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Fri
27
Sep
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Acker, MHS golfers win Big Eight

 

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

And from all spots in the lineup.

Middleton senior golfer Meggie Acker is proof of that.

Acker, the Cardinals’ No. 5 golfer, was the No. 1 player at the Big Eight Conference meet Thursday at Evansville Country Club. And that helped the Cardinals win the league title for the first time since 2009.

Acker shot a 2-over-par 74 to share the day’s low score with Verona’s Jessica Reinecke, the defending WIAA Division 1 state champion. Then on the first playoff hole, Acker drilled a 15-foot birdie putt to capture medalist honors.

Acker’s memorable performance helped Middleton — the state’s No. 1 ranked team — shoot a 323 team score and win the league title. Verona was second at 326, while Madison Memorial was a distant third at 348.

“To be honest, I didn't think that I would be able to shoot under 75,” said Acker, whose previous low was 79. “Anytime I shot 81 or lower, I was thrilled.

Wed
25
Sep
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Middleton rolls past Madison West

Kasey Miller usually makes all of his big plays at quarterback for the Middleton football team.

However, Miller made his biggest play as a punter for the Cardinals last Friday.

The senior made perhaps the biggest play of the game when he completed a pass off a fake punt that kept a drive alive and led to the decisive score as the Cardinals pulled away from Madison West for a 28-14 Big Eight Conference victory at Mansfield Stadium.

With the game tied at 14 late in the third quarter, and Middleton facing a fourth-and-10 from its own 38-yard line, the Cardinals lined up in punt formation. Miller, who is also Middleton’s punter, took the snap and tossed a pass to a wide-open Alex Wood, who scooted down the sideline for a 27-yard gain. 

The Cardinals eventually scored and never looked back.

“It’s a play we just put in this week,” Middleton coach Tim Simon said. “It’s something we’ve done in the past and it’s really just a read that the punter has.

Wed
25
Sep
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Soccer Cards keep rolling

 

The defense is already in postseason form.

If and when the offense gets there, look out.

Middleton’s boys soccer team had a thrilling week, going 2-0-1 overall and pitching three straight shutouts.

The Cardinals defeated Madison West, 1-0, in overtime last Tuesday.

Middleton then edged Mukwonago, 1-0, at the Muskego Invite last Friday. The Cardinals also played Muskego to a scoreless tie last Saturday, but lost a shootout, 3-2.

“This team has a camaraderie that is rarely seen and that can be the first step towards a great team if they use that to hold each other accountable on the field,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “I am optimistic that, especially with the quality of the senior class this year, they will find that groove when it counts.”

Middleton notched a huge Big Eight Conference win against the Regents.

Wed
25
Sep
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Middleton swimmers shine

 

The competition was cranked up.

And Middleton’s girls swimming team was certainly up to the challenge.

The Cardinals faced some of their toughest tests of the year last week and came through with flying colors.

Middleton defeated Madison West, 103-67, last Friday and improved to 5-0 in the Big Eight Conference. The Cardinals then finished in third place at the star-studded Waukesha South Invite last Saturday, an event that featured the top five teams from last year’s WIAA Division 1 state meet.

“All in all, the girls swam well,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said.  

The Cardinals certainly swam well against the Regents in their toughest conference meet of the season.

Middleton’s 200 yard medley relay team of sophomore Victoria Lin, senior Ashley Aegerter, senior Sam Andryk and senior Olivia Kossel was first.

Wed
25
Sep
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MHS runners fare well

Now we know what’s coming.

And it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Middleton’s girls cross country team went to the Big Eight Grade Level Challenge last Tuesday and took part in a barn burner. Madison West won the 10-team event with 28 points, while Middleton and Sun Prairie tied for second at 29.

Middleton was awarded second place, though, because its seventh runner beat Sun Prairie’s seventh runner.

“The Big Eight Grade Level Challenge was a snapshot of what’s to come with the girls teams,” Middleton co-coach Cindy Bremser said. “In previous meets Madison West beat Sun Prairie, then Middleton beat West. One week later, Sun Prairie beat Middleton. 

“This shows how close each team is and will make everything interesting for the Big Eight Conference meet and sectionals. All three teams are in the same sectional, with only two teams advancing.”

Sam Valentine was Middleton's top finisher, placing second in the freshman/sophomore race.

Wed
25
Sep
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Boys spikers shine at 'Tosa Invite

The start wasn’t what Middleton’s boys volleyball team was looking for.

But the rest of the Cardinals’ Saturday went just as planned.

Middleton dropped its first match of the day to Racine Horlick at the power-packed Wauwatosa East Invite. But the Cardinals came back to win their final three matches and captured first place in the Silver Bracket.

Waukesha West won the nine-team tournament, defeating Wauwatosa East and Racine Horlick to capture the gold bracket.

“After Horlick sent us a little wake-up call, we responded and played probably our best volleyball of the year,” Middleton coach Ben White said.

Horlick opened the day by toppling the Cardinals, 25-16, 19-25, 19-17. Middleton went to bigger lineup with Noah Wong in the middle and Jason Arora on the outside, and it helped the Cardinals hang tough throughout.

Wed
25
Sep
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Girls spikers struggle at Middleton Invite

They were playing with a short deck.

So in many ways, Middleton’s girls volleyball team had a lot to be happy with last Saturday.

On the other hand, the Cardinals certainly hoped for more.

Middleton hosted one of the area’s largest and most talented invite’s, then played much of the day without several starters, who were taking their ACT tests.

The Cardinals lost all three matches in pool play, then rallied to win the Bronze pool.

It wasn’t an ideal day for the Cardinals, but they made the best of the situation.

“Overall, it was a good weekend,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “Our players did their best until the starters got back from the ACT testing.  

“By that time we could not recover and make it to the gold. We salvaged the day by winning the Bronze, but it was not enough.”

Sun
22
Sep
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Middleton golfers win Big 8

 

When it comes to girls golf, the Big Eight Conference is undoubtedly the finest league in Wisconsin this fall.

Four of the state’s top 10 teams reside there. Middleton and Verona have both spent time as the state’s No. 1 team.

There’s talent, depth and skill around every dogleg.

So when Middleton captured the Big Eight’s dual meet championship last week, the Cardinals realized what a monumental accomplishment that was.

“Everyone on the team was extremely happy when we won the conference,” Cardinals senior Sheenagh Cleary said. “The conference match that made us all the most happy was when we beat Verona.

“They have been one of our biggest rivals and we knew it would be tough to beat them. When we did, I think it made us all realize that all the hard work that we have put in this season has paid off so far.”

Cardinals coach Becky Halverson agreed.

Wed
18
Sep
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Tennis Cardinals vault to No. 1

 

It’s already been a season packed with a world of excitement.

Big wins. Huge shots. Terrific memories.

And now Middleton’s girls tennis team has this: they’re the No. 1 team in the state.

The Cardinals vaulted to the top of the polls last week. And a buzz immediately swept through the program.

“Being voted No. 1 in the state is really exciting for us because we realize that we are getting noticed,” said Middleton No. 1 singles player Bridget Bellissimo. “Although this is great, my team and I know that we are No. 1 only on paper. 

“We all are on the same page, that … we still need to prove that we belong in that spot. We have to keep working hard like we always have, and I really believe this team is going to come through and prove we can get to that level ranking in the state.”

Cardinals sophomore Kaisey Skibba, who plays No. 2 singles, agreed.

Wed
18
Sep
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Girls swimmers make a splash

The target was large.

The response was even larger.

Middleton’s girls swimming team went to the star-studded Brookfield East Invite last Saturday with a giant bulls-eye on its collective back. The Cardinals then responded in a huge way.

Middleton captured its fifth title in six years at this highly-competitive event. The Cardinals finished with 515 points and rolled past runner-up Verona/Mount Horeb (438). Brookfield Central (317), Brookfield East (289) and Sun Prairie (288) rounded out the top five at the eight-team invite.

This has been a great meet for us,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. “We knew we had a target on our backs going into this meet, especially since Verona was there.  

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