Sloppy Germantown boys basketball team beats Falls for 60th straight

Dec. 07, 2013 11:59 p.m. | As he was leaving the Menomonee Falls gym Saturday night following his team's occasionally impressive, occasionally messy 83-47 rout of the host Indians Saturday night, Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter called out to someone across the floor and said:

"That coach for them (Falls), he's doing all right. They'll be OK (this season)."

Showalter, the man at the top of the mountain, with back-to-back WIAA state championships to his credit and his 60th win in a row under his belt, was just recognizing the tenacity and intensity of the Indians that was instilled in them by first-year coach Ben Farley.

Farley is someone who wants to start climbing the same mountain that Showalter started on 14 years ago but he didn't think the effort this night was a good step towards that goal.

"They're just really, really good," he said of the Warhawks. "They're number one in the state, 12th nationally. I thought we had a good plan, we just didn't execute any of it.

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Germantown girls basketball team overpowers Falls, 73-54

Dec. 07, 2013 10:57 p.m. | In preperation for the better attended boys game that followed Saturday night, the crowd grew steadily for the Germantown at Menomonee Falls girls basketball game as the contest progressed.

What the fans saw was just a taste of the intense "run, press and shoot" Grinnell-style offense that the Warhawks won 18 games with last season.

And although the Warhawks were down point guard Paige Groth (sprained ankle) and weren't having one of their prime nights offensively, they still gave the fans in attendance an impressive display with a 73-54 decision over their game border rivals.

"It was nice to have the big crowd in  the second half," said Warhawk coach Matt Stuve. "I didn't care that most of them were seeing the boys game as long as they were here seeing us."

The Warhawks, who have high aspirations after that breakthrough season last year, are now 2-0 having won their critical North Shore opener the night before over tough Whitefish Bay.

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Early run keeps Germantown's streak intact

Dec. 06, 2013 10:27 p.m. | Why not us? Why not tonight?

Like many Germantown opponents have been thinking the last two seasons, Friday night in Whitefish Bay, the home Blue Dukes inquired once again if they could be the ones to end the Germantown winning streak. After all, the Blue Dukes are certainly familiar with the Warhawks, having accounted for several notches in the 58-game run prior to this latest battle, and Whitefish Bay hung with a tough Milwaukee King squad just last week.

Unfortunately for the Blue Dukes, the answers given by Germantown were familiar ones as senior guard Lamonte' Bearden led the Warhawks past Whitefish Bay, 80-72. Bearden, a University of Buffalo recruit, scored 29 and was the catalyst in a first-quarter run that cemented Germantown's 59th consecutive win. Brother Brian Bearden isn't too shabby either, helping out with 22 points of his own.

Whitefish Bay held an early 3-point lead before Germantown scored 16 unanswered, including two dunks (on four attempts). Lamonte' Bearden seemed to flip a switch during the run, becoming instantly more assertive and marking 15 tallies in the first quarter alone, giving Germantown a 27-17 lead. The multiple dunk attempts weren't exactly what Germantown coach Steve Showalter wants all the time, but he recognized the fact the plays sparked an important run.

"If we could stuff the ball better, it wouldn't be so bad, but we do want to make runs, and it did help," Showalter said. "Sometimes one or two runs in a game like this are enough, and we needed them to be able to hold these guys off.

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Stakeholders host public information meeting to discuss future of Germantown golf course land

Dec. 06, 2013 1:40 p.m. | Key players determining the future of Blackstone Creek Golf Course are holding a public information meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Germantown Village Hall so residents can see conceptual ideas for a new park and mixed-use development in the center of the village.

The Germantown Village Board plans to purchase approximately 153-acres of the golf course to both spur a $30 million development and build a public park. No sale has been finalized, though the Village Board in early November directed legal counsel to develop a purchase agreement and set a 45-day due diligence period to comb through it. That period ends Dec. 18. The Village Board will vote on the agreement Dec. 16, said Village President Dean Wolter. However, before any decision is made, key stakeholders wanted to share preliminary development plans with residents and gauge public opinion on the proposal.

The village wants to buy the property from Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt, who have offered to sell the land at $5,350 per acre.

The village would turn the land into a public park. If that occurs, Schmidt said the plan is to redevelop the remaining 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road and to the north of Mequon Road with a projected $30 million mixed-use development of retail spaces and single and multifamily housing. Schmidt, as well as developer Matt Neumann with Neumann Cos., will be at the information meeting to show residents a conceptual master plan for that area of the village. Neumann Cos., recently developed nearby land known as the Glen at Blackstone Creek.

Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Casperson will show park designs at the meeting and gather input on amenities the public would like to have there. The project is long-term. It could take between five to 10 years to complete, Wolter said.

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Greendale's Josh Ringelberg named NOW Football Player of the Year

Dec. 06, 2013 8:04 a.m. | Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.

Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.

Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.

2013 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

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Dixon's rally keys Bay wrestling team's 41-33 win over Germantown

Dec. 05, 2013 10:27 p.m. | Whitefish Bay wrestling coach Dale Loebel estimates that there were four or five times senior 182-pound wrestler Ed Dixon could have quit in his match with Germantown senior Hunter Valenta Thursday night.

With Bay nursing a 25-18 lead in the team score, Dixon had fallen behind by 8-1, 13-4 and 15-8 margins, but in a match that featured several wild swings of momentum, Dixon caught Valenta and pinned at 4:29 in the third period.

Teammate Steve Meyer then followed that with a pin of his own in 1:55 at 195 and that was enough of a margin for the Blue Dukes to pull off a 41-33 victory in the opening North Shore Conference dual meet of the season.

"He decided to come off his back and that was the difference," said Loebel of Dixon. "...I knew that this would be a competitive dual. We did well in spots and breaks that could have gone against us went our way tonight."

A big difference in the match, was that Loebel has an upperclassmen-and-upper weights dominated line-up this season. Of the 21 athletes he as out this winter, he has 11 juniors. He had to replace state-tourney participants like Max Carlin, Joey Davey and Rashadeem Gray, a total of over 400 career wins, but was encouraged by the start.

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Falls police investigating armed bank robbery

Dec. 04, 2013 1:54 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing the Menomonee Falls Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

According to a MFPD news release:

The man is described as black with a light complexion, 25 to 35 years old, 5'8"-5'10" tall, with a medium build.

He was wearing a black jacket with dark blue denim jeans and black and white athletic shoes. The man brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from bank employees.

He ran away from the bank going south with an unknown amount of cash. A dye-pack device included with the cash may have exploded, staining his clothes with red ink.

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Menomonee Falls police seek suspect in Tri-City Bank robbery

Dec. 04, 2013 1:25 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are searching for the man who robbed Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

The man walked into the bank at N96-W18221 County Line Road at 10:24 a.m. with a gun in his hand and demanded cash, according to a news release. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police said the man might have been exposed to an exploding red dye pack, so he may have red dye on his skin or clothing.

The suspect is described as a black man with light complexion between the ages of 25 and 35, with medium build. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5-10 and was wearing a black jacket with dark blue jeans and black and white athletic shoes.

Detectives from the Menomonee Falls Police Department and the FBI continue to investigate. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Lt. Kevin Von Bank at (262) 532-8700.

Germantown police investigating slew of overnight vehicle break-ins

Dec. 03, 2013 10:33 a.m. | Germantown police are investigating a slew of break-ins that occurred Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The break-ins and attempted break-ins occurred on Vienna Court, Sylvan Circle and in a parking lot on Knight Drive. A village resident called police Monday, reporting that three subjects were attempting to gain entry into vehicles that parked in a lot on Knight Drive. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and fled in a silver vehicle southbound on Squire Drive after police were called to the scene. Police have been unable to locate the vehicle, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.

A resident reported stereo equipment was taken from his vehicle that was parked in an underground, secure parking garage on Vienna Court sometime overnight. Another resident also reported that his vehicle parked on Vienna Court was broken into in the evening hours of Dec. 1. That resident's subwoofer was taken from his trunk, Hoell said.

A fourth report filed says a resident's vehicle was broken into on Sylvan Court sometime overnight Dec. 1 into Dec. 2. A stereo and subwoofers were taken.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately. Hoell said residents should make sure their doors are locked and valuables are removed from the vehicles.

Red Cross helping family in Menomonee Falls fire

Dec. 03, 2013 6:52 a.m. | The American Red Cross is helping a family whose Menomonee Falls house was heavily damaged in a fire early Tuesday, WTMJ-TV reports.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze at the home, located southwest of Silver Spring Drive and Pilgrim Road, remains under investigation.

Menomonee Falls manufacturer plans expansion

Dec. 02, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A company that makes precision metal components plans to expand its Menomonee Falls facility.

Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Inc., located at W169N5954 Ridgewood Drive, plans to build a 20,000 square-foot addition to its existing 43,000 square-foot facility, according to information filed with the Village of Menomonee Falls.

Ultra wants the village to issue industrial revenue bonds to help finance the $5 million project, which would create 10 full-time jobs.

The village would not be a lender or guarantor of the bond debt. The bonds, if issued in the village's name, would be tax exempt. That would allow Ultra to pay a lower interest rate to the investors that buy the bonds.

The Village Board is to review the proposal at its Monday night meeting.

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