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Pasello powers boys track team

SUN PRAIRIE — On your mark. Get set. Go!

Only it didn’t go smoothly for Dante Pasello when the gun sounded to start the boys 400-meter dash at last Friday’s 8th Annual Paul Frank Invite hosted by Sun Prairie East.

“Out of the blocks, my blocks went backwards. I kind of tripped, so I had to catch back up,” said Pasello, a senior on the Middleton boys track and field team said.

Pasello ultimately could not catch up to the leaders, taking third.

But the fire was lit. He wasn’t going to be shut out on the night.

He now had all the motivation he needed for his next event, the 800.

“Yes, exactly,” he said. “I wanted to win at least one event here.”

Mission accomplished. Pasello made amends for his effort in the 400 by taking first in the 800, finishing in 2 minutes, 0.67 seconds.

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Baseball Cards rally past Craig

Sophomore Kyle Pape accomplished a rare feat for Middleton’s baseball team last week.

With the Cardinals trailing by a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, Pape drew a walk and eventually scored what proved to be the winning run as Middleton rallied for a 7-6 victory over visiting Janesville Craig in a Big Eight Conference game.

But Pape, who opened the game as Middleton’ starting first baseman, also had the opportunity to close the door on a potential Cougars’ rally in the seventh inning, when he returned to the mound for his second inning of relief work.

Pape said retiring the final two batters proved to be more memorable than anything he did on offense, which included a run-scoring single in the first inning.

“Closing out the game, that was more intense, more final,” Pape said of his first varsity victory. “It felt good, but I knew I had to close it out. That’s the situation I wanted to be in.”

Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen agreed.

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Soccer Cardinals enjoy stellar week

Middleton’s girls soccer team had a busy — and highly successful — week.

The Cardinals went 3-1-1 during a wild stretch that saw them play five games in four days.

Middleton is now 5-2-2 on the season and 1-0-1 in the Big Eight Conference.

Here's a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Middleton 10, Madison La Follette 0 — Eight different Cardinals scored in a game that lasted just one half due to the mercy rule.

Payton Rademacher scored two goals for the Cardinals, while Isabel Frantz, Mia Balistreri, Sam Von Ruden, Brooke Lister, Zoe Sharaf, Tatum Flaten and Beatrice Norman all added goals, as well.

“Needless to say, we dominated,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said.

• Middleton 1, Verona 1 — The Cardinals’ attack led to an “own goal” in the 38th minute that give Middleton a 1-0 lead.

Verona answered late, though, and scored in the 76th minute to earn a draw.

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Middleton golfers shoot sizzling 294

Tom Cabalka knows his Middleton boys golf team has a chance for great things over the next month.

On April 24, the Cardinals showed just how special they can be.

Middleton shot a sensational 294 at Yahara Hills and rolled to a win at the Madison East Triangular. Madison Memorial was second at 324, while Madison East had just three golfers finish.

“I'm not sure when or if we have shot that low,” Cabalka said. “I'm sure that gave them the confidence to know that this team is capable of playing that way consistently.”

Senior Dain Johnson had a memorable outing, shooting a 2-under par, 70. Johnson birdied five holes, including three of his last four. Johnson shot even par on the front nine, then tore things up with a 2-under on the back nine.

“Dain turned his game around,” Cabalka said of Johnson.

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Baseball Cards back on track

Leave it to junior catcher Koeplin Look to find some silver lining in a dark cloud.

Saddled with a two-game losing streak, Middleton’s baseball team didn’t waste any time putting its recent setbacks behind it on a brisk Saturday afternoon that was more suited for a late-season football game.

Middleton jumped to an early lead and never looked back in cruising to a 13-3 victory in five innings over visiting Janesville Parker in a Big Eight Conference baseball game that was ended by the mercy rule.

The Cardinals (7-3 overall, 5-2 Big Eight) had opened the week with a walk-off win over conference rival Madison Memorial on April 15.

But Middleton followed that with a 7-3 Big Eight Conference loss to Verona on April 16 and an 8-6 non-conference setback versus Division 1 power Mosinee last Friday.

Look said the Cardinals quickly put those losses in their rearview mirror.

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Girls soccer team plays well vs, Oregon

OREGON — Some losses sting a little less than others.

This was one of them for Middleton’s girls soccer team.

The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 in the ninth minute against perennial WIAA Division 2 state title contender Oregon but nearly got the equalizer on two occasions before ultimately suffering a 2-0 loss last Saturday.

That second Panthers’ goal was a virtually meaningless tally with 50 seconds left.

So while the Cardinals didn’t win, they certainly showed in those 80 minutes against the Panthers — ranked second in Division 2 according to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll — that their young season has great promise.

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Softball Cardinals win a pair

Middleton’s girls softball team has been searching for a branch of consistency to hold onto at the start of this spring.

Perhaps the Cardinals found one last week.

Middleton blanked visiting Madison Memorial, 6-0, on April 15. The Cardinals followed that with an 11-3 win over host Sun Prairie West on April 17.

Middleton is now 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big Eight Conference.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Middleton 6, Madison Memorial 0 — Megan Button threw a complete game shutout and powered the Cardinals past the Spartans.

Button struck out 13 in seven innings and allowed just three hits. Button didn't walk a batter and threw strikes on 68 of her 89 pitches (76.4%).

“The gameplan was originally to split the game between a couple of different pitchers, but Megan had an incredible day on the mound,” Middleton coach Brittany Carl said. “She was efficient and well in command.

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Golfers fifth at Sheboygan North

The boys state golf tournament won’t take place until the first week of June.

It’s a virtual certainty, though, that event won’t have as many stellar teams as the Sheboygan North Invite did last week.

Middleton ventured to the North Invite on April 17-18 where nine of the state’s top-10 teams and 15 others receiving votes competed. And after finishing fifth overall at the two-day, 48-team event, the Cardinals felt pretty good about where they stood.

“With more opportunities to work on their game, I can see our team score going lower,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “This team has much talent, with all five players being potential scorers on any given day.”

Waukesha North won the tournament with a 604-team score, while Milwaukee Marquette (611), Waunakee (616), Oconomowoc (619) and Middleton (622) rounded out the top five.

The first round was played at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and the Cardinals’ 317 team score left them in sixth place.

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Girls lacrosse team captures two out of three

Middleton’s girls lacrosse team won two of three games last week.

The Cardinals fell to Muskego, 11-9, on April 15. Middleton responded, though, with a 19-8 win over Waunakee on April 18 and an 18-2 victory over Sun Prairie United last Friday.

Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ week:

• Muskego 11, Middleton 9 — The Cardinals outscored the Warriors, 7-2 in the second half. The problem is Muskego held a 9-2 edge at halftime.

“After putting Abby Tubbs on the circle, we were able to gain more draw controls and the defense was able to continue to pressure turnovers,” Middleton coach Alexa Byers said.

• Middleton 19, Waunakee 8 — Laina Gustafson had six goals, while Abby Tubbs added five goals to power the Cardinals.

Goalie Izzy Ensenberger was extremely active in and out of goal and earned the win.

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Boys lacrosse team wins twice

Middleton’s boys lacrosse team notched a pair of wins last weekend and climbed above the .500 mark.

The Cardinals rolled past host Mukwonago, 14-5, last Friday. Middleton then downed visiting Appleton, 12-10, last Saturday.

The Cardinals are now 4-3 overall.

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s week:

• Middleton 14, Mukwonago 5 — Senior co-captain James Grosspietsch and junior attackman Arjay Johnson scored three goals each to power the Cardinals past the Indians.

Will O’Brien also had an impressive string of faceoff wins, while junior goalie Kyle Ballweg turned in a strong performance.

• Middleton 12, Appleton United 10 — Arjay Johnson and senior co-captain Parker Leslie both scored four goals as the Cardinals edged Appleton.

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