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Five MHS spikers named all-Big 8

Middleton’s girls’ volleyball team didn’t enjoy quite the level of success it was hoping for in 2018.

But the Cardinals still brought home some postseason awards.

Senior outside hitter Lily Welti and senior middle blocker Hannah Flottmeyer were named first-team all-Big Eight Conference.

Senior outside hitter Keller Frinzi was named second-team all-conference, while senior setter Rachael Roberts and senior defensive specialist Olivia Farin were named honorable-mention all-league.

Welti led the Cardinals with 260 kills, a total that also ranked fourth in the Big Eight Conference. Welti was also first on the team with 350 digs, which ranked seventh in the league.

In addition, Welti was fourth on the team in aces (31) and third in serves received (366).

“Lily was one of our tri-captains,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “She was our go-to player. She led our team in kills for the last three seasons.  

Wed
07
Nov
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Soccer Cardinals named all-Big Eight

Ben Kollasch was hoping for more.

Middleton’s boys’ soccer coach guided a team that finished second in the Big Eight Conference this season, its best finish in six years.

But when it came to all-conference voting, the Cardinals didn’t have a single player earn first-team honors.

“I attribute this to the whole team and the whole bench contributing and doing their job consistently,” Kollasch said. “We did not need superstars to achieve what we did.”

The Cardinals did have eight players recognized.

Senior forward Andrew Lund, senior midfielder Bryce Schuster and junior defender Peter Tuttle all received second-team all-conference honors. Junior keeper Ben Scher, sophomore forward Ezra Joseph, senior midfielder Greg Pauly, along with junior defensemen Cian Carlson and Blake Kalscheur all received honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Thu
01
Nov
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Boys XC team second at state

There’s just one problem when you’re No. 1.

There’s nowhere to go but down.

Everybody guns for you. The target on your back is the size of Montana.

Middleton’s boys’ cross country team found that out the hard way last Saturday.

The Cardinals had a sensational performance at the WIAA Division 1 state meet where they finished second overall behind champion Neenah.

Just one problem. Middleton — the defending state champions — expected to be first again.

So when the final scores went up on the board at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, Middleton’s reaction was predictable.

“The boys were pretty devastated when the scoreboard showed we placed second,” said Middleton coach Brian Finnel. “Any other year, we are probably stoked about second, but this is a unique bunch who expected to win. We had the pieces to win, but the stars just didn't quite align for us.” 

Middleton senior standout Caleb Easton agreed.

Thu
01
Nov
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Middleton's Meicher picks Minnesota

The past year has been a stressful one for arguably the finest wrestler in Middleton High School history.

As Kevin Meicher tried sorting out his future, the Cardinals’ star weighed bigger colleges against smaller ones. He judged them on education, fit and where various coaches envisioned him in the lineup.

Finally, when Meicher added everything up, he decided the University of Minnesota was his perfect next home. Meicher made a verbal commitment to the Gophers last week. Athletes can sign their national letter of intent beginning on Nov. 14.

“The process was definitely a long stressful one and took a lot of contemplation,” Meicher said. “I had to weigh out a lot of things such as if I would start or where I would be giving myself the best opportunities for academics and athletics.”

Meicher has had a brilliant career at Middleton.

Thu
01
Nov
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MHS swimmers win Big 8 title

The streak goes on.

And not even a costly penalty could derail Middleton’s girls’ swimming and diving team.

The Cardinals rolled to a ninth straight Big Eight Conference title on Oct. 27, cruising to the championship in their own pool.

Middleton, the two-time WIAA Division 1 state champions, finished with 546.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Sun Prairie (448). Madison West was third at 419, while Madison Memorial (415.5) and Verona/Mount Horeb (297) rounded out the top five.

“This was a very solid meet for us and a great start for our postseason play,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said.

Amazingly, Middleton won despite having its 86 points from the 500-yard freestyle wiped away. In that event, senior Makenna Licking finished first, while senior Hannah Aegerter was second. Senior Anna Thomley was fourth, freshman Molly Haag was fifth, sophomore Sarah Foley was eighth and freshman Amanda George was ninth.

Thu
01
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Boys spikers win playoff opener

They are off and running.

And if Middleton’s boys volleyball team keeps playing like it did Oct. 26, a sixth straight state tournament berth certainly seems possible.

Middleton cruised past Waukesha North, 25-10, 25-9, 25-10, in a regional final. The Cardinals advanced to a sectional semifinal against Madison West Tuesday.

If Middleton won there, it would meet either Madison Memorial or Kettle Moraine in a sectional final Thursday at Madison Memorial at 7 p.m.

“Since the sport of boys volleyball is growing, some sectionals now have eight teams,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “Our sectional is one of those and it's the first time in quite a few years we've had to play in a regional match. Waukesha North is a team that is definitely rebuilding and it shows as they have multiple players on their team that are freshmen and sophomores with a few juniors and seniors.”

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01
Nov
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Four MHS golfers named all-Big 8

It was a memorable year for Middleton’s girls golf program.

The Cardinals cruised through the Big Eight Conference’s regular season and postseason. Middleton won regional and sectional titles, then finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state meet.

So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Middleton was well-represented on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Junior Kate Meier was named the conference’s Player of the Year. Sophomore Glenna Sanderson was named first-team all-conference, while freshman Ellie Frisch and junior Makenzie Hodson were both named second-team all-conference.

Middleton coach Becky Halverson was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Fri
26
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Boys XC team gunning for second straight state title

It’s October.

And that means three things: the weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing on the trees, and Middleton’s boys’ cross country team is heading to state.

Led by top overall finisher Caleb Easton and four runners in the top-eight, Middleton easily secured the WIAA Division 1 Madison West Sectional last Saturday with a score of 31 points at Lake Farm Park in Madison and earned a trip to state. The state cross country meet is Saturday, at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Middleton, the defending WIAA Division 1 state champion, won a second straight sectional title and will be headed to state for the sixth consecutive year.

“I have been here for six years and we have made state all six years,” said Middleton coach Brian Finnel, who spent his first three years at MHS as an assistant and the last three as the Cardinals’ head coach. “Consistency is great and it happens because of our athletes’ desire to work hard.

Wed
24
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Sun Prairie tops Middleton in thriller

SUN PRAIRIE — The hugs, the handshakes and the tears had ended.

Bryce Carey was among the last people remaining at Ashley Field last Friday. And Middleton’s senior quarterback/defensive back — who could barely stand thanks to a painful calf injury — was having a hard time believing the end had arrived.

“I’m so proud, of all the guys,” Carey said. “We worked so hard … but we just fell short.”

Middleton played its finest game of the year in its WIAA Division 1 playoff opener at Sun Prairie. But third-seeded Sun Prairie scored the final nine points of the game and rallied for a 42-36 win over sixth-seeded Middleton.

Middleton ended the year 6-4, while Sun Prairie improved to 9-1 and will host seventh-seeded Sussex Hamilton (6-4) in a Level 2 game Friday at 7 p.m.

Fri
19
Oct
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Clark, Dettman second at state

Maddie Clark had four different doubles partners during her stellar tennis career at Middleton High School.

Each one brought something different to the table, and Clark experienced an impressive level of success with all of her partners.

But Clark found the perfect fit in 2018.

Despite never having played together, Clark was paired with Karsen Dettman this fall. The two then proceeded to take the state by storm.

At last week’s WIAA Division 1 state tournament held at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Clark and Dettman surged to the finals. There, Nicolet seniors Annabelle Crowley and Emma Koppa toppled Clark and Dettman, 6-3, 6-2, in Saturday’s championship match.

But Middleton’s dynamic duo left the state tournament extremely happy with how their weekend — and their first year together — went.

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