January 2018

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Boys basketball team hammers Beloit

2018 started with a bang for Middleton’s boys basketball team.

The Cardinals took care of business in their first game of the new year, defeating Beloit Memorial, 78-53, in a Big Eight Conference game last Friday.

Middleton improved to 5-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Eight. The Purple Knights fell to 3-8, 2-5.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cardinals. Those three losses came against teams with a combined 21-5 record.  

“This game is one we needed,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “We were 4-3 in the league (coming in), with a lot of close games on both ends. We’ve been able to handle a couple of opponents that we felt we were a little bit better than. I think a lot of that was the case tonight.”

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Girls basketball team picking up steam

FRANKLIN — Health, happiness and prosperity.

These are wishes many have for the New Year.

Middleton’s girls basketball team is now finally healthy for the first time this season. Perhaps happiness and prosperity are soon to follow.

The Cardinals welcomed senior forward Claire Staples — who had been sidelined the past five weeks with a high ankle sprain — back to the lineup last week. And with Staples back in the fold, a young and inexperienced Middleton team once again has a branch of consistency to hold onto.

The Cardinals went to the Franklin Tournament and won two out of three games.

Middleton dropped an 80-67 decision to Germantown in last Wednesday’s opening round. But the Cardinals rebounded with a 76-46 win over Racine Case on Thursday and a 66-43 victory over Kenosha St. Joseph on Friday.

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Middleton's Top 10 sports moments of 2017

The years pass and the athletes change.

But things seem to stay the same when it comes to athletics at Middleton High School.

Conference championships are par for the course. State titles are commonplace throughout the athletic department.

It was more of the same in 2017 for one of the elite athletic programs in the state.

Here’s one person’s opinion of the top-10 Middleton sports stories of 2017.


1. Girls swimmers enjoy sweet repeat

After completing a thoroughly dominant season, Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team found itself in the unfamiliar role of underdog heading into the WIAA Division 1 state meet in early November.

According to a pre-race “mock meet” based on seedings from sectionals, Middleton was tabbed to finish second at meet, something that didn’t sit well with the Cardinals.