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Boys golfers keep on rolling

The weather has made life tricky.

Rounds have been at a premium. And when Middleton’s boys golfers have hit the links, they’ve typically been greeted with heavy winds and storms.

But the Cardinals aren’t just surviving. They’re thriving.

Middleton won the 23-team WPGA Invitational at Maple Bluff Country Club last Monday. The Cardinals also won a Big Eight Conference triangular held at Yahara Hills Golf Course last Tuesday, then finished fourth at the 17-team Waunakee Invite held at The Meadows of Sixmile Creek last Saturday.

“I’m very happy,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said of the Cardinals’ start. “The weather has been bad for everyone, but we’re doing pretty well in it.”

That’s for sure.

Middleton posted a team score of 305 to win the WPGA Invite. That was 13 strokes better than runner-up Lodi.

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Boys track team wins Watertown Invite

Four years ago, Middleton’s boys track and field coach Isaac Mezera was looking to add another event to his schedule.

He decided the Watertown Invitational would be a good fit, and today, that move appears to be pure genius.

The Cardinals went to this event last Friday and won the championship for a fourth straight year.

Middleton won the title with 150 points, while Mount Horeb finished with 96. Neenah (86.5), Baraboo (63.5) and Waunakee (58) rounded out the top five.

Watertown was sixth (52.5), followed by Janesville Craig (45.5), Waukesha Catholic Memorial (43), Madison Memorial (43), Sugar River (37) and Lakeside Lutheran (27).

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Walby named Middleton's hockey coach

The final horn had sounded.

Middleton’s hockey season had ended with a double overtime loss to Madison West back in mid-February.

And Steffon Walby finally had clarity.

Middleton’s interim hockey coach was now sure he wanted to return and run the program he had inherited six weeks earlier.

Last Friday, Walby got his wish.

Walby had the interim tag removed and he was named the head coach of Middleton’s hockey program. Walby took over on an interim basis on Jan. 16 when Tony and Steve Libert were forced to resign following a locker room incident.

“Let the fun begin,” Walby said Monday afternoon. “This brings a little spring back in my step, a little more youth. It brings me back to my passion and that’s coaching kids.”

Walby, a Madison Edgewood graduate, played minor league hockey for 11 years and coached professionally for seven more. And after the Libert’s were forced out, Walby stepped in.

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Girls track team shines

Middleton’s girls track and field team enjoyed another terrific week.

The Cardinals took first place at the 11-team Watertown Invite last Friday. Middleton also defeated Janesville Craig, 119-27.

At the Watertown Invite, Middleton was first with 163.5 points, while Neenah (76.5), Lakeside Lutheran (68), Waunakee (67) and Mount Horeb (66.5) rounded out the top five.

Janesville Craig was sixth (61), followed by Madison Memorial (58), Baraboo (53), Watertown (41.5), Sugar River (31) and University Lake School (16).

Middleton won three relays at Watertown.

The 400 meter relay team of Hailee Milton, Emily Zeker, Celia Mayne and Rachel Zander was first in 51.81 seconds. The 800 meter relay team of Zeker, Hanne Andersen-Smith, Abbey Webber and Lauren Smith was first in 1:49.86.

And Middleton’s 1,600 meter relay team of Bobbi Patrick, Zeker, Hanna Docter and Anna Garren was also first (4:09.08).

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Baseball Cards bounce back

Adversity is something every team faces throughout a long season.

How you handle it determines your eventual fate.

Middleton faced its first true difficulty of the year last week, but rebounded with aplomb.

The Cardinals began their week in frustrating fashion, dropping a 13-0 decision to host Janesville Parker last Wednesday. The game was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule, something that had never happened during manager Tom Schmitt’s first 11 seasons.

But Middleton rebounded with an 8-1 rout of Madison East last Thursday. The Cardinals then toppled host Madison West, 6-1, last Saturday.

The Cardinals are now 4-1 in the Big Eight Conference and 5-1 overall.

“It was good to see us come back with good energy and focus,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “We had good leadership by our three captains, Alex Elliott, Jackson Keeler and Luke Schafer.”

Middleton’s trip to Janesville was extremely frustrating.

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Softball Cards finding their groove

It’s still early. No one is arguing that.

But the way Middleton’s softball team is playing bodes extremely well for what lies ahead.

The Cardinals rallied past Beloit Memorial, 13-3, last Thursday. Middleton then toppled host Madison Memorial, 3-1, Monday afternoon.

The Cardinals have now won four of their last five games and improved to 4-2 in the Big Eight Conference and 4-3 overall.

Middleton is also averaging 5.7 runs per game this year after scoring 4.1 a year ago. That’s a jump of 39.0%.

“I think we definitely have the potential to be a good hitting team,” Middleton first-year coach Cherie Hellenbrand said. “They’re working very, very hard and trying to overcome some bad habits that they had.”

That was certainly the case against Beloit Memorial.

Middleton appeared to be in trouble much of the day against the Purple Knights.

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Waunakee topples soccer Cards

No one felt good about the final result.

But Middleton’s girls soccer team felt all right about the progress they made last Thursday.

The Cardinals dropped a 1-0 decision to powerful Waunakee. But Middleton felt as if it improved throughout, and that facing such a high-level opponent so early will pay dividends later in the year.

“Losing always makes you stop and think, and with this early loss, it will make us think,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “But it will better prepare us for our upcoming difficulty in the regular season within our conference.

“We continued to like what we see in our players producing, and to see how many people are stepping up and producing good solid minutes for us. I told the girls we will continue to move and tweak our style and formation until we find the right combination to help us succeed in whatever situation we are in. 

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Boys track team rolls past Parker

Middleton’s boys track and field team has every intention of repeating as Big Eight Conference champs this spring.

And the Cardinals took their first step in that direction last Tuesday, rolling past Janesville Parker, 115-31.

“A great start for the team,” Middleton coach Isaac Mezera said. “We have a lot of season ahead of us, and I'm hopeful we’ll only get better.”

Middleton’s top performance came from Tanner Rahman, who set a personal record in the discus with a throw of 155 feet, 4 inches.

Rahman, who went to state in the discus last year, is now just 14 feet away from the school record.

“This was a massive P.R. for him,” Mezera said.

Andy Keeler won the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 4-inches.

Hans Kunsch won the 110 hurdles (17.0) and the 300 hurdles (41.5).

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Girls track team routs Parker

Middleton’s girls track and field team started Big Eight Conference action in style last Tuesday, rolling past visiting Janesville Parker, 118-28.

“A good night overall and for our first dual meet of the season,” Middleton coach Tara Franklin said. “We were really happy with what the girls were able to do in the conditions we had.

“Even though we practice in any kind of weather, it is difficult to compete when the temps are in the mid-to-low 30's. But with no wind and the sun, we made the best of our home meet and it was quite successful!”

The Cardinals had first place finishes in 16 of the 18 events and swept the top three finishes in six different events.

Middleton’s Hanna Doctor, Hailee Milton and Abbey Webber went 1-2-3 in the 200 meter dash, while Jenny Phillips, Meta Williams and Jordyn Hellenbrand swept the 800.

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Boyle's battle against Alzheimer's is personal

This was not the way John Boyle anticipated spending his retirement.

It’s not the way Haley Boyle thought she’d spend her early-30s.

And it’s certainly not the way Mary Boyle’s golden years were supposed to be.

But Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t care about your plans. It doesn’t ask questions. It only takes names.

And the Boyle’s — one of Middleton’s first families for more than two decades — are feeling the effects.

Mary Boyle, now 61, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010. The ensuing four years have been hell on the Boyle family, changing everything about life as they once knew it.

As a way to help fight this brutal disease, Haley Boyle — the oldest of three children — is chairing the local chapter of the “Blondes vs. Brunettes” football game. Two teams of women — divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes — will compete in a flag football game aimed at one day ending Alzheimer’s.


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