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Given takes over girls tennis program




Matt Given has them all. And Middleton’s new girls tennis coach hopes those qualities lead to big things on the court this fall.

Given replaces Terry Geurkink, who lasted just one year.

“The Middleton girls tennis program has so much history and success over the years,” Given said. “I know the potential that the girls program has and I am very excited to be a part of it. The tennis community here really supports the program and that is something that really drew me to this job.”

Given, a Math teacher at Middleton High School, was born and raised in Mesa, Az. He attended Arizona State University and has coached the last 12 years.

Given takes over a program packed with potential, but also one that has lacked consistency at the top.

Middleton is hoping that changes with Given.

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White steps down as boys volleyball coach

Ben White knew this day was quickly approaching.

The one where he’d have to pass the reigns of Middleton’s boys volleyball program onto somebody else. The day where he turned over one of the most successful sports in the school to another leader.

For White, that day came on June 12 — and understandably, it came with mixed emotions.

White was named Middleton’s new assistant athletic director. Due to the demands of his new job, White had to step down as the boys’ volleyball coach after a remarkably successful 19-year run.

“Middleton volleyball is something that has been part of my life for 28 years — and I'm not that old,” said White, who was also a player and an assistant coach for the Cardinals before becoming the head man in 2001. “It will always hold a special place in my heart. I am hopeful that in my new role I can help the new coach with any questions they may have and help provide any guidance they may need.”

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Home Talent League returns July 4 weekend

Excitement. Eagerness. Exhilaration.

All mixed with a large dose of cautiousness.

The Home Talent League plans to begin its season on the weekend of July 4 with new several social distancing measures now in place. Teams were supposed to start play in May, but the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Night League season was canceled.

“We're pretty excited as a team to get out there and start the season,” Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand said. “The Home Talent board did send out guidelines for each team to follow. I think if each team follows these guidelines, we can be in for a successful season.”

Cross Plains manager Randy Meinholz agreed.

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Middleton wins WSN Cup

The 2019-’20 high school sports season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in the games that were played, no one accomplished more than Middleton High School.

The Cardinals won the annual WSN Cup Large School Division trophy, which is presented by The award honors schools that provide and achieve success in many of the WIAA sponsored sports.

Middleton won the Large School award for a second straight year after Arrowhead won the first 11 titles. The Large School Division is for schools with enrollment over 1,000.

Middleton finished with 585.43 points, while the Warhawks were second with 554.0. Brookfield East (524), Muskego (418) and Brookfield Central (363.5) rounded out the top five.

Points are awarded for finishes in the state tournament of every sport. Generally, the top 32 teams in each sport are awarded points.

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Jamie Sims named Middleton's athletic director

Jamie Sims knows the job is daunting.

He understands that the demands, stresses and time-commitment can all be a bit overwhelming.

But Sims believes he’s ready for his next great challenge. And the powers-that-be at Middleton High School think he’s the man to lead their athletic department into the future.

Sims, currently the principal at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison, was named Middleton’s new athletic director Thursday night. Sims replaces Bob Joers, who died of pancreatic cancer last month.

Ben White was named Middleton’s assistant athletic director and student activities coordinator. He’ll spend approximately 50% of his time in each role.

“I am really excited,” Sims said Friday afternoon. “The program is in great shape thanks to all of the hard work laid by Bob. I’m just excited to build on that and amplify that. Athletics is really my true passion and I can’t wait to get started.”

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'Best of the best' for Middleton boys

This was a year like no other.

The high school sports world came to a screeching halt on March 12 as the COVID-19 pandemic struck. And sports never started up again.

Still, the Times-Tribune would like to recognize the elite performances of the shortened 2019-’20 school year. Last week, we honored the top girls teams and this week we’ll pay homage to the boys.


Teams of the Year: Cross country and swimming

In a matter of 3 ½ months, Middleton brought home a pair of state championships.

First, the cross country team won its second state title in three years, upsetting favored Stevens Point to bring home gold in early November. Then in late-February, Middleton’s swimmers surprised many and won the first state championship in school history.

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'Best of the best' for Middleton girls

This was a year like no other.

The high school sports world came to a screeching halt on March 12 as the COVID-19 pandemic struck. And sports never started up again.

Still, the Times-Tribune would like to recognize the elite performances of the shortened 2019-’20 school year. This week, we’ll honor the top girls and next week we’ll pay homage to the boys.


Teams of the Year: Golf and basketball

Middleton’s girls golf team had a season it will never forget — and ended it with a state championship.

The Cardinals’ girls basketball team produced a similar season, only their state title chase was stopped by COVID-19.

The two groups that both captured the fancy of the community are the Times-Tribune’s Co-Teams of the Year.

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Pauls named MHS' boys soccer coach

Kevin Pauls isn’t ashamed to admit it.

He’s a little nervous. And it’s easy to see why.

Pauls was recently named the new boys soccer coach at Middleton High School. And Pauls understands that taking over a program as powerful as the Cardinals is an awfully tall task.

“While I'm super excited, I'm also very honored and even a bit nervous,” Pauls said. “Within a couple hours … I heard from friends, family, current and past players, parents, and colleagues, literally around the world congratulating me, which made me feel great, but also shows the amount of pressure that comes with this program. This program has been at the top for a long time.”

But Pauls certainly seems ready to take the reins.

Pauls is a lifelong soccer player who attended McFarland High School and began coaching with the Spartans in 1998. At McFarland, Pauls coached at all levels and was also a varsity assistant.

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Vogel takes over girls volleyball program

Maddie Vogel grew up trying to beat Middleton in volleyball.

Now, she’ll try helping the Cardinals’ program recapture their past glory.

Vogel was recently hired as Middleton’s girls volleyball coach. Vogel, who coached the Cardinals’ JV team last year, replaces Franco Marcos — who stepped down at the end of the 2019 season.

“I could not be more excited,” Vogel said. “As the JV coach last year I was able to get to know the team, and I feel so fortunate for the continued opportunity to work with them again. It’s a fantastic group of girls both on and off the court.”

Vogel played at Capital Volleyball Academy in both middle and high school. Vogel attended Verona High School, where she was a two-time all-Big Eight Conference performer and helped the Wildcats reach the WIAA Division 1 state tournament during her sophomore season in 2011.

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MHS coaches share stories about Bob Joers

Bob Joers touched the lives of countless people in and around Middleton.

Joers, the athletic director at Middleton High School from 1995-2004 and again from 2011-2020, had a particularly strong relationship with many of the coaches in his department.

After Joers died on May 15 following a battle with pancreatic cancer, the Times-Tribune reached out to many of those coaches for thoughts about their former boss. Here’s a sample of what those coaches said about Joers.

The coaches are listed in alphabetical order.


Kevin Bavery, boys basketball


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