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Sports News Archives for 2021-08

Fast start helps Brewers in victory

The scores the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed in the first two innings of Monday’s 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants was all Milwaukee needed. The Brewers scored one run in each of the first two innings. The first inning score was on an Omar Narvaez RBI single that scored Christian Yelich. The winning pitcher, Corbin Burnes, also got an RBI single that brought Jace Peterson across the plate to make the game 2-0. The Giants scored in the bottom of the seventh to make the game 2-1, but Milwaukee answered in the next half inning on a Luis Urias sac fly which scored Omar Narvaez. 

 

With the win, Milwaukee is now 80-52 on the season and they play the San Francisco Giants again on Tuesday. The game begins at 8:45 PM. 

 

Brewers promote top prospect to Timber Rattlers roster

You’ll be able to see the prize of the 2021 Milwaukee Brewers draft class when you head to Wisconsin Timber Rattlers games starting on Tuesday. Sal Frelick, the top pick in the Brewers 2021 entry draft, has been promoted to the Timber Rattlers’ roster. The 15th overall pick out of Boston College had spent time in rookie ball in Arizona before being promoted to the low-A affiliate, the Carolina Mudcats. Frelick hit .437 with the Mudcats before his latest promotion. According to an MLB Pipeline, Frelick was the number two prospect in the Brewers organization at midseason. 

 

(Photo from Boston College athletics) 

Packers look at final cuts

The Green Bay Packers will look to trim its roster to 53 over the next two days.

 

The Packers sat about 30 of its players during Saturday's preseason finale over the Buffalo Bills, leaving about 20 spots on the active 53-man roster up for grabs before Tuesday's 3 p.m. cut deadline. 

 

Head coach Matt LaFleur told reporters he would be having practice on Tuesday with his 53-man roster in place, meaning most if not all of the cuts could happen later in the day on Monday. Some of the players will have an opportunity to return to the team as a member of the practice squad, though other teams could pluck those players for their own active rosters before they ever make it there.

Braves topple Bays for DCL title

The Kolberg Braves won its first Door County League playoff title in seven years on Sunday, beating the Sister Bay Bays 5-1.

 

Trevor Reinhardt kept the Bays in check with eight innings of solid pitching before giving way to Jake Schneider to close things out. Schneider delivered what ended to be the game-winning hit in the first inning with a two-RBI single. The Bays would scratch across a run in the bottom half of the inning on a Stuart Larsen sac fly, but that is all they would muster the rest of the game. The Braves would tack on runs in the third, sixth, and seventh to deny the Bays their second trophy of the 2021 campaign. 

Brewers win finale over Twins

A pair of home runs buoyed Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Aaron Ashby to his first MLB win in a 6-2 decision over the Minnesota Twins Sunday afternoon.

 

Luis Urias got things going in the second inning with a solo homer. Rowdy Tellez delivered the game's big blow in the third inning when he hit his 11th home run of the season, driving in three on the hit. Kolten Wong's two-run double in the fourth gave the Brewers their final tallies of the game.

 

Ashby went five innings with four strikeouts with his only blemish a two-run homer by Miguel Sano in the fifth inning.

 

The Brewers head west for a potential playoff matchup against the San Francisco Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 8:45 p.m.

Rattlers Finale at Quad Cities Rained Out

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers headed home early from their two-week road trip to Iowa.  Sunday’s finale against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park has been canceled due to wet grounds after a late-morning rain shower hit the ballpark.  The tarp did not make it on the infield during the downpour.

 

Sunday’s game was to be the final meeting of the season between Wisconsin and Quad Cities.  It will not be rescheduled.

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday with game one of a twelve-game homestand.  Wisconsin will host the Beloit Snappers on August 31 at 6:35 pm.

River Bandits Stop Rattlers Cold

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers couldn’t cash in on their early opportunity against the Quad Cities River Bandits on Saturday night at Modern Woodmen Park and the Bandits made Wisconsin pay for it several times over on the evening. Quad Cities went on to beat Wisconsin 12-0.

 

Wisconsin (47-54) almost took the early lead as Joey Wiemer was hit by a pitch and Felix Valerio followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs in the first. River Bandits starting pitcher Anthony Veneziano retired the next three batters and stranded both runners. He would go on to retire eleven in a row.

The River Bandits (67-33) had a 2-0 lead three batters into the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Nick Loftin.

They added to their advantage with four two-out runs in the bottom of the second. The River Bandits had runners at the corners with two outs when Wisconsin starting pitcher TJ Shook stumbled on the mound in his windup with Loftin at the plate and was called for a balk to let in the first run of the inning and putt another runner into scoring position. Loftin lined the next pitch to the outfield for an RBI single. Then, John Rave hit a two-run homer.

Shook walked the first two batters he faced in the third inning before leaving with the trainer.

Cristían Sierra entered the game and allowed a run to score on a sacrifice fly by Eric Cole.

The Bandits got to Sierra in the fifth inning on Maikel Garcia’s two-out, three-run triple and that made the score 10-0.

Veneziano allowed just two hits, walked none, and struck out four over five scoreless innings. That put him in line for his sixth win of the season.

Quad Cities kept the pressure on with two more runs off Brady Schanuel in the sixth inning. Nathan Eaton had an RBI single and Cole added another sacrifice fly for an even dozen runs.

Wisconsin infielder Chad McClanahan pitched the bottom of the eighth inning.

Zavier Warren had two of Wisconsin’s four hits. The Rattlers designated hitter had a single and a double. Fredy Zamora also had a double for the Rattlers.

The final game of the series – and of the Rattlers two-week road trip to Iowa – is Sunday. Wisconsin has named Victor Castañeda (4-7, 4.71) as their scheduled starting pitcher. Quad Cities has named AJ Block (3-4, 3.99) as their starting pitcher. Game time is 1:00pm. 

Brewers unable to keep up with Twins

The Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins exchanged four-run innings in the middle of Saturday’s game but it was the Minnesota Twins who were able to score in later innings to win 6-4. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Minnesota got a hold of Adrian Houser and scored four runs. The Brewers retaliated with four of their own in the top of the fifth, with RBIs from Christian Yelich, Manny Pina, and Jace Peterson. The Twins then scored one run in the sixth and seventh inning. With the loss, Milwaukee’s record is 78-52 and they will play the Twins again on Sunday at 1:10 PM in Minneapolis. 

Championship Sunday for the Door County League

In northern Door County, the Sister Bay Bays and the Kolberg Braves are slated to square off for the championship game of the Door County Baseball League on Sunday. To get into the title game, Kolberg defeated Washington Island by an 8-3 final score and Sister Bay shutout Institute, 13-0. Sister Bay is the top seed and is set to host the game. The game will begin at 1:30 PM with a postseason awards ceremony to follow. 

UWGB volleyball goes 1-1 in second day of home tourney

On day two of the GBD invite at University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s Kress Center, the Phoenix got their first win of the season and then took a loss shortly after. After falling to North Dakota State and Ball State on Friday, UWGB turned around to beat University of St. Thomas in four sets on Saturday afternoon. In the Saturday evening nightcap, UWGB lost in four sets to Northern Iowa. After the tournament, UWGB’s overall record is 1-3. The Phoenix will be back in action on Friday when they open up their Wildcat Classic play in Abilene, Texas. The tournament features two Friday games against University of New Mexico and Texas Southern. On Saturday, UWGB takes on Abilene Christian University. 

 

(Photo from UWGB athletics) 

Packers put finishing touches on preseason

On Saturday players were given another shot to make their case for a spot on the Green Bay Packers opening day roster in the final preseason game with the Buffalo Bills. Green Bay lost the game 19-0, but made a couple trips to the redzone. The two teams used vastly different approaches, as the Packers sat over 30 players and the Bills played their starters for a majority of the first half. In the first half, Packers quarterback Jordan Love and Bills quarterback went head-to-head. Love had an ill-advised throw go for an interception in the first half but otherwise finished with some promising completions and a statline of 12-18 with 149 yards. Allen had himself a good first half, going 20-26 with 194 yards and two touchdowns. 

 

In the game, Mason Crosby also punted for the first time in his NFL career as JK Scott dealt with a cramp. The Packers will open their season on September 12th when they visit New Orleans. Kickoff is at 3:25 PM. The Packers will be monitoring an injury to pass rusher  Za’Darius Smith, which could keep him out of at least game one.

 

Brewers unable to get across plate against Twins

Friday evening’s Milwaukee Brewers game the Minnesota Twins stalled out after the first inning, where Minnesota got two runs in the bottom half. The twins beat the Brewers by a final score of 2-0. In the game, the Brewers had five hits, including a pair from Kolten Wong. The other hits went to Christian Yelich, Rowdy Tellez, and Lorenzo Cain. Milwaukee is now 78-51 on the season and they face the Twins Saturday again at 6:10 PM. 

Quad Cities Cracks Walkoff Homer to Beat Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have led in all five games against the Quad Cities River Bandits this week at Modern Woodmen Park. That included a 5-1 lead on Friday night against the team with the best record in the High-A Central League. However, the River Bandits rallied past Wisconsin, withstood a late rally Rattler rally to tie the game, and eventually won 8-6 on a two-run, walkoff home run by Will Hancock in the bottom of the ninth.

 

Wisconsin (47-53) broke through on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. River Bandits starting pitcher Charlie Neuweiler had retired the first nine batters he faced. Carlos Rodríguez started the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to six games. Felix Valerio followed with a double and Wisconsin had two runners in scoring position.

Zavier Warren drove in Rodríguez and got Valerio to third base with a ground out. Then, Joe Gray Jr. got Valerio home with another ground out. Ashton McGee made the score 3-0 with a two-out, solo homer. The home run was McGee’s first as a Timber Rattler.

Timber Rattlers starting pitcher Justin Jarvis was nicked for an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. He walked two batters on eight pitches with one out. Jarvis got the second out and kept the runners at first and second. Gavin Stupienski should have been the final out of the inning, but his grounder to second has kicked for an error to score a run. Jarvis bounced back to get the final out of the inning.

The Timber Rattlers added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Freddy Zamora singled with two outs to drive in the first run of the inning. Kekai Rios was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded later in the frame to drive in another run for a 5-1 lead.

Quad Cities (66-33) didn’t let Wisconsin enjoy their four-run cushion for long. The first two River Bandits to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning reached on walk and a double against reliever Freisis Adames. Eric Cole followed with a single to right to drive in both runs and the Wisconsin lead was down to two runs.

Michael Massey erased the lead completely in the bottom of the seventh. Reliever Evan Reifert gave up a leadoff single to Tucker Bradley. Then, Massey hit an 0-2 pitch deep to right for a two-run home run. Massey’s eighteenth home run of the season tied the game 5-5.

Reifert retired the next two batters, but walked the bases loaded on thirteen pitches to the next three batters. He got ahead of Hancock, who had struck out in his previous three at bats. However, Reifert hit Hancock with a 1-2 pitch and that forced in the go-ahead run for the River Bandits.

The Timber Rattlers offense fought back in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game against reliever Will Kleine. McGee started the inning with a single, but he was still at first with two outs. Rios delivered in the clutch as he lined a 1-2 pitch to the corner in right and McGee beat the throw to the plate to even the score 6-6.

The game appeared to be heading for extra innings. Quad Cities couldn’t take advantage of a lead-off walk in the eighth, Rodríguez was caught trying to steal second after a single to start the top of the ninth, and Wisconsin reliever Harold Chirino struck out the first two River Bandits in the bottom of the ninth.

Then, Chirino walked Stupienski on four pitches, the tenth walk of the night by Wisconsin pitchers. Hancock was next and he lined a 1-1 pitch to left for a two-run homer and an 8-6, walkoff win for the River Bandits.

Wisconsin is 2-3 this week against the River Bandits and have lost three in a row.

The series continues Saturday night at Modern Woodmen Park. TJ Shook (1-0, 3.60) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. The River Bandits (5-4, 4.06) is scheduled to start for the River Bandits. Game time is 6:30pm. 

(Photo by Nick Guenther, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) 

Phoenix volleyball has tough day one of tournament

As the UWGB volleyball season gets rolling they were early to host a tournament at the Kress Center. The facility is home to this weekend’s 2021 GBD Invite that began on Friday and goes through Saturday with UWGB having two afternoon games. The Phoenix fell in both of their Friday games against Ball State and North Dakota State University. The loss against Ball State was in four sets and the defeat against NDSU was went five sets. The Phoenix will get a shot at redemption on Saturday, when they face Universtiy of St. Thomas at 1:30 PM and also take on Northern Iowa, which is scheduled for a 6:30 PM start. 

Packers to round up preseason on Saturday

The Green Bay Packers will put a bow on preseason and try avoiding going winless when they take on the Buffalo Bills on Saturday in Orchard Park. The Packers are expected to rest 30 or more veterans tomorrow, but one who is presumed to not be resting is backup quarterback Jordan Love. If all goes as planned at the quarterback position, it will be the last time in 2021 that Love sees extended playing time. 

 

The special teams unit also has another chance to redeem their game from last week, when the kickoff unit gave up a return that went over 70 yards and J.K. Scott had a punt go for under 30. Saturday’s game is also the last chance for the defense and new defensive coordinator Joe Barry to tune-up before a regular season contest. The Bills are 2-0 so far this preseason. Kickoff is at 12 PM central time. 

River Bandits Rally Past Rattlers

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a lead and let it get away from them on Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park. The Quad Cities River Bandits erased a 3-2 Wisconsin lead with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held off a late charge by the Rattlers for a 7-5 win.

 

The River Bandits (65-33) took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. The frame started with two singles and a walk to load the bases. Wisconsin starting pitcher Nick Bennett got the first out on a force play at the plate. Then, Logan Porter lined a single to left to score two runs and Quad Cities was up 2-0.

The teams traded the lead back-and-forth in the fifth inning.

Wisconsin (47-52) rallied for three runs in the top of the fifth inning for a 3-2 lead. Kekai Rios doubled and Carlos Rodríguez singled to put runners at the corners. Rodríguez stole second with Joey Wiemer at the plate to get into scoring position.

Wiemer smashed a double off the wall in center to score both runners to tie the game and knock Quad Cities’ starting pitcher Dante Biasi out of the game. Zavier Warren drove in Wiemer with a two-out, RBI single to right to against reliever Kasey Kalich for the go-ahead run.

The Bandits came back in the bottom of the fifth after Bennett retired the first batter of the inning. A walk and a single set up Porter again and he doubled off the wall in left to drive in the tying run and that sent Bennett out of the game.

Brady Schanuel entered the game from the Wisconsin bullpen and gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Nathan Eaton and Eric Cole. Gavin Stupienski added a sacrifice fly in the frame and the River Bandits were up 6-3.

Nick Loftin added an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning for Quad Cities.

Wisconsin hitters went down quietly in the seventh and eighth innings, but threw a scare into the River Bandits in the ninth.

Freddy Zamora and Ashton McGee singled to start the final inning and an error on McGee’s single allowed Zamora to take third. LG Castillo’s fielder’s choice forced McGee at second but scored Zamora.

Rios collected his second hit of the game before a fielder’s choice by Rodríguez retired Rios at second for the second out. Pinch hitter Chad McClanahan walked to load the bases.

Felix Valerio drew another walk to force in Castillo and the Rattlers trailed by two with the tying and lead runs on base.

The River Bandits didn’t let the comeback go on any longer and a grounder to second ended the game.

Rodríguez had two hits on Thursday night as he collected his twenty-first multi-hit game of the season. Rodríguez is on a five-game hitting streak and is 10-for-21 with four multi-hit games during his streak.

Rios extended his own hitting streak to six games. The Wisconsin catcher is 12-for-22 during his streak.

The next game in the series is Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Wisconsin will go with Justin Jarvis (1-6, 6.27) as their starting pitcher. Charlie Neuweiler (2-2, 5.72) has been named as the starting pitcher for Quad Cities. Game time is 6:30pm. 

Brewers slow at the plate in loss

The Milwaukee Brewers couldn’t turn their six hits into more than just one run in their 5-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. After the top of the first inning Milwuakee was down 1-0 and then after the sixth they were down 5-0. Milwaukee’s lone run came on a Luis Urias solo home run. With the loss the Brewers are now 78-50 and will have a series with the cross-state foe, the Minnesota Twins. Friday’s game at Target Field in the twin cities starts at 7:10 PM. 

Packers Funchess likely out for season

For the second year in a row, the Green Bay Packers and fans will have to hold enthusiasm for the signing of wide receiver Devin Funchess. Going into his seventh season, Funchess injured his hamstring during joint practices with the New York Jets and has since been placed on injured reserve. That will end his season, unless he and the Packers reach an injury settlement, leaving him free to sign elsewhere during his recovery.

 

If Funchess misses the entire season, that will be the third straight in which he is out. In 2019, when Funchess was with the Indianapolis Colts, he broke his collarbone in the season opener and then he opted out of the 2020 season amidst the pandemic. Funchess signed with Green Bay last offseason, and caught six passes for 70 yards against Houston on August 14th. His best season came in 2017, when he hauled in 63 receptions for 840 yards. 

Quad Cities Comeback Denies Wisconsin a Doubleheader Sweep

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers almost made it.  They had a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of game two of their doubleheader with the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park on Wednesday night.  They just needed to get through a few more innings against the team with the best record in the High-A Central League to get a sweep of the twinbill. 

It was not to be as the Bandits(64-33) scored three runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to rally for a 5-3 win over the Rattlers.

 

Joey Wiemer got Wisconsin (47-51) off to a very fast start.  The slugging outfielder hit the first pitch of game two out of the park for a lead-off homer and a 1-0 Rattlers lead.

 

Rattlers starting pitcher Joey Matulovich stranded two runners in each of the first two innings to keep the one-run advantage.

The Timber Rattlers added two runs in the top of the third.  Zavier Warren drove in Antonio Piñero with a sacrifice fly for the first run.  Joe Gray Jr knocked in Wiemer with a double a few moments later and Wisconsin was up 3-0,
 

The River Bandits rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.  The first two batters reached on singles.  Then, Tucker Bradley hit a double off the wall in right-center to score two runs and knock Matulovich out of the game,

Harold Chirino entered the game from the Wisconsin bullpen and gave up a single to Nick Loftin that put runners on the corners.  Michael Massey tied the game with a sacrifice fly to score Bradley.

Bradley gave the River Bandits the lead in the bottom of the sixth.  Chirino gave up a walk and a single with one out.  He struck out the next batter for the second out of the inning.  Then, Bradley hit a 1-1 pitch to the wall in left for an opposite field double to score both runners and Quad Cities was up 5-3 for their first lead of the day

Nathan Webb, the River Bandits reliever who had pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning, went back out for the top of the seventh and retired Wisconsin in order to close out the game and gain the split.

 

The series continues Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park.   Wisconsin has named Nick Bennett (2-3, 4.29) as their starting pitcher.  The River Bandits will go with Dante Biasi (5-2, 3.47) as their starter.  Game time is 6:30pm. 

Gray Goes Deep Twice in Game One Win for Wisconsin

Joe Gray Jr. hit a pair of two-run homers and Felix Valerio added one as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 8-4 in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Modern Woodmen Park.


Valerio and Gray both struck in the first inning for the Timber Rattlers (47-50) to get to an early lead.

Carlos Rodríguez started the game with a single.  Valerio followed with a homer to the berm seating beyond the fence in left.  Joey Wiemer doubled off the wall in center with one out.  Then, Gray cracked a homer beyond the berm seating beyond the fence in left and Wisconsin was up 4-0.

Quad Cities (63-33) rallied with two outs in the bottom of the second inning to get on the scoreboard.  Logan Porter had singled with one out.  Wisconsin starter Brandon Knarr issued a walk with two outs and an error on Zavier Warren loaded the bases.  Tucker Bradley singled to left to score two runs.  Knarr escaped the inning with a strikeout to keep the Rattlers up 4-2.
 

Gray got both of those runs back when he cracked another two-run homer in the top of the third.  He hit this one to right field after an Ashton McGee single to start the inning.

Kekai Rios added to the lead in the inning with an RBI single, his second hit of the game.
 

Knarr worked through five innings, allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out four while only allowing those unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning.


Wisconsin added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning when Wiemer singled to drive Rios home from second base and the score was 8-2 in favor of the Rattlers.

Cam Robinson entered from the Wisconsin bullpen with a scoreless sixth. He gave up a two-run single to Logan Porter in the bottom of the seventh but closed out the game with no further damage.

Brewers comeback to down Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers had three innings to pull off a three-run comeback, and did that and then some on Tuesday to win 7-4 over the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers started scoring in the bottom of the first when Avisail Garcia hit a sac fly to bring Willy Adames home for a 1-0 lead. That would be the last time the Brewers lead until the bottom of the seventh. 

 

Milwaukee gave up three runs in the top of the fourth to go down 3-1, and then gave up another in the sixth and were in a 4-1 deficit. The Brewers went for four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Runs came on an RBI single from Kolten Wong that scored Lorenzo Cain. After, Christian Yelich brought Manny Pina home on a sac fly before Avisail Garcia hit his second sac fly of the day which brought Kolten Wong home. Omar Narvaez capped off the seventh inning run with an RBI double that scored Jace Pederson. Kolten Wong tacked on a homerun the next inning which brought Rowdy Tellez across and made the score 7-4. Milwaukee is now 77-49 and will play against the Reds again on Wednesday, starting at 7:10 PM. 

Packers trim roster to 80

On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers officially made the moves they deemed necessary to get the roster down to a required 80 players on Tuesday. To shed a few roster spots, the Packers first surprised some by releasing second-year linebacker Kamal Martin. Shortly after the Packers traded cornerback Ka’dar Hollman, who is heading into his third season, to the Houston Texans for a seventh-round draft pick. 

 

Other official moves on Tuesday include releasing defensive tackle Josh Avery and tight end Daniel Crawford. The Packers also had to place one of their valuable special teams players, Will Redmond, on injured reserve. On Tuesday August 31st, twenty-seven players will have their time on the active roster end for now as Green Bay will have to get down to 53 players. 

Bucks and Bud sign on for three more

After winning his first NBA Championship as a head coach and helping Milwaukee get their first title in fifty years, Mike Budenholzer has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension. Budenholzer is heading into his fourth season as a head coach, and in his time with the Bucks, he’s amassed a 162-65 regular-season record. The new contract ties Milwaukee and Budenholzer together through the 2024-2025 season. 

 

This coming season will be the 75th anniversary season for Milwaukee, and it will start against the Brooklyn Nets at home on October 19th. That is when the Bucks will receive their 2020-2021 championship rings. For Budenholzer, who was an assistant coach for San Antonio from 1996-2013, it will be his fifth NBA championship ring in total. 

 

(Photo by Neil Redmond) 

Gamblers make history with coaching hire

The first ever on-ice female coach in the United States Hockey League’s history now belongs to the Green Bay Gamblers. The Gamblers made history by hiring Appleton native Amy Broslma as their skating and skills development coach. Brolsma had coached for twenty-five years and participated in the 1999 United States Figure Skating National Championships, winning a bronze medal. Brolsma will jump on board over a month prior to the Gamblers first game on October 2nd at home against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. 

 

(Photo from icoachskating.com) 

Green Knights football picked second in preseason poll

The St. Norbert College Green Knights have high expectations heading into their first football season in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. In the preseason poll, the Green Knights were picked to finish second in the conference. The poll was among the league’s coaches and sports information directors. St. Norbert got one first place vote, and the team picked first, Aurora University, received sixteen. Finishing third and fourth behind SNC in the poll is Benedictine and Lakeland University. The Green Knights open their season on September 4th in a 1:00 PM matchup with Loras College. 

 

The full standings per the official SNC athletics webpage are pictured below:

(Photos from SNC athletics) 

Packers release 2020 draft pick

In what may be the first surprising cut for the Green Bay Packers this preseason, the Packers cut linebacker Kamal Martin on Monday. The former University of Minnesota linebacker was a fifth round pick for the Packers in 2020. As a rookie, Martin played in ten games, starting six, and recorded 24 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and a sack. In the 2021 draft the Packers added linebacker Isaiah McDuffie from Boston College and in free agency they signed veteran linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. 

 

Martin is the first release in a round of cuts coming on Tuesday, as teams will be required to trim their roster to 80 players. 

(Photo by Zach Kruse, USA Today) 

Braves to face Bays in DCL championship

The matchup is set for next week's Door County League baseball finale next weekend.

 

Kolberg defeated Washington Island 8-3 while Sister Bay shut out Institute 12-0. The Braves will visit the Bays next Sunday in Sister Bay for the championship at 1:30 p.m.

Brewers clinch series win over Nats

The Milwaukee Brewers once again got great pitching and timely hitting to take the rubber match from the Washington Nationals in a 7-3 victory.

 

Kolten Wong was responsible for four of the Brewers' first five runs thanks to a solo homer in the first inning and a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning. He would later score in the fourth inning thanks to a throwing error by Josh Bell, which also brought in Manny Pina. Lorenzo Cain made 7-1 with a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

 

Sunday's game was a bullpen game for Craig Counsell's Brewers with six pitchers getting work. Adrian Houser went just over three innings, allowing a lone run on three hits. After Hoby Milner started to falter in the ninth inning after trying to go two innings, Josh Hader came in to nail down his 26th save of the season.

 

The Brewers are off on Monday before they play the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Kernels Feel the Breeze in Wisconsin Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and four of their pitchers pitched into and out of trouble all afternoon long for a hard-fought 6-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels Sunday afternoon at Perfect Game Field.

 

Cedar Rapids (53-43) took the lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Wisconsin starting pitcher TJ Shook, who was making his debut after being called up from the Carolina Mudcats last week, walked two of the first three batters he faced.  Wander Javier hit an RBI single to score the Kernels first run.

Shook allowed a single and two walks to start the bottom of the second inning and the Kernels had the bases loaded with no outs and the top of their order due to hit.  Shook threw a run-scoring wild pitch but didn’t allow another run in the inning.

Wisconsin (45-50) tied the game in the top of the third.  Carlos Rodríguez singled to left with one out.  Joey Wiemer lined home run to left-center just to the left of the 407’ marker on the wall with two outs.  Wiemer’s home run was his sixth as a Timber Rattler and evened the score 2-2.

Felix Valerio, who was also called up to the Rattlers from Carolina last week, gave Wisconsin the lead in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out, solo home run to left.  The homer, Valerio’s third of the series, put Wisconsin up 3-2.

Shook pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth to finish his afternoon.  He walked five, struck out seven, and allowed two runs on three hits over five innings to turn the game over to the bullpen.
 

The Timber Rattlers offense added to their lead after Cristían Sierra pitched a scoreless sixth with two strikeouts.  Yeison Coca doubled with two outs in the top of the to keep the seventh inning alive.  Rodríguez cashed in the opportunity with a single to drive in Coca for a 4-2 lead.
 

Harold Chirino took over on the mound for the Rattlers after the stretch and gave up a lead-off walk and a one-out single to put runners on the corners.  Chirino bounced back to strike out the next two batters to end the inning.

Wiemer started the Wisconsin eighth inning with a double and he stole third base with one out.  Joe Gray Jr. smacked a single through the drawn-in infield to score Wiemer.  Later in the inning, Antonio Piñero singled to knock in Gray for a 6-2 lead.

Chirino got the first out of the bottom of the eighth but gave up a double and a walk before getting the second out of the inning with his fourth strikeout.  Evan Reifert was called from the Wisconsin bullpen as their fourth pitcher of the game.

Edouard Julien made the game even more interesting as he sent a weak grounder up the third base line for an infield single to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate.  Reifert spoiled the comeback story with a three-pitch strikeout of Yunior Severino to send the game to the ninth inning.

Matt Wallner singled to start the bottom of the ninth.  Then, Reifert closed out the game with three straight strikeouts for his fourth save of the season.

Wisconsin pitchers combined for seventeen strikeouts in the game.  Plus, they did not allow a home run in the game.  That ended a streak of thirteen straight games in which the Rattlers had given up a homer.

Cedar Rapids stranded eleven runners and went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Wiemer had three hits, scored two runs, stole a base, and drove in two runs.  He was missing a triple for the cycle.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday before they continue their two-week excursion to Iowa on Tuesday when they face the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.  The teams will restart their suspended game from June 20 at 4:00pm.  A seven-inning game will follow the conclusion of the suspended game.

Packers drop second preseason game; Benkert impresses

In a preseason football game on Saturday against the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert got to run the show for the majority of the 23-14 loss. The Packers got touchdowns on a Kylin Hill run from the red zone and another red zone touchdown on a connection from Benkert to Jace Sternberger. The Packers defense while still making adjustments to new defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s scheme, got a taste for number two overall draft pick Zach Wilson, who had two passing touchdowns. The Packers are now 0-2 in the preseason and have their final preseason game with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday at noon. 

Saturday scrimmages help prep area football teams

The area’s 8-man football squads had a day of preparation on Saturday with a scrimmage quad. Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Gibraltar, and Algoma all met at Memorial Field to get reps before their first Friday night gameday of the season. On Friday, Sturgeon Bay visits Oakfield, Algoma heads to Florence, Gibraltar hosts White Lake-Elcho, and Sevastopol hits the road to face Wausaukee. All games start at 7:00 PM.

Pair of Yelich homeruns lifts Brewers

Many hope Christian Yelich has regained his MVP form in time for a Milwaukee Brewers postseason run after his two-homer performance on Saturday in their 9-6 win over the Washington Nationals. The Brewers started the game down 2-1 after the first inning but had big innings in the fifth and eighth. In the eighth inning, Milwaukee scored five runs which helped propel them to victory. The Brewers host the Nationals again on Sunday with the first pitch being thrown at 1:10 PM. 

 

2021 champions crowned at The Hill Raceway

A full moon along with a warm and muggy night greeted race fans on the final point night of the season. The theatrics kicked off in the first feature of the evening as the Unified Dirt Street Stock feature took to the track. Kody LaViolette paced the opening laps as “Scooter” Scott Iverson and “The Hammer” Dave DeGrave gave chase. Iverson was able to slip by for the top spot on lap 12 but his reign up front didn’t last long as DeGrave came storming by on the 15th lap. 

 

Title contender Shanon Guelette made his presence felt, racing to the third, closing on the leaders. On the final lap Guelette dove to the inside of DeGrave as Iverson went to the outside. The trio stayed 3-wide until turn 3 when they began to bounce off each other. When the checkers fell is what Iverson crossing the finish line first to excitement of the hometown crowd. DeGrave placed second, Guelette was third. With a fourth place finish Troy Muench collected his second Street Stock title. Geno Sternard completed the top five.    

 

An opening lap crash in the Stock Car main event saw point leader Brett Wenzel receive damage to his radiator. Once the race resumed Wenzel stayed out to complete one lap and secure his second championship in a row. Zach Spangenberg led the field as Dave Bouche and Jeff Kropp gave chase. Kropp who came through the last chance qualifier was able to work his way to second and began to chase down Spangenberg. On lap 11 Spangenberg lost the handle on his machine. This handed the top spot to Kropp. Kropp was able to outlast the competition to score his first ever feature win at the Hill. Bouche took second at the pay window, Rob Waechter Jr was third, Jeremy Anschutz placed fourth after starting in row 8 and Josh Mroczkowski rounded out the top five.  

 

In Sport Mod action it was Jeff “Pepe” Vlies racing around “Rowdy” Randy Theys on lap 6 for the lead. Vlies dominated the remainder of the event for his 2nd win of the season. It was an up and down night for the point leader Randy LeMieux Jr as he was caught up a wreck in his qualifier. LeMieux had to start 15th on the grid and place 12th or better to hold off Cody Rass in the title chase. Rass did all he could, coming home with a second place, Theys had his best run of the season to take third, LeMieux rallied late to take fourth and collect the championship. Bernie Reinhardt completed the top five.  

 

“The Jackhammer” Josh Lambert jumped to the lead on the opening lap of the Modified feature as Todd Dart and point leader Greg Gretz gave chase. A caution with 5 laps remaining set up a dash to the checkers. Dart went to work down low with Lambert up top. Several times Dart pulled even for the lead but couldn’t keep the momentum to make the pass, as Lambert went on to score the win. Dart had to settle for the runner up position. A third place finish claimed Gretz his second Modified title, Jay Matthias took fourth and James Tebon brought home fifth.  

 

Tony Everard earned his 6th title in the Baby Bomber / Sport Compact division. Adam Broehm was victorious for the second time this season. Broehm was trailed the checkers by David Cox, Tony Everard, Scott Schlafke and James Riske.  

 

Upcoming Events: Saturday September 4th Hill Special, Throwback Night. Non-points, draw/redraw format. Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Street Stocks and Baby Bombers will in action. We will have a Powder Puff and Old Timers race after the final feature. Must not have driven competitively in the last 10 years to qualify for Old Timers race. Racing starts at 6:00pm 

 

The Hill Raceway is located at 812 North 14th Street in Sturgeon Bay, WI. All track information can be found on our Facebook @hillraceway or contact 920-495-6631 Regular night pricing: Pit pass $25, crew members 17 and under $15. Grandstands $10, 12 and under free. Service members are free with ID. 

  

FEATURE, HEAT & LCQ RESULTS 

 

MODIFIED FEATURE: Josh Lambert, Casco; Todd Dart, Algoma; Greg Gretz, Kewaunee; Jay Matthias, Green Bay; James Tebon, Algoma 

 

Heat 1) Jay Matthias, Green Bay; Kelsy Hayes, Hobart  

  

STOCK CAR FEATURE: Jeff Kropp, Pulaski; Dave Bouche, Algoma; Rob Waechter Jr, De Pere; Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels; Josh Mroczkowski, Krakow 

  

HEAT 1) Dave Bouche, Algoma; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor 2) Bill LeMieux, Sturgeon Bay; Zach Spangenberg, Manitowoc 3) John Anschutz, Forestville; Josh Mroczkowski, Krakow 

  

LCQ 1) Jeff Kropp, Pulaski; Jeremy Anschutz, Brussels 

  

SPORT MOD FEATURE: Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; Cody Rass, Sturgeon Bay; Randy Theys, Algoma; Randy LeMieux Jr, Brussels; Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay 

  

HEAT 1) Jeff Vlies, Kewaunee; Randy Theys, Algoma 2) Bernie Reinhardt, Sturgeon Bay; Josh Massart, Brussels 

  

STREET STOCK FEATURE: Scott Iverson, Sturgeon Bay; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg; Shanon Guelette, Luxemburg; Troy Muench, Brussels; Geno Sternard, Brussels 

  

HEAT 1) Dan Van Pay, Denmark; Troy Muench, Brussels 2) Scott Iverson, Sturgeon Bay; Chad Naze, Green Bay 3) Kody LaViolette, Appleton; Dave DeGrave, Luxemburg  

  

BABY BOMBER FEATURE: Adam Broehm, Newton; David Cox, Seymour; Tony Everard, Green Bay; Scott Schlafke, Cleveland; James Riske, Newton  

  

HEAT 1) Scott Schlafke, Cleveland; David Cox, Seymour 

Stagnant day at the plate halts Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers struggled to get much of anything going offensively on Friday, losing 4-1 to the Washington Nationals. The Brewers mustered just three hits, one of which was a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning by Avisail Garcia. Washington scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning and then tacked on one more in both the sixth and ninth. With the loss, the Brewers are now 74-49 and play the Nats again on Saturday at 3:05 PM. The game will once again be in Milwaukee. 

 

Antetokounmpo buys Brewers stake

Wisconsin now has its second sports legend that has cemented its legacy through ownership. Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, originally from Greece, is officially part of the Brewers ownership team after buying a minority stake. Antetokounmpo was honored by the Brew Crew in a press conference where he was given his own Brewers jersey. Antetokounmpo joins Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who bought a minority stake in the Bucks in April of 2018. 

 

(Photo courtesy of Paul Sancya)

 

Helman Homers Kernels Past Rattlers

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were held to three hits on Friday night as they suffered another frustrating defeat at the hands of the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field. Cedar Rapids got a pair of solo home run from Michael Helman for a 3-1 win over the Rattlers.

Helman gave the Kernels (53-41) the lead with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the third inning. Wisconsin pitchers have now given up at least one home run in twelve straight games.

The Rattlers (43-50) tied the game in the top of the fourth with an unearned run. Joey Wiemer reached on an error and moved to second on a grounder. Zavier Warren singled to center with two outs to score Wiemer with the tying run.

Two Wisconsin errors in the bottom of the fifth inning led to an unearned run for Cedar Rapids to take the lead. A bobble on a grounder to Chad McClanahan at third and an errant throw by pitcher Nick Bennett on a play at first put two runners on with no outs. Wander Javier was next and he singled to center to knock in the go-ahead run.

Kernels starting pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long opened the door a bit for the Timber Rattlers in the top of the sixth inning with a one-out walk to Wiemer. Je’Von Ward, who had two of Wisconsin’s three hits in the game, singled to send Wiemer to third and took second on the throw to third. Gipson-Long got out of the inning with a popup and a grounder to second. Gipson-Long had eight strikeouts, walked one, and was in position for his first win as a Kernel after his six innings of work.

Helman struck again in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out, solo home run off Freisis Adames. Helman’s homer was his fourteenth of the season and his fifth against Wisconsin pitchers in 2021.

The Timber Rattlers only had one base runner over the final three innings against two Kernels relievers. Antonio Piñero reached on an error to start the eighth inning against Zach Featherstone, who struck out the next three batters to finish the inning. Melvi Acosta worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his seventh of the season.

Cedar Rapids has won five in a row to move to twelve games over .500. The Rattlers have fallen to seven games under .500, their low-water mark of the season.

The Rattlers and Kernels will meet in game five of the series on Saturday night at Perfect Game Field. Justin Jarvis (1-6, 6.29) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Cody Lawyerson (1-3, 5.06) is set to start for Cedar Rapids. ame time is 6:35pm with the radio broadcast starting at 6:15pm on AM1280 and internet audio. The game is also available on MiLB.tv.

Packers to officially battle Jets; Packers sign wide receiver

After the Green Bay Packers held joint practices for just the second time in the last 16 years with the New York Jets throughout the week, the Packers will take on the Jets Saturday with the actual score being kept. The Packers will try to get their first win of the exhibition season with Kurt Benkert taking the first-team snaps as Green Bay saves Aaron Rodgers for the regular season and Jordan Love is nursing a shoulder injury. The Packers previously fell to the Houston Texans 26-7 last Saturday in their preseason game while the Jets beat their cross-town opponent, the New York Giants, 12-7. Saturday’s game starts at 3:25 PM. 

 

In a quick drop and pick-up, the Green Bay Packers released cornerback Dominique Martin and signed wide receiver Damon Hazelton. The wide receiver just missed out on giving Packer fans a sneak peek, as he was with Houston until August 11th, just three days before they came to Green Bay. 

 

Door County League Baseball announces year-end awards

Door County Baseball League announced the 2021 Manager, Pitcher, and Batter awards this week.  Joe Cornell, Washington Island, voted Manager of the Year by his DCL peers.  Matt Ash, Egg Harbor team manager stated “He has turned that team around to be a contender without adding any new players.” Cornell led the Islanders to a third place position in the league standings with a 9-5 record.  

 

Sister Bay's Sam Forkert has been voted as the Pitcher of the Year. Forkert helped lead the Bays to the regular season championship by pitching 91 innings with 65 strikeouts and allowing only 24 walks.  Ash commented, “Getting the win head to head versus Jake Schneider solidified his name into the conversation.  Sam has always been a great pitcher, again helping Sister Bay win another regular season title.” 

 

Kyle Routhieaux of Kolberg has won the batting title in the Door County League.  A fantastic season with 25 hits with 57 at bats.  Kyle had 22 runs, 16 RBIs and one home run.  Congratulations Kyle.  The following is a list of the top 15 batters for the 2021 DCL Regular Season, as reported by League Statistician, Chad Michaels.

 Kyle Routhieaux, Kolberg .439 (25X57)

 Austen Dart, Kolberg .432 (19X44)

 Sam Forkert, Sister Bay .400 (22X55)

 Austin Rohe, Kolberg .382 (21X55)

 Stuart Larsen, Sister Bay .380 (19X50)

 Joe Sawyer, Egg Harbor .370 (20X54)

 Cory Fuller, Egg Harbor .370 (20X54)

 Derek Ray, Kolberg .340 (18X53)

 Alec Schartner, West Jacksonport .333 (19X57)

 Griffin Cole, Sister Bay .328 (21X64)

 Luke Geiger, Washington Island .327 (18X55)

 Derek Niedzwiecki, West Jacksonport .317 (19X60)

 Drew Tanck, West Jacksonport .306 (19X62)

 Jon Baudhuin, Institute .308 (12X39)

 Brent Haberli, Institute .294 (15X51)

Award presentations will be held at the conclusion of the Championship game, Sunday, August 29th.  

Brewers end road trip with rare loss

The recent road trip for the Milwaukee Brewers was as good as you could have asked for up until its final game with the St. Louis Cardinals, where the Brewers lost 8-4. After the top of the fourth inning, the Brewers held a 4-1 lead thanks to doubles from Manny Pina and Willy Adames and a single from Kolten Wong. All three hits collected at least one RBI. In the bottom of the fifth, the Cardinals scored five runs to go up 6-4. The Brewers would not be able to recover in the loss. 

 

In the Brewers ten-game road trip that went through Wrigley Field, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, the Brewers won eight out of ten games. The Brewers are now 74-48 this season and 8.5 games ahead in the NL Central. The Brewers face off with the Washington Nationals at 7:10 PM on Friday.

 

Love unlikely to play Saturday

As many are tuned in to see 2020 first round draft pick and second-year backup quarterback Jordan Love play in his first preseason, they may have to hold their enthusiasm this Saturday. As Green Bay has participated in joint practices with the New York Jets this week, the two quarterbacks getting prepared for game reps are Kurt Benkert and Jake Dolegala, who was signed this week for his second stint with the Packers this offseason. Packers head coach Matt Lafleur told reporters on Thursday that it’s unlikely Love will play due to a minor shoulder injury. There is no indication as to whether or not Love will play in the preseason finale, which is an August 28th road matchup at Buffalo. The Packers are 0-1 this preseason, having lost 26-7 to Houston on Saturday. 

 

Glory land three on All-Conference list

The Green Bay Glory season may be done but that didn’t stop a trio of players from getting recognition for their 2021 efforts. The Women’s Premier Soccer League announced its 2021 All-Conference list and three players from the Green Bay Glory earned the postseason honor. Nicole Friis, Hanna Lech, and Hannah Kroupa were each named to the All-Conference team among Lake Michigan Conference participants. Friis is a redshirt senior at St. Cloud State University, Lech is a St. Norbert College class of 2020 alum, and Kroupa is a junior at Northern Illinois University. 

 

Packers unleash new look

You’ll be able to see a new “throwback” uniform package for the Green Bay Packers in 2021 when they put on their alternate jerseys on October 24th against Washington. The Packers announced this offseason that there would be a new alternate uniform that would differ from the previous two that paid tribute to some of Green Bay’s earliest “Acme Packer” days. These uniforms didn’t come with any blue like the previous sets and will be a 1950’s look for fans to take in. The Packers unveiled the uniform with a video featuring poses from different players. 

 

(Photo from @packers) 

 

Kernels Rock Rattlers

Jeferson Morales snapped a 1-1 tie with a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Cedar Rapids Kernels went on to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 10-1 Wednesday night at Perfect Game Field.  The loss was the Rattlers’ second straight in the series and dropped Wisconsin 7-1/2 games behind the Kernels for a playoff spot in the High-A Central League.

 

Michael Helman put the Kernels (51-41) up 1-0 with a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the second inning.

Joey Wiemer tied the game for Wisconsin (43-48) .  Wiemer lined a home run over the wall in left to start the fourth.  Wiemer has five home runs in eight games and is on a seven-game hitting streak since joining the Rattlers on August 10.

Morales put the Kernels back in front in the bottom of the fourth.  Cedar Rapids had runners at first and second with two outs when Wisconsin starting pitcher Victor Castañeda walked Helman on four pitches to load the bases.  Morales unloaded the bases with a home run to left and grand slam gave Cedar Rapids a 5-1.

The Kernels kept the pressure on Castañeda in the bottom of the fifth as the first two runners reached on singles and moved into scoring position on a weak grounder.  Then, Matt Wallner ripped a double down the first base line to score both runners and the Kernels had a 7-1 lead.  Castañeda gave up a single to move Wallner to third and that was it for him on the night.

Cristían Sierra relieved Castañeda and gave up a run on a sacrifice fly by Seth Gray that scored Wallner to put the Kernels up 8-1.

Sierra got into trouble with three walks in the bottom of the seventh inning to load the bases.  Gray made Wisconsin pay with a double to right to score two more runs for a 10-1 lead.

Brady Schanuel took over for Sierra and got the final two outs to strand both runners.  Schanuel has inherited 22 runners this season and has only allowed one to score.

Catcher Kekai Rios was pressed into service as Wisconsin’s fourth pitcher of the night.  He came on to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning and worked around a two-out double and a hit batsman to work a scoreless frame.  Rios is the fourth Wisconsin position player to pitch in a game this season.

Wiemer reached base three times on Wednesday.  He had a single and was hit by a pitch to go with his home run.  Carlos Rodríguez and Felix Valerio also had two hits in the game for Wisconsin.  Both players had a double and a single.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night at Perfect Game Field.  Brandon Knarr is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin and will be making his High-A Central debut.  Tyler Watson (2-3, 3.33) is the scheduled starter for the Kernels.  Game time is 6:35pm.

Packers host Jets, sign QB Jake Dolegala

The Green Bay Packers' first practice with the New York Jets featured some new faces on the field.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced prior to practice that they signed quarterback Jake Dolegala while also releasing cornerback Stanford Samuels. It is his second stint with the team this summer after signing on with the Packers for mini-camp while Aaron Rodgers was out. The Central Connecticut State product set school records for career passing yards and touchdowns, but he is in camp primarily to split reps with Rodgers and Kurt Benkert while Jordan Love nurses an injured shoulder.

 

Wednesday marked the first of two practices against the New York Jets ahead of their preseason matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Jets' defense challenged the Packers offense during their 11-on-11 with different pressures and looks. Rodgers and Benkert were able to make some nice passes to their receivers, but also had periods where there may have been some communication issues with receivers.  The two teams also ran some position drills together before going back to some more 11-on-11 work.  The Jets joined the Packers on Ray Nitschke Field after getting some initial work done on the other side of the Don Hutson Center at Clark Hinkle Field. 

 

The two teams will have a public practice again on Thursday at 10:25 a.m. It is also the last scheduled public practice of training camp.

 

 

Hill Raceway readies for Championship Night on Saturday August 21st

The time has come to crown champions in the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Unified Dirt Street Stocks, and Baby Bombers. The final point night will take place on Saturday, August 21st.  The racing starts at 6:00 pm. 

 

Kewaunee’s Greg Gretz holds a 5 point advantage over Casco’s Josh Lambert and Kyle Kudick of Mishicot. Green Bay’s Jay Matthias sits 4th in the standing just 6 markers back.  

 

In the Stock Cars its defending champion Brett Wenzel of Manitowoc sitting atop the standings with a commanding 25 point advantage over Two Creeks Bret Koehler. Wenzel needs to qualify for the feature to clinch the title.  

 

“The Kid” Randy LeMieux Jr of Brussels leads the standing in the Sport Mods with a 7 point margin over Luxemburg’s Craig Dorner. Cody Rass of Sturgeon Bay is still in the hunt sitting 12 markers back in 3rd place.  

 

Troy Muench of Brussels, who eyes his second Unified Dirt Street Stock championship, hold a mere 4 point advantage over Luxemburg’s Shanon Guelette.  

 

Green Bay’s Tony Everard looks to capture his 6th Baby Bomber title. Everard has a 9 point advantage over Thomas Schulte of Kaukauna and Cleveland’s Scott Schlafke.  

  

Remaining schedule:  

Saturday, August 21st Championship night w/Modifieds 6:00pm  

 

Saturday, September 4th Hill Special, Throwback Night. Non-points, draw/redraw format. Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Street Stocks and Baby Bombers will in action. We will have a Powder Puff and Old Timers race. Must not have driven competitively in the last 10 years to qualify for the Old Timers race. If participating in the Powder Puff or Old Timers race, please be signed up by August 21st.  

  

Like us on Facebook at The Hill Raceway. The Hill Raceway is located at 812 North 14th Street in Sturgeon Bay, WI. All track information can be found on our Facebook @hillraceway or contact 920-495-6631 Regular night pricing: Pit pass $25, crew members 17 and under $15. Grandstands $10, 12 and under free. Pit gates open 2 hours before start time.  Service members are free with ID. 

Brewers release 2022 spring training schedule

You can start making your vacation plans that revolve around the Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training schedule. The ballclub announced their 2022 exhibition schedule which begins on February 26th against the Los Angeles Angels at American Family Field of Phoenix. That will be the first of 32 spring games in Arizona for the Brewers. Spring Training will end against the Kansas City Royals on March 28th and March 29th. In total, the Crew will be the host of 16 games in Arizona with opponents that include the LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Cincinnati Reds. The entire Spring schedule can be found here

 

Brewers shutout Cardinals

The Milwaukee Brewers allowed just four hits and hung on to a 2-0 lead for the majority of the game and won by the same score over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Milwaukee only posted two runs despite getting fourteen hits. Corbin Burnes earned the win for Milwaukee and Josh Hader grabbed the save. Kolten Wong and Omar Narvaez each had RBIs for the Brewers in the second and third innings. The Brewers are now 73-47 and have another road game with the Cardinals on Thursday starting at 6:45 PM. 

Phoenix reschedule Thursday's soccer contest

When the University of Wisconsin Green Bay women’s soccer team faces Northern Michigan on August 27th, it’ll be their first game in 20 days after the postponement of Thursday’s battle with the University of St. Thomas. It was announced this week that the matchup with the Tommies got pushed back to September 2nd. The game will still take place at 5 PM in Green Bay at Aldo Santaga Stadium. Admission for UWGB home games is free this season. 

Bucks announce preseason schedule

You’ll have two chances to catch the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum for exhibition play this coming season. The five-game preseason schedule was announced on Tuesday. The Bucks open the season on the road for the first two, when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on October 5th and the Brooklyn Nets on October 8th. The Bucks have their first showdown at the Fiserv Forum for their exhibition tilt with the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 10th. They’ll then visit the Utah Jazz on October 13th before wrapping up their preseason against the Dallas Mavericks on October 15th. Tickets for exhibition play will go on sale on Friday September 10th at 10:00 A.M.  

 

Packers make cornerback swap, trade Jackson

The Green Bay Packers have question marks at cornerback after re-signing Kevin King and drafting Eric Stokes, but now a cornerback with starter experience has entered the room. Green Bay traded former second round draft pick out of Iowa, Josh Jackson to the New York Giants for Cornerback Isaac Yiadom. There were no other players or picks packaged as part of the trade. 

 

Yiadom was drafted a round after Jackson in 2018, when he was selected in the third round by the Denver Broncos. Yiadom has one interception and ten starts in his NFL career. 

 

Brewers return to division play after day off

The Milwaukee Brewers had a day to rejuvenate after getting ready to face another division rival with the series starting on Tuesday, when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals on the road. The series is for three games, and they all start at 6:45 PM. The Milwaukee Brewers went 2-1 in their most recent series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Milwaukee’s record coming into the series is 72-47 and they are ten games ahead of the Cardinals who have a 61-56 record. 

 

Love status for Saturday up in the air

The Green Bay Packers have teetered on the safe side when it comes to their second-year quarterback Jordan Love since halftime of Saturday’s preseason game with the Houston Texans. That may continue as Packers head coach Matt Lafleur said his status for the game on Saturday, October 21st is uncertain. In an off season vital to Love’s development and in his first preseason, his shoulder was “dinged” on a strip-sack just before halftime of his first NFL game action. Matt Lafleur told reporters after the game that the minor injury was the reason they didn’t play him in the third quarter as originally planned. Jordan Love described it as a “strain” in a postgame press conference. 

 

Jordan Love did not take practice reps on Monday, leaving the Packers with Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Benkert. In what may be a response, the Packers worked out former Central Michigan quarterback Quinten Dormady.

 

Brewers clip Bucs 2-1

The Milwaukee Brewers put up single tallies in the first and third innings and that was all they needed in their 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
 

RBI hits for Eduardo Escobar (a single in the first inning) and Christian Yelich (double in the third) turned out to be all the Brewers would need. The Pirates did get on the board in the bottom of the third when Ben Gamel drove in a run on a play that had to be overturned by replay. Otherwise, the bullpen day worked to perfection for the Brewers with Eric Lauer tossing four innings of one-run ball to pair with six strikeouts. Five other relievers took it the rest of the way with Brent Suter picking up the win and Josh Hader earning the save.

 

The Brewers will now head to St. Louis for a series with the Cardinals, which will begin on Tuesday.

McClana-SLAM! Rattlers Beat Loons 8-6 with Help from McClanahan's Bases-Loaded Homer

The Great Lakes Loons out-homered the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, but it was the Rattlers who celebrated an 8-6 win thanks to a go-ahead grand slam from Chad McClanahan and another big offensive day from Joey Wiemer,

 

Wiemer continued to make an impression on the home crowd when he cracked a 441-foot home run over the back wall of the stadium with one out in the bottom of the first inning.  The dinger was the fourth for Wiemer in his six games since joining the team from the Carolina Mudcats at the start of the series.

Zac Ching also continued a memorable series for the Loons (47-43) in the top of the second inning when he hit his fourth home run of the series.  Ching’s solo shot to left was his eleventh of the season and it tied the game 1-1.

The Loons added to their league-leading home run total in the top of the third inning.  Ryan Ward and Carson Taylor hit back-to-back dingers to start the inning and give Great Lakes a 3-1 advantage.

Wisconsin starting pitcher Freisis Adames retired ten batters in a row after the Taylor home run.  That streak ended after a one-out double by Eddys Leonard in the sixth.  Brandon Lewis was next and he hit a high fly to the warning track in center that Wiemer lost in the sun for a double to score Leonard for a 4-1 lead.

Je’Von Ward started the Wisconsin half of the sixth with a single.  Then, Wiemer hit a high fly to center that Leonard lost in the sun and the ball dropped for a single.  Zavier Warren was next and he singled to drive in Ward for the first run of the inning.  Joe Gray Jr drew a walk to load the bases and set the stage for McClanahan.

The Wisconsin first baseman had hit a grand slam against West Michigan on May 18 and worked the count to 3-1.  Then, McClanahan unloaded a 437-foot blast over the boardwalk in right-center and out of the stadium for the fifth slam of the season by a Wisconsin hitter and a 6-4 lead.

The Timber Rattlers (43-46) added two more runs after the seventh inning stretch.  Ward and Wiemer singled to put runners on the corners with no outs.  Warren hit a sacrifice fly to score Ward.  Wiemer, who had four hits on the day, scored later in the inning on a wild pitch for an 8-4 lead.

Ryan Ward hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning.  The homer was Ward’s second of the day, fourth of the series, and twentieth of the season, but that was as close as the Loons would get.  Wiemer made a diving catch on a sinking line drive off the bat of Taylor to end the game.

 

Wisconsin won four of the six games in the series and staged comeback victories in all four of their wins.

The teams combined for 27 home runs in the six-game series.  Great Lakes had sixteen homers and has run their season total to 139 in 90 games.  Wisconsin had eleven homers in the series.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. when they start a two-week trip to Iowa with game one of a series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Joey Matulovich (1-1, 6.23) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin at Perfect Game Field.

Braves top Islanders, host playoff opener next week

The matchups were known, but the final piece of the Door County League baseball playoff puzzle has been solved.

 

The Kolberg Braves topped the Washington Island Islanders 11-5 in their make-up game Sunday. That gives the Braves a home-field advantage over the Islanders when the two teams meet again next Sunday in the first round of the Door County League baseball playoffs. Institute travels to Sister Bay in the other semi-final. Both games will begin at 1:30 p.m.

GLO win second straight championship

America's Dairyland claimed its second professional basketball championship on Sunday when the Wisconsin GLO toppled the St. Louis Surge 93-77.

 

The Surge had dealt the GLO their first losses in franchise history, so the final result was anything but guaranteed. The Surge even held a two-point lead heading into the halftime, break, but the GLO shined bright in the third quarter with a 31-15 offensive explosion. 

 

Kelly Moten scored 30 points in the playoff finale, earning her MVP honors. Taylor Wurtz, former Green Bay standout Julie Wojta, and Sam Logic also reached double-figures in scoring. It was the second straight Global Women's Basketball Association championship for the GLO.

Seasons start for multiple sports Monday

The layoff has been longer for some than others, but several athletes will get to practice for the first time for the fall season on Monday.

 

Girls volleyball, boys soccer, and cross country all can officially begin their season after a year when some last played in November and others last battled in May. Luxemburg-Casco will begin their state title defense after winning it all in the fall while the area's Packerland Conference teams played in the spring. Sevastopol's girls cross country will try to punch another ticket to the state meet after doing so last fall when Southern Door and Luxemburg-Casco also competed. All other schools ran in the spring. Sturgeon Bay soccer wrapped their season earlier this year after not being able to compete in the fall, where Luxemburg-Casco was the only local team to play.

 

This week marks the first games for Kewaunee tennis and the area's local 11-man football teams. The entire Luxemburg-Casco football season will air on 96.7 WBDK.

Jim's Bar and Bowl wins Casco Lions softball tournament

Several teams slugged softball for a good cause this weekend in Casco.

 

The 44th edition of the tournament ended with Jim's Bar and Bowl capturing first place. Second place went to R&R Fitness. Moxies finished in 3rd place and 4th was Rentmeester Farms. 

 

Funds received during the course of the weekend went to the Vandenhouten family to help pay for medical equipment. 

 

Pictures courtesy of Casco Lions Club

 

 

Great Lakes Batters Rattlers

The Great Lakes Loons were up 9-0 before the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a runner on base Saturday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Loons went on to defeat Wisconsin 13-2.

 

Great Lakes (47-42) scored three runs in the top of the first inning off Wisconsin starting pitcher Justin Jarvis. Ryan Ward started the game with a double and moved to third on a single by Carson Taylor.  A wild pitch let Ward score.  Then, Andy Pages singled to left to score Taylor from second.  Later in the inning, Brandon Lewis drew a two-out walk.  Jonny DeLuca was next and he doubled to left to score Lewis for the 3-0 lead.

Jarvis retired the first two Loons he faced in the top of the second, but a walk to Ward and single to Taylor ended his day.  Reliever John LaRossa entered and walked Pages to load the bases.  Eddys Leonard sent a grounder to deep short and Antonio Piñero made a diving stop, got to his feet, and fired to first.  The throw to first was wild and two runs scored on the play.

The Loons tacked on four runs in the top of the third inning to go up 9-0.  Ward and Taylor had consecutive two-RBI singles for Great Lakes.

Wisconsin (42-46) struggled against Hyun il-Choi, the Loons starting pitcher.  He retired the first nine batters he faced.  Joey Wiemer broke that string with an infield single in the bottom of the fourth.  Then, Zavier Warren doubled and Joe Gray Jr walked to load the bases.  Je’Von Ward drove in Wiemer with a sacrifice fly.  Choi got the second out of the inning on force play at second and got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Zac Ching hit a home run in the top of the sixth inning for Great Lakes.  It was his third home run of the series.

Wiemer and Warren combined get the Rattlers on the scoreboard against in the bottom of the eighth.  Wiemer doubled to start the inning and Warren singled to right to score his second run of the game.  The Timber Rattlers had five hits in the game.  Wiemer and Warren each had two hits.

Wisconsin relievers Cristían Sierra and Brady Schanuel worked through the eighth inning.  Sierra allowed two hits and struck out three over 2-1/3 scoreless innings.  Schanuel pitched three innings, gave up one run on one hit with two walks and seven strikeouts.  That left Wisconsin one inning short and the call went out to position player Chad McClanahan to pitch the top of the ninth.

McClanahan, the third Wisconsin position player to pitch for the Timber Rattlers this season, gave up a lead-off home run to Deacon Liput and a one-out, solo homer to Ward.  Brandon Lewis drove in the final run of the game with a two-out RBI single.

The Timber Rattlers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

 

The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field.  Freisis Adames (4-2, 5.68) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  Clayton Beeter (0-4, 3.12) is set to start for the Loons.  Game time is 1:05pm.

 

Playoff implications in DCL matchup Sunday

It is not a matter of who or where for Sunday's lone Door County League Baseball matchup.

 

Washington Island will travel to Kolberg for a make-up game at 1:30 p.m. The winner will get to play host next Sunday when the two teams play again. The other matchup next Sunday will feature Institute traveling to Sister Bay.

Playoff implications in DCL matchup Sunday

It is not a matter of who or where for Sunday's lone Door County League Baseball matchup.

 

Washington Island will travel to Kolberg for a make-up game at 1:30 p.m. The winner will get to play host next Sunday when the two teams play again. The other matchup next Sunday will feature Institute traveling to Sister Bay.

Texans run over Packers in preseason opener

The  Green Bay Packers could not get much going on offense Saturday night in its 26-7 loss to the Houston Texans.

 

After holding the Texans to just a field goal in the first quarter, Jordan Love turned in his most impressive drive of the game, ending it with a 22-yard pass to Kylin Hill to make it 7-3. The Texans would score 23 unanswered points thanks to a touchdown by Scottie Phillips at the end of the first half and a 25-yard touchdown run by Darius Jackson. Ka'im Fairbarn kicked four field goals in the contest. The Texans outgained the Packers 170-49 on the ground. Love was 12 for 17 for 122 yards and a touchdown, many of which came on his touchdown drive in the second quarter. Both Love and Kurt Benkert were guilty of one turnover in the game for the Packers.

 

The Packers return to action at Lambeau Field for a 3:25 p.m. game against the New York Jets.

Booyah fall to Chinooks heading into season finale

The Green Bay Booyah and Lakeshore Chinooks traded blows in Friday’s first inning but the Booyah could not keep up the entire game in their 10-4 loss. The Booyah gave up a run to the Chinooks in the top of the first inning and then tied the game back up on a Spencer Weston lead-off home run. Lakeshore broke the tie in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three runs. Green Bay answered with two runs in the next half-inning but the Chinooks scored five more runs in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach, making it 9-2. The Booyah wouldn’t give up as Tristin Garcia hit a two-run home run, which was his eighth homer of the year. The six-run loss puts the Booyah record for the second half of the season at 12-24 and 25-46 for the overall season. The Booyah will play their final season game when they visit the Chinooks in Mequon, with the first pitch being thrown at 6:35 PM. 

 

Blizzard trying to climb back to .500 against Frisco

In their pursuit of ending the regular season with a .500 record and making a playoff push, the Green Bay Blizzard have a tall task in their road matchup with the Frisco Fighters on Saturday. The Blizzard will be squaring off with the 9-2 Fighters at 7:05 PM CST. The Blizzard come into the game with a 5-7 record and are unfamiliar with the 2021 Frisco squad that they have not played yet. The Blizzard will be vying to gain momentum before next week’s season finale in Sioux Falls. 

 

Wisconsin Powers Past Loons

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers put on a show in front of their biggest home crowd of the season in their 10-4 win over the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. The Timber Rattlers hit three home runs, collected fourteen hits, and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good as 4,254 fans watched the offensive fireworks.

Joe Gray Jr. was all over the field in the first inning for the Timber Rattlers. He made a diving catch in center in the top of the first inning to rob lead-off batter Eddys Leonard of a hit. In the bottom of the first, Gray crushed a solo homer to left with two outs and gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead. The homer was Gray’s fifth home run since joining Wisconsin.

Great Lakes (46-42) went in front in the top of the second. Jonny DeLuca hit a two-run home run for a 2-1 lead. The home run was the 131st of the season for the Loons.

They added to their lead in the to of the third inning on a solo homer by Eddys Leonard.

Wisconsin (42-45) pulled back to within a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Kekai Rios, but the Loons got that run back in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Carson Taylor.

The Timber Rattlers offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth. Zavier Warren started the inning with a double. Chad McClanahan was next and he singled to right. Warren scored on the hit and McClanahan took second on the throw home. That brought LG Castillo to the plate as the go-ahead run.

Castillo hammered an 0-2 pitch to the Great Lakes bullpen for his fifth home run of the season and Wisconsin was up 5-4.

Later in the inning Joey Wiemer cracked a two-run homer out of the ballpark and the Rattlers had a 7-4 lead. Wiemer has homered in three straight games.

Great Lakes threatened in the top of the sixth inning as they loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Nash Walters. The right-hander escaped the inning with no damage as he struck out the next two batters before getting a ground out to end the inning.

Wisconsin put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gray, who had four hits in the game, singled and stole second. Warren was hit by a pitch and Castillo, who had three hits, singled to score Gray and get Warren around to third base for an 8-4 lead.

Later in the inning, Castillo took off early from first base and was picked off but stayed in a rundown and eluded the infielders long enough for Warren to break for the plate and score on a steal of home.

Castillo doubled in the eighth inning and would score from third on a grounder off the bat of Rios for the final run of the game.

Wisconsin’s bullpen pitched four scoreless innings on Friday night. Walters worked a scoreless sixth. Evan Reifert pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth with three strikeouts. Taylor Floyd pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. Timber Rattlers relievers have covered fifteen innings in the series with Great Lakes. They have allowed one run and struck out 25 in those fifteen innings.

The four-hit game for Gray was his first as a professional.

Game five of the series is Saturday night. Justin Jarvis (1-5, 5.70) is set to be the starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Great Lakes has named Hyun-Il Choi (0-0, 3.00) as their scheduled starting pitcher. Game time is 6:35pm.

First full Lambeau crowd expected for preseason opener

The gameday atmosphere will look much different in Saturday’s preseason opener at Lambeau Field than it did in 2020. The Packers will face off with the Houston Texans at 7:00 PM, welcoming back a full game crowd for the first time since the 2019-2020 divisional round playoff. Many eyes will be on second-year quarterback and the 2020 NFL draft’s 26th pick Jordan Love, who will take his first NFL game snap as he’s expected to start and play a significant chunk of the game. Head Coach Matt Lafleur mentioned this week that he doesn’t expect Aaron Rodgers to suit up for any preseason action and that a considerable amount of key players will be sidelined for Saturday’s game in order to preserve their bodies. It will also be the first preseason game for the Packers since 2019, as last year’s exhibition games were canceled. 

 

UWGB announces athletic events to operate at full capacity

You can expect a respectable crowd on hand when you go watch University of Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix athletics this year. UWGB athletics made the announcement on Friday that they will be allowing 100% capacity at this year’s sporting events they host. A big incentive for you to check out UWGB men’s and women’s soccer is that their home games will be free admission as a way to invite the community back to the UWGB campus. For the time being, guests attending the Kress Center will be required to wear a mask. 

 

Green Knights open up camp

The St. Norbert College Green Knights have got their first football fall camp underway in two years. After not having a 2020 season, the Green Knights won’t have the opportunity to build momentum off their last season, when they went 6-3 in 2019, including wins in five of their last six games. The Green Knights open up the season against Loras College in a home game on September 4th. The Green Knights are coached by Dan McCarty and will be competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference full time for the first year. 

 

Booyah lead slips in tight loss to Rafters

The Green Booyah got two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, but late in the game the Rafters took the lead back and won 3-2. The Booyah gave up a run in the bottom of the first to go down 1-0 right away. In the fourth inning the Booyah’s runs came on an RBI double from Brett Blair that scored Tristin Garcia and later an RBI double from Alec Danen that scored Brett Blair. 

 

From the top of the fourth inning to the bottom of the sixth, the Booyah had a 2-1 lead. The Rafters tied the contest in the bottom of the sixth and then scored a run to give them a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth. That would be all the Rafters needed to down the Booyah. The Booyah fall to 12-23 on the season and will face off with the Lakeshore Chinooks at 6:35 PM on Friday in a home duel. 

Loons Turn Tables on Wisconsin with 5-2 Comeback Win

On Wednesday night, the Great Lakes Loons took early leads in both games of a doubleheader only to watch the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rally for two comeback wins. The Timber Rattlers know the feeling now after they had an early 2-0 lead over the Loons on Thursday night and had to watch the Loons rally past them for a 5-2 win at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Joey Wiemer gave Wisconsin (41-45) the lead in the bottom of the second inning with a lead-off homer. The blast was Wiemer’s second in as many games with the Rattlers.

Je’Von Ward added to the lead in the third with a solo homer. Ward has five homers on the season after that long ball.

The Loons (46-41) tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Andy Pages drew a walk with one out but was still at first with two outs. Then, Zac Ching smacked a triple off the wall in center to score Pages. Eddys Leonard was next and he singled to left to get Ching home with the tying run.

Great Lakes used the home run to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Ryan Ward hit a two-run homer and Carson Taylor followed with a solo shot for a 5-2 advantage.

Neither team scored after that.

Wisconsin’s bullpen of Cristían Sierra (2IP, H, 3BB, 2K) and Harold Chirino (2IP, H, 0BB, 2K) held the Loons where they were at on the scoreboard. The Loons used two relievers to close out the game, too. Franklin De La Paz (4.1IP, H, 5K) and Jeff Belge (2IP, 0H, 3K) didn’t allow Wisconsin to get anything going offensively.

Yeison Coca had three hits for the Timber Rattlers with two singles, a double, and a stolen base but he was stranded each time he reached base.

The loss denied the Timber Rattlers a chance to match their longest winning streak of the season. Great Lakes ended a five-game losing streak with their win on Thursday.

Game four of the series is Friday night at Neuroscience Group Field. Nick Bennett (1-2, 4.56) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. The Loons have named Jose Hernandez (0-1, 10.80) as their starting pitcher. Game time is 7:05pm.

Brewers embarrass Cubs in four-game sweep

Another big inning for the Milwaukee Brewers secured the sweep over their NL Central rival Chicago Cubs with a 17-4 win at Wrigley Field Thursday afternoon.

 

Even though Brandon Woodruff started the game, the Brewers did not need him to do much, pitching only three innings of two-hit, one-run ball. His only run given up was via a bases-loaded walk in the second inning. That was preceded by a five-run frame highlighted by a two-run Jace Peterson homer and two RBI single by Willy Adames. Manny Pina put the game out of reach officially in the fifth inning with a grand slam against the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks to make it 9-1. Pina would homer again in the sixth inning following a Peterson RBI single that made it 13-1. After a three-run homer by the Brewers' Luis Urias, the Cubs' no-name offense would get some runs in the seventh thanks to back-to-back homers from Frank Schwindel and Patrick Wisdom. The Brewers got one of those runs back in the ninth on a Urias solo shot. 

 

The Brewers left a smoldering Wrigley Field with their hot offense for Pittsburgh to begin a three-game set against the Pirates on Friday. The first game is set for 6:05 p.m.

Rafters first inning rally downs Booyah

Storms passed in time for the Green Bay Booyah to start their home bout with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, but an abysmal start derailed the excitement in their 13-4 loss. The Rafters crushed the Booyah in the first inning, scoring seven runs in the top half. The Booyah did get on the board in the bottom of the second inning with a run and three more runs in the next. That wouldn’t be enough as the Rafters scored in the third, seventh, and eighth innings in their win. The Booyah are now 12-22 in the second half of the season and will face the Rafters again on Thursday in a 6:35 PM road game. 

 

Shanty Days prepared for volleyball return

After a COVID-induced layoff, Algoma's Shanty Days Celebration is once again prepared to host its seventh Battle on the Beach Volleyball Tournament.

 

The Pool Play Round Robin style Tournament creates a bracket-style playoff tournament with every team guaranteed at least 7 matches consisting of 2 games per match. Volleyball teams will be welcomed with a softer surface to play on this year thanks to a motorized sand rake used by the city at Crescent Beach to remove bigger pieces of debris. 

 

Organizer Levi Zeitler says the biggest change over the seven years of the event's existence is the number of teams and how far they travel.

There is still room for your team to register for the tournament. You can find sign up information by clicking this link.

 

 

 

 

St. Norbert athletic department restructures; promotes Gildernick

In one of the first administration department moves for new St. Norbert College athletic director and Sturgeon Bay native Cam Fuller, Assistant Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Abby Gildernick was selected to be the Associate Athletics Director. Gildernick will retain the senior woman administrator role. Gildernick’s duties now include supervising several of the sports teams, which includes baseball, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country/track and field, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Gildernick will also be responsible for operations related to equipment and sports medicine. A new challenge for Gildernick this upcoming school year as advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be navigating the athletic department’s name, image, and likeness efforts. 

 

(Photo from SNC Athletics)

 

Rattlers Rally Again for Sweep of The Loons

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers completed a doubleheader sweep of the Great Lakes Loons with a 6-3 win in the nightcap at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Rattlers, who rallied from a big deficit in game one to win, trailed 3-0 before scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in game two to take a lead on the way to victory.

 

Deacon Liput hit a long home run with one out in the top of the second inning to give Great Lakes (45-41) a 1-0 lead.

The Loons made it 2-0 on a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Leonel Valera in the third inning.

Andy Pages cracked a two-out, solo home run in the top of the fourth inning and the Loons had a 3-0 advantage.  The home run was the 23rd of the season for Pages and tied him with Griffin Conine for the High-A Central League lead in homers.

Wisconsin (41-44) had rallied from five runs down to win game one of the twinbill 8-7 and they weren’t phased this deficit as they headed to bat in the bottom of the fourth.

Joey Wiemer drew a walk and Chad McClanahan doubled to start the frame against Aldry Acosta.  Carlos Rodríguez followed with a ground-rule double to left to score both runners and the Rattlers were down 3-2.  Hayden Cantrelle drew a walk and that was the end of the line for Acosta.

Andrew Shaps entered from the Great Lakes bullpen and he walked Kekai Rios to load the bases.  Antonio Piñero was next and he singled to center to score both Rodríguez and Cantrelle to put Wisconsin ahead 4-3.

Joe Gray Jr. tacked on a final run in the fourth inning with an RBI grounder.

Wiemer, playing in his second game with the Rattlers since his callup from the Carolina Mudcats, crushed his first Wisconsin home run as the lead-off batter in the fifth and Wisconsin was up 6-3.

Nash Walters, who had entered from the Wisconsin bullpen in the top of the fifth and worked a 1-2-3 inning, found himself in trouble in the top of the sixth after a double and a one-out single put runners on the corners.  Walters got a strikeout for the second out, but with Pages coming up as the tying run, Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson elected to go to the bullpen and bring closer Taylor Floyd into the game.

The strategy worked as Floyd got Pages to send a hard grounder behind third that was fielded cleanly by McClanahan, who made a strong throw to first to get Pages for the final out.

Floyd struck out the side in order and closed out the game to collect his eighth save of the season.

Wisconsin is 9-1 in five doubleheaders this season and they have won three in a row.  The loss was the fifth in a row for the Loons.

 

Game three of the series is scheduled for Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Victor Castañeda (3-5, 3.94) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  Great Lakes has named Jesús Vargas (5-4, 4.43) as their probable starter.  Game time is 7:05pm.

Wisconsin Storms Back to Take Game One from Loons

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers rallied from a 6-1 deficit with three home runs, including a pair of three-run homers in the sixth inning, to defeat the Great Lakes Loons 8-7 in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium

 

Great Lakes (45-40) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  A lead-off walk to Ryan Ward was followed by an RBI double off the bat of Carson Taylor.  Eddys Leonard had an RBI single later in the inning.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Joey Matulovich got out of the inning with no more damage as he escaped a bases-loaded situation with a strikeout to end the frame.

The combination of Ward and Taylor go the Loons their third run.  Ward walked with one out in the second and Ward followed with another double.  Zac Ching was next and he cracked a home run to right and the Loons were up 5-0.

Wisconsin (40-44) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second.  Chad McClanahan doubled and went to third on a passed ball.  Yeison Coca drove in McClanahan with a grounder.

 

Joe Vranesh added to the lead for Great Lakes with a solo home run in the third inning to put the Rattlers back down by five runs..

McClanahan hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fifth and Wisconsin trailed 6-2 after this blast.

The Timber Rattlers played more long ball in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead.  Antonio Piñero started the inning with a double and an error let him take third base.  Je’Von Ward drew a walk and that ended the day for reliever Zack Plunkett.  Then, Joe Gray Jr. lined a three-run homer to left off Mike Mokma on an 0-1 pitch to get Wisconsin to within 6-5.  Zavier Warren followed with a walk, but Mokma retired the next two batters.  LG Castillo kept the inning alive with a single to right. 

That brought Yeison Coca to the plate and the Wisconsin second baseman blasted a home run to the boardwalk above the Great Lakes bullpen to give Wisconsin an 8-6 lead.

Brady Schanuel pitched 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief before turning the game over to Evan Reifert with one out in the top of the sixth inning.  Reifert struck out both batters he faced and Wisconsin took the 8-6 lead to the seventh.

The Loons gave Wisconsin a bit of a scare as Ching hit a towering home run to left to lead-off the seventh.  Then, an error let the tying run get on base.  Reifert bounced back to strikeout the next three batters to secure the victory and his third save of the season.

Burnes makes history in win over Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers added insult to injury in its 10-0 win over the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night to sweep their division rivals.

 

The game was over before the Cubs even stepped into the batter's box with a seven-run first inning. Christian Yelich, Omar Narvaez, Tyrone Taylor, Lorenzo Cain, and Kolten Wong all had RBI hits in the inning. Narvaez would add three more RBI for insurance for the Brewers with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the ninth.

 

Corbin Burnes was on cruise control the whole game, pitching eight innings of four-hit ball and 15 strikeouts. That includes a stretch between the second and fifth innings where he struck out 10 consecutive Cubs hitters. He joins Tom Seaver and Aaron Nola with that distinction.

 

The Brewers go for the four-game sweep of their division rivals at 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Packers turn 102

Like you, the Green Bay Packers have a birthday, which happens to be on Wednesday. The historic franchise celebrates August 11th of 1919 as their date of origin, making them 102 years old. The Packers were founded then by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun and in 1921 they joined the American Professional Football Association. A decade after their 1919 birth, the Packers won their first of 13 championships in 1929. Even in the midst of training camp and preparation for Saturday’s preseason, the Packers social media team made sure to acknowledge the date. The birthday was also honored by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers via his official Facebook page. 

Love to take majority of QB snaps Saturday

As the Green Bay Packers prepare for their 2021 campaign and their upcoming pre-season matchup with the Houston Texans, the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is expected to not take any preseason game reps. Packers Head Coach Matt Lafleur said in a press conference this week that second-year quarterback and last year’s first round draft pick Jordan Love will get the start in Saturday’s preseason opener. This will be the first time Love gets in-game reps as a Green Bay Packer. Lafleur said that Love will play a majority of the snaps against the Texans and quarterback Kurt Benkert will finish off the contest for Green Bay. Lafleur said that Rodgers most likely won’t see preseason action and also stated that in Saturday’s game, they’ll sit select veterans. The Packers take on the Texans on Saturday in Lambeau Field with kickoff starting at 7:00 PM. 

 

Booyah lose in late night battle

A late start due to heavy rain could be a factor in the Green Bay Booyah being unable to crawl out of an early hole in their Tuesday battle with the Madison Mallards, losing 9-1. The game was scheduled to begin at 6:35 PM but had to be pushed back to 9:05 PM as the field took on a downpour. The Booyah gave up three runs in the bottom of the first and then trailed 5-1 after the fourth inning. The Booyah gave up another run in the sixth and three in the seventh. Johnny Hipsman and Spencer Weston each had two hits in the contest. The Booyah play the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at home on Wednesday with a 6:35 PM start time. 

 

Brewers power through doubleheader sweep

The Milwaukee Brewers have not had their baseball action go according to schedule this week, but that didn’t stop them from sweeping their rival, the Chicago Cubs, on Tuesday. In the first game of the doubleheader at Wrigley Field, the Brewers won 4-2. In game one, Willy Adames, Avisail Garcia, and Lorenzo Cain each hit a home run. 

 

The Brewers were also victorious in game two, winning 6-3 and scoring all six runs in the top of the fifth inning. In that inning, Milwaukee got RBIs from Jackie Bradley, Christian Yelich, Omar Narvaez, Eduardo Escobar, Rowdy Tellez, and Luis Urias. Each of the two games were seven innings long. The Brewers will be back in action on Wednesday at Wrigley Field to face the Cubs. First pitch will be thrown at 7:05 PM. 

 

Booyah drop pair to Mallards

The Green Bay Booyah left Warner Park without a win after dropping both ends of a doubleheader against the Madison Mallards Monday.

 

In game 1, the Mallards jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in a 10-5 win over the Booyah. It was 10-1 before the Booyah scored four runs in the seventh inning. Jack Duffy had a pair of RBI while Nathan Blasick had three hits and an RBI.

 

In game 2, an error brought the winning run to the plate to give the Mallards the 4-3 extra-innings victory in the nightcap over the Booyah. Nadir Lewis went yard for the Booyah to give them a 1-0 lead, only to see the Mallards take a 3-1 lead a few innings later. Spencer Weston drove in an unearned run on a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Tristin Garcia to tie the game at three in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Bryant Shellenbarger scored on an errant throw by the shortstop to give the Mallards their second win of the day.

 

The two teams will play only once on Tuesday, this time at 6:35 p.m. in Madison.

Packers head back outside Tuesday

If the weather holds up, the Green Bay Packers will head back outside for a public practice on Tuesday.

 

The Packers spent Monday inside the Don Hutson Center in the first practice following Saturday's soggy Family Night scrimmage. The practice was open to the media with Packers.com reporting that the offense regained its rhythm missing from Saturday night and the tight end position is getting healthier. 

 

The Packers will have three straight public practices on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, all of which begin at 10:10 a.m. The Packers will then face the Houston Texans on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lambeau Field. It is expected that many veterans will sit out the contest, giving the team's younger players a longer look.

Two for Tuesday for Brewers, Cubs

Rain will force the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs to take Ernie Banks' advice and play two games on Tuesday.

 

The game was delayed for incoming inclement weather ahead of the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start before it was officially postponed a couple of hours later. The two teams will play a split doubleheader with the first seven-inning game take place at 1:20 p.m. and the second starting at 7:05 p.m.

Former Gamblers coach named head of Canada hockey team

After winning at almost every other level, former Green Bay Gamblers head coach Jon Cooper is now chasing a gold medal.

 

The two-time Stanley Cup and Anderson Cup-winning coach was announced by Hockey Canada on Monday as the team's coach heading to the Olympics in Beijing in 2022. Boston's Bruce Cassidy, Vegas' Peter DeBoer and the New York Islanders' Barry Trotz were named assistants.

 

The only caveat is Cooper is only the coach for Team Canada if the NHL players play in the Olympics. They did not participate in the last games in 2018 after playing in five straight Olympics. 

Phoenix women's soccer wins first preseason game

The wait is over for college athletics at UW-Green Bay after the Phoenix's women's soccer team played an exhibition Saturday night under stormy skies.

 

The Phoenix beat Viterbo 4-1 across three 30-minute periods. Grace Miller, Savannah Hayes, and Anna María Björnsdóttir all were credited with goals in the contest. 

 

Green Bay hosts Cardinal Stritch next Thursday, August 12 at 4 p.m. before opening its regular season against St. Thomas on August 19th. 

 

The men's soccer team will not be in action until August 14th when they travel to Chicago to face Loyola.

Woodson inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson took his spot in football's immortality on Sunday after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Sunday.

 

Woodson closed out the ceremony with a tearful speech as he recognized the importance of family and highlighted his teammates at Freemont High School, University of Michigan, Oakland Raiders, and Green Bay Packers. He was presented by his mother Georgia. Sunday marked the 27th time a Packer player was enshrined in Canton.

Booyah split doubleheader with Dock Spiders

Once again playing under the GOATS moniker, the Green Bay Booyah split their double header against the I-41 rival Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Sunday afternoon in Ashwaubenon.

 

The Booyah fell in game one 7-2 with a Nadir Lewis' solo home run in the first inning and a Brett Lewis sacrifice fly a few innings later providing the only offense. The Dock Spiders catapulted themselves to the win with a four-run first inning that the Booyah could not recover from in the seven-inning game.

 

The Booyah would rebound in game two with a 3-2 victory as the road team, making up for a game rained out in Fond du Lac. Down 1-0, Lewis came through with an RBI triple and was driven in by Tristin Garcia one inning later.  After the Dock Spiders tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, Brett Blair hit the eventual game-winning home run in the top of the seventh inning. 

 

The Booyah hit the road to face the Madison Mallard for their second day of doubleheaders. The first of two games is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

GLO end regular season on high note

The Wisconsin GLO will head to their playoff weekend in St. Louis on a winning note after being the Detroit Queens 81-71 Sunday afternoon in Oshkosh.

 

After holding a five-point halftime lead, the GLO found themselves in a 56-49 hole entering the final stanza. The GLO would answer the call, more than doubling up their opponents in the fourth quarter thanks to 10 points from Hannah Whitish. Former UWGB product Julie Wojta led the way with 19 points.

DCL Notebook: Bays win, make-up scheduled

A make-up game is now scheduled for August 15th to help decide what the rest of the Door County League playoff matchups will look like.

 

Rain forced a postponement between Washington Island and Kolberg. The make-up will be held on Sunday, August 15 at Kolberg. At stake is playoff positioning since If Kolberg beats the Island on Sunday, they will be the 2nd place team and host the Island August 22nd at 1:30pm. The Islanders could host the game if they beat Kolberg since they would have beaten the Braves twice this season after finishing the year with identical records.

 

The Sister Bay Bays finished their season with a capital W with an 8-2 victory over Egg Harbor. The knockout win had Matt Francesconi leading the Bays with 4 hits and Tom Sawyer homering in the win. They will host Institute in their first round matchup on August 22nd at 1:30 p.m.

 

Brewers' bullpen falters late against Giants

Runs scored in the seventh and eighth innings spoiled the Milwaukee Brewers' chance to win a series from the San Francisco Giants, falling 5-4.

 

The Giants scored first on a Darin Ruf homer, but the Brewers answered right back in the fourth inning. Omar Narvaez hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and the Brewers added on in the fifth on an RBI single by Kolten Wong. The Giants cut the lead to one in the following inning, but the Brewers would scored again in the bottom half of the inning on a wild pitch. In the seventh inning, Brandon Belt tied the game with a two-run homer and Tommy La Stella broke the tie in the eighth with an RBI single. The Brewers sent up the minimum the rest of the game to send them to their second loss.

 

Things are looking up for the Brewers as they send Freddy Peralta to the mound at Wrigley Field to face an almost unrecognizable Chicago Cubs team that was just swept by its crosstown rivals over the weekend. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Ward Hits for the Cycle and Wisconsin Holds on for a Win

Je’Von Ward created a little history and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers avoided making history in a 15-13 win over the Beloit Snappers at ABC Supply Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  Ward hit for the cycle for Wisconsin and the Rattlers bullpen held on after leading 15-5 going into the bottom of the ninth inning.

 

Ward tripled to start the game.  Hayden Cantrelle’s deep fly to left scored Ward and the Rattlers (39-44) were up 1-0.

Connor Scott doubled to start the bottom of the first inning for Beloit and stole third base with one out.  Kameron Misner singled to right to drive in Scott to tie the game.

 

Wisconsin went back in front in the top of the second inning.  Yeison Coca drew a walk with one out.  Kekai Rios followed with a single down the line in right and turned first base too far.  Rios got in a rundown and stayed in it long enough for Coca to score the go-ahead run. 

Antonio Piñero drew a walk to keep the inning alive and Ward cashed in the opportunity with a double for a 3-1 lead.

The Snappers (39-45) had a chance to tie the score in the bottom of the third.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Freisis Adames gave up a single to Victor Victor Mesa and a walk to Misner with one out.  Will Banfield double to the corner in left.  Mesa scored and Misner raced around third to head for the plate with the tying run.  Ward picked the ball in the corner and threw to Piñero, the cutoff man.  Piñero made a perfect throw to Rios at the plate and Misner was retired with Wisconsin still in front 3-2.

The Timber Rattlers started to pull away in the top of the fourth inning as they sent ten men to the plate and scored four runs.  Piñero drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly.  Ward singled home a run and that knocked Snappers starting pitcher Jake Walters out of the game.  A pair of walks by reliever Raul Britto loaded the bases and Jesús Lujano drove in the final two runs of the inning with a single for a 7-2 lead.

Ward completed his cycle in the top of the fifth inning on his fourth at bat of the game.  He cracked a 2-2 pitch from Brito over the wall in center for a two-run homer and Wisconsin was up 9-2.

Scott would homer off Wisconsin starting Freisis Adames in the fifth inning.  Adames retired the next two batters and turned a 9-3 lead over to the bullpen after five solid innings.

The offense even added a run to the lead in the top of the sixth.  Thomas Dillard, who walked five times in the game, had walked to start the inning.  Lujano singled to left and the ball got past Misner to let Dillard score.

The bottom of the sixth inning started with Nash Walters taking over on the mound.  He got the first out and thought he had a strike on a check swing Troy Johnston.  Base umpire AJ Choc did not agree and ruled no swing.  Johnston singled later in the at bat and Walters was ejected by Choc after a brief exchange of words while Walters waited for the ball to be returned to him.  Cristían Sierra had to come into the game he gave up an RBI double to Kole Enright and an RBI single to Ynmanol Marinez to see Wisconsin’s lead shrink to 10-5.

The Wisconsin hitters went back to work in the top of the seventh inning.  Piñero singled and Ward collected his fifth hit of the game with a bloop double to left.  Hayden Cantrelle drove in a run with a single and Joe Gray Jr’s sacrifice fly scored Ward. 

In the eighth, Ward stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.  He hit a grounder to first and the throw to second got the force play, but thee throw to first was wild to let two runs score for a 14-5 lead.

Ward finished the fay 5-for-6 with five RBI, four runs scored, a stolen base, and an outfield assist.  He is the first Rattler to have five hits in a game since Zach Clark did it on July 9, 2018 against Peoria.

Gray added one more run for Wisconsin with a lead-off home run in the ninth.  That gave Gray two RBI on the day and eight RBI in the six-game series with the Snappers.

Beloit didn’t go quietly in the ninth inning against reliever John LaRossa.  They loaded the bases with two walks and a single by Scott.  The ninth inning single by Scott left him a triple shy of the cycle.  Misner doubled in all three runners and scored on a wild pitch.  A walk to Will Banfield was followed by a two-run home run by Troy Johnston and that ended the outing for LaRossa with Wisconsin’s lead down to 15-11.

Taylor Floyd took over from the Wisconsin bullpen and got the second out it was sandwiched between a hit batsman and a single.  Ricky Aracena scored both runners with a double off the top of the wall in center and the Snappers were within two runs and Scott coming back to the plate as the tying run.

Floyd ended the game with a strikeout, Scott missed on his chance for a cycle, and Wisconsin got out of Beloit with the victory.

The cycle by Ward was the first by a Timber Rattler in team history.  It was also the first by an Appleton professional baseball player since Ed Bahns hit for the cycle as a member of the Appleton Foxes in a game against the Cedar Rapids Giants at Goodland Field on May 10, 1979.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They will be back in action on Tuesday night when they begin a six-game series with the Great Lakes Loons at Neuroscience Group Field with a 7:05pm start time. 

Fourth quarter run too late for Blizzard

A tough start in Worcester, Massachusetts would spell a rough night for the Green Bay Blizzard in their 50-33 loss on Saturday. The Blizzard couldn’t get on the board in the first quarter, falling behind 9-0 to the Massachusetts Pirates. They got on the board in the second quarter, but trailed 20-7 at halftime. Massachusetts further separated in the third quarter when they took a 33-14 lead heading into the final frame. Green Bay awakened in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pirates 19-17. It wouldn’t be enough however as the Blizzard fell by 17 points. The Blizzard now fall two games below .500 with just two games left in the season. The 5-7 Blizzard take on the Frisco Fighters on the road on Saturday, August 14th. The start time for that game is 7:05 PM. 

 

Packers Family Night powers through delay

Even a pause due to lightning in the area couldn’t curb the excitement for the Green Bay Packers return to Family Night for the first time in two years. It was the largest crowd on hand that the Packers have hosted since their Divisional round win over the Seattle Seahawks in the 2019-2020 NFL playoffs. The weather delay did force head coach Matt Lafleur to scratch portions of the practice such as the two-minute drill and redzone period with the second team. Lambeau Field will take on another crowd when the Houston Texans visit the Packers for the preseason opener on Saturday, August 14th. 

 

Booyah fall to Rafters in extras

The Green Bay Booyah were outlasted by the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, 9-8, on Friday evening. The Booyah looked poised to take the game over after going up 4-1 in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom half, however, the Rafters scored two runs to tighten the gap. The same sequence happened again the following inning, as the Booyah scored two runs to go up by three in the top of the sixth inning just to have the Rapids tack on two runs in the bottom half. After six complete innings, the score was 6-5. 

 

In the bottom of inning number eight, the Rafters scored three runs to take an 8-6 lead. Green Bay answered with two runs to tie the contest in the top of the ninth and send the game to extra innings. In the bottom of the tenth, Wisconsin Rapids won the game on a walk-off walk. For the Booyah on Friday, Tristin Garcia grabbed a home run. 

 

The Booyah travel to Fond du Lac to take on the Dock Spiders at 6:35 PM on Saturday.

 

Tellez hits walk off single in Brewers win

The Milwaukee Brewers went a bit longer than expected on Friday in their 2-1 extra-innings win over the San Francisco Giants. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Rowdy Tellez hit a single that brought across Avisail Garcia for the winning run. It was Garcia’s second run of the day, as he also scored on a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. 

 

With the win, Milwaukee’s record is now 66-44 and they play the San Francisco Giants again on Saturday at 6:10 PM.

 

Wisconsin Held to One Hit in Loss at Beloit

Three Beloit Snappers pitchers combined to hold the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to one hit on Friday night at ABC Supply Stadium. The Rattlers were held off the scoreboard for the third time in five games this week as they dropped an 11-0 decision to their in-state rivals.

 

The Snappers (38-44) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run double to left by Ricky Aracena.

Aracena struck again in the bottom of the third. Ynmanol Marinez singled with two outs and stole second to get into scoring position. Aracena singled to center on a 3-2 pitch to score Marinez and Beloit was up 3-0.

MD Johnson was the starting pitcher for the Snappers and he pitched five hitless, scoreless innings with four walks and nine strikeouts.

Beloit added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Victor Victor Mesa doubled to start the inning. Will Banfield dropped a single into center and a misplay allowed Mesa to score for a 4-0 advantage.

Remey Reed took over for Johnson in the top of the sixth inning and picked up where the starter left off by pitching a hitless sixth and seventh inning. Reed retired the first two batters he faced in the eighth before Hayden Cantrelle broke up the no-hit bid with a triple off the wall in right-center.

This was the third time in four games in the series, Wisconsin (38-43) had been held hitless past the fifth inning of a game. The Rattlers go their first hit in the sixth inning on Tuesday and in the seventh inning on Wednesday.

The Snappers put the game away in the bottom of the eighth as they sent twelve batters to the plate and scored seven runs. The big hits in the inning were a three-run double by Connor Scott and a two-run double by Kameron Misner.

Eli Villalobos pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to close out the game and hand Wisconsin its third loss in a row.

Game five of the series is set for Saturday night. Nick Bennett (1-1, 4.87) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. The Snappers are expected to start George Soriano (1-1, 3.18). Game time is 6:35pm.

Bucks trade for Grayson Allen

Six years after breaking the hearts of Badgers basketball fans, Former Duke University and Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen is coming to Wisconsin after being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was reported on Friday that the Bucks traded Sam Merrill to Memphis and two future second-round picks for Allen. 

 

Allen is a three-year NBA veteran, and started 38 of the 50 games he appeared in this season. Allen averaged 25.2 minutes per game and 10.6 points to go with them. Allen spent two seasons in Memphis after being drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 2018 NBA draft. 

 

Allen earned a reputation at Duke as a competitor, but also ruffled feathers with multiple tripping incidents that even led to discipline from his team and the ACC. Allen was a big part of the Blue Devils 2015 NCAA Championship win over Wisconsin as a freshman when he scored 16 points. The former All-American is coming to the Bucks at just 25 years old. 

 

(Photo from @BR_NBA)

 

Blizzard to square off out east

The Green Bay Blizzard are on the east coast in an attempt to rebound against the Massachusetts Pirates after their loss to Bismarck last weekend. The Blizzard beat the Pirates, who hail from Worcester, MA, 40-36 in the second game of the season. That was over three months ago, and the Blizzard have not scored over 33 points since June 25th, when they beat the Iowa Barnstormers 34-26. The Blizzard have a record of 5-6 at this point in the season. Their Saturday foe, Massachusetts, holds an 8-2 overall record. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 6:05 P.M. CST. 

 

Glo set for final home weekend of the season

The Wisconsin Glo will have their hands full with a pair of teams from across the lake this weekend. The Glo play a pair of Michigan teams on Saturday and Sunday, starting with Saturday’s game against the Flint Monarchs. It’ll be the second time the two teams meet, as Wisconsin took the first meeting 85-63 on July 11th. Flint is yet to win a game this season. 

 

On Sunday, the Glo will be back in action to host the Detroit Queens. The Glo came back to beat the Queens in their first matchup at home on July 17th, 88-78. 

 

Saturday’s game starts at 7:00 PM in Oshkosh and then the Glo will be back at the same spot on Sunday at 3:00 P.M. The two games will wrap up the regular season for Wisconsin, before they go to the GWBA playoffs on August 15th in St. Louis.

 

Steebs, Laughlin make All-Tournament roster

The Ahnapee Trailblazers American Legion baseball team’s season came to an end on Sunday but the accolades didn’t stop coming. It was announced on Thursday that both Luke Steebs and Alex Laughlin were named to the AA State Tournament All-Tournament team. The Trailblazers won one game at the state tournament in Antigo last week. Both Laughlin and Steebs will play in the High School Senior All-Star game on Monday, August 9th at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. 

 

Eleven-man football completes first week of practice

One week of practice is in the books for the state's eleven-man football teams.

 

Squads like Kewaunee, Southern Door, and Luxemburg-Casco were allowed to hit the practice field this week for the first time. It was a shorter lay-off for the Storm, which unlike the Spartans and the Eagles played in the alternative fall season this spring. 

 

Algoma, Gibraltar, Sevastopol, and Sturgeon Bay can get their gridiron work beginning on August 9th.  That's the same day girls' golf teams can head back to the links for practice. 

 

The area's other athletes still have some waiting to do. Girls volleyball and girls tennis begin on August 10th.  Cross country, boys' soccer, and girls' volleyball.  begins on August 16th, 

Badgers football previews upcoming season

Press and fans got to know more about the upcoming University of Wisconsin Badgers football team on Thursday. The Badgers gridiron squad held their preseason media day to discuss some of the latest happenings in their sport and their thoughts on the upcoming season. Head Coach Paul Chryst also took to the podium and shared excitement about his 2021 group while also mentioning that they have work to do in order to improve on their 4-3 season in 2020. This summer’s developments also brought questions about the ruling allowing NCAA athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness. Chryst said if you want name, image, and likeness to work for you, be on a good team, and be a good contributor on a good team. The Badgers open their regular season on September 4th at home against Penn State. 

 

Door County League begins final regular season weekend

After playing a make-up game earlier this week, the final regular-season weekend of the Door County League baseball slate begins Friday night.

 

Institute will host Maplewood Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday's games include regular-season champion Sister Bay traveling to Egg Harbor, Kolberg hosting Washington Island, and West Jacksonport playing at Baileys Harbor. Those games begin at 1:30 p.m. 

 

The DCL kicked off the week with a Wednesday night game between Kolberg and Baileys Harbor with no score reported.

Rafters float past Booyah

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters scored five times after the sixth inning to beat the Green Bay Booyah 8-3 Thursday at Capital Credit Union Park in Ashwaubenon.

 

The Rafter got on the board twice in their first at-bats, but the Booyah were able to cut the lead in half thanks to a lead-off Brendan Ryan home run. The Rafters would get that run back in the top of the second but the Booyah would tie it up a few innings later. In the sixth inning, Tristin Garcia cleared the bases with a two-RBI triple that scored Nadir Lewis and Dayson Croes. The bullpen would fall late for the Booyah as Christian Orr was tagged for two runs on three hits in under two innings of work. Bryce Miller gave up three runs, but all of them were unearned due to a pair of errors.

 

The Booyah will return the favor to the Rafters and play in Wisconsin Rapids Friday night beginning at 6:35 p.m.

 

Snappers Bite Rattlers with 8-4 Defeat

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were charged with five errors leading to four unearned runs scoring for the Beloit Snappers on Thursday night at ABC Supply Stadium.  Four was the margin of victory as the Beloit beat the Rattlers 8-4.

 

Thomas Dillard, who was 3-for-3 on the night, gave Wisconsin (38-42) a 1-0 lead with a long, solo home run to center in the top of the first inning.  The homer was Dillard’s 16th of the season.

 

The Snappers (35-45) staged a two-out rally to take the lead in the bottom of the third.  Victor Victor Mesa singled with two outs and Nic Ready at first base.  Ready ran for third on the hit and the throw there was late.  Mesa would take second on the throw to third and Kameron Misner followed with a single to right to score both runners and Beloit was up 2-1.

Troy Johnston, who homered twice on Wednesday night, hit a lead-off home run in the bottom of the third inning and the Snappers had a 3-1 lead.

Wisconsin threatened in the top of the sixth inning.  Hayden Cantrelle walked to start the inning, Dillard singled with one out, and Je’Von Ward walked with two outs to load the bases.  Snappers’ starter Bryan Hoeing ended the inning with a strikeout.

Beloit batters went back to work in the bottom of the sixth and tacked on four runs.  Thomas Jones singled and Kole Enright walked to start the inning.  Nic Ready singled to left and scored Jones.  A ground out moved both runners into scoring position.  Connor Scott was next, and he sent a grounder to Dillard, who was playing in at first base.  Dillard charged the ball and threw to the plate but threw wildly to allow Enright to score, Ready to take second, and Scott to move to second.  Misner delivered a two-run single and the Snappers had a 7-1 lead.
 

Wisconsin chipped away with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Cantrelle grounded into a force play at second with runners at the corners in the seventh inning to drive in Chad McClanahan.  Carlos Rodríguez doubled to center in the eighth to score Dillard all the way from first base.

The Snappers added to their lead in the eighth inning with another unearned run.  Two errors on one play allowed Ynmanol Marinez to take third base to start the frame.  Mesa’s deep fly to center scored Marinez and the Snappers had an 8-3 lead.

The Rattlers battled in the ninth and managed to get the tying run to the plate against reliever Brady Puckett.  Antonio Piñero singled and went to second on an error and Cantrelle walked with one out.  Dillard was hit by a 1-2 pitch to reach base for the fifth time on the evening and load the bases.  Then, Puckett hit Joe Gray Jr. with a 1-2 pitch to force in a run to make the score 8-4.

Tyler Mitzel was summoned from the Beloit bullpen and retired Ward on a deep flyout to left field for the save.

 

Game four of the series at ABC Supply Stadium is Friday night.  Victor Castañeda (3-4, 3.66) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  The Snappers have named George Soriano (1-1, 3.18) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:35pm. 

Booyah fall short in battle with Bombers

The Green Bay Booyah exchanged runs with the Battle Creek Bombers on Wednesday but ended on the losing side of the home matchup, 9-8. The Booyah even outhit Battle Creek, getting twelve hits compared to eleven by the Bombers. 

 

The Bombers were up 3-2 after the second inning but gave up four runs in the top of the third to go down 6-3. The Bombers climbed back to take the lead, scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth inning, and eventually scoring three in the bottom of the eighth. The Booyah were unable to close out the game, giving up a pair of runs in the top of the ninth. 

 

For the Booyah on Wednesday evening, Tristin Garcia had a home run and three RBI’s. The Booyah will take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters at home, with first pitch being thrown at 6:35 PM. 

 

Brewers win thanks to seventh-inning rally

The Milwaukee Brewers found themselves on the brink of a second-straight home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, but a strong seventh-inning changed their fate in a 4-2 win. 

 

The Brewers got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the third inning on an Eduardo Escobar RBI single that scored Kolten Wong. The Pirates took over, scoring runs in the top of the fourth and sixth inning. The bat of Rowdy Tellez was the difference maker as he smoked his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning. The three-run shot also scored Luis Urias and Manny Pina. That was the last time either team scored. 

 

The win improves the Brewers record to 65-44 and they hold a 7.5 game lead over the Cincinatti Reds in the NL Central standings. The Brewers have the day off before facing the San Francisco Giants on Friday at 7:10 PM in Milwaukee. 

 

Dries, Welinski Ink New NHL Contracts

Former Gamblers forward Sheldon Dries and defenseman Andy Welinski have new NHL contracts.

 

Dries signed a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. He appeared in 40 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2018-19, recording three goals and three assists.  In 2019-20, Dries spent most of the season in the American Hockey League with the Avalanche’s top affiliate the Colorado Eagles. With the Eagles, Dries recorded 21 goals and 14 assists.  This past year, Dries appeared in three games with the Avalanche.  Dries played two full seasons in Green Bay (2011-13) leading the Gamblers to the Anderson and Clark Cups in 2012.

 

Welinski signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames. He has appeared in 46 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks over the past three seasons.  Welinski tallied his career NHL goal in 2019 versus Calgary. Welinski has appeared in 161 games in the American Hockey League tallying 104 points with the San Diego Gulls and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Welinksi played two full seasons in Green Bay, leading the Gamblers to the 2012 Anderson and Clark Cups.  In 2012, Welinski was named the Dave Tyler Player of the Year, USHL Defenseman of the Year and All-USHL 1st team.

Packers moving to padded practice

The Green Bay Packers have been preparing for the 2021 season with training camp practices since late July, but Thursday will be their first fully-padded test. That is when the Packers will have their players in full pads for the first time in all of training camp. After Thursday’s practice, the Packers will prep for the annual Packers Family Night, which was canceled last season. Aside from playing in front of a very limited crowd in two playoff games last season, it will be the first time the Packers will perform in public at Lambeau Field since the 2019-2020 season. Thursday’s practice begins at 10:10 AM. 

 

Snappers Silence Rattlers on Two-Hitter

The Beloit Snappers beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-0 on Wednesday night at ABC Supply Stadium.  Antonio Velez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as his offense cracked three solo home runs to defeat Wisconsin and even the six-game series between the teams at one win for each side.

 

Nick Kahle almost put Wisconsin (38-41) in front with the first home run at ABC Supply Stadium.  Kahle hit a high fly to left that was heading for the Timber Rattlers bullpen.  Snappers left fielder Kameron Misner had other ideas as he got back to the fence, leapt, and made the catch above the fence to rob Kahle of a homer.

That catch also saved a piece of history for Misner’s teammate.  Troy Johnston hit a solo homer to center with one out in the bottom of the second inning and the Snappers had a 1-0 lead.

Beloit (35-44) added to their lead in the third inning.  Connor Scott doubled with one out and scored on a throwing error after a grounder to short off the bat of Victor Victor Mesa.

Kole Enright made it 3-0 in favor of the Snappers with a home run to right with one away in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, Velez was keeping the Rattlers in check.  A hit batsman and an error with two outs in the first inning were Wisconsin’s only base runners through six innings.  Velez retired sixteen batters in a row from the final out of the first inning through the final out of the sixth,

Joe Gray Jr. broke up the no-hit bid with a lead-off single in the top of the seventh, but he was left stranded at second base at the end of the inning as Velez finished off Wisconsin with a grounder and two strikeouts.  That ended Velez’s night as he allowed one hit and struck out ten over seven scoreless innings.

The Snappers picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Mesa and Johnston added one more run for Beloit in the eighth with his second home run of the night.

Gray had Wisconsin’s only other hit of the night.  He doubled with two outs in the top of the ninth off Jackson Rose.  Gray was 2-for-3 on Wednesday and is on a six-game hitting streak.  He is 9-for-22 during this streak.

Joey Matulovich was the Wisconsin starter and he allowed three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over five innings to be charged with the loss.

 

Game three of the series is Thursday night at ABC Supply Stadium.  Justin Jarvis (1-5, 5.98) is scheduled to come off the Wisconsin IL and make his first start for the Rattlers since June 29.  The Snappers have named Bryan Hoeing (3-6, 6.63) as their starting pitcher.  Game time is 6:35pm.

Brewers 2022 schedule released

Though you may be enjoying a hot Milwaukee Brewers 2021 season, it’s not too early to start looking at which dates to circle next year. On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced their 2022 regular-season schedule. The Brewers will begin play at American Family Field, hosting a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 31st. It’ll be the ninth time since joining the National League in 1998 that the brewers open up against an NL West opponent, but the first time against the Diamondbacks. The Brewers will have another home series right after, completing a homestand against the San Francisco Giants on April 6th. 

 

The 2022 season will be the first since the 2017 campaign that the Brew Crew will face the American League East in Interleague play. Milwaukee hosts the Toronto Blue Jays from June 24-26, the Tampa Bay Rays on August 9th and 10th, and the New York Yankees from September 16-18. Road AL East games include a series against the Baltimore Orioles from April 11-13, the Tampa Bay Rays on June 28th and 29th, and the Boston Red Sox from July 29th to 31st. The Brewers will have their games with the bordering Minnesota Twins at Target Field on July 12th and 13th and will return home for games at home on July 26th and 27th. The longest road trip of the season will be from May 23rd to June 1st, featuring series against the San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Cubs. 

 

A possible advantage for the Brewers is that 15 of their final 21 games at American Family Field with their final home series coming against the Miami Marlins from September 29th to October 2nd. The full schedule can be found here

 

Bill affecting WIAA eligibility gets vetoed

A bill that could’ve widened exceptions for WIAA athletics eligibility for pandemic-related transfer students has been vetoed by Governor Tony Evers. A bill was passed this summer that would have voided the one-year wait to play sports for students who transfer schools without changing addresses. The bill was manufactured to give exemptions to students who transferred because of their school moving to virtual learning. Opponents of the bill cited unknown effects it has on student-athletes already at the school that one is attempting to transfer and play sports at. Current WIAA states that freshman and sophomores who transfer in at the beginning of the school year do not have any restrictions. Juniors are restricted to non-varsity competition and seniors can only practice. 

Bucks sign veteran guards

The Milwaukee Bucks acquired two free-agent guards on Tuesday. George Hill will be returning to the Bucks organization after being traded during last offseason as part of a deal to gain Jrue Holiday. Hill played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers this offseason. 

 

The Bucks also agreed to terms with Rodney Hood. The veteran guard played for Portland and Toronto this past season. The Toronto Raptors also signed Sheboygan native Sam Dekker on Tuesday after he spent two years playing professionally overseas. 

 

Wisconsin Spoils Beloit's First Game at New Stadium

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staged their biggest comeback of the season and spoiled the debut of ABC Supply Stadium, the new home of the Beloit Snappers, on Tuesday night. Wisconsin trailed 5-0 before tying the game in the sixth inning and putting the game out of reach with four runs in the top of the tenth. Joe Gray Jr. had four RBI for Wisconsin.

 

The Snappers (35-44) took the lead with a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning. Kameron Misner dumped a single down the line in left with two outs. Will Banfield followed with a double to the gap in left-center and Misner scored easily for the 1-0 lead.

Wisconsin’s offense struggled through the first five innings against Beloit starting pitcher Zach King. The lefty retried the first fifteen batters he faced.

Beloit added to their lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Misner drove in the first run with a RBI double. Troy Johnston knocked in the second run of the inning with a single and that knocked Wisconsin starting pitcher Zach Mort out of the game.

Reliever Harold Chirinos entered the game and hit the first batter he faced to load the bases. He walked the next batter to force in a run. Then, Chirino committed a balk to let in the fourth run of the inning and the Snappers were up 5-0. Chirino ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

King retired the first Rattler he faced in the sixth inning before walking Nick Kahle to end his streak at sixteen in a row. King got the second out of the inning when Antonio Piñero grounded into a force play at second. King would not get the third out.

Korry Howell started the surge with a single to right to break up the no-hit bid. Hayden Cantrelle was next and he walked to load the bases. Next up was Gray and he got the Timber Rattlers on the scoreboard with a two-run single.

Thomas Dillard followed with an RBI single to right and Wisconsin (38-40) had their deficit down to two runs.

Je’Von Ward reloaded the bases with an infield single. Then, LG Castillo singled to left to drive in Gray and Dillard to tie the game 5-5.

The game remained tied until the top of the tenth inning. The inning started with Carlos Rodríguez at second base and got better for Wisconsin when Kahle walked on four pitches. Piñero was asked to bunt and he dutifully squared to lay down a sacrifice. However, he had to get out of the way of an inside pitch from Tyler Mitzel and the ball went to the backstop to allow both runners to move up a base and force the Snappers to bring their infield in on the grass.

Piñero dropped a single into short left and Rodríguez scored the run to put the Rattlers in the lead while Kahle took third base.

Mitzel balked on a pickoff move to first and Kahle trotted home for a 7-5 lead. Then, Howell reached on an infield single.

Gray stepped into the box with one out and drove a double to left. Piñero and Howell scored without a play for a 9-5 advantage.

Taylor Floyd, who had pitched a scoreless ninth inning, retired all three batters he faced in the tenth to close out the game.

Wisconsin’s defense turned three double plays and four Rattlers pitchers combined for twelve strikeouts in the game. The offense scored all of their runs and collected all of their hits in just two innings – the sixth and the tenth. They made the most of those two innings as they were 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the game to pick up their first extra-inning victory of the season. Wisconsin is now 1-5 in games that go to extra frames.

Game two of the series is Wednesday night. Joey Matulovich (1-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Beloit has named Antonio Velez (3-2, 3,86) as their starter. Game time is 6:35pm.

Booyah shaken by Bombers

The Green Bay Booyah scored too little and too late in their Monday home loss to the Battle Creek Bombers. Down 7-0 after the seventh-inning stretch, the Booyah finally got on board with a run. The Bombers quickly answered with two of their own and in the final effort, Green Bay scored just one run in the ninth. Green Bay’s record is now 11-14 after the loss. There are no Northwoods League highlights on Tuesday, as those will resume on Wednesday with the Booyah battling the Bombers at home. That game will start at 6:35 PM. 

 

Pro-Bowlers move up softball challenge

In the limited off-time from their Green Bay Packers Training Camp practices, the plans for pro-bowlers Za’Darius Smith and Aaron Jones to compete on the softball diamond has been moved up one day. The Green and Gold Charity Softball Challenge at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton was originally scheduled for Monday, August 16th but is now slated for Sunday, August 15th. The game is now taking on a “Sunday Night Softball” theme. Tickets that were bought for August 16th will still be honored at the softball game. The Sunday event starts at 7:05 P.M.

 

Straky commits to Colorado College

The Green Bay Gamblers announced on Monday that incoming defenseman Ethan Straky has committed to Colorado College.  The Gamblers selected Straky in the 1st round of the 2021 USHL Entry Draft.  Straky will begin his collegiate career in the fall of 2022.

 

Last season, Straky suited up for the United States National Team Development Program U18.  The Walnut Creek, California native appeared in 50 games for the red, white, and blue, tallying 16 points (2 goals & 14 assists).  Straky appeared in five games at the 2021 World Junior Championships, notching a goal.

 

Straky is the 19th player on the 2021-22 roster to commit to a NCAA Division 1 institution. Others include, Kent Anderson (Denver), Damien Carfagna (New Hampshire), Jared Crespo (Penn State), Matt DeBoer (Holy Cross), Tim Delay (Boston College), Tyler DesRochers (Providence), Ryan Greene (Boston University), Jackson Hallum (Michigan), Brody Lamb (Minnesota), Cameron Lund (Northeastern), John Mittlestadt (Minnesota), Owen Murray (UMASS-Amherst), Aaron Randazzo (Air Force), Dominick Rivelli (Miami of Ohio), Sawyer Scholl (Wisconsin), Alexander Servagno (Ohio State), Cam VanSickle (Denver), and Luke Weilandt (Merrimack).

 

The Gamblers home opener is Saturday, October 2.

Portis stays, Tucker exits as Bucks begin free agency

Even the world champions were not immune to big changes on the first day of NBA free agency.


Defensive stalwart P.J. Tucker will officially leave Milwaukee after his short stint to sign a two-year deal with the Miami Heat. To replace him, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Monday that free-agent F Semi Ojeleye agreed to a one-year deal with the Bucks. Ojeleye averaged 4.6 PPG and 2.6 RPG, in 17 minutes of action.

 

Bobby Portis opted to not leave his adopted city, resigning with the Bucks on a two-year, $9 million deal.

New additions debut in Brewers win

Fans were greeted by some new faces in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-2 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night.

 

Eduardo Escobar made his Brewers debut and did so with two big hits. With the Brewers up 1-0 in the sixth inning, Escobar clubbed a RBI triple and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to make it 3-0. He would make it 6-0 when he hit a three-run homer the very next inning.

 

John Axford's return to Milwaukee did not go as smoothly as he gave up two hits walked in one run in just one-third of an inning as the Brewers tried to end the game. Axford's signing was announced earlier in the day after a successful stint with the Blue Jays' Triple-A team after leaving the broadcast booth. Brad Boxberger came in and got the save.

 

The two teams square off again at 7:10 p.m.

Boellaard unofficially wins K/D title

Warm water and strong storms cooled off what had been a hot start to the 2021 Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament, but anglers from more than a dozen states were still able to tackle some high-quality Chinooks throughout the event.

 

Baileys Harbor and Sturgeon Bay were the hot spots for heavyweights this year, claiming 8 of the top 10 places in the unofficial standings, which will go under committee review Monday night. Six of the top 10 fish were taken the first two days of the nine-day event.

 

The 50 heaviest salmon ranged between 25-1/2 and 35-1/2 pounds. It was the ninth time in the past 11 years that the winning fish was larger than 30 pounds.

 

UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 FISH

1. Cory Boellaard, 35.65, 7/24 @ BH

2. Austin Vance, 32.79, 7/28 @ SB

3. Bonnie Maggle, 32.15, 7/27 @ SB

4. Derek Christoph, 30.90, 7/31 @ BH

5. Kevin Kopatz, 29.98, 7/24 @ A

6. Jason McKee, 29.88, 7/23 @ SB

7. Kevin Cookle, 29.66, 7/24 @ SB

8. Krista Thuer, 29.11, 7/24 @ W.I.

9. Josh Przybylski, 29.07, 7/24 @ BH

10. Robert Keto, 28.92, 7/31 @ BH

 

Picture courtesy of K/D Salmon Tournament

Packers back to work Monday

After the day off, the Green Bay Packers will return back to Ray Nitschke Field for the second week of training camp.

 

The Packers will have three public practices this week ahead of their annual Family Night scrimmage on Saturday. The practices on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday begin at 10:10 a.m. with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

 

Tickets are also still available for the Family Night scrimmage, which starts just after 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Brewers hold on to beat Braves

The Milwaukee Brewers' offense was kept in check for most of the game but still snuck out of Atlanta with a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon.

 

Willy Adames registered the game's first run with a homer in the opening frame. Jackie Bradley's RBI ground-out provided the Brewers with their only other run in the contest in the fifth inning. The Brewers otherwise only had three hits on the afternoon compared to the seven for the Braves. Austin Riley's RBI single in the sixth was the only offense the Braves were able to generate. Josh Hader was able to collect his 22nd save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, punctuated with two strikeouts. 

 

The Brewers will open a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at American Family Field Monday night at 7:10 p.m. 

"Goats" comeback falls short

The Green Bay "Goats" scored twice in the bottom of eighth but could do no more against the Madison Mallards in a 3-2 loss at Capital Credit Union Park.

 

The Booyah played under their Sunday moniker and held the Mallards in check for most of the game thanks to a strong performance from pitcher Mykel Page. The Mallards would open the scoring in the sixth inning when Joe Hauser opened the frame with a solo shot and JT Benson drove in two runs with a homer of his own. The Booyah would scratch across their runs in the bottom of eighth thanks to a sacrifice fly from Nathan Blasick and an RBI single from Nadir Lewis. The Booyah still had two aboard in the inning before the Mallards were able to end the threat with the groundout. The Booyah saw four pitches in the bottom of the ninth with leadoff batter Jack Duffy getting on board with a single.

 

The game was played in a speedy 2:24 thanks to Page (6IP, 5H 3ER, 4K) and Mallards pitcher Justin Medlin (7IP, 4 H 0 ER, 10K).  

Ahnapee eliminated from state tournament

The Ahnapee Trailblazers saw their season come to a close on Sunday in Antigo at the Class AA American Legion Baseball Tournament.

 

After falling to Onalaska 13-4 on Saturday, the Trailblazers could not muster a run against River Falls, falling 4-0. The Trailblazers went 1-2 in state tournament play.

Homestand Ends with Shutout Loss to Cedar Rapids

Four Cedar Rapids Kernels pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sunday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday afternoon.  The Timber Rattlers ended their two-week, twelve-game series with a 6-6 record.

 

The Kernels (44-34) scored single runs in the first two innings on RBI grounders.  Matt Wallner drove in a run in the first inning on a ground out to second.  Daniel Ozoria drove in a run with a grounder to third in the second inning and the Kernels were up 2-0.

Cedar Rapids added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning.  Ozoria reached on lead-off double.  Michael Helman singled to left and Ozoria scored on the play for a 3-0 advantage.

 

Wisconsin (37-40) was held off the scoreboard by Kernels starting pitcher Tyler Beck for the first five innings.  The right-hander tossed five scoreless innings, walked two, allowed two hits, and struck out five before turning the game over to his bullpen.

Erik Manoah Jr was the first Kernels reliever and he worked 1-1/3 innings before leaving in the seventh with a runner on first.  Osiris German got the final two outs of the seventh and the first out of the eighth after giving up a single.  Zach Featherstone got the last two outs of the eighth and pitched around a one-out single by Carlos Rodríguez in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the save.  The quartet of Kernels combined for twelve strikeouts and walked three.

Nick Bennett was the starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers.  He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six over four innings.  Freisis Adames allowed a run on six hits over four innings as the first pitcher out of the Wisconsin bullpen.  Nash Walters worked a scoreless ninth.

All four of Wisconsin’s hits were singles.  Je’Von Ward, David Hamilton, Yeison Coca, and Rodríguez had Wisconsin’s hits in the game.

Sunday was the fourth time the Timber Rattlers have been shutout this season.  It was first time they have been shutout at home since a 4-0 loss to West Michigan on May 23.

 

The Timber Rattlers are off on Monday.  They return to action on Tuesday when they help the Beloit Snappers open ABC Supply Stadium in Beloit, Wisconsin.  Zach Mort (1-4, 6.91) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin.  Game time is 6:35pm.

Brewers thumped by Braves

Like they’ve been doing for much of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers got an early lead on Saturday. This time however, it would not result in a win against the Atlanta Braves. Instead, the Brewers fell 8-1. Milwaukee’s second-inning run on a fielder’s choice hit by Manny Pina that scored Avisail Garcia was the only run they’d score all day. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Braves tied the game. The Braves then scored two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth to put the game away. Milwaukee is now 62-43 on the season and will play Atlanta again on Sunday, with the first pitch being thrown at 12:20 PM. 

 

Booyah electric at the plate in Saturday win

The Green Bay Booyah scored in all but one inning of their 15-7 thrashing of the Madison Mallards on Saturday. After two innings complete the Booyah were up 4-0, and then 5-1 after three whole innings. Green Bay’s most successful inning came in the fourth when they scored four runs, making the game 9-1. The Booyah then scored three runs in the sixth, a run in the seventh, and two in the ninth. The Booyah got a home run from Brendan Ryan and Christian Orr was credited with the win on the mound. Orr threw 5.2 innings and improved his record on the bump to 3-0. The Booyah will play the Mallards again on Sunday at 6:35 PM in another home contest. 

 

Offense Provides Twelve Runs and Bullpen Does The Work for a Timber Rattlers Win

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored twelve runs on fourteen hits to provide more than enough offense for their pitchers in a bullpen game for a 12-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels Saturday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

Wisconsin (37-39) scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Korry Howell started the inning when he was hit by a pitch and stole second. Joe Gray Jr. singled to drive in Howell for a 1-0 lead.

LG Castillo singled with two outs to send Gray to third and that was the end of the line for Kernels starting pitcher Cody Lawyerson, who left the game with an injury.

Jesús Lujano welcomed reliever Tyler Palm to the game with a single to left-center on the first pitch he saw to drive in Gray. A hit batsman by Palm on Nick Kahle loaded the bases and a wild pitch by Palm let Castillo score. Yeison Coca capped the inning with an infield single to score Lujano.

Cedar Rapids (43-34) scored in the top of the second on an RBI grounder by Michael Helman.

The Rattlers used the home run to pad their lead in the bottom of the second. Howell reached on a double to start the inning, but he was at third with two outs. Thomas Dillard didn’t let the opportunity go to waste as he cracked a homer to right-center to score Howell for a 6-1 lead. LG Castillo was next and he lined a homer over the wall in left for back-to-back dingers and a 7-1 lead.

Dillard’s drive was his fifteenth of the season and he now has 65 RBI. Castillo’s homer was his fourth of the season and his first at home.

The Kernels and Rattlers traded runs in the third inning. Alex Isola’s RBI single scored a run in the top of the third for Cedar Rapids. Antonio Piñero doubled to left to score Coca from first in the bottom of the third and Wisconsin’s lead was 8-2.

Kahle reached on a double in the fifth inning. He took third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch for a 9-2 advantage.

The Timber Rattlers put more distance between themselves and the Kernels in the bottom of the sixth. Lujano drove in two runs with a two-out double and Kahle drove in Lujano with a single for a 12-2 lead.

Wisconsin’s bullpen did the job they had to do. Saturday was supposed to be Reese Olson’s start but that changed after he was traded to the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon.

Cristían Sierra, making just his second professional start, worked four innings, allowed two runs, and struck out four. John LaRossa pitched three scoreless innings with six strikeouts and earned his first professional win in affiliated baseball. Taylor Floyd closed out the game with two scoreless innings, including three strikeouts.

The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon. Wisconsin has not named their starting pitcher. The Kernels plan to send Tyler Beck (1-1, 2.28) to the mound as their starter. Game time is 1:05pm. The Rattlers will need a win to gain a split in the six-game series.

Storm wraps up fishing tournament for many

As the final day of the Kewaunee/Door Salmon Fishing Tournament was overhauled at times due to strong rains and storms, a few still went until the final buzzer sounded. The storm tore through several ports but as the weather was safe some fishing boats headed back out onto the water. One highlight of Saturday was 14-year-old Derek Christoph catching the salmon of a lifetime. According to the Kewaunee Door Salmon Tournament Facebook page, the reel fell from the rod twice in a 45-minute battle. Christoph’s salmon was 40-inches long and weighed 30.9 lbs. It was caught at Baileys Harbor.

 

Final results from the tournament will be updated as soon as they are available to NEW Radio Sports and Door County Daily News. 

 

(Pictured is Derek Christoph)

Ahnapee headed to elimination game

The Ahnapee Trail Blazers American Legion Baseball team couldn’t quite get their second straight win at the state tournament on Saturday. After downing Medford 6-1 in the first game, the Trailblazers fell to Onalaska by a 13-4 final score. With the loss, the Blazers move to a loser-out game against River Falls on Sunday at noon. You can keep up with tournament results at this link

Blizzard fall to Bucks for fourth time

In the fourth meeting between the Green Bay Blizzard and the Bismarck Bucks, the teams traded leads but Bismarck took over in the final quarter to win 41-30. The Blizzard led in Bismarck 14-0 in the second quarter and 14-10 at the halftime break. In the first half, Brook Bolles threw a touchdown pass to Kezlow Smith and Keyondre Craig. Keyondre Craig caught his second touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter, to make it 24-24. The Bucks broke the tie in the fourth quarter and went up 38-24. The Blizzard scored a touchdown on a throw to Keshaun Taylor near the end of the fourth, but it was not enough in the 11-point loss. After the game, the Blizzard are now 5-6 this season. On Saturday August 7th, the Blizzard will try to get back to .500 in Worcester, Massachusetts when they face the Massachusetts Pirates. 

 

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