Sports

Wed
08
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Strong showing for girls track team

The weather was rotten — as its been this entire spring.

Conditions were far from ideal. And the cold and dampness led to additional challenges.

But when Middleton’s girls track and field team left the Arrowhead Invite last Friday night, they had plenty to feel good about.

The Cardinals finished fifth out of 19 teams at this top-flight event. Host Arrowhead won the meet with 133.5 points, while Neenah (76), Milwaukee Riverside (75), Green Bay Preble (51.5) and Middleton (41) rounded out the top five.

“This meet was extremely competitive, as it usually is, and again the conditions were pretty horrible,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said. “The good thing is that it didn't seem to affect too many of our performances. 

“The girls seem to be getting used to this kind of weather. The warmer conditions will really be welcomed and hopefully our times will even drop more.”

Middleton had several top-notch performances at Arrowhead.

Wed
08
May
MTT News Desk's picture

MHS golfers split at triangular

Middleton’s boys golf team went 1-1 at the Beloit Memorial Triangular last Wednesday.

The Cardinals shot 323 and defeated the host Purple Knights by one shot. Verona won the triangular, though, with a 319 team score.

Middleton freshman Brady Thomas led the Cardinals with a 79, while freshman Emmet Herb carded an 80. Cardinals senior Mike Wiebe shot an 81 and junior Josh Haunty had an 83.

Middleton is now 5-1 in Big Eight Conference dual meets, while Verona remained undefeated in league play.

Middleton also finished in 15th place at last Tuesday’s Briggs and Stratton Golf Championships held at Bristlecone Pines in Hartland.

Milwaukee Marquette won the 17-team tournament with a 305, while Brookfield East (314), Holmen (316), Brookfield Central (319) and Onalaska (320) rounded out the top five.

Middleton shot a 355, but brought largely junior varsity players to the tournament.

Wed
08
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Middleton's HTL team rolls in opener

 

As the Home Talent League season arrived, Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand was brimming with confidence.

“I feel like we could have a really good year,” Hellenbrand said. “We bring a lot of veterans back and added some new guys as well. We are looking for some younger players to step up this year and really contribute. It should be a fun year for us.”

Middleton certainly started out on the right foot, rolling past Reedsburg, 11-3, in its season-opener Sunday.

Josh Hinson led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. Jeff Schafer threw five strong innings and earned the win, while Drew Farrell pitched the final four frames and notched the save.

“Overall, I was very happy with the way that we played for the first game,” Hellenbrand said. “Our pitching and hitting were very strong.

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

MHS golfers on a roll

Golf scores across the state are sky high.

That’s what a month of rain and lack of practice time will do.

Middleton appears to be an exception to the rule, though.

The Cardinals are on a roll, winning a pair of 18-hole tournaments in Wisconsin Dells Monday. Middleton also won the Sparta Invitational last Saturday.

“We’ve had some excellent numbers,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “I’m really happy with the scores.”

Rightfully so.

Middleton played 36 holes during a 12-hour golfing marathon Monday. But it was time well spent as the Cardinals won a pair of tournaments in Wisconsin Dells.

Middleton fired a 304 team score at Trappers Turn, then shot a 302 at Christmas Mountain. The Cardinals finished first at each venue, and their 606 overall score easily surpassed runner-up Beloit Memorial (639).

“We brought home a lot of hardware,” Cabalka said.

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Baseball Cards heating up

During this on-again, off-again spring, consistency has been a virtual impossibility for baseball teams everywhere.

But Middleton manager Tom Schmitt believes his team is awfully close to the level of steadiness he desires.

The Cardinals strung together three consecutive wins in a 48-hour stretch between Saturday and Monday.

Middleton swept a doubleheader from Watertown on Saturday, then thumped Janesville Parker, 13-3, on Monday.

Middleton is now 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big Eight Conference.

“If we can continue to play and get better like we have these last three games, the potential is there,” Schmitt said. “We just have to keep improving.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week.

• Middleton 13, Janesville Parker 3 — The Cardinals pounded out 16 hits and rolled past the visiting Vikings Monday afternoon.

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Boys track team rolls

Now that’s how you kick off your own invitational.

Middleton’s boys track and field team hosted the inaugural Cardinal Relays last Friday and MHS. And Middleton gave a memorable performance.

The Cardinals won the invite with 146 points, while Sun Prairie was second at 140. Onalaska was third with 100, followed by La Crosse Central (92), Waunakee (82) and Holemn (50).

“It was exciting to see an invitational at Middleton again after a decade hiatus,” Middleton coach Isaac Mezera said. “It was exciting to go up against some teams that we don’t normally see.”

And exciting to see some of Middleton’s performances.

The Cardinals won the grade level 1,600 sprint medley, in which they used one individual from each grade. The quartet of sophomore Zach Easton, freshman Will Funk, senior Drew Docter and junior R.J. Pertzborn rolled to a first place finish in 3:47.26.

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Girls track team shines

Top-notch performances came from up and down the roster.

High-level showings were delivered by regular contributors and unexpected sources.

That’s what made the first Cardinal Relays so fun for Middleton’s girls track and field team Friday night.

Middleton and Sun Prairie tied for first place at the event, both finishing with 158 points. La Crosse Central (96), Waunakee (60), Onalaska (55) and Holmen (42) rounded out the top five.

Middleton opened with a stirring win in the 4x400 meter relay grade level. Cardinals senior Darcy Dean was stride for stride with a Waunakee runner, but pulled ahead in the final 30 meters to prevail.

Middleton’s quartet of Dean, Abbey Webber, Anna Garren and Payton Bills finished in 4:11.18 as all four runners set personal-best times.

“The meet got off to a spectacular start,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said. “And that was just the beginning.”

Indeed it was.

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Good and bad for soccer Cardinals

On Thursday night, Middleton girls soccer coach Mary Duffy was worried where the Cardinals’ season was headed.

By Saturday night, Duffy and the rest of the Cardinals appeared back on track.

Middleton opened the week with a difficult 4-1 loss to defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Madison West. But the Cardinals rebounded by going 1-1-1 over the next two days at the power-packed Tournament of Champions held in Burlington, Iowa.

“It was truly a different team from Thursday to Saturday,” Duffy said. 

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

• Madison West 4, Middleton 1 — The Cardinals actually struck first with a goal from Ellen Jesse in the 11th minute. But West showed why it’s a contender for another state crown and scored four unanswered goals.

The Regents tied the game in the 38th minute. West then scored three second half goals and oulled away.

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Softball Cardinals finding their groove

Things have gotten harried for Middleton’s girls softball team.

That’s what nightmarish spring weather will do.

But the Cardinals held up well last week, winning three of the five games they played. Middleton improved to 4-4 overall.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week.

• Middleton 5, Beloit Memorial 4 — Emily Pomykalski had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs to power the visiting Cardinals last Friday.

Ashley Stormer went the distance for Middleton, striking out five and allowing just two earned runs.

Middleton raced to a 5-0 lead through two innings, then held on for dear life as the Purple Knights charged back.

“Good win,” Middleton manager Arin Oppermann said. “It was great that we got the lead right away, but now we need to work on getting on base and scoring every inning. We can’t get too comfortable with the amount of runs we have.”

Wed
01
May
MTT News Desk's picture

Net gains for tennis Cards

Some of the state’s top boys tennis programs competed in the Verona Invitational last Friday and Saturday.

And Middleton showed it was the near the top of the food chain.

The Cardinals went 3-1 on the weekend with wins over Sheboygan North, Waukesha West and Brookfield Central. Middleton’s only loss came to Nicolet.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s weekend.

• Nicolet 5, Middleton 2 — Cardinals No. 1 singles player Ben Luskin notched an impressive 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Nicolet’s Kevin Ballecer. Middleton also got a win at No. 4 singles, where Tyler Markel posted a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nicolet’s Rafi Barash.

But Middleton dropped all three doubles matches and lost the other two singles matches.

• Middleton 6, Sheboygan North 1 — The Cardinals rolled through all four singles flights and notched victories in two of the three doubles matches.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Sports