New Berlin West's football team defeated Greendale in a significant upset Friday, 24-10, in what amounted to be a penalty filled, sloppy game full of mistakes.
Pass interference penalties, false starts, illegal motions, late hits, dropped passes, missed blocks, interceptions, and bad snaps. Name the mistake, one of the teams committed it at some point in this game.
The game came down to the fact that the Panthers made more, and perhaps bigger, mistakes than the Vikings. At one point in the first quarter, Greendale had a 1st and 10 inside the 20 yard line of New Berlin West. After a bad snap, two false starts and a holding penalty, the Panthers faced a 2nd and 40 and wound up punting.
Greendale committed three turnovers in the second half, two of which were fumbles, and one of those was a bad snap out of a shotgun formation that went over sophomore quarterback Josh Ringelberg's head.
“It was a game of miscues, all self-inflicted” said Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz.» Read Full Article
They’re so close, they can taste it.
That was the postgame mantra preached by Brookfield East head coach Tom Swittel following his team’s 44-6 dismantling of visiting West Allis Hale on Friday night.
By improving to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Greater Metro Conference, the Spartans not only remained perfect but pulled even closer to claiming the school’s second-ever conference championship in football. The Spartans close out the season against Marquette and Sussex Hamilton, which sits in second place. If Hamilton and East win next week, the final game could potentially determine the conference title.
“If we can’t be motivated now, then we have a problem,” Swittel said. “Winning a conference championship is a goal we have. We’re close to being able to do that. It would only be the second time in school history Brookfield East has won a conference championship in football. We really want to get this done this year.”» Read Full Article
Brown Deer football coach Rob Green admits that he does hold his breath a little bit every time physical quarterback Drew Worth lowers his shoulder and delivers a hit when he's off on an option run.
But Green does admit that Worth's kind of aggressive, physical attitude does have a positive effect on his offensive linemen.
"He accelerates the line play everytime he goes out there," said Green, "and when we put in our running package with 'Z' (linebacker/running back Zack Rhodes) the O-line gets very happy, because they hate pass-blocking all the time (laughs)."
Worth did both effectively Friday night at Brown Deer's homecoming game, as he completed seven of 16 passes for three touchdowns and 168 yards and he also rushed for 125 yards on 20 carries and two scores, as the Falcons moved into a share of the lead in the Woodland Conference East Dvision with a 34-13 victory over Whitnall.
How tough was Worth?» Read Full Article
Gas drive-offs will be a thing of the past in West Allis after the Common Council on Tuesday voted to make all drivers prepay at the pump.
The West Allis Police Department requested the restriction because patrol officers have to respond to so many gas thefts.
Gas stations that fail or refuse to convert pumps for the prepay approach will risk loss of their business licenses, under the new ordinance. Short of that, police will no longer investigate gas thefts where prepayment is not required.
Prepayment can be in the form of a credit or debit card, cash, check or any other legal means of payment.
One senior has really made a difference despite never playing football for three years.
Enter game changer Patrick Wyrowski, former cross country runner.
Trailing 23-22 with two minutes to go in the third quarter, Wyrowski ran a simple five-yard hitch route but broke two tackles on his way to an 87-yard touchdown to give the Falcons their first lead of the game.
“I loved cross country,” said Wyrowski. “But I just knew I could really help this team and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Nothing beats this, Friday night lights.”
Whitnall (4-1) forced a three and out on South Milwaukee's next possession. Again, it was Wyrowski shinning under the bright lights. The wideout broke free again and quarterback Zach Sutton found him in stride for a 43-yard strike to push their lead to two scores.
Wyrowski finished with six catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
“He is a really special player,” said Sutton, who finished with 308 yards passing with four touchdown passes. “We play as a family, when one of us makes a great play we celebrate, when we make a mistake, we pick each other up.”
The Rockets (2-3) made things interesting with a quick touchdown drive of their own with 2:09 remaining. Evan Marlowe caught a 10-yard touchdown grab from Justin Oliden. Oliden finished with 158 yards passing with a touchdown.
However, an interception by Nick Climler put the Rockets in a hole they just couldn’t get out of in the fourth quarter.
“We knew we did not play our best football in the first half,” said Falcons senior linebacker Zach Price. “We were really hungry to get out there in the second half and get back to it.”
Wallack has always been good on the offensive side of the ball but he prides himself on his defensive units.
“We only held them 73 yards total in the first half,” said Wallack. “I knew if we played the way we can and limit out mistakes we would be ok.”
As debuts go, Travis Balcerzak couldn’t have asked for a better one.
In his first game playing wide receiver, the West Allis Hale senior hauled in two touchdown passes in a 21-7 win over rival West Allis Central on Sept. 21.
“I was a little nervous before the game,” Balcerzak said. “But once I got into the flow, I was able to settle in.”
A depleted receiving unit thrust Balcerzak into the starting lineup on offense in a game featuring two teams hungry for their first conference win, and it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.» Read Full Article
A businessman who plans to convert an old farmhouse into a food-service business didn't get what he wanted from the Greenfield Common Council this week, but he thinks he may have a viable alternative.
The council on Tuesday rejected Craig Mengeling's request that he be allowed to move two food concession wagons onto the property at 5225 W. Forest Home Ave. when they are not in use at fairs and festivals.
The original proposal involved the use of a fence to shield the parked wagons from view. Instead, alderman favored the construction of a garage to fully shelter the food wagons.
However, based on what he heard from city officials, Mengeling said he now believes that by adding lattice work on top of an existing fence, one wagon will be sufficiently hidden. He also is considering an offer by a Franklin farmer who is willing to store the other wagon.
By making arrangements to use the church parking lot behind the property, Mengeling also believed that he had taken care of a vehicle parking concern aldermen also expressed. But whether that proposal is adequate is something he will discuss with city planning officials next week.
The Ridge Community Church can now make its new home in the soon-to-be-vacated Walmart store at 4500 S. 108th St.
On Tuesday, the Greenfield Common Council approved the church's site, building and landscape design plans, clearing the way the congregation's acquisition of the old Walmart building.
About 60,000 square feet would be used by the church, which would lease out the remaining 50,000 square feet to retail tenants or offices.
Walmart itself will move into its larger quarters under construction around the corner in late October.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting public information meetings this week to discuss construction planning efforts related to the Zoo Interchange.
The open house style meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St. The site is accessible on bus route 67.
The same information will be presented both nights. Project team members will be available to answer questions and explain details of the project.
Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.
He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin. You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.
NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.» Read Full Article
It took a while, but eventually the Falcons took care of business as planned against visiting St. Francis on Friday. Thanks in large part to the second quarter performance of senior quarterback Zach Sutton, the Falcons came away with a 43-15 victory on Friday.
With his team leading 8-0 one-third of the way through the second quarter, Sutton found the proverbial “zone." After completing just one of his first five pass attempts through the 16 minutes of the game, Sutton completed 8 of his next 9
pass attempts for 136 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown was a 20-yard strike to senior Nick Cimler with 5:24 left in the second quarter, and the second touchdown was a 26-yard pass to senior tight end Patrick Wyrowski at the 2:22 mark of the second quarter.
“We were just getting our momentum going and just pass after pass and just kept going” said Sutton.
St. Francis appeared to on the road to an upset early. On the game's very first drive, St. Francis began with the ball on its own 36-yard line and marched deep
into Whitnall territory before fumbling on the 1-yard line. The Mariners began their second drive with great field position but failed to gain even one first down before turning the ball over on downs.
“We got it back again a little later, but we fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line, and that takes air out of the sails” said St. Francis head coach Doug Sarver after the game.» Read Full Article
Visit www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.
Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.
Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.» Read Full Article
An unusual, and public, method of bathing prompted a call to police last week in Greenfield.
According to the Greenfield police report:
A manager called police after he caught a 52-year-old man bathing his feet in the soda dispensing machine at McDonald’s, 5040 S. 76th St., at 5 p.m. Sept. 3.
The man became belligerent with the manager when he told him to stop.
The manager did not pursue charges against the man but did ban him from the restaurant.
The Greenfield Plan Commission decided to keep land the city had set aside for a future road, rather than allow a congregation that wants to build a Buddhist temple in Greenfield incorporate the land into its building plans.
The action Tuesdaydealt a blow to the proposed temple that some on the commission and some neighbors see as too big for the site.
But an official of the congregation said after the meeting that it would be back with scaled-down plans.
"We'll change it a little here and there to make it perfect," said Andy Tran, temple controller.
The Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple of Milwaukee, 1575 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, proposed an 8,100-square-foot temple on 1.5 acres at 44th Street and Edgerton Avenue. The temple owns one acre and was hoping the city would vacate the half-acre it has been saving to eventually put 44th Street through. The city originally acquired that right of way from the parcel that the temple now owns.
After a public hearing at which no one spoke, the 28 residents at the Greenfield School District annual meeting Monday night unanimously approved a $25 million property tax levy for the 2012-'13 school year.
That levy, up 0.26% from the previous year, will support a nearly $45.6 million budget that's 0.02% lower than 2011-'12 budget. The general fund, basically the operating budget, is less than 0.1% higher than last year.
School officials warned that the news may not be entirely good for taxpayers if assessed values fall. If assessed property values remain stable, school taxes will go up only 0.26%, said Kristen Kollath, director of business services. But if assessed values should fall by 3%, for example, school taxes would go up 3.36%, she said.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.
The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.
It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.
"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.
Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.» Read Full Article
Plans to build a Buddhist temple in Greenfield are expected to draw neighborhood opposition when temple members go before the city's Plan Commission on Tuesday.
The Phuoc Hau Buddhist Temple, which has worshipped at 1575 W. Oklahoma Ave. for 15 years, wants to build an 8,100-square-foot temple on 1.5 acres at S. 44th St. and W. Edgerton Ave.
Temple Vice President Tu Mai says theirs is a quiet, contemplative community.
"It's mostly meditation and praying; it's not a lot of noise and all of that to the neighbors," he said.
But nearby residents complain that the building is too large for the site and that their narrow stretch of Edgerton could not carry the extra traffic.» Read Full Article
Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.
Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.
But the Huskies instead ran into a determined Milwaukee Marquette squad that pitched a 25-0 shutout and stifled quarterback Nick Sotiros.
The senior had averaged more than 200 yards and 14 completions in his first two games of the season. Against the Hilltoppers, Sotiros completed just eight of 21 passes for 78 yards and one interception.
Hale (1-2, 0-2) was hampered by offensive miscues most of the night, especially at critical junctures of the game.
After linebackers Alex Schwab and Mitch Chevremont stuffed Marquette running back Alex Klestinski on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line in the first quarter, the Huskies suffered a safety on the next play.
The Hilltoppers took advantage and drove 50 yards on 11 plays on their first possession of the second half, capped by a six-yard touchdown strike from Greif to tight end TJ Novotny.
Hale again had two opportunities to shift momentum in the third quarter, but were unable to capitalize on either.
Senior defensive back Richard Magray recovered a Marquette fumble late in the third quarter, only to see the Huskies gave it right back on the next play when running back Zach Smith was stripped on an option play.
On the ensuing offensive series by Marquette, Schwab picked off a Greif pass and returned it 40 yards to put Hale near midfield.
The drive stalled at the Marquette 41 yard line and Sotiros came up a yard short of picking up the first down after a 10-yard scramble.
Marquette head coach Jeff Mazurczak credited his team’s ability to make the most of its opportunities while holding the Hale offense in check after turnovers.
“The momentum swung very quickly in this game from that goal line stand that they had to the safety we put up to the interception and the fumble transition,” Mazurczak said. “I think our defense kept us strong this game and gave the offense opportunities to get their feet under them.”
For Hale, Ehret hopes his team can rebound after what he said was a lackluster week of practice leading up to the Marquette game.
The Huskies won their opener, 21-20 over Lake Geneva Badger, then fell 21-14 in double overtime to Brookfield Central.
The recent death of a Greenfield women in her 70s may have been due to the West Nile virus, the Greenfield health department announced today.
Official confirmation linking this death, and another in the area, is pending further testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
West Nile virus is spread to people by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. While 80 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito experience no symptoms at all and most of the other 20 percent have only a mild illness, individuals older than 50 are most at risk, health officials said.
Symptoms usually are fever, headache, eye pain, muscle aches, joint pain, a rash on the trunk, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and vomiting. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the West Nile virus become severely ill. Symptoms of severe illness include extreme muscle weakness, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), paralysis and coma. In rare cases the infection may be fatal, particularly in the elderly and people with other medical conditions, according to the health department.
Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.
This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.
Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.» Read Full Article
Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?
Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at www.mycommunitynow.com/push as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.
Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Inc. will move from South Milwaukee to an old car dealership location in West Allis.
The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved a special-use permit for organization to operate at 2222 S. 114th St., the site of the former CU Fleet vehicle dealership.
Easter Seals will locate its headquarters at the site, and will also offer adult and children's day care and therapy there.
The way is clear for Cornerstone Christian Life Tabernacle to settle in its own home in West Allis.
The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved a special-use permit the church needed to renovate and move into a former credit union building at 5433 W. Burnham St.
Currently, the congregation of about 45 rents space at Grace Chapel at 81st Street and Lapham Avenue in West Allis, where it has held worship services for about eight years.
The congregation plans to extensively renovate the Burnham Street building, with the inside completely redesigned and the exterior freshened up.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has identified Raymond Jordan, 54, of West Allis as the victim of the fatal motorcycle accident that occured in the Town of Vernon at about 4:52 p.m. last week Thursday on Highway 164 north of National Avenue.
Check for the full story in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief.
The new athletic stadium at Whitnall High School will have its grand opening on Friday night.
The event will begin with a tailgate party at 4 p.m. and dedication ceremonies will start at 6:30 p.m.
The Whitnall football team (1-1) will meet rival Greenfield (0-2) at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow the game.
On Saturday, Whitnall youth football teams will use the new field for their league games, and an all-day block party will also be held on the high school grounds.
The new field features seating for more than 2,500, a scoreboard with video capabilities and field turf.
MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's
Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.
This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.