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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
Oct
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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
Oct
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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.

Thu
12
Oct
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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.”

Thu
12
Oct
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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.

Thu
12
Oct
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Rough week for MHS’ girls spikers

It was a rough week for Middleton girls volleyball team.

The Cardinals dropped Big Eight Conference matches to Sun Prairie West and Fort Atkinson. The Cardinals then went 2-2 at the Westosha Invite.

“A week of very tough opponents with some of the top players we have seen in the state,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “It was odd as we were coming off a big break in the middle of the season. The break allowed us to work on some things, but also probably wasn't the best for us to keep the momentum we had going into the end of September.”

Here's a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Sun Prairie West 3, Middleton 1 — The Wolves defeated the Cardinals, 25-23, 11-25, 25-23, 25-20 on Oct. 3.

Keaten Davis had 10 kills for Middleton, while Andrea Wipperfurth had seven kills and 14 assists. Sadie Newcomb had eight kills, Laina Gustafson had four blocks, Haley Stoffregan had 15 assists and Amber Wahlgren added 14 digs.

Thu
12
Oct
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Soccer Cardinals land No. 2 seed

Their path will be daunting.

But Middleton’s boys soccer team has conquered most challenges that have come its way this season.

The Cardinals received the No. 2 seed in their 16-team sectional, behind only top-seeded Hartland Arrowhead. Middleton opens the postseason Oct. 17 when it hosts 15th-seeded Madison La Follette in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at 7 p.m.

The regional finals are Oct. 21, while the sectional semifinals and finals are Oct. 26 and Oct. 28, respectively.

“It’s slightly disappointing from our standpoint,” Middleton coach Kevin Pauls said of being the No. 2 seed. “Arrowhead (13-0-4) has an undefeated season going, so kudos to them. But we thought when you really looked at who we played and beat compared to who they played and beat we were a little better. Nonetheless, the No. 2 seed is a great accomplishment in our sectional and we're excited to get started.”

Thu
12
Oct
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Middleton swimmers win Cedarburg Invite

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team is in the midst of a memorable season.

And the Cardinals added another chapter last week.

Middleton won the star-studded, 18-team Cedarburg Invitational last Saturday. The Cardinals finished with 549.5 points and edged runner-up Arrowhead (523.5). Muskego (335), Madison West (225.5) and Whitefish Bay (169) rounded out the top five.

Middleton also rolled past Sun Prairie West, 115-54, in a dual meet last Friday.

“We had another strong week,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said.

The highlight came at the Cedarburg Invite, which featured many of the state’s top swimmers and teams.

Middleton’s quartet of Sulia Miller, Lily Mair, Audrey Alexander and Piper Garcia Hall won the 200-yard freestyle relay, while the foursome of Clara Kiehl, Hannah Machleidt, Anna Dart and Tait Haag was third.

Thu
12
Oct
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MHS' XC teams place 9th at Wisco Invite

Middleton’s cross country teams typically bring many younger, less experienced runners to the Wisconsin Lutheran Invite.

This allows the varsity athletes to rest and recover heading into the postseason, while the JV runners get a chance to shine.

So the Cardinals were thrilled when both of their teams finished ninth overall on Oct. 5.

“For sitting five of our top seven runners, we were really happy with these results,” Middleton girls co-coach Kelly Julian said.

Wauwatosa East finished first among the 15 girls teams with 69 points. Middleton was ninth with 271 points.

Middleton freshman Josephine Schiferl was 38th overall in 21 minutes, 27.0 seconds. Junior Avery Tiller was 48th (21:51.60), senior Rory Rhodes was 59th (22:03.30), sophomore Evelyn Mclay was 66th (22:16.70), senior Meredith Pansegrau was 78th (22:55.50).

Thu
05
Oct
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MHS golfers headed back to state

WINDSOR — Recent history suggests otherwise, but Vivian Cressman knows better.

Cressman, a senior on Middleton’s girls golf team, understands how hard it is to make it to the final two days of the season.

“Getting to state is never a given. It takes work,” she said following Monday’s WIAA Division 1 DeForest Sectional held at Lake Windsor Country Club. “I knew this was going to be a really competitive sectional, so I knew the team had to play well.”

And?

“And, we did that today which is great,” Cressman said.

The Cardinals did, indeed, pass the test.

Waunakee won the sectional, edging the Cardinals for the title, 312-315. But on a sun-soaked, summer-like early fall afternoon, Middleton’s score was good enough to advance, as the top two teams and top three individuals from non-qualifying teams earned trips to state.

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