June 2018

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Baseball Cardinals stunned in sectional semis

This was not the ending anyone envisioned.

Middleton’s baseball team won 20 games this year. The Cardinals tied for first place in the Big Eight Conference, were the No. 1 seed in their sectional and fully expected to keep their dream season alive.

But it all came to a crashing halt Tuesday.

Middleton fell behind DeForest, 6-0, after two innings of their WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal. The Cardinals rallied back, but the early hole was too deep and the Norskies eventually notched a 7-5 win.

Middleton ended its season 20-8. DeForest, which tied for fourth place in the Northern Badger Conference, improved to 13-9.

Afterwards, this extremely close group of Cardinals — many who have been playing together for a decade — almost couldn’t grasp the fact that their year was over.

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Soccer Cardinals roll through regionals

Middleton girls’ soccer coach Mary Duffy has talked at length this season about the special group she’s been given.

How this collection of Cardinals appears poised to do things few other Middleton teams ever have.

Middleton will try doing just that this week.

The Cardinals won a WIAA Division 1 regional title last week with a pair of convincing wins. Middleton cruised past Janesville Parker, 12-0, in a regional semifinal last Thursday and toppled Watertown, 5-1, in a regional final last Saturday.

Top-seeded Middleton was slated to host Big Eight Conference foe and fourth-seeded Janesville Craig in a sectional semifinal Wednesday. The winner is scheduled to meet either second-seeded Kettle Moraine or third-seeded Sun Prairie in a sectional final Saturday at 5 p.m. in Kettle Moraine.

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Boys track team 11th at state

LA CROSSE — The momentum started in the fall when Middleton’s boys cross country team dominated the field to win the WIAA Division 1 state cross country title. It continued this past weekend at the WIAA state track and field championships.

Middleton’s distance athletes flooded the medal stand all weekend at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. Their success indicated that the Cardinals figure to continue rolling when school resumes next fall.

“I think it's just a testament to Middleton's program honestly,” said senior Jack Rader. “We've been strong for a number of years now. Our coaches are such a strong group of guys.”

Rader's third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run capped a successful weekend for the Cardinals, who finished 11th in the team standings with 21 points on the strength of its decorated distance runners.

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McGinnis, Tanin shine at state

LA CROSSE — Jen McGinnis and Sitori Tanin spent the entire track and field season challenging each other during practice in the triple jump.

“We just pushed each other,” Tanin said. “I'd have a good jump and then she'd go further than me.”

There's no jealously or anger in the tone of Tanin's voice when she says this. As a sophomore for the Cardinals, Tanin considers McGinnis, a senior, a role model and a close friend since starting high school.

They have shared many fun and competitive moments on and off the track the last two years. Last Friday afternoon they shared one more special moment when they both surpassed their pre-tournament expectations by grabbing medals in the triple jump at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field championships at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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