The Horizon League has signed a contract with Olympia Entertainment to host its men’s basketball tournament in Detroit for at least the next five years. It’s a major change from current practice of the conference top seed hosting the semifinals with a right to host the championship game if it advances. Horizon League officials say the bid by Olympia had financial advantages for the member athletics programs, and organizers are hopeful that a consistent home base for the tourney will appeal to traveling fans. Read more.
The Green Bay men’s and women’s golf teams are set to begin the 2015 Horizon League Championships on Friday at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The 54-hole tourney concludes Sunday. Live scoring will be accessible throughout the tournament.
Coach Brian Wardle’s fifth-seeded Green Bay (24-8) opens the 2015 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on Wednesday (March 18) at 7 p.m., playing at fourth-seeded Illinois State (21-12) in a game to be cablecast live nationally by ESPNU (and carried on local radio WNFL-AM 1440.) Both teams advanced to the championship games of their respective conferences, with Green Bay falling in the Horizon League title game and the Redbirds losing to Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Phoenix is making its fourth appearance all-time and its second-consecutive appearance in the NIT.
Gathering place for ‘watch party’ is Hagemeister Park
The marketing folks with Green Bay Athletics are inviting fans of the Phoenix men to gather tonight (Wednesday, March 18) at Hagemeister Park restaurant and sports bar in downtown Green Bay to view the Phoenix/Redbirds NIT game. For details.
The UW-Green Bay student curling club made it all the way to the semifinal round of the second annual USA Curling College Championship, contested over the weekend in Rochester, N.Y. The team from Green Bay went 3-0 in pool play — beating MIT, hometown RIT and Hamilton College before falling to Ivy League entrant the University of Pennsylvania in the semifinals on Saturday night. Although the UWGB squad was unable to defend its national club-team title, the honor stayed in Wisconsin, with UW-Stevens Point beating Penn in the finals to claim the championship. You can learn more at the club’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/curlingclubofUWGB.
Clarification on campus support
In our previous posts about the Curling Club’s participation in the national tournament, we made clear that curling is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, and is therefore not affiliated with Phoenix Athletics. However, the club — like many other student organizations — does receive funding from student activity fees as allocated by the student-run Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee. That funding, about $3,000 this academic year, covered supplies, travel and ice time for Midwest curling tournaments that qualified the UW-Green Bay club for nationals. Additional SUFAC funding for tournament participation outside the Midwest was not possible, and the club had already reached its travel limit for the year. Some media reports on the club’s fundraising efforts may have suggested, incorrectly, that the University (actually, SUFAC) was “unwilling” to underwrite the trip to nationals, as opposed to being “unable” to sponsor under the rules as written.
The top-seeded Green Bay women’s basketball team (25-2) begins its quest for the 2015 Horizon League Tournament title and an automatic NCAA bid when it hosts No. 8 seed Milwaukee (10-19) at the Kress Center tonight in a quarterfinal game tipping off at 7 p.m. If Coach Kevin Borseth’s team wins, they’ll host the semifinals and play either Youngstown or Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a chance to advance to Sunday’s 2 p.m. title game. More on the tourney.
Seeking its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1996, the second-seeded Phoenix men (24-7) will play for the Horizon League tournament title at top-seeded Valparaiso (27-5) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CDT. Green Bay advanced with a 70-56 victory over UIC on Saturday in the semifinals as Keifer Sykes scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the second half. For a championship preview.
Athletics arranges fan bus for students
UW-Green Bay Intercollegiate Athletics is arranging a free fan bus for students interested in taking the five-hour ride to Valparaiso, Ind. on Tuesday. The bus leaves at noon from the Kress Events Center. Questions may be directed to the Athletics front desk at 465-2145.
Don’t have cable? Athletics encourages you to come to The Bar
Green Bay Athletics is planning another “watch party” at The Bar on Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon. High-definition viewing and 35-cent wings for those wearing Phoenix apparel on Tuesday night. More here.
The Phoenix Bookstore Spring Into Break “Yard Sale” begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday (March 11) and will continue until all the items are gone. They’re promising great deals on clothing, gifts, backpacks and supplies. Also, newly appointed Phoenix Bookstore director Greg Kannenberg, who the internets lead us to believe was previously the textbook manager at Boise State University, will be on hand from roughly 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. if you’d like to drop in and say “hi.” Also worth noting: Horizon League Tournament apparel will be for sale at the “satellite” Phoenix Bookstore at the Kress Events Center during the Women’s Horizon League Tournament starting with Wednesday evening’s game.
This Friday (March 6) the Phoenix Bookstore is having a BOGOHO (buy one, get one half off) special. See store for details. Kristin Errett performs at 8 pm at Common Grounds Coffeehouse and the film “VHS Viral” is playing at Cheap Seats. Phoenix basketball returns on Saturday with the Green Bay women hosting Detroit in their final regular season game. They enter and host next week’s Horizon League Tournament, beginning Wednesday, March 11, as the No. 1 seed. Don’t forget the off-campus “Watch Party” for the Phoenix men, at 6 p.m. Saturday, at The Bar on Holmgren Way, with 35-cent wings if you wear your Phoenix gear. The No. 2 seeded men will play a semifinal contest against Oakland or UIC.
The Phoenix men’s basketball team dropped a pair of games to Cleveland State this year, and lost once at Valparaiso, but the way the Horizon League tournament seeds shake out, Coach Brian Wardle’s team will not have to face either team until the finals. UWGB is a No. 2 seed, with a bye through to the semifinals, while host Valpo (#1) and CSU (#4) are on the other side of the bracket. See the full tournament schedule.
Concluding its best season in many years with an 11-7-2 record, the Green Bay women’s soccer team fell 2-0 at Valparaiso in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals on Thursday night. The team’s 11 victories and 36 goals were program bests in the Horizon League. Read more.