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Middleton's Shroyer competing at Augusta

Middleton’s Mitchell Shroyer, a fourth grader at Northside Elementary, will participate in the 2021 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday.

The event will take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., and will kickoff Master’s Week.

Golf Channel will broadcast the event live across North and South America.

Shroyer advanced to the National Finals after nationwide qualifying featuring hundreds of events and tens of thousands of participants across the country.

Shroyer, 10, plays out of Bishop’s Bay.

"Mitchell is very determined and wants to win more than anyone so that will be something we talk about on harnessing in a positive way,” said John Shipshock, the head professional at Bishop’s Bay and Shroyer’s personal coach. "His ability to be comfortable in the moment and let his skills take over will be the key."

Before competing at Augusta, Shroyer took time to answer a few questions:

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Middleton runners start strong

Middleton’s boys and girls teams both won their season-opening meets on March 24.

The Cardinals’ boys defeated host Verona, 24-31, in a dual meet. Middleton’s girls rolled past the Wildcats, 15-40.

Middleton senior Ryan Schollmeyer won the boys race, completing the 5,000-meter course in 16 minutes, 16 seconds. Cardinals junior Griffin Ward was second (16:16), senior Alexander Marrione was fifth (17:43), sophomore Dean Montour was sixth (17:55) and sophomore Nathan Kurtz was 10th (18:44).

“Verona was a nice rust-buster for the team and just good to see where we were at because we have a lot of unknowns this year,” Middleton coach Brian Finnel said. “I was happy to see we won it and the boys raced well for the first meet and with the crazy wind.” 

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Girls spikers win two of three

Middleton’s girls volleyball team won two of three matches last week.

DeForest toppled the Cardinals, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21, on March 24. Middleton rebounded, though, with wins over Janesville Craig on March 25 and Racine Park on March 27.

The Cardinals defeated Craig, 25-12, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20. Middleton then toppled Case last Saturday in a match its varsity reserve team played.

DeForest is one of the top teams in the area and got the better of Middleton. Sierra Pertzborn led the Cardinals with six kills and three blocks, Evin Jordee had seven assists and two aces, and Olivia Underwood added seven assists.

“We had a tough matchup against DeForest,” Middleton coach Maddie Vogel said. “We struggled to get into a rhythm in the back row, which made it difficult to fully execute on offense. DeForest's defense was solid all around as well, making it tough for us to put a ball down.”

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Swimmers win Middleton Invite

Amazingly, the postseason is here for Middleton’s swimmers.

And the Cardinals seem poised to make quite a splash.

Middleton hosted a four-team invitational Saturday and rolled to an easy win.

Middleton finished with 752 points, while Verona/Mount Horeb was a distant second at 395.5. Janesville Parker/Evansville (303.5) and Sun Prairie (299) rounded out the four-team invite.

The Cardinals were at the Verona Sectional on Tuesday. Middleton then heads to the WIAA state meet April 6 at Waukesha South High School.

If the Middleton Invite was a postseason tune-up, the Cardinals seem ready to roll.

Middleton won all three relays and 10 of 11 events overall.

The Cardinals’ 200-yard medley relay team of Lauryn Abozeid, Serena Haack, Eva Anagnostopoulous and Ryanne Woodall finished first, while the quartet of Lily Mair, Molly Keebler, Brianna Acker and Taylor Carbon was second.

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Middleton rolls past Beloit Memorial

They had waited nearly 17 months for this moment.

When it finally arrived, Middleton’s football team was filled with passion, fury and hunger.

And Beloit Memorial paid the price.

In its alternate-fall season opener on March 26, Middleton’s defense and special teams dominated. The offense also played well after a slow start and the host Cardinals rolled to a 38-0 win.

“It felt great. It was amazing,” said senior safety Josh Stormer, who had a touchdown on offense and another on special teams. “We haven't played in so long. It felt great being back with the team. It was awesome.”

Running back Elijah Gray, who had a rushing touchdown and a kick return score, agreed with Stormer.

“It was just great to be back,” Gray said. “I felt we played a good game, especially because it was our first game in over a year.

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Friday Night Lights set to return

Jason Pertzborn has spent the last two weeks playing doctor, nurse, receptionist, motivator — and oh yeah, football coach.

Middleton’s second-year boss has taken temperatures before practices, shuffled through piles of administrative work and tried keeping morale high — all while getting his team ready for Friday’s season-opener against Beloit Memorial.

At times, Pertzborn himself admits he’s been “beaten down.” But after a long battle just to have this alternate football season, all Pertzborn needs to do is look at his team to quickly feel rejuvenated.

“It’s been a lot of work, and it’s been stressful,” Pertzborn said. “But when we’re out on the field, it’s been therapeutic. The energy and the chatter of the kids has been awesome. There’s no place they’d rather be.”

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Soccer Cards thrilled new season has arrived

The wait was excruciating.

Which is why the return figures to be so much sweeter.

Middleton’s boys soccer teams began its new season Monday. And after a 16-month gap between competitions, the Cardinals were thrilled to get their new year started.

“The kids are fired up,” said Kevin Pauls, who’s beginning his first year as Middleton’s head coach. “We had contact days a couple weeks ago and had over 90 student-athletes participate each of the five nights. As of Friday, I have about 130 kids signed up, which is down a little from a normal year, but still shows how excited these players are to get out and play.”

No one is more excited than Pauls, though.

Pauls is a lifelong soccer player who attended McFarland High School and began coaching with the Spartans in 1998. At McFarland, Pauls coached at all levels and was also a varsity assistant.

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Tennis Cardinals win a pair

The wait is over.

And now, Middleton’s girls tennis team is ready for a big season.

The Cardinals cruised past Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker by identical 7-0 scores last Saturday. It was the first time Middleton took the court since Oct., 2019.

“For the first match of the alternate fall season the girls came out and played well,” Middleton first-year coach Matt Given said. “It was nice to finally get the season going.”

In the Cardinals’ win over Craig, Netra Somasundarem rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Sophia Agapov posted a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2, Amy Li rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3, and Charlotte Sax cruised at No. 4, 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles play, Karsen Dettman and Noor Rajpal posted a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1. Cece Hujanen and Rose Ryan rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2, while Grace Olson and Cate Ohly notched a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3.

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Boys spikers get a lift from JV team

Rob Kleinschmidt knew he had talent and depth inside his Middleton boys volleyball program this season.

Last week, he found out just how much.

The Cardinals were placed in contact tracing quarantine on March 17. That meant Middleton’s JV Red team was called into action last Saturday against Appleton North and Kimberly — two state powers.

Appleton North defeated Middleton, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20 and Kimberly toppled the Cardinals, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19. Both matches were extremely competitive and the Cardinals discovered how strong their program is from top to bottom.

“We learned a lot about what it takes to compete at the highest varsity level,” Middleton JV coach Josh McCall said. “Every player showed me something special throughout the day.”

Before the Cardinals’ varsity team was put into quarantine, they rolled by Fort Atkinson, 25-7, 25-12, 26-24 on March 15.

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Middleton swimmers notch two big wins

Amazingly, the postseason is quickly approaching in girls swimming.

And once again, Middleton appears like it will be a force.

Middleton edged Sun Prairie, 92-78, on March 16 in what was its toughest dual meet of the season. The Cardinals also rolled past Verona/Mount Horeb, 130-40, last Saturday.

Now, Middleton will travel to the Verona Sectional on March 30. The state championship is April 6 at Waukesha South High School.

“A few girls definitely turned some heads … and made a statement of where they want to be at the end of the season,” Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said of the Cardinals’ performance last week. “All in all, we executed well and swam at our best this season.”

Sun Prairie has one of the state’s top teams in this alternate-fall season. But Middleton got the best of Sun Prairie after a lengthy delay in its schedule.

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