April 2016

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Baseball Cards on a roll

Twelve months ago, an effort like this would have never been good enough.

But this isn’t your 2015 Middleton baseball team.

Not even close.

The Cardinals toppled Madison West, 5-3, last Thursday in an effort they all agreed was far from their best. But that’s the difference between Middleton today and last spring.

A year ago, the young and inexperienced Cardinals had to be at their best each time out. That didn’t happen enough as Middleton went 10-16 overall.

Today, Middleton has been sharp almost every time out, as its 8-1 record will attest. But even on a day like last Thursday, when the Cardinals were just mediocre, they still knocked off the Regents.

“Last year we would have gotten creamed in a game like this,” said Middleton ace Alec Morrison. “Now, we’re pulling off wins.”

They sure are.

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Soccer Cards gaining steam

Mary Duffy knew this would be a work in progress.

That the finished product would look far better than the initial sketch.

And that’s exactly the direction things are heading for Middleton’s girls soccer team.

The Cardinals dropped a 3-2 decision to Verona last Tuesday, pushing their losing streak to two games. But Middleton rebounded with three straight wins to close out the week.

First, the Cardinals defeated Madison East, 10-0, last Thursday. Middleton then bested DePere, 3-0, last Friday and rolled past Oshkosh West, 5-3, last Saturday.

The Cardinals, who suffered several graduation losses from a year ago, improved to 4-2-1 on the young season.

“It was encouraging to see our fairly new to varsity squad stepping up at whatever positions we assigned and be successful,” Duffy said.

The Cardinals didn't have the type of success they wanted against Verona.

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Track teams shine at Watertown

The Watertown Invite has always been a special place for Middleton’s boys track and field team.

And this year was no different.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Cardinals won the highly-competitive, nine-team invite. Middleton finished with 142 points to easily outdistance runner-up Baraboo (120) and the other seven teams.

“Watertown was a great night because of the competition and the way our guys performed,” Middleton coach Joe Line said.

Middleton’s girls finished in second place among 10 teams. Lakeside Lutheran won the girls’ meet with 119 points, while the Cardinals (103.5) and Hartford (97.5) rounded out the top three.

On the boys’ side, Middleton junior Gus Newcomb won the 1,600-meter run in 4:21.39 seconds and the 3,200 (9:45.81). Senior Jack Jesse also won the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 10 inches.

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Golfers keep rolling along

The course was sublime.

The golf was even better.

Middleton’s boys golf team went to the Sheboygan North Invite held at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler last Wednesday. The Cardinals then proceeded to put on a show.

Middleton shot a scintillating 305 and cruised to the title at the 24-team tournament.

Kaukauna (314), Notre Dame (316), Cedarburg (317) and Lake Geneva Badger (320) rounded out the top five.

“I think that our good play and winning on a good golf course against some top competition means that on a good day, we can be one of the better teams in the state,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “There are many tournaments left to prove or disprove that. 

“The guys know that they need to keep improving, and what they do about that is completely up to each one of them. The guys were very pleased though that they were the only team to have four scores in the 70's.”

Indeed.

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Softball Cards stay in title hunt

Conference championships can’t be won in the first half of a season.

They can be lost, though, and Middleton’s girls softball team was in danger of experiencing that fate last Saturday.

The Cardinals traveled to Big Eight Conference leading Janesville Craig and dropped the first game of a doubleheader, 7-3. But Middleton responded with an impressive 9-8 win in the nightcap and stayed within striking distance of the conference-leading Cougars.

Craig is 8-1 in the league, while Middleton sits in second place at 7-2. The Cardinals, who are also 7-3 overall, travel to third-place Verona (6-2, 8-2) Thursday at 5 p.m. in a critical conference game.

“We wanted to win both games, but we needed to win at least one,” Middleton coach Perry Hibner said. “We didn't play our best and I'm sure Janesville Craig had something to do with that. But I was happy with how we battled, overcame some adversity and found a way to win the second game.”

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Middleton golfers stay red hot

The first Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll of the season is out.

And Middleton’s boys golfers are ranked No. 2 in the state.

The way the Cardinals have started the season, they just might be ranked too low.

Middleton shot a blistering 7-over-par, 295 team score and rolled to an easy win at the Madison West Triangular held at Odana Hills last Tuesday.

The Cardinals followed that by winning the 21-team Wisconsin PGA High School Invitational held at Maple Bluff Country Club Monday.

“Everyone contributed, whether it was that birdie putt or the bogey putt that avoided the double,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said of his team’s two wins. “It goes to show that every stroke is important to us as a team.”

The Cardinals played sizzling golf and rolled at the Madison West Triangular. Middleton’s 295 gave it a comfortable victory over Madison West (326) and Janesville Craig (384).

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Softball Cardinals on a roll

Middleton’s girls softball team didn’t like how its season began.

So the Cardinals did something about it over the past week.

Middleton won four of its five games, including all four Big Eight Conference games it played. The Cardinals, who were routed in their season-opener at Madison East, improved to 4-1 in the league and 4-2 overall.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

• Middleton 7, Sun Prairie 6 — Host Middleton scored once in the bottom of the seventh to edge a terrific Sun Prairie team last Tuesday

With two outs in the seventh, Hanna Fisher singled to center off Alaya Lane. Pinch-hitter Amber Maas drew a walk and Ashley Bindl was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Lane threw a wild pitch on an 0-1 count to Lauren Banke and Fisher scored the winning run.

Middleton overcame an early 3-0 deficit to post the impressive win.

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Baseball Cards start strong

It was the kind of start they hoped for.

And really, after a rough 2015, it was the kind of start they needed.

Middleton’s baseball team raced to a 4-0 start behind three wins last week. The Cardinals fell to Sun Prairie last Saturday, but overall, were thrilled with their fast start.

“We played well and we’ve got to keep growing,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “We need to keep our confidence high.”

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s three wins last week.

• Middleton 7, Madison La Follette 2 — Adam Nutting allowed just two hits and struck out nine in four stellar innings to earn the win last Thursday. Brennan Schmitt pitched two scoreless innings, then Justin Gurtner worked the seventh.

Alec Morrison had two RBI to lead the offense, while Drew Finley-Haag, Ivan Monreal and Schmitt also had RBI.

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