Student-athletes earn Horizon spring academic honors

Five Green Bay student-athletes have been recognized as members of the 2015 Spring Academic All-Horizon League Teams honoring success in competition as well as in the classroom. Those honored are:

Stephanie Londre (Burlington, Wis.), women’s tennis, No. 1 singles player and 3.947 cumulative GPA in Human Biology;
Michael Tenzer (Neuried, Gremany), men’s tennis, No. 1 and winningest singles player in program history, magna cum laude May grad in Business Administration;
Lepoold Gomez Islinger (Weiden, Germany), men’s tennis, played No. 2 singles for NCAA qualifying team and 3.723 GPA;
Hailey Mohrfeld (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), softball, league-leading .444 batting average and graduated summa cum laude in May with 3.986 GPA in Human Biology;
Gene Kiela (Plymouth, Wis.), men’s golf, four top 10 finishes and a 3.779 GPA in Business Administration.

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Mohrfield sets season hits record vs Iowa State

Phoenix softball star Hailey Mohrfeld has been named Horizon League Player of the Week for a second time after five hits and three RBIs in six at-bats in a doubleheader vs. Iowa State. She continued her hot streak over the weekend against Detroit, going 8-for-11 and collecting six RBIs in the three-game series. In the process, she has shattered the former Phoenix single-season hit record by passing 60 hits with games left to play in the upcoming Horizon League tournament. Read more.

Phoenix softball hosts Senior Day, and recognition for Ellen Tellstrom, age 10

Why not take advantage of the nice weather? The Green Bay softball team (16-24, 8-9 HL) welcomes Detroit (8-39, 4-13 HL) to Phoenix Field this weekend with a single game on Friday at 3 p.m., and a doubleheader on Saturday with games at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Green Bay will honor the 2015 senior class prior to the games in Saturday’s doubleheader, honoring Lauren Danner, Hailey Mohrfeld and Miranda Spangberg. Ellen Tellstrom, age 10 and battling health issues but a team member nonetheless thanks to the Team Impact program, will be honored at the game on Friday and throw out the first pitch. For more.

Action-packed Phoenix Friday

Good Times Programming presents Savannah Smith, a quirky, ukulele playing, singer-songwriter in the Common Grounds Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. on Friday, and later, After Hours will be rocking the Union from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Phoenix Bookstore is offering a 20 percent discount on all Jansport items. The Green Bay softball team hosts Wright State in games Friday at 3 p.m. Saturday at Noon, and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra performs a Tribute to Youth Concert on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center. On Sunday, the Weidner welcomes the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band for a 2 p.m. performance. The Lawton Gallery Senior Show 1, featuring the artwork of graduating art seniors in a variety of media, will open on Sunday, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Cheapseats will feature “American Sniper” all weekend in the Christie Theatre.

WBAY tells story of softball’s youngest recruit

We told you here recently about Phoenix softball’s newest recruit, 10-year-old Ellen Tellstrom. The Sturgeon Bay girl, who has faced numerous medical challenges, recently signed with UW-Green Bay thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Team IMPACT. WBAY, Channel 2 caught up with her during a recent practice-time kickball game, speaking with players, Ellen’s mom and the new recruit herself about what the pairing means. Great story.

Softball’s new recruit gets ink in hometown paper

We told you here yesterday about the heartwarming story of Sturgeon Bay’s Ellen Tellstrom, UW-Green Bay softball’s newest — and by far youngest — recruit. Ten-year-old Ellen, who has faced a host of medical challenges, has officially become a part of the squad thanks to Team IMPACT, a nationwide nonprofit that pairs children with life-threatening and chronic diseases with college athletic teams. Door County Advocate sports editor Korey Mallien and photographer Tina M. Gohr were on hand Friday (Jan. 16) for Ellen’s “Draft Day,” which included her signing a letter of intent just as scholarship athletes do. Read more about Ellen and her new team.

Softball’s new signee: Ten-year-old Tellstrom becomes part of Phoenix

It is our great pleasure today to welcome the newest member of the Phoenix softball team, Sturgeon Bay’s Ellen Tellstrom, to UW-Green Bay. This tenacious 10-year-old signed with the team last week, part of the softball program’s partnership with nonprofit organization Team IMPACT. Ellen has faced her share of medical challenges, and Team IMPACT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic diseases. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce Ellen Tellstrom as the newest addition to the Green Bay softball team,” head coach Beth Spoehr said. “Ellen is a fine athlete who has shown great resiliency and a strong competitive attitude. The team is extremely excited to have Ellen join the Phoenix and we look forward to a great year on and off the field with Ellen.” Great story.


Signs of spring: softball practice starts

Phoenix softball kicked off its 2015 season with its first official practice on Wednesday (indoors at the Kress, of course). The Phoenix enters the season as the reigning Horizon League champion and will look to defend its title from only a season ago. “We are really excited to get our season underway,” said new head coach Beth Spoehr. (So are we.) Green Bay’s first competition of 2015 will be on Feb. 6, when the Phoenix travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to participate in the UNI-Dome Classic. The first home game, alas, isn’t until at least April 1.