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Playtime in Middleton

VOL. 124, NO. 6



Jim and Shannon Hadac combine work and family at PlayN’Wisconsin

Jim and Shannon Hadac’s
business offers a variety of
things. Swing sets. Slides.
Trampolines. Basketball hoops.
Even meat smokers. But perhaps most importantly, they
provide “sanity” for the countless parents who bring their
children to PlayN’Wisconsin,
where they can run, jump,
bounce and expend some of
youth’s boundless energy, even
in the depths of a chilly Wisconsin winter.
In every sense, PlayN’Wisconsin is a family business. Its
identity and philosophy are
steeped in the fact that this vast
indoor showroom and recreation area at 3919 Parmenter
Street in Middleton exists for
parents and kids. Likewise, it is
run by families.
And there are few people
who know the value of family
the way the Hadacs do.
In 2006, they moved their
family to Wisconsin to spend
more quality time with their
three daughters. Jim had sold
and installed play equipment
since high school, putting to use

his aptitude for carpentry and
construction. When he and
Shannon first got together 18
years ago, it was only a matter
of time before she would put
her gregarious personality and
professional skills to use in the
But working for a larger
company has its drawbacks, especially when that company
robs you of time with your own
“Jim didn’t like being the
corporate guy,” Shannon says.
“And I was ready for a change,
too. I was stressed out by the
corporate world, working 70 or
80 hours.”
Then, everything changed. It
was August of 2009 when they
received the devastating news
that their oldest daughter had a
brain tumor. On June 23, 2010,
six days before her 10th birthday, Cari Hadac lost her life to
the terrible disease.
The Hadacs had always been
a close family. Quick to laugh
and working hard to spend time
together. But this tragedy was
an excruciating reminder of
what matters most in life. Of the
fact that the most important mo-

Beware of fake money

There have recently been reports of counterfeit $100 bills
being passed at locations
throughout Dane County. 
At this time, there does not
appear to be any patterns as far
as locations or specific days of

See PLAY, page 8

the week.  Law enforcement
agencies encourage people to
thoroughly inspect currency, especially larger bills, as it appears those have been the most
widely used. 
Police also encourage citizens to visit,
which provides useful and interactive information on ways to
identify whether a bill is legitimate or counterfeit.  One easy
way to detect counterfeit money
is to inspect it.  There may be
See FAKE, page 4

When Madilyn Hadac (right) goes to work with her parents at PlayN’Wisconsin, it’s not exactly a boring day at the office. At
left, Shannon and Jim Hadac.
Times-Tribune photos by Matt Geiger

Want to vote? Now is the time to prepare

A special information session is being offered Monday,
February 22 at 7 p.m. in the
Middleton City Hall Council
Chambers to help you prepare
for voting.
The Council Chambers, located at 7426 Hubbard Avenue
directly across the street from
the Middleton Public Library,
are being used while the library is closed for repairs. The

Let’s Hang On!, a group of 10
seasoned entertainers who are
preserving the music and style
of the iconic group Frankie
Valli and The Four Seasons,
will take the Middleton-Cross
Plains Performing Arts Center
stage on Friday, February 13 at
7:30 p.m. Read more on page 5.

session is being conducted by
members of the Wisconsin
League of Women Voters and
the Middleton Action Team.
The Middleton Action Team is
a member of the Dane County
Voter ID Coalition, which educates citizens about the new
voter photo ID requirements,
registers voters, and helps individuals acquire photo IDs.

Elections this year include:

February 16th Spring Primary (including Supreme
April 5th Presidential Primary and General Election (including courts, county board, school board and
some municipal offices)
August 9th Partisan Primary (including Congress,
state legislature and some countywide offices)
November 8th General Election (including President,
Congress, state legislature and some countywide offices).

Let’s Hang On!
See VOTE, page 8

Middleton musicians to perform
with composer Chitravina Ravikiran



Singers sought for Community Chorus

Ravikiran composed and interacted with the students
and teachers of Middleton High School (MHS) and Sun
Prairie High School in various sessions over a 10-month period from April 2015. 
The climactic event of the residency will be a “Perform
with the Maestro” evening at the Sun Prairie Performing
Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., which will feature two short melharmonic works of Ravikiran, performed by the combined orchestras of Middleton and Sun
Prairie alongside the composer.  It will also include short
Indian music and dance recitals by local talents, and the
event is open to the public.

Photos contributed

Singers in all voice parts are invited to join Community Chorus for the spring season.  The
group is an integral part of the Maestro Productions family of performers and includes high
school, adults, and seniors, from throughout the area.  Mark Bloedow is the Artistic Director
of the group.  There is no formal audition to participate. Two rehearsal options are available: Tuesday evenings at Middleton High School Choir Room, 2100 Bristol Street, Middleton, 6:30-8:00pm; and Thursday evenings at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 Spaight
Street, Madison, 7:30-8:45pm. Participants may attend either location and alternate locations
as needed.  To sign-up attend rehearsals, e-mail  or

Owls in the Conservancy

The next Friends of the
Pheasant Branch Conservancy
will be “Owls of Pheasant
Branch Conservancy” on
Thursday, February 18 from
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Middleton
Glen Retirement Community,
6720 Century Avenue, Middleton.

The presenter will be Mike
McDowell. This event is free.
RSVPs are appreciated but
McDowell will share photographs and audio recordings of
owls that are sure to raise your

feathers in adoration for these
amazing creatures. He will
also share important information about owl behavior and
what you should do if you are
lucky enough to meet an owl.
Bring your curiosity, questions
and respect for these special


For the past 10 months, Dane
County K-12 students have
been exposed to an exciting
world music experience via a
first of its kind Melharmony
renowned composer Chitravina
N Ravikiran.
Melharmony is a new-age
music concept pioneered by
Ravikiran at the turn of the Millennium.  The concept ushers in
a refreshingly new approach to
harmony by projecting melodic
rules of highly evolved systems
such as the raga-system of Indian music.
At the macro level, this Melharmony residency has pioneered a new era in keeping
with Ravikiran’s vision of taking  multi-cultural-diversity to
the next level of ‘multi-culturalunity’ in USA and other parts of
the world. “The spirit of Melharmony is to showcase similarities between various systems of
music, which can enable their
contrasts to be appreciated even
more positively”, said Ravikiran, who had just created world
history last month by setting to
music 1330 verses of ancient
Tamil poetry in only 16 hours. 
“It was really great to see
Sun Prairie work with Middleton… Melharmony is a great
system for these kinds of collaborative efforts,” said Steve
Kurr, director of Orchestras,
“Projects such as this cannot
be experienced via Youtube or a
textbook,” said Chad Whalley,

director of Orchestras of Sun
“The fact that small geographic differences can completely change the style, and
even how the same instrument
is used, blows my mind. I think
that bringing these two styles
together will be revolutionary in
terms of our high school orchestra’s capabilities,” said Morgan
Farrar, an 11th grader in Sauk
Ravikiran is also slated to
perform a full-fledged “Melody,
Harmony, Melharmony” concert along with the Madison
Bach Musicians in the
Stoughton Opera House on Feb
12. The Opera House will give
K12-students in Dane County a
50 percent discount on their $30
One of the Wisconsin standards for music requires that
students learn about history and
culture as it applies to music.
The Melharmony residency &
the festival has been a great opportunity for students to go
above and beyond the WI education standards.
“Melharmony is a great opportunity to expose kids to
sounds and rhythms that may
not be part of their daily routines – not only expanding their
appreciation of music, but their
awareness of the world around
them,” said Bob Sorge, Madison Community Foundation
president, in speaking about
MCF’s grant to the Melharmony Foundation for this Residency with Ravikiran. 
“I am proud that Dane
County has led the effort to support Melharmony related activities. This has spurred a lot of
interest in school districts in IL,
MN and TX, and I expect this to

percolate to other parts of the
country very soon, because
Melharmony is a most exciting
way to bring diverse cultures together,” said Vanitha Suresh, director
Foundation & Arohana School
of Music. 
This novel initiative in arts
education has been made possible by grants from Madison
Community Foundation, American Family Insurance, Azur
Global, Dane Arts, the WI Arts
board – Creative Communities
grant, and funding from Middleton and Sun Prairie Education Foundations. 

The residency

A large music group day on
April 27th in Sun Prairie High
School that was attended by over
100 String students from Sun
Prairie and Middleton. Ravikiran
presented a lecture demonstration on Carnatic Music (Classical
Indian Music from Southern India)
and the basics of Melharmony,
and played a solo on his 20stringed slide, chitravina. The students then got to rehearse
“Sheltered” - a piece of Tyagaraja
(1767-1847) re-created by Ravikiran especially for the residency.
Access to a unique workshop
- “In the Composer’s mind Melody, Harmony and Melharmony”   by Prof. Robert Morris
(Eastman School of Music),
Ravikiran and Steve Kurr on November 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM in
Murphy Hall, UW Humanities
A large music group day with
Ravikiran on November 6, 2015
for Sun Prairie & Middleton that
was attended by both schools in
Middleton, where the students got
to go to the details of Ravikiran’s
piece “Kalaimahale”.
A cultural immersion experience for the students during the
Dikshitar-Beethoven Melharmony
Festival on November 8, 2015.
The festival showcased the works
of two brilliant 18th century composers and included scholarly
discussions, performances by
professional ensembles, competitions and short recital opportunities for students, culminating in a
grand finale performance by
Ravikiran & the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, conducted by
Maestro Andrew Sewell, at the
Mills Concert Hall, UW.
Orchestra rehearsals for
SPHS and MHS with the composer on Feb 1, 2016 and Feb
16, 2016.

City council votes to move youth center money into general fund


Recreation director Rebecca
Price and youth center director
Gabrielle Hinahara gave a  presentation to the Middleton City
Council last week on participation and funding at the youth
center and the direction they
want to go in the future.  The
council approved a request to
move the center’s city funding
into the general fund so the
money will be used strictly for
the youth center operations.
Price gave the council an
overview on the history of the
center. It has been funded and
run by a variety of city and
county governments programs
and in several different locations, including in city hall.
“The youth center in 18
years has been in a lot of different places,” Price explained.  “It
has had a lot of different models.”
Price said that the latest iteration, in partnership with the
school district and under Hinahara, may be one of the most



Hinahara went over what the
center is currently offering.  She
said it is open 180 days during
the school year from 3:45 p.m.
to 6 p.m. and 40 days during
summer from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30
p.m.  Tutors are available for
homework help, and two enrichment activities or a field trip
are offered each day.  Hinahara
mentioned the upcoming spring
showcase for anyone interested
a glimpse of what students have
been working on.
Hinahara showed the council
figures to illustrate growing
participation.  The average
monthly attendance was 16 students per day in 2014, 29 students per day in 2015, and when
averaging the last five months it
is up to 36 students per day.
“Clearly we are growing almost monthly and there is a real
need for this in the community,”
Hinahara told the council.
The school district views the
youth center as a tool in addressing achievement gaps that
persist in the district, Hinahara
“The school district is really

focused right now, as many
school districts are, on the
achievement gap,” she said.
“At the youth center we are
serving a lot of low income and
racially diverse students, so
we’re really addressing this
with out tutoring and homework
help program.”
She said that funding comes
from the City of Middleton,
Dane County Human Services,
the Middleton-Cross Plains
Area School District provides
$18,500 annually and provides
space at Clark St. Community
School, a value of $22,600, the
Americore PASS Program, and
several donations and grants. 
Price asked the council to
think about the current staff,
their duties and their salaries.
She said the director works 28
hours a week for $15.25 per
hour,  an assistant works 25
hours a week at $12.75 per
hour.  Americore PASS program
provides a staff person 35 hours
per week and requires a cash
match of $9,293 for the academic year and a training fee
$250.  There is also an intern
who works 14 hours at no cost

but for credit toward their degree.
Hinahara said there are certain responsibilities that come
along with the funding sources.
The Dane County contract requires every year 100 hours of
asset development, 50 hours of
leadership development, and
100 hours of community service.  It also requires serving at
least 100 unduplicated students
and an average 20 students per
day, she said.  
The youth center budget  allocates $3,600 for nutritional
supplies and materials used for
daily snacks.  Hinahara explained that the USDA after
school guidelines suggests $.84
per child per day, and calculating their budget comes to $.45
per child per day.  She noted
that the snacks are also supplemented with donations from
Middleton Outreach Ministry. 
Hinahara asked the council to
also consider that they are serving a high number of low-income students, about half
self-report low-income on their
enrollment forms.  She said
there is a chance some of the

kids are not eating much else
outside of school.  
Price expounded on the
growth and success of the center, but claimed that that funding sources have not kept pace.
“Our funding sources are inflexible, they are stagnant, and
with the rate of growth we are
seeing at the youth center it is
not allowing for us to have the
allocations we need to adequately provide some of the
services that we are required to
provide to continue to receive
some of this,” she said.  “We’re
telling you right now, for 2017
we are going to be coming back
and probably asking for more,
and rather than waiting till August or September to let you
know this is the direction we are
moving in, we are trying to be
upfront knowing that it is a
process and it is going to take us
some time to get there.”
Price said that the commission on youth started fundraising and have been successful,
but it needs to have different
powers written into ordinances
so it can do more. 

She also said the council
should look at the rate of pay
for the skill set, delineate the
role of the director and their relation to the commission on
youth and find where the youth
center fits into city structure.  
Alder Mark Sullivan asked if
they were running short on
funding this year.
“You are anticipating budget
overruns between $4,000 and
$6,000 for this year. Do you
have a plan to close that gap? Is
[it] strictly going to be outside
fundraising? Are you asking the
city to essentially grant you
more funds?  What are you trying to do here?” he asked.
Price said they are not asking
for more money at this point,
because there are other funds
coming in that will cover that
gap.  She said the only thing
they are asking for right now is
for their funding to be moved to
the general fund.
A motion to approve a separate special revenue fund to be
established for the Middleton
Youth Center passed seven to
one.  Alder Hans Hilbert opposed.

Plank then moved on to the
ACT.  The class of 2015 had a
composite average of 25.3,
while the state average was
22.2.  He explained that the average represents the best score
the 82 percent of MHS students
who took the test, while the
class of 2016 had a 23.2 composite average.  He said that the
decline was because of the new
state requirement that all students take the test and only the
score from March 2015 was
“Like most we saw a decline
once every single student took
it and still ended up posting a
composite score 23.2,” Plank
said.  “Something that I think is

a tremendous testament to Middleton-Cross Plains Area, because having a composite score
with 100 percent of your students testing still exceed a 23 is
incredibly rare, there is a couple
in Dane County but still very
rare and something w should be
proud of.”
Plank said that there test
scores also emphasize the
biggest achievement gap in the
“Clearly our largest gap continues to be our black students
and how they are performing
academically against our white
students whichever way we
looks at that,” he said.
Plank said that the 374 Cau-

casian students who took the
test earned a 24.1 composite
score while 15 African American students who took the test
earned a composite score of 16.
“To us that is pretty alarming
and that is clearly going to be a
point of attack as we move forward,” he added. 
Tricia Rhody and Mary
Blackmore spoke about the
school improvement team’s
goals and initiatives.  Rhody
said the team has two goals and
four initiatives this year. 
“Work for this year is to really focus on making sure that
the school improvement plan is
on every teachers radar and focusing on the fact that it is an

organic document that will live
and change as we grow as a
building,” Rhody said.
Blackmore said increasing
student achievement and improving student culture and
community are the goals she’s
been working towards 
“We want to reduce the percentage of students who don’t
feel like there is an adult in the
community or the school that
supports them,” she explained.
“We also know that there are a
lot of students who do not
choose to go to a four-year college and we’re trying to look at
what services we can provide
for those students in the future.”
Associate principal Jeff

Kenas said MHS is trying align
their goals with the district
goals. He also talked about efforts to get a more uniform
grading system. 
MHS White Spruce Dean of
Students Tamara Dagnon gave
an update on campus support
staff and multiple students
praised the adults serving in
those roles.
“We developed a new role
moving away from a previous
position that was a lot of hallway monitoring and replaced it
with a new position called the
campus support team,” she said.
“We’ve worked to do training
and team building with this new

Plank calls achievement gap ‘alarming,’ vows to attack problem

Middleton High School principal Steve Plank, along with
eight MHS staff members and
seven students, recently presented the continuous improvement plan and latest data from
the high school to the board of
Plank first noted that MHS
received its five-year accreditation in the fall.  He said it was a
rigorous process that took more
than 100 hours to complete.  He
said the review confirmed MHS
is a great school with lots of opportunities for students. 

See MHS, page 8

Police chief gives update on racial equity efforts


During the recent Middleton
Committee of the Whole, a
committee comprised of plan
commission members and city
alders, Middleton Police Chief
Chuck Foulke presented an update on the city’s efforts and
progress in addressing racial inequities.  He said there has been
a noteworthy community response and increasing participation in the dialog.    
Foulke said after reading the
book Just Mercy by Bryan
Stevenson, which was promoted by the UW-Madison’s
Go Big Read common reading
program, and watching Stevenson’s TED Talk, he thought it
would be valuable for his staff
and bought copies for each one
of them.  Stevenson is a lawyer
and executive director of the
Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery Alabama.  The book
highlights the racial inequities
that persist in the criminal justice system.  
Foulke said a public forum
was first organized at the library


last year, where he sat on a
panel with Dane County Sheriff
Dave Mahoney, director of equity at the Middleton-Cross
Plains Area School District
Percy Brown, and Urban
League president Dr. Ruben
Anthony.  He explained that the
focus has stayed on what is
going on in Middleton and what
can be done instead of concentrating on county, state, or nationwide issues.
“It was really well received,
we had a great turnout, more
than we expected, and a really
good dialog, people were really
interested,” Foulke told the
Foulke said following the
forum a committee formed
though it has yet to be named.
The committee is made up of
leaders in the faith community,
community organizers and leaders and anyone interested.
Because of the interest and
turnout of the forum a followup forum was held at the police
station.  The second forum focused on training and education
in regard to racial equality.
Again there was a big turnout

Moran returns

Mark Moran will return to
the Middleton Public Library on
Saturday, March 5, for the library’s fifth annual “What’s it
Worth?” antique appraisal
event. Beginning at 10 a.m.,
Moran will appraise items for
40 registered participants.
Moran, a former senior editor
of antiques and collectibles
books for Krause Publications,
has over 30 years of experience
buying and selling antiques,
specializing in vintage folk art,
Americana, and fine art. He is
the author or co-author of more
than 25 books on antiques and
collectibles, including the an-

nual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, now in its 49th edition. Registration opens on
Monday, February 1st at 9:00
AM. Individuals wishing to
have an item appraised must
contact the library directly at or 608827-7403.
Limit of one item per household, please. For more information on excluded items, visit the
library’s events calendar at
As always, the library wishes
to thank the Friends of the Middleton Public Library for funding this event.


Middleton Police Chief Chuck Foulke (at the podium) speaking to the Middleton Committee of the Whole.
Times-Tribune photo by Cameron Bren

with more than 80 people.
Percy Brown and Laura
Love, director of secondary education for the school district,
led the second forum and shared
the knowledge they’ve gained
through trainings and working
on addressing racial inequalities
in the school district.  Foulke
said similar training was given
to the Middleton, Sun Prairie
and Fitchburg police depart-

ment for a cost of $20,000 for
all the officers.  He said the fact
that it was offered to the community for free is great.
Another training session is
planned to discuss systematic
racism at St. Luke’s Lutheran
Church February 25 beginning
at  11 a.m.  Presenters will be
Percy Brown and Ken Taylor,
Director of Wisconsin Alliance
for Children and Families. 

Shakespeare arrives next week

Photo contributed

Madison Shakespeare Company will perform for the first
time in Middleton when An Evening’s Affair 2: Shakespeare’s
Betrayals holds its opening night at Capital Brewery Thursday,
Feb. 18. An Evening’s Affair 2 is a collection of 10 scenes from
nine Shakespeare plays dealing with treason, betrayal, heartbreak and unbridled malice. Reservations are now being accepted at

Foulke said another training
session is planned for  March
12 at Kromrey Middle School
from 9 a.m. to noon, though the
topic and format has not been
decided yet. 
Foulke says the committee is
also working on creating a database of people and public, private, and faith-based groups in
the Middleton area that are providing services to people of

color and those living in
poverty.  The goal is to make a
list of those people and groups
and also to describe the services
and how to access them.
The committee is also working on initiatives to help bridge
the high-school-to-college gap,
and college to career.  Paul
Harshner, a member of the
Steering Team and a former
high school counselor, pointed
out the high drop-out rate of
otherwise promising students of
color when confronted with the
various challenges of pursuing
a college degree.  The committee is starting conversations
with local agencies and stakeholders to try and take the first
step towards developing a mentoring program at MATC or
Edgewood College.
Foulke also pointed to the
work being done at the Youth
Center.  He said many of the
kids that are benefiting from the
program are from families of
color or live in poverty, and
may not otherwise have any supervision after school.

Pancake breakfast

Middleton Kiwanis will host its annual Pancake Breakfast
at the Middleton Sport Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 13 from  711 a.m.  This includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk for only $6.  The fundraiser helps Kiwanis
support lots of great projects for Middleton kids and the Middleton community such as Middleton High School Key Club
and Best Buddies, Kromrey Builders Club, scholarship programs and many more. Come join them and help”change the
world, one child and one community at a time.”


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writing on it such as “For Motion Picture Use Only” or if multiple
bills are produced, they may contain the same serial number; both
are examples of counterfeit money. 
If you suspect to have a counterfeit bill, or have someone who is
presenting one to your business, please call the Middleton Police
Department using our non-emergency number of 608-824-7300.
As always, if there is an emergency, please do not hesitate to call

MHS Concerto-Aria Competition winners announced

Congratulations to the winners
of the Concerto-Aria Competition
held at Middleton High School on
January 12: The viola quartet of
Jahnavi Gali, Calvin Guse, Maureen Sheehan, and Michael Xie,
playing Vivaldi’s Concert for Four
Viola’s, Mvt 1; Kei Kohmoto,
trumpet, playing Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, Mvt 1; and Michael
Xie, piano, playing Grieg’s Piano
Concert, Mvt. 1. These students
were selected to perform with the
symphony orchestra on March 17,
Seven students were selected
as featured performers for an
MHS Music Department Fine
Arts Week Honors Recital: Hanna
Noughani, oboe, Haydn Concerto, Mvt 1; Titus Smith, trombone,
Concerto; Amanda Huff & J.J.
Meyer, voice, Mozart, “La ci
darem la mano;” Maureen Sheehan, viola, J.C. Bach Concerto,
Mvt 3; Akash Pattnaik, flute, Reinecke Concerto, Mvt 1; and Dan
Jin, violin, Barber Concerto, Mvt
Bryson Bauer, Grace Chen,


Jahnavi Gali, Calvin Guse, Simone Hendrix, Kira Holmes,
Amanda Huff, Dan Jin, Kei
Kohmoto, Andy Lewis, J.J.
Meyer, Anna Nordhaus, Hanna
Noughani, Akash Pattnaik, Maureen Sheehan, Titus Smith, Erin
Stone, Ellie Taylor, Hannah
Thompson, Anna Welton-Arndt,
and Michael Xie all auditioned.
“Without question, it is wonderful to hear an evening filled
with so many excellent performances by students at Middleton
High School,” said Steve Kurr,
MHS orchestra instructor. “All of
the participants in this year’s competition are to be commended for
their dedication and hard work —
every one of them should be
proud of his or her accomplishments.”
“The judges commented on the
great number of excellent performances,” Kurr continued. “It
was mentioned that most schools
would be pleased to have merely
a fraction of the musicians who
appeared last at our auditions.
Middleton High School and your
community are honored to have


The viola quartet of Michael Xie, Calvin Guse, Jahnavi Gali, and Maureen Sheehan was one of three winners in the
Concerto-Aria Competition at Middleton High School. The quartet will be performing with the symphony orchestra on
March 17, 2016.

Photo contributed

you here. The MHS Music Department extends our congratulations to all performers — you are

all winners.”
The MHS Music Department
would like to thank the judges for

Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man,
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of
You, December ’63, Who Loves
You, and many more mega hits
of the 60’s; all presented in a
high-energy and polished
This nationally touring show
has been playing to sold out audiences all over America for the
past 6 years, from Las Vegas to
New York and now they are ap-

pearing at Middleton’s own Performing Arts Center, located at
the Middleton-Cross Plains
High School on February 13th at
7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for
under 19, $35.00 for adults, and
seniors over 65 are $30.00.
Tickets are available at the Middleton Community Bank or online at For
more information call 608-8863103.

Let’s Hang On!
Let’s Hang On! is a group of
10 seasoned entertainers who
are preserving the music and
style of the iconic group
Frankie Valli and The Four
Seasons. This polished stage
show features four outstanding
male vocalists and two talented
female artists who sing and
dance their way through some
of the best songs of all time
backed by a live band. Lets
Hang On! respectfully pays
tribute to all the classic
“Seasons” details while also
paying tribute to the Broadway
show, The Jersey Boys.  Let’s
Hang On! captures the
trademark vocal virtuosity, tight
choreography that made The
Four Seasons one of the greatest
vocal groups of all time.   This
full blown stage show includes
all the great Four Seasons’
mega hits like: Sherry, Big Girls


the evening: Barb Roberts (local
flute performer and teacher),
Shelley Hooper (program director

at WSMA) and Gillian Giglierano
(elementary strings teacher in




Middleton High School announces honor roll
Middleton High School,
Honor Roll - Semester 1
January 22, 2016
3.6 or Higher
(* designates a 4.0)

Hannah Aegerter,
Salaar Akbar,
Ava Albert,
*Andrew Allen,
*Megan Andrews,
Riley Armstrong,
*Alexis Ashe,
*Jazmyn Babler,
Allison Ballweg,
Austin Ballweg,
Kyle Ballweg,
Matthew Ballweg,
Alexis Barrett,
*Anna Batchenkova,
Kai Batley,
*Elora Becker,
Zakary Bender,
*Amaya Berge,
Robert Bergenthal,
Sean Bertalot,
Abigail Bliss,
Lydia Bliss,
*Alexandra Bogner,
Jenna Boras,
*Sophia Bote,
John Boyle,
Hadley Braaten,
*Harrison Braun,
Aaron Brenton,
Maia Brunel-Hamel,
*Olivia Bruni,
Anders Burck,
Nathaniel Burkard,
*Abigail Burns,
Isaac Buxton,
Taylor Byington,
Margaret Carey,
Jennifer Carranza,
Dylan Carrington,
Ian Casper,
Andrew Chafe,
Megan Chandler,
Jordan Cheng,
Meixi Chi,
*Joseph Choi,
*Madeline Clark,
Samuel Close,
Michelle Colon,
*Lucy Croasdale,
Mitchel Culver,
Isabel Dagitz,
*Lauren Dahler,
*Meghna Datta,
Diana DeGroot,
Samuel Dettman,
Grace Dillon,
Sarah DiMiceli,
*Sawm Djamali,
*Lauren Drake,
*Nicolas Draves,
Apsara Dubas,
Brandon Dunk,
Charlotte Dunn,
Caleb Easton,
John Eggert,
Isabelle Ehmpke,
Benjamin Elsner,
Madeline Engelien,
*Owen Engling,
Hannah Ernst,
Matthew Esser,
*Olivia Farin,
Colette Faust,
Julia Fermanich,
*Erin Fischer,
*Stacia Flock,
Hannah Flottmeyer,
*Brianna Foth,
Logan Frey,
Keller Frinzi,
*Leigha Fullerton,
Searra Funch,
Isabel Garlough-Shah,
Tayla Gattenby,
*Christopher George,
*Samuel Gessler,
Gillian Ginsberg,
Ryan Gold,
Megan Graham,
Sarah Gralnek,
Kevin Grelle,
Dylan Griffith,
*Thomas Griffith,
Kyia Gundlach,
Tyler Haack,
Jessica Hanson,
Quinn Harris,
MaKayla Hart,
Broderick Hebert,
Casey Hellenbrand,

*Connor Hellenbrand,
Lauren Hendricks,
Morgan Hickman,
Emma Hinz,
Joseph Hoffman,
Tristan Hogendorn,
Cooper Holewinski,
Olivia Horky,
Kelsey Hornung,
Stephanie Huang,
James Hunt,
Madison Huntington,
Abigail Jagoe,
Katie Jensen,
Lauren Jensen,
Erica Jesse,
Vincent Joswiak,
Erin Julius,
Luke Jurgella,
Colin Kalsbeek,
Dylan Kalscheur,
*Tyler Kalscheur,
Allison Kaplan,
Anna Keebler,
Emily Keebler,
*Kyra Keenan,
*Moira Keith,
*Jessica Kim,
*Mia Kim,
*Sae Mee Kim,
Rachel Kirch-Whitmore,
Maddalen Knaak,
*Elizabeth Knoke,
*Kylee Kohlhoff,
Georgios Kostas,
Grace Krenke,
Shae-Lynn Kruchten,
Nina-Soleil Kuhn,
Veronica Kurr,
Rachel Kushner,
Grace LaBoda,
*Ashlyn Larsen,
Olivia Larson,
Kristen Lastine,
Hannah Laufenberg,
*Steven Lawton,
Hannah Leach,
*Andrew Lee,
Eric Lee,
Matthew Lepage,
Aidan Lewandowski,
Elizabeth Libert,
Erin Lincecum,
Jackson Logsdon,
Cassidy Long,
*Claire Lorman,
Andrew Lund,
*Annie Ma,
Cora Mack,
*Grace Madigan,
Madeline Mahal,
Eric Maier,
*Abigail Mangas,
*Hope Marshall,
Andrew Martin,
Danielle Martin,
*Sophia Martin,
Mallory May,
Aidan McEllistrem,
Daniel McLain,
Kevin Meicher,
*Chloe Meyer,
Samuel Miller,
Jack Mondi,
Chase Mueller,
*Susannah Murdoch,
*Clara Nemr,
Kyle Neuser,
Max Newcomer,
Ellie Newman,
Noah Newman,
Max Norris,
*Hanna Noughani,
Lauren Olsen,
Paige Olson,
Haley Osborne,
Caitlynn Owens,
Elizabeth Pansegrau,
Archer Parkin,
*Litzy Pelcastre,
Amalia Perry,
Brittany Pertzborn,
Benjamin Petersen,
*Alexander Pierantozzi,
Nina Porras,
Maxwell Prestigiacomo,
Logan Prichard,
William Pritchard,
Emily Raisleger,
Alexa Ramirez,
*Gillian Rawling,
Laura Rice,
Rachel Roberson,
Mitchell Robinson,
Isaiah Kyle Rocero,
Owen Roenneburg,
Jon Roll,

Nicholas Ronnie,
*Taylor Rough,
*Zoe Rozema,
Amena Saleh,
Joanelle Sanchez Guevara,
Gregory Scheer,
*Benjamin Scher,
Kyra Schlicht,
Allison Schollmeyer,
*Ella Schroeder,
Bryce Schuster,
David Schwartz,
Collin Serra,
Aliza Shoemaker-Allen,
*Michael Shulla,
Shailaja Singh,
Simon Sisk,
Courtney Spahn,
Samuel Spellman,
Alexis Stahnke,
Jeremy Statz,
Grahm Stetzenbach,
Erik Stewart,
*Laura Stewart,
Alexander Struck,
Andrew Sullivan,
Emily Taylor,
Alexander Teodorescu,
Reagan Thomas,
Anna Thomley,
*Frank Thornton,
Yating Tian,
Brittany Tonnesen,
*Raina Trinrud,
Tony Tu,
*Jenna Wagner,
*Madelinn Wagner,
*David Waldsmith,
Amalia Warriner,
*Hannah Wensing,
*David Whittingham,
*Kayla Wiegand,
Noah Williams,
Samantha Williams,
Stuart Wodzro,
Samantha Woldt,
Sarah Wood,
Sophie Wood,
Zoe Wei Wyse,
Kevin Xiong,
*Alton Yan,
*Jason Yang,
*Elizabeth Young,
Victoria Zander,
Susanna Zheng,
Blake Zillner,
Anna Zimmerman,
Jakob Zimmerman,
McKenzie Zocher,
*Isabella Zopf,
*Hannah Zuengler,
*Jakob Zweber

Brooke Acker,
*Natalie Asmus,
Olivia Aumann,
Mackenzie Bakken,
*Alexis Basel,
Bryson Bauer,
Morgan Bauer,
Katherine Bekasova,
Shane Bick,
*Haley Bills,
Carson Blair,
Nathan Borden,
Karen Bresnahan,
Ashley Brophy,
Claire Buenfil,
Brianna Buss,
*Madeleine Callahan,
Noah Casali,
Yareni Castellanos-Martinez,
*Grace Chen,
Nicholas Chiaverini,
Lillian Chmielewska,
Natalie Cho,
*Chloe Cole,
Logan Collien,
*Emily Cory,
Clara Cownie,
Henry Cryns,
Brett Cushman,
Haiwen Dai,
Tucker Dalrymple,
Nickolas De Oliveira,
Katherine DeJarlais,
Tara DeLeo,
Anna Diamond-Tumbush,
Benjamin Dickmeyer,
Kian Djamali,
Payton Dower,
*Michael Draves,
*Emily Duecker,
Emily Eid,
Natalie Epstein,
*Holly Essert,

*Sienna Farmer,
Osama Fattouh,
*Seamus Fleischman,
Anthony Fobes,
*Katiya Fosdick,
Sydney Friedle,
*James Frusciante,
*Amber Fuerbringer,
Reshma Gali,
*Blake Gallay,
Jiayuan Gao,
Maia Giles,
Samuel Gold,
Jackson Goth,
Sophia Grande,
Sean Green,
*Elizabeth Grosspietsch,
Kiva Grote-Hirsch,
Jordan Gundrum,
*Calvin Guse,
Caroline Haberland-Ervin,
Ashley Harris,
Grace Hartung,
Kai Heineman,
Nora Hellenbrand,
Caroline Hippen,
*Payton Hodson,
Alexander Hoerres,
*Ashley Holahan,
Jacob Hoskins,
Hao-Yu Huang,
*Rachel Huber,
Lauren Hurd,
Benjamin Isaacs,
*Samuel Jaeger,
Taylor Jaehn,
Moubarak Jeje,
John Jones,
*Abigail Karbusicky,
Aubrey Karls Niehaus,
Jaime Katovich,
Samuel King,
Geena Klubertanz,
Harper Knight-Seldal,
*Kathryn Kulie,
Isabelle Kunze,
Jacob Lamers,
*Owen Lamson,
*Leta Landucci,
*Rachael Lee,
*Youn Joo Lee,
*Raymond LeMonds,
Andrew Lepage,
Ryan Lewis,
*Colin Liegel,
Siyuan Liu,
*Zachary Logan,
*Eleanor Mackey,
Piyasa Manna,
Hunter Martin,
Rachel Matejka,
*Claire Matsumura,
Marie Mayers,
Nicole McCue,
*Andrew McGinley,
Jennifer McGinnis,
Casey McKean,
Sydney McKersie,
*Robert McPherson,
*Nareg Megan,
Alyssa Meinholz,
Logan Melum,
*Kaden Mettel,
*Nicholas Michaels,
Samuel Mikelsons,
Madeline Mintz,
*Camille Moreau,
Katherine Morris,
*Macey Moser,
Marissa Munoz,
*Emma Neumann,
Torsten Oakes,
Iris Ohlrogge,
*Athena Olszewski,
Peter Opitz,
Alexus Orr,
Alexander Ortmann,
Jackson Pagel,
*AdityaSai Pakki,
Jessica Parente,
*Margaret Patterson,
*Britney Paul Rajamanickam,
*Jacob Peterman,
Bria Peterson,
Grace Peterson,
Chiara Pierobon Mays,
Devon Pinder,
*Noah Pollard,
Robertson Powers,
Ann Pugliese,
Erika Rader,
*Jack Rader,
Gabriel Radtke,
Cole Ragsdale,
Lillia Rapacz,
Nicholas Rawling,
*Morgan Reed,

Quinlan Regan,
Allison Richards,
*Alec Riddle,
Stanley Parker Roberts,
*Jillian Robertson,
Alan Roden,
*Mallory Rongstad,
Davis Roquet,
Samuel Roquitte,
Griffin Rose,
Carley Ross,
Leo Rossmiller,
*Shea Ruhly,
Jordyn Sarbacker,
Sophia Schafer,
Erika Schoonveld,
Carsen Schulz,
Lydia Shaw,
*Maureen Sheehan,
Hui Shi,
*Olivia Shoemaker,
Kunwarjit Singh,
Pahulpreet Singh,
*Dhruv Sinha,
Mark Smink,
Caleb Smith,
Samantha Smith,
*Nitin Somasundaram,
Cami Spellman,
Nicholas Spevacek,
Claire Staples,
Brendan Steele,
John Stenklyft,
*Katherine Stigler,
*Charlotte Sue,
Taviahna Tanin,
Jack Tankersley,
*Eleanor Taylor,
Henry Taylor,
Erika Thomas,
Abigail Thompson,
Lauren Thompson,
Jack Tibbetts,
*Joel Ticknor,
Zoe Tillett,
Jacob Trepczyk,
Nathan Trinkl,
*Anton Tung,
Peyton Turner,
Jennifer Turski,
Emily Udomtanapon,
Seth Valentine,
Anthony Valtierra,
Casey Vandenburgt,
*Balaji Veeramani,
*Cassandra Vining,
Eliot Waddell,
Allison Wahlgren,
*Derek Waleffe,
*Alexander Warholic,
Jack Weiler,
Casey Wempner,
Halle White,
Jackson Williams,
Jaimie Williamson,
Aaron Wills,
*Jack Wilson,
Nathaniel Wiltzius,
Merete Witkovsky,
*Rachel Woody,
Chloe Young,
*Kirstin Yu,
Julia Zeimentz,
Taylor Grace Zietz,

*Alex Accola,
Kalli Acker,
*Tyler Acker,
Emma Addington-White,
*Melissa Ahn,
Anna Amineva,
*Katrina Anderson,
Samuel Anderson,
Andrea Aranda- Sanchez,
Brenda Aranda- Sanchez,
Sasha Arkhagha,
*Meghann Armstrong,
Rohit Balaji,
*Gabrielle Ballweg,
Anna Bauerle,
Tyler Benedict,
Elizabeth Berryman,
Emily Beyer,
Harrison Bielski,
Lew Blank,
*Sophie Boorstein,
Megan Borgmeyer,
*Riley Bowers,
Madeline Brazas,
Jessica Brunner,
*Jane Buck,
Gasdally Cadenillas,
Megan Caldwell,
Lindsay Callahan,
Megha Chalke,
Allen Chang,

Yu-Ching Chen,
Lillian Chiaro,
*Eleanor Chomiak,
*Gillian Croasdale,
Ryan Culp,
*Matthew Cushman,
Madison Dagitz,
*Linnea Dahmen,
Luke DeBiasio,
Luke Delaney,
Salimatou Diallo,
Walter Dillard,
*Abigail Drake,
Gregory Driscoll,
Taylor Ducke,
Ryan Dunk,
Tyree Eady,
*Olivia Engling,
Rachel Everson,
Audrey Evert,
Christian Fermanich,
Catherine Ferrante,
*Katherine Fink,
*Sarah Fink,
*Kelsey Fischer,
Courtney Florin,
Julia Fonder,
Isaac Galang,
*Jahnavi Gali,
Ryan Gebert,
Grace Gerrard,
Maya Gibson,
Margaret Go,
Paula Gonzalez,
Adam Goren,
*Madhu Gowda,
Alexandra Grapentine,
Molly Grindle,
James Griswold,
Arshad Habib,
Margaret Hagan,
Alexander Hallquist,
James Handel,
Isaac Hanson,
*Mariah Hanson,
Benjamin Harris,
Elizabeth Hathaway,
Kirby Heck,
Neeloufar Hematti,
Chloe Hendrix,
*Alexa Herl,
*Daniel Hershberger,
Louis Hinshaw,
Molly Hoferle,
Emma Hoffman,
Colin Hogendorn,
*Elise Hokanson,
Kayla Holmes,
Rose Horky,
Tiancheng Hu,
*Alexandra Hujanen,
Mark Hutson,
*Elizabeth Jordan,
*Talia Joseph,
Connor Julius,
Kathleen Jurgella,
Julia Kaplan,
Jonas Keeler,
Julia Khomyk,
Cha Mee Kim,
Briannah Klais,
Felicity Kloida,
Dylan Koeshall,
*Kei Kohmoto,
Katie Kolden,
Lucas Kostecki,
Natalie Kozitzky,
Gunnar Kunsch,
*Andreas Kyrvasilis,
Ryan Land,
Paola Lara Santiago,
Clairine Larsen,
Morgan Larson,
Maxwell Lawrence,
Samantha Lawson,
Daniel Ledin,
Nicholas Leffel,
Alyssa Lemirande,
Bria Lemirande,
Adam Levy,
Benjamin Lewis,
Bryson Lewis,
Creighton Lewis,
Preston Lewis,
*Carly Liegel,
*Zaikang Lin,
Zoe Lincecum,
Helena Lonetree-Miller,
Rebecca Lorfeld,
Thomas Luddy,
Fiona Lynch,
Kim Mackey,
*Epiphania Maka,
Leif Mann,
Maya Marty,

See HONORS, page 7



Marissa Masnica,
*Sarah Matejka,
Anthony McCann,
*Mary McCarthy,
William McCarthy,
Sydney McConnell,
*Taylor McDonald,
Margaret McGill,
Margot McMurray,
Kelly Mead,
Abigail Meyer,
*Grace Mikelsons,
*Danielle Millan,
Ian Mitchell,
*Catalina Montoya Carvajal,
Maddison Morello,
Willem Mueller,
Veronica Murdoch,
*Storm Murphy,
*Eric Neidhart,
Nicholas Nelson,
Kyra Neuser,
Alex Nisbet,
James Nolan,
Jessica Nonn,
*Anna Nordhaus,
Tha Zin Nwe Htoo,
Cailey O’Connor,
Tage Opland,
*Kylie Peters,
*Tryn Peterson,
*Madeline Pflasterer-Jennerjohn,
Madison Phillips,
*Jack Pientka,
*Morgan Pincombe,
Madeline Pope,
Shruthi Prabahara Sundar,
*Hunter Presny,
Mason Pyle,
Anitha Quintin,
*Maxwell Raisleger,
Samantha Reid,
*Kristen Reikersdorfer,
Sophia Revord,
Noah Roberson,
Lauren Robertson,
Christopher Rogers,
Anthony Rosati,
Dana Rotert,
Jacob Rozum,
Caleb Rudolph,
Eric Sacchetti,
*Aria Salyapongse,
*Emily Satterlund,
*Christina Schauer,
Simrnjit Seerha,
Celia Semrad,
Asad Shahzad,
Michael Shaten,
Keaton Shaw,
Maya Shea,
Parker Sigmon,
Jackson Smith,
Samuel Smith,
Titus Smith,
Sahil Soni,
Margaux Sorenson,

*Ashley Soukup,
Kiley Spahn,
Cole Spitler,
*Kallie Stafford,
*Rachel Steiner,
Karl Stephan,
Ryan Swiersz,
Alexis Thomas,
Alissa Trainor,
Molly Trehey,
Phoebe Tuite,
Brynn Turley,
*Laura Vergenz,
Amelia Viegut,
*Emma Waldinger,
Elliot Waldsmith,
*Jessica Wang,
*Elise Warda,
Sara Wettstein,
*Lola Whittingham,
Shanna Wiegand,
Camille Wirkus,
Michael Wolfinger,
*Samantha Worden,
*Michael Xie,
*Zoe Ystenes,
Hexiao Yu,
Samuel Zopf,
Luke Zoroufy,
Jacob Aegerter,
Anna Ashley,
Jeremy Auenson,
*Mitchell Bacon,
Samantha Ballweg,
*Shelby Ballweg,
*Pace Balster,
Joshua Biatch,
Hunter Bindl,
Evan Birschbach,


*Sophie Bliss,
Cole Bollig,
*Charles Booher,
Kailey Boyle,
Sophie Braman,
James Buenfil,
Natalie Callahan,
Chloe Carrigan,
Catherine Castagnet,
Sophia Chung,
Rachel Cook,
Lauren Coons,
Ellen Cottingham,
*Chase Cunniff,
Nicole Cushman,
Courtney Dahlk,
Irelyn Danz,
Sierra DeMartino,
*Elizabeth DiTullio,
*Timothy Dorn,
Grace Douglas,
Thomas Dunn,
Amy Ernst,
*Kelly Esenther,
Sarah Faber,
Alexander Fagre,
Dorsey Falk,
Drew Finley Haag,
Claire Fralka,
Sara Gaab,
*Kira Galang,
Daniela Garcia-Perales,
Andrew Geng,
Tatiana Gorbich,
Rachel Gralnek,
Autumn Grim,
Heather Haack,
Elizabeth Haberland-Ervin,
Perrin Hagge,
*Joshua Hall,
Kaitlin Hanrahan,

Jacob Harnois,
*Casey Harper,
Kristin Hartung,
Emmet Herb,
Sydnee Herrling,
Greta Hevesi,
Katherine Hibner,
*Estelle Higgins,
Evan Higgins,
*Kira Holmes,
Amanda Huff,
Jordan Hylbert,
Sarah Ihrig,
Samuel Inman,
Stephanie Jarosz,
Dan Jin,
Daniel Johnson-Schunk,
Riley Kalsbeek,
Amanda Kalscheur,
Alexander Kao,
Kobe Keller,
Bryan Kim,
Michael Kjentvet,
Russell Kjorlie,
Jonas Klare,
*Zoie Kloida,
*Connor Kooistra,
Logan Kossel,
Christina Kosta,
Chandler Krajco,
Jacob Kuehn,
Alex Kushner,
Edward Larson,
Thomas Lawton,
Daewon Lee,
Joseph Levin,
Andrew Levy,
*Heather Levy,
Andrew Lewis,
Victoria Lin,
Christian Lindblom,


Audrey Loomis,
*Kaitlin Machina,
Mackenzie Mahal,
Cody Markel,
Katherine Marshall,
Brennan Martin,
Edis Martin-Rivera,
Maxwell Mayhew,
*Celia Mayne,
Kaelin Meicher,
Lidiana Meinholz,
Vanesa Meneses,
*Joshua Meyer,
Hannah Miller,
*Michael Mondi,
*Genevieve Moreau,
Alec Morrison,
Brandon Munoz,
Elizabeth Murphy,
*Angela Newman,
Abigail Nichols-Jensen,
Taylor Norton,
Jamie Oesterle,
Timothy O’Shea,
*McKenna O’Sullivan,
Charlotte Patterson,
*Akash Pattnaik,
Jadrien Paustian,
*Morgan Peter,
Samiya Pettaway,
Dominique Petty,
*Madison Pincombe,
*Alissa Pollard,
Michael Quale,
Travis Raffel,
Madeleine Richards,
Morgan Roberts,
KateLyn Robson,
Ana Roden,
Samantha Roll,
Jacob Ross,

continued from page 6

Ava Schiebler,
Katherine Schmidt,
Jacob Schmitz,
Ellen Schuebel,
Ryan Shaw,
*Kaisey Skibba,
Loren Skibba,
Sebastian So,
Kalyn Sonday,
Kathryn Stein,
Erin Stone,
Camden Stoppleworth,
Allison Thompson,
*Hannah Thompson,
*Sarah Thornton,
Tanvi Tilloo,
*Victoria Trantow,
*Sheyenne Tung,
*Samantha Valentine,
John Vincent,
Matthew Wakai,
Abigail Webber,
*Anna Welton-Arndt,
Jenelle Wempner,
Kenyon Wensing,
*Sarah Wexler,
*Arianna White,
Haley Wild,
*Theodore Williams,
Laura Wilson,
Riley Wittwer,
Amanda Wolfinger,
Gray Woodward,
*Taylor Wussow,
*Allie Yan,
Emily Zeimentz,
Tammy Zhong,
Logan Ziegler,
Jack Zocher,
*Zachary Zuengler.

Solheim heads to Germany to study
Luther, Holocaust and Berlin Wall


Jonah Solheim of Middleton
participated in a Reformation
J-Term study tour to Germany
with Carthage College.
This study tour had three
emphases: the 16th century
birth of the Lutheran Reformation, German Lutherans and
the Nazi Holocaust, and the
east-west divide symbolized by
the Berlin Wall. The study tour
was based in Berlin where students explored the excellent
clubs, theaters, museums, and
galleries in addition to Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin



Wall. Then, a year before the
500th anniversary of Martin
Luther posting the 95 theses,
students took a five-day excursion in and around the castles,
monasteries, and cathedrals of
Thuringia where the Reformation played out. Students also
visited the former Nazi prison
camps of Sachsenhausen,
Buchenwald, and the women’s
camp, Ravensbruck. There
they used on-site resources to
examine what Lutherans in
Germany were doing about the
Nazi aggression and genocide.

J-Term is a special monthlong period of study in which
Carthage students explore subjects outside their majors or
minors, discover new interests,
and test their creativity through
classes held both on campus
and around the world. It’s a
month to experiment, create
and dream. Carthage is ranked
No. 4 in the nation among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term
study abroad.
Carthage College combines
an environment of reflection

and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our
students uncover and ignite
their true potential. A fouryear, private liberal arts college
with roots in the Lutheran tradition, the campus has a prime
location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake
Michigan, is home to 150
scholars, 2,500 full-time students, and 400 part-time students

Newton named to dean’s list


Grace Newton, the daughter
of James  Newton and Carol
Klukaczewski of Middleton,
has been named to the Dean’s
List of Macalester College for
academic achievement during
the fall semester of the 20152016 school year.
A graduate of  Middleton
High School, Newton was a senior at Macalester last fall.
Macalester College is published
at the end of each semester. To
be eligible for the Dean’s List a
student must have been registered as a full-time, degreeseeking student and may not
have been on a study away program. Furthermore, a student
must have achieved a semester

grade point average of at least
3.75, twelve or more credits on
a regular grading option, no
grades below C-, and no withdrawal or incomplete grades for
the semester. Grades for activity, practicum, and technique
courses in dance, music, and
physical education are not factored into eligibility for the
Dean’s List.
Macalester College, founded
in 1874, is a national liberal arts
college with a full-time enrollment of 2,138 students.
Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment
excellence, internationalism,
multiculturalism, and civic engagement.
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group of employees to try and
support students and act as
mentors to them,” she expounded.  “We’re trying to figure out why students are
struggling in school or not
being in their classes or just get-

ting to know them on a more
personal level to try and increase a positive vibe in the
Antonio Hoye has been at
MHS for six years and has filled
a number of roles.  He spoke

about the experiences of minority students and his efforts to
make them feel more connected
to the district.
Hoye said he believes the
current system works well for
80 percent of students and he is

there for reaching out to the 20
percent who need more support. 
“I was part of the other 20
percent,’’ said Hoye. “One of
the coolest things is I get to be
who I am. I get to help students

who look like me and those who
don’t look like me.’’
Plank wrapped up the presentation by reviewing the ongoing
challenges, including technology and mental health issues
that students are facing, but held

a positive outlook.
“It is our goal to make sure
we are working with every one
of our students,” he said.
“Much of what we are celebrating is things we have established to help all our students.’’

Two new requirements for
voting are in effect for Wisconsin voters this year. First, most
Wisconsin voters will need to
show an acceptable photo ID to
prove their identity in order to
vote. Exceptions include voters
living in a nursing home or sen-

ior residential facility or indefinitely confined and voting absentee. You can get an
acceptable photo ID for free if
you don’t have one, but it is important to start the process soon
enough to get it by Election
Day. A list of acceptable photo

IDs, and information on how
you can get one, can be found at
the website.
Second, everyone registering
to vote will need to provide
valid proof of residence. You
will need to register to vote if
you never voted in Wisconsin

before, legally changed your
name or moved since you last
voted, or if your registration
lapsed because you haven’t
voted for a number of years.
You can check the status of your
voter registration, and see a list
of documents that provide valid

proof of residence, at the website. That
website also has a form you can
complete and mail with a copy
of your proof of residence to
register to vote.
You can check your registration status, and learn more

about Wisconsin’s new voter
photo ID requirements, at the
February 22nd voter information
session being offered at the
Middleton City Hall Council
Chambers. Special Registration
Deputies will also be available
to register you to vote.



ments are those spent playing
with your children, and the demands of work rarely, if ever,
trump the fleeting time you
have with your kids.
Before she departed, Cari
provided them with all the inspiration they would ever need
in the form of her courage and
vivacity in the face of terminal
They were no longer content
to merely sell playground
equipment for someone else.
They wanted to run a business
that was genuinely family oriented. A place where their
daughters, Ellie and Madilyn,
could run and play on days off
from school. A place where employees could bring their own
children. A facility where people considering the purchase of
a swing set or jungle gym could
let their kids try it out first. And
a safe, indoor facility where
parents – including those who
live in apartments or do not
have the income to buy their
own equipment – could come
and watch their children run,
laugh and play.
They were ready to start their
own company.
“It pushed us,” says Shannon.
“It pushed us to do it. We took
all of Jim’s retirement out, and
we went for it.”
“It was a big jump,” she adds.
But in light of the tragedy
they had endured, the gamble
didn’t even seem that bold at the
time, they reflect.
“Nothing worse could have
happened to you at that point,”
Jim explains.
So in an industry where some
competitors offer little time off
and don’t allow children in the
workplace, Jim and Shannon
did just the opposite. They even
took it one step further. Instead
of creating a pristine showroom
with a “look but don’t touch”
policy, they decided to offer, for

Julia Zimmer bounces on a trampoline at PlayN’Wisconsin
in the City of Middleton.

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

a nominal fee, open play for
At the moment, following a
recent snowstorm, about 275
people are milling about inside
PlayN’Wisconsin. Some are perusing, some are taking note of
the beating the equipment can
take, and still others are simply
enjoying the opportunity to let
their kids out of the house.
“It allows us some yearround income,” explains Shannon. “But more importantly, it
gives every kid the opportunity

to play, even if they don’t have
the income to buy the equipment.”
Last year, PlayN’Wisconsin
donated more $17,000 in products to charitable causes. That
figure doesn’t include the discounts they gave on parties for
some families who couldn’t pay
full price to rent out the facility.
“That’s why we opened our
own place,” explains Shannon.
“We wanted to do things like
that. For us, it’s a chance to give

“And,” adds Jim, “to be involved in the community.”
And even when the economy
falters, which it is wont to do
from time to time, PlayN’Wisconsin stays busy.
“When the economy was really bad, ‘staycations’ got really
big,” Jim says.
“People were investing in
their kids, instead of in trips,”
Shannon says.
Today, PlayN’Wisconsin is a
success story. They sell their
products in Wisconsin, Iowa,
Illinois, and have even shipped
to Barbados and Denmark.
“We can configure and design everything right here,” says
Jim. “We have a woodshop, and
we can design specifically for
your yard.”
“We’re there from design to
installation,” Shannon says.
“Jim will be there planning, and
it’s our employees who install it
so we can address any issues.”
“I plan every party as if it’s
for my own kids,” she continues. “And I sell swing sets from
a mom’s perspective – as someone with kid, and as someone
who handles the finances. Jim
approaches it from a construc-

tion viewpoint.”
Jim, an avid and amiable barbecuer at home, can also talk for
hours on end about the meat
PlayN’Wisconsin, even taking
the time to doodle illustrations
explaining how optimal airflow
can infuse the meat with just the
right flavor.
“We sell the best ceramic
grills, the safest trampolines and
the toughest slides,” he says.
“But just because they are the
best, doesn’t mean they are the
most expensive,” adds Shannon.

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They are currently hard at
work on a 2,000 square foot expansion to their showroom,
which will soon feature artificial turf and their assortment of
basketball hoops. In all, they
will have 12,550 square feet of
space at the Middleton facility.
“We have everything under
one roof,” says Jim. “That’s
why our motto is ‘Try it first.’”
When asked if she enjoys
coming to work with her parents, Madilyn Hadac takes a
moment to ponder the question:
“On a scale up to 10?” she
replies. “I’d say a 10.”




Verona KO’s Middleton

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Wildcats take
over first in
Big Eight

Thomas plays
hero in win at
Sun Prairie

VERONA — When the
night began, the large contingent of Middleton students
chanted ‘We’re No. 1. We’re
No. 1.’
When the night was over,
that seemed certain to change.
girls basketball team went to
No. 3 Verona Tuesday with a
Big Eight Conference title and
the top seed in the sectional at
stake. The Wildcats then proceeded to play like the No. 1
team in the state.
Verona’s trio of senior
guard Cheyenne Trilling, and
Mueller and Kira Opsal combined for 64 points and powered the Wildcats to a 73-56
Verona moved into first
place in the Big Eight with a
15-1 mark and improved to
17-2 overall. Middleton
slipped to 14-1 and 16-3.
“I told (Verona coach)
Angie (Murphy) at the start of
the year that you should be the
No. 1 team in the state,”
Middleton coach Jeff Kind
said. “And they probably will
be now.”
Trilling led all scorers with
23 points, including 17 in the

Thomas isn’t one to seek out
attention. But when the spotlight was thrust on Middleton’s
standout junior guard Thursday
night, she was ready with a virtuoso performance.
Thomas and her Cardinals
were deadlocked, 67-67, with
host Sun Prairie in a Big Eight
Thomas changed that with a
cold-blooded, 21-foot threepointer with just 5.4 seconds
Thomas’ heroics gave
Middleton a 70-67 win and
allowed it to stay perfect in
conference play. Middleton
improved to 15-2 overall, 13-0
in the Big Eight and maintained a ½-game lead over second place Verona (13-1, 15-2).
Middleton, ranked No. 1 in
the latest Associated Press poll,
travels to No. 3 Verona
Tuesday night.
“You try not to make it seem
like a really big deal when that
shot goes in,” Thomas said.
“But it’s a great feeling. It really is.”
Thomas also had that feeling Jan. 9 at Janesville Craig,
when her 25-footer at the
buzzer gave Middleton a 77-75
win. This game-winner was
just as dramatic.
Middleton and Sun Prairie





Back on track?
See VERONA, page 16

Boys basketball
team rolls past
La Follette

Middleton’s boys basketball
team took care of business last
Now, the Cardinals must do
the same this week to fulfill their
dreams of a Big Eight
Conference championship.
Madison La Follette, 80-58, and
snapped its two-game losing
streak. The Cardinals now face a
week that will likely decide the
eventual Big Eight Conference
Middleton, which is tied for
the Big Eight lead at 11-2 and
sits at 15-2 overall, heads to
third place Sun Prairie (13-4, 103) Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s Halle White (left) looks for room to operate during the Cardinals’ loss to Verona Tuesday night.

Middleton is then at Big Eight
co-leader Madison Memorial
(11-2, 12-4) Saturday at 7:30
“Clearly a pivotal week
ahead, but we’ll try to win at
practice and take it day by day
from there,” Middleton coach
Kevin Bavery said. “It’s really
the only mentality you can have.
Sun Prairie and Madison
Memorial are both playing very
The Cardinals won their first
14 games of the season before
losing two straight. But
Middleton hopes it got its
groove back against the Lancers
(0-13, 2-15).
Junior forward Tyree Eady
led the way with 27 points and
four steals, while junior point
guard Storm Murphy added 19
points and three steals.
Junior guard C.J. Fermanich
had 17 points, seven rebounds,
five steals and four assists.
Sophomore forward Brogan

Brunker added three blocks and
four rebounds, while juniors
Jack Smith and Myron Ashford
both had five rebounds.
Middleton built a 43-33 halftime lead and gradually pulled
away throughout the second
“It was good to get back on
track,” Bavery said. “La Follette
has great quickness and scoring
ability from the guard spot and
some crazy athletic leapers on
their front line.
“I really can’t believe they
haven’t won a few games since
they got a few key players back
that didn’t play against us in the
first round. So I was very
pleased with our effort.”
Middleton had eight players
score against the Lancers, as
Bavery substituted more liberally than he had in recent games.
“Against La Follette, we
trusted our rotations, even when
the game was tight early,”
See BOYS BB, page 20

See THRILLER, page 17

Photo courtesy of Mary Bavery

Middleton’s Jack Smith battles for a loose ball during the Cardinals’ win at Madison La
Follette last Friday.




psyched to
be a Badger

Middleton’s Grace Douglas (6) will play soccer at the University of Wisconsin.

headed to UW

For months and months,
Grace Douglas thought she’d
be spending the next four years
out of state.
Maybe the east coast, where
several colleges were interested in the Middleton girls soccer
The state of Illinois also
seemed like a viable option, as
both Northwestern and the
University of Illinois were
banging on Douglas’ door.
But in a minor upset,
Douglas chose to attend college just 10 minutes from
home. And on Wednesday,
Douglas signed her national
letter of intent to play soccer at
the University of Wisconsin.
“I was originally very interested in leaving home, and so I
started emailing and going to
different camps for schools on
the east coast,” said Douglas, a
defender. “Originally I was
sure that I wanted to at least
leave the state. I was surprised
when I suddenly became interested in Wisconsin.
“The academic and athletic
possibilities offered at Madison
are nearly unbeatable. It just so
happens that it’s down the
Douglas, who gave the
Badgers a verbal commitment
during her junior year, never
wavered. And that surprised
some — perhaps even Douglas

File photo

Northwestern appealed to
process, and was her second
choice. Douglas also gave serious consideration to both
Virginia and William and
But the UW had everything
Douglas wanted — and then
“Personality-wise, Madison
fit me better,” said Douglas,
whose parents and sister both
attended the UW, as well. “I
have not had any regrets or
worries about my decision. I
am incredible ecstatic to
become part of the Badger
Wisconsin has gone to the
NCAA Tournament four times
in the last seven years under
coach Paula Wilkins, highlighted by a Sweet 16 appearance in
2009. Douglas was excited by
the Badgers’ success — as well
as everything else the school
had to offer.
“What was most appealing
about the soccer program that
Coach Wilkins runs is the family atmosphere and acceptance
that is portrayed throughout the
teammates,” Douglas said.
“They all support each other,
no matter the situation. I also
admire the fast pressure and
tenacity I see when I watch
their games.
“What I liked most about
the UW was the fact that it
offered so many options. The
possibilities were endless at the
UW. Being an athlete, I am a
competitive person and any
chance I get to yell and cheer at
a sporting event I will take.
Wisconsin’s loyalty and energy
was something I loved, and I
See DOUGLAS, page 11



think in the end helped me
make my decision.”
The Badgers are certainly
getting a good one in Douglas.
Douglas was a first-team
all-Big Eight Conference selection as a sophomore. In addition to being a defensive stalwart, Douglas had six goals
and two assists that season.
Last year, Douglas was
named second-team all-league,
something that left many in the

league somewhat mystified.
“While I wish the conference coaches would have voted
her onto the first-team, I know
and the team knows that Grace
is a first-team quality player,”
Middleton coach Mary Duffy
said at the time. “And she will
continue her dominance on the
field in her senior session.” 
The 6-foot-1 Douglas is a
terrific athlete, who was also a
three-year letter-winner for


Middleton’s girls basketball
team. Her combination of size,
speed and overall athleticism
could make her an immediate
contributor for the Badgers
when the 2016 season begins in
“Every year someone comes
in and helps the program,”
Douglas said. “For me, I think
the best kind of contribution I
can give to the program is
being ready. No matter what


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my skills are now, they will
develop before preseason to the
best of my abilities.
“Being a defender, it is often
hard to work yourself into the
line-up because the defense
rarely comes off in a game.
They are a system within the
system. They mold and learn
how to play together. The best I
can do freshman year is work
so hard that it is difficult to not
play me.”

File photo

G r a c e
Douglas (6)
is a two-time
all-Big Eight

win Cardinal


The postseason is right
around the corner.
And one thing has become
crystal clear — Middleton’s
girls gymnastics team is ready
for whatever lies ahead.
Middleton won the 10-team
Cardinal Invite last Saturday
with a season-best score of
139.9250 and edged runner-up
Mukwonago/East Troy/Kettle
Moraine (139.8250). West
Salem/La Crosse Aquinas
(133.10), Sun Prairie (131.9750)
and Madison West (128.450)
rounded out the top five.
One week earlier, Middleton
posted a season-best score of
139.750. The Cardinals then
bested that total last Saturday.
“For the girls to put up a
139.9250 team score is huge,”
Middleton coach Kari Steck
said. “After last week, we know
the girls did great and we know
they stuck their beam routines.
But throughout the state everyone knows a little bit of gymnastics is the subjectivity of the
“However, to hit a 139-plus
two weeks in a row at huge invitationals shows the state that the
girls are really just that talented.”
That was evident again at the
Cardinal Invite.
Middleton junior Madeline
Pflasterer-Jennerjohn finished
second in the all-around competition with a 37.3750 score.
Senior Katherine Marshall was
also 12th in the all-around
Pflasterer-Jennerjohn won
the vault with a 9.40, was second on the uneven bars (9.30)
and the beam (9.325), and was

third on the floor exercise
“Madeline had another amazing meet where she stuck her
routines solid again,” Steck said.
“She is a rock for the team and
so incredibly talented.”
Middleton had several other
strong performances, as well.
Marshall was 12th on the
vault (8.550), sophomore Chloe
Young was 13th (8.525) and
sophomore Eleanor Mackey
was 16th (8.450).
Young was sixth on the
uneven bars (8.450), senior
Ellen Cottingham was ninth
(8.275) and Mackey was 15th
Junior Dani Aranda was third
on the beam (9.175), Young was
fifth (8.90) and Marshall was
12th (8.525).
And Marshall was 10th on
the floor exercise (8.650),
Aranda was 13th (8.575) and
Cottingham was 15th (8.50).
“Dani Aranda had a phenomenal beam routine and earned
her very first 9.0,” Steck said.
“Other standouts included
Katherine Marshall, who had a
season-high all-around total,
Chloe Young and Eleanor
Mackey. It’s a young team, and I
think they are surpassing and
will continue to surpass all
expectations set.”
Steck was thrilled with
Middleton’s overall performance, but knows the Cardinals
will have to better on the uneven
bars (34.0) in the coming weeks.
“We had pretty low bar
scores, an area we’ll be focusing
on in the coming weeks,” Steck
said. “To get a team score of
139.925 with lower than typical
bar scores is amazing. It shows
you how motivated the girls are,
and how well they support each
Overall, though, it was
another meet Steck and her team
were extremely happy with.
“For us this was more of a
building year,” Steck said. “The
girls are consistently hitting their
routines and coming together
right when we need it.”



Times-Tribune photos
by Mary Langenfeld

K a t h e r i n e
Marshall (top)
and Dani Aranda
had big performances to help
Middleton win

Hockey Cards earn No. 1 seed



earns first
round bye
in playoffs

The memory of 2015 still
Middleton’s hockey team
was the No. 1 seed in its sectional last winter. But in the
sectional finals, the Cardinals
were upended by secondseeded Madison Memorial
and fell short of a trip to state.
Middleton is determined
not to let that happen again in
The Cardinals received the
No. 1 seed in their sectional
one again. Middleton earned a
first round bye, then hosts the
winner of eighth-seeded
Monona Grove or ninth-seeded Oregon on Feb. 19 at
Capitol Ice Arena at 8 p.m.
The sectional semifinals
are Feb. 23 and the sectional
finals are Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at
Sun Prairie Ice Arena.
While Middleton was the
No. 1 seed in the sectional, its
path to state won’t be easy.
Madison Edgewood is seeded
Waunakee, Verona, Sun
Prairie, Madison Memorial,
Madison West, Monona
Grove, Oregon, DeForest,
McFarland and Madison La
“Certainly our path is a

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jordan Hylbert (23) and Middleton’s hockey team earned the No. 1 seed in their sectional. The Cardinals open the postseason Feb. 19.

tough one,” Middleton coach
Steffon Walby said. “We have
a lot of good teams in our section.”
Middleton appears to be
playing terrific hockey again,
though, after suffering a three-

Herb headed
to St. Thomas

Middleton senior golfer Emmet
Herb signed a national letter of intent
last week to play for The University of
St. Thomas (Minn.). Herb is shown
here with his parents, Annie and Pete.
St. Thomas, an NCAA Division 3
school, is currently ranked No. 1 in the
Herb has been a first-team all-Big
Eight Conference selection each of the
past two seasons. Last year, Herb had a
77.1 average and finished third in the
conference’s Player of the Year voting.
Herb was also named honorablemention all-state in 2015 by the
Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association of
Herb, a three-year varsity player,
helped the Cardinals finish fourth at
state as a team in 2014 and fifth in
“Emmet played with some of the
best players in the state and played
very well against those players,”
Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said at
the end of the 2015 season.
“He’s one of the best, if not the best
short game players, that I have
coached. I expect Emmet to make those
10 footers! He’s also a great ball striker
and probably added 20 to 25 yards (in
2015) off the tee.”

game losing streak last month.
The Cardinals rolled past
Monona Grove, 9-1, last
Thursday and improved to 193 on the season.
Justin Engelkes had three
goals, while Garrett Graf had

two goals and an assist. Davis
Bunz, Preston Lewis, Braxton
Walby and Jordan Hylbert all
added goals, as well, while
Colin Butler had two assists.
Tony Wuesthofen notched
the win.

“We need to finish strong,
keeping up good work ethic,
and good habits,” Steffon
Walby said. “Hopefully these
men haven’t forgot about last
year, and are a little bit hungrier. Time will tell.”

• On deck: Middleton
hosts Verona Thursday at 8
Memorial Saturday at 6:30




photo by Mary

John Virnig
finished 10th
in the 500yard freestyle
at the Big
E i g h t
C o n f e re n c e

Swimmers 3rd at Big 8 meet
Draves, Zocher
capture firsts

Middleton’s boys swimming and diving team finished
in third place at last Saturday’s
Big Eight Conference meet
held at Beloit Memorial.
Madison Memorial won the
meet with 627.5 points, while
Madison West was second
(524.5). Middleton (418.5),
Verona-Mount Horeb (275)
and Sun Prairie (192) rounded
out the top five.
“We had another fantastic
meet, and I can't be more happy

with our times,” Middleton
coach Sam Niesen said. “We
placed a very solid third behind
Memorial and West again.
“A lot of the older boys
swam well, the juniors and seniors, and I think it rubbed off on
the younger boys because they
started swimming out of their
minds as well. We've got a lot
of young talent on this team
with a huge amount of potential, and they've done well this
Michael Draves won the 500yard freestyle and junior John
Virnig was 10th.
Middleton senior Jack
Zocher won the diving competition, while junior Noah

Krantz was fourth and freshman Nicolas Draves was fifth.
Senior Jacob Aegerter was
third in the 100-yard butterfly
and fourth in the 200-yard IM.
Junior Luke Delaney was also
fifth in the 100-butterfly.
Senior Ethan Lengfeld was
fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Draves placed
fifth in the 200-yard freestyle
and Delaney was seventh.
Middleton’s quartet of junior Erick Grelle, Lengfeld, junior Isaac Hanson and senior
Dean Zillner was fourth in the
200-yard medley relay.
The Cardinals’ 400-yard
freestyle relay team of senior
Bryce Angaran, Grelle, junior
Max Hollfelder and Draves finished fifth.

Grelle was fifth in the 100yard backstroke, while freshman Archer Parkin was seventh.
Junior Gunnar Kunsch was
also 10th in the 50-yard
“Overall, I see a huge
amount of improvement on
both the swimmers that have
been tapering as well as an
overall drop in time in general,” Niesen said. “These last
few meets are always fun to
coach and watch, and I'm proud
of every one of the boys this
• On deck: Middleton hosts
a WIAA Division 1 Sectional
Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

Wrestlers fourth at Big Eight meet


The streak is over, much to
the chagrin of Middleton’s
wrestling team.
The Cardinals had won a
share of the Big Eight
Conference tournament or dual
meet title each of the past four
years. But that streak came to
an end last Saturday.
Middleton finished fourth at
the conference meet held at
Janesville Craig High School.
The Cardinals also fell short of
winning the dual meet title last
Sun Prairie won the team
title with 257.5 points.
Janesville Craig (249.5),
Madison La Follette (222.5),

Janesville Parker (162.5)
rounded out the top five.
Middleton did have three
champions: Kevin Meicher at
126 pounds, Chris Rogers at
132 and Max Mayhew at 152.
Meicher had a bye in the
first round, then pinned
Madison Memorial’s Edel
Gadrinab in 1:04.
In the semifinals, Meicher
defeated Tyler Nelson of Sun
Prairie, 5-2. Then in the title
match, Meicher defeated Nate
Farrell of Janesville Craig, 156.
Rogers also had a first round
bye, then pinned Madison
Memorial’s Sager Smith in
In the semifinals, Rogers


pinned Dylan Lawinger of
Madison LaFollette in 1:00. In
the finals, Rogers defeated
Janesville Craig’s Ethan Smith,
Mayhew also received a
first round bye, then pinned
Quentin Mendez of Beloit
Memorial in 1:33.
In the semifinals, Mayhew
pinned Melvin Tran of
Janesville Craig in 1:08. Then
in the championship match,
Mayhew defeated Madison
West’s Sam Johnson, 10-6.
Gavin Adler notched a second place finish a 195.
Adler received a first round
bye, then pinned Josh Monson
of Madison Memorial in 3:54.
In the semifinals, Adler
defeated Beloit Memorial’s

Marquel Johnson, 9-6. In the
title match, Logan Murdy of
Janesville Parker won by technical fall over Adler, 18-1.
Middleton also got third
place finishes from Jesus
Quechol Ramirez at 106, Caleb
Cymbalak at 160 and Matt
Davey at 220.
Quechol Ramirez received a
first round bye, then pinned
Verona’s Conner Dugan in
5:52. Francesco Schiro of
Madison LaFollette pinned
Quechol Ramirez in 1:40 in the
semifinals, then Quechol
Ramirez bounced back with a
6-1 win over Drake Zuehlke of
Janesville Craig.
In the third place match,
Quechol Ramirez defeated
Landon Kovach of Sun Prairie,


Cymbalak received a first
round bye, then pinned Jared
Markeland of Madison East in
In the semifinals, Logan
Baker of Janesville Craig
defeated Cymbalak, 7-2.
Cymbalak then bounced back
with a 4-1 win over Sethe
Schober of Beloit Memorial.
Then in the third place
match, Cymbalak defeated
Jack Haraldson of Sun Prairie,

Davey opened with a bye,
then defeated Ben Percy of
Madison Memorial, 8-3. In the
semifinals, Garrison Stauffer of
Verona pinned Davey in 1:36.
Davey rebounded, though,
and pinned Michael Boyde of
Madison LaFollette in 4:49.
Then in the third place match,
Davey pinned Nicholas Knaub
of Janesville Craig in 4:47.
Middleton’s Joe Hoffman
also added a fourth place finish
at 113.



first half. Mueller, a
University of Wisconsin
recruit, added 21 points and
14 rebounds, while Opsal — a
Winona State recruit — had
20 points and 10 rebounds.
Middleton junior guard
Bria Lemirande had 13 points,
while sophomore forward
Halle White added 10.
Verona now seems almost
certain to land the No. 1 seed
in the Janesville Craig
Sectional. The coaches meet
Sunday to vote on postseason
“The girls really executed
the gameplan well and played
Murphy said. “We’re not the
same team we were back in
Middleton rolled past the
Wildcats, 83-60, back on Nov.
24. That night, the Cardinals
kept the pace to their liking
and wreaked havoc with their
pressure defense throughout.
This time, Verona adjusted
and the result was a 40-point
The Wildcats — who have
unique size with three 6-foot2 players in their lineup —
kept Middleton from turning
the game into a track meet.
Verona also protected the ball
much better and played zone
throughout, after playing
strictly man-to-man the first
When Middleton couldn’t
get much out of its press —
and struggled in the halfcourt
against the Wildcats’ length
— it made for a long night.
“The biggest thing is just
the height and their posts,”
Bria Lemirande said. “They
adjusted to what we do and
their post defense is really
Middleton couldn’t get its


offense on track and trailed,
36-26, at halftime. The
Cardinals shot just 37.9%
from the field (11-of-29)
against Verona’s zone.
Trilling shot the lights out
for Verona, knocking down
four three-point shots on her
way to 17 first half points.
Mueller also had her way
inside, making 5-of-6 field
goals and had 10 points and
six rebounds in the half.
Bria Lemirande had nine
first half points for Middleton.
“We knew the team we
played at the beginning of the
year was going to be a completely different team from the
one we’d see this time,” Bria
Lemirande said. “It’s Verona.
You know they’re going to be
motivated to beat us.”
Middleton’s only lead of
the night came at 4-2 just 90
seconds into the game. The
Wildcats quickly answered
with a 15-3 run to take a 17-7
lead and kept its advantage in
double digits the majority of
the half.
Middleton had a mini-run
midway through the half,
scoring five straight points on
a three-pointer from Bria
Lemirande and a basket by
Alyssa Lemirande to pull
within 24-18. But Verona
answered with a quick 8-2
burst and regained full control.
“We just couldn’t make any
kind of run,” Kind said. “It
was a frustrating night.”
The second half was more
of the same.
Middleton pulled within
42-36 three minutes into the
half after a three-pointer by
sophomore Claire Staples.
Middleton never could get any


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The Cardinals trailed, 4841, after a three-pointer by
junior Alexis Thomas with
12:33 remaining. But Verona
went on a 7-0 run, took a 5541 lead and the closest
Middleton came over the final
9 minutes was 12.
Middleton finished the
night shooting just 35.0% (21of-60), while Verona shot
48.9% (23-of-47). Verona also
held a 42-26 rebounding edge
and outscored Middleton, 223, from the free throw line.
“We’ve just got to find a
way to get better at our zone
offense,” Kind said. “We were
getting the ball into the middle at will, but we’ve got to
“That’s tough to do against
them because they’re so big.
But we need to have better
composure in there and make
some better passes out of
“We’d like to get another
chance at them. Hopefully
we’ll get there.”
• On deck: Middleton is at
Madison West Friday at 7:30
p.m. The Cardinals are then
off until Feb. 18 when they
host Beloit Memorial at 7:30
Feb. 9
Verona 73, Middleton 56
Middleton ........................... 26 30 — 56
Verona ................................ 36 37 — 73
MIDDLETON — Flottmeyer 2 0-2
4, Hibner 1 0-0 3, A. Lemirande 2 0-0 5,
B. Lemirande 5 1-2 13, C. Lemirande 3
0-0 9, Staples 2 0-0 5, Thomas 3 0-0 7,
White 4 2-2 10. Totals 22 3-6 56.
VERONA — Luehring 2 5-6 9,
Mueller 9 3-4 21, Opsal 5 10-11 20,
Trilling 7 4-8 23. Totals 23 22-29 73.
3-point goals — V 5 (Trilling 5), M
9 (Hibner 1, A. Lemirande 1, B.
Lemirande 2, C. Lemirande 3, Staples 1,
Thomas 1). Total fouls — V 11, M 17.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Alyssa Lemirande (5) and Middleton’s girls basketball team suffered their first conference loss
of the year Tuesday.



(9-5, 11-7) were engaged in
a thriller throughout and knotted at 67 with 59.5 seconds left.
After a timeout, Middleton
coach Jeff Kind elected to hold
for the final shot.
With 10 seconds left, junior
guard Alyssa Lemirande drove
the right baseline and fed her
sister, Bria Lemirande on the
left block. Sun Prairie immediately sent a double-team in
Bria Lemirande’s direction,
and she spotted Thomas outside the arc on the left wing.
Thomas caught the perfect
pass, squared up and made her
only field goal of the second
half. Sun Prairie sophomore
wing Carly Coulthard’s 35footer to tie at the buzzer was
short and wide right.
“Alexis just hits those shots
when it matters the most,” Bria
Lemirande said of Thomas.
“She’s just really good in the
Bria Lemirande was awfully
good, herself. Despite feeling
under the weather. Bria
Lemirande finished with a
team-high 22 points, 12
rebounds, five assists and a
blocked shot.
Alyssa Lemirande and
Thomas both added 14 points.
Coulthard had 15 of her 20
points in the second half. Sun
Prairie standout sophomore
guard Jayda Jansen added 14
points and nine rebounds, but
Thomas limited her to 7-of-20
shooting (35.0%).
“I just think this group is
really resilient,” said Kind,
whose team won its eighth
straight game. “They just keep
finding a way to get it done.”
Nothing came easy on this
night against a Sun Prairie
team that looks capable of
making a big postseason run.
Sun Prairie scored nine
straight points over a 3-minute
stretch early in the game and
took a 9-3 lead. Middleton
trailed, 11-5, when it went on a
10-0 burst of its own to grab a
15-11 advantage.
Lemirande both had driving
baskets. Bria Lemirande followed with a three-pointer,
then Carlee Lemirande had a
three-ball of her own.
Middleton didn’t trail again

the rest of the first half, and its
lead fluctuated between one
and eight points. Sun Prairie
pulled as close as 36-35 after a
Jansen basket. But Bria
Lemirande drained a threepointer with 38 seconds left in
the half to give Middleton a 3935 lead at the break.
Middleton shot a scintillating 15-of-27 in the first half
(55.6%) and made 8-of-15
three-pointers (53.3%). Bria
Lemirande made 5-of-6 first
half shots — including all four
of her three-pointers — and led
all scorers with 14 first half
Sun Prairie was white-hot,
as well, making 16-of-30 of
first half shots (53.3%).
“Bria was terrific for us all
night,” Kind said. “She wasn’t
feeling well, but you wouldn’t
have known it.”
Middleton’s biggest lead of
the second half came at 50-42
when sophomore forward
Halle White — playing just her
second game since returning
from a shoulder injury —
scored inside with 12:35 left in
the game. But Middleton went
scoreless the next 3:40 and Sun
Prairie used an 8-0 burst to pull
even, 50-50.
Sun Prairie took its first lead
since the opening minutes at
58-56 when Coulthard drained
a three-pointer with 7:15 left.
And that set up a back-and
forth finish.
Down the stretch, there
were four lead changes and
three ties.
“Coming here, we knew
they’d be really motivated,”
Bria Lemirande said. “They’re
a great team and we knew we’d
get their best shot.”
Thomas gave Middleton the
lead for good at 64-63 with a
pair of free throws with 2:57
left. Bria Lemirande added a
free throw, then Coulthard
banked home a 19-footer with
2:15 left that tied the game, 6565.
Alyssa Lemirande answered
with a driving basket with 1:32
remaining to put Middleton
back ahead, 67-65. But Sun
Prairie senior Alyx Benzine
made a pair of free throws with
1:15 remaining to tie things at



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Both teams had turnovers,
and that set the stage for
Middleton to hold for a final
shot — and for Thomas to play
“This team just always finds
a way,” said Thomas, who was
0-of-6 from the floor in the second half before her heroics.
“For a bit there, my confidence
was going down and I was
thinking, ‘I can’t keep shooting
from out here. I have to drive.’
“But my teammates kept
telling me to shoot and I guess
it’s a good thing I did.”
• Middleton 78, Madison
Memorial 53 — Alexis
Thomas scored 14 points and
Claire Staples added 10 as the
Cardinals rolled past the
Spartans last Saturday.

Feb. 4
Middleton ……...……….. 39 31 — 70
Sun Prairie …….……….. 35 32 — 67
MIDDLETON —  A. Lemirande 5
1-2 14, B. Lemirande 8 1-2 22, C.
Lemirande 2 0-0 5, Staples 2 2-2 7,
Thomas 4 4-6 14, White 4 0-0 8. Totals
25 8-14 70.
SUN PRAIRIE —  Baker 2 0-0 4,
Benzine 3 2-2 9, Blair 5 0-0 11,
Coulthart 7 3-5 20, Hilber 1 0-0 2,
Jansen 7 0-0 14, Moore 3 0-0 7. Totals
28 5-10 67.
3-point goals —  M 12 (B.
Lemirande 5, A. Lemirande 3, Thomas
2, C. Lemirande 1, Staples 1), S 6
(Coulthart 3, Benzine 1, Blair 1, Moore
1). Total fouls — M 12, S 10.

Feb. 6
Middleton 78, Madison Memorial 53
Middleton ......................... 41 37 — 78
Madison Memorial .......... 27 26 — 53
MIDDLETON — Anderson 3 0-0
6, Ballweg 1 2-2 4, Flottmeyer 1 2-6 4,
Hibner 1-3 1, A. Lemirande 4 0-0 9, C.
Lemirande 2 4-4 8, B. Lemirande 2 0-0
5, McDonald 1 0-0 2, Shea 3-4 3,
Staples 3 2-2 10, Thomas 3 7-8 14,
White 3 6-10 12. Totals 23 27-39 78.
Frisch 2-2 2, Helle 4 6-10 14, Homesly
1 0-0 2, Kinney 2 0-0 6, Rather 2 1-2 6,
Stewart 3 2-2 8, Stroud 4 3-6 11, Wegner
2 0-0 4. Totals 15 14-22 53.
3-point goals — MID 5 (Lemirande
1, Lemirande 1, Staples 2, Thomas 1),
MM 3 (Kinney 2, Rather 1). Total
fouls—MID 17, MM 25.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Alexis Thomas (left) drilled a game-winning three-pointer against Sun Prairie last Thursday.















Bavery said. “We’ve found
that we have to find key rest for
our main scorers and handlers,
and believe that over the course
of an entire game we will get
bursts from a number of potential lineups.
“Sometimes, it’s from our
backcourt, sometimes from our
wings and frontline players, and
sometimes it comes from defensive scrappers who we like to
call our ‘rabbits,’ who can wreak
havoc with their energy. Against


the Lancers, we got a little bit of
all that, and when that happens
it’s a beautiful thing to be a part
Middleton will need to bring
its ‘A’ game on the road this
week, as well.
Middleton defeated Sun
Prairie, 69-61, on Dec. 17. Eady
had 20 points that night and
Fermanich added 19.
Middleton then defeated
Madison Memorial two nights
later, 71-63, behind 26 points

from Murphy.
The Spartans have won or
shared 10 straight Big Eight
Conference titles. And if
Middleton hopes to snap
Memorial’s string of dominance,
it must be at its best this week.
“We are still a long ways
from playing our best game and
we’re still the ‘wolves climbing
the hill,’ ” Bavery said. “This
week we have a chance to eat
twice. The food is there if we
want it.” 


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Feb. 5
Middleton 80, Mad. La Follette 58
Middleton ......................... 43 37 — 80
Madison La Follette ........ 33 25 — 58
MIDDLETON — Bacon 1 0-2 2,
Eady 10 6-7 27, Fermanich 7 1-1 17,
Markel 2 0-2 4, Murphy 5 7-8 19, Ripp
3-4 3, Smith 1 0-0 2, Thomas 3 0-2 6.
Totals 29 17-26 80.
Berg 3 1-2 7, Hannah 4 1-2 10, Miller 7
3-5 19, Turner 7 2-2 16, West 3 0-0 6.
Totals 24 7-11 58.
3-point goals — MID 5 (Eady 1,
Fermanich 2, Murphy 2), ML 3 (Hannah
1, Miller 2). Total fouls — MID 16, ML

Photo courtesy of Mary Bavery

C.J. Fermanich and Middleton’s boys basketball team face a
huge week with games at Sun Prairie and Madison Memorial.