Sports

Wed
11
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Hockey Cards open Big 8 play 2-0

 

Middleton’s hockey team would love to win every time it takes the ice.

But if the Cardinals were going to suffer a defeat last week, they picked the right game to do so.

Middleton won a pair of Big Eight Conference games, toppling Sun Prairie, 4-1, last Tuesday and downing Madison Memorial, 2-1, in overtime last Thursday. The Cardinals fell to Monona Grove, 7-5, last Saturday, but still felt pretty good about gaining four points in the conference.

“The good news is we won the two conference games,” Middleton co-coach Steve Libert said. “We had a great opportunity to sweep the week, but we ran out of gas and let our fading legs affect our hockey brain.

Wed
11
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Swimmers start strong

 

It was a week that had to border on exhausting and exhilarating — all at the same time.

Middleton’s boys swimming team opened its season with three meets in five days, and performed admirably at each one.

The highlight came Saturday, when Middleton won a championship at the 14-team Nicolet Sprint Invite. The Cardinals also dropped a dual meet to Madison Memorial, and finished in third place at the Brookfield East Invite.

“It was a long week for the team,” Middleton coach Luke Lengfeld said. “The times got better and we put our best foot forward.”

Middleton was at its best during the Nicolet Invite.

The Cardinals were runaway winners, finishing with 386 points. Cedarburg was a distant second at 252, while Shorewood (236), Verona/Mount Horeb (227) and Waukesha North/ Kettle Moraine/ Pewaukee (202) rounded out the top five.

Wed
11
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Wrestlers 2nd at Reedsburg Invite

 

Middleton’s wrestling team opened its season by finishing in second place at the Reedsburg Invite on Saturday.

Host Reedsburg won the seven-team event, followed by Middleton, La Crosse Logan, Westby, Westfield, Oregon and Monroe.

Middleton opened with a 38-36 win over La Crosse Logan.

The Cardinals got pins from Brandon Best at 152 pounds, Nathan Dresen at 160, Shay Haase (170), Taggart Haase (182) and Sean Benedict (heavyweight).

Middleton’s Chris Rogers notched a 12-2 win at 126 and Marino Alcorta had a 10-0 victory at 145.

The Cardinals then rolled past Oregon, 57-15.

Middleton got pins from Trevaun Turner at 113, Rogers (126), Best (152), Dresen (160), Shay Haase (170), Lon Yeary (220) and Benedict (heavyweight). Middleton’s Colton Best received a forfeit at 106, Justin Swiersz posted a 6-5 win at 132, Alcorta had a 9-2 win at 145 and Taggart Haase notched a 3-2 win at 182.

Middleton also cruised past Westby, 54-16.

Tue
03
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Middleton ends streak, tops Memorial

 

It had been exactly eight years and 10 months.

Derek Rongstad decided that was long enough. Luke Schafer, Max Oelerich and the rest of Middleton’s boys basketball team agreed.

So after years of frustration, the Cardinals finally had their moment in the sun Tuesday night.

Middleton defeated visiting Madison Memorial, 54-50, in a Big Eight Conference thriller. That win was the Cardinals’ first over the Spartans since Feb. 3, 2005.

In the time since, Memorial had rolled off 20 straight wins over Middleton. And Cardinals coach Kevin Bavery had an 0-17 record against Memorial during his time at Middleton.

Afterwards, Middleton’s student body stormed the court. And the Cardinals celebrated their most impressive regular season win in years.

“As a player, you hear it in the background that Memorial has Middleton’s number,” said Schafer, a senior guard. “So to finally beat these guys feels great.”

Tue
03
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Swimmers thinking big again

 

The goals rarely change anymore.

Middleton’s boys swimming team has become one of the state’s elite outfits. And year-in and year-out, the Cardinals’ aspirations are largely the same.

It begins with competing for a championship in the Big Eight Conference, which is undoubtedly the state’s premier league. It extends to sending as many swimmers as possible to state.

And it ends with a top-five finish at the state meet.

The Cardinals finished fourth at state a year ago, and bring several key cogs back from that team. And when Middleton began its season Tuesday at the Brookfield East Invite, the expectations were for another big year.

“I bring the same approach each year,” Middleton coach Luke Lengfeld said. “That our team can compete with the best in the state and should be considered a top team in the state.  

Tue
03
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Middleton wrestlers gun for top — again

 

Kent Weiler wasn’t shy.

Middleton’s wrestling coach was discussing the Big Eight Conference race recently. And Weiler wasn’t running from expectations.

Instead, he was creating them.

“Middleton’s the team to beat,” said Weiler, whose team begins its season Saturday at the Reedsburg Invite. “I don’t care about any of the other teams. They have to contend with us. Middleton’s the team to beat right now.”

It’s easy to see why Weiler is so bold.

Middleton won the Big Eight’s dual meet title and the conference championship a year ago. Now, the Cardinals bring back 10 letterwinners — including five that competed at sectionals — and should field an extremely talented team once again.

“I’m pretty excited,” Weiler said. “I don’t know if guys know what the expectations are right now. But we’ve improved each and every year. We lost a good group of guys, but I believe we’ve filled the holes fairly solid at this point.”

Tue
03
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Girls basketball team falls to No. 1 Oak Creek

 

BROOKFIELD — It was a perfect storm — or an imperfect one in the eyes of Middleton’s girls basketball team.

The Cardinals are a team still searching for a point guard. Oak Creek, the state’s No. 1 team, is long athletic, and pressures teams throughout.

So when those teams met at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout last Friday night, the results weren’t pretty.

Middleton turned the ball over a whopping 38 times and fell to the Knights, 53-29, in its season-opener.

“You can’t win when you have more turnovers that shots,” said Middleton coach Jeff Kind, whose team had just 25 shots from the field. “But we’ll get there and we’ll get better as the year goes along.

“We just weren’t ready for that yet. We still need to do a lot of work with our point guards.”

Mon
02
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Rogeberg steps down from football staff

 

Middleton’s football coaching staff took a hit recently.

Brad Rogeberg, the Cardinals’ defensive line coach and a member of the coaching staff for 22 years, stepped down.

“The main reason for giving up coaching was the total time commitment that is needed to coach varsity football at Middleton,” Rogeberg said. “This year I was averaging around 35 hours a week.

“No one understands how much time is required to coach varsity football these days except another varsity football coach. With the time put in I did not spend the time that I wanted to with my family.”

Rogeberg spent his first two years at the freshman level, and the last 20 with the varsity. For the past 15 years, Rogeberg has been in charge of the football out of season strength and conditioning workouts. Then in 2012, Rogeberg and Steve Myrland took over as strength and conditioning coaches for the entire sports program at Middleton.

Mon
02
Dec
MTT News Desk's picture

Hockey Cards start strong

Middleton’s hockey team had an impressive debut last week.

The Cardinals started their year with a flurry of activity, and finished by winning two of their first three games.

Middleton defeated Beloit Memorial, 5-3, in its season opener on Tuesday.

The Cardinals then toppled Waunakee 2-0, and fell to University of Milwaukee School, 3-0, during a weekend tournament in Milwaukee.

“Every player got ice in key situations whether they recognized it or not,” Middleton co-coach Steve Libert said. “Hopefully the experience will help speed up our development and learning curve.”

The Cardinals had a fast start against Beloit Memorial, jumping to a 3-0 lead and cruising home.

“First game of the year so the there was a lot of unknowns,” Libert said. “We came out pretty good and scored a couple goals, but as soon as we scored the third one we called it a day. All of their goals were gift wrapped by us.”

Mon
25
Nov
MTT News Desk's picture

Cards girls BB team gunning for the top

 

Many teams across the state would love the type of girls basketball season Middleton enjoyed last winter.

The Cardinals went 15-9 overall. Middleton was a respectable 12-6 in the Big Eight Conference and finished fourth. And the Cardinals reached the WIAA regional finals, where they fell in overtime to Madison La Follette.

All in all, it was a solid season.

But the Cardinals have become accustomed to being more than solid. They’ve been special.

And this year’s outfit could be exactly that.

Middleton returns the majority of its key players from a year ago and picked up a talented foreign exchange student. Now, the Cardinals are aiming to move back atop a league they had dominated for years.

That journey begins Friday, when the Cardinals face Oak Creek — the No. 1 team in the state — at 7:45 p.m. at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Sports