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Football Cards put 17 on all-Big 8 team

Tim Simon was borderline giddy.

And really, who could blame him.

Simon, Middleton’s football coach, recently learned that 17 of his Cardinals received some form of all-Big Eight Conference recognition. And after a year in which Middleton went 7-2 in the league and tied for second place, Simon knew that his team was extremely well represented.

Only league champion Sun Prairie (22) had more all-conference picks than Middleton.

“Overall, I’m very pleased,” Simon said. “To get 17 on there is really good.”

Middleton senior offensive linemen Hayden Acker and Jack Mayers, senior running back Charles Braxton, senior defensive end Derek Rogeberg, senior linebackers Matt Hong and Elliot Tanin, and senior cornerback Luke Schafer were all named first-team all-conference.

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Boys spikers dominate all-Big 8 team

 

A Big Eight Conference title.

A sectional crown. A trip to the state tournament for the first time since 2009.

Almost everything came up roses for Middleton’s boys volleyball team this year. And not surprisingly, the Cardinals dominated the league’s all-conference teams, as well.

Middleton senior outside hitter Andy Keeler, senior setter/opposite hitter Connor Zimmick and senior libero Colin Gloudemans were named first-team all-conference. Senior middle hitter Noah Kern was named second-team all-league, while junior outside hitter James Caldwell, senior setter Robbie Drachenberg and senior outside hitter Alex Klubertanz were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Keeler was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Middleton coach Ben White was named the conference’s Coach of the Year.

“Fun year,” White said. “We played our best volleyball at the end of the season and that’s all you can ask.”

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Soccer Cards earn postseason honors

 

Ben Kollasch would have loved greater representation.

Who wouldn’t?

But even though Kollasch — Middleton’s boys soccer coach — felt his Cardinals deserved more than five all-Big Eight Conference players, he understood the process.

“The parity in the Big Eight Conference makes it tougher and tougher to get players recognized,” said Kollasch, whose team finished the year 12-8 overall. “The relatively low amount of Middleton players — compared to previous years — is much more a function of the rest of the league getting better as opposed to Middleton getting worse. 

“(Madison) West finished fifth in the conference standings, but tore through the playoffs up to the state semis. The Big Eight is becoming one of the hallmark soccer conferences in the state.”

As it was, the Cardinals fared just fine.

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Hockey Cardinals are ready to roll

The players have changed — even more than expected.

There will be new lines, rotations, and combinations.

But despite some heavy turnover, one thing won’t change inside Middleton’s hockey program — and that’s expectations.

The Cardinals began their year Tuesday night against Beloit Memorial. And despite a bevy of personnel changes, Middleton will be aiming high once again.

“We have high expectations,” said Middleton veteran co-coach Steve Libert. “We expect to compete for conference titles and state.

“With a large turnover from last year there will be some growing pains, but we have the capability. We have a lot of work to do.”

Middleton went 18-6 last season and finished second in the Big Eight Conference at 11-3. The Cardinals reached the sectional semifinals, before losing to Madison Edgewood.

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Middleton's boys basketball team aiming high

The thoughts first went through their minds when they were back in the fourth grade.

Luke Schafer, Derek Rongstad and several of their pals were basketball teammates as early as 2005. And even back then, they realized their group was pretty special.

“We always thought about our senior year and thought it could be pretty special,” Rongstad said.

Well, that year is here. And this group fully plans to make it a memorable year for Middleton’s boys basketball team.

The Cardinals went 14-11 last season, but heated up late in the season when their young talent began to blossom. Middleton stunned top-seeded Sun Prairie in the regional finals, then advanced to the sectional semifinals where it fell to Madison Memorial.

Middleton now brings back its top three scorers and six of its top eight players. And when the Cardinals host Madison La Follette next Tuesday in their season-opener, expectations will be sky high.

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Boys spikers fall just short at state

MILWAUKEE — Defense, defense, defense.

That plan was hatched early last week. And it certainly wasn’t an easy sell.

But Middleton boys volleyball coach Ben White knew it was probably the only way his Cardinals could upset Germantown in the WIAA state quarterfinals last Friday.

Instead of entering a slugfest with the bigger, more physically imposing Warhawks, Middleton believed it could outlast Germantown and force a stream of unforced errors.

And for the first two games inside Wisconsin Lutheran College, everything went right for the upstart Cardinals.

But Germantown eventually adjusted, cleaned up its play, and rallied for a thrilling 26-28, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 15-11 win.

Middleton finished the year with a 19-6 record, while Germantown went on to reach the state finals, where it lost to Milwaukee Marquette.

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Middleton swimmers shine at state

Middleton’s girls swimming team had just the recipe for success. The Cardinals talked about things like sacrificing for the team and encouraging and pushing one another.

It all added up to a stunning third place finish at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming and diving championships at the UW Natatorium last Saturday.

“Our goal was top five and we knew if we swam at our best we could get there,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “To come out with that just shows that we swam our best. It’s just really exciting.

“Our girls really stepped up. They wanted it really bad and it showed.”

Waukesha South/Mukwonago edged Hartland Arrowhead 337-333 to win its third consecutive state title. Middleton finished with 176 points to beat out fourth-place Verona (162 points) and fifth-place Appleton North (148).

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Five girls spikers honored

Their year was both surprising and satisfying.

Middleton’s girls volleyball team exceeded the expectations of many, won the Big Eight Conference tournament and came within one win of reaching the state tournament.

And when their thrilling season came to a close, five Cardinals were named to the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Senior outside hitter Mane Bobadilla and senior libero Leia Peterman were named first team all-Big Eight Conference. Sophomore outside hitter Logan Welti and senior setter Bre Schlueter were named second-team all-league, while senior outside hitter Arissa Milton was named honorable-mention all-conference.

Bobadilla was a three-year starter who saved her best for last.

Bobadilla was named the Cardinals’ MVP after leading the team with 585 kills and finishing fourth with 231 digs. Nicknamed “Hammer Time”, Bobadilla was also named honorable-mention all-state.

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Middleton swimmers set for state

 

Ashley Aegerter heard the chatter.

Middleton’s girls swimming team might be vulnerable. The Cardinals had immense holes to fill and could slip a notch or two this fall.

Aegerter, a standout senior, wasn’t buying it.

“Although we lost many strong seniors, our team mentality was still high throughout the whole season,” Aegerter said. “Out of my four years swimming with this team, this season had the most positive energy and the hardest working group of girls yet.”

All that hard work paid off with a terrific regular season. And the Cardinals opened the postseason in style, too.

Middleton won its own sectional last Saturday, posting 367 points. Verona was a distant second at 324, while Madison Memorial and Madison West (302 each) tied for third, and Sun Prairie (230) was fifth.

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Middleton golfers dominate all-Big 8 team

 

They had a year they’ll remember for a long time.

And they were rewarded for it in a big way.

Middleton’s girls golfers, who won the Big Eight Conference dual meet and the conference tournament, as well, dominated the all-conference teams.

Cardinals sophomore Loren Skibba and senior Sheenagh Cleary were named first team all-Big Eight. Seniors Hunter Schultz and Meggie Acker were named second-team all-conference, while senior Kelly Wassarman was named honorable-mention all-conference.

Middleton first year head coach Becky Halverson was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

“I couldn’t be happier for these five girls,” Halverson said. “To have all five girls on all-conference is something that other schools dream of. 

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