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Middleton rallies past Craig

Like sand through an hourglass, time was running out on the Middleton football team’s chances last Friday against Janesville Craig.

Then the Cardinals forced a turnover deep in Craig territory. And another one. And just for good measure, one more.

Suddenly, what was a six-point fourth-quarter deficit turned into a blowout — a 33-13, Big Eight Conference victory for the Cardinals that kept alive their league championship hopes.

Middleton actually forced four straight interceptions, although the first one didn’t lead to any points. And three of the four were by defensive linemen.

You don’t see that very often.

“No, you don’t,” said safety Jacob Francois, who had one of the four picks.

“We’re very proud of our guys for persevering,” co-interim head coach Tim Simon added of the team’s offensive struggles through three quarters. “Because things weren’t going the way that we had hoped.”

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MHS golfers roll to Big Eight title

They’ve dominated the league all season long.

And the Big Eight Conference meet was more of the same.

Middleton’s girls golf team — which went undefeated in the dual meet season — also won the conference meet held at Evansville Country Club last Thursday.

Middleton shot a 319-team score to easily outdistance runner-up Verona (384).

“I had the girls set a goal going into the conference tournament and they said their goal was to shoot under 320,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “They all came together and achieved that goal. Evansville is always a tough track for us, so it was great to see the girls play well and achieve their team goal.”

Cardinals senior Vivian Cressman captured medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70. Cressman made four birdies, two bogeys and 12 pars.

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Soccer Cardinals win two of three

Meat Loaf once performed a power ballad called “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad.”

Middleton’s boys soccer coach Kevin Pauls felt that way after last week.

But Pauls, who believes he has a team capable of making a run at the state tournament, has higher goals than “ain’t bad.”

Middleton won two of three games, which was certainly serviceable. But Pauls and the Cardinals certainly wanted.

“Not a bad week, but not exactly what we wanted,” Pauls said.

Middleton dropped a 1-0 decision to Madison East on Sept. 19, then rebounded with an 8-0 victory over Sun Prairie East on Sept. 21 and a 5-0 blanking of Janesville Craig on Sept. 23.

The Cardinals are now 8-4-0 overall and lead the Big Eight Conference with a 6-1 mark. Sun Prairie East and Verona, who are both 5-1 in the conference, are nipping at the Cardinals’ heels, though.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week.

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28
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Tennis Cards second at Verona Invitational

Middleton’s girls tennis team reached the championship match of last Saturday’s Verona Invite, where it fell to Brookfield East, 5-2.

The Cardinals notched wins over Madison West, Kenosha Indian Trail and Green Bay Notre Dame to reach the finals.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s performance at the tournament:

• Middleton 5, Madison West 2 — The Cardinals’ top three singles players — Netra Somasundaram, Lydia Sabat and Sophie Shi — all posted straight set wins. Middleton also got wins from its No. 1 doubles team of Ashley Andler and Keena Cheng, and its No. 3 team of Hannah Lister and Mia Balistreri.

• Middleton 7, Kenosha Indian Trail 0 — The Cardinals rolled to straight set wins at all seven flights.

Somasundaram, Sabat, Shi and Haley Klatt each notched singles wins. Middleton’s doubles teams of Andler/Cheng, Sarah Li/Sophia Pientka and Lister/Balistreri all posted comfortable wins, as well.

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28
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Girls spikers win two matches

Middleton’s girls volleyball team posted a pair of impressive wins last week.

The Cardinals swept Madison East 25-12, 25-12, 25-20, on Sept. 19. Middleton then posted a grueling 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 win over Sun Prairie East on Sept. 21.

In Middleton’s win over Madison East, Laina Gustafson, Keaten Davis and Sadie Newcomb all had six kills, while Haley Stoffregan had 12 assists and Andrea Wipperfurth added 11 assists.

Abby Tubbs had eight digs and Alina Wisinski added six digs, while Stoffregan had four aces and Emma Tubbs had three aces.

“Madison East was a good match for us to get many players the opportunity to see the court and get some live action against a different opponent,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “We were able to see some of our younger players like Brooke Michelotti, Elyssa Ross and Alina Wisinski make contributions in a varsity win.”

Middleton followed that with a grueling, three-set win over Sun Prairie East.

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Girls spikers win two matches

Middleton’s girls volleyball team posted a pair of impressive wins last week.

The Cardinals swept Madison East 25-12, 25-12, 25-20, on Sept. 19. Middleton then posted a grueling 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 win over Sun Prairie East on Sept. 21.

In Middleton’s win over Madison East, Laina Gustafson, Keaten Davis and Sadie Newcomb all had six kills, while Haley Stoffregan had 12 assists and Andrea Wipperfurth added 11 assists.

Abby Tubbs had eight digs and Alina Wisinski added six digs, while Stoffregan had four aces and Emma Tubbs had three aces.

“Madison East was a good match for us to get many players the opportunity to see the court and get some live action against a different opponent,” Middleton coach Ben White said. “We were able to see some of our younger players like Brooke Michelotti, Elyssa Ross and Alina Wisinski make contributions in a varsity win.”

Middleton followed that with a grueling, three-set win over Sun Prairie East.

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Swimmers dunk Madison East

Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team came one step closer to clinching the Big Eight Conference dual meet title last Friday.

The Cardinals rolled past Madison East, 135-32, and improved to 6-0 in the conference.

“We swam very well vs. Madison East, and got a chance to see our girls swim some events they don't typically do,” Middleton coach R.J. Leiferman said.

Middleton’s first place finishes included:

• The 200-yard medley relay, where Audrey Alexander, Brynn Sundell, Sulia Miller and Piper Garcia-Hall were first.

• The 200-yard freestyle relay, where Hannah Machleidt, Lily Mair, Aoife Ryan-Kaiser and Anna Dart were first.

• And the 400-yard freestyle relay won by the quartet of Kaylee Burt, Garcia Hall, Ellie Eisele and Clara Kiehl.

• Sundell won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.

• Addy Palmer won the 200-yard IM.

• Irene Lee captured the 50-yard freestyle.

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28
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Boys spikers fare well at Middleton Invite

Middleton has ruled the Big Eight Conference in boys volleyball for 12 years.

The Cardinals extended their winning streak to 93 matches in Big Eight play when they swept Madison West 25-16, 26-24, 25-11 on Sept. 20.

But senior outside hitter Ambrose Engling said that isn’t enough for the Cardinals, who are in search of their elusive first WIAA state championship.

Engling said the Cardinals hope to use tournaments like their own Middleton Invitational to prepare them for their ultimate goal.

“We’ve had a lot of close matches, so it’s really great that we’re getting that experience now because we’ve gone undefeated in conference for about 12 years,” said Engling, who will attend Princeton University next year to play volleyball and study architecture or economics. “So we need those close matches. Most teams never go undefeated. All that matters is the state tournament at the end of the year.

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Middleton boys 13th at Midwest Invite

They wanted more.

The good news is there’s still plenty of time to get it.

Middleton went to the Midwest Invite at Blackhawk Golf Course in Janesville last Saturday and finished 13th out of 50 teams. The Cardinals, who entered the star-studded race ranked 10th in the state, were hoping for more.

“Well, that was a rough one,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “We were pretty disappointed in the performance.

“Finishing 13th and being ranked 10th was certainly not what we envisioned. I really thought we’d be top-five. A few of the teams ahead of us we beat earlier in the season, too. Definitely a surprise.”

Oconomowoc won the race with 102 points, while Middleton finished with 435 points.

“I have seen our improvement and the workouts have been quite well,” Finnel said. “This was definitely not a reflection of how good this team is. I know the team is doing some soul-searching and I am reflecting on righting the ship.

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Middleton gets back on track

MADISON — When it was determined an hour before game time that star senior running back Bryce Falk would miss last Thursday’s Big Eight Conference game against Madison Memorial due to an injury, the Middleton Cardinals opted to unleash their not-so-secret weapon.

And the host Spartans had no answer.

Middleton senior quarterback Gabe Passini ran for 198 yards on 19 attempts and scored three touchdowns to spark the Cardinals’ 31-20 victory over Memorial at Mansfield Stadium.

Passini, who also completed 11 of 20 passes for 115 yards, tormented Memorial all evening.

“If he doesn’t have that type of performance, we don’t win this game tonight,” Middleton co-head coach Tim Simon said of Passini.

Cardinals’ senior starting left tackle Hudson Cleary agreed.

“His running is something special. It’s like something I’ve never seen,” Cleary said of Passini. “It seems like every time he gets hit, he gets another five yards.

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