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Germantown basketball team to play for Whiz Kids summer title

June 28, 2013 11:48 a.m. | Picking  where it left off after claiming its second straight WIAA State D1 title in March, the Germantown boys basketball team will compete for the Whiz Kids Summer League Championship at MSOE in Milwaukee on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Milwaukee Riverside.

The summer team, which is coached by Dave Huebner, will carry a 30-0 record into the final. It is made up largely of members of the returning WIAA state champions, which will carry a 56-game winning streak into the 2013-14 season.

Germantown will return four of five starters this coming winter and six of its top eight players. State Player of the Year center Luke Fischer will be at Indiana but returning NOW All-Suburban guard Lamonte Bearden will be back to run the show along with three-point shooting ace Jake Showalter.

In addition, Germantown picked up Menomonee Falls transfer Juwan McCloud, who had a fine freshman season as a guard for the Indians this past winter. McCloud is the younger brother of former Germantown guard Jalen McCloud.

Nicolet rallies past Germantown on Wagner's hit , 7-6

June 27, 2013 9:40 p.m. | The Nicolet baseball team could get used to this one-run win thing.

Because a week after losing three such games in a row, the Knights rallied from three runs down in the sixth inning to pull out a 7-6 eight-inning decision over North Shore leader Germantown on Thursday night at Stormonth Field.

It was the second such one-run decision in favor of Nicolet this week following a 2-1 win over Cedarburg on Monday and it is was definitely something that first-year coach Jason Grodsky would love to see more of.

"Yeah, it's a lot more fun being on this side of the equation," he said. The Knights improved to 5-7 in league play and 8-12 overall, while Germantown fell to 9-3 in league play falling into a virtually tie with Homestead and Cedarburg (both 10-4).

Grodsky worked hard to rally the troops after Germantown scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. The Warhawks got an RBI single from Joey Sykora and then Ben Eggert scored on the back end of a double-steal. In the fourth, shortstop Jordan Kuczynski had broken a 3-all tie with a two-out RBI single.

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Germantown School Board adds two new teaching positions at County Line Elementary

June 25, 2013 9:17 a.m. | Germantown — County Line Elementary will be getting two new teachers for the 2013-14 school year, officials decided Monday.

At every School Board meeting, administration provides the board with an enrollment update. The numbers fluctuate throughout summer. Even though Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Coley asked the board to wait to approve new positions until July, when numbers are more concrete, the board decided to move forward with new positions in kindergarten and fourth grade.

Both of these grade levels are in the "red," meaning class sizes are becoming too big.

Each grade level at County Line will now have four sections.

The 2013-14 budget will have to be adjusted and funds have to be found in order to pay for the two teachers. School Board Member Bruce Warnimont, who made the motion, said he believes the funds are available.

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Subscribe to NOW's weekly newsletter for chance to win Summerfest tickets

June 25, 2013 9:03 a.m. | Subscribe to the MyCommunityNOW Suburban Roundup newsletter to get news delivered to you weekly and for your chance to win a pair of Summerfest tickets.

Head to the Journal Interactive Network newsletters page and sign up to receive the Suburban News Roundup newsletter, which is distributed on Thursday mornings. In this week's edition, there will be a item telling subscribers how they can enter a sweepstakes for Summerfest tickets.

Five winners will be announced via email on Friday, June 28.

Homestead closes gap in NSC with 10-7 win over Germantown

June 20, 2013 9:27 p.m. | Veteran Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard is not going to read too much into his team's less-than-artful 10-7 win over North Shore Conference leader Germantown Thursday night other than to say:

"It gives us a sliver of hope."

With the victory, the Highlanders improved to 8-4 in league play (13-5 overall0 while Germantown maintained its lead at 8-2 (9-5 overall).

"But seriously, this is a huge win for us,'" said Millard. "Both teams were sloppy and loose on defense, but it does give us the slightest sliver of hope."

Warhawk coach Jeff Wolf couldn't explain his team's flat effort on defense which resulted in a season-high eight errors.

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Interfaith Caregivers tries to bring Meals on Wheels to Germantown

June 19, 2013 2:47 p.m. | Should the Washington County Board give the stamp of approval at its Thursday meeting, Interfaith Caregivers will bring the Meals On Wheels program to Germantown and start serving food on Friday.

There will be an immediate need for volunteer drivers to serve the approximately 16 senior citizens who would participate in the Meals on Wheels program in Germantown, said Interfaith Caregivers Executive Director Debi Genthe. Volunteers need to fill out an application through Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County. Interfaith will complete a routine background check and driving record check for all volunteers.

Deliveries begin at 10:45 a.m. The driver would use an Interfaith van that is parked at the Germantown Police Department, drive to the Germantown Senior Center to pick up the meals, follow the mapped route to deliver the food, stop back at the Senior Center to drop off the insulated containers, and return the van to the Police Department.

It is estimated that the deliveries would be complete by 1 p.m. Interfaith Caregivers already serves Germantown residents for their medical needs, but this would be the first time that service includes Meals on Wheels.

"Part of our mission is to make sure seniors have access to medical care and they have access to food and this is such a good fit," Genthe said. "On a daily basis for one person to affect the lives of 16 people — that's a pretty good opportunity."

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

June 19, 2013 8:07 a.m. | Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.

Falls bounces back with 7-4 road win at Oak Creek

June 18, 2013 9:58 p.m. | Menomonee Falls shortstop and ace relief pitcher Brett Krause must love Oak Creek's Abendshein Field.

Last year, he hit an extra inning home run to beat the Knights there and on Tuesday night, with the Indian baseball team coming off a discouraging home loss to underdog West Allis Central the night before, he came up big again, closing out a 7-4 upset of the defending state champion Knights with two sometimes harrowing innings of relief work.

How harrowing? After a stunning 12-pitches, three strikeouts-looking effort in the sixth, Krause was a fighter backed into a corner in the seventh after a walk, a towering flare that dropped into no-man's land and a soft liner loaded the bases with none out.

How did he react?

"That was kind of fun actually," he said.

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Falls' soccer star Smalley named first-team all-state

June 18, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Junior midfielder Anna Smalley of the Greater Metro Conference champion Menomonee Falls girls' soccer team was just announced as a member of the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches' Association (WSCA) All-State "First 11".

The first-team selection for Smalley is another feather in the cap for arguably the best season in the history of the Falls' girls' program, which was ranked as high as third in state polls this season and made sectional semifinals before losing to fourth-ranked in state area rival Germantown, 1-0.

Germantown junior forward Maddie Tetzke earned "Best of the Rest"  on the all-state team.

Division I state champion Cedarburg put two players on the first team and Catholic Memorial freshman forward Emily Cervantes, who led the Crusaders to still another state D2 crown, was named player of the year.

Falls baseball team rallies from deficit to down Hamilton, 11-5

June 14, 2013 10:24 p.m. | After "catching cold" with its hitting last week in a horrendous six-game losing streak, the Menomonee Falls baseball team caught a fever with its bats this week, recording four straight Greater Metro Conference wins, including an impressive 11-5 home rally against archrival Sussex Hamilton Friday night.

"The old adage that hitting is contagious is true," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "When you hit, it takes a lot of pressure off of you."

The Indians, who could scarcely manage 16 runs in six losses the previous week, scored 27 runs in four victories this past cycle in improving to 7-4 in Greater Metro Conference play and 11-6 overall.

Falls banged out 11 hits and took advantage of a couple of key Charger errors in rallying Friday from a 4-0 deficit for the second straight night.

Falls starter Brendan Paule was a little shaky in the beginning, as two walks and a two-run double by Hamilton clean-up hitter Trent Metzger made the score 2-0 in the top of the first.

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Parents, school leaders dissect Falls music program

June 13, 2013 10:45 a.m. | The music department at the Menomonee Falls School District was dissected in a workshop Wednesday that involved parents, teachers, administration and school board members.

The group of selected individuals sat at a table to discuss ways to maintain music programming as the School District was forced to cut $2.4 million from its 2013-14 budget and looks to cut another $2 million the following year as state aid fails to pace with inflation, said Superintendent Pat Greco.

Orchestra is on the list of things that may be cut for the 2014-15 school year and prompted the School Board's Curriculum and Learning Committee to call a music work session that gave an in-depth look at the department. The workshop was also a way for interested parties to generate ideas on how to maintain music programming despite fiscal constraints.

"We have a very difficult couple of years coming up financially," said Committee Chair David Noshay.

One idea the district will pursue is creative scheduling at the elementary and middle school, an idea brought forth by parent Barb Nienow. She said there are ways that cuts can be made by looking at scheduling and teaching all the music courses more efficiently.

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Graduation in the suburbs photo gallery now online

June 10, 2013 10:32 a.m. | It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.

Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.

Cedarburg denies Germantown state soccer berth with 1-0 decision

June 08, 2013 10:31 p.m. | "Maybe we just weren't ready for the moment."

That was the assessment of Germantown girls soccer coach Paul Sikinger after top-ranked in state Cedarburg got a goal in the 78th minute and denied the Warhawks their first-ever WIAA state tournament berth with a 1-0 sectional final decision Saturday night in Whitefish Bay.

"Our girls knew what was at stake, but maybe they (the Bulldogs) wanted it a little more. That group over there has been together for four years and they know exactly what each other will do. That's something you just can't teach."

"...You just need one great opportunity to go to state and they got it."

The Warhawks, ranked fourth in the state heading into the WIAA Tournament series, finished at 13-3-2 They were in their second sectional final in school history having also lost in 2008.
 

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Westosha's Fonk overpowers Falls, 2-1, in state semifinal softball

June 07, 2013 11:59 p.m. | Like an overmatched prizefighter who keeps ducking the big blow from a stronger, more talented opponent, the Menomonee Falls girls softball team kept dodging, feinting and finding ways to stay in the game against top-ranked Westosha Central in a WIAA state semifinal Friday night in Madison.

But eventually Falcons' senior pitcher Sarah Fonk and her teammates got the counter-punch they needed, when senior first baseman and leadoff hitter Brittney Blazich ripped a bases-loaded single over a drawn-in Indian infield in the bottom of the sixth to give Westosha a 2-1 victory.

"We did everything that we could," said Indian coach Nick Heiting. "I thought we showed a lot of energy and fight, but that is a great team with a great pitcher. We tried to do things with our speed and our pitching, but it wasn't quite enough."

Because Fonk, a 5-10 senior pitcher who is a leading candidate for state player of the year, simply wouldn't let them. She gave up only a bunt single to Indian lead-off hitter Brittany Robinson in the first, never let Falls hit a ball out of the infield and struck out 13 against only one walk.

Falcon co-coach Tom Lampe summed up his feelings for the three-year starter Fonk this way.

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Germantown edges Falls, 1-0, in WIAA soccer sectional semifinal

June 07, 2013 12:29 a.m. | They want to be the first Germantown soccer team, boys or girls, to go to state.

And if the first major step towards that goal is over the backs of a better ranked and fully tenacious crosstown rival, all the better.

And that's exactly what the fourth-ranked in state Warhawk girls did Thursday night, as they overcame a shaky first half to ride a Jamie Karch goal at the 60:52 mark to down their third-ranked hosts Menomonee Falls, 1-0, in a WIAA sectional semifinal.

"We've come a long ways this year," said Warhawk coach Paul Sikinger, "and these girls have only one thing on their minds, to beat Cedarburg. We weren't focused the first time we played them and we lost (3-1), now we want another chance."

And they will, 13-2-2 Germantown will play the North Shore Conference champion and top-ranked in state Cedarburg squad (14-3-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a sectional final at Whitefish Bay for the right to advance to the WIAA State Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, June 13-15.

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Subdivision on tap at former Falls nursery site

June 06, 2013 10:48 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Planning Commission on Tuesday conceptually approved a 145-lot subdivision at a tree farm currently owned by Lied's Nursery.

The 82-acre plot of land, southeast of Town Line Road and Mill Road, bordering the Silver Spring Golf and Banquet Center, is no longer being utilized as the company looks to sell the land to Developer Jim Forester and Point Real Estate. There is a contract to purchase the land on the table, but it has not been finalized yet, said Director of Community Development Matt Carran. The conceptual design approved in a planned residential development district includes the development of 130 single family homes and 15 duplexes.

To be developed, the site needs to be analyzed for stormwater infiltration. The developer will have to extend the utility, sewer and water, put in roads, storm sewer and any other infrastructure needed before lots can be sold for the construction of homes.

The proposed layout includes a road to connect the subdivision directly to Town Line Road. The Planning Commission asked that an additional road be constructed to connect the subdivision to the golf course, Carran said.

Now that the conceptual design was approved by the village, the developer has to create a preliminary plat, followed by a developers agreement and obtain final plat approval from the state, Waukesha County and the village of Menomonee Falls. Once the final plat is approved, the lots can be sold. Carran said although they want to move quickly on this, he doesn't anticipate the lots to go on the market until next year.

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Sheriff's report: 'Porn in the morn' among Butler Police Department's misdeeds

June 05, 2013 3:46 p.m. | Village of Butler - A Waukesha County Sheriff's investigation that compares the Butler Police Department to a college fraternity because of the behavior of some of its officers is expected to be released Thursday, according to sources familiar with the report.

The voluminous report includes summaries of the activities of five police officers including the retired police chief who participated in what one former police officer described as "porn in the morn." 

The officers, including the chief, occasionally viewed and emailed pornographic photos on village electronic equipment including computers and cellular telephones. In addition, the officers engaged in conversations that included sexually and racially offensive language, according to the report.

One of the officers has been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office for possible prosecution. The sources declined to describe the potential severity of the charges that might be brought against the police officer.

Police Chief Michael Cosgrove, a 33 year veteran of the department, announced his retirement in the midst of the investigation.

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Germantown edges Brookfield Central in softball sectional final

June 02, 2013 2:24 p.m. | Just when it looked like the momentum shifted back to Brookfield Central, Germantown senior Felicia Kons took it right back with one swing of the bat.

In an outstanding pitching duel between Central freshman Crystal Sicard and Germantown’s Amanda Witzlib, the sectional championship game at Brookfield East on May 30 looked like it was headed for extra innings.

Sophomore Haley Johnson led off the bottom of the sixth inning with Sicard’s only walk of the game, but Central’s all-star catcher Carly Sobrilsky picked her off first base with a rifle throw. Junior Erika Berry then struck out and the Lancers had momentum squarely on their side.

But then Kons came to the plate — she had a strikeout and a flyball in her first two appearances. And the lefthanded hitter took an outside pitch and deposited over the wall in left centerfield for a 1-0 lead.

“After five innings I felt the game was going to go into overtime, extra innings,” Fons said. “The pitch was a little outside, but it felt great when I hit it. I ran it out and when everyone cheered I knew it was a homer.”

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2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated

June 02, 2013 10:47 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW.com has just updated its photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.

Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.

You can see a photo gallery of the 2012 state track and field meet here.

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