February 2021

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Girls basketball team seeded 5th

The road will be brutal.

But at least Middleton’s girls’ basketball team is part of the race.

The Cardinals received the No. 5 seed in its five-team postseason pod. The Cardinals will face fourth-seeded Oregon in a WIAA Division 1 regional quarterfinal on Feb. 9.

The winner of that game would face top-seeded Waunakee in a regional semifinal Feb. 12. The regional final would be Feb. 13 against either second-seeded Verona or third-seeded DeForest.

Sectional semifinals are Feb. 18 and sectional finals are Feb. 20.

Middleton fell to 0-2 in its truncated season last week, falling to DePere, 72-32, on Jan. 28. The Redbirds, ranked 10th in Division 1, improved to 19-2.

Junior forward McKenna Monogue led the Cardinals with 11 points, while senior forward Mel Accola added eight.

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Wrestlers fall short at regionals

And just like that, it was over.

Middleton’s wrestling team didn’t get a chance to compete in a dual meet or an invitational this season due to COVID-19 restrictions. So the Cardinals’ first competition of the year came last Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Baraboo Regional.

Unfortunately for Middleton, the season proved to be short and not all that sweet.

The Cardinals finished in seventh place at the seven-team regional and failed to advance anyone to sectionals. So just like that, Middleton’s year ended.

Reedsburg won the regional with 233 points, followed by Waunakee (226), Baraboo (213.5), Sauk Prairie (160), Mount Horeb (124.5), Verona (82) and Middleton (51).

The top two wrestlers in each weight class advanced to sectionals. Middleton’s top finishes were fourth place finishes by Walker Hargrove at 132 pounds and heavyweight Adham Elshaboury.

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Hockey Cardinals blank Sun Prairie

It had been more than 11 months since Middleton’s hockey team last took the ice.

While no one wanted to wait that long, the Cardinals returned with a bang on Jan. 25, posting an impressive 3-0 win over Sun Prairie.

“More than anything I really enjoyed watching the boys compete,” Middleton first-year coach Dan Truehl said. “We have some things to clean up, but I loved the effort and speed that we played at.”

Brady Englekes had all three Middleton goals, while Cam Haynes stopped 22 shots and pitched a shutout.

“Honestly, I wasn’t surprised at all,” Truehl said. “There is a ton of talent and leadership in our locker room and we just needed the opportunity to let it loose and play a game.”

Engelkes got started just 2:34 into the game when he scored an even strength goal on an assist from Cade Semrad to give Middleton a 1-0 lead. Engelkes struck again at 11:38 of the second period on a feed from Spencer Kalscheur to give Middleton a 2-0 lead.

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Kendall M. Ripp

ORLANDO, FL–Kendall Martin Ripp (formerly known as Brother Simon, C.Ss.R., Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris) passed away at age 78 on Jan. 7, 2021 at home in Orlando, FL.

He was born in Madison on Feb. 18, 1942, his parents' sixth wedding anniversary. He was the third of 11 children for Olive Catherine Maly Ripp and her husband Martin Joseph Ripp, a successful farmer and multi-term elected Town of Middleton chairman and a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in the 1950s and 1960s.

Kendall grew-up on the family farm in rural Black Earth and was a 1961 graduate of Black Earth High School, where he was a member of the Prep Club and was senior year class treasurer. The inscription with his senior portrait in the school's yearbook said, "An agreeable guy with laughter in his eyes."

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A Little Wobble

This morning, I listened to an interview with Craig Harrison, a soldier in the British Army. He described a firefight in the desert, in which he and his compatriots were on the verge of being overrun and killed. “Smashed” is the word he used.

As bullets slammed into the ground, into flesh and into bone, and it looked like soon they would all be dead, he pulled out his phone and called his wife.

“I love you, you know?” he said. 

“I know,” she replied. “What’s going on? What’s that noise?”

“It’s nothing,” he said. “It’s nothing. I’ll phone you in the morning.”

“We went back on the roof,” he continued. “And yeah, we won the fight.” 

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Few Changes Foreseen for Pleasant View Road Design

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–Widening Pleasant View Road will bring drastic changes for some property owners and project engineers held out little hope of the design being tweaked to minimize its impacts.

Property owners on the west side of the road, north of Pleasant View Golf Course, to the intersection with USH 14 have been most vocal about restrictive access the widening will create and the expense they will be assessed.

Northwestern Stone’s owner, Richard Bakken, has said that putting a roundabout at the Quarry Road intersection will be difficult for his oversized equipment to navigate.  

The roundabout’s radius will be tricky for the lowboy trailer to maneuver if it dog tracks or, swings wider through a turn, and it has only eight inches ground clearance, said Bakken during a town of Middleton Town Board meeting last week.

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School Board Reviews Reopening Plan as Students Return Next Week

MIDDLETON–The Middleton-Cross Plains School District (MCPASD) Board of Education reviewed the latest preparations and changes in the district’s plan to return to in-person instruction. A blended in-person/virtual instruction model for students in grades PK-4 begins Feb. 1, grades 5-8 begins Feb. 22 and 9-12 begins Mar. 11, while the fully virtual instruction will continue to be offered through the end of the year with some changes.

Superintendent Dana Monogue said the district has every intention to fully open schools in the fall, but at this time there is still the need to be responsive to the pandemic.

“We are encouraged by the vaccine distribution schedule for our staff and the downward trajectory of COVID-19 in Dane County and we hope this trend continues,” Monogue said. 

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Oklahoma Murder Suspect Arrested in Town of Middleton

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–An Oklahoma woman was arrested in the Town of Middleton last week for her alleged involvement in a homicide prosecutors and law enforcement have described as “grisly,” “brutal” and “bizarre.”

Kore Adams, also known as Kore Bommeli, 59, was arrested last week after law enforcement officials discovered the body of her former roommate, Talina Galloway, 53, dismembered and stuffed into a chest freezer that was dumped in an Arkansas national forest. 

Oklahoma District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp said the Dane County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in the case when they learned Bommeli was in the area. Thorp said Bommeli’s mother lives in Dane County. 

“She was pulled over as she left work,” Thorp told the Times-Tribune over the phone and added she had been in the area for a few months, leaving Oklahoma after she was released on a charge of a Felon in Possession of Firearms.

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