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11
May
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Girls soccer splits a pair at Brookfield East

The Al Gusho Invite held at Brookfield East High School traditionally includes some of the top girls soccer teams in the state.

This year was no different, and the fact Middleton was able to earn a split had the Cardinals feeling OK about where they’re headed.

Middleton opened with a 1-0 win over Neenah last Friday. DePere then edged the Cardinals, 1-0, last Saturday.

Middleton had a sensational start against Neenah and struck just 4 minutes into the game. Sam Von Ruden had a strong wing run, then Devan Utter cut across the goal face, and tapped it towards the goal at the same time as she was tackled by her defender and the goalie. 

Utter’s shot bounced off the goalie and into the net giving Middleton a 1-0 lead. 

Thu
05
May
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Baseball Cardinals keep on rolling

Survival of the fittest.

That’s what many spring sports might turn into over the next few weeks.

After rain, wind, sleet and snow have caused postponements of games for more than a month now, teams everywhere have been forced to jam additional games into a tiny window.

Right now, though, Middleton’s baseball team is doing a tremendous job of handling the additional workload. The Cardinals played games on five straight days last week and went an impressive 4-1.

“It was a long week of baseball, but our guys did a great job of staying focused in the moment of each game,” Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen said. “We also had a few moments that really tested us as a team.”

Middleton defeated Milton, 5-0, on April 25 and fell to Verona, 13-8, on April 26. The Cardinals rolled past Beloit Memorial, 11-0 on April 27 and turned the tables on Verona with a 5-0 win on April 28.

Thu
05
May
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Golfers hitting their stride

Tom Cabalka knows all of the parts are there.

Getting them to fit together — and having them all perform at the same time — has been a little trickier.

Cabalka, Middleton’s boys golf coach, has one of the more gifted groups in the state. But getting the Cardinals to shine at the same time has been a hit-and-miss deal.

Last week was the perfect example.

Middleton played sensational golf and won the 21-team Madison Edgewood Invite held at Blackhawk Country Club on April 25. The Cardinals had a solid day and were fourth at the Onalaska Invite on April 29.

Middleton then struggled through some brutal conditions and finished in 12th place at the MACC Fund Invitational last Saturday at Erin Hills Golf Course.

“Inconsistency by all of our players has been the biggest issue,” Cabalka said. “It's been like riding big waves on an ocean, some very good highs and some pretty big lows. 

Thu
05
May
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Patenaude leads boys track team

SUN PRAIRIE – Finn Patenaude isn’t afraid of a challenge.

That is why the Middleton junior plays varsity soccer in the fall and competes for Middleton’s club ski team in the winter, when he plays indoor soccer, as well. He also competes for a Madison-based Cyclocross team.

So when he opted to give track and field a try in middle school, Patenaude naturally gravitated toward the hurdles.

Good choice.

Patenaude recorded a pair of top-five finishes in the hurdles events at the 19-team Paul Frank Invitational hosted by Sun Prairie High School last Friday.

“I’ve played soccer my whole life. As a striker, an attacker, I love obstacles,” Patenaude said. “So when I went to my first track practice it was, ‘oh, I’ve got to try those’. That seemed easy for me.”

Thu
05
May
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Girls track team battles at Sun Prairie Invitational

SUN PRAIRIE – Madilyn Vander Sanden welcomed the new track and field season, weather permitting, with new goals, new expectations and a different role on the Middleton girls track and field team.

Vander Sanden is off to a great start, surpassing her personal record in the shot put already this spring with a mark of 36 feet, 9 ¼ inches.

She didn’t set a new personal record last Friday when she competed at the 19-team Paul Frank Invitational at Sun Prairie High School. But Vander Sanden uncorked a toss of 34-8 on her second throw in the finals to finish in fourth place for the Cardinals.

Mosinee’s Brooke Baumann won the event with a throw of 36-0.

Thu
05
May
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Softball Cardinals win three of four

Middleton’s girls softball team continues to take care of business against the bottom half of the Big Eight Conference.

Now, the Cardinals have to solve the top half of the league.

Middleton won three of four games last week, starting with a 6-2 win over Madison East on April 26. Madison Memorial toppled the Cardinals, 5-1, on April 27, but Middleton responded by sweeping a doubleheader against Madison La Follette — 17-0 and 17-1 — last Friday.

“Thankfully, this team is resilient,” Middleton coach Brittany Carl said. “We accepted the loss, learned from it, and then we moved on.”

The Cardinals are now 8-4 overall and sit alone in second place in the Big Eight at 7-2.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Middleton 6, Madison East 2 — Bailey Flock threw a complete-game four hitter to power the Cardinals past the Purgolders.

Flock gave up just one earned run, struck out two and walked two.

Thu
05
May
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Soccer Cards navigate brutal schedule

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

That’s how Middleton’s girls soccer coach Mary Duffy views scheduling.

Duffy loads the Cardinals up with one of the best non-conference schedules in the state. And the goal is to have Middleton ready for anything and everything when the postseason arrives.

Last week was another example of that as Middleton traveled to the Iowa Tournament of Champions. The Cardinals went 1-2 overall, but left knowing they can play with anyone and everyone.

Middleton also rolled past Beloit Memorial, 10-0, on April 26 and dropped a 1-0 decision to Madison Memorial on April 27. The Cardinals are now 3-4-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Eight.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

Thu
05
May
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Tennis Cards still unbeaten

It’s already been a memorable year for Middleton’s boys tennis team.

And the Cardinals added to their sensational season last week.

The Cardinals won three matches at the power-packed Brookfield East Invite held last Friday and Saturday. Middleton also notched Big Eight Conference wins over Sun Prairie and Verona.

The Cardinals improved to 14-0 on the season and are 6-0 in the Big Eight.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

• Middleton 7, Verona 0 — The Cardinals rolled to straight set wins at all four singles and all three doubles flights and downed the Wildcats on April 26.

Ian Connell, Jonathan Kim, Aarush Gupta and Alan Kanne all cruised to singles wins. In doubles play, Middleton’s duos of Kieran Gopal and Ilya Rice, Saketh Peddireddy and Jun Lee, and Neel Mukherjee and Bodi Russo rolled to straight set wins.

Thu
05
May
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Boys lacrosse team wins three straight

Middleton’s boys lacrosse team has heated up and rolled off three straight wins.

The Cardinals defeated WestSide, 15-3, on April 19. Middleton cruised past Sun Prairie, 14-3, on April 29 and toppled D.C. Everest, 12-5, last Saturday.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ recent games.

• Middleton 15, Westside 3 — Gabe Passini tied a school record with seven goals. Kevin Grelle had held the previous record.

"The win at WestSide was the beginning of something for the offense,” Middleton coach Sanford Erdahl said. “We knew that shifting Gabe Passini to attack would increase ball movement, but his tying the school record of goals in a game was a bonus.”

• Middleton 14, Sun Prairie 3 — Will O’Brien powered Middleton to a win over visiting Sun Prairie.

O’Brien won 83.3% of his faceoffs (15 of 18) and ranks among the state leaders in that category.

Thu
28
Apr
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Baseball Cardinals lead the Big Eight

There are a lot of games still to be played.

When last week ended, though, just one team remained unbeaten in the Big Eight Conference baseball race.

Middleton.

The Cardinals swept a pair of games from Madison West and finished the week 4-0 in the conference.

That had Middleton and Janesville Craig (5-1) tied for first place in the league. Sun Prairie and Verona (4-2) were both one game back.

“Both games were very similar,” Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen said. “We didn’t do a lot of flashy things, but played aggressively and took advantage of several mistakes that West made. Conversely, we were able to minimize our mistakes and turn back most of their scoring chances during both games. 

‘I think that means we are starting to become a good team as we were able to put up two good wins without a whole lot of flashy things in the box score.” 

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

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