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Wed
15
Feb
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Middleton stuns Stevens Point

Tyree Eady looked around Middleton High School Tuesday night and saw what qualifies as glitterati for a high school basketball game.

There were college coaches from Marquette and Iowa in the stands. There were a pair of standouts from Marquette, and several players from Big Eight Conference rivals Madison Memorial and Sun Prairie.

Eady, Middleton’s sensational senior forward, realized this was the perfect time to make a statement.

“Coach has been telling us that now is ‘Go Time!’ ” Eady said. “And we kind of wanted to make a statement to the rest of the state that we’re still here.”

Oh, the Cardinals are here all right. And they might not be going anywhere for a while.

Middleton played arguably its finest game of Kevin Bavery’s 11-year tenure and routed Stevens Point — the two-time WIAA Division 1 defending state champion — 96-66.

Thu
09
Feb
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Middleton boys roll over Verona

Twelve months ago, Middleton’s boys basketball team went to Verona with a perfect 14-0 record.

The Wildcats stunned the Cardinals that night, and sent Middleton into a spiral to finish the year.

The Cardinals made sure history wouldn’t repeat itself in 2017.

Middleton went to Verona last Friday and routed the host Wildcats, 95-73. Senior forward Tyree Eady led four Cardinals in double figures with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Senior guard Storm Murphy added 14 points, four assists and three steals, while senior wing Myron Ashford Jr. and junior forward Brogan Brunker both added 10 points. Senior guard C.J. Fermanich added eight points, five rebounds and four assists, while seniors Jack Smith and Ben Jackson both had five rebounds.

Thu
09
Feb
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Hockey Cardinals earn No. 3 seed

Middleton’s hockey team received the No. 3 seed in its sectional. But few teams anywhere are playing as well as the Cardinals.

Middleton won a pair of games last week and pushed its winning streak to five games. The Cardinals defeated Cedarburg, 8-1, last Tuesday and toppled Beloit Memorial, 3-2, last Friday.

Middleton improved to 13-7 overall and is 7-5 in the Big Eight Conference.

“The overall buzz is pretty good,” Middleton coach Steffon Walby said of his team. “The team is starting to gel and commit to each other. They are really pushing and motivating each other.”

Verona received the No. 1 seed in the sectional, while Sun Prairie, Middleton, Madison Edgewood and Madison West rounded out the top five. Oregon is seeded sixth, followed by Madison Memorial, Waunakee, Monona Grove, McFarland and Madison La Follette/East.

Thu
09
Feb
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Cardinals surge past Parker

Most of America will be buzzing about New England’s come-from-behind win in the 51st Super Bowl for several days.

Closer to home, there was a comeback nearly as impressive 24 hours earlier.

Middleton’s girls basketball team trailed Janesville Parker, 38-17, at halftime last Saturday. But the Cardinals mounted a comeback for the ages and rallied past the host Vikings, 73-68.

“It was an impressive comeback, probably the biggest one I've ever had from a team,” said Middleton coach Jeff Kind, whose team trailed by 25 at one point in the first half. “But it's not something we want to have to replicate. 

“When all is said and done, I was pleased with the way the girls responded to the challenge. That was impressive. That we got into that situation was not so impressive!”

Middleton improved to 16-2 overall and remained in a first place tie in the Big Eight Conference with Sun Prairie at 13-2.

Thu
09
Feb
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Middleton girls down Verona

VERONA — No words were necessary.

There wasn’t a pre-game speech or a lengthy pep talk.

Middleton senior leaders Bria Lemirande, Alyssa Lemirande, Alexis Thomas and Carlee Lemirande are fully cognizant that their careers are quickly coming to a close. And this quartet wants nothing more than to exit in style.

Last Thursday, this fearsome foursome combined for 55 points and powered Middleton’s girls basketball team to a 65-57 win over host Verona in a Big Eight Conference showdown. The Cardinals, who also defeated Janesville Parker two days later, are 16-2 overall and tied with Sun Prairie for first place in the league at 13-2.

Verona (12-6, 11-3) and Madison East (14-4, 12-3) are one game back in the loss column.

Wed
01
Feb
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Schaefer named boys tennis coach at MHS

Tennis has surrounded Kalla Schaefer since she was a young child.

Schaefer’s father, Lyle, is a highly successful instructor who runs his own academy today.

Schaefer’s mother, Kris, has been a tennis teacher inside Middleton’s Recreation Department.

Still, Kalla wasn’t always sure tennis was for her. In fact, from the years of 4 to 14, she barely touched a racket.

“I had little interest,” Kalla said.

That changed dramatically. And now it appears Middleton High School will be the beneficiary.

Kalla Schaefer was named Middleton’s new boys tennis coach last week. Former coach Deke Bradley informed athletic director Bob Joers via a text message that he wouldn’t return when practice begins next month.

Wed
01
Feb
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Girls basketball team in a rut

SUN PRAIRIE — Alyssa Lemirande tried not to sound worried. But Middleton’s standout senior guard also couldn’t lie.

Lemirande and Middleton’s girls basketball team began the year 13-0 and outscored their foes by an average 26.1 points in those games. Suddenly, though, the Cardinals’ ship has sprung leaks and Middleton has dropped two of three games.

The latest setback came last Saturday, when host Sun Prairie toppled Middleton, 83-77. Sun Prairie built an 18-point second half lead, then held off a late Middleton rally.

Afterwards, Lemirande was asked if she was worried.

“A little bit, but not too much,” she said. “We just had a good talk and I feel like we’re all on the same page about getting better and putting in more effort. So I feel like if we can do that, I’m not too worried.”

Wed
01
Feb
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Middleton boys get back on track

Janesville Craig encountered a Storm last Saturday night. In the process, Middleton’s boys basketball finally notched a win in a close game.

Middleton rallied in the second half and notched a 73-69 win over the Cougars. The Cardinals rallied from an 11-point first half deficit and a seven-point hole in the second half to prevail.

Middleton improved to 12-4 overall and 9-4 in the Big Eight Conference, two games behind league-leading Madison Memorial. Craig slipped to 10-5, 9-4.

The Cardinals got 23 points from senior guard Storm Murphy and 22 from senior forward Tyree Eady. Craig’s Adam Anhold led the Cougars with 23 points.

“It’s easy for people from the outside looking in to say ‘they should be better than that. They might be overrated,’ ” said Middleton head coach Kevin Bavery. “Our four losses (this season) combined for twelve points. We’re a handful of possessions away from being 15-0.

Wed
25
Jan
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Three's company at MHS

The Lemirande sisters felt things slipping away.

Middleton’s girls basketball team was playing Janesville Craig in the 2015 WIAA Division 1 sectional finals. And with the Cardinals in a 48-39 hole early in the fourth quarter, Alyssa Lemirande looked at her sister Bria, then took her tongue and touched it to her nose.

Perhaps the only other person to notice that day was Carlee Lemirande — the third of the Lemirande triplets. But when Alyssa gave the signal, it was “go time.”

“We had a signal to each other that year where if the team was doing bad, we just needed to pick it up and get things done,” Bria Lemirande said. “And so we made up a signal to touch our tongue to our nose.

“And when we made that signal to each other it meant we had to do something. Just get the game moving.”

Maybe it was the signal. Maybe talent simply ruled the day.

Sun
22
Jan
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Sun Prairie slips past Middleton

SUN PRAIRIE — Kevin Bavery didn’t want to hear about the Big Eight Conference boys basketball race. Bavery didn’t care about postseason seeds.

Middleton’s boys basketball had just watched his team drop a 71-69 decision to Sun Prairie last Friday. And all Bavery cared about was getting his suddenly slumping group back on track.

“I could give a rats (tail) about seeds,” Bavery said. “I don’t care if we’re (seeded) 1 or 18. We just need to be playing our best basketball at tournament time.”

Right now, that certainly not the case.

Middleton dropped its second straight game and suffered its third loss in five outings. Middleton’s four losses have been by a total of 12 points, with its largest defeat being four points

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