Press-Gazette talks of Sykes’ ‘gritty upbringing’

A sports feature in the weekend’s Green Bay Press-Gazette says star guard Keifer Sykes gets nervous sometimes when his cell phone rings and the area code number indicates Chicago. Sykes, his family and friends have had to deal with dangerous neighborhoods and their share of tragedies… which adds extra poignancy to the success he’s enjoyed at UW-Green Bay.

Men on TV tonight, return for academic appreciation night Thursday

Green Bay (17-5, 6-2 HL) will open the second half of Horizon League season at Wright State (11-11, 3-5 HL) at 7 p.m. CST tonight (Feb. 2). The game will be carried locally by WACY my32 and WNFL radio. Later this week, Phoenix Athletics will host the annual academic appreciation night, with student-athletes earning a 3.5 GPA or better to be honored at the Resch Center during the UW-Milwaukee game at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 5). Also acknowledged will be UW-Green Bay faculty and staff, who are invited to reserve up to two free tickets each, in appreciation.  Tickets ordered now will be held at the “Will Call” window at the Resch. Order the complimentary tickets.

Green Bay’s Mauel earns Horizon academic/athletic honors

The Horizon League announced its 2014 Fall Academic All-League Teams on Friday. A total of 52 student-athletes from five fall sports were honored in balloting by the League’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. Representing Green Bay and being placed on the Academic All-League Team for cross country was junior Sarah Mauel of Green Bay. Mauel is fresh off one of the best seasons in program history, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the Horizon League Championship meet. A Human Biology major, she carries a 3.75 cumulative grade-point average. Read more.

A strong fall semester for Phoenix student-athletes

The UW-Green Bay athletics department had 75 student-athletes honored as members of the 2014 Horizon League Fall Academic Honor Roll, as announced by the league office Thursday afternoon. The women’s soccer and women’s swimming and diving teams racked up the most honor roll members, totaling 10 each. Those groups were followed closely by softball (9) and women’s cross country (8). For more.

Student Athletes offer Parents Night Out this Friday

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be hosting an event titled Parent’s Night Out this Friday (Nov. 21) This event is an opportunity for kids grades K-6 to come and hang out with their favorite Phoenix Athletes, while parents enjoy an evening relaxing, somewhere else. The event at the Kress Events Center starts at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m., with registration starting at 6 p.m. The Phoenix student-athletes will watch your child for a small fee of $10 and $5 for each additional sibling. “This is a great opportunity for our Phoenix student-athletes to build a relationship with the youth in the community and give back to their biggest fans!”

Phoenix Athletics scores with TaylorMade fundraiser

The fifth annual TaylorMade-adidas Green Bay Phoenix Pro-Am enjoyed a great day of golf and generous support for the Phoenix Fund this past Monday, August 25. The event generated over $90,000 for the Phoenix Fund – the principal fund for student-athlete scholarships and program support for Green Bay Athletics. Tournament sponsors included Green Bay Packaging, Belmark, Inc., Associated Bank, Prevea Health and Elevate97.

Men’s basketball lands player from Turkey

The Green Bay men’s basketball team will be adding freshman Kerem Kanter to its roster beginning with the 2014-15 season, head coach Brian Wardle announced on Tuesday afternoon. Kanter, a native of Istanbul, Turkey and brother of Utah Jazz forward Enes Kanter, played the 2013-14 season at IMG Academy, a private boarding school and sports training camp in Bradenton, Fla., is a 6-9 freshman with international playing experience.

Injured Brown bound for Spain?

We’ve seen several online reports suggesting that former Phoenix star Alec Brown is planning to play for Obradoiro in the top Spanish league this season. Brown, a second-round draft choice of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, had surgery in late July to repair the shoulder he injured in Summer League play for the Suns. He is expected to be out for three to four months. The Obradoiro team is based in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela (destination for countless Way of St. James pilgrims), in the Galicia region of far northwest Spain, about 50 miles north of the border with Portugal. Check the NBA fantasy league site (it must be true, then) where we saw the latest report.

Six student-athletes named to Horizon League all-academic teams

Congratulations are in order for the six UW-Green Bay Phoenix athletes named Wednesday (June 18) to the Horizon League’s spring academic all-league teams. The honorees are four Phoenix softball players (Marissa Michalkiewicz, Hailey Mohrfeld, Stacey Butts and Shannon Butts) and two men’s tennis players (Michael Tenzer and Leopold Gomez Islinger). Teams were voted on by the league’s faculty athletics representatives and athletics communications directors from the eight spring sports the Horizon League sponsors: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Read more about this terrific group of student-athletes.