March 2021

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Boys cross country team is ready to roll

The wait was excruciating.

Which is why the return was so much sweeter.

Middleton’s boys cross country team began its new season Monday. And after a 16-month gap between competitions, the Cardinals were thrilled to get their new year started.

“Relief. It was a long grind,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “It was tough for the boys to keep training or find a reason to train, especially in the winter. I think that really sparked the team to get in gear. We used all 15 contact days to get ready and I know from those that they are extremely excited to begin the season.”

For the better part of a year now, Finnel wondered if this moment would ever come.

It was mid-March, 2020, when the WIAA canceled the remaining games in the girls and boys state basketball tournaments due to COVID-19 concerns. Shortly thereafter, spring sports were canceled, as well.

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Girls cross country team has high hopes

When you saw them last, Middleton’s girls cross country was completing a magical, marvelous season in which they finished fourth at the WIAA Division 1 state meet.

It’s been a long, grueling path for the Cardinals to make it back to the cross country trails. But that’s exactly where Middleton found itself Monday afternoon when it kicked off its alternate-fall season.

“This season will obviously be different considering not all schools will be competing,” Middleton coach Alexa Richardson said. “However, I expect great things to come. I know the girls do too. This group of girls is very resilient and are good at looking at what the future holds and at the whole picture rather than letting the present obstacles overcome them.”

Getting to this point certainly wasn’t easy and took both patience and perseverance.

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Boys spikers survive brutal week

Two weeks into his tenure as Middleton’s boys volleyball coach, it’s become apparent Rob Kleinschmidt will schedule the best competition he can find.

Kleinschmidt did just that last week, and Middleton enjoyed a thrilling few days — splitting four matches against a bevy of state powers.

On March 8, Fond du Lac defeated Middleton, 25-19, 18-25, 26-24. The Cardinals bounced back, though, later that night and toppled Kaukauna, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21.

The Cardinals also downed Madison Edgewood, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20, on March 11. Kimberly, the defending state champion, then edged Middleton, 20-25, 25-11, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13, on March 13.

In Middleton’s loss to Fond du Lac, Cole Sweitzer had 10 kills and DJ McCall added nine kills and three blocks. Nick Stott had 37 assists and Jackson Pertzborn added four digs.

Middleton led Fond du Lac, 24-21, in the third and deciding set. Fond du Lac closed the match with five straight points, though, to prevail.

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Girls spikers split a pair

Middleton girls volleyball coach Maddie Vogel was a high school standout at Verona.

During Vogel’s first coaching appearance against her alma mater, she would have loved nothing more than to topple the Wildcats. That didn't happen, though, as Verona edged Middleton, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21, on March 10.

“While the final result wasn’t what we had hoped for, I’m happy with how we performed as a first showing and am confident in our ability to compete with them next time,” Vogel said. “We play them again in a couple of weeks. We’ll be working hard to get ready for that.”

Middleton rebounded nicely when it downed Beloit Memorial, 25-11, 26-24, 25-21, on March 11.

Jordan LaScala led the Cardinals with eight kills and six aces, while Evin Jordee led Middleton with 11 assists. Sierra Pertzborn had four blocks and Jada Cerniglia had a team-high 15 digs.

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Murphy picks Virginia Tech

Storm Murphy, a 2017 Middleton High School graduate, has decided to join the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team as a graduate transfer.

Murphy, a point guard, spent the last four seasons at Wofford and earned All-Southern Conference first-team honors as a senior this year.

The NCAA Division I Council has given all winter-sports athletes in this school year an additional year of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy elected to play his final season for Virginia Tech and coach Mike Young, who was his coach for two years at Wofford.

“I’m really pumped about it,” Murphy told the Roanoke Times (Va.). “Watching a lot of VT games, I think I’ll be able to fit right in.”

Murphy said Wisconsin, Baylor, Colorado and Missouri all reached out to him last week. But playing for Young a second time appealed to Murphy.

“I know what I’m getting with him,” Murphy said. “I know the offense.

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Tanin named to all-freshman team

Sitori Tanin, a former Middleton High School standout and a freshman at Loyola University Chicago, was named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s all-freshman team.

Tanin averaged 6.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. She led the team in blocked shots (24) and shot 50.5% from the field.

Loyola is 11-12 this season and went 8-10 in the MVC. Loyola earned a bid to the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) and will open play Friday at 1:30 p.m. when it battles Longwood in a quarterfinal-round game.

Tanin led the Cardinals to the WIAA Division 1 state basketball tournament in both her junior and senior seasons. In track and field, Tanin qualified for state from 2017-2019.

Tanin was also named the Times-Tribune’s top female athlete of the 21st century by a 16-person panel in the semmer of 2020.

 

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Krenke headed to Indiana

Brett Krenke of Middleton, who is a senior at Edgewood High School in Madison, recently committed to play men's rugby for Indiana University in the fall. He is pictured here with Matt Bremser (left) and Paul Stroede (right), who are coaches with the Middleton Area Rugby Club.

Krenke has played rugby for four years with the Middleton Area Rugby Club (MARC). The team captured first place in the Division 2 state championships in 2018 and third place in the Division 1 state championships in 2019.

Krenke also was named to the Badger Selects in 2018 and 2019 and the Midwest Thunderbirds in 2019. Krenke, a defensive lineman for Edgewood, was named to the 2020 Associated Press All-State football team and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region team in the fall.

 

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Karen Kathleen Urbainzick

CROSS PLAINS–Karen Kathleen Urbainzick, age 77, of Cross Plains, passed away on March 4, 2021, at Meriter Hospital. She was born on May 28, 1943, in Cambridge, the daughter of Erich and Catherine (Stohler) Wechter. She married Gale Urbainzick on April 30, 1962, and moved to Cross Plains with their son, Lee, where they resided.

Karen is survived by her son, Lee Urbainzick; sister-in-law, Margaret Wechter; niece, Megan (Aaron) Statz; grandniece, Avryana Statz; and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gale Urbainzick; parents; brother, Phil Wechter; and nephew, Matthew Wechter. 

Per Karen's request, there will be no funeral services. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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Patricia Ann Woods

MADISON–Patricia Ann Woods, 80, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2021 surrounded by family and friends after a short battle with cancer. Pat was born on March 17, 1940 in St. Louis, MO, the third of seven children. The family moved to Cape Girardeau, MO in 1946.  She graduated from Cape Catholic High School in 1957. After graduation, the family moved to Springfield, MO where she met and married Stanley Woods in 1961. In 1962 they settled in Madison and raised a family of three boys.

Pat had a wide range of interests and entrepreneurial skills which she learned while working for her father in his restaurants in Cape Girardeau and in his floral business in Springfield. With those skills she had a successful business career including starting her own boutique store in Madison selling interior design merchandise.

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Gordon Edward Helmeid

MIDDLETON–Gordon Edward Helmeid, age 84, of Middleton, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2021, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital after battling complications from lung cancer. He was born on Dec. 3, 1936, the son of Eddie Helmeid and Selma (Gilbertson) Helmeid.

Gordon “Gordy” was raised on the family farm in Blue Mounds and graduated from Mount Horeb High School in 1954. He served in the US Army from 1956-58. He was trained to be a radar repairman. He spent the first year in electronics school on the East coast and the second year in the Chicago area working on the Army Radar installations that controlled the 120-millimeter guns that surrounded the City of Chicago at that time.

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