Middleton boys split a pair

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Dennis Semrau/For the Times-Tribune
TJ Bauer and Middleton's boys basketball team split a pair of games over their Christmas break./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The holiday break came at a perfect time for Middleton’s boys basketball team.

Cardinals’ 6-foot-6 senior forward Logan Schultz certainly agreed.

Coming on the heels of a 41-point loss at Madison Memorial on Dec. 20, Middleton was looking to rebound when it hosted the Cardinal Holiday Showcase last Friday and Saturday.

Schultz set a school-record with seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high and career-best 25 points to power Middleton to a 71-61 victory over Badger North Conference defending champion Mount Horeb last Friday afternoon.

“That was pretty fun launching them,” said Schultz, who was 7-of-8 from behind the arc and 8-of-10 overall. “I was just letting them go and feeling good.

“We really needed that win. We had a few good practices and just came together as a team. It was a good game and felt pretty good.”

Sophomore point guard TJ Bauer added 12 points for Middleton, while senior guard Owen Ziegler paced Mount Horeb with 22 points, including four three-pointers.

The Cardinals couldn’t make it two wins in a row, though, and dropped a 56-45 decision to Badger South Conference power Stoughton on Saturday night.

“We competed a lot,” Schultz said. “Our theme at the beginning of the game was compete and rebound, and I feel we did that. We competed well.”

Schultz was the only Middleton (2-3) player in double figures with 13 points, including three three-pointers, against the Vikings.

Junior guard Cael McGee led Stoughton (7-2) with 17 points. Senior guard Adam Hobson, a Michigan Tech recruit, and sophomore forward Barrett Nelson scored 11 points each.

“We definitely took some big steps forward,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “(Stoughton) can compete with just about anybody in the Madison area. They’re pretty solid.”

Stoughton jumped out to an 8-2 lead and held Middleton to 1-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 0-of-6 from 3-point range, before sophomore guard Logan Raffel drained a three-ball from the left wing.

Middleton pulled into an 11-11 tie on a layup from senior forward Cian Carlson with 6:23 left in the first half. But Nelson sank all four of his free throw attempts in the final 3:08 to stake Stoughton to a 22-18 halftime lead.

Senior forward Cole Deptula hit a short jumper in the lane, and Schultz added a three-pointer to give Middleton a brief 23-22 lead just 52 seconds into the second half.

But McGee countered with a driving layup to give Stoughton the lead on its next possession. Deptula’s turnaround jumper pulled Middleton into a 29-29 tie with 12:27 remaining.

Nelson, though, converted a three-point play on the Vikings’ next trip down the court to put Stoughton ahead for good.

“We stayed tough and played through some of the contact, which was a positive for us,” Vikings’ coach Nolan Weber said of the physical play on both ends of the court. “We are a big and physical team but when you see other big and physical teams (like Middleton), it’s a little bit different.”

Despite trailing by nine points with 7 minutes remaining, Middleton battled back and pulled within 47-43 on senior center Parker Van Buren’s strong post move with 4:21 to play.

Stoughton, though, closed the game on a 9-2 run to secure the victory.

“We weren’t at our best when our best was needed at crunch time,” Bavery said. “But we’ll get there.

“I’m proud of the big steps we took in a few phases of the game that we needed to improve on, especially against a really good opponent.”

On deck: Middleton returns to Big Eight Conference play at Beloit Memorial on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The Cardinals then host Janesville Parker on Jan. 7 at 7:15 p.m.


Cardinal Holiday Showcase

Dec. 27

Middleton 71, Mount Horeb 61

Mount Horeb ….. 29 32 — 61

Middleton ……… 28 43 — 71

MOUNT HOREB (fg ft-fta pts) — Carter Gilkes 5 1-1 14, Torin Hannah 4 1-3 9, Tyler Banfield 1 0-0 2, Ray Woller 2 0-0 4, Owen Ziegler 7 4-5 22, Caden Thomas 2 5-7 10. Totals 21 11-16 61.

MIDDLETON — Logan Raffel 1 0-0 3, TJ Bauer 2 6-6 12, Cole Deptula 3 0-0 7, Henry Patterson 2 1-2 6, Logan Schultz 9 0-0 25, Parker Van Buren 3 2-3 8, Kaden Fosdick 1 1-2 3, Cian Carlson 1 0-0 2, Billy Johnson 2 1-2 5. Totals 24 11-15 71.

3-point goals: MH 8 (Ziegler 4, Gilkes 3, Thomas 1); M 12 (Schultz 7, Bauer 2, Raffel 1, Deptula 1, Patterson 1). Total fouls: MH 16; M 17. Fouled out: Van Buren (M).


Dec. 28

Stoughton 56, Middleton 45

Stoughton ….. 22 34 — 56

Middleton ….. 18 27 — 45

STOUGHTON (fg ft-fta pts) — Nathan Hutchinson 1 0-0 3, Cael McGee 8 1-4 17, Adam Hobson 3 5-6 11, Reece Sproul 1 0-0 2, Luke Fernholz 3 1-2 9, Owen Chase 1 1-2 3, Barrett Nelson 3 5-6 11. Totals 20 13-20 56.

MIDDLETON — Logan Raffel 2 0-0 6, TJ Bauer 3 0-0 6, Cole Deptula 2 0-0 4, Henry Patterson 2 0-0 4, Logan Schultz 5 0-0 13, Parker Van Buren 2 2-4 6, Kaden Fosdick 0 2-2 2, Cian Carlson 1 0-0 2, Billy Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 4-6 45.

3-point goals: S 3 (Fernholz 2, Hutchinson 1); M 5 (Schultz 3, Raffel 2). Total fouls: S 12; M 20.



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