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Growing up

They’re still young and inexperienced.

Raw and somewhat undeveloped.

But Middleton’s boys basketball team certainly grew up some last week.

The Cardinals notched a pair of huge wins, first rallying past host Beloit Memorial, 60-51, last Thursday. Middleton followed that with an impressive 70-48 rout of visiting Janesville Parker last Saturday.

“This group really practices and plays with great energy and they genuinely like one another,” said Middleton coach Kevin Bavery, whose team improved to 2-1. “Both of those traits go a long ways as you build a team.”

Middleton trailed the Purple Knights, 38-37, heading to the fourth quarter. But Cardinals junior Luke Schafer and senior Tyler Markel both scored nine points in the fourth quarter as Middleton rallied for a huge road win.

Beloit was also whistled for back-to-back technical fouls in the final minute and Markel made 5-of-6 free throws to put the game away.


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