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Middleton boys notch huge win over Memorial

The post on a Madison Memorial Twitter account said it all.

“It has now been 1,078 days since Middleton beat us in boys’ basketball, and we’re looking to keep the streak going tonight,” according to the item on JMM Sports Themes.

But a determined Middleton squad led by senior guard Chandon Thomas put a fork in that streak last Saturday night.

Thomas scored 18 points and senior forward Jake Klubertanz chipped in with 14 to rally Middleton from a one-point halftime deficit to a 61-50 victory over host Madison Memorial in a Big Eight Conference game.

“This was a good one to get, breaking a long curse,” said senior guard Jack Boyle who added 11 points for the Cardinals.

Middleton (11-6 overall, 8-5 Big Eight) moved into a tie for fourth place in the Big Eight with Madison Memorial (9-5, 8-5). The Cardinals had lost six straight games in the series with the Spartans dating back to Feb. 13, 2016, when Middleton won 77-63 at Memorial.

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Close powers Middleton past Madison West

When your father runs a business called ‘Shot Dr. Academy,’ there’s a high level of pressure on you to also be a deadly shooter.

Sam Close has always been a marksman and one of the top shooters in the Madison-area. But Close, a senior guard at Middleton High School, has struggled at times this season.

Last Thursday, though, Close erupted for a career-high 28 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. In the process, Close helped power Middleton to an impressive 62-48 win over Madison West.

The Cardinals, who also defeated Madison Memorial two nights later, are now 11-6 overall and tied for fourth place in the Big Eight Conference at 8-5. Middleton also avenged a one-point loss to the Regents on Dec. 4.

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MHS girls roll past Madison Memorial

Beating a conference rival twice in a season is never easy, especially when both teams are in contention for a league title and the rematch is on the road.

Middleton’s girls’ basketball team faced that challenge when it traveled to Madison Memorial for a pivotal Big Eight Conference battle last Friday night.

“This game I felt like we had that much more intensity because we knew it’s a home game (for Memorial), they’re going to bring up their intensity and they’re really going to want to get out there and beat us,” Middleton junior Sitori Tanin said. “We just had to bring it up that one more level.”

The Cardinals brought it up one more level — and then some — as they cruised past the Spartans, 63-37. Middleton improved to 11-5 overall, 10-2 in the league and moved into second place in the Big Eight, 1½ games behind first-place Sun Prairie (12-1).

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Middleton wrestlers win Big 8 dual meet title

Middleton’s wrestling team wrapped up the Big Eight Conference dual meet championship on Jan. 25.

The Cardinals defeated Janesville Parker, 50-24, to win the league’s dual meet title.

Middleton’s Hunter Grimm notched a technical fall over Tracey Kessler, 17-0, at 113 pounds and Lesley Neisius pinned Drexel Norman in 42 seconds at 120. Jesus Quechol Ramirez defated Nicolas Lux, 17-2, at 138 and Joseph Hoffman pinned Damian Quaerna in 5:24 at 152.

Kevin Meicher pinned Treveon Sanda in 1:46 at 160 and Remington Lockwood pinned Jacob Law in 1:03 at 170. Cole Olmsted pinned Aleczander Anderson in 5:15 at 182, Elliot Zanon won by major decision over Salvador Acosta, 13-0, at 195 and Gavin Adler pinned Bryce Heerey in 5:50 at 220.

Middleton also defeated Hudson, 36-35, and dropped a 64-5 decision to Wisconsin Rapids at the Rapids Duals last Saturday.

Thu
24
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Cabalka named Coach of the Year

Middleton girls swimming and diving coach Lauren Cabalka has been selected as the 2017-‘18 Central Coach of the Year by the National Federation High School Coaches Association.

The Central Coach of the Year is given to the top coach from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

Cabalka led Middleton to a third straight WIAA Division 1 state title in November. The Cardinals became just the ninth program in state history to win three consecutive state titles.

Middleton rolled to the team title in 2018, defeating runner-up Cedarburg, 249.50-188.0.

The Cardinals posted 313.50 points in 2017, well ahead of runner-up Cedarburg (242.0).

And Middleton’s 265.0 points in 2016 gave it a comfortable margin over runner-up Verona-Mount Horeb (215.50).

 

 

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Middleton's girls rout Madison West

The layoff was barely noticeable.

The rust factor was minimal.

Middleton’s girls basketball team, which had a 10-day break, returned to the court on Jan. 19 and routed visiting Madison West, 71-29.

Senior center Hannah Flottmeyer led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while junior forward Sitori Tanin added 17 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cardinals improved to 10-5 overall and 8-2 in the Big Eight Conference, one-game behind league-leading Sun Prairie in the loss column. West fell to 1-14, 0-11.

“West was a good game for us to get back into action after a 10-day layoff,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “We had a little rust to shake off in the first half after exam week and the long break, but after we got going, we did some good things.”

They sure did.

Middleton, which can make a living with its pressure defense, played the entire game without pressing to work on its man to man defense.

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Muskego downs Middleton's boys

BROOKFIELD — Middleton senior guard Sam Close left Brookfield Central High School on Jan. 19 with a T-shirt for being chosen as the Cardinals’ Player of the Game.

Many of Close’s teammates left town with ice cream after stopping at a legendary frozen custard restaurant.

Aside from that, Middleton’s trip east yielded one giant headache.

The Cardinals never found a rhythm offensively, shot just 25.5% and dropped a 55-39 decision to Muskego at the Luke Homan Memorial Showcase held at Brookfield Central High School. Close led the Cardinals with 16 points, including three three-pointers.

Middleton, which defeated Verona less than 24 hours earlier, fell to 9-6 overall. Muskego, which had several players from its state championship football team, improved to 10-4.

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Middleton boys down Verona

Middleton boys basketball coach Kevin Bavery knew that facing Verona on Jan. 18 was a challenge his Cardinals couldn't take lightly.

Verona, which sits near the bottom of the Big Eight Conference standings, had won three of its last four games. And the Wildcats are coached by former Middleton assistant Javin Budde, who knows the Cardinals inside and out.

The teams were deadlocked at 39 late in the contest. But Middleton finished on an 11-1 run and toppled the Wildcats, 50-40, at the Coaches versus Cancer game in Middleton.

Middleton improved to 9-5 overall, 6-5 in the Big Eight and snapped a two game losing streak. Verona dropped to 4-11 overall and 3-8 in the Big Eight.

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Middleton swimmers win Cardinal Relays

One sign of a great team is how it rebounds from adversity.

Using that as a barometer, it’s more than fair to use the word “great” with Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team.

The Cardinals, ranked No. 2 in the state, fell to top-ranked Madison West, 104-66, in a Big Eight Conference dual meet Friday.

Less than 24 hours later, though, Middleton won the highly-competitive 13-team Cardinal Relays — an event that included No. 1 Madison West.

Middleton finished with 180 points and outdistanced the second-place Regents (168). Madison Memorial (157), Verona/Mount Horeb (156) and Arrowhead (146) rounded out the top five.

“The win against West on Saturday was a big morale booster for the guys,” Middleton coach Dan Lynam said. “Friday was a tough meet for us.”

Fortunately for the Cardinals, Saturday went much better.

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No. 1 Madison East tops Middleton

Middleton’s boys basketball team experienced a tale of two halves on Jan. 12.

The host Cardinals went toe-to-toe with Madison East — the state’s No. 1 ranked team in Division 1 — in the first half of their Big Eight Conference battle and trailed just 28-27 at the break.

The second half, however, belonged to Madison East. The Purgolders put on a defensive clinic and put Middleton in a hole it couldn’t climb out of. 

East switched its defense in the second half, which proved to be too much for Middleton’s offense. The result was East pulled away and notched a 64-47 win.

Middleton fell to 8-5 overall and 5-5 in the Big Eight after losing its second straight game. East improved to 14-0, 10-0.

East won both games against Middleton this season, also winning 62-43 on Nov. 29.

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