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Sports News Archives for 2021-02

Gamblers clipped by Team USA

The Green Bay Gamblers ended their second straight series with Team USA with a split as they lost to the U-18 squad 3-2. 


Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period and held that lead until the opening minute of the third period when Camden Thiesing scored his 11th goal of the season to tie the game up. Team USA would score two goals within three minutes, including the eventual game-winner by Dylan Duke. Ryan Greene scored his eighth goal of the season for the Gamblers second tally.


The Gamblers will play one more this weekend when they play the Des Moines Buccanneers at 3:05 p.m. at the Resch Center. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and

Gamblers win wild one over Team USA in shootout

Two frantic periods and a long shootout later, the Green Bay Gamblers beat the Team USA U-18 squad 6-5 in front of over 2000 fans at the Resch Center Friday night.


Owen Murray scored halfway through the first period to spot the Gamblers a 1-0 lead. The two squads would combine for five total goals with Mason Lohrei, Ryan Greene, and Victor Mancini, finding the back of the net for the Gamblers. Mason Lohrei would score again in the third period, but Team USA would put up three goals including Dylan Duke's goal with less than two minutes remaining to force overtime. After a scoreless overtime, both teams went eight rounds in the shootout. Mason Lohrei was able to match Luke Hughes early on, but it was Kyler Grundy's tally in round eight that gave the Gamblers the victory.  


The two teams will meet again Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. 

Door County Marathon delayed until October 30th

Runners will have to wait until October 30th to race competitively through Peninsula State Park this fall.


The organizers announced on Thursday that uncertainty around the pandemic forced them to push their traditional May start to an October date. In a statement from race director Brian Fitzgerald, he said they are "unable to obtain the necessary permits, confidently plan to be able to recruit staff and volunteers, and make the investments necessary to stage this event in Peninsula State Park.” 


Despite the delay, race organizers are confident they can stage the race on October 30th. Runners already signed up for the 2021 half marathon and 5K do not have to do anything if they can run at the fall date. Otherwise, they can defer their entry to 2022 or they can transfer their entry to another runner for free. The full statement can be found below.



Green Bay Voyageurs FC release 2021 USL League Two schedule

The Green Bay Voyageurs are planning to return to the pitch in 2021.


The USL League Two squad announced their initial schedule on Thursday. Games will be played at Capital Credit Union Park as the Voyageurs will play their fellow Heartland Division foes in their sophomore campaign. The schedule is below:


May 15, 7:30 - at Des Moines Menace
May 22, 7:00 - vs Peoria City
May 28, 7:00 - vs Des Moines Menace
May 29, 7:00 - vs Saint Louis FC
June 2, 7:00 - at Chicago FC United
June 4, 7:00 - vs Chicago FC United
June 12, 7:00 - vs FC Wichita
June 15, 7:00 - at Chicago FC United
June 18, N/A - at Peoria City
June 19, N/A - at Saint Louis FC
June 24, N/A - at Kaw Valley FC
June 25, N/A - at FC Wichita
July 4, 4:00 - vs Peoria City
July 10, 7:00 - vs Kaw Valley FC 

Gamblers host Team USA on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers will continue their busy string of games this Friday night when they host the U-18 squad of Team USA at the Resch Center.


The two teams just battled each other earlier this weekend in Michigan with each taking one game. The Gamblers registered a come-from-behind win in game one 3-2 before being snake bit by the power play in a 4-1 loss on Monday. Jake Schmaltz and Mason Lohrei remain in the top 10 in scoring with 37 points apiece.


Friday is the first of three home games on 104.1 WRLU and Tobin Meyer will have the call with the puck dropped at 7:05 p.m.


You can listen to a preview of the weekend with Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch on the NEW Radio Sports Network podcast page.

Green Bay falls to IPFW in double overtime

The third time was the charm for the IPFW Mastodons as the Green Bay Phoenix saw their season come to a heartbreaking close in an 89-84 loss at the Kress Center.


The Mastodons and the Phoenix saw the lead change hands several times during the contest before the Mastodons took a three-point lead into the break. The Phoenix would take the lead late in the second half but could not hold on to it as the Mastodons were able to force an extra period not once but twice. The Mastodons would score the final five points in the second overtime to advance in the Horizon League Tournament while the Phoenix will stay at home. 


In what could have been his final game as a member of the Phoenix, PJ Pipes scored 27 points while Emmanuel Ansong and Amari Davis each added 18. Jalon Pipkins led a quartet of Mastodons in double figures with 21 points.

Penalties doom Gamblers' efforts against Team USA

Team USA turned seven penalties into two power-play goals as the Green Bay Gamblers dropped their final road game 4-1.


Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead after capitalizing on a first-period penalty made by the Gamblers' Xan Gurney. Sasha Pastujov took advantage of a 5-3 opportunity to put Team USA up 2-0. It was 3-0 when the Gamblers' Jack Schmaltz scored his own power-play goal with assists from Mason Lohrei and Jesse Tucker. Ty Murchison closed out the game with a goal eight minutes into the third period.


The Gamblers will have a few days to rest before hosting the Team USA U-18 team on Friday and Saturday before welcoming the Des Moines Buccanneers on Sunday. All three of those games will be broadcast on 104.1 WRLU and

Packers say goodbye to Wagner, Kirksey

The Green Bay Packers said goodbye to two veteran players over the weekend.


According to, the team released LB Christian Kirksey and T Rick Wagner on Friday after short stints on the roster. 


Kirksey started all 11 regular-season games he appeared in and collected 78 tackles. Wagner appeared in 16 regular-season games for the Packers with nine starts.

Gamblers win round one against Team USA

The Green Bay Gamblers will go for a road trip sweep in Michigan Monday night after beating Team USA U-18 Sunday afternoon 3-2.


The Gamblers had to make the most of their chances as they were limited to just 24 shots on goal in 60 minutes of play, including just eight after the first period. Nate Hanley and Ryan Kirwan put the Gamblers up 2-0 at the midway point of the first period before Team USA would score two straight goals to tie the game up. Jake Schmaltz broke the tie with just over three minutes remaining in the second period for what ended up being the final tally of the game. Matt Davis made 32 saves on 34 shots in the win.


The two teams will play their second game of a four-game home and home series Monday night against Team USA on Monday at 6:05 p.m.




Phoenix sweep Saturday slate

Both the men and the women's Green Bay Phoenix basketball squads collected victories on the final day of the regular season.


In Dayton, the Phoenix women won their matinee matchup against Wright State 61-56.  It was their sixth straight victory thanks to 20 points from Caitlyn Hibner and 10 points from Meghan Pingel. Former Luxemburg-Casco standout Cassie Schiltz scored 7 in the contest. The sweep of Wright State did nothing to improve their seed in the Horizon League Tournament. They will be the three seed and will host the highest remaining seed from the tournament's first round.


The Phoenix men were able to nab a home game in the Horizon League Tournament thanks to a 69-59 win over UIC. Amari Davis scored 20 points, Emmanuel Ansong registered 19 points, and PJ Pipes registered 18 points in the victory. The Phoenix will host IPFW at the Kress Center on February 25th.

Gamblers to face Team USA in make-ups

The Green Bay Gamblers will get their first look at the U-18 Team USA squad on Sunday when they play their first of two make-up games.


The Gamblers have won four straight games since their sweep by Chicago two weekends ago, including a 4-3 overtime win against the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Friday night. The U-18s beat Chicago on Friday after splitting a pair of game against Arizona State earlier in the month.


The Gamblers and the U-18s of Team USA will drop the puck in Michigan beginning at 3 p.m.

Gamblers earn comeback win in overtime

Jake Schmaltz's 11th goal of the year sent the Green Bay Gamblers east to Michigan on a winning note with a 4-3 overtime victory against Dubuque.


After a scoreless first period, the two teams jumped out to a two-goal lead with Ryan Kirwan and Jesse Tucker registering single tallies. After the Fighting Saints scored three straight goals to take the lead, Jackson Kunz scored in the final minutes to send the game into overtime. Schmaltz ended the game inside of the extra period's first 30 seconds.


The Gamblers will travel to Michigan to play two games against Team USA on Sunday and Monday.

Phoenix teams split Friday night games

The Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams split their Friday slate ahead of their final regular-season games on Saturday.


In a matinee in Dayton, the Phoenix women nearly saw a 15 point lead evaporate into nothing before holding onto beat Wright State 66-62. Caitlyn Hibner scored 19 points while fellow senior Lyndsey Robson added 17 points. A win on Saturday at 1 p.m. could send the Phoenix to the top seed of the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.


In the nightcap against Chicago, the Phoenix men did see their slim lead disappear as they lost to UIC 61-58. Only four Phoenix players scored in the contest led by PJ Pipes' 17 points. Amari Davis and Josh Jefferson also reached double figures in the loss. They will also play again at 7 p.m. on Saturday. 

Timber Rattlers announce 2021 schedule

After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are welcoming their fans back home.


Now the High-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Timber Rattlers will play 60 home games at Neuroscience Field at Fox Cities Stadium beginning on May 4th when they play the Beloit Snappers. According to a release from the team, highlights include a home series with South Bend, the affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, from July 20 through July 25 and two home series with Peoria, the affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, in June – June 1 through 6 and June 22 through 27.  They will also play 60 road games. The schedule will look different this season with 20 less games, no playoffs or All-Star game, and it will not be divided into two halves. 


The full season schedule can be found here

Blizzard, IFL delays season

You will have to wait just a little bit longer to see the Green Bay Blizzard take the field at the Resch Center in 2021.


The Indoor Football League, which includes the Blizzard among its member teams, announced on Wednesday its plans to push back the 2021 IFL Kickoff Weekend to the weekend of May 14, 2021. With a league that stretches across the entire country affected by COVID-19 in different ways, league commissioner Todd Tryon said in a release that the decision was in the best interest of its member teams to ensure their success in 2021. 


The Blizzard will now kick off their "do-over season" on April 23rd at the Resch Center against the Bismarck Bucks for a preseason matchup. The two teams will meet up again for the start of the regular season in Bismarck on May 15th.

Phoenix finish regular season on the road

The Green Bay Phoenix basketball teams will see their regular season come to a close this weekend away from the Kress Center.


The Phoenix will head to Chicago for a pair of 7 p.m. tips against the UIC Flames. The Phoenix split their pair of homecoming weekend matchups against Northern Kentucky. Manny Ansong had his coming out party against the Norse, scoring a season-high 24 points. The Flames come back home trying to snap a seven-game losing streak, including a pair of losses last weekend against IUPUI.


The Phoenix women head further east when they battle at Wright State for a pair of 1 p.m. starts. The Phoenix have won 10 of their 12 games in 2021, including a sweep last weekend of UIC. The Raiders come into the matchup winners of their last six games as they hold the top spot in the Horizon League. A weekend sweep could give the Phoenix a chance at a regular season conference championship.

Gamblers start long stretch at Dubuque

The Green Bay Gamblers will start one of their busiest stretches of the season thus far when they play at the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Friday.


The Gamblers will play six games in 10 days beginning on Friday night. They will have a day off to travel to Michigan where they will make up two games against Team USA before welcoming them and the Des Moines Buccaneers to the Resch Center next weekend. Head coach Pat Mikesch says it is a long stretch but believes his team is up to the challenge.

The Fighting Saints have struggled to stay on the ice because of COVID-19 protocols, but Mikesch says they made improvements to slowly become one of the better teams in their division right now.

The puck drops between the Gamblers and the Fighting Saints at 7:05 p.m.

Alexander's wins broomball championship

A familiar champion was crowned at Teresa K Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay this weekend.


Alexander's beat Johnson’s Park 4-2 Sunday in the Hilander Cup championship game. Both teams had byes to the semifinal round where Alexander's toppled CHOP and Johnson's Park cruised past JJ's. It was a rematch of last year's bout that also saw Alexander's hoist the cup.


Picture courtesy of Northern Door Broomball League and Teresa K Hilander Community Ice Rink



Phoenix split senior day games

The Green Bay Phoenix split their pair of senior day matchups at the Kress Center on Saturday.


In the matinee, the Phoenix women outscored the UIC Flames 21-10 in the final period to win the game 70-45. In their final games at the Kress Center this regular season, senior Lyndsey Robson led all scorers with 16 points while Caitlyn Hibner registered nine points and Meghan Pingel collected eight points.


In the nightcap, the Phoenix men could not force a second straight overtime, falling to Northern Kentucky 71-66. Senior Josh Jefferson scored 26 points while his fellow senior PJ Pipes chipped in eight points. 

Gamblers win rubber match against Muskegon

The Green Bay Gamblers scored four unanswered goals en route to a 5-3 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks.


The Gamblers and the Lumberjacks would trade goals in the first period with Ryan Greene getting his team on the board with his sixth goal of the season. The Lumberjacks would make it 3-1 before the Gamblers rattled off four straight goals. Jackson Kunz registered two goals while Jake Schmaltz and Nate Hanley got the other tallies.

Gamblers shutout Lumberjacks

A three-goal second period was all the Green Bay Gamblers needed to put away the Muskegon Lumberjacks 4-0 Friday night.


Matt DuBoer scored his first two goals of the season Friday night, including the second tally in the decisive middle frame. Camden Thiesing and Jackson Kunz also registered goals in the second period. Jack Schmaltz collected two assists in the game while Matt Davis earned the 32-save shutout.


The Gamblers will go for the rare three-game weekend split Saturday night at 6:10 in Muskegon.

Gamblers weekend stay in Muskegon continues after OT win

The Green Bay Gamblers got their three-game set against Muskegon off to a great start Thursday with a 4-3 win in overtime.


Each team scored single tallies in every period before Mason Lohrei scored the only goal in the shootout.  The Gamblers actually scored the first goal in each period with Jackson Kunz scoring in the first, Lohrei in the second, and Ryan Kirwan in the third. They were each matched by Lumberjacks goals by Bradley Marek, David Hymovitch and Quinn Hutson. Jake Schmaltz had two points for the Gamblers off of a pair of assists. Goalie Aaron Randazzo saved 40 of the 43 shots he faced.


The three-game set against Muskegon continues with games at 6:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.



Click here to listen to this week's conversation with Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch


Steel sweep Gamblers with huge scoring output

The Chicago Steel jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first period and did not look back as the Green Bay Gamblers dropped their second straight of the weekend by the score of 9-3.


The game lacked flow in the first period between the eight combined goals and the eight combined penalties. Four of those penalties were 10-minute misconduct and two were five-minute majors. Alex Servagno and Ryan Kirwan tallied goals in the first period.


Matt Coronato earned his hat trick just three minutes in the second period, the only score of the frame. Coronato tallied five points total on the evening.


The Steel scored two goals in the third period before John Mittelstadt got his second goal of the season with just over three minutes remaining in the contest.   

Packers Round-Up: Woodson elected, coordinator selected

It was a big day for Packers fans on Saturday.


Earlier in the day, ESPN reported that head coach Matt LaFleur hired Todd Barry as its new defensive coordinator. He most recently served on the coaching staff for the Los Angeles Chargers, but he dates back with LaFleur's time with the Los Angeles Rams. Barry does have defensive coordinator experience, previously serving in the role with the Washington Football Team and the Detroit Lions.


Saturday night, it was announced former Packers safety Charles Woodson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Woodson salvaged his career with the Packers after years with the Oakland Raiders. He picked off 38 passes as a Packer and a crucial part of the Super Bowl XLV championship team. 


Later in the evening, Aaron Rodgers was awarded his third MVP of his career after leading the Packers to a second straight NFC championship game and throwing 48 touchdown passes.

Wrestlers look to punch tickets to state Saturday

Area wrestlers look to get one step closer to their season-long goal of qualifying for the state meet on Saturday.


Each sectional bracket is made up of the top 2 wrestlers from corresponding regional tournaments, making up eight-person fields. The top two wrestlers in every sectional will head to the state meet at either Adams-Friendship for Division 2 or Wausau East for Division 3. The sectional meet carries extra weight this year for teams because the winner of each sectional will advance to the state team tournament on February 20th.



106: Easton Worachek, LUCA, 14-0, 10 vs Daniel Livermore, ANTI, 8-5, 9

120: Max Ronsman, LUCA, 13-0, 9 vs. the winner of Ryan Tomazevic, SEYM, 10-0, 10/ Jonah Gagnon, FVL, 9-3, 12

132: Caleb Delebreau, LUCA, 8-2 vs. Ayden Hart, WINN, 13-1, 10

220: Kyle Kroll, LUCA, 9-4, 12 vs. Teryn Walls, MOSI, 4-11, 9

285: Travis LeGrave, LUCA, 12-1, 12 vs. Jacob Earle, XAVI, 12-0, 12



106: Spencer Slezewski, SODO, 11-4, 9 vs. Elias Glinski, CRAN, 15-1, 9

113: Matt Wery, KEWA, 14-3, 10 vs. Kevin Klemm, MANA, 12-0, 12

120: Trevor Englebert, SODO, 7-7, 9 vs. Sam Flannery, SHIO, 7-4, 12

138: Jack Severin, KEWA, 16-0, 12 vs. Flynn Peterson, AMHE, 4-8, 12

145: Logan Steinhorst, KEWA, 14-2, 11 vs. Bryce Zoromski, WIBI, 8-6, 12

160: Grant Englebert, SODO, 13-1, 12 vs. Colten Schuh, SHIO, 8-3, 10

170: Mitchell Thompson, KEWA, 14-2, 10 vs. SIlas Dennee, CRAN, 10-5, 10

195: Jason Reinke, KEWA, 11-4, 12 vs. Coby DenRuyter, COL, 9-2, 12

220: Matthew Boeder, KEWA, 9-5, 9 vs. David Gauderman, WIBI, 13-1, 10

285: Brodie Overbeck, SODO, 9-2, 11 vs. Cody Steinbach, WEFR, 5-1, 11

Steel score four unanswered to top Gamblers

The Chicago Steel's potent offense was on full display in its 7-3 win over the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday night.


After Gamblers' Jackson Kunz scored the game's first goal just over three minutes in the game, the Steel scored three goals in five minutes to chase goalie Matt Davis off the ice just 15 minutes into the game. The Gamblers were able to tie it up in the second period with goals from Ryan Kirwan and Jesse Tucker. It was all Steel in the third goal as Josh Doan, Eric Middendorf, Jack Babbage, and Andon Cerbone all registered tallies.


The two teams face each other Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on 104.1 WRLU and 

Gamblers host Steel on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers will look to put the Chicago Steel's offense on ice this weekend.


The Steel is one of the top offensive teams in the USHL, boasting three of the league's only 40 point scorers and five players in the top 10 in points registered.  Gamblers head coach Pat Mikesch says while the Steel is a fast team that creates a ton of chances, they also are known to give up a few as well.

The Gamblers got into an offensive groove last week with a pair of exciting wins against Team USA. He is happy with how his team is playing heading into this weekend's set.

The puck drops both Friday and Saturday nights at 7:05 p.m. The games will air on 104.1 WRLU and the with Tobin Meyer behind the mic.


Click here to listen to our weekly interview with Gamblers head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch