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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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Middleton golfers keep going low

One month from now, Middleton’s boys golf team hopes to be at University Ridge, chasing a WIAA Division 1 state championship.

If the Cardinals qualify for state — something that’s not a given considering they play in one of the state’s toughest sectionals — this much is clear: they’ll be able to play with anyone out there.

Middleton proved that again last Friday, finishing second at the 18-team Onalaska Invite. Homestead won the tournament with a 315, while Middleton was second at 317 and defending state champion Milwaukee Marquette was third at 323.

“We played with Marquette and Edgewood so it was a great opportunity to play with two good teams head to head and beat them,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “We've been beaten by Homestead twice now, both by two strokes. So we know we've got some work ahead of us in the coming weeks.”

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Tennis Cardinals enjoy huge week

Middleton’s boys’ tennis team has jumped to No. 6 in the state.

And by the looks of it, the Cardinals appear poised to continue their trend upward.

Middleton went 5-0 last week, highlighted by four straight wins at their own invitational. The Cardinals also rolled past Madison Memorial, 7-0, in a Big Eight Conference match last Tuesday.

“Our team performed at a high level, even in really difficult conditions with the wind on Friday,” Middleton coach Tony Mirasola said. “What continues to impress me with our guys is their preparation and level of focus no matter who the opponent is.”

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s five wins:

• Middleton 7, Madison Memorial 0 — Singles players Ryan Gold, Ian Connell, Jacob Mandelbrot and Akshay Kelshiker all won in straight sets.

The Cardinals’ three doubles all rolled, as well. Those duos included Sam Dettman and Brandon Bodak, Alton Yan and Gene Kim, and Jordan Cheng and Anders Clark.

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Baseball Cardinals heating up

Truth be told, Middleton’s chances of winning a second straight Big Eight Conference baseball title range somewhere between slim and none. Powerful Janesville Craig remains unbeaten in league play and has jumped to No. 3 in the state rankings.

But the Cardinals have put themselves back in the hunt for a top-three finish.

That’s because Middleton swept a pair of games from Beloit Memorial last week.

The Cardinals edged the visiting Purple Knights, 3-1, last Tuesday. Middleton then toppled host Beloit, 10-3, last Thursday.

The Cardinals improved to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the conference, which is good for fourth place. Middleton is also just ½-game behind Sun Prairie (8-5, 6-3) for third place in the league.

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Soccer Cards survive brutal week

Weeks don't come much tougher than the one Middleton’s girls’ soccer team just finished.

Two games against Big Eight Conference powers. Three games against elite competition at the Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa.

The Cardinals took on that hefty challenge and came out of it OK.

Middleton and Madison West played to a scoreless tie on April 23, then the Cardinals defeated Madison Memorial, 1-0, on April 25.

Middleton then went 1-2 during its weekend trip to Iowa.

Columbia Hickman (Mo.) downed the Cardinals, 5-2, last Friday. Then Bradley-Bourbannais (Ill.) toppled Middleton, 2-0, last Saturday.

But the Cardinals ended on a high note with a 2-0 win over Moline (Ill.) last Saturday.

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