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Celebrating local gardens

VOL. 123, NO. 28

Olbrich tour shines
spotlight on vibrant
Middleton gardens
by Matt GeiGer

Middletonians love to garden.
Whether it’s in the privacy of their own
backyards, or shoulder to shoulder at
the city’s massively successful Bock
Community Garden.
So it makes sense that Olbrich’s
2015 Home Garden Tour will shine a
light on the Good Neighbor City this
year. The tour, which will take place
Friday and Saturday, presents eight exceptional local gardens that demonstrate “the ethic of sustainability
through a diversity of styles.”
Included will be the neighborhood
of Middleton Hills - a local model of
new urbanism - where smaller, intimate lots are built around generous
shared green spaces. On the other end


of the spectrum, large suburban lots
and historic farm properties will showcase fruit orchards, organic vegetable
gardens, backyard chickens and beekeeping. Native plants and prairies,
composting and permaculture techniques, and cleverly recycled materials
are also being featured.
Olbrich is featuring locations off of
Airport Road, in Middleton Hills, Orchid Heights and the Bock Community Garden.
This event draws about 1,000 to
1,200 avid gardeners each year, rain or
shine. Funds benefit the gardens and
this event is at the heart of Olbrich’s
mission of sustainability and beauty.
Talk with homeowners, landscape
designers, master gardeners and Olbrich volunteers. Learn some of the
techniques employed by these gardeners who create functional and beautiful
spaces that are harmonious with nature.
Sections of the tour are accessible by
bike or on foot through the Middleton
Multipurpose Trail, a nationally recogSee GarDeNS, page 7


Seven-year-old Camille Felten was hard at work in Middleton’s Bock Community Garden late last week. The
garden will be showcased as part of Friday and Saturday’s Olbrich Home Garden Tour.

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger


Fire fest

The Mad Rollin’ Dolls’ Dairyland
Dolls B team and Team Unicorn take
the track on Saturday, July 11 at a new
local venue - Keva Sports Center, 8312
Forsythia St. - in the second home bout
of the summer season.
The magical forces of Team Unicorn
will look to dazzle the visiting skaters
from Quad City Rollers’ Mississippi
Massacre (Iowa) in the first game of

Middleton Fire
Co. hosts annual
event at Capital

See DerBY, page 6

Freedom Fest with a feline

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Julia Hylbert and Kate Patterson celebrated the Fourth of July Saturday by attending Freedom Fest at Pioneer Park in the Town of Middleton. They were accompanied by Jade, a striking Bengal cat. (Bengals are hybrids
of domestic cats and Asian leopard cats.) To see more images from Freedom Fest, turn to page 9.

State aid for schools plummets
Projections show local funding down 15%

More than half of Wisconsin public
school districts would receive less general aid in the 2015-16 school year than
they did for the 2014-15 school year,
according to estimates released by the
Department of Public Instruction.
The most recent version of the biennial 2015-17 budget as of press time

maintains the same level of general
school aid ($4.476 billion) as was appropriated in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Actual aid payments are estimated at
$4.346 billion because of statutory reductions for the Milwaukee voucher
See FUNDiNG, page 4

The Middleton Fire Company No.
1’s Annual Festival and Raffle, featuring live bands, food and fun festivities,
will take place on Saturday, July 11
starting at 3 p.m. at Capital Brewery in
The local fundraiser will raise
money to support activities focused on
educating adults and children in the
community, and to continue to provide
the highest level of care to the fire district, according to organizers.
“This special event is the main
fundraiser for the Middleton Fire Company, and our 120 professionally
trained volunteers are honored and
proud to be part of an outstanding community filled with generous businesses,
friends and neighbors,” said Middleton
See Fire FeSt, page 11

Ring finding is a family affair



Dan Roelke and his family find both missing rings and great stories
by DeB Biechler

When I asked Dan Roekle how he
and his family got started as metal detectors, his answer spoke volumes,
“We got hooked on the stories!”
While on vacation in Florida several
years ago, Dan and his son saw some
retired fellows walking the beach with
metal detectors. The stories that those
men told about their “finds” led the
Roekles to purchase a basic detector
when they got home.
For the first year, Dan and his two
children went to area parks. While his
daughter played on the park equipment, Dan and his son took turns detecting. They felt like it was a good day
when they found a quarter.
Then Dan discovered a website by a
group called The Ring Finders. It was
created to help people get reconnected
to lost wedding or other special rings.
The Ring Finders offers a directory
of people who love going out with their
detectors to help in those recoveries.
There is a small fee for the service to
cover time and gas.
Since adding his name to the list on
Ring Finders, Dan and his children 12-year-old Carter and nine-year-old
Kylie - have been collecting their own
The latest story involves a Madison
area man named Al who lost a ring
given to him in honor of 25 years of
service at a local insurance agency.
The ring was lost when Al was mowing
a greenway near his home.
Some tree branches hung low. So,
as Al passed them on his riding lawn
mower, he had to reach out and raise
them. As he was raising one, a small
twig hooked his gold ring with a black
onyx center and three diamonds, flinging it into the grass.
Al immediately stopped, got a rake
and searched for a long time without
finding it. He searched several times
in the year that passed, always wondering if it was still out there.

One Sunday Al was reading The
Wisconsin State Journal and came
across an article by Doug Moe about
the Roelke Family ring-finding activities. Al called right away. Here’s
Dan’s account of the find as posted on
his Ring Finders blog.
“Al only lived about 15 mins away,
however, as we pulled into his driveway it started to rain. Argh. We decided
to give it a shot anyways, and headed
to the backyard. Al explained how he
lost it again, and we started to search
the area. We got some hits right away,
but all turned out to be junk. You’d be
surprised how much junk is buried in
your backyard. I always tell people not
to get discouraged when we don’t find
their ring right away, and we assured
Al that we’d keep looking until we
found it. I widened the search area
around the tree, not knowing how far
that branch might have flung the ring.
After about 20 mins, my daughter says
to me, “That tree over there looks a lot
like this tree.”  I’m not sure if Al heard
her or not, but a min later he said,
‘Maybe it was closer to that tree.’ Sure
enough, after moving over … the very
first hit we got was Al’s ring – about an
inch below the grass.”
“Al had thought about renting a
metal detector himself, as many people
do,” said Roelke. “But, so many of the
people who I talked to who do that, get
really frustrated.”
There are many things to learn about
metal detection, including the types of
tones that each unit emits, indicating
the types of metal and the depth of objects. “It takes trained eyes and ears to
discriminate between the junk and
what you’re looking for.
When roofs get redone,” Roelke
continued, there are metal scraps and
nails flung everywhere. Lots of people
give up when they don’t know what to
listen for.”
Rings lost outdoors are at the mercy
of Wisconsin’s freeze and thaw cycles.
Heavy metals like gold and silver get
pulled down lower with each cycle.
Good metal detectors will detect 10-

Dan Roekle with his son, Carter, and daughter, Kylie.

12 inches deep. The deeper the object,
the more interference they are likely to
encounter from junk that is also buried.
Because of the additional discretionary payments that the Roelke’s
have received from people who are
gratefully reunited with their rings, the
Roelke’s have been able to upgrade
their equipment to include a detectors
that work at deeper levels and in water.
Roelke’s favorite “find” to date, was
because of their water-detector upgrade.
The call came from a man who lost
his wedding ring in Web Lake, a six
hour drive north from Middleton. “He
agreed to pay for the travel and offered
a nice fee if we found it,” said Roelke.
Getting the story of how the ring is
lost is very important in finding it
again. Knowing the story helps to determine the possible trajectory and
depth of an object.
In this case, the Web Lake man was
spinning his grandson in a tube just off
of the pier when his wedding ring was
lost. It was a wax-molded ring, made

Photo contributed

to match his wife’s ring.
They had been married for 27 years.
The ring-maker, who was a family
friend, had since passed away so the
ring was irreplaceable.
After three hours of searching, they
didn’t find it. They convinced the
man’s wife to throw her ring into the
water so that they could get a reading
on what a good hit would sound like.
“She didn’t like the idea at first,”
Roelke reported, “but she finally
After a lunch break they went out to
try again. The area in front of the pier
used to be a common sand bar. Lots of
people used to dock their boats in the
area and get out to swim or play in the
water. That seemed to explain why
they found 15 bottlecaps, six pieces of
junk metal and somebody else’s wedding ring.
Dan kept working while his son took
a break to swam for awhile. After a
short time, Dan felt a tug on his shirt.
His son was standing beside him, holding the ring they had been searching

During the search, they used a scoop
made specifically for sand. A foot on
the scoop gives leverage to the scoop
which is at the end of a long handle.
They disturbed a lot of sand in their efforts. That’s how they think that the
ring in question came to the surface
and was stepped on by Dan’s son.
The Roelke’s still have the second
ring and have run ads in search of the
“It doesn’t matter how long your
ring is lost. What matters is that you
know the area it was lost in and how it
was lost. We can even detect through
There was a blind fellow who was
playing tug-of-war with his dog. He
took his glove off and his wedding ring
fell into the snow. It got stepped into
the snow so his wife couldn’t find it.
We were able to find it in five minutes
with the detector.”
Roelke added, “I love connecting
people back with what they’ve lost.
It’s not just the rings, but the memories
and everything else that’s attached to
them. When the phone rings and I get
that look in my eye, my wife knows
that she won’t see me for awhile.”
In addition to upgrading their equipment, Roelke donates some of the proceeds from the rewards to his
children’s school, the West-side Christian School in Middleton.
Now that his daughter is older, she
helps more actively in the searches.
Sometimes those searches are initiated
by insurance companies.
“It’s a win-win-win situation,” said
Roelke. “The owner gets their ring
back, the insurance company pays less
than a claim on the ring, and we’ve had
another fun hunt.”
If you’ve lost a ring and would like
assistance from the Roelke family, you
can find their contact information on Click on United
States, then Wisconsin, then Madison.
Dan Roelke is the exclusive Ring
Finder in the Madison area.
Dan Roelke and his children have
used their metal detectors to connect 26
people with lost rings. Photo taken by
Ellie Roelke.

MOM Testimonial: part of a new series




A continued look at how the
Middleton-Cross Plains school
board grappled with state budget
by caMeroN BreN

Photo contributed

First Business Bank: How we are Building
Hope and Strengthening Communities
Jim Hartlieb (left) with Al Ripp, executive director of Middleton Outreach Ministry.

by JiM hartlieB

For Middleton Outreach Ministry

I have been on the Board of Directors at MOM for almost eight years.
There are many great causes in our
community but the reason I chose to
devote my time to MOM is because
of its organizational efficiency (over
82% of the funds that are donated to
MOM are used for the purpose of
serving clients) and because of the direct impact we have on the lives of
the people in our community.
Everyone deserves a second
chance. MOM’s clients are predominantly people that have been dealt a
tough hand and are in the process of
working their way to a better place
for themselves and for their families.
The bottom line is when I donate

my time, talent and treasure to MOM
I know it is being used to fulfill the
greatest needs in our community.
First Business Bank has been an
active supporter of the not-for-profit
community for many years and is
proud to include MOM in the list of
the many organizations we have supported over the years. The Bank’s
$10,000 gift to MOM’s Capital Campaign is a testament to our commitment to the community and our
confidence in an awesome organization – thanks for all the great things
you do in our community, MOM!
For 35 years, MOM has worked
tirelessly to address the most critical
and basic needs of the Middleton,
West Madison and Cross Plains communities. The $1.4M Building Hope,
Strengthening Communities Campaign supports the purchase and ren-

ovation of the consolidated facility at
3502 Parmenter St. in Middleton that
houses the MOM food pantry, clothing center and administrative offices.
The campaign started in the summer
of 2013 and has raised more than $1
million so far with the help and generosity of individuals and businesses
from the area. MOM is asking for
community help in raising the last
$400,000 needed to meet the goal to
help MOM eliminate a long term
mortgage and allow them to redirect
those funds to help more people with
more services.
To learn more about MOM’s efforts to prevent homelessness and
end hunger through the Building
Hope, Strengthening Communities
Campaign, visit

Superintendent Don Johnson and
administrative staff recently updated
the board of education on the latest developments from the Joint Finance
Committee’s budget adjustments to
Governor Walker’s original budget.
Johnson said his greatest concern was
the changes to the state’s funding formula for voucher and public schools.
Johnson said the new voucher plan
would allow up to one percent of a district’s enrollment to receive vouchers
each year for ten years before removing the cap.
“The threat of the voucher system
could really undermine us in a significant way,” Johnson explained.  “The
one percent over two years isn’t such a
huge thing, but when start talking
about one percent, and five percent,
and ten percent, then having the cap
off.  The direction really is to go towards a Nevada style model which is
everybody gets a voucher and they go
wherever they want.”  
Johnson said there are many problems with that model, but one of the
many is that it is subject to transportation.  
“Generally the wealthy have access
to transportation and the poor don’t,”
Johnson added.  
“The other part of the voucher system that is really a concern is that even
if we don’t have lots of students that
are in the voucher system the state aid
formula certainly requires our taxpayers and all taxpayers throughout the
state to start paying at a local level,”
Johnson explained.  “The entire system
is subject to a reduction in support and
every time we raise taxes for vouchers
or anything else at the statewide level,
in terms of local dollars we have that
much more of a difficult time passing
a referendum.”
The board briefly discussed the impact of emerging charter schools. Johnson says he thinks more will pop up
around Dane County because metropolitan areas can accommodate more
of them.

“When hedge fund managers talk
about charters and how that is the next
big investment you know it is going to
be big time,” said board member Ellen
Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, George Mavroulis, said
the legislature is now proposing returning to the old law on college credits,
which would have parents pay rather
than districts.
The board budgeted $50,000 to
cover the cost of the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)
credits with UW-Oshkosh earlier this
year.  Marvels said UW-Oshkosh was
originally going to charge the District
$30 per credit but indicated it would
charge families $90 per credit. He
asked them why the fee changed and
the university said it had reconsidered.
Mavroulis also suggested using the
$50,000 the board allocated to help students on free and reduced lunch pay for
those credits. He believes that should
more than cover the cost to the District.
Board member Paul Kinne sent
Johnson a list of questions about the
state of education in the budget.  Johnson said he could answer about 80 percent of the questions but the rest had
him stumped.  He said he talked with
John Forrester who is a lobbyist with
School Administrators Alliance and
even he could not answer all of them
because many that are nuanced the legislators who write the bills haven’t really considered nor responded to.  
“Trying to figure this out is sort of
difficult because sometimes I’m not
sure the legislators knew what they
were proposing or why so to make acquisitions is a little dangerous because
we don’t always know what the intent
was,” Johnson said.  “You’re trying to
figure that out and do your best at
guessing, but it is difficult because you
don’t want to be negative, but you also
want to be aggressive in finding out
what this really means.”  
“It is a bit of a dilemma and it seems
like every Thursday or Friday there is
some new proposal that does not have
a lot of detail that we have to sort out,”
Johnson said. 





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program and for independent (2R)
charter schools.
According to the same report, aid in
the Middleton-Cross Plains Area
School District is set to fall by 15.14
percent (more than $1.2 million),
reaching to $7,037,228 in 2015-2016.
Of the state’s 424 school districts, 55
percent (234) are estimated to receive
less general aid in 2015-16, while 44
percent of districts (188) are expected
to receive more aid. Two districts have
no change in the aid estimate between
the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years.
With school aid being held at the same
level as the prior year, other factors
such as property valuation, enrollment,
and shared costs in the general equalization aid formula impact whether the
aid estimate for a district increases or
State statute requires the department

to compute an estimate of the general
school aid each public school district
will receive for the coming school year
by July 1. School personnel use the estimate to complete their annual budgets. On Oct. 15, the department will
certify state general aid amounts for
2015-16 based on audited 2014-15
data. Estimated general aid to districts
may change.
The department’s July 1 aid estimate
does not include per pupil categorical
aid, which will be based on student
membership from the 2015-16, 201415, and 2013-14 school years (third
Friday in September count). That aid
will be paid in March 2016. The current budget appropriates $127 million
for that aid, which is $150 per pupil,
the same amount as it was in the 201415 fiscal year.

The Trustees of the Middleton Good
Neighbor Festival are seeking nominations for this year’s Good Neighbor
Awards. The Good Neighbor Award
recognizes an individual, or individuals, who make a difference in the Middleton community and embody what it
means to be a Good Neighbor. Nominee/s must reside in Middleton.
Nomination Forms can be found at or you can
email them at and they will send
you one.
“Reading the nominations is always
heart-warming and uplifting,” says
Tamra Dagnon, 2015 President of the
Good Neighbor Festival. “People do
so many great things to support our
community and a lot of hard work goes
on behind the scenes. I invite you to
recognize one of your outstanding

friends, neighbors or associates this
year by nominating them for a Good
Neighbor Award.”
Nominations must be received by
Monday, July 13, 2015 either by mail
or electronically. Addresses provided
on the nomination forms. You can view
a list of past winners at
The Good Neighbor Festival has
been bringing the Middleton community together since 1964. The event includes family fun, live music, food,
carnival rides, crafts and a 5-kilometer
run/walk. As the major fundraiser of
the year for Middleton’s non-profit organizations, the festival supports charities and worthy causes throughout the
Middleton area, Dagnon said.   This
year’s Good Neighbor Festival is Aug.
28-30. For more information, go to


Good Neighbor Award
deadline is Monday

Kiwanis welcomes Bohse

Photo contributed

Middleton Kiwanis newest member, Melissa Bohse, was recently welcomed into the club by president Kathy
Nieber-Lathrop and sponsor Chuck Foulke.

Battle of the
Badges will
honor Pagel

It’s that time of year again - Battle
of the Badges is right around the corner.
If you haven’t already heard, the
2015 honoree is 15-year old Jackson
Pagel from Middleton. He just finished
his freshman year at Middleton High
School, he loves sports (especially basketball) and his idol is Taylor Swift (he
See Battle, page 7







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the evening, with pie and bragging
rights to the winners.
The second game will feature Madison’s internationally ranked DDs B
team as they face off against the MinA portion of the proceeds from
this game will got benefit Fetch
Wisconsin,  an organization that
saves the lives of at-risk dogs in
high-kill shelters by providing care
and rehabilitation and matching
them with loving, forever homes.

nesota Roller Girls’ B team, the Minnesota Nice, in their first ever
match-up and what’s sure to be a knock
down, drag out, and ridiculously fun to
watch contest.
Tickets for the bout are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids ages
four through 10 are admitted at half
price, and 3 and under are free. Doors
at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6.
There will also be an after party at
Keva with volleyball courts, food
trucks, and more. For information on
purchasing tickets, a complete season

Buy tickets for Saturday’s Roller Derby online at

of crash

Photo by Clay Hill

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is releasing the name of
the man that died following a motorcycle crash on June 21.
The crash happened on the Town
of Westport on Meffert Road, west of
Hwy Q, and was reported to authorities at or about 6 p.m.
The deceased man was the only
person on the motorcycle at the time
of the crash and he has been identified as Christopher Ziegler, 49, of
A forensic examination was completed at the Dane County Medical
Examiner’s Office on June 22. Preliminary results of that examination
disclose that Ziegler died from injuries he sustained in the single motorcycle traffic crash.








Why the upcoming housing shortage will be severe
by terreNce r. Wall
Guest Column

A severe housing
shortage is developing in Dane County,
both in single-family
$750,000) and in
multi-family housing
as well. A series of
factors have collided
to create the shortage
that will last for many
years. The question will be - where are
all these new people going to live, because there are simply is not enough
housing for them.
The unemployment rate has dropped
below 3.5%, which means more people
able to afford to live on their own
rather than live with their parents or
share an apartment. The population of
Dane County is estimated to increase
by almost 50% from the year 2000 to
2030, which means an additional
200,000 people, which equates to a
need for approximately 90,000 apartments or 3,000 a year, and that’s before
the real and accelerated growth that the
metro area is actually experiencing is
factored in.
By comparison, while the number of


nized community trail system.
Jt Covelli, of Jt Covelli Marketing &
Media Resources, Inc., has worked on
the tour since 1994. She said the local
gardens featured this year display the
same emphasis on ethics – not just aesthetics – that Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison continues to strive
“What we were looking for was

new multi-family units being constructed each year has (only recently)
increased to about 2,400 units (countywide), over l,000 of those are student
housing units located downtown, so the
real supply count for market rate apartments is less than 1,400 or less than
half what is actually needed to satisfy
demand each year.
Then consider that 59% of Millennials would rather rent than buy and
only 25% would consider buying a
home in the next 5 years, in addition to
graduating students holding an appalling average student loan debt of
$30,000 along with a strong desire to
locate in cities rather than bedroom
communities, and you have the makings for a severe multi-family shortage.
The overall market is being influenced by a number of trends, including
the millennial generation, which is reported to be 20% larger than the baby
boom generation and 5 years longer.
The next decline, if you can call it that,
in the birth rate started in 2007, which
means that the end of this very large
generation won’t hit the multi-family
market until about 2029 or 22 years
from 2007. Likewise, that lower birth
rate won’t impact the single family
market until their late 20s to early 30s
or about 2036. Until then, every year

home gardeners who really share those
same values,” explained Covelli. That
means lots of pollinators, fewer pesticides, less monoculture, better composting and more native plants. It
means using chickens, rather than
harmful chemicals, to fend off Japanese beetles and other pests.
“And finding plants that will not
only live, but thrive,” she said. “You’re

more and more Millennials will be
graduating from school and entering
the apartment housing market.
The frustrating part is that in spite of
this severe shortage of multi-family
housing, with every development and
at every neighborhood meeting and at
every public hearing, developers encounter neighborhood opposition to
apartment development. Their unfounded fears are based in the old notion that apartment renters are low
income, poor, criminal in nature and
spell trouble for their neighborhood.
I’ve now gotten in the habit of asking neighbors to raise their hands if
they have never lived in an apartment.
Invariably, only one person in the room
may raise their hand. And in spite of
reminding them that at one point in
time, they too were all apartment
renters, they fear that their home values
will decline if luxury apartments show
up across the street.
Take note: Not a single neighborhood has experienced a decline in
homes values after my developments
have opened; they have all increased in
value, and why is that? Because the
traditional suburban neighborhood is
typically made up of housing that is all
alike, occupied by a similar demographic profile of similarly aged home

not seeing those fussy roses you would
see 10 years ago.”
Each garden will be hosted by
trained Olbrich volunteers. The addresses of the gardens are printed on
the event tickets but not released to the
general public.
“It was delightful to meet all these
people and see how much they care
about their gardens,” Covelli commented.
Those who are just learning about
Bock Community Garden, the City of
Middleton’s enormously popular community garden located within the 19acre John C. Bock Urban Forest, will
see vegetables and flowers in full
This unique all-organic community
garden includes individual plots, food
pantry plots, a children’s garden, native
plant beds, a berry patch and fruit orchard.  As part of the Bock Community
Forest in Pheasant Branch Conservancy, gardeners tend a native plant
and tree nursery and participate in ongoing restoration work in the adjacent
prairie and oak savanna.
“Bock is gorgeous, my goodness,”
exclaimed Covelli.
Abby Attoun-Tucker is the City of
Middleton’s assistant director of com-


actually calls her a “Goddess”).
Last year, Pagel was diagnosed
with  osteosarcoma, a rare cancerous
bone tumor, and he has been undergoing treatment as he continues to battle
this disease. He lives in Middleton with
his parents, Jim and Susan, and he has
an adult sister who lives out of state.
He has been very active in basketball
and other sports at MHS, in fact,

buyers (young parents) who, once they
become empty nesters all around the
same time, will experience a decline in
their home values as everyone exits the
neighborhood at the same stage of their
By comparison, neighborhoods that
have luxury apartments have a built in
pool of future home buyers. Those
young renters will eventually all move
over time and buy or build homes in
the same neighborhood because that is
where they initially established their
family, friends, church and other commitments. As a result, the housing in a
neighborhood that has a strong pool of
renters available, increases in value as
demand for those homes remains constant and strong.
Besides, new apartment construction costs so much more today than in
the past, and new apartments include
many features not found in most single
family homes, such as granite kitchen
islands, stainless steel appliances, and
much more. In fact, in one case of
home owners on the east side complaining about my coming apartments,
their home values weren’t that much
more than the new apartments will
cost, hardly justifying a claim that
multi-family is inferior. Likewise, the
exterior of our multi-family buildings

are comprised of high quality brick,
stone, and hardiplank siding that will
last a century or more vs. the exterior
of many inexpensive single family
homes in existing subdivisions, which
is usually vinyl siding.
So the saga continues; developer’s
propose new housing; neighbors resist;
and young people as well as older
empty nesters who want to sell and
move into multi-family housing to
avoid the maintenance and upkeep,
will continue their struggle to find high
end apartments that will provide the alternative they need.
In the next column, we’ll discuss a
number of incredible growth stories
that are driving the need for multi-family housing, and how constraints by
government are severely restricting
new supply. Meanwhile, parents of
young hires coming to Madison will
continue to call us desperate and crying
because their son or daughter can’t find
an apartment even though their he or
she starts their new job in a matter of

Up Against the Wall is a monthly
column written by Terrence Wall and
reflects his views and opinions, and
does not necessarily reflect the views
of the Middleton Times.
continued from page 1

Tickets are $12 for Olbrich
members and $14 for the public,
$6 for children age three to 12
and free for ages two and under.
Tickets will be sold at Olbrich’s
Growing Gifts Shop from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. through July 9. Tour
day tickets will be sold at the
Tour Center: Bock Community
Garden starting at 9:30 a.m. on
Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

munity development. She played an integral role in making Middleton’s first
community garden a thriving reality.
“The Bock Community Garden is a
unique model on conservancy land
where the gardeners grow vegetables
and fruit for themselves as well as donate produce to the Middleton Outreach Ministry food pantry,”
Attoun-Tucker commented. “Last year,
the gardeners donated 1,600 pounds of
organic produce.”
She went on to point out that local
community gardeners are invested in
the restoration of the native prairie and
oak savannah and they care for oak
seedlings, which are eventually trans-

through “Team J Pagel” his teammates
completed this great tribute that can be
viewed on
Battle of the Badges will take
place Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Firefighters Memorial Park on Pleasant
View Road.
The tentative schedule will be similar to last year, with the 5K run/walk
starting around 8:30am and the soft-

planted into the Bock Forest.
“I consistently hear that the Bock
Community Garden is one of the nicest
looking gardens in the area,” AttounTucker continued. “This is due in large
part to a strong garden board and gardeners who understand that the garden
needs to fit cohesively into the conservancy setting and needs to look nice to
keep the nearby neighbors happy.”
The Home Garden Tour ticket also
includes a coupon for free admission
for one person to Olbrich’s Blooming
Butterflies – up to a $7 value.
Olbrich’s Home Garden Tour is
sponsored by Avant Gardening &
Landscaping, Inc.; Backyard Havens;
Chalet Ski & Patio; Estate “The Tree
Care Specialist”; The Flower Factory;
Jung Garden Center; Klein’s Floral and
Greenhouse; Madison Area Master
Gardeners Association; and The Vinery
Stained Glass Studio. Media sponsors
are Isthmus and Wisconsin State Journal.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is located in Madison, Wisconsin on the
shore of Lake Monona at 3330 Atwood
Avenue. For more information call
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ball game between Middleton Police,
Fire & EMS starting at 10am. 
Organizers are also accepting donations and checks can be made out
mailed to or dropped off at the Police
Website: (5K registration is now available online).




Glacier Creek Middle School announces honors

6th Grade Recognition Awards
(4th Quarter)
The sixth grade teachers at Glacier
Creek Middle School use Standards
Based Grading. The sixth grade
recognition awards are determined by
excellence in academics and/or excellence in habits of learning. The following students have demonstrated
proficiency or advancement in all academic areas and/or proficiency or
advancement with their habits of
learning. An asterisk (*) denotes students who have demonstrated proficiency or advancement in both
Abreu, Luis
Accola, Melanie *
Acker, Brianna *
Ahuja, Vashima *
Andler, Jacob
Aumann, Wilhelmina *
Bakken, Jonathan
Ballweg, Colin
Barrett, Allison *
Barrett, Hailey
Basel, Alexander *
Belgiano, Jonathon *
Bernd, Emily
Biessman, Natalie
Bogner, Ian
Bohachek, Ian *
Bolden, Piper
Brandon, Lucas
Bukhman, Eugenia *
Burkard, Samantha *
Button, Alexander *
Buza, Eleanor *
Caldwell, Erin *
Casper, Ainsley *
Chang, Kevin *
Chiaverini, Michael
Covey, Jakob
Crump, Bruno
Culver, Leo
Dahmen, Quint
Davis, Kobi-Ann *
De Young, Michael
Dehuma, Dehuma, Jose Ruben
Dettmann, Jordan
Djamali, Aria *
D’Orazio, Ella *
Duecker, Anna *
Dunn, Nolan
Emmerich, Ruben
Engelien, Mason
Engelkes, Taylor
Faessler, Malia *
Fisher, Fiona *
Friedle, Ava *
Frinzi, Leona *
Gadalla, Yousef *
Gassen, Calvin *
Giefer, Rose *
Go, Maria *
Go, Michael *
Gonzalez, Saffron
Greenheck, Jenna *
Grosspietsch III, Carl *
Gustafson, Michael *
Hebert, Olivia *
Heise, Nicholas *
Henke, Sara
Hidrogo-Romero, Jessica
Hink, Avery *
Holahan, Bridget *
Hornung, Ashley *
Howard, Zoe *
Howardsmith, Bennett
Hoyer, Chase *
Hunt, Johanna
Hurd, David
Jasinski, Matthew
Jensen, Elena
Johns, McKenzie *
Joswiak, Casey
Kalscheur, Grace *
Karls Niehaus, Cianna *
Keohane, Mei Mei *

Kolodziej, Taylor *
LaCour, Alexander *
Leyva Castellanos, Maria
Martin, Norah *
Mcnerney, Joseph
Mohrbacher, Kaitlyn
Molander, Mackenzie
Murray, Jackson *
Nelson, Christopher
Newman, Claire
Nie, Zinnia *
Noak, Lily *
O’Malley, Timothy *
Ott, Bethany
Ozers, Andrew
Paige, Nicholas
Parente, Michael *
Passini, McKenna
Patterson, Elleanor *
Pertzborn, Sawyer *
Phaneuf, Madeline
Poehling, Lauren
Powers, Paige *
Prabahara Sundar, Poojha *
Prichard, Zachary *
Prohaska, Ava
Prohaska, Isabel *
Pugliese, Luigi *
Rapacz, Olivia
Renfert, Koby *
Ropa, Darshana *
Roquitte, Maxwell
Rough, Alexander
Sabol, Morgan *
Sax, Charlotte
Schollmeyer, Ryan *
Schutte, Jack
Shimniok, Abigail
Slinde, Calvin *
Smith, Benjamin *
Smith, Phileas *
Sprecher, Rachel *
Squire, Ian *
Stoecker, Kayla *
Svendsen, Samuel *
Theis, Tyler
Thomley, Allison *
Thompson, Aden
Thor, Blake *
Underwood, Olivia *
Veit, Dylan
Vogel, Isabel *
Vosburgh, Sophia
Weiler, Kate
Whitehead, Callista *
Wilson, Karson *
Winkler, Parker *
Wissink, Olivia
Wolle, Bertram
Wood, Charles *
Yang, Suabcua *
Yosick, Sydney *
Yosick, Zachary *
Zacatzontetl Huitzil, Luis
Zeimentz, Michael *
Zhang, Edwin *
Zhang, Julia *

7th Grade Honor Roll
* denotes 4.0
Acker, Lauren R *
Ahuja, Aniket *
Anagnostopoulos, Alexandra A *
Anderson, Julia G *
Baco, Laura I
Ballamudi, Apurupa L
Bauerle, Megan J *
Bebermeier, Cailin M
Biwott, Ashley J *
Bodenstein, Cheyanne M
Boehnen, Elizabeth M *
Bovy, Jessica S
Bursac, Karina *
Carlson, Cian R
Coffini, Alexander J *
Davis, Ross I
De Oliveira, Sophia C
DeJarlais, Daniel L
Deptula, Cole M *

Ehrhardt, Noah S *
Fargen, Jacob D *
Frusciante, Brian A *
Gattenby, Tanner J
Gehrke Kallstromer, Alicia N *
Gehrke Kallstromer, Emelie S *
Gilles, Braedon D *
Ginsberg, Kyra B *
Godishala, Shreya
Hanson, Kaitlyn G
Hellenbrand, Jordan J *
Helt, Sydney L *
Hillebrand, Lexi M
Hinz, Nicholas S *
Hodson, Makenzie L *
Hoferle, Peter J
Huff, Tyler W
Hylbert, Julia L
Ismail Ali, Moyraa
Jackson, Joelle N
Jafari, Amirali
Jasinski, Micheline P
Jens, Bryn E *
Johnson, Ashton S *
Johnson, Brandon I *
Johnson, Ekaterina M
Johnson, Paxton J
Jones, Cecelia M
Joslyn, Katherine M *
Kalscheur, Blake S *
Karbusicky, Andrew P *
Kelliher, Mason R
Kjentvet, Jack C
Kriewaldt, Thomas M
LaBoda, Lane P
Larsen, Samuel R
Lawrence, Madelyn R
Lemirande, Josie L
Lenz, Andrew W
LeRoy, Jackson T *
Lindblom, Cecilie V
Livelli, Victoria M
Luetscher, Seth M
Maas, Katelyn M
MacLean, Brad M *
Mallannagari, Sai Likhith R
McCulley, Jae M
McGill, Megan C
McLain, Natalie A
Michaels, Allison L
Needham, Abigail J
Ostlie, Anna M *
Pao-Huang, Yao-Tian P
Parthasarathy, Shruti *
Patterson, Katherine A
Pavelski, Jacob W
Phaneuf, Ashlyn K
Pientka, Jessica L *
Pongratz, Katelyn G
Reed, Ashton E
Reed, Payton M
Roach, Logan M
Roesch, Amanda A
Rogers, Ella R *
Rudolph, Samuel P
Schwartz, Megan J *
Sommers, Grace C
Soni, Abhav
Srinivas, Anaka
Stafford, Ethan J
Steiner, Lauren E *
Steinmetz, Grace E
Tanin, Sitori I *
Teff, Drew M
Thomas, Jada K *
Van Gilder, Hayden R
Westerlund, Julian R
Whritenour, Ryan M
Wilson, Tyler G *
Ystenes, Roman E
7th Grade Honorable Mention
Dehuma Dehuma, Melisa
Fritz, Amber L
Hellenbrand, Amanda L
Hoffmann, Madelyn R
Kalscheur, Brooks C
Kelshiker, Akshay I
Knight, Kaitlin M
Malcheski, Madelyn H

Oza, Param H
Rankin, Dylan S
Schulenberg, Deserae E
Schultz, Logan T
Semrad, Drake D
Shanley, Connor L
Thomas, Bret T
Wozniczka, Jackson M

8th Grade Honor Roll
* denotes 4.0
Aegerter, Hannah S *
Albert, Ava H *
Allen, Andrew R *
Ballweg, Allison R
Ballweg, Austin S
Barbian, Jennifer J
Barrett, Alexis L
Bender, Zakary J
Bertz, Braeden N
Bliss, Lydia S *
Bogner, Alexandra L *
Boras, Jenna R *
Bote, Sophia M *
Bruhn, Jamison W
Byington, Taylor L
Carr, Julia M
Carrington, Dylan M
Chafe, Andrew S
Chandler, Megan E
Close, Samuel A
Datta, Meghna *
Djamali, Sawm G *
Drake, Lauren M
Draves, Nicolas D
Dunn, Charlotte R *
Engelien, Madeline F
Ernst, Hannah Y *
Faust, Colette E
Fermanich, Julia M *
Frinzi, Keller L *
Gattenby, Tayla J *
Gaxha, Gino L
Gessler, Samuel R
Gold, Ryan D *
Grelle, Kevin W *
Hellenbrand, Connor C *
Henderson, Ayden R
Hidrogo-Romero, Mirna
Hinz, Emma M
Hoferle, William J
Holewinski, Cooper W
Hornung, Kelsey C *
Horst, Lauren N
Houck, Alicia M
Houghton, Allison K
Hunt, James R
Huntington, Madison L
Jagoe, Abigail M
Jensen, Lauren K
Kalsbeek, Colin N
Kalscheur, Dylan D
Kalscheur, Tyler
Keebler, Anna M *
Keebler, Emily S *
Keenan, Kyra R *
Keith, Moira R *
Knoke, Elizabeth N *
Kostas, Georgios *
Kuhn, Nina-Soleil C *
LaBoda, Grace F
Larsen, Ashlyn E
Laufenberg, Hannah E
Leach, Hannah K

Leonard, Avery E
Lepage, Matthew T *
Mack, Cora R *
Maier, Eric M *
Martin, Andrew J
Martin, Sophia L *
May, Mallory M
McEllistrem, Aidan P
McLain, Daniel W *
Meicher, Kevin F
Metzger, Catherine K
Molina, Eric R
Mondi, Jack C
Neuser, Kyle R *
Newman, Ellie L
Olson, Paige E
Owens, Caitlynn R *
Pansegrau, Elizabeth L
Pertzborn, Brittany R
Pierantozzi, Alexander J *
Rawling, Gillian S
Roberson, Rachel I *
Roberts, Rachael C
Roenneburg, Owen L
Roll, Jon H
Rough, Taylor R
Sabol, Karina R *
Sanchez Guevara, Joanelle D
Schlicht, Kyra A *
Schollmeyer, Allison M
Schwartz, David R *
Serra, Collin J *
Singh, Shailaja C *
Sisk, Simon P
Spahn, Courtney N
Stahnke, Alexis C *
Stetzenbach, Grahm E
Stewart, Erik R
Stewart, Laura E *
Stoppleworth, Colten A
Thomley, Anna L *
Tonnesen, Brittany A *
Waldsmith, David O *
Wensing, Hannah K *
Woldt, Samantha C *
Wood, Sarah K
Yang, Jason C *
Zander, Victoria A *
Zimmerman, Jakob A
Zuengler, Hannah G *
8th Grade Honorable Mention
Bookstaff, Isaac R
Burkard, Nathaniel J
Castellanos-Martinez, Jesse K
Dermody, Shea M
DiMiceli, Sarah N
Ducke, Keegan N
Frey, Logan A
Hart, MaKayla L
Hebert, Broderick M
Heidenreich, Luke A
Kochan, Reed M
Kozitzky, Mia R
Kruchten, Shae-Lynn R
Kurr, Veronica L
Lewis, Caroline E
Lincecum, Erin T
Livelli, Olivia V
McCray, Azaiah V
Rogers, Margaret F
Thompson, Emma R
Zimmerman, Anna T.



Scenes from the Town of
Middleton’s 4th of July festival

Times-Tribune photos by Matt Geiger

Clockwise from top left: Olga Meric De Bellefon on the baseball field, Noel
and Sarah Lambert suited up in fire gear, three-year-old James Meinholz
looks up as the flag is hoisted, Middleton firefighters raise the flag, Scott
Walker (not that Scott Walker) offers up his slow-smoked “star spangled”
beef brisket.






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fire chief Aaron Harris.
Fundraising through this annual festival has helped the Middleton Fire
Company associates fund purchases
for things such as equipment for response vehicles, personal protective
equipment, thermal imaging cameras,
AEDs, efforts to preserve our history,
and educational purchases for the community. The Middleton Fire Company
has an Insurance Services Office (ISO)
Class 3 rating, ranking the Company in
the top three percent of fire departments in the country.
“What could be better than to spend
a summer evening listening and dancing to great bands, enjoying delicious
food with a cold Capital Brewery beverage, and all in the company of friends
and family!   Our annual Middleton
Fire Company Dance should be at the
top of your list of summer events not


to be missed!” commented John
Maasch, Captain of the Middleton Fire
Department. “It is truly inspiring to see
our all the surrounding communities
come out to enjoy this event in support
of our volunteer Fire Department.”
Saturday’s festivities feature an Interactive DJ and kids’ activities from 34 p.m. Live music kicks off at 4 p.m.
with Reloaded, playing a mix of 70stoday’s music. The headlining band
will be a pure 80’s rock experience
with the Kings of Radio from 7:00 pm
to 11:00 pm.
Admission is $7 at the door. Food
will be available for purchase. You
must be of legal drinking age to enter
the beer area. Capital Brewery is located at 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton. Advance tickets may be purchased
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The Middleton Fire Company is in its 114th year of providing fire protection and service to over 32,000 residents,
businesses and visitors of the 55 square mile Middleton Fire District. The Company is made up of over 120 State
certified volunteer firefighters, Rehab Technicians and Fire Corps Personnel. Our organization is professionally
staffed by volunteers and approaches our firefighting responsibilities with professionalism, commitment and determination.







Middleton’s best of the best

File photos

Middleton’s girls tennis team (top) was the Girls Team of the Year after winning the WIAA Division 1 state championship. Below, Ernest Winters and Middleton’s boys track and field team were
named the Boys Team of the Year.

It’s almost reaching the point of
And you wonder, how can things
get any better?
During the 2013-’14 school year,
Middleton captured a Big Eight
Conference championship (either regular, postseason, or both) in 14 of the
22 sports it competes in. That’s a
remarkable 63.6%.
Middleton was represented at state
in 14 of its 22 sports. And the
Cardinals brought home top-five finishes at state in seven different sports.
Picking the best of those achievements is tougher than avoiding construction in July. But here’s one person’s opinion on Middleton’s ‘Best of
the Best’ last school year.

Girls team of the year:

Bridget Bellissimo spent her junior
season playing tennis on the USTA
circuit. Bellissimo had a blast, but also
believed 2013 could be a special season at Middleton High School.
So last fall, Bellissimo rejoined the
Cardinals. And her belief that magic
was in the cards proved extremely
Middleton enjoyed the finest season ever, and capped it with the first
WIAA Division 1 state title in school
“I came back because I love these
girls so much,” Bellissimo said. “The
offseason, playing in USTA tournaments that was great. I mean I had a
lot of competition, and it made me


into a better player so I could come
back and help this team even more. (A
state title) was our ultimate goal from
my freshman year and we haven’t
done it until now.”
And what a ride it was.
Middleton defeated Green Bay
Southwest, 5-2, in the state quarterfinals. The Cardinals then edged
Mequon Homestead, 4-3, in a semifinal match for the ages.
The match was tied, 3-3, and the
only players left on the court were at
No. 2 singles. Middleton No. 2 singles
player Kaisey Skibba trailed 4-1, in
the third set, but rallied for thrilling 75, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Anna
That gave the Cardinals an exhilarating 4-3 win over Homestead and a
trip into the state finals.
“People have always complimented me on my mental game and it’s just
something that’s good to have,”
Skibba said. “It really is (important)
not to think about your emotions, but
think about just the match.”
Skibba’s rollercoaster match left
some of her teammates on edge.
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“I literally thought I was going to
pass out,” joked teammate Allison
Ragsdale. “I was hyperventilating.”
Darcy Hogendorn and Emily
Oberwetter were so nervous they
couldn’t watch, but they followed
updates on Skibba’s match via Twitter.
“When we heard about Kaisey we
both just started sobbing, crying,”
Hogendorn said. “I feel bad for not
watching, but at the same time, I knew
Kaisey could do it.”
That sent the Cardinals to the
finals, where they had a much easier
time, rolling to a 5-2 win over Eau
Claire Memorial.
“When we beat Homestead, it felt
like the finals to us, but it wasn’t. We
still had another round,” said Baylie
Gold, who plays No. 2 doubles. “It
was kind of hard to get the momentum
going but, once we did, it was good.”
Added Oberwetter: “Emotions
were definitely running high right
after we beat Homestead. It was crazy.
But most of us have played the Eau
Claire Memorial girls before and we
knew we had a pretty good shot at
beating them.”
They did exactly that — and put a
bow on the most amazing year in the
history of the program.

Honorable mention: Golf (third at
state), cross country (fourth at state),
swimming (third at state), gymnastics
(fourth at state), track and field (ninth
at state), basketball (Big Eight
champs), soccer (Big Eight champs).

Boys team of the year:
Track and field


It’s been a consistent progression,
played out over the last handful of
Middleton’s boys track and field
team has been trending upward for the
past several seasons. But 2014 took
the cake, with the Cardinals repeating
as Big Eight Conference champions,
then finishing fifth at the WIAA
Division 1 state meet.
“It was fulfilling to finish off this
season accomplishing our goal of a
top-five finish at state,” Middleton
coach Isaac Mezera said. “We brought
a huge crew, making this finish a true
team effort.”
Kimberly won the title with 57
points, while Wisconsin Lutheran
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Park (37) and Middleton (34.50)
rounded out the top five.
The star of the Cardinals’ show was
senior Ernest Winters, who won the
100-meter dash. Winters was also
third in the 200 and anchored
Middleton’s 400-meter relay team that
finished second.
“When I crossed that line I couldn’t
believe it,” Winters said of winning
the 100. “All I could think about was
the first day of track freshman year
because that’s when it all started. Very
humbling experience. I can’t explain
how happy I was to experience this
weekend with the team.”
Several other Cardinals had terrific
weekends, too.
Andy Keeler was second in the
high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches.
“I am very happy with 6-6,” Keeler
said. “I think I could have had another
jump in me, but sometimes it just
doesn’t go your way. Since I finished
third last year, I’m glad I could better
that place and help my team out in
overall points.”
Middleton’s 3,200-meter relay
team of junior Roger Waleffe, junior
Zach Shoemaker-Allen, sophomore
Josh Arandia and sophomore Perrin
Haage was seventh (7:52.88). Senior
Parker Johnson tied for eighth in the
pole vault (13-6).
Many other Cardinals had memorable weekends, as well. And
Middleton’s finish capped a year in
which this program on the rise took
things to new heights.
“This has all been really humbling,” said Keeler, who will compete
at UW-Milwaukee next season. “Just
to be a team on the rise, and coach
Mez is just so excited all the time.
These guys have become like family.
It’s just so much fun.”

Honorable mention: Golf (fourth
at state), baseball (state qualifiers),
cross country (state qualifiers), volleyball (state qualifiers), tennis (state

Girls coach of the year:
Becky Halverson, golf

Becky Halverson knew the possibility existed.
Just not in 2013. And certainly not
with the girls golf season only days
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Becky Halverson was named Middleton’s Girls Coach of the Year.

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Tom Schmitt was named Middleton’s Boys Coach of the Year.

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Jeff Kenas, Middleton’s girls varsity golf coach since 2007, accepted a
job as Dean of Students at Middleton
High School in early August. And one
of the stipulations was Kenas give up
his coaching position.
Enter Halverson — one of the top
players in the history of Middleton’s
program and a Cardinals’ assistant
coach the last 14 seasons.
Halverson was hired almost immediately after Kenas turned in his resignation.
“I definitely didn’t see this coming,” Halverson said. “I hope that the
only noticeable difference is that the
coach that is on the course talking to
the girls is a female.”
It was.
Middleton, blessed with a deep and
talented roster, didn’t miss a beat. And
Halverson was a big reason why.
Middleton won the Big Eight
Conference dual meet season with a
perfect 9-0 record. The Cardinals then
won the conference tournament, as
senior Meggie Acker — their No. 5
golfer — stunned the field and captured medalist honors.
Middleton won its own regional as
senior Sheenagh Cleary earned medalist honors. Then the Cardinals won the
Madison West Sectional when Loren
Skibba was the medalist.
The Cardinals capped it all off with
a third place finish at the WIAA
Division 1 state meet. Middleton was
hoping for bigger and better at state,
but the year was an enormous success.
“For my senior year, it was a lot of
fun,” Hunter Schultz said. “I think we
made the most of it.”
Halverson agreed.
“I enjoyed the year and I know the
kids did too,” Halverson said. “We
definitely wanted to be higher (at
state), but third is nothing to hang our
heads about.”

Honorable mention: Lauren
Hellenbrand (softball), Kari Steck

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(gymnastics), Tara Franklin (track and
field), Jeff Kind (basketball), Isaac
Mezera and Cindy Bremser (cross

Boys coach of the year:
Tom Schmitt, baseball

Winning state championships takes
a heap of talent mixed with plenty of
good fortune. Middleton baseball
manager Tom Schmitt experienced
that ultimate high during his first season on the job back in 2003.
Schmitt and the Cardinals haven’t
hoisted a gold ball since that magical
season. But Schmitt has built a program that rivals almost any in the
And 2014 was another banner year.
Middleton reached the WIAA
Division 1 state tournament for the
sixth times in 12 seasons. And even
though the Cardinals lost in their quarterfinal game, they continue to
impress with their consistency and
“Just the consistency is something I
think we’re proud of,” Schmitt said.
“As a program, I think we’ve just been
really steady.”
They sure have.
In Schmitt’s time, Middleton is
220-80 overall, a .733 winning percentage. The 2014 team did its part,
and was a microcosm of the type of
program Schmitt has built.
Middleton was led by a strong
group of seniors that got better and
better as the year went along. The
Cardinals played solid, fundamental
baseball throughout the season.
And Middleton reacted well to
adversity, eventually finishing the
year 21-9 and winning its own sectional.
At the heart of it is Schmitt, who
runs a stern, but fair ship. Schmitt
never seems to get too high or low,
and his teams seem to benefit greatly
from that approach.
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“I couldn’t have asked for a better
team,” senior Alex Elliott said. “This
is a great group of guys and I’m really
proud of where we came from. At the
beginning of the season, we had some
tough games. But we really turned it
around in the second half and I’m really proud of our guys.”

Honorable mention: Tom Cabalka
(golf), Isaac Mezera (track and field),
Ben White (volleyball).

Girls event of the year:
Big Eight Conference golf

Meggie Acker could be a poster
child for perseverance.
Middleton’s senior golfer spent the
early part of the 2013 season bouncing
between the Cardinals’ varsity and JV
teams. But by the end of the year,
Acker was playing the role of hero.
At the Big Eight Conference meet,
Acker captured medalist honors with a
2-over-par, 74. Acker’s big day helped
the Cardinals win the league title by
three shots over Verona.
“To be honest, I didn’t think that I
would be able to shoot under 75,” said
Acker, whose previous low was 79.
“Any time I shot 81 or lower, I was
“I think that today proves to other
players, besides myself, that you have
more in you than you think. You can
reach your goals if you keep working
toward them and keep your head up.”
Acker certainly did that.
Acker was a key member of
Middleton’s varsity team as a sophomore and junior. And she helped the
Cardinals finish in sixth place at the
2012 state meet.
But Middleton had an influx of
young talent in 2013, putting Acker’s
spot in the lineup in jeopardy. But
Acker responded with some of the
best golf of her life.
And Acker’s performance from the
No. 5 spot in the lineup at the Big
Eight meet was among the highlights
of the Cardinals’ year.
“I was upset when I didn’t make

Middleton golfer Meggie Acker turned in a memorable performance at the Big Eight Conference meet last fall.

the returning state-qualifying team,”
Acker said. “I had a rough tryout and
we have a lot of talent on our team.
“Part of me thought that I had
burned out and I just wasn’t at that
skill level anymore. However, I stuck
with it and worked hard.
“Being on JV for the first few
weeks pushed me to work harder.
Every practice I was focused and
determined to improve from the start
of practice to the end. It paid off. I was

able to work my way back up to the
No. 5 spot.”
And the No. 1 spot at the conference meet.

Boys game of the year:
Middleton 54, Madison
Memorial 50

Middleton’s boys basketball team
didn’t have the type of season it hoped
for. But for one glorious night in early

December, all was right in the
Cardinals’ world.
Middleton, which had lost 20 consecutive games to Madison Memorial,
stunned the Spartans, 54-50. That was
the Cardinals’ first win over the
Spartans since Feb. 3, 2005 — a span
of nearly nine years.
“As a player, you hear it in the
background that Memorial has
Middleton’s number,” said Middleton
senior point guard Luke Schafer. “So

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to finally beat these guys feels great.”
Middleton head coach Kevin
Bavery entered the game with an 0-17
record against the Spartans. And afterwards, Middleton’s student body
stormed the court.
“At first, it was like, ‘Did we actually just win this?’ ” Middleton senior
Derek Rongstad said. “We’ve had so
many close losses to them. But the
whole thing felt like a playoff game. It
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Clockwise, from top
• Derek Rongstad
and Middleton’s boys
basketball team had a
memorable night last
December, snapping a
20-game losing streak
to Madison Memorial.
• Liz McMahon, a
basketball and soccer
standout, was named
Athlete of the Year.
• Luke Schafer, who
starred in football, basketball and baseball,
was the Boys Senior
Athlete of the Year.

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was really exciting.”
Rongstad led the Cardinals with 16
points, while senior forward Demond
Hill added 10. Schafer scored eight
points, including three clutch free
throws in the final 39.7 seconds, while
senior forward Oelerich had all six of
his points in the critical fourth quarter.
Middleton trailed, 43-42, with 7:15
left in the game. But the Cardinals
went on a 12-5 run and held on for
their most memorable regular season
win in years.
“They beat us,” Madison Memorial
coach Steve Collins said. “No ifs, ands
or buts. They beat us. I can’t think of
anything we did better on the floor
than they did. So take your hats off to
And wave goodbye to the streak.

Girls senior athlete of the
year: Liz McMahon,

First, McMahon led Middleton’s
girls basketball team to a Big Eight
Conference championship. Then, she
did the same for the girls soccer team.
McMahon received first-team allBig Eight Conference honors in both
sports, and was a first-team all-state
selection in soccer.

In basketball, McMahon led
Middleton in rebounds (9.0) and steals
(3.0). She also finished third on the
team in scoring (9.8).
“Liz was a little down in scoring
this year, but that was probably a
result of more balanced scoring from
the team as a whole,” Middleton girls
basketball coach Jeff Kind said. “She
was a great competitor and her
rebounding and ball hawking ability
were crucial to our success.”
During the soccer season,
McMahon allowed just 0.63 per game.
The Wisconsin Soccer Coaches
Association then named her first-team
McMahon had spent two seasons
behind Meghan Ledin, who plays for
the University of Wisconsin. But
McMahon certainly made the most of
her chance.
“What impressed me the most
about Liz on this squad is her attitude,” Middleton girls soccer coach
Mary Duffy said.  “Waiting for your
chance is a hard road and she has handled it with grace and passion. I have
said this multiple times and have told
Liz this myself: she is the ultimate
team player. I can think of no one else
in my 16 years of playing sports that
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player’ more than Liz McMahon. 
“She literally threw her body all
over the field. She might be diving
five feet off the ground day in and day
out for practice, but never complained
about her lack of time in the net. She
sat on that bench the past couple of
years with pride in her team, spirit in
her cheers for her team, and a positive
attitude for all the emulate.”

Honorable mention: Darby Raffel
(softball/basketball/cross country),
Delaney Foster (cross country/track
and field).

Boys senior athlete of the
year: Luke Schafer, football/basketball/baseball

It didn’t matter whether it was
August, January or June. When Luke
Schafer was presented an opportunity,
he delivered.
First, Schafer was a first-team allconference cornerback during football
season. Schafer was then an honorable-mention all-conference selection
during basketball season, and finally
helped lead Middleton’s baseball team
to state.
Schafer, a quarterback in 2012,
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moved to cornerback in 2013 when
injuries hit Middleton’s defensive
Schafer took to his new position
rather quickly, and the coaches in the
league certainly noticed. In six games
at cornerback, Schafer had eight passes defensed.
“What can you say about Luke
Schafer?” Middleton football coach
Tim Simon exclaimed. “His heart was
at quarterback, but he said, ‘I’ll do
what’s best for the team.’ And that’s
what a leader and a captain does.
“He sacrificed his first love and
that helped us to be a second place
team in the conference. And the
coaches respected how good of an athlete Luke is.”
During basketball season, Schafer
finished second on the team in scoring
(12.0), second in assists (2.0), second
in steals (1.2) and third in rebounding
(4.0). Schafer shot 44.4% from threepoint land and 72.4% from the free
throw line.
“Luke was that day-in and day-out
high effort and high energy guy for us
— practices and games alike,”
Middleton basketball coach Kevin
Bavery said.  
Schafer got off to a slow start during the baseball season, but picked up
his play and helped the Cardinals
reach the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. Schafer will now take his talents to the University of Iowa, where
he’ll play baseball for the Hawkeyes.

Honorable mention: Kasey Miller
(football/baseball), Ernest Winters
(football/track and field), Derek
Rongstad (football/basketball), Andy
Keeler (volleyball/track and field).

Girls breakthrough
athlete: Elizabeth
Norregaard, jr., basketball

For anyone who saw it with their
own eyes, the game will be burned in
their brains for years to come.
Middleton’s girls basketball team
went to Janesville Parker in late
January. And Cardinals junior guard
Elizabeth Norregaard erupted for 32
Norregaard made 13-of-23 shots
from the field, including six threepointers. And her 32 points were the
most by a Middleton player since
Angie Halbleib’s 44-point effort during a WIAA state tournament game in
“Wow. I had no idea,” Norregaard
said that night. “That’s really neat. I
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Norregaard’s first year with the
Cardinals was certainly something to
be proud of.
Norregaard was born in England,
then moved to Chicago when she was
three. Her family later moved just outside of Copenhagen — the capital of
Denmark — before coming to
Middleton in the fall of 2013.
Norregaard was one of the league’s
most dynamic scorers and led the
Cardinals with 13.5 points per game.
She also led the Big Eight Conference
with 60 three-point shots and was
named second-team all-league.
“Elizabeth gave us an excellent
scorer and three-point threat, which
resulted in teams face-guarding her
the last portion of the season,” Kind
said. “She’ll come into next season as
one of the premier scorers in the
That was something Janesville
Parker found out the hard way last
“You can’t give her room and you
can’t go behind screens to try and get
to her, and that’s what we did,”
Janesville Parker coach Tom Klawitter
said that night. “But with some of
those shots, there’s really nothing you
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Basketball standout Elizabeth Norregaard was named the Girls Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.

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can do about it.”

Honorable mention: Rachel
Everson, fr., softball; Bria Lemirande,
fr., girls basketball; Alexis Thomas,
fr., girls basketball; Madeline
Pflasterer- Jennerjohn, fr., gymnastics;
Logan Welti, soph., volleyball.

Boys breakthrough
athlete: Jake Van
Emburgh, fr., tennis


It didn’t take long for tennis sensation Jake Van Emburgh to make his
In his first — and perhaps only —
season with the Cardinals, Van
Emburgh finished third at the WIAA
Division 1 state meet. That’s the best
finish ever by a Middleton player at
“I’m really glad I did high school
tennis,” Van Emburgh said. “But I
don’t know about next year or the
other years.
“I’ve missed a lot of national tournaments (this spring) and that’s hurt
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tough to come back and do high
school again.”
If Van Emburgh is indeed done at
MHS, it was quite a ride.
Van Emburgh entered the state
tournament with a 21-1 record and
was the tournament’s No. 2 seed. Van
Emburgh lost in the state semifinals,
but rebounded to win the third place
Van Emburgh — whose father
Greg is the men’s head coach at the
University of Wisconsin — was the
top-ranked freshman in Wisconsin this
Van Emburgh said throughout the
year he enjoyed playing for MHS. But
he had to miss several USTA events
during the high school season, leaving
his future somewhat cloudy.
If Van Emburgh elects not to
return, it was a terrific ride.
“I’ve had a great time,” Jake said.
“When you’re playing without a team,
it’s lonely when you lose. This has
been a lot of fun.”
Newcomb, fr., cross country/track and
field; Perrin Haage, soph., track and

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Middleton’s win streak hits 11

by roB reiSchel

Middleton’s Home Talent League
team continues to roll.
And by the looks of it, it will take a
monumental effort to slow them
Middleton toppled Richland
Center, 6-2, on July 4. Middleton then
rolled past Plain, 11-1, on Sunday in a
game stopped after six innings due to
the 10-run mercy rule.
Middleton pushed its winning
streak to 11 games and improved to
12-1 in the Northern Section’s East
Middleton holds a 1 ½ game lead
over second place Ashton with three
games left in the regular season. And
the two wins assured Middleton of no
worse than a second place finish in the
“Overall this was a big weekend
for us,” Middleton manager Brandon
Hellenbrand said. “These were two
must win games for us.”
Middleton wanted to give ace
pitcher Drew Farrell some rest last
weekend, and started Cory Hach
against Richland Center.
Hach responded by throwing 7 1/3
strong innings. Hach allowed just two
earned runs, struck out two and
walked two.
A.J. Redders threw the final 1 2/3
innings and didn't allow a run.
“Cory really stepped up for us,”
Hellenbrand said. “Cory was able to
go out and throw strikes.”
Redders led the offense with a 3for-4 afternoon. Brandon Scheidler
added two hits and two runs.
Scheidler helped Middleton grab a
1-0 first inning lead. Scheidler singled
to start the game, stole second and
later scored on Eric Simon’s RBI single.
Middleton made it 2-0 in the second when Redders singled to open the
frame, moved to second on Farrell’s
base hit, and later scored on an RBI
single by Scott Brabender.
In the third, Middleton got three
consecutive singles by Mike
Brabender, Redders and Cole Cook to
make it 3-0.
In the fourth, Scheidler singled and
scored on multiple errors to make it 40.
And in the sixth, Mike Brabender
walked with the bases loaded and
Redders had an RBI groundout to
make it 6-0.
Richland Center scored once in the
sixth and again in the eighth, but it
wasn’t enough.
On Sunday, Middleton trailed visiting Plain, 1-0, in the bottom of the
fifth. But Middleton erupted for eight



runs in the fifth and three more in the
sixth, and the game was stopped due
to the 10-run mercy rule.
Simon earned the win, throwing
five innings while allowing just four
hits and no earned runs. Drew Farrell
threw the final inning, striking out the
“Eric continued to have great success on the mound,” Hellenbrand said.
“He threw strikes and let his defense
do the work.”
Redders continued his big weekend
at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home
run and three RBI. Kevin Dubler went
2-for-3 with a home run, a double and
three RBI.
In Middleton’s huge fifth inning,
Farrell had a one-out, sacrifice fly to
tie the game, 1-1. Then after
Middleton loaded the bases, Josh
Hinson and Mike Brabender were
both hit by pitches to bring home Scott
Brabender and Scheidler.
Andrew Zimmerman singled to the
right side to score Dubler and Hinson
and make it 5-1. Redders then followed with a three-run home run to
left field that made it 8-1 and was a
dagger to Plain.
Middleton added three more runs
in the sixth on a three-run home run
from Dubler.
• On deck: Middleton is at
Waunakee Sunday at 1 p.m.

July 6
Middleton 11, Plain 1 (6)
Plain …………….............…..........….. 010 000 — 1 4 1
Middleton ……….............…….….. 000 083 — 11 12 1
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Gorman (L; 4.2-5-62-0), Noble (0.1-4-3-0-0), Brey (1-2-1-0-0); Simon (W;
6-4-0-0-3), Farrell (1-0-0-1-3).
Leading hitters — Middleton — Dubler (2x3), A.J.
Redders (3x3).
HR — Dubler, A.J. Redders. 2B — Dubler.

July 4
Middleton 6, Richland Center 2 (8)
Middleton ………...............…….. 111 102 00 — 6 10 1
Richland Center …................….. 000 001 01 — 2 9 3
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Hach (W; 7.1-8-2-22), Redders (1.2-1-0-0-1); Walsh (L; 4-8-1-2-2),
Schildgen (5-2-2-6-2).
Leading hitters — Middleton — Schiediler (2x6),
Redders (3x4); Richland Center — Killoy (3x5), R.
Hemling (2x5).
2B — R. Hemling.

• Cross Plains 11, Reedsburg 4;
Cross Plains 10, Plain 0 (7) — The
Businessmen won a pair of games last
weekend and put themselves in position to claim the division’s fourth and
final playoff spot. Cross Plains
improved to 7-6 on the year and holds
a two-game lead on Waunakee (5-8)
for the fourth playoff spot.
On Sunday, Kyle Schicker earned
the win as the host Businessmen rolled
past Reedsburg. R.J. Sarbacker,
Kenny Allen and Drew Meinholz each
drove in two runs for Cross Plains.
The Businessmen also routed Plain
on July 4 as Ken Allen threw a four-hit

shutout. Allen struck out 10 in a game
stopped after seven innings due to the
10-run mercy rule.
Tyler Fuhrman led the offense,
going 4-for-4 with four RBI. Drew
Meinholz also went 3-for-3 with a

July 6
Cross Plains 11, Reedsburg 4
Reedsburg ………..............…….. 101 010 001 — 4 8 1
Cross Plains …...….............….. 311 311 10x — 11 16 1
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Peyer (L; 4-9-8-4-1),
Dorn (3-6-3-1-1), Ebright (1-1-0-1-0); Schicker (W; 5-42-4-4), Haack (4-4-1-1-1).
Leading hitters — Reedsburg — Alonzo (2x3);
Cross Plains — J. Lochner (2x5), Fuhrman (3x4),
Sarbacker (3x4), Meinholz (2x2), C. Lochner (2x4), Fruik
2B — Lennon, Sterkowitz; J. Lochner, Fuhrman,
Sarbacker, Meinholz, Allen.

July 4
Cross Plains 10, Plain 0 (6)
Plain ……….............……….......….. 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
Cross Plains ……................…….. 140 211 1 — 10 12 0
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Noble (L; 1.1-3-5-30), Lechnir (0.2-0-0-2-0), Stittleburg (5-8-4-2-1), Liegel
(0-1-0-0-0); Allen (7-4-0-2-10).
Leading hitters — Plain — Liegal (2x3); Cross
Plains — Fuhrman (4x4), Meinholz (3x3), Doherty (3x3).
2B — Meinholz, Burmeister.

• Ashton 10, Richland Center 1;
Ashton 6, Cazenovia 5 (12) —
Ashton stayed on Middleton’s heels
with a pair of wins last weekend.
On Sunday, Joe Heise threw a gem,
striking out seven in six innings.
Derek Prochaska went 2-for-4 with a
double and a home run to lead the
Ashton offense.
On July 4, Shane Adler ripped a
bases loaded single with no outs in the
12th to lift Ashton past Cazenovia.
Ashton built an early 4-2 lead, but
Cazenovia forced extra innings and
took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th.
In the bottom of the frame, though,
Kasey Miller had an RBI single to tie
the game, then Adler played hero one
inning later.
July 6
Ashton 10, Richland Center 1
Richland Center …………....….. 000 001 000 — 1 5 4
Ashton ………………........….. 000 216 10x — 10 13 0
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Mortimer (5.1-9-5-12), Schauer (2.2-4-0-2-5); Heise (6-4-1-0-7), Maier (3-10-1-1).
Leading hitters — Richland Center — Wienkes
(2x4); Ashton — Gowan (2x5), Novinski (2x5), S. Adler
(2x4), Prochaska (2x4).
HR — Prochaska. 3B — S. Adler. 2B — Mortimer;
Novinski, Prochaska.
July 4
Ashton 6, Cazenovia 5 (12)
Cazenovia …………..…….. 010 010 020 010 — 5 11 3
Ashton ………....………….. 000 211 000 011 — 6 20 0
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Overlein (10.1-16-52-3), Kowalke (L; 0.2-4-1-0-0); Peternell (9-10-4-1-6),
Felton (2-1-1-3-2), Meinholz (W; 1-0-0-1-0).
Leading hitters — Cazenovia — Fish (2x5),
Kowalke (2x6), Daniels (2x6), Duren (2x3); Ashton —
Novinski (4x7), S. Adler (3x6), Prochaska (3x5), Miller
(2x4), J. Adler (2x5), Gowan (4x6).
HR — Kowalke, Ihde. 2B — Dakotah Daniels,
Wyatt Erntstmeyer.

Sports briefs


Youth football camp

The annual Middleton Cardinal Youth Football Camp will be held July 2123 at Breitenbach Stadium.
The camp is run by the Middleton High School coaching staff and varsity
players. For camp details, contact coach Tim Simon at

Golf scores

Flight A
Low Gross — Martha Brusegar, Kathy Reed and Mary Balistreri, 47
Low Net — Martha Brusegar and Mary Balistreri, 35
Play of the Day — Akiko Teng
Flight B
Low Gross — Mary VerVoort, 50
Low Net — Mary VerVoort and Wendy Johnson, 34
Play of the Day — Mary VerVoort
Flight C
Low Gross — Georgia Wagner, 62
Low Net —Victoria Seward, 32
Play of the Day — Laurie West

Parkcrest Women’s League
June 14
Flight A — Monnie Vena, 49
Flight B — Bpnnie Snyder, 53
Flight C — Mary Nankavil and Jan Cibula (tie), 65