October 2015

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Football Cards earn No. 2 seed

Middleton football coach Tim Simon thought his team might wind up a No. 2 seed in the postseason.

And that’s exactly where the Cardinals landed last Saturday morning.

What Simon and most others didn't see coming was who the No. 3 seed would be.

Middleton received the No. 2 seed and will host seventh-seeded Sun Prairie in a WIAA Division 1 Level 1 playoff game Friday at 7 p.m. Middleton defeated Sun Prairie, 45-13, on Sept. 18.

The winner of Middleton-Sun Prairie II could very well meet state super-power Hartland Arrowhead in Level 2. The Warhawks are the No. 3 seed in the eight-team grouping and host sixth-seeded Verona in the first round.

“We’re not afraid of anybody,” Simon said. “We wound up in the toughest bracket again, but we’ll play anybody any time.”

Simon and the Cardinals certainly face a daunting postseason path.

Tue
20
Oct
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Soccer Cards earn No. 3 seed

Middleton’s boys soccer team is headed to the postseason on a high.

The Cardinals notched a pair of wins and finished the regular season 14-3-1. Middleton also finished second in the Big Eight Conference and received the No. 3 seed in the postseason.

The Cardinals host 14th-seeded Waukesha South Thursday at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal. The winner meets either sixth-seeded Madison Memorial or 11th-seeded Janesville Craig in a regional final Saturday.

The sectional semifinals are Oct. 29 and the sectional finals are Oct. 31. Mukwonago is the No. 1 seed in the regional and Big Eight champion Madison West is the No. 2 seed.

“We will likely need to beat Madison Memorial and Madison West before we would get a chance to play for a state tournament berth,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said.

The Cardinals notched an impressive 7-1 win over Janesville Craig last Tuesday.

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20
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Boys spikers win Big 8 — again

There are still bigger fish to fry.

Sectional championships to be won. State tournament victories to achieve.

But with Middleton’s boys volleyball team, it always starts with Big Eight Conference titles. And the Cardinals continued their remarkable run of dominance in the league last week.

Middleton rolled past Madison East, 25-11, 25-11, 25-17, last Thursday. And the win allowed the Cardinals to clinch their ninth Big Eight title in 10 years.

Middleton also notched its 40th straight conference win, a streak that dates back to the end of the 2011 season. 

“We are proud that we are able to be so consistent through all these years and that’s really a tribute to the players and the alumni who take such pride in the program,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “Expectations are passed down from class to class and that sets the tone.”

Tue
20
Oct
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Newcomb powers MHS runners

Gus Newcomb and Middleton’s boys cross country team had a memorable day at the Big Eight cross country meet last Saturday.

Newcomb finished in second place individually and led the Cardinals to a second place finish in the team standings.

Madison La Follette, the top-ranked team in the state, won the team title with 59 points. Middleton finished a close second with 60 points.

Sun Prairie (87), Madison Memorial (89) and Verona (139) rounded out the top five.

“This was an amazing accomplishment for the boys team to run that close to the No. 1 ranked team in the state and beat other conference rivals that had surpassed us in previous meets,” Middleton coach Cindy Bremser said. “The entire team showed up for this competition and ran like champions.”

La Follette junior Finn Gessner won the individual title, completing the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Newcomb was second in 15:38 and Cardinals senior Perrin Hagge was fifth (15:59).

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20
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Girls spikers aim for playoff run

The second season is here.

And Middleton’s girls volleyball team hopes to be a team that surprises.

The Cardinals earned the No. 5 seed in their sectional and host 12th-seeded Baraboo Thursday at 7 p.m. in a regional semifinal.

If Middleton defeats the Thunderbirds, it meets either fourth-seeded Monona Grove or 13th-seeded La Crosse Central Saturday in a regional final.

The sectional semifinals are Oct. 29 and the sectional finals are Oct. 31.

“We are refining our game and believe that cutting down on our unforced errors will help us advance to the next round,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “We are not going to take Baraboo lightly. 

“I have seen them play and they take advantage of any opportunity they get. We need to bring our ‘A’ game the rest of the way. Everyone needs to contribute in order for us to continue this journey.”

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Middleton's girls golfers win state

VERONA — Loren Skibba had just made the biggest one foot putt of her young life.

And as Middleton’s standout senior golfer was trying to exit the 18th green at University Ridge, she was met by a mob of giddy Cardinals.

“They were crying, then I started crying,” Skibba said. “It was incredible.”

Incredible is the perfect word for what transpired here late Tuesday afternoon.

Middleton and Hartland Arrowhead engaged in an epic battle for the WIAA Division 1 state title. But for most of the day, the Warhawks kept the Cardinals at arms length.

Arrowhead still led by four shots with three holes to play. But over that stretch, Middleton made up a remarkable five strokes and won the title by one shot.

Middleton shot a season-low 310 on Tuesday’s final day and a 641 over the two-day tournament. That helped the Cardinals edge the Warhawks (642) and capture the second state title in school history.

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13
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Football Cards one win from outright title

Big Eight Conference titles are nothing new to Middleton’s football program.

The Cardinals have been at — or near — the head of the class since entering the league more than two decades ago. And more often than not, the rest of the conference is looking up at Middleton.

But there’s something special — make that extra special — about back-to-back, undisputed conference titles. And that’s what the Cardinals will be chasing Friday night.

Middleton rolled past Beloit Memorial, 38-6, last Friday and improved to 7-1 both in the league and overall. Heading into the final week of the season, the Cardinals hold a one-game lead over Madison Memorial, Madison La Follette and Verona.

Now, the task is simple. Win Friday at Janesville Craig and capture sole possession of the league title for a second straight year.

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13
Oct
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Boys spikers fare well at Bay

They’ve proven time and time again they can play with best the state has to offer.

Now, Middleton’s boys volleyball team is looking for a way to get over that proverbial hump.

The Cardinals gave another solid showing at last Saturday’s Whitefish Bay Invitational. Middleton reached the quarterfinals, before losing to eventual runner-up New Berlin United.

“This loss hurt, but once again we proved we can play with a top-five team,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “We had ample opportunities, but to New Berlin's credit they made plays.  

“I said it last week and I'll say it again — we're looking for a closer. And we need one more person to step up and take that last spot in the rotation.”

Middleton played the tournament without Jacob Ross and Chandler Squires, who were both battling injuries. But the Cardinals certainly held their own.

Middleton went 2-1 in pool play and advanced to the championship bracket.

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Girls spikers seeded 5th

Middleton’s girls volleyball team earned the No. 5 seed in its sectional. The Cardinals now host 12th-seeded Baraboo Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the first round of the postseason.

If Middleton defeats the Thunderbirds, it would most likely travel to fourth-seeded Monona Grove on Oct. 24 for a regional final.

“I expected the sixth seed,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “It went better than expected.”

Middleton finished Big Eight Conference play last week with wins over Beloit Memorial and Janesville Craig.

The Cardinals rolled past the Purple Knights, 25-25-11, 25-12, 25-23, last Tuesday. 

Lily Welti led Middleton with 16 kills and six digs, while Meghan Bayer had 10 kills. Logan Welti had five kills and 13 digs, Molly Zeinemann had five kills and 3 ½ blocks and Elizabeth Keller had 20 assists.

Middleton then toppled Craig, 25-13, 16-25, 25-15, 27-25 last Thursday and locked down third place in the Big Eight.

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