October 2015

Tue
13
Oct
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Soccer Cards still in title hunt

Middleton’s boys soccer team won two of three games last week.

The loss, though, was a painful one.

The Cardinals dropped a 3-2 decision to Madison West last Tuesday in a showdown for first place in the Big Eight Conference.

Middleton rebounded with an impressive 3-1 win at Beloit Memorial last Thursday and a 5-3 win over Sauk Prairie last Saturday.

The Cardinals now sit in second place in the Big Eight Conference heading to the final week of the regular season.

In Middleton’s loss to West, Derek Waleffe and Bradan Allen scored goals. But the high-powered Regents had too many playmakers and prevailed.

Middleton responded with an inspiring win over Beloit Memorial.

The Purple Knights took a 1-0 lead in the first half. But the Cardinals got a pair of second half goals from Allen and one more from Waleffe.

Tue
13
Oct
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Swimmers third at Homestead

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team finished third at the star-studded Homestead Invite last Saturday.

Hartland Arrowhead won the meet with 331.5 points, while Verona/Mount Horeb was second at 283. Middleton (274), Cedarburg (211) and Waukesha South/Mukwonago (207) rounded out the top five.

“This has always been one of the most difficult meets of the season for us,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “It falls at a time of the season when the girls are exhausted, and yet are expected to perform at a very high level against the best teams in the state. We knew we would have to be at our best, despite how we were feeling, if we wanted to compete with these teams.”

Middleton’s quartet of Victoria Lin, Emma Karbusicky, Chiara Pierobon-Mays and Makenna Licking was third in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hannah Aegerter, Samantha Roll, Cora Mack and Caroline Hippen was fourth.

Mon
12
Oct
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Golfers in second at state

VERONA — Loren Skibba was thinking the worst.

Middleton’s standout golfer had struggled down the stretch during Monday’s opening round of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. Skibba heard her teammates had a rough finish, as well.

And while some of that was true, it was only half of the story.

As the winds howled across University Ridge Golf Course, scores skyrocketed everywhere. And Middleton, which started its day extremely strong, hung tough through the declining conditions.

Middleton finished its opening round with a 331-team score and sits in second place overall, four shots behind Hartland Arrowhead (327). Milton (336), Verona (340) and Franklin (341) rounded out the top five.

“Wow,” Skibba said when informed that the Cardinals were still right in the title mix. “That’s a lot better than I thought.”

Sat
10
Oct
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Skibba, Webber aiming high at state

They first met when they were just 10 years old.

It seemed unlikely they’d ever combine forces, as one was a singles star and the other a doubles standout.

But now that their immense talents have been united, they could be poised for one of the most memorable weekends of their young lives.

Kaisey Skibba and Abbey Webber — Middleton’s top doubles team — head to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, which begins Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. And the Cardinals’ sensational duo seems ready for big things.

Skibba and Webber have compiled a 20-1 record this season and are the No. 2 seed at state. The pair earned a first round bye, then play their first match Friday at 10:15 a.m.

Skibba and Webber could play as many as three matches Friday. The semifinals are Saturday at 9:45 a.m., and the finals are later in the day Saturday.

Wed
07
Oct
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MHS golfers storm back to state

They would have loved to hoist a sectional plaque. Make no mistake about it

But Middleton’s girls golfers remain poised to capture gold next week. And really, that’s the most important thing.

The Cardinals finished second at Tuesday’s WIAA Division 1 Madison West Sectional held at Odana Golf Course. Verona won the title with a 319-team score, while Middleton shot a 320.

Both the Cardinals and Wildcats qualified for the state tournament, which will be held at University Ridge Monday and Tuesday. Middleton will be making its fourth straight trip to state and 16th since 1997.

“Going back is exciting, especially since this is my fourth year going and we have one more chance to grab the title,” said Middleton senior Loren Skibba, who won the state individual title last year. “It’s going to be a tough battle, but our team got some feel for the state tournament last year, so I hope we are more calm playing there this year.”

Wed
07
Oct
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Swimmers win own invite

Middleton’s girls swimming team won its own invitational last Saturday.

The Cardinals finished with 354 points and edged Verona/Mount Horeb (342). Madison West (326), Madison Memorial (316) and Sun Prairie (292) rounded out the top-five at the 11-team invite.

“Our goal for this meet was to have fun with a different meet format,” Cardinals coach Lauren Cabalka said. “It is a time of the season when ‘fun’ isn't always happening during practice, and meets like this provide an opportunity for us to come together as a team in a different way. 

“Every event was a relay, which makes the focus 100% on the team rather than on individual performances. The girls swam very well. Once again, we displayed strength in areas where we typically have not.”

​Middleton’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Hannah Aegerter, senior Samantha Roll, freshman Cora Mack and sophomore Caroline Hippen was first in 7:52.64.

Wed
07
Oct
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Valentine wins Stoughton Invite

It’s already been a memorable year for Middleton girls cross country standout Sam Valentine.

And last Saturday, Valentine added another chapter to her story at the star-studded Stoughton Invite.

Valentine won the meet by finishing the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 37 seconds. Valentine’s big day helped Middleton finish second at the 13-team invite.

“Sam Valentine continues to be the top athlete on our team, but also able to compete with the top athletes in the state,” said Middleton coach Cindy Bremser. “She won the race with her strength and pulling away after the second mile.”

Appleton North won the girls title with just 29 points, while Middleton was second at 70. Sun Prairie (94), Stoughton (126) and Waunakee (165) rounded out the top five.

Wed
07
Oct
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Boys spikers struggle at own invite

There were no moral victories.

Middleton’s boys volleyball program is well past that stage.

Instead, the Cardinals left their own invite Saturday both frustrated and agitated. Middleton dropped three of four matches and is still looking for ways to get over that proverbial hump.

“If you are an extreme optimist you’ll say you were so close and proved you were right there with the top teams,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “But truthfully, at this point we should be done being right there and instead should be beating the top teams. 

“Last year we all knew where the set was going with the match on the line. Right now we don’t have the closer. Someone needs to want to be Trevor Hoffman, have “Hells Bells” playing in their head and say ‘give me the ball.’ ” 

Kimberly defeated Middleton, 23-22, 14-25, 15-11, in the opening match of the day.

Tue
06
Oct
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Girls spikers 4th at Menomonee Falls

Middleton’s girls volleyball team finished fourth at last Saturday’s Menomonee Falls Invite.

The Cardinals opened the day with a 25-21, 25-9 win over Bayport. Logan Welti had seven kills and seven digs, Elizabeth Keller had two aces and 10 assists, and Lily Welti had six kills.

“We started a little slow and changed gears as the match went on,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said.

The Cardinals then defeated Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 22-25, 25-15, 15-10. Lily Welti had nine kills, Jessi Nonn had three aces, while Logan Welti had five kills and two aces. Keller added two aces and 25 assists, Meghan Bayer had seven kills, and both Gabie Buechner and Molly Zeinemann had four kills.

Middleton then finished pool play with a 25-20, 28-26 loss to Greendale.

Lily Welti had eight kills, Logan Welti had five kills and Bayer had four kills. Mimi McMurray added 10 assists and Nonn had two aces.

Tue
06
Oct
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Soccer Cards still lead Big Eight

The Big Eight Conference boys soccer title will be decided in the next week.

And Middleton’s surprising group is still happily operating from the drivers seat.

Middleton notched three critical wins last week — two inside the conference and one outside the league. The Cardinals improved to 5-0-1 in the Big Eight and 9-2-1 overall.

Middleton holds a slim lead over second place Madison West (4-0-1, 10-1-2) and the teams met Tuesday for first place in the league. The Cardinals also travel to third place Beloit Memorial (3-2-1, 16-3-1) Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

“This is a critical point in the Big Eight Conference,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “The next two games should essentially determine the winner of the Big Eight. We have shown we have what it takes to earn big wins. Now we just have to keep getting the job done.”

Middleton certainly got the job done last week.

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