Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fox 6 Sports Does Feature Story on Baseball's Sam Kohnke

The following is reprinted from the Fox6Now.com website:

“100% better:” With cancer in remission, UWM baseball player hopes to make the most of this season

Posted 9:45 pm, April 21, 2015, by Tim Van Vooren, Updated at 02:01pm, April 22, 2015

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There are more than 30 players on the UW-Milwaukee baseball team, but none of them is as happy to be there as one local product, who is happy to be anywhere.

Scott Doffek is in his 21st season coaching basketball at UWM. He pretty much knows the drill. When a player asks to meet with him in late summer, it’s usually about a workout plan for the fall or playing time for the upcoming season — something along those lines. In August 2014, Sam Kohnke told Doffek he had cancer.

“It was tough telling the coaches, but they were 100% behind me,” Kohnke said.

“He just said it straight out — ‘this is where I’m at,’ and from the moment he said it, you could see the attitude of ‘this is just another obstacle,'” Doffek said.

Kohnke has a history of tackling obstacles. From Nicolet High School, he went to UW-Whitewater, but he then transferred to UWM for graphic design and made the Panthers baseball team as a walk-on catcher/pitcher. Poised to enjoy his senior year, he was diagnosed with Stage Two Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was then faced with eight chemotherapy treatments over four months.

“It definitely beats you down. There’s about three or four days in there when you feel pretty crappy — not much you want to do, quite nauseous, but I knew that it was just, I knew I had to get through the first one and then focus on the next one and it was just kind of checking off checkmarks in the book — like I’ve got to get through eight of these,” Kohnke said.

Kohnke made it through and is now in remission. His joy over being back in his baseball uniform is obvious.

“To have the attitude that he does every single day is just pretty cool,” Doffek said. “I’ve gained a lot of new found knowledge and appreciation for life — to know that it could be taken away so quickly.”

Before any game, the Panthers share the field with their opponent. Kohnke has already taken on the toughest foe he’ll ever face — cancer, and he’s come out of the battle a better man.

“100% better. I think I’ve gained a lot of new found knowledge and appreciation for life — to know that it could be taken away so quickly. The little moments are really cool and I try to teach or instill that the idea of life is precious and you need to live every day, and it sounds incredibly cliche, but moments are important and they can become special,” Kohnke said.

“You can look at it as unfortunate to be put in his situation when you’re young, or you can look at it as fortunate, because now, the rest of his life, I think he’s going to have a different understanding of what actually is important, and I’m hopeful that that lesson resonates with all of our guys,” Doffek said.

Doffek speaks from a personal perspective — having lost a brother to cancer when he was in his 20s. The coach is squarely in Kohnke’s corner.

“You know, he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to play much since he’s been here in the last year-and-a-half, but I won’t be surprised if there’s a game coming up where he’s a factor and he makes a big difference in a ballgame. And when that moment comes, I can guarantee you he’s not thinking about the time he spent getting chemo or radiation. He’s just one of us — trying to win a ballgame,” Doffek said.

The UW-Milwaukee Panthers are having a strong season, and Kohnke is hopeful he can help them in any way possible to maintain their success throughout the season. After graduation, he plans to become a graphic designer and work in Milwaukee. He already has a job offer stemming from an internship.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Panthers Back on TV Thursday Against Penguins

The next edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" is finished and will be airing this week on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Channel 32/HD-1332).

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also be airing the Panthers home game against Youngstown State this Thursday evening and the first airing of Kyle's show takes place right before the broadcast.

Here is the full schedule:
'Kyle Rechlicz Show' (featuring freshman Kelsey Cunningham & Asst A.D. for Academic Support Kelly Diener)

Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (preceding LIVE game telecast)
Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20 at 3 a.m.; 6:30 a.m.; 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3 a.m.

Game vs Youngstown State
Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. (LIVE)
Friday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m.

**Reminder all coach shows and game telecasts are available anytime via TWC OnDemand Channel 411

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another Game Against the Phoenix and "Kyle Rechlicz Show" set to Roll

The next edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" is finished and will be airing this week on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Channel 32/HD-1332).

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also be airing the Panthers home game against Green Bay this Saturday afternoon and the first airing of Kyle's show takes place right before the broadcast.

Here is the full schedule:
'Kyle Rechlicz Show' (featuring senior Hannah Kaul & Strength/Conditioning Coach Brian Wiseman)

Saturday 2/14 at 1:30 p.m. (preceding LIVE game telecast), 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2/15 at 3:00 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

Game against Green Bay

Saturday 2/14 at 2:00 p.m. (LIVE), 8:00 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 2/15 at 4:00 p.m. (Replay)

**Reminder all coach shows and game telecasts are available anytime via TWC OnDemand Channel 411

Friday, January 16, 2015

Green Bay Game & "The Kyle Rechlicz Show" on TWC SportsChannel

The next edition of the "Kyle Rechlicz Show" is finished and will be airing this week on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Channel 32/HD-1332).

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also be airing the Panthers contest against Green Bay Saturday afternoon and the first airing of Kyle's show takes place right before the broadcast.

Here is the full schedule:
KYLE RECHLICZ SHOW
Saturday - 12:30 p.m. (immediately proceeding the live telecast)
Saturday - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday - 3:30 a.m.
Sunday - 6:00 p.m.

GAME AT GREEN BAY
Saturday - 1:00 p.m. (LIVE)
Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - 3:00 a.m.
Monday - 1:30 p.m.
Monday - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday - 11:30 a.m.

**Reminder all coach shows and game telecasts are available anytime via TWC OnDemand Channel 411

Monday, November 3, 2014

Volleyball on TV: Milwaukee vs. Marquette

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will be airing the Panthers volleyball contest against Marquette (scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.) on a tape-delay basis.



Here is the full schedule:
Wednesday, 11/5 ------ 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/6 ------- 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, 11/7 --------- 12:00-2:00 a.m.
Friday, 11/7 --------- 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11/9 --------- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Catching Up With Angela Rodriguez

Seeing former Milwaukee hoops star Angela Rodriguez make the final roster for the Mexico National Team was special for her and for the program. The possibility of seeing a former Panther as a possible Olympian is pretty impressive. Her new team starts a month of training in Atlanta beginning today, before returning to Mexico to begin playing more games versus outside competition.

The UWM Athletic Communications Office has been in touch with Angela and she shared some videos of her team that we wanted to pass along. Most of it is not done in English (outside of the comments from the head coach), but there are certainly highlights featuring Rodriguez and her play.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Information on the "Milwaukee Cup March"

Note: The following event is being held in conjunction with the Milwaukee/Marquette game Wednesday. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is not affiliated with the event. The Athletics Communication Office is providing the information due to requests received from fans of the soccer program. The following is from the website: http://www.milsoccerdg.org

The Milwaukee Soccer Development Group is uniting the local soccer community in an event that is being christened the "Milwaukee Cup March" for the Marquette University vs. Milwaukee Men’s NCAA soccer game on Wednesday, September 17th.

MSDG is pleased to announce the hosting of a soccer march at Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack for the UW-Milwaukee (UWM) Vs Marquette University (MU) men’s soccer game. With the game starting at 7 p.m., the tailgate starts at 5 p.m. The Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack is located at 1200 W. Canal Street, just a few blocks away from Valley Fields where the game is being played. The tailgate is a followup to MSDG’s Professional Soccer in Milwaukee symposium held on July 15th at Milwaukee City Hall. The tailgate and march is a challenge to the local soccer community to unite and show its strength of support for professional outdoor soccer in Milwaukee. Each year, the UWM and MU men’s soccer teams battle for the Milwaukee Cup trophy. The match stands as one of the few examples of a true derby in American soccer and their soccer rivalry is also one of the oldest, dating back to 1973.

The Milwaukee Cup March is not only a chance to support local soccer but also demonstrate Milwaukee’s desire for a professional outdoor soccer team, and will also include a Q&A with select members of the local soccer community. After the discussion, soccer fans will march to the Marquette fields west on Canal Street. The Milwaukee Cup is the highest level of outdoor soccer in Milwaukee and the goal will be to sell out this game and in doing so prove that Wisconsin is ready for a professional outdoor team.

The Twisted Fisherman will donate a portion of the proceeds towards MSDG’s goal of raising funds to properly convert a set of unused tennis courts to soccer courts in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Court conversion includes new line painting, goals and signs. MSDG is also hosting a 3v3 tournament on Saturday, October 11th at the Burnham Park Tennis Courts for the same cause.

Anyone interested in media coverage, sponsorship, or further information about MSDG’s Milwaukee Cup March should inquire via email to jmoran@milsoccerdg.org.

Milwaukee Soccer Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in 2012. The mission of MSDG is to promote the sport of soccer in the Greater Milwaukee Area by providing opportunities and support for young people at any level to enjoy the game within the community.

Come ready to support your team, wear your soccer shirts, wave your flags, bring your banners, sing your hearts out and become part of this historic local derby between two great Wisconsin D-1 soccer teams.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Meet and Greet
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Speakers
6:30 pm - 6:45 pm March to Valley Fields
7:00 pm - Kick-off
Cost: The ‘Milwaukee Cup March’ is free but there is cost for the tickets to the game.