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Lousy spring has teams yelling “No más”

In 1980, when boxing still mattered to much of the nation, Roberto Durán was the welterweight champion of the world.

During a memorable title fight against Sugar Ray Leonard held at the Louisiana Superdome, Leonard put on a show with his remarkable speed and movement and dominated Duran. In the closing moments of the eighth round, Duran turned to referee Octavio Meyran and said, “No más.”

In Spanish that means, “no more.”

Today, coaches throughout the state are looking outside or staring up at the sky and yelling, “No más” themselves.

Spring sports in Wisconsin are always tricky with cold temperatures, nasty winds and lousy field conditions. But a winter that simply will not end — and dumped more snow on the area last week — has made things far tougher than usual.

And coaches everywhere are throwing their hands up in frustration and begging Mother Nature to back off.

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Middleton golfers gifted, but inexperienced

If there was ever a team that needed every minute of available practice time, it was the 2018 Middleton boys’ golf team.

The Cardinals return just one proven golfer from a year ago in senior Andy Zucker. Middleton has three seniors to replace and at least eight candidates that will be fighting for open positions.

But Mother Nature chose not to cooperate. And over the first week-and-a-half, Middleton’s golfers made it outside just once.

“We’re going to be good with our rules,” Cardinals coach Tom Cabalka quipped.

Now, Cabalka’s Cardinals will try becoming on the course, as well.

Like every other school in Wisconsin, the never-ending winter wreaked havoc with the start of Middleton’s season. The difference is with a young and unproven roster, Middleton needed the early practice rounds far more than a veteran team with an established lineup.

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MHS' boys tennis team thinking big

For the majority of this century, Middleton’s boys tennis team has been a fixture at the state team tennis tournament.

The Cardinals have been to the state team tournament 11 times since 2000. And in that time, Middleton has four state runner-up finishes to its credit.

The Cardinals failed to reach the state meet last year, finishing third at the Waunakee Sectional. But with a deep and gifted squad coming back, Middleton has its sights set on another trip to state this spring.

Middleton is scheduled to begin its year Friday at Milwaukee Marquette.

“In order for us to have a chance to win conference and sectionals and advance to team state everyone has to pull their weight,” said Middleton second-year coach Kalla Schaefer. “No spot is a given win, because of how tight the top conference teams all are. No one can count on other spots to get the win because when those deciding matches come at 3-3 that could be at any spot.”

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Soccer Cards have high hopes

The end is never easy.

It’s even worse when you dominate a competition throughout, yet still fall short on the scoreboard.

That happened to Middleton’s girls’ soccer team last year, when it controlled play against Verona in a regional final, yet dropped a 1-0 decision.

The Cardinals return a deep and gifted team this spring. Middleton’s combination of talent and its desire to return to state for the first time since 2013 will drive the Cardinals this year.

Middleton, which opened the year ranked No. 7 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll, begins its new season Friday. The Cardinals will compete at the Madison Memorial Invite at Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells beginning at 5 p.m.

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Voting equipment malfunctions in the Village of Cross Plains

The results in the Cross Plains Village Board race on Tuesday night were delayed due to a technical problem.

Village administrator/clerk Caitlin Stene said the “M-Stick” onto which election results are loaded after the polls close failed, and the village had to obtain a new voting machine, and a new “M-Stick” from the county, before the local election results could be tallied and sent to the county clerk.

“In the process of closing the polls we experienced an error message, so we called the county,” Stene explained. “The way the process works, the results are loaded onto M-Sticks and somehow in the process of closing the polls that stick failed. The county came with new sticks and a new machine, and our election workers re-ran every ballot through the machine, then uploaded the results.”