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Boys spikers win Big 8 again

The streak is alive and well.

After a 2020 season in which there wasn’t a Big Eight Conference season, Middleton’s boys volleyball team got back to doing what it does best this fall: winning conference titles.

Middleton rolled past Madison La Follette in straight sets on Oct. 6 and improved to 6-0 in the Big Eight Conference. With the win, Middleton clinched at least a share of its ninth straight conference title.

The Cardinals, who have won 80 straight Big Eight matches, can clinch the outright title with a win over visiting Madison East Thursday at 7 p.m.

“That's an amazing run of success,” said Middleton second-year coach Rob Kleinschmidt.

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Tennis Cards headed to state

Middleton’s girls tennis team won the 2020 WIAA Division 1 alternate fall state championship.

Now, the Cardinals will look to become the first team ever to win a second state title in the same calendar year.

Middleton won the WIAA Division 1 Waunakee Sectional last Wednesday and advanced to the state team tournament, which will be held Oct. 22-23 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Middleton finished with 43 points at sectionals and easily outdistanced runner-up Madison West (30). La Crosse Central (23), Holmen (20) and Verona (18) rounded out the top five.

Middleton earned the No. 4 seed and meets fifth-seeded Ashwaubenon Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal match. The semifinals are Oct. 23, and if seeds hold, Middleton would meet top-seeded Neenah at 9 a.m.

The championship match is Oct. 23 at approximately 2 p.m.

Middleton also sent two singles and two doubles teams to the individual state tournament, which begins Thursday.

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Swimmers win Beloit Invite

Middleton’s girls swimming team ran away and hid from a star-studded field at the Beloit Memorial Invite Saturday.

The Cardinals finished with 752 points to easily outdistance runner-up Verona/Mount Horeb (581). Lake Geneva Badger was third with 539.5 points, while Waukesha South/Mukwonago (409) and Hononegah, Ill. (213) rounded out the top-five at the 15-team invite.

“This was our team's first time at the Beloit Invite, and our girls were able to set a few meet records, which was fun to see,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “There is still plenty to improve on as we head into the last dual meet of the season, so we will keep working hard in practice and hopefully we can finish off the season unbeaten in all our dual meets.”

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Lily Mair, Natalie Charles, Eva Anagnostopoulos and Ryanne Woodall won the 200-yard medley relay.

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Swimmers win Beloit Invite

Middleton’s girls swimming team ran away and hid from a star-studded field at the Beloit Memorial Invite Saturday.

The Cardinals finished with 752 points to easily outdistance runner-up Verona/Mount Horeb (581). Lake Geneva Badger was third with 539.5 points, while Waukesha South/Mukwonago (409) and Hononegah, Ill. (213) rounded out the top-five at the 15-team invite.

“This was our team's first time at the Beloit Invite, and our girls were able to set a few meet records, which was fun to see,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “There is still plenty to improve on as we head into the last dual meet of the season, so we will keep working hard in practice and hopefully we can finish off the season unbeaten in all our dual meets.”

Middleton’s 200-yard medley relay team of Lily Mair, Natalie Charles, Eva Anagnostopoulos and Ryanne Woodall won the 200-yard medley relay.

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Soccer Cards seeded sixth

Middleton’s boys soccer team has enjoyed a fine season. But the Cardinals’ path to the state tournament will be a daunting one.

Middleton received the No. 6 seed in its WIAA Division 1 Sectional. The Cardinals will host 11th-seeded Oconomowoc in a regional semifinal on Oct. 19.

If Middleton wins there, it would face either third-seeded Sun Prairie or 14th seeded Madison La Follette in a regional final on Oct. 23.

The sectional semifinals are Oct. 28 and the sectional finals are Oct. 30.

Verona received the No. 1 seed, followed by Hartland Arrowhead, Sun Prairie, Kettle Moraine, Waunakee, Middleton, Madison West, Mukwonago, Madison Memorial, Badger, Oconomowoc, Madison East, Beloit Memorial, Madison La Follette, Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker.

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Golfers headed back to state

Every tee shot mattered.

Each approach was vital.

Every putt was integral.

Middleton’s girls golf team was pushed to the brink at the WIAA Division 1 Oregon Sectional on Monday. But the Cardinals — ranked No. 1 by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin all year — held off a charge from Waunakee.

Middleton shot a 319 and edged Waunakee (321) to claim the sectional championship. The Cardinals remained undefeated on the season.

The top two finishers at the eight-team sectional qualified for the state tournament, which will be held Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge.

Middleton will now be gunning for its third straight state championship and fourth since 2015.

“It means a lot to win sectionals,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “We are proud of the girls for their ability to focus on the task at hand.”

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Golfers in midst of undefeated campaign

Middleton’s girls golf team has already taken a dip in Lake Michigan together.

So who knows what the Cardinals will do if their goal of a perfect season is attained.

Middleton, which tops the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Division 1 state rankings and is in the hunt for a third straight state championship, hasn’t lost a match this season.

Yet that isn’t a primary concern of the team.

“We definitely expect to win, but we can’t be overconfident about it,” said senior captain Ellie Frisch, a UW-Green Bay recruit. “Before every match we say we can’t take it for granted. We can’t be overconfident. Winning all of our matches would be something great, but we have to take it one at a time.”

The streak seemed likely to end when Middleton trailed by 13 strokes at the turn at the Portage Regional at the Portage Country Club last week.

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Middleton rolls past Verona

VERONA – There aren’t many high school football teams that can match the size of Middleton’s starting offensive line, which averages 6-foot-2 and nearly 280 pounds.

Led by senior co-captain and left tackle Jack Alexander, the Cardinals put that asset to good use in ruining Homecoming for host Verona last Friday night.

Middleton took the opening kickoff and drove nearly the length of the field for the opening score to grab a lead it would never give up en route to a 30-0 victory over the Wildcats in a Big Eight Conference football game.

The Cardinals (5-2 overall, 5-0 Big Eight) won their fifth consecutive game and remained tied with Sun Prairie for the conference lead. Middleton hosts Sun Prairie on Friday on Homecoming at 7 p.m.

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Boys spikers win Whitefish Bay Invite

Middleton’s boys volleyball team is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest Wisconsin Boys Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

And the Cardinals continue to show why they’re held in such lofty regard.

Middleton reached the semifinals of its own star-studded invite last Saturday before losing to No. 1 Kaukauna, 25-19, 25-19. The tournament featured 10 of the top-13 teams in the state and the Cardinals went 4-2 overall.

“Overall it was a good day for our guys,” Middleton coach Rob Kleinschmidt said. “Finishing third in this tournament is very good, since the other top finishers were the No. 1, 2, and 3 ranked teams in the state. The guys showed a lot of good things.”

Middleton opened by going 2-1 in pool play.

The Cardinals defeated Appleton West, 25-20, 25-19 and toppled Brookfield Central, 25-13, 25-16. Middleton then fell to No. 3 Muskego, 25-19, 25-21.

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Tennis Cards win Big 8 tournament

They are the champions.

Again.

After Middleton’s girls tennis team won the Big Eight Conference’s regular season dual meet title, the Cardinals added another championship to their list of accomplishments last Thursday.

Middleton won the Big Eight’s conference tournament held Sept. 29-30 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinals finished with 47 points and edged runner-up Madison West (39). Verona was third with 36.

Middleton captured championships at four flights.

Rose Ryan and Ashley Andler finished first at No. 1 doubles. That duo defeated Madison Memorial’s Nikita Remesh and Elizabeth Wu, 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

Middleton’s No. 2 doubles team of Amy Li and Bella Conrad defeated Madison Memorial’s Elfin Wiriyan and Emily Cai, 6-2, 5-7, 10-4, in the finals.

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