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Wrestlers win two of three dual meets

Middleton’s wrestlers won two of three dual meets last week.

The Cardinals downed Madison La Follette, 48-30, on Jan. 24.

Middleton then defeated Monona Grove/McFarland, 39-36, and fell to Lodi, 72-0, at a triangular on Jan. 24.

Here’s how the Cardinals fared at each weight class:



113: Kaleo Cardoso (MGE) over (MIDD) (For.)

120: Joe Cristoforo (MIDD) over (MGE) (For.)

126: Xavier Denman (MGE) over (MIDD) (For.)

132: Quran Dunne-Morgan (MGE) over Aiden Dowd (MIDD) (Dec 0-0)

138: Jaden Denman (MGE) over Sam Zanton (MIDD) (Inj. [time])

145: Finn Grauwels (MIDD) over Dominick Hyatt (MGE) (Fall 5:30)

152: Joel Karls (MGE) over (MIDD) (For.)

160: Corben Falk (MIDD) over (MGE) (For.)

170: Seth Bunn (MIDD) over (MGE) (For.)

182: Bryce Falk (MIDD) over Nick Gallagher (MGE) (Fall 0:59)

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Gymnasts sixth at Memorial Invite

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team finished in sixth place in the 10-team White Division at the Madison Memorial Invite last Saturday.

Burlington/Badger won the invite with a team score of 129.850, while Middleton had a 124.850 score.

Middleton freshman Ana Bollig was ninth in the all-around competition with a 31.850 score, while freshman Eva Szczepanski was 10th at 31.80.

Cardinals senior Lucy Hellenbrand was fifth on the balance beam with an 8.150, while Bollig and Szczepanski tied for eighth (8.10) and Kenavan Lindner was 25th (7.10).

Szczepanski was ninth on the uneven bars (7.90), while Lindner was 10th (7.850), freshman Abby Arnold was 15th (7.50) and Bollig was 20th (7.250).

Bollig was seventh on the vault (8.350), Szczepanski was 30th (7.850), sophomore Aubrey Anderson was 35th (7.70) and sophomore Jaelynn Kemp was 37th (7.650).

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Middleton athletes make college choices

Several Middleton High School athletes signed their national letters of intent Wednesday.

In front from left are:

• Gavin Hanson, who will play lacrosse at Carroll University.

• Alex Heuer, who will play volleyball at Cumberland University (Tenn.).

• Gus Wenning, who will play football at Valparaiso.

• Owen Halverson, who will play football at Northern Michigan.

• Joseph Cristoforo, who will run cross country and track at St. Norbert.

• Elizabeth Schwartz, who will run cross country at UW-La Crosse.

• Stephanie Kalscheuer, who will play soccer at Edgewood College.

In back (from left) are:

• Ben Heise, who will play volleyball at Carthage College.

• Kaden Fosdick, who will play volleyball at Purdue Fort Wayne (Ind.).

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Sims set to find Middleton's next football coach

Middleton athletic director Jamie Sims believes the football coaching job at MHS is one of the best in Wisconsin.

“I’m probably biased,” Sims said. “But I think it’s one of the two or three best jobs in the state.”

We’ll soon find out if coaches feel the same way.

Former Middleton coach Jason Pertzborn resigned on Jan. 26 in the midst of a bullying incident inside his program. There’s an ongoing investigation into that incident by the Middleton Police Department and the Middleton Cross Plains School District.

Suddenly, Sims needs to find a new coach — and is optimistic he’ll draw a bevy of high-level candidates.

Sims said on Monday that the job will be posted by Feb. 3. Sims expects the job will stay posted for two weeks, then he expects to begin interviews in mid- to late-February.

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Middleton football coach Jason Pertzborn resigns

Middleton High School football coach Jason Pertzborn resigned Thursday citing personal reasons. Pertzborn, who was also a Business Education teacher at MHS, resigned from that position, as well.

The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board unanimously approved both resignations.

Pertzborn had been placed on administrative leave last week following an incident of alleged harassment within the school’s football program. That incident of misconduct — which took place more than two weeks ago — is being investigated by the Middleton Police Department and the school district.

No arrests have been made at this time.

“We are investigating allegations regarding student-to-student conduct within our football program,” said Shannon Valladolid, district director of information and public relations.

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Middleton moves to 15-0 for first time ever

In the long and storied history of Middleton’s boys basketball program, the Cardinals never had a team begin a season 15-0.

That all changed on Jan. 26.

Middleton rolled past host Sun Prairie East, 73-48, and improved its record to a perfect 15-0 for the first time in school history. The Cardinals also moved to 12-0 in the Big Eight Conference and maintained their four-game lead over three other teams in the race for the league title.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Middleton senior point guard Gavyn Hurley said.

Middleton had lots of fun against Sun Prairie East, which fell to 3-13, 2-12.

Hurley led Middleton with 16 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, while senior wing Kaden Fosdick added nine points, four rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Will Comerford had nine points and three assists, while senior forward Owen Cooney had eight points and four rebounds.

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MHS swimmers win Big 8 dual meet title

Goal No. 1 is in the books.

And this novel seemingly has several terrific chapters remaining.

Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team won the Big Eight Conference regular season title last Friday by cruising to a win at its own triangular. Middleton defeated Janesville Craig, 133-24, and toppled Sun Prairie East, 118-52.

Those wins helped Middleton win the conference’s regular season title with a 9-0 dual meet record.

“The meet went well,” Middleton coach Wes Lagerhausen said. “Having some of our boys finish up their season at the meet, it was great to see them end on a high note. Lots of best times and fun races. The energy was high and the pool was full of spectators.”

Middleton’s foursome of Jack Madoch, Sam Wolf, Theo Wolf and Nick Chirafisi won the 200-yard medley relay, while the Cardinals’ quartet of Max Carter, Ban Cutler Heiderscheit, Caden Van Buren and Jack Madigan was second.

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MHS wrestlers 3rd at Markesan Invite

Middleton’s wrestlers finished third at the nine-team Markesan Invite last Saturday.

Markesan won the tournament with 204.0 points, while Omro (177.5), Middleton (171.5), Tomahawk (154.0) and Westby (131.0) rounded out the top five.

Middleton got second place finishes from Reese Miller at 126 pounds, Sam Zanton at 138 and Seth Bunn at 170 The Cardinals also got third place showings from Finn Grauwels at 145, Bryce Falk at 182, Gavynn Cooper at 220 and Adham Elshaboury at heavyweight.

Here’s a rundown of the Cardinals’ day:


106 — Tavish Frank (7-18) placed 8th and scored 3.0 team points.

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Hockey Cards split a pair

Middleton’s hockey team took a body blow last Friday.

But the Cardinals rebounded a delivered a few haymakers of their own last Saturday.

Middleton fell to Verona, 6-2, on Jan. 20. But the Cardinals bounced back with a 6-2 win over Madison West on Jan. 21.

Middleton improved to 13-7 overall and stayed in second place in the Big Eight Conference at 7-3.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Verona 6, Middleton 2 — Brady Engelkes and Eli Covey had goals for the Cardinals, but it wasn’t nearly enough against the conference-leading Wildcats.

Verona scored late in the first period and midway through the second to take a 2-0 lead. Covey had a power play goal on an assist from Drew Sjowall at the 14:25 mark of the second period to pull the Cardinals within 2-1.

But Middleton failed to take advantage of several other penalty play opportunities.

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Verona tops MHS gymnasts

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team is having a solid season.

But the Cardinals saw what the best team in the area looks like on Jan. 19.

Verona/Madison Edgewood came to Middleton and toppled the Cardinals, 143.325-124.825.

“I know that my girls have been working incredibly hard at practice,” Middleton coach Alexis Lindahl said. “But I feel like my girls got too ‘in their heads.’ ”

Middleton’s top performance came from Kenavan Lindner, who was third on the uneven bars with a 7.850. Ana Bollig was fifth on the vault (8.50), while Eva Szczepanski was sixth on the beam (8.275) and sixth on the bars (7.725), and Jaelynn Kemp was sixth on the floor (8.0).

“At this point in the season, every team is unveiling new skills that they hadn't competed in the beginning of the season,” Lindahl said. “Nonetheless, my girls have been progressing in their routines, too.


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