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Spartans look to continue success

 

The Luxemburg-Casco boys’ soccer team looks to stay undefeated as they host Denmark on Friday. The Spartans beat Wrightstown in their opener 6-3 and are coming off back to back victories over Waupaca. They won the first match 3-1 and survived a thriller earlier in the week 4-3. A Griffin Saldana penalty kick in the 89th minute broke the tie to give the Spartans the victory. 

 

First touch is on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Volleyball preview: All participating teams in action

All the local teams that are allowed to play this fall are in action Thursday night in volleyball action.

 

In Northeastern Conference action, Luxemburg-Casco continues its road swing and looks to stay perfect on the young season when it plays at Clintonville at 7 p.m.

 

Packerland play this evening at 7 p.m. includes Southern Door hosting Peshtigo and Sevastopol playing at home against Oconto.

 

Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar called off their fall seasons for contact sports. Kewaunee, which has seen their season postponed for the time being due to the coronavirus, was supposed to play the Vikings.

Southern Door athletics ready to roll

Southern Door High School will help ring in the new sports year in style Thursday when it hosts two different events. It has been since March 7th since an Eagles squad competed with school shutdowns occurring the following week after a 60-59 boys basketball loss to Kohler. Since then it has been about how to get kids back to school and back to sports safely. Athletic director Korey Mallien credits Packerland Conference commissioner Mike Holtz and the principals for their hard work getting to this point.

Things will certainly look different when teams begin competing. Spectators will be limited to just two per student while athletes will be asked to mask up in most situations. Mallien says the volleyball team, which boasts a completely new coaching staff of Eagles alums, has been a gold standard.

Southern Door’s busy day begins at 4:00 p.m. when it hosts a cross country meet with Oconto and Sevastopol paying a visit before the volleyball team takes on the Peshtigo Bulldogs at 7 p.m. The football team starts its season on Friday on the road at Clintonville, a game you will be able to hear on 102.1 MORE FM. You can listen to the full interview with Korey Mallien online at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com under the podcasts section.


Brewers Drop Series to Reds

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the final game 6-1. The Reds got on the board early with a Joey Votto 2-run home run in the first. Jesse Winker would add on to the Reds lead with a solo home run in the fourth. Milwaukee’s only run came in the fifth when Orlando Arcia drove in Daniel Vogelbach with a double. Eugenio Suarez answered back with a 3-run home run to give the Reds the 6-1 lead. Adrian Houser received the loss for the Brewers as he struck out five and gave up three runs in 4 ? innings. The Brewers are half a game back as they enter the final series of the season looking to earn themselves a playoff spot in a crowded National League. 

 

The Brewers head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a five-game series. Game one is scheduled for Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

 

Running Returns

With the new set of metrics brought forth by the Packerland, the conference’s first cross country meet is set to take place. Sevastopol, Kewaunee, Southern Door, and Oconto will compete at Southern Door on Thursday. Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar are not competing this season. Kewaunee's girls are looking to defend their conference title while everyone is looking to overthrow the Peshtigo boys.

 

The conference invitational is set for Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at Southern Door High School.

 

Luxemburg-Casco will also be in action on Thursday, running in Marinette against the host school, Clintonville, Denmark, and Fox Valley Lutheran.

 

Packers guard Lane Taylor placed on injured reserve

Lane Taylor’s stretch of tough luck continues. After signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Taylor worked his way into a starting role on the Green Bay Packers offensive line by 2016 at left guard. Last season, Taylor tore his biceps tendon and went on injured reserve after Week Two. He took a pay cut to stay on the roster for the 2020 season and worked his way back into a starting job, only to suffer a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Minnesota. The Packers officially put Taylor on injured reserve Tuesday.


In another move, linebacker Greg Roberts was cut from the practice squad.

 

Last-minute goal lifts L-C over Waupaca

Griffin Saldana netted a penalty kick in the 89th minute to break a tie and give Luxemburg-Casco High School a 4-3 win against Waupaca. Saldana opened the scoring in the seventh minute off an assist from Matthew Conway. Waupaca struck twice within three minutes later in the first and took a 2-1 lead into halftime. Luxemburg’s Saldana figured into two other goals, four minutes apart at 52’ and 56’, assisting Cody Arendt first then Johan Amador. Garrett Zuleger hauled in four saves for the Spartans.

Brewers Even Series

After dropping the first game, the Milwaukee Brewers narrowly beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 to even the series. Things didn’t look good early as Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos hit a 2-run home run in the first. Brett Anderson went on to shutout the Reds over the next five innings. He only allowed four hits and struck out seven batters. Milwaukee’s offense was kickstarted by a Tyrone Taylor home run in the fifth to cut the lead to one. In the seventh, Orlando Arcia drove in Daniel Vogelbach off a sacrifice fly. Later in the seventh Eric Sogard would give the Brewers the lead with a double to score Jedd Gyorko. The Brewers will look for a much needed series win in game three. 

 

Brewers host the Reds in the final game of the series Wednesday night at 5:40 p.m.

 

Spartans Seek Similar Result

The Luxemburg-Casco boys’ soccer team is looking to show that Friday night’s 3-1 win over Waupaca was no fluke. Friday’s match was a tight one as LC’s Cody Arendt and Waupaca’s Bryce Boldt both scored early. After being tied at the half, Griffin Saldana would give the Spartans the lead with a goal in the 50th minute. Shortly after, Saldana gave the Spartans a cushion with a goal in the 57th minute. 

 

Luxemburg-Casco hosts Waupaca Monday night at 6:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Soccer Club

 

Spartans volleyball's domination continues

The Luxemburg-Casco girls' volleyball continues to breeze through its conference slate, sweeping Little Chute on the road Monday night 3-0. 

 

The Spartans still have not given up 20 or more points in a single set this season, defeating the Mustangs 25-13, 25-11, 25-12. Grace Holschuh led the way with 15 kills while Hannah Derenne added another 11. Defensively, Kenzie Hanson was able to keep volleys alive with 10 digs. 

 

The Spartans are back in action Thursday at Clintonville.

 

Picture courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco volleyball

Sevastopol adding onto fall schedules

Now that Packerland teams can play if they fall under certain metrics, Sevastopol is working to finalize their fall schedules.

 

Because of cooperative agreements with Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar, the school's swimming and soccer teams respectively will not be competing this fall. Volleyball could open play as soon as Thursday at home against Oconto at 7 p.m. It also has matchups at Peshtigo (9/29), against Stockbridge (10/3 at 10 a.m.), and at NEW Lutheran (10/6). Regionals would start on 10/22, but there are three open dates that could be filled, two of which against Algoma and Southern Door. Kewaunee's move to virtual classes last week puts the Pioneers' October 8th matchup in question as of right now. Cross country will compete at Southern Door on Thursday against the Eagles and Oconto before hosting NEW Lutheran and Southern Door on October 1st and Peshtigo October 8th. The boys conference meet will be at Gibraltar on October 13th while Sevastopol will host the girls' meet at their home route of Cherry Hills Golf Course on October 15th.

 

The football team has at least six teams and a playoff game penciled in on their schedule with an open date on October 23rd. The Pioneers will have home-and-homes against Auburndale (9/26 at home, 10/10 on the road, 1 p.m. kickoffs) and Algoma (10/2 on the road, 10/16 at home with 7 p.m. kickoffs). The Pioneers will end the season with two home games starting with Halloween homecoming celebration against Greenwood at 1 p.m. and St. Mary's on November 6th. A playoff game could occur the following the week.

 

Athletic Director Brooke Tanck says the schedule can change at any point due to the pandemic. That includes if the team falls inside certain metrics that could limit fans and cancel games outright.

Run the Door enters final stretch

There have not been many opportunities for runners in Door County to toe the line in 2020.

 

Of the 19 events on the Run the Door circuit dating back to last November, only two races have been held in person and four turned into virtual events. The organization added two other virtual events in April and in May. Runners can earn points still by completing the virtual Run Wild! Quarter Marathon/5K as well as the Fall 50.

 

Registration for the virtual Run Wild! which benefits the Friends of Potawatomi State Park can be found hereYou can also sign up to run the entire course of the Fall 50 as a solo runner by registering here.

 

You can find the point standings here.

 

Brewers start final road trip with loss

The Milwaukee Brewers' fight to make the postseason started on a low note Monday as they fell to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

 

All nine runs scored in the game were via, kicked off by Jed Gyorko's solo blast in the fifth inning gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Brandon Woodruff had a high pitch count but was still putting down Reds hitters until he gave up a two-run homer to Eugenio Suarez in the bottom of the sixth inning. Curt Casali and Mike Moustakas put the game away for the Reds in the eighth inning with homers to push the Brewers deficit. Jace Peterson's two-run dinger in the ninth cut the lead to 6-3 but the Brewers would get no closer. 

 

With the Reds and Cubs winning and the Cardinals losing, the Brewers remain on the outside looking in on the playoffs. They are just percentage points behind the Philadelphia Phillies for the final Wild Card spot, which lost to the Phillies Monday night 5-1.

Luxemburg-Casco volleyball looks for third straight

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team looks to make it three in a row when they play at Little Chute Monday night.

 

The Spartans won their last time out in three straight sets over Denmark 25-9, 25-15, 25-13. The team has still not given up more than 20 points in a single set this year. The team was led by Emma Johnson who had 32 assists and Hannah Derenne who registered 15 kills. The pair each had two service aces as well. 

 

The Mustangs come into the match 0-2 and still looking for their first set win. They have lost in straight sets to Waupaca and Freedom so far this year. Maya Wegand and Adilyn Dercks each had five kills in their loss to Freedom on Saturday.

 

The Spartans and Mustangs will have their first serve Monday at 7 p.m.

Jones' Monster Day Lifts Packers

For consecutive weeks, the Green Bay Packers offense had 450+ yards and 40+ points. Once again the Packers offense was outstanding as they recorded 200+ yards both passing and rushing. After falling behind 14-3 in the first quarter, the Packers would score two touchdowns in the second to lead 17-14 at the half. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Aaron Jones exploded for a 75-yard touchdown run and the Packers never looked back. Aaron Jones finished with 236 total yards and three scores. Aaron Rodgers had another good outing as he threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

 

The Packers will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints next Sunday night at 7:20 p.m.

 

Brewers Sweep Royals

The Milwaukee Brewers reigned supreme Sunday as they won 5-3 to sweep the Royals. Josh Lindblom earned the win as he allowed only one run in 5 ?. Daniel Vogelbach put the Brewers on the board early with a 2-run home run in the first. Vogelbach would then bring Braun and Yelich home in the sixth with another home run. Josh Hader recorded his tenth save to close the game.

 

The Brewers travel to Cincinnati on Monday for a three-game series against the Reds. First pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m.

 

Badger Football to Return

With the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voting to bring back college football last week, the Wisconsin Badgers are set to kick off the season on October 24 against Illinois. They will play eight conference games and the regular season will finish December 5. The Badgers are looking for a strong season as they will not play Ohio State and Penn State this season. 

 

The Badgers will host Illinois on October 24. The time of kickoff is yet to be determined.

 

Second Half Surge Puts Spartans on Top

The Luxemburg-Casco boy’s soccer team continued their strong start to the season with a 3-1 victory in Waupaca on Friday night. Cody Arendt started the scoring with a goal to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. After being tied at the break, Griffin Saldana scored two second-half goals to put the Spartans on top. Garrett Zuleger and Zachary Mondello combined for 14 saves.

 

Luxemburg-Casco hosts Waupaca on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Sevastopol Preparing to Play

As schools are still hesitant on whether to play sports this fall, Sevastopol has decided to move forward as they prepare to play. Sevastopol’s middle school and high school football, volleyball, and cross country teams will be practicing by next week. Brooke Tanck says that each coach and athlete goes through regular screening. 

Along with regular screenings, athletes must be masked at all times unless they are performing a high intensity workout. During these high intensity portions of practice, athletes are required to practice social distancing. Coaches are also responsible for cleaning equipment before, during, and after practice. Sevastopol kicked off their fall sports as the football team traveled to Menasha on Saturday for a scrimmage.

 

Burnes Pushes Brewers to Win

A combination of excellent pitching and late scoring secured the 5-0 Brewers win over the Royals on Saturday night. Corbin Burnes earned the win as he struck out nine batters and gave up zero runs in six. The Brewers only run through seven came when Luis Urias scored on a throwing error by Nicky Lopez. They would score four insurance runs in the eighth. Jacob Nottingham had an RBI double and Ryan Braun crushed a 3-run home run that brought Nottingham and Yelich home. 

 

The Brewers look for the series sweep at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Spartans Stay Hot

The Luxemburg-Casco volleyball team built off their momentum from Thursday’s sweep of Wrightstown by sweeping Denmark on Saturday. The Spartans won the three sets 25-9, 25-15, and 25-13. Emma Johnson finished with 32 assists, 8 digs, and 2 aces. Hannah Derenne had 15 kills, 4 blocks, and 2 aces. Kylie Hanson added in 2 kills and 4 blocks. 

 

Luxemburg-Casco’s next scheduled match is Monday at 7:00 p.m. as they travel to Little Chute.

 

Packers Host Lions for Home Opener

The Green Bay Packers(1-0) look to continue their strong start to the 2020 season against the Detroit Lions(0-1) in week 2. The Packers offense looked nearly unstoppable on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings as they racked up 43 points and punted only one time. Aaron Rodgers was in MVP form as Pro Football Focus graded him as the best player of week 1 for his performance that saw him throw for 364 yards and four touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, the Detroit Lions are looking to bounce back from a devastating week 1 loss that saw them blow a 17 point fourth-quarter lead at home to the Chicago Bears. The Packers will be playing without DT Kenny Clark who has been ruled out with a groin injury.

 

The Green Bay Packers will host the Detroit Lions Sunday at noon.

 

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. 

 

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