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Jun
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MHS' 3,200-meter relay team wins state title

LA CROSSE — It didn’t matter that the Middleton Cardinals’ 3,200 relay was seeded fourth entering the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium last Friday evening.

Their goal was to come home with a spot on the top of the podium, a gold medal and a memory to last a lifetime.

Mission accomplished.

Middleton’s 3,200 team of junior Zach Leffel, senior Michael Madoch, junior Braedon Gilles and senior Caleb Easton got the meet off to a tremendous start when they finished first in 7 minutes, 48.65 seconds. Kenosha Bradford/Reuther was second in 7:51.18.

“Our goal was to win and just to win is cool,” Madoch said.

Middleton coach Joe Line said regardless of their seeding or previous times, the quartet was thinking about running in the 7:40 range.

“They knew they were capable of doing it,” Line said. “They just went out to race and win it. It was awesome.”

Fri
07
Jun
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Pansegrau shines at state

LA CROSSE — Lauren Pansegrau was all smiles following her state track and field debut last Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.

On a beautiful, sun-splashed afternoon, Pansegrau picked the perfect opportunity to run the best race of her prep career.

The Middleton freshman distance runner put the finishing touches on an impressive year that began with a 31st place finish at the Division 1 state cross country meet last fall and ended up on the podium with a runner-up finish in the 3,200-meter run at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet.

Pansegrau ran a strategically savvy race finishing in a personal-best time of 10 minutes, 47.81 seconds. She trailed only Onalaska sophomore Kora Malecek, a triplet whose sisters also competed in the meet, who was first in 10:36.25.

“I’m really happy,” Pansegrau said. “It was a fun race. I tried not to stay too far behind (the leader) and run with the pack around me.”

Fri
07
Jun
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Girls soccer team wins regional title

Middleton senior Taylor Rough had never attempted a corner kick prior until late this season. But Rough, a senior defender for Middleton’s girls’ soccer team, decided she would give corner kicks a try during a recent practice.

“We just had her kick a few in practice and thought ‘whoa, those look good,’” said Middleton head coach Mary Duffy. “So she kicked a couple in the game (Saturday).”

The move panned out pretty well for the Cardinals.  

Two of Rough’s corner kicks led to goals last Saturday and helped lead the second-seeded Cardinals past 10th-seeded Madison West, 2-0, in a WIAA Division 1 regional final at Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton.

Middleton improved to 11-3-4 on the year while West finished the season 9-8-2. 

Fri
07
Jun
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Baseball Cardinals eliminated

The 23-minute, half inning felt like a week to Ben Collier.

Collier, Middleton’s standout junior right fielder, watched impatiently as Madison Memorial sent nine batters to the plate in the third inning of last Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 regional final. When it was over, the Cardinals had used two pitchers, the Spartans had scored five runs and Middleton never could recover.

Memorial toppled the host Cardinals, 9-5, ending Middleton’s season in the process. The Spartans advanced to Tuesday’s Middleton Sectional, while the Cardinals finished the year 14-10.

“It was a very long inning,” Collier said. “Things just kept happening. It wasn’t errors either. They just hit the ball, kept moving guys over, and we just couldn’t get out of it.”

Middleton first-year manager Brent Jorgensen agreed.

“Oh man, that was tough,” Jorgensen said. “That inning just went on and on.”

Thu
30
May
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Boys track team 'fills the bus'

VERONA — Fill the bus.

That was message Middleton boys track and field coach Joe Line delivered to his Cardinals all season long.

Line’s Cardinals then went and did just what their coach had asked.

Middleton won the WIAA Division 1 Verona Sectional with 86 points last Thursday, edging host Verona. More importantly, though, the Cardinals advanced six individuals and two relay teams to the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse.

“Our motto this year was try to fill the bus,” Line said. “Fill the bus to state with as many people as we can. We were trying to get as many guys to state as we could.”

The Cardinals did an awfully good job of that.

Thu
30
May
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Girls track team excited for state

VERONA — Cory Christnovich knows first-hand just how stressful sectionals can be.

Christnovich — a standout track and field athlete himself at Neenah High School and UW-Stevens Point — understands the make or break, no-tomorrow nature of the meet.

“It’s a tough day. Without a doubt, it’s more stressful than state itself,” said Christnovich, Middleton’s girls’ head coach. “And as a head coach, it’s so hard because it’s so emotional one way or another for an event. At the end of this meet, I’m always exhausted.”

Christnovich’s Cardinals felt the same way when the WIAA Division 1 Verona Sectional ended last Thursday. For the most part, though, Middleton’s happiness level nearly matched its fatigue.

The Cardinals finished fifth as a team at sectionals with 64 points. Madison Memorial was the sectional champion with 111.3 points.

Thu
30
May
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Tennis Cardinas earn trip to team state

All season long, their doubles teams have been exemplary.

So, it was no surprise that Middleton’s trio of dynamic duos once again shined when the lights were the brightest.

The Cardinals won the WIAA Division 1 Madison Memorial Sectional on May 22 in large part due to stellar play from their doubles teams. Middleton won all three doubles flights, and earned a championship at No. 4 singles, to win the sectional title.

Middleton finished with 42 points and outdistanced runner-up Verona (32) for the sectional crown.

The Cardinals also qualified for the state team tournament for the first time since 2016. Middleton (19-2) received the No. 5 seed at the eight-team tournament and will open against fourth-seeded Arrowhead (22-6) in a quarterfinal match on June 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The semifinals and finals are June 8.

Wed
29
May
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Dettman, Bodak are double trouble for foes

Before they ever knew who their head coach would be, before they ever knew they’d be partners, Sam Dettman and Brandon Bodak were hopeful.

Middleton’s two senior tennis standouts were optimistic they’d be paired together in 2019. So, as soon as the 2018 campaign ended, Dettman and Bodak began playing together whenever possible.

“Brandon and I both hoped we’d be playing together this season,” Dettman said. “We practiced together a lot in the offseason and did a couple tournaments to be ready to start this season strong.”

Their plan worked to perfection.

Middleton first-year coach Tony Mirasola immediately discovered that Dettman and Bodak were a natural fit. And the duo — who have played No. 1 doubles all season — took it from there.

Tue
28
May
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Middleton golfers headed back to state

They’ve waited for this moment for nearly a year.

Now, Middleton’s boys golf team is giddy about what’s on deck.

The Cardinals won the WIAA Division 1 Wisconsin Rapids Sectional held at The Ridges Tuesday. Middleton won the sectional with a 306 team score, while Holmen also earned a trip to state with a 311. Waunakee was third at 320, followed by Mount Horeb (321), Reedsburg (329), Tomah (332), Verona (333) and Onalaska (358).

The Cardinals qualified for the state tournament, which will be held Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge. A year ago, Middleton finished in a tie for sixth at state, a showing that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

“They expect more this year,” said Cardinals head coach Tom Cabalka. “They were young last year and now they have a lot more confidence.

“I think looking at it, we should be really happy with how we’re headed to state. If we play the way we’re capable of playing, we should be right there.”

Thu
23
May
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Tennis Cardinals win Big Eight title

Talk about stepping up.

Faced with a winner-take-all doubles match, Middleton’s Alton Yan and Gene Kim came through when it mattered most.

The Cardinals’ No. 2 doubles team prevailed 6-1, 6-3 over Sun Prairie’s Erik Spence and Kyle Helmenstine and clinched the team title for Middleton at last Thursday’s Big Eight Conference boys’ tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Middleton finished with 44 points while Sun Prairie had 41.

“It was really close. It was up in the air,” Middleton coach Tony Mirasola said. “Our (No.) 4 singles ends up taking third so that gave us one more point and it really came down to this last doubles match with Sun Prairie there because it was either we got eight and they got six or we got six and they got eight so that flipped it for us. That (No.) 2 doubles match was the clincher for us.”

The victory completed a sweep of all three doubles titles for Middleton.

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