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14
Sep
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Boys XC team second at River Valley

Olivia Chellevold did what she does best — shine.

And Middleton’s boys cross country team did the same.

Chellevold, a sophomore on Middleton’s girls cross country team, won the River Valley Invitational on Saturday. The 16-team event had 112 total runners.

The Cardinals’ boys also enjoyed a terrific day, finishing second out of 20 teams.

Madison West won the boys race with 62 team points. Middleton was second with 117, while DeForest (121), Madison La Follette (119) and Sun Prairie East (143) rounded out the top five.

“We had a team goal of placing second, which I thought could be accomplished but certainly difficult,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “We were all thrilled to finish in second place.

“We edged out DeForest by four points which I could tell brought a lot of excitement and will bring even more confidence to this young group. That’s a team we will have to battle with to get a state berth in October.”

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14
Sep
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Tennis Cardinals capture Sweet 16

Middleton’s girls tennis team won the Nicolet Sweet 16 Invite last Saturday.

The 16-team event featured many of the state’s elite programs.

The Cardinals finished with 95 points and edged runner-up University School of Milwaukee (91). Whitefish Bay was third with 89 points, while Homestead (83) and DSHA (73) rounded out the top five.

Lydia Sabat, Middleton’s No. 2 singles player, won her flight and hauled in 16 team points for the Cardinals. Sabat defeated Aubrey Jayne of University School, 6-4, 6-2, in the title match.

Middleton also had three third place finishes.

Top singles player Netra Somasundaram won her first two matches, before falling to Whitefish Bay’s Clare Schaefer in the semifinals. Somasundaram then defeated Kimberly’s Julia Gurholt in the third place match.

Middleton’s Sophie Shi was also third at No. 3 singles.

Wed
06
Sep
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BRING ON VERONA

A grand opening, indeed.

When the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District broke ground on the district’s multi-million dollar football stadium project on May 16, 2022, the high school football program knew that the team’s first game at the new stadium was going to be a big deal no matter what.

It’ll be an even bigger deal considering who the opponent is this Friday.

Not only is it Middleton’s biggest rival, but also the co-favorites in the Big Eight Conference this fall.

Verona.

“I think it’s going to be pretty electric.  We won’t have to get our kids jacked up for that  game — they’ll be jacked up,” Middleton co-interim head coach Tim Simon said. “It should be a great environment. 

“Any time Verona and MIddleton play it’s a big crowd, but I would expect it to be maybe bigger than normal this year.”

Wed
06
Sep
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Middleton rolls past La Follette

MADISON — Sputter as the engine did early on for Middleton’s football team last Friday at Madison La Follette, the Cardinals eventually shifted into high gear.

And then they turned on the cruise control.

Paced by countless big plays on offense and a fantastically stout defense — including three interceptions — the Cardinals routed the host Lancers, 48-0. Middleton, ranked third in the WIAA Division 1 WisSports.net coaches poll, surged to a 42-0 lead at halftime and was never challenged in the Big Eight Conference opener for both teams.

Wed
06
Sep
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Middleton swimmers sneak past Verona

Audrey Alexander knew what had to be done.

So did Piper Garcia-Hall, Brynn Sundell and Tait Haag.

Middleton’s 400-yard freestyle relay team understood that if they won their event against Verona last Friday, the Cardinals would capture this highly-competitive dual meet.

Mission accomplished.

The Cardinals’ quartet nipped the Wildcats’ foursome, allowing Middleton to leave Verona High School with a thrilling 94-92 win.

“We are very happy with the performance our girls put up,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “Both teams swam extremely well, and it was a great finish to the meet.”

Dual meets don’t get more exciting than this.

And Middleton’s foursome ended the event in style, finishing the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:34.48, just 0.73 seconds ahead of Verona (3:35.21).

The finish capped a night in which Middleton had several high-level swims — and needed every one of them to hold off Verona’s terrific team.

Wed
06
Sep
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Soccer Cards split a pair

In a perfect world, Kevin Pauls would have loved his Middleton boys soccer team to sweep its two games last week.

If the Cardinals could just get one, though, they picked the right one to capture.

Middleton rolled by Madison Memorial, 3-1, last Thursday in a game that figures to have major ramifications in deciding the eventual Big Eight Conference champion. The Cardinals fell the next night, though, dropping a 2-1 decision to visiting Green Bay Notre Dame.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

• Middleton 3, Madison Memorial 1 — Riley Kann had a pair of goals and Sawyer FitzRandolph added another as the Cardinals knocked off the Spartans in their conference opener.

“It was a good way to open the conference season,” Pauls said.

It sure was.

Wed
06
Sep
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MHS runners shine at Verona

The Verona cross country invite is traditionally one of the top meets of the season.

The fact Middleton’s boys finished second out of 31 teams must have the Cardinals feeling like terrific things are in store the next two months.

Madison West won the star-studded meet with 104 points. Middleton was second with 157 points, while Verona (166), West Salem (178) and Lakeside Lutheran (185) rounded out the top five.

“I was impressed by the team's second place showing,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “That's a great feat for our young squad. While the times don't reflect it on a warm day and hilly course, the team placement was a better indicator of where we are right now.

Wed
06
Sep
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Boys spikers cruise past Lancers

The Streak is alive and well.

Middleton’s boys volleyball team opened Big Eight Conference play with a 25-10, 25-9, 25-9 win over Madison La Follette on Aug. 30. The Cardinals have now won an incredible 89 consecutive Big Eight matches.

“We certainly started out our conference season on a strong note,” Middleton coach Dylan Griffith said. “This season we are approaching every game in the exact same way. We go in with the intention of accomplishing and putting into play our team focus for that week.”

Middleton rolled to relatively easy wins in all three sets. Along the way, the Cardinals wanted to incorporate more back row attacks into their in-system offense — and did just that.

“The guys took that goal and ran with it and the scores will show it,” Griffith said.

Wed
06
Sep
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Girls spikers fall to Memorial

It wasn’t the result they hoped for.

But Middleton’s girls volleyball team continues to show improvement and progress.

Madison Memorial defeated the Cardinals, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16 on Aug. 31 in MHS’ Big Eight Conference opener. Despite the loss, Middleton first year coach Ben White was encouraged by much of what he saw.

“We continue to learn and improve — that goes for myself as well,” White said. “We have to make some adjustments based on our style of play.”

Haley Stoffregan led the Cardinals with 23 assists and three aces, while Sadie Newcomb had nine kills and 21 digs. Keaten Davis added four blocks for MHS and Laina Gustafson had seven kills, zero errors and three blocks.

The first set was tight throughout, then the Cardinals dominated the second set. Middleton raced to a 10-3 lead in the third set, only to see the Spartans rally back and outscore the Cardinals, 22-11, from there.

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No. 2 Middleton routs Waterford

WATERFORD — Tim Simon knows what the polls are saying.

So does the rest of Middleton’s football team.

Simon’s reaction?

“Who cares?” said Simon, Middleton’s co-interim coach this season with Joe Poehls. “It’s so far off the radar here. I just don’t care.”

Those pollsters might be on to something, though.

Middleton, ranked No. 2 in the first Wissports.net Division 1 poll of the season, lived up to that lofty billing with a 35-0 pasting of host Waterford last Friday. The Cardinals overcame a slow start with 21 second quarter points, played many of its second- and third-stringers in the second half and improved to 2-0 on the young season.

“We had kind of a slowish, sluggish start,” Simon said. “We didn’t have much spark.

“But one thing we’ve talked a lot about is mental toughness through thick and thin. Don’t let the highs get too high or the lows get too lows and we did that.”

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