March 2019

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Gilda’s Club Holds Open House Celebrating Flood Recovery

MIDDLETON–Scores of people came through the red doors at Gilda’s Club on March 14 to celebrate the re-opening of the respite facility that received extensive damage from the August 2018 floods. 

Guests toured all three floors of the facility, which offers emotional support to cancer patients, and is named after comedienne and Saturday Night Live alumna, Gilda Radner, who fought a battle with ovarian cancer. The idea of the facility is to highlight the positive and sprinkle laughter into cancer recovery, offering support groups, yoga, art and fitness.

After the flooding, which caused over a million dollars in damage to the building located at 7907 UW Health Ct, Middleton, several businesses opened their doors to provide a place for Gilda’s Club to continue operating. 

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Softball Cards hope for bounceback season

The 2018 season certainly wasn’t the norm.

And Middleton girls softball coach Perry Hibner doesn’t believe it will become the new norm.

The Cardinals finished 9-14 overall and seventh in the Big Eight Conference at 8-10. But Middleton brings back an experienced, talent-laden group that Hibner believes can challenge for a top-three spot in one of the state’s elite conference.

“We certainly weren't happy with our record last year,” said Hibner, whose team opens its season in Florida next week. “We lost a lot of close games. We were younger than we have been in past years, but we don't make excuses. The girls expect more of themselves and the coaching staff does as well."

Four of Middleton’s losses were by three runs, or less, last year. Now, Hibner is hoping the combination of a veteran group and some gifted newcomers helps the Cardinals become one of the league’s most improved teams.

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Murphy, Wofford hope to keep dream season alive

Storm Murphy has always brought great passion, energy and vitality to the basketball court.

These days, Murphy brings the same liveliness to his interviews. And it’s easy to see why.

Murphy, a former Middleton High School standout who’s currently a sophomore point guard on Wofford’s men’s basketball team, has helped the Terriers produce the finest year in school history.

Wofford is 29-4 this season and has set a school record for wins. The Terriers have also won a school record 20 straight games and went a perfect 18-0 in the Southern Conference.

Wofford received a No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament — the highest seed in school history — and will meet 10th-seeded Seton Hall (20-13) Thursday at approximately 8:40 p.m. CST in Jacksonville, Fla.

Murphy, an endless ball of energy during his days at MHS, is bouncing off the walls again over the Terriers’ remarkable regular season and their chances for postseason success.

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Eady, NDSU surprise guests in NCAA Tournament

It’s spring break right now at North Dakota State.

And even with campus less congested than usual, this school of 15,000 students in Fargo, N.D. has been buzzing.

That’s because the Bison — which include former Middleton High School standout Tyree Eady — qualified for the NCAA Tournament last week. NDSU, the No. 4 seed in the Summit League, got hot at the perfect time, won the conference tournament and earned the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

“The entire community is extremely excited,” Eady said Monday. “Everywhere we go people notice and congratulate us. It's a very exciting time in Fargo.” 

With good reason.

NDSU (18-15) received a No. 16 seed in the East Region and faces North Carolina Central (18-15) in a First Four game Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. If the Bison win their opener, their reward is a date with No. 1 overall seed Duke on Friday in Columbia, S.C.

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Noah’s Army Raises Thousands for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research

MIDDLETON–The local fundraising campaign called “Noah’s Army,” has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, through the Student of the Year program. The money is slated to fund treatment research for the diseases.

Emily Sanger, mother of six-year-old Noah who was diagnosed a year ago with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, knows the importance of fundraising.

“Research has saved the lives of other kids that we’ve met, and has made Noah’s treatment better,” Sanger stated. “The survival rate now is 90 percent, and before the late 1980s, it was 50 percent.” 

Over $30,000 has been raised in six weeks, according to campaign organizer Ava Jambor, 15, Middleton High School (MHS) sophomore, “And that’s not including today!” 

“Today” was the final fundraising event, a Bowl-a-thon held March 9 at Middleton Sport Bowl. 

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Meetings Rescheduled for Review of Cardinal Hickory Creek EIS Draft

MIDDLETON–After canceling meetings for public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission line (CHC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has now rescheduled the Middleton meeting for March 20.

The meetings were slated for January, but due to the partial, Federal government shutdown, RUS expanded the public input period to April 1 and moved the January meeting to March.

In November 2018, the Wisconsin Public Service board held meetings to gather input for the draft. Citizens shared historical site locations, Native American sites and concerns about the impact to their property at that time. Maps and documents detailing the project were also available.

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School Bus Crashes in Town of Middleton

MIDDLETON–At 7:49 a.m., Dane County deputies responded to a school bus crash in the town of Middleton.

The bus, from the Middleton Cross Plains School District, was traveling westbound on Blackhawk Rd. near Rose Ct., when it crossed the centerline and went off the road into a residential yard. The bus was in route to Glacier Creek Middle School. No one was injured as a result of the crash. Another bus responded to the scene and transported the students to school.

The bus driver was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated. The crash remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

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Middleton's girls had unforgettable season

ASHWAUBENON — When they showed up for work just more than four months ago, the questions easily exceeded the answers?

Could anyone make outside shots?

Was there a point guard on the roster?

Could the post players improve?

Was the first round playoff exit in 2018 a hiccup or a sign of things to come?

By the time the year ended, Middleton’s magical, memorable girls basketball team had taken their faithful on an unforgettable joyride. And were it not for one painful, excruciating, unbearable inbounds play, the Cardinals would have brought a gold ball — and not a silver one — back to Middleton.

Bay Port’s Emma Nagel scored the game-winning basket with 2.4 seconds left lifting the Pirates to a 50-49 victory over the Cardinals in last Saturday’s state title game. And while Middleton’s players went through every available Kleenex in the Resch Center afterwards, they also realized what they accomplished was awfully unique.

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