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Sun Prairie West edges MHS

SUN PRAIRIE — In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is forced to spend eternity rolling an immense boulder up a hill. Each time Sisyphus neared the top, the boulder rolled back down, forcing him to begin the futile process once again.

“That’s one of my favorite stories,” Middleton boys basketball coach Kevin Bavery said.

Unless he’s the central character, which is just what Bavery and the Cardinals were during their game at Sun Prairie West on Jan. 11.

Middleton dug itself a double digit deficit early, battled back and forged three second half ties against the host Wolves. The Cardinals never could get take a lead, though, and eventually suffered a 77-73 loss.

Middleton, which got 23 points and nine rebounds from junior center Will Garlock, dropped its third straight game. The Cardinals also fell to 6-4 overall and slipped to fifth place in the Big Eight Conference at 4-3.

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Swimmers win Middleton Invite

Middleton’s boys swimming team is the defending WIAA Division 1 state champs.

And all signs continue to point to the Cardinals having every chance to defend that title next month.

Middleton won its own, seven-team invitational last Saturday.

The Cardinals finished the meet with 226 points, while Madison Memorial (173), McFarland (169), Verona (151) and Sun Prairie West (106) rounded out the top five.

Madison West finished sixth with 105 points and Sauk Prairie/Wisconsin Heights was seventh with 74 points.

Middleton had several highlights along the way, including:

• The 200-yard medley relay team of Ty Carbon, Sam Wolf, Ben Cutler-Heiderscheit and Liam Mair finished first. The Cardinals’ quartet of Nathaniel Straight, Brady Vondrak, Ben Vavilov and Ziggy Garcia Hall also teamed up to place sixth.

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MHS wrestlers split triangular

Middleton’s wrestlers split a pair of dual meets during a home triangular on Jan. 11.

The Cardinals defeated Madison West, 50-27, but fell to Verona, 42-35.

Here’s a look at each match.

 

Middleton 50, Madison West 27

106: Tavish Frank (Middleton) over forfeit (West)

113: Stone Cathcart-Helmer (West) over forfeit (Middleton)

120: Gracie Brooks (West) over forfeit (Middleton)
126: Grady Hargrove (Middleton) over forfeit (West)

132: Alborz Dehnavi (Middleton) over Maya Assad Thompson (West) Fall 1:14

138: Pavil Jones (Middleton) over Jayden Ross (West) Dec. 10-5

144: Reese Miller (Middleton) over Ashton Mazvimavi (West) Fall 0:57

150: Sam Zanton (Middleton) over Alan Ly (West) Fall 1:19

157: Finn Grauwels (Middleton) over Jose De Hilario Castro (West) TF 17-2

165: Damiano Cappellini (West) over Luke LaScala (Middleton) Fall 2:12

175: Bryce Falk (Middleton) over forfeit (West

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Hockey Cards blank Wausau West

When the hockey season started, Middleton coach Dan Truehl wondered how he was going to replace Cam Haynes, an all-conference goalie the last two seasons.

Senior Ian Eberle has eased all those concerns.

Eberle continued his terrific season last Saturday, when he shined in goal and helped Middleton down host Wausau West, 4-0.

Eberle finished with 22 saves and notched his third shutout of the season. Eberle is now 7-4 with a 1.93 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. The Cardinals also improved to 9-4 overall.

“Ebs is such a cool customer,” Middleton coach Dan Truehl said. “Chaos can be ensuing around him and he’ll just look over at the bench with a big smile on his face.

“He’s settled into a rhythm here and is challenging every shot he’s seeing. We’ll need to keep him fresh here in the last eight games, but he’s been a rock for us as we’ve found our winning ways again after Christmas.”

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Gymnasts fall to Janesville Craig

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team fell to Janesville Craig, 133.450-126.30, on Jan. 11.

“Although tonight's competition didn't go as well as our last few duels, the girls still showed up and gave their best,” Middleton coach Alexis Cairo said. “We're at the point in the season where the girls are tired, are beginning to overthink some of their skills, and are feeling overwhelmed.

“So a few injuries and mental blocks set us back tonight. That's no excuse for the outcome of tonight's competition though. There's no doubt that Janesville Craig is a talented team.”

Middleton’s Sophie Pop-Vicas was fourth in the all-around with a 31.90, while teammate Abby Arnold was fifth with a 31.70.

Kenevan Lindner was second on the uneven bars (8.225), while Arnold was fourth (7.70), Aubrey Halverson was fifth (7.50) and Anja Schmidt-Voils was eighth (7.0).

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Pauls named Coach of the Year

Middleton’s boys soccer team had an unforgettable season, winning the WIAA Division 1 state title for the first time since 2004.

And Cardinals’ head coach Kevin Pauls was recently honored and named Wisconsin’s Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association.

“It's pretty cool being recognized by the other coaches around the state,” Pauls said.

Middleton went 18-4-3 last season and upset top-seeded Hartland Arrowhead in a sectional final. The Cardinals then edged Marquette in a penalty kick shootout in the state semifinals, and bested Brookfield East in the state title game on penalty kicks, as well.

While Pauls was the architect behind Middleton’s championship run, he was quick to thank the many others that helped make it possible.

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Boys basketball team falls to Sun Prairie East

SUN PRAIRIE — Opportunity after opportunity came and went. Try as the Middleton boys basketball team did, the Cardinals just couldn’t close the gap on Sun Prairie East in last Thursday night’s Big Eight Conference clash.

Two- or three-point deficits turned into five- or six-point holes. Then back again, so on and so forth.

It was like a hound dog chasing a rabbit. Except, finally, in the final minute, the dog did indeed catch the rabbit.

A memorable comeback was in the cards, it seemed.

But just like that, Middleton’s thrilling rally was dashed.

Sun Prairie’s leading scorer, Gavin Van Wie, was fouled with 4.1 seconds remaining and made both free throws. And Middleton’s leading scorer, Will Garlock, couldn’t quite finish a well-designed full-court inbounds play, resulting in a 66-65 win for East in a match-up of second-place teams in the league. 

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MHS wrestlers win Sauk Prairie Invite

Middleton’s wrestling team won the 20-team Sauk Prairie Invitational last Saturday.

The Cardinals finished with 214.5 points and edged runner-up Mauston (188.5). Seymour (184.0), West Bend East (160.5) and Ithaca/Weston (153.0) rounded out the top five.

Middleton’s Sam Zanton finished first at 150 pounds, while Finn Grauwels (157) and Reed Falk (190) were both second.

Pavil Jones (138), Reese Miller (144) and Bryce Falk (175) all finished third.

Here's a recap of the Cardinals’ big day:

106 — Tavish Frank (10-11) placed 7th and scored 12.0 team points.

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Hockey Cards cruise past Madison Memorial

Middleton’s hockey team has taken a few lumps playing one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the state.

Inside the Big Eight Conference, though, the Cardinals are humming along.

Middleton remained in the chase for a conference title when it skated to a comfortable, 6-0 win over Madison Memorial on Jan. 4.

The Cardinals improved to 5-1 in the Big Eight and are 8-6 overall. Verona (8-5, 6-2) technically leads the conference with 12 points, but Middleton (10 points) has played two fewer league contests than the Wildcats.

“One of the things we’ve been really focused on lately is playing a full 51-minute game,” Middleton coach Dan Truehl said after the Cardinals defeated Madison Memorial. “We’ve looked great for 17 and 34 (minutes), but have yet to put it all together for three periods.

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Gymnasts fourth at MoHo Invite

Middleton’s girls gymnastics team finished in fourth place among large schools at the seven-team Mount Horeb Invite last Saturday.

Verona/Madison Edgewood scored 142.550 and ran away with the team title. Monona Grove (131.70), Sun Prairie East/West (131.050), Middleton (128.0) and Waunakee/DeForest (125.50) rounded out the top five.

Middleton senior Sophie Pop-Vicas was ninth in the all-around competition with a 32.975, while sophomore Abby Arnold was 10th (31.625).

Pop-Vicas was fifth on the floor exercise (9.050), while Arnold was 10th (8.650), junior Jaelynn Kemp was 18th (7.950) and junior Buna Karanezi was 24th (7.50).

Pop-Vicas was eighth on the balance beam with an 8.525, while Karanezi was ninth (8.50). Arnold added a 19th place finish (7.825) and Kemp was 21st (7.725).

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