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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.

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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).

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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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05
Oct
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Football Cards clinch playoff berth

Benjamin Franklin famously said that there are only two things that are certain in life — death and taxes.

Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, never witnessed Middleton football.

Much like death and taxes, Middleton qualifying for the playoffs has become a virtual certainty.

The Cardinals toppled Janesville Parker, 35-21, last Friday and earned a trip to the postseason for the 28th straight year. Middleton and Hartland Arrowhead are tied for the state’s longest playoff streak among Division 1 schools.

“It’s definitely a source of pride for the program,” said Middleton co-interim coach Tim Simon. “A streak like that is really impressive.”

Middleton improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big Eight Conference. Parker fell to 4-3, 2-3.

The Cardinals now finish the season by hosting Madison West (2-3, 2-5) Friday at 7 p.m. and are at Madison East (1-4, 1-6) on Oct. 12.

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05
Oct
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Soccer Cardinals gun for No. 1 seed

Sometimes the best-intentioned plans go astray.

Middleton boys soccer coach Kevin Pauls scheduled a pair of non-conference games for last week to help prepare the Cardinals for their upcoming seeding meeting and postseason play.

But after the WIAA released its sectional brackets, matches against Kettle Moraine and Lake Geneva Badger lost their luster.

So when the seeding meeting takes place on Sunday, Middleton’s 4-0 victories over both the Lasers and Badgers, respectively, won’t have as large an impact on a potential No. 1 seed as Pauls hoped.

However, Pauls still welcomed the competition.

“Both games were good non-conference games that should both be helpful in our quest for the No. 1 seed,” he said. 

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05
Oct
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Kratochwill Invite a major success

Brian Finnel is a modest fellow.

Middleton’s boys cross country coach doesn’t want credit or the spotlight.

But the Evan Kratochwill Memorial Invitational — which was started in 2022 by Finnel — continues to be a remarkable success. The event which honors Kratochwill — a former MHS runner who passed away from a double vehicle crash in the Town of Middleton on Oct. 2, 2021 — was a huge hit again last Saturday.

“Brian Finnel really had an incredible vision for this meet and a way to honor Evan and the Kratochwill family,” Middleton’s girls co-coach Kelly Julian said. “He has put so much work into making this meet about the Cross Plains community, the spirit of the sport and a beautiful way to celebrate a young man who means so much to this program. We're really lucky to have him at the lead for so many reasons.”

Making things even better was Finnel’s team shined at its own invite.

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05
Oct
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MHS swimmers win Cardinal Relays

Winning is always a blast.

Winning your own invitational is even more enjoyable.

Middleton’s girls swimming team did just that last Saturday, winning the 13-team Cardinal Relays.

Middleton finished with 236 points and edged runner-up Verona (217) for the title. Arrowhead (150), Madison West (111) and Oregon (82) rounded out the top five.

Middleton won eight of the 11 races and received several terrific performances from its ‘B’ team in many of those events.

“We were really happy how our team swam at the Cardinal Relays, winning eight of the 11 events, and coming away with a close win in the final event of the meet,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said. “We were also really proud of the depth we showed. Our ‘B’ relay was the fastest ‘B’ relay in 10 of the 11 events.”

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Boys spikers cruise past Crusaders

It was a quiet week for Middleton’s boys volleyball team.

In the Cardinals’ only match of the week, though, they made plenty of noise, rolling past Madison Edgewood, 25-14, 25-17, 25-22.

Caden Van Buren led Middleton with 12 kills, six digs and two blocks, while Teddy Young had 10 kills and four digs. Ambrose Engling added six kills, while Brody Stuttgen had 24 assists and two aces.

Sam Jolin had 10 assists and two blocks, while Hudson Sweitzer had three blocks. Dom Rees added three aces and Bryce Stuttgen had two aces.

“Edgewood put up a good fight against us,” Middleton coach Dylan Griffith said. “We came out swinging in the first set. We passed great and had a really balanced offensive spread.

Thu
28
Sep
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Tennis Cardinals win Big 8 title

Middleton’s girls tennis team won the Big Eight Conference tournament held at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Sept. 27-28.

The Cardinals got first place finishes from Sophie Shi at No. 3 singles, Rishika Kommuri at No. 4 singles, their No. 1 doubles team of Ashley Andler and Keena Cheng and their No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Lister and Mia Balistreri.

Middleton finished with 17 points and edged Verona (13) for first place. Janesville Craig (12), Sun Prairie East (12) and Madison West (11) rounded out the top five.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ performances.

 

FIRST PLACE

No. 3 singles — Shi rolled to 6-0, 6-0 wins over girls from Madison East and Madison West to reach the finals. Then in the championship match, Shi defeated Verona’s Nicole Repka, 6-0, 6-2.

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Sep
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Keeping Kratochwill’s memory alive

Evan Kratochwill’s last day included spending time with his parents at his cross country meet.

Kratochwill, who passed away tragically from a double vehicle crash in the Town of Middleton on Oct. 2, 2021, will be honored when Middleton High School hosts the second annual Evan Kratochwill Memorial Invitational at Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains on Saturday.

It will truly be a community event for all ages.

“There will be a community two-mile cross country run/walk beginning at 7:45 a.m.,” Middleton boys cross country coach Brian Finnel said. “That will be followed by the middle school races and the high school races.”

Finnel said an awards ceremony will follow.

Kratochwill was a former student at Glacier Creek Middle School and Middleton High School, as well as a team member of the Middleton cross country team.

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