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Wed
28
Feb
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Girls basketball team drops playoff opener

When a season typically ends, Middleton girls basketball coach Jeff Kind doesn’t look at the final game tape for weeks. Sometimes, Kind never watches the film all.

This year, Kind put the tape in just hours after Middleton’s 56-52 loss to Janesville Parker in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal last Friday.

He simply couldn’t wait.

“I felt like we were the better team,” Kind said. “And the tape kind of confirmed that. The only thing is we couldn’t make shots.”

Ah yes. Making shots.

Middleton, the No. 4 seed in the sectional, did the overwhelming majority of things right against the 13th-seeded Vikings. But the Cardinals’ year came to an end for one overriding reason: they simply didn’t shoot well enough.

Middleton shot just 19-of-60 from the field (31.7%), and with the game on the line, missed its final 13 shots from the floor. That allowed Parker to rally in the second half and pull out a shocking win.

Wed
28
Feb
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Boys basketball team falls to East

This was not the way Middleton’s boys basketball team wanted to enter the postseason.

Not following a 73-60 loss to Madison East in its regular season finale — which also happened to be Senior Night — last Thursday. Not after a game in which the Cardinals struggled to protect the ball and get defensive stops at critical moments.

But if the long season taught us anything, it’s that Middleton can play with many of the best teams in the area. Now, the question is can they beat those teams when it matters most?

The Cardinals finished the regular season 12-10 overall and finished fifth in the Big Eight Conference at 10-8. East won its 10th straight game and improved to 16-6, 13-5.

East senior forward Keshawn Justice led all scorers with 28 points that included seven three-pointers. Senior forward Alan Roden had 12 of his 14 points in the second half, while senior forward Brogan Brunker had all 12 of his points after intermission.

Fri
23
Feb
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Draves, MHS swimmers 2nd at state

Hopes for a second-place finish were fading fast. With each passing lap, the gap grew larger and larger.

Then along came Michael Draves.

With his team needing a miracle finish, Middleton’s senior swimming standout came through in spectacular fashion. Facing a huge deficit, Draves overtook the one swimmer he had to pass on the anchor leg of the meet’s final event – the 400-yard rely – to lift the Cardinals’ boys’ swim team to a second place finish at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming and diving championship at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium Saturday.

“That last relay was insane,” Middleton sophomore Nate Lamers said. “We had to beat Waukesha to get that second place. That relay really took it out in the end and we ended up getting second place.”

Thu
22
Feb
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Gymnasts win Big 8 title

Sun Prairie’s streak is over.

And Middleton hopes it has started one of its own.

Middleton won the Big Eight Conference girls gymnastics meet Saturday. Middleton scored 138.550 points and edged three-time defending champion Sun Prairie (137.825) for the title.

Madison West (131.075), Madison Memorial (130.1) and Janesville Craig (123.05) rounded out the top five.

“It was pretty huge to win conference,” Middleton coach Kari Steck said. “We have had a back and forth battle with Sun Prairie for the past several years.

“They have a strong team again this year, and going into the last event we were tied neck and neck. We got together right before vault and told the girls to go out and do their best and have fun, and that's exactly what they did. We had the highest vault total of the day, and that's what we needed to slide past Sun Prairie.”

Thu
22
Feb
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Meicher, Huff qualify for state

Kevin Meicher knows the bright lights and the full houses that await him better than anyone.

For Dion Huff, the chaos and the commotion will all be new.

Both Middleton wrestlers can’t wait to get a taste of the craziness.

Meicher and Huff both won championships in their weight classes at last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 Waunakee Sectional. Now, Huff and Meicher have earned trips to the state tournament, which begins Thursday at the UW Kohl Center.

“It’s going to be great,” Huff said after winning a regional title at 195 pounds. “The crowd’s going to be amazing. It’s just a great atmosphere. I’m really excited about that.

“I’ve been there to watch pretty much every year. I can’t wait to compete there. It will be fun having another teammate there and sharing the experience. It’s going to be great.”

This, of course, is familiar territory for Meicher.

Wed
21
Feb
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Boys basketball team roughs up Beloit

Middleton’s boys basketball team knew there was no room for error.

The Cardinals, fighting for the highest possible postseason seed, fully understood they couldn’t stumble at Beloit Memorial last Friday.

The Purple Knights put a mini-scare in the Cardinals and trimmed Middleton’s early 11-point lead to 35-32 by halftime. But Middleton’s second half was one of its best of the season and it pulled away to a relatively easy 77-53 win over host Beloit.

Middleton improved to 12-9 overall and 10-7 in the Big Eight Conference, while Beloit slipped to 6-15, 5-12.

“The ball went inside early and often in the second half,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “We were able to bump it to double figures and never looked back.”

Wed
21
Feb
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Girls basketball team stuns East

Momentum.

The girls basketball postseason has arrived. And few teams around have as much momentum as Middleton’s girls basketball team.

The Cardinals capped the regular season on a high last Saturday night. Middleton went the length of the court in 4.2 seconds and Haley Dunn drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cardinals an improbable 65-64 win over Madison East.

“It was a great example of ‘it ain’t over till it’s over,’ ” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said.

Middleton finished the year 15-7 overall and captured sole possession of third place in the Big Eight at 13-5. The Cardinals won their final five games and 12 of their last 14.

Middleton led East by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Purgolders (14-4, 16-6) charged back.

Leading by two, East missed the second of two free throws with 4.2 seconds left. Halle White grabbed the rebound, took one dribble and fired ahead to Dunn.

Sun
18
Feb
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Boys basketball team lands No. 7 seed

Kevin Bavery was ecstatic.

Bavery, Middleton’s boys’ basketball coach, has believed for weeks that Sun Prairie is the class of their WIAA Division 1 sectional. So when Bavery and his fellow coaches held their postseason seeding meeting Sunday, many were hoping to wind up on the opposite side of the bracket of mighty Sun Prairie.

For Middleton, things couldn't have worked out any better.

The Cardinals received the No. 7 seed in the sectional and will host 10th-seeded Oconomowoc in a WIAA regional semifinal on March 2 at 7 p.m. If Middleton wins there and the seeds hold, it would travel to second-seeded Waunakee for a regional final on March 3 at 7 p.m.

The sectional semifinals are March 8 and the sectional finals are March 10.

Sun Prairie earned the No. 1 seed, so Middleton couldn't face the rival Cardinals until a sectional final.

Thu
15
Feb
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Girls basketball team edges Lancers

It was exactly the type of basketball game a team craves late in the season: a tough, grind-it-out road contest that tests players’ mental and physical toughness and readies them for the postseason.

Middleton’s girls basketball team got exactly that kind of test last Friday when it visited Madison La Follette.

Late-game free throw shooting and the play of Sitori Tanin were huge down the stretch for Middleton, as the Cardinals hung on to defeat the host Lancers, 60-57.

Middleton improved to 13-7 overall and 11-5 in the Big Eight, while LaFollette fell to 12-8 overall, 8-8 in the Big Eight. 

“We’re coming up on playoff basketball, and that was kind of the atmosphere we had tonight,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “We’re two pretty even teams: they’ve been coming on, and I think we’ve been starting to play better.

Thu
15
Feb
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La Follette KOs boys basketball team

MADISON — The head coach — a chipper fellow by nature — took a glass half full approach.

The star player — who had just been through 36 minutes of hell — was a little bit more troubled.

Middleton’s boys basketball team proved once again last Saturday that it can play with virtually anyone in the state, when the Cardinals gave sixth-ranked Madison La Follette a scare. But once again, Middleton couldn’t get over the hump against an elite foe and dropped a 76-64 decision that was far closer than the final score indicated.

Middleton fell to 11-9 overall and 9-7 in the Big Eight Conference, while the Lancers improved to 17-3, 13-3.

The Cardinals, who are in fifth place in the Big Eight, also fell to 1-6 against teams that are ahead of them in the league. On the flip side, Middleton is 8-1 against teams below it in the standings.

If the Cardinals are going to make a postseason run, they must find a way to defeat the teams above them in the league.

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