Women’s Soccer ready for postseason run at a National Championship

This year’s women’s soccer squad is one of the most dominant teams in school history. Not just running the table for the second time in school history, but sweeping the GLVC Regular Season and Tournament championships.

The strength of the team was their defense, not allowing two or more goals on the entire season (outscoring their opponents 48-5 on the year including the GLVC Tournament). They came an award away from also sweeping individual awards this year with six players on All-GLVC teams; Seniors Karley Mecko (who also won Defensive Player of the Year), Emily Konior, Niekie Pellens and Sophomore Mallory Geurts all landed on First Team All-GLVC, Sophomore Jillian Hetfleisch was selected Second Team, and Freshman Bailey Reed was Third Team (also winning GLVC Freshman of the Year).

Coach Troy Fabiano picked up his fourth GLVC Coach of the Year Award, and in an interview says that the girls make him look very smart. He credited the award mostly to the girls, saying that “it is up to them to perform at the end of the day.” I asked him to reflect on the season so far and he said that the girls have pretty much accomplished every goal that they set at the beginning of the season, and then some. They aimed to not only to win their division, but to win the outright GLVC regular season championship, they emphatically accomplished that goal. They wanted to host the GLVC tournament and win it in front of their home fans, also accomplishing that. He says if it wasn’t for the senior leaders keeping the team on track and reminding them to keep their eyes on the prize day in and day out, then this season wouldn’t have been possible. Now, they prepare for their fifth straight NCAA Tournament; they are ranked third, first in the Midwest, and will host opening and second round games at Wood Road Field. Once again, the wily veteran coach didn’t take my bait in trying to get a prediction. He said that they are going to take it a game at a time because anything can happen in the tournament. They are going to stay prepared because they are now being hunted. But Rangers are never scared of a challenge.

Let’s rally behind our women’s team; they are the real deal and are about to put the country on notice once again. Their first game is Sunday Nov. 16 at 1:00pm against either Ohio Dominican University or Saginaw Valley State University. Go Rangers!

Article by Jalen Perry

Women’s Soccer wins GLVC regular season championship in tie with Lewis

On Oct. 29 the Parkside Women’s Soccer team tied in a defensively dominant match against eighth ranked Lewis University (5-5-5 in GLVC) and in the process, claimed the GLVC regular season title. This season has no doubt been one of the best in UW-Parkside Athletics history, and the women are still on the hunt for a tournament championship, one that has eluded them for four years.

The women dominated Lewis for the majority of the game, keeping the ball on their side for most of the match. They attacked early and often, finishing the game with six shots on goal to Lewis’ one; also adding on 11 corner kicks to Lewis’ three. They had many runs that looked promising, failing to pull the trigger on many. The strength of the team, their defense, was on full effect throughout the game, as Lewis rarely attacked or even had the opportunity to.

The second half started with Lewis being a little more aggressive, but not really threatening too much. Parkside was obviously the better team going into overtime, and the fans seemed confident that it was only a matter of time before the girls sent a ball flying into the back of the net.

Overtime was more of the same, with Parkside dominating, but not being able to score a goal. It finally seemed as though the girls would break through with time running out in the first overtime; the girls scored what seemed to be the winning goal, but the referee called it back, claiming the horn had already sounded. The game was called due to darkness when the second overtime started, but a tie was all the girls needed to claim the regular season crown.

With the team winning the regular season championship, all games Parkside plays in will be hosted on home soil at Road Field. The rematch between Lewis and (The GLVC Regular Season Champion) UW-Parkside will be Nov. 2 at noon.

The women finish the regular season 14-0-3, 12-0-3 in the GLVC. The 2014 GLVC Women’s Tournament Bracket is posted below.

http://www.parksiderangers.com/documents/2014/10/29//2014_WSOC_Tournament_Bracket.pdf?id=2037

Article by Jalen Perry

 

The Milwaukee Bucks to be sold to Billionaire investors for $550 Million

The Milwaukee Bucks are set to have new ownership for the first time in nearly thirty years. Current owner and former Senator of Wisconsin, Herb Kohl, has agreed to sell the franchise to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, billionaire investors who vow to keep the team in the city and have already matched Kohl’s hundred million dollar donation to build a new stadium for the team. Kohl never once considered selling to investors who had plans on moving the team to another city, “My priority has always been and will continue to be keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee… This announcement reinforces that Milwaukee is and will continue to be the home of the Bucks. Wes and Marc agree, and they share my commitment to the long-term success of this franchise in Milwaukee,” said Kohl.

Steve Balmer and Chris Hansen, investors who nearly moved the Kings to Seattle, were in talks initially, but with them not planning on keeping the Bucks home here in Milwaukee, they were eliminated from contention. The BMO Harris Bradley Center is the third oldest arena in the NBA, originally opening in 1988; the only two arenas that are older are Oracle Arena (G.S. Warriors), who are planning on moving back to San Francisco, and Madison Square Garden (N.Y. Knicks), which recently underwent a billion dollar face lift. It’s very difficult to get backing and fan support for a new arena when the team hasn’t won a playoff series in almost a decade and a half, being especially poor this season, winning only 15 games (worst in the NBA, even behind the Philadelphia 76ers who went on a 26 game losing streak this season). The only bright spot for the organization is that they are nearly guaranteed a top three pick in this years NBA draft (already clinching the number one spot in the draft lottery). Hopefully a young prospect chosen in this years draft, matched with new ownership will mean a fresh start for a team in need of just that.

Article by Jalen Perry

Rangers fall short against Drury in opening round of NCAA Tournament

Despite an 11-1 run late in the game, our Rangers (23-7) lost to the defending NCAA champion Drury University Panthers (26-3) 69-64. The game started out very slowly for both teams, Parkside going 2 of 11 from the field in the opening minutes, and Drury turning the ball over on their first three possessions. After the first media timeout is when Parkside made their first push, going on a 7-1 run, taking an early 17-10 lead. After that, it was pretty even for a while, both teams exchanging leads (seven total lead changes in the first half). Both teams were playing extremely tough going into the half, not wanting to give each other any momentum going forward. But, around the 1:05 mark of the first half is when Drury began to pull away. After a Parkside turnover, they took it coast to coast for an easy dunk and didn’t look back. Drury took a 33-26 lead into halftime.

Parkside’s First-Team All-Conference player, Ziggy Riauka led the Rangers in both points and boards in the first half (8 in both categories). Jimmy Gavin added 6 points and 3 dimes in the first half and Jordan Mach chipped in 8 points.

Drury started out the second half triple teaming Ziggy in the post, not allowing the All-Conference player to get into any sort of rhythm. Drury started out the half very strong, eventually getting their biggest lead of the game (15). Around the 7:50 mark is when Parkside went on their last and strongest push of the game, going on an 11-1 run and getting as close as five points. Drury slowly began to pull away again, but Andy Mazurczak, who finished with eleven points, gets a very clutch and-one basket to bring the Rangers back to within five with a minute and seven seconds on the clock. As Drury began to use clock and force Parkside to foul and seemingly pull away, Colt Grandstaff, who finished with eleven points, hit a three pointer with fourteen seconds left, making it a 65-61 point game. But, even a Jimmy Gavin three point basket as time expired wasn’t enough to lift Parkside passed the defending champions, as they fell short 69-64.

The Rangers went far and beyond expectations for the year. Going 23-6 before the loss on Saturday and picking up a second consecutive GLVC East Division regular season title. The Rangers went on an early 10 game winning streak to kick-start the season, and got as high as 16th in the rankings. Though they may have fallen short on Saturday, we should all be proud of the program for what they accomplished this season and for the bright future ahead.

Article by Jalen Perry

Back and forth: Rangers Volleyball squeak past Northern Michigan

In a match that saw 17 ties and four lead changes, the UW Parkside volleyball team was able to manage a victory over an evenly matched Northern Michigan squad, clinching the tiebreak set by a score of 19-17.

“That was a fun win for us. We go into every game expecting a battle, but that was our first five set match of the season,” senior Makenzie Fahnestock said. “I think it showcased our work ethic and heart.”

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