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Girls spikers enjoy banner week

It took six weeks and more than half of the season.

But now, after being ignored all year long in the state polls, Middleton’s girls volleyball team is finally getting some recognition.

The Cardinals were among ‘Others Receiving Votes’ in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Division 1 poll this week.

That came on the heels of another terrific week for Middleton.

The Cardinals notched hard fought, 3-2 wins over both Verona and Janesville Craig last week. Middleton then went 3-0 at the Menomonee Falls Quadrangular last Saturday.

The Cardinals now lead the Big Eight Conference with a 7-0 mark. Janesville Craig is second at 4-2.

Middleton is also 26-3 overall.

“I think this week showed a lot of mental resilience,” Middleton coach Maddie Vogel said. “I could not be more proud of them.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

Thu
07
Oct
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Girls spikers enjoy banner week

It took six weeks and more than half of the season.

But now, after being ignored all year long in the state polls, Middleton’s girls volleyball team is finally getting some recognition.

The Cardinals were among ‘Others Receiving Votes’ in the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Division 1 poll this week.

That came on the heels of another terrific week for Middleton.

The Cardinals notched hard fought, 3-2 wins over both Verona and Janesville Craig last week. Middleton then went 3-0 at the Menomonee Falls Quadrangular last Saturday.

The Cardinals now lead the Big Eight Conference with a 7-0 mark. Janesville Craig is second at 4-2.

Middleton is also 26-3 overall.

“I think this week showed a lot of mental resilience,” Middleton coach Maddie Vogel said. “I could not be more proud of them.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

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Soccer Cards survive brutal week

Middleton boys soccer coach Kevin Pauls likes to challenge his team with a demanding schedule.

While it can lead to short-term pain at times, Pauls and the Cardinals believe long-term gains often follow.

That’s certainly what Middleton is hoping for after an arduous week saw it go 2-2-1.

The Cardinals lost a Big Eight Conference game to Verona, 7-1, on Sept. 28. Middleton rebounded with a 6-2 win over Janesville Craig on Sept. 30, then the Cardinals went 1-1-1 at the Burlington (Iowa) Invite last Friday and Saturday.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Verona 7, Middleton 1 — The visiting Wildcats scored three goals in the first half and took a 3-0 lead at the break. After Middleton scored to open the second half, Verona ran off four straight goals.

“Verona was the better team,” Pauls said. “I don't think they were truly 7-1 better than us, but better. We made more mistakes on the night and they were able to capitalize on them.”

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Middleton swimmers win Cardinal Relays

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team won the start-studded Cardinal Relays last Saturday.

The meet was originally slated for Middleton, but moved to Beloit Memorial due to plumbing issues at MHS.

Middleton finished in first place with 422 points, while Madison West was second at 378. Madison Memorial (344), Verona-Mount Horeb (342) and Stevens Point (318) rounded out the top five at the seven-team invite.

“We had a good meet at the Cardinal Relays, winning the meet and eight of the 11 the events in the meet, and finishing second in the other three,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “I was very happy with the way our girls supported each other on the relays, as well as the way girls stepped up and swam fast in events that may not have been their best.”

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Middleton hammers Madison Memorial

MADISON — Soaking wet, covered in grass and mud, Middleton’s football team wasn’t looking for the nearest shower last Friday night.

Instead, the Cardinals raced to their locker room, then belted out songs like they were auditioning for The Monteverdi Choir.

Euphoria. Ecstasy. Bliss. And lots of singing.

That’s what you get when you beat one of your arch rivals, one that’s just 2.8 miles from your campus.

Middleton went to Madison Memorial, dominated from start to finish, and left Mansfield Stadium with its most impressive win of the year — a 44-6 dismantling of the Spartans.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Middleton senior standout Cole Toennies. “There’s nothing like it. All through youth they had beaten us. Just about every game they beat us. But right here, when it matters most, we took care of business. That’s what matters most.”

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Boys soccer team is rolling

MADISON – After watching the Middleton Cardinals varsity reserve team pull out a last second victory, senior Chris Vanden Boom knew it was up to the varsity squad to do its part to duplicate the feat.

Mission accomplished.

Vanden Boom headed in a corner kick from senior Tim Browning in the final minute to secure a hard-fought 2-1 victory over host Madison West in a Big Eight Conference boys soccer game at Madison College last Thursday.

“I was hoping we’d get one last shot,” said Browning, whose corner kick a few minutes earlier had just missed on setting up the go-ahead goal. “In the last minute, we had to pull it off. I gave a cross right into Boomer. He headed it in, great goal. It was a great finish.”

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Girls golfers hoist Big 8 crown

In every day life, the term dynasty is defined as “a succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role in business, politics, or another field.”

In the Big Eight girls golf, the term dynasty can be summed up in one word — Middleton.

The Cardinals won their sixth straight conference championship last Thursday, rolling to the title at Evansville Golf Club.

Middleton shot a 328 and easily outdistanced runner-up Sun Prairie (365). Janesville Craig (396), Madison West (406) and Verona (419) rounded out the top five.

Middleton, the state’s top-ranked team, has yet to lose a match this season.

“Six in a row is an amazing accomplishment for our program,” said Becky Halverson, who has been Middleton’s coach for all six conference titles.

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Boys spikers shine at own 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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Girls spikers win a pair

Middleton’s girls volleyball team kept rolling last week.

The Cardinals cruised past Madison Memorial, 25-15, 25-20, 25-18, on Sept. 21. Middleton then downed Madison West, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23 on Sept. 23.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 in the Big Eight Conference and 22-3 overall as they head into the meat of their conference schedule.

Junior Jordan LaScala had a terrific match against Madison Memorial with 17 kills and a .457 hitting percentage. LaScala added four digs, as well.

Junior Sierra Pertzborn had five kills, two blocks, one ace and two digs, while junior Evin Jordee had 26 assists, four digs, two blocks, two aces and four kills.

Senior Mia Pence had four kills and a dig, while junior Eliana Ross had 11 digs and an ace. Junior Bryn Larson had two kills and a dig, while senior Karen Lu had three aces, three digs and an assist.

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Cross country teams excel at Griak

The Roy Griak Invitational is one of the largest cross country events in the country.

Every year, many of the country’s top runners descend onto the University of Minnesota campus to see where they fare against the best of the best.

Middleton’s cross country teams had to like what they saw after competing there last Friday.

The Cardinals’ girls finished in second place out of 45 teams. Middleton’s boys finished 17th out of 48 teams.

“The girls were surprised and excited to place second at Griak,” Middleton coach Alexa Richardson said. “I was hoping for top-three as a team, but didn't give them any team expectations beforehand.”

Middleton boys coach Brian Finnel was just as happy.

“The Griak was a great experience for the team,” Finnel said. “I know they had fun being there and enjoyed it. The atmosphere is top-notch, certainly rivaling the state meet. 

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