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Sports News Archives for 2020-11

Phoenix look to flaw the Badgers perfect record

The fourth ranked Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team on Tuesday for an in-state matchup. The Badgers come into this matchup undefeated after with a trouncing win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 92-58. The Phoenix are entering this matchup winless after a season opening loss to the Minnesota Gophers. The Phoenix last won against Wisconsin on December 9th, 2009 at the Resch Center, since then the Badgers have remained undefeated in the storied matchup. History dates back even further to when UWGB head coach Will Ryan was a part of the Badgers staff under his father Bo Ryan in 2002. This December 1st non-conference matchup will send the Phoenix traveling to the Kohl Center for a Badger home game that tips-off at 4pm.

UWGB women's basketball prepares for season tip-off

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix women’s basketball team looks to tip-off their season against the Drake Bulldogs. Phoenix head coach Kevin Borseth is entering the 2020-21 season in his 18th year at the helm of the program. Borseth will undertake this season with a young squad that contains only three seniors in Meghan Pingel, Caitlyn Hibner and Lyndsey Robson. Hibner will lead the team as a preseason Horizon League Second Team selection after averaging 9.6 points per game last season as a redshirt junior. Saturday's matchup will be the eighth meeting between the two storied programs with the Phoenix owning a 5-2 record over the Bulldogs. The Phoenix women tip-off  at 1 p.m. at the Kress Center.

 

Badgers, Marquette basketball trade opponents

The seventh ranked Wisconsin Badgers basketball team will face the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at the Kohl Center at 8 p.m. The Badgers look to improve to 2-0 on the season after a season-opening double-digit win over Eastern Illinois, 77-67. The Marquette Golden Eagles will find themselves in a border battle matchup against Eastern Illinois tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles are 1-0 after a Fiserv Forum home win over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, Marquette did not miss a stride after completing a blowout win, 99-57.

Gamblers gobble up a victory

The Green Bay Gamblers stuffed the net full of goals for a 7-4 win over the Chicago Steel Wednesday at the Resch Center. 

 

Newcomer Jackson Hallum scored three goals for a hat trick in his USHL debut for Green Bay. Hallum joined the Gamblers earlier this week after signing with the University of Michigan for next season, the Minnesota native scored a pair of goals in the first period at 1:55 & 4:46. Jake Schmaltz tallied the third goal of the first period to give the Gamblers a 3-0 lead entering the second period. However the Gamblers would be threatened by Chicago in the second period after a three goal scoring streak to tie the game at 3-3. Third period play consisted of another goal from Schmaltz at 13:31 and Mason Lohrei marked his first goal of the game at 18:00 for a two score lead over the Steel. Hallum filed the completion of his hat trick at 5:11 to give Green Bay a comfortable lead while Alex Servagno extended the lead further after scoring on a power-play goal at 10:40. Chicago scored one more goal in the third period but fell short to Green Bay, 7-4. Goaltender Matt Davis picked up his fourth win of the season and Green Bay sits in first place of the USHL Eastern Division standings at 4-1-1. Green Bay was scheduled to play Friday, November 27th but was canceled and will be rescheduled later this season. Green Bay will next find themselves slated to play a four-game away stretch in December before returning home the 15th.

Gophers trounce Phoenix in opener

The Green Bay Phoenix gave up a pair of big runs in their opening contest of the season, losing to the Minnesota Gophers 99-69.

 

The Phoenix found themselves in a hole early with the Gophers opening the game with a 12-0 run. The Gophers would put even more distance between the two squads with a 24-11 before entering the break with a 53-22 lead. The Phoenix would come back in the second half, getting the deficit down to just 10 points about halfway through the second half. A 25-9 run by the Gophers eventually buried the Phoenix, climbing back to an earlier held 30 point lead. Amari Phoenix led all Phoenix players with 17 points and four rebounds followed by Josh Jefferson's 14 points and 4 rebounds. 

 

It does not get easier for the Phoenix their next time out as they travel to Madison on Tuesday to take on the #7 Wisconsin Badgers at 4 p.m.

Brewers add prospects to roster

The Milwaukee Brewers have protected multiple prospects by placing them on the 40-man roster. The additions come with urgency as MLB teams had to add prospects to their roster due to the Rule 5 Draft policy. Every December the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to choose other players around the league that are currently not on any other 40-man roster teams. According to jsonline the Brewers capitalized by selecting top catching prospect Mario Feliciano and two right-hand pitchers in Alec Bettinger and Dylan File. 

 

Feliciano is a right-handed batter that was selected by Milwaukee in the 2016 MLB Draft as the 75th overall pick. The Puerto Rican native pieced 19 home runs and compiled 81 runs batted in with a .273 batting average (BA) all while being named the most valuable player in the Carolina League in 2019. His career on base percentage comes in at .315 while his slugging percentage totaled at .477 which led the league. 

 

Adding Bettinger and File was a move that showed turn-key performance. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns likes what both pitchers bring to the mound:  “These are two pitchers who are ready to pitch in the big leagues. They both have poise; they both command the baseball. They both can change speeds. To varying degrees, they can change eye level (of hitters). As we look forward to 2021, we think both pitchers have the potential to help us on the major-league level.” Bettinger attended The University of Virginia and earned the Brewers attention his senior with a 2.43 earned run average (ERA) along with a perfect 8-0 record. The right-hander has accumulated over 300 innings of work for Milwaukee's minor league system. As for File, he came out of a NCAA Division II program that propelled him into being a 21st rounder in the 2017 Draft. The 24 year-old racked up over 147 innings of work last season while accumulating a 3.29 ERA. The Brewers believe each prospect will see their time in majors soon.

Brew Crew play-by-play man wins Emmy

The Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play man Brian Anderson added to his historic resume this week. According to mlb.com, Anderson took home the Emmy for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent from the Chicago/Midwest chapter. This award comes after the voting took place this past weekend. Anderson’s award is just one of many throughout his career, such as the National Sports Media Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (three-time winner and is nominated for this year as well). Anderson has been calling Brewers games since 2007 and working for Turner Sports since 2008. In his Turner Sports tenure, he has covered: MLB postseason games, NBA Playoffs, NCAA Men’s March Madness college basketball, college football games for the Big Ten Network and is the new voice of the NBA 2K video game. The Brewers and Anderson look forward to the announcement for the National Sports Media Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year award.

Packers strive for health

The Green Bay Packers are in the heat of a playoff bid and continue to re-introduce key players onto the active roster. 

 

The health of the Packers has been imperative for success and longevity this season. Green Bay welcomed back defensive backs Kevin King, Jaire Alexander and receiver Allen Lazard for the Indianapolis Colts game. Green Bay center lineman Corey Linsley left Sunday’s game with a minor back injury according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, but he is not expected to miss notable time. Linsley departed Sunday’s loss to the Colts after 10 offensive snaps in which Green Bay inserted rookie offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. into the mix. Packers’ utility offensive tool Tyler Ervin is listed as questionable according to ESPN earlier this week for the Sunday night home football matchup versus the Chicago Bears. Ervin was forced to exit during the week 11 game with rib and wrist injuries. Teammate Montravius Adams has been battling a toe injury through the 2020-21 season and the defensive tackle didn’t play in the Colts game. However, earlier this week Adams was moved up from being listed as doubtful to questionable for the Bears game. The Packers will play against the Bears on Sunday Night Football at 7:20.

Glory to hold tryouts in December

The Green Bay Glory will be conducting formal tryouts this winter in preparation for the upcoming season. The Glory, who offer the highest level of amateur competition in the Green Bay metropolitan area are entering their third season as a program. The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is an independent highly competitive national league whose main focus is on the evolution of highly ambitious premier women’s soccer teams. The Green Bay WPSL team were initially slated to play a full schedule in 2020 but were canceled due to COVID-19. The Glory will be hosting tryouts for the 2021 season on Saturday, December 19th and Sunday, December 20th at the Sports Emporium.  

Gamblers look to gobble up a win

The Green Bay Gamblers look to bounce back with a win in the upcoming border battle game. Green Bay will be squaring off against the Chicago Steel this Wednesday for the last game of their three-game set. The Gamblers fell to the Steel in back-to-back games after a road loss at Chicago and an overtime shootout loss at home during game two on Saturday. Chicago puts the puck on the net at a heavy rate but Green Bay looks to slow that down this game. Head coach Pat Mikesch has faith in his team, especially in goaltender Matt Davis as he is preparing for the matchup before the Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

 

 

The Gamblers host the Steel at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow night. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and streaming worldwide at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Wisconsin, Marquette both tip-off seasons this week

The University of Wisconsin Badgers and Marquette University men’s basketball teams will tip-off their season on Wednesday night. 

 

The Badgers are preseason-ranked at #7 in the Nation and look to be a force especially for the season opener against Eastern Illinois. Wisconsin is entering the 2020-21 season after a hot 8-game win streak to finish last year before it was cut short due to COVID-19. The Badgers finished the 2019-20 season in a three-way-tie for first place and were named the #1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin will be bringing back key players like D’Mitrik Trice, Micah Potter and preseason All-Big Ten team nominee Nate Reuvers. Eastern Illinois comes into this matchup after finishing their 2019-20 season in the middle of the pack among other schools in the Ohio Valley Conference. Wisconsin will host the game at the Kohl Center for a 9:00 p.m. tip-off  on Wednesday. 

 

The Golden Eagles are coming into the 2020-21 season projected to finish sixth in the Big East Conference according to espn.com. Marquette will have a different look this season without former two-time All-American Markus Howard who led the nation in scoring last year and finished as the program's leading scorer. Marquette will bring in Ohio State transfer DJ Carton who will assume Howard’s former role. Marquette will also introduce McDonald’s All-American Dawson Garcia, who is a 6’11” power forward that is tabbed as the preseason Freshman of the Year in the Big East. Head coach Steve Wojciechowski is entering his seventh season at the helm of the basketball program. His Golden Eagles’ will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff University for the first game of the season. Pine Bluff finished at the bottom of the Southwestern Athletic Conference last season and only won four games total. Marquette tips-off their season at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.

Gamblers/Blackhawks canceled for Saturday

The Green Bay Gamblers have one less game to worry about this week after having their matchup against the Waterloo Blackhawks get canceled on Tuesday.

 

The United States Hockey League announced the cancellations of Saturday's game along with the Blackhawks' matchups on November 20th and 25th against the Lincoln Stars, November 21st against the Des Moines Buccanneers, and November 26th against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The release from the league also stated that the Stars also had to cancel its November 28th meeting against the Tri-City Storm. The league cited that the minimum standards for its safety protocols not being met as the reason for the cancellations. 

 

No make-up date has been set. The week's other two games against the Chicago Steel on Wednesday and Team USA on Friday will still go on as scheduled and will air on 104.1 WRLU and stream on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

UWGB men's basketball prepares for season tip-off

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team is nearing tip-off against the University of Minnesota Gophers. The highly anticipated wait is over for first year head coach Will Ryan, Ryan’s squad will be taking on Richard Pitino’s Gophers who finished 12th in the Big Ten Conference last season before it was cut short due to COVID-19. Meanwhile UWGB finished third in the Horizon League Conference for the 2019-2020 season under former coach Linc Darner. The Phoenix will return Horizon League Freshman of the Year Amari Davis, Davis is entering his second year as a true sophomore and was voted a spot on the preseason first-team all-league by the Horizon League Basketball committee. Other notable returners include senior PJ Pipes and redshirt senior Josh Jefferson, both will vouch for time at the guard position. Minnesota is led by standout point guard Marcus Carr, Carr averaged 15.4 points per game last season earning himself a nominee spot for the Jersey Mikes Naismith Trophy Watch List according to gophersports.com. UWGB travels to Minnesota for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday.  

Booyah announce schedule for 2021 season

The Green Bay Booyah baseball team has announced their complete schedule for the 2021 season. The Northwoods League gave the official release today for teams around the league. The Booyah will return to a 72 game regular season schedule, with 36 qualifying for home games after a 2020 schedule that saw only 24 home games. The schedule will display five opponents from the Great Lakes West division and three opponents from the Great Lakes East. The first half of the season will be played until July 5th while the second half of the season will start on July 6th before being interrupted shortly after by the all-star break on July 19th. Green Bay will play their first game on Tuesday, May 31st, 2021 and finish regular season play on August 14th as playoffs will start the following day on August 15th. The full schedule is available below.

 

https://doorcountydailynews.com/assets/images/2021_Booyah_Schedule_PDF.pdf

 

 

Preliminary deer hunt numbers coming Tuesday

Area deer hunters will get a taste of what the harvest was like across the state when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources releases the preliminary numbers on Tuesday. 

 

They will release a second round of data from this year's gun season on Tuesday, December 1st as well. According to the DNR, a more detailed registration data summary for all deer hunting seasons will be available after all 2020 deer hunting seasons close.

 

As of November 17th, Door County hunters have harvested 1,237 deer including 609 bucks. Kewaunee County hunters have harvested 981 deer including 493 bucks.

 

You can email news@doorcountydailynews.com to show off your trophy deer on our buck board at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com 

Packers fall short to the Colts in OT

The Green Bay Packers faced the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday falling short of victory in a heavily contested overtime matchup, 31-34. 

 

For the second consecutive game, the Packers did not score on the opening drive but were able to put up the first score of the game with a 25-yard touchdown catch to Robert Tonyan from Aaron Rodgers. After the Colts put a drive together of their own, the score finished 7-7 in the first quarter. Green Bay entered halftime ahead 28-14 with a trio of scores, one coming from Aaron Jones on the ground, another from Davante Adams through the air for a 5-yard scoring reception and a last second 4-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Williams. 

 

Green Bay kicked off the second half to the Colts, giving Indianapolis the opportunity to kick a field goal, making it a 28-17 game. After the Packers managed a three and out drive, Indianapolis drove down the field with a combination of running and passing plays that led to a touchdown and 2-point conversion putting the Colts in reach, 25-28. Fourth quarter play started with Indianapolis tacking on back-to-back field goals to go ahead 31-28. Green Bay was saved by the Colts who consumed 6 holding calls late in the fourth quarter, which led to a Packers scoring opportunity with 1:25 left to play. Aaron Rodgers threw a 47-yard bomb to Marquez Valdes-Scantling that set up Mason Crosby for a game-tying field goal, sending the contest to overtime, 31-31. Green Bay received the ball to kick off overtime that started their offensive drive with a crucial fumble play that gave Indianapolis an opportunity to set up for what would be the game winning field goal. The 31-34 loss puts Green Bay to 7-3 on the season and out of the first-round bye spot in the NFC heading into week 12 against the Chicago Bears. 

Gamblers fall short to Chicago

The Green Bay Gamblers trade goal for goal in a heavily contested matchup in a return trip back home against the Chicago Steel.

 

Team captain Jesse Tucker tallied the first goal of the game and his first goal of the year to put Green Bay up 1-0 half-way through the first period. The Steel fired right back with a score of their own at the 13:07 minute mark bringing the match to a tie game. The Steel scored a goal within two minutes into the second period, putting Green Bay down 1-2. The Gamblers shot back with a second period score of their own by Camden Thiesing, assisted by Jake Schmaltz and Ryan Kirwan. Minutes after the Gamblers tied the game, the Steel hit a go ahead powerplay score making it 3-2 at the 7:35 minute mark. Ryan Greene scored at the beginning of the period to tie the game 3-3, the assist came from Damien Carfagna. 

 

After three-periods of play the Gamblers and Steel remained tied at 3-3 sending the game into overtime. The five minute overtime did not give ample time to either team. The match came down to a shootout that favored Chicago 4-3, giving the Gamblers back-to-back losses, both coming against the Steel. Green Bay faces Chicago in a home match on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m., Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Packers, Colts prime time

The Green Bay Packers are scheduled for prime time this Sunday. 

 

The Packers will take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday. The two teams were initially slated for a noon start time until the league announced earlier this month that the contest would start at 3:25 p.m. Green Bay is coming into the matchup at the top of the NFC North with a 7-2 record while the Colts are 6-3 in the AFC South standings. Aaron Rodgers and company will face opposing quarterback, Phillip Rivers who is 38 years-old and in his first year with the Colts. Packers will look to have star receiver Davante Adams as he was officially cleared to play for Sunday's matchup, while teammate Kevin King who was initially cleared for Sunday is now dealing with an achilles injury that puts him in question for the game. Punter JK Scott will be unavailable this Sunday and Green Bay addressed Scott’s unavailability by signing punter Drew Kaser according to packersnews.com. Green Bay finds themselves entering week 11 tied for the best record in the NFC.

 

Other notable injuries: Tyler Ervin (wrist/ribs injury) and A.J. Dillon (COVID-19)

Badgers suffer first loss of the season

The Wisconsin Badgers suffer first loss of the season and fall out of first place in the Big Ten West Conference standings. 

 

The Badgers could not find a way to beat the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday night but instead beat themselves with 5 turnovers to Northwestern's 1. The game started with a Wildcat strike from quarterback  Peyton Ramsey, but the Badgers fired right back with a Graham Mertz passing touchdown to receiver Chimere Dike. The Badgers remained scoreless the rest of the first half while Northwestern scored another passing touchdown to go ahead 14-7 heading into the locker room. The second half was a defensive battle between both teams resulting in a scoreless effort by the Badgers while Northwestern tacked on a fourth quarter field goal to go up 17-7 which ended up being the final score. The Badgers committed eight penalties that went for 89 yards, including 4 pass interferences, 3 of them coming in the first half. Wisconsin’s loss puts them at 2-1 overall, good enough for second place in the Big Ten conference. The Badgers look to bounce back next weekend when they face off for the border axe battle against Minnesota.

Bucks continue to make moves

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to restructure their roster as Bucks general manager Jon Horst struck deals with three key free-agent players on Saturday. 

 

Guard, D.J. Augustin signed with Milwaukee for a three-year deal worth $21 million and forward Bobby Portis signed for a two-year contract worth $7.5 million with a player option for the second year of the deal according to ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski. Free-agent shooting guard Pat Connaughton will re-sign with Milwaukee for a three-year deal over $16 million after ESPN’s Wojnarowski found that Excel Sports Management restructured the original deal from a $8 million two-year agreement on Friday night.

 

 Augustin spent last season with the Orlando Magic and was utilized as the primary backup point guard that averaged 10.5 points per game while playing over 24 minutes per game. Portis, 25-years-old will come into the organization spending time with the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and most recently New York Knicks. The power forward has accumulated a 5.9 career rebound per game average while shooting 45% from the field. These acquisitions come shortly after the departure of Ersan Illyasova and Robin Lopez.

Gamblers suffer first loss of the season

The Green Bay Gamblers could not keep up with the Chicago Steel Friday night in Bensenville, losing 7-3.

 

The Steel jumped all over Matt Davis, scoring five of their seven goals in the game's first 27 minutes. The Gamblers did start the game on a positive note with Cam Thiesing scoring his first goal of the season, receiving the puck from Mason Lohrei and Jesse Tucker. The Steel then rattled off six straight goals, led by Matthew Coronato's two goals and one assist during that span. Thiesing found the back of the net with help from Jake Schmaltz to stop the streak. The two teams traded goals in the third period with Kyler Grundy scoring his second goal.

 

The venue switches to the Resch Center Saturday night as the Gamblers host the Steel at 7:05 p.m. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and streaming worldwide at NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com. 

Packers are getting healthier

The Green Bay Packers have been missing some key players on both sides of the ball.

 

Green Bay defensive back, Kevin King was a full participant in practice today, his third day in a row and is signifying a probable chance to play on Sunday. As for his defensive backfield teammate in Jaire Alexander who participated in the full practice, will need to gain full medical clearance before granting a return, he is slowly recovering from his concussion that occured in week 9. Offensive superstar receiver Davante Adams has been pacing himself this week in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Adams tweaked his ankle during last week's game and remains limited in practice. Packers.com caught up with head coach Matt Lafleur today, speaking on Adams' situation "I think he's made good progress, he should be good to go." If Adams plays this Sunday, the Packers’ offense will have Adams, Aaron Jones and Allen Lazard all together, which will be the first time since week 2.

Brewers promote internally

The Milwaukee Brewers announced yesterday that they have an internal promotion in the front office management staff. 

 

Matt Arnold, senior vice president and general manager of the Brewers, previously held the senior vice president and assistant general manager position. The announcement came yesterday directly from president of baseball operations, David Stearns. In addition to Stearns announcing Arnold's new role: “For the past five years, Matt has served an invaluable role in helping to guide our baseball operations group. He has contributed to every significant decision we have made and has offered indispensable advice and support throughout his time with the Brewers. Today’s announcement formalizes how we have operated over the last few years. This move provides Matt with the deserved recognition of his tireless work and ensures that our baseball operations leadership group remains intact.” Throughout Arnold's time, Milwaukee ranks in the National League's top five for win percentage. Before arriving in Milwaukee, Arnold spent seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays, which he was a part of the Rays' first World Series appearance.

Badgers, Wildcats battle of the unbeatens

The University of Wisconsin football team is looking to stay undefeated this weekend. Wisconsin will visit the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to see who will control the west side of the conference and remain on the path to the College Football Playoffs. Wisconsin is 2-0 and ranked 10th in the Nation after dominating the Michigan Wolverines last weekend. The Wildcats are 4-0 and ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll after a team victory last weekend over Purdue University. The Badgers come into this game leading the Big Ten in scoring with 47.0 points per game (ppg) while Northwesterns’ defensive unit only allows 14.0 ppg. This year each team have new faces under the center; undefeated redshirt freshman Graham Mertz will be starting his third career game as quarterback while Northwestern’s honorable-mention All-Big Ten quarterback Peyton Ramsey is a graduate student in his final year of eligibility. The two programs squared off last season and time of possession favored the Badgers, giving them the victory (24-15). 

Gamblers look to continue early success

The Green Bay Gamblers are looking to stay perfect at the top of the league. Green Bay is 3-0 and has had great success this far, both from team play and individual performances; Mason Lorhei has cultivated back-to-back game winners over the last two games, awarding him the team’s player of the week title, while goaltender Matt Davis continues to shine with 82 saves on the season. Gamblers head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch tends to agree:

 

 

The Gamblers are looking ahead to a three-game stretch versus the Chicago Steel. One game will be played in Geneva, Illinois this Friday at 7:05 p.m. and the remaining two games will be at the Resch Center on Saturday night and next week Wednesday. Chicago is coming off a season opening loss against the Muskegon Lumberjacks, while Green Bay has three quality games of play under their belt. NEW Radio Sports Network will broadcast the game on 104.1 WRLU and on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Shooting a priority for Bucks draft class

The Milwaukee Bucks took a pair of shooters with their draft selections Wednesday night. The Bucks initially had the 24th overall pick, but that was given to the New Orleans Pelicans in the deal for Jrue Holiday. 

 

The aftermath of recent trade and draft acquisitions put the Bucks draft selections into the second-round for picks No. 45 and No. 60. Jordan Nwora out of the University of Louisville was selected as the 45th pick, the 6-foot-7, 22-year-old is a small forward that was on the path to third team All-American honors last season according to USBWA. Nwora is recognized as a strong shooter because of his 40%  three-point success rate. He averaged 18 points and over 7 rebounds in his last season with Louisville. In June of 2018 Nwora played for his father in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and averaged over 21 points with 8 rebounds.

 

With the final pick of the draft, the Bucks picked Sam Merrill of Utah State University. Merrill is noted as one of the drafts premier shot makers. The 24-year-old, 6-foot-5 guard earned the 2019 Mountain West Player of the Year award, while he averaged nearly 20 points a game, draining 41% from the three point line and making 89% of his free throw shots. The Bucks rookie draft class will have a short turnaround compared to previous draft class years as the first game is set for December 22nd.

Mets denied access to Brewer's GM Stearns

The New York Mets and company have been soul searching for a new front office member. David Stearns, president of baseball operations for the Milwaukee Brewers, was listed as an interview prospect, but the Brewers denied the opportunity. The underlying motive comes with Stearns growing up in New York as a Mets fan and that he began his MLB employment in the Mets organization after graduating from Harvard. Milwaukee took action to decline this occurrence from happening earlier this week, Stearns signed a private multi-year contract extension in 2019 that brought him a promotion from general manager to his current rank.

Giannis, Bucks future at stake

Back-to-back NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks remains focused on the season with all the activity occurring. He will be joined by two recent acquisitions this 2020-21 season in former Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic and former New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. Antetokoumpo looks for the Bucks to win a championship, recently telling journalist Alexander Nilsson "There are a lot of rumors. Everyone has opinions. But at the end of the day, I will do what is best for my family. I do not see why I could not be in Milwaukee for several years. As long as Milwaukee and I are on the same page when it comes to being one of the best teams in the league and winning championships, that's fine.” Antetokounmpo is looking to sign a five-year supermax extension this offseason around $220 million, if the deal does not go through, free agency is an option.

Blizzard schedule released

The Green Bay Blizzard have finalized their 2021 season schedule. After a season cancellation in 2020, the long wait is over for Blizzard nation. Sunday, March 28th at 3:05 p.m. Green Bay will kick off their season against the Sioux Falls Storm. Sioux Falls will host the game and is coming off a season's rest as well, prior to last season, Sioux Falls went 11-3 for a third place finish. Green Bay will look for a quality start after they finished 4th at 9-5 on the year. The first Resch Center home game is Saturday, April 3rd versus the Louisville Xtreme for a 7:05 p.m. kickoff. The full season schedule is available at www.goifl.com/sports/fball/2020-21/schedule   

Bucks prepare for Draft

The Milwaukee Bucks have reshaped their roster early this morning, making moves to push for a championship. Milwaukee looks forward to the draft tomorrow night at 6 p.m. because they hold the 24th pick overall. According to behindthebuckpass.com, top Bucks draft projections include: Desmond Bane of Texas Christian University, Josh Green out of the University of Arizona, Killian Tillie of Gonzaga University and Malachi Flynn of San Diego State University. Milwaukee will look to select a player that can walk right into the rotation for the 2020 draft.

UWGB men's basketball reveal non-conference schedule

The UWGB men’s basketball team added their non-conference schedule today. The team scheduled five non-conference games to their 2020-21 season all in a three-week stretch. The Phoenix will open on the road against a power five school in the Minnesota Gophers on November 25th and face 7th ranked in-state opponent Wisconsin on December 25th at the Kohl Center. UWGB will return home at the Kress Center versus Eastern Illinois December 5th and hit the road for a pair of games against Marquette on December 8th and Northern Iowa on December 12th. Conference play will occur seven days later when they host UW-Milwaukee on December 19th and 20th.

Remembering Paul Hornung

1956 Heisman Trophy Winner of the Notre Dame Irish and Green Bay Packer legend Paul Hornung passed away late last week after a long battle with dementia. Former Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi described him as “the greatest player I ever coached” and will be remembered by the sports world as the “Golden Boy”. Hornung played nine seasons with the Packers and contributed four of those seasons to NFL championships while leading the league in scoring from 1959 to 1961. In 1985 Hornung was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and one year later was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NFL commissioner Roger Godell said in a statement " Paul Hornung thrilled a generation of NFL fans with his versatility, athleticism and personality.” Hornung passed at the age of 84 and is survived by his wife of 41 years, Angela Hornung. Due to COVID-19 the Packers will hold a public celebration of his life on a later date.

 

David Bakhtiari, Packers sign record-setting deal

The Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari agreed to a record-setting contract extension deal upon hours leading up to the Jacksonville Jaguar game. Bakhtiari signed a four-year contract worth $105.5 million in new money, making NFL history as the highest-paid offensive lineman ever. The base salary of the contract per year is $23 million with earning potential up to $23.5 million, while the signing bonus is $30 million, all payable before the end of the 2020-21 season. The 29 year-old was a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 out of the University of Colorado and has made two pro-bowls while being named an all-pro multiple times in his career.

 

Packers survive Jaguars

It was not as easy as the records would have indicated before the game as the Green Bay Packers squeaked past the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon 24-20.

 

For the first time all year, the Packers did not score on its opening possession or the first quarter as the Jaguars entered the second stanza of the game up 3-0 thanks to a wind-aided field goal. The Packers would strike first in the second quarter when Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 78-yard touchdown. The Jaguars would get the lead back a few minutes when Keelan Cole Jr. took a punt 91 yards to make it 10-7. The Packers would end the half with a pair of scores, one coming on the legs of Aaron Rodgers from five yards out and Mason Crosby's foot to make it 17-10 at the break. Cole would find the endzone a second time in the third quarter, this time catching a 12-yard pass from Jake Luton to tie the game at 17. The Jaguars would take the lead briefly on a field goal to start the fourth quarter, but Rodgers was able to find an injured Davante Adams in the endzone for the game-winning score with just over nine minutes left in the game. Aaron Rodgers finished the game with 325 yards passing, three total touchdowns, and an interception.

 

The Packers will play again next Sunday on the road against the Indianapolis Colts at 3:25 p.m.

Packers, Jaguars second-half play underway

The Green Bay Packers will start the second half of their season this Sunday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay will give a cold welcome to the Jacksonville Jaguars as the weather calls for snow at game time. Green Bay enters this game with a 6-2 win-loss record while Jacksonville has one win on the season.

 

The two teams have met six times at Lambeau Field over their matchup history in which the Packers have a 4-2 record against the Jaguars. Jacksonville will be starting rookie sixth-round pick, Jake Luton, for the second consecutive week because starter Gardner Minshew is healing a thumb injury. Green Bay will be led by Aaron Rodgers and have Jamaal Williams back in the lineup to complement Aaron Jones. Jones is coming back for his second straight week as he carried the ball 15 times in his return in the win over the San Francisco 49ers. The last time the Packers played a home game they lost to the Minnesota Vikings. Both Allen Lazard and David Bakhtiari have been inactive for weeks but are projected to play for the Week 10 matchup. Defensively for the Packers, Kevin King could make a return while Jaire Alexander is under concussion protocol.  Kickoff will be at noon on FOX.

Gamblers post second straight comeback win over Phantoms

For the second time in three nights, the Green Bay Gamblers turned adversity into a win, beating the Youngstown Phantoms Saturday night 5-4. 

 

Kyler Grundy and Ryan Greene were able to tie the game up late in the first period, but the Gamblers would still find themselves down 3-2 entering the intermission thanks to a last-second goal by the Phantoms' Reilly Funk. Jake Schmaltz would tie the game up at three apiece four minutes into the second period and Jackson Kunz would help the Gamblers take the lead with his third goal of the season. The Gamblers would give the lead up with about six minutes left when Cole Burtch scored his third goal of the season for the Phantoms. With just over three minutes left in the game, it was Mason Lohrei who scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to help the Gamblers improve to 3-0 on the season. The Boston Bruins prospect also had an assist earlier in the game.

 

The Gamblers will play their first of three games against the Chicago Steel next Friday night in Bensenville before finishing the set at Resch Center next Saturday and the following Wednesday. Those two games will air on the NEW Radio Sports Network on 104.1 WRLU when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

Badgers look to bounce back into Big Ten play

The Wisconsin Badgers will be playing football for the first time since October 23rd. That night was the first for Big Ten Football in 2020, it included an explosive performance by redshirt freshman Graham Mertz who had 5 passing touchdowns. Mertz is eligible to play according to the Big Ten’s requirement that states a player must sit 21 days after a positive test. Paul Chryst will have the final say on if Mertz will play and if he has had enough practice prior to Saturday. The Badgers have not played for consecutive weeks and have had turbulent practices throughout the time off, so there is an unknown of who is and isn't available for Saturday. The Michigan Wolverines are 1-2 following back-to-back losses against Michigan State and Indiana, sixth-year head coach Jim Harbaugh came into the season ranked No.15 in the Coaches Poll but have not lived up to the preseason ranking. Wisconsin plays in Ann Arbor, Michigan against the Wolverines on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

 

Gamblers look to sweep Phantoms

The Green Bay Gamblers are looking for deja vu against the Youngstown Phantoms this weekend. Green Bay is coming off a 4-3 victory on Thursday night over the Phantoms and looks to sweep on Saturday night to improve to 3-0 on the season. Youngstown is now 1-1 on the year after the loss to the Gamblers. Phantom forward Cole Burtch heads into the matchup leading the USHL in points with 2 goals and 3 assists, while Green Bay’s leading scorer is Jackson Kunz with 2 goals and 1 assist, placing him 4th in USHL scoring. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at the Resch Center. NEW Radio Sports Network will broadcast the game on 104.1 WRLU and on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

Local talent Jack Severin commits to Division I

Jack Severin out of Kewaunee High School has signed his National Letter of Intent. Severin announced that he will join the University of Wisconsin Badger wrestling team. Over Severin’s high school career he has compiled multiple awards: 141-11 record, three-time state qualifier, three-time WIAA All-State Wrestling team, three-time All Packerland Conference, Packerland Conference Wrestler of the Year, three-time All-State Academic wrestling team and won the 2020 Division III WIAA State Championship as a junior. Severin spoke with NEW Radio Sports Network;

 

 

Severin will finish his Kewaunee High School academic and athletic career in the spring of 2021. 

 

Packerland announces all-conference

The Packerland Conference announced the fall volleyball all-conference awards earlier this week. The Oconto Blue Devils placed the most first-team selections with four players chosen as all-conference. The Eagles, Clippers, and Pioneers moved their volleyball seasons to the Spring. 

 

 

 

2020 ALL-CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL TEAM - FALL

 

1ST TEAM

NAME                                       SCHOOL                                  YEAR               POSITION

Kate Bahrke                              Oconto                                     Sophomore       Setter

Cora Behnke                             Oconto                                     Senior               All-Around

Tori Jandt                                 Peshtigo                                   Junior               Libero

Hannah Moe                              Oconto                                     Junior               Front Row

Josie Nelson                             NEW Lutheran-Providence         Senior               Setter

Emma Walkowiak                      Oconto                                     Senior               Libero

Grace Wickman                         Peshtigo                                   Senior               Back Row

Greta Wise                                NEW Lutheran-Providence         Sophomore       All-Around

Jaclyn Wise                              NEW Lutheran-Providence         Senior               All-Around

 

2ND TEAM

NAME                                       SCHOOL                                  YEAR               POSITION

Lianna Baxter                            Oconto                                     Junior               Front Row

Lexi Dhein                                 NEW Lutheran-Providence         Freshman          Libero

Allison Dudka                           Peshtigo                                   Senior               Front Row

Stephanie Frappy                      NEW Lutheran-Providence         Senior               Front Row

Allison Peters                            Peshtigo                                   Sophomore       Front Row

Leah Schmidt                            NEW Lutheran-Providence         Junior               Front Row

Bailey Scholz                            NEW Lutheran-Providence         Senior               All-Around

Maggie Sohrweide                     Oconto                                     Junior               Back Row

           

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

NAME                                       SCHOOL                                  YEAR               POSITION

Cora Behnke                             Oconto                                     Senior               Outside Hitter

Phoenix women are keeping it local

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team added two players with northeast Wisconsin ties as a part of its 2021 recruiting class. Maddy Schreiber is a 6’0” guard/forward from Kimberly who is a 2020 All-State Team Honorable Mention, while Callie Genke is a 6’0” guard from Freedom that is a two-time All-State team selection.  They will join Bailey Butler (South Wayne, Wi.) and Jenna Guyer (Circle Pines, Minn.), who also signed their National Letter of Intent earlier this week.

Gamblers look forward to Youngstown on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers are looking to improve to 2-0 to start the season. Green Bay opened with a 4-2 win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Resch Center on November 7th. The victory came with a slow start with Muskegon off to the races scoring two goals in the first period but was led back with Jackson Kunz (2 goals) at the helm. Head coach Pat Mikesch told NRSN during his weekly podcast that he was happy with how the team responded after being put in the early hole.

The Youngstown Phantoms are 1-0 as they are coming off a 5-3 win over Dubuque Fighting Saints. Mikesch expects this game to be more physical than what they dealt with against Muskegon. 

This week Green Bay will square off against the Phantoms on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and on Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. NEW Radio Sports Network will broadcast the game on 104.1 WRLU and on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

WATCH A PREVIEW OF THE SERIES AGAINST YOUNGSTOWN HERE:

 

 

Packers activate Jordan Love off COVID list

The Green Bay Packers announced earlier this week that they have activated rookie quarterback Jordan Love after being on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The former Utah State standout was placed on the list last week along with teammate Krys Barnes. General manager Brian Gutekunst made the announcement that Love will be ready for team activities after a couple necessary steps. The first-round pick is still listed as the third-string quarterback behind Tim Boyles and Aaron Rodgers.

Blizzard add more to roster

The Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team continues to make moves this offseason. The Blizzard announced earlier this week that they have re-signed defensive lineman Vincent Char from Widener University. Earlier this month Green Bay re-signed another defensive lineman in Adawale Adeoye who was awarded Honorable Mention All-Mountain West in 2018. The last notable to resign is wide receiver Trevon Saunders from Urbana University.

Brewers, Rangers exhibition games set for Spring

The Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers announced earlier this week that the teams will finish 2021 Spring Training schedules with a two game set. The games will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Monday March 29 (7:05 p.m. CT) and Tuesday, March 30 (1:05 p.m. CT). 

 

The 2021 Cactus Crew schedule will play 32 games total with 16 at American Family Fields of Phoenix, Arizona which will start on Saturday, February 27 at 1:10 p.m. MST against the Oakland Athletics. 2021 marks the 24th season of spring training in Phoenix for the Crew and the first regular season at American Family Field in Milwaukee.

Packers running back Jamaal Williams activated off COVID list

Green Bay Packers announced this week that Jamaal Williams is activated after being placed on the COVID-19 injured reserve list. Williams was placed on the list after being classified as a high-risk contact in association with teammate and rookie running back AJ Dillon. Williams missed the Thursday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers, but he will be suited up this Sunday for a home matchup at noon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Among other notables, rookie linebacker Kamal Martin is also activated for this Sunday while Dillon still needs to be cleared by the Packers head physician.

Brewers reliever Williams named NL Rookie of the Year

Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers has been crowned the 2020 National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year. This award came shortly after receiving the 2020 National League Reliever of the Year award two weeks ago. The right-hand relief pitcher received 14 of 30 first-place ballots registered by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and finished with 95 points while second-place finisher Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies tallied only 74 points. “To be honest, it still really hasn't set in," Williams said in an evening call with reporters. "I've always been the kind of person who keeps his head down and keeps going.” The 26-year-old went 4-1, striking out 53 batters in 27 innings of work giving him a 0.33 earned run average. This is the Brewers' first Rookie of the Year since Ryan Braun won in 2007.

It takes two to flex, Packers-Colts week 11

The 6-2 Packers are set to face the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, November 22nd at 3:25 p.m. on Fox. The original game was set for kickoff at noon and was flexed to the new slot to be a part of Fox’s national doubleheader along with the Cowboys at Vikings game. Indianapolis will visit the Tennesse Titans in week 10 for a Thursday Night Football matchup while Green Bay will be facing the 1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars at 12 p.m. for a home game at Lambeau Field.

Gamblers Sawyer Scholl commits to Wisconsin

Current member of the Green Bay Gamblers and Medford, Wisconsin native Sawyer Scholl has committed to the University of Wisconsin. The former Notre Dame Academy standout played his last three years of high school hockey with the Tritons totaling 37 points in 22 games his senior season. Just prior to Sawyer's commitment to Wisconsin, he was selected to the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2020 USHL Phase 2 Draft. This Thursday and Saturday the Gamblers will take on the Youngstown Phantoms at the Resch Center for a 7:05 PM puck drop on both dates. NEW Radio Sports Network will broadcast the game on 104.1 WRLU and on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com

Men's Badger Basketball ranked

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is looking to open up the season ranked at #7 according to the Associated Press poll. Badger basketball will return nearly all of their key players in the rotation except for Depere, WI native Brevin Pritzl. Coach Greg Gard said. “You can’t bask in the shadow of the trophy. We’ve got to get better and it’s going to take a lot of work. We’re going to miss Brevin. Some of the things he did, we’ve got to get better at doing and fit in new pieces.” Wisconsin Basketball has key players returning such as big man Nate Reuvers who was named to the preseason All-Big Ten and D’Mitrik Trice who was named to the 2020-21 Bob Cousy Award watch list. Last season the Badgers went 21-10 and 14-6 in conference play which was good enough for a three-way share of the Big Ten regular-season championship. 

 

Big Ten Conference title game

The University of Wisconsin Badger Football team looks forward to playing this week after missing the last two weeks due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Badgers have had zero new positive tests within the last few days and had a regular Monday morning practice today. Athletic director Barry Alvarez spoke to the media about the playing situation, "We feel confident that we have a handle on the situation and are excited to play this week at Michigan. As we have done throughout, we will continue to monitor our testing results and base our decision on those results." The possibility of not playing will increase the Badger's chances of missing the Big Ten Conference game as each team must play at least six games in order to compete for the conference title. Saturday night on ABC at 7:30 p.m. the 1-0 Badgers will visit Ann Arbor to face the 1-2 Michigan Wolverines. 

Door County Turkey Trot ready to run

Only a small group of runners will gather on Saturday to run in the Door County Turkey Trot on Saturday.

 

Approximately 80 people signed up for the race, which went from being canceled before being revived as a virtual race last month. After picking up their shirts on Friday, runners now have until November 14th to simply run/walk their miles at their own pace on their own course. A group of runners from Run the Door will tackle the course at 9:45 a.m., but otherwise participating on your own is encouraged. 

 

Please send photos of you and your group in your Turkey Trot t-shirt to Tracy Wautlet @ twautlet7@yahoo.com to post on the Sevastopol Facebook Page.

Green Bay Gamblers open season

The Green Bay Gamblers are hitting the ice tomorrow for the 27th season in the United States Hockey League. The Gamblers welcome the Muskegon Lumberjacks to the Resch Center tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Fans will be allowed inside with a 25% capacity and the installation of “pods”. These social distancing pods are sold in groups of two-eight people. Along with this precaution measure, fans will be required to wear masks and have their temperature taken at the door. Tickets will be sold online via gamblershockey.com and can be bought at the front doors. The NEW Radio Sports Network will broadcast all home games on 104.1 WRLU and on NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com

 

Tim Kowols spoke with coach Pat Mikesch about the first game of the year

 

Phoenix Basketball is on the horizon

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix basketball is back. The Horizon League declared its 2020-21 conference schedules for men’s and women’s basketball today. The league schedule consists of 20 games over the weekends only, with five being “home” and five being “away”. For example, the men will host UWM for two games with no trip to Milwaukee, play at Wright State for two games with no home matchups against them. The men's Horizon League schedule starts on Dec. 19 and will run for 10 consecutive weeks, while the women's Horizon League schedule will start on Dec. 12 and run for 10 weeks. Outside of the conference, the men’s team will play Marquette on Tuesday, December 8th. The rest of the non-conference games for both men’s and women’s teams will be announced sometime next week. There will be no fans allowed through the end of 2020 but the games will be live-streamed.

Packer game update

The Green Bay Packers backfield could look different for the Thursday Night matchup with the unknown health of star running back Aaron Jones and now Jamaal Williams ruled out of Thursday nights game because he had been in contact with rookie running back AJ Dillon who was ruled out earlier this week due to testing positive for COVID-19. The two remaining healthy options are Tyler “Swervin Ervin” and the second-year man out of Notre Dame, Dexter Williams. Dexter Williams has zero carries this season, while Ervin has only four rushing attempts. Matt LaFleur said on Tuesday that Jones will be a game-time decision. This morning the 49ers closed their team facility due to one positive COVID-19 test, the organization has started protocol and is working with the league in preparation for Thursday’s game.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams is finalist for NL Rookie of the Year

National League Reliever of the Year Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers has been nominated for National League Rookie of the Year. The right-hander is one of three finalists that have been selected by Baseball Writers Association of America, Alec Bohm who is the Philadelphia Phillies third/first baseman and infielder San Diego Padres Jake Cronenworth are among others. Williams allowed only one earned run in 22 appearances, while he racked up 53 strikeouts over 27 innings, good for an impressive 0.33 ERA. The secret to Williams' success is in his change-up. Sports Illustrated conducted research on Williams dominating changeup, the average MLB changeup has a spin rate of 1,700-1,800 rpm; Williams’s average is 2,800-3,000. Contrasting hitters are batting only .032 against his change-up, and it has a 61.1% miss rate. He throws it over 52% of the time. Williams has high hopes for NL Rookie of the Year, the last season a Brewer player won this award was in 2007 by Ryan Braun, who was a third baseman at the time. The voting will be finalized on Monday, November 9th for both the NL and AL leagues.

Gamblers name team captains

The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced

 forward Jesse Tucker as team captain. Gamblershockey.com counted 18 goals, 25 assists, and 43  total points for the Longlac, Ontario native who is entering his third year with the Gamblers. 

 

Forward Jake Schmaltz and defenseman Mason Lohrei were named the assistant captains. Each were Boston Bruins (NHL) draft picks in the 2019 and 2020 draft. Lohrei led the USHL in assists and was second in scoring, which was good enough for 2nd Team All-USHL. Schmaltz, who is a University of North Dakota commit, participated in 47 games with the Gamblers tallied 13 goals and 19 assists. With team captains established, Green Bay looks forward to their 27th season in the USHL, as they host the Muskegon Lumberjacks on November 7th. 

 

Tim Kowols caught up with Gamblers coach Pat Mikesch, heres what he had to say about the captains: 

 

UW-Purdue canceled

The Wisconsin Badgers have canceled their upcoming football game against the Purdue Boilermakers after a COVID-19 outbreak. This is the second straight cancellation game for Wisconsin because of Coronavirus, following the Nebraska cancellation on Halloween. On an optimistic note, the Badgers have scheduled a game time against the Michigan Wolverines. On Saturday, November 14th, 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC, the 1-1 Wolverines will host the primetime game versus the 1-0 Badgers. Michigan is coming off a loss to in-state rival Michigan St. Wisconsin started their season off on a big win against Illinois with an unbelievable performance by redshirt freshman Graham Mertz, who looks to be back for the Michigan game. 

 

 

Packers plan to play

The Packers have a short turn-around this week, coming off a home loss against the Vikings and COVID-19 concerns. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur says all indications are to prepare for Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers, the plan is to prepare for whatever comes their way and adjust accordingly. As of now the Packers will fly out of Green Bay Wednesday and head to Santa Clara, California to meet the 49ers on TNF.

Green Bay Blizzard October update

The Green Bay Blizzard welcomes back Indoor Football League rookie of the year Bakari Triggs. The defensive back amounted 47 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, 10 pass breakups, and six interceptions that earned him First Team All IFL honors. Green Bay also re-signs former Arkansas State Defensive Lineman Dajon Emory to the 2021 roster. Two new signings are former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Keith Lewis and defensive back Danzel McDaniel. Other notable re-signings are Alex Thompson and Deldrick Canty.

Gamblers add one to the roster before season opener

The Green Bay Gamblers have added Fargo Force forward Alex Nordstrom to the roster. Fargo receives a 6th round pick in the 2021 USHL Entry Draft in return. Nordstrom made appearances in 34 games for the Force last season, rattling off nine goals and eleven assists. The 19-year-old Hancock, Michigan native is currently committed to Michigan Tech University. Green Bay starts off their season on Saturday, November 7th against the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Resch Center. 

Packers RB AJ Dillon tested positive

Green Bay Packers rookie running back AJ Dillon will be moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list in which he will not play Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers due to league protocols. This is the first positive test for a Packers player since August, Dillon entered the NFL’s concentrated protocol and will self-quarantine. The Packers issued this statement, “We will continue to work with the league on contact tracing as we follow the guidelines of intensive protocol. All player meetings will be conducted virtually today. Our focus continues to be on the health and safety of our players and community. We will continue to work closely with the NFL and medical professionals and follow their guidance.” The Packers rookie played 10 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, while uncertainty remains with Packers superstar running back Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams could be looking like the lone running back if Jones is not ready to go for Thursday Nights matchup.

Packers ran over by Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had a career day Sunday as the Green Bay Packers fell 28-22 at Lambeau Field.

 

Both teams traded long drives in the first quarter with the Packers cashing in on a five-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams and the Vikings answering from 21 yards out on a Cook rush. It was deja vu in the second quarter as well with Adams and Cook each scoring again on long drives.

 

The Vikings opened the half with the ball in the 3rd quarter tied 14-14 and promptly marched down the field again for Cook's third touchdown of the day. Cook would visit the endzone again after the Vikings forced the Packers to turn the ball over on downs and caught a 50-yard screen pass to help take a 28-14 advantage.

 

Adams caught his third touchdown pass of the day late in the fourth quarter and the Packers would get the ball back with just under a minute to go. Rodgers fumbled as he was hit throwing ball and the comeback attempt was thwarted. 

 

Cook's four touchdowns tied a Vikings record for scores in a game by a single player, tying Ahmad Rashad.  The Packers will have a quick turnaround after seeing their season mark drop to 5-2. They head to Santa Clara for Thursday night football to face the San Francisco 49ers. 

Packers look to sweep Minnesota

The Green Bay Packers (5-1) look to sweep the Minnesota Vikings (1-5) entering week 8 at Lambeau Field with kickoff @ Noon. The Packers last saw Minnesota week 1 in which the Green and Gold won the high scoring game 43-34. Aaron Rodgers is leading his heavy-duty offense into this home match without the fans being there, though that will not stop him from playing well executed football against a division rival. Packers are sitting at the top of the NFC North with the Bears loss to the L.A. Rams on MNF. The Vikings have struggled this season but Green Bay does not take any game lightly especially with Minnesota coming off the bye week. Minnesota Coach Mike Zimmer looks to turn his team around this week while second year coach Matt Lafleur will try to improve to 6-1. Spectators can catch the border battle matchup on Fox.

Hunting Season Update

As Northeast Wisconsinites search for the “Trophy Buck” this hunting season, the harvest numbers are reporting well in Door and surrounding counties. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources calculates Brown County has 537 harvested, Door County reports 568 harvested and Kewaunee County reports 467 harvested. Hunters hope to add to the harvest total season as deer are becoming more active because of the rut. The state has harvested 28,382 total and the numbers look to increase with gun season soon approaching.

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