October 2019

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Boys XC team fares well at Griak Invite

Many of the top prep cross country runners in the country descended on the University of Minnesota last Saturday.

And Middleton High School proved it can run with the best of the best.

The Cardinals finished seventh out of 62 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational, despite battling injury and illness.

White Bear Lake (Minn.) won the event with 304 points, while Middleton finished with 396 points.

“The Griak was a terrific experience and a good measuring point for the team at this point,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “I thought there were some positives and things to keep improving on.”

The Cardinals certainly battled through some adversity.

Egan Johnson rolled his ankle early in the race, while Peter Hoferle battled illness.

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Golfers win Big Eight title

The boxes keep getting checked.

And the way Middleton’s girls golf team is headed, it won’t be long until they have all of them marked.

Middleton won the Big Eight Conference tournament last Thursday at Evansville Golf Course.

The Cardinals shot a 336, well ahead of runner-up Madison Memorial (380).

Kate Meier won medalist honors with a 79, while Ellie Frisch was second with an 83. Milanne Dahmen was fourth with an 85, while Amanda Beckman was seventh with an 89.

“Winning the Big 8 was one of our goals at the beginning of the year, placing a check mark by that box is always exciting for the program,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “With Glenna (Sanderson) out of the line-up, we were able to play both Amanda and Milanne in the top five, providing valuable experience for both. All five girls finished in the top 10, which is a great individual achievement for each of them.”

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Swimmers perfect against Parker

Lauren Cabalka did her best to make last week a fun one for Middleton’s girls swimming team.

Cabalka, the Cardinals’ head coach, knows her team has had some intense weeks this year — and has several more coming.

So on a week where the schedule was lighter, Cabalka let her team set the lineup against Janesville Parker last Friday.

“This was a fun meet for us,” Cabalka said. “It was Homecoming, teacher appreciation night and a chance for the girls to swim a lineup that they put together. 

“We started the season with some intense back-to-back-to-back weeks and are gearing up for our hardest block of training next week, so it’s a great time in the season to have some fun.”

Middleton did just that, rolling past the visiting Vikings, 140-30. The most points a team can score in a dual meet is 140, and the Cardinals did just that.

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