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Aug
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Adler's heroics lift Ashton

ASHTON – The script was set for a storybook ending.

Shane Adler made sure it was a happy one for the Ashton As on Fan Appreciation Day.

Adler blasted a solo walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift host Ashton to a thrilling 5-4 victory over Black Earth in the final regular season game in Home Talent League Northern Section play last Sunday.

“It was a no-doubter, for sure,” said Black Earth center fielder Bryce Barsness, a former teammate of Adler’s at Madison College and UW-La Crosse. “When you hit a certain ball, you can hear it. There’s a big difference on whether you got it or you didn’t. He got it.”

The victory secured the No. 2 seed and home field advantage for the A’s through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Ashton (9-2) will host Reedsburg (5-6) in a first-round Northern Section playoff game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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05
Aug
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Middleton's HTL team falls to Waunakee

This isn’t how Middleton’s Home Talent League team wanted to enter the postseason.

The good news is the 29ers still have time to right the ship.

Middleton dropped a 9-3 decision to Waunakee Sunday in its final regular season game of the year. The 29ers finished as the No. 4 seed in the Northern Section and will host fifth-seeded Muscoda Sunday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the postseason.

Middleton led, 3-1, through seven innings. But Waunakee struck for eight runs — seven earned — in the eighth inning off 29ers’ reliever Drew Farrell.

“Drew came in and just didn't have it today,” Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand said. “It was an off day for him and unfortunately Waunakee took advantage of it and was able to score eight runs in the (eighth) inning.”

Ross Hellenbrand started on the mound for Middleton and allowed just one run in six innings. Hellenbrand struck out seven, gave up three hits and one run.

Thu
05
Aug
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Tennis Cards named all-Big 8

Middleton’s boys tennis team went undefeated in the Big Eight Conference, rolled through the Oconomowoc Sectional and reached the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals.

So it was no surprise that the Cardinals were represented at every flight on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Middleton’s first-team representatives were junior Ian Connell at No. 2 singles, sophomore Jonathon Kim at No. 3 singles and sophomore Aarush Gupta at No. 4 singles. In doubles play, the Cardinals’ No. 2 team of senior Anders Clark and junior Jacob Mandelbrot and the No. 3 team of juniors Franklin Hu and Saketh Peddireddy also earned first-team all-conference honors.

Middleton freshman Koji Heineman was named second-team all-conference at No. 1 singles. And the Cardinals’ top doubles team of senior Gene Kim and junior Kieran Gopal also earned second-team all-league honors.

Fri
30
Jul
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Middleton's 'Best of the Best'

They did a remarkable job working through a pandemic.

Then they had an incredible year when sports finally resumed.

Middleton’s boys sports teams had a terrific 2020-21 school year, and here the Times-Tribune has selected the best of the best.

Last week we honored the girls. This week it's the boys’ turn.

 

Team of the Year: Boys golf

Tom Cabalka is an optimist by nature.

Still, not even Middleton’s veteran boys golf coach could have predicted the type of spring his team would have.

After losing the 2020 season to COVID-19, Middleton brought back just one player with varsity experience. The Cardinals’ young guns surprised the golfing world, though, by finishing third at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament held at Wild Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells.

Fri
30
Jul
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Boxing in Middleton

The Wisconsin Golden Gloves state tournament was held recently at the Marriott West.

Times-Tribune photographer Mary Langenfeld captured much of the action.

From top:

• Sawyer Grwbow, right, of Marshfield spars with Alex Brisk of Lac du Flambeau in the 152-pound division.

• Jeni Bergles hugs Sarah Senanayake after the "True Novice" match. Bergles was the winner.

• Coach Shah Evans (right) gives boxer Sarah Senanayake water between rounds.

• Wisconsin State Golden Gloves tournament organizer Andrea Nelson (center) poses with her Open Elite Champions team.

Fri
23
Jul
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Middleton's 'Best of the Best'

They did a remarkable job working through a pandemic.

Then they had an incredible year when sports resumed.

Middleton’s girls sports teams had a terrific 2020-21 school year, and here the Times-Tribune has selected the best of the best.

This week, we’ll honor the girls, and next week we’ll recognize the boys.

Teams of the Year: Golf, tennis and cross country

It’s impossible to pick just one team here.

That’s because all three teams bypassed the fall season, competed in the alternate spring and won state championships.

Middleton’s tennis team was the first to capture gold.

The Cardinals rolled through the Monona Grove Sectional and earned the No. 2 seed at state.

Middleton opened with a 6-1 win over third-seeded Ashwaubenon.

Fri
23
Jul
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Middleton topples Black Earth

BLACK EARTH – A solid one-two punch on the mound combined with key defensive plays and timely hitting was the perfect formula for victory for the Middleton 29ers last Friday night.

Brady Schmitt and Drew Farrell combined to scatter 10 hits and limit host Black Earth to one earned run. Middleton also made the most of its four hits on offense to secure a 5-2 victory over the Bombers in a Northern Section Home Talent League amateur baseball game.

With the playoffs rapidly approaching, the victory kept the 29ers in the race for a higher seed and home field advantage in the early rounds of the postseason.

Cross Plains is 7-2 overall and has a ½-game lead over Ashton (6-2) in the East Division. Middleton (6-3) is one game behind the Businessmen.

Tue
13
Jul
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Six soccer Cards named all-Big 8

Middleton’s girls soccer team landed six players on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Senior midfielder Victoria Bunz and sophomore forward Marley Mladucky were both named first-team all-conference.

Senior defender Ella D’Orazio was named second-team all-Big Eight. And senior midfielder Anna Mintz, senior forward Alaina Malak and sophomore forward Dalina Jonuzi were all named honorable-mention all-league.

Bunz, one of Middleton’s captains, was a four-year varsity player.

She finished the year with nine goals, four game-winning goals and four assists. She finished her Middleton career with 27 goals, nine game-winning goals and 20 assists.

Bunz was an honorable-mention all-conference player in 2018 and a second-team all-conference selection in 2019 (the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID). She’ll continue her soccer career at Providence beginning this fall.

Tue
13
Jul
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Six baseball Cards named all-league

Middleton’s baseball team had an unforgettable season, one that ended one win shy of state.

So it came as no surprise the Cardinals placed six players on the all-Big Eight Conference baseball team.

Senior pitcher Aidan Williams was named first-team all-conference and junior Easton Zempel was named first-team at-large. Zempel was also named honorable-mention All-District.

Junior outfielder Matthew Zimmerman was named second-team all-conference, while senior pitcher Tyler Pincombe, junior outfielder Erik Pongratz and senior infielder Karson Wilson were named honorable-mention all-conference.

Williams threw 30 1/3 innings, struck out 33 and allowed just 24 hits, He finished with a 1.84 ERA and went 4-2 overall.

“Aidan was lights out for us this year,” Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen said. “In his first 26.2 innings, he only gave up three earned runs.

Tue
13
Jul
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Middleton's HTL team splits a pair

There are just three weeks left in the Home Talent League season.
And Middleton knows it probably can't stumble again if it hopes to claim the Northern Section’s East Division title.

That’s why Sunday was so big for the 29ers.

Middleton fell to Plain, 11-6, last Friday. But the 29ers rebounded with a 10-0 win over Reedsburg Sunday in a game stopped after seven innings.

Middleton now sits in third place in the division at 5-3, but well within striking distance of first place Cross Plains (6-2) and second place Ashton (5-2).

“We really needed to bounce back after the tough loss on Friday night and we did just that,” Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand said.

Middleton scored five runs in the first inning against Reedsburg and never looked back. Ross Hellenbrand worked six scoreless innings and Drew Farrell finished up.

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