The Green Bay Phoenix women claimed the outright Horizon League title Thursday night by dominating Valparaiso at the Kress Events Center 75-48. GB had already earned at least a share of it's 13th consecutive conference championship, the longest consecutive title streak in the country. The girls sported black t-shirts with a 13 on the front to celebrate. The Phoenix raced out to another early lead and coasted to the win, led by Celeste Hoewisch and Lydia Bauer with 13 (coincidentally enough) points. Green Bay will honor it's three seniors Saturday against Butler in the final home game. Hoewisch, Kayla Tetschlag and the injured Heather Golden will be recognized after the game.
GB men win again
The Green Bay men defeated Youngstown State on the road 71-60 holding the Penguins to 36 percent shooting. Bryquis Perine had 19 points and Rahmon Fletcher added 18 as the Phoenix improved to 14-16 and 8-9 in the Horizon League. They'll finish up the regular season Saturday at Cleveland State which now has company atop the standings. UW-Milwaukee made it 8 straight victories by beating the Vikings 87-83 as both teams now share the league lead at 12-5.
Marquette off the bubble?
The Marquette Golden Eagles got a big win at 15th ranked Connecticut Thursday night, 74-67 in overtime. Darius Johnson-Odom scored the game tying basket off a steal at the end of regulation and then put up 9 of his game high 17 points in the extra period. Marquette is now 17-11 overall and 8-7 in the Big East.
Gamblers melt the Ice
The Green Bay Gamblers erupted for three goals in the third period to beat the Indiana Ice 5-1 at the Resch Center Thursday night. Green Bay now leads Cedar Rapids by 9 points in the race for the USHL regular season and Anderson Cup title. The Gamblers are trying to become the first team in league history to win three straight Anderson Cups. They'll return to the Resch Center ice Saturday night hosting Western Division leading Omaha and finishing the weekend with a Sunday matinee against Waterloo.
The boys state individual wrestling tournament opened Thursday at the Kohl Center. Among area boys to advance were Mason Bohm of Shawano who won two matches to reach the Division 1 semifinals at 119 pounds. In Division 2, Oconto Falls advanced a pair into the quarterfinals, Jared Pawlak at 119 pounds and Mitch Friedman at 130. Luxemburg-Casco had three wrestlers advance, Newton Smerchek at 285, Zach Skarda at 125 and Mike Uliana at 140. Denmark's Brandon Straedel also won his first round match at 145. In boys basketball, Bay Port and De Pere will share the Fox River Classic regular season title, finishing at 14-2. The Pirates beat Manitowoc while the Redbirds routed West. Seymour capped an unbeaten Bay Conference season by beating Denmark 74-46. In hockey, the state sectional finals will be played Saturday in the valley. Notre Dame and Ashwaubenon meet at the Appleton Ice Center for the boys title while the Bay Area Ice Bears go against Appleton United at the Tri-County arena for the girls sectional championship.