Wisconsin Sports

Girls basketball roundup: Ledzian, Clark lead Nordics in dominant win

REPUBLIC — Skye Ledzian and Hannah Clark each posted double-doubles as North Dickinson opened the girls basketball season Tuesday by beating Republic-Michigamme 65-31. Ledzian had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Clark added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Briana Smith and Ashton Hord had 11 ...

Boys basketball: Niagara drops M&O matchup to Wausaukee

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara fell to Wausaukee 61-48 in the M&O Conference boys basketball opener Tuesday. Tristan DeJardin’s 15 second-half points led the Badgers (0-3, 0-1), who trailed 30-16 at halftime. “We played much better in the second half,” said Niagara head coach Jim ...

Girls basketball: Gill, Badgers rout Lena 56-36

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara held Lena to 11 first-half points and defeated the Wildcats 56-36 in M&O Conference girls basketball Monday. The Badgers (3-1, 2-1), playing a zone defense, held a 21-11 halftime advantage. “I’ve pushed the girls to play better defense,” said Badgers ...

Packers president Murphy to hire next coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason. He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year. Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike ...

McCarthy’s connections to Browns could lead to head coaching job

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Mike McCarthy's connections with the Browns could land him his next job. Dumped by Green Bay on Sunday after 13 seasons, a Super Bowl win and amid a seemingly growing rift with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy's candidacy to become Cleveland's next coach has gotten ...

Cardinals stun fading Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The lowly Arizona Cardinals pulled off an upset at Lambeau Field that was so much a stunner that the Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after the game. Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left, Green Bay's Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt ...

McCarthy fired after Packers fall to Cardinals

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have fired coach Mike McCarthy and made offensive coordinator Joe Philbin the interim head coach. The move announced by team president Mark Murphy came after a stunning 20-17 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals, dropping Green Bay to ...

Girls basketball: Niagara sinks Suring, notches 1st M&O win

SURING, Wis. — Niagara evened its M&O Conference record at 1-1 with a 56-54 win over Suring on Friday, led by Cassandra Gill’s 15 points. Jaida Maki added 14 points for the Badgers, who won the back-and-forth contest despite making just 12 of 30 free throws. “We made just enough ...

Boys basketball: Patriots stifle Niagara, 37-32

NIAGARA, Wis. — Goodman-Pembine edged Niagara in a slow-moving 37-32 non-conference win Thursday. The Patriots (2-0) held a 16-13 halftime lead in a defensive bout with shooting struggles by both teams. “We didn’t come out of the gates very well on offense,” Goodman-Pembine head ...

Desperate Packers focus on fixes, tune out distractions

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers must make a stand just to stay in the playoff conversation. The injury list is growing. Their postseason hopes are in serious jeopardy. They'll need breaks to go their way with teams ahead of them in the wild-card chase. Tune out the outside ...

Boys basketball: Huge run sparks Florence in win

FLORENCE, Wis. — A late first-half rally ignited Florence in a 75-36 non-conference rout over Niagara on Tuesday. The Bobcats (1-0) went on a 25-2 scoring run in the final five minutes of the first half, taking advantage of turnovers and steals to build the lead. What was a 20-all game ...

Boys basketball roundup: Jets top Trojans in opener

POWERS — Forest Park succumbed to North Central’s tight defense in a 54-37 loss to open the season Tuesday. The Trojans were troubled by the Jets’ height throughout the night, shooting 14 of 51 including 3 for 20 from long range. “It was a tough matchup for us,” Forest Park head ...

Girls basketball: Florence routs Coleman

COLEMAN, Wis. — Kathleen Selden netted 15 points and three other Bobcats scored in double figures as Florence downed Coleman 73-47 in non-conference girls basketball Tuesday. “We jumped out to a quick lead and then handled their pressure, broke their press,” said Florence coach Brad ...

Girls basketball: Niagara falls at home to Wausaukee, 74-33

NIAGARA, Wis. — Wausaukee’s Madelyn Schlies and Autumn Schroeder combined for 33 points, totaling Niagara’s output, in a 74-33 M&O Conference win on Tuesday. Schlies scored 17 points and Schroeder added 16 to boost Wausaukee. The Badgers (1-1) fell to a 30-14 halftime deficit. ...

Hornets hold off Bucks, 110-107

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's stat line was nothing to get excited about: seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist. But the forward's return to the floor after missing six games with an ankle injury provided a huge spark for the Charlotte Hornets, who built ...

Skidding Packers face steep climb to reach playoffs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Another close loss on the road left the Green Bay Packers in a huge hole when it comes to their flickering postseason hopes. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers laid out the grim scenario left behind after a 24-1 loss in Minnesota. "We're going to need some help from some ...

Cousins, Vikings pass by punchless Packers, 24-17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Once Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings took the lead on Green Bay, they played with a fierce refusal to let it go. They held onto the ball with the same determination. Cousins bounced back from his worst game of the season with 342 passing yards and three ...

New coach leading Goodman-Pembine boys basketball

PEMBINE, Wis. — There’s a new look and feel to Goodman-Pembine boys basketball. New coach Jeff Zerbst has completely revamped the offense to match the current skill set of this year’s team. However, the Patriots will have limited practices before Tuesday’s season opener with Wausaukee ...

Boys basketball: Niagara’s short roster an obstacle for 2018-19

NIAGARA, Wis. — Limited roster numbers could play a role in Niagara’s boys basketball fortunes. The Badgers show just seven varsity players among the seniors and juniors. “Our numbers are really down this year,” said Niagara head coach Jim Hoogland, in his 15th season “We are ...

Boys basketball: Bobcats return entire roster from last season

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence boys basketball didn’t have to worry about graduation. The Bobcats return their whole roster from a season ago. They also added a few newcomers and welcome back Toby Wheeler (ACL injury last season) and Joe Walstrom. “It should be a more competitive year,” ...