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Boys soccer team is rolling

MADISON – After watching the Middleton Cardinals varsity reserve team pull out a last second victory, senior Chris Vanden Boom knew it was up to the varsity squad to do its part to duplicate the feat.

Mission accomplished.

Vanden Boom headed in a corner kick from senior Tim Browning in the final minute to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over host Madison West in a Big Eight Conference boys soccer game at Madison College last Thursday.

“I was hoping we’d get one last shot,” said Browning, whose corner kick a few minutes earlier had just missed on setting up the go-ahead goal. “In the last minute, we had to pull it off. I gave a cross right into Boomer. He headed it in, great goal. It was a great finish.”

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Girls golfers hoist Big 8 crown

In every day life, the term dynasty is defined as “a succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role in business, politics, or another field.”

In the Big Eight girls golf, the term dynasty can be summed up in one word — Middleton.

The Cardinals won their sixth straight conference championship last Thursday, rolling to the title at Evansville Golf Club.

Middleton shot a 328 and easily outdistanced runner-up Sun Prairie (365). Janesville Craig (396), Madison West (406) and Verona (419) rounded out the top five.

Middleton, the state’s top-ranked team, has yet to lose a match this season.

“Six in a row is an amazing accomplishment for our program,” said Becky Halverson, who has been Middleton’s coach for all six conference titles.

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Boys spikers shine at own invite

Middleton’s boys volleyball team is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

And the Cardinals continue to show why they’re held in such lofty regard.

Middleton reached the semifinals of its own star-studded invite last Saturday before losing to No. 1 Kaukauna, 25-19, 25-19. The tournament featured 10 of the top-13 teams in the state and the Cardinals went 4-2 overall.

“Overall it was a good day for our guys,” Middleton coach Rob Kleinschmidt said. “Finishing third in this tournament is very good, since the other top finishers were the No. 1, 2, and 3 ranked teams in the state. The guys showed a lot of good things.”

Middleton opened by going 2-1 in pool play.

The Cardinals defeated Appleton West, 25-20, 25-19 and toppled Brookfield Central, 25-13, 25-16. Middleton then fell to No. 3 Muskego, 25-19, 25-21.

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Girls spikers win a pair

Middleton’s girls volleyball team kept rolling last week.

The Cardinals cruised past Madison Memorial, 25-15, 25-20, 25-18, on Sept. 21. Middleton then downed Madison West, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23 on Sept. 23.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 in the Big Eight Conference and 22-3 overall as they head into the meat of their conference schedule.

Junior Jordan LaScala had a terrific match against Madison Memorial with 17 kills and a .457 hitting percentage. LaScala added four digs, as well.

Junior Sierra Pertzborn had five kills, two blocks, one ace and two digs, while junior Evin Jordee had 26 assists, four digs, two blocks, two aces and four kills.

Senior Mia Pence had four kills and a dig, while junior Eliana Ross had 11 digs and an ace. Junior Bryn Larson had two kills and a dig, while senior Karen Lu had three aces, three digs and an assist.

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Cross country teams excel at Griak

The Roy Griak Invitational is one of the largest cross country events in the country.

Every year, many of the country’s top runners descend onto the University of Minnesota campus to see where they fare against the best of the best.

Middleton’s cross country teams had to like what they saw after competing there last Friday.

The Cardinals’ girls finished in second place out of 45 teams. Middleton’s boys finished 17th out of 48 teams.

“The girls were surprised and excited to place second at Griak,” Middleton coach Alexa Richardson said. “I was hoping for top-three as a team, but didn't give them any team expectations beforehand.”

Middleton boys coach Brian Finnel was just as happy.

“The Griak was a great experience for the team,” Finnel said. “I know they had fun being there and enjoyed it. The atmosphere is top-notch, certainly rivaling the state meet. 

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Swimmers cruise past Craig

Middleton’s girls swimming team cruised past Janesville Craig, 125-45, last Friday.

The Cardinals’ 200-yard medley relay team of Ella Needham, Abby Ensenberger, Lily Mair and Natalie Charles finished first. The Cardinals’ quartet of Piper Garcia Hall, Isabell Frommelt, Serena Haack and Hannah Machleidt was second.

Middleton’s Garcia Hall, Sophie Benson, Molly Haag and Abby Utter won the 200-yard freestyle relay. And the Cardinals’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Audrey Alexander, Amanda George, Emma Chandler and Utter was first.

Benson, Alexander and Maja Cicero were first, second and third, respectively in the 200-yard freestyle. Haag won the 200-yard IM, while Ellie Eisele was third. Ensenberger, Taylor Carbon and George went 1-2-3 in the 50-yard freestyle, while Chandler and Charles were first and second, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly.

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Tennis Cardinals keep shining

Middleton’s girls tennis team went 4-0 at the highly-competitive Madison West Invite last Friday and Saturday.

The Cardinals defeated Sussex Hamilton, 7-0, and Brookfield Central, 6-1, on Friday. Middleton then toppled Green Bay Notre Dame, 7-0, and Brookfield East, 5-2, last Saturday.

Here’s a recap if the Cardinals’ big weekend, along with two Big Eight Conference wins:

• Middleton 7, Sussex Hamilton 0 — The Cardinals’ top two singles players — Netra Somasundaram and Sophia Agapov — and their No. 2 and 3 doubles team of Bella Conrad/Amy Li and Grace Olson/Cate Ohly all rolled to 6-0, 6-0 wins.

Lydia Sabat cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles, while Rose Ryan and Ashley Andler posted a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles.

• Middleton 6, Brookfield Central 1 — Somasundaram, Agapov and Sabat all posted straight set singles wins.

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Middleton golfers keep on rolling

It’s as rare as the Tiger Slam or a hole-in-one.

It’s the undefeated season.

And for a girls golf team, it happens about as often as a Blue Moon.

Middleton’s girls golf team stayed on track for that remarkable accomplishment last week when it wrapped up the Big Eight Conference title and won the Janesville Parker Invite.

The Cardinals rolled past host Madison La Follette on Sept. 14. Middleton then captured the 14-team Parker Invite last Saturday.

While the Cardinals remained undefeated in this stellar season, they’re not talking about a perfect season — yet.

“We try to just focus on each individual accomplishment along the way,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “(Parker) was a great win against some really great competitors, like Westosha Central, Union Grove and Milton.

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Girls spikers win Deerfield Invite

Tempo is a word Middleton’s girls volleyball team has been stressing of late.

The Cardinals want to control the pace — and the match — every time they take the court.

Last Saturday, that’s exactly what Middleton did.

The Cardinals went a perfect 5-0 and won the Deerfield Invitational. Middleton improved to 20-3 on the season.

“We had a great day today at the Deerfield invite,” Middleton coach Maddie Vogel said. “One thing we have been working on a lot is setting the tempo of the match and focusing on what we can control on our side of the net.

“We were able to get our offense running consistently in every set, which made a huge difference for us in terms of confidence and energy. Our serve receive was also phenomenal. I think that our team is definitely getting grittier in terms of our ability to stay mentally tough in close situations, and that is something that can make or break a team.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ day:

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MHS swimmers put on a show

The Waukesha South Invite is one of the top girls swimming events every season.

So, after winning the star-studded invite Saturday, Middleton felt awfully good about where its season is headed.

The Cardinals won the 18-team invite with 273.5 points. Arrowhead was second (266), while Madison West (248), Verona/Mount Horeb (206) and Waukesha West/Catholic Memorial (188) rounded out the top five.

“Our girls did a great job of improving through the meet at the Waukesha Invite,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “We had a bit of a slower start to the meet than we had hoped, and the girls were really tired from a very tough week, but they managed to find a way to get better with each race, and pulled out a win over a lot of really good teams from all over the state.”

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