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Boys spikers keep rolling

During their 12 year stretch of greatness, it’s been rare when Middleton’s boys volleyball team has been challenged by a Big Eight Conference foe.

The Cardinals — who haven’t lost a conference match since Sept. 29, 2011 — have largely rolled over each and every Big Eight team they’ve come across.

Last week, though, Middleton was given a stern test.

The Cardinals were challenged by host Madison Memorial, but showed grit and determination on their way to a 25-20, 16-25, 30-28, 25-13 win on Sept. 13.

Middleton, ranked No. 4 in the state, pushed its conference winning streak to 92 straight matches with the victory over the eighth-ranked Spartans.

“Our match against Memorial was great for us,” Middleton coach Dylan Griffith said. “We knew going in that Memorial was having a great season and beat some pretty good opponents from around the state.

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Girls spikers split a pair

Middleton’s girls volleyball team split a pair of matches last week.

Janesville Craig defeated the Cardinals, 26-28, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14, on Sept. 12. Middleton rebounded, though, with a 24-26, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 win over Madison West on Sept. 14.

Middleton coach Ben White wasn’t thrilled how his team played against the visiting Cougars.

“We felt like we took a bit of a step back during this match,” White said. “We had a few too many unforced errors where we watched the ball land with no one going for it and we weren't aggressive enough on our third hits to get Craig out of system.

“Craig controlled the tempo for most of the match. We also struggled with our serve receive, which made it difficult for our setters to run a consistent offense.”

Keaten Davis led Middleton with 15 kills, while Sadie Newcomb had 11 kills and 15 digs. Haley Stoffregan had 17 assists and four aces, while Andrea Wipperfurth had 16 assists, four aces and 19 digs.

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Soccer Cards cruise past West

They still have half of the Big Eight Conference schedule left to navigate.

But Middleton’s boys soccer team has put itself in terrific position to win a second straight Big Eight Conference title.

The Cardinals rolled past Madison West, 3-1, on Sept. 14 and improved to a conference-best 4-0 in the Big Eight. Sun Prairie West is also 4-0.

“We're sitting 4-0 in conference play which is great, but we still have a lot of the season left,” Middleton coach Kevin Pauls said. “We always wear that target so we know we're going to get everyone's best. Nothing is a given and we'll just keep getting ready for the next game.”

The Cardinals were certainly ready for this game.

Pauls has been stressing the importance of the first goal — and his team keeps listening.

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Girls XC team second at Grade Level Challenge

Middleton’s girls cross country team finished second at the Big Eight Conference Grade Level Challenge on Sept. 12.,

“The team had a fantastic showing, losing to a pretty impressive Madison West team,” Middleton co-coach Kelly Julian said. “This race is unique in that athletes race against their grade level. That often opens up opportunities for younger classmen to score points, and potentially place.”

That was certainly the case for freshman Josephine Schiferl, who finished second among freshman race and third overall, completing the 5,000-meter race in 21 minutes, 52.6 seconds.

“She looked relaxed and confident, especially for a freshman runner,” Julian said of Schiferl.

Rory Rhodes was fourth among seniors (22:26.2), while Avery Tiller was sixth among juniors (21:38.6). Morley Schroeder (22:52.5) and Caroline Blust were sixth and seventh (23:21.7) respectively among seniors, while and Olivia Strasia was ninth among juniors (22:14.5).

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Verona spoils Middleton's party

All of the arrangements were in place for one heck of a party.

The first two phases of the Borden Athletic Complex had been completed and were on display for the entire community to see.

Middleton welcomed its arch-rival to town. And 4,000 fans turned out for the bash.

Then Verona spoiled the festivities.

The visiting Wildcats came to Middleton last Friday for the unveiling of the Cardinals’ new and improved stadium and made sure no one from MHS would be celebrating. Verona raced to a 21-0 lead, held off a late Middleton charge and stunned the host Cardinals, 28-21.

“It’s really disappointing,” senior linebacker Sam Pilof said.

Verona, chasing a second straight Big Eight Conference title, improved to 2-0 in the league and 3-1 overall. Middleton, which entered the night ranked No. 3 in the latest Wissports.net Division 1 poll, fell to 1-1, 3-1.

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MHS' boys VB team wins invite

The Wauwatosa East Invite is traditionally one of the top boys volleyball events in the state.

So after Middleton left town with the championship trophy last Saturday, the Cardinals were elated — and excited where their season is headed.

“Throughout the season we have been driving home our mentality and how we approach matches by playing to the level we are capable of every single time we're on the court,” Middleton coach Dylan Griffith said. “All of the guys took that and ran with it. We had some convincing scores against good teams and when our mentality was right, no one was stopping us.”

No one did stop the Cardinals on Saturday.

Middleton opened with a 25-6, 25-17 win over Cedarburg in pool play. The Cardinals then toppled Milwaukee Pius, 25-13, 22-25, 15-6 and upended No. 10 Germantown, 25-20, 25-14 to complete pool play a perfect 3-0.

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MHS golfers come up aces

Middleton’s girls golf team hosted their own invite last Saturday.

And the Cardinals made sure no one had as much fun as the hosts themselves.

Middleton won the star-studded, 20-team event with a sizzling 315-team score at Pleasant View. Waunakee was second at 316, while Oregon (332), DSHA (335) and Green Bay Notre Dame (341) rounded out the top five.

“It's always a goal of ours to win our own invite,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “We have had some struggles finishing the last four holes as of late, so it was great to see the girls finish strong and come out on top.”

Middleton senior standout Vivian Cressman had a sensational round, firing a 1-under-par, 71, and tied for second place. Waunakee star Izzy Stricker won the event with a 65.

Cressman made six birdies and seven pars during her round, and continued what’s been a memorable senior season.

Sophomore Annika Jafferis and senior Ellen Close both carded 80s.

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Girls spikers keep making strides

Revenge is sweet, especially when it comes against a conference rival.

That was the case for the Middleton’s girls volleyball team when they hosted the annual Cardinal Invitational last Saturday.

Just nine days after host Madison Memorial took three of four sets in a Big Eight Conference match on Aug. 31, Middleton earned a rematch on its own turf.

After both teams split a pair of matches in pool play, they met in the Silver Bracket championship game with a fifth-place finish in the 12-team tournament at stake.

The Cardinals left nothing to chance in showing their grit and determination to earn some redemption as Middleton swept the Spartans, 29-27, 25-21 in one of the most exciting matches of the day.

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Soccer Cardinals have strong week

Middleton’s boys soccer team had one its most demanding weeks of the year.

It was also highly successful.

The Cardinals won three of four contests and are now 5-3 on the year and 2-0 in the Big Eight Conference.

“We were happy with 3-1, but know we could've gone 4-0,” Middleton coach Kevin Pauls said.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

• Middleton 7, Madison La Follette 0 — Yijoon Kang led the Cardinals with two goals as Middleton rolled past the Lancers on Sept. 5.

“La Follette played us tough, but we were able to get the better of them,” Pauls said.

Tony Murphy had a goal and an assist, while Middleton also got goals from Jimmy Murphy, Nebil Siraj, Cal Avery and Besian Ljumani. The Cardinals also got two assists from Brennan Mauer and one assist from Riley Kann.

“We controlled the entire game and had lots of positive play from everyone,” Pauls said.

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MHS swimmers keep on shining

Divide and conquer.

Well, almost.

Middleton’s girls swimming team split its roster in half last Saturday and sent teams to two different invitationals. The results were impressive.

Middleton finished in second place at the 12-team Brookfield East Invite. The Cardinals also won the Sun Prairie East Invite.

“We had a great weekend,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “The girls at Sun Prairie swam a lot of season best times, which we are super happy about. We were really proud of the girls for their effort and the result was winning the meet. The girls at Brookfield put up another solid performance. We had some great swims and we have some room for improvement.”

Here's a recap of both events:

 

BROOKFIELD EAST INVITE

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