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Fire commission rules with chief, no charges filed


Firefighter accused chief of assault

VOL. 121, NO. 46


Leo Ziegler didnt want his name to appear in newspaper report


Man charged with trying to bribe citys court clerk

A local man who hoped to avoid having his name listed in the municipal court report, which usually runs near the back of this newspaper, has found his way onto the front page after being charged with attempted bribery. Leo A. Ziegler, 77, allegedly tried to give the citys municipal court clerk a $34 tip in an unsuccessful effort to convince her to delete his name from the transcript of court findings she provides to the Middleton Times-Tribune. The clerk refused to take Zieglers money, telling him it would go



against her morals to accept it or alter court records. He persisted, even offering to mail additional money to her home. She declined to provide her address. The initial charge against Ziegler, which was for fourth-degree sexual assault, carried a $366 municipal citation.

A longtime firefighter accused Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris of assault last year after an altercation at the site of a housefire in the Town of Springfield. The chief and the Middleton Fire Commission, which oversee a district encompassing 54 square miles and approximately 30,000 people, deny there was any wrongdoing. Middleton resident Tom Engelbrecht, a firefighter for most of the past decade, was given notification of his inactive status by the department on May 3, 2012, after reporting the alleged assault to the Dane County Sheriffs Office. Engelbrecht was listed as

Tom Engelbrecht a volunteer firefighter who was paid per-call by the department. Engelbrecht told deputies on April 29 that Harris had verbally and physically assaulted him one day earlier, grabbing his arm hard enough to leave visible bruises through his three-layer turnout gear. The alleged incident occurred after firefighters had extinguisehed a blaze on the 5000 block of Sunrise Ridge Trail. Both sides agree that Engelbrecht was removed from the grounds. See FIREFIGHTER, page 11

Police chief speaks about domestic violence. Page 2


Middletonians observed Veterans Day Monday in a variety of ways, but all gave thanks. Clockwise from top left: Students and teachers pledge allegiance to the flag during a ceremony at Westside Christian School, a ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 6815 Schneider Road; Local veterans salute the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance at the same ceremony; flags placed across the community reminded citizens of the sacrifices made by those who served.

Veterans honored
New massage business opens doors. Page 5

Times-Tribune photos by Jeff Martin


Boys spikers headed to state. Page 12


Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 - 7 Good Neighbors . . . . . . . 8 Classieds . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Inside this issue:


During a recent interview with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), Middleton Police Chief Brad Keil discussed a common myth that comes up when talking to the community about domestic violence. Many community leaders think that domestic violence only affects lower income families, said Keil. When in fact it affects all levels of socioeconomic status, race, and ethnic origins. We see it in all different areas. According to Keil, while most people know that domestic violence affects everyone, there are added concerns when it comes to language barriers and fears of deportation.

Chief Keil speaks out against domestic violence

We see that abusers or suspects use the victims fear of getting deported against them to try to stop them from reporting a crime, comments Keil. That is a myth. We do not report those things and we want to encourage people to contact us. We are just here to help. The Middleton Police Department has been working over the years to raise awareness about domestic violence and is committed to bringing down the number of domestic violence cases. It was our goal to reduce the crimes of domestic violence and between 2011 and 2013 the number of reported cases raise awareness about the issue in Dane County and continue to work to bring domestic violence out of the shadows. DAIS operates the only emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Dane County. In 2012 DAIS sheltered 377 women and children on-site. The Help/Crisis Line fielded 7,441 calls. For information on additional services visit www.abuseintervention.org or call 608-251-4445. has gone down by almost 20 percent, said Keil. To help achieve this goal officers complete a threat assessment report on each domestic case. This assessment was developed in conjunction with the District Attorneys Office, he continued. Among other things it helps us, and them, in determining what resources may be needed to help the victim and what kinds of bail restrictions might be placed on a suspect. The department also funnels all domestic violence cases through a detective-sergeant who follows up with every single victim to ensure that they are receiving help, support, and services. If a suspect is extremely violent or isnt getting the message to stay away we are able to install what we call the Varda Alarm System in victims homes, said Keil. This is an alarm system that is activated over our radio so that all victims have to do is press a button and a message goes out over our police radios indicating that the alarm has been activated. Keil stated that it has been extremely beneficial to their operation in a variety of ways, not just for domestic violence crimes but for many different cases. He also states that it provides victims with added security and is well worth the money spent. To better serve victims of domestic violence individually and the commu-



DAIS gathers law enforcement stories

DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) recognizes that law enforcement officials in each community across Dane County have important perspectives and experiences in dealing with domestic violence. They know their communities and are often in the best position to see the impact on the communities they serve. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month DAIS is gathering their stories and sharing them in order to

nity as a whole, Keil said he makes sure each of his officers is informed about the law and the things that they

Many community leaders think that domestic violence only affects lower income families, said Middleton Police Chief Brad Keil. When in fact it affects all levels of socioeconomic status, race, and ethnic origins; we see it in all different areas. have to do. Its also more than that though; it is about working closely with the victim and making sure that we are putting together a good case for the District Attorneys Office, he concluded.

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As conversations regarding the 2014 budget carry on, Middleton officials struggle to balance monetary issues and city objectives. In order to accommodate projected expenses related to diverse budgetary concerns, ranging from restoring Saturday bus service to revitalizing the languishing Middleton Youth Center, the citys common council currently faces the difficult task of determining the citys 2014 priorities. Recent council meetings centered on assessing both what projects promise to support Middletons positive growth and are feasible within the budgets confines. With the most up-to-date version of the 2014 budget estimating Middletons total expenditures at $46,398,099, with a levy of $15,049,110, these numbers reflect

Budget hearing set for December 3


a potential increase in the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 3 cost recovery of approximately $225,000, which could restore certain items currently cut out of the 2014 budget. With this additional money the following increases could be made: $45,000 vehicle maintenance, $44,000 Saturday bus service, $150,000 moving sidewalk repair from capital back to operating, $60,000 invasive species from capital back to operating and $40,000 storm water maintenance from capital back to operating, suggested Richard. Following discussion, the Council approved restoring Saturday Metro bus service at an amount of $44,000, various General Fund salary adjustments, moving $150,000 for sidewalk repair and 60,000 for invasive species remediation from the capital to the operating budgets, increasing the 2014 vehicle maintenance budgets by $45,000, allocating $35,000



Library gets $10,300 increase


revised cost projections and newly decided funding allocation for various city projects. In order to ensure that financing city construction plans, community initiatives, and maintenance expenses does not dry out taxpayers wallets, achieving a reasonable mill rate continues to be a challenge. October 16ths council meeting demonstrated that while a council majority could agreed that a tax rate increase exceeding 7 percent was unacceptable, they had trouble reaching an accord when deciding on a rate below that cap. Middletons residents cannot bear the impact of a tax rate increase in excess of 7 percent, said ald. JoAnna Richard (Dist. 3). Many will not be able to afford such an increase, added ald. Susan West (Dist. 6). Seeking to remain below that 7 percent cap led the council to explore

for playground equipment and $5,000 for bus stop landing improvements. At the October 23 Common Council meeting, city accountant and treasurer Dan Nelson offered an update regarding fall 2013 borrowing to create an accurate picture of Middletons present financial situation. Currently, a total amount of $4.0 million is expected to be borrowed, noted Nelson. $2.0 million for the 2014 Capital project program and $2.0 million as initial cash for the Municipal Operations Center project. Sometime next fall, the city expects to obtain approximately $8 million to complete the Municipal Operations Center [public works headquarters] project. Nelson also informed the council that funding for the Terrace Avenue reconstruction project is available in TIF 3, thus negating the need to borrow funds for the project.

With these financial obligations considered, the council opted to move forward with investing $18,000 worth of city resources into the youth center, transferring $130,000 from the chip and seal /mill and overlay project to the Branch Street reconstruction project in order to cover expected project overages, and to restore $78,000 worth of funding to the 2014 Public Works operating budget for the soon to be vacant Engineer Technician III position. The public hearing regarding the proposed 2014 budget is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, at 7:35 p.m. at Middleton City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Ave.

The proposed budget can be found here: www.ci.middleton.wi.us/DocumentCenter/View/1360.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5 the Middleton Common Council discussed administrative changes for the Middleton Public Library. The library, regarded by many as a dynamic hub for the citys downtown area, lost crucial funding allocated towards administrative hours in 2006, according to members of its oversight board who are asking for increased funds. Jill Kubiak, Middleton Library Board president, urged the council at last weeks meeting to consider the advantages of restoring the funding. By reinstating these administrative hours, the library director could put her energy towards marketing and fundraising while administrative tasks would still be completed, said Kubiak. Aside from providing the public books and media, the Middleton Public Library features a robust array of programming ranging from classes on

UPDATE ON LUCILLE TAYLORS PARK As city officials move forward with plans to create a new public park in Terrence Walls Bishops Bays development, park benefactor and reluctant local celebrity Lucille Taylor attended

downloading e-books and using Excel, to manga/anime and knitting classes. In recognition of its offerings, it earned Wisconsin Library Associations Library of the Year Award in 2007. When introducing a motion to dedicate $10,300 towards increased library personnel, Hans Hilbert (Dist. 7) expressed his belief in the benefits the funding would render. This small increase in operating costs allows the Middleton Public Library to reach hundreds of residents, stated Hilbert. While a slim majority of the council supported Hilberts sentiment, Gurdip Brar (Dist. 2), Mark Sullivan (Dist. 8), and JoAnna Richard (Dist. 3) opposed it. The motion passed 5-3.

GOLF COURSE LAND SALE The city council also discussed the prospective sale of golf course lots for Erdman Holdings Pleasant View Ridge development. Alders Howard Teal (Dist. 5) and Susan West (Dist. 6) requested that the item be placed on the agenda in order to receive the councils direction regarding the potential sale of golf course land. With some council members voicing their concern about the possible impli-

last weeks meeting to be present for the approval of the parks donor agreement. Taylor, who recently donated a generous $100,000 in order to get the ball rolling on a multi-faceted, familyfriendly park, humbly accepted the councils expressions of gratitude for her contribution. This is an extraordinary gift, said city administrator Mike Davis. Lucille is an inspiration.

- Approval of a Proclamation declaring November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

- Approval for 2014 Elections Reservation Agreements at St. Bernards Parish Center and St. Lukes.

- Approval for a recommendation to demolish the former Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) building, 7432 Hubbard Ave.

Other decisions made by the Common Council at last weeks meeting:

cations of taking action on this issue, Mayor Kurt Sonnentag noted, all were saying in approving this item is that the city wants to look at selling lots. The motion passed 6-2 with Hans Hilbert (Dist. 7) and Miriam Share (Dist. 1) opposed.



Town is finally moving forward with new park







Some lots moving from Waunakee to Westport


The Springfield Town Board met for its first board meeting of the month Tuesday, Nov. 5 and officially signed a lease agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) to lease lands across the road from town hall to create a town park. The town has been negotiating the lease agreement for several weeks, but finally agreed to an initial lease of five

years for the land. The deal can be renewed and also includes a provision that, should the DOT no longer see any potential use for the plan, the township would be allowed the opportunity to purchase it. Several board members were pleased with the outcome of the negotiations, hailing the lease as a great deal. My goodness, exclaimed board chairman Don Hoffman. Were finally moving ahead with a park! The town also moved to add the


property to its general liability insurance before the end of the discussion. Next step, added board supervisor Jim Pulvermacher, is to get it cleaned up and mowed. There was no indication given when work on the grounds would begin. The board also discussed three county ordinance amendments and supported only one of them. The first ordinance amendment on the agenda was in regards to changes to non-conforming mineral extraction sites. The board confirmed there were at least



two such sites in the township, but had some concerns per the wording of the amendment itself, and decided to not support the amendment at the time. Two other ordinance amendments came to the boards attention, OA-17 and OA-18, referring to changes in the creation of new conservancy districts and establishing a new A-Ba transitional agribusiness district. Discussions were centered around just how new conservancy-zoned lands would interact with homeowners and landowners rights, and the board de-

cided to not support OA-17 in its present state. Springfields board did give an affirmative vote for OA-18 with relatively little oppositional language existing on the board. The board also hosted a discussion on the sale of lots at Kingsly Cemetery, caused by the request of an individual to purchase lots from the township earlier that week. The board has recently hosted a clean-up day at the cemetery, See PLOTS, page 9

The Town of Westport met briefly for its first board meeting of November last week, hosting relatively short discussions on the majority of its agenda.

The Middleton Fire District wants to remind residents to make a change that could save their lives changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. Nonworking smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of nonworking smoke alarms: worn or miss-

Remember to change batteries in smoke detectors

ing batteries. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least twice per year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years. To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Middleton Fire District has joined the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice each year, around the time they change their clocks. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely. In addition, the Middleton Fire District recommends residents use the extra hour they save from the recenttime change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning two ways out and practicing escape routes with the entire family. Families should also

The majority of the board was present and the board met quorum as usual, but supervisor Terry Enge was unavailable for the meeting. Many agenda items were tabled pending more information from involved parties, but the board did host a public hearing regarding the transfer of land from the Village


of Waunakee to the Town of Westport. The hearing regarding Lots 1, 96, 97 and 98 per the hearing summary, and Outlot 2 of the plat of Kilkenny Farms, took approximately five minutes, and the only discussion involving the change took place on the board. The lots will continue to receive mu-

nicipal services from the Village of Waunakee, such as sewer and storm water drainage, but will be part of the Town of Westport. One other item the Town of Westport board discussed and acted on was the levy shift from Dane County to the Town of Westport pertaining to

WAEMS Ambulance Insurance. The Dane County Towns Association had urged Westport to approve the levy shift, and the entire Westport Board voted to approve the levy shift to cover those insurance costs.

consider the use of both photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors for the best protection from slow smoldering and fast open flame fires. If you have children you may also want to install talking smoke detectors near the childrens bedrooms. Studies have shown that younger children tend to sleep through smoke detector activation. During these studies the children awoke to the talking smoke detectors more often.

Will citizens support development plan?








The Middleton Town Board generally supports subdividing 15 acres south of town hall into 10 residential and two commercial lots, plus an 80stall parking lot, but would town residents grant their necessary approval? The town board discussed a concept plan last week, drafted by Vierbicher Associates, to develop acreage that was acquired several years ago for the possible expansion of Pioneer Park. The land was also used to locate Fire Station No. 2. The tract in question now is located just west of Pioneer Road and Fire Station No. 2, south of Pioneer Park, east of wetlands and proposed storm water


basins and north of Sauk Prairie Estates. It has been known as the Schiller property after the town purchased it for $1.5 million. Now, with an eye toward marketing or developing it, the board has been calling it Pioneer Lands. An extension of Lewis Street would access the proposed subdivision from the south. A driveway from Pioneer Road would access the 80-stall parking lot tucked in behind the fire station. The board would like another access from Pioneer Road for the two commercial lots fronting Pioneer, but that is up to the City of Madison. But do the people of the town want to sell it? said board supervisor Richard Oberle, who alone on the board has opposed the land sale.

State law requires town residents to approve selling town-owned land, which means they have a veto, over any proposed sale, said Tom Voss, town attorney. You can plan but you cant do it without the voters okay, he said Discussion then turned to whether to prepare the property for sale to a developer or first ask residents if they want the land sold. Drafting deed restrictions and covenants before going to the voters informs them and developers how the board would like the tract to developed, contended board supervisor Tim Roehl. Oberle countered that it would would be a waste of public money if the residents dont want the land sold. We should ask people, do you

want to sell it, and for how much. The rest is just details, he said. Carol Schiller, who sold the land to the town, said it should be kept for park use as Madison could eventually put up to 55 residential lots on land just across Pioneer Road. Why do you feel the need to sell?...Wont we need this park space? she asked. Town chairman Milo Breunig cautioned that the board was discussing just a concept plan to see how it lays out. The board could have deed restrictions and covenants drafted and put out a request for proposals to gauge interest in the property. The board could then present that to residents for a vote, said board supervisor Bill Kolar. Discussion was curtailed after Voss said more comments about the potential sale of the property goes beyond what the meetings agenda last week indicated. A board consensus approved of the concept plans 12 lots and a parking lot that would serve Pioneer Park.

- Roehl initially wanted four display signs to be installed along Airport, Old Sauk and Pioneer roads but questions about their expense and effectiveness reduced support to just two.

- The board voted 3-1, with Oberle dissenting, to purchase two polemounted radar speed display signs.

In other action:

- A bid for three signs from Decker Supply totaled $15,762. Four other companies also submitted bids.

- Whether the signs are solar or otherwise powered will be determined by their location. Town road crew and sheriff deputies will select locations for the two signs.

- The signs chosen have 17-inch-tall numerals that light up to display the speed of approaching vehicles. Included software stores data recorded about each passing vehicle.

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Why Knot?, a new business specializing in therapeutic massage and bodywork at 6629 University Ave, Suite 102. Pictured above, owner Susan Chiaro (right) and licensed massage therapist Gillian Blake (left) wield the scissors at the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Why Knot? joins chamber

Photo by Lisa DuChateau

Calendars featuring historic images for sale now




Just in time for the biggest shopping day of the year, blogger and coupon clipper extraordinaire Dannelle Gay will be at the Middleton Public Library on Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m. to present her Black Friday Boot Camp. Gay will show participants how to find all the deals on Black Friday, make a shopping plan of attack, and score tons of killer deals to cover birthdays and gift occasions for the rest of the year. Dannelle Gay is an expert on finding savings and stretching your household budget. She is a frequesnt guest on NBC 15, WISC TV 3, and Wisconsin Public Radio. Check out her blog at operation40k.com for coupons, recipes, and tips for stretching your budget. For more information or to register for this program, email the library at mid@scls.lib.wi.us or call 608-827-7403.

Black Friday boot camp

The 2014 Middleton Area Historical Society Calendars, feasturing historic photos of Middleton, are now available at The Middleton Tourism Center at the Depot, The Chamber of Commerce, The Regal Find and The Middleton City Building. The cost is $12 and they are going fast!

MHS orchestras kick off their new season with Fall Concert
The VK-Bach Festival, a historic, first-of-itskind parallel showcasing of musical trailblazers Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (1700-65) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), will take place Saturday in the Middleton Performing Arts Center. While Bach needs no introduction in the United States, Kavi was a multi-faceted genius who blazed a trail of peerless melody and intricate rhythm in Carnatic (South Indian) music, with scholarly yet imaginative lyrics encompassing a wide variety of musical forms, including operas. This festival will endeavor to provide a study in contrast between the developments in melody in

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The MHS Orchestras kick off their 2013-2014 season with the Fall Orchestra Concert on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the MHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). Cardinal Orchestra, Philomusica (the after school orchestra) and Symphony Orchestra will be performing. Members of the Wind Ensemble will join the Symphony Orchestra to close out the program. Selections include Danzas de Panama by Still, Serenade by Reinecke, Kuhreigen und Bauerntanz by Grieg, Toccata by Frescobaldi and Pavane by Faur. This concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The Middleton PAC is located at 2100 Bristol St.

East meets west at music fest

the east around the same time that harmony took great strides in the west. The festivals events include a thematic vocal concert on Kavi by Chitravina N Ravikiran, who will also take part in a Panel Discussion with Dr. Trevor Stephenson, of Madison Bach Musicians. There will also be recitals by students of western classical music, Indian music and dance, and the Yahara String Quartette. The event will be presided over by Pam Andros , director of Dane Arts; Saradapurana and Sriram Sonty, of SAPNA, Chicago; and Gurdip Brar, the City of Middletons District 2 alderman. In con-

junction with the event, Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag plans to declare the third Saturday of every November as Melharmony Day. Organizers said this festival pioneers a new era in the realm of multi-cultural diversity not only in the United States but in the world, highlighting two immortal creators of two vastly different cultures, who happened to be contemporaries in the 18th century. Events are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets range between $15 and $25. The Middleton Performing Arts Center is located at 2100 Bristol St., Middleton, WI.

Health officials work to dispel flu shot myths




1. I got a flu shot, but I got the flu anyway! The flu shot cannot cause influenza. If someone gets sick with the flu after getting the shot, it is likely because they were exposed to the virus before they got the shot, or were exposed during the time it takes to develop immunity after getting the shot. It is also possible to be infected with another respiratory virus (like a cold) during the flu season. The flu shot only protects against influenza, not other

You have probably seen a sign at your neighborhood pharmacy, Flu Shots Available Here, or maybe your workplace is holding a flu shot clinic. It seems wherever we go these days, there are reminders that now is the time to get a flu shot. The timing and intensity of a flu season is always unpredictable and can vary from region to region of the country, said Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer. Really, there is no time like the present to get a flu shot. While the vaccine has been touted for years as the best way to avoid the flu, there are plenty of critics of the vaccine. Its unfortunate that misinformation could prevent people from protecting themselves, family, friends and co-workers, Anderson said. Its time we dispel those myths!

Health Officials Look to Get People Vaccinated

4. I hate shots. The minor, short-term pain of a flu shot is nothing compared to having the See FLU, page 9

3. I heard the flu vaccine isnt safe. Manufacturers of flu vaccines are closely monitored by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Flu vaccines have been administered for more than 50 years and have a very good safety record.

2. I got a flu shot last year. Besides, if everyone around me gets the shot, why should I? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu shot for just about everyone 6 months old and older. Immune protection declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the best protection. Even if youre young and healthy, you can still get the flu if everyone around you has been vaccinated. Flu viruses are unpredictable and every year puts you at risk again. Another reason to get vaccinated is to protect your close contacts, some of whom are likely to be at risk of complications from the flu, such as young children, older people, pregnant women, and those with underlying illnesses.

viruses. While the flu shot is not 100 percent effective, it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Sober Saturday Nightskicks off November 16 at Keva Sports Center in Middleton. Additional dates for the 201314 season are December 14, 2013, February 15, 2014, April 12, 2014, and May 3, 2014. Sober Saturday Nights is a student-run, county-wide teen sobriety program that is open to all area 7th to 12th graders. Ali Stone, a Middleton High School graduate, started the program six years ago and her brother, Evan Stone, a senior at Middleton High School who is the current president/organizer of the program. The program is free again this year, thanks to the generosity of the Ballweg family of car dealerships. Teens who attend get three hours of organized and coached sports (soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball and dodgeball), Wii and other board type games, pizza, soda and a cool new event t-shirt, all for free. Pictured above from left to right, Dana Ballweg of the Ballweg Family of Dealerships, which sponsors the events; Evan Stone, current president/student organizer; Ali Stone, founder of Sober Saturday nights,

Celebrating sobriety

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All around the United States, non-profit organizations have discovered a fun way to provide awareness, education and support to all those who are affected by breast cancer. On October 17 at the Madison Concourse Hotel, Bras For A Cause created an amazing night, giving a group of firefighters from Middleton an opportunity to raise money and have a few laughs. There was music, food, surprise gifts, silent auction items and bras. But not just any bras, but fun decorated bras modeled by men. The show was a high-energy event with a very compelling purpose raising funds for two charities, Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Recovery (BCR). While Susan G. Komen has nationally played a critical role in the fight against breast cancer; BCR is a local non-profit that offers emotional and social support to women in all stages of breast cancer. BCRs mission is to help women heal the mind, body and spirit after breast cancer. They offer four-day wellness retreats for women in all stages of breast cancer. All programs are designed and conducted by survivors for survivors. Male models showed off the artistic beauty and humor of the artists who made the bras for this fundraising event. Some of the artists went even further by adding lights to their bras. Pictured from left to right: (back row) Cheryl Stalowski, Cindy Ramlet and Brenda Delabarre; (front row) 2nd time dancer Firefighter Jon Hall, 2nd time dancer Lieutenant Jeremy Cushman, 3rd time dancer Captain John Maasch, 2nd time dancer, Choreographer and Special Guest Jonny Maasch .

Bras For A Cause

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Meet Tia Colletti-Bunz, a Youth Minister and the founder of the Childrens Advocacy Network, an organization that helps support the parents of children with disabilities. A Middleton resident for most of her life, Tia was born at St. Marys Hospital in Madison and raised in Middleton. She attended Sauk Trail, Kromrey, and Middleton High School, before attending the University of Wisconsin Madison. During her years at the UW, Tia met her husband, Garry, who was a Badger Hockey player from Vancouver, Canada. After graduation, Tia and her husband moved to Canada for a brief time. It was while living in Canada that she discovered how much she loved the small town feel of Middleton. Consequently, the couple moved back to the Good Neighbor City to start a family. Tia and Garry have four children: Olivia, 20, Jake, 18, Davis, 14, and Victoria, 9. All of the children attended or are currently attending Middleton-Cross Plains schools. Tia is very active in local organizations, being a board member or founder of several of them. Tia was part of the board that brought Middleton Youth Hockey to Middleton, and serves as a President of the Red Line Club, the Board for Middleton High School Hockey. Tia also sat on the board for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foun-

Tia Colletti-Bunz

Good Neighbor

Meet Your

By Alissa Pfeiffer

dations Ride to Cure, a bike ride to help raise money for diabetes research. Additionally, Tia is very active at her church, St. Bernards, and leads a youth group of middle and high school students that meet weekly at her home. Tia enjoys opening up the door to give kids the opportunity to experience and grow their faith through service work, mission trips, and local excursions. Last year, Tia led a mission trip to Ja-

maica, and this year she led a troop of 25 people to Haiti to build a compound with an orphanage, medical facility, and chapel. In her free time, Tia enjoys biking, snowshoeing, running and walking the trails in Middleton. When asked why she chose Middleton as the place to raise her family, Tia immediately answered, the schools, the parks and conservancies, and the easy accessibility. She is also a fan of the Middleton restaurant scene, with Villa Dolce and Cs Bakery a restaurant shes frequented since they opened being her favorites. 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 alissajpfeiffer@gmail.com.

It was while living in Canada that Tia Colletti-BunzIt discovered how much she loved the small town feel of Middleton.

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Local womans death inspires proposed safety law




Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) on Wednesday of this week planned to unveil Linas Law, a bill drafted to prevent the type of tragedy that ended with the death of Middleton High School graduate and UW-Oshkosh student Lina Vergara in 2012. Vergara and friends were rafting on the Wolf River on a summer afternoon when she drowned after going over the Big Smokey Falls section in Menominee County. Vergaras life jacket popped off as she was pulled under the falls, resulting in her death. LRB-3208/2 is being circulated for co-sponsorship by other legislators in the Assembly and Senate. The bill would require rafting outfitters with trips over the Big Smokey Falls section of the Wolf River to provide helmets, to station an employee at the falls when the river flow measures between 700 and 900 cubic feet per second, and to prohibit trips over Big Smokey Falls when the river flow measures more than 900 cubic feet per second. We learn from Linas experience that without warning, tragedy can occur, said Hesselbein in a prepared statement. I am happy to work with Rep. Mursau so that no other family

Door-to-door asphalt contractors have hit Milwaukee and Racine Counties over the past couple of months, leaving behind upset consumers and poorly coated driveways. Approximately 20 victims in this area have given as much as $100,000 combined to these scammers. All Wisconsin residents should be on the lookout for these operations and should reject their promises of quality work for cheap prices. The workers show up unannounced at Wisconsin homes and businesses, but tend to prey on elderly homeowners. They claim to have leftover asphalt from a prior job and offer to blacktop a driveway for a cheap price. After a price is agreed upon and a payment is made upfront by cash or check, the crew begins working. The job is quickly and poorly done and the consumer is overcharged for the quality of the project. In some cases, only a base coat is applied and the promised top coat is skipped despite the consumer being charged for it. Because these crews are always on the go, there is little reason to suspect

Consumer protection agency warns of asphalt scammers

that they will remain in any particular county or area. These crews are known for arbitrarily increasing their prices as they work, and they come and go from an area without a trace, leaving consumers empty-handed and with no recourse for any uncompleted work or property damage. If a crew stops by your home offering an immediate resurfacing job, ask them to leave and contact local law enforcement. If you wish to have your driveway properly resurfaced, contact local, trusted contractors and gather multiple bids. Never pay the full price of a project upfront. If you have been victimized by one of these door-to-door teams, report the crime to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) by filing a complaint on the DATCP website (http://datcp.wi.gov) or by contacting the Consumer Information Hotline at 800-422-7128 and requesting a complaint form. Your report will help to get the word out to your community about these scammers and will assist law enforcement in the prosecution of

has to live with this horror, where people can enjoy our outdoors and be safe. The legislators said their intent is to provide basic safeguards for individuals who are enjoying the outdoors and dont realize the rivers dangers. Having a person directing the rafters to move out of the flow could make all the difference between a fun and exhilarating outing and extreme heartbreak, according to Hesselbeins office. Vergaras family was scheduled to join Hesselbein and Mursau at a press conference held in the Assembly Parlor. Linas sister, Coni Duhr, planned to speak about the anguish the family suffered. Linas smile and energy lives on in our hearts, said Duhr. Her future was wide open and full of enthusiasm for the teaching career she was going to pursue. It is our familys hope that Linas Law will prevent another senseless tragedy from occurring, Duhr continued. We appreciate the efforts and work put into this legislation and are grateful for the concern expressed to us by Reps. Hesselbein and Mursau. Hesselbein hopes that between now and the next floor period, which begins in January, the law will receive a public hearing and be ready for full Assembly debate and a vote.

Lina Vergara, above, wanted to become a teacher. Instead she died in a tragic accident on the Wolf River.

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flu, which can make you sick for several days, send you to the hospital, or worse. However, most healthy, nonpregnant people ages 2 through 49 can opt for the nasal-spray flu vaccine, which is a great option for people who dont like shots. 5. I waited too long to get a flu shot.


but has not sold any plots for new burials. A study the town had conducted earlier this year also suggested that only approximately 33 plots out of the 130 at the cemetery were completely or nearly completely inhabited, yet the board was hesitant to take any action as the study also found some discrepancies between the bookkeeping done by the previous owners and the actual layout of the cemetery. The board concluded that before any sales were made final, their clean up of the premises would need to be completed, and the discrepancies in the bookkeeping would need to be absolved.


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While the best time to get a flu shot is when they first become available, the flu season is unpredictable and can begin early in the fall and last late into spring. As long as the flu season con-

To get your flu shot, contact your health care provider, local public health department, tribal health clinic, or go towww.flu.wisconsin.gov to find a flu vaccination center near you. Besides the flu shot, there are some common sense measures we should all take to avoid viruses of all types, including: The flu season in Wisconsin generally runs from autumn to spring with peak activity around late-January or February.

tinues, its not too late to get your flu shot.

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Last weeks photo and caption on page 10, regarding Kicks Unlimiteds recent award of $500 toward the college funds of two local students, incorrectly identified one of the winners as Daniel Hungness. The winner was actually Mason Thomas, pictured with Taina Pritts and instructor Mathiam Mbow at left. The Times-Tribune regrets the error.


Acker, Sharon M, 60, Waunakee, WI 53597, 11/09/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.00 Badey-Raffa, Anne Marie, 64, Madison, WI 53705, 01/05/2013, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Boyd, Rache Tekea, 18, Madison, WI 53704, 01/15/2013, Resisting or Obstructing Officer, $429.00 Boyd, Rache Tekea, 18, Madison, WI 53704, 01/15/2013, Unauthorized Presence School Property, $82.50 Byrd, Kaci A, 21, Waunakee, WI 53597, 01/18/2013, Non Registration, $88.80

Cable, Carolyn J, 37, Madison, WI 53704, 11/17/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Cable, Carolyn J, 37, Madison, WI 53704, 11/17/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Cable, Carolyn J, 37, Madison, WI 53704, 11/17/2012, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Ceesay, Fatoumatta, 23, Madison, WI 53719, 01/02/2013, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Ceesay, Fatoumatta, 23, Madison, WI 53719, 01/02/2013, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00

Ceesay, Fatoumatta, 23, Madison, WI 53719, 01/02/2013, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Chung, Taesil, 49, Madison, WI 53705, 01/02/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Conduah, Mohammed Kweku, 34, Baraboo, WI 53913, 01/07/2013, Speeding 25 MPH Zone, $139.20 Croal, Ann M, 70, Middleton, WI 53562, 12/09/2012, Non Registration, $0.00 De Francisco, Christopher L, 34, West Bend, WI 53095, 10/12/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits,



$88.80 Farrell, Brenda C, 51, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/05/2013, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Gonzalez Dominguez, Felisa, 37, Fitchburg, WI 53713, 01/10/2013, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Gullickson, Paul L, 54, Wausau, WI 54403, 01/08/2013, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Hammerbeck, Justin L, 45, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158, 12/05/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $114.00 Harper, Nanette K, 39, Madison, WI

53705, 01/06/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Harper, Nanette K, 39, Madison, WI 53705, 01/06/2013, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Heckelsmiller, Damien A, 31, Madison, WI 53719, 01/15/2013, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Hesseling, Joseph M, 54, Madison, WI 53711, 01/13/2013, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $76.20 Hesseling, Joseph M, 54, Madison, WI 53711, 01/13/2013, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Jackson, Michael D, 25, Stoughton, WI 53589, 01/18/2013, Operating after revocation, $114.00 Jackson, Michael D, 25, Stoughton, WI 53589, 01/18/2013, Resisting or Obstructing Officer, $429.00 Johnson, Donald Jr, 49, South Bend, IN 46619, 08/21/2012, Disorderly Conduct, $88.80 Johnson, Mark Alan, 51, Madison, WI 53719, 01/10/2013, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $114.00 Kaat, Linzi J, 24, Madison, WI 53719, 01/08/2013, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $88.80 Karcher, Suzanne, 65, Madison, WI 53705, 01/06/2013, Method of Giving Signals, $88.80 Keenan, John A, 70, Madison, WI 53717, 01/10/2013, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $139.20 Lenz, Malerie J, 22, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/03/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Lenz, Malerie J, 22, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/03/2013, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Lenz, Malerie J, 22, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/03/2013, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Leystra, Isaac S, 23, Sauk City, WI 53583, 01/09/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Mariyal, Chandramohan K, 43, Verona, WI 53593, 01/04/2013, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Miilu, Ulysses J, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/06/2013, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Miilu, Ulysses J, 26, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/06/2013, Viol of child safety restraint requirements, $63.60 Mireles, Diego J, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 11/14/2012, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $88.80 Mireles, Diego J, 25, Middleton, WI 53562, 11/14/2012, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $0.00 Mora, Rafael, 52, Fitchburg, WI 53713, 01/05/2013, Operating w/o a Valid Drivers License, $114.00 Mrozinski, Megan, 33, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/04/2013, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Mrozinski, Megan, 33, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/04/2013, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Mullikin, Mark T, 55, Madison, WI 53719, 01/10/2013, Disorderly Conduct, $114.00 See COURT, page 21


According to Engelbrechts account, he went to retrieve an attic ladder, possibly in conflict with an order that had been given by Harris. Engelbrecht said he had not heard the order, and that Harris confronted him, yelling and shaking a finger in his face. Engelbrecht said he was apologetic, but Harris continued yelling and told him to leave the site. He said when he turned to pick up his mask and leave, Harris grabbed his bicep and pulled him back, stating, Where the hell are you going?, according to an incident report filed with the Dane County Sheriffs Office. Engelbrecht said he believes the incident was retaliation for a letter he wrote in 2005, in which Engelbrecht and 19 other then-current and former firefighters alleged Harris was running the department in an unsafe manner. It was retaliation [for] an incident that happened eight years ago, Engelbrecht told investigators. The Dane County Sheriffs deputy who took Engelbrechts statement wrote in her report that she observed and photographed three small bruises on Mr. Engelbrechts left bicep. Battalion chief Brad Subera witnesses the altercation and provided his account for the Dane County Sheriffs Office as well. He said Harris and Engelbrecht stood face to face and both were yelling. Subera added that Harris told Engelbrecht he was unable to trust him, saying he suspected the disagreement did indeed stem from the clash that occurred eight years earlier. I believe the intention was to face Tom to him because he was still talking to him, Subera said of Harris grabbing Engelbrechts arm. I dont know if it was inappropriate or not. Nothing made me think, Oh God, you shouldnt have done that, Subera added. It just happened. The investigating deputy also contacted Harris, describing him as defensive during a brief phone conversation. Mr. Harris stated he spoke with the fire district attorney and they told him that this was an internal issue and he was not to discuss anything that happened under his command, the incident report stated. The investigators conversation with Harris




lasted less than three minutes. Engelbrecht received a letter from Harris, dated May 3, confirming that he had been made inactive with the department. He was directed not to respond to calls of any nature. He said in an interview with the Times-Tribune last week that he has received no update on his status since that time. Engelbrecht and his attorney, Aaron Halstead, contended Harris violated the fire departments employee code, which prohibits threatening, attempting [to inflict or] inflicting bodily harm. Engelbrecht said he wants financial compensation for his lost time. And I want people to know about this, he said. I want some kind of resolution. Ive been running into burning buildings for ten years, Engelbrecht stated. I think what Im asking for in return is only fair. Both the Dane County Sheriffs Office and the District Attorneys Office opted not to file charges after reviewing the evidence. Middleton Fire Commission chairman Ken Sipsma weighed in on the matter in a letter to the Dane County Sheriffs Office last year. The letter, dated December 28, 2012, said Harris is ultimately in charge of all personnel on the fire ground[s], according to state statute SPS 330.14(1)(d) and the Middleton Fire District Scalar Structure. In an email to the Times-Tribune sent on Monday of this week, Sipsma said the sheriffs office investigated the complaint and did not recommend that anyone be prosecuted as a result of the firefighters allegations. As chairman of the Middleton Fire Commission, I have been aware of and I reviewed all of the relevant information since the date of the occurrence, Sipsma wrote. In my discretion as chairman of the commission, I declined any further investigation into the volunteer firefighters complaint because: 1) law enforcement and the District Attorneys Office conducted a thorough investigation and found the volunteer firefighters complaint without merit; and 2) In my judgment, the totality of the circumstances do not warrant any action by the commission.

EARLIER CONFLICTS Tensions between some firefighters and Harris have surfaced on multiple occasions over the course of the past decade, although none had either occurred or gone public for several years prior to 2012. Thusfar, the Middleton Fire Commission has thrown its weight behind the chief when he has butted heads with firefighters. Twenty then-current and former Middleton firefighters, including Engelbrecht, in 2005 wrote a four-page letter to the Middleton Fire Commission in which they were sharply critical of Harris. They cited concerns about safety, fiscal responsibilities and personnel practices. The letter claimed Harris ran the department like a dictator and was present at a call while visibly in-

As to the complaint, this matter has been closed for quite some time, Sipsma continued. Absent actual, new facts, I will not be revisiting the events of April 28, 2012 or reconsidering my decision. The Middleton Fire Department is widely recognized as being at the pinnacle of excellence in protecting the public and the safety of its own personnel, he concluded. Chief Harris deserves significant credit for this for his leadership. Nothing occurred on April 28, 2012 or since that would change this belief. On March 4, 2013, the Dane County District Attorneys Office confirmed that it had declined any prosecution. On Monday of this week, a detective with the Dane County Sheriffs Office indicated that a follow-up report by that department yielded similar findings. Engelbrecht also wrote a formal complain on the matter to Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag. While the City of Middleton does not directly oversee the fire department, it does provide the bulk of its funding. Harris declined to comment on Engelbrechts allegations, saying the department is still waiting for a final report from the sheriffs office.

toxicated. The letter said vehicles and gear were used inappropriately, and that firefighters felt unsafe working under Harris. The authors of the letter sent their greivances to city officials after they claimed the Middleton Fire Commission failed to act. Multiple Middleton firefighters were later joined by Madisons Firefighters Local 311 in claiming Harris terminated some employees because he had knowledge that they planned to unionize. Some in the district countered that Harris was the target of a handful of employees who wanted to oust him from his job because they disagreed with administrative changes he was making. The Local 311 claimed Harris has repeatedly discriminated against members of the department who initially voted to join the union back in 2004. They brought two cases before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC). The fire district later chose to settle, paying $15,000 but admitting no wrongdoing in the matter. Harris said he did nothing wrong and claimed he was the target of a calculated vendetta organized by a small number of disgruntled employees. A premeditated attack started in 2004 when some individuals began misleading, misrepresented and meritless allegations toward individuals within the department, Harris wrote in a letter to the department in 2007. More recently, information was discovered via a website that led us to multiple emails on the Middleton Fire Districts computer system. Among other things, Harris said a voodoo hex was purchased and placed on him, and that fire department employee Tom Weber visited numerous psychic websites where he repeatedly discussed his intent to continue a relentless campaign to have Harris removed from his job. Weber was subsequently fired from the department. In September of 2004, a group filed

a complaint against me, citing alleged Safety, Fiscal and Labor concerns. These allegations were investigated by the Fire Commission and found to be false, misleading or meritless, wrote Harris at the time. In July of 2005, this group resurfaced to again file false, misleading and meritless allegations and, again, I was cleared of any wrongdoing. Recent information has surfaced showing that these complaints were politically motivated and done for personal gain. Harris suggested the conflict might partially stem from a fundamental difference in philosophy about how the fire department should be run and staffed. While many unions prefer communities the size of Middleton to be staffed primarily by fulltime firefighters, Harris has repeatedly voiced his support for the current, primarily volunteer-based system. Prior to 2003, the Middleton Fire Chief had been elected to the position on a regular basis by firefighters. Harris was the first to be permanently appointed to the position by the Middleton Fire Commisssion, thus taking away employees diriect say in who became head of the department. When he took over, Harris began a sweeping re-structuring of the department to increase its efficiency, he said, while he remained committed to continued use of primarily volunteer firefighters. Firefighters Local 311 argued Harris used restructuring as a guise under which he punished members of the department who openly disagreed with his leadership style and wanted to unionize in order to ensure fair treatment for firefighters. In a complaint filed with the WERC on August 12, 2005, the union claimed Harris attempted to keep employees from joining the Firefighters Local 311 by dismissing a regular employee who planned to vote for the move and hiring one he knew would vote against it. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission eventually ordered the fire district to reinstate the firefighter and reimburse him for pay he lost since his position was terminated by the district in February of 2005. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission decision in 2008 indicated that unhappiness with how Harris was running the department prompted the union organizing effort in September of 2004.

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Middleton KOs Kettle Moraine in sectional finals


Boys spikers headed to state

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Connor Zimmick didnt waste any time looking up information on the 2013 WIAA boys volleyball sectional tournament after his Middleton Cardinals were eliminated a in the sectional title match at Kettle Moraine a year ago. What the senior setter discovered not only made him smile, but it also made Zimmick more determined than ever to leave his mark on the program. When the schedule came out and I saw this night would be on my birthday, I said that was the match we had to get to, Zimmick said last Thursday. I did everything in my power. I willed the team. I tried to keep everyones spirits up and focused on the goal. That was winning the games. Zimmick did exactly that and led Middleton to a 30-28, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19 win over Kettle Moraine. The Cardinals earned their sixth trip to state in the programs history and their first since 2009. Zimmick led the way with a match-high 17 kills and joined senior teammate Logan Smith in celebrating their respective 18th birthdays in style. Middleton advanced to the state quarterfinals at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals will meet Germantown Friday at 7:45 p.m. Semifinal matches See SPIKERS, page 18

Nolan Schoonveld (center) and Middletons boys volleyball team were giddy after qualifying for the state tournament.

Swimmers keep rolling

Middleton wins sectional, looks to make splash at state

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middletons Ashley Aegerter (right) gets a hug from teammate Karley Licking during last Saturdays sectionals.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Ashley Aegerter heard the chatter. Middletons girls swimming team might be vulnerable. The Cardinals had immense holes to fill and could slip a notch or two this fall. Aegerter, a standout senior, wasnt buying it. Although we lost many strong seniors, our team mentality was still high throughout the whole season, Aegerter said. Out of my four years swimming with this team, this season had the most positive energy and the hardest working group of girls yet. All that hard work paid off with a

terrific regular season. And the Cardinals opened the postseason in style, too. Middleton won its own sectional last Saturday, posting 367 points. Verona was a distant second at 324, while Madison Memorial and Madison West (302 each) tied for third, and Sun Prairie (230) was fifth. This was truly an incredible meet for our team, Middleton coach Lauren Cabalka said. I can confidently say that if this were the final meet of the season, I would be incredibly proud and satisfied with our individual and team performances. To come out with a win and best times all See SWIMMERS, page 19



Middleton sophomore Loren Skibba was named first-team allBig Eight, as well as second-team allstate.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jessica Reinecke Loren Skibba Robyn Blanchard Bailey Smith Sheenagh Cleary Hunter Schultz Taylor Wyss Megan Elmes Meggie Ackers Micayla Richards

All-Big Eight Conference Girls Golf

First Team
Verona Middleton Madison Memorial Verona Middleton


Second Team

Junior Sophomore Junior Sophomore Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Senior Junior

Middletons girls golfers land five players on all-Big Eight team


Five of a kind

Taylor Lavine Josie Drake Kelly Wassarman Rachel Hernandez Alyssa Mianecki Samanike Hengst Monica Hellmer Hayley Arneson Kailey McDade

Honorable Mention

Middleton Janesville Parker Madison Memorial Middleton Janesville Parker Sun Prairie Madison Lafollette Middleton Verona Beloit Memorial Madison East Madison West Janesville Craig Janesville Parker

Coach of the Year: Becky Halverson, Middleton

They had a year theyll remember for a long time. And they were rewarded for it in a big way. Middletons girls golfers, who won both the Big Eight Conference dual meet and the conference tournament, dominated the all-conference teams. Cardinals sophomore Loren Skibba and senior Sheenagh Cleary were named first team all-Big Eight. Seniors Hunter Schultz and Meggie Acker were named second-team allconference, while senior Kelly Wassarman was named honorablemention all-conference. Middleton first year head coach

Becky Halverson was also named the leagues Coach of the Year. I couldnt be happier for these five girls, Halverson said. To have all five girls on all-conference is something that other schools dream of. No other team in our conference had all five girls on all-conference. Its really a testament to all the time and commitment that they put into the program from the day the season ended in Oct., 2012 all the way through to Oct. 15, 2013. In addition, Skibba was named second-team all state, while Cleary, Schultz, Acker and Wassarman received honorable-mention all-state honors. See GOLFERS, page 24


Boys varsity basketball

Nov. 26 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 9 Dec. 12 Dec. 14 Dec. 17 Dec 20 Dec. 28 Jan. 4 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 23 Jan. 25 Jan. 31 Feb. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22

Boys JV basketball
Nov. 26 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 12 Dec. 14 Dec. 17 Dec 20 Dec. 28 Jan. 4 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 23 Jan. 25 Jan. 31 Feb. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Nov. 26 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 12 Dec. 14 Dec. 17

vs. Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Madison Edgewood at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at DeForest at Madison West at Madison Edgewood vs. Verona at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette at Madison Memorial at La Crosse Aquinas at Beloit Memorial vs. Janesville Parker at Madison East vs. Madison West at Verona vs. Sun Prairie vs. Waunakee at Janesville Craig




7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBD 7:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Boys freshman White basketball

Nov. 26 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 14 Dec. 17 Dec 20 Dec. 28 Jan. 4 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 25 Jan. 31 Feb. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 vs. Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial White vs. Beloit Memorial vs. Monona Grove vs. DeForest vs. Madison West Gold at Madison Edgewood vs. Verona at Sun Prairie White vs. Janesville Craig White at Madison La Follette at Madison Memorial Green vs. Janesville Parker Gold at Madison East vs. Madison West Blue at Verona Orange vs. Sun Prairie Red vs. Waunakee at Janesville Craig Blue

Dec 20 Dec. 28 Jan. 4 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 23 Jan. 25 Feb. 7 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22

vs. Madison West Blue at Madison Edgewood vs. Verona at Sun Prairie Red vs. Janesville Craig Blue at Madison La Follette at Madison Memorial White at Beloit Memorial vs. Fort Atkinson vs. Madison West Gold at Verona White vs. Sun Prairie White vs. Waunakee at Janesville Craig White

4:15 p.m. 3 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 1 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:50 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 1 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 7 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Boys freshman Red basketball

vs. Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial Green vs. Oregon at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East vs. Sun Prairie Red

vs. Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at DeForest at Madison West at Madison Edgewood vs. Verona at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette at Madison Memorial at La Crosse Aquinas at Beloit Memorial vs. Janesville Parker at Madison East vs. Madison West at Verona vs. Sun Prairie vs. Waunakee at Janesville Craig

5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:50 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 3 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. TBD 5:45 p.m. 1 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m.

Girls varsity basketball

Nov. 29 Dec. 5 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 13 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Jan. 3 Jan. 10 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 24 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 14 Feb. 20 Feb. 27

vs. Oak Creek at Brookfield Central vs. Beloit Memorial vs. Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Madison West vs. Verona vs. Sun Prairie at Franklin Tournament at Franklin Tournament at Franklin Tournament vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette at Madison Memorial at Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker at Madison East vs. Madison West at Verona at Sun Prairie at Janesville Craig vs. Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial

7:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Noon TBD TBD 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.


Girls JV basketball
Nov. 29 Dec. 5 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 13 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Jan. 3 Jan. 10 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 24 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 14 Feb. 20 Feb. 27 Dec. 7 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 13 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Jan. 3 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 30 Jan. 31 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 20




Girls Freshman Red basketball

vs. Janesville Parker vs. Monona Grove vs. Sun Prairie White at Madison West vs. Verona vs. Sun Prairie White vs. Janesville Craig vs. Brookfield Central at Madison Memorial at Beloit Memorial at Madison East vs. Waupun at Verona White at Sun Prairie White vs. Madison La Follette

vs. Oak Creek at Brookfield Central vs. Beloit Memorial vs. Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Madison West vs. Verona vs. Sun Prairie at Franklin Tournament at Franklin Tournament at Franklin Tournament vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette at Madison Memorial at Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker at Madison East vs. Madison West at Verona at Sun Prairie at Janesville Craig vs. Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial

6 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. TBD TBD TBD 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. TBD 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

Girls Freshman White basketball

Dec. 5 Dec. 9 Dec. 10 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Jan. 8 Jan. 10 Jan. 11 Jan. 24 Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 11 Feb. 14 Feb. 27 vs. Beloit Memorial vs. Sun Prairie White vs. Madison East vs. Verona vs. Sun Prairie Red vs. Beloit Purple at Madison La Follette vs. Brookfield Central at Janesville Parker vs. Madison West at Verona Orange at Sun Prairie Red vs. Sun Prairie Red at Janesville Craig vs. Madison Memorial

Boys varsity hockey

Nov. 26 Nov. 29 Nov. 30 Dec. 3 Dec. 5 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 17 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Jan. 3 Jan. 4 Jan. 14 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 23 Jan. 24 Jan. 25 Jan. 26 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 8 Feb. 13

5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m. TBD 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

vs. Beloit Memorial at University School Invite at University School Invite vs. Sun Prairie at Madison Memorial vs. Monona Grove at Janesville vs. Madison East/La Follette at Kettle Moraine at Verona vs. Onalaska vs. Madison West vs. Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie at Beloit Memorial at Madison Edgewood at Green Bay Tournament at Green Bay Tournament at Green Bay Tournament vs. Janesville vs. Verona at Madison East/La Follette at Waunakee at Madison West

7 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 7 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD 8 p.m. 6:10 p.m. 8 p.m. 5 p.m. TBD


Boys JV hockey
Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 14 Dec. 17 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Jan. 10 Jan. 23 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 3 Feb. 8 Feb. 11 Feb. 14 Feb. 15

Girls varsity gymnastics

Dec. 10 Dec. 19 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 23 Jan. 25 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 22

vs. Monona Grove at Janesville vs. Madison Edgewood at Waunakee at Kettle Moraine at Verona at Kettle Moraine at Madison Edgewood vs. Janesville vs. Verona at Stoughton at Waunakee at Monona Grove at Verona Invite at Verona Invite




6 p.m. 5 p.m. 2:20 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. TBD 8 p.m. 6 p.m. 4:10 p.m. TBD 3 p.m. 6 p.m. TBD TBD

Girls varsity gymnastics

Dec. 10 Dec. 19 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 23 Jan. 25 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 22 Dec. 10 Dec. 19 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 23 Jan. 25 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 13

at Mount Horeb 6:30 p.m. at Verona 6 p.m. at Madison Memorial 6 p.m. at Mount Horeb 11 a.m. vs. Janesville Craig 6 p.m. at Madison East Invite 10 a.m. vs. Madison West 6 p.m. at Southwestern Invite 10:30 a.m. at Janesville Parker 6 p.m. at Madison Memorial Invite 10:10 a.m. vs. Madison East-La Follette 6 p.m. at Middleton Invite 11:15 a.m. at Sun Prairie 6 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Madison Memorial, 10:15 a.m.

Girls JV gymnastics

at Mount Horeb 6:30 p.m. at Verona 6 p.m. at Madison Memorial 6 p.m. at Mount Horeb 11 a.m. vs. Janesville Craig 6 p.m. at Madison East Invite 10 a.m. vs. Madison West 6 p.m. at Southwestern Invite 10:30 a.m. at Janesville Parker 6 p.m. at Madison Memorial Invite 10:10 a.m. vs. Madison East-La Follette 6 p.m. at Middleton Invite 11:15 a.m. at Sun Prairie 6 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Madison Memorial, 10:15 a.m. at Mount Horeb at Verona at Madison Memorial at Mount Horeb vs. Janesville Craig at Madison East Invite vs. Madison West at Southwestern Invite at Janesville Parker at Madison Memorial Invite vs. Madison East-La Follette at Middleton Invite at Sun Prairie 6:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 10:30 a.m. 6 p.m. 10:10 a.m. 6 p.m. 11:15 a.m. 6 p.m.


Boys varsity swimming

Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 12 Dec. 14 Dec. 20 Jan. 4 Jan. 10 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 24 Feb. 1 Feb. 8

Boys JV swimming
Dec. 6 Dec. 12 Dec. 20 Jan. 10 Jan. 17 Jan. 24 Jan. 30

at Brookfield East Invite 3:30 p.m. vs. Madison Memorial 5:30 p.m. at Nicolet Invite 9 a.m. at Middleton Triangular 5:30 p.m. at Janesville Parker Invite 11 a.m. at Madison West 5:30 p.m. at Marquette Invite 11 a.m. at Verona Triangular 5:30 p.m. at Janesville Craig 5:30 p.m. at Middleton Invite 11 a.m. at Madison East Triangular 5:30 p.m. Invite at UW-Natatorium 1 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Beloit Memorial, 2 p.m. vs. Madison Memorial at Middleton Triangular at Madison West at Verona Triangular at Janesville Craig at Madison East Triangular Middleton JV Invite 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5 p.m.




JV wrestling
Dec. 7 Dec. 13 Dec. 17 Jan. 10 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 7

Feb. 15

WIAA Regionals

10 a.m.

Girls varsity hockey

Nov. 26 Nov. 29 Nov. 30 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 14 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 10 Jan. 11 Jan. 16 Jan. 18 Jan. 24 Jan. 28 Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Feb. 7 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 Feb. 15

at Janesville Parker Invite 8 a.m. at Madison La Follette 6:30 p.m. vs. Madison East 6:30 p.m. vs. Janesville Craig 6:30 p.m. at Arrowhead 5:30 p.m. vs. Beloit Memorial 6:30 p.m. at Middleton Invite 8:30 a.m. at Janesville Parker Invite 8 a.m. at Sun Prairie 6:30 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Verona, 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 8 a.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. TBD TBD TBD 8 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. TBD 7:30 p.m. 4 p.m.

Varsity wrestling
Dec. 7 Dec. 13 Dec. 14 Dec. 17 Dec. 21 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Jan. 10 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 8

at Reedsburg Invite 9 a.m. at Madison La Follette 7 p.m. at Tomah Invite 9:30 a.m. vs. Madison East 7 p.m. at Appleton West Invite 9:30 a.m. at Holmen Invite 9:30 a.m. at Holmen Invite 9:30 a.m. vs. Janesville Craig 7 p.m. at Baraboo Invite 10 a.m. at Arrowhead 7:15 p.m. vs. Beloit Memorial 7 p.m. vs. Lodi 4 p.m. at Janesville Parker Invite 8 a.m. at Sun Prairie 7 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Verona, 10 a.m.

vs. Beloit Co-op at Black River Falls Tournament at Black River Falls Tournament vs. Sun Prairie Co-op vs. Mosinee vs. Green Bay East at Viroqua vs. Stoughton at Culver Cup (Blaine, Minn.) at Culver Cup (Blaine, Minn.) at Culver Cup (Blaine, Minn.) vs. Baraboo vs. Fond du Lac at Rock County Fury (Beloit) vs. Black River Falls at Sun Prairie Co-op at Stoughton vs. Onalaska at University School vs. Viroqua at Brookfield Ice Arena at Baraboo vs. Xavier

Spikers roll in sectional semis





All season long, Middleton boys volleyball coach Ben White has asked his team to develop a closers mentality. Last Tuesday night, the Cardinals resembled Mariano Rivera. Middleton cruised past visiting Beloit Memorial, 25-18, 25-19, 25-17, in a WIAA sectional semifinal. And the Cardinals performance down the stretch in each game was extremely impressive. We played our best down the stretch of each set, and thats the first time I can say that this year, White said. I was impressed at how we closed out the sets against Beloit.We havent had much success doing that this year. Middleton went on to defeat Kettle Moraine in the sectional finals and advance to this weekends state tournament. The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. To get there, though, the Cardinals first disposed of Purple Knights for a third time this season. James Caldwell and Noah Kern both led the way with seven kills, while Alex Klubertanz had five kills and three blocks, and Andy Keeler had five kills. Colin Gloudemans had eight digs and four aces, Connor Zimmick had 18 assists and two blocks, Robbie Drachenberg had nine assists and six digs, and Logan Smith added two aces.

are Saturday at noon, and the championship match is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Connor delivered. He willed us to victory, said Middleton coach Ben White, who has led the Cardinals to all of their state appearances. He wasnt going to lose. He wasnt going to go out tonight. I cant say enough. He was a stud at the net. Kettle Moraine opened up a 7-3 lead in the first set before the Cardinals rallied with a 5-0 surge with Alex Klubertanz serving and Jason Arora and Zimmick delivering kills. That was nerve-wracking, Zimmick said. I wanted to win that one so bad. I knew we had to win the first one. After Kettle Moraine pulled ahead 13-9, Middleton stormed back to forge an 18-18 tie and set the stage for a fantastic finish and early match lead. We wanted to send a message right away that we werent going to let them win in our house, Middleton senior middle blocker Noah Kern said. Kettle Moraine jumped back in front 23-19 before Colin Gloudemans took over serving and recorded three service aces for a 24-23 lead.


I was nervous going into the match because I hate playing conference teams in playoffs, especially ones that you have beat twice during the regular season, White said.Too often you see the (other) team make adjustments and play out of their mind and the team that won the previous matches come in with less energy and motivation. Luckily I have a very motivated group. We knew if we played solid volleyball, passed well and ran our basic offense, that our best was better than their best. The first game was tied, 8-8, when the Cardinals went on an 8-2 tear and surged to a 16-10 advantage. Keeler started the fun with a big kill. Caldwell added a kill, Zimmick had a setter tip, and the Cardinals cruised through the rest of the first game. Middleton raced to a 10-6 lead in Game 2, but Beloit answered with a 60 burst and surged ahead, 12-10. Then with the game tied, 15-15, Gloudemans served up five straight points highlighted by three aces as the Cardinals pulled ahead, 20-15. Beloit tried rallying and continually fed all-state outside hitter Alec Podrasky. But Middletons duo of Klubertanz and Zimmick continually prevented Podrasky from taking the match over. The key down the stretch was the block set up by Alex Klubertanz and Connor Zimmick, White said.Alec Podrasky is one of the best hitters in the state and we knew he was getting the ball. Alex and Connor shut him down

Middleton senior R o b b i e Drachenberg (10) and the rest of the Cardinals qualified for state with a win over Kettle Moraine last Thursday.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

on back-to-back plays to end the set. Huge block set up by Alex. Very proud of his effort at the net against Beloit. White was proud how his team finished off the Purple Knights, too. Middleton jumped to a 6-1 lead and held a 12-7 advantage. The Purple Knights clawed back within 12-11, though, and still trailed just 18-16. But Smith went on a huge service run and the Cardinals finished the

match on a 7-1 burst to prevail. Keeler finished the Purple Knights off for good with a kill out of the middle. Beloit had no answer whatsoever for Kern in the middle, White said. He could and should be our difference maker down the stretch. Next up comes a Kettle Moraine team that toppled the Cardinals in the sectional finals a year ago. But Middleton knows that if it continues to In the third set, then, we tried to refocus and keep the ball in play. Thats how you win games, by keeping the ball up. With lefty David Waltz serving, Kettle Moraine surged ahead 8-4 in the final set before Middleton tied it at 10-10. After the Lasers regained the lead and pulled ahead, 15-11, White used what ended up being his only timeout of the set to send one final message to the Cardinals. I didnt have any more. We lost a timeout between games because we had an unnecessary delay, White said. So when I called mine at 15-11 thats all I had. I told the guys This is it. Its your game. Its your match. Its on you, and they stepped up. The Cardinals scored the next four points with Zimmicks kill tying the score at 16-16. Moments later, Zimmick delivered his final kill of the match and earned the serve for Middleton, which was clinging to a tenuous 20-18 lead. But senior Michael Padrutt stepped up to serve the next three points, increase Middletons lead to 23-18, and take the fight out of the Lasers. For the last two weeks, weve been working just with the starters and Padrutt has been the kid on the other side serving at us, him and Matt Ash and Logan Smith, White said. Youll see me throw any of them in at any time. It was Padrutts time tonight and he delivered. Senior outside hitter Andy Keeler said closing out the match meant everything to the Cardinals. This is what weve been shooting for all season and Ive been thinking about it a lot, Keeler said. To get out on the court and play was awesome.

play like it did against Beloit, good things are bound to happen. Our goal is to move people all over so the opposition doesnt know whats coming, White said.Worked well when we passed well.We need to clean some things up in the back row, as we know we will go as far as our defense takes us.

The Cardinals eventually pulled out a dramatic 30-28 victory when they took advantage of a Kettle Moraine hitting error and James Caldwell slammed home the final point. The pivotal first game helped set the tone for the evenings match that epitomized not only the spirit of the game, but showcased the respect the programs have for each other. This was the best atmosphere my team has played in all season, Kettle Moraine coach Tom Gulak said. I wish Middleton the best at state. I think they will do well. We had them up 23-19 and I had two timeouts and (Middleton) didnt have any. But we couldnt close the deal. White said Middleton came into the season with high expectations and took advantage of its vast experience. This is a group of (eight) seniors who have been on the team for three years. They would not be denied, White said. This was clutch. We were down 23-19 and to come back and keep fighting was great. We showed a lot of heart and just refused to concede a thing. Kettle Moraine used a 6-1 spurt, though, to rally from a 16-13 deficit

Boys state volleyball schedule

Match-1: Marquette vs. Westosha Central, 5 p.m. Match-2: Brookfield East vs. Kaukauna, 5 p.m. Match-3: Germantown vs. Middleton, 7:45 p.m. Match-4: Catholic Memorial vs. Racine Horlick, 7:45 p.m. Match-5: Match-1 Winner vs. Match-2 Winner, Noon Match-6: Match-3 Winner vs. Match-4 Winner, Noon Match-7: Match-5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner, 5:30 p.m. and pull away for a 25-21 victory in the second set. I was proud when we came back and won set two, Gulak said. If we would have been up two sets to zero, that would have put a lot more pressure on (Middleton). But theyre a senior-dominated team and we couldnt finish the comeback. Middleton pulled away from a 1010 tie to secure a 25-19 victory in the third set when Zimmick set up Klubertanz for the winning kill. We knew we couldnt make mistakes, Zimmick said. We wanted them to make the mistakes. In that second (set) where they beat us they made us make the mistakes and we played out of our game.

Fridays Quarterfinals

at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee

Saturdays Semifinals

Saturdays Championship

Michael has been working on serves all year. For him to come in and play out of his mind was awesome. It meant a lot to beat them after they beat us last year. Padrutt said the Cardinals werent going to leave the gym with anything less than a sectional title. We were glad to get a shot at them. We were happy it was at home, Padrutt said. It just makes it all that much sweeter. Big crowd, going to state, this was huge. Ive been playing since fifth grade and dreaming about a day like this. Gulak said once Middleton got rolling, the Cardinals took care of business down the stretch. They got their best swings in the last eight or nine points of set four because we could never get a good swing, Gulak said. When this team is in system, theyre too tough to beat. Its a game of momentum and I thought we had some in set four but we just couldnt close the deal. Zimmick said it is now up to the Cardinals to finish what they started. My brother, Caleb, got to state his junior year. They lost in the first round to Kettle Moraine now Im looking to one-up him, Zimmick said. Im always trying to do that. Thats the brother rivalry right there. It was very heartbreaking to lose last year. We thought that was our chance. We wanted to do it for the seniors. We needed to come back and beat (Kettle Moraine) at home this year. Now that we did that, lets see what else we can do.

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Kettle Moraine .. 28 25 19 19 Middleton .. 30 21 25 25 KETTLE MORAINE (leaders): Kills Oleson 17. Blocks N/A. Digs N/A. Aces N/A. Assists N/A. MIDDLETON: Kills Zimmick 17. Blocks Kern 3. Digs Gloudemans 20. Aces


continued from page 12 around ... there's not much more I can ask of these girls. The Cardinals will now head to the WIAA Division 1 state meet, which begins Saturday at 3 p.m. at the UWNatatorium. Middleton qualified 13 of 18 swims and all three relay teams for the state meet. I never thought our team would slip, Cardinals junior Paige Prestigiacomo said. Even though we lost a lot of talent last year, we had a lot of girls step up and improve this year. Our coaches also had a big impact on keeping our team on track. Middleton was certainly on track at sectionals, getting terrific performances up and down the lineup. Aegerter was among the Cardinals stars. She won the 200-yard IM in 2 minutes, 6.67 seconds and also won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.22). Aegerter is now the No. 1 seed at state in the 200 IM and the No. 2 seed in the 100 breaststroke. Aegerter was also a key member of two Middleton relay teams that qualified for state. The Cardinals 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Victoria Lin, Aegerter, senior Sam Andryk and senior Olivia Kossel was first at sectionals in 1:48.39. That quartet is now seeded third at state. Middletons 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Samantha Roll, senior Karley Licking, Aegerter and Prestigiacomo was third at sectionals (3:34.02). That foursome is now seeded seventh at state. Ashley Aegerter had an impressive day, Cabalka said. To me, she is the swimmer of the meet. Aegerter was certainly happy. Sectionals was an exceptionally good meet for my team and I, and I am very excited to have qualified in four events going into this meet, Aegerter said. Over the past three years I have swam in individual




events at state, but getting to swim on two relays as well will only make the meet more fun and memorable. Four events is a full plate and will be tough, but with the excitement of the state meet and the energy within my team, it will be very fun. I am extremely happy I get the chance to swim four state events in my final year of high school swimming. The Cardinals have several swimmers that will be extremely busy Saturday. Prestigiacomo was second at sec-

Middletons girls swimming team was all smiles after winning a sectional championship last Saturday. tionals in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.31) and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (53.64). Shes now seeded 10th at state in the 200 and 16th in the 100. In addition, Prestigiacomo joined Kossel, Lin and Roll on the 200 yard freestyle relay team that was fourth, and was part of the 400 yard freestyle relay team. The 200 freestyle relay is seeded ninth at state, and the 400 is seeded seventh. In the past we have always placed well in the relays, so I am really hoping we can score big points there, Prestigiacomo said. Individually I think my best chance to score points is the 200 free. Middleton had several other outstanding performances at sectionals. Licking was second in the 200 IM

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(2:09.68), sophomore Emma Karbusicky was fourth (2:12.81) and senior Samantha Andryk (2:15.94) was seventh. Licking is now seeded sixth at state and Karbusicky is seeded 14th. Andryk (58.57) and Lin (59.39) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly and are now seeded 11th and 19th at state. Lin was second in the 100-yard backstroke (58.10) and Licking was fifth (59.44). Lin is now seeded seventh at state and Licking is seeded 14th. Karbusicky was third at sectionals in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.97) and senior Madeline Mack was sixth (1:09.45). Karbusicky is seeded 10th at state, while Mack is seeded 23rd. Roll was fourth in the 200-yard

freestyle (1:56.81) and freshman Margaret McGill was seventh (1:58.68). Roll is seeded 19th at state, while McGill narrowly missed qualifying. Kossel was eighth at sectionals in both the 50-yard freestyle (25.05) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.05), and narrowly missed qualifying for state in both events. I was very happy to qualify in all four of my events, Prestigiacomo said. But more importantly it was about getting as many swimmers into the state meet as we could. And that should make for a thrilling Saturday for the Cardinals. I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to end my high school swimming with, Aegerter said. Everyone has made this a year to remember for Middleton High School swimming. A year that contains one more gigantic event, which has all the Cardinals buzzing. The state meet format has not always worked to our strengths, but I think this team is not only the most improved, but also the most capable team I have coached, Cabalka said. If anyone can do it, it's these girls.




DECA students shine at mini-conference, Green is series champ

Twenty-five members of the MHS DECA program competed at the UWWhitewater Mini-Conference on Saturday, Nov. 9. The students performed role-plays based on situations they would encounter if they had a job in marketing and took a multiple choice test based on marketing concepts. The Mini-Conference is a workshop designed to give students experience with competitions, MHS DECA adviser Robert Hutchison said. The first official DECA competition is Districts in January. I like to bring students to this conference because it gives them an idea of what to expect at Districts. For students who havent competed before, its a great way to give them experience presenting before a judge, he added. For those who have competed before, its a great way for them to fine tune their presentation skills. The students who finish first, second, and third in each event are awarded medals. Students only compete against other members from their school. The student from each school that finishes with the highest number of points is named the Series Champion from that school. The MHS series champion was Andrea Green. Medal winners included Samantha Ballweg, Jahnavi Gali, Andrea Green, Kyle Hopp, Abby Hudson, Josie Johnson, Emily Krueger, Fiona Ljumani, Kim Mackey, Wendy Mezezi, Marissa Nelson, and Randy Perez.

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) has been around for more than 60 years and has more than 185,000 student members in 5,000 high schools. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

From left to right, (first row) Tristan Freides, Abby Hudson, Kim Mackey; (second row) Megan Lund, Lindsay Callahan, Storm Dalgety, Natasha Monroe, Sarah Kaestner, Ali Thompson, Audrey Evert, Katherine Hibner; (third row) Emily Krueger, Josie Johnson, Wendy Mezezi, Andrea Green, Fiona Ljumani, Marissa Nelson, Samantha Ballweg, Jahnavi Gali, Ashlee Endres, Taryn Mills; (fourth row) Kyle Hopp, Randy Perez and Daniel Hernon. Not pictured is Kristin Hartung.

The next time you are at the Middleton Public Library checking out books or videos, check out the colorful, creative art composed by students from a variety of grade levels at Sauk Trail. The projects appear on display in the front case at the main entrance and is a part of the schools Mission Action Team and its Artwork in the Community project. Sauk Trail art teacher Anne Gustafson coordinated the project in her classes. First-grade teacher Kris Sonnentag and retired Sauk Trail teacher Joan Richner assisted with setting up the display, which will be showcased all month.

Sauk student art displayed at the library

Added gym teacher Justin Haack: So many of the kids say they dont like to run when were doing it in the gym, but once we get outside and run through the woods, past the pond, and around our park-like school grounds they have a great time. The run is optional, but about 90 percent of the students in fourth and fifth grade participate, as do a few teachers and even principal Chris Dahlk. The entire school gathers along the course to shout words of encouragement and offer high-fives as the runners pass. The brightly colored crunchy leaves offered a perfect backdrop for the photo opp enjoyed by parents, grandparents, and staff.

The $59.8 million capital question passed with approximately 68 percent of the vote, while the $797,000 operational question passed with nearly 64 percent of the vote. The Award of Excellence is the highest award a district can receive from WSPRA, which holds an annual contest to recognize the best communication materials produced by state school districts. There were approximately 45 submissions this year and 22 received were honored, WSPRA outgoing president Kit Dailey said. MCPASD Community Relations Specialist Perry Hibner was on hand to accept the award. Also in attendance at the luncheon were Joe Donovan, who consulted with the District on the referendum, and Christin Mlsna, who works in business development for J.H. Findorff & Son and played a key role in developing the materials. It was a great pleasure to work with the Middleton-Cross Plains School District, its construction firm and its architects on this effort, Donovan said. However, the credit goes to the school district and its board who emphasized ongoing communication with stakeholders throughout the project. Ruth Bachmeier, who works for the District and also played a vital role in referendum communications, was unable to attend. Its a great honor to be recognized, Hibner said. We had a great team working on the referendum and we had great support from our Board of Education and administrators. We worked very hard to produce materials that tried to answer every question people might have and I think we came close to doing that. Ive said all along you need the right solution at the right time with the right message. I think that happened in this case.

Series champion Andrea Green, of Middleton.

Photos contributed

Nearly 100 fourth- and fifth-graders at Sauk Trail jogged beside trees shedding their fall colors and a pond waiting to freeze during the schools annual Harvest Run on Friday afternoon. The annual fun run is the culmination of weeks of gym classes practicing stretching and running increasingly longer distances as warm-up preparation for the final fall event. Getting ready for the run is part of our fitness initiative to encourage our kids to be active, gym teacher Kristen Braun said. They get really excited for the big run. Its good motivation for them to achieve.

Harvest Run a blast for kids

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District was one of only six districts in the state to receive a Spectrum Award of Excellence at the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association state conference in Green Lake. The District was honored in the Special Purpose Publication/Project category for its communication materials used during the 2012 referendum. Postcards, newsletters, videos, poster boards, PowerPoint presentations and handouts were among the materials the District produced to inform community members about the referendum questions.

Hibner, district lauded for their referendum communication efforts...

The referendum questions called for a rebuild and remodel of Kromrey Middle School and an expansion of Glacier Creek Middle School. The District is also moving fifth-graders to the larger middle schools in 2014-15, which will relief overcrowding at all six elementary schools. Besides working on both middle school building projects, Findorff also remodeled the STEM wing at MHS in the summer of 2012 and did a fourroom addition at Sunset Ridge this past summer. What a privilege to be part of this project, Mlsna said. The District and communications team melded a wide range of communication tools to thoughtfully tell an important message about the needs in the District. I am proud to have worked with such a creative and transparent team. MCPASD also received an award of merit for its School Community Connection Newsletter that is produced twice a year and sent to every household in the District. WSPRA was formed in 1967. There are 52 school districts in the state that currently have a full- or part-time communications employee, Dailey said.

Sauk Trail principal Chris Dahlk and Northside principal Roz Craney reviewed the school report cards and continuous improvement plans for their respective schools at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, Nov. 4. Craney was thrilled with the consistency the school has shown on the Wis-

Report cards impress board

consin Department of Public Instruction School Report Cards. Staff are looking at little things to help bump the school up to significantly exceeding standards next year. Were very happy at Northside, he said. We have great kids and great teachers. He also raved about the technology that has been added, including Chromebooks and iPad minis. The new music curriculum has been very popular and he also commended art teacher Betsy Delzer for her use if iPads in her classes. Its absolutely amazing what we are putting in our kids hands, he said. Finally, he reminded the Board about the schools hands pledge that is recited every morning. Northside has used the pledge for four years and he believes it really has made the school a safer, friendlier place. Dahlk admitted her staff isnt comfortable with having the lowest score in the District on the School Report Card and said Sauk Trails goal is to move up. She believes differentiating learning and pushing growth among all students will help that happen. We have students already coming into a WKCE test thinking, I cant do this, she said. Dahlk pointed out a number of positives taking place at Sauk Trail including: extended day, differentiation conference, diversity training, mind-set understanding and a positive testing environment for students. She also raved about the Districts first full professional development day in October rather than the half-days that have been used in the past. Sauk Trail spent the first one focusing on reading.




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WI 53597, 01/08/2013, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Pearce, Brandon Lee, 22, Madison, WI 53719-4302, 01/03/2013, Vehicle Registration Revoked/Suspended/Cancel, $88.80 Perez, Nelson Ramon, 30, Madison, WI 53718, 01/07/2013, Speeding 25 MPH Zone, $88.80 Perez, Nelson Ramon, 30, Madison,

WI 53718, 01/07/2013, Violation of license Restriction, $114.00 Pett-Vanko, Mercedes S, 21, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/05/2013, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, $177.00 Preston, Deborah J, 46, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/01/2013, Theft, $114.00 Preston, Deborah J, 46, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/01/2013, Operating vehicle without insurance, $88.80 Pulley, Leah Mary, 18, Madison, WI 53704, 12/27/2012, Underage Consume/Possess Alcoholic Beverages, $177.00

Rada, Gary R, 27, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/12/2013, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Rada, Gary R, 27, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/12/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Rada, Gary R, 27, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/12/2013, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Sandoval Arandia, Luis, 31, Fitchburg, WI 53719, 01/07/2013, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Sandoval Arandia, Luis, 31, Fitchburg, WI 53719, 01/07/2013, Operat-

ing vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Shull, Linda L, 70, Arena, WI 53503, 01/02/2013, Auto Following Too Closely, $114.00 Sparks, Jacob G, 31, Osage Beach, MO 65065, 04/06/2012, Operating while Suspended, $114.00 Sparks, Jacob G, 31, Osage Beach, MO 65065, 04/06/2012, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Srayi, Leila H, 20, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/12/2013, Speeding 55 MPH Zone, $88.80 Steuart, Daren B, 41, Waunakee, WI 53597, 01/02/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Steuart, Daren B, 41, Waunakee, WI 53597, 01/02/2013, Operating vehicle without insurance, $114.00 Steuart, Daren B, 41, Waunakee, WI 53597, 01/02/2013, Motor vehicle liability insurance required, $10.00 Strunk, Randy S, 49, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/14/2013, Non Registration, $88.80 Stubbe, Connor Evan, 19, La Crosse, WI 54601, 01/18/2013, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $88.80 Tucker, Brooke A, 24, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, 01/15/2013, Inattentive Driving, $101.40 Westbrook, Barbara E, 38, Middleton, WI 53562, 01/04/2013, FTS/Improper Stop at Stop Sign, $88.80 Zeman, Nicholas S, 20, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051, 11/20/2012, Exceeding Zones and Posted Limits, $139.20 Ziegler, Marcella, 45, Madison, WI 53711., 01/12/2013, FYR when Emerging From Alley, $88.80.

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Skibba had Middletons seasonlow average of 77.4 and won the Madison West Sectional. Skibba finished fifth individually at state and had her season-low of 72 on the opening day of the state tournament. Cleary was a three-year letterwinner who finished the season with an 18-hole average of 82.6. Cleary won the Middleton Regional after shooting a 74 at Pleasant View and finished 20th at the state tournament. Schultz was a four-year letterwinner who had an 18-hole average of 83.8 this fall. Schultz was 18th at state and had a season-low 79 during the Big Eight Conference match. Acker, a three-year letterwinner, had an 18-hole average of 83.9. She shot a 74 to win the Big Eight Conference tournament and finished 27th individually at state. Wassarman was another three-year letterwinner who averaged 86.3 this season. Her low score of the year was an 81 at the WPGA Invite at Yahara and she placed 34th at state. Halverson was thrilled to have all five of her players recognized. She was also quite proud to earn Coach of the Year honors in her first season. Its quite an honor to be named Coach of the Year in my first year as head coach, Halverson said. Its a tribute to Dewey Stendahl. He is the reason I got into coaching girls golf and my goal is to make an impact on the girls like he did on me. I learned from the best, really. I have big shoes to fill.My philosophy is a lot like Deweys. Its the girls that do all the work. I just get them there and try to prepare them as best as I can, and at the end of the day, its always a great day for a walk on the golf course.



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*Jessica Reinecke Sienna Chapman Tess Hackworthy Anika Hitt Rebecca Klongland Caroline Lake Jessie Staed

All-State Girls Golf

First Team
Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr.


Abby Dufrane Grace Dunn Abby Martin Madeline Neumeier Lauren Reeg Loren Skibba Leah Birch Danielle Ducklow Claire Lauterbach Maddie Mccue Kayla Priebe Hannah Schultz Bailey Smith

Second Team
Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Soph.

Verona Prairie School Madison Edgewood Homestead Stoughton Madison Edgewood Green Bay Notre Dame

Third Team

Marinette Brookfield Central Mukwonago Green Bay Preble Arrowhead Middleton

Middleton senior Sheenagh Cleary was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference and honorable-mention all state.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

* Player of the Year

Meggie Acker Kaitlyn Alvarez Robyn Blanchard Abby Chase Alison Chomniak Sheenagh Cleary Erin Culver Megan Elmes Megan Growt Emily Grunder Mikayla Hauck Rachel Hernandez Alexa Holland Lauren Klubertanz Cheyann Knudsen Noelle Koepp Morgan Mccorkle Kailey Mcdade Mikayla Richards Olivia Robinson Bailey Schmidt Hunter Schultz Morgan Scrobel Sarah Smilanich Mikayla Smith Jacqueline Staed Ashli Stolen Mari Suokko Kailey Taebel Savannah Vega-Schwartz Kelly Wassarman Taylor Wyss Jessica Yost

Honorable Mention All-State

Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Soph. Sr. Soph. Sr. Fr. Sr. Soph. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Soph. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Soph. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Sr. Westosha Central Sr. Tomah Soph. Arrowhead Jr. Milton Jr. Fox Valley Lutheran Sr. Mukwonago Soph. Verona Middleton Eau Claire North Madison Memorial Beaver Dam Arrowhead Middleton McFarland Madison Memorial De Pere Portage Monona Grove Verona Arrowhead Catholic Memorial Milton Fox Valley Lutheran Oregon Janesville Parker Janesville Parker Appleton North Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau Middleton Menomonee Falls Green Bay Notre Dame Xavier Green Bay Notre Dame Stoughton Union Grove Stoughton Milwaukee Pius Middleton Janesville Parker Arrowhead