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One dead in rash of Sunday morning crashes in Menomonee Falls

Dec. 09, 2013 11:37 a.m. | A 63-year-old Franklin man has died as a result of injuries he sustained during a multiple vehicle crash Sunday morning on southbound U.S. Highway 41/45 in Menomonee Falls.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to the multiple-vehicle crash reported at approximately 11:15 a.m. Shortly thereafter, additional vehicle crashes were reported on the highway. As a result of those additional accidents, a second person sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the crashes, while numerous people suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department is estimating that about 100 vehicles were involved in the numerous crashes that occurred on the three-mile stretch of the highway through the village.

Highway 41/45 was shut down for approximately nine hours Sunday for safety reasons as steady snowfall led to slick road conditions and blowing snow limited visibility.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department's Traffic Unit is currently investigating the crashes.

Sports Shorts: May 5, 2016

10:18 a.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN GIRLS SOFTBALL

The Indians broke open a 3-2 game with a five-run fifth and cruised past their border nonconference rivals, 10-2, on April 25.

The win was the sixth in a row for Falls, and it was the fourth straight loss for the Warhawks.

Indian lead-off hitter Lou Sciortinodid great damage with three hits and four RBIs, while Morgan Schiedemeyerhad three hits with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Falls ace Ciera Jones scattered five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Both Germantown pitchers Megan Cull(who took the loss) and Michelle Moorehad trouble getting the Indians out as Falls rapped 14 hits.

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DSHA softball team outslugs Falls in GMC showdown

10:08 a.m. | Everyone who came up to the scorers' table in Menomonee Falls after the DSHA softball team's 8-5 victory over the Indians in a Greater Metro Conference showdown April 28 was stunned by the final score.

Not by the fact that the 12-0 Dashers won, but by the fact that the game was so high-scoring in a matchup of two traditionally pitching-heavy programs.

"I thought that it would have been 1-0," was the common refrain.

And with DSHA's senior all-state hurler Rose Dentice toeing the rubber, one would have thought that, but the misty, miserable, winter-like, 39-degree conditions surprisingly gave advantage to the hitters, as the Dashers cracked 11 hits and the Indians eight.

Those three extra hits and two critical errors proved to be the difference, however, as the Dashers moved into sole possession of first place in the GMC at 6-0, while the rebuilding Indians fell to 5-1 in league play and 10-3 overall.

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Menomonee Falls golf team remains competitive fighting the weather

10:06 a.m. | Though the weather might not be conducive to playing excellent and/or fun golf, the young Menomonee Falls boys squad is making the most of its early opportunities, taking ninth in the 17-team powerhouse Onalaska Invitational on April 29.

Earlier in the week, the three-freshmen strong Indians were more competitive than they looked in finishing 15th out of 26 at the Brookfield Central Skins Invite on April 27

And on Monday, April 25, the Indians tested their patience in the twice-delayed Greater Metro Conference mini-meet at Westmoor Country Club, which was eventually canceled and rescheduled for Monday, May 2.

"With the threat of stormy weather in the forecast, we knew there was the possibility of interrupted play," said coach Tony Pritchard. "By the time players had hit their first tee shots, we had suspended play and pulled them off the course.

"A 45-minute delay, and we were headed back out to our positions. Before we could complete even a hole, we were again delayed due to thunder and lightening. We finally called play for the day at 5 p.m."

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Corey Golla to replace Gary Kiltz as Curriculum and Learning Director in Menomonee Falls schools

7:12 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — It is a time of transition in the School District of Menomonee Falls.

Menomonee Falls High School Principal Corey Golla has been named the new director of curriculum and learning and will replace Dr. Gary Kiltz, who was named superintendent for the Greendale School District earlier this year.

"(He) is an experienced leader with exceptional skills," Superintendent Dr. Pat Greco said of Golla, who was selected from among 79 candidates. "Corey built a culture of improvement with students and staff. The results of student learning have demonstrated exceptional gains."

Golla has served as principal for MFHS since 2012.

The high school principal position will be posted next month and the official transition will take place in July.

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Catholic Memorial hires Steve Showalter to coach boys basketball

May 02, 2016 11:47 p.m. | The stars seemed aligned just right.

Last month Steve Showalter resigned as an assistant coach at Division II Lindenwood University near St. Louis and announced that he planned to return to the area after one-year absence. Meanwhile, Germantown, the program he had built into a state power, was looking for a head coach.

Those who thought Showalter would return to his old stomping grounds were off the mark, though. Instead the 50-year-old was announced Monday as the new head boys basketball coach at Catholic Memorial in Waukesha, a school that also has a recent history of winning state titles in the sport.

"The thing that was special for me is they really came after me hard," he said. "They showed a lot of interest in me and talked about how much they valued me as a person and as a coach.

"I was looking for a full-time job that I could combine with coaching, and I was lucky enough to be able to find a full-time job within the school where I get to work with kids every day."

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Resilient Germantown boys win county track outdoor

May 02, 2016 8:30 p.m. | The meet was dragging on; the wind was becoming more and more raw and biting; and the temperatures were falling to a range barely acceptable for early March, and still the Germantown track teams did not lose focus at the Washington County Invite in West Bend on April 26.

And so, despite holding some people out and limiting others because there are bigger fish to fry down the line, the Warhawks' boys squad won the eight-team event, and the girls finished a strong second.

As a father of four, whose own family was battling all sorts of cold weather-related illness, Germantown coach Greg Siegert was impressed with the team's mental toughness, especially of farm-strong sprinter Austin Mozdzen (won two events) and elite jumper and sprinter Shon Pratcher (won four events using a minimum of effort under tough conditions).

"It has been ugly (the weather), and a lot of the team has been battling illness," Siegert said. "This is a lull point in the season (about eight weeks in), and it's hard to get excited about meets in 39-degree weather, but we have high-caliber kids."

That the Warhawks do.

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Catholic Memorial lands former Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter

May 02, 2016 6:04 p.m. | Former three-time WIAA state champion Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter said "he had options" after he left Lindenwood University (Missouri) this spring after one season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team.

And Showalter exercised one of those options this week, when he accepted the position of boys basketball coach and learning commons supervisor at Waukesha Catholic Memorial. It will be a salaried full-time position with benefits, something that Showalter said he was looking for when he headed back north for Wisconsin after leaving Lindenwood.

"They had a need for both," he said of the twin aspects of the job. "They thought I fit the bill for both. I'm excited to be part of the CMH community and positively influence the kids on a daily basis. I think this is really good for me and very positive for the kids as well."

Showalter will be taking over for Dean Bellanti, who left after eight seasons, including a 10-14 season this past year and a WIAA D2 state title in 2010.

Showalter spent 15 years at Germantown, transforming a former basketball backwater into an empire, turning in a record of 286-81 including WIAA D1 state titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In his last year of 2014-15, Germantown went 27-1, losing only to Stevens Point in the state finals.

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Cozzini Bros. to move into Falls Commerce Center

April 29, 2016 2:59 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The largest commercial knife rental and sharpening services company in the country will soon call Menomonee Falls home.

Cozzini Bros. is now leasing a 5,204-square-foot space inside Falls Commerce Center. They are a full-service provider of sharpening and other blade exchange programs for restaurants, grocery stores, commercial kitchens, cafeterias, hospitals and schools.

For over one hundred years Cozzini has provided their services, growing to 45 locations across the United States.

Germantown Community Scholarship Fund provides unique experience for students, to host Mud Splash

April 29, 2016 2:50 p.m. | Germantown — Earth Day has taken on new meaning for the students at MacArthur Elementary School.

In honor of Earth Day, students at the school were able to view a unique traveling art exhibit that featured the work of Robert Wyland. Consisting of four colorful, large-scale panels featuring Wyland's work of marine wildlife, the opportunity allowed each class to tour the exhibit, discuss it and do a hands-on project.

None of it would have been possible without funding from a grant from the Germantown Community Scholarship Fund, which afforded art teacher Tracy Miller the grant earlier this year.

"We simply do not have the budget to be able to bring exhibits like this one to our schools," said Miller, who was one of seven recipients of the teacher grants, "but the excitement and reaction from the students was priceless."

The larger-than-life exhibit featured three, 6.5'H x 4'W panels, as well as one larger, 5.5'Hx12.5'W panel, depicting the artist's colorful, large-scale oil on canvas artwork. Actual art pieces range in size from 7' x 4' up to half a mile long with many of his murals spanning the sides of buildings and skyscrapers.

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DSHA softball team slugs its way past Menomonee Falls, 8-5

April 29, 2016 12:11 a.m. | Everyone who came up to the scorers' table in Menomonee Falls after the DSHA softball team's 8-5 victory over the Indians in a Greater Metro Conference showdown Thursday afternoon was stunned by the final score.

Not by the fact that the 12-0 Dashers won, but by the fact that the game was so high-scoring in a match-up of two traditionally pitching-heavy programs.

"I thought that it would have been 1-0," was the common refrain.

And with DSHA's senior all-state hurler Rose Dentice toeing the rubber, one would have thought that, but the misty, miserable winter-like 39-degree conditions surprisingly gave advantage to the hitters, as the Dashers cracked 11 hits and the Indians eight.

Those three extra hits and two critical errors proved to be the difference, however, as the Dashers moved into sole possession of first place in the GMC at 6-0 while the rebuilding Indians fell to 5-1 in league play and 10-3 overall.

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Getting to know Menomonee Falls Little League President Donald Patten

April 27, 2016 6:10 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — They've been busy perfecting their swing and rounding the bases since early April, but the time is now for little leaguers to dust off their cleats and head back on the field for the 26th season of Menomonee Falls Little League.

Opening day for the league is April 30, and League President Donald Patten said he couldn't be more excited for the season to start.

The charge of overseeing the group of more than 900 players that make up one of Wisconsin's largest leagues is a time-consuming, but rewarding job.

"Once the baseball season starts practicing in early April through the tournaments and fall ball, I leave work every night and head for a baseball field, either to volunteer at the MFLL complex or to umpire at different fields throughout the area," said Patten, who took over for Mark McLean this year.

A member of the Menomonee Falls Little League board since 2013, the umpire in chief was also the all-star player agent, uniform and equipment coordinator and umpire scheduler in 2015. All of that is in addition to working full-time as the master scheduler for NCL Graphic Specialties.

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Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016

April 26, 2016 12:54 p.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS TRACK

WIAA state 400-meter dash place winner Khady Diarrassoubaflashed some of her 2015 when she turned in a a state honor-roll winning effort of 59.08 seconds in claiming her event at the West Bend West Spartan Invitational on April 22.

Diarrassouba edged out an Oconomowoc runner (59.29) for the win in the race.

The Indians also got a winning effort from the 4x200 relay team of Amber Kivisto, Rachel Aumueller, Sam Krukand Caleigh Chisholm in a season best of 1:49.58 and a victory from Chisholm in the 100 high hurdles (16.86).

Those efforts led the Indians to an eighth-place showing in the 12-school event with 551/2 points as host West won with 106.

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Menomonee Falls boys track team getting faster and faster

April 26, 2016 11:01 a.m. | Short-handed or not, due to injuries and a myriad of situations, the Menomonee Falls boys track team is still going far and going fast, based on the Indians' pair of second-place finishes last week.

They posted a runner-up showing to a powerful New Berlin Eisenhower squad in the Sussex Hamilton Charger Invite on April 19. Falls turned in several excellent times in that meet, but most of them are unofficial because of a glitch in the timing system that occurred early on, forcing many events to be hand-timed and then adjusted for accuracy.

The Indians went even faster on Friday, April 22, when they took second to Fond du Lac at the West Bend West Spartan Invite. There the 4x100-meter relay team of Amari Hackett, Mason Jansen, Patrick Doyle and Vincent Zimmermann turned in what is believed to be the state's best time so far this season at 42.97.

"We turned in some good open times in some really good meets," said coach Bobby Regent-Smith.

The Indians will get a chance to prove themselves even further when they take part in the Marquette Invite at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Quad Park in Milwaukee. They will then head over to West Allis Hale for the Greater Metro Conference Relays on Wednesday, May 4.

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Young Menomonee Falls softball team ready for challenges ahead

April 26, 2016 10:43 a.m. | Contenders or pretenders?

The official verdict is still out for the reloading Menomonee Falls girls softball team, but based on an impressive 8-2 start, including a 4-0 mark last week, contenders they would appear to be.

"Not so fast," chuckled Indian coach Lou Sanicola. "We're fortunate to have kids playing well. They're getting exposure to different conditions, different positions. It helps them get ready for the higher-level competition we will be seeing soon."

Very soon.

The Indians (4-0 in GMC play) took on border nonconference rival and power Germantown on April 25 and then will have two critical Greater Metro Conference contests. They hosted Brookfield Central on Tuesday, April 26, and then will host DSHA at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Another GMC tilt at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, will close out the week.

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