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Soccer Cards win Big Eight title

There are more boxes to be checked off.

More goals to attain.

But the first target that Middleton’s boys soccer team hit was an awfully sweet one.

The Cardinals routed host Janesville Parker, 16-0, on Oct. 10 to claim their second straight Big Eight Conference title. Middleton had gone 10 straight years without winning a league championship, but has now won back-to-back crowns.

The Cardinals went 8-1 in the conference — one game ahead of both Verona and Sun Prairie West (7-2) — and finished the regular season 13-4-1.

“Before winning the title last year we were surprised it had been 10 years since our last title, so we know it's pretty special to go back to back,” Middleton coach Kevin Pauls said. “We talked about that as a goal all season and talked how every Big Eight game is a title game.

Wed
18
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MHS swimmers win Big 8 crown

They are the champions — again.

Middleton’s sensational girls swimming team locked up another Big Eight Conference title last week.

The Cardinals cruised past Janesville Parker, 139-30, on Oct. 12 and won their third consecutive conference title. Middleton, which has also won 12 of the last 13 league titles, finished 9-0 in conference dual meets.

“We had another solid meet vs. Parker,” Middleton coach R.J Leiferman said. “We are really happy to end the season with a perfect record in dual meets. Our conference has some really strong teams, so to be able to go undefeated again this year is something we are very proud of, and gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”

Middleton’s quartet of Lily Mair, Hannah Machleidt, Piper Garcia Hall and Audrey Alexander won the 200-yard medley relay, while the foursome of Sulia Miller, Isabell Frommelt, Tait Haag and Rian Jost was second.

Wed
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Boys spikers win Big 8 tournament

The postseason is here.

And Middleton’s boys volleyball team is headed to the playoffs with a full head of steam.

The Cardinals won the Big Eight Conference tournament last Friday, defeating Madison Memorial in the championship match. Middleton hasn't lost since Sept. 23, has won 10 matches in a row, and carries a 27-3 record into the postseason.

“I've felt good about our growth in the past couple weeks,” Middleton coach Dylan Griffith said. “We've made some good strides and the guys are still looking for ways to improve our game.”

Middleton played awfully well last week, highlighted by its win at the conference tournament.

The Cardinals defeated host Waukesha West, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-16 on Oct. 9. Middleton then downed Fort Atkinson, 25-11, 25-18, 25-20 on Oct. 10.

The Cardinals then rolled at the conference tournament, as well.

Wed
18
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Girls spikers seeded 6th in postseason

There’s a cautious optimism.

A quiet confidence.

Middleton’s girls volleyball team headed to the postseason this week believing it could be a surprise team.

The Cardinals are the No. 6 seed in their sectional and host 11th-seeded Tomah in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal Thursday at 7 p.m. Middleton defeated Tomah, 25-18, 25-20, earlier this year at the Cardinal Invite.

If the Cardinals win, they will face either third-seeded Verona or 14th-seeded Madison La Follette Saturday in a regional final.

“We will have to continue to serve and pass well in order to give us a shot to win,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “If we are fortunate enough to win, we most likely will head to Verona for the regional finals. Verona is about as solid of team as we have seen — well coached, disciplined and talented.”

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MHS’ boys XC team 2nd at Big 8 meet

The weather was miserable.

The performances were downright sunny.

Middleton’s boys cross country team finished second at the Big Eight Conference meet held in Verona last Saturday

Madison West won the boys’ race with 54 points, while the Cardinals were second with 83. Verona (92), Madison La Follette (110) and Sun Prairie East (110) rounded out the top five at the 10-team meet.
“That was a fun, exciting race,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “The group raced well and handled crazy weather conditions just fine. Standing water, blowing winds, and the group was pretty calm. We hit our goal to finish second, which we were all pretty proud of!”

Middleton senior Will Whiteis was third individually, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 48.0 seconds. Whiteis has battled back and knee injuries this season, but was close to 100% and ran a terrific race.

Sun
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Football Cards land No. 3 seed

When discussing the upcoming postseason, Sam Pilof doesn’t mince words.

He doesn’t beat around the bush.

Instead, Middleton’s senior linebacker is direct and to the point.

“We’re all super excited for the playoffs,” said Pilof, a Rutgers recruit. “It’s the start of a new season. It’s been our goal since the beginning. We know we can do it. We know we’ve got the right group of guys and the right coaching staff. Our plan is to go all the way.”

That journey begins Friday at 7 p.m. when Middleton hosts Madison Memorial in a WIAA Division 1 first round game.

The Cardinals finished the regular season 8-1 overall, 6-1 in the Big Eight Conference and are the No. 3 seed in their bracket. The Spartans (6-3, 5-2) are the No. 6 seed.

Sussex Hamilton (9-0) is the No. 1 seed in the Cardinals’ bracket, followed by Verona (8-1), Middleton, Mukwonago (7-2), Hartland Arrowhead (6-3), Madison Memorial, Janesville Parker (6-3) and Sun Prairie West (5-4).

Thu
12
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Middleton golfers rally for third

“Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played ‘em 10 times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world.”

 

VERONA — That epic speech came from the movie ‘Miracle’, where Kurt Russell played the role of USA hockey coach Herb Brooks in the 1980 Olympics.

As Middleton’s girls golf team jumped into the team Suburban Tuesday morning, Cardinals coach Becky Halverson called up that speech. And Halverson’s team hung on each and every one of Russell’s words.

“The message was we’re here to prove something,” Middleton senior Vivian Cressman said. (Monday) was not us and I think hearing that speech really helped.”

Boy, did it ever.

Thu
12
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Football Cards rout Regents

The postseason is just around the corner.

And Middleton’s football team is putting itself in position for a terrific seed when playoff pairings are announced Saturday.

The Cardinals rolled past visiting Madison West, 50-3, on Oct. 6 and improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big Eight Conference. The Regents fell to 2-6, 2-4.

Middleton’s final game of the regular season is at Madison East (1-7, 1-5) Thursday at 7 p.m. If the Cardinals win there, they’ll most likely be a No. 2 or 3 seed in the postseason.

Middleton, ranked No. 7 in the latest Wissports.net coaches poll, has an extremely impressive win at No. 10 Bay Port (6-2). The Cardinals also have a solid victory at Madison Memorial (5-3, 4-2).

Middleton’s lone blemish was a 28-21 home loss against Verona on Sept. 8. The Wildcats (7-1, 6-0) have already clinched a share of the Big Eight title, and will win the crown outright if they defeat Madison West Friday.

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Tennis Cards headed back to state

Middleton’s girls tennis team came within a whisker of winning a state championship last year before settling for second place overall.

Now, the Cardinals will have a chance at moving up a notch.

Middleton won the Madison Memorial Sectional on Oct. 4 and later earned the No. 1 seed at the WIAA Division 1 state team tournament Oct. 20-21. The Cardinals open that tournament against eighth-seeded Franklin on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Middleton also had two singles players and one doubles team advance from sectionals to the individual state tournament, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at Nielsen.

“Our girls competed every single match,” Middleton coach Matt Given said. “Like always, we tell them to focus on every single point and not the overall score. Our sectional was a lot of teams that we already played, which makes it difficult. But very proud of these girls for the work they put in.”

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Boys spikers win Whitefish Bay Invite

The Whitefish Bay Invite is traditionally one of the elite boys volleyball tournaments in the state.

So when Middleton left with the championship last Saturday, it was certainly safe to call the Cardinals one of the state’s elite teams.

Sixth-ranked Middleton went 4-0 on the day, didn’t lose a set and capped its terrific effort with a 25-21, 25-15 win over defending state champion Catholic Memorial in the championship match.

“I am super proud of the way we played throughout the day,” Middleton first year coach Dylan Griffith said. “There weren’t many moments where we had to take a mental reset, which as a result made for some good all-around play from everyone.”

Middleton opened with a 25-22, 25-22 win over Nicolet in its first pool play match. Teddy Young led the way with eight aces.

The Cardinals followed that with a 25-18, 25-14 win over Burlington to wrap up pool play. Middleton had eight aces as a team against the Demons.

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