August 2017

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Football Cards aim to overcome adversity

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

— C.S. Lewis

 

This quote from Lewis, the great British novelist, came nearly 100 years ago.

It’s certainly applicable today, though, for Middleton’s football team.

The Cardinals open up their new season Friday when they host Madison Memorial at 7 p.m. And Middleton — which has lost four potential starters to season-ending injuries this summer — has certainly been hit with its share of hardships.

Now, the Cardinals must find out if they can overcome the adversity and reach an extraordinary destiny.

“Well, we’re going to find out what we’re made of,” Middleton head coach Tim Simon said.

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Injuries mount for Middleton's football team

If it wasn’t for bad luck, it doesn’t appear Middleton’s football team would have any luck whatsoever.

The 2017 season hasn’t even arrived, and Middleton has already lost four players expected to play vital roles.

During last Friday’s scrimmage with Watertown and Mount Horeb/Barneveld, the Cardinals lost two players with potential season-ending injuries.

Senior wideout Brogan Brunker suffered broken bones in his hand and stands a slim chance to return late in the year. Junior right guard Dylan Kalscheur suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire season.

Earlier this summer, junior Max Schlicht — a likely starter at tight end — suffered a torn ACL while playing basketball that ended his year before it even began. And during the first week of practice, senior left tackle Jarrett Horst suffered a Jones fracture in his foot and will likely miss most of the regular season.

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MHS golfers have high hopes again

The names and the faces have changed.

Big time.

But that’s just business as usual inside Middleton’s girls golf program.

What never changes are expectations. And those certainly won’t be altered this fall.

The Cardinals have finished in the top-three at the WIAA Division 1 state meet for four consecutive years. Now, after losing three of its top golfers — including state Co-Player of the year Alexis Thomas — Middleton could be hard-pressed to match that success level again.

But if history has taught us anything, it’s that doubting the Cardinals is a foolish endeavor. So when Middleton begins its new season Thursday at the New Glarus Invite, expect it to once again field a gifted and dangerous team.

“Our end goals will always be the same,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “But it's our daily goals that will probably be a little different than in the past.”

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Football Cards lose Horst

The high school football season is still more than a week away, and Middleton has already suffered a big loss.

No, make that immense.

Senior offensive tackle Jarrett Horst, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 295 pounds, suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during practice last week. Horst underwent surgery Monday and is expected to miss eight weeks.

If Horst’s recovery goes well, he could return late in the regular season. If not, he could miss the entire year.

Middleton opens its 2017 campaign Aug. 18 against Madison Memorial.

“It’s a huge loss,” Middleton offensive coordinator Jason Pertzborn said. “I’m a little worried until we can get some answers up front.”

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Middleton's HTL team wins playoff opener

The Middleton 29ers have enjoyed a memorable Home Talent League season, to date.

Middleton went 14-2 during the regular season. The 29ers won the Northern Section’s Eastern Division. And Middleton was a No. 1 seed in the postseason.

But midway through the 29ers’ first round playoff game with Waunakee Sunday, they held a tenuous 2-1 lead. And Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand had a simple message for his team.

“It doesn’t matter what happened the last 16 games,” Hellenbrand said. “Now, its win or go home.”

Middleton wasn’t ready to have its season stopped.

The 29ers erupted for five runs in the sixth inning and seven more in the seventh and drilled visiting Waunakee, 14-2. Middleton improved to 15-2 overall and will host Black Earth (9-8) in the second round of the postseason Sunday at 1 p.m.

“Our bats came alive and we rolled the rest of the game,” Hellenbrand said.

Boy did they ever.

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