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Patenaude’s big day leads boys track team

A year ago at this time, Finn Patenaude was on the path to the WIAA Division 1 state track and field championships in the 110 meter hurdles.

Now that he’s charted the way, he wants to get back and make it out of preliminaries and into the finals, something he didn’t accomplish in his first go-round.

And he’s on the right track.

The Middleton senior was the Cardinals only two-event winner last Friday night at Otto Breitenbach Stadium during the Big Eight Conference Championships, claiming first in the 110 and 300 hurdles to help his team to a second place with 97 points. Verona took the top spot with 128 points while Madison Memorial was third with 82.5

But more importantly to Patenaude was the mental takeaway from his efforts, not necessarily how he finished. 

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Up and down week for softball Cards

Middleton’s girls softball team had a wild week that saw it travel 230 miles to the north, play teams from all over the state and go 3-3 overall.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ wild week:

• Middleton 4, Beloit 0 — Megan Button threw a complete game, four-hit shutout as the Cardinals cruised past the host Purple Knights on May 9.

Button struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter. She also was the beneficiary of some stellar defense.

“Megan threw a great game and we made some unbelievable plays on defense,” Middleton coach Brittany Carl said. “Maggie Zumbrunnen was phenomenal at shortstop with two diving plays, while Mackenzie Zimmerman had second base locked down across from her. Good defense and timely hitting made the long road trip home much more pleasant.”

Annika Jefferis led the offense with two hits and two RBI, while Button also had two RBI.

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Soccer Cards want short memories

WAUNAKEE – Some games are best put in the rearview mirror as quickly as possible.

So while Middleton’s 4-1 loss at Waunakee last Saturday in a non-conference prep girls soccer match on the Warrior Pitch was difficult to take for the visiting Cardinals, coach Mary Duffy put the rivalry game in perspective.

“We have to move forward and put that game behind us,” said Duffy, after Middleton wrapped up a difficult four-game stretch with a 2-1-1 record that included a 3-0 victory over Madison Memorial on May 9 and a 1-1 tie with Verona on May 11. “We can use the information that it gave us for the postseason, but we need to have short memories so we can focus on the three big games coming up this week.”

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Baseball Cards enjoy big week

Brent Jorgensen will head to his postseason seeding meeting Sunday afternoon.

And Middleton’s baseball manager could be armed with a lot of ammunition.

The Cardinals posted three impressive wins last week and improved their record to a stellar 15-4 this season. Middleton also improved to 10-3 in the Big Eight Conference, just one game behind second place Sun Prairie East (11-2).

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Middleton 5, Waunakee 1 — Jacob Guerrero was sensational on the mound for the visiting Cardinals, allowing just one hit and one earned run in seven innings on May 10.

Guerrero struck out six, walked two and threw strikes on 52 of 84 pitches (61.9%).

Trailing, 1-0, in the fifth, the Cardinals erupted for five runs.

Alden Cleary had a two-run triple, Jason Morgan had a run-scoring double, and both Morgan and Biagio Gargano scored on errors.

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Middleton golfers ready for a postseason push

The postseason is officially here for Middleton’s boys golfers.

And the next few weeks should be packed with excitement, intrigue and drama.

The Cardinals will be at the Big Eight Conference meet Thursday at Evansville Golf Club beginning at 9 a.m.

Middleton then travels to the Madison Memorial Regional Monday beginning at 9 a.m. The top four teams at regionals head to the Waunakee Sectional on May 30 starting at 9 a.m.

The state tournament is June 5-6 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

Middleton wrapped up its regular season with a jam-packed week. Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Middleton Triangular: The Cardinals competed in one of their more exciting triangulars in years on May 9.

Both Middleton and Janesville Craig shot sizzling 297-team scores at Bishop’s Bay. Janesville Parker was a distant third at 365.

Craig’s Wyatt Marshall captured medalist honors with a 68.

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Soccer Cardinals are red hot

This is what Mary Duffy had been waiting for.

Duffy, Middleton’s girls soccer coach, knew her team was capable of playing together and executing at an extremely high level. Last week, that’s exactly what happened as the Cardinals won three straight games.

First, Middleton throttled Janesville Parker, 13-0, on May 4. The Cardinals followed that with a 4-1 win over Fond du Lac at the Brookfield East Al Gusho tournament last Friday.

Middleton then returned to the Gusho tournament and edged Hartland Arrowhead, 1-0, last Saturday.

Middleton is now 7-2-1 on the year and 3-2 in the Big Eight Conference.

“We know what having the whole team on the same page feels like, looks like, sounds like,” Duffy said. “We will need every single person on the team on the same page with the same goals in mind.”

That’s exactly what happened last week.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ impressive performances.

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HTL team ready to roll

Are you ready for some summer league amateur baseball?

Home Talent League president Pat Reilly said despite a later start to the season for the second year in a row, the league — which began in 1929 and will field 44 teams this season — is raring and ready to go.

“We’re in good shape,” said Reilly, who also manages the Dodgeville franchise and high school team and has been involved with the league since 1964. “We’ve got more teams. We’ve got more excitement.”

While the season would already be underway in past years, a number of factors pushed the opening weekend from the beginning of May to the week preceding Memorial Day weekend a year ago and that has carried over to the 2023 season.

“I would say it’s somewhat back to normal except the schedule,” Reilly said of the HTL following the lost 2020 season due to the CO-VID pandemic. “We didn’t go back to a full schedule yet. Part of that is due to the lack of umpires.

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Baseball Cardinals are streaking

Amazingly, the baseball playoffs are less than three weeks away.

And Middleton has picked the perfect time to start playing its best ball of the season.

The Cardinals won all four of their games last week and improved to 13-4 overall and 10-3 in the Big Eight Conference.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Middleton 8, Janesville Parker 4 — The host Cardinals raced to a 7-0 lead after three innings and held off the Vikings on May 2.

“We had a great start both offensively and defensively,” Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen said. “We strung together quite a few hits and quality at bats to start the game and it showed up in the run column.”

Alden Cleary led the Cardinals with three hits, a double and two RBI, while Jackson Rademacher had two hits and two RBI. Easton Harris added two RBI, while Jason Morgan scored two runs.

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Softball Cards enjoy big week

Three up, three down.

And then when Middleton came to the plate against one of the top prep softball pitchers in the state, Sun Prairie East’s Taylor Baker, freshman Hailey Stroede singled back up the middle to lead off the bottom of the first inning.

“That was a big confidence boost for us getting a leadoff single off her,” said Middleton’s Mckenzie Pertzborn.

But?

“But they didn’t fear it,” Pertzborn added. “And that’s on us knowing that we’ve got to move runners early to jump out early in games like this so we don’t fall behind and we can stay confident and play our game.”

Indeed, Middleton failed to manufacture anything out of Stroede’s leadoff single and Sun Prairie took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, ultimately jumpstarting the visiting Cardinals to a 10-2, Big Eight Conference victory last Friday evening at Firefighters Memorial Park in Middleton.

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Girls track team shines

Middleton’s girls track and field team won the Sun Prairie East Quad on May 2.

Middleton finished with 93 points, while Sun Prairie East (79.5), Verona (50.5) and Sun Prairie West (44) rounded out the team scoring.

Sun Prairie East won the boys meet with 95.5 points, followed by Middleton (92), Verona (48.5) and Sun Prairie West (34).

Here’s a list of the Cardinals that notched top-five performances:

 

GIRLS

• Madilyn Vander Sanden won the discus and the shot put.

• Samara Bradtke won the 200-meter dash, while Abby Arnold was fourth and Sam Pomroy was fifth.

• Elizabeth Schwartz won the 1,600-meter run, while Claire Wallsch-Drury was fourth and Meredith Pansegrau was fifth.

• Kydd Amelia won the 3,200-meter run, while Daniela Abell-Guzman was second and Juliette Mandlebrot was third.

• Elle Seager won the high jump, while Noel Neuser was fourth.

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