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Boys BB team falls to St. John's

DELAFIELD — St. John's NW Military Academy — located in Delafield — might be small in numbers.

The Lancers have just 140 students and will play in the WIAA Division 3 tournament this year.

Everything else about St. John’s is large, though.

The Lancers’ starting lineup averages 6-foot-6. Senior Bradin Podziemski is averaging 35 points per game and is being courted by several Division 1 high majors. And senior guard Brennan Timm averages 20.0 points per game and will likely play collegiately himself.

This is the challenge Middleton’s boys basketball team faced in just its second game of the season last Thursday.

The host Lancers got 26 points from Timm and another 23 from Podziemski and toppled the Cardinals, 71-56. Junior guard Logan Raffel led the Cardinals with 13 points, while junior guard Nick Meinholz added 10.

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Swimmers set for state

Their season was truncated.

They had far less pool time than a regular campaign.

But several members of Middleton’s boys swimming team are back where they always wanted to be — state.

The Cardinals finished third at the WIAA Division 1 Middleton Sectional that was moved to Waukesha South last Saturday.

Sun Prairie won the seven-team sectional with 407 points, followed by Verona/Mount Horeb (358) and Middleton (303).

“This year's sectional was so unusual in so many different ways,” Middleton coach Danny Lynam said. “The obvious difference was the significantly shortened season, but even at the meet there was a limited crowd, the guys weren't allowed on deck to cheer each other on, and it was the first time we actually swam against anyone else in person.

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Girls basketball team seeded 5th

The road will be brutal.

But at least Middleton’s girls’ basketball team is part of the race.

The Cardinals received the No. 5 seed in its five-team postseason pod. The Cardinals will face fourth-seeded Oregon in a WIAA Division 1 regional quarterfinal on Feb. 9.

The winner of that game would face top-seeded Waunakee in a regional semifinal Feb. 12. The regional final would be Feb. 13 against either second-seeded Verona or third-seeded DeForest.

Sectional semifinals are Feb. 18 and sectional finals are Feb. 20.

Middleton fell to 0-2 in its truncated season last week, falling to DePere, 72-32, on Jan. 28. The Redbirds, ranked 10th in Division 1, improved to 19-2.

Junior forward McKenna Monogue led the Cardinals with 11 points, while senior forward Mel Accola added eight.

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Wrestlers fall short at regionals

And just like that, it was over.

Middleton’s wrestling team didn’t get a chance to compete in a dual meet or an invitational this season due to COVID-19 restrictions. So the Cardinals’ first competition of the year came last Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 Baraboo Regional.

Unfortunately for Middleton, the season proved to be short and not all that sweet.

The Cardinals finished in seventh place at the seven-team regional and failed to advance anyone to sectionals. So just like that, Middleton’s year ended.

Reedsburg won the regional with 233 points, followed by Waunakee (226), Baraboo (213.5), Sauk Prairie (160), Mount Horeb (124.5), Verona (82) and Middleton (51).

The top two wrestlers in each weight class advanced to sectionals. Middleton’s top finishes were fourth place finishes by Walker Hargrove at 132 pounds and heavyweight Adham Elshaboury.

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Hockey Cardinals blank Sun Prairie

It had been more than 11 months since Middleton’s hockey team last took the ice.

While no one wanted to wait that long, the Cardinals returned with a bang on Jan. 25, posting an impressive 3-0 win over Sun Prairie.

“More than anything I really enjoyed watching the boys compete,” Middleton first-year coach Dan Truehl said. “We have some things to clean up, but I loved the effort and speed that we played at.”

Brady Englekes had all three Middleton goals, while Cam Haynes stopped 22 shots and pitched a shutout.

“Honestly, I wasn’t surprised at all,” Truehl said. “There is a ton of talent and leadership in our locker room and we just needed the opportunity to let it loose and play a game.”

Engelkes got started just 2:34 into the game when he scored an even strength goal on an assist from Cade Semrad to give Middleton a 1-0 lead. Engelkes struck again at 11:38 of the second period on a feed from Spencer Kalscheur to give Middleton a 2-0 lead.

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Middleton’s girls basketball team starts new journey

Jeff Kind wasn’t sure if this moment would ever arrive.

His Middleton girls basketball team certainly had their doubts, too.

After a season of uncertainty, Middleton superintendent Dana Monogue and athletic director Jamie Sims approved the return of winter sports on Jan. 11, with all games to be played outside of Dane County.

Now, Kind and the Cardinals will begin their extremely truncated season Friday with a game at Mosinee.

“The first time we play will be the first time we see live competition,” Kind said. “Gotta love a challenge.”

There’s no doubt, whatever games the Cardinals can get before the postseason arrives on Feb. 9 will be a challenge.

Due to pandemic restrictions imposed by Dane County health officials, in addition to not being able to play games in their home gym or anywhere in the county, the Cardinals must maintain six feet of social distancing during practices and can only have 10 players in the gym at the same time. 

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Boys hoops team happy to have a season

There were times in the past few weeks when Middleton boys basketball coach Kevin Bavery thought it might be easiest to punt on the 2020-21 season.

The Cardinals didn't have an offseason. Most of the state was playing games, while schools throughout Dane County were in a state of limbo.

“There were times … I thought maybe it was just best for us to officially be done and let everyone move forward emotionally,” Bavery said.

Last week, all it took was a few “thumps” of the ball for Bavery to know he was wrong.

“Once you hear that sound of the ball hitting the floor and you see the 'masked smiles' and see the body language of being around the game again it's pretty invigorating,” Bavery said.

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Hockey Cardinals hope to shine

Dan Truehl’s happy place has always been the ice rink.

So naturally, Truehl — Middleton’s first year hockey coach — was one happy camper last week.

On Jan. 11, Middleton superintendent Dana Monogue and athletic director Jamie Sims approved the return of winter sports to MHS, with all games to be played outside of Dane County. And for the first time since taking the job last spring, Truehl could do what he enjoys most — coach his Cardinals.

“I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling,” Truehl said. “I took the job in March with all sorts of tasks, goals, and structure to build. Then, just like that everything stopped. It’s been a difficult start to my coaching career at Middleton, but being back on the ice with my coaching staff and our skaters was well worth the wait.”

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Wrestlers excited for chance to compete

In the classic movie ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Jim Carrey’s character Lloyd Christmas falls in love with a woman named Mary Swanson, who doesn’t return Carrey’s affection.

At one point in the film, Carrey puts it all on the line.

Lloyd Christmas: What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?

Mary Swanson: Not good.

Lloyd Christmas: Not good like one in a hundred?

Mary Swanson: I'd say more like one in a million.

Lloyd Christmas: So you're telling me there's a chance?

For the next month, Middleton wrestling coach Kent Weiler is going to channel his inner-Lloyd Christmas and try bucking all of the odds himself.

On Jan. 11, Middleton superintendent Dana Monogue and athletic director Jamie Sims approved the return of winter sports to MHS, with all competitions to be played outside of Dane County.

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Swimmers fall to Sun Prairie

Middleton’s boys swimming team dropped a 121-49 virtual meet against Sun Prairie last Friday and Saturday.

Cardinals’ sophomore Nick Chirafisi won the 200-yard freestyle and freshman Noah Dorn was fifth. Chirafisi was also second in the 500-yard freestyle, while senior Ian Bohachek was fourth and Dorn was fifth.

Junior Blaise Lin was second in the 100-yard butterfly, while sophomore Emre Gunay was third and sophomore Tyler Choedak was fourth.

Choedak was third in the 200-yard IM and senior Koby Renfert was fourth. Sophomore Theo Wolf was third in the 100-yard backstroke, while senior Colby Livezey was fifth.

Sophomore Jack Madoch was third in the 100-yard freestyle, while senior Joe McNerney was fifth. Bohachek was also third in the 100-yard breaststroke and Renfert was fifth.

Madoch was also fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and senior Alex Starr was fifth.

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