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May
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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.

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01
May
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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.

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01
May
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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.”

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01
May
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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.

Wed
24
Apr
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Boys track team wins Watertown Invite

Back in 2011, Middleton’s boys track and field team was headed to the Watertown Invitational for the first time.
Cardinals head coach Isaac Mezera rose to give his speech on the bus ride over. And Mezera thought he’d have a little fun with it.
“I said, ‘Guys, we are undefeated at this meet, let’s keep it that way,’” Mezera recalled. “I was a joke. Now it has become a tradition.”
Indeed it has.
Middleton notched a third straight title at the seven-team Watertown Invite with an impressive showing Saturday. The Cardinals finished with 159 points and edged runner-up Janesville Craig (157). 
“It sets a good tone for the season winning our first outdoor invitational,” mezera said. “Hopefully we can use it as some positive momentum in such a rainy year.”
They should, as Middleton had several top performances along their way to the championship.
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Boys tennis team shines

Middleton’s boys tennis team went 3-1 at the Madison Memorial Invite last Saturday.
Middleton defeated Sun Prairie, 7-0, and rolled past Madison Memorial, 6-1. The Cardinals fell to Homestead, 7-0, and rolled past Green Bay Preble, 5-2.
All four Middleton singles players went 3-1 on the day.
Cardinals top singles player Ben Luskin defeated Keegan Moldenhauer, 6-1, 6-0. Luskin then toppled Madison Memorial’s Andrew Liu, 6-1, 6-0. After falling to a Homestead player, Luskin defeated Green  Bay Preble’s Brad Maccoux, 6-1, 6-0.
Joey Niesen, Middleton’s No. 2 player, opened with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Sun Prairie’s Yuri Drenoske, then downed Madison Memorial’s Chris Diaczun, 6-4, 7-5. Niesen fell to a Homestead player, then rolled past Green Bay Preble’s Hoain Thai, 6-0, 6-0.
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Girls softball team tops La Follette

It wasn’t the most orthodox way to win a game.
But Middleton’s girls softball team didn’t mind.
Madison La Follette ace Nicole Newman hurled a no-hitter and struck out 18 Middleton batters Monday afternoon. But the visiting Cardinals rallied for a ninth inning run and upended the Lancers, 1-0.
“It was a really fun game to watch and be a part of,” Middleton manager Arin Oppermann said. “It was obvious from the time we stepped off the bus that they were ready to play some ball.  
“At no point in the game was I worried we wouldn't come out ahead. Between our solid defense and the energy they brought to the field, I knew good things were going to happen. They played hard, maintained their focus, and kept their energy up throughout the entire game. I’m so proud of those girls.”
Middleton pitcher Ashley Stzzormer threw a complete-game shutout, struck out seven and picked up the win. 
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MHS girls on the right track

With the spring weather being more miserable than any in recent memory, teams have had a hard time gauging just where they stand.
After last Saturday’s Watertown Invite, though, Middleton’s girls track and field team felt awfully good about itself.
Neenah won the eight-team event with 143 points, while the Cardinals and Janesville Craig tied for second at 116.
“Finishing second overall was a great morale booster,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said.
Rightfully so.
Middleton’s distance teams led the way.
Bobbi Patrick, Darcy Dean, Rachel Wians and Sam Valentine took first place in the 3,200 meter relay with a time of 10:08.46. That’s currently the fourth best time on the state honor roll.
Middleton’s 1,600-meter relay team of Patrick, Emily Zeker, Kayla Bauhs and Anna Garren was first in 4:11.54. That’s the fifth-best time on the state honor roll.
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Apr
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Girls soccer team starts strong

Middleton’s girls soccer team had an impressive week, winning three of its four games. The Cardinals improved to 4-1 on the year.
Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:
• Middleton 2, Oshkosh West 1 — The Cardinals scored twice in the final eight minutes and notched an impressive win over the Wildcats Saturday morning.
Trailing, 1-0, junior Leah Peterman beat a pair of defenders down the right side and slotted the ball to Ellen Jesse three yards off the goal line. Jesse then tapped it into the goal to tie the game, 1-1, in the 72nd minute. 
Five minutes later, Caroline Keenan was trapped on the right side with few options, then sent a diagonal cross to the weak side. Brenna Shea was waiting, and headed it into the back of the net to give Middleton a 2-1 lead.
“It was a great team effort with multiple players putting time on the field,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “And it was a good come from behind win.”
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Apr
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Baseball Cards spilt a pair

Middleton’s baseball team has spent most of the spring starving for games.

Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals had a chance for a feast.

Unfortunately for Middleton, it left the dinner table still hungry.

The Cardinals toppled Beloit Memorial, 3-2, in the first of two games played that day. In the second game, though, Madison West toppled the Cardinals, 3-2, in 10 innings.

Middleton is now 2-1 on the young season

“Our pitching has been really good so far,” said Middleton manager Tom Schmitt, whose game against Madison La Follette Tuesday was rained out. “Our hitting has a ways to go.”

In the Cardinals’ win over Beloit Memorial, Brian Lochner went 2-for-3. Both Jackson Keeler and Reese Felton had doubles, as well.

Middleton scored all three of its runs in the first inning.

With two outs, Brian Lochner singled and stole second base. Tanner Meinholz reached on an error and Casey Miller followed with a run-scoring single.

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