November 2015

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Tue
24
Nov
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Boys basketball team aiming high

Twelve months ago, there was virtually no returning experience, there were questions everywhere and expectations were extremely low.

Boy, what a difference a year makes.

Today, Middleton’s boys basketball team is one of the more veteran-laden bunches around. And after a surprising campaign that saw the Cardinals finish third in the ultra-competitive Big Eight Conference, hopes are extremely high for the 2015-’16 season.

Middleton, which went 17-7 overall last year and 13-5 in the league, begins its season Dec. 3 at Janesville Parker.

“We are quite ahead offensively from where we were at the same point last year,” Middleton 10th year coach Kevin Bavery said. “We do have the ability to turn defense into offense and to score in a variety of ways. And we seem a lot more aggressive — in the press, on the boards, and in attacking the glass.

Tue
24
Nov
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Boys spikers dominate all-Big 8 team

Once again, they were the beasts of the Big Eight Conference and a force across the state.

So it was certainly no surprise that Middleton’s boys volleyball team was well represented on the all-conference team.

Senior outside hitter Kevin McMahon was named first-team all-conference, was the league’s Player of the Year and received honorable-mention all-state honors.

Senior middle blocker Blake Sprecher was a first-team all-conference selection, received high honorable-mention all-state honors and was voted Middleton’s MVP.

Sophomore libero Thomas Robson was named first-team all-conference. Senior middle hitter Pace Balster and sophomore setter Andrew Lepage were named second-team all-Big Eight, while junior middle blocker Cole Spitler was named honorable-mention all-conference.

Middleton’s Ben White was also named the Big Eight’s Coach of the Year.

Tue
24
Nov
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Five girls spikers named all-conference

Middleton’s girls volleyball team had five players named to the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Senior outside hitter Logan Welti and freshman outside hitter Lily Welti were named first-team all-conference. Senior middle blocker Meghan Bayer was named second-team all-league, while senior middle blocker Molly Zeinemann and senior setter/outside hitter Elizabeth Keller were named honorable-mention all-conference.

Logan Welti was a four-year varsity player and a tri-captain this season. She received honorable-mention all-state honors for a second straight year and was named Middleton’s Most Valuable Player.

Logan Welti led Middleton with 336 kills, an average of 3.1 per game. Logan Welti also led Middleton with 433 digs, was second in aces (53) and will now play collegiately at New Hampshire.

Wed
18
Nov
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Girls basketball team has high hopes

What they lack in stature they more than make up for with speed, skill and stamina.

Middleton’s girls basketball team might be one of the smallest around this season. The Cardinals could also be one of the best.

“We could play five guards at times,” said Middleton coach Jeff Kind, whose team opened the season Tuesday against Stoughton. “And that’s fine. The goals still won’t change.”

With good reason.

Kind has built one of the state’s top programs and has taken the Cardinals to state eight times since 2001 and nine times overall. Last year, Middleton reached the state semifinals before losing in overtime to eventual champion DSHA.

The Cardinals return several key cogs from last year’s team that went 22-5 overall and 15-3 in the Big Eight Conference. But most of Middleton’s returnees are guards, and the roster lacks great size, meaning Kind & Co. will play a lot of small ball.

Wed
18
Nov
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Swimmers surge to 2nd at state

An abundance of depth carried Middleton’s girls’ swimming and diving team to big things throughout 2015, including a perfect Big Eight Conference mark and a sectional title.

Last Saturday, the Cardinals rode their depth all the way to a second-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming and diving championships at the UW Natatorium.

Hartland Arrowhead won the meet with 301 points, while Middleton was a distant second at 211. Cedarburg (206), Verona/Mount Horeb (200) and Madison Memorial (165.50) rounded out the top five.

“All season long the team has consistently done everything they said they were going to do and they came in here with an agenda to get second,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We were seeded third coming in, and, from our diver down to that (last) relay, we did exactly what we needed to do.”

Freshman Hannah Aegerter agreed.

Wed
18
Nov
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Boys spikers fall at state

MILWAUKEE — Deep down, they knew the odds were long.

Then again, they weren’t exactly favorites most of the season.

Late Friday afternoon, though, the clock struck 12 for a Middleton boys volleyball team that had bucked the probabilities all year long.

New Berlin United and its heavy arsenal was on full display in a 25-22, 25-12, 25-12 win over Middleton in a WIAA state quarterfinal game held at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

United, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, lost the following day to Kettle Moraine in the state semifinals. Middleton finished the year 21-11 overall.

“One match doesn’t define a season,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “And that’s what I told the guys. We can’t let one match define us.

“Only eight teams made it here and no one can ever take that experience away from our guys. They definitely overachieved.”

No one would argue that.

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Tue
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Nov
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Oh, the Horror!

A blood-caked shoe sits in a pool of viscous crimson, resting at the foot of an old metal locker. Several undead men in baseball uniforms mill about, waiting for their scenes. A few conspicuously alive people gather around a clipboard, reviewing their plans for the night of filming as darkness falls upon the Bowling Green athletic fields in the City of Middleton.

Filming on “Field of Screams,” a giddily campy horror short film, was well underway, and it transformed a local athletic complex into the stuff of midnight movie madness.  The premise is simple: “A woman tries to sell the baseball field she inherited from her parents at a young age, but the team isn’t ready to let it, or her, go…”

 “The idea came from the location,” explains director Natalie Pohorski. “While I grew up in Middleton, I had never been to Bowling Green fields so when I showed up to a friend’s softball game last fall, I couldn’t believe this amazing filming location was right in my backyard.”

Mon
09
Nov
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Boys spikers headed back to state

Ben White isn’t always conventional.

Middleton’s boys volleyball coach has no problem trying new things — no matter what point of the season his team is at.

But even for White, last Thursday was unique.

With Middleton just minutes away from its WIAA sectional final against Waukesha South, White told his team he was making some changes to account for Blackshirts dynamic outside hitter Tristan Steckl. The move worked like a charm and the Cardinals rolled to a 25-16, 25-18, 25-12 win over South in a match held at Madison Memorial High School.

Middleton earned a third straight trip to state and its eighth since 2002. The Cardinals now face New Berlin United in a state quarterfinal game Friday at 3 p.m. at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

“Never gets old,” Middleton coach Ben White said of going to state. “I’m very proud of this team for how much they have grown this season.  

Fri
06
Nov
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Football Cards land 17 on all-Big 8 team

Middleton’s football team enjoyed a memorable year on the field.

And the Cardinals reaped the benefits off the field, as well, when it came time for postseason honors.

Middleton, the outright Big Eight Conference champion, had 17 players named all-league. That was more than any other school in the conference.

Middleton had 10 players named first-team all-conference, two were named second-team and five earned honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Junior safety Joe Ludwig led Middleton’s first-team honorees and was named the Big Eight’s Defensive Back of the Year. Senior Cody Markel was the only player in the league named first-team all-conference at two positions, earning honors at both tight end and defensive end.

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