday press conference that the eight-year veteran will be put on season-ending injured reserve after injuring his knee during Sunday's win against the Vikings. Taylor was named the starting right guard after missing most of the 2019 campaign due to a biceps injury. 

Spartans cross country gets win Friday, travels to Denmark Tuesday

They had to wait the entire weekend to find out, but the Luxemburg-Casco girls cross country team won their first meet of the season on Friday.

 

The Spartans won 20 to 63 over Wrightstown on Friday. Denmark fielded an incomplete team. They didn't have the top run, but the Spartans had their top five runners finish second through fifth to earn the top score. Megan Vandermause paced the team with a 21:41 time on the 5K course with their other four scoring runners finish with a 23:10 or better.

 

The boys' team narrowly got defeated by Wrightstown but topped Denmark 29, 34, 85. Spencer Thiry won the boys' race with a time of 18:22. The Spartans top five runners finished in the top 11 places and all finishing with a time better than 20:30. The Spartans had over 10 runners finish the 5K course with an average pace better than 7 minutes per mile.

 

The Spartans cross country teams run again Tuesday at Denmark against the Vikings and Fox Valley Lutheran beginning at 5:00 p.m.

 

FULL RESULTS

 

 

Packers put on offensive display in win over Vikings

Aaron Rodgers threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers' 43-34 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

 

Down 7-3 after the first quarter, the Packers rattled off 19 straight points to take a 22-10 lead into the break. The scoring outburst was sparked by a safety registered by Jaire Alexander and was followed up by a Mason Crosby field goal and Rodgers' touchdown passes to Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Adams would catch his second touchdown pass in the third quarter on his way to a record-setting day that included 14 catches. The Packers and Vikings would trade touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Allen Lazard and Aaron Jones making their way into the endzone to counter the Vikings' three scores in the frame.

 

The Packers will play at an empty Lambeau next week as they host the Detroit Lions.

Brewers no hit by Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers could not escape some bad luck on Sunday as Alec Mills no-hit them in a 12-0 Chicago Cubs win.

 

Offensively, the Brewers had several hard-hit balls that simply could not avoid finding its way into the mitt of a Cubs mitt. ESPN's Cubs beat writer Jesse Rogers reported that the Brewers went 0-11 on hard-hit balls, which is when the exit velocity of a ball coming off the bat is over 95 miles per hour. Statcast showed a less than a tenth of one percent chance that none of those balls would fall in for a hit. Mills struck out five and walked three in his first-ever no-hitter, which also doubled as his first complete-game shutout as well.

 

Defensively the Brewers committed three errors in the contest. Two of those came in the fourth inning where the Cubs scored five unearned runs. The Cubs would score four runs in the following inning thanks to a two-RBI sacrifice fly and a David Bote home run. The Cubs would score three more times in the game including twice against Orlando Arcia, who came in from his shortstop position to finish the game.

 

The Brewers now have to play five games in three days against St. Louis Cardinals with second place on the line. The first pitch of Monday's doubleheader is slated for 4:10 p.m.

L-C golf hosts triangular

The Luxemburg-Casco girls golf team will host their third match of the year when it welcomes Little Chute and Waupaca to Northbrook Golf Course Monday afternoon.

 

The team shot 230 at its last meet held at Hilly Haven, trailing Wrightstown (187) and Freedom (196). Lydia VanderHouten's 47 led the way for the Spartans, followed Amanda Laurent's 57, Alyssa Gilson's 62, and Alex Wech's 64.

 

Monday's tee time is set for 1 p.m.

 

 

Big Ten could return to play

The Wisconsin Badgers football team could play this season after all.

 

Sports outlets reported over the weekend that the conference's Return to Play Committee and the presidents and chancellors of the member schools met over the weekend to make a decision on possibly starting the season. Big Ten teams could start hosting games as soon as October 17th if they are able to meet certain protocols. The conference had originally postponed the fall season to the spring due to concerns about the COVID-19, but the development of rapid testing kits made it possible to get back to the negotiating table. Nine out of the 14 institutions would have to vote in favor of returning to play. A lawsuit involving players from the University of Nebraska revealed only three schools voted in favor of starting the fall season a few weeks ago: Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio State. A decision could come later this week. 

Looks of normal at Luxemburg-Casco

For the first time since February, the athletic events schedule for a local high school will look...normal.

 

Football is still a week away from real games, but the golf, soccer, volleyball, and cross country squads all have events this week.

 

Golf will host Little Chute and Waupaca Monday at Northbrook while cross country will have a Tuesday meet at Denmark. The soccer team will also start their season on Tuesday against Wrightstown before going back to the pitch on Friday at Waupaca. Volleyball will open the season on Thursday at Wrightstown.

 

The football team will still get some action in this week as they travel to Shawano for a scrimmage on Friday. 

 

 

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