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21
Nov
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Girls basketball team has unfinished business

Josie Lemirande put an app on her phone last summer counting down the days until the girls’ basketball season began.

“I can’t wait,” Lemirande said.

Sitori Tanin has been crossing off the days since the painful ending last March.

“It was throughout the whole team,” Tanin said. “Since the first week of practice we could all feel it. We have so many returners and we all have so much drive and excitement.”

Excitement.  Anticipation. Eagerness.

Middleton’s girls basketball team — which hosts Waunakee in its season-opener Thursday at 7:15 p.m. — has been looking forward to this season for nearly eight months now.

Thu
21
Nov
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Swimmers sixth at state

Throughout the season, Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team has dealt with more than its share of adversity.

But the Cardinals never gave up.

They kept fighting and capped their season with another terrific performance at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming and diving championship at the UW Natatorium last Saturday.

Leaning on its seniors, Middleton earned a sixth-place finish with 143 points. Brookfield East finished with 243 points and ended the Cardinals’ three-year championship reign. Hartland Arrowhead placed second with 220 points followed by Sun Prairie (212.50), Muskego (192) and Waukesha South/Mukwonago (146).

Thu
14
Nov
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Five MHS golfers named all-state

Middleton’s girls golf team had an unforgettable season on the links, winning the WIAA Division 1 state tournament last month.

The Cardinals also had a historic year when it came to postseason honors.

Middleton’s top five golfers all earned some form of all-state honors, as well as all-Big Eight Conference recognition. It marked just the second time in school history that all five Cardinal golfers were named all-state in the same season.

Middleton senior Kate Meier was named first-team all-state and first-team all-Big Eight. Meier was also the conference’s Player of the Year.

Junior Glenna Sanderson was named honorable mention all-Big Eight and second-team all-state, while sophomore Ellie Frisch was named first-team all-Big Eight and third-team all-state. Sophomore Milanne Dahmen was named first-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-state, while senior Makenzie Hodson was named second-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-state.

Thu
14
Nov
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Middleton swimmers set for state

The 2019 season has thrown virtually everything possible at Middleton’s girls swimming and diving team.

Illness. Injury. Defection.

The Cardinals have experienced it all.

But Middleton had a terrific day at the Beloit Memorial Sectional last Saturday and heads to the state meet anxious to make some noise once again.

Sun Prairie won the sectional with 377.5 points, while Middleton was second with 308.0. Madison Memorial (307), Madison West (300.5) and V-MH (256.5) rounded out the top five.

The Cardinals, who have won three straight WIAA Division 1 state championships, are not the favorites this year. But Middleton will be represented in 15 of 18 events when the state meet begins Saturday at 3 p.m. at the UW Natatorium and hopes to surprise.

Thu
14
Nov
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Van Buren. boys spikers earn honors

Middleton’s boys volleyball team enjoyed another memorable season.
And the Cardinals were rewarded for their successes as seven Middleton players received all-Big Eight Conference honors.

Senior outside hitter Parker Van Buren was named first-team all-Big Eight and was voted the league’s Player of the Year. Junior middle hitter Ruben Emmerich and junior setter Nick Stott joined Van Buren on the all-conference first-team.

Senior libero Matthew Stormer was named second-team all-conference, while senior outside hitter Scott Buros, senior middle hitter Sam Mefford and junior defensive specialist Jackson Pertzborn were named honorable-mention all-conference.

Van Buren put together one of the finest years in school history and earned first-team all-state honors along the way.

Thu
14
Nov
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MHS' boys soccer players reel in honors

Middleton’s boys soccer team had a solid year, going 13-6-3 overall, finishing in third place in the ultra-competitive Big Eight Conference and reaching the sectional semifinals.

So it was no surprise to see the Cardinals well-represented on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Senior forward Isaac Gueu and junior midfielder Ben Tutewohl were both named first-team all-league. Senior defender Cian Carlson was named second-team all-conference, while senior defenders Blake Kalscheur and Peter Tuttle, senior midfielder Max Rateau and junior midfielder Ian Staresinic were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Gueu finished the year third on the team in goals (10), second in assists (eight) and third in total points (28).

Thu
14
Nov
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Five girls spikers named all-Big 8

Middleton’s girls volleyball team went through a rebuilding season this fall.

But that didn’t stop several Cardinals from having terrific years and earning all-Big Eight Conference honors.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan LaScala was named first-team all-league, while senior middle blocker Erica Collin was named second-team all-conference. Senior outside hitter Evie Coleman, junior libero Jada Cerniglia and freshman setter Evin Jordee were all named honorable mention all-conference.

LaScala played in all 120 sets and led the Cardinals in kills (361) and receptions (398). LaScala was second with a .331 hitting percentage, second in digs (217) and third in aces (43).

“Jordan is fun to coach,” Middleton coach Franco Marcos said. “She is very focused at practice and in the match. The future looks very bright with Jordan’s talent, work ethic, volleyball IQ and respect to the game, teammates, coaches, officials, opponents and fans.”

Wed
06
Nov
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Middleton AD Bob Joers fighting pancreatic cancer

The meeting was almost over, and the approximately 100 coaches in attendance were set to scurry to their next event.

Middleton athletic director Bob Joers — who runs the “all coaches” meetings three times every year — had covered all the nuts and bolts on Oct. 30. Then, when all the business involving sports had ended, Joers delivered a bombshell.

Joers informed his coaches that he has pancreatic cancer. Joers will begin an aggressive form of chemotherapy on Nov. 20.

“I’ve been at a loss for words this past week,” said Lauren Cabalka, Middleton’s girls swimming and diving coach. “It’s just heartbreaking how unfair life can be.” 

Tim Simon, an MHS football and basketball assistant coach and one of Joers’ closest friends, agreed with Cabalka.

“It was just a blow,” Simon said “He’s such a tremendous athletic director, but an even better person. I’m praying for him, everyone is praying for him.”

Wed
06
Nov
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Middleton enjoys a gold rush

WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Brian Finnel’s message was simple. Executing it was far more challenging.

Finnel, Middleton’s boys cross country coach, told his team before last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet that everyone had to try performing like they were the Cardinals’ No. 1 runner. Finnel stressed that if they all ran to that level, the Cardinals could surprise and win a state championship.

Amazingly, that’s exactly what happened.

Middleton placed five runners in the top-25 and upset favored Stevens Point to win its second state title in three years and the third in school history.

The Cardinals finished with 104 points, while Stevens Point was second at 116. Hortonville (179), Madison West (182) and Oconomowoc (183) rounded out the top five at the 20-team race held at The Ridges Golf Course.

Wed
06
Nov
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Girls XC team 4th at state

WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Maddie Ruszkiewicz found herself in the last place she expected last Saturday afternoon.

On the ground.

Just moments before reaching the finish line at the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet, Ruszkiewicz — a Middleton High School sophomore — collapsed. As Ruszkiewicz briefly laid on the cold and wet soil at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, she had one overriding thought.

“I thought about my teammates and how they probably already were there,” Ruszkiewicz said. “And then one of them passed me, and I was like, ‘We’re probably not going to place if I don’t crawl across the finish line.’ ”

So that’s exactly what she did.

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