July 24, 2014

Draxler in today’s finals at IAAF Junior Worlds

Former Wrightstown Track & Field standout Bonnie Draxler cleared 13 feet, 4 inches in the pole vault on Tuesday and will compete in today’s

Bonnie Draxler - Photo: Courtesy of WLUK-Fox 11 in Green Bay

Bonnie Draxler - Photo: Courtesy of WLUK-Fox 11 in Green Bay

finals  in the IAAF Junior World Championships at Eugene, Oregon.

Draxler is one of 14 female competitors that advanced to the finals.  She is a four-time WIAA Division 2 state champion in the pole vault in Wisconsin and holds the state’s record of 13 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the event.

Draxler was also named to the All USA Today girls’ track and field team.

Draxler will be attending college at San Diego State in the fall.


Lucroy’s walkoff HR beats Cincinnati

Jonathan Lucroy had been mired in a slump, hitting .200 in his last 25 games.  Last night, Lucroy clubbed a pair of home runs, including the

Jonathan Lucroy - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jonathan Lucroy – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

walk off game-winner as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 at Miller Park.

Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez both added home runs for the Brewers, who have taken the first two games of the series, handing the Reds their fifth straight defeat.

Lucroy’s game winner came in the 9th off of Sam LeCure to break a 3-3 tie.  He also homered in the sixth.

Rookie Jimmy Nelson worked 6-innings, allowing 3 runs on four hits but wasn’t involved in the decision.  The win went to Francisco Rodriguez (4-3), who pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to set the stage for Lucroy.

The Brewers entered the series having dropped 7 of 10 games against the Reds.  But they’ve won the first two games of the series and play for the sweep this afternoon.  Kyle Lohse (10-4, 3.16) faces Mike Leake (7-8, 3.63) in the pitching matchup.

The Reds have lost 5-straight games overall.

AUDIO: Jonathan Lucroy on capturing the series :17

GB’s Brown out 3-4 months

Former UW-Green Bay center Alec Brown is expected to undergo surgery on Thursday to repair his dislocated shoulder.

Alec Brown

Alec Brown

Brown, who has battled shoulder problems during his collegiate career at UW-Green Bay, is expected to miss 3-4 months to rehab.

Brown suffered the injury last Friday in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas.  He met with Phoenix Suns team doctors on Monday.  The Suns selected Brown in the second round (50th overall) of the recent NBA Draft.

Brown is expected to make a full recovery.


Ziegler maintains lead at State Amateur

University of Wisconsin assistant golf coach Rob Ziegler remains the leader after the first two rounds of the 113th Wisconsin State Amateur.

Ziegler shot a 1-over 71 yesterday, but increased his lead from two to five shots heading to today’s third round at the Ozaukee Country Club.

After 36 holes, Ziegler is the only player under par at -3.


Packers rank 24th on Forbes list of World’s Top 50 Sports franchises

Forbes Magazine is out with the World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports franchises and the Green Bay Packers rank 24th in value, worth $1.183 billion.

What makes the Packers unique to this list is the fact that they’re publicly owned.

The top three teams on the Forbes list are soccer teams.  The New York Yankees rank 4th at $2.5 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team in at number 5 with a value of $2.3 billion.

Several NFL teams are in front of the Packers at number-24.  After Dallas at number-5, New England ($1.8 billion) is 8th.  Washington is 9th, the New York Giants are 10th.  Houston is 12th, the New York Jets 14th, Philadelphia is 17th, the Chicago Bears are 18th.  Baltimore is 19th, San Francisco 20th and Indianapolis is 23rd.