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Murphy picks Wofford

Sometimes the first option is the best one.

That’s certainly how Storm Murphy felt.

Murphy, a senior-to-be at Middleton High School, gave a verbal commitment on Wednesday to play basketball at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Murphy attracted interest from several other schools, but Wofford — the first school to offer Murphy a scholarship — made the most sense for Middleton’s standout point guard.

“Wofford was my first Division 1 offer,” Murphy said Thursday afternoon. “They were prioritizing me in their list of recruits, and I just felt very comfortable with everything about the school.”

Murphy will become the third player under 10th-year coach Kevin Bavery to play Division 1 basketball. The others were Will Hudson (Oakland) and Derek Rongstad (UW-Milwaukee).

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The Sound of Music: A local woman's lifelong love of classical Indian music

It started with a little girl in southern India, riding in a car with her father and listening to classical music on cassette.

“I would go on long car rides with my parents,” says Vanitha Suresh, who has her own children today and lives 8,000 miles away in Middleton, Wisconsin. “I remember singing along with the great masters on tape.”

Suresh’s father died when she was only nine years old, but during their too-short time together, he left what she describes as an “indelible” impact on her life.

“My father worked a lot, and he traveled for work, but whenever he was with us he was completely with us,” she says tenderly as she drizzles honey from a plastic bear into a cup of spicy Chai tea in her kitchen.

The music – primarily classical Indian music, as well as some classical Western – started in those early days with family, and she has never stopped learning about it, loving its beauty and its vastness, as well as teaching it.

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Thriving Women in the Middleton Fire Department

Deneen Carmichael is a mother of two and a small business owner. Jennifer Johnson is an international non-profit attorney. But those are just their day jobs, like Clark Kent’s gig at the Daily Planet.

These local women are also part of a profession where courage and integrity are their most valuable assets. They can wake up in the middle of the night to answer their pagers and potentially save lives. They wear heavy, hot and uncomfortable clothing for work. They lug cumbersome equipment up tall ladders and pry open car doors following accidents.

They hold the hands of people in need and comfort them in hard times.

Carmichael and Johnson are volunteer firefighters with the Middleton Fire Department.

Johnson has been living in Middleton for about two years. She bought a house and opened her own non-profit consulting company called NCG. She is also an international non-profit attorney and she loves what she does.

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A Home Away From Home for Transplant Patients

It is almost time for lunch, so the kitchen at Restoring Hope Transplant House it is getting loud. Snacks are already set out on the kitchen counter. Coffee is brewing, as is conversation.

“Some people thinks this is a sad place because there is a lot of stress,” explains Cindy Herbst,  the transplant home’s executive director. “But this is a wonderful place. It really reminds you of the good in people.”

At the corner of Terrace Avenue and Parameter Street stands an old Victorian house that many transplants families and patients have called home.

Many people walk by, because the library, a bus stop and downtown Middleton are just a stone’s throw away. The Restoring Hope Transplant House was born in 2006 when executive director Cindy Herbst’s family went through a transplant process firsthand.

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Middleton's 'Best of the Best'

It was another sensational year for the sports teams at Middleton High School, where the Cardinals remarkably seem to raise the bar every year.

Of course, some achievements rank as the best of the best. Here’s one person’s opinion of that list:

 

Girls team of the year: Golf

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 last October, 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 at the WIAA Division 1 girls state golf tournament.

Middleton and Hartland Arrowhead engaged in an epic battle for the state championship. But for most of the final round, the Warhawks kept the Cardinals at arms length.