January 2021

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Middleton’s year in sports

Thrilling victories. Magnificent individual performances. Memories to last a lifetime.

These are the norm inside the sports programs at Middleton High School.

But there was nothing normal about 2020.

The sports world came to a screeching halt on March 12 due to COVID-19. And amazingly, the Cardinals didn't have a single event the rest of the year.

Oh, there were a few memorable moments. There was also a lot of waiting, watching and wondering.

Times-Tribune Sports Editor Rob Reischel looks back at the top-10 stories of 2020.


1. Middleton A.D. Bob Joers dies

Bob Joers led Middleton’s athletic department into the 21st century.

Joers helped the Cardinals become arguably the top athletic program in the state.

And through it all, he remained one of the most flexible, accessible and personable people in his industry.

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Lorraine E. Westphal

CROSS PLAINS–Lorraine E. Westphal, of Cross Plains, joined her husband in heaven as she passed peacefully at home on Dec. 29, 2020. Born April 27, 1926, in Lone Rock to Cornelius and Mary Greenheck, she joined a family of siblings she loved dearly. She married Robert “Bob” Westphal in 1947 and stood by his side for their 73 years together.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Always rooted strongly in her Catholic faith, she had a rosary in every purse and pocket. She was a living example of the love of Christ and taught us all how to love and be compassionate.