October 2015

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Wed
28
Oct
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Football Cards drop playoff opener

It came out of nowhere.

It was fast and ferocious, like a summer thunderstorm or a blitzing linebacker.

Middleton’s football team was leading Sun Prairie, 9-0, early in the second quarter of a WIAA Division 1 first round playoff game last Friday. Then, in a matter of just 3 minutes, 40 seconds, Sun Prairie scored a stunning 21 points.

Middleton never fully recovered and suffered a 30-23 defeat, ending what had been a sensational season much earlier than it ever envisioned.

“You’re never really ready for this moment,” Middleton senior linebacker Garrett Graf said. “Sun Prairie played a (heck) of a game. But this was a terrific group of seniors and we worked our tails off week after week. It’s just disappointing to have it end this quick.”

Middleton, the Big Eight Conference champions and the No. 2 seed in its bracket, ended the year 8-2. Middleton also fell to 8-12 in the postseason under 12th-year coach Tim Simon.

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28
Oct
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MHS runners headed to state

Gus Newcomb is thinking big.

Dreaming bigger.

And maybe, those visions will become a reality on Saturday.

Middleton’s boys cross country team won the WIAA Division 1 Waunakee Sectional last Saturday. Now, the Cardinals are aiming for the sky at Saturday’s state meet at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Madison La Follette is the state favorite. But after the Cardinals lost to the Lancers by just one point at the conference meet, they realize anything is possible.

“As a team, we want a state title,” Newcomb said. “After being beat by La Follette at conference by only one point we realized is possible.”

Anything seems possible right now for Newcomb and the Cardinals.

Newcomb ran a brilliant race and won the Waunakee Sectional. Newcomb finished the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 34.8 seconds.

That helped Middleton win the sectional with just 42 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Madison Memorial (74).

Wed
28
Oct
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Soccer Cards two steps from state

Bradan Allen has scored one big goal after another all season long for Middleton’s boys soccer team.

So it was no surprise as the Cardinals’ season hung in the balance last Saturday, Allen came up large once again.

With Middleton and Madison Memorial tied, 1-1, in a WIAA Division 1 regional final, Allen was tackled in the box with just 30 seconds left. Allen converted the ensuing penalty kick allowing Middleton to escape with an enormous 2-1 win.

The third-seeded Cardinals advanced to the sectional semifinal at second-seeded Madison West Thursday. The sectional final is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lake Geneva Badger.

“Both the wins against Memorial now have proven our resilience as a team,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “This team needed to prove to itself more than anyone else that they could live up to their own hopes and expectations. They do not know how to quit and they continue to get stronger with each game together.”

Wed
28
Oct
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Swimmers win Big Eight

The Big Eight Conference is far and away the top league in the state.

Four of the top six teams in the state reside in the Big Eight. Teams take turns beating each other up.
So to go through the guillotine that is the Big Eight is a remarkable feat.

That’s exactly what Middleton’s girls did, finishing their perfect season with a 136-34 win over Janesville Parker/Evansville last Tuesday.

Middleton finished the conference dual meet season 9-0.

The Cardinals will now set their sights on winning the Big Eight Conference meet, which will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Beloit Memorial.

Wed
28
Oct
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Girls spikers ousted in regional finals

Back and forth they went, in a postseason thriller Saturday night.

Middleton’s girls volleyball team seemingly seized control of its WIAA Division 1 regional final at Monona Grove. But back stormed the Silver Eagles.

Eventually, fourth-seeded Monona Grove edged fifth-seeded Middleton, 25-17, 19-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12 and captured the regional title.

Middleton’s season ended sooner than it had hoped, while the Silver Eagles now meet top-seeded Verona in a sectional semifinal Thursday.

“We would have like to go further into the sectional, but there was a reason that they were seeded fourth and we were fifth seeded,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “We were trying to pull and upset and came up short.”

The Cardinals had a rough start, hit -0.171 in the first set, and fell into a 1-0 hole. Middleton played better in the second set, breaking away from a 14-all tie and tying the match up.

Wed
28
Oct
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Boys spikers win conference tourney

Middleton’s boys volleyball team enjoyed a terrific week.

The Cardinals rolled to the title at the Big Eight Conference tournament. Middleton also received the No. 1 seed in its sectional when the postseason begins Nov. 3.

“It was a fun day for us as we pushed each other,” Middleton coach Ben White said of the conference tournament. “People got to play some positions they normally don’t play and the lineups were pretty even.”

Middleton went 3-0 in pool play, then rolled past Madison La Follette, 25-19, 25-20, in the semifinals.

In the title match, Middleton upended Madison Memorial, 25-15, 25-20.

“This was the first conference tournament in over 20 years that we have held,” White said. “It was a good opportunity to give a lot of people playing time and opportunities to get on the court. I thought we did a nice job all day as a team. 

Fri
23
Oct
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Speaking Out: Local woman fights to give women a greater voice in the Catholic Church

“If you are going to talk about motherhood, marriage, family and all they mean in various contexts, the best way might not be a room full of men,” says Rhonda Miska, a Middleton native, author, theologian and translator.

That sentiment is at the heart of  “Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table,” a new book published by Paulist Press and launched earlier this month at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome.

The book is the product of the Catholic Women Speak Network, an online forum for theological dialogue and collaboration, administered by the Digby Stuart Research Center for Religion, Society, and Human Flourishing at the University of Roehampton in London.  

“We are made up of 1,000 Catholic women from around the world,” explains Miska.

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Webber, Skibba win state doubles title

Their timing was impeccable.

Kaisey Skibba, a singles player most of her life, blossomed into a doubles standout at the perfect time.

Abbey Webber, always a sensational doubles player, took her game to a new level when the stakes were the highest.

When the two combined forces, the rest of the state paid the price.

Webber and Skibba combined to win the WIAA Division 1 girls state doubles championship last weekend at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Cardinals’ dynamic duo became the first Middleton doubles team to win a state title since Jill Karofsky and Kristin Moe in 1982.

“This weekend was amazing,” Webber said afterwards. “Kaisey and I had a lot of fun. We both played our best tennis this weekend, which is great to do when it really matters. I will definitely remember this weekend, even though it seemed to go by quickly.”

Skibba agreed with her teammate.

Tue
20
Oct
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Football Cards go back-to-back

They gathered in early August and quickly outlined a handful of goals.

This is commonplace inside high school football programs throughout the state. In most places, though, those objectives are never realized.

Middleton’s program isn’t like most places, though. And when the Cardinals’ draw up a list of goals, most of them typically come to fruition.

Middleton checked off its first goal last Friday by routing Janesville Craig, 52-6, and winning the outright Big Eight Conference championship. The Cardinals finished 8-1 in the league, one game better than Madison La Follette and Madison Memorial.

“It was a really special feeling for everyone getting the win to seal the conference,” Cardinals junior defensive back C.J. Fermanich said. “All the hard work that we put in every day in the summer and during the season paid off a little bit.

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