Did you catch the highlight reel from the Phoenix men’s basketball team and the dunk contest they put on for UW-Green Bay’s incoming freshman class over at the Kress Center last week? Great stuff.
We only have a few more days left counting down our “50 phactoids” from Phoenix and UWGB history. One of our most recent posts recounts the day when humble UWGB knocked off the high-flying Cal Bears in the opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to set Phoenix Phever lose on Wisconsin… and the nation.
ESPN has announced that the Phoenix men’s basketball will be facing East Tennessee State on Nov. 17 with a 5 a.m. tipoff as part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, with the game being televised nationally on ESPN2.
The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The April 1982 press conference at which UWGB administrators introduced respected, well-liked assistant Dick Lien as the new men’s basketball coach would have broken the internet had it occurred today.
• Prof. Trinidad Chavez had a Sound Idea for a show/jazz choir, and the University had itself a scholarship troupe of musical ambassadors.
• Jazz Fest has nearly a 50-year history, and with top alumni including drummer Carl Allen returning to help out, it just keeps rolling along.
• It was Sheepshead Revue for Vol. 1, No. 1 in February 1975. Now Sheepshead Review, the UW-Green Bay literary publication is enjoying arguably its greatest success.
• Care to see a picture of Tim Sewall, who is today an interim administrator in student affairs, being a good sport by wearing a hot icy-silver costume for the 2003 Chili Cookoff? We’ve got it.
• UW-Green Bay has had an impressive recent run of UW System professor-of-the-year honorees. The recognition program began in 1992, and by 1993 UWGB had its first winner: Joseph Moran of Natural and Applied Sciences.
• Time was when UWGB Summer Music Camps held their closing camp concerts behind Theatre Hall (then known as the Creative Communication Building) and borrowed a “stage” in the form of the old Green Bay Parks department’s “Showmobile.” We have a photo.
At least one Cleveland media outlet is on board the Keifer Sykes bandwagon. A story posted online observes that the undrafted rooking from Green Bay is turning heads on the Cavaliers’ summer league team. His highlight-reel dunk in a recent game is archived here.
Former Phoenix standout Keifer Sykes was not among the 60 players selected in the NBA draft Thursday night. But Sykes confirmed minutes after the draft that he would be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is expected to be on their summer roster. Sykes would have been the sixth player in UWGB history to be drafted, following Tom Anderson (1978), Ron Ripley (1979), Tony Bennett (1992), Jeff Nordgaard (1996) and most recently, Alec Brown (2014). Read the Green Bay Press-Gazette story.
Recent UWGB graduate Keifer Sykes, has the potential to be drafted in the NBA in the next 48 hours. But his degree means more to him than the call, he says. “I would be proud to get drafted, but the biggest accomplishment was getting my degree,” said Sykes in an interview with reporter Justin Breen, Garfield Park & North Lawndale Sports. Here’s the full story.
The Brown County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to authorize up to $1 million for a new video scoreboard at the Resch Center, the community facility that is home to Phoenix men’s basketball. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that UW-Green Bay Athletics Director Mary Ellen Gillespie spoke at the meeting and called the current video board “the worst in the Horizon League.” Gillespie said the existing scoreboard impedes the school’s “ability to generate additional revenue… (and its) home court advantage.”
Green Bay men’s basketball head coach Linc Darner has announced the program’s coaching staff for the 2015-16 season. Randall Herbst, Richard Davis and Ben Swank have been named assistant coaches while Rion Rayfield will serve as the director of operations. Herbst, a native of Beaver Dam, worked under Darner at Florida Southern from 2006-07, coaching most recently at Nebraska-Omaha. Davis, also previously a Darner assistant, brings seven seasons of head coaching experience at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.). Swank will be serving on Darner’s staff for the third consecutive season. Rayfield, a native of Burlington, Wis., played for Darner at Florida Southern. For details.
As we reported earlier, Tuesday’s Phoenix-Packers Steak Fry at the Lambeau Field Atrium was a record-breaking affair, with attendance of 955 and $150,000 raised for intercollegiate athletics at UW-Green Bay. NFL hall of famer Dave Robinson, former Packers stars Lynn Dickey and Paul Coffman, team CEO Mark Murphy and current starters Mike Daniels and Cory Linsley were among the VIPs in attendance. Also present was new men’s basketball coach, Linc Darner, who made his first major public appearance in Green. TV-2 talked to Darner, and also to holdover starter Carrington Love, the team’s top returning scorer. “He’s a straight forward guy. Honesty is one of his characteristics,” Love said. “You know he knows his stuff.”