Daly, Crangle, Higginbotham make semis in WIAA state wrestling

Feb. 27, 2014 11:06 p.m. | It was one dose of the expected and two doses of the dramatic at the WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday in Madison as Aaron Daly and Casey Crangle of Menomonee Falls and Hunter Higginbotham of Germantown all made Friday night's semifinals.

The expected was Daly, as the returning state 106-pound runner-up was completely dominant at 106 again in earning his semifinal berth. He pinned Trevor Hanson of Baraboo in 1:04 in the first round and then downed Hortonville's Jacob Burnett in a nippy 29 seconds in the quarterfinal.

Daly (43-7) credited his move down from 113 pounds for the state tournament series for reinvigorating his season.

"I was a little out of it mentally halfway through the season," he said. "I got into Ringers' (the area club) some more and then I started kicking it up a notch. ...This was a good day. I stayed focused and stayed strong mentally."

He will face Greater Metro Conference rival Tyus White of West Allis Central (41-2) in the 7 p.m. semifinals on Friday for the right to advance to Saturday's 6 p.m. championships. Because Daly was at a higher weight most of the season, the two have not faced each other this season.

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Menomonee Falls issues stop-work order to controversial waste processor

Feb. 25, 2014 5:37 p.m. | Menomonee Falls has called strike one against Advanced Waste Services Inc. for installing pipes for industrial waste processing equipment inside a village building without proper state and local permits — weeks before the village Plan Commission is scheduled to decide if such a business can be permitted there.

Village officials issued a stop-work order against the company when the pipes and other structural improvements were discovered, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said Tuesday.

The company has proposed moving its ChemWorks industrial waste processing business from Milwaukee's west side, where it has been the subject of several years of odor complaints from its neighbors, to an industrial area on Lilly Road.

A zoning occupancy permit issued to the company last year authorizes it to remove building material from the building but not to build new structures or install new equipment, Fitzgerald said.

The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission would act on Advanced Waste Services Inc.'s proposal under the following timetable proposed by Village Attorney Michael Morse:

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Germantown police find stolen truck through tip on Facebook

Feb. 25, 2014 3:38 p.m. | A stolen truck was removed from the Walmart parking lot in Germantown and towed back to the police department after police received a tip through their Facebook page about 1 p.m. Feb. 18.

According to the Germantown police report:

A member at Preferred Fitness, N112 W15800 Mequon Road, called police after two males stole all of his belongings, including his car keys, out of his locker, and also stole his blue 2013 Ford F150 out of the parking lot at about 1:10 p.m. Feb. 16.

Police received a tip through their Facebook page at about 1 p.m. Feb. 18 that the stolen truck was parked in the lot at the Germantown Walmart.

It was removed and towed back to the Germantown Police Department for processing.

Germantown girls clinch share of first league title in 41 years

Feb. 21, 2014 10:26 p.m. | The images are indelible.

Of course, the first ladder they got out was too short so they had to go get a longer one.

Then there were the cheesy pictures of the players with pieces of net gripped happily in their mouths.

And then there was fifth-year coach Matt Stuve making sure that everyone, and he meant everyone who wanted a piece of the victorious net got one Friday night.

Because, it's not every night that the Germantown girls basketball team makes history, but they did this one, as their 85-43 cruise past Homestead guaranteed the Warhawks a share of their first North Shore Conference title ever and their first circuit title of any kind since the last of three in a row in the old Scenic Moraine in 1973.

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Bearden's two free throws lift Germantown boys to win in 58-56 thriller

Feb. 20, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Germantown point guard Lamonte Bearden got to the foul line a lot Thursday night in the Warhawks' regular season closer basketball game against Homestead, but was indifferent in his results, hitting just 12 of 20 for the game.

But he saved his best effort at the line for last, as he calmly drained two throws with 2.7 seconds left in a tie game to give Germantown the lead. And when the Highlanders' desperation heave from Jack Popp was off the mark, Germantown had completed its fourth straight unbeaten run through the North Shore Conference, 58-56.

"He's probably a career 80 percent free throw shooter," said coach Steve Showalter of Bearden. "He was far from that tonight, but he hit the big ones though."

With the victory, the Warhawks finished the regular season at 14-0 in league play and 20-2 overall. They have now won 59 North Shore Conference games in a row dating back to 2010 and now have won an even 100 games over the last four seasons combined.

"These things are something all the guys can be proud of," said Showalter. "We as a staff are proud of them. Our first goal (every season) is to work hard and win conference."

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Falls wrestlers earn repeat berth to team state, hammer Tosa, 66-8

Feb. 18, 2014 9:57 p.m. |  

No drama tonight, just plenty of hard work and success for the Menomonee Falls wrestling team as the Indians earned a second straight WIAA state team berth with a 66-8 rout of Wauwatosa tonight in the team sectional dual at Whitefish Bay.

"This is everything we've worked for over the last two years," said senior 220-pounder James Dow, who recorded one of the seven consecutive pins that the Indians laid upon Tosa to open the lopsided match. "This is where we want to be. We've wrestled our whole lives for this moment.  ...To do this again as a senior is amazing."

"It's just great," said senior 138-pounder Jake McMahon. "We wanted to get back because we're a better team this year. We have fewer gaps."

With the victory, the Indians will advance to the WIAA State Team Tournament in Madison, March 7 and 8, likely against top-ranked in state Kaukauna.

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Menomonee Falls wrestlers defend GMC tourney title

Feb. 07, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Last year's Greater Metro Conference tournament title won at Marquette was a bit of a surprise for the Menomonee Falls wrestling team.

But this year, before their own home fans Friday night, the Indians took the favorite's mantle and wore it proudly, earning four individual titles and six second place finishes in cruising to a repeat tournament championship.

"It's just a good way to end the regular season," said a tired Falls coach Jim McMahon, who was helping with the clean-up well after the 9:30 p.m. finish. "It was nice to defend. We definitely came in as the favorite and we talked to the kids about it.

"We told them that they should go out and win this tournament. They did and they took a lot of pressure off themselves by doing it."

The Indians scored 256-1/2 points to easily outdistance runner-up West Allis Central (211-1/2) and third place West Allis Hale (197). The title was also the first-ever repeat championship for the Indians in the 17-year history of the GMC and it also marked the first time that Falls had won both the dual meet and tournament championships in the same season.

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Retail center proposed for Germantown

Feb. 07, 2014 10:46 a.m. | A strip retail center is being proposed for a Germantown site.

The 21,750-square-foot multi-tenant center would be developed at N96 W19100 and N96 W19062 County Line Road, according to the Germantown Plan Commission agenda. The commission is to conduct a review of the proposal at its Monday meeting.

The development would feature a 19,336-square-foot building for three tenants, and a separate 2,412-square-foot building for one tenant, a commission report said. The report didn't name possible tenants.

The 3.7-acre site is just west of the retail development that includes World Market and T.J. Maxx, which is on the north side of County Line Road, west of Appleton Ave.

The proposal was submitted by Appleton-based Core Commercial Inc. Core Commercial principal Kim Pischke couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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Menomonee Falls teacher keeps students learning on snow days

Feb. 05, 2014 12:39 p.m. | Last week’s polar vortex could do nothing to stop Menomonee Falls science teacher Julie Poetzel, even with school closings on Monday and Tuesday. Students were at home, but through an online disease simulation from the National Institute of Health, her eighth graders were still learning.

“I was paperless,” she said. “And the parents saw that and were very appreciative.”

Poetzel used the NIH simulation tool as a hands-on supplement for her bacteria and micro-organisms unit. Over six days, students would get emails from a fictional school principal unable to identify a problematic community disease.

Using other clues provided by the simulation model, along with online resources, Poetzel asked students to isolate the school’s problem and possible solutions. Fellow teacher Brandon Nelson also used the NIH simulation. The final piece required a written or videotaped “breaking news” story regarding the outbreak.

According to Poetzel, this made the unit more relatable.

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United Way of Washington County announces record fund raising

Feb. 05, 2014 10:45 a.m. | United Way of Washington County raised a record $1.23 million in its 2013 campaign, officials said.

Donations topped the previous record set in 2012 by $27,821.

Funds will be distributed to 22 community organizations and help pay costs of more than 33 health and human services programs.

Wisco boys beat Germantown wire-to-wire in 62-52 win

Feb. 04, 2014 10:45 p.m. | "It was like the old days," said Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter after third-ranked in state D2 polls Wisconsin Lutheran pulled a rare wire-to-wire upset of the Warhawks, 62-52, Tuesday in Germantown.

And when he said that, it was not meant as a compliment, as two-time state champ Germantown lost its first home game since Dec. 22, 2009 against Middleton, a streak of 51 contests.

Part of the reason why, was that the second-ranked in state D1 polls Warhawks (17-2) were essentially playing with one guard (Juwan McCloud) against an experienced Wisconsin Lutheran (15-2) squad that was state D2 runner-up last year and returned veteran guards C. J. Polk, Dez Cockroft and Keith Franklin.

"They were there when we played them two years ago, they were there last year and they were here again tonight," said Showalter of the trio.

They no doubt remembered the hammering that Germantown gave their Vikings last year in one of the Warhawks many stunning steamroller jobs en route to a second straight D1 state title.

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Menomonee Falls man faces fifth drunken driving charge

Feb. 04, 2014 1:18 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — A 49-year-old Menomonee Falls man is facing his fifth charge of drunken driving after he rear-ended another vehicle, causing injury to one or more occupants inside the vehicle on Jan. 28.

According to the Menomonee Falls police:

The suspect was driving a pickup truck westbound in the W13900 block of Silver Spring Road when he rear-ended another vehicle at about 12:40 p.m.

The suspect told police he was texting on his cellphone when the accident occurred and denied being intoxicated, even though he had slurred speech and officers detected a strong odor of alcohol.

The suspect was transported to the Menomonee Falls Police Department for field sobriety testing, which he failed, and registered a 0.25 on a preliminary breath test. He was then transported to Community Memorial Hospital for a legal blood draw, the results of which were unavailable.

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Hamilton boys defense stifles Menomonee Falls, 56-27

Feb. 03, 2014 10:15 p.m. | Even Sussex Hamilton boys basketball coach Andy Cerroni admits that his team is not very special this year with the exception of the brilliant senior forward Brady Ellingson.

But what he does have is a number of players who will put in special efforts, especially on the defensive end.

The Chargers used that kind of tenacity to throw a very serious scare into top-ranked in the state Brookfield Central last Friday and then used it again Monday night to great effect in throttling archrival Menomonee Falls, 56-27, on the Indians' home court.

It was the lowest point total allowed by Hamilton this season.

"We've been this way all season long," said Cerroni of the Chargers' tenacious half-court man-to-man defense. "With the kids we've got, that's the way we have to play. We have the defense and on offense we have guys who can take care of the ball."

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