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Thu
28
Dec
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Swimmers cruise past Sun Prairie East

Middleton’s boys swimming team rolled past Sun Prairie East, 112-58, on Dec. 19.

“I am excited to see the work we can do during the Winter Break and have some time away from meets,” Middleton coach Wes Lagerhausen. “We will bring a fresh mindset coming back afterwards.”

The Cardinals’ 200-yard medley relay team of Max Carter, Sam Wolf, Cowan Vitense and Ben Cutler Heiderscheit was first, while the foursome of Anton Peters, Colin Gabert, Miles Wagener and Cahner Vitense was third.

Middleton’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Vitense, Peters, Jackson Esteves and Cutler Heiderscheit was first, while the quartet of Evan Myers, Christian Hoyer, Charles Larsen and Liam Mair was third.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Carter, Esteves, Wagener and Wolf was first, while the foursome of Cahner Vitense, Myers, Samuel Keith and Ben Vavilov was third.

Esteves won the 200-yard freestyle, while Wagener was second and Kyler Mahoney was third.

Thu
21
Dec
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Garlock powers MHS past West

The University of Wisconsin has come calling.

So has Marquette, Virginia Tech, Penn State and others.

On Dec. 14, Will Garlock showed why he’s the apple of so many eyes.

Garlock, a junior 6-foot-11 junior center at Middleton, erupted for a career-high 30 points and powered the Cardinals past host Madison West, 80-70. Garlock made 14-of-18 shots from the field, scored 28 of his points in the lane and added 10 rebounds.

“For us Will was a mismatch all night long,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “We continually talk about the need for him to get touches and how the opportunities for others will grow because he draws so much attention and is a great passer when the double teams come.

“In general we want the ball to get into the paint over and over again no matter who is getting the ball. But (Garlock’s) ability to finish at a high level makes it even more important for our offensive success.”

Thu
21
Dec
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MHS gymnasts hope for big year

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team has high hopes this season.

And the Cardinals got their year off to a terrific start with a 120.9250-118.050 dual meet win over Madison Memorial on Dec. 14.

“This season, I have higher expectations for the girls than I did last season,” Middleton second-year coach Alexis Cairo said. “Not only that, but the girls are also holding themselves to higher expectations this season, too.

“Our team was very young last year, as the majority of the team were freshmen and sophomores. I was also a first year head coach. I truly think we were all trying to figure things out together. This year, we know what we're capable of. We're ready.

Thu
21
Dec
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MHS wrestlers fourth at Waterloo

Middleton’s wrestlers finished in fourth place at the eight-team Waterloo Duals on Dec. 15.

The Cardinals went 2-3 at the event, with wins over Oak Creek and Lakeside Lutheran, and losses to Waukesha West, Sun Prairie East/West and Cuba City.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s five matches:

 

Middleton defeated Oak Creek, 41-40

Thu
21
Dec
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Three football Cards named all-state

Middleton landed three players on the Associated Press All-State football team.

Offensive lineman K.J. Peterson and inside linebacker Sam Pilof were named second-team all-state. Senior quarterback Gabe Passini earned honorable-mention all-state honors.

Peterson, a two-year starter and captain, was named the Big Eight Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year this fall. Peterson was also named all-region and first-team all-state.

Peterson anchored an line that helped Middleton’s offense average 35.7 points and 335.0 yards per game.

Tim Simon, Middleton’s co-interim head coach in 2023, was thrilled with Peterson’s season.

“Smart, athletic, great football I.Q. and the lead communicator on our O-Line,” Simon said of Peterson. “He has great feet, great technique, and a great tenacity to finish his blocks. He was a leader of our O-Line and a coach on the field.”

Thu
21
Dec
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MHS swimmers win Beloit Invite

Middleton boys swimming coach Wes Lagerhausen wasn’t thrilled when his Cardinals finished second at the Brookfield Invite on Dec. 9.

Lagerhausen was much happier last Saturday.

Middleton won the 14-team Beloit Memorial Invite, finishing with 595 points. Verona was second at 538, while Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (497.5), Badger co-op (445) and Beloit Memorial (187) rounded out the top five.

Overall, the Cardinals won nine of 16 events. Sam Wolf won both the 400 IM and 100 backstroke, while Middleton captured three of four relays.

“Beloit went really well,” Lagerhausen said. “It was exciting to see some of the details we have been working on in practice start to show up at this meet. I look forward to continuing this trend into winter break.”

Thu
21
Dec
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Hockey Cards fall to state powers

Middleton hockey coach Dan Truehl believes you must schedule the best to eventually become the best.

The Cardinals did just that last week and lost a pair of games against two state powers.

Middleton dropped a 2-0 decision to host Madison Edgewood — the No. 1 team in the state — on Dec. 14.

The Cardinals then fell to Hudson, 5-1, in a game played at the Hudson Civic Center last Saturday. Hudson reached the state semifinals last season.

The Cardinals are now 5-4 overall this year and 3-1 in the Big Eight Conference.

“Obviously, we would’ve liked to win one or both of those matchups, but we’ll take every bit of experience out of those games and correct the things that we’ll need come February when the games determine when our season will end,” Truehl said. “When I took over three years ago, we couldn’t get these games. That’s a testament to the young men who have played the past three years, and this current team.

Thu
21
Dec
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Middleton’s rough year continues

Year 2 of the Rashard Griffith-era certainly hasn't gone according to plan.

And things didn't get any better last week for Griffith and his Middleton’s girls basketball team.

The Cardinals went to both Sun Prairie schools and lost a pair of games.

First Middleton fell at Sun Prairie East, 48-44, on Dec. 12. The Cardinals then lost at Sun Prairie West, 59-52, last Friday.

Middleton fell to 2-8 overall this season. The Cardinals also slipped to eighth place in the 10-team Big Eight Conference at 2-6.

Here’s the recap from another rough week for Middleton:

• Sun Prairie East 48, Middleton 44 — Kenzie Zimmerman had 14 points and six rebounds for Middleton, while Brooke Michelotti added 12 points and four steals in a losing effort.

Sun Prairie East snapped a five-game losing streak.

Mon
18
Dec
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Middleton football job being posted

The biggest coaching job at Middleton High School is open once again.

Middleton athletic director Jamie Sims said he'll be posting an opening for the head football coach this week. Sims said he would like to begin the interview process early in 2024 and have the Cardinals’ next head coach in place by Feb., 2024.

Joe Poehls and Tim Simon served as co-interim head coaches last season and led the Cardinals to a 9-2 overall record and a second place finish in the Big Eight Conference at 6-1.

Middleton lost both of its matchups to arch-rival Verona, though, including a 28-26 defeat in Level 2 of the postseason. And that left many close to the program disappointed that one of the Cardinals’ most talented teams this century didn't achieve even more.

“Obviously, we didn’t get the best result we wanted from football,” Middleton standout running back Bryce Falk recently told the Times-Tribune.

Thu
14
Dec
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Middleton rallies past Craig

They trailed for the entire first half.

They rallied, only to blow a 10-point lead midway through the second half.

And they struggled mightily at the free throw line in clutch time.

It wasn’t easy for members of the Middleton boys basketball team Friday night against Janesville Craig, but they persevered.

The Cardinals found a way to scratch and claw their way to a 62-56, Big Eight Conference win over the visiting Cougars.

“One word I would use to describe it is gutsy,” Cardinals senior guard Gavin Meister said. “Craig’s a great team, but we have to be way more disciplined. At the end we gutted it out when we needed to, though.”

Indeed, that’s exactly how Middleton (4-1, 3-1 Big Eight) won its third straight game in league play after opening with a lopsided loss to Madison Memorial.

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