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Wed
22
May
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Felton, Cardinals get their groove on

Middleton manager Tom Schmitt has had a stable of pitching arms to choose from this spring.

But settling on a second starter to pair with Brian Lochner hasn’t been easy.

Last Thursday, that search came to a close.

Middleton senior Reese Felton had his second straight sensational performance and led the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over Janesville Craig.

Felton threw a complete game, three-hitter, struck out seven and walked five. In Felton’s previous outing, he threw a no-hitter against Verona in which he struck out nine and walked nine.

So in Felton’s last two stints, he’s worked 14 innings, allowed one earned run and has an 0.50 earned run average. Felton has also given up just three hits and struck out 16 in that time.

“Yep, I think he’s the guy,” Schmitt said of Felton. “We always knew he was capable, but the issue was consistency. But right now he’s really got it going.”

Fri
17
May
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Golfers third at conference

It wasn’t the final result that Middleton’s boys golf team wanted.

But there were signs of progress and traces of hope.

And that certainly bodes well for what lies ahead.

The Cardinals finished third at the Big Eight Conference meet Thursday at Evansville Golf Course. Verona won the meet at 308, while Madison Memorial was second at 310 and Middleton was third at 314.

“I was very pleased with a 314,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “That is a good team score on that golf course. Evansville makes players think and use all your clubs in the bag.”

Middleton junior Josh Haunty and freshman Emmet Herb both had outstanding days, carding 76s and tying for fourth overall. Verona’s Caleb Baltes won medalist honors with a 72.

Haunty recently moved to No. 1 in Middleton’s lineup and showed why.

“I have played him as our No. 1 the last couple matches and he has responded well in that position,” Cabalka said.

Thu
16
May
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Middleton's Felton hurls no-hitter

 

Reese Felton has spent the last several seasons as a closer.

That’s what happens when you can throw a baseball 85 miles per hour.

Last Friday, though, Felton started, finished, and dominated in between against Verona.

And when Felton’s 136-pitch night had ended, Middleton’s senior right hander had accomplished something most pitchers can only dream of.

Felton threw the first no-hitter of his life and powered the Cardinals to an 8-1 win over the Wildcats at Middleton High School.

Felton’s big night came on the eve of his 18th birthday.

“A teammate of mine mentioned it in the second inning, which we all know we’re not supposed to do,” Felton said of the no-hitter. “But I didn't really take him or the possibility of the no hitter seriously until the sixth inning.

“It only became hard to stay focused at the end of the seventh inning when we had two outs. I just wanted to get the last one.”

Thu
16
May
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Boys track team shines

The postseason is looming.

It’s the time where months of hard work are put to the ultimate test.

And it certainly appears Middleton’s boys track and field team is ready for its final exam.

The Cardinals won the “Wild Card" Invitational against Verona and Sun Prairie last Tuesday. Middleton then finished in third place among 19 teams at last Friday’s Monona Grove Invite.

“Hopefully that gives us confidence going into conference,” Middleton coach Isaac Mezera said.

It certainly should.

Middleton finished with 90 points at the “Wild Card” Invite to outdistance both Verona (60.5) and Sun Prairie.

“It is our last meet where the entire team gets to participate together,” Mezera said. “So it was fun to have such a great showing.”

Middleton had a number of first-rate performances.

Thu
16
May
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Girls track team wins MG Invite

Saturday morning didn’t provide an ideal start for Middleton’s girls track and field team.

The Cardinals were at the Monona Grove Invite, and as winds gusted up to 25 miles per hour, Middleton couldn’t get its tent set up.

“We had to abandon the idea and take shelter behind the bleachers,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said.

That was about the only thing that went wrong for the Cardinals.

Middleton posted 154.50 points and ran away with the team title at the eight-team invite. Verona was second with 109.50, while Madison Edgewood (98.50), Monona Grove (94) and Madison La Follette (74.50) rounded out the top five.

“It’s definitely one of the highlights of the season for the girls,” Franklin said of winning the title. “It is always fun to do well at this point in the season.”

The Cardinals certainly did that.

Thu
16
May
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Girls soccer team wins three straight

Middleton’s girls soccer team has won three straight games.

And with the postseason just two weeks away, perhaps the Cardinals are finding themselves at the perfect time.

Middleton’s winning streak helped push its record to 9-4-2. The Cardinals are also in third place in the Big Eight Conference at 5-1-1.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s past week.

• Middleton 4, Madison East 0 — The Cardinals got goals from four different players and rolled past the Purgolders Monday night.

Bridget Arnold, Grace Douglas, Ryleigh Wolff and Brenna Shea all scored for Middleton.

East had just five shots on goal, and Meghan Ledin and Liz McMahon combined for the shutout.

• Middleton 2, Muskego 0 — The Cardinals toppled the Warriors at the Brookfield East Invitational last Saturday.

Wed
08
May
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Baseball Cards stay in the hunt

The Big Eight Conference baseball race remains wide open.

But Middleton was dangerously close to falling by the wayside.

The Cardinals avoided that fate on Monday, though, with a gigantic 4-1 win at Janesville Craig.

Sun Prairie remains at the top of the league with a 9-2 conference mark. But Madison West (7-2), Janesville Craig (5-3) and Middleton (4-3) all remain within shouting distance.

“I still think it’s anybody’s game,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said of the Big Eight race. “There’s a lot of teams still in it.”

Middleton wouldn't have been one of those teams with a loss at Craig. But the Cardinals got a sensational pitching effort from senior Brian Lochner and some clutch hitting to knock off the Cougars.

Middleton had lost both of its games to Craig a year ago, which made Monday’s win even more important.

“It was a big win,” Schmitt said. “We really needed it.”

Lochner was a big reason the Cardinals prevailed.

Wed
08
May
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Boys track team impresses at Arrowhead

You can say this about Middleton’s boys track and field program.

The Cardinals don’t shy away from anybody. They can also compete with just about anyone.

Middleton proved that last Friday.

The Cardinals went to the star-studded Hartland Arrowhead Invite and finished fourth out of 18 teams.

Green Bay Preble won the meet with 118 points, while Arrowhead (73), Mukwonago (67), Middleton (61.5) and Shorewood (48) rounded out the top five.

That marked the second straight year Middleton finished fourth at this powerhouse event.

“We had a great day at Arrowhead,” Cardinals coach Isaac Mezera said. “I think it's a nice statement about the program that with two events left, we were within striking distance of second place.”

Wed
08
May
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Girls soccer team keeps improving

Middleton’s girls soccer team was largely dominant last week.

But in soccer — perhaps more than any other sport — that guarantees you nothing.

The Cardinals controlled play against Verona last Tuesday, but settled for a 1-1 tie. Middleton rebounded, though, and drilled Sun Prairie, 5-1, last Thursday.

Middleton is now 6-3-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the Big Eight Conference, which is good for third place.

“Sometimes domination on the field doesn’t mean an automatic win,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said of the Verona game.

The Verona game was proof of that.

The Cardinals controlled the first half, but couldn't break through. In the 38th minute, though, Verona had a free kick goal and took a 1-0 lead.

“We blinked,” Duffy said. “And when we blink, we lose concentration and usually get scored on. We have yet to keep that mental focus for all 80 minutes.”

Wed
08
May
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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.

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