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33-year-old man pleads guilty to selling up to 10 pounds per week

by KEvin MurPhy

Local man sold hundreds of pounds of pot

VOL. 121, NO. 25


Police picked up missing teens trail in Middleton

by MaTT GEiGEr


Girl from Coon Rapid was later found in Madison

A man who sold hundreds of pounds of marijuana before moving to his fathers Century Avenue condominium pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiring to sell a controlled substance. According to a complaint filed in court: Nicholas Bokas, 33, began selling ounces of marijuana per week in late 2011, which escalated into sales of up to 10 pounds weekly at $3,400 a pound, according to a complaint filed with the court. Bokas and Justin Triplett shared an apartment on E. Mifflin Street in the spring of 2012 when Bokas arranged to sell 50 pounds of pot to Joshua Campbell through Triplett. Campbell was wearing a recording device when he met Triplett at the Mifflin Street apartment. There, Campbell saw 20 pounds of marijuana and Triplett said he could provide another 30 pounds within an hour. State and federal agents conducted a search warrant at the Mifflin residence on May 2, 2012 recovering 97 pounds See POT, page 7

Seven Madison Youth Special Olympics athletes went to the Special Olympics State Summer Games at the UW-Stevens Point campus June 6-9. Six of them were from MiddletonCross Plains. They are Lauren Hopp (MHS): shot put - 2nd place, 100M run - 3rd place, 4x100 relay - 6th place; Nick Annen (Cross Plains): shot put - 1st place, 4x100 relay - 6th place; Nikki Ordaz (Madison): 200M dash - 4th place, 1500M run - 4th place, relay - 6th place; Faith Engle (MHS): Turbo jav - 5th place, 4x100 relay - 6th place; Ashlee Hrdlicka (MHS) - Standing Long Jump - 1st place; Regina MacLean (MHS) 50M run - 2nd place; Gavin Katovich (Kromery Middle School) - 100M run - 5th place. Pictured here from left to right are agency manager/coach Jean Hopp, Regina MacLean, Coach Joe Ordaz, Ashlee Hrdlicka, Lauren Hopp, Nick Annen, Gavin Katovich and coach Debbie Borth. Not pictured areathletes Faith Engle and Nikki Ordaz and chaperone Jane MacLean.

Local Olympians shine at State Summer Games

The Middleton boys Varsity Lacrosse team finished the season as conference champions and advanced to the quarter-finals of the state championship tournament. That game resulted in a heartbreaking loss to Arrowhead with a score of 9- 6. The overall team record for the season was 11 wins and 4 losses. The team also had strong representation in the selection of all conference teams. All conference first team included Kevin Hess (attack), Matt Hong (midfielder), Emmett Turley (defense), Robert Ledesma (defense), and Jefferson Driscoll (specialist/LSM). All Conference second team included Wyatt Corey (attack), Nick Hoskins (attack) and Brendan Sheehan (midfielder). Emmett Turley was also selected for the All State Team as a defender. Middleton Head Coach George Counes was selected as All Conference Coach of the Year. The independent ranking system Laxpower placed Middleton third in the state, behind Arrowhead and State Champion Marquette. The program, which included more than 80 players, continues gaining interest, and the formation of a Middleton Interscholastic Summer Lacrosse League was recently announced. Games will be Thursdays at Middleton High School beginning tonight (June 20). Pictured above is Emmett Turley (No. 7) during the recently concluded season.

Another year of growth for lacrosse

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Sixteen-year-old Brandi Fleming boarded a Chicago-bound bus more than two weeks ago in Coon Rapid, MN. But when the bus arrived at its destination, she had vanished. She wasnt spotted again until a witness saw her in Middleton last week. On Tuesday of this week, in part thanks for the work of local authorities, police in Madison took her into custody and returned Fleming safely to her family. Middleton Police first received information last week that Fleming, who family members believe got off her bus at a stop in Milwaukee, had been spotted at a pool in the Good Neighbor

City. Cell phone records indicated Brandi called a taxi service and was dropped off at 3607 Napoli Ln. in the City of Middleton Fleming around 6:30 p.m. on June 11. A citizen positively identified Fleming, saying she was seen with several males nearby on the same day. She was allegedly seen again by a witness on June 12. A family member told police Fleming has a history of running away with people she meets online.

Good Neighbors being sought for annual festival

The recipients of the Good Neighbor Award have made community involvement part of their life every day. Members of the Middleton community are encouraged to nominate those deserving of such an honor. Awards are generally given to between four and seven individuals each year. Nominees must reside in the MidSee FEST, page 8

Middleton Good Neighbor Festival organizers are seeking nominations for the 2013 Good Neighbor Awards. Each year, in association with the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival, the Good Neighbor Award is given in recognition of individuals whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in the Middleton community and who embody what it means to be a Good Neighbor.

Local man works to freeze MG&E rates. Page 3


Four generations of MHS graduates. Page 4


Soccer team falls at state. Page 12


Dining Guide. . . . . . . . . . 6 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Classieds . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Local consternation over the states education plan continues


by MaTT GEiGEr

Just a few months ago, Dianne Hesselbein and Ellen Lindgren faced off in a race for Wisconsins 79th District Assembly seat. Last week, they found themselves face to face again this time in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Administrative Center. And this time they were in agreement on a variety of issues, most of which are deeply rooted in concerns about Republican lawmakers budget priorities. Its a familiar setting for Lindgren, who is president of the MiddletonCross Plains Area School Board, and Hesselbein, who now represents the 79th District, as Hesselbein served on the school board with Lindgren before moving on to the Dane County Board of Supervisors and the State Assembly. Hesselbein, like most state lawmakers, makes regular visits to the school boards in her district in order to discuss issues germane to education. In the recent years in which state government has been under Republican control, meetings between the school board and the Democratic lawmakers who represent this area have followed a familiar pattern. School board members lament frozen funding, or what they see as insufficient perpupil increases, or the fact that funding for local education falls so squarely on the backs of property taxpayers. The legislators usually nod but add there is little the minority can do to change the alleged problems. When Hesselbein visited the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Board of Education last week, she attempted to strike a more hopeful

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board president Ellen Lindgren, left, listens as Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (DMiddleton), foreground, talks about the proposed state budgets impact on public education. chord. People care, and theyre paying attention, she told the board at its June 10 meeting. I do believe there is hope for our state. But after listening to a long list of shared concerns about Republicans budget plans, Lindgren said her fears about the proposed expansion of publically-funded private school vouchers leave her less optimistic. Im not as hopeful as you, she told Hesselbein. Chief among the trepidations listed by Lindgren and other members of the school board were vouchers, a proposal to further limit spending on referendums, and what some local educators see as a slippery slope at the bottom of which is the widespread privatization of public education. Much of the policy discussed last week is firmly embedded in the state budget. Its an age-old practice that Republicans accused Democrats of partaking in when they were in power a point Hesselbein noted. Every non-budgetary item needs to get out of that budget, she said. Its unfortunate, because we could just debate [policy] separately. School board member Annette Ashley asked Hesselbein about the possibility the state would place further restrictions on referendum outreach spending. School districts are currently allowed to use public funds to pay for the dissemination of information leading up to referenda; a practice Middleton-Cross Plains used effectively in 2012 when it brought two successful building projects before voters. Ashley questioned the full extent of the changes being proposed. Im pretty sure they dont want taxpayer dollars to pay for any informational [efforts], Hesselbein said. Lindgren said the new restrictions See SChOOL BOarD, page 10

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Monday, June 10 3:56 p.m. - Theft, 6800 block of University Ave. 7:00 p.m. - Property damage, 7700 block of Terrace Ave. 7:18 p.m. - Theft, 1600 block of Pondview Ct. 8:19 p.m. - Theft, 1600 block of Pondview Ct. Tuesday, June 11 12:32 a.m. - Theft, 1900 block of Aurora St. 8:36 a.m. - Property damage, 7900 block of UW Health Ct. 10:26 a.m. - Trespass, 6400 block of University Ave. 2:25 p.m. - Property damage, 3000 block of Deming Way. Wednesday, June 12 9:42 a.m. - Theft, 8300 block of Murphy Dr. 3:03 p.m. - Fight, 7700 block of Terrace Ave. 4:10 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 2000 block of Allen Blvd. 6:03 p.m. - Property damage, 6300 block of Maywood Ave. 8:29 p.m. - Property damage, 6300 block of Maywood Ave. Thursday, June 13 11:13 a.m. - Fraud, 6300 block of Pheasant Ln. Friday, June 14 12:19 a.m. - Malicious mischief, County Highway Q & South Ridge Way. 8:24 a.m. - Property damage, 2400 block of Park Lawn Pl. 8:51 a.m. - Property damage, 2100 block of Park Lawn Pl. 9:20 a.m. - Battery, 5100 block of Brindisi Ct. 9:45 a.m. - Malicious mischief, 3600 block of Napoli Ln. 2:44 p.m. - Fraud, 2100 block of Deming Way 3:36 p.m. - Fraud, 700 block of S. Gammon Rd. 4:55 p.m. - Theft, 8500 block of Greenway Blvd. 6:16 p.m. - Property damage, 2100 block of Deming Way. Saturday, June 15 1:44 a.m. - Domestic disturbance, Spring Grove Ct. & Donna Dr. 3:25 a.m. - Disturbance, 3700 block of Parmenter St. 2:26 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 5300 block of Mathews Rd. 4:43 p.m. - Theft, 1700 block of Deming Way. 5:50 p.m. - Theft, 2400 block of Park Lawn Pl. 5:56 p.m. - Animal bite, 3500 block of Flagstone Cir. Sunday, June 16 12:16 a.m. - Property check, 6300 block of Maywood Ave. 1:58 p.m. - Theft, 1700 block of Deming Way. Monday, June 17 2:47 a.m. - Person check, 7300 block of Century Pl.

Police Beat


Owen attempts to force MG&E to reduce rates




by KEvin MurPhy

A Middleton-based energy consultant doesnt think MG&Es requested yearlong rate freeze goes far enough. He believes the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) should cut the utilitys electric rates this summer. Robert H. Owen Jr.s degrees in meteorology, mechanical engineering and law from the University of WisconsinMadison and decades of work in utility regulation led him to oppose MG&E electric rates based on its coal-fired generating plants, he argued. Thats where [MG&E] distinguishes itself as the most costly utility in Wisconsin and possibly the Midwest. I havent found comparable ones, Owen said in a phone interview. Owen quotes MG&Es 2012 annual report, in which revenues per customer reach 15.8 cents per kilowatt hour. The closest other utility is Westfield Milling and Electric at 14.3 cents per kwh, he said. By that measure, every other Wisconsin utility charges customers less, with Superior Water Light & Power the

lowest at 9.9 cents per kwh. Owen attributes the reason for MG&E high generating costs on its investments in the antiquated technology of coal-fired powers, including part ownership in Columbia Energy Center near Portage and the new Elm Road Generating Station in Oak Creek. A wind energy advocate, Owen contends that utilities can invest in windgenerated power and still have lower rates than MG&E. MG&E is just the opposite case. You draw your own conclusions from that, but MG&Es rates increases over the years have not come from its investment in wind projects but disasters in fossil fuel projects like Elm Road, he said. In a brief filed with the PSC, Owen calls the Elm Road Generating Station a black albatross, as the $2.3 billion investment, co-owned by a WE Energies subsidiary, MG&E and WPPI Energy, of Sun Prairie, operates only the equivalent of one day per week. The Midwest Independent System Operator determines when large power plants operate based on energy demand See raTES, page 5

A recent food drive by West Middleton Lutheran Church is feeding people in need. The drive, which took place throughout the month of May, raised $2,101 and 380 pounds of food. In total, the donation was the equivalent of almost 12,000 pounds of food, all of which was given to the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) Food Pantry. Pictured from left to right: Betty Casey; Kim Smythe; Sue Gmur; Al Ripp, executive director of MOM; Cheri Farha, MOM Food Pantry manager; Margaret Kraemer.

West Middleton Lutheran feeds the hungry

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The more things change....



by JOhn STaMPEn

Seventy-five years ago, Emily (Zarndt) Knoche (Class of 38) walked across the stage, shook the principals hand, and graduated from Middleton High School with 28 of her fellow classmates. The country and Middleton had been mired in the great depression, but on that day the mood was nonetheless optimistic. Fifty-five years ago, Karen (Knoche) Stampen (MHS Class of 1958) walked across the stage, shook the principals hand, and graduated from Middleton High School with 91 of her fellow classmates. The post-war baby boom was in full swing, Rock and Roll music was gaining traction and the mood in the country was optimistic. Twenty-eight years ago, John Stampen (MHS Class of 1985), the author of this article, walked across the stage, shook the principals hand, and graduated from Middleton High School with 290 of his fellow classmates. Many big changes were underway in the economy, geopolitical climate and technology yet the overall mood on that day was optimistic. Earlier this month, Jake Stampen

(MHS Class of 2013) walked across the stage, shook the principals hand and graduated from Middleton High School with 450 of his fellow classmates. The country and Middleton are slowly emerging from the toughest recession since the Great Depression, but the speeches and mood on graduation day remained optimistic. Middleton High School has greatly changed but in other ways has remains largely the same through the four living generations of this family who graduated from this institution. The student and faculty populations are over 16 times larger today than they were 75 years ago and the facilities have grown exponentially as well. All that is left of the original building Emily Zarndt Knoche attended is the entrance faade that has been moved twice. But looking through high school yearbooks from each generation, you see a rich and vibrant student life that included sports, music, drama, academics, and celebrations. Each of the graduation ceremonies praised the accomplishments of the talented graduates and talked with enthusiasm about the future opportunities before them. Regardless of what else changes at Middleton High School, thats the way its likely going to remain for the next 75 years.

A single high school graduation is a big deal. Four generations of Middleton High School graduates all celebrating together? Thats a story for the local newspaper. Pictured above on the day of this years graduation ceremony are Middleton High School alumni Jake Stampen (class of 2013), John Stampen (class of 1985), Karen Knoche Stampen (Class of 1958), and Emily Zarndt Knoche (Class of 1938).

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Busy night for city plan commission



City Considers Proposed Improvements to Bike Paths, Assesses Long-Term Impact of Relocating Pheasant Branch Stream
by FranCESCa MaSTranGELO

The City of Middleton Plan Commission on June 11 discussed improvements to city bike paths and the progress of various construction projects. Commissioners considered Tax Increment Financing (TIF) requests that would allocate funding to improve the Deming Way bike path and extend the bike trail along Park Street. The Deming Way project, led by Strand Associates for Engineering and Construction Oversight Services, would to provide construction staking for the path, storm stewer, and concrete curb. The plan commission unanimously supported the easements to accommodate bike path improvements. Moved by Cindy Zellers and secand the cost to supply it. Elm Road Generating Stations operating costs relative to other available plants keeps its two new 615-mega watt coal-fired units largely on standby status, he said. Including the cost of the fuel and the air pollution controls or substances used in the process; when you add it all up, its just hasnt been economical to operate unless the regions need for generation is high, Owen said. If the Congress adopts a tax on those releasing carbon emissions, Elm Road Generating Station and other coal-fired plants costs will go even higher, said Owen. Owen notes that WE Energies coalfired Pleasant Prairie Power Plant near Kenosha produces lower cost power and is in continuous use. MG&E strongly disagrees with Owens conclusions and the rate freeze request indicates the utility keeps costs down, company spokesman Steve Kraus wrote in an emailed response. Kraus didnt directly address Owens criticisms of the utilitys investment in coal-fired power generation, stating those issues have already been reviewed and decided by the PSC. Instead, Kraus said MG&E residential gas and electric customers pay 10 percent less in energy costs today than they did four years ago. Also, since 2009 the Consumer Price Index has risen on average of 2.2 percent annually, while calculating rates through the 2014 requested freeze, MG&Es rates have increased by 1.9 percent annually. In return for higher rates, MG[&]E is consistently ranked the most reliable


onded by Ed Elskamp, the commission voted to recommend to the Middleton Common Council that $190,000 of TIF District 3 funds be used to construct the Deming Way bike path and intersection improvements at USH 14. As the city moved forward with enhancements to Deming Way, a proposal to use TIF funding for extending the Park Street bike path was met with strong criticism. Construction would expand the existing sidewalk to ten feet between Kromrey Middle Schools Park Street driveway and the Pheasant Branch trail crossing. Some commissioners felt the cost of this project outweighed its potential advantages. I dont think this TIF funding request is justified as the proposal doesnt provide the economic benefit of the requested amount, said plan

commissioner and city alderman Hans Hilbert. Considering opposition to the project, the commission agreed to defer this issue to the next meeting. The commission also discussed design revisions to the Kromrey Middle School sidewalk. Proposed modifications to the sidewalk around the north and east perimeter of the school (north of the Park Street driveway entrance) would reduce the walkways width to six feet. Assistant city planner Mark Opitz noted that the current site is pretty constrained and voiced his support for the measure. Cindy Zellers motioned to approve these revisions with the commissions unanimous support. Additionally, the June 11 meeting deliberated the long-term impact of the

Pheasant Branch Stream Relocation Project. Changes to the stream would include relocating the pheasant branch away from eroding streambanks in places. Moving the waterway promises to increase stability, mitigate erosion and increase habitat complexity. Commissioners considered the projects ramifications and worried the proposals focus was too narrow. Leif Hubbard moved to broaden the scope of this, while Hilbert said the project may be just a short-term solution. Were focusing on just diverting water and not on long-term issues such as water quality, ecological issues, bank stability, Hilbert continued. Commissioners voted to defer the item until the next meeting and request that the consultant and appropriate city

staff members attend the meeting to discuss the project. Other decisions made by the Plan Commission on June 11:

- Recommendation to the Common Council that Tribeca Village Phase II Parklands proposed park area of approximately one acre be accepted in partial fulfillment of the park requirements, with the rest to be paid in fees. continued from page 3

- Chalmers Jewelers (6202 University Ave.) comprehensive sign package was approved;

- Middleton Gymnastics Academys (8152 Forsythia St.) conditional use permit request was approved;

Robert Owen, above, is a fierce critic of MG&E and its rates.

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investor-owned electric utility in Wisconsin and ranked in the top three most reliable utilities in the United States over the last five years, Kraus asserted. MG[&]E customers can expect and receive a very high-level of customer service. In addition, the company has been out ahead in other ways. MGE was an early adopter of clean, renewable energy technology and discontinued burning coal at our Blount Generating Station, he added. Owen finds himself on the opposite side of the issue from the Citizen Utility Board (CUB), which supports MG&Es rate freeze and doesnt advocate for a rate decrease. CUBs Executive Director Charlie Higley said CUB doesnt agree or disagree with Owens positions and doesnt address them in their briefs filed

with the PSC. Higley faulted Owens personal attacks on his opponents saying, We dont support that. In a brief filed on Monday, Owen called MG&E the most inept, highest cost, electric utility. Owen wants the PSC to re-examine the issues that contribute to MG&Es costs and if its found that the utilitys rates are too high, lower them. A decision on the rate freeze is expected later this summer.


The Middleton Action Team is hosting another Open Mic Night at the Craftsman Table and Tap on Thursday, June 20 from 6-8 p.m. The special guest this month is Mike McCabe, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. McCabe will address the impact of the Supreme Courts Citizens United ruling. The public is invited to come share thoughts, songs, poems or jokes.

Action Teams Open Mic tackles Citizens United


The 1st annual Dewey Stendahl Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at Pleasant View Golf Course. In the past, there has been a MHS Football Alumni Golf Outing. This year, the MHS Football Alumni Golf Outing will combine to help create this event. The event will contain an afternoon and evening of fun filled golf, food, prizes and reminiscing for all that attend. The cost is $85 per golfer. All proceeds will go directly to the Dewey Stendahl Memorial Fund. Questions? Contact Jeremy Cabalka at or 608-658-5739 or Becky (White) Halverson at 608-219-7216.

Golf outing will honor Stendahl

The Middleton Public Librarys Pancake Breakfast for teens takes place Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. The event includes free pancakes and cartoons on the big screen. Registration is appreciated. This program will take place in the Archer meeting rooms (from entrance lobby, take elevator/stairs to lower level). If you love video games or board games, the library should have a lot of different kinds available to try out at Gaming Night on Wednesday, July 3 at 4 p.m. Just stop by the Archer Rooms and vote on which games should be offered.

Pancakes and cartoons for teens




In January, New York Times bestselling author and Middleton resident Jennifer Chiaverini examined the life of a relatively unknown, but pivotal woman in American history when she wrote Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker. This meticulously researched and highly imaginative story catapulted Chiaverini to a new level of success with coverage in national outlets including USA Today and the New York Times, culminating in her highest placement ever on these bestseller lists.

Spymistress is Chiaverinis next

This October, she will resurrect another long-forgotten heroine of the Civil War, Elizabeth Van Lew, in The Spymistress (on-sale October 1). As evidenced in Chiaverini her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as her new stand-alone novels, the foundation of Chiaverinis writing has always been built on a rich, descriptive style and su-

The Middleton area is fortunate to have a beautiful state-of-the-art theater for public performances. And Middleton Players Theatre has been part of that performing art scene - and the Middleton Performing Arts Center (PAC) - since 1992, staging over 30 small shows and dramas. But they are best known for their artistic excellence and fearless production of big name musicals. So when the rights to the full cale version of Les Miserables became available in November, 2012, Middleton Players grabbed the golden ring and started on their latest epic stage endeavor. And epic is a meaningful term, as

Les Mis opens July 5 at the PAC

at least five of the cast of 58 are employees of Epic. There are also cast members from many surrounding communities, including Verona, Waunakee, Mazomanie, Brooklyn, Monona, DeForest, Sun Prairie and Madison. Five members of one family in Mt. Horeb were selected to play thugs, nuns, prostitutes, beggars, wedding guests and other denizens of Victor Hugos classic novel set in France in the early 1800s. And at least nine of the cast are from Middleton, including Paul Stiegler, who chose to spend Fathers Day with his daughter Jenna (who is also in the cast) building sets for the show. The set build also created an epic parking lot scene of painters and builders on Saturday, as many parts of the barricade needed a final coat of dark paint before being assembled into the mammoth set piece that defines the climax of the student rebellion against French officials in 1832. Although the staged version of Les Mis was done using a revolve to turn the barricade around, Middleton Players chose a human powered design to enable the huge set pieces to move on stage and allow the audience to see both sides of the battle. The production is directed by volunteers Mathew Starika-Jolivet and Thomas Kasdorf, and features a full pit orchestra directed by Steve Kurr. The barricade rises on July 5, with shows running through July 13. All seats are reserved, and ticket information can be found at perbly sculpted characters. USA Today called Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker, an effortless history lesson, and Library Journal raved, Chiaverinis characters are compelling and accurate; the reader truly feels drawn into the intimate scenes at the White House. In The Spymistress, Chiaverini weaves history with imagination to give Van Lew the overdue credit she deserves in an entertaining story that will delight new and steadfast fans alike.

Actor Richard Barth, above, will be conducting a Master Class for the cast of Middleton Players Theaters Les Miserables on Monday, June 24 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Richard is currently a member of the cast of the 25th Anniversary North American Tour of Les Miserables produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Following the tour, the show will open on Broadway in March of 2014. Barth attended the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied musical theatre. He toured on the last National Tour of Miss Saigon.He also starred off-Broadway in Beowulf: The Musical by Irish Repertoire. Regionally, he has worked with The Goodspeed Theatre, Signature Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, The Cincinnati Playhouse and The St. Louis Repertory. Middleton Players Theaters Les Miserables opens July 5, 2013 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center and runs through July 12. More information about the show can be found at Tickets are available at

Barth to lead master class

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Health officials warn of dangerous algae blooms


After a seemingly endless cold spring, summer weather has finally arrived. Area beaches were officially open for business on May 25. According to a statement issued last week by Public Health Madison & Dane County, these beaches may be occasionally closed due to blue-green algae blooms or other types of bacterial contamination.

of high-grade marijuana, $4,700 in cash, ledgers detailing drug transactions in Bokas handwriting and 187 used and empty pound-sized plastic baggies. Agents concluded the baggies once contained marijuana totaling 187 pounds. In a recorded phone call between Triplett and Bokas, Bokas admitted the pot seized on May 2 was his. The search and seizure stopped Bokas from selling pot for a month or two but he moved to a 5534 Century Avenue condominium owned by his father in Middleton and resumed selling at similar volumes, according to a confidential informant. Bokas continued to obtain 100 pounds of marijuana at a time from sources in Milwaukee, Chicago and Colorado, which he picked up and delivered in his red Subaru station wagon. On Jan. 18 of this year, authorities obtained a court order to place a GPS tracking device on Bokas car and a month later gave $400 to a confidential informant to buy marijuana from Bokas. On Feb. 19, Bokas sold a pound of marijuana presumed to be locally grown to the informant for $4,100. A week later, Bokas was arrested and during a search of his car and condominium more drug ledgers and empty baggies that contained trace amounts of marijuana were recovered.


Blue-green algae blooms are actually a type of photosynthetic (sunlightbacteria known as loving) cyanobacteria that occur naturally in lakes, streams and ponds, some of which are capable of producing toxins. When water temperature, wind and wave patterns combine with high nutrient levels in the water, they will grow into ugly mats that are most often

blue-green in color, but can also be reddish-purple, or brown. The only benefit to its disgusting appearance and smell is that it tends to keep people away. This is helpful since exposure to these toxins can produce a range of reactions, from rashes and lip blistering to sore throats, headaches, muscular and joint pain and asthmatic and gastro-intestinal symptoms. continued from page 1

These blooms tend to appear after heavy rains, meaning that swimming after a heavy rain is not a good idea. When a bloom does appear, Public Health Madison & Dane County will close impacted beach to all swimming. Since winds and currents can make some blooms disappear as quickly as they appear, some of these closings may not be for very long.

If you see a bloom, the safest response is to keep yourself, your children, and your pets out of the water. Dogs exposed to blue-green algae can suffer near fatal or fatal consequences. If you believe you have been exposed to blue-green algae, contact your health care provider right away. You should also report this to a lifeguard and call Public Health at 608-2664821.

He admitted to authorities that he knew they would be coming back for him after the May 2012 search and there is a lot I didnt tell you then. Bokas, who said he had a bachelors degree after majoring in history, philosophy and environmental science, admitted Monday in court to acquiring and distributing marijuana to several people and did it for profit. Bokas faces five to 40 years in

prison, a $5 million fine and four years on supervised release at his Aug. 15 sentencing before District Judge Barbara Crabb. In February, Campbell was sentenced to three years in prison and conspirators Eissa Kazi, Chad Ruenger, Didrik Petersen and Daniel and Timothy Frazier also have pleaded guilty or have been sentenced in the case.





Fresh off his two-week trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to meet with Van Nutt, executive director of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. Even after our short discussion, it became apparent that Van is a very community-oriented man who appreciates the many things our lovely city has to offer.

Van was born in Waterloo, IA, grew up in Sioux City, IA, and lived in several cities before coming to Middleton for work in 1988. A 25-year area resident, Vans three children all attended Middleton-Cross Plains schools from start to finish. His oldest daughter, Lindsay, still lives and works in Middleton, while his two youngest children, Tessa and Zack, attend universities within the University of Wisconsin system. Along with love for his family comes a true passion for supporting and strengthening his community. Van has lent help to many civic organizations, including Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), Friends of the Performing Arts Center and the Middleton Optimist Club. Van is currently a Board Member for Wisconsin Manu-

facturers and Commerce (WMC) and the Middleton Tourism Commission. Last year, he served as President of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE). Whether you have lived in Middleton your entire life, or are new to the area, Van encourages everyone to get involved: There are so many amazing organizations and projects in the community. People need to get involved. Find something youre interested in and youll find others interested, and thats what makes a community strong:

Van Nutt

Editors note: The preceding article was the first in what will be an ongoing series in which Alissa Pfeiffer introduces readers to their neighbors in the Good Neighbor City.

people knowing their neighbors through common projects. When he is not busy working or contributing locally, Van enjoys sailing, reading, working out, and taking advantage of Middletons many green spaces and trails. You can also often find Van socializing at Middletons various bars and restaurants. From Italian to Cajun to Fusion, Van states that on any given day he can have whatever type of food he is in the mood for without leaving the Good Neighbor City. Middleton really is a special community, Van reinforced as our discussion concluded. I could not agree more, Van, and that is why I am so excited to give recognition to those who help make Middleton special. Stay tuned to meet more of your Good Neighbors! In the meantime, if you know someone who you think is a Good Neighbor and deserves recognition, email me at

H. Krueger & Associates, Interior Designers Incorporated, is pleased to announce hiring Meg Buchmann as an Interior Designer. Meg is a recent UW-Stevens Point Honors graduate majoring in Interior Architecture with an emphasis on environmental design. As an ASID member, she gained valuable design experience, earned interior design scholarships and was awarded Student Employee of the Year for her design work on campus projects and in office complexes.

Buchmann joins Krueger

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dleton area and their contributions to the community should be of sufficient duration to warrant recognition. See the front page of the Good Neighbor Festival website at to download a nomination form, or contact the Good Neighbor Festival organizers at Good Neighbor Festival, PO Box 620211, Middleton, WI 53562-0211. Forms must be received by July 22 for consideration. This years Good Neighbor Festival takes place August 2325. The festival is organized and run by Middletons local, nonprofit service organizations.


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On June 9, before heading to the Marquette Waterfront Festival, I checked the weather to know how to prepare for the day. The forecast said thirty percent chance of rain. Hmmm, that was also seventy percent chance that it wouldnt rain. Why is weather reported in terms of possible precipitation, anyway? Im sure that Im not the first person to wonder this. When theres more than double the chance that the weather will be dry - why not say that? It made me think about the ways that people report their emotional weather. If ninety percent of a persons life is going fine, what are the odds that he or she will talk about the ten percent that is not. Some folks would argue that its just the difference between being an optimist or a pessimist. Were all born

Reporting the Weather

All Manner of Things

with tendencies. And, theres a lot of conditioning that comes into play that either supports or diminishes those tendencies. But, its much more than that. Experience has taught me so. There was a long period in my life when I ran and re-ran old memories like movies in my mind, trying to make sense of the difficult periods of my life. Instead of living in and enjoying the present moment, I kept trying to edit and re-script what was in the dead past and was best forgotten. There was blue sky in front of me but I could hardly enjoy it because my, then undisciplined, mind created lots of dark clouds and rainy, tearful episodes. The memories and the feelings that they produced defined me and affected my health. I didnt understand that I could change my emotional weather by thinking differently and more positively. When the four corners of the earth had been well traversed, people said that space was the last frontier. I laugh when I think about that. Each of us is

by Deb Biechler

I think most of us looking back can remember a similar day. There is a before and an after to these days which mark the points where we set off on a path that forever changes our lives. For some it might be a positive development such as getting into college or being offered your dream job. For others it might be something tragic or sad or even an occurrence that seems completely random at the time. For me the instance that started a chain reaction involves getting a flat tire. Had I not had the flat tire just about everything in my life after that moment would have turned out differently. I wouldnt have married my wife Pam, and my sons Jake and Tucker would never have been born. Looking back I realize how fortunate I was that somebody broke a piece of glass, and that traffic and wind placed that piece of glass directly in front of my spinning wheel which hit the piece of glass at a perfect angle to send it through my tire and inner tube, releasing the 100 lbs. of pressurized air and flattening my tire. Dozens of other

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. -Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

A Moment In Time When Everything Changes

seemingly insignificant details all conspired to make this moment a turning point in my life. The funny part about the moment of getting this flat is that I wasnt sad or even annoyed but almost immediately saw the opportunity it presented and thought Pam. But for this to make sense I need to back up a little bit. Pam and I first met in graduate school at UW-Madison. I was taking a facilitation course and was assigned to help a team of graduate students who were working on a project for a local hospital. Pam was on that team, and we quickly became friends. Pam and I were both interested in other people when we began the class. My romantic interest quickly moved on to other interests, but Pam didnt know this so she felt safe confiding in me what she liked/didnt like about her other suitor.Their relationship was officially on hold since they lived in different parts of the country and both agreed to keep their options open. She would ask my advice on what different things

meant from a male perspective, and I would say things like Ouch, thats not a good sign! Little did she know I was taking this inside information to heart and I began to think about her in a different way. That said, I didnt see an opening and so was content to remain friends. Pam was and is a great friend. It turns out the opening I was looking for was the one in my tire. I was in a bike class and we were about two miles into the start of a 30 mile ride when my tire went flat. I had recently used my spare and not yet replaced it and my instructor was reluctant to lend me his as it would leave him without one. So he told me to walk back and wait for the class to return. I immediately formed an alternative plan. Pam was working as a student advisor at the Lakeshore dorms, and one of the perks of this job was that she got free room and board and an office on Lakeshore. I was going to be tight on time that afternoon since I couldnt use my bike to get around. As luck would have it Pam and I had a meeting at the hospital shortly after my bike class. So I thought Pam might be able to help me out by stashing my bike in her apartment and giving me a ride to the meeting. So I headed to her office on Lakeshore path, knocked on her door, and entered in full spandex and biking garb. Pam looked at me, smiled, and said:

a frontier unto ourselves if we are brave enough to look inward and discover what is present beyond the surface experiences and interactions of our lives. Already back in 2003, the New York times was reporting on the brain research that was being done at UW Madison. People in one particular study were asked to remember either intense positive or intense negative episodes in their lives and to write about them. Electrodes were attached to their brains while they wrote. Activity in the areas of the right frontal cortex was heightened when anger, fear and sadness were experienced. The left frontal cortex was activated during episodes of feeling more positive emotions like enthusiasm and joy. Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of Ohio State University College of medicine, and an expert on stress and immunology, took the study a step further. She repeated the writing episodes and then administered flu shots to both groups of writers. Those who wrote about the negative life episodes had a significantly reduced immune response to the flu shot while those who wrote about positive episodes had sustained antibodies. In the years since those studies, much more groundbreaking research has been done about the ways that our

Now there is a familiar face that is out of place and the rest is, as they say, history (well not quite yet). Pam helped me out so I insisted on taking her to dinner to thank her. So our first not quite a date was dinner at Paisans. Soon after we started studying together but things remained mostly platonic with a little bit of flirting around the edges. The next key moment came during finals week when Pam and I were studying and I could not concentrate (wonder why?). So I suggested that we set a goal to study until a certain point in the evening and then reward ourselves by renting and watching a movie.I could tell she could see the wheels were turning in my head but she reluctantly agreed probably to keep me from annoying her with my fidgeting.

brains work. If you didnt get to see the documentary Free the Mind when it was playing at Sundance Theaters, about the research being done at the UW-Waisman Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. rent the DVD when it comes out! It chronicles the incredible strides that have been made in relieving symptoms of veterans whove experienced posttraumatic stress disorder and with a child who had early trauma in his life. Mindfulness techniques, including meditation, were used in the process. In May I attended a meditation retreat at the Pyle Center on the UW campus. The focus of the weekend long, silent retreat by Sharon Salzberg and Cheri Maples was titled, Equanimity - Finding Balance in the Winds of Change. Heres the definition of equanimity - noun: composure, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, coolheadedness, presence of mind; serenity, tranquility, phlegm, imperturbability, equilibrium; poise, assurance, self-confidence, aplomb, sangfroid, nerve; informal cool. Example: She confronted the daily crises with equanimity. ANTONYMS anxiety. Meditation was not easy for me at the beginning. I have a very busy, writers mind that can make story out of just about anything! One of the concepts presented at the retreat, is that

pure emotion lasts for less than a minute or two. What keeps an emotion persistent are all of the mental addons that we create in our minds. Its the what-ifs that I used to dwell on, the replays, and the hashing and rehashing in one conversation after another. That kind of thinking just creates and attracts more of the same. Meditation helped me and is scientifically proven to help others to live in blue-sky mind. It helped me to observe thoughts and to let them pass like clouds moving across the sky, without attaching any story or greater significance to the thoughts. By practicing meditation, we are able to grow discernment about our thinking and our life experiences and thus create and live healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. There are lots of places to learn meditation in the Madison area. This summer, right here in Middleton, Harbor Wellness Center is offering meditation, yoga and tai chi - all mindfulness - in Marshall Park. Wednesdays feature yoga at 10:30 a.m. with meditation following at 11:30. Tai Chi is on Thursdays from 10 - 11 a.m. We have a lot more power than weve realized as individuals and as a human race to create the physical and emotional weather in our lives. So I went off to the video rental place in the Union, and rented the movie Casablanca (alls fair in love and war) and met her at her apartment. I sat on her couch while she made us some popcorn. There was an open couch seat next to me and an open chair next to it. I told myself that if she sat next to me I was In like Flynn and if she sat in the chair it was Game Over and time to move on. Well you can probably guess where she sat and the rest we can now say is History, except of course the part that we are still writing together today.In fact it will soon be our 20th Anniversary! It just goes to show that you never know what the next spin of the wheel is going to bring. Here is hoping it brings you something as terrific as it did me! Happy Anniversary Pam!



Plans to expand Capital Brewery in Middleton appear to have fallen by the wayside as multiple media outlets early this week reported that the business plans to build an $11 million, 50,000 square foot production facility in Sauk City. Former Capital Brewery general manager Carl Nolen had been in talks with city leaders in Middleton about

Capital Brewery chooses Sauk over Middleton for expansion project


An estimated 170 children showed up for the Middleton Optimist Clubs annual Kids Fishing Day on Saturday. As usual, the weather was perfect for everyone who decided to take part in the event at Lakeview Park. Pictured above, Kurt Breunig, an employee with the City of Middleton Public Works Department who headed up a recent effort to improve fishing habitat at the Lakeview pond, takes a photo of a fish caught by Gary Ou.

Catch of the day

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

would really tie the hands of the school district. Most people, said Hesselbein, look at information especially unbiased information as a good thing. Hesselbein informed the school board that she and her fellow lawmakers were recently paid a visit by the Heartland Institute, the Chicago-based libertarian and conservative think tank and policy advocate. Hesselbein said representatives for the organization, which has was founded in 1984 and has non-profit status, spoke at length about the desire to scale back government control and spending. An attempt to halt the expansion of Common Core academic standards is also in the works, according to Hesselbein. Wisconsin adopted the Common


expanding the brewery here. But after Nolen was let go by the brewerys board, and longtime, iconic brewmaster Kirby Nelson departed to found the Wisconsin Brewing Company with Nolen in Verona, negotiations with the city languished. The city at one point considered providing Tax Increment Financing to ensure that the expansion occurred here. continued from page 2

Core State Standards as the states mathematics and English language arts standards back in 2010. The same standards have been adopted by over 45 states. Wisconsin has also been also participating in a multi-state project to develop new common standards for science. Led by the National Research Council, a framework was developed to guide the writing of the science standards. But language in the proposed budget would prohibit the Department of Public Instruction from taking any further action to expand Common Core standards after July 1 of this year, until a Joint Legislative Council could establish a study committee on a range of academic standard issues.




In honor of its 50th anniversary of becoming a city, Middleton set out to find the best snapshots from the last half century. Now the five finest photos have been selected and the winners have been announced. Clockwise from top left: Middleton resident Jeff Martin won with a beautiful photo of a dock engulfed in a bright pink sunset, while Madison resident Jonah Westrichs hazy orange sunset over a farm also took home top billing. Christine Bartleins snapshot of a sparrow perched inside a blooming flower, Evelyn Westbrooks shot of a foggy pond in fall and Dan Geocariss beautiful autumn overlook also clinched top honors. The three are Middleton residents. Middleton is full of timeless beauty, said Val Steel, Director of Tourism for the Middleton Tourism Commission. This contest has proven just how amazing our city is, no matter the season. Each winner will enjoy a complimentary dinner and an overnight stay in the Good Neighbor City.

Five winners get dinner and an overnight stay in Good Neighbor City

50th Anniversary Photo Contest Captures City of Middletons Timeless Beauty




Thrilling run comes to a halt

Girls soccer team falls in state quarters
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Middleton should return terrific team in 2014

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MILWAUKEE It was early last Thursday evening and Middletons girls soccer team gathered on a hill overlooking Uihlein Soccer Park. Some cried. Some sat and stared quietly. And others were quick to appreciate the magical year they just experienced. I guess just making it here was great, said Middleton junior midfielder Caroline Keenan, after the Cardinals dropped a 2-1 decision to Waukesha West in the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals. Making state was a goal. Its a shame we couldnt advance, but making state is something we talked about all season. We all were hoping we could make it further, but it was a great run. Indeed it was. Middleton, the No. 5 seed in its sectional, stunned most of the state by simply making it this far. But the Cardinals surprise journey ended at the hands of the experienced and powerful Wolverines. West, making its seventh consecutive trip to state, raced to a 2-0 lead then held off a late Middleton charge. West, which won its sixth straight game, improved to 18-4 and eventually reached the state finals where it lost to Cedarburg. Middleton ended the year 14-5-4. Well look back and remember this and enjoy the fact we got here, Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. I think it will make us hungry again, like last year did. And I think next year well be really good again. The Cardinals were certainly good enough to make a deep run at state this year. But Waukesha West scored a goal in the 10th minute that dramatically changed how the game was played. Wolverines senior midfielder Carly Richter scored a header off a corner See SOCCEr, page 17

Softball Cards land four on all-Big 8 team

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Honor roll

Caroline Keenan was heartbroken after Middletons girls soccer team lost in the state quarterfinals.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

MILWAUKEE Perhaps 2013 will prove to be the appetizer. Maybe the main dish will be served in 2014. Middletons girls soccer team was a surprise qualifier irLS for this y e a r s OCCEr W I A A Division 1 OTES state tournament. But the Cardinals were a relatively young team, and could be even more dangerous next year. We should be really good again, Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. Well have a lot of talent back. The Cardinals say goodbye to a gifted seven-person senior class. Keeper Meghan Ledin, a University of Wisconsin recruit, led that group. Ledin posted eight shutouts this year and had a goals against average of just 0.83. The rest of the senior class included forward Shannon McCauley, midfielders Ryleigh Wolff, Jocelyn Tiedt and Cassidi Goll, and defenders Carly Kirkpatrick and Bridget Arnold. We had a really good group of seniors, Middleton junior midfielder Caroline Keenan said. But we should have a great group coming back. Indeed. Junior keeper Liz McMahon seems poised to pick up right where Ledin left off. McMahon played 375 minutes this season, posted four shutouts and had a goals allowed average of 0.43. Shell be ready to have a great year, Duffy said of McMahon.

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Middletons girls softball team landed four players on the all-Big Eight Conference team. Senior center fielder Emily Pomykalski and senior second baseman Leah Wolff were both named first-team all-conference. Freshman first baseman Shelby Ballweg was named second-team all-league, while

junior shortstop Ashley Brooks was named honorable-mention all-conference. Pomykalski, a four-year varsity player, had another terrific season. Pomykalski batted .296 and led Middleton with 19 RBI. Pomykalski also had a .378 on base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage. Pomykalski, a co-captain, will play collegiately at UW-La Crosse beginning next year. Shes very natural in the outfield, Middleton coach Arin Oppermann said. She plays with confidence and makes tough catches look easy. See SOFTBaLL, page 15

Middletons Ashley Brooks was named honorable mention all-Big Eight Conference.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Better late than never


Middletons HTL team tops Montello

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It took a little longer than they hoped for. But Middletons Home Talent League eventually pulled away from Montello Sunday afternoon. Middleton scored five runs in the eighth inning on its way to a 10-0 victory. The game was stopped in the eighth inning due to the 10-run rule. Middleton improved to 7-1 in the Northern Sections East Division and remained one game ahead of Black Earth (6-2). We knew that this was a must win game for us, Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand said. It took us a while to get going, but when we did, we really played well. Eric Simon threw a gem for Middleton. Simon went the distance, allowed just five hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Eric got his first innings of the year and looked just like his old self, Hellenbrand said. He worked ahead of hitters and threw strikes. His off speed was great. He let his defense do a lot of the work today and our defense played the best it has all year. Kevin Dubler paced Middletons offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run

A n d r e w Zimmerman and Middletons Home Talent League team are 7-1 this season.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

MHS hosting basketball tournament


and two RBI. Matt Brabender also reached base four times from the leadoff spot. We hit the ball pretty well, but they made some nice defensive plays to take a couple hits away from us, Hellenbrand said. Middleton had just one hit heading to the fourth inning when Dubler blasted a two-run home run. In the sixth, Mike Brabender doubled to left center field to score Matt Brabender. Later, Josh Hinson singled to center to score Mike Brabender and make it 4-0. Matt Brabenders RBI groundout in the seventh scored Tomas Chardon to make it 5-0. Then Middleton broke things open with a five-run eighth. Kevin Dubler started the inning with a single, Andrew Zimmerman singled and Brandon Scheidler walked

to load the bases. Chardon was then hit by a pitch to score Dubler to make it 6-0. A.J. Redders walked to score Zimmerman, and Cole Cook had an RBI groundout that plated Scheidler. Drew Farrell was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Kevin Drunasky was also hit by a pitch to score Chardon and Scott Brabender singled to center to score Redders and end the game. Montello has struggled this year, so we weren't quite sure what to expect coming in, Hellenbrand said. But they put a great pitcher on the mound and gave us a great game for seven innings. Once they pulled their starter in the eighth, it fell apart for them. On deck: Middleton has a pair of games this weekend, hosting Richland Center on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Black Earth on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Cross Plauns 3, Ashton 1 Will Dougherty had two doubles and two RBI to power the visiting Businessmen.

Cross Plains 3, Ashton 1 Cross Plains ................... 000 100 101 3 11 1 Ashton ............................. 000 100 000 1 2 0 Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) Ransom (W; 9-2-1-1-7); Heise (L; 9-11-3-1-6). Leading hitters Cross Plains Burmeister (2x4), Sarbacker (2x4), Allen (2x3), Dougherty (3x4). 2B Sarbacker, Allen, Dougherty 2; Prochaska.

Middleton 10, Montello 0 (8) Montello ............................ 000 000 00 0 5 1 Middleton ........................ 000 202 15 10 8 0 Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) Morgan (L; 7-6-5-4-3), Walsh (0.2-2-5-2-1), Polcyn (0-1-0-00); Simon (W; 8-5-0-0-3). Leading hitters Montello Boeker (2x3); Middleton Dubler (2x4). HR Dubler. 2B Hoebel; Mi. Brabender.

Middletons boys varsity basketball program will host the annual Cardinal Classic Saturday and Sunday at Middleton High School. Twenty-eight teams from across the state will compete in the two-day tournament. Action begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and includes most schools from the Big Eight Conference and the Badger South Conference. Teams from the Badger North, Wisconsin Valley, North Shore, Mississippi Valley and Milwaukee City Conference will also be on hand. Host Middleton is pooled with Waunakee, Monona Grove and Milwaukee Vincent. On Saturday, Middleton faces Milwaukee Vincent at 10 a.m., Monona Grove at noon and Waunakee at 2 p.m. After pool play concludes on Saturday, each pool will have teams ranked one through four in order of finish. There will then be four seven-team tournaments on Sunday, with the top ranked teams in the Diamond bracket, followed by the Gold, Silver, and Bronze brackets. Games on Sunday begin at 9 a.m. with the championships starting at 2:30 p.m.


Former Middleton High School standout Max Nicholson has been named a captain for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosses football team this fall. Nicholson, a senior defensive back, recorded 11 total pass break-ups and 2.5 tackles for loss in 2012. He also recorded his first career interception at UW-Stevens Point. Nicholson was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference selection in 2008, and was also named first-team all-

Nicholson honored

state by the Wisconsin Coaches Association. "The captains our team selected will do a great job," La Crosse coach Joel Dettwiler said. "We have already had the opportunity in the off-season to see them train to be leaders and put that training to work. La Crosse opens its 2013 season September 7 hosting the University of Dubuque (Iowa) at 6 p.m.

School is an Academic All-State honoree for the boys golf season that just concluded. Students are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. 2) Participation in at least 75% of their teams varsity matches. 3) Are at least a sophomore in high school. Haunty is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic



Haunty shines

Josh Haunty of Middleton High

successes are not mutually exclusive. The coaches association believes it is noteworthy that a record 300 male golfers from around the state have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf. In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this years honorees is an exceptional 3.720. The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin's reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in the schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. Middleton High School girls soccer coach Mary Duffy and the Cardinals varsity members are holding a camp June 24-27 and July 1518. The camp is for girls entering kindergarten through 8th grade. The focus will be on ball-handling, passing, foot skills, finishing and small-sided games. Contact mhs- request a registration form.

Dewey Stendahl Memorial Golf Outing


Soccer camp

The first annual Dewey Stendahl Memorial Golf Outing will be June 29 at Pleasant View Golf Course. The cost is $85 per golfer and all proceeds go to the Dewey Stendahl Memorial Fund. Registration is at 2 p.m. golf begins at 3 p.m., with dinner at 8 p.m. In past years, there has been a Middleton High School Football Alumni Golf Outing. This year, the MHS Football Alumni Golf Outing will combine to help create this event. Contact Jeremy Cabalka (608-6585739; or Becky (White) Halverson (608219-7216; with questions.

Golf scores

Pleasant View Women's League Flight A: Sandi Wysock and Karin Rudnicki, 49 Flight B: Marian Dombrowski, 56 Flight C: Evie Young, 63


She has an extremely strong arm and has no problem throwing girls out at home from center field, which she made a habit of doing this year. Wolff was another co-captain and four-year varsity player. Wolff batted a whopping .441, had a .506 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. Leah is constantly pushing herself, Oppermann said. She also left more opposing batters standing shocked halfway between home and first by making great diving catches to get them out. Ballweg had a memorable freshman season, batting .439 with two home runs and seven doubles. Ballweg had a .508 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage. Ballweg began the year as a catcher. But Oppermann moved her to first base, where she excelled from




day one. She adjusted very quickly to her new position, Oppermann said. Shes one of my hardest workers on the team, a positive attitude and tons of potential. Brooks, whos also played varsity since her freshman year, had another terrific season. Brooks batted .342, had a .386 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage. Brooks batted leadoff for the Cardinals and constantly put pressure on opposing pitchers and defenses. She consistently got on base, Oppermann said. Brooks is also great to have in the infield because she makes it very difficult for batters to get anything past her. She has no problem going all out and diving after hard hit balls.

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Middletons Emily Pomykalski was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld


State title dreams come up short



An A for effort

Times-Tribune photos by Mary Langenfeld

Middletons girls soccer team gave Waukesha West a battle, before falling, 2-1, in the state quarterfinals last Thursday. Clockwise (from top): Middleton junior forward Ellen Jesse makes a move on a Waukesha West player. Cardinals junior midfielder Alexa Jaume looks for room to manuever. Middleton freshman Grace Douglas clears the ball.


kick goal at 9:28 following a perfect throw-in from freshman defender Natalie Yass. Richter, who stands just 5foot-3, was able to locate the ball in a sea of Middleton defenders and sneak it past Cardinals senior keeper Meghan Ledin. We knew that if we scored early we had a better chance, Richter said. Youre not guaranteed to win, but you have a lot better chance. Middleton entered with one of the states top defenses, led by Ledin, a University of Wisconsin recruit. The Cardinals, who were allowing just 0.77 goals per game, often take a defensive approach and pack the back half of the field. But when Richter scored early, West got the open field game it desired. If you look at their approach to the game, it was a defensive approach, West coach David Zindler said. So we felt it was extremely important to score a goal early. They were coming off of two upset wins and they play with such supreme confidence because of that keeper back there. So we wanted to see if we could get them out of their comfort zone by playing from behind. And I think we did that. The longer it stayed 0-0, the more it would have helped Middleton. To the Cardinals credit, though, they regrouped and hung tough. West narrowly missed a chance to make it 2-0 in the 27th minute when junior midfielder Maggie Fuller hit the crossbar from 18 yards away. Ledin made a brilliant diving save in the 47th minute and West had a 2-on-1 wiped out by an off sides call in the 48th minute. But Middleton had its share of scoring chances, too. Keenan had a try in front following a corner kick in the 37th minute, and Keenan had a strong run in the 45th minute that was denied. Senior forward Shannon McCauley had a good look in the 48th minute, but missed from 15




yards out. And junior midfielder Alexa Jaume and junior forward Ellen Jesse narrowly missed hooking up in the 65th minute. I thought we were hanging tough with them, Duffy said. But that changed in the 66th minute when West freshman forward Dani Rhodes scored a sensational goal. Rhodes, arguably the fastest player on the field, used her blazing speed to get around Middleton freshman defender Grace Douglas, then beat Ledin to make it 2-0 at 65:59. God gave me speed and thats just really fun when it happens, said Rhodes, who scored her 18th goal of the season. My team gave me a great ball and I honestly didnt know what I was going to do with it until the last second. But I went for it and it went in. Middleton was playing with just two defenders at the time, instead opting to pressure up front. The second goal was tough because we were pressuring up and had everyone on their side, Ledin said. We were literally playing two in the back. Middleton refused to go away, though, and kept the pressure on the Wolverines. Just 38 seconds after West made it 20, Keenan answered for the Cardinals. Keenan fired home a rocket from 22 yards out that got behind West keeper Jessie Losiniecki and made it 2-1 at the 66:37 mark. That gave us a little spark, Keenan said. That got us going again. Our heads were down a little bit, but that gave us a little hope. Middleton kept the pressure on, too. At the 78-minute mark, Cardinals sophomore forward Brenna Shea had a chance in the box. But Wests defense came up big. And try as they might, the Cardinals couldnt get the equalizer. Its a tough loss to swallow, Duffy said. We came here with great expectations, but it didnt work out. Most of the Cardinals season

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Middletons sophomore Emily Krueger (24) battles for the ball during the state quarterfinals last Thursday.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

worked like a charm, though. Middleton gathered itself after a rough start, and went 8-0-2 over its final 10 games. Along the way, the Cardinals upset No. 2 Waunakee in the sectional semifinals and No. 6 Oregon in the sectional finals.

Im proud of the team, Ledin said. Its definitely an unforgettable season. The people I got to play with this season, Ill probably be friends with them the rest of my life. Thats whats really fun for me. The whole year is something Ill never really forget, for

Middleton ............. 0 1 1 Waukesha West ................ 1 1 2 First half: WW Richter (Yass), 9:28. Second half: WW Rhodes, 65:59; Mi Keenan, 66:37. Saves: Mi (Ledin) 1; WW (Losiniecki) 3.



Junior forward Ellen Jesse led the Cardinals in goals (14) and points (28). Junior midfielder Leia Peterman was second on the team in goals (nine), first in assists (six) and second in points (24). Sophomore Megan Sullivan and freshman Grace Douglas give the Cardinals two terrific building blocks on defense. Keenan and sophomore Macey Kalscheur (six goals, 12 points) should be a force in the middle. And junior forward Brenna Shea (five goals, 11 points) should be poised for a huge final season. We definitely wanted to go farther than we did this year, Duffy said. Hopefully we can do it next year. Class act: Kirkpatrick, arguably Middletons top defender, suffered a broken arm in the sectional semifinals. Waukesha West sophomore midfielder Emily Dynis tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the sec-




tional finals. So Duffy and West coach David Zindler talked beforehand and found a way to give both players their moment in the sun. Kirkpatrick and Dynis were both introduced with the starters and opened the game in their normal positions. The players on the field were then instructed to immediately kick the ball out of bounds and substitutes were brought in. Good to be back: Middleton was making its fourth trip to state, but its first since 2007. The Cardinals went three straight years between 2005-07, winning the state title in 2006 and reaching the state semifinals in both 2005 and 07. Any time you make it this far its awesome, Duffy said. Seventh times a charm: Waukesha West was making its seventh straight trip to the state tourna-

ment and was still searching for its first-ever gold ball. Obviously we really want that, West senior midfielder Carly Richter said after her team defeated Middleton in the quarterfinals. Every year weve found a way to get here, but havent ever won the big prize. Thats certainly the goal. West reached the state finals in 2009 and 11, only to fall one game short of gold. The Wolverines reached the state title game again this year, but fell to Cedarburg, 4-1. Odds and ends: Middleton held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks, while shots on goal were deadlocked, 11-11. Middleton allowed two goals, or more, in just four of its 23 games this season. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, one of those four came against West. In three years as Middletons coach, Duffy has compiled an overall record of 37-19-10.

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Middleton senior keeper Meghan Ledin will be tough to replace next year.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld