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Lambo hopes NFL comes calling

He was here — and gone — in a flash.

But Josh Lambo certainly left his mark. And nearly a decade later, Lambo’s name still creates a buzz throughout the Middleton community.

Lambo was one of the most impressive soccer players to ever walk the halls of Middleton High School — even though he was only in the Cardinals’ program just two short months.

Lambo eventually played four years of professional soccer, but eventually turned his attention to football. Lambo then spent three seasons at Texas A&M, where he became one of the top collegiate kickers in the country.

Now, when the NFL Draft is held Thursday through Saturday, the 24-year-old Lambo has a chance to be a late round selection. At worst, Lambo will wind up in somebody’s training camp this summer.

If Lambo eventually makes an NFL roster, he’ll join Casey Cramer, Nick Toon and Ryan Groy as Middleton athletes since 2004 to play in the NFL.

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Blondes vs. Brunettes game Sunday

The Alzheimer’s Association Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Keva Sports Center.

The two teams, divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes, aims to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among a new generation.

Funds raised will benefit the care, support, advocacy and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. According to the Alzheimer's Association 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

A volunteer event driven by young women, the first Blondes vs. Brunettes game was held in Washington D.C. in 2005. Since its inception, Blondes vs. Brunettes has expanded to more than 35 cities, including Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul and New York. Together, Blondes vs. Brunettes have raised more than $5 million in an effort to tackle Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Golfers keep on rolling

The weather has left a lot to be desired for Middleton’s boys golf team.

But the Cardinals — the No. 2 ranked team in the state — continue to overcome the less than ideal conditions.

Middleton began last week by winning the Madison East Triangular on Tuesday.

The Cardinals shot a sensational 306 on a 40-degree day with heavy winds. Sun Prairie was second at 340 and Madison East shot 449.

Junior Nils Arneson led the Cardinals with a 75, while junior Brady Thomas carded a 76. Junior Emmet Herb shot a 77 and junior Joey Levin shot a 78.

“If the kids could play well in that weather — which they did — they can play in anything,” Cabalka said. “Great scores under miserable conditions.”

Middleton then finished second at the 24-team Sheboygan North Invite held at The Irish Course at Whistling Straits.

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Boys track team wins Watertown Invite

It’s called the Watertown Invitational.

But they might as well change the name of it to the Middleton Invite.

For the fourth straight year, the Cardinals cruised to the championship of the Watertown Invite last Friday. Middleton finished with 156 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Baraboo (125) to win the nine-team invitational.
“Baraboo gave us a good run for our money,” Middleton coach Isaac Mezera said. “But in the end we were just too deep for them.”

Middleton dominated up and down the lineup.

Nnamdi Okoli won the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds, while teammate Noah Meeteer was second (11.3). Okoli also won the 200-meter dash (22.9), while teammate Griffin Gussel was third (23.3).

Jack Radar won the 3,200-meter run (9:59.7) and Jack Jesse won the long jump (21-6 ½). Meeteer also won the pole vault (13-0).

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Girls track team wins at Watertown

When it comes to weather, it’s been another lousy spring.

And last Friday certainly was no exception.

But Middleton’s girls track and field team overcame some miserable conditions and won the 11-team Watertown Invitational.

The Cardinals finished with 134 points and outdistanced runner-up Lakeside Lutheran (109). Madison Memorial (96), Hartford (93) and Neenah (91) rounded out the top five.

“The weather for this meet has a history of being less than desirable,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said. “This one was stormy, wet and cold, as well as delayed for nearly 90 minutes.

“Some of the field events were also held indoors. The results for the meet definitely were something to leave us all smiling about.”

That’s for sure.

Middleton had several first place finishes.

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Softball Cards split a pair

Middleton’s girls softball team has designs on winning a Big Eight Conference championship this spring.

But if that’s going to happen, the Cardinals can’t stumble against mid-level teams inside the league.

The Cardinals did exactly what they were supposed to and rolled past Madison West, 8-2, last Tuesday. But Middleton stubbed its toe and dropped a 4-3 decision to Beloit Memorial last Thursday.

The Cardinals fell to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big Eight. Middleton is now fourth in the conference standings, but just one game behind league-leading Janesville Craig (6-1, 7-2).

“The loss to Beloit was extremely disappointing,” Middleton manager Cherie Hellenbrand said. “The hits just didn't fall in the gaps. We will move forward as a team, learn and grow from it.”

Middleton played extremely well in its win over Madison West.

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Strike Out Cancer Game raises $10K

The Middleton-Sun Prairie baseball game on April 18 — also known as the Cardinals Strike Out Cancer game — raised just more than $10,000 for American Family Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research.

At this second annual event, the two Cardinal teams worked in tandem with Caps for a Cure, a program started by Sun Prairie’s Kristina Schultz before she succumbed to leukemia in 2007.

The combined effort boosted the grand total that Caps for a Cure has raised locally over the $100,000 mark, a fitting tribute during the year in which Kristina would have graduated from Sun Prairie High School.  

The two Cardinal teams wore special baseball caps to honor those who have been touched by cancer, while fans purchased and wore the official blue “Strike Out Cancer” shirt, featuring both Cardinal mascot logos. Fans purchased raffle tickets for donated prizes, signed up to “Throw a Strike at Cancer”, and sponsors donated funds.  

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Wild week for girls soccer team

Middleton’s girls soccer team had a wild week.

When the Cardinals’ string of five games had ended, they had gone 2-1-2 and were tied for first place in the Big Eight Conference. Middleton is now 5-2-3 overall and 3-0 in the league.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ busy week:

• Middleton 2, Verona 0 — Megan Sullivan scored in the 55th minute and Grace Douglas added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute as the Cardinals rolled past the host Wildcats last Tuesday.

“It took us a little while to figure out the speed because of the turf and because the field is so much bigger,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “We moved Douglas into the center mid so that she could cover more ground offensively and defensively, which allowed us to squash any of Verona’s offensive movement.”

• Middleton 6, Madison East 0 — Macey Kalscheur scored two goals to power the Cardinals past the Purgolders last Thursday.

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Baseball Cards search for consistency

Remarkably, their season is quickly nearing the midway point.

There has been improvement. There have been positive signs.

But there is one thing Middleton’s baseball team is in desperate search of: consistency. And Thursday was a perfect example of that.

The Cardinals, who had won two straight games and three of four, dropped a 2-1 decision to Madison West at Mansfield. Middleton, which defeated three-time defending state champion Sun Prairie just five days earlier, fell to 3-4 in the Big Eight Conference and 4-6 overall.

“For whatever reason, we just weren’t mentally focused,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “Guys just weren’t ready to go.

“I don’t understand why that is. But we definitely weren’t ready to go. Shame on us.”

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