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10
Oct
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Clark, Dettman earn No. 1 seed at state

Maddie Clark thought a top-five seed was possible.

No. 1?

That seemed like a dream.

Well, Clark’s aspirations — and those of partner Karsen Dettman — became a reality last week.

Clark and Dettman — Middleton’s No. 1 doubles team — received the No. 1 seed at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, which will be held Thursday through Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

“I was so excited to hear that we got the (No.) one seed,” Clark said Sunday. “This was definitely one of our goals this season. Karsen and I thought we had a pretty good chance of getting a top-5 seed, but we were so happy that we got the one seed.”

Clark and Dettman received a first round bye, then play their first match Friday at 9 a.m. The Cardinals’ dynamic duo will need to win three matches Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals, which would start at 9:45 a.m. The state championship match would be at approximately 2 p.m.

Thu
04
Oct
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Football Cardinals hammer Craig

On two occasions this season, Middleton led a Big Eight Conference power at halftime.

Both times, the Cardinals squandered those leads.

On Sept. 28, Middleton took care of business.

The host Cardinals led Big Eight Conference co-leader Sun Prairie, 13-7, last Friday. Middleton then outscored Janesville Craig, 29-0, in the second half and cruised to an impressive 42-7 Big Eight Conference victory on Senior Night at Otto Breitenbach Stadium.

Thu
04
Oct
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Girls golfers win regional title

Becky Halverson knows expectations are sky high.

Halverson, Middleton’s girls’ golf coach, fully understands the hopes and dreams of her Cardinals are through the roof.

But Halverson wants to make sure her team fully appreciates each step of the journey.

Take last Wednesday, for example.

The Cardinals captured the WIAA Division 1 Middleton Regional, an event most expected them to win. Middleton fired a 351 at Pleasant View Golf Course to edge Stoughton (354) for the team title.

Oregon (358) and Sun Prairie (381) also advanced to the Reedsburg Sectional, which was scheduled for Oct. 1, but was moved to Oct. 3 due to heavy rains at the start of the week.

While winning regionals is a big deal in most places, Middleton has greater goals. So Halverson wanted to make sure her team stopped and smelled the roses before moving on to sectionals.

Thu
04
Oct
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Girls cross country team second at Stoughton

In 1991, a group of five freshman basketball players arrived at the University of Michigan.

The quintet — dubbed “The Fab Five” — was widely regarded as the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball. And it’s easy to see why, as those youngsters led Michigan to consecutive trips to the NCAA championship games.

Today, Middleton’s girls’ cross country team has a “Fab Five” of its own — and some talented upperclassmen, as well.

And on Sept. 29, Middleton’s gifted youngsters helped the Cardinals race to a second place finish at the Stoughton Invitational.

Madison West won the team title with 45 points, while Middleton was second at 96. Waunakee (98), Monona Grove (101) and Stoughton (134) rounded out the top five.

Thu
27
Sep
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Lauren Cabalka named Coach of the Year

The most successful girls swimming and diving coach in the history of Middleton High School recently received one of the highest possible honors in her sport.

Lauren Cabalka, who has led Middleton to back-to-back WIAA Division 1 state championships, was selected by the Wisconsin Swimming and Diving Coaches Association as the recipient of the 2017-18 NFHS Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award for Wisconsin.

Annually, the NFHS identifies and recognizes a coach from each state for significant achievement in their sport. State level recipients are considered for NFHS Sectional recognition. National Coaches of the Year are then chosen from the sectional winners.

Award recipients are selected based upon a variety of criteria including their coaching record, background, coaching honors, and involvement in community and school organizations.

Thu
27
Sep
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Boys soccer team tops Mount Horeb

The Middleton and Mount Horeb boys soccer teams have each fared similarly in the 2018 season.

Both teams have less than stellar records, but the squads have played better than their records indicate and have played better soccer of late. 

The two teams squared off on Sept. 22 at Brietenbach Stadium in Middleton, and the Middleton held off Mount Horeb, 2-1, to capture a non-conference victory.

The Cardinals improved to 4-6-2 for the season, and sits in seventh place at 1-2-1 in the Big Eight. Mount Horeb fell to 2-9-0 and has a 2-1-0 record in the Badger North, good for third.

“Today was a good step forward for us,” said Middleton head coach Ben Kollasch. “We keep developing and taking steps forward each game. We’ve been trying to put together a full 90 minutes, and today was about there.”

Thu
27
Sep
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Football Cards rout Parker

The softest part of Middleton’s schedule is over.

Now, the Cardinals face a Murderer’s Row to finish the season. And how Middleton fares in the final three games will go a long ways in determining whether its year is a smashing success or a disappointment.

The Cardinals rolled past host Janesville Parker, 46-0, on Sept. 21. Middleton improved to 4-2 overall and in the Big Eight Conference and sits in a tie for fourth place.

Madison Memorial, Sun Prairie and Janesville Craig are tied for the league lead at 5-1. Middleton and Verona are tied for fourth at 4-2.

Middleton has won two straight games, defeating Beloit Memorial (1-5) and Parker (0-6). But things are about to get much tougher, as the Cardinals host Janesville Craig Friday at 7 p.m., host Sun Prairie on Oct. 5 and travel to Madison La Follette (3-3) on Oct. 12.

Those three teams are a combined 15-5 (.750).

Tue
25
Sep
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Boys spikers knock off mighty Marquette

MILWAUKEE — Eight seniors had graduated from the winningest boys’ volleyball team in Middleton history.

Sure, the newcomers were talented. But Cardinals senior outside hitter Eagan Peters-Michaud figured a dropoff this fall was only natural.

“When the eight seniors left, we were kind of wondering how this would go,” Peters-Michaud said. “I kind of had more negative thoughts.”

Not anymore.

Middleton has been one of the state’s greatest surprises. And the Cardinals notched one of their biggest wins of the Ben White-era on Sept. 18.

Middleton went into Milwaukee Marquette High School — home of the defending state champions and a school that has won nine state titles since 2002 — and took it to the host Hilltoppers. Middleton overcame a rough second set and toppled Marquette, 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 25-21.

Middleton also posted wins at the JV and freshman levels in what was a memorable night for the program.

Fri
21
Sep
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Golfers are queens of the conference

Their first goal is in the rearview mirror.

Now, many other aspirations certainly seem achievable.

Middleton’s girls’ golf team won the Big Eight Conference regular season title on Sept. 12, rolling over the competition at the Beloit Memorial Quadrangular and wrapping up a perfect 9-0 league record. The Cardinals shot a 338 to easily outdistance runner-up Madison West (361). Janesville Craig was third at 378 and Beloit didn’t field a full team.

Middleton has now won the Big Eight all six years that Becky Halverson has been its coach. The Cardinals are a remarkable 53-0-1 in that time.

“With such a young team this year it means a lot to win regular season conference,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “I’m so proud of these girls and all of their accomplishments already.”

Cardinals junior Kate Meier continued her terrific season by firing a team-low 80. Ellie Frisch notched an 85, Glenna Sanderson carded an 86 and Milanne Dahman shot an 87.

Fri
21
Sep
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Football Cards hammer Beloit Memorial

All three units were clicking.

Every part of Middleton’s football did its job.

And the Cardinals routed Beloit Memorial, 42-6, on Sept. 15. Middleton improved to 3-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big Eight Conference, while the Purple Knights fell to 1-4, 1-4.

“I was really pleased with the game we put together,” Middleton co-coach Tim Simon said. “We put the emphasis on us and worried about us.”

The Cardinals got touchdowns from all three units.

Senior wideout Sam Close had a 60-yard punt return for a score. Senior quarterback Bryce Carey had touchdown runs of 67 and 10 yards. And Middleton scored twice on defense in a game that had running clock nearly the entire fourth quarter.

“This was not a walk away,” Simon said. “But I told the kids afterwards that this is how I thought and hoped the game would work out.

“Beloit is drastically better than they were two or three years ago. But I thought we played pretty well.”

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