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Badgers need upset to win Big Ten football title

The University of Wisconsin football team is a 16.5 point underdog in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game against Ohio State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Badgers and Buckeyes met in Columbus earlier in the year with Ohio State cruising to a 38-7 victory. For the Badgers to get revenge and pull an upset, they’ll have to learn lessons from two Big Ten East teams. Michigan was able to score 27 against the nation’s second-best defense last week. Most of that came in the first half and the Wolverines actually left some points on the table. Jim Harbaugh kicked a field goal on fourth-and-five in the red zone in a controversial decision just before halftime. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson lost a fumble near the 10-yard line on the drive prior to that. That is a significant improvement over what the Badgers were able to generate against Ohio State.


The other lesson comes from Penn State. The Nittany Lions led early against Ohio State and, although the game ended up being a two-score affair, it was as close as a team has come to upending the undefeated Scarlet and Gray. Penn State is the only team to hold Ohio State to under 30 points this year. Wisconsin has had a formidable defense all season. They have the personnel to duplicate Penn State’s successful scheme. 

 

Sevastopol girls still looking for first win

The Sevastopol High School girls basketball team was defeated by Peshtigo Friday, 54-34. They are still looking for the first win of the 2019-20 season. The Pioneers have a great chance to change that coming up Thursday when they host NE Wisconsin Christian Home School. The NEWHC Athletic Association fields teams in track and field, volleyball, cross country, and basketball from fifth grade and up. They do not play a regular schedule though. The game, set for Thursday, will be Christian Home School’s first contest of the season.

Kewaunee girls dominate rival

The Kewaunee High School girls basketball team defeated rival Algoma 61-33 on the shores of Lake Michigan Friday night. Kewaunee put in a complete 36-minute effort. The Storm led by 14 points at half and would not have needed another basket to secure the victory. The tenacious Kewaunee defense yielded only eleven points after the break to the Wolves.


The leading scorers for Kewaunee were Mackenzie Tlachac, who tickled the twine for 26, and Katie Metzler with 12 points. Algoma had two players with nine points apiece, Hanna Wiese and Sydney Zimmerman. Kewaunee plays at Gibraltar on Thursday. Algoma also gets a six day break before taking the court at home against NEW Lutheran.

 


Sitte dazzles in Gibraltar victory

The Gibraltar High School girls basketball team improved to 3-1 on the young season Friday night taming the Brillion Lions 66-60. It was the best offensive performance of the campaign for Gibraltar so far with Abbigael Sitte leading the way. She had 27 points, five rebounds, and seven steals before she was knocked out of the contest due to foul trouble. All of that production was accomplished in only 27 minutes on the court. Sage Krause added 13 points for the Vikings.


Gibraltar trailed at halftime before exploding for 43 second half points. Gibraltar hosts undefeated Kewaunee on Thursday night.

 

Sturgeon Bay girls even conference record

The Sturgeon Bay High School girls basketball team improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Packerland Conference with a victory Friday night. The Clippers snuck by NEW Lutheran 39-37 on the road in Green Bay. Sturgeon Bay raced out to a 24-15 halftime lead and had to hold on down the stretch. 


The Clippers were defined by the performance of Sarah Bridenhagen. She contributed 17 of the team’s 39 points. No other player registered more than six for Sturgeon Bay. Bridenhagen was matched on the other side by NEW Lutheran’s Bailey Scholz who also notched 17 points.


The Clippers return to the court on Tuesday against winless Green Bay West. The Wildcats have already lost to a Packerland squad. They fell to Algoma 46-43 on November 30th.

 

Boys' basketball round-up: Gibraltar, Southern Door, and Kewaunee earn big conference wins

Gibraltar won a thriller while Kewaunee and Southern Door were able to cruise to victory in their Thursday night match-ups.

 

The Vikings were able to erase a second-half deficit to tip Algoma 64-63.

 

Southern Door used a big second half in its 77-50 victory over NEW Lutheran.

 

Kewaunee cruised past Sturgeon Bay in its 56-45 win.

 

Sevastopol could not keep up with undefeated Oconto in a 77-57 defeat.

 

Luxemburg-Casco's Friday night match up against Fox Valley Lutheran has now been moved to January 3rd.

 

Click on the links above to read full recaps at DoorKewauneeHighSchoolSports.com.


Girls' basketball round-up: L-C loses, Packerland in action

Luxemburg-Casco dropped its third game of the season Thursday night while the Packerland Conference season hits the start button Friday night.

 

Taylor Thiry and Cassie Flynn each reached double figures, but it was not enough in the Spartans' 58-40 loss to Denmark.

 

Packerland Conference action tonight includes Gibraltar hosting Brillion, Kewaunee hosting Algoma, and Sevastopol traveling to Peshtigo for 7:30 p.m. starts. Southern Door's game against Oconto has been moved from Friday night at 7:30 p.m. to Saturday, December 7th at 1 p.m.

Wrestling round-up: L-C falls at home

Luxemburg-Casco dropped its Northeastern Conference wrestling opener Thursday night, falling to Denmark 37-27.

 

The Vikings rallied from dropping 3 of its four matches to take four straight matches, including two pins, to force the Spartans to climb up hill the rest of the meet. Collecting falls for the Spartans include Lucas Joniaux (138), Reece Worachek (195) and Easton Worachek (106). 

 

Find the full match recap here

 

All area teams will be in action tomorrow as Luxemburg-Casco hosts three other teams for dual meets beginning at 9 a.m., Southern Door does the same at Stratford for their first action of the season, and Kewaunee will join Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol in Kimberly for an 8 a.m. invitational.

Boys swimming gets first taste of competition

The boys will get their turn in the pool Friday night when they travel to Oshkosh West for an invitational.

 

The Door County United team will have a quick turnaround regardless of what happens Friday night as they will then travel to Plymouth for another invitational Saturday. Friday's invite begins at 6 p.m. while Saturday's starts at 10:30 a.m.

 

 


L-C dance team opens season Saturday

New routines and new outfits will be featured Saturday when the Luxemburg-Casco Dance Team takes the floor for its first competition of the season.

 

The dance team is slated to dance three times at this weekend's competition at Ashwaubenon. The first dance is in the hip-hop category at 9:57 a.m. followed by the kick routine at 11:51. The Spartans Dance Team concludes their day seven hours later when they compete in the poms category at 6:54 p.m. 

 

The team hopes to make its 15th straight appearance at the state competition this season.

Girls basketball preview: L-C looks for first win

The Luxemburg-Casco girls' basketball team hopes to help its new coach Taylor Schmidt get her first win in her young coaching career on the road Thursday night.

 

The Spartans travel to face Denmark for their second Northeastern Conference game and their third overall matchup this season. Tip set for 7 p.m.

 

Packerland Conference basketball returns Friday night.

Boys basketball preview: Packerland in action

Some of the first games in the Packerland Conference boys basketball season will take place tonight across the area.

 

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Gibraltar hosts Algoma, Southern Door heads to Green Bay to face NEW Lutheran, Sevastopol makes the trip to Oconto, and Kewaunee plays at home to face Sturgeon Bay.


Wrestling Round-up: Kewaunee wins opening dual

The wrestling season on the peninsula opened on Tuesday with Kewaunee getting its first win of the season against Green Bay United.

 

In its 46-14 win over GBU, the Storm won nine of the 12 contested matches including six pins. The Storm heads to Kimberly for an invitational on Saturday.

 

Thursday night is the first dual of the season for Luxemburg-Casco as they host conference rival Denmark. The Spartans defeated the Viking 36-31 in last year's dual and outscored them in regionals to take the title. Thursday's dual begins at 6:30 p.m.

Phoenix fade away in second half

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team made a tough Xavier Musketeers sweat during its Wednesday night matchup but cooled down in the stretch in its 84-71 loss in Cincinnati.

 

The Phoenix were down only by three heading into the break thanks to freshman sensation Amari Davis scoring 10 of his team-high 19 points in the first half. The size of the Musketeers eventually wore down the Phoenix, who scored 40 of its 84 points in the paint and collected just shy 30 inside the paint. JayQuan McCloud added 15 points for the Phoenix, which head to Eastern Illinois this weekend to play the Panthers.

 

 

L-C Spartan Winter Sports Preview on WBDK packs Rendezvous

A packed crowd filled the Rendezvous of Luxemburg for the L-C Spartan Winter Sports Preview on WBDK 96.7 FM Wednesday night.  Coaches and dozen student-athletes from the wrestling and boys and girls basketball programs shared their goals for the upcoming seasons.  

 

New head coach Taylor Schmidt of the Lady Spartans started the show off as they look for their first win of the season Thursday night at Denmark.  The girls lost to powerhouse Wrightstown and Notre Dame to start out their schedule.   

 

Luxemburg-Casco's strong wrestling program led by head coach Chas Treml look to get back to state again after losing to Freedom in the sectional finals last year.  They open the season with a home match against highly ranked Denmark Thursday.

 

Coach Tyler Thrune and the boys basketball team, which opened with a big 87-55 non-conference win over Green Bay East Monday, looks to challenge for the North Eastern Conference championship this year.  

 

 

( L-R, Seniors Cassie Flynn, Heather Dart,  and Sophie Hanmann, Coach Taylor Schmidt, Matt Piesler and Paul Schmitt of WBDK, photo courtesy of Bryce Piesler)  

 

More offense, same result for Sevastopol girls

After putting up just 18 points in their opening game, the Sevastopol High School girls basketball team notched a respectable 36 at home against Oconto Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the result was the same in both games as the Blue Devils edged the Pioneers, 43-36. Oconto shot a scorching 19-32 from the field led by Hannah Moe with 13 points as Jenna Hornblad tallied 19. 


Oconto improves to 1-0 in Packerland Conference play with Sevastopol sitting at 0-1. The Pioneers next game is on the road at Peshtigo on Friday. The Pioneers wrap up the 2019 portion of their schedule with three games in five days beginning on December 12th.

 

Kewaunee girls basketball bolts past Sturgeon Bay

The Kewaunee High School girls basketball team lived up to the Storm moniker Tuesday night, bolting past Sturgeon Bay 66-22. It was both the highest point total of the young season for Kewaunee and their best defensive effort. Working in the Storm's favor was the fact that Sturgeon Bay also had a game Monday against Menominee from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 


Kewaunee improves to 3-0 heading into Friday's rivalry game against Algoma. Sturgeon Bay is 1-3 and travels to NEW Lutheran Friday.

 

Southern Door girls, boys in action Tuesday

The Southern Door High School girls basketball team could not find lift off in Tuesday night's extra frame against NEW Lutheran at home. The Eagles allowed the road squad to win its first contest of the season in overtime, 64-55. The girls are back on the court Saturday evening at Oconto. The Blue Devils picked up a win in their first Packerland game Tuesday, beating Sevastopol.


With the girls team home, the boys had to travel to Denmark to matchup with the Vikings. It was Southern Door's first game of the year while Denmark already had a win to its name and that could have proven the difference in a close contest late. Denmark knocked off Southern Door, 65-62. Overall, very similar games for both the boys and girls squads. The Southern Door boys travels to NEW Lutheran Thursday night.

 

Soaring Bucks at struggling Pistons Wednesday

The Milwaukee Bucks are riding a 12-game winning streak into Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Wednesday night. The team's record is up to 18-3, three games clear of a five-team log jam for second place in the Eastern Conference. Both the Bucks and the Pistons won their last game handily. Milwaukee torched the last-place New York Knicks, 132-88, Monday. Last night, the Pistons rackey-tacked Cleveland 127-94. 


Detroit has been slowed this year due to injuries to star forward Blake Griffin. Even in Tuesday's win, Griffin was on the floor for only 23 minutes. Without Griffin at full strength it is hard to imagine that the Pistons have enough fire power to hang with Milwaukee's dynamic offense. The Bucks enter the game averaging 121 points per game.

 

Wisconsin men in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team is back on the court Wednesday taking part in the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at NC State. After eight games between Monday and Tuesday, the conferences both have four wins. Last year's event ended in a 7-7 tie so this is nothing new for what many consider the two best conferences in college basketball. Because it is so close, the Wisconsin game may decide the result of the overall challenge. 


Wisconsin plays great defense, holding most of its opponents this year under 60 points. The problem has been on offense. That offense looked particularly stagnant last week in the Legends Classic when the Badgers dropped two games. Wisconsin will need to find improved ball movement if it hopes to steal a road game against the Wolfpack.

Spartan Winter Sports Preview at Rendezvous tonight on WBDK

Coming off a strong fall sports season, the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans winter sports will be previewed for the upcoming campaign on WBDK 96.7 FM Wednesday night from the Rendezvous of Luxemburg.  Coaches and student-athletes from the boys and girls basketball programs and the wrestling squad will be featured during the show that will run from 5:30 pm until 7pm.  Taylor Schmidt will start things off as she takes over the helm as the new coach for the girls' basketball team.  Chaz Treml will follow with the Spartan wrestling program and Tyler Thrune will wrap it up with the boys' basketball squad.  The broadcast will also be streamed live on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  The schedule for the evening is listed below.

 


5:30 pm Girls Basketball 
6:00 pm  Wrestling
6:30 pm  Boys Basketball

 

Girls' basketball round-up: Sturgeon Bay, L-C struggle

There is still plenty of time to get the offense right after Luxemburg-Casco and Sturgeon Bay struggled to get points on the board in their losses Monday night.

 

Menominee (MI) hit the ground running when it got to Sturgeon Bay, winning its game 79-23.

 

Luxemburg-Casco could not crack double digits in either of its two halves of action it lost to Notre Dame Academy 85-14. Taylor Thiry led the team with five points in the loss.

 

Girls' basketball action Tuesday night is a Packerland Conference affair with Gibraltar traveling to Algoma, the Clippers playing at home against Kewaunee, Sevastopol hosting Oconto, and Southern Door battling NEW Lutheran. All of Tuesday's games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Boys' basketball round-up: L-C wins big over Green Bay East

Ryan Robillard's 29 points led the Luxemburg-Casco Spartans to its first win of the boys' basketball season, an 88-57 decision over Green Bay East.

 

Already leading 39-26 at the break, the Spartans poured in another 49 in the second half to add even more to their lead. Eleven of the Spartans' 12 players scored in the game, led by Robillard and 18 points from Logan Doell. The Red Devils had three players score in double figures, led by Ryon Sweeney's 15 points.

 

Boys' basketball action Tuesday night features Southern Door traveling to Denmark for a 7 p.m. tip.

Kewaunee wrestling opens at home

The road to a third straight Packerland Conference championship and regional championship begins on the lakeshore Tuesday night as the Kewaunee Storm wrestling team hosts Green Bay United for a dual meet.

 

The Storm welcome back Jack Severin, who took fourth in last season's WIAA Individual State Tournament and the Trackwrestling Preseason National Championships last month. It was a hard fought battle between the Storm and United last year with Kewaunee prevailing.

 

Weigh-ins begin at 5:45 p.m. with varsity wrestling beginning at 7 p.m.

Bucks topple Knicks

The Milwaukee Bucks doubled up the New York Knicks and did not look back in its 132-88 victory Monday night in Milwaukee.

 

Nobody played more than 23 minutes in the 44-point blowout, but that did not stop several players from having big nights. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and collected rebounds while five other players joined him in scoring in double figures. The Bucks scored more than 30 points in three of the game's four quarters, including outscoring the Knicks 33-15 in the opening frame to set the tone for the rest of the evening. Julius Randle scored 19 points for the Knicks in the loss.

 

The Bucks are back in action Wednesday night when they travel to face the Detroit Pistons.

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