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21
Apr
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Tennis Cards win a pair

Middleton’s tennis team rolled to a pair of wins last week.

The Cardinals defeated Beloit Memorial, 7-0, on April 14. Middleton also toppled Madison East, 7-0, on April 12.

In Middleton’s win over Beloit, No. 1 singles player Ian Connell, No. 2 Jonathan Kim, No. 3 Aarush Gupta and No. 4 Kieran Gopal all posted 6-0, 6-0 wins.

In doubles play, Middleton’s top tandem of Saketh Peddireddy and Jun Lee, No. 2 Neel Mukherjee and Bodi Russo and No. 3 Aarush Gupta and Evan Blakeman all rolled to 6-0, 6-0 wins, as well.

In Middleton’s win over East, Connell notched a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Kim, Gupta and Lee all posted 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles.
In doubles play, Gopal and Rice posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1. Peddireddy and Franklin Hu notched a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2, while Mukherjee and Russo earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3.

Thu
14
Apr
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Middleton golfers poised for memorable year

Tom Cabalka knows the ranking means nothing.

His golfers understand, as well.

Middleton’s boys golfers were ranked No. 1 in the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin preseason poll. While that kind of news might send a buzz through many programs, the Cardinals took notice, smiled for a second, then kept grinding.

“By having a high ranking, I hope this means that our boys realize that they need to work and practice with a meaning and play intelligently if they want to live up to the hype,” said Cabalka, Middleton’s veteran coach. “I have not heard any talk about the ranking because they know I don't take much stock in the early season. It matters in June. I think they realize that as well.”

Thu
14
Apr
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Boys track team looks strong again

It’s been three years since the Big Eight has held a conference meet.

The 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. And while there was a season in 2021, there wasn’t a conference meet.

That might have a break for everyone in the league not named Middleton.

The Cardinals won seven straight conference titles from 2012-19. And now after a two-year hiatus, Middleton is excited to prove its dominance inside the league once again.

“We have some really good programs in the Big Eight,” said Middleton first-year coach Chad Kliefoth, whose team began its season at Janesville Craig Tuesday. “Sun Prairie and (Madison) Memorial tend to be our rivals with Verona always showing up strong. 

“Middleton has done well over the last few seasons and we have high expectations coming into this season to finish at the top. These kids work hard day-in and day-out and I would expect nothing less from this group.”

Thu
14
Apr
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Middleton's Button strikes out 19

Megan Button has been a part of Middleton’s girls softball team for just a few short games.

And she’s already made history.

Button, a freshman pitcher for the Cardinals, set a school record by striking out 19 batters in an 8-1 win over Madison West on April 6. Middleton improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Eight Conference.

“Megan Button has been a phenomenal addition to our pitching rotation this year,” Middleton coach Brittany Carl said. “She's calm, cool, and collected, and always one step ahead. She's an incredibly cerebral player. She picks up on the little things hitters do and uses that to her advantage.”

Button allowed just two hits and West’s lone run was unearned. Button faced 23 batters — two over the minimum — and threw strikes on 76 of 111 pitches (68.5%).

Thu
14
Apr
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Middleton's Button strikes out 19

Megan Button has been a part of Middleton’s girls softball team for just a few short games.

And she’s already made history.

Button, a freshman pitcher for the Cardinals, set a school record by striking out 19 batters in an 8-1 win over Madison West on April 6. Middleton improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Eight Conference.

“Megan Button has been a phenomenal addition to our pitching rotation this year,” Middleton coach Brittany Carl said. “She's calm, cool, and collected, and always one step ahead. She's an incredibly cerebral player. She picks up on the little things hitters do and uses that to her advantage.”

Button allowed just two hits and West’s lone run was unearned. Button faced 23 batters — two over the minimum — and threw strikes on 76 of 111 pitches (68.5%).

Thu
14
Apr
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Baseball Cards enjoy big week

Middleton’s baseball team enjoyed a terrific week, winning all three of its games.

The Cardinals defeated visiting Waunakee, 3-2, on April 6. The Cardinals also swept a doubleheader from Madison East — 12-0 and 16-0 — on April 5.

Middleton is now 4-1 on the young season and 2-0 in the Big Eight Conference.

• Middleton 3, Waunakee 2 — The Cardinals scored three runs in the final two innings — including two in the seventh — to rally past the Warriors on April 7.

In the bottom of the seventh, Jackson Rademacher singled with one out and went to second on a passed ball, then moved to third on an error. Steven Paulsen then reached on a fielder’s choice bunt that scored Rademacher and tied the game, 2-2.

After a fly ball out, Paulsen stole second and moved to third on an error by the Waunakee second baseman. Paulsen then scored the game-winning run on a passed ball.

Thu
14
Apr
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Soccer Cards start strong

Hopes are high.

Expectations are great.

And Middleton’s girls soccer team showed why last weekend.

The Cardinals and Hudson played to a scoreless draw last Friday. Middleton then rolled past Oshkosh West, 3-0, last Saturday.

“It was a nice weekend of games displaying the variety of Wisconsin weather that we need to deal with,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “Friday we played under a majestic snowfall, cold and brisk, and the next morning a beautiful sunny Saturday, warming our smiley faces.”

In Middleton’s draw with Hudson, junior Naiya Rajpal was steady in goal in the first half, and freshman Lydia Paulsen was terrific in the second half.

“Rajpal was solid in goal, directing traffic and cleaning up any through balls,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “Paulsen took the second half in goal and came up with one point blank brilliant save to keep it at zeros.”

Fri
08
Apr
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Tennis Cardinals are aiming high

They’ve knocked on the door several different seasons now.

They’ve been the state runner-up four different times since 2000. They’ve reached the state tournament 13 times in the past two decades.

In the midst of all that success, though, that elusive state championship has dodged Middleton’s boys tennis team.

Perhaps this will finally be the year the Cardinals break through.

Middleton, which reached the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals a year ago, brings back a solid nucleus and added some key newcomers that seem ready for big things. That could mean another terrific season for the Cardinals.

Fri
08
Apr
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Big roster, big hopes for girls track team

The numbers are remarkable.

The results could be just as amazing.

Middleton’s girls track and field team has 140 athletes competing this spring, the highest number in school history.

While there are many challenges in juggling that many athletes — and finding the right events for each one — Middleton coach Jay Schweitzer believes that amount of talent and depth could lead to a memorable season.

“I hope to take as many kids to the state meet as possible,” said Schweitzer, whose team begins its season Tuesday at Janesville Craig. “We have a great chance in all the distance events to take multiple runners and I always hope to get as many relays through to state as we can. I like our chances this year to get several to state. We have a large team and I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the benefits of track and field in the best possible ways.”

Fri
08
Apr
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Soccer Cards aiming high

Nearly 10 months later, the loss still stings.

And Middleton’s girls soccer team doesn’t want to experience that pain again.

The Cardinals enjoyed a solid 2021 campaign, going 7-5-2 overall before losing their first postseason game. Now, with a veteran group, Middleton wants to make sure its 2022 season lasts a lot longer.

“I think last spring losing in the first round was very difficult,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “I would have loved to give those seniors a post season win. So step by step, we are working towards winning that first game and making sure that during the season, we work and train towards that first step.”

The Cardinals should have the talent, depth and firepower to put together a more memorable season.

Junior forward Marley Mladucky headlines the list of Middleton’s returnees. Mladucky had hat tricks against Madison La Follette and Sun Prairie last season and finished the year with 10 goals and six assists.

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