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Baseball Cards stay red hot

The postseason is quickly approaching.

And if Middleton’s baseball team continues its recent hot streak, a playoff run is certainly possible.

The Cardinals won two of three games last week — splitting a pair with Verona and downing Waunakee. Middleton, which has won six of seven games, is now 11-7 overall and 8-4 in the Big Eight Conference.

“We are playing better and better baseball each week,” said Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen, who became a father for the second time last week. “Over these last two weeks especially, it's been great to watch the kids rewarded for their hard work with victories against quality opponents and some decisive victories as well.

“We still aren’t playing our best baseball yet but we are continuing to make strides in the right direction and it's exciting to be a part of this process.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

Fri
04
Jun
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Track teams shine at Myhrum Invite

The Myrhum Invitational is like a mini-state preview in the track and field world.

Many of the top teams and athletes across Wisconsin attend the meet held at Hartland Arrowhead. And the results are often a precursor for what lies ahead at state later this month.

That’s good news for Middleton.

The Cardinals’ girls finished third at the 30-team field, while Middleton’s boys were fifth out of 22 teams.

On the girls’ side, Hartland Arrowhead finished first with 69 points. Kimberly was second with 61, while Middleton (56), Shorewood (51) and Oak Creek (42.5) rounded out the top five.

Middleton’s Kobi Davis won the shot put with a mark of 39-feet, 11 inches. That was 11 inches better than runner-up Kayla Behnke of Kimberly.

Lauren Pansegrau was second in the 1,600 and Zaira Malloy-Salgado was fourth. Allison Thomley was also fifth in the high jump.

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04
Jun
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HTL team wins opener

There was rust.

And there were a few cobwebs.

Once Middleton’s Home Talent League team got rolling, though, it was just like old times.

The 29ers rallied from a 4-0 deficit and toppled Mazomanie, 10-4, last Saturday in their 2021 season opener. Middleton struck for five runs in the seventh and five more in the ninth to prevail.

It marked Middleton’s first game in nearly two years after the 2020 season was wiped away due to COVID-19.

“It took us a while to get going,” Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand said. “First game out in almost two years and we had to brush off the cobwebs. 

“We hit the ball hard early, but everything was right at them. We couldn’t get anything to fall. Once we got to their bullpen in the seventh, we were able to scratch across some runs and take the momentum.”

That’s for sure.

Fri
28
May
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Tennis Cards dialing up winners

They are undefeated.

They have climbed to No. 2 in the state.

And all of their goals certainly seem within reach.

Middleton’s boys tennis team went a perfect 4-0 at the star-studded Nicolet Invite last weekend. The Cardinals also rolled past Madison West, Waunakee and Verona last week, winning all seven of their matches in impressive fashion.

“The season has been pretty special to this point,” Middleton coach Tony Mirasola said. “The way we have played consistently from top to bottom has been really impressive.

“With the schedule being condensed we have only had a handful of practicing, but with all of the talented guys we have they have come together as a team quickly. Guys support one another and help each other push through those tough matches and have stepped up when others have been hurt.”

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ impressive week:

Fri
28
May
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Baseball Cardinals are rolling

MADISON – A late afternoon shower threatened to put a damper on Middleton’s bid for payback at Warner Park last Friday.

But the show eventually went on, and the baseball Cardinals turned the ‘Duck Pond’ into their own private playground.

Senior left-hander Aidan Williams allowed just three hits and struck out eight batters over five innings, and the Cardinals took advantage of eight wild pitches from Madison La Follette pitchers to blank the host Lancers, 9-0, in a Big Eight Conference game.

Middleton (9-6 overall, 7-3 Big Eight) earned a split of the season series with La Follette (4-5, 4-5), which edged the Cardinals, 2-1, on May 14.

Fri
28
May
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Golfers poised for postseason run

Amazingly, the second season is here.

And if Middleton’s boys golf team continues its upward ascent, the Cardinals could make it a memorable postseason.

The Cardinals finished the Big Eight Conference regular season with an 8-1 mark after winning a triangular on May 19 at Edelweiss. Middleton shot a 307 to edge Verona (311) and Madison West (372).

Middleton is also ranked No. 3 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll. Only Kettle Moraine and Hartland Arrowhead are ranked ahead of the Cardinals.

Middleton senior Jacob Beckman — a University of Wisconsin recruit — led the Cardinals with a 69 at Edelweiss. After struggling with his putter in recent weeks, Beckman heated up and led Middleton to an important win.

“Jacob's 69 was great to see,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “He's been close, but the putts finally found the hole. He's had all kinds of good looking birdie putts in the last couple weeks, but not many have fallen.” 

Fri
28
May
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Soccer Cards unbeaten in Big 8

The road is about to get a lot tougher.

But Middleton’s girls soccer team has put itself in terrific position to chase a Big Eight Conference title this spring.

The Cardinals defeated Madison Memorial, 3-2, last Thursday and improved to 4-0 in the league. Middleton also dropped a 3-0 decision to Mukwonago last Saturday and is now 5-3-1 overall.

“So far with the Big Eight, we are doing well, but our tough matches have only started with Memorial,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “This upcoming week we have West, Verona, and the next week Sun Prairie and (Janesville) Craig back to back.   

“Amazingly enough, it seems like we have just started the season and yet, we have two more weeks of regular season games. We have had a handful of practices and lots of games. We are just starting to gel and figure out our strengths together as a team.”

Middleton’s win over Memorial was impressive.

Thu
20
May
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Softball Cards vault to No. 6

When the 2015 girls softball season ended, Middleton was in the ‘Others Receiving Votes’ category in the final state poll. That’s the last time the Cardinals came close to cracking the top-10.

Until now.

The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association/WisSports Coaches Poll was recently released and the Cardinals checked in at No. 6.

It’s easy to see why, too.

The Cardinals are 12-1 overall and lead the Big Eight Conference with a 6-0 mark. Middleton pushed its winning streak to six games last week with a pair of victories over Madison Memorial, and wins over both Madison West and Mount Horeb.

Thu
20
May
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Wait ends for girls track team

Jay Schweitzer waited for this moment for what felt like a lifetime.

Schweitzer was hired as Middleton’s girls track and field coach before the 2020 season. Of course, COVID-19 led to the cancellation of spring sports, so it was two years before Schweitzer led his team into battle.

“I missed being with the team very much,” Schweitzer said. “I felt so terrible for those seniors last year who lost their last season. This past year has been difficult for so many and I am just happy we are able to do something this year.

“A lot of effort has been put in by so many just to make this possible — from our athletics office to the parents working with their kids, and the kids themselves — staying motivated and coming prepared for a season after a year off. I feel extremely lucky to be able to help these great kids enjoy their high school time and I always leave track practice happier than when I arrived.”

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20
May
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Boys track team has high hopes

Joe Line met the current sophomore class for what felt like five minutes.

He had no experience with the current freshman.

So as Middleton’s boys track and field coach got ready for the 2021 season, he knew there would be a lot of unanswered questions. That’s OK, though.

After losing the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19, Line was just glad to get a chance to find some answers this year.

“It has been great for everyone,” Line said of the new season. “We are getting to know a lot of new faces as we only had a week with the freshmen last year. We just feel good that we have a track season again and really focused on making it a fun season.”

Line does have a handful of veterans he’ll build around.

Senior Quinn Calvin went to state as a sophomore in the long jump. Calvin will compete in the long jump again, as well as the sprints.

Max Foland went to state as a sophomore in the 4x400 and hopes to return on his own in the open 400.

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