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Sports News Archives for 2021-12

Badgers win Las Vegas Bowl despite not scoring in second half

The Wisconsin Badgers football team beat the Arizona State Sun Devils to win the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl from Allegiant Stadium. 

 

The Wisconsin Badgers came out of the gate hot but slowed down as the game progressed. Braelon Allen was once again a bright spot for the offense, rushing for 159 yards on 29 carries which helped him take home the game's MVP award and secure a 20-13 win. 

 

The Sun Devils were held to 219 total yards including 102 yards in the first half. The Badgers defense was able to sack QB Jayden Daniels a season high 4 times for the Sun Devils offense. 

 

Looking ahead the Badgers will open the 2022 season at home against Illinois on September 3rd, 2022.

Phoenix men fall to Northern Kentucky

The UW-Green Bay Men’s basketball team traveled to Northern Kentucky on Thursday December 30th. 

 

The Phoenix fell in a close game by a final score of 79-74. The Phoenix had four players in double figures, Kamari McGee led the team with 15 points, Emmanuel Ansong had 14, Japannah Kellogg III had 13, and Southern Door High School alumni Ryan Claflin added 10. 

 

The Phoenix will next be in action on New Year’s Day as they travel to take on Wright State in Horizon League play. 

 

Tip is set for 1:00 PM.

Gamblers return home for New Year's double on 104.1 WRLU

You can celebrate the New Year between a pair of Green Bay Gamblers games at the Resch Center this weekend.

 

The Gamblers are responding from a rough November with an impressive December that has seen them win five of their seven games. That includes going 2-1 against the Madison Capitols, who they will face in the traditional New Year's Eve matchup with the puck drop at 6:05 p.m.  Jackson Hallum scored four points in their last game against the Capitols which ended with the Gamblers winning 6-4. Saturday's matchup will be a 7:05 p.m. puck drop against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. The Gamblers dropped a pair of games to the Roughriders during their rough stretch in  November, getting outscored 7-3 in the process.

 

Both games will air on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com with Tobin Meyer on the call. 

 

 

Green Bay Men set to take on Northern Kentucky in Horizon League play; Women cancelled

The UW-Green Bay Phoenix men’s basketball team will be traveling to Highland Heights to take on Northern Kentucky as they open Horizon play on Thursday December 30th. The UW-Green Bay Women were also supposed to be in action on Thursday against Detroit but had their game forfeited. 

 

The Phoenix come in struggling a bit  losing their last 4 matchups. The Phoenix have two players that are averaging double digits points per game. Emmanuel Ansong is averaging 12 points per game, and Donovan Ivory is averaging 10 points per game. Ansong is also leading the team in rebounds per game with 5. 

 

Northern Kentucky comes in hoping to avoid their third straight loss, losing their last 2 games to Eastern Kentucky and Indiana. Northern Kentucky is currently led by Trevon Faulkner who is averaging 13 points per game, and Marques Warrick who is averaging 12 points per game. 

 

Tip is set for 7:00 PM from the BB&T Arena.

Badgers look to end the season on a high note vs. Sun Devils

The Wisconsin Badgers football team will look to close the season out strong with a win over the Arizona State Sun Devils in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl from Allegiant Stadium. 

The Wisconsin Badgers qualified for bowl play by winning 8 games this year, defeating 4 bowl eligible teams in that span. The Badgers also tallied 4 losses on the year, all of which were to teams who made bowl games. Graham Mertz has struggled as the Badgers QB this season, but the defense, along with the emergence of Freshman Braelon Allen has more than made up for the less than stellar offensive season from Mertz. 

 

Herm Edwards has reached his third bowl game as the coach of the Sun Devils, however this season they have only beat one bowl eligible team (UCLA), and their four losses all came against teams that didn’t qualify for bowl games. If that isn’t worrisome enough for Arizona State, their leading rusher Rachaad White who rushed for 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns this season has opted out of playing in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Arizona State defense also allows 20.9 points per game which ties them for 20th in the nation. 

 

Wisconsin has had some issues with positive COVID tests appearing within the program, but as of now it will not prohibit Wisconsin from having enough players to play the game. 

 

Kickoff is set for 9:30 PM CT from Allegiant Stadium.

Bucks beat Magic to win 4th straight

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to travel to Orlando and beat the Magic on Tuesday night by a score of 127-110. 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 28 points, Bobby Portis added 19 points with 17 of those points coming in the first half, Khris Middleton posted 21 points, and Jrue Holiday scored 18 points. Milwaukee has now won four in a row and five of their last seven matchups. 

 

The Magic were missing six players due to injuries, and had four more players out due to COVID guidelines. The Magic got a large lift from rookie Franz Wagner who posted a career high of 38 points with 27 of those points coming in the second half

Milwaukee outscored the Magic by 19 in the second quarter and led by as much as 29 towards the end of the first half and were able to counter a 19-0 third quarter run by the Magic to hold on and eventually win the game. 

 

Milwaukee will have the day off Wednesday but will be right back in action on Thursday to once again play the Magic in Orlando with tip set for 6:00 PM CT.

Packers send 2 more players to COVID list

The Green Bay Packers announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have sent LB Oren Burks and TE Marcedes Lewis to the COVID related inactive list. The Packers have now sent 12 players to the COVID list in the last 7 days. The news comes ahead of their Sunday night primetime matchup against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Milwaukee looks to keep its three-game win streak alive as they take on Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks will be taking on the Orlando Magic for the third time this season on Tuesday December 28th. 

 

The Bucks won the last matchup vs. the Magic by a score of 123-92. Jrue Holiday was the leading scorer in that matchup with 18 points, and Moritz Wagner was the leading scorer for the Magic, also scoring 18 points. 

 

The Bucks come into this matchup with potentially the healthiest roster they have had all season and have been winners in 6 of their last 10 games. Over those last 10 games, Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the Bucks in scoring over those last 10 games averaging 27.4 points per game, followed closely by Jrue Holiday who is averaging 22.6 points per game in that span. The Bucks injury report for the game on Tuesday only lists Brook Lopez who is recovering from a back ailment. 

 

Tip is set for 6 PM CT from the Amway Center in Orlando.

Packers place 5 new faces on COVID list

The Green Bay Packers have announced that they have sent five members of the team to the COVID related inactive list.

 

Those members are OL Ben Braden, OLB Tipa Galeai, WR and return man Amari Rodgers, ILB Ty Summers, and practice squad DL R.J Mcintosh.

 

The news comes ahead of this weeks matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, which is scheduled for Sunday at 7:20 pm from Lambeau Field. 

2 Gamblers named to All-American Game

The Green Bay Gamblers had two players selected to the BioSteel All-American game on January 17th. 

 

The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced the rosters for the BioSteel All-American this past Sunday and the Green Bay Gamblers had 2 players selected to participate.

 

One of the Gamblers selected was Forward Cameron Lund, who was rated as a “B-rated” skater by NHL Central Scouting. Lund is currently committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Northeastern University.

 

The second Gambler selected to the game was Damien Carfagna who is listed as a Defenseman for Team Blue. Carfagna is also committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at the University of New Hampshire.

 

The game is scheduled for 3 PM CT on January 17th from the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan and will air on the NHL Network.

Blizzard make several acquisitions

The Green Bay Blizzard are filling up their roster ahead of their season opener in March.

 

During the month of December, the Blizzard has acquired Shaquan Curenton (WR) out of Scottsdale Community College, Pika Leota (OL) out of Benedictine College, Tymir Oliver (DL) out of the University of Illinois, and Dehonta Hayes (DB) out of Eastern Washington University. 

 

The Blizzard will open the season on March 13th at the Resch Center in Green Bay against the Bismarck Bucks. 

Rockers prepare for summer tour

The Green Bay Rockers are prepared to open the season on the road to kick off the 2022 campaign with their new name.

 

The team formerly known as the Green Bay Bullfrogs and the Green Bay Booyah will start their Northwoods season on May 30th on the road against Wisconsin Rapids before welcoming them to Capital Credit Union Park on May 31st. 

 

In one unique scheduling quirk, the Rockers will host the Lakeshore Chinooks on Thursday, June 16th for a day-night doubleheader at Capital Credit Union Park. Game one of the twin-bill will be a 12:05 start and the night game will commence at 6:35. There will be two separate openings for the doubleheader that day. Rockers opponents for 2022 are Great Lakes West rivals Fond du Lac, Lakeshore, Madison, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. The three Great Lakes East opponents will be Kalamazoo, Rockford, and Traverse City.

Brewers announce Walk of Fame Inductees

Three players crucial to the rebirth of the Brewers in Milwaukee will be enshrined at American Family Field this summer.

 

Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy will join the Brewers Wall of Honor and Prince Fielder will be enshrined into the Brewers Walk of Fame. Additionally, the Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct the late Wes Covington onto the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor. 

 

Ceremonies will be announced at a later date. Below are the resumes that earned Fielder, Braun, Lucroy, and Covington the recognition provided by the Brewers' organization:

 

Fielder, drafted seventh overall by Milwaukee in 2002, spent seven of his 12 Major League seasons with the Brewers (2005-11) and batted .282 with 230 HR and 656 RBI in 998 games. A three-time All-Star in Milwaukee (2007, 2009 and 2011), he is the all-time franchise leader in on-base percentage (.390), slugging percentage (.540) and OPS (.929) and is among the franchise leaders in HR (3rd), walks (4th, 566), extra-base hits (6th, 439), RBI (7th), total bases (8th, 1,904), runs (9th, 571) and batting average (10th).
 
The power-hitting first baseman is the only player in franchise history to produce five consecutive 30+ homer seasons (2007-11). In 2007 – his second full season in the majors – Fielder became the youngest player in Major League history to reach 50 homers in a season (23 years, 139 days), breaking the record set by Hall of Famer Willie Mays (24 years, 137 days). A fierce competitor, he missed just one game over his final three seasons in Milwaukee.

 

Braun, the all-time franchise home run leader, six-time All-Star and 2011 National League MVP, played his entire 14-year Major League career with the Milwaukee Brewers from 2007-20 and is among the franchise leaders in nearly every offensive category.
 
Braun finished his career as a .296 hitter with 352 HR, 1,154 RBI and 216 stolen bases in 1,766 games. In addition to his MVP and All-Star Game appearances, Braun was a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and the 2007 National League Rookie of the Year.
 
Braun, who helped lead the Brewers to the postseason five times (2008, 2011 and 2018-20), retired as the all-time franchise leader in home runs. He also ranks among the franchise’s top three in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .532), OPS (2nd, .891), extra-base hits (2nd, 809), total bases (2nd, 3,525), doubles (2nd, 408), runs (3rd, 1,080), hits (3rd, 1,963), triples (3rd, 49), stolen bases (3rd, 216), at-bats (3rd, 6,622), and walks (3rd, 586). He ranks fourth in franchise history in games played and batting average.
 
From the date of his Major League debut – May 25, 2007 – through the 2020 season, Braun ranked among the top five in the majors in extra-base hits (T2nd), runs (3rd), RBI (3rd), total bases (4th), hits (5th), doubles (5th) and HR (5th).
 
Lucroy, drafted by Milwaukee in 2007, spent seven seasons with the Brewers from 2010-16, earning All-Star selections in 2014 and 2016. He led the majors in doubles in 2014 with 53, tied for the most in a single season in franchise history. He hit 46 doubles as a catcher in 2014, the most by a catcher in a single season in MLB history. Lucroy finished fourth in National League Most Valuable Player voting in 2014, becoming the first catcher in franchise history to finish in the top 10. He ranks first in franchise history as a catcher in hits (752), batting average (.288), doubles (143), HR (77), RBI (358), and runs (326). He is second in games caught (725).
 
Covington is the 19th member named to the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor. Covington spent his first five full seasons and part of his sixth with the Milwaukee Braves. He batted .284 with 64 HR and 235 RBI across 468 games in a Braves uniform. He started all 14 games for Milwaukee in the 1957 and 1958 World Series and was a key contributor to the Braves' 1957 World Series win over the New York Yankees, collecting the go-ahead hit in Game Two and robbing a home run in left field in a 1-0 win in Game Five. He recorded consecutive 20-HR campaigns in 1957 and 1958, combining for 45 HR and 139 RBI in 186 games, including a career year in 1958 in which he batted .330 with 24 HR and 74 RBI in 90 games. Covington passed away in 2001.

Luxemburg-Casco named Honorable Mention for Sportsmanship Award

The WIAA recently selected the recipients of the team Sportsmanship Award for the 2021 fall State Tournaments. The award is presented to one school program and community within each of the State team tournaments that demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship. Award winners are determined by the conduct and sportsmanship displayed by athletes, coaches, cheer, support groups, mascots, bands, and spectators.  The Luxemburg-Casco Girls Volleyball team received honorable mention for the sportsmanship award, to go alongside winning the State Championship back in November at the Resch Center. Luxemburg-Casco will receive a certificate of recognition to acknowledge the accomplishment.

Bucks spoil Celtics Christmas

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to erase an early deficit late in the 4th quarter to beat the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day. 

 

The Bucks trailed at halftime 63-47 but used an impressive 43 point 3rd quarter to start trimming their lead, and outscored the Celtics in the 4th quarter to ultimately seal the win in front of the home crowd. 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo looked good coming off of his COVID related break posting 36 points to go with 12 rebounds. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday each added 17 points, and Bobby Portis netted 16 points off the bench. 

 

The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who each scored 25 points in the loss. 

 

The Bucks will next be in action on December 28th as they travel to Orlando to take on the Magic.

Green Bay Glory to hold tryouts

The Green Bay Glory Women’s Soccer team is set to host tryouts shortly after the new year.  The Green Bay Glory Women’s Soccer team is a subsidiary of the Green Bay Glory Inc, a non profit organization. The purpose of Green Bay Glory Inc. is to provide opportunity to athletes seeking to better their own lives, as well as the lives of others through sport. Anybody interested in trying out for the Green Bay Glory Women’s Soccer team is asked to fill out an application to register on the teams website.

 

(https://greenbayglory2022tryoutregistration.securechkout.com) 

 

Players must also participate in a player interview with Green Bay Glory staff as well as attend one tryout session. The Glory have 2 upcoming tryout dates on Friday January 7th and Saturday January 8th. Tryouts are open to all females ages 16 and older, however spots are limited and the Glory ask that anyone interested register ahead of time. High school players are eligible to compete as long as they are not participating in their school spring season. Collegiate players that may be interested in playing are asked to discuss the rules and regulations of doing so with their coach and school compliance officer. The deadline to register for the first tryout date is January 4th and the deadline to register for the second tryout date is January 5th.

Packers D grinchy, steal Christmas game from Browns

Aaron Rodgers' record-setting performance almost was not enough as the Green Bay Packers outlasted the Cleveland Browns 24-22 on Christmas afternoon.

 

The afternoon got off to a rocky start for the Packers as the Browns scored on their first possession and their defense forced a turnover on downs. The Packers would intercept Baker Mayfield on their very next possession which turned into a history-making drive for Rodgers. An 11-yard pass to Allen Lazard turned into Rodgers' 423rd touchdown pass, giving him the most in franchise history. The Packers' defense would intercept Mayfield again, setting up the next record-breaking score when Rodgers found Davante Adams for a nine-yard score. That gave them the most amount of touchdowns for a QB/WR duo in franchise history. After the Browns scored a touchdown on their fourth possession, the Packers would end the half with a second touchdown pass to Adams to give them a 21-12 advantage at halftime.

 

The Packers would open the half with a field goal and would be held to three punts the rest of the half. The Browns would make it interesting the second half, kicking a field goal and Mayfield throwing his second touchdown of the game to make it 24-22. They would have one more opportunity to win the game, but the Packers' Rasul Douglas picked off his second pass of the game to seal the Christmas Day victory. The Packers' defense gave up more than 400 yards of total offense including over 200 yards of rushing, but their four interceptions proved to be enough to hold on for the victory. 

 

The Packers will end the home slate of their schedule next Sunday night when they host the Minnesota Vikings. 

Run the Door event completed for 2021

Run the Door is a series of running races that take place on the Door County Peninsula of Northeast Wisconsin. The Races are presented by the Door County Silent Sports Alliance. The circuit awards registered runners points for participating in the various runs, and to a lesser extent if they place first, second, or third place in their respective age division. Below is a list of the top 20 point earners for the 2021 circuit. 

 

1. Brady Nieman, Sturgeon Bay 196

2. Scott Thompson, Green Bay 177

3. John Schopf Sr., Sturgeon Bay 164

4. Bob Richards, Sturgeon Bay 161

5.  David Clowers, Sturgeon Bay 153

6. Susan Reynolds-Smith, Ephraim 135

7. Janice Galt, Sturgeon Bay 132

8. Lynn Gilchrist, Sturgeon Bay 131

9. Sean Grorich, Sturgeon Bay 130

10. John Schopf Jr., Green Bay 127

11. Emily Bilodeau, Sturgeon Bay 124

12. Tim Heyse, Sturgeon Bay 120

12. Carol Moellenberndr, Sturgeon Bay 120

14. Kay Jensen, Sturgeon Bay 112

15. Susan Morgan, Sturgeon Bay 111

16. Vicki Minten, Sturgeon Bay 110

17. Joe Bilodeau, Sturgeon Bay 103

18. Bob Moellenberndt, Sturgeon Bay 101

19. Gary Gruenisen, Egg Harbor 100

20. Pat Saladin, Sturgeon Bay 100

Bucks ready to host Celtics on Christmas Day

The Milwaukee Bucks are getting set to host the Boston Celtics on Saturday as part of the NBA’s Christmas Day game slate. 

 

The Bucks come into this matchup off of a win against the Dallas Mavericks which was their second win in a row without some key rotational players. The Bucks have been one of the many teams in the league that have had their roster impacted by COVID-19. The Bucks last win against an equally short-handed Mavericks team was anything but pretty, and in order to beat the Celtics they will surely need to put up a better display on Christmas Day. 

 

The Bucks are getting back to full strength and may be getting a big boost with Giannis Antetokounmpo clearing health and safety protocols on December 24th. The Bucks have not said if Giannis is for sure going to play on Christmas, but said he will test his abilities and make that decision closer to game time. 

 

Tip off is set for 1:30 PM from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

Packers host Browns on Christmas Day

The Green Bay Packers (11-3) will welcome the Cleveland Browns (7-7) to Lambeau Field for a Christmas Day showdown on Saturday afternoon. 

 

Last Sunday, the Packers beat the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 31-30, and with that win won the NFC North. The Packers are 3-0 against AFC North opponents this season, picking up wins over the Steelers, Bengals, and the Ravens. The Packers are looking to sweep the AFC North with a win over the Browns on Saturday. The last time these two teams met was in 2017, with Green Bay taking that one in overtime in Cleveland. 

 

The Browns come into this matchup playing fairly inconsistent football, losing two of their last three, and three of their last five. The Browns lost to the Las Vegas Raiders there last time out on a late field goal. 

 

The Packers are a perfect 6-0 at Lambeau Field this season, and look to stay perfect on Saturday afternoon. 

 

Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm from Lambeau Field.

Second Native American Tribe gets sports gambling approved

It has been nearly a month since Oneida Casino welcomed sports betting at their airport location as part of their casino offerings. By doing so, Oneida Casino has seemingly set a precedent for other casinos around the state of Wisconsin. On Monday Governor Tony Evers announced an agreement with the St. Croix Chippewa tribe to allow a new sports betting facility at its casino in Turtle Lake. Governor Evers stated that the agreement will “bring new opportunities for employment and revenue growth to the tribe, and provide a welcome boost to our recovering tourism and entertainment industries.” Tribal Chairman William Reynolds says the agreement will “give our tribe the ability to offer our customers the most comprehensive gaming experience.” The next step in the process is a 45 day review by the U.S Department of Interior, but that review is expected to be approved and the tribe says it has already begun working on the new sportsbook.

Badgers vs. Patriots canceled due to COVID-19

The Wisconsin Badgers Men's basketball game against the George Mason Patriots scheduled for Thursday evening (December 23) at the Kohl Center was cancelled due to “positive COVID-19 tests found within the Wisconsin program.” 

 

The Badgers next game is scheduled for Wednesday December 29th at 7:00 PM, as they are set to host the Illinois State Redbirds.

Bucks erase first half deficit to beat Mavericks

The Milwaukee Bucks (21-13) trailed the Dallas Mavericks (15-16) at halftime by a score of 43-41, but came out ready to play in the second half outscoring the Mavericks in both the 3rd and 4th quarters. 

 

Khris Middleton stepped up in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the Bucks with 26 points. Jrue Holiday added 24 points and Boogie Cousins poured in a season-high of 22 points to propel the Bucks to victory. 

 

The Dallas Mavericks had several players sidelined due to COVID-19 guidelines, however Jalen Brunson was ready to contribute off the bench leading the team with 19 points while getting some help from fellow teammate Frank Ntilikina who added 14 points. 

 

The Bucks will next be in action on Christmas Day against the Boston Celtics with tip set for 1:30 PM from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. 

Bucks pick up win against Rockets

The Milwaukee Bucks did not have several of its key contributors due to COVID protocols, but they still left their game with the Houston Rockets with a 126-106 victory at the Fiserv Forum Wednesday night. 

 

The Bucks are still without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo due to COVID-19 protocols that have forced many teams to use the NBA's hardship waiver to sign more players. The team still has plenty of scoring on the roster with Jrue Holiday leading the team with 24 points and Khris Middleton adding 23.  Boogie Cousins and Jordan Nwora were also on the doorstep of 20-point nights by each chipping in 18 points. 

 

The Bucks were only up by one after one quarter of play, but outscored the Rockets 72-52 in the middle frames to build up a lead they would not give up. Christian Wood led the Rockets with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Bucks try to dodge third straight loss vs. Rockets

The Milwaukee Bucks (19-13, 4th in the Eastern Conference) will be welcoming the Houston Rockets (10-21, 14th in the Western Conference) to town on Wednesday December 22nd. The Bucks have been playing well at home with a record of 10-5 in their first 15 home games, while the Rockets have continually struggled on the road, posting a record of 3-14 in 17 games played on the road. This will be the second time the teams have met this season, with the Bucks taking the first matchup by a score of 123-114. Giannis led all scorers in that game with 41 points while also grabbing 17 rebounds. The Bucks will be without some key players for this matchup including: Donte Divencenzo (COVID Protocol), Bobby Portis (COVID Protocol), Wesley Matthews (COVID Protocol), Brook Lopez (Back), and Giannis Antetokounmpo (COVID Protocol). Khris Middleton is day-to-day with a knee injury, and Rodney Hood is day-to-day with an achilles injury. Tip is set for 7:00 P.M CT from the Fiserv Forum.

DC United swim team faces Pulaski

The DC United boys' swim team will stick around town Tuesday night when they host Pulaski at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay.

 

The team won its last meet on December 16th, scoring 123 points compared to 90 for Brillion/Valders/Chilton and and 82 for Two Rivers/Roncalli. Individual event winners include the 200 Medley Relay (Race Kasten, Drew Rass, Connor Thompson, Jacob Norton 1:46.93), the 200 IM (Jacob Norton DCU 2:12.99), the 50 Free (Drew Rass DCU :24.51), the 100 Fly (Connor Thompson DCU 1:01.17), the 200 Free Relay (Ethan Almstadt, Connor Thompson, Drew Rass, Jacob Norton 1:37.38), the 100 Back (Race Kasten DCU 1:00.67), the 100 Breast (Jacob Norton DCU 1:04.21), and the 400 Free Relay (Ethan Almstadt, Logan Filar, Race Kasten, James Pollock 3:39.97).

 

The first event is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Green Bay women ends non-conference slate with victory

The Green Bay Phoenix women's basketball team had to fight off a feisty Central Michigan squad Monday night, winning its final non-conference game 71-67.

 

Despite not playing in front of its Kress Center faithful for over a month and in general for close to two weeks due to its schedule and COVID cancellations, the Phoenix came out firing as they took a 19-11 first-quarter lead and a 10 point advantage into the half. They would be able to stretch that lead to as much as 16 points, but a 14-0 run by the Chippewas would eliminate that advantage in the fourth quarter. The Phoenix were able to pull ahead and clamp down on defense to avoid the upset.

 

Hailey Oskey led the way with 19 points while former Luxemburg-Casco star Cassie Schiltz pitched in 18 points in the victory.

 

The Phoenix return to action on Thursday, Dec. 30 at the Kress Center, against Detroit Mercy for a 7 p.m. tip. In men's basketball, the Phoenix had their December 22nd game against Minnesota moved to a 4 p.m. start.

Pioneer boys hit the road to Goodman/Pembine

The Sevastopol Pioneers' boy basketball team will head on the road Monday night to face the Goodman/Pembine Patriots.

 

Jack DeYoung scored 21 points but no one else scored more than eight in the Pioneers' 79-43 loss to the Clippers in their last game on Thursday. DeYoung is averaging just over 15 points a game while Manav Jandu has been pitching in another 11 a contest. Boone Larison scored 18 and two others reached double figures in the Patriots' 78-39 thrashing of St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday.

 

Opening tip is set for 6 p.m.

Packers hold on late against Ravens

The Green Bay Packers needed a late defensive stand on a two-point conversion to stave off the Baltimore Ravens on the road Sunday 31-30.

 

Missing Kenny Clark due to COVID-19 protocols, the Packers once again struggled against a mobile quarterback as Tyler Huntley, who was in to replace the injured Lamar Jackson, ran for 73 yards and two scores on the day. Huntley used his arm for the Ravens for the team's first touchdown and the only score of the first quarter.

 

A.J. Dillon got the Packers on the scoreboard in the second quarter as he rushed in from two yards to tie the game up. Huntley and Aaron Rodgers would trade passing touchdowns the rest of the way to keep the game tied at halftime. 

 

The Packers started the third quarter that sucked up half the period before concluding with a two-yard flip to Aaron Jones to make it 21-14. The Ravens would kick a field goal before the Packers would score 10 unanswered points on Rodgers' third touchdown pass of the day and a Mason Crosby field goal after the Packers got the ball on the Ravens' 29-yard line and could not take full advantage. That is when Huntley took over, scoring on the ground twice before his pass on the two-point conversion fell incomplete instead of giving his team a slim one-point advantage with under 45 seconds remaining. 

 

The Packers now have a full game lead in the race for home-field advantage after both the Cardinals and the Buccanneers lost on Sunday. Rodgers' three touchdowns tied him with Brett Favre with the most touchdown passes in franchise history. Despite playing in 50 fewer games, Rodgers has a chance to break the record in front of the Lambeau Field crowd on Christmas Day against the Cleveland Browns. 

Badger volleyball wins first national championship

A record crowd of 18,755 watched the Wisconsin Badgers win their first-ever national championship in NCAA volleyball at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  The Badgers won the five-set match (22-25, 31-29, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12) over the Nebraska Cornhuskers with fifth-year senior Dana Rettke’s kill at the net for the deciding point.  The Badgers dominated at the net with 24 blocks and overcame a gritty performance by Nebraska.  Having four players with double-digit kills, Wisconsin jumped to a 7-0 lead in the fifth set and hung on for the 2021 volleyball championship.  

Gamblers lose late to the Lumberjacks

The Green Bay Gamblers could not hang on and lost to the Muskegon Lumberjacks 3-2 on Saturday in U.S.H.L. action at the Resch Center.  After a scoreless first period the Gamblers got on the board with a goal by Brody Lamb at the 17:51 mark.  Lamb then assisted Alex Servagno’s goal with just :05 left in the second period to give the Gamblers a 2-0 lead.  Then Muskegon scored three consecutive goals in the third period to complete the remarkable comeback.  

Gamblers chop down Lumberjacks

A three-goal third period proved to be the difference in a 6-3 win for the Green Bay Gamblers over the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday night.

 

The two teams traded goals throughout the first and second periods with Ryan Greene tying the game at 1-1 in the opening frame and Alex Servagno and Jackson Hallum tallying scores in the second. The Gamblers scored two goals in less than a minute at the third period' halfway mark as Brody Lamb and Jarod Crespo registered the tallies. Cameron Lund would cap things off with a goal in the sixteenth minute to put things away.

 

The two teams will play again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The game will air on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

Packers DT Clark placed on COVID-19 case

The surge of COVID-19 cases finally bit the Green Bay Packers this week, and it did so in a very big way.

 

The Packers placed DL ?Kenny Clark? on the reserve/COVID-19 list after activating QB Jordan Love. Clark has been a crucial part of the defense's efforts this season with four sacks, 42 combine tackles, and several quarterback pressures. 

 

The news comes as over 100 NFL players are on reserve/COVID-19 list and some players are calling for games to be postponed until cases get under control. The NFL said this yesterday about their protocols:

 

"Effective immediately, all clubs will implement preventative measures that have proven effective: masking regardless of vaccination status, remote or outdoor meetings, eliminating in-person meals, and no outside visitors while on team travel," the league said in a statement. "We will continue to strongly encourage the booster shots as the most effective protection. Finally, and based on expert advice, we will adjust the return-to-participation requirements for those who have recovered from COVID-19.

 

"All of these changes are grounded in our data and science-backed approach, with safety our number-one goal for the entire NFL community."

Gamblers hold on against Caps, host Lumberjacks on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers survived a frantic third period to put away the Madison Capitols Thursday night on the road.

 

Ryan Greene scored the first and only goal in the game's opening period to put the Gamblers up 1-0. The Gamblers would make it 3-0 before the 13 minute mark in the second period thanks to goals registered by Nicholas VanTassell and Jackson Hallum. The Capitols would get one of those goals back later in the frame to set up the offensive showcase. Each team would score three goals in the period, kicked off by tallies from Luke Weilandt and Brody Lamb. The Capitols would score three unanswered goals before Matt DeBoer put the game away with an empty netter with just over a minute to play in the game.

 

The Gamblers now return to the Resch Center for their first meetings against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Gamblers' visitors from Michigan have five of their six games this month including a perfect 4-0 homestand. Their last game was a 3-2 win over Team USA. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com with the puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

 

 

Gamblers begin three-game stretch in Madison

The Green Bay Gamblers will play back-to-back-to-back games for the first time this season when they travel to Madison on Thursday.

 

The Capitols have become a very familiar opponent for the Gamblers, who faced them twice last weekend and five times total on the year. The Green Bay Gamblers avenged Friday’s loss to the Madison Capitols with a convincing 6-2 win on Saturday thanks in part to Rastislav Elias' 38 saves for one of his best appearances of the season and a goal by Carter Batchelder, who joined the team only a few days prior. 

 

Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. The Gamblers will play Muskegon for a pair of games at the Resch Center Friday and Saturday. Those games will air on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com.

 

 

Second half crashes Bucks' Garden party

The Milwaukee Bucks could not hold onto a first quarter lead as it fell to the Boston Celtics 117-103.

 

The Bucks outscored the Celtics 30-21 in the opening frame, but the Celtics had the edge in the other three quarters to pick up the victory over the defending NBA champions. A big reason why was Jayson Tatum, who led all scorers with 42 points. Sixteen of those points came in the fourth quarter as the Celtics tried to put the Bucks away on the second night of their back-to-back stretch. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday each scored 20 points to lead the Bucks in the loss. 

 

The Bucks are back in action at home on Wednesday when they welcome the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip.  

Bucks visit second Garden to face Celtics

The Milwaukee Bucks continue their East Coast road trip Monday night with a matchup against the Boston Celtics. 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his first triple-double of the season in Saturday's 112-97 win over the New York Knicks, scoring 20 points while adding 11 assists to his ledger. Khris Middleton led all Bucks players with 24 points in the victory. The Celtics are coming off a 111-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the desert on Friday.

 

Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.

Third quarter flips script in Packers' victory over Bears

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' offense had to overcome its own poor special teams play and an inspired Chicago Bears team in its 45-30 victory Sunday night.

 

The Bears jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks to two impressive drives from Justin Fields and company before the Packers could finally get on the scoreboard with an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass to Allen Lazard to make it 10-7. The Packers would take a 14-10 lead when Rasul Douglas took a Fields' pass to the endzone from 55 yards out. Fields would show to have a short memory when he connected with Damiere Byrd on a 54-yard slant pattern to help the Bears retake the lead. The Bears would regain their 10 point margin just two minutes later when Jakeem Grant took a punt 97 yards to the endzone. It was too much time for Rodgers as he was able to lead the Packers on a drive that ended with Davante Adams scoring from 38 yards out. Cairo Santos closed out the half and the scoring for the Bears with a 44-yard field goal.

 

It was all Packers after that as they went on to outscore the Bears 24-3 in the second half. Aaron Jones helped the Packers take the lead with a three-yard touchdown run and a 23-yard catch for a score after the defense forced a Fields fumble. Crosby would end the quarter of scoring for the Packers with a 20-yard field goal. Rodgers would set the team record for most touchdown passes against the Bears when he found Adams for his fourth score of the game and his 61st against Chicago. The Bears had some life after that as Santos made it a two-score game with Santos kicking a field goal and the special teams recovering a muffed onside kick. Fields would end the threat with an interception that would send Kurt Benkert out to perform victory formation duties for the Packers. 

 

The win gave Rodgers 23 victories over the Bears, the most in franchise history. The Packers will play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at 3:25 p.m.

Phoenix Notes: Women shutdown Wisconsin, men lose to Kansas State

Both of Green Bay's basketball teams took up games against Power-5 opponents in Sunday matinees with mixed results.

 

The Phoenix women jumped out to 11-0 lead to start the game and never looked back in its 63-53. The two teams played close after the first quarter ended with a 23-11 advantage for the Phoenix. The Badgers would cut the lead in half in then some several times during the game, only to see the Phoenix be able to hit timely shots and stretch the lead again. Much of that is thanks to the Phoenix bench, which outscored the Badgers 33-0. Hailey Oskey led the Phoenix with 14 points with Cassie Schiltz, Bailey Butler, and Maddy Schreiber all scoring at least eight points. The Phoenix women have a pair of home games lined up for December 16th against Chicago State and December 20th against Central Michigan.

 

The Phoenix men kept things interesting early on but eventually, Kansas State wore down their visitors and won 82-64.  Japannah Kellogg III led the Phoenix with 15 points, six rebounds, and two steals while Kamari McGee added 14 points and Donovan Ivory chipped in seven points. The Phoenix trailed by only five points with six minutes to go in the first half before the Wildcats went on a 15-4 run to put the game out of reach. They will not play again until they had to Minnesota to face the Gophers on December 22nd.

Gamblers topple Capitols on 104.1 WRLU

The Green Bay Gamblers avenged Friday’s loss to the Madison Capitols with a convincing 6-2 win on Saturday on the New Radio Sports Network and 104.1 WRLU. 

 

Alex Servagno scored at the 5:05 mark of the first period and the Gamblers never trailed all night.  In the second period, Jackson Hallum, Carter Batchelder, and Cameron Lund scored goals and the Gambers took a commanding 4-0 lead. 

 

Madison scored two goals to close the gap to 4-2 going into the third period, but Brody Lamb struck back along with Lund’s second goal to close out the scoring for the Gamblers.  In the net, Rastislav Elias had a stellar night with 38 saves for Green Bay. 

 

The Gamblers and Capitols will face off again on Thursday night in Madison starting at 7:05 pm. 

Packers renew rivalry with Bears Sunday

Fresh off the bye week, the Green Bay Packers will host the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday evening.  The Packers are coming off a win over the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago, while the Bears lost to the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 last Sunday.

 

Aaron Rodgers, who is battling through a toe injury, has a chance to become the winningest quarterback in Packer history against the Bears.  He is currently tied with Brett Favre with 22 victories.  The league’s oldest rivalry stands at 102-95-6 with the Packers having the edge.

 

Green Bay (9-3) can get closer to clinching the North Division and making the playoffs with a win over Chicago (4-8).

 

Kick-off is set for 7:20 pm at Lambeau Field.  

Badgers buried by Buckeyes

The #22 Wisconsin Badgers could not overcome cold shooting on as they fell to the road, as the #21 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Bucky 73-55 in Big Ten basketball Saturday. 

 

Starting fast by taking a 19-11 lead, Wisconsin went cold from the field and saw Ohio State go on a 12-0 run and never relinquish the lead. 

 

Johnny Davis led the Badgers with 24 points and Brad Davison added 13, but it was not enough as the Buckeyes snapped the Badgers’ six game winning streak. The Badgers finished the game shooting only 34 percent and was outrebounded by a 49-28.

 

Wisconsin will now look to bounce back as they play host to Nichols State in a nonconference game at the Kohl Center on Wednesday.

Phoenix bounced by Kansas City

The Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team could never get their offense going in its 64-55 loss to Kansas City.

 

It took much of the first half for either team to crack double figures before they got into a rhythm late. The Kangaroos finally caught fire in the second half, eventually building a 64-49 advantage. A late 6-0 run made it close, but still sent the Phoenix to their seventh loss of the season. Freshman Kamari McGee led the Phoenix with 19 points, 16 of which came in the final quarter of game action.

 

Both teams will be in action Sunday with the men playing at Kansas State and the women battling in Madison against Wisconsin.

Second period dooms Gamblers, battle Capitols again Saturday on 104.1 WRLU

Four unanswered goals by the Madison Capitols gave the Green Bay Gamblers their first loss of the month on Friday by a 4-1 score.

 

The Capitols peppered goalie Aaron Randazzo with 41 shots on the night. They followed a scoreless first period with two goals by Barrett Brooks and one goal by Nick DeSantis. Reid Pabich scored the final goal for the Capitols while Jarod Crespo registered his second goal of the season with just over two minutes left in the game.

 

The Gamblers will get a second crack at the Capitols Saturday night at the Resch Center. Tobin Meyer will have the call on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com with the puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

Gamblers play home-and-home against Madison

The Green Bay Gamblers will play a home-and-home weekend slate against the Madison Capitols for the second time this season beginning on Friday.

 

The Gamblers got December off on the right note with a pair of 4-3 victories last weekend in Rochester, New York over the Youngstown Phantoms. That came after the Gamblers only had one victory total in the entire month of November. The Capitols split a pair of matchups last weekend against Team USA, winning on Friday 6-3 before losing on Saturday 7-5.

 

The Gamblers play in Madison on Friday before they host the Capitols on Saturday night at the Resch Center. Tobin Meyer will have the call Saturday night on 104.1 WRLU and NEWRadioSportsNetwork.com with the puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

Glory joins USL W League

The Green Bay Glory will play in a new league beginning next season.

 

The organization announced on Wednesday they would be joining the USL W League for the 2022 season after previously playing in the Women's Premier Soccer League. Approximately 30 teams are included in the league including fellow WPSL defectors Chicago City and Chicago Dutch Lions. Melissa Cruz-Cuene, Co-Owner of Green Bay Glory, said "the Green Bay Glory is excited to join the USL W League in its inaugural season,” said This partnership aligns with our values and the mission we have already established in our community, and we look forward to bringing opportunities to our players and community on a grander scale." 

 

  

Heat burns Bucks in second half

A  seven-point halftime lead was doused by the Miami Heat Wednesday night as the Milwaukee Bucks went on to lose the game 113-104 in Miami.

 

Playing without their star player Jimmy Butler, the Heat were on fire from behind the three-point line as they drilled 22 three-pointers in the victory. The Heat knocked down 14 such shots in the second half alone to aid their comeback. Leading the way for the Heat was Caleb Martin, who scored 28 points in the spot start while hitting six of his eight three-point attempts. Giannis Antetokounmpo was not allowed to be a big factor, only scoring 15 points in the loss. Jrue Holiday led the Bucks with 27 points while Khris Middleton added 20 points.

 

The Bucks are back in action Friday when they play the Houston Rockets.  

Alexander returns to Packers practice

Cornerback Jaire Alexander gave the Green Bay Packers some extra hope on Wednesday when he returned to practice.

 

It was the first time coaches and players have seen him on the field since October 3rd when he injured his shoulder against the Pittsburgh Steeler, though his time practicing was limited. Two other players mentioned as making possible returns for the end of the season, David Bakhtiari and Za'Darius Smith?. did not practice along with Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb.

 

Their opponent, the Chicago Bears, announced that Justin Fields will be their starter on Sunday as Andy Dalton deals with an injury to his non-throwing hand.

 

The Bears and Packers will play on Sunday Night Football this weekend.

 

 

Bucks take out Cavs

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points on his 27th birthday to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 on Monday night. 

 

The defending NBA Finals MVP connected on all three of his three-point attempts and collected 12 rebounds en route to the victory. His 15 points in the fourth quarter proved to be critical as the Cavs were able to get to within two points in the game's final frame. Jrue Holiday had 20 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds while Khris Middleton chipped in 21 points and eight assists. The Bucks are unbeatable when the Bucks' big three are in the lineup together, going 11-0 so far this season. Jarrett Allen led the Cavaliers with 25 points while four other players reached double figures in the loss. 

 

The Bucks are back in action on Wednesday when their four-game road trip begins in Miami.

Bucks prepare for Cavs

The Milwaukee Bucks may try to once again do it without their top player as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

 

Antetokounmpo is currently listed as day-to-day with right calf soreness and did not play in the Bucks' 124-102 win over Miami over the weekend. Pat Connaughton drilled seven 3-pointers en route to a 23 point evening while Bobby Portis grabbed a career-high-tying 16 rebounds and added 19 points in Antetokounmpo's absence.

 

The Cavs saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with Sunday's 109-108 loss to the Utah Jazz despite a strong effort from surging guard Dairus Garland.

 

The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.

Door County United wins first swim meet

Door County United edged out Sheboygan North for its first win of the season at Plymouth on Saturday. 

 

DCU beat Sheboygan North 376.5-374 to claim the victory. Jacob Norton (50 Free, 100 Breast) won a pair of individual wins on the season. The 200 Medley Relay, James Pollock (500 Free), Drew Rass (100 Breast) and Ethan Almstedt (100 Free) took home second place finishes.

 

RESULTS

200 Medley R: 1, Green Bay United (Natha Gehm, Mikhail Neverman, Kyler Simonet, Cayden DePas) 1:45.57; 2, Door County United (Race Kasten, Drew Rass, Connor Thompson, Jacob Norton) 1:45.66; 3, Plymouth (Ben Coley, Ryan Selk, Forest Olsen, Jacob Gruttner) 1:49.22; 4, Berlin/Green Lake (Jeff Manata, Derek Zamzow, Erik Olmen, Kaden Fritz) 1:50.35. 

200 Free: 1, Ian Ridlehoover ANE 1:48.87; 2, Dylan Dettloff SN 1:55.23; 3, Ethan Almstedt DCU 1:58.23; 4, Trevor Graham SN 2:02.17. 

200 IM: 1, William Hayon SN 1:57.64; 2, Forest Olsen PLY 2:08.51; 3, Logan Pond SN 2:17.80; 4, Nathan Gehm GBU 2:18.17. 

50 Free: 1, Jacob Norton DCU :23.18; 2, Caleb Webb SN :23.55; 3, Reid Graham ANE :23.56; 4, Ian Zabel MAN :23.69. 

100 Fly: 1, Mikhail Neverman GBU :54.80; 2, Forest Olsen PLY :55.76; 3, Kuyler Simonet GBU :56.23; 4, Erik Olmen B/GL 1:00.04. 

100 Free: 1, Dylan Dettloff SN :48.90; 2, Ethan Almstedt DCU :52.65; 3, Evan Hansel ANE :52.81; 4, Cayden DePas GBU :53.41. 

500 Free: 1, Ian Ridlehoover ANE 5:01.06; 2, James Pollock DCU 5:50.40; 3 Sam Biddle SN 5:54.87; 4, Kaden Fritz B/GL 5:59.10. 

200 Free R: 1, Sheboygan North (William Hayon, Logan Pond, Caleb Webb, Dylan Dettloff) 1:28.47; 2, Door County United (Ethan Almsted, Connor Thompson, Drew Rass, Jacob Norton) 1:35.04; 3, Appleton North/East (Reid Graham, Evan Hansel, Nik Hall, Ian Ridlehoover) 1:36.75; 4, Berlin/Green Lake (Derek Zamzow, Jeff Manata, Erik Olmen, Kaden Fritz) 1:39.98. 

100 Back: 1, William Hayon SN :52.12; 2, Mikhail Neverman GBU :56.69; 3, Ben Coley PLY :57.72; 4, Race Kasten DCU :58.65

100 Breast: 1, Jacob Norton DCU 1:02.98; 2, Drew Rass DCU 1:04.72; 3, Derek Zamzow B/GL 1:04.97; 4, Logan Pond SN 1:07.71. 

400 Free R: 1, Sheboygan North (William Hayon, Logan Pond, Caleb Webb, Dylan Dettloff) 3:18.71; 2, Plymouth (Jacob Gruttner, Human du Plessis, Ben Coley, Forest Olsen) 3:30.55; 3, Green Bay United (Kyler Simonet, Nathan Gehm, Cayden DePas, Mikhail Neverman) 3:32.67; 4, Door County United (Ethan Almstedt, Race Kasten, Logan Filar, James Pollock) 3:35.88.

Bucks torch Heat

Playing without six players including Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks had little trouble defeating the Miami Heat at Fiserv Forum Saturday night with a 124-102.  Miami was without Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo and could only manage to shoot 40 percent from the field.

 

The Bucks took a 34-23 lead after one quarter and never were seriously challenged after that.  Pat Connaughton had 23 points and Khris Middleton added 22 more, as the Bucks built a 31 point lead at one point in the second half.  Miami (14-10) was led by Max Strus with 25 points.    

 

Milwaukee (15-9) will now play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night with tip scheduled for 7 pm.  

Gamblers top Youngstown in OT

The Green Bay Gamblers upended the Youngstown Phantoms in USHL Saturday with a 4-3 win that took an extra session.  Gambler’s Damien Carfagna scored with 4:54 left in overtime to score the decisive goal.  Alex Servagno and Matt Deboer assisted on the winning goal as the Gamblers were able to come back from a two-goal deficit. 

 

After a scoreless first period, the Gambers got two goals from Ryan Greene to tie the game at 2-2.  Youngstown scored a goal late in the second period before Cameron Lund tied the game at 3-3 at the 4:59 mark of the third period. 

Badgers, Davis too much for Marquette

Johnny Davis scored 25 points and the #23 Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles 89-76 in the state's biggest college basketball rivalry on Saturday in Madison.

 

The first half saw both teams struggle from the field and Wisconsin managed to take a 34-31 lead into halftime.  

 

The Badgers used a balance attack to keep Marquette off balance in the second half.  Brad Davison scored 20 points for the game along with Davis to lead the Badgers, who also got 15 points from Steven Crowl and Tyler Wahl.

 

Justin Lewis led Marquette with 15 points as the Golden Eagles could not defeat the Badgers for the second consecutive year.

 

Wisconsin (7-1) will host Indiana on Wednesday to open Big Ten play, while Marquette (7-2) will travel to Kansas State on Wednesday.

Wrestling preview: Luxemburg-Casco, Southern Door in action

All of the local teams will face stiff competition in wrestling action on Saturday.

 

Southern Door will get its first taste of action this season when it heads to Stratford. In addition to the host school, the Eagles will also face Wausau East, Barron Area Schools, Phillips, and Crandon. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.

 

Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol have the opportunity to wrestle against each other when they head to Kimberly. Other teams competing in the tournament include Grafton, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Amery, Appleton North, Ashwaubenon, Berlin, Coleman, Dodgeland, Freedom, Green Lake/Princeton, Kewaunee, Manitowoc Lincoln, Merrill, and Sun Prairie East. Wrestling begins there at 8 a.m.

 

Luxemburg-Casco will host a series of dual meets beginning at 9 a.m. They will welcome Bay Port, Holmen, Oshkosh West, Port Washington and Sheboygan Falls.

Gamblers hold on to beat Phantoms

The Green Bay Gamblers started the month of December and the American Cup Series in Rochester, New York on a happy note with a 4-3 win over the Youngstown Phantoms.

 

The Gamblers jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Trey Zagrzebski and Ethan Straky. They would make it 3-1 in the second period when Cameron Lund scored his sixth goal of the season. The Phantoms' Winter Wallace and Adam Ingram tied the game up in the third, but Will Staring scored a goal with nine minutes left to earn the two points for the Gamblers. Aaron Randazzo earned the win, stopping 26 of 29 shots.

 

The two teams battle again at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Phoenix Minute: Green Bay sweeps Robert Morris teams

Both the men and women's basketball teams at Green Bay were able to pick up victories against their counterparts at Robert Morris University.

 

In women's college basketball, Luxemburg-Casco alum Cassie Schiltz led the way with 16 points as the Green Bay Phoenix coasted to a 63-44 victory on the road over Robert Morris. Two other Phoenix players reached double figures in the win that started with a slim 20-18 lead after one quarter. The Phoenix defense clamped down after that as they held double-digit scoring advantages in the second and third quarter en route to the 19 point victory. 

 

In men's college basketball, Green Bay got 23 points from Manny Ansong and double figures from two other players as the Phoenix blew past Robert Morris in the second half at the Resch Center to win 70-58. The Phoenix turned 12 Colonials turnovers into 18 points and had assists on 20 of the 28 field goals made from the field in the victory. 

Gamblers, Phantoms showcase event as a part of youth tournament in Rochester

The Green Bay Gamblers could find themselves playing in front of hundreds of kids Friday and Saturday nights as they battle Youngstown in the USHL's inaugural American Cup.

 

The event hosted by the league will feature a pair of regular-season USHL games between the Phantoms and the Gamblers as well as a youth tournament with 17 teams,. It brings hockey fans in the Rochester, New York area an exclusive look at two of the USHL’s Clubs as well as a bevy of young hockey talent. 

 

The Gamblers are trying to shake out of a November funk that only saw them win once in the entire month of November. The Phantoms provided a rough welcome back party after the Gamblers played the first half of the month on the road, winning the game 7-2. 

 

Each team will have an opportunity to be the home team during the weekend with both games taking place at 6:30 p.m.

Brewers secure Renfroe in trade

The Milwaukee Brewers pulled off a trade before MLB owners voted to lockout its players following unsuccessful labor talks. 

 

The Brewers acquired outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and infielders David Hamilton and Alex Binelas. 

 

Renfroe, 29, hit .259 with 31 HR and 96 RBI in 144 games with Boston in 2021, setting career highs in games, at-bats (521), runs (89), hits (135), doubles (33), RBI, extra-base hits (64), total bases (261), batting average, OBP (.315), SLG (.501) and OPS (.816).  He also plays great defense, tying for the league with outfield assists in 2021 with 16. 

 

Bradley Jr., 31, hit .163 with 6 HR and 29 RBI in 134 games in his lone season with the Brewers after signing as a free agent in March 2021. This will be his second stint with the Red Sox, winning the ALCS MVP award in 2018.

Hamilton, 24, hit .258 with 8 HR and 43 RBI in 101 games between Class-A Wisconsin and Double-A Biloxi in his first professional season after being selected in the eighth round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. 

Selected in the third round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft, Binelas, 21, batted .309 with 9 HR and 29 RBI in 36 games between Rookie Arizona Brewers Gold and Class-A Carolina this past season. 

Northern Door YMCA hosting "Ugly Sweater Run" Saturday

You can enjoy the great outdoors and gear up for the holidays with the Door County YMCA 2021 Ugly Sweater Run this Saturday.  The 5K Fun Run & Walk will begin at the Northern Door Program Center in Fish Creek with check-in beginning about 9 am.  Healthy Living Coordinator Megan Schneider says the entry fee for the family-friendly event is $15 and includes a free T-shirt.

 

 

Schneider adds that the run/walk will officially start at 10:00 am with festivities continuing after the race with hot cocoa, music, and cookies.  You can pre-register in person at the YMCA, by mail, or online at https://buff.ly/3ktMSTU.

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