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MHS swimmers thrilled to be back

It had been nearly 11 months since the Middleton boys’ swimming and diving team was able to pursue its passion in the pool.

But the agonizing wait finally came to an end last week, and senior Koby Renfert was ecstatic.

“It made me appreciate how great of an opportunity it is to compete,” Renfert said after Middleton opened its delayed season last Friday and Saturday.

“Normally it’s part of the routine. You go to the meets and compete and have fun. But because there aren’t many meets, it’s made me take a step back and realize that they are pretty important and it’s something I’m going to remember for a long time.”

The Cardinals were eager to become the school’s first sports program to compete since Middleton’s girls’ basketball team qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state tournament last March.

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Middleton’s year in sports

Thrilling victories. Magnificent individual performances. Memories to last a lifetime.

These are the norm inside the sports programs at Middleton High School.

But there was nothing normal about 2020.

The sports world came to a screeching halt on March 12 due to COVID-19. And amazingly, the Cardinals didn't have a single event the rest of the year.

Oh, there were a few memorable moments. There was also a lot of waiting, watching and wondering.

Times-Tribune Sports Editor Rob Reischel looks back at the top-10 stories of 2020.

 

1. Middleton A.D. Bob Joers dies

Bob Joers led Middleton’s athletic department into the 21st century.

Joers helped the Cardinals become arguably the top athletic program in the state.

And through it all, he remained one of the most flexible, accessible and personable people in his industry.

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Dec
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Outlook bleak for winter sports

It’s been said practice makes perfect.

If that’s the case, the athletes at Middleton High School should be a fine-tuned group if they’re ever allowed to have a winter sports season.

Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #11 on Dec. 16, and that order will be in effect for 28 days.

The order mirrors much of the previous Order #9 and allows indoor gatherings of up to 10 people, with physical distancing and face coverings. It also allows outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, with physical distancing.

The health order is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At Middleton High School, that means winter sports teams will be allowed to gather for small group practices once again. Because the order extends into mid-January, though, the chances of winter sports competitions looks bleak.

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If there’s a hockey season, Middleton believes it can shine

There are no promises.

No guarantees.

So Middleton hockey coach Dan Truehl is searching for four-leaf clovers and stockpiling horseshoes — anything to give the Cardinals some luck.

Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10 on Nov. 17, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. That order ended on Dec. 16, and Truehl was optimistic that at that point, his team could begin doing socially-distanced workouts again.

If the Cardinals showed the ability to do that successfully, perhaps they could eventually have some type of season.

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Swimmers thinking big — if they have a season

Danny Lynam knows his team might be overlooked.

They might be disregarded, discounted, ignored.

And that’s just fine with Middleton’s boys swimming and diving coach.

The Cardinals graduated an enormous amount of talent from the group that won the WIAA Division 1 state title in February. And if Middleton eventually has a season, Lynam and the Cardinals have no problem being the hunter instead of the hunted.

“I think a lot of people would have counted us out. However, I think we could surprise a number of people with the success we would have,” Lynam said. “When you have a team as large and deep as ours you always have the next group of guys ready to go.

“We have a number of guys that get pushed down or overlooked, just because we have so much depth at the top end. In a normal year there are guys swimming JV that would normally be varsity on most other teams in our conference, and with so many spots to fill, this would be their year to shine.”

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Gymnasts hoping for chance to strut their stuff

Kari Steck took over Middleton’s girls gymnastics program in 2010.

The past decade has seen tremendous success and growth.

The Cardinals have been to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament eight times. Middleton has three top-five finishes at state in that time.

And the Cardinals have crowned a pair of individual state champions — Karina Sabol in the vault (2018) and Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn in the uneven bars (2017).

Now, Steck is simply crossing her fingers that her 11th season will take place.

While teams across the state began practicing Nov. 16 and many will have their first meets this week, things are on hold at MHS. Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10 on Nov. 17, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size.

While Steck is optimistic her team will eventually have a season, the Cardinals are currently in a holding pattern.

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03
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MHS' girls basketball team is hoping for a chance to show its stuff

When you saw them last, Middleton’s girls basketball team was on the brink of the first WIAA Division 1 state championship in school history.

The Cardinals had reached the state tournament and were the No. 1 seed. Then, the WIAA cancelled the state tournament due to fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, Middleton head coach Jeff Kind is simply hoping people will get a chance to see his team play in the 2020-21 season.

While teams across the state began practicing Nov. 16 and many have already had multiple games, things are on hold at MHS. Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10 on Nov. 17, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size.

While Kind is optimistic his team will eventually have a season, the Cardinals are currently in a holding pattern.

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03
Dec
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Boys basketball team has high hopes — if they have a season

One contact day.

One marvelous, glorious, socially distanced contact day.

That’s what Middleton’s boys basketball team experienced last month before Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10, which has prohibited indoor gatherings of any size.

In that short amount of time, Cardinals coach Kevin Bavery saw what he anticipated all summer — he has a team that could surprise.

Now, if Middleton can get clearance to have some type of season, Bavery and the Cardinals believe big things could await.

“The biggest challenge of course is not seeing any of these players since last March,” Bavery said. “The brief glimpse we had with one contact day before we paused as a district showed us that a lot of players have changed physically.

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Middleton's Beckman now a Badger

Jacob Beckman is now officially a Badger.

Beckman, a senior at Middleton High School, signed his National Letter of Intent last week to play men’s golf at the University of Wisconsin.

Beckman had made a verbal commitment to play for the Badgers in Dec., 2019, then made it official last week.

“We continue to prioritize the top players from Wisconsin and we are thrilled to have Jacob join the program,” Wisconsin coach Michael Burcin said. “He comes from a very competitive high school golf environment. Moving to the Madison area from the northeast a few years ago, he will be familiar and comfortable in Madison and playing golf all over the nation.”

Beckman’s achievements include:

• No. 1 ranked player in Wisconsin by Wisconsin.golf.

• Fifth place at the 2020 WPGA Junior Championship.

• Fifteenth place at the 2020 Wisconsin Junior Boys Championship.

• Fourth place at the 2020 Lake Arrowhead Invitational.

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MHS pushes pause button on winter sports

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus received the eternal punishment of rolling an immense boulder up a hill in the depth of Hades. Every time Sisyphus neared the top, the boulder would roll back down the hill.

Middleton athletic director Jamie Sims can relate.

Winter sports began across the state Monday, and Sims had recently instituted a plan that allowed the Cardinals’ teams to begin practicing. After a recent spike in cases of COVID-19, though, Sims was forced to pump the brakes a bit.

Public Health Madison & Dane County issued Emergency Order #10 Tuesday, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical distancing. 

The order began Wednesday and will remain in effect until Dec. 16.

So for now, all sports — and practices — at MHS are once again on hold.

“I have COVID whiplash,” Sims said. “But we’re not going to quit trying.”

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