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Girls softball team had high hopes for 2020

Editor’s Note: The WIAA recently canceled spring sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Times-Tribune, we’d like to give recognition to the athletes and coaches who had their seasons stopped prematurely.

So over the next few weeks, we’ll run a series of stories on the teams that didn’t get a chance to perform in 2020.

 

This was not how Brittany Carl envisioned her first season as Middleton’s softball coach would go.

Not even close.

Carl, a former collegiate standout at Seton Hall, was named the Cardinals’ new head coach last summer. In the time since, she worked tirelessly to get a Middleton ready to shine in 2020.

Of course, Carl and the Cardinals never received that chance.

The WIAA voted, 10-1, to cancel all spring sports on April 21 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former MHS star Herb named all-American

Former Middleton High School standout Emmet Herb, who now plays at St. Thomas (Minn.), was named an all-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. (GCAA).

This marker the third time Herb earned all-American honors, matching the program record of three received by Alex Kapraun (2012-16). This also marked the seventh time in the last nine seasons the Tommies have had an All-America honoree.

Herb, the Tommies’ captain, helped St. Thomas win four of seven tournaments in the fall 2019 season, including the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship for the third year in a row.

St. Thomas was ranked in the top-six nationally in the coaches' rankings and in the GolfStat computer rankings. The Tommies had already qualified for the NCAA Championships in May when the spring season was canceled in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Spring sports canceled

For more than a month, they held out hope.

They crossed their fingers and kept preparing for a season they knew might never arrive.

Tuesday, the end officially came for high school coaches and athletes across the state.

The WIAA’s Board of Control voted, 10-1, to cancel spring sports competitions and the spring sports tournament series. Spring sports coaches will still be allowed to coach virtually through the end of the state tournament for their specific sport.

Spring coaches were also given 30 out-of-season contact days — up from the typical five days — to work with athletes in July and August. Those days can’t begin, though, unless state and/or local guidelines allow. Coaches must also work with spring athletes currently in Grades 9-12.

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Future is bright for MHS' boys basketball team

On paper, it appears that jumping up the Big Eight Conference standings will be a tall order for Middleton’s boys basketball team in 2021.

The Cardinals graduated four starters and 77.6% of their scoring.

On the flip side, though, the rest of the Big Eight Conference will also be in a rebuilding mode. In fact, seven of the eight players that received first-team all-conference honors, and 19 of the 26 players that earned all-conference honors will be gone.

That means the league will be extremely young and unproven.

So perhaps the Cardinals will be able to jump up from this year’s finish, when they tied with two other teams for fifth place in the league.

“We were an interesting league this year,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “There were three levels of separation with four top teams that collectively only lost one game outside of playing each other.

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Van Buren, Deptula earn all-Big 8 honors

Middleton’s boys basketball team didn't win as many games as it hoped for this season, finishing the year 9-14 overall.

But the Cardinals were still recognized when it came to all-Big Eight Conference honors.

Senior center Parker Van Buren and senior guard Cole Deptula were both named second-team all-league.

“Our strength offensively clearly went through Parker and Cole as both scorers and as playmakers for their teammates,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “Both were as fine of young men as we have had the pleasure to coach, and we expect their best days as athletes to be ahead of them.’

Deptula led the Cardinals in scoring at 14.5 points per game. He shot 85.7% from the free throw line, tied the school record with seven three-point baskets against Verona, averaged 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

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MHS coaches, athletes fight through the unknown

Anger.

Sadness.

Frustration.

Loneliness.

Those are the emotions swirling around coaches, athletes and the Middleton sporting community as all activities have been placed on hold in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

By now, spring sports would be in full swing. But with Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issuing a “Safer at Home” order through April 24, spring sports seem to be on life support.

Last week, the Middleton Times-Tribune talked with several spring coaches about how they’re proceeding in these unprecedented times. Here are some of their responses.

 

1.    What do you have your athletes doing right now? Individual workouts only? Anything else?

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Evers closes golf courses

The great, but somewhat crusty Mark Twain once proclaimed: “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

The way many golf courses in the area feel, Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has also spoiled their good walk.

Evers issued a “Safer At Home” order on March 25 stating that non-essential businesses must close in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In that order, Evers listed golf courses among non-essential businesses, but allowed other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and walking to continue.

Evers’ order — which runs through April 24 — left many in the golf arena both shocked and confused.

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Five girls basketball players named all-Big 8

Middleton’s girls basketball team had a dream season — even if it ended prematurely.

And the Cardinals were recently rewarded for their efforts.

Senior forward Sitori Tanin was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference. Senior guard Josie Lemirande, senior forward Karina Bursac and sophomore wing McKenna Monogue were all named second-team all-conference, while senior guard Evie Coleman earned honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Tanin, a three-year starter and a University of Loyola recruit, had her best season yet. Tanin led the Cardinals in scoring (14.6), rebounding (10.8) and assists (3.2). Tanin was also second in steals (1.7), shot 45.2% from the floor and 68.0% from the free throw line.

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A game by game look at Middleton's girls basketball season

Editor’s Note: The Middleton girls basketball team finished the year 25-1, won a share of the Big Eight Conference championship and reached the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

The Cardinals were the No. 1 seed at state, and the first state championship in school history seemed quite possible. But less than 24 hours before Middleton’s state semifinal game, the WIAA canceled the season due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

The Times-Tribune was planning a special section devoted to Middleton’s terrific year if the Cardinals had won the state title. We’ll never know if that would have happened or not, but we’d like to devote this space to look back on Middleton’s magnificent season.

What follows is a short look at each of Middleton’s games from a memorable 2019-’20 season.

 

1.    Middleton 54, Waunakee 34

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MARCH SADNESS

This was not the way it was supposed to end.

Josie Lemirande and her Middleton girls basketball teammates dreamed of hoisting a gold ball at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament in Green Bay last weekend.

Instead, roughly 19 hours before the Cardinals’ state semifinal game with Oconomowoc, Lemirande heard a knock on her hotel door.

“We were all sleeping,” said Lemirande, who was sharing a room with teammates Sitori Tanin, Karina Bursac and Kendall Roquet. “Nobody wanted to get the door, so I finally did. And I as I was going there, I just had a bad feeling.”

With good reason.

The WIAA made the difficult decision of canceling all remaining winter sports — including the girls’ state basketball tournament — due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. And now, several Cardinals were at the door with the heartbreaking news.

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