May 2018

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Tennis Cardinals continue to shine

They could have sulked. They could have pouted.

Instead, they bounced back in impressive fashion.

Middleton’s boys tennis team fell to Verona, 5-2, in a critical Big Eight Conference meet last Thursday. Instead of moping, though, the Cardinals came back and went 3-0 last weekend at the Verona Invitational.

Middleton is now ranked No. 4 in the latest WIAA Division 1 poll.

“The team rebounded quickly and came together for the weekend,” Middleton coach Kalla Schaefer. “Many coaches have been saying how close so many Wisconsin teams are. A lot of wins come down to players gritting it out or keeping their composure in close matches. It makes for a suspenseful and exciting season.”

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s extremely busy week:

• Middleton 7, Janesville Craig 0 — The Cardinals rolled past the visiting Cougars last Tuesday.

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Soccer Cardinals jump up to No. 5

The Big Eight promises to be one of deepest, most competitive girls soccer conferences in the state this season. And Middleton survived a tough stretch of games last week.

The Cardinals defeated rival Madison West, 1-0, last Tuesday. Middleton also tied Janesville Craig, 2-2, last Thursday.

The Cardinals then played three games at the Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa last weekend, going 0-1-2 in those.

Middleton is now 3-1-3 and ranked No. 5 in the state.

Middleton’s win over Madison West was definitely the highlight of the week. Lexi Schultz scored in the 31st minute on an assist from Tyler Wilson for the game’s only goal.

“This game is always a tough game because of our past histories of knocking each other out of the postseason,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “And this game didn’t disappoint the crowd looking for a good game of soccer.