November 2014

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Girls spikers run out of comebacks

After rallying from two sets down to win its previous match, Middleton’s girls volleyball team was hoping to do the same when it fell behind against DeForest last Thursday night.

Only this time, despite a spirited effort, the Cardinals were unable to pull off the comeback and lost to the top-seeded Norskies, 28-26, 25-15, 28-26 in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal.

“I’m proud of each and every girl on that court,” said Audrey Hinshaw, a senior outside hitter. “They really gave it their all and it just wasn’t enough this time.”

The Cardinals looked well on their way to extending the match as they jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the third set.

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Patrick, Wians shine at state

Bobbi Patrick and Rachel Wians would have loved some company.

But Middleton’s girls cross country stars had a job to do. And the Cardinals’ dynamic duo did it with style and gusto last Saturday.

Middleton failed to qualify as a team for the WIAA Division 1 girls state cross country meet for the first time since 2010. But Patrick and Wians — who qualified as individuals — had terrific races.

Patrick, a senior, finished 46th overall in 19 minutes, 37.28 seconds. Wians, another senior, was 56th in 19:44.22.

“This state experience was a lot different for Rachel and I than past experiences,” Patrick said. “We didn’t have our team with us at the starting line, and we weren’t able to experience the anticipation for the team results to see what we finished. It was hard in that aspect, but I think we were able to go out and just enjoy the race this time.”

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Boys XC team 6th at state

The goals were high.

The competition was fast and furious.

But Middleton’s boys cross country team never backed down, never flinched. And on the biggest stage of the season, the Cardinals came up huge.

At last Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state meet held at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, Middleton finished sixth among the 20 schools competing.

Madison West won the title with just 77 points, while Stevens Point (157), Arrowhead (178), Madison La Follette (179) and Kimberly (193) rounded out the top five.

Middleton finished with 213 points, and its sixth place finish was the school’s best since a sixth-place showing in 2001.

“As a team we did amazing,” Middleton senior Zach Shoemaker-Allen said. “Everyone gave everything they could, and that is all anyone can ask for.

“The year was incomparable to anything else. Our team was very close and we worked together to get better.”

Middleton sophomore Gus Newcomb agreed.