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Wed
20
Mar
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MHS track teams off and running

Middleton’s boys track and field team began the season with an eighth place finish at the 22-team Nelson/Daniels Classic held at UW-Whitewater last Saturday.

Oconomowoc won the meet with 64 points, while Kettle Moraine (36), Mukwonago (33), Madison West (32) and Franklin (29) rounded out the top five.

Middleton finished with 24.5 points.

Middleton’s girls were also 10th out 21 teams with 26.5 points. Oconomowoc won the girls’ meet with 60 points.

Here’s where Middleton’s top performers finished:

 

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• Dante Pasello was second in the 800-meter run, while Jack Johnson was sixth.

• K.J. Peterson was fourth in the shot put.

• Will Whiteis was sixth in the 1,600-meter run.

• Matthew Arnold was seventh in the 400-meter run.

• Jake Leslie was sixth in the high jump.

• Middleton’s 3,200-meter relay team was eighth.

Thu
14
Mar
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Four Cardinals named all-Big 8

Their season didn’t go quite as well as they hoped.

But Middleton’s boys basketball team still fared well when it came to Big Eight Conference honors.

Junior center Will Garlock was named first-team all-Big Eight. Sophomore point guard Isaiah Oliver, junior forward Marquis Walker and senior guard Gavin Meister were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Garlock was joined on the first team by junior wing Chris Davis Jr. of Sun Prairie West, senior forward JJ Douglas of Janesville Parker, sophomore guard Mike Wilson of Madison West, senior guard Camron Henderson of Madison East, junior wing Drew Murphy of Verona, senior forward Gavin Van Wie of Sun Prairie East and senior guard Carson McCormick of Janesville Craig.

Davis Jr. was named the league’s Player of the Year, while Steve Maselter of Sun Prairie East was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Thu
07
Mar
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Middleton falls in playoff opener

When this journey began four months ago, expectations were sky high.

There was a Division 1 big man to build around. There were role players from the previous season excited for their opportunity to shine. And there were three transfers with unique skill sets joining the party.

For whatever reason, though, Middleton’s boys basketball team never could get the pieces to fit. And a year packed with promise ended quietly last Friday night.

Host Janesville Craig shot 60% from the floor and rolled past Middleton, 75-54, in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal.

The 10th-seeded Cardinals, who began the year 6-1, dropped four of their final five games and finished a disappointing 13-12. Seventh-seeded Craig (18-8) went on to defeat second-seeded Waunakee on Saturday to win the regional championship.

Thu
07
Mar
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Frost, Peterson named to All-Star Game

Middleton senior football standouts Dom Frost and KJ Peterson were both named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on July 20 at Titan Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Both Middleton players will compete for the South Large team All-Stars.

Frost was the Big Eight Conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and Defensive Interior Lineman of the Year after posting 53 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks in 2023. Frost, who will play collegiately at Bemidji State (Mich.), also forced a fumble, had one interception, and earned all-Region honors.

Thu
29
Feb
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Falk, Zanton shine at state

MADISON – The dynamic duo is just getting started.

Sam Zanton and Reed Falk have a lot to be proud of following their respective debuts at the 81st annual WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling tournament, which was held last Thursday through Saturday at the Kohl Center.

Zanton (45-3), who had entered the state tournament with a perfect record, and Falk (30-5) achieved a remarkable goal. Both completed their stellar seasons on the podium representing Middleton as top six place winners.

Falk finished in fifth place at 190 pounds, while Zanton was sixth at 150 pounds.

“I know those guys don’t have much experience in multi-day tournaments, two, three-day tournaments like that,” said Middleton coach Kevin Meicher, who won the 126-pound state title as a freshman in 2016. “So, it was a bit tough for both Sam and Reed the third day. But I still love the way that they came prepared.”

Thu
29
Feb
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Hockey Cards fall short of state

Step by step.

Middleton hockey coach Dan Truehl has watched with great pride as his Cardinals have gotten better and better — and advanced further and further — during the impressive start to his tenure at MHS.

In Truehl’s first four seasons as Middleton’s coach, the Cardinals lost their first playoff game in 2021, reached the regional finals in 2022 and the sectional semifinals in 2023.

This year’s Cardinals reached the WIAA Division 1 sectional finals for the first time since 2016, where they dropped a 4-1 decision to Madison Edgewood last Friday at Sun Prairie Ice Arena.

If Middleton continues to take one step forward each season, next year’s group could reach the state tournament for the first time since 2011.

“Next year’s team brings back a lot of talent,” Truehl said after the loss to the Crusaders. “We’ve talked about this the past couple of years, but with every step we take forward, the expectations change.”

Thu
29
Feb
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Rough year ends for girls basketball team

Year 2 of the Rashard Griffth-era did not go well.

Despite that, Middleton athletic director Jamie Sims recently told the Times-Tribune that Griffith — the Cardinals’ girls basketball coach — will return for a third season.

Middleton’s season came to an end with a 76-43 loss to Oregon in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal on Feb. 23. The Cardinals finished the year 6-19, their worst season in at least 30 years.

Middleton also defeated Madison West, 86-20, in a WIAA regional play-in game on Feb. 20.

In the Cardinals’ win over the Regents, senior wing Kenzie Zimmerman and junior guard Sophia Ynclan both had 11 points and senior guard Jaia Carson added 10. Sophomore guard Rowan Borne added nine points, four steals and three assists, while senior forward Stevee Kraemer had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Thu
29
Feb
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Girls gymnasts fall short at sectionals

It’s been five years since Middleton’s girls gymnastics team reached the WIAA Division 1 state meet.

The 2024 Cardinals didn't end that slide, but they came awfully close to doing so.

Middleton finished in third place at the Sun Prairie Sectional on Feb. 22. The top two teams qualify for state.

Verona/Madison Edgewood won the meet with a 146.850 team score, while Sun Prairie was second at 134.950 and earned the final spot to team state. Middleton (132.6250), Waunakee/DeForest (129.3750) and Watertown (125.10) rounded out the top five at the eight-team sectional.

Middleton’s Ana Bollig was ninth on the vault with an 8.350, while Abby Arnold was 11th (8.350), Aubrey Anderson was 13th (8.3250) and Sophie Pop-Vicas was 19th (8.250).

Thu
22
Feb
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Hockey Cards one win from state

There were tough times the last few years.

Moments when Middleton hockey coach Dan Truehl had to close his eyes to envision a night like the one his Cardinals experienced on Feb. 20.

Truehl’s eyes were wide open, though, on Tuesday when his Cardinals played their biggest game in several seasons. And boy oh boy, did Middleton deliver a winning performance.

Ethan Glimme and Wyatt Ehrhardt both had goals for Middleton, while goalie Ian Eberle stopped all 18 shots that he saw. That winning combination allowed the uptart Cardinals to upend host Verona, 2-0, in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal.

Middleton, which was the No. 3 seed in the sectional, advanced to the sectional finals for the first time since 2016 and will meet top-seeded Madison Edgewood. That game is Friday at 7 p.m. at Sun Prairie Ice Arena.

Wed
21
Feb
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Zanton, Falk headed to state

And then there were two.

Middleton sophomore Sam Zanton and freshman Reed Falk secured their first berths in the annual WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling tournament, which begins at the Kohl Center on Thursday.

Zanton (42-0) remained perfect, finishing first at 150 pounds, while Falk (27-3) finished second at 190 pounds at the West Salem/Bangor Sectional last Saturday.

The top two finishers at each weight class advanced to the state tournament.

“It feels pretty good. Two is pretty much par for Middleton,” said Middleton interim head coach Kevin Meicher, who became Middleton’s second state champion when he won the 126-pound title as a freshman in 2016. “I feel like when I was in high school, we always got two to state. I was aiming for more, obviously, but two are good for our first year.”

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