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Bavery notches 300th win

There was no champagne popped. That’s not Kevin Bavery’s style.

No hugs, kisses, or time for reflection.

No, after Bavery posted his 300th career win last Tuesday, Middleton’s boys basketball coach returned home. Bavery told his wife, Mary, that the Cardinals’ 58-44 victory over DeForest was No. 300.

And that was that.

“Then I just went downstairs and did stats,” Bavery said.

Bavery may not have taken time to celebrate this milestone. But that doesn't deter from it one bit.

In a sport that takes its toll on coaches — old and young — Bavery is a lifer. And achieving No. 300 is a monumental achievement.

“For me it was just another number,” Bavery said, trying to downplay the accomplishment. “But I guess it represents a few things.

“It validates you a little bit and shows if you hang in there long enough and do enough of the right things, you might win a few games.”

Tue
17
Dec
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Butler, Reischel have local book signing

Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler (left) and Middleton Times-Tribune sports editor Rob Reischel (right) have co-authored a new book titled “Packers Pride.” The two will have a book signing at The University Book Store at Hilldale Mall Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

Butler played for the Packers from 1990-2001, was named to four Pro Bowls, and was also named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team. Butler helped the Packers win the 1996 Super Bowl and is the inventor of the Lambeau Leap.

Reischel has won 12 awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association during his time with the Middleton Times-Tribune. This is the sixth book he’s authored.

If anyone would like a signed copy of the book and can’t attend the signing, send an email to robreischel@gmail.com.

Tue
17
Dec
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Girls basketball team sits atop Big 8

 

Perhaps these early games were simply the appetizers.

If that’s so, the main course comes Thursday night.

Middleton’s girls basketball team rolled past Madison East, 71-40, last Tuesday, and toppled Madison West, 55-41, last Friday.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 in the Big Eight Conference and 4-1 overall. Middleton now hosts Verona — which is tied for first in the league at 4-0 — Thursday night at 7:30.

“Verona will be a good measuring stick for us,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “They always play tough defense and take care of the ball and try to control tempo.

“We need to play a sound fundamental game against them and yet try to force the pace. They are long and athletic so we’ll see.”

Kind has certainly liked what he’s seen from his team since a season-opening loss to top-ranked Oak Creek.

Middleton enjoyed an easy win over the Purgolders last Tuesday.

Tue
17
Dec
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Boys hoopsters strive for consistency

Defense wins championships.

It’s one of the oldest clichés around.

It’s also stood the test of time for a reason.

Middleton’s boys basketball team needed a refresher course in that lesson last week.

The Cardinals allowed a season-high point total and fell to host Janesville Parker, 79-70, in overtime, last Thursday. But Middleton picked up its defensive intensity Saturday night and toppled visiting Madison East, 66-54.

The Cardinals are now 2-3 overall and in the Big Eight Conference.

“Hopefully we'll continue to create our identity at a high level of buying in, in terms of recognizing each other's strengths on the court, playing to those while we continue to develop our critical role players who love to contribute in any way that they can,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said.

Middleton’s loss at Parker was certainly one of its most surprising defeats in recent memory.

Tue
17
Dec
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Hockey Cardinals fit to be tied

 

There was adversity everywhere.

Players were out sick. Others going down with injuries.

But Middleton’s hockey team responded well last Tuesday night.

The short-handed Cardinals skated to a 3-3 tie with host Janesville. Middleton is now 3-0-1 in the Big Eight Conference and 4-2-1 overall.

“On the positive side we did a nice job of meeting the challenges thrown in our path,” Middleton co-coach Steve Libert said. “The team has responded in a positive manner in the face of difficult circumstances.

“On the negative side we still show a lack of understanding situations on the ice. Whether it is the time of game, time of shift or other circumstances we do not adjust well.”

Middleton did plenty of adjusting against the Bluebirds.

Eddy Matush scored his first high goal on the second shift of the game, and then on the fifth shift he broke his collarbone. Taylor Dickert was out sick.

Tue
17
Dec
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Swimmers enjoy big week

Middleton’s boys swimming team had a terrific week.

The Cardinals cruised past both Madison La Follette and Janesville Parker in a triple dual Friday night. Middleton then took first place at the nine-team Janesville Parker Relays last Saturday.

“Another solid week,” Middleton coach Luke Lengfeld said. “The boys swam very well and took advantage of every opportunity they had.”

The highlight of the week was the Parker Relays.

Middleton finished with 149 points and edged rival Madison West (136) for the title. Janesville Craig (90), Beloit Memorial (83) and Kenosha Tremper (79) rounded out the top five.

Middleton had several first place finishes at the Parker Relays.

Middleton’s 400 yard medley relay team of Hans Kunsch, Lex Patterson, Rory Slattery and Lars Haskins was first, while the Cardinals’ 800 yard freestyle relay team of Cooper Green, Josh Reddemann, Luke Delany and Peterson was also first.

Tue
17
Dec
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Wrestlers 11th at Tomah Scramble

 

Middleton’s wrestling team finished in 11th place at the 16-team Tomah Scramble last Saturday.

Sean Benedict (8-1) was the star of the day for Middleton, finishing first in the heavyweight division.

Benedict pinned Mauston’s Alex Nelson in 48 seconds, then pinned Royall’s Landon Robertson in 4:32. Benedict followed that by pinning Tomah’s Ryan Sutherland in 4:31 and defeating Caledonia’s Blake Mauss, 5-3.

Finally, Benedict pinned Baraboo’s Jeremy Bowers in 1:43 to cap his perfect day.

Nathan Dresen finished second at 160.

Dresen pinned Harley Springborn of Viroqua in 1:52, then pinned Westby’s Brock Leum in 3:43. Dresen defeated Caledonia’s Mitchell Schmitz, 8-4, lost to Lancaster’s Trenton Cornell, 15-4, and pinned Tomah’s Ben Linzmeier in 3:42.

Middleton’s Lon Yeary (220) and Taggart Haase (182) were both fifth.

Wed
11
Dec
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Girls basketball team 2-0 in Big 8

There are positives all around.

There are also areas that must be shored up.

But perhaps the most encouraging thing for Middleton’s girls basketball team is it’s winning games in spite of a few problem spots.

The Cardinals opened Big Eight Conference play last week with a 78-60 dismantling of Beloit Memorial on Thursday and a 71-64 win over Janesville Parker on Saturday. Middleton improved to 2-0 in the conference and 2-1 overall.

“After the first two conference games there are some positives as well as some concerns,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “On a positive note, we're scoring points and we're getting production from a variety of players.  

Wed
11
Dec
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Beloit knocks off Middleton

Middleton’s boys basketball team believes it can win the Big Eight Conference championship this fall. And there’s certainly evidence to suggest that’s possible.

But if the Cardinals are going to make a run at the crown, they can’t have any more hiccups.

Middleton fell to Beloit Memorial, 64-53, last Friday in a game that undoubtedly stunned many throughout the conference. The loss came just three days after Middleton defeated 10-time defending conference champion Madison Memorial.

The Cardinals fell to 1-2 in the league and overall, while Beloit Memorial improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

“We knew coming in that this was the best the league was going to be top to bottom since we've been here,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “There are no Vander Blue's or Will Hudson's, but it's the deepest and most senior-led rosters across the board.  

Wed
11
Dec
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MHS gymnasts thinking big

 

Kari Steck is a little different than most coaches.

Middleton’s girls gymnastics boss doesn't talk about conference championships, sectional titles and trips to state. Instead, Steck likes to keep her goal list lighter.

“I have the same expectations for the girls every year,” said Steck, whose team opened its season Tuesday at Mount Horeb. “I want them to have fun, make memories, and accomplish their personal and team goals. 

“To me, that’s what gymnastics is all about. When the girls are having fun, it will show in their routines and scores.”

That’s certainly been the case during Steck’s first two seasons.

Middleton won Big Eight Conference and sectional titles in both 2012 and ’13. The Cardinals were then sixth at state in 2012 and seventh a year ago.

With several gifted gymnasts back, the Cardinals could be poised for another big year.

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