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Wed
08
Jan
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Boys hoopsters cruise past Verona

 

Middleton’s boys basketball team welcomed the new year with a bang last Saturday night.

Facing arch-rival Verona on Coaches vs. Cancer night, the Cardinals gave their best effort of the season.

Senior guard Luke Schafer led Middleton with 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers, as the host Cardinals roared to a 24-point halftime lead and routed Verona, 55-39.

Middleton, which won its second straight game and fourth in five outings, improved to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big Eight Conference. Verona is also 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the league.

“The big thing is that every record in this league means nothing,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “We gave Madison Memorial its only loss and Janesville Parker its only win so far in the league to date. Verona is sitting there with some real solid play and is capable of beating anybody on any given night.”

Middleton raced to a 9-2 lead, and the Wildcats never came closer.

Wed
08
Jan
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Hockey Cards seek consistency

 

They’ve hit the halfway point of their season.

They’ve been skating for the better part of two months now and have 12 games in the books.

And Middleton hockey coach Steve Libert still isn't sure exactly what he has.

“Kind of Jekyll and Hyde,” Libert said.

It’s easy to see why Libert feels that way.

Middleton rolled past Onalaska, 5-2, last Friday. The Cardinals then fell to Madison West, 3-2, last Saturday.

Middleton is now 6-5-1 on the year and sits in third place in the Big Eight at 4-2-1 (nine points).

“On a positive note we are definitely better this week than we were last week,” Libert said. “Our 5-on-5 play looked as good as it has all year, and since that is 85% of the game, that is a good development. The team showed they could take what they learned in practice and apply it in a game.”

Wed
08
Jan
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Middleton swimmers 7th at Marquette

 

Middleton’s boys swimming team finished in seventh place at the 26-team Milwaukee Marquette Invite last Saturday.

Madison West won the event with 259.5 points, while Hartland Arrowhead (213), Muskego (192.5), Chicago-Fenwick (Ill.) (191) and Madison Edgewood (183.5) rounded out the top five.

The Cardinals finished with 174.5 points.

Middleton’s 200 yard medley relay team of senior Hans Kunsch, junior Rory Slattery, junior Lex Peterson and senior Lars Haskins finished second overall in 1:40.14.

Kunsch was sixth in the 100 yard backstroke and Slattery was sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Haskins was sixth in the 50 yard freestyle (22.48) and Peterson was eighth in the 100 yard butterfly (56.38).

The 400 yard freestyle relay team of senior Cooper Green, senior Josh Reddemann, sophomore Jacob Aegerter and Haskins was seventh (3:26.59).

Wed
08
Jan
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MHS wrestlers 12th at Bi-State

 

Middleton’s wrestlers finished in 12th place at the 18-team Bi-State Classic in La Crosse on Dec. 27-28.

Holmen won the event with 215 points, while Eastview (195.5), Hudson (164), Burlington (159.5) and La Crosse Central (158.5) rounded out the top five.

Middleton finished with 130.0 points.

Taggart Haase had a big tournament for the Cardinals, finishing in fourth place overall at 170 pounds.

After receiving a first round bye, Haase pinned Tristan Lind of Burlington in 1:04. Haase then pinned Brandon Bahr of West Salem/Bangor in 1:32.

In the quarterfinals, Haase defeated Duncan McKinney of Holmen, 7-0. After losing in the semifinals, Haase defeated Brady Wetter of Dodgeville, 4-0. But in the third place match, Haase was pinned by Ellsworth’s Logan Kemmerer.

Sean Benedict also placed fifth at heavyweight.

Fri
03
Jan
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Middleton's top sports moments of 2013

Sports fans around Middleton have come to expect greatness. And why not?

For decades now, that’s exactly what the sports teams around town have delivered.

This year was no different. Here’s one person’s opinion of the top-10 stories of 2013.

 

1. Grabbing the gold

It was the goal from the first day they stepped onto the courts. A state title.

This, of course, is what every team strives for. But with Middleton’s girls tennis team, fantasy became reality.

The Cardinals defeated Eau Claire Memorial, 5-2, in the WIAA Division 1 state finals. It was the first girls state tennis title in school history.

“It feels awesome to win state,” said sophomore Kaisey Skibba, Middleton’s No. 2 singles player. “Our team has worked so hard all year there’s nothing that feels better than to win state.”

Baylie Gold, who plays No. 2 doubles, agreed with Skibba.

Fri
03
Jan
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Boys basketball team routs Edgewood

Max Oelerich will be the first to admit it: the 2013 portion of Middleton’s boys basketball season hasn’t gone according to plan.

But with 2014 here, Oelerich and the rest of the Cardinals are feeling pretty good again.

Middleton closed out 2013 with a 74-56 rout of host Madison Edgewood last Saturday. The Cardinals improved to 4-4, and in this season of great expectations, headed to the new year with renewed hope and optimism.

“I think this first half was more of a reality check,” said Oelerich, a senior forward. “We thought the Big Eight would be awfully good, and then we found out just how good it really is.

“But I think we’ll go into 2014 now with a chip on our shoulder. And I think we’re all excited about the direction we’re headed.”

Middleton brought back the overwhelming majority of a team that reached the sectional semifinals a year ago. But the Cardinals have struggled to a .500 start and a 2-4 record in the Big Eight.

Fri
03
Jan
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Girls basketball team shines at Franklin

FRANKLIN — Jeff Kind continues to tinker.

Middleton’s girls basketball coach keeps mixing and matching, adjusting and fine-tuning.

And for the most part, it’s paying big-time dividends.

Middleton went to the power-packed Christine Rathke Memorial Tournament at Franklin last weekend and won two of three games.

The Cardinals dropped their tournament opener, falling 62-58 to Oshkosh Lourdes in overtime last Thursday. That sent Middleton to the consolation bracket.

There, Middleton cruised past Racine Case, 62-33, last Friday. The Cardinals then toppled host Franklin, 67-65, in the fifth place game last Saturday.

“I like where we’re headed,” said Kind, whose team is 8-2 overall and leads the Big Eight Conference at 6-0. “This is always a really good tournament and these are games we can certainly grow from.”

Cardinals junior forward Cole Jordee agreed.

Fri
20
Dec
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Bavery notches 300th win

There was no champagne popped. That’s not Kevin Bavery’s style.

No hugs, kisses, or time for reflection.

No, after Bavery posted his 300th career win last Tuesday, Middleton’s boys basketball coach returned home. Bavery told his wife, Mary, that the Cardinals’ 58-44 victory over DeForest was No. 300.

And that was that.

“Then I just went downstairs and did stats,” Bavery said.

Bavery may not have taken time to celebrate this milestone. But that doesn't deter from it one bit.

In a sport that takes its toll on coaches — old and young — Bavery is a lifer. And achieving No. 300 is a monumental achievement.

“For me it was just another number,” Bavery said, trying to downplay the accomplishment. “But I guess it represents a few things.

“It validates you a little bit and shows if you hang in there long enough and do enough of the right things, you might win a few games.”

Tue
17
Dec
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Butler, Reischel have local book signing

Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler (left) and Middleton Times-Tribune sports editor Rob Reischel (right) have co-authored a new book titled “Packers Pride.” The two will have a book signing at The University Book Store at Hilldale Mall Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

Butler played for the Packers from 1990-2001, was named to four Pro Bowls, and was also named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team. Butler helped the Packers win the 1996 Super Bowl and is the inventor of the Lambeau Leap.

Reischel has won 12 awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association during his time with the Middleton Times-Tribune. This is the sixth book he’s authored.

If anyone would like a signed copy of the book and can’t attend the signing, send an email to robreischel@gmail.com.

Tue
17
Dec
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Girls basketball team sits atop Big 8

 

Perhaps these early games were simply the appetizers.

If that’s so, the main course comes Thursday night.

Middleton’s girls basketball team rolled past Madison East, 71-40, last Tuesday, and toppled Madison West, 55-41, last Friday.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 in the Big Eight Conference and 4-1 overall. Middleton now hosts Verona — which is tied for first in the league at 4-0 — Thursday night at 7:30.

“Verona will be a good measuring stick for us,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “They always play tough defense and take care of the ball and try to control tempo.

“We need to play a sound fundamental game against them and yet try to force the pace. They are long and athletic so we’ll see.”

Kind has certainly liked what he’s seen from his team since a season-opening loss to top-ranked Oak Creek.

Middleton enjoyed an easy win over the Purgolders last Tuesday.

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