May 2019

Tue
14
May
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Sheriff Searching for Missing Person, Requests Public's Help

The Dane County Sheriff's Office is looking for information on the whereabouts of Joshua T. Martin, age 30.  Joshua’s vehicle was located in rural Dane County in the Town of Dane.  It is believed Joshua recently left the area on foot and may have a dog described as a pit bull mixed breed with him.  Joshua is 5’10” and weighs about 175 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair.

After speaking with family and friends, there is reason to believe Josh may be in a mental health crisis and they are concerned for his welfare.  If you have seen Joshua or know where he is, please call the Dane County Communications Center non-emergency line, at 608-255-2345.

Mon
13
May
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New Opportunity Available for Workers Affected by Store Closures, Retail Layoffs

MADISON–The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin (WDBSCW), in partnership with the WorkSmart Network, is hosting an information session on Tuesday, May 14 aimed at connecting workers impacted

by retail closures, like Shopko, Toys “R” Us and Bon-Ton (Boston Stores), with local resources available to help them.

“Connecting former retail workers to high-demand jobs is a win-win for the community, especially in this time of record low unemployment when we’re hearing from businesses about their need for more skilled workers,” said Danica Nilsestuen, Director of Business Development at the WDBSCW. “Our teams at the American Job Center are ready to help these workers skill up and transition successfully.

Thu
09
May
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MHS golfers continue their terrific season

There was no rest last week for Middleton’s golfers.

Then again, the Cardinals certainly didn't look like a group that needed a break.

Middleton had a sensational week, in which it won the Morgan Stanley Invitational at University Ridge, took control of the Big Eight dual meet race by besting Verona, and tied for third place at the prestigious MACC Fund Invite held at Erin Hills.

When it was over, Middleton jumped to No. 3 in the latest Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association poll.

“It was a busy, big and very successful week for us,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said.

Middleton opened the week by shooting a 301 and winning its own triangular held at Pleasant View last Wednesday. Verona was second with a 321 and Madison Memorial was third (344).

Middleton moved to 6-0 in the conference and can wrap up the dual meet title this week.

Thu
09
May
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Boys track team wins Arrowhead Invite

TOWN OF MERTON — For several years now, there’s been a consistent theme.

When Middleton’s boys track and field team performs well at the Myrhum Invitational hosted by Hartland Arrowhead, it goes on and does big things in the postseason.

The Cardinals are hoping for similar results again this season.

Middleton won the Myrhum Invite last Saturday, scoring 83.5 points and edging defending state champion Kimberly (83.0) at the 33-team event.  Mukwonago (47), Fond du Lac (43) and Hartland Arrowhead (39) rounded out the top five.

“This is one of the best meets I have been a part of because of all the clutch efforts from our athletes,” Middleton coach Joe Line said. “Great performances made it happen.”

Middleton trailed Kimberly by 2.5 points with only the 1,600-meter relay left. But the Cardinals finished sixth, which was good for three points, and passed the Papermakers.

Thu
09
May
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Tennis Cards third at Nicolet Invite

The WIAA Division 1 boys state tennis tournament won’t take place for another month.

But it sure felt like a state tournament was being played at Nicolet High School last weekend.

The Knights hosted the Sweet 16 Invitational, which featured 16 of the state’s elite tennis teams. Middleton showed it ranks among the best, finishing third at the prestigious tournament.

Milwaukee Marquette won the event with 103 points, while Whitefish Bay (99), Middleton (94), Verona (84) and Neenah (72) rounded out the top five.

“Third place was a solid overall performance for our guys,” Middleton coach Tony Mirasola said. “We lost some very close matches to Whitefish Bay, which could have allowed us to get second if we won those matches, but overall it was a good team performance with all the teams that were there.”

Middleton’s Ryan Gold had a terrific tournament, reaching the championship match. There, Gold felt to Verona’s Will Tennison, 6-3, 6-2.

Thu
09
May
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Soccer Cardinals fall to Waunakee

WAUNAKEE – It was a fitting matchup of two of the state’s top girls’ soccer teams when Waunakee hosted Middleton in a non-conference dual last Saturday night.

According to Middleton coach Mary Duffy and Waunakee coach Ben Voss, it most likely won’t be the last meeting between the two elite programs either.

The coaches agreed they would like to see their teams meet during the regular season on a yearly basis. They also could see each other again during the WIAA postseason tournament.

Middleton sophomore forward Victoria Bunz helped the Cardinals forge a second-half tie with their lone goal of the game.

But Waunakee used a late goal from senior midfielder Josie Bono to pull out a 2-1 victory over Middleton to extend the Warriors’ unbeaten streak to four games.

“Victoria (Bunz) finished one and we had a couple more chances we could have finished,” Duffy said. “But it was a good game.”

Thu
09
May
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Middleton's softball team routs West

The horrendous spring weather means softball teams everywhere will be playing almost daily down the stretch — weather permitting, of course.

Middleton is certainly in that same boat.

The Cardinals managed just one game last week and will now try packing seven games in a 10-day window.

The good news for Middleton is its one game was an impressive 10-0 win over Madison West last Friday in a contest stopped after six innings due to the mercy rule. The Cardinals improved to 9-7 overall and are 6-5 in the Big Eight Conference.

“It wasn't our best game at the plate, but I have been pleased with our approach against the teams below us in the standings,” Middleton manager Perry Hibner said. “We have been solid on the mound and in the field, run the bases hard and made enough happen at the plate.”

Madison West was winless in 2018, but has beaten Madison East and Madison La Follette this season. The Regents were no match for the Cardinals, though.

Thu
09
May
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Baseball Cards win two of three

Middleton’s baseball team proved last Saturday it could beat one of the top teams in the Big Eight Conference.

Now, the Cardinals will try besting one of the best teams in the state — twice.

Middleton edged visiting Madison West, 3-2, in eight innings last Saturday. The Regents entered the game second in the conference.

The Cardinals now face second-ranked and league-leading Janesville Craig twice this week — at home Tuesday and at Craig Thursday.

“We have the talent to beat Janesville Craig,” said Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen, whose team is 8-4 in the conference and 10-4 overall. “We just need to make the most out of our opportunities and play team baseball.”

The Cardinals certainly did that against West.

The teams were tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the eighth when Jacob Meinholz had a leadoff single. Dylan Carrington laid down a sacrifice bunt and pinch runner Matt Esser moved to second.

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Schmidt Appointed to Middleton Town Board

MIDDLETON - Denise Schmidt, long-time chair of the town of Middleton Plan Commission, was recently appointed to fill the second year of Paul Connell’s term on the town board.

Schmidt is just the second woman to serve on the five-member board, after Cynthia Richson was elected town chair in 2017 and re-elected last month

“This is history making,” Richson said last week.

In recent years, the Plan Commission has served as a stepping stone to the town board for Stephen Tumbush and Bill Kolar, and Schmidt said the job serves to prepare a resident for the work of steering the town into the future.

“The Plan Commission not only looks at things in a holistic manner, it touches on the multiple operations of the town. It’s good experience to have,” Schmidt said.

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