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Four girls basketball players honored

Middleton’s girls basketball team enjoyed a magical season, reaching the state semifinals.

And the Cardinals were justly rewarded when it came to all-Big Eight Conference voting.

Middleton senior guard Elizabeth Norregaard was a first-team all-conference selection. Sophomore guard Bria Lemirande was named third-team all-league, while senior center Cole Jordee and sophomore guard Alyssa Lemirande were named honorable mention all-conference.

Norregaard was one of the top shooters in school history and led Middleton in scoring with 14.7 points per game. Norregaard made 64 three-point shots and shot 89.1% from the free throw line. Norregaard had a season-high 32 points at Verona, had a 26-point night against Beloit Memorial and was in double figures in 22 of 27 games.

In addition to being named first-team all-conference, Norregaard was named honorable mention all-state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.

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Future bright for boys basketball team

They spent their winter overlooked, disregarded and discounted.

In the process, they proved all the naysayers wrong.

Next season, Middleton’s boys basketball team won’t be sneaking up on anybody.

The Cardinals returned the most inexperienced team in the Big Eight Conference this year. But Middleton surprised everyone and went 17-7 overall and finished third in the conference at 13-5.

Next year, the Cardinals will bring back one of the most experienced teams in the league. And Middleton most likely be tabbed to finish second in the conference, behind WIAA Division 1 state qualifier Madison East.

“The biggest mistake anyone can make is to get complacent and to assume we will be better just because we’re a year older,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “Individual players making improvements is what will make our team better.

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Boys track team guns for three-peat

Pat Riley, the Miami Heat general manager, trademarked the term “three-peat” in the late-1980s. Back then, Riley was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and his team was trying to win a third straight NBA championship.

Riley may own the rights to the term. But Middleton’s boys track and field team is anxious to make a run at a three-peat.

The Cardinals have won back-to-back Big Eight Conference titles. And with several key cogs back from a year ago, Middleton hopes to capture a third straight league crown this spring.

“They have the right mindset, they've worked hard in the off season, and we have great depth,” Middleton ninth-year coach Isaac Mezera said. “A three-peat is our No. 1 goal. If that is accomplished, I'm sure we'll have a strong postseason, too.”

Middleton enjoyed one its best season in recent memory in 2014. Not only did the Cardinals win the Big Eight again, they won the Madison Memorial Sectional and finished fifth at state.

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Girls track team aiming high

La Crosse.

In the track and field world, this one word says it all.

And it’s both a word — and a place — that Middleton’s girls track and field team is quite familiar with.

The state track and field meet is held annually in La Crosse, and Middleton typically sends a bevy of gifted athletes to the northwest.

Tara Franklin, the Cardinals’ veteran head coach, expects more of the same this spring.

“I think that all of these girls have the main goal for the season as La Crosse,” Franklin said. “Those that have made it there and want to return.

“They have sparked the fire in others on the team and it is definitely something that we are striving for. We have a pretty good history of taking quite a few kids and they see no reason why this would be any different this season.”

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Yu and Smith face off in Area 4 school board race

There will be two contested Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board races on the April 7 ballot. In Area 4, which includes the towns of Middleton and Westport, newcomers Todd Smith and Linda Yu will square off. In Area 5, the school board’s central district, incumbent Anne Bauer will be challenged by Tia Eady. In Area 1, newcomer Kelly Kalscheur filed to run unopposed. In Area 2, which includes Cross Plains, newcomer Sean Hyland filed to run unopposed.

Area 4 candidate Linda Yu currently serves as the Chair for the Finance and Business Law Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has also worked at the State University of New York Institute of Technology. She earned an undergraduate degree in British Literature, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Ph.D in Finance. She holds chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation.

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Eady challenges Bauer in Area 5 school board race

There will be two contested Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board races on the April 7 ballot. In Area 4, which includes the towns of Middleton and Westport, newcomers Todd Smith and Linda Yu will square off. In Area 5, the school board’s central district, incumbent Anne Bauer will be challenged by Tia Eady. In Area 1, newcomer Kelly Kalscheur filed to run unopposed. In Area 2, which includes Cross Plains, newcomer Sean Hyland filed to run unopposed.

Tia Eady, the challenger in Area 5, is the mother of two school-aged children who attend MCPASD schools. She is also a longtime volunteer.  

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The Heroin Blues

Editor's note: In the last couple of years, an unprecedented number of Dane County residents have died from heroin overdoses. Most recently, Middleton High School graduate Kyle Wood, 32, died following a long battle with addiction.

As authorities struggle with how to contain the epidemic, The Middleton Times-Tribune, over the next several months, will publish the first-person accounts of an addict currently in recovery. That addict, Nathan J. Comp, has contributed to the pages of this newspaper as well as several other publications throughout the state, including Isthmus and The Capital Times.

His work has been recognized by several distinguished organizations, including The American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry for a series he wrote in 2004 on drug use among Middleton teens following the death of 16-year-old Julie Zdeblick, who died of an oxycodone overdose that same year.

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Ogunbowale, DSHA KO Middleton

ASHWAUBENON — It’s simple Math, really.

The kind that Middleton’s girls basketball team has been taught since the first grade.

5>1

Or so we thought.

But Friday night, DSHA senior guard Arike Ogunbowale ripped up that formula. And for a brief stretch of time, one became greater than five.

Middleton had no answers for Ogunbowale, who erupted for a state record 55 points in a WIAA Division 1 state semifinal at the Resch Center. Because the Cardinals couldn’t stop Ogunbowale, she stopped their season, as DSHA dealt Middleton an 86-76 overtime loss.

“I still almost can’t believe it,” Middleton senior center Cole Jordee said. “I mean, 55 points? That’s crazy.”

Crazy is right.

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