UW-Green Bay student Ashley Garza headed over to the Kress fitness center on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 4) to spend some time on her favorite cardio machine… and walked into a big surprise at the front desk. Eight years of card-swiping each and every fitness, recreation and intramural patron allowed Kress Center staff to pinpoint Garza’s workout as the one-millionth patron visit since the facility’s grand opening in November 2007. Garza received a gift package of apparel, passes and discounts from Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie to mark the milestone.
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Eight University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletic programs posted perfect graduation success rates, while a total of 13 programs finished above the national average among non-football Division I NCAA schools, as announced by the NCAA office on Wednesday afternoon. On the women’s side, basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball all posted perfect scores, as did men’s cross country, Nordic skiing and tennis. Additionally, finishing above their respective GSR national averages were women’s softball and men’s basketball, golf, soccer and swimming. “Ensuring academic success and graduation for student-athletes are our top priorities at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay,” said Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie. “This data reinforces that commitment and is a testament to our coaches who recruit quality student-athletes and our faculty and staff who work as a team to help students be successful.” For more.
Wow. When your men’s basketball team goes 30-2 and makes a run to its first national title game (vs. the legendary John Chaney’s Cheyney State, in Division II, 1978)… and that’s only No. 43 on the all-time top list of 50 greatest sports moments in UW-Green Bay history… that’s one impressive list! Intercollegiate Athletics is doing a great job in reminiscing about the program’s remarkable history; they just unveiled a new batch counting down toward No. 1.
The Green Bay women’s basketball team will open its 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., hosting archrival Marquette on Military Appreciation Day at the Kress. All veterans and current service members will receive free ticket to the game, and their guests will receive discounted game tickets at the price of $5 for adults and youth. Phoenix players will also wear special jerseys honoring local female service members. Prior to the game, the service members who are being honored with their names on the back of the jerseys will take the floor with the Green Bay women’s basketball team for the national anthem. At halftime, the Phoenix Hero Award will be presented. Last week, head coach Kevin Borseth surprised the award’s recipient, UWGB staff member Elaina Koltz, with the announcement and news she’d have a special seat courtside on the 13th. Koltz, who is today a financial aid adviser and veteran’s services coordinator, spent 22 years in the military including five years in Germany as administrative assistant to the Commander in Chief of Europe and the Seventh Army, General Glenn K. Otis. For more on the day and honors, and a video of Borseth’s surprise visit to Koltz.
The Green Bay volleyball team continued its recent hot streak over the weekend, with a three-set sweep of in-state rival UW-Milwaukee at the Kress Center. At 14-7 and 5-3 in the Horizon League, Coach Sean Burdette’s team is hoping to make a run at the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since its only trip in 2003. The Phoenix will be back at the Kress Center for three more matches over the next week, beginning with a date against defending-champion Oakland at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Newcomer Jamar Hurdle, a 6-7 junior transfer from Des Moines Area Community College, was a standout at the men’s basketball dunk contest that was part of Phoenix Phrenzy at the Kress Events Center on Saturday.
For the third time in five fall tournaments, UW-Green Bay senior Joe Du Chateau has claimed individual gold, this time at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate golf tournament near Sheboygan. DuChateau played Whistling Straits — site of summer’s PGA — in 72-72-76. It was the last meet of the season for the Phoenix men’s team.
On the women’s side, senior Sammi Grunder paced the Phoenix at Whistling Straits by finishing in a tie for third place. She went 81-77-84 (the final round played in challenging winds).
The Green Bay men’s basketball team is predicted to finish sixth in the Horizon League, according to a coaches/media/staff ballot announced Wednesday at the annual media day. Jack-of-all-trades forward Jordan Fouse, a senior from Racine, was voted to the preseason first team. Coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons, the Phoenix will deal with the loss of senior starters and contributors from last year. Coach Linc Darner, who is a year removed from leading Florida Southern to a 36-1 record, a No. 1 overall ranking and the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship last season, leads his new team into exhibition play with a Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31, game with UW-Stout at the Resch Center.
Cheenuj Shong, a senior from Milwaukee, had scored a single goal in his Phoenix men’s soccer career before Wednesday night. Returning to his hometown, Shong got two at UW-Milwaukee in a nice 2-0 victory that gave Green Bay the Chancellor’s Cup for another year. Coach Jeremy Bonomo’s Phoenix evened its Horizon League record at 2-1-2 (4-5-3 overall). For details.
UW-Green Bay hosts its third annual Alumni Days on Oct. 16 and 17 with a bigger and better array of activities to coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Among the events on Friday’s opening evening is a resurrection of the BlueWhale Coffeehouse — at one time a premiere Midwest destination for blues performers — with a Shorewood Clubhouse concert by alumni favorite Claudia Schmidt. On Saturday, Phoenix Fest — a “mini-Bayfest” — will offer live music, food, beverages, and many attractions for the entire family including Segway tours of campus, carnival games, zip line, stunt jump, a chili bar, corn tent and beer garden. Green Bay Athletics teams will host Phoenix Phrenzy in a “midnight mania” type of atmosphere with player intros, dunk contest, a scrimmage and special appearance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team (featured on “America’s Got Talent”). Throw in Alumni Awards Night, a mainstage Theatre production, a Music concert with alumni choral participation, home soccer and volleyball, the return of the John Maino Golf Classic at Shorewood, Big Mouth, Pat McCurdy, vintage memorabilia displays and a 5K fun run, and it’s an action-packed weekend. See the news release, or the full schedule.