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Door County United continues dominance; ready for weekend invite

No one has beaten the Door County United girls swim team yet after they beat New London this week by a 117 to 53 score. DC United had Friday off after Thursday’s win over New London, and now DC United will participate in Saturday’s Plymouth Invitational at Plymouth High School. 


For DCU on Thursday, first-place finishers included Christy Braun, Julia Michalski, Cassie Rankin, Phoebe Bissen, Caitlyn Hasenjager, and Danica Neville. Also with a heavy contribution to the varsity team was Brooke Strege, who topped her season-high and scored 8 points in individual events. The DCU Junior Varsity team won 58-39 over New London as well. 

Jones recovers memorable piece on a memorable night

After having a career game with four touchdowns, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was missing just one piece when he left the field on Monday night. After the 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions where Jones had 115 total yards and four scores, he confirmed that a medallion worn around his neck during the game containing ashes from his father was lost in the endzone after one of his touchdowns. 


Jones told reporters after the game that he knows his father, who passed away in April, is happy because if it was to be lost anywhere, the endzone would be the place to lose it. Jones confirmed by Tuesday morning that Packers trainer, Bryan Engel found the memorial piece at 1:45 AM on Tuesday morning. Jones added through his Twitter account that he’s forever grateful for the trainer’s effort. 


(Photo from the Twitter account of Aaron Jones) 

Brewers witness history in loss to Cardinals

The Milwaukee Brewers clubbed a pair of homers in the second inning, but not much more as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 in Jon Lester's 200th victory as an MLB pitcher.


Avisail Garcia and Luis Urias tied the game at two in the second inning with solo shots after Nolan Arenado started the game with a two-run homer. Yadier Molina drove in the eventual winning run in the sixth inning and an insurance tally in the eighth inning with RBI singles. Paul Goldschmidt also tallied an RBI in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly.


Lester went six innings with two earned runs and three hits to pick up his 200th victory. Freddy Peralta threw six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out nine.


The two teams meet again in Milwaukee Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m.

Packers find defense in second half, coast past Lions

The Green Bay Packers shut out the Detroit Lions in the second half while scoring three touchdowns of their own to win on Monday Night Football 35-17.


Things got out to a rocky start when Kevin King got beat on a deep ball to set up a five-yard touchdown pass to Quintez Cephus from Jared Goff to make it 7-0. The Packers would answer right back with Aaron Rodgers finding Aaron Jones for the first of his four touchdown passes to tie the game. The two teams would trade touchdowns in the second quarter before the Lions hit a field goal with just seconds remaining to make it 17-14 at the break.


The defense clamped down in the second half, allowing no points and 145 yards while turning over the Lions twice. The Packers' offense on the other hand scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half, kicking off things with a 22-yard pass to Robert Tonyan. Aaron Jones caught his third touchdown pass of the game and added another one on the ground to cap off the scoring for the Packers early in the fourth quarter.


Aaron Rodgers looked like his old self as he completed 22 passes out of his 27 for 255 yards and four scores. 


The Packers are back in action in prime time next week, this time a Sunday Night Football matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Brewers fall in series finale to Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers' domination over the Chicago Cubs finally ran out on Sunday in a 6-4 loss at American Family Field.


The game was scoreless until Trayce Thompson hit his first home run of the season to make it 1-0. The Brewers would take a 2-1 lead after Kolten Wong and Eduardo Escobar hit a pair of RBI doubles. A day after the Brewers showed magic in the eighth inning, the Cubs returned the favor with Frank Schwindel and Matt Duffy driving in runs on doubles before Patrick Wisdom clubbed his 27th homer of the season to make it 6-2. The Brewers would tally a couple of runs in the ninth on a two RBI single by Christian Yelich, but Michael Rucker was able to close the door to prevent the Brewers from clinching the division. 


The Brewers will have to wait a couple of days to clinch the division now, but return to action Monday night at 6:40 p.m. when they host the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wisconsin Closes Out 2021 with 2-0 Win at Great Lakes

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finished their 2021 campaign with a flourish as four pitchers combined on a three-hit, 2-0 shutout over the Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond on Sunday afternoon.  The game was he season finale for both teams.


Zavier Warren gave Wisconsin the lead in the third inning with a two-out, solo home run to right.  The homer, Warren’s third as a Rattler, was Wisconsin’s tenth home run of the series in Great Lakes.

The home run by Warren also extended the team’s home run streak.  The Timber Rattlers hit at least one homer in their last ten games of the 2021 season.

That run was enough.

TJ Shook was the starting pitcher for the Rattlers and he pitched around two hits, a walk, and an error with four strikeouts over four innings.

Freisis Adames was the first reliever out of the Wisconsin bullpen.  He allowed a walk with no strikeouts over three innings.  The Loons had two on against him in the seventh after an error and a one-out single.  Adames protected the lead by getting an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Brady Schanuel issued a two-out walk and made an errant pickoff throw to allow the tying run to get into scoring position before getting the final out of the eighth.


In the ninth, the Rattlers added an insurance run through a fortunate series of events.  Chad McClanahan sent a high pop down the line in right and it dropped in for a double.  Joey Wiemer was up with one out and sent a routine grounder up the middle.  The ball hit the second base and caromed into center for a single and McClanahan raced home with an insurance run.

Cristían Sierra got the ball in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth.  However, Sierra hit Joe Vranesh with an 0-2 to bring the tying run to the plate.  Sierra got the final out on a popup to McClanahan at third to pick up his first professional save.

The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Timber Rattlers pitchers.  It was their first since July 25 when they shutout South Bend 3-0 at home. 

The victory gave the Rattlers five wins out of six games against the Loons in the series.  Wisconsin also went 9-3 in the season series with Great Lakes.

The Rattlers finished the season with a 59-60 record.  The Loons completed their season at 63-57.


Packers battle Lions in home opener Monday

The Green Bay Packers will look for their first win of the 2021 campaign Monday night when the Detroit Lions pay them a visit.


The Packers are trying to distance themselves from last week's 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints that saw the offense struggle to find rhythm and defensive coordinator Joe Barry's scheme take hold. The Lions came up short in its comeback against the  San Francisco 49ers in its 41-33 loss. The winner keeps pace with the Chicago Bears while the loser sits in the cellar with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North Division. 


The Packers have won four straight against the Lions, including both matchups last year by a combined score of 73-45.


The Monday night matchup kicks off at 7:15 p.m.

Rattlers prevail in extra innings as regular season nears end

With just a game left in the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers regular season, they were able to get an exciting 8-6 victory in ten innings over the Great Lakes Loons and go up 4-1 in the series. The Rattlers got out to a fast start, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning with RBI doubles by Alex Hall and Sal Frelick. Wisconsin had their 4-0 lead cut to 4-3 after four innings. 


Frelick got another RBI, hitting a single, in the top of the sixth inning to make the score 5-3. In extras and with the score tied at five, Chad McClanahan hit a three-run home run to go up 8-5. The Loons responded with one run, but it wouldn’t be enough. With the win, Wisconsin has a 58-60 record overall. The two teams will meet again on Sunday for the regular season finale, at 12:05 PM. 

(Photo from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

Brewers clinch postseason berth

After Saturday’s events which included a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers earned a fourth straight trip to the playoffs. For the Brewers, Manny Pina had two home runs and Eduardo Escobar and Jace Peterson also had one each. Kolten Wong and Luis Urias also had RBI’s. 


The win sends the Brewers overall record to 91-57, and they’ll take on the Cubs again on Sunday at 1:10 PM. Sunday’s game will conclude the series with Chicago.

Gamblers win preseason finale

The Green Bay Gamblers closed out their exhibition season in exciting fashion, beating the Madison Capitols in Marinette by a 4-3 final score. The Gamblers and Capitols were tied after the first period at one. Heading into the final period, Madison had a 2-1 lead. Green Bay outscored Madison 3-1 in the third period to win by a goal. The Gamblers picked up goals from Will Staring, Alexander Servagno, and Ryan Greene. All proceeds from the game went to the Marinette-Menominee Youth Hockey organization. The Gamblers will open the season on October 2nd against the Dubuque Fighting Saints at home. 

Door County United ends week still undefeated; look ahead to senior night

The Door County United girls swim team will look forward to next week after taking care of business in their swim meets this week, including a win over Plymouth on Thursday evening. DC United’s varsity team is also being pushed by the JV team, given that they’re both undefeated to this point. The varsity team ended the night over Plymouth up 120 to 54. The next time the varsity team competes on Tuesday, they will honor their three seniors, Phoebe Bissen, Gaby Moreno, and Rori Krueger. The home meet is against Wittenberg-Birnamwood, and will begin at 6:00 PM. 

Brewers get to 90th win by beating Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers shaved their magic number down to two games with an 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The game went scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Cubs scored four runs. The Brewers answered in the next half inning with three runs, including RBIs from Christian Yelich and Luis Urias. 


The Cubs hit a home run in the top of the fifth inning to go up 5-3, and that would be the last of their scoring for the evening. Urias drew a walk in the bottom of the fifth to bring Luke Maile across the plate, cutting the Crew’s deficit to 5-4. The Brewers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overtake the game, which included a RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain and Kolten Wong, and a wild pitch that brought a runner home, to make the score 8-5. 


The Brewers record on the season is now 90-57. They will have another home game with the Cubs at 6:15 PM on Saturday. 

Brewers coronation delayed in Detroit

The Milwaukee Brewers' eventual celebration of an NL Central title will have to wait until deeper into its series against the Chicago Cubs after getting swept in a brief two-game series against the Detroit Tigers.


An RBI double by Lorenzo Cain in the second inning was all the Brewers could muster against the Tigers in its 4-1 matinee loss on Wednesday. The Tigers would tie the game two innings later on an RBI double by Miguel Cabrera. They would end starter Brandon Woodruff's day after driving in a pair in the fifth inning and Dustin Garneau homered in the seventh. 


The Brewers will have Thursday off before looking to clinch against the Cubs at American Family Field on Friday. The magic number is down to three after the Pirates took the first two games of their series against the Cincinnati Reds. 

Rattlers Deal Great Lakes a Hall of Pain

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers got a big game from Alex Hall and from their pitching staff to defeat the Great Lakes Loons 4-2 at Dow Diamond on Wednesday night.  Hall had three of Wisconsin’s five hits, had a hand in all four of their runs, and was behind the plate for three Rattlers pitchers, who recorded thirteen strikeouts.


Great Lakes (62-54) took the lead in the bottom of the first as they scored two runs on three doubles.  Eddys Leonard started the inning with a double.  Jorbit Vivas knocked in Leonard with a one-out double.  Ryan Ward followed with another double and the Loons were up 2-0.  That would be all of the scoring for Great Lakes on the night.

Wisconsin (56-59) tied the game in the top of the third inning.  Chad McClanahan drew a walk.  Hall was next and he cracked a home run to right.  Hall’s first homer as a Timber Rattler evened the score 2-2.

Rattlers starting pitcher Brandon Knarr settled in after the first inning and worked through the fifth without allowing another run.  He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out four in the game.

The Loons pitchers held Wisconsin hitless after the home run by Hall in the third inning until Hall singled with one out in the eighth off reliever Lael Lockhart. 

That single was followed by a walk to Sal Frelick and Lockhart was pulled in favor of Michael Hobbs, who got the second out of the inning.  That brought Joey Wiemer, who had homered in the eighth inning on Tuesday night to break a 3-3 tie and send the Rattlers to a win, to the plate.

Hobbs walked Wiemer on five pitches to load the bases.  Zavier Warren stepped in and walked on a 3-2 pitch to force in Hall with the go-ahead run.

Cristían Sierra relieved Knarr to start the sixth and struck out six over 2-1/3 scoreless innings.  He walked Vivas with one out in the bottom of the eighth and was relieved by Nash Walters.  Walters retired both batters in the eighth and maintained the one-run lead.

Carlos Rodríguez started the top of the ninth inning with a single and was at second with two outs.  Then, Hall delivered one more time with a single to left to score Rodríguez with an insurance run.

Walters went back out for the bottom of the ninth and struck out the first two batters he faced.  Ryan January extended the game with a double off the wall in left.  Walters got pinch-hitter Sam McWilliams to ground out to third to end the game and pick up his second save of the season.

In the race for the Wild Card spot in the High-A Central League, the Lake County Captains have caught the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Loons remain one game behind both the Captains and Kernels.  Cedar Rapids entered the day with a one-game lead over Lake County and Great Lakes.  The Captains beat Beloit 8-6 at home earlier in the day on Wednesday.  The Kernels lost 2-1 at Peoria on Wednesday night.  Cedar Rapids and Lake County are each 63-53.  Great Lakes is 62-54.  There are four games left in the season.

Door County United staying unbeaten

The Door County United Girls High School swim team kept their winless record going when they defeated Clintonville at home, by a 132 to 28 score on Tuesday. DC United took first place in every varsity and JV event. Julia Michalski was the top finisher in each of her events which consists of the 200-yard free, 100-yard fly, 200-yard freestyle relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay. Food DC United in the 100-yard free, Cassie Rankin took first, Molly Hall took second, and Paula Wienke took fourth. DC United takes on Plymouth in a road competition on Thursday.

Brewers drop defensive struggle in extras

It would take all the way into the eleventh inning to find a winner in yesterday’s baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Detroit Tigers, but fate would eventually choose the Tigers in a 1-0 walk-off win. Milwaukee got four hits in the game and gave up just three. With a scoreless game in the eleventh inning, Detroit’s Derek Hill hit an RBI double that scored Victor Reyes. Milwaukee takes on Detroit again at 12:10 PM on Wednesday. 


Braun officially calls it a career

A cornerstone of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise has made his retirement official on Tuesday morning. Ryan Braun announced that he is officially hanging up the cleats after a 14-season career that started in May of 2007. Braun is Milwaukee’s all-time franchise leader in home runs, the 2011 National League MVP, and a six-time All-Star selection. Braun has 352 career home runs and a .296 career batting average. 


Braun said that while he still loves the game very much, the time is right for him to retire from his playing days. He also said that he weighed the decision for many months. Braun will be honored with an on-field ceremony prior to Milwaukee’s September 26th home game against the New York Mets. 

Brewers finish sweep of Indians

The Milwaukee Brewers saw their winning streak stretch to five after sweeping the Cleveland Indians Sunday with an 11-1 victory.


The Brewers put up three runs in an inning three different times, but got things rolling in the first inning with a solo shot in the first inning. Luis Urias, Manny Pina, and Eduardo Escobar singled home runs in the second while Avisail Garcia and Pina homered in the third to make it 7-0. After Escobar drove in a run with a fielder's choice in the sixth inning, the Indians would finally score on a Myles Straw RBI single. The Brewers got that run back and then some when Wong and Garcia each slugged their second homers of the game.


Eric Lauer struck out eight and only gave the single tally in just over five innings of work while Aaron Ashby nailed down the three-inning save.


The Brewers will head north before starting a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

Packers get nothing going in season opener

The Green Bay Packers' starters faltered in their first real game action of the year, getting blown out at neutral site as the New Orleans Saints won 38-3.


The Packers did not score until time was expiring in the first half when Mason Crosby kicked a 39-yard field goal.  It was preceded by the Saints controlling the line of scrimmage defensively and scoring on a field goal and two of the five passing touchdowns by Jameis Winston. 


It went from bad to worse in the second half as Winston threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter and another two in the fourth quarter. The Packers threatened, but an Aaron Rodgers interception and a Jordan Love fumble killed two drives in the red zone. 


Rodgers had a forgettable day, throwing two interceptions in the second half en route to his fourth-lowest passer rating in his career before getting yanked in the fourth quarter in favor of Love. The running game was an afterthought, rushing the ball only 15 times for a total of 43 yards. The only saving grace: every other NFC North team lost on Sunday.


The Packers will try again on Monday Night Football next week when they play the Detroit Lions. 

Wisconsin Wins Home Finale

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers sent the final home crowd away happy on Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Timber Rattlers built an early lead and held on for a 5-4 win over the playoff-contending Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of 4,198 fans.


Joey Wiemer put Wisconsin (54-59) in front with a towering home run that cleared the video board.  The blast came with one runner on base and one out in the bottom of the first inning.  Wiemer has eleven homers as a Rattler.

Antonio Piñero added to the Rattlers lead with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the second.  The homer was Piñero’s first of the season with Wisconsin.

The Kernels (63-51) cut the advantage in half with two runs in the top of the fourth inning.  They had loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks.  DaShawn Keirsey Jr sent a liner to left field that Joe Gray Jr. tracked down with a nice running catch for the second out of the inning with a run scoring on the sacrifice fly. 

However, another single reloaded the bases for the Kernels and Daniel Ozoria followed with a single to center.  One run scored on the play but Sal Frelick threw out Seth Gray at the plate for the final out as Gray tried to score from second on the hit.

Freddy Zamora added to the Wisconsin lead and to his own hitting streak in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double to score Wiemer.  Zamora’s hitting streak reached nine games and the Rattlers had a 5-2 lead.

The Kernels, who are the leader for the High-A Central League Wild Card, are fighting to make the playoffs for the eighth season in a row and did not go down without making the game interesting.

In the top of the sixth Gray walked and Keirsey singled with one out against reliever Nash Walters.  Jair Camargo followed with a hit down the line in left.  Gray scored but Keirsey was out trying to go to third on a strong throw from Joe Gray Jr.  Walters got the final out of the inning with a strikeout and tossed a 1-2-3 seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Cam Robinson allowed a single and a walk to start the inning.  Keirsey singled to drive in a run and the Kernels were within a run.  The call went to the Wisconsin bullpen and Evan Reifert, the fifth Wisconsin pitcher of the game, came in to protected that 5-4 lead.

Reifert struck out Camargo for the second out but threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third with pinch-hitter Jeferson Morales at the plate.  Morales popped out to left to end the threat.

The top of the order started a last-chance rally for the Kernels in the top of the ninth.  Edouard Julien reached on an infield single and Michael Helman followed with a single.  Then – with Matt Wallner at the plate – Julien took third on a wild pitch and Helman stole second to put the tying and lead runs in scoring position with no outs in the ninth.

Reifert struck out Wallner, who had hit seven homers against Wisconsin this season, looking at a 3-2 pitch.  Aaron Sabato, the #1 pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2020 draft, was next and Reifert struck him out on three pitches.  That brought Alex Isola to the plate.  Isola had homered four times in the previous five games of the series but could only flyout to Wiemer in right to end the ballgame this time and Reifert earned his fifth save of the season.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak and allowed Wisconsin to go 33-27 in sixty home games this season.


The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday when they start their final series of the 2021 season.  Wisconsin will face the Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan in game one of a six-game series on Tuesday with a scheduled first pitch of 6:05pm CDT.

Brewers combine for no-hitter over Cleveland

The Milwaukee Brewers used a combo led by Corbin Burnes to throw a collective no-hitter in their 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Burnes pitched eight innings and Hader followed that with closing out the ninth without giving up a hit. It was the second time in franchise history the Brewers have held an opponent to no hits. 


At the plate, Christian Yelich had an RBI double that scored Kolten Wong and then Yelich came home later in the inning after Omar Narvaez helped him out with a sac fly. Daniel Vogelbach got the only other run of the game, when he was batted in by Rowdy Tellez. The Brewers are now 88-55 and they play Cleveland again on Sunday at 12:10 PM.


Badgers pick up first win, Green Knights leveled in first loss

The Wisconsin Badgers and St. Norbert Green Knights had opposite results in Saturday’s college football action. The Badgers beat up on Eastern Michigan in a 34-7 victory behind Chez Mellusi’s 144 yard performance on the ground. The Badgers accrued 352 total rushing yards with their three headed monster at running back which includes Mellusi, Isaac Guerendo and Jalen Berger. 


The St. Norbert College Green Knights fell on the road to UW-Stout by a 34-14 final. The touchdowns from the Green Knights came in the first and fourth quarter. The first was on a 22-yard pass from Ben Kohl to John Bunks. In the fourth quarter and down 34-6, Kohl found Parke Lawrence from 35 yards out and a two point conversion brought the score within a 20 point margin. 


Both the Badgers and Green Knights are 1-1 overall this season. SNC travels to Lakeland University for their next game on Saturday. The Badgers get a bye week before they take on Notre Dame at Soldier Field on September 25th. 


(Photo from SNC athletics)

DC United girls stay on fire in win over Shawano

The Door County United girls swim team remains undefeated after their Thursday victory. On Thursday, DC United defeated Shawano 131-38 in a Bay Conference Dual meet. DC United even had a first-place finish in each JV and varsity event.


Danica Neville finished first in the 50-yard freestyle. Christy Braun finished first in all of her events, and Kayleigh Erickson was the leader in the 100-yard backstroke for junior varsity. Her time put her in fifth place amongst all varsity swimmers. The DCU squad hosts Clintonville on Tuesday. The start time is 6:00 PM. 

Gamblers open exhibition schedule Friday

The road to a fifth Clark Cup begins on Friday night as the Green Bay Gamblers get set to play a pair against the Dubuque FIghting Saints.


The Green Bay Gamblers opened training camp on Wednesday (9/1) with 29 players from the United States, Canada, and Europe reporting.  Along with daily on-ice practices and off-ice evaluations, Gamblers will play four exhibition games, two versus Dubuque (9/10 & (9/11) and two versus Madison (9/17 & 9/18). The Gamblers will cut down to 25 players prior to the USHL Fall Classic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 23 & 24.


The roster features 15 players who appeared in 10 or more USHL games last season.  Veterans include forwards Ryan Greene, Alex Servagno, John Mittelstadt, Jackson Hallum, Matt DeBoer, Sawyer Scholl, Luke Weilandt, Greg Spitznagel, defensemen Damien Carfagna, Owen Murray, Jarod Crespo, Ethan Straky, Tyler DesRochers and goaltender Aaron Randazzo. 


Players on the roster who have seen limited action in the USHL include forwards Brody Lamb, Cam VanSickle, Cameron Lund and defenseman Drew Tsakounis.


Newcomers hoping to make an immediate impact include forwards Dominick Rivelli, Nicholas VanTassell, Dominik Bartecko, Tim Delay, Juraj Elias, defensemen Kent Anderson, Will Staring, Tyler Pfister, Ross Roloson and goaltenders Rastislav Elias and Klayton Knapp.


Friday's exhibition at the Resch Center is free to the general public with the puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

Brewers pull away from Phillies

The Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies exchanged runs for the first three innings of Wednesday’s game before offenses were settled down. Milwaukee got the deciding run in the sixth inning of their 4-3 victory. 


In the top of the first inning, Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper hit a solo home run. The Brewers answered with an RBI double from Omar Narvaez, which scored Kolten Wong, and a run later in the first inning by Narvaez to go up 2-1. Christian Yelich batted in Freddy Peralta in the bottom of the second to go up 3-1 before Philadelphia scored two runs in the top of the third to even up the score. 


The Brewers eventually broke the 3-3 tie with an Eduardo Escobar solo shot. The Brewers have Thursday off before facing Cleveland on Friday, at 6:10 PM. The Brewers have an 86-55 record so far this season.