UW-Green Bay student team to compete at the 2019 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

The UW-Green Bay student business Eir Apparel will be competing on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the 2019 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament at Northwestern Mutual’s Cream City Labs in Milwaukee. Business Administration students Carol Brehmer, Matt Halbur  James Schierl and Design Arts student Ebanie Schmidt formed Eir Apparel to design a better belt than the typically used shoelace for those active in sports such as skateboarding. To qualify for the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, Eir Apparel placed third in the Spring 2019 UW-Green Bay Business Idea Contest and participated in the Innovation in Aging competition. The UW-Green Bay Community is invited to attend the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament as a guest of the UW-Green Bay entrepreneurship program by registering by Monday, April 8, 2019. The event is free at attend. For more information on the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, Ideadvance for students, faculty, staff and alumni or the entrepreneurship program, please contact entrepreneurship lecturer Ryan Kauth at KauthR@uwgb.edu.

First ever ‘extramurals’ tournament headed to the Kress Center

Twenty-three teams representing 14 different colleges and universities from across Wisconsin will compete in the WIRSA (Wisconsin Intramural Recreation Sport Association) Basketball Tournament, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20 at the Kress Events Center, UW-Green Bay. It’s the sixth year for the growing tournament and the first time UW-Green Bay has hosted a state extramural event of any kind. This will also be the first time UWGB will be represented in the tournament with a women’s team. Sixteen men’s and seven women’s teams have entered. Games will be played in the Kress Center (arena) and the East and West Gyms of the Kress Events Center. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games.

Pool play begins at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes Saturday morning. Elimination play will begin early Saturday afternoon and conclude with the men’s and women’s championship games scheduled to begin simultaneously at 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Eighteen student officials from various intramural programs across the state well officiate the games. The Kress’ student staff will provide assistance with the event operations, score keeping, hospitality and other duties. Congratulations to Casey Pivonka, Kress recreation program coordinator, and his student staff in their coordination of this event. This event is free and open to the public. For more, see the WIRSA State Basketball Tournament site.


DuChateau wins again, this time at Whistling Straits

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).

Phoenix golfer continues hot streak

Green Bay men’s golfer Joe Du Chateau drained a 20-foot birdie putt to force a playoff in the final round at the Coyote Classic Tuesday in South Dakota, and then drilled another birdie putt to claim his second consecutive tournament title. You’ll recall that Du Chateau carded a program-record 65 in winning the UNO Invitational in Nebraska City, Neb., one week earlier.

Phoenix golfer wins Nebraska tournament

Wind gusts of 35 miles-per-hour caused some high scores at the UNO Invitational on Tuesday, but Phoenix senior Joe Du Chateau hung on to win the individual title. As we told you earlier, on Monday Du Chateau tied the Green Bay program record for lowest 18-hole score with a seven-under par 65. He shot an even-par 72 in his second round Monday, then followed that with a three-over par 75 in Tuesday’s round. Another Phoenix player, freshman Chapin Orr, shot 75-71-70 to claim third place.

Phoenix golfer shoots 65

UW-Green Bay senior Joe Du Chateau tied a program record by firing a seven-under par 65 in his opening round Monday at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Invitational. The Fond du Lac native tied Shaun Rezacheck and Tom Boockmeir for best 18-hole round in Green Bay program history. Du Chateau shot an even-par 72 in his second 18-hole round Monday, good enough to keep him in a two-way tie atop the individual leaderboard at seven-under par. For more.

No more home floor for top seed – Horizon League commits to Motor City

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.

NIT tipoff is 7 pm for Phoenix men

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.

Student curling club falls to Penn in national semifinals

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.