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Baseball Cards hope to surprise again

Twelve months ago, Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen began the season with a long list of questions — and very few answers.

Jorgensen and the Cardinals had eight starters to replace. The pitching staff was devoid of experience. And the everyday lineup was one giant uncertainty.

Jorgensen proceeded to push all the right buttons, several players emerged and Middleton produced a memorable season — highlighted by its first trip to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament since 2016.

Now, one year later, Jorgensen finds himself in a nearly identical position.

Middleton once again lost eight starters to graduation from its 2023 team. There is little returning experience on the Cardinals’ pitching staff. And the lineup will be a work in progress.

Now, the question becomes can Jorgensen once again work his magic and lead a young and inexperienced Middleton team to great heights?

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Girls soccer team is thinking big

Setting preseason goals is part of the preparation for most high school programs around the state.

But it was a no-brainer what topped the list for Middleton’s girls soccer team when the Cardinals got together to discuss what they wanted to accomplish during their 2024 season.

“The girls said: ‘The boys won it, so it’s our turn now,’ ” Middleton head coach Mary Duffy said, referring to the WIAA Division 1 state championship won by Middleton’s boys soccer team last fall. “I said, ‘All right, let’s bring it then.’ ”

With 15 returning letterwinners, led by the strong senior class of Mia Balistreri, Abigail Florin, Sophie Kasel, Thea Rohlwing, Samantha Von Ruden, and Lucy Jiao Wyse, the Cardinals are surely thinking. ‘Why not us?’

Which is just fine with Duffy.

“We expect to win. We always like to win,” Duffy said. “There’s never a chance we’re on the field that we’re not looking to win.”

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MHS golfers have great expectations

Middleton boys golf coach Tom Cabalka has the same routine every winter.

Cabalka and his wife, Carol, head south for a few months. Then they return to Middleton just in time for the start of the boys golf season.

This year, no one would have blamed Tom Cabalka for driving a bit faster than usual.

That’s because waiting back in Wisconsin is a Middleton team that appears poised for a banner season.

Middleton returns four of its top five players from a year ago. The Cardinals have a deep pool of talent to choose from to fill out their lineup.

And Middleton will be extremely motivated after losing a playoff at sectionals last year and narrowly missing out on a trip to the state tournament.

So when the Cardinals open their new season Monday by hosting three schools at Bishop’s Bay, expectations will be sky high.

Thu
28
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Future bright for Cardinals

Kevin Bavery believes all the pieces are in place.

A remarkably gifted big man. A talented point guard who comes from a basketball family. Skilled, athletic pieces surrounding both players.

Of course, if the pieces don’t fit, the talent level is largely irrelevant.

Bavery, Middleton’s veteran boys basketball coach, saw that unfold first hand this winter when a talented MHS team could never get fully in sync. The result was a 13-12 season in which the Cardinals went 7-11 after a 6-1 start.

Middleton will return a group with even more promise next year, which has Bavery awfully excited.

At the same time, he knows potential doesn't always equal production.

"On paper, of course the potential for next season is as high as ever,” Bavery said. “But paper and words don't get it done, action does. I think this is an action group who loves being in the gym and being together.”

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Garlock named all-state

Middleton junior center Will Garlock was named honorable-mention all-state in Division 1 by the WBCA.

The 6-foot-11 Garlock led the Cardinals in scoring (16.9), rebounding (8.5) and blocked shots (19) this season. Garlock also shot 66.5% from the floor (165-of-248) and knocked down 31.2% of his 3-point shots (10-of-32).

Garlock has NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Penn State and Virginia Tech and should be poised for a terrific senior season.

“Will has the highest ceiling of any player we've ever had here at Middleton, or I've ever had as a coach,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “He's a true 6-11, he has a high skill set in all phases of the game. He's gotten bigger and stronger and more skilled every year.

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Softball Cardinals thinking big

One of the top pitchers in the area returns.

Three other all-conference players are back.

And several critical returnees along with some exciting newcomers will all play vital roles.

Add it all up and you can see why Middleton’s girls softball team believes it could be ready for a tremendous season. The Cardinals — who went 18-10 and finished in fourth place in the Big Eight Conference last year — open their new season Friday when they face Madison Memorial at Jefferson Middle School at 4:30 p.m.

“I absolutely think expectations are higher,” said Middleton coach Brittany Carl, who’s beginning her fifth season. “We’re chasing a Big Eight title — 100%. We return the bulk of our team from last year and could not be more excited about that.

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Pettaway's wild ride takes him to UW

Like a lot of kids, Torin Pettaway is a football fan.

Until last summer, though, that’s all he was.

Not a football player. Just a fan.

The Middleton junior is not a beginner anymore. Now, he’s a Wisconsin Badger.

Pettaway didn’t play football until the fall of 2023, and on the heels of first team All-Big Eight Conference and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Region honors, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin.

The timeline is so unique, even Pettaway has to pinch himself sometimes.

“I think about it every day to be honest,” Pettaway said of his meteoric rise. “I’m just very blessed to be in the position that I’m in, and very grateful and humble at the same time.

“Six months ago you couldn’t pay me to think that I’d be here right now. It’s still kind of crazy to me.”

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Michelotti, Zimmerman named all-Big 8

Middleton’s girls basketball team struggled through a rough winter.

But the Cardinals did land two players on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Sophomore guard Brooke Michelotti and senior forward Kenzie Zimmerman were both named honorable-mention all-Big Eight.

Michelotti led Middleton with 11.2 points per game, highlighted by a 20-point outing against Janesville Craig on Nov. 28. Michelotti scored in double figures in 16 of 25 games, led the Cardinals with 51 3-pointers and shot 70.0% from the free throw line.

Michelotti was also fourth on the team in rebounds (3.4), tied for second in assists (1.5) and second in steals (1.4).

Zimmerman was second on the team in scoring (7.5) and second with 28 3-pointers. Zimmerman also led the Cardinals in assists (1.9) and steals (1.5) and was third in rebounds (4.4).

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MHS track teams off and running

Middleton’s boys track and field team began the season with an eighth place finish at the 22-team Nelson/Daniels Classic held at UW-Whitewater last Saturday.

Oconomowoc won the meet with 64 points, while Kettle Moraine (36), Mukwonago (33), Madison West (32) and Franklin (29) rounded out the top five.

Middleton finished with 24.5 points.

Middleton’s girls were also 10th out 21 teams with 26.5 points. Oconomowoc won the girls’ meet with 60 points.

Here’s where Middleton’s top performers finished:

 

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• Dante Pasello was second in the 800-meter run, while Jack Johnson was sixth.

• K.J. Peterson was fourth in the shot put.

• Will Whiteis was sixth in the 1,600-meter run.

• Matthew Arnold was seventh in the 400-meter run.

• Jake Leslie was sixth in the high jump.

• Middleton’s 3,200-meter relay team was eighth.

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Mar
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Four Cardinals named all-Big 8

Their season didn’t go quite as well as they hoped.

But Middleton’s boys basketball team still fared well when it came to Big Eight Conference honors.

Junior center Will Garlock was named first-team all-Big Eight. Sophomore point guard Isaiah Oliver, junior forward Marquis Walker and senior guard Gavin Meister were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Garlock was joined on the first team by junior wing Chris Davis Jr. of Sun Prairie West, senior forward JJ Douglas of Janesville Parker, sophomore guard Mike Wilson of Madison West, senior guard Camron Henderson of Madison East, junior wing Drew Murphy of Verona, senior forward Gavin Van Wie of Sun Prairie East and senior guard Carson McCormick of Janesville Craig.

Davis Jr. was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Steve Maselter of Sun Prairie East was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

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