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Jonas' three lifts Whitefish Bay girls over Germantown, 58-57

Jan. 18, 2013 10:33 p.m. | The first words out of Whitefish By girls basketball coach Greg Capper's mouth following the Blue Dukes' dramatic 58-57 road win over host Germantown Friday night were this:

"That's exactly the way we drew it up."

And returning NOW All-Suburban center and author of the winning baseline three-pointer with two seconds to go Maya Jonas, mostly agreed with her coach's assessment.

"It was actually to look for anyone that was open," she said of the play that began with just 8.9 seconds to go and Germantown up 57-55. "...and when I let it go I thought it was way short and then (when it went in) I went 'Oh my and thought we can't let them pick up the ball and score!'"

Germantown could only get off a rushed half-court heave at the buzzer.

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For Menomonee Falls team, faith goes as far as Alabama

Jan. 16, 2013 3:39 p.m. | So that Alabama rout of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship last week? Turns out a few prayers from a girls volleyball team at a Menomonee Falls Catholic school might have given Alabama its edge.

At least that's the way the coach and members of the St. Mary's Warriors like to think about it.

The girls and the Alabama Crimson Tide have been cheering each other on since the fall, when Warriors coach Brad Van Dam used the story of 'Bama's 2011 championship, a victory over LSU on Jan. 9, 2012, to motivate his eighth-grade team.

Like Alabama in the 2011 championship, the Warriors had lost a key game to a rival team earlier in the season. And Van Dam hoped that, like Alabama, the girls would learn from their mistakes, rebuild their confidence and come back stronger against that rival. And they did, winning the 2012 Division I Seton Tournament championship in November.

Van Dam fired off an email to Alabama coach Nick Saban, letting him know how his team inspired the girls. Saban in turn read the email to his own team, just off a disappointing loss to Texas A&M. He shipped the girls an Alabama banner signed by his players. The girls sent signed jerseys, and the coaches and staff have been exchanging accolades since.

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Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings on tap for Germantown's Riversbend Development

Jan. 16, 2013 3:31 p.m. | The redevelopment of the 40-acre Riversbend Country Club property on County Line Road in Germantown that includes two franchise restaurants moved forward on Monday after the Planning Commission approved permit applications and a zone change.

Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings are set to go up on 3.5 acres in the parking lot of the current Riversbend Golf Club, W18034 County Line Road, as well as a new golf club house that will be built on the north end of the remaining 37.5 acres. The site development and architecture plans, as well as signage were also approved at the Planning Commission meeting.

Menomonee Falls-based Continental 246 Fund also applied for an amendment to the village's land use plan, as well as a zone change for the property from institutional to neighborhood business, both of which were approved. The development also required a conditional use permit for encroachment of a 25-foot setback on wetlands, which the commission approved.

A special Germantown Village Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Village Hall to keep the development moving forward, said Village President Dean Wolter. There will be a public hearing for the zone change and conditional use permit.

The board will also vote on the restaurant plans. Residents, mostly of the Rivercrest subdivision that sits adjacent to the proposed development, did voice concerns at the Planning Commission meeting. Wolter said most concerns were because of increased traffic in the area. A traffic plan and study were completed as part of the application process and a new traffic light will be put on County Line Road alongside the development.

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Menomonee Falls man faces felony charge for spitting on officer

Jan. 14, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - A resident who became irate and spit on an officer after receiving a municipal citation for playing his music too loud is now facing a felony charge for assaulting an officer.

According to police:

Menomonee Falls police received an anonymous complaint about loud music at a home in N92 W16900 block of Roger Avenue at about 10:41 p.m. Jan. 7 and dispatched officers to the area. After hearing the music was too loud, police talked to the resident of the home, a 59-year-old man, who refused to turn the music down and was issued a municipal citation for loud and unnecessary noise.

Upon receiving the citation the man became irate and began yelling at the officers outside his home, causing a public disturbance. When officers arrested him for disorderly conduct and began the booking process, the man "intentionally spit on the officer," according to the report. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Waukesha County Jail.

In addition to the municipal citation, the man is now facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a felony charge of throwing and/or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker.

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